Friday, September 19, 2014

MORE ISIS HYSTERIA

This was in OneNewsNow, an online newspaper that claims to bring "today's news from a Christian perspective" -
Will ISIS bring about the demise of Western civilization?
Dr. Michael Youssef - Guest Columnist
http://www.michaelyoussef.com/

Friday, September 19, 2014

RUSSELL PEARCE IS STILL SUCKING AT THE GOVERNMENT TEAT

Pearce still has his job at the Maricopa County Treasurer’s office so I think it's time we gave Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins a call:

(602) 506-8511

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ISN'T THE ONLY DRAMA QUEEN

His literally hysterical remark about ISIS:
“This is a war we’re fighting, it is not a counterterrorism operation! This is not Somalia; this is not Yemen; this is a turning point in the war on terror. Our strategy will fail yet again. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”
was matched by our illustrious Secretary of Defense, Charles Hagel:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned of the threat posed by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), calling the group an "imminent threat to every interest we have."

(h/t Digby)

THIS IS NEW YORK CITY

(h/t Barry Ritholz)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

STUFF I WASN'T INTERESTED IN

iOS 8, iPhone 6, Scotland's independence vote and Common Core.  Google+ didn't get the hint I gave by all the "mutes" I gave articles on these topics.

FATS LIMBAUGH MAKES TALK RADIO NEWS AGAIN

This time it's for his fucked up remarks about the NFL & domestic violence:
September 18, 2014
NTS Media Online

A fundraising email sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) this week is urging recipients to sign a petition demanding that companies pull all advertising support from Rush Limbaugh’s program. The DCCC email reported that, during a discussion on rape and domestic violence, Limbaugh said, “‘No’ means ‘yes’ — if you know how to spot it.” Limbaugh’s camp wasted no time in firing back at the latest attack on the talk host by his critics, with spokesperson Brian Glicklich stating, “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) email about Rush Limbaugh is an intentional lie, using 10 words carefully selected from his full comments to imply the opposite of what he actually said. It is a disturbing and cynical attempt to fundraise from the serious problem of sexual abuse. Even for the partisan DCCC, this reprehensible behavior reaches a new low. They should apologize to women everywhere, and donate the funds they raised by this fiction to the real victims of sexual violence. We are waiting for their explanation.” At last check the online petition had attracted some 250,000 responses.
TRANSCRIPT OF LIMBAUGH’S ON-AIR COMMENTS:
“Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’” How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that ”no” means “yes” if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren’t even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that’s what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men.”
You can also watch video of Limbaugh’s comments, recorded live during his Premiere Networks syndicated radio show HERE.

RUSSELL PEARCE IS FINALLY GONE

This GOP douche bag was the first Arizona state legislator to be successfully recalled.  After that, he lost his comeback bid and now after spouting some really pure Social Darwinism, he's lost his position in the state GOP:
Tucson woman replaces Pearce as GOP vice chair
Arizona Daily Star


Parralee Schneider, of Tucson, has been appointed to replace Russell Pearce as vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party.

Pearce quit his post this week following controversial remarks about mandatory birth-control implants for women receiving Medicaid benefits, among other things. He said the comments were a mistake, but politicians from both parties denounced his remarks.

Schneider has “an extraordinary amount of talent, experience, dedication to our cause,” party chair Robert Graham said in a press release.

She ran for state House several times, most recently in 2010.

(Becky Pallack)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ANOTHER VICIOUS CYCLE

(h/t Mark Thoma)

This is just more evidence for Keyne's notion of aggregate demand and it's relation to the general economy.  The moral here is that inequality hurts the overall economy because the top 1% just doesn't spend enough.
Income Inequality Pressures State Tax Revenue, S&P Says
By Damian Paletta
3:46 pm ET
Sep 15, 2014
WALL STREET JOURNAL

What is the real impact of separating wages for the wealthiest Americans and everyone else?

Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services offered a new answer Monday, arguing that a rising share of income to the wealthiest Americans has resulted in less tax revenue than would otherwise be the case, making it harder for states to fund all of their services.

S&P found that wealthier Americans, who have seen the most income gains in recent years, also have higher savings rates than many other Americans, meaning they are likely to hold onto a larger share of their money and not spend it. That means a smaller portion of this money ends up as sales taxes collected by states.

“And since one person’s spending is another person’s income, the result is slower overall personal income growth despite continued strong income gains at the top,” S&P said.

NOT TO PUT TOO FINE A POINT ON THE NFL ISSUE

(h/t Adele M. Stan)

This is close to perfect:

Monday, September 15, 2014

SURPRISING INFORMATION

PC Mag has a few tips about how to find out how much personal information is publicly available.  I was most impressed with the Wolfram Alpha results about Facebook.

PSYOP FROM THE PAST

(h/t Martin Longman)

It's no longer news that the Pentagon often lies to us and because I tried hard to keep track of the lies about Iraq,  I'm surprised I missed this whopper:
U.S. says militant leader nonexistent
The head of Islamic State of Iraq is an actor playing a character created to make a foreign-led group appear to be Iraqi, officials assert.
July 19, 2007|Tina Susman | Times Staff Writer
LAT

BAGHDAD — In March, he was declared captured. In May, he was declared killed, and his purported corpse was displayed on state-run TV. But on Wednesday, Abu Omar Baghdadi, the supposed leader of an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq, was declared nonexistent by U.S. military officials, who said he was a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terrorist organization.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

SOMEBODY TELL DICK CHENEY & HIS SUPPORTERS

American conservatives used to ask those opposed to the Iraq War if we preferred Saddam Hussein and for a while, that was a difficult question, at least for me.  Since 2006, however, I'm convinced that the world would be better off if Saddam were still in charge and here's a little more evidence to support that claim:
Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily
By KEN DILANIAN 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

Analysts say the group is relying on the fact that the area along the border between Iraq and Turkey has long been a smugglers haven, and was made more so by the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE WILL DESTROY THE AMERICAN ECONOMY!

(h/t Robert Lawton Ridgway)

Or so say the glibertarians and Free Market Fairy freakshows but these countries seem to be doing just fine:

DIE ALREADY, KISSINGER

This fucker is still no damn good...

Kissinger: Drones have killed more civilians than the bombing of Cambodia in the Vietnam War


Based on data from the U.S. Air Force, history professor Ben Kiernan at Yale University reported that from 1969 to 1973, the United States dropped more than 470,000 tons of explosives on Cambodia. Other official estimates put the figure at over 500,000 tons.
There is no firm accounting of the civilian deaths that brought.
Kiernan told PunditFact, based on where the bombs fell, the tonnage, and anecdotal reports, he thinks the truth lies somewhere between 50,000 and 150,000.
"I believe the actual toll is closer to the upper limit of that range," Kiernan said.

NO, IT'S THE RATINGS

I am no fan of Sen. McCain and I've complained that he's given far too much attention by the national press corps before and this NY Times article puts some numbers to my claim: Since January 1, 2009, McCain has appeared on at least one of the Sunday news shows 97 times and that means he's the most frequent guest. Second place is held by Goober Graham (85 times) followed closely by David Axelrod (83 times).

I copied the NYT data into Excel and looked at just the people who appeared at least 5 times (668) and summed their total appearances (4814). That's a little over half of all the appearances and within that, there are 182 who are identified one way or another as Republicans and they appeared 1,568 times.  Only 28 were identified as Democrat and they appeared a total of 265 times.

Of the remaining who were not identified as either Republican or Democrat, there were 166 who appeared a total of 1026 times.  I had to sort these by hand into liberal or conservative and there's room here for some disagreement so I'm taking my time and will post later.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SEEMS LIKE PUTIN LEARNED A LOT FROM FOX NEWS

(h/t Matt Osborne)

There's a very good article in The Atlantic on the modern Russian news media and a lot of it sounds very close to Fox News in America.  Here's just one example:
When Alexei Volin, Russia’s deputy minister of communications, was confronted with the fact that the crucifixion story was a fabrication, he showed no embarrassment, instead suggesting that all that mattered were ratings. “The public likes how our main TV channels present material, the tone of our programs,” he said. “The share of viewers for news programs on Russian TV has doubled over the last two months.”