A day late and a dollar short, as my boss would say, but still hilarious.
A day late and a dollar short, as my boss would say, but still hilarious.
The answer to all these questions is: It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t really matter whether Bill O’Reilly or Keith Olbermann is the bigger blowhard, or whether Shepard Smith is less biased than Wolf Blitzer. The fact is, if you’re getting your news from cable, you’re getting misinformed. You’re being told things are important that aren’t. You’re getting a diet of stories selected primarily for their strong visuals and sensationalistic details, not for their news value. You’re watching a lot of split-screen shots of people talking over each other so loudly that none can be understood.
In short: If you watch a great deal of cable news, you are making yourself stupider. Put down the remote control. Pick up a newspaper. You may not have that luxury much longer. Read more.
An article and president after me own heart.
…or so says our buddy Tom. Read on:
District bars could be allowed to stay open around the clock as what may be millions descend on the city to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration.
A measure put forth today by D.C. Councilman Jim Graham – who represents the party-friendly Adams Morgan neighborhood – would allow bars and restaurants licensed to serve alcohol to keep pouring until 5 a.m., and to keep doors open 24-hours per day between Jan. 17 and Jan. 21.
Charles Allen, chief of staff for Councilman Tommy Wells, said the Council received information about the proposal Monday and will vote on it today. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington had already notified Council members of its support for the measure.
The move would be similar to, but further-reaching than legislation passed in St. Paul, Minn., when the city hosted the Republican National Convention in early September.
Like D.C., most St. Paul liquor sales end at 2 a.m. But during the convention, eight bars and restaurants were allowed to remain open until 4 a.m. with a special $50 registration.
“Overall, it was very successful,” said Kris Schweinler, the city’s senior license inspector, adding that the only problems came from a handful of non-registered bars that sold overtime anyway.
I usually kinda hate Andy Rooney… but I’m sayin’…
Obama admits that his ‘white half’ is having trouble with the idea of voting for a black man for President? Hilarious.
[Do you know this man? Because he, my ninjas, is a bigot]
So no, we’re probably not talking about this fool in the image above – but apparently some people who many would deem ‘racist’ are on the fence – and even leaning towards Obama.
New polling and a trickle of stories from the battleground states suggest that Sen. Barack Obama’s coalition includes one unlikely group: white voters with negative views of African Americans.
Race has become the elephant in the room of the 2008 presidential campaign, with Obamaâ€™s prospect of becoming the first black president drawing some Americans closer to him while pushing others away. At times, the contest has slipped into a familiar dynamic of allegations of racism and outraged denial – but it’s also challenged some easy assumptions about race, racism and prejudice.
â€œWhat you see is itâ€™s perfectly possible to hold a negative view of at least one aspect of African Americans and yet simultaneously prefer Obama,â€ said Charles Franklin, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Racial feelings are not as cut and dried – not as black and white – as people often say.”
Anecdotes from across the battlegrounds suggest that thereâ€™s a significant minority of prejudiced white voters who will swallow hard and vote for the black man.
“I wouldnâ€™t want a mixed marriage for my daughter, but Iâ€™m voting for Obama,” the wife of a retired Virginia coal miner, Sharon Fleming, told the Los Angeles Times recently.
One Obama volunteer told Politico after canvassing the working-class white Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown recently, “I was blown away by the outright racism, but these folks are â€¦ undecided. They would call him a [racial epithet] and mention how they don’t know what to do because of the economy.”
The notion that there might be “racists for Obama,” as one Democrat called them, comes against the backdrop of a country whose white voters largely accept the notion of a black president.
So, what I’m taking away from this is that our country is so fucked-up right now that people who are openly racist are at least considering voting for a black man.
That’s absolutely feckin’ insane.
I would just like to point out and say thank you to all those brave people holding Obama signs in that crowd.Â I’m happy at least half the country has a (momentary) grasp on reality.
So, John McCain, previously identified as Skeletor (vs. Obama’s ruddy zombie Rob Kennedy), has once again tried to pull a fast one and delay the presidential debate and suspend the campaign. His reason? Supposedly, this is too much of a hectic time to have a debate… but I saw a talking head on CNN who made a great point: we had a presidential election in 1864 when Sherman was marching on Atlanta. What kind of nonsense is McCain trying to pull?
This is all because of Palin, I bet, not being ready, and being on the verge of getting laughed out of the room when she goes up against Biden. This has already been such a strange campaign, nut now this? Dude may be going senile early.
Since when is McCain, anyway, qualified in any way to help solve the financial crisis? Saying that he has to rush back to Washington is actually worse than a “My Ninja, Please” – it’s a big LIE. This is also coming from a guy who once said “the issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should. I’ve got Greenspan’s book” amongst other memorable quotes.
This is also coming from a guy who has missed 412 votes in this current congress. Yes, since the last congressional election. That’s more than 100 votes more than Obama and TWICE what anybody else who ran for president (including Hillary) missed.
I guess, what can you expect from the most ignorant campaign in history: tax cuts for the rich, drill, baby drill… etc. My ninjas… please?
I have to admit – I don’t think I ever saw an episode of the ‘West Wing’ [there's this thing called the news...and a President called Bush...that's about all the white house entertainment I needed]. That said, this op-ed from Maureen Dowd’s column in the NY Times was killin me – here’s an excerpt:
[FYI: Bartlet was, apparently, the president in the show 'West Wing', played by Martin Sheen. The following quote is a meeting between Obama and the fictional president, as conjured by the show's creator]
BARTLET Youâ€™d do very well on NBC. Thursday nights in the old â€œERâ€ time slot with â€œ30 Rockâ€ as your lead-in, youâ€™d get seven, seven-five in the demo with a 20, 22 share â€” youâ€™d be selling $450,000 minutes.
OBAMA What the hell does that mean?
BARTLET TV talk. I thought youâ€™d be interested.
OBAMA Iâ€™m not. They pivoted off the argument that I was inexperienced to the criticism that Iâ€™m â€” wait for it â€” the Messiah, who, by the way, was a community organizer. When I speak I try to lead with inspiration and aptitude. How is that a liability?
BARTLET Because the idea of American exceptionalism doesnâ€™t extend to Americans being exceptional. If you excelled academically and are able to casually use 690 SAT words then you might as well have the press shoot video of you giving the finger to the Statue of Liberty while the Dixie Chicks sing the University of the Taliban fight song. The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.
OBAMA Youâ€™re saying race doesnâ€™t have anything to do with it?
BARTLET I wouldnâ€™t go that far. Brains made me look arrogant but they make you look uppity. Plus, if you had a black daughter â€”
BARTLET Hang on. Home run. Right here. Is there any chance you could get Michelle pregnant before the fall sweeps?
OBAMA The problem is we canâ€™t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry?
BARTLET Well … let me think. …We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my familyâ€™s less safe than it was eight years ago, weâ€™ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know … Iâ€™m a little angry.
OBAMA What would you do?
BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because thatâ€™s what they are. Sarah Palin didnâ€™t say â€œthanks but no thanksâ€ to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said â€œThanks.â€ You were raised by a single mother on food stamps â€” where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. Iâ€™d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While youâ€™re at it, I want the word â€œpatriotâ€ back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesnâ€™t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he canâ€™t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie â€” the truth isnâ€™t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; theyâ€™ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. Itâ€™s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? Itâ€™s not bad enough sheâ€™s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? Itâ€™s not enough that a woman shouldnâ€™t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapistâ€™s baby too? I donâ€™t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure sheâ€™s got the qualifications of one. And youâ€™re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!
Dear Sen. Biden:
You have a problem. In less than a month, you will face off against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a vice-presidential debate in St. Louis, and were you anyone but Joe Biden, it would likely be a rout. Last week, Palin proved herself a charming, confident, and gifted reader of speeches. But that doesn’t change the fact that two years ago she was the mayor of a town of 6,000, crusading against dirty books at the local library. You are a six-term senator and chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee. World leaders routinely friend you, unbidden, on Facebook (“Wait â€¦ Is this the Angela Merkel?”). World leaders had never heard of Gov. Palin until last Friday.
That’s your problem, Joe. Everyone expects you to win the debate, and to trounce her on the substance. But the rules for debating Gov. Palin are different. If you lecture her, you’ll be seen as a sexist bully. If you act too smart, you’ll be seen as a sexist bully. If you condescend to her, you’ll be seen as a sexist bully. So this longtime parliamentary debater (and longer-time female) is going to humbly offer you a few tips on how to debate a girl.
Jesus was a community organizer – Pontius Pilate was a governor! – an alternative (to ours) viewpoint
The following excerpt was written by Jim Wallis
Wednesday morning, I got an e-mail from a former member of our Sojourners Community. His name is Perry Perkins and he is now a community organizer in Louisiana with affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). â€œPerk,â€ as we used to call him, reported on the enormous consequences of 2 million people being evacuated because of Hurricane Gustav, much of the state now being without power, how hard cities like Baton Rouge were hit, the tens of thousands of people in shelters and churches, and the continuing problems caused by heavy rains and flooding. Then he talked about how their community organizers were responding to it all of this; responding to hundreds of service calls, assisting local officials in evacuation plans, aiding evacuees without transportation, coordinating shelters and opening new ones, providing food, essential services, and financial aid to those in most need. Since Katrina, Perryâ€™s Louisiana Interfaith organizations have played a lead role in securing millions of dollars to help thousands of families return to New Orleans and rebuild their homes and their lives.
Then Wednesday night, I heard Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, say that her experience as â€œa small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.â€ The convention crowd in St. Paul thought that was very funny. But it wasnâ€™t. It was actually quite insulting to the army of community organizers who work in the most challenging places across the country and have such a tremendous impact on the every day lives of millions of people. I guess Sarah Palin and her fellow Republican delegates donâ€™t know much about that. The â€œactual responsibilitiesâ€ of community organizers literally provide the practical support, collective strength, and hope for a better future that low-income families need to survive,
Community organizers are now most focused in the faith community, working with tens of thousands of pastors and laypeople in thousands of congregations around the country. Faith-based organizing is the critical factor in many low-income communities in the countryâ€™s poorest urban and rural areas, and church leaders are often the biggest supporters of community organizers. And many of them felt deeply offended by Sarah Palin. Here are a few of their responses:
This situation is a great example of the right proclaiming a position that is blatantly ignorant and then trying to explain it away through saying so-called “liberals” are outraged for no reason. It’s obvious to me that the talking point for the night’s speeches, “community organizer,” was similar in its application to “flip flopper” as describing John Kerry. The only problem is that in this case it doesn’t work because it’s blatantly stupid. There are community organizers on both sides, including those ones that boycott soldiers’ funerals (cough evanrepubligelicals) and abortion clinics – to name a few in a narrow scope – and now they’re all offended.
If the Republicans really want to win this election they have a long way to go now in convincing people that they aren’t the party of the rich and that they have some limited grasp on reality. My friend from The Murder, Roach, told me that increasingly the Democrats are becoming (or have become) the party of the rich. I told him that 80 million some odd evangelicals in the Republican party was sincerely helping the cause (there are roughly as many voting evangelicals in the country as there are black people, man woman and child). Anyway, send her back to the ice. Alaska?? That doesn’t even TOUCH the rest of the US. That’s basically Canada.
…Mix President Bush to John McCain together, you got yourself some good syrup. Barack hits McCain on fuel and the economy in the four swing states – Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania: