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Least Believable Statement Of The Day

From the Washington Post’s pathetic attempts at damage control (not OmbudsAndy’s blog; he’s the source) after getting caught trying to sell access to reporters and government officials at $25-250k a pop:

The flier came out of the office Charles Pelton, who joined The Post recently to find ways to generate business through conferences and events. The Post, like many struggling newspapers, is desperately seeking new sources of revenue.

“There’s no intention to influence or peddle,” Pelton said this morning. “There’s no intention to have a Lincoln Bedroom situation.”

Nooo, of course not.  Maybe Pelton didn’t think any of his target audience would expect anything in return for their $250,000.

July 2nd, 2009 at 09:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Media,Politics,Wankers

Can We Please Vote Them Off The Planet Already?

Why are these twits even famous?  How can there possibly be anyone left who doesn’t think they’re obnoxious blithering idiots?

Publicity-loving couple Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag spewed some controversial views on Alex Jones’ radio show earlier this week.


Jones, who is known for his conspiracy theories of “New World Order,” seems to be rubbing off on the Pratts.

“I really do feel like we took the blue pill or whatever from ‘The Matrix,’” Spencer said.


“We’ve been nonstop researching the Internet … for information for at least a month all day every day,” said Heidi.

What did the couple learn? Global warming is a scam.

“It’s mind-boggling trying to say there’s global warming right now,” said Spencer.

He also backs up Jones’ belief that 9/11 was an “inside job.”

“From your research, it 100 percent is,” Spencer said to Jones on the show, adding later: “I want to throw up.”

The born-again Christians are also troubled by human microchips — and birth control.

“This is very serious. It says in the Bible this is the mark of the beast, and that is a sign of worshipping the Devil. So over my dead body would I ever get a chip in my body,” Heidi said.

“My body belongs to Jesus Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus, and I will speak out to Christians … this chip is the end of humanity.”

Heidi also turned to the web for information about the Pill.

“I researched it, and one of the founding people who invented birth control said it was the worst thing they had ever done, they wished they’d never created it, how it morally corrupted society, it’s just sickening to him,” said Heidi.

“How it devalues women, how it causes depression, how it can cause cancer, how it sterilizes your body, and what it does to your body, how most women are suicidal sometimes on it.”


“We used to have a phenomenal relationship with the media, they’ve kind of turned on us now because they’ve created us into such a monstrous thing … like they made us too big, like they Obama-sized us …”

Speidi says they are ready for criticism.

“Conspiracy is a word they’ve created to make people sound crazy, but that’s not what God says,” Heidi said. “You can persecute us, you can say whatever you want.”

All stupid, all the time.

July 2nd, 2009 at 07:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Wankers

Obama Administration Continues The Real “Bush Doctrine”

No, not the Bush Doctrine about how invading countries for no good reason is Teh Awesome, I’m talking about the one that’s like the Peter Principle on steroids, where incompetence and criminality are rewarded with money and advancement instead of scorn, unemployment, or jail time.  Chris Bowers spells it out:

The past year has revealed a comprehensive philosophy of government championed by conservatives and moderates when they oppose major progressive economic reforms. I call it “crime and reward.” The philosophy is summed up as follows:

The flaw in progressive legislative proposals is that they don’t give enough money to the corporations that caused the problem(s) which overall legislative effort is supposedly trying to solve.

It applies in all major cases. Check it out:

1. The way to lower health care costs is to give companies that have increased health care costs even more money….

2. The way to fix climate change is to give the companies that are the main cause of climate change even more money….

3. The way to fix the financial crisis is to give the financial institutions that caused the financial crisis even more money….

On the three major areas of public policy that were addressed by the federal government over the last twelve months–health care, climate change, financial crisis–the “moderate” solution has consistently been to give hundreds of billions of dollars to the corporations that caused climate change, the financial crisis, and skyrocketing health care costs. It is a crime and reward ideology. When powerful private sector companies cause major national and global problems, the “moderate” solution is to give those who caused the problem hundreds of billions of dollars.

Crime and reward. Through a conservative-moderate alliance, it is the system of government under which we live, even in the era of the Democratic trifecta.

On the other hand, maybe it only looks like a “reward.”  Maybe it would be more accurate to say that this is just another demonstration of the criminals’ continuing ability to call the shots, just as they have for the previous eight years, and probably much longer.

Regardless of the cause, it’s a compelling illustration of just how broken and corrupt our political system has become when placing the public good over the corporate good becomes impossible, if not unthinkable.

July 2nd, 2009 at 06:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

Newt Gingrich:

Gingrich predictably went into scare-mongering mode, making arguments against measures that aren’t even part of the debate. He said the U.S. should not adopt a “single national health system” such as in Canada or the UK. “If I have to choose between my doctor and a government bureaucrat, I have zero doubt which one I want,” he said. Of course, no such choice is being offered.

Too right.  The choice being offered is between a government bureaucrat and an insurance company bureaucrat.  I also have zero doubt which one I want.

But Gingrich also touted the success of private health insurers. When Johnson noted that it is insurance companies that are coming between patients and needed care, Gingrich claimed, “If you don’t like your current insurance company, you can change insurance companies.” He later argued that private insurers have done “well”:

GINGRICH: They have it done well. And the fact is, overall, 71 percent of Americans are relatively satisfied with the health insurance.

JOHNSON: But we have 46 million uninsured.

GINGRICH: Right. And we have — you know, that means you also have 260 million insured.

Silly liberals, always looking at the negatives.  I mean, how come no one ever talks about all the millions of Iraqis who are still alive, or the billions of people Hitler and Stalin didn’t kill?

July 2nd, 2009 at 11:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Role Model Fail

I’m okay with Obama wanting to emulate a former president, but why not FDR instead of The Worst And Most Unpopular President Ever?

President Obama offered a wonkish defense of his embattled health-care reform effort during an hour-long town hall meeting in Northern Virginia yesterday that featured seven questions, including one sent via Twitter and several from a handpicked audience of supporters.


In the stage-managed event, questions for Obama came from a live audience selected by the White House and the college, and from Internet questions chosen by the administration’s new-media team. Of the seven questions the president answered, four were selected by his staff from videos submitted to the White House Web site or from those responding to a request for “tweets.”

So we have handpicked questions from a handpicked audience.  Well gee, that doesn’t sound bogus or familiar at all.  I didn’t have a problem with the Nico Pitney pseudoscandal; the WH had no idea what the question would be, and it was fair and tough, but this is just way too reminiscent of Bush and his bubble.  Couple that with Obama’s similarly cavalier approach to the Constitution, secrecy, detainees, and executive powers, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s changed.

I can forgive a lot (but not the secrecy and unitary executive stuff) if Obama pushes through a strong healthcare reform package, but this is at least his second recent appearance where (as far as I can tell from the reporting) he didn’t say anything about the public option.  I find that very, very worrisome – mandatory insurance without a public option would actually be far, far worse than the status quo for everyone except the insurance and healthcare industries.

UPDATE: I just got a look at an actual transcript, and Obama did talk about the public option. So chalk that up to bad reporting on the town hall.

He definitely didn’t say anything about it in his not-the-Rose-Garden press conference, though. And I still have serious doubts about the depth of his commitment to it.

1 comment July 2nd, 2009 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Obama,Politics,Wankers

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