Sunday, September 28, 2008

Headlines - Sunday

We all made it to the top of that big peak.
My legs hurt.
That is all.
This is not only desperately amusing, it's an excellent political move.
Creationism: The IDiocy that just won't die
Here we go again:

The Brunswick County school board is looking for a way for creationism to be taught in the classroom side by side with evolution.

Let's be clear here. It against the law for the state to establish a religion. Creationism is a religious teaching. There is no, none, zero, zip, nada scientific evidence for creationist teaching such as "intelligent design" creationism. It cannot be be taught in the public schools in science class or in any other class as fact.

It's also incredibly expensive to try to teach creationism. The Dover school board in Pennsylvania ended up spending $1 million of taxpayer's money when all was said and done, money that could have spent educating children.

Today's torture news:

Thank you, China
FDA warns of melamine-tainted instant coffee 
If the Bush-FDA is actually issuing a warning, run like hell to throw that stuff out.
Wow...are there no depths to which the McCain campaign won't sink?
I'm not convinced that this sort of faux "White House wedding" is going to fool anyone outside of the kool-aid drinkers who think Sarah Palin is the most qualified person to be one melanoma away from leading this country:
In an election campaign notable for its surprises, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice- presidential candidate, may be about to spring a new one — the wedding of her pregnant teenage daughter to her ice-hockey-playing fiancé before the November 4 election.

Inside John McCain's campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. "It would be fantastic," said a McCain insider. "You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week."

And of course, there is nothing that the McCain camp likes more than distractions from the issues, because the more we hear their guy on the issues, the more appalling he becomes. So they think they're going to dangle the shiny bauble of two attractive kids in formal wear and little Piper in a pink flower-girl dress and the media will fall for it hook, line, and sinker.
And perhaps it will, though I am almost daring to believe that the media has finally woken up from its thrall to a man in a 40-year-old uniform and realized that John McCain is no maverick and he's appallingly clueless about the problems facing this country.

But the worst part of this possibility is that having clutched their pearls repeatedly about how Sarah Palin's unmarried pregnant teenage daughter should be off-limits to public discussion, they are willing to march these two kids -- a girl clearly rebelling against her parents' religious hypocrisy and a boy who has all the earmarks of a wife-beater in the making -- down the aisle in the name of political gain. Only the most sick and twisted and cynical people would think this is "fantastic."

I don't want to hear Republicans called the party of family values ever again.

Reward for running AIG into the ground? A cool $1 billion
Yes, billion. Not million, BILLION.

Of course, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's ill-gotten gains were worth $20 billion when he left the firm in 2005, but
what's a few billion among friends?
CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg intends to sell his AIG stock, according to a regulatory filing on Thursday.

Greenberg, who ran AIG for nearly four decades, said he will sell stock in the open market, and that the sales may "materially" decrease the holdings that he controls, according to the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Greenberg, through a personal stake, family trust and companies that he controls, owns roughly 11 percent of AIG's stock, making him its largest shareholder before AIG agreed to a federal bailout that will give government 80 percent ownership.
McCain now says he'll negotiate the bailout via cell phone
CBS News

Even though his campaign is no longer suspended, John McCain is staying in Washington this weekend to keep working on the bailout legislation. He will not be visiting Capital Hill, however, preferring to work out of his campaign office.

"He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone," said senior adviser Mark Salter. "He's calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can."

WTF?  The financial crisis was SO important that he had to "suspend" his campaign to come to Washington, but now he can contribute to the negotiations over the cell phone, but he's going to stay in Washington instead of going out to campaign?  Does any of this make sense?  

R.I.P. Paul Newman
Awesome fact: "Newman's Own" company has donated something on the order of 250 million dollars to charitable causes since it was founded.

That's not chump change.

McCain often brags that he led the Senate investigation into fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who overbilled his Indian tribal clients millions of dollars. However, the New York Times reports that lobbyists in McCain's inner circle "played a behind-the-scenes role in bringing Mr. Abramoff's misdeeds to Mr. McCain's attention — and then cashed in on the resulting investigation":

For McCain-connected lobbyists who were rivals of Mr. Abramoff, the scandal presented a chance to crush a competitor. For senior McCain advisers, the inquiry allowed them to collect fees from the very Indians that Mr. Abramoff had ripped off. And the investigation enabled Mr. McCain to confront political enemies who helped defeat him in his 2000 presidential run while polishing his maverick image.

After firing Abramoff, the Coushatta tribe hired lobbyist Hance Scarborough, who had been friends with McCain since the '80s. Scarborough charged the tribe nearly $1.3 million for 11 months of work, although his firm produced few tangible results. In 2005, Scarborough also put McCain's then-chief strategist John Weaver on the tribe's payroll. The Coushattas said it was like the Abramoff scandal "happening all over again." Currently on the McCain campaign, there are 40 fundraisers and top advisers who have lobbied or worked for gambling interests.


Bush personally directed Gonzales to strong-arm Ashcroft at his bedside:


Go Frank Rich!


Fair and balanced Faux News won't allow guest to mention Keating scandal

When radio guy Mike Papantonio tried to remind viewers about McCain's involvement on behalf of Charles Keating, Faux Nooze's pimply weasel Steve Doocy told Papantonio to "put a cork in it" and "pipe down," called him "rude" and demanded he "cut it out." A show producer could be overheard saying "cut his mike."

As Papantonio tries one last time to explain the details of the Keating Five scandal, Doocy again cuts him off.

"This is not the History Channel," he says.

"It has everything to do with what's happening today," Papantonio said before being told to pipe down.
Raw Story has the vomit-inducing video.


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