Here's "the washed-up old terrorist," as McCain called him, speaking for himself but also with strange prescience. Highlights:
Asked about his reaction to Palin's "palling around with terrorists
remark, Ayers said: "I thought it was outrageous and profoundly
dishonest, and I chose not to react to it at the time."
Ayers added, "I was on a board with President-Elect Obama, we did live
in the same neighborhood, but the dishonesty of the narrative is that
if you can place two people in the same room or prove that they took a
bus downtown together, that they're somehow responsible for one
anothers politics, policies, outlook, and behavior, and that seems to
me to be patently absurd."
"Who in the what now?" I hear you thinking. "Joe the---oh, you mean this guy?"
No: Joe. JOE WURZELBACHER. Joe the Plumber? McCain's pal? Remember him? Sure you do. Big block-headed guy---claims to be a plumber--- summoned up out of obscurity by McCain during one of the debates? Nothing?
At The Left Coaster, Paradox
has put up a post arguing that
it's time for a little less detachment about the impending Depression [see The Agonist]
and a little more thought about the damage that's already been done, and being done, and the suffering that's already started.
If you hadn't just lived through 8 years of Bush and Cheney, you wouldn't believe this could be possible.
Since you just have, your outrage and incredulity meters shorted out a long time ago and there's nothing left of them but a few busted springs going boingy-boingy-boingy 24/7. You'll probably just say, "Huh." So I'm noting this for later, when we've all had our sense of moral outrage restored at least to pre-Katrina levels.
Hey, AIG found out a way to carry out a stunning public relations ploy by giving up their bonuses, while totally paying themselves big bucks as "retention bonuses"! Ad-mir-able! Deb Cupples discusses it here.
At Angry Bear, rdan quotes self-serving statements of AIG execs made to FT, in which they explain how retention bonuses are way better.
by Teh Nutroots | This is choice. You need to read the whole thing, but here's a taste. From Ripley at Whiskey Fire:
Is it too much to ask for a Thank You from the corporations that are
receiving bailout money from us? Seriously, they're stroking the
Gov't. for a Trillion dollar-plus Happy Ending, and I haven't heard so
much as a peep from the CEOs, explaining to We the People how they'll
use this money to rectify the economic shit hole they've dug
themselves, and us, into.
by Blue Stockings | This comes from Ken Ashford of The Seventh Sense and relates to the heart-breaking outcome of the various actions by states to ban gay marriage:
have nothing against Mormons per se, but since it was the Church of
Latter-Day Saints that funded Prop 8 in California, which isn't even
their state, I think this call for a boycott of Utah might be a good idea....
It's fine if Mormons don't believe in gays having equal rights, but.... wait, that reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Angels in America:
Harper: I'm a Mormon.
Prior: I'm a homosexual.
Harper: Oh. [pause] In my church we don't believe in homosexuals.
Prior: In my church we don't believe in Mormons. (More)
by Blue | Speaking of moms:Man. Why is The New York Times doing these columns anyway?
A third grader's mom discusses her feelings of anger and jealousy and a mix of other things I don't want to think about too closely when she discovers that some little third grade girl has written "I [heart] Oedipus" (<not his real name) on a bathroom wall. When the son finds out, he is--to the mom's relief--devastated.
“Someone wrote my name on the girls’ bathroom wall,” he mumbled. His
little shoulders sagged with the weight of being in the third grade.
“How does that make you feel?” I asked.
He pushed his hair out of his eyes then came to me. His lunch pail
banged into my backside while he leaned his head into my belly...
Sorry; as a supporter of lifelong Democrat Hillary Clinton I followed the stories closely at the time, and while I would agree that some Obama operatives were a bit overzealous, I don't believe a word of it. And I love Hillary, so I believe she wants what's best for the country----which doesn't include attempts to destroy Barack Obama a few critical weeks before the election.
I accuse "Hillbuzz" of taking Hillary Clinton's name in vain.
Here's my latest correspondence from HillPac, sent out under Hillary's name (titled valuable allies):
I have three great friends I want to introduce you to. But John, Eric,
and Rick aren't just great friends -- they're great leaders. They are honored veterans who will be valuable allies to Barack Obama and Joe Biden in Congress.
John Boccieri from Ohio is a friend and a genuine hero who served four
tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who will work to bring the troops
home. Eric Massa from New York served 24 years on active duty in the
Navy, and served in every operational area the Navy sails in. Both John and Eric are running great races and can help us grow our Democratic Majority.
Rick Noriega from Texas joined the Army in 1979, and later served as a
Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard. After 9/11, he was
deployed for fourteen months including one year in Afghanistan. I hope to have Rick alongside me in the Senate.
I know John, Eric, and Rick well. I know they'll provide valuable
leadership on national security issues and help us end the war in Iraq
responsibly, face new challenges abroad, and restore the reputation
tarnished by eight years of George Bush and John McCain-style foreign
That's why I'm happy to introduce them as the next three candidates on
HillPAC's 2008 slate, and I hope you will join me in supporting them.
So I'd like to "thank" those "Hillary" "supporters," "Clinton" "Democrats," and McCain "Democrats" for doing their all to put increasingly erratic McCain and the truly egregious, Cheney-like-power-abuser Sarah Palin in the White House. It won't work, of course, but it certainly will make some people out there who don't know that this isn't being instigated by Hillary think less of her.
PS. See Deb's article on the Rezko "revelations" here.
Donate to HillPac to help support these candidates here.
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 Blue Stockings | Republicans are whining that Bristol Palin is getting a bit roughed up. I wouldn't join in myself, but---as I noted here---this is more of the typical GOP "One law for them, one for the Dems" view of reality. I mentioned just one outrageous insult hurled back in the day at a barely adolescent Chelsea Clinton by John McCain. Clif at Sadly, No! has much more. When Republicans start their usual sanctimonious bellyaching over the cruelty of heartless Dems, remember this link.
by Blue Stockings | ....naturally, while making cruel fun of him, but that's okay. This still makes me really happy. When will the Dems become the party of adults? Maher asks. Christ knows, but Edwards' exile is a tremendous loss for all. He was the o
nly major voice championing the poor. You don't have to be a virtuous person to achieve righteous results. While I might feel personal distaste for the details of his personal life I've been forced to absorb, I still honor his aspirations.
 "malkin after midnight" by skippy the bush kangaroo. skippy reports on the ATTACK on the malkin! The reports of the threat have been greatly exaggerated....not that you would know this from the reaction of what skippy calls the-hardly-ever-right.
I loved that site. MoJo discusses the genesis of the site with its creator, Mathew Honan (who now has a book deal).
My wife Harper and I are both avid cyclists. Harper is absolutely
consumed with cycling; it's what she talks about all the time. Just
before Super Tuesday she just went full-bore Obama. It was all she
could focus on. She was canvassing, making phone calls, spent all Super
Tuesday standing outside with Obama signs around town. So I said to
her, "Barack Obama is your new bicycle." She thought it was funny; I
thought it was funny. And then on February 13, I was going home from
the library on the bus and I started thinking how Barack Obama is kind
of like the whole country's new bicycle. I had the idea for the site
around 5 p.m., and it was live by around 9 p.m....
I think to some extent it is kind of an empty vessel.
I've had people convinced it's an anti-Obama site. I've had people
convinced it's a pro-Obama site. And I didn't intend it as either of
those things. I was just trying to comment on the fervor there is for
Obama and the excitement that he has generated in his supporters. I
think it was popular because people who didn't necessarily support
Obama found it funny. (Mother Jones)