That about covers it. Call Todd.
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)
Noted Theologian and Fox Business News shill for hire Stuart Varney lectures the Pope.
This administration, much of the Congress, and the creatures who support the same in blissful, belligerent ignorance must be neutralized if this nation is to survive in any semblance of its intended form. And it must be done by any means necessary, because such criminals have proven that they are not dissuaded by trifles like legality. The law, in our President’s estimation, is what he says it is. This has been proven time and again.
The Secret Service would like to have a word with you Mr. Rush. (Erik Rush Blog)
Besides his usual hippie-punching, Wall Street fan boi and infamous water carrier Chuck Schumer displays his usual unbridled contempt for what should be the democratic base in this interview with Isaac Chotiner of The New Republic (emphasis mine):
IC: You and Mayor Bloomberg, in 2007, said that reregulating Wall Street would cause people to flee overseas to London. That is very different than [the position of Senator Elizabeth] Warren.
CS: It has got to be, to me, a careful balance, OK? Wall Street excesses helped lead to the Great Recession. And to sit there and do nothing, or do what the Republicans want—repeal Dodd-Frank—makes no sense. But on the other hand, I think that you just don’t attack Wall Street because they’re successful or rich.
I just unsuccessfully, with Bloomberg, supported raising the building height in midtown Manhattan, so we could build more office buildings. Office buildings are our factories—imagine the people of Michigan saying, “We don’t want to build a new auto factory, because the Ford family will get richer, or the person who builds the factory will make money.” You’ve got to look at the effect on average folks. The vast majority of the people employed by Wall Street are the secretary who goes in to work on the Long Island Rail Road, who makes fifty, sixty, seventy thousand dollars a year. I’m not saying Elizabeth does this, but there are some on the far left who just have a visceral hatred of Wall Street. It’s counterproductive.
IC: You don’t think Elizabeth Warren makes a villain out of Wall Street?
CS: I am just going to leave it at what I said.
IC: Forget Warren then. Is this a problem for your party?
CS: You don’t want to go after them for the sake of going after them. The left-wing blogs want you to be completely and always anti–Wall Street. It’s not the right way to be.
IC: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case?
CS: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.
Chuck, can we talk?
I don’t expect Dims to be “completely and always anti-Wall Street.” I expect Dims to regulate Wall Street.
I expect Dims to care that white-collar criminals go unpunished for their economy-destroying money-grubbing thievery.
I expect Dims to be concerned about inequality—including inequality of wealth and opportunity.
I expect Dims to talk about golden parachutes for executive as they bankrupt their corporations, off-shore jobs and abscond with the loot.
I expect Dims to work to make a living minimum wage the law of the land.
I expect Dims to want Wall Street to pay their fair share especially since they have had a nearly 40-year run of paying little to nothing on their ill-gotten gains.
I don’t hate Wall Street and their enablers because they are successful. I hate them because they destroyed the global economy and ruined tens of millions of peoples’ lives, destroyed their retirements, and put nearly everyone onto a path of less expectations than their parents had. They killed the so-called American dream, and Chuck? You helped them.
It’s you I hate Chuck. You are the problem, Wall Street is a symptom.
The negotiations between Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver Paul Ryan (R-WI) are taking an ominous turn:
There is broad agreement that a portion of the sequester should be replaced with targeted cuts to discretionary spending. But Democrats demand revenues in the mix and Republicans categorically reject new taxes. So to thread that needle, sources familiar with the negotiations say, Murray and Ryan are weighing revenues in the form of asset sales and government fees, rather than Democrats’ preference for raising revenue by scaling back tax loopholes.
Aside from the fact that the US is not broke and does not need to sell off assets, and aside from the fact that a long-time stated goal of the GOP is to sell off federal lands (including national parks) to the extraction industries, I cannot think of a worse idea. Sure, selling a battleship or a squadron of bombers is likely to go unnoticed at first but in general selling off assets is the strategy you take right before you end up sleeping in your car.
“I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level.”
“Since the terrible tragedy that took four American lives in Benghazi, we’ve had difficulty, to put it mildly, trying to get to the bottom of this. Now the goal is to talk to the Benghazi survivors – people who were actually there who could tell the truth and expose what happened and hold the people responsible accountable. This has been a cover up from the very beginning.”
–Sen. John Conryn (R-TX), vying for some sweet, sweet Ted Cruz mojo teabagger support.
Falafel enthusiast and War on Christmas Field Commandant Bill-O leads the charge of the white brigade.
In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: “Do what they did last year.”
Despite the myriad of pressing issues facing Rhode Island and the nation, this presumably happy event became a focal point for too much anger. Strangely lost in the brouhaha was any intellectual discussion of the liberties pioneered here in Rhode Island 350 years ago in our Charter. Because I do not think how we address the State House tree affects our “lively experiment,” this year’s invitation calls the tree a Christmas tree.
This wraps up my Christmas shopping. I wonder what Cardinal Dolan’s address is?
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Bruce388)
The two Matts (the men who thinks about hot, sweaty man-on-man sex with thighs like pistons that can pump all night, more than Lucky Pierre (the towel boy at the L.A. Mineshaft)) Matt Barber and Matt Staver brag that Liberty Counsel was the first organization to file a lawsuit as soon as President Obama signed it into law, claiming that they have put more than 25,000 hours into this case since 2010… which means that they have spent every waking moment for 1,041 days waging its lawsuit against health care reform. Good use of your time, boys. Was it at least billable to a client?
Coach Dave warns us that legalizing same-sex marriage means that legalizing pedophilia is next…
…but Rev. Fishsticks disagrees. Polygamy is next.
OK, so Bezos is working on a fleet of drones to deliver small packages from an Amazon warehouse in 30 minutes or less. Cool.
It’s cool until you think about how that’s going to affect the real jobs of delivery people. Then it’s appalling to save a buck on delivery by designing technology that deliberately makes a class of workers obsolete. This isn’t an example of problem-solving disruption. This is cost-saving so you don’t have to negotiate with low-paid workers.
Over at The Verge, there is a long thread starting about what could go wrong, from gun nuts shooting them out of the sky, to stealing the packages, to stealing the drones; to car accidents (when a package drops on a crowded freeway) to mutilations (when drones drop on a crowded street).
The American mind is a fascinating thing to watch.
Frothy says that denying birth control is a First Amendment Right.
From the very beginning when Obie came on the scene and the girls were shown to be his daughters as the years went by and now 5+ years later I have asked repeatedly where are the pictures of the children as babies, or toddlers? I’ve even done the same research as to their births. Nothing. These are not their children. By the way I came across a video about two years ago which was about 2 hours long about presidents and 9/11 and such. In the course of watching this video it was a section during 1980 Henry Kissinger was speaking to someone (unfortunately I can’t remember who – a man but his name escapes me. Kissinger was telling this man about someone “they were grooming” to be president…a young man about 20ish name Barack Obama”…..I just about fell over when I heard this because this was from 30 years ago. I saved the video to my personal computer. I go back to look at it a few weeks ago and it is gone. I would gather NSA removed it so obviously, they are watching me. Or either putting in key words to “look” for things. I saved this and showed it to my sister about a year later – she was just as surprised as me to hear Kissinger mention Obama’s name in 1980 at a political presidential convention. Good Lord, are they all handpicked and voting is just a game???