Dick Polman parses the State of the Union Address.
I won’t even try to summarize or excerpt it.
I’ll just recommend it to you. Here.
The long national nightmare may soon be over.
Empty Suit four and a half, McCain one half, the others one each.
From Fact Check dot org. Follow the link for the full analysis:
With a nationwide wave of nominating contests looming next week, Republican presidential candidates held their last scheduled debate against the backdrop of Ronald Reaganâ€™s retired Air Force One. But we found some of the candidates’ facts just wonâ€™t fly.
- Romney complained that McCain used “the wrong data” about job creation to support his assertion that Massachusetts had ranked 47th among the 50 states while Romney was governor. Romney was wrong; McCain was correct.
- Romney said his hundreds of millions of dollars in “fee increases” merely caught up with years of inflation and werenâ€™t tax increases in disguise. Independent budget experts contradict him on that.
- Romney said the over-budget costs of his Massachusetts health care plan were due to changes made by his successor. Authorities on the plan say thatâ€™s mostly untrue; costs went up because more people than expected signed up for state-subsidized insurance.
- Romney wrongly claimed McCainâ€™s anti-global-warming bill would boost gasoline prices by up to 50 cents per gallon. Actually, the official estimate is 40 cents for most vehicles, and not until the year 2025.
- McCain and Romney traded oversimplified assertions regarding a “timetable” for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.
- Huckabee cited a Heritage Foundation study to back up his assertion that rebates to taxpayers arenâ€™t as good a way to stimulate the economy as the highway construction he favors. In fact, the study does disparage rebates but urges tax cuts instead, not increased spending.
- Ron Paul repeated his claim that defending the U.S. “empire” is costing “a trillion dollars a year.” But the dubious figure includes costs such as the entire Veterans Affairs budget. Paul also claimed “nobody” is talking about cutting spending, even as his rivals did so 14 times during the same debate.
By the way, a thought occurred to me as I read John Cole’s musings, quoted here:
As to Romney, I have thought about this a good deal, and I simply can not narrow down what exactly it is that thoroughly repulses me about him. It isnâ€™t the Mormonism, as I couldnâ€™t care less about people and their religion unless they are chucking it in my face. I think it is equal parts his naked opportunism, who is supporting him (Hugh and company), and the fact that he is the one individual in the race that when I look at him, my inner self says â€œhe is so totally full of shit.â€ I havenâ€™t been so thoroughly convinced someone was full of it every time they opened their mouth since, wellâ€¦ Bill Clinton. It really is a mystery why I can not stand the man so much- he isnâ€™t as objectionable as Tancredo or some of the others, but I just have had a knee-jerk dislike of the man since the beginning.
Maybe it’s the emptiness in the suit.
Empty Suit is touting his experience as a “management consultant.”
One of the definitions of a “management consultant” is someone who is more than 50 miles away from home, carrying a Blackberry, who charges [mumble] hundreds of dollars an hour to tell the client what the client wants to hear.
Considering how consistently Mitt the Flip has changed his positions in the past year, it seems pretty clear that he can’t figure out what this client–the American electorate–wants to hear.
His business model is crashing about his ears, because he now has to think for himself.
And the OEM “think-for-yourself” equipment seems to have shorted out.
Tommywonk looks at then and now.
Being alive is hazardous to your health.
For rabid fans of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, this Sunday’s Super Bowl won’t be just a game. It may be a health hazard. Heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies doubled in Munich, Germany, when that nation’s soccer team played in World Cup matches, a new study reports.
While history suggests European soccer fans can get a bit more worked up than the average American football fan, doctors think there are some valid warnings to be shared.
“I know a little bit about the Super Bowl,” study author Dr. Gerhard Steinbeck of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich said in a telephone interview. “It’s reasonable to think that something quite similar might happen.”
On second thought, forget the bubble thing. It’s been tried.
Delaware Liberal has the skinney.
Whenever I hear a reference to the bank, UBS, I cannot help but think of Martin Mull’s old television show, Fernwood 2Night, on the mythical UBS network, the motto of which was
We put You before the BS.
Still so true.
Because it’s a really messed up
Mary Jo Pletz was really, really good at eBay. But now the former stay-at-home mom and gonzo Internet retailer fears a maximum $10 million fine for selling 10,000 toys, antiques, videos, sports memorabilia, books, tools and infant clothes on eBay without an auctioneer’s license.
An official from the Department of State knocked on Pletz’s white-brick ranch here north of Allentown in late December 2006 and said her Internet business, D&J Virtual Consignment, was being investigated for violating state laws.
“I was dumbfounded,” said Pletz, who led the dark-suited investigator to a side patio area where he grilled her. “I told him I would just shut down,” she said.
The Pletz case has unleashed a political storm in Harrisburg over what – if anything – should be done about regulating Internet auctions in Pennsylvania.
Words fail me.
Ebay is certainly not an auction house as contemplated by the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Of course, it’s the same
state commonwealth where the lawmakers are quite happy voting themselves a huge raise in the dead of night.
’cause Best Buy doesn’t have a clue.
I’ve already told my washing machine story.
This beats it:
I walked into a Best Buy the other day. We are seeking some price discounts on thumb drives…our K4K kids will need them soon and we need to purchase them in bulk. Just price shopping, but as always, my Linux Hat is on and I usually do not pass an opportunity to spread the word. Even to folks who have obviously heard of Linux or maybe have even tried it on occasion.
Like a member of the Geek Squad (obligatory *tm inserted to please our attorney.)
It did not raise a flicker within the eye of awareness. Not a word I said.
This “Computer professional”…this “Knower-Of-All-Things-Computer”.
He did not have a clue. Not a clue.
I had no choice. I spent the next ten minutes educating him…telling him about the technology and the advantages of the GNU/Linux Operating System. His first response almost took my breath.
“That is not possible. Microsoft would not allow it.”
Follow the link. Read the whole post.
(Especially you, Opie. He uses a Ubuntu live CD with Beryl to make his point.)
Back to Dalco and Radio Slum.
Or so he thinks:
Even though he forced Congress to change its original bill, Bushâ€™s signature yesterday came with a little-noticed signing statement, claiming that provisions in the law â€œcould inhibit the Presidentâ€™s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations.â€ CQ reports on the provisions Bush plans to disregard:
One such provision sets up a commission to probe contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another expands protections for whistleblowers who work for government contractors. A third requires that U.S. intelligence agencies promptly respond to congressional requests for documents. And a fourth bars funding for permanent bases in Iraq and for any action that exercises U.S. control over Iraqâ€™s oil money.
In his â€œMemorandum of Justificationâ€ for the waiver, Bush cited his Nov. 26 â€œDeclaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendshipâ€ between Iraq and the United States. This agreement has been aggressively opposed by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress as not only unprecedented, but also potentially unconstitutional because it was enacted without the agreement of the legislation branch.
So little Bushie Boy had a temper tantrum because the elected representatives of the people of the United States of America incongruously assembled passed a law he didn’t like.
So he’s just going to ignore the law.
So take that, people of the United States of America!
He’s the king. You are forbidden to tell him no.