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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Saturday night with Luscious Jackson

Oh, please let it snow in time for Christmas.

FYI: In case your wondering what happened to the lead singer...

White House and right-wing noise machine silent over racist remarks

Lets begin with the comment from Virginia's native son and xenophobe Congressman-elect Virgil H. Goode, Jr. that started the firesotrm

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-4605

December 7, 2006

Dear Xxxxxxx:

Thank you for your recent communication. When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran. We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country. I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.

The Ten Commandments and "In God We Trust" are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Koran. My response was clear, "As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, The Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office." Thank you again for your email and thoughts.

Sincerely yours,
Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
70 East Court Street
Suite 215
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151

Now since these remarks became public, the right-winged morons have not only been silent, but many either publicly support the comments and/or act like the whole situation is no big deal.

Conservative moron Dennis Prager.
First, it is an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism -- my culture trumps America's culture. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book.

Forgive me, but America should not give a hoot what Keith Ellison's favorite book is. Insofar as a member of Congress taking an oath to serve America and uphold its values is concerned, America is interested in only one book, the Bible.
If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress.
Hmm, strange, I though this was a country of free religion. When did Christianity become the religion of the land?

Oh, but there is more silliness...

Republican strategist and resident idiot Cheri Jacobus:
ALEX WITT (MSNBC host): But I'm curious -- overall, Cheri, why would Congressman Goode be so concerned about having a Muslim being sworn in using the Quran? I mean, how is it any different from a Christian using the Bible?

JACOBUS: Well, first of all, I'm a pretty big fan of free speech, so even if Congressman Goode's remarks were somewhat inelegant, if you read the blogs today there are a lot of people who sort of get his larger point -- first on immigration -- but also, you do have a newly elected Democrat [sic] Muslim member of Congress who seems to be proactive in making a stink about this, saying, "I will not be sworn in with my hand on the Bible like every other elected member to Congress before me."

WITT: But --

JACOBUS: And he could have -- look, if he wasn't trying to make a stink about it, if he wasn't trying to cause controversy, what he should have done, and the mature thing to do and the diplomatic thing to do, would be to say, "You know, I think I would like both." But instead, you have a newly elected member of Congress trying to cause controversy, and yet we're focusing on Virgil Goode? I think that's a little bit strange.
Strange that people are lashing out against a bigot? The United States of American is a Christian nation? Are these wingnuts serious?

Well, if these jackasses can get away with crap like this,then should anyone be surprised over the President's silence.
White House officials said they were aware that some Democrats and Muslims were urging President Bush to admonish Representative Virgil H. Goode Jr., Republican of Virginia, and Dennis Prager, the conservative commentator, for suggesting that the first Muslim elected to the House had no place in Congress. "We're aware of the situation," said Dana Perino, a spokeswoman for Mr. Bush, "but no judgments have been made."

Isn't it funny how we haven't heard ANY conservative wingnut talk show host speak out against Goode's remarks? These are the same a-holes who tripped over a mic and criticized anyone who spoke out against this war, had the nerve to smear Michael Schiavo, scream homophobia to the point where they criticize the Vice-President's daughter recently, unleash their racist bigotry against immigrants (while claiming that they're ONLY against illegal immigrants), and HAVE THE OUTRIGHT NERVE TO speak as if they're the spokespersons for the military.

Where's Coulter, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Savage, Malkin and the host of local wingnut shockjerks who poison our airwaves while wrapping themselves in the American flag?


FatMixx takes it a step further.

UPDATE 2: Here's a video roundup of the whole idiotic episode (via Raw Story).

This is why Ted is the Mann

The last honest reporter in Connecticut. A comment from Ted Mann from thw New London Day on the so-called Lieberman hack story.
Meanwhile, back in the past, there was the great sabotage that wasn't.

A review by U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has determined that whatever caused Sen. Joe Lieberman's web site to crash on the eve of his primary defeat to Ned Lamont in August, it wasn't Lamont's fault.

Just for fun, let's review what Lieberman's then-campaign manager (unlike Lieberman, he didn't survive the unsuccessful primary) Sean Smith had to say at the time. Here's the text of the email the campaign sent out to reporters that day:
"For the past 24 hours the Friends for Joe Lieberman’s website and email has been totally disrupted and disabled, we believe that this is the result of a coordinated attack by our political opponents. The campaign has notified the US Attorney and the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney and the campaign will be filing a formal complaint reflecting our concerns. The campaign has also notified the State Attorney General Dick Blumenthal for his review."

"We call on Ned Lamont to make an unqualified statement denouncing this kind of dirty campaign trick and to demand whoever is responsible to cease and desist immediately. Any attempt to suppress voter participation and undermine the voting process on Election Day is deplorable and has no place in our democracy."

Apparently neither does a web site lacking for bandwidth...
Still no word from Mark Davis or the countless other writers who ran on this bogus story...

Friday, December 22, 2006

Attention WTNH reporter Mark Davis...

you can learn something from this guy.
What is it about the Internet that makes some political pundits, columnists and reporters so goofy? It seems like almost every time I read a mainstream media story about political Web sites and bloggers, the pieces are full of ill-informed junk.

Remember back in August when Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign Web site crashed the night before primary day? Lieberman claimed that his site had been hacked by his Democratic primary opponent, Ned Lamont, and his outrageous charge was bought wholeheartedly by just about every political reporter and commentator in the country.

Just a little bit of checking would have revealed that Lieberman had failed to buy enough Internet bandwidth to handle the election traffic. But the almost nonstop cable news coverage focused solely on Lieberman's call for a federal investigation of the Lamont campaign. The newspaper coverage wasn't much better.

Well, the feds and the state attorney general just concluded their investigations. Lieberman's site wasn't hacked. Intense national interest in the antiwar Lamont challenge had simply overwhelmed Lieberman's pathetic Web site. Once again, the media got it badly wrong, and, for the most part, reporters haven't yet bothered to correct the record. A search of Google News yesterday found around 10 stories about Lamont's exoneration, and almost all of those were from Connecticut media sources.
Mark Davis was the king of misinformation throughout the entire primary with his over-the-top reporting and infamous outrageous softball questions he threw at Joe Lieberman. For all the horrible writing and reporting from the local news media (for the exception of FOX-61), the shoddy reporting from a person who claims to be a chief political reporter was not only ridiculous, but an insult (as well as a disservice) to the public at large.

Where's Davis' hard-core reporting now, he and the other locals drank the kool-aid over the so-called Lieberman hacking story and when bloggers pointed to the fact that Lieberman's 50 hits a day site actually went down because he was too cheap to get a good ISP, the media went silent.

NOW, after the truth comes out in an investigation, which was a complete WASTE OF TIME, the local media is no where to be found.

When will we see Davis, Sue Haigh, and the rest of the local crew finally question Lieberman over the validity of his original claim that bloggers hacked his site? While you're at it, can we get ONE reporter follow-up on the 387,000 in COLD HARD petty cash Lieberman dished out on the streets right before the primary? Or maybe follow-up of the woman from Hartford who was passing out absentee ballots throughout the North-end although she was "fined $10,000 in July 2005 and ordered not to distribute absentee ballot applications or to assist voters with the ballots for two years, after the State Elections Enforcement Commission found that she had forged a voter's signature in the 2004 election." (Courant, Oct 10 2006).

I'm still waiting but I'm not holding my breath.

(Hat tip to Maura)

Liebergoon DANGERstein lies again

Hey Jen Medina, you were LIED to again.
Today, the senator's press office passed us to Dan Gerstein, formerly the communications director for the campaign, who gave us this statement:

["]When the Lieberman campaign Web site went down at the end of the primary, we had very good reason to believe at the time that there had been a deliberate effort to disable it. Earlier in the campaign there had been a documented attack on the site by an outsider, and in this instance our Web site consultant assured us in the strongest terms possible that we had been attacked again. That is why we brought the incident to the attention of the U.S. Attorney and the Attorney General. We appreciate their thorough investigation into the matter, and accept their findings.["]
Docunemted? Hey Dan, show us the documents...if there is any lawyer familiar with Freedom of Information Act, please email me, I'd be more than happy to go to court and file an FOI to get these "documents" if possible.

DANGERstein is doing his usual laying through his ass routine. Everyone knows the reason Lieberman's pathetic "50 hits per day" site sent down was because he was paying next to nothing for bandwidth and it crashed due to the posting of the GOD-AWFUL bear ad.

Oh, as for that apology.
Does the Lieberman camp have any reason to apologize to Lamont supporters, as some have suggested?

"I'm not going to get into that," Mr. Gerstein said, declining any further comment.
Hey Dannyboy, this is far from over.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Still waiting for that apology

Anyday now Joe.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Lamont and bloggers cleared of DOS attack

UPDATE (8:00 PM): I decided to up the ante and make a little video using file footage from the docunemtary Blog Wars and the news broadcast from WTNH.

Enjoy, I think you'll like it.

This is no big surprise.
The U.S. attorney's office and state attorney general have cleared former U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont and his supporters of any role in the crash of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's campaign Web site hours before last summer's Democratic primary.

"The investigation has revealed no evidence the problems the Web site experienced were the result of criminal conduct," said Tom Carson, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal confirmed the joint investigation "found no evidence of tampering or sabotage warranting civil action by my office." Both men declined to provide additional information, such as what might have happened to the site.
And after all the accusations of sabotage, what's Lieberman's response today?
Calls to Lieberman went unanswered yesterday.
After all of Joe's whining and accusations, nowhe has no comment?

Yeah, got'cha, what a classy senator.

Maybe if you weren't so cheap and paid for a good ISP, your site wouldn't have gone down in the first place.

I can't stress to everyone how typical this was of the Lieberman camp as DINOBoy and his lying goon squad said and did anything to smear Lamont and his supporters throughout the primary.

Let's recap:

* Lieberman handed out baiting flyers, then not only deny that the flyers were race baiting when he was outed, but wondered what why Lamont and the bloggers (like me) were making such a big deal over it.

* Lieberman criticized Lamont (with the help of a softball question from Mr. Chief Political Reporter, the great Mark Davis) over his investment in Haliburton and offer no comment when it was found (from my favorite blogger) that Lieberman had investments in Haliburton as well (the third largest holdings in his "Victory Fund" mutual fund).

* Lieberman and DANGERStein criticized Lamont for having the support of Al Sharpton when in fact Lieberman begged for Sharpton's support first.

Oh, I could go on and on and on but what the point. Lieberman lied his way to re-election and the evidence is overwhelming. At this point, all I want to know is how Lieberman spent 387,000 in COLD HARD petty cash in a span of 12 days before the primary.

Trust me, we're going to get the answer to that question but until that time, I offer you this video in honor of Joe's non-apology.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The "Moses of my people" sentence to be reviewed

The Courant has the details.

Business as usual for Rowland-Rell

Why, oh why, did people re-elect this person? I can only hope her slight of hand catches up with her one day.

No changes, no issues, no college degree.

In honor of Rummy getting the boot...

here's a classic Olbermann "Special Comment" on our now former Secretary of Defense.

Chris Dodd does Lebanon

FOX 61 filed this report on Senator Chris Dodd's trip to Lebanon that I posted about on Monday.

Ex-mayor is a fraud

Good grief...you're kidding me right?

Bush/McCain/Lieberman grasping at straws

The military isn't drinking the Kool-Aid either.
The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate.

Sending 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a mission of possibly six to eight months is one of the central proposals on the table of the White House policy review to reverse the steady deterioration in Iraq. The option is being discussed as an element in a range of bigger packages, the officials said.

But the Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about the potential disadvantages for the military, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House review is not public.
When can the Democrats start the hearings?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Message to Gov. Rell: Get rid of Lisa Moody

Do the right thing. You know she lied, just get rid of her and get it over with. Why start another term with a cloud over your head?

Dodd talks to Lebanon leaders over crisis

People shouldn't forget about tensions in Lebanon.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Bush/McCain/Lieberman plan does not persuade Colin Powell

This morning on Face the Nation, former Secretary of State and Bush Kool-Aid addict Colin Powell clearly outlines why the John McCain/Joe Lieberman's call for more troops in Iraq is not only unrealistic, but unwise (if not outright idiotic).

I wonder where this Colin Powell was when he sold his soul and lied in front of the U.N.