R.I.P.

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78:

WASHINGTON — Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

Hmm

So I invested in a $7 multi-directional TV digital antenna, to see if I can cut the cable cord. It doesn’t look likely, since I couldn’t pull in two of the local stations. But I gotta say, the HD picture was so much better than it is with the cable! Anyone else ever notice this?

I was gonna say this

But Atrios got there first.

“We can do better by replacing the archaic system we have now with ones that offer better incentives to work. We have too many distinct programs (unemployment insurance, food stamps, housing vouchers) that penalize earnings, collectively creating a huge implicit tax that discourages work among the poor.

Assholes.

Harry baits Boehner

Apparently the plan is to bait Boehner into making a deal. Harry Reid went on the offensive today against John Boehner:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this morning that it “looks like” Congress will fail to come to a deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff, blaming the failure on House Speaker John Boehner’s “dictatorship” running the lower chamber.


“It looks like that’s where we’re headed,” Reid said. “I don’t know, time-wise, how it can happen now.”


It’s not exactly a surprise — leaders left Washington last week without any imminent signs of a deal in the making. But it’s a grim warning just days before tax hikes and automatic spending cuts begin to take effect.


Reid opened the Senate session by launching into a lengthy criticism of the House and Boehner, saying he “seems to care more about his Speakership” than making a deal on the cliff.


The House is being run “by a dictatorship of the Speaker,” Reid said. He accused Boehner of waiting until the election of the Speaker on Jan. 3 to get involved with negotiations. And he urged the lower chamber to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which the Senate narrowly passed in July. The bill made permanent all of the Bush-era tax cuts on incomes of less than $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individuals.


Reid also slammed the House for not being in session on Thursday. He said that instead of being in Washington, Republicans are “out watching movies.”

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