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December 09, 2009

Rachel Tears Crazy Homophobe New Asshole

If you only watch one video all week, it should be this one. [via]

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October 28, 2009

I Don't Know Whether To Run, Laugh Or Cheer

This guy is clearly nuts, but also entertaining. Skip past the snake oil sales pitch to the 30 second mark:

October 20, 2009

Video from The Yes Men's Fake Chamber of Commerce Presser

(via Gawker, shot by Brandon Jourdan)

September 18, 2009

Shoe Guy Speaks


From The Guardian

I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.

As soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies, while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the blood that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

The opportunity came, and I took it.

I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

I say to those who reproach me: do you know how many broken homes that shoe which I threw had entered? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

September 15, 2009

Vote in the Primary Today


Just a friendly reminder that today is Primary Day in NYC – get out and vote! Polls will be open from 6am to 9pm Tuesday, so registered Democrats should cast their votes for City Council, Mayoral, Comptroller, Public Advocate and more. If you aren't sure who is running in your district, you can access lots of information from the City's election site. (Hint: if you live in Greenpoint, Williamsburg or Bushwick, chances are you are part of the 33rd or 34th Districts.)

For more detailed info on the candidates, we suggest you take a look at NY1’s debate series, or one of the fantastic candidate profiles done by our friends at the Greenpoint Gazette. The Times also offers a relatively concise breakdown here.

September 01, 2009

City Council Candidates Debate Transportation Tonight


Your many local city council candidates will be out and about tonight in a candidates' debate for what might be your best and last chance to admire the range of local transportation issues and general affability of our future representatives.

City Council candidates in the 33rd district, including Isaac Abraham, Kenneth Baer, Douglas Biviano, Kenneth Diamondstone, Stephen Levin, Jo Anne Simon, and Evan Thies, will debate transportation, focusing on "the bicycle network, congestion pricing, truck traffic, pedestrian safety and public space," in an event sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and sponsored by NAG. It starts at 7 and is at Automotive High School (50 Bedford Avenue).

Meanwhile, over in the 34th, Diana Reyna's supporters are out slapping her signs on construction sites, taking the street artist approach that we're all so familiar with. Maybe they should get Judith Supine on the case and crown the W'burg bridge?

If you're not sure which district you live in, use this map to find your home, and come out! It'll be fun. Local politics is always so dramatic, so don't fear boredom.

August 21, 2009

Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story' Trailer

Love him or hate him, Michael Moore gets people talking. His new one is out Oct. 2.

In other news, we're looking forward to Matt Taibbi's assuredly epic healthcare smackdown in the upcoming Rolling Stone. Here's a teaser.

August 20, 2009

Tom Ridge Admits To Raising Terror Alert For Political Gain

Of course we all knew this anyway, but it's nice to have confirmation.

In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report's Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004.

Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was "blindsided" by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.

All moral questions notwithstanding, who's going to pick up the bill for all the extra law enforcement officers deployed every time the alert level was raised? And remind me again, why aren't Bush and Cheney in jail?

Olbermann Timeline: How The Bush Administration Exploited Terror Threats For Political Gain, 2002-2008 [via]

August 11, 2009

Town Hall Lunatics Getting Even Lunatic-ier


Evidently, this lunatic is nowhere near where the president will be conducting his town hall address, but he is legally allowed to carry the pistol in New Hampshire. Live Free or Die indeed. Also worth noting:

the gun-toting protester was holding a sign referencing the Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Needless to say, if this were a liberal protester, he'd be in jail now. The hard right just keeps getting creepier.

"The mood is sort of festive," says this MSNBC talking head. Evidently hand guns, just like pinatas and pony rides, can turn any dull event into a party.

August 06, 2009

Butt Out, Baghdad: Cig Laws Coming To Iraq

The AP is reporting that extensive smoking regulations may soon be enforced in Iraq, where packs run as little as 50 cents. If passed, there would be no lighting up in "government buildings, schools, movie theaters, sports facilities and on public transportation. It also bans the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18."

Come again? Freakin' Wyoming can't even pass a statewide ban on smoking in your enclosed workplace, and last I checked there was no threat of federal schism, Iranian manipulation, bombed out infrastructure, and/or murderous insurgency in its last throes or otherwise anywhere near Pappa Cheney's huntin' grounds. If al-Maliki and co. think they can enforce a law this Giuliani, Broken Windows-esque even in Iraq, perhaps it's time for Barack, or at least Petraeus, to start printing up some "Mission Accomplished" banners of his own.

Next up on Wheel Of Priorities, pooper-scooper crackdown in Kabul.

August 04, 2009

"If it's more than three lesions, that's too many..."

This is why our health care system is an epic fail. via

In late April, Shelly Andrews-Buta was scheduled to undergo treatment for breast cancer that had spread to her brain, threatening her life.... But instead of having doctors working to remove her brain tumors on the day the surgery was scheduled, she sat in a San Francisco hotel room... Blue Shield, decided it wasn't going to pay for the treatment her doctors at UCSF Medical Center had recommended.

Andrews-Buta was stunned. "I mean this is my life, this is my life, this isn't, gee, if we don't do it you're just going to have a cut that doesn't heal, this is you're going to die," she said.

Without treatment, her doctor told her she in fact would die: tumors had invaded 15 separate areas in her brain.... But the doctor said when it came to getting Blue Shield's approval for the procedure; she was surprised to learn that the company's policy lays out that a patient who has more than three brain tumors, what doctors call lesions, would not be covered for the gamma knife procedure.

Dr. Sneed felt the policy was unreasonable. "What I was up against was just a rule: 'Well, if it's more than three lesions, that's too many,'" Sneed said.

Meanwhile, Congress continues to pander to the insurers.

July 28, 2009

Our government doesn’t exist to protect voters from interests, it exists to protect interests from voters.

As always, Taibbi nails it

Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with Max Baucus, Bill Nelson, or anyone else. If the Obama administration wanted to pass a real health care bill, they would do what George Bush and Tom DeLay did in the first six-odd years of this decade whenever they wanted to pass some nightmare piece of legislation (ie the Prescription Drug Bill or CAFTA): they would take the recalcitrant legislators blocking their path into a back room at the Capitol, and beat them with rubber hoses until they changed their minds.

The reason a real health-care bill is not going to get passed is simple: because nobody in Washington really wants it. There is insufficient political will to get it done. It doesn’t matter that it’s an urgent national calamity, that it is plainly obvious to anyone with an IQ over 8 that our system could not possibly be worse and needs to be fixed very soon, and that, moreover, the only people opposing a real reform bill are a pitifully small number of executives in the insurance industry who stand to lose the chance for a fifth summer house if this thing passes.

It won’t get done, because that’s not the way our government works. Our government doesn’t exist to protect voters from interests, it exists to protect interests from voters.

Go read it all.

June 30, 2009


al_franken_rgb.jpgIt's (almost) official: Al Franken is Minnesota's newest senator, says the state's Supreme Court. Sure, it's possible that Norm Coleman may appeal and keep his now 238-day-old fight going. And, yeah, the Dems having 60 votes in the senate probably won't be quite the magic cure-all some hope it will be. Still, for any of you (fine, us) hoping to reduce monthly health care bills by, I dunno, 100 percent at some point in the future, this is some damn fine news.

Here's to you, Al. You're good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, voters like you.

June 28, 2009

Frank Rich Nails it Today

From NY Times

Obama’s inaction on gay civil rights is striking. So is his utterly uncharacteristic inarticulateness. The Justice Department brief defending DOMA has spoken louder for this president than any of his own words on the subject. Chrisler noted that he has given major speeches on race, on abortion and to the Muslim world. “People are waiting for that passionate speech from him on equal rights,” she said, “and the time is now.”

Action would be even better. It’s a press cliché that “gay supporters” are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren’t just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws. If the president is to properly honor the memory of Stonewall, he should get up to speed on what happened there 40 years ago, when courageous kids who had nothing, not even a public acknowledgment of their existence, stood up to make history happen in the least likely of places.

June 25, 2009

Pepsi presents: In association with Toyota Scion: BROOKLYN


British bank Barclays has put in a bid to rename Atlantic Avenue something much more proper than our Yankee rubbish:

If a $4 million deal is approved on Wednesday, the nexus of subway stops at Atlantic Avenue, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn will add an additional name to its already lengthy title: Barclays.

But hey, what about naming things after great American corporations?

“It’s not like Taco Bell saying it wants Grand Army Plaza or something like that,” said John H. Banks III, a board member since 2004.

Would Mr. Banks oppose that idea?

“A year and a half ago? Yeah,” he said. “Tomorrow? No.”

Looking forward to Taco Bell Muy Grande Army Plaza.

via NYTimes

DJ Marty Markowitz


via Brooklyn Vegan

June 24, 2009

62 Reasons To Consider Living in Jersey

espadashocked.jpg Tired of giggling about South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's dalliance in Buenos Aires but still hungry for more political slapstick? Well look no further than the Times' latest attempt to ascertain what exactly our esteemed senators have been up to of late. In short, since one of the two Democrats who defected to the Republican side of the aisle returned to the fold, the two parties have been tied at 31 members each, both claiming leadership, forcing Governor Paterson to call a mandatory special sessions in order hold votes on gay marriage and, oh, every other issue needed to run New York. The parties "feuding junior high schoolers refusing to acknowledge each other, began holding separate legislative sessions at the same time," complete with dueling gavels. Here are some zingers from what must be the funniest vaudeville act in Albany:

"Democrats gaveled the session to order at 3:02 p.m. After a few short speeches in which they said the governor’s proclamation for a so-called extraordinary session had constitutional and legal problems, they adjourned at 3:07 p.m. 'Our members will be going home,' said Malcolm A. Smith, one of the leaders of the Senate Democratic conference."

"[State Supreme Court] Justice McNamara..continued to implore the sides to resolve their dispute on their own. 'This has to be resolved by you, no matter what I do or don’t do on Friday,” he told the sides in court, adding: 'I guess I’m talking like a human being, but I don’t understand what’s going on. You guys have to resolve this.'"

"Senator Dale M. Volker, 68, a Republican from the Buffalo area who is a former police officer, joked while he was riding up an elevator, 'I might have to start carrying my sidearm again.'"

"'This is turning into the worst reality TV show ever: ‘I’m a Senator, Get Me Out of Here,’ said Thomas R. Suozzi, Nassau County executive and former Democratic candidate for governor. 'Jon and Kate are fighting less than these guys.'”

Photo of turncoat Pedro Espada Jr., now a Republican, care of Village Voice

"It was a massacre"

This is just horrible:

partial transcript via

They tried to beat everyone on Saadi bridge and throwing them off of the bridge…. And everyone also on the sidewalks. They beat a woman so savagely that she was drenched in blood and her husband, who was watching the scene, he just fainted. I also saw people shooting, I mean the security forces shooting on people, on Lalezar. Of course were afraid….

They were beating people like hell. It was a massacre. They were trying to beat people so they would die. They were cursing -- saying very bad words to everyone. They were beating old men. And this was exactly a massacre.

June 15, 2009

This Pretty Much Sums Up How I Feel About Our Overly Cautious Prez

It's time to grow a pair Obama...

[via The Awl]

June 08, 2009

Them Scary Gays Turn Dems Red

In a move stunning only to the roughly fourteen remaining New Yorkers that expect competent governance from Albany, Republicans retook control on the State Senate today, as two turncoat Democratic senators (from the city, no less!) joined the opposition and voted to kick their own party out of power. What could cause this dramatic political upset that already has Albany awash in such chaos that the Senate’s own TV station went temporarily black? Why, gay people, of course. You have to ask? The Bronx’s Pedro Espada Jr., seen here threatening to run over your dog, and Queens’ Hiram Monserrate (two of the morally corrupt ignoramuses that tried to bankrupt the MTA earlier this year; the latter was also alleged to have slashed his girlfriend in the face) were filled with God’s holy wrath by now-deposed majority leader Malcom Smith and his attempt to bring the gay marriage bill to a fair vote. So, to save straight marriage, they chose to just go ahead and politically murder him, and burn their own party’s house down while they were at it. Now, not only is there approximately zero chance that New York will catch up with that stalwart bastion of liberalism, Iowa, and allow spouses to visit each other in hospitals (just one of many insidious results of gay marriage) but, as some are already wondering, that last-ditch MTA bailout may also be in danger. And let's let alone any other potentially important legislation coming down the pike in this still-perilous economic climate. To quote Kent Brockman, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: democracy simply doesn’t work.”

Ladies and gentleman, start your angry letter-writin’ hands. Here and here.

June 07, 2009

"Needling Democrats about their many shortcomings since 2009"

A good friend of the site just started a weekly wrap-up blog called Democrats Must Be Told. It's a much needed wake-up call for the increasingly centrist and corporatist Dems, encouraging them to reclaim their progressive roots.

"Since the end of the Clinton years, the Democratic Party’s primary argument has been “we’re not Republicans” - and that’s just not good enough."
Agreed. Check it out here.

May 27, 2009

If Mancow Calls It Torture, It's Torture

May 15, 2009

Jon Stewart Mocks Obama's Cowardly Inaction On 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Here's the back story, in case you missed it.

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May 13, 2009

Boo Obama

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Obama administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil -- indefinitely and without trial.
Simply reprehensible. And while we're talking politics, when are you going to stand up for gay marriage? We understand your pragmatism, but come on, take a stand on equal rights for all people. Given the recent victories in New England--not to mention the disappointments in California--now is the time to be a leader.

And what's up with this?

In a reversal, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects.
What happened to change, Obama? Boo.... we voted for you, now stop disappointing us.

April 21, 2009

Vote Out 'Brain Bubble' Larry Summers


Over at the Washington Post, Naomi Klein has started a campaign to vote out Wall Street coddler, Larry Summers. We couldn't agree more and are still perplexed by Obama's faith in Summers and Geithner. Here's the case she makes (below) and don't forget to vote. vote out Summers here.

The criticisms of President Obama's chief economic adviser are well known. He's too close to Wall Street. And he's a frightful bully, of both people and countries. Still, we're told we shouldn't care about such minor infractions. Why? Because Summers is brilliant, and the world needs his big brain.

And this brings us to a central and often overlooked cause of the global financial crisis: Brain Bubbles. This is the process wherein the intelligence of an inarguably intelligent person is inflated and valued beyond all reason, creating a dangerous accumulation of unhedged risk. Larry Summers is the biggest Brain Bubble we've got.

Brain Bubbles start with an innocuous "whiz kid" moniker in undergrad, which later escalates to "wunderkind." Next comes the requisite foray as an economic adviser to a small crisis-wracked country, where the kid is declared a "savior." By 30, our Bubble Boy is tenured and officially a "genius." By 40, he's a "guru," by 50 an "oracle." After a few drinks: "messiah."

The superhuman powers bestowed upon these men -- and yes, they are all men -- shield them from the scrutiny that might have prevented the current crisis. Alan Greenspan's Brain Bubble allowed him to put the economy at great risk: When he made no sense, people assumed that it was their own fault. Brain Bubbles also formed the key argument Greenspan and Summers used to explain why lawmakers couldn't regulate the derivatives market: The wizards on Wall Street were too brilliant, their models too complex, for mere mortals to understand.

Continue reading "Vote Out 'Brain Bubble' Larry Summers" »

March 23, 2009

Hey Paul Krugman (A song, A plea)

March 20, 2009

Mean Old Barack Obama Makes Fun Of The Mentally Retarded On Leno

via HuffPo.

Ugh. This is probably why a sitting president has never tried this late night talk show business before. You let rip one unfortunate joke, and it's all anyone will talk about. Seriously, who thought this appearance was a good idea? In a 40 minute interview on a comedy show, something off-color is bound to slip out, and that'll be the clip that idiot media outlets like us will replay until the proverbial tape breaks. Retards.

February 26, 2009

Jindal's Response "Disaster For the Republican Party," "Nihilism," "Insane"

Speaking of Obama's budget, we're not usually huge fans of David Brooks, but holy Christ did he nail it here:

We're waiting for a Kenny the Page mash-up [UPDATE: this is close]. Until then, this will do. Leave Bobby Jindal Alone:

Obama's Budget

Here's a link to Obama's new budget, in all its PDF glory. Enjoy!

February 20, 2009

Adam Corolla hangs up on Ann Coulter

Who knew Adam Corolla could actually be cool?

February 19, 2009

NYU Mistakes Itself for Berkeley in the '60s


A group of NYU students who call themselves Take Back NYU! (exclamation point theirs) has seized a food court at the Kimmel Center for University Life, which I guess seems like a good place to seize in case you get hungry or something.

The reasons for the takeover, listed in the press release after the jump, run the leftist gamut from scholarships for Palestinian students, to a disclosure of the university's endowment holdings, to a contract guaranteeing fair labor practices for all employees. They're mostly noble goals, but demand numero uno rattles the needle on my old entitled-middle-class-kids detector. The kids, first and foremost, insist on "Full legal and disciplinary amnesty for all parties involved in the occupation." Hmm...

If you want to catch a glimpse of these lil' revolutionaries, they're holding a rally at noon today outside of Kimmel, located on the south side of Washington Square Park. Or if you're feeling lazy and like watching activist kids do their homework, you can watch streaming video from inside the occupation here.

Continue reading "NYU Mistakes Itself for Berkeley in the '60s" »

February 16, 2009

Obama Dislocates Shoulder Reaching Across the Aisle


Robert Lanham has a new article posted over on The Huffington Post:

"With all due respect to the president, he shouldn't have his arms and feet blocking the aisle," said Boehner, who sustained minor injuries. "Everyone knows he's lanky."

"If you ask me," Boehner continued, "this liberal concept of reaching across the aisle is dangerous. We need to keep those aisles clear. What if there was a fire and people needed a clear passage to the exits? We need to refocus our energies on tax cuts, not liberal spending and aisle-reaching." [...]

This wasn't Obama's first aisle-related mishap. Last week, his administration faced a major setback when New Hampshire Republican, Sen. Judd Gregg, announced that he would be withdrawing his nomination as Commerce secretary. Citing "irresolvable conflicts," Gregg insisted that Obama needs to reach out further if post-partisanship is to be achieved.

There are simply no aisles in the Oval Office" explained Gregg on Meet the Press. "And, unfortunately, that's where the president and I conducted most of our business. He did reach across his desk once or twice to shake my hand, but we were essentially standing right next to each other," said Gregg. Like a growing number of GOP lawmakers, Gregg has criticized the president's efforts at post-partisanship as inflated rhetoric.

"When he reached over to me across the desk, his arm was bent at the elbow," said Gregg with obvious irritation. "If Obama really respected my point of view, his arm would have been fully extended, preferably across some type of passageway separating opposing rows of chairs."

You can read it all here.

January 27, 2009

Wire Service Photographers Pick Iconic Images From The Bush Years

We love that we can speak of the Bush years in the past tense. Yahoo! Errol Morris has a great post over at the Times documenting interviews with wire service photographers discussing their favorite images from the Bush years. Here's our favorite:

From NY Times "IRAQ, AL-ASAD AIR BASE : US President George W. Bush waits behind a camouflage curtain before being announced to speak to the troops at Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western al-Anbar province 03 September 2007. Addressing cheering Marines at the base, Bush rejected intensifying pressure from the Democratic-led Congress to start pulling troops immediately out of the unpopular war in Iraq. “Those decisions will be based on a calm assessment by our military commanders on the conditions on the ground, not a nervous reaction by Washington politicians to poll results in the media,” the president said."Check out the rest here.

January 23, 2009

Nothing To Be Sorry About...

It's motherfucking Friday! This should get you in the mood to celebrate the weekend in our new Bush-free era. The Easybeats' "Sorry:"

Meanwhile, Bush's cronies think Obama should be sorry for being so tough on the administration in his inaugural speech.

“There were a few sharp elbows that really rankled and I felt were not as magnanimous as the occasion called for,” Karen Hughes, a longtime Bush confidante, said in an interview. “He really missed an opportunity to be as big as the occasion was and, frankly, as gracious as President Bush was as he left office.”

Dan Bartlett, another top adviser, used similar language. “It was a missed opportunity to bring some of the president’s loyal supporters into the fold,” he said. Marc A. Thiessen, the chief White House speechwriter until this week, added: “It was an ungracious inaugural. It was pretty clear he was taking shots.”

As far as we're concerned, these two bile bags should be thankful Bush hasn't received a public caning.

January 21, 2009

Ffffound Obama memes: Nerdabout's top 10 visual memes from the 2008 campaign

The original draft of what became the ubiquitous "Change" poster

There were tons of cross-brandings during the campaign, from storefronts in Soho to the new Pepsi logo, including these "Obama Force One" sneakers.

See the rest at our buddy Noah's great blog, Nerdabout NY.

January 12, 2009

OK, We Forgive You Now

But we still recommend doing this. Gene Robinson: Gay Bishop Giving Obama Inauguration Prayer.

January 11, 2009

One More Week!

Well, give or take a day.

Meanwhile, Bush says this was his most stressful moment as president:

Asked by People magazine what moments from the last eight years he revisited most often, W. talked passionately about the pitch he threw out at the World Series in 2001: “I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency, curiously enough.”

December 20, 2008

Rick Warren's Non-Negotiable Worldview

image from The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right

Robert Lanham's got a new piece on Rick Warren over at Huffpost. Here's a taste:

Rick Warren routinely claims to not be a part of the Evangelical Right when speaking to secular elitists at the New York Times, but he's playing both sides of the fence. Warren has gone on record calming that he's "firmly a cultural conservative." He also believes opposing abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia are "non-negotiable" and "not even debatable" for people of values. He called the Terry Schiavo debacle "an atrocity worthy of Nazism" and according to ABC news, compared gay intimacy to sex with a horse. Prior to the 2004 election, Warren set-up voter registration booths on Saddleback's church patio. Most tellingly, he sent letters to 150,000 pastors insisting they encourage their congregations to vote for Bush.

In light of the passing of Proposition 8--an issue Obama has yet to show leadership on--choosing Warren for the invocation is a slap in the face to homosexuals and Obama's liberal base. As PFAW points out, Warren has "compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia." Sorry Rick, giving donuts to Prop 8 protestors doesn't make your positions any more palatable.

Read it all at the Huffington Post.

December 19, 2008

Big News: National Politics Next Door!


This message is for Caroline Kennedy, who's vying to become our new Senator, replacing Hillary. Everyone else, please skip this post. Go read about Crystal Castles or some shit.

Ok, now that we're alone, Caroline Kennedy, why didn't you stop by to check out my apartment yesterday?! You realize, I literally live RIGHT NEXT DOOR from Cono's O'Pescatore, where you met with Vito Lopez, the "old-school Democratic boss of Brooklyn", to talk about your new job (you hope). Don't you realize I have some sweet XBox games? I've also got a couple half-opened bottles of white wine that we could've killed before you drove/flew back to wherever you came from. Also, my girlfriend's got a sweeetz salt water fish tank that you would've loved. Do you like starfish? I bet you do. But if not, I also had Goldfish that we could've snacked on while watching day-time TV. I freaking love Goldfish.

Ben Smith is also reporting that Vito said, "I found Ms. Kennedy to be very knowledgeable and committed to many issues that are important to me. These issues include housing, education, environmental protection, and economic development." Yea? Well guess what Caroline. I would've found you knowledgeable and committed to many issues too! Like, don't you think we should get that Kent Ave. bike lane approved? Totally. And how about term limits for Mike? He should chill out, right? And tax the bridges?! Please. Caroline, we'd get along just fine, cause you had those freaking fantastic homemade noodles that Cono's makes.

And in case you're wondering what else Vito said, here you go:

"Ms. Kennedy was extremely personable and displayed a great understanding of these important issues, as well as a strong commitment to work on them as a U.S. Senator. Based on our meeting and a prior brief discussion, I am endorsing her candidacy for U.S. Senate and will be soliciting support throughout the City and State on her behalf. I look forward to working with Ms. Kennedy as the next U.S. Senator from New York."

Boom! Consider yourself endorsed.

December 03, 2008

Prop 8 - The Musical

November 14, 2008

Assemblyman Joe Fights Back for ERSP

img via animalvegetable

A big THANK YOU to Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Williamsburg) who is "outraged" about the recent news that Paterson is closing East River State Park. He told the Brooklyn Paper recently that he "promised to fight to keep the tiny green space open — especially considering that other parks upstate are facing less severe service reductions, like the cancellation of snow plowing."

Everyone go email Joe and tell him thanks and good luck: [email protected], and to please work to make that happen. We have very little green space in Williamsburg, so every little bit counts.

November 12, 2008

Prop 8 Protest Tonight

If you're free at 6:30pm tonight please go protest Proposition 8 tonight outside the New York Manhattan Mormon Temple at 125 Columbus Ave at 65th Street. For a bit more info, check out the organizer's interview with Gothamist.

And in case you're like, "but why are we protesting the Mormons?", he has your answer:

"The anger is not towards Mormons, but rather towards the leaders of the Mormon Church, who purposely spread lies about gays and lesbians to create an atmosphere of fear and hatred."

November 11, 2008

The Gotcha Effect of Civil Unions

FREEwilliamsburg founder Robert Lanham is sounding off on Proposition 8 over at Huffington Post. Here's a taste:

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Californians voted to overturn same-sex marriage. But it is disheartening that they're getting all the blame. After all, by collectively rubber-stamping the Obama campaign's "politically safe" pro-civil unions stance, democrats were inadvertent enablers.

Consider, for example how unfriendly the Obama camp was to same-sex couples during the Biden/Palin debate:

GWEN IFILL: Let's try to avoid nuance, Senator. Do you support gay marriage?
BIDEN: No. Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage.....
PALIN: Your question to him was whether he supported gay marriage and my answer is the same as his and it is that I do not.
IFILL: Wonderful. You agree. On that note, let's move to foreign policy.

I don't remember if Palin winked for effect, but I'm assuming she didn't. She'd already knocked it out of the park. This could have been the "gotcha moment" the drooling, caddish pundits had so eagerly awaited. But since America long ago concluded that no candidate in his/her right mind could ever confess to supporting gay marriage, it failed to deliver. Instead, the "gotcha" intended for Biden came at the expense of same-sex couples striving for what the Constitution promises: equal rights.

Now, go read the whole damn thing.

November 06, 2008

Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Extreme Right Wingers Begin To Lose Their Shit

Check out these morning zoo douchebags from Tampa. They went on the air yesterday in black face. Christ, change may be coming but it's going to have to deal with the stupidity that's already here (and destined to get louder). Thanks Rumproast.

November 05, 2008

Police Give Details On the Bedford Three

From the Times:

Police officers arrested three people, and issued summonses to five others, early Wednesday after a crowd of hundreds of people surged into the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to celebrate Barack Obama’s election as president of the United States, the police said.

He goes on to say they didn't break any laws, and that most of the crowd was well behaved, but a few were getting rowdy. As for the abuse?

Mr. Browne said the officers behaved appropriately. He said the crowd included about 450 people and at times some in the crowd were acting raucous. People were drinking beer and some were apparently pouring beer from rooftops, he said. He said that most people complied with the officers’ orders, but a few did not. Five people were issued summonses for disorderly conduct, Mr. Browne said. Three others, who were not immediately identified, were arrested.

Some cops were hurt, too. I think this explains why the kinda snapped...

In addition, a duty captain at the scene suffered injuries to his face and head after being hit by a bottle and a police officer injured his back when he was pushed by crowds and fell down, Mr. Browne said. No arrests were made in connection with those two incidents.

Get the full story at City Room.

Election Celebrations Take Over Bedford

all photos by ajcranford

Sometime shortly after Barack Obama said his final "yes we can", my friends and I turned off CNN and left the apartment over Williamsburg's taco outpost San Loco, where we had watched the Senator from Chicago clinch this historic election. When we ventured out towards the obvious epicenter of Williamsburg celebratory politics - Bedford and North 7th - we ran smack dab into what Texas must've been like for every Bush win since 2004. Brooklyn kids fucking totally filled these streets.

Some would call it a riot, but even the cops tonight realized that things were cool. It was the most celebratory street take-over I've experienced, sans-broken shit, and up until I left there was no threat of police violence, overturned cars, broken bottles, or anything. I hope I don't wake up and see that changed. (Ed note: When I left, there was a definite impending police presence that threatened to turn uncomfortable, should the crowd had chosen to stick around...)

The thing is, though, everybody was having a great time. There were the bongo kids, hanging just off the southeast corner of No. 7th and Bedford, with a healthy crowd of improvisers keeping things going. There were the wealthy roofians, perched out on their 50k a foot overhang porch cheering the crowd on. The bodega dudes couldn't be missed - they sold out on tall-boys shortly after I grabbed my Bud. I spoke with a few screaming people, but in general, our conversations were drowned out by the constant refrain of "Obama! Obama! Obama!". And who the f*k is gonna mess with that?

It was honestly, a beautiful celebration of democratic finality at the corner of Williamsburg blase (my e's don't accent) tonight. When I finally left the party and hit the train for the two stop ride back to Graham, it seemed like the chants came with me. In the Bedford subway, "Obama! Obama! Obama!" echoed around the station walls. At Lorimer, "Obama!, Obama! Obama!", and at Graham, "Obama! Obama! Obama!". Things feel freaking awesome. Politics have been rejuvenated and Brooklyn has a new President that's worth getting behind. Expect this borough to be a staple of his most innovative, supportive demographic. Barack, Brooklyn f'n loves you.

I spoke with one dude, Andrew Perez of Brooklyn, who brought a poster of Cesar to the rally, because he felt Obama "was a Roman who overcame the odds...It's like history repeated itself tonight." I think that picture's in here somewhere, but really Brooklyn, God knows because it's 3am and Barack just got elected to be our next President and I'm f*cking so excited I can't contain my emotions - nor my blogging skills! We wish you the best, and look forward to hearing your stories of "The Night That Barack Built".

Check out some pictures that AJ Cranford took for us, capturing the sheer insanity that our little Williamsburg Times Square wrought.




See more pictures (via AJ Cranford) from the Obama/Williamsburg victory party, after the jump!

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We Won!!! A New Era Begins. Bush/McCain/Palin Are Gone! America Elects A President With Normal-Length Arms!


We're sure you've heard, but.

November 04, 2008

What An Idiot

Palin refuses to say who she voted for! Perhaps she did a write-in vote, placing herself at the top of the ticket. Or perhaps she voted for Barr, the most Rapture-ready candidate.

We don't know what's more disturbing, Palin's stupidity or the First Dude's nasty-ass pubic hair goatee.


We waited an hour and most of the blue hairs at our polling location, The Swinging Sixties Senior Center, seemed to suffer from dementia, but we were undoubtedly happy to take part in this important election. (Yes, that's really the name of the community center where we vote.) Christ, could this gut-wrenching, soul-sucking era really almost be over!? We sure hope so. Now, go out and vote. This is what we are hoping to achieve:

[hat tip buzzfeed]

November 03, 2008

Matthew Broderick Says "Take The Day Off!"

Ferris Bueller (who did not show up in his parade on Friday) has repossessed the body of Matthew Broderick and commanded it to make Barack Obama a Youtube video about "taking the day off". Clever! I'd make a joke about how Matthew Broderick's been taking quite a few days off lately, but from the looks of his IMDB page, he's been busy. It's all part of an effort to get YOU to help out tomorrow. To find out how, go to

Sarah Palin's Prank Call (Audio)

The Masked Avengers, a comedy duo from Montreal, Quebec, totally prank called Sarah Palin. How this got through that "media filter" she talks about all the time is baffling. I hope it comes with a warranty....

October 30, 2008

3rd Ward Election Night Hoedown!


Watch the states turn blue on a big screen, surrounded by booze, music and food at Brooklyn's 3rd Ward. From 3rd Ward:

You voted, Now celebrate the end of an era with us! Expect live election coverage projected 10ft. x 10 ft., DJs, drinks and eats. Plus, compete to show your patriotism and be awarded, 3rd Ward style.

Nag says they'll have "pork barrels" too! For more info, email [email protected]

October 29, 2008

Kayrock's Election-Themed Monster Prints


From Kayrock's website

Espeis archetype invited Kayrock Screenprinting to create a mural outside their gallery. With Halloween and the presidential election just around the bend, we created a wheat paste mural that combines 35 looming issues with 20 leering monster heads. All prints are 3 colors on text weight 19"x25" paper.

Monsters were drawn by Wolfy Part II, Karl "Kayrock" LaRocca, Zach Lehrhoff, Anna Haifisch, Christeen Francis and Brady Dollarhide. Looming issues were provided by the times, the media, the presidential candidates and you.

Barack Obama has a plan that addresses 25 pressing issues. McCain's plan only deals with three.

We will have monster head prints for sale at:
Prints Gone Wild
Supreme Trading
213 North 8th, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Saturday Nov 1 (6pm-midnight) and Sunday Nov 2 (12-6pm)

More monster heads and a shot of the mural at

McCain's Base

This people are so creepy, it's hard to watch. [Thanks Rumproast]

October 28, 2008

Weekend At McCainy's

October 24, 2008

Hands Down, The Best Obama Ad Of The Entire Election Season

Christ, we hated those "Whasssssssssupppppppppppp!!!" ads. This spoof makes them all worthwhile:

October 23, 2008

McCain Vs. Obama Dance-Off

October 22, 2008

Are Those Donkeys?!

Either Sarah is as dumb as a pile of hockey pucks or she's sending us a message to vote for Obama. We're guessing the former. (Image c/o Stumper)


October 16, 2008

Obama's 90 Percent Ad

Obama's campaign responded today to McCain's assertion that he's not President Bush. They had this one signed, sealed, and nearly delivered for a long time. Oh, and this "Joe the Plumber" you're hearing about? He's not even a plumber! He doesn't even have a license to practice plumbing. Now the poor guy's been dragged out onto the national stage by Gramps McCain and will have to deal with all this shit reporting on his private life, like what I'm doing right now by typing this.

October 15, 2008

Exclusive: Leaked Debate Footage From Tonight!

I managed to get my grubby hands on some leaked footage from tonight's debate, and surprisingly, it all goes down in a rather organized manner. Consider this your FREEwilliamsburg debate preview. Check it out:

via BF

October 13, 2008

The Big McCain: Mark it Zero

img via AndIamNotLying

Our friends at And I Am Not Lying realized something the other day. The current "disgruntled Vietnam Vet with a foul mouth and a serious anger management problem" who's trying to get a grasp on the news cycle these days has a number of similarities with another "disgruntled Vietnam Vet with a foul mouth and a serious anger management problem". Of course, we're talking McCain. The other guy is Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski, and the following video helps you imagine just how similar these two really are. So shut the fuck up Donny, and check out The Big McCain:

October 07, 2008

Maverick Myths

[hat tip Rumproast]

McCain Be Old

Just in case you didn't know how old he is...let a jelly donut explain the state of things.

The line, "Obama be Facebook, McCain be Friendster" is freaking beautiful. I tried to find my old Friendster page (I had one!), but it's lost in the interwebs. Shame.

October 06, 2008

Palin Knocked to the Edge

photo c/o brooklyn paper

Williamsburg's Edge dipped its toes into the Palin pool last week, putting up a sign for Sarah Palin (and yuppies).

“Sarah Palin/Live here/See Wall Street,” read the sign, which was posted just before the vice presidential debate last week on the side of the Edge, a high-rise project going up on the waterfront at North Fifth Street.

via Brooklyn Paper

Help Sarah Make Sense: Remix her! aims to help Sarah makes sense, and they are enlisting your help! From the site:

Remix, rearrange, or mash up Sarah's ramblings into something coherent - maybe what you think she meant to say. Or should say. Or would have said, if only she could.

It uses the music remixing technology from MixMatchMusic, but they're just applying it to funny Palinisms. There're about ten or so of these on there now, and they're getting's "Sexytime":

Remix Sarah Palin

October 02, 2008

Obama iPhone Application


From CNET:

The most notable feature "organizes and prioritizes your contacts by key battleground states, making it easy to reach out and make an impact quickly," according to the software....

The application anonymously reports back the number of calls made this way: "Your privacy is important: no personal data or contacts will be uploaded or stored. Only the total number of calls you make is uploaded anonymously."

via Politico

October 01, 2008

Craigslist Ad: Sarah Palin Lookalike Needed for Porno

From the ad, posted on Craigslist:

Looking for a Sarah Palin lookalike for an adult film to be shot in next 10 days.

Major adult studio.

Please send pix, stats etc. ASAP

Pay: $2000-3000

No anal required

Sounds just like the Vice Presidential job description, right? Right!

Thanks, jo!

September 30, 2008

The People Who Run The Internets Dig Obama

September 29, 2008

Sarah Palin is Increasingly Adorable When Cornered

Tina Fey returned to SNL on Saturday night to give the world another incredible performance as Sarah Palin, as interviewed by Katie Couric. Incredibly, this skit isn't even originally written, they just reenact parts of the actual transcript! It's so well done, and even though Tina doesn't want to spend the next whatever of her career playing Sarah Palin, its clips like this that makes us wish she'd reconsider. We hate her too, Tina, but you're just so freaking perfect at the impersonation!

Or, watch it at NBC.

September 26, 2008

Seriously, go watch the debate!

As mentioned earlier...

Now That Mighty Mouse Is Gonna Show Up....

Here's a list of places you can watch the debate in New York.

September 25, 2008

Sarah Silverman: "Tell Your Racist Jewish Grandparents To Vote Obama"

"The Great Schlep aims to have Jewish grandchildren visit their grandparents in Florida, educate them about Obama, and therefore swing the crucial Florida vote in his favor."

[hat tip Radar]

One Word: Pretzel

We love that Stone included the pretzel choking incident in his second "W" trailer. This looks hilarious:

Pakistani President to Palin: "You're Hot!"

image c/o AP

He was smitten...

On entering a room filled with several Pakistani officials this afternoon, Palin was immediately greeted by Sherry Rehman, the country's Information Minister.

"And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?," Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.

"Oh, thank you," Palin said.

Pakistan's recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was “honored” to meet him.

Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."
"You are so nice," Palin said, smiling. "Thank you."

A handler from Zardari's entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.
"If he's insisting, I might hug," Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.

Sounds delightfully awkward. Can we start some internet rumors fueling speculation that Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari could become the Second Dude?

Thanks, CNN!

Matt Taibbi On Sarah Palin


As always, Taibbi nails it:

Here’s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins “Country First” buttons on his man titties and chants “U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.
Now, go read the whole damn thing.

September 24, 2008

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president?"

UPDATE: Craig Ferguson tore McCain a new asshole too.

McCain Suspends Debate

We thought McCain needed diapers because he's older than Mount Rushmore. Turns out he needs them because he's a big fucking baby. Surely, this has nothing to do with his failed economic policies or the fact that he's tanking in the polls.

Cafferty sums up or opinion:

Finally, Someone Says It Straight: "We shouldn't be rushed into this!"

Are you ready to send your blank check for five grand? That's what people are estimating the bailout is going to cost the average taxpayer. The only good news is this is killing McDouche's popularity, if polls are to be believed.

September 23, 2008

The Two-Headed Sarah Palin Interview

[thanks Rumproast]

George Will Questions McCain's Readiness


This is a big deal. I'm no George Will fan, but he does represent the reasonable, intellectual, fiscal conservative side of the GOP. You know, a Republican who doesn't hate gays, evaluate a VP's readiness on how many polar bears she's killed, and doesn't base his foreign policy on the book of Revelation. Here he is in today's Washington Post:

Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.

Channeling his inner Queen of Hearts, John McCain furiously, and apparently without even looking around at facts, said Chris Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, should be decapitated.

[...] Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.

It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?

Say it with us out loud, all you rational conservatives out there: IT'S OK TO VOTE FOR OBAMA, GEORGE WILL SAID SO. Now, doesn't that feel better?

September 22, 2008

Is Sarah Palin Qualified?

PBS wants to know... let them know what you think.

Current results: 51% think she's qualified. WTF?! Welcome to idiocracy.


Who's The Elitist?


[hat tip Buzzfeed and CommentCulture]

Our Team Needs Some Ads Like This

September 19, 2008

New Blog: Approximately As Many People as Wasilla

via all i saw farm

A new blog has sprouted up from the seeds of Things Younger Than McCain, documenting all things in the world with approximately as many people as Wasilla, Alaska. Among them:

People Who Saw Hottie and the Nottie in Theaters
The Number of People Applying to Work at a new WalMart
The Number of People in the World's Largest Peace Sign
The Number of People Living in Dorms near Henrietta, NY
First Week Sales of Kevin Federline's Debut Album

and of course

Members in the Facebook group “A Vote For Sarah Palin is NOT a Vote for Women’s Rights.” which notes "There are 5,590 members in the Facebook group “A Vote For Sarah Palin is NOT a Vote for Women’s Rights.” She’s probably qualified to be the administrator of a group that size."

Brooklyn, as heavily populated as it is, has about 10,000 people per square mile. Meaning, Sarah Palin could probably successfully govern a little over half a square mile of Brooklyn residents.

Visit: Approximately as many people as Wasilla

September 18, 2008

We Prefer The Original Dude

[hat tip Wonkette & Rumproast]

Ok, you can breathe now...

Obama's back in the lead.

The Sept. 14-16 Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Barack Obama regaining a slight, although not statistically significant, edge over John McCain, 47% to 45%, among registered voters, marking the first time since the week of the Republican National Convention that McCain has not held at least a one percentage point margin over Obama.

i got this.jpg
[Thanks Anna]

September 17, 2008

One Question.....

Shouldn't a $85 $700 billion corporate bail-out, funded by taxpayers, warrant a Congressional vote? Just asking since the media hasn't. Here's some things we could do with $85 billion.

This Is What We're Dealing With.... the GOP's "Backfire Effect"


Sure, they may not understand facts, but conservatives are kickass at chanting "USA...USA" and "drill, baby, drill." This report pretty much explains the logic behind all of McCain's campaign lies. From Huffington Post

A new study out of Yale University confirms what argumentative liberals have long-known: Offering reality-based rebuttals to conservative lies only makes conservatives cling to those lies even harder. In essence, schooling conservatives makes them more stupid. From the Washington Post article on the study, which came out yesterday:

Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler provided two groups of volunteers with the Bush administration's prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. One group was given a refutation -- the comprehensive 2004 Duelfer report that concluded that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the United States invaded in 2003. Thirty-four percent of conservatives told only about the Bush administration's claims thought Iraq had hidden or destroyed its weapons before the U.S. invasion, but 64 percent of conservatives who heard both claim and refutation thought that Iraq really did have the weapons. The refutation, in other words, made the misinformation worse.

A similar "backfire effect" also influenced conservatives told about Bush administration assertions that tax cuts increase federal revenue. One group was offered a refutation by prominent economists that included current and former Bush administration officials. About 35 percent of conservatives told about the Bush claim believed it; 67 percent of those provided with both assertion and refutation believed that tax cuts increase revenue.

In a paper approaching publication, Nyhan, a PhD student at Duke University, and Reifler, at Georgia State University, suggest that Republicans might be especially prone to the backfire effect because conservatives may have more rigid views than liberals: Upon hearing a refutation, conservatives might "argue back" against the refutation in their minds, thereby strengthening their belief in the misinformation.

Yup, Conservatives don't like to blink, even when they're wrong:

Would You Kill It?

Sarah would, you pussy. Go play round 2 now.

September 16, 2008

"The Fundamentals of Our Economy Are Strong"

FINALLY. We have a good ad. Now, we should couple this with some ads about Palin's rape kit policy, book banning, and her desire to outlaw abortion when a woman has been raped. [hat tip Rumproast]

September 15, 2008

Hockey Mom Swiftboaters

September 13, 2008

If Cheney Is Darth Vader, Palin Is The Emperor


Holy shit fuck

One of Palin's first acts in office was to put a $150 bounty on the heads of her state's wolves... to incentivize the aerial killing of wolves, in which private hunters take a small plane and chase down wolf packs until they're exhausted and can't move any more, when they either shoot them from the air or land and execute them at point blank range. Then, they strap the wolf to a plane, cut off the wolf's left forearm, and bring it to the state Department of Fish and Game for their cash reward.
Pig in lipstick my ass. She's the devil. Plus, she hates cats and polar bears.

September 12, 2008

[email protected]

Barack Obama basically LOL's at McCain and calls him old in his latest ad, "Still". My prediction: Republicans make Ageism the new Sexism next week. Oldies.

Watch it:

She Was A Mess

Of course, the media is now likely to call her nervousness "refreshing" and "endearing" and refer to her ignorance on the issues as an "outside the beltway perspective." You know, because she's a mavrick. If America thinks she's ready to be president, then they deserve her.

September 11, 2008

Under Sarah Palin, Rape Victims Forced To Pay For Own Exams

anti-feminist, polar bear killer, cat hater

From US News via Americablog

The blogosphere is reporting that when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in the late 1990s, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's municipal police department charged rape victims for the "rape kit" used to collect the forensic evidence necessary to convict their attackers. According to reports, this changed in 2000 when then Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill protecting rape victims from being charged. As I wrote recently, however, the situation described in Wasilla is not unique. In all too many instances, women are still being stuck with the bill for rape kits. This despite the fact that in order to qualify for federal grants under the Violence Against Women Act, states are supposed to pick up the entire tab. If on her watch Sarah Palin allowed women to be charged for rape kits, she has some serious explaining to do.
And of course, if a rape victim were to get pregnant, she'd want to deny her the right to have an abortion too.

Test Your Knowledge on the 9/11 MSNBC Quiz

Think you remember 9/11? Take MSNBC's quiz. I scored a 60%, tying both Pareene and Moe at Gawker and beating Wonkette (who got a dismal 40%!). Be careful, some of those questions are sneaky. From MSNBC:

9/11 was one of the biggest news stories of all time, and certainly the most widely covered (including by the burgeoning Internet). But how much information were you taking in? Here’s a tougher-than-our-usual-weekly-news-quiz test of your 9/11 knowledge.

MSNBC - Know 9/11? Take a tougher-than-usual quiz

September 10, 2008

Attention Media Retards Obsessed With Pigs & Lipstick: Here's A Real Story

[hat tip Rumproast]

Obama Responds To McCain's Hogwash

[hat tip Rumproast]

September 09, 2008

Palin Hates Polar Bears and Rainbows... Scared Of Cats


From The Raw Story

ABC News sent Lisa Fletcher to Wasilla, Alaska to speak to "the women who know her best." Fletcher interviewed four of Palin's closest friends, members of a group who jokingly call themselves "the Elite Six." ...
When asked to reveal something about Palin that no one knows, one woman offered, "She doesn't care for cats very much," and another chimed in, "Oh, yes, she's afraid of my cat." A third added, "She lives off of caffeine and chocolate."

Although the women told Fletcher that they didn't discuss politics much among themselves, one did venture that there were certain things Palin had done as governor that she didn't agree with, including "the polar bear issue." Palin has sued the federal government to stop the listing of polar bears as an endangered species

That's right, she sued the government for the right to kill polar bears. WTF? Palin may claim to be all Christiany, but shes sounds more evil than the child catcher in Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang to us. And she's afraid of cats. Who does that remind us of? Obviously, if we elect a VP who's afraid of cats, then the terrorists win. Plus her own inner circle, the so-called "Elite Six" (arugula-eating elitists!) won't even commit to voting for this bible-thumping, book-banning, Creationism-touting, flip-flopping, rapture ready moose killer. Video after the jump.

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September 08, 2008

New Anti-Obama 527 Plans Attack On "Hope" Theme

From HuffPost

Republican political strategists in California are setting up a new political organization which hopes to run television commercials undermining the central themes of Senator Obama's presidential campaign while underscoring the strengths of his Republican opponent, Senator McCain of Arizona....

The organization's slick Web site includes a 30-second video (click on "MEDIA") that shows images of war and misery around the world as an announcer gravely warns of the dangers of putting America in untested hands.

Meanwhile, the Democrats sit back and do nothing as McCain/Palin continue to rise in the polls. Where are Obama's tough ads about Palin's lack of experience, her desire to ban books and teach Creationism in public schools, the Troopergate scandal, and her opposition to abortion even when a woman has been raped? Her views are way to the right of most Americans and she is inarguably a lightweight when it comes to foreign policy. Other than Canada, Palin has only been out of the country once in her entire life, for Chrissake.

And where are the ads showing McCain's rejection of the GI Bill and his endorsement of torture? And let's not forget the "pork-cutting maverick's" role as a member of the Keating Five. He supported the invasion of Iraq before we'd even completed the job in Afghanistan, a country that is much more of a threat to our national security than Saddam Hussein ever was.

And why haven't we seen an ad about how Palin's lack of experience puts the country at risk? Do they even have phones in her bumfuck little town, should she get a 3am call? McCain 1.0 wouldn't have nominated Palin as his running mate. He would have labeled her (along with the nutjobs like James Dobson he's been courting) as an agent of intolerance.

The GOP swift-boated John Kerry and he did nothing. It would be nice if the Democrats would finally grow a pair and come out fighting before Obama's campaign of hope becomes hopeless.

September 07, 2008

John McCain Gets BarackRoll'd

September 05, 2008

The Words They Used (At The Conventions)


Of course, God, taxes, and business are at the top for the GOP. See the full chart here.

Speaking of the convention, it was nice to see Olbermann address the GOP's (disgusting, immoral, predictable) politicizing of September 11. Holy Christ.... that "9-11 Tribute" video was disgraceful. Here's Olbermann's response, in case you missed it

But at the end of the day THIS sums up the GOP convention best.

September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin's Favorite Band

[Thanks Rockman]

Joe Klein, Via Rumproast

There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.
And let's not forget, this Jeebusy lightweight even opposes abortion in the case of rape. The McCain who used to call religious wackos "agents of intolerance" has clearly morphed into the type of candidate who would malign his own mother to get into office.

Piper Palin Licks Trig Palin's Hair Into Place

And you know she learned this from her mother, the pitbull in lipstick. Can we really rely on a potential commander-in-chief who licks her children's hair? And can we talk about her kid's names for a second? Piper. Trig. Track. Bristol. Willow. Those are names Tolkien would give to Hobbits. WTF? If those are the names she selects for her children, can we really trust her to be the decider?

September 03, 2008

Conservatives Peggy Noonan & Mike Murphy Think Palin Choice Is "Political Bullshit"

We couldn't agree more. HuffPost has the story.

September 02, 2008

Diddy: John McCain is Bugging the F**k Out!

In this crazy hypnotizing video shot on what must be playground carousel, Diddy (Government name: Sean Combs) rants about McCain's seemingly more and more controversial choice of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Aside from openly wondering about the prevalence of black people in Alaska, Diddy wants John McCain to know that he is bugging the fuck out!

Thanks to videogum, more links at buzzfeed.

And You Thought Bush Was Jeebusy

Turns out Palin is one step away from handling snakes. Along with Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and Benny Hinn she's a member of the Assembly of God denomination. Watch her in action, addressing her former church:

[Thanks Dufflebag, via HuffPost]

Sarah Palin, Video Blogger

[hat tip Buzzfeed]

On another note, we love that went live about 5 minutes after McCain announced Palin as his running mate. Looks like the site may be short-lived if Palin withdraws early.

UPDATE: Sarah Palin, Video Blogger part 2 after the jump.

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August 29, 2008

Barack Obama Becomes the Nominee [Video]

This is rather inspiring. If you were planning on objecting, you had about 1.2 seconds to get that out cause that gavel was coming down faaaaast! And now, the battle of 2008 that is Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin officially begins.

August 28, 2008

Cops vs. Music People

photo via flickr

So over the last couple days, some fairly influential people in the music/internet universe have been either A. beaten up by security guards while cops watched, or B. arrested by the FBI after leaking some Guns N' Roses tracks.

In the first case of general misjustice, the founders of the F Yea Fest and were beaten up after a Radiohead show, and then beaten up even more when security forcefully pried the video tape evidence from their hands. As you may recall, they rocked Williamsburg a short while back when they played Club Exit. La Weekly has a nice play-by-play of that fiasco. Here's an outtake from that story:

Dawes alleges that one of the security guards threw Carlson into an electrical box. “He hurled him into it, then threw him onto the ground -- at this point there are two or three officers there. [The security guards] smashed his head into the pavement as they're trying to cuff him, the cops aren't doing anything. I'm yelling, 'Officer, this is your jurisdiction -- this isn't Hollywood Bowl property anymore. Don't let them do this.'” Dawes recalls that the officers replied that they “give event staff leeway.”

And then secondly, the guy who runs music blog Antiquiet was arrested by the FBI this morning for leaking nine unauthorized tracks from Guns N' Roses long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy. They could use some legal help. The La Times has that scoop.

While both of these mishaps took place across the dirt in LA, we Brooklynites should take notice, as we're probably the highest music blog per capita city, and also have craptons of unauthorized shows with big mean security guards.

August 27, 2008

Clinton Redeems Herself

She morphed into a unscrupulous, fear-mongering, pant-suited Karl Rove in the primaries, but last night Hillary redeemed herself. Now, one question remains... what are these lunatics going to do:

In case you missed it, watch Clinton's speech after the jump. We can't decide if we're touched or repulsed by Bill mouthing "I love you." (At the 2:35 minute mark).

On another note, our pals at Rumproast have been covering the PUMA movement (Party Unity My Ass) in hilarious detail. Check out Rumproast's Puma Pounce Radio show.

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August 21, 2008

John "Ordinary Joe" McCain Unsure How Many Houses He Owns

Does this mean the gloves are off for the senility jokes? If not, we'll just use the old fallback of he's an elitist. Wait... are you allowed to say that about GOP candidates or does it just work with Democrats? From Politico:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

"I think -- I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where -- I'll have them get to you."

The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

Now we can only hope the Dems will run with this. We need an ad now. You know Rove would do be all over this if the tables were turned. He's already tried to smear Obama with this doosy:
"He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."
Who's the real elitist? This video does a solid job of answering that question.

August 19, 2008

Rachel Maddow Gets Her Own Show


Of course, we're taking full responsibility for recommending her. From HuffPost

Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host -- and one-time general manager of the network -- Dan Abrams from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable channel.

The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abrams's last program on Thursday. After MSNBC's extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.

MSNBC is highlighting the date, 9/8/08, connecting it to the start of the Olympics on 8/8/08, as a way to signal what the network's president, Phil Griffin, said "will be the final leg of the political race this year." He added, "We making that Rachel's debut."

Mr. Abrams, who is well liked at MSNBC, is expected to remain at both that network and at NBC News, where he is the chief legal correspondent. He will also serve as an anchor during some of MSNBC's daytime coverage, as well as a substitute host on NBC's "Today" show, Mr. Griffin said. The last broadcast of Abrams' "Verdict" will air Thursday.

August 14, 2008

The President's a Vampire

Here's something you can sink your teeth into...



Seen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn via Wooster Collective (who thanks Jeff, which we second).

August 12, 2008

"Pray For Rain"

How about we pray McCain poops his pants during his speech at the GOP convention instead. Would that be wrong? [hat tip Radar]

That's Focus on the Family's Stuart Shepard, explaining his call to prayer for a massive downpour during Barack Obama's outdoor convention speech. Hoping "God decides that rain of biblical proportions would be a good idea," Shepard beseeches like-minded individuals to ask their Savior to soak the Democratic nominee and his supporters.

August 11, 2008

Obama Launches His Own Celebrity Ad

We like that Obama is beginning to fight hard, but why not bring attention to the most damning and disgusting things about McCain? (No, not his psoriasis.) We want to see an ad that mentions his refusal to ban torture and his unscrupulous opposition to the GI Bill. We do like how the rat pack era music in this ad reminds America that John McCain is older than Mount Rushmore.


August 07, 2008

Bolton On Iran: “Diplomacy is finished...regime change would....lead to greater stability"

Does anybody still pay attention to this idiot? You'd think the mustache would clue people in to the fact that he's insane. We suppose he thinks regime change in Iran would be a cakewalk and that we'd be greeted as liberators. Regime change has certainly gone well in Iraq.

August 06, 2008

Obama's New Ad

Of course the media won't pay much attention to it, since it doesn't feature Paris Hilton, but we love Obama's new ad. [Thanks Rumproast]

July 17, 2008

Rachel Maddow May Get Her Own MSBNC Show

Clearly, it's because we recommended her. From NY Times.

“At some point, I don’t know when, she should have a show,” said Phil Griffin, hours before he was promoted on Wednesday to president of MSNBC. “She’s on the short list. It’s a very short list. She’s at the top.”

July 10, 2008

Why Obama's FISA Vote Is Really Depressing

Is it just us, or should the wonderful Rachel Maddow be given Keith Olbermann's job? We like Countdown but Olbermann's got the charm of a more smirky Joe Isuzu with a severe addiction to dollar store hair gel.

July 08, 2008

Obama's Plane Scare

Now, Obama's plane scare makes sense. Freak accident or cunning political sabotage?! You decide. From Political Punch

This was not Obama's regular campaign plane, which is being overhauled. It was a loaner, having previously been used by Sen. Hillary Clinton.

July 01, 2008

The Pandering Continues

We were never under the delusion that Obama was going to be the perfect candidate. There have always been way too many Obamamaniacs who swear his poop smells like peach cobbler. Still, we had guarded optimism that the tremendous amount of faith people have instilled in him would cause him to rise to the occasion. Then this happened. Then this. Then, he voiced support for the Supreme Court's decision to overturn DC's ban on handguns.

Now, he's expressing the desire to expand Bush's faith based programs. Faith-based, of course being a euphemism for Christian. We're still glad that Hillary isn't the nominee. As Rumproast pointed out, she was beginning to look as conservative Joe Leiberman before the general election was even underway. Still, we were hoping to proudly support Obama in November. Sadly, we'll be holding our noses.

What Clark Really Said

Via Rumproast

June 30, 2008

Lieberman Must Go

Sign the petition.

June 26, 2008

Nader: Obama Is "Half African American" Tries To "Talk White"

Go away Nader.

June 19, 2008

Leave Michelle Alone

As was pointed out yesterday on Michelle's appearance on The View, the media is misquoting her as saying:

"For the first time in my adult life. I feel proud of my country"
This is what she actually said:
‘For the first time in my adult life. I feel really proud of my country"
There is a subtle, but important difference. And come on, given our fucked up track record with race, and the current injustices going on today (Guantanamo, torture, suspension of habeas corpus, government cronyism, the Iraq war) who can blame her for not being critical. I encourage everyone to watch this video (which contains some disturbing moments) to get a little perspective. Loyalty without criticism isn't patriotism. It's stupidity. [via Rumproast]

June 18, 2008

U.S. Hid Detainees From The Red Cross

Just when you think Bush Inc can't get any more fucked up. Via HuffPost

The U.S. military hid the locations of suspected terrorist detainees and concealed harsh treatment to avoid the scrutiny of the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to documents that a Senate committee released Tuesday.

"We may need to curb the harsher operations while ICRC is around. It is better not to expose them to any controversial techniques," Lt. Col. Diane Beaver, a military lawyer who's since retired, said during an October 2002 meeting at the Guantanamo Bay prison to discuss employing interrogation techniques that some have equated with torture. Her comments were recorded in minutes of the meeting that were made public Tuesday.

June 16, 2008

Nader Reaches Out To His Base: Jocks

You'd think he'd realize that his 15 or 16 remaining fans have no idea who Coby Bryant is in the first place.

June 12, 2008

I'm Voting Republican

[Thanks Rumproast]

June 11, 2008

Obama's Support Growing Among Women

Sorry media, Harriet Christian is not representative of the typical female voter. The overhyped "women and former Clinton supporters won't vote for him" rant is a media-created non-story propelled by a few overzealous Hillaryites. Here's the proof: [via Rumproast]


June 10, 2008

Just When You Think Fox New Can't Get Any More Retarded...

A "terrorist fist jab"? WTF???!!! Watch MSNBC slam Fox:

June 04, 2008

"What's Her Game?"


We personally think Hillary's reasons for refusing to concede are monetary in nature. She wants the Obama campaign to give her money to pay off her supposed debts. [Even after lending her campaign $5 mil, the Clintons are still loaded]. Still, The Guardian makes a compelling argument about her intentions.

Once again, it's all about Hillary Clinton, who delivered the most abrasive, self-absorbed, selfish, delusional, emasculating and extortionate political speech I've heard in a long time. And I've left out some adjectives, just to be polite.... What's her game? It's this, I think. It's not merely to be vice president. Although apparently it is that. I take it she and Bill have decided that being Obama's vice-president for eight years is the most plausible path to the presidency. But she did not on Tuesday night merely try to make a case for herself as a good vice-presidential candidate. She held a rhetorical knife to Obama's throat and said, in not so many words: I'm still calling some shots, buddy. You offer me the vice-presidency, or I walk away. But she has also forced Obama into a situation whereby if he chooses her now, he looks weak. So that's the choice she is hoping to impose on the nominee: don't choose me, and Bill and I will subtly work to see that you lose; choose me, and look like a weakling who can't lead the party without the Clintons after all. Now that's putting the interests of the party first, isn't it?


Now let's go kick McCain's ass.

May 29, 2008

ABC pressured reporter to avoid criticizing White House

From a CNN transcript

When the lead-up to the war began, the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings.....

And my own experience at the White House was that, the higher the president's approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives -- and I was not at this network [she was working for ABC, not CNN] at the time -- but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president.... [ABC] would edit my pieces. They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical and try to put on pieces that were more positive

You can see the video here.

May 27, 2008

Hillary Practicing Her Hand Gestures

More from Rosemary Watson here. [Thanks Jeff]

May 24, 2008

One Word: Ghoulish


Michael Goodwin of the Daily News sums up Hillary's ghoulish gaffe nicely:

SICK. Disgusting. And yet revealing. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in the event some nut kills Barack Obama. It could happen, but what definitely has happened is that Clinton has killed her own chances of being vice president. She doesn't deserve to be elected dog catcher anywhere now. ... We have seen an X-ray of a very dark soul. One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way. Otherwise, why is murder on her mind?
Go away Hillary. Go away.

May 23, 2008

McCain's Other Spiritual Guide

Do we really want a potential president taking counsel from a lunatic like this? This kind of rhetoric further compromises the so-called "war on terror" and further alienates us from the very people with whom we should be trying to make peace.

May 19, 2008

The Real McCain

And don't forget, he voted against the waterboarding ban.

He voted against Jim Webb's proposed GI Bill arguing that if soldiers are given adequate money for college they won't re-enlist.

And who could forget the billions of dollars McCain's Savings & Loan scandal cost American taxpayers.

May 16, 2008

Bill O'Reilly's Producer

Chris Matthews Bitch-Slaps Rightwing Moron, Kevin James

This interview comes close to totally redeeming Chris Matthews. [Thanks Rumproast]

May 14, 2008

O'Reilly Flips Out — The Remix

Hillary's Base

We've been to West Virginia many times and are happy to report that there are lots of smart, progressive people there. Despite what you've heard, not everyone there is a racist redneck. That's just Hillary's base: [via Rumproast]

While we're on the subject, this video (if you missed it) is even more disturbing.

What happened to Hillary's happy supporters:

The good news is, despite her victory yesterday, Obama just picked up more superdelegates.

May 12, 2008

Things Younger Than McCain


This is our favorite new site to emerge since Stuff White People Like. It's hard to believe, but yes, McCain is older than Mount Rushmore, Alaska, and Teflon. More here.

May 09, 2008

Obama Takes Superdelegate Lead

Someone needs to read Hillary the writing on the wall. From ABCNews

ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: For the first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.

Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates this morning giving him a new metric to tout in addition to his current commanding leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, states won, and money raised.

Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., switched his endorsement from Clinton to Obama and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., endorsed Obama. DeFazio was previously uncommitted.

With these endorsements, Obama has the support of 267 superdelegates and Clinton has 265 superdelegates.

Meanwhile, Bill continues to be a train-wreck:

May 02, 2008

Clinton Advisor: Indianans "Shit" "Worthless White N*rs"

UPDATE: Part of this video, according to filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker, has been doctored. See the original here. Still, where the racial slur seems to be a fraud, Kantor does in fact refer to Indianans as "shit."

April 24, 2008

Further Proof The GOP Wants Hillary To Be The Nominee

We've said it before and we'll say it again: no one will mobilize the Republican base like Hillary Clinton. That's why the GOP is preparing to run ads like this:

Make her go away. Meanwhile, Hil has a little preacher problem of her own.

UPDATE: The queen of sleaze gets sleazier by claiming she's won the popular vote thus far. We can only hope Howard Dean will do his job and start calling her on her bullshit.

April 23, 2008

The New York Times Gets It Right

At least their editorial page did. While many in the media spin her "enormous" victory in PA, most strangely fail to mention that Obama (according to many polls) actually moved up ten points in the state, despite Team Hillary's GOP fear-mongering tactics. From NY Times

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

If nothing else, self interest should push her in that direction. Mrs. Clinton did not get the big win in Pennsylvania that she needed to challenge the calculus of the Democratic race. It is true that Senator Barack Obama outspent her 2-to-1. But Mrs. Clinton and her advisers should mainly blame themselves, because, as the political operatives say, they went heavily negative and ended up squandering a good part of what was once a 20-point lead.

On the eve of this crucial primary, Mrs. Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. A Clinton television ad -- torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook -- evoked the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war and the 9/11 attacks, complete with video of Osama bin Laden. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” the narrator intoned.

Still, a lot of Pennsylvanians voted for this tool. Perhaps people need a reminder that Hillary's taken more money from lobbyists than McCain and Obama combined. And lest they forget, Hillary supported the invasion of Iraq. Thousands of Americans have died and close to 100,000 civilians have been killed. Now, she's trying to outhawk McCain by saying she'd push to "totally obliterate" Iran. A person of sound judgment would be discussing diplomacy. My head hurts now, make her go away.

April 22, 2008

Please PA, Don't F*ck This Up

Do you really want a candidate who invokes Republican scare tactics?

April 21, 2008

Pastor Roger Byrd: Quite Possibly the Dumbest Man Alive


Pastor Roger Byrd of Jonesville Church of God put the sign up which reads "Obama Osama humm are they brothers?" Pastor Byrd says the sign is not meant to be racial or political but rather to make people think. "His name is so close to Osama I have a feeling he might be Islamic therefore he doesn't recognize Christ," Pastor Byrd said. Jonesville Church of God does not have any African American members.

April 18, 2008

Colbert Sounds-Off On Tuesday's Totally Retarded Debate

April 17, 2008

Hillary's Hypocrisy

April 15, 2008

Obama Would Investigate Bush

Via HuffPost

Tonight I had an opportunity to ask Barack Obama a question that is on the minds of many Americans, yet rarely rises to the surface in the great ruckus of the 2008 presidential race -- and that is whether an Obama administration would seek to prosecute officials of a former Bush administration on the revelations that they greenlighted torture, or for other potential crimes that took place in the White House.

Obama said that as president he would indeed ask his new Attorney General and his deputies to "immediately review the information that's already there" and determine if an inquiry is warranted -- but he also tread carefully on the issue, in line with his reputation for seeking to bridge the partisan divide. He worried that such a probe could be spun as "a partisan witch hunt." However, he said that equation changes if there was willful criminality, because "nobody is above the law."

Meanwhile, the Hildabeast continues to morph into a Republican. We were delighted to see Stewart call bullshit on her "elitism" charges: "Not only do I want an elite president, I want someone who's embarrassingly superior to me."

If you haven't seen it, this is essential: Baracky: The Movie [via Rumproast]

April 11, 2008

Is That A Naked Lady On Cheney's Sunglasses?



Fly-fishing must be a euphemism for hot teen action. [via buzzfeed]

The Daily Show On Fox News

This is even better than OutFoxed:

Part 2 after the jump

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Vegas Slots More Stringent Than Voting Machines

This it telling.

April 10, 2008

Rob Corddry to Play Ari Fleischer In Stone's Bush Film


What genious casting. Josh Brolin has already been cast as Bush, but we're thinking Shatner's got the bravado to do a good Rumsfeld. David Cross could do Cheney. And Michael Vick could play Rove. From The Vulture

On Monday, we jokingly suggested that Oliver Stone's upcoming Bush movie, W, would be a comedy since, based on all leaked evidence, it seems like it's shaping up to be the Anchorman of presidential biopics. And now, MTV is reporting that hilarious former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry, star of such political dramas as Blades of Glory and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, has signed on to play White House press secretary Ari Fleischer!

April 09, 2008

Murtha: The Surge Is Not Working

This should be required reading. From HuffPost

the surge proves that there is no military solution to Iraq. Our military cannot guarantee Iraqi economic progress or government efficacy. Look at the facts -- oil production remains below prewar levels, electricity in Baghdad remains below prewar levels, unemployment is as high as 50 percent in certain areas, and the Iraqi Government refuses to take the political steps necessary for national reconciliation.

We must not be fooled by those who say there will be chaos if we leave Iraq. The leaders of the Iraqi factions can choose whether or not there will be chaos in Iraq. Prime Minister Maliki, Moqtada al Sadr, President Talabani, and Vice-President Hashimi -- they control the forces. In fact, it is widely understood that Moqtada al Sadr's call to his Mahdi militia for a cease fire has been critical to the reduction of violence.

The more U.S. troops we send to Iraq, the more dependent the Iraqis become on U.S. Forces. The longer our troops are there, the less likely it is that the Iraqi security forces and police will take the lead in securing and stabilizing their own country.

Simply put: Why, after five years, $535 billion, over 4,000 American lives lost and nearly 30,000 wounded, can't the Iraqi government control their own country? The answer: Because they won't, as long as we are there. That is what the surge in fact proves.

Meanwhile, it's freedom day in Baghdad. To celebrate, they're in total lockdown.

April 03, 2008

Gravel: Helter Skelter

As always, we love Mike Gravel. Thanks Rumproast

April 01, 2008

Young People Love Obama

hat tip AndIAmNotLying

March 28, 2008

Chomsky: What Americans want for Iraq is irrelevant

As Chomsky says "what matters is what Iraqis want." We couldn't agree more with this must see video.

March 27, 2008

Hil's Numbers Matching Her Integrity...

They're at an all-time low. (Sorry, that sounded like a Fat Albert joke). From MSNBC:

As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg is introducing Obama this morning at Cooper Union. Sounds like an endorsement to us.

While we're on the subject of Hillary, maybe her story about "dodging bullets" in Bosnia was true after all...

March 25, 2008

Hillary Is Full Of Sh*t, Part 2

March 24, 2008

Hil's Truthfulness Is The Only Thing Under Fire

March 20, 2008

Clinton Team Proves To Have Zero Integrity, Again

Why won't she just go away? From The New York Times

Mrs. Clinton's advisers said they had spent recent days making the case to wavering superdelegates that Mr. Obama's association with Mr. Wright would doom their party in the general election.
Meanwhile, her desperate supporters are trying to finance a revote in Michigan.

March 19, 2008

Why Isn't The Media Paying Attention To McCain's Creepy Pastor Buddy, John Hagee?

This guy makes Barak's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, look like the Easter Bunny

For more on John Hagee, go here.

Also, if you missed Obama's speech on race yesterday, we've posted it after the jump.

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March 18, 2008

Samantha "Hillary is a Monster" Power On Colbert

thanks Rumproast

March 17, 2008

The GOP Gets Behind Hillary

It's like we've been saying all along, her candidacy would be doomed to fail. From the Boston Globe

For a party that loves to hate the Clintons, Republican voters have cast an awful lot of ballots lately for Senator Hillary Clinton: About 100,000 GOP loyalists voted for her in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and about 38,000 in Mississippi, exit polls show...

Spurred by conservative talk radio, GOP voters who say they would never back Clinton in a general election are voting for her now for strategic reasons: Some want to prolong her bitter nomination battle with Barack Obama, others believe she would be easier to beat than Obama in the fall, or they simply want to register objections to Obama.

"It's as simple as, I don't think McCain can beat Obama if Obama is the Democratic choice," said Kyle Britt, 49, a Republican-leaning independent from Huntsville, Texas, who voted for Clinton in the March 4 primary. "I do believe Hillary can mobilize enough [anti-Clinton] people to keep her out of office."

March 12, 2008

Keith Olbermann Slams Hillary And Ferraro

The Gazetteers: More People Should Resign


Since every scandal-plagued resignation deserves a theme song, this one goes out to Eliot Spitzer via our friends The Gazetteers: "More People Should Resign"

Sinbad Dumps On Hillary's Kosovo Trip


Generally we recoil in pain at the thought of Sinbad. But we have to admit his attack on Hillary's "experience building" trip to Kosovo (she was accompanied by Sinbad and Sheryl Crow) was pretty damn funny. From DailyKos

"What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.... I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"

March 11, 2008

How Is This Good For The Democratic Party?


As predicted, Clinton is breaking her oath to the DNC and beginning to push harder to have Florida and Michigan counted. From Newsweek:

NEWSWEEK: You ' ve been advocating seating delegations from Michigan and Florida. But Senator Obama wasn ' t even on the ballot in Michigan. Does making this argument risk alienating voters who think you ' re breaking the rules or changing the rules?
THE HILDABEAST: I don't think so. I mean, he had a choice to be on the ballot. He chose not to be. I chose to stay on the ballot. So that was a choice he made. His campaign then ran a very vigorous effort to try to defeat me with uncommitted delegates, and he lost. So it wasn't as though there wasn't a contest. There was a contest. And I won. And I won resoundingly in Florida... I don't think we should be about the business of denying voters in Michigan and Florida the right to be heard.

March 09, 2008

Actually Sally, The Biggest Threat To Our Nation Is The Ignorance Of Our Leaders

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Rep Sally Kern, (405) 557-7348, [email protected]v

Believe it or not, these are the words of a member of Congress, not a televangelist. Let Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern know what you think: [email protected]. From Pam's House Blend

I honestly think it's [homosexuality] the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.

They want to get them into the government schools so they can indoctrinate them.

...They are going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try to teach them that the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle.

You know, gays are infiltrating city councils...did you know that the city council of Eureka Springs is now controlled by gays -- they are winning elections.

One of my colleagues said We don't have a gay problem in our community...well you know what, that is so dumb. If you have cancer in your little toe, do you just say that I'm going to forget about it since the rest of you is fine? It spreads! This stuff is deadly and it is spreading. It will destroy our young people and it will destroy this nation.

And here's the audio of her entire insane tirade:

March 07, 2008

Larry David On Hillary's Red Phone

This is hilarious. From HuffPost

Here's an idea for an Obama ad: a montage of Clinton's Sybillish personalities that have surfaced during the campaign with a solemn voiceover at the end saying, "Does anyone want this nut answering the phone?"

How is it that she became the one who's perceived as more equipped to answer that 3 a.m. call than the unflappable Obama? He, with the ice in his veins, who doesn't panic when he's losing or get too giddy when he's winning, who's as comfortable in his own skin as she's uncomfortable in hers. There have been times in this campaign when she seemed so unhinged that I worried she'd actually kill herself if she lost. Every day, she reminds me more and more of Adele H., who also had an obsession that drove her insane.

A few weeks ago, I started to feel sorry for her. Oh Christ, let her win already...Who cares...It's not worth it. There's not that much difference between them. She can have it. Anything to avoid watching her descend into madness. So I switched. I started rooting for her. It wasn't that hard. Compromise comes easy to me. I was on board.

And then I saw the ad.

I watched, transfixed, as she took the 3 a.m. call...and I was afraid...very afraid. Suddenly, I realized the last thing this country needs is that woman anywhere near a phone. I don't care if it's 3 a.m. or 10 p.m. or any other time. I don't want her talking to Putin, I don't want her talking to Kim Jong Il, I don't want her talking to my nephew. She needs a long rest. She needs to put on a sarong and some sun block and get away from things for a while, a nice beach somewhere -- somewhere far away, where there phones.

March 06, 2008

Newsweek: Hillary Is Even Further Behind After Tuesday

We can only hope this is true. From Newsweek

To beat Barack Obama among pledged delegates, Clinton now needs even bigger margins in the 12 remaining primaries than she needed when I ran the numbers on Monday--an average of 23 points, which is more than double what she received in Ohio. Superdelegates won't help Clinton if she cannot erase Obama's lead among pledged delegates, which now stands at roughly 134. Caucus results from Texas aren't complete, but Clinton will probably net about 10 delegates out of March 4. That's 10 down, 134 to go. Good luck.

I've asked several prominent uncommitted superdelegates if there's any chance they would reverse the will of Democratic voters. They all say no. It would shatter young people and destroy the party.

Clinton's only hope lies in the popular vote--a yardstick on which she now trails Obama by about 600,000 votes. Should she end the primary season in June with a lead in popular votes, she could get a hearing from uncommitted superdelegates for all the other arguments that she would make a stronger nominee (wins the big states, etc.). If she loses both the pledged delegate count and the popular vote, no argument will cause the superdelegates to disenfranchise millions of Democratic voters. It will be over.

On another note, a Republican friend of the site who lives in the South (and is often our barometer for all things GOP) has this to say about Hillary's electability:
"Nothing mobilizes Republicans to get out and support a candidate that they are lukewarm about more than a Clinton. The Republican direct mail people are salivating at the thought. The RNC is clearing out space in its bank account to make room for the money. R's just have a natural reaction against her and we cringe. Kind of like when you burp and throw up a little in your mouth. It is the same."
Funny, we feel that way too.

March 05, 2008

Since People Clearly Need A Reminder...

Hillary sucks.

March 04, 2008

Clinton Sets Up Camp In Restroom


We're not making this up. From Time via Rumproast:

This has got to be a first. Here in Austin, on the night before that make-or-break Texas primary, the Clinton campaign has set up a filing center for the traveling press corps... in a men's room. Insert metaphor here
Rumproast has the whole story.

February 21, 2008

The Real McCain Story


Look, we loathe McCain as much as the next guy but today's New York Times story is in bad form. Sure, he's been overly cozy with lobbyists and his "let's reform Capitol Hill" mantra is nothing but rhetoric. He was part of the Keating Five scandal, for Christ’s sake, which cost tax payers billions of dollars. More recently, he betrayed his own McCain-Feingold Act by setting up the nonprofit Reform Institute from which he funneled hundreds of thousands in soft money to his own campaigns. And who can forget his we could be in Iraq for a 100 years war mongering? McCain’s sleazebag credentials are solid.

But did the paper really need to make insinuations about his sex life? Especially since these insinuations come from anonymous sources who were merely "concerned that his relationship [with Iseman] had become romantic." Sounds like the Times is grasping at straws, not to mention making us queasy by forcing us to think about John McCain having sex. Their anonymous sources all stop short of claiming an affair actually happened. If they've got hard evidence that McCain was sleeping with a lobbyist (whose clients benefited from the tryst) then let's see it. Otherwise, making insinuations about a candidate's personal life on such shaky evidence is truly below the belt. Didn't we learn our lesson from Monicagate? The Times made the right decision to expose "the Maverick's" hypocrisy, but printing unfounded insinuations about an affair to generate interest in their story is Murdoch territory. Even if the rumors turn out to be true, it’s unethical to report them with such flimsy evidence.

The real story the press should be focusing on in regard to McCain is his vote last week to green-light torture. As a former prisoner-of-war and a so-called advocate of human rights, McCain's vote to approve waterboarding is disgraceful. This is the story that the New York Times, and the other major media outlets for that matter, should be covering. It boggles the mind that McCain’s endorsement of torture wasn’t the story the Times chose to place on their front page today.

February 04, 2008

Vote Obama


Leave it to the Democrats to lose an election. This is exactly what will happen if Hillary becomes our nominee. The GOP is splintered and cracking up. Rush Limbaugh, after all, is going apeshit about how liberal their frontrunner, McCain, will be as president. And evangelicals are dissatisfied with McCain too—he's “shaky” on abortion, taxes, and immigration in their view— while Romney is, well, he's just too Mormony for the "family values" crowd. Come November, much of the GOP will likely stay home.

The ONLY thing that can prevent the GOP from imploding is Hillary Clinton. The GOP loathes the Clintons and they will show up in unprecedented numbers to keep her out of office. She will unite them. Jerry Falwell was a loathsome lunatic, but he was 100% correct when he noted Hillary's power to mobilize the GOP: "I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate," said Falwell, "Because nothing will energize my [constituency] like Hillary Clinton... If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't."

And let's not forget that’s she’s been as hawkish as almost anyone in the Senate. Hillary supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and voted to give Bush the authority to preemptively invade. This is unforgivable. Thousands of Americans have died and close to 100,000 civilians have been killed. She claims that she didn't know that Bush would see the vote as a greenlight to invade, despite the fact that the rest of us knew he would. She's either lying or an idiot. Did anyone really doubt that Bush would invade Iraq after this vote was cast? Hillary knowingly gave Bush, Rummy and the rest of the neocons the authority to preemptively attack Iraq. Period.

Further, she hasn't learned from her mistake. Late last year Hillary signed a bill sponsored by Joe Lieberman that identified Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. In doing so, she again is helping the administration to build a case for preemptive war.

And who can forget the dirty campaign that she's run? She's taken more money from lobbyists than anyone else and will undoubtedly cater to their interests, not yours, if elected. Currently, she's defying the DNC and breaking her oath by trying to obtain delegates in Florida and Michigan. And today, she's in Connecticut feigning tears to secure the sympathy vote. It worked in New Hampshire. Clearly, Hillary would run over her grandmother to make it to the oval office.

DailyKos has a great list of Why Hillary will Lose to McCain. We encourage you to check it out. Michael Chabon also has a great article on the Obama candidacy.

Yes this is an endorsement. We don't need dynasty, we need change. VOTE OBAMA.

Update: Hillary resorts to scummy GOP-esque fear tactics. Her "red phone" experience is a silly media myth. And is she ever going to release her tax returns?

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