Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saturday Reading

Glenn Greenwald,February 28, 2008

One of this week's hysterical press scandals was that Minister Louis Farrakhan praised Barack Obama's candidacy even though Obama had previously denounced numerous Farrakhan remarks and the Obama campaign did nothing to seek out the Farrakhan praise. Nonetheless, Tim Russert demanded that Obama jump through multiple hoops to prove that he has no connection to -- and, in fact, "rejects" -- the ideas espoused by Farrakhan deemed to be radical and hateful.

Yesterday, though, the equally fringe, radical and hateful (at least) Rev. John Hagee -- a white evangelical who is the pastor of a sprawling "mega-church" in Texas -- enthusiastically endorsed John McCain. Did McCain have to jump through the same hoops which Russert and others set up for Obama and "denounce" Hagee's extremism and "reject" his support? No; quite the opposite. McCain said he was "very honored" to receive this endorsement and, when asked about some of Hagee's more twisted views, responded: "all I can tell you is that I am very proud to have Pastor John Hagee's support."

McCain's sainted supporter, Joe Lieberman, last year spoke to Hagee's group and lavished him with such obsequious praise that Lieberman actually compared Hagee, favorably, to Moses. Why is Louis Farrakhan deemed by our political establishment to be so radioactive as to not be fit for good company -- black candidates are required to repudiate his support even when they haven't sought it and denounce his views even when they've never advocated anything close to those views -- but John Hagee is a perfectly acceptable figure whom mainstream GOP politicians are free to court without any consequences or media objections?

@ Salon


Ok so the real problem is NOT idiots like Hagee but educating people to recognize an idiot when they see one. A well educated and discerning population would not fall victim to this mans quackery and deception, this 'dumbed down' population is what got us in this pickle to begin with. By accepting less and allowing the ridiculous to replace the righteous, we have allowed people who are no better than mafia thugs to twist and pull information such as to make the average Joe run like hell to the nearest belief system for help, into the waiting arms of vultures.

I will be dead and gone before they wise up, and so it goes.



DEN said...

Happy Saturday everyone!

Chores day 'round here. Set up the tables and chairs, coffee is brewing, however the donuts were stolen by Islamo-Fascists overnight, hungry little buggers, anyhow if someone would make a donut run that would be great.

Dig in!

Carey said...

Obama will get the nomination. He'll win the general election.

Now think about that. A black man is most likely to reach the White House in 2008.

It took a Bush presidency to bring the country to it's knees. This dumbed down population is now practically begging a black man to save it. It took Bushco to allow this momentous occasion.

Requires some pondering, doesn't it?

Carey said...

Excuse, just proofread myself.

its knees

Saladin said...

Yes indeed, let's make sure Mr. "Let Me Defend Poor Innocent Israel From Those Nasty Islamo-Fascists In Iran" gets the vote, that way we will make sure our kids are fighting in the defense of those baby murdering lunatics forever! For a closeup of what Obama endorses enlarge my new avatar. Den, I sure wish we could embed photos!

Obama: Let 'me' defend Israel from Iran
Sat, 01 Mar 2008 19:23:28
Prospective presidential candidate Barack Obama says he is determined to pursue an 'aggressive diplomacy' with the Islamic Republic.

In an exclusive interview with Israel's Ynet news, Obama described Iran as 'the gravest threat to Israel' and warned that diplomacy is not enough to keep Iran from pursuing nuclear weaponry.

"The threat from Iran is real, and my goal as President will be to eliminate it. Ending the war in Iraq will be an important step toward achieving this goal, because it will increase our flexibility and our credibility when we deal with Iran. Make no mistake; Iran has been the biggest strategic beneficiary of the war in Iraq, and I intend to change that," Obama said.

"My approach to Iran will be based upon aggressive diplomacy. I will not take the military option off the table. But I also believe that under this administration, we have seen the threat grow worse, and I intend to change that course," he added.

He went on to support direct talks with Iranian officials, saying he is prepared to offer incentives like 'the prospect of better relations and integration in the international community' as well as disincentives like 'hard-hitting UNSC sanctions'.

Political pundits believe leading Democrat contenders are queuing up to prove their inflexible stance on Iran as part of an effort to curry favor with the Zionist regime, Washington's number one ally in the Middle East.

The picture came with this article from ICH

By Sami Abu Salem writing from the occupied Gaza Strip

29/02/08 "Electronic Intifada" -- - The innocent laughter of six-month-old baby Mohammed al-Bor'i stopped forever on Wednesday night when shrapnel from an Israeli missile and rubble struck the infant in the head, minutes after he enjoyed his last meal.

"The baby sucked milk, he was playing with his mother; I was reading a book when a rocket hit the Ministry of Interior," said Nasser al-Bor'i, the baby's father.

With the first missile, the electricity was cut and darkness filled the ill-fated house. Stones and pieces of the asbestos ceiling fell onto the head of the laughing child. The explosions continued as two other missiles hit the building.

"I looked for my baby in the darkness between the rubble; I did not know where he was. When he cried once I followed the direction of his voice," Nasser al-Bor'i said. "My hands touched my baby who was breathing hard; I felt warm liquid on my two hands and realized that he was wounded."

Al-Bor'i carried his son to the nearby Shifa Hospital as the blood streamed from his tiny head. In the hospital, al-Bor'i became hysterical when he realized that his only child had been killed.

Tears poured from al-Bor'i's eyes when he saw Mohammed's shoes. "After five years of treatment for sterility, [my wife and] I had a baby. I can't imagine that I lost him in a second."

Toys, a plastic bike, a crib and clothes were covered by the heap of rubble inside Mohammed's bedroom. Cutout magazine pictures of laughing babies decorated the walls, a sad reminder of the joy lost in the strike.

Mohammed's mother sufered shock and fell unconscious when she realized that the child had died. She laid on a hospital bed while her baby was in the morgue. On Thursday morning she cried when she returned home from the hospital to see Mohammed's empty crib.

Mohammed al-Bor'i was not the only child to be killed in the series of Israeli air strikes across the Gaza strip on Wednesday. In the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalia, three other children, Anas al-Manama, 10, Bilal Hijazi, 11, and Mohammed Hamada, 11, were also killed in an Israeli air strike, Palestinian medical sources reported.

At least 19 Palestinian civilians and militants were killed and dozens wounded by the continuing Israeli air strikes on Gaza in the last two days.

Sami Abu Salem lives in Jabalia Refugee Camp and works as an English news and features writer at the Palestine News Agency (WAFA). He has also worked at the International Press Center of the Palestinian Authority State Information Service, and works as a freelance writer for local newspapers, focusing on literature and arts. This article was originally published by Ramattan News Agency and is republished with the author's permission.
Yes, the best interests of the Terrorist regime of Israel is the number 1 priority in the good ole USofA!

DEN said...

Sal, so far under the reich this has continued and very well could keep continuing under another prez.

Myself, if I were running for office, I would keep mum on this stuff and get support then once elected would hammer them with funding withdrawal until they quit this stupid slaughter.

Funny how they cry about the Holocaust done to them but don't mind slapping a Holocaust on somebody else. IDIOTS!

Alan said...

Ok, then which candidate is the "let's protect the Hamas missile launchers that killed an Israeli high school student by launching missiles from civilian areas where the civilians get hurt when Israel retaliates by trying to take out those launchers"?
My guess is that by hitting the Ministry of the Interior, it's a strong message for the Ministry to PREVENT lethal attacks from their areas of influence so there won't be any retaliation that would kill EVEN more civilians.

Obama didn't kill anyone, so I think I'll just go out and vote for him. Wait, I already did.

carey said...

Wednesday is the day Clinton will pull out.

Then we'll see racism sprawl its ugly tentacles all over the map. Every slimy trail and gutter will be alive with horrible, unspeakable utterances malignant with violent hatred.

Oh joy and rapture.

•c•arol said...

Israel, Israel, Israel. Is that all anything is about for you, Saladin? You're like a broken record. If that's what matters to you most then don't vote. There is no candidate that could please you.

How are the eyes, Carey?

carey said...

I'm just as dizzy as last time with the nausea, but it's slowly going away. Thanks for asking Carol.

My newly sharp eyesight is opening up to a miraculous new world in America. Are we witnessing what I think we are?

Could we elect a black president?

I'm thinkin' yeah, we just might.

Could I hear a hallelujah?

{ò,ó}arol said...

I'm sure no one knows much about MI news, but the mayor of Detroit has been involved in a scandal. It was found out he was banging his Chief of Staff. Prior to that coming out, several months back, a couple cops got fired because they knew about it, they sued the city and it cost Detroit something like $9 million.

It's ALL come out now thanks to the Detroit Free Press and the question is what should happen to the Mayor of Detroit? Well, it's kind of like Bush. Once someone gets the helm they're untouchable. You would think the people would be marching in the streets over the $9 million of their tax payer dollars given to the two ex-cops. You would think the Detroit City Council would do something.

Can the governor do anything? Who knows. If Granholm could, she wouldn't. Just like our congress won't make a fuss about trying to impeach Bush. And of course, old Kwame won't resign. I don't like it that people at the top can't be touched. Reminds me of Hitler. I don't think that's what the Founding Fathers had in mind way back when!

{ò,ó}arol said...

Re: the border wall: " His Czarness asserts that, while border residents don’t want the wall, they must sacrifice their land, homes, businesses, heritage, and peace of mind for the greater good."

But, wait – reporter del Bosque has uncovered curious gaps in the big wall. For example, while it will rip through the backyards of low and modest-income families in Brownsville, Texas, it miraculously stops at the edge of River Bend Resort, a lush golf course. The wall picks up again on the other side of the resort. Excuse me, but won’t enterprising border-crossers simply learn to dress up as golfers or caddies and putt right through this gap?


Everything is elitist. EVERYTHING! Even that stupid wall has exceptions for the rich.

DEN said...

Eat the rich!

Carey said...

Oh my Carol. A mayoral sex scandal involving, well, gender complicity by the police????? What else do you call it?

Eat the rich!

Empty, fatty calories.

Carey said...

I saw Notes on a Scandal the other night with Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench.

Solid performances, I recommend it.

DEN said...

NOTICE! The 'Eat' comment is not an advocation of cannibalism.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled program already in progress.

carey said...

The proverbial shit is about to hit the fan. It already has.

This is from Al Jazzera out of Please excuse the akwardness of the report. Some bold and italics are mine.

Saudis urged to leave Lebanon

Lebanon's prime minister denies asking the US for
the warship's deployment [GALLO/GETTY]

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Beirut has called on its nationals to leave Lebanon a day after a US warship was positioned off the country's coast.

The embassy on Saturday sent SMS messages to Saudis living in Lebanon urging them to leave the country as soon as possible, Al Jazeera's correspondent said.

Saudi Arabia issued an advisory last month urging its citizens not to travel to Lebanon because of deteriorating political and security conditions.

Kuwait and Bahrain followed with similar calls.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia is a major supporter of the Sunni-led government in Lebanon which has been locked in a 15-month-old political standoff with an opposition led by Iranian-and-Syrian backed Hezbollah.

'Conflict' fear

Fouad Siniora, the Lebanese prime minister, has denied asking the US to deploy the warship USS Cole and two support ships amid the country's continuing political deadlock.

Siniora reportedly summoned the US ambassador on Friday for an explanation.

Siniora said: "We did not request any warships from any party."

He also stressed the importance of Lebanon's independence and sovereignty "so that it will not become an arena for the conflicts of regional and international powers".

Siniora said there are no warships in Lebanese territorial waters, except Lebanon's small navy - made up of patrol boats - and the 12 warships belonging to a UN peacekeeping force.

US position

According to Gordon Johndroe, a White House spokesman, Washington has had "regular consultations" with Siniora and other US allies in the region.

"There's constant communications at various levels," he said.

The US declined to say whether the decision to deploy the USS Cole was a show of force aimed at Syria, which it has accused of interfering in Lebanon.

Lebanon's governing coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition have failed to reach a deal over the election of a new president.

A senior US official said Washington was "very concerned" about the situation in Lebanon and called the move "support for regional stability".

"The United States believes a show of support is important for regional stability," the official said.

Gaza link

Nabih Berri, the parliament speaker, who is aligned with the opposition, has linked the deployment of the warships to Israel's raids in the Gaza Strip.

"The target [of US warships] is Gaza. It is aimed to allow what must happen in Gaza to happen without anyone moving to support [the Palestinians]," he said.

"This is a real threat, not merely a muscle-flexing."

Berri also said that the US military move was designed to focus attention on Lebanon "in order to cover up the massacres being committed in Gaza".

"This [US] fleet comes to back Israel so that it can complete its plan," he said.

'Gun boat diplomacy'

Earlier, Richard Murphy, a former US ambassador to Syria, told Al Jazeera that the move was a sign that the US did not know what to do about Lebanon.

"It is gunboat diplomacy. I think it would be more useful for the US to find a way to engage with the conflicting parties in Lebanon.

"We have no dialogue with Syria and this is a moment for dialogue."

Seventeen US sailors were killed in October 2000 when the USS Cole was attacked off the coast of Yemen by al-Qaeda fighters.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

Hajji said...

Quick note from the "Fear and Loathing" that is the campaign trail...

Cincinnati is HILLY, (but fortunately NOT Hillary) country!

Old, fat, sweaty, white-haired guy is droppin' pounds, puttin one foot in front of the other.

60-degrees and sunny here today, they tell me!

Carry ON you Wayward Children,
Rise ABOVE the noise and Confusion!*

uhm...Just because KANSAS is mostly flat, I'm thinkin' about Kansas!*