Next Time, Just Appoint Someone And Spare Us This Travesty

January 31, 2010

I guess you could file this ad under “that voodoo that you do so well” (a reason why no one should ever have to “run” for the office of coroner – more here).

And as noted here, the guy responsible for this ad once went to federal prison for a conviction of tax evasion.


The Supreme Court’s “Five Circus Midgets”

January 29, 2010

The latest from Pap on that dreadful Citizens United ruling…


Landrieu’s Bayou BS On Health Care

January 28, 2010

So Dem Senator Mary Landrieu “took a swipe” at Obama on health care, as CNN tells us here.

That’s really funny considering the overall garbage and misinformation she has been spewing on this subject, as captured in this video with Tweety and Dr. Dean (cutting to the chase, Dean is telling the truth and Landrieu is a liar, especially in that remark at the end about a “public choice,” or whatever the hell kind of nonsense she’s blathering about).

I’m definitely glad that O’Keefe and his little playmates were busted on their idiotic attempt to wiretap Landrieu’s office, if that is in fact what they were trying to do. However, part of me is also curious to find out what kind of discussions the Dem Louisiana senator has been having on this subject.

And remember, we heard about Landrieu’s latest antics on CNN.

We’ll have to “leave it there.”


Some SOTU Commentary, Including Chris “Ofay” Matthews

January 28, 2010

I’m glad you forgot, Tweety – thanks for reminding us anyway, you nitwit…

…and speaking of screwed-up priorities, watch the “loyal opposition” do nothing here.


As The Greek Tragedy Nears Its End

January 28, 2010

I’ve really tried to steer clear of the latest miseries in the personal lives of John and Elizabeth Edwards, though they are ready grist for the tabloids (of course) and our corporate media in general (even the supposedly august New York Times, which has easily devoted more coverage to the recent revelation of his parentage of Rielle Hunter’s child than it ever did to Edwards’ campaign, and I’m sure the news of the Edwards’ separation will receive a lot of play also).

Over at the Blogger site, I devoted an inordinate amount of time publicizing Edwards’ one-time campaign for president, and I was appropriately contrite when it turned out that the whispers about Edwards and Hunter were true, whispers which I dutifully ignored because of the brazenness of Edwards’ lies that they were false.

And I’ve really tried to leave Edwards behind to wallow in the utter carnage he has made of his personal and political lives because of his ridiculous dalliance. Still, every now and then I would write a post to anyone who would care to read it that Edwards was still out there and could serve in some unpaid capacity as some sort of advisor or someone to do some kind of pro-bono “troubleshooting” of one type or another (preferably in some of the destitute areas of our country).

I suppose, though, that the thought of Edwards going to some God-forsaken place to try and do some good is hilarious to the life forms amused by the “I Feel Pretty” You Tube video of Edwards fussing over his hair, thinking that to be indicative of his shallowness (though I believe Edwards is in Haiti now; a cynic would say that’s one way to avoid the spotlight at the moment, which I guess is a good point).

But here is why John Edwards used to matter to me (I’m also compelled to point this out after reading Richard Cohen’s typically ridiculous column about Edwards here – Cohen criticizes Edwards on poverty, but since Cohen is a practitioner of typical accountability-free Beltway punditry, he offers no specifics).

Edwards’ stand on poverty is indeed one of the reasons I supported him – not so much because what he said on this subject was necessarily groundbreaking, but because he even acknowledged it at all (Bill Maher said that Edwards was the first Democratic presidential candidate who cared about poverty since Bobby Kennedy, a span of over 40 years).

I also supported Edwards because he said he was flat wrong on Iraq during a time when it was politically unpopular to do so. Also, he was the first candidate in the ’08 race to put out a policy on health care that was well-received by experts on the subject, including Paul Krugman.

So while people ridicule Edwards over his sin (making me recall a certain individual who once said something about casting the first stone), let’s not chortle too loudly over the Edwards’ separation, if for no other reason because young children are involved.

Oh, and another thing – good luck trying to find the kind of passion on display in the clip below on health care reform from any of our politicians, who have so thoroughly prostituted themselves on behalf of the insurers and drug companies while entrusted with the well being of us all, including upwards of at least 31 million of our fellow citizens without health insurance.


Obama Should “Chill” On His Spending Freeze

January 26, 2010

Gee, didn’t a certain former Democratic presidential candidate criticize a former Republican presidential candidate for proposing this idiotic idea two years ago…

Here’s a message for our “hopey, changey” chief executive:

Despite the corporate media drum beat that people supposedly care about deficit reduction above all else (I mean, these news organizations with initials for names have paid such close attention to stories affecting the lives of everyday people all along, haven’t they?), it seems that I need to remind President Obama that deficit reduction doesn’t put food on the dinner table, help families to pay their bills including heating their homes, doesn’t give working men and women actual purchasing power to, you know, BUY STUFF THAT THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES ACTUALLY NEED, like clothes and furniture, doesn’t help families to pay for medicines or doctor’s visits, etc. (of course, that ties into health care, and I REALLY don’t want to go there).

Do you want to know what does all of the stuff I mentioned above?

JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS

That’s what.

And in light of this brainless spending freeze idea, get an idea of what our “too cool for school” chief executive thinks (from here)…

“I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president…”

Notice that a really sucky one-term president isn’t listed as an option.

And to not be sucky, here is what the president needs to focus on…

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Yes, deficit reduction is important, but that is an issue for another time (you know, when our economy is actually NOT shedding thousands of jobs a month).

And to get an idea of how a president is supposed to react when working men and women and families in this country are getting absolutely screwed over, here is the audio of President Kennedy’s remarks about U.S. Steel from April 1962 (alluded to in Frank Rich’s fine column in the New York Times last Sunday).

Listen and learn, Mr. President (and note that there is not a word about deficit reduction – more proof is here).


On This Occasion, Arlen Specter Was Right

January 25, 2010

So our recently-switched-over “Democratic” senator from PA tells Moon Unit Bachmann to “act like a lady” after she interrupts him while spouting her ridiculous RNC-approved talking points that have no basis in reality (here).

And as a result, the feminist hue and cry begins against Specter and he apologizes, even though he was right to tell Bachmann to be quiet and let him finish.

I’ll tell you what – here is the clip of the exchange between Specter and Bachmann. I’ll let you decide who’s right and who’s wrong.

In keeping with typical wingnut behavior, Bachmann is totally rude and petulant, and Specter called her out over it. Good for him. To me, the “takeway” from this clip, though, is the fact that Specter really isn’t able to keep up with the rat-a-tat-a-tat of what passes for political discourse in this country anymore (typified by right-wing talk radio).

So, acting like a typical Dem, Specter apologizes even though he was right.

What a joke.


A Message For The Empire State

January 25, 2010

Yeah, we know what Harold Ford, Jr. is of course, but what a bunch of laughs Larry Kudlow is at the end of this clip (sorry we couldn’t have someone tortured with thumbscrews for your amusement – here, Kudlow presents his “heroes of the recovery,” from August ’09).

(Oh, and by the way, bad luck there on the Jets – got further than the Iggles, though.)


A K.O. Encore On “Citizens United”

January 24, 2010

This is for the benefit of Smerky, who actually defended the decision in the Philadelphia Inquirer today (here).

And I would have left a comment at the Inky expressing my disagreement, by the way, but I got tired of my comments being rejected even though I used no profanity whatsoever (though veiled threats of violence against liberals make their way online at their site from time to time). Apparently even a slight hint of sarcasm from a Dem/liberal/progressive/whatever is enough to offend the paper’s delicate sensibilities.


Friday Mashup

January 22, 2010

(Note: I’m probably a couple of weeks away at least from posting again the way I have in the past due to my arm injury. I’ll be sure to let you know what’s going on.)

  • 1) Over at The Hill, Repug Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana recently said the following (here, in yet another attack on the Obama Administration)…

    First out of the gate was the $787 billion so-called stimulus bill that was nothing more than a wish-list of liberal spending priorities. Following the policies of more spending and more debt — the same policies that got us into this mess — would not get our economy moving again.

    Meanwhile, this tells us the following (from Crooks and Liars)…

    Rep. Mike Pence disagrees with the stimulus and voted against it but wants more of it for his state. “The Democrats in Congress and the administration said we were going to have to borrow nearly a trillion dollars from future generations and spend it on this — this long laundry list of liberal spending priorities we called stimulus and that unless we did that, unemployment would reach 8% nationally. It’s 9.5% nationally today,” Pence told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

    But Pence charges that Indiana isn’t getting enough money from the very program that he doesn’t support. “You check the Indiana Star, you’ll see stories about the stimulus. One is that four out of ten major projects in the stimulus for Indiana had been allotted to companies outside the state of Indiana,” complained Pence.

    So which is it, Pence? Do you support the “stim” or don’t you? If you don’t, then why are you trying to grab up the dough?

    Oh, and by the way, as Think Progress notes here, Pence was one of the Repugs who was just thrilled over yesterday’s horrific Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited free speech for corporations, among other entities (no word on what Pence’s reaction would be if another Giganticorp, Inc. came along and decided to fund a Pence election opponent as much as they wanted, which is now allowed of course).

    So what other economic ideas has Pence supported as long as he opposes Obama and the “Democrat majority” (jerk)? Why, as noted here, he supports a spending freeze, which, as TP (again) tells us, “would allow inflation to eat away at funding for vital programs, including Pell Grants, Head Start and infrastructure investments. It would mean less money, in real terms, for just about everything. There are also projects — like the 2010 census – that need a spending boost.”

    The game of Pence and his Repug playmates is to do nothing and hope that voters forget that our current economic mess, to say nothing of two wars, originated under the administration of Obama’s predecessor. And that worked in Massachusetts because the Democratic Party leadership was utterly asleep and thought they would win a ceremonial victory.

    But Messrs. Kaine, Menendez and the rest of the Dems should have learned from that debacle that everything is in play for November. However, the Repugs will have to play the same game of defending their seats as the Dems.

    Being a Dem in this climate has disadvantages, as does being a Repug. But being an incumbent, period, is the biggest disadvantage of all.

  • 2) Today’s Bucks County Courier Times tells us the following (here)…

    A 12.5 percent salary increase to the Bucks County employee in charge of overseeing the $100 million courthouse project led to a heated disagreement among county commissioners.

    Diane Marseglia, the lone Democrat on the three-member panel, criticized the decision of her colleagues, Republicans Charley Martin and Jim Cawley, to raise the salary of Director of Operations Jerry Anderson to $104,456.

    “It’s too much money,” Marseglia said Wednesday of the $11,575 bump in pay from $92,881. “Nobody gets an increase like that, especially in this economy.”

    Martin defended the pay hike, saying the “fairly substantial amount is appropriate.”

    Anderson is in charge of all county bridges, buildings and the parks and recreation department, in addition to spearheading work on the new courthouse, according to Chris Edwards of the county public information office.

    He also headed up building the $22 million parking garage on Broad Street.

    Compensation for non-union county personnel is set by the salary board. Martin said Anderson’s raise fit within that range.

    Hired Dec. 26, 2006 as special projects manager in the public works department for $55,344, Anderson became the director of operations on Sept. 17, 2008 at a salary of $85,000. Since then, his annual pay has jumped nearly $20,000, or 23 percent, including a 3 percent cost of living adjustment on Jan. 1.

    Another “triumph” for Jim Cawley and Charley (“I Have A Semi-Open Mind”) Martin (no comment from Jay Russell, the “independent” candidate in the last Bucks County commissioners election who ensured that we would be saddled once more with Martin and a Repug majority).

  • Update 1/24/10: The Courier Times points out here today that Anderson basically contributed $4,400 to “Republican causes” and was rewarded with about a $50,000 raise as a result. And Republicans dare to scream about alleged Democratic Party fiscal malfeasance.

  • 3) Finally, this letter in the Courier Times yesterday stated as follows…

    Newtown Township Supervisor Rob Ciervo recently announced he will run for the 31st Assembly District seat now held by state Rep. Steve Santarsiero.

    Ciervo was elected supervisor in 2007 to a six-year term and assumed the role of chairman this summer, after former Supervisor Tom Jirele’s sudden resignation. As a resident of Newtown Township, I feel that Mr. Ciervo should fulfill his commitment to the residents of Newtown Township who elected him to the board of supervisors.

    If these local politicians can’t commit themselves for six years, they shouldn’t run for the position in the first place. Perhaps Mr. Ciervo wishes to leave the NTBOS before local residents catch on to the fact that constant dipping into reserve funds is a temporary fix and only postpones the inevitable tax increases facing Newtown Township.

    Steve Santarsiero has been in office less than one year. Honestly, that is not enough time to truly gauge the job of a state representative. However, in that time, Steve helped balance the state’s budget and actually decreased overall spending by $500 million. Let’s keep Steve Santarsiero working for us and let self-serving politicians finish the jobs they started.

    Edward H. Valenti
    Newtown, PA

    To contact Steve, click here.


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