Eternal Recurrence 2008
April 13, 2008Deja Vu
MADRID -- Reporting from Spain where I just saw a huge Picasso exhibit at the Reina Sofia Museum. Picasso's Guernica screams as loud now as it did when he painted it in 1937 as a white hot expression of outrage over the bombing of the city of Guernica by German Nazi bombers in support of their fascist buddy in Spain. It's the kind of crap that has been going on in Iraq for five years now. We have become desensitized to mass mechanized killing. Why did the French and English governments recognize and thereby enable the Franco dictatorship in February 1939? The freedom-loving Spanish people were abandoned and isolated and the fascist dictator Franco held power until his death in 1975. Why?
Meanwhile, couldn't help noticing some interesting things in the news.
Election Fraud Eternal Recurrence -- Mark Crispin Miller's new book Loser Take All: Election Fraud and The Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008 is out and addresses one of the most serious problems America now faces. Oddly, it's a problem that could be solved quite easily if there was the will to do it. But again we find the American people in many cases, but certainly the corporate media and the hostage congress in a trance, unable or unwilling to face the problem of a voting system that is broken down. Changing Times Changing Minds -- Is it my imagination, or is the awareness that something is terribly wrong in the official account of 9/11 spreading outward and upward? This, like the election fraud story, has been pushed violently out of the collective consciousness for years in spite of very pronounced failures in the official report to account for what we know happened. But one by one people of good reputation are breaking ranks and openly questioning the official story. Now we have a report in the New York Sun on Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University, who was named by unanimous vote of the U.N. Human Rights Council to a newly created position to report on human rights in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. Falk was named to monitor Israel for the Human Rights Council, but he is now calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the 9/11 attacks. Falk said, "It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I don't think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess." It's a momentous historical event that such an opinion, rational as it may be, is appearing in the mainstream press at all. Also noteworthy is the tone of the article. It's an informative article that reports the story without the knee-jerk compulsion to constantly denounce the very idea of asking questions about 9/11. This is very significant. Israel doesn't want him in the country. It Was Rove -- Now almost miraculously released from prison, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is fingering Rove not only in manipulations of the Department of Justice to use it as a political hit squad, but also in the widespread election fraud of the Bush period. See Mark Crispin Miller at democraticunderground.com
April 14, 2008Trivializing the Process -- One of AOL News' top stories is a big drama over whether Obama uttered a no-no. Apparently he said something about frustrated people becoming bitter. This statement has "given Clinton an opening." It doesn't even say what it was that he said that caused the controversy, supposedly, until deep into the article. When you read it, it's not really such a big thing, but by then you're beyond the comment and deeply into this big drama. Referring to people who are frustrated with economic conditions, he said, "It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." This is what the big hassle is about? I believe that this constant trivializing of the real issues facing Americans and reducing the campaign to a series of trivial arguments over some supposedly offensive comment serves at least two purposes. It distracts people from the appalling issues that really face Americans and are relevant to their choice of whom to vote for. And secondly, it reduces it all to such petty crap that it turns people off of the whole thing. Either way it serves to keep people from the real problems and from any effective action to deal with the problems. It's all superficial talk about the campaign as a contest, not about the issues themselves, and there's little indication that the campaign has any other substance besides these totally superfical comments back and forth.
So? Can the people stop the power usurpers from attacking Iran? William Cormier opednews.com thinks yes. Piling on the BS -- A fascinating insight from Theda Skocpol, who writes that, "I have been in meetings with the Clintons and their advisors where very clinical things were said in a very-detached tone about unwillingness of working class voters to trust government -- and Bill Clinton -- and about their unfortunate (from a Clinton perspective) proclivity to vote on life-style rather than economic issues. To see Hillary going absolutely over the top to smash Obama for making clearly more humanly sympathetic observations in this vein, is just amazing. Even more so to see her pretending to be a gun-toting non-elite. Give us a break! I wonder if she realizes that gaining a few days of lurid publicity that might reach a slice of voters is going to cost her a great deal in the regard of many Democrats, whose strong support she will need if she somehow claws her way to the nomination -- and even more so if she does not clinch the nomination. The distribution of 'we're not bitter' stickers to her campaign rallies is the height of over-the-top crudity, and the reports are that very few audience members seem to have much enthusiasm for this nonsense. Not surprisingly, people cannot see the reasons for so much fuss." talkingpointsmemo.com
April 15, 2008The Circus From Afar
SEVILLE, Spain -- One of the most striking things for an American abroad is the experience of being outside of the American media fishbowl. I open up AOL News, one of the most idiotic, low-minded, talking-down media sources and the top story that flashes back at me is "Obama Mocks Clinton". Oh golly! Did he really do that? That little shit! Buried somewhere the article there may be a soundbite from the performance referred to. God forbid they actually discuss some of the issues that are squeezing the American people to death. And I have not the slightest doubt that corporate America, the operator of the propaganda machine known as the mainstream media knows exactly what it is doing, making these candidates look like nasty, squabbling children, while avoiding any substantive reporting on the ongoing crises of America. Just shove all the rabble to the sidelines, keep the masses out of the way! That's the mandate of the corporate media. This is not just an accident, not just "they'll do whatever sells". No, it's worse than that, though that is bad enough considering our Constitution (remember that?) designated a free press as an essential part of a functioning republic. The forgotten document was designed explicitly to prevent abuses of power. Any idea why it's been hammered so mercilessly by the Cheneyites?
Mentioning the Unmentionable -- Meanwhile, a few interesting items surfaced in spite of the random noise generated by the corporate media to confuse and distract the masses. Obama went on the record as saying, "By the way, I have to say, I think Al Gore won," in response to a comment made by Hillary Clinton disparaging Gore. (See Buzzflash). Though this is a fact shown by a media consortium that counted the votes but was too timid to make it clear (see KeatingPaper), in the bizarro world of American political media, it's an extremely radical thing to say. See some more amplification on this by Mark Crispin Miller. What They Didn't Say -- While the Big Media was erupting orgasmically over Obama's "mocking" of Clinton, El Presidente admitted he approved torture methods. (see ABC, Washington Post) Bush: "I'm not so sure what's so startling about that." Why has this criminal not been impeached yet? (Tell congress to impeach Bush and Cheney here.) Break in the Barrier -- Here's some good commentary on the reporting by the New York Sun that a U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel called for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which is in itself news, news about news, metanews. (opednews.com) More Scorched Earth -- Hillary Clinton said Gore and Kerry lost their elections because they "didn't understand and respect the values and the way of life of so many of our fellow Americans." Actually they did not lose their respective elections without some big help from fake voting machines, but the point here, made by The Australian, is that "The unprovoked attacks on Mr Gore and Senator Kerry came as a British newspaper reported that Mr Gore and former president Jimmy Carter would either privately or publicly appeal to Senator Clinton to pull out of the Democratic primaries and clear the way for Senator Obama to be anointed as the party's candidate for the November presidential election." The Clintons, who hang out socially with the Bushes, are now trying to claim that Obama is "elitist".
April 16, 2008End Game
SEVILLE, Spain -- Looking at the U.S. from what feels like a relatively safe distance, here are some of the headlines that catch my eye today.
Getting Serious -- Never ever understimate the ruthlessness of Cheney-Bush and company, or their utter lack of moral restraint or respect for the law or the people. Think about it, this administration has never governed like it gave a fuck what any of the people think. They express utter contempt for anything that stands in their way. Do I err? Now then, consider the following. Really consider it. We do not live in a vacuum isolated from history, though your high school history text and CNN may try to portray such a world of changeless inevitability where every morning the same day begins again just like the last one. But under the surface, history does continue. There are always tyrants standing ready to usurp power when an opportunity presents itself. It is human nature, an eternal recurrence of human history.
Lewis Seiler, former congressman and the president of Voice of the Environment, and Dan Hamburg, executive director of Voice of the Environment, wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle , "Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of 'an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.' Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees. According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of 'all removable aliens' and 'potential terrorists.'" That is, whoever The President deems an enemy. See also infowars.net for more on this.
Air America Lost and Confused -- Now that Air America suspended Randi Rhodes for using dirty words in her comedy act -- not on the air -- she has reportedly found a new job. She talks about the situation on MySpace. Air America is justified to prohibit its hosts from saying things on the air that are prohibited by the FCC. But if Randi gets raunchy in her comedy act, what does Air America have to get hot about? Air America is acting like the mainstream corporate media, creating a sense of fear, zero tolerance for beliefs that may be outside of what the corporate media has defined as the acceptable zone. Air America's anti-free speech stance extends beyond its own broadcasts to any behavior of a person who has a program on the show. If Air America is going to be just as much of an establishment ass-kisser as CNN, what is its point in existing. Why doesn't The McLaughlin Report fire Pat Buchanan for saying Blacks should kiss the ground in thanks that their ancestors were dragged to America with chains around their necks and converted to Christianity? Why isn't O'Reilly fired for writing about sleazy sex acts? Apparently free speech is only for right wing lunatics in America. Air America, we don't need any more establishment "mainstream" chicken media. Fighting Words -- Asked if he would prosecute criminals in the Bush administration if elected president, Obama gave a politician-like non-committal non-answer, saying he would "immediately review the information that's already there" and determine if an inquiry is warranted -- but also that he worried that such a probe could be spun as "a partisan witch hunt." He would go ahead if there was willful criminality, because "nobody is above the law." (see huffingtonpost.com). Unfortunately this is exactly the reason the Bush-Cheney-McCain team will go to unprecedented lengths to make sure Obama does not become president. The Clintons hang out socially with the Bush family these days, so there are no worries about any Bush crimes coming to light if they gain control of the White House. Obama appears to be a little more of a wild card. They will try anything to stop him, and they have a lot of power. Foresight in Hindsight -- Alex Jones in summer of 2001 in effect predicted 9/11. Check it out on youtube. 'Nothing There' -- Here is some news footage from the crash site in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, footage that only appeared that day, and never was seen again. Check it out on youtube.com
April 18, 2008
An Abuse of the Public Airwaves -- Will Bunch of The Philadelphia Daily News, wrote to ABC's Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos: "It's hard to know where to begin with this, less than an hour after you signed off from your Democratic presidential debate here in my hometown of Philadelphia, a televised train wreck that my friend and colleague Greg Mitchell has already called, quite accurately, "a shameful night for the U.S. media." It's hard because - like many other Americans - I am still angry at what I just witnesses, so angry that it's hard to even type accurately because my hands are shaking... With your performance tonight - your focus on issues that were at best trivial wastes of valuable airtime and at worst restatements of right-wing falsehoods, punctuated by inane "issue" questions that in no way resembled For tthe real world concerns of American voters - you disgraced my profession of journalism, and, by association, me and a lot of hard-working colleagues who do still try to ferret out the truth, rather than worry about who can give us the best deal on our capital gains taxes." Come Out from Hiding, Karl -- According to Larisa Alexandrovna, "The House Judiciary Committee is taking Karl Rove up on an offer to testify about claims that he influenced a federal corruption case against former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama. The committee on Thursday asked former White House adviser Rove to appear under oath soon. (atlargely.com). See also Locust Fork Journal. Cold -- Theda Skocpol, who attended a "January 1995 meeting convened by the Clintons at Camp David to help them sort through the 1994 election debacle and help him prepare for the 1995 State of the Union Address," recalls on the Huffington Post that while Bill Clinton showed real empathy for "the ordinary people whose motives and supposedly misguided choices were under analysis," Hillary's attitude toward working class whites who had not supported Clinton in 1994 was hard nosed. "what is clear in both in my memory and my notes is that there was extensive, hard-nosed discussion about why masses of voters did not support Clinton or trust government or base their choices on economic as opposed to what people saw as peripheral life-style concerns. Hillary Clinton was among the most cold-blooded analysts in attendance," writes Skocpol. "She spoke of ordinary voters as if they were a species apart, and showed interest only in the political usefulness of their choices -- usefulness to the Clinton administration, that is." The article was in response to another on Huffington Post by Sam Stein. Deserved Insult -- A Wall Street Journal parody featuring a topless Ann Coulter is almost as disgusting as the real Konservative Kitten. See Huffington Post.
April 19, 2008Clinton's Anti-Anti War Passion -- If it is not apparent from her actions, Hillary Clinton has made it clear she has no use for anti-war activists. According to Celeste Fremon on the Huffington Post, "At a small closed-door fundraiser after Super Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton blamed what she called the 'activist base' of the Democratic Party -- and MoveOn.org in particular -- for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had "flooded" state caucuses and 'intimidated' her supporters, according to an audio recording of the event obtained by The Huffington Post." According to talkingpointsmemo.com, Clinton said, "We have been less successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base of the Democratic Party. MoveOn didn't even want us to go into Afghanistan. I mean, that's what we're dealing with. And you know they turn out in great numbers. And they are very driven by their view of our positions, and it's primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don't agree with them. They know I don't agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show up to support me." MoveOn executive director Eli Pariser responded: "Senator Clinton has her facts wrong again. MoveOn never opposed the war in Afghanistan, and we set the record straight years ago when Karl Rove made the same claim."
More Clinton Defections -- Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich endorses Barack Obama. huffingtonpost.com Hear This, Barack! -- According to Paul Krugman in the NT Times, Obama's statement that the jobs in the midwest fell through during the Bush and Clinton administrations off the mark. "In fact, the Clinton years were very good for working Americans in the Midwest, where real median household income soared before crashing after 2000... We can argue about how much credit Bill Clinton deserves for that boom. But if I were a Democratic Party elder, I’d urge Mr. Obama to stop blurring the distinction between Clinton-era prosperity and Bush-era economic distress." Poll Shows Obama Pulling Ahead -- Not that Newsweek should necesarily be considered trustworthy, but it has published a poll saying, "1,209 registered voters found that Obama now leads Clinton by nearly 20 points, or 54 percent to 35 percent, among registered Democrats and those who lean Democratic nationwide. The previous Newsweek poll, conducted in March after Clinton's big primary wins in Ohio and Texas, showed the two Democrats locked in a statistical tie (45 percent for Obama to 44 percent for Clinton). The new poll puts Obama ahead among women as well as men, and voters aged 60 and older as well as younger voters. One of the more devastating results for Clinton was that a majority of all registered voters now see her as dishonest and untrustworthy." Newsweek shows a picture of Obama looking cool and smooth and a picture of Hillary looking haggard and weird, presumably to illustrate their story. It only looks like a distraction and a manipulation. Is the poll legitimate or reliable? Who knows? Dean to Superdelegates: Decide -- CNN The Real McCain, the Real Issue -- , according to Joe Conason in Salon, "The female voters in the groups were surprised, dismayed and angered to learn that the Arizona Republican not only favors overturning the Roe v. Wade decision and curtailing abortion rights but is also opposed to requiring contraceptive coverage by health plans and favors abstinence-only sex education." Wake up!
April 20, 2008The Gory Details -- A story in The Guardian describes how General Richard Myers, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff from 2001 to 2005, was "hoodwinked", according to him, into torture by top Bush administration officials. The Guardian says, "In his new book, Torture Team, Philippe Sands QC, professor of law at University College London, reveals that: Senior Bush administration figures pushed through previously outlawed measures with the aid of inexperienced military officials at Guantánamo. Myers believes he was a victim of 'intrigue' by top lawyers at the department of justice, the office of vice-president Dick Cheney, and at Donald Rumsfeld's defence department." The Bush administration has tried to blame junior officials, but Sands' book "establishes that pressure for aggressive and cruel treatment of detainees came from the top and was sanctioned by the most senior lawyers." And of course now Bush himself has admitted authorizing it, saying "I don't know why that should surprise anyone..." No it probably shouldn't surprise anyone, knowing what sadistic, sick creeps Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et. al. are, but one reason why it does surprise some people is that Bush repeatedly said "The US does not torture," etc. etc. Bush is such a habitual liar he apparently doesn't expect anyone to take him seriously. He certainly doesn't expect to be held accountable for anything he says or does. Wave goodbye to America as it spins down the toilet.
If Americans Still Believe in Justice -- If you still believe in the law and that it should be applied to people who commit crimes, no matter how powerful they are, then there are some issues surrounding the now acknowledged approval of torture by top Bush administration officials, including the top killer himself, George W., a man who has come a long way from when he used to explode frogs with firecrackers as a boy. The Washington Independent has listed some 20 comments by legal authorities on the subject.
April 23, 2008The saddest thing about the whole election circus is that we have this crazy voting system based on machines that cannot be tracked, audited, and certainly not trusted. As Jon Stokes wrote on April 21, previous to the Pennsylvania primary, "On the eve of tomorrow's hotly contested and relatively close Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania, a number of voting activists are sounding the alarm one last time about the state's election systems. Over 85 percent of PA voters will vote on paperless touchscreen machines that are hackable, failure-prone, and fundamentally unauditable. (arstechnica.com) It's hard to know who pulls the strings. How can anyone have faith in the system?
Mad Media -- Steven G. Brant asks, "Why, To The Mainstream Media, Does Hillary's 9.4 Victory Margin Equal "Double Digits"? huffingtonpost.com Something Funny -- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who endorsed Hillary Clinton, said, "I’m not saying anything bad about my candidate but I– it is funny at New Hampshire that all the ones that were hand-counted went for Obama and all the ones that were machine counted went for Hillary." Op Ed News. Luck is a Lady -- "Hillary Clinton: The Luckiest Woman in the World" bradblog.com. Slippery Slope -- Chris Matthews said, "I think in the effort of the media, to try to keep this game going, we’ve created the delusion that somehow this race is still open. I don’t think it is open. I think if you look at the numbers Barack has to really blow it in the weeks ahead to lose." Chuck Todd: "The pledged delegate count is basically over" and "it now appears like it's going to be impossible for Obama to lose his lead." But the networks are hungry for viewers and are drumming things up as much as possible. Brad Jacobson at mediabloodhound, issues this chilling warning: "Buckle up, Democrats, and proceed with caution. Right now, more than any one entity, the indiscriminate knife twisters in the mainstream media have the strongest hand on the wheel and they are driving this nomination process toward a cliff. Keep playing this game of chicken, keep operating within their craven frame of a never-ending steel-cage death match, and the only viable candidate standing - viable as in capable of winning in November - might soon be John McCain. To corporate media chiefs, along with their friends in the GOP and their advertising sponsor pals in the defense, energy and pharmaceutical industries, this ongoing cutthroat nomination process and its very possible outcome (say hello to President McCain!) would be a tremendous win-win. And a classic demonstration of the Democratic Party's uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Especially when you consider President Bush just received the highest job disapproval rating in Gallup Poll's history (69%) and over 80% of Americans think this country's on the wrong track." Turn the Tables -- Now that Bush has admitted he approved of torture, will Congress hold anyone accountable or give them and other politicians a green light for more crime? See "Impeachment Now Or Apocalypse Later?" by Bernard Weiner at crisispapers.org
April 28, 2008Votes That Don't Count -- Bev Harris, the champion of Black Box Voting who has led the charge against corporate-controlled secret vote counting, was invited to submit comments into the record for the United States Election Assistance Commission's Round Table, which, she said, "featured and agenda entirely devoted to a what is basically a celebration of computerized vote-counting." Harris took the opportunity "to tell it like it is." (See her article at opednews.com) "Like it is" is that "Any system that forces the citizenry to trust government insiders to count their votes represents a change in the original design of this nation. The United States of America was designed to uphold the right of citizen sovereignty over the government. In addition to hiding the counting of votes from public view, computer-counted elections hide the chain of custody of the vote data. Citizens are never allowed to view the original input in order to compare it to the output, and are relegated to trusting circumstantial evidence controlled by insiders. Such a system is, in fact, a transfer of power." We, the citizens of the United States, did not consent to this transfer of power.
April 21, 2008Obamaphobia -- Morning news in the evening, not the latest news, cold off the press! I've been getting some e-mails from people who exhibit a virulent hatred for Obama that is so intense it's puzzling. The emotion in these messages about Obama is never followed up and completed by its complement in the realm of logic. These are from intelligent people, don't get me wrong. But they come on so strong in the subject line I am ready for a real bombshell in the message. But the charges seem increasingly light and without substance. It leaves me wondering why the hatred driving the message is so strong. I'm not saying I have an answer to the question. Just wondering why supporters of Hillary Clinton seem intent to portray Obama as Lucifer. I have no doubt they are sincere, and I know they are intelligent, so I'm just puzzling over it. The message I got yesterday said something about Obama dishonoring us all by giving Hillary the finger. I've seen some variations on this, and one had a link to a video of the alleged act of lowlife profanity by Obama. As I am clicking on it, I'm almost shaking in anticipation asking myself: Am I really going to see Obama giving Hillary the finger?
I just cannot feature this. I have seen a few instances of George Bush very pointedly and unambiguously giving the finger to the camera, still shots, movie footage and vivid verbal descriptions. There was no doubt about it and seeing them makes it hard to doubt that these are true, sincere acts on the part of George W. In fact, it's one of the most actual and real expressions you are ever likely to see from this bad boy. And I confess I have often felt exactly the same way toward him as he expresses so tangibly in the obscene gesture and in fact in almost his every act. George Bush is giving the finger to the world. That is his meaning in history.
We're talking about a very resentful frat rat who grew up with two insane parents and was so damaged he could barely read, so he had to go through his life with every break, and always falling dismally short of the example and expectations of his father. And don't forget the stern presence of George W.'s grandfather, the banker who set up a Nazi front bank in New York to raise money for the Nazi war effort until he was finally closed down years into the war under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Shut down under the Roosevelt administration, and now his descendants are getting us all back for it. He's a guy who blew up frogs with firecrackers with his best friend for kicks. He's expressing the same attitude as an adult in his scornful presentation of the bird and in his destruction of every principle held dear by a majority of Americans. After waking from 20 years of booze and cocaine abuse, he was little evolved emotionally from when he was a kid. This is what we are dealing with here. Check out Bush on the Couch for the details.
Enough with Bush, we've had him to kick us around for nearly a decade and now even the Clintons are under the sway of the Bush family with their parties in Kennebunkport and Hillary's dream of sending Bill Clinton with Poppy Bush for a "fence-mending" tour. Mend fences and shore up alliances with the powerful of either party, effectively monopolizing the political system among an elite power-sharing arrangement. But none of them have to worry about the others protecting the people from them. If Clinton is elected, the Bushes have at least another term's protection from accountability for their crimes. Old man George Herbert Walker Bush is practically at the end of this tether now, so he will escape prosecution for his many crimes. But George W. still has to keep a hand on power to a certain extent to immunize him and his mob from prosecution for a while for their insane thrill kill ride through America. And there is certainly no threat to his power from McCain or from Hillary Clinton. But I digress.
I could not feature Obama doing that. You don't have to in any way like him to find it very far fetched that this sharp cookie is going to be caught dead giving someone the finger. You may consider him the vilest of creatures, but you can't say he's stupid. There has been nothing in his behavior that has indicated that he could do anything to ridiculously out of control.
And indeed when I opened up the thing and put on the video it was a colossal puff of hot air. There is Obama giving his speech, and looking quite good actually, and at a certain point after referring to Hillary Clinton he touches his hand lightly to his cheek, all fingers extended, but the one that actually touches is the middle one. This is the big moment for which we are to pronounce Obama suddenly an obscene, petty fool who should be denounced and exiled. Suddenly his real character is revealed! He's not only a black suprematist, black separatist, a fraud, so liberal his unamerican, he also has the mentality of a junior high punk. Sorry, I'm not buying it. That kind of scorch-and-char political strategy is short term. It may work through the Pennsylvania primary, but ultimately it will burn itself out. These increasingly absurd charges against Obama are starting to create an immunity in the public against them. So the Clintons, as is really the only correct way of referring to that candidate, may win a short-term advantage, but they are ultimately destroying themselves by their increasingly desperate foolish behavior.
This thing about the dramatic story about going to Bosnia, and now to say, "I misspoke"! I love that word. Miss poke. Again, putting aside her character and intentions, what is the point of cooking up such a story about a scene that was filmed by network news? What is the intelligence of the move itself even if you believe the intentions are good? It is a very bizarre turning in history. Watching the self-destruction of the Clintons' place in history is lurid, something you feel like you shouldn't be watching. After the agony of America under the Bush-Cheney crush machine, the Clintons looked like a golden age in retrospect. If it weren't for Obama, that unlikely phenomenon of a powerful opponent, she would have sailed into the nomination it appears. She was anointed. And now there's this damned upstart. But Obama is only the expression of a large part of the population that just wants enough with the Clintons already.
April 22, 2008Enjoy It While You Can, McCain -- McCain sold out everything in seeking the Republican nomination, including his image as a "maverick" who sometimes stood against his own party. But he kissed the asses of the right wing from Bush to Falwell so much to gain political power, that he sacrificed his main assets. See "Why McCain Can't Win", by Bob Beckel at realclearpolitics.com.
Michael Moore for Obama -- "This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained ... by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!" Clinton, says Moore, "cast your die when you voted to start this bloody war. When you did that you were like Moses who lost it for a moment and, because of that, was prohibited from entering the Promised Land. How sad for a country that wanted to see the first woman elected to the White House. That day will come -- but it won't be you. We'll have to wait for the current Democratic governor of Kansas to run in 2016 (you read it here first!)." And, important point: This is not just about Obama. "There are those who say Obama isn't ready, or he's voted wrong on this or that. But that's looking at the trees and not the forest. What we are witnessing is not just a candidate but a profound, massive public movement for change. My endorsement is more for Obama The Movement than it is for Obama the candidate. That is not to take anything away from this exceptional man. But what's going on is bigger than him at this point, and that's a good thing for the country. Because, when he wins in November, that Obama Movement is going to have to stay alert and active. Corporate America is not going to give up their hold on our government just because we say so. President Obama is going to need a nation of millions to stand behind him." Michael Moore Ugly Politics -- Andrew Sullivan writes, "the Clintons are running as the Rove Republicans. If they fail to destroy Barack Obama as effectively as Karl Rove -- George W. Bush's master of the dark arts -- destroyed Al Gore and John Kerry in 2000 and 2004, with tactics just as brutal but even more personal, then they will have driven American politics to a critical point. They will have shown that the paradigm that has reigned in US politics for at least two decades has been shattered. That's what is being tested this week. It may be the most important vote in America until the final one, in November.Obama has been pummelled by a Democrat in ways never witnessed in a primary campaign. Hillary Clinton has argued he is less qualified to be commander-in-chief than the Republican nominee, John McCain. She has said she doesn't know for sure he is not a secret Muslim. She has said his choice of church is unacceptable to her. She has said he deliberately wants many Americans to continue scraping by without health insurance. Her campaign has insinuated he was once a drug dealer. The Clintons have publicly associated Obama with domestic terrorist William Ayers, with the militant Palestinian group Hamas and with anti-semitic demagogue Louis Farrakhan. And what is remarkable about all this is most of it was not done by surrogates, but by her husband -- a former president against a senator in his own party -- and directly by Clinton herself." The Australian
April 29, 2008Bye Bye -- We need a new Air America. Now they got rid of Randi Rhodes. The way she tells it, the new ownership wanted to break her contract, which was a very advantageous contract because Rhodes was one of the driving forces in the formation of the station. They weren't getting what they wanted, so it was they who put the video of her private stand-up comedy performance on YouTube and publicized it. Then in the uproar about Rhodes' references to Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro as whores, they suspended her. An earlier incarnation of Air America got rid of Mike Malloy, the personnification of white hot anti-Bush fury, and one who certainly finds many like minds in the broadcast universe. He's gone. Randi Rhodes is gone. Walmart is still on. I don't care much for listening to Walmart telling me how I can get low-priced building materials there. I know about Walmart and don't want to do business with them. What happened to Air America? Someone new has to come along and recognize that the progressive audience is out there and is potentially huge. Flattening out and corporatizing Air America is not going to win the progressive audience. So what audience are they trying to appeal to? With an 80 percent anti-Bush population, you shouldn't have to become right wing to make money in broadcasting. It sounds like the typically money-mad dizzy chicken investor mentality has seized control of Air America. Ownership making very scared judgments based on strange interpretations of statistics, thinking skewed by panic and weighed down by convention. Or just flat-out coopted. Anyway, it looks like both Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy have turned up elsewhere, on Internet radio at novamradio.com.
Here, my friends, is a link to share. Arianna Huffington on "Why the discredited right still sets the agenda..." She lays it down nicely. Too Supreme -- Rob Krall at
opednews.com asks if the Supreme Court is in effect picking another president. We know how that turned out. And speaking of the not-supremes, check out "Getting Over Scalia" by William Betz in which he says, "A thug is a thug regardless of his ethnic identity, whether his thuggery is perpetrated at the point of a gun or the point of a pen. Surely there were many people who believed Hitler was charming and that Mussolini had a wonderful sense of humor. The crimes of the two, however, remain unforgivable. The crime perpetrated by black-robed thugs in 2000, a crime hidden behind pseudointellectual and dishonest legal reasoning for purely political purposes, a crime so vile that it makes a mockery of democracy, is equally unforgivable. 'Get over it,' indeed."
-- David Cogswell