Archive for December, 2008

A novel idea.

Dec 03, 2008 in Uncategorized

Huh…a Labor Department Secretary who is actually involved in labor issues. Strange days, indeed.

-mg

Comfort memes of the radical right.

Dec 03, 2008 in Uncategorized

We know how this works. The howler monkeys generate as much sustained noise as possible over a supposed “issue” in order to garner national attention. As the “issue” starts to receive more and more airtime it slowly gains legitimacy regardless of how preposterous it is. If you ignore the “issue”, well, that just goes to show how much of an out-of-touch, liberal elitist you are and OMG please don’t call me a liberal I’ll print your story about Mena, Arkansas, state trooper drug runners!!!

In recent days, several radio hosts, including Brian Sussman, Mark Davis (filling in for Rush Limbaugh), Lars Larson, Bob Grant, Jim Quinn, and Rose Tennent have promoted the discredited claim that President-elect Barack Obama has not produced a valid birth certificate and is not eligible for the presidency because he is not a natural-born citizen. As Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented, the Obama campaign has posted a copy of Obama’s birth certificate on its Fight the Smears website and reportedly provided the original to FactCheck.org, whose staff concluded in an August 21 post that it “meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.” A Hawaii Health Department official also reportedly confirmed to PolitiFact.com that the birth certificiate Obama’s campaign posted on the Fight the Smears website is valid, proving he was born in the state of Hawaii.

Of course, the goal here isn’t to ensure Constitutional integrity. It’s to get enough Jethros howling about birth certificates to alter the focus and tenor of news coverage involving Obama. This bullshit worked for them during eight years of Clinton but I’m not convinced that the old play book will still work. Nothing has so far but it’s all they know.

-mg

Don’t you dare say class politics.

Dec 03, 2008 in Uncategorized

Representation in the workplace may be what validates the existence of unions but they have certainly done a terrible job at PR after taking a beating over The Big Three asking for hand-outs. Sadly, Leo Gerard of the USW is getting scant airtime compared to the overwhelming anti-union propaganda that’s out there right now but seeing him on Rachel Maddow is a positive sign.

Labor could take advantage of the current financial crisis by getting in front of as many cameras and microphones as possible to state their case and/or defend their positions. The usual corporate talking points about greedy unions led by corrupt bosses are looking blatantly hypocritical and considering the enormous amounts of cash they’re demanding from taxpayers their usual lectures about the bounties of the free market are insulting at best. You would have to look back eighty years to find public opinion of Wall Street as low as it is right now and working people have voted overwhelmingly for candidates that have promised them alternatives. Unions couldn’t ask for a better time to get refine a message and deliver it to American workers.

-mg

A penny for the guy(s)?

Dec 02, 2008 in Uncategorized

Via Roger Ailes I see that there is no shortage of broke-ass Republicans simultaneously preaching self-reliance and asking for hand-outs. It seems that few have chipped in. Is it possible that Scaife passed on and nobody heard about it?

Noam Chomsky wasn’t nominated Defense Secretary nor have any immediate plans been drawn up for mandatory toddler sex education so the skeleton crew at NRO are completely lost in the woods. Count them amongst the most disappointed that Obama wasn’t The Most Librul Dimmocrat EVAR!!!.

-mg

Erased from history.

Dec 02, 2008 in Uncategorized

No mention of our complicity in either massacre:

BAGHDAD (AP) — Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin “Chemical Ali” Hassan al-Majid received a second death sentence Tuesday — this time for crushing a Shiite uprising in the wake of Iraq’s defeat in the 1991 Gulf War.

Al-Majid, once among the most feared members of Saddam’s regime, muttered “thanks be to God” as chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa declared him guilty and imposed the sentence at the end of the trial, which began in August 2007.

Al-Majid already faces the gallows after being convicted last year for his role in the killing of tens of thousands of Kurds in a crackdown in the late 1980s — in which chemical weapons were used against civilians. But legal wrangling has delayed that execution.

A criminal, yes, but what about his enablers?

-mg

Franken/Coleman recount: WTF?

Dec 01, 2008 in Politics

Okay, at 88% of the votes counted, Franken was behind by over 250 officially and other observers placed him 73 votes behind.

At 91%, Franken is ahead by 4,237 votes.

What’s going on up there?

-jb

The banks were forced at gun-point blah blah blah…

Dec 01, 2008 in Uncategorized

Another piece of wingnut mythology gets shot down:

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed. It ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory documents.

“Expect fallout, expect foreclosures, expect horror stories,” California mortgage lender Paris Welch wrote to U.S. regulators in January 2006, about one year before the housing implosion cost her a job.

Bowing to aggressive lobbying — along with assurances from banks that the troubled mortgages were OK — regulators delayed action for nearly one year. By the time new rules were released late in 2006, the toughest of the proposed provisions were gone and the meltdown was under way.

“These mortgages have been considered more safe and sound for portfolio lenders than many fixed rate mortgages,” David Schneider, home loan president of Washington Mutual, told federal regulators in early 2006. Two years later, WaMu became the largest bank failure in U.S. history.

I don’t doubt that in their heart of hearts the wingers still believe that the current mortgage/Ponzi scheme fiasco can be laid exclusively at the feet of The Librulz vis a vi the Community Reinvestment Act. With my hand in a cast it makes it difficult to check with any degree of haste but I’d be willing to bet that Sean Hannity or the drug-addicted, thrice divorced Rush Limbaugh are paying scant attention to the above AP story even though I also don’t doubt that they’ve read it. One thing is for certain;It needs to be nailed to the eyelids of Art “never my fault” Downs. Ugh…the man is like a broken Wurlitzer.

-mg

It’s still Obama’s recession.

Dec 01, 2008 in Uncategorized

Any good dittohead will tell you that the current recession, which apparently didn’t exist until November 6th, can be blamed on the market reacting to an Obama presidency. Before that it was The Librul Media ™ trying to talk us into one. And before that it was “what do you mean unemployment is skyrocketing? The Bush tax cuts are working!!” There is but one conclusion to come to, folks; these people are not to be trusted with the country’s checkbook. They know of only one song and it has but two verses. One verse sings the praises of infinite tax cuts and the other is an ode to the unquestionable wisdom of The Invisible Hand. Unfortunately, like most great minstrels they deal best in abstract fantasies.

Todays news came as no shock to those living in the reality based community; the country is most certainly in a recession and has been for quite some time and the Bush Administration has been fiddling while Rome burns. The ability to look inward and admit error is an attribute completely foreign to your typical, AM radio addicted howler monkey but lucky for us they have been effectively forced to the margins. It is imperative that we keep tuning them out too because the only way to solve a problem is to first take ownership of it and the dittoheads have shown time and again that the only thing they’re good for is recycling myths and casting blame. Put in those terms I’m glad that it is Obama’s recession because right now we desperately need leadership that can accept responsibility and take action.

-mg