Stories to Watch: 9/11/11
It’s going to be a short one today. The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is pretty much blotting out the news-gathering sun today. Now here’s the news…
Paul Krugman — like myself and so many others — believes it’s shameful the way the right has hijacked 9/11, waving it around like a bloody shirt to score political points. The latest sorry-assed example of this cheap political hackery; Herman Cain tap dances on the grave of 3,000 people with an ad that is nothing but pure 9/11 porn. What’s the argument here, Herman? That 9/11 was bad, so you need to be president? Here’s a little advice for you:
That’s right, have a point. And not the kind you’d wear a hat to cover.
Needless to say, Krugman’s opinion is the worst thing ever. One is only allowed to say bad things about liberals and Muslims on the anniversary of 9/11.
Remember the “Ground Zero Mosque?” Yeah, in order to win Anthony Weiner’s seat, Republicans are bringing the hate back. See above item for context.
RIP Cliff Robertson.
John McCain is making shit up again.
Finally, there are pieces of the World Trade Center on Mars. No, really.
Stories to Watch: 9/8/11
Big jobs speech tonight. I’m stuffing taco fixin’s into a pita and watching with baited breath. Or onion breath. Now here’s the news…
A lot is being made of a photo from last night’s GOP debate. The image, taken during a commercial break, shows Rick Perry with his hand on Ron Paul’s wrist, apparently giving him the business. I’d remind everyone that photos can be misleading, especially if you want to read something into one. I’m not cutting Perry any slack here, but the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is complete bullshit. A series of photos might tell you something. A single photo is a moment in time without context. And that’s from someone who’s taken quite a few of them.
Tea Party founder/Wall Street fatcat Rick Santelli calls Thomas Friedman an idiot — to his face and on TV. Santelli’s correct, Friedman’s an idiot. But this time Friedman was right. Rick was trying to get Friedman to jump on Rick Perry’s “Social Security is a Ponzi scheme!” bandwagon and Tom refused.
An appeals court in Virginia rejects two challenges to the healthcare reform bill.
President Obama will bring guests to the big jobs speech tonight, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Needless to say, this is the worst thing ever!
The DCCC will dump half a million dollars to keep Anthony Weiner’s seat. Perhaps it would’ve been wiser just to let him keep it and hope everything would blow over.
This is freaky; Florida GOP chairman Dave Bitner has died. He’d just announced that he’d be retiring, due to ALS, effective September 23.
Finally, Mittens attacks Perry’s electability.
Stories to Watch: 6/13/11
Mowed the lawn today. Still think it’s stupid. I’m tempted to till the whole thing and plant barley. Now here’s the news…
The big CNN-sponsored Republican debate tonight is going to look a lot like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? — not that that’ll make anyone watch it.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more stupid, a neocon hack accuses Anthony Weiner of being a secret Muslim terr’ist. No, really.
Is there a scientific consensus on global warming? Yes.
Most want to fix Medicare, but not the Republican way.
Apparently, Wisconsin Republicans are still hellbent on committing political suicide.
Although no one was hurt, this plane crash makes me very sad.
Note to Sean Hannity: the nomination of Sarah Palin by the GOP would be an answer to nearly every liberal’s prayers.
Finally, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is just a prick.
Stories to Watch: 6/6/11
Went to a street fair yesterday and got a bit of sun. You can probably read in the dark from red glow put off by my forearms. Had a lot of fun though. Now here’s the news…
Anthony Weiner comes clean; the photo is him, he sent it and, no, he will not resign — although, I doubt anyone on the left will ask him to.
Although Nancy Pelosi is calling for an ethics investigation.
The right wing is trying to (literally) rewrite history to cover Sarah Palin’s ass. People who know what they’re talking about aren’t buying it. He didn’t warn the British, he didn’t ring any bells. What little Palin got right about the story seems to be a matter of luck. Be glad she didn’t get mixed up and say that Revere the silversmith was a “silverfish.”
The Wisconsin Supreme Court takes up Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill. At issue, violation of Wisconsin’s open meetings law. I’ll point out, as I always do, that Republicans could get around this easily by rescheduling a vote and passing the thing the right way. I’ll also point out that the fact that they aren’t suggests (extremely strongly) that the votes are no longer there.
And as long as Republicans are going down in recall elections, Wisconsin Democrats figure they might as well take Paul Ryan down with them.
As Minnesotans prepare to vote on an amendment banning same sex marriage, 70 ministers in that state vow to perform those marriages anyway. First amendment fight on the way?
Finally, Home Depot to the American Family Association: screw off.
Stories to Watch: 6/2/11
Changed all my Gmail passwords. Did you change yours? Now here’s the news…
Wisconsin isn’t the only state with a recall effort going on. Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce — author of that state’s infamous “papers please” law — is also facing recall. And it’s going really, really well.
That twitpic that Rep. Anthony Weiner’s doing a really lousy job of dealing with? Yeah, those may actually have been as planted as he says. A trail of evidence is beginning to reveal itself and it leads to a tea party twitterer and Andrew Brietbart. Try to act surprised.
The New York Times points out that no president has won reelection with unemployment this high since FDR. Here’s what’s wrong with that.
Obama’s approvals continue to rise. Just as importantly, disapprovals fall to an 18 month low.
If you missed last night’s rant by Jon Stewart on pizza, Trump, Palin, and forks, do yourself a favor. It was classic.
Finally, a lot of local news broadcasts say that they’re “there when news happens.” St. Louis’ KSDK currently holds the best claim to that slogan.
Stories to Watch: 5/29/11
Man, does today ever suck. Rain. Thought I heard thunder. If this keeps up, we’re going to turn all rain forest and develop monkeys. I am not looking forward to that. Now here’s the news…
Lefty icon Rep. Anthony Weiner’s twitter account posts a photo of Weiner’s underwear-covered… um… weiner. For his part, Weiner says he’s the victim of a hacker. The right is trying to have a field day with this, but so far no one other than themselves seem interested. Note to the right; it’s not the sex part that puts the scandal in the scandal, it’s the hypocrisy part.
John McCain says that Sarah Palin can beat Obama. Of course, if he knew what it took to beat Obama, we’d be talking about President McCain right now.
Republicans love the American experiment in democracy — that is, so long as you take out the democracy part.
Republicans were for the individual mandate before they were against it.
In the past two months, the United States has experienced a year’s worth of tornadoes. Might something possibly be amiss with our climate?
Finally; sinking in the polls due to your corrupt and idiotic policies? Then ban “liberal-looking” people from your public events. Yeah, that ought to work…