Archive for April 26, 2012

The Kardashians Are Fox News Wingnuts

We’re talkin’ a bimbo fest here folks:

Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan to Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner as Guests of Fox News

(Photos via Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Fox News wants Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan to be their guests.

The two drama queens will attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, care of the network, according to the Washington Examiner.

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren and John Coale are inviting Lohan.

According to The Wrap.The troubled starlet will also be accompanied by her defense attorney Shawn Holley at the annual event, where members of the media rubs elbows with the President and other celebs.

Fox News will be bringing Kardashian, who also attended the dinner last year. The newly single reality star will bring her mother, Kris Jenner.

Fox is using the Kardashians for publicity and the Kardashians are using Fox for publicity. It’s gross.

Meanwhile, here’s a shout out to the Jenner/Kardashian crowd:  Take a break from shopping for God’s sake and watch Outfoxed:

(Via.)

April 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM 2 comments

FYI – “Journalists Security Guide”

I’m putting this “Journalists Security Guide” up in part to save it for myself because I haven’t had a chance to look at it in detail yet but also to help throw it out onto the Internets.

The world isn’t safe for journalists anymore.  Countries across the globe — the United States included — are instituting measures to restrict the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

The international  Committee to Protect Journalists issued these new, detailed (and frightening) guidelines this month as to how journalists can protect themselves in areas it never occurred to me they needed protecting:

Go to the original version here.  There’s more.

It’s incredible what real journalists do to bring us news.  Imagine being so passionate about what’s going on somewhere that you’re willing to do this:

(Image via CPJ.org)

Ugh.  Bravo to real journalists everywhere.   Jeremy Scahill, Sharif Kouddous and Tim Pool are among the best of the best.  Fingers crossed for them.

 

 

 

 

April 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM 1 comment

“Democrat” Dutch Ruppersberger Has Got to Go

“Democrat” Dutch Ruppersberger

has got to go.  Why?  Because he’s no Democrat.

Read this:

House Passes Cybersecurity Measure CISPA

More on the CISPA bill here. Anyone who uses the Internets should be outraged.

 

 

April 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Scrubbing Attack Ads Against Each Other From You Tube

Let the Etch A Sketching begin:

The Republican Party has decided that it is time to hit the reset button. After an acrimonious primary that featured millions of dollars spent on negative ads, the candidates and their supporting super PACs are now in the process of scrubbing their YouTube pages to remove any evidence of their attacks on one another.

The most negative of all the 2012 Republican primary players, Restore Our Future, is now in the process of destroying the past. The impossibly named super PAC that spent more than $40 million to tar and feather opponents of Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential primary has begun removing the vicious attack ads against Romney opponents from its YouTube page.

The good news:

The scrubbing of official YouTube accounts shouldn’t be too worrisome, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the president of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which runs the FlackCheck.org website, an attack ad watchdog.

“Since the attack ads survive in the relevant archives, they aren’t lost to history but instead a bit more difficult to locate,” Jamieson said in an email to HuffPost. “Some parts of some will undoubtedly live on in Dem attack ads.”

More…

I laugh at the thought of the furious activity going on behind the scenes

in Republican offices everywhere.

It’s time kumbaya time.

 

April 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM Leave a comment

Edible Furniture-Shaped Treats

Check out these darling edible furniture treats:

Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira brought Milan Design Week visitors a special treat this year as they served up bite-sized delectable treats that took the form of lamps, tables and chairs. Dubbed Sapore dei Mobili(Taste of Furniture) the tastefully designed cakes were made using a special press – Fukusada and Pereira created the project to provide commentary on the way the contemporary furniture industry mass produces items and products to be consumed. The team offered the sweet pastries to passersby, grabbing everyone’s attention and helping visitors “fill-up” on furniture without having to go out and buy anything new.

(Via.)
Great idea.

 

April 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment

State Senator Terry Moulton (R-WI) Speechless When Asked Where the Jobs Are

Check out this video.  You will see Wisconsin state Republican Senator Terry Moulton being asked:  “Were there any bills passed that affect business, and what was done, in the last session that promotes job growth?  How many bills that affect business and then what was done to affect job growth?”

You won’t believe his answer.

Anyone who votes for a Republican is nuts.  These guys scream “jobs, jobs, jobs” when they want to scare voters about Democrats but when they’re the ones in a position to create them, this is what we get.

(Video via.)

 

 

April 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM Leave a comment

Spencer Ackerman Confirms That the D.C. Media is as Screwed Up As We Thought

Spencer Ackerman, a/k/a “Attackerman,” is a writer/blogger I’ve followed off and on for years.  I like his snarky personality and the topics about which he writes.

Andrew Sullivan, another favorite, has a video up over at The Daily Beast of Ackerman answering the question:   “What do you hate most about beltway culture”  Here’s what Ackerman had to say:

(Image via Wikipedia)

I hate everything.  I hate everything about this place um, that isn’t ah, directly related to the friends that I’ve made here.  Um, the family that I’ve started here.

D.C. itself is a wonderful place.

The culture of this business we’re in [journalism] is just soul-crushing.  Um, the self-importance, the humorlessness, the bad sense of humor, ah, the fact that ah, people deliberately take things out of context, the feigned outrage, the dedicated lack of real-keeping (?), the almost aggressive insulting of one’s intelligence that ah, marks successful political discourse and combat and media discourse.

The deceit on the part of editors um, who don’t work for Wired magazine or Wired.com.

Ah, the relentless self-importance.

The unhealthy offense taken at basic profanity.

Uh, the decided lack of creativity.

The class politics that never get acknowledged as class politics.

The um, disdain for um, the disdain for poor people.

Um, the aggressive refusal to recognize that there’s such a thing as white privilege.

The aggressive refusal to recognize that the media in Washington is relentlessly just white and rich and unchanging and self-satisfied about all of these things.

The traffic.

The inability to know how to operate on a subway.  The inability to call the Metro a subway.  The aggressiveness with which people take offense when you call the Metro a subway because you grew up in a real city with a mother fucking subway.

The restaurant culture is good. You know, people do like to cook here.

Ah, the aggressive refusal amongst other people outside of the beltway to see beltway people as human beings like them.  The idea that we are, you know, aliens in some way, or mutants.  The refusal of media mutants within the Beltway to recognize that there is some truth to that even if it is not totally true.

The idea amongst beltway people that one must, you know, if they’re going to own this and take back their lives, in that sense, that they have to aggressively own so many disgusting things about this; the way in which um, all of us eventually, even we think we’re challenging this culture, acquiesce to it in important ways.

The climate.

I wanted to post this because it’s rare to hear D.C. media insiders talk about the culture of D.C. media insiders, the Extremely Smart People who set the tone for so much of our discourse and who we see on the teevee all the freakin’ time but who don’t talk about anything that matters to us.  We had a pretty good idea why that was, but now what we thought all along has been confirmed.

Again, see the video here.

April 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM Leave a comment

Stay Classy Monica

This would be my Tweet of the Day.  Monica Crowley is a Fox News “contributor” and a professional hater (of course those two go hand in hand).

April 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM Leave a comment

Epic Battle Between the 1% and the 99% Happening at Lockheed Martin

This takes guts:

3,600 Lockheed Martin Workers Go on Strike in Texas

Strikes involving thousands of workers in the “right-to-work” state of Texas are extraordinarily rare. Yet on Monday, 3,600 Lockheed Martin workers, members of IAM Local 776 who make F-35 and F-16 fighter jets in Fort Worth, Texas, went out on strike to protest proposed healthcare and pension cuts.

Workers are upset about a proposed contract that would make workers’ pay much higher insurance deductibles. Lockheed Martin has already implemented this plan for its nonunion employees.

Workers are also upset about a plan that would eliminate defined-benefit pensions for new hires. In recent years, many other unions have agreed to this concession while retaining defined-benefit plans for current union members—a group of 15,000 GE workers agreed to a similar change for future hires last summer. Lockheed workers in Texas, however are fed up.

“The first time…, they take away pension for new hires. Next time around, when new hires [are in the union], they say ‘we are going to freeze the pension.’ Of course, the new hires that don’t have a pension aren’t going to strike, so then the pension is frozen,” says IAM spokesman Bob Woods. “Companies like Lockheed Martin simply want to eliminate defined benefit pensions plans.”

[...]

The union feels confident, though, that Lockheed Martin—the largest federal defense contractor, with $17.34 billion in federal projects last year—would be unable to operate the Texas plant without the skill of its unionized workforce.

[...]

“Every three years they want to come and take some other benefit. Everyone is sick and tired of it. These folks are prepared to be on strike for a long time” says Wood.

More…

And there’s this just out this morning:

Lockheed Martin Profit Rises 20% as Stevens to Retire

Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), the world’s largest defense company, reported first-quarter profit rose 20 percent as Robert Stevens, the chairman and chief executive officer, announced plans to retire.

More…

Again, these workers must have balls of steel be really, really pissed to strike in this environment when it’s fashionable to hate unions and when replacement workers are a dime a dozen.  I admire their courage.

It will be very interesting indeed to see what happens here.  Not only does this involve a relatively large under of people (harder to ignore) but it is a strike against a company that sucks in Our Tax Dollars as if it’s breastfeeding.  What should we require — if anything — of companies that rely so heavily on Our Tax Dollars?  Seems to me that in this instance, given it’s 20% profit increase, it’s trying to shift more and more money upward by slowly but surely screwing the workers and heck, I’d rather have the workers get good pay and good pensions than give even more (of my tax) money to the honchos.

Oh, and speaking of honchos, in 2010 the CEO of Lockheed Martin (Robert Stevens, the guy who’s retiring), raked in a total compensation package of $19,118,612.  $19+ million.

This is a battle between the 1% and the 99%.

I’ll keep you posted.

April 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM 2 comments

A Bear in a Tree Down the Road From Me

Updated below.

This is happening (10:54 a.m. MDT) just down the road from me:

(Photo: Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

Wildlife officers have shot a bear with tranquilizer darts that’s in a tree near the University of Colorado’s Williams Village dorms this morning, and now are waiting for the animal to fall from its perch.

To soften the bear’s landing, officers have placed pads on the ground under the tree.

The bear was first reported to campus police shortly before 8 a.m., according to CU police spokesman Ryan Huff. At the time, the bear was roaming through Williams Village and past the Bear Creek Apartments.

It climbed about 15 feet up a tree along 30th Street near the Darley Commons dining hall at the Williams Village housing complex.

Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks rangers said the bear is probably between 1 and 3 years old and likely weighs about 150 to 200 pounds, Huff said.

More…

Poor bear.  We’re in his area.

Update @ 10:59 a.m. MDT:  This is the bear now, tranquilized and caged, and probably headed on a road trip way, way west into the mountains:

(Photo: @BrittanyAnas on Twitter)

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM 2 comments

May 5 — Connect the Dots

From ClimateDots.org:

Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before.

But because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected. That’s why, on May 5, we will Connect the Dots.

In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, we will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in our neighborhoods. And at each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea.

(Video via 350.org.)

And, in case you’re interested, here’s a post by the wonderful Peter Daou titled:  Climate Change:  Our Generation’s Great Failure.

This is an emergency folks.

April 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM Leave a comment

Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Not All That Good at Foreign Stuff

 

This morning the Romney campaign “organized a conference call today with three of Romney’s foreign policy advisers… During the call, Romney adviser Ambassador Pierre Prosper attacked President Obama for dealing with Russia…”

 The United States has become a spectator on issues of national security. We’ve also been embarrassed by North Korea where again it continues to be a conciliatory leaning forward approach and yet the North Koreans will launch a missile surprising the United States by violating their agreement.

You now Russia is another example where we give and Russia gets and we get nothing in return. The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia, yet Russia does nothing but obstruct us, or efforts in Iran and Syria.

More…

Oops.

From Wikipedia:

Czechoslovakia or Czecho-Slovakia[1] (Czech and Slovak: Československo, Česko-Slovensko[2]) was a sovereign state in Central Europe which existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until 1992. From 1939 to 1945, the state did not de facto exist because of its forced division and partial incorporation into Nazi Germany, but the Czechoslovak government-in-exile nevertheless continued to exist during this period. In 1945, the eastern part of Carpathian Ruthenia was taken over by the Soviet Union. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Not a good sign.

April 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM 1 comment


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