Saturday, May 31, 2008

Oh Dear

Big loss for the Netherlands; big loss for Liverpool. I'll have to change my European Championships fantasy team.

BBC Sport: Injury rules Babel out of Euros

Netherlands winger Ryan Babel will play no part in the Euro 2008 championship after he tore ankle ligaments in training on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Liverpool star had been expected to play some part of the team's final warm-up match against Wales in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Curse of the 'Pool Men

Telegraph (uk): Gary Neville builders create Liverpool FC shrine under Manchester United player's pool

Liverpudlian brothers Brian and Gary Greer buried a Liverpool scarf and a copy of Kop, the club's fanzine, and a match programme, in a plastic tube when they worked on the England defender's pool.

"While we were there we created a Scouse time capsule under the pool and tiled over the top of it," Brian Greer told The Sun newspaper.

"When his house is dug up in the future, archaeologists will see what a passion he had for the Red men."

People sure do like to pick on Gary Neville. Here's a video of a British show that's like "Punk'd" on MTV, where Rio Ferdinand sets up fellow footballers. Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are not amused.


US midfielder Leslie Osborne will miss the Olympics after tearing her ACL this week.

We saw her score in the 6-0 victory over Canada on Mother's Day weekend.

Get well soon Leslie! Here's a little video clip of her that USSoccer put out before the Women's World Cup last year; note the Wisconsin accent.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Night Funnies

Suitable for all liberal audiences:

Suitable for Obama supporters:

Suitable for all sentient humans:

10 1/4 Friedmans Later

Atrios: Happy Suck On This Day

I think it [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie.
We needed to go over there, basically, um, and um, uh, take out a very big stick right in the heart of that world and burst that bubble, and there was only one way to do it.

What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, "Which part of this sentence don't you understand?"

You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna let it grow?

Well Suck. On. This.


That Charlie was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That's the real truth.

A Few Good Links

Who let the chimp out?

At HuffPo, Donald Sutherland (yes, the M*A*S*H* actor) points out that Hillary only leads in the popular vote if you ignore that the 11 states & 1 territory that had caucuses rather than votes. (Why didn't I think of that?)

skippy exhorts his readers to boycott Dunkin Donuts (and many already have) after DD's caved to a right-wing protest against a Rachel Ray ad where she was wearing an ugly scarf, which they likened to the traditional Arab headcovering, the kaffiyeh. Go look at the pictures, hilarious.

The Daily Mail has all the pictures of President Clusterfuck's clowning around at the Air Force Academy graduation. Chest bumps all around.

Also on the Daily Mail, check out this gold cup, under the fabulous headline: Grandson of rag and bone man discovers 'Indiana Jones' gold cup may be worth £500,000

Sadly, No with the story of a crazed right-wing blogger trying to prove that Obama's great uncle wasn't in the division that liberated Buchenwald, and what a WWII soldier had to say back. Rightwing nutjob, meet reality.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

McLellan Bombshell: Bush Authorized Plame Leak

firedoglake: George Bush Authorized the Leak of Valerie Wilson’s Identity

That means that not only did Bush put Valerie Plame's life at risk, all the downstream things that happened -- other agents, other informants, tortured, murdered, we don't know -- all consequences flowed from his decision to throw Plame to the wolves.


Compare and Contrast

President Shit-For-Brains at the Air Force Academy Graduation, Colorado, 2008

[hat tip to Dependable Renegade: Preznitial Dignitude]

Future President Barack Obama takes tour of school in Thornton, Colorado yesterday

[hat tip to BAGNewsNotes: New Hope On The Uniter/Divider Front?]

The Cathedral of Baseball

Baby baptized at Fenway Park:

Hat tip to Red Sox Monster

John McCain Says Obama Needs to Go to Iraq

McCain says Obama can't talk about Iraq until he goes there.

Can we really afford another Shorja Market Moment? 100 armed soldiers, 2 Apache gunships, and 3 Blackhawk helicopters to shepherd Obama through some pre-cleared area for 10 minutes?

Or maybe he can go on the cheap, like George W. Clusterfuck, or Dickhead Cheney, or Condolizard, have Obama make a "surprise" visit to Iraq, land at some American airstrip 20 miles of barbed wire and tanks from any actual Iraqis, review a few lines of dusty troops, and on his way again?

I don't think Obama should do anything McCain dares him to do. When McCain went to Shorja Market and pretended it was safe, 21 Iraqis were abducted from the market and executed the very next day. If Obama does go, he should wait until the nomination is his, and go there with some real soldiers, maybe Wesley Clark and Jim Webb.

Here's the Shorja Market visit, as well as some of McCain's other bald-faced lies:

I Have One Great Senator

And he opposed the war in 2002. The corporate media conspicuously ignored him.

Media Matters for America: Why did the press ignore Ted Kennedy in 2002?

[B]ack in September 2002, with the Bush administration and much of the Beltway media rushing to embrace war with Iraq, Kennedy delivered a passionate, provocative, and newsworthy speech raising all sorts of doubts about a possible invasion. Unlike today, the political press wasn't very interested in Kennedy or what he had to say about the most pressing issue facing the nation. Back in that media environment, being the voice of American liberals didn't mean much.


And looking back, a key turning point during that public rush to war was Kennedy's fervent and thoughtful speech. It was a turning point because it highlighted, months before the invasion even took place, how the press was going to deal with high-profile, articulate critics of Bush's war policy. The press was going to downplay them, marginalize them, and ignore them. Even if those critics included high-wattage political stars like Ted Kennedy.

In retrospect, I can't help thinking that if the media treated Kennedy in 2002 the way they treat him today (and the way the press treated him before 2002), as somebody whose actions command respect and attention, that the doomed public debate about the war would have, or at least could have, been much different. It could have been more critical, more thoughtful, and more illuminating.

Instead, much of the political press in 2002 treated Kennedy as a bystander in the passing Bush parade, and specifically, they treated Kennedy's September 27 speech as little more than a political maneuver that deserved only passing mention -- literally.

That night on NBC's Nightly News, just 32 words from the Kennedy address were excerpted. On ABC's World News Tonight, it was 31 words. And on the CBS Evening News, 40 words. In all three instances, the brief mention of the Kennedy speech was part of a larger report on the looming possibility of war. Meaning, on none of the networks did Kennedy's speech qualify as a stand-alone news event.

The address was given on a Friday. Two days later on the Sunday talk shows, where Iraq was discussed in detail, Kennedy's name never came up on NBC's Meet the Press, on CBS' Face the Nation, or on ABC's This Week.

For the network pundits, Kennedy's anti-war speech did not exist. It was irrelevant to the around-the-clock media chatter about a looming war.

And yet the corporate media thinks they did a great job on their media coverage. There are none so blind...

Glenn Greenwald, Network news anchors praise the job they did in the run-up to the war

Meet Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr

So dumb he got interviewed by Borat:

May he be the Ross Perot of 2008.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time to Retire, Methinks

Timlin after winning the 2007 World Series
wikipedia: Mike Timlin
A great way to be remembered.

It's gotten to the point where I hate seeing Mike Timlin coming in to close games for the Red Sawx. He's like gasoline on a fire most of the time these days. Tuesday night he came into the 3-3 game in the 9th and promptly gave up two hits and the walk, and got the loss.

Francona had been tossed. So who decided not to use Papelbon? 9th inning, a game to steal on the road, why not use the ace? These are the things that mystify fans.

I love this post from The House That Dewey Built. Coach Mom will too; Stan Musial was/is her favorite player.

The House That Dewey Built: Mike Timlin’s Obsolescence (2008 Edition)

In what has become an annual rite of spring, I have once again become categorically convinced that Mike Timlin should no longer be pitching for this team.

In years past, I have made similar assessments, typically before he strings together a handful of decent outings in low leverage situations, boosting his numbers and making my claims seem excessive.


This is what hitters have done against Timlin thus far in 2008. He’s essentially turning every batter he faces into Stan Musial.


And because of the policies of rich Republicans like UBS Swiss Banker Phil Gramm and Private Plane McCain, things like this are happening in the richest nation in the world: Foreclosures in Military Towns Surge at Four Times U.S. Rate

Military families were targeted as customers during the boom in subprime lending because their frequent moves, overseas stints, and low pay meant they were more likely to have weak credit ratings, said Rudi Williams of the National Veterans Foundation in Los Angeles. In 2006, at the peak of U.S. subprime lending, the number of VA loans fell to barely a third the level of two years earlier, according to VA data.

VA loans totaled 135,000 last year, its fourth consecutive annual decline.

An Army or Marine Corps sergeant with four years of experience makes $27,000 a year, plus combat pay of $225 a month, according to the 2008 Military Authorization Act, which increased basic pay rates 3.5 percent from a year ago.

Soldiers authorized to live off-base also receive a housing allowance that this year starts at about $500 a month, 7.3 percent higher than in 2007, paid even when they are deployed. Counting the stipends, they still fall short of the 2007 median U.S. household income of $59,224 as measured by the National Association of Realtors in Chicago.

Nuts (Updated)

ThinkProgress: Asia Times: Bush to attack Iran by August.

Asia Times is reporting that “a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community” are alleging that the Bush administration “plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months” :

The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously, said last week that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC’s elite Quds force. With an estimated strength of up to 90,000 fighters, the Quds’ stated mission is to spread Iran’s revolution of 1979 throughout the region.

This must be the Republican plan for victory in 2008. Launch another war based on lies and expect the people to line up behind George W. Clusterfuck. God help us.

Update: Mother Jones says this was all a hoax.

George W. Bush: The Boy Who Cried Wolf. To paraphrase George W. Clusterfuck: Lie us into a war one time, shame on, shame on you; lie us into a war -- we won't get fooled again.

Meet McCain Adviser, Lobbyist Phil Gramm: He Gave Us "The Mortgage Crisis"

Yet another Phil Gramm scandal
Mother Jones: Phil's Felon

Phil Gramm is McCain's man on economic issues. Gramm is one of the most loathesome of the former Republican officeholders advising McCain. He's on the board of Swiss bank UBS and was registered as a UBS lobbyist until April 18th of this year. His wife Wendy was on the board of Enron when Enron imploded, stealing millions of tax dollars from California taxpayers. And Phil Gramm pushed legislation that helped Enron steal their money. The Gramms are Republican corporate slime of the highest order. Oh yeah, and they're rich from all the corporate money they've been pulling down.

As Senate Banking Chairman in the 1990s, Phil Gramm authored the bill that repealed the Depression-era mortgage regulations, and allowed basically any kind of corporation to give loans, without regulation, which lead directly to the mortgage crisis. The he quickly left the Senate and sold the remnants of his soul to Swiss banking giant UBS.

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act was signed by Bill Clinton in 1999, BTW, another of his centrist moves that I have a big problem with, like NAFTA and welfare reform. Why am I to believe that Hillary Clinton will not be just as much of a centrist, despite the very liberal positions she takes in front of Democratic audiences? But I digress. Now we are the middle of the subprime mortgage crisis, loans having being given to people who didn't have the income to pay them or the house not being worth what they were borrowing, and now the government is giving bad actors like Bear Stearns $30 billion bailouts. So what was John McCain's (and his lobbyist pal Phil Gramm's, as Gramm advised him on the speech) solution to the problem? Let the homeowners lose their houses, said McCain in March:

“I have always been committed to the principle that it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers,” McCain said. “Government assistance to the banking system should be based solely on preventing systemic risk that would endanger the entire financial system and the economy.”

Fuck those little people, said Mr. Lobbyists-R-Us. Let them sleep in the streets. I can go to one of my eight homes. Phil Gramm can go home to his little house outside San Antonio, or to the vacation home in Maryland that he had renovated for free. Screw the little people.

Molly Ivins summed up Phil Gramm
the best (hat tip to Christy at firedoglake for this quote):

...Gramm, the great crusader against government spending, has spent his entire life on the government tit. He was born at a military hospital, raised on his father's Army pay, went to private school at Georgia Military Academy on military insurance after his father died, paid for his college tuition with same, got a National Defense Fellowship to graduate school, taught at a state-supported school, and made generous use of his Senate expense account. In 1987, a Dallas developer named Jerry Stiles flew a construction crew to Maryland to work on Gramm's summer home. Stiles spent $117,000 on the project but was kind enough to bill Gramm only $63,433. When Stiles got in trouble for misusing funds from a savings and loan he owned, Gramm did him some "routine" favors with regulators. Stiles was later convicted on 11 counts of conspiracy and bribery.

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the recipient of enormous banking contributions, Gramm did an even bigger favor for the financial industry in 1999 when he sponsored the Financial Services Modernization Act allowing banks, securities firms, and insurance companies to combine. The bill weakened the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to help meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Gramm described community groups that use the CRA as "protection rackets" that extort funds from the poor, powerless banks. The bill is also a disaster for the privacy of bank customers and weakens regulatory supervision. As Gramm proudly declared, "You're not going to find a single bank, insurance company, or securities company that will say they were hurt financially by this bill."

To be fair, Gramm occasionally found it in his heart to assist the poor -- like the time he suggested that mothers on welfare would be better off working for $2.50 an hour. A more typical Gramm vote, though, came on an energy bill that benefited oil and gas companies at the expense of consumers. "There are winners and losers in every economic decision," Gramm said portentously. He was then getting more oil and gas money than any other member of the Senate....

Here are some excellent posts outlining Phil Gramm's nefarious lobbying activities:

Christy Hardin Smith, firedoglake: McCain’s Cronies: Phil Gramm (R-Enron) And His UBS Lobbying Problem

dday at Hullabaloo: Lobbyists In The Closet

MSNBC: McCain economic policy shaped by lobbyist
Swiss bank paid McCain co-chair to push agenda on U.S. mortgage crisis

Here's Keith Olbermann last night on McCain's Gramm problem:

Media Is Shocked, Shocked, By Scotty McClellan's Book

In this April 19, 2006 file photo, President Bush, right, walks with White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, right, at the White House in Washington, after McClellan announced that he is stepping down as White House press secretary. It's being reported that an upcoming book by McClellan says that President Bush relied on a propaganda campaign to sell the Iraq war in the place of honesty and candor. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

Former White House Spokesman Scott McClellan has a new book. He says -- wow, who would have guessed this -- that the Bush White House sold the war through a propaganda campaign.

This is apparently surprising to the corporate media, which didn't realize that it was Ginger Rogers in 2003 and that Bush and his cronies were Fred Astaire'ing them across the War Dance floor.


WaPo: Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled U.S. on Iraq

NYTimes: In Ex-Spokesman’s Book, Harsh Words for Bush Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House

Desperate For A Non-White Face in His Commercial, McCain Features Obama Supporter

HuffPo: McCain Commercial Features Voter In Obama Apparel

McCain newest commercial is redefining bipartisanship. His supporters are actually -- Obama supporters. You can see a woman with whom McCain is speaking is already wearing a Barack Obama t-shirt. Check it out [she appears at the very end of the 30-second spot]:

BFFs Fundraising In Phoenix

McCain tried to have a secret fundraiser in Phoenix last night, but the media caught him at the airport saying goodbye to his BFF George W. Clusterfuck. First watch Obama hit McCain on his secret fundraiser, and his support of Bush's disastrous policies:

"Today, John McCain is holding a fundraiser with George Bush, behind closed doors, in Arizona."

"No cameras!"

"No reporters!"

"And we all know why!"

"Senator McCain doesn’t want to be seen, hat-in-hand, with the President, whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years," [at this point, the audience roared with laughter!!].

President Bush is accompanied by Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife Cindy, seen reflected on the car, before Bush boards Air Force One at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, after Bush attended a private campaign fundraising event for McCain in Phoenix, Tuesday, May 27, 2008.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

U.S. President George W. Bush gestures next to Republican Presidential candidate John McCain at Sky Harbor Airport after Bush spoke at a McCain campaign fund raising event in Phoenix, Arizona, May 27, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

hat tip to Al Rodgers at dailykos for the video & transcript.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

English Soccer Chants

One of the great pleasures of going to English Premier League soccer games in person is getting to hear and decipher the fans' chants. On TV we can never hear the words. We came out of White Hart Lane last fall singing "Sacked in the morning! You're getting sacked in the morning!" (to the tune of "Guantanamera"); Martin Jol survived for a few more games. The BBC collects the best fan chants and jibes of this season:

BBC Sport: Chants of the season

Here's a brief Youtube clip of the "Jim Bullard" chant (to the tune of "Que Sera, Sera") at Craven Cottage:

Memorial Day: To Be Remembered Hushing Up Crisis Of Suicide, Mental Scars

CBS News did its own extensive research, finding that more than 6,250 American veterans took their own lives in 2005 alone. That comes to slightly more than 17 suicides every day.

Anchorage Daily News: Female soldiers know: Sexual assault can lead to PTSD

Last month I attended a presentation on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, at the Anchorage Veterans Administration Clinic. PowerPoint slides provided a definition of PTSD and common causes of this disorder: IEDs, seeing the bodies of dead children, experiencing serious bodily injuries, and others.

I asked the briefer, a VA psychiatrist, whether the VA also considered Military Sexual Trauma an experience that can lead to PTSD. He replied "no."

I looked at the physician with amazement. Many peer-reviewed journal articles assert that Military Sexual Trauma, or MST, is especially associated with PTSD. That the Veterans Administration continues to disassociate MST with PTSD is remarkable.
Bob Geiger, HuffPo: Dead Troops Remembered By President Who Had Them Killed

Yes, that's a harsh headline for this piece.

But I'll ask you to forgive me because, as a Veteran, there isn't a day on the calendar that causes my hatred -- and I do indeed mean hatred -- of George W. Bush to bubble over the top more than Memorial Day.

"On Memorial Day, we honor the heroes who have laid down their lives in the cause of freedom, resolve that they will forever be remembered by a grateful Nation, and pray that our country may always prove worthy of the sacrifices they have made," reads Bush's official Memorial Day proclamation, issued by the White House on Thursday.

The Chickenhawk-in Chief says a lot of things that make this Vet's blood boil but stuff like saying that he prays "...that our country may always prove worthy of the sacrifices they have made" is almost vomit inducing.

This statement comes from the same man who himself began dishonoring the sacrifices of all Veterans in such huge ways in March of 2003, when he invaded Iraq behind a veil of lies and deceit and started spilling barrels of military and civilian blood to start a war with a country that posed no threat whatsoever to our national security.

Meteor Blades, dailykos: Forgotten on Memorial Day

My great-great-great-great-great uncle was killed by U.S. soldiers during the Second Seminole War. Other distant relatives were killed during the Third Seminole War. Killed for trying to hold onto freedom, land, the right to self-determination.

Whether they killed warriors and women on the banks of the Pease River in Texas, the Washita River in Kansas, Sand Creek in Colorado, or Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota; whether they fought Shawnee in Indiana, Asakiwaki in Wisconsin, Lakota and Cheyenne in Montana, Chiricahua in Arizona, Nez Perce in Idaho or Modocs in California, the men in blue who were killed in the Indian Wars are among those who will be honored Monday.

But the thousands of warriors they killed – the ancestors of us original Americans – aren’t counted for the ultimately futile but unhesitating sacrifice they made for the freedom of their people. On Memorial Day, they are invisible. Monuments to the Rebel dead can be found in practically every town of the Confederacy. Memorials to Indian resistance are next to non-existent.

Brandon Friedman, dailykos: Senator[Ted Stevens], VA Secretary [James Peake] Disrespect Troops on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day weekend, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and VA Secretary James Peake stood side-by-side in Fairbanks, Alaska to showcase their opposition to--and lack of respect for--today’s newest veterans.

Speaking at the Disabled American Veterans’ 19th Annual Department Convention, Senator Stevens told the majority of America’s most recent war veterans that they had not yet sacrificed enough to have earned a GI Bill that would cover the full cost of their educations.

Sen. Ted Stevens warned of a "mass exodus" from the military Saturday if the so-called 21st Century GI Bill goes into law without major changes.
"There are worries that people who are already in for two years will serve one more and leave, and there’s really no incentive to stay," Stevens said.
What Stevens is really saying is that today's troops are unpatriotic--that they're only in it for the money and the college. And while Stevens’ "mass exodus" theory has been thoroughly discredited by the Congressional Budget Office, the true irony of the situation lies in the fact that Stevens earned his own college degree after World War Two by using the same GI Bill he’s aiming to prevent today’s veterans from receiving.

At the same convention, VA Secretary James Peake--who is already under fire for the cover-up of an extraordinary number of veteran suicides and for overseeing an organization that may not be taking PTSD seriously--showed a stunning lack of situational awareness by discounting recent media reports and think tank studies by suggesting that fewer returning vets actually had PTSD than is commonly thought.

Connecticut Voters Must Be So Proud

HuffPo: [Senator] Joseph Lieberman To Headline Upcoming Pastor Hagee Summit

Senator Joseph Lieberman is scheduled to headline Pastor John Hagee's 2008 Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit this July 22. In accepting Hagee's invitation, Lieberman became the most senior elected representative confirmed to appear at the annual gala. Last year, when Lieberman spoke at Hagee's summit, he compared the Texas televangelist to the biblical prophet Moses, dubbing him "an Ish Elochim," or "a man of God." Unless he rescinds his pledge to appear at this year's summit, Lieberman can be expected to deliver another soul-stirring tribute.

Hagee's vitriolic condemnation of Catholicism, his jeremiad declaring Hurricane Katrina divine punishment for New Orleans' hosting of a "homosexual rally," and his generally disturbing apocalyptic theology became national news last February when John McCain accepted his endorsement in a widely publicized ceremony.

Will Holy Joe talk about how his good friend John McCain had to reject Hagee's endorsement?

Maybe Hagee will reprise his sermon about how Hitler was sent by God to drive the Jews to Palestine.

When Lieberman addresses the Republican convention in August, can we throw him out of the party then? Harry Reid? How 'bout it?

Becks From 70

Reminds you of this, doesn't it? From 1996:

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Damarcus Beasley

Beasley shows off the silverware with Ally McCoist.

Damarcus Beasley played his second game since returning from what was thought to be a season-ending knee injury. He started for Rangers in the Scottish Cup and scored a goal -- on his birthday! Looking forward to seeing Beasley with the US team at Wembley on Wednesday. BEASLEY SURPRISED BY FINAL SPOT

Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley admits his selection for the Scottish Cup final against Queen of the South caught him and his family by surprise.

The American's season looked to be over in November when he sustained a knee injury against Stuttgart in the Champions League.

However, the former PSV Eindhoven player regained his fitness ahead of schedule to make a substitute's appearance against St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last Monday.

Beasley then celebrated his 26th birthday by starting against Queens and scoring in Rangers' 3-2 win over the Irn-Bru First Division side.

Independent (uk): Beasley heads south to earn his stripes in team of no stars Beasley to go for the Hart

USA winger DaMarcus Beasley has vowed to put a dent in Joe Hart's England debut with a Wembley goal.

Manchester City goalkeeper Hart is in line for his first cap on Wednesday night as England manager Fabio Capello tests a number of younger players who have caught his eye.

Beasley was the 21-year-old's team-mate at Eastlands during the 2006/07 season when the American enjoyed a loan spell from PSV Eindhoven before joining current club Rangers.

The pair have remained friends and Beasley, who is back to fitness following five months out with a knee injury, made it clear he would show no mercy should a goal-scoring opportunity come his way during the friendly.

DaMarcus Beasley celebrates his goal.

FoxNews Reporter Laughs About Assassinating Obama (Updated)

Lauren S., dailykos: FoxNews Jokes About Obama Being Assassinated (w/ video)

Here's what the Fox News contributor Liz Trotta said about Obama on Fox yesterday:

"and now we have what ... uh ... some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama ... uh ... um Obama .... well both if we could [giggles]"

Liz Trotta, monster.

Update: She apologized, sorta. It was a joke!

CNN Hires Racist, Sexist McCain Adviser

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 5, 2007: Alex Castellanos, senior advisor to Mitt Romney, speaks during the ''Campaign 2008: Looking Ahead'' panel discussion at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on March 5, 2007 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

MediaMatters: "Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser
Why did CNN hire Castellanos, who has a history of using "racially charged" tactics? And why won't it note he's advising McCain?

Alex Castellanos is an adviser to John McCain, and CNN has hired him to comment on politics -- but CNN never tells viewers that he is a McCain adviser.

And here's what he said about Hillary Clinton:

On CNN this week, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos responded to criticism of a joke that referred to Hillary Clinton as a "bitch" by saying, "[S]ome women, by the way, are named that and it's accurate."

Alex Castellanos created Jesse Helms's racist "white hands" ad against Harvey Gantt (Helms's black opponent) in 1990. The ad showed a pair of white hands crumpling a rejection letter while the narrator says this:

"You needed that job, and you were the best qualified, but they had to give it to a minority, because of a racial quota. Is that really fair? Harvey Gantt says it is. Gantt supports Ted Kennedy's racial quota law that makes the color of your skin more important than your qualifications. Your vote on this issue next Tuesday. For racial quotas, Harvey Gantt. Against racial quotas, Jesse Helms."

Watch it here:

Here's the contact page for CNN to protest against Castellanos being on TV.

RIP Dick Martin

Associated Press
Dan Rowan, left, and Dick Martin on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in 1969, giving out the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award.

WaPo: TV's 'Laugh-in' comic Dick Martin dies at 86

NYTimes: Dick Martin, the Laid-Back Half of the ‘Laugh-In’ Duo, Is Dead at 86

hat tip to The Mighty Quinn Media Machine for the Youtube clip.