Saturday, February 09, 2008
In 2000 the press told a pleasing story about how it really didn't matter all that much who was president, or who ran Congress. In 2004 it was all about who had the bigger codpiece, and not much else. This time around I think people understand that, like it or not, this politics stuff kinda matters.
But I'm sympathetic in that our society does elevate simple lifestyle choices - marriage, cohabitation, fertility - into moral ones, causing people to construct defenses of their own choices.
The images in the Basra police file are nauseating: Page after page of women killed in brutal fashion -- some strangled to death, their faces disfigured; others beheaded. All bear signs of torture.Via Moxiegrrrl.
The women are killed, police say, because they failed to wear a headscarf or because they ignored other "rules" that secretive fundamentalist groups want to enforce.
"Fear, fear is always there," says 30-year-old Safana, an artist and university professor. "We don't know who to be afraid of. Maybe it's a friend or a student you teach. There is no break, no security. I don't know who to be afraid of."
Friday, February 08, 2008
But what I find worse is that it's part of a general pattern of taking perfectly normal political activities - in this case a family member helping out with a campaign - and talking about them as if they're unseemly, or corrupt, or inappropriate, or seedy, or sleazy, etc... The press has a long history of doing this with the Clintons, holding them to a weird standard that no one else is held to.
And most people do little to "support" any of the candidates. Many do, of course, give money and time. But most don't. It takes away from all that time spent bitching about the world online.
That being said, you are free to stay home and not vote. You are free to withhold what time and money you may have otherwise been willing to give for a different candidate. But nobody gives a shit. It's not about you.
* BAQUBA - Gunmen in police uniform stormed a house and killed five people including a woman and then blew up the house on Thursday in central Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
* NEAR BAQUBA - Police found a grave containing eight bodies including three females just north of Baquba, police said.
A few weeks back I came across this passage from Kevin Drum from back in the day. I don't exhume it to pick on Kevin, but I thought it captured something from that time well.
If your opposition to war is based on the idea that Saddam does indeed possess illegal weapons but it's best to leave him alone anyway, well and good. But if it's based on the idea that the administration is lying and none of this stuff exists, you should tread carefully. I think it's pretty likely you will be proven wrong shortly.
Those who opposed the war were constantly being told that they'd better be careful, both in why we opposed the Iraq war and how we expressed that opposition when those views had a complete media blackout... what if Saddam really is dangerous! Then you'll be sorry!!! And, you know what? It's true. If they'd found the nuclear warheads, and the long range missiles, and the massive bioweapons programs, and the deadly drones of mass destruction, or whatever, people like me would've been drummed out of our discourse 4ever. Stupid dirty fucking hippie!
But, hey, if you supported a pointless war which has lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths there was no need to "tread carefully." Bombs away, baby! Bygones.
Our own Janeane the Acerbic Goblin had, a few times, suggested I track down a horrifying Tom Friedman moment in Charlie Rose. I admit that I didn't quite believe that even little Tommy Friedman, age 9, could have said something so profoundly awful, and besides the transcript wasn't in Nexis. But then I did find it on google video.
This is the very serious thinking that got us into Iraq. This is the very serious thinking that influences the Villagers. 3 Pulitzers, baby!
About 2:45 in.
I think it [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie.
We needed to go over there, basically, um, and um, uh, take out a very big state right in the heart of that world and burst that bubble, and there was only one way to do it.
What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, "Which part of this sentence don't you understand?"
You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna to let it grow?
Well Suck. On. This.
That Charlie was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans. Congress' approval fell to just 22 percent, equaling its poorest grade in the survey. Both marks dropped by 4 percentage points since early January.
(ht pony boy)
But back in Washington, D.C., the focus had already turned from the needs of Iraq to the bottom lines of a select few corporations. "The battle for Iraq is not over oil," said one Defense Department official involved in communications. "It's over bandwidth." And no one was fighting harder for a piece of the spectrum than the consortium led by American cellular giant Qualcomm with such business partners as Lucent Technologies and Samsung of South Korea. They wanted to follow U.S. troops into Iraq with Qualcomm's patented cellular technology, called CDMA, a system no nation in the Middle East had yet been willing to adopt. Even as the bombs fell over Baghdad, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), whose district includes many Qualcomm employees, had tried to wrap his favored company in the flag. He denounced the cellular system used by Iraq's neighbors as "an outdated French standard," and proposed a law that would effectively mandate Qualcomm on Iraq. "Hundreds of thousands of American jobs depend on the success of U.S.-developed wireless technologies like CDMA," Issa wrote in a March 26, 2003, letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. A swarm of lobbyists rallied to the companies' cause, including William Walker, a former protégé of Rumsfeld from the Ford White House, and Stacy Carlson, who ran President George W. Bush's California campaign in 2000.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
But he's a maverick!
Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Joe Ripplinger took out a $184,000 mortgage in 2006 and makes his payments every month.
Now he owes $192,000.
The 66-year-old Minneapolis house painter has a payment- option adjustable-rate mortgage. It allows him to write a check for $565 a month even though he owes $1,300. The difference is added to the mortgage, and when his total debt reaches $212,000, or after five years have passed, he said his monthly minimum could jump to about $2,800, which he can't afford.
``We call them neutron loans because they're like a neutron bomb,'' said Brock Davis, a broker with U.S. Express Mortgage Corp. in Las Vegas. ``Three years later the house is still there and the people are gone.''
A million of these things out there...
If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.
What are the 5 brothers going to do now? They certainly need to find some other way to serve their country.
A woman at an Ask Mitt Anything forum earlier today in Iowa raised the question again, asking whether any of Mr. Romney’s five sons are serving in the military, adding pointedly, “If none of them are, how do they plan to support this war on terrorism by enlisting in our U.S. military?”
Although his campaign said his remarks were taken out of context, Mr. Romney’s response is drawing criticism, because he said, in part, “one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected.”
In other words, when there's too much deficit spending in good times your actions are somewhat constrained in bad times.
Watertiger suggests this illustration of my life from the New Yorker.
And while Mrs. Atrios generally understands, it's always a blast when I meet new people at social gatherings. Since this is the U.S., "what do you do?" generally comes up fairly quickly in conversation.
The script is something like this:
Them: So, what do you do?
Me: I, er, write about politics and media on the internet.
Them: [quizzical look]
Me: I'm a blogger.
Them: [facial expression reflecting the thought "this guy must be a Total Fucking Loser"]
Them: Oh, uh... that's interesting... Umm... you do that for a living?
Me: Yes, mostly.
Them: So, uh... how do you make money doing that?
Me: Advertising, mostly
Them: Oh, so, uh, that actually makes money?
Me: Yes, it isn't bad.
Them: Oh. I see. [backs away slowly]
I've had dozens of these conversations and they almost always turn to money very quickly. People want to know if I'm as much of a loser as they think I am, and they only way I can convince them I'm not is if I convincingly claim that I actually make money doing what I do.
While I don't do active moderation, I do try to gently nudge things one way or another at times and of course there are posts which need to be zapped fairly frequently, which I do if I see them. And when the kids squabble people sometimes email Dad to step in to stop the fighting.
But, admittedly, mostly I read the comments because they're fun, informative, and entertaining. Commenters provide a check on me when I write something stupid, and of course provide me with lots of material which I liberally borrow and steal. While it's an incredibly time consuming part of what I do, it's also the most rewarding. If not for comments I would've gotten bored with this blogging stuff a long time ago. Not really sure why bloggers without comments bother.
Thanks to all who have contributed to FEBRUARY FUNTASTIC FUNDRAISING so far. People have been very generous. The soft push will continue until my birthday, when there will be cake, and then the begging bowl will go back into hibernation for a long time. Haven't yet taken in as much as Obama has, but it's not over yet!
I guess my basic take is that MI and FL delegates shouldn't be seated, though if they want a do over with another caucus or primary that'd be fine. As for the superdelegates... well, I guess I'll be a bit annoyed if they swing this one way or another, but not that annoyed. I'm annoyed by the system. There are just too many superdelegates relative to the total. But that is the system.
New applications for unemployment benefits fell by 22,000 last week, but the number of workers remaining on jobless aid rose to its highest level in more than two years, government data on Thursday showed, pointing to a weakening labor market as the economy slows.
The number of workers filing first-time claims for state jobless aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 356,000 in the week ended Feb. 2, from an upwardly revised 378,000 for the previous week, the Labor Department said.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Mitt Romney is committed to barreling ahead in his bid for the Republican nomination, despite the odds being stacked against him, said his son, Tagg, a senior campaign adviser, in an interview today.
Mr. Romney delivered a pep talk to his staff this morning, he said, and his advisers are looking into buying airtime to broadcast television commercials in some of the upcoming states that are voting.
“They’re making phone calls tonight,” said Tagg Romney.
Tagg Romney also seemed to allude to his father’s continued willingness to pour his own money into his presidential bid, saying the campaigning hope is that conservative alarm about Mr. McCain continues to grow, allowing the campaign to still “fund-raise outside as well as from my dad and make this a real battle.”
The good news is that I think the age of Dowd has passed. That isn't to say she won't influence the way the blue collar boys from NBC talk about things, but once upon a time informed and sophisticated people would pass on her bon mots. I can't remember the last time someone said "did you read Maureen Dowd today?" except to trash her.
Inevitably, there was speculation among Republicans that Romney was contemplating a withdrawal. He offered little hint of his plans, announcing only that he would appear before conservatives and make a speech to Maryland Republicans on Thursday.
The wealthy former businessman has spent an estimated $40 million to $50 million in personal funds to finance his campaign, but he ran something of a scaled-back effort in several Super Tuesday states.
It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right. . . . Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife.
Poor Ben left his job after numerous incidents of plagiarism were discovered, but not before Erick "Son of Erick" Erickson wrote one of the funniest things in history.
And the Box Turtle line? Apparently he borrowed that, too.
Ah. Good times. I spent days laughing.
PHOENIX -- When residents of Maricopa, Ariz., south of Phoenix, vote in the presidential primaries Tuesday, it will be against a backdrop of vacant storefronts and sprawling, terra-cotta-roofed subdivisions that are studded with for-sale signs as far as the eye can see.
And while the region counts the aerospace company Honeywell International and computer chipmaker Intel among its largest employers, housing is the biggest component of the local economy, with construction accounting for nearly one in 10 jobs, or about 50 percent more than the national average.
"Our economy out here is based on residential growth. That's our engine," said William A. Gosnell, a principal in Lee & Associates, one of Phoenix's largest commercial real estate firms. But with housing inventories and foreclosures up and prices down, residential construction slowed to a crawl, crippling the overall economy in the process.
Too often conversations about the disproportionate influence of big money in politics quickly evolve into a general hostility about the unseemliness of any money in politics. There will be the inevitable newspaper articles about how BILLIONS OF DOLLARS were spent on campaign-related stuff and how gross all of that is.
But campaigns cost money. We'd all prefer it if less of that money was spent on television advertising, but even if that was the case campaigns would still cost a lot of money. Staff costs money. Offices cost money. Rallies cost money. Fliers cost money.
It'll be pretty interesting if Obama wins the race in part because of his small donor success. It would be a game changer in politics, telling future candidates that this is something they need to duplicate in order to be competitive. Those $2300 checks are great, but campaigns shouldn't depend solely on them.
And speaking of fundraising, we're still in the middle of Eschaton SUPER FEBRURARY FUNTASTIC FUNDRAISING. Think of the kitties.
That’s what I see when I talk to actual Democrats, particularly those who don’t spend all their time on the Internet. Not only do Democrats like both candidates, not only do they think they are going to get to vote FOR someone instead of AGAINST the Republican this year, but the primary is improving that view.
I had a bunch of people over last night to watch the results, and while they were obviously all people who thought going to a Super Tuesday party was a reasonable thing to do, I don't think most of them were "obsessively following politics all day long on the internets" types. I think the room leaned Obama, though Hillary had her supporters, but no one seemed to care all that much.
Having said that, I think there are sufficient differences between the candidates that their supporters can make the case. Obama and Clinton are genuinely different. But I think it's pretty much impossible to make the case to most of the public that The Other Candidate Is Teh Suck. Most people seem to like both of them.
I know Hugh Hewitt's been giving his manlove to Mittens for a long time, but maybe the rest of them should've joined in?
...and yes I know they were dreaming of Rudy and Fred, but give me a break.
Those are the choices.
* February 9: Louisiana, Kansas (R), Washington (D caucuses)
* February 10: Maine (D caucuses)
* February 12: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
* February 19: Hawaii (D), Washington (R primary), Wisconsin
* March 4: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont
* March 8: Wyoming (D)
* March 11: Mississippi
* April 22: Pennsylvania
Note to campaigns: the price of renting my roof deck out goes up by the day. Just sayin'
(CNN) -- With Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton almost even in delegate counts, the two Democratic presidential candidates will focus on several weekend contests and then a trio of primaries in the Washington area next Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Republicans: CNN projects McCain as winner in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Delaware and New Jersey and Oklahoma; Romney takes Massachusetts and Utah
Gravel on the ballot anywhere?
CNN’s Bill Schneider said that “no one” disputed Powell’s findings. Bob Woodward, asked by Larry King on CNN what happens if we go to war and don’t find any WMD, answered: “I think the chance of that happening is about zero. There’s just too much there.” George Will suggested that Powell’s speech would “change all minds open to evidence.”
The Washingotn Post's liberal columnist, Mary McGrory, wrote that Powell “persuaded me, and I was as tough as France to convince.” She even likened the Powell report to the day John Dean “unloaded” on Nixon in the Watergate hearings. Another liberal at that paper, Richard Cohen, declared that Powell’s testimony “had to prove to anyone that Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. Only a fool—or possibly a Frenchman—could conclude otherwise.”
Click through for the rest of the horror show.
What did dirty fucking hippie Atrios say? I called it "Powell's dud," referred to his "dissolving case," made fun of the vial of mass destruction,and desperately tried to bring attention to the UK's plagiarized "dodgy dossier" story.
No one listens to Atrios...
HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell unveiled his $28.3 billion 2008-09 state budget proposal before a joint session of the legislature today, calling it a "tight" document but one intended to continue Pennsylvania's economic growth even as the nation appears headed toward a recession.
The cornerstone of the governor's spending plans is a call to issue within eight weeks rebates of up to $400 to low-income Pennsylvanians. Those rebates, he said, would be used by 475,000 families to meet monthly bills, keeping them from growing deeper in debt while also stimulating the economy.
Rendell's stimulus plan seeks to create jobs by directing $270 million to replace and repair the state's crumbling bridges, airports and dams.
He's also pushing for a 10 cent/pack cigarette increase to fund an affordable insurance program which I don't know much about.
Pennsylvania is generally fairly acyclical, not really booming or busting with the rest of the economy. Other states will likely have a lot of revenue problems if this does indeed trend towards a recession.
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Buying and selling of collateralized debt obligations based on mortgage bonds, high-yield loans or preferred shares has ground to a near-halt, traders said at the securitization industry's largest conference.
``We're definitely in a period of very low liquidity at the moment, which has actually been dropping precipitously in the last few weeks,'' Ross Heller, an executive director at JPMorgan Securities Inc., said yesterday during a panel discussion at the American Securitization Forum's annual conference in Las Vegas. ``It's a challenging time.''
You can believe that potential buyers have an irrationally low view of the value of these things or you can believe that potential sellers won't sell them for what they're worth because it'll reveal that the rest of the big shitpile isn't worth much.
You can guess what I think the case is.
And CNBC is discovering that ratings agencies have a wee conflict of interest. They're paid to rate these things!
When I walked into the office Monday, people were clustering around a computer to watch what they thought they would never see: Hillary Clinton with the unmistakable look of tears in her eyes.
A woman gazing at the screen was grimacing, saying it was bad. Three guys watched it over and over, drawn to the “humanized” Hillary. One reporter who covers security issues cringed. “We are at war,” he said. “Is this how she’ll talk to Kim Jong-il?”
It's weird imagining the history of the last few years without blogs. I'm not sure how different events would actually be, but it certainly would've been a lot more lonely. During the runup to the Iraq war, blogs and other internet news sources were practically the only places where most people could find people saying, basically, that this was bullshit, that Saddam was not a threat to the US, that Colin Powell's vial was filled with talcum powder, etc. The only Village-approved critique of the Iraq war was about how we went - with UN approval, with enough allies - not whether we went.
Anyway, it's been a long strange 6 or so years.
Help make the pie higher!
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. service industries unexpectedly shrank in January at the fastest pace since the last recession as the housing slump deepened and consumer spending cooled.
The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index, which reflects almost 90 percent of the economy, fell to 41.9, the lowest since October 2001, from 54.4 the prior month, the Tempe, Arizona-based ISM said. A reading of 50 is the dividing line between growth and contraction.
``This is a stunning fall,'' said Michael Moran, chief economist at Daiwa Securities America Inc. in New York. ``If accurate, it's dire news on the economy.''
The worst housing slump in a quarter-century is spreading throughout the economy, hurting businesses such as builders, retailers, wholesalers and mortgage lenders. The report adds to concern Americans are spending less as job losses mount, raising the risk the economy may tip into a recession, economists said.
The data was released an hour early "because of concerns about a possible 'breach'."
Monday, February 04, 2008
Throw some change into the pot. Who knows, maybe Gizmo and Wiley will reappear at some point...
Absolutely nothing for six weeks until Pennsylvania on April 22. Shit. Atrios and Booman may actually have a say this primary. How scary is that? And those 188 delegates will loom large. In fact, this is the only contest of significance (not including Guam) for an entire two months. It'll be huge.
I was discussing this with a friend last night. While we've been assuming that our little primary votes won't be especially important, due to the calendar if it actually does drag on that long the national campaigns will essentially pack up and move to PA for a month or so.
That'll be really weird.
That's what happened to homeowners Carmen Nuñez and her husband, Raymond Ordoñez. Almost four years ago, they bought a nice home in a nice neighborhood near 35th and Northern avenues in Phoenix. They kept the house as an investment property when they later moved to Laveen and in August rented it to a young, unmarried couple.
The tenants stopped paying the $1,200 rent in December, instead dodging Nuñez's phone calls and giving lots of excuses.
"I'm spending money I don't have to pay the mortgage on that house, my house, to the courts for the eviction," said Nuñez, a real-estate agent. "It's affected me really badly, and it's just plain ridiculous."
On Wednesday, a team of constables descended on the home to evict the tenants, who weren't home. The house was trashed: Half-eaten hamburgers and moldy bowls filled with cereal and milk sat on a table. Christmas decorations, dirty clothes and toys were scattered through the living room. The carpets were stained, the place smelled like rotten food and dirty diapers.
It isn't clear how much damage was really done here, but tenants can do a lot of damage if they're so inclined.
Not everyone wants to or should run a business, and even having a property or two "on the side" means you're doing just that.
The primary system is already a bit of a farce, a kind of fake vote. With the timing issues, the caucuses, the various methods of allocating delegates, etc... it's hardly a pure exercise in democracy. The inclusion of some superdelegates on top of that system isn't particularly problematic. But since they're almost 20% of the total delegate count, I think that if they were to tip the balance there'd be a pretty big backlash. Candidate supporters give a lot of time and money to their chosen candidate, and they'll rightly be a bit annoyed to discover how much power the superdelegates wield.
If they constituted 5% or so of the delegates this would be less of an issue.
In defiance of the polling data on illegal immigration and GOP voters, the nation is led to believe that John McCain is poised to win a close race against Mitt Romney in tomorrow's primary voting on "Super Tuesday", in what will be heralded as a public mandate for amnesty, if McCain wins.
Geraldo Rivera and Juan Hernandez, two of the most flagrant supporters of illegal immigration and amnesty in the media, have both announced their support for McCain. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) also known as the Council of the (Hispanic) Race has announced their positive feelings for McCain, while labeling any group or personality in the media opposed to amnesty as an ally of the KKK.
Even Ruben Navarrette, a CNN columnist, who constantly rants in support of illegal immigration, while slinging mud at anyone who stands up for immigration enforcement, loves John McCain.
And if I had been the National Security Adviser on 9/11/01 it might occur to me to resign for symbolic reasons at the very least.
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More seriously, thanks to all who have contributed so far.
I'm not poor. I'm not asking for charity. But this blogging thing takes an immense amount of time, and will take even more as the election season progresses. It's the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I do before I go to bed. Much of the time "blogging" isn't actually writing posts, it's reading the immense amount of email, reading an immense amount of news/other blogs/etc..., corresponding with various people, and various other activities which have become a necessary part of the "job." I wake up to 80 new emails, and if I leave the house for a couple of hours during the day (lunch, an errand or two) I'll come home to 200 more. It's become rather impossible to take a break because a break is simply deferring work.
Keeping this thing running, combined with other related obligations and activities, really is a 14 hour/day 7 day/week thing, and it makes it difficult to do anything else.
I prefer the advertising supported model to the extent that it works, but ad revenues, while not horrible, haven't been stupendous over the last few months either. Doing this blog is fun and rewarding in plenty of ways, but it isn't compatible with doing much else and I do have to keep my financial future in mind.
Anyway, if you're feeling generous consider hitting the paypal button below. If your personal finances are less than stellar, please don't and don't feel guilty about that. If you think this blog is a sucky one, consider throwing some change to a superior blogger instead.
I'll occasionally bug for cash over the next couple of weeks, culminating in my Celebrity Birthday Extravaganza, where such figures as Michael Chabon, Erica Jong, Lindsey Lohan, and Ron Silver will conduct a telethon on my behalf.*
*Not actually likely to happen. Though my birthday is coming up!
I am still open to being persuaded, not that my April vote is likely to matter much. And I do read the cases made by supporters with interest, even the zealous ones. But the worst supporters are the ones who are essentially saying, "If you don't support my candidate there's something wrong with you." You're stupid, or naive, or misinformed, or cowardly, or racist, or sexist, or immoral, or frightened, or whatever.
These twin editorials by Michael Chabon and Erica Jong are two representatives of this genre. Of the two Chabon's is less insulting, but it isn't ultimately that much different. Both suggest that if you can only manange to overcome your personal shortcomings and failings, then the choice is obvious. A failure to make that choice isn't simply a bed decision, but a reflection of personal flaws.
It's really a poor way to sell a candidate. More than that, both fail to understand that people actually do have different sets of priorities, and those differing priorities, combined with subjective yet informed judgments about the candidates, can lead perfectly sensible people to come to different decisions.
The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee today announced that Ron Silver is supporting Mayor Rudy Giuliani for President. As an advisor to the Mayor’s campaign, Silver will help promote the Mayor’s 12 Commitments to the American People and aid the effort to continue growing strong support across the country for Mayor Giuliani.
Silver, a veteran actor, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of Directors for the United States Institute of Peace.
"Rudy had a tremendous impact as Mayor of New York City, a place I am proud to call home," said Silver, a native New Yorker. "His record of accomplishment is extraordinary and his vision will serve America well. He is committed to keeping our nation on the offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us, and I am proud to support him."
Our discourse is so stupid.
NEW YORK–February 4, 2008- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced the launch of Indie Talk, an exclusive, groundbreaking talk radio channel that will serve as an uncensored, unfiltered forum for independent thought and opinion. The channel will feature veteran actor and political maverick Ron Silver, among others. Indie Talk will give an equal voice to individuals from any affiliation or background, target the blogger generation, and be a platform for listeners across the country to react to breaking news, issues and buzz.
Indie Talk will launch Wednesday, February 6, 2008 – the morning after Super Tuesday – on SIRIUS channel 110 with Ron Silver’s daily call-in talk show, which will air Monday-Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 am ET.
Silver, like Indie Talk, represents the intersection of liberal and conservative, and the intersection of entertainment and politics. In addition to a storied Hollywood career and serving as president of Actors’ Equity Association, Silver has been politically active for many years – most recently as a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. A one-time Democrat, Silver spoke at The Republican National Convention in 2004.
WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.
The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed on ABC's "This Week," she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."
This isn't a knock on Clinton, it's just that the whole concept is flawed. "Raise your taxes" is actually more politically palatable than "make you buy it."
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Leading private equity firms are unlikely to participate in any recapitalisation of Ambac and MBIA, increasing the pressure on banks to come up with a rescue package for the troubled US bond insurers.
A number of firms, including Bain Capital, Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and TPG, have looked at investing in the cash-strapped groups, which guarantee the value of everything from municipal bonds to the most complicated mortgage securities. These investors have all concluded that the risks are too great, according to people familiar with their thinking.
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - An 18-year-old Elizabethtown man is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and other offenses over a plastic egg explosion.
Police say he ignited a plastic egg filled with plastic air-gun pellets in a flea market, hitting at least five people and causing alarm. It happened Saturday afternoon at a Saturday's Market in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County.
ABC's "This Week" — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton; Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
CBS' "Face the Nation" — Republican presidential candidate John McCain; Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Republican strategists Mary Matalin and Mike Murphy; Democratic strategists Bob Shrum and James Carville.
CNN's "Late Edition" — Romney; Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee; consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who is exploring another run for the presidency.
"Fox News Sunday" — Presidential candidates Clinton and McCain.