Archive for May 19, 2009

Rachel Maddow Trounces Larry King and Lou Dobbs

You won’t hear about this on Fox.

May 19, 2009 at 11:50 PM Leave a comment

Don’t Buy It

QVC is currently taking “advanced orders” for this $365.00 trashy-looking ring.

Save your money.

May 19, 2009 at 11:22 PM Leave a comment

Think (About George Bush, Nancy Pelosi and the CIA)

When no WMD’s were found in Iraq, George W. Bush made the CIA his scapegoat.  He claimed it “mislead” him about “intel.”  And did we hear so much as a peep from the GOP about Bush’s lack of patriotism or his trashing of an American institution back then?  No.

Now Republicans are screaming, waving their flags and putting on their lapel pins because, because why?  Because Nancy Pelosi said the CIA “mislead” her about water boarding.

May 19, 2009 at 10:07 PM Leave a comment

Make Your Own Ginger Ale!

Prep time:  5 minutes.

I’m drinking a glass right now.  Amazingly easy and refreshing.  Not exactly (of course) like that Ginger Ale but very, very good.  I’m going to make some more.

May 19, 2009 at 9:51 PM Leave a comment

The U.S. is Giving $110 Million in “Emergency Assistance” to Pakistan? Don’t Puff Your Chest Up Just Yet

$110 million translates into an insulting $55.00 per person for the 2 million Pakistani refugees who have “fled fighting in the Swat Valley.”  (More on the U.S.’s involvement in the Swat Valley here.)

Ugh.  I guess this is what’s referred to as “humanitarian aid.”  Peel back the righteous-sounding number and it’s shameful.  Bomb them then pay them?

No wonder they hate us.

May 19, 2009 at 9:19 PM Leave a comment

Perspective on Michael Steele’s We’re-Not-Apologizing-Anymore Speech

Michael Steele, the chair of the Republican National Committee, gave a much-anticipated and much-publicized speech today during which he proclaimed that the “era of apologizing” for GOP mistakes is “now officially over.”  (I don’t recall GOP’ers apologizing to anyone for anything, other than to Rush Limbaugh, so I’m not sure what that’s all about.)

Anyway, what took place in the room apparently had a much different feel than what one saw on television (all three cable “news” networks carried it live).  Here’s a run-down from Salon, and the money quote:

He walked into a half-filled hotel ballroom to a roaring ovation, and then spent the next 30 minutes in danger of putting the RNC members gathered there to sleep as he read the text, without much energy, from the podium in front of him. (Though the martini glasses littering the tables — which were apparently used to serve dessert — made it look like the whole room was drunk, rather than bored.) His laugh lines fell mostly flat; his applause lines drew dutiful, not enthusiastic, responses. But he did spin a lovely story out for his fellow Republicans, one that told of a party poised for a comeback. Too bad the polls show that’s mostly a fairy tale.

Still, the speech came with a few contradictions. “Today we are declaring an end to the era of Republicans looking backward,” Steele told the GOP. Meanwhile, outside the ballroom, a lovingly crafted display of memorabilia from the party’s 2004 convention sat at the registration table, complete with souvenir flip-flops used to mock John Kerry, credentials for access to Madison Square Garden and “Bush/Cheney” stickers.

Here’s a picture.

Steele also said,

We are going to take this President on with class, we are going to take this President on with dignity,” Steele will say. “This will be a very sharp and marked contrast to the shabby and classless way that the Democrats and the far left spoke of the last President.

Yeah, right Michael.  Tomorrow the assembly is scheduled to vote on a resolution calling on Democrats to rename their party, the “Democrat Socialist Party.”

So, this went well, huh?

May 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM 1 comment

Newt Gingrich’s “Book Tour”

On May 12, Newt Gingrich and his daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, released a book titled, “5 Principles for a Successful Life.”  In it they interview, “40 leaders from all walks of life,”  including the highly principled “leaders,” Bill O’Reilly and Oliver North.

The Gingriches are now on a “book tour,” if you can call it that.  Here’s their schedule as of today.  Looks like they’d pretty much be sitting at home if it weren’t for Fox.

Gingrich book tour 5-19

May 19, 2009 at 4:35 PM Leave a comment

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