Here are the two images of Barack Obama that were in the funeral home in Cincinnati we used for my father after his recent death. Dad would have been glad that he was being looked after by upstanding freedom-loving Americans. Every moment is the right moment for freedom. Never let up.
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Heckuva job, Hosni Mubarak Walker (to help keep the ad on the air, click here)?
?and Jon Stewart has more on Walker and his pals here (and by the way, Rick Snyder, I used to have a Gateway PC, and it utterly sucked)?
I watched the 1955 Katherine Hepburn movie Summertime a few weeks back. I caught this scene where Ms. Hepburn gave a small Italian boy a cigarette. I wish we could get back to those good old days of wholesome entertainment. Things were so much better back in the day.
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Stop. Just stop. No more appearances on Foxaganda. We've been saying that for a long time here at Daily Kos. But some Democrats keep doing it anyway. I'm not talking about the President's interview with Bill O at the Super Bowl. Even though O'Reilly is a despicable piece of work, the White House had zero to gain from turning down that 15-minute session. But that ought to be the last time for him, other Democrats and unaffiliated progressives.
It's not because the channel airs the ravings of Glenn Beck, the fakery of Bill O'Reilly, the inanity of Sean Hannity and all the other twisted crapola of its all-star line-up. It?s not that these opinion-mongers at Fox are to the right of Genghis Khan. It's because they and members of the news team are scam artists and liars. Not pathological liars. Pathological liars don't know they're lying. Foxagandists know full well. They're media thugs who have as much in common with good journalism as Muammar's Gaddafi's state-run television. If you think "thug" is too strong a word, perhaps you've forgotten the threat of violence by Bill O'Reilly and Fox fixture Bernie Goldberg against an actual journalist. Just a joke, of course, uh-huh.
You would think this would have long ago caused Democrats and sensible progressives to shun Foxaganda altogether. But since more evidence of their malevolent intent and lack of ethics and morals seems to be needed, today Media Matters brought it, as Jed Lewison explained earlier.
The condensed version: Foxaganda's Washington News Managing Editor Bill Sammon, also a vice president for the "news" team, engaged in "mischievous speculation" that Barack Obama is an advocate of socialism. If it were true, that would indeed be news, especially to people who actually are socialists. But, of course, it's a bald-faced lie, whether you call it "mischievous speculation" or a whiskey sour.
It's no surprise that Bill Sammon is a right-wing liar. He did, after all, work for another propaganda outlet, the Washington Times, which, when he was there, was still owned by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon. And, as KingOneEye pointed out earlier today, he's got a pile of books filled with more lies illustrating his point of view in all its glory:
The Evangelical President: George Bush?s Struggle to Spread a Moral Democracy Throughout the World
At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election
Strategery:How George W. Bush Is Defeating Terrorists, Outwitting Democrats, and Confounding the Mainstream Media.
Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism from Inside the White House
Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, Media Bias and the Bush Haters The Evangelical President: George Bush?s Struggle to Spread a Moral Democracy Throughout the World
Foxaganda isn't a news operation. It's not an entertainment operation. It's an insult. And that's exactly how it should be responded to. No more legitimizing it.
The only reason any Democrat, any progressive or left-winger should ever willingly appear with any of its leading lights or answer any of its reporters' questions is to yank their chains. Cornered by one of them in a hallway or a townhall or on the street, the appropriate response is to bring up the details of one or more of Foxaganda's internal memos. Let them broadcast that to their heart's content.
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At Daily Kos on this date in 2008:
Once again, it seems we have to remind Mukasey and all the other Republicans who insist on tying retroactive amnesty for phone companies who spied on Americans to September 11 that it wasn't weaknesses in our intelligence that failed us on September 11.Throughout that summer, we now well know, Tenet, Richard Clarke, and several other officials were running around with their "hair on fire," warning that al-Qaida was about to unleash a monumental attack. On Aug. 6, Bush was given the now-famous President's Daily Brief (by one of Tenet's underlings), warning that this attack might take place "inside the United States." For the previous few years?as Philip Zelikow, the commission's staff director, revealed this morning?the CIA had issued several warnings that terrorists might fly commercial airplanes into buildings or cities.
Well, at least not weaknesses in our intelligence system. Just in the intelligence of the people receiving the information.
With the constant talk of dredging the Georgetown port, you'd think major action would have already taken place. We have now gone through a decade without such. So, instead of running down the stalemate that is Congressman Tim Scott, I have decided to provide facts to all who are concerned about growing the economy in Georgetown County and getting unemployment under control.
First, let's start with the economic impact of ports in general. May I remind you our ports are considered public, which is why we rely on government to support and maintain them.
This project has received Congressional approval with the tremendous efforts that Bill Johnson has made to advocate for this project. His continued trips to Washington D.C. have made a loud voice on behalf of the Miami Beach community.
Public ports contribute significant benefits to local and regional economies, including generating business development and job opportunities. Commercial port activities in 2007 created employment opportunities for more than 13.3 million Americans, including nearly 12 million who were employed in exporter/importer-related businesses and support industries throughout the U.S. Business activities related to waterborne commerce contributed approximately $3.15 trillion overall to the U.S. economy, and those same businesses paid nearly $212.5 billion in federal, state and local taxes. Seaport activities alone in 2007 accounted for $31.2 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues. (Source - Martin Associates, Lancaster, PA; tel: 717-295-2428; click http://aapa.files.cms-plus.com/PDFs/MartinAssociates.pdf for details)
Ports handle a variety of cargo, including bulk, or loose cargo; break-bulk cargo in packages such as bundles, crates, barrels, and pallets; liquid bulk cargo like petroleum; dry bulk such as grain; and general cargo in steel boxes called containers, which are measured in 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. Leading commodities shipped for domestic and foreign trade through U.S. ports:
Other products include:
- Crude petroleum and petroleum products (such as gasoline, aviation fuel, natural gas)
- Chemicals and related products, including inorganic fertilizers
- Food and farm products - wheat and wheat flour, corn, soybeans, rice, cotton, coffee
- Forest products - lumber, wood chips
- Iron and steel
- Soil, sand, gravel, rock, stone
Automobiles, automobile parts and machinery
Clothing, shoes, electronics, toys
Via Politico's Ben Smith, this just in from the Don't-Let-Facts-Ruin-a-Good-Story Department. So I'm sitting here watching Sean Hannity (slow night, what can I say), and he has a story about White House aide Samantha Power that just doesn't smell right. Actually the problem is that the story smelled so good to the Washington Times' Andy Thibault -- and right wing talkers like Hannity who are parroting his report -- that it was too irresistible to care whether it was true. When I heard Hannity say Samantha supposedly claimed, in her Columbia University speech last night, that President Obama deserves credit for inspiring the Libyan uprising, I immediately looked for the story's basis. Tracing back to the source, I found the newspaper's generic and mild statement that "Every so often we are forced to remove stories from our site. We're sorry but you just happened to request one of them." Oh, actually that page of the web site runs an advertisement so that they make a buck even when they screw up.
Ben Smith gives the back story, having noticed that the report didn't jibe with his own earlier reporting of Power's speech. The controversial bogus quote (which Hannity put on the screen during his show) said:
"The president has argued our interests and our values cannot be separated," Ms. Power said, speaking to a friendly crowd of about 130 people. "These values have caused the people of Libya to risk their lives on the street."
Smith's debunking piece makes the comparison with Samantha's actual statements quoting Sec. Clinton that the values are universal and not Obama's special leadership. Yet even a close reading of the (mis-)quote shows a problem. As Thibault misquotes Power, the president "has argued" about an interests-values link, but it doesn't even follow that "our" somehow means proprietary to President Obama or his administration. In other words, Thibault's mangled non-quote doesn't say what he claims. Should we wait for Hannity's retraction?
The Kennedys, an eight part miniseries beginning Sunday, April 3, on ReelzChannel, has been fraught with intrigue and dismay since it was announced last year. It was originally scheduled to air on the History Channel, which paid $30 million to make the[...]
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Title: Sunshine SupermanArtist: Donovan
The sun was out today, and it feels likeSpring might be thinking about sticking around. Here's a favorite featuring the production skills of the amazing Mickey Most.
Oh, sure, you'll doubtless say. Scott was a popular name in the 1960s. Nothing suspicious there.
But I don't know. I was prepared to accept it as a coincidence until I noticed this. Rick, as in Rick Scott, is of course short for Richard. Well, did you know that, per Wikipedia, Richard is also the middle name of John Kasich and Paul LePage?
It's like one of those Wheel of Fortune "before and after" puzzles. So: Coincidence? Demon possession? Tell us your theory in the comments.