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Tweet of the Day

(#tcot = top conservatives on twitter.)

September 30, 2010 at 11:02 PM Leave a comment

Peter DeFazio: “We’ve Gotta Fight Back”

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), who I love, is on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight saying, “we’ve gotta fight back,” as in Democrats have got to fight back.

Ah, yeah.  You think?

The election is four weeks away.  When, pray tell, is this fighting back gonna start happen?!

Aaaaaaahh!

September 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM Leave a comment

“Citizens United Productions” — Watch For This Symbol in Political Ads

I’m watching Olbermann and I just saw an ad that was designed to scare the bejesus out of me.  (Can’t find it on the Internets at the moment but I’ll keep looking.)

The ad opened with this symbol on the screen for about a second:

Heads up folks.  Citizens United is the group that wants to buy our government out from under us.

Oh, and this is one to watch for too:

September 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM Leave a comment

Two Years Ago, Fox News Wanted Us to Think of TARP as a “Rescue”

Two years ago today, one of Fox’s premier White House stenographers, Neil Cavuto, also known as the “managing editor of business news for the Fox News Channel,” took his queues from the then Bush administration and fellow stenographer Fred Barnes, and tried to reframe the Wall Street bailout as a Wall Street “rescue” (note the chyron):

Three days later, on October 3, 2008, George W. Bush would sign the Troubled Asset Relief Program bill or, TARP, after his Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, waved a single piece of paper in front of freaked-out Senators while telling them that the world as we knew it would end if they didn’t vote in favor of the few paragraphs written on it.

Fast forward to today, and the conservative media has succeeded in convincing almost half of all Americans that TARP was passed during the Obama administration (which took office on January 20, 2009).

Bottom line?  While Bush was in office TARP was a “rescue.”  When the Obama administration took office, it was a BAILOUT, BAILOUT, BAILOUT.

September 30, 2010 at 7:09 PM Leave a comment

Happenings in Ecuador

Insofar as our media doesn’t cover anything that happens outside the boundaries of the United States, I thought I alert to the fact that something is happening in Ecuador.  Sounds like a disorganized, spur-of-the-moment coup attempt because people, as in the police, are pissed off at the “austerity measures” the government wants to implement.  People are suffering everywhere.  Thanks Wall Street!

Ecuador’s army chief has demanded that a group of renegade police officers end an uprising against the government, which has already shut down the country’s main airport and sent the president to the hospital.

A state of emergency was declared on Thursday after officers stormed the runway at Quito’s international airport, while others burned tyres outside of bases across the capital.

The military is now in charge of public order, with civil liberties suspended and soldiers authorised to carry out searches without a warrant.

Rafael Correa, the president, was attacked with tear gas when he tried to speak to officers at a police barracks in Quito. The officers are angry about a law that has cut their benefits.

Local media reported that Correa challenged the officers to kill him.

“I’m not taking one step back,” he reportedly said. “Gentlemen, if you want to kill the president, here he is, kill him if you have the guts.”

General Ernesto Gonzalez, the army chief, has said that the officers involved “would have their rights respected” if they turn themselves in.

He said that the military remained loyal to Correa. “We are in a state of law. We are loyal to the maximum authority, which is the president,” he told reporters.

September 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM Leave a comment

Millionaire Republican Senate Candidate Wants to “Review” the Minimum Wage — But Doesn’t Know How Much it Is

My God.  Can you imagine, in the middle of a recession, with millions and millions of people out of work or losing their jobs, being a candidate for the United States Senate and — four weeks before the actual vote — not knowing how much the minimum wage is?!

Well, that would be the case with Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Connecticut:

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Linda McMahon visited a commercial cleaning service contractor here on Thursday where she accepted the endorsement of a small business organization whose policy positions include opposition to increases in the federal minimum wage.

“What I think what we have to look at whenever we’re talking about minimum wage increases is where is our economy is at this particular point, and how’s that going to impact the businesses that are going to have to pay those wages?” McMahon said.

Asked for clarification on just how she perceives the minimum wage after the news conference, McMahon said she does not endorse getting rid of the minimum wage, but she believes any proposed or scheduled increases should be reviewed.

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Pressed further, McMahon admitted she did not know the current minimum wage or if anyone at World Wrestling Entertainment is earning that amount.

More rich arrogance.

Unbelievable.

September 30, 2010 at 4:05 PM Leave a comment

Break Time — Mexican Food!

I can’t decide whether Mexican or Italian/Mediterranean food is my favorite but the photos and descriptions of Mexican dishes in this article — Genuine Mexican Foods That You Must Not Miss When You’re in Mexico — make me think I’m leaning Mexican today.

These tacos look so scrumptious I went out this morning and bought some pork, some cilantro and an avocado and I’m gonna make them for dinner tonight:

Before anything else: stop. right. there.

You might think you’re all too familiar with the famous taco. After all, you’ve had dozens of it before in food fairs and at the cafeteria; but there is nothing the like having a taco in its hometown. Ordering a taco from a fast food chain back home is different from stepping outdoors at seven in the morning, the sunlight hitting your half closed eyes still yearning for sleeps, and wobbly making your way to the corner to join the other people in the neighborhood who are lining up for some fresh, steaming tacos on their way to work.

Make sure you pace yourself when the taquero expertly carves the meat and spoons it onto the warm tortillas; then watch closely as he folds the tortillas into manageable, moon-sized pieces. Bet your local food chain doesn’t do that.

The real Mexican taco comes not just with ground meat and cheese but also a number of other toppings starting with the guacamole, some cilantro and a dabble of chili sauce to spike. These flavors go terrific with the taste of the corn and meat that there’s simply no point in comparing it to the ones back home. It is also customary to finish off the taco with your fingers, licking each one to rightfully end your meal.

More yummy stuff at the link above.

September 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM Leave a comment

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