Archive for August 9, 2011
That’s the bottom line.
Heading to bed…with my fingers, eyes, legs and arms crossed…
Can’t stay awake. The doggies will get me up at 4:00 a.m. again tomorrow.
Mark Halperin is a commentator on MSNBC’s “liberal” morning show, “Morning Joe,” starring GOP’er Joe Scarborough.
He is also the “senior political analyst” for Time magazine and for Time.com and oh, a few weeks ago he was suspended from MSNBC for calling President Obama “a dick.”
Read more about the alleged professionalism (cough) of this “journalist” here.
Anyway, Halperin’s got a new gig and a new app and guess what? It’s sponsored by ExxonMobil!
So, the next time you see Mark Halperin on the teevee, remember: He unabashedly — he’s proud of it — takes money from ExxonMobil. I.e., they own him so he just might, you know, (for example) advocate against global warming because it’s ah, “controversial.” And he might say a Democratic president is a dick because that dick doesn’t capitulate to the corporations who want to have their way with our planet.
USA! USA! Where corporations control the news so they can fuck the people who watch it.
I’m waiting for election returns from Wisconsin — fingers crossed.
This is the oh-so-relevant headline up at FoxNewsLatino right now:
Oy. Guess I better start monitoring that site.
I l-o-v-e the look of the Baobab tree. Seeing one in person is on my before-I-die to-do list.
Legend holds that when the Baobab was planted by God, it kept walking, so God pulled it up and replanted it upside down to stop it moving.
My hubby received this postcard in the mail today from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee:
It’s no surprise I guess that the apparent strategy is to scare Democrats into voting for Barack Obama and Democratic senators who are up for re-election but it sure is pathetic. Democrats have been in the majority in Washington for nearly three years. The two years they held the House, the Senate and the White House. The third year they held the Senate and the White House. Still, they apparently feel they have nothing to brag about; nothing to sell in terms of what they’ve accomplished.
By their own admission, the big reason to vote for them next year is to “Stop the Radical Right.”
Again, how pathetic.
Remember Hope, Change and Yes We Can?!
If the leader of the national Republican party has to lie about why Wisconsin is holding a recall election today for six GOP state senators, you know they’re up to no good. I mean, he knows if he tells the truth, people will be kinda pissed at what they did so, rather than standing up and being proud of it, he’s gotta lie:
Whatever happens tonight in Wisconsin, it has been a constant of this fight that Republicans have consistently falsefied the reason labor and Dems have waged this battle so bitterly. They have steadily downplayed the most extreme union-busting aspect of Scott Walker’s proposals, and have falsely asserted throughout that Dems and labor only made this stand because Walker asked public employees to cough up health and pension benefits.
So it’s fitting that as the recall elections hit their climax, the leader of the national GOP repeated this lie in the most hilariously blatant way yet. Here’s RNC chair Reince Priebus on CNN this afternoon:
ANCHOR: Is there buyers’ remorse in your home state of Wisconsin with Republican/Tea Party policy making?
PRIEBUS: No. I don’t think there’s any buyers’ remorse at all. You have a leader in Scott Walker who asked state employees to pay just a little bit more in pension and healthcare benefits, which was about half of what the rest of the state pays in those benefits. And that’s all he did. Now, in reaction to that, the public employee unions took $25 million, they put together a petition drive, and now they’re dumping millions of dollars on television trying to recall the senators for trying to balance a state budget.It’s the same type of tough choice that is were made in Wisconsin that the Republicans are trying to present to Americans in Washington.This is a completely false rendering of what actually happened. In reality, the protests from Democrats were prompted by Scott Walker’s proposal to strip public employees of their bargaining rights, protests that were later sustained by the deep cuts in his budget, leading to the recall drive.
Too bad CNN’s anchors don’t inform themselves about what’s going on so they can call someone like Priebus out and actually inform viewers as to what the facts are. That the head of the national Republican party feels free to bald-faced lie on national television is a pretty good indication of the abhorrent state of our “news” media.
What would you grab and why?
The good folks over at Burning House interviewed a bunch of people and asked what they would take if they could only grab five or six or ten things.
I live in an area that’s prone to wildfires so I’ve given this a lot lot of thought but heck, I still waffle about what I’d take.
Anyway, check out The Burning House here.
Here’s a sample:
Name: Lina Öinert
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
- My wedding dress.
- Overly cute panda tea pot and tiny bunny milk jug.
- Canon AE 1.
- New wheels for my quad skates (when not photographing, I’m a Roller Derby player).
- Tin box with letters from my teenage days.
- My wedding rings.
- My mum’s old Moomin comics from the sixties. They contain all the wisdom you could ever possibly need.
- Polaroid camera.
- Book by Sophie Calle.
- Promarker pens.
- Canon 5D mark II (not pictured).
- My cat (not pictured).
This is just sad and it bodes so poorly for our country that science teachers are being made to tell their students that the existence of climate change is “controversial.”
I tell you, the money the energy companies have spent propagandizing about the alleged doubts about climate change has really paid off (for them, not for us):
An informal survey this spring of 800 members of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) found that climate change was second only to evolution in triggering protests from parents and school administrators. Online message boards for science teachers tell similar tales. Unlike biology teachers defending the teaching of evolution, however, earth science teachers don’t have the protection of the First Amendment’s language about religion. But the teachers feel their arguments are equally compelling: Science courses should reflect the best scientific knowledge of the day, and offering opposing views amounts to teaching poor science. Most science teachers don’t relish having to engage this latest threat to their profession and resent devoting precious classroom time to a discussion of an alleged “controversy.” And they believe that politics has no place in a science classroom. Even so, some are being dragged against their will into a conflict they fear could turn ugly.
Geezus. Sometimes I feel like the United States has reverted back to the Dark Ages.
This is the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine. It couldn’t be more perfect.
37 years ago today:
I remember that day. I was in a cabin in the Colorado Rockies and an announcement came over the radio that Nixon had resigned. Everyone in the room cheered. It was the end of a national nightmare.