Thursday, August 19, 2010

On The Internets 08.19.2010

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told a radio station in San Francisco that she supports an investigation into the opposition to the Cordoba House (aka Park51 aka Ground Zero Mosque) to see who is truly behind the controversy. "I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”
  • Former President George W Bush, who consistently resisted bashing Muslims while in office, is refusing to comment on the "controversy" over the Cordoba House. "President Bush has no comment," is all that came from his spokesman. Very bold, W. Very bold.
  • How do you know when you've gone too far with racism and xenophobia? Well, when Pat Buchanan says so. The former aide to presidents Nixon and Reagan, three time presidential candidate, and controversial author said that Newt Gingrich's recent comparison of Muslims trying to build a community center in NYC to Nazis was over the line (a line which Buchanan has crossed numerous times in the past). "How do you get more attention than Sarah Palin, who's very good at this, is to go two steps further. I mean, I think bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics because there is no valid comparison there. And secondly, you know, you bring that in and that's all we start talking about."
  • Well, America, are you happy now? You won't have Dr. Laura to kick around anymore! The controversial right-wing radio host (who is a doctor, but not in the field she pretends to be an expert in on the radio) announced that she is retiring from her show after her hate-filled, racist rant on the air. She says that quitting the show will allow her to regain her 1st Amendment rights. "I want to be able to say what’s on my mind, and in my heart, what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent, and attack affiliates and attack sponsors." Someone should explain to the good doctor that 1st amendment protection is from government action, not from citizens; and that having people voice their disagreement is not equal to having one's rights taken away. I'm sure the point will be lost on a narcissistic demagogue like Dr. Laura, but still.
  • Naturally, America's worst 1/2 term governor had to chime in on the Dr. Laura controversy (one completely brought on by Dr. Laura herself and her racist mouth). On her platform of choice (besides Fox News), Mama Grizzly herself tweeted "Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence"isn't American,not fair")" WTF?! Dr. Laura goes on a racist tirade and shouts NIGGER 11 times live on the air and "activists" are the problem?! And what's with the "reload" comment? Another call for violence against anyone the "axis of eewwww" (Palin, Angle, Dr. Laura) thinks is less American than them? See, this is why smart and reasonable people hate Sarah Palin. This is the most tone deaf and insensitive comment from Palin in her long history of making tone deaf and insensitive comments. Notice, Miss Barracuda didn't have any issue with Dr. Laura's use of the N-word. Eleven times. No questioning of the "wisdom" in that.
  • Weezer guitarist Brian Bell has revealed that the band may embark on a special "Pinkerton" tour to coincide with the re-issue of the band's landmark second album.
  • It is a really great thing that Soundgarden is reuniting this year - especially if you are the band's bassist, Ben Shepard. According to a new interview with Spin, Shepard was broke and "technically" homeless before the reunion came about. "I've been sleeping on studio couches and at friends' houses. I'm totally broke."
  • The 1972 Rolling Stones concert film, Ladies and Gentleman...The Rolling Stones, has been remastered and will be making a limited theatrical run this fall. After its run in 800 theaters across the country, it will be released on DVD and Blu Ray. Awesome.


T. Paine said...

Pelosi is the counterpart idiot extraordnaire to John Boehner.

If she wants to spend money investigating something, how about the corruption in her own party? (Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, and even her own arrogant self.)

That "woman" will be fired as Speaker very soon and it is a damned shame that there are not enough decent people in her district of San Francisco to fire her from congress completely.

To Bush's credit, there is not a need for him to speak out on the over-blown Cordoba House issue.

He is following a long line of honorable tradition by not speaking out on matters in a successor's administration. (Something the classless Carter and Clinton seem to have forgotten.)

I haven't heard anything about the Dr. Laura controversy. I guess I need to hear the context, but I cannot fathom her saying such things, and if so, I cannot fathom anyone excusing her for having done so.

That being said, she used to be for personal responsibility and protection of children. While she grated on me with her attitude and style, I had to admire her positions on those issues. It would seem the selfish and hedonistic anti-personal responsibility types have always despised her for pointing out their foibles.

Dave Splash said...

So, an investigation into the people funding Cordoba House is okay, but an investigation into the people funding the other side is off base? Sounds like partisan hackery.

As for Rangel and Waters, their cases have been under investigation for a while and both have entered pleas. The same cannot be said for the investigations into Republican ethical violations as Boehner refuses to allow his people to even appear before the ethics committee! And how is it that John Ensign is still a Senator? The guy used campaign money to pay off the husband of the woman he was banging. Sounds pretty unethical to me.

The resolution of the Rangel thing could come tomorrow if the Republican members would agree to a trial tomorrow. Instead, they want to wait until the day before the November elections. You think that's fair?

Considering how many Republican members of the House and the Bush Administration were convicted for ethical violations, fraud and receiving bribes, the two House Democrats under investigation seems pretty paltry in comparison.

I'm not too surprised you didn't hear about the Dr. Laura incident since the right wing media has either been trying to make it like it never happened or try to make her a champion of the 1st Amendment. But here is a link to the audio (and it is not from Media Matters).

Palin's defense is disturbing because she seems to misunderstand the 1st Amendment. The amendment does grant freedom of speech, but not freedom from criticism. In her defense of Dr. Laura she never even once criticized her for using the N-word (and she said it 11 times).

While she has the right to use it, should she have? Was it wise? Was it insensitive?

Personally, I am glad she's leaving. Dr. Laura is a sanctimonious bitch (pardon my French) and I have always disliked her show.

Dave Splash said...

RE: former Pres. Bush. The reason his silence is so deafening is that Mr. Rauf worked in his administration! You'd think he could at least come out and say "I know the man and he is not a terrorist."

But he couldn't even bother to do that. But the Bush Family has always had one-way loyalty. You have to be loyal them, but they don't give a crap about you.

T. Paine said...

I absolutely agree with you about Ensign, and any other Republican similarly guilty.

You are kidding yourself if you think the GOP has more than the Dems when it comes to corruption though. Hell, half of the appointees in the Obama administration were tax cheats or worse. (Including the man that is ultimately in charge of the IRS!)

If your characterization of Palin is accurate, then I am in agreement with you regarding her perception of the 1st amendment.

Lastly, since I am in such an agreeable mood, I will even concede that Bush should ignore commenting on Cordoba House but should voice support for Rauf if he does believe in his character.

See how reasonable a conservative can be! :)

Dave Splash said...

So you've never heard of Duke Cunningham, Bob Ney, Mark Foley, Katherine Harris, Tom Delay, Curt Weldon, Conrad Burns, Larry Craig, Alberto Gonzalez, David Vitter, Ted Stevens, Don Young, Tom Feeney, John Doolittle, Rick Renzi, Gary Miller, Lisa Murkowski, Pete Dominici, Heather Wilson, Jerry Lewis, Ken Calvert, Pete Sessions, Nathan Deal, Ken Calvert and Sarah Palin?

Half of the administration are "tax cheats"? I know Geithner had an issue (I've wanted him gone since he was first announced as the nominee), but 1/2 the administration?