Archive for January 11, 2011

The HOH8 Campaign

Miss this?  The NOHh8 campaign?

On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one cheek in protest.

Two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 8,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

What? The “liberal media” hasn’t covered this?

January 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM 2 comments

Where’s Sarah Palin’s Outrage Over Ann Coulter’s Use of the Word “Retarded?”

Remember this, from February 1, 2010?

Sarah Palin on Facebook:  Rahm Emanuel Should be Fired From Obama’s White House Staff for ‘Retarded’ Comment:

Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted a note on her Facebook page late Monday calling for President Obama to fire his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for comments he made that she said were offensive to children with developmental disabilities.

In the Factbook posting, entitled “Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?,” Palin called for his firing for comments attributed to him in a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal article where he called plans by liberal groups to run ads against moderate Democrats “F—ing retarded.”

And this, from February 3, 2010?

Sarah Palin Rebukes Rush Limbaugh for “Retarded” Remark:

Palin believes Limbaugh’s repeated use of the word “retard” yesterday was “crude and demeaning,” her spokesperson emails.

In the wake of Palin’s demand that  Rahm Emanuel be fired for saying the liberal activist strategy on health care was “f–king retarded,” a bunch of people have been asking how she’d react to Limbaugh’s tirade on the air yesterday.

“Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards,” Rush said, adding that Rahm’s meeting yesterday with advocates for the mentally handicapped was a “retard summit at the White House.”

I asked Palin spokesperson Meghan Stapleton for comment on Rush’s rant, and she emailed me this:

“Governor Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful.”

So, where’s Sarah’s outrage about this tweet from Ann Coulter?  We’re going on 12 days:

Has Palin quit this too?  Was her February, ’10 outrage about the use of the word retard/ed her faux anger du jour?  Did she go off on Emanuel and then — oops — play the “fair and balanced” card by blasting Limbaugh too?

I.e., is Sarah Palin offended when people degrade retarded people, or not?

Crickets.

January 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM Leave a comment

The Joe Wilson “You Lie” AR-15 Lower

Nah, there ain’t no hate or talk of killin’ going on on the right:

Limited production run!  Get yours now!  Only $99.95 each!

H/t “Boonedoggie,” via.)

January 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM Leave a comment

The Loughner Family Has Issued a Statement

[T]wo men came out of the family’s north Tucson home, handed out copies of the statement and then went back inside.

(Via.)

They probably don’t want to get into it now but I can’t imagine them not understanding “why this happened.”

January 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM Leave a comment

Catastrophic Flooding in Australia

My God, the flooding in Australia has already been devastating, but it looks like it’s going to get a whole lot worse:

Thousands of residents have begun evacuating the outskirts of Australia’s third-largest city as other people piled sandbags outside their homes and stockpiled food amid rising floodwaters and more heavy rain.

The streets of Brisbane in the state of Queensland were largely deserted, with 80 suburbs expected to be flooded if the Brisbane river bursts its banks as expected on Thursday.

About 20,000 homes were expected to be hit by the flooding in the coming days, Anna Bligh, the premier of Queensland state, said on Wednesday.

“I understand that we could see up to 20,000 properties in Brisbane affected by the water and people do need to take that very seriously,” she said.

[...]

Thousands of residents have begun evacuating the outskirts of Australia’s third-largest city as other people piled sandbags outside their homes and stockpiled food amid rising floodwaters and more heavy rain.

The streets of Brisbane in the state of Queensland were largely deserted, with 80 suburbs expected to be flooded if the Brisbane river bursts its banks as expected on Thursday.

About 20,000 homes were expected to be hit by the flooding in the coming days, Anna Bligh, the premier of Queensland state, said on Wednesday.

“I understand that we could see up to 20,000 properties in Brisbane affected by the water and people do need to take that very seriously,” she said.

[...]

Workers deserted high-rise office towers in the centre of the city as constant rain pushed river levels higher, lapping boardwalks and riverbank buildings. Water edged its way up to the steps of the Queensland state library.

[...]

The floods have at times covered an area bigger than France and Germany combined and caused an estimated $6bn in damage, inundating 70 towns, some twice in recent weeks.

I can’t imagine.

January 11, 2011 at 5:59 PM Leave a comment

Break Time

This is hilarious — Canadian children being presented with old technologies like CD’s and DVD players and a rotary phone and not quite knowing what they are.

(Via.)

January 11, 2011 at 5:04 PM Leave a comment

Guns Kill

Nicole Sandler’s “Guns Kill.”

Crack down on guns.

January 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM Leave a comment

NYT: Hate Radio Hosts Say Hate Radio Not Bad for America

Apparenty the New York Times thinks hate radio hosts are credible courses as to whether hate radio hurts America:  Talk Show Hosts Reject Blame in Shooting.

January 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM Leave a comment

There is No Leftist Equivalent to…

Thank you to Melissa McEwan over at Shakesville for this post:

Let’s Get This Straight
There is, demonstrably, no leftist equivalent to Sarah Palin…

There is no leftist equivalent to the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC)…

There is no leftist equivalent to Glenn Beck…

There is no leftist equivalent to Ann Coulter…

There is no leftist equivalent to Bill O’Reilly…

There is no leftist equivalent to Rush “I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus—living fossils—so we will never forget what these people stood for” Limbaugh…

There is no leftist equivalent to Pat “Hitler’s success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path” Buchanan…

There is no leftist equivalent to Michelle “In Defense of Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror” Malkin…

There is no leftist equivalent to Pat “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians” Robertson…

There is no leftist equivalent to Michael “Howard Dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war” Reagan…

[There is no leftist equivalent to] Michael “Smallpox in a blanket, which the U.S. Army gave to the Cherokee Indians on their long march to the West, was nothing compared to what I’d like to see done to these people” Savage…

There is no leftist equivalent to the Minutemen…

There is no leftist equivalent to radical and eliminationist-spewing anti-choice groups, who openly target doctors and call for their assassinations…

This is not an argument there is no hatred, no inappropriate and even violent rhetoric, among US leftists. There is.

This is evidence that, although violent rhetoric exists among US leftists, it is not remotely on the same scale, and, more importantly, not an institutionally endorsed tactic, as it is among US rightwingers.

This is a fact. It is not debatable.

(My emphasis.)

January 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM 1 comment

Glock Pistol Sales Surge

This is amazing:

After a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8, Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers.

Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.

“We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,” Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.

[...]

“It’s one of the greatest guns made in the history of the world,” said Wolff, whose two stores sell Glock-made weapons almost exclusively.

More…

January 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM Leave a comment

News Corp.’s MySpace Cuts Its Staff in Half

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corporation and Fox News, had high hopes when he bought MySpace.com in July, 2005:

It has bought Intermis Media, owner of Myspace.com, the fifth most-viewed internet domain in the US and owner of other sites for $580m (£332.85m).

Mr. Muroch says the networking site will drive traffic to his Fox TV sites.

Well, I guess that didn’t happen because just over five years later, MySpace is dying:

MySpace said Tuesday that it is laying off 500 employees, cutting its staff by 47%.

“Today’s tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability,” CEO Mike Jones said in a written statement. “These changes were purely driven by issues related to our legacy business, and in no way reflect the performance of the new product.”

Murdoch had visions of MySpace being as powerful and popular as Facebook but he blew it.

January 11, 2011 at 2:16 PM Leave a comment

Gingrich Accuses Liberals of Saying Things That Are “Factually Untrue”

This is a whiny, hypocritical (so what else is new?) Newt Gingrich yesterday:

Newt Gingrich is upset with liberals who are blaming conservatives for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The former speaker of the House and possible 2012 presidential hopeful said Monday that some people on the left jumped too quickly to conclusions about accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner.

“[P]eople who would immediately scream about ethnic profiling, people who on the left have every possible incentive to never allow anyone to draw conclusions, suddenly say things that are just factually untrue,” Gingrich said on Chicago’s WLS radio station.

This is Gingrich in November, 1999:

Back in early November, the motor-mouthed Gingrich had much to say about the case — offering a treatise so wrong-headed that it’s almost laughable. Except there’s nothing funny about the Susan Smith tragedy…or Gingrich’s attempt to exploit it for election-eve advantage. Here’s what Gingrich said three days before last November’s election — in response to an Associated Press reporter who asked him how the campaign was going: “Slightly more moving our way. I think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things.” Gingrich concluded, “The only way you get change is to vote Republican. That’s the message for the last three days.”

Two days later, less than 24 hours before the polls opened, Gingrich defended his comments on the Smith case as no different than what he’d been saying for years — that violence and related ills arise from a Democratic-controlled political system: “We need very deep change if we’re going to turn this country around.”

Asked if the change he was offering the country would stop killings like those in South Carolina, he replied, “Yes. In my judgment, there’s no question.”

This is Gingrich in 2007:

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has an unusual take on the tragic murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech: He says liberals and godless public education are to blame.

How hard (apparently very) is it for reporters who interview Gingrich to have this info at their finger tips and to call him on his hypocrisy?

 

January 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM Leave a comment

I’ll Believe it When I See It

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Says the Network Will Tone Down Fiery Rhetoric:

“I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually,” Ailes said. “You don’t have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that.”

Don’t hold your breath.


January 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM Leave a comment

The GOP’s “Job Killing” BS

I know it’s early yet but this has got to be the tweet of the day, from Katrina vandenHeuvel:

 

January 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM Leave a comment

Joe Klein Thinks “Get Out” Of Afghanistan is “So Stupid”

“Some say” Joe Klein is the “dean” of the Washington press corp.  If so, we’re in deep trouble.  Do defense contractors own his brain?

(Via BraveNewFoundation.)

We’ve been in Afghanistan for ten years.  Ten.  Years.

Bottom line?  We’ve got to get out.  We’re broke.  We can’t afford it anymore.

January 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM Leave a comment


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