Tags: budget meal, cooking on a budget, DIY
After watching that, I’m sure you’re feeling a bit philosophical. Why not enjoy an episode of Three Minute Philosophy?
Tags: Bobby Jindal, BP, Gulf of Mexico, Haley Barbour, Mississippi, Mississippi Sound, oil spill
(ThinkProgress) “The most important thing right now is the 2010 elections,” [Mississippi Governor Haley] Barbour told reporters.
Continuing his record of dismissing the magnitude of the BP disaster, Barbour said on Friday after he returned to Mississippi that major slicks miles long within the Mississippi Sound “shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.”
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The system for responding to a major oil spill depends on coordination between the federal government, the responsible oil company, and the state government. Out of the 6,000 National Guard troops President Obama has authorized for response in Mississippi, Haley Barbour has mobilized only 58. However, he has declared today to be a Day of Prayer “to remember the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
This is what you get when you elect people who believe that Government should be drowned in the bathtub — people who are incompetent to govern.
Barbour is going to wait for that oil to wash ashore and then scream and bitch, like Jindal, that it’s Obama’s fault that Mississippi’s entire coast is rendered uninhabitable by man or beast.
Tags: Disney, Dumbo, pink elephants, politics, sarah palin
“Look out, Washington. There’s a whole stampede of pink elephants coming.”
Tags: 1915, Atlanta, Georgia, Glenn Beck, Hallmark, Mother's Day, Vermont Teddy Bear Co., Woodrow Wilson
Who would have ever predicted this?
And I said, Mother’s Day, it’s a scam. It’s a big business scam. And I said, I bet it was started by Woodrow Wilson. Look it up, Sarah. And she didn’t. I said, look it up. She’s like, no, I’m not going to look it up. I said, look it up, I’ll bet you, I’ll bet you. Mother’s Day? Started 1914. Woodrow Wilson. Hate that guy. Love my mom. Hate the holiday. Now, you could go to Hallmark because Hallmark and Woodrow Wilson would like you to do that. But there’s something new from Vermont Teddy Bear. Three handmade teddy bears in pink, green, and white.
In a few brief seconds, Glenn Beck manages to insult Mother’s Day, one of America’s greatest Presidents and 1919 Nobel Peace Prize winner Woodrow Wilson, an advertiser on his radio show, Hallmark Cards and capitalism.
Way to go, Glenn!
Transcript excerpt from Media Matters.
Tags: monty python, politics, Tea Party, teabaggers
Thanks, They Gave Us A Republic!
Tags: Bill Moyers, Bll Moyers, Economy, financial fraud, financial markets, financial reform, William K. Black
Last week William Black, author and professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri, testified before the House Financial Services Committee with regard to the financial industry. On April 23, 2010 he sat down with Bill Moyers:
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The more I hear about the current “financial reform” legislation, the less I am convinced it is going to address any of the real problems.
Thank you, Bill Moyers. You will be missed.
Tags: Baghdad, Department of Defense, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Iraq occupation, Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, murder, Namir Noor-Eldeen, Reuters, rules of war, Saeed Chmagh, war atrocities, Wikileaks
On July 12, 2007 Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh and nine others, including two children, were killed by a U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad. The American military authorities claimed they were armed insurgents.
“There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force,” said Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad.
WikiLeaks, their Freedom of Information Act request stonewalled by the Defense Department, has obtained video from unnamed military sources that clearly shows that the people targeted and killed in cold blood were not carrying, and certainly not firing, AK-47s or RPGs.
I can only hope that the people who committed this atrocity are haunted by their crime because they will certainly never be held accountable.
UPDATE: If you don’t believe your lying eyes and think that this film was edited in some way to make the US military look bad, go here to see the full, unedited video.
UPDATE: Josh Stieber, a former US Army solider, deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2008 as a member ofBravo Company 2-16 — the same Company as the infantry ground soldiers involved in the Apache helicopter attack — spoke with Glenn Greenwald about the video and “compellingly explains how the incident depicted there — from the initial killing of the Reuters journalist to the shooting of unarmed rescuers to the language used by the pilots — was anything but rare; it was extremely common.”
Tags: Hardeman County, letter to the president, Michigan, Obama!, Texas
You have to read this.
Tags: health care reform, health care summit, politics
In advance of Thursday’s bipartisan health care reform summit, the White House has posted specific proposals.
The 11-page “blueprint” is here (PDF).
The HCR bill passed by the House in November 2009, as well as CBO and budget information, can be read here. The HCR bill passed by the Senate in December 2009, as well as related information, is available here.
A Republican plan posted at an unknown date, but perhaps October 2009, is here. Whether they’re sticking to what is in this proposed “substitution” is anybody’s guess. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has no information.
Read up, then call your Congresscritters and let them know what you think.
UPDATE: The White House has information about Republican ideas included in the President’s proposal and the legislation passed by Congress here.
Igor Volsky at the Wonk Room provides a brief side-by-side comparison between the president’s current proposals and the House and Senate bills here.
Tags: citizenship, civic life, moral principles, politics
George Lakoff at Common Dreams has a post titled “Where’s the Movement?” in which he talks about our role as active participants in our political system that I think you all should read.
Movements also transcend particular policies. The framing of moral principles comes first and the policies elaborate on the principles. The way to unite a movement is to form policies that carry out the principles in ways that everyone can understand.
As a citizen, what moral principles, values or characteristics do you believe are important for a happy and well-functioning society?
Compassion, cooperativeness, fairness, generosity, honesty, industriousness, loyalty, moderation and tolerance are important to me.