Barack Obama is expected to call for a five year partial freeze on spending in his State of the Union address today as he gears up for a battle with Republicans over budget cuts and maps out a path to re-election.
But Republicans rejected the call, even before it was made, as “not enough”.
“New Rule: The problem isn’t that there’s too little civility in government, it’s that there’s too much. President Obama’s state of the union speech is next week, and as you’ve probably heard, members of congress have agreed, in response to the tragedy in Arizona, to break with the tradition of Republicans on one side of the room and Democrats on the other. Instead, they’re all going to sit together, conservative next to liberal, gay next to straight, nerd next to jock.
Oh wait, that was an episode of “Glee”.
In any event, the two parties are coming together, and they’ve agreed Joe Lieberman has to sit by himself. Now I must say America is such a mystery to me. A lunatic used a Glock to shoot 19 people, and our answer is “Don’t try to control guns or nuts, just be more polite.” Now, I’m just a hockey mom, but… it seems to me when a madman kills people, the problem isn’t the first amendment, it’s the second.
In his big speech, president Obama said we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations. The first of which, I’m guessing, would be to live in a country were children don’t get shot when they leave the house. That’s what’s important. Who gives a damn if politicians mask their disdain for each other with forced niceties? They do it already. “My good friend from the great state of Alabama.” As if they’re really good friends,or anyone outside Alabama thinks it’s a great state.
Oh it’s a love-fest these days. Conservatives couldn’t stop praising Obama’s speech. Of course, because it let them off the hook. The party of assault weapons didn’t get blamed for the assault. Just like the party of oil didn’t get blamed for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Like the party of deregulation skated on tanking the economy.
Again and again, Obama is given the opportunity to lay some richly-deserved blame at the feet of the Republicans, and again and again, he just can’t do it. Because he wants them to like him so badly. Conservatives, stop worrying. He can’t be a Kenyan; he’s a “golden retriever”. He’s done everything he possibly could to appease you short of using bleach.
And when Obama says, “Find a common ground,” oh here comes the bullshit now. Because whenever a Democrat seeks common ground, he always seems to find it right where the Republican was already standing. Ten years ago, we had a ban on extended-ammo clips, so that people like this walking Thorazine ad couldn’t kill supermarket crowds hassle-free. The Republicans killed that ban. And now the compromise is we can never get it back.
I think the old word for that was “surrender”.
Republicans, please note, are not taken in by the myth of common ground. They never move an inch on anything. Gun restrictions are always bad, taxes are always too high, and there’s nothing on earth that can’t be improved by adding either Jesus or bacon.
Sarah Palin knows fewer words than Koko the gorilla. But, it’s not a coincidence that two of them are “Don’t retreat” and the other is “reload”.”—Bill Maher (via savagemike)
Lesbians and gays across the country are literally putting themselves in the line of fire for the rest of society, as school teachers in gang territories, as police officers, as fire fighters. Yet their partners lack the security of knowing that if anything goes wrong, they’ll be able to see them in the hospital, to reassure them that they’ll be all right, or, heaven forbid, to see them alive one last time.
But what deeply worries and outrages me is that I shouldn’t have to justify having equal rights because I’ve spent so much time giving back to all of the communities that I’ve lived in. It shouldn’t be relevant that the people we’re depriving of their rights are police officers, fire fighters, and school teachers. No other group has to justify their rights by pointing to all that they’ve contributed to the world. They get their right to marry because they’re part of society, period.
“No, no, no. This is beyond. Comparing people to Nazis? Saying, you repeal health care you are killing people. This is not — we are not talking about a target here. We are talking about an accusation you are going to murder somebody if you don’t agree with their legislation.”—
Sean Hannity, outraged that a Democratic member of Congress compared repealing the health care bill to actions reminiscent of the Nazis (which was really horrible and regrettable.)
On the November 30, 2006, edition of Hannity & Colmes, Hannity said that Rep. Keith Ellison using a copy of the Quran during his swearing-in ceremony “will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones” and is comparable to using “Hitler’s Mein Kampf … the Nazis’ bible.”
Today, the news broke that Wizard and ToyFare magazines were shutting down and the company was letting staffers go. Oh, and that Wizard World is now a public company and they’re going into the online game. You can get the news allover. (And yes, by “all over” I may link to only two sites,…
Don’t let the title of this post fool you into thinking Doritos is planning to air a gay-themed commercial during the Super Bowl. Rather, as part of Doritos’ ‘Crash The Super Bowl‘ contest Doritos and Pepsi are crowd sourcing their ads for the Super Bowl.
The top three ads, as voted by consumers, will air during the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, these two gay-themed ads did not make it to the finals. I’m betting even if these ads made it to the finals, we would not be seeing them on Super Sunday
Gwen Samelson, an artist and business consultant who lives on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, was so enamored to hear about the three openly gay high school athletes who started a blog that she has set up a Facebook page to try and get them on the “Ellen” show.
Fox News has occasionally struggled with the cross-platform ambitions and controversial statements of Glenn Beck, who, Fox News chief Roger Ailes complained, spends too much of his Fox show pitching his other projects. Fox downplayed Beck’s 8/28 rally last year — a move widely interpreted as a sign of the network’s discomfort with the event — and, more recently, Beck’s statements have sparked new advertiser boycotts aimed not just at his show but at the entire Fox News network.
Yet there’s Beck, still on the air. Come Monday, that won’t be the case with Olbermann. And even if the parting was mutual, as MSNBC sources insist it was, letting him walk out the door so suddenly represents a risk for MSNBC — one that leaves the network without its most recognizable face just as it’s doubling-down on an attempt to build a loyal audience with a left-leaning programming strategy.
The fact that Beck remains despite losing Faux money, while MSNBC basically drove Olbermann — their highest-rated talent — into quitting underscores the fact that Faux News and MSNBC are not analogous to each other. MSNBC is not the liberal version of Faux, because if MSNBC really put the advancement of left-wing ideology at its forefont, Olbermann would still be an MSNBC employee. — Ryking
I am receiving multiple confirmations from across the industry, through none yet from Wizard’s higher ups and PR people yet, that Wizard: The Guide To Comics, the magazine that covered the mainstream comics industry for twenty years and created all manner of careers in the process has closed, effective immediately. Or at least the print version has.
Almost all Wizard magazine staff have been laid off, and all freelance engagements cancelled.
If you gave me a buck, and next year I returned $18.75 to you, would you think that was a good deal?
I would. With savings accounts, money markets and even stocks yielding just a few percentage points on investments these days, a return in excess of 18% is pretty staggering.
Yet, that’s what happens with federal support for arts and culture. It pays for itself 18 times over.
Federal support includes partial matches to state arts agencies, underwriting the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center in Washington, the nationwide programs of the endowments for the arts and humanities and much more. My colleague Mike Boehm reports that, all together, federal arts and culture spending currently totals about $1.6 billion a year, not counting construction budgets.
Meanwhile, revenues to federal, state and local coffers related to that spending totals $30 billion annually — more than 18 times the outlay. The income derives from taxes paid by the 5.7 million workers in the nation’s culture industry, many of whose jobs are sustained by federal support.
Pretty good deal — especially when stacked up against agribusiness subsidies, military expenditures and other corporate financing from Washington.
Nonetheless, congressional Republicans are once again proposing job-killing cuts to the federal arts budget. They aim to slash it, even zeroing out tiny agencies such as the NEA and NEH, as a report last week from the Republican Study Committee proposed. In these scary, economically strapped times, what passes for an argument is their claim that “we can’t afford it.” But the numbers show the argument is just fear-mongering bunk.
I am having such a hard time not reprinting this whole. Please go read the full thing here.
Still think Republicans think about jobs & the economy?
“This deal, which confident Comcast executives were moving to implement even before receiving the formal approvals, will usher in an era of media conglomeration unprecedented in the history of a country where media ownership is already far too consolidated. The details of this plan are daunting: Comcast is poised to control one in five hours of all TV viewing in the United States; to own more than 125 major cable channels, television stations, websites, film studios and related production facilities; and to dominate local media controlling cable and Internet service and TV stations in major cities across the country. Senator Bernie Sanders overstates nothing when he argues that “this new media giant will be the largest cable provider, the largest Internet provider and one of the largest producers of content in the United States. At a time when a small number of giant media corporations already control what the American people see, hear and read, we do not need another media conglomerate with control over the production and distribution of media content. What we need is less concentration of ownership, more diversity, more local ownership-and more viewpoints.”—
“Feingold, who will teaching law at Wisconsin’s Marquette University this Spring, sat down with The Nation’s John Nichols for a wide-ranging interview that covered the former senator’s thoughts on his time in the Senate and what he plans to do in the future. At one point, Feingold told Nichols that, while he lost his recent election, the “broader struggle” for social justice has to continue. Nichols followed up by asking Feingold what he meant by the “broader struggle” and what progressives should do now. The senator replied that progressives must confront the fact that “this entire society is being dominated by corporate power” and that progressive must mobilize against what he calls “the Gilded Age on steroids…”—Feingold: ‘We Need To Regenerate Progressivism’ To Battle This ‘Gilded Age On Steroids’ (via ryking)
“So now we have this generation of people who have that idea and it continues on, that why respect life if we can kill an infant who can’t defend themselves. It goes back to the value in the creation of life and the respect for that life and if your not trained and have that type of character in realizing that all human life deserves respect this is what our country has come to.”
“Today, the new Republican-controlled House voted on whether to repeal the Health Care Bill. That’s right, yeah—if that goes well, they’re going to see what they can do about this whole “women voting business…”—Conan O’Brien (via technipol)