Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Definition of Irony - UPDATED

Sarah Palin. On the cover of a magazine. Titled, "IN TOUCH." And Getting paid $100,000 for it. Because she's just like us. And Bristol is in touch as well.
NY POST: a classic example of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, Bristol -- who gave birth to son Tripp in 2008 after a brief liaison with Playgirl-posing flop Levi Johnston -- told In Touch the experience has made her a born-again virgin and announced, "I'm not going to have sex until I'm married. I can guarantee it."
Some genies (and hymens) can't be put back in the bottle. Completely In Touch.

ADDING... This quote kills me.

Yes, Palin ladies. The operative word is CHOSE. You had a choice. And you choose to deny others their choice.

Must Reads

Paul Krugman: Jonathan Gruber

Rude Pundit: Why Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh Ought to Be Dropped Into Haiti as Food

Roger Ebert: A Letter To Rush Limbaugh

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Where Do We Go From Here?

Yifat Susskind: David Brooks Blames the Victim in Haiti

President Obama's Weekly Address - January 16, 2010

Getting Our Money Back from Wall Street

ADDING... What will the Republican spin be in support of the banks? After hearing for almost a year now that TARP was Obama Socialism even though it was started before he took office, everyone should be on board with trying to get bailout money back from the "too big to fail" criminals. How many right wing pundits and wingnuts are going to agrue the opposite now?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Literacy FAIL!

Apparently not enough improvement.

(H/T HuffPo)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

There Is Evil In The World

Evil is everywhere. And no, I'm not talking about natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, or the tsunami in Indonesia or the most recent devastating earthquake in Haiti that we're witness to now, but to some of the reaction that it is garnering.

Regardless of political ideology or religious persuasion, I never expected some public, prominent figures to not even bother taking a breath before using this horrible situation as an opportunistic opening.

A supposed man of the cloth, the televangelist shyster Pat Robertson spewed the usual hateful crap in the guise of religion.

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," he said on Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club." "They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal."
Robertson said that "ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other" and he contrasted Haiti with its neighbor, the Dominican Republic.
...Or whatever... True story.

Then there's the  always-good-for-an-outrageous-statement douche Rush Limbaugh, taking the tragedy and using it for right wingnut political hackery and of course, attacking and criticizing President Obama for his quick response.

LIMBAUGH: I want you to remember it took [Obama] three days -- three days -- to respond to the Christmas Day Fruit of Kaboom bomber. Three days. And when he came out after those three days, he was clearly irritated that he had to do it. He didn't want to do it. He comes out here in less than 24 hours to speak about Haiti.
Oh, this is what he lives for. He lives for serving those in misery. Now don't misunderstand here, folks. See, this is -- I wonder -- I don't have the whole press conference, but I wonder: Did he apologize for America before acknowledging we are the only people on Earth that can possibly help them out down there in any significant way?
This will play right into Obama's hands -- humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish their -- shall we say -- credibility with the black community, in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community, in this country. It's made-to-order for 'em. That's why he couldn't wait to get out there. Could not wait to get out there.
You have to wonder what Limbaugh's reaction would have been had it been his favorite sex tourism spot, the Dominican Republic, where he loves to travel with an illegal cache of Viagra. Of course, Limbaugh would have been the first to criticize the President had he not made a statement for being aloof or indifferent.  It's a win-win for the Obama's enemy political pundits.

Speaking of aloof or indifferent, do you remember the embarrassment this country suffered at the Bush government's reaction in 2004 in aiding the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami?
The year before Katrina, Bush had faced international complaints about what was seen as a sluggish response in both U.S. aid and manpower to the Asia tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries.
His administration's initial cash assistance of $35 million for tsunami victims was widely derided as paltry. What helped to salvage the U.S. image in affected countries was a goodwill tour then launched jointly by Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton.

Haiti In Ruins

The earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday was pretty devasatating, taking out communications, collapsing the largest hospital in the capital and practically flattening Port-au-Prince, with some two million residents.

NY Times: The earthquake was the worst in the region in more than 200 years and left the country in a shambles. As night fell in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s densely populated capital, fires burned near the shoreline downtown, but otherwise the city fell into darkness.
You can donate to the American Red Cross or text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate as well to help out in this tragic situation.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Perfect Fit

NY Times: Sarah Palin will soon be a contributor on Fox News Channel, the New York Times reports.
The controversial former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate will not have a regular program of her own on Fox News...
Now Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy can claim that Fox News has someone on their staff who isn't as stupid as he is. At least he knows that Africa is a continent. Maybe.

Sources say if her appearances as a contributor pan out, she may get her own show. May I suggest the title, "Not Smarter Than A 5th Grader"?

Say It Loud! I'm Black and I'm Proud!

A lovely little quote from America's second stupidest Governor* ever.

"I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived," Blagojevich said. "I saw it all growing up."
Blagojevich later walked back the quote and said it was a stupid thing to say and that he didn't believe it anyway. That's okay, Rod. We never believed you in the first place. Now we're even.

*I say "second stupidest Governor ever" because when a certain former Governor doesn't know that North and South Korea are different countries, you have to knock that "moran" to the top of the list.