Monday, March 30, 2009
The U.S. government has previously requested the replacement of chief executive officers at American International Group Inc., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when they received aid.
Then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson replaced Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd and Freddie Mac’s Richard Syron when he put the two mortgage-finance companies into government conservatorship in September. AIG chief Robert Willumstad left after a government rescue the same month.
Oooh, remember? And yet, strangely, I am having a hard time finding right-wing garment-rending over these events. Why is that?
Think before you write!
Because the widow of some dead TV producer -- who wouldncha knowit donated thousands to the political campaigns of Democrats like George H.W. Bush, Alfonse D'Amato, Alan Simpson and Arlen Specter -- is trying to sell the family home for $150 million, people should be outraged! Because! Wait, wait, lemme explain. See, this is a double standard for liberal Hollyweird, which everyone knows has taken huge amounts of taxpayer money in the infamous Brangelina Bailout of 200...Uhhhhh.. Oh, wait. Wait. I'm an idiot.
...LATER ON: Yahoo tells me
10 Winners in the Recession: No. 2 Hollywood
he number of subscribers to Netflix, the DVD delivery service, climbed 26 percent in the fourth quarter from the same time last year. That helped put the company's revenue up 19 percent from the previous year. And according to industry researcher Media by Numbers, 2009's box office sales are tracking 16.5 percent higher than the year before—at this rate, theaters will make $1.9 billion, versus last year's $1.6 billion—with attendance up nearly 15 percent.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Doom and Gloom 4Ever!
When the press starts reporting that the economy has begun to turn around, for God's sake don't believe them! What am I going to do with 5,000 Teabag protest signs in my basement?
No breadlines or Hoovervilles yet.
What planet these people are living on?
Bonus stupidity: We've gone from "Dude, Where's my Recession" to "Don't you dare believe the economy is turning around if it's reported by the press" in a mere seven months.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Might be a case of instinctive revulsion
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Michael Silence kant reed?
MSM comes to the Tea Party's 'handful of protests'
Handful? Let's count 'em: Cincinnati, Nebraska, Tampa, Lexington, Ridgefield, Conn., Raleigh, Orlando, D.C., Staten Island, Pasadena, Boston, Rochester, N.Y., Jacksonville, Minnesota, Cleveland, Columbus, Mo...
Zzzzz. Well anyway, ZING! But, no, wait, what's the opposite of zing? Oh, yes, context:
She is behind one of a handful of protests around the country that aim to bombard the White House with tea bags and protest notes in time for the nation's April 15 tax filing deadline.
I know this is subtle, but lemme explain. The writer is not talking about those people who gather outside to protest, but, rather a smaller subset who plan to -- idiotically -- send tea bags to the White House in time for tax day. Get it?
If I were the uncharitable sort, I'd wonder why such a very brief, albeit clear, one-sentence paragraph wasn't even included in Silence's original post.
One of the local TV stations–WCPO– did a hatchet job on the Tea Party. The nerd said he had to leave the rally because a few people insulted him and spit at him due to media bias. The spitting, if it occurred, is of course out of bounds, but not unheard of in the Bush years, when the lefties had the saliva going. The station did a 30 second scan of the Square and then did its own internal Fairness Doctrine by highlighting the few Obama supporter signs and doing an interview with the local Dem Party chief. WCPO is a part of the soon to be Ch11 Scripps newspaper/TV empire. The WCPO website highlights the forthcoming second stimulus package and what people can get from it.
Hey, everyone likes to spit on one another! That wuss reporter should've stuck around and unleashed his own inner loogie. Or brought a gun.
In his dispatch, the reporter doesn't mention whether he was spat upon (I'm guessing he was trying to soft-pedal the incident by not mentioning specifics. In such cases, unfortunately, such good faith is usually reciprocated with idiocy).
Hilariously, most of the commenters at WCPO's site seem to think that the threats showered upon the news crews were somehow a mass delusion. "Are we to believe that three separate camera crews were threatened with physical harm to the point that they had to retreat to safety, and none of them recorded anything?" writes Joe Bayer. Uh-huh. I'm sure if such footage were aired, Mr. Bayer would not be the first to condemn such airing as a an out-of-context smear.
Such claims seem to be undercut a bit, since even the city's Fox station notes: "Television reporters and photographers left an area of the protest when a group of hostile people got in their faces..."
Readers should note that this type of behavior is nothing new.
LATER: From Channel 12
Several members of the media, including Local 12's reporter, had to seek police protection when a small group of people began harassing them. Several reporters and photographers were chased, spat on, and verbally harassed. No one was arrested.
I'm sure that reporter is just imagining it all. You can watch the video of her report here, in which the incident is mentioned at the very end, and the reporter takes pains to say that the protest was 'peaceful,' and goes so far to praise the organizer's PR person for coming to her aid.
LATER LATER: In comment section of this blog, we find a purported email from one of the organizers which claims the precipitating cause of the incident was a bunch of yahoos who were upset that the reporters had the temerity to attempt to interview an Obama supporter. "The true story is that they found the lone Obama supporter amidst a sea of 5000 and went to interview her. The crowd that was nearby noticed and was upset and let their displeasure be voiced, but were clearly peaceful." Of course, if you view all the news stations' reports, plenty of protesters were interviewed, and the Obama woman was given a mere second-or-two mention. Message-control achieved!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Just a thought
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A parallel parallel universe
This National Public Radio report -- which I was too lazy to look for -- almost certainly conveyed the overwhelming sentiments of Iraqis regarding the harsh prison sentence handed down to the guy who chucked his shoe at Bush and is, therefore, an obvious case of liberal bias.
It's hard to imagine how even George W. Bush could have converted a nation full of such patriotic, freedom loving, hospitable people into a hell hole.
Who wants to be careful and sober when it's more fun to hurl around accusations and snark!
As far as anyone knows at this time, Vivek Kundra is not part of the investigation. We may learn otherwise in the future. Or, we may learn that Kundra was a whistle blower who led the FBI to the criminals. Or that he didn’t know anything about it. Whatever. In right-wing lore, Kundra will forevermore be a corrupt bribe-taker.
Dishonest, or psychotic?
Tom Blumer complains of insufficient media coverage.
I suppose he’s got a point, but these protests are being well-covered in local media around the country. In terms of influencing Congress, I’d rather have a few hundred people march in each district than have a hundred thousand march in Washington, DC, even if the latter got a lot of coverage.
The conservative-leaning Internet startup Pajamas TV is the only outlet consistently covering the protests...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Laying down markers
Whereas the Bush-war ended in a new if messy democracy, this year we could see an Obama-war begin; the new President has sent a clear signal that we intend to mostly abandon Iraq during this crucial transition period. Today, the progress is obvious. But if Iraq descends back into chaos, the Obama-war, a newborn war, will not be a result of U.S. aggression, but of limp leadership intent on fulfilling campaign promises that were misinformed to begin with.
I'm going to report on something I have no idea about
Wall Street's closing bell rings at 4:30
The political process started in late 2007. Since that time, the markets have been down 55 percent. Markets are forward-looking, not backward-looking. They saw what was coming in the election. They were anticipating what this guy would do, and they caused a slowdown.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
A week of battering sell-offs that dragged financial markets to their lowest levels in 12 years was on track to end with more losses on Friday after a report that the national unemployment rate surged to its highest levels in 25 years. Wall Street tried to rally at the end, but fell short once again.
Wall Street ended a week of battering sell-offs on an up note, as stock markets closed mostly higher despite a report showing that unemployment had surged to its highest levels in 25 years.
Jon Swift: Genius
A fearless prediction
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Sounds Like a Job for Red State Strike Force!*
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Exciting GE/Cramer Update
Price when Jim Cramer said he was buying GE (2/27/09):8.51Price today (3/4/09):6.69
Ann from Madison
Now, of course, Carville, as usual, is crowing about the fabulous Democrats and mocking those dismal losers on the other side. But he must also secretly be scared of the Democrats' powerful, fearless, articulate critic [in Limbaugh]. Those Republicans in Congress were conveniently cowed, and the last thing that needed to be done was to ruin Rush. But Rush gets energy from the attention. If only those under 40 folks would actually listen to his radio show and find out what he's really saying. It's easy to hate him from afar, to regard him as poison, not to be touched at all. I felt that way myself. But if they were to overcome that barrier and actually listen — as I did — they might get hooked in — as I did.[...]In fact, with all this newfound power, Rush is likely to concentrate on explaining conservatism. He's not out of control, and it would be naive to think he's going to say outrageous things that can be used to hurt Republicans. He's more likely to throw stink bombs when he's notgetting enough attention. What he will do now, I think, is highlight things Democrats say and show you why those things are outrageous — and he is at his best and most entertaining when he does exactly that.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Quote of the Day
Limbaugh’s going to have to denounce himself for agreeing with Cantor who disagreed with Limbaugh.
News you can use!
It’s a bad market out there. Prepare for the age of hoboes. Teach your kids how to grift.
Monday, March 02, 2009
The Fox-Hunt Rule
50,000 PEOPLE ARE DEMONSTRATING IN LONDON AGAINST WAR: Though the press accounts probably won't make a lot of this point, that's less than 1/8 as many as demonstrated against a ban on fox-hunting last weekend. (And the foxhunting crowd was, um, more striking in ways other than mere numbers). I think that means the antiwar protests deserve less than 1/8 the attention.