Talking about EXILED ONLINE – MANKIND’S ONLY ALTERNATIVE » Exposing The Rightwing PR Machine: Is CNBC’s Rick Sante
Last week, CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli rocketed from being a little-known second-string correspondent to a populist hero of the disenfranchised, a 21st-century Samuel Adams, the leader and symbol of the downtrodden American masses suffering under the onslaught of 21st century socialism and big government. Santelli’s “rant” last-week calling for a “Chicago Tea Party” to protest President Obama’s plans to help distressed American homeowners rapidly spread across the blogosphere and shot right up into White House spokesman Robert Gibbs’ craw, whose smackdown during a press conference was later characterized by Santelli as “a threat” from the White House. A nationwide “tea party” grassroots Internet protest movement has sprung up seemingly spontaneously, all inspired by Santelli, with rallies planned today in cities from coast to coast to protest against Obama’s economic policies
Talking about The American Conservative — Our Enemy, the President
After eight years of George W. Bush, conservatives find themselves back at the beginning—that is, back at the beginning of the modern American Right, circa 1933. Once more the country is in a deep financial crisis (we don’t call them “depressions” anymore) for which Republicans have taken the blame. And again a pragmatic Democratic president, backed by majorities in both chambers of Congress, promises to spend us back to prosperity. After conceding the president virtually his every whim during the Bush years—with the occasional Harriet Miers-sized exception—conservatives have begun to rediscover the virtues of checks upon executive power
Talking about Spurred by Obama, Health Care Moves to the Front Burner – TIME
As part of the $3.5 trillion budget he proposed on Thursday, President Barack Obama is pushing for a down payment on universal health care, a reserve fund of $634 billion over 10 years paid for by higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans and savings from government programs like Medicare and Medicaid
I put on this smiley face, not only because I want to but because it’s needed. Think a better name for ‘smiley’ is ‘grin and bear it’!
Talking about Kevin Rudd says Australia will emerge from the global financial crisis more resilient | Business Bre
AUSTRALIA will emerge from the global financial crisis a more resilient economy and country, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says. Mr Rudd said the Government would see Australia through the crisis based on the economic strategy involving its multi billion-dollar economic stimulus announcements."I believe, based on the economic strategy the Government has developed and is implementing, that we will see Australia through the crisis, and we will be a more resilient economy and country as a result," Mr Rudd said.
Quote A small joke
If a victim is somebody who has been mugged
A liberal is somebody who hasn’t been mugged… yet
A democrat is somebody who mugs the less educated of their right
A republican is somebody who has been mugged by one of the less educated
A conservative is somebody who has been mugged by the government
A libertarian is somebody who has been mugged by the cops
Talking about FT.com / US / Economy & Fed – Fed $1,000bn financing plan nears launch
The US Federal Reserve will launch its financing programme, worth up to $1,000bn, for consumer and business loans in the coming days, amid concerns that hedge funds might find it difficult to take advantage of the scheme.The programme – the term asset-backed securities loan facility (Talf) – is the cornerstone of the US authorities’ push to jump-start the credit market. Officials at the central bank say it will be up and running by the end of this month
Talking about Obama: A Leader in the House | Mother Jones
An organized mind at work is a wonderful thing to watch. During his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama placed the mind of his presidency on display, and it was wonderfully organized. The speech—a State of the Union stand-in—presented a clear, mostly left-of-center agenda for his presidency and a series of forceful rationales for his proposed actions. Obama offered all this up with a now-familiar fair dose of charm and grace. It’s been years since any BMOC in Washington has presented such an extensive and well-articulated plan for—dare one say it—change
FIREFIGHTERS are still battling blazes on Melbourne’s eastern fringes and in central Victoria ahead of what could be another horror day on Friday.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has been able to downgrade urgent situations at Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges and at Daylesford northwest of Melbourne, but has warned residents to be alert.