Day: January 27, 2011

Illinois high court: Emanuel can run for Chicago mayor

There are sure to be cries of “foul!” and “Chicago politics” from both the right and the left on this one… 

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The Illinois Supreme Court put Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot for Chicago mayor on Thursday, reviving his campaign to lead the country’s third-largest city.

The former White House chief of staff was thrown off the Feb. 22 ballot by an Illinois appellate court for not meeting a residency requirement because he hadn’t lived in Chicago for a year before the race. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in his favor.

Emanuel lived for nearly two years in Washington working for President Barack Obama until he moved back to Chicago in October to run for mayor.

Emanuel, who has said he always intended to return to Chicago and was only living in Washington at the request of the president, had asked the Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court ruling. Within minutes of the ruling, Emanuel was at a downtown Chicago public transit station shaking hands with residents.

He never stopped campaigning as the controversy evolved. His spokesman said Emanuel was en route to the campaign appearance when he received word of the ruling and was scheduled to participate in televised debate Thursday evening.

In their appeal, Emanuel’s attorneys called Monday’s appeal court ruling “one of the most far-reaching election law rulings” ever issued in Illinois, not only because of its effect on the mayoral race but for “the unprecedented restriction” it puts on future candidates.

His lawyers raised several points, including that the appeals court applied a stricter definition of “residency” than the one used for voters. They say Illinois courts have never required candidates to be physically present in the state to seek office there.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court called the appeals court’s basis for deciding that Emanuel could not be on the ballot “without any foundation in Illinois law.”    More…

The Soft Power of Obama’s SOTU Tie

I love this article I found on Esquire.  (One thing though, the tie looks blue to me.)

Maybe it’s a good thing, or quite possibly a bad thing, that the most controversial thing about Tuesday night’s State of the Union address was the color of the president’s tie. It was purple (or if you want to get technical about it, lavender), and as much as we admire his symbolic commitment to bipartisanship — no red or blue for this guy — there’s some substance to his style.

A bit of history: As far back as Roman empire, the rich and powerful would show they were rich and powerful by wearing clothes dyed in Tyrian purple, a shade derived from the expensive and rare boiled shells of the murex sea snail. After the whole decline and fall debacle, the color was taken up by generations of European royalty who’d wear robes in imperial purple. Ever since, variations of purple have been synonymous with wealth, status, and valor — see the Purple Heart, created in 1917 to honor American soldiers who have been wounded or killed while serving in battle.

In any case, none of this was on the president’s mind when he chose that particular tie; he had other things, like John Boehner’s crocodile tears, or Joe Biden, to worry about. But he was smart to go for a soft shade of purple (easier on the eyes, and better with navy blue tailoring), because whether he knew it or not, wearing purple is how you project power. And that’s exactly what he did

Rachel Maddow’s Analysis of Obama’s SOTU – Prepare to be surprised!

In my opinion, no one in the news media analyzes a particular issue like Rachel Maddow.  When I saw this on TV last night, I was floored by her presentation.  For those who didn’t see this segment, this one’s for you…

Selective Editing? Bill O’Reilly ‘Corrects’ Jon Stewart Over Criticism Of Nazi Rhetoric

Mediate’s article below, tends to placate Bill O’Reilly and Fox News.  The fact of the matter is, Fox News, et al make it a standard practice to cherry pick and selectively edit videos that put them in a bad light.

This is so typical of Fox News and their commentators.  See here, here, and here and these are just a few examples.

Mediaite

Bill O’Reilly took exception to being included in Jon Stewart’s searing criticism of Fox News’ use of Nazi rhetoric in its opinion media programming. Focusing on a short clip sampled by Daily Show producers in which The Factor host compared “hate-filled blogs” with Nazi Germany, O’Reilly explained that the reference in question was taken out of context. Ironically, O’Reilly seemed to miss the context of Stewart’s criticism as well.

First, a bit of background. The rediscovered tone of civility in the days that followed President Obama’s speech at the Tucson memorial was sharply interrupted last week by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), who made what many saw as distasteful comparisons on the House floor, between the GOP and Nazi propaganda techniques. This culminated in a predictable set of finger-pointing by many media personalities, the last of which was Stewart’s searing rebuttal to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s claim that Fox News’ personalities do not make gratuitous Nazi references (as her guest Richard Socarides had alleged on her show).

By way of rebuttal to Stewart’s rebuttal, O’Reilly played a short clip from the Daily Show segment and explained that it was presented without larger context, which was absolutely true. The clip in question focused on what appeared to be an extremely distasteful, and most likely anonymous, blog comment on Huffington Post that suggested that Nancy Reagan should die. In the context of that comment, one can certainly see how angry and horrified a self-described traditionalist like O’Reilly would become. But to compare an anonymous blog comment to Nazi techniques is a tad hyperbolic.     More…

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“About.com”: Nutty Right-Wing Quotes

Which are your favorites?

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  • Ann Coulter: ”You will find liberals always rooting for savages against civilization.”
  • Bill O’Reilly: ”They didn’t root for the Nazis against civilization.”
  • Coulter: ”Oh yes they did. … It was only when Hitler invaded their precious Soviet Union that at the last minute they came in and suddenly started saying, ‘Oh no, now you have to fight Hitler.”’

—’The O’Reilly Factor,’ May 7, 2010

  • ”African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that’s not a race. Your ancestry is from Africa and now you live in America.”

—Glenn Beck, on his radio show, Jan. 7, 2010

  • ”The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.”

—Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), June 4, 2009

  • ”I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.”

—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

  • ”I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things.”

—Ohio GOP House candidate and Tea Party favorite Rich Iott, explaining why for years he donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments as part of a group that calls itself Wiking (Atlantic interview, Oct. 2010)

  • ”The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”

—Rush Limbaugh

  •  ”As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where— where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”

—Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008

”Do you know, where does this phrase ‘separation of church and state’ come from? It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. … The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.”

—Glen Urquhart, the Tea Party-backed Republican nominee for the Delaware House seat held by Rep. Mike Castle, April 2010

“About.com”: Craziest Glenn Beck Quotes of All Time

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 In my opinion, Glenn Beck is by far, the craziest right-winger out there. 

Now, I do believe most of his personna is an act to appease his listeners and television audiences.  However, there is a real stroke of  “teh crazy” running through Beck’s little brain…

 

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  • ”When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”

—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005

  • ”Advocating through art is known as propaganda. You should look up the name Goebbels. ”

—Glenn Beck, on the National Endowment for the Arts, Fox News’s Glenn Beck show, Nov. 3, 2009

  • ”Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.”

—Glenn Beck, in 2003

  • ”I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.”

—Glenn Beck, on why people who lost their homes in forest fires in California had it coming, ‘The Glenn Beck Program,’ Oct. 22, 2007

  • ”You have three people in the White House that are in love with eugenics or whatever it is you would call it today. … Please dear God, read history. Please dear God read the truth of what these people have said in their own words, and ask yourself this one question: Do you trust these people enough to give them control over who lives and who dies? Because that’s what health care is when you have no other choice but to go to the state.”

—Glenn Beck, comparing health care reform to Nazi eugenics

  • ”Barack Obama … chose to use his name Barack for a reason — to identify, not with America — you don’t take the name Barack to identify with America. You take the name Barack to identify with what? Your heritage? The heritage, maybe, of your father in Kenya, who is a radical? Is — really? Searching for something to give him any kind of meaning, just as he was searching later in life for religion.”

—Glenn Beck, ”The Glenn Beck Program,” Feb. 4, 2010

  • ”I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet.”

—Glenn Beck, calling evolution ”ridiculous”, The Glenn Beck Program, Oct. 20, 2010

  • ”Fall to your knees and thank God for Fox News. Pray for Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch. Pray for them. Pray for strength and spine, and pray that everybody involved has chicken salad for lunch so it doesn’t clog anybody’s arteries. Keep them going.”

—Glenn Beck, asking listeners to pray for Ailes and Murdoch because they protect Fox from ”the outside world,” The Glenn Beck Program, May 27, 2010

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