Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Countdown Live Blog: 2/10/09

The Tie: Purple with maroon dots.

Number 5: Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) came back to the Senate today as they OK'd the $829 billion stimulai package by a 61-37 vote. And the GOP is on the attack... on House Democrats. Meanwhile, President Obama was in Lee County, Florida to make his pitch introduced by Florida Gov. Charlie Criss (R). The plan passing got a standing ovation. Now, it's time to send this to conference and hammer out the compromise. meanwhile, a woman who was not allowed to vote because she lost her home when her son lost his computer programming job got personal with her. Meanwhile, Treasury Secratary Tim Geitner introduced a new TARP which is an ounce of prevention for a pound of cure. Yes, there will be strings attached to this one. Meanwhile, Howard Fineman joins up to say that the Grand Oldboys Party is now painted into a corner.

And the collapse of Lehman Brothers led to the chaos now in charge. Rep. Pual Kanjorski (D-PA) says that on September 15, the Fed reserve saw money markets dropped $550 billion in an hour. And it costs the Treasury $105 in e-funds and set a $250K limit, and if it wasn't there, the world economy woulhave collasped. Daniel Gross from Newsweek is here to tell us that $3.5 trillion was there, and then Lehman Brothers collapses like a cheap flophouse of playing cards.

Number 4: Last night at the presser, President Obama was asked on Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-VT) planned Truth Commission hearings on the chances that Adolph XLIII or his flunkies are going to get charged with everything about Gitmo, war crimes and so on... And he's talking with Obama and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue about it. A Frank Church Commissiion was planned when Leahy arrived, and that had failed everything. The usual suspects? Rummy and Herr Goebles Cheney. Prof. Jonathon Turley is back to tell us what model this will follow.

Oddball: Happy anniversary to the banishment of the spitball. Don't tell Gaylord Perry. In Taipei, they set off firecrackers to stimulate the economy believe it or not. In India, a married father of two has with love of his life. Unless his wife hears about it.

Best Persons: 3 - An unnamed 16-year-old Toronto guy went to his job interview and was stabbed in the leg along the way. 2 - A Petsmart with a vet clinic helped a lost deer. Put it on the parakeet's bill. 1 - Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA) lays the smack down on Laura Schelssinger. No brains on the far right whacko front.

Musical Segue: "If I Only Had A Brain." Dedicated to the brief outage that I had while trying to post that.

Number 3: An enthusiastic Julio Oseuguela wants to be a journalist while working at McDonald's and asks President Obama about improving benefits and looks like John Cena ("The Champ Is Here!") joins Keith live. He's now going to get an internship with Mike Veeck's (as in Bill Veeck as in Wreck) Fort Myers Miracle.

Still Bushed!: 3 - Many cronies of Adolph XLIII are now at The World Bank at $3k/day until 2014. 2 - More rebellion on John Yue and Donald Gregg in The Philadelphia Inquirer goes against the torture thing. 1 - Ari Fleischer on Billo the Clown's humor fest post-PC criticized Huff Po and forgot Talon News had "oddballs and morons".

Number 2 (Worst Persons in the World)
Bronze - John Scott at Fixed noise read an actual Senate GOP press release word for word if you can figure it out.
Silver - Billo the Clown rips off Countdown set and graphics, and rips into Cher...and edits out her comments of some Repbulicans.
Gold - Dr. Andrew Wakefield's MMR triple vaccine effects on autism were made up if you can believe it. Sir, have you met Michael Weinersavage and his riff on autism as "an act"?

Number 1: A-Fraud* enters the Countdown Apology Hall of Shame Hall of Fame tonight. And he has to apologize again. Video here.

So that's it for tonight. let's meet again manana...same time, same website, same blog.


  1. I love Keith (in a non-creepy way, of course), but he made a terrible error on Friday that he repeated today (which made it even worse)

    In his now infamous quote, Rupert Murdoch did NOT say "we have never been a company that tolerates facts", but rather, "we have never been a company that tolerates fat", which in context, makes more sense.

    What happened was there was a bad transcript put out online that had the quote as "even in [finance] times, we have never been a company to tolerate facts". Other transcripts and the actual audio of Pirate Rupe's press conference confirm that he said "even in plush times, we have never been a company that tolerates fat", which makes more sense. When I first saw Keith's segment, I was like "what?", that does not even make sense", so I researched it, and sure enough, someone put up a bad transcript, and it just so happened to be the one that Keith found. Okay, fine, he got found a bad transcript, all the others and the audio say otherwise, but that kind of stuff can happen, but what got me mad is that instead of apologizing when everyone else except left wing blogs have noted that Murdoch did indeed say fat Keith repeated the "facts" version of the quote, today, when surely, someone must have told him that he read the wrong transcripts.

    Here's an article that quotes him as saying "fat". http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/murdoch-we-will-survive-as-weaker-rivals-die-1547789.html

    He's still my favorite political news anchor/commentator (you'd probably be shocked to learn who's creeping their way as my 2nd fave, it's not Rachel or Chris Matthews), but he really can't make too many mistakes like that and get away with it.

  2. Okay, I heard it as "facts", but "fat" may make more sense.