April 28, 2005
LIMBAUGH: I would submit to you that people on the left are religious, too. Their God is just different. The left has a different God. There's a religious left in this country.
And, the religious left in this country hates and despises the God of Christianity and Catholicism and whatever else. They despise it because they fear it, because it's a threat, because that God has moral absolutes. That God has right and wrong, that God doesn't deal in nuance, that God doesn't deal in gray area, that God says, "This is right and that is wrong."
April 26, 2005
Bill Kristol can only defend John Bolton by mischaracterizing his opposition.
April 19, 2005
Ted Nugent: Chicken Hawk
Via MaxSpeak, this flashback from tough-guy, carry-a-big-gun, Ted Nugent:
"He claims that 30 days before his draft board physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days, he ingested nothing but Vienna sausages and Pepsi; and a week before his physical, he stopped using bathrooms altogether, virtually living inside pants caked with his own excrement, stained by his urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment, he says. ‘... but if I would have gone over there, I'd have been killed, or I'd have killed, or I'd killed all the hippies in the foxholes...I would have killed everybody.’"Wow.
April 07, 2005
Al Gore and the Internet
People still perpetuate the urban legend (granted, it's Lowell Ponte in FrontPage, but still):
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE ONCE CLAIMED, absurdly, that he invented the Internet.Reality.
On April 4 the defeated 2000 Democratic presidential candidate announced that he is re-inventing television with “Current TV,” a new youth-oriented satellite channel scheduled to commence full operation on August 1st.
April 05, 2005
Good, Ol' Consistent Rush
Via ThinkProgres, Rush Limbaugh on ...
Torture!! “On the August 4 edition of the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh said that England and the other accused soldiers were engaging in acts that were ’sort of like hazing, a fraternity prank. Sort of like that kind of fun.’”
Salad dressing! “[W]ho is it that is responsible for fomenting harm against others? Who is it that cannot tolerate hearing things they disagree with, and who is it that reports to heckling and throwing salad dressing or ice cream pies on conservative Republican speakers? It’s the left, my dear. It is the left, my good friends, that is out there fomenting violence.”
So for you frats out there, remember: torture = good fun. throwing salad dressing, pies = violence.
March 28, 2005
Lying with Quotes
This is just too much. The background: the GOP needs to find quotes to support it's privatization plans. So what does the GOP do? Takes quotes out of context. Por ejemplo:
The pull-quote: Clif Smith, A Retiree From Joplin: “I Believe [Social Security] Needs Improved [Sic].”Read more at Think Progress.
The full quote:
“I believe it needs improved,” said Clif Smith, a retiree from Joplin, at the AARP gathering. “But nothing of the nature of what is being talked about in Washington.”
Smith said he opposes private accounts because he thinks they would drain money from the trust fund, but he said the fund itself should own stock.
March 27, 2005
Ann Coulter and the Cherokee Nation
Think Progress with more.
March 17, 2005
Things that make you go Hmm.
In the new poll, 56 percent said they think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the start of the war and 6 in 10 said they believe Iraq provided direct support to the al Qaeda terrorist network, which struck the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Also, 55 percent of Americans said the administration told people what it believed to be true, while 43 percent believe the administration deliberately misled the country.
Retrospective judgments of Bush's decision making are far more negative that they were two years ago as events were unfolding. For the first time in a Post-ABC poll, a majority (51 percent) called the war in Iraq a mistake. On the day Baghdad fell in April 2003, just 16 percent called the war a mistake and 81 percent said it was the right thing to do.
A plurality of Americans said the war has damaged this country's standing around the world, with 41 percent saying the U.S. position is weaker, 28 percent saying it is stronger and the rest saying it has made no difference. Two years ago, 52 percent said the war had made the U.S. position stronger, vs. 12 percent who said it was weaker.
Still, a majority of Americans (54 percent) said they believe most Iraqis support what this country is doing, and although a majority said the United States is bogged down in Iraq, more Americans believe the United States is making good progress than they did in the fall of 2004.
March 10, 2005
ThinkProgress 'Interviews' Jerry Falwell
What would Jesus do? Wreck the planet, and all of its little creatures; from Think Progress:
Q: Reverend Falwell, what is your opinion on the issue of global warming?Grist touched on this subject a little while ago:
A: “I drive a GMC Suburban. And I have since the early ’70s. My wife drives one… I believe that global warming is a myth. And so, therefore, I have no conscience problems at all and I’m going to buy a Suburban next time.” [CNN, 11/20/02]
Q: But if global warming is a myth, as you say, what is the reasoning behind scientific experts who have stated that this phenomenon is a fact?
A: “The whole thing is created to destroy America’s free enterprise system and our economic stability.” [CNN, 11/20/02]
Q: And you really believe that the polluting practices of humans are having no effect on Planet Earth?
A: “It is God’s planet…and he’s taking care of it. And I don’t believe that anything we do will raise or lower the temperature one point.” [MSNBC, 12/3/02]
Many Christian fundamentalists feel that concern for the future of our planet is irrelevant, because it has no future. They believe we are living in the End Time, when the son of God will return, the righteous will enter heaven, and sinners will be condemned to eternal hellfire. They may also believe, along with millions of other Christian fundamentalists, that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed -- even hastened -- as a sign of the coming Apocalypse ... People under the spell of such potent prophecies cannot be expected to worry about the environment. Why care about the earth when the droughts, floods, and pestilence brought by ecological collapse are signs of the Apocalypse foretold in the Bible? Why care about global climate change when you and yours will be rescued in the Rapture? And why care about converting from oil to solar when the same God who performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes can whip up a few billion barrels of light crude with a Word?
Many End-Timers believe that until Jesus' return, the Lord will provide. In America's Providential History, a popular reconstructionist high-school history textbook, authors Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell tell us that: "The secular or socialist has a limited resource mentality and views the world as a pie ... that needs to be cut up so everyone can get a piece." However, "the Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and that there is no shortage of resources in God's Earth. The resources are waiting to be tapped." In another passage, the writers explain: "While many secularists view the world as overpopulated, Christians know that God has made the earth sufficiently large with plenty of resources to accommodate all of the people."
March 02, 2005
Rush Limbaugh: Lying to Demoralize Troops
Name Ann Coulter's Next Book
Winner, via Campus Progress: “Roosevelt: Wheelchair-riding, America-hating terrorist”
Democracy: The Liberal Plot to Feed Your Children to the Poor
Liars: “Charity,” “Tolerance,” and Seven Other Words Liberals Just Made Up to Confuse You
Help: I’m Out Of Liberal People, Places And Organizations To Hate
March 01, 2005
TV Sleeze and Double Standards
From Bill Moyers in the Santa Barbara Indy
You write a lot about the right-wing media and right-wing Christianity. Is there a connection there, and do you find it odd that the right-wing conservative networks have led the charge in smutifying the airwaves and that they led the T&A quotient?
It’s so interesting that one of the chief critics of smut in television, Brent Bozell, who runs a right-wing media watch group [Media Research Center], is silent when it comes to the public standards of Rupert Murdoch’s sleaze empire. They do have a double standard. They are silent about the fact that it’s capitalism, and that it’s the media tycoons who are polluting the public sphere.
If You Still Insist on Writing Like Jeff Gannon ...
More examples, for the peculiar plagiarist in all of us.
February 24, 2005
New Swiftie Attack: Dems Helping Iran Go Nuclear
Yesterday, aides to Sens. Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy jumped all over literary mugger Jerome Corsi, co-author of the Kerry-bashing best seller "Unfit for Command."
They knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the face (metaphorically, anyway) over his next Democrattrashing tome, "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians."
The book - which Nashville's Cumberland House Publishing won't release till next month - claims Democratic pols are being corrupted by Iranian money and helping the nuke-seeking mullahs in Tehran ... Sisk sent a summary: "Fellow named Hassan Nemazee apparently is the archfiend of Corsi's plot. ... Nemazee evilness connector supposedly is something called the American Iranian Council, for which he used to be a board member.
"Page 255 says: 'Hassan Nemazee ... one of John Kerry's top fund-raisers in his 2004 presidential campaign, was a board member of the AIC. Nemazee funded a long list of Democratic party candidates. ... At every event where Democratic candidates have been present, the AIC has been certain to press its agenda to restore economic and diplomatic ties between Iran and the United States."
But it turns out that Nemazee served on the AIC board with respected academics, former Sen. Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Halliburton CEO David Lesar and a former vice chairman of ChevronTexaco, among other worthies.
Yesterday Nemazee - a wealthy Manhattan financier, U.S. citizen and Democratic Party donor who was Kerry's New York fund-raising chairman - told me that Corsi is risking a slander suit if the book says he's an agent of the Iranian government.
How to Be Frank Luntz’s Worst Nightmare
February 16, 2005
They May Take Our Lives, But They'll Never Take Our Academic Freedom
Funny stuff, from the Progress Report:
"If you have your rights abused in a college course (e.g. unfair grading, one-sided lectures, stacked reading lists), please report this abuse." – David Horowitz's Academic Freedom Abuse Center
Description of complaint: "I know the paper was pretty much great because I spell checked it and proofred [sic] it twice. I got an [sic] D- just because the professor hates families and thinks its [sic] okay to be gay." – Database Entry, Anonymous Ohio State Student, 2/9/05
December 21, 2004
Setting Up Rudy?
From the NYDN gossip page:
Conservatives continue to feast on Rudy Giuliani's misery.
As Rudy begins to distance himself from the ethically challenged, briefly nominated Homeland Security chief wanna-be Bernard Kerik, some right-wing hardliners claim White House strategist Karl Rove devised the Kerik debacle to hurt Giuliani's presidential chances in '08.
"Rove used Rudy and Kerik to tout Bush as the anti-terrorism candidate," says one Republican party player. "But Rudy is too socially liberal for the true-believers. So they let him shoot himself in the foot. Rove knew about Kerik's baggage - and that he could never be confirmed. But he went along with the nomination, betting that the heat would come down on Rudy, which it has." ...
While some think Giuliani could still be a contender in four years, others believe Rove and Bush have one man in mind for the Oval Office: brother Jeb Bush.
"They're saying, 'We own the party now,'" says one source, "and we're not going to give it away."
December 20, 2004
Family Values Hypocrisy
Stuff like this always gets me. From the Texarkana Gazette (whatta name!)
We have had a fax machine here for years. Usually we consider it more curse than blessing because of the abundance of junk faxes."I haven't seen the Dobsons, Falwells or Robertsons on television clucking their tongues over Kerik's behavior."
Among the regular-one might say repetitive-purveyors of faxes, as the organization sends numerous copies,is Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson's group of spirited moralists.
Back in the Clinton days, the group was more than happy to offer the fax on its opinions of the various scandals ilvolving the President and First Lady, sexual, financial, familial or otherwise. The group focused on the moral decline of the nation evidenced by the immoral behavior of our civic leader and his various compadres.
Of course, other individuals and groups were critical as well, as they have a right to be. The moral values crowd used to be chatty.
Where are they now?
I ask this because sin does not seem to rise to the same level of offense for their own as it does for those whose political persuasion they don't share. Latest case in point: Bernard Kerik, the erstwhile nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security.
December 17, 2004
Swift Boat Vets' Group to Get 'Courage' Award from Zell Miller
From the "American Conservative Union," which will present the awards at "the Conservative Political Action Conference's Feb. 18 banquet." Gee, some organizations award medals for fighting AIDs in Africa, standing up for Democracy in East Asia, but this organization awards smear tactics; AP:
The American Conservative Union on Thursday announced it has tapped Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., to present the "Courage Under Fire" award to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth at the Conservative Political Action Conference's Feb. 18 banquet.
Miller and the group of Vietnam veterans were behind perhaps the campaign's two fiercest and most memorable attacks on Kerry's unsuccessful presidential bid ... The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ran ads after the Democratic convention questioning whether Kerry was in fact the decorated Vietnam War veteran that he claimed to be.
"The swift boat veterans performed an invaluable service to America," Miller said in a statement. "These veterans took a lot of undeserved criticism for daring to speak the truth."