Let’s see: He alienates supporters (me; Jane Smiley), the GOP will never vote for him… 2012 could be the complete opposite of 2008. Obama won’t be another Bill Clinton (worse, since the world is far worse than it was in 1992) but Jimmy Carter redux.
The day’s hands-down most depressing comic strip is here.
AND WITH THAT, THIS BLOG GOES ON HIATUS DUE TO PERSONAL DISASTER….
I agree with that vile piece of garbage, Ted Nugent about this — but then, I would.
Another newspaper that won’t be missed. This is inexcuseable editorial ineptitude.
Actually, by and by, U.S. papers are pretty crappy. Read here what’s better, and what they should be.
I did declare meaningful healthcare reform dead, didn’t I? Obama did too! So who cares now whether it passes? The final bill will be garbage and probably will make things worse, certainly not better. After all, pretty much all that will be left will be compulsory coverage. That is, more people will be allowed to pay premiums to the insurers so they can be denied necessary coverage. It takes a sick mind to consider that reform, sick or a lying sacking of shit. Thank God, Barack Obama is president! And Mr. President, thank you and the MSM for reinvigorating the GOP: now needed more than ever. Assholes. Had the traitors on the ropes…. It was great giving a mandate to a Dem president so he could let GOPers and rightist Dems call the shots….
Professor Krugman has his little obit for healthcare reform here. I only beg to differ on his point that Team Obama failed to comprehend the importance to progressives of a public option. Until proven otherwise, I believe, Obama personally doesn’t care. All he cares about is re-election and leaving office wealthy and lionized. Fool me once…. Attention, Mr. President: That’s one lousy reason to be president. The only way you’ll get re-elected is McCain/Palin redux because you’ll have a series of inexcuseable failures and the nation will be in the midst of the second dip of a W-shaped recession, thanks to your efforts.
This does worry me: How will the leftist journalism and bloggery survive?
Wingnuts: Delusional. Liberals: Droning in denial. (And another example is here. You know, the market for bullshit has, like, eclipsed the old market for truth….)
The perverse genius of Niall Ferguson: Slammed for writing lead paragraphs can be interpreted by readers as racist, he bleats about his proof that the allusion was not a racist one wrong. His focus is, ultimately, on proving he isn’t a racist nor was the writing meant to be racist. Completely ignored is main issue: How did readers perceive the writing at issue. Ferguson deliberately ignores that to distract with his being. Well, I’m sorry, writings are, well, rad; a reader does not investigate the writer to double-check his intent and mentality, etc., as they read. It is this deep stupidity that is one of the things I so hate about the modern conservative. Or more simply, he is utterly dishonest, full of shit. As Professor K says, the turd is simply a poseur. Given his dishonesty, his intellectualism is shallow and false. Professor K provides an example of his shallowness, his willingness to substitute glibness for, you know, actual knowledge. Perhaps he can be sent back to his country….
(Try and get re-elected now, Obama: Friend of the GOP! Actually, the defeat starts in 2010. I must say, it’s an absolute tragedy that a deliriously popular president with majorities in both houses can’t do anything of substance. Not that the Big Media with their relentless, irresponsible repetition of GOP lies helped. Well, I suppose a rerun of 1996 is better than a repeat of 2000….)
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. — Buddha
I guess little is doing as fine a job pushing papers over the brink as crushing debt taken by buyers when the prior owners just had to pig out, irregardless of the harm to their old paper…. I mean, there’s also lost advertising, some permanently so, as well as a failure to engage readers but still, I do think the debt is the worst.
Support the US at the risk of one’s life and then when aid and succor is requested of the US in exchange… rejected? Is this such a case?
As he does periodically, Alex Cockburn makes a good point which I’ve sort have known but have been sloppy making: This is not about healthcare reform but health insurance reform, a means to ensure that more people are covered (e.g. fewer people using emergency rooms as their primary physicians) and, one would hope, a reduction, if not cessation, of arbitrary denials. Obamacare has none of that…. In a way, it’s as much healthcare reform as Obama’s economic policies have brought any meaningful, necessary financial reform, which is to say, none, really. If I’m right, then, really, Obamacare is at least pointless and maybe bad. I’m ready to stick with my personal insurance plan: ready to file bankruptcy and leave everyone else hanging. They all will still have their Mercedes and I’ll be healthy and debt free.
This is depressing: The great failure of mainstream journalism and how it’s screwed up this country. Waiting to hear Steve Keller’s namby-pamby defense. Like this approach to journalism is doing anything good for anyone except the crazies. (Or you can just jump here.)
This may be part of the papers’ problem: They cover something once, late in the game, and actually think they have the influence of or can be a balance to cable having repeated the story first, and on a 24/7 basis.
Atrios succinctly shows why you can forget about reading any of the Wall Street bullshitting apologists and shows why this “great recession” will inevitably be W-shaped. More reason why it’s a W here.
How the banks are getting better: By simply lying about their finances, bad is simply called good and then taken as if they are good. There is now less than ever a place for the truth in all things political. It’s all about the lies. And the Big Journos have no problem simply spreading lies brainlessly. Well, when the profession gets essentially destroyed, maybe a few of the cream of the profession will be able to discover a clue to the reason why…. Meanwhile, where’s the legitimacy of crap like this? Inexcusable.
Hey, what is Schiavo living on? How are her bills paid? Why would private insurance pay? And if I can’t get a public option, public insurance certainly shouldn’t be paying in a situation like this. In a just world, the wingnuts would be paying….
The truth about “death panels”. Of course, the rightists are completely full of shit, without a scintilla of truth to their bleating. Attention, mainstream press: Where are you? At your death panel?
Chris Christie’s qualification for being governor of New Jersey: He was Rove’s buttboy whore. God bless the post-Regan GOP: Taken this nation ever lower, aided and abetted by a mainstream press that can’t do too much to help the GOP, journalistic principles be damned.
In tribute to the GOP lies about “death panels”, I am now instituting the OoMM Death List. This blog’s death panel will now start those who earned the termination of their lives, whose absences will make the world just a little bit better.
Normally, I save the fun stuff for the end but this is too awesome; the world can wait a few minutes to go to Hell….
Professor Krugman agrees: even when the Times does good work, it’s often still somehow lacking, like this.
Another hypocritical GOP asshole: Chuck Grassley: Votes for “death panels” then, against them now. Reason for change: no better reason than to stop Obamacare. More here. Of course, it would help the debate if the Big Media bothered to make clear at all appropriate times that one of the big objections to the public option is that in a lot of states, health insurance is a political-contribution-purchased monopoly so f course the pols there are paid to vote against competition.
But will he be happy to be a one-termer because his services to Wall Street fail to really fix the economy? You know, like despite everything he does, instead of an L-shaped downturn we get a W-shaped one with the second valley coming around 2012? Four years of recession and near-recession and relative impoverishment usually isn’t a winning platform.
Coming this Sunday: Smackdown! Maddow vs. Gregory. The freaky looking white boy hasn’t a chance, unless he games the match….
What does the Times have to do with promotion of healthcare reform? Regrettably, essentially nothing.Tell that to the proto-fascistic anti-American crazies — not that they’ll let a fact dissuade them from their hate radio and TV beliefs. (Remember: Walt Disney is finally essentially a fascist, just like the 60s delusions.)
Fucking Rove: He did it. Here’s the proof (for those who believe in proof). Again, who did he help elect with his scummy tactics that made the world a better place? or even prevent the election of someone truly awful? Yeah, me neither…. So where’s the indictment?
Asshole redux: Niall Ferguson: If something is not meant racist but clearly can be interpreted as racist, how can one claim it racist just because it’s read that way? Simpler: Whether or not meant as a racist comment, it clearly could have been and was perceived as a racist statement. Be a man instead of a glib asshole (notwithstanding that’s how you made your wealth) and just take responsibility without the imbecilic whining. Can he now be sent back to his country? Please?
Assholes: Investors Business Daily. What is with the modern conservative? Completely unable to acknowledge mistakes notwithstanding, you know, facts and reality?
Thank you, Barack Obama: Thanks to your policies, wealth is growing even more concentrated amongst the nation’s wealthiest 0.01%. I’m no economist so cannot explain why but sffice to say that in a real-world sense, that is not a good thing. Not that he’s doing so well getting us, you know, genuine healthcare reform. Actually, he’s probably going to prevent real reform for another few decades…. Here‘s his latest surrender of an element of reform. It’s like the only thing keeping the GOP alive is his giving them legitimacy by caving to them all the time….