6.21.2007

From Last week...Matthews Video: 'Rudy helps the terrorists'

Just when I thought this putz couldn't possibly say anything meaningful (other than Hillary & Bills sex life or what a "shrew" Hillary is in that sexist, chauvinistic way he has), he actually shocks and pleasantly surprise me with this:


Considering what a man-crush he has on terrorist hunter extraordinare , this was priceless.

More below the fold...

That one video is really why I put up this diary, but I didn't think it was enough. So, I did some further checking and found a few other interesting tidbits that related to people in the real world calling bull on Rudy's shit.

Evidentially more people are calling Rudy on his lunacy, not to mention his lies. It looks like the truth is going to be following Rudy around a bit more than he expected.

From Think Progress:

Firefighters target Giuliani’s 9/11 record.

Starting in January, New York City firefighters and family members of September 11th victims will be following former mayor Rudy Giuliani around nationally, challenging media claims that he “owns” the 9/11 attacks. “If somebody can tell me what he did on 9/11 that was so good, I’d love to hear it,” says Jim Riches, a deputy chief with the fire department whose son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks. “All he did was give information on the TV. He did nothing. He stood there with a TV reporter and told everyone what was going on. And he got it from everybody else down at the site.”

Here's just small taste from Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone piece:
Giuliani: Worse Than Bush

He's cashing in on 9/11, working with Karl Rove's henchmen and in cahoots with a Swift Boat-style attack on Hillary. Will Rudy Giuliani be Bush III?

Although few people outside of New York know it yet, there is an emerging controversy over Giuliani's heroic 9/11 legacy. Critics charge that Rudy's failure to resolve the feuding between the city's police and firefighters prior to the attack led to untold numbers of deaths, the most tragic example being the inability of firemen to hear warnings from police helicopters about the impending collapse of the South Tower. The 9/11 Commission concluded that the two departments had been "designed to work independently, not together," and that greater coordination would have spared many lives.

Given all that, why did Rudy offer this weirdly unsolicited reference to the controversy now? Was he joking? And if so, what the fuck? It was a strange and bitter comment to make, especially right on the heels of his grand-slam performance in the previous night's debate. If this is a guy who chews over a perceived slight in the middle of a victory lap, what's he going to be like with his finger on the button? Even Richard Nixon wasn't wound that tight.

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Rudy giuliani is a true American hero, and we know this because he does all the things we expect of heroes these days -- like make $16 million a year, and lobby for Hugo Chávez and Rupert Murdoch, and promote wars without ever having served in the military, and hire a lawyer to call his second wife a "stuck pig," and organize absurd, grandstanding pogroms against minor foreign artists, and generally drift through life being a shameless opportunist with an outsize ego who doesn't even bother to conceal the fact that he's had a hard-on for the presidency since he was in diapers. In the media age, we can't have a hero humble enough to actually be one; what is needed is a tireless scoundrel, a cad willing to pose all day long for photos, who'll accept $100,000 to talk about heroism for an hour, who has the balls to take a $2.7 million advance to write a book about himself called Leadership. That's Rudy Giuliani. Our hero. And a perfect choice to uphold the legacy of George W. Bush.
It a great article.

From Crooks & Liars, a great rant on the Guiliani Myth:
'A myth that needs debunking' by Steve Benen

These paragraphs, from an article in The Politico yesterday, are so common they barely register anymore.
Giuliani has tried to appeal to social conservatives, embracing their agenda by pledging to appoint “strict constructionists” to the Supreme Court, using Justices John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. as examples. Conservatives expect “strict constructionists” to determine that the Constitution does not mandate abortion rights.

But, like Dwight Eisenhower’s in 1952, Giuliani’s national security stature after the Sept. 11 attacks more likely explains his continued popularity within the religious right, whose voters have long held hawkish positions on the issue. (emphasis added)
Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II. Giuliani was mayor of New York on 9/11. Eisenhower’s national security stature was earned by defeating the Nazis and helping save the world. Giuliani’s national security stature is a media creation, bolstered by clever public relations. To put the two in the same sentence is comical.

And yet, this kind of implicit praise for Giuliani has taken root. NBC’s Chuck Todd has repeatedly claimed that Giuliani “owns 9/11.” The WSJ’s John Harwood said Giuliani can claim “combat” experience. The NYT uncritically characterizes Giuliani as the “commanding daddy.” The WaPo asserted as fact that Giuliani’s critics couldn’t possibly go after him “on national security” in the campaign. NBC’s David Gregory reported, “To many, 9/11 made Giuliani a hero.”

And all of these examples are just from the last three weeks. The further back we go, the more examples we find.

If ever there was a media myth in need of scrutiny, this is it.
Another Hardball moment I found through Crooks & Liars:
'Matthew get fired Up' by Logan Murphy

On yesterday's "Hardball" Chris Matthews was in rare form and fired up about Iraq, Immigration and fact-free Republican Presidential candidates. During his interview with Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) he slams President Bush for his Iraq rhetoric and playing the terror card when it suits him, but his main target was Republican Presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani. Matthews questions why Giuliani has been allowed to spout off the wall , fact-free talking points and nobody has stepped up to challenge him. I think this quote to Biden after watching a clip of Giuliani says it all:

Here's the video of the two of them ripping into Rudy after a Rudy appearance on David Letterman:

Then of course, if you haven't seen it, is Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Rudy:


And just for good measure, a great parody I found on Youtube by aravoth:


Well, that's all folks. It's going to be a long election cycle!

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I have permission to use this picture. The artist gave everyone permission during the 2004 elections. I actually turned it into a 4' x 6' banner and flew it from a flag pole (at the Gay & Lesbian store I was working at at the time) for the Republican National Convention here in NY. The artist, who was marching up 8th avenue during the big protest saw it, loved it! He eventually gave me a signed print (lithograph I think)!

Cross posted at Dailykos

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