Thursday, September 30, 2010
rest in peace tony
....tony is the biggest supporter of shiloh horse rescue and sanctuary, a non-profit horse rescue started by he and his wife, jill. tony and jill actively support the rights of horses not to be abused and slaughtered for human consumption. currently, tony and jill have over two hundred rescued horses on their ranch outside jean, nevada. For more information visit www.shilohhorserescue.com - tonycurtis.com
matt taibbi braves the tea party
a hall full of elderly white people in medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the gop establishment. if there exists a better snapshot of everything the tea party represents, i can't imagine it. - rolling stone
tony curtis has left the building
we love you, antonius.
mad about mike pence
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
we've heard about pink elephants, but does this also mean we're drunk?
will and matt burrard-lucas, were visiting the masai mara in kenya, hunting the wildebeest migration, only to find a pink hippo.
"our guide had mentioned that he had heard rumours of this rare hippo from a fellow guide, however, he was not told where it lived and he had never come across it before," said will, 26…
according to the brothers, the hippo is leucitic and not albino as it had some pigmented spots and dark eyes. leucistic animals often do not survive in the wild as they are visible to predators and get sunburnt. hippos however are large enough to fend off rare attackers, while using their sweat as sunscreen.
"it was a young one as it is much smaller than the other hippos and always stayed close to its mother," said will, who added that it was "very shy" and hid behind its mother.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
it really is the end of the middle class
....this trend is fueled by the desire of the richest americans to seek new income streams. instead of spending their cash hoard on innovating new products or businesses that can create jobs and lasting economic activity, they're engaged in a process of rent seeking, which has no productive value. by taking tax dollars that currently provide public services and channeling them to the private sector, which contracts to provide the service at lower cost - and therefore at lower quality - these wealthy individuals can add new income streams while also blunting any effort to raise their taxes to provide these services.
.... in a country that has turned pursuit of profit into a civic religion, and that since 1980 has argued that all government activity and policy should be oriented around producing corporate profits, it is indeed an open question whether there is any room left for the concept of the government providing services directly to the people, without having to give an investor a cut. - calitics
we think we have it bad here in california
he worst drought in the last 30 years has ignited more than 47,000 fires in bolivia over the last few months, creating health problems among the population and affecting the nation’s air traffic, the andean country’s forest service chief said. - latin american herald tribune
Bruce, Jay Bruce
As for the fourth—the Cardinals—well, actions have consequences and that 1-10 streak immediately after LaRussa and Pujols hung out with Glenn Beck put them out of contention.
And, tonight, it became official, as Rob Farley noted.
In honor of Jay Bruce:
shut up, be votey
just buck up.
i'm not sure how we turned out to be the targets, but it looks like we're officially on notice. no more complaining about frivolities!
the people still without jobs? quit yer whining.
the ones on food stamps? you, too.
your house is being foreclosed on? what a buncha whiners. shut yer piehole!
those of you living in your cars? be grateful you still have cars!
sleeping on your friend's couch? beats a cardboard box, don't it?
you can't afford to see a doctor? you'll be able to do that in 2014. you can't wait just four more years?
and they actually wonder why the base isn't motivated.
let me put it this way. you know how joe biden's grandparents came here from ireland to find a better life?
i know americans who are trying to figure out how to move their families back to ireland.
Monday, September 27, 2010
it was broiling today
downtown lala - 113
ojai - 112
burbank - 110
san luis obispo - 110
paso robles - 108
la canada flintridge - 107
santa barbara - 100
at 12:15 p.m., the weather station at usc hit the 113-degree mark, breaking the old all-time high of 112 set on june 26, 1990.
it makes monday the hottest day ever since records in downtown l.a. started being kept in 1877, said stuart seto of the national weather service. - latte times
we never meta pun we didn't like
(obligatory tip o'the kangaroo tail to original blogger that first linked us to above post)
[editor's addendum admonishing readers to pay particular attention to the witty commentors on the original post, w/link]
Sunday, September 26, 2010
steny hoyer tells fox news
environmental news stories sunday
environment key to u.s. security: congress briefing. - environmental degradation and waning natural resources threaten u.s. security in the 21st century, in a shift from "kinetic" security threats, defense experts told a capitol hill briefing wednesday - reuters
feds establish downtown bunker to build criminal, civil cases against bp in gulf oil spill. - a team of federal prosecutors have begun to quietly build a complex series of criminal and civil cases stemming from the BP oil spill - nola times picayune
the disturbing truth about cellphones. - u.s. public-health advocate and epidemiologist devra davis takes a close look at the science of cellphones in her new book, disconnect, and discovers that while researchers haven't yet found a definitive answer, there are chilling clues that these ubiquitous devices are far from benign. - toronto globe and mail
gm food battle moves to fish as super-salmon nears us approval. - consumer groups fear a green light for engineered species will bring environmental disaster to the oceans - london observer
industry, regulators ignored coal-dust meters. - coal dust is highly explosive, and can turn what might be minor ignitions of methane gas in underground mines into massive blasts. federal and state investigators believe that's exactly what happened when a huge explosion ripped through the upper big branch mine, causing the worst u.s. coal-mining disaster in 40 years - charleston gazette
firefly spotters wonder if the species is fading away. - there's something special about a warm summer night at dusk, around a campfire or under the stars in the backyard, when the darkness is suddenly illuminated by bright, fast flashes of light. but are fireflies -- and the memories they inspire -- fading away forever? - toronoto ctv
political environment: earth put on the back burner. - not too long ago it was being called “the century’s defining issue.” Now it’s not even the issue of the year — in an election year, no less. climate change has been trumped by the recession, of course, and there are other reasons why it has fallen out of the public spotlight. - burlington free press
biologist tracks walruses forced ashore as ice melts. - earlier this month, tens of thousands of walruses crowded onto a sandy stretch of beach on alaska's northwest coast. the animals were forced to swim to shore after the arctic sea ice they usually live on disappeared from the chukchi sea - alaska public radio network
making money from a low carbon footprint. - next week’s scottish low carbon investment conference, which brings together what the renewables industry group boss niall stuart calls “all parts of the jigsaw,” is the most internationally visible display to date of the scottish government’s goal of making scotland the green powerhouse of europe - glasgow herald
alexander helps generate buzz for electric cars. - efforts by tennessee politicians, including republican sen. lamar alexander, and business leaders to promote widespread use of electric vehicles have enjoyed a few new jolts of power recently - nashville tenneseean
local and organic through foraging. - one los angeles chef decided to take organic and local to another level by having customers bring fruits and vegetables from their backyards to put in the restaurants dishes. the county intervened, but the restaurant figured out a way to get its customers involved with the menu again. - marketplace
nj lawmakers pushing solar mandate for new schools. - of all the places to plant a crop of solar panels, few are better than the roof of a school. therefore, nj legislators are pushing a bill that would prohibit the commissioner of education from approving construction of any new school unless plans include solar panels - philadelphia inquirer
houstonians plant 'victory garden' to help the environment. - in an effort to make downtown green and boost the local economy, houston teamed up with several groups, including urban harvest and keep houston beautiful, to build vegetable, fruit and herb gardens at tranquility park near city hall - houston chronicle
a source of sea-level rise to rival glaciers. - melting glaciers aren't the only reason coastal cities need to worry about sea-level rise. agriculture is pumping groundwater for irrigation at such a rate that the runoff equals the contribution from melting of glaciers and ice caps outside of greenland and antarctica, scientists report - daily climate
jellyfish invade inner harbor. - the inner harbor's no place to swim anyway, but now you can add another reason not to go in the water downtown: jellyfish. scientists said the lack of rainfall this summer likely triggered the harbor invasion by making the water here just salty enough to attract them. it's been abnormally dry on both sides of chesapeake bay. - baltimore sun
a slight chance of rain: dealing with drought again. - the ongoing water war between alabama, florida and georgia is just one aspect of a regional problem that must be addressed regionally - anniston star
‘frack’ water scrutinized in drought conditions. - as municipal water suppliers request customers to reduce their water consumption because of a state drought warning, some are asking, shouldn’t natural gas drillers do the same? the hydraulic fracturing process used to extract gas from shale uses large quantities of water - wilkes barre
climate change could spell disaster for national parks. - national parks are slowly being done in by global warming, so much so that experts believe joshua trees, glaciers and other scenic wonders may not last the century. the risk is such that park managers have declared global warming "the greatest threat" to the integrity of the park system that the nation has ever faced. - miller mccune
Saturday, September 25, 2010
that's one way to get out of doing math
basically a failed fundamentalist candidate for the state educational authority in texas is claiming that social studies textbooks are pro-islam and anti-christian, and the state must not buy any more of these texts. this guy won’t be satisfied until the only book in public schools is the bible.
...if the whacko is looking for “pro-islam” textbooks, he is in the wrong courses. he should be demanding the state cancel all math and science classes, because much of the basic work in those fields was done by muslims during europe’s so-called “dark ages”. he apparently missed the clue that we use “arabic” numerals in math and science, and al gebra is obviously not something he knows about.- why now?
the word algebra is derived from the arabic word al-jabr, and this comes from the treatise written in 820 by the muslim persian mathematician, muhammad ibn mūsā al-khwārizmī, entitled, in arabic, كتاب الجبر والمقابلة or kitāb al-muḫtaṣar fī ḥisāb al-ğabr wa-l-muqābala, which can be translated as the compendious book on calculation by completion and balancing. - wikipediawe are so the laughing stock of the world.
if this happened in boston, martha cloakley would have shut the city down
an alien from a distant galaxy has landed in exeter.
but this life-size dalek has not come to exterminate city residents — it is looking for its lost owner.
schoolchildren discovered the replica cyborg and police are now trying to trace its owner. teachers at west exe learning centre, in st thomas, were left dumbfounded when doctor who's arch-nemesis materialised in their building.
and despite initial excitement about such an unusual addition to the school, they are now keen for the extraterrest- rial mutant to return to where it came from.
sue willey, deputy manager of west exe learning centre, said: "we're not sure where he has come from or who he belongs to...
the value of the dalek is not known but ms willey estimates that the replica could be worth hundreds of pounds.
"he's a little bit damaged here and there, but he's still got to be worth hundreds," she said...
the school contacted police but officers say they have received no reports of a missing or stolen dalek.
we can only hope this is true
a decision to force such a vote could put a fiery finish on the brief fall congressional session, and test the resolve of the house republican leader, john a. boehner of ohio, who has said he would support a bill to extend only some of the tax cuts if democrats gave him no other choice…
some democrats expressed surprise that ms. pelosi was still contemplating a vote after the senate decided on thursday to postpone action.
but democrats who are lobbying for a vote say it could draw a stark contrast between the two parties by highlighting the potential willingness of republicans to block tax relief for most americans while insisting tax breaks for the rich.
“we will retain the right to proceed as we choose and would take it one day at a time,” ms. pelosi said at a news conference at the capitol. “but let me be very clear, as we have all been clear in the house democratic leadership. america’s middle class will have a tax cut. it will be done in this congress. there is no question about that.”
Friday, September 24, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
demon sheep creator
california-based republican ad man fred davis signed a contract today with delaware senate republican candidate christine o'donnell to craft her television ads for her general election battle against democrat chris coons. - hotlineoncall
christine o'donnell is a monkey's uncle
the suburban gorilla
you go, girlfriend! you tell'm like it is!
basically, after axelrod told us how wonderful we were and how much they needed us to close the enthusiasm gap in this election, i called him on it. like, yo dave, here we are, liberal activists who give money and gotv, and the white house needs to punch us in public so no one thinks they take us seriously?
and then he said, like, your feelings don’t really amount to a hill of beans in this crazy mixed-up world when we’re trying to save the country, and then i said excuse me, we’re not talking about my feelings here, how am i supposed to motivate my readers when you treat them like the town ho? - suburban gorilla
mad about harry reid
where's leonard pinth-garnell when you need him?
feel free to add your vote here.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
wh: dfh? bfd!
"we're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day," the blogger, susan madrak of crooks and liars, pointedly told axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media…
that tension burst out into the open when madrak directly asked axelrod: "have you ever heard of hippie punching?" that prompted a long silence from axelrod.
"you want us to help you, the first thing i would suggest is enough of the hippie punching," madrak added. "we're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day."
axelrod didn't engage on "hippie punching," but he said he agreed with the blogger. "to the extent that we shouldn't get involved in intramural skirmishing, i couldn't agree more," axelrod said. "we just can't afford that. there are big things at stake here."
madrak replied that axelrod was missing the point -- that the criticism of the left made it tougher for bloggers like herself to motivate the base. "don't make our jobs harder," she said.
"right back at'cha. right back at'cha," axelrod replied, a bit testily, an apparent reference to blogospheric criticism of the administration.
addendum: here's our buddy d-day's account of the call over @ fdl.
double addendum: shorter axelrod (if we may paraphrase the venture brothers from last sunday):
"you're just minions! when obama says jump, you say, 'which shark?' !!"
kbr above the law?
after a group of oregon national guard troops sued kbr in 2009, claiming they'd been exposed to toxic chemicals at iraq's qarmat ali water treatment facility, an unusual deal between the military contractor and the army came to light. tucked inside its multibillion-dollar contract to rebuild the facility was a clause, the contents of which remain classified, that could shield the contractor from legal liability—in essence, what could amount to a get-out-of-court-free card. - mother jones
mad about tax cut tomfoolery
mr. colbert goes to washington
comedy central host stephen colbert is slated to testify at a congressional hearing friday on immigration titled “protecting america’s harvest.”
...in july, colbert interviewed united farm workers (ufw) president arturo rodriguez on his show.
ufw works to legalize the millions of illegal immigrants working in the agriculture sector, and rodriguez promoted one of their projects, “take our jobs” which offers americans the chance to try working in the fields if they really think good jobs are being lost to illegals.
in the interview, colbert challenged rodriguez with playful caricatures of anti-illegal immigration groups, for instance telling him that “they’re taking our jobs! those jobs belong to american farm workers!”
rodriguez replied, “americans don’t want to work in the fields. it’s very difficult work, it requires a lot of expertise, and the conditions are horrid,” describing a recent day in which the temperature was in excess of 100 degrees.
colbert retorted, “it was over 100 degrees this entire week here, i did my show, 22 minutes a night!”
rodriguez then touted the take our jobs initiative.
“it’s inviting american citizens that want to work in the fields, that want to take those jobs, that want to do that agricultural work, to come out and do it. so we put up a website, takeourjobs.org and we’re inviting americans throughout the united states to come and try to work in agriculture if they believe that immigrant farm workers are taking away good american jobs.”
colbert asked how many people had taken up the offer. the answer was three, so colbert said “make that four, i’ll do it.” - the dc
hey...stephen...come better know california's fightin' 23rd district. it's harvest time here in wine country!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
skippy's wednesday nite music club
rep. bart stupak d-mi kinda redeeming himself
obamafoodorama stupak puts up slides of dead mice on conveyer belts, manure coming out of bottom of hen houses, asks how such filth is possible #eggrecall
food_democracy stupak, where you get all the dead hens, piles of manure, open doors, mice running all over: piles of manure 8 ft high?
foodsafetynews rep. stupak to egg execs: with big operations, come big responsibilities. #eggrecall #foodsafety
targeting minorities and college students
a coordinated plot by the republican party of wisconsin, americans for prosperity-wisconsin and organizations in the so-called tea party movement targeting minority voters and college students in a possibly illegal “voter caging” effort for voter suppression has been uncovered in evidence obtained by one wisconsin now, a statewide advocacy organization in madison, wisconsin. - one wisconsin now
again, wisconsin has same-day registration, so these challenged voters could provide proof of residency and just register at a new address. but these voters would have no idea going into the polls that the would be challenged. so the goal is to force voters into provisional ballots, which can be challenged later, or possibly to intimidate them from voting altogether. roughly 35% of provisional ballots are never counted, many times because they require some kind of follow-up information on the part of the voter - firedoglake
down the penrose lane
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
skippy's tuesday nite music club
billionaire bailout recipient to america
....check out billionaire vice-chair of warren buffet's berkshire hathaway, charles munger, telling people in economic distress that they must "suck it in and cope" and that they should "thank god" for bank bailouts. - taibbiblog at rollingstonewhy the hell couldn't wall street and all the financial terrorists just "suck it in and cope?"
why do these people hate america and the working class. it's the people who actually work that make this country great...not the people who game the system and suck off the profits the laborers create.
when we said "president garfield" we didn't mean the cat who eats lasagne!
this is not the first time archie has taken on a hot topic. just last april september, kevin keller, the comic's first openly gay character moved to riverdale. (ed. note: his move was announced in april, but keller did not show up until the september comic.)
if the cover image reveals any hints, palin and obama's introduction to riverdale is just as happy as keller's was. the two politicians find a way to put aside their differences to indulge in that great american pastime of sharing a chocolate milkshake.
of course, the idea of these two groups, politicians and cartoons, finally meeting, makes perfect sense. one is full of two-dimensional characters, unconnected to reality and appealing to people of limited intelligence, and the other is archie!
tweet of the day
so, why not ask pierre omidyar what he thinks of meg whitman? certainly there are few people that know her better than he. and they have each other to thank for their respective fortunes. so, would omidyar vote for meg whitman? in a word, no. - calitics
the patron teevee saint for skippytbk, has a new book out...."earth. a visitor's guide to the human race." might come in handy for the general election because some of these nutballs on the ballot don't seem quite human to me.
earth (the book): a visitor’s guide to the human race, the hotly anticipated follow-up to america, goes on sale today. billed as “the definitive guide to our species,” it’s a stewartian meditation on everything from science and art to how larry king’s body compares to the male ideal (not well, we’re afraid). the book was designed by a paula scher-led team at pentagram, which also designed america. we’ve got a first look at some of the pages here. - fastcodesignjust the read you can bring with you to the rally to restore sanity. not recommended that you haul it with you to the march to keep fear alive.
i'm with the banned
Monday, September 20, 2010
consumers should not rely on inspectors to make sure that expired or recalled foods, like the 500 million eggs recalled last month, are no longer being sold, public health experts said.
in most cases, inspectors rarely check grocery shelves for recalled products, and instead rely on the producers of the tainted product to make sure that the recall was effective.
no regulations exist to prevent stores from selling expired food, which inspectors view as a food quality issue rather than a food safety concern. agencies only intervene when the expired product has been found to cause illness, which public health specialists say is rare.
food recalls sound official, but actually they are voluntary. removing the tainted food is up to the stores and restaurants after they receive the recall notice from the company that produced it. government agencies try to monitor to make sure the recall is happening but they have limited authority or resources to intervene. - minnesota public radio
keep in mind that republicans and tea baggers are running for office on platforms of no regulations. does that make you feel safe? forget osama bin laden...you have more of a chance of dying from bad food than you do from a terrorist attack.
tea party funder republican dick armey
and here i just thought it was wall street that was the corrupt ponzi scheme.
according to the gop
...according to president obama and the democrats, 97 percent of small businesses will see their tax rates remain the same. republican counter that the remaining three percent of small businesses -- about 750,000 of them -- constitute half of all small-business income. there's only one way both of those statements can be true: many of those 750,000 small businesses aren't small at all. some, like bechtel corporation, are positively enormous. - talking points memo
the republicans do have a plan for america
eyeing a potential congressional win in november, house republicans are planning to chip away at the white house's legislative agenda—in particular the health-care law—by depriving the programs of cash. - wsjshort version:
unemployed? sorry...you loser.
elderly? you're a drain on our american dream...just die.
public anything? (schools, infrastructure, etc.) if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. ha! ha!
can't afford healthcare? it's all your fault. go ahead, die.
who needs the boogeyman enemy, osama bin laden.
the republicans are planning on destroying america from within.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
environmental news story sunday
fda rules won't require salmon labels. - as the food and drug administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species - wapo
iowa looks to maine for egg farm rules. - jack decoster, a maine native and notorious owner of egg farms here, has a long record in this state of paying fines and settlements for worker health and safety violations, as well as animal cruelty - waterville morning sentinel
spanish water wars put wetlands at risk. - spanish wetlands-- and drinking water-- are at risk to the continuing spanish "water wars" that have pitted farmers against environmentalists and one region against another. in one, the once rich peat underlying the marsh has become so dry that it began to oxidize, heat up and spontaneously combust. - london financial times
natural gas from ruptured gulf well remained trapped in deep waters. - natural gas, billowing out from the macondo well alongside oil at double the amount, often received scant attention from the public, press and government. fortunately, scientists were not so easily fixated on the crude. - greenwire
exploring the links between ocean warming and hurricanes. - one of the more contentious issues facing climate scientists is whether rising ocean temperatures will cause more frequent and powerful hurricanes. amid the uncertainty, one thing seems likely: an increase in the most potent — and destructive — storms - yale environment 360
ann arbor man plans to make history with first 'net zero' home in a historic district. - instead of paying through the roof (literally, there was no attic insulation) over the next two decades, matt grocoff has been on a mission to make as many energy efficient improvements as possible to his home in ann arbor's old west side - annarbor.com
swift hopes airplane fuel will take off. - the aviation world is buzzing that what replaces gasoline in small aircraft is likely to be a clean homegrown stew called swift fuel - indianapolis star
tens of thousands protest against german nuclear plan. - tens of thousands demonstrated in berlin saturday against the government's proposal to extend the life of germany's nuclear power plants for another decade or more. - afp
thousands surround merkel office in nuclear protest. - tens of thousands of germans surrounded chancellor angela merkel's office saturday in an anti-nuclear demonstration that organizers said was the biggest of its kind since the chernobyl disaster in 1986 - reuters
'incorporate environment in constitution as basic right of citizens.' - environmental rights should be an overriding right of the citizens to ensure the right to a healthy, sound and enduring environment, speakers said at a seminar in dhaka on saturday - dhaka new nation (bangladesh)
stranger than tv. - ndp critic rachel notley has a challenge it’s unlikely anyone will take her up on. referring to the deformed fish caught in lake athabasca, downstream of oilsands development, “I’d invite [any federal or provincial minister] to come down, pick out one of these fish, fry it up and feed it to their family,” said notley. - calgary sun
coal-state lawmakers go after epa policy. - coal-state lawmakers are introducing legislation that would stop the use of federal funds to carry out the epa's new permit policies on surface mining in the appalachian region. - louisville courier journal
green jobs can help area prosper. the north country workforce investment board made public its green collar jobs initiative report. - pittsburg press republican
going green, green, house, homes. - real estate company wants to make becoming environmentally friendly more accessible to the common man. - yuma sun
tea party: putting the "con" in "convention"
we’re about a month out from their new announced date, and i thought i’d check them out and see how things were coming along.
well my first stop was a google search to find their web site. i found it, but this link should speak for itself. check out nationalteapartyconvention.com. oh you got a page not found error? well there’s nothing wrong with your browser, the site doesn’t exist any more. and there’s absolutely zero media or blog coverage of the event since they announced the dates were changing. not really what you’d expect for an event featuring sharron angle, lou dobbs, joseph farah, and andrew breitbart is it?
so there you have it, the much hyped tea party unity convention is now completely canceled. maybe they shouldn’t have paid sarah palin $100,000 to keynote the first event and they might have had a little more staying power financially. the traditional press is still obsessed with writing about the tea party and the power they hold. and yes in the most recent primary elections their candidates did prevail. but those wins have also put races back on the board the democrats weren’t counting on winning. this cancellation shows that they have zero grassroots strength. it’s gop operatives and big money that control everything, it’s not some sort of bottom up effort lead by real people and supported by the conservative community. this article recently printed in playboy really says it all.
so there you have it, the much hyped tea party unity convention is now completely canceled. maybe they shouldn’t have paid sarah palin $100,000 to keynote the first event and they might have had a little more staying power financially.
the traditional press is still obsessed with writing about the tea party and the power they hold. and yes in the most recent primary elections their candidates did prevail. but those wins have also put races back on the board the democrats weren’t counting on winning. this cancellation shows that they have zero grassroots strength. it’s gop operatives and big money that control everything, it’s not some sort of bottom up effort lead by real people and supported by the conservative community. this article recently printed in playboy really says it all.
tweet of the day
arrrrrghhhh...here i be, matey's
Saturday, September 18, 2010
lard & order
the 63-page memo, first reported thursday by the arizona republic, blames arpaio's longtime no. 2 man, chief deputy dave hendershott, for the alleged criminal wrongdoing.
the write-in stuff
murkowski's decision will set up a 3-way battle between the incumbent, miller and sitka mayor scott mcadams (d), potentially turning the race on its head. private 3-way polling has shown miller leading, but by a narrow margin.
murkowski will make the formal announcement tonight in anchorage. she has been mulling her options after losing to attorney joe miller (r) by 1.8% -- or about 2k votes out of 110k cast.
miller won with the backing of the tea party express and former alaska gov. sarah palin (r). the tea party express spent hundreds of thousands of dollars criticizing murkowski's legislative accomplishments, and palin campaigned against her rival in the race's closing days.
nate silver, who knows everything there is to know about polls, sez murkowski has a chance. but mudflats, who actually lives in alaska, sez:
so the question you have to ask yourself…do you believe in unicorns?
Friday, September 17, 2010
why not just wait a day and dress in costumes?
the web page tells us
are you one of those people? excellent. then we'd like you to join us in washington, dc on october 30 -- a date of no significance whatsoever -- at the daily show's "rally to restore sanity." ours is a rally for the people who've been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) -- not so much the silent majority as the busy majority. if we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence... we couldn't. that's sort of the point.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
go here and/or here to sign up.
it looks like it'll be a swell version show of the daily/colbert shows, so it might be fun.
we think we'll be busy that day, practicing our bobbing for apples skills for the following night's festivities, but we know some folks that are planning to be there, so if you make it, too, we'll see you on the news coverage!
(thx & a tip o'the kangaroo tail to the hill for the video embeds!)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
don't count the dems out just yet
return to policies of george w. bush 47
won't return to george w. bush policies 36
mad about radical verse
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
skippy's late nite music club
they killed off our progressive radio
in a surprise, overnight move, rincon broadcasting yanked progressive talk radio from its 1490 am channel on wednesday morning and replaced the left-leaning slate of programs with a spanish language music format. the move, which came a month or so after the call letters were changed from kist to kspe, was a financial decision, as progressive talk was not profitable. - sbindependentthis really sucks.
anti-safety net candidate
sharron angle, the queen of tea party extremism, may be the worst hypocrite in a political party that never fails to take hypocrisy to new levels. angle’s political positions are well documented: she wants to dismantle social security, medicare, unemployment insurance, and practically the entire social safety net, except when it applies to her. angle has no job of her own at the moment and is living off her husband ted angle’s federal pension. - liberalandlying, crazy be-atch.
are you anti-drilling in pennsylvania?
according to recently leaked documents, the pennsylvania office of homeland security has been tracking anti-gas drilling groups and their meetings — including a public screening of the film “gasland,” a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling. - centre dailywhere else are they tracking anti-drilling folks? makes you start wondering....
skippy sez: read this blog!
barry, you'll remember, writes exciting political thrillers which also have definitively progressive statements embedded therein. readers of this space will recall our fondness for his previous works, inside out and faultline.
we are quite honored that barry has included a link to this humble space on his blogroll, and of course we are happy to reciprocate.
another interesting facet about barry's blog - his graciousness as mission statement:
o'donnell catches delaware unaware
though six other states and the district of columbia voted in primary elections tuesday night, the outcome in delaware had by far the most profound implications for the fall campaign. while castle was comfortably on track to capture vice president joe biden’s former senate seat, o’donnell will enter the general election at a wide disadvantage to the presumptive democratic nominee, new castle county executive chris coons.
there are some fairly tangible conclusions. for instance, ms. o’donnell’s win almost certainly reduces the possibility of a republican takeover of the senate. she could still defeat the democrat in the race, chris coons — as mr. castle could have lost to him. but on the basis of the polling (and here we are, thankfully, again on solid empirical ground) the republicans went from being extremely likely to win the race to extremely likely to lose it. they may now need to bring another state like connecticut or west virginia into play to have a decent chance of taking the senate; indeed, i would expect to hear a lot of chatter about opportunities like these, as the republican establishment seems ready to concede delaware.
but o'donnell's nomination certainly throws a monkey-wrench into the senate-take-over plans of the gop. not that chris o'donnell won't go out fighting.
gop nominee chris o'donnell, from the movie batman and robin
what did delaware? no open crotch underwear!
these are the nutjobs the baggers want to run our country.
addendum: go read the comments @ tmpdc. the commentors have the issue well in hand. truly stimulating.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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tweets of the election evening
whisper1111 o'donnell hands down winner
whisper1111 exactly how many strokes did o'donnell beat castle by
(if you are not following this "whisper" guy on twitter...i highly recommend you do. he's hysterically funny)
we read in the comments on another blog (which we have since forgotten, forgive us, otherwise there would be a link) that the reason there's such an "enthusiasm gap" for dem voters this year is that the party's biggest selling point is that they are not repubbblicans, and therefore, not completely wackadoodle. if we can paraphrase the comment, "it's not much of a slogan to say 'vote democratic, we're not bat-shit crazy'."
of course, the policy wonks and the rabid centrists over @ balloon juice will happily point out all that obama has done for this country. unfortunately, very little of it resonates at a micro-level; that is to say, a family losing their house because nobody's had work for 2 years cares little about student loan program re-vamping.
the idea that obama has stopped the economy from going over the cliff may be true technically, but if the public perceives that we are still on the edge of the cliff, there's not much to cheer about.
and we would personally argue that any health care reform goals were met with the hard work of nancy pelosi, who did most of the heavy lifting, while it appeared that obama himself seemed to stand back and watch from a safe distance.
the problem, as we see it this fall, is that every possible chance they had, the democrats have waffled and folded and acquiesced and kow-towed to the repubbblicans, not once standing up for the middle class or regular americans.
there are, of course, several individual instances where one can say "hey, the dems did this or that" to counter this argument. but on the whole, the country still has over 10% unemployment thanks to a stimulus too small, the bush tax cuts are actively being considered for extension, the same economic brainiac trust (summers, geithner, bernanke) that got us into this mess is still steering the boat, and all for fear of offending the gop.
yes, the gop is bat shit crazy. and yes, incompetent is preferable to bat shit crazy. but if the democrats actually wanted people to be enthusiastic about their agenda, they might try actually having one. "not insane" just isn't good enough.
Monday, September 13, 2010
pernicious, greedy and evil
state regulators will take their first look tuesday at a proposal backed by pacific gas & electric co. that would require customers to pay all costs of catastrophic fires, such as last week's gas line explosion in san bruno, that exceed a utility's insurance coverage. - sfgatepg&e can just go cheney themselves.
gingrich's dangerous psycho talk
the american prospect and rachel maddow believe it is "birtherism in big words"
forget burning a book....
it's every author's dream – to write a book that's so sensationally popular it's impossible to find a copy in the shops, even as it keeps climbing up the bestseller lists.
and so it is for anthony shaffer, thanks to the pentagon's desire to buy up all 10,000 copies of the first printing of his new book, operation dark heart. and then pulp them.
the us defence department is scrambling to dispose of what threatens to be a highly embarrassing expose by the former intelligence officer of secret operations in afghanistan and pakistan, and of how the us military top brass missed the opportunity to win the war against the taliban.
the department of defence is in talks with st martin's press to purchase the entire first print run on the grounds of national security. - the guardian
time for a blogging ethics panel
the list is maintained by jamie kirchick and is, as i wrote, actually a secret.
"i know nothing of this 'list' you're talking about," kirchick e-mailed me, and i'm told an american spectator writer was expelled from the list for compromising its secrecy. (the writer declined to comment on the incident.)…
i was struck, though, by the affiliation of one participant: the daily caller's deputy editor jamie weinstein, who also weighed in on fox on the website's big journolist scoop, in which the website sought to tar a broad swath of outlets, including politico, as conspirators.
carlson e-mails that he was unaware of the list and his staffer's participation. "weird," he wrote. weinstein hasn't gotten back to me.
trickle down, meet leg
not if they don't spend it:
tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 under president george w. bush were followed by increases in the saving rate among the rich, according to data from moody’s analytics inc. when taxes were raised under bill clinton, the saving rate fell.
the findings may weaken arguments by republicans and some democrats in congress who say allowing the bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest americans to lapse will prompt them to reduce their spending, harming the economy. president barack obama wants to extend the cuts for individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples earning less than $250,000 while ending them for those who earn more.
“i would tend to wonder how much the tax cut actually influences spending behavior,” said chris cornell, an economist who mined government reports back to 1989 for west chester, pennsylvania-based moody’s analytics. “spending by the top 5 percent of households seems much more closely tied to business- cycle issues than it does to tax-cut issues.”
Sunday, September 12, 2010
mudflats listens to sarah so you don't have to
mad about apathy
Saturday, September 11, 2010
you can't send these jobs overseas
Friday, September 10, 2010
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guess that mentally ill man in florida with all the threats
that sad thing is
Thursday, September 09, 2010
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
goldman gets sucked of $31 mil
goldman sachs group inc. agreed to pay a fine of nearly £20 million ($31 million) to the united kingdom's financial services authority and concede that the company made a mistake in regulatory disclosures about trader fabrice tourre, according to people familiar with the situation. - wsjwonder if goldman is still expecting uber profits.