Death To Big Media

Big Media deserves a punishing death as miserable as Dimocratic death is deserved this November. For both, Death appears to be sharpening the scythe. As noted yesterday, Keith Olbermann is close to a well deserved demise. Doom, Death, and Destruction cannot come too soon for these creeps as far as we are concerned.

[As in earlier “death” articles we are not calling for the corporeal death of any living persons (see, The Democratic Civil War – One Side Must Die, and The Obama Death Threat Plots; The Who And Why Behind Them. Our extended disclaimer is to warn the libelous we have been made aware of, as in HERE and HERE.]

In 2008 we witnessed thatBig Media has become a self-interested political party in all but name
(we’ll have more on this tomorrow in our Hillary Clinton 2012 article). In 2007’s Big Media Party we discussed why we refer to “mainstream media” as “Big Media” and in November 1, 2007’s The Real Danger we wrote this about the debate in which Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Tim Russert joined in a concerted attack on Hillary Clinton:

The real danger for Hillary Clinton, the Hillary Team and Hillary supporters is that after Tuesday night’s debate there is now a template for attacking Hillary. Big Media, the debate “moderators” – Russert in particular, and other candidates for the Democratic Party nomination attacked Hillary in a united probably coordinated manner.

Our counterattack has to be clearheaded and aware that the announced primary campaign opponents are not the only nor the most dangerous opponents. Any doubts in the Clinton campaign or the Hillary Team or among Hillary supporters that Big Media (Russert and Matthews in particular) and/or Big Blogs are our friends or allies or fair must be rejected. Any question that Obama and Edwards’ personal attacks against Hillary are anything but personal attacks have to be quickly rejected. (Edwards and Obama are not questioning Hillary policies, they are questioning her honesty. Further the silly attacks on electability from candidates polling less than half of what Hillary is polling is ridiculous.)

By the time of that debate John Edwards had already reached out for a deal to Obama so the attacks were, if not completely coordinated, at the very least part of a “gentleman’s agreement”.

As Obama’s boobery becomes manifest even to his Big Media acolytes, as Obama’s boobery threatens the very existence of Obama’s acolytes, Big Media outlets are trying to wiggle out of the hole Big Media put us all in. Only now as we approach Spring 2010 does Big Media question its role in election coverage. The truth is much worse however. Big Media Party interests were protected by Big Media coverage during the presidential campaigns of 2007/2008.

Big Media will only grudgingly concede there was a problem and dips a toe in the water with a discussion of John Edwards:

“Over the past few weeks, the world has learned quite enough about John Edwards – from the lies he told in trying to cover up an adulterous affair to the compulsive vanity that left some people close to him questioning his judgment and even his grip on reality.

Democrats who seriously considered making Edwards the party’s 2008 presidential nominee could be forgiven for asking: Now you tell us?

The revelations about Edwards, contained in two best-selling books, have undermined one of the favorite conceits of political journalism, that the intensive scrutiny given candidates by reporters during a presidential campaign is an excellent filter to determine who is fit for the White House.

While the media “usually does well” in vetting candidates, said presidential historian Michael Beschloss, “Edwards is a good case” in which it didn’t.”

Other than rare instances (such as this one) Big Media wanted stooge Barack Obama elected – and succeeded in getting the boob the job. Big Media purposely failed to vet Barack Obama and the excuses now ring hollow:

“And that failure is worrisome in a changed political world where politicians – be they Barack Obama or Sarah Palin – can burst upon the national stage and seemingly overnight become candidates for higher office.

The media, according to Beschloss, now has “a much bigger responsibility than it used to.” In the past, he said, the political establishment “would usually have known the candidate for a long time, and if there were big problems, they probably would have known about those, and tried to make sure those people wouldn’t be nominated.”

That did not happen with Edwards, even though as a Senator he had run for president once before, in 2004, ended up on the Democratic ticket as John Kerry’s running mate, and was a known quantity to many top Democrats.

The Politico article has many excuses as to why Big Media failed to vet John Edwards, most notably the publication of the book “Game Change”. Edwards’ staffers are blamed for not carrying out threats to leak the truth about Edwards to Big Media outlets. The stories about John Edwards published by the National Enquirer were ignored by Big Media. Now Big Media blowhards (Marc Ambinder comes to mind) want to dump the blame on self-interested staffers for not telling the truth.

“The failure to follow up aggressively on the reporting by the National Enquirer, which has nominated itself for a Pulitzer Prize for its Edwards coverage, has served as fodder for conservatives and others convinced the media has a double standard when it comes to vetting Democrats and Republicans.

“I feel sorry for the liberals who were duped by Edwards,” said Cliff Kincaid editor of the right-leaning watchdog organization Accuracy in Media. “They were the real victims of the failure to vet Edwards.”

Kincaid’s comment assists Big Media by limiting the critique to a left versus right continuum. Big Media targeted Hillary Clinton with much more venom than Big Media former favorite John McCain. Only Sarah Palin received Hillary Clinton style rapist coverage.

The Edwards sex scandal was not the story. The real Edwards scandals were his repeated and hypocritical “I was wrong” excuses. Hypocrite Edwards was a Big Media favorite so he was allowed to rewrite history with impunity. Sex was not the story, but it is the excuse Big Media uses to confuse.

Big Media focused on haircut stories (which we correctly reported at the time were planted by Obama slime agents) and hedge fund stories, but ignored the “I was wrong” hypocrisies. Now Big Media is focused on “blame the staff”.

Big Media will distort the truth. The truth is Big Media is a political party in all but name and the Big Media Party is a sexist and misogynist bunch – just like the Democratic Left.

Yesterday, Jamie Stiehm discussed the real story of 2008. Big Media and the Democratic establishment wanted their stooge elected and they all worked together to get “the girl” out:

“Hold on, thought I, before shelving two early 2010 books about the 2008 presidential election. There’s something to be read and said in the pages of “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that somehow got lost in translation, even by the authors themselves.

And in “Notes From the Cracked Ceiling,” author Anne E. Kornblut makes the case that the national electorate isn’t ready for a woman president, judging by her own coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for The Washington Post.”

As we noted Barack Obama was and is the establishment candidate. Hillary was the change:

“Actually, it may be the Washington elected class that’s most resistant to a gender game change — meaning in the 2008 drama, Clinton’s own fellow senators. In “Game Change,” the U.S. Senate comes across as the highest glass ceiling of all. The boys club — or gentlemen’s club — that Clinton worked hard to join essentially turned on her early in the game and may have blackballed her chances. The same key members within the club befriended and encouraged Sen. Barack Obama, giving his candidacy a tremendous back-channel boost in the beginning.

That is the story of the 2008 elections. It is a tale of Big Media collusion with the Barack Obama campaign to destroy Hillary Clinton and elect Barack Obama. It is a tale of treachery on an epic scale.

The Democratic Party establishment along with Big Media wanted to not only deny Hillary Clinton the nomination, but to destroy her as a political force, forever.

As we wrote, Big Media covered up the obvious. For instance:

Junior Senator John Kerry would not have privately endorsed Obama before the Iowa vote without the approval of Ted Kennedy. We have previously written about Ted Kennedy’s motivations for endorsing Obama. We pegged Ted Kennedy as the Barzini of the Obama campaign. All the talk about Kennedy being angry at Hillary for crediting Lyndon Johnson, not JFK, for civil rights laws, is just a bunch of lies. Ted and Barack wanted to destroy Bill and Hillary and they wanted to do so by calling them racists to remove them as an electoral political force – forever.

Jamie Stiehm makes this observation:

“A simple truth lies in plain view, like Poe’s purloined letter, across these two tomes. To wit, let’s not assume it’s the national electorate that’s so unready for a female president. A fired-up Clinton was catching on pretty good toward the end, winning major primaries in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas. But the upper echelons of the political establishment, which she had reason to believe were on her side, had other ideas. “They” decided she was too divisive, even as she competed well in the field.

To a man, many of Clinton’s friends and allies in the Senate reached out to the talented but untested freshman senator from Illinois, urging Barack Obama to run for president. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York was one of these; so was Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Highly respected Tom Daschle, a former majority leader, urged Obama to seize the moment and promised to advise him. For the most part, these conversations were held in private in “a conspiracy of whispers,” as Heilemann and Halperin put it. When the late Sen. Edward Kennedy went public with a full-throated roar of endorsement, then the extent of Obama’s support by the clubby Senate Democrats became clear.”

That’s old news to Big Pink readers, but the Hopium guzzlers, some of them still lighting incense and making excuses for Barack Obama, will find it a shock that they are shock troops for the corrupt establishment of a corrupt party.

“For Obama, that was almost as sweet as winning the Iowa caucuses. But for Clinton, it was finding out that “friends” can make the most insidious foes of all.

Was it a betrayal, as the authors call it, by Clinton’s Senate colleagues? Perhaps, but it wasn’t just politics as usual.

It sure wasn’t politics as usual – is was sexism and misogyny and the Big Media and Big Money power leveraged to elect a stooge.

Once respected, E.J. Dionne now thinks Obama should apologize to Hillary Clinton. But E.J. Dionne is a Big Media creep who does not apologize to Hillary Clinton for his attacks on her and his praise of stooge Obama and Obama’s lies and distortions of Hillary policy positions. Dionne and his Big Media colleagues won’t apologize to Hillary Clinton because they succeeded in their mission. Now Dionne wants an Obama apology to Hillary without accepting his share of the blame:

“A suggestion to the president: Tonight, please call Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and apologize for all the bad things you said about her mandate proposal during the campaign. She was right about this issue. You should tell her so.”

Hillary was right about mandates but only in the context of her full proposal. Obama turns the good Hillary Clinton proposal into a massive transfer of wealth to the insurance and pharmaceutical establishment. Last minute desperation tactics such as reconciliation will not save the collapse of the Obama health scam. Last minute fake appeals to the Tea Party will not avert the collapse. Last minute Obama publicity stunts will not save Harry Reid or Dimocrats from November death. Last minute lies and flim-flams will not save Obama (or his corrupt Dimocrats) and that is all the current health scam amount to: a transfer of wealth to Obama pals and an attempt to escape the label “boob”. Way to go stooge.

And we cannot discuss Big Media without discussing the dumb cousin, Hollywood. As Deadenders reminds us, the “creative clueless” were busy fluffing Obama and discussing dinosaurs during the election season. Now the “creative clueless are “disappointed” with establishment stooge Obama.



Damn them all. Death to Big Media! Death to the “creative clueless”. Damn them all.

[Tomorrow: Hillary 2012]

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78 thoughts on “Death To Big Media

  1. And why is it that we mostly get interesting Obama news from the British? Yesterday in the comments there was discussion of the oddities of the Obama health report on his own carcass. Today there is this:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/01/barack-obama-told-to-quit-smoking

    Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president.

    Obama is sensitive about his cigarette habit and tetchy with reporters who raise it. But after his 90-minute medical at the Navy hospital outside Washington yesterday morning, his doctors confirmed he had not yet managed to conquer the habit and suggested he “continue smoking cessation efforts”.

    The doctors said the president used medication to try to ease the pangs, they described it as “nicotine replacement therapy, self-use”.[snip]

    The doctors also recommended “moderation of alcohol intake”.

    Is the boob a boozer too?

  2. Here’s Carville:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2010/03/carville-on-health-care-could-be-obamas-waterloo.html

    On ‘GMA’ this morning, James Carville wasn’t as optimistic as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Not sure that Democrats have the votes to pass the President’s plan, Carville is sure that failure will be the “Waterloo” predicted by GOP Senator Jim DeMint.

    “If it goes down” Carville said, “it’s gonna be a simple statement: the Democrats can’t govern. They came in with a majority promising health care and they came away with nothing.”

  3. And through it all, debate after debate, sabatoged questions or not, Hillary knew more, conducted herself better, and more often than not cut off her opponents and media lackeys at their knees.

    Wonderful article, admin.

    Go Hillary!

  4. The Matt Damon video brought SCREAMS of laughter here! Pity the silly actors who think their fame indicates intelligence.
    We are so weary of idiot celebrities,(I wouldn’t call most of them “creative” though)and the clueless sycophants that worship these tin idols of the screens, both Hollywood and TV. Daily, we see we are living in the Age of Fake.
    ADMIN, you are wonderful. I loved this one!

  5. Hillary Clinton never rests. Today she commemorates St. David’s Day, in Wales.

    http://rose4hillary.blogspot.com/2010/03/secretary-clinton-on-occasion-of-st.html

    As an American of Welsh descent, I have always had a special place in my heart for Wales – both the beauty of its land and the determination of its people. Welsh-Americans have contributed to the culture and prosperity of the United States since our earliest days. American Presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Calvin Coolidge traced their heritage to Wales, as did icons like Frank Lloyd-Wright and Bette Davis.

    The PUMA’s are doing great work celebrating Women’s History Month, which begins today.

    http://pumapac.org/2010/03/01/early-spring/

    http://pumapac.org/2010/02/27/sunday-potluck/

    PumaEyes has this via Anne Lewis:
    http://pumaeyes.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/there-are-no-limits-to-what-is-possible-in-america-hillary-clinton/

  6. Dionne is a fraud. He wants to tie Hillary to this misbegotten health care reform plan. A plan that benefits his health care contributors and burdens his constituents. Its deja vu Rezko all over again, and again, and again ad infinitum. Hillary’s plan was the exact opposite. He plan was designed to benefit the American People and reign in the insurance industry without regard to contributions. He plan was the anti-Rezko Plan. Dionne the worm is seeking to blur the diametric differences between the Hillary’s Plan and Obama’s bait and switch fraud by this suggestion of an apology. If Obama is going to apologize to Hillary for anything it should be for betraying her and the American People. As for Dionne, he should go to wherever male whores go when they retire.

    As for Obama, this is yet another example of his real vision for this country:

    1. State Capitalism: not private enterprise but an unholy alliance between government and global business interests which will reduce American citizens to surfs. (See Roscoe Pound essay entitled The New Serfdom 1929). This is the system we see in China, which his key advisors seem to admire. It will eliminate the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Separation of Powers.

    2. Redistribution of Wealth: through taxation, IRS enforcement of Health Care Mandate, the elimination of the middle class and a have and have not society. Also, to exploit the fault lines in society from race to age etc.

    When you look at Obama what you really see is evil incarnate. Evil masquerading under a different guise. More so than any politician in my lifetime. With every passing day I become more convinced of it, as I watch him operate.

  7. Even the Biggest are dying:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/02/abc-news-to-cut-half-its-domestic-correspondents-shut-down-all-bureaus-except-washington.html

    As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents.

    ABC News President David Westin confirmed in an interview Friday that the network’s ranks of bureau correspondents, which currently number several dozen, would be cut in half and be replaced with “digital” journalists who would be expected to shoot and edit their own stories.

    “We will have as many total journalists as we do now,” he said.

    Although the network will keep a minimal staff presence in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston, it will shut down its bricks-and-mortar bureaus there and ask its remaining employees to work from the local affiliates. The Washington bureau will remain open, but its size will be substantially reduced.

  8. I can’t stand to watch that fucker Matt Damon. Even before the primary got into full swing, in an interview he and DeNiro were promoting their picture, he was talking up the WH idiot and DeNiro mentioned he supported Hillary at the time but I guess they turned him around. What fucking idiots. They have a soap box but they need better intelligence to use that box.

  9. From Democratic polling firm PPP:

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/03/obamas-drop.html

    Barack Obama now has a negative approval rating in every state he flipped from the Bush column to his in 2008. In each of those places his level of support is now in the 44-46% range. It’s probably a good thing he doesn’t have to run for reelection this year. He can only hope things start turning around for him once the midterms are in the rear view mirror, much as they did for Bill Clinton.

    Here’s the state by state rundown:

    -In Colorado a recent Rasmussen poll found his approval at 45/53. Research 2000 found his favorability at 46/47 in January.

    -In Florida Rasmussen found his approval at 45/54 and Quinnipiac’s latest found it at 45/49.

    -In Indiana Rasmussen has his approval at 44/54 and Research 2000 finds his favorability at 46/49.

    -In Iowa Rasmussen has him at 45/54, and the latest Des Moines Register poll put his approval at 46%, though I can’t find the disapproval number anywhere.

    -In Nevada Rasmussen finds his approval at 46/54. We found 44/52 in in January.

    -In New Mexico we found his approval last week at 45/48.

    -In North Carolina our last poll put him at 45/51.

    -In Ohio Quinnipiac’s last poll put him at 44/52.

    -In Virginia Rasmussen’s latest has him a 48/51. SurveyUSA last had him at 44/54, and we put him at 42/52.

  10. I have never heard of anyone being told they are “in perfect” health when they continue to smoke.

  11. Cristina meets with Hillary and Falklands is the priority issue

    01 March 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived moments ago to Argentina where she will meet with Cristina Fernandez to discuss “a full range of issues”, among which highlights the Falklands conflict.

    After attending the inauguration of the new Uruguayan president José Mujica, Clinton decided to make a smaller scale in her Latin American tour to meet Cristina.

    “We’ll be going to Buenos Aires later today, I look forward to meeting with President (Cristina Fernandez) de Kirchner and discussing a full range of issues,” she said, and added.

    “It is our position that this is a matter to be resolved between the United Kingdom and Argentina. If we can be of any help in facilitating such an effort, we stand ready to do so.”

    picture of her arriving…

    http://momento24.com/en/2010/03/01/cristina-meets-with-hillary-and-falklands-is-the-priority-issue/

  12. Clinton ferrying satellite gear to quake-hit Chile

    By MATTHEW LEE (AP) – 1 hour ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she will bring 20 satellite phones and a technician with her when she visits earthquake-damaged Chile.

    The gear and expertise are a down payment on help the United States intends to provide following the massive quake in Chile last week. Clinton was making a brief stop Tuesday in the capital as part of a Latin American trip rearranged because of the disaster.

    “We are bringing some of what they asked for which are satellite phones,” Clinton told reporters on the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    “One of their biggest problems has been communications as we found in Haiti in those days after the quake,” Clinton said.

    She noted that Chile’s communications system was much more advanced before the quake than Haiti’s, but she said communication with hard-hit Concepcion is difficult.

    In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says Chile has also asked for a field hospital and water purification systems.

    “We are mobilizing those capabilities as we speak, and will be moving those down to Chile as quickly as possible,” Crowley said.

    Clinton noted that Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at first thought her country would not need U.S. help. That changed as the scope of damage became clear.

    The earthquake killed more than 700 people. Some coastal towns were almost obliterated — first shaken by the quake, then slammed by a tsunami that carried whole houses inland and crushed others into piles of sticks. Shocked survivors were left without power, water or food.

    The U.N. said Monday that it would rush aid deliveries to Chile after Bachelet appealed for international aid.

    U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said Chile was seeking temporary bridges, field hospitals, satellite phones, electric generators, damage assessment teams, water purification systems, field kitchens and dialysis centers.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iyxB-h-3vJftb6Ne1k5s5I9pGOagD9E62QR01

  13. Exhibit Honors President Clinton’s Leadership During OKC Bombing

    Mar 01, 2010 By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Oklahomans impacted by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing will help unveil a new exhibit in Arkansas honoring former President Bill Clinton.

    To mark the opening day if its newest exhibit, “Leadership in a Time of Crisis: President Clinton and the Oklahoma City Bombing,” the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock will host a program titled “First Person: Stories of Hope.”

    In partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the exhibit focuses on President Clinton’s leadership during the tragedy.

    Panel members from Oklahoma will share their personal stories from April 19, 1995, and reflect on the 15 years that have passed since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

    http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?S=12063593

  14. basement angel
    March 1st, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    Wow, admin, on that medical report – he really is Bush II.

    For those of you who read Joe Cannon, he has announced that he will no longer blog and that he will delete his entire body of writing within one week.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Not sure who Joe Cannon is. And his web site says,

    “When I began this blog, I swore to keep it up until a certain thing happened. It happened. I have to stop now.”

    Anyone know the background on this?

  15. That article by Lynn does not go far enough. And to pin him down as a leftist ideologue is also a mistake because the far left is also feeling jilted by him and they will question the credibility of a messenger who calls him a leftist. The realization glaring at us should be that he is incompetent and just blowing in the wind not knowing which way is beneficial for him. The fact is he can’t call “present” now like he did 130+ times before.

  16. pm317
    March 1st, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    ————–
    “We need a movement of the militant middle; millions of voters who support the sensible policies from both parties. This would give Democrats political cover to stand up to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and Republicans the backbone to acknowledge that the country must progress in order to be strong. Most Americans see a false choice between a smaller government and a progressive country. We must have both. It is our only hope.”

    —————-

    Well said.

  17. Jan, she gets it right on what people need to do. She falls short in her analysis and characterization of Obama.

  18. PM –

    He isn’t a leftist. I’m a leftist and he’s a corporatist – his policies are over there with Reagan’s and no one mistakes Reagan for a lefty. And it’s only the yuppie left that’s feeling jilted by him – the creative class numbnuts. The working class left never fell for him in the first place.

    As for Joe Cannon, no, no one knows the background. He’s a good guy though and I’m sad to lose him. He started off in the obama camp but by March of 08, he was firmly in the Clinton camp and furious as what he was seeing. He’s been an able warrior in this battle and I’m sad to see him go.

  19. At the NYT site, this article includes links.

    h/w
    nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28gore.html?pagewanted=print

    We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change
    By AL GORE

    It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.

    Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world, and the economic risks of sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas in return for that oil. And we would still trail China in the race to develop smart grids, fast trains, solar power, wind, geothermal and other renewable sources of energy — the most important sources of new jobs in the 21st century.

    But what a burden would be lifted! We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands. We could instead celebrate the naysayers who had doggedly persisted in proving that every major National Academy of Sciences report on climate change had simply made a huge mistake.

    I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion. But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.

    It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.

    But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged. It is also worth noting that the panel’s scientists — acting in good faith on the best information then available to them — probably underestimated the range of sea-level rise in this century, the speed with which the Arctic ice cap is disappearing and the speed with which some of the large glacial flows in Antarctica and Greenland are melting and racing to the sea.

    Because these and other effects of global warming are distributed globally, they are difficult to identify and interpret in any particular location. For example, January was seen as unusually cold in much of the United States. Yet from a global perspective, it was the second-hottest January since surface temperatures were first measured 130 years ago.

    Similarly, even though climate deniers have speciously argued for several years that there has been no warming in the last decade, scientists confirmed last month that the last 10 years were the hottest decade since modern records have been kept.

    The heavy snowfalls this month have been used as fodder for ridicule by those who argue that global warming is a myth, yet scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere — thus causing heavier downfalls of both rain and snow in particular regions, including the Northeastern United States. Just as it’s important not to miss the forest for the trees, neither should we miss the climate for the snowstorm.

    Here is what scientists have found is happening to our climate: man-made global-warming pollution traps heat from the sun and increases atmospheric temperatures. These pollutants — especially carbon dioxide — have been increasing rapidly with the growth in the burning of coal, oil, natural gas and forests, and temperatures have increased over the same period. Almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are melting — and seas are rising. Hurricanes are predicted to grow stronger and more destructive, though their number is expected to decrease. Droughts are getting longer and deeper in many mid-continent regions, even as the severity of flooding increases. The seasonal predictability of rainfall and temperatures is being disrupted, posing serious threats to agriculture. The rate of species extinction is accelerating to dangerous levels.

    Though there have been impressive efforts by many business leaders, hundreds of millions of individuals and families throughout the world and many national, regional and local governments, our civilization is still failing miserably to slow the rate at which these emissions are increasing — much less reduce them.

    And in spite of President Obama’s efforts at the Copenhagen climate summit meeting in December, global leaders failed to muster anything more than a decision to “take note” of an intention to act.

    Because the world still relies on leadership from the United States, the failure by the Senate to pass legislation intended to cap American emissions before the Copenhagen meeting guaranteed that the outcome would fall far short of even the minimum needed to build momentum toward a meaningful solution.

    The political paralysis that is now so painfully evident in Washington has thus far prevented action by the Senate — not only on climate and energy legislation, but also on health care reform, financial regulatory reform and a host of other pressing issues.

    This comes with painful costs. China, now the world’s largest and fastest-growing source of global-warming pollution, had privately signaled early last year that if the United States passed meaningful legislation, it would join in serious efforts to produce an effective treaty. When the Senate failed to follow the lead of the House of Representatives, forcing the president to go to Copenhagen without a new law in hand, the Chinese balked. With the two largest polluters refusing to act, the world community was paralyzed.

    Some analysts attribute the failure to an inherent flaw in the design of the chosen solution — arguing that a cap-and-trade approach is too unwieldy and difficult to put in place. Moreover, these critics add, the financial crisis that began in 2008 shook the world’s confidence in the use of any market-based solution.

    But there are two big problems with this critique: First, there is no readily apparent alternative that would be any easier politically. It is difficult to imagine a globally harmonized carbon tax or a coordinated multilateral regulatory effort. The flexibility of a global market-based policy — supplemented by regulation and revenue-neutral tax policies — is the option that has by far the best chance of success. The fact that it is extremely difficult does not mean that we should simply give up.

    Second, we should have no illusions about the difficulty and the time needed to convince the rest of the world to adopt a completely new approach. The lags in the global climate system, including the buildup of heat in the oceans from which it is slowly reintroduced into the atmosphere, means that we can create conditions that make large and destructive consequences inevitable long before their awful manifestations become apparent: the displacement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees, civil unrest, chaos and the collapse of governance in many developing countries, large-scale crop failures and the spread of deadly diseases.

    It’s important to point out that the United States is not alone in its inaction. Global political paralysis has thus far stymied work not only on climate, but on trade and other pressing issues that require coordinated international action.

    The reasons for this are primarily economic. The globalization of the economy, coupled with the outsourcing of jobs from industrial countries, has simultaneously heightened fears of further job losses in the industrial world and encouraged rising expectations in emerging economies. The result? Heightened opposition, in both the industrial and developing worlds, to any constraints on the use of carbon-based fuels, which remain our principal source of energy.

    The decisive victory of democratic capitalism over communism in the 1990s led to a period of philosophical dominance for market economics worldwide and the illusion of a unipolar world. It also led, in the United States, to a hubristic “bubble” of market fundamentalism that encouraged opponents of regulatory constraints to mount an aggressive effort to shift the internal boundary between the democracy sphere and the market sphere. Over time, markets would most efficiently solve most problems, they argued. Laws and regulations interfering with the operations of the market carried a faint odor of the discredited statist adversary we had just defeated.

    This period of market triumphalism coincided with confirmation by scientists that earlier fears about global warming had been grossly understated. But by then, the political context in which this debate took form was tilted heavily toward the views of market fundamentalists, who fought to weaken existing constraints and scoffed at the possibility that global constraints would be needed to halt the dangerous dumping of global-warming pollution into the atmosphere.

    Over the years, as the science has become clearer and clearer, some industries and companies whose business plans are dependent on unrestrained pollution of the atmospheric commons have become ever more entrenched. They are ferociously fighting against the mildest regulation — just as tobacco companies blocked constraints on the marketing of cigarettes for four decades after science confirmed the link of cigarettes to diseases of the lung and the heart.

    Simultaneously, changes in America’s political system — including the replacement of newspapers and magazines by television as the dominant medium of communication — conferred powerful advantages on wealthy advocates of unrestrained markets and weakened advocates of legal and regulatory reforms. Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. And as in times past, that has proved to be a potent drug in the veins of the body politic. Their most consistent theme is to label as “socialist” any proposal to reform exploitive behavior in the marketplace.

    From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption. After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis — inconvenient as ever — must still be faced.

    The pathway to success is still open, though it tracks the outer boundary of what we are capable of doing. It begins with a choice by the United States to pass a law establishing a cost for global warming pollution. The House of Representatives has already passed legislation, with some Republican support, to take the first halting steps for pricing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Later this week, Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman are expected to present for consideration similar cap-and-trade legislation.

    I hope that it will place a true cap on carbon emissions and stimulate the rapid development of low-carbon sources of energy.

    We have overcome existential threats before. Winston Churchill is widely quoted as having said, “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes, you must do what is required.” Now is that time. Public officials must rise to this challenge by doing what is required; and the public must demand that they do so — or must replace them.

  20. “I feel sorry for the liberals who were duped by Edwards,” said Cliff Kincaid editor of the right-leaning watchdog organization Accuracy in Media. “They were the real victims of the failure to vet Edwards.”
    ******************

    He should have completed his thought with, “And I feel more remorse for all Americans, who were duped by Obama for they will be the real victims of his incompetence, for the next three years!”

    As far as the Edward’s sex scandal, I feel sure that the Obama team knew all about his indiscretions and made sure it was kept under wraps until Edward was no longer useful to Obama. Then they threw him under the bus and ran over him three times for good measure.

    It gives me satisfaction to hear about the down fall of all of Hillary’s betrayers, or even the death via heart attacks ie., Tim Russert and the demise of the last political Kennedy . I have my eyes on Senator 2×4 and awaiting the good news that he was not reelected.

  21. I remember the Matt Damon video from 2008 and find it embarrassing, but I have mixed feelings about it because Damon was a Hillary supporter and is an active contributor to the Clinton Global Initiative, having conceived and financed a system to bring water supply to needy areas of Africa. He’s a friend of Bill’s.

    In fact, what is embarrassing about the video is the fact he belittles Palin’s experience, which at the time was still greater and more demonstrable than that of o. When he asks if Palin believes that Dinosaurs existed 4000 years ago, I take that with a grain of salt. After all, Palin has indeed said she thought creationism should be taught in schools, and that’s pretty crazy in my book too. It’s just that questions like that, and Palin’s anti-abortion stance, are of no real importance in choosing a president, especially since Palin also said these were just her opinions and she does not intend to force them on anybody. Palin’s real trump card is that she, like McCain, has character and integrity, of which o has neither, and places Country First, whereas o places o first, perhaps his family second, and no one knows har far down the line of priorities you have to go before you get to Country or even Party.

  22. Huh? The commentator Keith Olberman wrote about his father who was dying (and has since died I think).

  23. jeswezey
    March 1st, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    =================

    Palin does not believe Creationism should be taught in schools. Her father is a science teacher. She says evolution is accepted and should be taught as the scientific view.

    What she said was that if students raise questions about Creationism there should be discussion — to show they are wrong and teach them more critical thinking.

  24. Does anyone have a good cite for what McCain really said about TARP this week and whether NYT quoted him correctly?

    1940democrat at gmail

  25. I was saying the same thing as you are. But Lynn in her article I linked above characterizes Obama as a Lefty who posed as a centrist to get elected and is now going back to his roots. I don’t agree with that. In fact her article is quite muddled in characterizing him as one thing or another or how he bamboozled people. I wish she had got it straight and strong.

    —————
    basement angel
    March 1st, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    PM –

    He isn’t a leftist. I’m a leftist and he’s a corporatist – his policies are over there with Reagan’s and no one mistakes Reagan for a lefty. And it’s only the yuppie left that’s feeling jilted by him – the creative class numbnuts. The working class left never fell for him in the first place.

  26. turndown,

    I enjoy reading the articles you post…but my tired old eyes have a hard time reading them in italics.

    Any chance you could start posting them in regular format?

    LOL…sorry to be so picky.

  27. JanH
    March 1st, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    turndown,

    I enjoy reading the articles you post…but my tired old eyes have a hard time reading them in italics.

    Any chance you could start posting them in regular format?

    ===============

    Thanks, Jan. I’ll try to remember.

    What browser do you use? For other posters who use italics, maybe there’s some way you could set your browser to make everything more readable.

  28. turndownobama

    “Palin does not believe Creationism should be taught in schools. Her father is a science teacher. She says evolution is accepted and should be taught as the scientific view.

    What she said was that if students raise questions about Creationism there should be discussion — to show they are wrong and teach them more critical thinking.”

    Well, I’d like to have a link on that, because like Damon, I got the story that she favored the teaching of creationism. Anyway, I don’t believe Darwin’s evolution theory any more than I do creationism, though for different reasons. I don’t believe in the Big Bang or the widely accepted history of sun and planets either, and have questions about the theory of gravity, too (as Einstein did). But I certainly do support critical thinking, and if that was Palin’s line of argument, all the more power to her.

    ———
    pm317:

    “Lynn in her article characterizes Obama as a Lefty who posed as a centrist to get elected and is now going back to his roots. I don’t agree with that. In fact her article is quite muddled in characterizing him as one thing or another or how he bamboozled people. I wish she had got it straight and strong.”

    I agree with you, PM, the article is indeed muddled. A Right exists in America, and I suppose a Left exists too; but what Lynn is trying to say is that a president can’t get anything done in today’s America unless (s)he assumes a center position, like BC. Another thing I don’t like in the article is that she seems to be tapping into the Tea Party with her talk of small government versus big government. HRC gave a brilliant half-hour speech on this subject in 2007, entitled “Making government work for you,” and saying that we shouldn’t be talking about big vs small government, but “smart” government. She once again made her point clear when she assumed her duties at State, and shows every day how “smart power” works.

    ——-
    wbboei: welcome back, and I hope you stay.

  29. Uribe meets with Clinton and expresses hope on FTA approval

    Monday, 01 March 2010

    Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Monday met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sideline of the inauguration of Uruguay President Jose Mujica in Montevideo.

    According to a press release by the Colombian presidency, Uribe considered the meeting “very positive” and dealt with current regional issues like the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

    According to Uribe, the U.S. Secretary of State confirmed Washington’s plans to push a pending free trade agreement with Colombia. However, the Colombian President was not able to say how long it would take U.S. Congress to approve the pact.

    However, according to the recently release U.S. Trade Policy Agenda, Colombia will first need to improve labor rights before it can expect the ratification of the FTA.

    “We have begun working with Colombia to assess and improve the labor code and the measures to address violence against labor union officials, to ensure that union rights in that country can be fully and freely exercised,” the report says, adding, “the Administration worked to identify what further steps Colombia’s government needs to take to ensure that workers’ fundamental labor rights are protected in law and practice.”

    The free trade pact signed by Uribe and former U.S. President George W. Bush has been stalled in U.S. Congress over concerns about ongoing violence against labor rights workers in Colombia.

    http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/8482-uribe-meets-with-clinton.html

  30. Clinton Urges Talks on the Falkland Islands

    By GINGER THOMPSON
    March 1, 2010

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged Argentina and Great Britain to work toward a peaceful resolution to their long-held claims for control of the Falkland Islands, a dispute that resurfaced recently when British oil companies began exploratory drilling in waters near the islands.

    Mrs. Clinton’s comments came on the first day of a five-day tour of Latin America. On Monday morning, she attended the inauguration of Uruguay’s new president, Jose Mujica, a former guerilla fighter who won office with support from a broad array of political organizations and who has vowed to continue the center-left policies of his predecessor, Tabare Vasquez.

    While in Montevideo, Mrs. Clinton met with President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay and President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, congratulating him for accepting a Constitutional Court ruling that denied him the opportunity to run for a third term.

    Mrs. Clinton traveled here to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, on Monday afternoon for meetings with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, another former first lady who went on to accomplish Mrs. Clinton’s dream of following her husband as president.

    In recent months, Mrs. Kirchner has been an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration, saying that she and other Latin American leaders had been disappointed by the United States’ positions on trade, climate change and the coup in Honduras last year.

    The competing claims to the Falkland Islands have become a source of new tensions, as Latin American countries press the United States to support Argentina while the United States remains determined to stay out of the fight.

    During a news conference in Uruguay Mrs. Clinton reiterated the United States’ long-standing position of neutrality in the dispute between Argentina and Great Britain, which drove those two countries to war in 1982. She encouraged the two countries to negotiate and offered to “facilitate” those talks if asked. But later, Mrs. Clinton clarified those comments, saying that the United States would offer moral support to negotiations, but she also made clear she was not offering to serve as a mediator.

    “What we want to do is to facilitate them talking to each other,” she said. “We’re not interested and have no real role in determining what they decide between the two of them. But we want them talking and we want them trying to resolve the outstanding issues between them.”

    Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to stop in Chile on Tuesday to discuss earthquake recovery efforts with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile and President-elect Sebastian Pinera. Mrs. Clinton is expected to travel to Brazil later on Tuesday for meetings with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, where she will attempt to win his country’s support for new sanctions meant to press Iran to give up a nuclear program that the United States.

    President da Silva has advocated for additional diplomatic engagement with Iran. His position is important, because Brazil serves as a rotating member of the United Nations Security Council, and the United States hopes to win a broad consensus for sanctions.

    “I will be talking with him about the fact that the United States recognizes that Iran has the right to peaceful civil nuclear power,” Mrs. Clinton said, referring to President da Silva. “It does not, under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, have the right to nuclear weapons.”

    She said she expected a sanction resolution to come to a vote within the next several months. And in her talks with President da Silva, she said she wanted “to be sure he has the same understanding as we do as to how this matter is going to unfold.”

    In Vienna, meanwhile, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said that Iran had moved back underground its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, after enriching some of it to a level closer to what it takes to build a weapon, Reuters reported.

    Iran insists that the enrichment is intended to fuel a reactor used for medical purposes. But analysts were mystified about why it had moved so much of its stockpile to an exposed location, where it was vulnerable to attack. Mr. Soltanieh, according to Reuters, said the move was made “merely for producing material for the Iran research reactor,” and that the cask of nuclear fuel was now back in its “original location” underground.

    Some American officials had speculated that the country was inviting an attack by moving the fuel, perhaps in hopes it would unify the country and shift attention away from the anti-government street protests. But other officials, including at the White House, insisted that the Iranian move was prompted by technical limitations in storing the fuel. Mr. Soltaneih’s comments appeared to bolster that explanation.

    Iran is enriching the fuel rather than buying new fuel rods from the reactor from the West, or sending the fuel out of the country for fabrication into the rods, a step the Iranians do not possess the technology to perform. The chief of the I.A.E.A., Yukiya Amano, said Monday that the agency’s offer to convert Iran’s own fuel is still open, but Tehran has rejected that step.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/world/americas/02clinton.html

  31. I just read Lynn’s article. She’s not characterizing him as a lefty but as someone out of touch with what average Americans need. European social states are very good for the middle class and Europe actually has more class mobility now than we have, so she’s a bit out to lunch there.

    I think Obama is to Palin’s right. I just see the guy as a Reaganite sucking up to corporate America at the expense of average Americans. He’s on the side of the rich and powerful.

  32. Yay! admin is in the house.. That Onion video reminds me of this article way back on which I of course wrote a post:

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31285

    According to a statement read by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, President Obama, noted for his near total dependence on the teleprompter when speaking, was leaving a practice session for an upcoming press conference when he happened upon a muted television set near the White House Briefing Room on which someone had activated the “closed captioning” function.

    “Apparently, Mr. Obama mistook the captioning for his new flat screen teleprompter and began reading the text aloud,” Gibbs said. Gibbs stated that “what followed was a tragic marathon speaking session that lasted for nearly 14 hours before staff discovered Obama and disconnected the device.”

    The President’s accidental filibuster was said to have included a 2-hour episode of “The Biggest Loser,” a much anticipated “Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit,” the local evening news, and a late night paid infomercial for “natural male enhancement.” The press later described Obama’s reading of the captioning as “eloquent” (New York Times), “historic” (CNN), and “emotionally moving” (Newsweek).

  33. With regards to the gore spiel
    I was talking to an owner of a local owned and operated restaurant/bar and he claims that cap and trade will destroy him and every other small business. maintains that 20% of revenue as profit is the only way he can stay afloat. If an “energy tax” is imposed it will hit him beyond keeping the temperature comfortable it will raise the prices on everything. He sees it as the Applebees will hold down prices and eat the loss as he and every other business like his goes under and then they will raise prices. No room ever again for a mom and pop.

  34. Henry,

    That restaurant owner is someone who has gotten himself worked up listening to people who oppose cap and trade for political reasons. No restaurant is going to be hard hit. That’s just preposterous. Cap and trade is about the big boys, and his business isn’t going to be effected.

  35. basement angel
    if energy costs are increased how can it not effect the little guy prices will go up across the board

  36. Another brilliant post, admin. I have hated Matt Damon since his riduclous remarks about Sarah Palin. Now he’s groveling. Screw you, Damon. I’ll never EVER watch another of your bad movies.

  37. What Obama said on “skyrocketing” energy prices:

    The problem is not technical, uh, and the problem is not mastery of the legislative intricacies of Washington. The problem is, uh, can you get the American people to say, “This is really important,” and force their representatives to do the right thing? That requires mobilizing a citizenry. That requires them understanding what is at stake. Uh, and climate change is a great example.

    You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

    They — you — you can already see what the arguments will be during the general election. People will say, “Ah, Obama and Al Gore, these folks, they’re going to destroy the economy, this is going to cost us eight trillion dollars,” or whatever their number is. Um, if you can’t persuade the American people that yes, there is going to be some increase in electricity rates on the front end, but that over the long term, because of combinations of more efficient energy usage, changing lightbulbs and more efficient appliance, but also technology improving how we can produce clean energy, the economy would benefit.

    If we can’t make that argument persuasively enough, you — you, uh, can be Lyndon Johnson, you can be the master of Washington. You’re not going to get that done.

  38. Against my better judgment, I picked up a copy of Game Change. As suspected they have alot of their facts wrong, including the scenario in which Hillary accepted the current position. But the largest blind spot in the book is their failure to acknowledge the undue influence which the big media exerted over the process to ensure the election of Obama.

    Bill Clinton appeared on Charlie Rose and put a fine point on this. He said big media had become nothing more than stenographers for the Obama campaign. He was correct as far as he went. But they also became assassins of all those who challenged Obama on behalf his campaign. The low point for me was South Dakota, where on the eve of the election, msnbc promoted the lie that Hillary was staying in the race hoping that Obama would suffer the same fate as RJK which was a twisted lie. Then on the morning of the election Beth Fouhey published the false story that Hillary would concede that night in an obvious attempt to suppress voter turn-out. Terry McAuliffe and others said big media treated Hillary with more disrespect than any candidate. For that they deserve to die. They are traitors to this country.

    Thus it is gratifying to see the audience turn their backs on these despicable people and move to FOX. If Hillary decides to run we will deal with them and their lunatics, but for now they are the ones who are exposing Obama. NBC, ABC and CNN are as madly in love with Obama as they ever were and they do not care if that costs them audience or sponsors. They are like the French Foreign Legion that finds it grand to die for what their cause and they revel in it until their entire existence becomes a case of life chasing death. But when Obama drives this nation over a cliff let us at least be sure that there is no soft landing for them. They are the root cause of this. If Obama did not exist they would have to invent him. And since he does exist they are nothing more than his stooges.

    The hell of it is there is no good answer for the people who will be permanently unemployed and the people who will lose their life savings as a result of Obama. He has buried this country in inextinguishable debt.

  39. With cap and trade I just want to scream do the math
    A small locally owned restaurant I think provides the perfect example
    Heating cooling goes up 10%
    Deliveries go up
    Utilities go up
    Trash removal goes up
    The 7 dollar deluxe burger is now ten
    customers drop off– raise the sodas a quarter
    meanwhile conglomerates wait it out while the little guy goes under and then they raise the prices too.
    A ten percent increase on energy will kill the small business.

  40. When we see Obama officials saying damned the torpedoes full speed ahead to reconciliation, then Senator Dorgan saying they can’t use reconciliation for this purpose, then unnamed sources saying they do not have the votes, then Pelosi saying they do, then the White House saying it is not a smaller bill, you get the distinct impression they are just twisting in the wind. So when he comes up with as a reduced proposal for the sake of bi partisanship, based on political reality rather that a sincere interest in bi partisanship, all we need to do is show the video of the health care summit to the public and they will see for themselves the real Obama where arrogance and ignorance of what he is talking about was on full display. Finally, if here is a reduced proposal, we need to make sure that the payola to the insurance companies is stripped from the bill. That will be difficult for him to do since those toxic agreements were connived in the White House, and if he reneges to them the word could get around. And, wouldn’t that be a shame.

  41. The other thing about Game Change is that based on what I have read so far it portrays Solis Doyle as a loyalist. We know that is a lie. But it suggests that she is an unnamed source for these low life authors.

  42. wbboei
    wow what a relief to read you again
    I seldom post but always read. I get up at 3 am and coupled your posts with my morning java. Thankyou for you!!!

  43. Henry,

    Because the bulk of the cost of most items isn’t energy. It’s real estate and employees. Even minimum wage being raised, which impacts the bottom line in a more direct way, doesn’t raise prices. There is always this hysteria about anything that impacts big business and big business hides behind little business. What big business is pissed off about is that this impacts their profit margin. So, they are going to pretend that this is going to drive little businesses bankrupt. It’s true that some will get hurt but it’s also true that’s corporate America pretending like they’re concerned about the little guys because nobody is worried about some big corporation’s profit margin being sliced down. In fact, we’d be grateful for it.

    I’m not arguing for or against cap and trade. I’m simply saying worrying about small business is bullshit.

  44. basement angel
    i respectfully disagree
    i have paid the bills for labor in a small restaurant in Manhattan and as no one made minimum wage increases in the federal minumum wage had no effect.
    I have also purchased for the restaurant and I have seen the cost increase for a bottle of wine by more than 10% as a result of increased shipping. Which results in a higher cost to the consumer.
    Please explain to me how I can keep making money without raising prices as all of my costs go up. An energy tax will destroy small business..The argument about min wage is moot as I and everyone I know has paid well over the minimum for years in fact the only people who offer that rate are the conglomerates like wall mart.

  45. basement angel
    WTF?
    My costs go up I charge more. Energy prices going up by 10% will be felt everywhere. It will cripple our economy. I pass on my increase which goes to the next person who passes it on and rounds up. A ten percent increase as a tax will add a dollar to a loaf of bread. How could it not? Please explain it to me?

  46. Here is a tax for you
    anyone with the need/urge for travel in a private plane pays 100,000 in tax. When Bono or stink(Sting) wants to give a concert screaming about the environment he then pays a thousand fold for the carbon footprint that his concert created.
    Al gore flies coach
    Pelosi thumbs across the USA
    Reid collects every water bottle his office has discarded.
    A senior in the middle of America who worked 50 plus years and gave to charity and paid their taxes can sit in comfort in their twilight years at 72 degrees and not have those who make no sacrifice tell them they need to tighten their belts.

  47. Anyone remember when o or mrs icky said we would no longer be able to keep our homes at 68. It was a speech in Ohio or Pa if I remember correctly?

  48. Thanks Henry. I appreciate your comments. As indicated, I pulled out to avoid a pissing contest which would be distracting to the objective of this site. Thereafter, I received a number of emails questioning the wisdom of my decision, and suggesting that pulling out might be worse than what I was concerned about. In hindsight I concluded they were right. We have been through a long war. Now that people are starting to wake up and big media is dying the death of a thousand cuts this is the place to be. It is a source of truth. Needless to say I missed all of you so coming back here, well that was the easy part.

  49. http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Sarah_Palin_Education.htm

    Q: Did you only want to teach creationism in school and not evolution?
    A: No. In fact, growing up in a school teacher’s house with a science teacher as a dad, you know, I have great respect for science being taught in our science classes and evolution to be taught in our science classes.
    Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” Sep 17, 2008

    —————-

    In an interview, Palin said she meant only to say that discussion of alternative views should be allowed to arise in Alaska classrooms: “I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.” She added that, if elected, she would not push the state Board of Education to add such creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum. “I won’t have religion as a litmus test, or anybody’s personal opinion on evolution or creationism,” Palin said.
    Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: Anchorage Daily News follow-up Oct 27, 2006

    Haven’t seen my favorite quote, something about accepting evolution but thinking maybe God had a hand in it somewhere.

  50. Wbboei – Welcome back. We all missed you. From “Game Change”, can you identify the story line that Patti Solid Doyle told the authors (Even though she is not named)? I like to know what her “public story” is.
    This is my theory of her private story. Chicago machine got to her through her brother (who is a low level Chicago pol) and she was asked to go light in Iowa. She might have been be the one that instructed the campaign not to make a big stink of the bussed in people the caucus night. Any other campaign manager like Carville for example would have been ready with campaign photographers and would have helped the local media get the scoop and photos on the caucus night fraud. For that, she was promised (and announced) the position for chief of staff for VP, which I never believed for a min. Why would anyone announce that position even before they selected the VP candidate? They just gave her cash and she must have been happy.

    Extending my theory further (Cash for sabotage and leaks), Axelrod did the samething with Edwards campaign. Andy Young (Who wrote that book on Edwards) and Axel worked together in 2004 campaign for Edwards. So young and Axel weere close. They must have being paying Young cash for all the sleaze all along. They just pay cash; they have no use for people like PSD and Young afterwards. They would say to them “hey, if you can sell me info for cash, why wouldn’t you sell my info to someone else?”

    If you are a whore once, you are a whore for ever.
    Real whores can get rehabilitated, but not political whores.

  51. wbboei
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:44 am
    —————
    Thank you for the honest book review.

    I have been debating with myself whether to pick up a copy of this trash novel or not. My biggest excuse for not doing so is that I don’t want to put one penny in the coffers of these shysters.

  52. “In an interview, Palin said she meant only to say that discussion of alternative views should be allowed to arise in Alaska classrooms: “I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

    ————————
    Exactly.

  53. “Any other campaign manager like Carville for example would have been ready with campaign photographers and would have helped the local media get the scoop and photos on the caucus night fraud.”

    —————–
    Amen.

  54. Clinton flies to Chile to prepare more US quake relief

    2010-03-02

    BUENOS AIRES, March 2 (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels Tuesday to quake-stricken Chile to assess what the United States can contribute to the rapidly-growing international relief effort.

    The chief US diplomat is due to fly from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires to the Chilean capital Santiago with some 20 satellite telephones to help the Chilean authorities probe the needs of cut-off areas.

    “One of their biggest problems has been communications,” Clinton told reporters on the plane from Montevideo to Buenos Aires, the first two stops on a six-country Latin American tour.

    “They can’t communicate into Concepcion and some of the surrounding areas. They’ve been blocked getting into some remote areas,” she said.

    Clinton said US search and rescue teams were on standby.

    Clinton is due to meet with President Michelle Bachelet and President-elect Sebastian Pinera at Santiago airport, but her aides did not rule out her being escorted to quake-ravaged sites by the Chilean leadership.

    The State Department said Washington was ramping up its assistance. “Chile has requested our help in terms of providing a field hospital, communications support, and water purification systems. And so we are mobilizing those capabilities as we speak and will be moving those down to Chile as quickly as possible,” spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters in Washington.

    Crowley said an estimated 18,000 Americans were in Chile at the time of the disaster, but that he had not heard of any US fatalities.

    Aid pledges poured into Chile from around the world Monday after the government made its first requests for help as the rising death toll from the devastating earthquake reached 723.

    Bachelet specifically requested mobile bridges, field hospitals, satellite phones, electrical generators, disaster assessment and coordination teams, water purification systems, field kitchens and restaurants, UN officials said.

    Some two million Chileans, or one eighth of the entire population, are estimated to have been affected by Saturday’s massive temblor, which along with an Ecuador quake in 1906 is the seventh most powerful on record.

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva became the first foreign leader to visit quake-hit Chile on Monday, after learning the damage was far worse than feared.

    Australia, which along with most of the Pacific was placed on tsunami alert after the huge quake, pledged 4.5 million US dollars in emergency and reconstruction aid.

    The European Commission has already approved three million euros (four million dollars) in emergency aid for Chile, while Japan pledged three million dollars and China one million.

    Chile’s neighbor Argentina said it would dispatch 54 health personnel, four water treatment systems and electrical systems.

    The quake comes six weeks after a massive temblor flattened the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and forced Clinton to call off an Asian tour when she was in Hawaii.

    On January 17, Clinton made a brief visit to Port-au-Prince airport to consult with Haitian President Rene Preval, five days after the quake struck and killed more than 220,000 people in the impoverished Caribbean country.

    http://www.mysinchew.com/node/35763

  55. Clinton: Haiti needs tents, toilets before rains

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Bill Clinton says the needs of many Haiti earthquake survivors are not being met.

    The U.N. special envoy for Haiti is urging U.N. officials to provide better shelter and sanitation for hundreds of thousands living in temporary camps at risk from floods and landslides.

    Clinton’s press office says he asked for more tents, latrines and hurricane-proof dwellings during a Monday phone conference with U.N. officials. He also called for strengthening job and agricultural programs.

    The U.N. says 520,000 people have received emergency shelter but even more still need help.

    Humanitarian officials previously asked aid groups to stop ordering tents in favor of plastic tarps said to be better suited for the rainy season.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jU8vjqlts5payiVFTGRj2EchuagAD9E64RSO0

  56. I am just sick about Cannonfire quitting. He was the ONLY source of true democratic ideas. He was a voice that told the truth about where his true values lie. He was a real democrat and for that I will miss him. These days so many describing themselves as democrats or what they say now is Independent, but their true reason for existing is to disrupt, argue and destroy the only real party that ever stood for the working man. I believe most people who NOW describe themselves as Indie are really republicans seeking to destroy.
    Even though he voted for Obama he admitted his mistake and supported the real democrat Hillary. SHe’s the real thing, and there aren’t many left, thanks to the republicans.

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