Ex-CIA agent Philip Giraldi on defecting Iranian nuke scientist; retired Judge Richard Tuttle hammers Justice Kennedy for corporate mindset. Giraldi, who writes for antiwar.com and the American Conservative, says that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri told US intelligence that Iran has no active nuclear weapons program and he's not a double agent. Judge Tuttle is a wise elder who exposes Justice Kennedy's past as a corporate lobbyist, and blames him for the 2 worst Court decisions of the past 50 years. Segment 2 starts at 33:15 You can click here to read Judge Tuttle's full-page ad.
I'm not very excited about the health insurance reform that squeaked through the House last Saturday night. There are a few morsels in those 2,000 pages, like striking pre-existing conditions from the list of reasons for denial of coverage. But with coverage mandates, $400 billion in subsidies and a teeny weeny public option (designed to fail?) and the elimination of the Kucinich state-level single payer option, the Pelosi package was teetering on the edge of worse-than-doing-nothing.
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You sure showed Tom Ammiano how clever a governor can be. Sure, he shouldnâ€™t have called you a liar (even though itâ€™s true) or told you to kiss his gay ass, and you shouldnâ€™t have been at that Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco anywayâ€”but your pal Willie Brown invited you and since youâ€™re not doing anything in Sacramento these days, you dropped in and got a predictable response.
So when you stopped bluffing about vetoing all the bills this year (but it was a really cool bluff, cuz it came from you) and signed some of them, you vetoed a minor bill authored by Ammiano and sent him a custom veto letter that was so clever that the letters on the left margin spelled â€œFuck youâ€. This is the coolest, most clever F-bomb since the pop group April Wine released the song â€œIf You See Kayâ€ back in the â€˜80â€™s, your steroids-and-groping decade. You and the frat boys in your office mustâ€™ve spent hours crafting the letter and admiring it, and Iâ€™ll bet you did it all on a furlough day so taxpayers werenâ€™t pinched by it.
And it was so cool that you resisted the urge to call Ammiano a â€œgirly manâ€, since heâ€™s about the only member of the legislature who would take it as a compliment. The editorial writers at the San Francisco Chronicle werenâ€™t that coolâ€”the left margin of their editorial slamming your F-bomb spelled out â€œgrow up, girlymanâ€ which is just so, well, 2005.
Whatâ€™s even cooler is that you have been sodomizing Californiaâ€™s Democrats on just about a daily basis since the summer of 2008. Since our real Governor, Grover Norquist, wouldnâ€™t allow the GOP members of the legislature to work with you to resolve the budget crisis that you created when you killed the car tax on your first day in office (way cool--$26 billion cool!) you managed to get the Democrats to bend over and take itâ€”leading up to the May special election. The Dems acted like your sex slavesâ€”telling us that unless we approved that 6-pack of poison, that life as we know it would cease. The voters are smarter than you all reckoned, and rejected your â€œsolutionsâ€ because they knew they were phony.
So then you spent the summer in Sacramento (not cool) and alienated most of the legislators by demanding an all-cuts budget with massive disinvestment in education and a clever offshore oil drilling scheme that didnâ€™t generate much money and showed us that your concern about climate change is just an act from a bad actor.
And after the Democrats survived all-nighters and gave in to virtually all of your demands, you screwed them again with line-item vetoes of programs like domestic violence hotlines, even though you didnâ€™t have the power to do so. Now thatâ€™s really clever and very coolâ€”you rock, dude! Who needs a legislature or even a constitution when youâ€™ve got power derived solely from ego?
Over the next 5 to 10 years, as we struggle to repair the considerable damage that youâ€™ve done to California and its most vulnerable people, we will marvel that you were so clever, and so cool as you imposed disaster capitalism on California, dismantled Pat Brownâ€™s dreams and left the rubble to his moonbeam son.
Your stint as governator may be your only foray into politics; I hope so. But I expect that you will let Carly Fiorina run against Boxer as the Republican, and jump in as an independent in the general, and hope that you can write a script that covers your massive failures to date. And we will scour that script carefully for crude and cryptic messages in the left margin.