Archive for January 25, 2011

The SOTU: High on Fantasy, Low on Facts


January 25, 2011 at 11:09 PM Leave a comment

Paul Ryan’s “Limited Government”

Paul Ryan used the words “limited government” at least ten times tonight in his rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Limited government?  Like thisAnd this?  And like “limited government” involving itself in family planning and a woman’s womb?

January 25, 2011 at 10:39 PM Leave a comment

Roger Ailes: “Allow Both Points of View”

Quote of the day (grab a hankie — you’ll laugh so hard tears will run down your face):

“You have to be able to allow both points of view.”

– Roger Ailes


January 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM Leave a comment

Obama: “We Do Big Things”

President Obama ended his SOTU address tonight with, “We do big things.”

Yes, there was a time when we did, but  — sad to say — we don’t anymore.

January 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM Leave a comment

Obama: High Speed Trains by 2035

In his State of the Union address tonight, Obama said we should aim for high speed, transcontinental trains by 2035.

By 20 freakin’ 35?   Is he kidding?  China and Europe have a lock on that now.

January 25, 2011 at 9:49 PM Leave a comment

Obama: LOWER the Corporate Tax Rate

Obama says we should LOWER the corporate tax rate here in the U.S.  What the hell?  He’s buying the winger meme that corporate taxes are really, really high — they stifle job creation — even though loopholes make them amongst the lowest in the world.

January 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM Leave a comment

John Boehner’s Guests at the SOTU — All African-Americans

Fox just panned the audience with a chyron: “John Boehner’s guests.”  Five or six people — all of them African-Americans.

Panderpaloza or what?

January 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM 4 comments

POTUS Entering the Chamber

Ugh.  The way presidents greet people when they enter the chamber to deliver the State of the Union address — smiling, shaking hands, kissing people, laughing — is grossly artificial.

January 25, 2011 at 9:10 PM Leave a comment

The Tea Party Nation Can’t Bear to Let on That Michele Bachmann Will be on CNN Tonight

The Tea Party people are so insulated they have no idea that the, ahem, bastion of the “liberal media,” CNN, is going to air Michele Bachmann’s State of the Union “rebuttal” tonight.

I just got this email from the Tea Party Nation:

Subject:  Details on How to View Bachmann/Tea Party Response to SOTU

Thousands of people have written in with questions about how to view tonight’s State Of The Union Response by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann – brought to you by the Tea Party Express and

Members of the press and public are invited to view and broadcast her speech via the Tea Party Express website: – and details on how to embed the stream into your own website or for media re-broadcast, can be found at

Bachmann’s tea party rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union speech will begin after Barack Obama’s speech, and following Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s comments.

Members of the press who wish to obtain more information on tonight’s historic address by Congresswoman Bachmann should contact the Tea Party Express press office at:

They can’t bring themselves to advise their members to just freakin’ watch it on CNN because that would blow their meme that CNN is crazy-liberal.

January 25, 2011 at 7:57 PM Leave a comment

Roger Ailes: Offer Keith Olbermann a Job

This is a quote from Roger Ailes lifted from a transcript of an interview Tom Junod of Esquire‘s The Politics Blog had with Ailes in December:

On Liberal Voices on Fox:

Tell me who you want to see on the left and I’ll hire them. If you give me a big name that’s out there, that’s floating around and wants work, I’d be happy to hire them. We have Ed Rendell, I mean he was the head of the Democratic party. He’s on twice a week. You can’t get any bigger than that. I go for people who will get ratings, but I’d be happy to put a bigger name Democrat on if you’ve got one. Now that probably surprises you and won’t get into the story, but it’s true. I want people who have marquee value.

I don’t presume to know what Keith Olbermann would do or say if Ailes offered him a job but he fits Ailes’ requirements to a T, so yo, Ailes, make a freakin’ offer.

(Of course he’ll never do it.  What he says here is total BS, as usual.)

January 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM Leave a comment

I Wonder if Rick Perry is Still Considering Secession

This is Texas Governor Rick Perry in April, 2009, just after Obama signed the stimulus bill:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax “tea party” Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states’ rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, “Secede!”

An animated Perry told the crowd at Austin City Hall — one of three tea parties he was attending across the state — that officials in Washington have abandoned the country’s founding principles of limited government. He said the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt.

Perry repeated his running theme that Texas’ economy is in relatively good shape compared with other states and with the “federal budget mess.” Many in the crowd held signs deriding President Barack Obama and the $786 billion federal economic stimulus package.

This is Perry’s Texas today:

Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Texas, which crafts a budget every two years, was facing a $6.6 billion shortfall for its 2010-2011 fiscal years. It plugged nearly all of that deficit with $6.4 billion in Recovery Act money, allowing it to leave its $9.1 billion rainy day fund untouched.

January 25, 2011 at 5:47 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Favor “Limited Government?”

If Republicans are the limited government, individual liberty crowd, they have a funny way of showing it:

The House Republicans’ first major technology initiative is about to be unveiled: a push to force Internet companies to keep track of what their users are doing.

A House panel chaired by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner [a Republican] of Wisconsin is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow morning to discuss forcing Internet providers, and perhaps Web companies as well, to store records of their users’ activities for later review by police.

One focus will be on reviving a dormant proposal for data retention that would require companies to store Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for two years, CNET has learned.

Tomorrow’s data retention hearing is juxtaposed against the recent trend to protect Internet users’ privacy by storing less data.

The thinking probably is that once they’ve got us all out on the street, living in tents and under bushes, they want to be able to read our email to see if we’re organizing a revolution.


January 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM Leave a comment

Obama Will Talk About Rolling Back the Bush Tax Cuts Tonight

I am listening to the Thom Hartmann show.  Thom is interviewing a woman named Jen (Sake?) from the White House Communications office.  Jen said that part of what President Obama will talk about tonight is rolling back the Bush tax cuts.  Yes, six weeks after he extended them he will talk about rolling them back.

Okey dokey.

January 25, 2011 at 4:57 PM Leave a comment

Egypt Blocks Twitter

Today has been designated a “day of revolution” in Egypt.  Citizens there have taken to the streets en masse.  The tyranical government is apparently freaking out (think Tunisia) because, having learned from the “Green Revolution” in Iran two summers ago, it has blocked Twitter.

One wonders what it has in mind — what it wants to hide.

(Image via.)

You can read updates as to what is happening here and/or here.

Oh, and don’t forget these wise words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:  “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

January 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM Leave a comment

Tim Pawlenty’s New Movie

Hey kids, check out Tim Pawlenty’s new movie:

I thought he wanted to be president, not the next John Wayne.

January 25, 2011 at 12:25 PM Leave a comment

Enjoy Rachel, Ed and Cenk While You Can

Mark Karlin over at Buzzflash makes a straightforward and levelheaded argument as to why the progressives at MSNBC won’t be around much longer:

Comcast isn’t about to commit suicide after its takeover of NBC Universal, and that is why progressive programming will disappear from MSNBC.


How will Maddow and the rest vanish?

Maybe through a format change for the entire station announced a year down the line or so – or earlier. Maybe through program “balance” requirements that will force Maddow and the others to resign. Maybe through a conversion of MSNBC to a Spanish station that would add to the growth of Telemundo, another part of the NBC Universal acquisition.

Why is Comcast, the largest cable provider in the nation – seeking also to become the largest television/Internet/telephone/mobile content provider – going to throw liberal shows overboard?

The answer is simple: all the MSNBC progressive hosts advocate policies such as net neutrality, limitations on expansion of big media, more diverse ownership of broadcasting, bandwidth charge limitations etc. These and other progressive policies run 100 percent contrary to the positions and media monopolizing goals of Comcast.

No corporation lets an internal unit run a renegade campaign that undermines the mega-expansionist and profit strategy of the larger company.

I think he’s right.


January 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM 2 comments

Woman Kills Dog — It Chewed Her Bible

Anyone who thinks a dog is aware of the contents of a book it chews on is insane:

Authorities have charged a South Carolina woman with felony animal cruelty, saying she hanged her nephew’s pit bull from a tree with an electrical cord and burned its body because the dog chewed on her Bible.

Animal control officers said Monday that 65-year-old Miriam Smith told them she killed a female dog named Diamond because it was a “devil dog” and she worried it could harm neighborhood children. Authorities said bond wasn’t immediately set for Smith, who remains jailed in Spartanburg County after her weekend arrest.

Officials said she didn’t have an attorney yet.

She faces 180 days to five years in prison if convicted.


January 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM Leave a comment

The Official Utah State Gun

Utah is blazing a path (no pun intended) toward being the first state in the nation to adopt an official state gun, the Browning M1911.  A Browning M1911 is the brand of (h/t arkarch) similar to the gun Jared Loughner used to shoot Gabby Giffords and kill six people.

Scott Sommerdorf l The Salt Lake Tribune

Maybe Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) will invite Giffords to the bill signing ceremony.  Hey, he might even give her a pen.


January 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM 3 comments

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