Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Guest: Author Kevin Baker

Shiny new wars, continued Republican douchebaggery, and an excellent interview are in store for you on today’s Majority Report Recap.

Kudos to Ginni Thomas as she joins Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller. Funny that the official PR Release doesn’t mention that she is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

An American F15-E fighter jet crashed in Libya. Both pilots ejected safely. It was reported that the crash was caused by a mechanical malfunction.

The corporate spinmeisters at The Wall Street Journal try to get out ahead of this outrage: There is a resurrection of “debtor prisons” and the use of arrest warrants to recoup financial debt.

Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland discusses the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 and how it lead to the transformation of the labor code in New York State.

Let’s count the ways that Rep. Mike Pompeo (R) of Kansas is an asshole:

  • tried to kill a consumer-product-safety database
  • trying to gut an EPA registry of greenhouse-gas polluters
  • hired a former Koch Industries lawyer as his chief of staff

A trifecta! Good for you!

Republicans working hard on creating jobs?

Under standard [IRS] audit procedure, a woman would have to provide evidence to corroborate facts about abortions, rapes, and cases of incest

Nope. How about now?

The House GOP’s 2011 budget would chop $156 million from the Centers for Disease Control’s funding for immunization and respiratory diseases.

I don’t think so. Now?

The House Agriculture Committee endorsed a letter arguing that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low-income Americans purchase food, would make a better target for cuts than automatic subsidies to farms.

Not at all. The rich get richer and the poor die. GOP 2012!

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9 Responses to Tuesday, March 22, 2011

  1. Dahlialithwick Dahlia Lithwick
    Ginni Thomas signs on as special correspondent for Daily Caller http://bit.ly/hIdgAb

  2. plooger says:

    Dang!, I forgot to record that last night. Off to set the DVR to catch a replay.

    oh, and g’morning, all.

  3. thinkprogress ThinkProgress
    REPORT: @SenRandPaul testing presidential waters http://thkpr.gs/gzbUAz

  4. Barney Frank: Obama might not have stomach for fight over Elizabeth Warren
    By Jordan Fabian – 03/21/11 10:37 AM ET

    President Obama may not be willing to endure the ideological battle that would result from nominating Elizabeth Warren to head the new consumer protection agency, a top Democrat said Monday.

    Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.), who co-authored the law creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said that if she were nominated, Warren might not be confirmed to head the agency. While Frank argued that’s a fight worth having, he cautioned that the president might disagree.

    “I think the president is too unwilling to make the kind of fights that don’t necessarily win. And I’m not sure she couldn’t be [confirmed],” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

    Frank’s comments could add pressure on the administration to nominate Warren, a consumer advocate and Harvard Law School professor who is currently serving as a White House adviser.

    Warren is a favorite of liberal lawmakers and activists, who say she would hold financial institutions accountable, and currently works as a special adviser helping to establish the new agency. The White House has not yet selected a nominee to permanently lead the CFPB, and some lawmakers — like Frank — are still pushing for Warren.

    “She’s an enormously popular, very thoughtful woman,” Frank said.

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  5. Why Libya…? sammy, you are slipping. The Oiligarchy are taking the opportunity to get rid of Kaddafi. Same as Iran, only this time for European interests… call it reciprocation for the “coalition of the willing”…

    got this off of a “Oil & Gas Libya 2011” convention flyer .pdf…

    Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa with 42 billion barrels of oil and over 1.3 trillion cubic metres of gas. With only 25% of Libya’s surface territory explored to date there is every chance that actual reserves could see this figure dwarfed in coming years.

    As Europe’s single largest oil supplier, the second largest oil producer in Africa and the continent’s fourth largest gas supplier, Libya dominates the petroleum sector in the Southern Mediterranean area and has ambitious plans for the future.

  6. Sunshine Jim says:

    an excellent interview with Kevin, thanks Sam!

  7. Dr. Radmanthys says:

    As cent suggests, I think the Libya intervention may well have more to do with French and Italian economic interests than our own–making us all the more the suckers for getting ourselves into a civil war in the Maghreb. It is tempting to quote that famous commie John Quincy Adams, who claimed in 1821 that America “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy…She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…”
    My, how times have changed.

    • Agreed, with one observation: Getting rid of Kaddafi does serve long term US interests if we take into account their developing relationship with Venezuela…

      The ever shifting axis of evil now seems to run from Tehran, through Tripoli to Caracas….

  8. high school teacher with an almost Aspergerian obsession with game

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