From my INBOX – 5-18-2015:
From my INBOX – 5-18-2015:
The point being, expertise is overrated.
Sometimes, the truth hurts.
Meet The Press: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Rep.Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept); Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK).Face The Nation: Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I); Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; National Commander of the American Legion Dan Delinger; Roundtable: Jackie Calmes (New York Times), Jerry Seib (Wall Street Journal), Katrina Vanden Huevel (The Nation) and John Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: Tribute to Barbara Walters; Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian; Berin Szoka (Tech Freedom); Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D).
Fox News Sunday: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and His Lovely Wife Lynne; Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Kirsten Powers (USA Today), Republican StrategistKarl Rove and Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Roundtable: Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Amy Walter (Cook Political Report).
60 Minutes will feature: a report from inside Iran as the prospect of a nuclear deal with world powers looms on the horizon (preview); a report on the 150-year history of the Capitol Dome (preview); and, a report on an orchestra in Paraguay that fashions musical instruments from refuse scavenged at a dump (preview).
From my inbox…
ChristieGate? BridgeGate? BridgeGate II?
The Nation reported today that Chris Christie’s “hatchet men” Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, along with the Port Authority’s Chairman David “The General” Samson, headed a scheme to reconstruct the Bayonne Bridge ten years before it really needed it. Christie touted the efforts in his recent successful reelection bid.
I didn’t see this diaried yet, but I will take it down if someone else covered it already.
The Nation‘s Christie Watch crew does an excellent job of reviewing the nefarious deeds of this crew, including this weekend’s release of the toll hike theater. Today’s post focuses on the Bayonne Bridge project, a $1.2 billion project awarded to construction firm Skanska Koch, a client of, wait for it, Wolff & Samson. The project also won the support of the Laborers’ International Union.
The Bayonne project existed before Christie was elected to his first term, but really took off after his administration was installed. Baroni rallied his troops around him and pushed the project through with the help of Wildstein and, it would seem, Samson. The Nation’s sources claim Samson was a hands-on manager who would meet with Baroni and Wildstein for two hours at a time.
They created a “climate of fear” inside the PA, the source said. And, he added, Baroni and Wildstein were often closeted with David Samson, the PA chairman and Christie’s political mentor. Samson, who has been accused of using his position as PA chairman to benefit his law firm, and whose resignation has been demanded by the Star-Ledger, was a highly engaged and activist chairman, said the source, adding that that was very unusual for a chairman. “Samson was in the office a minimum two, sometimes three times a week and [Baroni and Wildstein] would be behind closed doors with the chairman for two hours at a time,” he said.Baroni and Wildstein, the latter of whom maintained a secret list of favored officials, conspired inside the PA to press for the toll hikes. Along with $1.8 billion in federal and PA funds used by Christie for pet projects after he canceled a plan to build a new Hudson River transit tunnel, the toll hikes and the PA’s more recent PA’s capital spending plan created a tidal wave of new cash for Christie to spend as saw fit. In an editorial on March 4, the Star-Ledger said in an editorial that all these funds created a “piggy bank” for Christie, and it quoted John Wisniewski, chairman of the committee investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, who said, “It’s a slush fund.” According to the Star-Ledger’s news article, Baroni and Wildstein also organized a cabal inside the PA over the toll hikes.
The article is totally worth the read, whether you follow every twist and turn or if you need a primer.Thanks for the recs! Please visit jamess’s diary, “It’s a slush fund.” He had the story first.
I love this weekly feature on Daily Kos. I’m always compelled to share it with TFC readers.
This week’s intro is particularly humorous…
On “Blue Monday,” millions of Americans—chief among them, former POW John McCain—watched the second inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama, and hoped/prayed that he would apologize for decisively winning the past two elections.
His words proved to be too much for top Republicans; some went into hiding, while others went off the deep end—all but accusing him of lip–syncing to an audiobook of The Communist Manifesto and/or MeinKampf.
Meet the Press: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Roundtable: Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, NAACP CEO/President Ben Jealous, Bob Woodward and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).
Face the Nation: Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA); NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN);Roundtable: Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Kevin Madden, David Sanger (New York Times) and David Ignatius(Washington Post).
This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); ScreenwriterMark Boal; Author Mark Bowden; Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Rep.David Schweikert (R-AZ), Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Steve Inskeep (NPR) and Chris Hughes (The New Republic)
Fox News Sunday: Retired Col. Martha McSally; Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Jeff Zeleny (New York Times), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Juan Williams(Fox News).
State of the Union: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Former CIA Director Michael C. Hayden; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)l Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love (R); Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Reliable Sources: Bob Costas (NBC Sports); David Frum(Newsweek/Daily Beast); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Amy Argetsinger(Washington Post).
The Chris Matthews Show: Chuck Todd (NBC News); Kathleen Parker (Washington Post); Radhika Jones (TIME); Chris Frates (National Journal).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: King Abdullah II of Jordan; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Up with Chris Hayes: Former US Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt; Author Robin Wright; Syracuse University Prof. Horace Campbell; Joshua Trevino (Texas Public Policy Foundation); Vince Warren (Center for Constitutional Rights); Phyllis Bennis(Institute for Policy Studies); Adam Serwer (Mother Jones).
I like Daily Kos’ Sunday Talk lineup. Wanted to share this feature once again with TFC readers.
Thank you for visiting this blog on a regular basis.
Long before Joe Biden confirmed their worst fear—that President Obama is planning to go all Mr. Bananagrabber on them—those at the forefront of America’s civil gun rights movement began making their doomsday preparations; and with good reason.
Adding insult to injury, Obama’s administration has refused requests by we the people to build a Death Star, purportedly because there isn’t enough platinum in the world to pay for it—a claim belied by algebra and science.
Meet the Press: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Roundtable: Newark, NJ MayorCory Booker (D), Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), GOP Strategist Mike Murphy and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).Face the Nation: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen.Joe Machin (D-WV); Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D); Roundtable: Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington Post), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and Jon Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations); Martha Raddatz (ABC News); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); Roundtable: Paul Krugman (New York Times), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Al Hunt (Bloomberg News), Judy Woodruff (PBS) and Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker.
Fox News Sunday: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT);Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).
State of the Union: NRA President David Keene; Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Reliable Sources: Paul Farhi(Washington Post); Robert Costa (National Review); Keli Goff (TheRoot.com); Christine Brennan (USA Today); Gail Shister (TV Newser); Adam Buckman (Xfinity TV);Rebecca MacKinnon (CNN).
The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman (Huffington Post); Liz Marlantes(Christian Science Monitor); John Harris (Politico); Kasie Hunt (NBC News).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: Peter Beinart (Daily Beast); Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal); Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder; Author Stephen Cohen; Author Bruce Bartlett; Jeffrey Toobin (CNN).
Up with Chris Hayes: Joy Reid (MSNBC); Columbia University Prof. John McWhorter;Eli Lake (Newsweek/Daily Beast); Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!); Dave Zirin (The Nation); Tara McGuinness (Center for American Progress Action Fund); Chris Anders(ACLU).
60 Minutes will feature: a report on technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs (preview); an interview with Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayer (preview); and, a report on the extreme sport of free diving, in which divers reach great depths on one breath (preview).
The following item found at Daily Kos is an exercise in sarcasm. Surely the right-wing haters of the POTUS will find many things wrong with his socialist donation list! (Snark)
President Obama’s 2011 tax returns reveal that he made charitable donations to 39 organizations (totaling $172,130). Of those 39 organizations, one is so shocking, so scandalous, that it may justifiably derail his chances in 2012.
And he will have only himself to blame.
The culprit – which stunningly stands out in stark relief – can be seen in this image taken from his returns:
If you notice, the largest donation Obama made – $117,130 – went to a shady organization with unmistakable communist ties. That organization, The Fisher House, is infiltrating many of our military complexes. It’s shaping the minds and lives of many of our country’s future communal and political elite. And because of donations like Obama’s, its influence is growing.
Here’s how they unabashedly describe themselves:
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
What the heck is wrong with GOP legislators?
Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.” Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.
Since the bill specifically bans teachers from “demonstrating gateway sexual activity”, educators would be prohibited from even demonstrating what hand-holding is. Breaking these laws could result in a lawsuit, as Hunter from Daily Kos notes:
If your teacher teaches you anything about sex that isn’t specifically on the approved curriculum, like demonstrating “holding hands” for the class instead of quietly talking about the dangers it poses, they can be sued.
Still, this anti-hand-holding push may only be the second-worst bill passed in Tennessee this month. Nearly a century after the Volunteer State played host to the Scopes Monkey Trial, the legislature has now enacted a new law allowing educators to teach creationism alongside evolution.