Friday, September 16, 2011

Headlines - Friday September 16

Bush admin pushed Solyndra loan guarantee for two years

It's often claimed that the Solyndra loan guarantee was "rushed through" by the Obama administration for political reasons. In fact, the Solyndra loan guarantee was a multi-year process that the Bush administration launched in 2007.

You'd never know from the media coverage that:


And, it will create jobs for florists, bakers, caterers, photographers, etc.


Saying something like this should instantly disqualify you from ever becoming president.

The former Massachusetts governor told a town hall in Sun Lakes, Arizona he would pick someone who "could be president" like former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I think it was last weekend I was watching C-SPAN, and I saw Vice President Dick Cheney and he was being asked questions about a whole host of issues — following 9/11, the affairs in various countries in the world," Romney recalled, according to NBC's First Read.

"And I listened to him speak and said whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," he said, adding, "That's the kind of person I'd like to have — a person of wisdom and judgment."

Heinrich Himmler Dick Cheney. A beacon of wisdom and judgment?

If by "judgment" you're referring to the Old Testament, yes.

Was it his good judgment that ordered civilian aircraft shot down on 9/11? Apparently the Pentagon didn't think so.

Was it his good judgment to out Valerie Plame? An undercover CIA agent keeping tabs on nuclear safety.

Did his infinite wisdom tell him Iraq had WMDs?

This is an ill-advised pander on Romney's part. Nothing will scare away independents and swing voters quicker than telling them you would select someone "like Dick Cheney" as your vice president.



Pro-Life Extremist Santorum Says People Are Living Too Long Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told supporters in Lancaster, South Carolina Tuesday that the Social Security retirement age had to be increased because "people are living too long." "Does anybody in this room believe that somebody that 62 years old is too old to work in America today?"



Link Polluters are claiming victory after Obama abandoned his commitment to create science-based
standards for ground-level ozone—a primary component of smog. This decision has profound
public health consequences and belies the president's pledge to "restore science to its rightful place."

The EPA is currently crafting science-based rules to reduce other health threats.
Will the president let politics trump public health again?

Obama is acting like a scared child. His personal approval rating is somewhere around 33 percent, and congress comes in about 14%.

Why is the 33 constantly following the 14 over the damn cliff?

Clearly, Obama no longer wants to be president. Clearly, he wants to please Boehner more than the voters or his base.


Record Arctic Ice Melt Threatens Global Security



School Daze - Theocrat dimwit and noted secessionist Rick Perry released his grades, and let's just say that his transcript makes Chimpy look like a Rhodes Scholar. But Goodhair makes a joke of it:

  • "I graduated in the top 10 of my graduating class — of 13."

    (The Caucus)

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    Four Democrats in the U.S. House have introduced a bill that would deny foreign aid to any country that votes for Palestinian statehood in the upcoming United Nations referendum.

    The bill introduced Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives by four lawmakers -- Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Robert Brady (D-Pa.) -- would target dozens of nations that receive assistance ranging from the hundreds of thousands of dollars to billions. "We won't allow other countries to vote against our best friend with one hand in the U.N. and come to Congress to seek taxpayer dollars with the other hand," said Israel. The bill would include a standard presidential national security waiver. The Obama administration has said that the Palestinian Authority effort to secure statehood recognition this month would set back the prospect for renewed peace talks and has pledged to veto the bid should it come to the Security Council.

    In a separate action, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and eight other House Republicans announced a similar bill that would deny U.S. funding to "any UN body that enhances the Palestinian status." Lehtinen is the chair of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee.


    Normally I would consider this to be a shinning example of Derp, but I don't think Ron Paul is stupid, just batshit crazy.

    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul explained Wednesday that famines in Africa were a result of a lack of a "free market systems."

    "All I know is if you look at history and if you compare good medical care and you compare famine, the countries that are more socialistic have more famines," Paul told CNN's T.J. Holmes. "If you look at Africa, they don't have any free market systems and property rights and they have famines and no medical care. So the freer the system, the better the health care."

    Wait, what?

    Socialistic countries have more famines? That's news to me. I'm fairly certain the amount of people, and particularly children, who go hungry every day is much higher in the United States than that of Europe which has a robust, socialist safety net.

    Healthcare costs are much higher and we have worse outcomes in the United States too, and we have what I'm sure Ron Paul would consider to be a "freer system."


    We're lagging behind dozens of nations in everything from life expectancy to — this is shocking — internet speed.

    The United States as a whole lags in speed, coming in 25th behind South Korea, which has the fastest speeds in the world. Even Romania clocks in ahead.

    I'm not exaggerating when I say this is an effing outrage. We ought to be kicking ass with all things digital. After all, we're getting destroyed on manufacturing, healthcare and infrastructure (high speed rail, etc) and now we can't even compete online? The future of America is here: we're a continental shopping mall. Good morning!

    We can't afford an upgrade because we're too busy killing people all over the world and bailing out banksters.


    Borowitz: In Rare Public Statement, God Tells Pat Robertson to Shut the Fuck Up


    Our job creators: what they are up to:

    General Electric, the U.S.-based industrial giant and leading manufacturer of wind-power turbines, is scaling back efforts to expand its presence in the offshore wind power market.

    The rationale: there is no meaningful offshore wind market to speak of – at least not yet.

    Given slower-than-expected industry growth, the offshore market may not mature as rapidly as many wind boosters once believed.

    In 2009, GE moved into the offshore market by acquiring Norway's ScanWind, a developer of direct-drive turbines, based in the city of Trondheim.

    GE is considering laying off about 40 employees in Norway as it scales-back its offshore operations there, according to reports in Recharge. The company has also suspended plans to construct a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom indefinitely.

    GE took a bunch of stimulus money for this, and now is scaling it back. GE's Jeff Immelt is a member of… the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.


    Jill: ACORN no longer even exists, but why let facts get in the way of a good metaphor for the "N" word?

    The fact that this man is attacking ACORN... apparently oblivious to the fact that ACORN ceased to exist the last time a bunch of assholes like him decided that poor people voting was a threat to the security of the nation and that only the "upper classes" should be allowed to vote... renders null and void anything he has to say about anything.  Someone that stupid simply should not be paid for spreading their particularly contagious and probably terminal strain of stupidity.  At least not if you live in that part of the universe that follows the normal laws of physics and where even Quantum Theory can't begin to explain that kind of apparent disconnect.

    But that's SOP for the GOP these days... they say it, the media runs with it and Bubba, sucks it up like a cat at a bowl of cream never realizing that once they no longer need him,  he's just as big a target as the uppity neighbor across the street who used to make more than him but got his job shipped off to Gassyass Belchistan and who can't get another  job because doesn't already have one.  Guess that'll teach HIS ass, eh Bubba?




    Least surprising headline of the day: Weepy dismisses Obama jobs plan.

    And, he's made it clear that the GOP will not support tax increases of any kind to reduce debt and deficits, saying the super committee should reach its $1.5 trillion target through spending cuts alone. "The joint select committee has only one option," Boehner said. "Spending cuts and entitlement reform."


    The NAACP, Amnesty International, and social media campaign to stop the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis, who is scheduled to die Wednesday, presented 660,000 signatures requesting clemency to the state parole board. Noting that 10 witnesses recanted their testimony in his case, the Twitter campaign asks the public to urge the board to grant clemency and the state district attorney to withdraw the death warrant. 


    It's starting to look like Gov. Scott Walker might be the target of a federal investigation. Woo hoo!


    Democracy in Action: 13% Of Hollywood, Florida Voters Strip Union Workers Of Negotiated Pensions, Health Plans

    A photo's worth a thousand words, or six million words no one cares about.

    The ever-shrinking Washington Post has a little piece of essential journalism about some inane "reporters versus a bunch of slobs" slapfight happening, where else, on Twitter, over a White House photo of President Obama drinking a beer with a young Marine who received the Medal of Honor. Here is your BREAKING NEWS timeline of this tragic story: several White House journalists tweeted the photo because that's one of those "easy ones," then a number of  Twitter lunatics spent actual moments of their brief, earthly lives criticizing the photo (THE MARINES ARE OWNED BY JESUS AND THE REPUBLICANS, OBAMA, NICE TRY), the reporters whined back about Twitter being full of obnoxious idiots, and then, this the only terrible part, the Washington Post declared this a newsworthy "debate" in a headline about this banal nonsense. READ MORE »



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