Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

Fox News’ Chris Wallace: You Don’t Have to Call Everyone ‘Socialists’ or ‘Fascists’

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Well, it seems a “common sense” bug has bit Chris Wallace over at Fox Noise

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On Fox and Friends yesterday, the hosts spoke with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace about the tone in Washington following shocking violence against public officials in Arizona, and President Obama’s plea to “use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.” Wallace said that, indeed, he was hoping for a more constructive dialogue: “You don’t have to call the other side socialists, or fascists, or whatever. And maybe the tone — maybe we can agree, or disagree, more agreeably.”

Perhaps Fox News will listen to one of its most prominent and popular hosts. But there’s a lot of work to do. Here is just a small sampling of Fox News hosts and guests freely tossing the slings and arrows of “socialist” and “fascist” at Democrats and other liberal targets:

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More On Sarah Palin’s Facebook Comments “Scrubbing”

Lawrence O’Donnell brings up an excellent point about the hypocrisy of Palin’s claim of 1st Amendment rights while disallowing commenters on her blog to exercise the same:

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For 200 Jeopardy Points: Who Is Watson, aka DeepQA?

Ok, my geek side loves this stuff and I wanted to share. 

In my opinion, Mario Piperni’s site has some of the greatest graphics and some of the best articles on the internet.

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The machines are coming.  Beware or rejoice.

Former Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter lost by $1000 to IBM’s Watson DeepQA-based supercomputer during a three-category Jeopardy practice round Thursday night. The trio will officially square off for a $1 million grand prize during two Jeopardy matches that will air February 14-16.

Watson is IBM’s latest supercomputer based on the company’s DeepQA software, which combines natural language processing, machine learning and information retrieval. The device is packing 15 terabytes RAM, about 2,880 processor cores that can perform 80 trillion operations a second, and is the size of 10 refrigerators according to Wired. Watson will have to rely on its self-contained databases for answers, and won’t be hooked up to the Internet during the Jeopardy challenge.

Watson has now won 65% of its matches against Jeopardy grand champions.  Here’s what Thursday’s match looked like.

Good stuff.  One could imagine the many applications that a smart natural language processing machine of this order could be used for.  Financing, marketing and medical diagnostic analysis are some.  For the latter, imagine a doctor inputting a patient’s symptoms and having a computer giving her a diagnosis based on the zillion medical texts scanned into its database.  It would be like having a second opinion from Dr. House, minus the attitude.

Here’s a link to more info on the inner workings of Watson, it’s algorithms and the future it holds for all of us.

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Sean Hannity Suggests The U.S. Invade Kuwait And “Take All Their Oil”

The first Gulf War was about protecting Kuwait from an invasion by Sadaam Hussein from uh, “taking over their oil” among other things.  Now Hannity suggests we take over their oil by invading Kuwait!    

Looks like idiocracy is taking form in this country at alarming an alarming rate.

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For Sean Hannity, it seems you can never be too rich or have too many wars – for other people to fight. While basking in the luxury of his multimillion dollar waterfront mansion, chickenhawk Hannity is in a bullyboy pique over rising oil prices and is ready to rumble. Correction: he’s ready for other people to do the rumbling for him.

Never mind that our troops are a bit occupied in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hannity has a new front for them in Kuwait – to make them pay for their liberation back in the early 90’s. Oh and those Iraqis? How ungrateful were they that after we invaded their country -under false pretenses and caused at least 100,000, possibly a million, Iraqi deaths - they didn’t turn over their oil? No word yet on whether we should put off Hannity’s other pet war, attacking Iran, while we’re on this latest mission. (H/T Think Progress)

During the Great American Panel segment of Hannity last night (1/14/11), Hannity said:

There’s two things I’ve said. I said why isn’t Iraq paying us back with oil, and paying every American family and their soldiers that lost loved ones or have injured soldiers, and why didn’t they pay for their own liberation? For the Kuwait oil minister: how short his memory is. You know, we have every right to go in there and frankly take all their oil and make THEM pay for the liberation as these sheiks, etcetera, etcetera, you know were living in hotels in London and New York, as Trump pointed out, and now they’re gouging us.

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9-Year-Old Shooting Victim’s Organs Save a Life

Christina keeps on giving…

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Born on the tragic day of Sept. 11, 2001 and killed during the tragic Ariz. shootings — another day that marked tragedy in the U.S. — Christina Green’s brief life made a large impact on the lives of many, including a child on the East Coast, who benefitted from the donation of Green’s organs.

Complete Coverage: Tragedy in Tucson

The Arizona Republic reports that a friend helping the Green family said the organ donation network called on Jan. 12, telling them that Green’s donation had already saved the life of a little girl in Boston.

Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, told mourners at the 9-year-old’s funeral that her organs were donated.

On Jan. 12, President Barack Obama said that it is incumbent upon the country to live up to the vision of it held by Green, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001 and aspired to be a political leader and a Major League Baseball player.

“Imagine,” the president said. “Here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.”     More…

  

  

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Rachel Maddow’s Take On the New Zodiac

Rachel does it again.  She explains the 13th Zodiac sign phenomena…

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Politico’s “The Week In One Liners” 1-14-11

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“An attempt on you could bring the republic down.” – Fox News’s Glenn Beck, encouraging Sarah Palin in a letter to “look into protection for your family.” 

“Keep your mouth shut.” – Commentator Bernie Goldberg, knocking Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for his remarks in the wake of the Tucson shootings. 

“I wouldn’t have done it.” – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, on Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” map. 

“This Jared guy’s chalkboard in his basement, I’m not sure it wouldn’t look that different than Glenn Beck’s chalkboard.” – HBO’s Bill Maher, discussing the Tucson shooter. 

“Oh, you guys are nothing if not entertaining over there. It’s like living next door to The Simpsons, you know, the dysfunctional family down the block. Watching you guys, I mean I shouldn’t make too light of it, I think this is really a bad situation.” – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, comparing neighboring Illinois to “The Simpsons.” 

“Tone it down.” – Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes, requesting that his on-air employees take down the rhetoric a notch in the wake of the Tucson shooting. 

“Whack-job nut maggot.” – Mike Huckabee, describing accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner. 

“I can’t be remorseful for something I think I didn’t do.” – Former Rep. Tom DeLay, defending himself despite being sentenced to three years in prison. 

“Oh, so he’s into love-making. He’ll make great love to you then tell you what’s wrong with you. That’s called ‘seducing and reducing.’” – “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger, offering analysis after some of Julian Assange’s earlier online profiles were read to her (she didn’t know it was Assange at the time). 

“Still taking bites of the bacon, chewing and talking, VPOTUS chatted up the Delaware troops, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand.” – A pool report, describing a scene from Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Afghanistan.

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Wash Times: Criticism Of Palin’s ‘Blood Libel’ Part Of ‘Ongoing Pogrom’ Against Conservatives

Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in Raleigh, NC.

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What is wrong with some people on the Right?  Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo says it best:

I thought Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” comment was crude and stupid. And I understand that many found it offensive, though I can’t say I was really offended in any personal way. The truth is very few things actually offend me. But this actually did. The Washington Times says that the reaction to Palin is part of an “ongoing pogrom” against conservatives in America.

That strikes me as offensive and even disgusting.

I really don’t know what’s with these people.

Talking Points Memo

A Washington Times (not to be confused with The Washington Post) editorial defends Sarah Palin’s use of the phrase “blood libel” in the wake of the Tucson shootings, by calling media criticism of Palin “the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers.”

Palin had been criticized for using the term “blood libel” to characterize media attacks against her, because of associations between “blood libel” and persecution of Jews in Europe. The term has its roots in the false charge that Jews would murder children and use their blood in religious rituals.

The choice by the Times to describe media attacks as “pogroms” is even more unfortunate since the term usually refers to destructive riots that targeted Jews during the time of the Russian Empire, and often resulted in massacres.

Palin had been criticized for posting a map of the U.S. last year with gunsights over 20 Dem districts that were targets for Republicans, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head on Saturday. Palin responded to the criticism in a video this week: “Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”    More…

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O’Reilly: I Defended Palin — So Why Won’t She Come On My Show?

Poor little old Bill O.  Sarah rejected him…

TPMDC

Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly displayed a sensitive side.

Nominally, O’Reilly had fellow Fox Host Gretchen Carlson and Republican strategist Margaret Hoover on to discuss why Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) have “avoided” the media since the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others in Tucson last Saturday. But it quickly became clear that O’Reilly was really only interested in talking about why the two women haven’t been on his show.

“Why not come on and kick it around?” O’Reilly said, after noting that Palin was slated to appear on Sean Hannity’s show on Monday. O’Reilly said he’d defended both women from those who would tie their rhetoric to the tragedy in Tucson. And he seemed peeved that they weren’t giving him any credit.    More…

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