A popular argument on the Right and by some in the same proclaimed enlightened Left is that Obama campaigned on the word "change," but they argue that everything is still the same or in other words a continuation of the Bush policies. However, this is simply not true, and Obama is compiling the record to refute it.
On his radio show today Rush Limbaugh blamed Facebook, My Space, and Twitter for activism on issues like the environment and breast cancer. Limbaugh claimed that social media lure people into activism, "I know everybody does want to matter, that's how they lure them into environmental activism." Watch out for Facebook and Twitter ditto heads, because they will brain wash you into caring.
The evidence is in: Halliburton, Dick Cheney, secret energy task force meetings and massive Republican deregulation has once again led to tragedy. The April 20, 2010. Gulf oils spill is yet another story of careless, reckless deregulation and corruption under the Bush administration which has led to loss of life, destruction of wildlife and the environment, loss of income, and more. The full impact of the oil sill is still unknown.
Once again Glenn Beck channeled Jesus Christ to proclaim that Jesus Christ is against a cap and trade system. On his Fox News program, Beck said, "We all have to share the Earth and do what he wants, but Jesus does not want a cap and trade system." Where in the teachings of Jesus does he discuss cap and trade?
Are you already thinking ahead to the holiday season? Sarah Palin hopes that you are, as her publisher Harper Collins has announced that her latest book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag will hit stores right in time for the holiday shopping season on November 23. Not since someone thought Alvin and the Chipmunks deserved a squeakquel has there been such a blatant cash grab.
On his radio show today Glenn Beck continued to urinate all over the meaning and legacy of Martin Luther King, by claiming that King would support a new Arizona education policy that bans courses that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, and prohibits teachers with a heavy accent from teaching English. Beck said, "This I believe Martin Luther King would be for."
On The Daily Show last night host Jon Stewart deftly exposed the flaws in the conservative argument against Obama that everything he does is just like George W. Bush. Stewart said, "Remember that terrible thing that Bush did that we fought for eight years to convince you wasn't bad, but actually good? Well now we use those very incidents as the low water mark for your guy..."
The Right Wing is revealing both the dearth of their values as well as the utter emptiness in their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by focusing on her looks. This is on par with the Republican Party’s oppression of women platform, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise, and yet the fact that they are so graceless as to come out with the hideously appalling criticisms they did is still shocking.
Usually The Daily Show host Jon Stewart is the one skewering pundits and cable news nightly, but he took on CNN's Roland Martin and his ascot, he messed with the wrong guy. Martin's strong and passionate defense of the ascot led Stewart to cry uncle, and say, "You win this round Roland."
Rush Limbaugh's tenuous grasp on reality took another turn for the worse today, as he tried to make the case that it is Obama and the Left, not the Right which is delusional, "Now Obama is totally delusional, but that's not the half of it. Leftist ideologues are always delusional. I mean that's how they are able to ignore all the facts and knowledge around them."
Is the GOP being honest in their critique of Kagan? The round up of Conservative's arguments against Kagan appears to be baseless, hypocritical and perhaps grounded in her fight against corporate influence on elections.
Last night, though, we were treated to an interview with Hillary Clinton on CBS's "60 Minutes". Clinton hardly dominates the media since becoming Secretary of State, so seeing her was a stark contrast to the daily Palin saturation of the news. Watching Hillary was healing, uplifting and encouraging. Hillary is the anti-Palin, and she’s out there kicking ass for us every day.
One of the talking points that have emerged from the right about Elena Kagan is that she views the Constitution as defective. This is based on a Thurgood Marshall quote that Kagan used in an article she wrote in 1993. Rush Limbaugh ran with this point today, and the problem that by defending the original Constitution both Limbaugh and the RNC are endorsing slavery.
While recently discussing her supposed spat with film maker Oliver Stone at the Time 100 gala, Sarah Palin a bit of not so straight talk about the fact that she resigned as Alaska governor to get paid. Palin claims that she is in fact, not making millions of dollars, "It's also bogus how much money I supposedly make." A quick tally of the book deal, reality show, and Fox News contract reveal that she makes millions of dollars.
One of the tell tale signs of how a Supreme Court nominee is going to fare is always the initial criticism of the opposition. So far the right wing has hit President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagen with allegations that she a socialist (Glenn Beck), hates the military (Bill Kristol), and is a bad driver (National Review). I didn’t realizing that driving was a constitutional issue.
While speaking at Hampton University today, President Barack Obama did something subtle today. He took Thomas Jefferson and the actions of the Revolutionary War patriots away from the Tea Party and applied them to all America, "What Jefferson recognized, like the rest of that gifted generation, was that in the long run, their improbable experiment, America, wouldn't work if its citizens were uninformed."
Ah yes, spring is in the air: the budding of the foliage, the nice warm breeze and of course, primary season. Here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Primary, just over a week away on May 18th, is heating up. Former Republican turned Democrat Arlen Specter is in a tight race with current PA Congressman Joe Sestak for the chance to be the Democrat's candidate for Senate in the November election.
There has been a great deal of fuss over a federal judge’s ruling that the National Day of Prayer is a violation of the ban on government-backed religion. We’ve had 59 of them since Truman instituted the practice in 1952, and you’d think, from all the outrage from the Right, that we had more on the order of 234 (dating from 1776).
On his Fox News show tonight Sean Hannity used a list of the events of the past week to make the case that President Barack Obama should either resign or not run for a second term. Hannity said, "Mr. President what in the world are you doing. Is it time to step up, or maybe step aside?"
The never-ending saga of Sarah Palin's infringement upon our national discourse took a turn for the worse (as if that were possible) last night. Palin appeared on "The O'Rielly Factor", during which she doubled down on her theocratic vision of America by claiming that the Founders intended for our laws to be based on the bible and the ten commandments. So, in this chapter of fact-checking Sarah Palin, we debunk Palin's Secessionist Theocracy (aka: Real America) theory.