Rhyme of the Day

Sep
27

"Hoover blew the whistle,
Mellon rang the bell.
Wall Street gave the signal
And the country went to hell.

-- Hooray for Roosevelt!"

[h/t Charles Pierce]

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NPR: Citizens United is Good for Unions Too!

Sep
26

Actually the segment on NPR's All Things Considered was titled, 'Citizen's United Ruling Benefits Union Campaigners'.

It was about as close to propaganda as NPR can get. The very notion that Unions, in decline for the past 30 years and who represent maybe 8% of workers in the private sector and a bit more in government -- that Unions can come even close to matching what Corporate America is putting together is disingenuous to say the least.

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Campaign of Non-specifics

Sep
23

Andres Oppenheimer catches Romney promoting his signature agenda at the Univision forum in Miami:

Time and again, Romney responded with a promise to find a "permanent solution" to the immigration problem.

Problem is, he didn’t offer specifics, which amounts to offering a non-solution.

h/t dk

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GOP Foxes in the Hen House of Social Security and Medicare

Sep
22

I love how Republican candidates are running around the country presenting themselves as the true protectors of Social Security and Medicare. GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan just did it at an AARP confab where he claimed yet again that Obama wants to gut Medicare by $716 billion.

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Citizen Action IL Annual Dinner

Sep
16

Attended the annual Citizen Action IL Dinner. Jesse Jackson Sr. was the honoree.

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Nice Guys != Nice Laws

Sep
01

PBS NewsHour commentator, Mark Shields, had an extremely insightful reaction to Mitt Romney's display of "kindness and generosity" during his acceptance speech in Tampa:

The one question that was raised -- and it is a legitimate one -- is that he was -- is enormously kind to people he can see in acts of personal kindness and generosity of time. But policies affect all kinds of people you don't see, millions of people that he will never come in contact with.

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Hashtag Beats out URL in Romney Signs : Moment in History or for Insiders Only?

Aug
29

Probably more of a comment on me than anything else... But when I saw the flurry of "Mitt" signs at the Republican Convention in Tampa, the first thing I noticed was the use of a hash-tag, in this case, "#ROMNEYRYAN2012".

What? No URL? Is that 'sposed to be 'ole school now? On the other hand, maybe they're only trying to communicate with the insider regulars on Twitter -- and figure no one else is paying attention?

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2 Investigators: Food Cart Dangers

Aug
20

Alderman Foodtruck had a dream:

At the end of last year, I wrote a three-item wish list of things I’d like to see in 2010. My first wish: to see food trucks operating on the streets of Chicago.

Reporters from WBBM go out and have a look:

There's absolutely no city regulation or inspection of food carts in Chicago. So is it safe to eat from these carts?

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Fruits of Austerity

Aug
19

I watched both parts of the extremely compelling documentary, "Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler" [h/t Yves Smith]

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Who I'd Choose for Romney's Running Mate: Rubio

Aug
08

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If you think, like I do, that Florida will play an important role in who wins the presidential election in November, then wouldn't it make sense for Romney to nominate Florida's own, Marco Rubio?

I always thought one of the big mistakes of Al Gore in 2000 was to pick Lieberman (Conn.) over then Senator Bob Graham of Florida. With Graham on the ticket, Gore might have won a few more votes in Florida, making his victory all the more indisputable.

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