Saturday, February 28, 2009

Republican Indignation Is Total Crap

Where was the anger about "spending" when we were wasting American lives and billions of dollars looking for WMDs that didn't exist?

Guess it was fine to pay Halliburton multiple invoices for all those $45 cases of Coke.

Let's keep these selfish hoarders out of power well beyond 2010.

photos: Image from and then there's Rush

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Against Health Care Reform?

Do you want a for-profit business making decisions about your health?

Besides the fact that our archaic system is costly and unsustainable, it does not provide the best care.

For-profit health care insurers can deny doctor recommended treatments based on their bottom line and sometimes people die.

But the CEOs still get their bonus at the end of the year.

I encourage reporters and anchors to bring this up the next time someone says they don't want the government involved in their health care.

photo: Luke Thomas,

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tax Pot: Get Over It and Get In On It

Two talking points:

1. There are many well-heeled professionals who smoke pot and probably won't mind paying a bit more money if it means losing the criminal status (...and we need money).

2. Just because something is legal does not mean the government advocates it, as with alcohol and cigarettes.

photo: celebrity collage from

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

When Greed Was Normal

Inexplicable that, for all these years, we have tolerated this practice of awarding millions in bonuses to executives for simply doing their job or, in many cases, not doing it. That money comes directly out of the till. It could be used to make a business more structurally sound and less subject to collapsing like a house of cards.

Stockholders have learned to demand better. The next time we invest in a company, we want to know that it's not throwing huge amounts of hard-earned assets at one person who, historically, is as likely to be cheating or just not paying attention as he is to be driving the boat.

Thanks to Sully Sullenberger for showing that, somewhere, honor still exists.

photos: (left) Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain, (right) Captain CB Sully Sullenberger

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Oscar

Fab to see Sophia, Eva Marie and Shirley Mac, etc, but REALLY didn't like this ceremonial, pass-the-torch ...procedure. Saccharine and clinical, if sincere, the speeches by Winners to the Noms were a little uncomfortable and BORING. Where were clips of the best, most powerful moments of the performances, reminding us of the chills we got from the actors we're celebrating? And somebody's gotta say it, "Please cut the silly dance numbers."

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kyra Phillips calls Rick Santelli "a classic..."

.....regarding his Chicago Tea Party rant yesterday.

I can think of a lot of other things to call him, or I might ask, instead of "how many of you want to pay for your neighbors' mortgage:"

"How many of you wanted to pay billions in bonuses to a few deadbeat CEOs?"

And you're complaining about "the government promoting bad behavior?"

Really, Rick.........

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sen. Abel Moldonado's support...

....had several conditions, one of which was to eliminate new office furniture for the state comptroller.

That last detail in Judy Lin's article (AP) exposes that the negotiating really was getting to a level of unprecidented minutia while government workers of California waited for the ax. Office furniture...that's what they were holding out for, it was that darned furniture.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

California House Republicans Should Be Fired

...for replacing their "leader" and spurring on more negotiation time while the world collapses around them because of their inability to face reality.


This staying up all night crap is total nonsense. Getting your job done in an allotted, reasonable period of time is part of any job. And citizens' livelihoods are on the line. Let's raise the competence level here, no excuses. Yeah, it's hard, you have to agree on something. (Can you imagine getting away with this on your job...?)

Then, brilliant move on Senator Leno's part: a suggestion to the CHRs to "join him (their leader, Codgill) or replace him." 

Terrific to bring in the idea of replacing anybody at this stage of the process. Being challenged that way, they replaced. They probably didn't even know it was an option. Well, you asked for it, now it's Hollingsworth, described as "staunchly anti-tax,"  probably believes if he goes back on the tax thing, he'll be forever labeled a p*%sy. Good luck.

But really, the CHR anti-taxists have to face reality and do their jobs or they should get fired like everybody else would. Stalling because they're worried about their reputations if they ever agree to any tax increase is selfish, counter-productive and will result in severe consequences for tens of thousands of citizens, if not more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

10-20,000 gov't layoffs in California

Government workers in California who suddenly find themselves with free time on their hands should head to Sacramento and let their legislature see the results of this failure to pass a budget. 

Looks like the wrong government workers are losing their jobs........