I haven’t seen the documentary King Korn yet, but I’ve heard and read good things. It starts airing today (Friday 10PM in NYC on 13) as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. You can find out more about the film, watch a preview and check your local listings here. This King Korn contest is pretty cool, too.
I’ve had it. I really have heard enough. Absolutely enough in fact. This latest flap about the “boy” comment has taken me over the edge. And I hate to even say this because it means coming to the defense of a Republican I don’t like at all. But some things transcend party lines. Perhaps the Obama Cult will understand that I am being post partisan here. Sure “hope” they appreciate it.
Kentucky Representative Geoff Davis made a remark that I am sure you have all heard by now. He used the “boy” word in an English sentence referring to his holiness Saint Barack the Bitter. And if you read the news reports he might as well have just used the N word on national television.
And if you read No Quarter you might as well just go to any bottom-of-the-barrel wingnut site. Seriously, can we just start calling Larry’s site Little Green Flowbee and be done with it? Or Anti-Idiotarian Rodham? What a cesspool.
Chris Matthews this weekend on The Chris Matthews Show (about 4:15 in):
Okay, let’s talk turkey here. Everybody likes John McCain because he makes mistakes. That’s why we like him. He says things like, “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” like he’s the Beach Boys and then he says things like, well, what, recently, what, a hundred years of military presence and then spends weeks trying to explain what that means, how limited that statement was.
Chris loves McCain because he makes mistakes. Obama and Clinton, not so much.
Watching Matthews and Kelly O’Donnell openly admit that they’re fully aware of how many mistakes St. Maverick makes but that’s okay because he’s just a non-stop straight-talking machine is really one of the saddest and most pathetic things I’ve ever witnessed on one of these Sunday yap fests.
“We had two very good men, and men of faith, run for president in 2000 and 2004,” [Hillary Clinton] said. “Large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand, or relate to, or respect their ways of life.”
Granted, you could argue that “large segments of the electorate” didn’t respect Kerry’s “way of life,” but I don’t think for a second you could say that about Gore. If anything, they didn’t respect the “way of life” of the President he served under and you could make the argument that hurt him in 2000. What a gaffe.
Besides that, her performance was pretty awful overall. She looked spiteful at the beginning slinging her new desperate “elitist” charges at Obama (and Kerry and Gore) and when answering the other questions she looked, for the most part, like a high schooler who didn’t study for an oral exam, padding out her answers with rambling, ill-conceived bullshit.
Obama flubbed the initial “bitter” question. His answer should have been much stronger (he had to know it was coming), but he pretty much sailed from there, sounding far more presidential, thoughtful and knowledgeable than Rodham From Day One. The crowd responded to his answers much better as well.
Big advantage to Obama, especially if his team works that Gore gaffe to their advantage.
My dad grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and so did Hillary’s father. Obviously, my clan has more pull there. From The Scranton Times-Tribune:
For Pennsylvania Democrats, the best answer in the April 22 primary is Barack Obama.
In a nomination campaign that has defied convention, Mr. Obama has energized an entire generation of voters that, for the most part, otherwise had checked out of political participation. That, at least, portends a new approach to governance that can help to dissipate the political miasma that has engulfed Washington at least since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is an extremely talented politician who already has secured a unique place in U.S. political history. She repeatedly has proved her political death notices to be premature. She also has demonstrated that she is a master of public policy. And — this is not and should not be taken lightly in an area that prides itself on family and a tradition of supporting its own — the Rodham family has deep Scranton roots.
But Mrs. Clinton also is a political lightning rod. There is little doubt that a second Clinton presidency would further the deep divisiveness that characterizes American politics — a divisiveness that dug itself deep during the Clinton presidency, and even deeper during the Bush-Cheney years.
The first task for the next president is to get past that. And it might not be possible if the presidential cycle goes Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” (hi-res version here)
Nigerian Gangster—Matsuli Music brings you Chicago DJ Mike Love mix-mashing Fela Kuti and Jay Z. If you haven’t already started clicking on the link, you’re dead to me.
A Significant Part Of Obama’s Message—Kyle E. Moore of PA’s Comments from Left Field spells out what should be the obvious. (John Cole from Balloon Juice has been quite literally on fire on this subject, too. Just scroll down to “Hillary Clinton, disgrace” and read up from there.)
Long story short, they were supposed to have thousands and thousands of Hillary supporters who were “mad as hell” descend on Rockefeller Plaza and all they got was this (lots of photos of penned-up frustration). The only person from the media who showed up to cover it was the the Hillshill’s new BFF Bill O’Reilly and even his producers thought it was too much of a yawn fest to air last night, despite the predominant number of signs bashing O’Reilly’s arch nemesis Keith Olbermann and the MSNBC network. Pretty. Fucking. Sad.
And can anyone tell me what the “H*** AND B*** ARE 4 letter words” signs are supposed to mean? Is that Hill and Bill? Hope and ‘Bama? Hair and Ball? Please submit guesses in comments. The more idiotic the better.
I’m also not too clear as to what message is trying to be conveyed by this sign either, though it’s a little disturbing to see that Valerie Bertinelli’s much-ballyhooed diet is causing her to shrink vertically in size as well. Jenny Craig, building a land of lilliputians one chicken carbonara at a time.
I was recently alerted to the fact that the commenters at Hillary is 44 were referring to Donna Brazile as “brillohead.” I went to check it out (it was true), but I ended up stumbling upon something even more offensive:
Is blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama still really proud of her country, or does Barack Hussein have to win another primary for blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama to love her country again?
I was shocked that not one person called him on that comment, so I poked around Hillary is 44 a bit more to see what else he had posted and how active he was on the site. As it turns out, very active. And also very, very enraged by Michelle Obama (I’ve bolded the most egregious text):
Now I understand Michelle Obama’s crassness and her unfounded sense of entitlement.
From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into specific complaints. Used to be, she will say, that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to “finagle” to get into. (Obama herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.) Health care is out of reach (“Let me tell you, don’t get sick in America”), pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place. “You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”
A house purchased with Rezko cash and a salary increase she received as a result of her husband’s ability to secure earmarks for her employer, a job wth a WAL-MART affiliate as a result of her husband’s status as Senator, a full-time maid, piano lessons for your overfacilitated daughters and all the other perquisites of one’s status of wife of US Senator, and this woman still believes we should “give her something?” Michelle, American society is not a welfare program, and you actually have to earn your way. Take your sense of entitlement somewhere else, skank.
and michelle’s salary could not be tripled if the uninsured was not filched by the organization for whom her husband attempted to secure tax dollars that would ultimately fund the mansion they could not afford.
MICHELLE OBAMA IS A WELFARE QUEEN. “GIVE US SOMETHING HERE.”
blow job queen michelle hussein obama is a welfare queen who believes everything should be handed to her.
i quote the new yorker:
“You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”
Give you something? You have a full-time maid, a salary over $300,000, a mansion Rezko helped you finance, and you want us to give you something? You have a personal trainer you visit four times a week, and your family only consumes organic food, and you believe complete strangers should GIVE you something? Take it somewhere else, honey. i am not a welfare program.
and the presidency is not a government handout, skank. you were handed your job at the university of chicago hospitals, and you were handed your raise as a result of your husbands ability to obtain earmarks for your employer, but i will not just hand you my vote, you indolent welfare queen. and yes, i understand you were allowed to sit on the board of tree house foods, a wal-mart affiliate, as a result of your husband’s position of us senator, but you will receive no handouts, government or otherwise from me, michelle hussein. go suck on something else, for i am not a welfare program.
The hits keep on coming and we’re still in the same thread…
yes, the university of chicago hospitals is seriously corrupt. and michelle obama is out of touch. discussing trust funds with voters in south carolina, asking them to give her something? take it to rezko, skank; at least he will hand you a wad of rezko cash.
and blow job queen/welfare queen michelle hussein obama has the appearance of a drag queen in this video, where she claims hillary clinton cannot run the white house as a result of bill clinton’s philandering
at least hillary can buy her own house, michelle. hillary did not have to beg for rezko cash. and she discusses role models in this video. welfare queens seeking handouts are not roll models, michelle hussein. take it to someone who will buy your bankrupt rhetoric, skank, for i am not a government program that exists to GIVE YOU SOMETHING.
I did not mention it earlier, as I thought it was a weak essay. But I guess you and others enjoyed it.
Sure enough, there was his MyDD diary featured at HillaryHub, an official campaign site “[p]aid for by Hillary Clinton for President,” credited to the other alias he uses when he blogs or comments on the web, truthteller2007:
In addition, truthteller2007’s MyDD diary was highlighted on Hillary Clinton’s main official campaign site in their daily “HUBdate” press release:
NCAskMe.com: Volunteers across the state today will gather to answer more than 6,000 questions that have been submitted since the launch of NCAskMe.com last Friday. Said one voter, “Hillary is not only prepared to listen; she is prepared to offer real solutions to the real problems experienced by real people.” Read more.
Now keep in mind, this isn’t supporter-generated content on HillaryHub or in the HUBdate press releases, these entries are compiled by a member or members of the campaign staff and the sites where the content is hosted are paid for by Hillary Clinton for President. And if you wanted to make the argument that there’s no way the Clinton staffer or staffers responsible could have known truthteller2007 had repeatedly referred to Michelle Obama as a “blow job queen” because he was using a different alias on Hillary is 44, let’s take a look at two comments made by truthteller2007 on MyDD, the same site Hillary’s staff linked to:
Re: Chicago Tribune: Rezko/Obama not sitting in a (1.50 / 2)
At least blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama has the mansion she purchased with Rezko cash and with the salary increase she received as a result of earmarks Barack Obama submitted on behalf of The University of Chicago hospitals.
Blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama is also a member of TUCC, and what motivates that gold digger is Rezko cash and the salary increases she obtains as a result of Barack Hussein Obama’s ability to earmark money on behalf of her employer, The University of Chicago Hospitals.
Some of Hillary’s online supporters recently accused the Obama campaign of sanctioning and/or organizing the event where radio host Randi Rhodes made offensive comments about Clinton and even went so far as to claim it was a fundraiser for Obama, accusations which were patently false. Now we have a clear and irrefutable example of Clinton’s campaign staff actively promoting the work of a blogger who has repeatedly referred to Michelle Obama as a “blow job queen” (among other things). I’d say Hillary Clinton or, at the very least, Clinton Campaign Internet Director Peter Daou should publicly condemn the comments made by truthteller2007/pulchritude and extend a profound apology to Michelle Obama for promoting the writings of a man who described their opponent’s wife in such unacceptably vile and sexist terms.
UPDATE (10:17AM): I added thumbnails of the HillaryClinton.com and HillaryHub.com screen grabs to the post to make it flow better. Also, fyi, I have screen grabs of every highlighted comment, but I won’t put those online unless necessary.
UPDATE (12:00PM): When I went looking for a Google cache of the HUBdate press release, I found this (scroll to bottom). The HUBdate press release spotlighting truthteller2007’s diary is attributed to none other than Clinton Communication Director Howard Wolfson in this blog entry and the reference to truthteller’s diary in Wolfson’s post has been scrubbed on the live site as well.
UPDATE (4/13 7:10PM): Both MyDD and No Quarter have deleted the “Hillary Is Receptive and Responsive to North Carolina Voters” posts from their blogs (cached versions available here and here). Somewhat odd in that the content of the post wasn’t the issue, just the author, but both sites don’t appear to have banned truthteller2007 nor have they deleted any of his “blow job queen” comments since my post. In addition, Charlotte 4 Hillary, a loose-knit group of Hillary supporters in Charlotte, has scrubbed every reference to the real identity of truthteller2007/pulchritude from their blog (which he linked to regularly, including in the “Hillary Is Receptive” post). Apparently another blog “outed” him by posting his full name and email address. I knew who he was on Friday (Charlotte 4 Hillary left quite a breadcrumb trail), but didn’t feel outing him was warranted regardless of his behavior. Mama done raised me right.
Senator John McCain has long made his decades of experience in foreign policy and national security the centerpiece of his political identity, and suggests he would bring to the White House a fully formed view of the world.
But now one component of the fractious Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the so-called pragmatists, some of whom have come to view the Iraq war or its execution as a mistake — is expressing concern that Mr. McCain might be coming under increased influence from a competing camp, the neoconservatives, whose thinking dominated President Bush’s first term and played a pivotal role in building the case for war.
The concerns have emerged in the weeks since Mr. McCain became his party’s presumptive nominee and began more formally assembling a list of foreign policy advisers. Among those on the list are several prominent neoconservatives, including Robert Kagan, an author who helped write much of the foreign policy speech that Mr. McCain delivered in Los Angeles on March 26, in which he described himself as “a realistic idealist.” Others include the security analyst Max Boot and a former United Nations ambassador, John R. Bolton.
Prominent members of the pragmatist group, often called realists, say they are also wary of the McCain campaign’s chief foreign policy aide, Randy Scheunemann, who was a foreign policy adviser to former Senators Trent Lott and Bob Dole and who has longtime ties to neoconservatives. In 2002, Mr. Scheunemann was a founder of the hawkish Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Iraqi exile and Pentagon favorite, Ahmad Chalabi.
The next time you see or hear a Clinton or Obama supporter say they will vote for McCain if their candidate doesn’t get the nomination, please rub their out-of-joint noses in those four paragraphs.
We all know that artists see things differently from the rest of us, but how many folks watch a grainy video of hooded captors shouting demands over a shuddering abductee and think, Ah! Romance! It turns out there are at least two: Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow. In their first collaboration, the rock musical Hostage Song, the playwright and lyricist-composer imagine a man and a woman—bound and blindfolded by an unnamed militia—who somehow manage to fall a little bit in love. At first blush, it may sound like an Eli Roth flick with jazz hands, but the result is a devastatingly poignant, strangely philosophical meditation on salvation that just happens to sport a sick downbeat.
A bitter Sir Elton John thinks America’s sexism may be sinking his friend Hillary Rodham Clinton.
John, a knighted British subject, said that gender discrimination is behind Clinton’s problems in the polls as he addressed 5,000 Clinton supporters at Radio City Musical Hall last night in an event that raised $2.5 million for the cash-strapped campaign.
“I never cease to be amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some people in this country,” said John, wearing a spangled black evening coat over a vermilion silk shirt. “I say to hell with them. ... I love you, Hillary, I’ll always be there for you.”