Archive for September 22, 2010
This is what we get when hate permeates the air as it obviously does at Saxby Chambliss’s office:
There are no words:
In 2006 and beyond, I was screaming about the in-kind campaign contributions Fox “News” was making to Republicans.
Tonight, Keith Olbermann ran with the story, acting like it was shocking, new news.
Jesus. H. Christ.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism was released in 2004. It clearly showed Fox’s preferential treatment of Republican candidates in that year of the Kerry/Bush campaign.
Robert Greenwald, the producer, went to Washington and showed it to Democratic congresspeople. What did they do? Nothing.
So here we are — six years later.
Finally. Finally! Someone with a big voice brings this outrageous fact into the light but it might be too late.
It’s been an agonizing exercise in frustration for me to see this issue go untouched for so long.
Ken Buck, a Tea Party wingnut, is running for the Senate in Colorado against Michael Bennet. The seat was vacated by Democrat Ken Salazar, who Obama appointed as Secretary of the Interior immediately after his inauguration. Colorado’s Democratic Governor, Bill Ritter appointed Bennet to Salizar’s seat out of the blue, passing over other long-time, popular, hard-working Democrats.
Bennet has been a huge disappointment — a DINO. Yet Obama endorsed him prior to the primary (which really ticked people off — fine if Obama wants to endorse after the primary but excuse me — let the primary happen first) and he won in a hard-fought race against Andrew Romanoff.
So, here we are, six weeks away from the election. Democrats couldn’t be less enthusiastic but Tea Partiers are all fired up because Buck is all for ahem, “small government,” which he translates into, for example, wanting to hand the Veteran’s Administration over to his corporate friends and stepping into Colorado bedrooms and family planning discussions by banning abortions and birth control.
Can you imagine? BANNING BIRTH CONTROL?!
Anyway, a new Time/CNN/Opinion research poll shows Buck ahead of Bennet, 49/44.
If people want a conservative, they vote for Buck. If people want a true Democrat, they have nowhere to go so they tune out and stay home.
Way to go establishment “Dems!” You made a royal mess of this.
Get this quote from Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars:
During a fight in May, after a glass of wine, Petraeus told his own staffers that the administration was ‘[expletive] with the wrong guy’.
If Gen. David Petraeus can’t get that Obama is the Commander in Chief, and that he — Petraeus — works for Obama, not vice versa, Obama should fire him.
Scott Dutcher has got to go:
A state employee’s penchant for sending out tweets to his 1,032 followers has prompted his bosses to tell his co-workers to take it easy for the time being on social networking websites. It’s also prompted the local head of the Humane Society of the United States to call the employee’s actions “appalling.”
Scot Dutcher is the chief of the Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Protection Bureau. Basically, he oversees more than 100 commissioned agents across the state charged with looking into animal neglect and cruelty cases. Online and on Twitter he’s also known as “Skinnyhorse.”
Over the last year and a half “Skinnyhorse” has helped author 4,698 tweets. Many of them are apolitical, but some are not. Before the site was changed in the last week, he called himself an “unapologetic American” who is “anti-animal rights.” In one tweet he urged his followers to “take our country back” and in another he sarcastically called on people to “eat more polar bears.” In another he mentioned “that success over animal rights is the best revenge.”
There really shouldn’t be any reason why organizations shouldn’t be able to trust him,” Jim Miller, the deputy commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said.
Even still he did say the Dutcher was reminded of the department’s policy on social networking.
“It wasn’t authorized. We didn’t know about it, and it was something that we spoke with him about. He understood that he wasn’t supposed to be doing that,” Miller said.
So, his boss just can’t understand why (I know, it’s shocking) organizations don’t trust a guy who’s supposed to protect animals yet he sents out tweets about eating polar bears and admits outright that he’s “anti-animal rights?” And everything’s fine because he isn’t sending out those nasty tweets anymore?
How is it that both Dutcher and Miller still have jobs?
Powerful stuff. The place is still an absolute hell hole.
Jeez, the people at Greenpeace/UK are doing some major acting up and making some serious noise this week. They are off the coast of Shetland in the UK trying to stop the Chevron Oil Company’s drilling ship, the Stena Carron, from going out to sea to drill a new well.
They have attached a “survival pod” to the gigantic chain holding one of the Stena Carron’s anchors. There it is — the yellow sphere — to the right in the background:
Go here to see a video.
Wanted to bring to your attention the Chicago Tribune‘s Monica Eng who is trying to eat on $4.50 a day or $31.00 for the week. You can find her diary about that here.
We all know the cons want Americans to huddle in frightened masses so we’ll agree to them starting wars all over the planet, so predictably, they’re having a hissy fit this morning about something Obama is quoted as saying in Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars:
We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever … we absorbed it and we are stronger.
And he’s exactly right but what he said counts on our strength as a people, not our weakness — which, again — the neocons and Republicans want to quash. They want us quivering and scared.
With the country crumbling down around us, how in the world do the folks in Washington think we can afford to keep fighting endless, billion-dollar wars?
This General David Petraeus as quoted in Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars:
Woodward quotes Petraeus as saying, “You have to recognize also that I don’t think you win this war. I think you keep fighting. It’s a little bit like Iraq, actually. . . . Yes, there has been enormous progress in Iraq. But there are still horrific attacks in Iraq, and you have to stay vigilant. You have to stay after it. This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”
It is insane that we haven’t pulled out from both Iraq and Afghanistan already — much less sometime during out kids lives. Wars are breaking our back.