Archive for January 2011

Audio- Limbaugh: "Pharaoh Obama" Grew "A Quasi-Mustache There For The Appropriate Facial Hair During The [Cairo] Speech"

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I found lots of pics of the President when he was in Cairo, no mustache. I'm thinking the drugs have addled his brain so much that now he's having visual hallucinations....

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Lobby Dollars Dip for First Time in Years

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Stop the presses! The K Street gang is holding back some of those big DC lobby bucks:

For the first time in almost a decade, total lobbying revenues did not increase last year, with the recession pinching K Street budgets and major legislative initiatives such as health care reform winding down. [...]

Aside from the economy, experts said, other factors were likely responsible for the overall revenue dip, including completion last March by Congress of the health care overhaul that consumed K Street for more than a year.[...]

Not everyone pulled back on their lobbying. Financial firms with stakes in the Wall Street reform law that Congress approved last year, including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Co., increased their lobbying tabs. Communications and high-tech companies, including Verizon and Google, which had a stake in net neutrality rules considered by Congress and approved by the Federal Communication Commission in December, also beefed up their advocacy.

Gosh, I bet this will make some big dent, huh?

Total lobbying expenditures were $3.5 billion in 2010, which was a decrease of $104 million, or 2.9 percent, from the previous year, according to a CQ MoneyLine analysis of filings made by lobbying entities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

And here America is, barely scraping together enough money for heating bills.

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RNC gets kicked in the arrears

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About a month ago, I posted this delightful little tidbit:

The unreleased official budget of the RNC reveals that the Republican party’s national governing body and premier fund-raising apparatus begins the 2011-2012 presidential election cycle more than $20 million in the hole.

A record for any year in the past 30 years,” RNC chairman candidate and former Deputy U.S. Transportation Secretary Maria Cino told The Washington Times

I added:

Of course, Karl Rove and his merry thugs will more than make up for this when they raise kajillions more untraceable corporate dollars.

But that doesn't stop me from doing the Happy Dance when I read the following update:

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RNC Chairman Chairman Reince Priebus announced the party has about $23 million in debt as it prepares for the 2012 election cycle, the Washington Post reports. [...]

That's about $8 million higher than previously reported.

I bet his Priebus nearly fell off when he discovered the RNC was so hocked up. Nothing like being kicked in the arrears when you're down.

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VIDEO: Harry Reid takes Social Security privatization, raising retirement age off the table

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Harry Reid has taken privatization and raising the retirement age off the table. Standing O, Harry!

That's significant given a fairly broad consensus among conservative Democrats and Republicans that the retirement age should be bumped up. With Republicans in control of the House, the Senate could end up being the firewall protecting Social Security from those sorts of cuts. [...]

...Reid's right that Social Security will be solvent for years into the future, and could be made indefinitely solvent with a minor payroll tax hike on high-income earners. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) last week walked back his call to raise the retirement age to 70, pending a full Congressional debate on that question.

If the GOP would only provide accurate information, we could stop wasting so much time arguing about this. And if the wealthiest among us would contribute a little more, thereby helping their fellow Americans, it would sure be a good thing for this country, for Social Security, and for their own kids and grandkids.

Repeat after me: Social Security does not affect the deficit. When you get paid, the money in your paycheck that is supposed to go toward Social Security, if you're lucky enough to still get a paycheck, goes directly into the Social Security Trust Fund. Via Thom Hartmann:

Myth #5: Social Security adds to the deficit

Reality: It's not just wrong—it's impossible! By law, Social Security's funds are separate from the budget, and it must pay its own way. That means that Social Security can't add one penny to the deficit.

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BREAKING: U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman submits letter of resignation

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Breaking:

(CNN) - U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman submitted a hand-delivered letter of resignation to President Obama Monday, effective April 30th, according to two senior administration officials.

The news comes amid speculation that the former Utah governor will run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Via WaPo, here's a little insight into Huntsman:

Huntsman has many of the attractions of presumed front-runner Romney without some of Romney's particular deficiencies. He's a wealthy, smart, businesslike former governor who has a reputation for competent management and is seen as having a real shot in a general election. But he didn't enact Romneycare (a.k.a. Obamacare lite among some conservatives). And he doesn't have the same reputation for opportunistic ideological vacillation.

Perhaps more importantly, 2012 may be the most favorable year ever for a Mormon presidential aspirant in GOP primaries. [...]

But the very forces that could make Huntsman's Mormonism less detrimental to his hypothetical run could also exaggerate the dissatisfaction conservatives feel about other elements of his profile. After all, he has worked for President Obama for nearly two years, a fact with which his opponents will savage him -- and one White House officials regularly mention.

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Sarah Palin is a SpudNUT

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AlterNet, thank you, this is gold.

Remember when Former Half-Gov BlurtOut McNoThought said this? It was so "aspiring":

This is from one of Digby's readers:

Palin's quirky invocation of the "Spudnut Shop" here in Richland Washington as an example of American "can-doism" is far more ironic than you and most of your readers likely realize.The fact is, the town of Richland was literally built by the federal government as a part of the Manhattan Project. All of the houses that surround the Spudnut shop were built by the Army. To this day, the only employer in Richland of any consequence is the Department of Energy and the contractors that work on DoE contracts at the Hanford site, just north of Richland. As a result, virtually all of the Spudnut shop's customers are paid by tax dollars. Those that aren't are retirees, drawing government pensions and social security.Were it not for government spending, the Spudnut shop would be bankrupt in a week.

This one is from one of Andrew Sullivan's readers:

... She may not realize that the federal government buys most of those doughnuts: the annual budget for cleanup of the nearby Hanford Nuclear Reservation is more than $2 billion, employing about 11,000 workers, and spudnuts are the pastry of choice at meetings there.

That little shop is "so successful" because "patriotic Americans" were scarfing down yummy num-nums for 65 years, thanks to their very own federal government.  I'm feeling full just thinking about it.

Boy howdy, no way is Big Guvmint gonna get away with telling us what to do, nosireebob! Also. There. Too. Thank the lord for second helping remedies!

Talk about a doughnut hole... in Palin's head.

Welcome to BlurtOut McNoThought's Special Spudnutitude Moment.

H/t: RustyCannon

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Ohio Dep't. of Transportation forced to switch TVs to Fox News

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Thank you to Keith Olbermann for tweeting the link to this typically frustrating story of ClusterFox infiltration.

Or is that "indoctrination"?

Hey, aren't mandates supposed to be unconstitutional? Apparently not:

You watch, we decide what:

The TV in the first-floor cafeteria at the Ohio Department of Transportation headquarters in Columbus (1980 W. Broad St.) has been mysteriously changed from CNN to Fox News under the new regime of Gov. John Kasich. [...]

Asked why it was Fox News, Ayers said, "No particular reason."

So it doesn't have to do with the fact that Kasich had a weekend show on Fox News until 2007, and had more recently filled in for popular host Bill O'Reilly.

And it's not related to Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch making a $1 million contribution to the Republican Governor's Association last year and telling Politico that it was solely because of his friendship with Kasich. (Oh, by the way, during last year's election, the RGA ran a series of ads targeting Kasich's opponent, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.)

Ayers denied a report from an angry ODOT employee, who wished to remain anonymous, that all of the other channels were blocked on the TV, but said, "I'm not sure there is a remote for it down there."

No remotey, no changey.

Of course, the upside is that DoT employees will lose their appetites from being exposed to ClusterFox during meal time, hence they will see an uptick in overall weight loss, which can only be good for cholesetrol levels, which in turn will have a positive effect on their overall health, which could very well lower health care costs, which as a result could very well screw with Big Insurance.

See? There's always a silver lining.

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