catching up

President Barack Obama makes a statement at the start of a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. From left are, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and UN Ambassador Susan Rice.


Michael Tomasky: So the Rick Perry hunting ground story has been absorbed …. the way things seem to be shaking out, the big loser from the revelation that the property bore the name “Ni**erhead” is … not Rick Perry. It’s the black guy.

…. Herman Cain was the first – and as of Sunday night the only – Perry opponent to pounce on The Washington Post’s revelations published Sunday morning …. it is instructive, is it not, that no other candidate jumped on this revelation?

… This charge may make some conservatives feel that Perry is a tad embarrassing. But how many will it personally offend? Let’s face it, based on the evidence of the last debate, the GOP base thinks Perry isn’t racially insensitive enough, giving $100,000 college-education discounts to all those illegal brown children.

…. If the story is true in its worst light, it maybe doesn’t make him a racist. It does make him a person who doesn’t care what people who aren’t just like him think — and who doesn’t even bother to be friends with anyone who cares. I have a word for that: Texashead. But it’s OK. That used to be a kind of railroad spike.

Full article here



Steve Benen: The RNC was delighted today to trumpet a quote from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the Obama White House. “‘I think you need to talk about how poorly they do on message,” she was quoted as saying about the president and his team. “They can’t see around corners; they anticipate nothing.”

I was curious about the context, so I went to the Newsweek/Daily Beast article that featured the quote. It wasn’t there. As it turns out, there’s a good reason for that:

Just one problem: She never said it, according to both her office and sources at Newsweek …. Newsweek has retracted the quote, and put an editor’s note on the piece: “Editor’s Note; An earlier version of this story included a comment erroneously attributed to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, criticizing the White House’s efforts at political messaging. Newsweek and The Daily Beast regret the error.”

More here



Bloomberg: In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.

“I uncovered the practices within a few days,” Egorova- Farines says. “They were not hidden at all.”

…. Egorova-Farines wasn’t rewarded for bringing the illicit payments to the company’s attention. Her superiors removed her from the inquiry in August 2008 and fired her in June 2009, calling her incompetent, even after Koch’s investigators substantiated her findings. She sued Koch-Glitsch in France for wrongful termination.

…. A Bloomberg Markets investigation has (also) found that Koch Industries – in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle Easre – has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.

Full article here


Worth seeing again (and again and again and again….):



President Obama: “I don’t think the American people would dispute that at every step of the way, I have done everything I can to try to get the Republican Party to work with me to try to deal with what is the biggest crisis of our lifetime, and each time all we’ve gotten from them is, ‘no’.”


25 Responses to “catching up”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    October 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s already been posted, but Hank Williams Jr. was on Fox and Friends and he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler


    Sorry for the HuffyPo link, but all other links were to other right wing rags, and this one is the most “mild” out of all of them

    • 2 GOVCHRIS1988
      October 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Well, Hank Jr. there has never been the most knowledgeable of the bunch. But, he does what he’s supposed to do, get into under informed (Stupid) voters heads that President Obama for the last four years has been the Fuehrer. Watch every portly 72 year old white male try making the case next year.

    • 3 theo67
      October 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      It’s so ridiculous.

    • 4 Bill
      October 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Doesn’t he sing in the opening to Monday Night Football?

      • 5 GOVCHRIS1988
        October 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Uh oh. Roland Martin sent out a tweet saying that ESPN might have pulled Hank Williams Jr. promo from Monday Night Football. Its Roland Martin though CNN, so I might need verification.

        • 6 utaustinliberal
          October 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

          It looks like it’s true. Twitter is blowing up with this. People are mad as heck and rightfully so. What disgusting tripe. But hey it’s no surprise that he would say it on Fox and Friends and get no pushback; Fox News is after all the place where racists and bigots come home to roost.

    • 7 Lorraine
      October 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Johnny Cash or Hank Williams, Jr. I take Johnny Cash everyday is the week. He is more popular that Jr. Williams will ever be. I think Monday Night Football should rethink his employment status.

  2. 12 Bobfr
    October 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #Newsweek (aka #NewsWeakTea) did the typical #NEWSTAINER fabrication earlier today. At least they retracted. Too bad #GOPFAIL #PRESSON

  3. October 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think its time to dispense with the bad messaging meme. The WH has done a very good job of shaping the narrative on jobs, taxes and spending. Can’t do much about the Democrats who go on TV and bash him w/o alienating Democratic members of Congress ’cause i’m sure he got a few words that would shut them up if made public.

    • 14 nintendowii10
      October 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      He shamed the CBC members complaining about him at the CBC a couple of weekends ago, and I’m sure he has a can of whoopass for ANY Democrat talking smack about him.

    • 15 theo67
      October 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      I agree with you, gobrooklyn. The President’s team has used every avenue available to them to get their message out. And with the roll out of AJA, no-one can dispute their messaging prowess. This is a clear demonstration that “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”. They put the info out there. If people are so concerned about the economy, etc., then they have to take some responsibility to make sure they’re kept abreast of who’s holding up progress.

      I was mad last week when Lady Gaga went on about meeting the President to bring the issue of bullying to his attention. It’s a noble cause, and I applaud her for using her celebrity for a good cause. But, she clearly didn’t bother to find out that the President and First Lady were on this case long before she ever made a squeak about it. They hosted a conference at the White House, made videos for the “It Gets Better” campaign, and signed a law against discrimination of hate crimes. And this was also evident in the Latino round table last week, when the reporter asked when the President was going to hold a summit about bullying – only to be told that it had already happened. If we don’t pay attention and stay informed, then we can’t blame the President for our ignorance when he’s bent over backwards to make information available.

      • 16 jacquelineoboomer
        October 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        Well, that about said it all! Well done.

      • October 4, 2011 at 2:10 am

        Exactly. Reminds of me a story Pres. Obama told during a press conference. He was asked, at a small business forum, about cutting taxes on capital gains for small business owners. Pres. Obama said, ‘that’s a great idea. Such a great idea that we did it a year ago’.


  4. October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I love the ad. I read that big lie about dear Nancy Pelosi earlier. Donna posted an article on an earlier thread about the factless media and pundits. This is a prime example.

  5. 20 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Great Ad.

    As for Rick Perry and the racially insensitive slur. It’s interesting to watch how some in the media have somewhat taken him to task and others have basically given him a pass. I watched in amazement and shock as Mika on Morning Joe sought to dismiss this story. She basically said it was a non-story and nothing to complain about and the real story of the day was what Perry said about taking troops into Mexico. Who the heck cares about his crazy comments about Mexico. It’s a moronic statement and shouldn’t be treated as a serious news story. The fact that a Governor who is supposed to represent every resident of his state and who is running for the most powerful position in the country if not the world, for years leased a property with such a disgusting debasing slur stamped for all to see at the entrance to said property is a NEWS STORY. The fact that said Governor vacationed for years, hunted for years, fished for years and brought Texan movers and shakers for years to this vacation spot is a NEWS STORY. Joe Scarborough had to practically browbeat her into covering the story (funny – the other “important” story she wanted to cover was the fat tax levied by Denmark on food products with a high saturated fat content) and Joe lambasted Perry. But in my opinion, Joe only did this because he despises Rick Perry, is pulling hard for Romney, and is scared out of his mind that Perry might become the GOP Nominee.

    There is NO excuse that Rick Perry can throw out for this deplorable issue. NONE at all.

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      And the only reason Joe Scarborough likes Romney is that he and Mika (the second one in the shallowest partnership on the teevee) went to his home during a previous campaign season and Mrs. Romney made them breakfast, so they’re probably thinking they’ll be able to crash some future White House state dinner or something.

      As for Perry, he can run (from his past) but he can’t hide (his past).

  6. 24 nintendowii10
    October 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Happy Birthday to Rev Al!!! 🙂

  7. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    October 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    *Texashead* I like it (relating to Perry).

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