Archive for September 27, 2011
I was watching N.J. Governor Chris Christy’s speech at the Reagan library just now on Fox. It wasn’t going well — boring — and woohah, all of a sudden Sean Hannity broke in and said “we’re going to continue to monitor” this situation.
Not. A. Good. Sign.
UPDATE: Hannity went back to the “keynote speech” and Christy, in essence said, “Reagan,” “Reagan,” “Reagan.”
So, wooha. New stuff!
As a whole, the wingnutistan is looking ever more desperate.
I have no doubt Florida’s Tea Party Governor, Rick Scott, will blow this off as stupid stuff. After all, he’s gotta look tough:
The head of a Danish drug company has written to Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, to protest about the use of one of its anaesthetics in the execution of a Cuban national scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Staffan Schuberg, president of Lundbeck, the manufacturers of pentobarbital under the trademark Nembutal, has sent two letters to the governor expressing his “adamant” opposition to what would be Florida’s first use of the drug as part of a lethal injection. Barring an eleventh-hour stay, the three-drug cocktail will be administered to Manuel Valle, 61, at 3pm for the 1989 murder of a police officer.
The company also enlisted the support of the Danish government, which has written to the governors of the states using the drug through its embassy in Washington.
Studies show that an attractive politician tends to have an advantage over an unattractive politician.
Studies show that attractive people have an edge over unattractive people.
So desperate (emphasis on desperate) Republicans are going to showcase their last best hope tonight via New Jersey Governor Chris Christy giving a speech at the Reagan Library.
OK. No prob.
But does anyone think that fat, sweaty guy above is electable in this age of being obsessed with skinniness and fitness?
To all the folks who want to do away with corporate regulation, get ready for more of this (and for God’s sake, don’t come crying to me when your loved one dies):
As many as 14 people may be dead in a still-widening outbreak of listeria food poisoning tied to contaminated cantaloupes, according to a tally of state health officials’ counts.
Officials in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming have added six victims to an official count of eight dead and 55 ill reported last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC officials were expected to update the official toll late Tuesday, but food safety lawyer Bill Marler of Seattle reported an unofficial count first. An earlier version of this story reported 15 deaths, but that later was revised.
And then there’s this from February of this year:
House Republicans Thursday released a more detailed picture of the cuts that would be required under their budget proposal for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which is slated to be considered on the House floor next week. Food and public health regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [i.e., the CDC] would face significant spending cuts under the plan.
So, if the Tea Party has its way, you’re on your own America. Good luck!
Memo to the GOP:
Don’t talk to me about how the so-called “job creators” need fewer regulations and tax cuts in order to create those jobs we’ve been waiting for for the last ten years.
Far from creating jobs, the big boys are even downsizing their drinking cups for God’s sake to save money — not to create jobs — but to give bigger bonuses to their already filthy rich CEOs:
Wall Street is planning to lay off thousands of workers in a supposedly underperforming quarter, and Goldman Sachs is no exception, saying that it plans to cut $1.2 billion in costs by laying off 1,000 people, roughly 3 percent of its workforce. The mega-bank is also going after small savings by downsizing its drinking cups.
Even plants aren’t safe from the bank’s tightened budget. The London office removed potted plants, reportedly causing “disquiet” among employees and led “to a stand-off between the plant pickers and staff.” Morgan Stanley has also cut back on office foliage, while Bank of America skipped an annual field day.
However, the real measure of whether Wall Street is serious about cutting costs will be if bonuses go down during lean times. And so far, the chances do not look good. The New York Times’ Dealbook reports that banks, including Goldman, have set aside $65.69 billion for bonuses at the end year, an 8 percent increase over last year.
When was the last time you got an 8 percent raise?
Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready, a guy who carried mail for the United States Postal Service for 33 years, is rallying with his fellow carriers right now at the corner of Baseline and 47th Street in Boulder, Colorado to save the U.S. Postal Service.
You go sweetie!
Again, the baldfaced hypocrisy here is stunning.
Eric Cantor circa September 1:
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) caused a firestorm when he spoke out against more money for FEMA to help Hurricane Irene victims. Cantor is holding fast to the Tea Party idea of no more deficit spending.
And now, Eric Cantor, circa September 26:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, is pushing for information on the status of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request for federal disaster assistance for Louisa County residents in the wake of an earthquake there last month.
On Friday, Cantor held a conference call with Federal Emergency Management Agency and Louisa County officials. A readout of the call provided by Cantor’s office indicates that he asked FEMA officials about the timeline and process for determining whether the agency would grant federal assistance.
Too bad we have such a crappy media. That Cantor is pulling this kind of bait and switch should be common knowledge.