Archive for July 12, 2011

Remember the 2010 Election and “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs?”

Remember how waaaaaay back in November — nine months ago folks — when Republicans were screaming about jobs, jobs, jobs?  That was their #1 priority and WHY THE HELL WASN’T PRESIDENT OBAMA CREATING THEM?

This would be Republicans today:

Gingrich claims ‘there is no Supreme Court’ in the U.S. Constitution

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made the surprising and completely false assertion this week that the Constitution doesn’t mention the Supreme Court.

“There is no Supreme Court in the American Constitution,” Gingrich told an audience in Pella, Iowa. “There’s the court which is the Supreme of the judicial branch, but it’s not supreme over the legislative and executive branch. We now have this entire national elite that wants us to believe that any five lawyers are a Constitutional convention. That is profoundly un-American and profoundly wrong.”

Lookie over there.  No.  Over there.  No.  There.  Don’t look to us to create jobs. Forget we said that.  It’s about the Constitution.  No it isn’t.  It’s about the gays. The immigrants. Planned Parenthood.  Acorn.


July 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM 1 comment

Whatever Happened to Boycotting Arizona?

So, the MLB All-Star Game is tonight in Arizona:

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game gets underway on Tuesday night as some of baseball’s best and brightest, as well as a boatload of replacements for those best and brightest, take the field at Chase Field in Arizona.


What a difference a year makes.  Remember this?

—  Arizona Immigration Debate Zeros in on Baseball

—  Daily Kos: Major League Baseball Should Boycott Arizona All-Star Game

—  Will Immigration Law Cost Arizona All-Star Game?

—   Arizona immigration law foes urge MLB All-Star boycott

No, you probably don’t remember.  The outrage du jour isn’t what happened in Arizona last year or what the banksters did or how the corporations are oppressing us.  The outrage du jour is Casey Anthony being found not guilty of murder.

Talk about diverting attention from the stuff that really matters and having us — We the People — turn on each other.

Way to go America. They think we’re idiots and we’re acting like we are.

July 12, 2011 at 5:50 PM Leave a comment

Congress Should Get Their Retirement Funds When We Get Them

So, if Washington is going to entertain the idea of raising the age when us peons are eligible for retirement benefits, let’s include congress in that deal.  So says Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Senator Sherrod Brown has an idea. If we are going to talk about raising people’s eligibility age for retirement benefits, then members of Congress should not have access to their own retirement benefits any earlier than the rest of us.

Brown is introducing a proposal today in Congress that would enshrine this into law: It would amend the Federal retirement system to make the Social Security retirement age the point at which current and future members of Congress get access to their own Federal retirement benefits.

You might dismiss this proposal as merely designed to send a message, and indeed the proposal that may not even come up for a vote. But Brown is hoping that the very fact that it’s a long shot will force some members of Congress — and the President — to rethink the notion that it’s acceptable to raise the retirement age on hard working Americans.

“The people who cavalierly say we can raise the retirement age probably don’t know people who work in a diner or in construction or in manufacturing or in retail and had their knees go out in their 40s or 50s,” Brown told me in an interview. “People who are doing physical work always have back problems and joint problems.”


I say bravo and I say ah yeah.  Duh.  Congress critters have a lotta gall proposing that we can’t get our retirement benefits until we’re 67 when they get theirs immediately…even if they retire at age 40.

Let’s start chipping away at the caste system around here for God’s sake.


July 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM Leave a comment

I Call My Cancer Rupert

In early 1994, British author Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven) was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  In April of that year he sat down with Melvyn Bragg for a final interview, during which he talked about Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corp.

There is no one person more responsible for the pollution of what was already a fairly polluted press [than Rupert Murdoch].  And the pollution of the British press is an important part of the pollution of British political life.  And it’s an important part of the cynicism and misperception of our own realities that is destroying so much of our political discourse.

(Via.  H/t Cecilee.)

Fox News debuted in the United States in October, 1996.  Since then, it has polluted the press and the political life on this side of the pond too.

July 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM Leave a comment

Time to Sell Your News Corp. Stock

Judging from the news coming out of the scandal surrounding News Corp.’s News of the World in Great Britain, things are going from bad to worse, and investors are bailing:

News Corp.’s Lost $7 Billion Shows Investor Concern Over Hacking Fallout

News Corp. (NWSA) loss of $7 billion in market value over four trading days shows investor concerns that a probe into alleged phone hacking by journalists at one London newspaper could have a broader impact on the company.

Rupert Murdoch’s New York-based media company lost 7.6 percent in Nasdaq Stock Market trading yesterday, the biggest drop since April 2009. It was the fourth straight decline in the company’s closing price, cutting its market value by 15 percent to $41.2 billion. The stock added 20 cents to $15.68 at 9:46 a.m. New York time after the company almost tripled its share- repurchase program to $5 billion.

Sell!  It’s going to get worse.

July 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM 1 comment

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