Monday, November 21, 2011

Headlines - Monday November 21

 Rolling Stone: How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich
Skippy's Environmental News Stories Sunday
Study finds medical expenses push 10 million more into poverty.

Pepper spray and beatings for protesters, but
No Firings At SEC For Missing Madoff's Massive Ponzi Scheme


Iceland is a true people's democracy - but you'll never hear about it on the news.


Classy.  And contrary to what ABC said, this isn't a reflection of how divided the country is.  It's a reflection of what we've always known about the south, and of how the GOP is now the party of nasty, intolerant, angry people.  Suggesting that the country is divided, when the only reason we're divided is because one party has been taken over by crazy people, doesn't exactly fully explain what's going on.

"NASCAR = Non Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks"


... "I have a structural hypothesis here," Krugman told ABC's Christiane Amanpour Sunday. "You have a Republican ideology, which Mitt Romney obviously doesn't believe in. He just oozes insincerity, that's just so obvious. But all of the others are fools and clowns. And there is a question here, my hypothesis is that maybe this is an ideology that only fools and clowns can believe in. And that's the Republican problem."

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan spoke up in Gingrich's defense.

"We need a little on the pro-Newt side balance," she remarked. "The base of the Republican Party knows that the establishment of the Republican Party doesn't like Newt. That's a big plus."

"It was his time," Krugman explained. "The Republican base does not want Romney and they keep on looking for an alternative. And Newt, although — somebody said, 'He's a stupid man's idea of what a smart person sounds like.' But he is more plausible than the other guys they've been pushing up."
Ballon Juice on the UC Davis incident.

Which leads me to what bothers me the most, which is the failure of leadership in every institution in this country. Can't we do better than this? Can't we do better than pay 400k to someone who doesn't have an instinctive gut rejection of the idea of macing a bunch of kids sitting on a sidewalk. Can't we do better than that? Shouldn't we be able with that kind of money and benefits and perks to find someone who would immediately recoil at the thought of sending riot police with batons and chemical weapons to go thump the kids paying 35,000 a year for the privilege to sit in that public space? Can't we find people whose immediate response to everything is not the application of force and a reliance on police brutality? Are we really this lost as a nation that our academic institutions are run by sociopaths with no problem solving skills? It's just fucking amazing, whether it be UC Davis or Penn State or Wall Street or the Catholic Church or, well, wherever.

Newt Gingrich Pocketed Millions to Shill for Health Care Industry--But Didn't Register as a Lobbyist
Another day, another story about Gingrich profiteering. Well, three stories, actually.
Jill: Did anyone actually think this would turn out any differently?
Q:  "How can you tell the difference between the police and Wall Street mercenaries?"
A:  "You can't."
Jurassicpork: Think it's any coincidence...

Deadbeat Dad @RepJoeWalsh calls vets who identify as 99%-ers "un-American." "At a November 19 town hall meeting in Gurnee, Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) smeared Occupy Wall Street protesters as "generally spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people and a smattering of other people who don't understand this country and are advocating anti-American solutions."  When asked by a subsequent questioner if his attack applied to "veterans who fought in foreign wars" who are part of the 99 Percent Movement, Walsh replied that they were advocating "socialist solutions" and that "they don't understand this country.""

Despite wide-ranging support, congressional Republicans have killed a proposal to create a National Climate Service that was pitched as a one-stop shop for climate information. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed the agency, which would have required no new funding, and would have been similar to the National Weather Service.


Rick Perry Jokes To Jesus Pumpkin As Herman Cain Hides In Napkin

Another Republican debate! Nobody really noticed this dumb "Jesus Thanksgiving" thing on Saturday, due to the Civil War currently brewing in America, but the six Jesus-loving Republicans did show up to sit with these Halloween pumpkins and jabber about how much they hate the Supreme Court. Mitt Romney obviously skipped out, because he worships the wrong make-believe God, but Rick Perry took the opportunity to remind everyone that he's an imbecile. Herman Cain wept openly, into a napkin.

Amoral jewelry-debt piglet Newt Gingrich didn't want to talk about his many marriages and divorces and how he "became Catholic" only after being kicked out of Congress in the 1990s and reading about alcoholics. Why alcoholics, when Newt is obviously more of a "eat a few bags of candy to chase that jumbo sack of potato chips" kind of guy? Oh who knows, maybe because he loves 'hos like other fat babies love candy:

[The moderator] tried to press the candidates on more personal issues, asking them to talk about personal failings or struggles. Gingrich did not directly address his two divorces, but referred to a time in the 1990s when he consulted two Alcoholics Anonymous books, not because he was an alcoholic but because he was "hollow" and "empty."

"That was really the beginning of turning my life around," he said.

The candidates attacked liberals and President Obama repeatedly.

Sounds fun! We mean, "sounds like they all should have been pepper-sprayed in the mouth, for sitting." [Washington Post]


Of course they're doing this. They have everything to gain by smearing their critics. Remember back to when the banks were all on life support, kept afloat only because of taxpayer bailouts and they still found money to dump into lobbying against reform. It's what they do. The worst part is that too many Democrats are afraid to embrace the reform that they know the public wants. Heaven forbid they support the dirty masses rather than the campaign contributors. The Democrats continue to provide much reason to vote for them other than "we suck less than the GOP."

A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program "Up w/ Chris Hayes."

The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC's clients, the American Bankers Association.

CLGC's memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct "opposition research" on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct "negative narratives" about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans


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