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did you see OJ play against New England?'"
-- Chris Rock, Link
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
conspiracy is back
"The Clinton Tapes"
Youngner in 'Capitalism'
haunted by the sex jokes
Trapped in a Quagmire
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"Ann, I like you, but the woman is not coherent.
She can't construct a sentence." -- Joy Behar, to Ann Coulter
who said Palin draws large crowds in part because of her coherence,
Excerpt: The negative mythologizing of Obama bears a remarkable
resemblance in tone and style if not precisely in content
to the attacks on Clinton. "It's like when they
accused me of murder, and all that stuff they did," said the former president
-- presumably a reference to the wilder fantasies
circulated in conservative publications about Obama, from the forged
Kenyan birth certificates to the president's
supposed plans to inflict corruption, homosexual radicals and Muslim jihad
on innocent Americans. While some of the current
themes mimic those deployed against Clinton, there are generational
differences and the obvious fact that Obama is
not just notionally "the first black president." That status evokes a special
animus on the far right, of course -- although
Clinton at least had earned the lifelong hatred of his most dedicated enemy,
"Justice Jim" Johnson of Arkansas, for fighting
segregation and racism in Arkansas.
Back when videotapes still had to be circulated
by mail order, the Clinton-hunters did a brisk business with "The Clinton
Chronicles," a "documentary" alleging that as
governor of Arkansas he oversaw an enormous, unchecked racketeering
enterprise that encompassed international bank
fraud, cocaine smuggling and multiple murders, facilitated by a kind of
backwoods dictatorship. Nothing resembling that
remarkable work of extremist art, once promoted by Jerry Falwell and
the Wall Street Journal editorial page, has appeared
so far in the crusade against Obama -- but that doesn't mean nothing
is in the works. Many of the same organizations
and operatives behind the original Clinton smears are still active and
have amassed considerable wealth and influence
over the intervening decade.
"Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz are pouring
fuel on the fire, with their specious claims that closing Gitmo and rolling back Bush-era
torture leave America in imminent danger of a new terrorist attack."
-- Ruth Conniff, Link
Excerpt: New details have emerged about the attempt to
extort money from David Letterman. Suspect Joe Halderman threatened
to make public the correspondence between Dave
and his former on-air assistant Stephanie Birkitt, as well as Birkitt's
According to Radar Online, Birkitt and the Extorionist
met at CBS 15 years ago, and became romantically involved after Halderman
divorced his wife. During their relationship,
Stephanie allegedly 'fessed up to sleeping with Dave before Dave got married
earlier this year.
Stephanie, who has worked with Letterman for nearly
a decade, is allegedly "mortified" that details of her trysts with
Dave were used
by Halderman in an attempt to extort millions.
A source close to Birkitt tells the website that she had no idea about
the extortion scheme.
The right-wing handjobs are using this as proof
that Letterman is a perv and Palin was right.
Clarification: These affairs (Two, it seems) happened years ago - 2003 or so,
so that's why he didn't apologize to his wife
of seven months.
Subject: Clinton didn't do shit
for the gay community?
NF needs to look up his history a bit more.
NF said, "The only thing Clinton even attempted
to do for the gay community was the half-assed 'Don't ask, don't tell ...'".
Well, that is incorrect. Candidate Bill
Clinton campaigned on allowing all citizens, regardless of their sexual
serve openly in the military. When he became
President, it was one of the first things he tried to change. And
Bart, what you
bitch and moan about all the time is exactly
what happened next ... Democrats stabbed President Clinton in the back.
Of course Republicans went apoplectic about it,
but congressional opposition to lifting the ban was led by DEMOCRATIC
SENATOR Sam Nunn. Senator Nunn organized
Congressional Hearings, Republicans saw a way to damage President Clinton,
and they led the charge of phone calls opposing
the ban, and in short order, President Clinton realized he didn't have
of his own party and was forced to compromise
... which lead to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
President Clinton didn't begin with DADT, he ended
up there because of Democratic back stabbers.
Now after getting his ass handed to him that quickly,
does NF really believe
that President Clinton was going to go out on
a limb again for the gay community?
RJ Heaney, nomadic pillar
San Francisco, CA
Youngner in 'Capitalism' Our good friend gets a little recognition
He kicked polio's ass
Dr Youngner hasn't seen the movie yet, but people
have been calling him
to say that they've seen Moore's film and he's
Moore shows an old photo of Dr. Youngner and
spotlight-hog Jonas Salk in his film,
as an an example of the old days when disease
cures were not related to greed.
I could be mistaken, but I believe Dr Youngner
is the last scientist to actually cure a major disease.
These days, they don't do cures - they
just rent you a way to control your disease so they can
gouge you for a few hundred dollars a month -
assuming you want to pay that much to stay alive.
What a shame that the "cure business" is now
run by Wall Street and greedy oil company-types.
A shot of Chinaco to a great man, Dr. Julius Youngner
Excerpt: You have to wonder what some of the Obama era’s
most moneyed and White House-connected lobbyists
were thinking as they preened before a Washington
Whore Post reporter recently for two lengthy articles.
We’re not even nine months into the new administration,
yet these swaggering, utterly un-self-aware influence
peddlers seem determined to prove that nothing
except the party affiliations has changed in the Beltway’s
pay-for-play culture since Tom DeLay. If these
lobbyists were stocks, I’d short them.
One article focused on Heather Podesta who lobbies
for health care players like Eli Lilly, HealthSouth and Cigna.
Podesta is half of what The Post has called a
“mega-lobbying” couple. Her husband, with his own separate
(and larger) lobbying shop, is Tony Podesta,
the brother of John Podesta, who ran the Obama transition.
Granted, Obama was (remains) light years better
than the alternative running at the time, but that's not my question.
Frank Rich's column today makes evident what
has been true all along -- Obama is more of a typical politician than
any so-called far-left radical. The latter characterization
is simply used by nutball right-wing figures to stoke their crazed base.
But is Obama in fact so typical, so mainstream,
that we're not going to get the kind of change we thought we were going
In other words, Reagan used to placate the religious
right, tossing them gratuitous rhetoric when necessary
but never really getting behind anything they
favored to the point of instituting real change.
Will this be our fate ala Obama...? Wink, wink,
Obama needs to be reminded that he's the leader of the Democrats.
He's certainly not acting like he's the boss.
He's like a substitute teacher that the kids don't respect and that's
killing him and us.
"Excerpt: "Since John Solomon beaome executive editor of
the right-wing Washington Times in 2008, the newspaper has tried to
shake its image as a political front for its
founder, right-wing South Korean theocrat Sun Myung Moon.
The paper even wrested a "correction" from the
New York Times for describing it as "decidedly opposed to Mr. Obama,"
in the context of an NYT article about Washington
Times' editorials that compared Barack Obama’s health care plans to
Nazi euthanasia policies. The Washington Times
insisted that its news columns were objective and independent from the
So what is one to make of the "independent" Washington
Times leading its "Nation" news section Friday with a puff piece
about Rev. Moon’s much-anticipated autobiography?
For instance, there’s no mention of Moon’s financial
and political support for right-wing death squads that terrorized
Central America in the 1980s, nor his collaboration
with right-wing regimes implicated in the drug trade in Asia and
Latin America, nor his long record of illegal
Nor are there any interesting tidbits about his
bizarre "religious" views, such as his early practice of "blessing the
female followers by having intercourse with them
in rituals to purify the human race. Nor do we learn about Moon as the
proclaimed new Messiah sent by God to correct
the errors of Jesus, who supposedly didn’t do his part by having sex with
Excerpt: Let's read that quote again, because you could
be talking about the Obama administration's dilemma in 2009:
"That’s why they always
win. And they’re going to keep winning until somebody tells them the truth, that this administration is killing itself
every day to help people like them and making some progress. And if you hold me to an impossible standard
and never give us any credit when we’re moving forward, then that’s exactly what will happen, guys
like that will think that. But it ain’t all my fault, because we have fought our guts out for ‘em. And the
bad guys win because they have no objective other than to win. They shift the blame, they never take responsibility.
And they play on the cynicism of the media."
The bad guys win because they have no objective
other than to win. Sixteen years later, it's just as true. After opposing
efforts to censure racist Joe Wilson, Republicans
are trying to censure Rep. Adam Grayson even though Rachel Maddow
assembled a string of video clips showing at
least a half-dozen Republicans depicting Democratic healthcare plans as
effort to get Americans to die, drop dead, be
killed, you name it, by any means necessary. A lot of my liberal Twitter
were over the moon about Grayson's string of
bold remarks, and while part of me enjoyed turning the tables on the lying
ideologues, part of me thinks Democrats win when
they stick to facts and focus. And part of me is laughing at that naive
part of me right now.
Republicans play to win and they'll do anything
to make that happen.
The main goal of the Democrats is to be fair and
give the GOP a break.
Oh, and if victory knocks on a Democrat's door,
they might answer it,
but they damn sure aren't going to spend any
energy towards a victory.
Excerpt: Sunday's sloppiness in a 17-10 loss in Denver
to the 4-0 Broncos only gives the Romo skeptics more fodder.
"They are No. 1 for a reason," Romo said of his
encounter with the NFL's top-ranked defense, which limited him
to 255 passing yards, sacked him five times,
forced two costly turnovers and stopped him two times from tossing
a game-tying touchdown pass in the waning seconds
from the Denver 2-yard line.
Excerpt: A year ago, liberal pundits were appealing vainly
to the conservative commentators to come to their senses
and realize that America’s foreign policy was
absurd and that the contradictions (such as condemning torture at
Nuremberg and encouraging it at Abu Ghraib prison)
were causing the country to be held in contempt by many
of the citizens in the countries that are on
the “allies” list. Now, a year later, apparently the golden age of bipartisanship
has arrived because Rush Limbaugh and all his
digitally cloned echoes on the fair skinned but mentally unbalanced
news team have joined their former adversaries
in disparaging the President on a 24/7 basis.
Both teams of pundits are pointing out that the
President’s torture policy seems to be continuing, the dual quagmires
of Iraq and Afghanistan are continuing to drain
the country’s monetary resources and Iran may soon be hiding WMD’s
from the inspection teams. However the liberals
and conservative pundits still seem to differ on how to remedy that
situation – but they both agree that the President
deserves criticism for the status quo.
The conservatives seem to be having a jolly time
of their new role of criticizing the President. They have refrained from
that for a full 8 years and now they have "fallen
off the wagon" and are jubilant about exorcising that long dormant ability.
The liberal pundits, however, are experiencing
the feelings that occur to a base runner on first who gets suckered into
taking a lead that is one pace too far away from
the bag. They expected to be in a cheerleading role, but instead are a
bit skeptical about Obama's efforts to overhaul
healthcare, end two wars, and start the economic recovery process.
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Subject: Capitalism: An American
Saw Capitalism today. Great movie -very
truthful and hits the Democrats hard and I think
it was done this way for 2 reasons - to deflect
the right wing criticism of it being a Repug
hate piece and also to shame the Dems who deserve
I kept having the the feeling of "Wow, I was hoping
all of us were wrong all these years
and now has validated all that. This is extremely
scary" (for me.)
Unless we get Obama to start fighting, (have
his gonads been installed yet, will the Republicans
give them back to him?) this country is toast
and we are the United States of Goldman Sachs.
We now have the Change guy and a Super Majority
and the Repugs STILL own the agenda
and the spineless Dems cannot get anything done?
Change delayed is change denied.
The question now is Mr President, WTF???????
Steve in PA
I fear Obama's agenda will continue to be "play
nice and be fair."
Who thinks they can win a fight by being nice and fair?
Excerpt: If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.
Certainly that has proved true for David Letterman this weekend
as he faced a barrage of mockery from his acid-tongued
rivals. Dave, who regularly skewers the foibles of others,
found himself on the end of the same treatment
after being blackmailed over sex with younger female staff members.
Jay Leno did not hesitate to stick the knife in
with his first on-air joke after the scandal broke.
"If you came here for sex with a talkshow host,
you're in the wrong studio," Leno told his audience.
I like Dave, mostly, and I hate kicking a man when he's down (unless
he's Nazi scum)
but Dave's been doing Monica jokes for almost twelve years -
because he's so f-ing lazy.
That's what happens when you make $40M a year - you stop being funny
and you coast.
So the question becomes, now that Dave has lost his stale, 12-year old
does he have anything left or is he out of business?
Excerpt: 1. Oust the Puppets Who Think They Are Masters McCain won the South Carolina primary. The talk
jocks can't even deliver South Carolina!
4. Haters Never Prosper
(Except in real life)
Enough said. Start making actual plans instead
of just jeering at what the Dems are doing.
And celebrating that we lost the 2016 Olympic
bid is just bad form.
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