August 2010

It is Time To Boycott Fox

Fox has become the worst kind of corporation. Its News division is an agent of division. Fox, through its cable news operation, is the meanest kind of corporate operator. The company promotes racism, religious bigotry, stirs up hate and fear for the sole purpose of making money

I received this in the morning email from Media Matters --

"It's been clear for some time now that the culture of accountability at Fox News doesn't, you know ... exist. If you're a Fox News employee, you can get away with pretty much anything. Photoshopping the faces of New York Times reporters to make them ugly caricatures of themselves? No problem

Right On Target

Today, August 6, 2010, at high noon, in Minneapolis, petitions, signed by  240,000 people across the country, pledging to boycott Target Stores, were delivered at Target HQ. The petitioners are protesting the Target corporation political contribution of $150,000 to a PAC, that is supporting right-wing and anti-gay rights Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer.

Well done petitioners, and may you continue.

Many of the protesters were protesting against direct corporate funding of politicians. A practice recently made legal by a 5 to4 vote of a right-wing, Supreme Court majority.

We owe Japan No Apology

Today, Friday, the 65th anniversary of the atomic bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima, in Japan, the US .ambassador, for the first time, joined Japanese officials at a ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. This which was a good thing.

A writer in the British base blog "The Independent," wrote-- "At last we’ve apologized for Hiroshima – well, sort of. We’ve recognized the suffering our atom bombs caused –well, kind of. President Obama was showing off his anti-nuclear credentials in the killing grounds of Hiroshima, but this was not to be confused with saying sorry."

Ieshuh Griffin

Anybody can run for office and anybody can say anything,  -- almost.

Ieshuh Griffin is an independent candidate, running to represent the east side of Milwaukee and parts of Glendale. in the Wisconsin state Assembly. She wants to describe herself on the ballot as "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch.'"

The Associated Press reports --"State law allows independent candidates to have five words describing themselves placed after their names on the ballot as long as it's not pejorative, profane, discriminatory or includes an obscene word or phrase."

Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan is all set and is ready to don the black robes. Saturday, tomorrow, she will be Justice Kagan, will be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was confirmed yesterday by a vote of the United States Senate, 63 to 37.

Presidential Birthday Bash

A lot of people asked me why Michelle would go on vacation to Europe over my birthday. They all said they thought it was selfish and unthoughtful of her. Well, as for why I let it happen without putting up a fight... Presidential Birthday Extravaganza. Nobody knows about this except for a few living souls but it may just be the best part about being the President. Deep within the Constitution, on a page we only ever show to Presidents, there's a clause that says the President can do whatever the hell he wants on his birthday. I mean anything. The law protects sitting Presidents from prosecution no matter what they do during the 24-hour period of their birthdays and will automatically classify any accusations against him for things he did during that period as slander. That means for four days, maybe eight, out of my entire life I am untouchable. Last year I was pretty modest about it. All I did was drive a tank down the highway and crush every Smart Car I saw, even waiting for the people inside to escape. But this year I went all-out.

Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban in California

The AP reports "A federal judge overturned California's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America."

Equal rights means just that equal rights. The federal judge, Judge Vaughn R. Walker, sat down, read the U.S. Constitution, understood what he was reading, and wrote his ruling. Gay Americans have the same constitutional rights, which the majority of Americans have. There isn't one Constitution for most Americans, with the protection of the Bill of Rights, and a lite version of the Constitution for gays, with some basic rights removed.

Standing Up for American Values

Yesterday, in New York, a city planning commission voted unanimously to remove the last legal obstacle to the construction of a mosque and Islamic center, two blocks from 9-11 ground zero, the site of the World Trade Center. The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, responded to the activists, commentators and politicians, whom have dug deep into the tool box of destructive bigotry, and have used every instrument they could find, (fear, hate, threats of violence) to try to block the construction. In remarks delivered on Governor's Island, the mayor reminded the critics of the mosque, exactly what 9-11 was about, and what the United States of America is about, and what the loss of the lives of the three thousand plus was about.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

WikiLeaks and National Security

WikiLeaks is at http://wikileaks.org/ - Have you heard of it? It’s pretty much what you would expect- a wiki-style sharing of political leaks. Documents you aren’t supposed to be able to see that you get to see. And there have been some serious, big-time stories coming out of the site. Time magazine said that they could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act, which is high praise- but is TIME magazine in a good place to comment on journalism? Just kidding. I’m a blogger, afterall.

Ahmadinejad Challenges Obama

Politics is about money- I say that all the time. And then, of course, something comes along and has nothing really to do with money that makes me rethink what I feel so certain about. The exception proves the rule, I say, but this is so much fun to see that I can’t imagine it ever actually happening.

We used to play this game when I was a kid where you would pick the 1 or the 3 famous people, living or dead, that you would want to meet. Or maybe the one actress you would like to date. Whatever. The point was that you picked people that revealed something about you and about what you liked- but it was fantasy, and it was more of a mental exercise than anything else. Of course I’m not going to get to meet Socrates or Ghengis Khan, and I’m not going to get to date Natalie Portman- but you know a thing or two about how I see the world and what I like because of that.

Palin Compares Brewer's "Cojones" with Obamas'

The ever articulate and well-spoken political cheerleader, Sarah Palin, may have out done herself today.  She said on Fox News Sunday that, "This is a temporary suspension of some of the key elements in the law that [Arizona Gov.] Jan Brewer pushed hard for Arizonans and for the rest of the country to have the result of us being more secure," said Palin.  She went on to say, "And, Jan Brewer, bless her heart, she's going to do all that she can to continue down the litigation path to allow secure borders because she's – Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have to look out for all Americans – not just Arizonans – but all Americans in this desire of ours to secure our borders and allow legal immigration to help build this country. . . .

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