Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Isn’t It Ironic

From ThinkProgress:

More than 100 people have fallen ill with a potential case of food poisoning after attending a national Food Safety Summit earlier this month in Baltimore. Health officials in Maryland haven’t yet been able to identify the source of the outbreak.

The conference, held during the second week of April at the Baltimore Convention Center, attracted more than 1,500 food safety professionals — including government employees from the FDA and CDC, as well as representatives from fast food restaurants like McDonald’s. About 12 hours after eating a meal there, guests started reporting symptoms like nausea and diarrhea that are commonly associated with foodborne illnesses.

Ouch.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oops

One of life’s little ironies.

In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.

Proving that we do learn by doing.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Short Takes

It’s Inauguration Day — President Obama will be sworn in at noon.

Five people were accidentally shot yesterday during Gun Appreciation Day events.

At least 23 hostages were killed in the end of the Algeria crisis.

Two big men in baseball are gone: Stan Musial, 92, of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Earl Weaver, 82, former manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

The original Batmobile sold at auction for $4.6 million.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Irony Deficient

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

All Just Bluster

In case you missed this piece from Kurt Eichenwald in the New York Times yesterday:

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.

“The U.S. is not the target of a disinformation campaign by Usama Bin Laden,” the daily brief of June 29 read, using the government’s transliteration of Bin Laden’s first name. Going on for more than a page, the document recited much of the evidence, including an interview that month with a Middle Eastern journalist in which Bin Laden aides warned of a coming attack, as well as competitive pressures that the terrorist leader was feeling, given the number of Islamists being recruited for the separatist Russian region of Chechnya.

That makes this more than just a tad ironic:

A day before the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, former Vice President Dick Cheney jabbed President Barack Obama over a new report that he opted not to attend a number of presidential daily briefings, a decision that Cheney claims is indicative of his aloofness on national security.

“If President Obama were participating in his intelligence briefings on a regular basis then perhaps he would understand why people are so offended at his efforts to take sole credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden,” a Cheney spokeswoman told The Daily Caller in an email.

So the next time you hear a Republican natter on about being “strong on defense,” the most polite response would be derisive laughter.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Works For Them

Mitt Romney loves socialized medicine… someplace else.

During a trip to Israel, Mitt Romney hailed the nation’s health care system for holding down costs and broadening coverage more effectively than the U.S.

The irony: Israel contains costs by adopting a very centralized, government-run health care system — anathema to Romney’s Republican Party.

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? Eight percent. You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation,” he said Monday at a breakfast fundraiser, according to the New York Times. “We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”

Israel’s health care system is an instructive exercise in all that rankles American conservatives — replete with government mandates, price controls and centralized payments funded mostly by high taxes.

We should try that here.

Works For Them

Mitt Romney loves socialized medicine… someplace else.

During a trip to Israel, Mitt Romney hailed the nation’s health care system for holding down costs and broadening coverage more effectively than the U.S.

The irony: Israel contains costs by adopting a very centralized, government-run health care system — anathema to Romney’s Republican Party.

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? Eight percent. You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation,” he said Monday at a breakfast fundraiser, according to the New York Times. “We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”

Israel’s health care system is an instructive exercise in all that rankles American conservatives — replete with government mandates, price controls and centralized payments funded mostly by high taxes.

We should try that here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

He Built It With Our Money

The company featured in an ad for Mitt Romney that goes after President Obama for saying “you didn’t build that” got a whole lot of government loans and contracts.

In a new TV ad, Romney features an offended New Hampshire businessman, saying, “My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company?”

The New Hampshire Union Leader’s John DiStato today reports that in 1999 the business in question, Gilchrist Metal, “received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority ‘to set up a second manufacturing plant and purchase equipment to produce high definition television broadcasting equipment’…” In addition, in 2011, Gilchrist Metal “received two U.S. Navy sub-contracts totaling about $83,000 and a smaller, $5,600 Coast Guard contract in 2008…”

Socialist freeloader.

No More Wasteful Spending

Remember the debt ceiling fight a year ago? The one that was supposed to be about saving money and ending wasteful spending? Guess how much that fight itself cost?

The fact that the 2011 debt limit fight harmed the U.S. economy in various ways has been well documented, but a new report by a government auditor attempts to quantify one piece of it. Specifically, by walking the country up to the brink of default and spooking creditors and making borrowing more expensive, how much money did Congress cost the federal government?

The answer? In fiscal year 2011 alone, the debt limit brinksmanship cost the government $1.3 billion, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

If we keep saving the economy at that rate, we’ll go broke even faster.

He Built It With Our Money

The company featured in an ad for Mitt Romney that goes after President Obama for saying “you didn’t build that” got a whole lot of government loans and contracts.

In a new TV ad, Romney features an offended New Hampshire businessman, saying, “My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company?”

The New Hampshire Union Leader’s John DiStato today reports that in 1999 the business in question, Gilchrist Metal, “received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority ‘to set up a second manufacturing plant and purchase equipment to produce high definition television broadcasting equipment’…” In addition, in 2011, Gilchrist Metal “received two U.S. Navy sub-contracts totaling about $83,000 and a smaller, $5,600 Coast Guard contract in 2008…”

Socialist freeloader.

No More Wasteful Spending

Remember the debt ceiling fight a year ago? The one that was supposed to be about saving money and ending wasteful spending? Guess how much that fight itself cost?

The fact that the 2011 debt limit fight harmed the U.S. economy in various ways has been well documented, but a new report by a government auditor attempts to quantify one piece of it. Specifically, by walking the country up to the brink of default and spooking creditors and making borrowing more expensive, how much money did Congress cost the federal government?

The answer? In fiscal year 2011 alone, the debt limit brinksmanship cost the government $1.3 billion, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

If we keep saving the economy at that rate, we’ll go broke even faster.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Irony of the Day

Karl Rove on the attacks on Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign:

Remember who’s up for grabs in this election: independent voters. They were drawn to Obama in 2008 because he was going to change politics and raise and elevate the political discourse. This is gutter politics of the worst Chicago sort.

Why yes, that same Karl Rove who engineered the outing of a CIA operative to avenge her husband questioning the Bush White House. That Karl Rove.

Irony of the Day

Karl Rove on the attacks on Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign:

Remember who’s up for grabs in this election: independent voters. They were drawn to Obama in 2008 because he was going to change politics and raise and elevate the political discourse. This is gutter politics of the worst Chicago sort.

Why yes, that same Karl Rove who engineered the outing of a CIA operative to avenge her husband questioning the Bush White House. That Karl Rove.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yoo Have Got To Be Kidding

John Yoo, the author of the memo that said President Bush had unlimited power to torture enemy combatants even if it was against the law, has written an article for National Review about President Obama’s decision not to deport undocumented immigrant children. The title of his tome is Executive Overreach.

Seriously.

Yoo Have Got To Be Kidding

John Yoo, the author of the memo that said President Bush had unlimited power to torture enemy combatants even if it was against the law, has written an article for National Review about President Obama’s decision not to deport undocumented immigrant children. The title of his tome is Executive Overreach.

Seriously.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Does Rachel Maddow Read This Blog?

Yesterday in discussing the Supreme Court arguments over the healthcare law and those who are against it, I noted,

I wonder how many of those senators and congresspeople who are standing up for so much freedom from government intrusion into the healthcare of Americans and speak out so vocally about retaining one last shred of freedom are also in favor of transvaginal sonograms for women seeking an abortion.

Last night, The Rachel Maddow Show ran a segment asking that very question.

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Coincidence, or does she actually read this humble blog?

I’m going with coincidence. But it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who came to the obvious irony of the wingers and how they define the shred of freedom.

Does Rachel Maddow Read This Blog?

Yesterday in discussing the Supreme Court arguments over the healthcare law and those who are against it, I noted,

I wonder how many of those senators and congresspeople who are standing up for so much freedom from government intrusion into the healthcare of Americans and speak out so vocally about retaining one last shred of freedom are also in favor of transvaginal sonograms for women seeking an abortion.

Last night, The Rachel Maddow Show ran a segment asking that very question.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Coincidence, or does she actually read this humble blog?

I’m going with coincidence. But it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who came to the obvious irony of the wingers and how they define the shred of freedom.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Religious Reich

The Taliban has issued a manifesto that encapsulates their vision of a perfect world. Oh, wait, it’s not the Taliban, it’s the Liberty Counsel, and they’ve re-written the Declaration of Independence, calling it the Declaration of American Values. It includes such gems as these:

To secure our national interest in the institution of marriage and family by embracing the union of one man and one woman as the sole form of legitimate marriage and the proper basis of family.

To secure the free exercise of religion for all people, including the freedom to acknowledge God through our public institutions and other modes of public expression and the freedom of religious conscience without coercion by penalty or force of law.

To secure the moral dignity of each person, acknowledging that obscenity, pornography, and indecency debase our communities, harm our families, and undermine morality and respect. Therefore, we promote enactment and enforcement of laws to protect decency and traditional morality.

I laugh when I see a group calling itself the “Liberty Counsel” is determined to do everything it can to undermine liberty itself. It’s the same as when an ironclad dictatorship like North Korea calls itself the “Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.”

Irony? You’re soaking in it.

HT to Joe. My. God.