Paul Krugman, Hack

Is there anything he can get right? Is there anything he won’t lie about? I loved this from today’s column:

Of course, the big betrayal was George W. Bush’s decision to push this tax cut in the first place. There is no longer any doubt that the man who ran as a moderate in the 2000 election is actually a radical who wants to undo much of the Great Society and the New Deal.

Show me once where he ran as a moderate. And don’t tell me that ‘compassionate conservative’ meant moderate. There are enough other lies in this column that I am sure you will see the column referred to over and over again.








F*** France

In the words of my apolitical mother, “The French are really making it hard to like them, aren’t they.” That was her mild response to the outrageous behavior displayed by our frog friends during Serena William’s loss to Justine Henin-Hardenne:

However, I thought the crowd at times showed poor taste toward Serena. There were a couple of occasions when the linesperson didn’t call the ball out and Serena stopped in the middle of a point to circle the mark and the chair umpire confirmed that the ball was out. Serena was completely in the right, but the crowd reacted negatively toward her. After that, they proceeded to cheer when Serena would miss the first serve, which is completely inappropriate.

Completely inappropriate is also putting it mildly. Serena’s mother got it right:

Her mother, Oracene Price, was more blunt: “The crowd showed a lack of class and total ignorance – or they just don’t know tennis and the etiquette of tennis.”

Even Henin-Hardenne acknowledged that the crowd’s behavior “sometimes could be a little bit too much.”

The French suck. We simply have to face facts and move on.








Signs of Intelligent Life

This is the first thing I have seen Tom Ridge say in two years that provides hope that he is more than a brain-dead automaton:

After raising the terror alert to its second-highest level three times over the past four months because of fears of potential terror attacks, Ridge said the system needs refining.

“We worry about the credibility of the system,” he told a small group of reporters. “We want to continue to refine it because we realize it has caused some anxiety.”

Ridge said the system, based on information from various intelligence agencies, relies heavily on the intelligence that is “fairly generic.”

Thanks, Tom.








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Justice Served

Via TalkLeft, this excellent news:

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer sentenced convicted marijuana grower Ed Rosenthal to one day in federal prison with credit for time served, essentially setting him free.

Rosenthal was convicted in January of three marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges. He faced more than 80 years in federal prison and $2.5 million in fines. The Federal Probation Department had recommended that Rosenthal be sentenced to two 21-month sentences to be served concurrently.

With so many lousy things going on, and so many people lying, swindling and generally being nuisances, it is nice to have something to smile about every now and then. This is one of them. Go have a long, happy life, Ed.








Finished

I can not take it anymore. I am sick and tired of news about the Clintons saturating the airwaves. I don’t when Hillary found out about her husband getting blowjobs from and sticking cigars in the bovine Monica Lewinsky. I just don’t give a shit. All I know is that any woman with any self-respect would have divorced Bill Clinton 20 years ago. Hillary has shown she is a high class hooker, a prostitute whose price is power, and she has stayed in this loveless facade of a marriage for her most recent payoff- a Senate seat.

There will be no more talk about Hillary’s book at this website- unless she is caught in a blatant lie. Everything about the woman is a fraud- I just don’t want to talk about it anymore.

And I really wish the news channels would stop talking about it, too. Aren’t there enough IMPORTANT things going on?








In Case you Missed It

The Guardian has retracted the Wolfowitz story and issued a correction. Unhinged liberals can return to the usual rhetoric about Republicans starving poor people and children:

Paul Wolfowitz

A report which was posted on our website on June 4 under the heading “Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil” misconstrued remarks made by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, making it appear that he had said that oil was the main reason for going to war in Iraq. He did not say that. He said, according to the department of defence website, “The … difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options with Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil. In the case of North Korea, the country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse and that I believe is a major point of leverage whereas the military picture with North Korea is very different from that with Iraq.” The sense was clearly that the US had no economic options by means of which to achieve its objectives, not that the economic value of the oil motivated the war. The report appeared only on the website and has now been removed.








Martha, Martha

Steve Gilliard at the Daily Kos has compiled the complete list of reasons you should hate Martha Stewart and should not be upset she was indicted. I have to admit, I am feeling a mild bit of glee about her indictment because she is such an obnoxious shrew, but even though I hate the woman, I think there is much worse going on in the Wall Street boardrooms than this matter. Cripes- they just let a bunch of brokerage houses that screwed us for hundreds of billons off with measly fines.

Remember this:

Citigroup Global Markets is the corrupt Saloman Smith Barney. They just changed their name to hide the perfidy. Don’t forget.








Frustrating Fringe

Go read this.

Now go read prominent liberal sites be willfully obtuse, lying despite everything that is known. And these are the guys that bitch about a Wurlitzer. These guys will do or say anything to get elected.

The Daily Kos gets the award for being the most willingly deceitful, because even after being pointed out that Wolfowitz never said what he said, Kos issues a terse: “Sorry, I’m not seeing it.” Hilarious.

Whatever blows your trumpet, Kos.

Again, kudos to Calpundit, who is the only one to frame the real question correctly:

The only question is: did the Guardian deliberately slant this, or was it a case of a really incompetent translation? And who screwed up the translation, Die Welt or the Guardian?

Emma, Steve Soto, and Billmon seem to get it right to. Well done. As did Matt Stoller.

*** Update ***

One more time, why Kos deserves my respect and yours, even though he and I rarely see eye to eye (and as noted this is not one of his most gracious corrections):

Boy. Somedays I am on. Somedays I’m not. Let me just admit that today wasn’t my day. The Riley piece was an incoherent, disjointed mess. The Wolfowitz piece was not as explosive as the Guardian would have us believe.

Thanks for being honest to us and yourself, Kos- this is why you have such a loyal following.

*** Update ***

Even though Hesiod remains obstinate and obtuse and insists the Wolfowitz quote was all about oil, the UK Guardian has now issued a correction as well as a retraction:

Paul Wolfowitz

A report which was posted on our website on June 4 under the heading “Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil” misconstrued remarks made by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, making it appear that he had said that oil was the main reason for going to war in Iraq. He did not say that. He said, “The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil.” The sense was that the US had no economic options by means of which to achieve its objectives, not that the economic value of the oil motivated the war. The report appeared only on the website and has now been removed.








Leave the Man Alone

This is just stupid beyond words:

Whether it is a breakfast of cereal at his 3STH (Third Street town house) near the Capitol, his clothing for the day or the sports telecast he watches before pronouncing himself ready for sleep at his MLTH (Miami Lakes town house), Mr. Graham jots it down. And he has done so religiously since his first race for governor, in 1977, when he wanted to make sure he got the name of every possible supporter of his underdog campaign.

Now, as he seeks the nation’s highest office, the questions must be posed: Are American voters ready for a president who could all but moonlight as a stenographer? Is his habit a disqualifying eccentricity?

They have actually bullied Graham so much that he has had to release parts of his PRIVATE diary so they don’t think he is a nutcase. His private diary. Idiots.








Dow 9000?

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(Graphic via NY Times)

In Berlin, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan had these remarks (via Henry Hanks):

Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan said Tuesday he sees indications of a “fairly marked turnaround” in the U.S. economy.

Data for May suggest the economy has “stabilized,” he told a conference of top central bankers in Berlin.

“The acceleration has not yet begun,” he said, before noting that recovering stock markets and other indications “are suggestive of a fairly marked turnaround.”

Recent productivity gains and the impact of tax cuts taking effect July 1 will likely boost consumer spending and feed into the job market, Greenspan said, though he also injected some caution into his remarks.

“We are stabilizing and there is some indication of return, but it’s not at this stage by any means clear,” said Greenspan, addressing the conference via audio link.

The Dow over 9000, tax relief en route, dropping gas prices, and these remarks by Fed. Chairman Greenspan should make Dems a little nervous- but everyone should cross their figures and hope we really have the accelerated economy we need.








Bloginality?

My Bloginality is ESTJ!!!

As an ESTJ, your personality is Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging. This makes your primary focus on Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing.

This is defined as a SJ personality, which is part of Carl Jung’s Guardian (Security Seeking) type, and more specifically the Supervisors

As a weblogger, you may fufill responsiblities as a leader in group weblogs. If you are really interested in blogging, you’ll follow it through and post regularly. Because you appreciate social order, you may be likely to take on a responsibility just to keep a project going.

People of this type tend to be: energetic, friendly, and outspoken; productive, organized and efficient; realistic and sensible, but often skeptical about new or untested ideas; honest and direct to the point of bluntness; quick decision makers, opinionated, traditional, serious, and accountable.

Whatever.

(via Dean Esmay)








Bwahaha

The latest from Mr. and Mrs. Bubba, aka “The Big Me and the Big She:”

“For me, the Lewinsky imbroglio seemed like just another vicious scandal manufactured by political opponents.”

More than six months later, with the president preparing to testify before a grand jury, Mrs. Clinton was still adamant that her husband had done nothing wrong and was the victim of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

Then, on the morning of Aug. 15, 1998, he woke her up, paced at the bedside, and “told me for the first time that the situation was much more serious than he had previously acknowledged.”

“He now realized he would have to testify that there had been an inappropriate intimacy. He told me that what happened between them had been brief and sporadic,” Mrs. Clinton writes.

He was ashamed and knew she would be angry, she recounts.

“I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, ‘What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me?’ I was furious and getting more so by the second. He just stood there saying over and over again, ‘I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I was trying to protect you and Chelsea.’ “

Got that- he was lying to protect her. Giggle.

“As a wife, I wanted to wring Bill’s neck,” she says.

Still, she insists, she never stopped loving him.

“The most difficult decisions I have made in my life were to stay married to Bill,” she writes, “and to run for the Senate from New York.”

0 for 2 in the judgement arena. I expect great things from her.








No Need For an Investigation

Call off the dogs. There is no need for an investigation into the CIA’s evidence regarding Iraq’s WMD. No need whatsoever, because Maureen Dowd has already decided they lied:

Before 9/11, the administration had too little intelligence on Al Qaeda, badly coordinated by clashing officials.

Before the Iraq invasion, the administration had too much intelligence on Saddam, torqued up by conspiring officials.

As Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to make his case for invading Iraq to the U.N. on Feb. 5, a friend of his told me, he had to throw out a couple of hours’ worth of sketchy intelligence other Bush officials were trying to stuff into his speech.

U.S. News & World Report reveals this week that when Mr. Powell was rehearsing the case with two dozen officials, he became so frustrated by the dubious intelligence about Saddam that he tossed several pages in the air and declared: “I’m not reading this. This is $%&*#.”

First America has no intelligence. Then it has $%&*# intelligence.

Why does she have this valuable newspaper real estate?








Sanity on the Editorial Pages

I am shocked. Robert Samuelson, in an op-ed title “A Costly Freebie,” writes:

Just about every American politician, regardless of party, favors adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. It’s a bad idea. The Senate will soon begin considering the latest proposals. We can only hope that bickering among politicians and interest groups — retiree lobbies, drug companies, health insurers — creates a deadlock. A Medicare drug benefit would simply worsen the country’s central budget problem: the huge retirement costs of the baby-boom generation.

I want to kiss him.

The crusade for a drug benefit is mostly a shameless competition for retirees’ votes. It’s democracy in action, because the elderly are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. In the 2000 election, almost 70 percent of those 65 and over voted; turnout was only slightly lower (64 percent) for the near-elderly (45-64). By contrast, only 35 percent of those 21 to 24 voted. Who cares about them? The elderly vote more, and their lobbies focus single-mindedly on protecting and enhancing Social Security and Medicare benefits.

The perverse paradox is this: Although Social Security and Medicare shape the long-term budget outlook, budget debates largely exclude Social Security and Medicare. Congress should have long ago tempered retirement costs by gradually raising eligibility ages and trimming benefits for wealthier retirees. Congress did slightly increase Social Security’s eligibility age in the 1980s; but the subject hasn’t been revisited. No one wants to upset retirees — present or future.

Amen.