Since this is the first time I've done this in a while I will start off slowly...I blogged about Keith Olbermann and how he blasted the Shrub the other day about how he gave up golf as a way to show support for the troops. Then turned around and compared Obama's remarks about talking to Iran and diplomacy to Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of the Nazi's. For those who think Neville Chamberlain played basketball and slept with 20k women, or is that big singer with the booty mark on his face you are wrong! He was Prime Minster of the UK in 1938-39 when Hitler was gearing up for war. Why he is being accused of appeasement to Hitler is the fact that he gave away half of Czechoslovakia to Hitler to keep him from attacking them. Hitler attacked anyway. The real point of the matter is that the "Bush Crime Syndicate" knows all about being Nazi's! Google Prescott Bush and/or Brown Harriman or trading with the enemy act.
Jon Stewart at the Daily Show has a little bit to say about those two interviews/speeches our Dear Decider delivered. From Crooks & Liars:
Jon Stewart teed off on President Bush last night for the ridiculous and controversial statement he made in Israel about his detractors wanting to “negotiate with terrorists” by noting that Reagan, Rumsfeld, and even Bush himself have “negotiated with terrorists.” He also slams him good for the bold sacrifice he made by quitting golf.
I guess I should also get to the good news because that is rare these day's and this isn't really news but a revelation of sorts. It seems that folks are starting to wake up to the fact that the media is not mainstream nor liberal leaning and is in fact part of the corporate fascist propaganda machine. From Seeing The Forest:
May 14, 2008
In a Mississippi special election the Democratic Congressional candidate won by 8% in a district which had gone for Bush by 20%+. Granted that white Southern Democratic Congressmen are usually more conservative than Democratic Presidential candidates (and Northern Democratic Congressmen), that's a tremendous swing.
What strikes me here is that the voters, including the fabled "heartland voters", are rejecting the Republicans even though the media still is not. To my knowledge, on national commercial TV and radio only Keith Olbermann is reliably anti-Republican. There are a lot of weaselly centrists like Matthews and Stephanopolous, but mostly it's Limbaugh / O'Reilly / Savage types.
This definitely goes against the idea that the voters are slaves to the media. Even in conservative districts in Mississippi, the average ignorant voter is wise to the Republicans in a way that the media are not. MORE!
The Harlem congressman's criticism of Clinton came as rival Barack Obama Saturday took the lead among super delegates, the group that will decide the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Speaking to reporters before introducing Clinton at a Manhattan fundraiser Saturday, Rangel chastised the remarks as "very poorly worded." MORE!
However poorly worded it may have been, the ploy worked to perfection giving her her best showing in these primaries to date. However it is over due to Barack picking up a few new delegates a day, not too mention the support of John Edwards.
They make a good looking team don't they? A Smart Looking Team. Two lawyers one constitutional the other trial! I could go for an Obama\Edwards ticket. I could also see Edwards as the Attorney General. I am sick of people talking about Obama Clinton though. That is not going to work. Lost in the media hype of Clinton's win in WV and Edwards endorsement was the endorsement of NARAL. From the AP:
NARAL Pro-Choice backs Obama
NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama has won the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading abortion rights advocacy organization that has supported rival Hillary Rodham Clinton throughout her political career.
The organization was set to announce the endorsement of its political action committee on Wednesday.
"Pro-choice Americans have been fortunate to have two strong pro-choice candidates in Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, both of whom have inspired millions of new voters to participate in this historic presidential race," NARAL president Nancy Keenan said in a statement. "Today, we are proud to put our organization's grass-roots and political support behind the pro-choice candidate whom we believe will secure the Democratic nomination and advance to the general election. That candidate is Senator Obama." MORE!
It stands to reason by reasonable people that if you lose life long supporters, are not mathematically viable and the very same media that was propping up your campaign since Iowa says it's over maybe, just maybe it's over?!? Time for Barack to forget about Hillary and start digging into McSame's ass! I cannot wait for those debates to start, especially with McInsane's legendary temper!
Speaking of tempers, seems Tweety (Chris Matthews) almost blew a gasket arguing with one of the BCS's representatives repeating the same appeasement crap our glorious leader was babbling about. When Matthews asked the idiot to tell him what appeasement Neville Chamberlain committed and dude kept rambling on saying, "appeasement appeasement", Matthew's lost it a little! If only Matthew's was consistent I might stop calling him Tweety, but he does do this a few times a year, maybe as a diversion for us liberal types, but it was a great beat down nonetheless. From Crooks & Liars:
President Bush made outrageous claims today in Israel, saying that Democrats were appeasers to Iran as you know since it’s the hot topic of the day. Right wing talker Kevin James tried to call Obama “Neville Chamberlain,” but as is usually the case with these talk show conservative hosts, he knew nothing about the historical facts revolving around Chamberlain and what happened as Hitler took power and started a war with Europe. I guess just repeating RW talking points doesn’t work sometimes.
Chris: You are BS’ing me… You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Might be a whole different country if Matthews and the rest of his ilk had of done this to the rest of the BCS parrots 8 years ago!
Moving on...What's happening in the world?! The biggest story this week has to be the Earthquakes! The quake in China measured 7.9 and left China in shambles. From Yahoo News:
China tallies losses, costs from major earthquake
By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer Fri May 16, 5:24 AM ET
SHANGHAI, China - Cracked dams and buckled roads, collapsed buildings and toppled factories — has begun tallying losses from the calamitous earthquake that struck earlier this week, with estimates ranging to over $20 billion.
With the death toll from the disaster forecast to rise as high as 50,000, China's main focus Friday remained on rescue and relief for survivors of the 7.9 magnitude quake that hit on Monday.
Central and local authorities have allocated 5.4 billion yuan ($772 million) for disaster relief, the central bank said, as millions more poured in public and corporate donations. MORE!
Myanmar is still struggling and the death toll continues to rise after it was hit by a killer cyclone. First it was the idiot military regime blocking aid now it's more rains to add to the misery. From Yahoo news:
Death toll from Myanmar cyclone nearly doubles
Aid workers shackled by the country's military regime struggled to get even the most basic data about the needs of up to 2.5 million survivors. The Red Cross warned the lack of clean water may swell the ranks of dead.
Myanmar state television said the official death count from the May 3 cyclone was 77,738, with 55,917 others missing. MORE!
Seems our favorite foreign pundit on international affairs Osama Bin "Dead" Laden has released a new tape just in time for the Israeli summit and celebration and the Shrub's fear mongering. Yahoo News:
Bin Laden: Palestinian cause fuels war
By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press Writer
CAIRO, Egypt - Israel and its allies until it liberates Palestine. said in a new audio recording released Friday that will continue its holy war against
The terrorist leader's third statement this year came as was wrapping up his visit to Israel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state.
Bin Laden said the fight for the Palestinian cause was the most important factor driving al-Qaida's war with the West and fueled 19 Muslims to carry out the suicide attacks against the U.S. on September 11. MORE!
Is anyone still buying this Bin Laden Bullshit?! I mean for real who is Bin Laden really working for? Seems to me he likes to show up to get the fear going for the decider around election time. Coincidence or Conspiracy?
They are dancing in the streets of California mainly San Francisco after yesterday's California supreme court ruling overturning California's ban on same sex marriage from the AP:
Gay marriage opponents vow to fight Calif. ruling
Friday, May 16, 2008
(05-16) 12:19 PDT San Francisco (AP) --
Even as same-sex couples across California begin making plans to tie the knot, opponents are redoubling their efforts to make sure wedding bells never ring for gay couples in the nation's most populous state.
A conservative group said it would ask California's Supreme Court to postpone putting its decision legalizing gay marriage into effect until after the fall election. That's when voters will likely have a chance to weigh in on a proposed amendment to California's constitution that would bar same-sex couples from getting married.
If the court does not grant the request, gay marriages could begin in California in as little as 30 days, the time it typically takes for the justices' opinions to become final.
"We're obviously very disappointed in the decision," said Glen Lavy, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, which is pushing for the stay. "The remedy is a constitutional amendment."
With a stroke of a pen Thursday, the Republican-dominated court swept away decades of tradition and said there was no legally justifiable reason why the state should withhold the institution of marriage because of a couple's sexual orientation. MORE!
Today, on her talk show, host Ellen DeGeneres applauded the California Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage and announced that she would be wedding her longtime girlfriend, actress Portia de Rossi:
Why shouldn't gay folks enjoy all the perks and pains of marriage?!
This is very exciting, I have to say. Yesterday, the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage. So I would like to say right now, for the first time, I am announcing that I am getting married. […]I’m so excited. It’s something that we’ve, of course, wanted to do, and we’ve wanted to be legal, and we’re very very excited.
Seems Jim Crow is alive and well in the Mississippi delta city of Greenwood. From Black America Web:
Greenwood Blacks Outraged at White Councilman Referring to Black Senator as ‘Ole Nigger’
Blacks in the small, Mississippi Delta city of Greenwood are seething over a white city councilman's e-mail that referred to a black political leader, who is highly respected statewide, as an "ole nigger."
For many blacks, the e-mail, containing an illogical message about council president David Jordan, 74, who also holds a state senate seat, is a reminder that the vaunted "New South," romanticized by pundits nationwide, may well be a distant dream and perhaps even a myth.
Since Sunday, when the e-mail -- exposed by one of the 15 whites who received it -- and its subsequent furor began attracting statewide national media attention, Greenwood and Leflore County, where it sits, has been bombarded by reactions in the city's newspapers and its talk radio stations.
Here are a couple of other stories that caught my attentionwhile surfing BAW:
Attorneys say proceedings could begin as early as next month. They could end up in court and be costly -- presenting yet another burden for a cash-strapped city.
Ah, I love the smell of Democrats playing the race card in the morning! The Democrat in this case? Why, it's Sen. Hillary Clinton, now in Week Two of serious denial. MORE!
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