Author and Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the “Occupy Wall Street” protests and their potential for motivating change. The protest, as it stands, is mostly made up of young people who are feeling fed up and disaffected, but Taibbi sees the protests as a reflection of real anger on the part of the American people, anger that rises out of the sense that Wall Street controls too much of American political life. Activists whose work centers around these issues, he says, can point to the protests as a manifestation of genuine distress on the part of the public.
Keith poses the question as to whether a gathering of Tea Party protests would have garnered more media attention. At the end of the segment, he quips that maybe the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd needs more “funny hats”.
George W. Bush can’t fight for freedom and authorise torture
If the West’s aim is to spread the rule of law, it cannot be achieved by vile means, argues Boris Johnson.
By Boris Johnson
It is not yet clear whether George W Bush is planning to cross the Atlantic to flog us his memoirs, but if I were his PR people I would urge caution. As book tours go, this one would be an absolute corker. It is not just that every European capital would be brought to a standstill, as book-signings turned into anti-war riots. The real trouble — from the Bush point of view — is that he might never see Texas again.
One moment he might be holding forth to a great perspiring tent at Hay-on-Wye. The next moment, click, some embarrassed member of the Welsh constabulary could walk on stage, place some handcuffs on the former leader of the Free World, and take him away to be charged. Of course, we are told this scenario is unlikely. Dubya is the former leader of a friendly power, with whom this country is determined to have good relations. But that is what torture-authorising Augusto Pinochet thought. And unlike Pinochet, Mr Bush is making no bones about what he has done.
Unless the 43rd president of the United States has been grievously misrepresented, he has admitted to authorising and sponsoring the use of torture. Asked whether he approved of “waterboarding” in three specific cases, he told his interviewer that “damn right” he did, and that this practice had saved lives in America and Britain. It is hard to overstate the enormity of this admission.
“Waterboarding” is a disgusting practice by which the victim is deliberately made to think that he is drowning. It is not some cunning new psych-ops technique conceived by the CIA. It has been used in the dungeons of dictators for centuries. It is not compatible either with the US constitution or the UN convention against torture. It is deemed to be torture in this country, and above all there is no evidence whatever that it has ever succeeded in doing what Mr Bush claimed. It does not work.
Keith Olbermann announced Weigel’s appointment during the final segment on Monday night’s “Countdown.”
“We are very proud to announce [that Dave] is, as of like 20 minutes ago, an MSNBC contributor,” Olbermann said. “Welcome, Dave…and you thought last week was fun, wait until you see what this week holds for you.”
Mediaite confirmed that Weigel’s role is both paid and exclusive to MSNBC.
Weigel’s first segment as an MSNBC contributor focused on Alabama tea party congressional candidate Rick Barber.
Olbermann defended Weigel last week, naming the outlets that published his private e-mails among his Worst Persons in the World.
There are times that I watch MSNBC, simply because it’s the cable “news” network of choice in my household. That is, at least from Monday through Friday. I make it my business to record Matthews, Ed, Olbermann and Maddow five nights a week. I will say that I venture over to CNN and once in a while I’ll peek in at Fox News Channel to see their spin on a certain story or to see if they are broadcasting an Obama speech. They’re infamous at avoiding Obama speeches when at all possible,. Especially when he speeches undermine all of their hard work of indoctrinating their audience to their constant spew of lies and disinformation.
Last night I watched Countdown as I usually do. However, there was one segment on Orly Taitz and Michele Bachmann that had me laughing so hard, I wanted to share with those of you that didn’t see it.
Of course those of you that don’t like MSNBC or particularly the sometimes overwhelming, but in my mind, loveable Keith Olbermann, will ignore this post anyway.
Finally, Olbermann assesses Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin with a focused lens and a sharpened tongue!