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John Kerry issued a statement today:

The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv’s Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity. This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy.


Indeed. A democratic, human-rights-respecting nation should never see this:

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EDIT Whoops.......I'm sorry. I meant to include images of the Ukranian state's police brutality, and instead included images of American police crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street protesters. I apologize to John Kerry and to our Corporate Overlords for the oversight.
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Remember how Thomas Friedman helped lie us into the Iraq war? Who could forget?

Mr. Friedman has a new theory about the Iraq war. According to him, it's too early to judge what a fiasco the Iraq war was. In fact, according to Friedman, we should wait 20 years (or 40 Friedman units) to judge the war.

I would argue, on the contrary and considering how consistently wrong he and the other neocons have been about Iraq, that the smart thing to do is to go ahead and judge it - and him - right now.
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Q: So I turned on my radio, which is tuned to KPOJ, and instead of Carl in the Morning I have this Fox Sports bullshit. What the fuck?

A: Yes, I thought you might wonder about that. What happened is that KPOJ changed its format from Liberal Talk to Sport Talk at about 6PM Friday night (Nov. 9th). No more Carl Wolfson, no more Ed Schultz, no more Thom Hartmann, no more Randi Rhodes, and so on.

Q: This must be some kind of outlandish conspiracy to silence liberal voices!!!

A: So, to my mind, the answer to this is "it wouldn't surprise me." KPOJ management claims that the station had bad ratings, but that's hardly surprising considering the lack of promotional effort in recent years. And, the conventional wisdom in the radio world is that political talk is a toxic format and that conservative or progressive listeners aren't as valuable as alumni or sports fan listeners....but you can still get Glenn Beck in this town.

Nonetheless, an equally likely hypothesis is that they really wanted to turn KPOJ into the voice of Oregon State University football. OSU isn't the powerhouse that Oregon is, but they have a lot of rabid alums, and those rabid alums are a prime target for advertising dollars. They're also not likely to abide political talk of any stripe.

My best guess? They wanted Oregon State fans AND to kill off the progressive talk experiment, and decided to kill two birds with one stone. They timed it to occur after the election thinking it would add insult to injury, and after Romney lost they shrugged and went ahead anyway.

Q: So what can we do about it?

A: There's a petition drive to restore the progressive format and give Carl his job back; it has a few hundred signatures. I've signed it myself. Nonetheless, my best guess is that the petition will be ignored by Clear Channel.

A better move might be to lobby the owners of AM 910 to change their format to liberal talk. Right now that station is just a feed of KNRK. That station's been flailing around for the better part of a decade, and it's possible that the owners might consider a move to progressive talk as a step up from the current format for 910. There's no organized lobbying effort underway yet, as far as I know.

Q: What do I listen to in the meantime?

A: Whatever the hell you want. Clear Channel's decision indubitably leaves Portland worse off, but there's still conservative talk, sports talk, and boring music. Personally I've changed my preset to AM 750 because they carry Ducks football. Randi Rhodes and Ed Schultz are available via podcast. Pandora offers streaming music so that you can get hard rock in a town with no hard rock station. If your thing is the gibbering voice of the qlippoth, there's KBOO. There's still public broadcasting.

Last and IMO least, you can keep listening to KPOJ - you know, Fox Sports. Yeah, right.
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One thing I learned fast in politics is that if your opponents, particularly Republican opponents, don't have real dirt on you, they will go to great lengths to manufacture fake dirt. This is precisely what I believe is going on with the Anthony Weiner incident.

The incident, we are told, went something like this: Congressman Weiner, a liberal firebrand from New York, friended one Gennette Cordova on Twitter. He then sent Cordova a photo of his penis, which was immediately seen by a right-wing stooge and then forwarded to blogger Andrew Breitbart, who then repeated the story to the national media. It would appear, from this, that Weiner has some explaining to do. Right?

Well, not really. In fact, I think it's Andrew Breitbart who has some explaining to do. Consider the following:

  • Both Weiner and Gennette Cordova flatly deny that Weiner sent her the photo. Weiner is adamant about this; the media are trying to make hay because he can't say for sure whether it's a photo of him, which could be for any number of reasons; but he clearly denies having sent it.

    Cordova, for her part, says:

    The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters. (source)


  • The photo itself, which can be seen here (borderline NSFW; no nudity), doesn't show the face...or the penis...or for that matter, any other clearly distinguishing characteristics. In fact, I challenge you to tell me that this is unmistakably a crotch shot.


  • As for how this might have happened to come from Weiner's account, I and [livejournal.com profile] flavobean both personally witnessed someone build a Twitter account that looked almost exactly identical to Charlie Sheen's account. Notice how the capital I closely resembles the lower case l. This is a common social engineering trick that's been used on me more than once (unsuccessfully). Unsurprisingly, similar fakes are relatively common.


  • Which brings us to Andrew Breitbart (2) himself. Breitbart is not the most honest player ever, and in fact is being sued for defaming former Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. He did this by selectively editing a video tape of Sherrod to make her sound racist; this cost her her job, and in all likelihood it will cost Breitbart a great deal of money.


Given the questionable evidence supporting Breitbart's story, Weiner's denial, the victim denying being a victim of anything but a media feeding frenzy, and Breitbart's history, I think we have a plausible theory as to what happened here. Put simply, someone created a fake Weiner account and sent Cordova this photo, took a screencap, and sent this to Breitbart in an attempt to smear Weiner. We can fault Weiner for not handling this better, but ultimately, this is Breitbart facilitating a smear job, and I believe, knowingly so. If Cordova is smart, she will lawyer up and go after Breitbart and/or his toadies for pain and suffering.

Now: ask yourself why the media didn't look more closely at this story before reporting it. Why aren't they running Breitbart out on a rail?
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One thing I learned fast in politics is that if your opponents, particularly Republican opponents, don't have real dirt on you, they will go to great lengths to manufacture fake dirt. This is precisely what I believe is going on with the Anthony Weiner incident.

The incident, we are told, went something like this: Congressman Weiner, a liberal firebrand from New York, friended one Gennette Cordova on Twitter. He then sent Cordova a photo of his penis, which was immediately seen by a right-wing stooge and then forwarded to blogger Andrew Breitbart, who then repeated the story to the national media. It would appear, from this, that Weiner has some explaining to do. Right?

Well, not really. In fact, I think it's Andrew Breitbart who has some explaining to do. Consider the following:

  • Both Weiner and Gennette Cordova flatly deny that Weiner sent her the photo. Weiner is adamant about this; the media are trying to make hay because he can't say for sure whether it's a photo of him, which could be for any number of reasons; but he clearly denies having sent it.

    Cordova, for her part, says:

    The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters. (source)


  • The photo itself, which can be seen here (borderline NSFW; no nudity), doesn't show the face...or the penis...or for that matter, any other clearly distinguishing characteristics. In fact, I challenge you to tell me that this is unmistakably a crotch shot.


  • As for how this might have happened to come from Weiner's account, I and [livejournal.com profile] flavobean both personally witnessed someone build a Twitter account that looked almost exactly identical to Charlie Sheen's account. Notice how the capital I closely resembles the lower case l. This is a common social engineering trick that's been used on me more than once (unsuccessfully). Unsurprisingly, similar fakes are relatively common.


  • Which brings us to Andrew Breitbart (2) himself. Breitbart is not the most honest player ever, and in fact is being sued for defaming former Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. He did this by selectively editing a video tape of Sherrod to make her sound racist; this cost her her job, and in all likelihood it will cost Breitbart a great deal of money.


Given the questionable evidence supporting Breitbart's story, Weiner's denial, the victim denying being a victim of anything but a media feeding frenzy, and Breitbart's history, I think we have a plausible theory as to what happened here. Put simply, someone created a fake Weiner account and sent Cordova this photo, took a screencap, and sent this to Breitbart in an attempt to smear Weiner. We can fault Weiner for not handling this better, but ultimately, this is Breitbart facilitating a smear job, and I believe, knowingly so. If Cordova is smart, she will lawyer up and go after Breitbart and/or his toadies for pain and suffering.

Now: ask yourself why the media didn't look more closely at this story before reporting it. Why aren't they running Breitbart out on a rail?
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Ah, the Wall Street Journal. News Corp hasn't changed you a bit. One of today's headlines (sorry, link breaks things):

Dems Show Centrists the Door

Moderate Rep. Jane Harman resigns from Congress and the DLC suspends operations—more signs that the Democratic Party apparently has decided to stay the course.


So, three observations here.

  • Did anyone notice that the Tea Party kicking out less-than-zealous members of the GOP last year didn't get similar headlines in the WSJ?

  • Is it really the Democrats fault that Jane Harman isn't sticking around in a district for which she is too conservative?

  • And all that said, does anyone else feel all tingly inside that the DLC is done? Because I know I am!



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Ah, the Wall Street Journal. News Corp hasn't changed you a bit. One of today's headlines (sorry, link breaks things):

Dems Show Centrists the Door

Moderate Rep. Jane Harman resigns from Congress and the DLC suspends operations—more signs that the Democratic Party apparently has decided to stay the course.


So, three observations here.

  • Did anyone notice that the Tea Party kicking out less-than-zealous members of the GOP last year didn't get similar headlines in the WSJ?

  • Is it really the Democrats fault that Jane Harman isn't sticking around in a district for which she is too conservative?

  • And all that said, does anyone else feel all tingly inside that the DLC is done? Because I know I am!



Posted via m.livejournal.com.

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Keith Olbermann responds to Ted Koppell, and wins.



And with that, I’m going to call it a night.








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Keith Olbermann responds to Ted Koppell, and wins.



And with that, I’m going to call it a night.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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Just go here. And try not to let the stupid drive you to suicide.








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Just go here. And try not to let the stupid drive you to suicide.








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From this editorial in Investor's Business Daily:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.


By the way: not only did someone actually write that, but it got past the editors and other staff at IBD.
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From this editorial in Investor's Business Daily:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.


By the way: not only did someone actually write that, but it got past the editors and other staff at IBD.
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You can watch the whole episode as it aired last night here. However, the episode contains an edited version of the interview, which ran over time somewhat badly. You can watch the whole interview in three parts at FiveThirtyEight.com.

Again: how pathetic is it that it takes a comedy show to do this kind of reporting?
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You can watch the whole episode as it aired last night here. However, the episode contains an edited version of the interview, which ran over time somewhat badly. You can watch the whole interview in three parts at FiveThirtyEight.com.

Again: how pathetic is it that it takes a comedy show to do this kind of reporting?
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The video isn't on YouTube or ComedyCentral.com yet, but you can read about it on the Chicago Tribune website where it was featured as the main headline.

How pathetic is it that the hardest-hitting journalism today is found on Comedy Central?

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Cramer vs. Stewart, Chicago Tribune, Screen Shot Cramer vs. Stewart, Chicago Tribune, Screen Shot
The video isn't on YouTube or ComedyCentral.com yet, but you can read about it on the Chicago Tribune website where it was featured as the main headline.

How pathetic is it that the hardest-hitting journalism today is found on Comedy Central?

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The color-commentator so-called "talent:"

"He doesn't dial up, he goes WIFI on those last two plays!"

..

...

....

The hell?!?

In any case, congrats to the Cornhuskers.
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The color-commentator so-called "talent:"

"He doesn't dial up, he goes WIFI on those last two plays!"

..

...

....

The hell?!?

In any case, congrats to the Cornhuskers.
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The US attacked Syria last night, killing eight and wounding fourteen, before apparently returning to bases in Iraq.

The Iranian media now claims that Syria has threatened action against US and Iraqi puppet government forces if this happens again.

Meanwhile, our own media are busy chasing whatever chew toy Drudge throws at them. Idiots.

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