Archive for April 1, 2010
Did you notice that Fox’s new “Real American Stories,” hosted by Sarah Palin, wasn’t broadcast live?
Almost all of their other stuff is.
Gosh. Wonder what’s going on.
Fox is protecting Palin’s incoherence and incompetence, that’s what.
Raise your hand if you think this will work. I mean, seriously.
Have you ever done a Google images search of “mountaintop mining?” What mountaintop mining does to Mother Earth, all in the name of corporate profits, is grotesque. It’s a crime against the planet. Look at this. This was once a tree-covered, wooded mountain (think tranquility, shade, birds and small critters living their lives and beautiful fall colors):
So, I’m thrilled to hear that the EPA reigned that in a bit today (though it needs to go farther):
The White House on Thursday took a giant leap toward eliminating new mountaintop coal mining projects in the Appalachian states, issuing strict new guidelines designed to protect headwater streams by curbing the practice of dumping waste in neighboring valleys.
Announcing the changes, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said the guidelines are intended to make the standards governing new mountaintop projects “clear and consistent,” following a series of EPA decisions over the past year that stakeholders on all sides of the debate found contradictory.
The move drew immediate criticism from the coal mining industry, which views the new environmental protections as a threat to profits and jobs. But it received high praise from one of the most powerful lawmakers in Appalachia, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), a one-time defender of mountaintop mining who more recently has turned a critical eye toward the practice.
This is a FAUX OUTRAGE ALERT: This is what the right will be frothing at the mouth about on Friday and over the weekend: Obama Addresses Harsh Criticism:
CBS News spent the day at the White House, interviewing and playing basketball with President Barack Obama for segments on Friday’s Early Show and Saturday’s NCAA pre-game show. POLITICO obtained a partial transcript of the broadcasts, and one of the more provocative questions posed by CBS’s Harry Smith involved some of the harsh criticism Obama has endured from the edges of the political spectrum.
“I’ve been listening to talk radio, the kindest of terms is a socialist, worst of which I’ve heard is you called a Nazi, are you aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves about you?” asked Smith.
“Well I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it’s pretty apparent, but keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out,” said Obama. “It happens often when you’ve got an economy that is making people more anxious, but that’s not the vast majority of Americans. I think vast majority of Americans know that we’re trying hard. I want what’s best for the country. They may disagree on certain policy issues but I didn’t buy all the hype right after inauguration where everybody was only saying nice things about me and I don’t get too worried when things aren’t going as well because I know that, over time, these things turn.
“I do think that everybody has a responsibility — Democrats or Republicans — to tone down some of this rhetoric, some of these comments. …It used to be that someone who said something crazy, they might be saying it to their next door neighbor or it might be on some late night AM station at the very end of the radio dial and now with the blogs, it ends up getting a lot more attention and you guys end up covering it a lot more. It’s not as if there haven’t been a lot of crazy things said out and about over the years, it’s just that it gets much more magnified much more quickly.”
When the big story on FoxNews.com is about stage parents:
Seems to me the big story is flip-flopping Republicans (that would be the big story if Democrats were flip-flopping), but you’ll NEVER see that on Fox.
Let’s see, if memory serves, this coming Sunday will mark two weeks since the House and Senate passed the health care bill. Two weeks since Republicans said it would be the end of life as we know it. Two weeks!
Today? Those big, bad, macho Republicans are walkin’ backward: GOP Lawmaker Assures Constituents There are No Death Panels, Highlights Benefits of Law:
Just days ago, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was condemning the “government takeover” of health care, cheering on Tea Party protesters, and denouncing the law’s “special deals” on the floor of the House and on news shows across the country. Kingston joined the Republican effort to repeal the law in Congress and co-sponsored two separate bills to “repeal and replace” the bill.
But yesterday, during a town hall at College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswik, Kingston did what’s quickly becoming a popular trend for Republicans. He walked back from his repeal rhetoric and highlighted some of the benefits of the new law:
Instead Kingston, who had joined all other Republicans in the House in voting against the overhaul, focused on changes he thinks should be made to make it better. He said lawmakers have “unfinished business” and both parties should work together to improve the nation’s health care system….At one point, he assured the crowd there are no “death panels,” a charge made by some conservatives over the course of the year-long debate and echoed by at least one citizen in attendance Wednesday. He also said it is too early to tell if the new law violates the U.S. Constitution.
(Emphasis in original.)
The Tea Partiers are still pissed but “regular” folks are kinda likin’ the notion of a health care bill. So what’s a Republican to do? They know they can’t win by appealing to 28% of the population. They’ve gotten themselves into a real fix.