Saturday, September 25, 2010
John Harwood was not amused . . .
Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and political writer for the New York Times, offered a surprisingly harsh assessment of Stephen Colbert's testimony, in Colbert Show character, before Congress yesterday.
Harwood ripped the episode in response to Lester Holt's observation, on this morning's Today show, that he didn't know whether to cringe or laugh. Harwood had no doubts, saying "it was all cringing for me," and went on to lambaste it from there . . .
LESTER HOLT: We showed a moment ago, Stephen Colbert testifying on immigration before a congressional hearing yesterday. I didn't know whether to cringe or to laugh. I think members of Congress kind of felt the same. Give me your take on what happened yesterday.
JOHN HARWOOD: Well it was all cringing for me. I thought that was one of the dumbest stunts that I've ever seen in the Congress, making a mockery of a congressional hearing. I understand the reason why, which is that they thought Stephen Colbert, as he said, has some star power that can bring some attention to an issue that isn't getting a lot of attention. But if you think that the attention from that hearing was on immigration, that proved out to be a terrible miscalculation, because it was more about the theater, the comedy, and as Savannah [Guthrie] indicated in her piece, it deepened that sense among many Americans I suspect that Congress is a joke. And you look at Congress' approval ratings, they're 15, 20, 25% and I don't think that's what they needed.
A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.
“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.
Conservative political blogger William Jacobson, who writes Legal Insurrection, immediately pounced on Kerry’s comments, saying that attitude is why voters are looking to shake up Capitol Hill by electing upstart candidates such as U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
“It just continues the Democrats’ theme that the reason people are upset is because they don’t understand. They’re not smart enough. That sort of rhetoric just gets people even more upset,” said Jacobson.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Good for Barry, acting like a President here. But I wonder if he ever thinks about the fact that half of his loon base feels the exact same way Ahmadinejad (that the U.S. played a part in orchestrating 9/11) does?
President Barack Obama blasted his Iranian counterpart Friday for what he called offensive and hateful remarks about the September 11 attacks.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the United States for the 2001 terrorist attacks, an accusation that triggered a walkout Thursday by several United Nations delegates.
"Well, it was offensive. It was hateful," Obama said in part of an interview with BBC Persian released by the White House.
"And particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of ground zero, where families lost their loved ones -- people of all faiths, all ethnicities who see this as the seminal tragedy of this generation -- for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable," Obama said.
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said at the United Nations on Friday that Ahmadinejad's "bizarre" remarks were meant to distract attention from Iranian issues that generate media headlines.
Good. A morally bankrupt celebrity without a care in the world, who thinks they can disobey the laws and do whatever they want, whenever they want, finally meets a judge who's not going to take their B.S. anymore:
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan returned to jail Friday after a judge ordered her to remain in custody for nearly a month for failing a court-mandated drug test.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox denied bail for Lohan following days of speculation about her fate.
Fox had issued a warrant for Lohan’s arrest earlier this week, compelling her to appear in court Friday morning. Bailiffs handcuffed Lohan immediately after the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes at the Beverly Hills courthouse. A second hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.
Apparently, nothing gets partisan pundits worked up into a frothing lather quite like their own party disappointing them. After Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann spent a Countdown segment trashing Democrats last night, Ann Coulter used her appearance on Sean Hannity’s program to call out the “whining babies” in Republicans’ midst.I disagree. Rather have half-a-conservative than none at all in Congress. And even if Barry is forced to move to the center after November, it's still on the GOP to produce a viable candidate (unlike Bob Dole in 1996) to beat him in 2012.
Not surprisingly, those “whining babies” Coulter was talking about were the “establishment” voices who were upset that Christine O’Donnell won the Delaware primary. Hannity agreed, calling them “sore losers,” but where they didn’t necessarily agree was on Republicans’ chances of taking both the House and Senate – Coulter said it’s not happening, whereas Hannity holds out hope it still might.
Interestingly, though, Coulter also said she didn’t really want Republicans to win both houses of Congress, because “then Obama will get a second term like Bill Clinton did.” (Wonder if Clinton will respond to that, too?) The puzzling thing was that Coulter said that if Republicans win the Senate and the House, “they’ll start passing great stuff; admittedly, they’ll save the country.” So, the interesting equation Coulter appears to have worked out in her head is: “Badness of a second term for Obama > Goodness of saving the entire country.”
Of course it irks me that scores of black men killed via the death penalty have received half of the attention (if that) that Teresa Lewis received (wonder why?) from the media, it still goes without saying that the death penalty is wrong. Then too I still don't understand how someone can be pro-life and pro-death penalty at the same time.
Teresa Lewis died by lethal injection on Thursday night, the first woman in Virginia to be executed in nearly a century.
Lewis was prounounced dead at 9:13 p.m. as a small crowd of supporters stood outside in protest.
Though lawyers for Lewis waged a public campaign for the Gov. of Virginia to intervene, there was no 11th hour reprieve for the 41-year-old woman, who was sentenced to death for plotting the 2002 murders of her husband and stepson.
Lewis reportedly spent her last day meeting with her immediate family, a spiritual adviser, and supporters at the prison where she was executed.
For her last supper, she requested a meal of fried chicken breasts, peas with butter, a slice of German cake or a piece of apple pie, and a Dr. Pepper, according to SkyNews.
Check out the Innocence Project, they're doing great things on this matter.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin alleges that the media has a blatant double standard, shining intense scrutiny on GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell while turning a blind eye to then-candidate Barack Obama's personal history in the 2008 campaign.
During an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night, Palin said: "Funny . . . That we are learning more about Christine O'Donnell and her college years, her teenage years, her financial dealings than anybody ever even bothered to ask about Barack Hussein Obama as a candidate and now as our president."
Palin also recently tweeted to O'Donnell, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Delaware, that she shouldn't waste time "appeasing nat’l media seeking ur destruction.”
Obama has come under some criticism during his campaign and after for failing to release documents and background material on his life that has been de rigeur for most candidates.
Obama has yet to release college transcripts and files from his undergraduate work at Occidental College and Columbia University, and later at Harvard Law School. His college dissertation at Columbia has disappeared. Many of his official papers during his time as an Illinois state representative have also disappeared. He has never released his full medical records.
When these two are together it always makes for good TV (even if you don't like Stewart's snarkiness/politics), yet another reason why FOX stays No.1:
Did you think that the conversation between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly lacked “zazz”? For all the expectation of two of the heavyweights of opinion media world — ostensibly presenting differing ideological points of view — the jovial exchange lacked any real body blows to declare a “winner.” Well, thanks to the folks at Fox News, the entire unedited version of the interview is available, and it turns out that much of the un-aired portion includedthe most pointed commentary by Mr. Stewart, which we’ve summed up below.
The edited version that aired on last night’s program, came out to just under 12 minutes of actual interview time (interrupted by a commercial break.) The unedited interview (embedded below in two parts) rounded up to over 19 minutes.
So what was cut out? Some of the most interesting parts to the interview, namely Stewart’s mocking of O’Reilly’s “folksiness” and blue collar perspective. More importantly, a fascinating back and forth over the Tea Party movement that Factor producers decided to leave on the cutting room floor.
It started with Stewart telling his host that “the tea party scares you as much as it scares anybody,” which had O’Reilly explaining his familiarity with Tea Partiers: “Beck and I go out on the Bold Fresh tour and we see these people all the time. They would stone you to death like the Iranians do.” Stewart jokingly replied, “Are you suggesting that regular people in this country are the Taliban? Did you just say on your own show that regular Tea Party Americans are the Taliban?”
Katy Perry, the daughter of two ministers whose made herself into a pop sensation by soaking in the cesspool that is today's Porn Generation (two years ago she authored the hit single "I Kissed A Girl (And I Liked It)" and now she's engaged to D-list comedian/former drug addict/noted womanizer Russell Brand) is now causing controversy with her breasts, getting herself banned from "Sesame Street" of all places:
Katy Perry's boobs are kind of her trademark. She knows it, we know it, hell, her boobs probably even know it. So no one should have been surprised when she appeared on "Sesame Street" with her jigglies on full display. But people were surprised. Some were even mad. Parents, it seems, didn't like Katy's copious cleavage. They thought it inappropriate to show toddlers part of the same body part that provides them essential nourishment. Welcome to the United States of Prude-merica.
Anyway, after parents got pissed, "Sesame Street" got scared and cancelled its plans to show the clip during a New Year's episode. Sorry kids, no boobs for you. On the plus side though, you still get Elmo, who, you may notice, doesn't wear any pants.
On Wednesday’s Joy Behar Show on HLN, when a panel discussion turned to the subject of Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, panel member Judge Karen Mills-Francis of the Judge Karen’s Court show described O’Donnell as having been a "whore" as she listed some of the Senate nominees past and recent problems. Mills-Francis: "She’s a real train wreck, and the reason why she said that is, I mean, have you looked at this woman’s resume? She was a whore by her own admission. She was an alcoholic. She owed her college $5,000 for 10 years – they had to sue her. The IRS levied an $11,000 tax lien against her. I mean, do I need to go on?"
Apparently impressed by her rant, Behar responded, "Keep going."
It's ok to call women "whores"...as long as they're conservative.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Meet the Depressed|
Last night on "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart focused on President Obama's town hall meeting on CNBC, where questions centered around Wall St. and the economy. Among those asking the questions was a woman who Stewart identified as "Obama's Kryptonite."
After fielding questions from a jilted Wall St. executive and a young lawyer who can't afford to pay his student loans, Obama was hit hardest by a middle-class, African-American woman who frankly said, "I'm exhausted of defending you."
It turns out, the woman behind this reasonable critique is not just a middle-class wife and mother, but also a chief financial officer of a veteran's organization, a powerful combination that Stewart considers an "Obama zapping machine."
"A black, lady, financial analyst veteran?" Stewart said in disbelief. "We have found Obama's Kryptonite."
In the morally-bankrupt Hollywood this kind of thing is the norm:
Kate Winslet and her new boyfriend Louis Dowler hold hands as they stroll through the streets of Madrid on Tuesday (September 21).
The 34-year-old actress and 34-year-old Burberry model are, “absolutely smitten.” “They loathe being apart and so are taking their romance to the next level,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“Kate has been relatively free of work commitments since her split with Sam [Mendes] so she and Louis have managed to enjoy lots of time together…Kate hasn’t been this happy in a very long time.”
When all else fails blame the black guy, it's what they do, it's who they are:
Former President Bill Clinton defended signing "don't ask, don't tell" policy into law in an interview with CBS's Katie Couric on Tuesday, saying that Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, told him the policy would be more lax than it turned out to be.
"Now, when Colin Powell sold me on 'don't ask, don't tell,' here's what he said it would be: Gay service members would never get in trouble for going to gay bars, marching in gay rights parades, as long as they weren't in uniform. That was what they were promised. That's a very different 'don't ask, don't tell' than we got," he said.
Clinton also said he agreed to the policy because otherwise Congress would have passed an absolute ban on gays in the military.
A radically-leftist senator turned radically-leftist President pandering to the gays? Shocker:
Sen. John McCain blasted Democrats for forcing a vote on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The Arizona senator wants to wait until the military completes a review of the repeal's potential impact on troops, according to a report at theatlantic.com.
"November second is only a few days away," McCain said. "And the president of the United States made a commitment to the gay and lesbian community that he would make the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' one of his priorities."
"Whether you agree or disagree with this policy," McCain added, "the Senate should not be forced to make this decision now, before we've heard from our troops."
"Why would the majority leader and chairman want to bring up 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' then the DREAM Act, then secret holds, and then bring up the rest of the bill after the elections?" McCain asked. "One can draw the conclusion that this is all about elections, not the well being ... and battle effectiveness of the men and women laying it on the line today."
Christine O’Donnell made her much-hyped appearance on Sean Hannity’s program tonight, hyped all the more by Hannity’s introduction of her as “the woman the Democrats love to hate.” Though she carried herself well enough in a friendly environment, overall her appearance unfortunately didn’t merit the hype surrounding her primary victory…aside from the confirmation that this was her only national media appearance.
O’Donnell made that clear when Hannity referenced a recent Sarah Palin tweet saying:
C. O’Donnell strategy: time’s limited;use it 2 connect w/local voters whom you’ll be serving vs appeasing nat’l media seeking ur destruction
O’Donnell responded by saying Palin was “absolutely right” and that it was “great advice.” O’Donnell added that she only appeared on Hannity because she “had some business in New York” earlier in the day. She was steadfast, though, that she’s “not going to do any more national media,” and that the possibility is “off the table” because she’d rather focus on the people of Delaware.
Of course, Bill Maher came up. Hannity noted O’Donnell “did his show a lot,” to which she replied, “Unfortunately.” She also termed her dabbling in witchcraft “rebellion”…and in one of the more (and relatively rare) interesting moments of the interview, said, “Who didn’t do some questionable things in high school?”
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would have repealed the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for Senate Democrats and gay rights advocates, who saw the bill as their last chance before November's elections to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell."Good. Harry Reid, in the sole interests of his Leftist base and that mess of a woman Lady Gaga, used bully tactics in order to try and get this thing through. And yet, the military doesn't need to be used for social experiments anyway.
With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.
Senate Democrats attached the repeal provision to the defense bill in the hopes that Republicans would hesitate to vote against legislation that included popular defense programs. But GOP legislators opposed the bill anyway, thwarting a key part of the Democrats' legislative agenda.
Investing In America: A CNBC Town Hall Event With President Obama, aired earlier today on CNBC, and didn’t just feature lively repartee, it looks like it launched a new viral video star. Right-of-center Internet outlets were abuzz with video of an unidentified woman who described herself as a one of “your middle-class Americans” and addressed President Obama by saying she is “exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.”They're already smearing her as a "plant" and surely soon enough other references to being a "sellout" will follow. It's who they are, it's what they do when you dare to express dissatisfaction with The One..
Almost immediately video of her questions showed up across the Internet, but no one included Obama’s response, the entirety of the change can be seen below.
A full transcript of the exchange follows, but in the following clip you can see the exasperation in the face of the woman as she respectfully addresses the President. For his part, Obama takes the critical question in stride, and chooses not to get defensive, rather disarming the potentially tense situation with humor. He ends up listing a litany of accomplishments, which ends up being another showcase of his wonkery – meaning, issues oriented critics will be satisfied, but those who are angry and emotional will write his response off as being robotic.
Monday, September 20, 2010
'Octomom'' Nadya Suleman could soon be out of a home and her lawyer says she's considering going on welfare to make ends meet.No worries I'm sure some idiot, liberal celebrity or philanthropist will absolve her of the responsibility for getting herself in this situation to begin with and save her.
The Orange County Register reports that her La Habra home's owner Amir Haddadin plans to start foreclosure proceedings on Monday because she missed her September payment of $4,060.
Suleman's lawyer Jeff Czech says she is considering going on welfare, though a deal is in the works to sell an interview to a media outlet.
Suleman made headlines when she became the mother of the world's only living set of octuplets in 2009.
Awe for the medical miracle soon gave way to public scorn as reports emerged that the single, jobless woman already had six other children, and all 14 were conceived through fertility treatments.
In selecting which excerpts, from his sit-down with former President Jimmy Carter, to showcase on Monday's NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams began with the not so humble boast from Carter that “I feel that my role as a former President is probably superior to that of other Presidents, primarily because of the activism and the injection of the Carter Center into international affairs,” but also decided to highlight Carter's blast at Fox News for “totally distorting everything possible concerning the facts” and having “no regard for the truth.”
Williams cued up Carter, who is making the rounds of friendly media to promote his new book, White House Diary: “How do you think it came to be that such high numbers of people believe that this American-born Christian President is either foreign born or a Muslim or both?” Carter answered:
I think the number one factor is Fox News. It's totally distorting everything possible concerning the facts. And I think their constant hammering away at these false premises about our incumbent President has a major impact on the consciousness of America. A lot of well-meaning people, including many of those in the Tea Party movement, believe what is said in this constant hammering away by Glenn Beck and by others who have no regards for the truth.
Not that long ago stories were circling that Glenn Beck et al. were making the GOP nervous with their uber-popular and polemic talk. Those stories have mainly disappeared as the reality of who holds the power in the conservative party has become all too apparent (GOPers think twice these days before opposing them), but now it seems some members of the Democrats might be suffering similar fears about Jon Stewart. From Ben Smith:
Nearly 100,000 people have written on Facebook that they’re planning to attend…But the planned event has also produced a bit of hand-wringing among Democrats. For one thing, Stewart hasn’t mentioned that labor groups and other institutional Democratic organizations are already planning a big Washington rally to counter Beck: The One America rally on October 2, which has been struggling to get the kind of attention Beck does. And the Stewart rally is also, for Democratic field operatives, at an inconvenient time: Its participants are “not doing GOTV on GOTV weekend” said Matt Ortega, a former DNC staffer, referring to a weekend typically spent knocking on doors and making calls in one’s home district, not Washington.But is the Beck vs. Stewart rally a fair comparison? As David Carr pointed out this morning Jon Stewart’s “career and influence are built on observing politics from a coolly ironic distance” not engendering passionate political movements. While Beck is utterly sincere in his efforts to turn his followers in a certain direction (political or otherwise) Stewart is merely keen to point out the general hypocrisy in all groups, never what he thinks people should be doing. Sounds like what the Dems have mostly to worry about is that Stewart will included them in his ridiculing.
Economists: Extend Bush Tax Cuts For Everyone
Nations Pledge More In Pakistan Flood Aid
Harry Reid Citizenship Plan Called An Election Ploy
Alveda King Reaffirms Ties Between Blacks and Conservatives
High School Textbooks Whitewash Islam, Criticize Christianity In Texas
White House Science Czar Says He Would Use ‘Free Market’ to ‘De-Develop the United States’
Church That Welcomes Gays Leaves Texas Baptist Group
Clinton Falsely Claims He Reduced National Debt, Gregory Doesn't Challenge Him
Sarah Palin: The ‘Lamestream’ Media Is Hurting Our Troops
Nothing Gay About It
Are American Universities Going The Way of General Motors?
Too Bad Obama Isn't Like Christine O'Donnell
Obama Tries To Rally Support At Black Caucus Gala
Sunday, September 19, 2010
"Unable to rally the country on the president's policies and positions, his cheerleaders in the media continue to trot out the race card to quell legitimate opposition to 'The One.' Americans are not engaged in a backlash against the browning of America, they are engaged in a struggle to regain control of the country that has lurched sharply to the left and a government that is unresponsive and ignores those who elected them. Come November, the chickens of the out-of-control Democrats and the media who enable them while demonizing opponents as being ignorant racists will come home to roost."
— Ron Christie, conservative Republican pundit, on U.S. President Barack Obama
H/T: Booker Rising
For almost ten years, the Bush tax cuts have been depicted by media as only helping rich people.
Now, with them set to expire, and a Democrat in the White House desperately needing a stronger economy to help him and his Party's political fortunes, the Associated Press is telling readers the truth with the following headline:
Expiring Tax Cuts Hit Taxpayers at Every LevelIf you think that's amazing, wait until you see the contents:
A typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year would have to pay $2,900 more in taxes in 2011, according to a new analysis by Deloitte Tax LLP, a tax consulting firm. The same family making $100,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $4,500.
Wealthier families face even bigger tax hikes. A family of four making $500,000 a year would pay $10,800 more in taxes. The same family making $1 million a year would get a tax increase of $53,200.
The estimates are based on total household income, including wages, capital gains and qualified dividends. The estimated tax bills take into account typical deductions at each income level.
Okay, so putting this in reverse, doesn't that mean that when these tax cuts were first implemented - you know, when that awful Republican named George W. Bush was president! - a typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year saved $2,900 per annum as a result? And a family making $100,000 a year saved $4,500?
Gosh, that means these tax cuts weren't just for the rich as virtually every media outlet in America has been claiming since they were first proposed.
Makes you wonder how such organizations can stay in business when they do such a terrible job.
My guess is that independent voters in Delaware will be more worried about this than whether or not a candidate dabbled in witchcraft over a decade ago:
While the Associated Press reports that Democrat U.S. Senate hopeful Chris Coons (D-DE) claims he “successfully restored his county to financial health and is ready to do the same for the federal government,” an examination of Coons’ record as New Castle County Executive shows otherwise.
In fact, by Coon’s own standard, he led the county from being “fundamentally sound” to the verge of bankruptcy in just four years, lamenting that the county was “18 months from being out of money” and “unable to operate.”
As New Castle County’s spending skyrocketed by 10 percent under Coons’ leadership, he shifted the burden for his irresponsibility to taxpayers with three massive property tax hikes of 5 percent, 17.5 percent and 25 percent respectively. In 2008, Fitch Ratings downgraded the county’s “rating outlook” from stable to negative because the county’s cash balances were decreasing under Coons’ reckless stewardship.
“Trailing by double-digits less than 60 days before the election, Chris Coons is desperately attempting to rewrite history and distract voters from his record of out-of-control spending and massive tax hikes as he drove New Castle County to the brink of bankruptcy,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “Delaware voters deserve more than the same reckless, failed economic agenda that Coons has promised to rubberstamp in Washington, and that’s why we’re confident they will elect a fiscally responsible Republican leader to the U.S. Senate this November.”
Sarah Palin capped off a primary week most pundits called as a resounding victory for her dropping by the libertarian Fox Business show Freedom Watch. Sharing the stage with one of the most controversial successful Tea Party candidates, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul, Palin explained what it meant to her to watch Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell win after being criticized severely by Karl Rove and other prominent Republicans.
Asked to assess the victory in terms of national public opinion, Palin argued that O’Donnell was right when she noted “this is just a reflection of the sentiment of voters that are saying ‘no more of the same’” and wanted to see “smarter, smaller government.” She also expressed her hope that Tea Party leaders would not veer towards the “middle, which is really governing towards the left,” and shrugged off criticisms of O’Donnell that she was ill-prepared in terms of education to handle a legislative position: “I hear that and I think, ‘Christine, join the club.’”