President Obama’s Week-end in Pictures


President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, attend Easter Sunday service at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Speaking of opposition underestimates Barack Obama, here’s the very entertaining little HORSE (or in this case POTUS) game between the president and CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg:

“Clark missed some shots on purpose so he won’t embarrass his president, but it was only because he didn’t know he was going to end up losing. You can’t give me that kind of room”.

President Barack Obama talks with David Plouffe, as he holds his daughter Lilian Plouffe, during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon))

President Barack Obama helps Lilian Plouffe, daughter of David Plouffe, during the annual Easter Egg Roll. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hat Tip to Blackwaterdog of Daily Kos

Russ' Filtered News

Russell King’s Blog – Author of “An Open Letter To Conservatives”


My readers may be vaguely familiar with the name “Russell King”.   Mr. King is the author of that powerful piece called “An Open Letter To Conservatives”.   I published it here, but I urge everyone to visit Russell King’s site.  If you liked the “Open Letter” article, you’ll love his entire website!

Russell was on Dylan Ratigan’s show today talking about “The Open Letter” and GOP hypocrisy.  I can’t embed the video, but you can see it here.

Every article that Russell King writes is not only loaded with supporting links, but the actual articles are very well written and absolutely informative.  Russell is consistent with his message throughout his blog.  Here is an example of his latest post:

Reckless Right’s twisted notion of what should be private  –   By Russell King

Isn’t it odd that, of all the things it could have picked, the Reckless Right decides to champion privacy over the Census?  Indeed, these radicals are now willing to use firearms to avoid having their (ahem) privacy (cough, cough) invaded by Census workers when those workers gather socio-economic data about the property and its residents.  As I recall, they’ve not been real big fans of privacy before this.

In fact, the radical Right has long flat-out denied there is a right to privacy, most often in attempts to restrict contraception and abortion.

They were pretty quiet about privacy when the Bush administration engaged in widespread, illegal warrantless wiretapping — a dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans (and lied about it).    Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) was right when he said it was an impeachable offense and deserving of censure, and a court has now agreed that the wiretapping was illegal, but there’s still no protest from these mighty, shotgun-wielding, law-defying champions of privacy.

When the FBI violated the Patriot Act’s limits on spying and the Bush administration lied to Congress about it, did the Right object?  I don’t remember it.

When Bush’s NSA was caught spying on the calls of US soldiers and listening to, recording, sharing and mocking their intimate conversations with loved ones, did the privacy-loving Right make even a peep?

When the Bush administration tried to subpoena patient medical records because the patients’ doctors were suing the administration, did these guys cry foul?

Where were they when Bush had 52 federal agencies collecting and sifting through massive amounts of personal information, including credit reports, credit-card purchases and other financial data?

Was there an outcry when a bill to protect the privacy of medical records died in Congress?

TSA’s now using body scanners that can see you all nekkid (something the Right typically frowns on), and can save, print and share those pictures, and yet we hear nothing from them about that.

Where were the howls when JetBlue Airways illegally gave 5 million passenger itineraries to a defense contractor?     MORE>>>


Auto Tune The News #11

I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve waited months for Auto Tune The News to come out with video #11.  Finally, my wait is over!

For those who have never seen these videos, may I suggest that you look at a few over at Auto Tune The News.  They describe themselves this way:

Broadcasters become stars and stars become broadcasters as an ominous hip-hop sample infuses the news of the day

Other Auto Tune The News videos on this site, are here and here.

Michael Steele

Michael Steele Who Says He Never Plays The “Race Card”…Plays The Race Card

Think Progress:

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks following news that RNC donor money was used to pay a $2,000 tab at a Los Angeles strip club. Days later, a fundraising letter “mistakenly directed would-be donors to call a telephone number belonging to a phone-sex operation.”

Even allies were quick to attack Steele and the committee, following months of other missteps. Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, urged members to stop giving money to the RNC. Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) publicly chided Steele yesterday, refusing to say whether Steele “should step down or not.” “This kind of thing has got to stop,” Kyl said on Fox News Sunday. A recent National Journal poll found that 71 percent of Republican “insiders” thought of Steele as a “liability.”

But today, in his first interview since the scandal broke, Steele said he would not step down and that he was “very angry” about the sex club “behavior.” Steele also suggested some the criticism directed towards him may be a result of his race, saying that African-Americans have a smaller “margin of error”:

STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ve got questions on my blog for you, this morning. One came in from Myron, he asked, do you feel as an African-American, you have a slimmer margin for error as another chairman would?

STEELE: The answer is yes.


STEELE: It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It’s a different role for, you know, for me to play and others to play. That’s just the reality of it. But you take that as part of the nature of it. It’s not — it’s more because you’re not someone that they mow. I’m not a Washington insider, even though I grew up here in D.C. my view on politics is much more grassroots oriented. It’s not old boy network oriented. And so, you know, I tend to come at did stronger, streetwise, if you will..

It’s ironic that Steele would use such a defense considering that he has has often been very critical of Democrats who “play the race card” when they get into trouble. In December, Steele called for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to apologize for invoking slavery during the health care debate, and attacked “the left” for using race when “their backs are up against the wall”:

I’m kinda sick and tired of the left and Democrats in this country when they get in trouble and don’t get their way and their backs are up against the wall on legislation or whatever it is their trying to do, they go to that card, they play that race card, that slavery card, that civil rights card.

As Media Matters noted, Steele has even explicitly said in the past, “I don’t play the race card, I don’t play the race game.” But, this is not the first time Steele has hypocritically employed the “race card.” In September, when former President Jimmy Carter stirred a media-frenzy when he suggested that some opposition to Obama is based on his race, Steele wrote and op-ed blasting Carter’s “[b]lind charges of racism, where none exist.” The day before that, Steele went on CNN and accused Democrats of racism against him.

Update:      White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded, “I think that it is a very silly comment to make. I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”


Florida Doctor Admits He’s Not Clear On All Aspects Of Health Care Bill

It appears that the urologist in Florida that posted a sign on his door warning people who voted for Obama to “look for care elsewhere” is not quite clear on just what aspect of the Health Care Bill offends his sensibilities.  In an interview with Alan Combs on Friday, the “good” doctor has trouble defining just what it is about the bill was harmful to Americans.

Think Progress:

Last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported that a Republican urologist in Florida, Dr. Jack Cassell, posted a sign on his business door reading: “If you voted for Obama…seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.” On Friday evening, Alan Colmes interview Cassell, who basically admitted that he didn’t know the facts of the new health care reform law:

COLMES: Do you really think the government wants people dead?

CASSELL: Well I think that they’re cutting all supportive care, like nursing homes, ambulance services –

COLMES: What do you mean they’re cutting nursing homes?

CASSELL: They’re cutting nursing home reimbursements.

COLMES: Isn’t what they’re cutting under the Medicare plan what was really double dipping; they were getting credits and they were getting to deduct them at the same time.

CASSELL: Well you know, I can’t tell you exactly what the deal is.

COLMES: If you can’t tell us exactly what the deal is, why are you opposing it and fighting against it?

CASSELL: I’m not the guy who wrote the plan.

COLMES: But if you don’t know what the deal is why are you speaking out against something you don’t know what the deal is?

CASSELL: What I get online, just like any other American. What I’m supposed to understand about the bill should be available to me.

COLMES: It is; it’s been online for a long time; it’s also been all over the media.

A local TV station in Florida spoke to one of Cassell’s patients, who said that while the doctor’s care has been “wonderful,” he’s never going back after this political stunt. “Keep politics out,” said patient Steve Berger. “I mean, he can have his opinion, but what’s the next sign saying? If you’re Catholic, you can’t come? Or you’re an Arab, you can’t come in, or you’re a Jew? It has to stop somewhere.”

It’s not surprising that Cassell doesn’t have the full facts on the health care law. While he wasn’t even aware that the Affordable Care Act could be accessed online, he “keeps Republican materials in the waiting room” for his patients to read. As Colmes pointed out, the National Association of Home Care and Hospice actually praised the new law.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has said that he is helping a constituent who was affected by Cassell’s sign file a complaint. In response to this news, Cassell said, “I think he [Grayson] really seriously needs to see a psychiatrist, number one, because he needs to be on some kind of medicine.”

Cassell insists that he’s not actually turning patients away, but as of this morning, he told Fox and Friends that his sign is still up


Limbaugh Acuses Obama Of “Character Assassination”

When I first saw that headline at Politico, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  The man who incessantly belittles and berates the President of the United States of character assassination when all Obama said was that Beck and Limbaugh’s rhetoric were “troublesome”.  Compare that to what Limbaugh has said about Obama:

Media Matters:

Limbaugh: “We No Longer Have An Administration, This Is A Regime”

Rush: “You’re Watching” A “Stalinist” At Work

Rush Returns to Death Panels, “Barack The Magic Negro”

Limbaugh: “Obama Is Uppity, But Not As A Black. He Is An Elitist”

Limbaugh Calls Obama An “Idiot” On Middle East Peace