Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Well, they have been briefed. Just cut and paste. Cut and paste
JournoList: Inside the echo chamber
For the past two years, several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics have talked stories and compared notes in an off-the-record online meeting space called JournoList.
Proof of a vast liberal media conspiracy?
Not at all, says Ezra Klein, the 24-year-old American Prospect blogging wunderkind who formed JournoList in February 2007. “Basically,” he says, “it’s just a list where journalists and policy wonks can discuss issues freely.”
But some of the journalists who participate in the online discussion say — off the record, of course — that it has been a great help in their work. On the record, The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin acknowledged that a Talk of the Town piece — he won’t say which one — got its start in part via a conversation on JournoList. And JLister Eric Alterman, The Nation writer and CUNY professor, said he’s seen discussions that start on the list seep into the world beyond.
Cutting and pasting sure saves time, especially if one doesn't have to even think about what to produce each day.
Presto! Here's today's talking points kids. Stay on message...
Zack Space doesn't really have to come up with his own caustic lines when he can steal and then twist statements from PJ O'Rourke;
"Giving money and power to Congress is like giving whisky & car keys to teenagers."
As the cliche goes, if you put Congress in charge of deserts, there'd be a sand shortage in no time.
Zack, never one to lose a chance to pander, now has evolved from a "consumer protection" lawyer into a businessman extraordinaire. AIG is contractually obligated to pay the bonuses, but Zack the businessman says they are exhibiting "irresponsible behavior" if they follow the law. Maybe Zack is trying to drum up some business to help the aggrieved recipients if the bonuses are not paid or maybe he is just following the de jour memo from Pelosi to keep beating on business and raising taxes more and more.
- Taxpayers Would Recoup “Reward” for Irresponsible Behavior -
Responding to calls for action from outraged constituents, Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) today called for a 100% tax on bonuses awarded by AIG to their top employees. Despite taking $170 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout, AIG is unbelievably awarding their executives $165 million in bonus compensation.
“Giving these executives bonuses for their performance with AIG is like giving a drunk driver a medal,” Space said. “Instead of handing these reckless executives checks for millions in bonuses, they should be handed pink slips.”
“If AIG can’t figure out a way to stop these payments, we will just have to take that money back,” Space continued.
The AIG Taxpayer Protection Act, which Space has cosponsored, would require AIG to pay 100% of the value of the bonuses awarded back to the taxpayers. This bill is set to be introduced today.
Congressman Space is also an original cosponsor of the Cap Executive Officer Pay Act of 2009, a bill that will limit the amount of salary, bonuses, and stock options for executives of companies receiving federal rescue assistance to prevent this from happening in the future.
Congressman Space has represented Ohio's 18th Congressional District since 2007. He is working to restore integrity to the office, create the conditions to bring new industry and jobs to Ohio, and support renewable energy.
Maybe Congress needs to tax these people at 100% to make up for all the Obama nominees who didn't pay their taxes. Of course, Zack's dream is to tax every business 100%. That'll teach the money grubbing business owner a thing or two. Of course it would put the federal government further in debt, but they'll just print more bogus money. That's how they do business.
'THE Axis of Idiots'
Jimmy Carter, you are the father of the Islamic Nazi movement.You threw the Shah under the bus, welcomed the Ayatollah home,and then lacked the spine to confront the terrorists when theytook our embassy and our people hostage. You're the runner-in-chief.
Bill Clinton, you played ring around the Lewinsky while the terrorists were at war with us. You got us into a fight with them in Somalia and then you ran from it. Your weak-willed responses to the U.S.S. Cole and the First Trade Center Bombing and Our Embassy Bombings emboldened the killers. Each time you failed to respond adequately, they grew bolder, until 9/11/2001.
John Kerry, dishonesty is your most prominent attribute. You lied about American Soldiers in Vietnam . Your military service, like your life, is more fiction than fact. You've accused our military of terrorizing women and children in Iraq . You called Iraq the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, the same words you used to describe Vietnam . You're a fake. You want to run from Iraq and abandon the Iraqis to murderers just as you did the Vietnamese. Iraq , like Vietnam , is another war that you were for, before you were against it.
John Murtha, you said our military was broken. You said we can't win militarily in Iraq . You accused United States Marines of cold-blooded murder without proof and said we should redeploy to Okinawa . Okinawa, John? And the Democrats call you their military expert! Are you sure you didn't suffer a traumatic brain injury while you were off building your war hero resume? You're a sad, pitiable, corrupt and washed up politician. You're not a Marine, sir. You wouldn't amount to a good pimple on a real Marine's butt. You're a phony and a disgrace. Run away, John.
Dick Durbin, you accused our soldiers at Guantanamo of being Nazis, tenders of Soviet style gulags and as bad as the regime of Pol Pot, who murdered two million of his own people after your party abandoned Southeast Asia to the Communists. Now you want to abandon the Iraqis to the same fate. History was not a goodteacher for you, was it? Lord help us! See Dick run.
Ted Kennedy, for days on end you held poster-sized pictures from Abu Ghraib in front of any available television camera. Al Jazeera quoted you saying that Iraqi's torture chambers were open under new management. Did you see the news, Teddy? The IslamicNazis demonstrated another beheading for you. If you truly supported our troops, you'd show the world poster-sized pictures of that atrocity and demand the annihilation of it. Your legislation stripping support from the South Vietnamese led to acommunist victory there......
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Carl Levine, Barbara Boxer, DianeFeinstein, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Pat Leahy, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, the Hollywood Leftist morons, et al, ad nauseam: Every time you stand in front of television cameras andbroadcast to the Islamic Nazis that we went to war because our President lied, that the war is wrong and our Soldiers are torturers, that we should leave Iraq, you give the Islamic butchers - the same ones that tortured and mutilated American Soldiers - cause to think that we'll run away again, and all they have to do is hang on a little longer. It is inevitable that we, the infidels, will have to defeat the Islamic jihadists. Better to do it now on their turf, than later on ours after they have gained both strength and momentum.
American news media, the New York Times particularly: Each time you publish stories about national defense secrets and our intelligence gathering methods, you become one united with the sub-human pieces of camel dung that torture and mutilate the bodies of American Soldiers. You can't strike up the courage to publish cartoons, but you can help Al Qaeda destroy my country. Actually, you are more dangerous to us than Al Qaeda is. Think about that each time you face Mecca to admire your Pulitzer.
You are America 's 'AXIS OF IDIOTS.' Your Collective Stupidity will destroy us. Self-serving politics and terrorist-abetting news scoops are more important to you than our national security or the lives of innocent civilians and Soldiers. It bothers you that defending ourselves gets in the way of your elitist sport of politics and your ignorant editorializing. There is as much blood on your hands as is on the hands of murdering terrorists. Don'tever doubt that. Your frolics will only serve to extend this war as they extended Vietnam . If you want our Soldiers home as you claim, knock off the crap and try supporting your country ahead of supporting your silly political aims and aiding our enemies.
Yes, I'm questioning your patriotism. Your loyalty ends withself. I'm also questioning why you're stealing air that decent Americans could be breathing. You don't deserve the protection of our men and women in uniform. You need to run away from this war, this country. Leave the war to the people who have the will to see it through and the country to people who are willing to defend it.
No, Mr. President, you don't get off the hook, either. Our country has two enemies: Those who want to destroy us from the outside and those who attempt it from within. Your Soldiers are dealing with the outside force. It's your obligation to support them by confronting the AXIS OF IDIOTS.
America must hear it from you that these self-centered people are harming our country, abetting the enemy and endangering our safety. Well up a little anger, please, and channel it toward the appropriate target. You must prosecute those who leak national security secrets to the media. You must prosecute those e in the media who knowingly publish those secrets.
Our Soldiers need you to confront the enemy that they cannot.They need you to do it now.
They should be totally ashamed. Where the hell is the Republican Party? This issue should be the prime example of what is wrong with the administration and liberals in the Congress, the administration and the bureaucracy. That they would even propose such a piece of back stabbing trash shows they should be put back on the streets looking for real work.
President won’t budge on veteran insurance proposal
I got this from Jenkins Hill, a new blog, who has found how the Administration plans to screw our military thus our national security. As he says, "How simply diabolical."
Nationalize the Banks, But Privatize the Military
In the world of the Obama Administration the world is viewed as not as it should be thus the world will have to change for the Administration. This seems to be written in jello just above the door entering the Oval Office.
The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment
The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.
Great idea Obama. Once you've made the military a mess you'll then have to come in to save it as only you know how to do.
Obama, change you can't live with.