Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Big Dan's Big News June 1, 2009

Anyone who thinks Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat idiot, is "OK" in my book!

MN SUPREMES: FRANKEN WON U.S. SENATE RACE; UPDATE: IT'S OVER, COLEMAN CONCEDES! Former Republican Senator's appeal unanimously rejected by state's high court; Franken 'entitled' to certification

Video 1 - Franken victory speech
Video 2 - Rightwing media agony of defeat

Rightwingster Steven Colbert: Coleman was forced to cave in to "Big Democracy"

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Al Franken Finally Declared Senator
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorJeff Goldblum

OK, Gov Sanford better shut up, because he keeps getting in more and more trouble, the more and more he "apologizes" for his infidelity. Now he's admitted to more mistress meetings and more women. How long is his "apology/foot in mouth tour" going to go on? How can he be this stupid? This guy was the big GOP 2012 presidential hopeful? And will he keep admitting to more trysts? What the...???

Media Matters on coverage of Republican affairs vs. Democrat affairs: "Nobody who was paying attention in 1998 can plausibly claim that the media give Democrats a pass. The feeding frenzy set off by the Lewinsky story that January is simply unmatched in history. It was the dominant topic in newspapers, on evening news broadcasts, and on cable news every day for a year. Nothing has come close to the sustained level of wall-to-wall media coverage the Lewinksy story was given. Not the three presidential elections that have happened since, not the war in Iraq -- nothing. Media coverage of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the 2000 recount arguably came close to that of Lewinsky in terms of intensity, but for a much shorter period of time.

On Day 2 of the Lewinsky story, The Washington Post and The New York Times combined to run 19 articles (five on their front pages) about the affair. The articles totaled more than 20,000 words and involved the work of 28 reporters who were given bylines or named as contributors. A month later, the papers combined for 12 articles, columns, and editorials, involving 17 reporters and columnists, as well as both editorial boards. At one point in 1998, Brent Bozell of the right-wing Media Research Center whined that the media had "stopped" covering the story. At the time, there were 500 news reports a day about the Lewinsky matter. Five hundred stories a day -- on a typical day -- and conservatives were complaining about a decrease in coverage."

In the wake of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's admission of an affair with an Argentine woman, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski's claim of a double standard in which the media make a bigger deal out of the affairs of Republican politicians than Democrats is pure bunk and cannot be allowed to go undisputed.

Colbert: Gov Sanford does something interesting

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Mark Sanford Does Something Interesting
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorJeff Goldblum

...some financial news...

Delinquencies Double on Least-Risky Loans

Consumers are not saving, they are paying down debt in a furious attempt to avoid defaulting on nearly $1 trillion in outstanding credit card balances that have gone from 11% interest to 29.6% along with OptionARMs that are experiencing a tripling of payments while the home's value is underwater and precludes refinance, all while consumers are being laid off by the hundreds of thousands monthly.

Talking Pennsylvanian (with NEPA subset)

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