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Archive for February 24th, 2007

How Bush Supports the Troops

Posted by MEC on February 24, 2007

A letter in the Detroit Free Press counts the ways.

The Bush budget does the following:

1. It raises the cost of veterans’ health care and prescriptions.

2. It eliminates 28,000 housing units for enlisted families.

3. It sets a scale for health insurance that effectively eliminates those in the pay grades that earn $10,000 to $26,000, pretty much all enlisted personnel.

4. It cut $2 billion from the VA.

5. Amputees at Walter Reed Army Hospital are housed in shabby, rundown motels with rats.

6. It allows predatory lenders to charge 900% interest on loans for GIs.

I see bumper stickers all over that read “Support our troops.” What I don’t see is outrage in the treatment of those troops. I urge everyone to call, write, e-mail your congressperson and ask the hard questions. Bumper stickers just aren’t doing it.

William E. Perry
Rochester Hills

Mr. Perry’s list omits a crucial factor in Bush’s budget: It preserves the tax cuts for the rich. That’s why he has to cut the programs for people who need and deserve the government’s help, so he can shovel money into the pockets of people who already have more than they need.

Posted in big money, budget, BushCo malfeasance, Pentagon, supporting the troops | Comments Off on How Bush Supports the Troops

Boy, I’m Glad Jamison Foser Reads “TheNote”…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 24, 2007

…because that means that I don’t have to expose myself to their pretending that the talking points they got fresh from the Republican National Committee are “news”.

Posted in beat the press, GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores | Comments Off on Boy, I’m Glad Jamison Foser Reads “TheNote”…

I Had To Share This With Y’All

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 24, 2007

After I made this post on Michele Bachmann over at Fire Dog Lake, Alicia Morgan was nice enough to create this wonderful bit of graphic art in honor of Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District’s answer to Katherine Harris:

Michele Bachmann, as done by Alicia Morgan in the style of Margaret Keane

I just love this so much.

The original can be found over here.

UPDATE:  Alicia has now made a few additions to the pic:

michele-keane-flowercp.jpg

Posted in Fire Dog Lake, Michele Bachmann | 3 Comments »

Get Well, Steve Gilliard

Posted by MEC on February 24, 2007

Steve Gilliard is one of the best. And he’s going through a bad time right now.

Gilly is in the hospital for observation and treatment of an unspecified infection which is causing a cough, fever, and other symptoms. He is undergoing treatment and may be out by Wednesday…. He was supposed to go in for routine tests; maybe get a scrip and go home. But now, we’re coordinating getting him shit in the ICU and other stuff.

Whatever you believe or don’t, send prayers and/or good wishes his way.

Posted in blogs and blogging, Steve Gilliard | 2 Comments »

I’m Over At Fire Dog Lake Today…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 24, 2007

…and probably most every Saturday, at 10:30 am Central Time.

Here’s my first FDL post. Got another one coming up over there at 3:00 pm Central, all about Little Miss Bachmann. Enjoy!

And for you FireDog readers coming here for the first time: Hello and welcome! Beer’s in the fridge and the cats are friendly. And if you’d like to check out another Minnesota blogger, you could do worse than to read this excellent post over at The Cucking Stool.

Have fun!

Posted in blogs and blogging, Fire Dog Lake, local blogging, looney tunes, Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, Silly Republicans | 2 Comments »

Taibbi’s Law

Posted by MEC on February 24, 2007

Matt Taibbi’s observation about what is and isn’t news brilliantly summarizes the folly of the so-called “news” media:

My definition of a news story involves something happening. If nothing happens, then you can’t have “news,” because nothing has changed since the day before. Britney Spears was an idiot last Thursday, an idiot on Friday, and an idiot on both Saturday and Sunday. She was, shockingly, also an idiot on Monday.

With only minor variations, this observation applies to so very many situations beyond the misadventures of the unfortunate Ms. Spears.

The most recent example is the so-called “news” media’s excitement over the possibility, or the veiled hints, or maybe just the so-called “news” media’s own wishful thinking that Joe Lieberman will join the Republican Party.

First, this is not news because It’s Not Going To Happen. Anybody who’s been paying the slightest attention will know that Lieberman has every reason not to switch parties. I don’t mean Lieberman’s repeated statements that he won’t join the Republican Party; we know exactly what his word is worth. I mean the overwhelming evidence that Lieberman’s #1 priority is his own prestige and power. He won’t get any reward for switching parties: it won’t switch control of the Senate to the Republicans, so the Republicans can’t offer him anything that will increase his prestige. He’ll just lose prestige by losing his committee chair and his seniority, which depend on his caucusing with the Democrats. Arguably worse from his point of view, he’ll lose his ability to get the Democrats to dance to his tune.

Second, it’s not news because “nothing has changed since the day before”. It doesn’t even have novelty value. “Breaking News: Lieberman Lieberman said something that clueless people interpret as a hint that he’ll switch parties, the sun rose in the east, and the Detroit Lions had a losing season.”

Here’s a clue for the so-called “news” media: Lieberman Lieberman was a dishonest weasel last Thursday, a dishonest weasel on Friday, and a dishonest weasel on both Saturday and Sunday. He was, shockingly, also a dishonest weasel on Monday. The pattern is consistent enough that you can expect him to be a a dishonest weasel into the foreseeable future. When rumors resurface that he’s going to create “news” by switching parties [again], please to remember that this is not news, and give it just as much of your attention that non-news requires, i.e. none.

And by the way, neither is it news when Lieberman issues another assurance that he’s not going to caucus with the Republicans. He’s just doing it for the attention, you should realize. The more you give him attention for making empty threats, the more he’s going to keep yanking your chain and wasting your time.

Wouldn’t you rather be spending your time covering real news stories?

 Oh, wait. Forget I asked.

Posted in anti-truth, beat the press, distractions, Joe Lieberman, Matt Taibbi, mediawhores, Taibbi's Law | 4 Comments »

 
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