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Donald Trump proved (again) what a bimbo he is today at the CPAC conference:
Jimmy Carter’s still alive.
John McCain features prominently in the Rolodexes of D.C. and New York television bookers but as for his popularity in the far-off hinterland of his own state, not so much:
PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.
Shorter: He’s universally disliked by every constituency in his state.
Poor guy. Maybe he can take some comfort in known that the Sunday talk shows love him but why they don’t feel the same way the folks in Arizona do is a mystery:
If you watch the Sunday shows, the only thing you’ll be surprised about is that McCain hadn’t passed Dole (or anyone else) already. In fact, I wrote a column three whole years ago asking why the hell anyone still cares what John McCain thinks, and the question has become even more relevant in the time since. He’s a member of the minority party in the Senate who is not part of the leadership and has virtually no influence over his fellow senators. In 29 years in Congress, he has managed to produce exactly one significant piece of legislation (the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law), which got gutted by the Supreme Court. His knowledge of and ideas about policy are notoriously shallow and self-indulgent, running more toward phony moralism about tiny earmarks than the search for actual solutions to thorny problems. In his supposed area of expertise, national security, he can be relied on to offer the most simple-minded and uninformed opinions possible (Of course we should use military force! Which country were we talking about again?). So the public needs to hear his sage words in about the same measure as they need to hear those of other presidential losers.
In July, 2012, just after Republicans voted — for the 33rd time — to repeal Obamacare, CBS reported that Republicans spent roughly $50 million of our tax dollars and two full work weeks on those votes knowing full well there was no way Obama was going to sign a bill voiding his own legislation.
Again, that was almost two years ago. Since then, the GOP has voted an additional 14 times for repeal, underscoring the hypocrisy of their screams about reducing the deficit and working to create jobs, neither of which they’re doing.
When I see polls and read articles about how the Republicans have a good shot at retaining control of the House and of taking the Senate in the fall, I wonder what in the hell people are thinking.
The next time you hear the likes of John McCain or his sidekick Lindsey Graham accuse Obama of a lack of “leadership” or “resolve” in all things foreign policy, remember, when they use those words, they’re counting on us presuming they have detailed, deeply considered plans of their own.
Chances are good they don’t:
The Cliches of “Leadership” and “Resolve”
It’s true that hawks typically assume that real “leadership” requires the use of force or at least the threat to use force, but it can also function as a generic euphemism for U.S. hegemony. In this usage, there is really only one kind of international leadership that qualifies, and this is one in which the U.S. is dominant, preeminent, and preoccupied with policing the globe. This tends to view leadership more as an exercise in giving orders and dictating terms.
As with its ugly cousin “resolve,” one can always get away with insisting that a particular president isn’t showing enough “leadership” in the world, because there is no way to measure these things and no way for the complaint be remedied. Because it is so ill-defined and frequently abused, it can be applied to every issue without even having to think about the specific details. “Leadership” is always the correct response, and “leadership” can’t fail, because it means everything and nothing at the same time.
Too bad the “liberal media” doesn’t press them by asking, and following up on one simple question: “What would you do?”
There is no way the United States can say a thing like this ever, from now, until the end of time:
Kerry Condemns Russia’s ‘Incredible Act of Aggression’ in Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” in Ukraine and threatened economic sanctions by the United States and allies to isolate Moscow, but called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text,” Kerry told the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
RNC Chair Reince Priebus issued a statement today celebrating the beginning of Women’s History Month and marking women’s “contributions to our country throughout our history.”
Here it is. (Try not to vomit when you get to the part about how he’s “inspired” by the struggle for voting rights because if Republicans have their way, we’ll have to struggle for voting rights all over again.)
Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to our country throughout our history—and especially to honor those women who fought to make this country a more just and equal place,” said Chairman Priebus.
“The Republican Party is proud to have played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote. When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket. She and other suffragists worked with her friend Republican Senator A.A. Sargent to introduce the 19th Amendment. And it took a Republican Congress to finally pass it in 1919.
“The Republican Party continues to uphold the principle of equal opportunity for all that has guided us from the very beginning. And as we celebrate the women of our party and country this month, we continue our fight for equal opportunity.”
“I’m always inspired by the stories of our country’s strong-willed women. I’m especially inspired by those suffragettes and their decades-long fight for voting rights,” said Co-Chairman Day.
“Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings — from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.
This is where you’d think mention would be made of Sarah Palin. She not only was a governor (albeit a half-governor) but she was nominated as the first female vice presidential candidate. But no.
“Republicans continue to offer a positive agenda for America’s women, as we work to create more job opportunities, lighten the tax burden, and reduce the cost of healthcare. Our policy goals are driven by the desire to do what’s best for women—not by scoring cynical political points.
“Today my granddaughters have opportunities that past generations could only dream about, but we can’t forget women in countries around the world who don’t enjoy equal rights and the same opportunities. Let’s rededicate ourselves to being a beacon of freedom and opportunity this Women’s History Month.”
Here’s their press release:
The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062
Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.
On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062. The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so. As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state. Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.
Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”
Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house. While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood. I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.
That’s where you’re going.
Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”
Seriously? Think about the ramifications.
(P.S. Here’s the definition of ramification.)
Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.
Here’s a perceptive and interesting read from Ed Kilgore over at Talking Points Memo asking whether the right’s so-called “religious liberty” campaign is backfiring:
In 2012, the conservative “campaign for religious liberty” looked like a smart and possibly winning strategic gambit. Aimed specifically at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, nestled in a broader claim of institutional and individual exemptions from complex and sometimes unpopular laws and regulations, the campaign linked the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops with conservative evangelicals and both to the Republican politicians (including presidential candidate Mitt Romney) who made it a new front in both their anti-Obamacare and “family values” messaging.
Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.
Perhaps some non-sectarian Americans instinctively identify with “bakers of conscience” or wedding planners who consider themselves in danger of hellfire for booking hotel ballrooms for Sodomites. But like the fight for the freedom to treat IUDs as death machines, the fight to provide the conservative Christian elements of the wedding industry with plenary indulgences from obedience to the law tends to elicit less sympathy than ridicule from the non-aligned.
Again, I recommend the whole article. I think Kilgore may be right. In their desperation to hold on to the guns, God and gay crowd, conservatives have likely gone too far. Yes, their base loves what they’re doing but chances are independents are shaking their head at the extremism of it all, this being the most recent example: Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.
I love this:
Arizona Pizzeria Refuses to Serve Legislators
In the wake of Arizona’s legislature recently passing a law that allows for discrimination (under the guise of religious freedom), a pizzeria in Tucson has decided that it will no longer serve Arizona legislators.
Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against the politicians who have voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062 which gives Arizona business owners the right to deny service to gays and others on the basis of religious freedom.
On Thursday the pizzeria posted a photo to its Facebook page (seen above) along with the message “”Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”
“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told The Huffington Post Friday (via Facebook). “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction. Thanks for all the support.”
If you want to send a note of support to Rocco, the address is email@example.com.
Good move guys!
Christians say God created the Heaven and the Earth; that He created — everything.
They say we should love and worship all of God’s creatures. (Bravo!)
Ted Nugent says he’s a Christian.
Here’s Ted Nugent’s take on one of God’s animals:
If Republicans ever – ever — bring up the supposed scandal that was Benghazi again, I hope every single Democratic politician and journalists everywhere will wave this in their face:
GOP Report Acknowledges That The U.S. Military Couldn’t Have Changed Benghazi Outcome
In a new report released on Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee concludes that there was no way for the U.S. military to have responded in time to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to save the four Americans killed that night. In doing so, the report debunks entirely a right-wing myth that says the White House ordered the military not to intervene.
The Democrats on the panel asked their Republican colleagues if they could finally move on from Bengahzi. “This report, produced by House Armed Services Committee Republicans, should finally bring an end to the politicization of the heinous attacks on brave Americans in Benghazi,” HASC Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith (D-CA) and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), the HASC Oversight and Investigations subcommittee’s ranking member, said in a statement. “It is time to move forward, take the real conclusions we have arrived at and establish how to best protect our citizens around the globe. It is our hope that today’s report, which was authored by Republicans, finally brings this attempt to manufactured scandal to an end.”
After the 2012 elections, when Republicans and conservatives spent more than $1 billion trying and failing to unseat President Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in the realm of technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.
But first, the Republicans need the talent. In an industry where partisan politics has little cachet, and where prominent Republicans — like Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard — are relatively rare, the task of finding skilled programmers and engineers has fallen to scouts like Mr. Ginn.
Mr. Ginn, who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, describes himself as socially and fiscally conservative. But not right away. Instead, he takes a back-door approach to finding like-minded people with tech skills. He picks gently around the issues, rarely even mentioning the party name. “I avoid saying ‘Republican’ so people don’t think I’m part of crazy right-wing stuff,” Mr. Ginn said.
He added: “People have branding trauma. If I identify myself as this, they think I am best friends with Sarah Palin.”
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is one despicable dude:
DODGE CITY, Kan. — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home. Across town at the Inn Pancake House on Wyatt Earp Boulevard, breakfast regulars say the Republican senator is a virtual stranger.
“He calls it home,” said Jerald Miller, a retiree. “But I’ve been here since ’77, and I’ve only seen him twice.”
The 77-year-old senator went to Congress in 1981 and became a fixture: a member of the elite Alfalfa Club and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which made him a regular on the Sunday talk shows. His wife became a real estate broker in Alexandria, Va., the suburb where the couple live, boasting of her “extensive knowledge” of the area.
In an interview, the three-term senator acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors — C. Duane and Phyllis Ross — and he says he stays with them when he is in the area.
Mr. Roberts is now desperate to re-establish ties to Kansas and to adjust his politics to fit the rise of the right in the state.
Mr. Roberts moved his address from a rental property he owned in Dodge City but had long since leased to tenants, and got a new driver’s license giving the golf course home as his address.
He began paying the Rosses $300 a month to allow him to stay overnight with them occasionally. “We’re not going to get Lugar’d,” said David Kensinger, an adviser to Mr. Roberts.
Reading this made my brain vibrate like when fingernails are dragged across a chalk board.
I had a mammogram on December 21. Today I got the “Explanation of Benefits” from my insurance company. It categorized the procedure as “preventive care.”
Preventive care? What a concept.
Billed Charges: $380.00
Less Discount Disallowed: $239.40
Insurance Paid Provider: $140.60
Patient Liability: 00
This is the first time in my life (that I remember) I haven’t had to pay a cent for a mammogram.
A mammogram should be seen as “preventive care” and it should be fully covered. Why wouldn’t an insurance company want to catch something early? It could save itself hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But no. It took what was practically an act of god to instil that thought into the American psyche and yet Republicans have voted 46 times to repeal it.
I’m a Medicare-for-all gal but I’m so thankful for this change (and for an end to nixing people with a pre-existing condition too — what a relief).
This is a post for everyone out there who is outraged, outraged!, that President Obama would suggest issuing Executive Orders to get done some of the things he thinks should get done.
You should know that your so-called leaders, like Rand Paul, John Boehner, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz, are playing you for absolute idiots when they scream about Obama being a “traitor,” of “acting unilaterally” or of working outside the “legislative process.“
First of all, Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders (EO) than any modern president, something the screamers on your side don’t mention. They figure you have no idea how many EOs presidents usually issue so you’ll go along with their ranting and raving: Obama’s going roguer than rogue! Put more simply, they think you’re stupid and uninformed and they know you won’t take time to look up the facts about EOs on your own.
Secondly, go to the White House website here and scroll down, through page after page of EOs issued by the most recent Republican president, George W. Bush. It’ll take a while because there are a whole lot of them there. Again, the folks you’re listening to on Fox and talk radio are taking you for idiots and fools on this issue.
Prove them wrong.
What would we do without The Donald pointing out, and commenting on, the important issues of our time?
Reality TV star Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama as “sloppy” and “not appropriate” because he had chosen to not wear a tie in a Super Bowl pre-game interview.
While speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in an interview which aired during the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show, the president opted for dress casual, wearing a jacket and a white dress shirt without a tie, just as he had in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“I definitely think he should have worn a tie,” Trump complained to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday. “You know, he’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie. Bill was wearing a tie, not that he has to follow Bill. But Bill was wearing a tie. He’s the president. It’s a formal position, I think he should wear a tie.”
“It’s sloppy, it’s not appropriate, it’s not presidential,” Trump opined. “He’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie.”
Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says
The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.
And here’s the headline on Drudge. If Drudge is putting it this way, Christie truly is done:
Here’s the letter (pdf).
Telling what Republicans sat on their hands for last night:
- That it’s a good thing that after 12 long years the war in Afghanistan is finally coming to an end
- That Congress shouldn’t shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States
- That Congress should pass legislation to put more Americans to work in the tech manufacturing sector
- That he’ll protect natural lands with his executive power
- That Congress should repeal tax breaks for Big Oil
- That Congress should restore unemployment insurance that it let expire at the end of the year
- That women deserve equal pay for equal work
- That nobody who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty, so Congress should raise the minimum wage to $10.10
- That Congress shouldn’t have another 40+ votes to repeal Obamacare
- That votes, not money, should drive democracy
- That he’ll work to prevent more tragedies like Sandy Hook
It would be so cool if every so-called journalist and every so-called news reporter knew that President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any modern president. And it would be so cool if they’d print a copy of this chart and whip it out when people like Rand Paul accuse Obama of “arrogance” or of issuing “threats” when he says he just might issue executive orders to get some things done around here.
Geezus. When you see Republicans on the tube all they talk about is jobs, jobs, jobs but this is the kind of thing they spend their time working on behind the scenes:
House Republicans Send Anti-Choice ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ Bill to the Floor
With action yet to be taken on the long-delayed passage of an agriculture bill or the restoration of emergency unemployment insurance benefits to the 1.3 million out-of-work Americans who lost that lifeline in December, the Republican majority on the House Committee on Rules set the stage on Monday for a Wednesday floor vote on HR 7, a sweeping anti-choice bill packaged—deceptively, say opponents—as a piece of taxpayer-protection legislation.
In a play to the Republican base in an election year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) promised anti-choice activists at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on January 22 that he would schedule a vote on the bill as soon as possible. On Monday night, the Rules Committee met to put that vote in motion.
Voting to repeal or dismantle Obamacare — which they’ve done 46 times — is high on their list too.
They claim “government doesn’t work” and they’re out to prove it.
Ted Cruz had the gall to tell a bold-faced lie on CBS this morning thinking, apparently, that people who hear it are too dumb to know it is a lie. Or else he doesn’t care that he’s known as an outright liar which tells me that he’s a pretty scary dude.
Then again, it’s also a testament to how absolutely awful our so-called-news media has become i.e., it’s outrageous that a politician feels he or she can tell a humongous lie on live television and not have the show’s host jump up and down and scream in disgust.
This happened today:
For the first time, John Peter Smith Hospital acknowledges that Marlise Munoz, who is being kept on a respirator under Texas law, has been brain dead since November 28 and that the “fetus gestating inside Mrs. Munoz is not viable,” according to court documents released before a Friday hearing.
The woman’s husband has repeatedly made these claims in his efforts to have her removed from the machines so the family can bury her.
Interesting timing. The hospital must have seen the writing on the wall because just an hour or so later, this happened:
A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.
Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family’s wishes. The judge gave the hospital until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support.
Now we wait to see if the hospital appeals, which it has a right to do.
I have a question: No matter when Ms. Munoz is finally allowed to rest in peace, who pays the bill for the time (going on two months now) the hospital kept her alive against the wishes of her family? The hospital better the hell eat those costs. If they have the gall to send Mr. Munoz a bill, omg, I can’t imagine.
Bottom line: This is about religious zealots in Texas passing laws that impose their religious beliefs on everyone, like the Taliban does in Pakistan. The Founding Fathers were right: There must be a separation between church and state.
Oh the irony. I. Am. Loving. This.
Fox News has spent the last five years promoting the notion that election fraud is rampant across the United States though time and again, their Republican cronies haven’t found any (here and here as recent examples).
That meme has been about discrediting an African-American president and insinuating that creepy crawly homeless and poor people — African-Americans of course — are stealing what would otherwise be a clean and pure election process that would elect a (white) Republican, not a Kenyan Muslim guy.
That said, I can’t help but laugh my ass off tonight as I read about one of Fox’s favorite “contributors,” Dinesh D’Souza, who has been indited for, get this,
Cull through the posts I put up at the Newshounds after I worked on Outfoxed and you’ll see reference after reference to good ol’ Dinesh. He was one of Neil Cavuto‘s favorite guests. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on his high horse, bashing Obama, bashing everything that was wrong and supposedly corrupt about Democrats, the election process, the economy and well, you name it.
Oh, and Fox used Dinesh as one of their brown guys. You know: We like brown people (despite their underlying deceitfulness, corruption and tendency toward killing white people). We really, really do!
Ah, life can be so sweet.
Click on the headline above or go here for more on the indictment.
This spate of retirements (and who knows how many more there are to come in the next, well, hours) goes to show that Democrats have completely given up on retaking the House in this election or any election in the near future. And that’s perfectly rational, because they’re not going to!
In 2012, Democrats won a handsome victory of all votes cast for House members, on the tails of a reelected Democrat president, and still only managed to pick up a handful of seats—nowhere near what they needed to regain the majority. In 2014, by comparison, Democrats are expected to suck. And Republicans have drawn the map in their favor.
For Democrats to regain a majority, they basically need a good state-level election in a Census year by which they can redraw the map to something a little more in their favor…
But surely powerful figures in the minority can “get things done,” even little things, by working with the majority, right? Ha no. The most “action” that House Democrats have seen since they’ve been in the majority has been in helping to bail out John Boehner on things like debt ceiling hikes or funding agreements. There’s really no point to being even a veteran in the House minority at all anymore if there’s no chairmanship on the horizon. House Republicans will not bring up any bill of yours, because why would they? They’re trending more conservative, and House Democrats, at least rhetorically, are trending more liberal. Even if you’re a powerful member of the House minority, like [Jim] Moran [D-VA - 12 terms] or [George] Miller [D-CA - 20 terms], the best you can do is sit quietly during a hearing as a ranking member while the clown chairman berates some mid-level bureaucrat about creeping communism.
This morning I came across this:
ALEC Plans Massive Environmental Attack for 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a big year ahead of them, as they attempt to dismantle a slew of environmental protections from state to state. More specifically, the corporate front group is hoping to pass dirty energy friendly legislation to ease the rules for electric utilities.
From state to state, ALEC is drafting legislation that would cut renewable energy, increase dependence on coal and dismantle energy efficiency standards.
And then I remembered reading about this a few days ago:
[Colorado's "Democratic"] Governor Hickenlooper has chosen Glenn Vaad, a former state representative from Weld County, as the newest of the three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Mr. Vaad is no friend of clean energy for Colorado—his voting record allied primarily with the fossil fuel industry at the expense of Colorado’s clean energy economy. Mr. Vaad is also a former high-ranking member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful corporate lobbying group whose members include Koch Industries and others pushing state legislatures to turn back the clock on adoption of renewable energy in Colorado and elsewhere.
If a so-called Democratic governor is appointing “former high-ranking” members of ALEC to state boards — any board — we’re doomed. Seriously. It illustrates the fact that this isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats anymore — they’re all being corrupted — it’s about the corporatocracy and the monied class against the rest of us.
The House and Senate reconvened on Monday, January 6 — you got it, just ten working days ago — after a three-week vacation.
Now they’re heading off on another week-long vacation next week:
After that, they’re taking the week of February 17th off, the week of March 17th, and then in April they get two weeks off — April 17 – 27. After that they get one week off in May, June and July and then they get the whole month of August off. Check out their schedule here.
Unreal. It’s not as if there’s nothing to do.
I’m thinking we should do away with their salaries and pay them by the hour.
A few days ago I read a headline implying that people aren’t paying attention to the Chris Christie/”Bridgegate” scandal.
This would seem to belie that:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dominated the news cycle last week, and a new analysis finds he also dominated the conversation on Facebook.
The words “Chris Christie” were mentioned on the social network almost three times as often as “Justin Bieber” from last Wednesday to this past Wednesday, according to CNN, and almost six times as often as “A-Rod.”
Christie was mentioned in comments, messages and posts on Facebook 271,000 times in that span, versus 104,000 for the pop singer and 44,000 for the Yankees third baseman.
Not good news for ol’ Chris.
You probably heard that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday for and again “a Massachusetts law that mandates a protective buffer zone around abortion clinics to allow patients unimpeded access, indicating they may strike it down as unconstitutional as demanded by anti-abortion protesters.”
To that, I say this — my Tweet of the Day:
Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed how the cable “news” networks cycle through so-called news stories roughly every eight, ten, 15 minutes and repeat themselves ad nauseam all day (unless there’s “breaking news” of course, like a high-speed police chase or an apartment fire)?
And maybe its just me but have you noticed how the right constantly screams about how liberal the U.S. media is?
Imagine how this country would change if the media really was liberal and they repeated this kind of thing every day, all day:
– Giving Employees Paid Sick Leave is Good for Business: A large majority of employers in Connecticut — where paid sick leave has been mandatory since January, 2012 — “reported that the law did not affect business operations and that they had no or only small increases in costs.”
– The NSA’s Sweeping Surveillance Programs Don’t Stop Terrorism: On June 5, 2013, the Guardian broke the first story in what would become a flood of revelations regarding the extent and nature of the NSA’s surveillance programs. Facing an uproar over the threat such programs posed to privacy, the Obama administration scrambled to defend them as legal and essential to U.S. national security and counterterrorism. Two weeks after the first leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden were published, President Obama defended the NSA surveillance programs during a visit to Berlin, saying: “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information not just in the United States, but, in some cases, threats here in Germany. So lives have been saved.”
However, our review of the government’s claims about the role that NSA “bulk” surveillance of phone and email communications records has had in keeping the United States safe from terrorism shows that these claims are overblown and even misleading. An in-depth analysis of 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaeda or a like-minded group or inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology, and charged in the United States with an act of terrorism since 9/11, demonstrates that traditional investigative methods, such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations, provided the initial impetus for investigations in the majority of cases, while the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal.
Climate change will complicate the Philippines’ efforts to become self-sufficient in rice, the country’s economic planning secretary said Monday.
Arsenio Balisacan said preliminary data showed that 74% of the estimated damage from natural disasters in the country last year came in the farm sector, primarily affecting rice. The natural disasters include extreme weather caused by global warming, he said.
“We expect these extreme events and unpredictable phenomena to become the new normal,” Mr. Balisican told a workshop on efforts to address the impact of climate change in agriculture.
No government regulation! Woo hoo. A Libertarian paradise (unless you need to take a shower, drink water, wash your clothes, make dinner or wash your face).