Archive for December 21, 2010

Julian Assange and Cenk Ugyur Tomorrow, on MSNBC

Must watch TV:

December 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM Leave a comment

John McCain — an Aneurism Personified

Cliff Schecter, the author of the book, The Real McCain:  Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him — and Why Independents Shouldn’t was on The Last Word with Lawrence McDonnell yesterday.  Schecter said John McCain’s freak out over repealing DADT was akin to, “doing performance art for what an aneurism looks like.”

No kidding (love that description).   Here’s the video.

December 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM Leave a comment

The EPA’s “Power Grab”

When you hear the term “a power grab,” think:  We the People won.

Case in point (the corporatist point of view): the Environmental Protection Agency’s Power Grab:

The federal goverment is ushering in 2011 with new powers that will jack up energy costs for consumers. In the name of fighting unproven climate-change theories, bureaucrats are pushing through tough new business restrictions on emissions from energy plants that light and heat homes across the country. As a result, Americans in the near future may be forced to pay a hidden tax in their electric bills or, worse, find themselves in the dark and cold.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules, which take effect Jan. 2, will impose limits on carbon dioxide. The EPA’s  primary targets are coal-plant operators, who will be forced to choose between retrofitting their facilities with expensive emissions-control equipment and cooling towers or shutting them down.

Let me re-write this article:

Come January 2, 2011 the federal government will usher in new energy-saving policies.  While the U.S. lags far behind the rest of the world, new restrictions on emissions from energy plants will go into effect.  Energy companies will try to pass the cost of the improvements on to American people but, hopefully, with future legislation, the EPA will force corporations to reduce their addiction to huge profit margins as a way to mitigate the impact.

Limits on coal-plant operators will reduce pollution, reduce the asthma rates among children, and improve the overall health of Americans, now, and in the future.

While energy companies whine about the expense of retrofitting their facilities, again, they may have to get used to less than a bazillion percent profit, which they earn on the back of already struggling Americans.  The EPA aims to protect citizens, not corporations.

December 21, 2010 at 9:34 PM Leave a comment

“The Dems”

Just saw Chris Hayes — filling in for Keith Olbermann on Countdown — refer to Democrats as “the Dems.”

I am so sick of Democrats meekly adopting demeaning labels the GOP assigns it.  Think: the “Democrat party.”  It’s the Democratic party folks.

I’ll suffer the use of the term “the Dems,” as soon as it’s commonplace to refer to Republicans as “the Repubs.”

December 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM 8 comments

Hard Times: A 40-Something Pizza Delivery Driver?

I live in Boulder, Colorado, a college town where pizza delivery drivers are a dime a dozen.  (For that matter, all low-wage help is a dime a dozen because the students are desperate for work.)  That said, I was pretty surprised just now to open the door to a pizza delivery driver who was at least 45-years-old.

Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready and I have lived here for 30+ years and we have never had anyone that age deliver food to our door.

Hard times.

December 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM Leave a comment

Julian Assange to Be On the Dylan Ratigan Show Tomorrow?

Wow, if this is true, I’ll be there:  “4:45 Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC will interview Assange tomorrow, so they say.”

What a “get.”

UPDATELooks like this is going to happen.

December 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM Leave a comment

Nuclear Proliferation Ain’t No Big Deal

The tweet of the day from Katrina vandenHeuvel:

But trying to make Obama a one term president is more important than sending that message.

(Too bad schools don’t hold drills anymore where kids have to dive under their desks to (supposedly) protect themselves from a nuclear attack.  People might be a little more outraged that the GOP is holding this treaty up if they did.  When you’re nine years old, those drills are terrifying.  Not only that, I remember when kids were told not to eat the snow because of above-ground nuclear bomb tests.  So hell yes, let’s bring those good old days back.  The GOP wants to take us back to the ’50’s.  Well, that was the ’50’s.)

December 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM Leave a comment

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