a long and desolate night of bitterness…..

Toon from AngryBlackLady

Well, this snippet of news today made my heart sing….

Formerly Popular Sites that Are Dying:


“One of the oldest online magazines, Salon.com, has sunk like a rock lately, losing about one million regular visitors over the past year, per Compete.com, a 37 percent decline.”

37 percent! And Salon chuckles at the drop in the President’s approval ratings!

Poor Joan ‘I resent African Americans who say THEY are THE BASE’ Walsh. There she was on Twitter tonight, frantically dismissing the story because she said it came from Fox. Except the stats quoted weren’t from Fox, they were from Compete.com, as some truly heartless Twitterers pointed out.

Oh dear, looks like Salon’s Greenwald-fuelled firebaggery isn’t paying off.

Oh, speaking of Greenwald.

There was a time I avoided reading him, in a life’s-way-too-short kind of way, the guy’s interminable hysteria and bitterness zzzzz-inducing. Truly, the king of vitriol had become a parody of himself. There were times – and forgive me for this – that I actually felt sorry for him. He made Dan Choi seem like a well-balanced, chilled-out kind of dude.

Now, though, I read him occasionally because the entertainment levels are just fantastic!

Yes, it usually takes him about 10,000 words to make a single point, when really five would do: “I hate Obama, like totally”. But there are so many laugh-out-loud moments in his tirades it’s like you’re reading The Onion.

Today he was attacking Michael Tomasky for his “this may be a truly great foreign-policy president in the making” post on the Daily Beast (here), while also sneering at Ezra Klein and Steve Benen for pieces they had written recently that acknowledged the President’s achievements and the depth of opposition and obstruction he faces.

Greenwald’s narcissism, as we know, won’t tolerate any one disagreeing with his point of view, and the fella pretty much needs to be sedated when supposed fellow ‘progressives’ (*) refuse to join him in spitting bile all over the President. So, we can expect more of these ‘Oh My God! Tomasky, Klein and Benen are, like, totally brainwashed Obot sheeple, besotted with the exotic Dear Leader’ tantrums. Lots more.

(* Greenwald is not and has never been a ‘progressive’ – see his views on immigration below. He’s a part-time Libertarian, but generally this privileged white boy sits on the sidelines and sneers at the efforts of any elected representative who tries to change things for the better, even if, thanks to the political system, that change can only be incremental.)

The highlight of today’s screeching session?

“Gadaffi certainly wasn’t worse than Saddam.”

No, seriously, that’s what he said (I won’t link his excrement, just trust me). So, Gadaffi tortured and murdered marginally fewer folk than Saddam, so he’s a fluffy harmless Obama-persecuted bunny?

Hey Glenn, tell that to this Libyan kid, I’m sure it’ll comfort him enormously:

(Sky News, August 25)

(What? It’s tacky to use a child in an argument? Okay, but tell that to Glenn ‘Obama slaughters babies’ Greenwald).

We can only hope a brighter day will come for that boy, and all Libyans. If it does, as Tomasky (no friend of the President) argued, it will be partly because of the President’s response to the uprising in the country.

But, Greenwald is still insisting that President Obama’s foreign policy is as morally depraved as Dick Cheney’s. Ah, but remember when Cheney’s name was celebrated around that part of the world? No? Okay.

But why, exactly, has Greenwald upped his vitriol?

It could be that he sees no credible GOP candidate emerging who could beat the President next year. Let’s face it, his beloved Gary Johnson and Ron Paul have as much chance of winning the GOP nomination as Bernie Sanders.

Or maybe it’s the President’s “humane immigration policy” (Steve Benen) that has incensed him.

After all, this is the King of the Progressives who wrote:

“….illegal immigrants have poured into the United States by the millions … The parade of evils caused by illegal immigration is widely known, and it gets worse every day. In short, illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone.

“There already is a “closed sign on the border” when it comes to illegal immigration. It’s called the law. The problem is that the “closed sign” isn’t being enforced because the Federal Government, which has its interfering, power-hungry hands in virtually everything else, has abdicated its duty in one of the very few areas where it was actually meant to be: border security.”

No, honest, that wasn’t Rush Limbaugh, it was Greenwald (see here)

Note the aggression and venom in the language. No one, I think, would argue that illegal immigration isn’t an issue that has to be dealt with – hopefully with a revived DREAM Act – but a “parade of evils”? What? People, often desperate for a new and better life for their families, who enter America illegally, are a “parade of evils”?

How progressive!

But look, maybe it’s Salon’s sinking traffic and the firebaggers’ funding going through the floor (here and here) (remember, he once profited handsomely from his collaboration with Jane ‘Grover Norquist’s best buddy’ Hamsher), that has driven him over the edge?

Who knows?


“One of the oldest online magazines, Salon.com, has sunk like a rock lately, losing about one million regular visitors over the past year, per Compete.com, a 37 percent decline.”

…. won’t lighten Glenn’s mood. Seems like fewer and fewer folk care to read his bile.

47 Responses to “a long and desolate night of bitterness…..”

  1. August 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful day. You supply information, wonderful pictures and a place where we are not spammed by trolls all day long. Thank you chips…have a good night

  2. 2 Lane de la Rosa
    August 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Bravo, amazing work!

  3. 4 StR
    August 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    It’s simple to explain really – they grew by attacking Bush Administration, so was only read by Dems, and now since they only know one business model – attack, they’re pissing off and chasing away non-radical mainline Democrats with their constant attacks, smears and demonetization of the Democratic President while he’s trying to work with a broken Congress.

    This is ultimately why Salon and the nutroot emoprog sites want President Obama to lose, because it’s much better for their business model.

    They’re still getting 2M regular viewers though, which is still way too many.

  4. August 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Night all. Here’s the link to light a candle for the President.


  5. 9 ChristiMtl
    August 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm


    Sorry if it was posted already, good article in TPV about Trumka.

    As far as Glenn Greenwald is concerned, he’s in the same category as Jane Hamsher, Dan Choi, Sirota, etc.
    Their hatred for the President is so deep that they look like complete lunatics, which they are,.

    But there he was again tonight, on the ”left leaning” MSNBC.

    Not surprising about Salon, it’s trash.

  6. August 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I caught onto Glenn Greenwald very quickly. Everyone talked him up as this super awesome journalist and “Constitutional Litigator” and then I saw his writing. So many useless words and so much manipulation of the facts I had to wonder why anyone thought this guy was special. What really turned me off was the way he responded to push back. He immediately resorts to name calling and can get very nasty. I recently read a chirpstory involving him and another blogger. The other blogger was calling him out on his praise of Ron Paul but his failure to talk about Ron Paul’s racist ways. Not even 5-6 comments in and already Greenwald accused the guy of being an Obot. Just came out of nowhere. And Greenwald was a lawyer?

  7. 12 martha
    August 26, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Awww… come on, there’s more on The Obama Diary today about the Republicans than there is about the wonderful, the amazing Pres Obama. I don’t want to read more Republican c**p. It feels like they are getting the attention they don’t deserve from The Obama Diary. I want more Obama content! Leave Republican c**p to Fox and friends. I want optimistic, hopeful sanity, rationality, intelligence at the end of a long day, not the narcissistic, greedy, dishonest Republican ideology (even in rebuttal). My apologies for the rant, but it had to be said. 🙂

    • 13 Gc
      August 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

      I agree. I understand the ‘you must be aware of the oppo to counter it” theory but sometimes when it goes over the line , particularly when the baser memes are sliced and diced here and linked and quoted, I feel I’m drowning. It is not energizing for me, but enervating,

    • 14 desertflower
      August 26, 2011 at 12:17 am

      Martha…understand your point, but we need to see the whole picture to point out the facts of these crazy cretins to everyone else….psst…it’s ok to say “crap” here:) Night:)

    • August 26, 2011 at 12:17 am

      But, but, but ….. part of the deal is exposing Republicans for what they are. Fail on that and, well, it’s hello President Romney or Perry 😉

      • 16 Doris
        August 26, 2011 at 12:28 am

        You got it Chips. What’s the old saying, “Know Thy Enemy.” Expose away!!!!

      • August 26, 2011 at 12:44 am

        I love this site for it’s variety. I really enjoyed reading this Salon story because they are getting their just desserts for constant Obama bashing. I have a feeling that a lot of the readers who use to visit that site were Obama supporters.

      • August 26, 2011 at 12:56 am

        Chipsticks, I love the fact that you share with us what we must face in our fight. I particularly love to laugh at the chattering right idiots. You done good girl. everyday you do that. Keep us informed. I may be an Obot, but I sure as heck want to know what is happening with those uglies on the left and right. NIght. dr

      • 21 nospin
        August 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

        Hi Chips – we are leading up to the 2012 elections. We need to fight for PO’s and dems reelections.

        Keep doing what you are doing. The fight is officially on and if we haven’t already, we need to get in the trenches. This means we need to be informed.

        I am sure you will continue to provide lighter news and will continue to push what this administration has accomplished however, we have to handle the rest as well.

        Thanks for all you do.

        • 22 JoJothecat
          August 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

          I agree. I don’t read or go to those sites because It makes me crazy. But I appreciate others that go there to let the rest of us know what’s going on. It seems to not irratate me as much and I don’t have to read the comments either from people who are either paid or too stupid to understand that the teajhidist are for the very rich and not the average american.

    • August 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      I think we have to know our enemy so we shouldn’t ignore them–we need to keep abreast of what is going on in their world.

  8. August 26, 2011 at 12:15 am


  9. 25 Gc
    August 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Misery loves 1-attention and 2- misery, the PL get both by lying through their teeth, triggers, as some members have said. But deal with it, PL – you STILL ain’t cool!

  10. 26 CTGirl
    August 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Dang you are good! I am here cracking up! Our numbers are strong and the more they throw verbal assault our way, the more they will see their numbers diminish!

  11. 27 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Hahahahahaha Karma is a Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch. No wonder Glen “whiny crybaby” Greenwald is holed up in Brazil. Probably off scamming other people to believe in his ridiculous, non-factual piece of crap rants. No wonder Joan Walsh is getting desperate. The only person who is sane and smart as a whip on Salon is Steve Kornacki. Love seeing and hearing his opinions on MSNBC.

    ps: Thanks for this Chipsticks. I have to tweet this to @joanwalsh and @ggreenwald. It’s just too good for words; plus 100% factual and 100% truthful.

  12. 29 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    August 26, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Twitter question:. Can someone explain “follow Friday” I see tweets about it but I don’t know what it’s about.


    • 30 utaustinliberal
      August 26, 2011 at 1:06 am

      Follow friday or #FF is when someone suggests to their twitter followers that they should follow certain people because their tweets are hilarious, informative, political, etc. If someone suggests that others follow you; that means they like your tweets and it helps you build up your followers on twitter. 🙂

  13. 33 Frenchie08
    August 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I too like the variety of information. I still consider this a pro-Obama article because it exposes the limits of vitriol and helps those of us who continue to love and believe in the President to know that even when it may look like it is wining, hatred always burns itself out. It also helps us to see why the President keeps wining, because he is able to rise above it all. In some ways it is a comforting article. It helps us to keep site of the enemy, but to also know his bark is often just that, bark. It is only bite if we jump into its mouth. Thanks Chips!

  14. August 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

    LOL This is Hilarious….hahahahaha

    Barbarian Flashmob Converts “Marcus Bachmann” in Glitter Baptism at Clinic [Official]

    • August 26, 2011 at 1:33 am

      So Funny!
      Pray the gay away.
      Shame on you Marcus.

    • 36 Bobfr
      August 26, 2011 at 2:16 am

      kasi — these nut jobs truly have no idea what they are up against.

      Bachmann, Perry, Paul, etc should pay very, very close attention to what the Libyan Freedom Fighters have achieved since 17 Feb … get a clue and realize that it is only 25 August 2011 and a year from now we are going to own them in ways they have no capacity to understand.

      My advice to all of them – move to Burkina Faso, a place perfectly suited for them.

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  15. August 26, 2011 at 1:58 am

    “I hate Obama, like totally.”


    I think I’m having a schadenfreudgasm.

  16. 38 Bobfr
    August 26, 2011 at 2:06 am

    In many ways, this reality is something we all can share today, because of the definitive and courageous, non-political actions of President Obama.

    Posted by Dek Usall

    “In all of the anti-intervention rhetoric, whether from the left or the right, there is one commonality: none of them recognized that the revolt was like a train barrelling down the tracks at speed. It had a huge mass and inertia behind it. Nothing was going to stop it.

    It was and is supported throughout Libya and had no trouble getting a high degree of popular support.

    NATO intervention was essential but it did not drive the revolution. This was not a CIA inspired perversion of some small internal faction. This was home grown and a clear result of decades of oppression.

    A clear case of help or get out of the way.

    Russia and to a lesser extent China did not see what was happening. I don’t think they were able to believe it. Algeria, the AU, Zuma, et al must have thought they were dreaming. What’s more, none of the usual rhetoric had any effect: blame NATO, blame imperialists, blame AQ, blame . . . well, we all know the picture.

    FF’s did not give up and were not going to be stopped except by an unchecked G military. NATO just leveled the field. FFs willingly did the work.”


    My response to dear Dek is:

    If I could ‘like’ this post 10s of thousands of times, I would gladly do it. Hell, I’d set up a bank of servers, script 10s of thousands of IP addresses and do it :))))

    Since I’m not into illegal or immoral hacking – I’ll just spread your insights to as many people as I know, fully attributing you for what you have shared with all of us.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    Please, TOD community, share Dek’s insights with all you can.

    Thank you.

    • 39 ribletsonthepan
      August 26, 2011 at 5:43 am

      It’s great that you’re disseminating such a powerful comment. That post, ‘Dont Call Us Rebels’ has generated over 28,600 comments at this point. That’s quite a showing. I think of the response by China and Russia and imagine that could have been “our look”, that could of been us, the United States sitting on the wrong side of history if not for the faith, courage, commitment and deed of a President fully engaged, This is what leadership looks like. I wish the people of Libya a peaceful transition and people like the young engineer a return to the business of life as they embark on a new dawn.

    • 40 nospin
      August 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

      thanks for the link Bobfr – The comment “don’t call us rebels” hit me because I wondered why would the msm push this title onto a group of people fighting for their freedoms? To me they were not rebels, they were freedom fighters. Huge difference.

      So when I read “As we hung out at the makeshift hospital just back from the key checkpoint, one of the local tradesmen, who had supported the rebels with supplies since the beginning, lodged a complaint. “Why do you call them rebels? They are not fighting men. They are civilians forced to pick up weapons.” Mohammed was indignant.”

      I thought finally. Now I hope folks would think about it before they use the term “rebels” loosely. It does not apply in the case of what is going on in Libya. They are freedom fighters and my hope now is the Libyan people can have a season of peace.

  17. 41 Debz
    August 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    As always Chipsticks, thanks for all the great posts. Especially the videos from the young man who shook the President’s hand and got a wave while driving by. That made my day!

  18. August 26, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Of course, Greenwald will react by blaming Obama for the decline in Salon’s popularity. As I keep saying, the people who claim that Democrats need them actually need the Democrats more than Democrats need them. Obama is still popular with his base, and the proof is in how progressives have reacted to the firebaggery by tuning it out.

  19. August 26, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Well all I say is it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Greenwald is a nasty racists hate fill crazy guy and he need to go some where and disappear. I just saw a poll were Congress approval rating is at a all time low 12%. Let’s hear the media talk about that.

    • 44 conlakappa
      August 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

      And stop breathlessly reporting the President’s ratings dropping 1/2 to 2 points? Woman, are you mad?!!!! /cheesy grin

  20. 45 Fred
    August 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

    morning folks 😀

    this drop couldn’t have happen to a better bunch of assholes

    can someone call out Politico please and send this to the President’s people to set their lying asses straight? thank you

    International Law Expert Chuck Norris Is (Shockingly) Wrong About UN Arms Treaty

  21. August 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Salon.com? What, people still read that? I was more interested in the fact that Slashdot is slowly fading away.

  22. August 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Great article. I used to admire Glenn Greenwald but agree with you that his Obama hatred is just too much. Of course, President Obama has not been perfect and could improve on some points, but there is no reason for a daily, over-the-top diatribe. All politicians, even those we greatly admire, do things we don’t like such as compromise with the opposition, backtrack on promises, soft pedal policies, etc.

    You educated me about Greenwald’s position on illegal immigrants. His post was absolute vitriol and sounds more like a Teabagger than a so-called liberal. Didn’t know that he was a libertarian though.

    Poor Salon — I’ve been reading it for years. Hopefully, it can change before sinking further into irrelevancy.

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