Monday, May 15, 2017

Annals Of Irony — Road to Rome Edition

Via CNN, we learn that Calista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is on track to be named the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

The White House hopes to announce her nomination before President Donald Trump meets with Pope Francis on May 24 in Rome.

The decision to nominate Gingrich has been made, but the announcement has taken longer than expected pending approval from the Office of Government Ethics, an administration official said.

The White House hopes to formally nominate Gingrich as soon as this week.

Gingrich is a devout Catholic, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network in a 2011 interview that she has “always been a very spiritual person.”

Was she “very spiritual” before, during, or after she was carrying on an affair with Mr. Gingrich while he was impeaching Bill Clinton and at the same time divorcing his second wife so he could hook up with her permanently?

Hey, “let he who is without sin” and all that, but I would think the Vatican would have at least some kind of standard for who other countries send as official representatives.  Then again, a hypocritical adulterer and right-wing vocalist pretty much sums up the administration that is sending her.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Irony of the Day

Larry Wilmore in his concluding remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night:

When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback. Now think about that. A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team — and now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world. Words alone do me no justice. So, Mr. President, if i’m going to keep it 100: Yo, Barry, you did it, my n—-. You did it.

Todd Starnes of Fox News is beside himself.

Starnes Obama 05-02-16

Mr. Starnes’ sense of racial justice has been seen before.

If you are suspicious about the nature of Starnes’ racial sensitivity, you should be. This is a guy who has made a Fox News career out of bigotry. He has accused the Obama administration of “orchestrating” civil unrest in Ferguson, called him the “Race-Baiter in Chief,” and complained that a woman of Indian descent was not American enough to be Miss America in 2013.

As just about everyone else in the world noted, white people are upset because Larry Wilmore can say out loud — and mean it in a loving way — what they’ve been muttering under their breath for eight years now.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Today In Chutzpah

A former senior adviser for the John McCain is bashing Sarah Palin for endorsing Donald Trump.

The move also caps off Palin’s estrangement from John McCain. In 2008, McCain’s selection of the little-known Alaska governor – who electrified the presidential race but came off as erratic and uninformed – as his running mate helped seal his defeat. Trump has relentlessly attacked John McCain, and notoriously challenged the Arizona senator’s status as a war hero at a July event in Iowa.

“It’s just classless,” said a former senior adviser to McCain of the endorsement, predicting it would backfire. “It’s undermining to a key Trump message which is one of competency. What Trump has said is that he’s going to hire the very best people and bring in men of Carl Icahn’s ilk … and he’s appearing with someone who’s viewed as one of America’s most astounding morons.”

And if it wasn’t for John McCain’s senior advisers in 2008, that astounding moron would still be the little-known Alaska governor, assuming she didn’t quit that job to be the head cart-wrangler at K-Mart.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

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