Let’s see… Shall we fund Big Bird or Haliburton?

A House subcomittee decided to eliminate funding for Public Broadcasting, apparently deciding that the money would be better spent on, say, Haliburton. “The goal is to kill all funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting within two years.

“A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government’s financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children’s educational programs as ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Reading Rainbow,’ ‘Arthur’ and ‘Postcards From Buster.'”

Tom Tancredo has lost his friggin’ mind

In a speech that was theoretically supposed to bolster support for a conceivable presidential candidacy, Tom Tancredo revealed that he is out of his friggin’ mind! I must quote this, ‘cuz otherwise, no one would believe it: “‘And they need to be found before it is too late. They’re coming here to kill you, and you, and me, and my grandchildren,’ he said, pointing at people in the audience. ‘It’s just despicable.'”

It is despicable, Tom. Your attitude about immigrants. Your fear of non-Americans. Your latent racism.

Despicable.

Xcel Energy Hates Trees!

Apparently, Xcel Energy hates trees! And their hatred is so obvious that a judge has put up a temporary injunction to keep them from ripping out some forest land. “Xcel had argued that clear-cutting was necessary to prevent trees from touching the lines, which could start fires or cause a blackout.

“El Paso County District Judge G. David Miller ruled that other methods, such as pruning, could also ensure safety.”

‘Downing Street memo’ finally gets some press

Well, it’s taken friggin’ forever, but the Downing Street memo is finally getting some press her in America. “The Sunday Times said the memo is the minutes of a meeting that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had with some of his top intelligence and foreign policy aides on July 23, 2002, at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence. The story said the memo indicates that Blair was told by the head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service that in 2002, the Bush administration was selectively choosing evidence that supported its case for going to war and ignoring anything to the contrary. The war began in March 2003.

“‘Intelligence and facts were being fixed’ by the Bush administration ‘around’ a policy that saw military action ‘as inevitable,’ the newspaper quoted from the memo.”

Hopefully, this is the start of an avalanche of coverage.

Dean Defends Criticism of Republican Party

I think that Howard Dean’s comments about the Republican party were pretty much spot-on. I don’t understand why other Democrats are distancing themselves from him, nor why some Democrats are actively criticizing Dean for the comments he made. These comments are exactly what the Democratic party needs. Right now, the Dems look like they are just whipping boys for the Republicans. The Dems need to show that they have a spine, and that they are willing to stand up and fight.

Dean’s comments?

Dean told a forum of journalists and minority leaders Monday that Republicans are “not very friendly to different kinds of people, they are a pretty monolithic party … it’s pretty much a white, Christian party.”

Challenged on that during the NBC interview, Dean said “unfortunately, by and large it is. And they have the agenda of the conservative Christians.”

“This is a diversion from the issues that really matter: Social Security, and adequate job opportunity, strong public schools, a strong defense,” Dean said.

I think I love Wil Wheaton

After the following rant on Wil Wheaton’s blog WWDN, how could I not love him:

“Mostly, it’s when I want to rage about what a colossal fucking liar George W. Bush is, what a disgrace he is to my country, and how the mainstream corporate media have completely failed to hold him and his administration accountable for countless lies. I’m a passionate person, and I’m passionate about politics. I’m going to write about it, and I’m not going to pull any punches. It won’t be my primary focus, and I will never be as great a political blog as The Moderate Voice, Josh Marshall or Atrios, but I’ve turned away from political posts for too long. If the world were a bar, America would currently be the angry drunk waving around a loaded gun. Yeah, the other people in the bar may be afraid of him, but they sure as hell don’t respect him. And as soon as he drops that gun, he’s going to get his ass handed to him. I’d rather my country be respected than feared, and I’m going to do whatever I can, however small, to make that happen.”

Bravo, Wil. And welcome to the world of political blogging. We need more high-profile people writing about what’s wrong with our country. Fire away!

U.S. Edits Global Warming Reports

So what does the Bush administration do when confronted with reports that seem to support the concept of global warming? edit the reports to downplay the tie to global warming, of course! “A White House official who previously worked for the American Petroleum Institute has repeatedly edited government climate reports in a way that downplays links between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

“Philip Cooney, chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, made changes to descriptions of climate research that had already been approved by government scientists and their supervisors, the newspaper said, citing internal documents.

The White House denied that Cooney had watered down the impact of global warming.”

Why does this surprise me? I should expect stuff like this: it’s only been happening for the past four years. But still, the gall!

The thought police: 10 books that conservatives fear

This is so baffling to me: apparently, Conservatives are afraid of books. I think this is a major difference between conservatives and the left (liberal/progressive): the left welcomes new ideas, the right fears new ideas. You won’t see liberals or progressives hosting book burnings nor banning books. The right seems to thrive on doing both. The left welcomes free thought, conservatives try to police thought.

The ten books that were voted “most harmful” are an absolutely bizarre mix. There are a few that one can at least semi-understand why the right considers them harmful (such as The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf), but others are just plain baffling (including Sexual Behavior In the Human Male and Democracty and Education).

Why are conservatives so frightened by knowledge?