Thursday, April 24, 2008

“The Queen of Pork” by Matt Taibbi

This article by Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi, the best political writer working the circuit these days, hasn’t been getting a lot of attention, but it should:

One Sunday about three months ago — on the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in fact — I got out of bed very late and lazily switched on CNN. On the TV screen, Sen. Hillary Clinton was smiling broadly and wearing a black jacket over some strange Oriental get-up. She was standing next to influential black pastor Calvin Butts, in front of the latter’s famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Camera bulbs were flashing. An important announcement was about to be made.

Butts, it turns out, was endorsing Hillary over Barack Obama in the upcoming New York primary. I raised an eyebrow. It’s not that I expected Butts — perhaps the most prominent black minister in New York — to automatically endorse Obama simply because he is black. But I certainly didn’t expect to see Butts go on national television and make swipe after thinly veiled swipe at Obama, sounding like he was reading a script prepared for him by Hillary’s campaign team.

“This is no time for waiting or hoping for solutions,” quipped Butts, making an obvious reference to The Audacity of Hope author Obama and echoing the hope-ain’t-shit theme that had been pounded on the campaign trail by the Clinton camp over and over again.

The predominantly black crowd barely had time to scratch its collective head and ask what the hell was going on before the endorsement party abruptly ended, leaving the stunned audience to break out in scattered boos and dueling chants of “Harlem for Obama!” and “Hillary! Hillary!” The strange scene left some in the audience wondering what exactly they’d just seen. “What’s frustrating about ministers endorsing candidates,” an Obama supporter named Rafael Mason wondered to a reporter, “is it makes you question if their decision is representative of the church or if there’s a backroom discussion going on.”

Months later, while researching pork-barrel spending by the presidential candidates, I came across three federal budgetary awards requested by Hillary Clinton in this fiscal year:

  • $446,500 Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York, to support and expand youth and young-adult after-school and summer programs (Discretionary Grants — Juvenile Justice Programs) COM 08 D Rangel Schumer Clinton
  • $893,000 Abyssinian Development Corporation programs for at-risk youth, New York (Discretionary Grants — Juvenile Justice Programs) COM 08 D Rangel Clinton Schumer
  • $146,000 Abyssinian Development Corporation, to support and expand youth- and family-displacement prevention programs (Social Services — Department of Health and Human Services) LABHHS 08 D Clinton Schumer

If you haven’t already guessed, Calvin Butts is the chairman of the Abyssinian Development Corporation. The above-mentioned $1.5 million in federal funds that Hillary requested on behalf of Butts’ organization had been approved by Congress a month before she received the minister’s timely endorsement. Maybe the minister was following his conscience in endorsing Hillary — but then, it never hurts to have a little financial incentive when it comes to difficult decisions like these, does it?

Read it all.

MORE: This reminded me of Tom Vilsack’s abysmal performance on Faux News’ Insanity and Coma last week:

From KCCI in Des Moines:

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack gave Sen. Hillary Clinton his endorsement for her presidential campaign.

The Clinton campaign has promised Vilsack to help pay off a $400,000 campaign debt he built up during his run for the White House.

A representative for Clinton’s campaign said they are not sure how their campaign will do that. They concede that at some point, Clinton will have to contact her supporters.

The campaign said there is no connection between Vilsack’s endorsement and their commitment to help pay off his campaign debt.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/24/08 at 07:46 AM
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Carolina Chocolate Drops playing at Celebrate Brooklyn

I know I’m easy, but the fact that this video by the Carolina Chocolate Drops already has 37,000 views on YouTube gives me new faith in humanity. These guys are playing Celebrate Brooklyn on June 26th with the Dixie Hummingbirds. I’ll be there.

(via FREEwillemdafoe)

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/23/08 at 10:32 PM
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The smell test: McAwful

This doesn’t pass the smell test for me:

On MSNBC just now, top Hillary adviser Terry McAuliffe claimed that by the end of today, the Hillary campaign will have raised $10 million since she was declared winner yesterday.

The number of new donors to the campaign, according to McAuliffe: Fifty thousand.

McAuliffe has always given me the creeps and he was a disaster as DNC chariman.  He’s an oily political hack and an unrepentant liar. This is a sleaze play to quell the damaging chatter that the Clinton campaign is in bad financial shape. I’m just not buying it, especially coming from a Democrat who praised Faux News last night for being “fair and balanced”:

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/23/08 at 02:46 PM
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Pat Buchanan to Rachel Maddow: “Let’s hold the Marxist dialect”

My wife and I had to rewind the DVR last night to make sure we heard this correctly. Ladies and gents, I present Patrick Buchanan, friend of the rabid anti-Obama Hillshills and an utterly massive dickhead:

Realism = Marxism. Sweet.  If I were Rachel Maddow I would have replied, “Fascist says what?”

MSNBC, please mothball this racist fuckknuckle before he calls Maddow what we all know he’s dying to.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/23/08 at 08:04 AM
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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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