Archive for January 19, 2012
Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party Express response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Tea Party Express, a political action committee, announced on Thursday that the former presidential candidate would be the speaker. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who also ran for president, was the Tea Party Express speaker in 2011.
“We are excited to have Herman Cain deliver the 2nd Tea Party State of the Union response next week,” Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo said in a statement.
So, in other words, per the corporate lobbying groups who fund the Tea Party Express, Herman Cain is their guy.
I wonder who the grassroots members would pick. Maybe Cain. Maybe not.
(* Snark alert: How is it that the Tea Party folks bought a bus, they hired a company to create the graphics on the outside, they reviewed and approved those graphics, they hired a company to paint the bus, and yet that chain missed the fact that the word judgment was/is misspelled? Oy.)
I never thought I’d put up three posts in two days with the word sh*t in the title but here I go again.
Anyway, this is a must see. Two minutes that captures the hate coming from the right.
I dedicate this post to my gay brother Marc. He came out to me in 1977. My immediate thought — I’ll never forget our conversation — was that he was going to have a rough life purely because of who he was on the day he was born.
Sadly, 35 years later, here I am, posting this:
You can be sure you won’t hear about this from the corporate media:
Nebraska ranchers celebrated the Obama administration’s rejection of the proposed Keystone pipeline on Wednesday as a hardfought victory for the state’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region – even as Republican lawmakers vowed to keep fighting for the project.
Ben Gotschall, a fourth-generation Sandhills rancher, said pipeline opponents shared the belief that the future safety of land and water and the health and wellness of people and communities were more important than foreign oil profits.
At the same time, many landowners in central Nebraska, where the pipeline would have run through a portion of a sensitive aquifer, cheered the pipeline’s rejection, which looks almost certain to become a key political issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.
“The president has done the right thing and it is my hope that a foolhardy attempt by the Republicans to go around him can be headed off,” said Randy Thompson, who owns land in central Nebraska on the pipeline’s original route.
The rejection was “a major victory for the environment and for the people of the state of Nebraska,” Nebraska Sierra Club lobbyist Ken Winston said, adding that the pipeline was pushed by “short-term profiteering and bad energy policies.”
“We do not want to go back down that road,” Winston said.
Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb said the advocacy group that organized protests in Nebraska and Washington would never stop fighting plans for the “risky export pipeline.”
It is stunning and tragic the extent to which the voice of We the People is absent from our media.
Quote of the day:
“You’d be surprised to find out how much it costs to look this cheap.”
– Dolly Parton
Say it ain’t so already:
You expect to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl, but you might not expect what one local family saw in their sonogram this week. It showed their baby boy “Tebowing” in the womb.
“I think it really hit us kind of when we came home and looked at it because we had just got this on Tuesday; and the weekend before we were all ‘Tebowing,’” Elizabeth Vigil said. She added that the baby is already a part of her Broncos family.
“You’re born into the Broncos when you’re born into my family, pretty cool,” her husband, David Vigil, said.
What with so many things happening in the world that the corporate media would rather not touch, I guess you’ve got to fill the time any way you can.
Imagine for a second if President Obama’s or another prominent Democrat’s ex-wife came out and said the reason they divorced was because he wanted to have an “open marriage” and she couldn’t agree to that. Imagine the reaction from the right, especially ol’ Rush Limbaugh (who’s on his fourth marriage). They would chew on it in unison for months.
Now take a look at what Limbaugh said about Newt today:
I got a great note from a friend of mine. “So Newt wanted an open marriage. BFD. At least he asked his wife for permission instead of cheating on her. That’s a mark of character, in my book. Newt’s a victim. We all are. Ours is the horniest generation.” [...] That’s from a good friend of mine, “Newt’s slogan ought to, ‘Hell, yes, I wanted it.’” (laughing) I’m sharing with you how some people are reacting to this.
Amazing. And it’s astonishing his listeners don’t seem to notice his blatant hypocrisy and double standards. Lemmings.
Just got back from the grocery store. Guess what I saw there. Four displays of
On the night of the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney was declared the winner by 8 measly votes.
This morning, after a more thorough count, Iowa Republicans “certified” the vote and, as it turns out, Rick Santorum won by 34 votes. But now, the accepted description as to where we stand today is, it was a “virtual tie.”
So when the GOP establishment’s guy won, it was a win. But when the guy they don’t like wins, it’s a tie.
No reason given? Use your imagination. How about something having to do with 1 million recall signatures?
OMG, Fox’s spin on Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is just juvenile and ridiculous and silly. They’ve really outdone themselves with this one:
Here is the accompanying article together with a — bonus! bonus! — August 30 video of Daryl Hannah appearing on the O’Reilly Factor:
O’Reilly: It’s interesting. You’re running up against Hillary Clinton and President Obama. It’s you, Daryl Hanna…
O’Reilly: Against Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
So there you have it. Daryl Hanna won. Obama caved to liberal Hollywood* hippie chick Daryl Hanna. On Fox, it’s that simple folks.
Is it any wonder people who watch no news at all are better informed than people who watch Fox?
* On Fox, all those drug-crazed, hedonistic, nonbeliever Hollywood-types are nutzo liberals who pour money into the Democratic party and hate Republicans. That’s the deeper message here.
I think this is great:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is about to embark on something possibly more far-reaching than even his legendary skyhook.
The U.S. State Department has announced that the NBA’s all-time leading scorer has been enlisted to serve as a global cultural ambassador and help with diplomatic efforts. That begins Sunday, Jan. 22, when Abdul-Jabbar plans to travel to Brazil to speak on a number of events mostly centering on education.
How refreshing to see someone other than a white Christian male representing our country.
When I saw this headline, it stopped me in my tracks:
That is shocking.
Here are the details:
An analysis by the LA Times on 2009 death statistics reported by the CDC reveals that more American lives are being lost to prescription drugs than their illegal street counterparts and it is fueling the growth of drug induced deaths to previously unheard of numbers. Drug overdose surpassed the death toll from motor vehicle accidents, for the very first time on record, and claimed 39,147 lives. The report also found that commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Soma and the newly popular Fentanyl, which has 100 times the pain killing abilities of morphine, cause more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.
Nearly every cause of preventable death has declined in recent years, with the exception of drug overdose, which has doubled over the course of the past decade. The CDC has declared the situation a national epidemic, and it is reaching into all age demographics. Between 2000 and 2008, drug fatalities doubled among teens and young adults and tripled for those aged 50 to 69, with the highest number occurring for people in their 40s. Unsurprisingly, in those same years, drug overdose on prescription pain killers and anti anxiety medications more than tripled. It has been suggested that the reason these drugs are so lethal is because they are prescribed by trusted doctors, and patients using them do not understand the danger posed, as there is very little stigma attached to using them.
These numbers are three years old. I would imagine they’re even worse now. But just think, in 2009, 39,147 people died of a prescription drug overdose. 39,147 people! That’s terrible.
We started two wars over the deaths of 2,996 people on 9/11 but some 39,000+ people are dying every year due to prescription drugs? Why aren’t we declaring a war on that?
This is outrageous and so, so sad.
VoteVets.org has a question for potential Commander in Chief Mitt Romney:
Mitt Romney. He still refuses to release his taxes. We simply don’t know if Mitt Romney has been paying his fair share. If he only pays a 15 percent tax on his capital gains, his tax rate would be lower than most of our career military and retirees. If he has money offshore and pays no tax on that, then as a percentage of his overall income, he might be paying a lower rate than anyone in our military. Join our petition below, calling on Mitt Romney to release his taxes.
At a time when our men and women in uniform are putting their lives on the line for America, and paying taxes, we need to know if Mitt Romney is making a fair contribution to America, our troops, and our veterans. We need to know if, as a multi-millionaire, he is paying his fair share to provide for our troops in the field, and their care when they come home. It would be extremely disconcerting to have someone running to be Commander in Chief who is paying a lower tax rate than the majority of our troops and military retirees.
Support our troops. Sign the petition asking Mitt Romney to come clean here. They have a right to know how the financial status of their potential leader compares to theirs.