Happy birthday to Keith Olbermann! Another classic worst persons in the world. Bush leaving office, there's a thought. Seems to me like we can only keep him from running the country now by shooting him, oh irony. Bush is running it still though in spite of justice, common sense, public opinion and conventional wisdom!
Question of the week:
Can someone please tell me where the funk all the hippies have gone ? I 'm pretty sure they were living around here somewhere but they must have forgotten to leave me a note saying where I could find them in the year 2008. Thanks for passing this on to the appropriate persons!
Paul Krugman's latest column is a peach! Thanks again to both democrats and republicans another nonsensical pseudo-economic plan sees the light of day. Anyone can follow Paul's logic but for those of us with degrees in economics it's all the more shocking to see politicians making up these crappy policies. Where do they teach this bs, anyone?
"Aside from business tax breaks — which are an unhappy story for another column — the plan gives each worker making less than $75,000 a $300 check, plus additional amounts to people who make enough to pay substantial sums in income tax. This ensures that the bulk of the money would go to people who are doing O.K. financially — which misses the whole point."
"The Bush administration has apparently succeeded in killing all of these ideas, in favor of a plan that mainly gives money to those least likely to spend it."
Keith Olbermann explaining the lies of the house of scandal. Outrageous I tell ya!
Next time you hear Bush, Perino, McCain, Cheney or anyone else brag how strong the American economy is, remember the words of the people above. Luckily it's not all bad news, but if you consider where 'economic' behaviour has brought us so far, I'm surprised the human race is still around.
Lou Dobbs proves once more there's not many topics Americans can talk or write about without using the word 'war'. Esteban Colberto has crossed the border to help him make some sense of it all. Classic Colbert!
Nearly half the Repulican voters in the Michigan primary were "angry" or "dissatisfied" with president Bush's performance, yet only one in seven Republican candidates seems willing to look even remotely different from Bush and reshape the Bush-economy. What a great choice they have between Bush-light and Bush-double-the-insanity.
Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria gives Jon Stewart the wisdom of the week.
Great exchange on Bill Maher's show about American politics and warfare. Man, man, Tony Snow is so full of BS, it's hard to know where to begin. How about here: a wise man once said 'it's better to be roughly right than exactly wrong". Well then, why were all Bush's backseat generals on tv claiming the victory would be swift, that they'd be greeted as liberators, that they knew where the Iraqi WMD's were, and so on and so on. Tony Snow is a disgrace to journalism, I know people who haven't read a single book in their entire lives and could still do a better job than Tony. We really need to publicly execute the Bushy Bunch as it's clearly too late for them to grow a conscience or a rational brain.
Bill Maher says it as it is. We cannot be religious and rational at once. Adam and Eve and all the other religious crap are bogus. What we need is spirituality and rationality. Rationality doesn't get far without a spiritual guide, but it is lost with a religious one. 'Nuff said.
It's the return of Jon Stewart's Daily Show and Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report!! Beware politicians and economists, the critics are in full force again, even without writers. Be good now.
The long Johns tear apart neo-classical economics and the mysterious workings of the market. Hilarious.
Michael Moore's word was so good I couldn't wait to get you the best pieces:
I am sad to say, nothing has disappointed me more than the disastrous, premeditated vote by Senator Hillary Clinton to send us to war in Iraq. ... All she can bring herself to say is that she was "misled" by "faulty intelligence." Let's assume that's true. Do you want a President who is so easily misled? I wasn't "misled," and millions of others who took to the streets in February of 2003 weren't "misled" either.
Barack Obama is a breath of fresh air. But who is he? Other than a guy who gives a great speech? I know he was against the war. How do I know that? He gave a speech before the war started. But since he joined the senate, he has voted for the funds for the war, while at the same time saying we should get out. He says he's for the little guy, but then he votes for a corporate-backed bill to make it harder for the little guy to file a class action suit.... He's such a feel-good kinda guy, I get the sense that, if elected, the Republicans will eat him for breakfast. He won't even have time to make a good speech about it.
And then there's John Edwards. It's hard to get past the hair, isn't it? But once you do -- and recently I have chosen to try -- you find a man who is out to take on the wealthy and powerful who have made life so miserable for so many. A candidate who says things like this: "I absolutely believe to my soul that this corporate greed and corporate power has an ironclad hold on our democracy." Whoa!
I am not endorsing anyone at this point. This is simply how I feel in the first week of the process to replace George W. Bush. For months I've been wanting to ask the question, "Where are you, Al Gore?" You can only polish that Oscar for so long. And the Nobel was decided by Scandinavians! I don't blame you for not wanting to enter the viper pit again after you already won. But getting us to change out our incandescent light bulbs for some irritating fluorescent ones isn't going to save the world. All it's going to do is make us more agitated and jumpy and feeling like once we get home we haven't really left the office.
On second thought, would you even be willing to utter the words, "I absolutely believe to my soul that this corporate greed and corporate power has an ironclad hold on our democracy?" 'Cause the candidate who understands that, and who sees it as the root of all evil -- including the root of global warming -- is the President who may lead us to a place of sanity, justice and peace.