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Lazy Saturday News and Views

Good Morning Conflucians!!! What’s happening out there in the world?

I’m a little out of touch, as I spent most of yesterday driving my mom to Cincinnati and back. She wanted to visit her older sister, who has been staying with her son (my cousin), but is leaving today to return home to Gulf Shores, Alabama. My mom’s younger brother and his wife came too. We had a nice day, despite getting lost in the Cincinnati ‘burbs for awhile and driving through several incredible cloudbursts.

My aunt is hoping the BP oil doesn’t come her way, but she ate a lot of oysters before she came north, and she also bought several pounds of shrimp to freeze just in case.

Today is supposed to be warm and sunny in central Indiana, and boy am I looking forward to that! It has been cold and rainy much of the time since I got here.

On to the news…

The Texas state board of education has finally approved a very conservative curriculum which will heavily influence textbook publishing and test preparation. The Republicans on the board were able to get their way on most things. From the Dallas Morning News:

Approval came after the GOP-dominated board approved a new curriculum standard that would encourage high school students to question the legal doctrine of church-state separation – a sore point for social conservative groups who disagree with court decisions that have affirmed the doctrine, including the ban on school-sponsored prayer.

Democrats claimed that the Republicans had allowed politics and religion to influence their judgments, but Republicans claimed they were just trying to make up for a supposedly liberal slant in past history and social science textbooks.

Oh really? I strongly recommend anyone who believes that to read Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen.

Board Democrats accused the Republicans of a “cut-and-paste” job that included a flurry of late amendments undoing much of the work of teachers and academics who were appointed to review teams to draft the curriculum requirements last year.

“Here we are trying to approve standards for our children that will be used for years, and we are being asked to approve all these last-minute cut-and-paste proposals,” said Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi. “I don’t think any teacher would accept work like this,” she said. “They would have thrown this paper in the trash.

We’ve done an injustice to the children of this state.”

At least the Democrats managed to get Thomas Jefferson back on the list of political philosophers children can study.

Via edgeofforever, the ultra-conservative but always entertaining Boston Herald has a column today by Hillary Chabot arguing that Obama has become “toxic” for candidates running for office.

Bay State Democrats are hardly rolling out the welcome mat for President Obama as Republicans all but dare them to rally with him during the midterm election campaigns and continue the White House-backed losing streak. [….]

[Democratic] U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch – whose South Boston hometown is a stronghold of Tea Party activists – said he’s not pushing for help from Obama as he campaigns for his sixth term in Congress. “Bringing someone in from Washington to intervene on your behalf doesn’t seem like the right way to go. I should be connecting with my constituents myself,” said Lynch, noting the electorate’s strong anti-Beltway fervor.

Well, when your approval rating is fluctuating from the mid-to-high forties, I guess that’s the way it goes.

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama has appointed an “oil spill panel.”

The president has called on former Sen. Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Reilly to lead the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Mr. Graham is a former two-term governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Reilly is a founding partner of Aqua International Partners LP, a private equity fund that invests in water and renewable energy companies. He’s also a senior adviser to TPG Capital LP, an international investment partnership.

Obama is giving them 6 months to come up with recommendations. By that time the Gulf Coast could be a dead zone, but hey….he set up a commission so that should take care of the mess, right?

Thanks to RalphB for this link to Nieman Watchdog. Has Obama Created a Social Security Death Panel?

President Obama and the leadership in Congress have delegated enormous, unaccountable authority to 18 unrepresentative, inordinately wealthy individuals. The 18 individuals are meeting regularly, in secret, behind closed doors, until safely beyond this year’s mid-term election. If they reach agreement, their proposal will be voted on in December by a lame duck Congress, without the benefit of open hearings and deliberations in the pertinent committees and without the opportunity for open debate and amendment on the floors of the House and Senate. Despite the speed and lack of accountability, the legislation will affect, in substantial ways, every man, woman, and child in this nation.

Who are these powerful people and what are their views?

They are the members of President Obama’s newly-formed National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. They lack racial and gender diversity, and more importantly, they lack diversity of opinion. Their mantra is that “everything is on the table,” but their one member who has any expertise with respect to defense spending, for instance, is the CEO of a major defense contractor that devotes millions of dollars each year to lobby Congress for more defense spending.

“Everything is on the table,” they say, but the members appointed by the minority leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they do not believe that the problems in this country stem from under-taxing, rather from overspending. The one area that they seem to be in agreement on — and which they are in fact, focusing on like a laser — involves programs that help the middle class and those Americans who are the most vulnerable. Even liberal Senator Richard Durbin has stated, “the bleeding-heart liberals… have to…make real sacrifices to strengthen our nation.”

This is very scary, and we’ve talked about this issue here since way back during the 2008 primaries. It was clear to me from what Obama wrote in his book, The Audacity of Hope that he intended to privatize, cut, or end Social Security and Medicare. It’s obvious now that our “representatives” in Congress don’t care one bit about us–only about the needs of giant corporations. And we are on our own. As the article points out, the press aren’t doing their jobs, because they too only care about what the super-rich and the giant corporations want.

The New York Times discusses the firing of Dennis C. Blair as head of all U.S. spy agencies. There are a lot of excuses given, but the gist seems to be that Obama didn’t really like Blair that much, so Blair became the designated scapegoat for recent intelligence failures surrounding foiled “terrorist attacks.” In addition, Blair tried to negotiate an intelligence agreement with France that the WH didn’t care for.

Mr. Blair had pressed for a pact between the United States and France that would have halted espionage operations on each other’s soil, a more formal version of America’s “gentleman’s agreement” with Britain.

The informal agreement with London is built on decades of trust between the American and British governments. Officials said that Mr. Blair had come to believe that Mr. Sarkozy’s presidency was a unique opportunity for two countries long suspicious of each other’s motives to build lasting security ties.

But others worried that a written pact — the first of its kind for the United States — would handcuff the United States if a new government came to power in France that was more hostile to American foreign policy goals.

Al Jazeera has an interesting article about the effects of sanctions on Iran. It is critical of U.S. policy and of Hillary Clinton’s “penchent for sanctions.”

Finally, Jordon Romero, age 13 has become the youngest person to climb to the top of Mt. Everest.

Jordan Romero, from California, telephoned his mother from the peak of the world’s highest mountain, she said.

“Mom, I’m calling you from the top of the world,” Leigh Anne Drake quoted her son as saying.

He was climbing with his father and three Sherpa guides. The previous record was held by a Nepalese boy of 16.

The 13-year-old has now conquered the highest mountains on six of the world’s seven continents.

So what are you reading and discussing this morning. I look forward to following your links. And have a wonderful Saturday and a great weekend!!!!!

115 Responses

  1. Sorry this is so late, folks. I’m getting a slow start today. I’ve been kind of out of touch for a couple of days, so I hope you will all bring me up to date on what I’ve missed.

  2. If you missed the news while you were away you actually did your health a favor.

    BTW — for any LOST fans, Katiebird and I will be hosting a pre-finale discussion tonight. Bring your theories and let’s see who can come close to figuring out how this will all end!

    I’m giddy with excitement — but then again, I’m a bit of an oddball.

  3. Thanks for the round up. No worries on late. It’s been a rough week all around.

    Here’s a fun one. The banksters are all counting on Barny Frank to protect them from the nasty Senate bill by watering it down further:

    BANKERS ARE PRAYING THAT REP. Barney Frank of Massachusetts can do for them what he’s done for the casino industry. Frank is the brainy chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and will be the 800-pound gorilla in a conference committee that will meld the best parts of House and Senate financial-reform legislation, leaving the worst parts on the cutting-room floor.

    • OMG, how embarrassing. Barney has to go.

      • Washington, DC is a strange place.

        Actually, Barney Frank’s original FinReg proposal was really strong. Every pro-reform person was afraid it would get watered down in the Senate.

        Now it looks like the House may actually soften the Senate’s proposal.

  4. Watch those sprouts, there’s a Salmonella outbreak:

    Salmonella found in raw alfalfa sprouts appears to have sickened at least 22 people in 10 states, including a baby in Oregon, prompting a nationwide recall of the product.
    Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., announced the recall Friday. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which also announced the recall Friday, Caldwell’s alfalfa product was sold in 18 states in the West, Midwest and South.
    According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 people were sickened in California, two were sickened in Nevada and two were sickened in Wisconsin. Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Colorado each had one person become ill, the CDC said. The illnesses began between March 1 and May 2 and six people were hospitalized.

  5. Interesting bit from Politico about the WH/Dems strategy for midterms. They’re going to run against Bush, again.

    The White House’s mid-term election strategy is becoming clear – pit the Democrats of 2010 against the Republicans circa 2006, 2008 and 2009, including Bush.

    It’s a lot to ask an angry, finicky electorate to sort out. And even if Obama can rightfully make the case that the economy took a turn for the worse under Bush’s watch, he’s already made it – in 2008 and repeatedly in 2009.

    It’s not clear that voters still want to hear it.

    “If you’re the leader of a large corporation and you’re in power for a year and a half and you start off a meeting with your shareholders by blaming your predecessor, that wouldn’t go over very well,” said Merle Black, a political science professor at Emory University. “This is a very weak approach. … And I can’t imagine it having an impact on these very swing voters.”

    • If they keep it up they will.

    • From the Rand Paul race, I just assumed they would just call all the Republicans racists again.

    • I’m hoping that we get enough real Democrats elected to keep Obama from dismantling all of FDR’s good work.

      Or that I wake up next to Bob Newhart and find the past 10 years have all been a bad dream.

      • I can’t believe Glenn Beck spends his day saying that FDR was a bad Potus and is right next to Stalin.

        • Hard to imagine he holds on to anyone that was alive during WWII in his audience with that stuff.

          • There is the thing, geezers like me who were around for the Watergate break in and other assorted republican mischief know better.
            Beck counts on the ignorance of his audience as does Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and a host of other bad actors.

  6. Endangered turtles are now being found in oil in the gulf: http://news.discovery.com/animals/first-endangered-turtles-found-slathered-in-oil.html

    • The investigative panel is a joke; a congressman and former EPA director under Bush. But then again there job is to protect the oil interest and make sure that the whole truth is not widely known. The only way this could be evaluated properly is to have it done by people outside arms of the government. Nothing really damaging to oil companies or government regulation will come out, it PR.

  7. Why not make high school text books a CF like everything else is becoming in the U S of A?
    Heaven forbid that we allow any hint of rational thought in our education system.
    If you don’t have the physical strength to sell protection to shopkeepers in your neighborhood, printing, selling or being the one purchasing hard bound text books might be a lucrative alternative. (Only because all the Wall Street gigs are taken.)

    • actually, I’m wondering why they don’t just use ONLY primary sources from now on? This stuff is probably all public domain, all you need to do is photocopy – so that would save on costs!!! Maybe with the savings, they can actually NOT fire teachers!

      So instead of reading this crap, they can read the actual constitution in its entirety, Common Sense, etc etc. And no editing allowed! They read all of it, and see what really is in all that stuff. That would be great.

      Get away from the stranglehold these damn textbook publishers have on us.

      • Like everything else there is too much money involved. You have to wonder if local school board members can be bought for a DVD player or do they cost as much as a state congress member.

  8. Reuters:

    A troubled Chicago community bank with a philanthropic reputation has won uncommon Wall Street backing to save it from a government takeover, while similarly sized rivals flounder and fail.

    Privately owned ShoreBank, a community development lender on Chicago’s South Side near the home base of President Barack Obama and some of his top aides, is getting assistance from a consortium of Wall Street banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), Citigroup (C.N), JPMorgan (JPM.N) and Bank of America (BAC.N), sources have said.

    Gee, that’s odd.

  9. and once again this week Arnie Duncan says that what happens in TX will NOT have much effect on the rest of the country.
    How stupid do you have to be to not know as secretary of education that whatever TX wants the rest of us are stuck with?

    • smart people reject indentured servitude to corporations… governor Jindal keeps cutting funds to higher education and demands we make more surfs for the oil rigs and quit graduating so many 4 year graduates, wonder what he thinks about that speech now?

      • Do you have that speech, it may be useful in a couple of years…we need to save it!

    • He may be right on this. The TX Lege is threatening not to fund purchase of books with the new so-called “standards,” and CA is putting through legislation to forbid purchasing them. The publishers aren’t going to put out something they can’t sell.

      • Yeah, honestly, I can’t imagine some of the wealthy communities around here (the ones that actually BUY new books) using these. And the towns that have no money and are still using books from the 50’s, might as well keep using those as the new ones are identical to the outdated ones.

        • The Express-News (San Antonio) this morning had a photo of pro-education protestors with homemade signs. My favorite was DON’T MESS WITH TEXtbooks.
          (For those of you who don’t live in Texas–the slogan is a play on “Don’t Mess with Texas” roadside anti-littering signs,)

  10. Democrats claimed that the Republicans had allowed politics and religion to influence their judgments, but Republicans claimed they were just trying to make up for a supposedly liberal slant in past history and social science textbooks.

    Oh really? I strongly recommend anyone who believes that to read Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen.

    You have to read Lies my Teacher told me” with a grain of salt too. The author clearly has a point of view and slants history to suit that POV. But there other part that kind of turned me off to the book was the habit the author had of judging people from past centuries and even past decades by today’s standards and sensibilities. It is not useful to do that.

    • You have to read everything with a grain of salt. So it’s too bad that kids will only be getting one point of view.

  11. Obama is giving them 6 months to come up with recommendations.

    I said they would start that 6 months shit

    • By that time they’ll have to pay to relocate all of us.

      • Watch out – they still have any of those handy dandy death trap trailers from Katrina

        • I think they do, plus Mississippi is auctioning some of its Mississippi houses too… we’ll be in BP concentration camps this time out

          • You could be prescient. Don’t mistake my facitiousness for lack of caring. This is so incredibly sad that it is breaking my heart. I love New Orleans and LA and even though I haven’t been there in too many years, my memories are as if it were yesterday. To watch helplessly while an eco-system and a way of life is destroyed through greed, inadequate oversight and inaction, and to realize that TPTB don’t give a good galdarn about anything other than CYA……… it’s overwhelming, and I live a thousand miles away. I can’t begin to understand how you manage to control your rage, but I admire your perseverence and hands on approach.
            Ce sont les temps qui essayent nos âmes

          • I guess i”m worried about this stuff getting into the water supply and I wonder if they’d even tell us. If it starts going up the mississippi, they’ll have to start moving families,I’d think. How long can you go with water being trucked in?

            I know you’re being facetious, but I don’t think the word is getting out exactly how this tsunami is going to keep moving North; especially if a hurricane starts sending surge this direction.

          • oh, and that’s my new description it’s an

            OIL TSUNAMI

          • Good description. I like that. And I think they’re wrong about it only getting to NC. I’m sure it will wash over VA and parts north as well. And up the Miss, who knows what extra devastation it can cause.

          • I’m calling it an Oil Kill.

          • I guess i”m worried about this stuff getting into the water supply and I wonder if they’d even tell us.

            I know how you feel. We have tritium contamination here in the Cohansey aquifer, which supplies drinking water to outside the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, but they insist the water is safe to drink as contamination has only been found in the part of the aquifer under the plant.

          • Hi Branjor! How are things? My mom is still running me ragged. She sure does have a lot of energy for an 85 year old.

          • Hi BB! I’m holding. Wow, your mom sounds hyper. Hope she lets you relax soon and enjoy your “vacation”!

    • If Wall, St was failing, the solution would be found over a weekend at most. But since it is merely the board day light murder of the Gulf of Mexico, then a phony 6 months kabuki theater Bush 3 “blue ribbon ” panel lie will do. They plan to do just what they are doing: Nothing. imo . Of course it’s easier to throw money at Wall St over a weekend than to fix this mile deep gusher in a timely fashion …but I see NO WILL to do so. I see no urgency at all besides covering BP ass every news break.

      • They don’t care and the MSM enables them to keep not caring. The coverage of the Oil Spill has been delivered to the public in such a way that it is now another Debbie Downer topic, don’t bring it up because people don’t want to disturb their beautiful minds…

  12. From the NYT:

    Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced his candidacy for governor on Saturday, saying that he was seeking not only to lead New York but to remake a state mired in political scandal and paralyzed by financial crisis.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/nyregion/23cuomo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    • …remake a state mired in political scandal and paralyzed by financial crisis

      That part is a bit ambiguous. Sounds like he wants to remake the state so that it’s mired… Of course that will likely be the end result.

  13. Bob Hebert is waking up to reality I see:

    The response of the Obama administration and the general public to this latest outrage at the hands of a giant, politically connected corporation has been embarrassingly tepid. We take our whippings in stride in this country. We behave as though there is nothing we can do about it.

    The fact that 11 human beings were killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion (their bodies never found) has become, at best, an afterthought. BP counts its profits in the billions, and, therefore, it’s important. The 11 men working on the rig were no more important in the current American scheme of things than the oystermen losing their livelihoods along the gulf, or the wildlife doomed to die in an environment fouled by BP’s oil, or the waters that will be left unfit for ordinary families to swim and boat in.

    This is the bitter reality of the American present, a period in which big business has cemented an unholy alliance with big government against the interests of ordinary Americans, who, of course, are the great majority of Americans. The great majority of Americans no longer matter.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/22/opinion/22herbert.html?src=me&ref=general

    • Actually Bob Herbert has been on Obama’s case for a long long time.
      I get his columns in my RSS and he has not been kind to Obama for at least the last 6 months. He was really one of the 1st to wake up and start screaming on top of his lungs.

      • Too bad it was too late to actually hurt Obama’s chances of getting elected, huh?

    • So he can’t blame Obama without also blaming “the general public”. Maybe if there was some outrage via the press and the government, the “general public” would be all over it.

      But the Obama administration doesn’t give two sh*ts unless it affects their re-election campaign, and thus no outrage generated either by them or their press (except a few like Hebert). And so, “the general public” for the most part, isn’t even aware of what’s going on.

  14. Great news! The American people are finally standing up and fighting for what is important!

    http://www.yumsugar.com/Due-Customer-Backlash-Tropicana-Ditches-New-Logo-2853310

    Last month Tropicana debuted a clean new look to emphasize the all-natural, fresh squeezed juice. However, due to an overwhelming amount of customer outrage, the company is abandoning the changes and returning to the old packaging. Many loyal Tropicana fans were disgusted by the brand’s redesigned logo — which features a glass of orange juice against a white backdrop, instead of the familiar orange with a straw poking out the side — calling it ugly, stupid, and generic-looking.

    At least they have their priorities straight. I’m sure these same people will write a sternly worded letter about the oil spill next.

    • another teaparty success story!!!

    • Outrage? Over a juice label? I’d like to believe that this is displacement behavior, but I’m not sure I’d believe my own argument.

      Time to make a decision between San Miguel and Costa Rica.

    • Wow, that diva Tropicana should get his own Newsweek cover. How do you Solve a Problem like a Stupid Generic Looking Glass of Beverage! And, then show a naughty glass of juice running around in gym shorts.

    • Why do you think Conan O’Brien failed?
      The public wanted the insipid pablum that Jay Leno dished up every night to put them to sleep.

    • yeah, who cares if a few fish grow a few extra fins and people have a few lumps here in there?

    • That report is just spin from BP. I read a report yesterday that they have a cheaper, less toxic and more effective substitute, pallets upon pallets of the stuff, sitting in Houston right now. The corporate voiceboxes were tripping all over themselves trying to explain why they haven’t stopped using the Corexit, which I understand has been banned in the UK for the last 10 years.

      But, oh no. We’re not suppose to criticize BP according to Rand Paul. It’s unAmerican. What a disastrous, tragic joke!

    • The corporatism is so blatant.

    • Unbelievable! I become so irate and frustrated I just want to cry.
      People should be taking to the streets but unfortunately many (or dare I say most) are not following what is happening or don’t believe it is the catastrophe that it is.

    • Meanwhile… we’re warned that the K-Street project hasn’t been resuscitated yet but if the Repubs come back to power it will be… total suspension of critical thought required these days..

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_05/023930.php

      • From the link:

        In other words, GOP officials expect to be back in the majority in 2011, and if corporate lobbyists want to start writing legislation again, the way they did before there was a Democratic majority, they’ll have to buy that influence again.

        Is this a joke?

    • So if BP is a person, we can haul it to jail for defying a court order and confiscate all its assets to pay for these expenses like we do with people who go into nursing homes. Good news.

      • You want to see corporations and politicians and courts race to unmake corporate personhood laws, start throwing “corporations” in jail (boards, executive officers, stockholders with more than 5% ownership). That would be the greatest thing that could happen to this country, and would probably fix a lot of ills in one fell swoop. (love that expression…)

        • Hmmm, I think I see enemy combatants. How about military tribunals? Don’t lawyer up! Lol

          • Good one. If I were in charge of the world, that’s what I’d do. Off with their heads.

          • How about labeling them terrorists? Then the President can have them killed without a trial or even probable cause.

          • He doesn’t even need to do that. We still don’t have habeas corpus restored, so he can just round them up. Or us up.

          • Summary executions for everyone.

          • I’m sure there’s a predator drone joke that Obama would make right about here.

      • Can we execute it?

  15. OMG. I have to make these!

    http://www.yumsugar.com/Homemade-Pop-Tart-Recipe-8458942

    I’ve been getting my Martha Stewart on all day. I’m making new fabric covers for my patio furniture.

  16. Well what do we have here?

    Democrats discuss whether to do away with ‘superdelegates’

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052105111.html

    National Democrats began a formal debate Friday over whether to do away with “superdelegates,” a system that gives special voting rights to prominent party members and that came in for criticism during the 2008 primaries.

  17. “Al-jazeera English”, pffft.

    Al-Jazeera is the news service that during the Iraq war showed non-stop photos of dead babies while the ARab Street went bonkers. The same one that al-Qaeda can use to distribute videos of Osama bin Laden without fear of being outed. Al-Jazeera is the one that is banned in the moderate Arab state of Jordan. Fair, balanced and nuanced they are not, although they have muted their usual inflammatory rhetoric for the western English-speaking audience.

    Multilateral, schmultilateral. Al-Jazeera doesn’t give two figs about the “lateral” aspects of Turkey selling “medical” uranium to Iran. Wouldn’t hold my breath either waiting to see if they’re going to talk about whether or not Iran should have the capability to lob a coupla bombs into Tel Aviv.

    • I just post the news. I don’t endorse every story. I like to look at all sides. If you don’t want to do that, just skip over the parts that bother you.

  18. SUPPORT H.R. 5353 – The War is Making You POOR Act – EVERYONE’S 1st $35,000 TAX FREE

    • This was a great followup to Grayson’s “Red Roof Inn” vid: how the Fed is ripping off the American public.

      Grayson is not everyone’s favorite person, but he’s one of the few representatives speaking truth to power. I wish we had a dozen more like him!

  19. huffypuffy :

    Carville, the famously outspoken Louisianian who was a chief political aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the administration’s response to the spill has been “lackadaisical” and that Obama was “naive” to trust BP to manage the massive clean-up effort.

    “I think they actually believe that BP has some kind of a good motivation here,” he said. “They’re naive! BP is trying to save money, save everything they can… They won’t tell us anything, and oddly enough, the government seems to be going along with it! Somebody has got to, like shake them and say, ‘These people don’t wish you well! They’re going to take you down!'”

    I don’t think its naivete. It’s arrogance.

    This is the arugula presidency through and through.

    • BP wants to do their ‘own’ testing and analysis. 😯 Ayup, the FOX wants to count the Chickens and give folks the chicken count with blood dripping from his mouth.

    • Unfortunately it’s James Carville that’s naive. This is not naiveté or a bug that Obama is going along with BP and is on their side, it’s a feature as myiq keeps saying. Wake up James.

      • Carville’s not naive, he’s doing what Arianna does… they call him naive when they criticize him. IMHO, it’s the way they try to avoid the same card being played against them that they played against others for criticizing the great O.

    • It’s a good whore staying bought, is what it is.

  20. Just for fun: :mrgreen:

    http://www.petelevin.com/countrytitles_xtras.htm#REJECTEDTITLES

    Rejected C&W song titles.

  21. Hey Padma Lakshmi tweeted an article critical of the AAP’s cravenness on FGM. That stand is not going to be all that popular with the Bravo demographic–Go Padma!!

    • Go Padma! (And how typical of Huffpo that right now instead of highlighting what she said about FGM they’re blasting the usual tabloid headline about her love life and her baby weight. Yup, that’s why Huffpo is an Obama-approved, non-confusing, good for democracy, antidote to infotainment!)

  22. OT I didn’t think TC had ads. now i see google ads?

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