Daily Archives: May 13, 2011

Did John McCain Just Threaten To Beat Up Glenn Beck?

This past Thursday, Glenn Beck made a complete and utter fool of himself by mocking Meghan McCain’s PSA ad for skin cancer by pretending to vomit each time his ” radio sidekick” mentioned Ms. McCain’s name.

Ms. McCain, the only adult in the situation, wrote Beck an stinging, yet polite  open letter which had to make him feel like two cents.  Beck hasn’t answered Ms. McCain since the letter was publicized yesterday.

The Huffington Post

Did John McCain just threaten to beat up Glenn Beck for what he said about his daughter?

Well, not really. But sort of, in an oblique way.

Let us explain. Beck’s instantly infamous reaction to Meghan McCain’s PSA for skin cancer (the sight of her bare skin caused him to mime vomiting for about five minutes straight) drew a swift and fierce response from both McCain and her mother, Cindy. On Thursday’s “John King USA,” CNN’s John King asked John McCain what he thought of the whole fracas.

“I now think I can relate more closely to Harry Truman who took some umbrage at a critic that criticized his daughter’s singing,” McCain said. “…I don’t think I should dignify that kind of behavior with a comment.”

A seemingly dispassionate reaction. But as John King put it, if “you’re a student of history and you got the Truman reference,” McCain’s comments can be seen in a rather angrier light. The senator was referring to the 1950 letter that Truman wrote to Washington Post critic
Paul Hume after the latter wrote a famously acerbic review of his daughter Margaret’s singing.

“Some day, I hope to meet you,” Truman wrote. “When that happens, you will need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes and perhaps a supporter below.” So…watch out, Glenn Beck! John McCain wants to give you a new nose!

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Fischer: Centuries of Inbreeding The Reason Muslims Are Stupid

Another “pot, meet kettle” moment from the reich  right-wing.  This particular cretin, Bryan Fischer actually demonstrates what real inbreeding produces…

Right Wing Watch

Last year, Bryan Fischer   wrote a post asserting that that Muslims are dangerous, violent, and stupid because of centuries of inbreeding … and that is the position he continues to espouse, as he did yesterday on his radio program:

I’ve talked here before about the consequences in Islamic cultures of inbreeding, because of the practice of marrying first cousins. Now you can get away with that for once or twice, but Muslims have been doing this for fourteen hundred years and because this is what Muhammad did, they always will do this, they will always defend it, they will always practice it. And this kind of inbreeding results in an enormous cost in intellectual capacity, intellectual quotient among the Islamic people. It’s just a plain fact. You can’t argue with it, it’s just simply the truth. And you get hammered for saying it, but that’s because the truth has now become hate speech, the truth has now become bigotry.

 

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High School Sophomore Challenges Bachmann To Basic ‘Fact Test’ On U.S. Constitution

I wonder if Michele Bachmann will answer the 10th grader who challenged her?  My guess is a resound NO!

Think Progress

In expounding upon the Constitution, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) rarely troubles with reading it. Her musings on the subject have earned her yet another Politifact “pants on fire” award and ensured the employment of fact-checkers everywhere. Now, the Minnesota Independent reports that one American — a high school sophomore— wants to take the Congresswoman head on. Fed up with the “injustice” that Bachmann’s “politically expedient” inaccuracies serve to “women everywhere,” New Jersey 10th grader Amy Myers is challenging Bachmann to a public debate — or a basic “fact test” — on the Constitution:

As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter. [...]

Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:

I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.

Bachmann does have a law degree, but given the knowledge she’s displayed on the subject, the 10th grader stacks up pretty well.

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Report: Osama Bin Laden Wanted To Kill President Obama

According to an ABC report (see video below) Osama Bin Laden wanted to kill President Obama because he “violated the Muslim faith”.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is that the incessant lies about President Obama being a Muslim appears to have reached over to Pakistan where Osama bin Laden became obsessed with the idea that Obama should be assassinated because of his violation of Islam.

I think that those who perpetuated that myth must be called out to apologize.  Of course they never will because the truth is, they wanted the same outcome for the President that Bin Laden wanted.

At this moment, I have such disdain for those people…

Mediaite

As U.S. officials pour over a million pages of information seized in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, ABC News reports one thing they’ve learned: bin Laden wanted to find a way to kill President Barack Obama.

ABC’s Brian Ross indicates the interest in killing Obama may have bordered on obsession:

Bin Laden’s own writings discovered at his compound indicate he urged his followers to assassinate the President, and find ways to disrupt the 2012 American elections.

“I would say this is probably very personal on bin Laden’s part, to kill a President that he believes has violated the Muslim faith,” said Brad Garrett,” an ABC News consultant and former FBI profiler. “He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the President.”

In fact, the video of bin Laden watching television in his hideout shows that whenever President Obama came on the screen, bin Laden quickly tried to change the channel.

It was President Obama who got bin Laden first.

 

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Why the GOP Can’t Get Rid of Its Clowns…

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is spot on with the article below…

Thy Black Man -  Earl Ofari Hutchinson

 GOP strategists and analysts sounded desperate, even panicked, when they implored Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to toss his hat in the presidential rink. Their panic to get Daniels in the race has less to do with any special magic that they think he’ll bring to a campaign to oust President Obama then their mounting horror at how the best known potential GOP presidential candidates have turned the party into a three ring circus. The would-be candidates that have snatched the most media ink and public attention typified the clown lunacy that GOP regulars shudder at.

One (Donald Trump) was still musing over whether the birth certificate Obama released was really the real deal and whether Obama’s college performance was fake.

One (Sarah Palin) was going through back flips to not even mention Obama’s name in praising the bin Laden take down. One (Michelle Bachmann) was rambling on about Obama’s teleprompter.

One (Herman Cain) virtually demands that the government get out of the business of taxation. And Ron Paul back at it again, claiming that he’d back legalizing marijuana. It was beyond laughable. It was pitiable.

Meanwhile, the supposed serious GOP candidates might as well be on the far side of the moon. They have virtually no name recognition, no program, little money, and busily trash around trying to find something, anything, to get some attention.

None have stirred a faint pulse among GOP voters, let alone moderate and conservative independents. Not that it would much matter, it’s still Palin, Bachmann, Trump, and Paul that the public knows best, and, to the terror of the GOP establishment, believes define who and what the GOP is and represents.

Daniels fever is simply the GOP’s front door way of saying that the party is desperate to wipe the bile in the mouths of the electorate from the clownish antics of their media known notables. But how can the GOP do it?

Even if Daniels ultimately decides to go for the White House prize, Palin, Bachmann, Trump, Cain and Paul still speak for a big swatch of GOP voters, the likes of Tea Party activists, and leaders, anti-gay, anti-abortion, gun toting, chronic tax protestors, and Christian right hardliners, neo-Confederates, and assorted racist kooks, crackpots and loons.

This is the bunch that bring passion, fervor, and energy to the party. They can’t be ignored. A major reason GOP presidential candidate John McCain committed what many GOP insiders still consider presidential candidate political suicide and picked Palin was because he thought that she could fire up the hardliners in a way that he couldn’t hope to. The bitter truth for the GOP is that not much has changed since then.

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Look Up! A Rare Planetary Alignment, Visible from Earth

No, this is not the beginning of the Mayan Doomsday Phrophecy.  Apparently, that is just conjecture according to NASA scientists.

Time Magazine

Good thing President Obama released his long-form birth certificate. Now we can all go back to worrying about an even greater threat than the possibility that the President is a Kenyan double agent: the much buzzed-about reports that the world is going to end in 2012.

It was the Mayans — or maybe the Romans or the Greeks or the Sumerians — who called the shot this time, evidently on a day Nostradamus phoned in sick. Apparently, a rogue planet named Nibiru (which frankly sounds more like a new Honda than a new world) is headed our way, with a cosmic crack-up set for next year. No matter who’s behind the current prediction, there are enough people ready to spread and believe in this kind of end-of-the-world hooey that you have to wonder if the earth isn’t starting to take things personally. (PHOTOS: an illustrated history of the planet Earth.)

Regrettably, the Nibiru yarn got a boost in recent days with the very real announcement that an alignment of several of the very real planets will be taking place this month, offering a fleeting treat for stargazers willing to get up before sunrise and take a look. Even this genuine cosmic phenomenon, however, may be a bit less than it appears.

Beginning today and lasting for a few weeks, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Mars will be visible in the early morning sky, aligned roughly along the ecliptic — or the path the sun travels throughout the day. Uranus and Neptune, much fainter but there all the same, should be visible through binoculars. What gives the end-of-the-worlders shivers is that just such a configuration is supposed to occur on Dec. 21, 2012, and contribute in some unspecified way to the demolition of the planet. But what makes that especially nonsensical — apart from the fact that it’s, you know, nonsense — is that astronomers say no remotely similar alignment will occur next year.

“Nothing bad will happen to the earth in 2012,” NASA explains  patiently — if wearily — on its website. “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.” (See pictures of Earth from space.)

What’s more, even this month’s apparent planetary lineup is as much illusion as fact. In the same way a group of people scattered randomly across the room can appear to be aligned depending on your angle of sight, so too can planets that seem tidily arranged from one point of view turn out to be nothing of the kind when you look at them another way. The same question of perspective is true for our familiar constellations. View Orion from Earth, and he’s a hunter; view him from the other side of the galaxy, and he’s a frog or a tree or just a jumble of stars.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2070503,00.html#ixzz1MEWIeqy6

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Donald Trump To Write An Important Book About Policy As Quickly As Possible

How many lies will Mr. Trump’s book have in it?

Huffington Post

Donald Trump’s campaign for president was once the talk of the town, what with all the zany birtherism and the occasional use of the f-word whilst stumping. But then: disaster! This week, Trump’s polling numbers all but collapsed under the weight of Seth Meyers’ japery and the fact that some actual news of great world importance broke, forcing a mass migration of cameras away from Trump’s proximity.

This might have been a good opportunity for Trump to quietly fade back into the world of reality teevee. Instead, he’s working hard to win back some attention and keep people interested in his pseudo-campaign. But what to do, what to do? Here’s Scott Conroy at Real Clear Politics with the answer:

Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump is working on a policy book, which Regnery Publishing will release in conjunction with his potential presidential campaign, RCP has learned.

Yes! Of course! Write a policy book. That’s something President people do, right?

Regnery intends to place the book on a crash schedule, and it is tentatively set for a late-summer release date.The book does not yet have a working title. 

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Jon Stewart Bashes Fox News’ ‘Fits Of Hissy’ And ‘Square’ Newt Gingrich

Mediaite

On Thursday night’s Daily Show, host Jon Stewart took all-too-brief aim at Fox News’ Common-fueled hysteria, before moving on to ex-Fox newser Newt Gingrich’s Twitter-licious announcement of his 2012 run for president. While the segment showed early brilliance, the gags about Gingrich’s lack of hipness, and illustrative square-shaped head, were no match for the laugh-out-loud coinage of the term “Fox-ygen.”

Stewart scored early by positing the hysteria over rapper Common’s appearance at the White House as the result of “huffing Fox-ygen,” and an all-too-infrequently used clip from the film CB4, the Airplane! of gangsta rap.

The Gingrich jokes suffered by comparison, and premises like Stewart’s comparison of new media to Gingrich’s new wife are funny, but not “ha-ha” funny. On the other hand, his reaction to CNN’s John King, wondering if Gingrich could “hook up with” younger voters, was proceless. Here’s the clip, from Comedy Central:

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