Republicans block jobs bill, demand Obama do somethig about jobs

NationalJournal.com – Obama Jobs Bill Dies in Senate – Tuesday, October 11, 2011 http://mobile.nationaljournal.com/congress/obama-jobs-bill-dies-in-senate-20111011

Republican opposition had assured defeat of the jobs bill for some time but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has worked for weeks to try to unify Democrats in support of cloture on the package. Democrats hoped their relative unity would highlight GOP opposition to a measure that polls well. After inserting a provision to pay for the bill by raising income tax rates by 5.6 percent on people who earn more than a $1 million a year, Democrats accused the GOP of blocking the legislation both to deny Obama a victory and to protect millionaires at the expense of the rest of the country. “Folks should ask their senators, why would you consider voting against putting teachers and police officers back to work?” President Obama said in a speech Tuesday in Pittsburgh. “Ask them what’s wrong with having folks who have made millions or billions of dollars to pay a little more.”

Update:

The $447 billion plan died on a 50-49 tally that garnered a majority of the 100-member Senate but fell well short of the 60 votes needed to keep the bill alive.

Republican filibustered it. You remember Bush’s original tax cuts that started this mess? They passed with the same vote count (it was 50-50 with Cheney being the final straw), except Democrats aren’t total assholes that put party politics above the Constitution.

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VF: The Woman Who Knew Too Much

At a time of record corporate profits, a time when 14 million Americans are out of work, when millions have lost their homes and, according to the Census Bureau, the ranks of those living in poverty has grown to one in six—that Elizabeth Warren could be publicly kneecapped and an agency devoted to protecting American consumers could come under such intense attack is, ultimately, the story about who holds power in America today.

via The Woman Who Knew Too Much | Politics | Vanity Fair.

Hint: it’s not a lot of people.

Finally, someone puts Big Brother in perspective

What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs http://m.gawker.com/5847344/what-everyone-is-too-polite-to-say-about-steve-jobs

Apple doesn’t stop there. It has a fearsome legal team that is not above annihilating smaller prey. In 2005, for example, the company sued 19-year-old blogger Nick Ciarelli for correctly reporting, prior to launch, the existence of the Mac Mini. The company did not back down until Ciarelli agreed to close his blog ThinkSecret forever. Last year, after our sister blog Gizmodo ran a video of a prototype iPhone 4, Apple complained to law enforcement, who promptly raided an editor’s home. And just last month, in the creepiest example of Apple’s fascist tendencies, two of Apple’s private security agents searched the home of a San Francisco man and threatened him and his family with immigration trouble as part of an scramble for a missing iPhone prototype. The man said the security agents were accompanied by plainclothes police and did not identify themselves as private citizens, lending the impression they were law enforcement officers.

There is a long history of this, and it’s going to get worse as Apple is one of the biggest abusers of our current broken patent system.

Six Months, No (domestic) Casualties, Freedom…what’s not to love?

Libya’s interim leader predicts Sirte victory by end of week – CSMonitor.com http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2011/1011/Libya-s-interim-leader-predicts-Sirte-victory-by-end-of-week

BBC reports that the NTC will declare Libya liberated once they fully capture Sirte, even in Mr. Qaddafi is still at large. Although the desert town of Bani Walid also remains in Qaddafi loyalist hands, the rebels do not consider it critical for declaring victory because it does not lead to any escape routes through which Qaddafi could flee the country. Rebel fighters incurred heavy casualties in the fight for Sirte. Loyalist fighters used snipers and mortar barrages to pick them off as they advanced on loyalist bastions in the city, such as the main Sirte hospital and the Ouagadougou conference center, which Qaddafi built for hosting regional summits, according to the BBC.

I’m pretty sure this is how a completely different scenario was *supposed* to play out.  Pretty wild what competent leadership can do.