Monthly Archives: May 2010

Do the Hokey Pokey

CNN asks the world’s most pressing question.

Pres. Obama said today would be the day that we withdraw from Iraq, except that we’re still there.

Texas State Board of Education re-writes history.

Rand Paul, the newly elected Republican candidate for Senate in Ky., does the Hokey Pockey and gets all twisted up. First, he goes on Rachel Maddow and gets grilled about his extremely flawed, narrow-minded views. Here’s an interesting piece about the interview, specifically about Rachel’s style of interviewing and how it’s good for the journalism industry. Now, he  says that Pres. Obama is “wrong” to criticize BP for the oil spill.

The terror baggers prove–yet again– that they’re racists.

Tom Corbett, PA’s attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate, subpoenas his critics’ Twitter accounts. So much for the First Amendment.

Speaking of the First Amendment, BP is criticizing CBS for doing it’s job and is threatening to remove cameras from the Gulf region.

Here’s another good one for you: our senators don’t know how to use ATMs.

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Book review

This is a book review of  Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Editor’s Note: I received this book  from LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers program.

Having won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001, Joseph Stiglitz is, obviously, authoritative on the subject of economics. In the book, Stiglitz explains the causes of the 2008 economic crash and what we must do in order to prevent it from occurring again. He is one of a few economists who predicted this would happen, but was ignored.

In Freefall,  Stiglitz makes the case for regulation, the balance between government control and private-sector control. It was politically- motivated de-regulation that led to the near-destruction of the economy. Stiglitz also address the inequalities in the global economy and how to fix them.

Economics can be hard to comprehend, but Stiglitz writes in a clear, detailed manner that makes economics sound like 2 +2=4. On top of that, the book is well-researched.  I recommend Freefall to everybody who lived through the 2008 economic collapse.

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News of the day

Editor’s note: Sorry I’ve been away. Graduating from college, moving and unapacking all your stuff is tiring.

As if we didn’t know this, the “War on Drugs” is failing– and badly.

Comedian Lewis Black has some strong words for Glenn Beck.

After Arizona’s ridiculous racial profiling law, they decided to forbid ethnic studies.

Heaven forbid! There are people different than me and I should learn about them (unless the state says “No.”) I’m still waiting for the terror baggers and the small government crowd to denounce this, but I won’t hold my breath.

Since I haven’t blogged for so long, allow me to add my two cents on the Elena Kagan nomination:

I wanted a more liberal, progressive nominee to counter the uber right-wing activist judges (John Roberts and Sam Alito).  I’ve done some research on Kagen and she doesn’t have the best First Amendment and  the separation of church and state, which are my two biggest gripes with her nomination. I’m also tired of the media asking the same redundant, unnecessary questions such as “Is she a lesbian?”. It’s not relevant.

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This post is not titled

In the previous post, I made mention of the Times Square bomber. As previously reported, the Taliban in Pakistan originally took credit for the failed attack. Then, a white man was reported to have been spotted by the SUV. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that those reports are bunk. I’m owning up to my error and admit my mistake.  This is part of the 24-hour media: in major events like this,  poor reporting, the compulsive need to get information out rather than getting correct information out, becomes commonplace.

ThinkProgress backs me up. Media Matters also has an article focusing on the media’s reporting– or lack thereof– regarding this incident.

This incident reinvigorated the politics of terrorism. Of all people, Glenn Beck has some common sense regarding the incident. I feel intellectually dirty for agreeing with Beck for once.

On unrelated notes:

President Obama abandons Net Neutrality.

Another closeted,  anti-gay right-wing Christain nut job comes out of the closet.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs lay the smackdown on a Fox reporter.

Here’s one we should all read.

For all you Star Wars fans:  this picture and caption might make you double-think the saga.

As you all know, an oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico about two weeks ago. I could post myriad links, but I shall keep it simple with this one.  I am anti-offshore drilling and have good reason: incidents like this keep occurring. I believe that we should focus more on solar and wind power. What happens in roughly 20- 30 years when the earth starts to run out of oil? How high will oil prices rise? How much are you willing to pay at the pump? Ready to see the start of World War III as countries fight over the remaining oil?

I shall conclude this post with this. I don’t know whether to laugh because this is so damn ridiculous or  to cry because some people actually believe him.

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What year is it?

Virgina’s AG, Ken Cuccinelli, is wasting using taxpayer money for –drumroll, please– a picture of a breast. No, I’m not joking (although I wish I was). So, what year is it, again? 1845? 1950? 2010?

After AZ passed a new racial profiling law, they might want to look at these numbers.

A car bomb forced NYPD to evacuate Times Square. Although, Al-Quaida has claimed responsibilty, a white man was seen near the car. How long before we begin to racial profile white males, given all the furor wingnuts have over attempted terrorism.

The U.S. government subpoenaed a NYT journalist over his new book. Gotta love freedom of speech and of the press.

Here’s some more media-related news: a pro-Wall Street reform protest occurred and the media ignored it;  President Obama blasted the media during a commencement address; Christine Amanpour leaves CNN; a little fact-checking reveals that the recent oil spill is NOT Obama’s Katrina.; Glenn Beck created and ran with a hoax.

Last Thursday (April 29), Bill Maher posted the following message on Twitter:

“Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill Baby Drill’ should have to report to the Gulf Coast today for cleanup duty.”

B-I-N-G-O!

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