Archive for March 20th, 2008

Like Father, Like Son

Bad apples in both their State Departments ran the exact same dirty trick against a Democratic candidate:

Watching Oberman right now, and they’re running a story that has just broken that two employees at the Department of State have been fired for breaching Barack Obama’s passport file. This happened to Bill Clinton’s passport file when he was running for President in 1991, and a special counsel was appointed to investigate George Bush Sr.’s administration. This is very big news. Stay tuned.

Wow, what an amazing coincidence that is, eh? Not sure if it’s a Bush family thing, or just a Republican thing.

More from MSNBC:

Two contract employees of the State Department were fired and a third person was disciplined for accessing passport records of Sen. Barack Obama “without a need to do so,” State Department officials confirmed to NBC News.

The three people who had access to Obama’s passport records were contract employees of the department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, NBC News has learned. The unauthorized activity concerning Obama’s passport information occurred in January.

“A monitoring system was tripped when an employee accessed the records of a high-profile individual,” a department official told NBC News. “When the monitoring system is tripped, we immediately seek an explanation for the records access. If the explanation is not satisfactory, the supervisor is notified.”

I suppose it could just be a few random idiots, but it’s very hard not to expect the worst of an administration so very willing to use the machinery of the federal government for purely political ends.

Oh, and here’s the story of when it happened to Clinton.

(h/t Zappatero, Jan Frel, & Oliver Willis)

March 20th, 2008 at 09:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Rupert Murdoch’s Hate Sites

Hey, remember when Bill O’Reilly called Daily Kos a hate site, and said it was the KKK(!)? Like, repeatedly? Well, um, about that…

[Rupert] Murdoch owns FOX, for whom O’Reilly works. Murdoch also owns Therein lies the problem. An astute observer pointed us to some of the users of Mr. Murdoch’s site. There are numerous users of in states that sponsor terrorism, like Iran, Syria and Sudan. That alone should warrant intervention from O’Reilly using his own standards for doing business with terrorist nations. But, that’s not the biggest problem. It’s the Web sites honoring terrorist organizations that give us pause:

There is the self-described “Offical Hezbollah MySpace” page.

There’s a page for Hamas

There’s also a Death to Israel” site.

There are many other similar sites on MySpace, like this one that honors Ayatollah Khomeini and contains a number of other troubling-looking videos….

O’Reilly has a very strict standard for accountability from others, even when they’re not really responsible for the hate that may appear on their Web sites. Let’s see if Bill O’Reilly and FOX News hold Murdoch’s MySpace to that same standard of accountability.

Too much of a reach? Okay, how about some filth from Fox News itself:

The Factor has turned their attention away from attacking Daily Kos over and over again so that Bill O’Reilly could embark on a sick crusade against the Huffington Post over anonymous comments posted on Arianna’s blog. BillO had his team of producers harassing her at the Take Back America conference yesterday before she went on a panel. You know, coming after her, yelling, “why do you allow these to appear on the HuffPo?” Well, with billions of dollars at NewsCorp’s disposal, what’s Ruppert Murdoch’s excuse for these kind of posts to find their home on FOX, Bill? From this post:

Comment by THayne843

March 19th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Wow! Jan L. nailed it right on the head! Reparations? I’m waiting for my thank you! You blacks would be naked and eating bugs if it weren’t for white people. Name ONE successful society started by blacks. Any sign of civilization in Africa was started by Europeans. Any city in America with predominately black leaders is a cesspool. Look at New Orleans, Philadelphia, D.C., Detroit´┐Ż

Comment by David Tucker
March 19th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I am sooo tired of hearing how the black man has been mistreated since he was shipped over here to help build America! All I hear is them groveling over being victims. They are the ones making themselves the victims with their attitude that whites owe them something for bringing their ancestors to the best country that has ever existed. All my life I have only witnessed the blacks with their hands out to the government expecting it to give them everything they want and shouting racist if they don’t get it! No wonder most whites have the opinion that blacks are worthless, lazy sloths who know only how to make more babies and steal everything not nailed down. Barak Lenin Obama, the big eared Muslim, is only fostering this “wo is me” attitude with his obvious prejudices. I, for one, like my white race over that of any other, so does that make me a racist? I don’t thing so. The black man will not break free from his self-imposed shackles until he picks himself up, dusts himself off and begins to provide for himself just like every other race has done who came to this country. Before the blacks can do this, however, they have to rid themselves of the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Farakan, and the good reverend Wright.

Pretty insane comments. H/t to Mike who alerted me to this and as he pointed out from FOX’s rules:

please note that all comments are moderated and therefore may not appear immediately after submission.

So these were deemed acceptable? Most liberal bloggers with open comments try their best to weed out horrible anonymous comments, but we miss some. If we had millions of dollars at our fingertips to hire a huge staff to make sure outrageous stuff never appeared then they probably wouldn’t. Now that FOX News is sanctioning them, I guess the media will consider it a non-issue. What say you, BillO?

Jebus. That sure looks like “hate site” material to me. But the Fox mods don’t seem to mind. Worth noting the “may not appear immediately after submission,” which suggests that their mods have to actually release comments before they appear. So did someone at Fox News actually read those two comments above and said, “Okay, yeah, this totally meets Fox News’ exacting standards of discourse”? Or is it more of a filtered deal, where only comments containing certain key words go to the moderation queue?

Even so, shouldn’t someone have read those comments at some point? Anyone have any stories of liberal comments being instantly pulled by Fox mods? If they’re hypervigilant against liberals and laissez-faire towards racists, that makes the “hate site” case against Fox a slam-dunk.

March 20th, 2008 at 08:07pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Quote Of The Day

Nicholas Kristof on Obama’s speech on race and Jeremiah Wright:

All of this demonstrates that a national dialogue on race is painful, awkward and essential. And that dialogue needs to focus not on clips from old sermons by Mr. Wright but on far more urgent challenges – for example, that about half of black males do not graduate from high school with their class.

That’s pretty much the crux in a nutshell. The Republicans and their pet media want to talk about how Jeremiah Wright is a Crazy Angry Black Man and therefore so is Barack Obama, when the real story is what Wright and Obama are actually talking about. If you dismiss Wright and/or Obama as Crazy Angry Black Men, then you never have to worry about whether maybe, just maybe, people of color in this country have legitimate grievances and genuine disadvantages.

My personal belief is that America has succeeded in almost completely eliminating racism… on paper. Now we just have to eliminate it everywhere else.

March 20th, 2008 at 06:09pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Quotes,Racism

Any Day Now…


(from Married To The Sea)

March 20th, 2008 at 11:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

B&W Power Photoblogging

I took some photos around an electrical power station (at least that’s what I think it was – I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong); here’s the first batch:

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There sure are a lot of pipes. Maybe it has something to do with natural gas instead.

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Fake owl. I think it’s for deterrence rather than decoration.

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Nearby power cables.

March 20th, 2008 at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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