Monthly Archives: June 2009

American Psycho Sanford trumpets tea parties: “tipping point of American psyche.”

whackyOn Fox News SC Gov. Mark Sanford endorsed the radical, astroturfed “tea parties”, calling them a “tipping point of American psyche.” Here’s a guy who ought to know about psyche tipping points

The unspooling of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford continued unabated today, as South Carolina’s embattled and increasingly erratic chief executive painted himself into a corner with additional admissions that contradicted previous confessions about his affair with Argentine lover Maria Belen Chapur – and cast a wider net of women he has engaged in inappropriate conduct with.

Specifically, the governor admitted that he had “crossed lines” with other women, but did not name those women and did not elaborate on what he meant by that, other than to say Chapur was the only woman with whom he had crossed “the ultimate line.”

Sanford’s confessions also netted him an investigation by S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, who seized on inconsistencies in the governor’s statements as a basis for requesting a criminal probe.

Aside from the legal nuts and bolts of the implosion, the galling inadvisability of the governor’s comments has Palmetto political observers – and national observers – wondering if the governor has the mental fitness to remain in office.

Among the head-scratching offerings, Sanford told the Associated Press that Chapur was his soul mate but that he was trying to fall back in love with his wife..

oh, yes….American Psycho.

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“PEACE officer”? Cops stage raid on political party in San Diego.

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oh, the sarcasm.
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Cops stage raid on political party in San Diego. Helicopter, pepper spray…yeah those 60 year old lesbians are really pretty dangerous, especially with their backs turned. Maybe we’ll find out how this cop managed to come on the property without a warrant. Calling him a ‘peace” officer is a joke. According to his facebook page he’s a fan of “Mafia Wars” game. I guess he’s acting out his fantasies.

Lesbians often act like the Mafia

Lesbians often act like the Mafia

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Waxman-Markey Strips EPA of Clean Air Act Authority to Fight Global Warmingcl

Tell me this is a joke....

Tell me this is a joke....


This bill is a joke; largely written by lobbyists, it will do essentially nothing to reduce coal burning…and, it removes the EPA’s recently won authority to regulate CO2 emissions. We’d be better off with nothing. link

Specifically, the Waxman-Markey bill prohibits any greenhouse gas, including CO2, from being listed as a “criteria pollutant”2 or a “hazardous air pollutant”3 on the basis of its effect on climate change. The bill does not permit greenhouse gases to trigger New Source Review,4 nor affect the granting of a permit to operate under Title V5 of the Clean Air Act.

The EPA is further prohibited from regulating greenhouse gas emissions as international air pollutants6 or setting technology-based standards for any capped sources7. What all of this language means is that if the Waxman-Markey bill passes, the EPA’s hands will be tied and it will not effectively be able to use the Clean Air Act to reduce global warming pollution.
Consequences of Elimination of EPA Authority

This policy choice to strip the EPA of authority to reduce greenhouse gas pollution has a number of negative implications; foremost among them is that, as currently constituted, the Waxman-Markey bill is likely to undermine investment in technology development. First, it undermines the certainty of regulation associated with the Clean Air Act, which has been a significant technology driver in the past. Second, it allows use of offsets until approximately 2030, putting off any need for immediate investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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How health insurance companies cancel your coverage

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While here in the United States, we let insurance companies not only get in between our doctors and patients but actually block them ever seeing one another. This week we heard testimony in a Congressional committee that the insurance companies our President and Congress want so desperately to protect have no intention of stopping the practice of policy rescissions.

Rescissions happen when you get sick, file an insurance claim and then the insurance company searches your records to find reasons they would have denied you coverage before your illness and then retroactively drops your coverage. And their favorite targets? The committee found, according to the Los Angeles Times, “WellPoint’s Blue Cross targeted individuals with more than 1,400 conditions, including breast cancer, lymphoma, pregnancy and high blood pressure.” Ugly stuff. And talk about getting between you and your doctor…

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You want poo sauce on that steak?

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Your industrial food complex once again distributes free extras with its products.

A Colorado meat company is expanding a recall of beef due to possible contamination by E.coli O157:H7 bacteria after an investigation found 18 illnesses may be linked to the meat, the company and the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Sunday.

Greeley, Colorado-based JBS-Swift Beef Co is voluntarily expanding its June 24 recall to include about 380,000 lbs of assorted beef products, for a total recall of about 421,000 lbs, USDA and the company said.

The affected beef was produced on April 21 and was distributed nationally and internationally.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sunday that all the beef products were produced April 21 and are in boxes bearing “EST. 969,” a package date of “042109” and a time stamp ranging from “0618” to “1130.”

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Before press conference, SC newspaper told Sanford they had him nailed.

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Mark Sanford doesn’t deserve credit for coming clean on his own, according to new details published by the Columbia SC State. That newspaper not only met Gov. Mark Sanford at the Atlanta airport, but also, before Sanford’s presser that afternoon, repeatedly notified him that they had the incriminating emails and would ask him about Maria at the press conference; further, a Columbia political website had broken the news. In addition, in the meantime, McClatchy reporters had located and spoken to his mistress in Argentina. The press conference was delayed, and Sanford finally appeared and essentially only admitted the details of what the newspapers already knew. Even at that, he still dodged the fact that he and his wife were separated.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, [State reporter] Smith went to the airport. Shortly after 6 a.m., she met a surprised Sanford. Smith was the only media member there.

Sanford said he had just arrived from Argentina. He also said he had not been on the Appalachian Trail.

When asked who he had been with in Argentina, the governor cut off the interview.

By 7:30 a.m., thestate.com had broken the news that Sanford had not been on the Appalachian Trail, but in Argentina.

In their morning meeting, State editors decided to immediately inform the governor and his inner circle about the e-mails. .

A reporter called a Sanford staffer, saying the paper had e-mails that outlined an affair between the governor and Maria. Unless Sanford would address the issue privately, The State would have no choice but to ask him — with TV crews filming — if he knew Maria at his press conference that afternoon.

The names of two other women tumbled into the newsroom.

Fearful Sanford’s staffers did not get it — that the paper would ask publicly what Sanford’s relationship was with Maria — a State editor called Davis, Sanford’s former chief of staff.

Davis, a Beaufort lawyer, recently had been elected to the state Senate. When called, he quickly said he no longer worked for Sanford.

The editor said he knew that but wanted to talk with Davis. Sanford had landed from Argentina, and the paper had e-mails about an affair with a woman in Argentina.

The editor told Davis why he thought the e-mails were genuine. They mentioned Coosaw, the Sanford plantation, and Sanford’s love of digging holes; they quoted Bible verses and contained details about Sanford’s known schedule.

And more names of women were coming in over the transom. The total was at three and counting.

“Women?!” Davis responded, sounding incredulous. “Women?!”

The editor repeated that the paper would ask Sanford publicly about Maria with TV cameras running. Jenny Sanford and the couple’s four sons should be spared that image, and it was up to Davis to ensure Sanford’s staffers “got it.”

Davis, who said he was in Beaufort, promised to call Sanford’s staff and call back.

When he called back, Davis said he was driving to Columbia.

Within minutes, a Columbia Web site operated by former Sanford staffer Folks, which regularly promotes Sanford’s agenda and Davis’ political prospects, was reporting The State had e-mails about a Sanford affair.

Meanwhile, an editor in the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers, which owns The State, volunteered to arrange for a freelance journalist in Argentina to go to Maria’s Buenos Aires address, contained in the e-mails.

A woman there initially said she was Maria, but then said Maria was not there when the freelancer said she was a reporter.

Sanford’s press conference was scheduled to start at 2 p.m. It was delayed until 2:30.

NY Times:

QUESTION: Are you separated from the first lady?

SANFORD: I — I don’t know how you want to define that. I mean, I’m here and she’s there. I guess in a formal sense we’re not, but you know, what we’re — what we’re trying to do is work through something that, you know, we’ve been working through for a number of months now.

Jenny Sanford, in the Washington Post:

Jenny Sanford, 46, a former Wall Street executive whose grandfather founded a power-saw manufacturing company, did not appear at the news conference and issued a statement saying that she and her husband had agreed to a “trial separation” with the goal of “ultimately strengthening our marriage.”
“We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong,” she said. “I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago. During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us.”

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General Electric CEO: Business needs health care reform

per ThinkProgress:

last night, Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric, appeared on Charlie Rose and said that businesses [and the Chamber of Commerce] spending money to obstruct legislation like this is “just lunacy“:

[partial transcript] From a business standpoint, the notion that businesses are going to put a bunch of money in ads to protect the status quo is just lunacy. It’s just not what we should be doing right now. Like I said, when I think about health care in a GE context, we’re going to win some, we’re going to lose some on health care. But I think it would be totally inappropriate for GE to be saying we don’t need health care reform right now. We do.

As I have said before,
1) Businesses have no business providing healthcare to their employees
2) The only people who are happy with their health insurance are either government workers/retirees or those who have never had cancer or a transplant.
3) Doctors hate the present system of HMO’s and PPOs and uninsured patients
4) Medical insurance companies put most of their efforts into selling people things that are worth less than the customer thinks and then avoiding payouts.
5) Most bankruptcies are from medical costs, and most of these folks had health insurance.

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