Archive for April 4, 2010

Fox Tricks Its Readers Into Thinking Scott Brown’s Still Fighting to Defeat Health Care Reform

Check out this Fox “News” headline:

If you click on the headline, you go to this: Brown Charts Future, Vows to Keep Fighting After Health Care Defeat.

So Scott Brown won in Massachusetts largely on his vow to defeat “socialist” health care. If you’re a conservative or a Foxbagger or a ticked off Democrat, you say thank God, Scott Brown’s doing what he said he’d do.  Right?  But take a minute to go beyond the headline and to read the article.  The money quote:  “Brown now says he is focused not on defeating the bill, but neutering it.”

This is what Fox does:  “Scott Brown’s Star Power” turns into “Brown Vows to Keep Fighting After Health Care Defeat.” Fox hopes its viewers are too stupid or lazy to go to the next level that says, “Brown now says he is focused on not defeating the bill, but neutering it.”

Again — watch Fox and be dumb.

April 4, 2010 at 10:13 PM Leave a comment

Teabaggers — Tweet of the Day

From techweenie:

techweenie favors the term “Teabaggers.”  Me? I’m trending toward “Foxbaggers” and “Teahadists.”  Can’t decide.

April 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM Leave a comment

The GOP Blocked Your Unemployment Benefits, But Now It Wants to Take Credit for Reinstating Them (UPDATED)

The headline says it all about what Republicans are up to:  Republicans Blocked Unemployment Insurance but Today, a Key GOP’er Called for Extending Benefits.

Yep, they’re going to ride to the rescue and claim that extending benefits was their idea.

UPDATED (4-7-10):  Now the GOP’s crowing about blocking benefits.

April 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM Leave a comment

Thinking of You SoCal

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Baja California upgraded to 7.2.

Thinking of you SoCal.

April 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM Leave a comment

What a Great Alternative to an Easter Egg Hunt

This is a great alternative to an Easter egg hunt:  Hide canned food in a park, a big yard or on church grounds.  Let the little kids hunt for the cans, as if they were Easter eggs, and donate the food to a food bank.

Love that idea.

April 4, 2010 at 4:57 PM Leave a comment

Unbelievable What Larry Summers — Obama’s Financial Guy — Is Fretting About in the Middle of a Recession

Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council sounds like a spoiled brat, and to think he’s fretting about this kind of thing in the middle of a recession?!

Hardly a soul in official Washington doesn’t know that National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers can be very high maintenance. Brilliant, bullying, and packing an ego the size of the national debt. Even President Obama has been frustrated with Summers a time or three. All of the exhaustion of Obama’s first year, coupled with the toxicity of wrestling with Summers, may soon send some staff members out the door or into new posts, informed sources report. Summers’ legendary self-regard worsened last August, when the president reappointed Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term. Many Fed-watchers — Summers chief among them — thought that Obama might turn to his economic adviser instead of retaining the Republican academic whom President George W. Bush appointed and who presided over the Great Recession.

So peeved was Summers that he buttonholed Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for some personal perks he wanted to add to his position in the West Wing. First, according to informed sources, Summers asked to play golf with the president, which he did four weeks later on September 27. The economic adviser also huffed that he desired Cabinet status, an upgrade that Emanuel granted. Summers got walk-in privileges to Cabinet and other high-level meetings, for example, and he strode among the Cabinet officers who witnessed Obama’s State of the Union address. In addition, the former Harvard University president sought a personal car and driver, which happens to be a privilege that the head of the nation’s central bank enjoys. The chief of staff initially said yes, only to discover that that perk simply does not exist in the White House.

Hey Larry, it about serving the country or serving yourself?

April 4, 2010 at 4:40 PM Leave a comment

Hamid Karzai’s Going Rogue

Hamid Karzai Slams the West Again:

KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai lashed out at his Western backers for the second time in three days, accusing the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn’t stop.

Mr. Karzai, whose government is propped up by billions of dollars in Western aid and nearly 100,000 American troops fighting a deadly war against the Taliban, made the comments during a private meeting with about 60 or 70 Afghan lawmakers Saturday.

At one point, Mr. Karzai suggested that he himself would be compelled to join the other side — that is, the Taliban — if the parliament did not back his controversial attempt to take control of the country’s electoral watchdog from the United Nations, according to three of those who attended the meeting, including a close ally of the president.

What is going on over there?  Karzai is pissed because the United Nations’ “electoral watchdog” questioned the results of the recent election and implied Karzai may not have actually won?  So he wants to do away with them so he can rule without question?  And we’re pouring billions of dollars into the country and our kids are dying for that kind of, ah, “democracy?”

My sense is that W. didn’t pay much attention to what Karzai was doing and now that President Obama wants to see some results, Karzai is throwing a temper tantrum.  And a very dangerous temper tantrum at that.

April 4, 2010 at 12:38 PM Leave a comment

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