Archive for November 30, 2010
Bravo to WikiLeaks for restoring distrust in the U.S.government:
International scandals—such as the one precipitated by this week’s WikiLeaks cable dump—serve us by illustrating how our governments work. Better than any civics textbook, revisionist history, political speech, bumper sticker, or five-part investigative series, an international scandal unmasks presidents and kings, military commanders and buck privates, cabinet secretaries and diplomats, corporate leaders and bankers, and arms-makers and arms-merchants as the bunglers, liars, and double-dealers they are.
As the Economist put it yesterday, “secrecy is necessary for national security and effective diplomacy.” But it “is also inevitable that the prerogative of secrecy will be used to hide the misdeeds of the permanent state and its privileged agents.”
Assange and WikiLeaks, while not perfect, have punctured the prerogative of secrecy with their recent revelations. The untold story is that while doing the United States’ allies, adversaries, and enemies a favor with his leaks, he’s doing the United States the biggest favor by holding it accountable.
Moral of the story? Never, ever, trust what the government tells you. (Listen up Tea Partiers.)
Howard Fineman just now on Countdown (paraphrasing): “Everybody in this town knows that President Obama favors extending the tax cuts to average Americans and the wealthy.”
So, Obama has pimped us again and our letter-writing campaigns and phone calls are a waste of time.
Fool me once — as in the fight over the public option (or Gitmo, Afghanistan, Iraq, DADT) — fool me twice and I’ll put food on my family.
Yeah. I’m losing it.
I am so, so, so discouraged.
I mean, I didn’t dream it. Obama vowed — during the campaign — to rescind tax cuts for people making over $250,000.
237 Democrats and 21 Republicans voted in favor of the bill.
15 chickenshit Republicans and 7 chickenshit Democrats didn’t vote.
I volunteer at a food bank. Looks like we’re going to have more clients than ever (we’re already overwhelmed): Food Banks Bracing For End of Extended Unemployment Benefits.
Thanks, you heartless assholes. You have ice in your veins.
Perfect timing: How the Grinch Stole Christmas is going to be on the teevee tonight.
Check out the insanely cool deconstruction of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (from the Let it Bleed album) over at Dangerous Minds — separate tracks for vocals (perfection), the drums and Keith Richards’ kick ass rhythm guitar track.
Have you ever seen this ad for Fox News? Fox released it just weeks after the ’08 election.
Checkout the explosions. The fires. The terror, despair and anger in people’s faces. Listen to the music. Note the countdown at the end (10, 9, 8, etc.) and the explosion that caps it all off. Oh, and look – the only nationally known people pictured are Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama.
I posted it at the Newshounds on November 25, 2008 (before Obama was inaugurated) after having seen it two days in a row. It was so out of the norm for them that the first time I saw it I, well, I wasn’t sure what I’d seen. It took a second time before I realized they were serious and it was in fact a Fox News promo.
I stumbled upon it just now and thought I’d put it up here.
Turns out, it set the stage for the dark, scary picture Fox has painted of Obama ever since.
Oh dear God. There is no connection whatsoever between Wikipedia and WikiLeaks but Professor Glenn Beck doesn’t seem to grasp that. Hey, they sound the same so they must be the same, right?
I know being stupid is in vogue on the right these days but sometimes you know, it isn’t all that impressive.
(While I was blogging at the Newhounds, Fox defenders would troll the pages and jump on me (and all of us) if I so much as misplaced a comma. Yes, they were sticklers for perfection, claiming that any mistake showed how dumb I was. If I misplaced a comma then I was surely totally sloppy about the facts too so nothing I wrote could be believed. But heh, if Glenn Beck doesn’t know the difference between two huge websites, no problem.)
Extreme winger Rep. Steve King (R-IA) spoke last night on the floor of the House about the “Pigford settlement,” the multi-billion dollar settlement to African-American farmers and American Indians who were “discriminated against in recent decades by government agencies” (which King is against, of course). Included in King’s remarks was this:
“Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he’s going to run for president, and what does he do?” King said. “He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim.”
He then said the claims — which stem from discrimination against black farmers in the 1980s and 1990s – “slavery reparations.”
What’s a “very, very urban” Senator” and what does it have to do with anything? Nothing of course, but King is trying to paint a picture of Obama, but what kind of picture? Is “very, very urban” akin to very, very gay? Very, very metrosexual?
I don’t get it. Maybe Fox-watching, 70+-year-old angry white guys do.
Karl Rove tweets that the Obama administration is weak in the face of WikiLeaks:
Yep. This is the same guy who outed Valerie Plame, a top CIA agent, and got away with it. Didn’t hear him complaining how weak the Bush administration was in the face of that.
Don’t miss this cartoon by the Guardian‘s Steve Bell.
Found this email from the Tea Party Nation in my inbox this morning:
I know the text is tiny — can’t make it any bigger — this is what it says:
Subject: No Mr. Assange, I expect you to die
A message to all members of Tea Party Nation
Everyone remembers the famous scene in the James Bond movie, “Goldfinger.” 007′s nemesis has captured him,tied him down and a laser is cutting its way through metal, between Bond’s legs, where it will eventually cut him in half.
007 says, “Do you expect me to talk?” And Goldfinger responds, “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”
Isn’t it about time we sent that message to Jullian [sic] Assange?
Seems to me one could take this as a formal death threat.