Archive for April 21, 2010
Ah yes. Another morning evening in America: Police are looking for a gunman who fired nearly 30 shots Wednesday into a crowded DeKalb County park during a soccer game.
Bill, Bill, Bill. You’re a legend in your own mind but that’s about as far as it’s gonna go.
Folks, when George W. was in office nobody on Fox talked about how much he spent on surges or wars. Nobody talked about the deficit. Period.
Fox wants you to think that what Obama’s doing is unprecedented, that it’s an aberration. It isn’t. Bush spent a whole lot of money too.
Tea Partiers claim they’re “waking up.” Yeah, so they might be but what’s really going on here is that Fox is finally telling them some truth so it feels to them like they’re waking up.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell is reporting tonight that a “substantial number” of Republicans are expected to support the “financial reform” bill that Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) has crafted. Why? Because Republicans have decided that opposing “financial reform” is a losing proposition or because Dodd’s bill isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on?
We shall see.
This graphic is up on FoxNation tonight:
Click on it and you go to a totally biased “report” from WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. The, ahem, “journalist” interviewed one client and one case worker at one career placement office in one state and Fox makes a pronouncement that encompasses every unemployed worker in the country?
Playing to the Tea Partiers or what? Them damn lazy assholes livin’ off our tax dollars!
Drop everything and go to this site immediately:
At a press conference today in Washington DC, researchers unveiled “First Light” images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study the sun.
“SDO is working beautifully,” reports project scientist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “This is even better than we could have dreamed.”
Launched on February 11th from Cape Canaveral, the observatory has spent the past two months moving into a geosynchronous orbit and activating its instruments. As soon as SDO’s telescope doors opened, the spacecraft began beaming back scenes so beautiful and puzzlingly complex that even seasoned observers were stunned.
Bravo to the Californians who made a difference here:
Enough Californians found it unbearable that the Department of Fish and Game wanted to expand bear hunting in Lassen and Modoc Counties, and open the season for the first time in San Luis Obispo County, that the agency made an ursa major reversal Tuesday.
Fish and Game said it was deluged with criticism. They backtracked on the day the Los Angeles Times published a front-page story on the bear-hunting proposal, which had drawn opposition from community, environmental and animal-welfare groups.
The new regulations also would have allowed hunters to put GPS tracking devices on their hounds and would have raised the season limit above the current 1,700 bears.
Carly Fiorina is running against state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and former representative Tom Campbell in the California Republican primary in an attempt to win and then run against Barbara Boxer. The national Tea Party endorsed DeVore so naturally Fiorina is freaking and tacking to the right.
On Monday night, Fiorina’s campaign sent out an fundraising email to a conservative group’s list that was timed to hit just as President Barack Obama was in Los Angeles for a Boxer fundraiser. The headline declares, “Barack Obama mocks Tea Party activists at Miami fundraiser,” and the solicitation begins:
Dear Fellow Conservative,
Last Thursday, while I was at anti-Tax Day rallies in California voicing my opposition to government expansion and increased taxes, President Barack Obama was busy mocking members of the Tea Party movement.
On Tax Day, Barack Obama told a crowd of left-wing donors at a Democratic fundraising event in Miami that the Tea Party rallies across the country have “amused” him and that we should all be “thanking” him for our tax bills.
Fiorina’s letter is loaded with Tea Party rhetoric. Fiorina declares, “As a life-long fiscal conservative, I’m ready to send a message to Washington: we have had enough government expansion and taxation!” She slams Obama for mocking “us,” as if she, too, is a Tea Partier. She blasts Democrats and doesn’t once mention that she is a Republican. “We’re ready to take our government back,” she declares.
Firoina, again, as the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, couldn’t be more of an elitist. If people believe her populist, I’m-one-of-you rhetoric, they’re idiots.
Republicans are just evil:
Republicans have been blocking votes on nominees to federal posts, taking longer to confirm President Obama’s nominees to executive agencies than nominees submitted by the previous three administrations. Due to these blocks, there is a backlog of 101 executive branch nominees that have yet to be voted on, ranging from the Transportation Safety Authority chief to members of the Marine Mammal Commission. Senators commonly issue “anonymous holds” to prevent a nomination from coming up for a vote.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took aim at this tactic yesterday evening. Employing a “little-used rule adopted in 2007 that requires a Member to report his anonymous hold [on a federal nominee] in the Congressional Record [six days] after a colleague has tried to clear the name,” the two senators took to the Senate floor to try and clear the backlog and ask for unanimous consent for votes on scores of federal nominees.
As Whitehouse and McCaskill began reading the names of stalled federal nominees, the Republicans at first didn’t even appear. Whitehouse then waited patiently for a Republican Senator to arrive on the floor. Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) finally appeared and began objecting to the two senators’ unanimous consent requests, ultimately blocking votes on 97 nominees. The Huffington Post has assembled a video compilation of Kyl blocking Whitehouse and McCaskill’s requests.
Donny Deutsch, who reminds me of a male version of the quintessential “dumb blond,” was apparently let go of his gig as a temporary anchor on MSNBC today.
We don’t know the details yet, beyond rumor and supposition, so no comment there; I’m just glad to see him go. Can’t stand him. I’ve never seen anyone so in love with himself as he is.
Sad that the top story on CNN at 3:00 p.m. E.T. was about Ben Roethlisberger.
When, oh when will be have a better media?
This would be Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) talking about Democrats last night:
“I don’t think we have a battle for our soul — I think we have lost our soul,” he said. “We have been cowed into [sic] stop talking about the things that made us Democrats in the first place; that we believe the government can and should make a difference in people’s lives; that we can protect the most vulnerable in our society; that we can, in fact, give opportunities to people who haven’t had it. And that government can be an important catalyst — they can’t do it by itself — but they can be a catalyst for growth.”
That’s what we believe in. But [Republicans] have us cowering behind the shower curtains,” he concluded.
Is that embarrassing or what?
Sen. John Ensign’s re-election campaign took in just $50 in contributions, from one contributor, during the first quarter of 2010, according to FEC reports. The paltry take comes as more bad news for the scandal-tarred Nevada Republican, who would run for re-election in 2012.
Disclosure reports examined by TPMmuckraker show that Robert Donald, a Las Vegas retiree, was the sole contributor to the “Ensign for Senate” committee between January and March. Donald gave two separate $25 contributions.
The Justice Department is currently investigating the aftermath of Ensign’s affair with the wife of a top aide, to determine whether the senator broke lobbying rules or other laws in trying to set up the aide, Doug Hampton, with a lobbying job, and find clients for him. A payment of almost $100,000 from Ensign’s parents to the Hamptons is also reportedly a focus of the inquiry.
So, in Arizona you can carry a gun without registering it and you don’t have to show a permit, but if you have brown skin you have to be registered and show a permit.