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  • U2 Stopped Working on Songs of Experience Because of Trump

    01/09/2017 5:38:58 PM PST · by Blue Turtle · 62 replies
    For the Edge, the election of Trump caused them to see a parallel between the world they wrote about 30 years ago and the world today. “That record was written in the mid-’80s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics,” he added. “It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. Thatcher was in the throes of trying to put down the miners’ strike; there was all kinds of shenanigans going on in Central America.
  • Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

    01/03/2017 11:09:16 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 03, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    One of 2016’s most spectacular examples of government dysfunction was the U.S. Senate’s outrageous refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That dereliction of duty by the Republican majority not only denied a sitting president his constitutional prerogative to fill vacancies in the court (so that the appointment would go instead to a hoped-for Republican successor). It also prevented the court from resolving a handful of cases because of a 4-4 split and probably discouraged the justices from accepting other cases because of the possibility of a...
  • NFL values money over fans: Charging season-ticket holders full price in preseason is an outrage

    09/03/2016 8:55:22 AM PDT · by NRx · 48 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09-02-2016 | RICK GOSSELIN
    <p>Yet the Washington Redskins didn’t travel their 22-player starting lineup for their preseason finale Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers threw only nine passes this preseason, and defending league rushing champion Adrian Peterson did not take a single hand-off.</p>
  • Michael Savage to Cruz: Renounce Colorado result

    04/11/2016 1:16:33 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 303 replies
    WND ^ | 4/11/2016
    Calling the Colorado Republican Party’s decision not to hold a primary popular vote a scandal, talk-radio host Michael Savage declared Sen. Ted Cruz should disavow the move and call for a vote. “What just happened in Colorado should, frankly, disqualify Cruz, who claims to be a constitutional conservative,” Savage told his listeners Monday. Savage is a strong supporter of GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who has been a regular guest on “The Savage Nation.” (full article at link)
  • “Like Sarah Palin’s annoying younger brother”: Ted Cruz’s 2016 announcement (rocks)

    03/23/2015 6:50:52 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 47 replies
    Salon ^ | Monday, Mar 23, 2015 01:47 PM CDT | Colin Gorenstein
    Twitter users are writing #TedCruzCampaignSlogans to "help" the first major candidate with his campaign -- Hey even though it's from a leftwing site. It rocks.
  • Clint Eastwood Turns American Sniper Into a Republican Platform Movie (barf)

    01/15/2015 9:05:34 AM PST · by walford · 44 replies ^ | 12/23/2014 | David Edelstein
    Spouting off to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood looked as if he were slipping into doddering dementia, but he’s shrewder and more focused than ever in his Iraq War picture American Sniper. It’s a cracker­jack piece of filmmaking, a declaration that he’s not yet ready to be classified as an Old Master, that he can out-Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow. Morally, though, he has regressed from the heights of Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). In more ways than one, the Iraq occupation is seen through the sight of a high-powered rifle. The movie is scandalously blinkered....
  • Michelle Obama: I Was Asked to Take Something Off a Shelf at Target

    12/17/2014 6:40:04 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 184 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their "own racist experiences," as the magazine described. Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States. "I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone...
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting (Your White Guilt is Bringing Me Down)

    12/10/2014 8:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 10, 2014 | Rawiya Kameir and Judnick Mayard
    White people and nonblack people of color have the luxury of treating these cases as injustices. For them, it is moralistic. For us, it's about survival. A conversation about race.JUDNICK: I feel like this is just an extension of the our “favorite” iMessage topic but in the light of the recent grand jury events with Mike Brown and Eric Garner (not to mention the promise of more to come with Tamir Rice and the others they’ve shot to death) I’ve been reminding friends that they do not have to answer to white people about their feelings. RAWIYA: Unlike many people,...
  • Ted Cruz Reveals What he’d do if Elected President – And it’s Even Worse Than You Thought

    10/22/2014 8:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Burnt Orange Report ^ | October 22, 2014 | Katie Singh
    With the midterm elections approaching, Texas senator Ted Cruz penned an editorial in USA Today this week detailing what he’d like a potential Republican-controlled Congress to prioritize in 2015. As you might expect, the list is full of Tea Party staples: repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and slashing funding for federal programs. What makes Cruz’s list of Congressional priorities interesting is that it essentially previews what a Cruz 2016 presidential campaign agenda might look like–and it’s not pretty. As Ted Cruz’s multiple trips to Iowa have suggested, Texas’ junior senator is all-but-confirmed to be running for president in 2016. Though his...
  • 'War on whites'? No way

    08/10/2014 10:02:18 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2014 | Clarence 'the Cross-eyed' Page
    U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., claims liberals are waging a "war on whites." If so, Barack Obama must be at war with himself. That's how goofy Brooks' logic sounds. But he's not nuts. It is an old reflex, when cornered in politics, to lash back with the same charge others have leveled at you — or, put another way, to project your own flaws onto other people. What's sad about Brooks' claim is his feeble attempt to play the white victim card, plucking the strings of white nationalism, just to have his way with the nation's immigration policy.
  • On Fox Disgruntled Obama Stalker Sarah Palin Claims Impeachment Is a Bipartisan Issue (H8rade)

    07/09/2014 9:02:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 8, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    On Hannity, Sarah Palin claimed to have a list of 25 impeachable offenses, and that Democrats also want to impeach President Obama. After six years of attacking President Obama in hopes of being noticed, Ms. Palin is rather disgruntled. So like all relentlessly rejected stalkers, she’s upped the ante in a desperate bid for attention. Now she wants him impeached. That will teach mean old Mr. President to ignore Sarah Palin from Alaska Arizona. On Hannity, Palin claimed that Obama is a lawless and imperial president. She said it was time for a little less talk and a lot more...
  • I'm not a Democrat. I'm an anti-Republican. (Because - Benghazi hearings)

    05/13/2014 1:59:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Week ^ | May 13, 2014 | Damon Linker
    The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country. Back in March 2013, I wrote a column titled, "Why I am no longer a Republican." A more accurate (though admittedly more ponderous) title would have been, "One important reason among many that I am no longer a Republican." That important reason was the Iraq War, which I never supported and which the Bush administration and its legion of defenders in Washington and around the country justified in terms that struck me at the time as highly ideological,...
  • IT'S OFFICIAL: The Whole World Thinks Republicans Are Dangerous Maniacs Threatening Everyone

    07/19/2011 7:15:18 PM PDT · by freejohn · 74 replies
    Yes, the rest of the world is watching this embarrassing debt ceiling nonsense, and it is growing dismayed. Der Spiegel has a roundup of commentary in German newspapers about the fight, and the universal message is this: The US is holding the entire world hostage, and it's the Republicans that are playing with fire.
  • The Racist and Homophobic Yard Sale Posting You Won’t Believe

    07/18/2011 9:08:18 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 79 replies
    GAWKER ^ | July 18, 2011 | Brian Moylan
    Imagine a bargain hunter's shock and dismay when responding to an ad on Craigslist listing a bunch of possessions for sale and then receiving an email announcing that gay people, Muslims, and illegal immigrants aren't allowed to purchase the wares. Read it for yourself. Our tipster, who lives in the D.C. area, responded to an ad on Craigslist, which has been taken down, expressing interest in one of the items for sale. He received this mass email response peppered with casual racism and homophobia. I've highlighted the worst parts, but the whole thing is really amazingly awful. "i have been...
  • I'm her mom, not the nanny! (LOL)

    07/18/2011 3:15:39 PM PDT · by Baladas · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | July 18, 2011 | Rose Arce
    New York (CNN) -- We were at a Manhattan water park when it happened. I was with my then 3-year-old daughter, Luna, playing in a sandpit on a foul, chilly morning beneath clouds that looked like ripped paper. It was no day to be outside, but living in a city of small apartments, it was no day to be inside with a child either. A little girl approached the two of us, clearly interested in playing. But when she arrived, she addressed only Luna. Pointing a finger at me, she asked her, "Is that your baby sitter?" I've been mistaken...
  • Palin Success Triggered FCC Complaints (Bristol)

    12/07/2010 10:21:05 AM PST · by Baladas · 63 replies
    The Smoking Gub ^ | Dec. 6, 2010 | staff
    DECEMBER 6--In the days after Bristol Palin was voted into the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” viewers from across the country wrote to the Federal Communications Commission accusing the ABC show of everything from running a “payola type program” to “encouraging and promoting teen pregnancy.” Many of the complainants, whose letters were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, were upset that, as one Oregonian put it, “the top scores were voted off yet Sarah Palin’s daughter remained on.” One viewer from Pittsburgh alleged that the show’s voting system had been “fixed by extreme supporters of the Tea...
  • Dancing With the Stars: Shock and Awe in the Ballroom (Free Republic blamed)

    11/17/2010 7:19:48 AM PST · by kristinn · 199 replies · 1+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | Debra Yeo
    The Internet's been buzzing with talk about how members of the U.S. Tea Party movement have been getting out the vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars. The blog Jezebel had a post about it today, complete with quotes from conservative message boards about how Bristol's supporters were exploiting ABC's email voting system to cast multiple ballots for Sarah Palin's daughter. Jezebel quoted one site,, that urged its members to "make liberal heads explode" by voting for Bristol, "even though she is not the best dancer." Well, my liberal head is kind of exploding right now because...
  • 7 Lame Liberal Excuses For The 2010 Election Shellacking

    11/09/2010 8:28:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 9, 2010 | John Hawkins
    "Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! My-yummy!" -- Cartman, South Park Admittedly, it has been a lot of fun to watch the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the Left after the savage beating they received on election day. However, it's more than a little disturbing that almost no one on the Left seems to think they lost because they actually did a bad job. In other words, according to liberals: Obamacare, the failure of the stimulus, Obama bowing to foreign leaders, the way they handled the BP oil spill, trying to...
  • And now for the next battle (Delusional Liberal Spin on the Election)

    11/03/2010 9:48:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/3/2010 | E.J. "Mr. Delusion" Dionne
    President Obama allowed Republicans to define the terms of the nation's political argument for the past two years and permitted them to draw battle lines the way they wanted. Neither he nor his party can let that happen again. Democrats would be foolish to turn in on themselves in a fruitless battle over whether their troubles owe to a failure to mobilize and excite their base or to win support from the political center. In fact, Democrats held onto moderate voters while losing independents. What hurt them most was this brute fact: Voters younger than 30 made up 18 percent...
  • AP Headline: 'Crash the Tea Party' organizer is threatened (media found their talking point)

    04/14/2010 10:10:26 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 81 replies · 2,753+ views
    AP ^ | April 14, 2010 11:25 AM ET | no byline
    ...Beaverton Middle School teacher Jason Levin's group wants to infiltrate the Tea Party to discredit the organization. But since Levin's name has been associated with the "Crash the Tea Party" Web site, he has been harassed by people who say they belong to that group. Levin told KATU-TV that his phone has been ringing around the clock and his answering machine is recording threats...
  • Hoyer Credits/Blames Tea Partiers for Forcing Dem Retirements [... heh-heh-heh...]

    04/13/2010 9:59:19 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 34 replies · 773+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/13/10 | Daniel Foster
    House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) says the "negative atmosphere" created by the tea party movement has influenced the retirement decisions of some House Democrats (but not Bart Stupak): “Do I think that [the] negative atmosphere that’s been created by the Tea Party and by others certainly goes into the thinking of members? I think it does. I think you have to honestly point out that it does,” Hoyer added. “I don’t think that was the determining factor with respect to Mr. Stupak, because again, he was in very good shape in the polls. It wasn’t a question...
  • Palin's appearance at CSU Stanislaus draws assemblyman's challenge

    03/30/2010 8:05:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies · 1,201+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/30/10 | Steven Harmon
    SACRAMENTO — Sarah Palin typically generates controversy with what she says. Now the former vice presidential candidate is creating a buzz over how much she'll make at a black-tie gala she plans to headline at Cal State Stanislaus. How much she is commanding for her June 25 appearance at the $500-per-ticket affair won't be known because her contract with the CSU Stanislaus Foundation stipulates secrecy. It's the secrecy that rankles state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who is calling for full disclosure. "The CSU should immediately disclose how much money is being diverted from students to pay Sarah Palin's exorbitant...
  • U.S. right-wing groups, militias surge: study [The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.....]

    03/04/2010 1:30:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 1,370+ views
    U.S. right-wing groups, militias surge: study 8 mins ago PHOENIX (Reuters) – The number of right-wing "Patriot" groups that see the U.S. government as their enemy more than doubled in the last year, fanned by anger over the economy and a backlash against the policies of President Barack Obama, according to a study published this week. The report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said 512 anti-government Patriot groups were active in the United States last year, a leap from 149 in 2008. The "Rage on the Right" report ( found that militias, the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement,...
  • A Way Out for Obama: Faces his biggest test yet on health care reform (Gives BHO a vulgar pep talk)

    03/03/2010 2:12:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,327+ views
    Rolling Stone Magazine ^ | The March 18, 2010 Issue | Matt Taibbi
    In the end, here's what the history of this attempt to reform health care comes down to: Barack Obama did everything wrong. Instead of using his vast post-electoral capital with the public to push for real reform and clean the Augean stables of the health care industry, he and his team of two-faced creeps like Rahm Emanuel took the Beltway-schmuck route and cut a backroom deal with the targeted industries — buying their acquiescence to a theoretical future of regulatory oversight in exchange for an upfront mountain of taxpayer giveaways. The Obama administration was willing to sell out every inch...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-02-10 (DUmmies Outraged by Yet Another Campus Fake Hate Crime)

    03/02/2010 7:48:33 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies · 1,122+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 2, 2010 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    And this year's KERRI DUNN campus Fake Hate Crime award goes to...UC San Diego for getting all lathered up over a noose hung in the library. Folks, whenever you hear the word "noose" used in the same story about a supposed campus hate crime, it is a SLAM DUNK that it is a FAKE hate crime. A Columbia U professor goes BALLISTIC over a hanging noose and it turns out that SHE was the one who hung the noose in the first place. What set off this noose incident was the OUTRAGE over a Compton ghetto themed party that...
  • Newsweek Columnist Disgusted by Patriotism at Olympics

    02/24/2010 9:39:47 AM PST · by melwFN · 26 replies · 1,563+ views
    If you would like a graphic (literal and figurative) demonstration of our nation's greatest failing, sit in front of your television set and watch NBC cover an international sports event, the Winter Olympics, as if only Americans were participating. Every time the Today show's Meredith Vieira stumbles over the name of the Russian figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko (it's pronounced exactly as it's spelled, Meredith, with the accent on the second syllables) and giggles to show that it's OK to be ignorant, I think about all of the announcers from Canada and Europe who pronounce everyone's name correctly. Their employers care...
  • 'Mexican Man' costume offends Latino shoppers, community groups

    10/29/2009 9:44:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 77 replies · 3,097+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/28/2009 | Sean Maher
    'Mexican Man' costume offends Latino shoppers, community groups By Sean Maher EMERYVILLE — A costume dubbed "Mexican Man" has offended Latino shoppers and community groups after being discovered at a Halloween chain store. The photo on the costume packaging shows a man with a thick mustache wearing a poncho and a sombrero. Oakland resident Monica Plazola said she discovered the costume last week at the Spirit Halloween store in Emeryville, which she was visiting with her two children, ages 7 and 9. "We were there at the store, with all kinds of costumes, and that was the only one identified...
  • Specter wants Wilson censured

    Specter wants Wilson censured Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.), who's looked at POTUS from both sides now, was just on the Bill Press radio show suggesting the South Carolina firebrand Joe Wilson be censured for his heckle heard round the world. Said the Republican-turned-Dem: "He apologized immediately afterward but I don't think that’s adequate... If an apology is the consequence of an outburst I think we can expect more – that’s not a sufficient penalty that’s not a sufficient price to pay.. I'm not saying the guy should be kicked out of the House… But there ought to be some rebuke,...
  • Palin is a sociopath, shouldn’t have authority in public policy (University Barf Alert)

    08/26/2009 7:07:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 55 replies · 3,219+ views
    Editor, At the risk of sounding sexist, how did the health care debate get hijacked by an overgrown teenage girl on Facebook? Sarah Palin quit her job as governor of Alaska to become an unpaid right-wing blogger, yet still has the power to disrupt any rational discourse. Possibly related: How did someone like Palin even rise to the spotlight in the first place? Her rise was born in the waning days of the contentious Democratic primaries between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. After the controversial Democratic National Convention Rules Committee decision to split in half the delegates from Michigan and...
  • CIA memo details procedures for breaking detainees (AG Holder and Amnesty Int'l working for you!)

    08/26/2009 10:14:18 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 58 replies · 3,731+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 26, 2:58 am ET | Reuters
    "Sleep deprivation, "insult slaps," water dousing and "walling," or slamming a detainee's head against a wall, were techniques used by CIA interrogators to break high-value detainees, according to an agency memo." Holder decision "promises political headaches for President Barack Obama, came after the Justice Department's ethics watchdog recommended considering prosecution of CIA employees or contractors for interrogations in Iraq and Afghanistan that went beyond approved limits." Cheney said ""The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions," he said in a statement."
  • What black parents are still telling their children

    08/24/2009 9:51:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 113 replies · 3,050+ views
    Troy Daily News ^ | August 19, 2009 | Nat Hentoff
    After the Obama-Gates-Crowley "beer summit" at the White House ended, Ronald Walter, a black longtime professor of politics at the University of Maryland, said: "Black parents are using this as a case in point of what they have been saying all along" to their children, "Racism hasn't gone away." Children, and especially black males, "are likely to confront it" from police. (Washington Post, July 30). And on CNN, Colin Powell chimed in with his advice to black children: "When you're faced with an officer who is trying to do his job and get to the bottom of something, this is...
  • I hope this article makes you sick

    08/20/2009 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 29 replies · 1,812+ views
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 19, 2009
    Those words begin this stark, frank, and -- unfortunately -- utterly necessary column by the very fine writer Leonard Pitts, Jr.. The subject is Nazis, who seem to be everywhere these days. Read on: I hope this column makes you sick. See, we'll be talking about Nazis, something many of us are doing lately. Indeed, just this week a fellow named Joseph e-mailed me about a caller he heard on a radio show. The man, vexed over healthcare reform, likened President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Asked why, he said, ``Hitler took over the car companies, then healthcare and then he...
  • Freepers, Birthers, Morons of ALL stripe [ PUKE ]

    08/13/2009 1:55:08 PM PDT · by rface · 35 replies · 1,503+ views
    DU via email ^ | 8.13.09 | friend
    Accusations and responses from Liberal Kook to Rational Conservative:. You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.[ Damn straight! - The US Supreme Court said, "No Cherry Picking Vote Recounts from Democrat Counties....It's UnConstitutional ] You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.[ That's Right - Its like NOT having Politicians pretending to be Health Care Providers ] You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.[ Plame was not "covert" -- she was a political HACK that needed to be outed.....her and her...
  • CNN Anchor Loses It Over Police Call for Obama Apology - Video 7/24/09

    07/24/2009 1:13:02 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 45 replies · 2,080+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of CNN Anchor Tony Harris losing it over the call by Police Officers in Cambridge, Massachusetts for President Obama to apologize for his accusation that they "acted stupidly" in arresting a Harvard Professor. Harris listened to reporter Don Lemon who was at the press conference, and then just lost it, saying "This is incendiary," referring to the call by the police for an Obama apology. He then put reporter Don Lemon on the spot to share a personal experience of profiling, which Lemon did not seem to want to do.. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Palin's Peculiar Family Values (WaPo's Sally Quinn Rapes Sarah Palin Online)

    07/08/2009 1:25:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 127 replies · 3,503+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | Sally Quinn
    ...they were upset that their 14-month-old brother Trig, who has Down Syndrome, was "mocked and ridiculed by some pretty mean spirited adults." I'd like to know the names of those mean-spirited adults who mocked and ridiculed her special needs child. I don't believe it for a second. I think what she is talking about is that she was criticized for the way she dealt with her pregnancy with Trig and her caregiving of him after his birth. Remember, Sarah Palin is a right-wing, evangelical Christian for whom "family values" and the role of the mother are paramount. Many right-wing Christians...
  • A prescription for the newspaper industry

    04/16/2009 12:18:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies · 555+ views
    ...How can an industry survive if it allows other companies, like Google News, to use its content without any compensation? (NYTimes editor) Keller asked him (Google CEO), "When are you going to start paying for our content?" Schmidt stiffened a bit and declared: "We will pay when everyone pays" - everyone with an Internet site, that is. There's an impossible standard... Online sales now provide one-third of his (RIAA VP) industry's income. At best, the music business would be a hollow shell of what it is today... There's another solution. The courthouse. The Associated Press announced last week that it...
  • What will we name this decade? Let's just never speak of it again (MOANIN' LIBERAL ALERT)

    04/14/2009 10:29:01 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 32 replies · 757+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 14, 2009 | Steve Johnson | Tribune Internet critic
    Think about it. Has there been a lousier 10 years in American history? OK, the Civil War, granted. And the Great Depression wasn't so hot, either, the pictures suggest. But this one has been close enough to an all-time bad to merit the kind of willful amnesia that I'm proposing.
  • Climate of Fear Spreads In California Mosques

    03/03/2009 9:32:27 AM PST · by AJKauf · 21 replies · 1,168+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 2 | Aaron Hanscom
    Charitable contributions at Southern California mosques are down by as much as 30% to 50% over the last few years. Blame the climate of fear. That’s what Rafe Husain, a board member for the Islamic Center of Corona Norco, is doing. “People feel tense and uncomfortable,” Husain is quoted as saying in a recent Los Angeles Times article. Just another story about the woeful recession we currently find ourselves in? Mosque-goers are feeling jittery about their dwindling 401k accounts and have decided to fork over less money to the needy? Not quite. What’s got some L.A.-area Muslims in a cold...
  • Gitmo Fate Mired In Fuzzy Math (Right/Military are lying about Guantanamo recidivism)

    01/28/2009 8:18:17 AM PST · by presidio9 · 40 replies · 687+ views ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Andrew Cohen
    If the White House and Pentagon are going to make wise decisions about what to do with the Guantanamo Bay detainees they are going to need accurate information upon which to base their new policies. Yet the single most cited “fact” last week about the terror suspects - that 61 of the men released from Gitmo have returned to fight against us - is simply not true. The number is far lower than that. And the longer “61” is used as a “talking point” by critics of the administration of President No. 44 the longer it will be before a...
  • Spain ex-leader ripped for Barack Obama comment

    01/08/2009 7:53:03 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1,480+ views
    AFP ^ | January 7, 2009
    MADRID - Spain’s former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar drew criticism Wednesday by reportedly referring to what he called the "historic exoticism" of Barack Obama’s election as US president. Aznar was asked by a journalist from the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair magazine about the election in November of the first black president of the United States. "A historic exoticism and predictable economic disaster," replied the conservative former leader. "Obama is a person of black race who managed to become president of the United States, which is an extraordinary change for them", he said, without indicating whether he was referring...
  • I'll be thrilled to see you go, Dick Cheney [Massive hurling chunks alert]

    12/22/2008 5:54:58 AM PST · by upchuck · 26 replies · 1,083+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Dec 22, 2008 | Mike Lupica
    At least Dick Cheney, as wrong a guy as we've ever had this close to the presidency, goes out in character, thinking that he and George W. Bush were right about everything. The problem is that Cheney's character now sounds as weird and unhinged as Jack Nicholson's in "A Few Good Men." There was Cheney on the Fox television network Sunday, always more a home to him than Yankee Stadium is to Derek Jeter, defending the last days of a dying administration and a dying Republican empire, defending Bush and Iraq and Donald Rumsfeld, defending Guantanamo and torture and surveillance...
  • The measure of Palin's inexperience: She's not ready for her close-up

    10/06/2008 7:57:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 1,247+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 6, 2008 | Susan Nielsen
    TEN words keep ringing in my ears, long after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin supposedly redeemed herself and put to rest the nation's worst fears about the bottom of the Republican ticket. "How long have I been at this?" she asked during last week's high-stakes vice presidential debate. "Like, five weeks?" Say it ain't so, Joe, she's right. No question, Palin killed. She's great on television when she's got rehearsed lines to deliver and no follow-up questions to answer. She's brash and disarming, and she makes you want to send her to Washington and give those boys a big whack on...
  • Kathleen Parker: Speak correctly, or build a big bunker ("Help! I'm getting angry emails!!!)

    10/01/2008 11:59:28 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,816+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 1, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster, but since she didn't, I should "off" myself. Those are just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down. Who says public discourse hasn't deteriorated? The fierce reaction to my column has been both bracing and enlightening. After 20 years of column writing, I'm familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced...
  • A Mighty Wind blows through Republican convention [Most rabid Palin derangement meltdown ever!]

    09/09/2008 10:10:00 AM PDT · by Alouette · 112 replies · 938+ views
    CBC,ca (Canadian taxpayers paid for this screed) ^ | Sept. 9, 2008 | Heather Mallick
    I assume John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential partner in a fit of pique because the Republican money men refused to let him have the stuffed male shirt he really wanted. She added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn't already have sewn up, the white trash vote, the demographic that sullies America's name inside and outside its borders yet has such a curious appeal for the right. So why do it? It's possible that Republican men, sexual inadequates that they are, really believe that women will vote for a woman just because she's a woman. They're...
  • Newsweek: Preppy Look is Racist, Classist

    Leave it to the liberal print media to find some way to kill everyone's Olympics buzz. For instance, did you know that the choice by the U.S. Olympic Committee to have Ralph Lauren stitch the threads for Team USA's opening ceremonies uniform was an unfortunate nod to racism and classism and a futile, nostalgic clinging to America's waning WASP empire? That according to Sameer Reddy (pictured at right, photo via Newsweek) in an August 20 online exclusive for Newsweek
  • Senator Posts Obama-Osama Picture

    07/24/2008 9:27:57 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 24 replies · 580+ views ^ | July 22, 2008
    -- A South Carolina senator is fielding negative reactions after he posted a picture of Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden with a controversial comment on the state legislative Web site. S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant said he "wanted to make people think." But after the public reacted negatively to the image, Bryant said he will take it down. The image shows bin Laden and Obama with the text: "the difference between Obama and Osama is just a little b.s."
  • SC sen slammed for blog linking bin Laden, Obama

    07/23/2008 7:05:57 PM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 124+ views
    WIS News ^ | 7/23/08 | staff
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Republican state senator from South Carolina is being criticized for a post on his blog that shows photos of Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden wearing similar clothing, along with a line that states the difference between the two is "a little B.S." The image was posted on Sen. Kevin Bryant's blog on Friday without an explanation from the politician. It appears to be a photo of a T-shirt, with images of bin Laden and Obama wearing turbans and the words "OBAMA" AND "OSAMA," with the "B" and "S" each highlighted in red. The American-Arab...
  • So long, spoiled children (McCain's jab at USC)

    07/10/2008 6:53:59 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 50 replies · 1,570+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10 July 2008 | Rob Long
    Afew weeks ago, John McCain made a little joke at his wife's expense. Referring to her alma mater -- Cindy McCain is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she was a cheerleader and sorority sister -- he called it "USC, the University of Spoiled Children." It's not an original joke, of course -- it's been around for ages, possibly even as long as John McCain himself -- but it said a lot about the man who wants to be president. ...Visit any college classroom -- at the University of Spoiled Children, Harvard, Yale, Puget Sound, doesn't matter...
  • Are photographers really a threat?

    06/04/2008 10:43:48 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies · 205+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | June 4, 2008 | Bruce Schneier
    What is it with photographers these days? Are they really all terrorists, or does everyone just think they are? Since 9/11, there has been an increasing war on photography. Photographers have been harrassed, questioned, detained, arrested or worse, and declared to be unwelcome. We've been repeatedly told to watch out for photographers, especially suspicious ones. Clearly any terrorist is going to first photograph his target, so vigilance is required. Except that it's nonsense. The 9/11 terrorists didn't photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn't photograph...
  • Sexism and Homophobia in Scarborough Country

    04/01/2008 1:05:39 PM PDT · by pissant · 20 replies · 247+ views
    Moderate Voice ^ | 4/1/08 | Mikey Stickens
    Via Media Matters: During the March 31 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist repeatedly mocked Sen. Barack Obama’s bowling performance — which Scarborough called “dainty” — at a March 29 campaign stop at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Deriding Obama’s score, he said: “You know Willie, the thing is, Americans want their president, if it’s a man, to be a real man.” Scarborough added, “You get 150, you’re a man, or a good woman,” to which Geist replied, “Out of my president, I want a 150, at least.” Later in the show, after NBC...