Now that short pseudo-diaries are ok I just had to post this really funny joke I just came across on Digby. Apologies if it's already been diaried.
Apologies for the micro diary but this is all I've found as SCOTUS literally just issued its ruling on the Voting Rights Act minutes ago.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights ActAwaiting more substantive diaries and analysis from the experts around here.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning announced a ruling on the constitutionality of part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires nine states, mostly in the South, to obtain federal permission before changing voting procedures. Legal analysts were reading the decision to understand its scope and consequences.
If this doesn't move you, I don't know what would.
In another installment of things Republicans say that are so stupid you just can't make them up, Washington state rep Ed Orcutt, a Republican, claimed in an email to a constituent regarding a bike tax he supported, that bicycles were bad for the environment because they caused cyclists to have “an increased heart rate and respiration".
Reached for comment, he added that:
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,”Seriously, he said these things, according to the Seattle Bike Blog.
I just saw on the New York Times front page that former Expos, Mets and Dodgers catcher Gary Carter has just died of brain cancer. I had no idea that he was even sick so this comes as a total shock and surprise. He was only 57. Way way way too young.
Carter was a key member of the great 1986 Mets team that barreled over the National League Eastern Division and won the pennant against the Houston Astros and then World Series over the Boston Red Sox. I fondly remember following nearly every game that season on TV or radio, and attending a number of games in person including the season opener and closer.
The 1986 World Series was of course the one in which Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner famously misplayed a slow grounder by Mookie Wilson in game six, allowing the Mets to come back from sure defeat and world series elimination and win the game, setting up a game seven win. Carter was the player who began the rally that led to this incredible comeback, with a 2-out single in the bottom of the 10th with the Mets down 5-3.
Carter was not only a great catcher and player, but a great person, always upbeat and optimistic, even when things were down. He will obviously be missed, by his family, friends, fans, and baseball. Condolences to all, and rest in peace, Gary.
Is this MSNBC trying to be "fair and balanced"? I'll let "them report", and you can "decide".
MSNBC just announced that it was "suspending" Morning Joe anchor Joe Scarborough for "two days" due to his previously undisclosed campaign donations over the years (and not, apparently, to the ones that he did disclose, which was why it supposedly didn't suspend him when it suspended Keither Olbermann recently).
President Obama stumped for senator Patty Murray at the University of Washington today in Seattle. The main event was held at the indoor Hec Ed Pavilion, but prior to it Obama spoke briefly to and and shook hands with the overflow crowd at Husky Stadium next door, which I attended (I showed up too late to get into the main event, which was a shame as I only live a few miles away, but I've come down with a cold and was late in getting started today).
I took some photos of the event, which I've posted here.
Short diary, but I just found out about this. Jody Powell just died at 65, of an apparent heart attack at his Maryland home. He was one of Jimmy Carter's top aides when he was governor and president, along with Hamilton Jordan, who sadly also died recently.
September 14, 2009, 5:43 pm
Jody Powell, Aide to Carter, Dies
By The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Jody Powell, the longest-serving and probably closest aide to former President Jimmy Carter, died on Monday at his home near Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, said Jack Nelson, the journalist and his friend. He was 65.
Mr. Powell collapsed outside his home, and efforts to revive him at a hospital were unsuccessful, Mr. Nelson said. He added that Mr. Powell’s wife, Nan, said that her husband had suffered a heart attack.
I just came across a brief story saying that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns Fox News, along with the NY Post and Wall Street Journal, intends to start charging for online news content--in addition to the WSJ, which has long done so, profitably I understand.
Is News Corp losing money and thus forced to do this (which is what the story claims)? Is Murdoch just trying to further exploit his mouthbreathing wingnut and clueless center-right audience for yet more profit, figuring that they'll pay up so as to not be deprived of their daily hateful Kool Aid? Or is he just the first big media owner to make the leap from free to for-pay content, figuring that this is where the industry is going and that others will soon follow?
Sorry for the short diary, but this just broke a few minutes ago and I haven't seen anything else on it here. But according to various news sources including the NY Times:
Stephen Friedman, the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Board, abruptly resigned on Thursday, days after questions arose about his ties to Goldman Sachs.
He had been expected to depart by year's end, but this abrupt resignation was sudden and unexpected. Although, given his massive conflict of interest issues that may verge on the criminal (at least to this non-lawyer), I can see why he quit suddenly.
Perhaps he's gotten a call from the White House or DoJ?
The full, brief article below the fold.
NY Times columnist, "Heather" and dilletante extraordinaire Maureen Dowd (MoDo) has unsurprisingly decided to yet again exploit a situation that she knows and cares nothing about (which is pretty much everything that doesn't have to do with cocktail parties and stained blue dresses) in order to score what she views as cheap political points against those boring people who actually do something for a living and perhaps might even want to make the world better, in this case Obama and Democrats in trying to pass last year's spending bill that's being debated in congress this week.
Her departure point this time is all the alleged "pork" that's in the bill, which appears to trouble her. After all, noted economic expert John McCain said so, thus it must be true. This supposed pork has been widely discussed as being 40% Republican, so I won't get into the politics of this. But it's worth going over a few of the spending earmarks that she seems to have such a problem with.
This time on Social Security.
She's really trying to set some kind of record, I believe.
In an AP piece today, she made the following seemingly alarming assertion about Obama's alleged stance on Social Security:
He said he would reinstitute a pay-as-you-go rule that calls for spending reductions to match increases and would shun what he said were the past few years' "casual dishonesty of hiding irresponsible spending with clever accounting tricks." He called the long-term solvency of Social Security "the single most pressing fiscal challenge we face by far" and said reforming health care, including burgeoning entitlement programs, was a huge priority.
Well, not exactly.
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