Archive for April 12, 2012
Posted without comment: A new graph from the Obama campaign:
For a larger, more readable version, go here.
I remember when there were no advertisements — none — on public broadcasting stations such as PBS. It was glorious. The effect of the ban was that the corporatocracy, through their ad buys, wouldn’t and couldn’t influence the programming. I.e., a station such as MSNBC, owned by defense contractor General Electric, isn’t going to knock wars or weapons production or defense contractors or the bloated Defense Department’s budget. PBS would.
But, say good-bye to those times. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just opened the door to more corporate influence (can you believe it?) in our already corporate-saturated media:
A divided U.S. appeals court struck down a federal ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations, a decision that could open the public airwaves to a heavy dose of campaign ads leading up to the November elections.
By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the Federal Communications Commission violated the First Amendment’s free speech clause by blocking public broadcasters from running political and public issue ads.
The court said the ban was too broad, and that lifting it would not threaten to undermine the educational nature of public broadcast stations.
Sad. Just sad. Noah, my neighbor’s darling 3-year-old grandson will never know what a free press is.
What with today being National Grilled Cheese Day, there are grilled cheese sandwich ideas flying around all over the place. SeriousEats has a slide show with 21 varieties, like this absolutely decadent looking thing:
I feel like running to the store for the ingredients right now. Yumee!
This is my Tweet of the Day, and it’s below the belt. Shame on the Catholic League:
Fortunately Rosen is already out but still. And apparently, if you adopt kids you don’t actually have to raise them.
(Confused? Go here for the back story.)
Okay, it’s break time folks and it’s also National Grilled Cheese Day! I lllooooove grilled cheese sandwiches.
Check out this BuzzFeed compilation of 40 ways to expand your grilled cheese recipe box. Some good ideas there These are my faves:
The “jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich:”
I would probably use Anaheim chilis. I think jalapenos, especially if they’re really hot, would wipe out the flavor of the cheese.
Barbecue bacon grilled cheese:
This isn’t a very appetizing picture. I’ve made grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon several times (talk about a heart attack on a plate) and unfortunately, they are delicious.
I just sat down to lunch and flipped the teevee on to see what the cable “news” channels were talking about at “the top of the hour.” One guess. You win! Hilary Rosen everywhere. CNN, Fox, MSNBC and even CNBC.
I could tell by reading my email and tweets that what Rosen said last night on CNN threatens life as we know it, but CNBC? Really (of course they’re right-wing hacks too)?
“His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said on Anderson Cooper’s “AC360” show. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we — why we worry about their future.”
What Rosen said is ridiculous for sure, especially coming from a woman and a mom, but this hysteria is ridiculous too. Republicans, with the shameless help of the “liberal media,” are using it to gain favor with women. Period. Not only that, but what Rosen said is her opinion people.
Where is the equal outrage about this, which was stated as fact by Republican Florida Rep. Allen West on Tuesday: “I believe it’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party are members of the Communist Party.”
What? What? Let’s spend a couple days on that everyone, especially you “liberal media.”
UPDATE @ 2:26 p.m. ET: Okay. They broke her. Rosen has apologized: “I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen, a top Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”
Hah, this is getting good:
Newt Gingrich has unleashed a blistering attack on Fox News, accusing the network of having “been for Romney all the way through” and even calling CNN “less biased” in comparison.
“I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said Wednesday during a meeting with Delaware Tea Party leaders, according to Real Clear Politics, which was given access to the private meeting. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.”
The former House speaker accused News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch for perpetuating the network’s slanted coverage of the 2012 race.
“I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’” Gingrich said, according to Real Clear Politics. “And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox.”
Gingrich, who himself was previously a Fox contributor, also reportedly referred to himself as the “least establishment candidate since Ronald Regan” that doesn’t care about the opinions of pundits and media figures.
This is just so, so wrong it’s inexcusable that Obama refuses to stop it:
President Obama disappointed and vexed gay supporters on Wednesday with his decision, conveyed to activists by a senior adviser, not to sign an executive order banning discrimination by employers with federal contracts.
The executive order, which activists said had support from the Labor and Justice Departments, would have applied to gay, bisexual and transgender people working for or seeking employment from federal contractors. Current law does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and legislation to do so, which Mr. Obama endorses, lacks sufficient votes in Congress.
Employers who get “federal contracts” are employers who get our tax dollars via those federal contracts. An employer who gets so much as a dime of our tax dollars should not be permitted to discriminate against taxpaying American. Period.
I’m disgusted with Obama (Mr. Constitutional Lawyer) for not wiping this off the books once and for all. If doing away with this isn’t a core democratic (and Democratic) value, I don’t know what is.
Today marks the 6th anniversary of the day Mitt Romney did this:
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney shares a laugh with House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and other Democrats as the Republican signs the state’s universal health care law at Faneuil Hall on April 12, 2006.
Wow, they held the bill signing ceremony at Faneuil Hall instead of in the Governor’s office? Obviously it was a very big deal but now Romney can’t bring himself to mention it. Oh, and look at what a good time he’s having hangin’ with all those commie Democrats, including their leader, Ted Kennedy. Yikes!