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Archive for June 15th, 2009

“We Should Never Have Introduced Her To John Edwards.”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 15, 2009

So said Alaskan governor Sarah Palin So Conan O’Brien and other comedians joked about the reaction of Alaskan governor Sarah Palin to the pregnancy of her daughter Bristol, who famously gave birth to a child out of wedlock a few months ago.

Yes, this is the same woman currently picking a fight with David Letterman. And the same woman who either ignored or made far worse comments than the one for which Letterman’s already apologized.*

*Speaking of apologies, I misread the Conan O’Brien joke as being something that Palin actually said, and I apologize for that. (Thanks to Discordian Stooge for catching that!) The main point still stands, which is how odd it is that Sarah Palin, after months of Bristol-related jokes from Conan O’Brien and SNL and Jay Leno and the like, only chose to exhibit outrage now, and only against David Letterman.

Posted in rightwing moral cripples, Sarah Palin | 6 Comments »

Obama Versus The AMA

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 15, 2009

The folks at Oxdown are discussing it right now.

By the way, if you want to tell the AMA to stop opposing the public option, Americans United for Change has a petition you might like to sign.

Posted in health care, health issues, President Obama | 1 Comment »

The incredible shrinking American influence, bourse edition

Posted by Charles II on June 15, 2009

Jeremy Grant and Justine Lau, FT:

Two of the biggest bourses in Asia and Latin America have for the first time overtaken rivals in New York and London by market capitalisation in a sign of how the economic crisis and tough competition in mature markets is reshaping the global exchange landscape.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) and Brazil’s BM&F Bovespa have vaulted ahead of NYSE Euronext, Nasdaq OMX and the London Stock Exchange in the value of shares in the exchange companies themselves.

HKEx is now the world’s second-largest exchange by market value, behind CME Group, the largest US futures exchange. BM&F Bovespa is in fourth place, after Deutsche Börse, the German exchange. The LSE has slipped to 10th place.

Posted in economy, world news | 1 Comment »

The War On The Stimulus

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 15, 2009

As I noted last week, Paul Krugman has been working to counter the anti-stimulus brigade’s attempt to use the specter of inflation to scare Obama away from fully implementing the stimulus package — or going back for more stimulus cash.

Expect the scaremongers to use this FT piece for fodder: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 'starving the beast', China, economy, financial crisis, Obama Administration, Russia | 3 Comments »

Probe or Coverup?

Posted by MEC on June 15, 2009

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling for a probe of Iran’s election.

The AP report says this is “a stunning turnaround” from Khamenei’s original statement on the election results, in which he called it a “divine assessment.”

But will the probe be truly independent? If there is evidence of vote rigging, will the evidence be acknowledged? Or is this just intended to quiet the protests?

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Kindness: The Most Effective Interrogation Tool

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 15, 2009

How did competent and ethical interrogators get copious and reliable information out of a hardened terrorist — much more (and better) information than was ever obtained via waterboarding?

Sugar-free cookies and heaping helpings of respectful treatment.

Amazing how that works.

Posted in terrorism, torture | Comments Off on Kindness: The Most Effective Interrogation Tool

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