Archive for April 19, 2010
Minutes ago, from Fox “News” on Twitter:
Click on the link. The story isn’t about the “darnedest” thing. It’s about a tragedy. It’s about human beings killing whales:
The scientists say most of the whale’s stomach contents was algae — typical of the bottom-feeding mammals. But they say a surprising amount of human debris was found. Besides the pants and golf ball, there were more than 20 plastic bags, small towels, duct tape and surgical gloves.
How in the world did a pair of sweatpants and some golf balls end up in a whale’s stomach?
This is alarming and stunningly sad. To say it’s “the darnedest thing” minimizes it in a grotesque way.
Who knew jogging was a big deal in 1897?
I didn’t. But the few seconds it would have taken to report something wonderful like that — on the anniversary of the Boston marathon no less — was too much for the MSM today.
For them, it’s all about hate and anger.
My favorite line from Michael Moore’s SiCKO was from a scene he filmed in a cafe in Paris. Moore’s American guests told him that in the U.S., citizens are afraid of the government but in France, the government is afraid of the citizens.
Gotta make that happen here.
OMG. Say it ain’t so already. I sound like a Teabagger.
Bottom line: The responsibility is on us to make our government work….for us. And I don’t mean violence folks. I mean voting and — dare I say it — community activism?
Me too. Here’s some therapy for that.
Hint: This is an ALOT:
Thomas Mitchell, the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says we should repeal the 19th Amendment because women are too “fickle and biased” (whereas men are “consistent”). Shorter: Women tend to vote Democratic. So, being concerned about the direction of the country as Michell obviously is, his solution is to — the Taliban does this — take their right to vote away.
He has since backtracked (natch), though you and I know when someone’s kidding and his editorial didn’t sound like kidding to me.
You know, this is a side we pretty much never hear about anymore: Columbine, Virginia Tech Families Target Gun Show Loophole.
David Gregory, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, has painted himself into a strange corner with his assertion that there’s no need to fact check what his guests say on the air because viewers can do that “on their own terms.” His competitor, Jake Tapper of ABC News, disagrees. Tapper has instituted the after-the-show fact check on This Week. I am a participant in the story of how this happened, as you can see from the time line I have constructed. At the bottom of the post, I offer a brief comment on what I think is going on here.
Interpretation: So… what is going on here? As with his defiant claims that the press did well in questioning the Bush Administration’s case for war, David Gregory believes he always and already asks the questions necessary to get at the truth. (So what’s your problem?) If the truth does not emerge from his interviews, it’s not his fault because he–always and already–asks the tough questions. That’s who he is. It’s in his DNA. The criticism he gets is therefore partisan chatter. Or it comes from people who want him to go beyond asking the tough questions to the point of conclusion: that man is lying.
David Gregory thinks that is not his role.
Look at it this way: the Washington politician who’s been on Meet the Press more than any other is John McCain. On April 6, Politifact’s truth-o-meter rated McCain a pants-on-fire-liar for claiming that he never called himself a maverick. See what I mean?
I see two other possibilities for his refusal to adopt the fact check: one banal, the other more troubling. The banal: He’s too proud to adopt something that a competitor picked up on first; it would look like a “me too” response and he is the market leader, first in the ratings and heir to the chair that Tim Russert held. The more disturbing possibility is that he thinks Tapper’s policy may give Meet the Press a competitive edge in booking guests who won’t want to be checked so vigorously. (As opposed to competing with an even better fact check, which would probably cause Bob Schieffer at Face the Nation to adopt the same policy, forcing the guests to accept the new rules or flee to cable, which has a fraction of the viewers.)
Well, at least Jake Trapper has the guts to make this innovative move so kudos to him and to the people who in turn have the guts to go on his show. What we may learn in the end, if Meet the Press and Face the Nation refuse this challenge, is just exactly who the wimp politicians are who tell such tall tales that they afraid to face Trapper and PolitiFact and to appear on This Week.
First, check out the beautiful photographs at Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography.
Mother Nature has a way with color!
And then check out their cool beetlecam project.
The title alone is worth a post:
Two dozen gun enthusiasts, Oath Keeperes and vintage 1992 militia members brought their many weapons to two Virginia national parks on Monday to protest encroaching socialism, government tyranny and health care reform, among other things. (When I pulled into the parking lot, a man with a rifle strapped to his back asked me if I was carrying any “long arms,” which did have to be unloaded in the park.) Speakers bashed any number of government officials as they talked about the need to embrace guns and religion and “restore the Constitution”. But it wasn’t entirely clear why they really needed to worry too much about the gun part. After all, gun control laws are disappearing faster than trees in the rainforest. And the greatest irony of all? This rally would not have been possible during the Bush administration. That’s because it was Democrats who helped pass, and Obama who signed, a new law that went into effect in February allowing people to carry guns in national parks.
Two months before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah building, Rush Limbaugh predicted a “second violent American revolution.”
And having learned absolutely nothing, Limbaugh’s at it again.
(Source: Pargon on Flickr.)
Noam Chomsky is worried:
Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite and the myths they perpetrate. Chomsky has done this despite being blacklisted by the commercial media, turned into a pariah by the academy and, by his own admission, being a pedantic and at times slightly boring speaker. He combines moral autonomy with rigorous scholarship, a remarkable grasp of detail and a searing intellect. He curtly dismisses our two-party system as a mirage orchestrated by the corporate state, excoriates the liberal intelligentsia for being fops and courtiers and describes the drivel of the commercial media as a form of “brainwashing.” And as our nation’s most prescient critic of unregulated capitalism, globalization and the poison of empire, he enters his 81st year warning us that we have little time left to save our anemic democracy.
“It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” Chomsky told me when I called him at his office in Cambridge, Mass. “The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system. The most striking fact about Weimar was not that the Nazis managed to destroy the Social Democrats and the Communists but that the traditional parties, the Conservative and Liberal parties, were hated and disappeared. It left a vacuum which the Nazis very cleverly and intelligently managed to take over.”
“The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen,” Chomsky went on. “Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response. What are people supposed to think if someone says ‘I have got an answer, we have an enemy’? There it was the Jews. Here it will be the illegal immigrants and the blacks. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority. We will be told we have to defend ourselves and the honor of the nation. Military force will be exalted. People will be beaten up. This could become an overwhelming force. And if it happens it will be more dangerous than Germany. The United States is the world power. Germany was powerful but had more powerful antagonists. I don’t think all this is very far away. If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election.”
More at the link above.
The protesters may be getting to Karl Rove and he’s taking it out on Fox News. President George W. Bush’s former senior advisor became irritated Sunday morning with Fox News hosts Dave Briggs, Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris after they asked him about a Code Pink protest.
Code Pink’s Jodi Evans attempted to arrest Rove during a March book signing in California.
Rove told the Fox hosts he was tired of hearing about it when they brought it up Sunday.
“Karl, are they getting on your nerves?” asked Camerota.
“You know, this is sad,” answered Rove. “You people are recycling stuff that happened three or four weeks ago. Please.”
Poor Karl. I think the shorter version is: Come on guys! I thought I could count on you to make my book tour look like it was flawless.
More, including video, here.
It was just last December that we heard about the humongous bonuses the fat cats on Wall Street were getting. Three months later — three months! — they’re getting another one:
GOLDMAN SACHS, the world’s biggest investment bank that is now assailed by accusations of fraud, is poised to reignite controversy over bankers’ bonuses by paying its staff more than £3.5 [$5.3] billion for just three months’ work.
The arrogance leaves me speechless.
It’s a good morning because we have two slobbery dogs who love to “kiss” us (after they slurp water and get it all over their face, whiskers and chest — not to mention the floor and walls) but I hear that researchers think dog slobber might be the key to treating cancer.
Gonna follow up on that.
Now I’m thinking sick thoughts about dog spit.