Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Stuff

I think we all pretty much know what George Zimmerman is at this point, but it does bear repeating (here – I promised I wouldn’t deal with Maher anymore because of his idiotic criticism of those who criticized Flush Limbore, but to tell you the truth, I’m including this mainly for Van Jones)...

...and he played this song over the Trayvon Martin killing when in town this week, and apparently he’s been playing it elsewhere on the tour – good job.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Stuff

Based on this, I don’t think Joel Hyatt’s “word” counts for a whole hell of a lot (and I thought Al Gore was smarter than to go along with this nonsense also).

Like him or not, Keith Olbermann is (was?) an equity stakeholder in Current TV. Yes, we’re not talking about General Motors here, but you can’t just fire one of your biggest stockholders.

I’m sure K.O. will take these idiots to the proverbial cleaners, though I doubt that we’ll find out exactly what eventually happens since I’m sure there’ll be an out-of-court settlement…

…and inspired (if that’s the word) by this post, I give you the following (I still miss Natasha Richardson)…

...and yeah, Willard Mitt and Puppy Dog Eyes Ryan are both a couple of jabronis, all right (more here)...

...and don't worry, no "message" music tonight, just enjoy (and let's be careful out there, OK?).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Stuff

I came across this column in the Old Gray Lady today, which I thought was unintentionally hilarious (here)...
WASHINGTON — Big business groups like the Chamber of Commerce spent millions of dollars in 2010 to elect Republican candidates running for the House. The return on investment has not always met expectations.

Even though money for major road and bridge projects is set to run out this weekend, House Republican leaders have struggled all week to round up the votes from recalcitrant conservatives simply to extend it for 90 or even 60 days. A longer-term transportation bill that contractors and the chamber say is vital to the recovery of the construction industry appears hopelessly stalled over costs.

At the same time, House conservatives are pressing to allow the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which has financed exports since the Depression, to run out of lending authority within weeks. The bank faces the possibility of shutting its doors completely by the end of May, when its legal authorization expires.

And a host of routine business tax breaks — from wind energy subsidies to research and development tax credits — cannot be passed because of Republican insistence that they be paid for with spending cuts.

Business groups that worked hard to install a Republican majority in the House equated Republican control with a business-friendly environment. But the majority is first and foremost a conservative political force, and on key issues, its ideology is not always aligned with commercial interests that helped finance election victories.

“Free market is not always the same as pro-business,” said Barney Keller, spokesman for the conservative political action committee Club for Growth.

There could be real-world consequences to the conservative rebellion. The 90-day extension of the highway trust fund that House Republican leaders say they will pass this week in lieu of a broad highway bill would keep existing projects moving for now. But business groups say few new government-funded infrastructure projects can get under way without longer-range certainty about federal backing.

Some Republicans are growing worried about the ramifications of these fights. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has pressed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but at the insistence of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, he joined his party in opposing Democratic efforts to add reauthorization to a small-business finance bill. Now Mr. Graham says his party has to find a way to move a stand-alone bill, and fast.

“Come June, if this program dies, it will be the end of job creation for thousands of businesses for no good reason,” he said. “And it’ll happen on our watch, with our fingerprints on it.”
Aww, poor Huckleberry – what a shame he and his pals didn’t take K.O. seriously when he uttered these prescient words about a year and a half ago…

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…and this one goes out to the miscreants at the “US” Chamber of Commerce (really dipping into the “moldy oldie” archives – sorry the sound isn’t the best).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Stuff

As I once remarked in these parts to somebody (forget who), having to choose between Comcast and Verizon is like having to choose between diphtheria and tetanus (here, and in a related vein, what Atrios sez here, and this is a bit worrisome also)…

…and here’s a tune for the occasion (still waiting for the new recording from “The Boss” to do it for me, but that hasn’t happened yet – wonder if it will?).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Stuff

See what happens when you play nice with the Repugs (for the umpteenth time), President Hopey Changey (here)…

…and bye bye, “President” Snowe.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Stuff

“God, Doomsy, you ‘libtard’ (actually miss that one a bit), are you ever going to stop whining about guns?”

No, I’m not…

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…and here’s a great song about pointless gun violence.