Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, December 13, 2009 8:48 pm

Odds and ends for 12/13

Same as it ever was: The Obama Administration is held in contempt for obstructing justice in the same way the Bushbots used to do. The courts, once again, slap a wrist but take no real action to make it stop. Maybe I’m just grumpy, but if a government prosecutor had disobeyed so clear and direct an order in MY court, his butt would’ve been in jail before lunch.

These are not grown-ups: Ben Nelson is now trashing the same Medicare-expansion proposal he, as part of the 10-senator negotiating group, helped create. He does not belong within a mile of any public office, ever.

Quote of the day, from House Appropriations Chairman David Obey: “I am damn tired of a situation in which only military families are asked to pay any price whatsoever for this war.” Yeah, I grasp the potential ramifications of that statement. Let’s HAVE that discussion.

Co-quote of the day, from Jason Linkins, on this week’s killing of al-Qaeda’s No. 3 guy, which is about the fourth time since 2001 we’ve killed al-Qaeda’s No. 3 guy: “It’s like we’ve gotten very good at killing Spinal Tap’s drummer.”

Monday, November 23, 2009 9:56 pm

Odds and ends for 11/23

  • Critics of the health-care reform bills complain that the government will start paying for it years before people actually begin to receive services. And that’s a valid complaint. But if it all started together, wouldn’t they be complaining about that, too, because that would represent a failure to get the money in place first?
  • House Appropriations Chairman David Obey warns the president that if the U.S. wants to send more troops to Afghanistan, he won’t approve funding (which could be $40B) without a “war surtax” to pay for it. Obey absolutely opposes sending more troops, so that’s what this is really about for him, but the fact is, we shouldn’t be paying for wars off budget, as we have been doing.
  • There’s a huge bloc of voters out there for the grabbing for any politician willing to champion consumers’ rights and fight stuff like this.
  • A couple of months old but still noteworthy: Almost 1 in 4 U.S. households has suffered a layoff during the current recession; 44% have either lost a job or had their wages or hours cut; 53% of those polled (including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats) call unemployment the nation’s top problem; 51% said this year’s stimulus bill was the right thing to do and 81% said Obama has not done enough to help the economy.
  • How did I miss this — and when did Muammar el-Qaddafi go to work for The Onion? (h/t: Jill)
  • Some people just flat shouldn’t be allowed to be cops. Joe Apaio is definitely one of them.
  • Yet more on how the Fed, and Tim Geithner in particular, screwed up its handling of AIG. If it seems like I’m harping on this subject, it’s because I think it contains important lessons that I’m terrified we’re not going to learn.
  • Sewage? You’re drinking it, and there’s almost a 1-in-10 chance it made you sick last year.
  • Congresswoman and raving lunatic Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says she can’t understand “why the Democratic Party would be opposed to me.” The appropriate question is why any sentient life form would not be opposed to her.
  • And, finally, advice for journalists, from Athenae at First Draft: “Mourning the death of hard news? Go do some.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:27 pm

Odds and ends for 11/18

The Securities and Exchange Commission: Not so secure. Oy.

Recovery.gov needs to recover: Some of the government Web site’s job-creation/recovery stats are wrong, including attributing job creation to a nonexistent congressional district, and the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, David Obey, is not happy about it. That said, for the first time in the history of ginormous emergency government spending initiatives, there’s a boatload of data online that anyone can access and analyze.

Biting the moose that feeds, etc.,: Sarah Palin hates the media. This isn’t just a fact. This isn’t just an insight one can glean from her new book. This is largely what the book is ALL ABOUT. However, Sarah Palin is getting, by some reports, up to $7 million to write, publish and promote her book, all of which are media-related practices. To paraphrase “Calvin and Hobbes,” cognitive dissonance goes CLANK. Too bad Sarah Palin is talking too much to hear it.

Dead Bank Walking: More legal problems for Bank of America.

And Republicans wonder why people call them racist: Sen. David “Diapers” Vitter, R-La., says he doesn’t know whether Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case striking down bans on interracial marriage, was properly decided. (Yes, I know that, hypothetically, one could argue that the case was wrongly decided but that there were other legal/constitutional routes to the same desireable conclusion. But that doesn’t appear to be what Vitter’s doing here.)

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