UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp responded to Tuesday
nights events and said, Were very sorry that former Congressman Tancredo
wasnt able to speak. We pride ourselves on being a place where all points of
view can be expressed and heard, so Im disappointed that didnt happen tonight.
I think our public safety officer appropriately handled a difficult situation.
Question: Knowing that this
is a charged issue, why wasnt there a plan to use UNC public safety officers to
truly allow Congressman Tancredo to share his view and be
Where is the fairness to all immigrants that came to this country LEGALLY?
Now think about the fact that the Obama administration issued a report just
yesterday, telling us that right wing extremism is a danger to our
I guess what you just saw must have been a bunch of right wing
KEITH OLBERMANN: CHARTER MEMBER OF THE FOUR-S CLUB
The last blog commended MSNBC's daytime show for giving a fair shake to
the tea party movement this morning, and suggested that MSNBC's primetime
"talent" should learn something from it.
In that connection I would like to show you, via Brad Wilmouth's blog at www.newsbusters.org, why that lesson is
needed. Here is Mr. Wilmouth's report on the keith olbermann's juvenile
little hate-and-whine fest with "analyst" Craig Crawford:
Olbermann Jokes OReilly Is
Female Dog, Slams Rights Annihilating Obama But Suggested Bush Belonged in
By Brad Wilmouth (Bio | Archive) April 15,
2009 - 00:49 ET
On Tuesdays Countdown show, at the beginning of
a segment about the Obama familys pet dog, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and MSNBC
political analyst Craig Crawford, joked about FNC host Bill OReilly being a
dog. Picking up on Olbermanns earlier suggestion that he gets tired of hearing
about presidential dogs, Crawford opened the discussion by ribbing the Countdown
host about the possibility of the show getting its own pet dog.
After Olbermann disagreed, Crawford came back with
a lame joke: "Well, youve already got OReillys show.
Olbermann responded: "That would be a female
The over-the-top name-calling against the FNC host
came just minutes after Olbermann used his "Worst Person" segment to slam Rush
Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as he lectured the conservative talk radio hosts that
one does not have to "spend every waking hour trying to annihilate" a political
figure because of policy disagreements.
But Olbermann is well known for devoting a large
portion of his program daily for the last several years to slamming President
Bush not only calling Bush a "fascist," but also suggesting last December that Bush administration members, presumably
including President Bush himself, deserve to be "in hell" for some of their
actions in the Iraq war. Olbermann: "I dont know what, if any religion
you belong to, but I suspect youll agree that people who ignored that many
foretellings of preventable death should have a long time to think about it in
The Countdown host routinely ignored
the success of President Bushs troop surge in reducing the violence rate in
Iraq, while other media figures acknowledged that the strategys success. And,
almost three months after President Bush left office, Olbermann still finds
reasons to attack him in the Countdown shows regular "Still Bushed!"
Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the
Tuesday, April 14, Countdown show on MSNBC:
KEITH OLBERMANN, DURING THE "WORST PERSON"
SEGMENT: Our runner up, the Manatee (REFERRING TO SEAN HANNITY), insisting
there was some attempt by President Obama who was, in fact, totally silent
until the captain was rescued to grab credit for the end of the Somali
pirate siege. Ultraconservative Bernard Goldberg, of all people, told Hannity
he was wrong: "Remember when liberals wouldnt give George Bush credit for
anything? If he came up with a cure for cancer, they wouldnt have given him
credit for that. And, Im sorry, Sean. I see that on the right now. Its like,
I dont want to put Barack Obama on Mount Rushmore for simply being the
commander in chief, but we have to stop going out of our way to find fault
with every single thing he does."
Our winner, Boss Limbaugh. After the rescue,
ultraconservative Jonah Goldberg blogged: "Good for President Obama. He
approved the rescue. It was the right thing to do with no small amount of
risk, and God bless the SEALs."
So Limbaugh attacked Goldberg, suggesting that
the rescue should be made into a movie with Will Smith as Obama; and Cantor,
Jindal, Sarah Palin and himself, Boss Limbaugh, as the pirates.
"We just cant be constant critics. As Jonah
Goldberg has pointed out in National Review today, we must, when we see
brilliance in action, decisiveness the SEALs? ... SEALs couldnt have done
diddly-squat were it not for the decisive, cool under pressure, first test
passed President Obama. ... And he deserves praise. Jonah Goldberg at National
Review was first to point out, he does the right thing, we gotta say so."
Theres actually a crucial point in here. Just
as when I protest and will continue to protest Obamas stance on state secrets
and sovereign immunity, that does not mean I hate Obama. So, too, can Bernard
Goldberg and Jonah Goldberg congratulate Obama for a well-handled rescue
mission and not be described as loving Obama. What the Sean Hannitys and Boss
Limbaughs of this planet do not understand is that opposing a political figure
or one of his policies does not require you spend every waking hour trying to
annihilate that political figure. It is the difference between big D
democracy, where critics may agree slightly with those they criticize, once in
a while, and a theocracy where its all or nothing all the time. Of course,
the livelihoods of Sean Hannity and Boss Limbaugh depend on that dangerous,
fatal possibility that one nation means only one opinion theirs.
Boss Limbaugh, todays "Worst Person in the
OLBERMANN, AFTER INTRODUCING A SEGMENT ON
PRESIDENT OBAMAS DOG: Lets bring in CQPolitics.com columnist, MSNBC
political analyst and now Countdown dog analyst, Craig Crawford. Good evening,
CRAIG CRAWFORD: I think its time for Countdown
to get a dog.
OLBERMANN: No. I loveem, but, no, its not a
very big, its not a big studio-
CRAWFORD: I dont know.
OLBERMANN: -and were only here an hour a
CRAWFORD: Well, youve already got OReillys
OLBERMANN: That would be a female
I have created a club for people like keith olbermann. I call it
the Four-S club (Smug, Smirky, Snarky, Self-impressed). I consider
keith olbermann a charter member. And based on watching him,
along with Moutthews, Maddow, Schultz and (until his cancellation)Schuster, I am
convinced that Four-S membership is a prerequisite for MSNBC's primetime
Though he hasn't been given his own
show, Craig Crawford qualifies as well, because he certainly brings more of the four S's
to MSNBC than useful political analysis.
I also give honorary membership to Richard Wolffe of Newsweek. But
not his buddy Jonathan Alter who, while a political partisan of the first
order, at least delivers his partisanship without the four "S"
By contrast, the others are just plain full of "S".
I wonder if the MSNBC "brain trust" (such as it is) realizes how much of a reason this is for its #3
status among cable news networks, or how much of a factor it
is in Fox News doubling and tripling MSNBC's viewership through almost all
of prime time - even among the highly prized 25-54 year old segment.
Just in case anyone thinks I'm exaggerating, I will end by showing you
the latest overnights.
The "tea party" movement is an outgrowth of an inspired rant by Rick Santelli
of CNBC, who - to thunderous applause from his compatriots at the Chicago stock
exchange - called for "a Chicago tea party in July" (watch him do it by clicking
here. The tea party reference is at 2:09).
Well, it didn't take until July. Today, around the country (and outside
the country too) there will be "tea parties" protesting Barack Obama's economic
policies. Specifically they will be protesting his unprecedented
spending (of money we do not have) and his puerile idea that this can be
financed on the backs of "the rich" - as if trillions of dollars could possibly
be raised that way.
There have already been "tea parties" which attracted thousands of people in
major cities. Cincinnati, for example, had an estimated 5,000.
And today there will almost certainly be hundreds of thousands of
people participating in them.
Now: How much coverage of this burgeoning political tidal wave have you
seen in mainstream media so far? Any at all? You might have, because
a few news venues have picked up on this. But the overall coverage borders
somewhere between woeful and nonexistent.
I watched the Today show this morning and the only mention I caught was
a derisive, dismissive couple of sentences by Chuck Todd, who is
what passes for NBC's chief White House correspondent these days.
Over the past week, Today has literally had more coverage of the fact
that the Obamas got a frigging dog than there has been of a major national
political movement's formation. Then they wonder why people call them
And what coverage there has been, often - maybe mostly - has attacked
the tea party movement as a machination of those evil Republicans and
conservatives, rather than the grass roots upheaval it, in fact, is.
Yes, the Republican Party (and conservatives in general) are involved because they agree with the people in
the tea parties. Yes, it has become involved in accelerating the tea party
movement - along with countless other groups, big and small. But the Republican
Party did not create this movement and they are not running it.
If our wonderful "neutral" media would like to do a few stories on the
connections between social movements and politicians, maybe they'd like to talk
about the involvement of the Obama administration with ACORN. At least
that would be fact-based. But, then again, it would reflect badly on Mr.
Obama and Democrats - so you can kiss it goodbye.
The dilligence with which mainstream media are trying to suppress news
of the tea party movement and/or demonize it, is a crystal-clear proof
of their bias. It is also an explanation of why people are turning
away from them and towards other sources of information.
UPDATE: I put on the TV to check how the market is
doing and, on MSNBC of all places, the tea parties were not only mentioned but
reported on fairly, with an equally fair debate about them between a Republican
and a Democrat. I'm not used to that at MSNBC, so I feel it should be
noted and commended.
It should be noted that I rarely watch MSNBC during the day, so it is
possible that this level of neutrality is common to the network's daytime
programming. If so, it would be nice if the network's primetime
lineup watched it and learned something.
MOMBASA, Kenya A pirate gang that launched an
abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they
were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews, while French
forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.
Pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at
the Liberty Sun, but its American crew successfully blockaded themselves inside
the engine room. The ship was damaged in Tuesday's attack but escaped and was
heading to Kenya under U.S. Navy
A pirate whose gang attacked the aid ship admitted
Wednesday that his group was targeting American ships and sailors.
"We will seek out the Americans and if we capture
them we will slaughter them," said a 25-year-old pirate based in the Somali port
of Harardhere who gave only his
first name, Ismail.
"We will target their ships because we know their
flags. Last night, an American-flagged ship escaped us by a whisker. We have
showered them with rocket-propelled
grenades," boasted Ismail, who did not take part in the attack on the
The move comes after U.S. Navy sharpshooters killed three pirates Sunday to
win the release of a hijacked American sea captain, Richard Phillips of the
The French forces, meanwhile, launched an early
morning attack on a pirate ship after spotting it Tuesday with a surveillance
helicopter and observing the pirates overnight. The raid thwarted the bandits'
planned attack on the Liberian cargo
ship Safmarine Asia, the French Defense Ministry said.
The statement called the pirate vessel a "mother
ship" usually a seized foreign ship that pirates use to transport speedboats
far out to sea and resupply them. The ship was intercepted 550 miles (900
kilometers) east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa.
The 11 detained pirates were being held on the
Nivose, a French frigate among the international fleet trying to protect
shipping in the Gulf of
France has traditionally been aggressive in
fighting piracy this was its ninth military operation against pirates. Three
Somali pirates were in the
French city of Rennes on Wednesday facing judicial investigation after being
captured in a hostage rescue Friday. Several other pirates are also in French
custody after being seized last year.
Tuesday's attack on the Liberty Sun foiled the
reunion between Phillips and the 19-man crew he saved with his heroism. Phillips
had planned to meet his crew in Mombasa and fly home
We know where they are. And we know there is a credible threat to
the lives of every American crew member on every ship.
NOW do we take them out?
We, and the French
(apparently no one else, not yet anyway) are engaging them in the open seas. That's fine as
far as it goes.
But why are we not taking them out at their ports? When do we go in,
and blow up every boat that appears to be used by these thugs/terrorists?
What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for them to make good on their
threat? That can happen any day. It almost happened
The time is now. Right now. We damn well
better either have an action in progress or in its final planning stages (i.e. within a day or
two). Until we clean them out, every American has a target on his/her back -- and
every crew on every other ship of every other country is in danger
This cannot go on any longer. Period.
SUSAN ROESGEN'S IDEA OF "REPORTING" (CNN PAYS HER??)
Watch this video of CNN "reporter" susan roesgen at the Chicago tea
party . You won't believe that a major news network would send
someone so amazingly biased and unprofessional to cover a news
event. (If you have trouble doing so, click
It is hard to believe CNN actually would pay roesgen (or the anchor who
fell in line with her) for this kind of mindlessly biased, offensive
As you saw, she started off by defaming and condemning the tea party
as a bunch of Obama bashers, not representative of the country,
and organized exclusively by conservatives (evidently the sign "Republicans suck too"
was out of her sight range. Funny, it was in mine).
Then she found a guy with the single most offensive sign available and brought him in front of the
camera. But instead of allowing him to speak, she demanded that he
explain his (frankly stupid) sign -- and then pulled the mike away from him
two different times when he tried to do so.
Was the guy's sign objectionable? I
certainly think so. But did roesgen act at
all professionally? Absolutely not. SHE picked him, he didn't pick himself. Once she did so,
she owed him the chance to explain. But she decided to
rant at him instead.
Then roesgen picked out a second
person, who blew her offensive spin job by
sounding intelligent. She couldn't stand it, so she just loudly talked over him and
gave him an argument - until the crowd became outraged
and demanded that she shut up so he could answer -which he wasn't
allowed to do anyway.
roesgen then whined that the tea party was "anti-government, anti-CNN since
this is highly promoted by the right wing conservative network Fox".
This is supposed to pass for reporting? Yes, of
course it is an
anti-government protest. So was the original tea party in Boston
harbor. So what?
Calling it anti-CNN was just plain idiotic. And roesgen's attack on Fox was even
The tea parties aren't being "highly promoted" by Fox;
they are being reported by Fox . Maybe roesgen should reflect on where CNN has been on reporting the
tea parties, other than nowhere.
Is it now a right wing concept to report the news?
If so, what do you call it when a network ignores
Should Fox apologize for reporting a major grassroots event? It
seems to me that it would be more appropriate for CNN to apologize for
not reporting it all this time.
She then finished by barfing out another stupid comment - that the tea party was
not appropriate family viewing - apparently because her poor wiwoo
sensibiwities were offended when the crowd yelled for her to shut up.
If this is the best CNN can trot out for on-site reporting, I suggest they
consider using a trained monkey. I hear J. Fred Muggs' great granddaughter is
trying to break into the business. Sight unseen, she couldn't be worse
than roesgen was.
P.S. Yes, I pulled the video from "Media Matters". How
YOU MAY BE A TALIBAN IF......
This decidedly non-PC material just came to me from my intrepid friend
Russ. Read it and see if you laugh, grit your teeth, or both:
"YOU MAY BE A TALIBAN
1. You refine heroin for a living, but you
have a moral objection to beer.
2. You own a $3,000 machine
gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can't afford
3. You have more wives than
4. You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but
consider bacon "unclean."
5. You think vests come in two
styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
6. You can't think of
anyone you haven't declared Jihad against..
7. You consider
television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your
8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones
have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
9. You have
nothing against women and think every man should own at least
10. You've always had
a crush on your neighbor's goat.
GUEST COMMENTARY: BILL O'REILLY
I watch The O'Reilly Factor only some nights. But I was lucky to
catch the beginning of the show last night. His talking points
were about two subjects.
One was Spain's incredibly stupid attempt to appease Muslim fanati...er, seek
justice by indicting members of the Bush administration for "torturing" Spanish
nationals at Guantanamo. Those Spanish nationals, let's remember, were
caught in Afghanistan, not Spain. The Spanish torquemada wannabes who are
putting on this circus do not appear very interested in that fact or in what
they happened to be doing there. What a surprise.
The other was about hard-left Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks getting
an advisory job with the Department of Defense. Yes, you read that
right. And I'm not even certain she'll have to give up writing her
column. O'Reilly provides some of the more salient rantings of Ms. Brooks
to demonstrate how insane this appointment is.
Ok, without further ado, here is Mr. O'Reilly (or, if you have trouble
retrieving his talking points below, you can see him by clicking
O'Reilly Tackles Spain, Obama,
Bill O'Reilly criticizes Spain for trying to make the U.S. a villain in his
nightly talking points.
THE DAY OF THE DOLPHINS?
This story comes to us from a China news agency, so I can't vouch for its
accuracy. But since I love the story anyway, here it is:
Thousands of dolphins block Somali pirates
BEIJING -- Thousands
of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to
attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio
International reported on Monday.
Dolphins leap in front of a Chinese merchant ship passing
the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast in this photo released by the China
Radio International on Monday. [CRI]
The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China's fleet
sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands
of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and merchants when the
pirate ships headed for the China's.
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned
away. The pirates could only lament their littleness before the vast number of
dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while
If true, this means that a passing school of dolphins had more courage than
the European, middle eastern and Asian countries which did nothing other than
allow these thugs/terrorists to take their people hostage and pay millions to
them in ransom money.
Yesterday they tried to take another US vessel. As far as I'm
concerned, this makes their home ports fair game for our military (of course I
felt that way after the hijacking last week as well - this only confirms
Send in our planes. Send in our troops. Not to the cities, but to
the ports and contiguous areas around them.
Wipe these bastards out. blow up every ship that cannot 100% prove it
is not engaged in the pirate/thug/terrorism trade. Put them the hell out
And when the countries whose people are being held hostage tell us that we're
doing the wrong thing? Respond, firmly and decisively, that it is
their unwillingness to act which caused the hostage situation, not our
actions to protect US interests. Tell them that if we don't stop this
right now, there will be more hostages, not less. It has to stop, and the
sooner the better.
Then let them cry and moan about it. That, apparently, is the extent of
their capability in this matter.
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