Monday, 14 July 2008
THE NEW YORKER'S INCREDIBLY TASTELESS FRONT COVER
Here, so help me god, is the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker:
I have read a couple of explanations of this appalling image. Some
people think it is despicably anti-Obama, some think it is slyly, subtlely
pro-Obama. But nothing I have read explains away it's unbelievably bad
The New Yorker should be ashamed of itself.
HOLLYWOOD'S IDEA OF "NEUTRALITY"
Here, via excerpts from an
Associated Press article about a barroom fight involving movie stars and
crew members, is an insightful look into what Hollywood considers
|Brolin, Wright, others in film crew
08:58 AM US/Eastern|
(AP) - Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with members of a crew
filming an Oliver Stone movie, were arrested during a bar fight Saturday
morning, police said.
Shreveport police Sgt. Willie Lewis said
Brolin, Wright and five others were arrested just after 2 a.m. at a club
called the Stray Cat bar.
A call to Brolin's publicist was not
immediately returned Saturday night.
"W" began filming in May in Shreveport.
Brolin plays President Bush and Wright plays former Secretary of State
The cast also includes Elizabeth Banks as
first lady Laura Bush, Ellen Burstyn and James Cromwell as the elder
Bushes and Thandie Newton as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Brolin appeared in three films last
year, "In the Valley of Elah," "American Gangster" and
"No Country for Old Men," which won the best-picture Oscar.
Wright won a Tony Award for "Angels in
America" on Broadway and a Golden Globe for the same role in the
television miniseries. He also has appeared in "Syriana,"
"Ali" and "Casino Royale."
"W" is Stone's third presidential film,
following "Nixon" and "JFK." He also directed the Vietnam sagas
"Born on the Fourth of July" and "Platoon," which won four Oscars
including best picture and director.
Stone has said the film, which will
focus on the life and presidency of Bush, won't be an anti-Bush polemic,
but, as he told Daily Variety, "a fair, true portrait of the man. How did
Bush go from being an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the
Please note the movies I put in bold print. Every one is severely
anti-US foreign policy and/or highly critical of the USA.
Then we have Oliver Stone, who does movies of that genre as a matter of
course, calling the President of the United States an "alcoholic bum" who
somehow got into the oval office.
But it won't be anti-Bush, you see.
They take you for absolute idiots, don't they?
WHERE THE OBAMA MONEY IS REALLY COMING FROM
I don't recall any politician who has been more publicly pious
about where his/her money is coming from than Barack Obama. One of the key
parts of his piety is that he would accept public funding (with its limitations)
if he were to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
But, like pretty much everything else with Mr. Obama, his position on public
funding was about as fluid as water down your drainpipe during a monsoon.
He reversed himself on this pledge just about the time he figured out that there
was more $$$ in it for him the other way.
Since the issue of campaign money has been turned on its ear by Mr. Obama's
switcheroo, I thought you might be interested in where a ton of his campaign
money comes from. Here, via a great article by John Fund of the Wall
Street Journal, is the answer.:
Liberal Shock Troops
2008; Page A11
While he is a skilled candidate,
Barack Obama's ability to surprise, stun and sweep over the vaunted Clinton
Machine to capture the Democratic nomination was rooted in his background as a
community organizer. He's now turning those skills to the general
But liberals aren't just on the march
on the presidential level. This year, liberal activists are spending parts of
the fortunes of their wealthy donors to transform politics at the state and
In 2005, billionaire investor George Soros
convened a group of 70 super-rich liberal donors in Phoenix to evaluate why
their efforts to defeat President Bush had failed. One conclusion was that they
needed to step up their long-term efforts to dominate key battleground states.
The donors formed a group called Democracy Alliance to make grants in four
areas: media, ideas, leadership and civic engagement. Since then, Democracy
Alliance partners have donated over $100 million to key progressive
Take Colorado, which has voted
Republican for president in nine of the last 10 presidential elections. But in
2006, Colorado elected a Democratic governor and legislature for the first time
in over 30 years. Denver will be the site for the party's 2008 presidential
convention. Polls show Barack Obama would carry the state today. This hasn't
happened by chance. The Democracy Alliance poured money into Colorado to make it
a proving ground for how progressives can take over a state.
Offshoots of leading liberal national
groups were set up including Colorado Media Matters in 2006, to correct
"conservative misinformation" in the media. Ethics Watch, a group modeled after
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was started and proceeded
to file a flurry of complaints over alleged campaign finance violations -- while
refusing to name its own donors.
Western Progress, a think tank to
advance "progressive solutions," opened its doors as did the Colorado Fiscal
Policy Institute, one of 29 such groups around the country. Then there's
Colorado Confidential, a project of The Center for Independent Media, which
subsidized liberal bloggers. CIM has set up similar ventures in Iowa, Minnesota
and Michigan, with funding from groups such as the Service Employees
International Union, and George Soros's Open Society Institute.
On the electoral front, Progressive
Majority Colorado has set up seven offices with the goal of "recruiting
progressive leaders" as candidates. America Votes-Colorado promises to
coordinate the largest voter mobilization effort in the state's history. "All of
this activity has flown under the radar," says Ed Morrissey of the conservative
blog Captain's Quarters. "But efforts to change the political ground game may
have real long-term consequences."
More audaciously, in Michigan,
signatures have been filed to put a sweeping reorganization of state government
on this November's ballot. The measure, pushed by a group called "Reform
Michigan Government Now," contains at least 36 distinct provisions that take up
a dozen pages of fine type. "It's a Trojan Horse dressed up as My Friend
Flicka," says Lawrence Reed, president of the conservative Mackinac
In a recession-wracked state seething
with public anger at elected officials, the measure hits populist notes by
cutting the size of the legislature and reducing the salaries of top
officeholders. But on voting, it would mandate no-excuse-needed absentee voting
-- despite a long history of vote-fraud scandals involving absentee votes in
Detroit and other cities. A redistricting commission would be set up to reshape
political boundaries, but state courts would be barred from reviewing any plans
it draws up. (Only federal courts could review the boundaries.) Voters would
also be barred from rejecting or amending the commission's work by
There is also a direct attack on the
judiciary. The initiative reduces the state's Supreme Court to five members,
down from seven, and the state's Court of Appeals to 20 judges, down from 28.
Saving money appears not to be the motive: Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm
could appoint 10 newly created circuit court judges. The net result would be
that conservatives would lose control of the state Supreme Court, because the
two justices who would be removed would be the last two appointed by GOP Gov.
John Engler. Of the eight appeals court judgeships that would be eliminated, six
are now held by people with GOP backgrounds.
"It's a strange reform that benefits
one political party exclusively at all three levels of the judiciary," observes
Mr. Reed. "Is the intent that the judiciary become just another arm of one of
the political parties?"
The financing for the initiative is
mysterious and will not be publicly revealed until campaign finance reports are
due in late September or early October. But the measure appears to be a
Democratic effort. The campaign is being quarterbacked by a former Democratic
state legislative leader, and Mark Brewer, the state's Democratic Party chair,
says his party supports the measure.
Should Mr. Obama be elected, he would
become not just the head of the Democratic Party but also the inspiration for a
large number of liberal groups. Some of them would no doubt lobby him to hand
out taxpayer grants and contracts for their nonpolitical "community"
Indeed, Mr. Obama has extensive
connections with the granddaddy of activist groups, Acorn (Association of
Community Organizations for Reform Now), which has gotten millions in government
grants for its low-income housing programs. In 1992, Acorn hired Mr. Obama to
run a voter registration effort. He later became a trainer for the group, as
well as its lawyer in election law cases.
Acorn's political arm has endorsed Mr.
Obama while its "voter education" arm has pledged to spend $35 million to
register people this fall -- despite a history of vote fraud scandals that have
led to guilty pleas by many Acorn employees.
The housing bill now before Congress
would set up a slush fund for community organizations such as Acorn. But Acorn
has gone quiet in its lobbying for the bill this week with the news that one of
its employees -- the brother of Acorn founder Wade Rathke -- had stolen nearly
$1 million from the group. Mr. Rathke decided not to alert law enforcement or
the organization's board, and kept his brother employed at Acorn until last
month. "Is this the kind of group we want getting taxpayer money?" asks Rep. Ed
Royce (R., Calif.)
But Acorn may play, along with other
liberal groups, a leading role in electing Mr. Obama. Such groups deserve a
closer look now, before their influence and possibly their clout grow
dramatically after the November election.
Barack Obama is a politician. Right out of the Chicago Democratic
machine. He says and does anything to get elected, no matter how
contradictory it is to yesterday's promises. Don't let the honey-coated
voice and the soothing tones fool you -- he has no problem at all working with
people like the ones described by Mr. Fund. As you can see.
Now, how many stories about this have you seen on the network news? In
the NY Times or LA Times or the Today show, etc.?
How many will you see?
When do these so-called neutral venues drop a dime on Obama and expose any of
this to their audiences? The week after the election,maybe?
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
PUTTING THE TOILET SEAT DOWN
Until I learned for good, my wife used to yell at me a lot because
I didn't put the toilet seat down.
Here, courtesy of www.thesmokinggun.com is an alternative
way of doing so that most guys probably would just as soon not
Cops: Woman Battered Beau With Toilet
Floridian, 18, attacked after finding boyfriend
smoking crack in loo
JULY 14--Meet Kimberlee Ann Cole and Joel
Goldsmith. The Florida woman, 18, allegedly assaulted her boyfriend with a
toilet seat after finding him smoking crack in a bathroom of their home Friday
afternoon. Cole told cops she battered Goldsmith, 24, after he "refused to give
her the drugs," according to an arrest affidavit
prepared by Fort Pierce police. Goldsmith "refused to stop smoking the drugs and
Ms. Cole hit [him] with the toilet seat," the affidavit notes. As the
couple--parents to an eight-month-old boy--scuffled in the bathroom, Goldsmith
dropped a cocaine rock in the shower and Cole tried to wash it down the drain.
Responding to a 911 call placed by a female roommate of the pair, police found
blood on the bathroom's walls, floor, and toilet. They also recovered a broken
toilet seat, though the affidavit does not indicate whether it was broken over
Goldsmith's head or was in disrepair prior to the July 11 incident. In the
shower, investigators found a "small amount of a substance" which field tested
positive for cocaine. Cole and Goldsmith, pictured in the mug shots below, were
charged, respectively, with domestic battery and cocaine possession. Goldsmith,
who would not tell cops what happened in the bathroom, suffered two lacerations
on his forehead (and smaller cuts) during the confrontation.
All I can say is, Goldsmith's stash wasn't the only dope
in the room.
And it's pretty clear that Ms. Cole is real big on putting the toilet seat
down when she's pissed.
Ok, there's two bad puns about this bizarre story. Now you can make up
your own. I'm sure if you come up with one you'll be flushed with
OBAMA AND JERUSALEM
This one is for the people, non-Jewish and Jewish (I
know plenty, both in and out of my family) who support Israel and are intending to vote
for Barack Obama. It comes to us from www.crossactionnews.com, which is part
of Israel Today:
Obama said in an interview with CNN that he had
used poor phrasing in a speech last month that most took to be an
unprecedented vote of support by a US presidential candidate for Israels
refusal to surrender half of its biblical capital to the Palestinian
Addressing the American-Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) just days after clinching the Democratic presidential
nomination in June, Obama declared that Jerusalem will remain the capital of
Israel, and it must remain undivided.
In Sundays interview Obama clarified that the
point we were simply making is that we dont want barbed wire running through
Jerusalem, similar to how it was prior to the 67 war, that it is possible for
us to create a Jerusalem that is cohesive and coherent.
Obama is scheduled to visit the region next week
to discuss his intended policies. Meetings with top Israeli and Palestinian
Authority leaders have already been confirmed.
Right-wing Israeli lawmakers later warned in
remarks to Israels Walla news portal that Obamas deceptive rhetoric make him a
serious threat to Israel if he is elected president.
A poll conducted last week by the Peace Index
Project at Tel Aviv University found that 46 percent of Israelis prefer that
Obamas opponent, Senator John McCain, win the upcoming US presidential
election. Only 20 percent of respondents said they want Obama to
Go ahead, folks. Cast your vote for the Democrat
who you know is ok with handing part Israel's capital to an implacable enemy
committed to its destruction. And who had no problem reaping as many
Jewish votes as he could by promising the exact opposite to AIPAC. (Oh,
sorry, my mistake. He didn't actually say it, he said something that
sounded exactly like it but was "poorly phrased". It only took him a month
to correct it.)
Look at it this way: if/when Mr. Obama signs
on to handing half of Jerusalem to Palestinian Arabs, you can just figure out a way to blame it on George Bush
and Republicans, not the guy you elected.
That shouldn't be hard. A supporter of Israel who can figure
out a rationale to vote for Barack Obama, can figure out a rationale to
FRAMING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Here is a fascinating, and instructive, blog from Brent Baker of www.newsbusters.org about how Democrats
are trying to cover for Barack Obama's nonexistent rsum and ongoing gaffes and
lies. It also is a glimmer of hope that not all media are in the tank for
Halperin Scolds CNN, Charges
Press in Cahoots with Democrats
With WORST. WEEK. EVER? on screen above
the promise of NO BIAS, NO BULL, Friday's CNN Election Center show devoted a
story to John McCain's bad week, but afterward, Mark Halperin, the former ABC
News political director now with Time magazine, declared that McCain's challenge
are less his supposed gaffes than his problem is stopping the press and the
Democrats from making this what the election is about. Specifically, I
think the problem is that the press right now and the Democrats are trying to
seize on every mistake, the Democrats are being very adept at creating the story
of the day when John McCain misspeaks.
Before Halperin, the 8 PM EDT CNN show anchored by
Campbell Bran ran a set up piece by Dana Bash who ran through a series of events
in McCain's campaign, such as Phil Gramm's America is in a mental recession,
but also McCain's politically perilous decision to express in Michigan his
pro-free trade position. Halperin scolded her:
I have great respect for Dana Bash, but
I'd say that some of the examples in her piece, I don't think were
particularly bad. John McCain is a free trader. We've had free traders as
Presidents who've been elected almost every election in modern times. So I
don't think everything that the press is picking on is necessarily a gaffe or
Halperin's comments on the July 11
CNN Election Center, as provide to me by the MRC's Brad
I think Senator McCain was having a
pretty good week until Phil Gramm said what he said. You know, I have great
respect for Dana Bash, but I'd say that some of the examples in her piece, I
don't think were particularly bad. John McCain is a free trader. We've had
free traders as Presidents who've been elected almost every election in modern
times. So I don't think everything that the press is picking on is necessarily
a gaffe or a problem. Earlier in the week, I thought they did a good job of
taking advantage of Senator Obama's mistakes. The problem they have, the two
problems they have that I think this week shows, one is, his advisors need to
keep their mouths shut and not say bad things. What Senator Gramm said is
going to hurt at least with the elites who are paying attention now, and
probably eventually with real voters. The other problem they have is, what
Dana talked about, his style is to talk a lot -- talk in town meetings, talk
to reporters. And it is difficult to talk a lot and not occasionally go off
message, whether he makes a slip-up or not, because the press will seize on
what the press wants to seize on. That is a problem that I don't think they've
Campbell, I think the problem is that the press
right now and the Democrats are trying to seize on every mistake, the
Democrats are being very adept at creating the story of the day when John
McCain misspeaks. I don't think that's what this election should be about.
There were other examples during the week, something he said about Social
Security, the Democrats are driving it hard. I do think Steve Schmidt will do
better than the previous regime at fighting back. But this isn't what the
election should be about. There are real big issues, but for now, his problem
is stopping the press and the Democrats from making this what the election is
Yes, it is true that John McCain can meander off course
during an extemporaneous give-and-take. But then again so do I.
Often. Who doesn't?
Maybe the fact that Barack Obama is running at full speed away from his promise to do a
series of town hall-type meetings with Mr. McCain indicates that he is appreciably worse at it
than Mr. McCain. One good indication was last week's "it's
embarrassing" comments, in which he basically indicated that the average USA
citizen is a provincial ignoramus.
there is no way to get around the fact that media, for the
most part, are in the tank for Barack Obama.
And there is no way to get around the fact that Barack Obama is a
different person with different positions the minute there's something in it for
BARACK OBAMA'S TAKE ON 9/11
The great Charles Johnson of www.littlegreenfootballs.com has
unearthed a piece that Barack Obama, then a state senator from South-side
Chicago, wrote just after 9/11.
Here it is, complete with Johnson's comments. And is he ever on the
Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 10:01:38 am
Eight days after the atrocities of September 11,
2001, Barack Obama wrote a piece for the Hyde Park Heraldand blamed
the attacks on a failure of
Even as I hope for some measure of peace and
comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we as a nation draw
some measure of wisdom from this tragedy. Certain immediate lessons are clear,
and we must act upon those lessons decisively. We need to step up security at
our airports. We must reexamine the effectiveness of our intelligence
networks. And we must be resolute in identifying the perpetrators of these
heinous acts and dismantling their organizations of destruction.
We must also engage, however, in the more
difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of
this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on
the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the
humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to
the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor,
history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or
ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may
be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though,
it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and
We will have to make sure, despite our rage,
that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent
civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or
discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern
descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental
task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the
globechildren not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin
America, Eastern Europe and within our own shores.
Obamas comments display an appalling disconnect
Osama bin Laden came from one of the richest
families in the world. None of the 9/11 attackers were poor; if anything, they
could be considered middle class. Ringleader Mohammed Atta was educated as an
architect in the West.
Almost everything Obama wrote in this article was
proven wrong. And he gave absolutely no consideration at all to the ideology of
radical Islam, which is much more to blame than any imaginary poverty or lack
And now hes within reach of the
Here is a quick little exercise for you: Think about what happened on
9/11/01. Then think about what Barack Obama wrote. Now....based on
what he wrote, what (if anything at all) would he have DONE about it?
If you don't know the answer, and are not deeply concerned - maybe even damn
scared - about the answer, I doubt that I can reach you.