Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Grand Screw

And yet another cave.

Federal Reserve Raises Swipe Fee Cap In Victory For Wall Street

The epic deficit (lie) cave is coming very soon.


Digby is easily one of the smartest people on the internet:

"From his press conference today, it would appear that the president's negotiating strategy really is to give Republicans huge cuts in spending (and 'make his base give him a hard time') and then shame them into 'meeting him halfway' by agreeing to mildly raise taxes on some luxury items like corporate jet travel. (Luckily, he reassured the nervous CEOs by saying 'you'll still be able to ride on your corporate jet, you'll just have to pay a little more' so hopefully they won't have a fit.)That's what constitutes shared sacrifice and fiscal responsibility. Good to know."

When all is said and done, the Democrats will be responsible.

Ethan Rome: Don't Default on the American Dream: Democrats Should Hold the Line in Debt Limit Talks:
"Democrats have to resist the Republican plan to destroy Medicaid as fiercely as they are fighting the Republican proposal to end Medicare as we know it. They shouldn't cave in on this issue. That would be devastating for people and for the political fortunes of Democrats."

Proposed Budget Cuts To Medicaid Could Kill Jobs And Short-Change Seniors

Despite Pleas From Advocacy Organizations, White House Cuts Likely To Affect Spending That Helps The Poor | Crooks and Liars:
"So the leaders of a bunch of civic, policy and religious organizations -- you know, the ones no one in the White House pays attention to because they're a bunch of do-gooder whiners and they'll have to vote for Democrats, anyway -- are asking the administration and Congressional leaders to please stop hurting poor people with their budget cuts:"

At least there some sweetness in the hit News Corp took on this one.

News Corp sells Myspace, ending six-year saga - Yahoo! News

Daily Kos: HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa! (UPDATED x2 with Flashbacks and Justin Timberlake!)


Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Here's how our ruling elites behave when they think no-one is watching.

Clinton and Paul Ryan kissing each other's ass and discussing the need to end Medicare.

We are ruled by truly awful people.


What Krugman says...

Debt Limit Stakes -
"Think about it. There’s a significant chance that failing to raise the debt limit could provoke a renewed financial crisis — and Republicans would rather take that chance than allow a reduction in tax breaks on corporate jets.

What this says to me is that Obama cannot, must not, concede here. If he does, he’s signaling that the GOP can extract even the most outrageous demands; he’s setting himself up for endless blackmail. A line has to be drawn somewhere; it should have been drawn last fall; but to concede now would effectively mean the end of the presidency."

AMERICAblog News: Honey I shrunk my negotiating position in the deficit talks:
"So basically, the Republicans keep saying 'no' and the White House keeps offering them more and more cuts to programs, and fewer and fewer tax increases, while the Republicans simply keep saying 'no.'

Heck of a negotiation. The White House is simply negotiating with itself at this point. Lowering its bid, lower and lower, while the GOP does nothing. Guaranteeing that any final deal that is reached starts at a point so low that we're screwed no matter what the details.

Now, I'm sure the White House thinks it's going to win the battle by showing the American people how earnest the President has been in these talks, while the Republicans have been intransigent. Yeah, fat chance. That is all a matter of spin. And the White House folks, and Dems generally, don't spin very well. They need to hire someone who does, and empower them to win, rather than tying their hands in a never-ending desire to be nice to people who want to destroy you."

No one could have predicted....

Financial Reform Destined To Fail, Top Federal Reserve Official Says:
"For Hoenig though, the choice is clear when it comes to what to do with the financial institutions that caused the most punishing downturn since the Great Depression: break them up into pieces that regulators can understand and provide a backstop to entities engaged in the so-called real economy -- but allow those dabbling in more risk-laden activities to fail.

The Obama administration and Congress chose the alternate route in passing the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. To Hoenig, they made a mistake.

'Following this financial crisis, Congress and the administration turned to the work of repair and reform,' he said during a Monday speech in Washington. 'Once again, the American public got the standard remedies -- more and increasingly complex regulation and supervision.'

'The Dodd-Frank reforms have all been introduced before, but financial markets skirted them,' he continued. 'Supervisory authority existed, but it was used lightly because of political pressure and the misperceptions that free markets, with generous public support, could self-regulate.'"


After Taking A $10 Billion Bailout, Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Outsource 1,000 Jobs To Singapore | ThinkProgress


Nice work, NYC'ers.

Glenn Beck and family encounter hostility in NYC - Yahoo! News

Hateful bastard deserves every bit of it. You reap what you sow. Fuck. Him.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Grand Lie

The Grand Lie will very soon lead to The Grand Bargain in which the middle class (what remains) will get thoroughly screwed by Obama, other fake Democrats and the Republicans. Bank on it.

Van Jones on the deficit: ‘We are not stupid. We can do the math.’ | The Raw Story:
"On stage, Jones used his speech, at times funny, at times tragic, to push back on the idea that America is out of money. “We keep hearing America -- the richest country in the history of the world is broke,” he said. “This is a very dangerous lie, because once you believe this a whole lot of other things start to sound acceptable.”

Using graphics, he gave the audience an educational lesson on where American money is going: Wall Street ($144 billion in compensation this year, a record high), the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the loss of revenue from the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporate tax loopholes. “The pie, the country’s GDP, is getting bigger!” he said. “It’s just your slice that is getting smaller. The social contract between corporate America and the rest of America is broken.”

“Tax Wall Street fairly, wind down the wars responsibly, roll back the Bush tax cuts and close corporate loopholes,” Jones said. “We are not stupid. We can do the math.”"

All well and good one of the few adults in Washington demands to be involved now, but as long as the conversation remains debt and not stimulus, the screw is already set.

Pelosi demands seat at debt talks -


Love me some Bernie but President Yield-a-lot has already compromised on his compromise.

Bernie Sanders: Don't 'Yield' On Debt Deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Shared Sacrifice: Sign Bernie's Letter to the President


To be, or like, not to be... you know? Wait... what?

Scientists want to dig up Shakespeare to find out if he smoked weed | The Raw Story


Monday, June 27, 2011


Are the following articles the media ginning up faux resentment for the sake of a story to publish? Or, are these proper critiques of a President who is not doing the job he was elected to do.

I report, you de.... oh, whatever.

Maddow On Gay Marriage Passage In New York: 'President Obama Is Against What Just Happened' (VIDEO)


Maher: Obama ‘sucking up to the people he should be fighting’�|�Raw Replay:
"“It would be kind of a tragedy if we got to the end of four years of Democratic rule without having tried any Democratic policies,” Maher said. “I know Washington is tough, and Republicans are assholes, but someone needs to tell me why Obama won’t be more liberal even when the public is on his side.”"

I'll need a bath after posting an article from Dowd, but when she's right...

Why Is He Bi? (Sigh) -
"The man who was able to beat the Clintons in 2008 because the country wanted a break from Clintonian euphemism and casuistry is now breaking creative new ground in euphemism and casuistry."

Gore's never blasted anyone, but he does take issue.

Al Gore Blasts Obama On Climate Change For Failing To Take 'Bold Action'


And Obama's Secretary of State channeling the fuck out of George Bush. With us or against us. Pitiful.

Daily Kos: New McCarthyism: It's Not Ok If You Are A Dem:
"Via Atrios, Glenn Greenwald catches Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doing her George Bush imitation:

But the bottom line is, whose side are you on? Are you on Qadhafi’s side or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been created to support them? For the Obama Administration, the answer to that question is very easy.


At least he had the decency to shoot himself in the end.

Man Holds Woman Hostage for 16 Hours, Updates Facebook Throughout - Failbook - Funny Facebook Status Messages ( Failbooking )


Friday, June 24, 2011

DBT Week in Review - 6/24/11


Great band from the Shoals with 5 days left on their Kickstarter. They are close to their pledge amount. Keep in mind that they won't get any of the pledged cash unless they meet the stated goal.

Drop a few bucks today on Lauderdale. Totally worth it.

Lauderdale - Moving On by Lauderdale — Kickstarter



Encore request from David Letterman. Only the 2nd time that's every happened.

A home-run for the boys and girl.

Late Show Video - Web Exclusive: Drive-By Truckers -


Drive-By Truckers at The Grand Opening of the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA - Rock 'N' Raffle - Benefiting Nuci's Space

Brad Morgan: Drive-By Trucker’s Pocket - DRUM! Magazine

Drive By Truckers Brooklyn Bowl NYC 6-20-11 - robchapmanphotography's Photos

Patterson Hood Interview: Drive-By Truckers – Kings (& Queen) of the Road | Merchants Of Rock

12 Steps With the Drive-By Truckers - Americana and roots music - No Depression


Drive By Truckers - a set on Flickr

Patagonia Music Collective, Vol. 3 by Various Artists - Download Patagonia Music Collective, Vol. 3 on iTunes

Go-Go Boots Documentary Shows at Cin�During Athfest | Thrasher Photo & Design

Toms Music Place

Drive-By Truckers / The Beauties - Starlight Club, Waterloo ON June 16 • Concert Reviews •

Drive By Truckers Interview | ExploreMusic


Wes Freed - Mag Bats

Campout East with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit On World Cafe : NPR

Here We Rest: Everything You Need and Nothing You Don't - Associated Content from Yahoo! -

The Playlist: Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell on the Muscle Shoals Sound: Music Books : Details



Exclusive Video Premiere: Centro-matic's marching "Iso-Residue" - Music - News -

Centro-matic Return With Candidate Waltz | American Songwriter



The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace - BusinessWeek

Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Getting Deluxe Reissue |

Singer Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's Diagnosis :

Clemons' death leaves void for Springsteen -

Avett Brothers simulcast at Speedway | Vibes blog

Running for cover -- the worst recycled songs ever : The Poop


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Everybody Must Get....

Oh no he di'ent. Snap. (And if another season of The Wire isn't enticement enough to end this stupid war, nothing ever will be.)

‘The Wire’ creator to Holder: I’ll do another season if you end the drug war


Ha. Keep promises.

Tell Attorney General Holder: Keep Obama’s Promise and Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws | Just Say Now


Frank/Paul 2012? Sure, why the hell not.

New bill ending federal ban on marijuana to be introduced in Congress | The Raw Story:
"Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce legislation on Thursday to the U.S. House of Representatives that ends the federal prohibition on marijuana."


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Love Encore

Only one things needs a posting today.... Drive-By Truckers performing 'Everybody Needs Love' on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Dave called for an encore and rumor has it that is only the 2nd time in 17 years he has requested a band play out the show.


Here's the full episode with the performances for when they kill the bootleg YouTube:

Late Show Video - The Late Show - 6/21/2011 -


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Candidate Waltz

Centro-matic's new records, Candidate Waltz drops today. Purchase a copy from this most excellent band:


Seriously. What the hell is wrong with the rest of you states. Thank you, Miss California. Thank you.

Newly Crowned Miss USA Was One Of Only Two Contestants Who Believe In Evolution | ThinkProgress:


Monday, June 20, 2011


In the wilds of mountainous California. No time to blog as I fend off bears.

Watch Van Jones' speech. Yes, another speech.

WATCH: Van Jones tells Fox News “You’re not America!”�|�Raw Replay

Little less conversation, a little more action baby.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sleepy Mushrooms

Is there anything Samuel L. Jackson can't make a touch better?


Good stuff from Conan O'Brien.


Lots of research going on.

Magic mushroom’s positive effects lasting over a year, say researchers | The Raw Story


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One Term

So inspiring.

Obama: ‘There are days where I say one term is enough’�|�Raw Replay

So Progressive it hurts.

Obama bid to cut pediatrician training draws fire - The Washington Post

So wrong, so damn wrong.

AMERICAblog News: Obama slams government hiring, says private industry should lead

Finally! Someone tackling those out of control $10 URL costs. Nevermind those $500 military toilet seats.


The Campaign to Cut Government Waste: Efficiency Theater:
"Ah, waste, fraud, and abuse. Nobody likes those, do they? Of course not! That’s why the Obama administration is going to eliminate it. A lot of it. Just don’t ask exactly what. Or how."
I'm fine with one term, too. Very fine.

And Let the Bad Guys Win? | Ted Rall's Rallblog

If you aren't willing to lose now to win big later, you aren't in the game.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jet Pack

It is all just so stupid.

The joys of repressed voyeuristic titillation - Glenn Greenwald -

There are few things more sickening -- or revealing -- to behold than a D.C. sex scandal. Huge numbers of people prance around flamboyantly condemning behavior in which they themselves routinely engage. Media stars contrive all sorts of high-minded justifications for luxuriating in every last dirty detail, when nothing is more obvious than that their only real interest is vicarious titillation. Reporters who would never dare challenge powerful political figures who torture, illegally eavesdrop, wage illegal wars or feed at the trough of sleazy legalized bribery suddenly walk upright -- like proud peacocks with their feathers extended -- pretending to be hard-core adversarial journalists as they collectively kick a sexually humiliated figure stripped of all importance. The ritual is as nauseating as it is predictable.

Yes, Pelosi, Obama, et. al, STFU. Bunch of damn wussy Democrats.

Progressives Call On Democrats To Show Some Spine After Weiner Scandal | TPMDC:
"A growing chorus of progressives is calling on Democrats to keep their mouths shut when it comes to Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) future -- and are dismissing the Democratic calls for Weiner to step down as another sign of the timidity of the party.

It's not so much that Weiner didn't screw up royally, they say. It's that they say it's just not that big a deal, and making it into one falls into a Republican trap. And, besides, they say, as long as Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is still walking the halls of the Capitol, why should the left be forced to lose one of its most ardent supporters?"

Daily Kos: Weiner Should Resist Leadership Calls and Not Resign:
"Yes, I know DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi both called for Anthony Weiner's resignation today. Democratic leaders have once again caved to the poutrage on the right by calling for his resignation. Did Anthony Weiner do something inappropriate and distasteful? Sure. Did he do anything illegal? It appears not. Are there plenty of other politicians who have done the same thing and remain in office? You bet your life there are. Should he resign from Congress? Hell No!"

Amber Hilberling Accused Of Pushing Husband Out 25th-Floor Window

Wait.... Oklahoma has a building with 25 floors?! Well la-ti-da, urban liberal socialistas with your fancy skyscrapers.


Jet pack, bitches.


Monday, June 13, 2011

RIP Kathryn Tucker Windham

RIP to an Alabama Icon.

Alabama legend Kathryn Tucker Windham dies | The Montgomery Advertiser |

She was a grand lady.

13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"In fact, Windham has said that she has received letters from people telling her she is doomed to hell for writing the Jeffrey books.[2]

In an interview with The Birmingham News, Windham responded to these claims, saying 'If I'm going to hell — and I can't deny that, because it's not for me to judge — it won't be for telling ghost stories; I have far greater shortcomings than that.'[2]"

My blogging feelings exactly.

Eschaton: My Blog Is Boring:
"My Blog Is Boring
I think I spent 6 year finding various ways to say 'Bush sucks. wars suck.' Now I spend my days finding various ways to say 'Do something about the economy. Also, too, wars suck.'

Maybe there should be more pictures of kittens or something."

I want one. Hypnotizing with a cool name. SWITL.


For your PC ditch the Norton you pay for and use Microsoft's free virus software.

Daily Kos: How to fix that crap


Friday, June 10, 2011

DBT Week in Review - 6/10/11

Eyes Above It

'Like' and 'Follow', purdy please:



Another wave of great music coming from The Shoals. Pick in some coin to help Lauderdale release their sophmore effort. Including a rocking-ass song about a whore-house in Sheffield, AL, it promises to be a dang good'urn.

Lauderdale - Moving On by Lauderdale — Kickstarter



Drive-By Truckers - Georgia Theater Grand Opening week

DRIVE BY TRUCKERS - Live at Third Man (12" Vinyl)

Lightning's Girl: Quick Update on the Drive-By-Truckers Show

Hangout Fest-Drive By Truckers - SouthernExposurePhoto's Photos | SmugMug

Drive-By Truckers - 5/22/2011 - Gulf Shores, AL



Patterson Hood

OMNIVULTURE: It Sounded Like A Train: Patterson Hood, Voice of The Middle

Relix - Video - Artist Exclusives - Levon Helm and Friends "The Weight"



Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell reflects on rock 'n' roll, the road

5 Jason Isbell solo songs that Drive-By Truckers fans should love | Music | The A.V. Club Madison

Muscle Shoals, Ala., at soul of Isbell's sound | |



AAW haz a sad. Long live the Dexateens!

The Dexateens Last Stand 6/2/2011 @ Egan’s Bar – Tuscaloosa, AL � Live Music!



Centro-Matic, 'Candidate Waltz' (Undertow) |

Undertow Music Collective — Centro-matic: Candidate Waltz CD / PRE-ORDER

New Music From Centro-matic (Premiere!) | Austin Town Hall



The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars: Auction for Alabama


Garrin Benfield

Garrin Benfield discusses 'The Wave Organ Song'


Muscle Shoals Sound

Muscle Shoals - The legendary studio where soul was born - Features, Music - The Independent

Lecture: "The Revolution That Started in Florence, Ala."... - Eventbrite



UPDATE: Son of Capricorn co-founder dies in freak accident - Breaking News -

Elvis Presley, 25, Has Been Charged With First-Degree Robbery - WHNT

Grateful Dead's Bob Weir debuts TRI Studios on Web

Brian Johnson on Arnold, 'Idol' and AC/DC at 40 |

Pop Up Stores New Idea To Promote Band, Meet Fans � CBS Denver

The Indie-Rock Club Behind Omaha's $100 Million Creative Boom : Planet Money : NPR

Songwriter Brooks apparently kills himself in NYC - Yahoo! News

Daily Kos: That Song Means WHAT?


Music I Like

I'm digging on The Beauties who will be opening a few shows for DBT in Canada.


'Color's is a catching tune getting heavy rotation on my local radio.


Thursday, June 09, 2011

We Are Being Lied To

My governor rocks. The cell phone savings is but a drop, but it makes a lot of sense. Read the entire blog and check out the numbers.

Gov. Brown says nearly half of state cell phones eliminated : Politics Blog:
"Brown got rid of his own state-issued cell phone when he issued the executive order."

Again. Rocks because he has huge stones.

Daily Kos: The Jerry Brown Method: Defeating GOP Memes in Four Months Or Less:
"Second, Brown talked directly to the people of California, not just the obstreperous and incoherent Republican commandants. Again, unlike a certain President. Over and over again, he took his message to YouTube (you got to love that), as well as highschool gyms and union halls. For a septuagenarian he made a certain young president look like a geezer. Again the GOP squealed, and most people here saw the Republicans for what they are: ideological bullies who act like South Park’s Cartman when somebody stands up to them."

It's about the jobs, stupid. This deficit 'argument' is pure-d bullshit.

We are being lied to.

AMERICAblog News: White House disses Senate Dems’ jobs bill because it’s not small enough:
"You are quite possibly witnessing the beginning of the end of the Obama presidency."

Mmmm. Chile. Pictures are pretty amazing.

Chile volcano causes ash cloud and lightning tears the sky apart | Mail Online


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Bounding Steaks

Sum total of our current news media. I imagine this is what their morning meetings are like.

YouTube - Reservoir Dogs - Like a Virgin scene


Democrats and bold. Like snakes and Indiana Jones. I'm giving too much credit to Democrats or snakes in this analogy.

Daily Kos: Now is the time for boldness.:
"America is rotting.

Not through neglect, but through design and timidity. The 1Percenters designed the rot, and the Party that historically represented us 99Percenters encourage it through timidity. This rot has been slow and steady for Forty years, and now, in the last decade, the rot has moved into high octane overdrive."

Maybe this will help..... Not the Dems. Me.

The Caperon, a Betabrand Think Tank Product - Betabrand


Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Once the dysfunction that passes as a news media in this country finds their magical elixir (penis + politician) then becomes dumb-ass drunk on said elixir stomping around their fire performing the 24/7 insanity ritual of non-stop reporting on the importance of a political cock, it becomes exponentially more difficult to maintain postings on this blog when the overbearing weight of everything-that-should-be-important is so obviously corrupted. What's the point, really.

Yes, yes. It has all happened before and it will all happen again. Predetermination and if true, then my time would be better spent staring out the window for an hour a day rather then attempting to raise some sort of awareness and a little hell about... something or the other.

We elect corporatists whose actions are opposite of their words; they who worship the cock of Wall Street while main street disintegrates. We are informed by a retarded media that only asks hard questions when they are presented with a hard dick. Or I should state, when a Democrat's hard dick is presented. Clenises. Republicans have no such worries (see Tom Coburn, David Vitter, etc, etc).

Sorry. Really not feeling it much anymore. AAW has definitely entered count-down stage.

Alas, a small bit of agitation still lingers. Only residual. Evaporating quickly. There will be no refueling.

Been needing to get these articles off my blogging chest, though. Purge, baby. Purge.

One day its gonna be I told you so....

These people just need to be more pragmatic.

Daily Kos: I don't intend to apologize for not liking the president:
Barack Obama is a politician, first and foremost. He is not my BFF. He was never in the running to be my BFF. He is not my boyfriend. He was never in the running to be my boyfriend, and there seems to be considerable evidence in favor of the hypothesis that he was never looking for a boyfriend to begin with.

As president, Barack Obama works for me. If I don't like the job he's doing, he's going to hear from me about it--and in no uncertain terms. My tax dollars pay his salary, and it's my civil and constitutional right to give this president a piece of my mind whenever the hell I feel like it, for whatever the hell I feel like reading him the riot act about that particular day. I've done it for each and every one of his predecessors going back to Tricky Dicky. I will keep on doing it for each and every one of his successors (or, possibly, until the world ends on October 21--save the date!) until they roll me into my grave.


"I don't think Barack Obama is the best person we've got for the job he holds--and that goes double when you factor in the situation in which he's got that job. I don't honestly know who's available and who might do a better job than he's been doing the last two and a half years--but I categorically refuse to accept without demur or even a token protest that we shouldn't be looking around to find such a person, simply because 'you don't change horses in mid-stream' or because mounting a solid primary challenge to a sitting president never works, or any of the other umpty-bajillion excuses that are routinely tossed around whenever anyone so much as mentions the possibility around this place."


SYNDICATED COLUMN: Rise of the Obamabots | Ted Rall's Rallblog:

"It feels a little weird to write this, like I’m telling tales out of school and ratting out the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy. But it’s true: there’s less room for a leftie during the Age of Obama than there was under Bush.

I didn’t realize how besotted progressives were by Mr. Hopey Changey.

Obama lost me before Inauguration Day, when he announced cabinet appointments that didn’t include a single liberal.

It got worse after that: Obama extended and expanded Bush’s TARP giveaway to the banks; continued Bush’s spying on our phone calls; ignored the foreclosure crisis; refused to investigate, much less prosecute, Bush’s torturers; his healthcare plan was a sellout to Big Pharma; he kept Gitmo open; expanded the war against Afghanistan; dispatched more drone bombers; used weasel words to redefine the troops in Iraq as “non-combat”; extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich; claiming the right to assassinate U.S. citizens; most recently, there was the forced nudity torture of PFC Bradley Manning and expanding oil drilling offshore and on national lands."


"So I don’t care about Obama. Or the Democrats. I care about America and the world and the people who live in them.

Hey, Obamabots: when the man you support betrays your principles, he has to go—not your principles."

Sanders to Obama: Stop selling out :
"'The Republican House budget is the most radical right-wing extremist budget ever passed in the modern history of our country, and the more the American people learn about it the more they are rejecting it,' the independent from Vermont wrote in a Huffington Post op-ed. 'The question is, however: Where are the Democrats? Where is President Obama?'"


Peter Fonda calls Obama ‘f*cking traitor’ over Gulf spill | The Raw Story:
"Fonda -- a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences -- accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue.

'I sent an email to President Obama saying, 'You are a f(expletive) traitor,' using those words... 'You're a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military -- in this case the coastguard -- what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do'.'"

Irked at Democrats, Firefighters Suspend Federal Contributions -
"The nation’s main firefighters’ union, long a strong supporter of Democratic candidates, announced on Tuesday that it would indefinitely suspend all contributions to federal candidates out of frustration with Congressional Democrats who, union officials say, have not fought harder against budget cuts and antiunion legislation."

Assange: Obama looks to ‘put a chill across all investigative journalism’:
"If the Obama administration's prosecutions of Pfc. Bradley Manning and a high tide of other journalists and whistleblowers are successful, the result will be 'a chill across all investigative journalism,' WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told reporters Wednesday."

Was going to typically end the post with a humorous link.

Not feeling the ha-ha today, obviously.


Monday, June 06, 2011

We Don't Need No Education

The bitch is back! I've got a brand new 21st century internet connection and the speed is blazing throughout casa del AAW.

Gonna be rolling hard this week. Pissing off the robots, for sure.

Dear Margaret Spellings in a business suit:

Biology Teacher Eviscerates Obama's Education Secretary

More from the people on the freakin' ground.

A Letter to Arne Duncan � Failing Schools:
"Respect? Value? Support? Not seeing much.

More fundamentally, your very presence in the role of Education Secretary reflects a level of disrespect for our profession not found in others. Our Surgeon General is a career physician, who earned a full MD before going into family practice. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a career naval officer, who studied at the Naval Academy before participating in combat operations aboard a destroyer. Yet despite “working in education” for a while, you never studied education, and you’ve never taught in a public school classroom. Working in non-profits, playing basketball, and being a political appointee are not substitutes for classroom experience."

The same place elected Democrats want to take it apparently.

Where Republicans want to take education


Billionaire's role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions - St. Petersburg Times:
"A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.

A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting 'political economy and free enterprise.'"

Bay to Breakers Beer Bust Burns Bummer Bear | Uptown Almanac


Friday, June 03, 2011

Double Mind

Last day of crappy Starbucks coffee for internet.

Have some new Centro-matic in the meantime:

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

At least there's Booker T.

Ah, the joys of having to use bloody Starbucks free internet. At least they are playing Booker T.'s new one.

This guy is pretty good....

Oregon Senator Wyden freezes second Internet censorship bill | The Raw Story