Author Archives: Chris

‘Our diplomat’

From Greenwald: President Obama then publicly demanded the release of what he absurdly called “our diplomat in Pakistan”; when he was arrested, Davis “was carrying a 9mm gun and 75 bullets, bolt cutters, a GPS unit, an infrared light, telescope, a digital camera, an air ticket, two mobile phones and a blank cheque.” Link

When do the rich get to sacrifice?

According to rich conservative pundits, government employees need to sacrifice for the good of over-stretched government budgets around the country. Well, what about the huge tax cut you ***holes got in December? When are you going to sacrifice?

The boning, Pt. 2

The Washington Post (via John Cole): The 401(k) generation is beginning to retire, and it isn’t a pretty sight. The retirement savings plans that many baby boomers thought would see them through old age are falling short in many cases. The median household headed by a person aged 60 to 62 with a 401(k) account […]

Idiocy rules in D.C.

Ladies and gentlmen, i present to you the new Republican majority: House Republicans on Friday easily approved amendments to the spending package that would deny government financing for Planned Parenthood, block money for the Democrats’ big health care overhaul and bar new regulation of certain greenhouse gases. […] The Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, […]

Budget debate = sham

Paul Krugman: The whole budget debate, then, is a sham. House Republicans, in particular, are literally stealing food from the mouths of babes — nutritional aid to pregnant women and very young children is one of the items on their cutting block — so they can pose, falsely, as deficit hawks. What would a serious […]

The boning

John Cole: inflation, plus a shitty job market with no upward pressure on wages means that the boning of what is left of the American middle class will continue in earnest. But don’t worry, we’re busy getting rid of your pension and social security… Link

Obama’s budget bright side

Obama's new budget is meh. It stupidly cuts some programs that help the neediest among us in yet another boneheaded attempt to please conservatives. But at least it doesn’t touch the biggies like Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, which would be fine if we weren’t dedicated to giving millionaires gigantic tax cuts. In any case, […]

Egpyt moves toward democracy, the US slides away

When Democracy Weakens by Bob Herbert (NYTimes): While millions of ordinary Americans are struggling with unemployment and declining standards of living, the levers of real power have been all but completely commandeered by the financial and corporate elite. It doesn’t really matter what ordinary people want. The wealthy call the tune, and the politicians dance. […]

Different culture

It strikes me as a bit odd that the crowds in Egypt would be so happy about moving to a military dictatorship. Link

Olbermann headed to Current TV

I can’t say I’ve ever watched more than 5 consecutive minutes of the cable channel Current TV, but I guess I’m going to try. Link