- Fox News employee and former half-term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is now defending BP's interests over those of Gulf residents. She, like many Republicans and conservatives, is comparing President Obama to Hitler for siding with the people over BP. On her twitter account, she urged her sheep-like followers to read an article by Thomas Sowell which argues that asking BP to pay for the damage it has caused in the Gulf is akin to Nazi-ism. That woman is both shameless and clueless.
- Continuing with Palin, she was finally called to account for setting up an illegal slush fund while still Governor of Alaska. An independent counsel in Alaska determined that her "legal defense fund" was illegal, and that the way it was set up, Palin could have used the money for anything she wanted. "The more than $360,000 in donations collected while she was governor, the settlement said, could have been used for reduction of 'private debts, payment of private income taxes and, theoretically at least, are subject to demand for any purpose. Thus the Trust itself contemplates personal gain and financial benefit' to the governor in violation of the Alaska Ethics Act. Palin claims she will return nearly $400K." Palin's rabid and nutty supporters have called the ruling a "witch hunt" and have started another legal defense fund for her. My question to Ms. Palin, why can't you just follow the law? Also, Palin is now a millionaire many times over. Why does she refuse to pay any of her own bills? She's the one who violated the ethics laws, yet she seems to feel that it is the obligation of others to pay her bills. Anyone else find this troubling?
- My Senator, Ben Nelson (D-NE), is easily among the worst members of Congress. He is, without a doubt, a DINO. He joined the Republicans to filibuster an extension of jobless benefits. Yeah, Ben, cut off people's benefits in the midst of the worst economy in 70 years (an economy that you helped to create by voting for Bush's tax cuts for millionaires and the two wars he started). Whose side are you on, Mr. Nelson?
- Things are not looking so good for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her once sky high poll numbers are plummeting, and her attacks on President Obama are damaging her domestically. "The French are irritated by the Germans’ reluctance to save the euro. And Barack Obama is criticizing her cost-cutting as the wrong move in an economically difficult time. Normally, Obama's criticism would mobilize Germans and cause them to rally around their chancellor. But not this time. Again, Merkel gets the worst of both worlds: trouble at home and abroad. It was much easier for Merkel under George W. Bush, who was very much disliked in Germany."
- Teabagging hero Marco Rubio, who is running for the Senate in Florida as a Republican, has flip-flopped on his promise to repeal health care reform. He said that he would like to keep the ban on denial of pre-existing conditions, but scrap all the rest. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo says, "Rubio's position is something like saying on the fancy dinner out, I'm in favor of the food, but not the check. I mean, who isn't?"
- It seems Republicans in Tennessee are having a tough time understanding the First Amendment. You know, the parts about freedom of religion. GOP House candidate Lou Ann Zelenik is publicly opposed to allowing Muslims to build a community center in her district. Her opposition is strictly on religious grounds. Her statement on the matter is one of the most bigoted statements I have ever heard from someone running for office, "Until the American Muslim community find it in their hearts to separate themselves from their evil, radical counterparts, to condemn those who want to destroy our civilization and will fight against them, we are not obligated to open our society to any of them." So, now, according to Lou Ann Zelenik, all Muslims are terrorists and supporters of terrorism. It's a fucking community center, Ms. Zelenik! Only a religious bigot would find harm in something like this. She should be ashamed.
- The Rolling Stone reporter who wrote the piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal that ultimately got him fired, says the troops in Afghanistan are glad he is gone. In an interview conducted by Huffington Post while still embedded with the troops, Michael Hastings said, "Over here, soldiers were happy that he got fired. I've had a number of people come up to me, I got an email from a Marine this morning [Thursday]: 'Hey man, you did great work. All the guys in my company think it's good McChrystal is not there because he was putting or lives at risk."
Have a great weekend.