Happy new year everyone. I hope all have a fun night and remain safe. If you get too bored I hear the golfing is really nice in Hawaii right now. One less asshole hitting the links.
It’s becoming very obvious that Andrew Breitbart is getting his jollies off by twittering about fisting and other sexual acts. Just check out his feed:
It goes on like that for days – literally.
Chris Matthews shows his infinite wisdom yet again:
"And I think we have got to get serious about catching terrorists, not just catching weapons. I‘m waiting for the terrorist who knows kung fu or something that gets on an airplane without a weapon. God knows what that is going to be like."
Welcome to the age of the Steven Seagal/Jean-Claude Van Damme super morphed terrorist! You know – a man who can single handedly take down an entire plan full of passengers with nothing but hand to hand combat.
In other words – Chris Matthews, what a twit!
Every year we hear about fights going on between the cable television companies and the actual networks, and every year we hear threats that “you won’t be able to see these channels after midnight on New Years Eve”. This year it is FOX and Time Warner:
Time Warner Cable Inc. and News Corp. traded barbs on Wednesday as they face a New Year's deadline in their landmark fight over TV-programming fees. If the fight remains unresolved it will threaten millions of cable-TV subscribers with the loss of Fox broadcast programs, including big football games, in coming days.
The two sides remain at odds as they try to conclude months of talks over a new contract for Time Warner Cable to pipe News Corp. programming to viewers. Chase Carey, News Corp.'s president and chief operating officer, said in a memo to employees Wednesday, "it looks like we will not reach an agreement and our channels may very well go off the air in Time Warner Cable systems at midnight [Dec. 31]."
I’m not a fan of Time Warner, but I got to side with them on this one. A fear is that if they have to pay too much more for FOX programming then those costs will be passed on to the consumer, and given our bad economic times that might result in people dropping cable. The greed of Murdoch doesn’t view it like that though.
But here’s a thought – Time Warner should tell FOX to go Cheney themselves. Time Warner is one of the biggest providers in the country and if FOX doesn’t have them, then FOX’s ratings will drop big time. That means they will not only see a loss in the revenue from Time Warner, but a loss in advertising revenue.
I’m sure we’ll all be breaking open our wallets soon:
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren appealed to parishioners at his California megachurch Wednesday to help fill a $900,000 deficit by the first of the year.
Warren made the appeal in a letter posted on the Saddleback Church Web site. It begins "Dear Saddleback Family, THIS IS AN URGENT LETTER."
"With 10 percent of our church family out of work due to the recession, our expenses in caring for our community in 2009 rose dramatically while our income stagnated," the letter reads.
This really puts a damper on the whole notion that private charities can handle social problems better than the government. When you have severe economic down turns like we are in right now, then people don’t have the money to donate to these groups. That was also seen over Christmas as charities had to turn away needy families wanting food for Christmas. It also boils down to simple common sense, and since the right never exhibits that trait it’s no wonder they are the ones pushing for the charities to become the nation’s giver of social services.
Just saw this tweet from Chuck Todd:
Goss: "What we're now seeing is that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has not made one iota of improvement."
So Goss is saying that his successors haven’t fixed the mess he left behind. That also goes along with what I have been saying – the security measures in place on Christmas day are the same ones put in place under Bush. Blame needs to go to both administrations. Blaming one or the other is highly disingenuous.
When Sarah Palin had her final book signing in Alaska Todd Palin put out a list of people not allowed to attend. One of them was Shannyn Moore:
Sarah Palin's Wasilla book signing had a few rules. "Per Todd Palin", three of us were banned. "Public servants" in their police uniforms at a "public event" in a "public building" had a list of "public citizens" not allowed in. For what it's worth, I was an hour away, prepping for my television show. I wasn't even there! Nor did I have any plans to show up for someone signing a book she didn't write, that is chock-full of open and transparent lies!
Shannyn has even posted the documents here. So if Palin is so scared of bloggers, how can we expect her to respond to real threats like al Qaeda? Just another example of someone not being ready for primetime.
Tonight Ed Schultz had Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY-29) and while talking about Cheney’s typical fear-mongering response, Massa decided it was time to call Cheney out. He challenges Cheney to a debate. When Ed told Massa Cheney would only do it on Fox, Massa said “so”. This was great and I wonder if Cheney will take him up on it.
For those not familar with Massa, he is a former Republican and retired Navy commander. While serving he was a top aide to General Wesley Clark when Clark was the NATO Supreme Commander. Massa was also a Republican, but left the party mainly over the issue of the Iraq War.
Massa has all the merits to debate how to fight and win this war on terror, so if Cheney feels he is so right about everything then he should have nothing to feat debating Massa. Can we get this scheduled now? I really think the American people deserve to hear a true debate about the war on terror.
There are numerous other such public statements that explicitly state we are at war. The difference is this: President Obama doesn’t need to beat his chest to prove it, and – unlike the last Administration – we are not at war with a tactic (“terrorism”), we at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered.
That is exactly the right statement to make. Cheney and Bush used terrorism as a political game, instead of taking it seriously. For proof of that look no further than Afghanistan. We need to remind the American people that the President, the very one that Cheney is accusing of being “weak on terrorism”, has expanded the war on terrorism after Bush and Cheney ignored the real front line for years so they could launch a pet-project called Iraq.
People also need to be reminded that chances are the co-conspirators of the Christmas day attempt were released from Gitmo under the Bush administration, and there is a big chance that they became much more radicalized (or maybe even just became radicalized) while in Gitmo. We have seen a serious trend of this happening in the past and the Bush administration chose to ignore it. They turned Gitmo into a terrorist factory, which is why it needs shut down.