(CNN)On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the “best people in the world.” As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers – though not in the way most voters might have hoped.via The Trump cabinet is traveling in style. Thanks, taxpayers! If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call. According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat. “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F — k you, f — king ni—rs.via ‘Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down’: Mich. man arrested for threatening to attack CNN hosts
Where do you think he got the idea that CNN is Fake News? This story didn’t get the coverage it needed.
(CNN)Two dozen students marched out of their classroom at Drexel University in Philadelphia last month carrying signs that read “Where is our professor?” and “Bring back GCM.” They felt they had a pressing reason to protest.via Death threats are forcing professors off campus
These are right wingers forcing professors of campus. Right wing political correctness is out of control.
This should be a bigger story.
They voted to cut the taxes of liberal elites on the coasts while making their healthcare more expensive and worse. They thought they were in on the con. It never occurred to them that they were the marks.
The typical right wing free speech concern trolls are silent about this because there is no liberal to accuse of hypocrisy.
If there is nothing to the story, allow an investigation.
A friend of Harward’s said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a “s*** sandwich,” the friend said.
This should be standard. Documenting lies and nonsense should be a given.
Why CNN is awful: part 2.
Do you want CNN news sent to your feature phone on Cingular or NexTel? Well CNN has you covered. Dust off your Nokia and launch the WAP browser.
This page dates from 2005. Still up.
Why CNN is awful: part 1.
Do you want a news alert about Saddam Hussein pushed to your Palm PDA via AvantGo? When CNN has a page for that. The page is still up and dated 2007.
Am I the only one that remembers the Bush daughters falling down drunk and the outrage that anyone would mention it?
They are 13 and 16. They seem to be normal aloof teens.
Manning says he didn’t realize the effects of his weight gain would be more than physical. It altered his relationships and his self-confidence. Returning to the gym after the Fit2Fat portion of his journey made him nervous. The fact that he had to do push-ups on his knees was almost humiliating. “The biggest thing [I learned] is that it’s not just about the physical. It’s not just about the meal plan and the workouts and those things. The key is the mental and the emotional issues. I realized those issues are real.”
The goal of fat acceptance should be to help people feel comfortable enough that they able to make changes without feeling overwhelmed, shamed or hopeless. It shouldn’t be about being ok with what isn’t ok.
"Maybe I Am A Welfare Queens" Wonders Cliven Bundy (by Sam Seder)
Sam Seder comments on CNN interview with Cliven Bundy and points out that he actually more of a thief then a welfare queen. The ranchers that get subsidized grazing are the welfare queens.
In Georgia, as many as 15 more rural hospitals may close “within months” and in Tennessee, which is putting off a decision on expanding Medicaid, almost half of the 61 rural hospitals in the state might face “major cuts or closure.” This is a direct — and disastrous — consequence of Republicans’ ideological opposition to Obamacare.
There are a bunch of problems with the article, notably that rural hospitals have been closing for years before Obamacare so this might be not that related. But its worth a read.
the GAO also found 384 ethics and integrity violations, 155 “appearance and hygiene” complaints and 56 cases of theft.
The nut thrower was then escorted from the convention.
Best. Line. Ever.
The officers unloaded 16 rounds in the shadow of the Empire State Building at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he engaged in a gunbattle with police, authorities said. Three passersby sustained direct gunshot wounds, while the remaining six were hit by fragments, according to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. All injuries were caused by police, he said Saturday.
Why does anyone think that if there were more people firing more rounds, there would have been fewer people hurt?
A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.
Worth a read. The ATF, while clearly not 100% in the clear here is not guilty of what the GOP is claiming.
I guess he was working on a 2nd 1% badge.
the world’s gold stock is about 170,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,750 per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion. Call this cube pile A.—
Let’s now create a pile B costing an equal amount. For that, we could buy all U.S. cropland (400 million acres with output of about $200 billion annually), plus 16 Exxon Mobils (the world’s most profitable company, one earning more than $40 billion annually). After these purchases, we would have about $1 trillion left over for walking-around money (no sense feeling strapped after this buying binge). Can you imagine an investor with $9.6 trillion selecting pile A over pile B?
Warren Buffett on gold.
"CNN is getting smarter, and you can feel it in the stories," Zakaria said. "You can feel it in the depth with which they’re covered, the kinds of people in terms of guests who are brought on air, the ways in which issues are discussed."
He then said that CNN shouldn’t even be trying to compete with Fox News.
"The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. Let’s be honest," Zakaria said. "Our competitors should properly be The New York Times, the BBC and NPR."
From Fareed Zakaria to CNN: Stop Trying To Lure Fox News Viewers | Crooks and Liars
Really good point.
Nearly half of Americans feel the U.S. economy is in a recession, marked by a significant decline in economic activity, according to a survey released Thursday.From CNN.com - CNN Political Ticker Poll: Nearly half think U.S. in recession <<
File this under WTF. We are not in a recession. While I think it is inevitable that we will have a recession at some point; we aren’t in one now. This is a clear indication that a large and growing segment of the population have not recovered from the last recession; five+ years ago.
KANJORSKI: And do they continue to represent Mr. Rich or up until the time they took some official capacity?From CNN Transcript - Special Event: Marc Rich Pardon: Attorney Jack Quinn Testifies Before House Government Reform Committee - February 8, 2001
QUINN: Today? Well, Mr. Libby’s in government.
Lots of GOPers are talking about the Clinton pardon of Mark Rich and using it as an excuse for the Bush Administration commuting the sentence of Libby. Well…I did a little research to fact check some of the claims about Mr Rich and his pardon and it turns out that the guy that helped get Mark Rich his pardon was no other than Scotter Libby. Too damn weird.
Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been found guilty on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial.Libby guilty on 4 of 5 counts - CNN.com
Time to start the pardon betting pool. My guess is a full pardon on the last Friday before sentencing begins.
the U.N.’s not perfect. It structurally needs to be reformed. The Security Council, it just doesn’t make sense to have only five countries and the victors of World War Two. I mean Germany and Japan, that was 60 years ago. They’re both two of the most peaceful and best run countries in the world. They have a right to be there. India’s not represented on the Security Council. No country from the Muslim world and no country from South America is represented. It’s not representative.Ted Turrner on the UN. From UN Dispatch: Ted Turner: Telling It Like It Is
I’ve long held the belif that the only thing worse than having the UN would be not having the UN. Ideally, the UN would allow for a system of global governance without evolving (or devolving) into a global government.
Now a sociable habit is emerging among the Netorati: couple-surfing.From CNN.com
Coined by bloggers responding to a column on the online version of “Wired” magazine, couple-surfing describes “netaholics” or “infomaniacs” who surf alongside each other — doing together what used to be seen as a solitary activity.
How is this different from a couple that sits together and reads the paper? It could be done socially or non-socially.
Democrats — and I fear many Republicans — think we cut taxes to reward the rich. Democrats would raise taxes to punish the rich and to increase tax revenue for their favorite projects. Perhaps they could find some other way to punish the rich. Their demagoguery impedes economic growth and — as their phrase has it — “revenue enhancement.”From CNN.com - Tyrrell: The supply-side miracle continues
Mr. Tyrrell has advocated spending cuts in the past. I wonder if he would object to having this categorized as wanting to punish the poor by taking away services they pay taxes for?
The fallacy in play here is called The False Dilemma. Since some people think that the Bush Tax Cuts are designed that reward certain groups, those who oppose those cuts must be looking to punish. This is of course wrong. There are any number of reason why one would object to tax cuts that have nothing at all to do with rewards or punishment.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) — U.S. President George Bush decided to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because the court was challenging him at an unprecedented rate.From UPI
This right-wing spin on this is amazing. Bush’s comment that If al Qaeda is calling you, we want to know why was just sad. Honestly, if you knew al Qaeda was going to call, why not get a warrant so the call would be admissible in court?.
She did not look like someone who would have downloaded songs like Incubus’ “Nowhere Fast,” Godsmack’s “Whatever” and Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” all of which were allegedly found on her computer.From CNN
While I can tolerate the NSA monitoring the Internet for reasons of national security, why is the RIAA monitoring the private on-line activity of people who have not consented to such monitoring? I am really hoping this makes it to the supreme court, with the hope that the court agrees that the government does not have the authority to allow private industry to conduct unwarranted searches. And where at those GOP champions of Small Government? How can they reconcile their beliefs in private property yet allow the RIAA to violate the property rights of computer users?
Cases like this make me realize why the EFF is so important.