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Yesterday, the president spoke at the University of Miami and basically defended a balanced approach to solving our energy crisis. He was 100% correct in pointing out that simply drilling here, there and everywhere is not an answer to our problems. Instead we need to invest in developing all forms of alternative energy. Some progressives had a problem with the fact that he did include nuclear power in the discussion. Personally, I think we need to back away from nuclear power. I believe that we must actually have a solution as to how we’re going to get rid of the nuclear waste. Simply burying it in a big hole is fine for Wiley E. Coyote, but it’s not a real energy plan.

Sometimes, I find humor in these debates. The fact that Ron Paul continues to let himself be treated as the crusty old grandfather who really has nothing meaningful to say in the debate I find amusing. I also find it funny that it surprises people that Newt Gingrich says something outrageous and attacks the media. Not only is it not surprising, it should be expected. The stupidity of Newt Gingrich’s infanticide comments cannot be overemphasized.

Every now and then, you know it must suck to be the president. You are responsible for so much and yet so much is out of your control. Recently, we had another burning of the Koran in Afghanistan. How does this happen? We know exactly what the response will be – angry mobs which will turn violent. In my humble opinion, there is simply no excuse for us to be burning Bibles, the Torah or the Koran. The fact that Newt Gingrich is outraged that we apologized for this ridiculous act of thoughtlessness should not surprise anyone.

Sears is dying. It has been on life support for some time. I’m not sure that smart commercials are going to save it.

GOP is losing women voters. Dems seem to be winning.

Several lawmakers received threatening letters containing white powder. This should remind all of us that, in spite of spending billions of dollars on security, we still really are not safe. By the way, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert received the envelopes, also.

A 10,000 year old carving was found in Brazil. It is thought to be the oldest human carving in America.

The Department of Homeland Security has been tracking Americans on social media, despite having told Congress they weren’t really doing that.

Representative John Sullivan (Republican – Oklahoma) formally apologized on Thursday after he was said that he would need to kill members of the Senate in order to pass the Republican budget. An apology is all that is needed? Now everything’s okay?

By the way, did you noticed in Obama’s speech that he pointed out that the United States is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years? Where is the harsh and vicious retort from Republicans? Where are the accusations that president Obama is a liar and a communist? Crickets.

What’s on your mind?

By |2012-02-24T08:48:39-04:00February 24th, 2012|Afghanistan, House of Representatives, Media, Party Politics, Terrorism|Comments Off on Friday Morning News Roundup

The Errington Thompson Show 8-8-09

This is a barrel of fun and information.  Enjoy!

There’s been a lot of craziness in the news this week and I can think of nobody better to unravel the craziness than Bill Scher from Liberal Oasis and Campaign for America’s Future. Bill is correct to point out we could have no better adversary. We can either have somebody intelligently discussing the conservative approach to health care reform or these angry mobs screaming at our congressmen. Once the press began to focus on the mobs Liberals clearly appeared to be rational and thoughtful. Also, the press suggested, at the beginning of the week that these mobs were speaking for middle America. By the end of the week, it was clear that they were speaking for the far right.

Let’s slow down. Bill points out that this is a disingenuous argument by the right wing. He points out that nobody from that Right is saying slow down. I have a really good idea.

By the end of a week, Sonia Sotomayor joins the Supreme Court as the 111th Supreme Court justice in the history of the United States. Barack Obama gets Cash for Clunkers through Congress. President Bill Clinton goes to Pyongyang and brings back the two journalists that were imprisoned from Current TV. It’s an excellent example of how conservatives will never except that Democrats can do anything well. There is no quid pro quo. Bill Scher is great as usual.

I speak with Heidi Shierholz from the Economic Policy Institute.  We discussed the “better” economic numbers. It’s hard to celebrate the loss of 247,000 jobs but that’s a lot less than over 700,000 jobs that we saw earlier in the year.  It is not time to do a happy dance but if you were on the ledge getting ready to jump, you can come back inside.

By |2012-05-07T14:46:51-04:00August 23rd, 2009|Economy, Healthcare, North Korea, Podcasts|Comments Off on The Errington Thompson Show 8-8-09
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