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Friday, July 18, 2008

"The Weekly (C)Wrap-Up! - Black On Black Slime!"

Like I stated yesterday those Conspiracy Corner post's take a lot out of me and it takes a few days to recover after wards but now for some strange reason my left shoulder is killing me. Maybe it's because I spend all my time sitting at this keyboard...Naaahhhh! Anywho since it is Friday (thank the gods) unfortunately it is also time for the slime, the criminals avoiding time and the all around mental beat down of the American populace.

Starting off our week we had some lovely statements caught on tape by our favorite reverend of rhyme Jesse Jackson. Now I'm thinking Jesse had a good idea that Faux as listening in on him and he made those remarks about cutting Senator Obama's nuts off to start some shit. You know, kind of like keeping Barack pitted against some kind of preacher ala the Reverend Wright fake media fight. I cannot believe that Jesse was dumb enough to get caught saying something stupid again by the same people that ended his run for the presidency in '88 with the "Hymie town" remark. Up until that gaffe Jesse had a very good chance to win the presidency that year and almost got the nomination with an impressive 1200 delegates by the time he got to the convention, but those hidden camera's and microphones get you every time! So now he is in the enemies lair and he doesn't think they are listening to everything he says?! From Yahoo news:

Fox: Jackson used N-word in crude off-air remarks

By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press Writer Thu Jul 17, 7:21 AM ET

CHICAGO - The Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word during a break in a TV interview where he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama, Fox News confirmed Wednesday.

U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is seen in New York in this February 20, 2008 file photo. Jackson complained on Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can seem to be "talking down to black people" at times and should broaden his message. REUTERS/Chip East/Files

The longtime civil rights leader already came under fire this month for crude off-air comments he made against Obama in what he thought was a private conversation during a taping of a "Fox & Friends" news show.

In additional comments from that same conversation, first reported by TVNewser, Jackson is reported to have said Obama was "talking down to black people," and referred to blacks with the N-word when he said Obama was telling them "how to behave."

Though a Fox spokesman confirmed the TVNewer's account to The Associated Press, the network declined to release the full transcript of the July 6 show and did not air the comments.

Jackson — who is traveling in Spain — apologized in a statement Wednesday for "hurtful words" but didn't offer specifics.

"I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public," Jackson said in a written statement. "There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people."

A spokeswoman for Jackson's civil rights organization, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, said she could not confirm that Jackson used the slur. MORE!

Makes me more convinced that this was some kind of set-up! You know how they love to pit us against one another and with the release of that offensive magazine cover from the New Yorker they need to offset it with some good old black on black slime. Other than Barack selling us out to Verizon and AT&T there hasn't been much in the way of major GOP attacks so this was long overdue.

Naaaah nothing offensive about that!

Did the New Yorker really think this was funny or did they do it to help stupid people reinforce thier ideas about Barack being a Muslim and that him and his wife are anti-American militants? Yeah me too! but like I stated "up-post" they needed some new black on black slime to offset this and Jesse volunteered, but that is just my take on the matter...

Let's move on...Speaking of moving on Iraqi officials want to set a time frame for US withdrawal from their country. They say all US and other forces should withdraw by 2011. From Alternet:

In a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, [Maj. Gen. Mohammed] Al-Askari said, "No agreement has been reached as yet, but there is no dead-end, as the talks are continuing." He added, that "The U.S. party has given up the idea of a military agreement and has proposed instead the idea of a security protocol to be appended to the framework agreement."

Al-Askari said that the talks between the two parties are continuing, stressing that the Iraqi government put forward a proposal for scheduling the withdrawal and evacuation of the multinational forces, as this would be the other side of any agreement. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said at a reception of the Arab ambassadors accredited to the UAE during his visit to Abu Dhabi last Sunday that "the negotiations with the U.S. party are continuing, and the current orientation is to reach a memorandum of understanding for the evacuation of the U.S. forces or a memorandum of understanding for scheduling their withdrawal." Al-Askari added, that "The United States is talking of five years as a time frame for the withdrawal of its forces effective from the date of signing the agreement, whereas the Iraqi party proposes two to three years as a maximum for their withdrawal." MORE!

I seem to remember the BCS saying that the us will stand down when the Iraqi's stand up but it is kind of hard for them to stand when the us keeps trying to knock them down. Not hearing a lot about this on the corporate media because there is no plan nor was there ever a plan to leave Iraq, well until all the oil is gone. We are going to have to watch Senator Obama and what he says over on his mission abroad...Now I don't know how a couple trips are going to make you qualified to be a foreign policy specialist but it will be good training for the Presidential hopeful. I wonder if he is going to agree to the Iraqi time line for withdrawal or ignore it and keep shilling for Isitreal?!

I guess the BCS heard about the proposed Iraqi time table and decided to commit to some new crap they have come up with called a "general time horizon". From Think Progress:

White House Announces ‘General Time Horizon’ For Iraq Withdrawal; Is It ‘Conceding Too Much To The Enemy?’

aleqm5is6a6t3hbukvubwttysuzuvhdava.jpgWhen Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki first requested a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, the Bush administration swiftly shot down his proposal. “Timelines tend to be artificial in nature,” a Pentagon spokesperson remarked. “[W]e’re looking at conditions, not calendars here,” the State Department remarked.

But today, the White House has seemingly embraced a “general time horizon” for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq. The AP reports:

Iraqi officials, in a sign of growing confidence as violence decreases, have been pressuring the United States to agree to a specific timeline to withdraw U.S. forces. President Bush has adamantly opposed a timeline, and the White House said Friday that the timeframe being discussed would not be ”an arbitrary date for withdrawal.” […]

The White House says the two leaders, in a conversation on Thursday, agreed that the accord should include ”a general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals, such as the resumption of Iraqi security control in their cities and provinces and the further reduction of U.S. combat forces from Iraq.”

The White House’s concession today comes after years of resistance to even considering the prospect of a timetable for withdrawing troops, particularly when it came from Congress. Some lowlights of the administration’s stubborn rhetoric:

“Why would you say to the enemy, you know, here’s a timetable, just go ahead and wait us out? It doesn’t make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable, you’re — you’re conceding too much to the enemy.” [Bush, 6/24/05]

“Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq.” [Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman, 7/16/07]

“I believe artificial timetables of withdrawal would be a mistake. … I will strongly reject an artificial timetable withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job.” [Bush, 4/23/07]

“The…attempt to micromanage our commanders is an unwise and perilous endeavor. It is impossible to argue that an unconditional timetable for retreat could serve the security interests of the United States or our friends in the region.” [Vice President Cheney, 4/13/07] MORE!

I wonder if Barack is going to talk to the Iraqi's about his plans for withdrawal on his world tour or just do more shilling for Isitreal?

From McClatchy:

Obama's foreign trip designed to highlight new approach

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama will spend next week touring the Middle East and Western Europe, a trip that's galvanized much of the world's attention because of his charisma, race and family background and the 180-degree shift he's promising from the Bush administration's foreign policy.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will meet with top leaders of five nations considered key allies of the United States — Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England — as well as with Palestinian leaders.

Obama foreign-policy advisers said Friday that the central goals of the trip were to exchange views with those leaders; look for ways to enhance cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation, counter-terrorism, energy security and climate change; and underscore shared values.

"It is not our intent to make policy or to negotiate, and we won't do so," senior foreign-policy adviser Susan Rice said. "There is one president of the United States at any given time, and we will certainly honor and respect that." MORE!

We shall see if this makes him a foriegn policy expert over the POW but both of them are suspected frauds in my eyes!

Who is next?! I was going to vote John Ashcroft "Asshole of the Week" for his testimony before congress and in particular to a question asked of him by Rep. Maxine Waters. From Thinkprogress:

Ashcroft: Waterboarding ‘Consistently’ Seen As Legal, Refuses To Say Use On U.S. Troops Is ‘Unacceptable’

During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today, former Attorney General John Ashcroft falsely claimed that waterboarding has “consistently” been defined as “not torture” and refused to agree that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques — including waterboarding — on captured U.S. soldiers is “unacceptable” or “criminal.”

REP. MAXINE WATERS: Do you think that if these techniques were used on American soldiers that they would be totally unacceptable and even criminal? […]

ASHCROFT: My job, as Attorney General, was to try and elicit from the experts and the best people in the Department definitions that comported with the statues enacted by the Congress and the Constitution of the United States. And those statutes have consistently been interpreted so as to say, by the definitions that, waterboarding, as described in the CIA’s request, is not torture.

Watch it:

In fact, waterboarding “has been prosecuted in U.S. courts since the late 1800s and was regarded by every U.S. administration before this one as torture.” MORE!

About a week or so ago avowed atheist, drunk, Iraq war supporter and occasional reporter for Harper's Christopher Hitchens allowed himself to be waterboarded and this is what he had to say:

"If waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture."

Now my man Ashcroft had some stiff competition one of the challengers was Larry "wide stance" Craig and it is not the topic he was talking about but what he said especially after knowing his history...From Crooks & Liars:

Sen Larry Craig: Don’t let foreigners “jerk us around by the gas nozzle”

Presented without comment.

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I'm not gonna comment on it either! Next up in the running and the winner of the Asshole of the Week award is right wingnut radio host and all around idiot is Michael Savage. From Thinkprogress:

Savage: ‘In 99 percent of the cases’ of autism, ‘it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.’

Yesterday on his radio show, right wing talker Michael Savage said that autism is “a fraud” and “a racket” and that “in 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.” Savage then asserted that all these “brat[s]” need as a father to tell them to “stop acting like a putz“:

That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’” Savage concluded, “[I]f I behaved like a fool, my father called me a fool. And he said to me, ‘Don’t behave like a fool.’ The worst thing he said — ‘Don’t behave like a fool. Don’t be anybody’s dummy. Don’t sound like an idiot. Don’t act like a girl. Don’t cry.’ That’s what I was raised with. That’s what you should raise your children with. Stop with the sensitivity training. You’re turning your son into a girl, and you’re turning your nation into a nation of losers and beaten men. That’s why we have the politicians we have.”

Savage later claimed that there was “an asthma epidemic amongst minority children” because “the children got extra welfare if they were disabled.” Media Matters has the audio.

Wow! Just wow! We are worried about that fool Imus when you got guy's like Savage spreading that venom everyday!

I guess I would be remiss if I didn't mention the recent bailouts of private lenders Fannie May & Freddie Mac not too mention the bailout of failing Indymac bank. For that report I will let Jon Stewart do the honors.

I posted this yesterday and so far he has done the best job breaking this issue down, but the bottom line is that as taxpayers we are going to get stuck with about a 1 trillion dollar tax bill. I can't get no relief at all yet these multi-billion dollar corporations get to trash the market by their irresponsible unregulated lending practices then get bailed out at the expense of me and other tax payers. They caused their own problems by being a bunch of greedy unscrupulous bastards and now I am supposed to have some sympathy for them?! If I am not mistaken the free markets dictates that you do it better than the competition or you fold but of course the GOP wants it both ways! From Marketwatch:

No Blank Check Taxpayer Bailout for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

FreedomWorks opposes unlimited taxpayer backstop for GSE bondholders

WASHINGTON, Jul 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FreedomWorks announced its opposition today to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's unlimited "Blank Check Bailout" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and called on the Secretary to present a plan that permanently restructures these failed institutions.

Secretary Paulson told Congress in testimony last September that:

"If we knew then what we know now, we likely would not have designed entities like the GSEs that have private ownership but are required to undertake a public mission. These competing interests are too difficult to manage, and the potential long-term market distortions and public policy concerns are too significant."

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented:

"We have an opportunity at this moment to permanently fix the GSE threat to our financial system. Yet the proposal before Congress simply doubles down its bet on these risky institutions and puts taxpayers explicitly on the hook. The bill actually includes a new tax on GSE revenues as well as a reckless expansion of their conforming loan limits.

"We call on Secretary Paulson to rise up to this challenge and present a plan that truly restructures the GSEs instead of undermining them further and creating unlimited taxpayer liability.

"There is more than $5 trillion in outstanding GSE debt. Creating an explicit government guarantee for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could end up costing taxpayers $1 trillion, according to an analysis by Standard & Poor's. MORE!

I am sure there is a lot I am missing this week but my shoulder is making it very difficult to keep sitting here. So have a great weekend in spite of the BCS!

Artscape and the EROfestival started this weekend in Baltimore so I will be hanging out there Saturday after the sun goes down of course!


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