Friday, February 06, 2009

Compromise On The Stimulus, Women Soon To Dominate The Job Market, The Octuplet Woman Still On My TV, And Bonus (Young) Anderson Cooper Cussing

Yo peoples. Here comes the weekend. Things kick off tonight with the BREAKING NEWS that it looks like there might finally, finally be a compromise on the stimulus bill. From Dana Bash we learn that the Senate is still debating literally as we're watching, but they believe they'll have at least 60 votes and that's what's needed. She then goes through some of what made it into the bill and some of what got cut. Education didn't fare so well. But hey, it's not like that's important, right? For what is in the bill, Joe Johns blogged us a rundown. It all looks pretty good to me.

We then go to Ed Henry live who talks about President Obama's efforts to get this thing through and after that we're off to Ali Velshi at the Wall of Doom for talk about job losses. It just keeps getting worse. I feel like I should be watching 360 through my fingers like a horror flick.

For discussion, we've got David Gergen, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Amy Holmes, and Candy Crowley. Of note is Anderson pointing out that the bill has money for things like updating the electrical grid, but studies show the money is not near enough. Amy goes into this further, "I think of my own hometown of Seattle and the light-rail system there. When you look at how much that costs, compared to what is going to be set aside in infrastructure, it's gargantuan, $22 billion to build the Seattle light-rail. That's for one city. So, what will this bill really be building?" It's a fair point. This bill is enormous, but quite frankly, it's not big enough. Stimulus is spending. We need less tax cuts and more spending.

There's also some talk about how this bill won't be all that bipartisan, which I'm sorry, is not Obama's fault. Then also of note is this from Anderson: "Mayor Brown, as we look at 14 billion in Pell Grants that's back into this thing now, how does that create jobs? How does that create stimulus?" I really hope that question is just for the sake of discussion. Really, the fact that Pell Grants are even being questioned is just ludicrous to me. How out of touch are these people? Do they realize the cost of a college education (which is basically required these days for a good job). Not everyone can go to school on Mommy and Daddy's dime.

I'm really at the end of my understanding-rope when it comes to this bill and the things the Republicans are opposing. They're against education spending? Are they kidding? Whining over infrastructure repairs? We live in the richest country in the world and recently lost one of our cities due to levee failure. A major bridge just up and collapsed. Our educational system is in shambles, leaving us uncompetitive with the rest of the world. This should not be happening in the United States of America! And now we finally FINALLY have a forward-thinking leader, someone who's willing to spend his political capital on desperately needed long term fixes and the Republicans are opposing him? Are they insane? Yes, they should be shrieking about accountability, we all should, but this debate, and quite frankly how it's been covered, has become utterly ridiculous.

From here we have a Drew Griffin piece, but you regulars know how I feel about that. Then we're on to a Tom Foreman piece about how women are taking over the workplace. Woo, girl power! Actually, part of the reason is that male-dominated industries are losing more jobs, so it's kinda cruel to 'woo'. Sorry boys.

Moving on to a Gary Tuchman piece on that octuplet mother. Ugh. Ann Curry of NBC sat down with the woman because...I don't know. Isn't Curry the one who did that great reporting from Darfur? And now she's interviewing the octuplet mom. Wow. I maintain that the whole thing is sick and it's not responsible to give her airtime. Anyway, in case you somehow missed it, this woman now has 14 children, is single, and has no income. Awesome. She seems to think that she's getting the grief because of the single part. Um, no, it's because 14 children is an enormous undertaking, which you in no way seem capable of handling and by having eight at once, you just put eight children at risk for probable chronic problems that may not even surface for years. Oh yeah, and the fact that your exploiting them right now is also kinda annoying. Please 360, ignore this woman!

The "shot" tonight is Jimmy Kimmel having fun with Anderson's Obama interview, which Anderson intros as so, "There's been a lot of talk about my interview with President Obama in the Oval Office on Tuesday, not as much as, say, the octuplet mom. But hey, what are you going to do?" Ha! But he's not bitter or anything, people. Anyway, that smoking question? In this clip, the answer would be a "yes." " I don't know how I missed them," says Anderson. Also? Obama please stop smoking! Please?

It's Floor Crew Friday and on the webcast tonight, Jerry basks in the glow of his new-found fame from his "Single Ladies" dance. Of the trio, he thinks he shook it the best. So modest. Then I think we hear from Frank. Or maybe it was still Jerry. I don't know, I was distracted and my video kept cutting out, so I'm afraid this is sub-par recapping. But anyway, whoever it was, is very proud of his hip moves and notes that they got him into trouble, much like Elvis, doncha know. Yes, those babies should be insured. And...yeah, I got nothing.

Finally, a special "shot" for your weekend. Some nice soul just uploaded a World News Now clip that I'd never seen before. Apparently, Anderson has a potty mouth (I knew it!) and decided to try to rectify this personality defect. After my go at trying to give up cussing one year for Lent (it ended in disaster and sadness), I found this fairly amusing. Oh, and the ending? Worst fake fighting ever (but adorable).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you about how the coverage of the impact of the stimulus bill has been terrible. I'm at a loss as to why we can't get real facts from all of our tv news sources. The Republicans and their inability to stop playing games and politics leaves the impression that they really don't care how Americans are going to be affected if an appropriate bill isn't passed, they just want to grandstand and try to show they're still relevant in the age of Obama.

Thanks for the WNN video. I'm not the least bit surprised that Anderson curses like a sailor, I just hope he never goes all Christian Bale with his 360 crew. Nah, AC's got more class then that.

3:05 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

@anonymous--Exactly. The Republicans are using this bill to try to shore up their party ideology, when they should be thinking about the country.

As for the press, they seem incapable of doing coverage without false balance. The Republicans are the ones not compromising, yet Obama is getting charged with politics as usual. Figures. Someone on another blog brought up the debates and how the press always initially called them very close, whereas the snap polls of the public always had Obama with a big lead. This is similar. The press needs Washington to remain the same, so they in turn can remain relevant. I just posted a much-watch video from Bill Moyers Journal about this phenomenon.

I'm not surprised about Anderson's cussing either. He just seems like that type. But no, he'd never go all Christian Bale. Do WASPs even know how to have obscene tirades? :P

6:53 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

No to “stimulus” bill. Here’s why:
Since Obama’s earnest drive to convince the nation to weaken its economic strength through redistribution as well as weaken its national defense, has confirmed the very threats to our Republic’s survival that the Constitution was designed to avert, it no longer is sustainable for the United States Supreme Court and Military Joint Chiefs to refrain from exercising WHAT IS THEIR ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO DEFEND THE NATION FROM UNLAWFUL USURPATION. The questions of Obama’s Kenyan birth and his father’s Kenyan/British citizenship (admitted on his own website) have been conflated by his sustained unwillingnes to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal, and compounded by his internet posting of a discredited ‘after-the-fact’ short form ‘certificate’. In the absence of these issues being acknowledged and addressed, IT IS MANIFEST THAT OBAMA REMAINS INELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. Being a 14th Amendment ‘citizen’ is not sufficient. A ‘President’ MUST BE an Article 2 ‘natural born citizen’ AS DEFINED BY THE FRAMERS’ INTENT.

9:28 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

Oh, Ted, Ted, Ted. You poor thing. I just want to pat you on the head. It must be hard to be a 22 percenter--all alone in your minority while the rest of the nation has moved on to saner pastures.

I'm not going to bother posting any of the monumental evidence that Obama is, in fact, a US citizen. Because that's not really what you want anyway, is it? Besides, crazy rantings on random blogs are really all you have left and it almost seems cruel to take that away. One does wonder, however, what the stimulus and Obama's citizenship have to do with each other. But me thinks logic is not your strong point.

Anyway, take care. Oh, and watch out for black helicopters.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, crazy rantings on random blogs are really all you have left and it almost seems cruel to take that away

Oh SNAP!!!

Along with your always enlightening commentary on AC360 and politics in general, it's observations like that one which make your blog required reading, eliza.

6:30 AM  
Blogger eliza said...

@anonymous: Sometimes they make it too easy. :P

6:49 PM  

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