Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
In Part Two of Nomad’s excellent post, he describes how the dreams and expectations of working-class Americans began to crumble after Ronald Reagan’s attack on unionized labor, and who profited from those policies. Spoiler: it was not the ninety-nine percent.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Newly recruited Joseph (can we call him Joe?) Allbaugh has been handed the reins of Rick Perry’s presidential nomination campaign. As one-time Chief of Staff to then-Governor George W. Bush, old Joe was involved in some rather dicey doings with the funeral business. But after W was elected president in 2000, Allbaugh was nominated to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he did nothing to repair his reputation. He left that position in 2003, and had managed to weaken FEMA so badly that when Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans in 2005, the agency was virtually powerless to respond to the horrific needs of that city’s citizens.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
by Anne s
In an it-could-easily-have-happened-this-way parody of Sarah Palin illustrating her political expertise with Fox’s Sean Hannity, Anne s has it all: balls in shackles, flavors of the month, tripping out to the garage in her flimsy robe to find a book, etc.
Some comments and links:
Following the brutal use of force engaged in by the Oakland, CA, police toward the Occupy Oakland protesters on October 25, Cheeriogirl found this from the Oakland Police TRAINING BULLETIN: • uphold constitutional rights of free speech and assembly while relying on the minimum use of physical force and authority required to address a crowd management or crowd control issue.
Dusty17: Report : Health reform will mean savings for Ohio families
Older_Wiser posted this great video clip: Jake Lamar: Not Disappointed by President Obama
RockyMissouri: Don’t the republicans and everyone at Fox News, especially, look very SMALL when compared to our president……..? His very graciousness and kindness only makes the meanness of the right more apparent…….. He has borne the insults with dignity and unbelievable grace, and I respect and admire him immensely…..
CaliGirl22: Sad, that in American you are dumber after watching a MSM news program. I had to stop watching Joe and Mika cause they REALLY made me ill. Of course you all know I have a running twitter war going on with CNN, I mean TeaNN. I watch maybe 5 minutes then spend the rest of the morning tweeting them for their lies. Send your comments to @ TeamCNN, they do read that account.
Kevin: I think what is scarier than Bachmann running for president is that she CURRENTLY sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence… and Nomad responded: Having Bachmann on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is like when Libya was asked by the UN to head the commission on Human Rights.
BanditBasheert: Oakland “police” are teargassing protestors – live now…can also follow and retweet on their live twitter feed. Welcome to Somalia…
Blueberry T: Okay, I’m officially totally in love with Matt Tiabbi.
Referring to Mitt Romney, Jolly Roger said: Willard is a sad frigging joke. Doubly sad because he wasn’t the worst Rushpubliscum there ever was, by a long shot. He had to work to make himself into purified scum, and he damn sure worked HARD to get there.
Bluerinse, commenting on Dusty’s post: Dusty – I do like the sound of snark in the morning.
Leadfoot_LA: Here is a Leadfoot Recipe: Upon leaving office, open glovebox and flip through carry-out menus. Decide which restaurant sounds best and browse menu at traffic lights. Call from cell phone to place order. Pick up child. Drive with child to restaurant and pick up carry out order. Drive home and eat it.
Anon in MI shared this fortune from a Chinese take-out meal: “It is hope, not despair, which makes successful revolutions.”
MadamDeal: Just popped in to report the sputtering of the eternal flame of St. Sarah. Sheya of PalinTV and Josh Painter of Texans for Sarah Palin have endorsed: Eye of Newt Gangrenerich.
Maddies_Mom: Another fantastic post, Nomad. This is something I’ve been arguing about with my right-leaning friends for a long time. They say ‘government can’t do anything right’, and I always argue that it depends on who’s running the government. I think FEMA is one of the most obvious examples. Of course, there’s also the Justice Dept., the FDA, the Interior Dept., etc., etc., etc.
To which Linda1961 responded: FEMA worked very well under Clinton, and has improved under Obama (in spite of W’s deliberate sabotage of the agency).
Eclecticsandra: The theme of these is to diminish federal government. They seem to think that appointing incompetent friends is the way to do it. Why not appoint people who know how to streamline rather than privatize. No bidding for contracts undermines responsible capitalists. This just seems like stupidity and greed, not conservatism.
When Cheeriogirl wondered if Sarah Palin would respond to the tens of thousands of Israelis marching in solidarity with the 99% movement, Sassy responded: Not coherently…
Moseyon suggested that we all take a look at Rick Perry’s speech in New Hampshire. It’s pretty, um, bizarre.
The Last Word – Brown_Fox: Here’s wishing P&K, contributors, and all friends a happy Diwali – Festival of lights and joy!!! May the coming year bring in prosperity and good times to you all, and Let us kick the sorry tush of the loony R nominee to reelect Obama 2012!!
JCos: Somebody should alter those AARP ads, where the retired folks essentially say “don’t mess with my benefits or I’ll vote you out”. They should say, “don’t mess with my benefits or I’ll vote for someone who wants to hand administration of my benefits to a private firm that will squeeze my balls dry to improve the company’s profits”.
After Honestyingov commented on the Business Insider story that The US Just Found $6.6 Billion Thought To Be Lost During Iraqi Reconstruction, mmboucher said: Do you have a link, I want to find $6.6 Billion also too???