Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wow, I don't know where all this ends up in 'realpolitik' terms for the U.S., but it looks like the thugs are getting their comeupance in the Middle East/ North Africa. The fact that we've supported them as they crushed any legitimate opposition may come back to bite us, but it's nice to 'democracy' rearing its ugly head in the region.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Try not spew when reading this; it's so hard to get the keyboard clean again. And remember, no shooting anyone, no matter how much you want to!
Monday, February 21, 2011
I'm not entirely sure anything Mozilo did rose to the level of a crime. Then again, I'm not entirely sure it didn't. Most probably, the civil prosecution was the best way to go, and that they nailed him on (regardless of who paid the penalty.) My biggest complaint is that the civil penaltes are not punitive enough. They should have the capability (but not the requirement) to put some of these companies out of businesses and individuals into bankruptcy. But they don't, so the bad guys pay a piddling fine and go off and bask on their terraces while peasants, er household staff, pour them another drink. And yes, $64mil is a piddling fine when you're playing at this level.
Joe Klein's Cluelessness on Wisconsin Uprising Highlights the Corporate Media's Contempt for Working
Jokeline has long been a weirdly erratic commentator, but this just boggles the mind.
Update to previous post: OOOPSIES. Looks like the Town Attorney for the locality is as big a dipshit as the officers involved. Nancy Genovese has won the case by default since Southampton did nothing in the case. Whether the whole $70mil judgment stands or not, who knows. I hope it does. Making them pay is the only way the Nazis learn... (and then mostly what they learn is to try harder not to get caught!) :)
If even 10% of this is true, they need to ream out these so called law 'enforcement' dipwaps with a subway-borer. I think Suffolk (where I used to live and was a nice place) is gonna get slammed on this one.
Another piece of goodness from Justin.
I've said a couple of times that the Repugs want to take us back to the days of McKinley (hell, several of THEM have said it!) With these recent pronouncements on child labor (see yesterday), I must apologize. It isn't McKinley they seek, it's Dickens! Oliver Twist, anyone?
AMERICAblog News: Wisconsin Senate Dems. prevent vote on harsh GOP budget by leaving for 'undisclose
The Dems tried this back when Texas first went over the edge. Didnt work for long, but it made for weeks of really fun press :)
This post makes the excellent point that it is going to take longer than the powers that be think (or will admit) to get over this. They're still foreclosing houses like mad and every one of those drives down prices in the market, which a) keeps solvent people from selling and b) drives the insolvent or semi-insolvent into foreclosure.... A mad cycle that won't end soon.
Most of these schools are insane rip-offs and it galls me that anyone on our side is backing them in any way. Just shows that anyone can be bought.....
God, I hate these 'tenthers'
"The issue of states rights is particularly popular in Utah, widely known as America's most conservative state." And possible the most stupid.....
From Media Matters:
To Fox, when Tea Partiers protest, it's peaceful organizing. When teachers and unions protest, they're considered "thugs" in an "uprising". Thoughts?
At first, I thought this was Onionesque satire, but it got covered pretty widely and I haven't seen/heard a retraction or correction, so maybe she IS just a rude pig. But, we knew that ;)
Yeah, it was probably (okay, almost definitely) illegal, but it does make me smile. When you bust the bad guys doing bad things, it's okay even if illegal. Isn't that what the post 9/11 mentality is supposed to be?
Careful, Paullie.... the good guys 'won' in Cairo, so should we be prepared for Gov Wanker errrrr Walker to abdicate and move to the shore of Lake Michigan?
Ed really is a national treasure and every Repug's nightmare. He's an NRA liberal from a purple state with a sharp brain, a loud mouth and the willingness to go toe to toe with anybody.
Budget Baloney: Why Social Security Isn't a Problem for 26 Years, and the Best Way to Fix It Permanently
I don't always agree with Robert Reich (which probably means I'm wrong sometimes :) ), but on this, we are in total agreement. Except for one minor point, what he calls 'baloney' is really 'bullshit'.
Florida GOP governor refuses federal money to build high speed rail in state
"The Republicans are about demagoguery. They're not here to fix our nation's problems, they're not here to move our country forward. They're here to talk about abortion, guns, gays and God (and socialism),otherwise GOP politicians just aren't that interested."
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Great! Let's pin him down to a ten square block area of Preston Hollow (for those not not familiar with Dallas, think Bel Air in L.A., and you have the same idea... not quite Beverly Hills cachet, but bigger houses!) :)
Good for Bill. The fact that a large number, if not a majority, of science teachers are either afraid to or unwilling to teach evolution is frightening. No wonder we're falling behind the rest of the world in science education. What's next? Not teaching gravity cuz Jesus didnt fall when he ascended to heaven?
It hurts to see the old homeland suffering, but there's a bit of schadenfreude mixed in. If they hadn't been so obnoxiously blustery about their supposed economic miracle, it would be easier to feel some sympathy. Of course, if they hadn't, they wouldn't have been Texans :)
OOOOOOkay.... does anyone actually GET Current TV? I don't even see it in the complete (ie, more than *I* get ;) ) list on Time Warner.
Edit: Actually did find it... it's in the basic DIGITAL cable package.... another upgrade, dammit!
More on the Kochs from Jim Hightower... if you're not aware of Jim, check him out. He's a Texas liberal of the old school, and one of the best.
We're becoming what the right wing wants, a Dickensian country of a small, entitled upper class and a vast horde of dirty, poor, sick peasants.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Another Reagan debunking. I'd like to place every one of these in the hands of everyone who thinks Reagan was a hard-core freakazoidal Repug like today's Repugs. He was farther right than I can see, and his treatment of the AIDS crisis blighted his soul, but he was NOT a Tea Party candidate. He's the sort they try to primary out of office.
I was there; I remember; we fought; we won. Have we devolved so far that we're going to try and roll it all back and relegate women to second class status, best seen and not heard, barefoot and pregnant or black and blue?
And if they license them about $100,000 a pop (no pun intended), then maybe they could close their 20+ BILLION (yes with a B) budget deficit. Seriously, is there a stupider group of people on the planet than the Texas Lege? (No, Georgia doesn't match them as a GROUP, altho their individual extremities are in the Texas range) ;)
They're screwed either way. Move to the more civility of the middle and they alienate their base; move towards their base and they alienate the other 85% of the country. Makes me smile.
When the little fuckers get themselves a PAC, THEN they can get some benefits!
(Paraphrasing a member of the Texas Lege during a previous budget crisis)
Friday, February 04, 2011
My original plan (well, second plan) in college was to go the MBA/JD route (this was the seventies, when that was pretty unheard of) I didn't and every day, I'm gladder that I didnt. Every MBA I've dealt with in any context, partner, superior, co-worker, or employee was a complete waste of meat. They are full of... um theory and very much lacking in any understanding of the real world how their theories impact and conflict with reality. After we kill all the lawyers, per Shakespeare, may I suggest the MBAs.......
Brilliant take down of the human smegma that are crediting Shrub with the current wave (wavelet?) of 'democratic' uprisings in north Africa. On this subject, as with every other, Bush's speech had nothing to do with his beliefs or with his actions. I don't recall him holding hands with any freedom fighters, but with the Saudi and, occasionally, the Russian oligarchs.
Edit: now with actual linkage... sorry!
Here's a great audio recording of Rushbo being reduced to incoherent silence (yes, he's even incoherent saying nothing!) by a presumed progressive (he reads Media Matters, the commie!!!) questioning why conservatives revere Reagan, despite his apparent apostasy. As is said often of others from the past, the Tea Partyistas would boot Reagan out of the party in heartbeat!
I'll probably be hiding all weekend as the brouhaha over Regan's 100th reaches fever pitch. What a crock. If Reagan was active today, with his tax increases, and social security strengthening, and what not, they'd run his ass out of the party. But, he is GOD, so they just ignore the inconvenient bits, like they do with the rest of reality
Charges: Looks like William Shatner if William Shatner ate a racist butter sculpture of William Shatner.