Archive for April 28, 2010
Are you a dead peasant? Is your employer hoping you’ll die before your time so it can make bucko bucks?
Yeah, they do that to peasants. (IMHO, “Dead serfs” is more accurate.)
In July of 1966, John Lennon said The Beatles were more popular than Jesus:
[T]he teenybop magazine “DATEbook” published an excerpt of an earlier John interview where he stated that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Maureen Cleave’s original interview in the London Evening Standard had raised no eyebrows four months later, but in America, it exploded. It remains one of the biggest pop music scandals of all time, but even that dubious honor can’t really convey the impact the statement had in those bygone days.
Yes, it was one of the “biggest” scandals of all time. Wingers went nuts. I remember. I was there.
Today? Today, Republicans not only claim they’re more popular than Jesus, they claim God speaks to them. For example:
Glenn Beck: “God is giving me a plan.”
Michael Steele, the chair of the Republican National Committee: God, “has placed me here for a reason.“
Knock knock on wood. Anyone out there? Where’s the freakin’ “liberal media” to put this into context?
My local “liberal news” outlet, CBC4 in Denver, just aired a report about the grand opening of a new store, Weekends Overstock Warehouse, or “WOW.” It was replete with shots of merchandise and it included an interview with the “merchandise manager.”
Hello. Excuse me. Since when is that “news”?
Sheesh. Talk about a corporatocracy.
When, oh when, will we have a decent media?
Per PRNewswire: “72% of Nation’s Households Mail Back 2010 Census Forms.”
That’s pretty darn good. Congrats to us all. (You lose Michele.)
Heh, Arizona, you ain’t eatin’ no Mexican food now are you?
What’s the deal? Are Republicans trying to out-crazy each other? This would be Duncan Hunter (R-CA):
“Would you support deportation of natural-born American citizens that are the children of illegal aliens,” Hunter was asked. “I would have to, yes,” Hunter said. “… We simply cannot afford what we’re doing right now,” he said. “… It takes more than just walking across the border to become an American citizen. It’s what’s in our souls. …”
Are we flipping out so much that being BORN IN THE USA (remember the song?) doesn’t matter anymore? Wow. Talk about a slippery slope.
Hunter wants to repeal the 14th Amendment.
Calling all Tea Partiers!
Think Progress has a post up about how Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee was caught on CNBC today saying, “I’m not sure what the purpose of it is [the GOP's alternative financial reform proposal], to be candid. It’s, I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it.”
Now, that’s bad. That’s really, really bad. If any senator or representative, no matter which party, doesn’t get that taxpayer money should not be used to bail out banks then they’re so far gone they might as well go home. Period.
But what caught my eye too, was this:
Corker then suggested that the GOP proposal was just “messaging,” saying, “I try to stay out of the messaging. I try to stay out of the politics of it all.”
So, the Republicans are just f-ing around huh, and not taking seriously that pretty much every single American is furious about the bailouts and that we want something done — something serious and real — now? That’s what it sounds like to me.
Lawrence Bates was all set to call for assistance when his jeep at West Midland Safari Park broke down, until Five the elephant decided to give him a helping hand.
The 18-year-old African Elephant got behind and pushed the car out of trouble and out of the enclosure.
She even cleaned the car in the process.
Five reached into a bucket of water with her trunk, sprayed the vehicle with water to remove any dust, then gathered up a sponge with her trunk and cleaned the windows and paintwork with the style of a true professional.
Director of Wildlife, Bob Lawrence, said: “The jeep broke down one morning and the lads jumped out to have a look at it, popped the bonnet and had a look at the oil.
“We still couldn’t get it to start so gave it a push start, eventually got it going – at this time though its covered with dirty hand marks so Five gave it a quick wash and a hose down.
“But the jeep broke down again and to our astonishment Five came over and decided to give us a hand.
“She lifted the bonnet up, got the dipstick, and gave it to Lawrence. When we still couldn’t get it to start, she went round the back and gave us a push.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life – it was absolutely incredible.
I love the name “Five.”
No wonder McCain says one thing one day and another thing another day:
Is nothing sacred? It seems that even John McCain is in the doghouse with voters back in his home state, where is approval rating has fallen to an abysmal 34-55 (down from 42-48 in September). Perhaps not coincidentally, PPP also finds that, by a margin of 55% to 28%, voters consider him to be more of a “partisan voice for national Republicans” than an “independent voice for Arizona”.
I think the voters’ perception is correct. The guy has been in Washington since 1982 and, for example, what has he done for Arizona in terms of the “immigration problem” other than blame it on Obama?
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Five people are in custody after authorities found explosive devices in a car during a traffic stop, Gwinnett County police said.The traffic stop occurred Monday at 3:42 p.m. on North Price Road in Gwinnett County.Authorities said they also obtained a search warrant at a private residence associated with the individuals in the stopped vehicle.
During a search of the basement at the location, and a detached apartment, investigators said they recovered additional items consistent with materials used to manufacture the two destructive devices. Fire investigators later concluded that the two devices were manufactured with the intent to cause great bodily harm or even death. “These devices posed an extreme threat to the community and we are fortunate to have taken them off the street before someone was severely injured or even killed,” said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services.
We are going insane.
Check out this quote from Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who was talking about President Obama’s potential Supreme Court nominee:
Sessions said Republicans will seek the nominee’s views on a new requirement that individuals buy health care insurance; property rights issues; gun rights; and Obama’s attacks on the court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which threw out limits on corporate contributions to campaigns, according to ABC. Sessions added that it’s “dangerous” that Obama has said he wants the nominee to consider how laws affect the lives of Americans.
So I guess we can assume that the more noise Republicans make about whoever Obama picks, the better that person would be at considering how laws affect our lives, not the lives of corporations.
Oh brother. As if the Citizens United ruling wasn’t bad enough, here comes phase II:
On Wednesday [today], the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Doe v. Reed, a case from Washington state that looks at whether the public disclosure of referendum petitions violates signers’ First Amendment rights to privacy, free association, and free speech. While important on its own, Reed is also a warmup for cases coming down the pipeline in California and Maine over whether disclosing the names of campaign donors violates free speech rights by exposing contributors to harassment and other unpleasantness. Together, these cases form a backdoor assault on one of the most accepted tenets of clean elections: that the public should be able to see where the money is coming from.
The lawyer leading the attack on these states’ disclosure laws is James Bopp, a leader of the Christian Right with an uncanny ability to spot weaknesses in campaign finance statutes and obliterate them via the First Amendment. The Hoosier attorney is almost singlehandedly responsible for dismantling big chunks of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. He is the brains behind the original filings in Citizens United, a case few expected to succeed. And while his clients in these cases are usually religious or conservative groups, the biggest beneficiary of these efforts has been, almost exclusively, corporate America.
One of the “good” things, if that’s possible, about Citizens United was that it kept intact the requirement that corporate donations be disclosed. So at the very least, we could find out if, say, Citigroup gave such-and-such candidate $3 billion. If the Supreme Court rules that disclosing contributions is a violation of the right to privacy, that’ll end and we will be more screwed than ever. And you know, knowing this Supreme Court as we do, they’ll probably rule that way.
It’s a good morning because it’s going to be sunny and 77º today and I’m going to be out in it. Here I come.