Archive for: April, 2009

Conservative Talk Show Host Suspended for Blaming Unhygienic Mexican Leeches for Swine Flu

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

WTKK in Boston has indefinitely suspended conservative talk show host Jay Severin for blaming the swine flu on “some of the world’s lowest primitives” in Mexico. He also referred to Mexicans as unhygienic leeches from a primitive country.

According to Think Progress over the course of this week Severin has said, “So now in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico — women with mustaches and VD — now we have swine flu. … We should be if anything surprised that Mexico has not visited upon us poxes of more various and serious types considering the number of cimminalieans already here…”

He also called Mexicans unhygienic, and blamed them for the swine flu, “When scoop up some of the world’s lowest of primitives in poor Mexico and drop it down in the middle of the United States. Poor, without skills, without language, not share our culture, not share our hygiene. … It’s millions of leeches from a primitive country. … Now they are exporting a rather more active form of disease which is the swine flu.”

I don’t even know what to say about this blatant racism. The station was more than justified in suspending Severin. After 9/11, some Republicans thought that racism against people from the Middle East, and Muslims was acceptable, and now they are using the swine flu to unleash their racism against Mexicans that was barely below the surface to begin with.

In an article on the Boston Globe website, Severin is described as, “a bombastic voice whose views often mirror those of fringe conservatives.”
We first got a taste of this form of racism when George W. Bush tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but Severin’s comments take it to a whole new level.

Of course, he was just following the lead of conservative talkers like Michael Savage, who have spent the week railing against Mexicans for spreading the swine flu. I would argue the biggest threat to America isn’t a virus, like the flu, but exploitation of this crisis to fan the flames of racism.

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Pat Robertson: The Hate Crimes Bill Protects Pedophiles

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

On The 700 Club today Rev. Pat Robertson wondered aloud if the recently passed hate crimes bill protected somebody who was really weird, or someone who likes to have sex with little boys, because according to the far right all homosexuals are pedophiles.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

After the report Robertson said, “Ladies and gentleman just figure this, you’ve got somebody who’s really weird, and his sexual orientation is he likes to have sex with ducks. Is he protected under hate crime? Is he protected if he likes to have sex with little boys? They haven’t made that clear. It’s sexual orientation, which is said covers about 30 different pathologies, and what are we going to do about that?”

Robertson is deceptively framing the bill as a pedophile protection act, when the truth is that the bill expands federal assistance to state and local governments who are prosecuting hate crimes. In the legislation, a hate crime is considered to be a crime that, “is motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or tribal hate crime laws.”

Robertson is all worked up over the phrase sexual orientation because he does not want to see homosexuals have any rights or protections. In essence, he is saying that it alright to murder a homosexual. Think about that for a second. This is a man who claims to be a Christian, yet he wants to discriminate against and vilify a segment of the population in the name of God.

The legislative definition of sexual orientation has doesn’t include pedophilia. It never has. Sexual orientation is defined as the attraction of an individual to members of the same, opposite, or both sexes. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with pedophilia. Pat Robertson has long been an example of the hateful and intolerant segment of the GOP. Robertson uses the Bible to spread hate, and is a disgrace to organized religion.

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Glenn Beck Whines About Obama Not Giving Fox News a Question

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck claimed that Obama is weak because he did not call on Fox News at his news conference last night. Beck also called Helen Thomas a left wing activist columnist, and equated progressives to Marxists. I think somebody is a little cranky today over not getting a question at the press conference.

Here is the audio from Media Matters:

Beck said, “They didn’t call on anybody from Fox, what a surprise there. How can the guy face , Ahmadinejad but he can’t face Fox?” Stu said that he had no problem with not calling on Helen Thomas, and Beck went off, “Are you comparing Helen Thomas who is a left wing activist columnist, to the journalist from Fox, not calling on me. I’d understand if he didn’t call on me, but he didn’t call on the journalist from Fox News.”

Beck ignored that Fox News was given questions in both of the first two press conferences. Major Garrett got to ask rather lengthy questions at each, so the idea that Obama is dodging Fox News isn’t true, and I really wish he would have stated the real reason why Fox News was ignored. The White House was sending a message to Fox over their decision not to carry his press conference. Once Fox decided not to carry it, they should have known that Fox News was going to be shut out. All presidents do this.

By the way, Beck’s description of progressive being unable to take criticism is a priceless bit of comedy. According to Beck, right wingers can handle criticism, because they are always criticized, but according to Glenn the left is intellectually lazy because they aren’t challenged. It isn’t the left that is so devoid of ideas, that their prescription for every issue is a tax cut. It isn’t the left that put out a budget with no numbers.

The right’s response to criticism is always to do one of three things, claim media bias, personally attack the critic, or label the critic un-American. I am sure that there are journalists at Fox News, but they aren’t allowed to objectively report the news. Judging from Beck’s whining FNC is upset that they didn’t get a question. I wonder if this will impact the decision to carry on whether or not to carry future Obama press conferences?

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Fox Beats Obama News Conference with Lie to Me

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

There was much criticism of the Fox broadcast network for deciding not to show President Obama’s press conference last night, but Fox’s airing of Lie to Me beat the press conference, and was the #1 rated broadcast program at 8 PM. By the way, Obama showed his displeasure with Fox, but not giving Fox News a question last night.

According to tvnewser, Lie to Me finished with 7.9 million viewers compared to 6.7 for NBC’s coverage of the Obama press conference. Overall, 19 million people watched Obama on ABC, NBC, and CBS. Don’t think for a minute that this wasn’t noticed by the other broadcast networks, as covering a prime time news conference, costs each of them $10 million in lost ad revenue.

Unless the press conference concerns breaking news, they never do well in the ratings. It doesn’t matter who the president is, unless it is big news, people usually aren’t interested in watching. Unlike former president George W. Bush, who avoided prime time events, President Obama has taken a more up front approach, and has used the primetime bully pulpit a great deal.

All administration’s want their events carried by as many media outlets as possible. It is almost a traditional in Executive Branch media relations, that when an administration is upset with an outlet, they show their displeasure by cutting back their access. Every president, going back at least to Johnson has done this. It is the only tool an administration has to try and compel the networks to give them coverage.

The Obama administration should be a little worried about this, because other networks could follow Fox’s lead in the future. To me, the answer is simple. They should hold all non-emergency press conferences in the afternoon. It would give the networks something to lead with at 6 PM, and they would not lose as primetime level ad revenue by covering it. Some people will try to inject partisan politics into the ratings, but this has more to do with ad revenue, and the love/hate relationship that all presidents have with the media.

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Keith Olbermann Blows a Gasket over Michelle Bachmann

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

On his MSNBC show Countdown, host Keith Olbermann almost blew a gasket during his worst persons segment as Michelle Bachmann used some completely seriously bungled history to try to blame FDR for prolonging the Great Depression.

Here is the video:

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Hoot-Smalley, that still cracks me up. Olbermann is right. How is the woman allowed to vote on legislation? She thinks that FDR signed a bill that was written by Republicans and passed 3 years before he assumed office. What makes this even worse is that she said this on the floor of the House. Bachmann can’t even get the GOP revisionist history about the Great Depression right.

The more I think about it, the more I start to believe that Michelle Bachmann would be the perfect running mate for Sarah Palin, should the Alaska governor with the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Those two on the campaign trail would be appointment viewing. Can you imagine Michelle Bachmann at the vice presidential debate? Palin debating Obama would be funny enough, but Michelle Bachmann playing the role of attack dog would be priceless.

Of course, this ticket would probably be the first ever to lose all 50 states. What am I thinking? They would win Alaska, and still carry the Deep South. I think we need to start a draft Bachmann movement for 2012. The Republican Party is so fractured right now that Palin and Bachmann would have a chance at being the ticket. The Republicans need to do something about Bachmann before she drags down the last little bit of a party that they have left.

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The Surreal Video of Sarah Palin on American Chopper

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

On Thursday night, Gov. Sarah Palin will keep her face in the public’s mind with an appearance on American Chopper on TLC. Of course, Palin touted the value of having OCC build a chopper to commemorate Alaska’s 50 anniversary of statehood, and OCC’s patriotism. Paul Teutel chatting with Sarah Palin is just a little surreal. Check out the video.

Well, that was a little weird. Palin praised Paul Sr.’s patriotism for building a bike, “You do so many good things for some of the other states, also. You’ve got that patriotism in you that people just so respect. Thank you for that.” My question is how long before another ethics complaint is filed against Palin, while they were talking about snow machines, “We’ve got an Arctic Cat. We’ve got a couple of different kinds. Race machines. I inherit whatever Todd rejects from the year prior. … We love those motor sports.”

The idea that Palin is presidential material isn’t taken seriously by the majority of Americans, and I am of the opinion that the whole friendly folksy Sarah persona is a fraud. I think that the two possibilities are that she is either a fraud or a flake. I used to watch American Chopper every week, but honestly, the show got a just a tiny bit repetitive. I like the Tuetels, and I still find them very entertaining, but Sarah Palin needs to spend a little more time understanding policy, and less time pushing the Palin 2012 brand.

(h/t: Think Progress)

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Limbaugh: Obama is cold and partisan for mocking the Tea Bag protests

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

It didn’t take Rush Limbaugh long to respond to President Obama’s mocking of Fox News and people waving teabags. On his radio show Limbaugh called this a bitter clinger moment for Obama who doesn’t like the tea bag protesters. He is also said that Obama isn’t the president of all the people.

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Limbaugh said, “Now this is not wise. This is a man who is supposedly has great political instincts, correct? Barack Obama, this is a bitter clinger moment here. He is looking at you people who went to the tea parties, and he doesn’t like you at all, waving tea bags around, let me just remind them I happy to have a serious conversation about how we are gonna. You know, he is not president of all the people. I mean this guy. He’s cold and he is partisan.”

It is ironic that Rush Limbaugh would criticize anyone for being cold and partisan. Notice how Rush always works in the talking point. Obama is cold and partisan. Obama doesn’t have great political instincts. He even tries to connect the tea baggers to Obama’s bitter and clinging remark before the PA primary last year.

Oh how soon they forget, John McCain and Sarah Palin tried to raise the bitter remark all through Pennsylvania in the general election, only to be routed in the state on Election Day. Rush and the Republicans don’t get it. Character attacks do not work on Obama. The president doesn’t dislike the tea party protesters. He thought the whole thing was a staged absurdity, which is why he joked about it. The Democrats will gladly give the Republicans all of the tea baggers they want, because it won’t make a bit of difference in the next presidential election.

Sorry Rush, but by winning the election last year, Barack Obama became the president of all the people. I disagreed with George W. Bush on almost everything, but he still was the president. As long as you are an American citizen, the elected president represents all of the people. For Rush to insist otherwise is un-American.

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Obama Mocks Fox News and the Tea Bag Protests

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

At a town hall meeting in Arnold, MO, President Obama took a not so veiled shot at Fox News and the tea bag protests. Obama talked about a certain news channel where he isn’t very popular and people waving tea bags around. Obama said that these people are playing games and pretending that the problem is the Recovery Act.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Obama said, “Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I am not very popular and you see folks waving tea bags around. Let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our healthcare costs down over the long term. How we are going to stabilize Social Security….but let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act, because that is just a fraction of the overall problem that we got.”

Obama continued by saying that we have to tighten our belts in an intelligent way that helps working American families, and not fall into the trap of eliminating programs that help ordinary people and give tax cuts to the wealthy. He stated again that he has no intention of going back to the formula of the last 8 years.

There goes the idea that the tea parties got Obama’s attention, or have him on the run. The president turned your staged movement into a joke. This is how little President Obama fears the Republican Party right now. He made a joke out of you. Well actually, you made a joke out of yourselves.

It was clear that this was a manufactured political event, and isn’t it funny how Fox News doesn’t talk about the tea party movement anymore? Even they are trying to bury that bomb, so it should be a shock that President Obama threw his own shovel of dirt on it today.

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RNC Email: Specter Makes Obama Virtually Unstoppable

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

Here is a little test. One of your most senior senators just left your party. Do you A). Wish him well. B). Try to explain this away as a state level issue, or C). Call the senator a radical leftist, then try to use his departure as a fund raising tool. If you picked C, then you are qualified to run the Republican National Committee.

RNC chair Michael Steele sent out a fundraising email that whipped up the fear, “Arlen Specter handed Barack Obama and his band of radical leftists nearly absolute power in the United States Senate. In leaving the Republican Party–and joining the Democrats–he absolutely undercut Republicans’ efforts to slow down Obama’s radical agenda through the threat of filibuster.”

Steele said that, “The Democrats are now virtually unstoppable, His defection to the Democrat Party puts the Democrats in an almost unstoppable position to pass Obama’s destructive agenda of income redistribution, health care nationalization, and a massive expansion of entitlements.”

He then urged Republicans, not to come up with ideas, but to give money, “You and I have a choice. Some will use Specter’s defection as an excuse to fold the tent and give up. I believe that you are not one of those people. When Benedict Arnold defected to the British, George Washington didn’t fold the tent and give up either. He grit his teeth more determined than ever to succeed. That’s what I’m asking you to do today. Join me in this fight by making a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 right now.”

If Obama is unstoppable, what will donating money to the RNC accomplish? Wouldn’t that be like rewarding Steele and the Republican Party for costing the party a chance to filibuster legislation? Why should donors reward bad behavior? I understand that when life hands you lemons, you have to try and make lemonade, but this is ridiculous. Michael Steele is literally using his own ineptitude as a selling point.

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Rep. Bachmann Hints that Democrats Are Behind the Swine Flu

Apr 28 2009 Published by under Featured News

Rep. Michelle Bachmann called it an “interesting coincidence” that the United States is dealing with another outbreak of the swine flu, because, according to her the last one occurred under a Democratic president, which it didn’t unless Gerald Ford was a Democrat.

Here is the video courtesy of Think Progress:

Like any good conspiracy theorist Bachmann points out that she is not blaming President Obama, “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under Democrat President Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.” (In other words, she’s not saying Obama’s behind it, but we only seem to get swine flu when Democrats are in charge).

The last time that I wrote something about Michelle Bachmann it was raining, and as I write this now it is also raining. Now, I am not saying that Michelle Bachmann controls the weather. I just find it to be an interesting coincidence that it rains when I write about her. This is the kind of logic that Bachmann is using.

The only problem is that she doesn’t have her facts straight. The last outbreak of swine flu occurred in 1976, when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, which means that there are no correlations between the party that controls the White House and the swine flu.

You would think that the people of Bachmann’s district would be so embarrassed by her that they would never reelect her, but they did. It makes me wonder what kind of people live in the 6th District in Minnesota? Are they even aware of what their representative is saying? It is fitting that on the same day in which Arlen Specter left the GOP, Bachmann comes out with this. If Specter was an example of the old Republican Party, then Bachmann is the face of the new GOP.

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