I will admit I have been avoiding news for the last several days. In one of my moods… kinda burned out on politics for the moment, but I shall press on.
If I’ve missed something important please leave me some links.
Olbermann: Obama 'Target of Racism from Right,' 'Hated' for Being 'Black Dem'
On Monday's Countdown show, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann took issue with Republican Governor Haley Barbour's contention that President Obama has personal popularity -- based partially on being the first black President -- that is separate from the unpopularity of Obama's policies, as the MSNBC host referred to President Obama as a "target of racism from the right." As he discussed the topic with MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe, Olbermann also suggested that "Barbour knows that members of his party hate the President for being a black Democrat," as a posed a question about Republicans being in denial or reality. Olbermann:
...we can pretend that Mr. Barbour knows that members of his party hate the President for being a black Democrat, no matter what outsider status they try to use as a euphemism. What is the point, then, of again creating their own reality about 2010? Is this the individual Republican politicians trying to preserve their jobs in the face of this enthusiasm as you described it coming only from this one ultra-right wing of their party?
Olbermann and Wolffe also showed their usual disrepect for tea party protesters by referring to "tea bags," and, at one point, Wolffe even referred to the tea party activists as "this unruly tea bagging group."
In Boston Globe, Harvard Prof. Equates Conservative Christians and Murderous Muslims
In a bleary-eyed opinion article in the Sunday Boston Globe (11/8/09), Harvard divinity professor Harvey Cox denounces religious "fundamentalism." In doing so, he places mass-murdering Muslims from the Middle East on the same playing field as conservative Christians from the United States. From Cox's article:
As the 20th century ended and a new one began, fundamentalism has taken on more formidable shapes, both politically and religiously. Though most of its adherents work through spiritual and educational channels, the small minority that turn to violence have caught the media’s attention. If some seem ready to die for faith, others are ready to kill for it, gunning down abortion doctors in church, hijacking planes, and exploding bombs at weddings. For plenty of thoughtful people, fundamentalism has come to represent the most dangerous threat to open societies since the fall of communism.FBI: Hassan's Al Qaeda Emails Were Probably Just Some Research and Social Chatter and Stuff - ACE
CNN Distorts Soldier’s Words to Defend Radical Islamic Killer - First Things
Ed makes the point I did yesterday: Hassan's propensity for violence was immaterial. (The FBI botched that evaluation rather badly, as it turns out.)
But people with security clearances are not, get this, allowed to make undisclosed contact with the enemy.
Robert Hansen and Aldrich Aames weren't "violent." On the other hand... we don't just blow off their communications with the enemy (the Soviet Union, in those cases, which was merely a cold enemy, rather than a hot one, as Al Qaeda is.)
This bastard Hassan was going to deploy to Iraq (at least before he personally decided his actual deployment would be to the Central Texas Theater). Troop deployment information -- timing, number, composition -- is sensitive. And this guy is chatting up Al Qaeda in what the FBI sagely deemed to be " consistent with the topic of his academic research and involved some social chatter and religious discourse"?
Ah. No big deal then. He was merely seeking religious guidance from the psychopathic murder cult Al Qaeda.
Hero JR Salzman Slams State-Run Media On Bogus PTSD Claims
Barney Frank: Let’s worry about common criminals, not Al Qaeda - Newsbusters
Liberals Finally Got the Military Murders They've Been Asking For - Confederate Yankee
Poll: Obama’s sinking numbers starting to drag down Michelle Obama
Trial Begins For Corrupt Baltimore Mayor & Obama Supporter - First Things
Video: If ObamaCare is so good … - Hot Air
Greg Hengler picks his favorite moment from the House debate on Saturday as the
moment that Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) asked the question that could easily have
been asked twenty years ago today at the Berlin Wall. If the ObamaCare proposal
is so good, why do you have to imprison people who don’t want to participate?
Why today's Republicans are so screwed up...
Michael Steele: Some white Republicans are scared of me
I swear this man is a fucking dumbass!
Huckabee: Palin’s getting more media buzz than me because she’s attractive