Saturday, April 25, 2009

Weekly Address: Student Loans



Here's a good idea: Waterboard Sean Hannity. The sickening part is that he thinks of it as a big joke. Lawrence O'Donnell has the right of it, though: Hannity is a coward...

Dick Cheney remains proud that the United States became a nation that tortured...

We can't stop them from saying "no," but why not bypass the Republicans on health care? They've shown repeatedly that the more critical the issue, the less they have to offer...

Rushbo Stupidism of the Week: Someone named Mark Davis filled in for Rushbo yesterday and contributed this unbelievably dense and incredibly offensive gem to the national discourse:
All right, having -- having put the character type, the species of human that is the tea party organizer/tea party attendee under the microscope to see, it's funny because you can't generalize. At the tea party in Dallas that I was proud to emcee, there were people of all sizes, shapes, stripes, economic levels, and, yes, races. I mean, did they tend to be pretty white? Yeah. Hang on, maybe talk shows of the future will deal not with the question of, you know, "What is it we're doing that repels black people?" but "Why aren't black people more attracted by liberty?" There's your question.

Bob Bea, a civil engineer with the University of California at Berkeley, said Katrina's flooding would have been minimal if the 76-mile Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet had not been built or if the Army Corps of Engineers had maintained it properly.

"This was not a natural disaster, this was a manmade disaster," said Bea, who specializes in studying engineering disasters and risk management and who, by his own account, has spent about 10,000 hours studying the levee failures during Katrina.

The art of invective: It takes real talent to do invective right, and I'm not talking about the philistine bloviations of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk. Michael Taibbi shows how to employ a creative vocabulary to devastating effect to the First Line above...

5 comments:

Cowtown Pattie said...

I just can't make myself listen to these Sultans of Hate, and I cannot abide Mark Davis ( or any of the rest of talk radio's Little Hitlers.)

The scary part is there are people, real human beings, who listen to this evil propaganda and lap it up as if it were Mother's Milk.

I'm all for Freedom of Speech - believe in it passionately, but the hate-mongers abuse it beyond comprehension.

Unfathomable that ANYONE with half a brain would put one ounce of belief in their spew.

John Hayes said...

I'm with Cowtown Pattie-- I have a ton of respect for you, K, for keeping tabs on these creeps, but I just couldn't do it.

On a brighter note, how refreshing to hear such a well-reasoned, clear & positive message & plan about higher education!

New Orleans Ladder said...

Hey K!
Y'all check this out on MRGO...
~Yesterday’s testimony also had a light moment when Professor Robert Bea compared the process
(of forensically assessing Corps Engineering) to Sisyphus, a figure in Greek mythology who was doomed to roll a huge boulder up a hill.

“And just as he got to the top, it kept coming back down and that was his punishment for eternity,” said Bea.

“I can’t tell you how much I feel Sisyphus’s pain,” responded U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval, who is hearing the trial without a jury.
http://slabbed.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/slabbed-daily-april-25/
hehehe...

And btw... I am a BIG LENARD COHEN FAN who has never seen him perform. Great review.

Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

Roy said...

I would PAY to watch Hannity be waterboarded! I was talking to a fellow birder today who's a vet, and he has nothing but contempt for that whole crew at Faux Noise, pointing out how not a single one of them ever served in the military and has no idea what they're talking about.

And speaking of disgusting... Did you see where the people from Westboro Baptist Church (the God Hates Fags people) showed up to spew their filth at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD? Why did they show up? Because the school is named after the country's most famous gay man, of course. But 500 students and faculty met them and drowned them out, and the faculty of the school used the event to teach special lessons on Whitman, his poetry, and tolerance. Good for them!

Ima Wizer said...

I will be so glad to see Army Corps of Engineers be held accountable for drowning New Orleans and killing so many innocent people AND animals. They should pay and pay and pay and pay.......and admit to murder!