December 31, 2008
What I'll really be interested in is what McCain does, does he allow his "all politics is personal" side come out, and oppose media bailouts for their shabby treatment of him during the 2008 campaign? Or will he come crawling back to his main contituency, like the voters in Murtha's district did to Fat Jack (I can't believe you idjit voters in Western PA let Murtha make you his bitch like that).
Christopher Hitchens basically calling Bill Maher and his audience stupid, then flipping them off:
On an unrelated note, if you tell anyone today that you'll "see them next year," you deserve to be punched in the throat. I've been at work since 1pm (until 9pm) and ten people have used that line. It's not funny. Never has been.
I said Israel will attack any boat carrying doctors and medical supplies--they have turned away the red cross already and all medical and food assistance. Israel is a NAZI state. The Jewish Soul is being tortured in Israel. The destruction of the jews in Israel has been assured with this inhuman attack on civilians in gaza. Hamas is the street gangs---this is equivilent to los angeles attacking and launching war on the people of watts to attempt to kill the bloods and the crips.
But while we're on the wild wide world of scary tour, of course, Israel has started another war. A third straight day of airstrikes on Gaza, the death toll now more than 300 people. Israel says they are doing this to prevent Palestinians from firing rockets into southern Israel. First of all, there's the question of proportionality as to how many people those rockets have killed versus how many people the Israeli bombing has now killed. There's also the issue of effectiveness. In the midst of this massive air assault killing hundreds of civilians in Gaza, a rocket fired from Gaza today killed a man and wounded seven in the Israeli town of Ashkelon. Effectiveness. Three Israelis were also stabbed by a Palestinian in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank today. Is there a military solution to this problem?
Maybe. Maybe not. But when a dimbulb like this is touted as a rising star on a cable network that is nothing more than a broadcast version of the Daily Kos, what does that say?
December 30, 2008
JOE SCARBOROUGH: You can't blame what is happening in Israel right now on the Bush administration.
ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: Yes you can.
SCARBOROUGH: You can't. Let's go back to 2000, Dr. Brzezinski. Bill Clinton gave Arafat and the Palestinians everything they could have wanted.
BRZEZINSKI: You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you.
SCARBOROUGH: Oh, is it?
SCARBOROUGH: We have another bloc, and I'm very excited aboug that because I'm stunningly superficial. Chief, I look forward to you educating me, and the rest of America, and the rest of the foreign policy community, who have said, time and again, Arafat walked away from the best deal he could have gotten, and that the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to --Nuance, thy name is Jimmah Carter's Crew. Thank GAIA these clowns are back in charge.
BRZEZINSKI: These are not the facts. [They're] your opinions; you're repeating slogans. He did not walk away. What he said was, I'm going to take the proposal to all the Arab capitals and see how they react, because the proposals were controversial . . . The negotiations went on, even after Christmas, where Clinton and Arafat met, and they were going on in Taba in January, after Clinton was already leaving office. And then, the process got aborted. It's helpful to know a little bit about it.
December 29, 2008
Hollywood is a global business and no international cause moves quite so many stars quite so deeply as the ongoing genocide and dislocation of the people in Darfur. The cool guys from "Ocean's 11-13" were convinced by costars and friends Don Cheadle and Clooney to make the cause of Darfur their own. With that crew on your side, it's hard to go wrong, but as more of the industry educated itself about the situation in western Sudan, it became the international crisis closest to the film industry's heart. Fundraising for relief continues, and a surprising number of stars have taken the extra step of intervening whenever possible with the governments and international organizations involved. Hollywood's a town with a notoriously short memory, but don't look for Darfur to slip off the radar any time soon.And don't look for their efforts to actually, you know, accomplish anything any time soon, either.
Because, seriously, "The cool guys" from those movies and their celebrity pals haven't managed to get jack shit done so far, no matter how much "the industry educated itself" about what's going on there. And I'm sure that while Don Cheadle and George Clooney have good intentions, countries like China that are doing business with the Sudanese government couldn't give a shit when they take "the extra step of intervening" when they're not otherwise occupied making movies and banging starlets.
And besides, unless I've missed something, have there been any movies about the situation in Darfur? There sure have been plenty of anti-Iraq war movies, but I don't think Hollywood has made a single dramatic film to help educate the public about this, their most serious cause.
(Aside from getting Obama elected, that is.)
Ah, here we go, some of Agriprocessors other shady dealings. Took me a while to find this.
Update: Here's another article on the child labor charges...how many charges? Well,
December 22, 2008
There are indications that a decision could come soon, sometime before Inaugural Day. But MSNBC president Phil Griffin declined late last week to say whether that’s true or not.
“I’ve talked to Chris. I think he’s going to be here for a long time,” Griffin said. “I want him to be here for a long time.” Griffin said that there would be “clarity” soon.
If true, I guess Matthews doesn't want to give up that $5 million a year to be an unaccountable assclown for shaking hands with the bitter clingers and having to defend his ridiculous comments over the years.
December 21, 2008
December 20, 2008
Update: Someone put the NFL Network on instead so now I am ready for some football. Thank GOD. It's a Saturnalia miracle!
Brown, whose job it is to defend state laws and who earlier said he would support the amendment, argued yesterday that the framers of the state constitution never intended "to put a group's right to enjoy liberty to a popular vote."Um, I'm sorry, Jerry, but until a bare majority of the State Supreme Court recently decided that same-sex couples could be married, they never had the "fundamental constitutional right" to claim that status. It's been tried in the legislature several times, and it's failed.
The court is expected to hear the case in March.
"Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification," Brown said in a statement.
And now that the issue has been rejected by the people of the state—ironically, through means pressed through by the Progressive movement—you're working against the will of the people of the Bluest of Blue states.
Our California AG is telling us that democracy is fine, I guess, as long as you get your way. Otherwise...
December 19, 2008
Vice President-Elect Joe Biden said the U.S. economy is in danger of "absolutely tanking" and will need a second stimulus package in the $600-billion to $700-billion range.But you know what will help it? Having the Treasury Department print up $1,000,000,000,000+ out of thin air, which will bring inflation to Carter Administration levels, if not worse. Makes sense to me.
"The economy is in much worse shape than we thought it was in," Biden told me during an exclusive interview -- his first since becoming vice president-elect-- to air this Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
December 18, 2008
The guys at GayPatriot look at the reaction and collectively ask, "Uh, dudes, what the hell did you think was going to happen? You really believed all that hope'n'change shit?"
December 17, 2008
December 12, 2008
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) said it was "un-American" for senators to have voted against approving a bailout of troubled automakers last night, saying their vote may cause a recession to become a depression.Standing up against a socialist bailout for the UAW is now un-American. Spectacular. Granholm shouldn't worry, though, because lame duck President Bush is going against the will of the voters and giving out the auto bailout money anyway.
"It is unacceptable for this un-American, frankly, behavior of these U.S. senators to cause this country to go from a recession into a depression," Granholm said during a radio interview Friday morning.
December 11, 2008
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