Category: 2008 Elections


Bob Cesca, Host of the Bob and Elvis show, recently wrote an Op-Ed over at the Huffington Post that supports the reasoning behind the photo to the right; The goal is simple re-write history and scare the white people by manufacturing the racial boogie man. You know  “a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

And it works. So well, in fact, that it’s still actively used on AM talk radio and on Fox News Channel as a ratings-grabber, not to mention as a recruitment tool for the various tea party groups. If you can effectively convince the majority race that they’re being somehow victimized by the significantly smaller minority, you have a seriously powerful (and clearly immoral) psycho-weapon in your arsenal.

This year has to be some kind of high water mark for white antagonism against minorities, and evidence that the Republicans, along with the array of far-right apparatchiks, don’t really have a serious agenda for governing to sell or, for that matter, anything of value to say. And so they do this. They continue to tap into a mother lode of white majority self-pity and inchoate rage as a form of spackle over the gaping holes in their ridiculous policy arguments.

Bob Cesca is right, there are “gaping holes”; however the gaping holes are between the ears of …..well just watch the video.

I have a solution to all of this hateful rhetoric. The far right-wing, race baiting, tea- party attending, lap dogs should be required to wear shock collars and the critical thinking majority should control the remotes.

H/T Carl Dahle for the pic

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Here is a great example of of truth in reporting. Kay Hagan should take note, God knows people who worked on behalf of her campaign are. As it stands right now it wouldn’t surprise me if Hagan is a “one term senior”.  Just one look at who she is protecting and it isn’t her constituents.

Source: By Stephen C. Webster | Raw Story

Key Dem: ‘Brain dead’ Blue Dogs just out for insurance money

On a recent conference call, Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) had strong words for his centrist Democratic colleagues in the House: “They’re, for the most part, I hate to say, brain dead” and looking to obstruct health insurance reform in order to pick up large campaign contributions.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, listening in to a conference call with liberal group with Campaign for America’s Future, Stark insisted “they just want to cause trouble,” according to the Associated Press.

“[They’re] just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process,” he said, added AP.

He continued, calling talk of federal money for so-called “medical co-ops” is nonsense and Democrats may as well be talking about “unicorns.”

“You know, what is a medical unicorn?” he asked, according to Huffington Post’s Sam Stein. “My kids all know what a unicorn is. But you don’t. You have never seen one. So I think this co-op is just a way of ducking the issue of having the public plan.”

“The basic idea [of a co-op] is that the federal government would set aside funding for local organizations to start their own health insurance co-ops to compete with insurers locally,” noted Modern Health Care, a weekly trade publication. “As with Group Health and HealthPartners, the co-ops would be member-owned, and any profits would be put back into health services.”

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A little more serious analysis below.

Mainstreaming the fringe: Lou Dobbs fuels birther bonfire

Source: Media Matters

If James von Brunn weren’t in a locked security ward at Southeast General Hospital in Washington, D.C., and awaiting trial for the murder of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the 88-year-old racist and neo-Nazi might have taken comfort from listening to Lou Dobbs’ syndicated radio show or watching Dobbs on CNN in recent days. Von Brunn would have likely felt some sense of affirmation from Dobbs, as the host began belatedly championing the cause of so-called “birthers,” the angry band of right-wing conspiracy theorists who claim President Obama has not released a valid birth certificate and, in some cases, flat-out assert that he was not born in America and therefore is ineligible to be president of the United States. (Here’s a good birther primer; here’s the official right-wing defense of birthers.)

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The recent media tour and recent statements made by former V.P. Cheney asserting that the U.S. is somehow “less safe” since President Obama ordered federal agents to halt the Cheney approved strategies and “brutal interrogation  techniques” or “torture” crosses a line that Obama’s administration will have to soon address, if the American people can’t shut him up first, that is.  

Partisan opinion is one thing, there will always be those disagreements between parties but Cheney’s actions are calculated, his intentions are far more egregious, he wants to rule the galaxy. To be fair Cheney’s wiliness to undermine anyone who doesn’t agree with him has its roots, it began in 1941 with his first breath and with the help of a group of his BFF’s (John McCain) he organized the Neocon, think-tank, known as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) in 1997. PNAC’s policies are not at all complex, scare the hell out of the population with your propaganda, cut education funding to keep folks stupid and they will not rise up against your policies and Voila, you’re free to room about the planet turning everything in your path to ash. 

To demonstrate my theory think back to November, shortly after the  elections when  Former  Florida  Gov. Jeb Bush proclaimed that the “Republicans create a “shadow government” in the US. Can you just imagine the outrage if these words had been uttered by a Democrat during Bush Jr’s tenure? Fox news would have declared a state of national emergency, “Treason in the US, should we execute?” would have been the headline, on a 24/7 news cycle if the situation had been reversed. Jeb Bush’s recommendation of a “shadow gov’t” didn’t just slip out, he wants to be a senator, maybe even the president one day and at the end of all of his speeches he will say, “God Bless American and No where else”. You see, good ole Jeb is also a member of PNAC, his name appears right along side Cheney’s as signatory of  PNAC’s Statement of Principles.

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If anyone needs proof  that oxycontin impares brain function just listen to a few minutes of  (as Keith Olbermann calls him) “comedian Rush Limbaugh”, except he isn’t funny.

In November this nation collectively voted for a change in direction, on every conceivable level; economically, socially, legally, morally. Internationally people were giddy to see Bush exit the White House, taking with him the ideologies of the GOP who have failed us as a people on a monstrous scale. Under the Bush administration this nation reached it’s breaking point, one that asinine, morally bankrupt  individuals like Limbaugh profited from greatly and now that the GOP’s goldrush  is over we have people like Limbaugh grasping at every turn to make some sort of issue out of Obama’s policies. We are at a critical-mass moment and we must collectively raise up and overturn the social Darwinist’s of the self-righteous, narcissistic zeitgeist that Limbaugh et al have represented for the past few decades. It is time for this divisive language to be taken for what it is, free speech and nothing more. We impower him by listening to his voice, to him and those like him, I am officially deaf.

In today’s edition of the New York Post, NewsCorp Owner Rupert Murdock does what many thought he should have done days ago, he takes personal responsibility for his paper’s actions. I have no doubt his previous half- apology was more about attacking Al Sharpton than communicating an apology, moreover, it did nothing more than make matters worse. Should we really be surprised by Murdock’s alleged racism? This type of divisive media was being used by NewsCorp, Fox News and the GOP  before President Obama took office. Remember Chip Saltsman, while he was a candidate to lead the Republican National Committee he distributed a CD to RNC members containing the parody song “Barack the Magic Negro.” That incident was a source of loud, public GOP infighting over the holiday season. But Fox not to be out done used this gem:

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Imagine the reaction if  MSNBC or CNN ran something similiar. Even while we were ringing in the New year, Fox was up to old tricks on their Fox’s New Year’ s Eve broadcast from New York City, the network encouraged viewers to send in text messages which, if approved by Fox’s moderators, would scroll across the Fox ticker at the bottom of the screen. Well let just say somebody let one slip by and “HAPPY NEW YEAR AND LET’S HOPE THE MAGIC NEGRO DOES A GOOD JOB. LOVE JEN AND JOHN C.” scrolled as we ushered in 2009.  ThinkProgress caught what the moderators didn’t. Pay close attention to the ticker.

Where  is the FCC on this issue? They seem quiet so far but one thing is for sure, in today’s economy Murdock cannot afford a mass exodus of sponsors so for once he has been forced to eat his own racist words instead of profiting from them.

The GOP version of My Milkshake Brings boys to the Yard:

Now here is the original version:

The concept of the GOP and hip hop is kinda like imagining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the Rolling Stone classic Satisfaction and at least the choir has an audience.

I’m speechless

This revelation is disturbing on many levels. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Source: By Mike Sheehan Raw Story

White House confirms; ACLU: ‘Hope flickering

The British government says that the United States threatened to withhold shared intelligence if evidence of the torture of a UK citizen at Guantanamo Bay is released.

 To the shock and horror of civil liberties watchdogs, the Obama administration later appeared to stealthily confirm that position.

The allegation was made by British foreign secretary David Milliband, who told the United Kingdom’s High Court that if evidence was disclosed, the US would stop sharing intelligence with the UK, an action that would directly threaten British national security.

The UK resident, Binyam Mohamed, launched a challenge in British court to force the public release of documents detailing his treatment. Mohamed is presently in a hunger strike at the US detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at last report was in an emaciated state. He says confessions he made regarding his involvement with terrorism resulted from torture.

The statement by Milliband led to scathing criticism from two High Court judges who were nevertheless compelled to rule that the documents must remain secret because of the US threat.

“In the light of the long history of the common law and democracy which we share with the United States,” the judges said, “it was in our view difficult to conceive that a democratically elected and accountable government could possibly have any rational objection to placing into the public domain such a summary of what its own officials reported, as to how a detainee was treated by them and which made no disclosure of sensitive intelligence matters.

“Indeed we did not consider that a democracy governed by the rule of law would expect a court in another democracy to suppress a summary of the evidence contained in reports by its own officials,” they continued, “relevant to allegations of torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment, politically embarrassing though it might be.

“We had no reason,” said the judges, “to anticipate there would be made a threat of the gravity of the kind made by the United States government that it would reconsider its intelligence sharing relationship, when all the considerations in relation to open justice pointed to us providing a limited but important summary of the reports.”

The ruling sparked the ire of Conservative MP David Davis, who said in Parliament that UK ministers must answer to charges that Britain was complicit in torture and demanded a statement by Milliband to the House of Commons explaining “what the devil is going on.”

The US threat had been originally issued by the Bush administration, Davis charged, adding that Milliband must explain “whether the new Obama administration supported its predecessor’s stance on the issue.”

For its part, the office of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “We have not engaged with the [Obama] administration on the detail of this case” and that the UK government “would ‘unreservedly condemn’ the use of torture and any allegations of mistreatment would be taken ‘very seriously.'”

The White House later officially commented on the situation via written statement, saying that the US “thanks the UK government for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information and preserve the long-standing intelligence sharing relationship that enables both countries to protect their citizens.”

Obama’s statement stunned civil libertarians wearied by eight years of Bush administration policies. The ACLU responded in a news release, “Hope is flickering. The Obama administration’s position is not change. It is more of the same.”

Author, journalist and Raw Story contributor Andy Worthington, who has closely monitored US torture and ongoing detentions, says “the bitter truth … is that Guantanamo is still being run as if the Bush administration remains in control.”

Former Bush vice president Dick Cheney seemed to reassert his influence even today, warning that the new administration’s anti-terror policies risked exposing the US to a catastrophic attack and saying that President Obama would regret his determination to close down Gitmo and end harsh interrogations of terror suspects.

Said journalist and columnist Joe Klein in reaction to the former VP’s withering criticism, “Cheney has done here what the Bush administration did throughout: he has politicized terror.”

Go to RawStory to read follow-up story “After Obama praises torture ruling, civil liberties group appalled

Here it is in a nutshell.

“I apologise for the errors and profoundly regret that you have had to devote time to them,” Mr Daschle said in a letter to Senator Max Baucus, the committee chairman, and Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the panel.

So now the question is, will Daschle’s apology be enough or is it a little too late?

Some GOP aides and strategists now assert that the party should seek to derail the Daschle nomination, or at least to slow down the confirmation process. The idea is that even if Daschle gets through, which Democrats fully expect, then the GOP will have sent a message that it will not make things easy for Daschle and Obama in upcoming congressional over universal health care and other reforms favored by the new president.

What’s that old saying, let him, who is without sin, cast the first stone? I believe there is more driving the GOP machine than ethics complaints especially when you consider the GOP’s own challenges regarding ethics. What exactly does the GOP want?

At the Republican retreat, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia won huge applause when he announced on Friday that “Mr. Daschle has been found to be $100,000 in arrears” on his taxes. After the applause died down, he highlighted Rangel, Geithner and Daschle to make the case that there is “certainly a pattern” with Democrats not paying their taxes. And he made the case that said pattern “vindicates us.”

So, there you have it from Cantor’s mouth, the GOP wants vindication? for what? Granted these ethics issues are troubling, regardless which side of the aisle they are found on Democrat or Republican. But isn’t Daschle’s tax issue ( he says it was a mistake so no malicious will) small potatoes when it comes to the continuing (under-reported) saga from K-Street’s Team Abramoff? Remember “the House that Jack build” and the “biggest scandal in Congress in over a century“? Well, Eric Cantor (R-Va) should, he received about $31,500 from Abramoff  between 2001 and 2004 and In Jan. 2006, he announced he would give $10,000 of the money to charity.

Let’s move on.

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