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The Twinkie Defense

OMG the Republicans have lost Cokie Roberts!


MON NOV 19, 2012 AT 04:36 AM PST
OMG the Republicans have lost Cokie Roberts!
by xaxnar


When my clock radio went off at 6 AM this morning, I found myself listening to NPR Morning Edition as usual, when things got really interesting. They brought Cokie Roberts on to talk about Benghazi and what's happening with the 'investigations' in the Senate. Roberts is the prototypical DC beltway insider and can usually be counted on to spout Villager wisdom. (Cokies Law refers to her casual acceptance that really stupid talking points with no basis in fact have to be taken seriously because they're out there in the culture and getting talked about.)

So, imagine my shock when she came flat out (paraphrasing here) and said the whole controversy over blocking Susan Rice as nominee for Secretary of State over her testimony on Benghazi is really about Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham trying to salvage national security - strong on defense as Republican strengths after an election in which they feel the party has gone over the edge on so many other issues.

She noted that this attempt to reclaim foreign policy for the Republicans as an issue is backfiring because of the rising strife in the middle east between Israel and the Palestinians; the President has to take a strong hand in support of Israel so (by implication) this is not a good time for Republicans to be nudging his elbow.

She and host Linda Wertheimer were also sharing evil glee over the fact that with 20 women now in the Senate (which they can't believe has happened), this attack on a woman and a minority woman at that is not going to go over well with them.

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the rest:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1163032/-OMG-the-Republicans-have-lost-Cokie-Roberts

Bomb explodes near Anderson Cooper during live broadcast from Gaza



Covering the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the Gaza Strip, Anderson Cooper had a frightening moment when a bomb exploded in his vicinity during a live report.

Cooper was giving an update on the shelling that has rocked Gaza for the past several days when an orange flash flared up on screen behind him. As the sound of the explosion caught up to the flash, a startled Cooper quickly ducked out of frame.

It was unclear from the footage where the explosion took place, or what type of device caused it. Cooper, unable to immediately verify where the explosion came from himself, launched right back into the broadcast, nervously laughing off the scare and tying it into the update he’d been giving on the state of things in Gaza.


As the Israeli airstrikes entered their sixth day, the death toll in Gaza rose to at least 79, according to Al Jazeera. That tally includes eleven members of one family, four of them children, who were killed in one attack Sunday.


VIDEO & MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/18/bomb-explodes-near-anderson-cooper-during-live-broadcast-from-gaza/

America, you are an idiot. You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy,

America, you are an idiot.

You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy, self-indulgent, envious, shallow and lazy.

The foregoing is a summation of "analysis" from conservative pundits and media figures—Cal Thomas, Ted Nugent, Bill O'Reilly, et cetera—seeking to explain Mitt Romney's emphatic defeat. They seem to have settled on a strategy of blaming the voters for not being smart enough or good enough to vote as they should have. Because America wasn't smart enough or good enough, say these conservatives, it shredded the Constitution, bear-hugged chaos, French-kissed socialism, and died.

In other words, the apocalypse is coming.

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Sometimes, they act -- the Hannitys, the O'Reillys, the Trumps, the Limbaughs, the whole conservative political infotainment complex -- as if this were all a game, as if their nonstop litany of half truths, untruths and fear mongering, their echo chamber of studied outrage, practiced panic and intellectual incoherence had no human consequences. Sometimes, they behave as if it were morally permissible -- indeed, morally required -- to say whatever asinine, indefensible, coarse or outrageous thing comes to mind in the name of defeating or diminishing the dreaded left. And never mind that vulnerable people might hear this and shape their beliefs accordingly.


MORE:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-the-sad-state-of-zealots-with-microphones-20121116,0,7918183.story

BOEHNER: "Follow ME"

GENERAL BOYKIN: Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” made Petraeus cheat on wife

Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” made Petraeus cheat on wife
11/18/2012 12:46pm by John Aravosis 33 Print

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Man, we are a powerful lot, we gays.

First we control the weather, having caused Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Katrina. And let’s face it, who do you know who can control the weather?

And now, we control straight guys’ libidos. (I wish.)

Here’s a retired general who works for the officially-designated “hate group,” the Family Research Council (FRC):

GENERAL BOYKIN: What you’re seeing is, you’re seeing a declining morality in our military. I would tell you, Tony, that I believe that that is very deliberate. I think the military has been targeted by the left. I think it’s been targeted, ah, largely by the gay and lesbian lobby, ah, but also by other elements of the left to bring the military down because the military has been a bastion of morality and ethics. It’s been the anchor of our society for a very long time and you can’t change our society completely until you lower the, ah, standards of the military and bring them down. That is what we’re seeing here.

TONY PERKINS: So General, let me be clear. The, what we see here, this rash of general officers that have been brought down through scandal, sex scandal, you believe this is a reflection of a declining moral standard within the military as a whole.

GENERAL BOYKIN: I do think that is the case, Tony. I think that this is, ah, concrete evidence.





All that gay nesting just makes those religious right types want to get up and leave their wives for an Indian, a policeman, a cowboy, a construction worker, a leatherman, or a biographer.

MORE:
http://gay.americablog.com/2012/11/gays-made-petraeus-do-it-religious-right-say.html

It's true. I voted Obama for the gifts---Much to my chagrin, I did not get a pony.

Much to my chagrin, I did not get a pony.

But here is what I did get. In exchange for my vote, after hearing the offers from two severely different men, I received a leader with personal integrity, concern for the common man, woman and child, a man who listens, a man who would sacrifice his time to improve the world, a man who champions for equal rights, fair pay, affordable healthcare, and betterment of a nation, and a man who calculates risk before acting, but takes action decisively and knowledgeably. These are the gifts promised that bought me. Pretty tricky of that Obama guy, huh?

But, here's the thing. I'm going to do you a favor, Republicans. I'm going to make this as easy for you to comprehend as can possibly be done. While you were promising gifts to CEOs, the profoundly (and dare I say obscenely) rich, the insurers, the bankers and Wallstreet, Obama was listening intently to the needs of a nation. The real gift he promised us, the one that matters most, is that he would hear our voice, and try to govern for all people. You want to right your elephant, then climb down off of him and view us as "We the People", not "You, the easily bought."

You think the "made up" free gifts Obama offered us is something of concern, but what should most concern you is the free gifts he was given by "we, the people". We are the Hispanic man, who has provided this nation with a wealth of honest days' work, whose vote was given as a gift. We are the gay couple, in a state without marriage equality, whose votes were given as a gift. We are the Mom and Pop shop, who fight tooth and nail to provide health insurance to our valued employees, whose votes were given as a gift. We are the insured and uninsured, who both recognize the value of affordable healthcare, whose votes were given as a gift. We are the African-American teachers, who buys supplies out of our own pockets for students who deserve an education, and our vote was given as a gift. We are white. We are poor. We are rich. We are workers. We are business owners. We are Christians, non-Christians, and everything in-between. We are veterans, students, leaders and we are Americans. And, quite honestly Republicans, we're not interested in the gifts your giving. We don't want the gifts of division, drums of war, unequal rights, diminished citizenship, political threats, or religious control. We want freedom. Real freedom. You know, that thing you wave like a banner, but refuse to share with the rest of us.

Romney didn't lose because Obama promised gifts. Romney lost because the majority of America wants a president who reflects its values. Not the manufactured values that sound good in word, but are lacking in deed, but the values that champion every citizen. See, we see your lips moving, but the long trail of disregard, lack of integrity, policy that hurts Americans and backhanded smugness drown out the sound. Distancing yourselves from Romney isn't going to fix it. You're going to have to distance yourselves from your own policies, prejudices, injustices and hypocrisy. You're going to have to distance yourselves... from you.

MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1163001/-It-s-true-I-voted-Obama-for-the-gifts

MURDOCH's "Corrupt/Illegal Payment To A US Official On American Soil---For Saddam In His Underwear

Did News Corp. Illegally Purchase Saddam Hussein Photos from U.S. Officials?
Nov 18, 2012 7:00 PM EST

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The May 20th, 2005 cover of The New York Post shows Saddam Hussein in his underwear. (Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images)

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.....The Daily Beast has learned that The Sun may have made another potentially corrupt payment, to a U.S. official on American soil.

On Friday, May 20, 2005, two Murdoch-owned tabloids, The Sun and the New York Post, ran front-page pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underwear, and inside the papers, more photos of the former Iraqi leader in U.S. captivity. According to Fox News, the Multinational Forces spokeswoman in Baghdad said the images could have been taken between January and April 2004, “based on the background of the photos and appearance of him.” Given the context of the Abu Ghraib revelations and ongoing, violent insurgency in Iraq at the time, multiple sources reported that President George W. Bush was upset about the leak. “There will be a thorough investigation into this instance,” deputy White House spokesman Trent Duffy told The New York Times, “The president wants to get to the bottom of it immediately.”


No investigation has ever found the source of the leaked pictures, but buried in the contemporary reports is a glaring admission. The Sun’s then-managing editor, Graham Dudman, told the Associated Press that his newspaper paid “a small sum” for the photos. Dudman would not elaborate “except to say it was more than 500 British pounds, which is about $900.”

Sources close to the story have told The Daily Beast that the payment was significantly greater, and was made to a U.S. official on American soil. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard detectives arrested Dudman in January of this year on suspicion of making corrupt payments involving British officials. He has yet to be charged with any criminal offense in the U.K.

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The problem for Murdoch and the board of News Corp. may be that these pictures were published on both sides of the Atlantic on the same day, perhaps suggesting some kind of advance co-operation between the American parent company and the British News International subsidiary. If there is any evidence that there was prior knowledge by senior executives of payment for the pictures, this could bring the possibility of a U.S. investigation and charges with stiff penalties for illegal payments to public officials.

MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/18/1162885/-Murdoch-US-Grand-Jury-Set-to-Arrest-Rupert-for-Illegal-Payments
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/18/did-news-corp-illegally-purchase-saddam-hussein-photos-from-u-s-officials.html

Nancy Pelosi wishes Boehner “Happy Birthday” and “FckYouVeryMuch” to Luke Russert


https://twitter.com/NancyPelosi
http://underthemountainbunker.com/2012/11/18/nancy-pelosi-wishes-boehner-happy-birthday-and-fckyouverymuch-to-luke-russert/

OP-ED Hey GOP, take the Palin cure She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.

OP-ED
Hey GOP, take the Palin cure
She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.



By Charlotte Allen
November 18, 2012

The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn't emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign's attempt to turn out voters via technology.

But I've got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016.

You think I'm joking? Think again.

In 2008, Palin, running as my party's vice presidential candidate, was widely supposed to have cost John McCain the election. But that wasn't so. A national exit poll conducted by CNN asked voters whether Palin was a factor in their voting. Of those who said yes, 56% voted for McCain versus 43% for Barack Obama.

Furthermore, Mitt Romney, the GOP's anointed contender this year, got almost a million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. (Meanwhile, President Obama, although winning reelection, lost far more voters than the Republicans, with nearly 7 million fewer voters checking his name on their ballots than did in 2008).

MORE:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-allen-palin-for-president-20121118,0,1525685.story
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