Our fair and balanced media did not cover the street protests on Wall Street yesterday.
The organizers should have called it a Tea Party.
Our fair and balanced media did not cover the street protests on Wall Street yesterday.
The organizers should have called it a Tea Party.
The President looked like he was taking a shit in the corner.
And how many Nobel Peace Prize winners have ordered the assassination of their enemies?
It’s starting to look like gloating Mr. President…
I wish President Obama had shown this side of himself in the days after taking the oath of office… maybe we wouldn’t still have this sinking feeling in country that the Republicans still run the place.
And no, I don’t think in this land of free speech, in which the enemy hates us because of our freedoms, we should ever stop questioning the events of 9/11.
The Bush, Jr. /Cheney Administration never spoke an honest word including “the” and “and”.
Where is the track record of truth? That anything said by them wasn’t the complete opposite… a total lie?
So I’ll keep asking until someone can tell me why and how Building Seven was pulled, so I can sleep better at night.
William & Kate and Osama have kept American televisions free from news for over three weeks now.
How are our wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen going… did I miss any? should I be saying ‘hotspots’?
And all this bin Laden is DEAD analyzing seems to have justified our government’s pass on the Middle Eastern revolutions in Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain… where even Senator John McCain can see that the incredible power of satellites, smart phones and social media can spark democracy with the same raw power of lighting striking Ben Franklin’s key and kite… while in modern America, we download 'Angry Birds’ and pop music and occasionally email pictures of our asses to each other.
Clouds are forming over the ocean in time to ruin any hope of a sunny weekend… so it is Jameson’s Irish whiskey and the new Emmylou Harris album for me.
Oh, and remember to support Bill Nye, The Science Guy... The Inquisitors are after him for defying the Book of Genesis.
"At 9:34 on the morning of May 5, 1961, as America watched on black-and-white TV, the Redstone blasted off, cleared the pad and rushed skyward. Seconds later, Shepard radioed down, "Ah, Roger liftoff, and the clock is started."
Two minutes and 42 seconds later, the engine burn ended, and Shepard was traveling faster than any American before him: 5,134 mph. The capsule separated from the booster rocket, and he was weightless. He took control, firing retrorockets on NASA's commands, adjusting the Mercury's position on all three axes."
All very conservative/psychotic/corporate/anti-American… NPR says the above Republican asshole’s statement were in response to the President’s Saturday address… so they lead the story with the Republican response?!
And don’t allow the President a sound-bite…?
When all you have left is the fall, the fall matters…
If the Republicans in Congress told NPR they would stop picking on them only if Ari Shapiro were dead… we would find Ari Shapiro floating in the Potomac River with Hillary Clinton’s scarf in his pocket.
To make it worse, they followed this Republican/Corporate/Oil Company propaganda with Newt Gingrich and fucking Rick Santorum criticizing the Obama Administration about… you know,?.. I’m not even sure… they were just both going on about how badly managed America is under Obama… and this time, NPR didn’t even mention a Democratic response… the story simply was about giving Gingrich and Santorum a platform….
The next segment was NPR asking for money.
I wish the public humiliation wasn’t so public… Don’t ask me to pay for it.
I cooked Mario Batali’s recipe for Lamb: Roman Style… except I used Newman’s Own Caesar Dressing for the lamb marinade instead of following Mario’s recipe which basically had all the same ingredients as Newman’s Own Caesar Dressing.
When the tornado ravage victims of the Confederacy line up for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance this week, they should be required to show a long form birth certificate before receiving any Federal/Tax payer funds… What if we need them for a corporate bailout or bank failure?
I was sick last week and sat on the couch watching Sam Peckinpah movies. The kids today think SAW, SAW II, SAW III, SAW IV, SaW V, SAW VI and SAW 3D are violent and that Ludacris, Vin Diesel and that wrestler-Rock guy are tough,.. How about I unleash a little fucking Warren Oates on your ass!
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia will make your girlfriend get up and walk out the door. .. But if you watch The Getaway, you will know how to get her back and behave herself… Ali McGraw her ass and she’ll be putting the DiGiorno in the oven and popping the cap off your beer.
It started with Major Dundee, a film I haven’t seen in decades. TCM was showing a ‘director’s cut’ of sorts with footage and scenes cut out by the studio before the film’s original release. I enjoyed the acting, the cinemaphotgraphy, the directing, the script. I must have needed a little macho, Americano… From there I had to watch The Wild Bunch and then Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. (Slim Pickens and Katy Jurado!!!)...
Oh the violence… poetry and death in slow motion… and the scripts are smarter than I remember. Lots of interesting history going on in the background. Clint Eastwood can bite me… Little Bill, my ass.
I’m finding myself drawn-in to the Game of Thrones series on HBO. Kind of like Lord of The Rings, but without elves, orcs or hobbits… there is a dwarf, but he is a real dwarf, not a mystical, magical nanny dwarf or anything like that. And there is lots of HBO-sex, too… boobies and butts.
I’ve been interested in the Republican Town Halls that have been going on this recess… Republican Congressmen getting booed and hissed at and not answering questions, or holding the meetings in churches so they can arrest and mace Democrats from their districts and get away with it…
Where is the media coverage that captured the Tea Party Express as they interrupted Democratic Congressmen and Congresswoman Town Halls in 2010? Not interested anymore?
And on the technology front. I got an iPhone 4… and have no idea what to do with it. It sits there and I watch it and I wait for it to do something. Once in a while it buzzes and that means I got an email, but when I’m at work I am sitting in front of my computer, so I know I just got an email… and I refuse to touch the fucking thing if it buzzes while I’m driving home on the 405 freeway doing like 70 miles an hour… although that does not seem to stop my fellow commuters… and the text key pad is too small for my fingers, it takes me four or five tries to get the word ‘the’ written.
Some of the younger co-workers have these things sewn into the palms of their hands. They gave me a list of “apps” I simply must have… So I bought … yes bought the Twitter app… but DeRosaWorld has been on Twitter for a while and I can’t see the difference between the Twitter app and the Twitter website, other than one is on my lap top and one is on my phone, now… which is I guess the point, so I can tweet when I’m not in the office… or at home… or just because I can on my phone, now… which I would pay for as part of my data plan… instead of for free on my laptop…
One of the younglings got frustrated trying to explain to me how to use one of these apps and said: “You sound just like my mother when I brought her an iPhone… just use it.”
I’m told it will change my life.
All I know is when I was a kid… TV was free, I owned the records I bought and I didn’t have to sign a multi-year contract to make a phone call.
Speaking of records...A bunch of old-timers have come out with ‘releases’… we don’t say albums anymore, I’m told, in just the last two weeks: Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis, Robbie Robertson, Greg Allman, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams… to name a few. Where are these artists get played today? Satellite radio? Or do they just jump on iTunes and hope someone will find them.
Why Liberals Progressives must keep on pushing... because the enemy is within.
It has been this way for a long time, but now we know...
"...Since ABC sees their role as simply a platform for ideas, the obvious question to ask is when will the Progressive Caucus get their turn? They've offered up a budget alternative to Paul Ryan's. When's their turn in the sun, ABC? Or is it that you just don't want to frame the debate that way?"
She's right, of course… but it does more than not inform, it is harmful to the vast majority of American citizens for the lies it delivers, the lack of coverage of important news citizens need, and its spewing out of a poisonous, corporate, conservative propaganda into American living rooms daily.
I would go far as to say it is an Enemy of the State… and the pundits on television, the producers behind the programming and the corporate magnets who manage the American version of news should be dealt with accordingly… kind of like Bradley Manning... I would suggest.
So... Republicans in the United States Senate have introduced a bill to de-fund National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting… Bye.
Sorry… NPR and the CPB should have been leading the charge all these years against corporate-conservative radio… but instead of mounting an effectively challenging voice for progressive… and yes liberal policies… they have cowered, shaking and flinching in the corner and have allowed conservative pundits to poison the public’s airwaves… NPR and the CPB have performed self-immolation on their programming and made the progressive audience of Americans have to listen to it.
Look around… all around… enough is enough… it is time to fight or die. NPR and the CPB have chosen to lie down and die. If there was ever an example of "If Now Now, When?"... they are it.
Why don’t the people of Wisconsin and Ohio and other Republican held portions of America, just show up with pitch forks, tar and feathers and be done with it. That is the point where this American democratic experiment in corporate conservatism has led us to. Off with their heads!
Oh and by the way… where has what’s his name been?... The President… Why has he not gone to Wisconsin? Here is my 2012 mantra for Obama’s reelection campaign. “Get The Fuck Out!”
Thank the maker there is a new Lucinda Williams album out.
"Wisconsin Democrats on Thursday fled the statehouse in an effort to prevent legislators from reaching a quorum and passing a bill put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R), which would cripple the collective bargaining rights of public unions.
The move produced a frantic political drama, as state troopers were reportedly sent out to find the fleeing lawmakers and Walker hinted that the National Guard would be called in to fill the void left by protesting union workers.
One Democratic senator told the Milwaukee-WIsconsin Journal Sentinel that most of the members of his caucus had already crossed state lines.
Their flight further heightened the drama that has surrounded the Wisconsin statehouse this week. On Wednesday there were an estimated 30,000 peacefully rallying in front of the state capitol building, and on Thursday that number is expected to be even higher."
What are they preparing us for?
-Another neo-con administration?
-A Tea Bagger Partier?
-A latent homosexual?
-The first and last woman President?
I can’t think of a single person who spoke at CPAC that should be taken seriously as a candidate, let alone survive the Sunday morning pundit round-tables.
Look, President Obama was a major Democratic mistake, but the scum that has risen to the top of the Republican Party is not an alternative, it is the end-times.
Speaking of end-times… how’s that Egyptian foreign policy agenda going? I don’t think anyone in our government has the faintest idea what just happened in Egypt.
Americans have been led down a near-sighted foreign policy path with only Middle Eastern Terrorists hiding in the hills waiting for the roadside bombs to go off.
Americans watching TV have no idea what they are looking at when they see the streets full of the youth of Egypt, their social networks in-hand demanding a democratic election. We are baffled and if, by chance we turn to our corporate media… it just gets more confusing. Our reporters talk and talk and talk and explain nothing to us.
America, the guiding light of democracy for half a century is being left behind as the democracy it claims to love withers on the vine back home and our young people (and some of our elected leaders) can only think of sending naked pictures of themselves to each other over the social networks… kind of like fiddling while Rome burned… and remember where the fires started for Rome.
…And Israel, dear sweet Israel needs to wake up from its Netanyahu pogrom planning and smell the breeze in the air that is blowing all around them. What if there are youthful, democratic uprisings in all the Arab nations surrounding Israel… including Egypt… and they decide they do not like the anti-democratic way the Palestinians are beg treated… The people of Israel may be judged and held responsible for the actions of their government… imagine that…
As for America and the upcoming Presidential election in 2012… I can only see an Obama game plan of waiting for the Republican Party to nominate a fool… if they don’t… or they nominate a fool the media can sell to the American people… America will succumb to the same fate as Queen Mab in legend… she will scream and holler, but people will stop listening and turn their backs… and she simply disappears.
But fear not, America... Francis Ford Coppola Winery has introduced a Malbec. We are safe for a while.
Here is a little American policy discussion on Canadian TV.
"The corporate mass media (especially television) did not treat the Chilean mine collapse as a labor story but rather as a feel-good human interest story.
It not only avoided asking hard questions about why the near-disaster occurred and why the mine workers could be treated like guinea pigs by their employers, it actively obscured these questions. I saw a psychobabbling guest of Tony Harris on CNN actually talking about how the Chilean government is the father figure for the miners and their supporters and people are turning to it for succor and inspiration. I threw up a little in my mouth.
So here are the questions that a social historian would ask about the sorry episode, and which I never heard anyone on television news ask during all the wall to wall coverage:
"British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been accidentally killed by US forces during a rescue mission in Afghanistan, David Cameron has said.
International forces there originally said the 36-year-old died on Friday when one of her captors detonated a suicide vest.
But the prime minister said new details had come to light suggesting her death may have resulted from a US grenade.
Mr Cameron said he was told of the new developments in a phone call from Gen David Petraeus, the top allied commander in Afghanistan, on Monday morning.
He said the general had told him US forces were deeply dismayed at the outcome and said it was "deeply regrettable" that information published on Saturday about Ms Norgrove was highly likely to have been incorrect...
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent Nicholas Witchell in Kabul said British officials there were "dumbfounded".
He added: "It raises questions about the manner of the assault; it raises questions about the way in which the American media operation has disseminated this suggestion that she died at the hands of her captors quite unequivocally for 48 hours."
"...it's part of the thinking here...teaching does not have to be a skilled profession because we're not going to teach, we're not going to educate the kids to do anything more than work in WalMart."
I was stopped in my tracks this morning when I heard Lois Weiner, a professor of education at New Jersey City University, make this simple statement on Democracy Now!. (Education segment begins at 24 minutes into the video)
Something so painfully true will never be heard or even argued by our corporate pundits. Don't expect to see Lois Weiner on your Sunday Morning Round Tables sitting next to Candy Crowley or George Will.
But let's not forget or deny that these words were ever spoken or that Paul Revere did not take that ride.
Are the Republicans that good or are Democrats innately idiots?
Remember Jimmy Carter’s decision not to go to the Moscow Olympics? It just pissed everybody off.
I don’t want my Congressional Representative wasting time defending marijuana, gay marriage or mosques being built at Ground Zero.
I would like to hear my Congresswoman (Jane Harman for Christ’s sake) taking the Republicans’ knees out with the unemployment rate, their votes against health care and jobs and veterans benefits.
I want liberal solutions to the ills that are killing American society... mostly brought to us by Republican and non-progressive Democrats.
Every newspaper, every cable news pundit, every network news show, and every liberal progressive blog updates me daily on what Gingrich, Palin, Beck and now Rand Paul… have to say... and I’m sure this Quayle kid will be hosting a FOXNews show after losing his election in November.
Legal marijuana is a fool’s issue.
Gay marriage is like denying you beat your wife on TV, you don’t, even if you don’t care or are all for it… the issue is not something that should be argued over every fucking day.
And as for the mosque at Ground Zero, of course they have the legal right to build a mosque there; they own the property… but should they? And even the dumbest Republican (Rick Lazio) does win the TV sound bite argument with when he says… why can’t people build churches and synagogues in Mecca?… the argument may be stupid, but it rings true… most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, so wouldn’t it be an amazing gesture if Mecca dedicated a church and a synagogue in Mecca for all the world to see and worship in… including women…
Look, I want to smoke pot with lesbians just like the next guy, and hell, mosques are pretty… but let’s focus like a laser beam on the economy, like one of my favorite modern Presidents once said. That is a winning issue for Democrats if they play it right and can get air-time.
Because here is another truth that shouldn't be... the reason to vote Democratic in November? Dan Quayle and Ron Paul have kids... and they're rich and mean.
Paul Temporal, an associate fellow at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, tells the New York Times, "For the last few years, it's been China and India. The next big market is the Muslim market. There's this huge group of people who have been relatively untapped in terms of what they want and need, and they represent a tremendous opportunity."
I guess this is why the World Trade Centers seemed like such an obvious target.I wonder what is the number one iTunes download in Afghanistan?
The images in this video were shocking to me and almost unbelievable. I am angry at not seeing this imagery on television, a television that is 24/7 news and pundits. What are they talking about if not this?
I guess our leaders learned their lessons from the Vietnam Era television news. No bad images and no dissenting opinions.
We are so co-opted.
Candy Crowley isn't controlling the message? Brit Hume has some opposition to his point of view?
The American way has bound the world tighter than the Gordian Knot and some folks, not paid by or afraid of Roger Ailes are taking a sword to it and attempting to cut themselves free.
Here is a brief look at the upcoming election campaign soon to be brought to your television and computer screens: The media hacks trying to still carry water for the Republican Party.
Nancy Pelosi will have none of that...
Heavy, sticky oil from a massive month-long spill was starting to clog Louisiana marshes on the Gulf of Mexico as another edge of the partly submerged crude reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida and beyond.
Corporate Media at its worst and most dangerous: Brit Hume asking "Where Is The Oil?"
I can't wait to see this one. Once again, Stone is there holding a mirror up to America and making us take that long, critical look at ourselves.
The most important thing that has happened in American finance in this young century, the American Banks meltdown and US Government bailout decision, is on our television sets everyday, but not many in Holly wood seem interested or capable of delivering a topical film on the grand, society changing scale that only movies can bring to us.
Once again, Oliver Stone stands tall in the land of the tiny and the art of film for him is made to seem like going to war.
Speaking of going to war... How the hell did the US Senate have the balls to vote on debit card usage fee cuts?
Something that really helps small businesses around the country and not the corporate banking system?
The Banksters have already threatened Senators who voted for the bill with holding out on corporate donations to their future campaigns... remember guys, these same politicians bailed you out... no questions asked... don't bite the hand that feeds.
Some of my favorite progressive political blogs are taking swipes at President Obama's progressive street-cred.
These same blogs chastised the likes of little old me for supporting Senator Clinton in 2008 and not totally buying into the Game-Changer.
NOW all I read are FDL, TPM, Digby and such lecturing us liberal followers of their blogs on how uninformed we were to think Obama was a super-duper liberal. What were we thinking? What did we base that notion on? Certainly not his lack of record? Certainly not his lack of experience? Certainly not the color of his skin?
Certainly not by reading your blogs.
Disingenuous, ladies and gentleman… to put it kindly. And now most of Obama’s progressive support comes from liberals who have no choice.
Music and Books. Books and Music. Two topics I haven’t wrote about here lately. My expatriate New York friends reminded me the other night what an intellectual wasteland Los Angeles can be.
Here is a town that holds the reigns to the entertainment business and all we get is Disney Channel intellect and Reality TV emotions. So once again, thank you Oliver Stone.
I came away from dinner last week with a gift bag of books. The best thing about it is the authors I haven’t read. (James Purdy, John Casey and Clyde Edgerton) I recently discovered Orhan Pamuk through My Name Is Red and now I get to read Snow.I have Pete Dexter (The Paper Boy), Jim Harrison (Dalva). I have an autobiography of Samuel Fuller!!!
But what really excites me is The Just and the Unjust, a novel by James Gould Cozzens.
I discovered Cozzens only a couple of years ago. For some reason, we tend to bury our best and brightest and I had never come across his books on any list or even in the library. He is one of America’s great Post World War Two writers.
And hidden at the bottom of the bag, the book I have been avoiding. Norman Mailer’s last novel The Castle In The Forrest. I just didn’t think I wanted to go there with him.
As I pulled each book out of the when I got home and paged through them. I decided to read the first paragraph. Suddenly I was 15 pages in and turning the page to start the next chapter.
Mailer is a wonder. His prose are a powerhouse of the English language, his own intellect and psyche, his sense and sensibility of history.
Some of this book is gross and some is so engrossing that I want, but hesitate to recommend it to friends, because I’m not sure most folks would want to spend so much time with the young Adolf Hitler. I think I will just treasure it, hate it and marvel at it like I have so many other of Mailer’s books. (Harlot’s Ghost for example). Where do American prose go without Norman Mailer?
So we hit the movies and books, so all I got left is Santana’s Abraxas. “We stood before it and began to freeze inside from the exertion. We questioned the painting, berated it, made love to it, prayed to it: We called it mother, called it whore and slut, called it our beloved, called it Abraxas...”I downloaded this second Santana album after hearing "Samba Pa Ti" on the radio as I drove to work the other day. I remember this album being at the top of the list of my oldest sister’s favorite albums of all time. So this weekend will consist of a bottle of Spanish roja and some Santana... and a young Adolf Hitler... sweet dreams.
The bipartisanship actually makes me physically ill. You should not make deals with the Republican Party because they are evil. They always have been.The previous Republican administration brought this country, even the people they work for, Banks, Insurance Companies, Wall Street to their knees and a Democratic Administration had a duty to clean up, re-regulate and punish. None of that happened. After a year a really bad health care reform bill was passed.
So yeah, I’m hard on President Obama because we need him.
Then you wake up on a Saturday morning to see what evil news stories slip out on Friday night and there it is... the 1980 October Surprise. And then you think of all the shit that has been thrown at Obama from the vast right wing media conspiracy and you got to hand it to the guy for even running in 2008.
After 30 years some in the press are finally, actually allowed to mention the October Surprise of the 1980 election. George Bush, Sr., Bill Casey and Robert Gates (yes, that Robert Gates) committed treason and negotiated a deal with the Iranian Government to hold Americans hostages longer so Ronald Reagan would be sure to win the election…. And they hate us because of our freedom?
The Russians are ratting them out?
Remember how the Iran Contra hearings would not cover anything that happened prior to 1984? So Lee Hamilton would have ignored this Russian Report anyway.
It’s tough being a Democratic President. The Republicans can shoot you, impeach you, commit treason against you, steal an election from you and now even carry guns around you.
-----Has anyone been arrested yet for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
When the Bush, Jr./Cheney traitors are allowed to be broadcast into my living room... I hate to do it, but the only response is...
Our police state takes another step closer to full compliance with the tasering of a 17 year old boy at a Phillies Game. It's kind of creepy. It looks like the cop shoots the kid in the back and he drops.
Americans were fed the story of Timothy McVeigh’s trial and execution as a simple, unquestionable narrative: he was guilty, he was evil, and he acted largely alone. Gore Vidal’s 1998 Vanity Fair essay on the erosion of the U.S. Bill of Rights caused McVeigh to begin a three-year correspondence with Vidal, prompting an examination of certain evidence that points to darker truths—a conspiracy willfully ignored by F.B.I. investigators, and a possible cover-up by a government waging a secret war on the liberty of its citizens...
...Although McVeigh was soon to indicate that he had acted in retaliation for what had happened at Waco (he had even picked the second anniversary of the slaughter, April 19, for his act of retribution), our government’s secret police, together with its allies in the Media, put, as it were, a heavy fist upon the scales. There was to be only one story: one man of incredible innate evil wanted to destroy innocent lives for no reason other than a spontaneous joy in evildoing. From the beginning, it was ordained that McVeigh was to have no coherent motive for what he had done other than a Shakespearean motiveless malignity. Iago is now back in town, with a bomb, not a handkerchief. More to the point, he and the prosecution agreed that he had no serious accomplices...
Bad Karma all around. "Junior! Marvin? Neil? What are you boys up to in there?"
Kind of sad that the Bush. Jr./Cheney team and the Republican Party still control the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department, one year into the Obama Administration. . Dawn Johnsen finally had enough of waiting for Obama to grow a pair of balls and decided to pack up and go home. Barry didn't see fit to make a heroic speech in her defense.
So what is the score?
Who won the election in 2008? Who has a majority in both Houses of Congress?I shutter to think of how far backwards President Obama is going to bend over to his Republican bullies when it comes to the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Stevens… what do you think? Evan Bayh? Bart Stupak?
I keep closing my eyes and clicking my heels and telling myself that what the Obama Administration is really doing is showing the American people that we really are and really want a liberal, progressive, activist government… kind of like the New Deal… when everything worked in America for the good of all the people… and that come November we are going to clean house of all Republicans up for election and then in 2012 reduce the Republican Party to a few Southern seats… yeah… until the flying monkeys attack.
The West Virginia mining disaster could have been avoided if there was a strong union of mine workers making life better and safer for the miners… anyone? Anyone? Can we discuss it on the Sunday talk shows?
-----Saw an awesome conspiracy theory video on YouTube about the Denver Airport… or what is under the Denver airport… great stuff… better than the ‘9/11 was a group of Islamic terrorists who trained on simulators and hit the World Trade Centers on the day NORAD was training in Canada’ theory.
The Denver airport underground complex thing has something to do with the Mayan calendar and 12/21/2012 and the Queen of England and the Bush Family hiding underground when the Earth suddenly changes it axis and rotates in the opposite direction… or gassing a bunch of people underground, I’m not sure which, but just pointing a camera at the murals in the Denver airport is enough to scare the hell out of any god-fearing American.
Tiger Woods, professional golfer is playing golf this weekend.
Tax Week my fellow Americans… here is some news that will help make the medicine go down, especially for people in TAX strapped States like California… “The most egregious example is General Electric. Last year the conglomerate generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.
And what would any self respecting rant be without mentioning the smoking gun in the Vatican this week... Pope Joey Ratz' signature on a child molestation protection letter... sounds like a RICO statute violation to me... "consider the good of the universal church"
American Media is useless, pathetic and really quite disturbing. The irony is we are recording our downfall and fiddling all the way.
TV news is unwatchable, especially the Sunday shows where we just let these pundits lie to us and we do nothing about it. (Bill Kristol on my TV... really?)
And as far as newspapers go... fuck them, too. If you can't produce real significant content then wither on the vine.
I have been liking The Pacific on HBO. It keeps getting better each week, but I think the ratings get worse each week. Reality TV, man, that is were it's at. What are the children of celebrities up to?
Anyway, keep digging and reading the progressive blogs and try to find some truth before the 2010 elections. We may not have many more of those left in us.
So I’m digging what I’m reading about Long-Term Care (CLASS Act) in the new left-wing, Kenyan, socialist health insurance plan, because some day I am going to be old and I am sure there will be no Social Security money available then, so either I work until I die or I get some long-term care for when I get Alzheimer’s... because this is America baby, and nobody rides for free.
Is President Obama’s Blue-Dog Democrat stand on the issues just a transition to a future more liberal Presidency?
I can’t believe that America will slip into the FOX News utopia of Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck…. Oh and Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney. The vast right wing conspiracy has been uncovered. They stand naked before us, mouths dripping with blood and other precious bodily fluids.
And if it weren’t for the alternate media found on the Internet, blogs and foreign press sites, we would all be Republicans by now.
Here is a link to ACTBLUE, this is a start for 2010 and 2012. I know it’s hard to trust elections in America, I’m still angry over voting for Gore and getting Bush, Jr. and voting for Gray Davis and getting Schwarzenegger and voting for Kerry and getting Bush, Jr. again… I mean this is embarrassing.
We should be embarrassed.
Here is an example of what I hope for: because the Republicans in Congress have held up the extension of unemployment benefits and the National Flood Insurance Program out of spite and hatred of all things Democratic, when the worst flooding in 100 years hit Rhode Island and other parts of the Northeast last week, the people are screwed… They are Katrina screwed.
I expect, I dream, I hope that every Republican running for office in these districts is thrown out of office in 2010. Will they be? Will the national, corporate media cover this story as a Republican Congressional failure? Progressive blogs will.
And what is Easter without a look at the state of the Catholic Church...
Pope Bends-for-dick XVI (aka: Joey Ratz) is up to his miter in boy-butt trouble with a global round of child sex abuse cover-up charges AND complaints of Gestapo-like strong-arm tactics by his shepherds on the youthful flock. Catholic Priests just can’t keep their hands or other appendages off the kids. Maybe it’s time for a nice African or South American Pope. 'Old Europe' just can't handle the duties anymore.
And so on this holy of Holy Days,let's go to the videotape: (and check out #4... it has been debated on FOX News a lot lately.)
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Why is Erick Erickson on my TV screen? And what is up with David Gregory? Are the Powers-That-Be (the Bush Family) putting pressure on these guys because President Obama finally has learned how to be President?
These guys should be spit on, cursed and frightened to come out in public. I am so fucking tired of seeing high-paid Republican propaganda teleprompter readers telling me shit that is not true.
FOX News is one thing (that thing being videotaped proof of American inbred, home-schooled intellectual inferiority), but MSNBC and CNN too? Enough!
This November, the Democratic Party is going to increase their majority in both the House and Senate. The progressive blogs will be right and the news media will be wrong.
So the Pope likes a little underage boy-butt story now and again, he is the infallible one.
The Huffington Post makes no excuses for Papal indiscretions or for some guy from KC & The Sunshine Band doing the nasty with kids... but on the same page they are reporting on some guy playing That's The Way (I Like It) with a teenage boy and getting arrested in New Jersey, they also have a link for their visitors to enjoy a video of teenage boy singer Justin Bieber blow-drying his hair.
What tween-age girl is reading The Huffington Post? Who the fuck do you think is going to be linking on the video to a teen age boy blow-drying his hair?
The Huffington Post sometimes does as much harm to our culture as good.
"Widely viewed as dead two months ago, the Senate-passed bill cleared the House on a 219-212 vote. Republicans were unanimous in opposition, joined by 34 dissident Democrats.
A second, smaller measure — making changes in the first — cleared the House shortly before midnight and was sent to the Senate, where Democratic leaders said they had the votes necessary to pass it quickly. The vote was 220-211."
Now we can all breath easier and let the Republicans and the Media scream for a few more days, start trying to figure out what the hell is in the bill and look forward to the elections of 2010 cleaning the House out of some of these conservative Democrats and asshole Republicans.
That would be change I can believe in.
Here are ten benefits which come online within six months of the President's signature on the health care bill:
1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthday
2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage
4. Free preventative care for all
5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. While these will not be cheap, they’re still better than total exclusion and get some benefit from a wider pool of insureds.
6. Small businesses will be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010, which could be as much as 50% of what they pay for employees’ health insurance.
7. The “donut hole” closes for Medicare patients, making prescription medications more affordable for seniors.
8. Requirement that all insurers must post their balance sheets on the Internet and fully disclose administrative costs, executive compensation packages, and benefit payments.
9. Authorizes early funding of community health centers in all 50 states (Bernie Sanders’ amendment). Community health centers provide primary, dental and vision services to people in the community, based on a sliding scale for payment according to ability to pay.
Why not just have a body of representatives, like the US Congress, maybe add some here, lose some there, based on population. Have a Supreme Court, that seems like a good idea on paper and a talk-show host President. Sounds like a good idea for a Constitutional Republic to me.The United States of America is going to be barely recognizable by the end of this century. Our great grand children are going to be stacking Wal Mart shelves for the Chinese.
I like alternate history. I think all young people should read more of it. I guess they will have to when their history text books are going to leave them unaware of Thomas Jefferson’s role in the history of this country.
What is really strange though is most little conservative white kids won’t be reading these books; the little brown ones will be by most predicted census counts. So who and what are these books for? Revenge of the old white guys who are still mad that Richard Nixon was forced to resign by hippies? I mean come on; both Kennedy Brothers didn’t satisfy you all?I have absolutely no reason to trust that the Democratic Senate, House and President can pass an Insurance Health Care Reform Bill. And if they do, I really don’t care at this point because the bill will, based on our Constitutional Republic's track record, do more harm than good.
Here is an interview Walter Cronkite did with President Kennedy on September 2, 1963. I thought I would let you all see the transcript from the man himself before Tom Hanks continued his foolish quest to be America's historian.
MR. CRONKITE. How seriously do you think this civil rights situation is going to affect your chances, assuming you will be the nominee of the Democratic Party next year--in 1964?
THE PRESIDENT. Well, obviously it is going to be an important matter. It has caused a good deal of feeling, I suppose, against the administration in the South also, I suppose, in other parts of the country. Whenever you have an issue upon which people feel so strongly, quite obviously it has its political effects, so I would say it would be an important matter.
On the other hand, I am hopeful that both parties, Republicans and Democrats, will commit themselves to the same objective of equality of opportunity. I would be surprised if the Republican Party which, after all, is the party of Lincoln and is proud of that fact as it should be, I would be surprised if they did not also support the right of every citizen to have equal opportunities, equal chance under the Constitution.
There is no sense in blaming it, of course, on Washington. That is the convenient place to blame it, and I suppose that is one of the reasons why we are there, but this is a problem that goes into every community across the country, every family, and everyone has to make a decision. It is going to take time. I think it is finally going to be done, but we are trying to do something much more difficult than any other country has ever done. A good many people who have advised us so generously abroad have no comprehension of what a difficult task it is that faces the American people in the sixties, but I think that the United States Government, I believe that both parties, and I believe that the great mass of opinion is in favor of making progress along these lines. And of course the most important area is finally going to be education which ties into jobs.
Mr. Cronkite: Do you think you will lose some Southern States in '64?
THE PRESIDENT. I lost some in '60 so I suppose I will lose some, maybe more in '64, I don't know. It is too early to tell but I would think--I am not sure that I am the most popular political figure in the country today in the South, but that is all right. I think that we will have to wait to see a year and a half from now--a year now. It is not that long.
Mr. Cronkite: Are you making any estimate as to who your opponent might be in '64?
THE PRESIDENT. No, there are a good many of them. There are a good many of them.
Mr. Cronkite: Do you have any choice as to who you would like to run against, either to put the issues before the people or otherwise?
THE PRESIDENT. No. That is a great mistake. I know some Republicans chose me in '60 as their favorite candidate so I don't think I can choose anybody. I will let them choose.
Mr. Cronkite: Mr. President, this, after all, is Labor Day and there are almost 5 million Americans who don't have really too much to celebrate this Labor Day. It is another day of unemployment for them. Do you see any real hope in a booming economy where we still have to have this many unemployed, that in the next, say, 5 years, a second term for you, for instance, we can find a solution to this problem?
THE PRESIDENT. There is no magic solution that suddenly is going to emerge. What it is, it seems to me, is a combination of actions which we are trying to take. What we have to realize is that to even stand still, stay still, we have to move very fast. We have 2 1/2 million more people working than when I came to office and yet a million and a half more people have come into the labor market.
The answer, it seems to me, lies in a whole variety of programs. The tax cut, I think, is most important. That would be an $11 billion tax cut in a period of 18 months. We are not doing this just because--though, of course, everybody would like to have their taxes reduced, but the major reason is because the lift it will give the economy, the assurance it will give us against another recession.
So, in answer to your question, I believe that with the combination of the tax cut plus these other programs we can reduce that unemployment from the 5 1/2 percent.
Most importantly, we can prevent it from being increased and I think we can get it under 5 percent in the period of 2 years, 2 1/2 years, but we can't do it by just saying it will be done on its own. Too many people are coming into the labor market and too many machines are throwing people out.
Mr. Cronkite: Mr. President, speaking of Congress, the atom test ban treaty comes up to the Senate in the next few days and everybody is predicting, as I believe you are, that it is going to pass by a very good majority. But, as all of the argument about it, discussion about it, and even suggestions from high places, including former President Eisenhower, have a reservation on the treaty, do you think that this has hurt the spirit that prevailed in getting this treaty in the first place?
THE PRESIDENT. No, if the treaty is not substantial enough to stand discussion and debate, then, of course, it isn't a very good treaty. I think what would be most desirable is, after all of this discussion and debate then to get a very strong vote in the Senate. I think a reservation would be a great mistake. I don't think President Eisenhower used the reservation in the formal sense that he wanted the Senate of the United States to put a reservation on the treaty, because that would mean that the treaty would have to be re-negotiated. He was concerned that we would make it very clear that we had the right to use nuclear weapons in time of war. Well, of course we do have that right. We have stated it. The committee report of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will restate it, so I think that that will deal with the problem that concerned him. Otherwise, I think a reservation which would require us to re-negotiate the treaty with nearly a hundred countries, in my opinion it would be better to defeat the treaty.
Mr. Cronkite: Mr. President, the only hot war we've got running at the moment is of course the one in Viet-Nam, and we have our difficulties there, quite obviously.
THE PRESIDENT. I don't think that unless a greater effort is made by the Government to win popular support that the war can be won out there. In the final analysis, it is their war. They are the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment, we can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it, the people of Viet-Nam, against the Communists.
We are prepared to continue to assist them, but I don't think that the war can be won unless the people support the effort and, in my opinion, in the last 2 months, the government has gotten out of touch with the people.
The repression's against the Buddhists, we felt, were very unwise. Now all we can do is to make it very dear that we don't think this is the way to win. It is my hope that this will become increasingly obvious to the government, that they will take steps to try to bring back popular support for this very essential struggle.
Mr. Cronkite: Do you think this government still has time to regain the support of the people?
THE PRESIDENT. I do. With changes in policy and perhaps with personnel I think it can. If it doesn't make those changes, I would think that the chances of winning it would not be very good.
Mr. Cronkite: Hasn't every indication from Saigon been that President Diem has no intention of changing his pattern?
THE PRESIDENT. If he does not change it, of course, that is his decision. He has been there 10 years and, as I say, he has carried this burden when he has been counted out on a number of occasions.
Our best judgment is that he can't be successful on this basis. We hope that he comes to see that, but in the final analysis it is the people and the government itself who have to win or lose this struggle. All we can do is help, and we are making it very clear, but I don't agree with those who say we should withdraw. That would be a great mistake. I know people don't like Americans to be engaged in this kind of an effort. Forty-seven Americans have been killed in combat with the enemy, but this is a very important struggle even though it is far away.
We took all this--made this effort to defend Europe. Now Europe is quite secure. We also have to participate--we may not like it--in the defense of Asia.
Mr. Cronkite: Mr. President, have you made an assessment as to what President de Gaulle was up to in his statement on Viet-Nam last week?
THE PRESIDENT. NO. I guess it was an expression of his general view, but he doesn't have any forces there or any program of economic assistance, so that while these expressions are welcome, the burden is carried, as it usually is, by the United States and the people there. But I think anything General de Gaulle says should be listened to, and we listened.
What, of course, makes Americans somewhat impatient is that after carrying this load for 18 years, we are glad to get counsel, but we would like a little more assistance, real assistance. But we are going to meet our responsibility anyway.
It doesn't do us any good to say, "Well, why don't we all just go home and leave the world to those who are our enemies."
General de Gaulle is not our enemy. He is our friend and candid friend--and, there, sometimes difficulty--but he is not the object of our hostility.
Mr. Cronkite: Mr. President, the sending of Henry Cabot Lodge, who after all has been a political enemy of yours over the years at one point or another in your career, and his--sending him out to Saigon might raise some speculation that perhaps you are trying to keep this from being a political issue in 1964.
THE PRESIDENT. No. Ambassador Lodge wanted to go out to Saigon. If he were as careful as some politicians are, of course, he would not nave wanted to go there. He would have maybe liked to have some safe job. But he is energetic and he has strong feelings about the United States and, surprisingly as it seems, he put this ahead of his political career. Sometimes politicians do those things, Walter.
Mr. Cronkite: Thank you very much, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT. And we are fortunate to have him.
Mr. Cronkite: Thank you, sir.
Some times the games are fun and inspiring to watch, but like everything else, corporatism spreads like a cancer and our athletes have a very addictive and deadly strain.
And does the world need to know that 100,000 condoms were distributed to the athletes? Is that news?
Remember the USA Hockey Team in 1980? That’s what I’m talking about. That was the Olympics. I mean what amateur tennis player can beat Rodger Federer or Rafael Nadal? What basketball team can compete against the Dream Team?
At the end of the summit, the Democrats had some plan that the American people couldn’t understand: Why wasn't it a public option?
What is a public option?
How does it work?
I assume it will help, but am I being taxed?... still not clear.The Republicans just said the Democrats are losers and they are not supporting it.
As you said yourself to Senator McCain, the election is over… but that was a year ago, and there is another one in 2010 and if your plan is to wait for that… then I don’t want Obamacare, either.
The last time the Republicans let President Obama loose in their cage, he pissed all over them.
You know this time there is going to be a little reality TV-type' melodrama, not just shouting "LIAR"!, but maybe some full on lunatic-style howling and screaming from the GOP... maybe even some pistol waving.
President Obama doesn't have the strongest hand, but he is the best bluffer at the table, and the Republicans are holding nothing. Their cards are blank.
On the other hand, The Republicans are nuts. They say anything, lie constantly and don't understand the issues, but are ruthless at this game and the Media will be right there backing them up.
Civil discourse? Senatorial debate? Aristotelian logic? I don't think so.
I think we are going to witness American democracy committing suicide.
The folks you see on TV everyday need to be pelted with garbage every time they show their faces in public. Their children should be ashamed of them. Their heads should be shaved.
Okay, so Al Haig is dead. Who’s in charge?
So after President Obama dick-slapped the entire Republican Congress on national television, in their own ballpark without a teleprompter or even notes… the new criticism of BHO is that he reads from a teleprompter too much?
DeRosaWorld whole-heartedly supports the 'Secession II' of the Southern States of America. I think it should be mandatory and then lets build a Mexican-border-type wall around it all and put windows in it so we can all watch the freedom.
Speaking of President Obama, so are the rumors true? Did the Administration finally get around, after a year, to writing its own Health Care Reform Bill? Will a public option be dangled before us again full of hope and change? Oh, please don’t say it if it isn’t true. We love you, Mister President!
Remember Evan Bayh from last week? Me neither.
Flying airplanes into buildings to kill people and make a political point is terrorism. Anyone who jokes about it, supports it or tries to dismiss it are supporters of terrorism and spit in the face of all who died in the hijacked airliners, the WTC, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
The FBI and Justice Department has officially closed their investigation into the 2001 mailings of anthrax-contaminated letters to Capitol Hill and journalists in New York and Florida, concluding that lone gunmen and suicide victim, U.S. Army medical researcher Bruce E. Ivins was solely responsible for the five deaths that resulted.
Hmm... can I poke around in this story for a while longer?
Although I am a liberal Democrat, I am off to do something very all-American. I am going into the wilderness for a few days, heading up into the snowy mountains of California. I plan to commute with the gods and nature. Don’t worry; I am not taking a small plane. I am going to walk among the eagles and tree tops and breath clean air and think.
A friend of mine just saw Avatar and her review sums up the state of the American film industry: (I paraphrase... and she's from Brooklyn)
"They were blue. So what? I sat there for three hours with these stupid 3D glasses on my face.
I went hoping that maybe, because of how much money this thing was making and how everyone was seeing it, that maybe there would be something worth seeing, but no. All I got was a headache.
The effects were impressive I guess, these blue things and flying creatures, but who cares. The dialog all sounded like it was written by a 13 year old. And there is supposed to be an ‘important message’. Again, who cares? After a while I was just embarrassed sitting there and wanted to go home."
And the winner for Best Picture…
-----America is just a group of spoiled preteens. We are out of shape, undereducated and cocky about it. We have lots of technological gadgets that do not enhance our lives. We have phones that text and cars that talk and computers that give you TV shows to download in case you missed them when they were broadcast… over cable, which you pay for AND have to watch commercials during... and of course music. I'm slowly buying my entire fucking record collection for the third time in my life.
We do have nice teeth, even if they aren’t all real they are at least mostly white and straight... kind of like Republicans.
I went to buy some clothes at Macy’s and everything in the Mens Department was for teenagers. And by teenagers I mean 15 year old, skinny Disney music stars with their own TV shows. That didn’t stop grown men in their 30s, 40s and even 50s from buying t-shirts with graffiti art and Sports Team logos on them. They even sell jeans with words on them, written down the leg. I think they were quotes form either Kobe Bryant, Kanye West or President Obama. I bought some socks and left. I guess I need to shop in Sears.
-----As for politics. I am waiting to see if President Obama has this meeting of the minds with the Republican Leadership and asks them to take over the health care reform legislation and then I will be officially through with him. I thought I was voting for a black, intellectual, closet-socialist from the Chicago School of Hard Knocks and I got a guy who is right of the Blue Dogs in his Party.
We didn’t get what we thought we voted for in 2008. And I assume in 2012, that we will have to vote for Obama again because the alternative will be even worse. The alternative is always worse.
I bought the new WHO: Greatest Hits Live, a retrospective of their hits performed live throughout their long career. It rocks. It rocks so much harder than anything out there. And it ends with A Man In A Purple Dress. So if you like the Super Bowl half-time show, you’ll love this album. Long Live Rock.
I am going to make Fallenmonk's Chicken Cacciatore today and drink red wine.
Sad.My fellow Americans, that body arrived D.O.A.
If the Democrats really do have the self-fulfilling prophecy of losing the Senate and the large majority in the House… will Obama move more to the left? Or is the only reaction to opposition for a Democratic a move to the right.
Someday… maybe someday a Democratic President will move left and bring the country along with it… someday.
Maybe the President read a little history this past year and realized the last time a Democratic President moved from right to left during his first term his popularity grew and grew… but then we shot him… and we never did get to see how that leftward acceleration would have turned out… because it never happened again.
-----Sadly, whenever Jane Hamsher threatens a United States Senator with oblivion, they just get mean and move to the right, too. I wished she’d stop. It’s not working… see, Lieberman and Lincoln.
What is really pathetic about American politics right now is that the Republican Party is at its lowest point in decades. It is a Party full of fruitcakes, dangerous, old, choking-kind of fruitcakes, but fruitcakes just the same. They should be such an out of power minority that vast areas of this nation should not even be represented by a Republican… but sadly, no. They dominate or TV screens and our news cycles. they dominate this Democratic Administration.
And Left wing blogs repeat every word they say, you can’t escape Republicans.
I liked the SOTU Address and loved the Republican Q&A session later in the week, but I don’t trust that the momentum from those events will translate into any change in this most-compromising of Administrations. There seems to be a real fear behind closed doors of the Republican Party and the Right.
Maybe President Obama learned something from his first year in Office. The Republican Party is the enemy. They should be treated that way. They are a danger to this nation. Too bad he couldn't make them stay after school or better yet, expel them.
Fantasy question: How fast do you think Tim Tebow would have an abortion if he got pregnant in college and having a baby threatened his football career?
Is there enough media spin in the world to keep someone out of jail who entered a Federal Building in a disguise and lied about being phone repairmen in order to either break or tap a United States Senator’s phone? Again, I ask. Why are these young, loyal Americans not in the Army defending our American way of life in battle overseas? That goes for Tim Tebow, too. We could use a big, strong, righteous athlete over in Afghanistan taking on Al-Qaeda.
A few novelist have struggled with injecting 9/11 events or post-9/11 anxiety into their novels, but American literature has yet to explain what happened that day… explain it like only a great novel can do; Norman Mailer-type of writing.
An now that we have video-on-demand, I would like to request Director Martin Scorsese direct a movie about 9/11. He is the King of New York Film-making and supposedly one of our cinematic geniuses, so hop to it, Marty… you can even cast Leonardo DiCaprio if you want. What does that day mean to you?
I’ve seen Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, some of that Flight 93, but no… and a low-budget indie called WTC View and Fahrenheit 911, of course… what else is there?
Has anyone run for higher office from the pundit chair? I know some are threatening to do it. We might get a couple of truly TV-generation races in 2010 and 2012.It is sad to watch Palin go through the painful act of trying to sound as reasonable and smart as Newt Gingrich or Lou Dobbs for the FOX News and Progressive Blogosphere audience. (Yes… they have become the same audience…) This will eventually work and I will hear some college educated adult say…’you know, she actually made sense last night”
The few people that run things, the “They” who control our corporate generated lives do not respect Sarah Palin. She is their court jester and she may think “They” want her, but they really just want her to dance for them to entertain us. And we are watching and laughing and putting dollars in her underwear. I can’t avoid it and I don’t even have a working TV in my house.
So this Health Care Tax Reform thing the Democrats have been jerking off for a year now may go down the tubes because of one special election to fill a Senate Seat? How many times does this game show have to crash before we just cancel it. It's embarrassing.
The Corporations have won. The Republicans kicked the Democrats ass in the Democrats own stadium. They won when Single Payer was not put on the table by President Obama. They won again when abortion amendments in both houses pissed on the law and the Democrats let it happen. It ended when a public option of any kind was taken off the table.
Well, we will see on Tuesday if God’s will struck Senator Kennedy down so a Republican can take his seat to stop Obamacare.
Speaking of God’s will. Good Lord, did that pact will Satin turn around and bite those anti-colonial, anti-slavery Haitians on the ass. This coming week is going to see a new level of Hell created. The Devil is not done with Haiti... and we are going to be forced to watch.
I would like to see a reality show where Jay Leno, David Letterman, that read-headed, skinny guy, Jimmy Kimmel, that other guy from SNL all have to get 9-5 day jobs… for thirty years.
I’ve bailed out the Airline Industry, The Automobile Industry and the Banking Industry. Why are they still the three headaches in my life?
-----Oh, the war in Afghanistan is not going well, but the new government in Iraq is acting just like the American government. So I guess Mission Accomplished?
I don't think anyone on the FOX News panel saw this one coming. Brit Hume (as if it is any of his fucking business) has life advice for Tiger Woods.... convert to Christianity.
"He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger is, 'Tiger turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”
There are quite few people on the planet who are scratching there heads at this one.
Support Progressive Democrats running in this 2010 election cycle. It is important to increase the Democratic majority in both Houses, especially the Senate beyond the margin of having to deal with the Republican Party at all… except on television of course.
No matter what the press says, I can not believe my fellow Americans would vote for any Republican running for Congress or Senate in 2010… not after the last 10 years.
-----Reduce American Corporatism in my life...
How's the Hope holding up?
We were told this was a transformative Presidency. (Remember the Cairo Speech!?) But it seems more of a slow transformation out of the clutches of certain death into a choking grip around our throat.
Bush, Jr./Cheney must be very pleased with their replacement. We know Wall Street is... for now.
So, my biggest problems with the Obama Administration are not his Nobel Peace Prize winning Afghanistan War and War on Terror policies. If he is really going over there to crush, kill, destroy, clean up and get out, great... go Long Game.
My really big problem with the President is his economic policy and actions so far. They scare and frustrate me.
He lost the greatest opportunity for fundamental, sane, fair, christian, 21st century, Democratic, economic change in American history since 1932. He blew it. If there is a Long Game, our team is behind by 100 points in the 4th Quarter.
Obama needed to start affecting a cigarette holder and slapping a New Deal on Wall Street instead of creating a living memorial to Robert Rubin.
If there is not a Long Game for economic regulation by the Federal Government then the Obama Administration will have FAILED miserably in this area.
Also, The Obama Administration's Health Care Reform Long Game is a sad, cowardly affair full of lies and total miscalculation of the political landscape of Washington, D.C.
Obama's critics who worried about his lack of experience had real reason to worry. He was either played or he is playing the voters of this nation.
If there is no Long Game for further, furious and far reaching Health Care Reform, then his Administration has FAILED miserably here.
Climate Change seemed like a combination of lack of expertise on the subject and outright cowardice of the issue. If there is no Long Game by this Administration on Global Climate Change, the Game may be over and none of the other policy issues really matter. It will be the End Times, brought to you by The United States of America.
We have three (maybe seven) more years with President Obama's Long Game. Both he and the Democratic Congress have tripped over each other in trying to take the mantle of power away from thirty years of Republican Party/Media ass-kicking. But we are all grown-ups and have the political scars to prove it. It has always been an uphill battle for the modern Democratic Party.
Nothing they throw at us should be a surprise. Isn't that what Rahm Emanuel is for?
The only way to win the Game is to play to win...or you will lose.
The best defense is a good offense and we need to see some offense from this Administration.
Get in the game, Mr. President, you're embarrassing us.
Why are the Blue Dogs not on TV? We just spent an entire year sucking up to these guys and now they are burying their heads in the sand.
What is the Democratic Party’s view on the state of international terrorism vis-a-vis, this guy's crotch lighting up and Yemen being added to the War On Terror Axis?
I know what Newt Gingrich thinks and Pat Buchanan and what the FOX News gang thinks. It is both President Obama's and President Clinton's fault.Where is Jane Harman (D-CA)? Where is Patrick Murphy (D-PA)? Where is John Murtha (D-PA)? Where is Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)? Aren’t these the Democrats’ military and intelligence go-to folks?
Next day: Rain, 50 degrees, no more snow, but flooding.
A tradition that started with the release of The Godfather Part 3 is to go to the movies as a group on the day after Christmas. This year it was Avatar. I some how managed to skip it with the promise to mind Mom while everyone was away. We watched cooking shows. She likes Chef Ming.
Chinese Food take out feast that night. (egg rolls!!!!!! with duck sauce and hot mustard).Final day: Cheesesteaks for lunch and the night flight back to LAX. Security, even after Amsterdam declared war on us, was minimal and easy. Sat and watched a Terrorism Special on CNN with my fellow travelers. The flight was six hours of which I slept five.
Chris Matthews may be a Democrat... I don't know. Most adult liberals I know voted for AL Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. I'm not sure I can look at Chris Matthew's record and say for sure that is how he voted... but that's his business... or is it?
Chris Matthews is fun to watch when he gets on a liberal rant, and he has had a few, but I can't get the taste out of my mouth (and I'm sure he can't either) of his prostrating before George Bush, Jr. I mean this grown man had a hard-on on Hardball on more than one occasion.
I'm a Democrat. I'm a liberal. I'm a grown up. I vote. I post to this blog. I give money to candidates. I read bills. I listen to debate. I hated the Bush, Jr./Cheney Administration. I was getting ready to move back to Pennsylvania and declare for the U.S. Senate if Chris Matthews decided to run.
There are a plenty of bad guys out there today Chris, enemies of Democratic Party, most of them are on TV and in the Republican Party. Some, obviously are Democrats themselves.
Iam not one of them nor are the net-roots or bloggers or progressive blogosphere or whatever you want to call us... (back-benchers, bitchers, children.)
Chris Matthews has been a recipient in the past of a ...Sucks Big Fat Elephant Dick headline for sucking up to the Republican Party... he has created a new category all together. Your stupid is starting to become unforgivable.
The Iranians are taking to the streets like Americans never do. In fact, Iran's taking to the streets against Americans in 1979 effected politics in America to this day, ushering in Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Republican John McCain was singing songs about bombing Iran, and then peace protests broke out in the streets of Iran. Wouldn't that have been a mess if Republicans has their way and bombed Iran?
So when you have the Republican Party and the right wing Media misreading and misleading Americans about Iran... you get more coverage of celebrity sex lives.
What the Iranians are using the on-line social networks for should humble Americans, who are sending pictures of their asses to each other.The BBC has kept up with the latest events in Iran.
In the capital Tehran, police and militiamen used batons and teargas, and witnesses said there had been gunfire.
The protests, led by Iranian students, were over the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and suppression of academic freedom.
It appears to be the most widespread unrest in Iran for months.
Foreign journalists were banned from reporting on the rallies, and the Iranian authorities closed down mobile phone networks and severely restricted internet access.