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I’m so old I remember when the cable “news” networks said they were giving Republicans more coverage than Democrats because Republicans were in office.
Democrats have been in office for five years.
Fool me once, shame one me. Fool me twice, you’re a lying SOB:
Love how the righties scream about the “liberal media.”
Here’s my Tweet of the Day:
The moral of the story: Republican know if they just dig in, fold their arms across their chest, stick their nose in the air and walk away, Obama will cave. Then they’ll ask for more. Obama will say absolutely not but they’ll turn and walk away again; they’ll wait a few months until Obama cave and gives them all the new stuff they asked for.
As an aside, there’s this about Obama hosting a dozen Republican Senators for dinner at the White House tonight but as for progressive Democrats having face-time with him? The invitation has apparently been lost in the mail.
That sort guy in the blue shirt on the conservative side represents the people I see at the food bank. Some of them don’t stand a chance but Republicans would have us believe “all” they have to do is “work hard and play by the rules” and they’ll be millionaires.
This would be “liberal media” hippies; Obama-loving, hedonistic, druggie, Socialist
I’m reminded here of Arianna Huffington who was a progressive champion but who sold her soul to AOL: Markos Moulitsas often known by his username and former military nickname “Kos”, is the founder and publisher of the Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics in the United States. He is also a weekly columnist at the Washington, D.C. newspaper, The Hill, and a contributing columnist at Newsweek.
I predict the slow death of the Daily Kos.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The Hill and Newsweek know that.
“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
After a week dominated by Republican men talking about eliminating women’s contraceptive rights, we’re headed into a talk “news” Sunday consisting of men — all of the scheduled guests are men — talking about ah, women’s contraceptive rights: Guest Lineups for the Sunday Talk Shows.
CAN YOU HEAR ME (SCREAMING) NOW?
Filed under: The”LiberalMedia?”
MSNBC moved The Ed Schultz Show to 8:00 p.m. ET this week, the show’s third time slot since it debut in April, 2009.
Yeah, it’s only been a week but it isn’t bringing in the big buckaroos the corporate media counts on:
I can’t defend Schultz. I have no idea what he’s thinking. He led tonight with a long segment about Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his speech yesterday at the Heritage Foundation during which he said (in essence) that President Obama is waging class warfare and oh, something incoherent about jobs. The point is, Schultz gave Paul Ryan — a sociopath whose policies will never fly — a whole bunch of time and attention and frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass about Paul Ryan and I don’t think anybody else does either…other than maybe the beltway pundits.
As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet that most Americans have no idea who Paul Ryan is.
I changed the channel.
Schultz seems to be fixated on Ryan because he seems to be fixated on defending President Obama and the DNC. I mean, the guy has repeatedly said of late that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are “frustrated,” a word Obama and his Press Secretary, Jay Carney, use all the time.
We aren’t “frustrated” Ed, we’re FURIOUS! We’re furious but we’re trying to hold it together.
Ed Schultz’s time has come and gone. If he continues to side with President Obama and the Democrats – who have failed the 99%ers as tragically as the Republicans have — he’s done. His ratings will continue to lag and hey, he’ll bore an audience that’s willing to die, almost literally, to buck the establishment. Again, we aren’t frustrated, we’re furious. But Ed can’t deliver because he’s owned by the corporate media and because he just doesn’t seem to get what’s going on around here.
Keith Olbermann is right when he tweets:
This is Bob Beckel, the guy who Fox tout as their badass “liberal:”
[B]ut can I just make one point about this principle, besides [inaudible]. Um, the idea that somehow kids can’t, ah, the whole idea of dressing up, yeah, it’s good. The whole idea of dressing up at Halloween; what’s wrong with that. I mean, I don’t, I don’t get it. First of all, if you go past any high school today they all look, they look like a bunch of hookers hanging outside, a lot of these girls, so maybe they have costumes [on?] all the time…
Excuse me Bobby boy. The” girls” you ogle in front of high schools aren’t
hookers, or as you imply, whores. You are.
This would be our Tweet of the Day re NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg who’s worth an estimated 18.1 BILLION.
$18+ Billion. That’s with a B.
I’m off tomorrow, volunteering at my local food bank. When I’m there, I think about how the people who come through would love to have an extra $30 much less $18 billion.
The disparity in this country is Un. Real.
H/t to #OWS for their work.
Class warfare? Hell yes, and Wall Street won.
Follow OccupyWallStreet here.
You too Tea Partiers. This is a pic from a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin in April, 2010:
Hey. They’re ripping all of us off. Let’s get together.
I just finished reading an article in the New York Times — G.O.P. on Defensive as Analysts Question Party’s Fiscal Policy:
The boasts of Congressional Republicans about their cost-cutting victories are ringing hollow to some well-known economists, financial analysts and corporate leaders, including some Republicans, who are expressing increasing alarm over Washington’s new austerity.
Their critiques have grown sharper since last week, when President Obama signed his deficit reduction deal with Republicans and, a few days later, when Standard & Poor’s subsequently downgraded the credit rating of the United States.
But even before that, macroeconomists and private sector forecasters were warning that the direction in which the new House Republican majority had pushed the White House and Congress this year — for immediate spending cuts, no further stimulus measures and no tax increases, ever — was the wrong one for addressing the nation’s two main ills, a weak economy now and projections of unsustainably high federal debt in coming years.
Instead, these critics say, Washington should be focusing on stimulating the economy in the near term to induce people to spend money and create jobs, while simultaneously settling on a long-term plan for spending reductions and tax increases to take effect only after the economy recovers.
But the above paragraphs weren’t the kicker for me. This one, the third-to-last, was:
A Democratic Congressional adviser, granted anonymity to discuss party deliberations, said: “We’re at a loss to figure out a way to articulate the argument in a way that doesn’t get us pegged as tax-and-spenders.”
Is that pitiful or what? Every single poll I’ve seen in the last six weeks points to the fact that Americans want Washington to concentrate on creating jobs, not on cutting the deficit. Why don’t these terrified Democrats understand that if they hold a press conference every single day on the steps of the Capitol (i.e., they act up and make some noise) and they screaming about the desperation of the unemployed and underemployed, they’d strike a home run. Why is that so damn hard?
They have to have a unified message and they have to hammer it home every time any one of them is on teevee, the radio or in a for-print interview. Over and over and over again. Period.
Feeling down? Discouraged?
Watch. This. Video.
My God. No wonder righties saw Van Jones as a threat; the kind of guy they needed to crush.
The dark world they live in has no tolerance for the light and hope he brings to the world.
Too bad Obama — stuck on stupid — fired him — another one of his self-sabotaging attempts at bipartisanship.
Amazing, amazing speech.
Remember when Fox loved town hall meetings?
That was then, when the Tea Party dominated those meetings.
This is now:
Yup. Love that. It’s all about democracy-in-action when the Tea Partiers attend but when “shreiking leftists mobs” show up? Well, they’re shreiking leftists mobs.
So, let’s repeat the mantra: Fox is fair and balanced. Fox is fair and balanced. Fox is fair and balanced. “The most trusted name in news.”
President Obama’s record on the economy particularly rankles. “I think he’s rolled over to Wall Street completely. The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They’re bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10 per cent? It’s terrible.”
“They had a chance that they don’t have any more to stand up for things,” he says. “They’ve probably squandered that at this point. They’ll probably just make whatever deals they can to try to get elected again.”
Damon appears so disillusioned that, playing devil’s advocate, I ask whether he is considering voting Republican. “Good God, no! I just got a 3 per cent tax cut. Do you think I’m going to start a small business with that money? You’re out of your mind if you think so. I’m going to put it in the bank. So is every other guy that makes the kind of money I make. I don’t think that’s what’s best for the country. I think a stronger middle class makes for a stronger country.”
As well as the economy, Mr Obama’s record on education repels him. “They have to get people who actually know about educating kids in positions of power. Now they’re trying to get business people to come and manage schools like they’re factories. It’s not going to work.”
Sadly, I couldn’t agree more.
Arianna Huffington — who, full disclosure — I have met and partied with — is out with a new book titled, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream:
Meanwhile, after selling her Huffington Post blog to AOL for $315 million two weeks ago, Arianna had this to say about bloggers who helped propel her site into the stratosphere (writing, free of charge, I might add):
She argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the “Today” show to promote their ideas.
And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do.
“The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.”
Meanwhile, writers at the Guardian are boycotting the site and they’ve got the knives out:
Huffington has brilliantly and gracefully exploited at least hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of otherwise bright and qualified professional writers. She is revelling in both wealth and celebrity, having been lifted by the combined efforts of this army of the uncompensated. Brava, Madame Capitalist. But as a very public voice, she has suddenly morphed from being a soul sister of progressives into a Koch sister, contributing to nothing so much as that betrayal of the middle class.
I’m too tired to comment. I’m afraid I might write something I’ll regret.
Flames are coming out of my eyes, smoke is coming out of my ears and my hair is on fire.
CNN is airing a “Special Report” tonight about the “unrest in Libya.”
Hey! What. About. MADISON?
This is such good news:
Police say nearly 70,000 people have converged on the Wisconsin Capitol to join in protests over a Republican bill that would strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights.
According to the Madison Police Department, 60,000 people gathered outside the building with another 8,000 inside on Saturday — easily the largest crowd yet as the protest stretched through its fifth day. The demonstration was far more intense on Saturday, though, as hundreds of tea party supporters staged a counter rally outside the Capitol.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says there have been no arrests. He refused to say how large the tea party contingent was, but union supporters clearly outnumbered them.
So, what is that, something like 35 union supporters to every one Tea Partier?
Maybe the “grassroots Tea Party movement” is beginning to realize that it’s being used (this from Forbes, no less):
The Americans for Prosperity group, a Tea Party group that is a Koch Brothers front, has put up a website and petition called http://www.standwithwalker.com. The website attacks all collective bargaining – not just for public employees’ unions. Americans for Prosperity is also organizing a rally tomorrow in Wisconsin to support Gov. Walker.
Why are the Koch Brothers so interested in Wisconsin? They are a major business player in the state.
– Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant:
You really have to wonder how long it will take for Tea Party devotees to realize just how badly they are being used.
Governor Walker, you just might be the stooge we have been waiting for. You’re doing more to educate the public about what unions do than anyone — in years, if not decades.
And don’t forget, Gov. John Kasich in Ohio, Gov. Mitch Daniels in Indiana and Gov. Chris Christy in New Jersey are waiting in the wings to do the same thing.
Gregg Jarrett on Fox @ 4:01 p.m. ET: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is “trying to REFORM the rights of public employees.”
Hey, he’s only trying to help!
Kudos to David Obey (D-WI):
Former Rep. David Obey (D-WI), a 41-year veteran of the House, the former chairman of the Appropriations Committee and an icon in Wisconsin politics, assailed Gov. Scott Walker for engaging in “political thuggery” and accused him of channeling toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before his fall.
“All I know is that last week, when people were asking where Mubarak was — whether he had gone to Sharm el-Sheikh or Paris — I was saying he was ensconced in the governor’s mansion in Madison.”
Walker as mini-Mubarak:
Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready and I got a solicitation from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today in the form of an ahem, personal note from John Kerry. It warns about Republicans concentrating on “profits for the super rich” and not approving “any help for the middle class.”
It’s ironic we received it on the same day Obama released his 2012 budget:
The cuts the president has outlined barely offset the tab of temporarily extending the Bush tax cuts, which added $858 billion to the deficit over two years, including $125 billion for Americans making over $250,000 and slashing the estate tax. If Obama ends up once again extending the Bush tax cuts in 2012, the savings he envisions in the current budget will be completely nullified. Meanwhile, his unwillingness to play hardball with the GOP last year will result in increased hardship in real time for millions of Americans who are struggling to survive this recession. We’re living in odd times when a Democratic president is okay spending billions of dollars on an unpopular and seemingly unwinnable war in Afghanistan but has no problem cutting heating aid for poor Americans in the midst of the coldest winter in memory.
Yet the president is playing on the GOP’s turf. The debate is over cuts vs. cuts. At a time of 9 percent unemployment, neither party is laying out a roadmap for how to put people back to work and lift the country out of its economic morass.
And then there’s this: Obama’s 2012 Defense Budget Bigger Than Bush’s or Reagan’s — Largest Since WWII — but he proposes cutting heating aid for the poor?
Yo, John, get back to us when Democrats start being Democrats.
Barack Obama, that radical lefty socialist commie Kenyan, will unveil his new budget tomorrow and from what I’ve heard, he’s going to impose budget cuts designed to pay for that deal he made with Republicans to extend tax cuts for the top 2%-ers back in December.
The millionaires and billionaires win, you and I lose.
A true lefty would do the opposite.
I think Democrats have a moral obligation to the country — past and future — to grow a pair and start standing up for core Democratic values. Given the plethora of conservative media outlets pushing corporatist legislation, they must — MUST — start making noise and standing up for working people, the environment, etc.
We need (at least) a two-party system people!
How about storming out of the House and/or Senate chamber and standing as a group on the steps of the Capitol and holding a press conference? Make the news. Get on the news. Get the people’s attention.
But no (tweet of the day):
No, we don’t know precisely whether Keith Olbermann was fired but we do know he was a roguey kind of guy whose honesty made the establishment uncomfortable. One had the feeling he was always walking on egg shells, constantly making his bosses nervous and perpetually on the verge of being fired. Well, as of last night, he is off the air.
On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.
Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.”
Her name has become a kind of shorthand for “enemy” on Mr. Beck’s Fox News Channel program, which is watched by more than 2 million people, and on one of his Web sites, The Blaze. This week, Mr. Beck suggested on television that she was an enemy of the Constitution.
Never mind that Ms. Piven’s radical plan to help poor people was published 45 years ago, when Mr. Beck was a toddler. Anonymous visitors to his Web site have called for her death, and some, she said, have contacted her directly via e-mail.
What a great country, heh?
Is it any wonder there is so much hate and anger out there? Hate and anger are rewarded around here.
Lou Dobbs is on Hannity tonight claiming that “we can’t sustain this level of spending.” He is joined by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).
Two weeks ago the two of them were orgasmic over tax cuts for the rich, which, BTW, added some $700 billion to the deficit.
Now Dobbs and Coburn are talking about the “sacrifice” we little people have to make in order to balance the budget.
Sleep tight dumbed down America.
This is only the beginning.
Wow, this is so cool: a car that runs on air:
A company in the UK is developing it (see link above).
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, U.S. coal consumption rose 1.4% last week alone.
Here is a frank assessment by James K. Galbraith of the precipice the United States is on. It ain’t pretty but he offers words of wisdom and hope that are comforting, to me least, because I’m one who likes to live life with my eyes wide open.
…[I]n the long run we need to recognize that the fate of the entire country is at stake. Its governance can’t be entrusted indefinitely to incompetents, hacks, and lobbyists. Large countries can and do fail, they have done so in our own time. And the consequences are very grave: drastic declines in services, in living standards, in life expectancies, huge increases in social tension, in repression, and in violence. These are the consequences of following through with crackpot ideas such as those embodied in the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission, as Jeff Madrick again outlined, such notions as putting arbitrary limits on the scale of government, or arbitrary limits on the top tax rate affecting the wealthiest Americans.
This isn’t a parlor game. The outcome isn’t destined to be alright. It will not necessarily end in progress whatever happens. What we do, how we proceed, and how we effectively resist what is plainly about to happen, matters very greatly for the future of our country, of our children, and of another generation to come. We need to lose our fear, our hesitation, and our unwillingness to face the facts. If we thereby lose some of our hopes, let’s remember the dictum of William of Orange that “it is not necessary to hope in order to persevere.”
The President should know that, as Lincoln said to the Congress in the dark winter of 1862, he “cannot escape history.” And we are heading now into a very dark time, so let’s face it with eyes open. And if we must, let’s seek leadership that shares our values, fights for our principles, and deserves our trust.
President Obama held a news conference this afternoon during which he talked and answered questions about the “compromise” deal he struck with Republicans on extending Bush’s tax cuts for the rich. Man, was he passionate. Notice how he lights up when he’s scolding the left but notice too how we don’t see that when he’s talking about his “Republican friends?” And what’s with scolding the left for expecting him to keep his campaign promise of doing away with the tax cuts for the rich while simultaneously caving to Republicans who hold their ground?
He also said we are going to have to make some “hard choices” in terms of what we cut from the budget over the next two years. I smell a rat there because now we have to pay for tax cuts to the rich so, what? We’ll have to cut something or another than affects us small people while the rich revel in their unpaid-for tax cuts?
Oh, and my favorite line was when he said he was “sympathetic” to those who wanted a fight, and he promised to do so — in two years (when this issue comes up again). Guess we’re just supposed to trust him, never mind fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
Here’s a new ad MoveOn release this morning: