Archive for February 13, 2011

Radical Lefty Kenyan Obama Set to Protect Millionaires and Billionaires

Barack Obama, that radical lefty socialist commie Kenyan, will unveil his new budget tomorrow and from what I’ve heard, he’s going to impose budget cuts designed to pay for that deal he made with Republicans to extend tax cuts for the top 2%-ers back in December.

The millionaires and billionaires win, you and I lose.

From tree-lined Lily Pond Lane, driveways lead to some of East Hampton’s loveliest oceanfront mansions. Photographs by Cameron Davidson.


A true lefty would do the opposite.

More tomorrow.

February 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM Leave a comment

The “Liberal Media” and Rihanna’s Dress, etc.

Miss this stuff?

Tea Party darling Paul Ryan (R-OH) calls for a $600 million cut in border security.  I think we should go after employers who hire undocumented immigrants so hey, fine by me, but why aren’t the Tea Partiers rioting in the streets?  This is a huge betrayal of one of their core issues.

—  Alaska’s warming at three times the rate of the lower 48 states.

China overtakes Japan as world’s 2nd largest economy (Woah — China — that was fast!):

Japan ceded its spot as the world’s second biggest economy to China in 2010, following a contraction in the fourth quarter as the strong yen contributed to an export slump, the end of auto subsidies depressed car purchases and a new tobacco tax hit cigarette sales. The Japanese economy’s fall from its 42-year reign in the No. 2 spot behind the U.S. on an annual basis…

—  The “liberal media” (that myth is, unbelievably, still alive) couldn’t find any Democrats to appear on today’s Sunday morning talk shows.  At one point during the Bush years I heard someone explain spin/justify that so many Republicans were on the “liberalcorporate media” because they were in power.  They were in office.  They were making the news.  Ah, yeah.  So what’s the excuse now?

— I can’t help myself here but the dress Rihanna wore to the Grammy’s tonight

reminds me of the Michelin man:

Meow. I know.


February 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM Leave a comment

The Hippies Were Right About the Alaska Oil Pipeline

They swore up and down that this was impossible and it would never, ever happen:  Alaska Oil Pipeline at Risk, U.S. Warns:

A U.S. government investigation of the Trans Alaska Pipeline has found potentially major safety issues on the line that ships 12 percent of domestic oil supply, making its operation risky until repairs are made, according to a letter sent by regulators to the operator and viewed by Reuters on Friday.

The 800-mile line known as TAPS appears to have “multiple conditions” that “pose a pipeline integrity risk to public safety, property or the environment,” according to the Feb. 1 letter to operator Alyeska from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s pipeline safety division.

Maybe a time will come when people start listening to the hippies.  (Think: the Iraq war too.)

February 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM Leave a comment

Maria the Goose

Maria, a graylag goose, chases Dominic Ehrler as part of their regular routine at Echo Park. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2011)

Friends of Goose Worry About What Will Happen when Echo Park Lake is Drained.

A delightful but potentially sad story here.  I relate to it because years ago I saw a goose flying alongside a car and, well, I haven’t forgotten it.  It was at once horrifying and wonderful.

February 13, 2011 at 7:52 PM Leave a comment

18 Days in Egypt — in Pictures’s “The Big Picture” scores again, as usual, with 40 amazing photos from Cairo’s Tahrir Square.  Fantastic intimate pictures of the protesters — amazing expressions of sorrow, worry and jubilation.  Love these because so much of what we saw here in the U.S. was that ever-present wide-shot of the square which lacked the personal element these pictures provide.

Here are a few of my favorites:

After Egypt's military announced on national television that the protesters’ demands would be met, the crowd celebrates. That joy turned to seething anger hours later when President Mubarak vowed to stay in office until September. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/Associated Press) #


Anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Tahrir Square. Despite government attempts to shut down the Internet and limit communications, organizers have been adept at using a variety of media and electronic workarounds to coordinate the rallies. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) #


Opposition supporters react in dismay at President Hosni Mubarak's speech to the nation. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters) #

More here.

February 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM Leave a comment

Shirley Sherrod Serves Andrew Breitbart at CPAC

This is delicious:

Andrew Breibart, the owner of several conservative Web sites, was served at the CPAC conference on Saturday with a lawsuit filed by Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department employee who lost her job last year over a video that Mr. Brietbart posted at his site

The video was selectively edited so that it appeared Ms. Sherrod was confessing she had discriminated against a farmer because he was white. In the suit, which was filed in Washington on Friday, Ms. Sherrod says the video has damaged her reputation and prevented her from continuing her work.

Mr. Breitbart said in a statement that he “categorically rejects the transparent effort to chill his constitutionally protected free speech.”

The average person (with a conscience, that is) might be just a tad embarrassed to have a couple of guys walk up to them in the middle of a crowded conference and hand them papers from a lawsuit involving the destruction of a person’s career based on an edited tape, but not good ol’ Breitbart.  No, the way he sees it, he’s the victim.

The wingers have turned crybabyism into a science.

February 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM Leave a comment

Thousands of Germans Protest Against Far-Right Extremists

Bravo to this:

Thousands of people create a human chain along the Elbe river in Dresden, eastern Germany, on February 13, 2011 during the 66th anniversary of the allied bombings during World War II. Photo: AFP


Thousands of people Sunday formed a human chain in the eastern German city of Dresden to mark the 66th anniversary of a deadly World War II bombing and to protest against a neo-Nazi gathering.

Some 17,000 people braved snow and sub-zero temperatures to form the three-kilometre (two-mile) long chain, city authorities said, as far-right extremists congregated ahead of a planned “funeral march” through Dresden.

Thousands of police kept the neo-Nazis away from anti-fascist activists and the protests had passed off largely peacefully by early afternoon.

“There are so many people here who want to express their opinion clearly and make Dresden a tolerant, friendly and strong city, open to the world. I am proud and grateful,” said the city’s deputy mayor Detlef Sittel.

February 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM 1 comment

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