Month: October 2009

Jon Stewart Dissects Fox News’ “Real News” Defense

jon-stewart-673During the Bush years, a time when “real news reporting” was “out to lunch”, The Daily Show  and The Colbert Report  seemed to be the only place one could go to find “real news”, although they were political comedy shows. 

 Fox News was the White House propaganda tool, other networks wanted Fox News’ ratings, so they emulated Fox by, among other things,  not reporting on  the Iraq War, The Patriot Act, rendition, etc.  It appeared the news media had misinformed, manipulated and misled us during the Bush era. 

Fox News has decided to continue their one sided reporting during the current administration, but this time, its no longer an advocate of an administration, it is now an adversary of the current administration.  

John Stewart and Stephen Colbert seemed to be the only place for a little satirical comedy with a heavy dose of REAL news in the mix.   They have continued to do so, long after the Bush Administration left office.   This video   is a must see.  (Sorry could not embed the video for some reason.)

“Birther” News

birthers3The first thing I’d like to do is to thank Judge David O. Carter, United States District Judge (Central District of CA) for his decision to grant the United States Attorneys who, acting on behalf of President Barack Hussein Obama their motion to dismiss (MTD.)

There are some great blogs that tell the whole story and link to the decision.  There’s Obama Conspiracy Theories and Politijab ( a favorite of mine.)  The other two extraordinary blogs on the subject of Orly Taitz and her ilk, are  Oh For Goodness Sake as well as the definitive “birther blog”, Bad Fiction.

The second thing about the “birthers” I wanted to mention was just how out of touch with reality they really are.  Huffpo has more…

Huffington Post

Hunch, a new website that helps people make decisions based on survey questions, found some interesting stuff when they crunched the numbers on site users who described themselves as “birthers”.

Asked a series of political questions, 12 percent of Hunch users said they did not believe the president was born in the United States. (About 2,200 Hunch users answered the question.) The Hunch team decided to see how they responded to other queries.

According to their answers, birthers are less educated, watch more TV, and read fewer books than non-birthers.

Some 43 percent of them have never traveled outside of their home country. They’re 24 percent more likely to speak only a single language. They are 63% less likely to have ever owned a passport.

A third of them didn’t vote in the last presidential election. Forty-four percent of them believe that the Big Bang didn’t really happen and 47 percent don’t believe in global warming. Birthers are also 19 percent more likely to believe in UFOs and alien visits to earth and 50 percent more likely to believe in alien abductions.

Interestingly, birthers are 115 percent more likely to think that human beings are naturally evil rather than good.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/29/birthers-rarely-leave-us_n_339104.html

Whacked Out “Pastor” Advocates Violence Against President Obama

manning-02This is absolutely incredible.  “Pastor” James Manning, an ex-con and  self-styled “preacher” has been around for a while.  He first began to get notice when he started making videos deriding  Barack Obama, stating that “Barack Obama is nothing more than a ‘long-legged mack daddy’ “.    He has also promoted the likes of Larry Sinclair, another ex-felon and “self styled” author who penned a book about a sexual and drug liason with Barack Obama in 1999, as well as “birther queen” Orly Taitz..  

Manning has only a fringe following.  His videos, which appear on You Tube are extremely hard to watch for the rational  majority in this country.

BadFiction: 

James Manning, the “ATLAHWorldwide” African-American minister so beloved by the birthers, has been in the birther movement for a while. A Hillary Clinton supporter, he once said Obama’s father was “a-whoring for a trashy white woman” and called Obama a “Long-legged Mack Daddy”. Considering that he seems to have some distaste for non-Blacks, I suspect his hatred of Obama is race-based as well. One of the things he’s said before is Obama isn’t a “real black man” because he “didn’t come out of the American Slave experience and could not qualify for reparations”.

But he managed to outdo himself in his 16 October video where he’s calling for a million members to do a “work stoppage” and boycotts against Obama supporters.

And maybe just a bit more than simple stoppages and boycotts……

2:28 to 2:40

“If Obama lives, then the constitution, and America dies. Now listen to me very carefully, please hear me, please hear me: If we let Obama live, America dies…”

 5:12 to 5:35

“What we need to be focused on, if we allow Obama to live, in his present state as a criminal, then America is torn apart. God knows America is gone. America is gone, if we allow Obama to continue, then the nation is gone, so which, which is it? Obama lives and America dies?

 10:08 to 10:43

“Now what’s it going to be? What’s it going to be? Is it going to be Obama? He will live and ride off into the sunset as America’s first African-American….President, which is a lie from the pit of hell. But are you gonna let that lie stand, and then the Constitution and America. I can tell you now. Five months from now America will no longer be. We must take immediate and decisive action now.”

Seems to me a pretty direct threat.

Now, with those quotes in mind:

Secret Service Contact Information

YouTube Abuse

Thank you Bad Fiction for the heads up on this clown.

Documenting Rush Limbaugh’s Racist Statements

rush-limbaughI remember about twenty years ago, Rush Limbaugh had a short lived television show.   I honestly forget what the format was but I believe it was about “pop culture”.  The one thing that stood out to me was the stuffed gorilla he had on his desk.  The gorrilla always faced the camera.  At that time, knowing his extreme views on race, I wondered why he was allowed to get away with that.   One could argue that the mood of the country was far right of center at the time.  Bush Sr. had just gotten elected and Reagan had already gutted the ‘Fairness Doctrine’.

Rush Limbaugh has always made some outrageous remarks, mostly to rile the opposition and to rally his base.

Media Matters 

  • “The days of [minorities] not having any power are over, and they are angry.” On June 4, Limbaugh said, “This has been the argument the Reverend Jackson has proffered throughout my life — that it’s impossible for minorities to be racist because they don’t have any power. Well, president of the United States. We’re talking now about a Supreme Court justice. The days of them not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution. That’s what Obama’s about, gang. He’s angry; he’s going to cut this country down to size. He’s going to make it pay for all the multicultural mistakes that it has made — its mistreatment of minorities. I know exactly what’s going on here.”
  • “[M]inorities never do anything for which they have to apologize.” On April 12, 2007, Limbaugh criticized Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson for refusing to apologize to three former members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team who were accused of rape in March 2006 — all charges were dropped on April 11, 2007 — and asserted that “minorities never do anything for which they have to apologize.” Presumably referring to the decision by CBS Radio and MSNBC to stop airing Imus in the Morning following controversial comments by host Don Imus, Limbaugh stated: “Everybody’s demanding that everybody apologize in this country for simply breathing. It’s getting to the point some people are not allowed to breathe or exhale, or make syllables.” Limbaugh went on to complain about the protests Sharpton and Jackson led condemning Imus’ remarks, saying: “They’re members of the minority. Don’t ever forget that this is the case. Minorities, victims, members of groups, are allowed to do anything to address their grievances and to get noticed, because … they’re so oppressed.”
  • Limbaugh: “The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.” In 2003, Limbaugh resigned from his job as an ESPN commentator after saying that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb hasn’t “been that good from the get-go” and “got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve,” because “[t]he media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.” After the Eagles reached Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, Limbaugh returned to making racial comments about McNabb, saying, “There’s no question McNabb has improved and I’m happy to see it,” but that “when the defense … was propping the Eagles up,” the media “were still giving McNabb credit — because there’s this social hope.”
  • Limbaugh says “NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips.” On January 19, 2007, Limbaugh stated: “Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There I said it.”
  • Limbaugh declares basketball “the favorite sport of gangs.” Discussing the government’s attempts to curb violence, Limbaugh told a caller on October 7: “It’s not reasonable that you should understand the insanity that local and state and federal bureaucracies are doing. It’s perfectly normal and understandable that none of what they do would make sense to you. My question — OK, a 1 cent sales tax to fight gang violence. What do you spend the money on to fight gang violence? Afterschool program — don’t we already have afterschool programs? Don’t we already have — what do you call it, extracurricular events? Midnight basketball — I mean, we’ve done it all. We’ve taken the favorite sport of gangs, and we put it at midnight to get them on the basketball court. We had 100,000 new cops with Clinton — we’ve done it all. And the problem still is out of control. Liberalism doesn’t work.”
  • Limbaugh invented “racial component” to Hackett’s decision to withdraw from Ohio primary race. During the 2006 Democratic primaries, Limbaugh invented a racial element to explain Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett’s departure from the Ohio Democratic Senate primary race against then-Rep. Sherrod Brown, asserting, “And don’t forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There’s a racial component here, too.” In fact, Brown is white — a point on which Limbaugh was corrected later in the program.
  • Limbaugh on Survivor series: “African-American tribe” worst swimmers, Hispanics “will do things other people won’t do.” On August 23, 2006, Limbaugh suggested that the competition in a season of CBS’ Survivor, in which contestants were reportedly divided into competing “tribes” by ethnicity, “is not going to be fair if there’s a lot of water events.” In support of this assertion, he cited a March 2, 2006, HealthDay article reporting that “young blacks — especially males — are much more likely to drown in pools than whites.” He later added that Hispanics have “probably shown the most survival tactics,” that they “have shown a remarkable ability to cross borders,” and that they can “do it without water for a long time, they don’t get apprehended, and they will do things other people won’t do.” On his September 29, 2006, show, Limbaugh claimed “[t]here can only be one reason” Survivor scrapped “segregated” competition after two episodes — “the white tribe had to be winning.”
  • Limbaugh suggested Colin Powell only supported Obama because of race. After Limbaugh asserted that Colin Powell should leave the Republican Party because of his support for Obama, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that “[i]t’s not up to Rush Limbaugh to decide who ought to be in the Republican Party.” Limbaugh responded on his May 18 show that all Democrats “had to do was nominate an African-American and [they've] got Colin Powell.”
  • Limbaugh: Gates is an “angry racist.” On July 27, Limbaugh said Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates is an “angry racist.”
  • Limbaugh called illegal immigrants an “invasive species.” Referring to an April 1, 2005, federal court ruling that prohibited shipping boats from dumping of ballast water containing “invasive species,” including some types of mollusks, into U.S. waters, Limbaugh described illegal immigrants as an “invasive species” that U.S. courts willingly permit to enter the country.
  • Limbaugh repeatedly calls Native Americans “Injuns.” Media Matters for America documented at least four separate instances of Limbaugh using this slur on his program.
  • Limbaugh says Democrats’ interest in Darfur is securing black “voting bloc.” On August 21, 2007, Limbaugh claimed that Democrats “want to get us out of Iraq, but they can’t wait to get us into Darfur.” He continued: “There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur? It’s black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they’re in trouble.” A caller responded, “The black population,” to which Limbaugh said, “Right.”
  • “The government’s been taking care of [young blacks] their whole lives.” On February 1, 2007, Limbaugh responded to a Reuters report about a University of Chicago study that found that “a majority of young blacks feel alienated from today’s government” by asserting, “Why would that be? The government’s been taking care of them their whole lives.”
  • Limbaugh says that if “feminazis” had remembered to oppose “affirmative action for black guys … they wouldn’t face the situation they face today.” On May 21, 2008, Limbaugh said that “one of the objectives of the feminazis over the last 20, 25 years has been to dominate the public education system so as to remove the competitive nature of boys. You know, there’s a crisis of young man-boy education in the schools. And they did this on purpose, to eliminate male competition in the work force. This is part of feminazi grand plan.” Limbaugh then said, “They forgot affirmative action for black guys. And because of that, every bit of their plan has gone up in smoke now, because they — if — they had to come out in favor of affirmative action for black guys, and that’s — see, this is one of the things that really irritates the women. And there are women all over this country fit to be tied — trust me on this. … [L]iberals eventually are going to be devoured by their own policies. And it has happened here. Because Barack Obama is an affirmative action candidate.” He concluded, “So, it’s just — they just forgot that one thing: affirmative action for black guys. And if they had remembered to oppose that, then they wouldn’t face the situation they face today.”

First Daughters get H1N1 Vaccine! What Will That Do To The Fear Mongering Talking Points of the Right Wing Nuttery?

flu fearThe right wing nuts who claimed that there MUST be something wrong with the H1N1 flu shot because Sasha and Malia have not had their shot will have to find a new talking point against the vaccine:

CNN Political Ticker

First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama were vaccinated last week against the H1N1 flu virus, the White House announced late Tuesday in a post on the official White House blog.

“President and Mrs. Obama have not yet been vaccinated for H1N1,” Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, the first lady’s press secretary wrote, “and they will wait until the needs of the priority groups identified by the CDC – including young people under the age of 24, pregnant women, and people with underlying conditions – have been met.”

More Absurdity From The Wing Nuts: Tea Partier Uses Army Email Address To Call For “Civil Disobedience”

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Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more idiotic than they have been in recent events, the weird world of Right Wing Nuttery is alive and well and one wingnut just revealed himself via his UNITED STATES ARMY email, to call for civil unrest.  You can’t make this stuff up:

TPMMuckraker

A Tea Party activist today used a U.S. military email address to call for “civil disobedience” in opposition to the policies of the Obama administration.

In a message sent this morning to fellow members of the Tea Party Patriots, who had been discussing movement strategy, Richard A. Correa Sr., who identifies himself as a retired sergeant, wrote:

Civil disobedience is the next logical step.

Correa’s email, which was obtained by TPMmuckraker, was sent using a U.S. army address.

The email may in fact have been an effort to tone down the fervor among Tea Partiers. It appears to have been a response to a fellow activist, Carol Dietz, who, in her own email sent to the Tea Party group on Wednesday, had argued that the group needed to become more aggressive in its effort to resist the administration. Dietz compared the Tea Partiers to Jews in Nazi Germany, who, she said, “went like sheep quietly to their slaughter.”  

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Fake Obama Thesis Story Goes Viral, Because Of Stupidity

Obama%20NYFirst there was the “whitey tape” which would have allegedly confirmed that  Michelle Obama was an angry Black militant.   Larry Johnson, ex-CIA analyst and currently a security consultant,  initiated the rumor about the tape.   The rumor spread all over the internet and on to mainstream media.   That tape was never produced  as David Weigel wrote back in May of this year:

Johnson posted a video of a then-current Tennessee Republican ad attacking Michelle Obama, then continued his argument.

The post drew more than 600 comments and kicked off three heated weeks of blog-driven rumormongering which I recapped at the time for The American Prospect. One year later, no such tape has ever surfaced.

Then there was/is the “birther” controversies which in actuality has splintered into a few factions.   We list three here:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Birth location not in the United States
  • Citizenship Status

Now there is a fake “Obama Thesis”  story floating around.  Actually it was intentionally spread so that right-wingers could react predictably, and react they did:

Huffington Post

Okay, let’s get you up to speed on the incredibly true story about how a bunch of right-wingers got taken in by some satiric blog post on Barack Obama’s college thesis, written ages ago, and frantically presented it as real.

Months ago, some blogger crafted a fake news story about how Time Magazine’s Joe Klein had obtained ten pages of a thesis written by Barack Obama, in which he wrote about how the Constitution was “inherently flawed.”

In the paper, in which only the first ten pages were given to the general media, Obama decries the plight of the poor: “I see poverty in every place I walk. In Los Angeles and New York, the poor reach to me with bleary eyes and all I can do is sigh.”In part, the future President blames this on the current economic system: “There are many who will defend the ‘free market.’ But who will defend the single mother of four working three jobs. When a system is allowed to be free at the expense of its citizens, then it is tyranny.”

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/23/fake-obama-thesis-story-g_n_332255.html

Will those desperate right wingers ever learn that for the most part people are tugging their chain just to elicit the inevitable hysteria that always follows one of these “revelations?

Obama designates 200,000 acre habitat for polar bears

 

Did someone say that the Presidential Ticket in 2012 will be Palin v. Obama?   As we say in “New Yawk”…fugetaboutit!  

While Palin is in Alaska destroying wildlife through indiscriminate hunting (read: slaughter) of wolves, moose and the like, our POTUS has shown his concern for wildlife and has done something about it.

AmericaBlog:

It’s about time someone cares about the wildlife again instead of what Big Oil wants. Wildlife may not be able to donate as much money to lobbying, but they give back a lot more.

The Obama administration said Thursday it is designating more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as “critical habitat” for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Federal law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely affect critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery.