Archive for January 27, 2011
Rand Paul breaks the sound barrier and does the unthinkable: He talks about ending aid to Israel (a conversation that is essentially banned in the US media):
[Rand] Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing.
Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end “all foreign aid.” Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel.
“Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look,” Paul said. “When you send foreign aid, you actually [send] quite a bit to Israel’s enemies. Islamic nations around Israel get quite a bit of foreign aid, too.
“You have to ask yourself, are we funding an arms race on both sides? I have a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel as a democratic nation, as a, you know, a fountain of peace and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East.”
Blitzer pressed, “End all foreign aid including the foreign aid to Israel as well. Is that right?” he asked.
Paul answered, “Yes.”
Woohoo! Bravo! Someone finally said it.
While I don’t agree with Paul about cutting the departments of energy, education and housing, I love the idea of cutting foreign “assistance,” including “assistance” to Israel.
What Israel does with the billions we give it is another post. Suffice it to say, cut the talk about privatizing Social Security. Bring. That. Money. Home. And leave Social Security alone.
This is why Egypt blocked the Internet. They’re shooting their own citizens in cold blood.
Memo to American taxpayers: Roughly $1.5 billion of our tax dollars go to Egypt annually. We’re paying for those bullets and those tanks.
I’m watching Michelle Obama on Oprah. She looks good. She’s dressed very conservatively — a pinkish/purple sleeveless dress, blue/gray “kitten” heel pumps, “diamond” stud earrings (I don’t know if they’re real, of course) and a mesh-like silver necklace with five or six grayish stones:
I’m trying to figure out what the righties will say is “wrong” with her look. They always find something, as in the commie red dress she wore last week to the state dinner honoring the President of China.
I’ll keep you posted. If Sarah Palin can turn Obama’s “winning the future” theme from the State of the Union into WTF (what the fuck), they’re capable of anything.
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that Rahm Emanuel is eligible for Chicago mayoral race.
The thing I find so repulsive about this is that Rahm seems to think he deserves the job. That Chicago owes him.
I just received a call from a friend in Cairo (I won’t say who it is now because he’s a prominent activist) telling me neither his DSL nor his USB internet service is working. I’ve just checked with two other friends in different parts of Cairo and their internet is not working either.
This just happened 10 minutes ago — and perhaps not uncoincidentally just after AP TV posted a video of a man being shot.
Will update with more info. The ISPs being used by my friends are TEDATA, Vodafone, and Egynet.
A huge rally is planned for tomorrow afternoon in Cairo.
My thoughts are with the people of Egypt.
UPDATE @7:55 p.m. ET:
Hey folks, here’s Rudy Giuliani in 2000 (with Donald Trump).
And there’s this from 1997:
In 1997, Giuliani made an artistic pivot. For the first time he put on women’s clothing in public, a trope he would return to throughout his career. (This was also no doubt around the time that Focus on the Family’s James Dobson opened a file on him.) Playing Marilyn Monroe in an Inner Circle production with Julie Andrews, Giuliani donned a platinum-blond wig made by RuPaul’s wig maker and wore a sequined dress that required three fittings. Hillary Clinton is not the only candidate whose victory will bring us a president who is at ease in a brassiere. “Can you play a woman playing a man playing a woman?” asked Andrews. “Haven’t you seen my act?” the mayor shot back. “I already play a Republican playing a Democrat playing a Republican.” Later in the show, Giuliani returned in a robe and sang a tune that included the lines: “Once upon a time/ I was a Democrat/ How the press loved that/ But then I grew/ Now I wear a dress/ size 22.”
I know this is old stuff but I wanted to have it on my blog, you know, in preparation for the 2012 election.
Turns out the current crop of potential GOP presidential candidates aren’t all that popular even in conservative West Virginia. Voters there really dislike Barack Obama, of course, but Mike Huckabee is the only GOP candidate with even a marginally good approval rating:
West Virginia’s one of the most conservative states in the country. But even there voters don’t like any of the leading Republican candidates for President, with the exception of Mike Huckabee. It’s yet another sign that the current front runners have limited appeal and that the party might be better off with someone else emerging from the pack of currently second tier candidates as their nominee next year.
Huckabee’s favorability in the state is a 48/27 spread. But the rest of the pack all have negative favorability ratings. Mitt Romney’s at 34/37, Sarah Palin’s at 41/47, and Newt Gingrich is at 33/43.
So, who’s it going to be? I’m hearing Jeb Bush’s name being knocked around.
Ready for another Bush?
Lord have mercy.