When Franklin D. Roosevelt arbitrarily took the United States off the gold standard, he cited a law passed during the First World War to prevent trading with the country’s wartime enemies. But there was no war when FDR ended the gold standard’s restrictions on the printing of money.
At about the same time, during the worldwide Great Depression, the German Reichstag passed a law “for the relief of the German people.”
That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.
If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it.
C’mon, Sarah. You missed the kill-shot here. A really good liar would have denied the Hitler thing, but copped to comparing Obama to FDR. You’re going to have to be much better at this if you want to lose by less than 15% in 2012.
Thousands of people from California and around the world tuned in to FOX40.com to listen to a speech prepared by Sarah Palin Friday evening from the campus of California State University, Stanislaus. During that stream, several unfortunate events occurred that we hope to clear up through this statement.
First, FOX40 News was the only station streaming a live signal from CSU Stanislaus during Sarah Palin’s presentation. Friday, we were told by officials organizing the speech that we were not permitted to beam a live signal direct from the dining hall where Sarah Palin was presenting; instead, we were offered the opportunity to aim a FOX40 camera at a projection screen inside a room for assembled media down the hall from where Sarah Palin was due to speak. We were cautioned by the organizers of the event that there was an ongoing audio situation. We were faced with two decisions—to not carry a speech of local and national importance due to the low-quality methods we’d be forced to transmit, or to provide a signal by any means necessary. It was with the public interest in mind that we opted for the latter.
Second, following Sarah Palin’s address from CSU Stanislaus, several reporters could be heard making comments about the speech that some viewers considered inappropriate and unprofessional. Day by day, television, newspaper and radio reporters are asked to cover stories involving mayhem and misery, and occasionally off-color comments slip out on-air and online. Honestly, it’s happened on FOX40 News and on FOX40.com in the past during live presentations of news and events.
However, the comments overheard were made by reporters assembled from other newspaper and television outlets, and at no time was the voice of our photographer heard on the stream. It’s very likely that those reporters and photographers were unaware, or simply forgot, that there was one television station with an open microphone broadcasting to the world.
If you wanna suffer through most of Palin’s roller coaster (worst ride ever!), here you go:
The sad truth is that the Washington Post, in its general desperation for page views, now hires people who came up in journalism without much adult supervision, and without the proper amount of toilet-training. This little episode today is proof of this. But it is also proof that some people at the Post (where I worked, briefly, 20 years ago) still know the difference between acceptable behavior and unacceptable behavior, and that maybe this episode will lead to the reimposition of some level of standards.
As we surmised yesterday, Sarah Palin’s lawyer’s guest Facebook post foreshadowed a legal reversal—it turns out the former half-term governor’s “official” Alaska Trust Fund, a money collection scheme set up to defray legal expenses incurred due to multiple charges of ethics violations, was illegal. So Palin has to give the hundreds of thousands collected back to the donors.
To announce this development, Palin dispatches highly excitable former campaign flak Meghan Stapleton to provide “a few words” [1,500+] about the ruling in a guest post on Palin’s Facebook page.
There’s a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didn’t vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot. His editorial, um, says here — and it’s just been posted this week — but it says, “When Adolph Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920’s” — and I’m quoting from Thomas Sowell in his editorial…
But remember, some hippies compared Bush to Hitler in the comments sections of various blogs so liberals are 911 million times worse!
As every good ol’ CommonSense, salt-o’-the-earth, grizzly-hockey-mama occasionally does, Sarah Palin commissioned the captain of her platoon of attorneys to guest-post on her Facebook page. Again.
The post was occasioned by a judge’s dismissal of a civil claim that sought the release of government-related emails directed to non-government employee Todd Palin during his wife’s brief governorship. In the resulting glowing tribute to his highly lucrative client, T. Van Flein, Esquire, portrays the former half-term governor as a selfless defender of individual liberty battling sexist, atheistic, commie monsters. The piece starts off like this:
As most people know, Sarah Palin is relentlessly attacked by those who elevate the state over the individual and by those who lack faith in any higher power except the regulatory power of Washington, D.C.
And it ends like this:
Today’s ruling is a positive step not just for Sarah and Todd Palin, but for all female chief executives currently in office – and waiting to take office in November.
Pretty standard stuff. But there was one interesting nugget in between that made me go, “Hmmmmm.”
The attacks against Sarah Palin will continue. They are distractions meant to keep her off message. There will be times when Sarah Palin will have to take one for the team in order to continue on with her message to the country and simply resolve matters without having to incur crushing personal debt. That is the cost, unfortunately, of public life today. When that happens, read the details closely – like the details in this court opinion. Every time you do you will see that Sarah Palin has always acted with honest intent. You will see that again soon.
Emphasis mine. It could be nothing. But as someone who has plied the flak trade, I detect in Attorney Van Flein’s warning of impending team-takering an effort to “get out in front” of a developing story. Is Palin going to buy someone off? It kinda sounds that way, doesn’t it?
Former preacher, Governor of Arkansas and now FoxNews talk show host, Mike Huckabee is the subject of a profile in the upcoming issue of The New Yorker. I highly recommend reading it if you have a few minutes. For one thing Huckabee, at least at this point, is looking very credible as a Republican party candidate for president in 2012. Understanding a little better about how this guy thinks and ticks could be important.
The biggest takeaway for me was his evangelism. This guy admits to belief in the upcoming Rapture/End Days and, in a back door kind of way, admits he does not believe in evolution.
When Wolf Blitzer pushed Huckabee to say whether he believed in evolution, at a debate in New Hampshire in June of 2007, Huckabee expressed exasperation that the question “would even be asked of somebody running for President—I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book.” He said that the question was unfair, because it “asked us in a simplistic manner whether or not we believed, in my view, whether there’s a God or not.”
As President, though, he would appoint the Secretary of Education. And it is difficult to comprehend what is unfair about the question when he has written, “Everything you do and believe in is directed by your answer to the ultimate question: Is there a God? It all comes down to that single issue.”
It’s hard not to think that if this guy was president separation of church and state would not be at the top of his priority list.
His views on same sex marriage and rights of the LGBT community in general are also particularly troubling.
Just got back from watching the US World Cup victory over Algeria in a packed local Brooklyn pub with my Dutch brother-in-law. He’s now in a car headed to the airport with my wife’s sister and my adorable niece. Thanks so much to Betty Cracker and StrangeAppar8us, two of the best and funniest polibloggers on the planet Earth, for holding down the fort while I was jammed up with fun family affairs and living in what was essentially Brooklyn’s smallest hostel for six days. Normal blogging from me will resume at some point tomorrow.
Imagine what would have become of the Corleone Family if oldest surviving brother Fredo had succeeded Vito instead of the younger, smarter Michael. You don’t have to imagine it, America: You lived it when George W. Bush followed his old man into the presidency instead of the younger, smarter Jeb, whom the Bush Family rightly credited for having more brains than his elder brother (not that that’s a particularly lofty accomplishment).
The NYT ran a piece yesterday on Jeb Bush’s anguished attempts to haul the family brand out of the toilet and polish up the old turd. It really pisses Jeb off when Obama points to the smoking rubble GWB left in his wake:
“It’s kind of like a kid coming to school saying, ‘The dog ate my homework,’ ” Mr. Bush, this state’s former governor, said over lunch last week at the Biltmore Hotel. “It’s childish. This is what children do until they mature. They don’t accept responsibility.”
The Rove is strong in that one: What better way to avoid acknowledging your brother’s responsibility for his numerous, world-historical catastrophes than prissily criticizing his successor for his unwillingness to take responsibility for the disasters your brother authored?
Inevitably, the article turned to speculation that the Bush clan might have another scion to barf up for presidential consideration.