Archive for March 27, 2012

Obama: Millions (More) for Israel

Let’s cut education, trash our roads and bridges, watch Americans die for lack of health care and oh, btw, turn off the street lights but hey, there’s always money for “defense.” Israel’s that is:

The Pentagon said Tuesday it will request funding to expand Israel’s “Iron Dome” short-range air defense system, which helped thwart rocket attacks out of Gaza earlier this month.

The United States spent $204 million on the Iron Dome system in fiscal year 2011 and the Pentagon did not specify what level of funding it would propose to Congress for additional batteries.

“The Department of Defense has been in conversations with the Government of Israel about US support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request an appropriate level of funding from Congress to support such acquisitions based on Israeli requirements and production capacity,” press secretary George Little said in a statement.

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You go Obama.  The hope is gone.  I’ve been clinging to the change thing but that’s going down the drain too.

What will it take for an American president (to have the guts) to say ENOUGH when it comes to funding the defense budgets of other countries, when we spend an absolutely outrageous amount on our own?

Seriously.  When is ENOUGH a ENOUGH?

March 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM Leave a comment

I Held my Tongue When Andrew Breitbart Died

Out of respect for a human being; a man who was loved and who had a wife and children and a sibling and parents and friends, I held my tongue when Andrew Breitbart died.

Photo via Wikipedia

What have Breitbart’s cohorts done since Trayvon Martin died?  This:

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin:

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1. Prominent conservative websites published fake photos of Martin.

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2. The Sanford Police selectively leaked irrelevant, negative information about Martin

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3. On Fox News, Geraldo said that Martin was dressed “like a wannabe gangster.”

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4. Without any evidence, prominent right-wing bloggers suggested that Martin was a drug dealer.

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5. Without any evidence, a right-wing columnist alleged that Martin assaulted a bus driver.

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6. Zimmerman’s friend says Martin was to blame because he was disrespectful to Zimmerman.

March 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM 1 comment

Poor Olympia Snow, She Wishes President Obama Had Given Her More Attention

I like to think people in the United States Senators are grownups but ah, I guess not:

So Olympia Snowe, in an extraordinary act of candor, has confessed that she’s really upset with President Obama for not calling her often enough during the past two years. She says Obama deserves a failing grade when it comes to his willingness to work with Republicans — and that things would be far better if he had tried harder.

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Tried harder?  Read the rest of the article.  Greg Sargent sets forth all the things Obama did to coddle the likes of Olympia Snow and all the things she did to put roadblocks in his way.

What did she want Obama to do so her widdle feewings wouldn’t be hurt?  Phone calls as well as flowers and candy and sleep-overs?  Geezus.  This is the grownup real world people.

Memo to Maine:  Please elect an adult to replace

Snow.

 

 

March 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM 1 comment

Calling all Gardeners — Great Idea for Gardening With Shipping Pallets

It’s break time — time to think about gardening.  Woohoo!

I like most of this idea:   Shipping Pallet Garden Wows Visitors at the Canada Blooms Garden Festival.

Check out the photos (link above).  This is the part of the project I love:

(1)  Turning pallets into a garden wall, like this:

You wouldn’t necessarily have to use this many pallets; you could use one or two.  You could paint them if you wanted or let them weather.  I imagine them used either as a planting platform maybe up against a fence, with potted plants stuck randomly among the slats and/or as a privacy screen, again with plants scattered about.

And (2), I love the look and feel of this “room:”

Again, this could be modified but I can see how using pallets to frame a seating area in a corner of the garden (or even smack dab in the middle) would be so cozy.  Imagine vines growing all over the wood.

I’m going to have to think on this and see if I can figure out how to do something with pallets in my yard.

Really like the look and the possibilities.

March 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM 2 comments

Why I’m Not Covering the Supreme Court Health Care Issue

This is why I’m not covering the Supreme Court health care arguments:

Predicting Supreme Court Outcomes is a Sucker’s Game

There’s enough speculation going on around here about who will be the Republican presidential nominee and then who will win in November.  Enough already.  I’m sick of speculation and faux predictions.

March 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM Leave a comment

CNN is On Its Death Bed

Wow, CNN’s Q1 ratings numbers reflect what a crappy network it is:

CNN bore the brunt of the downward trend the news networks experienced this month and for much of the first quarter, when compared to the busy first few months of 2011. For the month of March, CNN was down -50% in total viewers and down -60% in A25-54 viewers (Total Day). [That's incredible.] The net was down -21% in Total Viewers and down -26% in A25-54 viewers (Primetime) compared to March 2011.

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The “most trusted name in news” blew it.

While still No.1, Fox is down too, particularly in younger viewers (the coveted “demo”):

For the month, Fox News is down -17% in Total Viewers and down -27% in younger viewers for Total Day viewing vs. March 2011. The loss in Primetime is not as great: -9% in Total Viewers and -26% in younger viewers.

Bottom line?  Fox’s viewers are old, angry white people who are slowly dying off.

MSNBC on the other hand, reclaimed second place.

March 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM Leave a comment

California Republicans Sue Latino Candidate For Being Too Accomplished

California Republican just can’t stand the thought of a illegal allien Mexican-American who done something other than pick grapes or smuggled drugs:

Photo: Wikipedia

San Joaquin Valley congressional candidate Jose Hernandez flew in space, but his astronaut identity is now under political fire.

In a pointed new challenge, a Sacramento law firm is asking a judge to block Hernandez from describing himself as an “astronaut/scientist/engineer” on the June ballot. The lawsuit notes Hernandez has left NASA.

“Hernandez’s attempted use of ‘astronaut’ violates the Election Code’s unambiguous requirement that a candidate’s ballot designation reflect one’s current profession, vocation, or one held during the previous calendar year,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit quietly filed Wednesday in Sacramento County Superior Court by the firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk strikes right at the heart of Hernandez’s biography. It’s a life story he’s making considerable use of as he seeks to challenge freshman Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock.

“I went from plowshares to the stars,” Hernandez told supporters when he announced his candidacy in Modesto in October.

The French Camp native, born into a farmworker family, trained as an engineer at the University of the Pacific and was selected as an astronaut candidate in May 2004. He flew aboard the shuttle Discovery in 2009 and left NASA in January 2011.

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Wow, gotta love those patriotic Republicans. Not only that, they are getting so creative at finding ways to piss off every single Latino in the country.  Keep it up kids!

 

 

March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM Leave a comment

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