Bring Back Phil Donahue

What kind of corporate ethics justify the kind of tripe that passes off as political commentary over our public airwaves? Phil Donahue’s show was cancelled even though his ratings were ticking upwards If Phil Donahue can be cancelled for political ideological reasons, then Chris Matthews should be cancelled as well.
Somerby has a partial transcript of Tweety’s humilating command performance on the Imus show. Somerby’s Daily Howler archives on Tweety contain pages of links to his journalistic malpractice. What boggles the mind is how this type of journalistic bottom feeding can slip under the radar of all of the self appointed M$M ethics nazis who whine about the ethics of bloggers.
Who’s kidding who? Tweety and Michael Savage are ideological brothers by different mothers. They pollute America’s airwaves with toxic waste and should be fined by the FCC for violations of public indecency. How is some poor schmuck saying “Fuck” more offensive than what Tweety and Savage put on the airwaves on a daily basis?

America’s Seniors Flummoxed By Bush’s Medicare Plan

This is old news with a personal touch. Michael Hiltzig pays a visit to the front lines of Bush’s war on America’s seniors and confirms that Bush’s Medicare Drug Plan Looks Like a Big Scam:

One recent afternoon in Los Alamitos, I watched Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, M.D., pick her way through a government website designed to help elderly patients select the right Medicare drug plan, based on their prescription needs and hometown.

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Dem Lobbying Reform Is A Sham

Melanie Sloan of Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington was on CSPAN just prior to the Democratic Reform Proposal and pointed out that they were not addressing the problem of earmarks and there was not an enforcement mechanism. Melanie Sloan was right.
I’m not the only one who thinks the Dem Leadership Ethics Plan is a Band-Aid and the Democratic leadership does not really want to win back control of Congress.
Update 6:00 a.m. PDT – from L.A. Times, Culture of Lobbying May Resist Reform:

Despite the political theater Wednesday, Democrats offered proposals that in many respects were similar to those laid out the day before by Hastert and Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), chairman of the House Rules Committee

Conservative Intellectuals Analyzed

Hat tip to Mary at The Left Coaster, How Conservatives Argue: A Case Study:

Liberal: The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: No, it doesn’t.
Liberal: Yes, it does. The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: What about Guam? What about that Guam, huh? Or the Virgin Islands?
Liberal: Those are territories, not states. The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: Oh, so you’re saying those don’t count?
Liberal: Yes.
Conservative: Oh, so the people there don’t count? They’re not good enough, huh? I thought you liberals wanted everybody to be counted.

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The Death Knell For Bush’s War

A short little editorial by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes in today’s L.A. Times may very well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. War’s stunning price tag:

AST WEEK, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Assn., we presented a new estimate for the likely cost of the war in Iraq. We suggested that the final bill will be much higher than previously reckoned — between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, depending primarily on how much longer our troops stay. Putting that into perspective, the highest-grossing movie of all time, “Titanic,” earned $1.8 billion worldwide — about half the cost the U.S. incurs in Iraq every week.
Like the iceberg that hit the Titanic, the full costs of the war are still largely hidden below the surface. Our calculations include not just the money for combat operations but also the costs the government will have to pay for years to come.

Money quote:

Spending up to $2 trillion should make us ask some questions.

This ain’t no tree falling in the forest folks. This is the shot heard ’round the world and of course in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

How To Act Like A Eunuch

From the incomparable digby, Grover’s Eunuchs.
Wolcott says Lanny Davis: Looks Liberal, Tastes like Chicken:

I was traveling the cable dial this afternoon where I came upon a panel on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company just as Lanny Davis, his insipid, ingratiating grin firmly in place, was saying that he hoped Democrats wouldn’t “politicize” the Jack Abramoff situation but simply let the facts of the case emerge.
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How To Speak Like A Democrat

Hat tip to bryan over at MyDD, Hackett Calls It Like He Sees It:

With succinct coherence, Hackett said: “I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gayrights, I’m pro-gun-rights. Call me nuts, but I think they’re all based on the same principle and that is we don’t need government dictating to us how we live our private lives.”
Asked to define being pro-gayrights, Hackett said anybody who tries to deny homosexuals the same rights, including marriage, as every other citizen is un-American. Are you saying, he was asked, that the 62 percent of Ohioans who voted in November 2004 to constitutionally deny same-sex marriages are un-American?
“If what they believe is that we’re going to have a scale on judging which Americans have equal rights, yeah, that’s un-American. They’ve got to accept that. It’s absolutely un-American.”

Simple, straight forward and to the point. I’d like to see a Republican or DLC Democrat try that.

Impeach Bush ver. 01.14.06

Now that everybody has a Salon day pass, read Sen. Byrd’s Dec. 19, 2005 speech Never have the freedoms we cherish seemed so imperiled.
Next consider this commentary about The Scandal Unfolds.
The Left Coaster has a story about how Bush secretly authorized domestic spying by the NSA months before 9/11.
Finally, (hat tip to Steve Soto at The Left Coaster) according to a new Zogby poll commissioned by After Downing Street.org a Majority of Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping, if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge’s approval.

A Good Day To Visit Salon

If you haven’t visited Salon recently, this would be a good day to get a day pass by watching a 30 second commercial. Stop by The War Room and then read a few of the articles in The Opinion Section:
California’s environmental bad boy: Republican Rick Pombo wants to drill, mine and develop America down to the last acre. But will close ties to Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff pollute his reelection chances? By Amanda Griscom Little [2006-01-10]
Let us prey: Jack Abramoff and his deeply religious right-wing cronies express their “biblical worldview” by swindling Indian tribes and bribing legislators. Verily, mysterious are the ways of the Lord. By Joe Conason [2006-01-06]
Bush’s war on professionals: The president is determined to stop whistle-blowers and the press from halting his administration’s illegal, ever-expanding secret government. But it may be too late. By Sidney Blumenthal [2006-01-05]
King George: It is slowly becoming clear that the Bush administration’s real goal is not winning the right to torture, or to spy on Americans, or to lock people up without recourse. It is absolute power. By Tom Engelhardt [2006-01-05]

Bush’s Medicare Plan Is A Colossal Failure

The L.A. Times has back to back stories about how Bush’s Medicare Prescription Drug Bill has already turned into a colossal failure.
State Orders Help for Elderly as Medicare Glitches Spread: California joins other states in giving seniors emergency assistance. Bush’s signature program draws sharp criticism nationwide
Medicare Situation Still Chaotic: With some drugstores unaware of emergency state measures to cover medication costs, many patients are turned away for lack of money
Also on the healthcare front, courtesy of Matthew Yglesias, filling in for Josh at TPM, Maryland’s passage of a historic WalMart health care bill
The bottom line to all three stories is that you can’t trust the private sector with your health care benefits.

Bush Is Letting Our Soldiers Die

Hat tip to Bob Geiger:

The New York Times reported yesterday on a secret Pentagon study concluding that a large number of Marines killed in Iraq – perhaps up to 80 percent of those who died of upper-body injuries – would have survived had they been properly equipped for battle.

How many times and for how many years have Bush and Rummy been promising they were doing everything that could possibly be done to provide our soldiers with the proper equipment?

Felonious Republicans And The Rule Of Law

Check out eriposte’s comprehensive smackdown of GOP talking points on Bush’s creeping fascism, Talking Points For Felonious Republican Presidents : (click through for links)

1. Bush did not violate the FISA
2. Bush did not break the law
3. History shows Presidents have the power to violate the law, especially in times of war
4. History shows that other Presidents like Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter did the same by overriding FISA
5. Secret warrantless spying of Americans was/is required for national security reasons, since FISA was inadequate, and secret spying could have prevented 9/11
6. Secretly spying on foreigners is legal and constitutional
7. The secret spying only focused on Al Qaeda, terrorists and their supporters and one end of the intercepted communications was always in foreign soil
8. The leak to the New York Times, of Bush’s secret spying on Americans, was a crime and had nothing to do with whistleblowers
9. Bush’s critics are just partisan political hacks
10. Top Democrats in Congress supported the illegal spying
11. You can trust Bush 100% to not misuse the spying program

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