The furor over MoveOn.org’s silly “General Betray Us” ad which led to a bipartisan Senate condemnation
of MoveOn after Republicans blocked a move to include right-wing smears against military veterans like
Democrats Max Cleland and John Kerry carries a bitter lesson for the American Left.
Hoew can the Republicans block everything they don't like
when the Democrats were powerless to block anything - ever?
Simply put: This is what happens when one side of American politics the Right spends three decades
and many billions of dollars building a sophisticated and powerful media apparatus and the other side
the Left does next to nothing on media infrastructure.
Yes, it’s true that many Democratic senators behaved spinelessly, but a leading reason for their political
cowardice is the Republicans’ extraordinary ability to whip up national frenzies over anything that can be
portrayed as an affront to them or their allies.
The Right’s powerful ideological media stretching from newspapers, magazine and book publishing to
talk radio, TV networks and the Internet is arguably the most intimidating force in modern American politics.
There is nothing remotely comparable in size, reach or funding on the Left.
Bart, I disagree with CC in FL about your language. I read that post with all the f-bombs in it.
I'll tell you this: my reaction was visceral and cathartic. I felt the same way as you did.
$500 words don't evoke that kind of emotion, which is nonetheless true for its coarseness.
What you said had the same meaning as what Olberman says at times -- but even though I
understand all of his words, they never carry the same force and emotion yours do.
As I read your words, reminding me of all those examples of Republicans using the same tactic as Move On,
only in infinitely lower, viler ways, I felt angrier and angrier as you went on. I felt my rage building to the boiling point
-- right along with yours, Bart. I felt my blood pressure rising, my ears started ringing, my heart raced (no shit).
That's the kind of reaction we *should* have to this BetrayUs debacle, goddamnit.
There is no thoughtfulness, no contemplative civility called for here. There is only rage.
Thanks for sharing it with me.
What could trip up Clinton? Many things: a scandal, a mistake or an unexpected event -- although mistakes seem
the least likely given what has transpired to date. The most likely is a defeat and that certainly appears most possible
in Iowa. A Clinton loss in Iowa would instantly change perceptions of the Democratic race and bring new scrutiny
to Clinton's candidacy that may be overlooked right now.
In Iowa, the polls show a three-way contest that also includes Obama and Edwards -- and what happens in Iowa
and New Hampshire will affect all the other states. An Obama victory in Iowa would deal a serious setback to Clinton.
If Obama were to win both Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton then would be in deep trouble.
Hey Bart, what's that little wagon your Oklahoma football team
pulls around after they score a touchdown?
Lynn, that's a great story.
In 1889, President Harrison was about to make Okie-homie a state.
They got everybody on the starting line and said, "When we fire the gun, you can race to whatever land you like and claim it and that land will legally be yours."
Well, some of them cheated and left a little "sooner" than the others,
so to celebrate cheating, we call our football team The Oklahoma Sooners.
That's why we hired Barry Switzer (Just f-ing with Jimmy Johnson, Barry!)
That wagon they pull around after each touchdown is the Oklahoma Sooner Schooner.
When we play Southern Cal, you're going to see a lot of the Sooner Schooner.
"Sharpton and I went to Sylvia's, a very famous restaurant in Harlem. ...they all watch The Factor. When Sharpton and I walked in everybody was very nice. And I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City even though it's run by blacks. There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea." --Bill O'Reilly, discovering that those people are almost like humans,Link
What Ahmahandjob actually said is "We do not allow homosexuality in Iran."
The translator blew it by a literal translation of "there are no homosexuals".
Get the linguistic confusion there? It's a subtle point.
Stupid Columbia, stupid, stupid Bart-fuck.
"I" am the idiot who trusted Ahmahandjob's translator?
Sorry, my personal Farsi translator had a dentist appointment.
I couldn't invent an e-mail this monkey-ish.
There are religions in which homosexuality is abhorrent.
You mean like every major religion in America?
Just ask Larry Craig about his own party's view about this.
It is a truism in the blogosphere that one more terrorist attack will turn America into a fascist state. People speculate
about what fascism in America will look like, or how they might fight it. Others boast that they plan to flee the country
ahead of the coming fascist takeover of the United States. One cannot read these posts without a sense of bitter irony,
because one thing is clear to those who are watching carefully:
The United States of America is already a fascist state.
The United States turned fascist on December 11, 2000 when the Supreme Court appointed George W. Bush.
That decision is the modern American equivalent to Hindenburg's swearing in of Hitler as chancellor of Germany.
By swearing in Hitler as chancellor, Hindenburg set in motion a process which led to the Nazi dictatorship and
World War II. In the case of the Nazis, the Reichstag fire of February 27, 1933 was the catalyst they needed
to cement their grip on power. In the case of Bush and his backers, the tragedy of September 11, 2001 was
the catalyst they needed to complete their full takeover of the American government.
"It's a Republican litmus test this year. The GOP has won two elections on the issue of fear and terrorism...it's going to try again." -- Sen. Chuck Hagel, one of the few GOP lawmakers trying to close Guantanamo,Link
Everybody says it's going to be Hillary vs Rudy the gay-loving, gun-hating cross-dresser.
I think the GOP needs a "real" conservatiove like Brokeback or Huckabee so they can
split the Fascist vote and give our next president 70 senators and 300 representatives.
I was reading issue 2043(great job) and noticed that you had written a notice
by the BC Male Hotties link saying "Women Only, please"
I was wondering why you put that there, I mean I know you need all the web traffic you can get
but traffic is traffic, page hits are page hits, so why discourage all the closeted male republican
politicians from browsing the male hotties page?
Tim fom the Hoosier State
Tim, reverse psychology.
If you tell someone, "Don't click here," they might click to find out why not.
Just three months before the election, Rather had a story that might have changed the outcome.
We now know that Dan cut a back-room deal to shut his mouth, grab his ankles, and let his network
retract a story he knew to be absolutely true. In September 2004 when Rather cowered, Bush was
riding high in the polls. Now, with Bush’s approval ratings are below smallpox, Rather has come out
of hiding to shoot at the lame duck. Thanks, Dan.
It began on September 8, 2004, when Rather, on CBS, ran a story that Daddy Bush Senior had, in 1968,
put in the fix to get his baby George out of the Vietnam War and into the Texas Air National Guard.
Little George then rode out the war defending Houston from Viet Cong attack. The story is stone-cold solid.
I know, because we ran it on BBC Television a year before CBS . BBC has never retracted a word of it.
But CBS caved. So did Dan.
Bart, your f*ck-you-b*sh.htm was a classic Bartcop cartharsis. I was right there with you.
Thank you man.
You are the only one who puts in plain English how angry and sad I am about my country
and the spoilers and usurpers who stole the office and are ruining what's good about America.
If it weren't for your plain speaking, Bart, I would go mad, so thank you.
You're our guy Bart.
- Faithful reader with huge copays who should be donating to you but runs out of month before money
I see that, as usual, the Democrats chickened out over the MoveOn.org ad. Even though they voted against
the Republican amendment, Sen. Boxer had introduced a similar amendment that they all voted for, except for
Russell Feingold (a shot of Chinaco to him for standing up for free speech). Boxer's amendment failed because
the Rethugs all voted against it. Apparently, even though Petraeus is a liar (or, as Adm. Fallon said, a blankety-blank
chickenshit ass-kisser), we're not supposed to call him what he is. There was literally nothing in that ad that has not
been supported by the facts, in spite of the Republican attempts to disprove its assertions.
I'm totally disgusted with all of the Democratic presidential candidates at this point.
When I get calls from any of the candidates for donations, I hang up on them. I saw Ralph Nader on Bill Maher
a couple of weeks ago, and he made a comment about HRC that I somewhat agree with (and I don't much like
"St. Ralph" either). He said she did not have even her husband's minimal courage. While I think BC has way more
courage than he is ever given credit for, I think Nader nevertheless had a valid point. I think particularly of HRC's
support of the flag-burning amendment, a bill that President Clinton vetoed twice. In my opinion her actions in this
matter, which incidentally fooled no one and made her no friends among conservatives, were nothing short of cowardly.
Even "Fat Tony" Scalia gets it; that's why he voted with the majority of the Supreme Court to strike such laws down.
And believe it or not, Bart, a principled defense of voting against such legislation can and has been made.
Bill Clinton did it, and it didn't hurt him one little bit. The only reason HRC couldn't make the case for free speech
is because she lacks the courage to do so.
But make no mistake: even if you put this in the "Why I Hate Hillary" column,
I'll still vote for her if she's the Democratic nominee. I'll vote for her,
but I make no bones about the fact that, to me, she has been a huge disappointment.
Bart, I was going to write and commend you on having the sac to speak what the vast majority
of us are thinking and feeling. You, sir, have my overwhelming respect as well as my continued admiration.
In reading the piece, I kept marveling at how your written words have often been spoken by myself, sometimes verbatim.
I'm certain that the mother's, fathers, sisters, brothers as well as the wives and children of our dead and maimed
who have served are right there with you, as well. Someone had to speak with the voice of the American people
and let the murdering liar have it! THANKS!!
Come on, Bart... the 'Boys go into Soldier Field and lay the bitch slap of bitch slaps
down on the defending NFC Champs and you have NOTHING??
Made their defense look as soft as Pickles Bush's liver and you have nothing nice to say?
Granted, it's three games and the NFC's best is probably on par with the AFC's wild card team, but come on...
HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS !!!
Jeff D Bloomington, IN
I would be illogical to not recognize that the Cowboys have had some success.
They gave Ted Stevens (R) $1.5 billion dollars to build two bridges to absolutely nowhere.
They gave away hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to major corporations, mostly oil bastards.
They trashed habeas corpus which dates back 800 years to the Magna Carta. You can now be arrested without
a charge, denied a lawyer, and held indefinitely. They said it’s just for terrorists but they lied.
Whatever happened to the outspoken, and usually correct, Howard Dean?
He was the FIRST Democrat to start calling BS on the Bush administration.
And as he did, public opinion started to sour on the Republicans.
Where's Howard Dean?
Have the Dems hidden him away because he's not nice enough to Bush?
I'd like to see him in Reid's position!
Stop giving money to Democrats and give your money to MoveOn and bartcop.com instead.
Let the Dems know that you are sick of Harry Reid and his surrender tactics and that they won't get
any of your money until they get a fighter in charge of the senate.
Write letters to the editor that call for Harry Reid to step down.
Post messages on high traffic sites like Daily Kos and Demo Underground to dump Reid.
Call your senator and demand that Reid step down. Get phone #s at http://www.senate.gov Permalink to this from your blog and/or copy it to your blog
Call members of the news media about this.
Make a donation to MoveOn or bartcop.com (donate to email@example.com)
I think we'll elect a Democratic president, but she'll need 67 senators on her side to get stuff done.
With Reid in charge, the senate could lose members because they refuse to fight back
"I'm not going to spend all day talking about Hillary."
-- Rush Limbaugh lying again on 09/24/07 at the beginning of the program
right before he spent the better part of three hours talking about Hillary. (Thanks to Mac)
"Eight hours of sleep is too much. If you get too much, it will kill you; if don't get enough, it will kill you. We are going to die, folks." -- Piggy's feel good, inspiring message of the day
"Republican House members start talking about how we can insure every child for health care... That's not what people want!"
-- Click Here to listen to Rush say it
MoveOn.org’s ad may have gotten more attention than it deserved, but it also has underscored several
important points: the foolishness of MoveOn’s ad-buying strategy, the cringing hypocrisy of the mainstream
U.S. news media when attacked by the Right, and the pressing need to build independent news outlets.
MoveOn initially spent $64K for its Petraeus ad. Then, because of MoveOn’s juvenile pun played on Petraeus’s
name, the Bush administration and its right-wing allies exploited the ad to divert the debate on the Iraq War
into an argument over the propriety of the ad's language.
MoveOn now has volunteered to pay the Times the full ad rate, sending a check for an additional $77,000.
In other words, MoveOn has taken $142,083 from American donors and given it to the New York Times
for the privilege of running an ad that served to undermine the goal of reining in President Bush’s Iraq War.
Talk about getting a reverse bang for your buck.
I’m finally making enough to send you some for all you’re doing for us.
I apologize for being too poor in the past to donate, but I’m finally making
enough to kick back a little to help keep you around. I owe you a lot.
I love your site and I am proud to donate to it…
Keep swinging the hammer BartCop. We ALL owe you.
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