Archive for January 7, 2011
Watch Fox and you’ll know what’s up with the GOP.
It hasn’t been a good week for them. The more they talk about repealing “Obamacare” the more people come to know what it’s about and the more they like it.
So, realizing they’ve fu**ked up, the wingers are getting ready for a new week. They’re gearing up for an attack on Obama’s “CZARS:”
When W. was in power, Fox called his staff “Cabinet members” or “advisers.”
Now that Obama’s in the White House, Fox calls them “Czars.”
Russell Simmons tonight on Countdown talking about the hateaganda Hannity and Beck are pimping on Fox: “It’s pretty serious, the way we’re going.”
From the Huffington Post:
Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) have sent out a letter to their GOP colleagues apologizing for the procedural snafu they created by skipping the official swearing-in in favor of a questionable fundraiser, and then casting some key votes anyways.
Pete Sessions has been in Congress for 14 years. Mike Fitzpatrick has been in and out of Congress for five years. Neither of these guys are newbies. They knew they had to be sworn in before voting but they didn’t think or they didn’t care when they voted anyway. They were drunk on arrogance.
This isn’t news but I’ve been complacent; got used to Nancy Pelosi’s presence; this hit me like a ton of bricks today: The Speaker of the House — John Boehner — is second in line to succeed the President should anything happen to him while he’s in office.
Waaaay too close for comfort.
What is the fastest growing political demographic in the last two years?
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter grants posthumous pardon to disabled man executed in 1939:
A mentally disabled man executed more than 70 years ago has been pardoned in Colorado.
Outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter on Friday awarded a posthumous pardon to 23-year-old Joe Arridy, who was executed in 1939 by lethal gas after being convicted of killing a Pueblo girl with a hatchet.
Ritter said an overwhelming amount of evidence suggests Arridy didn’t commit the crime.
He had an I.Q. of 46 – too low to be considered for the death penalty today. Arridy appears to have given a coerced confession and was likely not in Pueblo when the 15-year-old girl was killed.
Greg Mitchell has been live blogging the release of the WikiLeaks cables for 41 days. (He’s either a hero or insane.) He just put up something interesting and ominous:
4:25 Not sure what to make of this but here goes: Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic parliament (she represents citizens movements), tweeted one hour ago: “just got this: Twitter has received legal process requesting information regarding your Twitter account in (relation to wikileaks)” Then “usa government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. do they realize i am a member of parliament in iceland?” Then: “i think i am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone…”
I obviously don’t know what to make of this either other than it seems to tell us the U.S. government appears to think it has jurisdiction everywhere in the world.
UPDATE: Follow Birgitta Jonsdottir’s tweets here.
Google has set up an interactive map of the mass animal deaths (birds, fish, etc.) we’ve been hearing about. Here’s a link.
Wow. We’re not hearing the half of it.
We have a death panel in action here but because Arizona’s governor is a Republican – Sarah Palin is silent:
A second person cut from the transplant list has died in Arizona. The death “most likely” resulted from the state’s refusal to pay for certain transplants, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.
“His condition has gotten more severe since he was taken off the list,” said University Medical Center spokeswoman Jo Marie Gellerman.
The patient’s worsening condition would have elevated his place on the liver donor list, she added. But the point was moot.
The patient could not afford the transplant and Arizona refused to pay for it. Arizona reduced Medicaid coverage for transplants on Oct. 1 under cuts included to help close a shortfall in the state budget enacted last spring.
Koch Industries Sues: Claims pranksters who said it believed in global warming harmed its reputation.
Here is a must-see video showing Republicans hemming and hawing as they try to explain why they aren’t sticking to their promise to cut $100 billion from the budget this year.
See the post below too.
Did you see John Boehner on the NBC Nightly News last night?
Brian Williams interviewed him and point blank asked, “Name a program right now that we could do without.”
Boehner replied: “I don’t think I have one off the top of my head.”
Boehner and his buddies have been screaming for two years about the deficit and the budget yet now that he’s the Speaker of the House he can’t name one thing he would cut? Huh? Huh?
Watching this started my day off right.
(Sorry not to be able to give credit where credit’s due. A friend forwarded this to me with the video link only. The person who forwarded it to her got it without a link too and on and on.)
Anyway, it’s darling.