Monday, June 29, 2009

Headlines - Monday

If there's one question to which I've always longed for an answer, it's: Who Would Jesus Shoot?
I'm pretty sure I've never heard of 41,000 pounds of Boca Burgers being recalled
41,000 pounds of beef recalled

JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., has recalled more than 41,000 pounds of various beef products because of possible e.colie contamination but there's a catch: the beef products recalled were produced back in april and were shipped to distributors and stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. Eleven products are being recalled. The problem was discovered as the USDA'as food safety and inspection service was testing for samples in an investigation of other products - examiner

Keep in mind that Republicans don't want inspections...they think that individuals should test their own food stuffs. Oh, yeah...and if you get sick from eating some of this tainted food, you better pray you have enough insurance to cover your hospital stay without losing everything you have to pay for it.
In June 2008, U.S. Virgin Islands governor John Dejongh Jr. agreed to give London-based Diageo Polc billions of dollars in tax incentives to move its production of Captain Morgan rum from one U.S. Island - Puerto Rico - to another, namely St. Croix.
Dejongh says he had no idea his deal would help make the world's largest liquor distiller the most unlikely beneficiary of the emergency troubled asset relief program (TARP) approved by congress just four months later. - bloomberg
Via YahooNews, we learn that Bernie Madoff has been ordered to forfeit $171 billion. 
"Fault Lines" is a disturbing look at efforts to transform American soldiers into "government paid missionaries," as one Christian fundamentalist group put it. Watch it here:
h/t Dick T:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Defense Ministry has approved construction of 50 new homes at a West Bank settlement as part of a plan for 1,450 housing units, an expansion that defies a U.S. call for a settlement freeze.

Paper avalanche buries plan to stem foreclosures.
So not only is this plan barely workable, but we're subsidizing foreign automakers when US companies are in bankruptcy due to flagging sales.  Brilliant! 
A coup (the first since the end of the cold war) has ousted President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras.
How long before McCain is demanding that Obama take a tougher line with the Honduran government? My guess is as soon as one of his staffers explains where it is.
White House denies existence of indefinite detention order:
Treasonous Republicans
Paul Krugman argues that Republicans are committing treason against the entire planet.

I don't know if treason is the right word, but the Republican party is evidence of the fruits of theology and educational systems that do not place a premium on the scientific method. What we have in large swaths of this country (primarily in the states of the old Confederacy) is an intellectually bankrupt idea that belief trumps facts. What that has brought us is a rapidly warming planet (as well as a bankrupt political ideology [neoconservatism] and trillions of dollars thrown away in a moronic war).

The truth is sometimes painful. And the truth here is that the planet is warming up. The truth is that the costs of stopping humanity's contribution to a warming world will be painful to bear. The truth is that not doing anything will be far more painful to our descendants.

Here is something that may also come to pass: The vocal resistance to doing anything to address climate change from the eight-year delay of the Bush Administration and now the know-nothings in the GOP may lead to the extinction of the Republican party. For when things start to really go bad, people are going to look around for who was to blame. They'll blame the energy companies, who delayed any action by using the same tactics as the tobacco companies did ("junk science" "it's not proven") and then they'll blame the political parties who followed the cues (and the cash) of the energy companies.

Which leaves three ways to categorize the party of Hoover's resistance to doing anything about climate change: They are (a) crooks that took bribes; (b) idiots; or (c) traitors. Or "all of the above."
How GE made billions from the bank bailout:
The long wait is over
Obama has finally chosen a church - the same one that Bush went to:
This doesn't surprise me Red state assholes may talk a good game where family values and culture war issues are concerned - but when it comes right down to it they are nothing but hypocrites.  They have higher divorce rates, more teenagers having babies and far and away more online porn consumption.  
Good question!  If a 'public option' would put private insurers out of business because the private sector simply can't compete with the government - how the hell are FedEx and UPS still in business?
Fox News finally gets official permission to lie
If you ever had any doubts as to just how deep in the septic tank FOX News is swimming, let me dispel them for you.  After three different court tries, FOX News finally found a trained appeals panel to agree that there's nothing wrong with a supposedly neutral and unbiased news organization lying its ass off to push a particular political and/or corporate agenda under the guise of providing "news".

Fla Appeals Court OKs Lying and misinformation by news organizations.

Now, why would someone go to court to defend their right to distort the news and misinform the public if they weren't distorting the news and misinforming the public?

The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdock, successfully argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

But again, why would you WANT to do this if you're a totally "fair and balanced" news organization and only adhering to ethical journalism standards that have been codified by the Society of Professional Journalists ? It doesn't make sense.

On February 14, a Florida Appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization. The court reversed the $425,000 jury verdict in favor of journalist Jane Akre who charged she was pressured by Fox Television management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information. The ruling basically declares it is technically not against any law, rule, or regulation to deliberately lie or distort the news on a television broadcast.

Good old FOX news... "We report, YOU decide", my shiny metal ass.




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