Last week’s anti-Capitalist Feminist Conference took the form of working sessions in the morning and afternoon. Session one included discussions of Reproductive Freedoms, Challenging Domestic Violence, Learning from Feminist History, and Penetrating sex: a queer discussion. I went to the latter discussion because a lot of my past writing’s been on black women’s sexuality and [...]
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"I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures."
Geronimo - Died - February 17, 1909
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U.S. President Barack Obama has decided against naming a "car czar," and is instead asking U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and White House economic adviser Lawrence H. "Larry" Summers to head a task force on revamping the U.S. auto industry, Bloomberg News reported yesterday (Monday).
The president was under pressure to say…
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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
by Chad Rubel
If you are one of the 6.5 million people (or 5.8 million) who still rely on an antenna, today was supposed to be the day you were supposed to fear: the day analog TV signals disappeared.
You probably read in the news that Congress delayed the date until June 12 in the hopes of getting more coupons into households that still need them. And the stimulus package, which President Barack Obama will sign today in Denver, contains more funds for the coupon program.
However, in many markets throughout the country, today is D-Day. Turns out a lot of media markets are going to turn off some or all of their analog signals -- today.
Actually, about 200 stations, have already made the transition to digital TV, including stations in Hawai'i, Wilmington, NC, and Chico-Redding, CA. About 500 more stations are planning to turn off their analog transmitters today.
The extension allows stations to wait until June 12 but doesn't require them to stick to that date.
Some markets, such as South Bend, IN and Dayton, OH, will see analog signals virtually disappear, though low-power stations can still be watched even without a converter box.
When it was announced Sunday that President Obama had decided against appointing an "Auto Czar", instead opting for a panel of Administration financial experts including, but not limited to, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, National Economic Council[...]
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John Mica is a Republican representing the 7th District in Florida. He poses as a conservative and certainly, as did all House Republicans, voted against the stimulus plan. But Mica is trying to play it both ways, praising a good 8 Billion dollars in spending in the bill that benefits high speed rail. Oh, the Republicans give Mica excuses for his double dealing, as seen here in the McClatchy article:
Mike Steel, a spokesman for House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio, at first ducked when asked about Mica and Young issuing press releases praising the bill they’d opposed.
“I don’t work for Mica or Young,” Steel said initially.
But then he explained that what Mica and Young did in touting aspects of the bill was in fact consistent with the Republican message.
“Being supportive of one portion of a trillion dollar bill, but voting against the entire trillion dollar bill, is perfectly reasonable,” Steel said.
Let’s get to the truth here. Mica supported that part of the bill that provided funding that goes through his committee. He’ll surely tout this as his success when he runs for reelection in 2010. Mica also likely wants to hedge his bets and muddy the waters for his Florida electorate, citizens who are hurting severely from the economic downturn. Someone is going to campaign against Mica, rightly claiming that Mica voted down the largest ever tax reduction for the middle class. that’s going to be a great campaign slogan, and could very well unseat Mica, even with his popularity in his district.
The bottom line here is that Mica is dishonest.
All four of Virginia's gubernatorial candidates - the Democratic triumvirate of Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran, and Republican Bob McDonnell - took turns roasting each other, the Virginia press, and occasionally themselves at last week's Virginia Capitol Correspondents' Association Dinner.
Here's a collection of clips from their speeches:
You can find each candidate's full-length, unedited speech here. Actually, all of them are pretty good, if you're a political junkie.
Moran's Boston roots, and McAuliffe's New York birth, are apparently high comedy; McAuliffe even cracks a joke at his own expense here.
Actually, there was quite a bit of self-deprecating humor. Seems to go over well; everybody likes a politician who doesn't appear to take himself too seriously.
For a Republican, Bob McDonnell is pretty funny. For a Republican.
McAuliffe had one of the biggest laughs of the night early in his speech, but also had probably the harshest line of the evening, at Joe Trippi's expense. He got smacked for it, too.
Overall, though, the evening was generally good-natured. None of these guys should be figuring on a career in late-night TV, but their speeches are all quite entertaining.
During a G-7 meeting in Rome this weekend, Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa — the man in charge of the world?s 2nd largest economy — attended a press conference in what appeared to be a drunken state. During the event, ?Mr Nakagawa slurred, yawned, lost his train of thought and appeared to nod off during a reporter’s question. At one point, he called the G7 ?the G20? and could not recall Japan’s present rate of interest.? Nakgawa blamed a head cold: “I took a larger-than-usual portion of cold medicine,” he said. Last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she wasn?t buying it. ?I don?t speak Japanese, but I do speak hammered,? she said. ?And that dude was hammered.? Watch it:
Today, Nakagawa resigned his position. “I decided it would be better for the country if I quit,” he said. “I apologize for causing a commotion through not taking enough care of my health.” Japan is currently undergoing its worst economic crisis since World War II.
Even as the new meeting of the State Finance Committee is scheduled for tomorrow brings a glimmer[...]
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