Monthly Archives: May 2008

“God Damn the Democrats!”

The Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee agreed to seat both Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes, based on Party rules.

Under the deal, Florida will seat its delegates based on the outcome of the January primary, with 105 pledged delegates going to Clinton, and 67 going for Obama. Each delegate will get a half vote as a penalty. The committee was unanimous on that decision.

The big sticking point apparently was Michagan. The Clinton camp was insisting that Obama shouldn’t get any pledged delegates in Michigan since he “chose not to put his name on the ballot”. The Clintons felt that she should get 73 pledged delegates with 55 delegate remaining “uncommitted”. Obama’s camp insisted that the only fair solution was to split the pledged delegates in half with 64 delegates going to each side.

The Michigan Democratic Party offered a compromise that would split the difference between the two camps. Clinton would get 69 delegates, and Obama would get 59. Like Florida, each will get a half vote as a penalty.

That deal passed 19-8. It is interesting to note that out of the 27 committee members, 13 of those members support Hillary Clinton. Instead of the vote breaking down supporter lines, it shows that some of the Hillary supporters were able to see the big picture.

None of this went over well with the Clinton supporters who came to pressure the committee into full seating for Clinton. There were many flareups as Clinton supporters interupted committee members as they tried to explain their support of the compromise.

Harriet Christian, a Clinton supporter was thrown out of the committee meeting because she started yelling at committee members. Here you see her just after being ejected:

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Note to Harriet:

What more did you want? Florida got the full boat of delegates that Hillary “won”. She got the majority of delegates out of Michigan. Are you mad that they only count for a half-vote? Look at the party rules. You know what RULES are, doncha? They are the guidelines we use to keep things organized, up front, and transparent. Would you have rather we went back to where the party bosses picked our candidates in smoke-filled rooms? Do you think Hillary OR Obama would have had a chance under that old system?

I couldn’t believe your accusation that Obama was only in the race because a woman was running. Why does this have to be boiled down to a misogyny issue? If you vote for Hillary you are a racist, or if you vote for Obama you are a misogynist? Have you bumped your head?

I was listening to John Elliot on rerun a little while ago. I heard it the other night, but hearing it again made me want to reach through my dashboard and bitch-slap the woman who had called. She told John — and I will paraphrase — that the black man was able to vote fifty years before women got a chance to vote and that was proof that this is a misogynist society. She feels it is a ‘woman’s turn’.

This is what I am not getting: Are we supposed to not judge a person based on their gender or race — unless they are running for president?

Right here in Washington, our woman governor (she is our second woman governor — we have never had a black governor), being a super delegate, decided to back Barack Obama. Because she didn’t vote with her vagina, she is now under fire by the state’s feminists who support Hillary.

Another thing, Harriet, if Obama were behind, and we had this same battle, would you be flying off the handle like this? Would you be arguing that all of these votes must count?

Probably not, huh? You probably would have stayed in Manhattan, where none of this effects you anyways. You voted, and your vote counted, didn’t it?

Obama played by the rules. He has been winning by the rules. He will win the general election, provided Hillary hangs it up after Tuesday. There is no logical reason for her to be staying in any more.

The Tattlesnake — Media Mania: When Do We Draw the Line on This Nonsense? Edition

The latest overwrought BM (Big Media) guilt-by-association crapola has to do with Father Michael Pfleger making fun of Hillary as a guest speaker at Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Predictably, Obama has had to apologize for this but why? Pfleger is a Catholic priest and Trinity UCC is Protestant, and Pfleger was just making a guest appearance in Obama’s church. What’s more, Obama wasn’t consulted about, nor was he there for, Pfleger’s You Tube star turn. Why should he have to apologize for anything Pfleger said? What’s next, will the BM, or Clinton’s campaign, demand he apologize for any errant thing that any member of his UCC congregation might say? (Pfleger, incidentally, apologized for his comments today.)

Say, whatever happened to free speech in this country and that you and only you are responsible for what you say?

When does this GBA madness stop, or when does the media start grilling McCain on some of his unsavory pals from the past, such as Charlie Keating, and his current crop of sleazy buddies, such as lobbyist Rick Davis, his campaign manager?

A little background on Pfleger: Years ago Mad Monk Mike Pfleger made the Chicago papers with his ‘brilliant’ proposal for an anti-drug law that prevented local shops from selling pipes and cigarette papers. Yeah, if those potheads and crack addicts don’t have pipes or papers, they won’t be able to figure out how to make a pipe out of a toilet paper roll and tin foil, or just go to the suburbs and buy what they need. Pfleger’s a flaky publicity hound and it’s a mystery why Trinity ever invited him to give a guest sermon.

The biggest BS moment this week on BM TV was Ann Lewis, a Clinton supporter and DLC Dem, babbling with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC over Gerri Ferraro’s recent piece of dingbattery in the Boston Globe. Gerri’s back on her broken hobbyhorse, this time claiming that white women are afraid to criticize Obama because someone might call them a racist Earth to Gerri: it doesn’t seem to have slowed down your candidate — or yourself. It doesn’t seem to have stopped Andrea Mitchell, either. While Lewis tried to put a good face on Gerri’s half-mad ravings, she took the time to condemn Obama’s campaign for sexist remarks about Hillary, without specifying what she was talking about. Then she deposited the cherry on top by claiming Pfleger’s ridicule of Hillary was sexist. (I saw the video; he wasn’t making fun of her sex, just her campaign style.) Follow this pretzel logic: It’s wrong to call a white woman a racist for criticizing Obama, but if an Obama supporter criticizes Hillary, they’re automatically a sexist. Ann, are you now or have you ever been a Republican?

One note about Scotty McClellan: This former POTUS potty press air freshener is still flacking for Bush, even while he tries to purge his withered soul of years of publicly spewing horsepucky for every putrid top player in the Little King’s Confederacy of Dunces. I caught him last night on Olbermann and he was ludicrously pumping the fairytale that Bush planned to be a ‘uniter’ who ached to be a good president and went awry once in power, no doubt thanks to that Major League A-hole Cheney. This is sheer bunkum: Scotty has known the Bush Boy since Texas and Junior hasn’t changed since then he lazily and ignorantly ran the Lone Star state exactly the way he’s run the US government give away the store to his rich cronies, take long vacations, and let the peasants crawl for the crumbs. Speaking of which, it’s deeply hilarious to hear neocon nutbags like Bill O’Reilly condemn Scotty for gasp! authoring books for money! What, do Billo, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity pen their fiction for free?

A Question: How long until MSNBC sells ‘news analyst’ and caucasian embarrassment Pat Buchanan’s contract to Fox News? Nixon’s former speechwriter and Southern Strategy cheerleader has increasingly been falling off the right-wing edge; he’s now barely hanging on by a thread of sanity, and it’s only a matter of time before the braying old Dixie-whistler drops the ‘N-word’ on Obama or some other dark-skinned candidate and is forced by management to take some time off from NBC to stand in the corner and knit another Confederate flag for the den.

The Tattlesnake Charles Foster McCain Edition

The Cynicism and Contempt of John McCain
Or, Get Your Hot-Buttered Popcorn It’s Film References Time!

“It is dangerous for a democracy when a presidential candidate can lie with impunity, change positions on a whim, and physically and verbally threaten others and virtually none of it is reported by a besotted media eagerly awaiting the next moment when he might slap their backs in friendship.”
— Cliff Schecter, author of “The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him And Why Independents Shouldn’t,” as quoted by Robert Greenwald at AlterNet.org.

While our corporate Stay-Prest Media obsess over every detail of the Dem Party High Noon confrontation between Sen. Serial Mom (‘Annie Oakley Meets Rocky and the Amazon Woman on the Moon,’ as directed by David Lynch) and ‘The Golden Child’ (‘Native Son Goes to Washington,’ as written by Clifford Odets and starring Sidney Poitier as both Langston Hughes and ‘Mr. Tibbs’), they’ve mostly been ignoring the flip, flop and flee of the sometime rustic-ranch resident of Sedona, Arizona, the former Hellcat of the Navy lurking under the fading Republican brand, ‘John McCain Goes to War’ (as directed by Sam Fuller-Brush-Man).

Weve seen this movie before; it was shown to the bored passengers of Kentucky Fried Airlines on flights to Political Tedium in 1980, 1988, 1996, and even, improbably, 2000 and 2004. While, according to the Big Media Handbook, a Democrat can never be a War Hero, even though he may have piloted a bomber over Europe in WWII, as George McGovern did; or saved a soldier’s life under fire, as John Kerry did; it’s ridiculously easy for any Republican to claim the status.

Although Navy Carrier Pilot Poppy Bush and the 10th Mountain Division’s Bob Dole could legitimately honk up their time in service, Army Lt. Ronald Reagan made venereal disease warnings for the military and fought The Good War from the satin-sheeted trenches of Hollywood; Air Force Lt. Junior Bush committed the ignoble offense of posing for pictures in uniform wearing medals he hadn’t earned and then ditched out entirely on his last two years of weekend-warrior physicals and stateside Champaign Squadron duty, a stunt that would have quickly deposited a poor man’s son on the flight line at an airfield near Saigon or a SAC base in Witch’s Tit, Alaska. Yet they were both, at one time or another, dubbed ‘War Heroes’ by the National Corporate Media.

John McCain can trumpet his combat time in the Navy with some validity, although the third reel of this picture shows Sen. Rambo unheroically, if understandably, breaking under North Vietnamese torture and singing his guts out, as he admitted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” nearly a decade ago. But never fear, Republicans — Democrats will not be mocking him by hopping around on jocular Ruptured Duck crutches, nor wearing ‘Traitor John’ arm slings or yellow songbirds on their shoulders at their Denver convention this year that sort of stomach-turning street theater is strictly reserved for the degenerate Swift Boat ignorati of the GOP Fleet Enema.

Keeping with Orson Welles’ protagonist in his 1941 masterpiece “Citizen Kane,” the Arizona senator tries to portray himself as a stalwart Man of the People, a plain-spoken Maverick Reformer you can safely imbibe a Blue Collar beer with, a Harry S Truman in Republican armor out to slay the dragons of official corruption, political partisanship and perverse moral concupiscence in Washington, while carefully disguising his elite Admiral’s-boy, Annapolis-grad past; his second wife’s wealth that purchased his political career; and his cynical behind-the-scenes manipulations on behalf of campaign contributors from Charles Keating to Paxson Communications. Only recently has the Big Media noticed that he has a flock of well-paid lobbyists on his staff and the Punditrocracy apparently naively believe, as stated by political flack-turned-journalist George Stephanopoulos on his This Week program May 25, that they have now all been dismissed. The truth is, if McCain fired all of the lobbyists and ex-lobbyists on his campaign staff, he wouldn’t have any campaign staff left. It seems it will fall to the eventual Democratic candidate to point out that from McCain campaign chief Rick Davis on down, the Republican candidate’s advisors are the sort of slick-suited marketers who will gladly advertise the ‘good side’ of tyrannical and genocidal regimes, or without reservation brush up the public image of businesses that peddle toxic poisons or tainted foodstuffs to the peasantry, if the price is right. They are direct ideological descendants of Edward Bernays, figuratively sticking shiny new dimes in the palms of monsters for distribution to the public, hoping to distract the happy recipients from noticing he is getting innocent people killed in an endless war for cost-plus profit or cruelly evicting families from their homes.

It’s illustrative of the true McCain personality to closely investigate several recent blips on his Maverick Reformer War Hero radar:

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Too Little, Too Late

Scott McClellan, one of President Bush’s former SpokesLiar has written a tell-all book that exposes some of the lies this administration has been telling since 2000. He managed to distill the entire 341 page book down into twelve words that he used as the title:

“What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,”

There, you’ve gotten the gist of where this book is heading. Here are some quotes from the book:

The Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated “political propaganda campaign” led by President Bush and aimed at “manipulating sources of public opinion” and “downplaying the major reason for going to war.”

No shit?

McClellan describes Bush as demonstrating a “lack of inquisitiveness”. Most of us call that being “intellectually lazy”.

He also admits that he was lied to by the President’s inner circle about the leak of Valarie Plame. That would make him an “accomplice after the fact” for not reporting such an obvious crime.

McClellan has harsh words for many of his past colleagues. He accuses former White House adviser Karl Rove of misleading him about his role in the CIA case. He describes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as being deft at deflecting blame, and he calls Vice President Cheney “the magic man” who steered policy behind the scenes while leaving no fingerprints.

Harsh words now — now that he has his book published and he stands to make some money at it. Now he is eager to let all the secrets out, when he can make a pile of cash doing so. Never mind that in your greed to make a buck off of all of this you let the country be seriously damaged, and allowed a theft of our Democracy.

McClellan stops short of saying that Bush purposely lied about his reasons for invading Iraq, writing that he and his subordinates were not “employing out-and-out deception” to make their case for war in 2002.

Uh, Scotty? Do you not realize that the words “lie” and “deception” are interchangable? They both describe the same act. Haven’t you ever heard of a Thesaurus?

But in a chapter titled “Selling the War,” he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush “managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.”

“Over that summer of 2002,” he writes, “top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war. . . . In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president’s advantage.”

McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium, comes to a stark conclusion, writing, “What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.”

The Iraq war was not necessary. Yet you let this fucknozzle go ahead and borrow and spend almost $1 Trillion, kill over 4000 of our soldiers, maim thousands more, and killed over a quarter million innocent civilians because what, you wanted to keep quiet so you didn’t spoil the plot in your tell-all book?

You should hang at the Hague along with the rest of them.

Responding to a request from the Washington Post, where i got this story, McClellan responds:

“Like many Americans, I am concerned about the poisonous atmosphere in Washington. I wanted to take readers inside the White House and provide them an open and honest look at how things went off course and what can be learned from it. Hopefully in some small way it will contribute to changing Washington for the better and move us beyond the hyper-partisan environment that has permeated Washington over the past 15 years.”

Too little, too late.

Stop the Press Barack Misspoke!

OMG! OMG! O.M.G.!

This is going to be all over the radio, television, papers, and Right-Wing blogs for the next two weeks!

Obama told an audience yesterday:

“I had an uncle who was … part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps.”

The Republican National Committee quickly fired off a news release that said:

Unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, theres no way Obamas statement yesterday can be true. Obamas frequent exaggerations and outright distortions raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief.

Yes, it was the Soviet Red Army that liberated Auschwitz. But Obama exaggerating?

Obviously, Obama was mistaken. He Misspoke. He didn’t dodge any bullets in Bosnia, and apparently the death camp that Obama’s great-Uncle, Charlie Payne helped liberate was another notorious death camp, Buchenwald.

But I expect all of the pundits to be all over it for at least the next couple of days, I am sure to find a lot of themwillgloss over the fact that Charlie Payne DID in fact help liberate A death camp (just not Aushchwitz) and start saying that Obama is trying to pander to the Jewish voter by digging deeeeep into his family (obviously on the white side, ja know)

But hey, candidates misspeak. If Hillary can do it, Obama can.

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