Archive for April, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

Gotcha! Olbermann Rips Apart Bush Economy Speech

Huffington Post | April 30, 2008 03:06 PM

Last night on “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann ripped apart President Bush’s speech on the economy, fact-checking each claim and dismantling Bush’s case point-by-point. It was reminiscent of this clip from February, where Keith presented a detailed timeline of the Bush administration’s political exploitation of the terror threat.

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PBS serves up 10 hours of old fashioned propaganda

by Geezer Power…5:03 pm

Heating Things Up in the Persian Gulf

Come on in folks the waters fine. There’s a really good special on PBS this week about the Aircraft Carrier Nimitz. It’s a ten hour special and plays every night for two hours, so don’t worry about your regular programs, you get to see some good old fashioned propoganda just like WW2 when they had Donald Duck in an army uniform to show that it was the American way to go to war. We have two carriers in the Persian Gulf, with Lord knows how many nuclear submarines, so what an oppertune moment to take up time on PBS to show that there is plenty of apple pie being served to our young folks in the US Navy. Why, it’s almost like Disneyland being on a carrier and contributing to George Duhbaya Bu$h’s war for oil. Never mind what havok is being reeked on the Iraqi people or the repurcussions from using DU warheads it’s time to sign up and go to war with Iran. As an added bonus you will learn about direct energy weapons which will soon be the American weapon of choice for the war on terror.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

Gates: New US Carrier In Gulf A “Reminder” To Iran

LOLITA C. BALDOR | April 29, 2008 11:15 PM EST | AP

MEXICO CITY — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that sending a second U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf could serve as a “reminder” to Iran, but he said it’s not an escalation of force.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with Mexican leaders, Gates said heightening U.S. criticism of Iran and its support for terror groups is not a signal that the administration is laying the groundwork for a strike against Tehran.

Still, he said Iran continues to back the Taliban in Afghanistan.

“I do not have a sense at this point of a significant increase in Iranian support for the Taliban and others opposing the government in Afghanistan,” Gates said. “There is, as best I can tell, a continuing flow, but I would still characterize it as relatively modest.”

His comments contrasted with those from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said last week that he had not seen any new signs of Iranian support for the Taliban.

Gates played down the addition of a second carrier to the Gulf, saying that the number of ships there rises and falls continuously. He said he doesn’t expect there to two carriers there for a long time.

Asked if the carrier move went hand in hand with the rising U.S. rhetoric against Iran, Gates said, “I don’t see it as an escalation. I think it could be seen, though, as a reminder.”


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Afternoon Jukebox… We Will Rock You

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Queen-We Will Rock You

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Is Bush Out Of Touch With Concerns Facing Americans?

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:00 AM MST

From: Carpetbagger Report

Nothing to fear but nonsense itself

At his White House press conference this morning, the president was asked about GDP figures due to be released and whether he’s concerned that they’ll point to an official recession. After responding with some talk about drilling ANWR, Bush added:

“[I]f you want to send a good signal during these uncertain times, is make the tax cuts permanent, is to let people — send the signal that people are going to be able to keep their money. And I think that will help the psychology of the country.”

He repeated the line a few minutes later:

“I would hope that those who worry about recession, slowdown, whatever you want to call it, make the tax cuts permanent as a way of helping to address this issue — because if you’re somebody out there trying to plan your future and you’re worried about the future and you think your taxes are going to go up, it’s going to cause different behavioral patterns.”

This apparently may have gone out as some kind of GOP strategy memo. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) recently said the same thing.

“[Tax cuts were] the right medicine for an ailing economy and the results were clear. By lowering taxes, the federal government spurred economic development and actually collected more in tax revenue. […]

“I believe some of the uneasiness taxpayers feel today about the economy is driven by concerns they are going to be hit with huge tax increases when the tax cuts expire.”

I have no idea what these people are talking about. Or, more likely, these people have no idea what they’re talking about.

To hear Bush tell it, the economic anxiety Americans feel right now is somehow related to tax cuts that expire in 2011 — tax cuts that primarily don’t help the middle class or low-income families anyway.

In all seriousness, how many people who are worried about their families’ finances right now are going to say, “I’ve been really worried, but now that I know my tax rate will remain the same in 2011 as it is 2010, I’m feeling better again”? That, in essence, is what the president argued with a straight face this morning. The answer for economic angst now is maintenance of existing tax cuts three years from now.

Ben at TP recently offered a competing explanation for economic anxiety.

[M]aybe American negative attitudes toward the economy stem from the housing and credit crises, job losses, rising unemployment, a volatile stock market, high gas prices, high family debt, flat wages, increasing budget deficits, a weak dollar, and rising health care costs — not to mention the effects of the $12 billion per month war in Iraq that is being bankrolled largely on borrowed funds.

Could that have more to do with explaining why Americans are so upset with the economy? Nah. It must have something to do with expectations for tax rates in 2011. After all, as Bush insisted this morning, those three-years-away rates “cause different behavioral patterns.”

That makes a lot more sense. Thank goodness the president and his congressional allies are so in touch with concerns and fears facing American families.

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Americans Selling Their Belongings To Get Gas Money

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 AM MST

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
America selling grandma’s dishes to pay for gas & debt

Chris in Paris · 4/30/2008 02:34:00 AM ET

One could definitely argue that Americans collect much too much compared to people in other wealthy countries but still, this is yet another troubling sign. Again, when are the damned Democrats going to join forces with the overwhelming majority of Americans and kick Wall Street’s ass for the bailout? It may have been something exceptional but any time you change the terms, well, you change the damned terms. Wall Street received their bailout, so let’s tell Wall Street how their financial free-for-all is going to change. You are Congress so start acting like it.

“This is not about downsizing. It’s about needing gas money,” said Nancy Baughman, founder of eBizAuctions, an online auction service she runs out of her garage in Raleigh, N.C. One former affluent customer is now unemployed and had to unload Hermes leather jackets and Versace jeans and silk shirts.

At Craigslist, which has become a kind of online flea market for the world, the number of for-sale listings has soared 70 percent since last July. In March, the number of listings more than doubled to almost 15 million from the year-ago period.

Craigslist CEO Jeff Buckmaster acknowledged the increasing popularity of selling all sort of items on the Web, but said the rate of growth is “moving above the usual trend line.” He said he was amazed at the desperate tone in some ads.

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McCain And His Double Talk Express…

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:00 PM MST

Double Talk Express: The Parsley/Hagee Problem & Exploiting Campaign Finance Loopholes

By: SilentPatriot on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at 4:15 PM – PDT

“He’s such a maverick he not only doesn’t play by other people’s rules, he doesn’t even play by his own rules.”

Despite his horrendous showing at the ABC debate, I’m grateful Stephanopoulos finally broke the media silence and confronted McCain on his Hagee problem last weekend. When will the rest of the mainstream press wake up and realize that religious leaders on the right have been saying controversial stuff for years?

When will they also realize that the Maverick they fell in love with has left the building? Saint McCain once championed strict campaign finance rules. Now he exploits (and even violates) his own signature legislation. The man who once stood as the moral arbiter on torture now remains silent as his own legislation gets used to torture people. He was for the Bush tax cuts before he was against them. Agent of intolerance to commencement speaker. “Bring em all home” to “100 years is fine with me.”

Are there any defining attributes John McCain won’t sacrifice to appease the lunatic fringe and become President? More importantly, is there any way to get the press to cover this?

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