The etimology of “Palin”

Palin: n:

1. An applicant lacking even basic job skills.

2. Someone supremely un-self-aware or lacking any relative sense of what s/he does or doesn’t know.

HR sent me another Palin for the marketing manager job.

Derived from Sarah Palin, Gov. of Alaska, picked to be Senator John McCain’s running mate in an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008. Sarah Palin instantly rose to national prominance, only to plummet just as quickly when she gave her first nationally televised interview, revealing near-total ignorance of the most basic political subjects and issues of the campaign.

HT – Urban Dictionary

With Solemn Pride

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, armistice began. World War I, The “Great War,” the war between the Entente Powers (the Allies) and the Central Powers (led by Germany) had finally come to an end. The next year, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, 1919, to be Armistice Day. His proclamation began, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations….”
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Matthews Slams Harris: You Speak With A Forked Tongue

Chris Matthews calls B.S. on Todd Harris for the double standard Republicans have where they come in with slim wins and do exactly what they want and say they have a mandate, but expect Democrats to pussy-foot around and apologize for being there when they win by large margins. Todd replies by saying that acting that way will make Obama end up with an approval rating like Bush. Really Todd Harris? You think that’s what will happen if Obama pushes through a populist agenda against the will of the Republicans?  Todd Harris is a typical Republican Strategist – all that comes out of his mouth is garbage.

Scarborough drops f-bomb on live television

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MSNBC broadcasted uncensored profanity today on Morning Joe. Joe Scarborough was talking about Rahm Emanuel when he used the F-word.

Scarborough said, “The nature of this campaign has really been the steady nature of Barack Obama, the steady nature of David Axelrod, the not so stead nature of Robert Gibbs – only because he went to Auburn – but these are good decent steady men. that don’t go around flipping people off or screaming ‘fuck you’ at the top of their lungs.”

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Apparently it wasn’t the first time… (This tape from November 10, 2006)

Can you imagine the screams of rage and anguish from the Right if it had been someone like Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow who had let lose with the dreaded ‘F-word’ on either of their shows…

Great News! 4 More Years of Keith Olbermann

MSNBC sent out a press release heralding four more years of Keith Olbermann on MSNBC:  Huffington Post has the release.

MSNBC has voted for four more years of Keith Olbermann and the top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” it was announced today by Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC. The new four-year agreement calls for Olbermann to continue as host of “Countdown;” additionally, Olbermann will play a prominent role in MSNBC’s coverage of all major news events. He will also continue to co-host NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio show.

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Bush Spy Revelations Anticipated When Obama Is Sworn In

Will we FINALLY learn the full extent of the damage done by this Bush/Cheney presidency (cabal)?

From Wired:

When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, Americans won’t just get a new president; they might finally learn the full extent of George W. Bush’s warrantless domestic wiretapping.

Since The New York Times first revealed in 2005 that the NSA was eavesdropping on citizens’ overseas phone calls and e-mail, few additional details about the massive “Terrorist Surveillance Program” have emerged. That’s because the Bush administration has stonewalled, misled and denied documents to Congress, and subpoenaed the phone records of the investigative reporters.

Now privacy advocates are hopeful that President Obama will be more forthcoming with information. But for the quickest and most honest account of Bush’s illegal policies, they say don’t look to the incoming president. Watch instead for the hidden army of would-be whistle-blowers who’ve been waiting for Inauguration Day to open the spigot on the truth.

“I’d bet there are a lot of career employees in the intelligence agencies who’ll be glad to see Obama take the oath so they can finally speak out against all this illegal spying and get back to their real mission,” says Caroline Fredrickson, the ACLU’s Washington D.C. legislative director.

New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh already has a slew of sources waiting to spill the Bush administration’s darkest secrets, he said in an interview last month. “You cannot believe how many people have told me to call them on January 20. [They say,] ‘You wanna know about abuses and violations? Call me then.'”

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I can’t wait..

Show me the money…

At least show me where it’s going..

So, what is happening to our taxpayer dollars?  Is someone raiding the coffers before certain people leave office? Is anyone paying attention?

Truthout: A Quiet Windfall for US Banks

With attention on bailout debate, Treasury made change to tax policy.

The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration’s request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry. In the midst of this late-September drama, the Treasury Department issued a five-sentence notice that attracted almost no public attention. 

But corporate tax lawyers quickly realized the enormous implications of the document: Administration officials had just given American banks a windfall of as much as $140 billion..

And then there is THIS from Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn’t require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.

Where IS all this money going? And who is benefitting? Will this silent, near-invisible hemorrhaging of taxpayer funds disappearing before President Obama can take office in January affect his ability to deal with this growing national financial crisis?

It sure feels like the foxes are in the henhouse.. and they are having a hearty feast.

Child Labor: Employers Face Few Consequences

We need to protect these children.  Instead, we are seeing Child Labor go largely unchecked, they are being exploited at every turn with little or no real consequences to the employers.  The Charlotte Observer reports in this two part series about a local victim, Nery Castañeda a Guatemala native, who was trying to tackle a job that was never intended for a kid his age.

Charlotte Observer

One afternoon last fall, the 17-year-old ran a machine to grind damaged pallets into mulch. When a co-worker at the Greensboro plant returned from another task, he didn’t see Nery – until he looked inside the shredder. “A person shouldn’t die like this,” said older brother Luis. “…He came with a dream and found death.”

Decades after the enactment of regulations designed to prevent such tragedies, thousands of youths still get hurt on American jobs deemed unsafe for young workers. On a typical day, more than 400 juvenile workers are injured on the job. Once every 10 days, on average, a worker under the age of 18 is killed, federal statistics show.

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Obama Spells New Hope for Human Rights

By Marjorie Cohn

Celebrations of Barack Obama’s election as President of the United States erupted in countries around the world. From Europe to Africa to the Middle East, people were jubilant. After suffering though eight years of an administration that violated more human rights than any other in U.S. history, Obama spells hope for a new day.

While George W. Bush was President, I wrote Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law, which chronicled his war of aggression, policy of torture, illegal killings, unlawful Guantánamo detentions, and secret spying on Americans. When the book was published, it seemed unimaginable that we could elect a President who would turn those policies around. But the election of Obama holds that potential. 

This is the first in a series of articles in which I will suggest how the Obama administration can start undoing some of the damage Bush wrought, by ratifying three of the major human rights treaties and the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court.

Although the U.S. government frequently criticizes other countries for their human rights transgressions, the United States has been one of the most flagrant violators. We have refused to ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). And while the United States worked with other countries for 50 years to create the International Criminal Court, it has failed to ratify that treaty as well. When we ratify a treaty, it becomes part of U.S. law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.

In this article, I will explain why the United States should ratify the ICESCR, which is particularly relevant now that we are in the midst of the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.

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Bush deregulating environment like ‘party favors’

Raw Story

CBS’ Kimberly Dozier reported that President Bush is making changes like easing regulations for industry in his last days. The White House says it’s push to easy industry regulations is unfinished business, but others see it as controversial.

Among the 90 new regulations in the works are moves to open up more land to oil and gas drilling. Including, near Utah’s Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Ann Aurilio of Environment America is a critic of the proposed regulations. “The Bush Administration is going to start handing out access to these places like party favors and the American public will lose as a result,” said Aurilio.

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Thank you and good riddance

Over the last few months, I have been sketching out a new blog written specifically to deal with the mendacity and incompetence of the Oregonian‘s resident wingnut “editor” and columnist, David Reinhard. A few weeks ago, a rumor was being floated that he was finally leaving the newspaper and he himself finally announced that he was going. And going. And going.

Reinhard has been consistent throughout his tenure: consistently wrong, consistently shallow, and consistently pounding out the Republican talking point of the moment. For 12 years now he has never strayed from the neocon agenda, never offered a single independent thought contrary to the Bush/Cheney/Rove/Fox interpretation of reality. His editorials would not have been anywhere near as infuriating if they had shown even a glimmer of intelligence or thought.

Reinhard is also the jolly fellow who suggested that Republicans in Oregon switch parties for the primary in order to disrupt the Democrats, which was in clear violation of the law. After the fact, of course, he claimed it was all in good fun and not meant to be taken seriously.

At long last (fingers crossed), it appears that this stain on Northwest journalism is departing, at least leaving the pages of the Oregonian.

A couple of Sundays back I mentioned in a column on our uncivil political discourse that I would be leaving The Oregonian after the election. Some readers believed it was my final column and probably have wondered how they can miss me if I never leave.

Today’s column is my last. I’m leaving. I promise.

It is an odd thing to walk away from a job you once so longed to have. I wanted to a follow in the line of H.L. Mencken, Red Smith, Murray Kempton, G.K. Chesterton and Malcolm Muggeridge. I wanted to be what St. Augustine once called “a vendor of words.” I wanted to be a newspaper columnist in the worst way, and no doubt many readers would say I achieved just that goal early in my career here. But it’s time to move on.

I was brought here by a publisher Fred A. Stickel, who had the wisdom and marketing sense to see that The Oregonian needed its own conservative writer and that the paper’s editorial board needed some right-ward ballast. For the past 12 years, I’ve worked for an editorial-page editor, Bob Caldwell, who has always encouraged me to write the strongest opinions possible — even, often especially, when he vehemently disagreed with those opinions. We’ve gone at it hammer and tong many times, but he never spiked one of my columns. He’s now taking special pains to ensure that conservative opinion writers, national and local, will remain a regular part of the opinion section.

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Reid should watch Joe Lieberman at McCain Rally before forgiving him!

Back in October when things “got ugly” Lieberman was out in front of Republican crowds booing Obama.

So when I hear that:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday he’s still trying to keep Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman within the Democratic caucus despite anger over Lieberman’s support of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

Joe Lieberman is not some right-wing nutcase,” he said. “Joe Lieberman is one of the most progressive people ever to come from the state of Connecticut.”

My answer to Harry Reid – Joe Lieberman is not to be trusted!! Kick him out of the Democratic caucus already…

Feds Refuse To Disclose $2Trillion Of Emergency Loans

Remember back in September, when Paulson and Bernanke promised to comply with Congress for transparency in the $700 billion dollar bailout – I guess the honeymoon is over and we are back to the secrecy agenda.  Here we are several months later, the American citizens have no idea where any of our money is being spent.  Did I mention that the Feds also lent more than what was approved by Congress, of course, those individual programs don’t require their approval.  That news just makes my stomach knot up worse.  Bloomberg‘s, Mark Pittman, Bob Ivry and Alison Fitzgerald, have found out more information.

“The collateral is not being adequately disclosed, and that’s a big problem,” said Dan Fuss, vice chairman of Boston- based Loomis Sayles & Co., where he co-manages $17 billion in bonds. “In a liquid market, this wouldn’t matter, but we’re not. The market is very nervous and very thin.”

Bloomberg News has requested details of the Fed lending under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and filed a federal lawsuit Nov. 7 seeking to force disclosure.

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Obama-mania: Hottest Name In Publishing!

Obama-mania has hit the book world by storm.  As of this Sunday, Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams from My Father,” both already million sellers, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

Both hardcover and paperback editions of “Audacity of Hope” were out of stock Sunday on Amazon.

Barack Obama’s book sales are surging even in John McCain’s state of Arizona.

“People are generally much happier this week than they were last week,” Gayle Shanks, co-owner of the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, said Sunday.

The book sales are not just confined to the books Obama has written either.  Sales have gone up dramatically in books about him and his collection of speechs.

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Palin: Bush Administration to blame for failure of McCain/Palin ticket

Governor Palin doesn’t want anybody to worry about “Troopergate” anymore, nothing to see here folks!  When she protests as much as she has on this subject, you know it should be investigated further.  Oh, and by the way, it’s business as usual again.  Palin is still going to be charging the government of Alaska a per diem to work out of her house and the state is still going to be picking up the tab for her children to fly everywhere with her.

The really bad news, we are going to be hearing more about Sarah Palin.  She refuses to fade from the limelight.

McClatchy

Palin also said she loved her time in the national spotlight and won’t rule out a run for president or vice president in 2012.

Those were some of Palin’s responses to questions posed Sunday afternoon in a wide-ranging interview with the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2 at the governor’s Wasilla home.

Greta Von Susteren of Fox News had just finished an interview with her and was chatting with the governor and her husband in the kitchen. Moose chili cooked in the crock pot and moose hot dogs lay on the table. Palin insisted they weren’t a prop for the national media but just how the family likes to dine.

Here’s some of what she had to say:
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