. . . I’d swear it’s been Thursday all day. Every erroneous second, so far. Even as I now ‘fess up to having it wrong, it still feels like Thursday, a day that I have always thought of as ‘brown’ and I do not know why. Now you know. And here’s the oldie – Bristol is in Connecticut, so this was a local favorite.
Once we get all the school teachers armed and trained, we’ll surely find some money to fix stuff like this. But first things first.
Fifty Four And A Half turned two today! Go say congrats to Elyse.
This is a disaster for we vapid, shallow news junkies and consumers of utter nonsense. Aiken lost. Palin is gone (mostly, give it a few more months). Is it going to have to be all Louis Gomert all the time? Come back Donald, come back. Please.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced early Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress in 2014 but would keep fighting for the conservative principles that made her a favorite of the tea party movement and, she said, are vital to protecting the United States from moral and economic decline.
Because it’s so much easier to throw stones than waste time on all that problem solving stuff.
Some scandals be a-comin’ her way, so time is of the essence – there are riches out there, waiting to be scooped up before fame fades.
Posted in broken government, Civics, Congress critters, elections, Government, Palin, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged Donald Trump, elections, Louie Gomert, Michele Bachmann, Politics, Sarah Palin, US Congress
During the 20th Century’s two World Wars, the Federal government pumped out an impressive body of propaganda, much of it on film. For WWII, the Feds turned to the pros and a lot of the product came from Hollywood. Besides video shorts, there were also full length feature films (some pretty good actually). That propaganda was an essential part of keeping the country committed to the war effort and supportive of it. And it worked.
Then came the early days of the Cold War and the Feds thought if it had worked before, it would work again. It didn’t really; these films were too blatant and very clumsy.
I just came across this. Really?
So who’s speaking out this time (except mistermix at Balloon Juice)? Atrios notes that the trip explains why McCain was mysteriously absent from all four Sunday morning shows.
Posted in Cable News, George Bush, Government, Media, Middle East, Politics, Right wing talk machine, war
Tagged Atrios, Balloon Juice, FOX News, George W. Bush, John McCain, Media, Nancy Pelosi, Politics, Syria
Let this be so. Please.
Donald Trump has spent more than $1 million on electoral research for a potential presidential run in 2016.
Today is the 240th day of the twelfth year of the US war in Afghanistan. So as we approach 13 years there, and pass the 11th year of the Iraq occupation, let’s tune out those who would call a President who moves to extricate us a ‘traitor’. Instead, let’s remember Korea and Vietnam and the lessons we failed to learn from those two hapless interventions.
Afghanistan is already slipping back into its territorial and tribal fights and Iraq is facing increasing sectarian conflict reminiscent of the Sunni/Shia ‘civil war’ of 2005-06.
My hope for today is that those who call for more war will find no ears to hear. Let them shout into the wind.
A fine slow-dancer. The nuns hated this one . . .
On his sixth birthday comes this “Best of” Maru video. Highlights at :48, 1:18 and 2:50.
Posted in humor
Tagged humor, Maru
Everyone is having their say about the IRS’ Lois Lerner who took the Fifth yesterday before a Congressional committee (just like that conservative icon Oliver North did). Here’s Fat Boy:
You have to be very careful in making judgments about people based on physical appearance, although I’ve gotten really good at it.
I guess we all see what we want to see when we look in the mirror. Anyway, I hear you Rush and I am being careful. I do think it through before I call anyone Fat Boy or “the morbidly-obese, four times married” . . . . and after thinking it through, I feel I am morally entitled to toss schoolyard insults at you, because that’s what you do for a living. Good for the goose, good for the . . .
Posted in Congress critters, Constitution, Government, irony, Politics, talk radio, taxes, The Daily Rush
Tagged Constitution, IRS, Lois Lerner, Oliver North, Politics, rush limbaugh, Taking the Fifth, talk radio
WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would “automatically” punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
The provision was introduced as an amendment to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, which lays out strong penalties for people who violate human rights, engage in censorship, or commit other abuses associated with the Iranian government.
Cotton also seeks to punish any family member of those people, “to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree,” including, “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids,” Cotton said.
It really happened. Today. No kidding.
. . . of stars. I can still hear the late Carl Sagan saying that on his iconic TV program Cosmos, so I got a little thrill when I saw this story from Phoenix:
An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon’s session of the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads.
Democratic Representative Juan Mendez, of Tempe, instead spoke about his “secular humanist tradition” and even quoted author Carl Sagan.
“I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state.”
. . . “Carl Sagan once wrote, ‘For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.'”
It’s the right response to the AP/Fox abuses.
I never liked him anyway. He heads a Justice Department that didn’t bring a single fraudster bankster to trial.
Don’t slam the door on your way out fella’.
UPDATE: Lois Lerner too.
Federal assistance to Oklahoma? Duane notes that its two Senators (Inhofe and Coburn) aren’t too sure about that Federal funding stuff in theory. They didn’t want to step in after Sandy and they’re always trying to defund FEMA. But here’s what Inhofe had to say this morning on the teevee:
JANSING: You know there were a number of people along the East Coast who weren’t happy about your vote on Hurricane Sandy . . . you said the request for funding was a “slush fund.” . . . is there money to help the people here in your home state rebuild?
INHOFE: Well, let’s look at that. That was totally different . . .
Yup. Totally different. I get that.
What Inhofe and Coburn don’t seem to grasp – well, here, Duane says it best:
Yet despite the efforts of Inhofe and Coburn, the FEMA trucks will show up in Oklahoma throughout today and beyond. Those trucks are representatives of the American people, most of whom live far, far away from Moore.
Let me repeat that: Those trucks are representatives of the American people.
We can, however, take some comfort that both of the esteemed Senators, while not crazy about that food and rescue equipment part, did ask for prayers.
You may know that Duane lives in Joplin MO and two years ago a tornado devastated Joplin; 161 people died. His post a few days later is one I’ve never forgotten and it still touches me. Read it. That’s probably pretty close to what they’re feeling in Moore OK about now. It begins:
Sunday evening, before the onset of the cruel aftershocks that continue to pummel our devastated city with remorseless storms and rescue-impeding rains, my youngest son and I undertook a journey to a destination he—a high school student and baseball player—seemed desperate to see.
He wanted to go to his school.
Read the rest.
Posted in Blogsphere, broken government, Civics, Congress critters, Government, irony, Politics, taxes
Tagged Civics, congress, FEMA, government, Jim Inhofe, Joplin tornado, Moore OK, Oklahoma, Politics, Tom Coburn, tornados, weather
Deep in the winter of 1994, I left my New England home and came to Florida. There were a number of reasons for the move. A yearning to live in a tropical climate didn’t even make the list.
I’ve learned to embrace this place including the weather; most surprising to me has been how much I’ve come to relish the summer.
I love the sudden winds that bring our afternoon thunderstorms, and gully washers that sweep in from the Everglades and leave behind the sweetest air. I love those thunderstorms so much that just the sound of one approaching makes me hasten to leave wherever I might be and rush outside so I can watch it. (Photo is by renowned Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher.)
I love how every green and growing thing explodes – all at once – as though released from six-months of holding its breath.
I love how quiet and peaceful it is once the winter people leave – and how I can park right in front of the library. Lines disappear in a moment and the annual refrain is heard: “hooray, we can go out to dinner again“.
There’s no ice. I’ve never had to scrape a windshield.
But I do miss the smell of lilacs and the rich velvet of tulips. I’ll always miss those.
When I see this, I hear a page turning:
Walmart has been adding solar to scores of stores across the country . . . as it plans to become 100 percent renewably powered. . . The company has aggressively been building out solar on its stores and other buildings. It’s also been boosting its purchase of renewable energy both directly and indirectly. And it is doing so across the world.
“Walmart has 280 renewable energy projects in operation or under development, and continues to test solar, fuel cells, microwind, offsite wind projects, green power purchases and more,” the company said.
“Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Today in the Rose Garden you dismissed the idea of a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. With that, your galling political hubris shined bright in the midst of today’s dark clouds.”
And here’s the outrage that compelled Palin to speak out:
No video, but great audio. Plain and pure.
The chief (singularly cheerless) cheerleader – after FOX News of course – of the Benghazi non-scandal, Rep. Darryl Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, has a working thesis: “scandals, scandals, it’s all scandals, and cover ups too!”. Having still failed to uncover any actual wrong-doing, he’s now subpoenaed Ambassador Thomas Pickering to testify about why Pickering didn’t interview Hillary Clinton for his investigation (the official one).
Pickering has said before that he would testify before Issa’s panel about last year’s Accountability Review Board report on the attack . . . Pickering and Mullen [Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pickering’s co-chair] have refused, however, to submit to a transcribed interview with Issa and his staff, calling the closed-door proceeding an “inappropriate precondition” to their testimony.
“Your refusal to allow staff investigators to interview you is inconsistent with your commitment to be ‘tough and transparent’,” Issa wrote to Pickering. “In light of your continuing refusal to appear voluntarily for a transcribed interview … I have found it necessary to issue a subpoena to compel your appearance at a deposition.”
Lovely. Rep. Elijah Cummings put it clearly:
. . . the Chairman is now accusing Admiral Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ambassador Pickering, a seven-time U.S. ambassador, of being complicit in a cover-up.”
Issa did not subpoena Mullen.
(Note to self: Best to confirm actual date before scheduling posts in advance for later publication . . .)
In spite of being reminded by the ever-vigilant Ed, I failed to post an oldie last Friday. But today I am s-o-o-o-o on top of my game . . .
Could it be that since his syndicator is now saying that the ad dollars are dropping – by the millions – that the four-times married, morbidly obese public moralizer is sufficiently unsettled that he is surpassing even himself?
“But as it so happens, I happened last night to watch Hawaii Five-0 on CBS,” he explained. “Hawaii Five-O‘s premise last night was kidnapped girls held until they were 18 and then let go or killed — well, always killed — by a couple doing it for the welfare benefits.”
“Now I don’t know what happened in Cleveland, but I couldn’t help but make the connection.”
. . . to Obama of course.
UPDATE: I missed this remarkable bit (h/t Crooks and Liars):
Limbaugh added: “Three brothers, but not related ri the three women, have been arrested in Cleveland — which voted Obama. Not that that’s got anything to do with anything.”
Wouldn’t It Be Nice (splendid early Beach Boys)