Day: May 25, 2011

Ed Schultz To Take Unpaid Leave From MSNBC Following Laura Ingraham ‘Slut’ Comment

I’ve often worried about Ed Schultz going “over the top” with his critique of right-wing policies and right wingers in general. 

However, I’m still surprised to hear that MSNBC has suspended Schultz for just that, going over the top in criticizing Laura Ingraham on his radio show for complaining about the POTUS  drinking beer in Ireland while Joplin, MO. was being destroyed by multiple tornadoes.

The Huffington Post

Ed Schultz will take one week of unpaid leave from MSNBC following his controversial comments about Laura Ingraham.

On his radio show Tuesday, Schultz called Ingraham a “right-wing slut.

Wednesday evening, the network released the following statement about the matter, saying “remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated”:

MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

It is not the first time Schultz’s fiery rhetoric has gotten him in hot water. Last summer, Schultz was reportedly chastised by MSNBC execs after threatening to “torch this place” if he was not included in network promos. In September, he was then reprimanded by the network after calling New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a “cold-hearted fat slob.”

Listen to Ed Schultz’ faux pas

Ryan Plan Dies In Senate … But 40 Republicans Voted For It

It’s like Oliver Willis says….we’ve got their names in Congress and in the Senate now. 

In the next two elections, those congressmen and senators who are up for re-election will have to answer for their vote that put millionaire subsidies ahead of people who have paid into Medicare for years and will be denied Medicare as we know it.

Oliver Willis

We know they want to kill Medicare. We’ve just got some names now.

In a tell-tale sign of trouble ahead, there were significantly more defections among GOP moderates than in a similar partisan show vote in March testing support then for an earlier House Republican budget initiative focused on discretionary spending cuts.

Maine Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, voted in opposition this time, as did Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. And the same Medicare controversy made it impossible to win over any Democratic moderates, despite their unhappiness with the higher spending levels of President Barack Obama’s own budget.

Politico has more…

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GOP defiant and defensive after loss

It appears that the results of the NY26 race have not yet sunken in with the GOP…

Politico

Republicans woke up Wednesday and began rapidly reworking their message on Medicare in the wake of a stunning defeat in an upstate New York special election Tuesday night.

With another potential setback looming in September in a House election in Nevada, GOP leaders are trying to counter attack by playing up Medicare cuts Democrats embraced in last year’s health care reform law. They’re also attacking Democrats for not being willing to do anything about Medicare solvency. And, not surprisingly, the GOP is trying to write off Democrat Kathy Hochul’s upset victory as an anomaly.

Across the board, House Republicans were both defiant and defensive Wednesday, yet behind the scenes they are warning their rank-and-file lawmakers to be prepared to aggressively justify their support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

“The lesson for Republicans is that if you voted for the Ryan budget, you better be prepared to defend it,” a top House Republican aide said on Wednesday morning.

Another GOP insider added: “It doesn’t change anything except for serve as a reminder to our guys this isn’t 2010 and they are going to have to get their [act] together to win these kinds of skirmishes.”

Republicans in the 87-member GOP freshmen class – elected last November with on a wave of tea party support – said they won’t back off on Medicare, even if it costs them next year at the polls. One senior House Republican aide suggested backpedaling on the Ryan Medicare plan would be “worst possible move we can make.”

“I know that the other side is going to look at it from a political viewpoint and try to exploit it,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), whose district is adjacent to the 26th in upstate New York. “I will tell you as a member of the freshmen class, we’re down here to deal with the problems [of the country], and we’re going to deal with the American people honestly… The issue is bigger than my seat or the reelection effort. It’s the critical issue of our time.”

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‘Heckuva Job’ Brownie Criticizes Obama For ‘Toasting The Queen’ During Tornadoes

These people are becoming unbearable with their Obama Derangement Syndrome

They actually think that the POTUS should have cut his state visits short because of a rash of unpredictable tornadoes, which by the way, is probably a result of global warming, to come back home and direct FEMA and other related agencies to do whatever it is they do. 

Oh, wait!  He did exactly that, while in Ireland and in Great Britain.

Think Progress

After violent storms slammed three mid-western states and claimed 14 lives yesterday, President Obama announced he would be returning from his long-planned European trip to visit Missouri on Sunday. But that wasn’t good enough for Michael Brown, the FEMA director during Hurricane Katrina who is widely blamedfor the Bush administration’s incompetent handling of the crisis that left tens of thousands of New Orleans residents stranded and helpless.

Brown, whose prior experience included working for the International Arabian Horse Association, resigned in disgrace amid a public uproar when it came to light that he had virtually no experience in disaster response — but only after President Bush famously patted him on the back in front of TV cameras, telling him, ”Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.” At least 1,836 people died as a result of the worst natural disaster in modern American history, many because FEMA help did not come quickly enough. As the nation reeled at images of the devastation, Brown tried to blame the victims themselves “by noting that the crisis was worsened by New Orleans residents who did not comply with a mandatory evacuation order.”

Yet Brown evidently thinks he has the moral authority to condemn Obama’s handling of the tornado disaster. In an interview with Fox New’s Neil Cavuto, Brown blasted Obama for “playing ping-pong” while people died and “being more concerned with toasting the Queen” than taking care of tornado victims:

BROWN: In this situation, they’re almost tone-deaf. I mean, you stop and think about it, your press office should be recognizing that the visuals that Americans are seeing is of this devastation. Don’t put a visual of the president up playing ping-pong. It’s awful.

CAVUTO: So you don’t have a problem with the president being abroad with the Queen and the Irish prime minster just doing fun stuff?

BROWN: No, I do have a problem with that. It’s not like he’s at a G8 summit. This is not a diplomatic trip of any sort. This is just a — he went to Ireland for God’s sake to visit relatives! It’s time to come home…in this case, the perception is that the president is detached. He’s more concerned about raising a toast to the Queen. People have died.

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