* In the photo above the latest right-wing working class "star" who goes by the name "Joe the Plumber" (remember him from the recent campaign?) was in DC this past weekend to promote his new book. At his book signing at Borders he only sold five copies and the event, which was to last for three hours, was called off after the first hour. The market for hate shock-jocks appears to be over saturated.
* In a piece posted on Counterpunch, former Reagan administration official turned anti-war critic, Paul Craig Roberts has the following to say about Obama's proposed 2010 budget:
"Obama is requesting $130 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2010 plus a $75 billion supplemental request for the wars during 2009. This $205 billion is on top of $534 billion for the Pentagon in 2010, for total military spending of $739 billion.
"The Chinese government’s budget shows China’s military spending at $59 billion in 2008. (The Pentagon claims Chinese military spending is between $97 billion and $139 billion.) Russia’s military spending in 2009 is projected to be about $50 billion.
"In the midst of the greatest economic crisis in US history when trillions of dollars are being added to US national debt, Obama’s budget spends more on two pointless wars than the total military spending of China and Russia combined. Obama’s wars serve only the profits of the military/security complex and the promotion rate of military officers. The longer the wars continue, the larger the number of officers who can retire at higher ranks, thus further swelling future annual deficits and the national debt.
"Moreover, as is becoming apparent, the Bush/Obama war in Afghanistan cannot be fought without fighting a war in Pakistan."