John Cole's got more on United's liquidation of its pensions. The story, amazingly, gets worse. While the Bankruptcy Bill was steamrolling through Congress, Dick Durbin offered an amendment that would've "protect[ed] employees and retirees from the common corporate practice of discharging liability for retirement plans, retained earnings and matching funds when businesses file Chapter 11." This is really, if you think about it, quite amazing. ...read on
with what we know now.
James Wolcott talks about NYC, Plato's retreat and John Bolton.
While The Raw Story says Larry Flynt has the goods on Bolton.
As I always say, you can't make this stuff up. Except when talking about the Republicans.
via UN Dispatch: 20% of Roger L. Simon's blog entries during the month of April make reference to the Oil-for-Food controversy. 0% of Roger L. Simon's blog entries during April make reference to the following UN-related issues: read on
Is Simon's hyper-focus on a single UN-related issue based on deep convictions? Unbending principles? Moral outrage? Maybe. Then again, there's his explanation:
"Thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations for providing this blog with its first 50,000+ visitor day." - Roger L. Simon
I guess he's turning into a single issue blog. UN Bashing is a popular theme among right wingers.
I've been reading many articles saying that the Stones are too old, they should pack it in, look how ugly they are, they have enough money, Rock and Roll is for kids, etc...
The reason is simple. They love it. As a musician there is no greater thrill than performing music in front of a live audience. The energy and excitement is powerful. The immediacy of such electricity is exhilarating. After my first tour I went into a mild depression for a few weeks because I was so locked into that power. Music is not like athletics where there is a certain window of time that you can compete with other athletes because the body doesn't perform as well in younger years. Music is timeless. With age a musician only gets better. I often wonder what music Mozart would have composed if he had lived longer. I saw Segovia give a recital at 90 years old and he was still pretty good.
The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says...read on
Direland has a lot more: TOM RIDGE'S BOMBSHELL
I'm so sick of these politician's covering up for the administation before the election and then spilling the truth afterwards. All of us knew what game they were playing with these idiotic alerts. Ridge on the Daily Show denied this was the case as Stewart pressured him on this very fact. Why do democrats oppose the Bush administrations appointments? Because they know he lines his jeans with sycophants at every step of the way.
Wolf Blitzer will host a new show starting in the summer. Its a three-hour, late-afternoon affair that will replace "Crossfire" and "Inside Politics" The show, which does not yet have a name, will run from 3-6 p.m. ET. Blitzer, who already hosts two hours weekdays (noon-1 p.m. ET and 5-6 p.m. ET) and "Wolf Blitzer Reports" on Sundays, will be the primary host.
Details have yet to be worked out, but Jon Klein, president of CNN/US, said Tuesday that it would showcase the network's reporting and analytical assets with a special focus on breaking news.
"It will offer a new and enticing way to look at the world for busy people," Klein said.
I wonder what DC Media girl will have to say about his one. I kinda like Inside Politics. Cross Fire is hurting us, but couldn't they find a newer face that would breath some fresh air into a daytime program than Blitzer's? You have him for one hour a day now, but three..ouch.
Four car bombs and a man with explosives strapped to his body killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 100 in three Iraqi cities Wednesday as hundreds of U.S. troops pushed through a lawless region near the Syrian frontier...
Juan Cole also asys: The continued US inability to protect members of the new governing elite has been an important roadblock to stability in the country.... The jihadis are making themselves martyrs in order to give other young men a reason to fight. It is a recruitment drive. Since guerrillas have managed to kill about 14 US troops in recent days, moreover, it is a way of signalling that the US is not 10 feet tall, but is rather vulnerable. If the US has this much trouble with about 2500 foreign fighters in Iraq (and over 20,000 Iraqi ones), imagine the problems if the jihadi recruitment drive succeeds, and the foreign contingent doubles or triples.
I emailed John Tierney to ask him if its ok to report on today's suicide bomber's. He said that he's waiting for Rudy to get back to him so he can get back to me.
Jon Stewart had a good time poking a bit of fun with the blog reports that 24/7 has been using.
Abbi Tatton, MSNBC and our good friend Ed Cone were front and center.
(Update): Imus thinks: "Anyone who writes a blog or reads a blog is a loser." His flunky Bernard calls us " political perverts"
Now we know we're on to something good. Imus who lambasts The Rolling Stones for going on tour again at their age while holding up pictures of how bad they look. Has he seen himself lately?
Ed Cone has some thoughts :...Rather than a 90-second wrapup in he said/she said format, why not pay some insightful bloggers to explore and report in a way that adds real value to the programs?
Buzz Machine: Blogvision Jon Stewart lampoons the blog segments on cable news and, as always, he's right. There's plenty to make fun of...
Ok this is scary. Crooks and Liars has been listed on TownHall's C-Log Conservative Web Log page today.