Monthly Archives: June 2012

Yes, But What Did Pat Robertson Say?

The Wrath Of The Dominion

A wave of “hurricane-like” thunderstorms ripped across Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia on Friday night, leaving more than 3.5 million people without power and knocking out the US-East-1 data center operated by Amazon Web Services.

Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, and Heroku, which run their services atop Amazon’s infrastructure cloud, all reported outages because of the power failure in the AWS data center in Northern Virginia. Luckily for the Prickett Morgan household, we had just finished up watching several episodes of The IT Crowd over Netflix just before the storm hit.

Shape Changers Prophesied Morphed into Nacho Cheese Derechos.

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Just The Facts Ma’am

Josh has a good piece up on Single payer and real politics,

But it’s more than just that. Single payer supporters do themselves a disservice by imagining that the only or even the main obstacle to single payer is the money power of the health insurance industry. That’s obviously a big obstacle. It was a huge issue in 2009. But the biggest is the simple fact that the overwhelming majority of people, especially most people who vote, have health insurance coverage. And even though most don’t like it and hate their insurance companies, in most cases, they’re easily scared off by being told they’re going to lose what they know, lose access to their doctor and get something new that they don’t know.

It isn’t just that most people who vote have insurance, it’s that most people that can influence the debate have it as well. Perception, not facts, matters in American politics.

If, as Josh asserts single payer was never a viable option, which I agree with, it was a viable political option to getting the public option, which was a viable policy option, because it took nothing away from those who already have insurance, so they had nothing to loose, while giving the government a better bargaining position with a large insurance pool of people in the public option program. We’ll never know if it would have worked since it was not even used as a political option, which is what pissed most of us liberals off.

Bad policy makes for good politics, as per my previous post, since there is no need to educate the electorate on anything factual, just throw out some ad hominems with a pretty face, and the uninformed are off and running with it. The informed are, given political persuasion, either amused, as I think most of our media is, even though they have enough facts and intelligence for defense against fallacies. They like a good burn however, and that is human nature, so Anne Coulter can say some of the stupidest things in the world with snark, and live to burn another day, when in an actual policy debate she would get thumped like a drum by any relatively well informed school boy with a stick. Is it any wonder that so many non voting Americans think the government is on the verge of collapse, or that an impending armed police state is just around the corner? I don’t think so.

David Brook’s World

As goes Britannia

The head of the Institute of Directors, Simon Walker, said it was “high time” for a “clear-out” of top bankers after a wave of scandals including mis-selling and market manipulation.

It was also reported last night that Barclays failed to act on three internal warnings, between 2007 and 2008, relating to the way it set Libor rates.

One wonders at what level corruption must finally ooze it’s pus out, for the American media or government to actually do anything about it. Perhaps it never reaches that level because it never descends from there, and all the civics and libertarian horse shit are just that, horse shit. Is this the America Congress pledges allegiance to every day, or have they another in mind?

Two Degrees Of Stupid

Sheesh, 
The cartoon is dead on, ;-/, but the link,

Via Think Progress, here’s the extent of Romney’s remarks. There was a video, but it doesn’t appear to be working, which is fine, who wants to see that square robot head on a Friday?

I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. And I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they’re able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams.

What are the right values? Belief in the Trinity? Strapping a dog in a carrier to the roof of your car?

NAFTA Shafta & The Romney Way

That and if you remember when America had paying jobs,

These companies were small in the late 1990s, but they’re giants today. and present-day descendants of three companies that Bain heavily invested in during Romney’s era — are now among the biggest outsourcing companies in the world, with call centers, factories and facilities, mostly in Asia, but also across the globe, that support U.S. high-tech companies.

But Bain knowingly and far-sightedly made strategic investments, with Romney at the helm, in these pioneering outsourcing firms in the late 1990s, which grew into some of the largest outsourcing and offshoring companies in the world. And Romney and Bain shared in their profits while he was chief executive and after he left. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your politics.

Politics does have something to do with putting food on the table, and kids through college, and the politicians have been very adept at feeding the world.

Mitt Unplugged

Oooops

Mitt Romney accidentally floated a new immigration position in an interview with conservative site Newsmax on Friday, suggesting that he favored a path to permanent status for young illegal immigrants through higher education. The campaign quickly walked the position back when confronted with the discrepancy by TPM.

“For those that are here as the children of those who came here illegally, I want to make sure they have a permanent answer to what their status will be,” Romney said in the interview, “and I’ve indicated in my view that those who serve in the military and have advanced degrees would certainly qualify for that kind of permanent status.”

Never saying what they mean, never meaning what they say. 

Should Have Been An American

No one would have ever known.

China appears to have blocked access to the Bloomberg website after it detailed the multimillion-dollar assets of relatives of the man expected to become president.

It is widely assumed that Xi Jinping will become the general secretary of the Communist party later this year and president of China next spring. The Bloomberg report said it did not trace any assets to Xi, his wife or their daughter, but that members of his extended family owned luxury properties in Hong Kong and multimillion-dollar investments in companies.

At least it's unanimous, America's press sucks.

Free To Corrupt

What could go wrong?

Facebook, Twitter and Google are all now employing dedicated teams to work directly with the Super Pacs in an attempt to help them build internet presence.

Google has three separate teams of skilled political campaigners working on the 2012 election – one liases with the Democratic campaigns, one with Republicans, and the third works with what it calls “independent expenditure groups”, largely the Super Pacs.

They operate a strict firewall, Google says, between the independent expenditure team and the other two, in line with campaign finance laws that bar Super Pacs from co-ordinating directly with political candidates or parties.

Yeah right, just like News Corpse, trust us, would we lie?

Now you know why they don’t use pennies on dead peoples eyes anymore. These assholes would dig them for the free enterprise.

CantorCare

They shoot horses don’t they?

This is good. On Morning Joe today, Eric Cantor insisted to Tom Brokaw that the Republicans had a real health care reform alternative in 2009.

CANTOR: Tom, you knew back in 2009 when the Obamacare bill was being considered on the House floor, we put forward our alternative. So to sit here and say we don’t have a replacement is not correct. What we have now, though, is the challenge of repealing this law.

The official review by the Congressional Budget Office confirmed the worst of it: it would have increased the number of uninsured and raised premiums for millions who did have insurance. It didn’t even do better on deficit reduction, saving the country $68 billion through 2019, compared to the $193 billion it recently estimated the Affordable Care Act will save through 2021.

Oy vey!

Apologies To The Liberal Media

I wouldn’t want the world to hear this stuff either,

Another dismissed the idea that Republicans ever said Fast and Furious was a gun control plot.

“That’s a complete leftist folklore,” Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) told Slate’s Dave Weigel. “At no time — you can look at the statements from my office, my speeches — have we said oh, this was about the White House’s secret plot to restrict firearms. When you see that on MSNBC and other outlets, I hate to say it, but it’s almost like a flourish a magician uses to distract you.”

Schweikert evidently wasn’t talking to Rep. Allen West (R-FL).

“I think that when you look at what was the purpose, it seems to me that purpose from this administration may have been to flood weapons into Mexico — they did not trace it whatever, they had no mechanism of control — coming from gun dealers in America so they could say we have a gun problem in America and it’s spilling into Mexico so therefore we need gun control,” West told TPM yesterday. He couldn’t name any specific policy maneuver the Obama administration had made to restrict guns but said current laws a sufficient.

I think Joe Olivo may be the best shot you’ve got sometimes.

morgan stanley Employees Invited To Meet Mitt

Running for president of the United States.

In an email sent to employees on June 11, with the subject line “an invitation to meet with Mitt Romney,” a group of Morgan Stanley executives said they were “writing to invite you to a breakfast on July 9 in support of Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and Republican nominee for President of the united states.” The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. on the 41st floor of the the Morgan Stanley building in midtown Manhattan.

Patriotic regurgitation, or just too stupid to learn how to spell??

Fairy Balancy

Pesky liberal media at work.

Can’t you assholes even pretend anymore?

We Don’t Need No Stinkin Job Recovery

Mitt goes all Mitt on Romney

Given that the Supreme Court has narrowly ruled in favor of the Affordable Care At, its final potential test is now with the voters in the 2012 election. In a supreme act of hypocrisy Mitt Romney, the political father of this exact style of health care program in Massachusetts, and the rest of the Republican party have made repeal of Obamacare a fundamental campaign promise. It is a day one promise from the Romney campaign.

I’m surprised the guy doesn’t bore himself too.

Missing The Point

Who’s on first?

TPM Reader ML isn’t buying the idea that Roberts somehow managed to uphold ‘Obamacare’ while crippling the possibility for progressive legislation in the future.

Just wanted to point this out to you guys that there seems to be trending, at least among liberal commentators and libertarian bloggers, the notion that CJ Roberts’ ruling is akin to CJ Marshall’s ruling in Marbury v. Madison – that he hid the ball, got the legal result that he desired, and tricked his political opponents into thinking they won. See Ezra’s piece here.

So who does Klien quote?

“We won,” said Georgetown law professor Randy Barnett, who was perhaps the most influential legal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. “All the arguments that the law professors said were frivolous were affirmed by a majority of the court today. A majority of the court endorsed our constitutional argument about the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. Yet we end up with the opposite outcome. It’s just weird.”

It’s not weird if you apply Occam’s Razor to it. You end up here

What this decision makes particularly clear is the stark choice facing Americans in November. In a sense, it is futile to speculate how Roberts’s hair-splitting will play out, because with four members of the Court over the age of 70, this will be determined by a different bench. Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, the constitutional order represented by the New Deal and Great Society remains intact—but there are now four justices on record as rejecting it. If Mitt Romney is charged with replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the federal powers that have been taken for granted since 1938 will almost certainly perish. The constitutional revolution being proposed by Justices Kennedy, Scalia, Alito, and Thomas did not succeed today—but it is frighteningly close, and should it be realized, the effects on America’s most vulnerable citizens would be catastrophic.

I fail to see how Ezra quoting a conservative, fits the argument made, while Lemieux points out what should be the critical liberal takeaway. Snooze you loose.