Archive for July, 2007

The Spin; I’m In! The Victory Dance!

by GEF @ 9:22 PM EDT


Will Smith Fat Lady Cigar

Steppenwolf “Magic Carpet Ride” (Philip Steir Mix)



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Roadkill Blogging 2: The Hard Truth about Fox News!

by GEF @ 8:36 PM EDT

This is why we say that Fox News is the Media Extension of the Bush Administration

Fox News wins in court
by Zwoof @ Dailykos.com
Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 06:14:17 AM PDT

(From the diaries. It’s nice to see Fox so clearly admit to their modus operandi — kos)

In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

Lawyers paid by Bill O’Reilly’s bosses argued in court that Fox can lie with impunity.

It’s their right under the 1st Ammendment

Go Read More—>

So it’s ok for Faux Noise to call Senator Arlen Spector(R) a Democract if they wish to because Faux Noise is getting their feed stories straight from the Pentagon’s GOP propaganda section.

Fox News Image with Senator Arlen Specter labeled a Democrat

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by GEF @ 7:44 pm EDT

Home Depot Throws Falafel Bill Under the Bus?

Falafel Guy Fatwa!

By Jane Hamsher(Firedoglake.com) on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 03:15 pm

John Aravosis is reporting that Home Depot may be having second thoughts about being in bed with O’Reilly. (Sorry about that, eyeball bleach and steel wool available at the door.)

Anyway, they sent this email out this morning:

Good morning,
Thank you very much for your message. The Home Depot has a policy that prohibits the running of its advertising on programs that express strong opinions or political views. Please note that this includes Bill O’Reilly’s program.
Thank you,

Good to know. Unfortunately they may be having a bit of a gingko moment, because they were sending this out only days ago:

Thank you for contacting The Home Depot Customer Care.

We appreciate you taking the time to forward your concerns regarding The Home Depot’s sponsorship of Bill O’ Reilly’s show on FOX.

Did they or don’t they? Will they or won’t they?

And the bigger question — is Alberto Gonzales writing Home Depot’s customer relations emails now?

Kudos FiredogLake–>

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by- Suzie-Q @ 4:00 PM MST

John Aravosis (DC) · 7/31/2007 03:56:00 PM ET

The “big scoop” that FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly was going to reveal last night, the photo that he found on the DailyKos blog that was going to “destroy” Markos utterly and totally? It’s a doctored photo of Joe Lieberman fixing George Bush’s zipper. I’ve seen this photo before, it’s mildly amusing. But for O’Reilly to bill this as a shocker that the audience isn’t going to believe, something so outrageous that it is going to “destroy” Daily Kos, is the kind of totally unmerited bluster that you’d expect from a desperate first year journalism student, not from a wannabe-major network. To say that there is no “there, there” is an understatement.

I’m posting this to show you, to show the real journalists who read our site, the kind of thing that passes for “news” on FOX. Not that it would shock anyone that FOX is simply yellow journalism at its worst, but still it’s useful to be reminded in glaring detail just how silly and pathetic FOX’s standards truly are.

Let me remind you again. O’Reilly’s own Web site contained death threats against Hillary Clinton, suggestions that someone ought to launch a terror strike against the US Capitol, a death wish against Rosie O’Donnell, slurs against Muslims (including calling Islam a cult), and more. But that’s okay. What’s REALLY hateful isn’t all of that, it’s a picture of Joe Lieberman fixing George Bush’s zipper.

Bill-o just jumped the shark.


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White House Releases Letter On NSA Program

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:13 PM MST

After missing the noon deadline imposed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the White House has released a statement seeking to resolve the discrepancies in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ contradictory statements about the NSA warrantless wiretapping program. According to CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, the letter from Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell says that “a number of these intelligence activities were authorized in order.”

UPDATE: More from the letter: It states, “One particular aspect of these activities and nothing more, was publicly acknowledged by the President and described in December 2005.” Malveaux reported:

The key line in this letter says one particular aspect of these activities, and nothing more, was publicly acknowledged by the President and described in December of 2005. That is what Gonzales says was the Terrorist Surveillance Program. So what other program are they talking about? Again, they say it’s classified. It’s top secret. The third line in the letter is key: This is the only aspect of the NSA activities that can be discussed publicly. So what they’re saying is everything else is secret but what he was talking about specifically was the Terrorist Surveillance Program.


Here’s the video

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Operation Enduring Propaganda

by- Mentarch … 17:15 EDT

(Updated below) (Update II) (Update III)

While being assaulted by the continuous exposures of scandalous abuses of power, politicizing of the apparels of government and erasing the separation of church and state (one more example here), along with an increasing crescendo of calls for impeachment proceedings, the besieged Puppet Presidency and Unitary Regency have unleashed in recent weeks their true “surge” plans: unrelenting blitzkrieg-like, coordinated propaganda counter-strikes to sell the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while making the case for more war in the Middle-East, through it all playing on the fear and insecurity of Americans. Why? Either to support a rush to establish a de facto American Empire, or to hasten a Second Coming-like Armageddon. Or both.

The Empire-to-be strikes back.


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Ex-VP Mondale accuses Cheney of power grab

Sudhan@21:30 CET


Vice President Dick Cheney has presided over an unprecedented power grab during his six years in the White House, former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote in a rare, scathing critique Sunday.

“The real question is why the president allows this to happen,” Mondale writes.

Mondale, the former number two to Democratic President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, in an opinion piece appearing Sunday in the Washington Post newspaper, fingered Cheney as the chief transgressor in a White House guilty of “great excess” and “exceeding its authority.”

He wrote that since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, “Cheney set out to create a largely independent power center in the office of the vice president.”

“His was an unprecedented attempt not only to shape administration policy but, alarmingly, to limit the policy options sent to the president,” he wrote, calling the George W. Bush administration “seriously off track” in the unprecedented amount of power it has ceded to Cheney.

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by Geezer Power …10:38 AM PDT


Author: Rove could hold key to Gonzales’ future as Attorney General

David Edwards and Nicholas Burkett
Published: Tuesday July 31, 2007

With the recent incidence of Bush officials coming to each other’s rescue, one is prompted to ask how far, exactly, these loyalties run.

The question seems particularly appropriate in the wake of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ trouble with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Involved in warrantless wiretaps and data-mining, the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys, and subsequent conflicting statements, Gonzales is taking a lot of heat — including a bill introduced today by a liberal Democrat seeking his impeachment.

So what of Gonzales’ loyal compatriots? And what impact are Gonzales’ allegiances likely to have on his political career? Keith Olbermann asked this question Monday in an interview with James Moore, co-author of Bush’s Brain and contributor to the Huffington Post.

Olbermann pointed out that “in [Gonzales’] five appointments to public positions – spanning over a decade – he has never been chosen by anyone other than George W. Bush.”

The question, then, was what the outcome of such a long string of demonstrable loyalties will be; that is, how likely is Bush to tell Gonzales to step down, and how likely is Gonzales to step down if instructed to do so?

Moore identified Karl Rove as the key determinant in Gonzales’ future. In response to rumored suggestions that this will be Gonzales’ last week, Moore said, “I don’t really see that happening unless there’s a calculus where Rove says to the President, ‘We gotta cut him loose.'”

The following video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast on July 30.


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Afternoon Jukebox… Thriller

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:15 AM MST

1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice!

This is not the final routine, and definitely not a punishment!


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by- Suzie-Q @ 6:47 AM MST

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, Arlen Specter (Pa.), emerged from a crucial Monday briefing and gave the Bush administration 18 hours to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s congressional testimony.

Gonzales took issue last week with former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s description of internal dissent in 2004 over the legal authority for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless eavesdropping program. Frustrated Democrats called for a special prosecutor to investigate Gonzales for perjury, noting that several officials have publicly echoed Comey’s account. Those calls prompted Specter to request a classified briefing to clear up the dispute.

Specter aides released a statement late Monday that suggested a bombshell to come on Tuesday afternoon.

“Given the difficulty of discussing classified matters in public, I think it is preferable to have a letter addressing that question [of Gonzales’ veracity] from the administration … by noon tomorrow, which will be made available to the news media,” Specter wrote in the statement. “The administration has committed to producing such a letter.”

Specter expects the letter clarifying the attorney general’s testimony to be addressed to himself and Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who declined to comment on the matter.

Specter was equally cagey, telling reporters to wait until Tuesday for any further comment from him.


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