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April 15, 2010

THURSDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Quite a sight: "A plume of volcanic ash from Iceland hovering over Northern Europe severely disrupted air travel for hundreds of thousands of airline passengers Thursday as authorities cancelled flights across the region."

* President Obama speaks in Florida, recommits his administration to NASA's future.

* Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has her eyes on Massey Energy.

* Housing crisis isn't over: "A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report."

* Targeting the Taliban: "The Pentagon has increased its use of the military's most elite special operations teams in Afghanistan, more than doubling the number of the highly trained teams assigned to hunt down Taliban leaders, according to senior officials."

* The public is still open to persuasion on the merits of the Affordable Care Act.

* Good to know: "Climate change researchers accused of manipulating or hiding data in last year's 'Climategate' affair were guilty of sloppy record-keeping but not bad science, an independent panel in Britain concluded Wednesday."

* On a related note, expect to see the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill on April 26.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) still isn't truth-oriented.

* Scandal-plagued, far-right Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is willing to fight to support formaldehyde, no matter what EPA scientists think.

* A right-wing House member admits to ignoring the law on completing Census forms.

* The president's and vice president's tax returns are open to public review.

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) doesn't mind sympathizing with terrorists. He does mind if you point this out to him.

* It's a stretch to say where you go to college is irrelevant.

* Um, CBS? Why are you publishing un-sourced gossip from Ben Domenech?

* I'm so glad to see the CBPP finally launch a blog. I'm a huge CBPP fan, I've been wanting them to do this for a while.

* Remember, a Republican lie doesn't have to make sense; it doesn't have to withstand scrutiny; it doesn't even have to be persuasive. It just has to be repeated.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (21)

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This site needs threaded comments. Take it over to Wordpress, Steve! Plus then we could downrate the spammer above me.

Posted by: Jeff on April 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Up next: Hazing the "haze effect"

"A plume of volcanic ash from Iceland hovering over Northern Europe severely disrupted air travel for hundreds of thousands of airline passengers Thursday as authorities cancelled flights across the region."

I'll bet you a dozen know-nothing doughnuts and a box of cheap tea that:

1) Climate science deniers will soon point out that eruptions can lower mean global temperature.

And that...

2) Our big dumb lovable media dog will roll in the story as if it really does counter long term warming.

Any takers?
Or are you all too wizened and world wise?
After all, we've all seen the same dumb story line spooled over and over...

Posted by: koreyel on April 15, 2010 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

On a related note, expect to see the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill on April 26.

Our children can now sleep easy.

Posted by: square1 on April 15, 2010 at 5:58 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is with these gay hating morons, like Domenech? I visit a gay website from time to time and they felt Condi Rice was gay. From what I recall, she lives with a woman and I believe they own a home together somewhere in CA. They never made an issue of it because she never spoke negatively about the LGBT community. I think Napolitano is also on the haters list but not teh gay list. Lindsey Graham and Crist are on teh gay hit list.

The CBPP has a great study on the Bush effect to our budget and deficit. Haven't seen a counter to it either. If not for 2 wars, tax cuts, and medicare, deficits would be minimal and close to what was predicted years ago. The rethug repsonse is it's a left leaning wingnut group, yet they provide no counter study.

Posted by: flyonthewall on April 15, 2010 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

SecularAnimist, Do you agree with me that solar powered dirigibles would be flying pretty much as usual during this time of Icelandic volcanic dust? Slow, but on schedule. They might even be able to transport some of the unfortunates stranded at the terminals.

Posted by: catman306 on April 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

Center for American Progress had a good charts on this today:
Where Are Your Tax Dollars Going?

* Um, CBS? Why are you publishing un-sourced gossip from Ben Domenech?

What Steve becomes when he stops being nice and starts getting real: WHO WAS TODAY'S BIGGEST ASSHOLE?

Posted by: John Henry on April 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

* Remember, a Republican lie doesn't have to make sense; it doesn't have to withstand scrutiny; it doesn't even have to be persuasive. It just has to be repeated." Sadly, many Americans are proud to be called 'ditto heads', thinking and repeating what they are told to think and repeat. Their ignorance is beyond comprehension.

Posted by: anonymous on April 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

My son is 12 years old. My son loves Math and the Sciences. My son wants to get on board with NASA and make that trip to Mars someday---and scrapping this "syndicated rerun" moon stuff should make that all the easier to happen.

Posted by: S. Waybright on April 15, 2010 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK

Since the tax-day thread is dying, I will put this here: As I write, "Teaparty" activists are complaining about paying too many taxes (even as other conservative types complain that 47% of adult Americans pay no Federal taxes ....) But Democrats need to repeal the capital gains tax reduction and bring that rate up to the level of earned income (it still wouldn't be that high really, since not having FICA + Medicare taken out.)

Posted by: Neil B on April 15, 2010 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

Teabagger motto: E Pluribus Scrotum

There, I said it and I'm not sorry.

Posted by: Repack Rider on April 15, 2010 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

* Remember, a Republican lie doesn't have to make sense; it doesn't have to withstand scrutiny; it doesn't even have to be persuasive. It just has to be repeated." Sadly, many Americans are proud to be called 'ditto heads', thinking and repeating what they are told to think and repeat. Their ignorance is beyond comprehension.

Posted by: anonymous on April 15, 2010 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

Lies: Lenin said, a lie told long enough becomes the truth. See public perception of health care for exa
ple.

I used to think just debunking Republi an lies was enough, now i think people should write to any media outlet that prints a lie without saying its a lie.

this way the 'press' knows people
know the facts and over time will respond accordingly. But we have to let the editors and publishers know we dislike it in enough numbers to make a difference.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on April 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

That sure didn't take long. I see the health care industry is already gaming the medical-loss ratio by booking administrative expenses as medical expenses.

Damn, I sure didn't see that one coming. I was just so sure they would play nice and our cost of premiums would go down just like the nice Donkeys promised. /snark

OK, NOW can we have that public option, please? And while those brilliant law-makers are at it, perhaps they can figure out how to keep the next dumb-shit Bush-like president from neutering the administration of that public option as well.

Posted by: Chopin on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

You snide bastard. For your information, formaldehyde disinfects soiled diapers.

Posted by: JW on April 15, 2010 at 11:56 PM | PERMALINK

Two more Dems, Schumer and Durbin, try to frame the financial reform debate as repubs siding with bankers and not offering any suggestions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eutV-ax97vE&feature=channel

Posted by: flyonthewall on April 16, 2010 at 4:59 AM | PERMALINK

If Crist of Florida is elected as an independent, will he vote with repubs or dems?

Posted by: JS on April 16, 2010 at 7:42 AM | PERMALINK

We may be witnessing a disruption in air travel for weeks, if not months.

The ash cloud also may impact the sun's ability to heat the atmosphere fully, dampening climate change (due to microscopic ash bits that reflect sunlight).

The economic consequences of this volcano just may rival the global financial meltdown (after the ash settles!).

Airlines will have to risk engine wear sooner or later.

Huge.

I always marveled at Iceland's magma plume, but I had no idea it could send Europe back to pre-aviation days.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on April 16, 2010 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

There are going to be a lot of questions raised over this: Health and weather are but two of them

Is it any wonder then that because of the billowing plumes of ash coming from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier near Reykjavk, Iceland, hundreds of thousands of passengers now find themselves fortunately grounded?

http://just-me-in-t.blogspot.com/2010/04/under-proverbial-cloud.html

Posted by: Just ME in T on April 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

You snide bastard. For your information, formaldehyde disinfects soiled diapers.

Fantastic. Mopping the coffee off myself...

Posted by: shortstop on April 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

I want to commend all of you for working so hard and being so strong at helping the whitehouse and congress begin to address our U.S. and Global healthcare crisis. You have been AWESOME! my fellow Americans and peoples of the World. America and the World is better and safer for it. My greatest pride is the knowledge that I am one of you. And that you really get it. You really understand the importance of it all.

There are some potentially very good things in the healthcare legislation. Especially with the reconciliation fix's. The Democrats, Bernie Sanders and the Whitehouse did a GREAT! job of fighting to produce the best healthcare legislation that they could. They have earned all our strong support. And we should give it to them.

But it was your relentless pressure and hard work that made the difference. Whatever good comes from this healthcare legislation, America and the peoples of the World will have each of you to thank. You were smart, creative, courageous and relentless. You fought together for the best legislation possible. And when you had to, you fought alone. No matter who stumbled and fell you continued to push and forge ahead. Fighting for the lives and health of the American people and the World. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR-SELVES :-)

It may come to pass that future generations will look back on us and say that we were ALL Americas Greatest Generations. And that healthcare reform was our finest hour. You should be proud of our leaders President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and the many other Democratic and independent fighters for the people in congress. They proved them-self worthy of the leadership of a GREAT! PEOPLE.

But we are not done yet. This was just the beginning of healthcare reform, not the end. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE NOT! divided on healthcare legislation. The vast majority of you have been consistently crystal clear that this legislation does not go far enough. You want a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. And you want it NOW! YOU MUST NOT ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

WE THE PEOPLE have been crystal clear that we want an end to dependence on for-profit healthcare and the for-profit proxies called private for non-profit healthcare. The American people want the CHOICE! of a strong Government-run Public Option to replace their need or dependence on healthcare providers whose primary motivation is profit. Rather than providing the highest quality, easiest accessible and most affordable medically necessary healthcare possible. This is what the rest of the developed World has. And the American people want it too. They want healthcare ASSURANCE! Not, for-profit health insurance. And they want it NOW!

Now is the time to continue the push for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone that wants it on day one. Rationally it's clear what we have to do to get this done. SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS that supported you with a Public Option, and REMOVE as many republicans as you can. Not one republican in congress was willing to step across the isle to support a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. NOT ONE! Let no candidate prevail this November that does not support a Strong Government-run Public Option.

47,000 AMERICANS die each year from lack of healthcare. 120,000 die from treatable illness that don't die in other developed countries. Hundreds of thousands of you are dieing from medical accidents in a rush to profit. And Millions are injured. Millions are driven into bankruptcy. All for the privilege of paying two to three times as much as any other people in the developed world for healthcare. HOGWASH!

Additionally, tens of thousands of you and your children were killed and millions sickened and injured from a terror attack with H1N1 (swine flu). Released on the American people and the World by the for-profit healthcare industry. All in an attempt to panic and frighten you into accepting the oxymoronic criminal enterprise of private for-profit healthcare (The most costly, deadly, dangerous, and disgraceful product sold in America). H1N1 is still sickening people and killing them. Especially children, the young and the middle aged. And there will be a third wave. These are the terrorist you need to worry about the most. Even the so-called international terrorist would not do something so INSANE! But greed driven medical profiteers would and did.

Apparently as far as republicans in GOVERNMENT are concerned, YOU! my fellow Americans - CAN JUST DROP DEAD! Including their own family members. Fools! Hundreds of thousands of you, and possibly millions of you will die from the long-term effects of your infection and poisoning with H1N1.

So my fellow Human Beings. Rest-up, Take good care of the basics (Balanced nutrition, hydration, exercise, rest and POSITIVE emotional supports). Then wade back into the FIGHT! for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. Drug re-importation, Abolishment or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost, NOW! You must take back control of your healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings. I'm glad to know of you. And proud to be one of you.

See you on the battle field.

Sincerely

jacksmith - WorkingClass :-)

Posted by: jacksmith on April 16, 2010 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Credit card rules changed mostly for the better for consumers as I understand because now credit card companies have to notify us before they change rates. Also they cant change rates before 60 days.. am I correct? Well, regardless, due to before the laws changed I am still in debt and definitely need debt relief. Debt Free Counselor gives free consultations for any consumers with financial and medical hardship and they have an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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