"Every time Obama tries to take on a progressive cause, there's a major political party standing in his way: the Democrats...We don't have a Left and Right party in this country anymore...[Republicans] actually worry that Obama is a socialist. Socialist? He's not even a liberal..." More funnier when Maher says it, starting at about 3 minutes in:
"Sen. Hagan is looking at all the public option proposals," said
spokesman David Hoffman. "She’s going to be working with her colleagues
to ensure private health insurance isn't going to be destabilized."
Hoffman said Hagan was concerned that millions would drop their existing private health insurance and flock to a public option provider, leading to a collapse of the private health insurance market.
So she's worried that the public plan will be so attractive that people will want to use it, and that could hurt the insurance companies.
I guess we'll find out which one of those things is more important to Kay Hagan.
I don't know how long a seizure notice stays up at a bank website, so I did a screen cap of the one at Wilmington's Cooperative Bank (click to enlarge).
Cooperative is the second Wilmington Bank to fail in the last couple of months. "The collapse of the local home construction market is at the heart of Cooperative's failure and that of Cape Fear Bank as well."
"Please list any and all current personal or business Web sites, web
pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or
forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,
YouTube.com, MySpace, etc."
From a now-changed job application form for the city of Bozeman, Montana (thnx to Sue for the pointer).
I guess he really was sick after all: "Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January
to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant
in Tennessee about two months ago."
I wouldn't have considered "following the law" and "constitutional
limits on executive power" and "skepticism about government secrecy"
and "acknowledgment of the 4th amendment" and "accountability for
government misdeeds other than blowjobs" and "lying our way into war is
maybe wrong" and, perhaps, most of all, "torture is bad" to be just
I often feel that I'm a lot more conservative than some of the self-proclaimed conservatives out there.
"[S]omehow the broadness of the HRC report seems to have been ignored." Yeah, it's almost as if people don't know or don't care what the City Council actually did with that statement of regret -- they just oppose it, dammit.
As Aunt Em, LaChanze, a Tony winner for “The Color Purple,” puts across her big opening number, “The Feeling We Once Had,” with soaring vocal richness and later brings similar poise and force to the musical’s climax. Wafting onstage as Glinda the Good Witch in an Eartha Kitt-ish sky-blue gown-and-turban combo, she bestows with an air of benevolent imperiousness the knowledge that Dorothy can click her heels and make the whole peculiar parade disappear.
LaChanze gets a rave in an otherwise tepid review of The Wiz.
Remember this story? FedEx has hired a Charlotte PR firm to push the anti-UPS website. I got an email today saying, "The chatter has started about what this might mean for Greensboro (and the rest
of the Triad's) economy."
John Hammer says political consultant Bill Burckley "smelled of alcohol and behaved like someone whose judgment was impaired by alcohol" when he was arrested at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Hmm. Maybe it's not a case of criminalizing dissent after all.
Rhino's Paul Clark challenges the credentials of mold "expert" Linda May, who has stirred the pot at Oak Ridge Elementary, even as local health officials say the mold scare is way overblown:
[D]espite her repeated claims of
connections with OSHA, the EPA and the Department of Defense, there is
no indication that she has any connection with those agencies, and
despite being asked repeatedly, she provided no documentation to prove
any such connection...
...a spokeswoman for OSHA in Washington, DC, said she
could find no record of May being involved in any OSHA rulemaking, and
that OSHA has no certification for mold experts – so May could not be
Other alleged inconsistencies and gaps in the record abound.
UPDATE: City Council discussion here, beginning at 1:33 and continuing after the break at 2:39.
"I will tell you what my generation is talking about," Matheny said. "Look at our successes. Let us move on." Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny voted against the City's expression of regret for the 1979 Klan-Nazi killings. Only happy thoughts, and things that happened after Seinfeld went off the air, are to be discussed on his watch. Noted.
Blogger Joe Guarino says, "I hope no one believes these measures are going to satisfy the forces that have been agitating on this issue for many years." He doesn't name these "forces," but they are dark ones, no doubt. I don't think the resolution is about satisfying everyone, as much as finding a safe space where people can agree on some core issues, which is the basis of reconciliation.
Guilford County GOP executive director Tony Wilkins proclaims himself in danger of vomiting and gasket-blowing. "White guilt" is invoked, although a few White Russians could account for the vomiting and general tone of his remarks.
"[T]he most honest and heroic thing I've ever seen a local elected official do." Kind words for Robbie Perkins, who took a leadership role in tonight's City Council discussion of the Klan-Nazi killings; the Council voted to accept a report on the events of 1979, and to express regret for them.
Twitter and Facebook give US a window into Iran. "[T]he State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for
periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site
continues to operate."
Malpractice suits, often abused, are a real cost in the medical economy and a serious concern for doctors, but are not quite the systemic threat they're reputed to be: "Medical malpractice dollars are a red herring for the
system's failings," Amitabh said. "No serious economist thinks
that saving money in med mal is the way to improve productivity
in the system."
I was going to ignore the story of a prominent South Carolina Republican making a crude racist joke about Michelle Obama, but then another member of the Palmetto GOP showed his ass, too, and, well, two in the same day seems worth mentioning.
Two separate conversations this weekend with local white collar workers who have taken either furloughs or (allegedly) temporary pay cuts this summer. I'm in the latter group, too. I'll still be coping with the death of my industry when this recession ends, but at least the overall climate will be more pleasant.
This line troubled me when I first read it at Allen Johnson's blog, and again in this morning's paper: "[Dennis] Glass was whisked off to Philadelphia when Lincoln Financial acquired JP in 2006."
That makes it sound like the man was abducted.
Dennis was a great advocate for Greensboro while he was here, but let's be real: he was part of the team that plumped JP for sale during a financial mania, then went wheels up for the big city on a corporate jet laden with stock options. Using the passive voice doesn't quite describe the situation.
size and nature of this financial services debt — and the customers who
bought it — are central to the late great credit mania we have just
lived through...Issuance of this financial debt exploded during the mid-2000s...During the mania, these issues were snapped up by a group of
relatively new money managers operating special investment vehicles, or
Quaint concepts: "President Obama has said that the new cyberdefense strategy he unveiled last month will provide protections for personal privacy and civil liberties. But senior Pentagon and military officials say that Mr. Obama's assurances may be challenging to guarantee in practice."