I won’t be blogging Monday or Tuesday unless some sort of major thing happens. If you want to hear my random thoughts and opinions in the absence of blogging, please follow me on twitter and listen to my nightly podcast, The KaibCast, which you can find at this link. The program airs regularly on weeknights at 6 PM Eastern, 3 PM Pacific.
UPDATE: Here’s the link that takes you right to Monday’s KaibCast, which you can listen to on demand: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joshkaib/2011/02/28/mondays-kaibcast-22811
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Michael Goodwin has a great column in The New York Post from Sunday. Titled “Union Bile Runneth Over,” it is sure to cause liberals to foam at the mouth (see video after the excerpt):
The Boiling Over of the Liberal Mind is on full display these days, and it is not a pretty sight.
Union protesters in Wisconsin compared Gov. Scott Walker to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other tyrants. A sign showed him in a Nazi salute and screamed, “Heil Walker.” Another said, “Hitler, Stalin, Walker.” Still another showed a swastika next to his name.
New York unions also reached back to World War II, although with a twist. “Wisconsin: Our Pearl Harbor,” wrote John Samuelson, president of the local Transport Workers Union, which represents transit workers. He railed against “enemies of labor and democracy.”
But Paul Krugman proved himself the master of disaster comparisons. The bid to trim union power reminds the excitable New York Times columnist of the invasion of Iraq.
His argument, as best I can follow it, is that privatizing services and weaning people off government is exactly what Iraq was about, and we did it in Chile 40 years ago, too. Or something.
Wherever you look, the bile runneth over. Beyond making fools of themselves with juvenile comparisons, the “social justice” crowd is inadvertently proving that public-sector unions are a privileged class. Touch them and you die from a thousand insults.
This post is the first in a new series of posts, recapping the KaibCasts for the week and encouraging you to listen to them.
- I talk about the union battle in Wisconsin and how Scott Walker might have to compromise with the runaway Democrats, plus the latest from Libya and the breaking news about former NY Gov. and hooker enthusiast Eliot Spitzer, who will now have an elevated position at CNN. I also play a funny audio clip that I stumbled upon.
- I opine about the national implications of the battle in Wisconsin and the global implications of the fighting in Libya. Also: why the U.N. is a joke.
- I rant about the union battle in Wisconsin, the national influence of the unions over President Obama’s agenda, the coming rise in gas prices, the uproar surrounding something Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said, and how the Canadian health care system is more evil than the American system (contrary to what Justin Bieber says).
- I address the unrest in Libya, the murder of 4 Americans by Somali pirates, and the continued wrangling over public-sector unions.
- I talk about Presidents and why Obama isn’t a good one.
Don’t forget to listen to the KaibCast, live weeknights at 6 PM eastern or on demand following the live broadcast.
The violence is continuing in Libya, as pro-Gaddafi forces continue to murder protestors. The New York Times has a disturbing story about Gaddafi loyalists shooting at people from the back of an ambulance:
An increasingly gruesome picture began to emerge Saturday of the violent tactics used by the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to quell protesters in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, with several witnesses confirming that forces loyal to the government had been shooting people from ambulances and using antiaircraft guns against crowds.Witnesses to the violence in Tripoli, where a tense standoff held on Saturday, also said that the government had removed dead bodies as well as the wounded from hospitals in an effort to disguise the mounting death toll in the uprising against Col. Qaddafi sweeping Libya.
Col. Qaddafi’s forces had put down demonstrators, who had taken to the streets after Friday Prayers to mount their first major challenge to the government’s crackdown, with snipers from rooftops, buckshot, and tear gas, witnesses said. There were unconfirmed reports that an armed rebel force was approaching the city on Saturday.
"Come on, Kathleen. Just this once. I promise to wear my black socks."
CNN has announced that current “Parker Spitzer” co-host Kathleen Parker will be leaving the program but will continue to contribute to CNN. The 8 PM show is being renamed “In The Arena” and will be solo hosted by disgraced hooker-humper Eliot Spitzer, who proved himself to be more adept at TV than Parker, who sucked.
Here’s how Mediaite described the news:
After months of turbulence at CNN’s Parker Spitzer, the network will drop co-host Kathleen Parker from the show, according to sources and a memo released to CNN staff. Eliot Spitzer will continue with the show. “I wish Kathleen all the best in continuing on with her spectacular career. It has been a joy working with her as a teammate, and I continue to be a huge fan of the wisdom that jumps from her written work and the wit, charm and insight she brings to all that she does,” said Spitzer in a statement. According to CNN chief Ken Jautz, the new show will be solo-anchored by Spitzer and an “ensemble format” of contributors and be called In the Arena. The new show debuts Monday.
The full press release after the jump:
Lawrence O’Donnell, the MSNBC schmuck who was chosen to fill the 8 PM slot after Keith Olbermann’s ouster, is morphing into a moron of Olbermann-like proportions.
Video from “Red Eye” after the jump (thanks to Olbermann Watch):
On last night’s KaibCast, I said the violence in Libya will continue until Gaddafi is killed. I stand by that statement and wish the CIA would get a move on things. Lawlessness is lingering all over Libya, as the Gaddafi regime fights to hold onto the small part of Libya that it still controls.
From the Associated Press:
Militias loyal to Muammar al-Qaddafi opened fire on protesters streaming out of mosques in the Libyan capital on Friday, demanding the regime’s ouster, witnesses said, reporting at least four killed. Across rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days.Protesters chanting for Qaddafi’s ouster streamed out of mosques near downtown Tripoli’s Green Square and other districts after prayers, and they were confronted by troops and militiamen who opened fire, said several witnesses. Gunmen on rooftops in streets near the square shot down on marchers, they said.