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Tweet of the Day

From CNN’s Victor Hernandez:

January 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM Leave a comment

Wingnut Governors Apologizing All Over the Place

On Monday at his swearing in, Alabama’s new GOP Governor, Robert J. Bentley, said,

“Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters,” he added, according to the paper. “So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”

Today, Bentley apologized:

“What I would like to do is apologize,” Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters, according to The Birmingham News. “Should anyone who heard those words and felt disenfranchised, I want to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ If you’re not a person who can say you are sorry, you’re not a very good leader.”

Jewish leaders met with Bentley this afternoon, and Montgomery Rabbi Elliot Stevens told WSFA, “I do not think the governor meant anything negative.” According to WSFA:

The governor said when he made the comments to the church audience he assumed he was speaking as a private citizen and not as the Governor of Alabama.

He thought he was speaking as a private citizen?  So, he’s either a liar or senile.

This follows on the heels of Maine’s Tea Party Governor, Paul LePage, backtracking after telling the NAACP to “kiss my butt” when they invited him to attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event.

Now the clock is ticking on South Carolina Tea Party Governor Nikki Haley who handed out huge salary increases to her top aides the other day.

January 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

The Menu for the State Dinner with Hu Jintao

This is what will be served tonight at the state dinner for China’s President, Hu Jintao:

Umm.  I’ll be right over!


January 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM Leave a comment

Pastor Terry Jones Barred from Entering the UK

Remember Pastor Terry — Burn the Quran — Jones?  Well, he has been barred from entering the UK because his “presence is not conducive to the public good:”

The pastor sparked outrage when he announced plans by his Florida-based church to burn copies of the Koran to the mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US.

But he has told Sky News he “disappointed” by the ban.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK.

“Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behaviour.

“Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good.

“The use of exclusion powers is very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate.”

Pastor Jones had accepted the invitation to speak to a group called England Is Ours next month.



January 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM 1 comment

Fox News’ Credibility is on the Decline

It looks like Fox might be getting too wacky even for the wackos:

PPP’s annual look at the public’s trust in various TV news outlets finds that Fox News’ credibility is on the decline, that the traditional networks are seeing an up tick in their numbers, and that PBS is at the top of the heap.

Here’s how they stack up from highest net trust to worst:

Here’s more.

January 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM 1 comment

Fox Didn’t Translate Hu Jintao’s Words During Today’s Presser?

A few minutes ago I ended up at Media Matters to listen to audio of Rush Limbaugh mocking how Chinese President Hu Jintao sounded today during he and President Obama’s press conference.

Childish as it was, what struck me more than the mocking was the revelation that apparently, Fox News didn’t bother to translate Hu’s remarks:


Ah, never mind.  We’re not going to gyp Fox.  I wanted to gyp it because ah, the, the, well, the Hu Jintao, he was speaking and they weren’t translating.  They normally translate every couple words but Hu Jintao was just going (mocks speech).

Nobody was translating.

But, that’s as close as I can get.

So, if true, pretty amazing huh?  The only conclusion one can reach is that Fox literally didn’t want its audience to know what Hu said.



January 19, 2011 at 3:34 PM Leave a comment

Tea Party Governor Hands Out Huge Raises on First Day in Office

South Carolina’s new Tea Party-backed Governor, Nikki Haley, spent her first day in office handing out huge salary increases:

Haley started things off by giving her new chief of staff, Tim Pearson, a 27.5 percent pay raise. Pearson will make $125,000 a year – or $27,000 more than Scott English made while serving as chief of staff to former Gov. Mark Sanford.

Pearson will also have a full-time assistant who makes $60,000 a year.

Haley’s deputy chief of staff for communications and legislative affairs – Trey Walker – will be paid $122,775 a year. That’s a 42.3 percent increase over the second-highest paid staffer in the Sanford administration.

Haley’s top lawyer, Swati Patel, will be paid $102,000 a year – which is a 36 percent increase over the $75,000 a year that Sanford paid his top lawyer.

Haley’s other two deputy chiefs of staff, former Rep. Ted Pitts (policy and cabinet affairs) and Katherine Haltiwanger (operations) will be paid $90,000 and $80,000 a year, respectively.

Sanford’s office had just one employee who made a six figure salary – Mark Sanford ($106,078). That salary is set by law and will not change – meaning Haley will also be paid $106,078 a year.

Did I miss something?  I thought fiscal austerity was the Tea Party’s big, big thing.

January 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM Leave a comment

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