Saturday, September 11, 2010

VIDEO: Fox’s Cavuto Interrupts Michelle Obama’s Speech to Call Her Husband a “Nobody”

Fux News spins more rhetoric propaganda in the most disgraceful way they can!

First, how beautiful does Michelle look? I can’t help but bring that up, and I usually don’t preface a post with such blatant gushitude, but she really looks all kinds of gorgeous.
But let’s get into Schmuckus Interruptus Cavuto’s cutting into one of the most touching, effective moments in her speech. She’s the first lady, you pig of a man. Did I say man? I meant douche. No matter who is speaking, barging in like an uncouth cave dweller is rude, period. But during a speech about one of the most painful moments in U.S. history? Unacceptable.
Second: Speaking of nobody’s…
Third: To then compound the insult by saying that Mrs. President Obama was married to a “nobody” makes me want to hurl things at my computer screen. See “Second”.
Finally: This is why I never, but never, watch ClusterFox.  Their nasty, offensive commentary influences their already susceptible, gullible viewers, which explains why we’re seeing that same behavior reflected all over town hall meetings, rallies, and Beck/Palin love fests.  What I’d give to cut a few ClusterFoxers off at the knees in the middle of one of their asinine, unintelligible broadcasts the way Cavuto did to Michelle Obama’s eloquent tribute.
Final Finally: The President and First Lady are, and always have been, about as “somebody” as you can get.

The Rise of American Fascists!

Let me begin with an obvious point: Right wing extremism is gathering strength and becoming more extreme. Someone recently said with no hint of exaggeration that Rush Limbaugh and other like-minded, turbo-charged extremists are no longer on the fringe of the Republican Party, but comfortably nestle in its mainstream and shape its policies. Both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush possessed a conservative cast of mind to be sure, but this new right-wing gang is more reactionary and authoritarian, if you can believe it, than the two former presidents. The political DNA of this grouping isn't fascistic for now, but one can't rule out such an evolution, given ongoing crisis conditions and intensifying struggles. In any case, their growing voice in Republican circles re-positions the GOP further to the right and endangers to the extreme democracy and progress.

For doubters of the new status and influence of these former upstarts in elite Republican circles, a few examples will hopefully suffice to make my point:

• The defeat of the Republican Senate incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska primary by a tea party candidate.
• The rush to the extreme right by John McCain in his senatorial primary.
• The prominence and power broker status of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News.
• The growing strength and insider status of the tea party in the workings of the GOP.
• The growing notoriety of Glenn Beck.
• The surprising number of people who think the president is neither a Christian nor a citizen.

This march from the margins to mainstream by these amplifiers of hate, lies, resentment and unapologetic racism should compel us to rethink the coming elections and their importance.
If anyone thought they were routine, they aren't. If anyone believed that they could be reduced to simply another round of the election cycle, they can't. If anyone believes that anything else is more important at this moment, they're wrong.
As I see it, if the Republican Party, weighted now in a more reactionary and authoritarian direction, gains control of the House and gathers momentum going into the 2012 elections, stormy days and difficult times are ahead not only for the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress, but also for the American people, already locked into a protracted and deep economic crisis. The terrain, on which they will fight, will no longer tilt in their favor. They will be running uphill. Their hopes of democratic and progressive advance will be much dimmer. And the window of opportunity that opened up in 2008 will be nearly shut. For how long, no one knows.
I can hear someone saying that if this occurs, the fault lies squarely with the president and his party. This is simplistic, if not outright wrong. First of all, it ignores that the ruling class has swung decisively and overwhelmingly to the right-wing-dominated GOP in recent months. It also is blind to the outsized role of the most extreme right-wing groupings in the mass media and their ability to use - racism, the "war
on terror," male supremacy, nativism, xenophobia, homophobia, selective historical memory, anti-socialism, anti-communism, red baiting, and the nostalgia of an idealized past - to create fear, confusion and division among tens of millions. While the right lost its grip on the presidency and Congress two years ago, the impact of its ideas on popular thinking didn't simply disappear. Nor does this political calculus (Obama is to blame) include the institutional weight and logic of a state (which includes more than representative institutions and the presidency) that resist progressive change. Finally, it underestimates the gathering strength of Limbaugh and gang on the Republican Party and national politics. Accounting for the above necessarily complicates the process of change as well as brings into sharper focus the old and new pressures for an anti-democratic, authoritarian, militarist solution to the current crisis. But - and this is a big but - such an extremist solution becomes possible only if the Republican right (now on steroids thanks to the mainstreaming of Rush, Sarah, and crowd) is able to regain control of the Congress this fall and the presidency in 2012.
Said differently, the winning of the levers of executive and congressional power in this and the next national election is a necessary condition, if the newest version of the extreme right is to ruthlessly restructure the state and economy in favor of the top layers of the capitalist class. Against this background, the Nov. 2 elections and the presidential elections in two years acquire a new and overriding urgency. Frustration with the pace and depth of change is understandable on the part of the American people. After all, it's hard to be sober minded when you are out of a job or can't pay for groceries and medical care or face eviction from the home that you lived in your entire adult life. And yet letting anger and frustration substitute for a well reasoned action plan to meet present and future challenges is akin to shooting yourself in the foot. As we know in our personal lives, venting at an immediate target - a friend, a spouse, a family member, a co-worker - is, at best, a temporary fix to what usually is a much deeper problem requiring a more objective approach. This is so in politics too. An objective class analysis is needed to gauge the balance of political power between contending groups, shine a light on who and what is blocking social progress, and identify the political forces that require further assembling if the country is to overcome the current crisis in way that favors working people and their allies.
Impatience and misdirected frustration (and I would add political generalities and sloganeering) will not cut the mustard in this regard; what they might do is cut our throats, figuratively speaking.
The point of politics isn't to embrace the world as we want it to be, but the world as it is, a world filled with contradictions and complexities ... and then figure out a path to expanded democracy, economic security, and a new burst of peace and freedom. To be more concrete, the struggle to defeat the newest and more dangerous edition of right-wing extremism at the ballot box in November is the key link to open new vistas of freedom in every field of struggle - jobs, housing, public education, equality, peace and nuclear
disarmament, environmental sustainability, democratic rights, and so forth.
The time to fight juiced-up, right-wing extremism is now when it still doesn't control every lever of political power, not later when it does. And the immediate place to fight it is at the ballot box in November.

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Organized Labor is the type of "Change" we voted for!

Organized labor is on the march
this Labor Day weekend to make real the promise of the 2008 election. That election saw America signal a desire for a new economic and social order — one in which U.S. priorities are reordered so that human needs at home are more of a priority than unnecessary wars, where tax policies are fair and functional, and where workers earn wages sufficient to sustain families.

This is not a radical agenda. Indeed, these are goals Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower outlined.

It was Roosevelt who included among his Four Freedoms a “freedom from want” based on “economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants.”

It was Truman who carried on with the call for an Economic Bill of Rights including “the right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation … the right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living … the right of every family to a decent home … the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health … the right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment … the right to a good education.”

It was Eisenhower who warned with regard to spending priorities: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

Unfortunately, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have stopped short of delivering on the promise not just of the 2008 campaign but of American progress as defined by our greatest presidents.

That’s why the United Auto Workers union and the Reverend Jesse Jackson have combined to push this fall to: 1. Rebuild America by enacting industrial and trade policies that will create jobs, encourage manufacturing and put workers first. 2. Enforce the law regarding workers’ rights, civil rights, industrial regulation, and creation of fair and just educational, economic and health policies. 3. End the ongoing wars and redirect the funds to rebuilding America.

Jackson will bring the agenda to Baraboo next Saturday. He will receive a lifetime achievement award at Fighting Bob Fest, where 10,000 progressives will gather at the Sauk County Fairgrounds for the largest annual gathering of its kind in the Midwest. Jackson’s right when he says: “We have a plan for Afghanistan and Iraq. We would do better to prioritize rebuilding America.” And he’s even more right when he says that it takes more than just presidents to get a nation’s priorities right. Working families and their unions must join in making the very American demand for jobs, justice and peace.

Fighting Bob Fest is today 9/11 and I (the Dead Peasant) will be there.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Here We Go: Crazy Fred Phelps Will Burn A Qu'ran Even If Terry Jones Won't!

SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

Come on, you knew this was coming! Thank you, corporate media!

Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church announced tonight that it plans to burn the Qur’an and an American flag on Sept. 11, though the exact time and location haven’t been determined, a church spokeswoman said.

The burning would occur the same day that a Florida pastor had threatened to burn Qur’ans, which drew condemnation from President Obama, religious leaders and others.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, who announced Westboro Baptist’s plan, said they don’t think that pastor, Terry Jones, will carry out the burning.

Westboro Baptist Church has received international condemnation for its protests at the funerals of gay people and U.S. servicemembers. Church members burned a Qur’an two years ago in Washington, D.C.

-Dead Press- Journalism that's not sold-out!

Why not hold a Tea Party protest against Koran burning?

[Rightwing Nuthouse]-
Tea party folk become outraged at just about anything that President Obama and the Democrats try to accomplish these days. I do too.

Now it’s time to step up and defend America and our Constitution against a different foe; the preacher who is planning to burn Korans on September 11 of this year.

As bad as Obama has been, there is nothing more destructive of the Constitution’s spirit and letter than burning the Koran - or any book for that matter. What this Reverend Jones is planning on doing is so antithetical to Americanism that any red-blooded tea party patriot should be steaming at the very thought that this glory-seeking preacher wants to besmirch our most sacred values by imitating Nazi brownshirts at their worst who piled high books by Jewish authors at Nuremberg and set fire to them.

There is no difference - none - between the 50 or so members of the Dove World Outreach Center and mindless Nazi drones if they carry through with this plan. This is really a no brainer for the tea party groups who have shown brilliance in organizing demonstrations against the president and his party. Why not head down to Gainesville, FL where this bunch of drooling mountebanks are about ready to spit on the Constitution, and demonstrate to protect the Koran?

I am absolutely, 100% dead serious about advocating this, despite the fact that such a demonstration will never, ever take place. If tea party groups are so all-fired, hell-bent-for-leather eager to protest against Obama’s questionable and extra-constitutional excesses, why not turn that notion into a crusade to demonstrate the idea that book burning is a slap in the face to our Founders and radically against the very idea of the First Amendment?

Ah, but don’t the inbred Teutons down in Florida have the same First Amendment right to purchase a book with their own money and burn it on private property? Of course they do - just as those who profess a reverence for the Constitution have a duty to protest against their sacrilege. What’s so hard to figure there?

To my mind, using the fact that Jones and his infantile followers have a right to burn a book as an excuse not to show America that the tea party is consistent in their love of the Constitution is hypocritical. Are tea party groups only in love with some of the Constitution? Do they wish only to protect certain sections of it?

And if you’re not going to protest against Nazi book burnings because it violates the spirit of the First Amendment, why not do it for the boys and girls serving in Afghanistan?

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

Hundreds of Afghans attended a demonstration in Kabul on Monday to protest the plans of Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has said he will burn copies of Islam’s holy book to mark the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Afghan protesters chanted “death to America,” and speakers called on the U.S. to withdraw its troops. Some protesters threw rocks at a passing military convoy.

Military officials fear the protests will likely spread to other Afghan cities, especially if the event is broadcast or ends up on Internet video.

This fellow Jones obviously doesn’t get it:

Mr. Jones, head of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said in a statement that “We understand the General’s concerns. We are sure that his concerns are legitimate.” Nonetheless, he added, “We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats.”

I would say you are being totally “dominated by their fears and threats” to the point that you would forget what country you live in and channel Adolf Hitler to make your point.

I don’t care what the rabid savages in Muslim countries will do if we burn Korans. If it wasn’t Koran burning, their holy men would find something else to stir up the primitive emotions of the uneducated rabble who can always be counted on to riot and shed blood in the name of Islam when they feel that their juvenile pride has been nicked.

My sole concern is with protecting the legacy of free expression in the United States - a legacy that would be damaged if we burn any book for any reason. Why stop at burning the Koran. Why not move on to 1001 Arabian Nights? Or the diaries of T.E. Laurence? There are dozens of books that deal with the Koran and the Muslim faith, both fiction and non-fiction. If you want to make a symbolic gesture about Islam, why not torch those volumes too?

Peter Wehner is a lot more under control than I am about this:

If he carries through on his plan, then, the actions by Jones may undermine our mission in Afghanistan and threaten the lives of those serving in that theater. People with standing in Jones’s life need to stop him, in part because his actions are deeply antithetical to our founding principles. The Third Reich burned books; those who are citizens of the United States should not.

Jones’s actions would also be an offense against the Christian faith. From what we know, Jesus not only wasn’t an advocate of book-burning; he was a lover of them, most especially the Hebrew Bible, which he often quoted. Beyond that, Christianity is premised on evangelism, on spreading what the faithful believe to be truth about God, history, and the human person. There is nothing that would lead one to embrace coercion or to stoke (literally) the flames of hatred.

Whatever differences the Christian faith has with Islam, they are ones that followers of Jesus need to articulate with reason, with measured words, and with a spirit of grace and understanding. And whatever purpose Jones thinks he’s serving, it is not the purpose of the Prince of Peace. It is, in fact, very nearly its antithesis. We can only hope that this deeply misguided pastor is stopped before he does significant damage to his country, its gallant warriors, and the faith Jones claims as his own.

Jones might not be stopped. But a clear signal of society’s disapproval can be made if tea party folks show up en masse in Gainesville to tell this charlatan that he doesn’t speak for those who love the Constitution and defend it from all besmirchers.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Resurrection of Hope and Change!

"We also hoped for a chance to get beyond some of the old political divides - between Democrats and Republicans, Red states and Blue states - that had prevented us from making progress. Because although we are proud to be Democrats, we are prouder to be Americans - and we believed that no single party has a monopoly on wisdom." President Obama today
Notice the past tense. "We hoped." "We believed." are we done trying to please Republicans now? It's his comment Labor-day in Milwaukee that symbolizes the cutting of the leash; "They talk about me like a dog. That’s not in my prepared remarks, but it’s true.” Did Obama finally come to the realization that NO Republican was going to work with him? With all their talking points of "New Black Panthers", "Drill baby, drill" and "Anchor Babies", I can't see how anyone worried about the future of America would care what these crazy racist tea-baggers have to say! Maybe now we can see some real progressive action from the Obama administration.

-Dead Pressed with BlogPress-

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tea-Bags Like Hanging!

First news of my day, via Huffington Post: “Montana Tea Party Leader Axed Over Comments Concerning Hanging Of Homosexuals.”

Now, I’m glad they “axed” Tim Ravndal. Here’s an excerpt:

According to a report from the Helena Independent Record, former Big Sky Tea Party president Tim Ravndal had the following exchange posted on his Facebook profile back in July:

Tim Ravndal: “Marriage is between a man and a woman period! By giving rights to those otherwise would be a violation of the constitution and my own rights”

Keith Baker: “How dare you exercise your First Amendment Rights?”

Dennis Scranton: “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”

Tim Ravndal: “@Kieth, OOPS I forgot this aint America no more! @Dennis, Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?”

Dennis Scranton: “Should be able to get info Gazette archives. Maybe even an illustration. Go back a bit over ten years.”

This is unacceptable, outrageous, disgusting, and shows the hate that is the Tea Party. They can claim it’s just a few bigots who got in by mistake, but when these events consistently happen, they aren’t “one-off” occurrences, they ARE the norm for the Tea Party. Let’s not forget the last Tea Party leader fired for hatred and racism that was even too extreme for those bigots.

(Amazingly, this was on Facebook for over a month and it took them that long to say, “Oh, wait, maybe this doesn’t make us look good?”)

Here’s the Big Sky Tea Party’s website. Not updated.

From what appears to be Tim Ravndal’s Facebook page, these “Activities,”

If I need to take a drug test to get a job, then you need a drug test to get welfare!

Tea Party protests

And, oh yes, this one:

Not everything that pops into your head needs to be shared on Facebook

Here’s a screenshot:

Make NO mistake. This is where we’re going, folks. The GOP/Tea Party has become the most vile, bigoted, hate-mongers in America. And they’re not even trying to hide it these days.

And it’s not the first time a radical right bigot has advocated LYNCHING HOMOSEXUALS.

The radical right, including the Tea Party and members of the GOP are putting inexperienced, un-educated, un-tested nobodies (and homeless people to siphon off votes) into local, state, and even national politics, and we will all suffer under their particular brand of hate, homophobia, and incompetence.

All of which is to say, GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER.This is not the time to “teach Democrats a lesson.” We’re fighting for our lives. Literally.

And what does God say about this?
Matthew 11:24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you {Tea-baggers}!"

(Image is from what appears to be Tim Ravndal’s Facebook page.)

-Dead Press-2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Holy Holy-Wars!

On September 11, members of the Dove World Outreach Center – a Gainesville, Florida church – plan to burn copies of the Koran to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The protest is just the latest in a series of provocative actions from the self-described "New Testament Church," which seems as interested in getting attention as it is in sharing the Word with the world. Unfortunately, their plan seems to have worked -- and local investigators have begun probing the church's tax-exempt status after reports that Dove World Outreach Center is essentially a scam.
The church, which was founded in 1986, has long been controversial in Gainesville. The Koran-burning protest is just the latest in a string of high-profile "protests on other issues, such as homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and abortion," Religion News Service reports. But it seems clear that taking on Muslims is the one of the church's central goals. The church's leader, Dr Terry Jones – who before heading up the Dove World Outreach Center ran a sister church in Cologne, Germany – has published a book entitled "Islam is of the Devil" and posted a large sign outside his church that offers passing commuters the same message. Last year, members sent their kids to public schools wearing "Islam Is Of The Devil" t-shirts (the students were sent home, creating more headlines.)
That's lovely stuff, eh? I'm surprised they didn't just go straight to burning the people. I mean, there's a long tradition in the church of both, really. Incredible.
I will read more about that incident in the schools last year, when I have the time, to see if maybe there's a local hero in Gainesville who deserves wider credit for having stood up to this madness. Or maybe this church is just viewed as loony by most people.
I'll say it again. This stuff is definitely on the rise, and it has to be correlated in some psychic way to the rise of extremism in this country, the Obama presidency and the idea some people have that there's a Mooslum in the White House and kindred paranoid anxieites, and it is something for all of us Americans to be, shall we say, other than proud of.
The neocon Christians are trying to start a race and religion war, and unfortunately they're succeeding. Afghanistan now believes that all of America is behind this book-burning!

[Insert from AP] KABUL, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Afghans railed against the United States and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on Sept. 11.

The crowd in Kabul, numbering as many as 500, chanted "Long live Islam" and "Death to America" as they listened to fiery speeches from members of parliament, provincial council deputies, and Islamic clerics who criticized the U.S. and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Some threw rocks when a U.S. military convoy passed, but speakers shouted at them to stop and told police to arrest anyone who disobeyed.

Afghan responded:
"We know this is not just the decision of a church. It is the decision of the president and the entire United States," said Abdul Shakoor, an 18-year-old high school student who said he joined the protest after hearing neighborhood gossip about the Quran burning.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a statement condemning Dove World Outreach Center's plans, saying Washington was "deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups."

Muslims consider the Quran to be the word of God and demand it, along with any printed material containing its verses or the name of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad, be treated with the utmost respect. Any intentional damage or show of disrespect to the Quran is considered deeply offensive. Even more offensive than burning the American flag to a tea-bagger.
Book burning - two words that stir strong feelings. Seventy five years ago, the Nazis staged what is probably the most infamous of all book burnings. On 10th of May 1933 thousands of books banned by Germany’s Nazi regime were tossed into flaming pyres. It was a terrifying statement of intent with the Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, redefining his nation’s culture within strict boundaries. It wasn't just to suppress education, but to strike fear and start revolts. The right-wing is burning the Quran to start a fight and to fire up the hate in the racist population in America. From Glenn Beck "taking back the civil rights movement" to Jan Brewer's racial profiling in Arizona, these people are sculpting a regime of discrimination that may out-hate any fascist regime of the past. They are the real terrorists to civil society. In honor of those who died in the 9/11 events, we should protest against those who are committing treason against the rights this country was founded on; Number one being our freedom of religion.
Instead of burning the books of other religions, they should read and live up to their own.

18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:18-21

Wise words that real Christians would follow.