Archive for September 29th, 2011



29
Sep
11

seriously, enough’s enough – let’s fight back

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Thanks Desertflower

A reminder: Salon’s Gene Lyons described Melissa Harris-Perry as “a left-wing Michele Bachmann, an attractive woman seeking fame and fortune by saying silly things on cable TV”. He dismissed her as a “fool” and likened her thoughtful piece on white ‘liberal’ elite racism to “KKK racial thought”. And Lyons call himself a progressive.

See the Reid Report on the article here

The Twitter address of Lyons’ boss Joan Walsh, the race-baiter-supreme, here

Salon’s main Twiiter address here

29
Sep
11

‘a bully, a punk, a mean-spirited, spoiled, vindictive, cruel man’. nice.

NYT: If he runs for president, Chris Christie might highlight the themes he mentioned in his speech at the Reagan Presidential Library, promising a new era of bipartisanship and compromise like the one he largely takes credit for achieving as governor of New Jersey.

…. Mr. Christie’s brief tenure at the helm of New Jersey’s government in Trenton has been marked by as much acrimony as there has been agreement … he presided over two years of loud yelling, back and forth …. he once said to reporters, of a state senator in her 70s who had criticized him, “Can you guys please take the bat out on her for once?”….

After a tough budget battle in June, Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate president and one of Mr. Christie’s allies in the Legislature, called him “a bully and a punk,” “mean-spirited,” “spoiled,” “vindictive” and “a cruel man,” adding, “I wanted to punch him in his head.” Not exactly the stuff of happy-go-lucky bipartisanship and easygoing compromise.

… Mr. Christie’s adversaries in New Jersey – who include most of the Democratic lawmakers and the unions – take issue strenuously with his contention that his administration has represented “leadership and compromise,” as he said in the speech.

Some of the most important pieces of legislation of his tenure have gotten through the Democratic Legislature with mostly Republican support, while most Democrats voted against them. And the unions, in particular, have bristled at the governor’s decision to single them out in his efforts to deal with the state’s finances.

In town halls across New Jersey, Mr. Christie has been assailed by teachers who have accused him of attacking their profession and pushing through anti-union legislation by bullying Democratic legislators….

Richard L. Trumka: “Any worker in New Jersey who’s experienced Chris Christie’s idea of compromise, which panders to corporate interests and leaves working families behind, will tell you that it’s not working for them.”

Full article here

29
Sep
11

one day to go….

Thanks for the reminder UT: “Tomorrow, September 30th, is the end of the 3rd quarter for campaigns to file their donations with the FEC …. please Money bomb! Money bomb! for the Obama campaign and for Donna’s campaign. Spread on Twitter also.”

If you can donate to Donna Dem’s fundraiser here – even $3 would be great – you’d help her win a call from the President, and help him get re-elected  😉

Thanks everyone.

29
Sep
11

today

The interviews will be with stations in Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem & Orlando

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Hiya people, I won’t have much time to update until later today, but if you spot any news or links of interest you can leave them in the comments here and I’ll catch up asap – thank you 😉

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29
Sep
11

87%

So, how many articles have we read recently that claimed the President is losing African American support? No, not the support of Maxine Waters, Cornel West and Tavis Smiley – African Americans living in the real world.

I know, too many to count.

Take GOPolitico. For months they’ve promoted the line that the President is disproportionately losing Jewish support, much to the amusement of serious commentators – because the polls repeatedly contradicted their claims. (See here, here and here)

That didn’t work too well, so now they’re pushing the ‘African Americans Desert Obama’ line.

In a piece today they talk about the President’s “relationship with African-Americans (being) complicated from the beginning by questions about whether a mixed-race senator born in Hawaii was “authentically black” enough to win their support”.

Seriously, almost three years after he was elected, GOPolitico is still wondering if he’s black enough. (The author, who has written three similar pieces in the last month, is African American, so that’s okay).

The most critical quotes in the piece are from two ‘sources’ “speaking under condition of anonymity”. GOPolitico really do love their anonymous sources, especially when they give them quotes that neatly match their agenda. Whether they are real people or not, hey, who knows?

But if their thesis is true, that African-Americans are rising up against the President, how come they need to quote people anonymously? Surely if there was that much anger out there they could find someone other than Waters willing to lash out publicly?

The problem?

The President isn’t losing the support of African Americans living in the real world – in fact, that support is increasing.

GOPolitico and most other outlets – including supposedly ‘progressive’ ones – love quoting Gallup polls when their findings aren’t good for the President.

The latest Gallup poll? They’re not mentioning that much.

Why?

Because it shows that African American support for the President is up five points to 87%.

Link

Considering how the struggling economy has impacted on his figures across most groups, and bearing in mind how African Americans suffer disproportionately in terms of unemployment, that 87% figure is remarkable.

But still we’re told that Waters, West, Smiley and Co speak for African Americans. Well, clearly they don’t for 87% of them.

Just like that other media darling, Dan Choi, doesn’t speak for the entire gay community, most of whom appreciate the work this administration has done – and is trying to do – to promote equality.

That GOPolitico produces this kind of dishonesty is, of course, no surprise at all – it’s their area of expertise. But, as we all know, the Firebagger crew – especially at Salon – are relentlessly spreading the lie too. Rather than mentioning that 87%, they persist in claiming that Waters, West and Smiley speak for African Americans.

Of course, Salon’s Joan Walsh doesn’t have much time for that 87%:

April 2011

After all, only those who oppose the President represent the base, right?

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I see Gene Lyons at Salon has described Melissa Harris-Perry as “a left-wing Michele Bachmann, an attractive woman seeking fame and fortune by saying silly things on cable TV”. That was the level of his response to her thoughtful article on white ‘liberal’ racism. “A photo negative of KKK racial thought,” he wrote.

See the Reid Report on the article here

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And see this post by Flaming Emilia




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