Sep 15 2008 video clip re-used Mar 16 2009 by Fox to
fake and reverse a statement from V.P. Biden
Mar 16 2009: Video clip reused to make it falsely appear
that Vice President Joe Biden currently believes:
"The fundamentals of the economy are strong."
Sep 15 2008: Candidate Sen. Joe Biden mocks
candidate Sen. John McCain for saying:
"The fundamentals of the economy are strong."
Ron Silver Isn't A Racist, You Are Chris Kelly, Huffington Post
Good Riddance! Ron Silver, another Neo-Christian Nationalist actor and supporter of George W. ("The Wuss" - his daddy used up "The Wimp") is dead and gone! Yippee! One less greedy bastard supporting "The Wuss Doctrine" of "Pre-Emptive Attack Against Helpless Nations To Support Illegal GOPher Money-Laundering"! No, he does not get a pass because he was gay-friendly.
GOPher Alan Keyes Is Mentally Challenged
What a Great Country!
Even Severely Mentally Challenged People Can Run For President!
Stewart kept popping into my head as I watched John King interview Dick Cheney on Sunday. Each time King let Cheney get away with spouting gross inaccuracies and revisionist history, I kept thinking how different things would have been had Stewart been asking the questions. Stewart without the comedy and without the outrage -- just armed with the facts and the willingness to ask tough questions.
King opened the interview by showing clips of President Obama saying that his administration had "inherited an economic crisis" and "inherited a big mess." He then asked Cheney: "Did you leave him a mess?"
"I don't think you can blame the Bush administration for the creation of those circumstances," responded Cheney. "It's a global financial problem... So I think the notion that you can just sort of throw it off on the prior administration, that's interesting rhetoric but I don't think anybody really cares a lot about that."
"You are pretending that you are a dew-eyed innocent," Stewart might have said, as he did to Cramer. But even without Stewartesque flourishes, shouldn't King have challenged Cheney's ludicrous claim with some facts about how the fervor for financial deregulation championed by the Bush administration fueled the economic meltdown? Instead, King let Cheney off the hook: "We may get back to how we got here. But let's talk about where we are."
But what's the point of having one of the architects of how we got here on your show if you're not willing to ask them questions about it?
Is there any sentient human being -- other than Bush apologists -- disputing that the Bush administration left Obama a mess? And that for 8 years, the Bush administration promoted the financial deregulation that led to the meltdown? Indeed, as recently as last spring, Hank Paulson was calling for less supervision of Wall Street.
What if King had asked Cheney to respond to the way the SEC was dismantled under his watch, citing quotes about SEC chair Chris Cox from former SEC officials. Here are three King could have picked from: "[Cox] in many ways worked to dismantle the SEC"; "It was like someone poured molasses on the enforcement division"; "Cox worshiped at the same altar of deregulation as the rest of the Bush administration worshiped at."
But we got none of that from King. Instead, Cheney was allowed to deliver the fully discredited GOP talking points that try to pin the blame for the economic crisis on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "As best I can tell," Cheney told King, "from looking at the evidence, the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was one of the key ingredients that caused the subsequent financial problem and economic recession... and I think the collapse of those two institutions, as much as anything, contributed to the financial difficulties we've been living with since."
I could just hear Stewart saying: "But Fannie and Freddie were specifically prohibited from the kind of subprime lending that was at the heart of the meltdown. In fact, Fannie and Freddie could only buy mortgages issued to borrowers who made substantial down payments and carefully documented their incomes, which is the exact opposite of a subprime loan. So, could you tell us exactly what 'evidence' you have been 'looking at' that would lead you to say they 'caused' the financial crisis?"
Instead, King again let Cheney off the hook, saying he wanted "to move on to other issues." And even when King did bring out data to refute Cheney's spin, he repeatedly undercut the impact by distancing himself from the hard, cold facts that he was quoting. Check out this master's class in how an "objective" journalist can act as if there is no objective reality (mealy-mouthed qualifiers in bold):
KING: There are people I assume watching this interview right now, and people in this town who would say, why should we listen to you? And they would say that because of the context of the Bush administration numbers.
They would say, you know, what did you do when you were in charge? And they have some numbers to back up their case. And I want to show some to our viewers. When you came to office, the unemployment rate in the country was 4.2 percent, when you left it was 7.6 percent. The number of Americans in poverty when you arrived: just under 33 million, over 37 million when you left. The number without health insurance: a little over 41 million when you came, over 45 million approaching 46 million when you left. And you came with a budget surplus of $128 billion and in the final year, the budget deficit was a record $1.3 trillion.
So what would you say to someone out there watching this who is saying, why should they listen to you?
"There are people..." "They would say..." "And they have some numbers to back up their case."
These are not some numbers that belong to some people being trotted to make their case. These numbers are actual data -- empirical evidence. It would be as if King were interviewing a flat-earther and asked him: "There are people on this planet, watching this interview right now, who would say that the earth is round. And they have some pictures taken from outer space to back up their case. So what would you say to someone out there who is saying that?"
King's desperate attempt to distance himself from the question would be laughable if it weren't so repellent. It's not him asking Cheney why we should listen to him. It's not him putting forward objective data. It's some strawman viewers, so please don't hold it against him. And please, please come back. And tell your friends.
This is the problem with King and too many in the Pontius Pilate traditional media: They are so caught up in the obsolete notion that the truth always lies in the middle, they have to pretend that there are two sides to every issue -- and even two sides to straightforward data.
Someone needs to kidnap King and take him to a deprogramming center -- preferably one run by Jon Stewart and his team.
That way, the next time a denier of truth or an apologist for the broken status quo -- whether Republican or Democrat -- sits across from him, King can skip the qualifiers and do what journalists are supposed to do: hold public figures' feet to the fire. If it will help, he can even crib a line or two from Stewart's Cramer interview:
KING: Mr. Cheney, these Wall Street guys were on a Sherman's March through their companies financed by our 401ks and all the incentives of their companies were for short-term profit. And they burned the fucking house down with our money and walked away rich as hell and you guys knew that that was going on.
Okay, King could have dropped the "fucking" -- but how much would you have paid to watch Cheney's response to that one?
Until the Jon Stewart Journalism Deprogramming Center opens for business, all TV interviewers should ask themselves a simple question right before the camera goes on: What would Jon Stewart do?
Minnesota's State Senator Paul Koering Is Incompetent And Stupid
His Admin. Asst. Ken Swecker Is A Pretentious, Pompous Cunt
Paul E. Koering, a gay-in-name-only GOPher state senator from Minnesota's 12th District, is so stupid he can only do one thing at a time, according to his own words and those of his top aide. He also does not know the difference between majority rule and our democratic republic.
Here is the senator's response, written by his aide (as distributed, with typos), to criticism from around the nation because he refuses to vote for same-gender marriage and, mostly, because he says it is a worthless goal, worth not one second of his time, to seek equal justice under law if you are Queer.
We encourage everyone who ever reads this to make sure this nasty high school graduate's political career has ended. (Not that there's anything wrong with a high school diploma level education, I've never completed a college degree either, but when combined with a lack of common sense and demonstrated negligent stupidity, it is another area where Koering's fitness for office might come into question).
If you see him on the street, be sure to tell him how stupid he is! Since our lives and opinions aren't worth a second of his time, laughing at him while pointing at him in public is encouraged, especially when he appears to be with people whose opinion he does care about. And, it's a non-violent and exciting form of self-expression!
My name is Ken Swecker, Senator Koering’s Legislative Assistant. Senator Koering and I both would like to respond to the e-mails we’ve been receiving regarding his intention to not vote in favor of Senate File 120. I am currently responding to the e-mails to give you the Senator’s home phone number so that you might call him over the weekend and speak with him personally on the matter. This much he asked me to do.
To add to that, as a personal statement, is to say that SF 120 is something that the majority of the People of Senate District 12, the People that he was elected to represent, do not favor this piece of legislation. In case you have forgotten, we are a government of the People, by the People, and for the People. He was not elected serve his personal interests. I personally believe that instead of sending e-mails full of threats and hateful words you should take his example to heart and congratulate him on being a legislator who cares more about what the People of his district want than what he may want personally. You and I both know that this is a rare quality to find, and just because this is contrary to how you wish for him to vote, you must remember and respect he is here to represent the interests of his rural Minnesota constituents who voted him into office. As a constituent of his myself, I am happy to see him take non-personal votes on several issues. After all, I would not want another politician taking another vote that would serve his or her personal interests more so than the People’s, would you?
I can testify all day long about how much Senator Koering cares for the People of Senate District 12. He ran three consecutive times, being defeated the first two, and why did he put himself through so much hard work? Do you think it was because he needed another job? Absolutely not! He did it because he believed he was the best person to serve the People that he calls neighbors, friends, and family. And especially now, in a time like this, we are being bogged down with this completely pointless issue. There are People in Morrison and Crow Wing Counties, and across the State who are losing their jobs, their homes, their insurance, and were you to ask them if this is an issue that should take one second of precedent over these conditions they’re facing every day, do you believe, do you honestly believe that they would say to you, ‘Yes, please, waste the time of the State Legislature with a piece of legislation that will not help, but in fact, overshadow the current situation we’re living in? Please, waste their time with this piece of legislation while I tell my son and daughter that mom and dad aren’t hungry tonight?’
I know very well that you will respond to this e-mail of mine with some probably quirky, snide, and very thoughtless comment that will make me out to be a bad person and threaten the Senator even more just as most of the absolutely tactless and disrespectful e-mails we’ve received have been written, but really, don’t waste your time. We’ll just put your e-mail where it belongs, in the trash.
The Senator’s home number is 218-829-0544
He’s free on the weekends.
Very Sincerely, every word of it,
I hope you do not believe that this e-mail was written specific to the one that you sent, this is a blanket e-mail, being sent to everyone who has e-mailed us on this issue and I’ve already wasted too much time in responding to you. Good day.
Senator Paul Koering
131 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
Biographical Details (from Koering's official web page)
Home: Fort Ripley Home Address: 4625 County Rd 121 56449
Home Phone: 218-829-0544 Business: Max's Package Liquor 218-829-7219
214 S 9th St, Brainerd, MN 56401
Cross Streets: Between Front St and Laurel St near the big water tower
Another Business Phone: 218-829-0587
Occupation: Small business owner
There are at least 3 points of approach here: 1) advertise a boycott of Max's Package Liquor in Brainerd while at the same time encouraging the GOPher het supremacists who support GOPher gays to shop there and put their faces to their support for a gay-owned, GOPher-owned business, 2) trace and track his self-helping votes on funeral-related legislation, because he also owns a funeral vehicle service and works for the coroner, 3) he sells hay.
Education: High School
Boycott Max's Package Liquor Store in Brainerd, Minnesota
(by the big white water tower)
When we know better, we do not give money to declared enemies of our equality.
Comedy: Mark Thomas Live: "We're Doomed."
Bob Vander Plaats Believes Opposition To Equal Marriage Protection For Gays As Mandated By Iowa Supreme Court Will Get Him Elected Governor!
by Emily Carlson, Reporter for WHO-TV
Apr 19 2009
Bob Vander Plaats at an anti-gay marriage last week (WHO-TV)
A GOPher who wants to be Iowa's next governor continues to try and build a following on the same-gender marriage issue. Bob Vander Plaats has even taken out an ad on a national GOPher website to draw attention to the issue and his campaign.
Vander Plaats believes enough people oppose the Supreme Court ruling that it will get him elected next year. Vander Plaats says if elected he would sign an executive order putting a stay on the Supreme Court's decision until Iowans can vote on the issue. Now he is advertising on the national stage to bring attention to what he says is Democrats' duty to let Iowans have a say.
Vander Plaats recently placed an ad on the GOPher headlines site, the Drudge Report, to show the nation that most Iowans are against gay marriage. Last year, a Des Moines Register poll showed 62% of Iowans believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman. Vander Plaats believes the issue alone could win him the election in 2010.
"The definition of marriage is also going to be an issue in the campaign, and in particular where the incumbent governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature is saying, 'We don't even want to hear from the people on this issue. The courts have said it so therefore we're going to back away and wash our hands of it.' I think that's going to be a major in the 2010 campaign," Vander Plaats said.
Iowa Democratic Party chairman Michael Kiernan says the Supreme Court already ruled on same-sex marriage and legislators have more important issues to deal with. The governor says that the executive order Vander Plaats promised isn't legal. Kiernan says that promise is just rhetoric and GOPhers will do anything to get elected.
Gov. Culver hasn't officially announced he will run for a second term next year, but has told Channel 13 he will be on the ballot.
AM radio GOPher Bill Cunningham actually defends the "Creation Museum", which seeks to "affirm the truth of the biblical record of the real origin and history of the world and mankind" and contains a display featuring "a triceratops with a saddle on its back," against the Cincinnati Zoo. Click here to read more...
Kid Does Funny Impression of The Wuss
Stupid GOPhers Incorrectly Attack Calif.'s ‘Unelected Judges’
[source links available at original article]
Responding to the California Supreme Court’s decision yesterday overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage, congressional GOPhers attacked the decision by calling it the result of “unelected judges” turning over the will of the people.
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the House Minority Whip, charged in a statement that “unelected judges” are trying to “substitute their own worldview for the wisdom of the American people”:
“Today, the decision of unelected judges to overturn the will of the people of California on the question of same-sex marriage demonstrates the lengths that unelected judges will go to substitute their own worldview for the wisdom of the American people.”
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), piled on, saying that “unelected judges” had “irresponsibly decided to legislate from the bench.”
But, in making their rush to judgment about the California decision, both Blunt and Feeney have the basic facts wrong about how California’s judicial system works. SmartVoter.org, a resource of the League of Women’s Voters, makes clear that California’s Supreme Court justices are “confirmed by the public at the next general election” after being appointed and “justices also come before voters at the end of their 12-year terms.”
In fact, each of the seven justices involved in yesterday’s decision were approved by California voters by overwhelming margins:
- Justice Joyce L. Kennard confirmed in 2006 with 74.5% of the vote.
- Justice Carol A. Corrigan confirmed in 2006 with 74.4% of the vote.
- Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar confirmed in 2002 with 74.1% of the vote.
- Justice Carlos R. Moreno confirmed in 2002 with 72.6% of the vote.
- Justice Marvin R. Baxter confirmed in 2002 with 71.5% of the vote.
- Justice Ronald M. George confirmed in 1998 with 75.5% of the vote.
- Justice Ming William Chin confirmed in 1998 with 69.3% of the vote.
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder notes that Feeney’s statement on the decision also engages in “coded gay baiting” when he informs “Florida’s hardworking families” that he “will continue to fight to prevent San Francisco taxes and values from infiltrating our community.”
Below: “Torture Talk” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter Finally Goes After CIA
Over Torture, Guantanamo, and Destroyed Video Evidence Or Does He?
Big Illegals Hunter Buzzed By F-16
Doesn't Appreciate Border Security When It's Directed At Him
Feb 11 2008
El Paso pilot Glenn Spencer, part of a civilian volunteer group of high tech illegal border crosser hunters called American Border Patrol, was buzzed while he flew his Cessna 206 over Douglas, Arizona near the Mexican border, by an F-16 fighter jet.
"I thought it was some kind of military maneuver," said Spencer. Get a clue, Spencer. It was a military maneuver, performed perfectly. "[The jet] was less than a hundred feet away, made a sharp bank and then hit its afterburners. I thought I was in a mid-air collision."
Air Force officials confirmed the incident, saying two fighter jets responded to "unknown or threatening airborne objects." Captain Gabe Johnson said several Air National Guard units have been tasked with monitoring the border since Sep 11 2001.
America's air defenses have always performed this kind of close-up check and control of aircraft many times each day in the skies over the U.S., but for some reason couldn't manage to do it even one time on Sep 11 2001. [full story]
In an online photos slideshow, The New York Times featured Mad Magazine's use of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists to mock The Wuss over the knee-jerk GOPher rejection of all national responsibility for all of the possible scientifically projected effects of this nation's interactions with the planet's resources Feb 03 2008 New York Times Slide Show of Cartoons
At least two military-age males -- pro-death GOPher MORONS and their doomed offspring (one little boy is already wearing a Marines T-shirt) -- celebrate the Authorization to Use Force ("war") in Iraq on a nice, safe day in the U.S.A.
(unaltered photo, June, 2005)
Don’t Enlist, Don’t Re-Enlist
Get Out ASAP!
In the video above, Max Blumenthal takes us on a hilarious and shocking tour of the College Republican National Convention, where the GOPhers of the next generation cheer on the war in Iraq, then make sorry excuses for why they can't serve. Also featuring Tom DeLay, brainwashed evangelical youth, and moving interpretive dance by tour guide Blumenthal.
Below, lots of college chickenhawks, few warriors.
Highly Recommended FREEWARE Program: Irfanview Graphics Viewer/Editor Get It!
Don't Say "Gay" A proposed state law would ban any discussion of homosexuality in elementary and middle schools.
By Bianca Phillips
Jan 31 2008
[excerpts, emphasis added]
Representative Stacey Campfield of Knoxville filed a bill last week that would prevent public elementary and middle schools in Tennessee from allowing "any instruction or materials discussing sexual orientation other than heterosexuality."
Campfield says the bill was a response to a National Education Association resolution that suggests schools provide information on the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identification in sex-education classes.
"I think the schools should stick to the basics: reading, writing, and arithmetic. And maybe some civics," says Campfield. "But teaching transgenderism to middle school students ... I don't think that's the road we should go down. I think that's what parents should be doing."
Currently, individual school boards decide whether or not sexual orientation and gender identity will be discussed within the sex-education curriculum. Memphis City School officials are currently considering a new curriculum that would address sexual orientation and gender identity.
Campfield's bill allows discussion of heterosexuality because he wants students to learn biology and the science of reproduction.
"If I were to say 'Jack and Jill went up the hill' or 'George Washington and Martha Washington were husband and wife,' there are groups out there that would say we were pushing a heterosexual agenda. To keep those lawsuits from coming, I thought we should still be able to talk about that side of it," Campfield says.
Over the years, Campfield has proposed other controversial legislation, such as replacing the state's food tax with a tax on pornography and requiring the state to issue death certificates for aborted fetuses. In 2005, Campfield compared the state's Black Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan when they refused to let him join because he is white.
Mark Russell "The Republicans have a new healthcare proposal:
Just say NO to illness!"
FormerRepublican Republicans hate Gay Pride parades for two reasons:
1. They ARE gay.
2. They AREN'T proud!
First Lady Laura's Bloody Fight With Boozing Bush
George W. ("The Wuss" since his daddy already used up "The Wimp") Bush and wife Laura are headed for divorce - again - after she left claw marks on his face during a furious fight over his boozing, White House sources reveal. The Wuss was left with a bloody three-inch gash along with a smaller cut. This world exclusive reveals the shocking details of their explosive showdown - and what their future holds.
U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA)
as a Presidential candidate
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, [like The Wuss didn't] you get us stuck in Iraq.”
Even without the dropped word “us” from the staff writer’s joke, which John F. Kerry read out loud, there is and was only one person who could get stuck in Iraq and take the nation with him: The Wuss.
Kerry's jab in a heated campaign against The Wuss, badly delivered, criticized The Wuss alone - for his common stupidity, history of academic laziness, lack of intellectual curiosity, demonstrated cowardice in uniform (under military tradition a war-time "deserter" like The Wuss is considered a coward), lack of competent domestic governance, and for his pursuit of personal agendas resulting in the horrors he creates in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
Yet, with the application of GOPher spin, "the joke" was strangely and effectively turned back on Kerry shortly before the 2004 Presidential election. The true meaning of what Kerry said went over no one's head but those still willing to believe the liars. This spin with its own public relations support maliciously and viciously made it sound as though Kerry was criticising, as lazy and uneducated, the people unfortunate enough to volunteer to get sent to Iraq.
Not coincidentally, for most of them military service still appears to be a dependable, profitable career move due to rampant domestic hard times for all workers.
Unfortunately, many of the enlistees do not realize what they are volunteering for. The truth is, they are volunteering to play Russian Roulette over and over every day until either our violent worldwide aggression ends, they are allowed to leave the front lines, or they lose the game. Ultimately, their participation in the game must be based solely on their trust in The Wuss package.
No joke, please don't volunteer to die for this fleeting, grotesque mockery of our nation.
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