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Saturday, July 26, 2008

"The Weekly (C)Wrap-Up (Saturday Edition) - Ich Bin Ein Obama!"

So I finally got my computer back up and running properly, not like Wednesday. I still have a lot more stuff to do to get it back to normal but that should be finished sometime tonight. Anywho, a lot of stuff went down last week, but the biggest story is Obama's trip abroad. He has been on a roll since he left the states and it culminated at a speech in Germany in front of at least 200k people. To get you caught up on Obama's trip and the distress it's causing all the wingnuts watch the vid from Jon Stewart & The Daily Show:

That part about "rousing speeches in front of large cheering crowds of germans" was hilarious in a scary sort of way!

They are comparing Obama's speech to Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. They also made reference of Reagan but his speech was bullshit. Here is another take on the Germany visit from Crooks & Liars:

Obama in Europe: “People of Berlin. People of the world. This is our moment. This is our time.”

Senator Obama delivered a soaring speech today in Berlin before an estimated crowd of over 100,000 200,000 in which he called for a renewed trans-Atlantic — indeed, trans-global — alliance to fight the common threats we all face. Appealing the ideals America was founded on and has tried to promote since it’s inception, Senator Obama stated that whether it’s terrorism and global warming, or genocide and disease, there is no problem we cannot overcome nor enemy we cannot defeat when we are united in common purpose. Watch a few of his remarks below.

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“People of Berlin - and people of the world - the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.”

Watch the entire speech here.

UPDATE: German papers put the crowd at over 200,000

UPDATE II: Wow. It looks like US Foreign Service personnel were banned from the speech. And not by Senator Obama. MORE!

The GOP are a bunch of haters aren't they?! Not only did they stop the foreign service personnel from attending Obama's speech...From Huffpo:

Although it appears most of Berlin is heading to Obama's speech today, US Foreign Service personnel will be banned from the event. And they are not happy. The American Foreign Service Association, a union of Foreign Service workers are opposing the rule. Read more from The Washington Post. And watch the speech live here.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin has instructed Foreign Service personnel stationed there not to attend Sen. Barack Obama's public rally today, which the State Department this week labeled a "partisan political activity" prohibited under its regulations for those serving overseas.

Government employees serving in the United States are permitted to attend such events under the Hatch Act, which bars other partisan activity, such as contributing money or working in behalf of a candidate...

...The American Foreign Service Association, the union of the diplomatic corps, objected to the ruling, calling it an "unnecessarily narrow interpretation" of the Foreign Affairs Manual. "The fact that you are working for the U.S. government overseas should not preclude political activity that you could engage in in the United States," one retired senior Foreign Service officer said. MORE!

They also canceled a trip Obama had scheduled to visit some wounded soldiers because the military would consider it a campaign trip...The GOP, the BCS and all the rest of the wingnuts are just pathetic...From Crooks & Liars:

Obama’s trip to see wounded soldiers canceled because the military would consider it a campaign event.

The right wingers have been trying to find something to attack Obama with since his trip has been so successful. Once again they look foolish.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dropped a plan to visit wounded U.S. troops in Germany on Friday amid concerns the stop would be viewed as a political event.

Planning for a stop at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center had been in the works for three weeks. But an Obama adviser said he was told in recent days by the Pentagon that the military would consider it a campaign event.

“Senator Obama had hoped to and had every intention of visiting our troops to express his appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country,” said retired Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, who advises Obama on national security matters.

“Senator Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perceived as a campaign event when his visit was to show his appreciation for our troops and decided instead not to go,” Gration said.

The Pentagon, in a statement, cited longstanding Defense Department policy that prohibits military personnel or facilities from association with partisan political campaigns and elections.

Any candidate would go out of his way to make a trip like this. Hey, guess what? The same thing happened to McCain:

From CNN:

With Department of Defense rules prohibiting political campaigning on military bases, it was determined that in some cases McCain could visit the installations as a senator but could not engage in any political activity or have news media present. McCain campaign officials said Thursday they intentionally did not campaign on military property.

“We follow the rules,” said senior McCain adviser Steve Schmidt. MORE!

"Yeah, What-Ever Steeeve!

I like this little photo comparison from Crooks & Liars of Bush back at the '06 G8 summit and Barack's trip...

Barack walking off into the sunset!

This idiot couldn't even find the exit
to leave dignified.

Barack & German Chancellor Angela Merkel! Bush assaulting the German Chancellor Merkel!

Barack & French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Looks like he is having one hell of a trip despite what the wingers are saying. Then there is Grampa McSimpson at the supermarket lying about his surge/anbar awakening gaffe...AGAIN!:

The problem is not with the fact that he keeps getting shit wrong, I expect that from his old ass. The thing that bothers me is the media scrubbing of his gaffes...From Daily Kos:

McCain: Infamous Surge Supermarket Video, Predating Anbar Similtaneously & Poll

Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 08:56:40 AM PDT

As we all know on, Tuesday night during a CBS interview with Katie Couric, John McCain lied, or was mistaken about The Surge/Sunni-Anbar Awakening timeline in Iraq.

Unfortunately, as we found out CBS News, removed McCain's incorrect answer, kept the original question, then substituted the question, with a different answer.

Yesterday, in response (during the end of McCain's town hall meeting in Pennsylvania), he gave one of his most convoluted/confusing answers yet, on the Surge/Anbar Awakening (and I cried about it all day on Kos, lol)

Fortunately (for us), McCain repeated his bewildering explanation, in front of the Cheese Case (during a unscheduled interview), at the King Supermarket, in the Westgate Mall, in Bethleham, PA.

Remember (probably in embarrassment), he had canceled a scheduled Press Conference yesterday.

First McCain said on CBS, The Surge Predated The Sunni Awakening. Then he says, The Surge started before Bush said it did (yesterday). Then he added that (Yesterday), that The Surge, The Anbar Awakening, The Counter Insurgency and Political awakening happened similtaneously. Say what?

But despite McCain's royal Faux Pas, USA Today, decided to write an editorial, titled: http://blogs.usatoday.com/...

Our view on Iraq: Why can't Obama admit the obvious? The surge worked

USA today, wrote their questionable editorial despite the fact in the same article they admitted that:

The surge didn't do all of that; a cease-fire by Shiite militias and the switch by Sunni insurgents from attacking Americans to fighting al-Qaeda helped enormously. But the extra U.S. troops, brilliantly deployed by Gen. David Petraeus, have made a huge difference in calming the chaos. In doing so, it also contributed to the other developments.

So why the title USA today? MORE!

It's obvious why...The USA Today are haters too, part of the corporate media!

Speaking of the corporate media, which include those idiots at Faux it seems that rapper NAS has teamed up with the Color of Change and presented Faux with a 620,000 signature petition to stop the racist reporting that Faux engages in. From Alternet:

Fox News On-Air Racism Challenged by Huge Petition Drive and Hot Rapper Nas

By Don Hazen, AlterNet. Posted July 24, 2008.

A rally outside Fox News headquarters led by Color of Change delivers 620,000 signatures.

At a rally of a couple hundred people in front of Fox News headquarters on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, Andre Banks told the crowd: "We're here to call out Fox News on their pattern of on-air racism that is trying to make the Obama's outsiders in their own country. But it won't work. Many people think Fox is a joke. But putting racism on national TV and calling it news isn't funny."

Banks, who is Deputy Director of The Color of Change, a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for progressive issues on the web, stood next to 19 stacked cardboard boxes. The number 620,127 was taped to the side of each box, representing the number of petition signatures gathered. The petition demanded that network president Roger Ailes "find a solution to address racial stereotyping and hate-mongering before it hits the airwaves." MORE!

Colbert had Nas on his show and Nas performed a track he wrote about this very situation called "Sly Fox" Check it out:

If you are not down with the Color of Change go check them out now and sign their petition: Demand Fox stop race baiting and fear mongering!

I guess now would be as good as time as any to start listing the nominees for "Asshole of the Week!" However, before we jump into that we do have an update on last weeks winner and this years presumptive title holder Michael Savage. Apparently his remarks got to a lot of folks even at the Senate. From Crooks & Liars:

Message from the floor of the US House: “If Michael Savage wants to see a moron, he should look in the mirror.”

Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) takes on Michael Savage’s ridiculous comments on autism. The strongest movement yet to




is underway.

UPDATE: (Nicole) And it’s been successful, at least in the Cleveland market. Media Matters documents Talk Radio Network’s impressively spinsational attempt at retroactive context to explain Savage’s comments by using comments made after that misrepresented his original comments.

Good enough for him. I guess he forgot that a lot of influential people have had kids with this problem and to just brush it off as some kind of discipline problem is just dismissible!

Now on to this weeks candidates. First up is the man jon stewart dubbed the "Douche Bag of Liberty" reporter Robert Novak! Seems Mr Novak was playing Grand Theft Auto DC style when he hit a pedestrian and kept going. From Crooks:


Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning.

“I didn’t know I hit him. … I feel terrible,” a shaken Novak told reporters from Politico and WJLA as he was returning to his car. “He’s not dead, that’s the main thing.” Novak said he was a block away from 18th and K streets Northwest, where the accident occurred, when a bicyclist stopped him and said he had hit someone. He said he was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

You didn’t know you hit him? Well I guess you must have just grazed the guy, right?

Bono said that the pedestrian, who was crossing the street on a “Walk” signal and was in the crosswalk, rolled off the windshield and that Novak then made a right into the service lane of K Street. “This car is speeding away. What’s going through my mind is, you just can’t hit a pedestrian and drive away,” Bono said.

I’m sorry, but I think most normal people would notice a 66 year old man rolling across their windshield. I’m just saying…

Update: John Amato: Why wasn’t Novak given a field sobriety test? This is very weird. You hit someone, leave the scene and then the police aren’t suspicious? MORE!

Of course we cannot go a couple weeks in a row without Bill Oh'Really filling out an application and applying for the title Asshole of the Week. this time he has really lost it. From Newshounds:

Bill O'Reilly: " It is not a stretch to say Moveon is the new Klan".

Reported by Deborah - Wed 10:52 PM

Tonight Bill O'Reilly, in response to the delivery of 600,000 signed petitions to FOX News headquarters announced with authority, "It is not a stretch to say Moveon is the new Klan." Juan Williams and Angela McGlowan joined O'Reilly for an hysterical attack on Moveon and a vehement but unconvincing denial of racist smears against Obama on FOX News. Also, Robert Wexler was put on BOR's rack for a second night of paybacks and Nas was dismissed and labeled "vile". All this and more in two segments.

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This next story is a lot more serious than the other two although claiming to not know you hit a man who rolled over your windshield is serious enough. This next piece affects hundreds of thousands of people. Presented in full from Crooks & Liars:
Stop Arnold: Sign the petition to protect 200,000 state workers

(full disclosure: I work for the Courage Campaign)

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
announced last night
that he will sign an Executive Order on Monday slashing the wages of over 200,000 state employees to the bare minimum.

Not California’s minimum wage of $8 per hour. The federal minimum wage of $6.55. Six dollars and fifty-five cents an hour.

Imagine trying to pay your bills on $6.55 an hour. Now imagine what will happen to thousands of vital service workers like the people who make sure that child abusers don’t teach in schools, those who take care of the developmentally disabled, laundry workers who take care of our vets, or license inspectors for foster homes, all forced to live on poverty-level wages. A nauseating irony: many state employees may need to seek aid from the very state services that employ them.

The Governor’s plan, rather than fixing California’s massive $15 billion budget deficit, will instead make our budget crisis worse while delivering a serious blow to our struggling economy. As the recession deepens, gas prices skyrocket, stores close, and home foreclosures surge, the governor’s wage cuts will force many working families over the financial edge.

This is absolutely outrageous. And the only way we can stop Arnold is by raising our voices as loud as possible in protest before 9 a.m. on Monday.

Please join thousands of people in signing the Courage Campaign’s petition to Governor Schwarzenegger. On Monday morning, I will personally deliver your signatures to the governor’s office in the State Capitol.

Now I could see if he was cutting mid management salaries or cut out expensive consultants and the like but even that wouldn't help the budget problems in California, but this is just going to make things worse. Especially for the people that are already stretched to the limit by high gas, food and the feelings of dread for the near future. It is definitely a toss up this week between Adol...err Arnold and the Douche Bag of Liberty, but I got to go with my gut and give it to the Terminator!

I know this is all Kabuki Theater but it is still fun to dream and hope and it is nice to hear that someone in the Senate cares a little bit for the Constitution and that guy is Rep. Robert Wexler, (D)FL. He makes a passionate speech about the reasons for impeachment that will probably go nowhere, but it does give ya a little hope. From Crooks Again:

Congressional Hearing On Bush Abuse Of Power: Rep Wexler Brings The Heat

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today on the numerous abuses of power and impeachable offenses of George W. Bush and right out of the gate, Florida Rep. Robert Wexler lays out the clear case for the need to begin impeachment hearings.

I fully recognize the significance of holding impeachment hearings and I have not come to this position lightly. Not one bit. But when an administration takes actions that amount to High Crimes, we, the Representatives of the people, are left with no option other than to seek impeachment and removal from office. Our government was founded by a delicate balance of powers, whereby one branch carefully checks the other branches to prevent a dangerous consolidation of power. The actions of this White House have eviscerated this careful balance. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is an American issue. Without these checks and balances the President can run roughshod over any law with impunity. Congress must end this disturbing pattern of behavior, and in these circumstances, unfortunately, the only option left is impeachment hearings.

You got to give Wexler credit, he’s been very vocal for pushing for accountability and taking the hits from the wingnuts for it. MORE!

I am going to end this little ditty with this hit from Thinkprogress. Someone thinks that Reagan should be on the 10 dollar bill...

Norquist: Time is right to put ‘Reagan on the $10 bill.’

reagandollar.jpgIn 1997, conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist initiated the Reagan Legacy Project, which sought to “name something — a stadium, a stretch of turnpike, anything — after Reagan in every state in the union.” Another proposal favored by the group is to have “Reagan’s image replace that of Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary, on the $10 bill.” Speaking to the Washington Examiner yesterday, Norquist suggested that the time is right to push that project again. “It sounds like a good time to re-start the conversation about getting Reagan on the $10 bill,” said Norquist. “I don’t know why the Bush administration has dropped the ball on this.”

As usual tell me what I missed got wrong or anything you need clarity on!

Have a Great Weekend In Spite of Them!

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