s skippy the bush kangaroo: October 2009

skippy the bush kangaroo

Saturday, October 31, 2009

what is it?

by my count, i've quit blogging four times so far. and i've come back four times. obviously, i am not to be trusted -- yet some people keep supporting and/or putting up with me. go figure.

really, go figure. what is it about me that still keeps people giving me the time of day? it certainly isn't my {sarcasm/on} sunny disposition. {sarcasm/off} so what is it?

i'm serious. what do you people see in me?


posted by Jim Yeager at 6:41 AM | 15 comments

a rocky horror two-fer for the all hallows' eve occasion...

why not?


posted by Jim Yeager at 6:22 AM | 0 comments

anyone else remember these guys?

this song was released when i was in high school -- twenty-five years ago.

jesus, am i getting older...


posted by Jim Yeager at 5:47 AM | 4 comments

Friday, October 30, 2009

hoppy kangaroo bloggin' friday

Halloween Kangaroo
Originally uploaded by CaptureThem
day before halloween version.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:19 AM | 0 comments

common sense...

john cole has it. and a damned good post, too...


posted by Jim Yeager at 7:59 AM | 1 comments

dear democratic leadership

i voted for you. i sent hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to you. i believed in your message of health care reform for all americans. in exchange for this trust in you the best you can come up with is mandatory premiums to the health insurance companies that deny coverage to my autistic son? fie on you. fie is all i can say.

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posted by George at 2:26 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, October 29, 2009

mad about traitor joe

mad kane, that is!
posted by skippy at 9:22 PM | 1 comments


you know... i never did figure out who owns the cemetery outside my living room window. i guess i just lost interest in that.

but one thing is clear: these dead folks are the best neighbors i've ever had. no noise, no bull, no nothin'. can't complain at all...


posted by Jim Yeager at 2:37 AM | 5 comments

the world keeps on spinning...

can't stop it if you tried to...


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

today was a very good day...

once in a while, i'm reminded of the main reason why i still give a damn, no matter how many times i've said i don't anymore: every now and then, the good side actually wins a battle. and this one is a huge, well-deserved victory for the good side.

my hat's off to all those who made it happen. excellent work.

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posted by Jim Yeager at 6:21 PM | 2 comments

tea bagger express ii: electric boogaloo

our buddy brad friedman interviews the tea baggers, trying to make sense of it all.

he is unable to.
posted by skippy at 4:25 PM | 0 comments

quote of the day

from a comment by leelee for obama, on a balloon juice thread about the ridiculous press meme that obama has problems w/women because he plays 'horse' w/men:

a free press is necessary to the function of a democracy, a brain-free press, not so much.
we think this is relevant to most issues, not just b-ball pick-up games.

as another commentor pointed out, not only did obama appoint several women to key positions, he hired the woman he ran against as his sec. of state. also.

addendum: yet another commentor points out that obama lurvs him some hoops w/the wimmenfolk, specfically the u. of conn. women's team.
posted by skippy at 4:02 PM | 1 comments

ass press is a lying sack of s***

here's what the ass press wrote about representative alan grayson (d-fl):
the florida democrat who said republicans want sick people to "die quickly" is apologizing again for his inflammatory rhetoric, this time for insulting a senior federal reserve adviser using a derogatory term for women.

nice. except representative grayson did not apologize for his (accurate) "die quickly" remark as the ass press story implies.

way to mislead, ass press.
posted by DBK at 5:56 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

i'm not an actor, but i play one on tv

steve m., over @ no more mister nice blog, has to point out to the hardly-ever-right wing that there's a difference between the actor and the character they play:

let me summarize. (tina) fey and (sarah) palin are extremely "dissimilar" because fey built a career while she was married and a mother -- just like palin. palin "comes from the i-can-do-it-all school" -- which makes fey "dissimilar" to her even though fey has been a successful actress and writer in tv and movies (and, by the way, has her own multi-million-dollar book coming out). fey, arguably, has "it all" -- and palin, who clearly wants something out of life that's currently beyond her grasp, doesn't. but fey's the one who's unfulfilled -- because the characters she plays are unfulfilled.

oh, and did i mention that fey didn't create the sarah palin character, but was asked to play it -- remember, she wasn't on saturday night live anymore -- and was not the writer of the palin sketches? so how is a characterization crafted for her by another writer a sign of her anger and bitterness?

hey, i've got it -- maybe it's liz lemon who's jealous of palin! maybe fictional characters are real! maybe poor, lovelorn liz secretly resents palin, and created her own creator, tina fey, in order to get back at palin. (yikes, this is starting to sound like a borges story.)

or maybe matthew continetti is just a fool.
we vote for that last one.
posted by skippy at 12:22 PM | 2 comments

Monday, October 26, 2009

maybe a turnpike

at the start of the pennant races, mrs. skippy said, wouldn't it be great if it was a freeway series?

(because the skippy's live in l. a.)

after yesterday it's obvious that it will be the freeway that runs from new york to philadelphia.
posted by skippy at 2:15 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, October 25, 2009

skippy's sunday nite music club

howlin' wolf...scary good.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:31 PM | 0 comments

environmental news story sunday

environmental stories you might not have seen in your local corporate controlled infotainment delivery systems (once known as the news outlets)

mississippi turning: a river with a life of its own. - the mississippi river has been joined by rising sea levels in a process that is overwhelming the eco-system of coastal louisiana – and, at the same time, presenting the richest country in the world with one of its toughest test cases on the consequences of climate change - london independent

ravaged by drought, madagascar feels the full effect of climate change. - a 10% increase in temperature and a 10% decrease in rainfall sees the indian ocean island of madagascar struggle to feed its children. - london guardian

ethiopia needs food for 6.2m. - ethiopia said it needs emergency food aid for 6.2million people. the crisis stems from a four-year drought that has hit much of the horn of africa, leaving as many as 23 million people on the brink of starvation - afp

pressure builds over bottled water. - a group of salida, colo., residents has objected vigorously to a proposed project by nestlé waters north america to pump water from a spring a half-hour north of town, citing concerns about impacts to the watershed and nearby wetlands. - christian science monitor

hydropower industry braces for glacier-free future. - a lack of water for hydropower is already "critical" in bolivia, peru, colombia and ecuador, according to the u.n.'s intergovernmental panel on climate change, which also sees risks to water supplies to southern california from the loss of the sierra nevada snowpack. - reuters

southeast us most vulnerable to climate change impacts. - poverty combined with high risk of drought, flooding, hurricanes and sea-level rise make the southeast united states the country's most vulnerable area to climate change impacts, oxfam america said in a report released wednesday by the relief organization. - reuters

the haze that kills. - we recently realized that, while we were busy worrying about the ozone and toxic gases in houston's air, we missed a more solid class of gunk befouling our lung: particulate matter. - houston chronicle

drilling's benefits unproven to florida. - if floridians do not want to have a prince william sound type of disaster on longboat key, on siesta key or in tampa bay, the voters should choose politicians who oppose such a thing and not those who switch their allegiances. we ask that these pro-drilling politicians provide us with the cost of cleanup. - sarasota herald tribune

energy’s hidden costs. - the energy we use comes with a hidden price tag in the billions of dollars, according to a new study by the national academy of sciences national research council. - living on earth

coming wave of green jobs means blue skies for minorities struggling in slumping cities. - it won't happen overnight, but the green jobs that will flow from the pending cap-and-trade legislation will go a long way toward reviving once great cities now struggling for their very existence - green bay press-gazette

utah docs say climate change is no. 1 health threat. - a group of doctors called thursday for utahns and their leaders to take dramatic and immediate steps to address climate change, calling it "the greatest public health threat of the 21st century." meanwhile the state's farm bureau attacked proposed legislation as too costly. - salt lake tribune

coal ash disposal varies. - duke energy's gibson generating station produces about 2 million tons of ash and scrubber waste every year, disposing of it in two ash ponds and a settling basin. contamination from the ash ponds has resulted in duke paying to bring municipal water to a nearby community - evans courier press

more coal ash dangers. - twelve of the nation's 44 coal ponds described as "high-hazard potential" by the environmental protection agency are right here in north carolina. this means, in plain english, that "a failure will probably cause loss of human life," the epa says. - greensboro news & record

everyday chemicals gather in most people. - as a volunteer for alaska community action on toxics and one who cares deeply about public health issues, roxanne chan didn't hesitate taking part in a project that would inventory the foreign chemicals lurking in her body. but she has to admit, the results were unnerving - anchorage daily news

pesticide endosulfan considered for global ban. - scientists took a step closer on friday to banning the pesticide endosulfan, widely used on crops like cocoa and cotton, despite objections from india which is a major producer and consumer of the toxic chemical. - reuters

judge refuses to dismiss disney suit. - a federal judge in los angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing burbank-based walt disney co. of polluting the surrounding area with chromium 6 - burbank leader

editing scientists: science and policy at the white house. -the house committee on oversight and government reform found that significant editing of science documents had occurred during the bush administration and the issue remains fraught with controversy: just how much editing of government-funded science was done, and will it continue? - scientific american

bad buzz for bayer. - a documentary on the declining population of bees worldwide is causing a migraine for german drug company bayer. in vanishing of the bees, beekeepers blame neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides produced by bayer for so-called colony collapse disorder - forbes

greatest of lakes hit by climate change. - scientists haven't found the reason why cladophora, a native algae, has morphed into a green monster that fouls drinking water and beaches, and clogs industrial intake pipes in kake michigan. top suspects are climate change and the changes in the lake's ecosystem wrought by alien zebra and quagga mussels. - inter press service

who killed all those honeybees? we did. - the great bee die-off is not such a mystery after all: industrial agriculture has stressed our pollinators to the breaking point. - discover

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:12 PM | 1 comments

grayson notices cheney's halloween costume

oh, wait...that would be the "dick's" daily costume of vampiric ilk.
controversial freshman rep. alan grayson, who has become famous for attacking the republicans' health care plan, went on the attack again friday night, calling former vice president dick cheney a vampire for his recent criticism of the obama administration's handling of the war in afghanistan.

"i have trouble listening to what [cheney] says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking," the florida democrat said on msnbc's hardball friday night. "but my response is this: he's just angry because the president doesn't shoot old men in the face. but by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just then turn into a bat and fly away?" - cnn
(h/t why now?)

i think, though, that "captain cajones" does owe an apology to vampires...giving them a really bad rap linking them in with the "dick."

grayson has started another website..."congressmanwithguts.com"...stop by and pledge your support for his testicular fortitude.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:04 AM | 1 comments

Saturday, October 24, 2009

skippy's saturday nite music club

on this international day of climate change action, we musically salute two eco-warriors who inspired so many of us to take note of the wonderous world that surrounds us. jacques-yves cousteau and his beloved calypso and john denver.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:56 PM | 1 comments

the aptly-named hardly-ever-right

we call them the "hardly-ever right" wing because that's what they are. steve benen:

right-wing pundit michael ledeen published an item this week on barack obama's "college thesis," which obama allegedly wrote as a student at columbia 25 years ago. leeden cited some website, which ran a piece in august.

the paper was called "aristocracy reborn," and in the first ten pages (which were all that reporter joe klein -- who wrote about it for time -- was permitted to see), the young obama wrote:

"... the constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. the so-called founders did not allow for economic freedom. while political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. while many believed that the new constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy."

that's quite an indictment, even for an ivy league undergraduate.... maybe instead of fuming about words that rush limbaugh never uttered, the paladins of the free press might ask the president about words that he did write.
yesterday, rush limbaugh picked up on leeden's report, blasting obama for the alleged paper.

the first sign of trouble was when joe klein noted that he's never seen or written about obama's college thesis, and has "no idea where this report comes from."

the second sign of trouble was when one stopped to notice that obama didn't write a senior thesis (though he did write a thesis-length paper on soviet nuclear disarmament).

the third sign of trouble was when one clicked on the link that leeden provided as support and found the word "satire."

yes, leeden and limbaugh got all worked up, trashing the president for a paper he didn't write in college 25 years ago, relying on a satirical blog post. and for real entertainment value, notice what leeden and limbaugh did when they realized they'd fallen for a dumb joke -- they blamed obama anyway.

leeden conceded he was wrong and apologized, but added, "it worked because it's plausible." limbaugh said the text he touted was fake, but it didn't matter because, "i know obama thinks it." yep, even when they're wrong, it's only because the president makes it easy for them to be confused.
that, and facts. also.
posted by skippy at 8:49 PM | 0 comments

international day of climate change

none like it hot.

despite thousands of protests/demonstrations held today around the world, where is the news media? matt cooper over at the atlantic asks the question of the day..."can they cover 350 like they covered the teabaggers?"

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:26 PM | 1 comments

our good deed for the day

our buddy rosie reeves has invited us to join her blastoff network, and, by extension, all of you, too.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

mccain hates the internet(s)

and wants to block the 'tubes.' he seems to think that net neutrality is a big government take over of the informational superhighway. why do these rethuglicans think that access to facts and information is dangerous and must be stopped by corporations?
u.s. senator john mccain has introduced legislation that would block the u.s. federal communications commission from creating new net neutrality rules, on the same day that the fcc took the first step toward doing so.

..."today i'm pleased to introduce the internet freedom act of 2009 that will keep the internet free from government control and regulation," mccain said. "it will allow for continued innovation that will in turn create more high-paying jobs for the millions of americans who are out of work or seeking new employment. keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy."- networkworld.com
what the h**l has he been smoking? hmmm...."oppressive regulations"...seems that having no regulations is doing such a dandy job at keeping the economy "healthy." lack of regulations sends yet another bank to it's demise...making 106 bank failures in 2009. costing the feds $356.6 million dollars.

it's not "regulations" he's concerned about. he's worried about his contributors being "inconvenienced" by rules.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:21 PM | 3 comments

the chuck stops here

when former senator chuck hagel speaks...perhaps it might be something to listen to.
"as some republican senators have said publicly -- that if we kill obama on this, and we destroy this, and we defeat his, that will drive a stake through his political heart on this administration," the former senator, who retired at the end of his term in january, added. "i just find that about as irresponsible of a thing as i can think of."

...hagel said during his speech that it would have been "wrong" for him to endorse mccain despite serious reservations about some of the people mccain had surrounded himself with during the campaign.

... and i thought a lot of people around john were dangerous. i didn't want to see them in power." - the hill

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:13 PM | 1 comments

rip soupy sales (and barry letts)

soupy sales, who had a zany kids tv show in the sixties that was definitely for adults as well, has died in los angeles @ age 83.


we remember loving soupy, white fang and black tooth as we grew up watching tv. soupy, more than any other "kids" performer, seemed to share a private joke w/all the kids he entertained, and that joke was simply this: life is goofy, and don't let the adults tell you other wise, because they're pretty damn goofy, too.


as the star of "the soupy sales show," he performed live on television for 13 years in detroit, los angeles and new york before the program went into syndication in the united states and abroad.

ostensibly for children, the show had broad appeal among adults who found sales' puns, gags and pratfalls deliciously corny and camp. his cast consisted of goofy puppets with names like white fang, black tooth and pookie, and a host of off-camera characters, including the infamous naked girl.

the high point of every show came when a sidekick launched a pie into sales' face. sales once estimated that he was hit by more than 25,000 pies in his lifetime.

the gag became more than hilarious; it evolved into a hip badge of honor. frank sinatra was first in a long line of celebrities who clamored for the privilege to be cream-faced, including tony curtis, mickey rooney, sammy davis jr., dick martin and burt lancaster.

"i've never done a pretentious show; it's always had a live feeling, the kind of thing that comes across when you don't know what's going to happen next," sales told author gary grossman in the 1981 book "saturday morning tv." "i've never done anything simply because i thought i could get away with it. i've just wanted to do the funniest show."
soupy sales was widely loved by people of the boomer generation. one of the endearing qualities that attracted skippy to mrs. skippy was her ability to do a pooky imitation.

pee wee herman owes probably his entire career to soupy. most other kids' show hosts remained the adult, as if they were supervising us all in tvland, imparting the wisdom of playing fair and brushing teeth while offering small tidbits of cartoons and puppet shows.

but soupy rolled up his sleeves and got down and dirty w/the rest of us kids, being as stupid and funny and joyful as we kids could be. soupy was more than a tv show host; he was one of us kids, only he was trapped in an adult body.

again, from the times:

on a website devoted to the sales show, a fan recalled that the first program after the new year's episode opened with stock footage of dancing girls kicking up their heels and crowds cheering; the musical accompaniment was "happy days are here again." "it was obvious to all of us that our beloved soupy was unrepentant," the fan wrote, "and we repressed youths were behind him. i must dispute the thesis . . . that froggy from 'andy's gang' was the cause of '60s rebelliousness. it was soupy who inspired my generation to anarchy."
rest in peace, soupy sales.

addendum: the sci-fi geeks in all of us here @ skippy international also mourn the passing of barry letts, one of the more influential bbc television producers that made early dr. who into the phenomenon that it has become.

barry oversaw the production of the bbc show from 1970-1974, during the era of the third doctor (jon pertwee). barry's reign involved such iconic additions to the whoverse canon as the creation of unit (the united nations intelligence taskforce, for those of you non-whophiles), the introduction of brigadier leftbridge-stewart, and sarah jane smith, a character which has returned to the modern day incarnation of the dr. who series, and indeed now has her own show, the sarah jane adventures.

perhaps most important of all, barry passed up jim dale to hire tom baker as the fourth doctor. tom was long considered the best dr. who of all time, until david tennant took over 5 years ago.

another important idea barry brought to the whoverse: the first multi-doctor show, the three doctors, starring jon pertwee as he worked along side his previous two incarnations patrick troughton (the second doctor) and william hartnell (as the first doctor, in his last television performance). it is rumored that the new series of doctor who, starring matt smith as the eleventh doctor, will included a similarly-themed show which includes doctors seven thru eleven.

rest in peace, barry letts, dead @ age 84.
posted by skippy at 1:13 PM | 6 comments

Thursday, October 22, 2009

it turns out people hate it when you vote in favor of rapists

thanks to c&l videocafe, we find the rachel maddow show pointing out how the repubbblican vote against sen. franken's amendment was very bad publicity for the gop.

the amendment in question is to the sept. of defense appropriations bill that would prevent the government from contracting w/halliburton if halliburton required employees to sign away their rights to sue if something nasty happens to them. something nasty like, say, oh...rape.

rachel enlightens us as to how bad this negative vote is for the repubbbs:

maddow: one specific vote on one specific part of the giant legislation that funds the defense department is turning into a real political problem for 30 republican senators.

in idaho, the "lewiston morning tribune" called out its two senators in an editorial titled, "senators crapo and risch cast an inexplicable vote."

in mississippi, "the clarion ledger" editorialized, quote, "senators cochran and wicker voted to protect corporations, not victims, and they should own up to that."

an opinion piece in the "osawatomie graphic" was titled simply, "kansas senators are disappointing." in tennessee, a "crossville chronicle" writers asked, "whose side are our senators on?"

the "athens banner herald" in georgia headlined a letter quote, "georgia senators embarrass state." and in louisiana, a "shreveport times" writer asks, quote, "what exactly is sen. david vitter problem with women."

when republicans are getting called out in mississippi, kansas, louisiana, tennessee and georgia, something big is going on politically. this all began when 30 senate republicans voted against an amendment by democratic senator al franken of minnesota.

the amendment said that the government shouldn't give defense contracts to companies if those companies prevent their employees who have been raped or discriminated against from suing in court.
here's even more stories depicting the bad press the gop has heaped upon itself.

c&lvideo cafe shows the maddow clip which interviews jamie leigh jones, the contractor who was drugged and gang-raped by her halliburton co-workers, upon whose sad story the franken amendment was based.

unfortunately at this juncture, it looks like sen. dino inhooye will gut sen. franken's amendement out of the bill:

multiple sources have told the huffington post that sen. dan inouye, a longtime democrat from hawaii, is considering removing or altering the provision, which was offered by sen. al franken (d-minn.) and passed by the senate several weeks ago.

inouye's office, sources say, has been lobbied by defense contractors adamant that the language of the franken amendment would leave them overly exposed to lawsuits and at constant risk of having contracts dry up. the senate is considering taking out a provision known as the title vii claim, which (if removed) would allow victims of assault or rape to bring suit against the individual perpetrator but not the contractor who employed him or her.

"the defense contractors have been storming his office," said a source with knowledge of the situation. "inouye either will get the amendment taken out altogether, or water it down significantly. if they water it down, they will take out the title vii claims. this means that in discrimination cases, they will still force you into a secret forced arbitration on kbr's (or other contractors') own terms -- with your chances of prevailing practically zero. the house seems to be very supportive of the original franken amendment and all in line, but their hands are tied since it originated in the senate. and since inouye runs the show on this bill, he can easily take it out to get republicans and the defense contractors off his back, which looks increasingly likely."
bet sen. inouye's not gonna be popular in the islands (insert "lei" joke here).

addendum: some commentors @ huffpo suggest:

call sen. inouye's office tell him not to strip sen. franken's anti-rape amendment! 202-224-3934/6747
posted by skippy at 11:37 PM | 2 comments

skippy's thursday nite music club

hats off to one of my favorite bands...r.e.m. and their stand against torture.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:34 PM | 1 comments

(michael) stipe "end" torture at guantanamo

rem, among other musicians, are up in arms about their music being used at gitmo. they want it stopped. they want gitmo to end.

the national campaign to close guantanamo, which also includes former military officers, launched on tuesday.

many of the artists who have signed up are angry that their music was used as an interrogation tool in the jail.

...in a statement, rem said: "we have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice. to now learn that some of our friends' music may have been used as part of the torture tactics without their consent or knowledge, is horrific. it's anti-american, period." - bbc

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:25 PM | 1 comments

heard of offshore drilling? probably

heard of offshore airports? probably not. it could happen in sandy eggo, though.
san diego desperately needs a new airport. it has needed one for years. the existing facility, san diego international, is crowded onto a puny 675 acre parcel. that’s a lovely size for a horse farm, but it’s infinitesimal for an airport serving a metropolitan area of 3 million people. all of san diego shares a single runway–the busiest in the country and also one of the most dangerous.

...in the midst of this pickle, along comes a fellow named adam englund. he’s a local lawyer who studied international law at cambridge and has long nurtured a fascination with the idea of floating cities. he’s got an idea–a $20 billion business plan, even.

it’s so incredibly simple, says englund. we live next to all this open, watery space. let’s put the airport… in the ocean. - the infrastructurist

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:53 PM | 0 comments

only if they mean mojo nixon

as john cole points out, it's pretty ridiculous for news media types to call obama "nixonian" while keeping completely silent about the antics of the previous administration:

peter wehner worked for the bush administration. the bush administration, in eight years, conducted more abuses to the field of journalism than anyone i can recall. a partial recollection of the bush administration’s wrongdoings include:

-paying armstrong williams, michael mcmanus, and maggie gallagher and others for favorable opinions about wh policies or to attack opponents of the wh.

-planting jeff gannon to lob softball questions.

-used reporters to out a cia agent, then sat by and watched reporters go to jail to protect their sources.

-fed reporters misinformation about wmd in iraq, then used those reporters stories as corroborating evidence of the existence of wmd in iraq.

-treated helen thomas like a leper.

-waged a coordinated campaign against nbc.

-kicked all the ny times reporters off of their planes.

-the pentagon pundit program, which sold the war by planting former military officers on networks. uncovering this story earned a journalist the fucking pulitzer.

-staged mock press conferences with fema employees pretending to be reporters.

-allowed ari fleischer to tell everyone (but directed at journalists) they needed to “watch what they say and what they do.”

and that is simply off the top of my head, and god only knows what lies and abuses peter wehner was responsible for while working at the bush era office of strategic initiatives. by comparison, the obama white house has merely stated the obvious, which is that the fox news is not a news organization.
as we said in the headline, this works only if they mean mojo nixon:

posted by skippy at 12:25 PM | 2 comments

mad about bystander president

mad kane, that is!
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when corporate branding goes overboard

you know...this really just defies logic. perhaps corporate lawyers need to get out more often. perhaps have a beer to relax.
matt nadeau said he's pretty sure people can tell the difference between a craft beer and an energy drink.

hansen beverage, which makes the monster energy drink along with a line of "natural" sodas, seems to think otherwise. a law firm claiming to represent the california company has sent a cease-and-desist order to nadeau, proprietor of rock art brewery, over his vermonster beer.

...rock art, based in morrisville, makes about 3,000 to 3,500 barrels of beer a year. nadeau said that while he does have some out-of-state distribution, almost all of his beer is sold in vermont. the vermonster is a barley wine first produced in 2007 in honor of the company's 10th anniversary.

the letter, signed by diane reed of knobb, martens, olsen & bear in irvine, calif., claims the name of the beer will "undoubtedly create a likelihood of confusion and/or dilute the distinctive quality of hansen's monster marks." - rutland herald

mmm....kokopeli dancing vs. letter m. beer vs. energy drink. yeah...like i would immediately confuse the two.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:02 AM | 1 comments

michael moore has an action plan

and suggests a few things (15) we can do....

1. declare a moratorium on all home evictions. ...the banks must adjust their monthly mortgage payments to be in line with what people's homes are now truly worth -- and what they can afford.

2. congress must join the civilized world and expand medicare for all americans. ...the bill to make this happen is called h.r. 3200. you must call and write your members of congress and demand its passage, no compromises allowed.

3. demand publicly-funded elections and a prohibition on elected officials leaving office and becoming lobbyists. ... tell your members of Congress they must support campaign finance bill H.R.1826.

4. each of the 50 states must create a state-owned public bank like they have in north dakota. then congress must reinstate all the strict pre-reagan regulations on all commercial banks, investment firms, insurance companies -- and all the other industries that have been savaged by deregulation: airlines, the food industry, pharmaceutical companies -- you name it. ...the question must always be asked -- "is this for the common good?" (click here for some info about the state-owned bank of north dakota.)

5. save this fragile planet and declare that all the energy resources above and beneath the ground are owned collectively by all of us. just like they do it in sarah palin's socialist alaska.

oh...yeah...there is a bunch more we can do. go to common dreams and find out.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:53 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

skippy's wednesday nite music club

a little chet atkins

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:38 PM | 0 comments

my favorite congresscritter alan grayson

unveils a "names of the dead" website to memorialize those americans who died due to lack of healthcare...but the automated list of names has been removed. one "hugh g. reckshinn" might have been a flag that there were some ficticious names included.

(h/t - talking points memo)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:18 PM | 1 comments

he's good enough...he's smart enough

and gosh darn-it...he's kickin' some intellectual butt in congress...
one of the highlights of the hearing was when sen. al franken (d-mn) questioned hudson institute senior fellow diana furchtgott-roth about medical bankruptcies. franken asked furchtgott-roth — who claimed that moving towards a european-style system of universal health care would increase bankruptcies — about how many medical bankruptcies there were in countries that have universal health care, like switzerland and france. furchtgott-rott repeatedly told franken that she didn’t “have that number,” and franken informed her that the number was actually zero - think progress

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


a must watch episode.

marketplace gives a radio brief...
in the 1990s, most people didn't know the commodity futures trading commission's chairman was warning about derivatives and being ignored. frontline's michael kirk reports on brooksley born's fight against the economic establishment.
from pbs -
in the devastating aftermath of the economic meltdown, frontline sifts through the ashes for clues about why it happened and examines critical moments when it might have gone much differently. looking back into the 1990s, veteran frontline producer/director michael kirk (inside the meltdown, breaking the bank) discovers early warnings of the crash, reveals an intense battle among high-ranking members of the clinton administration and uncovers a concerted effort not to regulate the emerging, highly-complex and lucrative derivatives markets that would become the ticking time bomb within the american economy. - pbs
check your local pbs listings....or you can watch it online. it's a definate "must watch tv."

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 5:14 PM | 6 comments

nothing here but history -- can you see what has been done?

memory rush over me, now i step into the sun...


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Monday, October 19, 2009

skippy's monday nite music club

not all doctors are horrible...but there is one particularly horrible doctor. and you can sing along on his blog, too, along with a "zillion" fans.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:16 PM | 0 comments

the colbert party party

our buds @ the party party have mixed themselves into the stephen colbert show (hoping to win a prize):

do us a favor and click the link, too, to rack up their views numbers.
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sarah palin's online resume

it doesn't list bitter, twitter and quitter.

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posted by George at 7:31 AM | 3 comments

question of the day...

those of you who are reasonably familiar with the writings in the bible only, please: what's your favorite book of the bible?

just curious. i'd tell you what mine is, but by now, i think anyone who's paid enough attention to my rants and raves over the last one or two years can figure it out themselves...


posted by Jim Yeager at 7:29 AM | 7 comments

never heard that version before...

son of a...



posted by Jim Yeager at 6:12 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, October 18, 2009

skippy's sunday nite music club

i think doctors are on my mind...if they could only "doctor my eyes" (and nose)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:02 PM | 0 comments

no wonder republicans make me grouchy

blah3 finds rare footage of groucho marx singing the modern republican party's platform.

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this american life episode re: healthcare

this week's episode (#392) is an interesting one to hear. it isn't online yet, but when it does, take a listen. then get a little mad.
this week, we bring you a deeper look inside the health insurance industry. the dark side of prescription drug coupons. a story about pet health insurance, which is in its infancy, and how it is changing human behaviors—for example, if you have the pet health insurance, you bring your pet to the vet more often, and the vet makes more money and...well, you can see the parallels. and insurance company jargon, frighteningly decoded. - this american life

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 5:24 PM | 0 comments

environmental news story sunday

for those stories that don't usually make it "above the fold" in the corporate owned media

water shortages causes 100,000 to flee homes in iraq: un. - more than 100,000 people in northern iraq have abandoned their homes since 2005 because of water stress, after drought and over-extraction of groundwater caused the collapse of an ancient water system, unesco said on tuesday. - afp

the spread of new diseases: the climate connection. - a growing body of research suggests that microbes in bats — as well as other pathogens that jump from animals to people — are spreading more rapidly because of climate change and deforestation. - yale 360

global warming: four degrees of devastation. -the prospect of a four-degree celsius rise in global average temperatures in 50 years is alarming — but not alarmist, climate scientists now believe. rising carbon emissions and inability to agree on cuts has meant science must now consider the previously unthinkable - inter press service

massive african lake could dry up, u.n. agency says. - once one of the biggest bodies of water in the world, lake chad could disappear entirely in about 20 years as a result of climate change and population pressures, fueling conflict and migration in the region, the un's food and agriculture organization said - cnn

deforestation and the true cost of europe's cheap meat.- cheap meat has become a way of life in much of europe, but the full price is being paid across latin america as vast soya plantations and their attendant chemicals lead to poisonings and violence. - london guardian

natural resources under siege.
- a political crisis in madagascar has triggered a pillage of its mythical wildlife and forests. conservationists say the problem is particularly distressing in madagascar, because it is a land like no other. on a continent with fantastic natural wonders and turbulent politics, it is a fresh example of what can occur when the two intersect. - washington post

bpa making little girls aggressive? - a study has found links between a chemical used in some plastics and aggressive behavior in girls. researchers tested 249 pregnant women for their exposure to bpa and then followed-up after they gave birth - environment record

a forest and a 'carbon sink' grow on vashon. - a barren pit on vashon island is turning into an experiment in restoring the landscape, while getting greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. the key to this change: dirt. - seattle pi

as ice melts, species will die and new territorial fights emerge. - there is a whole catalogue of environmental, biological and social changes that would follow the loss, even if only during the summer, of arctic sea ice. - dublin irish times

say goodbye to the arctic ice cap. - it’s been another lean summer for the arctic ocean’s sheath of summer sea ice. and much of the ice in one region is too thin to survive next summer’s melt season, according to an expedition that trekked across the ice in the beaufort sea off the coasts of canada and alaska. - christian science monitor

new fuel-miser ford knocks prius off its perch. - the toyota prius hybrid is no longer australia's most fuel-efficient car. the car, which has held the mantle since its local launch in 2001, has been knocked off its green perch by a fuel-sipping diesel small car from ford - sydney

insurers dropping chinese drywall policies. - thousands of homeowners nationwide who bought new houses constructed from chinese drywall that emits sulfuric fumes are finding their hopes dashed, their lives in limbo. - the ap

dole withdraws lawsuit against swedish filmmaker. - dole foods is withdrawing a defamation lawsuit against a swedish filmmaker after complaints that it was trying to limit free speech, the company said thursday. the documentary shows the alleged plight of nicaraguan workers who say they were made sterile by a pesticide dole used. - the ap

the trouble facing canadian rivers. - many of canada's major rivers are in trouble and have suffered major alterations in their natural flows due to hydro dams, irrigation schemes and withdrawals by industry, and could be further compromised by the effects of global warming, a new report contends. - toronto globe and mail

record drought takes its toll on arizona. - much of the us south-west has been in a drought since 1999, the most severe in more than a century, but it has been exacerbated by record warming. - financial times

wet and windy storm breaks santa cruz rainfall record; dumps 10-plus inches in ben lomond. - the first real post-summer storm, the wettest october system to hit the county in decades, brought more than 10 inches of rain to some san lorenzo valley areas and broke a daily rainfall record in santa cruz set more than 50 years ago. - santa cruz sentinel

world bank warns of water shortage. - in the middle east and north africa, the world’s driest region, “per capita water availability is predicted to halve by 2050 even without the effects of climate change”, said a new world bank study. climate change would make the problem worse by causing heat waves and droughts, it said. - abu dhabi national

scientists back law to limit farm runoff to great barrier reef. - scientists have backed the queensland government's crackdown on farm runoffs to the great barrier reef, describing new laws to limit the chemicals on sugar crops and pastures as "the right answer". - sydney australia

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Movie Review...

Earlier this evening, I paid my first visit to the movies in well over a year. The film and where I watched it seemed strangely appropriate for each other: it was Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, and it was shown inside a building once known as the Richmond Locomotive Steam Works, which has only quite recently been converted into a movie theater. (It opened for business back in February.) The locomotive company shut down operations in 1927, and it doesn't figure in Moore's film at all. But abandoned American factories do figure prominently in several of his earlier films, and Capitalism is no exception. It's a theme he has been hammering on for a couple decades now, but I think, given the current state of our economy, not to mention the souring mood of the public, people who see this film are going to be a hell of a lot more receptive to what he's saying than they might have been while viewing something like Roger & Me.

It started out with footage from a documentary about the fall of Rome. That pretty much gives the rest of the movie away, but I'll keep going anyway...

Still... it's a Michael Moore film. Watching one of his movies, for me, feels a little like marching in DC against the war in Iraq and for the impeachment of Bush for war crimes -- Moore and I are definitely on the same team, but I'm just one of many totally nondescript guys in the crowd who want to see Bush and more than a few others brought to justice, while Moore's the clown in front dressed as Santa Claus on stilts and blowing into a toy horn. He hams it up a couple times in Capitalism, too, probably because he simply can't help himself at this point -- it never seemed to hurt the sales of his previous films. And yes, there are generous servings of maudlin nostalgia, populist sentiments (I'm being extremely generous here -- for a blue-collar man who allegedly speaks for other blue-collar folks like me, Moore flourished just beautifully, thank you, during the hooray-for-the-upper-one-percent Bush years, something I can't say of anyone else who wasn't already quite wealthy), and him outright screwing with your emotions. Par for the course.

And yet, the film manages to redeem itself. Best example: the part where GM declares bankruptcy instantly transforms Moore from a troublemaker with a camera into something of a vindicated prophet. As questionable as his methods may be, he saw what was in store for GM clearly a long time ago. It kind of reminds me of that fable of the farmer who had a goose that laid golden eggs: he wasn't getting richer fast enough for his own liking, so he killed the goose and opened it up, only to find no repository of gold within. Except that GM killed its own golden goose by degrees over decades.

So, overall, I'd recommend seeing Capitalism. If only to ask yourself afterward, "What the f&#k are we doing to ourselves?" I headed home after the film from a place that once had the capability to create steam locomotives. Now we can't even create jobs for unemployed people.

No wonder Moore compared the state of our country to the fall of Rome...

(*I suppose capital letters are okay now. Hope so -- I never did feel completely comfortable with all lowercase...)


posted by Jim Yeager at 11:47 PM | 3 comments

Self-Described Troublemaker Whines because People think he's a Troublemaker

What ever happened to personal accountability? After years of insisting that America would be better if people took responsibility for their actions, it turns out Rush Limbaugh won't do it himself. It's another case of Do as I Whine, Not As I Do:

It didn't take long before my name was selectively leaked to the media as part of the Checketts investment group. Shortly thereafter, the media elicited comments from the likes of Al Sharpton…

Next came writers in the sports world, like the Washington Post's Michael Wilbon. He wrote this gem earlier this week: "I'm not going to try and give specific examples of things Limbaugh has said over the years because I screwed up already doing that, repeating a quote attributed to Limbaugh (about slavery) which he has told me he simply did not say and does not reflect his feelings. I take him at his word. . . . "

Mr. Wilbon wasn't alone. Numerous sportswriters, CNN, MSNBC, among others, falsely attributed to me statements I had never made. Their sources, as best I can tell, were Wikipedia and each other. But the Wikipedia post was based on a fabrication printed in a book that also lacked any citation to an actual source.
While it's true that several Media outlets attributed made-up quotes to Limbaugh, they also attributed real quotes quite correctly to him; quotes that made him look like the racial pot-stirrer he is.

But strangely enough, it wasn't the Media that prevented Limbaugh from participating in the bid to buy the St. Louis Rams. Nor was it the NFL, nor even the NFL Players Union. It was Limbaugh's own partners, who decided that the fat guy was too controversial to be involved.

That's right. The man who made a multi-million dollar living being controversial now feigns self-righteous indignation because he's too controversial for the Free Market System. As Steve Benen points out:

Limbaugh then notes that several news outlets used a bogus quote to highlight his record of racism. "Numerous sportswriters, CNN, MSNBC, among others, falsely attributed to me statements I had never made," he wrote. That's true, but it overlooks the fact that news outlets used plenty of legitimate, verified quotes that also made the radio host look awful.

But putting all of that aside, here's the crux of the defense:

The sports media elicited comments from a handful of players, none of whom I can recall ever meeting. Among other things, at least one said he would never play for a team I was involved in given my racial views. My racial views? You mean, my belief in a colorblind society where every individual is treated as a precious human being without regard to his race? Where football players should earn as much as they can and keep as much as they can, regardless of race? Those controversial racial views?
No, Rush, these controversial racial views.

Limbaugh's record of racist commentary ... includes not only a habit of comparing black athletes to gang members but a general hostility toward black people. Limbaugh only recently suggested that having a black president encouraged black children to beat up white children -- he's also compared President Obama's agenda to 'slavery reparations,' used epithets to reference his biracial background, and compared Democrats responding to the concerns of black voters to rape."
Of course, taking full responsibility for how people react to his words and actions would completely destroy's Limbaugh's victimhood story. And as Steve says, "Yes, The Man is always trying to keep the white conservatives down. It's nice of this multi-millionaire who managed to avoid jail time after a series of drug felonies to explain this to us."
posted by skippy at 9:16 PM | 4 comments

good news desk for modern man

our good buddy dday is now writing @ a new wing of fdl called newsdesk (among other places).

stop in and say hello!

(via digby).
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Friday, October 16, 2009

skippy's friday nite music club

from the way back time machine. (when i could actually roller skate)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:56 PM | 2 comments

Balloon Payment

I have a life, so I missed the whole "lost boy in a balloon" scare-fest yesterday.

I hadn't read anything online until the evening, and by then it was apparently all over but the lying. nytimes blog:

Update 6:14 p.m. Several entertainment news sites, including Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide, reported on Friday that the Heene family had approached a television network before this week’s drama to propose that they star in a new reality show. According to a post on Entertainment Weekly’s Web site:

EW has confirmed that Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of 6-year-old Falcon (a.k.a. “Balloon Boy”), were developing a reality show about their family with RDF Media USA, the same company that produces Wife Swap (on which they appeared). The project is no longer active. A rep for TLC confirms that RDF pitched the show to the network months ago and they passed.
According to TV Guide’s report, a representative of TLC said, “They approached us months ago and we passed.”

Updated 10:45 a.m. It was, apparently, a heartwarming tale — the 6-year-old Colorado boy who was reportedly carried aloft in a wayward helium balloon on Thursday, only to turn up several hours later after a frantic, widely televised search.

Falcon Heene, fearful of being punished for messing around with his father’s balloon, had been hiding out above the garage at the family’s home in Fort Collins, Colo., his parents said.

But on Thursday evening, after Falcon and his family appeared on CNN, discussion of the event online turned skeptical. The suspicions began after the family was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer — in the segment embedded below — and the young boy said that he had heard people in the house calling his name but had not responded because, he said to his parents, “You guys said… that, um, we did this for the show.”
So, the story that had cable news and Blogtopia (and yes, I coined that phrase) riveted for most of the news cycle yesterday turns out to be one big hoax. I agree w/Ezra Klein's take:

But whether or not the drama was staged, it certainly served as a perfect metaphor for cable news: America spent hours riveted by a powerful and gripping story that turned out to be totally meaningless, and will have no significant impact on anybody's lives going forward.
As I said, I had a life yesterday, so I missed it completely. Were that I was so fortunate for other "News" stories.
posted by skippy at 10:07 PM | 4 comments

broken nose healthcare maze update

went to go get my prescribed vicodan pills at a pharmacist close to the temp agency where i picked up my paycheck. they won't honor the "insurance card." it seems the "insurance card" isn't really insurance for prescriptions....just a discount to be received. pharmacist also said that most folks in town won't honor the card because it actually costs the pharmacies money. tried calling the number on the back of the card to find a pharmacy that perhaps would honor the card...on hold for about 10 minutes before i gave up.

paid out of pocket. at least it was to a local pharmacy instead of some chain.

oh..and the two days i have been away from work, i don't get sick days. the only way i get paid for work is if i actually work.

this could be a cash flow nightmare this month.

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97 years old and homeless

welcome to the real america. cruel.
..."it makes me feel like i'm a bum," bessie said. "i don't mind living at the mercy of the public because some of the public is good -- they're nice to me. but there are some that are nasty. some of them laugh at me and my sign. they say they don't think i'm 97 years old."

reaching slowly into a pocket, she pulls out a laminated california state identification card that shows her date of birth: march 2, 1912.

los angeles police have warned her not to beg. and some passersby have turned to her sons, questioning why they cannot properly care for her. - latte times

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:10 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"lift me up"...

i had the pleasure of seeing this insane yet wonderful eight-man "union" lineup of yes perform live twice while it lasted. they're one of my all-time favorite bands.



posted by Jim Yeager at 3:13 PM | 1 comments

i'm testing out the healthcare system

last night i ruined a fabulous birthday celebration for a friend's birthday roller skating party.

i fell (geez...i wasn't even doing anything fancy) flat on my face and broke my nose. there are sometings you can self diagnose, and when you hear a snap reverberating through your head, you kinda know you can kiss the nose goodbye.

two friends gave up a good portion of the what was supposed to be a fun evening and took me to emergen care. they said they didn't have an exray and told us to drive to the hospital. not the first hospital we encountered, but the second. (do they have a referral fee there or something?)

spent 45 minutes or so waiting in triage. then saw the nurse who said that, yes, it did look like i broke my nose and my blood pressure was a little high (duh) and that i had a lowgrade fever too. it would be a 2 hour wait to see the doctor...quite possibly up to a 4 hour wait. i figured i would rather die back home in santa barbara. my insurance cards were in my daytimer in my car and since we were in ventura and santa barbara, i'm pretty sure i was out of the coverage area.

i packed up my 4th icepack and left, with my kind and gracious friends driving back (ruining a fine birthday celebration dinner that was planned in ventura) to santa barbara.

get back. the freakin' car's battery is blitzo. yet again, my fine, fine friends hauled my ruinous ass to cottage hospital. (didn't know we had valet parking at the emergency room.)

they took me in. had me fill out the basic paperwork...again. took my blood pressure, again. (even higher than before) and refreshed my icepack then sent me to the "business office" where they asked the expected question...name..insurance, etc. (i'm hoping i'm covered for emergency room visits...i've never had to test it out.) they then sat me back down. then, quite literally, 5 minutes later called my name out and back i went to a gurney bed in the hallway. then, about 10 minutes later this really hottie patottie doctor came by and introduced himself and then started to ask how in blazes i did this to myself. (he claims he's probably an even worse rollerskater, but i doubt it.) poking and proding and making verbal notes for the accompanying nurse to take down he did in fact confirm my ailment. broken nose.

the time with the doctor was all about 15 minutes. i'm kinda worried what that 15 minutes is going to cost me. if the price isn't too bad, i just might have to break something else to go back and get a gander of dr. "make me feel good" again. (teasing on that)

for now...for several days...the ice cubes and i will be one. i'm just waiting for the "football player look" to set it. or, perhaps, my eyes are just puffed up too much to notice i'm already larry czonka. (without the mustache.)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:08 PM | 11 comments

the public option

what is the public option? can i go into an emergency room and say "i am sen. max baucus; treat me at taxpayer expense."?

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posted by George at 12:06 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

is it obama's economy yet?

dow hits 10,000 for first time in more than a year - bloomberg:

u.s. stocks rallied, sending the dow jones industrial average above 10,000 for the first time in a year, on better-than-estimated earnings at jpmorgan chase & co. and intel corp. oil climbed, while the dollar index slid to the lowest level since august 2008 and treasuries fell.

jpmorgan added 3 percent as a surge in fixed-income revenue helped the bank increase profit almost sevenfold. intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, rose 1.8 percent after its sales forecast topped estimates by as much as $1 billion. macy’s inc. and nordstrom inc. gained on a government report that showed retail sales fell less than economists forecast last month.

the dow jumped as much as 130.52 points, or 1.3 percent, to 10,001.58. the standard & poor’s 500 index increased 1.4 percent to 1,088.26 at 3:02 p.m. in new york as financial and technology shares led gains. the msci world index of 23 developed countries added 1.6 percent.
let's be clear here, tho. firstly, there's no guarantee the dow won't drop precipitously again; this is, after all, october, the scariest month for the stock market. etfguide:

in finance, black monday refers to monday, october 19th, 1987. but did you know there were actually three black monday’s?

1) black monday, october 19th, 1987: the largest one-day percentage decline in recorded stock market history. the dow plummeted 19.65% in one day.

2) black monday, october 28th, 1929: this black monday was one in a sequence of black days that ushered in the great depression. the dow jones (nysearca: dia) closed down 11.70% that day.

3) black monday, october 6th, 2008: the dow jones (dji: ^dji) fell as much as 819 points intraday.

as you can tell, all black mondays occurred in october and none of the black mondays came announced.

in fact, last year’s october 6th black monday came on the heels of a respectable summer rally. the dow had gained nearly 1,000 points and the much anticipated bailout was expected to fix the financial system.
and secondly, just because wall street is looking better doesn't mean main street is. cnnmoney:

but even economists who agree the economy is in recovery say that growth will be slow and difficult, with continued job losses, tight credit and further declines in home prices. and even some who believe that the current dow 10,000 level is justified say there's still a significant risk that the economy will take a step backward.

"one of the great challenges is whether consumers and small businesses come along with this recovery," said john silvia, chief economist with wells fargo. "if they don't, you either sit at 10,000 or slip back to 9,500. to sustain another double-digit (percentage) gain to dow 11,000 is asking too much from this economy and the risks we still see out there."

there are also economists who question whether the economy is truly in recovery, given that it continues to lose about a quarter-million jobs a month. they say the more than 50% rally in the dow since it closed at a low of 6,594.44 on march 5 is only a reflection that the fear of the economy toppling into a full-fledged depression has abated.
we're not holding our breaths for a recovery just yet.
posted by skippy at 3:28 PM | 2 comments

say hello

to fried green al-qaedas.
posted by skippy at 10:27 AM | 1 comments

rescue me

from our good friends @ resident bush, here's a little movie about a swimming pool.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

skippy's tuesday nite music club

speaking of cast members of "glee"...tonight we present a little musical number from the show.

where was kanye west with these nbc/macy's thanksgiving day parade "negotiations?"

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showing their hate

showing their ignorance.
police along with the secret service are investigating after a local country club discovered a symbol that represents eastern religious beliefs carved into the green.

lakeville country club workers discovered the vandalism early monday morning.

police believe the vandals meant to carve a swastika next to president barack obama's name on the 18th hole; however, the symbol was backwards and means hope and peace in some eastern countries. - whdh

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:00 PM | 1 comments

NBC = Nothing But Crap

A Skippy Musing

It's bad enough that NBC has decided that it's better to fail cheaply than to try to work hard to get viewers at the ten o'clock prime time hour. The Jay Leno Show, which seems to us to just be a bad rerun of some of his worst Tonight Show episodes, is so unimaginative that it's almost insulting to the audience (Seriously; The Dan Band doing bad lounge singing in a Car Wash? That act was old when Bill Murray did it thirty years ago on SNL).

It's even worse that NBC decided to cancel Southland two weeks before the mid-season premiere. Now, I wasn't a big fan of Southland. It simply seemed like warmed over Hill Street Blues that wished it was The Wire. But at least it was a show with stories (and actors and writers!), and there were fans looking forward to seeing it again this year.

But the biggest insult NBC has proferred lately is the manipulation of the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade, for which the Peacock has cancelled a scheduled appearance by the cast of Fox Network's new show, Glee. Nikki Finke:

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for annually including "cultural touchstones of the moment" in its broadcast, from every American Idol winner since the 2nd season (a Fox show) to the stars of High School Musical (a Disney Channel show). Not a peep out of parade broadcaster NBC. But then, a month ago, the parade producers (who aren't part of NBC) invited this season's hot Fox show Glee castmembers to march and perform during the parade. "They wanted us to have the cast ride a float down the parade route and do a number at the end," a 20th Century TV exec tells me. "Late last week, we confirmed that the Glee cast was able to participate, and we began to talk choreography." But, on Thurday, the studio received a call from the parade producers disinviting the show. "They called all mortified and apologetic. They said that after conversing with NBC they had to withdraw the invitation because NBC was forcing them to. According to the NBC people, the parade was not going to promote a Fox show on their air." The parade producers acknowledged to 20th TV that NBC has never vetoed a single act booked in the past. Funny thing is, Glee airs opposite NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; that's hardly the same demographic. So what the hell is NBC's problem?

The 'problem,' apparently, is that GE/Vivendi wants to sell off the Universal/NBC division:

Executives at General Electric say they believe that Vivendi, the French conglomerate, will exercise its right later this year to sell its stake in NBC Universal, a move that could lead to NBC Universal’s being spun off into a separate public company in 2010, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke anonymously in order to discuss internal deliberations.

While G.E.’s chief executive, Jeffrey R. Immelt, has often said publicly that the company plans to stay in the media business, a sale of Vivendi’s 20 percent share of NBC Universal in the public market would give G.E. more options if it chose to exit the television and film business by selling its 80 percent stake, The New York Times’s Tim Arango reports.

It could also make NBC Universal an attractive takeover target for other media companies. (Time Warner is often named as a possible suitor, but executives of the company have been vocal in saying they plan no major acquisitions.)

Vivendi’s share of NBC Universal is the product of a 2004 deal in which it merged its television and film assets — Universal Studios and cable channels including USA Network, Bravo and Sci-Fi — and its theme parks, with G.E.’s NBC and the cable networks CNBC and MSNBC. The deal brought Vivendi about $3.7 billion cash, and a 20 percent stake in the business.
Does one have anything to do with the other? I don't know, but if I was involved anyway at all with the network that brought us The Cosby Show, ER, Seinfeld, Cheers, LA Law, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, I would hang my head in shame.
posted by skippy at 8:31 PM | 3 comments

what's that wet stuff coming from the sky?

it's been so long since it rained here, i've almost forgotten what it is. now it just keeps a'coming, though. here's hoping the aerial hydromulching works in keeping the mountain sides from sliding.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:19 PM | 1 comments

snowe job

sen. olympia snowe was the lone repubbblican voting "yea" (or "yay!") on the baucus bill in the senate finance committee today, bringing a health care reform bill (tho certainly not one progressives, or this blog either, would endorse) closer to reality.


as we said, progressives find this bill two steps short of abhorrent. more asspress:

a top labor lobbyist says about 30 unions will run a full-page ad in newspapers wednesday announcing their opposition to the senate finance committee's health overhaul bill.

the ad says that unless the bill brought to the senate floor makes substantial progress to address the concerns of working men and women, unions will oppose it.

the legislative director of the american federation of state, county and municipal employees, chuck loveless, says unions are unhappy that the legislation lacks a publicly run insurance plan and would tax insurers that provide expensive coverage.
there's no public option in the baucus bill, which is not good. for anybody. except the insurance companies.
posted by skippy at 4:10 PM | 2 comments

that's how it goes...

everybody knows...


posted by Jim Yeager at 4:06 PM | 1 comments

Monday, October 12, 2009

my two cents...

a few days ago, john cole of balloon juice said that gay rights activists were doing more harm than good by criticizing obama for, essentially, not advancing the gay rights agenda the way the gay rights advocates wanted him to. personally, i think john cole scored a bulls-eye -- and i'm a homo.

the more i listen to the gay rights crowd, the more i think they and the homophobic neanderthals they oppose are really just two sides of the same coin. i'm sick of all of them. just because i'm a member of the lgbt community doesn't mean its self-appointed leaders speak for me.

a few of you skippy readers wonder why i quit, then come back, then quit again, then come back again. it's largely because i can't live with these natural-born asshole gay rights allies of mine, and i can't live without them, either. i spent most of my life running away from my same-sex orientation when there was never any reason to run away from it. now these gay rights bitch-muffins are making me ashamed to be gay.


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posted by Jim Yeager at 11:19 PM | 16 comments

and i wonder, still i wonder...

who'll stop the rain?


posted by Jim Yeager at 10:18 PM | 1 comments

mad about party-first republicans

mad kane, that is!
posted by skippy at 12:30 PM | 2 comments

how to give yourself an epileptic seizure...

play this game.

i got to 70 points and said, "f@#k it." seriously, i can feel the swelling in the cones and rods in the back of my eyes now. this is one game you will refuse to play twice...


posted by Jim Yeager at 11:36 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, October 11, 2009

environmental news stories sunday

for those passed over, yet very important, stories that have something to do with this big, blue marble of ours.

epa honors stonyfield farm cutting emissions, saving fuel. - "as a yogurt on a mission, stonyfield has continually worked toward minimizing our impact, by working smarter, working leaner and working greener," stonyfield farm president gary hirshberg said in a statement. - manchester union leader

salazar discusses future plans for solar projects. - the united states could be generating 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and secretary of the interior ken salazar said friday, the coachella valley could be the “point of the spear in making these goals a reality.” - palm springs desert sun

'green highways': michigan's eco-friendly road concept. - no state has yet created a comprehensive system designed to accommodate the electric-powered cars of the future. but a plan to transform little-used roadways into "green highways" is gaining traction. - time magazine

epa says tacoma must clean up its air. - federal regulators said thursday that the tacoma area is violating air pollution standards and must clean up. the area will have three years to come up with a plan to do that and two years after that to meet the standard - seattle pi

take a deep breath—more bad news on air pollution. - the consequences of breathing bad air are linked to appendicitis and ear infections, new studies indicate - latimes

toxic chemicals found in maine health workers. - doctors and nurses in 10 states, including maine, tested positive for at least 24 different toxic chemicals in their blood and other body fluids in a study released thursday by the national organization physicians for social responsibility - bangor daily news

oregon business dives into tough computer recycling market. - mikki park and david yim were horrified after witnessing shipments of electronics sent to china being scavenged, burned and thrown away without protection for the people handling them or their environment. so they decided to tackle the problem themselves - portland oregonian

massive algae blooms threaten lake erie. - lake erie is under attack from algae in a way not seen since the late 1960s and early 1970s. and this is more than just an aesthetic problem. - detroit news

food, famine & climate change: india's scorched earth. - suicide is the latest epidemic among farming communities as climate change parches the heart of india, destroying agriculture and plunging the poorest families into crippling debt. - london observer

water crisis as bad as a war: alp. - melburnians believed their 13-year water crisis - with its withering parks and gardens, dying trees, and the end of carefree water use - was as severe as facing a war or major natural disaster - melbourne age

costa rica's president: it's not easy staying green. - costa rica, which has built a reputation as one of the world's greenest countries, has further ratcheted up its green ambitions by pledging to become one of the only developing nations to make itself "carbon neutral" — a zero net-emitter of carbon — by 2021 - newsweek

climate of distrust. - there is growing fear among developing nations that the united states is trying to sabotage the kyoto protocol in favour of a much weaker international agreement on global warming that u.s. lawmakers can sell at home - montreal gazette

bill mckibben tells why 350 is a crucial number. - middlebury college scholar and author, bill mckibben reckons that 350 ppm is a safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, so with the current concentration at about 390 and rising, he has started a new group, 350.org, to raise awareness of global warming. - burlington free press

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:35 PM | 2 comments

they can break the alberto gonzales justice dept. scandal, but they can't afford a proof reader

head line of the day, from talking points memo:

barney frank: gay rights marsh "a waste of time at best"

because all those homosexuals standing in shallow water full of reeds and frogs and pete moss do nothing for the movement.
posted by skippy at 11:30 AM | 2 comments

mad about pro-rape republicans

mad kane, that is!
posted by skippy at 11:17 AM | 1 comments

health insurance greed runs amok

when a healthy, breastfed 4-month old baby is denied health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. obesity.

bernie and kelli lange tried to get insurance for their growing family with rocky mountain health plans when their current insurer raised their rates 40 percent after alex was born. they filled out the paperwork and awaited approval, figuring their family is young and healthy. but the broker who was helping them find new insurance called thursday with news that shocked them.

" 'your baby is too fat,' she told me," bernie said.

up until then, the langes had been happy with alex's healthy appetite and prodigious weight gain. his pediatrician had never mentioned any weight concerns about the baby they call their "happy little chunky monkey." - denverpost.com

no wonder the u.s. is the joke among all the other industrialized countries. they know their future is much brighter than ours. they believe in investing in their citizens. our country is more interested in destroying theirs.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:26 AM | 3 comments