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After learning from Diane  Feinstein that 40% of the 900 billion “stimulus” is tax cuts it makes perfect sense to find out who this compromise was reached with:

The nature of the “compromise” agreement is best illustrated by considering the political physiognomy of the five senators who negotiated it. They include three Republicans—Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania—Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, the most conservative member of the Democratic caucus, and independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, an all-out supporter of the war in Iraq who was one of the most vitriolic supporters of defeated Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the 2008 elections.


Of course, programs for people were cut so the wealthy can enjoy their tax cuts. Mostly – education

education programs bore the brunt of the reductions, including $40 billion cut from a “stabilization” fund to aid state-administered K-12 schools, and $15 billion cut from a proposed expansion of special education and Head Start pre-kindergarten programs, as well as funds to implement testing mandated by the No Child Left Behind law.

Krugman stalking report update

Once again, no sooner I get it on economics, Krugman posts the same

Now the centrists have shaved off $86 billion in spending — much of it among the most effective and most needed parts of the plan. In particular, aid to state governments, which are in desperate straits, is both fast — because it prevents spending cuts rather than having to start up new projects — and effective, because it would in fact be spent; plus state and local governments are cutting back on essentials, so the social value of this spending would be high. But in the name of mighty centrism, $40 billion of that aid has been cut out.

heh, heh! Nice going!

There was an impressive showing for John Ades memorial.

There were cameras, reporters and lots of people with peelers.

When they said they wanted to build a monument I had in mind the comment “even if I’d miss him, I’d see the little peels on the ground and knew he was there”

Turned out it was a bit mre intricate than that – and we did our turn

while elsewhere in the market, one week old lambs in red coats were beeing paraded…

more on this from the Gothamist including David Ades’


“My father always told me that my inheritance would be forty cartons of peelers, and it was. He left them all to me. I’m going to go home and practice on some potatoes, and then come out to his old spot on 17th and Union Square West and show all of you.

and a little poem in the comments that ses Joe’s catch phrases:

Says Joe
In memory of Joe Ades

Says Joe: “One for five. Five for twenty.”
O how we on foot miss you plenty!
Says Joe: “I know this is not an asparagus.”
O you so made us laugh and peel, Mr. Ades!
Says Joe: “Or slice it like a politician, under-handed.”
But I hope, Mr. Ades, Obama slices it left-handed.
Says Joe: “Julia Roberts on the cover and me in the middle.”
Why Mr. Ades, with your twinkling eye, you made us blush and giggle.
Says Joe: “This is not TV. This is live.”
True, true — and now no one to match your jive.
Says Joe: “You haven’t got any friends? Nor do I.”
O Joe, not so. Raising our carrots, we say bye.

and a video

After “electing” him, the media – or at least broadcasters are enjoying the results

President Obama’s desire to talk — and talk, and talk — to the American public could cost broadcast networks millions, and millions, and millions of prime-time TV dollars.

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Broadcasters are bracing themselves for the likelihood of three prime-time interruptions in three weeks, totaling at least three hours of prime time — and ad breaks — yanked.

But, but….is this the same media giddy over the financial crisis because it would help Obama?

They changed their tune now

“His economic stimulus package apparently does not extend to the TV networks,” one network exec noted.

and hope for backlash

“Do people really want to come home after looking for a job, or after being at a job they hate, sit down to veg out in front of their favorite show — and he’s on again?”

“He could lose a lot of goodwill doing this.”

Maybe. I meanwhile am having fun watching the grumblings of a – still – slavish media

Although the broadcast networks can opt out of carrying these presidential appearances, “you don’t want to incur the wrath of the White House” because “if you’re on the [poop] list, you are last in line for interviews and things like that,” one network exec explained.

Poop list – money – what a conundrum!

Monday preemptions are particularly problematic for broadcasters, what with it becoming one of the most competitive nights this season. This Monday at 8, for instance, to accommodate Obamavision, Fox would have to pull an original episode of its extremely popular “House.” Price tag: about $3 million.

So, does this mean, that will NOT be Obama’s bestest speech?

I heard Tweety deviated from his self appointed role as a propagandist too

Third, Obama loyalist Chris Matthews made fun of him last night for using a teleprompter.

You know things are bad when tweety turns on you

Not Your Sweetie

February 2009