Archive for December 10th, 2010

December 10, 2010

The Obama Tax Deal in One Graph

by Vince

H/T: Ezra Klein

December 10, 2010

Republicans I Would Vote For President

by Vince

I am proud of myself for aligning with more Republican leaders.

Gary Johnson, who served as governor of New Mexico, seems to be an interesting breed of politician. He openly admits to of used marijuana, even when it was illegal in New Mexico, because of the pain from a paragliding accident, is pro-choice but wants Roe v. Wade repealed, suggests that between 25-90% of our defense budget can be cut, and believes we shouldn’t be in Iraq or Afghanistan. Truly, his views are radical amongst the GOP ilk.

Chris Christie strikes me as interesting by his large stature, being a Jersey politician type, and he has a boldness to stick with making tough choices. He is up against a New Jersey school board that has been circulating emails asking people to pray for him to die. Meanwhile, he is dealing with a $1 billion budget cutback and making a lot of public appearances to talk through it with his Garden State denizens.

Unfortunately, Chris Christie has hinted that he will not run for president and Gary Johnson may be an outside runner in the sea of GOP possibles.

December 10, 2010

One More Reason Not To Watch Fox News II

by Vince

I am having a hard time finding reasons why anyone should take Glenn Beck seriously. People for the American Way compiled a large study on Glenn Beck and display his violently inciting rhetoric, which is quite anti-Christian or ‘God’:

He has joked about putting poison in Nancy Pelosi’s wine, choking Michael Moore to death with his bare hands, and beating Charles Rangel with a shovel.

“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out.”[xii]

“I want to kill [Rep.] Charlie Rangel with a shovel.”

“Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.”

December 10, 2010

Song of the Day

by Vince
December 10, 2010

North Pole Noir

by Vince

Lens has a neat collection of pictures.

December 10, 2010

One More Reason Not to Watch Fox News

by Vince

Turning news into controversial spin – the Fox News way:

From: Sammon, Bill
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:23 AM
To: 054 -FNSunday; 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 069 -Politics; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 036 -FOX.WHU; 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers
Subject: friendly reminder: let’s not slip back into calling it the “public option”

1)      Please use the term “government-run health insurance” or, when brevity is a concern, “government option,” whenever possible.

2)      When it is necessary to use the term “public option” (which is, after all, firmly ensconced in the nation’s lexicon), use the qualifier “so-called,” as in “the so-called public option.”

3)      Here’s another way to phrase it: “The public option, which is the government-run plan.”

4)      When newsmakers and sources use the term “public option” in our stories, there’s not a lot we can do about it, since quotes are of course sacrosanct.

The sad propaganda usage of euphemisms.

December 10, 2010

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince

I will most likely start reading a book about this (minus Wikileaks, of course) next week.

H/T: Auth