Saturday, January 23, 2010

Comedy FAIL!


Washington Post: White House Correspondents Association has picked this week's most unpopular stand-up comic Jay Leno be the keynote speaker at this year's White House Correspondents Dinner.

An NBC rep confirmed the invitation to The TV Column.

In fairness, the association asked Leno weeks ago -- when he was just the host of a primetime show that was failing five nights a week.

What a far, far cry from the comedic genius of this just four short years ago.

The System Is Broken

Congress isn't the only thing that needs revamping.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported that Obama's jury duty summons was sent to his home on the South Side of Chicago asking him to report on Monday at the county courthouse in the suburb of Bridgeview. The White House said the court was told weeks ago - no surprise - that Obama could not make it.
I know these things are spit out automatically by the industrial judicial machine, but come on!

(H/T GottaLaff)

Must Reads

Brian McGrory: Seduced By Our New Senator

Paul Krugman: Do The Right Thing

Corey Kilgannon: Serpico on Serpico

The Rude Pundit: Random Observations on Last Night's Massachusetts Knockdown

Michael Winship: Progressives: Don’t Mourn, Organize

President Obama's Weekly Address - January 23, 2010

President Obama Addresses This Week's Supreme Court Decision

Read the transcript here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Activist Judges

NY TimesSweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.
The ruling was a vindication, the majority said, of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech. The dissenters said allowing corporate money to flood the political marketplace will corrupt democracy.
The 5-to-4 decision represented a sharp doctrinal shift, and it will have major political and practical consequences. Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision, which also applies to labor unions and other organizations, to reshape the way elections are conducted.
“If the First Amendment has any force,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority, which included the four members of its conservative wing, “it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”
Justice John Paul Stevens read a long dissent from the bench. He said the majority had committed a grave error in treating corporate speech the same as that of human beings. His decision was joined by the other three members of the court’s liberal wing.
Boy, it's a good thing we don't have activist judges that go against years of precedent and overturn previous Supreme Court decsions.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Congratulations Massachusetts

This is the guy you chose to take over Ted Kennedy's seat.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wanda Sykes Comments on Reid Quote and Calls Out Michael Steele

(Video via C&L)