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House protects public broadcasting funding

House protects public broadcasting funding

Photo: KimTheWolf From CNN: The House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly rejected President Bush's plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The 357-72 vote demonstrated the enduring political strength of public broadcasting. The outcome was never in doubt, unlike a fight two years ago when Republicans tried but failed(…)

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Gallery show for North Korea’s propaganda

Gallery show for North Korea’s propaganda

Link to gallery, scroll down to 'Multimedia' link. The slogans are are even better than the art: “Let's take revenge a thousand times on the US imperialist wolves!” “Our missile programme is a guarantee for world peace and security.” 'Let's all become perfect swimmers" — this one had me scratching my head a little bit.(…)

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Clever Stabilo print ad

Clever Stabilo print ad

Headline: Everyone Makes Mistakes Advertising Agency: Grey Hong Kong Executive Creative Director: Keith Ho Creative Director: Paul Chan Art Director: V Lau Copywriters: Paul Chan, Kennex Ma via The Creative Blog

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William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

From Gawker: Columnist and presidential speechwriter Bill Safire was one of only three non-disloyal Jews President Nixon could name. Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon! It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had(…)

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Obama on Letterman addressing the “lipstick on a pig” comment.

Obama on Letterman addressing the “lipstick on a pig” comment.

"Technically, had I meant it [the way the McCain campaign spun it], she would be the lipstick, the failed policies of McCain would be the pig." This clip shows Obama's statement in context and McCain referring a Hillary Clinton policy, using the same expression.

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San Francisco’s annual St Stupid’s Day Parade

San Francisco’s annual St Stupid’s Day Parade

cortesy of Laughing Squid   cortesy of Laughing Squid   cortesy of Laughing Squid   cortesy of Michael Bolger

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The Great Iraq Swindle

The Great Iraq Swindle

From Rolling Stone Magazine:  How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins — he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq. You(…)

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Homeland Security chief warns of ‘increased risk’
(feels it in his gut even!)

Homeland Security chief warns of ‘increased risk’ <br>(feels it in his gut even!)

photo: KuriousEye  or is it fearmongering? From article:  Fearing complacency among the American people over possible terror threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in Chicago Tuesday that the nation faces a heightened chance of an attack this summer. "I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk," Chertoff told the(…)

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“…by the power of our example, rather than the example of our power…”

—Bill Clinton, DNC Speech, Denver, Colorado. 8.27.08

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European Farmers’ Anger Spills Into the Streets of Brussels — view the picture…

European Farmers’ Anger Spills Into the Streets of Brussels — view the picture…

From NYTimes: BRUSSELS — After months of complaints by European dairy farmers angry over low prices, protesters in Brussels on Monday poured milk onto the streets, hurled eggs and other missiles, and started fires that filled the air with black smoke.

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Pot dealers are now terrorists…

Pot dealers are now terrorists…

Photo: Courtesy of the Operation Alesia Joint Information Center From news article:  California — The nation's top anti-drug official said people need to overcome their "reefer blindness" and see that illicit marijuana gardens are a terrorist threat to the public's health and safety, as well as to the environment. John P. Walters, President Bush's drug(…)

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Secret Service Codenames

I like that Ted Kennedy is 'Sunburn'! Secret Service codenames are a throwback to the period before electronic transmissions were encrypted. Although they serve no practical security function today, the US Army Signal Corps still assigns codenames (mostly out of tradition). John Anderson Miracle, Starburst, Stardust   Keke Anderson Scarlet   Howard Baker Snapshot  (…)

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

From Sky News: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after the first election there in two decades, officials say. The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country’s last poll in 1990. Unnamed sources told the AFP news(…)

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On the same day the BBC reports that $8.7bn is unaccounted for in Iraq, the house passes an emergency $59bn for Afghanistan. What could possibly go wrong?

On the same day the BBC reports that $8.7bn is unaccounted for in Iraq, the house passes an emergency $59bn for Afghanistan. What could possibly go wrong?

Link to BBC article. Link to CNN’s report.

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