Excerpt: Joining a wave of public anger, Obama blistered
insurance crooks AIG for "recklessness and greed" Monday
and pledged to try to block it from handing its
executives $165 million in bonuses after taking billions in federal
bailout money. "How do they justify this outrage
to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?" Obama asked.
AIG is whining that they have contracts - but that excuse doesn't fly.
Contracts cover "the expected" and they weren't expecting to go bankrupt.
And for the hundreth time - how do you get a bonus for going bankrupt?
Excerpt: It is the favorite excuse of losers -- no one
could have seen it coming. Sleazy Rice said it about 9/11 after she had
handed a memo saying, "Bin Laden Determined to
Strike Inside the United States." George Bush said it about the levees
breaking during Katrina after he had sat through
a presentation on how the levees would break during Katrina.
CNBC said it about the crash of the market as
they bragged day in and day out about how well they knew the market.
And now the Obama administration is saying it
about the AIG bonuses, as they damn well knew it was going to happen.
In fact, they pushed for it to happen. Several
times, Tim Geithner argued that companies receiving bailouts should be
allowed to give most of their executives any
damn bonus they like. And
he won that argument.
Every time a bill came up to limit executive bonuses
they watered it down. They said the companies couldn't retain
top "talent" without it. They said they were
afraid of a "brain drain." And the list of dumb excuses goes on and on.
So why isn't Obama telling us the truth about this?
Obama says he's outraged by these bonuses but he's following recommendations
and Geithner wants Wall Street to get their bonuses so I gotta ask
- is Obama leveling with us?
Read that And
he won that argument. - it says Axelrod was against Wall
Street bonuses but
Geithner was for them and Obama went with Geithner's
plan - but now he's outraged about it?
So Chuck Norris wants revolutionary cells and
have Texas succeed from the Union?
Interesting how the far Right is so quick to
switch from "thou shalt not criticize or you're an unpatriotic traitor"
to "we hate America" after slightly over a month.
Just how thin is their claim to patriotism?
Paper is very obese in comparison.
Remember, Sarah Palin spoke to a "Alaska Secedes" group and the all-white
GOP loved her for it.
> I would go a step further. > I think everyone should be marked "Organ
Donor," and if someone has a problem with that > they can go stand in line at the DMV for
eight hours and get those words taken off their license.
I would like to know how you would feel if you
got my organs.
Rhumatoid arthritis, hep-c.... maybe you might
rethink your statement as not everyone is a qualified donor.
I've never gotten a transplant but I assume they test the donor before
Excerpt: Jon Stewart's Jim Cramer interview was a pivotal
moment -- not just for Stewart, Cramer, and CNBC but also for journalism.
It was a bracing reminder of what great research
and a journalist committed to the truth can accomplish.
Stewart kept popping into my head as I watched
John King interview Dick Cheney on Sunday. Each time King let Cheney get
with spouting gross inaccuracies and revisionist
history, I kept thinking how different things would have been had Stewart
the questions. Stewart without the comedy and
without the outrage -- just armed with the facts and the willingness to
ask tough questions.
King opened by showing clips of Obama saying that
his administration had "inherited an economic crisis" and "inherited a
He then asked Cheney: "Did you leave him a mess?"
"I don't think you can blame the Bush administration
for the creation of those circumstances," responded Cheney. "It's a global
and that's interesting rhetoric but I don't think
anybody really cares a lot about that."
"You are pretending that you are a dew-eyed innocent,"
Stewart might have said, as he did to Cramer. But shouldn't King have challenged
Cheney's ludicrous claim with some facts about
how the fervor for financial deregulation championed by the Bush administration
economic meltdown? Instead, King let Cheney off
the hook: "We may get back to how we got here. But let's talk about where
John King is a rich, media whore.
His job is to make Cheney look good.
I didn't watch the interview because I knew what Cheney was going to
If you heard BCR Show 148, you knew what he was going to say, too.
Excerpt: Protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes
in Calgary on Tuesday, angry that former American Fuhrer
George W. Bush was in the Canadian city to give
his first speech since leaving the White House.
At least two demonstrators were hauled away by
police after brief skirmishes.
"He is a war criminal who fought an illegal war,
and there are some who say he was never elected democratically,
so there are some who say he should be arrested
as soon as he comes here," said a woman dressed as a Gitmo prisoner.
She brought a "shoe cannon" that catapulted
footwear, but security personnel were
not letting her use it.
"China's premiere is warning Obama not to try
to weasel out of the trillion dollars that we owe them. So an Asian guy is following the black
guy around like he's up to something. Our country has literally turned into
a Korean grocery store."
-- Bill Maher
Rethugs are so much better at politics than Democrats and I hate that.
I suppose it's because they have both brains and courage whereas
the idiot Democrats have is the f-ing truth ...but they refuse to use
I was thinking - I probably have seen or heard the phrase,
"Thank God Bush was president on 9-11 because
there's no telling how bad the Democrats
would've fucked that up."
That's not genius at work, it's third grade psychology.
If I break the lamp, I'll accuse little Jimmy of breaking the lamp to
But because the Rethugs KNOW little Jimmy will refuse to ldefend himself,
knowing that little Jimmy would never have the courage to say, "Fuck
you, I didn't break shit," they were succesful at getting shit-for-brains America to buy
that 9-11 load of crap.
And it pisses me off because saying
"Thank God Bush was president on 9-11 because
there's no telling how bad the Democrats would've
fucked that up."
...is like saying,
"Thank God Lincoln's bodyguards were drunk
at Ford's Theater because there's no telling how bad they would've fucked
that up if they's been sober."
Yet the rethugs SCORED with that bullshit.
That kind of crap for them - and why?
Because the weenie Democrats refuse to list the damn facts.
Bush and his cronies either completely went to sleep that day or they
invited it to happen
with their "more vacations than any president" attitude or they invited
it with their "you can have a carpet of bombs or a carpet of gold"
pipeline threat to the Taliban handjobs in early 2001.
Yet the rethugs SCORED with that bullshit because
the weenie Democrats refuse to list the damn facts.
Jon Stewart got a million miles out of his face-off with that Cramer
Is Jon Stewart the great debater of our times?
Is Jon Stewart the man who knows everything?
Is Jon Stewart the man who put the poli in poliwonk?
No, actually all Jon did was list the f-ing facts. And by listing the facts he's considered a hero.
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Excerpt: Jon Stewart is being widely celebrated today
and Jim Cramer/CNBC widely mocked -- both rightfully so -- for Stewart's
devastating interview of Cramer. If you
haven't yet seen the interview, you
can and should watch it here; if you watch only
one segment, watch the middle one and the beginning
of the third.
Stewart focuses on the role Cramer and CNBC played
in mindlessly disseminating and uncritically amplifying the false claims
from the CEOs and banks which spawned the financial
crisis with their blatantly untoward and often illegal practices.
STEWART: But what is the responsibility
of the people who cover Wall Street? I'm under the assumption that you
just take their word at face value. That you actually then go around
and try to figure it out (applause).
Jon's kidding, of course.
He knows the American whore media is a f-ing
We've said it until we're blue in the face - you
can't get any facts from the whore media. To get facts, to get real news and a clue about
what the real news means, you have to go to
comedians like Jon Stewart and SNL and even Bartcop.
You'd think the whore media would be ashamed, but nooooooooooooo.
They're too busy cashing their multi-million dollar paychecks to give
us for letting the religiously insane set medical
policy by claiming that God wants
dying people to feel pain.
Subject: the more things
Bart, you're the guy who originally proclaimed
to NOT read minds.
Instead, now you're reading Shirley manson's
mind by proclaiming
what she really meant when she never really said
anything of the sort!
What I see here is that she has no intention to
kill the golden goose,
she's just making a statement to that (record
label) goose that she wants
her own small-time greed to show a sufficient
bottom line. (Using the
media as an employer/employee communication venue
is a time-honored
Hollywood tradition since before Mary Pickford.)
Or are you now claiming Kreskin's title?
Dan, I never claimed I could read minds but words
do mean things.
If a friend says "Life
isn't really worth living," you don't
be a mind-reader to understand that he might
be thinking about suicide.
So when Shirley said performing in front of 100,000
people no longer
made her heart race, people reacted to the obvious
Many people interpreted her words as
"I'm quitting music." So many that she had to clarify her murky words
on her blog
to mitigate the damage - so how does the blame
fall on me?
I don't know what your second paragraph means, but Shirley
blamed "the record company" for her lack of musicial output
and I pointed out that she can easily go around them - so what
is the real reason why she's no longer making music?
I'm going to say something that nobody has said yet.
Or, maybe they said it and I didn't catch it, but here it goes:
If you'ree a baseball player and you have it in your contract that if
eighty home runs in the 2009 season and then you do that, you
get a big bonus.
America gets that - we support rewarding greatness.
But if you're a baseball player who leads the league in strikeouts
or missed games,
and you get a million dollar bonus for fucking up - that's where we
draw the line.
Why doesn't Wall Street get that?
They say, "Granted, Ted led the league in strikeouts,
but if we don't give him a bonus, some other team will hire him away from us
and he'll lead their team in strikeouts."
Excerpt: John McCain’s daughter Meghan has a message for
conserva-Nazi Laura Ingraham: “Kiss my fat ass.”
Last week, Ingraham mocked McCain on her radio
show after Meghan urged Republicans to seek
compromise with Democrats. Ingraham called McCain
“a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”
McCain, who writes for The Daily Beast, went on
The View on Monday to fight back.
“What do young women think when I speak my mind
about politics and I want to have a political discussion
about the ideological future of the Republican
Party, and the answer is, ‘She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion.’
What kind of message are we sending young women?”
“It infuriates me,” she said. “I’m a political
writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?”
“That’s what I feel right now,” McCain said.
“I’m like, ‘Kiss my fat ass!’”
Wiseguy: But "The Baby" is a Glock -
Glocks don't need shoes.
Bart: Shut up! It's a fund-raiser!!
Subject: Organ donations
How about allowing me to sell my organs for transplant
while I'm still alive,
thereby allowing me to benefit from the transaction?
As it stands now,
all involved parties benefit except the donor,
who is supposed to have some
altruistic sense of virtue, while the doctors,
and hospitals rake in millions for their efforts.
This would ensure a steady supply of spare parts
that would save more lives.
And please don't try and roll out the straw-man
of secret harvesting in back-alleys,
a DNA database would solve that problem.
Scott in Phoenix
Bart, when you say "rest in peace" to a
dead person like Silver, what do you say is resting?
Are you trying to be "nice" by saying "rest
To not appear like a douchebag if you don't
Or worry that you want people to be nice
to your memory when you're dead?
Mark, future dead guy
Yeah, that is a stupid phrase for an agnostic to use, but
I wanted to convey the idea that Ron Silver was stupid, not evil.
Excerpt: Over the last three decades, the Post has evolved
into a neoconservative propaganda sheet, especially its opinion section
which fronted for Bush’s false Iraq-WMD claims,
led the long-term bashing of Iraq War critics, and defends whatever actions
the Israeli government takes, including the recent
war in Gaza and apparently its desire to preemptively bomb Iran.
Rather than a newspaper committed to the truth
and favoring a broad debate about important issues, the Washington Post
has become an enforcement mechanism for a neocon-dominated
Establishment, setting the parameters for permissible points
of view and twisting facts for that purpose.
A recent example of this was its March 12 lead
editorial trashing Chas Freeman for issuing a two-page statement pointing
that his nomination to serve as a top intelligence
analyst had been torpedoed by Washington’s powerful Israel Lobby.
To the Post’s editors, however, there apparently
is no Israel Lobby; there has been no large-scale organized effort to bend
U.S. foreign policy to the interests of Israeli
governments over the years. Even the suggestion that such a body exists
is a sign
of delusion, bigotry and a conspiratorial mindset.
The whole thing about Shirley dealing with the
music suits and ties is that when she was in Angelfish, the band was signed
to a deal to Radioactive records, the band broke
up still owing the company another record. On all the Garbage albums
Shirley is listed as "Appearing courtesy of Radioactive
records" I don't exactly know who owns them, as all these fly-by-night
operations have come and gone, but what I do
know is that some big company owns the contract and that Shirley has been
the hook her whole career for another (Non-Garbage)
album. So basically she either has to write a big ass check and buy herself
out of the contract, or she has to make one that
the company is willing to sell.
It is possible all the comments she's making are
attempts at leverage against the company to get them
to ease up on their demands, that she just won't
sing at all if they are not fans of what she's recording.
And the acting thing was from all accounts something
she didn't plan on doing at all.
The producer of terminator was the one who sought
her out for the role. I mean, she's hot to us,
but really Hollywood isn't exactly banging down
the door of 40 something women with deep scottish accents.
Mike The Dealer
Mike, I think there's a flaw in your reasoning.
First, she can have that contract nullified if it's some kind of "forever"
Second, have you ever heard of "Cocksucker
In 1972, the Rolling Stones owed Decca records "one final song" as
per their contract so Mick
gave 'em a song with x-rated lyrics that couldn't be played on any
radio station at the time.
Third, the list of artists who told their record company to fuck off
Besides, Shirley's a tough girl.
This "Woe is me, The Man is mistreating me"
doesn't look good on her.
If she recorded an album with Garbage and sold it on Garbage.com who's going to stop her?
Excerpt: Before this week, the last time Tiger Woo
was out of contention in a stroke-play event was the '07 British Open at
But he should be in the mix when he defends his
title at Bay Hill in two weeks.
"I'm happy with the way I progressed but not happy
where I finished," he said Sunday after finishing tied for ninth.
Jack Bauer personally - personally - saves the president's life
between 8-9 PM.
Between 9-10 PM, he's an escaped criminal wanted by the FBI.
C'mon, can't you writers remember what happened 60 minutes ago?
Not to mention Jack's saved the United States about a dozen times, save
of 3-4 presidents - personally - saved LA from a nuclear explosion
and personally brought down a crooked president by taping his bragging confession.
And he can't get anybody in DC to vouch for him?
Not even the president who's life he savedone hour ago?
They also have severe continuity problems.
The president was pistol-whipped at 8:30
but her cuts and bruises are gone at 9:05?
Mrs Bart likes it, so we'll continue to watch,
but Keifer ought to be ashamed of himself, making millions
of dollars from a show that has third-grade writing.
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