Monday, August 31, 2015

FactCheck On The Air

WATCH: FactCheck.Org Director Makes Rare TV Appearance To Shut Down Recent GOP Lies (Video) |:

Factcheck.org is the “internet arm” of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. It was founded by William and Lenore Annenberg in Philadelphia back in 1993. Annenberg was a very successful businessman and philanthropist. While many on the radical right like to claim that FactCheck.org is “liberal media,” especially when their statements and positions are proven false, a “fact check” would show Annenberg being a GOP stalwart. He served Presidents going as far back as Eisenhower and was a friend of Ronald Reagan’s. Lenore was appointed to serve in the Reagan White House as the Head of Protocol for the Administration in 1981. They also hosted parties for not only Reagan, but Queen Elizabeth II and other celebrities and dignitaries. If anything, a case could be made that they lean a little to the right at least personally, don’t ya think?...
Video at link. Good watch.

Advice For Democrats

Imagine. | Uppity Woman:

...2). Fight the Republicans. Do not cave into them. Use the power of the presidency for all it is worth. Use Executive Orders; threaten to withhold funds from legislators’ pet projects; go directly to the people and urge them to voice their support for the President’s position. Do not make bad deals just to avoid conflict. Call the Republicans out, and explain to the American voters what is at stake; and how pernicious are the Republicans’ views on these crucial issues. In other words, try to change the national dialogue. That is something that has not been tried since Bill Clinton was president. No one in recent times was more effective in winning the national debate on economics. If it weren’t for Clinton explaining this all once again to the American people at the last Democratic convention, Obama would probably have lost the election, because he somehow lacked the ability to make the case in simple but strong fashion. Or maybe he did not identify closely enough with the Democratic Party. Democrats have to win the national debate to be able to gain popular support for their positions and programs. Otherwise, the Republican-dominated media drowns it all out, and we are in a state of perpetual deadlock, at best...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Crazy In NC: Teacher Edition

NC teachers being ‘voluntarily exploited’ | News & Observer:

...To do her job with commitment, oddly, Angie Scioli has to be willing to work for free at her Wake County high school. That’s hardly the American way. “We lost our longevity pay this year. I would have gotten $2,000 in June,” she says. But last month, master’s degree, national board certification and past recognition as Wake County’s teacher of the year notwithstanding, she didn’t have the money to go to the grocery store. She is 44 and has been teaching in Raleigh for over two decades...

Walkering The Toddery On Obama

Gov. Scott Walker Can't Explain Why Obama Has A Better Approval Rating In Wisconsin | Crooks and Liars:

Gov. Scott Walker joined Chuck Todd on Meet The Press this morning and couldn't give a straight answer as to why President Obama has a much better approval rating in his home state of Wisconsin than he does.

The only response he could muster was to read off his preapproved and per-sanitized work resume. There was no follow up question from Todd (who made this an easy interview for the governor) to the question so his nonsensical answer stood alone...

Canada Would Support This

Anything to keepp the Americans out...

Scott Walker Open To Building Wall Along Border With Canada:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a staunch advocate of beefing up security on the southern border, said Sunday he is open to building a wall on the U.S. border with Canada as well.

The Republican presidential candidate said the idea of building a northern wall was brought up to him during a recent town hall in New Hampshire....

Kicking Carter: Sigh

To those kicking an ailing Jimmy Carter: How low can you go? | Norwalk Reflector

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Remembering Katrina

My rage over Katrina is what got me started in the blogging biz. My rage continues.

Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later | Crooks and Liars:

These two interviews by Fox News' Shep Smith and Geraldo Rivera were heart breaking in so many ways. It showed the raw emotion of these two newsmen, who were confronted by trying to cover these horrific events - in real time - while trying not to let Hannity, a paid stooge of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, color the events in a positive George Bush light...

Clinton Foundation Money Destination

Cannonfire "The Big Smear": (my bold)

Yada yada yada. Basically, ABC News is giving us the usual smear job. If you read their piece carefully and skeptically, you'll discover the truth of the matter: Clinton runs a charity, and he goes around the world trying to drum up millions for his charity. Where the money comes from doesn't matter as much as where it goes to. As far as I'm concerned, if dictators and thugs pony up some dough and starving villagers in India receive the benefit, fine. Would you feel comfortable telling the starving villagers to keep starving?

Unfortunately, our "unbiased" news media insists on writing stories which convey the impression (without directly stating) that the money goes into the Clintons' own pockets, not to the starving villagers. A number of alleged progressives go along with this hallucination, because doing so makes them feel hip. This situation persists even though the watchdog groups who keep track of charities all say that the Clinton Foundation is clean and transparent.

Funding Socialists And Poetry

Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA, Ranked - The Awl:

In May of 1967, a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, “I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” Braden confirmed what journalists had begun to uncover over the previous year or so: The CIA had been responsible for secretly financing a large number of “civil society” groups, such as the National Student Association and many socialist European unions, in order to counter the efforts of parallel pro-Soviet organizations. “[I]n much of Europe in the 1950’s,” wrote Braden, “socialists, people who called themselves ‘left’—the very people whom many Americans thought no better than Communists—were about the only people who gave a damn about fighting Communism...”

Labor Wins One

Unions Plot Major Push After Landmark Labor Ruling:

U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies' obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.

On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law...

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Sorry State Of Political Discourse

Where G.K. Chesterton and B.F. Skinner Meet: On Real Time with Bill Maher, 21 August 2015 | PopMatters:

...Trump’s jingoism, however, isn’t really much different from that of his Republican rivals — it’s just more colorfully unapologetic and imbued with television’s sense of inane fun. Everything Trump utters can be filed under the rubric of nationalism, which probably explains his support from evangelicals, who normally would blanch at his gluttony and wanton libido. But perhaps Trump’s omnivorousness explains his popularity: even prudes can tire of their own chastity and sexual repression, and Trump’s the only candidate who isn’t an uncloseted prude.

As for Real Time, there are two moments worth mentioning. In an exchange with Maher, National Review’s Charles Cooke admitted that leftists should indeed gloat over Trump’s embarrassing and destabilizing success, but then only mustered a spineless rhetorical retort: “Are [Republicans] going to be a party of classical liberals (in the old sense of the term) or the party of white identity politics”? Sadly, this constitutes the oratory of the conservative intelligentsia. That his idea must be phrased rhetorically already admits that classical liberalism no longer exists on the right — but it hasn’t existed since Reagan tied the knot with the Moral Majority.

The argument continued as Maher expressed incredulity over the alleged scandal of Hillary Clinton’s email accounts, but again Cooke reverted to weak rhetorical tactics. When Maher asked, “Even if the scandal is what you say, is it as important as climate change or income inequality,” or, we presume, any of the issues to which conservatives claim blindness. Cooke answered, “Here’s why it’s important… it’s about privilege,” and went on to explain that the Obama administration prosecuted lower-level peons for lesser offenses.

True, but Maher’s question remained unanswered — Maher had asked why this alleged scandal is more important than the real scandals of income inequality and so forth, but Cooke responded by ignoring the qualifier, as if his earnest voice alone could erase the comparative framing inherent in the question...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

tRump Cause & Effect

Time to Ask the Question: Is Donald Trump Just Dumb?:

...Only Trump tells it exactly like it isn’t. Long story short: The reason so many Americans are supporting a dumb guy for president is that there are a lot of dumb people out there. Trump’s rising poll numbers should send a shiver down your spine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Polling Lojinks

Bernie Fans And Republicans Agree: Hillary Clinton Should Drop Out NOW! - Wonkette:

...Okay, let’s not even get mired down in why Rasmussen is bad at polling and has this weird habit of making things look rosier for Republicans than they are. That’s just a well-established fact. And even if the numbers are wrong (they probably are), it makes sense that 73 percent of Republicans would want her to suspend her campaign over the piddly ass email “scandal,” because they consume Fox News and are thus pretty sure President Hillary Clinton would spend each and every day of her presidency sending American ambassadors to Benghazi, getting them killed dead, and lying about it. In fact, 73 seems like kind of a low number...

The Danger Of The Donald

Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny | Rolling Stone:

...Trump is probably too dumb to realize it, or maybe he isn't, but he doesn't need to win anything to become the most dangerous person in America. He can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Comment Of The Day: China Scotty Edition

Scott Walker Tries, Fails to Understand China

Larry Crofford ·Wheeling Jesuit University
So let's look at the big board of Republican Presidential Contenders: Donald Trump has his exclusive clothing line of shirts and ties made in China and complains China is stealing our jobs; HP failed CEO Carly Fiorina off-shored thousands of jobs to China and makes similar complaints; now we learn that failed college student Scott Walker is trying to cut deals with the Chinese while criticizing any official contact with them. Here's what I wonder. How many more Republican White House hopefuls are also double agents working for China?

More tRumping

Donald Trump Takes on Megyn Kelly, Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham - ABC News:

Donald Trump spent Tuesday doing what he does best: Antagonizing everyone from Fox News host Megyn Kelly to fellow Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, and sparking pointed responses from all quarters.

Monday night, Trump unleashed a fresh tirade against Kelly, who he has been disparaging ever since she moderated the first GOP presidential debate earlier this month...