At Alicublog, Roy Edroso (on GOP shill Peggy Noonan):
wonders at Obama's slim lead, and attributes to it to Obama being
"unusual, singular," "not your basic Dem," and "exotic," without ever
mentioning that he's black. This too is audacious, but only in a
Obama gave his reaction to Friday's debate with John McCain, a man incapable of looking at the Democratic nominee in the eye.
"John McCain had a lot to say about me, but he had nothing to say about you" (Pam Spaulding)
She has the transcript of the speech and all.
Bonus at The Blend: Footage of Fundamentalists defying Jesus (who said "judge not lest you be judged" and a lot of good things about taking the plank out of your own eye before you worry about the dust speck in your brother's) by waving signs saying YOU DESERVE HELL at the NC Pride Parade. That's nothing at all to do with Jesus, or anything that he said or did, and everything to do with the sort of hatred and bigotry he opposed.
It’s like a talking points machine gone out of control. Or magnetic
poetry that you have on your fridge—in fact, you can try it at home.
String together key words and phrases like “shore up the economy,”
“reduce tax rates,” “healthcare reform,” and “trade” and see what kind
of Palinisms you can create.
It'll give you something to do while civilisation crumbles round your ears.
Stephen consults Suze Orman [digital version] to see if we can afford a bailout; New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera says that the bailout will work because it's got to. "That's all they've got..."
by The Puppet Mistress | Okay. Maybe the video below reflects beliefs that are a little weirder than those held by, say, Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Andrew Sullivan---or for that matter, me. I mean, don't all religious practices and beliefs look a little strange from outside? It's so hard to judge.
by blue stockings | Having been accused wholesale of refusing to take the National
Enquirer's stories about the Edwards scandal seriously until we had no
choice, I'm sure bloggers everywhere---and not only the liberal ones---
will step right up to the plate when it comes to their still rather thinly supported allegations
about Sarah Palin and some guy who isn't Todd but looks quite a lot like him. Gawker has a summary here. Memeorandum has blogger commentary.
Don't say that I haven't tried to be more open to not-entirely-conclusive allegations in the tabloids that relate to prominent political personages.
by Nicholas | A friend of mine read somewhere, and passed on to me, the notion that whatever people may say, the USA is not a truly capitalist society (i.e. one where the creation of goods and services itself generates wealth) but merely a sort of predatory corporatism, where a false, inflated wealth is created simply by moving money around. As Gordon Gekko said, “I create nothing.” These days, the creation of tangible goods takes place elsewhere, and we have to import them, and pay out money to foreign companies in return. More and more companies inside the US are getting better and better at creating nothing – or so we thought. Recent events have shown that maybe they are not even good at that.
So why, then, do the people in charge still reward themselves to such an obscene level? Well, because they’re greedy, that’s why. And the belief that if the rich are happy then somehow everyone else will be happy still prevails, even, amazingly, among some people who grog along doing three jobs in order to maintain a hand to mouth existence. Here’s an interesting statistic. I read it in Vincent Bugliosi’s excellent book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.
I don’t mean to rehash here the main arguments of this book (which, incidentally, I completely agree with) but simply to bring to your attention a fact quoted in the last chapter. Now, everyone will agree that company CEOs deserve to be paid more than the people who work for them. J. P. Morgan, one of the most successful American capitalists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, said that it was not unreasonable for a CEO to be paid twenty times the average salary of his employees.
That seems perfectly fair. In some countries today the average ratio is even lower: in Japan it is 10 to 1, Germany 11 to 1, and in France 16 to 1. In Britain it is higher: 25 to 1. In the USA, though, it is a staggering 531 to 1. Does anything say Greed in mile high letters more than this? Isn’t it time to understand that doing something about this sort of greed, which represents all that is bad and exploitative in an unmanaged economy, will not actually bring about the fall of the Republic, and will probably do it some good?.
by Damozel | Secretary Paulson's list of demands: We must address him as Baron Von Moneypants! On your wedding night, he must be the first to deflower your bride! And W has just discovered that there are "a lot of interlinks throughout the financial system"!
House Republicans rose up en masse against their vice president on
Tuesday morning to blast an administration proposal that would grant
Treasury historic authority to start buying hundreds of billions of
dollars in devalued mortgage-related assets, according to members
The lines to speak were long, the questions many and sentiment in
the Cannon Caucus Room Tuesday swayed heavily against the Treasury
Afterward, Texas Rep. Joe Barton took the unusual step of telling
reporters that he had politely given Cheney a piece of his mind – the
sort of dissent Republicans considered unthinkable during much of the
Bush administration's reign. (Politico)
Re: Cheney, Ron Beasley says: "It's a bitch being a lame duck bully."
Hennessey and Josh Bolten, Goldman-Sachs alumni like the Secretary of the Treasury, had to endure a "barrage" of "tough" questions. For example: Why was the bailout necessary? How would it actually work? Why was this plan better than others under consideration? (It isn't). (Politico)
You know. The kind of questions the lockstep-marching Republicans would never, ever, ever have considered asking in the past.
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by Teh Nutroots | Of course, you know in advance it's a lie. And the ditto-heads, being morons, doubtless believe it. In one way, I don't care. It's not as if any of them were bright enough to know that voting Democratic would be in their best interests, whatever the Democrat's ethnicity or color.
Anyone who listens to Limbaugh is a lost cause. I don't worry about whether he is misleading them----if he weren't someone else would.
This is so much more than ordinarily stupid that it deserves a moment's sober attention, followed by loud astonished laughter and finger-pointing.
On the September 22 broadcast of his
syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh baselessly claimed that Sen. Barack Obama
is "not black," and went on to ask: "Do you know he has not
one shred of African-American blood?" Limbaugh continued:
"He's Arab. You know, he's from Africa.
He's from Arab parts of Africa. ...
[H]e's not African-American. The last thing that he is is
by The Puppet Mistress | Let's start with this fact: Alaska is clearly years behind the lower 48 in controlling or preventing violence against women..
For years, Alaska
has had the worst record of any state in rape and in murder of women by
men. The rape rate in Alaska is 2.5 times the national average. (CNN)
So it wasn't very nice for the police chief under "reform" mayor Sarah Palin's tenure to charge women who had been raped $1000 for rape kits, was it? In fact, the charge might well have discouraged some women from pursuing criminal prosecution, wouldn't you say? In fact, he fought to keep the practice in place. In the end, it took a Democrat to sort the problem out.
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by Teh Nutroots | Yep, the Masters of the Universe ain't too happy with the populist tone of McCain's remarks. Reading between the lines, I infer that nobody understands what's happening on Wall Street except the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. And naturally they wouldn't like anything with a "populist" (new dirty word for "appealing to actual people). Not that I think McCain knows what he is talking about. I just get the feeling that the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal is going to say the same about anyone who threatens the Wall Street Way of Life.
[O]n Thursday, [McCain] took his populist riffing up a notch and found his
scapegoat for financial panic -- Christopher Cox, the chairman of the
Securities and ExIn a crisis, voters want steady, calm leadership, not easy, misleading
answers that will do nothing to help. Mr. McCain is sounding like a
candidate searching for a political foil rather than a genuine solution.change Commission...[McCain said:]
Posted by Blue Stockings |According to HuffPost, Al Franken helped with the writing. Well, allegedly. Apparently to his opponents Franken is known as "Angry Al"---as if being angry with the current state of politics were a bad thing. Anyway, he doesn't seem to want to claim credit. (The Politico)
Joe Scarborough tries to put some lipstick on the pig that is the
Bush economy, and Rachel Maddow tries to interject some sanity into the
conversation, and when she brings up the radical economic policies of
the Bush administation that have brought us to where we are now, she
gets talked over and cut off.