Isn't this called "espionage?" Especially given that Cheney has made it clear that he would only use this and any other information to undermine the administration, as he tried to do with Israel. And if he keeps pushing, won't Obama finally stop ptotecting him from prosecution?
How arrogant is Dick Cheney? Or at this point, is that like asking how wet the ocean is?
As the Bush era wound down, U.S. allies were making their own openings to Syria. In mid-November, David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, distressed the White House by flying to Damascus for a meeting with Assad. They agreed that Britain and Syria would establish a high-level exchange of intelligence. Vice-President Dick Cheney viewed the move by Britain—“perfidious Albion,” as he put it—as “a stab in the back,” according to a former senior intelligence official.
Also, the story tells how Cheney attempted to undermine Obama with Israel prior to his taking office. Have a read. And wonder why this man who is working actively against American interests, and goes on one TV show after another defending--not denying--torture, is not being considered treasonous.
I still like this show, but they'd better start playing to their strengths.
I really, really hate the character of David Shepard and his mother. Not a word that comes out of his mother's mouth sounds natural, and in this series you really need someone who could make those lines work. (I don't think she'd have done well in DEADWOOD either)
As for David, well, there's nothing to him. He likes to play piano. Other than that he's a cipher without any real characterization. I don't necessarily fault the actor on that. I fault the writer.
And besides, what's going on with Ian McShane, Dylan Baker and Brian Cox--and how often are you going to see THOSE three in a show?--is far more interesting, and I resent having to focus on Shepard or the princess, which I think is a sop to the younger folks, and if they want that, there's plenty of TV for them. The truth is that there's more to say in the storyline of those three, so why aren't we getting more of that? Give McShane and Baker more damn screen time, Green! Screw the boring twentynothings. I can't imagine the audience they're trying to get with them even cares.
...as Hollywood, having run out of Dr. Seuss to ruin, targets Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. You know what you won't see in this trailer? A damn thing that tells you anyone involved read the book, or that it's represented even in spirit.
I don't show this to publicize the movie. I show it to warn you away from it. If you ever loved Sendak, this should be enough:
I'm sorry, she calls it revolution. She has made it plain she's not talking about anything but armed revolt. And listen to Sean Hannity agreeing with her. They're hoping some lunatic will hear this and shoot Obama, and tell me what would have happened had a Democrat ever said this in the Bush years.
If the GOP doesn't stop her and something happens, do they want to be held responsible?
But! Some good news. The third item in the video below: because he sends people out to ambush, on the street, those who disagree with him, UPS has discontinued sponsorship of the O'Reilly Factor. And no doubt other companies advertising for him might think, well, if someone as big as UPS thinks he's bad for our image, this being such a bad economy, do we really want to take chances? Enjoy, Bill.
The only problem I have with this is that Glenn Beck's ratings are rising and Fox is said to be grooming him for O'Reilly's slot. As bad as O'Reilly is, Beck is worse.
At Tuesday's $2,500-per-plate dinner _ which President George W. Bush headlined last year _ Jindal opened his speech by poking fun of himself. He threatened to deliver a reprise of the earlier performance and then jokingly compared it to torture.
"They're not allowed to show my speech at Gitmo anymore," he said. "They've banned that."
Ha ha! That's so funny! Because, you know, his speech was torture, and Obama doesn't allow torture anymore!
It's good to see the Republicans have become so loose about admitting their crimes. That should make prosecution easier.
In the middle of that rant about the British adviser, he "confus[ed]" Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe "with a well-known Kenyan named Barack Ogabe," saying: "Please forgive me. I did not intend that slip-up to be made. Barack Ogabe and Robert Mugabe, at least in human structure, are two different people. I don't know about policy."
Two things. One, this is what she chooses to advocate violent overthrow concerning? The business interests behind what she's saying couldn't be more obvious. The second is, isn't it illegal to advocate such things, especially for a member of Congress?
Of course, as with most things she says, it's doubtful if she knows what was meant.
She's also one of my main models for Lulu.
(Update: and to my great delight, is pretty happy about that) And would have been a great one had they done a film of it that decade:
she had this odd quality of projecting perversion and innocence equally
well depending on the film. Sometimes simultaneously, as in Bertolucci's 1900. (see below)
They've just been stripped naked, steaks tied to their necks, and left among the hungry wolves. As they deserve, because the instant they took the bailout, these bonuses--not their salaries, which would be more than enough for anyone and which no one's questioning(yet)--became a raid on the public treasury. And they honestly didn't believe they'd be punished, so they went right ahead.
Now they are getting the treatment thieves deserve. It's right.
Besides, it hasn't passed the Senate yet. So the purpose of this is to frighten them into giving the bonuses back before that happens. The point of this is to show what they're willing to do, and that's smart.
"I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena," Bush said. "He deserves my silence."
Bush said he wants Obama to succeed and said it's important that he has that support. Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has said he hoped Obama would fail.
"I love my country a lot more than I love politics," Bush said. "I think it is essential that he be helped in office."
Of course, he already got what he wanted out of the deal: to be called President for eight years, and now he gets to look statesmanlike. So how can he criticize Obama? Bush never had any opinions. He delegated that. There was brush to be cleared.
Apparently the idea of sacrificing their bonuses was floated to AIG's staff. And they were having none of it--or rather, they were having all of it.
“We suggested that early on, but there are people who feel this money was due them,” a source close to the company told The Hill.
It apparently didn’t matter that taxpayers have provided $170 billion and counting to bail out AIG. “Quants,” the people who put together the computer-programmed algorithms behind the complicated hedges and trades that brought down the company, pushed back hard against any notion they should sacrifice their bonuses, the source said.
If that doesn’t warm the hearts of taxpayers and lawmakers alike, maybe this will: Many of those receiving bonuses already have made enough money not to have to work again.*
Not all of the workers in AIG’s financial products division were taking home million-dollar bonuses. But according to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the division’s top recipient got $6.4 million, while the top 10 bonuses totaled $42 million. Seventy-three people received bonuses of $1 million or more, according to Cuomo, who subpoenaed the company for information.
Do you know what rocks about this? There won't be any guilt or mixed feelings when, in a week, maybe two at this rate, a whole bunch of financial execs get lined up against a wall somewhere.
My belief? That each of these recipients should be publicly named, if they have such pride in their work that they thought these bonuses were so deserved. Surely they want everyone to know who they are--otherwise how can our kids use them as role models? ______________ *But I thought the whole point of the bonuses was the retention of valuable talent at these firms. Doesn't their being so rich they can retire render that a bit...meaningless?
Nah. I'm sure the work in the financial world right now is rewarding and pleasurable enough that they'd continue just out of a spirit of service to the country.
Oh Jesus, Ayn Rand is showing a resurgence. I will confess this: for six months when I was a teenager, I was about the most total Randroid you could imagine, and I can say with a lot of regret that I read every single one of her books, all the way through. No, seriously. I did. Yes, Atlas Shrugged. Yes, Galt's speech, all of it. And after. My favorite scene is where a bunch of striking workers are described by a protagonist--it has a few, and Galt isn't actually one of them--as subhuman beasts. And another where the very independent industrialist female lead experiences her greatest joy tending house for John Galt. Who has a personality only slightly less interesting than pocket lint. Opinionated, cranky pocket lint. I got my first A-plus(and the only fun I had writing a paper) in high school for a rather brutal critique of her work and philosophy. My teacher probably liked it because she was forced to teach Anthem.
And so I can tell you that Colbert here is being kind.
He'd be familiar with her, by the way, for the same reason I am: we're both nerds who grew up in Charleston during the Reagan era. You would not believe how much Rand was in the bookstores then.
And to those who might justify this, I ask you then: why didn't Cheney, while he was at it, have his assassins just take out Bin Laden and Hussein and save the rest of us a lot of grief and loss?
Well, because to do that would have taken away the sense of fear necessary to even arrogate these powers.
I take back anything I said recently about this administration not having been fascist, merely authoritarian. I suppose their incompetence and failure makes me not want to use the word, but Hitler was an incompetent failure who burned himself out and destroyed his country too. And y'know what? I'll bet anything that's revealed about the Bush Gang's residency subsequently will be even worse.
And consider: what we already knew about them was plenty bad enough. But people can be stupid and evil. Failed fascism is still fascism. And remember, they also tried to pretend Reagan was dumb too. This time the president really was dumb and apathetic with no thoughts of his own, happy to just have the title and status of president. But he wasn't the one in charge.
But then again, I'll bet a former vice president is a hell of a lot easier to prosecute than a president. In fact, I know they are. Prosecute the bastard before his pacemaker gives out.
You Republicans are the arsonists who burned down our national home. You combined the failed ideologies of the Religious Right, so-called free market deregulation and the Neoconservative love of war to light a fire that has consumed America. Now you have the nerve to criticize the "architect" America just hired -- President Obama -- to rebuild from the ashes. You do nothing constructive, just try to hinder the one person willing and able to fix the mess you created. ...
In the mid 1980s I left the Religious Right, after I realized just how very anti-American they are, (the theme I explore in my book Crazy For God). They wanted America to fail in order to prove they were right about America's "moral decline." ...
Reagan would despise today's wholly negative Republican Party. And can you picture the gentlemanly and always polite Ronald Reagan, endorsing a radio hate-jock slob who crudely mocked a man with Parkinson's and who now says he wants an American president to fail?! With people like Limbaugh as the loudmouth image of the Republican Party -- you need no enemies. ...
When your new leader Rush Limbaugh calls for President Obama to fail he's calling for more flag-draped coffins. Limbaugh is the new "Hanoi Jane."...
You had the chance to put our country first. You utterly failed to rise to the occasion.
The worsening economic situation is your fault and your fault alone. The Republicans created this mess through 8 years of backing the worst president in our history and now, because you put partisan ideology ahead of the good of our country, you have blown your last chance to redeem yourselves. You deserve the banishment to the political wilderness that awaits all traitors.
This time, Fox News uses a comment on its site as an excuse to, once again, compare Obama to a monkey. Leading me to wonder once more: Fox just has a drunken frat in charge, am I correct? (2nd story in, after the equally appalling one about Bill O'Reilly)
Which I'm ashamed to admit I only discovered originally because I noticed Stewart Copeland was in it.(As well as Roxy Music's Eddie Jobson and 801's Francis Monkman) Good British prog rock(they call it "acid folk") somewhere in the region of Roxy Music, Can, Soft Machine, that kind of awesome thing. And the kind of sound that would later mutate into what we now associate with My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. Very experimental, disjointed, and thrilling.
In almost all cases I'm a sucker for eccentric frontwomen. Fucking amazing and criminally underheard band. My particular favorites of what I've included here are "Vivaldi," "Marie Antoinette"(on which they get very Airplane), and "Back Street Love," which just has a brutally great groove. Have a listen.