7.31.2007

Bill O'Reilly: Where was your outrage at these photos?

The Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse photos are the types of photos Bill O'Reilly, Michell Malkin and all the other sociopaths poisoning our airways should have been be enraged about when they surfaced, not the one they touted would be the end of days Daily Kos.

As if.

But, that would imply they're human.

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Instead, they're raging about mock blow-job photos, snark... about rethuglican sympathizer, Holy Joe Lieberman, on his knees. That's what their angry about?! Where was their outrage at this?:

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or this:

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I certainly don't recall Bill's jihad against those who setup, took or AUTHORIZED the treatment of these prisoners (see Heck-of-a-job Rummy, Billo's Idiot in Chief, etc.) and invited the world's scorn as if we we're the evil empire we once stood up against for all those years:

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Hey Bill! Who do you blame for the effect these photos have had to our nation's image, our nation security and or ability to speak from moral authority? Let me guess.. the crazy, far left? Right. We did this, us commies, not your putz in chief:

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Right. A political cartoon (of sorts) about a blow job by a man who might as well be sucking the President's Cheney for all the bending over he does for this most corrupt administration in our nation's history, that is the image destroying our country, not this:

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How do you explain this to your children?:

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Who's fault again do you tell them?:

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I love your red shorts (Mike Stark's great diary made my day), but didn't this picture require real outrage when they popped up?:

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You can't possible believe those who took photo, the leaders (your leaders) who authorized the treatment portrayed in it, don't deserve to be in jail, do you?:

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While Rome burns, you pick a fight with the only group of people who aren't afraid of you. Dear Rupert must have put you up to it?

Is he really scared of losing the microphone to a bunch of dirty, stinkin' commies, or is he trying to deflect your remaining viewers from noticing what happening in the real fox-free world, right before their eyes, like when they saw this (and you blamed the soldier who gave them and the liberal media who published them for the world to see)?:

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Yeah, Bill. I guess you thought you could get some mileage with another blow-job scandal.

I'm sure Holy Joe is thanking you from the bottom of his... oh, never mind, he doesn't have one. Well, I'm sure he's thanking you for making this little seen picture of him on his knees (where he belongs) more prominent in his little social circle of a 102 (99 Senate colleagues, Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity & you of course).

I wouldn't be surprised if Harry Reid has already taped a copy into his appointment book just to give a him a laugh on rough days at the office. So thank you for giving it free publicity.

Thanks for all you do, Bill. Thanks for screaming liberals in a room full of people hoping against hope they will forget what they were doing (taking you and your ilk down one election at a time) and stop coming after FOX's ass in the process.

How's that workin' out for you?

By the way, nice house. Very normal looking. Bet you have nice neighbors too. Say hi the Stark for us all next time he stops by.

Cheers!

According to Wikipedia, we all have the right to use these photos:

"These images are in the public domain because it is ineligible for copyright. This applies worldwide. Pictures taken by U.S. military personnel on duty are ineligible for copyright, unless the photographer successfully claims that the photographs were not taken as part of his or her official duties. The photographers of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photos have not made this claim, and have in fact denied it under oath."

And, have the right to use this too (from the artist):

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Now, I need a cup of the good Joe.

Cross posted at Dailykos

7.30.2007

Glenn Greenwald rips Iraq "experts" Mike O'Hanlon and Ken Pollack new ones

Why do some of these bozos get even a second of air time? I just don’t understand how legitimate papers, magazine & news shows could think viewers don’t remember how wrong these two have been every step of the way when it comes to anything related to national security or military strategies, as you can see by the dissection employed beautifully by Glenn Greenwald in his article, The really smart, serious, credible Iraq experts O'Hanlon and Pollack.AA’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over & over again expecting different results.I guess some producers & editors in the news business are truly insane.Here’s an excerpt:

What is the most vivid and compelling evidence of how broken our political system is? It is that the exact same people who urged us into the war in Iraq, were wrong in everything they said, and issued one false assurance after the next as the war failed, continue to be the same people held up as our Serious Iraq Experts. The exact "experts" to whom we listened in 2002 and 2003 are the same exact establishment "experts" now.

Hence, today we have yet another Op-Ed declaring that We Really Are Winning in Iraq This Time -- this one in the NYT from "liberal" Brookings Institution "scholars" Ken Pollack and Mike O'Hanlon. They accuse war critics of being "unaware of the significant changes taking place," proclaim that "we are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms," and the piece is entitled "A War we Might Just Win."

The Op-Ed is an exercise in rank deceit from the start. To lavish themselves with credibility -- as though they are war skeptics whom you can trust -- they identify themselves at the beginning "as two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration's miserable handling of Iraq." In reality, they were not only among the biggest cheerleaders for the war, but repeatedly praised the Pentagon's strategy in Iraq and continuously assured Americans things were going well. They are among the primary authors and principal deceivers responsible for this disaster.

7.29.2007

Glenn Beck just can't help himself

Evidentially Al Gore & The U.N. want to take over the world and instead of the Jews, it's Global Warming that they are using as "the enemy" in order to bring people together.

From Campaign for America's Future :

"Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax. The goal is the United Nations running the world. That is the goal. Back in the 1930s, the goal was get rid of all of the Jews and have one global government." He continued: "You got to have an enemy to fight. And when you have an enemy to fight, then you can unite the entire world behind you, and you seize power. That was Hitler's plan. His enemy: the Jew. Al Gore's enemy, the U.N.'s enemy: global warming." Beck added: "Then you get the scientists -- eugenics. You get the scientists -- global warming. Then you have to discredit the scientists who say, 'That's not right.' And you must silence all dissenting voices. That's what Hitler did."

Glenn Beck on his nationally syndicated radio show.

The CNN host also praised the John Birch Society this week. Here's how Alex Koppleman over at Salon.com describes this wonderful society:
It is, let's face it, pretty shocking to see a group that has been a pariah since the 1960's given credence on a mainstream television network, especially when the group is as far out as the JBS. The JBS is, after all, the group that believed fluoridated drinking water was a Communist mind-control plot. Oh, and its founder, Robert Welch, once accused Dwight Eisenhower -- and no, we are not kidding -- of being "a dedicated conscious agent of the communist conspiracy." It even inspired Bob Dylan to write a satirical song, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues."
Here's Steve Benen's response to Glenn's love fest with these loons from over at Talking Points Memo:
I suppose there's a logical explanation for why CNN has given this man his own talk show, and why ABC News invited him to be a regular contributor to "Good Morning America." I just can't think of what that explanation might be. It's not like his ratings are keeping him on the air.

Poor things.

Have you ever notice how a perpetual liar is usually the first to scream liar? Or a thief is usually the first to accuse someone of stealing? How about a rabid homophobe preaching hate towards those who can’t help being who they were born to be usually turn out to be the first to bend over?

That’s what Bill O’Reilly & Michelle Malkin are like. They’re usually the first to scream something (this person is anti-American, that person hate’s the troops, the left is planting hate on their sites, far-left loons are trying to trample upon their free speech by going after their advertisers) then when you look deeper into what they are screaming about, it turns out that they’re usually the worst offenders.

Take how they’re now calling those who call them on their shit, hate-mongers.

Bill O’Reilly and his rabid lapdog, Michelle Malkin, the king and princess of hate, anti-Americanism and extreme views even for the right side of the American Aisle (Ann Coulter would be the Queen) started a battle with what they refer to as the “far left” blogs, particularly that of Daily Kos. What’s funny is the Daily Kos isn’t a far left blog, it’s a free blog (for all who don’t mind the ads) dedicated to electing Democrats and one which prides itself on the most American value of them all, free speech. There are over 100,000 users and millions of comments posted each year. Does Bill even know 100 people who are literate?

While there are only few rules (members seems to be able to police themselves quite well taking on and down those who are there just to cause trouble), they don’t take kindly to slandering, accusing or perpetuating something that can’t be backed up, with links, by legitimate sources. While some trouble makers slip through the cracks – usually plants from other right wing factories like O’Reilly’s & Malkin’s (notice how they’ve already accused the “left” of doing exactly that when it’s nearly impossible as Orally charges a hefty fee for membership to his hate-site and would ban a person at the first sign of disagreeing with his views and Malkin thrives on stirring up the hate on her site personally).

What’s funny (and quite sad) is that BillO hasn’t figured out that he can’t quite hide from the truth out here on the internets, you know those series of tubes Alaskan Senators can’t seem to wrap their stone age heads around. That’s because you can’t hide. What you’ve said and who you really are is out there…forever.

Everything these true sociopaths accuse their detractors of doing, being and saying, they excel in. From threatening the lives of our elected officials to making threats against our government, these psychopaths know no bounds (click on these screenshots captured by AmericaBlog to enlarge picture). Mind you, these aren’t fly by night posters, they’re people who have been posting on their sites for long periods of time:

Bill O'Reilly's Web site threatens Hillary's life:


Bill OReilly.com: "If [Hillary] wins... my guns are loaded"

Both of which have cause the Secret Service to investigate.

How about these:

BillOReilly.com suggests terrorist attack against US Capitol building:

BillOReilly.com: Islam is "nothing more than a cult that condones murder":

Then O'Reilly promotes "burn down the Capitol" fan on his TV show:

Glenn Greenwald, in a matter of just a few clicks of a mouse, was able to expose the truth about Michelle Malkin's two hate sites, MichelleMalkin.com and HotAir.com. The following comments which she promoted are all from this month, and because they are so representative of the filth she regularly promotes, they were easily found by a research assistant, Matthew Berman, in roughly an hour:

Glenn states:

One of the lowest and most dishonest tactics is to attempt to smear and demonize a blog by exploiting statements left on the blog by commenters despite the fact that the comments have no relationship to the arguments made by the blogger. It is no surprise that right-wing pundits have made that deceitful tactic one of their most frequently invoked weapons. The most recent example, of course, is Bill O'Reilly's campaign to pressure Jet Blue to withdraw its sponsorship of Yearly Kos due to statements made by Daily Kos commenters who have no connection to the site other than using it to comment…

.. The following comments which she promoted are all from this month, and because they are so representative of the filth she regularly promotes, they were easily found by a research assistant, Matthew Berman, in roughly an hour:

MichelleMalkin.com's NAACP thread: Most blacks just want a free ride:



NAACP thread: "Colored gangs" are rampant:



NAACP thread: "MichelleMalkin.com on "negro culture":




Hot Air's call for a "jihad" against Democrats -- including arresting them for treason and seizing their bank accounts:



From Malkin's "Keith Ellison Watch" post -- American Muslims should be banned from government:


Michelle Malkin.com on American Muslims:



MichelleMalkin.com copying Ann Coulter: John Edwards is a fairy:



Hot Air: John Edwards is a "butt pirate":



MichelleMalkin.com promotes theory that John Kerry shot himself in Vietnam:

Nothing compares to what has come directly out of the vile mouths of these two. The following lists were documented by Media Matters, your one-stop warehouse of all the vile and villainy thugs like these have uttered throughout their venomous careers:

Bill on Democrats


O'Reilly hatchet job on Sen. Barbara Boxer filled with lies [1/18/05]

O'Reilly labeled Sen. John Kerry a "sissy" six times in one program [11/29/04]

O'Reilly: If Jimmy Carter "were president today, we'd all be speaking Arabic" [7/21/05]

Bill O'Reilly echoed Republicans' suggestion that terrorists would like to see Sen. John Kerry beat President Bush in the 2004 presidential election [10/7/04]

Self-proclaimed nonpartisan O'Reilly urged listeners to vote against Democrat Sen. Tom Daschle [7/21/04]


Bill on the American Civil Liberties Union


O'Reilly on ACLU: "I think they're a terrorist group. ... I think they're terrorists" [3/1/05]

O'Reilly: ACLU is "behind all abortion on demand, euthanasia, and coming soon perhaps, infanticide for impaired babies" [4/19/05]

O'Reilly: ACLU is America's "most dangerous organization ... second next to Al Qaeda" [6/2/05]

O'Reilly: "Hitler would be a card-carrying ACLU member. So would Stalin" [1/19/05]

O'Reilly promised to investigate ACLU donors because "[n]o organization enables terrorism as much as the ACLU" [8/4/05]


Bill’s intolerant statements


O'Reilly: Rape, murder victim was "wearing a miniskirt and a halter top. ... [E]very predator in the world is gonna pick that up at 2 in the morning" [8/2/06 ]

"President O'Reilly" would run Iraq "just like Saddam ran it" [6/19/06 ]

O'Reilly: "[A] lot of Jewish liberals" think "terrorists ... have the right to do whatever they want," such as "behead people on camera" [6/18/06]

O'Reilly again suggested employing Saddam's methods in Iraq [6/20/06]

O'Reilly claimed NY Times, other "lefty zealots" believe "the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide" [5/16/06]

O'Reilly to San Francisco: "[I]f Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. ... You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead" [11/8/05]

O'Reilly on Iraq: I "[c]ouldn't care less about the country" [10/25/05]

O'Reilly to Jewish caller: "[I]f you are really offended, you gotta go to Israel" [12/3/04]

O'Reilly: Iraqi people are "primitive," "prehistoric group" [6/17/04]

Bill O'Reilly claimed that poor people in the United States are "irresponsible and lazy" [6/11/04]

O'Reilly on Harvard's pledge of $50 million for faculty diversity: "Any woman who signs on to work at Harvard gets 100 pair of shoes ... because all women want shoes" [5/17/05]


On Media Matters


O'Reilly: Media Matters "loony," "most oppressive" smear website [12/5/05]

O'Reilly smeared Media Matters, Democracy Alliance as "left-wing Mafia" that "intimidates good people" [6/18/06]

On radio, O'Reilly likened Media Matters to Mao [8/7/04]

On CNBC's Tim Russert, O'Reilly likened Media Matters to Ku Klux Klan [8/7/04]

O'Reilly on Media Matters' David Brock: "That's just Joseph Goebbels Nazi stuff" [9/14/04]

Then of course are Bill’s outright lies, winning Media Matters for America 2004 Misinformer of the Year. Keep in mind that these are just from a 2004!

1. O'Reilly falsely claimed Bush didn't oppose 9-11 Commission. O'Reilly defended President George W. Bush from a Kerry-Edwards '04 TV ad highlighting Bush's opposition to creation of the 9-11 Commission by denying that Bush had ever opposed the commission. In fact, Bush did oppose the creation of the 9-11 Commission. (10/21/04)

2. O'Reilly falsely claimed Iraq had ricin. O'Reilly responded to a caller to his radio show by defending the Iraq war: "They did have ricin up there in the north -- so why are you discounting that so much?" In fact, the Duelfer report (the final report of the Iraqi Survey Group, led by Charles A. Duelfer, which conducted the search for weapons in Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion) indicates that Iraq did not have ricin. (10/19/04)

3. O'Reilly repeated discredited claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda link. O'Reilly interrupted a former Clinton administration official who tried to correct the record on O'Reilly's claim that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi constitutes a direct link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. He also allowed a conservative guest to repeat without challenge other discredited claims about Iraq's supposed involvement in terrorism -- claims O'Reilly has himself cited in the past. (9/27/04)

4. O'Reilly fabricated "Paris Business Review" as source for success of French boycott. O'Reilly falsely claimed "they've lost billions of dollars in France according to 'The Paris Business Review'" due to an American boycott he advocated of French imports. Media Matters for America found no evidence of a publication named "The Paris Business Review." (4/27/04)

5. O'Reilly cited phony stats to argue that taxes on rich are excessive. O'Reilly tried to "blow off" the argument that wealthy Americans ought to pay more taxes by citing phony statistics about the tax burden the rich currently bear. (6/30/04)

6. O'Reilly confused on elementary economics. O'Reilly told a caller on his radio show, "We [the United States] have a trade deficit with everybody, because everybody wants our stuff, and we're not wild about snails" -- indicating that he doesn't know the definition of "trade deficit" and implying that the United States runs a trade surplus with France. In fact, in the first four months of 2004, the United States had a $3 billion trade deficit with France. (6/10/04)

7. O'Reilly doctored quotation to suggest Soros wished his own father dead. During his smear campaign against progressive financier, philanthropist, and political activist George Soros, O'Reilly doctored a 1995 quotation by Soros to make it seem as if Soros wished his own father dead. (6/1/04)

8. O'Reilly questioned if Kennedy would show up to Democratic convention ... as Kennedy spoke behind him. O'Reilly teased an upcoming segment of The O'Reilly Factor, broadcast live from the Democratic National Convention, by saying of convention speaker Senator Edward Kennedy: "When we come back, we'll let you listen to Ted Kennedy for a while, if he shows up." In fact, Kennedy had already shown up and had been speaking for several minutes, as O'Reilly need only have turned around to see. (7/27/04)

9. O'Reilly disparaged Democrats with trifecta of voter falsehoods. In a discussion about what went wrong for Democrats in the November 2 election, O'Reilly claimed that Democrats "lost votes from four years ago"; that "18- to 24[-year-old]s didn't go" to the polls; and that "[c]ommitted Republicans didn't carry the day for the president; independents did." All three claims are false. (11/4/04)

10. O'Reilly on the radio: Three lies, one broadcast. Lie No. 1: Bush tax cuts didn't create the budget deficit. Lie No. 2: "Socialistic" French, Germans, and Canadian governments tax at 80 percent. Lie No. 3: Canadian, British, and French media are "government-controlled," but Italian media is free. (7/7/04)

Media Matters also takes on Michelle Malkin:

Michelle Malkin writes a nationally syndicated column that appears in about 200 newspapers and is available online at the conservative website Townhall.com. She also maintains a personal weblog, MichelleMalkin.com.

Malkin is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and is author of three books: Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores (Regnery, 2002), In Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in World War II and the War on Terror (Regnery, 2004), and Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild (Regnery, 2005).

In Defense of Internment was widely criticized and was debunked in an 11-part blog series by Eric Muller of the University at North Carolina Law School and Greg Robinson of the University of Quebec at Montreal; the series includes responses and correspondence from Malkin.

Malkin's primary issue of concern is immigration, and her thoughts on this subject appear on her Immigration Blog, as well as VDARE.com, a website that describes itself as "white nationalist." In 2003, the Southern Poverty Law Center added VDARE.com to its list of hate websites.

In November 2004, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, dropped Malkin's column: "[R]eaders often took issue with her [Malkin's] seemingly mean-spirited rantings and suggested that she be dropped," the paper's public editor said.

Media Matters also takes on Michelle Malkin:

Michelle Malkin writes a nationally syndicated column that appears in about 200 newspapers and is available online at the conservative website Townhall.com. She also maintains a personal weblog, MichelleMalkin.com.

Malkin is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and is author of three books: Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores (Regnery, 2002), In Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in World War II and the War on Terror (Regnery, 2004), and Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild (Regnery, 2005).

In Defense of Internment was widely criticized and was debunked in an 11-part blog series by Eric Muller of the University at North Carolina Law School and Greg Robinson of the University of Quebec at Montreal; the series includes responses and correspondence from Malkin.

Malkin's primary issue of concern is immigration, and her thoughts on this subject appear on her Immigration Blog, as well as VDARE.com, a website that describes itself as "white nationalist." In 2003, the Southern Poverty Law Center added VDARE.com to its list of hate websites.

In November 2004, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, dropped Malkin's column: "[R]eaders often took issue with her [Malkin's] seemingly mean-spirited rantings and suggested that she be dropped," the paper's public editor said.

From their article, Malkin, writer of "mean-spirited rantings," accused Edwards bloggers of "foul-mouthed nutroots diatribes":

Malkin, who wrote about the Edwards campaign's hires here, here, here, and here, described Marcotte's writing as "foul-mouthed nutroots diatribes," "lunatic blogging," and the product of the "warped mind of John Edwards' blogmaster."

Media Matters has noted numerous examples of Malkin displaying the qualities that caused the Pilot to cease publication of her column:

· In media appearances on August 9, 2004, promoting her book In Defense of Internment (Regnery, 2004), Malkin advocated racial profiling; defended the internment of Japanese-Americans (and other ethnic minorities) during World War II; and called for the removal of then-Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, claiming that he couldn't be objective on the issue of racial profiling because of his personal experience as an interned Japanese-American.

· On the August 19, 2004, edition of MSNBC's Hardball, speaking about false allegations against Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth regarding the injuries he suffered while serving in the Vietnam War, Malkin alleged, "They are [sic] legitimate questions about whether or not it was a self-inflicted wound." Host Chris Matthews called the allegations "complete nonsense."

· In her March 29, 2006, nationally syndicated column, Malkin referred to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and then-California Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante -- both Democrats -- as "Latino supremacists."

· On the March 30, 2006, edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Malkin declared that Latinos protesting a House bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration believe in "reconquista," or the theory that "the American Southwest belongs to Mexico" -- which, in the words of one writer, "aren't, for the most part, ideas held by Mexicans: they're ideas held by white supremacists and neo-Nazis."

· On the August 23, 2006, edition of The O'Reilly Factor, in a discussion of illegal immigration with O'Reilly, Malkin said that the idea of reconquista is "mainstream" among immigrants.

· During the May 8, 2006, edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Malkin agreed with host Bill O'Reilly's claim that, under a California state bill that would require textbooks to recognize the accomplishments of historical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] figures, "if you are a teacher ... you're not going to be able to say bad things about [convicted mass murderer] Jeffrey Dahmer," because Dahmer was "a gay cannibal."

· On the June 1, 2006, edition of Fox News' The Big Story with John Gibson, Malkin blasted the media coverage of alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops in Haditha, claiming that there are "puddles of drool in the offices of the L.A. Times and The New York Times."

Additional instances of extreme rhetoric and insensitive behavior by Malkin have been documented by the weblog Think Progress:

· On the June 12, 2006, edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Malkin mocked the suicides of three prisoners at a U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying "the reaction to the suicides should be, 'Boo-freakin-hoo.'"

· On December 4, 2006, Think Progress noted that a video was being propagated on Malkin's Hot Air website of an anonymous C-SPAN viewer who called former President Jimmy Carter "a bigot and a racist and an anti-Semite," and accused him of "cozying up with every dictator, thug, Islamic terrorist there is." Like the story on the Edwards campaign bloggers, that story was picked up by the mainstream media, being aired MSNBC.

So you see, when people like Bill & Michelle scream something – like haters or bias or fascists, beware! They’re really trying to deflect the spotlight from their own hateful hearts, fear-based biases and fascist fantasies they which they could instill in our beloved country.

7.26.2007

FOX ATTACKS: BLOGGERS

Check out Brave New Films new "Fox Attacks" video. Spread the word!

7.19.2007

Max Blumenthal & chickenshit college Rethuglicans

Via The Huffington Post:

"On July 13, 2007, I visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where the bodies of American soldiers killed in Iraq were freshly interred. Afterwards, I headed across the street to the Sheraton National Hotel, owned by right-wing Korean cult leader Sun Myung-Moon, to meet some of the war's most fervent supporters at the College Republican National Convention."

7.10.2007

Michael Moore confronts Wolf Blitzer about CNN's lies about SiCKO



Michael fact checks every fact Dr. Sanjay Gupta misstates (being nice here) about his movie, 'SiCKO' on his website.

Here's an example:

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN: "(Moore says) the United States slipped to number 37 in the world's health care systems. It's true. ... Moore brings a group of patients, including 9/11 workers, to Cuba and marvels at their free treatment and quality of care. But hold on - that WHO list puts Cuba's health care system even lower than the United States, coming in at #39."

THE TRUTH:

* "But hold on?" 'SiCKO' clearly shows the WHO list, with the United States at number #37, and Cuba at #39. Right up on the screen in big five-foot letters. It's even in the trailer! CNN should have its reporter see his eye doctor. The movie isn't hiding from this fact. Just the opposite.
* The fact that the healthcare system in an impoverished nation crippled by our decades-old blockade (including medical supplies and drugs) ranks so closely to ours is more an indictment of the American system than the Cuban system.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/...

Here's another:

CNN: Americans have shorter wait times than everyone but Germans when seeking non-emergency elective procedures, like hip replacement, cataract surgery, or knee repair.

THE TRUTH:

* This isn't the whole truth. CNN pulled out a statistic about elective procedures. Of the six countries surveyed in that study (United States, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Germany, Australia) only Canada had longer waiting times than America for sick adults waiting to schedule a doctor's appointment for a medical problem. 81% of patients in New Zealand got a same or next-day appointment for a non-routine visit, 71% in Britain, 69% in Germany, 66% in Australia, 47% in the U.S., and 36% in Canada. (The Doc's in, but It'll be AWhile. Catherine Arnst, Business Week. June 22, 2007 http://www.businessweek.com/... )

* One way America is able to achieve decent waiting times is that it leaves 47 million people out of the health care system entirely, unlike any other Western country. When you remove 47 million people from the line, your wait should be shorter. So why is the U.S. second to last in wait times?

And finally, he confront an outright lie:

CNN: In fact, Americans live just a little bit longer than Cubans on average.

THE TRUTH:

* Just the opposite. The 2006 United Nations Human Development Report's human development index states the life expectancy in the United States is 77.5 years. It is 77.6 years in Cuba. (Human Development Report 2006, United Nations Development Programme, 2006 at 283. http://hdr.undp.org/... )

CNN: "But no matter how much Moore fudged the facts, and he did fudge some facts..."

* This is libel. There is not a single fact that is "fudged" in the film. No one has proven a single fact in the film wrong. We expect CNN to correct their mistakes on the air and to apologize to their viewers.

Michael should actually sue, just like a celebrity bother too when a rag lies about them. They usually win.

7.09.2007

Impeachment: A Constitutional Duty (Seymour Hersh)

'Sputum'

Salon.com's wire section had an interesting (and infuriating) article about Katie Couric called Katie Couric Unsure of Her Move to CBS.

In it there were two comments that made made just go, argh!

The first, which is toward the end of the short article was this:

"People are very unforgiving and very resistant to change," the 50-year-old Couric said. "The biggest mistake we made is we tried new things."

"I've gone through a bit of a feeding frenzy and there's blood in the water and I've got some vulnerabilities," she said. "This person who's been successful isn't so great, and finally she's been put in her place -- that kind of mentality. I think it's fairly primal."
No, that's not it Katie, dear.

The reason people didn't like what you did with this once venerable news show is because a) you dumbed it down and turned it into a morning show and b) took a hard right turn not just towards a Rethuglican viewpoint, but toward the insane 10% of the Rethuglican party that views Rush Limbaugh as some sort of prophet.

It wasn't because you tried new things. It's because the things you tried were beneath any legitimate news outlet. New is good, when used properly. You misused new things and now you're trying to blame it on the viewer.

That'll fix things for ya.

However, the part that made me really squirm and which completely highlights my point of you dumbing down CBS's longstanding hard news efforts was this gem:
Couric said she slapped news editor Jerry Cipriano on the arm for using the word "sputum" during a tuberculosis story last month.

"I got mad at him and said, `You can't do this to me. You have to tell me when you're going to use a word like that,'" Couric said. "I was aggravated, there's no question about that."

Sputum, which refers to expectorated matter especially from the air passages in diseases of the lungs, bronchi or upper respiratory tract, was banned from future broadcasts.
My emphasis.

What are you, 12?!

The word sputum for some reason, upset the delicacies of this news anchor and I can only say this: There really is something wrong with this person being put at the helm of a major, nightly news show.

Get a fucking grip.

And CBS, get a fucking professional. There were plenty of real news women who could have shined in this position, who could have added insight and depth to this all-male venue. Instead you went for perky and shallow. It failed. Next!

Cross posted at Dailykos

7.08.2007

David Broder, Then (Weinberger) & Now (Libby)

The Washington Post’s David Broder from 6/10/2007 regarding Scooter Libby’s conviction:

Despite the absence of any underlying crime, Fitzgerald filed charges against Libby for denying to the FBI and the grand jury that he had discussed the Wilson case with reporters. Libby was convicted on the testimony of reporters from NBC, the New York Times and Time magazine — a further provocation to conservatives.

I think they have a point. This whole controversy is a sideshow — engineered partly by the publicity-seeking former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife and heightened by the hunger in parts of Washington to “get” Rove for something or other.

Like other special prosecutors before him, Fitzgerald got caught up in the excitement of the case and pursued Libby relentlessly, well beyond the time that was reasonable.

Don’t’ forget this beauty: Broder also wrote that journalists “owe Karl Rove an apology” for saying he was central to this scandal (even though he was).

My, how times have changed…

The Washington Post’s David Broder from 1/3/1993 regarding Caspar Weinberger’s pardon (via Atrios):


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We don't need more convictions and pardons of government officials. We need scorn and shame for those who violate their oaths of office.
And that is a penalty that the American people -- and only the American people -- can invoke.

7.07.2007

Fred Thompson & Abortion.

Uh oh. I smell trouble. Then again, Rethugs are so desperate to find themselves a winner in 2008 (no chance), that they'll probably pretend this is part of that left-wing media conspiracy.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as an antiabortion Republican, accepted an assignment from a family-planning group to lobby the first Bush White House to ease a controversial abortion restriction, according to a 1991 document and several people familiar with the matter.

A spokesman for the former Tennessee senator denied that Thompson did the lobbying work. But the minutes of a 1991 board meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn. say that the group hired Thompson that year.

His task was to urge the administration of President George H. W. Bush to withdraw or relax a rule that barred abortion counseling at clinics that received federal money, according to the records and to people who worked on the matter.

The abortion "gag rule" was then a major political flashpoint. Lobbying against the rule would have placed Thompson at odds with the antiabortion movement that he is now trying to rally behind his expected declaration of a presidential bid.
AmericaBlogs's John Aravosis' response:
The basic problem is that the Republican politicians don't really stand for anything any more. They've been lying to the public and their own voters for years - claiming to be for a strong defense, lower taxes, and family values. But those are just slogans, slogans that Republican politicians know Republican voters will buy, so they just keep repeating them decade after decade, even though the politicians themselves don't even believe the mantra. Republicans are for family values - sure, just ask Mitt Romney, friend of pornographers and the the guy who once sold himself as better on gay issues than Ted Kennedy himself. Republicans are for the 2nd Amendment - uh huh, and Rudy Giuliani has been the best friend gun control advocates ever had. Republicans are strong on defense - yeah, well, Republicans got us into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how are those going? Republicans are for fiscal restraint - and Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have both bankrupted the country and sent us into record deficits.

Republican politicians lie. The thing is, they get away with it because for some reason Republican voters just don't care if they're lied to. So long as you tell them you're for a strong defense, cutting taxes, and family values, they believe you, in spite of the evidence to the contrary.

Now this is Hardball.



It's a shame MSNBC doesn't get that this is the way a real reporter works.

7.04.2007

Olbermann to Bush & Cheney: Resign. Display just that iota of patriotism which Nixon showed, on August 9th, 1974.

7.02.2007

Four Years since “Bring’em On”

The National Security Network reporting:

Four Years since “Bring’em On”

“There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring’em on. We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.”
― President Bush, 7/2/03

It has been four years since the President declared “bring’em on” in response to the budding insurgency in Iraq. Since that statement, more than 3,300 American troops have been killed and 25,000 have been wounded. Iraqi civilians have suffered tremendously, with four million fleeing their homes and an estimated 35,000 killed. The security situation has only deteriorated further, with the initial insurgency morphing into multiple civil wars and sectarian violence. Incredibly, there are more American troops in Iraq today than were there four years ago when the President made his reckless declaration.

Full report: http://www.nsnetwork.org/node/165