"For Rush and Glenn and Balloon Dad, the allure
of media attention is too powerful to be curbed by a sense of social responsibility. When
a troubled soul with nothing to offer craves the national spotlight, he builds a balloon and tells an outrageous
story. When a political party with no good ideas thirsts for power, it outsources its message to those
who manufacture fear and incite anger." -- John Del Cecato,
Excerpt: The Obama administration's recent characterization
of Fox News is a long overdue acknowledgment of the obvious:
Fox News is not a legitimate news organization
-- indeed, after many years of serving as the research and messaging wing
of the GOP, it has now gone beyond even that,
to become the electronic evangelist of an ultra-partisan and non-reality-based
Historically speaking, White House criticism of
the media has often been unseemly and defensive, with the president's ire
provoked by journalists who excel at their work
-- by asking cheeky questions, exposing important things that the president
prefer be kept secret, holding the powerful accountable
and playing host to a vibrant and informed exchange of a wide range of
But in this case, the critique is something else
entirely. The Obama White House is not upset at news gatherers for doing
What Obama and his aides are correctly pointing
out is that the people working at Fox News are doing another job altogether.
The White House "attack" on Fox is being derided
as bad politics, as ineffective and as a distraction from more important
-- all of which may be true. But doesn't it kind
of matter that, when it comes to the substance of what Anita Dunn, David
and Rahm Emanuel, and now even Obama himself
have said, they're exactly right?
I'm with the "fight back" crowd.
We've been the surrender party since 1980 and
I'm tired of it.
"We may be No. 1, but there is sort of an insurgent
quality to Fox News. And that's kind of our attitude: 'Hoist a
Jolly Roger, pull out our daggers and look for more throats to slit.' This is tremendous fodder for us.
My lord, we've been living on it."
-- Brit Hume, calling FOX News a bunch of murdering pirates,
"Fox News shows should probably carry a warning:
Contact your doctor if you have rage lasting more than
-- Louis Menand
I don't know where to start on this. It sounds
like he is having twinges of a guilty conscience
and his non-action in the face of the destruction
of New Orleans.
So he is wondering if he should have send in
the troops to save the day? If he hadn't dismantled
Clinton's excellent FEMA program, he would not
be left to wonder how to respond in an emergency.
I hate him as much now as when his incompetent,
lying, murderous self was in the White House.
Pat with Horses
Subject: Bush and New Orleans
Sending in the National Guard to New Orleans was
against the law?
Is this the new spin?
How did we survive 8 years of this prick?
Excerpt: The "party of no" just might have gone one vote
too far this time.
By now most Americans have heard about the 30
Senate Republicans who voted against an amendment
that would have prohibited government contracts
with companies that use mandatory arbitration clauses
to deny assault victims the right to have their
cases heard in court...
Whose bright idea was it to unify against something
Surely opponents are already dreaming up campaign
ads for the next election cycle.
It would appear to be common sense for members
of Congress to overwhelmingly support legislation
that helps rape victims, not add salt to their
emotional wounds. But the words "common sense" do not
describe what has been taking place inside the
Even John Cornhole of Texas recently acknowledged:
the GOP is no longer a national party.
Newsflash: Republicans, formerly known as the
"tough on crime guys" aren’t going to regain
national status by voting against legislation
that further hurts rape victims. The party has truly lost its way,
and this 'No' vote against Franken’s amendment
might just be one 'No' too many."
The Republicans have nothing to worry about.
The Democrats are too polite to list the
facts during a political campaign.
If *I* was running against a senator who voted to protect gang rapists,
you'd fucking damn sure would hear about it, again and again.
I'd run a "pro-rape" commercial 500 times and then force the Rethug
it was a mistake to vote that way - then you question his lack of judgment.
But the Democrats don't listen to my advice.
They don't reach for victory.
They'd rather wait and see if victory floats over to them.
Excerpt Lt. Junior Grade Pee Bush, 33, joined the Navy
Reserve in 2007 as an intelligence officer. Seriously.
That's what you can get when your cousin is an
unqualified Commander in Thief. The Navy recently
told him that the two ongoing wars required him
to go active-duty overseas, potentially in Iraq or Afghanistan.
"They said that it's not a question of 'if,'
it's a question of 'when,'" Bush told The Daily Beast. "It's just a matter
Bush, who claims he was inspired by his grandfather
H.W. Bush getting shot down at sea, as well as murdered NFL star
Pat Tillman, signed up for an eight-year term
in the Navy Reserve in 2007. When word got out about his enlistment,
Pee told Politico that he was "disappointed"
as he'd intended to keep it under wraps, saying, "I was hoping to keep
as confidential as possible. I'm not doing
it for political purposes or anything along those lines," he said with
a straight face.
"From the air Sunday morning, this looked like
a city restored… but down below, it turned out to be
a morning from hell."
-- David Ignatius, WaHoPo, flying over Baghdad on the day of the deadliest
bombings in years, Link
I never claimed I could figure out the motivation of suicidal
but why cause trouble now - when we're preparing to leave?
Does al Qaeda need us in Baghdad so they call call us "infidel
"Surely Obama and his advisers don’t really
think that their feud with Fox News will do anything but enhance the cable
-- Clarence Page, telling Obama to just lie there and take it,
If you're on a long flight, and the snot-nosed nine year old behind
you kicks your seat, you take it.
But after 100 kicks you turn around and talk to his parents.
After 200 kicks you take your case to the flight attendent.
After 300 kicks, you turn around and smack the little bastard
No, Clarence. "Taking it forever"
is how we've always done things.
I'm with Obama on this one.
The entire media spectrum treats FOX with respect and dignity
- that's horseshit.
They should be laughed at and ridiculed until everyone understands
they are clowns.
"Without Beck, the Obama administration would
not have had to deal with any controversies. Without Beck the far left would not
have been exposed. Beck is the only national figure
willing to take on the extreme left and to
prove that Obama has ties to them and may even be one of them."
-- Michael Van Der Gailen, calling FOX News, Hannity, Pigboy and O'Reilly
You asked why the government inst doing anything
if its a national emergency. You also asked
why call it a national emergency and not ask
the nation to take any action? I think you have a Bart's Law
that may answer this question, I am not sure
which number, but find the entity that's making money off of
our president declaring the swine flu a national
emergency, and you will be closer the why question.
Hope all is well with you and yours!
<nice U2 review, thanks>
It sounds like you're saying Obama's as crooked
at the Bush bastards.
I don't think that's even possible.
Excerpt: Yes, the Rude Pundit did say that Olympia Snowe
had "mad fellatio skillz" on national radio.
The discussion of the subject between the Rude
Pundit and Stephanie Miller is merely a pretext,
of course, for a groin-throbbing dance of projected
"There are conservatives who know perfectly
well that Beck is an unhinged buffoon who traffics in crude, ridiculous ideas. But unlike the hapless
GOP, he’s popular and effective in the political war against Obama. So these conservative cynics adopt
a 'no enemies to the right' approach to Beck, even though he’s mainstreaming the ooga-booga worldview of a crank
prophet who believed, with the John Birch Society, that Eisenhower was
a closet commie. This is foolish. Not
every enemy of Obama is a friend to conservatism."
-- Rod Dreher, who sounds like he knows what he's talking about,
I have read Patrick Smith's Ask the Pilot
column in Salon for several years. He has detailed the long hours,
the crummy pay, and other abuses that pilots
have endured since the Republican deregulation of the airlines.
I suspect that these pilots were napping because
they were both completely exhausted. I hope that the Obama
Administration investigates the entire situation
instead of merely scapegoating these pilots.
We have reached the unbelievable place in our
Country where the pilots have little or no influence over the airlines,
the teachers have little or no influence over
the schools, the farmers have little or no influence over agriculture,
and the doctors have little or no influence over
How did our supposedly-free Country find itself
in such a situation?
A pilot friend of mine said those sleeping pilots
missed their chance to change things.
Maybe they should've said, "Yes,
we fell asleep because we're working three jobs, trying to make a decent living because you've
cut our paycheck so many times."
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Excerpt: For six years, the CIA has fought in federal
court to keep secret hundreds of documents from 1963, when an anti-Castro
Cuban group it paid clashed publicly with the
soon-to-be assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. The C.I.A. says it is only protecting
legitimate secrets. But because of the agency’s
history of stonewalling assassination inquiries, even researchers with
no use for
conspiracy thinking question its stance.
The files in question, some released under direction
of the court and hundreds more that are still secret, involve the curious
career of George E. Joannides, the case officer
who oversaw the dissident Cubans in 1963. In 1978, the agency made
Mr. Joannides the liaison to the House Select
Committee on Assassinations — but never told the committee of his earlier
Excerpt: "Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise
and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners
into the administration of our national Government;
and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American
army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any
but a natural born Citizen."
-- John Jay's letter to George Washington, presiding officer of the Constitutional
George W. Bush (German Jewish name George Scherf
"I don't know if you know this or not, but my
great-grandfather built a home right here in Columbus, on Roxbury Road,"
Bush told the National Association of Home Builders
in Columbus on Oct. 2, 2004. My grandfather was born in this city
back in 1895, so I hope a month from now the
Ohio voters will send a homeboy back to Washington." (source)
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