Archive for July 10, 2012
Remember when politicians had to wear a flag lapel pin or they would be vilified? Remember chants of “support our troops” and not criticizing a president during wartime? Remember hating France because they weren’t all that into our invasion of Iraq so we un-Frenched French fries and made them American fries? I’m talking just five or six years ago. Now Republicans are Actually. Saying. This:
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who portrays himself as an uber-patriot:
Mitt Romney shouldn’t be criticized for using off-shore tax havens because “it’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday.
Sometimes I think I’m going insane, because I can’t believe my eyes.
Americans’ confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993.
For some reason I find this pretty surprising. I would have thought the number of people who have confidence in our so-called news would be higher. So, good on us for our skepticism. The, again, so-called news outlets deserve it with their lazy, if it leads it bleeds reporting.
Here’s a summary of the Romney/Bain intrigue flying around today:
New evidence continues to emerge on a key issue: that Romney did not exit Bain in 1999, thereby skirting some of the controversies that followed. Our old friend David Corn looked at new documents last week. Now Josh Marshall: “I’ve found yet more instances where Romney made declarations to the SEC that he was still involved in running Bain after February 1999. To the best of my knowledge, no one has yet noted these.The documents go into different aspects of Romney’s ownership of various Bain and Bain related assets. But in both Romney had to say what he currently did for a living. Here are two SEC filings from July 2000 and February 2001 in which Romney lists his ‘principal occupation’ as ‘Managing Director of Bain Capital, Inc.’”
Update: Marshall just added in a tweet, “Anyone know what the standard penalty is for knowingly making false statements on an SEC filing?” So, bottom line: Romney either was still at Bain, and lied, or made false claim to SEC, or so it seems.
I would be a bit harsher and rewrite that last sentence: Romney either was still at Bain, and lied, or he lied to the SEC. So characteristic of him, don’t ya think?
If the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes were to go out with his lantern in search of an honest many today, a survey of Wall Street executives on workplace conduct suggests he might have to look elsewhere.
A quarter of Wall Street executives see wrongdoing as a key to success, according to a survey by whistleblower law firm Labaton Sucharow released on Tuesday.
In a survey of 500 senior executives in the United States and the UK, 26 percent of respondents said they had observed or had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace, while 24 percent said they believed financial services professionals may need to engage in unethical or illegal conduct to be successful.
Sixteen percent of respondents said they would commit insider trading if they could get away with it, according to Labaton Sucharow. And 30 percent said their compensation plans created pressure to compromise ethical standards or violate the law.
So I guess the moral of the story is the whole system is corrupt. Greaaat.
Or actually, I should day, we’re living in or through a disaster but unfortunately, it isn’t a movie.
I want to recommend this video. Yeah, it’s 8+ minutes long but you won’t be bored. It consists of recent weather-related news video edited together by Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week. It’s called: “Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives.”
Hey, I’m glad someone’s thinking about introducing high speed rail lines to the United States and all that but really? 2040? We’ll probably have flying cars by then.
What happened to that can-do spirit America? Geezus.