American Leaders, Intel Hooligans, and the Mainstream Media aka “The Trump Lynch Mob”

American Leaders, Intel Hooligans, and the Mainstream Media aka “The Trump Lynch Mob”

Slapping Putin – Obama to sign stiff but flexible new sanctions

WASHINGTON—President Obama is due to sign legislation that will tighten the straightjacket currently choking the Russian economy. As of this writing the Russian Ruble is drifting down to over 75 Rubles per dollar which is a stupendous drop in its value equaling a slip from 30 Rubles per dollar only months ago. NATO allies and … Continue reading Slapping Putin – Obama to sign stiff but flexible new sanctions

It’s War! Obama Fires Opening Volley in Battle for “Game Day ’10”

Breaking over at NYTimes.com: "Obama Calls GOP on Class Warfare Bluff Will Not Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts to Wealthy." If Obama starts reminding voters that he signed into law the single biggest one-year tax reduction EVER and ties this into both Bush economic policy failures and a progressive tax agenda — and hammers on the … Continue reading It’s War! Obama Fires Opening Volley in Battle for “Game Day ’10”

Breaking: Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 special election

Breaking on MSNBC, and at Drudgico (they're using the word "suspended" to describe Republican Dede Scozzafava's move, citing cash flow issues among others). Gut analysis: advantage to wingnut carpetbagger candidate Doug Hoffman. But that may be premature: DCIndy reports that NY Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay has endorsed Democrat Bill Owens. Jake McIntyre at dKos … Continue reading Breaking: Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 special election

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize: What Larisa Said

I couldn't agree more:When that recipient happens to be the leader of a nation - representing his country all over the world - then that honor is also bestowed on the citizens of that nation.Read the entire article, an answer to the right wing's bad-mouthing of the award, here . (Hat tip: nonny mouse @ … Continue reading Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize: What Larisa Said

Blowing the Whistle on Eliminationists

Props to blogger GottaLaff at The Political Carnival for blowing the whistle on a Facebook poll that asked, "Should Obama be killed?" The story got picked up by PlumLine and the Boston Globe, both of whom report that the Secret Service is looking into the matter. But I have to ask myself -- who should … Continue reading Blowing the Whistle on Eliminationists

Joke Line, Choking on Sausage

Via Athenae comes this delightful tale of Alpha Villager Joe Klein, a.k.a. Joke Line, choking on his sausage while ranting about Wikipedia and Salon's Glenn Greenwald. The entire tale made my Sunday morning — and if you can't stand the quality of political coverage in the "traditional" American press or the sycophantic antics of Beltway … Continue reading Joke Line, Choking on Sausage

You Can Drop SC Gov. Mark Sanford from the 2012 GOP List

Looks like Governor "Screw the Stimulus" was screwing more than the stimulus (UPDATED! [NSFW warning])… At today's hastily-prepared presser, an ashen, sullen, somewhat tearful Governor Mark "Runaway Guv" Sanford admitted he's been having an affair, played the Christian-and-reconciliation card, and announced he is stepping down as chair of the GOP Governor's Association.One interesting detail is … Continue reading You Can Drop SC Gov. Mark Sanford from the 2012 GOP List

The Media covers the DC Holocaust Museum shooting

Here's an interesting contrast between the two credible American cable news networks' coverage of the early afternoon shooting incident at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in downtown Washington: CNN focused on the details of the shooting, with a heavy emphasis on eyewitness accounts;MSNBC used traffic cams and newsroom reporters until they got a crew on the … Continue reading The Media covers the DC Holocaust Museum shooting

Time for Jane Harman to Go

Late last night. CQPolitics posted Jeff Stein's explosive and thoroughly researched report on an NSA wiretap that picked up Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) "telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee." The report goes on to describe … Continue reading Time for Jane Harman to Go

Bernie Madoff Pleads Guilty, Gets Jailed Immediately

The former half of the above headline was not surprise; the latter half should not have been. Madoff will be sentenced about three months from now. And at last the press is hinting that this story is far from over; Madoff has been less than forthcoming with authorities about how he managed to Ponzify $65 … Continue reading Bernie Madoff Pleads Guilty, Gets Jailed Immediately

Assassination Squad Reported Straight to Dick Cheney

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an "executive assassination ring" throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney. [Read the full report here.]And there's more at minnpost.com. I can't see how this … Continue reading Assassination Squad Reported Straight to Dick Cheney

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK): Guilty Times Seven

The news just broke on the wire services, MSNBC, and…  … CNN. Stevens has been found guilty on seven felony counts of lying to law enforcement authorities. Manu Radu at The Hill reports:Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Senate Republican in history and patriarch of Alaska politics, was found guilty of felony charges for making false statements. … Continue reading Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK): Guilty Times Seven

Larisa on McCain and Matt Drudge: So Over

The McCain campaign is over. Period. I don't care what the explanation is, a leader does not pour gasoline on a racial fire for any reason. … Drudge should finally be flushed from the inter-tubes. His 15 minutes of blue-dress fame should have ended years ago.Larisa Alexandrovna may be stating the obvious, but she puts … Continue reading Larisa on McCain and Matt Drudge: So Over

Ashley Todd Admits Faking Racially- and Politically-charged “Mugging”

"the Race Card" courtesy Photoshop InsurgentPer KDKA, McCain campaign volunteer and College Republican Ashley Todd has admitted that she "confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter 'B' in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker."Todd joins such luminaries as Francisco Nava, Phil Parlock and Morton Downey … Continue reading Ashley Todd Admits Faking Racially- and Politically-charged “Mugging”

Breaking Late Friday: AK Gov. Sarah Palin “Unlawfully Abused Her Authority”

AP has the details on the Troopergate report. Anchorage Daily News has the complete report (2.02Mb .pdf). The key findings: For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violat[ing] Alaska Statue 39/52/110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) providesThe … Continue reading Breaking Late Friday: AK Gov. Sarah Palin “Unlawfully Abused Her Authority”

What They Really Think: GOPers Mike Murphy, Peggy Noonan Caught on Mike Trashing Palin Choice

Here is yet more evidence that one should never, ever trust one word from the GOP pundit bobbleheads that mark time on America's "cable news" infotainment outlets: about 38 seconds into this clip, Murph and Nooners express opinions that are in stark contrast to the talking points they spew with alacrity when they know they're … Continue reading What They Really Think: GOPers Mike Murphy, Peggy Noonan Caught on Mike Trashing Palin Choice

Married… with Children

One of the funniest observations about all things Palin just hit my inbox from the blogosphere's grand Zen master of snark, James Wolcott:Say what you will about Al and Peggy Bundy, slovenly occupying the sofa lo those many seasons on Married with Children, but they negligently raised a fine, slutty, airhead, bare-midriff daughter--I speak of … Continue reading Married… with Children

Breaking: Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Indicted

MSNBC and CNN broke the news late this morning, and the wire services were not far behind with details. [Links follow the jump…] Stevens is up for re-election this year – and it's more than a buit noteworthy that the Republican senator, a former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee,  is being indicted by a … Continue reading Breaking: Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Indicted

Hey, if I were that close to Joe Scarborough, I’d puke too!

Courtesy of our pals at HuffPo comes... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/25390191#25390191this terrific moment from MSNBC's Morning Joe. Comedian Richard Belzer paid tribute to the late George Carlin, then promoted a pet adoption project he is backing. About seven minutes in, all hell breaks loose when Belzer's dog does its finest Linda Blair impression all over Mika Brzezinski.(H/t: HuffPo)

Supreme Court Upholds Habeas Rights of Guant?namo Detainees

The Supreme Court ruled early today that foreign nationals being held at Guantánamo Bay have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention. You can find more details at the ScotusBlog and AP via the NY Times (hat tip to Christy Hardin Smith). Make no mistake: this is a massive blow to the Cheney Administration's … Continue reading Supreme Court Upholds Habeas Rights of Guant?namo Detainees

Memo to Press: Get Over Yourselves!

Our friends at Raw Story report:Reporters traveling with Barack Obama were none to happy to find out he was meeting with Hillary Clinton last night, as they were about to take off in a candidate-less plane from Washington’s Dulles airport. Clutch your pearls! Scramble for the fainting couch! And don't forget to call the waaaahmbulance! … Continue reading Memo to Press: Get Over Yourselves!

Hillary Clinton to Suspend Campaign, Endorse Barack Obama Saturday

BREAKING on NY Times, AP, ABC, WNBC4 New York. MSNBC (mercifully) broke into the 7pm EST repeat of The Tweety Show to report the story in detail: David Gregory was anchoring, with boobleheads Michael Smirkonish and Andrea Mitchell Greenspan adding color commentary (the former, a Philly-based conservative radio host, sounding uncharacteristically impressed by Obama, the … Continue reading Hillary Clinton to Suspend Campaign, Endorse Barack Obama Saturday

What Jello Said

Musician-provocateur-activist Jello Biafra responds to Michael Savage's unspeakably vicious cheap shot at Ted Kennedy . [More...] Here's a bit of Biafra's retort that caught our attention:Once upon a time there was a law on the books called the Fairness Doctrine, and it said that if somebody like Savage or [Rush] Limbaugh or that skull woman … Continue reading What Jello Said

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Karl Rove

It took a while, and it will set off a guaranteed horse hockey tsunami in Washington. MSNBC actually broke into their obsessive "breaking" coverage of the Texas polygamist child custody mess to report that the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Karl Rove in an effort to compel testimony concerning his alleged role in the indictment … Continue reading House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Karl Rove

KY, OR Primary: Clinton Takes Kentucky, Obama Wins Oregon

No surprises tonight. MSNBC called KY Democratic Presidential Primary for Clinton at 7pm EST, OR Primary for Obama at 11pm. MSNBC and CNN are both interspersing coverage of the primaries with much talk of Ted Kennedy's health, among their camps of resident bobbleheads and with their guests. It's been a bit too much like watching … Continue reading KY, OR Primary: Clinton Takes Kentucky, Obama Wins Oregon

Breaking: Sen. Ted Kennedy diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

Andrea Mitchell broke the news on MSNBC just after 1PM EST, citing an AP report. Mitchell reports a biopsy of Kennedy's left lobe provided a definitive diagnosis of a malignant tumor, which narrowed the carotid artery; Bob Bezell said early on that given the information in the AP report, it is a glioma and is … Continue reading Breaking: Sen. Ted Kennedy diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

West Virwhat? Here’s the BIG Election News Tonight

The AP projects Democrat Travis Childers as winner of the special election to fill the vacancy in Mississippi's 1st Congressional District. (Update: More at ABC News and WSJ.)Make no mistake: we are witnessing a massive tectonic shift in electoral politics at the national level, as the third staunchly Republican congressional district in the last few … Continue reading West Virwhat? Here’s the BIG Election News Tonight

Culture of Corruption Update: The Vito Fossella Saga Continues

[UPDATED – click here!] For those of you who need to play catch-up on the saga of scandal-plagued Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY13), whose arrest late last week for driving while intoxicated in Alexandria, VA involves a mystery woman in the married Congresscritter's life, here is a good place to start. Mary Ann Akers is reporting … Continue reading Culture of Corruption Update: The Vito Fossella Saga Continues

The Subpoena to Watch…

AP via HuffPo reports that David Addington, consigliere to Vice President Darth Cheney, has been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee to testify in connection with the committee's investigation of U.S. military interrogation practices (read: torture). Addington had refused to testify without a subpoena. While much of Blogtopia's and on the Intertubes' attention has focused … Continue reading The Subpoena to Watch…