Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Low Road to Victory

From The NY Times (which endorsed Hillary for the Dem nomination):

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

If nothing else, self interest should push her in that direction. Mrs. Clinton did not get the big win in Pennsylvania that she needed to challenge the calculus of the Democratic race. It is true that Senator Barack Obama outspent her 2-to-1. But Mrs. Clinton and her advisers should mainly blame themselves, because, as the political operatives say, they went heavily negative and ended up squandering a good part of what was once a 20-point lead.

On the eve of this crucial primary, Mrs. Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. A Clinton television ad — torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook — evoked the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war and the 9/11 attacks, complete with video of Osama bin Laden. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” the narrator intoned.

If that was supposed to bolster Mrs. Clinton’s argument that she is the better prepared to be president in a dangerous world, she sent the opposite message on Tuesday morning by declaring in an interview on ABC News that if Iran attacked Israel while she were president: “We would be able to totally obliterate them.”

By staying on the attack and not engaging Mr. Obama on the substance of issues like terrorism, the economy and how to organize an orderly exit from Iraq, Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don’t like negative campaigning. She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama.

Read it all.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/22/08 at 11:25 PM
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Stop pulling my leggo

In case you missed it, the latest knuckleheaded controversy “plaguing” the Obama campaign is “wafflegate.”  The story, in a fucknutshell, is that Obama asked a reporter if he could finish his meal instead of answering a question.  That’s it, but the rabid anti-Obama Hillshills have worked themselves up into a lather over it. John Brown takes them all down with one simple paragraph:

Anyone who is currently pretending the waffle incident matters should immediately screw his or her fucking head on straight, apologize to every single person they’ve insulted by pretending this story is meaningful and then place their hand in a hot waffle iron for 30 seconds.

Bravo.

 

 

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/22/08 at 12:50 PM
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Monday, April 21, 2008

We’ll “totally obliterate” Iran

From ABC News:

John McCain further displayed tough talk in an interview airing on “Good Morning America” Tuesday. ABC News’ Chris Cuomo asked McCain what he would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran,” McCain said. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

Oops, nope, sorry, that wasn’t McCain.  That was Hillary Clinton.

MORE: Here’s the clip…

MORE: She went all Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper on Olbermann, too.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/21/08 at 07:31 PM
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Autoharp Hell: “Hillary in the House”

Remember, you saw this autoharpalypse here first…

Not to be confused with the previous “Hillary in the House,” which we got zero credit for discovering.

UPDATE: It gets better (worse?), she cornered poor Chelsea in Baltimore a few months back and sang it for her sans autoharp.  I think that had to be an even worse experience for Chelsea than when she found out about you-know-what…

 

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/21/08 at 11:35 AM
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Obama in PA Happy News Roundup

From the Reading Eagle:

Steve Elmarzouky got a surprise phone call as he waited in line Sunday at Reading High School to attend presidential candidate Barack Obama’s town hall meeting.

Obama was about to make an unscheduled stop at the Heidelberg Family Restaurant after leaving Lebanon.

Elmarzouky raced to his car and sped toward the restaurant he owns along Route 422 in Heidelberg Township.

On the way, he got a phone call from Obama.

Obama told him to slow down, that he would wait for Elmarzouky to arrive.

From Daily Kos (w/ videos):

Scranton is Hillary’s “third” home, outside of Arkansas and New York, it’s where her Grandfather is Buried.  The blue collar town of 72,000+ poured out Sunday night to see Caroline Kennedy, Bob Casey and Senator Barack Obama. 

Swampland pegs the crowd at 4,800, really quite a showing for a city widely suspected of potentially going 75%+ for Hillary…

From NBC 10 in Philadelphia:

A day before the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, it appears Hillary Rodham Clinton will fend off a late charge from Barack Obama, the latest SurveyUSA poll found.

The poll, the fifth conducted exclusively for NBC 10 and several other local television stations throughout the state, concluded that women will carry Clinton to victory, despite a surge for Obama in the southeast portion of the state.

According to the survey, Clinton will carry the symbolically important popular vote, but not by enough to gain material advantage in pledged delegates, according to the final SurveyUSA tracking poll for the primary.

The survey concluded that Clinton will finish with 50 percent, 6 percentage points ahead of Obama. The margin of sampling error is 3.8 percent.

Looking only at SurveyUSA numbers and ignoring the polls that have been released by 12 competing pollsters in Pennsylvania, Obama gained ground in a week when he was largely on defense and off-message. Last week, SurveyUSA had Clinton ahead by 14 points. Monday, in a poll conducted using the identical methodology, SurveyUSA found Clinton ahead by 6 points.

(More polling info here—not updated with this new SUSA result yet)

From Michael Moore:

I don’t get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn’t get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.

So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor? Will you please cast my vote—and yours—on Tuesday for Senator Barack Obama?

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/21/08 at 07:52 AM
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The most important thing happening tomorrow will *not* be the Pennsylvania primary

Fuck politics, let’s rock…

The Replacements

Tomorrow Rhino Records will finally release remastered and expanded deluxe editions of the Replacement’s first four Twin/Tone releases: Stink, Hootenany, Let it Be and, my personal favorite, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash. I still think only one rock band has put out four better studio releases in a row and that’s the Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.). Feel free to point out how completely wrong I am about that in the comments.

FLASHBACK: The Replacements—Live at the 7th Street Entry (1981)

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/21/08 at 05:40 AM
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

“Thats funyy” by Patrick Henry

“That’s funyy,” a poem by Patrick Henry:

Thats funyy..
He ison CNN right now
      talking lived in PENN…
Its all,
      “She said, She said, ”
She is throwing th kithcen Sink,
She is throwing the Buffet”..
      etc etc..

‘Thats Ok” Thats OK..”

Oh YES…
      He’s the GREAT BLABBAMA…

He just go’s Blab….
      Blab…
            Blab…

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/19/08 at 03:31 PM
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Hero of the day: Father Michael Pfleger

Father Michael Pfleger bitch-slaps one of Bill O’Reilly’s goons:

(via Blue Girl, Red State)

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/19/08 at 09:38 AM
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“I can look out my Window” by Patrick Henry

“I can look out my Window” by Patrick Henry

I can look out my Window…
see all the Plum, Pear, Cherry Trees
      in full blossom..
I can see all the Daffodils in full Bloom…
and all the new growth on all
      My roser plants…
I can see Blue sky..
and Robins..

I also can look down the street and
see gas heading for Four dollars a gallon
      at the Pump..
and heard there is a growing food crisis in the world..
      and i worry about the very poor people
in Impoverished Countrys..
I am Not Bitter..
never Bitter..
But I have My Concerns..
but I know I am not alone..
because of all of you..

I too, Have a “DREAM”..
for America..
and good government…
and the American people UNITING
      because the TRUTH
has brought them together..

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/19/08 at 08:30 AM
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Q: What is the best time to hear forced laughter on TV?

A: When someone is telling a “humorous” anecdote that involves Pope Benedict XVI.

Is he gone yet?

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/19/08 at 08:21 AM
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Friday, April 18, 2008

The Colbert Report: EdWords

A lot of attention has been focussed on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton appearing on The Colbert Report last night (you could have built a log cabin using Hillary’s delivery), but John Edwards was the clear winner:

Who knew?  Bravo.

MORE: The stupid, it burns.

IN ADDITION: I know this’ll shock a few people, but I thought Hillary supporter Ed Rendell kicked ass Wednesday night as well.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/18/08 at 01:23 PM
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

There’s a sick part of me that wants Hillary to win the nomination

Why? After seeing this and this it struck me that watching these two blithering nincompoops leading the blogojeer for Hillary against their dull-eyed, drooling wingnut mentors will be awfully entertaining to watch.  It’ll be the ultimate fucktard cage match. I’ve even come up with a name for it just in case it goes down: Sad Hacks Beyond Thunderdumb.

Or ... The End of the Blogosphere As We Know It.

Nothing can survive an onslaught of that much unrelenting dueling douchebaggery.

(Hat tip to douglas in comments)

MORE: Good christ, the LA Times’ Andrew Malcolm is rolling out this bullshit, too:

This is one of those political moments that really needs few words.

We’ll no doubt hear much more about this incident in coming days.

I can think of those “few words,” Malcolm: “fuck” and “you.” No finger necessary.

UPDATE: Here’s another angle (and clearly the best to refute this goofiness) shot by Ustream.  If you watch the full-screen version and scroll to the 20:50 mark, you can clearly see that he was scratching his face with two fingers.  And, yes, I feel embarrassed to be human even to have to bother posting this.

UPDATE: Kyle from Comments from Left Field asks an important question...

You know, the blogosphere was at least partly intended to keep the media from being silly. Who will come along to do the same for us?

UPDATE: moreperfectunion posted screenshots from the Ustream video at MyHRC….

We can has the sanities now? 

Oops, guess not.

I’m going to introduce a new game I came up with where everyone gets to pick wingnut blogger counterparts for the online Hillshills.  I think it’s pretty clear at this point that SusanUnPC’s wingnut counterpart is Pamela at Atlas Shrugs (all that’s missing are the vlogs). Feel free to play along in the comments.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/17/08 at 11:29 PM
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George Stephanopoulos—“In Memoriam”

I was out last night, so I recorded the debate.  Judging from what I’ve been reading, I should just click “delete” and be done with it.  (More from Greg Mitchell.)

MORE: “An open letter to Charlie Gibson and George Stephanapoulos

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/17/08 at 08:12 AM
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Truthiless

Example #1 and example #2.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/16/08 at 01:07 PM
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Democrat Taylor Marsh running ad for book comparing Obama to Mussolini

Faux-talk radio host and blogger Taylor Marsh (her site header proclaims she’s “the antidote to right-wing talk”) is a member of the Blogads network and its invite-only “Advertise Liberally” hive.  For the record, back when I ran my previous blog Catch.com I was a member of both Blogads and Advertise Liberally.

Here’s a simple description of how Blogads works: A potential advertiser creates an ad using the Blogads interface and chooses blogs they would like their ad to run on. Chosen blog owners then receive an email notifying them of the request for ad placement.  The blogger is then required to log-in to their Blogads admin panel, review the ad and either accept or reject it. This protects the blog owner from having an ad running on their site that they find objectionable or wouldn’t want their blog to be associated with. The Blogads member has total control of all ads that run on their site.

Now let’s look at the approved ad I saw running on Democrat Taylor Marsh’s blog early yesterday, displayed directly under the “Advertise Liberally” banner:

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As of this writing (10:00 am ET) this ad is still running on Taylor’s blog today (full screenshot available on request).  Take a close look at the image of the book cover.  That’s a picture of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini on the left doing the Nazi salute.  In case you don’t recognize the photo, it’s a cropped version of this one:

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That’s Hitler on the right.  You may have heard about him.

The book cover also features a photo of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to the right of the shot of Mussolini. To the average person it looks like he’s smiling and waving.  When paired with the image of Mussolini it’s pretty clear what the implication is. That’s right: Barack Obama is a fascist.  Charming.

Now let’s look at where you go when you click the ad approved by Democrat Taylor Marsh and running prominently on her blog.  Here’s a description of the book Obama - the Postmodern Coup: The Making of a Manchurian Candidate, written by conspiracy-theory crackpot and self-published author (just like Taylor!) Webster Griffin Tarpley, that can be found after clicking on the ad:

The Making of a Manchurian Candidate… Barack Obama is a troubled personality, the megalomaniac front man for a postmodern coup by intelligence agencies using fake polls, mobs of adolescents, super-rich backers, and orchestrated media hysteria to short-circuit normal politics and seize power. Obama comes from the orbit of the Ford Foundation, and has never won an election in a real contest. His guru and controller is Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Trilateral Commission co-founder and mad Russia-hater. Zbig wants a showdown with Russia and China far more dangerous for the US than the Bush-Cheney Iraq quagmire. Obama’s economics are pure Skull & Bones/Chicago school austerity and sacrifice for American working families, to bail out the bankrupt Wall Street financiers who own him. Obama’s lemming legions and Kool-Aid cult candidacy hearken back to Italy in 1919-1922, and raise a spectre of postmodern fascism in America. No voter can afford to ignore the lessons contained in this book.

Here’s a “press release” for the book with additional, ahem, info.

I don’t think there’s really much to add.

Democrat Taylor Marsh chose to run this ad on her blog, directly under the “Advertise Liberally” banner. Taylor Marsh used to think it was a bad thing to imply that Democrats were fascists. Taylor Marsh should be ashamed of herself as should any Democratic/liberal/progressive blog who still blogrolls her. Taylor Marsh isn’t the antidote to right-wing talk anymore.  Taylor Marsh is the antithesis of left-wing talk.

MORE: If you’d like to ask the person who’s running the Advertise Liberally hive why someone who would run that offensive ad under the Advertise Liberally banner is allowed to remain on the roster when there are probably plenty of worthy liberal blogs*, who would never in a million years run an ad like that, waiting to be rolled into the network (“Advertise Liberally is currently not accepting any new members for the foreseeable future.”), their contact info is available here.

* Please note: I have not requested reentry into the Advertise Liberally hive, just in case anyone thinks I’m angling to take Taylor’s spot.

MORE: Taylor Marsh would like people to email Air America and XM about getting her on the air.  I think Air America, in particular, should probably hear from you folks.

UPDATE (3:56 PM): Thanks to Oliver Willis for linking to this. DU has picked it up as well. If any bloggers on the Blogads network received and rejected this ad, I’d be interested in hearing from you in comments or via our tips email (link top left). As I type this Taylor has a writer for The New Republic sitting in her “home studio” with her for a piece they’re putting together on her. And, yes, the ad is still running on her blog.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/16/08 at 09:02 AM
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