Sunday, February 26, 2006
Cindy Sheehan: Chavez Great, Bush A Terrorist
Sweetness and Light, 29 Jan 2006
Social forum wraps up in Caracas with Sheehan calling Bush a ‘terrorist’
(AFP) - The six-day World Social Forum wrapped up in Caracas with US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan calling President George W. Bush a "terrorist" during an event hosted by Venezuela’s leftist leader....
"The United States is not the American dream people imagine," she said, as a nearby speaker drew loud cheers by proclaiming: "we need a Hugo Chavez in the United States."
Friday, February 24, 2006
O'Reilly, Campaign Finance Expert Analyzes Soros/Lewis Story
Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney, 23 February 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Could this be Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo's lucky day?
As crucial midterm congressional elections approach, can America's "progressive" leaders really afford to let an ailing liberal talk radio network die?
Apparently, the answer to the first question is yes, to the second, no, the Radio Equalizer has learned.
Through an emergency bailout plan, a coalition of wealthy liberal political activists are poised to at least temporarily save Air America Radio. On the way: as much as $8 million in sorely-needed cash to fund ongoing operations.
With particular support from San Francisco and Silicon Valley multimillionaires, the group has an unusual number of contributors from outside the Beltway.
Profit? That's a theoretical concept...
Given Air America's infamous ability to burn through cash, however, would $8 million allow the network to reach November? While that alone is only enough to fund operations for three to four months, combined with other revenue sources, it may be enough.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Former Sen. Alan Simpson blasted the media's obsessive reporting on Dick Cheney's hunting accident on Sunday, saying reporters typically focus on nothing but "controversy, crap and confusion."
"How are we to trust [the press], after a whole week of absolute dribble, and babble, and people, you know, interviewing themselves," he told "Fox News Sunday."
Noting that Washington is filled with "good people doing good things," Simspon fumed: "You'll never find it if you just follow the Washington media. You'll never know the good. All you get is controversy, crap and confusion."
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Mark Caro, Pop Machine, Chicago Tribune, February 17, 2006
Sometimes there's controversy over what someone says, and sometimes there's controversy over whether what someone says SHOULD be controversial.
Case in point: Bryant Gumbel's recent race-based trashing of the Winter Olympics and the relatively little notice it has received. Only a few mainstream publications reported what he said - the Chicago Tribune was not among them - yet debate has been raging on HBO's bulletin boards since Gumbel's comments more than a week ago on his show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."
And finally tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those that don't
like 'em and won't watch 'em. In fact, I figure when Thomas Paine said, "These
are the times that try men's souls," he must have been talking about the start
of another Winter Olympics.
Because they are so trying, maybe over the next
three weeks we should all try too. Like try not to be incredulous when someone
tries to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of
skating or skiing.
So try not to laugh when
someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of
blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.
Try not to
point out that something's not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in
what's called a "kiss and cry area" while some panel of subjective judges
decides who won.
And try to blot out all
logic when announcers and sports writers pretend to care about the luge, the
skeleton, the biathlon, and all those other events they don't understand and
totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years.
Face it, these Olympics
are little more than a marketing plan to fill space and sell time during the
dreary days of February. So, if only to hasten the arrival of the day they're
done, and we can move on to March Madness, for God's sake, let the Games
I just saw the rerun of this telecast on Thursday night, and Gumbel's screed, delivered like a machine gun of scorn, followed a feel-good feature about the black players and white coach who made up the groundbreaking 1960s championship college basketball team depicted in the movie "Glory Road."
The overall impression was something akin to painting a watercolor rainbow and then spraying it with acid. No wonder Gumbel's only on cable these days.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
NewsBusters, Posted by Brent Baker on February 14, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Senator Clinton's Martin Luther King Day speech was perhaps the first gaffe in the 2008 presidential race. While it would be silly to characterize this mistake as a huge issue that is going to derail her candidacy, it does provide an opportunity to take a look at Hillary's candidacy and her chances for the Democratic nomination and the Presidency.
For those unaware of Hillary's "plantation" remark, this is what she said at Al Sharpton's event to a predominantly black audience in Harlem:
"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about….."
Monday, February 13, 2006
First Lady Laura Bush fired back at Sen. Hillary Clinton on Saturday, calling the former first lady's recent attacks on her husband "out of bounds."
Asked about Hillary's charge that the Bush administration was one of the "the worst" presidencies in U.S. history, Mrs. Bush told ABC News: "Of course I think it's out of bounds."
Sunday, February 12, 2006
SacBee.com, By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer, February 9, 2006
NEW YORK (AP) - The Republican national chairman created a furor this week when he suggested Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is too "angry" to win the White House in 2008. And to hear Republicans tell it, Clinton is just one of many Democrats with an anger management problem.Former Vice President Al Gore is angry. So is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The party is held hostage by the "angry left."
In recent months, GOP operatives and officeholders have cast the Democrats as the anger party, long on emotion and short on ideas. Analysts say the strategy has been effective, trivializing Democrats' differences with the GOP as temperamental rather than substantive.
"Angry people are not nice people. They are people to stay away from. They explode now and then," said George Lakoff, a linguistics professor at the University of California at Berkeley. His book "Don't Think of an Elephant" has become something of a Bible for Democrats trying to improve their communication with voters.
Political history is dotted with failed presidential candidates perceived by the voters as too angry - think of Howard Dean's famous scream in 2004, or Bob Dole admonishing George H.W. Bush in 1988 to "stop lying about my record." Both parties' most revered figures in recent years, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, projected optimism and hope.
Cuba ties put 'cartoonish' violence near U.S. shores
Chron.com, By KATHLEEN PARKER
The Soviet Union's nuclear option vis-a-vis Nikita Khrushchev and a younger Fidel Castro seem suddenly quaint compared with the havoc that could result should Cuba and Iran consummate their mutual hatred of the United States.
Iran and Cuba's romance isn't new. Their courtship dates back to the late '70s, when the Ayatollah Khomeini rose to power.
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Al Gore, Growing Up in Two Worlds
David Maraniss and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
WashintonPost.com, Sunday, October 10, 1999; Page A1
"During his early years as a senator's son in Washington, Al Gore was often the smallest one in the crowd, a pint-size boy with dark hair and freckles who lived with his prominent parents in Suite 809 atop the Fairfax Hotel along Embassy Row. If this experience made him different from you and me, to borrow F. Scott Fitzgerald's phrase, it was not from being rich, but rather from being apart. He grew up in a singularly odd world of old people and bellhops, separated from the child-filled neighborhoods of his classmates at St. Albans and further still from his summertime pals at the family farm in Tennessee."
Ben Shapiro, Human Events Online
...Congress ought to revivify sedition prosecutions. U.S. Code 18 Sec. 2388 currently governs sedition. It reads, in relevant part, "Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies .... Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both." The only question for Al Gore is whether he has the requisite intent under this statute. It would be tough to argue that he does not, in current context. Justice Holmes' statement in Schenck v. U.S. (249 U.S. 47, 1919) should govern here: "When a nation is at war many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its effort that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight and that no Court could regard them as protected by any constitutional right."
Mainstream, like Easter Island Moai.
On average, they stand 13 feet high and weigh 14 tons, human heads-on-torsos carved from rough hardened volcanic ash. The islanders call them "moai," and they have puzzled ethnographers, archaeologists, and visitors to the island since the first European explorers arrived here in 1722. In their isolation, why did the early Easter Islanders undertake this colossal statue-building effort? Unfortunately, there is no written record (and the oral history is scant) to help tell the story of this remote land, its people, and the significance of the nearly 900 giant moai that punctuate Easter Island's barren landscape. Source
BUSH GIVES NEW DETAILS OF '02 QAIDA PLOT TO ATTACK LOS ANGELES...
Drudge Report, February 9, 2006
Bush has referred to the 2002 plot before. In an address last October, he said the United States and its allies had foiled at least 10 serious plots by the al-Qaida terror network in the last four years, including plans for Sept. 11-like attacks on both U.S. coasts. The White House initially would not give details of the plots but later released a fact sheet with a brief, and vague, description of each.
The president filled in details on Thursday.