Observations on the world today.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Chinese Get It 

Do the exact opposite of what Bush would do for the betterment of the nation.

China Cuts Income Tax for Low Wage Earners
China's legislature agreed Saturday to cut income taxes on the country's poorest workers amid official concern that the country's growing gap between rich and poor could fuel unrest.

Chinese who make less than 1,600 yuan a month ($198) will no longer need to pay income tax, up from the previous cutoff point of 800 yuan ($98), the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

An earlier government report said the cutoff point would be 1,500 yuan a month ($185) but it was amended upward in response to public opinion, Xinhua said.
Now let's watch and see which nation's economy grows at a faster rate.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Taking Up The Challenge 

From Daily Kos:
Wow, great job by Republicans to make sure DeLay's booking photo looked as little as possible like a booking photo, even if he does come off as the happiest accused felon in our nation's history.

Time for the photoshoppers to fill in the details.
Okay, I'll give it a shot.

There. That's better.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hypocrites for Bush 

Today at the site that won't let me post comments, we find this:
The terrorists, while horrific, are just murderers - and murderers with determination will be able to kill...but they can't actually do anything to affect the course of events unless people allow them to.
These are the same people who criticized Clinton for wanting to prosecute terrorists as criminals rather than declare war. These ar the same people who insisted that 9/11 changed everything, and that the PATRIOT Act was a necessity and that it was further necessary to give up some civil liberties.

Imagine the course of the past four years and how it would have been different if Bush had been a true leader and promoted this kind of philosophy. Heck, I might even have voted to reelect such a leader.

But lest you think that Blogs for Bunnypants has come to their senses and is promoting this idea here in America, think again. This is how they think Iraqis should feel about the glorious new promise of their recently approved voted on though still up-in-the-air Constitution. Well if this thinking is appropriate for Iraq, why wasn't it appropriate for America?

Monday, October 17, 2005

Monday Morning Idiot Watch 

Just for funsies, I'm thinking of starting a new feature. Every week I'll troll the conservative blogs and post my pick for stupidest thing. I suspect that most of these posts will wind up highlighting blogs for Bush. Take this for example:
Staged? Yes!
Here's what being staged really means:
If Michelle Kosinski's canoe had sprung a leak on NBC's "Today" show Friday, she didn't have much to worry about.
In one of television's inadvertently funny moments, the NBC News correspondent was paddling in a canoe during a live report about flooding in Wayne, N.J. While she talked, two men walked between her and the camera - making it apparent that the water where she was floating was barely ankle-deep.

Matt Lauer struggled to keep a straight face, joking about the "holy men" who were walking on water.

"Have you run aground yet?" Katie Couric asked.

"Why walk when you can ride?" Kosinski replied.

Later, an NBC News spokeswoman explained that Kosinski had been riding in deeper water near an overflowing river down the street, but there were concerns that the current was too strong for her.

"It's not like we were trying to pass it off as something it wasn't," spokeswoman Lauren Kapp said.
Think the lefty bloggers will jump all over this? I didn't think so either..
Now the stupid part of this is not that they think they are making some grand pot/kettle point about Bush's staged photo op. The stupid thing is that the writer first rhetorically assumes that no left wing blogs are going to note this (Think the lefty bloggers will jump all over this?,) and that he then takes that assumption one step further and declares himself vindicated (I didn't think so either.)

To prove my point, I call your attention to the decidedly left leaning site Crooks and Liars.

This post was placed Online at 3:42 PM on Friday the 14th. Blogs for Bush didn't get their post up until 6:36 PM, so they cannot claim that C&L was only responding to their observation.

The thing is, the left is just as disgusted by bogus media coverage as the right. The difference is we don't necessarily assume a conservative bias to every stunt the media pulls. This was an over-zealous journalist trying to over-dramatize a story, nothing more. For all I know, the girl in the canoe voted for Bush.

By the way, I tried to post a comment on the B4B site, but got a message that it will be posted only after review. I'm not holding my breath.

By the way, here are some other liberal and/or neutral sites that posted on this non-story;
El Cheringuito

Don Singleton

World of Staci

Offbeat News

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