The No News News Media

There was a lot of news this past week. Some of it was even reported by the news media. First, there was a football player from Notre Dame who either did or didn’t know that his girlfriend was or wasn’t real, but died sometime during the season. Six column headlines for several days announced the fraud. Network news and talk show hosts rehashed it almost daily. Two weeks ago, Lance Armstrong admitted he was a dope. Or maybe he just took dope. The news media kept sending urgent flashes all week of what he was going to tell Oprah. And then he told Oprah, and now we’ll be reading stories about it until Schwinn adds a jet engine to a … Continue reading

Look! A Squirrel!

But even after being distracted and conned by this BS since well before the 1993 “Whitewater” scandal that turned out not to be a scandal, but was humped by the comatose press corpse for EIGHT YEARS, they still fall for it every time. I guess you can’t teach old dogs news tricks, eh? Continue reading

George Clooney Arrested in Protest Outside Sudan Embassy in D.C.

Actor, activist George Clooney was arrested and handcuffed a short time ago, outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C. for protesting Sudan’s blockage of “food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains area of the country, as well as its treatment of its people.” Clooney’s father, journalist Nick Clooney, 78, was with him and was also arrested, as were Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Mass.). They were taken away in a Secret Service van. Speaking before the large crowd that gathered to watch the protest, Clooney said the group wanted “the (Sudanese) government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent … Continue reading

‘Discreet’ But Influential ALEC Blasts Obama’s Keystone Denial

Among those blasting President Obama’s decision to deny permission to build a massive, transnational oil pipeline is a conservative organization which has been described as “discreet” but highly influential. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) says it is disappointed in Obama’s decision Wednesday to deny the application for the Keystone XL pipeline project. Obama says he denied the permit based on an unrealistically tight 60-day review period forced upon him last month by congressional Republicans. The $7 billion pipeline has been highly controversial, both for its potential to damage water supply in Nebraska, as well as for apparent cozy corporate influence a key lobbyist has had with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The independent inspector general of the State Department … Continue reading

Oil Industry Leans Hard For Keystone Pipeline OK

The petroleum industry is pushing hard on President Obama to give the green light to a controversial transnational pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The head of the oil and gas industry’s influential Washington lobby group, the American Petroleum Institute (API), is warning of political consequences should Obama deny approval for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. Congressional Republicans forced Obama to make a quick decision about the project as part of last month’s short-term compromise over extensions of a middle-class tax cut and unemployment benefits. The legislation requires the administration to make a determination within 60 days. Obama came under fire after he announced he would put off a decision until 2013 following news that the State Department’s independent … Continue reading

President Under Fire For Keystone Delay

President Obama has come under increasing criticism, largely from Republicans, for the decision to delay approval of a massive and controversial transnational pipeline. More than 50, mostly Republican, members of the House sent the president a letter decrying his administration’s decision to put off a decision on the proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The Obama administration earlier this month pushed back action on the pipeline to 2013 at the earliest after a huge outpouring of opposition to the project. Thousands of protesters had converged on the White House to demontrate against it. Because the project would cross the U.S. border, it requires a permit from the State Department. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), along with 56 … Continue reading