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Comment by Chris on November 2, 2011 at 1:53am

Don't we all know that Greenland was never green.It was a marketing campaign.

Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 8:45pm

The right’s preoccupation with Greenland

In 2009, then-RNC Chairman Michael Steele was trying to argue that global warming isn’t true. As evidence, he said, “Greenland, which is covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right?”

In 2010, Sen. Ron Johnson, the strikingly dimwitted Republican from Wisconsin, also tried to make the case against climate change. After blaming higher temperatures on sunspots — a claim that still doesn’t make sense — Johnson added, “There’s a reason Greenland was called Greenland. It was actually green at one point in time. And it’s been, since, it’s a whole lot whiter now.”

The preoccupation with Greenland continues in 2011.

It snowed in New York this weekend, which can only mean one thing for many conservatives: Global warming is a hoax. Appearing on Fox Business on Friday night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) agreed with host Eric Bolling’s assessment that scientists are getting “dumber,” saying, “We’re not as warm as it was when Greenland was really green.” He added, “I think it was the 1930s was the hottest year on record.”

 

First, the warmest year on record was 2010.

Second, even Koch-financed climate science shows that global warming is real.

And third, will the right please get over this Greenland preoccupation? The place got its name from Erik the Red to make it sound more enticing to potential settlers.

We’re talking about a global climate crisis. The Republican inability to debate above a third-grade level strongly suggests we’re doomed.

 

Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 8:42pm
November 1, 2011, 5:00 PM

Michael Bloomberg, Ignoramus

Via David Dayen, the favored candidate of those who believe we need a smart centrist to solve our nation’s problems reveals himself to be completely ignorant about the causes of our economic crisis, someone who just swallows right-wing propaganda whole:

“I hear your complaints,” Bloomberg said. “Some of them are totally unfounded. It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis. It was, plain and simple, Congress who forced everybody to go and give mortgages to people who were on the cusp. Now, I’m not saying I’m sure that was terrible policy, because a lot of those people who got homes still have them and they wouldn’t have gotten them without that.

“But they were the ones who pushed Fannie and Freddie to make a bunch of loans that were imprudent, if you will. They were the ones that pushed the banks to loan to everybody. And now we want to go vilify the banks because it’s one target, it’s easy to blame them and congress certainly isn’t going to blame themselves.

You can read lots about how wrong this is; Mike Konczal has done it at great length, for example here. The fact is that for any public figure to go with the Congress-did-it argument at this stage is for him to reveal both that he is grossly ignorant about the central policy issue of the day and that he gets his “analysis” from right-wing flacks.

Some centrist hero.

 

Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 5:35pm

Walter White Whine of the Day

Walter White Whine of the Day: #OccupyAMC.

[maysixteenth / cubicmetaphysics / motherjones.]

 

Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 4:36pm

Buy Chicken as Chick Fil A and support praying away the gay

 

Chick-Fil-A Donated Nearly $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2009

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Earlier this year, Chick-fil-A became embroiled in a controversy surrounding its donations to anti-gay groups. Though Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy denied having an “agenda against anyone,” an Equality Matters investigation discovered that Chick-fil-A donated more than $1 million to anti-gay causes between 2003 and 2008. Now, new IRS 990 forms reveal that the company donated nearly two million dollars to anti-gay groups in 2009 alone, the most recent year for which public records are available.

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Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 12:54pm

"A Foundering Naif"

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There's one other facet of George Will's eruption of dyspepsia at Mitt Romney on Sunday that's worth noting. Conor is right that it was a nihilist column, with no real endorsement of anyone else. But what I also notice was the initial credentializing Obama attack:

Obama, a floundering naif who thinks ATMs aggravate unemployment, is bewildered by a national tragedy of shattered dreams, decaying workforce skills and forgone wealth creation.

Let's first note what this "floundering naif" has handled since arriving in the Oval Office: the worst recession since the 1930s, a mass revolt in the Arab world, a nuclear threat from Iran, two wars we had lost or were losing, a debt that, even if he had done nothing, would have been record-breaking, a global and domestic economy in the midst of tectonic changes. Let's assume the worst: that the stimulus only stopped the bleeding; that our influence in the Arab world had been decimated and he has not been able to turn it around, that healthcare and financial reform were too compromised by Congressional cooptation of them, that he has dropped the ball on tax reform.

I think you can make all sorts of legitimate criticisms, but none of them make Obama a "floundering naif". Compared with Bush on 9/11? Compared with Clinton's first chaotic two years? A man with Clinton, Gates, Panetta and Petraeus on his team? And note Will's only evidence for this is that Obama "thinks ATMs aggravate unemployment". But when you look up the source of that, you find Obama was only using an example of how technology and automation is indeed wiping out whole sectors of employment with dizzying speed. Does Will think that automatic banking at ATMs or online has created employment? Does he have a proposal for tackling mass unemployment at a time of technological acceleration that is wiping out job after job?

I'm still waiting for a truly interesting or cogent critique of what Obama has done wrong from the right. A critique that intelligently cites the historical context in which this poor fucker is working. Here is the "floundering naif"'s Inaugural address:

Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time...

With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.

Naif? Really? He never saw this coming?

 

Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 11:16am

Mini Madoff

It’s been a rough couple of years for Jon Corzine, and it looks like things are about to get worse:

 

Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the brokerage firm, which is run by Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor, several people briefed on the matter said on Monday.

 

The recognition that money was missing scuttled at the 11th hour an agreement to sell a major part of MF Global to a rival brokerage firm. MF Global had staked its survival on completing the deal. Instead, the New York-based firm filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

Regulators are examining whether MF Global diverted some customer funds to support its own trades as the firm teetered on the brink of collapse.

 

As of right now, it looks to me that Corzine, another Goldman wonderboy, thought he was invulnerable:

 

Now, the inquiry threatens to tarnish further the reputation of Mr. Corzine, the former Goldman Sachs executive who had sought to revive his Wall Street career last year just a few months after being defeated for re-election as New Jersey’s governor.

 

When he arrived at MF Global — after more than a decade in politics, including serving as a Democratic United States senator from New Jersey — Mr. Corzine sought to bolster profits by increasing the number of bets the firm made using its own capital. It was a strategy born of his own experience at Goldman, where he rose through the ranks by building out the investment bank’s formidable United States government bond trading arm.

One of his hallmark traits, according to the 1999 book “Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success,” by Lisa Endlich, was his willingness to tolerate losses if the theory behind the trades was well thought out.

 

So far, this reads to me like every out of control gambler in every two bit casino in the country- the losses are mounting, and instead of walking away from the table, going home and telling the wife that you spent the rent check, you mortgage the house and raid the kid’s college fund and double down because, as we all know, if these bets hit you will be in the clear! Be nice if my suspicions are wrong, but I really doubt it. That’s the mentality of these guys. They aren’t shrewd businessmen, they are reckless gamblers.

 

Comment by Doone on November 1, 2011 at 10:48am

What a thing to brag about 

 

Perry: I'm Bad At This Language Thing

Perry's new ad, which is running in Iowa, treats his linguistic failings as a virtue:

Will Wilkinson isn't reassured:

Not to be overly pedantic, but talking is a kind of doing. Indeed, talking is primarily how one gets things done in politics. How does Mr Perry convey that he is a doer, and not a talker? By talking. What else is there? Interpretative dance? A presidential candidate unable to best a foe in a public exchange, or to communicate his position on a complex issue when the heat is on, is about as useful as a one-legged fullback.

Comment by Adriana on November 1, 2011 at 9:27am

@Curly, yes, those signs are absolutely appalling...

Comment by Neal on November 1, 2011 at 9:20am

@Curly: Those signs are disgusting. =(

 
 
 

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