President Obama in Michigan today – Snowbama!

President Obama in Michigan today – Snowbama!

President Obama is in the far northern reaches of Michigan today to kick off his drive to extend high-speed internet to 98% of the country.

President Barack Obama’s visit to Marquette today is intended to highlight the benefits of widespread access to broadband service and promote his plan for a National Wireless Initiative to make high-speed wireless Internet services available to 98% of all Americans, the White House said in a briefing Wednesday.

The cost of the latter will be borne by proceeds from the sale of 500 MHZ of wireless spectrum, estimated to net about $27.8 billion over the next decade, administration officials said.

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Ted Nugent: This is what happens when an idiot-clown gets the megaphone

Ted Nugent: This is what happens when an idiot-clown gets the megaphone

If you’re looking for a little comic relief on your glide path to Friday, bop over and read Ted Nugent’s latest drivel at the Washington Times, “Mourning in America”. Honestly, who gave this guy a megaphone? What he knows about politics and history wouldn’t fill a thimble.

President Obama has been trying to saddle up next to former President Ronald Reagan to gain political points with the American people. That’s going to put quite the strain on your mystical smoke-and-mirrors machine there, Barry.


Because of his tax-cutting, pro-free-market, reform-minded ways, Reagan ushered in one of America’s longest-running economic booms.

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Rep. Steve King: Criticism of Obama’s religion has “accelerated his church-going”

Congressman Steve King, Republican conservative from Iowa, has spent an enormous amount of time casting doubt on President Obama’s religion. Tonight, on Lawrence O’Donnell’s Last Word, O’Donnell played a clip where Representative King said that the President doesn’t have an “American experience”. Then, during the interview, King dropped this unbelievable bit of insulting idiocy:

“The President stood in Cairo and spoke to the Muslim world and professed to be a Christian. If he will stand in front of the Muslim world and make that statement I take him at his word. I don’t question his religion. I will say that the criticism of his religion seems to have accelerated his church-going and I think that’s a good thing.
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Blue Wave News update

As I blogged about before, the pragmati website Blue Wave News was hacked and taken down. Leanne from BWN has this update:

No, the site isn’t dead – it’s resting. ;)

Seriously, though, we are indeed working on getting back up and running, which should happen very soon. We may not have all the bells and whistles functioning at first, but mark my words: Blue Wave News shall rise again!

Good news and wishing them all the best. Stay tuned.

I’m just sayin’……

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"It's the one thing I want to do. I want to serve this country."

“It’s the one thing I want to do. I want to serve this country.”

The Washington Post has a fascinating article today about an 18 year-old young woman trapped between wanting, desperately, to serve the United States in the military and her inability to do so because she was brought here as an undocumented citizen when she was 11.

When Noheli Carrasco takes charge of her teenage battalion at South Lakes High School – their rifles pointing toward the ceiling, green uniforms crisply ironed – she looks much like the military officer she wants to be.

But Carrasco, 18, is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. And although she wants to join the Air Force after graduation and has been courted by recruiters, she is barred from enlisting.

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Republican Congressman Darrell Issa needs YOUR help!

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has put a form online where business owners can submit their ideas for how the GOP can reduce regulations that protect Americans in order to improve their corporate bottom line. While that’s all well and good, perhaps it would be good for him to know that regulations can HELP businesses as well by leveling the playing field and spurring innovation. There are a group of climate activists that are working with businesses asking them to flood the site with stories about helpful regulations such as the ones President Obama discussed the other day in his speech to the US Chamber of Commerce:

Few of us would want to live in a society without rules that keep our air and water clean; that give consumers the confidence to do everything from investing in financial markets to buying groceries.…
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Get in the game

During his speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week, President Obama said this:

Now is the time to invest in America. Today, American companies have nearly $2 trillion sitting on their balance sheets. I know that many of you have told me that you are waiting for demand to rise before you get off the sidelines and expand, and that with millions of Americans out of work, demand has risen more slowly than any of us would like.

But many of your own economists and salespeople are now forecasting a healthy increase in demand. So I want to encourage you to get in the game.

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Chrysler hits a homerun with "Imported From Detroit" Superbowl commercial

Chrysler hits a homerun with “Imported From Detroit” Superbowl commercial

If you haven’t seen the new ad Chrysler ran during the Superbowl last night, you should really have a look:

VOICE OVER: I got a question for ya.

What does this city know about luxury, huh? What does a town that’s been to Hell and back know about the finer things in life?

Well I’ll tell ya: More than most. You see, it’s the hottest fires that make the hardest steel.

Add hard work and conviction and the know-how that runs generations deep in every last one of us.

That’s who we are. That’s our story.

Now, it’s probably not the one you’ve been reading in the papers.

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Bill O'Reilly proves he's not worthy to kiss President Obama's shoe

Bill O’Reilly proves he’s not worthy to kiss President Obama’s shoe

Just sitting here watching the Fox interview with President Obama during the Superbowl pregame.

I’ve never seen such an unprofessional, disrespectful interview of any President ever.

He constantly cut-off the President.

He constantly interjected his own opinions.


President Obama was poised and answered O’Reilly’s questions intelligently and thoughtfully. I don’t know how he was able to do it given the juvenile, completely unprofessional nature of O’Reilly’s questions and demeanor but he represented himself very well.

I can only assume the reaction to O’Reilly’s behavior will be one of scorn and derision. It deserves nothing more.

Here’s the video:

Transcript HERE.…

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Comic artist pwns hateful homophobic bigots - world laughs

Comic artist pwns hateful homophobic bigots – world laughs

I can’t even begin to express how absolutely full of awesome this is.

There’s an online comic I read regularly called Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal that’s drawn by Zach Weiner. It’s a rather bizarro comic, lots of science fictiony type stuff, generally hysterical. Not long ago, he ran this comic:

The odious homophobic, anti-gay, anti-same sex marriage group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for some reason thought this was an anti-gay comic so they put it on their website (which I’m not linking here because they are such hateful tools.) When they did so, they didn’t save the image to one of their servers and then link to it.…

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So, about those ads…

You may have noticed that I have been playing around with ads on Eclectablog lately. I was banned from Google Adsense for some unknown reason so I tried out Chitika and Adbrite. After a month, I’ve earned a grand sum total of $3.45. Woo hoo.

So, I’ve pulled them. There’s no point in inflicting useless visual garbage on Eclectablog readers if it’s not going to actually do anything useful.

Ads may come back some day but, for now, they are gone. Mainly because they are useless.

I’d love to make a little jing blogging. Seriously, I would LOVE that. But there does not appear to be any way of doing that for me, at least not at the moment.…

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Photo from last night's kOscar award ceremony

Photo from last night’s kOscar award ceremony

I just wanted to thank everyone again for their support that earned me the Daily Kos “Diarist of the Year” award. For those that missed the show, here’s a rare shot of me receiving my award:

Hee, hee!

I’m just sayin’……

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