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HOLDER TALKS ABOUT RACE IN U.S. — From NBC's Mike Kosnar — At a Department of Justice program this morning celebrating African American History Month, the nation's first black attorney general — Eric Holder — said the United States is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to racial issues.
Over the next few days, 30 first-term House Democrats will hold events in their districts highlighting how spending there can protect and create jobs and otherwise benefit those harmed by the downturn.
Republican leaders moved just as quickly to portray the bill as a boondoggle. Republican aides said they would seize on every instance of potential abuse as a way of stirring public doubt about the measure.
So, while Democrats highlight how the bill will benefit their constituents, the Republicans will do their best to undermine the public's confidence in the economy and their government. And they will no doubt be wearing flag pins on their lapels as they do it.
And all that crazy talk about stimulating the economy and creating jobs? RNC Chair Michael Steele gleefully predicts:
I’m telling the party leadership around the country, don’t believe the hype. There will be a slight uptick, it will flat-line, and it will continue to go down.
Or so he hopes.
But what if the Republican's worst-case scenario happens and the economy turns around? Don't worry, says House Republican whip, Rep. Eric Cantor ... the American people are stupid:
The American public is not going to be waking up one morning four years from now and say: ‘What a great economy! It all goes back to that vote that the Democrats passed on the stimulus bill.’
So says the weasel being hailed as the "new face of the Republican Party."
We have to focus on the economic crisis. [...]
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As many of you have noted, at least 62% of Americans support some investigation into Bush Administration crimes (whether a criminal investigation or a truth commission). Do your members of Congress agree with the majority of Americans who refuse to[...]
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Keith Olbermann puts forth all the idiotic moves and conflicts of interest that have followed Rep. Eric Cantor around.
Rep. Cantor played a key role in getting bipartisan approval for the controversial $700 billion bank bailout bill in September, although since then he has been a vocal opponent of the surprising way the money is being spent: buying up stock in banks.
Still, it is one of those strange quirks in politics that $267 million of the money is going straight to a privately owned bank where Cantor's wife, Diana, is the managing director at a subsidiary. It's a job she apparently started early last year, after years in finance.
Cantor's people maintain that his wife and he did not even know that her employer was applying for a federal taxpayer bailout.
I guess he forgot to tell her all about it. I guess all that advice from Gingrich is paying off.
Rob Collins, Cantor's deputy chief of staff, said the congressman didn't know the bank was seeking bailout money and never interceded on the bank's behalf with government regulators. He also said Cantor had never intended the bailout bill to be used to buy up stock in banks.
"No one knew outside the Treasury Department, including Congressman Cantor, how the bailout money would be used," Collins said.
A spokesman for the bank said Diana Cantor "has nothing to do with the operation of the main bank" and was "never aware that the parent bank was seeking or received [bailout] funding."
Malaysia is just a crazy place to be a blogger. It's the wild west like none other that I've come across in the world. It's a strange development, where the tight clamp down of all print by the ruling party, but the near total freedom provided by the[...]
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Yesterday, PBS Senior Correspondent Gwen Ifill was at the Center for American Progress for an event on her new book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Afterward, she sat down with ThinkProgress, and we asked her about her thoughts on NPR analyst Juan Williams’s recent comments comparing Michelle Obama to Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress.
Ifill politely declined to comment on these specific comments, but made clear that she often disagrees with him. She also said that reporters who are supposed to just “gather the news” need to be careful about slipping into punditry:
IFILL: Well, there are a couple of different questions there. Since Juan was one of the people who criticized my book before it was published, I really — I just leave it at that. I think that people really should make a better effort to know what they’re talking about.
But in general, the whole idea of this line between commentary and straight journalism, is a fuzzy one, and it gets fuzzier every day, in part because of the growth of new technology. But I also think it can be a fairly bright line if we bother to draw it. It is really easy to tell the difference. … But the viewer doesn’t often see the distinction; they think everyone is doing this.
As Ifill noted, Williams went on Fox News last fall and criticized the fact that she was going to host a presidential debate while writing this book, picking up on a right-wing smear campaign. He said that Ifill “spent a lot of time with Obama, she praises him in the book, and so therefore it seems as if she’s invested — and the book’s success — invested in Obama’s victory.” (Ifill’s book had not yet been written.)
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Ifill also addressed Washington Post style writer Robin Givhan’s recent column, which said that many journalists and pundits are intent on canonizing Michelle Obama, and anyone who attacks her faces an unfair amount of “vitriol.” “I think we’re four weeks into this presidency, and anybody who assumes that any kind of coverage is too much this or too much that, really ought to take a deep breath and let it unfold,” said Ifill. She added that this sort of coverage is part of a honeymoon period, which will be over “as soon as the sun rises and falls.”
An Iraqi journalist was beaten by an attacker dressed as a policeman in front of his home in the northern Iraqi city of Dahuk, according to an Iraqi press rights watchdog.
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Not since the last King Kong movie has our primate friends gotten so much ink in one day. The header above pretty much sums it up.
I am sure everyone has heard by now, written about, or voiced their opinion about the New York Post cartoon allegedly depicting the author of the stimulus bill as a dead monkey. Tsk tsk tsk.
Honestly, I wasn't even going to blog about this monkey, I was going to blog about the other one in Connecticut. But so many folks e-mailed me about this story that I felt compelled to say a few words. I guess this cartoonist, Sean Delonas, was trying to link the two stories in his own sick demented way, (I swear I will never understand the conservative mind. More on that later ) but judging from the outcry from black folks and certain progressives in the majority population, it doesn't look like it went over too well. Travis the chimp was shot in cold blood in front of his owner. (Poor Travis, she adopted and raised the big guy like he was her own. She had him for 15 years, and then she had to put the big guy down. "He looked at me like, 'Mom, what did you do?".....I am going to leave this one alone, but you all know what I want to say right?) and there was Travis in the cartoon, full of bullet holes and looking very much dead. But where is the outrage from all my pet loving friends in A-merry-ca? Where is PETA? I guess if you are a big black brute of a pet all bets are off. But was Delonas trying to connect Travis to something far more sinister and offensive, or was he just using Travis to make a political point? (Oh come on field, why would you think he is trying to link Obama to a chimp? It's not like he looks like Patrick Ewing or anything....)
You black folks are losing your natural minds, because you have no doubt what Delonas was trying to do. But my question to you all would be this: why are you surprised? Let me explain something to you: this rag is owned by my man Rupert. It is his paper version of FAKE NEWS, an outfit that I have been screaming about from day one. Some of you believe that my outrage at all things FOX is misguided, that I spend too much time lamenting about the not too subtle racism, and unvarnished journalistic bias over there. So let me ask you; do you still believe that Rupert's organization should be ignored?
Now of course, Sean's defenders and the republicans among us will tell you that this imagery had nothing to do with race, that Sean was just making a point about how stupid the stimulus bill is and that it must have been done by someone as dumb as a monkey. (Don't be so sensitive field, Obama didn't even draw up the stimulus bill. Besides, didn't you and your "moonbat" friends call George Bush a chimp and other nasty names? ) Ahh nope, not me, I would never insult a chimp's intelligence like that. But I get the point; what's good for the goose is good for the O man. So if the Post wanted controversy they got their wish. Race, politics, and violence. You can't beat that trifecta.
Of course Rev. Inc. is all over this. He is outraged and he wants an apology. Yeah okay Rev. But you will be in FOX tomorrow debating with them and helping their ratings by bloviating and showing off your wonderful perm. Totally forgetting, of course, that the paper that published the offensive cartoon and the television station that you loved to star on are owned by the same unscrupulous people.
Now to the conservative mind I told you about: I see where Michelle Malkin posed with "swastika man" and she thinks that shit is funny. See it wasn't just a swastika, it was a swastika surrounded by an "O" intended to make fun of the president. So in Michelle's world and other conservatives like her,that's cool. Forget the offensive imagery, it's all about her political statement. So the swastika, which represents a horrible time in the world's history, is just a silly side bar. Nice.
Oh well, it could have been worse I guess. She could have posed with a man holding a swastika dressed in a monkey suit.
*That pic was taken from a racist website (I think one of my racist pen pals sent it to me to make a point). And it is in no way meant to offend my man Patrick who happens to be a fellow yawdie.
Bob Beckel / Fox News:
White House: Obama Opposes ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Revival — A White House spokesman tells FOXNews.com President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine. — FOXNews.com — President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a spokesman told FOXNews.com Wednesday.