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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Andrew Breitbart sees himself as a civil rights leader, I suppose. He is fighting to free his people from oppression and discrimination. His people are those salt of the earth real Americans that compose the Tea Party. And their oppressor? The NAACP. That’s right. This racist organization is trying to keep his people down. Which he, for one, cannot understand. Having grown up in tony Brentwood, all the colored folks seemed happy in their place. OJ certainly was happy in his.  What is all this hate mongering racial hubbub about? And so Breitbart is using his right wing blog to remove the foot of those mean-spirited, bigoted NAACP nutwads from the necks of good white people.  It is a righteous cause. That is why he and his video editor have sliced and diced footage of Shirley Sherrod and Acorn workers to reveal them for the big government racists that they are. It is all to add more credibility to the good color-blind Tea Partyists. After all, righteous causes are allowed to cut corners. And videotape. Hear that Obama? Tear down all those big government, black-hiring programs and let my people go.

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Welcome to the 21st Century where we all get our 5 minutes of fame. You just don’t want to get those five minutes on FOX News. Just ask Shirley Sherrod. She used to work for the Obama administration. Until FOX News edited a speech of hers to make her sound like a racist firebrand using her federal job to keep white people down. Of course, in fairness to FOX news, they gave Ms. Sherrod more than 5 minutes. They spent all day publicly defaming her with the help of all their outraged right wing pundits. O’Reilly was shocked. Sean Hannity was appalled. And Anne Coulter was apoplectic. (A media lynching, Justice Thomas? you be the judge). Well, considering that an honest editing of this 2 minute clip would reveal that Ms. Sherrod actually helped the white family in her story keep their farm, that  she was telling her audience how God had changed her heart and showed her not to judge people by their skin color and that all this had happened 24 years ago. But you see, that isn’t what FOX News does. They don’t report the truth. They weave a lie. And an innocent person like Shirley Sherrod gets her 5 minutes of defaming. It’s what FOX News does. That’s why its the most trusted news source in America. Go figure.

From the Guardian:

The word “refute” was one of the most misused in the English language even before Sarah Palin came along.

Now the possible next president of the US has taken incorrect use of the verb to a new level by mangling it into a whole new word – “refudiate”.

At first she appeared embarrassed by the linguistic slip, but she later chose to celebrate her inventiveness by comparing herself to literary giants William Shakespeare and, er, George Bush.

Palin used the word in an interview with Fox News last week when she urged Barack and Michelle Obama to “refudiate” suggestions that the rightwing Tea Party movement was racist.

Over the weekend, she used it again on her Twitter page.

Wading into a debate about a proposal to build an Islamic centre near the World Trade Centre site in New York, she urged “peaceful Muslims” to “pls refudiate” the plans.

That tweet got deleted – but not before it had been noticed by various US bloggers.

Palin then had another go, this time incorrectly – but more conventionally – misusing the word refute. “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real,” she wrote.

That, too, got deleted and replaced by one urging “peace-seeking Muslims” to “reject” the plans.

Why does it take two solid years for Congress to produce legislation to deal with Wall Street shenanigans that led us into this Great Recession? The answer would be mid-terms. This landmark legislation (that does little to deal with actually reining in past abuses), looks all nice and shiny and the do-nothing-congress suddenly looks hardworking and accomplished. With it the Tea Party rants start to ring hollow. Ta-dah! Democrats maybe hold on the House and the Senate. Of course, even if the Democratic uptick holds until November, the GOP still has the advantage. Republicans, unlike Democrats, actually vote in the mid-terms.

Pundits on both the left andthe right are giving Mr. Gibson a public lashing that he may well deserve. What is amusing is how each group wants to exploit Gibson’s domestic violence as the logical conclusion of his philosophical moorings. In other words, Mel punched out his lady because that’s what Hollywood liberals do. Or Mel knocked her teeth out because he is a Catholic nutwad. Maybe Mel hit his woman because Mel is just a sinner like you and me, regardless of political or denominational affiliation. Maybe the wicked behave wickedly. Just maybe. This from The Atlantic.

Yes, the man who viewed John Paul II as too liberal is actually a lefty. But what we see in this dialogue is deeply revealing, it seems to me, about Gibson’s mindset and the fundamentalist psyche that is undergirding politics and culture the world over.

He is a deeply disturbed man whose “spirituality” is wrapped up in extreme violence and fascist imagery. What motivates him is clearly power – heterosexual white male power – imposed on others by raw violence or the threat of violence. He is a fascist in temperament – which is why racism and anti-Semitism and murderous hatred of gay people come naturally to him. And this is how he sees himself as a Christian.

Will we read any revisions to the encomiums to his disgusting attack on the Christianity of the Gospels in “The Passion”, his depiction of Jesus as a human being killed dozens of times by hook-nosed Jews as a literal expiation for the sins of humanity? Will the right wing now revisit its elevation of this deranged thug as a Christian exemplar?

Republicans are back with the voodoo economics. Apparently, unemployment benefits can not be extended until we take get rid of the deficit. But extending the Bush tax cuts don’t need to wait until we take care of the deficit. Chris Wallce of FoxNews holds Republican Mike Pence’s feet to the fire. Just watch him squirm. And I thought Democrats were guilty of magical thinking!

The New York Times is rounding up Evangelicals who support Obama’s views on immigration reform. Apparently, Richard Land is one Republican evangelical pastor who not only understands that God’s Word is about extending a loving hand to the alien and sojourner but also realizes that Hispanic voters can be a practical boon to right wing issues.

“Hispanics are religious, family-oriented, pro-life, entrepreneurial,” said the Rev. Richard D. Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm. “They are hard-wired social conservatives, unless they’re driven away.

“I’ve had some older conservative leaders say: ‘Richard, stop this. You’re going to split the conservative coalition,’ ” Dr. Land continued. “I say it might split the old conservative coalition, but it won’t split the new one. And if the new one is going to be a governing coalition, it’s going to have to have a lot of Hispanics in it. And you don’t get a lot of Hispanics in your coalition by engaging in anti-Hispanic anti-immigration rhetoric.”

Holy Joe Lieberman (or is it Holy War Joe?) is peddling war with Iran. Why not? The other two are going so well.

JERUSALEM — U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman says there is a broad consensus in Congress that military force can be used if necessary to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Lieberman cites a recent set of sanctions passed by Congress against Iran as a potential deterrent. But he insists that the goal of keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear power will be accomplished “through diplomatic and economic sanctions if we possibly can, through military actions if we must.”

The Connecticut senator spoke Wednesday in Jerusalem, where he was visiting with fellow senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Israel, the U.S. and other Western countries accuse Iran of trying to develop an atomic weapon. Iran says its nuclear program is for civilian use.

According to Newsweek the future looks bad for male workers in the recovery.

When historians write about the great recession of 2007–08, they may very well have a new name for it: the Mancession. It’s a term already being bandied about in the popular media as business writers chronicle the sad tales of the main victims of the recession: men. They were disproportionately represented in the industries hit hardest during the downturn, including financial services, manufacturing, and construction, and their higher salaries often put them first in the line of fire. Men are the victims of two thirds of the 11 million jobs lost since the recession began in 2007; in August 2009, when U.S. male unemployment stood at 11 percent (versus 8.3 for women), it was the largest unemployment gender gap in the postwar era. Those numbers have improved, a bit—new unemployment figures show men at 9.9 percent and women at 7.8—but not enough to stop Larry Summers, the president’s top economic adviser, from speculating recently, that “when the economy recovers, five years from now, one in six men who are 25 to 54 will not be working.”

Praise the Lord and pass the hollow points.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law one of the more controversial bills from the recent legislative session, one allowing guns to be carried into houses of worship.[State Representative Henry] Burns’ [R-Haughton] bill would authorize persons who qualified to carry concealed weapons having passed the training and background checks to bring them to churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship as part of a security force.

Rush Limbaugh has, once again, knocked it out of the park. What a chowderhead.

Rush Limbaugh said on his July 2 radio show that he believes Obama tanked the economy on purpose, both as “payback” for 230 years of racial oppression and because Obama simply doesn’t like America.

He railed: “Who is Obama? Why is he doing this? Why? Why is he doing it? Is he stupid? Is it an accident? Is he doing it on purpose or what have you? … I think we face something we’ve never faced before in the country — and that is, we’re now governed by people who do not like the country, who do not have the same reverence for it that we do. Our greatest threat (and this is saying something) is internal.”

The good news is that the global economic meltdown had nothing to do with those goofy mortgage-backed securities or an under-regulated Wall Street. Apparently, it has everything to do with the pot-smoking ’60s. The Hippies caused it.

A dog returns to its vomit and a preacher returns to its pulpit.

Without offering any specifics on the allegations against him, Haggard said his counselors told him he is heterosexual but that his behavior was influenced by a childhood incident when he was molested by an adult male.

Haggard said he takes responsibility for his actions as an adult and does not mean to use the molestation as an excuse. He also said he did not want to imply that homosexuality was caused by childhood trauma.

“I don’t know what goes on with the homosexual and what makes a homosexual a homosexual. I don’t know dynamics there and I don’t judge it,” he said.

He said counseling helped him reduce the emotional impact of the childhood encounter.

“I remember all of that. I just don’t have compulsive thoughts or actions because of it,” he said.

Haggard told the AP that after his downfall, he doesn’t feel qualified or entitled to return to the ministry, but that he feels compelled to do so by love for others. He cited conversations he had this week with a woman fighting drugs and with an unmarried couple expecting their second child.

“I’m certainly not going to say no to people (who need help) because of my personal shame. I’ve got to overcome my personal shame and be willing to help somebody that knocks on our door,” he said.

Haggard said the new church won’t compete with others in Colorado Springs, noting that many people in the city of 375,000 don’t attend any church.

William Kristol is passing notes in class. This one is for Michael Steele.

Dear Michael,

You are, I know, a patriot. So I ask you to consider, over this July 4 weekend, doing an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party.

Your tenure has of course been marked by gaffes and embarrassments, but I for one have never paid much attention to them, and have never thought they would matter much to the success of the causes and principles we share. But now you have said, about the war in Afghanistan, speaking as RNC chairman at an RNC event, “Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” And, “if [Obama] is such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?”

Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not “a war of Obama’s choosing.” It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort. Indeed, as the DNC Communications Director (of all people) has said, your statement “puts [you] at odds with about 100 percent of the Republican Party.”