Remember the MSM Coverage of Gas Prices Under Bush?
Whoops: Donald Trump's Clothing Line Made in China
Today’s a tough day for the Donald. As Salon has today noted, the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection is manufactured in…China. Trump, a notorious China basher as of late, will no doubt face criticism for this latest hypocrisy.
Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin!
The first photo is in. The Hollywood Reporter notes that production for the HBO movie Game Change will begin today, and features Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt.
Trump on Birth Certificate: 'I Hope It's True'
Obama Releases Long Form Birth Certificate
The White House has just released President Obama’s original long form birth certificate, which can be viewed as a PDF online. This comes after the propagation of countless “birther” conspiracy theories, most recently and notably by Donald Trump.
The NYT's Shrinking Profits
BusinessInsider has a good article explaining the paper’s long term problems. In short, its digital business cannot replace the revenues lost from a long-term decline in print subscribers, this despite the new paywall and other cost-cutting measures.
Keith Olbermann's New Show...
…will have the same name as the old one!
Obama Protester at Fundraiser Paid $76,000 to Attend
Oakland activist Naomi Pitcairn paid a hefty sum of $76,000 to cover ticket costs for herself and the other half dozen protesters who broke out in song to protest the treatment of Bradley Manning.
Mike Huckabee is not happy with Glenn Beck’s portrayal of him on his radio show. His response to Beck’s criticism is on the HuckPac website:
This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me ...
Obama: 'Mistakes, What Mistakes?'
Via the Washington Examiner:
Seven years ago, in April 2004, President George W. Bush held a formal news conference in which he was asked, “What would your biggest mistake be…and what lessons have you learned from it?” Bush’s ...
The Awful Wonkette Trig Palin Birthday Post
As Greg has earlier pointed out, Wonkette posted a disgusting and reprehensible “birthday tribute” to Trig Palin today. Here is just one excerpt of the awful, completely unfunny post:
Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly ...
Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Photojournalist Reported Dead in Libya
The HuffPo is reporting that Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros have been reported killed in Misrata while covering the fighting between rebels and Qaddafi forces:
Two highly acclaimed photojournalists have been killed in Libya, it was reported Wednesday.
Tim Hetherington, ...
The tiger-blooded warlock announced his belief while performing his one-man show in D.C.:
During Charlie Sheen’s Tuesday performance at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall, the actor-turned-sideshow confessed that he’s one of those who are ...
Rep. Frank Wolf's Press Conference Disrupted by Unions
What Does Trump Really Think of Reagan?
Though he recently professed his admiration for Reagan on Hannity, it looks like Donald Trump once cited Reagan as an example of someone who could “con people” but couldn’t “deliver the goods” in his 1987 book The Art of the ...
Greta Van Susteren Has Near Death Experience with Tax Code
Conservatives Angry with Beck for Taking Content without Attribution
Via The Daily Caller:
A number of conservative activists and bloggers say they’re furious at media magnate Glenn Beck for what they call content theft. Over the past several years, Beck has relied on video, audio and written ...
So let’s not be civil. Instead, let’s have a frank discussion of our differences. In particular, if Democrats believe that Republicans are talking cruel nonsense, they should say so — and take their case ...
Krugman Logic At Its Finest
From his blog:
I’m already hearing some people saying, “Why don’t you subject Obama to the same kind of criticism you leveled at Ryan?’
The answer is, because Obama doesn’t deserve it.
From his column today:
The primary ingredient of a democracy — real pluralism where people feel a common destiny, act as citizens and don’t believe their minority has to be in power to be safe or to thrive &...
That’s what Paul Krugman seems to think:
What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for ...
Andres Martinez has a great piece today questioning why the MSM (among others) doesn’t seem to care all that much about freedom in Cuba as compared to in the Middle East. The media’s neglect is all the more ...
Drudge Report is reporting a new 7.4 magnitude quake has hit Japan, and that Fukushima is expecting a new tsunami to arrive in 7 minutes.
Harold Meyerson on Paul Ryan's Budget Proposal
In today’s Washington Post:
If it does nothing else, the budget that House Republicans unveiled Tuesday provides the first real Republican program for the 21st century, and it is this:ï»¿
Repeal the 20th century.
Republicans have never particularly warmed ...
Gaddafi Forces Storm Misrata
Rebel forces are offering a truce:
Muammar Gaddafi’s forces stormed the western rebel outpost of Misrata with tanks and artillery on Friday, a rebel spokesman said, while insurgents marshaled defenses in their eastern heartland.
A rebel leader speaking after ...
Nicholas Kristof, Eternal Optimist
From Nicholas Kristof’s column today, entitled “Democracy Is Messy”:
Westerners have mostly worried that Egypt might plunge into Iran-style Islamic fundamentalism — and, to me, that seems a reflection of our own hobgoblins more than Egypt’s. Indeed, ...
Report: Uganda Would Offer Gaddafi Asylum If Asked
At least one country has now offered asylum:
Uganda would welcome Muammar Gaddafi if he requested asylum, Al Arabiya reported Wednesday after Western and other states suggested the Libyan leader should go into exile to end the conflict in his ...
Rebels Retreat from Gaddafi Troops in East
For now, it appears that the rebel charge westward has been reversed by Gaddafi troops, who have retaken the town of Nawfaliyah:
It took five days of allied air strikes to pulverize Libyan government tanks around the town of Ajdabiyah ...
Rebel Commander in Libya Fought Against U.S. in Afghanistan
Via Pajamas Media:
Shortly after unrest broke out in eastern Libya in mid-February, reports emerged that an “Islamic Emirate” had been declared in the eastern Libyan town of Darnah and that, furthermore, the alleged head of that Emirate, ...
Western Air Strikes Hit Libyan Forces at Stategically Important Eastern Town
Western-led operations to enforce a no fly zone to stop a violent crackdown against a popular uprising won more Arab support when the United Arab Emirates said it would take part, but France cautioned the conflict would not ...
The Arab League's on the Sidelines for This One
Amazingly, after first calling for an air strike, then expressing disappointment in the coalition regardless, the Arab League has yet to take any active role in Libya (with the exception of Qatar, which will begin air patrols this weekend):
Obama: Libya Air Campaign Could Last
Politico reports President Obama acknowledged that air strikes could last as long as Qaddafi continued to stay in power in Tripoli:
“As long as Qadhafi remains in power — unless he changes his approach provides the Libyan people the ...
Germans Pull NATO Forces Out of Mediterranean
Via the Daily Mail:
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.
A German military spokesman said ...
Qaddafi Shells Towns as Rebels Pinned Down in East
Reuters is reporting that Qaddafi forces have been concentrating attacks on the towns of Misrata and Zintan, with casualties including four children killed when their car was shelled by tanks:
In the latest fighting on Tuesday, Gaddafi’s tanks shelled ...
Miniscule Levels of Radiation Detected on West Coast
Very low concentrations of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected on the U.S. west coast, diplomatic sources said on Friday.
The level of radiation was far too ...
Japan Trying to Restore Power to Plant
Reuters reports that Japanese engineers succeeded in laying a one mile long cable to the Fukushima plant, but so far cannot say when it will be connected.
Japanese engineers worked through the night to lay a 1.5 km (one mile) electricity ...
Earthquake Putting Japan Back on the Road to Recession
Experts say the earthquake and its aftermath could cost Japan 3% of its GDP ($188 billion) while also making deflation worse:
Japan’s economy seems to be in a state of almost suspended animation as its nuclear crisis shows no sign of ...
Japanese Helicopters Dump Water on Plant
While the Japanese military has succeeded in dumping water on top of the Fukushima plant, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory commission now says that the water surrounding reactor no. 4 may have run dry:
Japanese military helicopters dumped water on ...
For all the physics and chemistry buffs out there, MIT’s Nuclear Information Hub is a useful website giving updates on Japan’s situation. You can find it here.
U.S. Forces Need Special Authorization to Enter Reactor Zone
U.S. forces in Japan not allowed within 50 miles of crippled nuclear reactor without special authorisation – Pentagon.
E.U. Engergy Chief: Reactor "Out of Control"
The E.U.’s energy chief warned today of potential further disasters resulting from the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant:
(Reuters) – Europe’s energy chief warned on Wednesday of a further catastrophe at Japan’s nuclear site in the ...
I.A.E.A. Chief Says Reactor May Be Damaged
The No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima power plant may be damaged, according to Yukiya Amano, Director General of the I.A.E.A.:
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a news conference there was ...
Japan's Earthquake May Have Moved Earth's Axis and Shortened our Days....
…by about 1.8 microseconds:
The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don’t worry—you won’t notice the difference.
Using a United States Geological Survey estimate ...
2,000 Bodies Wash Ashore in Japan, Warnings of a 2nd Quake
The Daily Mail reports that 2,000 bodies have so far washed ashore in northeast Japan:
Two thousand bodies were washed up on the shores of north-east Japan yesterday.
The horrifying tide of death in Miyagi province raised fears that the official ...
More Survivors Found in Japan
Miraculously, even now some survivors continue to be found and pulled from the wreckage:
Two survivors of the Japan earthquake have been pulled alive from the rubble, four days after the 9.0 magnitude tremor.
A 70-year-old woman was found alive in ...
Radiation in Japan Reaches Toxic Levels
Via the BBC:
Radiation from Japan’s quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached harmful levels, the government says.
The warning comes after the plant was rocked by a third blast which appears to have damaged one of the reactors’ ...
And While We're At It, More Gems Brought to you by the NEA
The NEA: Way more than just cowboy poetry. Here are some other NEA-funded gems from FY 2011:
Asolo Theatre, Inc.
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the development and world premiere of Eduardo Machado’s ...
The Revolution Will Be Google-Mapped?
In case you missed his column last week, Tom Friedman thinks that the uprisings in the Middle East were in part triggered because people looked at Google Earth and saw how unfairly land was distributed. Well, I’ve really got ...
Trumpâ€™s Signature Clothing Line Made in China
Whoopi Goldberg Thinks Trump Is Racist
Today on the view, Whoopi Goldberg criticized the “birther” conspiracy theory (and Donald Trump continually bringing it up) as racist:
“I’m getting tired to trying not to find things slightly racist. It is very difficult, on a ...
Teleprompter Inventor Dies
Hubert Schlafy Jr., the inventor of the teleprompter, has died. The device has been used by every president since Eisenhower (excepting Nixon), and was originally developed to help soap opera actors remember their lines.
Obama's Birth Certificate Press Conference
Drudge: Obama To Show Long Form Birth Certificate
Drudge has his siren out! Apparently, Obama is set to release his long form birth certificate.
With Katie Couric announcing the end of her time as host of “CBS Evening News”, there’s a lot of speculation concerning what’s next in her career. However, concerning a possible future at ABC, an insider there has informed ...
Trump: De Niro 'Not the Brightest Bulb on the Planet'
The Donald’s not too happy with Bobby D.’s criticism of him, but hey, “we’re not dealing with Albert Einstein.”
Trump Angry with Seinfeld Over Event Pullout
Jerry Seinfeld recently pulled out of performing at an event benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Eric Trump Foundation (run by the Donald’s son) due to disagreements with Trump’s continued raising of the “birther” ...
At Least It's Snot a Wardrobe Malfunction
The EPA Has a New Children's Rap Song
Yo yo, let’s fight climate change, kids!
The USA is where we are to kick a new trend and to raise the bar. The climate is changing and that’s a fact, bears don’t know when ...
Top of Drudge: 'Where's the Birth Certificate?'
The DrudgeReport’s top story right now is the release next month of Jerome Corsi’s new book Where’s the Birth Certificate? The title seems pretty self-explanatory.
Tina Fey: Criticism of Palin SNL Skit Due to 'Sexism'
Via the Washington Times:
Ms. Fey’s first appearance as Ms. Palin, on the premiere episode of the show’s 34th season, became NBC.com’s most-watched video ever, getting nearly 6 million views in a few days. A ...
Michele Bachmann's Son Was Asked to Pose for Playgirl
Lucas Bachmann, a self-proclaimed WFB fan, reportedly turned down the offer.
Bozell to Spitzer: Guess What? You're Biased!
Brent Bozell, President of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared with Eliot Spitzer last night and argued that Spitzer, along with the rest of the “liberal media,” has displayed bias in favor of the Democrats throughout ...
Obama to Reporter: 'Let Me Finish'
The president gets a little frustrated after an interview:
'Are You Proud, Mr. Gore, of Your New Hire?'
S.E. Cupp responds to the Olbermann controversy.
The Donald thinks that his first was ghostwritten, and the second was uh, less than brilliant.
From a Tea Party speech this weekend, via CNN:
As he touted his business bona fides, Trump mentioned how his wife urged him against ...
Is David Cameron Actually A Tory At All?
It’s an important question that Stephen Glover asks in a very good column in the Daily Mail. If nothing else, it looks like Cameron’s been taking some tips from Obama on foreign policy:
Twice in the past week ...
'Happiness Has Been Consumed By Capitalism'
So says Nina Power in the Guardian:
In recent years, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago Martha Nussbaum (alongside economist Amartya Sen) has taken up the Aristotelian idea that the goal of philosophy is human flourishing ...
The NYT opinion columnist recently penned a powerful and much needed (at least for most of the NYT’s readers) account of the brutal rape and subsequent death of a 14-year-old girl in Islamist Bangladesh (she only survived the first 70 ...
Gaddafi Overthrow Looks More and More Unlikely
Libyan government forces tried to storm into the besieged city of Misrata on Friday as NATO generals acknowledged their air power was not enough to help insurgents remove Muammar Gaddafi by force alone.
Misrata, a lone rebel outpost ...
Andy Stern Channels His Inner Thomas Friedman
The former SEIU president had this to say in his co-authored op-ed in today’s HuffPo:
American democracy has layers of power and responsibility, which James Madison rationalized in Federalist no. 51 is a check against possible tyrannical rule. Our Founding ...
Gaddafi Asks Obama to End Air Strikes
Via the AP, Gaddafi has apparently requested this in a rambling letter sent to the president:
WASHINGTON – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is appealing to President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime. In ...
Gaddafi Using Human Shields as Air Strike Defense
Another terrible if unsurprising report from Libya:
Muammar Gaddafi is using human shields to foil air strikes on his forces, NATO officials said on Wednesday as rebels angry at alleged Western inaction battled anew to advance on the key coast ...
In this age of light-bulb outlaws and school-lunch police, there’s nothing too insignificant for the nanny state to concern itself with. That’s a lesson that John and Melissa McCafferty learned all too well on the morning ...
Night of the Living...Hayek?
Paul Krugman is worried about a zombie attack from conservatives’ favorite Austrian (sorry, Ahnuld).
All I can say is, if only.
Syrian Cabinet Resigns Amid Unrest
Via the AP:
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the ...
Before they came for our light bulbs, they targeted our plastic bags. And they’re still after them.
It all began in 2002, when Ireland enacted a plastic-bag tax for the clearly stated purpose of lowering the amount of litter ...
Gaddafi Entourage Sends Out Secret Peace Feelers
Reuters reports that the feelers were sent out to seek a ceasefire and safe passage from Libya for the Gaddafi associates:
Messages seeking some kind of peaceful end to U.N.-backed military action or a safe exit for members ...
Re: Granite State Hit Parade
Mark, what about that classic song “Granite State of Mind”?
Yeah. Yeah, Imma up at Conway
Now I’m down in Manchester
Next to Adam Sandler
But I’ll be woods forever
I’m the ...
Air Strikes Fail to Stop Gaddafi Tanks
Reuters reports that so far, Gaddafi tanks have continued shelling rebel held cities under cover of darkness despite the air strikes from the previous day:
Gaddafi’s tanks rolled back into Misrata under the cover of darkness and began shelling ...
NATO Closing in on Deal on Libya Role
Reuters reports that since France has changed its position, now wanting NATO to have a “key role” in command structure, a political deal is likely to be reached soon:
A European diplomat said the French position appeared to have softened ...
Russian, Bolivian Leaders Ask Nobel Committee to Strip Obama of Peace Prize
Big surprise: Evo Morales, winner of the 2006 Qaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, has joined Russian Duma Vice Chairman Vladimir Zhirinovsky in demanding that the Nobel Prize Committee strip Obama of his 2009 honor.
BBC News reports that Japan has raised the Fukushima plant alert level from a 4 to a 5 on the International Scale of Atomic Incidents:
Japan has raised the alert level at its quake-damaged nuclear plant from four to five on a ...
Japan Considers Burying Nuclear Plant
Reuters is now reporting that Japan is considering burying the Fukushima plant in sand and concrete, the same method used in Chernobyl:
Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a ...
Obama to Make Statement about Japan at 3:30 p.m. EST
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will make a statement about Japan at 3:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, the White House said.
China Suspends New Nuclear Power Plant Construction
While China is currently constructing 27 new nuclear power plants, they have suspended approval for new plants following the Fukushima earthquake:
China has suspended approval for new nuclear power stations following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant.
It will ...
While the confirmed death toll is so far only 4,340 with another 9,000+ missing, reports from the towns of Ishinomaki and Minamisanriku, both of which have over half their population listed as missing, could push the count to 25,000.
The terrible toll of ...
Emergency Workers 'Not Afraid to Die'
The Daily Mail reports:
Japanese emergency teams say they are ‘not afraid to die’ as they face dangerous levels of radiation in the fight to stop catastrophe at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant.
The stricken power station was abandoned for ...
U.S. to Fly Spy Plane Over Reactor to Assess Damage
Via the Guardian:
The US is to fly a spy plane over the stricken Fukushima plant in a bid to get a closer look at the damage, according to Kyodo news.
The Japanese news agency said the military will operate ...
A Desperate Attempt to Cool the Reactors
Though radiation levels had been previously reported as stable outside the plant, it appears they are now rising, forcing the government to make new plans for a cooling attempt:
(Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis appeared to be spinning out of ...
Radiation Levels Falling at Fukushima Nuclear Plant
Via BBC News:
Radiation levels have fallen at Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the government says.
The levels had spiked to harmful levels after a fire and a third explosion at the site.
Weather reports say winds are ...
Reactor Cooling Plans, Rising Radiation Levels
(Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s earthquake-stricken nuclear power plant may pour water by helicopter to cool a spent-fuel pool in a reactor within two or three days, the plant operator said.
Tokyo Electric Power Co may pour ...
Winds from Nuclear Plant Blowing Towards Tokyo
Though expected to shift later today, winds over the Fukushima nuclear plant are as of now blowing southwesterly towards Tokyo:
Winds over an earthquake-stricken nuclear power plant in Japan are blowing slowly in a southwesterly direction that includes Tokyo but ...
Japanese Central Bank Performs Another Cash Injection
Japan’s central bank has now injected a total of 8 trillion yen, or $282 billion into the financial system. However, this has not prevented the Nikkei average from sliding significantly:
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s central bank pumped billions more into the ...
King Hearings Making It Worse?
Via the Associated Press:
The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee says Thursday’s hearing on Islamic radicalism could be used by terrorists to inspire a new generation of suicide bombers.
Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says in ...
Cowboy Poetry, I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
For those of you still skeptical ’bout Harry Reid’s pleas to keep federal funding for his cowboy poetry festival, tell us you aren’t lassoed in by such stuff as this:
Or the opening stanzas from ...