Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!

Young Turks: Time for the GOP to shut down the government.

The Joe Biden reality show.

2012 in Hindsight:

Lawrence O’Donnell: Why the fiscal cliff deal is so awesome!

Thom: The battle for 2014 begins in the Senate.

The Republican War on Women:

Ed: Hypocrite-narcissist O’Reilly fails to quit after his taxes go up.

Young Turks: Why did Republicans block Sandy relief?

Sam Seder: Farewell Joe Lieberman. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass….

Orange and Weepy:

SlateTV: States pass laws prohibiting employers from asking for your social media passwords.

Sam Seder: “Conservative” ideology works until THEY are suffering.

Young Turks: Fake fiscal cliff drama.

Guns Don’t Kill Guns…People Kill Guns:

Sharpton: Birfer Republicans try to convince Justice Roberts to refuse to administer the oath of office to Obama.

White House: West Wing Week.

Young Turks: Wiretapping hypocrisy?

Thom: The Good, The Bad, and The Very, Very Ugly:

The Republican War on Kwanza™:

Bill Press flunks the G.O.P. on Hurricane Sandy relief and the fiscal cliff.

Pap: G.O.P. hate knows no bounds!

Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.

Comments

  1. 1

    Deathfrogg spews:

    The future of public education. This is TeaBagger thinking at its finest. Authoritarian buck-fucking specifically designed to weed out the individualists or the social misfits who might just be a teensey bit nonconformist in their personal attitudes, or maybe just a little shy simply by fining them out of the system. The wealthy get a pass, as they can buy their way out of trouble, but the poor are pushed out based entirely on their ability to pay.

    All these charter schools are, are Nazi training centers. Teaching rigid conformity and total obedience to authority is the real purpose, all while extracting as much cash from the suckers as possible. They want your kids to be like this, so they’ll grow up to be like this.

    TeaBagger paradise looks more like North Korea than anything else. The next thing will be teaching the kids to snitch on each other over petty crap for incentive points, or better grades, or even cold hard cash, and then meting out punishments and fines based entirely on rumor, innuendo and presumptions of obedience or loyalty based on arbitrary patterns of behavior institutionalized by businessmen and accountants, and not behaviorists or psychologists. Kids will snitch on each other just for the favors, whether or not the snitchees are actually doing anything wrong.

    Thats why the secret prisons in Guantanamo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Diego Garcia and Yemen are so full. We paid people to report on their neighbors and family members and friends for terrorism whether or not the people being reported were actually terrorists or not.

    I was raised to believe that the United States was better than the Soviet Union, that we fought against the Fascists in WW2 for a reason. Now it is obvious that we’d rather emulate the worst of that regime in order to maintain our status as the first true global empire.

  2. 7

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    @1,

    When it comes to public education, I’d be happy if the kids at least learned to read and do math at their appropriate grade level. As it exists now, the public system is producing a lot of functional illiterates.

  3. 10

    Libertarian spews:

    Politically Incorret @7,

    I think you have a point about public education. The problem is what John Stossel refers to as “the blob” on his Fox News weekly show. I guess there are some good teachers out there, but, as a whole, the educational establishment seems to be more converned about educators rather than the product they are producing.

  4. 11

    spews:

    The problem is what John Stossel refers to as “the blob” on his Fox News weekly show.

    Translation:

    If only it was “privatized”, i.e. millionaires and billionaires could cash in on that public money bonanza and almost 100 percent for damn sure deliver WORSE outcomes, things would be “better”..

  5. 12

    Michael spews:

    Apparently some righties declared today to be Hobby Lobby day in order to laud the company for thinking they have the right to regulate what goes on in their employees uterus’s.

    I think we should make tomorrow national “let your boss get all up in your uterus day” to expose what the Pro Hobby Lobby people really want.

  6. 15

    wharfrat spews:

    @7, @10…true, the system of public education does turn out graduates who are math and/or language challenged. It also turns out graduates who go on to the top universities, enter the military and hit the top of their classes and go out and become quite successful by any measure. I taught high school Transportation Technology [Auto, Diesel, Welding, Power Systems, Distribution and Logistics] for 4 years prior to retirement. Started the year with 42 kids per class [except Auto 4 and Advanced Auto]. They could pass the state proficiency in math[Algebra] but couldn’t read a measuring tape, couldn’t understand the metric system and couldn’t understand a P&L for our mythical shop business. That’s not an indictment of teachers, that’s an indictment of the folk who demand specific curriculum and the folk who design curriculum…politicians and consultants and reformers who demand that every kid go to college.

    You criticize public education but so long as we have a policy that any kid who shows up at the front door gets the best available “free and appropriate” education then you will continue to get the same results. I taught in Las Vegas where two years ago we had three high schools placed under “turnaround” status…new admin, at least 50% new teachers, etc. Each school got [approx] and extra $1 million per year for three years and had the opportunity to impose rules to expel the behavior problems, the bangers, the dopers, etc. After a year there was marked improvement…ya think that the extra money and tightened requirements helped. Our school lost ground in terms of disciplinary problems and proficiency performance. Guess where the rejects ended up as we were only a mile down the road from a turnaround school.

    Your continued criticism of public education reflects the intellectual snobbery that goes with privilege. You offer no remedies save bumper sticker logic and the bigotry of low expectations.

  7. 18

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Very interesting, BNSF is now admitting that their could be a problem with the slide danger north of Seattle. Part of it, they say, is drainage pipes that property owners installed, possibly illegally, that May be leaking.

    http://www.king5.com/news/citi.....18342.html

    These slides are not just canceling passenger and commuter rail service, but also slowing down freight trains. BNSF could also be getting worried that this could affect the EIS process for the coaltraintermina they want.

  8. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Federal regulators are poised to allow 14 banks to settle mortgage abuse claims for a measly $10 billion — less than $1 billion per bank.

    A consent order in April 2011 required banks to hire independent consultants to review 4 million mortgage files “to spot illegal fees, bungled loan modifications, and instances where borrowers lost their homes even though they were current on their payments.” But reviews of 323,000 files turned up “no meaningful instances” of banks seizing homes of borrowers current on their payments.

    Consumer advocates complained about the review process because the banks selected and paid the “independent” consultants.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100357141

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Betcha none of the bankers will go to jail, either.

  9. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Here’s an item that will tweak the interest of warbird aficionados. According to Wikipedia, there are 47 airworthy British Spitfires in the world, including 1 in Seattle and 1 in Everett. In addition, there are 60 brand-spanking-new, never-flown, unassembled Spitfires in their original crates buried in Burma. No telling what shape they’re in after 67 years underground, but the change of government in Mynmar (Burma) has made it possible to dig them up. Now someone’s going to do that. If they’re flyable, they’re each worth several million dollars.

    http://science.nbcnews.com/_ne.....lanes?lite

  10. 23

    ArtFart spews:

    @21 Sounds like the mythos that persisted for decades around here about there being several hundred Harley knuckleheads that were ordered by the military and left crated in a warehouse on Pier 91.

  11. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 According to the NBC article, they know where they are. The unanswered question is whether they’ve corroded to dust.

  12. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Movie Review: Chasing Ice

    Mrs. Rabbit and I saw this movie today at the Crest on 5th NE. Tickets $3. Movies like this prove climate deniers like Bill O’Liely, Rush Flim Flam, and Oklahoma’s swinish senator and oil/gas bootlicker James Inhofe, are liars. Trouble is, the people who need to see this movie don’t go; it’s merely preaching to the choir.

    http://www.chasingice.com/

  13. 26

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Roger Rabitt@24,that is the big question. I remember seeing photos in a book of either Hurricanes or Spitfires on a flightline in a tropical or desert(Forget which one) climate, and they had some kind of filter on the engine air intake to keep out stuff that could foul the engine. Probably the elements have taken their toll, it is not like they were buried in the Greenland Ice, unlike the P-38 “Glacier Girl” of the Lost Squadron.

    http://p38assn.org/glacier-girl.htm

  14. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 I’d expect the wood shipping crates to have completely rotted away in the tropical soil, and the engine blocks have rusted out, but the airframes and wings were made of a highly corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy so they may have survived in halfway decent shape.

  15. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Every month, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority … penalizes more than 100 brokers for various actions, including unauthorized trading and fraudulent activities …. ‘Theft, Ponzi schemes and other financial scams continue to happen at an alarming rate,’ said Thomas Ajamie, a plaintiff’s lawyer …. ”

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100357538

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This is the agency Republicans bitterly opposed and tried to eviscerate. They must be in favor of fraud.

  16. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Factoid: The B-29 bomber program cost more than the Manhattan Project ($4 billion vs. $3 billion).