Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wow. A slim (but increasing, compared to earlier today) majority of NPR listeners are siding with FNC against White House attacks
White House: 152,282
UPDATE (8 PM) - noticing a trend
White House: 157,110
Word Count: approx. 400,000.
To put that in perspective, the bill is longer than War and Peace and has five times as many words as the Torah.
NC Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry, 34-years-old and 5-feet-tall, said a print-out of the bill could act as a ”booster seat" for him.
"President of Bryn Mawr denies they stay in the drawing room and neglect the kitchen..."
"If conservatives won’t accept moderate candidates in the Northeast, then they are sentencing themselves to permanent minority status."
"Folks are not opposed to a health care overhaul, but they’re understandably wary. They fear it will drive the deficits higher and they’re not sure that this big, complicated, very difficult to understand system is the best thing for their families. There is genuine worry about what might happen if the new system — whatever its final contours — turns out to be unaffordable."
Google it, see if you can find out.
The URL wasn't working in the Link bar for some reason, so here it is.
WSJ op-ed suggesting that as the rest of society is moving toward smarter, smaller, more nimble organizations and solutions, we may be on the verge of a monstrous, one size fits all takeover of one sixth of American economy reminiscent of the irrational exuberance of the 1960's.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Read the first letter of each line in this veto statement, starting with the third line, to see an obscene message from the Governator to the CA State Assembly.
Schwarzenegger Statement Contains Not-so-Secret Message
By JESSE McKINLEY
Published: October 28, 2009
"A Public Policy Polling survey found Christie leading Corzine 46-36 among Yankees fans, while the two tied at 40 among Phillies fans. So if the Yankees win early, maybe Christie gets a bump."
"Of course, both men profess to be Yankees fans (there are far more Yankees fans than Phillies fans in the state), so allegiance to their team shouldn’t be much of a campaign issue."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The plan, due to be unveiled Nov. 4, involves the reintroduction of Fiat's premium, sporty Alfa Romeo brand to the U.S. starting in 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon."
HSLF and the grassroots team for HSUS (Humane Society of the US) engage in large amounts of grassroots lobbying and even employ thier own version of lobbyists, so the new PAC status is very exciting for everyone involved. If anyone else is interested in animal rights, this links to the HSLF homepage/President of the Fund Mike Markarian's blog...
"It’s no coincidence that the cable company is always a go-to liberal example of private sector dysfunction. I would ditch Comcast in favor of a rival cable company except...there isn’t a rival cable company that served by neighborhood. Nor does my window face the right direction for DirectTV. So it’s Comcast or nobody, and thus the quality of Comcast’s offerings and customer service tends to be extremely bad. Appropriate regulation and public investment have a big role to play in this field."
Prohibitions on insider trading prevent the market from adjusting as quickly as possible to changes in the demand for, and supply of, corporate assets. The result is prices that lie."
(My top results were mostly in northern VA, NC, and TX)
Monday, October 26, 2009
"TO RICK SANCHEZ : I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR SAYING THE RIGHT THING TO DAY ON HOW A FELLOW AMERICAN WAS TREATED BY THE TWO SPANISH SPEAKING NEWS LADY ON THE HOTEL INCCIDENT. PEOPLE DO NOT RELIZE WHAT MAKES US GREAT.IT IS WE SPEAK ONE LANGUAGE. THIS IS WHAT KEEPS US TOGETHER GOOD OR BAD.THE SEPERTIVES ARE TRYING TO DEVIDE US BY THE POWER OF HAVING TWO LANGUAGE. THIS WILL GIVE ONE GROUP MORE CONTROL AND POWER ON OUR SYSTEM THREW STATE,GOV.,CITY, AND POLICTICAL POWER. THIS ONE GROUP OVER THE OTHER WILL END THE AMERICA THAT WE LOVE. THE STEP TO BECOME AMERICAN IS TO LEARN ENGLISH. AND TO HAVE THE LOVE AND WILL TO LEARN THIS LANGUAGE. I'M AMERICAN IRISH NOT A IRISH AMERICAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE THANK YOU FOR BEING A REAL AMERICAN. ONE LANGUAGE,ONE HEART,ONE COUNTRY. JUST LOOK AT CANADA TO SEE WHAT TWO LANGUAGE CAN DO TO A COUNTRY."
CHEESESTEAKS FOR CHEESECAKES: NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA SENATORS WAGER ON YANKEES-PHILLIES WORLD SERIES
Win Series, NY Sens Will Get Supply of Philly Cheesesteaks, If Phillies Win Series, PA Sens Will Get Supply of Junior's Cheesecakes
With the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies set to begin the World Series Wednesday night in New York, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that they have made a bet on the outcome of the series. The winners of the bet will receive a supply of delicacies from the loser’s home state, cheesesteaks from Philadelphia or Junior’s cheesecakes from New York.
“I give Senators Specter and Casey credit for sticking with their team but I can already taste those delicious Philly cheesesteaks,” Schumer said. “And even though the Phillies won the World Series last year, there’s no comparing the Yankees’ 26 World Series victories to the Phillies’ two. When the dust settles, I am confident that the Yankees will be victorious and Senator Gillibrand and I will be enjoying our Philly cheesesteaks.”
“It’s great to see the Bronx Bombers back in the World Series with so many familiar faces from their storied run in the 1990’s,” Specter said. “Unfortunately for the Yankees, tradition alone will do them little good against Charlie Manuel’s fearsome lineup. I look forward to enjoying the New York cheesecakes, although nothing will be as sweet as the Phillies’ back-to-back titles.”
"After impressive performances in both the National League Division and Championship series, I am confident that the Phillies are well on their way to becoming back-to-back World Series Champions,” said Senator Casey. “If the Phillies keep up their extraordinary efforts at the plate, on the mound and in the field, it is only a matter of time until Senator Specter and I are able to enjoy some delicious cheesecake.”
“I look forward to a great World Series and enjoying a cheese steak to celebrate the Yankee victory with my friends Senators Casey and Specter,” said Senator Gillibrand. “It should be a terrific matchup between two great organizations, but I give the edge to the Bronx Bombers. The last team to win back-to-back World Series championships was our Yankees – that record will hold strong this year. Their lineup and pitching is superb and New York does have the best fans in the world. Go Yankees!”
This is the Yankees first trip to the World Series since 2003. The Phillies won the World Series in 2008. The Yankees and Phillies played the World Series in 1950, and the Yanks swept in 4 games.
"From a far away land rises a mighty hero. The son of peasants from two different realms, the one known only as Barack protects the people of Hope Kingdom at all costs. Watch as he takes on the likes of Boosh the Dim, Red Sarah and Cha-nee the Grim in this hilarious first issue!"
"Barack begins his assault on the Elephant Tower by entering the dreaded Labyrinth of Right Turns guarded by the Screeching Enchantress and her many-headed dogs. Meanwhile his other enemies plot and scheme and work their dire magicks."
Sunday, October 25, 2009
"At Home With George Miller, Richard J. Durbin, Charles E. Schumer and Bill Delahunt:
Taking Power, Sharing Cereal"
Jan. 18 2007
Sen. Durbin kills rats with his bare hands. Sen. Schumer doesn't make the bed.
An oldie, but a goodie. The article goes along with the "Living in Washington" unit of our program.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
"Under the Dallas City Code, taxi drivers must be able to communicate in English. Mitchell said there is also a federal statute that says commercial drivers must speak English, but it would not have applied in this case."
I fail to see how the latter part does not apply in this situation. And shouldn't English be a law for drivers considering all the street signs and warnings are in English? (If someone says we should make them bilangual...)
This is the second time Spanish has come up at work today. Today we had two callers who demanded to speak to someone who could speak Spanish because they did not know enough English for their complaint. Anyone else find this a little ridiculous?
What Fox News is doing is not new and I think people are forgetting this. Fox News has been known to have a skewed perspective on politics for years now and just because the left is in power and fighting back does not mean Fox News was not just as bad before. I once took a political journalism class many years ago and we watched an enlightening and interesting movie called Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004). This movie highlights (with evidence!!!!!!) how Fox News is run and how this bias goes way behind the camera and all the way to the top. Any self respecting journalist should watch this movie and make judgements for themselves. Obviously it may be a little bias on what evidence it shows, but its not like the makers make anything up.
Before we continue arguing about and debating whether Fox News is biased or whether MSNBC is more biased, we should all see this movie. I await the upcoming feature film Outpeacocked: General Electric's War on Red Refridgerators ...
Thirty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party, with 54 percent viewing the GOP negatively.
According to the poll, 53 percent have a positive opinion of the Democratic Party, with 41 percent holding an unfavorable view. The survey indicates that favorable ratings for the Democrats have dropped 5 points since February, with the Republican number slipping 3 points."
The article goes on to note that, "Republican candidate Christopher J. Christie has, by contrast, spent the week meeting voters in small settings to discuss property taxes, which polls consistently rank as the top issue in the state."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Umm...what? So much for post-racial.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"Harpo Productions [Winfrey's production company] announced Tuesday that the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate will appear on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' on Monday, Nov. 16.
According to Harpo, the interview will be Palin’s first about her new book, 'Going Rogue: An American Life,' and it will be the first time Palin and Winfrey will meet."
Jeffrey C. Isaac: " 'We’re kidding ourselves if we think this research typically has the obvious public benefit we claim for it,' he said. 'We political scientists can and should do a better job of making the public relevance of our work clearer and of doing more relevant work.' "
"In [Joseph Nye's] view statistical techniques too often determine what kind of research political scientists do, pushing them further into narrow specializations cut off from real-world concerns. The motivation to be precise, Mr. Nye warned, has overtaken the impulse to be relevant."
Temple Univeristy's David Horowitz Freedom Center responds to the Muslim Students Association's calls for the cancellation of speech by Geert Wilders
After browsing the 1502 page "America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009"
I did some simple word counts.
The following words appear in the bill
Offense 10 times
Regulation 34 times
Failure 48 times
Penalty 79 times
Tax 123 times
Committee 130 times
Fee 136 times
Rules 166 times
Require 784 times
However, the word "help" only appears 5 times, and "affordable" appears 25
The following entries serve to make the document incomprehensible and
relate to directing the reader to either a different part of the document
or another document entirely.
Clause 449 times
Paragraph 1102 times
Subsection 1165 times
Section 2589 times"
Monday, October 19, 2009
Discovery Channel, Oct. 19, 2009 -- Hoping to draw attention to his country's unique challenges in the face of climate change, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, held the world's first underwater cabinet meeting.
Amongst the fish and coral in a blue lagoon off Girifushi Island, President Nasheed, his vice president and 11 cabinet ministers used the occasion to sign a document calling for an international effort to halt global warming.
Each member of the president's team donned scuba gear and sat at a desk equipped with nameplates and waterproof pencils. They all employed hand signals to communicate with one another.
Also interesting is that apparently 57% of Americans feel that closing Guantanamo will not improve American-Muslim relations.
I'm not actually sure where I fall on the overarching issue of the death penalty, but I think it's in our best interests for the state to not kill innocent people.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Intern 007. Until now, we thought the worst offenses that interns were capable of were crimes against fashion (no, ID badges do NOT go with everything) and underage drinking.
But according to Rep. Sue Myrick, those clueless-looking interns might actually be undercover secret agents.
The North Carolina Republican, along with Reps. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), on Wednesday accused the Muslim advocacy nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations of trying to plant lowly interns in Congressional offices in an effort to sway U.S. policies.
The Members pointed to revelations in a new book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” In that book, authors P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry cite a 2007 internal CAIR strategy memo stating that the group would “develop national initiatives such as a lobby day and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices” and accused the group of having ties to Hamas.
CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper told HOH that Gaubatz stole documents from CAIR but could not confirm or deny the authenticity of the memo.
“It’s really ridiculous that elected officials want to attack a group for doing something that every American has the right to do — and merely because we’re Muslim,” Hooper said.
Left unexplained by either side is how mail-sorting, coffee-fetching interns actually, ah, influence policy.
It had been a year of rules, a year in which nearly every aspect of their lives had been shaped by what they were not allowed to do. And now it was over."
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
And yes, I got to espn.com for my political research, it has great links.
From Congressional Quarterly
One thing that the firm makes clear, though, is that this is not about racism, but about ideology: "Instead of focusing on these intense ideological divisions, the press and elites continue to look for a racial element that drives these voters' beliefs - but they need to get over it. Conducted on the heels of Joe Wilson's incendiary comments at the president's joint session address, we gave these groups of older, white Republican base voters in Georgia full opportunity to bring race into their discussion - but it did not ever become a central element, and indeed, was almost beside the point."
The voters in these focus groups saw Obama as being deliberately out to destroy the American economy in order to undermine personal freedoms, and that the speed of his agenda was a part of this strategy:
"Have you ever heard me play guitar? I’m really fucking good. You know what I’m bad at? Answering questions about public health care. This is not in my wheelhouse. Do you have any questions about music? I almost got a mad need to lighten up. You need to lighten up, because the questions you asked me were all troublemaking questions. If someone gave me the Nobel Peace Prize, and I didn’t deserve it, I would just shut my mouth and enjoy the hell out of it."
The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.
That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.
Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.
The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
But to Farmer John's amazement, Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the county fair and Butch became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result....The judges not only awarded Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize" but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.
Clearly Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Housing is still scarce in the district. Many young professionals are forced by financial constraints to live in the suburbs and commute to work every day. While suburban living can be ideal for family life, it is not as optimal for a social young professional who works long hours. Maybe employers should build dorm like buildings for there young employees?
Health care reform on a bed
of hot partisans.
But on the eve of the revocation of my little red badge, I come to realize all these opportunities I have been so hungrily taking advantage of, have left me with some pervasive sense of entitlement. After all, the majority of the things I attended, the average citizen could attend as well after passing through a simple security check. Until one becomes a member, they really aren't being exposed to anything exceptionally special and for the most part, this "cult of exclusivity" exists only in the minds of staffers eager to sustain a hefty ego. So long Capital hill, I look forward to further encounters in the future.
I've wanted to live and work in Washington since I first read 1984 in the tenth grade. I am only now realizing that I am very close to fulfilling that dream. Come December, Washington will truly be my home, and I can't wait. It's an exhilarating feeling.
Bayh articulates, in detail, the sophisticated culture of Washington that I so enjoy and that I clumsily expounded upon in my last reflective blog post. D.C. is the city of the upscale, pragmatic professionals, who dine like kings, converse like statesmen, and work their hands to the bone (so to speak). I cannot wait to be part of this culture. As my roommates will attest, I love to dress formally, I enjoy upscale company, and I can't help but talk politics at the dinner table.
I just hope that my memoir of my time in this city does not end the way Mrs. Bayh's did.
It's also interesting that he will leave mid-term to take on this job for the Middle East...I hope he makes enough of a difference to justify leaving before he finishes up at least?
Employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences found themselves besieged with attacks by animal rights activists after the postings. One Montgomery woman, Carol Auletta, who worked at the company’s offices in Franklin Township, had testified the harassment continued for at least a year, from 2002 to 2003, at her home and in downtown Princeton Borough.
Robert Obler, a Lawrenceville attorney representing former Hamilton resident Darius Fulmer, said the ruling will be appealed.
'I’m fairly sure we will wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court,' he said. 'We knew all along we would.'
Convicted in a 2006 trial were Fullmer, Conroy, Joshua Harper of Seattle, Andrew Stepanian of Huntington, N.Y., and Lauren Gazzola and Kevin Kjonaas, who lived with Conroy in Pinole, Calif."
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Estimates are in the tens of thousands - similar to what was estimated for tea parties - but it isn't exactly dominating the next-day news cycle.
The "liberal media:" not actually all that liberal. But very willing to put a mic to the mouth of people spouting right-wing hissy fits. Not so much with liberals who do the same.
I personally like his first counter argument that the dissenters are "experts on the United States Constitution and...federal legal experts," which apparently means they aren't reliable sources. Also, apparently his proposed amendment has caused a bunch of 10th Amendment arguments, but I'm not sure how supporters can appeal to the 10th Amendment if federal legislation passes and establishes a national law.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), Corzine's lieutenant governor candidate, reacted to the endorsement by strongly criticizing Christie's proposed environmental policies.
'Over the last several years under the governor's leadership, working with members of the Legislature, New Jersey has become a national leader in environmental policy,' Weinberg said. 'Christie continues to be wrong when it matters most and would turn back the clock on the common sense environmental initiatives that we have fought for over the last four years. We are committed to making sure our kids will have clean water and fresh air for generations to come, while Christie is committed to the same failed environmental policies of the Bush Republicans.'"
I feel as though Corzine shouldn't be criticizing Christie, who he claims has "no plan", when his own plan just plain sucks.
"But zero weapons is a terrible idea. As bad as they are, nukes have been instrumental in reversing the long, seemingly inexorable trend in modernity toward deadlier and deadlier conflicts. If the Nobel committee wants someday to honor the force that has done the most over the past 60 years to end industrial-scale war, they will award a peace prize to the bomb."
"Who didn't know that? The fact that we've worked hard to juggle jobs and kids doesn't change the reality that families, especially children, have suffered from the strain.
"No, the greater offense is being perpetrated by the Democratic contender, Creigh Deeds, who can't stop talking about the dissertation that Robert McDonnell wrote 20 years ago. This, and the fact that McDonnell is pro-life."
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
If all goes according to plan, an internship will end with an offer of a job that pays $24,000 per year and will consist entirely of the same tasks they were recently doing for free. In fact, the transition to full time status results in the addition of only one new responsibility: feeling superior to the new interns."
Mr. Bsis called for Sharia Law to be "the source of legislation" and said that women should not be "permitted to hold a position of leadership in government." All of these assertions went unchallenged by Ms. Mogahed.
Friday, 9pm: Kennedy, Ginsburg, Scalia, O'Connor
Saturday, 9pm: Sotomayor, Thomas, Breyer, Alito
Sunday, 9pm: Roberts, Stevens
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The measure was initially drafted by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, after months of negotiations with five other panel members -- three Republicans and two Democrats. It represents the only proposal so far with the potential to attract any Republican support.
Over the past two weeks, the Finance Committee has considered several hundred amendments to the sweeping bill. Committee members boosted the bill's overall price tag in part by voting to exempt senior citizens from higher taxes on medical expenses.
Before the amendments, the Budget Office projected that the committee's version of the bill would cost $774 billion; Baucus estimated that it would cost $856 billion.
None of the Republicans in what was dubbed the "Gang of Six," however, has backed the proposal so far.
At what point do we say that we expect better from our elected officials?
Could you imagine this being said about any of the previous (Republican) Speakers? Republicans would throw such a hissy fit, the country wouldn't know what hit it.
Remember, an anonymous liberal blogger compared Bush to Hitler and it was national news for a few days. This same Representative has compared Obama to Hitler and he just keeps on talkin'.
"Meleanie Hain, 31, and Scott Hain, 33, had been having marital problems for about a week, neighbor Mark Long said. Scott Hain had left the couple's home on Tuesday, and Meleanie Hain didn't know where he was, but he returned Wednesday, Long said.
Autopsies on the Hains were to be conducted Thursday, coroner Dr. Jeffrey Yocum said.
Meleanie Hain made headlines after she attended a children's soccer game in a park on Sept. 11, 2008, with a handgun in plain view holstered on her hip, upsetting other parents.
The county sheriff, Michael DeLeo, revoked her gun-carrying permit nine days later.
Hain successfully appealed the permit revocation, although the judge who restored the permit questioned her judgment and said she had "scared the devil" out of other people at the game."
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Castle (DE), the 2010 outlook for Senate Republicans continues to
In response to Castle's announcement, the highly-respected political
pundit Stuart Rothenberg immediately shifted the Delaware Senate race
from "currently safe" for Democrats to "lean takeover" for the GOP. A
Rasmussen survey released just last week showed Castle leading his
potential Democrat opponent, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, 47 to