Month: February 2010

Right Wing Watch Blogger Round-up

Right Wing Watch: 

Media Matters: Rep. Trent Franks: Blacks Better Off Under Slavery. 

Andy Birkey: Rosa Parks didn’t ‘move to the front of the bus to support sodomy.’ 

 Amanda Little: James Inhofe, Senate’s top skeptic, explains his climate-hoax theory. 

 Stephanie Mencimer: Roy Moore: Next Alabama Governor? 

 Alvin McEwen: Why won’t One News Now tell us what ‘Miss Beverly Hills’ said about gays? 

 Alan Colmes: Gun Paranoids Believe ObamaCare Is Step Toward Refusing You A Gun. 

 Finally, as Steve Benen says, there is a key difference between the quality of our health care system and our health insurance system and if would be nice if Republicans could recognize that simple fact.

Is The Mainstream Media Deliberately Distorting Facts?

I have long since given up on network and cable news programs.  Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, we, the public have been treated like little children who had to be fed the “news” on their terms and possibly the terms of the White House.

Things have not changed.  Corporate media is still spoon-feeding us what THEY want us to know. 

Crooks & Liars:

Joel Silberman: You Know Why Americans Are Misinformed? The Media Creates Misinformation And No One Does Anything About It

Ever watch a news account and find yourself just nodding over and over in agreement? Here is Communications Consultant for the New Organizing Institute Joel Silberman on RT News saying what is NEVER said on American TV: the media doesn’t want you informed.

By all reasonable measures, the stimulus that the Obama administration put together in the face of the economic meltdown engineered by the Bush administration and Republican policies worked. It did. Now, one can argue that it could have been more or pushed further progressive policies, as Krugman has. But as Jon Perr has written, it has been a success.

So where’s the disconnect? As Joel says, it’s the media. And as this truthout article from last year points out (h/t David A), it’s done purposefully in the name of ratings:

To begin with, talk shows[..] are popular and powerful because they appeal to a segment of the population that feels disenfranchised and even victimized by the media. These people believe the media are predominantly staffed by and consistently reflect the views of social liberals. This view is by now so long-held and deep-rooted, it has evolved into part of virtually every conservative’s DNA.

To succeed, a talk show host must perpetuate the notion that his or her listeners are victims, and the host is the vehicle by which they can become empowered. The host frames virtually every issue in us-versus-them terms. There has to be a bad guy against whom the host will emphatically defend those loyal listeners.

This enemy can be a politician – either a Democratic officeholder or, in rare cases where no Democrat is convenient to blame, it can be a “RINO” (a “Republican In Name Only,” who is deemed not conservative enough). It can be the cold, cruel government bureaucracy. More often than not, however, the enemy is the “mainstream media” – local or national, print or broadcast.

Right Wing Upset Over Missile Defense Agency Logo

 

Alan Colmes’ Liberaland:

Conservatives are complaining that a new Missile Defense Agency logo (far right) looks too much like the Star and Crescent, like the Obama campaign logo, and like the logo for the Iranian space agency.  One commenter at the Washington Times says:

I’m having trouble seeing past the crescent and star in the new logo. Is this our signal to the muslim world that we’re not going to shoot down their missiles?

Former Reagan staffer Frank Gaffney sees it as a purposeful signal:

“The new MDA shield appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo…Team Obama is behaving in a way that — as the new MDA logo suggests — is all about accommodating that ‘Islamic Republic’ and its ever-more aggressive stance.”

The MDA tests our missile defense system and is integral to our national security. But if you believe the paranoids, they’re in collusion with evil forces that are secretly seeking to end our way of life.

Conservatives are complaining that a new Missile Defense Agency logo (far right) looks too much like the Star and Crescent, like the Obama campaign logo, and like the logo for the Iranian space agency.  One commenter at the Washington Times says:

I’m having trouble seeing past the crescent and star in the new logo. Is this our signal to the muslim world that we’re not going to shoot down their missiles?

Former Reagan staffer Frank Gaffney sees it as a purposeful signal:

“The new MDA shield appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo…Team Obama is behaving in a way that — as the new MDA logo suggests — is all about accommodating that ‘Islamic Republic’ and its ever-more aggressive stance.”

The MDA tests our missile defense system and is integral to our national security. But if you believe the paranoids, they’re in collusion with evil forces that are secretly seeking to end our way of life.

Right Wingnuts Livid At Sen. Scott Brown

What is it in the DNA of wingnuts that make them so vitriolic and so vile?  You do NOT want to get on the bad side of these people.  Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown learned that recently when he voted against his party on a jobs bill on Monday.

At times Sen. Brown seems to be  not too bright and over his head in the world of politics.  Yet on Monday he realized that independents are who put him into office and they do not want him to tow the “party line” on EVERY bill.   However, Brown is paying dearly for it at the moment.

Huffington Post:

Not long ago, Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was elected to the United States Senate and a nation rejoiced, because he was going to drive down to Washington D.C. and become the President of Filibusters. But a funny thing happened yesterday, when Brown decided not to cast the 41st vote, and instead to vote as if he’d like to one day get re-elected to office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

“It’s a small step, but it’s still a step,” Brown told reporters after casting a procedural vote in favor of the Democratic jobs bill, bucking his party leaders and the strategy of opposition they have carried out since President Obama took office.For Senate Democrats, it was much bigger step. Four Republicans followed Brown’s lead, giving the jobs legislation 62 votes, two more than needed to cut off a GOP filibuster.

That was enough to earn Brown the Drudge banner, complete with the demon-red tint of betrayal! And, subsequently, Scott Brown’s honeymoon came to an end like all political honeymoons: amid hotheaded recriminations on Twitter. Ken Layne at Wonkette documented the carnage.

Over at Scott Brown’s Facebook page, the mood is much the same, probably because David Broder hasn’t written a column yet telling America that the jobs in this jobs bill are so much more awesome than the jobs that came before them because they are “bipartisan.” Some of Brown’s fans are giving him some support, but the lion’s share of comments read like “LYING LOW LIFE SCUM HYPOCRITE!” and “What a bummer dude. We didn’t need another Olympia Snowe,” and “BROWN, YOU JUST REMEMBER YOU DOUCHEBAG…WE ARE WATCHING YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YOU FAILED AT THE FIRST CHANCE…YOU SCUM SUCKING ASS!!! GUESS MY 10-15 HOUR WORK DAYS WILL HELP PAY FOR THIS TOTAL BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!”

Brown was joined in his vote by fellow Republican Senators Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson — the Coke Classic of being the 41st vote — voted against cloture.

UPDATE: Alex Pareene has more delightfulness, including a screenshot of the images that Brown’s Facebook fans are uploading to his Facebook page, because a picture is worth a thousand words and the ten thousand exclamation points deployed around those words.

Right Wing Watch Blogger Round Up

 

Right Wing Watch: 

David Weigel: At CPAC, Tea Party Movement Re-Enters Conservative Fold. 

Sarah Posner: As inflammatory tea party rhetoric gets toasted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Focus on the Family’s advocacy arm tries to show a softer, gentler side of the religious right. 

Media Matters: CPAC has always been a welcoming venue for the far-right fringe. 

Think Progress: CPAC audience boos former GOP Rep. Bob Barr for saying waterboarding is torture. 

 Joe.My.God: Rachel Maddow Goes To CPAC. 

HRC Back Story: DC Marriage Law Closer to Reality as Court Rejects Opponents’ Injunction Request. 

TFN: David Barton: Garbage in, Garbage out. 

Steve Benen says “[Scott] Brown is quickly proving himself to be a dim-witted clown.” 

Hey, guess who else has signed on the The Mount Vernon Statement? The Traditional Values Coalition

It tells you a lot about LifeSiteNew’s agenda when it runs headlines like this: “Lisa Miller Safe for Now: Virginia Judge Refuses to Issue Arrest Warrant.” 

Is anyone surprise that Gary Cass and Bill Donohue flipped out over Elton John’s comments? 

 The FRC needs money to save DADT and not let “homosexual rights extremists invade the U.S. military and destroy it from within.”

Obama explains climate science to global warming deniers…

 

President Obama is a University of Chicago, Law Professor.  His natural teaching abilities were clear when he attempted to show “climate change deniers” what was REALLY happening with our weather patterns and “climate change” in general.

Think Progress:

“The anti-science crowd has been doing a killer job pushing the myth that the big recent snowstorms somehow undercut our understanding of human-caused global warming,” writes ClimateProgress’ Joe Romm. Indeed, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Sean Hannity, and even Donald Trump have found great pleasure in mocking Al Gore over the snowy winter storms. Today in a Nevada town hall meeting, President Obama took on the global warming deniers, explaining in straightforward language how record snowstorms in the nation’s capital are connected to manmade climate change:

First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody’s like-a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say, “See, look at that. There’s all this snow on the ground, you know, this doesn’t mean anything.” I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer. It means the planet as a whole is getting warmer. But what it may mean is, for example, Vancouver which supposed to be getting snow during the Olympics, suddenly is at 55 degrees and Dallas suddenly is getting seven inches of snow. The idea is that as the planet as a whole gets warmer, you start seeing changing weather patterns and that creates more violent storm systems, more unpredictable weather. So any single place might end up being warmer. Another place might end up being a little bit cooler. There might end up being more precipitation in the air. More monsoons, more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more drought in some places, floods in other places.

“We Are The World” – Which Is Better The New Video Or The Original

The Original: 

The New Version: 

I was reading something in Rolling Stone today that made me think about Michael Jackson’s masterful production of We Are The World twenty five years ago.    The newest version made just weeks ago made its debut at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics over the week-end.

Rolling Stone:

Since the Winter Olympics debut of “We Are the World 25 for Haiti,” featuring Lil Wayne, Pink, Kanye West, Fergie and 80 more singers, over 6.5 million people have watched the Paul Haggis-directed video on its official YouTube page. With its modern take on the original track’s production and a new rap interlude, the new version of the iconic 1985 charity single is drawing mixed reaction from all corners of the Internet — 67,000 comments have already been posted on YouTube and Rolling Stone’s blog lit up with responses after the song’s premiere during Friday night’s opening ceremony in Vancouver.

“We Are the World 25 Years for Haiti”: photos of the all-star session.

One of the most famous voices in the mix is Jay-Z, who told MTV that the original version was too sacred to him. “I think ‘We Are the World’ is like [Michael Jackson's] ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched.” He added, “Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”

Rolling Stone readers‘ main critique is that the new lineup doesn’t boast enough high-profile rockers. “This version does not hold a candle to the original which was composed primarily of A-list performers, many who are now in the Rock Hall of Fame,” JD writes. “The original had individuals. That’s the key thing, from the moment the original starts you know who everyone is, very distinct voices,” adds Chris.

Lionel Richie’s response? “What’s a classic? To the next generation, it’s just an old song,” he told USA Today. “Why not bring in Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers and let them address the issues? We can pass the baton and empower the next generation to take up arms and have a legacy with this.”

Readers also griped over the track’s use of Auto-Tune (Akon, T-Pain and Lil Wayne’s vocals all feature the studio hallmark) and the addition of the rap interlude, which the producers referred to as a “Greek chorus.” Richie tells USA Today rockers were the voice of opposition in the original, but “Now the radicals and bad boys and messengers are rappers. We had to add that to give it freshness.”

Despite the critiques, readers praised Pink, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Celine Dion’s solos, the touch of originality Kanye West added to the track and the too-brief, heartwarming moment where Michael and Janet Jackson sing side by side. “OK, Pink killed it. Awesome and somewhat unexpected. Celine Dion, incredible. It was tasteful to leave Michael Jackson in it too,” writes T Bone.

I think in this instance, the new version ROCKS!  I was a skeptic before viewing the video and became a believer after viewing the video.  This is not to take anything away from Q, Michael and Lionel Richey’s effort of 25 years ago.   It’s just that this new version gives us the newest technology, some very talented singers and performers and an overall feeling of YES, this video is in fact better than the original.  

So Jay-Z, while I accept and respect your opinion, the new video is the best.

Dick Cheney makes surprise appearance at CPAC to chants of ‘Cheney! Cheney! Cheney!’

I just love it when the “conservatives” of the Conservative Political Action Committee cheer for Cheney, Palin, et al.   These people are on the wrong side of history and logic when it comes to putting this wonderful country of ours back on track.  In my opinion they actually help the agenda of the POTUS.

Hear/see what happened when Cheney made a suprised appearance to the CPAC Convention currently being held in Washington, DC:

 

Sidenote: In this case,  I do agree with Gov. Palin and Sen. Orrin Hatch when they suggested to “tea partiers” that they needed to choose a party from our two party system

Palin was said:

“Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party,” Palin said. “Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken? Which party will best fit you? And then because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they’re going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: ‘R’ or ‘D’.”

Sen. Hatch said:

If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected,” Hatch warned a crowd of 300 at a town meeting at American Fork Junior High School on Wednesday night, amid jeers from Tea Party supporters.

Hatch blamed the Tea Party movement for the loss of Sen. Gordon Smith, a politically moderate but fiscally conservative Republican from Oregon.

Hatch said if the Tea Party had not backed a constitutionalist candidate in that race, Brown wouldn’t have lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley, whom Hatch described as “the most liberal senator,” by 45,000 votes