This was an interesting referral:
This was an interesting referral:
On Air America, Franken just asked Chuck D. of Public Enemy what they would hear if they tuned in to his show tomorrow morning, and Chuck D. replied:
“A loud voice at 11.”
Made me laugh. Also, mad props for using the Dead as filler music.
I find this really irritating:
The Observer has learned that former Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, an entrepreneur and Democratic fund-raiser, will close the deal to pay around $70 million to French-owned Vivendi Universal this week, making them the owners of the tiny digital-cable channel Newsworld International (NWI), moving Mr. Gore from politics to mini-media-moguldom.
Mr. Gore’s group plans to transform the sleepy foreign-news outlet into a youth-oriented public-affairs channel, a jump-cut news network for the iPod set. Despite vociferous claims that the network isn’t attempting to be the liberal antidote to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, it’s difficult to ignore the obvious: It may be fair, it may be balanced, but it’s going to be owned by Al Gore.
I am a news junky, and NWI is an unbelievable asset that already has spectacular programming with a point of view different from the dominant American media mindset. While we bicker about the differences between Fox and CNN, there is a significant difference between the news coverage by American outlets and foreign outlets. Getting rid of NWI is a hideous idea. International Newsfirst, the German Journal, and Special Assignment are great shows.
While I am at it, let me also pimp the Discovery Times. Their coverage of Middle East issues has been generally outstanding, and I really like their coverage of terrorism issues.
Damnit- screwing up NWI to promote a ‘liberal’ agenda is just a hideous idea. Unless you like more intra-continental isolation.
Dear President Bush:
John Kerry is a liar or a fool if he thinks that releasing any of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will do anything appreciable regarding the current gas prices. We have gone over this hundreds of times, so I hope you do not cave in and pursue bad policy because of their demagoguery.
Remember- they do not care about the outcomes of the policies and whether it really solves the problem. They just care if it appears that they are doing something and that will in turn get them votes. You can not out pander them- trust me.
PS- In the debates, please ask John Kerry how he intends to ‘pressure’ OPEC. Will he have to go to the UN to ask permission, first?
*** Update ***
More evidence of Democratic demagoguery flying in the face of reality from Dan Drezner.
Check out this groaner:
Yesterday, Mr. Bush’s lawyer told the commission that Ms. Rice would testify. And after months of unacceptable delay, the lawyer said Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would also talk to the entire commission in private, not under oath. But the panel had to pay a price: it agreed, at the administration’s insistence, that after Ms. Rice testifies, it will not call her back or ask any other White House official to testify in public.
The White House’s initial refusal to allow Ms. Rice to testify and its cynical use of a confidential adviser as a public accuser would have been bad enough. But they fit an unpleasant pattern. This president has repeatedly abused his executive privilege while seeking to hide behind it, starting when Mr. Cheney invoked that privilege to gather business executives in secret to draft the administration’s energy policy.
A.) The court case on the energy policy issue has not been resolved, so claiming it was an abuse is simply, at this point, a lie.
B.) There were legitimate issues regarding Condi’s testimony- they have been resolved. This is an abuse how?
C.) How anyone who lived through the Clinton years can claim that the current President is abusing executive privilege is beyond me. That takes a level of audacity that can be found only on the NY Times opinion page.
At least we won’t have to listen to rhetoric claiming Bush is starving children:
e Senate on Tuesday voted an additional $6 billion for child care for welfare recipients and the working poor as part of a bill to renew the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.
The measure easily won Senate passage, 78-20. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and 30 other Republicans voted for it, but the Bush administration opposes the provision and House Republicans did not include it in the version of the legislation that passed the House last year.
The provision would send states $20.5 billion over 5 years in the form of block grants for programs for children up to 13 years of age. Its authors, Sens. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said hundreds of thousands of children could lose child care without the extra money, which in turn could force thousands of low-income parents to give up their jobs.
So I cruise over to the Air America website to listen to the debut of the O’Franken Factor, and much like liberal policies, the streaming audio does not work.
Have no fear- they list all members of this new six (6) radio satation behometh, and of those six, 620-Am, KPOJ, seems to have a working stream.
At any rate, Franken seems a touch more upbeat than his usually slow, monotone self- but what is really annoying is the woman who keeps piping in making announcements andgenerally, it seems, startling Franken or meddling with his stream of thought. The woman, when she is bantering senselessly with Franken (who has to think she is an idiot), makes the show sound like the SNL spoof of NPR.
At any rate, I figure it is the first day, so I will give them numerous chances. I won’t listen to the bitch Garafaolo, but everyone else will get a shot. I have heard and seen some of Marc Maron’s stand- upbits, and I have to admit- I think he is hysterical. I predict his show will be the best of the crop, if he doesn’t get nuked by the FCC (he has a touch of the potty-mouth in him).
Back to the O’Franken Factor. At any rate, liberals, this is not a good start. The first notable guests on the O’Franken Factor are G. Gordon Liddy and Ben Stein.
Liberalism- It Sells!
*** Update ***
Here is a list of live feeds since the Air America one won’t work or is overwhelmed.
A ruling I can agree with:
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government does not have to release 11-year-old photographs from the suicide of Clinton administration White House lawyer Vincent Foster because it would cause his family pain and intrude on their privacy.
The unanimous decision makes it more difficult to use a public records law to access federal law enforcement records from autopsies and death scenes. Justices said the privacy rights of survivors must be balanced against the public’s right to information.
A California attorney had sought the Foster pictures, saying they might prove he was murdered as part of a White House cover-up. There was no reasonable evidence of that, the Supreme Court said.
Hopefully, the statement that there is no reasonable evidence of a cover-up will end the speculation that he was murdered. Will these sick bastards finally let him rest in peace and leave his poor family alone? I hate the tin-foil hat crowd, whatever their politics. And yes, dears- that includes the “War for Oil” and “Bush/Hitler” crowd.
Some good news from the War on Terror:
An al Qaeda plot to blast London was dramatically foiled by police today.
Seven hundred police swooped in a series of 6am raids in the capital and the Home Counties. They found half a tonne of fertiliser explosives – enough for a series of terror “spectaculars”.
The terrorist suspects arrested by police are believed to have chosen “soft targets” for bombings including pubs and clubs. One of the suspects being held had a job at Gatwick Airport, immediately raising concerns over airlines and passengers.
A total of eight men – all of them British citizens of Pakistani descent, three of them teenagers – were arrested in the operation, with police from five forces searching a total of 24 addresses across London and the South-East.
I simply don’t how anyone can continue to argue that Iraq is not the centerpiece of the War on Terror. The Al Qaeda goals are clear- they are attempting to hit every ally in the region, because they are terrified of a democratic Iraq.
So I guess a deal was brokered and Condi will testify. Cool. I understood why she was not going to, but I am glad she now will be in front of the commission. I don’t think anyone is going to learn anything, I don’t think anything is going to be accomplished- in fact, I gave up on that last week during the hearings, but it will shut the Democrats up.
I think what happens next is that we all need to push to get Clinton to testify under oath. We all remember how much fun he is when he is under oath. Hell, he doesn’t even have a law license to lose or an office from which he can be impeached. Putting him under oath could be really entertaining- who knows what kind of outrageous lies he might bust out.
As far as Gore- well, who cares. Putting Gore under oath would only do one thing- prove to America how big the rift between Clinton and Gore really is, how out of the loop Gore was during the Clinton years (really- reinventing government was important), and what a bunch of nonsense it was that the Democrats peddled in 2000 about all the important experience Gore would bring to the Presidency.
So today is the debut of the new lefty network, and try as I might, I can’t find a streaming link anywhere. Anyone know what I have to do to listen in to this stuff?
*** Update ***
I am an idiot- the debut is tomorrow. Regardless, where do I go to find a streaming link. There was nothing on the ‘Air America’ website.
BTW- If you wanted to sell the liberal ideology, would you name your flagship network with a name that is going to do nothing but remind people of a bad Mel Gibson flick every time they tune in to listen?
Say what you want about the terrorists, but they have learned from the Spanish reaction:
Uzbek Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev said the attacks were aimed at breaking the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition.
“This has been committed by the hands of international terror,” Safayev said. “That’s the hallmark of the terrorist acts we have already witnessed abroad.
“Attempts are being made to split the international anti-terror coalition.”
Uzbekistan has been a strong supporter of the U.S..-led campaign in Afghanistan, providing a vital airbase for U.S. troops in military operations there following the September 11, 2001, attacks on America.
Weakness, whether real or perceived, will always be met with aggression. Always. Why is this so hard to understand? Despite the partisan maneuvering by Democrats in the 9/11 commission in conjunction with their new hero, Richard Clarke, this should be the real llesson learned from the Clinton administration. Weakness, whether real or perceived, will always be met with aaggression.
(via Jeff Goldstein)
I am cranky this morning, so I am about to unload a stream of obscenities:
“Josh Marshall- Shut the Fuck Up.”
Thank you- that was the only reaction I could muster to this piece from Josh:
How low will they go? Now Clarke’s a racist (from last night’s Crossfire …
ROBERT NOVAK: Congressman, do you believe, you’re a sophisticated guy, do you believe watching these hearings that Dick Clarke has a problem with this African-American woman Condoleezza Rice?
RAHM EMANUEL: Say that again?
ROBERT NOVAK: Do you believe that Dick Clarke has a problem with this African-American woman Condoleezza Rice?
RAHM EMANUEL: No, no. Bob, give me a break. No. No.
First- he did not say he was racist or sexist, he asked.
Second, is there anyone, and I mean anyone, who thinks that if the roles were reversed, that Now, the NAACP, and the chattering classes would have not already asked the question, but advanced the idea that ther man is completely and irreparably racist and sexist. Please- go look up face validity.
Third, this is from the same Josh Marshall, who, two days after he was selected to be Senate Majority Leader, accused Frist of racism for a pencil incident and noting that Marion Berry is a shitty elected leader.
And, one more thing, Josh- you can end the “Clarke is no partisan- he is a Republican” bullshit:
RUSSERT: And we’re back.
Did you vote for George Bush in 2000?
CLARKE: No, I did not.
RUSSERT: You voted for Al Gore?
CLARKE: Yes, I did.
RUSSERT: In 2004, you’ll vote for John Kerry?
CLARKE: I’m not going to endorse John Kerry. That’s what the White House wants me to do. They want to say I’m part of the Kerry campaign. I’ve already pledged I’m not part of the Kerry campaign, and I will not serve in the Kerry administration.
RUSSERT: Will you vote for him?
CLARKE: That’s my business.
No shit. Go back to being wrong about North Korea, Josh, because this Clarke rehabilitation attempt is failing miserably.
For years, I have believed that mose media bias is the result of laziness. ignorance, and an unwillingness to look beyond one’s own personal views when reporting a story. I refused to believe in media bias, but the different treatment that Richard Clarke and Condi Rice received by those pricks may have forever changed my opinion on the issue.
Here is the transcript from Clarke’s kid glove “golly gee- were the Bush administration people really that stupid and awful” puff piece with Lesley Stahl.
Here is Condi Rice being grilled by Ed Bradley, who at one point spent several minutes badgering her to apologize to the American people or 9/11.
Hey Ed- the Bush administration did not blow up the WTC. And despite that grandstanding display from the megalomaniac Clarke, the government has no business apologizing. Last week, someone was murdered in my town- is Ed Bradley going to come here and force the police to apologize?
At any rate, I will never again attempt to deny media bias after this past week. The differing treatment of both sides is evidence enough, but add to it the fact that Clarke has been caught in, by my count, at least 200 hundred lies, yet the media is still holding him up. Why?
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