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November 14, 2008

Next up in the federal bailout line: The DNC?

From Jacksonville's Financial News & Daily Record

There’s an interesting e-mail being sent to President-elect Barack Obama supporters. It’s from the Democratic National Committee and Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. According to Plouffe, the DNC spent a lot to get Obama elected and has incurred "considerable debt to secure victory for Barack and Joe." Now the party is trying to replenish the pot and for a minimum donation of $30 you can get a limited edition "2008 Victory" T-shirt.

November 11, 2008

Bailout for Detroit?

A bailout for Detroit certainly sounds like a payback to the unions for helping elect Obama. How about tying it to union concessions? Or development of new environmentally-friendly cars?

October 27, 2008

It's starting to look like the Village People

Tito the Builder Joins Palin on the Stump

Instead of Y-M-C-A we are going to be singing G-O-P.

September 24, 2008

Ouch!

Biden, Obama helped keep 'Bridge to Nowhere' alive

Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice.

Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.

It gets worse:

"That is probably the most disturbing element of this and the campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere," said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a taxpayer watchdog group. "Because, yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to redirect the money to people, to bridges and infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina going in to New Orleans, and they chose not to."

I'm surprised Obama didn't vote "present" on this one.

September 12, 2008

The media has been lobotomized

Ex-Clinton Aide: Media Tougher On Palin, Political Players: Former Clinton Chief Strategist Mark Penn Argues The Press Has Lost Its Credibility - CBS News

CBSNews.com: Your former colleague Howard Wolfson argued that you all unintentionally paved the way for Palin by exposing some of the unfair media coverage that Hillary Clinton received. And, therefore, a lot of the media may now be treating Sarah Palin with kid gloves. Do you agree with that?

Mark Penn: Well, no, I think the people themselves saw unfair media coverage of Senator Clinton. I think if you go back, the polls reflected very clearly what "Saturday Night Live" crystallized in one of their mock debates about what was happening with the press.

I think here the media is on very dangerous ground. I think that when you see them going through every single expense report that Governor Palin ever filed, if they don't do that for all four of the candidates, they're on very dangerous ground. I think the media so far has been the biggest loser in this race. And they continue to have growing credibility problems.

And I think that that's a real problem growing out of this election. The media now, all of the media — not just Fox News, that was perceived as highly partisan — but all of the media is now being viewed as partisan in one way or another. And that is an unfortunate development.

CBSNews.com: So you think the media is being uniquely tough on Palin now?

Mark Penn: Well, I think that the media is doing the kinds of stories on Palin that they're not doing on the other candidates. And that's going to subject them to people concluding that they're giving her a tougher time. Now, the media defense would be, "Yeah, we looked at these other candidates who have been in public life at an earlier time."

What happened here very clearly is that the controversy over Palin led to 37 million Americans tuning into a vice-presidential speech, something that is unprecedented, because they wanted to see for themselves. This is an election in which the voters are going to decide for themselves. The media has lost credibility with them.

"A lot of the media may now be treating Sarah Palin with kid gloves"?

Are you kidding me? I think the media has been lobotomized.

This reminds me of an exchange on NPR Wednesday afternoon between MESHELL Norris and John McCain's daughter Meghan (fast forward to 3:44):

Meghan: I don't think it's fair to attack her children.
MESHELL: And when you say attack her children, I just want to make sure I understand what you're referring to.

The way she asks Meghan "what you're referring to" so sweetly innocent makes my skin crawl.

For someone in the news business, MESHELL is about a week late on current events.

June 25, 2008

John Edwards is right, there are 2 Americas

Apparently, the LA Times and Bloomberg polled one of them:
Obama Has 15-Point Lead as Voters Reject Republicans

And Gallup polled the other:
Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Tied at 45%

Would love to see the demographics of the two samples. Is it any wonder folks are cynical?

June 18, 2008

Saw the Mayor today

Mayor Peyton was giving a presentation on the Jacksonville Journey and justifying why we need to raise revenue (taxes) to support the initiative. It is no secret that we enjoy the lowest millage rates in the state. Unfortunately, some folks would rather pay no taxes and live in a dump.

Most amazing statistic: he never mentioned the county courthouse, nor did anyone ever ask him about it.

June 27, 2007

The Fairness Doctrine

So, talk radio skews too far to the Right?

House Republican lawmakers are preparing to fight anticipated Democratic efforts to regulate talk radio by reviving rules requiring stations to balance conservative hosts such as Rush Limbaugh with liberals such as Al Franken.

Hmm. NPR admittedly has a leftward slant, and is partially funded by the federal government. I haven't heard folks on the left complaining about the need to guarantee the diversity of views on NPR. This news is also interesting after reading a recently released report that shows in a survey of 143 journalists, 91% have contributed to a liberal cause.

May 15, 2007

Bring me a shrubbery!

This should bring out the ire of the environmentalists! I think this is the funniest headline I have seen since "Rice arrives in China".

February 23, 2007

Michael Corrigan for City Council

Michael Corrigan for City CouncilWith the Ortega River Run cutting through our neighborhood tomorrow, it is my goal to have as many Michael Corrigan signs in front of homes along the race course as possible.  I have 25 signs to distribute, and in about 30 minutes this morning I received commitments for most of them.  I had to leave some messages, but I’m confident they will all be in place this evening.

Councilman Corrigan has done quite a bit for our neighborhood during his first term in office.  Our creek was dredged, we finally got the Herschel Park project in motion, and he was very objective during the St. Johns Village PUD process.  He has also ensured that Fire Station Number 14 won’t go away any time soon. 

I bet I could guarantee him a nearly unanimous vote from our neighborhood if he could get our utilities placed underground.

October 19, 2006

Self-fulfilling prophecies

On the front page of the Drudge Report:

NYT: BE PREPARED FOR CHAOS ON ELECTION DAY; NEW MACHINES, LINES, CONFUSION...

I'm sure they are going to be very consistent in this line of thinking (good-bye objectivity) to make sure there are examples to report on the day after the election. They might do well to learn that people prefer objective reporting. It might even help them financially, because their current modus operandi is causing them to sink like a rock.

July 18, 2006

Welcome to Bizarro World

Huh?

Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast
Frida Berrigan, a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute in New York, is equally outraged at the misuse by Israel of U.S.-supplied weapons.

"As Israel jets bombard locations in Gaza, Haifa and Beirut, killing civilians (including as many as seven Canadians vacationing in Aitaroun), it is worth remembering that U.S. law is clear about how U.S.-origin weapons and military systems ought to be used," Berrigan told IPS.

She pointed out that the U.S. Arms Export Control Act clear states that U.S. origin weapons should not be used for "non-defensive purposes."

The funny thing is, later in the article, the author of this article refers to the "'utmost restraint' that world leaders called for at the G8 Summit of the world's most industrialized nations, which just ended in St. Petersburg, Russia". Glad he's on top of the G8 Summit.

Apparently he missed this part of the summit (emphasis added):

G8 asks Hezbollah to end violence
The G8 leaders called on the Hezbollah to initiate a ceasefire and free captured Israeli soldiers.

The leaders put aside differences and issued a joint statement at the summit in St. Petersberg, Russia, on Sunday. They stressed Israel's right to self-defense, initially voiced by the US.