Archive for May 23, 2011

Who is Rachel Maddow?

Heard on the Rachel Maddow show tonight:

Maddow:  I “couldn’t be happier” that Michael Steele signed on to MSNBC today.


Rachel: Do you think adding yet another wingnut to our pundotocracy is a good thing?

Are you bought?

May 23, 2011 at 8:43 PM Leave a comment

David Sirota — Ratings Whore?

Hey, believe me, I love progressive radio — love, love it, listen to it all day –  but when something like this happens I can’t help but be suspicious:

On Thursday, May 19, AM760 (Denver) “progressive radio talk” show host David Sirota — a very popular guy around here and a rising star — sent out this Tweet:

On Friday, May 20 he upped the tease:

At roughly  8:06 AM today Sirota said he’d make the announcement in a minute or two.  Come 8:25-ish, Sirota said he had to put the announcement off until tomorrow but sorry, sorry, sorry.

David Sirota is 36-years-old; old enough to know that when you say you’re going to make an announcement ah, you make it.  Especially when you give two day’s notice.

But no.

So I can’t help but wonder — and be suspicious — as to what’s going on.

Has David Sirota sold his $oul to the rating$ god$?

May 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM 4 comments

My Thoughts Are With the People of Joplin, Missouri

116 dead (and counting) due to the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri yesterday.

Judging from the video I’ve seen, the destruction is horrific.

What a terrifying event.

Photo: ABCNews/Mark Schiefelbein

My thoughts are with you.

May 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM 2 comments

Darling Little Chicks

Break time!

Checkout this video of three darling little chicks squabbling over a worm:


Man.  They can move.

I hope the woman who filmed this cut the worm in three pieces and gave one to each of those little gaffers.

May 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM Leave a comment

Sarah Palin’s “Prayer Shield”

This would be Sarah Palin on Greta Van Sustern’s show on Fox last Thursday:

And I’m at that point of saying, yes, you know, whatever. It’s going to keep on coming, and you know, I feel like I have a prayer shield in front of me that deflects a lot of that. I just want to make sure that for my loved ones, for my parents, for my spouse and my children and those close to me, that they have that tool to deflect also so that they’re not adversely affected.

Shorter:  I keep saying incoherent, ignorant things and waaaaaaah, the media hurts my feewings and my family’s feewings when they call me on it.  Not that I’m a crybaby or a professional victim or anything.

May 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM Leave a comment

Hey, Let’s Privatize Everything

Check out how defense spending has skyrocketed since 2001 when Donald Rumsfeld began moving defense contracts to the “more efficient” private sector:

May 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM 1 comment

Michael Steele Joins MSNBC

Michael Steele, the outspoken and unguarded former Republican National Committee chairman, has inked a deal for the job he was born for: talking head on cable news.

MSNBC announced Monday morning in POLITICO’s Playbook that Steele will join the network as a political analyst, contributing regularly to its programming.

Great.  Just what we need.  Another conservative voice on television. (I hope you sense the sarcasm.)

May 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM Leave a comment

Rapture Guy — Harold Camping — At a Loss For Words

The International Business Times went to Harold Camping’s house on Saturday — he’s the Family Radio guy who predicted the Rapture would happen that day — but Camping wouldn’t say much other than “give me a day” and “you know, this is a big deal, big deal and I’ve got to think it out, so no interviews.”

Harold Camping


No wonder.  I mean, what’s he gonna say?  I didn’t know what I was talking about?  It was all a ruse to raise money?

May 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM 2 comments

Mitch Daniels And the Wimp Factor

Over the weekend Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) issued a statement saying he had decided not to run for president, due to the “interests and wishes” of his family.  But peel those “interests and wishes” back a bit and this is what you get:

Mitch Daniels (AP)

Cheri Daniels was facing scrutiny not just for the couple’s unusual path—they divorced in 1993, remarried in 1997, and in the intervening years she wed another man in California. Rather, the Indiana first lady was on the receiving end of a growing number of cutting critiques questioning her mothering over the fact that their daughters remained with Mitch Daniels during their time apart.

“Now, because of her husband’s prominence in national politics, Cheri Daniels is facing harsh judgments,” wrote “On Parenting” blogger Janice D’Arcy in the Washington Post just last week, adding readers had used the word “abandoned” in the comments section in connection with the split and her kids.

The question, whispered about by Republican elites and fanned by operatives in some rival camps, was gaining such traction that Daniels himself sought to snuff out the whiff of bad parenting in a strong statement to the Indianapolis Star, delivered separately from the one in which he bowed out of the national race.

Those family concerns clearly weighed heavily on the Daniels clan, and ultimately won the day.

In the end, Daniels’ pandering to the Tea Party by defunding Planned Parenthood wasn’t enough to overcome the wimp factor:  “If a man would take back a woman after such a betrayal, is he tough enough to lead the country?”

Brutal.  I guess compassionate conservatism is dead.

May 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM Leave a comment

Newt Gingrich Wants to Divorce His Past

Insofar as he’s on his third marriage, Newt Gingrich knows a thing or two about divorce, but now he’s under the illusion (or is it delusion?) that he can divorce himself from his past, and that we can and should too:

Speaking at a breakfast gathering this morning, Newt said,

As to his personal history, which includes multiple marriages and reports of infidelity, he said, “I’ve been very clear that I’ve made mistakes … I ask [voters] to look at who I am today.”

Gingrich added that he has cast so many votes, conducted so many interviews, and written so many articles and books (24, by his count) that he will no longer answer “gotcha” questions based on something he said or wrote in the past.

Good luck with that Newt.  And by the way, that’s an insult to my intelligence.  What you’ve said and written in the past is absolutely relevant to your campaign.

May 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM Leave a comment

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