Some random thoughts from perusin’ the web…
Obama’s accomplishments – I saw an article today comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter, with the point being that both are supposedly incredibly ineffective presidents. Pardon my language, but bullshit. And pardon the language here, but check out whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com. As a card-carryin’, tree-huggin’, liberal wacko, I recognize some disappointments in the Obama administration, but I also recognize 1) the cards he’s been dealt, including an impossible to work with Congress, and 2) the remarkable accomplishments he HAS achieved that seem to get little press. Even Bin Laden’s capture is hardly ever mentioned (and is also why Republicans seem scared to touch Obama much on foreign policy any more, except in a really shallow and meaningless way).
Slovakia’s Parliament Rejects Euro Bailout – GOD DAMN IT OBAMA!! Yet another indication of the bumbling Obama administration’s poor handling of the economy!! Well, OK, Obama can’t control the Slovakian parliament, but that’s my point. Obama, and government in general, get WAY too much credit or blame for economic issues. Look at U.S. markets over the past several months. They react almost daily to the latest news regarding a Greek bailout, austerity measures in Spain or Italy, etc. In a globally integrated economy, there’s only so much one government can do to try and improve economic conditions. And that’s in a BEST case scenario, where the government isn’t so hopelessly partisan and unproductive as ours.
Rick Perry Refuses to Condemn Anti-Morman Rant – Rick Perry said he will not repudiate a Texas pastor who last week called Mormonism “a cult”, something which voters should take into account when considering Mitt Romney. Perry says he won’t repudiate it because it’s just “a distraction” that Romney is trying to capitalize on. My thought…Perry will make up every excuse he can not to repudiate it, because he knows that the “Christian Right” (aka, bible-thumpin’, hate-mongerin’ wackos) agree with the Texas pastor, and he can score political points with them if Romney’s faith stays in the headlines.
Kim Kardashian Wedding draws 10.5 million on E! – Over 10 million viewers watched part one of the Kim Kardashian wedding on E!. I honestly don’t know a single thing that Kim Kardashian has ever done in her life. But yet, I wonder how many people in America know more about her than they do about the Republicans debating tonight? As I noted in a post a few days ago, 46% of Americans can’t even name ONE of the Republican candidates. I wonder if a higher percentage of Americans know about this “star’s” wedding, even though there’s not a single real accomplisment of any importance that I think you could attribute to Kardashian.
Ice Loss in Greenland Continues to Accelerate – The Greenland ice sheet is rapidly losing mass, and the rate of decline has been accelerating. If you are a climate change
idiot skeptic, PLEASE take the time to check out SkepticalScience.com and educate yourself. Be it there or elsewhere, I could literally post a story like this just about every day. But of course, climate change is all one very well-executed conspiracy by we scientists, right?
Senate Republicans Block Jobs Bill – Thanks to the mechanics of the Senate and the wonderful filibuster, 46 Republicans voted against continuing debate on Obama’s jobs bill, effectively tabling it. I LOVE this last line of the article…”Republicans opposed the measure over its spending to stimulate the economy and its tax surcharge on millionaires“. That pretty much sums up the Republican stance right now…keep the economy as weak as possible before next year’s election, and protect their sugar-daddies deep financial pockets.