On GMA, Sarah Palin Hints at Her Plan to Transform America

Dec 17 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

Constitution? What constitution?

Ms Palin has spent years avoiding the “lame stream media” (ironically of which she is a part), but recently she’s started spreading her wings, albeit to softball media such as her appearance this morning on “Good Morning America”. During her interview with GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, Ms Palin responded to criticisms regarding her rather dismal current poll numbers were she to run against President Obama in 2012. Ms Palin’s response put to bed notions that she isn’t running as she extolled the virtues of “debating ideas” in competitive primaries.

Anyone who is in doubt about Ms Palin running for President had best grab the smelling salts. She is and it’s uncertain if the GOP can stop her without alienating her Tea Party evangelical base.

Here’s a clip from the interview:

From ABC’s website: When asked about her plans for 2010, Ms Palin replied, “It’s a prayerful consideration because, obviously, the sacrifices that have to be made in order to put yourself forward in the name of public service is, it’s brutal.”

If Ms Palin were taking an interview with a hard-hitting news journalist, she might have been asked at this point about her decision to quit on her vow to Alaskans to serve them as a public servant for four years and if perhaps she just hadn’t prayed enough before taking that job, since she quit claiming that she was being brutalized with ethics complaints by citizens — the majority of whom were Republicans, contrary to her claims.

While Ms Palin’s references to prayer may not seem odd in this country, if we take a look under the hood there are causes for alarm. Ms Palin is a Dominionist Christian, a sect whose goal is to transform America into a theocratic state resembling fascism in many ways. Ms Palin has made numerous references to her belief that the constitution is based upon the bible and that our laws are also based on the bible. She seems to still be laboring under this misinformation, perhaps because it is her belief and no fact will alter her belief. This should set that alarm bell a clankin’.

Furthermore, while running for mayor of Wasilla, Ms Palin’s Dominionist leanings opened the door further to her fruitful relationship with the Alaskan Independence Party, a secessionist movement, which originated during her tenure on the City Council. The AIP worked on her behalf to get her elected.

Salon reported:

“Chryson boasted that he and his allies urged Palin to focus her campaign on slashing character-based attacks. For instance, Chryson advised Palin to paint Stein as a sexist who had told her “to just sit there and look pretty” while she served on Wasilla’s City Council. Though Palin never made this accusation, her 1996 campaign for mayor was the most negative Wasilla residents had ever witnessed.

While Palin played up her total opposition to the sales tax and gun control — the two hobgoblins of the AIP — mailers spread throughout the town portraying her as “the Christian candidate,” a subtle suggestion that Stein, who is Lutheran, might be Jewish.”

(John Stein, her mayoral opponent, claimed,) “This same group [Stoll and Chryson] also [publicly] challenged me on whether my wife and I were married because she had kept her maiden name,” Stein bitterly recalled. “So we literally had to produce a marriage certificate. And as I recall, they said, ‘Well, you could have forged that.'””

Gosh that sounds like familiar campaigning tactics from the woman who has suggested that it is reasonable to ask for President Obama’s birth certificate, even though said birth certificate has been available online and has been verified by authorities on numerous occasions. It’s hard to sell this kind of campaigning as anything other than appealing to the worst in people, and ginning up hate and division based upon religion, ethnicity, and any other charge of doubt Ms Palin can lob at her stunned opponents.

This was just the beginning of Ms Palin’s tight relationship with the AIP, whose sole purpose is for Alaska to secede from the union. The AIP also has ties with the theocratic US Constitution Party. The Constitution Party has adopted the ideas of a militant form of Christian Dominionism known as Dominion Theology. The Constitution Party platform reads, “It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations.”

In 2008, Chip Berlet, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort (Guilford, 2000) wrote:

“The AIP has placed the candidate of the U.S. Constitution Party on the Presidential ballot in Alaska in the 2008 race. Let’s be clear, the U.S. Constitution Party would impose a form of theocratic neofascism in the United States. And I am not a person who tosses the term fascism around lightly.”

The AIP called Ms Palin an example of their successful infiltration into the Republican Party. In 2006, Dexter Clark, vice chairman of the Alaska Independence party, said:

“Our current Governor, the one we were hoping would get elected, did get elected…There’s a lot of talk of her moving up. She was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town — that was a non-partisan job. But you get along to go along — she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won’t go into that. She also had about an 80% approval rating, and is pretty well sympathetic to her former membership.”

It should be noted that unlike her husband Todd Palin, Ms Palin was never registered as an AIP member according to Alaskan voter registration records. However, Dexter Clark’s claims of Palin being a successful infiltrator of the Republican Party bears some credence due to the open door policy Ms Palin had for leaders of the AIP while mayor and governor, going so far as attempting to appoint a member of the AIP to a city position while mayor, only to be shot down. Ms Palin also made changes to the state constitution that coincidentally fulfilled part of the AIP agenda.

Salon reported:

“During the 1990s, when Chryson directed the AIP, he and another radical right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward. Both Stoll and Chryson not only contributed to Palin’s campaign financially, they played major behind-the-scenes roles in the Palin camp before, during and after her victory.

Palin backed Chryson as he successfully advanced a host of anti-tax, pro-gun initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitution’s language to better facilitate the formation of anti-government militias. She joined in their vendetta against several local officials they disliked, and listened to their advice about hiring. She attempted to name Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known in the Mat-Su Valley as “Black Helicopter Steve,” to an empty Wasilla City Council seat. “Every time I showed up her door was open,” said Chryson. “And that policy continued when she became governor.””

Indeed, one of the many ethics complaints filed against Ms Palin related to her refusal to live in the Governor’s mansion and yet still charging the Alaskan citizens a per diem for food and expenses while living in her home in Wasilla and commuting to the state Legislature in Juneau (or not: buttons reading “Where’s Sarah?” began popping up around this time, reflecting her consistent pattern of not being around in Juneau). While Ms Palin claimed that she wanted to be near her family (whom usually move to the governor’s mansion with the governor), Palin did endorse and may have been implementing Chryson’s initiative to move the state Legislature from Juneau to Wasilla. At any rate, their initiative was unsuccessful.

The AIP also has numerous ties with the KKK, white supremacist groups classified as hate groups, and militia movements across the country. They are closely aligned with evangelical Dominionists as well, such as Christian Exodus, which advocates creating an all white homeland. Chryson also wrongly claimed that the Civil War was not about slavery but about states’ rights. Chryson was known to accuse Democratic leaders (such as Ms Palin’s mayoral opponent) of being “socialists” over issues of public education and city planning. That’s not just Right, it’s far, far fringy Right.

When Ms Palin was running for Governor of Alaska, not only did she appoint previous AIP member and then Republican Walter Hickel as her campaign co-chair, but also her church flew in a witch doctor from Kenya to bless her. For these reasons, when Ms Palin refers to prayer, it raises questions that Americans need answered if indeed she’s running for President. In fact, even were Ms Palin to bow out of the 2012 elections, her determination throw gasoline on any political match she sniffs should be reason enough for the main stream media to begin asking some important questions about Ms Palin’s agenda, her associations, her church, and her disconcerting and inaccurate beliefs about America and the Constitution.

However, it doesn’t appear America will be spared a Palin candidacy. When asked about her poor poll numbers, Ms Palin came out punching like a 2012 candidate. “A poll number like that, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, that doesn’t look really pretty today,’ but a primary is months and months in the process, and there are thankfully many debates,” she said. “And if I were to participate in that contested primary — you know, it — I would be in it to win it.”

It would be most interesting to see Ms Palin debate any of the other Republican candidates. Ms Palin has always held the notion that getting elected is a popularity contest rather than a knowledge contest and she was proven correct in this assessment in Alaska. She also successfully implemented (with the help of the John Birch Society and the AIP) campaigns of such vicious negativity and misinformation that her opponents were often left stunned as she cheerily gave non-answers in debates and yet sailed right past them to get elected.

Fox News will be handling several of the primary debates for the Republicans, which may assist elevating Ms Palin’s brand of populism and create a disadvantage for her opponents, none of whom enjoy the same level of star treatment Ms Palin does on Fox News.

Ms Palin then went on to accuse President Obama of wanting to fundamentally change America. Phrases like this are thinly veiled jabs at his patriotism, his religion, and imply that his ideology is something un-American, meant to provoke doubt and fear about the man, much like Ms Palin did to her mayoral opponent in Wasilla.

Ms Palin’s unwillingness to be honest about her own record and her unfailing attempts to smear her opponents with baseless accusations of their being somehow less Christian and less American than she only serve to prove that she can’t win on ideas or her record. It also proves that she does not appreciate that the Founders most decidedly rejected the notion of a religious test for office, thereby casting further doubt onto Ms Palin’s version of America.

Does Ms Palin plan on transforming America like she did Wasilla and then Alaska? Will the AIP have an open door to a Palin White House? Will fringe hate groups like Christian Exodus have access to Ms Palin or will she denounce these groups and explain her associations to nervous melting pot Americans who most certainly don’t share the group’s vision of an all white Christian nation.

If that isn’t enough, Ms Palin’s reign of terror in Alaska should give pause to anyone who values their freedom. Ms Palin quite literally ran Wasilla like a dictator, cutting off the press and ordering her staff not to speak to press as she proceeded to fire beloved city employees claiming she doubted their loyalty to her. This continued as Governor, as the Palins terrorized Alaskan citizens who disagreed with them and went to incredible lengths to punish them, using the power of Ms Palin’s office to do so on many occasions, through appointments, firings, and governmental harassment.

One such victim was the trooper in Troopergate (contrary to Ms Palin’s claims, she was found guilty of abusing the power of her office in the bi-partisan report which predated the inquiry she ordered helmed by her appointees) who refused to help the Palins continue their vendetta against Ms Palin’s ex-brother-in-law — a vendetta that had years before been labeled as “child abuse” by a judge who ordered Ms Palin to cease and desist her harassment of the children’s father. Another example lay in the AIP’s claims that she fired someone they had a long standing grievance with, boasting about how this payback only cost them a thousand dollars in campaign donations. Another victim down.

Is this the America Ms Palin sees; an all white Christian country over which she reigns with absolute authority, authorized by none less than God himself?

When Ms Palin accuses President Obama of wanting to “fundamentally transform America” (one assumes she means implement liberal ideology which is not actually a transformation but a continuation of a very American liberal agenda), reasonable people must ask themselves if she’s projecting. And then they must take stock of what a Palin-transformed America would look like. The dingy hockey mom populist America is being sold on is not the real Sarah Palin. Ms Palin isn’t stupid; she’s been indoctrinated to a very extremist Right wing view of America.

While many dismiss Ms Palin as being un-serious, I do not. Ms Palin is deadly serious about amassing power. The real question is, to what end?

Updated: Corrected bumper stickers to buttons 3:54 PM

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The DDoS Attack That Wasn’t: Sarah Palin’s Operation Payback Lie

Dec 10 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues

Sarah Palin likes to tell stories about herself

In an attempt to show her dashing ability to thwart off DDOS attacks, Sarah Palin told ABC News she had been the victim of a DDoS attack from Operation Payback but that she had been prepared for the “backlash” and hence warded it off. All of the above turned out to be….untrue.

When I first read Ms Palin’s email to ABC about her victimization (the only thing Ms Palin has yet to quit, it seems, is her vision of herself as Joan of Arc) at the hands of the Evil Wikileaks people (whom she called to be treated like the traitors she thinks they are, even though they aren’t American citizens), I shook my head in pity for poor Jake Tapper.

One day, these folks will learn not to simply publish everything Ms Palin tells them without doing cursory diligence of their own. For Ms Palin has an allergy to the truth, whether lying about the weather or about being found guilty of violating the ethics laws in Alaska, when Ms Palin speaks, one must fact-check every word lest one trip on the banana peels of false narratives Ms Palin litters the political landscape with.

Here’s the original report from ABC:

“Hackers in London that the Palin team believe to be affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts, SarahPAC aide Rebecca Mansour said.

“No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange’s antics,” Palin emailed ABC News. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.”

A SarahPAC.com technical aide said that the “DOS attackers, a group loosely known as Anon_Ops, used a tool called LOIC (Lower Orbit Ion Cannon) to flood sarahpac.com. The attackers wanted us to know that they were affiliated with wikileaks.org through an obscure message in our server log file.”….

Added Mansour, “the governor voiced her opinion knowing full well that she was speaking out against a shady disreputable organization with no regard for laws or human life. This is how they operate. The world should not be intimidated by them.”

Mansour added that Wikileaks supporters claim to be “in favor of free speech yet they attack Sarah Palin for exercising her free speech.” She said SarahPAC.com was not harmed because Palin’s staff was able to move quickly to protect the site.”

So Ms Palin managed to do what MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Wikileaks couldn’t. This is the sort of lore best swallowed with KookAid. And what jumps out at the person who’s been paying attention to the way Ms Palin’s mind works is that she is the heroine of this story. Ms Palin’s the only person who called out Assange, anticipated his counter-attack and warded it off! My goodness. Those are some cojones.

I’ll not even address the credit card claims ( she claimed her credit card number was released and it wasn’t) or the hubristically blind nattering on about freedom of speech from a supposed communications major who fails to understand important rulings such as the Pentagon Papers. In Ms Palin’s world, the only person who has freedom of speech is her and she’s quite certain that anyone who doesn’t agree with her is violating her freedoms. This notion is troubling to anyone who loves America and comprehends our country’s core principles.

The problem I had with her statement is that PoliticusUSA has been DDoS attacked and so I know a bit about it. We were told that this attack might kill our site for good. It was a very unpleasant and sobering experience (coincidentally, our website was brought down in a coordinated attack after an article I wrote about Ms Palin and her actions of stoking violence in Alaska). A DDoS attack bears little resemblance to being hacked, and yet Ms Palin’s story reads more like a five minute attempted hacking than a DDoS attack.

For example, one doesn’t know immediately that they are under DDoS attack and neither does their server host, because it appears to be a flood of traffic. The pattern becomes clear over time, however, as a denial of service attack lasts for weeks and months, as it is meant to shut down a site all together.

So as Ms Palin was nattering on in her email to ABC about her freedom of speech being attacked, my Palin hackles were immediately raised.

See, Ms Palin is rather infamous for her projections. Whatever she accuses others of doing is what she has or will do herself. From death panels to accusing the President of not loving his country, Ms Palin suffers from a painfully obvious inability to deal with her own transgressions without projecting them onto others.

And I suspected this latest Palin Myth with its dashing heroine didn’t come from her imagination, it came from her need to project onto others her own modus operandi. Because you see, the story Ms Palin fed to ABC has already been debunked. The group of activist hackers admitted targeting MasterCard.com, PostFinace, Visa, Paypal.com, and others but deny ever targeting Sarah Palin.

RT.com reported:

“A group who refers to itself as Anonymous has as taken credit for a recent string of high-profile cyber attacks against the websites of businesses, banks and politicians that have either spoken out against or stopped doing business with WikiLeaks.

Cyber attacks, dubbed Operation Payback, targets those who have caved into US government pressure to shun the whistleblower website that recently released thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

“We have been DDoS’ing sites,” he explained. “We have been flooding them with traffic so other people cannot use them and they have been taken down like this and they cannot operate like this anymore. We’ve been attacking them, we’ve been DDoS’ing them so people can’t buy things, people can’t make transactions.”..

Although the media had reported the group planned coordinated attacks on Amazon.com, the groups representative said they do not have any malicious plans to take on Amazon nor had they attempted to. He also said the group was not responsible for any coordinated attacks or hacks on Sarah Palin, although she claims to have been a target…

“We don’t really care about Sarah Palin that much, to be honest. I don’t really know what she’s trying to accomplish or what attention she is trying to gain. We personally don’t care about Sarah Palin,” he added.

Yes, see, they don’t even care about Ms Palin. And why would they? She is no one. She has no power to harm Assange or Wikileaks, in spite of her own refusal to comprehend American laws, borders and most significantly, freedom of the press.

Not only did Ms Palin and her sidekick Rebecca Mansour call a DDoS attack a DOS attack (usually a much less sophisticated attack, but no matter as Operation Payback admits to perpetrating DDoS attacks, not DOS attacks), but also they obviously have never experienced a real one and sadly, Ms Mansour lacks the skills one would have thought a wannabe screenwriter would have at least cursory knowledge of (before you write a fictional account of a dramatic experience, interview someone who has gone through it). Steeped in their ignorance of the real thing, Ms Mansour and Ms Palin obviously thought a DDoS attack was like hacking and that like the Jedi Warrior she is, Ms Palin could step in with her frontier gal spirit and stop a DDoS attack with her feisty sayings and a few nasty kicks to the “gutless” “anonymous” terrorists taking away her freedom thereby showing us all what a great President she’d be.

Credit is due for a great story premise and one that would have perpetuated the Palin myth nicely, except that anyone who’s been through a DDoS attack knows better. Ask Julian Assage. The fight isn’t over in five minutes. And Ms Palin made a fatal mistake when she asked thinking people to accept that she knows more about keeping her SarahPAC site online than Julian Assange does about keeping Wikileaks online (Wikileaks has been suffering under DDoS attack since revealing the cables dump). Nope. Warrior Princesses can’t stop DDoS attacks, just like they can’t stop pesky citizens from asking questions about their illegal trust funds or stop citizens from writing about their calls for violence.

Ms Palin is obviously exceptionally deluded into believing that she can sell these lies to anyone and we will all believe her. The failure of our media in fact-checking Ms Palin has only allowed her belief in her ability to sell us whatever she wants us to believe to grow into now monstrous proportions, and this is only adding to her brazen willingness to play chicken with the truth. Ms Palin’s real enemy here is her own ego and her inability to see reality as it really is. Her latest foray into fiction should be enough to convince American journalists that she is not well. No sane person would be so paranoid as to believe they were under attack when they weren’t nor would they believe they could manufacture this utter fiction to ABC, no less, and get away with it.

But what is even more interesting is that in the wake of this humiliating exposure of her allergy to truth and shoot-first mentality, Ms Palin will show no shame. And that is what I find most disconcerting. Shame, after all, is the mechanism we use to moderate behavior and keep some semblance of humanity ruling. Shame fills in the gaps between our laws; it’s a form of punishment for bad behavior in Western societies.

Shame reflects a decrease in our stature while pride is the emotion that is supposed to reflect an increase in stature. Perhaps Ms Palin’s lack of shame indicates something troubling about her own standards regarding the truth.

Ms Palin has enough pride to fill the galaxy, but it’s built upon self-aggrandized, mythical, fictional accounts of herself that have no bearing to reality. From claims to being a huntress to claims of fiscal conservatism to claims of being a reformer to claims of hating pork, Sarah Palin is a self-produced legend in her own mind.

Self-respecting journalists had best take Jake Tapper’s hard learned lesson to heart. When reporting on Ms Palin, if she tells you the sky is blue where she is today, you would be well served to double check. For Palin, if it makes a good story and dramatizes her into an all-American heroine, she’ll say it. She’s as reckless with the truth as she is with calls for war. And that’s pretty darn reckless. This is the person the GOP is selling as their best and brightest for 2012. Shoot first, ask questions later, and truth be damned.

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Christine O’Donnell Tries to Revive Clinton V Obama Narrative for 2012

Nov 30 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

Christine O'Donnell Pushes PUMA meme and thinks no one will know

Christine O’Donnell Tries to Revive Clinton V Obama PUMA Narrative for 2012

Christine O’Donnell showed up this morning on Good Morning America to talk about how weak our President has been on the current Wikileaks cable dump. She managed to be a good puppet Grizzly for her Mama Bear, suggesting that President Obama was incompetent and that she would vote for Hillary Clinton in 2012 primaries because “anybody is better than Obama.”

This little narrative of the failed President Obama on Wikileaks got its best shout out yesterday on Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page, and here’s O’Donnell to carry the water for her Mama Grizzly courtesy of ABC News:

““I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary. You know, I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary,” she told me during “GMA’s” Morning Mix.
O’Donnell praised Clinton via Twitter yesterday for her handling of the WikiLeak situation.
“You Go Girl!!” she wrote. “She’s no Reagan yet her verbal lashing against wikileak is tough- watch out Obama!”
So is the former Delaware GOP senate candidate pushing a Clinton candidacy because she thinks Clinton would be easier to beat in the general election?
“No. It’s because right now I think that anybody is better than Obama,” O’Donnell told me.”

In an effort to seem bi-partisan and pro-woman, Christine claimed to be impressed by Hillary Clinton’s handling of the situation over the President’s and said she would vote for Clinton in a 2012 primary. Note that she didn’t say general election.

I can only assume O’Donnell thinks the rest of America is as naïve as she is, because these tired narratives from 2008 and the desperate Right wing strategy to pit Obama against Clinton in a replay of 2008 are not only old, but transparent. Obviously O’Donnell has been told that the best hope for a Palin win (or any Republican for that matter) in 2012 is a divided Democratic Party, but she must not appear to be pushing for that — so stealth-like, she’s taken to tweeting out support for Hillary Clinton, suggesting Clinton’s stronger than Obama.

Maybe O’Donnell was sleeping during the failed 2008 PUMA meme or perhaps Ms Palin still believes she can siphon off those bitter Clinton voters in 2012, in spite of the fact that a) she failed to do so in 2008 and b) her approval ratings with women are much lower than her approval ratings with men, whom studies have proven are more likely to vote for attractive female candidates.

Palin launched this lame attack against the President yesterday regarding Wikileaks and has been made a laughing stock (read: nervous, unbelieving laughter) the world over for her assumption that the President has sovereignty over Sweden and her suggestion that she would treat Assange as a terrorist. For O’Donnell to keep pushing this meme is simply the act of someone who either doesn’t know the reality or who has a stake in pretending it’s not true. Both discredit her.

And it should be noted that O’Donnell is praising Clinton for her “verbal lashing out”, which is apparently a highly regarded trait in the Mama Grizzly camp. It ought to be, as it’s what Ms Palin does best. Yet, lashing out is not exactly the number one trait the country looks for in their President.

And it seems to escape O’Donnell that the job of Secretary of State and the job of President have different functions. Perhaps she missed this while she was plugging her ears during Obama’s strong statements against Wikileaks and calls for investigations and criminal charges if applicable. Oh, I know, in Palin/O’Donnell world, the constraints of the laws are nothing but blue-blood distractions from the common sense conservative approach to problems. Lash out! Show ‘em who’s boss!

If you wondered what Christine O’Donnell was going to do now that she’s been defeated mightily in her Senatorial bid and is being investigated for campaign finance malfeasance, you need wonder no longer. She’s gonna beat that Mama Grizzly drum of media fame, hawking the values of a regular person (read: don’t blame me for not knowing anything, that’s my qualification, you fool!) and gearing up to be Palin’s sidekick in 2012.

This will include a non-stop attempt to revive the failed narratives from 2008, as it’s clear Palin has no new strategy in mind for 2012. For heaven’s sake, she and O’Donnell are even dusting off the charge that Palin had more executive experience than President Obama in 2008. I guess they’re going to ignore the fact that he’s been President for two years during some of the largest challenges this country has faced in a long time, because, you know, denial of reality has always been an effective political strategy.

Palin/O’Donnell can keep pushing their delusions onto the American people, but most Americans are simply not so far gone as to fall for such blatant revisionism. If Palin plans to bring nothing new to 2012, and is instead going to rely upon hate and division to stir up the base, she’s no threat to President Obama. She may, however, be a threat to our country’s international standing and domestic well-being.

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The Right Pretends Their Last Three Weeks of Bigotry Never Happened

Sep 09 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Burning Quran isn't a result of Right wing hate

The Right Doesn’t Want You to Remember How Pastor Jones Got So Hate Filled

After even the Catholic Church had joined General Petraeus and two other generals in denouncing the planned Quran burning by Pastor Terry Jones in Florida, a few of the Right began to deliver petulant denials of stoking such violence, cloaked in tepid statements burnished in childish “it’s his fault!” isms. Basically, their talking point yesterday read: “Yeah, burning the Quran would be bad, it would be insensitive, just like building the mosque!”

Like children, instead of acknowledging that their bigoted statements had contributed to a culture and society of hate which fed Pastor Crazy Jones’ this idea that he should burn the Quran (and show those evil Muslims a thing or two), they lined up like peevish children apologizing to the kid they beat up only because their parents insisted they do so. But of course, their parents only wanted them to because they wanted little Johnny to be a big star on the football team. The apology was never meant to be sincere or a lesson or a vow to not do it again.

Yesterday, after weeks of ginning up hate, we had the RNC talking point denial of stoking violence memo via Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page and Boehner tried it on ABC News’ Good Morning America –a mistake, as he was obviously more concerned with his tan than any sort of real leadership on this issue and he sounded like a spoiled frat boy. The one thing we heard in all of their CYA talking points puppetry was a rather petty and obvious comparison of burning books to building a community center.

Media Matters reports:

In a September 6 blog post to his website The Blaze, Glenn Beck wrote

What is wrong with us? It’s just like the Ground Zero mosque plan. Does this church have the right? Yes. Should they? No. And not because of the potential backlash or violence. Simply because it is wrong.

In a September 8 post to her Facebook account, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin wrote:

Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.

A pause while we digest that this is coming from the same person who raised the question of banning books she found socially or morally objectionable from the Wasilla Library. The librarian took an oath to not allow censorship and Palin fired the librarian. In 1996, Ms. Palin claimed to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were “rhetorical.” If by “rhetorical” she means she had to rehire the librarian after a show of support throughout the community, she would be correct.

Perhaps it’s not wise to take moral guidance from those who can’t make the connection between why both burning and banning books is “antithetical to American ideals”.

Clearly the RNC talking points go out en masse and no one bothers to remind candidates that they will be saying something that flies in the face of their own actions. Oh, do carry on!

Fox News Contributor Fred Barnes Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier:

But look, this is similar in one way to the Ground Zero mosque, the mosque that is planned to be built on the fringe of Ground Zero. And that is, it is what Sarah Palin called an unnecessary provocation. And this is a provocation, and that’s what General Petraeus is worried about.

I consider all of this right wing hatred an unnecessary provocation. I’m just sayin’. Where does that leave us?

John Boehner on the September 8 edition of ABC News’ Good Morning America:

“Well, to Pastor Jones and those who want to build the mosque: Just because you have a right to do something in America does not mean it is the right thing to do.”

But lo, my naughty children….how did Johnny get that bruise of bigotry on his knee? Shall we review the weeks leading up to yesterday’s chorus of false equivocation and quick back-pedaling? Shall we take a look at how the right honors the 9-11 anniversary by propagating anti-Muslim rhetoric? Good times!

Here’s a quick ride through the last few weeks in Right Wing land, and no sir, I don’t have any idea how Pastor Jones got the idea that the Quran should be burned and is evil!

Media Matters

On the August 16 edition of Fox & Friends, Newt Gingrich:

Gingrich compares Islamic center to Nazis erecting sign near Holocaust museum, Japanese site near Pearl Harbor.

On his August 18 radio show, Glenn Beck said of Park51:

Beck asks, “[A]fter you’ve killed 3,000 people, you’re going to now build your mosque?” “You look for things that are uniting, I’m sorry, but the Cordoba Project is not uniting. If you wanted to unite people, you don’t spit in their face. You don’t spit in their face. On the 10th anniversary, after you’ve killed 3,000 people, you’re going to now build your mosque on there, really?” Beck has repeatedly falsely claimed that Park51 was scheduled to open on September 11, 2011.

This is odd for a man who will be charging hundreds of dollars via Ticketmaster for a Beck 9-11 rally in Alaska with Sarah Palin. Naturally, said rally will take place on September 11, because nothing says heart-felt sorrow and serious thought like a pep-rally designed to enrich the speakers. Who is the evil grifter making money off of hate, again? The Park 51 people? So confusing…

During the August 16 edition of Fox News’ On the Record:

Palin calls Park 51 a “stab in the heart” for Americans and a “slap” to 9-11 victims. Fox News contributor Sarah Palin claimed that it was “an insensitive move on the part of those Muslims who want to build that mosque in this location. It feels like a stab in the heart to, collectively, Americans who still have that lingering pain from 9-11.” Palin later said, “[T]his is a slap to those innocent victims who were murdered that day on 9-11.”

Unlike charging hundreds of dollars on 9-11 for a rally; that is not a stab in the heart or insensitive. Gosh, maybe it is insensitive. Maybe just because you can, Beck and Palin, doesn’t mean you should. Ya’ know what I mean?

But the fun isn’t over yet. On the August 11 edition of Fox & Friends:

Geller absurdly compared NYC Islamic cultural center to building a KKK “shrine” near black Alabama church.

Yes, because the two are so….no. See, the Muslims are not a part of a hate group…Gosh, it’s like talking to children.

On the September 7 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, co-host Bill Hemmer said of Park51:

Hemmer: Park51 could be “the first stop for a radical jihadist who comes to America who wants to go pray.”

Or not. It could be a community center with many other activities that happens to have rooms for Muslims to pray.

During the August 31 edition of Fox & Friends, right-wing radio host Neil Boortz:

Park51 is “being built to commemorate a great victory over the United States on 9-11.”

Um, no. Just no. Not.

In an August 19 Washington Times op-ed attacking Park51, Ted Nugent wrote:

Nugent repeatedly referred to Islam as a “voodoo religion” and concluded, “If additional American blood is spilled in the Big Apple, the politicians who supported this mosque will be as guilty as the Muslim voodoo kooks who love death and destruction in the name of Allah.”

Yes, but if a right wing nut job listens to all of this hate and decides to do something stupid like, I dunno, burn the Quran and put our troops and other Americans in danger, that would so NOT be the fault of right wing leaders and celebrities. ‘Cuz, you know, it’s OK when they do it. It’s OK when they put our troops, who are fighting a war the Right started for a cause they claim they believe in and you are a traitor if you don’t– oops, that was when Bush was in office, in jeopardy. Sigh. Do help me keep up!

And saving the best for last: On his August 25 radio show, Limbaugh:

Compared the right-wing campaign against Park51 to the Cold War, claiming, “We’re now fighting the mosqueovites.”

Notice that he admitted then that it was a right-wing campaign. But today, oh, Rhett, today is another day!

Today is the day when we are supposed to forget, Dorothy, how we got here. We are to forget that the Right used Park 51 as a get out the vote tactic to stir up their base and now, when the chickens come home to roost, they are scattering and covering their behinds but not a one of them has had the honor, the integrity, or the love for our freedoms to take a firm, unequivocal stand against bigotry and hate.

Updated 5:28 PM: Pastor Jones admitted that he was ginned up over Park 51 when he falsely claimed that he would cancel the Quran burning because the Imam agreed to move Park 51. This, in fact, is not true, but it serves to demonstrate why the Right had their talking points so tightly orchestrated yesterday and it also suggests that the GOP and Pastor Jones see this matter the same way, which should humiliate the GOP but clearly does not.

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A Plea for American Healing As the War in Iraq Winds Down

Aug 08 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, White House

American Troops Turn Bases Over to Iraqis

With the Iraq drawdown comes criticism and violence. Expect these criticisms to warp unrecognizably and pop up on Fox this week as talking points against the drawdown.

The drawdown in Iraq (Operation New Dawn) came under fire today along with reports of violence erupting throughout Iraq, in what had been a calm area. The criticism of leaving Iraq comes from all sides. For the Left the troops can’t get out fast enough, and to the Right the troops should never leave at all, even former Saddam VP Tariq Aziz is critical of the withdrawal of the same American troops that removed him from power.

The day before we turned all combat missions over to Iraqi security forces, The Guardian UK came out with a story quoting Saddam Hussein’s former VP Tariq Aziz (from his jailhouse where he is serving 15 years in prison for crimes against humanity) accusing President Obama of abandoning Iraq.

The Guardian reported:

“Aziz slammed the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country, saying that both America and the United Kingdom had an obligation to make sure Iraq was back on its feet before exiting.

“‘We are all victims of America and Britain, They killed our country in many ways. When you make a mistake you need to correct a mistake, not leave Iraq to its death.'”

Yesterday’s headlines screamed: Aziz: Obama is “Leaving Iraq to the wolves!” Yahoo then pushed back a bit with an interview with Aziz’s lawyer, who suggested that Aziz was misquoted:

“I know how Mr. Aziz speaks and I know that he’s not very aware or informed of what goes on in the world outside the jailhouse where he is,” Aref told The Associated Press. “So, how could he say what he said about the U.S. troop withdrawal and about President Obama? He was definitely misquoted.”

Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq was on ABC’s “This Week“.

Despite the latest reports of violence, Odierno said the security situation has drastically improved in Iraq since 2006:

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AMANPOUR: But five months after elections, Iraqi politicians have not yet formed a government, and violence continues. Last night, three explosions at a market in southern Iraq killed dozens of people. And today, two car bombs went off west of Baghdad.

ODIERNO: Well, this is something that we’ve been working for a very long time with the Iraqi security forces. For the last 20 months, we’ve been slowly and deliberately turning over more and more responsibility to them, and they have stepped up. They continue to do broad-scoped operations across all of Iraq. We continue to help them as they do these, and that will continue after 1 September, our assistance. But we do believe they are ready to assume full operations in Iraq……

AMANPOUR:……… What gives you the most concern at the moment as you approach that August 31st date?

ODIERNO: I think I would just say it’s not the security profile. Obviously I believe there will be people who attempt to take advantage of the opportunity of the attention being brought upon the August 31st date. And so, there will be groups who will try to take advantage and show weakness in the government of Iraq and try to create some sort of lack of confidence of the people in the process as you move forward. So that’s probably my first concern. But I believe we can overcome that concern. The second is, is that the Iraqis have to understand the importance of forming a government, doing it as quickly as possible, and getting themselves ready to leap forward so they can make progress on the economic front and the diplomatic front. And they’ve got to set themselves up for that, so it’s important for the Iraqis to understand the importance of moving forward quickly, and I think we’re starting to see that as we see negotiations pick up over the last couple of weeks.

Command General Odierno summed up his position thusly:

“Our commitment in Iraq is changing from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats…. We have ups and downs here…. There is a level of violence and level of terrorism here that’s going to occur, though the success that we’ve had against Al Qaeda in Iraq, specifically in decapitating the leadership, has in fact affected them…

The U.S. will continue to support Iraq’s stabilization…We’ll have 50,000 troops on the ground. That is still a very significant presence to continue to assist the Iraqi security forces as we move forward.”

The Iraq war remains the ultimate unresolved political and ethical moral dilemma confronting our nation. The philosophical quagmire started with Bush’s decision to invade, and it is continuing straight through Obama’s decision to depart.

It would be great if the nation, Right and Left, could come together during this transition to support our country’s conclusion of the mission in Iraq and our President’s strategy. There is no easy way out. But we’ve done everything we can to train the Iraqis and we’ve utilized our diplomatic efforts to bring the warring political factions to the table.

In spite of all of the griping on both sides, we Americans can be better than this. We can move forward together. We can stay committed to our values of Democracy and support our efforts to leave Iraq responsibly. It is time for us for us to agree to let the Iraqis stand on their own and for America to get beyond the moral quagmire of preemptive war.

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BP Debunks Right Wing Oil Spill Conspiracy Theories

May 02 2010 Published by under Featured News

Once again the right wing got it wrong

Today on ABC’s This Week BP Chairman and President Lamar McKay put to rest all of the right wing conspiracy theories that the Gulf Oil spill was an act of terrorism carried out by left wing environmentalists, or a foreign government. Instead McKay said the probable cause less sinister and more mundane, “I believe we’ve got a failed piece of equipment.”

Here is the video from This Week:

When Jake Tapper asked about BP’s less than stellar safety record, McKay replied, “Well, the investigations are going to show the cause of this accident, and we want those investigations to be done. My belief that is that that does not have anything to do with it. I believe we’ve got a failed piece of equipment. We don’t know why it failed yet in this contracted rig, and BOP system will figure that out. But let me just tell you, our focus, our focus right now is dealing with the source of the oil, dealing with it on the surface, and dealing with it on the beach or the marsh if it occurs.”

This seems much more probable than the conspiracy theory blaming left wing environmentalists advanced by Rush Limbaugh last week:

Limbaugh laid out his conspiracy theory, “Now lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade, that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day, I remember that, then it was postponed for a couple of days later, after Earth Day…This bill the cap and trade bill was criticized by hard core environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment, so since they’re sending swat teams down there folks, since they’re sending swat teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants than by blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.”

What a surprise, Rush Limbaugh and the right wing conspiracy theorists have been proven wrong again. They are at least in consistent in that they never let facts get in the way of their desperate attempts to bring down Obama. The Gulf oil spill is no more Obama’s Katrina than the Exxon Valdez was George H.W. Bush’s. It was an accident, and it looking more like an environmental catastrophe, but comparing this to Katrina is an apples and oranges argument.

Limbaugh’s desperate attempt to blame the Obama and Left for the oil rig explosion defied all common sense and overlooked the most likely explanation that the explosion was caused by some sort of on board accident. Since it would be impossible to blame Obama for an accident, the right had to fabricate all sorts of tall tales to feed their paranoid delusions. The Right has to blame Obama or else they might have to admit that offshore drilling is not as safe as they make it sound, and since they can’t have they, expect the crazy conspiracy theories and the blame of Obama to continue.

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How Joe Lieberman Became Progressive Enemy # 1

Dec 11 2009 Published by under Featured News

First, the fact that he couldn’t take losing to Ned Lamont in the Democratic Primary for his Senate seat in his last election (2006), so HE started HIS OWN PARTY, Connecticut for Lieberman then he campaigned for John McCain, and now his criticism has helped derail the public option, because at the end of the day it is all about Joe Lieberman.

In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Lieberman actually has the cojones to go out and campaign for John McCain! And Lieberman, who, I’m sure, had plenty of work to do in the Senate, took tons of time to travel the world with McCain at every campaign stop. See Joe smile? See Joe wedge into every picture with McCain with that funny clown-like smile on his face? Yup. Lieberman is also an attention whore.

Look at any Democratic OR Republican “win” for legislation. You’ll see the photo op with a major player at the podium making remarks and…wait…who’s that in the background smiling? Yup! It’s Joe Lieberman.

After pissing off the Democratic Party by campaigning for “Crash” McCain, Harry Reid and other members of the Senate considered stripping Lieberman of one of his chairmanships, and of all people, LIEBERMAN says, “That’s unacceptable.” Unacceptable? Joe. Please. It’s not your freaking choice. And by the way…Your conduct is unacceptable.

Any piece of legislation in the Senate where the voting is close and the Democrats need one more vote to assure a victory, whose wrinkled ass do they kiss? Lieberman’s, like the ad below says, it’s not about Connecticut…It’s all about Joe.

Lately, with the health care reform battle on the line, who comes out against passage of a public option? The public option is the only portion of that legislation in the health care reform bill that actually does anything for those who can’t afford health insurance? Yup. It’s Joe Lieberman. Why? He’s got so many pharmaceutical and medical lobbyists in his pockets that he can barely get his pants on in the morning.

Have a look at the video below, where the actual chairman of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, Dr. John Mertens, says he’s had enough of Lieberman’s crap. And again, Mertens was the chairman of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party.

If you’d like some more information on the organization behind the “It’s All About Joe” ad campaign, check out the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an organization that works to elect bold progressive candidates to federal office and to help those candidates and their campaigns save money, work smarter, and win more often.

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Plouffe: Obama Should Thank McCain for Choosing Palin

Nov 01 2009 Published by under Featured News

2008 Obama presidential campaign manager David Plouffe was on Meet The Press today, and he provided some insight into the campaign’s reaction to the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate. He said, “Well, I think we should thank John McCain for picking her, in terms of how it helped us win in 2008…”

Here is the video:

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Plouffe was asked by moderator David Gregory if Palin will be a force in 2012. He answered, “Well, I think we should thank John McCain for picking her, in terms of how it helped us win in 2008, but I think we should doubly thank him now. What’s going on in the special election in New York 23 I think is a remarkable phenomenon and could affect our politics for years to come.”

He spoke about how extremists like Palin are forcing moderates out of the GOP, “So a centrist Republican has been ridden out of that race. And I think what you’re going to see in the coming months, if not years, is Sarah Palin–you know, by the way, she kind of playing the role as pied piper in the Republican Party, which is something I’m quite comfortable with. So Sarah Palin, the other Republican candidates who are likely to run, the Limbaughs and Becks of the world are basically hanging a “moderates need not apply” sign outside the Republican National Committee headquarters. And for a party that has historic lows right now, because centrists and moderates are leaving them in droves, they have catastrophic problems with younger voters, Hispanic voters and African-Americans, it’s a various curious strategy to kind of repair this damage. So I think they’re becoming more a very motivated corps, but a small corps of about 23 percent of the country.”

Plouffe said what Democrats already know. They don’t fear Sarah Palin. In fact, they are secretly rooting for her to become the leader of the GOP, because her style of politics and lack of popularity will wreck what remains of the Republican Party. I agree that the path the Republicans has embarked on appeals to about a quarter of voters. The GOP needs to double that level of support in order to have a chance in national elections.

This whole idea being spread around by Palin supporters that the left is “afraid” of Palin is a joke. Sarah Palin, and her 27% approval rating, pose no threat to either Barack Obama or the Democratic Party. Palin is a dream come true for Democrats. She is unqualified, ill informed, and plays to the lowest common denominator. The McCain campaign did Obama a huge favor when they panicked and chose Sarah Palin.

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RNC Chairman Steele Accuses the Democrats of Hijacking Elections

Jul 01 2009 Published by under Featured News

Last night RNC Chairman Michael Steele was on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show and everything was going fine until Steele misunderstood a question about Democratic voters flooding the 2012 GOP primaries, which he answered by accusing the Democrats of hijacking elections at their whim. It is rather ironic that the Republicans are complaining after their activities in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.

Here is the audio courtesy of Think Progress:

Steele said, “Well, you know, I think you raise a very important and frightening concern here, and that is the Democrats have spent the last six to eight years building in place an infrastructure to allow them to basically hijack elections at their whim. They started by focusing on targeting secretary of state races around the country. They’ve got a majority of those. And now when you have an ACORN situation flare up, what do you have, the secretary of state going well, there’s no problem here. I don’t understand why everybody’s all upset.”

Of course, he blamed ACORN, “Well, yeah, you’re part of a growing process that basically land locks these elections in such a way that they basically walk out of the election with the votes that they need. And the activity by groups like ACORN goes unnoticed. What I’ve started to do is focus our counsel, focus our legal opportunities around the country on exactly those behaviors, and we’re putting in place a strategy now to be competitive, shall we say, when it comes to protecting the rights of voters out there, and the process itself, protecting our candidates so we don’t have more Norm Coleman situations where votes are counted one way in one part of the state, and counted another way in another part, or they have activities by groups like an ACORN, or individuals like George Soros through their funding, to help them augment the taking of these elections.”

Steele claims that Republicans are losing elections, not because they have no ideas and are fielding terrible candidates, but it is all the fault of ACORN and George Soros. Let me clue Republicans in on something here. If Norm Coleman was a decent incumbent senator, he would have never lost to a comedian turned first time candidate.

ACORN did not cost the Republicans the Senate election in Minnesota. It is interesting that Steele has this whole conspiracy theory, but he can’t point out the elections that the Democrats are hijacking. Democrats are the people who are engaging in campaigns across the country at the state level designed to disenfranchise poor voters.

The Republican Party is so far gone that they are using conspiracy theories to keep themselves in denial about why they are continuing to lose elections. Democrats don’t have to steal elections. The Republicans are giving them easy wins by being in complete disarray. Republicans aren’t giving voters a reason to vote Republican, and their conspiracy theories are only serving to turn off more voters.

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Coleman Congratulates Franken on Senate Win

Jun 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

After the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Al Franken should be certified the winner of the 2008 US Senate race in Minnesota, Republican Norm Coleman released a statement conceding the race, and congratulating Franken. Coleman said, “The Supreme Court of Minnesota has spoken and I respect its decision and will abide by the result.”

Coleman said, “Ours is a government of laws, not men and women. The Supreme Court of Minnesota has spoken and I respect its decision and will abide by the result. It’s time for Minnesota to come together under the leaders it has chosen and move forward. I join all Minnesotans in congratulating our newest United States Senator – Al Franken.”

He spoke about the need to focus on the future, “I have never believed that my service is irreplaceable. We have reached the point where further litigation damages the unity of our state, which is also fundamental. In these tough times, we all need to focus on the future. And the future today is we have a new United States Senator.”

The now former senator continued, “I congratulate Al Franken and his victory in this election. He now enjoys the advantage that our Congressional Delegation has over the other 525 people on Capitol Hill: he represents Minnesota. I know the great ideas, the amazing work ethic and the historic ability to come together to get things done in this state will help him greatly, as it has me.”

Some national Republicans were hoping that Coleman would keep fighting, and take his case to the US Supreme Court, but that would have been pointless. Every lower court had ruled against Coleman, so it was extremely unlikely that Supreme Court would rule in his favor. I understand his desire to fight this out, but Norm Coleman did do a disservice to the people of his state, by maintaining the endless challenges. He should have given this up months ago.

The one thing that we can all now be certain of is that Norm Coleman will challenge Al Franken in six years. Franken was able to ride the Obama wave to victory, so it will be interesting to see how he does when he runs on his own. The one benefit in this long delay for Franken is that he has had lots of time to prepare and hit the ground running. I don’t think Franken will be a great senator, but he should be a fine representative for the people of his state.

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