Archive for October, 2010
Deep Inside the Milky Way
This artist’s impression shows how the Arches star cluster appears from deep inside the hub of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hidden from our direct view, the massive cluster lies 25,000 light-years away [think about that for a minute] and is the densest known gathering of young stars in our galaxy. The illustration is based on infrared observations from Hubble and with ground-based telescopes, which pierced our galaxy’s dusty core and snapped images of the luminous cluster of about 2,000 stars.
Tea Partiers, I’m not on your side but I feel for you. I really do.
Bill Clinton took me for a fool like the Tea Party is taking you for a fool.
You really should start using “the Google” instead of trusting Fox to give you the ah, “facts.” Fox is on the GOP/corporate/establishment side and they’re playing you for fools:
Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.
Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.
There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.
Many of these establishment figures argue in not-for-attribution comments that Palin’s nomination would ensure President Barack Obama’s reelection, as the deficiencies that marked her 2008 debut as a vice presidential nominee — an intensely polarizing political style and often halting and superficial answers when pressed on policy — have shown little sign of abating in the past two years.
“There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin,” said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. “We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her.”
So yeah, bet everything you’ve got on Fox and the Tea Party and get freakin’ screwed.
They ‘re telling you what they’re going to do to you. It’s right there. Don’t be surprised when you’re surprised.
Half of our trick-or-treaters tonight are trick-or-treating for UNICEF.
I did that when I was a kid and I still feel good about it.
Again, Happy Halloween everyone.
Make it about more than candy.
Oh, and speaking of the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, the Republican candidate for governor in Colorado — Dan Maes — thinks that riding a bicycle is a commie UN plot to take over the country.
Wow. Wow. WOW.
This ad should have been on every channel in every city in every state for the last six months.
One of the big, big goals the wingers have if they win on Tuesday is to block any legislation having to do with climate change. They hate all that climate change stuff because corporations might have to spend money modifying their smoke stacks or their drainage systems (for example) and hey, they should be allowed to do whatever the hell they want because they “create jobs.” (Yeah, like all the jobs they created over the last ten years.)
So yo, people, vote for Republicans so we can have more of this: The Ten Biggest Cities That Are Running Out of Water:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ft. Worth, Texas
San Francisco Bay Area
San Antonio, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Checkout this slide show of signs seen at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
I love these:
Andrew Breitbart, Sign the Petition Asking ABC News Not to Include Him in Their Election Night Coverage
I assume you heard that ABC News hired right wing propagandist Andrew Breitbart to be an “analyst” on Election Day.
If you think news organizations should hold themselves to a higher standard and that it’s wrong for ABC “News” to legitimizing this scumbag, please consider signing the petition at ColorOfChange.org asking ABC not to put him on on Tuesday.
There was a huge rally in D.C. yesterday — not held by the Tea Party — but what is the “liberal media” talking about today? The Tea Party.
As I post this, CNN is airing — live — as speech by Christine O’Donnell who has zero chance of winning but hey, she’s a Tea Partier!
Tweet of the day:
How many thousands of people — soldiers, Iraqis, etc. — are disabled or dead because of Bush’s lies?
This, from David Broder, the “Dean of the Washington press corp” and a Democrat, on what Obama should do to get re-elected in 2012:
Look back at FDR and the Great Depression. What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II.
Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran’s ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.
What an irresponsible and simple-minded point of view.
If war is so good for the economy — hey, we’ve got two going right now — we should be rippin’ and tearin’.
And even if it is good for the economy, it’s time we moved away from that and found other things that are “good for the economy.” What, we’re going to go on, year after year into infinity fighting wars in order to keep the engine rolling? What kind of an insane society is that?
I hate tit-for-tat fights about how many people attended such-and-such a rally. We’ve got more important things to talk about — so I’m not going to get down into the weeds here — just putting out the most scientific info available:
An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.
The company AirPhotosLive.com based the attendance at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which took place on the Mall in Washington. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent.
CBS News also commissioned AirPhotosLive.com to do a crowd estimate of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August…
An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.
The company AirPhotosLive.com based the attendance on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which stretched from in front of the Lincoln Memorial along the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument. Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at the rally.
Of course, the Foxbaggers will immediately blow this off because the estimate was commissioned by the “liberal” CBC News.
What they don’t get is that’s the plan.
Winger media has convinced its followers to distrust all media, other that it, so viewers don’t believe anything other than what it tells them.
Low information voters.
Over and over today I saw references in the MSM to the Restore Sanity and/or Fear rally in D.C. as one spearheaded by two “comedians.”
The “liberal” American media didn’t know what to make of the rally, in its typically corporate-centered, out-of-touch way.
Thankfully, Al Jazeera still has an idea of what it means to be a journalist as opposed to a corporate hack:
Political satirists. That’s what they are. How hard is that?
To all of you who say CNN is a stark raving mad liberal network, think again.
As we speak, they’re airing a special report: “Boiling Point: Inside the Tea Party” (on the eve of the election, no less).
When was the last time — er, the first time — they aired a special about the “boiling point” inside a liberal group (on the eve of an election)?
Charlie Cook to the GOP: People don’t like you, you’re not victors:”
Cook predicts the House will flip but his message to the GOP is blunt: “This is an unearned win. You’re not victors. People don’t like you and they don’t like what you did the last decade…
And, Frank Rich: The Grand Old Plot Against the Tea Partiers:
But whatever Tuesday’s results, this much is certain: The Tea Party’s hopes for actually affecting change in Washington will start being dashed the morning after. The ordinary Americans in this movement lack the numbers and financial clout to muscle their way into the back rooms of Republican power no matter how well their candidates perform.
Maybe a time will come when we citizens — MoveOners and Tea Partiers alike — will come together in the realization that it isn’t about us versus us, it’s about us versus the corporatocracy.
To all of you brainwashed people out there who think CNN is a raving, liberal, loony, commie network, check this out:
“Rally: ‘Peace Train’ meets ‘Crazy Train’?”
Wow. CNN couldn’t be more supportive could it (not)?
The libs are in bed together.
It’s a conspiracy!
They’re trying to take over the country!
My God. Wake up people.
On Friday, President Obama “vowed to ‘destroy’ al Qaeda in Yemen after two explosive devices were found aboard U.S.-bound cargo jets.”
If a Republican was in the White House right now, I’d be sweating bullets that we were staring down the barrel of another war — which we clearly can’t afford. There are ways to “destroy” an organization like al Qaeda other than to invade an entire country and I think Obama knows that.
While I have a lot of problems with what Obama has and hasn’t done during his first two years, I sleep pretty well knowing that when he says he’s going to “destroy al Qaeda in Yemen,” he doesn’t mean invading and occupying the country for a decade or more.
Check out this tweet from Howard Kurtz, the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” which pretends to be a media watchdog show:
When the only “expectations” you hear are from conservative D.C. insiders whose only contact is with one another, of course you’re going to be surprised. But if you get out of the bubble once in a while, you aren’t.
I’m readings headlines around the net about wingers going bonkers that Cat Stevens, a/k/a “Yusuf,” was invited to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in D.C. today.
Well of course they’re freaking. What’s the big surprise? They (1) want to keep fear and hate alive, and (2) discredit the event and the attendees with a thing, any thing, no matter how trivial. If Cat Stevens hadn’t been there they’d be barking about something else.
I’m watching the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on C-SPAN. So far, my favorite sign is:
Every word on this sign is spelled correctly.
No, no, no, no. The “fair and balanced news” network is covering a Tea Party rally in Philadelphia.
Why doesn’t Sean Hannity air his show live?
Because he a scared. He’s a wimpy ass chicken.
I challenge Sean Hannity to take “personal responsibility,” to “man-up,” and to air his show live.
Oh, BTW, in April of ’09 Sean pretented he had balls; he said he’d be waterboarded:
A year and a half later, it hasn’t happened.
Yep. He’s tough alright.
Check out this tweet from InsideCableNews:
Don’t get it? Hint: Hard core.
I don’t think so.
If you agree, go here.
Oh, and here’s more about ABC’s ah, “bipartisanship.”
What’s with the endless polling on this question? The answer has been the same for two years: Behind the Numbers: Most Still Doubt Palin’s Presidential Qualifications, Poll Finds.
Wow. Breaking news!
This shows how mainstream the radical right has become: Failing Upward: Breitbart to be Featured in ABC’s 2010 Election Coverage:
Media Matters has confirmed that noted propagandist Andrew Breitbart will provide analysis for ABC News during their election night coverage.
ABC: Noam Chomsky isn’t a “noted propagandist” but if you want to balance Breitbart, he’d be the one to do it.
Oh, and if I hear the words “liberal media” again, I’m going to explode.
Jessica Hlavac — who makes tiny replicas of food — has produced a 2011 calendar featuring photographs of her work. Really amazing, like these three “tacos” sitting on a slice of jalapeno and some “pancakes” next to a blueberry:
No, no one knows where Sharron Angle stands on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and she ain’t tellin’:
It’s outrageous that anyone would vote for a U.S. Senator without knowing her position on such an important issue. If Angle wins on Tuesday, all I can say is that Nevadans were blinded by hysteria.
How do people who make fundamental and huge mistakes get and keep positions in high places? Case in point: The New York Sun editorialized yesterday that Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, should be tried for treason. Ah, Assange would have to be a U.S. citizen for that to happen, but he isn’t.
Another step toward fascism in the United States of America:
Here’s a truly horrific story that shows the state the United States of Corptocracy circa 2010. A McDonald’s franchise in Ohio sent a note in the paychecks of their workers urging them to vote for Republicans in next Tuesday’s elections. And they implicitly threatened to stop all wage and benefit increases if those Republicans do not win, essentially tying the future economic fortunes of their employees to their vote.
But this behavior, as Allen Schulman says, [is] an outgrowth of the arrogance of corporate interests in the wake of Citizens United, to think they can bully and purchase their way to electoral glory. The intimidation of workers here reflects the intimidation of politicians they don’t like by donating heavily to attack them.
It might be time to boycott McDonald’s.