Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sam Alito Acting Like 5 Year Old

President-elect Barack Obama paid a visit Wednesday to the Supreme Court and chatted in front of a fireplace with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a fellow Harvard law graduate whose confirmation he opposed three years ago. ...

Wednesday's meeting was described as a relaxed, get-acquainted session. It included Roberts, seven associate justices and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

The absence of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who was at the court Wednesday morning for arguments in two cases, was a mystery. He has, however, voiced lingering anger over Senate Democrats, including Obama and Biden, who voted against his confirmation three years ago. When walking on Capitol Hill, Alito has said, he crosses to the far side of the street whenever he nears the Senate Office Building.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Who Knew He Had The Courage To Listen To KMJ??

Mountain man Alan Cheah speaks out in the Bee again about the lunatics who populate talk radio in Fresno. I still can't believe we no longer have Air America! Good letter Alan!!

On Jan. 8, President-elect Barack Obama gave a speech regarding his government economic stimulus package to create jobs in infrastructure rebuilding, the green economy and a nationwide medical record database.

I didn't realize how controversial it was till I heard KMJ's Inga Barks interpret it as a government jobs program. The whole premise of her show was invalid, but almost everyone calling in treated it as a statement of fact. Ms. Barks exclaimed that there's nothing the government can do that the private sector can't do better.

That too is inaccurate. The overhead of Medicare administration is 3%. Overhead for private sector medical insurance administration is 30%. The stimulus package is not about creating more government workers, but giving contracts and incentives to private companies to work on bridges, roads, wind power, solar, medical databases. It's about attempting to restore the 3 million and counting jobs lost in the last eight years and to get credit flowing again.

Too many times, Inga speaks of that which she does not know. Perhaps it's easier because the facts might get in the way of promoting the anti-tax, anti-government, pro-trickle-down, pro-private-sector, de-regulation ideology which got us to where we are now.

Alan Cheah


Monday, January 12, 2009

Joe the Idiot Plumber Update

Well, here is Joe out on the job....arguing that journalists have no business covering wars around the world.