Monday, July 28, 2008
Oliver Stone’s “W.”
The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about Dubya is out…
The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about Dubya is out…
Those silly, silly PUMAs have been roaring since Barack spoke in Berlin that there were PUMAs handing out anti-Obama leaflets at the event (“we are everywhere!”). The one thing they’ve consistently avoided mentioning when touting their newfound world domination is that the source for this information was Helga Zepp-LaRouche, wife of perennial presidential candidate and chief conspiracy crackpot Lyndon LaRouche. The story originated at the Lyndon LaRouche PAC web site:
Because what the misled teenagers on the Fan Mile along the way to the Victory Column apparently weren’t aware of, is that many early Obama supporters in the United States now feel that they have been tricked: Obama’s machine has replaced African-American regional party leaders with Establishment apparatchiks. Instead, a whole slew of new organizations have been springing up like mushrooms, demanding an open party convention, and the nomination of Hillary Clinton in an open roll-call vote.
In Berlin, supporters of one of these organizations, PUMA (Party Unity My Ass), were distributing leaflets calling for such an open party convention. Obama’s security team confiscated the leaflets, not only from the PUMA organizers themselves, but also from any spectator who passed through the security gate, leaflet in hand. So much for Obama’s oft-cited “change.”
Now here’s the kicker ... the folks distributing leaflets in Berlin weren’t disaffected Democrats turned PUMAs, they were Lyndon Larouche supporters posing as PUMAs:
No large political gathering is complete without some of Lyndon LaRouche’s followers. They were out in force distributing flyers with the headline “P.U.M.A.: Party Unity My Ass,” accusing Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean of subverting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Even though the article I referenced is from The American Spectator, it’s a pretty even-keeled account of what went down that day. Regardless (it is the Spectator, after all), I decided to do a little more research and found my way to this article by Christian Science Monitor correspondent Jeffrey White at World Politics Review:
“We want an open convention, when the names of all major candidates are on the ballot,” said Florian [last name removed per request], 24, who passed out leaflets for a pro-Hillary Clinton group that wants to see the senator from New York’s name still put to Democratic National Convention delegates next month.
“We also think Obama is not able to cope with the problems that we face in this world. Hillary Clinton is,” he said.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you Florian [last name removed per request], concerned Democrat:
First, we would like to thank Florian [last name removed per request] of the Berlin LaRouche Youth Movement. Without his assistance, we would not have been able to create the website you see here.
MORE: This isn’t the first time CockLaRouches have posed as PUMAs, apparently with full approval of selected-not-elected PUMA head “10 Million Dollar” Will Bower.
RELATED: Both the American Spectator article and this diary version of White’s article give a pretty clear indication of how the they-were-there-for-the-music-and-the-food meme being floated by wingnuts and PUMAs is utter hogwash. I got a chuckle outta this line:
Later a live band called Raymond [sic] took the stage. Simon Gierke, 27, a native of Hamburg, commented, “They are the worst band ever to come out of Germany.”
Kinda related to Kevin’s “Cruel and Unusual” post below – I followed the link to Flowbee’s Fortress of Fucknuttery and was amused to find an “official statement” from Just Say No Brains, which read, in part:
“While we appreciate the Obama Campaign’s hospitality, on behalf of furthering US international relations, offering free bratwurst, pizza and even beer for three hours during the free rock concert, we question whether or not the monies might have been better spent here on financially strapped US citizens….
As opposed to the $10 millllllllllion the PUMA goons supposedly raised in July to pay off a multi-millionaire’s campaign debt (money Senator Clinton’s own people believe is a figment of the PUMA’s unhinged imaginations). There couldn’t possibly be a better use for that money – well, maybe they could use it to refurbish Bower’s sofa or something. There’s probably enough for that. More from Just Say No Brains:
“Furthermore the Just Say No Deal Coalition identifies this pattern as deceptive to media consumers. Similarly, back on May 20, 2008 in Portland, Oregon, the critically acclaimed local band Decemberists performed a rare free concert prior to Senator Obama’s appearance (note: there are no reports of free refreshments being served during this appearance).
While news stories generated by both appearances focused on the enormity of the crowd size, few reports mentioned the accompanying perks, leaving some to question whether revelers are showing up for Senator Obama or for free food and entertainment.
Without this additional information, Just Say No Deal contends that Americans are being misled about the presumptive Democratic nominee’s true popularity.”
Whereas Just Say No Brains’ Mr. Bower isn’t misleading anyone by claiming that his gaggle of sore losers and low-traffic blogs comprise 2.5 million people and 250 sites – with no credible evidence whatsoever to support that claim.
Look, John McCain probably warms up the crowd at the senior center’s all purpose room with free barbershop quartet performances prior to his crappy “town hall” meetings. You can’t ask people to sit around for hours looking at a blank stage – there were speakers or entertainment of some sort at every large public event I’ve ever attended in my entire life. I guess the PUMAs don’t get out enough to know that.
As for enticing people with free refreshments, if Bower and his handful of PUMA psychos staged a nearby rally that was preceded by the dispensing of free quality beer and pizza, I might show up for the suds and pie, but I’d definitely drift off once the PUMA whinging commenced – that or lead the crowd in a repudiation of the stupefying nonsense Bower and Co. would spew.
This doesn’t happen at Obama rallies. The crowd sticks around to hear the senator speak, and the enthusiasm is obvious to anyone who isn’t a gibbering PUMA nutbag. Hell, PUMA can’t even muster more than a handful of crackpots (or a lone loon!) to offer a counter demonstration at Obama or DNC events, so this is clearly a losing line of attack for them. I hope they keep it up.
This post by TexasDroolin at Flowbee‘s Fortress of Fucknuttery claiming 200,000 Germans were lured to Obama’s speech with crap rock and pork knuckles is funny enough as a stand-alone (yes, they’re playing that game again), but the comments really knock it out of the park, especially this one:
Comment by RepublicanChick | 2008-07-27 16:54:37
LOL! Oops! I posted the whole thing below as my son was a listener of The Decemberists until I went and did some research on the group.
Yes, it’s censorship in my home. However, I’m not paying for that kind of crap to infilitrate my kids. So it is back to Three Doors Down for him and my peace of mind back.
From the LAT‘s James Rainey:
The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.
You read it right: tougher on the Democrat.
During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.
Network reporting also tilted against McCain, but far less dramatically, with 43% of the statements positive and 57% negative, according to the Washington-based media center.
Conservatives have been snarling about the grotesque disparity revealed by another study, the online Tyndall Report, which showed Obama receiving more than twice as much network air time as McCain in the last month and a half. Obama got 166 minutes of coverage in the seven weeks after the end of the primary season, compared with 67 minutes for McCain, according to longtime network-news observer Andrew Tyndall.
I wrote last week that the networks should do more to better balance the air time. But I also suggested that much of the attention to Obama was far from glowing.
That earned a spasm of e-mails that described me as irrational, unpatriotic and . . . somehow . . . French.
And before any wingnuts or PUMAs claim that the Center for Media and Public Affairs suffers from a pro-Obama bias, please proceed to their web site aand check out some of their research during the primaries.
One of the most passionate and popular anti-Obama, Hillary-supporting vloggers on YouTube, Manny (aka “idiotwind75”), posted a pretty honest and encouraging vlog yesterday. I’ve seen several of his vlogs in the past (including one that was posted at No Quarter) and, boy, was he one angry dude (you can check out what’s left of them here), but he’s finally come around. If Manny can step back and take a deep breath, maybe there’s more hope for the last of the Hillary holdouts than I had previously thought. Check it out:
My pals Colin and Miss Mira picked up on this when The Daily Show ran the clip on Thursday and, fortunately, MSNBC’s Dan Abrams did, too:
More info at Daily Kos. [hat tip Mr. Butters]
From the Just Say No Deal calendar:
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Demonstration-Michelle Obama in Ft Myers, FL
Demonstration @ Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers, FL
Contact Bob Kunst by e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
From The New York Times:
Last month, the McCain campaign startlingly added Arizona to its list of 24 “battleground states,” a fact that state Democrats have clung to like sprinkles on a soft-serve ice cream cone.
“John McCain has striking vulnerabilities here,” said Emily DeRose, spokeswoman for the Arizona Democratic Party. “We are going to take him to the mat. We are not giving him a pass in Arizona.”
What is more, the state’s Republican Party is more or less in disarray, split between its moderate and staunchly conservative factions. Its chairman, who cheerfully attended a Ron Paul campaign event here just two months ago, has been a thorn in Mr. McCain’s political side for years. On Super Tuesday, Mr. McCain captured 47 percent of his party’s voters, hardly the resounding victory that a candidate who has represented his state for over 25 years might expect.
The Democratic ambitions may be largely bluster. Neither Mr. McCain nor Senator Barack Obama, his presumed rival this fall, appears to be spending money in the state. There are no advertisements, and the Obama campaign has no paid staff here.
While Democrats welcomed the McCain campaign’s description of Arizona as a battleground state, the pronouncement could also have been a strategic move, done to raise money or motivate volunteers at home, or to mess with the minds of the opposition.
“I didn’t take that too seriously,” said Mr. Pullen, the Republican chairman. “I probably should have called them to ask why. It could have been a trap for Obama.”
I grew weary of syncing up the videos with the sound near the end, but I kinda like the abrupt finish.
This is disappointing news:
Sound waves, goo guns won’t be used on DNC protesters
Denver officials expect to spend more than $18 million on police equipment for the Democratic National Convention — but the purchases apparently won’t include high-tech weapons that use sonic waves to incapacitate protesters or goo guns to immobilize them.
Later, the city disclosed more details about its purchases, which currently are projected to come in at $18.2 million.
They will not include non-lethal weapons that use “slime” or “goo” to immobilize protesters or that use microwaves or sonic waves to induce pain or other discomfort. Some convention watchers had alleged that the city might purchase a weapon that would cause people to defecate.
I was kinda looking forward to seeing these experimental crowd control techniques deployed against the tens of unhinged PUMAs who will show up in Denver next month – the Mad Autoharpist’s strings mercifully silenced by a stream of slime or Harriet “Inadequate Black Male” Christian shitting her gauchos and espadrilles after being hit with the mighty defecation ray. Another dream dashed.
Robert Novak, who is five years older than John McCain, ran over a guy and then drove off, claiming to be unaware that he’d hit the victim, who was “splayed across Novak’s windshield.” Now some folks are speculating that Novak knew perfectly well he’d nailed a pedestrian and was just too much of an asshole to let a minor detail like that delay whatever evil errand he was on.
However, to Floridians like yours truly, this story has a familiar ring – this kind of shit happens all the time down here. For example, a confused old codger ran over a dude in a nearby town and drove for miles with the unfortunate victim lodged in his windshield. He didn’t notice the body until a toll booth attendant alerted him to the situation. I swayer, this is a true story. A local radio station even has a jingle they play in advance of broadcasting such stories. The lyrics go like this:
Hit the gas instead of the brake
Another old fart makes a big mistake.
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!
Why does God hate John McCain? Maybe because McCain is gunning for his job?
After stepping on his dick all week (McCain, not God), the candidate decided to suck some oxygen away from Obama’s World Tour by staging an oil rig photo op to polish his domestic policy cred. And God promptly smote the oil rig with Hurricane Dolly.
Sweet weeping Jesus on a windmill, McCain just can’t win. Odds are he crashes the Straight Talk Express into a war orphan burn unit before this is over.
[ELECT MCCAIN GOD PHOTO VIA TPM]
The video editing software I used sucked ass and kept crashing every 15 minutes, but I think it turned out okay, especially considering I’d never used the software before yesterday. Enjoy.
So it seems that while I was away in Rat City for a long weekend, Barack Obama not only drank Surgey McSurgepants’ foreign policy milkshake, he crushed the empty container and crammed it sideways up the old fart’s arse. And to add to the fun, McCain is now whining about the bias of the media that has spent the last 8 years enthusiastically polishing his withered old knob!
McCain should instead be thanking his lucky stars that the media aren’t around to notice that he revealed he knows doodley-squat about his signature issue. But NOOOOO, he decided to have a rage-o-holic temper tantrum, stomping his widdle feet and pounding his teeny fists in an impotent fury that all the government health care-issued Viagra in the world can’t cure:
This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.
Even McCain fan boy Joe Klein considered labeling an opponent a traitor a bit over the top, calling McCain’s comment “scurrilous” and “shockingly unpresidential.” Whoa, dude! You lost Joe Fucking Klein! Will Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham team up to kick McCain in the junk next? A bemused world waits.