Archive for March 17, 2011

America — Want Another War?

The United Nations Security Council voted today to implement a no-fly zone over Libya.

When I heard that news, part of me cheered.  The fact that Qadhafi mowed his people down with jet fighters was  beyond appalling.  Something had to be done to stop that crazy man.

Then I read this:

We need to talk.

UPDATE:

Oh, please.  If one American dies it’ll turn into “defending their honor” and we’ll be at war for decades:

March 17, 2011 at 9:15 PM Leave a comment

Obama Wastes Time on Basketball Bracket Picks?

Fox News is Not Pleased That President Obama Took Time to Fill Out His Brackets.

What?  F**k you Fox and f**k you Mediaite for the wording of that headline.

Of course Fox isn’t “pleased.”  Fox isn’t “pleased” with anything Obama does.

Fox claims that,

There are some who believe that this sort of presidential activity is not only an incredible waste of time, but also demonstrates insensitivity during these dire days in which the country finds itself – what with trouble in the Middle East, labor disputes in the Midwest and a potential nuclear reactor seemingly on the brink of a melt down in Japan, how can the President find time for something as impractical as college basketball?

The thing is, Mediaite forgot (yeah, right) to put a post up about this incredible waste of time: : House Cuts to NPR Funding Likely to Die in Hands of Senate.

It isn’t “likely to die.”  It’s DOA.  The Senate won’t pass it and Obama won’t sign it.

But alas, per wingers, Obama’s the only one who wastes time.

March 17, 2011 at 8:01 PM 1 comment

Scott Walker on the Campaign Trail

It’s no wonder the people of Wisconsin feel duped by Governor Scott Walker.  They were.

Check out this Walker campaign ad.  He’s all about the Constitution, recalls and community organizing:

(H/t Bezer via The Political Carnival.)

What a punk.

March 17, 2011 at 7:31 PM 2 comments

The United Corporations of America

This says it:

(Via.)

 

March 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM Leave a comment

Why Republicans Hate NPR

Why is the GOP going after NPR, and why is doing so red meat for the party?

Because the honchos have convinced their flock that NPR is some sort of commie organization when in reality, they just don’t like any outlet that publishes articles like this:  The Southernization of Tim Pawlenty.

It’s about Tim Pawlenty suddenly adopting a southern drawl while making speeches in the south.  I.e., an honest observation they’d rather not have out there.

Facts can be dangerous.

March 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM 1 comment

Obama’s “Union Goons”

Last week I posted about the glacial pace of the fundraising of the PAC, the “Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama.”

They have continued to fundraise since then, but today their email included the ad they’re trying to raise money to air.  Here it is:

This is a classic case of tragically uninformed, misinformed brainwashed working people supporting causes that are diametrically opposed to their own interests.

If there are any “thugs” and “goons” in this story, Governor Walker — he’s a quintessential little punk — reigns supreme.

Maybe a day will come when the Tea Partiers realize that this isn’t about Democrats versus Republicans. It’s about the corporatocracy versus all of us.

And may I remind you of this ad released on March 1

by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America.  Compare and contrast the two.  Seems to me it’s pretty clear the Progressive Change people — the “thug” and “goon” crowd — have the people’s interests at heart.

March 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM 3 comments

Donald Trump Thinks He’s Beautiful

Quickie:

Check out this quote from Donald Trump:

Trump told Banfield that he was prepared to spend $600 million of his own money if he does decide to make a run for the White House.

“That’s one of the nice things. I mean, part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich. So if I need $600 million, I can put $600 million myself,” he said.

If he does decide to run, watch him present himself as a regular guy.  Yeah, right.  He’s so regular he can afford to potentially blow $600 million.

(Image via.)

What with the hair problem, the guy really should stay out of the wind.

March 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM Leave a comment

Sending People to Prison for Not Paying a Bill?

From the Wall Street Journal:

(Image via.)

Some lawmakers, judges and regulators are trying to rein in the U.S. debt-collection industry’s use of arrest warrants to recoup money owed by borrowers who are behind on credit-card payments, auto loans and other bills.

More than a third of all U.S. states allow borrowers who can’t or won’t pay to be jailed. Judges have signed off on more than 5,000 such warrants since the start of 2010 in nine counties with a total population of 13.6 million people, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal of filings in those counties. Nationwide figures aren’t known because many courts don’t keep track of warrants by alleged offense. In interviews, 20 judges across the nation said the number of borrowers threatened with arrest in their courtrooms has surged since the financial crisis began.

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In Florida, training this week for dozens of new judges and sitting judges who are moving to courts with the power to lock up borrowers includes a session about potential abuses of debt-related warrants. “Before we take away a person’s freedom, we want to ensure that there are procedural safeguards,” said Peter Evans, a Palm Beach County, Fla., state-court judge who proposed the session.

Some judges elsewhere are issuing fewer debt-related arrest warrants because law-enforcement officials complained those cases gobble up resources needed to pursue violent offenders.

Illinois regulators are investigating the use of warrants by debt collectors and other financial firms doing business in that state. In September, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued an order seeking to revoke the license of Easy Money Express Inc. The Paducah, Ky., payday lender won arrest warrants against at least four customers. One spent five days in a Carbondale, Ill., jail last March after failing to pay a $275 debt, court filings show. The lender “exploited the court system to obtain the arrest and incarceration of its customers,” said Sue Hofer, a spokeswoman for the agency. The company declined to comment but is fighting the state’s proposed ban.

Wow.  What a racket.  So our tax dollars are being used to jail people who might owe as little as 200-some dollars?  That’s outrageous.  It’s yet another way in which the system is rigged to protect and coddle corporations.  And to think there aren’t strict safeguards surrounding this is unbelievable.  Obviously a corporation should have to prove — prove — someone owes the money for God’s sake.

And why is this happening to begin with?  If someone can’t pay a bill, they can’t pay a bill.  Who would chose to go to prison instead of paying a bill if they had the money?

It’s barbaric.

March 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM 2 comments

Radiation From Japan Will NEVER Reach the U.S.?

We keep hearing that radiation from the decaying reactors in Japan will never, ever reach the U.S.  This morning the weather guy on CNN went so far as to say, “Don’t worry!”

Well, like most reporting on this situation, I believe about 10% of it.

Here’s a map that shows how, depending on predicted wind patterns, radiation could easily reach the U.S., by as early as tomorrow.  Click on the “Play” tab on the upper left.

This is a screenshot:

March 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM 1 comment

Japanese Tsunami: Dog Refuses to Leave His Injured Friend

Dogs are such wonderful beings:

The dogs were picked up after the video was shot, and are in the care of a local shelter.

(Via.)

March 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM Leave a comment


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