The trade journal Inside Radio reports: "While not exactly shopping the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate, sources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing the waters to see how much interest radio syndicators have for her." Perfect! This is how Palin does everything now: passive-aggressively "gauge interest" and if people don't kiss your ass enough, even though you commit to nothing, just say Fuck 'Em and move on to the next assholes who won't give you the proper respect. Then you can write a poem about it, on Twitter. [Inside Radio via Political Wire]
But, maybe they should quarantine all of Congress. Then, perhaps they'd actually finish their work on health care reform so the rest of us will be covered.
"Whatever I stood for and advocated, I still believe to be true," he said during an interview Tuesday with Memphis radio station WREC-AM. "And just because I fell far short of what God's standard was for me and my wife, doesn't mean that that standard is reduced in the least bit."
Oh, and another Fun Fact about Rep. Paul Stanley: He is a "financial advisor" to The Stanford Group, the company founded and headed by disgraced and indicted financial swindler Allan Stanford. He even still boasts of this on his web site.
Remind me again why anyone takes Republicans seriously....
And the real "no, shit, Sherlock" moment: One of the Wall Street firms that was sucking up to Millard was Goldman Sachs. Goldman was one of the three firms to win a contract to manage money for the PBGC.
But wait, there's more!
On July 20, the agency permanently revoked the contracts with BlackRock, Goldman and JPMorgan Chase, the third winner, nullifying the process. The decision was based on questions surrounding Mr. Millard's actions during the formal bidding process. His actions have also drawn the scrutiny of Congressional investigators and the agency's inspector general.
Mr. Millard's e-mail messages show that, while the bidding was under way last fall, he also spoke with Rick Lazio, a former House Republican who is now a senior executive at JPMorgan Chase, to discuss career options.
Nothing newsworthy there.
Rep. Gohmert spoke for thirty minutes and engaged in the Republican fear-mongering about the inclusion of a public option in health care reform, claiming it "is going to absolutely kill senior citizens. They'll put them on lists and force them to die early because they won't get the treatment as early as they need," said the Congressman.
Gohmert also claimed that a public health option would empower the government with "…every right to tell you what you eat, what you drink, how you exercise, where you live." Gohmert didn't stop there; he was on a roll.
The excited Congressman then tried his hardest to make an analogy between a recent bill to humanely manage the wild mustang population, entitled "Restore Our American Mustangs Act," and government run health care that would somehow force people to use contraception against their will.
"But if we're going to pay 700 million dollars like we voted last Friday to put condoms on wild horses, and I know it just says an un-permanent enhanced contraception whatever the heck that is. I guess it follows that they're eventually get around to doing it to us," said Gohmert.
From the wackos at the Family Research Council
Just so you know what kind of shameless lies and demagoguery we're up against:
Rahm told the Blue Dogs: No leash
Maxine Waters on Rahm and the Blue Dogs:
"That may be difficult for Rahm Emanuel. Don't forget, he recruited most of them. As when he was over in the Congress, in the leadership, Rahm recruited some of the more conservative members of Congress and based on some of the information I'm getting, he told them they could vote the way they wanted to vote, that they would not interfere with what was considered their philosophy about some of these things. And now the chickens have come home to roost."
"I am a crapweasel"
Infamous astroturf lobbying firm behind new anti-health reform group: http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/28/cppr-dci-astroturf/
A group called "Patients First," a project of the lobbyist-funded Americans for Prosperity, has been going around the country and hosting tea parties in opposition to "government-run health care." Last week, they held a symposium in Salisbury, MD, and warned about the dangers of "socialized" medicine. Yesterday, some individuals decided to protest outside Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil's office, even though he hasn't yet come out in favor of a public option. Protesters even hung up Kratovil in effigy:
WaPo reporter: birthers get media attention because "there is no videotape of Obama being born." http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/28/wapo-birther-obama-video/
Our long months of despair and uncertainty are finally over
With nothing else pressing going on at the moment, politicians decide to take 'stupid' to the next level:
The House resolution to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood -- which included language recognizing the state as President Obama's birthplace, in a none-too-subtle jab at the Birthers -- passed this evening by a 378-0 vote.That they even had to THINK about doing this still astounds me. I want to smack the living shit out of all of them. But that's just me.
Among the Yes votes: Rep. Bill Posey (R-Hurrrrrr), the lead sponsor of the infamous "Birther Bill" to require presidential candidates to present their birth certificates, and who had previously said he wouldn't "swear on a stack of Bibles" that Obama is a natural-born American citizen.