HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » kpete » Journal


Profile Information

Member since: Fri Sep 17, 2004, 03:59 PM
Number of posts: 48,314

Journal Archives

Warren: It's Democrats' duty to change the filibuster rules

Republicans now hold the dubious distinction of having filibustered all three women that President Obama nominated to D.C. Circuit. Now, collectively, these three women have diverse experiences in private practice, in government, and in public interest law. Between them, they have argued an amazing 45 cases before the Supreme Court, and have participated in many more. All three have the support of a majority of Senators. So why have they been filibustered?

The reason is simple. They are caught in a fight over the future of our courts—fight over whether the courts will be a neutral forum that decides every dispute fairly, or whether the courts will be stacked in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. The D.C. Circuit is a particular target because that court has the power to overturn agency regulations. If a business doesn’t like it when the agencies implement the will of Congress, they try to undermine those agencies through the D.C. Circuit.

We need to call out these filibusters for what they are: naked attempts to nullify the results of the last Presidential election—to force us to govern as though President Obama hadn’t won the 2012 election.

If Republicans continue to filibuster these highly qualified nominees for no reason other than to nullify the President’s Constitutional authority, then senators not only have a right to change the filibuster rules—senators have a duty to change the filibuster rules.


WOW, Pope & Patti Smith

She is Benediction

John Fugelsang ✔ @JohnFugelsang
Pope Francis and Patti Smith.
11:27 AM - 14 Nov 2013


only one of my favorite, singer-song writers, poet, awesomeness
Patti that is...

Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Source: Huffington Post

It looks like Janet Yellen will have no problem tackling one of Ben Bernanke's most important jobs: shaming Congress for ruining the economy.

Yellen reminded lawmakers of their sheer terribleness during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday about her nomination to replace Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve when his term ends in January. Republican senators moaned and groaned, as usual, about the Fed's extreme easy-money policies. Yellen reminded everybody that Congress has forced the Fed to act by constantly imposing harsh austerity measures on an economy still recovering from a financial crisis and deep recession.

"Fiscal policy has been working at cross purposes to monetary policy," Yellen said. "Some of the near-term reductions in spending that we have seen have certainly detracted from the momentum of the economy and from demand, making it harder for the Fed to get the economy moving, making our task more difficult.

"We are worried about a fragile recovery, and a more supportive fiscal policy, or one that at least had less drag, that did no harm, would make life easier," she added later.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/janet-yellen-congress_n_4275572.html

Radio Insider Reveals Devastating Impact of StopRush on Clear Channel

THU NOV 14, 2013 AT 01:22 PM PST
Radio Insider Reveals Devastating Impact of StopRush on Clear Channel
by ProgLegs

Rush Limbaugh's receptionist

Buried deep in the comments on a Wednesday blog article http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10372 about the cancellation of the Randi Rhodes Show, a radio industry insider revealed the devastating impact of the 18 month-old StopRush movement on Rush Limbaugh's advertising power. attribution: None Specified The station employee confirms that the siege by online activists https://www.facebook.com/groups/flushrush/ has left Premiere Radio unable to attract legitimate advertisers to what was once radio's most lucrative advertising platform:

Uch. If you had any idea how much of my day is spent loading up PSAs and crappy MAB commercials to cover up the commercials of actual advertisers bailing from the Rush Limbaugh show. The only paying customers left are the flotsom and jetsom of the ad barrel; every scam website, colon blow medication, phony tax restoration outfits and erectile dysfunction herbs.

Premier isn't where a progressive talker wants to be anyway. They're becoming the bane of radio's existence.



She eats. I’m her mother. I let my daughter eat. Last night she was hungry and we had some peppers.

FROM: What it’s like to have your food stamps cut.

Slate: Do you and your daughter ever go hungry so the other one can eat?

Debra: She eats. I’m her mother. I let my daughter eat. Last night she was hungry and we had some peppers. I made her an omelet with eggs, lunch meat and peppers and I went to bed without eating. I could have made myself an omelet too, but that would have meant no eggs for the weekend. And I had been in Baltimore that day—I’d bought a corn beef sandwich for $4. I didn’t know what she had eaten all day, but I had food in my belly from lunch. So it came down to me feeding her and I went without. This morning, though, she didn’t have breakfast, and I had cereal.

way, way, more:

Audience laughd at Ted Cruz for claiming he ‘didn’t want a shutdown’

The crowd made their opinion of this statement clear.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced howls of laughter from an audience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday when he claimed that he “didn’t want a shutdown” over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

At The Atlantic‘s Washington Ideas Forum, Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to the Texas Republican that many of his colleagues thought he hurt the party by forcing the government shutdown instead of letting Obamacare fail on its own.

“That ignores who I think was responsible for the shutdown,” Cruz replied. “I didn’t want a shutdown. Throughout the whole thing, I said we shouldn’t have a shutdown.”

That remark elicited laughter from the forum audience.



Malcolm X

Dear CBS News/60 Minutes, from: Edward R. Murrow

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar."
~ Edward R. Murrow

Dear CBS News/60 Minutes,

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.


Edward R. Murrow at his desk The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

One of the basic troubles with radio and television news is that both instruments have grown up as an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news. Each of the three is a rather bizarre and demanding profession. And when you get all three under one roof, the dust never settles. The top management of the networks with a few notable exceptions, has been trained in advertising, research, sales or show business. But by the nature of the corporate structure, they also make the final and crucial decisions having to do with news and public affairs. Frequently they have neither the time nor the competence to do this.


All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man.

Good night and good luck with your credibility,

Edward R. Murrow
CBS News


Nailing Cohen

Richard Cohen: Worse Than Just Racist


As a conventional middle class white girl married to a conventional middle class white dude, I resent the living hell out of being told that people raised the way I was, who look like I do, get to sit back and be shit-stupid scared of the world around us and that that fear is somehow normal. I resent my major so-called liberal media telling me I can take comfort in how awful I am, because it's the change taking place around me that's the problem, not me. I resent not being challenged, not being pushed, not being told to look harder and love more and draw the circle of people I care about wider and wider every day as the place I live does the same.

How does excusing me from my human responsibility help me in anyway? How does it help anyone else? Newsprint is not unlimited these days and Cohen is using up ink to tell us that the problem is what the world looks like to fraidy-cats, instead of telling us to be less scared, to get over ourselves, to get with the goddamn program.



GOP Blessings

Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 ... 1486 Next »