Archive for January, 2007

New Episode of the SoonerThought Show Posted

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The SoonerThought Show

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Molly Ivins Succumbs

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Cancer has taken a true wit and an heroic, unapolegetic Liberal from us. What a terrible loss to our cause, indeed our nation. Farewell Molly.

News Bimbo Julie Banderas Makes Glaring Mistake As O’Reilly’s Media Analyst

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Yet again, another wannabe journalist demonstrates her intellect. Is it too much to ask that “news” channels hire qualified journalists, instead of these bimbos who just “wanna be on teevee”? Please???

What a silly, stupid idiot. She could learn a lot from the late great Molly Ivins, God rest her soul.

News Hounds: Julie Banderas Makes Glaring Mistake As O’Reilly’s Media Analyst

EXCERPT:

Julie Banderas and Kiren Chetry appeared on The Factor as media analysts last night, 1/30/07, to discuss the possibility of a gender gap to explain what O’Reilly claimed is a dip in Katie Couric’s ratings. Banderas really made herself look painfully unprofessional claiming that Peter Jennings ” stepped down” and Tom Brokaw still has a show. Here’s a report about the Banderas blooper from TV Newser Did Banderas blow her chance to be an O’Reilly regular? Fortunately for her, BOR isn’t much of a stickler for facts.

Dems Taking On Bush’s Crappy Trade Policies

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I am so relieved that some people with sanity and common sense are standing up to the thoughtless policies of the GOP and Bush.

Democrats Give Bush The Business on Trade - washingtonpost.com

EXCERPT:

We have had trade policies in this administration that assume that trade is an end in itself, that market forces will work themselves out, that there isn’t really an active role for government,” said Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs a House subcommittee on trade. “We’ve had a tremendous loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.”

The new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), presided over a wide-ranging discussion that touched on how to prevent companies from shifting production to exploitative factories in poor countries, how to confront China over allegedly unfair trade practices and how to help Americans who lose jobs.

Vote for me, Al Franken.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The cranky comedian is a serious candidate. The question is, will Minnesota want him?

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 01/31/2007 | Comedian Al Franken to run for Senate in Minnesota

EXCERPT:

Comedian and radio talk show host Al Franken has begun calling Democratic members of Congress and prominent Minnesota Democrats to tell them he will definitely challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.

Harry Shearer: You Mean USA Today Gets It Wrong, Too?

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Eat The Press | Harry Shearer: You Mean <em>USA Today</em> Gets It Wrong, Too? | The Huffington Post

Today’s USA Today–you know, the newspaper that sells more than any other, as long as you count all the copies hung for free on your hotel room doorknob?–gives prominent play to a report by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the vulnerable state of levees nationwide–or, as the paper would say, across the USA. But Peter Eisler can’t blame the Corps for this howler just three paragraphs in, early enough so an editor might still have been reading it:

Thousands of residents who lost property (after Katrina) did not have flood insurance because those levees were considered adequate; later reviews found many were not well maintained.

This fits in well with the Corps’ report on other levees, which blames their state “mainly on poor maintenance”, but it’s a patent untruth when it comes to the levees that failed in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. Maybe Eisler should have checked the report by the UC Berkeley-led team, or at least the university’s press release on the report. The release says the independent engineers who wrote the report
concludi(ed) that the levees failed because of design and construction errors resulting from insufficient money and lack of appropriate oversight by federal, state and local agencies, in particular the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

How can the national media continue to get a basic, easily ascertainable fact of this major story so wrong so long after the event? Because they try harder.

Chris Kelly: George Bush Throws a Veteran Under a Train

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The Blog | Chris Kelly: George Bush Throws a Veteran Under a Train | The Huffington Post

EXCERPT:

In the President’s words:

“Three weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls, when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks, pulled the man into the space between the rails, and held him as the train passed right above their heads… There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.”

It’s the last line that got to me: “There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.” This poor schmo isn’t even standing up for his applause yet, and he already has to share it with everyone else. Who’s the real hero here? Well, it’s all of us. It’s America.

Alaska and Hawaii and you too, Dennis Hastert. Let’s give ourselves a nice hand. We earned it.

It was such a sleazy piece of rhetorical slight of hand. Proving one thing, once and for all: Wesley Autrey may be faster than a subway, but when it comes to shifting responsibility, no one’s quicker than George W. Bush.

What an awesome sentence. “There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.” Everything is wrong with it.

Besides belittling Autrey — “Sure, he jumped on the tracks, but he would never have done it without our system of government. And maybe the tax cuts” — it also insults every other nation on earth. “Japs? The Irish? Yeah, right. Like you’d ever see one of them help another human… and Madagascar? I hear they grease their subway platforms on purpose and the only time they stop the trains is when the strollers get jammed in the wheels.”

It also manages to commit two - wait, three? - logical fallacies in just seventeen words. The fallacy of converse accident - Wesley Autrey is an American, he saved a guy from a subway, therefore all Americans, given the chance, will save a guy from a subway — the fallacy of illicit process - Wesley Autrey saved a guy, making all Americans heroes — and the fallacy of false cause — Wesley Autrey’s nationality makes him jump in front of subways.

Bush Makes Desperate Power Grab–Puts Political Appointees in Each Agency

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

This is pathetic, creepy and wrong. Congress, get after his ass.

Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation - New York Times

EXCERPT:

President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy.

In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities.

This strengthens the hand of the White House in shaping rules that have, in the past, often been generated by civil servants and scientific experts. It suggests that the administration still has ways to exert its power after the takeover of Congress by the Democrats.

Watch the TV Ad – Stop Escalation

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Watch the TV Ad – Stop Escalation | WesPAC

Implosion…What Would Tricky Dick Say?

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Oh my. 

Behind the scenes of the Bush Administration is not pretty. The Grownups appear to lie a lot and  throw a lot of tantrums.

Kind of reminds me of the problems backstage of another president’s administration./archives/date/2007/01/rn37.gif

Wonder what Ol’ Tricky Dick would say about the gang of amateurs running the show now? Check out the Jan. 21 episode of Harry Shearer’s Le Show…go here and click on “Nixon in Heaven: Gerald Ford Arrives.”

The question is…who is not a crook?

Holy Joe Lieberman says he’ll consider voting Republican in ‘08

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

I am so disgusted with him.

Crooks and Liars » Lieberman says he’ll consider voting Republican in ‘08

Dana Milbank - Cheney Think He Controls Tim Russert

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Dana Milbank - In Ex-Aide’s Testimony, A Spin Through VP’s PR - washingtonpost.com

EXCERPT:

Memo to Tim Russert: Dick Cheney thinks he controls you.

This delicious morsel about the “Meet the Press” host and the vice president was part of the extensive dish Cathie Martin served up yesterday when the former Cheney communications director took the stand in the perjury trial of former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.