Friday, August 29, 2008

Barney Smith! Barney Smith!

Last night at the convention, before Obama spoke, several Obama supporters gave very short -- 2 minutes max -- speeches about why they support Obama. Barney Smith was the best.

"We need a President who puts Barney Smith before Smith Barney," he says, and the crowd chants his name. Awesome.

Obama's Acceptance Speech


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Brian Schweitzer Rocks the House

Before Bill Clinton spoke last night, the speech by the governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, was the best speech of the convention so far. (If you're not watching the convention on C-Span, you probably didn't see it, because the networks and the cable folks think people are tuning in to watch them pontificate. C-Span is pure convention. Watch it.)

A one line excerpt of Schweitzer below; here's the transcript, and you can watch the full video here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rachel Maddow Making Her Presence Felt

Last night, discussing McCain's use of noun, verb, POW to deflect all criticism, Rachel makes the liberal case.

I can haz liberulz on TeeVEE?????????

No more posting today, traveling.

Monday, August 25, 2008

More Video of USWNT Celebrations

From Martynnny, via JordanCornblog.

Get A Shovel

Joe Scarborough's shilling for McCain on MSNBC tonight is interrupted by Keith Olbermann: "Jesus, Joe. Why don't you get a shovel."

The media is working overtime for their man, Telecom John.

False Advertising

Downsville, New York, July 5, 2008

I *Heart* Jed

Check out this very short (35 second) piece skewering McCain's newfound "love" for Hillary Clinton, from the JedReport. Obama should hire this guy:

McCain loves Clinton like I love Republicans: NOT!

Four More Years of the Same Old Tune

New Obama ad, that made me laugh out loud:

Politics 8/25/08

McCain = Bush

Busy today so a linky-linky post.

Uncle Ted, my favorite senator, is going to be at the Democratic convention.

Despite McCain's noun, verb, POW claim that his military record qualifies him to be President, the fact remains that John McCain was a lousy soldier. The man lost five planes, for crying out loud. That's a qualification? Kind of like Bush's record of driving businesses into the ground, and we all know how that worked out.

Back in the 1990s Cindy McCain just claimed to have adopted a baby from an orphanage in Calcutta. In 2007 she suddenly started claiming that Mother Theresa had asked her to adopt the baby. When those claims were called into question, the McCain website was scrubbed. Lies you might believe in: McCain 2008.

No time to read all the papers? You should be reading the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, daily at dailykos.

Margaret Thatcher has dementia,
as did her old pal Ronald Reagan.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

More Video of USWNT Celebration

From the same Swedish newspaper site, via JordanCornblog, which I am adding to the blogroll. Another blog that loves women's soccer, whoo-hoo!

Biden's Good Start

Feel the Joementum! Yesterday in his speech Biden said while Americans sit at their kitchen tables worrying about bills, McCain has to “figure out which of the 7 kitchen tables to sit at”:

Presstitute of the Year: AP's Ron Fournication

flickr, user hyku: WOMMA Research Summit - Ron Fournier

AP's Ron Fournier, hereinafter Ron Fournication, has been awarded this blog's coveted Presstitute of the Year award for this actual AP article:

Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence
By RON FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer – Sat Aug 23, 2:12 am ET

Fournication has rocketed to the top of my list of Republican presstitutes masquerading as journalists. It was just a few months ago that he won his first Presstitute of the Day award (when he said Obama was "bordering on arrogance" for making a joke, and that Barack and Michelle Obama ooze a sense of entitlement. That would be the one house Obamas, not the dozen houses worth $13,000,000 McCains.) And when Pat Tillman was killed, he was ready to carry the Bush Administration's lies, and even emailed Karl Rove: "Keep up the fight." And now he's won the annual Presstitute award, and it isn't even Labor Day.

To properly tell this story, I must indulge in some internet shouting (ALLCAPS on the 'net is SHOUTING). Ron Fournication INTERVIEWED FOR A JOB WITH THE McCAIN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. Ergo, he is not an impartial journalist. He picked a side. John McCain's side.

If there still existed something as quaint as "journalistic ethics" he would be barred from covering the presidential campaign. Instead, AP put him in charge of their Washington Bureau, and the man who once interviewed to work for John McCain is working for McCain by putting out slanted article after slanted article, all favoring McCain and heaping abuse on Obama.

How wrong is Fournication's "analysis?" Just look at the statements on Biden by REPUBLICAN Senators:

Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska: “Joe Biden is the right partner for Barack Obama. His many years of distinguished service to America, his seasoned judgment and his vast experience in foreign policy and national security will match up well with the unique challenges of the 21st Century. An Obama-Biden ticket is a very impressive and strong team. Biden’s selection is good news for Obama and America,”

Richard Lugar, R-Indiana: "I congratulate Senator Barack Obama on his selection of my friend, Senator Joe Biden, to be his vice-presidential running mate. I have enjoyed for many years the opportunity to work with Joe Biden to bring strong bipartisan support to United States foreign policy."

Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania: "No one on the Democratic side knows more about foreign policy than Sen. Biden," Specter said. "He's been an articulate spokesman on the subject. He also knows about domestic policy. He's been a leader on crime control."

Finally, not only are Fournication's articles solidly pro-McCain, anti-Obama, and anti-truth, he is for sale. Lindsay Beyerstein documents that Fournication is available as a speaker through the "All American Talent & Celebrity Network" (you can't make this stuff up) for $10,000 a pop.

Firedoglake has the links to let you take ACTION: Tell AP To Remove Ron Fournier From the Presidential Beat

Newshoggers: Ron Fournier's ASS Press

firedoglake: Karl Rove's Little Hot Soup Nazi

Sourcewatch: Ron Fournier [aka Fournication]

Double Win For Pia

Pia rocking the black socks.

Head Coach Pia Sundhage takes the USWNT to the Olympics gold medal, and USSoccer, in a shockingly fast display of common sense, gives her a four-year contract extension, to 2012 according to Swedish news reports.

Watch Sunil Gulati drop to his knees to ask her to stay here. The clip is from a Swedish newspaper. Lots of video of the post-game celebration including Christie Rampone giving Pia her own gold medal. (Coaches don't get them.)

Congratulations to Pia, and congratulations to USSoccer for getting this right. Now, Sunil, do you have your calls in to Guus Hiddink for the men? Let's steal him from Russia while they're preoccupied with Georgia. A good international coach must be the priority for the USMNT and the 2010 World Cup

Hans von Vote Suppressor Hired by US Commission on Civil Rights

His job, of course, will be to destroy civil rights and deny voting rights to any person who might vote for Barack Obama.

TPMMuckraker: He's Baaaack: Civil Rights Commission Hires Spakovsky to Work on Voting Rights