Politics Rdp: What would Jesus spend, Obama's revenge, Chicago Tea Party
--According to The American Issues Project, one thing Jesus would NOT do is support the stimulus package. The group, which aired an ad during the 2008 presidental election opposing Obama, uses Jesus' birthday to prove a point on frivolous spending.
-- Obama's revenge never tasted sweeter. It seems the President is still sore about the satirical cartoon that graced the cover of the New Yorker magazine (pictured left) on July 14, 2008. He conveniently ran out of space on his next Air Force One trip for Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the magazine, though he invited 40 other journalists.
-- Energy Secretary Steven Chu admits he doesn't have an idea what his job exactly does -- and didn't even know that he was supposed to lead global oil-market policy for the U.S, stating it was "not in my domain." "I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president's position is," Chu said.
-- The Pope had some harsh words about a private Israeli TV show that satirically poked fun at Jesus and Mary. The show stated that Mary was not a virgin and Jesus did not walk on water, and included images that the Vatican claimed were a "vulgar and offensive act of intolerance toward the religious sentiments of the believers in Christ."
-- It seems that everyone in politics is (or at least allegedly is) being compared to monkeys these days. Huffington Post has issued a correction to a video allegedy showing Fox News reporter John Gibson referring to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, the first black attorney general, as a monkey with "a bright blue scrotum." The correction states that the video was indeed fake.
-- Yesterday concluded the first round of Obama administrations talks with the U.N. negotiations on racism. Their stance included topics such as encouraging foreign nations to drop reparation demands for slavery and to stop a draft declaration which....
...singles out Israel for its actions.
-- Though Senator Chris Dodd (right) said he "could see how it's possible" that the U.S. might nationalize ailing banks such as Citigroup and Bank of America, the Obama administration stated that they believed that "a privately held banking system is the correct way to go." Wall Street hasn't bought it: stocks in the two groups continue to tumble down.
-- It seems that 52,000 American customers hid their UBS Swiss bank accounts from the U.S. government in order to avoid taxes. A lawsuit has been filed against the bank asserting that it knowingly violated U.S. tax laws.
-- Move over Boston Tea Party. CNBC's Rick Santelli called for a "Chicago Tea Party," in order to protest the Obama administration's bailout plan for mortgages. As a sign of the times, maybe they should have a "Chicago Coffee Party" instead?
-- Michelle Castillo
Photo credit: Barry Blitt's illustration / The New Yorker magazine cover; U.S. Democratic Senator Chris Dodd / New Yorker Magazine; Matthew Cavanaugh / EPA