TGIF/Weekend edition - February 6-8, 2009
Obama names advisers to help right the economy
Russia to help US deliver cargo to Afghanistan
Obama upholds Bush faith policy
Obama announced a salary cap of $500,000 for executives at banks and companies
that have received taxpayer bailout money. And you know — it is good. But I'll
tell you something, you can tell a lot of these CEOs don't get it. They said,
'Well, that's $500,000 a month, right?'" --Jay Leno
The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush
16 killed in suicide attack in northern Iraq Los Angeles Times
Afghanistan says foreign fighters coming from Iraq
Iraq minister resigns over lack of aid for women International Herald Tribune, France
Pentagon, media clash over control of information The Associated Press
Iran, Iraq to sign deal on joint oil fields PRESS TV, Iran
When the vice president, the
secretary of state and the national security adviser all say you have been
tapped to be the next United States ambassador to Iraq, odds are it’s a done
Apparently not in the Obama administration. ...With General Zinni fuming in undiplomatic fashion about the way he was treated, the question of who should be the next ambassador to Iraq has turned into an embarrassing mess for the Obama administration as it struggles to recover from other stumbles over high-profile nominations. There has still been no formal announcement about the Iraq job.
I, too, happened to be watching Morning Blow this morning, and was really disturbed with Mika fawning all over Jack Welch. It was so bad, I nearly barfed up my breakfast. What is with these people and their worshipping of Jack Welch. Course, being the former CEO of GE, parent company of NBC, (MSNBC), she was probably doing nothing more than sucking up! Acts like this make you really scream for divestiture of media. The sad thing is that at least the old geezer that used to have that time slot was entertaining. But these guys act they are auditioning for a job with Fox which is where they belong.
It is really interesting when you look into his bio and some of the articles on the internet. Granted GE was a highly successful company in the 90's and early 2000's but at what cost? He cut thousands of jobs, and cut costs, to make it profitable. It was CEO's like him that helped to destroy American economy. Good
I know all about Jack Welch. lol My GE coffee pot which had been malfunctioning since I bought it two years ago, died during Mika's fawning. Oh, the irony of it all!
Mika changed. When I was out of the country for over 3 months, December 2007 to March 2008, upon my return I was shocked how Mika became a giggling, cowering and yes, fawning "news reporter". When I left in 2007 Mika was a strong, funny and critical sidekick to Joe Scarborough. Someone or something changed her in 3 short months.
Maybe that is why her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security advisor to President Carter, called Joe Scarborough, "stunningly superficial" to his face last December on Morning Blow. He probably is pissed and is wondering what Scarborough did to his daughter.
You're right, that show belongs on Fox!
"And Citigroup, who received a huge bailout from the government, owns the naming rights to the New York Mets' new stadium. It is currently called Citi Field, but because of Barack Obama's crackdown on the Federal bailout money, Citigroup will legally have to change the name of the stadium to Money Grubbing Bastards Field." --Jay Leno
Republicans Love Racist Emails!
Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer said Wednesday that longtime Hillsborough state committeewoman Carol Carter may lose her position because of the racial joke she forwarded in an e-mail.
The e-mail read:
From: Carol Carter
Friday, January 30, 9:30 AM
Subject: FW: Amazing!
How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn't get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?
You must read her "apology"!
Sarah Palin is back in the news as well. She’s been criticizing anonymous bloggers. She calls them “pathetic.” Apparently she feels that unknown people should not be criticizing politicians, unless the unknown person is running for vice president. Then it’s all right.- Craig Ferguson
Rush Limbaugh, Joe Scarborough, and Sarah Palin to Speak at CPAC U.S. News & World Report
Sanitation problems at the
South Georgia peanut butter plant linked to the national salmonella outbreak
were no secret to upper management, according to one sanitation worker.
“I used to tell them all of the time, ‘We need to shut down and really clean this place,’ ” said Anne Bristow, who had been at the plant nearly three years at the time it closed. “I did see roaches and rodents, but was it bad enough that I’d pick up my coat and leave? No.”
She said the plant was never shut down for cleaning, as far as she knew.
The new US energy secretary predicts agriculture in California will disappear in this century because of global warming. He said people in California will no longer grow crops, except those who are growing them in their basements, attics, and garages." --Jay Leno
Money, Money Everywhere, Except for Hardworking Americans
The Bush administration
overpaid tens of billions of dollars for stocks and other assets in its massive
bailout last year of Wall Street banks and financial institutions, a new study
by a government watchdog says.
The Congressional Oversight Panel, in a report released Friday, said last year's overpayments amounted to a taxpayer-financed $78 billion subsidy of the firms.
"Rod Blagojevich was in the middle of his second term as governor of the state of Illinois. They impeached him and tossed him out as governor, and he is banned from participating in Illinois politics for the rest of his life. Fortunately you can participate in Illinois politics long after you're dead." –David Letterman
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Oil falls below $40 on economic concerns Houston Chronicle
Economic Crisis Causes Spike in Crime in Russia Voice of America
More Names of Note Appear on Madoff List
Despite Delay for DTV, FCC Concerns Remain Washington Post
January Job Loss Largest Since 1974
Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. The grim figures were further proof that the nation's job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.
Subject: Housing crisis in South Florida
We can afford our mortgage payment. What everyone doesn't say is that the property taxes and insurance we are forced to buy almost doubles our payments. We bought our house 3 years ago and the taxes and insurance kill us.
Stop having hurricanes down there in Miami and your insurance will go down or move! That sounds like something a Republican would say, eh?
I had always lived in Florida until 2005 and moved for some of the reasons you cite. But mainly, I couldn't afford the house prices, taxes and insurance in Florida after Hurricane Ivan hit my home in 2004. I repaired my severely hurricane damaged home, and luckily sold it before the housing market crashed. When I was looking for affordable housing in 2005 I ended up in se Alabama. NO JOBS HERE BUT GREAT HOUSE PRICES! Of course it was better than living in my old home in Navarre, FL which had NO JOBS AND EXPENSIVE HOUSE PRICES.
Excuse me, I need to go and hold up a convenience store, which I now declare as my new job!
"Nation, last night, President Obama called his handling of the Tom Daschle nomination 'a mistake.' This is great news, because we all know that a president only admits to a mistake at the end of his term. So it is official: The Obama administration is over" --Stephen Colbert
Panetta takes back remarks on detainee rendition The Associated Press
Andrew Card, White House chief of staff during much of the George W. Bush administration, has been getting lots of attention this week for telling Inside Edition that as a sign of respect, President Obama should wear a coat and tie when he's in the Oval Office. That was supposed to be the rule in the Bush White House -- men would be in coat and tie in the Oval.
Photo by Eric Draper for the White House
here’s something chilling. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is now warning that
there will be another terrorist attack. He got that information by waterboarding
himself.- David Letterman
Museum stays mum on honoring Cheney Rutland Herald, VT
"Stupid is as stupid does." - Forrest Gump
US Postal Service says they may cut postal service from six days to five days a
week. They say they're losing money because people aren't using the postal
service as much as they used to. If you'd like to complain, you can e-mail the
complaint to uspostalservice.com." --Jay Leno
AHNC weekend commentary
Right-wing apoplexy declared medical condition
It is a sad, lamentable thing to witness the descent into shock and hysteria of the right-wing in American politics.
You realize how quickly the process has occurred when political columnists and TV news anchors begin asking, “Is Rush Limbaugh the new face of the Republican Party?” If a former drug addict who claimed anal cysts as his reason for a draft deferment during the Vietnam War can be the new “face” of the GOP, then George W. Bush was a great statesman and scholar.
This slide into madness by the far right has been swift: We’re barely three weeks into the administration of President Barack Obama.
That phrase alone – President Barack Obama – is sufficient to drive some arch-conservatives into gasping, sputtering statements of protest.
“Barack the Magic Negro” was the title of a song parody that received wide e-mail circulation after it was promoted by Limbaugh and other right-wingers. Then there was this e-mail “joke” forwarded by Florida Republican committeewoman Carol Carter of Tampa: “I'm confused. How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn't get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?”
Such emotions are not limited to the leadership of the right, of course. The rank-and-file feel pretty much the same way. Here’s an e-mail from a personal friend of All Hat No Cattle who has never made a secret of his disdain for Democrats and – more specifically – liberals (which is why he addresses me as “comrade).
“It is well underway, comrade. In the last 2 weeks we have moved closer to the United Socialist’s Republic of Amerika!!!!!!!!
We now have an attorney general that is more sympathetic to the terrorists then the decadent capitalists and their CIA minions. We have a secretary of treasury that laughs in the faces of the capitalistic IRS. We have a secretary of labor that is against the outdated use of secret ballots for unions that try to hold down the people for the corrupt capitalistic pigs of free enterprise. We have a president that is punishing the capitalistic pigs of free enterprise and dictating what their wage can be. A president that is just starting the socialization of medicine.”
Which brings us to the heart of this commentary. Thanks to the socialization of medicine that will take place under the Obama administration, right-wingers who find themselves confused, depressed and even angry after their defeat in November will be able to seek professional help.
The federal government plans to formally recognize Post Republican Administration Terror Toward Lost Elections (PRATTLE) as a mental illness that can be covered by health insurance, if you are lucky enough to have any.
Suggested treatment will include heavy dosing with oxycontin – Limbaugh’s drug of choice – coupled with group therapy sessions offered at all local chapter offices of the National Association of Colored People. If an NAACP office is not located in your community, alternative arrangements can be made through the nearest office of the American Civil Liberties Union.
And if there isn’t one of those around, just get over it.
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