(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….)
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.- – Buddha
When I said last fall some silliness about America being freed, liberated, I was at best exaggerating, certainly speaking prematurely and proven wrong by numerous subsequent acts by the current administration. I apologize for unjustified enthusiasm.
Some dope reporter thinks Philly’s two papers are case studies of the apparent or perceived or believed “last stand” of journalism. His mendacity is demonstrated by the use of the terms “journalistic worthiness” and “lenders”, the latter without any awareness of what an awful, destructive roles the lenders play, the destruction their foolish borrowers set into play. The journo’s hero is the same shithead who thinks it’s good for his paper to hire John Yoo. More knowledgeable (factually speaking) people fully know Yoo has nothing to say that is worth paying for. Too, in my opinion, “journalism”, in the broad sense, is safe. The papers, by and by, are committing suicide by their refusal to provide anything of importance to their readers, to wit, accurate, important news, analysis of any depth. (The newsmagazines are doing the same but moreso.) However, for the minute to minute crap, the web and cable are as fine as they want to be; the infrastructure is fully in place. As for depth, there are magazines — “Infinite Debt”, anyone? — and books which, by and by, are not suffering and stand to gain from the dailies’ downfall. Snap quiz: If we lose this dope, we have lost what, if anything?
Speaking of health insurance coverage or lack thereof: Big Journo has a vested interests — financial ties — to the insurers so of course objectivity, reporting, facts — all to be ignored, thereby establishing the societal necessity of these assholes. The story is here.
Again, the GOP hates programs that work. And that’s the most lucid they get; most of the time, they’re crazy like this: The insurers’ heads should be consulted on reform since they’re experts? Yeah, experts at wrongfully denying coverage, mis-managing both healthcare as well as their own bloated bureacracies and the necessity for providers to bloat up their staffs, not to mention bankrupting providers. Flash: Our system works despite these assholes, not because of them, and that’s why, I’m sure, Obama feels a need to get more unearned wealth to them.
How it works, the really short version:
How are the big banks moving back into black? By stealing your money via bailout moneys and increased fees. And I’m sure this is fine with the Administration because surely the banks have spread more than sufficient wealth around to ensure that they will be free to do what they want at our expense. And what’s really amazing, to me, is that the GOP is even worse!
Palm Pre? Sounded too good to be true? That’s because the corporate hype wasn’t supported by reality. The truth is here.
“Recovery” is a pretty fungible concept. Our “recovery” includes banks hemorhaging but appearing profitable, job losses slowing to a very limited degree. To me, recovery means an economy at least where it was a year or two ago, personal wealth-wise or, better, functional in a post-New Deal sort of way, lightly policed and controlled. Using the word “recovery” in any other way is just a lie.
Another fungible word: “Profit”. To me, a company’s one profitable quarter doesn’t make it profitable where its losses up to that point are a quantum or three greater than the minuscule profit. Here‘s an example. Simply, a single profitable quarter does not a profitable company make. (And in our example, this company is far from being in the black.)
Can we get rid of these America-hating idiots and scumbags? Please?
Matt Taibbi wrote an obit for genuine health insurance reform. Short version: Significant majority + popular president + desperate need + overwhelming public support = failure to act. But then, this is the same leadership who believes that all that is needed for economic recovery is to reinflate the speculation bubble. They are so wrong; if they were right, the economy wouldn’t have collapsed in the first place. Meanwhile, this congressman suffers a hallucination regarding a proper system.
Fuck corporate and corporatist news. Who needs it? Greenwald explains via the latest failing.
Gee, the Tennenbaum case looks like it was majorly fucked. This is how it should have gone down (and resulting in a verdict in favor of the defendant).
Asshole cunt. Mitch Albom, a walking crime against humanity. I fucking hate people who feel the wealthy pay too much in taxes. Fact: Not in this country they don’t. (Now, beliefs are something else again.) And then the same fuckers believe those without can’t possibly pay too much in taxes.
A flacid explanation how the Times fails. Hey, Clark, five editors screwing up? Maybe editorial is dumb, lazy and overstaffed and, for that matter, the publisher and his beloved editor in chief have no clue what’s going on? Inexcuseable.
These rightist assholes want to use tax money to destroy my family and families like ours, who have adopted children from other nations: Families for Orphans Act, House Bill 3070 sponsored by Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA) and Congressman John Boozman (R-AR), companion/related Senate Bill 1458 sponsored by Senators Mary L Landrieu (D-LA) and James Inhofe (R-OK). Why the bill sucks is at the above link or here. Yeah, yeah, I know that the rightists’ support for family values is solely lip service, pandering to know-nothings. Still, when its, or at least comes close to home….
And the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act (FACE Act), introduced in the Senate as S. 1359 (Senators Landrieu and Inhofe) and in the House as H.R. 3110 (Rep. Watson and Boozman), sucks mightily too.
Barack Obama: Two-time loser. Refuses to fix the system that allowed if not enabled the global financial crisis and now has lost healthcare reform (assuming he wanted actual reform as opposed to a means to get more money to the insurers). I say real reform is dead. It’s not going to happen so stop with the hoping. (And yes, I’ll be as ecstatic as the morning after last election day to be wrong.) Elected with so much good will if not a mandate and has done absolutely nothing significant with it.
Scumbags: Every so-called journalist who reports crap like this without prominently noting that the person they’re writing about is a complete hateful idiot unworthy of a public platform or the publicity they’re giving him. Too much fact for you, Mr. and Ms. Reporter? Then I don’t care if your employer goes out of business and that you never work in your chosen profession again. And this how low the so-called journalists are going, the scope of their failure and disservice to our nation. Really, who needs them? Not in theory but in practice?
You must love this: The sellers of crap mortgages make more money ensuring that the loans go bad than refinancing because of fixed fees. It’s the new profit: Just extort unconscionable fees. And our leaders clearly approve of this.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. — Edgar Allan Poe
Dope: This guy thinks the salvation of news papers is to prevent bloggers from copying (“posting”) articles or significant parts of articles. I guess the overwhelming majority of us who make little or no money doing this will somehow find the money to pay the newspapers. Clearly, the proponent is some post-Reagan putz with no comprehension or understanding of reality. Firstly, partial posts or citations sends eyeballs back to the original source. We just gave them more hits for incresed advertising and, God forbid, new readers or viewers. So shithead here thinks we should pay to help the producers’ businesses. Second, much of most articles and stories are rewrite of public events or the public record. There is, at the end of the day, damn little to protect. Last, I still like to think that journalistic outlets, ultimately, must serve the public good. If, as many if not most have been choosing to do, they decide to foresake the public good with their obsession with the bottom lines they’ve weakened, well, then, who needs them (and, yes, as a recent lay-off, I do feel bad for all the lost jobs)? If a paper doesn’t want to contribute to society, I say good riddance. (The link to the article that set me off is here but in view of the would-be savior’s anti-dissemination of information of course I must ask you to ignore it. It’s posted strictly so the curious reader can assuage himself that I’m not making things up.) Yes, by all means let’s further stifle the free exchange of ideas, like Judge Posner recommends in a piece that cannot be parsed because it’s over-writen by a non-expert steeped in ignorance of the subject for which he offers solutions.
Asshole and cretin: Prof. Lester Brickman: Third-rate law school professor, inept law school dean, and apologist for the corporatists, those profit-above-all unaccountable entities and destroyers. But maybe he and his ilk are right; the proof that we are second class citizens after big business lies in the fact that large corporations — the ones so dependent on worms like Brickman — are nearly never punished, let alone significantly for their wrong-doing while, say, a black male citizen can be arrested for trying to get into his home. But tank the global financial system? Less than a slap on the wrist — indeed, receive government handouts to get back to profit-making destruction — thanks to Brickman and his ilk.
Assholes: The health insurance industry whores who keep claiming there’s a medical malpractice crisis. (Well, there is — incompetent medical personnel who go unpunished.) As the insurance industry and doctors prattle on about it, there’s no such crisis. The proof is here and here and here and here. Incredibly, I never seen a scintilla of proof that there was or is any such crisis as claimed.
(More about that last video is here.)
God knows, my standards are low but I don’t believe this belongs on a news show:
Assholes, cretins and scumbags: The “Blue Dog” Dems. (Again, they’re why it doesn’t matter which party is the majority in Congress. The dysfunctionalism bought by the corrupters moots the issue, makes it irrelevant.
An observation? Can this be true? Only banks that finance the middle class are shut down. Companies — CIT is what I have in mind — that finances small business are allowed to fail. Only the big speculative organizations that have corrupted our system, essentially destroyed our nation politically, are protected. (This is what got me started.)
The criminality of being black: Shows you how times have changed or I’m so dead wrong: Of course, the cop was right to investigate a man breaking into a house. But short of the man seriously threatening the cop physically — harm or death — there is no reason to arrest him. None. There is no reason when in being caught in the wrong showing a little contrition. There is no reason for the support the fucker’s getting from his superiors. To me, all this is inarguably fucked up. The mainstream media seems to see nothing wrong. Indeed, when they deem Obama to be insufficient supportive of this cop (who has earned his ass at least a couple months of unpaid suspension), they beat up on the president. I realize for a large segment of blacks, this is normal. To me, as I said, it’s fucked up. Sick. Part of the Great Pathology brought us by what I think of the Reagan counter-revolution. And here’s why it’s still a crime.
This person is still living in the era before the Reagan Counter-revolution. Then, a healthcare system such as the present one, where the accumulation of wealth is far more important that providing healthcare, would seem bizarre, wrong. Now, it’s the idea of a system that provides affordable care at the expense of profits that seems bizarre.
Assholes: The Times makes a martyr of Tiller’s assassin, cleverly failing to note how he was driven by decades of the rightists’ crazed screeds and that the same insanity ensured there would be as few Tillers as possible, and therefore a threat to women’s health.
He’s failed on the economy, jury’s out only on the issue of how big the failure is. If he fails on this too…:
Here, a famous traitor makes a contrary argument:
(Didja catch that?? I was just more fair, more balanced, than Faux News. Hey! What happens to FNC when Rupert’s earnings shrink to the extent that he can’t support Faux and it must become profitable?)
Asshole and scumbag: David Gregory: the latest proof. For the record, he is both symptomatic of what’s wrong with the mainstream press as well as the anti-Cronkite. That’s why there’ll never be another Cronkite: Gregory and those who put him positions of authority won’t do it. They’ve proven they like Gregory’s dishonesty over Cronkite’s facts.