The 1.4 percent pay raise the Obama administration has proposed for the nation's servicemembers would be the lowest raise given since 1962 - when none at all was given.
The administration, which wants to freeze non-military pay for federal workers to tackle the deficit, says a 1.4% raise for the military would match average private-sector-wage growth and is in addition to earlier increases in housing and food subsidies.
In a Saturday Washington Post op-ed, “Save Obama – by running against him,” Tikkun magazine editor Michael Lerner provided a list of “excellent candidates” to run against President Obama “who would unequivocally commit to a well-defined progressive agenda.” Amongst the names Rabbi Lerner forwarded, two from the news media who share his far-left agenda, plus an actress: Rachel Maddow, Bill Moyers and Susan Sarandon.
On Wednesday's Democracy Now on taxpayer-subsidized Pacifica Radio, host Amy Goodman presented Jesse Jackson with the good news that the Tea Party and the hard left each want defense cuts. But while the Tea Party may be looking for across-the-board cuts, Jackson wants an endless "war on poverty," which is not exactly a deficit strategy:
AMY GOODMAN: ThinkProgress and the Progress Report have documented that there is a growing coalition between the Tea Party-backed conservatives and stalwart progressives, who are coming together to demand cuts to the defense budget, the coalition given further momentum with the co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission, released a report that calls for $100 billion in defense cuts.
On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh picked up where some of us left off in wondering why Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik would trash Norman Rockwell and suggest he would censor his exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery because he pandered to white middle-class Americans:
A New York Times commercial that has spawned multiple parodies brags that "the best journalists in the world work at the Times – and there's no debating that." The spot, which is in heavy rotation on the liberal MSNBC, presumably isn't referring to embarrassing reporters such as the disgraced Jayson Blair.
In this week’s Sports Illustrated, Bill Clinton, Honorary Chairman of the USA Bid Committee to bring the World Cup back to America in 2022, finally broke his silence. Avid American soccer fans – all twelve of them – demanded to know what the United States was doing to bring the famous tournament stateside. Seasoned followers of Bill Clinton won’t be surprised to find
From the same organization that gave us the ‘lives touched’ method for calculating stimulus job creation, the Department of Energy (DOE) has now stumbled upon a whole new way to increase employment.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced that they are investigating ‘an uncontrolled spread of radioactive material’ at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, New York. Elevated radiation levels have been confirmed in the air surrounding the site, as well as the Mohawk River which was deluged with over 600 gallons of radioactive water. The radiation stemmed from an incident in late September when workers attempted to take down a building – building H2 - at the site.
Worse, the DOE failed to notify local officials of the spill, leaving those who rely on their water supply from the Mohawk completely oblivious to the potential health and safety issues.
The Albany Times Union obtained a copy of a report filed by investigators for the DOE, which cited “an atmosphere of fear among the work force not to speak up about issues of concern”. The report reveals the main reason that workers for the Washington Group International (WGI), a private company contracted to clean up the Cold War-era facility, felt pressured to ignore safety issues:
The company was pushing to finish work three months earlier than first planned -- by September 2011 rather than December 2011 -- in order to receive an extra $32 million in federal stimulus funding awarded for the cleanup in April 2009.
Our media tells us the Internet is an unreliable source of myths because people call Barack Obama a "socialist." But a quick read of the lefties at the Daily Kos shows a more ridiculous claim: Obama is a Reagan man. The blogger "il128" is clearly distraught:
We all now know that electing Obama in 2008 was a big mistake. It sure as Hell isn't because he's too liberal now is it? No, the problem is that he's a Reaganite. He doesn't care about us, the liberals, he cares about the Republicans.
I'll admit it, like millions of other Americans, I'm a sucker for cheesy occupation-based reality shows. I love History Channel's Pawn Stars and American Pickers, as well as A&E's Billy the Exterminator and Dog the Bounty Hunter. I watch them because they're entertaining and full of colorful characters, not in the expectation of some insightful commentary on America's real or imagined economic and social woes.
But for some reason, Washington Post Style section contributor Hank Stuever is disappointed that A&E's new reality show "Storage Wars," which debuts tonight, doesn't explore those issues to his satisfaction:
Dave Itzkoff reported Tuesday for The New York Times that corporate executives at Fox Television in Hollywood have never told the producers of "The Simpsons" to knock off the mockery of Fox News, even as it suggests FNC viewers are racists:
Lately “The Simpsons” has been taking potshots at its corporate siblings at Fox News. An episode shown last week, called “The Fool Monty,” opened on a helicopter supposedly belonging to that cable news channel and bearing the slogan “Fox News: Not Racist, But #1 With Racists.”
In a “Simpsons” episode that ran on Sunday night, called “How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window,” the helicopter reappeared — this time in the show’s opening credits, and with a new slogan: “Fox News: Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75.”
While the media love to dismiss Republicans and conservatives as much less "diverse" than their Democratic and liberal counterparts, the midterm elections held a few weeks ago have brought to 10 the number of black or Hispanic Republicans who will either be governor, senator, or a House member representing a majority-white district, National Journal's Josh Kraushaar noted in a November 28 Hotline On Call blog post.
The idea was first proposed months ago by House Republicans, as Politico notes, but it apparently took an electoral "shellacking" to get the president on board. Congressional Democrats are still hesitant.
"I am encouraged by President Obama's proposal to freeze non-military federal pay for the next two years. This past May, House Republicans, prompted by YouCut voters, offered the very same spending-cut proposal on the floor of the House," [House GOP Whip Eric] Cantor said in a statement to POLITICO.
The Toronto Globe and Mail profiled Arianna Huffington as she prepares to keynote the Canada's Most Famous Women summit, and D.C.-based writer Konrad Yakabuski underlines that the Huffington Post founder is mysteriously aligning herself outside the bubble of the super-rich with her book Third World America:
Ms. Huffington's 13th book is a cri de coeur bemoaning the evisceration of the U.S. middle class and America's slide toward Third World status. As she describes it to me, “that's really a country where there are the super-rich, who live behind gates with guards protecting their kids from kidnapping, and the rest of us.”