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Friday, May 30, 2008

"The Weekly (C)Wrap-Up - Beam Me Up Scotty!"

It seems that the biggest news of the week is former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book where he really just confirms what so many of us already knew...They lied about everything Iraq! The biggest priority of the BCS (bush crime syndicate) was to go to Iraq and steal that countries oil see the PNAC Agreement. They did in fact out Valerie Plame by authorizing the CIA leak and that the last 7 years have been nothing but lies and deceptions. The book aptly titled; "
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" has got the criminals in DC squirming a bit. Scotty puts it all out there. Scotty must want to come up missing or is really broke to release this book at this time. The spin machine went to work immediately on Scott's Expose. From Think Progress:

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

When Scott McClellan resigned as Press Secretary on April 19, 2006, his White House officials colleagues heaped praise on him:

President Bush: “And I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity. He really represents the best of his family, our state and our country.” [4/19/06]

White House Counselor Dan Bartlett: McClellan “served this country and this White House very well during very difficult times.” [On Hardball, 4/19/06]

Former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: McClellan enjoyed “the trust and confidence of the president” and “was flawless in his performance, especially when you read the transcripts.” [4/20/06]

Yet news of McClellan’s tell-all book seems to have soured White House officials’ impression of him. Current Press Secretary Dana Perino said McClellan was obviously “disgruntled,” while Fleischer said he was “heartbroken,” and Bartlett called the book “total crap.”

MSNBC’s Kevin Corke reported this afternoon that White House officials, on background, went even further, calling McClellan a “traitor” and likening him to Benedict Arnold. He said the White House was “upset,” substituting that word for a word he said he could not repeat on television: MORE!

Not only has Scotty caught the attention of the BCS in a big way it has also got Rep. Wexler's attention too. Yup the same Wexler that is teaming up with Conyers to go after Rove, he want's Scotty to bring his revelations to the House...From Thinkprogress:

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) is calling on Scott McClellan to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee about the “earth-shattering” allegations in his new book.

Right underneath that entry I noticed this:

Reacting to McClellan’s book, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “I’m not going to comment on a book that I haven’t read but I will say” the threat from Saddam Hussein “was well understood.” She added, “I would really ask do people really believe that he was not a threat to the international community?”

I am going to say yeah Condelezza. Saddam was only a threat to the BCS and the Oil companies. Saddam was the stabilizing force in the Middle East because he played the bully and the rest of the middle eastern countries thought he was insane. He was a threat to US oil interests and Isitreal. Not that Isitreal couldn't take care of itself but their retaliation would bring on the wrath of all the Arab nations in the region, and in turn Armageddon. So they let the US do that dirty work in turn we have Isitreal retaliate against the people of Lebanon for democratically electing Hamas to power in Palestine. It's a dirty game folks!

A bigger story that is lost in the background of all the spin is the fact that Scotty also called out the media and they are still not acknowledging the fact of their role in selling the occupation to the American people. Well except my man Tweety. He still did not take full credit for his role or the rest of the corporate media's role but he does admit that the BCS did fool them into parroting what the WH house press secretary was telling them. Who in fact was none other than my man Scotty McClellan! From Crooks & Liars:

Mea Culpa: Chris Matthews admits WH engaged in “pure press manipulation”

Wow. Who would have thought that the incompetent Scott McClellan of all people would force the talking heads to re-evaluate their role in the lead up to the war, and make them finally realize that the White House deliberately manipulated them into mindlessly passing along pure government propaganda? To his credit, Chris Matthews today connected the dots and made as clear a case as possible that the White House used, in the case he cited, The New York Times to inject into the national dialogue completely bogus information that Cheney, Bush and Condoleezza Rice would later cite on the Sunday talk shows in order to scare Americans into supporting the Iraq War.

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“There was a lot of salesmanship here….a lot of propaganda.”

Chris Matthews and David Gregory seem to get it. Mike Allen…not so much. We’ll see how the rest of media handles it.

Of course, for those of us who actually pay attention to this sort of stuff, Bill Moyers chronicled this manipulation extensively in his fascinating documentary, Buying The War.

Memo to the media: Better late than never.

There was more to it than just WH propaganda. Lets say it was media people not doing their jobs and following up on the BS they were being feed by Scotty and the rest of the future felons in the BCS. I just love it when these guy's forget they were the ones that let them continuosly lie and spin without any challenges whatsoever. Tweety was the most notorious of the softball lobers especially when he had Darth Cheney on. Timmeh would at least take them to the tape, but let them lie their way out of it and would not challenge the lies. I noticed that Tweety blames the NYT but they are all just as guilty! Make sure you check out that Moyer's special Buying The War. From Crooks & Liars:

Despite McClellan criticism, network anchors still refuse to re-evaluate their own complicity

Although Scott McClellan’s memoir is chock full of juicy bits about George Bush, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and the myriad pre-war lies the White House force-fed America, perhaps the most important (and most overlooked) critique McClellan levels is aimed squarely at the “liberal media” and how they acted as “deferential, complicit enablers” of the administration’s “propaganda” leading up to the war. On the TODAY show this morning, Matt Lauer asked “the big three” — Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams and Katie Couric — whether they thought McClellan was accurate in his criticism of the press. Their answers are revealing to say the least:

Gibson: “I’m not sure we would have asked anything differently [if given an opportunity to do it again.]”

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To her credit, Couric admits that mistakes were made and that she could have done a better job vetting the administration’s claims; although she also admitted that the White House threatened to cut off her access after she filed critical reports. But Gibson and Williams (along with, one would assume, the majority of the elite press) simply lack the ability to recognize that they were duped, and that they thus duped their viewers. Indeed, as Glenn documents in a lengthy post today:

“This is why most establishment journalists will never be convinced that they failed to do their job, no matter how much evidence is presented: because of the understanding they have of what ‘their job’ actually is.”

For a comprehensive breakdown of just how laughable the Gibson/Williams defense is, be sure to read Glenn’s post in its entirety.

These so called "liberal media" people are just as guilty as the BCS and they all have soldiers and Iraqi blood on their hands and they are doing the same thing with the WH in trying to "Sell" a war with Iran...

We are going to file this next story in the right-wingnut category because you have got to be nuttier as a right winger to believe this if you haven't already heard about it. They are attacking clothes now. Yes the wingers are not concerned with high ass gas prices which are also supporting the terrorist, but instead going after Dunkin Donuts over an article of clothing worn by one of it's spokes persons and TV personalities Rachael Ray...From USA Today:

BOSTON — Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism.

The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."

In the spot, Ray holds an iced coffee while standing in front of trees with pink blossoms.

Critics, including conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, complained that the scarf wrapped around her looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Critics who fueled online complaints about the ad in blogs say such scarves have come to symbolize Muslim extremism and terrorism.

The kaffiyeh, Malkin wrote in a column posted online last Friday, "has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant (and not-so-ignorant) fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons." MORE!

And Michelly wonders why the McCain campaign no longer includes her in it's weekly telephone talking points sessions. Of course Dunkin Donut caved under the wingnut pressure and recalled the ad:

A statement issued by Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Brands Inc., however, said the scarf had a paisley design, and was selected by a stylist for the advertising shoot.

"Absolutely no symbolism was intended," the company said.

Dunkin' spokeswoman Michelle King said the ad appeared on the chain's website, as well as other commercial sites.

Michelly in a follow-up post had this to say after Dunkin pulled the ad; "It's refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists." Oh Really Michelle? I guess she forgot that before it bacame fashionable to bash all things Arab, she was a bit of the fashion icon herself...NOT. From Sadly No:

She just won’t be deterred. Despite being roundly ridiculed by, like, everyone for her latest jihad against Rachel Ray’s scarf, Michelle Malkin has dedicated her entire weekly column to the affair. Read. Weep:

The keffiyeh kerfuffle
By Michelle Malkin • May 28, 2008 09:38 AM

My syndicated column today examines the keffiyeh kerfuffle with Dunkin’ Donuts and Rachael Ray that I noted on the blog last week. As you’ll recall, I linked to an item by LGF’s Charles Johnson about the scarf she wore in a recent Dunkin’ ad. Keffiyeh chic has been covered on this site and at Hot Air extensively (see here, here, and here). Anti-American fashion designers abroad and at home have mainstreamed and adapted the scarves as generic pro-Palestinian jihad or anti-war statements. Yet many folks out there remain completely oblivious to the apparel’s violent symbolism and anti-Israel overtones. MORE!

How come wingnuts can't remember this is the 21 century and EVERYTHING is being video taped, pictured, and recorded just for moments like this:

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Michelly...You got some "splaning to do!" Now I take it that this picture was taken back when it was still "cool" to wear the Keffiyeh chic. Hey Michelle maybe you should boycott yourself.

Moving on...

Speaking of more nuttery, ESPN Radio jock Mark Madden was finally fired after making another stupid remark on his radio program, From the Pittsburg Post-Gazette:

Madden removed from air by ESPN
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here is another example of just how much the reich wingnuts support the troops especially after they have no use for them. From ThinkProgress:

VA Secretary: Vets’ Concerns About PTSD Are ‘Overblown’

oe.gif Over the weekend, Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake visited Alaska with Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). While there, they met with Vietnam veteran John Guinn, who questioned the Secretary about the growing problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans. Instead of addressing Guinn’s concerns, Peake dismissed them:

VA secretary Peake suggested some of the concern about post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury has been overblown.

Many of the brain injuries are serious but some of them are akin to what anyone who played football in their youth might have suffered, Peake told Guinn.

Guinn wasn’t entirely satisfied with the answers. He said it’s a real issue for returning soldiers as well as their families, and he doesn’t think job training is enough.

On Saturday, Peake also said that many vets with PTSD may just need “a little counseling” and shouldn’t “need the PTSD label their whole lives.”

Peake’s comments are disturbing, especially in light of new numbers released by the Pentagon this week showing that the number of new PTSD cases “jumped by roughly 50 percent in 2007.” Since 2003, “roughly 40,000 troops have been diagnosed with the illness.” MORE!

Let's see what is going on in the rest of the world...

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

AP - 2 hours, 49 minutes ago

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and "dumping" them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, U.N. and church officials said Friday.

New Pope is at it again this time it's more misogyny from the "Infallible One":

Vatican: Excommunication for female priests

Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims and faithful as he tours St. Peter's square during the weekly open-air general audience at the Vatican Wednesday, May 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer Fri May 30, 3:12 PM ET

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated.

The move dashed the hopes both of women seeking to be priests and of Catholics who see that as an option for a church struggling to recruit men.

A top Vatican official said the church acted after what it described as "so-called ordinations" held in various parts of the world.

Monsignor Angelo Amato of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Vatican wanted to provide bishops with a clear response on the issue.

The church has always banned the ordination of women by stating that the priesthood is reserved for males. The new decree is explicit in its reference to women. MORE!

What does plaster, Christ and cocaine have in common?

Mexico drug smugglers make Jesus statue of cocaine

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (Reuters) - U.S. customs officials have seized a statue of Jesus Christ made from plaster mixed with cocaine -- the latest sophisticated attempt to smuggle drugs from Mexico.

Sniffer dogs at the border crossing in Laredo, Texas, alerted officials to the smell of narcotics in the 6.6 pound (3 kilo) statue, which was in the trunk of a car being driven by a Mexican woman into the United States last week.

"The statue tested positive for cocaine," Nancy Herrera, an official at the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas said on Friday.

U.S. border police arrested a 61-year-old Mexican man accused of offering the woman $80 to carry the statue to the bus station in downtown Laredo.

The woman escaped back to Mexico, Herrera said. MORE!

Let's see what is happening in Black America? From Black America Web:

Amid Pro-Clinton Protestors, DNC Committee Set to Decide on Michigan, Florida Delegates

The Democratic Party's 30-member Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine how to resolve the thorny issue of displaced delegates from Michigan and Florida.

Commentary: In These Days of Increased Foreclosures, More Emphasis on Discrimination in Housing Needed

The number of alleged housing discrimination complaints has gone up in recent years. But unfortunately, federal action on those complaints has gone down.

Amid Pro-Clinton Protestors, DNC Committee Set to Decide on Michigan, Florida Delegates

The Democratic Party's 30-member Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine how to resolve the thorny issue of displaced delegates from Michigan and Florida.

Hearing to Determine Whether Judge Should Recuse Himself from Latest Jena Six Trial

A Louisiana judge who has handled proceedings in the cases of black youths known as the Jena six is scheduled to be in the courtroom Friday on the other side of the bench.

BAW Film Review: ‘Sex and the City’ Provides an Ending to Show’s Glam-Girl Fairy Tale

The material obsession in the Manhattan world of the "SATC" women seems somewhat out of step with today’s realities of foreclosures, $4-a-gallon gas and rising food costs.

Commentary: Shocked at the Sight of Kids’ Provocative Dancing? If You Did ‘The Freak,’ You Shouldn’t Be

I expect teenagers to act stupid. That's just what many of them do; it's part of being a teen. Adults, on the other hand, should know better.

Is Barack Obama Sitting on Stash of Superdelegates to Roll Out Strategically? Some Say Yes

Some time next week, according to media reports, a few dozen superdelegates plan to announce their support for Obama as he moves closer to the Democratic nomination.

Former Press Secretary Blasts President Bush, Iraq War ‘Propaganda’ in Scathing Memoir

Scott McClellan damns his old boss on a list of issues, ranging from his less-than-honest selling of the war to a lack of personal candor and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.

Commentary: Enough Already, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – It’s Time to Do the Right Thing and Resign

When elected officials act like banana republic dictators, it means good things for the people close to them, but bad things for everyone else.

Well that is it for me today, I am sure there is much more but it's Friday, it's real late and all that rethugliclan nuttery has given me a slight headache. As usual let me know what I got wrong or anything your confused on.

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