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There seems to be some ATF fallout from a operation called Fast and Furious. I’m still not sure of all the details but the US attorney in Phoenix has resigned and the ATF director has been reassigned. There’s something fishy here.

There’s a nice article in the New York Times about how this recovery missed Main Street. I would add that the problem with our economy is that the last 10-15 years of economic growth have been largely been based on credit and the availability of credit. To quote that old Smith Barney commercial, we have to start making money the old-fashioned way – we have to earn it. America is slowly switching over from a credit-based society back to a cash-based society. This is going to take some time. In spite of this, I will stand up and say again that we need jobs and we need jobs NOW.

On Sunday, Colin Powell was on Face the Nation. In a very nice and diplomatic way he told former Vice President Dick Cheney to stuff it.

There have been several occasions in which Ron Paul has stepped out on the limb only to have the limb break and fall off. As everyone knows Ron Paul is an antigovernment crusader. In the wake of the terrible disaster which struck the East Coast and New England, Ron Paul thought it was wise to highlight that there is simply too much dependency on FEMA and the federal government.

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Once again, the mainstream media almost missed the story. On Sunday you could feel the mainstream media almost start to cry that Hurricane Irene was not more powerful and more destructive. They wanted to see devastation and suffering. On Sunday and Monday we began to see stories about how New York City was saved. Then, late Monday we began seeing stories of flooding in Connecticut. This was followed by more stories about devastating flooding in Vermont. This was followed by more stories of millions of people without power. All of a sudden, the mainstream media had the disaster that they were looking for. Although it would be easy for me to bash the mainstream media, I would like to focus on the millions of people who need help. This is a time when we need to quit bickering and help our fellow Americans. We need to pretend, at least for a while, that we paid attention in church/synagogue/temple. Currently the death toll sits at 43. Several cities in Vermont are completely cut off from surrounding communities because roads and bridges have washed away. It’s time for us to help these Americans now. We need to figure out how to pay for the help… Later.

Update: Glenn Beck is receiving mediocre ratings with his new network. What do you do if you have mediocre ratings? Instead of trying to be a better reporter/announcer/guru for conservatism just say outlandish stupid stuff.

The state of Nevada goes after Bank of America/Countrywide for deceptive practices and fraudulent loans. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

PG&E gets excoriated for being a large American corporation. Remember, large American corporations care about profits and nothing else. The explosion outside of San Francisco which killed eight people and damaged 38 homes was basically caused by negligence by PG&E. My question is how many more American homes and lives are at risk because of the large corporations have decided to cut costs at our expense?

Finally, over Nine million views of this video reminds me of how crazy we really are. Nine million views of Taylor Swift and her wardrobe “malfunction.”

By |2011-08-30T23:50:37-04:00August 30th, 2011|Domestic Issues, Economy, Environment, Party Politics, Rachel Maddow Show|Comments Off on Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Clinton appears to have won Nevada

Currently, Hillary Clinton has 52% of the vote and Barack Obama has 44% of the vote. The entrance polls are interesting. Important candidate quality – 24% said experience and of those the majority thought Hillary Clinton had the most experience. I continue to find the experience question interesting. What experience does Hillary had that John Edwards or Barack Obama don’t have? I’m just asking because I don’t know the answer. Being First Lady does what? I makes you qualified to be First Lady doesn’t it?

Hillary, Barack and John have all been senators. So, why does Hillary get the experience nod?

Update:  Romney won the Republican Caucus.

Update II:  Now, the spin.  Hillary is on a roll.   Hillary has won 2 in row.   In my opinion, if Barack Obama wants to win he needs to be firm, positive and clear with the voters.  He needs to point out lies when they come up but stay positive.  He has to do better in the debates.  He appears bland.  He also needs to do better with woman and folks over 45.  I’m not sure what John Edwards can do.  I think his message is right on.  I think that he is fighting the right fight.  For reasons, that aren’t clear, the public just isn’t flocking to him.  Hillary seems to be playing more of the divide and conquer.  Maybe I’m wrong.  I think that she has some great ideas but she really isn’t running on them.

By |2008-01-19T16:47:02-04:00January 19th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Clinton appears to have won Nevada
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