Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Headlines - Wednesday January 5

"There will be a certain degree of gridlock as the president adjusts to the fact that he has been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." Darrel Issa, GOP moderate,  Link
At High Noon ...
The crazy begins. Put on your tinfoil hats and prepare for 2 fucked up years:

What are we to make of the fact that two of the top priorities for the 112th Congress, convening for the first time today, involve an irrelevant charade and an irresponsible threat?


Yet even Obama, the Commander-in-Compromise, must understand the difference between bargaining for a mixed deal and meeting halfway between responsibility and total, deranged lunacy.
Which is doubtful ...
What the fuck is wrong with this guy:

During a surprise visit to the press cabin aboard Air Force One on his way back from his vacation in Hawaii, Obama said he hopes to build on the progress made during last month's lame-duck session.

"My hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job this year is to make sure that we build on recovery," Obama said.
They're getting the band back together
If you have been pining to hear some of the greatest hits from the last time the GOP held the House majority, you are about to get your wish! A whole lot of former staffers for DancingWith the Stars "Wild Thing," convicted felon and former Majority Leader Tom DeLay are going to work in prominent positions on the incoming Speaker's staff.  

Danielle Maurer will be the Director of Member Services for Boehner. She was a key staffer for DeLay during the heyday of K Street and the lobbyist scandals that led to DeLay's downfall and Jack Abramoff going to prison.

The transition should be seamless. She is replacing her husband, and will be rejoining Anne Thorson, another former DeLay staffer, on the Speaker's staff. She will be Boehner's Director of Floor Operations.

DeLay was there for a long time and left lots of former staffers behind. Another one who has found a home in the new Congress is Tim Berry, a ten-year veteran DeLay staffer, starting as a floor assistand and serving the last three years as DeLay's Chief of Staff. He has been hired by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to reprise his role as Chief of Staff to the Majority Whip.

Now, I don't mean to imply that these people should be blacklisted and never be allowed to work in government again. After all, to the best of my knowledge, none of them have even been accused of wrongdoing, let alone convicted of anything.

But wasn't that long ago that the republicans were swearing that they had learned their lessons and if they were just given another chance, they would do better and be better and not return to their wanton ways. And indeed, after the election they were quick to say that they had not been given a mandate, they had been given a chance.

The optics of bringing back staffers who were at the top of the food chain in the office of the guy who brought the republicans crashing down almost singlehandedly really, truly suck.


"We need to have a showdown - we're not going to increase our debt ceiling anymore. We are going to cut things necessary to stay within the current levels, which is over $14 trillion. So this needs to be a big showdown." SC's Senator Jim DeMint (R-mental patient), suggesting America default on it's obligations, Link
Hey Jim, can I ask a question?
Say you're trying to balance the household budget, because you really need to cut back.
Do you cancel water, gas and electric service to your home?
Do you tell the kids that you're not buying any more food?

Or do you cancel that new Escalade purchase and the two-week vacation in Hawaii?

If you're serious about the debt, repeal that trillion dollar bonus for the super-rich.
Wisco: Major insurer sounds global warming alert  
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has filed for bankruptcy due to all those pesky child molestation lawsuits.
Other Catholic Archdioceses in the United States have claimed bankruptcy in recent years for the same reason, always to charges by victims that the move is a ploy to protect assets. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has paid out $29M in molestation claims over the last 20 years.

Geico Pitchman Apologizes For Calling On USMC To Rise Up Against Obama

Geico pitchman R. Lee Emery now says he is awfully sorry for his speech to thousands of Marines in which he urged them to "rise up" against the president for his plan to "impose socialism."
"I recently appeared at a fundraising event designed to collect toys and raise awareness for underprivileged children. While that event succeeded in raising thousands of dollars and hundreds of toys for this cause, I regret that I delivered a monologue that was inappropriately critical of the President. I was trying to be entertaining and simply went too far in this instance. I am mindful that my success as an entertainer relates in part to my experience in the Marine Corps, my devotion to its members, and the deep respect I have for members of all our Armed Forces. My comments should not be seen as reflecting on them or their views. I was just very disappointed in the amount of success that we were having raising toys and money for the underprivileged children this season. The poor economy has greatly hampered our efforts. My comments were misguided, and emotionally based, and for that I am truly sorry."
Somebody wants to have a job again one day. Somebody who has quite a disconnect between reality and wingnuttia. Bush, who Ermey campaigned for, ran up record deficits with not even the faintest move towards paying for his programs. President Obama takes office and literally cuts the deficit by $122 billion, and somehow President Obama is bankrupting the nation. Hey Sarg -- choke yourself!

Fischer: Christians Must Always Vote Against Homosexuality
He needs to watch "Prayers for Bobby" and preach the following instead of actually encouraging young people to kill themselves:
"Before you echo Amen in your home or place of worship, think and remember. A child is listening." Mary Griffith


Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York's WOR cold.

WOR (710 AM), one of the city's two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck's syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.

"The reason is ratings," said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. "Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn't getting what we wanted."

It's not a shocker that New Yorkers weren't buying his bullshit. But reputation-wise, Beck losing New York is huge. It's his home base. Limbaugh, meanwhile, will always be on in New York.


political pictures - Government For The People...  ...MYTH BUSTED!!!
Mario: the state of world conflict.
Least shocking headline of the day: Israel said would keep Gaza near collapse: WikiLeaks

My only surprise at the news that 1300 parishoners at a Catholic Church were exposed to Hepatitis A is that this kind of thing isn't reported more often. Sharing the same cup of wine among hundreds of communicants probably infects thousands every Sunday, but since it's just with colds or the flu, it escapes media attention.

This is another case where behavior that's been accepted for decades from a church wouldn't be tolerated for a moment if attempted by a private institution. Imagine, for instance, if a grocery store offered samples of grape juice from the same cup. The same people who happily eat the body and drink the blood on Sunday would be calling the health department or complaining to store management.


Bank robbers should ask Rep. Issa to outlaw cameras in banks.


The Innocence Project exonerates another wrongfully convicted man from prison ""You're free to go." ... With those words from a judge, Cornelius  Dupree Jr. "was exonerated this morning in a Dallas courtroom." ...  The verdict, though, comes after Dupree already spent 30 years in prison "for a rape and robbery he didn't commit," the Associated Press adds. ... "It's a joy to be free again," Dupree said after the judge's ruling (he has been out on parole since July; today's decision clears his record)."


Blue Gal - How depressing to realize that women have lost ground in my lifetime, instead of gaining.


When bald eagles close their eyes and daydream about America, images of John Boehner beating up The Deficit or maybe teaching orphans how to chain-smoke almost always appear in their little eagle noggins. This is because John Boehner was once a child with eleven siblings, and today he will be sworn in as Speaker of the House. Only in America! And as our country's awful newspapers gleefully point out, John Boehner refused to attend a LeAnn Rimes concert last evening, since taxpayers do not care for LeAnn Rimes. And instead of hosting a lavish celebration dinner at The Oliver Garden — which is what Nancy Pelosi did every weekend — John Boehner is having a very private potluck reception. Good gravy, John Boehner will probably flood half of Washington with his incessant weeping. [NYT]


Dead birds fall from sky in Sweden, millions of dead fish found in Maryland, Brazil, New Zealand:


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is reportedly weighing a 2012 presidential run that could make her the second strong female contender in the GOP field, according to ABC News.

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