Category Archives: media

Glenn Beck Plays with Barbies on O’Reilly’s Show

This is inexplicable:

Apparently, the Barbie Dreamhouse represents Acorn which is going to change its name (debunked) and some people try to get away in the Malibu Barbie car and the people in the car are the ones the FBI should watch in case ACORN changes its name to the YMCA. Or something.

It really is that indeciperable, which should not be a surprise since Beck is involved.

I often find the obsessions of the Glenn Becks of the world to be amusing, and ACORN is no exception.

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Hal Turner Arrested

In March of 2008, I wrote this post about white supremecist and right-wing internet talk show host Hal Turner, his friendship with Sean Hannity, and his threats on the lives of all three major presidential candidates at the time. I stated that I hoped the Secret Service was paying attention.

Well, it looks like he continued his bile and law enforcement finally took note:

Radio host Hal Turner — accused of hosting a website that incited Connecticut Catholics to “take up arms” and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official — was taken into custody in New Jersey late today after state Capitol police obtained an arrest warrant for him.

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. Last week, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the ethics office.

“Mr. Turner’s comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech,” Capitol police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. “He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct.”

Snip.

“It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally,” the blog stated. “These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.”

And, the post continued, “If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they’re going to get uppity with us about this; I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down too.”

You know, there’s a lot of hyperbole in talk radio and the blogosphere, but his words are so clear and so direct that they go way beyond hyperbole and enter into the realm of serious threats.

Free speech is one thing; incitement is another.

Schadenfreude Theater

p6wehear

From the NY Post:

THAT although we didn’t think it would be possible to silence Ann Coulter, the leggy reactionary broke her jaw and the mouth that roared has been wired shut.

Sorry, I can’t help myself. Karma really does exist.

Palin Is the Future of the GOP

Heh:

Facing the unhappy prospect of defeat, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin indicated Wednesday that she will not disappear from the national political scene if the GOP ticket loses on Tuesday.

“Absolutely not. I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we’ve taken, that … that would … bring this whole … I’m not doing this for naught,” Palin said in an interview with ABC News, according to excerpts of a transcript released by the television network.

In response, three words: No Fucking Way.

Cowardly Indianapolis Star Endoses No One for President

This is funny:

Americans on Nov. 4 will choose between two presidential candidates with great strengths but also significant weaknesses.

Snip.

Democrat Barack Obama is eloquent and charismatic. He has enthralled millions of new potential voters and brought hope to many Americans who for far too long have felt excluded from full participation in the democratic process, particularly African-Americans and young people. He promises a sharp break from past policies at a time when much of the public longs for a change in the nation’s direction. Obama also offers the potential to shape an administration with an inclusive and collaborative style of leadership, a quality lacking in Washington for far too long.

If elected, however, he also would be the most inexperienced president in modern American history, only four years removed from service in the Illinois Senate. And experience matters greatly in a president, particularly in the area of foreign affairs.

So the Star’s editorial board thinks Obama has the opportunity to be a transformational leader who will help our country get past the failures of the last eight years, but he’s too inexperienced. Though I don’t agree with them on the experience thing, I think it’s a fair assessment.

Snip.

Republican John McCain has a long and distinguished record of service to the nation. His personal sacrifices, including more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, deserve the gratitude of all Americans. He has been a strong, bipartisan leader in the Senate, pushing, among other issues, for reforms in the campaign finance system and pork barrel spending.

McCain, however, has delivered a muddled message on how to confront the economic challenges facing the nation. He also is unlikely to provide a sharp enough break from the Bush administration’s policies on the economy and foreign relations. His running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, also has limited experience, raising concerns about her readiness to lead the nation if needed.

McCain, they remind us was a war hero who used to be mavericky. They worry that he is too much like Bush and they’re concerned about Palin’s ability to step up as president. Again, that’s a fair assessment.

But even given those assessments, it seemed like an Obama endorsement might make more sense, if they are interested in looking toward the future and making a clean break with Bush’s policies.

Dennis Ryerson, the paper’s editor, has a column in today’s paper in which he discusses their decision-making process. This sentence seems to sum it up:

We considered the newspaper’s traditional positions; it had not endorsed a Democrat for president since 1964.

So in other words, rather than endorse Obama and piss off their many wingnut readers, they decided to not endorse.

It may be cowardly of them, but it certainly can’t be good for the McCain campaign. In a year when newspaper endorsements, even very conservative newspapers, are going to Obama, I imagine the McCain people were expecting the Star to be a reliable endorsement for them. This piece must sting.

But still, I lost some more respect for the Star today. In the past, I most often disagreed with them, but at least I could respect their different point-of-view. This choice was pathetic and doesn’t speak well to their ability to take stances on issues that their readers might disagree with.

I Heart Jack Cafferty

Watch the whole video:

Best quote? Cafferty to Wolf Blitzer:

Don’t make excuses for her.

Cafferty is one of the good guys.

There’s a KFC in Fallujah!

Great news! The surge has worked! As proof “Fox and Friends” cites the opening of a brand new Kentucky Fried Chicken in Fallujah:

The only problem?

It’s not an actual KFC, just some counterfeit KFC that some locals put together.

In a letter to TPM, YUM! Restaurants spokesman writes:

I understand you wanted some details about the store in Falluja that looks like a KFC. This store is not approved by KFC International and we have working with the US Military to warn the troops of this situation.

I wonder how much it would cost Fox to employ a fact-checker.

Nah, it’ll never happen, as Fox seems to take pride in providing fact-free news and opinion.