Day: November 10, 2010

‘What The F**k Has Obama Done So Far’ Creators Discuss Their Web Site (VIDEO)

This website has gone viral, and rightfully so.  It’s awesome.  Perhaps somewhat redundant since other sites including this one have listed dozens of the Obama administration’s accomplishments.  However, it’s all in the presentation…

Huffington Post

The creators of ‘What The Fuck Has Obama Done So Far,’ a web site that displays various Obama administration accomplishments, stopped by “The Last Word” to talk about their site on Monday night. The web site, which resembles the format of the 2008 hit site — and later book — ‘Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle,’ was launched last week and has already been viewed by more than four million people, according to Lawrence O’Donnell.

Shavanna Miller, who came up with the idea, says it only took approximately three hours for her and her two friends to put the site together on a Sunday night.

Co-creator Richard Boenigk discussed the thought behind the site: “When we set out to create the site, we weren’t out to convince anybody who wasn’t already a supporter of the president…. When he was elected, I think people dreamed really big, bigger than they probably had in the past. And I think that left a lot of room for disappointment. So this is a site to remind people of the things he has accomplished.”

Scroll down for the full interview.

WATCH:

HE’S BAAAAACK…

It’s good to see Keith Olbermann back at his MSNBC desk…

Huffington Post

Keith Olbermann returned to “Countdown” from his two-day suspension with a bang on Tuesday, sidling into the view of the cameras in front of his empty seat and saying, “this was not a publicity stunt. Of course, if I had known all of this would happen, I would have done this years ago!”

Beck: Lawrence O’Donnell’s ‘Socialist’ Claim Is Evidence Of Looming, Violent ‘Event’ (VIDEO)

One more time…Glenn Beck is batshit effing crazy!

Huffington Post

On his Monday show, Glenn Beck announced to his viewers that he thinks an “event” that will fundamentally alter the world is coming soon — and he used MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s recent statement that he is a “socialist” as evidence for that event.

Beck said that, in the near future, left-wing “agitators” would foment violence so that President Obama could step in, stop the violence and “save” the American people.

He played a clip of former Clinton pollster Mark Penn telling Chris Matthews that the moment President Clinton reconnected with the country after his midterm defeat was the Oklahoma City bombing. Beck interpreted this statement as an admission that people on the left wanted an Oklahoma City-type event to occur so that Obama could reap the political benefit from its aftermath.

But Beck also reserved time for O’Donnell, whom he cast as evidence that the “mask” of the extreme leftists at the heart of the media and government would come off in the run-up to the “event.” He called O’Donnell the “new, hot loverboy” at MSNBC, and then played the clip of the host telling Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald, “I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left of you mere liberals.”

“But didn’t we just hear that there are no socialists?” Beck said. “Wait a minute — starting to unmask themselves!”

“I don’t pal around with Communists,” he continued. “I don’t know any radical revolutionaries, I don’t know any socialists. But apparently at NBC…it’s not such a big deal.”

Watch (O’Donnell segment starts at around 12:30):

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4409918/beck-birth-pangs/

Number of Uninsured American Adults Hits Record High

So, let me get this straight: 

The incoming GOP majority led congress wants to repeal healthcare reform. 

They would also like to conduct seven  hearings a week  on the Obama administration for the entire 40 week session of the 112th congress which begins Jan. 2, 2011.  (See “B” below.)

They also want to give the highest tax cuts to the richest 2 per cent and they have not uttered one word about JOBS! 

Someone once said (paraphrased): “You get the congress you deserve”.  The country voted in those clowns who’s sole interest is to cater to big business (corporate) interests and in order to pay for the tax cuts they propose, they want to privatize medicare and social security.

Someone also said these:

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~John Kenneth Gailbraith

Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things, either:
(a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the rich, or,
(b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring. ~ Jack Clark

U.S. News – Health

Nearly 50 million Americans have gone without health insurance for at least part of the past year — up from 46 million people in 2008, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Those people included not only those Americans living in poverty, but an increasing number of middle-income people, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The bottom line is that uninsurance of young and middle-class adults increased by 4 million people from 2008 to the first quarter of 2010,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said during a news conference Tuesday.

What’s more, the number of people without insurance for a year or more increased from 27.5 million in 2008 to 30.4 million in the first quarter of 2010, Frieden said. “That’s an increase of 3 million of chronically uninsured adults.”

These findings debunk two myths about health insurance, Frieden said. “The first myth is that it’s only the poor who are uninsured. In fact, half of the uninsured are over the poverty level,” he said.

“The second myth is that it’s only healthy people who are uninsured and that young healthy people make a choice not to have health insurance. In fact, more than two out of five individuals who are uninsured at some point during the past year had one or more chronic diseases,” he said.   Continue reading…

Palin Lashes Out At WSJ Reporter, Misquotes Story

There she goes again…

Huffington Post

In what can only be called a valiant effort, Sarah Palin has defended her monetary policy remarks from the Wall Street Journal‘s pointed criticism.

On her Facebook page, Palin claims the WSJ reporter who has pointed out a factual error in her speech is himself in the wrong. “Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?,” her Facebook note asks.

In remarks delivered at a Phoenix convention, and first leaked by the The National Review, Palin criticized the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy, in which the bank will purchase up to $600 billion of new U.S. government debt (as part of a plan that could reach $900 billion), and urged Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to “cease and desist.”

As HuffPost’s Shahien Nasiripour noted Monday, the Federal Reserve operates independently of any other government body, and so political criticism of it is unusual.

Even more unusual were the specifics of Palin’s critique: As WSJ‘s Sudeep Reddy pointed out Monday, she doesn’t get all of her facts right. In response to Palin’s assertion that “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so,” Reddy wrote Monday that “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” He notes that prices have actually increased only 0.6 percent over the past year. It’s the lowest rate on record — so low that it inspired a high-profile Twitter fight late last month.

But Palin would have none of it. She wrote in her Facebook note, “That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled ‘Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.’ She continued:

Now I realize I’m just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like me can read the newspaper. I’m surprised a prestigious reporter for the Wall Street Journal doesn’t.

Reddy has responded to Palin on Twitter, pointing out that she has actually misread the WSJ article she refers to. As Reddy notes, the article’s first sentence discusses “the tamest year of food pricing in nearly two decades.”

The source of confusion comes in the next paragraph. The article says the cost of goods has risen, a burden that food sellers must decide whether to pass on to customers via prices. The rise in prices hasn’t actually happened yet. Palin omits this key fact.

Reddy has also re-tweeted a tweet from Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum, who defends Reddy and blasts Palin for misquoting the WSJ story about prices. Here’s Chittum:

Palin has a journalism degree, so I’m guessing she knows what an ethical no-no it is to misquote somebody like that. It ought to be awfully hard for her to get on her pedestal and condemn the media when she can’t even quote somebody honestly. How about to make it up to Reddy, Palin lets a real reporter like him fly out to Wasilla to interview her for once instead of going to her house folks at Fox News?

UPDATE:
Sudeep Reddy has responded in the WSJ to Palin’s Facebook note. He cites Labor Department data to reiterate that Palin’s argument about food prices is not grounded in fact, and he continues:

Weak demand, high unemployment and thrifty shoppers have led retailers to keep many prices from rising despite the rising cost of some commodities, including coffee and sugar. … Critics of the Fed’s quantitative easing policy are focused primarily on concerns about potential future inflation.

Sarah Palin is a news analyst for Fox News, whose parent company also owns the Wall Street Journal.

Did Sarah Palin really say that?

The Complete Palinisms

Slate

“2 PA school speech; I’ll intro kids 2 beauty of laissez-faire via serving them cookies amidst school cookie ban debate;Nanny state run amok!”—Tweet, Nov. 9, 2010.

“As always, proud to be American! Thanks, Commonsense Constitutional Conservatives,u didn’t sit down & shut up…u ‘refudiated’ extreme left.”—Tweet reacting to Republicans’ success in midterm elections, Nov. 3, 2010.

“I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers … really, they are. … I’ve seen it myself … but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more.”—In an e-mail to the Daily Caller, about Politico‘s use of anonymous sources in a story about Republican resistance to a Palin presidency, Nov. 1, 2010.

“What I think she could add to that even is to explain what the real witchcraft and voodoo politics and economics is, and that’s what’s going on in D.C. And that’s why she’s determined to get to D.C., to write some laws and get some truth in Washington D.C. so that our economy can get roaring back to life.”—On what was missing from Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m You” campaign ad, to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Sept. 6, 2010.

“She’s going to have to learn very quickly to dismiss what some of her handlers want… She’s going to dismiss that, go with her gut get out there, speak to the American people, speak through Fox news and let the independents who are tuning in to you know what she stands for.”
—Discussing Christine O’Donnell’s media strategy with Bill O’Reilly in a Fox news interview, Sept. 15, 2010.

“CQ Politics – c’mon guys, get it right. No one told Christine to only speak to FOX news. C’mon now, print truth. Thanks very much.”
Tweet, Sept. 18, 2010.

“The Hill: get it right, please; I did NOT tell O’Donnell to only speak to Fox News. Where do u all get this stuff? Pls report truth. Thanks”
Tweet, Sept. 19, 2010.

“Spenard Builders called and they said, ‘We’re gathering a lot of people in the valley we’re goin’ to go up to the Lutheran church and the Baptist church and we’re going to start praying for our country.’ So we shut down City Hall for a while and we all ran up to the churches and we started prayin’ for America.”
—Describing her reaction to the terrorist attacks with Glenn Beck at a 9/11 memorial event in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“People show up to hear Glenn Beck. They show up because he has such an infectious eagerness to learn.”

“Freedom is worth fighting for and that’s why he is out doing what he does every day, and I’ll tell you he is out there on the front lines. He is on the front lines in a tough and a brutal leftist media world that takes their shots at him every single day. He reminds me of a lot of good Alaskans.”
—Introducing Glenn Beck at a Sept. 11 memorial event in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“… in this most perfect state in America, Alaska, where we are independent and we’ve got a pioneering spirit that more of America should hopefully get to look into this state and understand.”
—At a Sept. 11 memorial event in Wasilla, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“I did, I did! I’m so proud of myself. I have caribou blood under my fingernails still.”
—When asked by a fan whether she’d killed a caribou recently, at a Sept. 11 memorial event in Wasilla, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“Obama speech tonite may make u dig out ur old Orwell books so rewritten history can be deciphered, depending on who gets credit 4 Iraq surge.”
Tweet, Aug. 31, 2010.

Continue reading…

Keith Olbermann Hoax: Did Tucker Carlson Pose As Olbermann In Emails?

Tucker Carlson doesn’t like Keith Olbermann. He even purchased a website domain entitled www.keitholbermann.com

But that’s just part of the story.  The plot thickens…

Huffington Post

Did Tucker Carlson perpetrate a hoax by posing as Keith Olbermann in a series of emails?

On Tuesday afternoon, a set of emails surfaced on the Philadelphia news site Phawker. Phawker said that the emails showed the “100% for real” correspondence between Olbermann and Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky over the weekend. In the emails, “Olbermann” talks about his boss, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, in hyperbolic, insulting terms.

In one email, “Olbermann” says that Griffin is “not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be…I’ll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he’s actually qualified, perhaps on QVC.”

In another, “Olbermann” writes that “I could have Phil Griffin fired tomorrow if I felt like it, trust me. And if he keeps yapping about me in public, I may. For the moment, however, keeping Phil around is like having a drunk chimp in the office — more amusing than threatening.”

The incendiary emails seemed too good to be true — and, as it turns out, they were. The emails from “Olbermann” came from keith@keitholbermann.com. That’s an address that is not owned by Olbermann, but by Tucker Carlson, conservative pundit and editor of the Daily Caller website. In July, Carlson announced that he had purchased the domain name KeithOlbermann.com, and told Politico that people could email him at Keith@KeithOlbermann.com — the same address that the emails to Bykofsky came from.

Once people raised their suspicions about the authenticity of the emails, Olbermann quickly denied that he had any involvement in them. “Complete fake,” he tweeted. “Email address shown not mine.” Bykofsky and Phawker both acknowledged that they had been hoaxed.

The only one who hasn’t spoken out? Carlson himself.

Oprah Fails to Question Bush on Important Aspects of His Legacy

Newsweek

If someone were to ask you what the dominant political issue is at the moment, you’d probably say the national debt or extension of the Bush tax cuts. The most controversial political fight of the last two years? Surely health care reform. So, when former President George W. Bush granted a long televised interview to promote his new memoir — which is to say, as Bush attempts to polish his tarnished reputation, you’d think he would be asked about his budget-busting tax cuts and the creation of a Medicare prescription drug benefit.

You would be wrong. Like Matt Lauer Monday night, Oprah Winfrey, in her gauzy interview with Bush on Tuesday afternoon, did not ask a single question about those policies. Today conservatives argue that the budget reconciliation process is being exploited when it is used to pass the sidecar of amendments to health care reform that could have fallen prey to a filibuster after Ted Kennedy’s death. In 2001 Republicans used reconciliation to pass Bush’s tax cuts. What does Bush make of the precedent he set? We don’t know, because Winfrey, like Lauer, did not ask him. Today conservatives complain about deficit-spending, and that health care reform was passed by bribing and bullying fence-sitters, but we have no idea what Bush makes of the infamous arm-twisting by his allies in the GOP House leadership to whip the votes for Medicare Part D, an unfunded expansion of the welfare state. Does Bush regret the way he governed now that Democrats are free to do the same? Apparently no one thought to ask him, or his handlers laid out ground rules prohibiting it.   Continue reading…

Darrell Issa Continues Apology Tour, Regrets Calling Obama ‘Corrupt’

Mr. Issa still intends to go forward with seven hearings a week for the forty-week 112th Congress  to investigate the Obama administration, starting in January 2011.

Huffington Post

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made two stops on his apology tour Monday to walk back comments he had made last month calling Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.”

“If I had to do it over again I’d have parsed my words a little more carefully,” Issa said in an interview with CNN’s “Situation Room,” hours after making a similar correction on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The congressman, now set to become be the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress, made the original comments in what he described as an impromptu moment of foolishness during a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh last month.

“Do I think the president is personally corrupt, no,” Issa told CNN. “I should never have implied that, or created that in a quick statement on a radio call-in.”

But Issa, who spoke aggressively Monday about launching hundreds of oversight investigations, has lately been forced to fold to other criticism as well.

After claiming that the commotion caused by an alleged pre-primary White House job offer to Joe Sestak was tantamount to an “impeachable” offense, Issa later said he wouldn’t mount a probe into the matter.

Issa then altered his plan again, however, saying that he would examine similar violations by the Bush administration as well, before scrapping the idea altogether.

At the end of his about-face on CNN Monday, Issa departed with a less confrontational tone:

From CNN’s report:

“Our committee is supposed to be about finding ways to – creating reform, making government do its job, and do it within a smaller budget, not a larger budget,” Issa said, adding that he plans to continue bipartisan initiatives that were part of the committee’s agenda while Democrats were in power.