And This Proves … WHAT?

Bugdoodle, flapjack looney Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska is upset that the FBI and the IRS are searching his home in Alaska. He is undoubtedly furious that a search warrant was obtained. CNN Radio reports that he’s been avoiding the press all day, and played a tape of Dana Bash confronting him in a stairwell, asking for a statement on the investigation. Stevens yelled: “Can’t you understand English?” [more complete transcript at Eschaton] At about the same time, and showing his keen grasp of the subtleties and nuances of modern politics, Stevens hit on a strategy to “strike back” at LEAST as effective as his description of the Internet as “a series of tubes.” From Politico’s “The Crypt”: July 31, … Continue reading

BREAKING: CNBC Reports Dow Jones Sale

CNBC reported a few minutes ago: News Corp. to Succeed In Buying Dow Jones … “It did come awfully close, in fact, closer than many had anticipated,” Faber said. “But at the end of the day, according to people who were working on this, a number of the Bancrofts who had been somewhat vocal in their opposition–Chris Bancroft for example–seemed suddenly at the realization that they were going to have to pay all these banking fees said ‘Wait a second. Hey, if you pay my fees, I’ll give you my vote.’ And that may have turned it.” The Journal, meanwhile, reported that Bancroft members owning 32% of the voting stock have agreed to support Murdoch’s bid. One key holdout, a … Continue reading

Home Depot Pulls O’Reilly Ads, Claims Never Did

Americablog is running this story: BREAKING… Home Depot dumps O’Reilly by John Aravosis (DC) · 7/31/2007 11:46:00 AM ET Home Depot seems to have had a change of heart. They’re now unequivocally telling their customers that they will not advertise on Bill O’Reilly’s show. Oddly, however, they’re now also claiming that they never advertised on O’Reilly’s show. […] Funny, though, that Home Depot already admitted to advertising on O’Reilly’s show in the hateful email they sent customers just a few days ago – you know, the one where they blamed you for hurting the environment … It is an odd inconsistency between reality and unreality. But, instead of chilling SkyBlue’s minor sponsorship of the YearlyKos convention this week, perhaps O’Reilly’s … Continue reading

Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

Some of you may remember from June when I wrote about the Supreme Court decision Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire, which made if much more difficult for employees to sue their employers for pay discrimination in the work place. Pamela forwarded me an email from which has a heads up on the congressional move to wipe out the Ledbetter decision. If you care about equal pay for equal work, etc., you should contact your Representative and Senator about this. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would go a long way towards restoring the ability of victims of pay discrimination to sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Chief Justice Roberts: Epileptic?

As Pamela noted below concerning Chief Justice John Roberts’ seizure and fall yesterday, buried in the story is this bit of interesting medical knowledge, noting that Roberts suffered a similar seizure back in the early 1990’s: “By definition, someone who has had more than one seizure without any other cause is determined to have epilepsy, said Dr. Marc Schlosberg, a Washington Hospital Center neurologist who is not involved in the Roberts case. “Whether Roberts will need anti-seizure medications to prevent another is something he and his doctor will have to decide. But after two seizures, the likelihood of another at some point is greater than 60 percent.” Interesting. Obviously we all hope a speedy recovery for the Chief and his … Continue reading

Christine Todd Whitman Shills for Nuclear Power

CONTEXT UPDATE: I wrote the article below without asking WHY she was on the radio this morning. A news item clarified why (Google: ‘posted 6 hours ago’): New York TIMES: U.S energy bill aids the expansion plans of atomic power plants By Edmund L. Andrews and Matthew L. Wald Published: July 31, 2007 WASHINGTON: A one-sentence provision buried in the Senate’s recently passed energy bill, inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry, could make builders of new nuclear plants eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees. … The nuclear industry is enjoying growing political support after decades of opposition from environmental groups and others concerned about the risks. An increasing number of … Continue reading

Another Day Down The Rabbit Hole

NEWS ITEM: Bill O’Reilly Says He Will “Destroy” Daily Kos Today A Really Tasteful and Respectful Radio Play About A Completely Fictional Television Show DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Bill O’Bully – A famous Right Wing Television Commentator Mishrill Merkin – A former reporter turned Internet 2.0 media entrepreneur and blogosphere eyecandy blogmistress. Pronounced “my shrill MURR kin“ Barbie Kewpie – A former Democratic consultant, now makes her money appearing as a “consultant” on the O’Bully Show and writing for periodicals and publishing houses owned by the same people that own O’Bully’s Network (and who publish HIS books, syndicate his radio show, publish Merkin’s books, etc. etc.). VOX NOOZ TRANSCRIPT THE Bill O’BULLY SHOW 30 JULY 2007

Why Judges Serve For Life

This is in response to a comment from Todd’s excellent posting “SCOTUS ‘Too Conservative‘ ” No matter how short I cut the comment, it wouldn’t “take” and it’s a valuable bit of information from the debate that surrounded the adoption of the Constitution. Here’s the comment: # William A. Stoddart Says: July 29th, 2007 at 11:15 am It is just plain stupid that Supreme Court justices are appionted for life. If a President has the opportunity to appoint a couple of justices, like “The Decider” has, these appointments can effect future generations. It runs against our constitutionally established democracy to have the political leanings of one president effect the course of the nation for 30 years or longer.