Day: May 26, 2010

What does it say about Sarah Palin that she can’t speak even one sentence of correct English?

I have no argument with John Aravosis or Ruth Marcus on this one at all.

America Blog

Maybe we should pass a law that in order to become President you need to be able to utter an entire sentence in correct English.

Ruth Marcus on Sarah Palin:

Three unattractive Palin traits have, if anything, been amplified since the election: her unwillingness to buckle down and do the necessary preparation; her tendency to adopt what McCain adviser Steve Schmidt described as a “down is up and up is down” version of reality; and her enhanced sense of injury at the hands of what she oh so cleverly refers to as the “lamestream media.”

Palin’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday” pushed me over the edge.

First, there was Palin on Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul, whose candidacy she had championed. Anchor Chris Wallace asked straightforward questions: Was Paul right or wrong in his view that the 1964 Civil Rights Act went too far in banning discrimination in private establishments? What did Palin make of the controversy? He got typically Palinesque answers, rambling and aggrieved:

“I think there is certainly a double standard at play here. When Rand Paul had anticipated that he’d be able to engage in a discussion, he being a libertarian-leaning constitutional conservative, being able to engage in a discussion with a TV character, a media personality, who perhaps had an agenda in asking the question and then interpreting his answer the way that she did, he wanted to talk about, evidently, some hypotheticals as it applies to impacts on the Civil Rights Act, as it impacts our Constitution. So he was given the opportunity finally to clarify, and unequivocally he has stated that he supports the Civil Rights Act.”

Actually, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and other interviewers did not ask Paul about “hypotheticals.” They asked whether he supported prohibiting private business owners from keeping blacks off their premises.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure blacks being kicked out of businesses wasn’t a hypothetical. It was American History 101. 

GOP won’t allow ideas to raise taxes on new site, but Hitler references and anti-Hispanic rhetoric are ok.

 

This is typical of the GOP…another failed “idea”:

Think Progress

House Republicans launched a new website (America Speaking Out) yesterday to “listen” to Americans’ policy ideas in order to craft a new Party agenda. However, the site is not an open forum for just any idea. Project leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the GOP will stick to its “principles” — meaning they won’t incorporate any idea they don’t already agree with. Moreover, the new site comes with some caveats. “Someone who wants to come on and make the suggestion on how to raise taxes, for example,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL). “They are welcome to do that, [but] that’s not something that we are going to take up.” Also discouraged? “Suggestions on amnesty or a path to legalization for illegal immigrants and anything pro-choice.” However, it appears that references to Hitler are just fine. In addition to mentions of Hitler, the Washington Post’s Dana Millbank reports some other rather odd and offensive suggestions the GOP has allowed on America Speaking Out:

End Child Labor Laws,” suggests one helpful participant. “We coddle children too much. They need to spend their youth in the factories.”

“How about if Congress actually do thier job and VET or Usurper in Chief, Obama is NOT a Natural Born Citizen in any way,” recommends another. “That fake so called birth certificate is useless.” [...]

“Don’t let the illegals run out of Arizona and hide. … I think that we should do something to identify them in case they try to come back over. Like maybe tattoo a big scarlet ‘I’ on their chests — for ‘illegal’!!!” (Filed under “job creation.”) [...]

“I oppose the Hispanicization of America,” said one. “These are not patriotic people.” Another contributor had parody in mind (we hope): “English is are official langauge. Anybody who ain’t speak it the RIGHT way should kicked out.”

The Wonk Room’s Andrea Nill observes some other friendly suggestions on the website, such as: “Why support illegal immigration to bring this country down to the level of Mexcico [sic]? Whe [sic] to the Hispanics just go home?”

AZ Gov To Obama: How About Some Helicopters And Drones For The Border?

Arizona wants Predator drones to prowl the border for illegal aliens, adding fuel to the controversy over the Arizona immigration law. Army.mil.com photo.

 

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R)  are absolutely batshit crazy!  Are they talking about weaponized drones?  The article does not state that they are NOT talking about weaponized UAV’s.  WTF?  Brewer passed the law.  Brewer claimed the law was due to inaction by the Federal government, so she can get her state to provide her security needs.  This is outrageous.  The right-wing really believes that they are “virtually” in charge because they say they’ll be getting up too 100 seats in the House in November.  They have started taking over even before the election.  These people are really quite stupid!

Talking Points Memo

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is going all in.

Brewer, who deliberated for several days before signing Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, has now written a letter to President Obama asking for unmanned drones to patrol the Arizona-Mexico border.

Brewer has lost any hesitations she may have once had about aggressive border security. (A bump in the polls since signing that law can’t have hurt.) And in her letter, she compares the needs of U.S. border states to those of the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I would also ask you, as overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan permit, to consider wider deployment of UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles] along our nation’s southern border. I am aware of how effective these assets have become in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and it seems UAVs operations would be ideal for border security and counter-drug missions.

Brewer’s letter suggests Obama relocate National Guard helicopters in other states to Arizona. “I believe that there are legitimate interests in my request to beef up aviation assets,” Brewer wrote. Ideally, Brewer says, Arizona would have a fleet of eight to ten OH-58 helicopters equipped for day and night operations, allowing the state to “double our border coverage to 2,000 hours a day.”

In an appearance on Fox News earlier today, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed support for Brewer’s call, saying drones, helicopters and other infrastructure were prerequisites to a discussion of immigration reform.

“We need to start with border security — which means more boots on the ground, we need the technology, the airplanes, the drones, the helicopters,” Cornyn said.

Right-wing media attack Obama over Memorial Day plans

 

Media Matters

Conservative media have attacked President Obama, claiming that his plans to attend a Memorial Day ceremony in Chicago while allowing Vice President Joe Biden to lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery are disrespectful to the military. However, previous presidents — including Ronald Reagan — allowed others to lay the wreath at Arlington to honor fallen troops.

Beck criticizes Obama over wreath laying, says he is “sick and tired of people believing the lie” that Obama “has respect for the soldiers.” Glenn Beck stated, “Obama is skipping out on a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery because he’ll be in Chicago on vacation. I’m sorry, I don’t ever, ever question the president’s vacation. I didn’t under Bush, I didn’t under Clinton, I don’t under Obama.” He later stated: “I have no problem with the man taking a vacation. But I am sick and tired — sick and tired — of people believing the lie that this administration has respect for the police or has respect for the soldiers of our country. I’m tired of it.” [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program, 5/25/10]

Erickson: “Obama skipping the Tomb of the Unknowns this weekend for Chicago is offensive.” In a Twitter post, CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson wrote: “Obama skipping the Tomb of the Unknowns this weekend for Chicago is offensive. Chicago can wait. The Commander-in-Chief has a job to do.”

Malkin guest blogger: “Boy, I’m starting to think that West Point speech wasn’t from the heart.” On MichelleMalkin.com, guest blogger Doug Powers wrote: “President Obama went to Arlington Cemetery to lay the wreath last year, but this year Obama’s handing the wreath to Plugs and heading off to the more welcoming political climes of Chicago.” Powers later added: “Obama will however make it back to Washington in time to honor Paul McCartney next week. Boy, I’m starting to think that West Point speech wasn’t from the heart.”

JammieWearingFool: “Obama Blows Off Arlington Visit on Memorial Day,” in a “slap in the face to our veterans.” Right-wing blogger JammieWearingFool wrote that Obama’s plans for Memorial Day are “[a]nother slap in the face to our veterans.” He also stated: “Poor baby needs some rest, so he’s going to Chicago. Will probably take in some relaxing fundraising and golf or something.”

Previous presidents have allowed others to lay wreath at Arlington Cemetery to honor troops

1983: Reagan attended summit meeting; Defense Department official Thayer laid wreath at Arlington. Deputy Secretary of Defense W. Paul Thayer laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony in 1983, according to a May 31, 1983, Washington Post article (accessed via Nexis). The AP reported that President Reagan attended a “summit meeting in Williamsburg, Va., with leaders of the industrialized democracies.”

1992: George H.W. Bush allowed VP Quayle to lay wreath. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, according to a May 26, 1992, Boston Globe article (accessed via the Nexis database). The Globe reported that President George H.W. Bush attended a wreath-laying ceremony and made brief remarks at an American Legion hall in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he also played a round of golf.

Veterans Day 2007: Cheney attends ceremony to pay tribute at Arlington as Bush remained in Texas. On November 11, 1007, the AP reported that “President Bush honored U.S. troops past and present at a tearful ceremony Sunday for four Texans who died there.” The AP further reported that “Vice President Dick Cheney went to Arlington to pay tribute to Iraq veterans.”

Pharma Giant’s Subsidiary Accused Of Targeting ‘High-Risk’ Black Patients For Unapproved Use Of Drug

This is the sort of thing that makes you want to shove that “free market” “self-regulation” rhetoric right down the throats of every teabagger, Rand and Ron Paul, Sarah Palin and the host of other folks who go around saying that business should regulate itself.  They say we don’t need government intervention in the free-market. 

I say, BULL!  This, the BP Oil Spill, poisoned foods, and a host of other unregulated products and companies from years of Republican leadership in the White House, Congress and the Senate has led us to where we are today.  This story is appalling in every sense of the word. 

If I seem a little peeved about this, it’s because I have a son who is 42 years old and had a kidney transplant last year.  This hits home in the worse way.

Huffington Post

In a stunning whistleblower lawsuit, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company is being sued over the dangerous practice of illegally promoting a kidney transplant drug for unapproved uses — and targeting African-Americans, even though they are at high risk of complications.

Two former hospital sales representatives, Marlene Sandler and Scott Paris, originally filed their suit in 2005 but the case was recently unsealed. The amended complaint against Pfizer and Wyeth was filed this week, as reported by the Pharmalot blog.

Sandler and Paris claim that Wyeth, which is now owned by Pfizer, promoted the “off-label” use of Rapamune, a kidney transplant drug which generated $376 million in sales in 2008, encouraging its sales force to promote the drug for heart, lung, liver, and pancreas transplants even though Rapamune was never approved for those procedures. The Food and Drug Administration warned against such off-label use of Rapamune in 2004 and 2007.

The suit claims:

Wyeth trained and encouraged its sales representatives to market Rapamune for uses outside those listed on the FDA-approved label and to misrepresent and withhold clinical information regarding the safety and efficacy of Rapamune. As a result of Wyeth’s wrongdoing, patients were put at risk of serious physical and financial harm, including: the disruption or discontinuation of stable treatment regimens; increased costs associated with treating side effects caused or exacerbated by Rapamune; life-threatening side effects such as anemia, bone marrow suppression, inhibited wound-healing, proteinuria, blood clots, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, liver failure, pulmonary dehiscence; and death.

Off-label promotion of drugs has become one of the most controversial issues in the pharmaceutical industry, and has led to a host of federal indictments and massive settlements. Just last September, Pfizer agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and to pay more than $2 billion in fines to settle allegations regarding its market practices, which included the off-label promotion of the antipsychotic Geodon and the antibiotic Zyvox.  Read more…