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This evenings music features Stevie Ray Vaughn and some others following up on some recent requests. Enjoy!
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood
“Some people won't be happy until they've pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away.”
-- Donna Schoenrock
News and Opinion
So-Called Fiscal Cliff Averted as Congress Begins New Fight over Spending on Social Welfare ProgramsThis is the sound of Peter King's ox being gored. It's sad what happens when a bastard discovers that all of his best friends are bastards, too.
Peter King near tears, threatens to quit Republican Party for blocking Sandy relief
Republican New York Congressman Peter King was near tears on Wednesday as he threatened to leave the Republican Party, while excoriating the leadership and other members after they reversed course and refused to pass a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
In an emotional interview with CNN, King pointed a finger directly at House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for the failure to bring Sandy aid up for a vote after passing a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
“Boehner is the one,” the New York Republican explained. “He walked off the floor. He refused to tell us why. He refused to give us any indication or warning whatsoever… I’m just saying, these people have no problem finding New York — these Republicans — when they’re trying to raise money. They raise millions of dollars in New York City and New Jersey, they sent Gov. [Chris] Christie around the country raising millions of dollars for them. I’m saying, anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined. I would not give one penny to these people based on what they did to us last night.”
Christie: Boehner ignored multiple phone calls on Sandy relief funds
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ignored multiple calls on Tuesday, even as the governor was hoping to convey the urgency of a now-delayed vote on funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
“Last night, the House Majority failed most the basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state,” Christie said at a news conference on Wednesday. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
Although he avoided saying directly that Republicans in Congress were to blame for the House’s failure to vote on Sandy relief funds, Christie added: “Last night, my party was responsible.”
After four attempts to call Boehner and ask why the vote was being delayed, Christie said he heard nothing back until Wednesday morning. “I won’t get into my conversation with [Boehner],” he said. “But I will tell you, there is no reason to believe anything the tell me.”
Shell Runs Its Arctic Drilling Rig Aground; Coast Guard Prepares For ‘Possible Spill-Response’
It appears 2013 will begin much like 2012 ended for Shell’s Arctic Ocean drilling efforts – with yet another mishap.
After several failed attempts to secure the equipment in harsh weather, Shell’s enormous Kulluk drilling rig ran aground near Kodiak Island, Alaska late Monday night. With approximately 143,000 gallons of fuel and 12,000 gallons of lubricating oil and hydraulic fluid on board, the Coast Guard is now preparing for the “salvage and possible spill-response phase of this event.” Two Coast Guard flyovers on Tuesday did not detect any leakage but a severe winter storm – with winds up to 70 mph and waves as high as 50 feet – has prevented crews from conducting a full assessment of the damage.
After an initial exploratory drilling season plagued with technical failures, struggles with Mother Nature, and numerous warnings about the lack of preparedness to operate in the region, the oil company’s woes have only continued. In November, the challenging and unpredictable Arctic conditions created a logistical nightmare as Shell struggled to get the Kulluk out of the Beaufort Sea as winter sea ice encroached.
Philip Pilkington: The New York Times’ Bizarre and Misleading Praise of Austerity Poster Child Latvia
So, what on earth is going on here? Why is he even writing this stuff? What is the point? He doesn’t come across as particularly austere and right-wing and his style is all “human suffering narrative” as one would expect from the left-of-centre NYT.
Again, the clue is in the language itself. Editors know what people are looking for around this time of year. It’s January 1st, a New Year and many of us are looking forward to shedding past discomforts and embracing new opportunities. The Latvia austerity narrative plays into the former and makes the latter look all the more appealing. We can, in a strong sense, identify with the man who hauls logs to save his suffering child in that all of us have been through hardship and come out the other side.
There’s nothing wrong with this, of course; we all need our fictions. But it is rather primitive. We’re not talking about individual suffering here. We’re talking about the economic management of a country. Latvia has entered a terrible place. It has become a focal point of Westerners’ fantasies and dreams; a place where we project our own economic troubles and rationalise the stupid and pointless policies being enacted by our governments. It has become the embodiment of all the economic pain that we now suffer. To impose this on another, to wrap them so tightly in our own illusions is a terrible thing indeed. As the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze once said “if you’re trapped in the dream of the Other, you’re fucked”.
A ‘Manufactured Non-Solution’ to a ‘Manufactured’ Crisis (Video)
“The result: the new fiscal cliff will have even higher stakes,” Moore writes, “as the U.S. could spend the next two months wrestling with even greater potential economic disaster, and a more dire impact on the markets. Now, it’s not just some spending cuts that are on the table; it’s the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.”
Blog Posts of Interest
Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.What's Happenin'
Hard to take Christie seriously when he backed Mitt, who wanted to eviscerate FEMA & leave it all to the states. #youreinthewrongpartydude— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) January 2, 2013
Among the assets Al Jazeera is buying from Current: its carriage deals w/ DirecTV, Comcast, Dish, Verizon, AT&T. But NOT Time Warner Cable.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 2, 2013
RT @brianstelter: Current will cease to exist. Gore will serve on the "advisory board" for "Al Jazeera America," according to internal memo.— David Roberts (@drgrist) January 2, 2013
Debt ceiling hostage taking is not conventional political negotiating, and people need to say so: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 2, 2013
Congress raises taxes on Middle Class workers, preserves tax breaks for NASCAR, Hollywood, and Rum. No, really. ---> thkpr.gs/VvMsL3— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) January 2, 2013
cspan chyron says Boehner to meet w/ NY/NJ delegations at 3PM. Would luv to be fly on wall for that— cynthia kouril (@cynthiakouril) January 2, 2013
Christie apparently doesn't remember that Cantor HELD HIS OWN CONSTITUENTS hostage for a funding request.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 2, 2013
@onekade MONs always rely on Article 2, and the National Security Act. But read the long post on this one--it's not distinct at all.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 2, 2013
@onekade It's what covers rendition and torture program, assassination, and probably a whole bunch else. And it's built like a Cheshire Cat— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 2, 2013
Obama enjoys no exemption under "foreign murder statute." As such, he may have violated it by killing Anwar Al-Awlaki #drones— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) January 2, 2013
Judge suggested if Obama admin considered Al-Awlaki traitor they should've let a court determine whether to put him to death— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) January 2, 2013
Aljazeera deal is fascinating - an international news channel for a US audience with a lot of money backed by an overseas government— emily bell (@emilybell) January 3, 2013
Has there been a good "Good Riddance, Joe Lieberman" piece written yet examining all the heinous and toxic parts of his career? It's needed.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 2, 2013
Saw Zero Dark Thirty last night. It's a revolting, revisionist film that unequivocally—and falsely—portrays torture as effective.— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) January 2, 2013
A Little Night Music
Larry Davis - Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride And Joy
The Red Devils - Automatic
Steve Ray Vaughan w/Albert and BB King - The Sky is Crying
Elmore James - The Sky is Crying
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble - Cold Shot
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Hideaway + Rude Mood
Freddie King - Hideaway
LouAnn Barton with Preston Hubbard - Good Lover
LouAnn Barton w/ Stevie Ray Vaughn - Ti Ni Nee Ni Nu
Otis Rush & Derek O'Brien - Double Trouble
Fabulous Thunderbirds - Tuff Enuf
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