Month: September 2010

Mario Piperni: Carl Paladino – Bad Guy

 

 The New York Post is a rag and Carl Paladino is trash which makes a fitting combo for this latest round of sleaze.

Seems that Carl Paladino has lived up to his “mad as hell” campaign slogan.

Last night at a campaign event in Lake George, the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee and New York Post state editor Fred Dicker had to be separated, after they nearly came to blows during a heated exchange over Paladino’s out-of-wedlock daughter.

Paladino accused Dicker of sending Post photographers after the 10-year-old girl, who he had with a woman who is not his wife. “You send another goon to my daughter’s house, and I’ll take you out, buddy!” Paladino yelled.

Previously, Paladino accused his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, of having had an affair.

“Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours?” Paladino asked, adding: “When he was married. Or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that?”

Politician’s children should of course be left out of political mud-slinging but Paladino does bring a new level of filth to the fight.  His XXX-rated and racist emails as well as his thuggery is an embarrassment to all politicians – a group of individuals not easily embarrassed.

You can thank teabaggers for giving scum like Paladino a national forum.

 

Obama Backs Jon Stewart’s Sanity Rally

Huffington Post

RICHMOND, Va. — “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart has won some high-level backing for his “Rally to Restore Sanity” next month in Washington: President Barack Obama.

Stewart says the Oct. 30 rally is for people who think the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard.

Obama raised the subject of the rally during a round-table Wednesday with residents of Richmond, Va.

Obama said he was “amused” by Stewart’s rally and that it’s for people who expect some common sense and courtesy in their daily interactions.

The president said that having those voices lifted up is, as he put it, “really important.”

Maher: Racism behind Tea Party hypocrisy on Obama, Bush deficits

I’m shocked!  Shocked I tell you.  Who would have thought it?

Raw Story

HBO host Bill Maher ventured into the lion’s den this week, sitting down for a two part interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. During the first several minutes of the opening night’s segment, however, O’Reilly seemed to get all the good lines, while Maher’s responses appeared surprisingly tepid.

It’s possible, of course, that Fox News had edited down the interview the same way they did Jon Stewart’s appearance on The O’Reilly Factor. As Mediaite reported last week, “The jovial exchange lacked any real body blows to declare a ‘winner.’ … Well, thanks to the folks at Fox News, the entire unedited version of the interview is available, and it turns out that much of the un-aired portion included the most pointed commentary by Mr. Stewart.”

As shown by Fox, O’Reilly began by asking Maher, “Why do you think President Obama’s having so much trouble in the job approval polls?”

Maher initially responded that “there’s a lot of disinformation out there” and that the Democrats simply “do not brag about their accomplishments.” But when O’Reilly persisted in asking whether perceptions of President Obama were also a factor, he finally acknowledged, “Obviously, people think he’s a little bloodless.”

“I happen to like that in a president,” Maher insisted stoutly. “I like a president that uses his brain and not his heart or his gut as the former president did.” He then went on to suggest that a lot of the apparent dissatisfaction with Obama’s performance on the economy might be racially motivated.

At that point O’Reilly interrupted him to say, “You’re on that bandwagon that if you don’t like him, you’re a racist?”

“Oh, so you don’t think it’s racially involved at all?” Maher retorted. “The tea baggers — they’re the ones who are so upset about the debt. Most of the debt came from Bush. That’s just a fact. And under Bush, Cheney said it, ‘Deficits don’t matter.’ Nobody was angry about the deficits when it was President Bush.”

“Because they didn’t know about them,” O’Reilly asserted. “President Obama has spent more money … He’s the biggest-spending president in the history of the republic, Maher. You’ve got to know that, man.”

“That’s not a true statement,” Maher insisted. “Bush was the biggest spender.”

“No, Obama’s budget is bigger than Bush’s budget!” O’Reilly exclaimed. “And I’m not any better off, and the economy’s not any better off. So it’s all a waste. He’s not doin’ it. … That’s what’s inside many Americans’ brains.”

To some degree, both men were right. Obama’s current budgets are without dispute the largest in history — but Bush’s wars and tax cuts ran up the national debt enormously during his eight years as president and continue to provide the greatest portion of Obama’s own deficits. Last June, the Center on Budget and Priority Policies argued:

Some critics continue to assert that President George W. Bush’s policies bear little responsibility for the deficits the nation faces over the coming decade — that, instead, the new policies of President Barack Obama and the 111th Congress are to blame. … Nevertheless, the fact remains: Together with the economic downturn, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years.

The deficit for fiscal year 2009 was $1.4 trillion and, at nearly 10 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), was the largest deficit relative to the size of the economy since the end of World War II. … The events and policies that have pushed deficits to these high levels in the near term, however, were largely outside the new Administration’s control.

“The reality of the situation is … we have him on the rocks now,” O’Reilly said of Obama. “He’s going to lose the House, probably, maybe lose the Senate. Therefore, he’s going to lose his power except for veto. And there’s a reason why. It’s not that Americans are racists. … It’s that they want, after almost two years, some improvement — and we haven’t seen it.”

“We’ve seen a lot of improvement,” Maher responded. “We’ve stopped torturing people. We can have stem cell research again. … People can’t be thrown out of a hospital”.        Continue reading… 

Emanuel leaving White House on Friday

Goodbye Rahm.  Can’t say that I’m sorry to see you go.  When you were head of the DCCC and I would get calls to contribute to that organization, I refused, because of you.  When the President selected you as his Chief-of-Staff, I was not happy.  You see Rham, I knew that you were a “blue dog” Democrat and I knew that your conservative values would not benefit the Democratic party during the 2008 campaign when you were head of the DCCC and when you were part of the Obama administration.  Your right of center policies have been a disaster for our president and his base.  So, with an anxious gesture I wave goodbye.  You will not be missed.

MSNBC

 Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday. NBC News has confirmed that Pete Rouse, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will be named as successor — likely on an interim basis.

It is still unclear who will take over the position permanently.

“The president will have a personnel announcement tomorrow,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a press conference Thursday. “We will save the specifics for then.”

Gibbs said the president has “complete loyalty and trust” in Rouse, though he wouldn’t confirm Rouse had been tapped for the interim post.

Two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel’s announcement, told The Associated Press that he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods on Monday.

“He intends to run for mayor,” one of the people said.

Both people said they did not know when Emanuel would make an official announcement about his mayoral bid but that he would launch a website with a message to Chicago voters in the near future.      Continue reading…

Tea Party Woes

Randi Rhodes Blog

What happens when the Tea Party universe collides with reality? Surprise, surprise—it turns out that a lot of people in Tea Party whacko and New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s inner circle have shady pasts. In fact, the only thing in New York State with a more tainted past than Carl Paladino’s inner circle is Love Canal.

One Paladino adviser has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $1 million from Michael Bloomberg’s re-election bid last year. What kind of advice does this advisor give? “Hey, why don’t you let me take care of the checkbook?” Yeesh! Who is dumb enough to hire an advisor who stole from his last employer? That would be like hiring a convicted drunk driver to be your driver. Oops. Paladino did that too. Yep. Paladino’s driver is a drunk driver.

Paladino’s campaign advisor stole money from another campaign. I can only assume that Paladino’s press spokesperson has Tourette Syndrome. Hey Carl, do you need a dog walker? Michael Vick is out of jail. Here’s an idea, Carl—put the drunk driver in charge of your campaign money, and let the embezzler be your driver. That way at least they’re not dealing with their field of criminal expertise.

In a separate reality check, both Sharron Angle and her husband receive healthcare from the federal government. So if Sharron Angle says she wants to get government off of your back, it’s only so it can take care of her needs. Angle gets federal health insurance through her husband, who is a retired federal employee. They also get a federal pension check. Sharron Angle didn’t respond to the revelations—maybe her mouth was full, sucking on the government teat.

Finally, Christine O’Donnell has been claiming that she studied at Oxford.  You don’t have to be an Oxford grad to figure out that’s not true. O’Donnell’s LinkedIn bio page lists “University of Oxford” as one of the schools she attended. Not likely. A quick perusal of Oxford shows that they don’t even offer courses in witchcraft, creationism, or masturbation avoidance. In reality, Christine took a course from the on-line Phoenix Institute, which rented space at Oxford. What is this? A mail drop? It sounds like Christine O’Donnell was at the educational equivalent of a Cayman Islands business address. A spokesman for the Phoenix Institute called O’Donnell’s claim that she went to Oxford “misleading.” I think the proper term is “lying,” but then I never took a semantics course at Oxford.

Media Matters: The Lies of James O’Keefe

I don’t like this guy at all.  What he and Andrew Breitbart did to ACORN is unforgivable in my opinion.  O’Keefe needs to be called out on all of his bogus videos.

Media Matters

CNN reports that conservative activist James O’Keefe attempted to “punk” a CNN reporter by luring her onto a boat “filled with sexually explicit props” and recording the encounter, a charge O’Keefe denies. If true, the alleged deception would be the latest in a string of lies and falsehoods O’Keefe has used to push his ideological agenda.

James O’Keefe: A history of lies, falsehoods, and deception

O’Keefe falsely claimed that ACORN tapes were a “nationwide ACORN child prostitution investigation” that implicated many ACORN employees. Discussing the ACORN videos created by O’Keefe and fellow conservative activist Hannah Giles, O’Keefe falsely claimed that the video campaign was a “nationwide ACORN child prostitution investigation” implicating many ACORN employees. But in at least six of the eight heavily edited videos produced by O’Keefe and Giles and distributed by Andrew Breitbart, either the activists did not clearly tell the ACORN employees that they were planning to engage in child prostitution; or the ACORN employees refused to help them or apparently deliberately misled them; or ACORN employees contacted the police following their visit.

Law enforcement officials criticize O’Keefe’s “highly selective editing of reality.” Three separate investigations cleared ACORN workers of any criminal wrongdoing, and a December 22, 2009 report by the Congressional Research Service stated that California and Maryland criminal laws may have been violated by the undisclosed taping done by O’Keefe. California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. pointed out that the videotapes were “severely edited by O’Keefe.” In a statement, Brown said, “The evidence illustrates … that things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality. Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor.” Likewise, a March 1 New York Daily News article reported that “a law enforcement source” said of O’Keefe and Giles: “They edited the tape to meet their agenda.” A March 2 New York Post article, headlined “ACORN set up by vidiots: DA,” reported of O’Keefe and Giles’ ACORN tapes: “Many of the seemingly crime-encouraging answers were taken out of context so as to appear more sinister, sources said.”

Breitbart and O’Keefe withheld exculpatory LA ACORN video for two months. For more than two months after Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com website began posting videos in which O’Keefe and Giles posed as a pimp and prostitute in ACORN offices, O’Keefe and his cohorts withheld video that directly contradicted what they said the videos showed. In September 2009, Giles and Big Government editor-in-chief Mike Flynn had both falsely claimed that every ACORN office O’Keefe and Giles visited had offered to help them. Also during September 2009, both Breitbart and O’Keefe were asked directly by reporters whether any ACORN offices had refused to help; Breitbart and O’Keefe chose not to disclose the existence of a tape that showed at least one ACORN worker who refused to help. In a video released November 16, 2009, O’Keefe finally acknowledged that a Los Angeles ACORN worker they filmed in August 2009 “would not assist us obtain a house for our illegal activities.”

O’Keefe pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal charge of entering Senate office under false pretenses. As reported by The Times-Picayune on May 26:

The four defendants who were arrested in January in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs federal complex in New Orleans pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to entering real property belonging to the United States under false pretenses.

Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles III sentenced Stan Dai, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan each to two years probation, a fine of $1,500 and 75 hours of community service during their first year of probation.

James O’Keefe, as leader of the group and famous for posing as a pimp in ACORN office videos, received three years of probation, a fine of $1,500 and 100 hours of community service.

O’Keefe’s BigGovernment video omits relevant clip in claiming that “Census supervisors” were “systemically encouraging employees to falsify information on their time sheets.” In a ten-minute video posted on BigGovernment.com, O’Keefe stated that he had been hired as a Census worker and attended two days of training. He said, “What I found were Census supervisors systematically encouraging employees to falsify information on their time sheets.” The video includes clips of census leaders, who according to O’Keefe, “didn’t seem to have a problem with the discrepancy” of the hours recorded on his time sheet versus the hours he claimed to have worked. O’Keefe omitted a clip that was later aired by ABC, which shows a census leader emphasizing the importance of accurately reporting on miles driven by census enumerators. 

Friend of O’Keefe reportedly objected to past transcript distortion. A September 18, 2009, New York Times article reported that Liz Farkas, a college friend of O’Keefe’s while at Rutgers University, said she “grew disillusioned” after O’Keefe asked Farkas to help deceptively “edit the script” of a video involving a nurse at the University of California at Los Angeles.