Saturday, April 19, 2008
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?
A: When someone is telling a “humorous” anecdote that involves Pope Benedict XVI.
Is he gone yet?
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
I’m sending these next two numbers out to every fucking moron who thinks Obama can’t beat McCain in the general election. Wake up!
[second video via Balloon Juice]
RELATED: From TPM...
Today’s Gallup tracking poll gives Barack Obama an 11-point lead over Hillary Clinton, his widest margin ever in Gallup’s polling. [...] The poll was conducted entirely after the “small town” controversy first erupted, a further indication that the whole flap has yet to actually harm Obama’s poll numbers.
Someone put alegre on a suicide watch.
FLASHBACK: I thought I overplayed my hand a bit with this post from January, but who knows. If he takes Pennsylvania after this overblown “bitter” brouhaha, I think my boomerang candidate label might be perfectly valid.
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 think I could pretty much award this every day to Fleadicker, but this one’s a doozy:
BOY is this getting out of hand!
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.
MORE: Cali noticed something I missed yesterday.
McCain: “Show daddy you love him.”
Lieberdog: “Arf. Arf.”
McCain: “Thatta boy. Here’s a biscuit”
What an asshole.
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.
MORE: Here’s a link to video of the beginning of Hillary’s appearance.
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.