Friday, December 16, 2011

Headlines - Friday December 16

US Exit from Iraq: 'This is Not a Withdrawal, This is an Act on a Stage'
Iraqi people greet pullout ceremony with ambivalence mixed with concern over an uncertain future
I'm sitting here absolutely gobsmacked that these fuckers think this defense is going to fly:

Based in Carlisle, Pa., [Sandusky's attorney] Rominger has also been speaking up on behalf of his client this week. During an appearance with ABC27 News on Tuesday, Rominger suggested that Sandusky was showering with boys -- something that he has repeatedly admitted to -- in order to teach them "basic hygiene skills" rather than for any sexual purpose.

"Some of these kids don't have basic hygiene skills," Rominger told ABC 27. "Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body."


Jesus, I hope this guy goes away for life.


Half of us are poor now and 50% of US schools failed 'No Child Left Behind. But the good news is that CEO pay is up between 27% and 40% and Republicans in Congress are fighting for those tax cuts for the rich, so don't despair!


NDAA Law…Reading Comprehension IS Fundamental !!

Now, go read this from Jonathan Turley and try and figure out what's going on.


Wisco: GOP Candidates Unified in Their Love for Failed Economic Policies


Newt Gingrich has a magic spy satellite or something

-Headline of the Day-
"Newt's iffy claim: Iran hides nukes under mosques."

If there's one thing that Newt Gingrich excels at, it's pulling the purest bullshit straight out of his ass. And at a debate against Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire, he reminded us of this skill by making a claim to a "fact" that a) he couldn't possibly know and b) no one else on earth has ever claimed.

"[Iran has] huge underground facilities. Some of the underground facilities are under mosques," Newt said. "Some of them are in cities. The idea that you're going to wage a bombing campaign that accurately takes out all the Iranian nuclear program I think is a fantasy."

It's interesting that he'd choose the word "fantasy," because this is what Newt's story seems to be. "There's no evidence [for that]," says David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security and an expert on Iran's nuclear program. "I don't know where Gingrich gets this, but it sounds like he is just repeating rumors."

"Nope," Ken Pollack, a Mideast specialist at the Brookings Institution, says. "Never heard that they have underground facilities beneath mosques. They do have extensive tunnels at some sites, and I guess some of those tunnels may run under mosques, but I have never heard that they purposely built them under mosques as this seems to suggest."

Never mind those guys. They don't know what they're talking about. Newt knows it's true, because he heard it from this bigtime expert-on-everything-guy named "Newt." (
Salon's War Room)

Oh, and Newt signs another pledge:


You Thought You Were Second Class? Romney Has A Third Class For Gays

After suffering national embarrassment at the hands of a gay-married Vietnam veteran, Mitt Romney has issued his new plan for marriage in which gays aren't just second class, some of us are third. The Boston Herald notes:
[Romney] expressed support for a constitutional amendment that could create a complex three-tier system of marriage — maintaining marriage rights for straight couples, allowing gays who have already married to remain married, but barring future same-sex marriages. "I think it would keep intact those marriages which had occurred under the law but maintain future plans based on marriage being between a man and a woman," Romney said.
He's talking out of his ass, of course, as this sort of federal plan would never be instituted. Maybe he thinks this makes him look like less of a meanie after that takedown by Bob Garon.

Right Wing Watch reports that the online travel site Kayak has joined Lowe's in caving to the Florida Family Association.

More than a year after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus) came to end, it's still having a positive impact on the national economy, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

Estimates of ARRA's Impact in the Third Quarter of 2011

CBO develops estimates of ARRA's effects on output and employment by looking at recorded spending to date along with estimates of the other effects of ARRA on spending and revenues, by using evidence about the effects of previous similar policies, and by drawing on various mathematical models that represent the workings of the economy. Using such analysis, CBO estimates that ARRA's policies had the following effects in the third quarter of calendar year 2011 compared with what would have occurred otherwise:

They raised real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) by between 0.3 percent and 1.9 percent
They lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.2 percentage points and 1.3 percentage points,
They increased the number of people employed by between 0.4 million and 2.4 million, and
They increased the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs by 0.5 million to 3.3 million. (Increases in FTE jobs include shifts from part-time to full-time work or overtime and are thus generally larger than increases in the number of employed workers.)

ARRA spending began winding down in early 2010, so if the stimulus was a "failure" as the right wing would have you believe, even though it's still boosting the economy more than a year later, I'd sure like to see what success looks like.

Maybe the criteria they're using is that it failed to prove their theory that government can't do anything right.


R.I.P. Christpher Hitchens. He was nobody's bitch.


Senators voting Nay on this year's version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

Cardin (D-MD)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)
Franken (D-MN)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Merkley (D-OR)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sanders (I-VT)
Wyden (D-OR)


@SenJohnMcCain haz a sad that the war in Iraq is over. John "Endless War!" McCain took to the airwaves this morning to whine to Matt Lauer -- who was perfectly content to be a good little hack and enable the warmongering old fool -- that it's a mistake to end the three-trillion dollar war that he wanted to keep going for a hundred years.(Besides that, he's purposefully ignoring the fact that Blackwater ain't goin' nowhere anytime soon.) A timely reminder that there were lots of reasons he wasn't elected President besides picking Sister Sarah to be his running mate.


The FBI will update the definition of rape for the first time in over eight decades. "FBI Director Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday that the agency would expand its definition of "rape," which has not been updated since 1929. ... The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program currently defines rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will." Rape without force is not included. ... "That definition was in some ways unworkable, certainly not applicable -- fully applicable -- to the types of crimes that it should cover," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "And as I think you're aware, the advisory committee for NCIC in the statistics, developing the statistics, approved the change to that definition. And my expectation is it will go into effect sometime this spring.""


Tea Party Patriots Founder Arrested On Gun Charges At Airport | Mark Meckler, founder of the influential Tea Party Patriots, was arrested early this morning at LaGuardia International Airport in New York City after he "tried to board a flight with a semi-automatic handgun and its ammunition in his luggage." Meckler was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony that could carry up to 15 years in prison, but he was released on his recognizance pending a court date in January. Meckler has a concealed weapons permit for California, where he lives, but did not have one for New York. He apparently expected that his out-of-state license would be valid and that he was complying with all laws.


Cameron International, a BP contractor involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has agreed to pay $250 million to settle claims related to the spill. The agreement with Cameron, which designed and built the "blowout preventer" on the oil rig, is BP's fourth settlement with contractors related to the incident.


House GOP Voted 191 Times Against The Planet, Earning 'Worst Environmental Record Of Any Congress'


Dave Johnson: Republican Hostage-Taking Threat Again! Guess Who Benefits?


Rudy 911 Giuliani: 'I Jumped Up Out Of My Chair And Cheered' When Gingrich Said Palestinians Are An 'Invented People'

What a charming holiday story: the nutsack owners of a Christian bookstore mega-chain are discontinuing sales of a particular Bible that donates one dollar of every sale to a breast cancer research charity, because of… what this time, charity being anti-free market or something? (Oops, we shouldn't give them more ideas.) NO, it's because the charity in question, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, donates some part of its monies to "breast cancer health programs" run by wingnut bogey-woman Planned Parenthood. So, um, breast cancer screenings are giving people abortions now or what? READ MORE »

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