Archive for November, 2011
Woohoo! Here’s the new, new thing:
Engagement Rings for Men
Engagement rings are a symbol of commitment and they’re not just for brides-to-be anymore. Although it’s not a common tradition, modern men who want show their devotion prior to the ceremony can take a cue from Brazilian and Argentinian couples who typically have a plain band for both the future bride and groom. Men’s engagement rings are also great for same-sex couples who both want to wear a ring.
See the “Best Men’s Engagement Rings” here.
Geez Louise. There’s no end to the things the corporatocracy wants us to think we ah, “need.” Ka-ching!
Ouch, ouch, OUCH! Ron Paul is out with a new ad that eviscerates Newt Gingrich. (I agree, the word eviscerates is used too often and too loosely, but not in this case.) Wow, as political ads go, this is a masterpiece.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued this statement today regarding the Los Angeles Police Department removing American citizens — OccupyLA protesters — from City Hall Park, which they own:
Last night, we witnessed perhaps one of the finest moments in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department.
After 58 days of the Occupy LA protest, 1,400 officers enforced the closure of City Hall Park. The closure, conducted in a professional and restrained manner, was meticulously planned and involved coordination with multiple city departments. Over 200 people were arrested with a minimal use of force and with no major injuries to the police or to protesters. The activists’ fundamental rights were respected. This was a peaceful and orderly conclusion of the encampment at City Hall.
Today, the LAPD stands as a shining example of constitutional policing.
Although we expect further protests as Occupy LA works to broaden its movement, we will work hard to ensure that the City handles these actions with the appropriate restraint. I hope that the Occupy LA activists will do the same.
The movement’s message of restoring the balance to American society is too important to be lost amid clashes and conflict.”
“Restoring the balance to American society…?” Why don’t you send the LAPD to the Citigroup offices and arrest them? That would restore some balance.
I heard someone say the other day that Villaraigosa, a Democrat, has gone over to the side of the 1%ers.
Oh, and what the hell is “constitutional policing?” A new, Orwellian phrase we’ll no doubt be hearing more of.
Back in the fall of 2009, the honchos over at the Fox “Business Network” hired Don Imus to do a weekday morning show in the hope that he would attract more than the 300-some regular viewers. Seems that people who want business news see CNBC as far more credible than Fox. Gee. I wonder why.
Anyway, that grand plan isn’t working:
Don Imus‘s morning show has never been on more radio stations than it is today — more than 80.
But the cowboy boot-wearing jock is having a hard time finding his footing on TV. In the just finished November ratings period, “Imus in the Morning” was the least watched FBN program in A25-54 viewers, averaging 6,000 from 6-9am. An improvement from the 5,000 who watched last month, but down -50% from the 12,000 average in Nov. 2010, when the mid-term elections were the big story.
By comparison, CNBC which is available in 40 million more homes, had more than 10x the A25-54 viewers with 70,000 watching “Squawk Box”. The gap narrows in total viewers as Imus drew 92,000 to CNBC’s 175,000: and both shows grew their Total Viewer numbers year-over-year.
Since May, (5/5/11 – 11/25/11) when Connell McShane took over for Charles McCord, the show has seen an -18% drop in A25-54 viewers. And despite crowing about an occasional win against “Squawk Box”, Imus has not logged a win in the 6-9am block this year, in either Total Viewers or the demo.
It seems to me that adding Imus to the lineup only reinforces the notion that FBN isn’t a “real” business news network. (His show airs for three hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET and ending at 9:20 a.m. ET, ten minutes before the “opening bell” at the NYSE.) I’m not surprised the show is a dud. The non-business audience (Imus’ potential viewers) is watching Fox News and people who want business news are watching CNBC.
Poor FBN. They just don’t get it.
During a town hall-style gathering last night in Newberry, South Carolina, an audience member asked Newt Gingrich a question about insuring that everyone with HIV gets treatment. He wasn’t prepared to answer the question so he asked the questioner to forward the information to his staff. Then he concluded with this:
I’m certainly sympathic to what you just said but one of the real changes that comes when you start running for president as opposed to being an analyst on Fox is I, you know, I have to actually know what I’m talking about. It’s a severe limitation.
I’ve always said that Fox thinks its audience is stupid — throw anything at them and they’ll buy it — and this pretty much proves it.
Wow, this is a revealing statement by 1%-er Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York:
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
The moto of the New York Police Department, as inscribed on the side of NYPD police cars,
is: Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect. It, like all other police departments around the country, was established to protect and serve the people. The department is funded by tax dollars paid by the people of the city of New York.
Mike, you work for and are paid by the people of the city of New York too. The NYPD is not your personal army. You should disabuse yourself of that notion inmediatamente.
I love this story:
A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter were just moments from being evicted from their home Tuesday, when sheriff’s deputies and the moving company hired by the bank decided not to go through with the action.
At just three weeks shy of her 104th birthday, Vita Lee has shared her home on Penelope Road in Northwest Atlanta with her daughter for 53 years.
“I love it. It’s a mansion,” Lee said about her house.
Fulton County sheriff’s deputies and movers showed up at Lee’s home Tuesday after Deutsche Bank planned to kick the two women out.
The moving company and the deputies took one look at Lee and decided that would not happen.
“I saw the sheriffs, who came to put them out, take off and leave. I gave all glory to God,” community activist Michael Langford said.
The house and case have been in the court system for years. Possible eviction seemed too much for Lee’s daughter Tuesday. She was rushed to the hospital.
Bravo to the sheriff’s deputies and the movers. Nice to know there are still people in this world who have blood in their veins, not ice.
This would be the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank in June, 2009:
This morning, Dana Milbank, Amanda Carpenter, and I appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources, hosted by Howard Kurtz.
It was a spirited affair and folks can draw their own conclusions. Here’s the video.
The only thing that surprised me was when Dana turned to me after our initial sparring and called me a “dick” in a whispered tone (the specific phrase was, I believe, “You’re such a dick”).
And this would be be Milbank in August, 2009:
Ridiculous, panty-raiding Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is partaking in further jackassery on behalf of the legendary paper yet again, now making videos where he’s calling Hillary Clinton a “mad bitch.”
Being the arrogant, insulated, inside-the-beltway egomaniac that he is, this would be Dana Milbank today:
This is happening in the United States of America on November 29, 2011 @ roughly 7:12 p.m. PT:
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You wouldn’t believe how pitiful the credentials of some of those “strategists” were. I.e., they had no business whatsoever being sold to We the People as experts.
So when I happened upon The Ed Show tonight on MSNBC and I saw Ed talking to a woman named Krystal Ball — who he billed as a “Democratic strategist” — I had to know more.
Krystal Ball? Seriously? Didn’t that name alone make Ed’s bookers just a teeny weeny bit suspicious?
This is from KrystalBall‘s website:
Krystal Marie Ball is a 29-year-old former Congressional candidate and current Democratic Strategist; in addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, software engineer, small business owner and mother. Krystal was recently named by Forbes Magazine as number 21 on the magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in the Mid Term Elections” list.
So, Krystal Ball has been a lot of things in her 29 years and one of her proudest accomplishments is ingratiating herself into the 1% club with bazillionaire Steve Forbes (a 1%-er extraordinaire).
Ed Schultz claims to be a man of the people but he touts a “Democratic strategist” with a dubious background who’s on Steve Forbes’ — Steve Forbes’! — favorites list?
Hey Ed: Read this to learn more about your gal pal Krystal.
Yesterday we learned that the United States of America’s 2012 discretionary budget allocates 59% to defense spending and 6% — 6% — to education.
That said, schools in the United States are literally falling apart:
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Timnath Elementary School is closed after a ceiling collapsed over the Thanksgiving holiday.
School district crews and a structural engineer are working Tuesday to determine the cause.
Poudre School District spokeswoman Danielle Clark says teachers discovered the collapse when they returned to school on Monday, an extended holiday for students.
Thank God this happened over the Thanksgiving weekend. What if it hadn’t?
America: We get what we pay for.
I’m posting this video of Newt Gingrich cozying up to Nancy Pelosi and climate change “for the record.”
As Newt rises in the polls, I fully expect him to distance himself from not only his climate change concerns (can’t have that in winger world!) but his having ever met Nancy Pelosi:
First a reminder: The “deficit” wasn’t an issue between 2001 and 2009 while the Bush administration was running it up. It became an issue on November 4, 2008, the day after Barack Obama got elected. Why? The Republicans (1) were even then strategizing for 2012 and (3) they needed to blame someone for the state of the economy, and that someone was Obama.
Unfortunately, the financial crisis hit at the same time and Democrats and just about everyone else who wielded power around here bought the Republican hysteria about the immediate need to reduce said deficit.
So here we are,
State and local governments have cut 455,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010, and public-sector jobs account for the smallest share of the nation’s employment since the 2008 financial crisis, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Is it any wonder (that “states face bleak economic forecast”)? Lay off almost a half a million people who probably haven’t been able to get new jobs. Cut their income by who knows how much and then cross your fingers and hope the economy, which relies to the tune of 70% on “consumer” spending, picks up.
Good luck with that!
Let’s worry about the deficit later.
What we need now are jobs and money in people’s pockets.
This drives me crazy. Chances are I’m handing food out to some of these same laid off government workers when I’m at the food bank on Fridays.
So America, after hundreds of billions of dollars and roughly 100,000 lives lost, this is Baghdad today (thanks George!):
Vienna’s excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey which put Baghdad firmly in last place.
German and Swiss cities also performed especially well in the quality of living rankings, with Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva and Bern in the top 10.
The Austrian capital, with its ornate buildings, public parks and extensive bicycle network recently reduced the cost of its annual public transport ticket to 1 euro a day.
Serious crime is rare and the city of around 1.7 million inhabitants regularly tops global quality of life surveys.
Baghdad’s political turmoil, poor security enforcement and attacks on local people and foreigners made it the worst place to live in 2011, both in terms of life quality and safety.
America, I’m ashamed of us.
If you’d like to see the full list of most livable cities based on (1) quality of life, and (2) personal safety, go here. The highest ranked U.S. city in the quality of life category is Honolulu at #29. There are no U.S. cities in the personal safety category.
This says to me Herman Cain is done.
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain–who is said to be reassessing his campaign–canceled dinner with a bevy of New York media bigwigs scheduled for Sunday, according to NY1.
Among the attendees: Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren (Van Susteren’s husband John Coale organized the meeting), NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s Barbara Walters, CBS’ Lesley Stahl and Senator Chick Schumer.
Thank God. The guy was his own worst enemy. But I have to say, I haven’t seen an ego as big as his in quite a while. That he thought he could be seen as a viable candidate given all the baggage in his past was something to behold.
Then again, his ego might be huger than that. He might think he’s such a desirable stud, the women he
sexually harassed blessed with his presence or had affairs with rescued, appreciated what he did for them so much, they’d never complain.
This would be our Tweet of the Day:
OMG, the noises this little porcupine, “Teddy Bear,” makes are so darling (turn your volume up):
This is both infuriating and heartbreaking:
A 61-year-old Halifax County man died Tuesday, a day after police shocked him with a stun gun while he was riding his bike, family members said.
Scotland Neck [North Carolina] Police Chief Joe Williams said they received a call Monday night about a man who fell off of his bicycle and injured himself in the parking lot of the BB&T bank, 1001 Main St. The caller was concerned that the man was drunk.
When Officer John Turner arrived, he saw Roger Anthony pedaling away along 10th Street. He followed Anthony in his patrol car, briefly put on his sirens and lights and yelled out of the window for him to stop, but Anthony continued to ride away, police said.
Williams said Turner then saw Anthony take something out his pocket and put it into his mouth. At that time, Turner got out of the car and yelled for Anthony to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, the officer used a stun gun on him, causing him to fall off of his bike.
Anthony was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he was declared brain dead, his sister Gladys Freeman said. He was taken off of life support on Tuesday.
Freeman said her brother was disabled, suffered from seizures and had trouble hearing.
I wish the Justice Department would look into the over-use of stun guns, tasers and pepper spray. It’s out of control.
What a great way to start the day:
Our second rescue from beagles who have lived their entire lives inside a research laboratory. These beagles have known nothing except the confines of metal cages. They have known no soft human touch, no warm bed, no companionship, no love. They have never been outside or sniffed a tree or grass. Finally, after years of being poked and prodded, these beagles are FREE!
I keep thinking about Emma Sullivan.
Ms. Sullivan is the 18-year-old high school senior who attended an event in Topeka, Kansas last Monday which was billed as a “Kansas Youth in Government” forum. Ms. Sullivan pissed off Kansas Governor Sam Brownback — the keynote speaker — when she sent a tweet about his speech that Brownback’s staff didn’t like.
(Apparently Brownback’s staff is sitting around in pajamas in their parents’ basement, eating Cheetos, trolling the web for negative tweets about Brownback instead of creating jobs.)
Sullivan tweeted that Brownback “sucked” and “blowsalot.”
How dare she?!
Sam – Fidel Castro — Brownback’s office (don’t forget, Brownback sets the tone for what his office does) contacted the principal at Sullivan’s school, who (being the tool that he or she is) demanded that Sullivan write a letter of apology to Brownback by today (11-28-11) or face who-knows-what kind of discipline.
Sullivan refused, and today Brownback backed down, saying his staff “overreacted.“
Overreacted? Ya think?
Anyway, this incident got a lot of press and I’m willing to bet Ms. Sullivan received some ugly tweets and possibly even death threats so her decision not to apologize can’t have been easy. That’s why I want her to know how proud I am that she stood up for her fundamental right to freedom of speech. I respect her guts.
Oh, and as for that principal — you’re a pathetic example to the kids in your school.
You are my new hero Emma!
“I think — and this is crazy, but so are we — that Gingrich is going to have a better time in the general election than Mitt Romney,” publisher Joe McQuaid told FOX News. “I think it’s going to be Obama’s 99% versus the 1%, and Romney sort of represents the 1%.”
Whoa! Yep, those 1%-ers are bad people, right?
The thing is, the Union Leader endorsed Steve Forbes in 2000 so McQuaid isn’t entirely opposed to 1%-ers.
Take a look at this:
59% to the military, a pittance to housing, education, health and human services, energy and transportation.
The amount spent, or rather NOT spent, on energy is particularly infuriating to me. We should be pouring billions into putting solar panels on the roof of every building in the country. How ’bout we take three or four or eight billion from the military and do that? Not only could we decrease our dependence on oil, we could put thousands of people to work. Seems like a no brainer to me.
I learned something new today: I learned about “cage homes.”
A cage home is essentially a 6′ x 3′ x 4′ cage, inside of which lies a mattress. Cage homes are common in places like Hong Kong, where they rent for approximately $140 per month. The cages are entered through a sliding cage door. When the tenant is inside, they can lock themselves in with a padlock. When they leave, they can lock their possessions inside.
Here is a video about cage homes produced by Journeyman Pictures (embedding has been disabled). It includes a bit about this 80-year-old woman,
who has lived in a rented cage home for — this is horrific — 30 years.
Here is a picture of cage homes stacked three-high:
I’ve often wondered what the 1% have in mind for us; what their endgame is. Not to make light of this horrible situation, but maybe this is it.
The big boys at Fox News in New York City have hired another…blond! Her name is Anna Kooiman and she moves up from the local Fox affiliate in Charlotte, NC.
I can’t tell the women at FNC apart anymore. They all look the same. Here’s Anna:
Computers are getting smaller and smaller every day, and many people can now do most of their online work via their phones. However within a few years devices could get much smaller – and we could have contact lenses that project our emails directly onto our eyeballs.
This is something the corporate media will probably ignore (until it’s a pants-on-fire crisis) but I think it’s worth knowing about:
Killer virus which spreads like wildfire is causing concern among US scientists and fishermen.
In the Pacific northwest of the United States, salmon is the king of fish, supporting a multi-billion dollar industry.
However, Canadian scientists have recently discovered a deadly virus infecting the ocean’s salmon.
The virus has caused concern among US scientists and fishermen.
My state — Colorado — is doing this:
The Courtesy Patrol program begins on Friday, November 25. Drivers of passenger and other smaller vehicles are provided free roadside assistance for services such as flat tires, fuel or water transfer, jump starts, short-distance towing, accident scene protection and minor mechanical assistance. Three pickups and a tow truck patrol I-70 between the top of Floyd Hill and Vail, looking for disabled vehicles. Truck personnel also respond to requests from the Colorado State Patrol, local police or the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Courtesy Patrol operates primarily on weekends (Saturdays 6 a.m. to 8 p.m./Sundays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.), including the holiday weekends of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day. Following the holidays, patrols will run every weekend through April 1, 2012.
“These programs have been effective at reducing congestion and delay times on the I-70 Corridor,” added DeVito. “But we’re also reminding drivers to do their part by keeping their vehicles ready for winter travel, including having adequate tire traction, carrying an emergency kit with items like water, food, blankets, a shovel and ice scraper. Also, be prepared by knowing what road conditions to expect.”
Republicans say we should drown government in the bathtub.
I say thank goodness for this program. It makes total sense and I love that (some of) my tax dollars are being spent on a thing that HELPS WE THE PEOPLE.
I just freakin’ love this kind of “waste.”
By now you may have heard the “big” political news of the day: The New Hamphsire Union Leader endorsed Newt Gingrich for president this morning (what are they smokin’ up there?).
The Union Leader is a newspaper:
But, guess what? OMG, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry: Some in the Twittersphere have totally misunderstood this news; they think Newt was endorsed by a union leader, as in a person:
See more hilarious tweets here.
Dumb is cool!