Antique 18th Century World Map

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Antique 18th Century World Map It is possible this was a very early 19th C. map.

Three columns from Salon that are worth a read. Joan Walsh’s Are 2010 Dems as corrupt as the 2006 GOP?

But this is another dramatic case of the double standard the media can’t seem to avoid when it comes to Republicans and Democrats. The big difference between the two sets of scandals is that GOP corruption in 2006 was big-time, it was systemic — and much of it was covered up, ignored and, in some cases (House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, anyone?), perpetrated by congressional leadership. Nancy Pelosi’s team came in and developed ethics standards and investigation protocols that are working in the Rangel case, standards that many Republicans, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, opposed.

Some Democrats and ethics organizations are not happy that Rangel just losing his chairmanship rather than being pushed out all together. Rangel is a Korean war vet that has served a relatively honorable stint in Congress and there is some disagreement to the extent to which he did favors. As Walsh points out this is not a great situation, but far from the deep corruption of the Delay-Bush years. Joe Conason’s GOP leaders shrieking “Democrat corruption” — like junket-loving John Boehner — rarely worry much over ethics and another from Joe, Why probe Charlie Rangel — but not Mitch McConnell?

Yet  of all the dubious donors to the McConnell Center, the worst smell emanates from BAE Systems, the British-based defense firm that just settled a years-long, transatlantic bribery investigation last month by paying a record $450 million fine negotiated by prosecutors in London and Washington. BAE subsidiary United Defense Industries gave $500,000 to the McConnell Center because, as a spokesman proudly  explained to the Courier-Journal, “We have a very good relationship with Senator McConnell. We appreciate all he’s done for our company and our employees in Louisville.”

Mitch (R-KY) knew BAE was going down and still tripped over his wallet in the rush to get them $25 million in earmarks.

This all seems business as usual – the Right, corrupt as ever planning to make a campaign issue out of a few Democratic wrong turns – which we should not condone – but should insist that if the Rangels are going to get slapped down so should McConnell and Boehner. The media going along with what Walsh identifies as yet more false equivalence is also well worn territory. We’ve all heard of the black tax – the extra effort and excellence expected from African-Americans. There has always been an extra media tax on Democrats. Often times it is not the media deciding to be assclowns as much as the fear instilled by fifty years of right-wing whining about the librul media. The media has bad news to report about a Conservative, they grasp for a Democrat to bash in kind – even though often the cases are not comparable. The Rangel/Boehner/McConnell story is a reverse play in which Rangel is the big scandal, while Republicans doing the same or worse is just too mush research for network producers and senior paper editors. And if they did note the disparity of coverage, right-wingers will say mean things about them. A dire situation to be avoided at all costs.

Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart and right-wing media grossly distort Reid’s jobs comments. Its not quite as arrogant and sleazy as the manipulated ACORN videos, but the same tactic.

Andrew Romano at Newsweek must have had a sudden urge to bang his head against a wall for all the good yet another piece about the factless Republican spin on reconciliation and health-care reform. Seven arguments Republicans should not be making against using reconciliation for health-care reform, and the one that they should

7. The referee is biased.
In interviews with Politico earlier this week, several Republican senators and aides attempted to portray Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin, a 33-year veteran, as a partisan who will inevitably side with the Democrats if they attempt to use reconciliation. As South Carolina’s Jim DeMint put it, “I think clearly the majority leader has his ear, and I’ve got concerns.” The only problem? Frumin was chosen for the post in 2001 by Republican leadership after they fired his predecessor, Robert Dove, for blocking their efforts to (surprise!) pass aspects of the Bush tax cuts and budgets through reconciliation. At the time, Republicans explained their move by saying Frumin was widely known for putting his personal beliefs aside and sticking to the rules. “It’s going to be pretty hard for anybody to be too critical of it,” Majority Leader Trent Lott said of the appointment. Until now, that is.

Number one of course is that sham that Democrats are actually passing health-care reform via reconciliation. The Senate passed their bill already with a filibuster proof majority of 60 votes. The House has already passed their bill. All bills that are passed by both Houses of Congress that do not have the exact same language have to go to reconciliation anyway. The issue is passing those tweaks with a simple majority – as Republican did previously – 14 times.

Strange days – I’m linking to LGF – The Pentagon Shooter’s Extreme Right-Libertarian Beliefs. Michelle Malkin and some of the usual suspects drooled over quite a few keyboards with the news that the guy was a registered Democrat. As LGF notes he had not voted for five years. Aligned himself with far right anti-government libertarians and ranted many of the same thoughts we’re hearing from the tea baggers. That said I tend to think the guy’s mental problems had more to do with his actions than his politics. Together they pushed him to what most of us would acknowledge would be a murder-suicide. What rational person would expect to open fire at the Pentagon and not expect to be killed.