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Monday Media Blogging, Part III

This is just brilliant, and if I don’t post it tonight, I’ll forget about it. The Datastorm is the only high-speed data transfer device you will ever need. It runs on “electricity”.

Other than the sound levels, this is absolutely brilliant.

(h/t Engadget)

May 12th, 2008 at 11:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Technology

All The Iraqis Tell Me So, But What Do All The Iraqis Know?

It’s the Battle Of The Unscientific Polls!

On CNN’s American Morning earlier today, Kyra Phillips reported that during a recent trip to Baghdad “dozens of Iraqi soldiers and dozens of students at Baghdad university” told her that they “don’t want to see a Republican president.” “Out of every single one that I talked to, one person said they supported John McCain,” said Phillips.

Asked to respond, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who is an ardent supporter of McCain, dismissed what the Iraqis told Phillips as an “unscientific poll.” He claimed that on all the visits he’s made to Iraq, “the Iraqi people on the street, the Iraqi military, the Iraqi government that I’ve talked to, don’t want us to just pick up and leave.”

Lieberman then noted that the Iraqis don’t want the U.S. “to stay there forever,” which he claimed was consistent with McCain’s position on Iraq.

The Iraqi people on the street, the Iraqi military, the Iraqi government that I’ve talked to, don’t want us to just pick up and leave, which is what Sen. Obama, Sen. Clinton have been advocating. They want us, obviously, not to stay there forever. Sen. McCain wants the war to stop and to have us pull back into bases and be on a path, a reasonable path of withdrawal.

As Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) told ThinkProgress last year, congressional trips like Lieberman’s are shrouded in a “Green Zone fog” that makes it hard to get a real sense of the reality on the ground. But, as Phillips noted during her March report from Baghdad, she didn’t have a public affairs official present when she interviewed the soldiers and students, which she says allowed for an “uncensored” and “candid” two-hour discussion.

Additionally, in making the claim that like the Iraqis, McCain doesn’t want us “to stay there forever,” Lieberman completely ignores the fact that McCain has said it is “fine” with him for the U.S. to stay in Iraq for 100 years, which would essentially be forever. Also, while the Iraqi people have rejected permanent U.S. bases in the country, McCain has said they may be “necessary.”

Lieberman isn’t even on the same planet as reality.  Hell, even Ellen Tauscher says he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

May 12th, 2008 at 10:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Lieberman,McCain,Polls,Republicans,Wankers,War

Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Syria…

Just to give you an idea of who has McCain’s ear these days…

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, THE REAL NEWS NETWORK:…John McCain has been assembling his team, and in his foreign policy team are some very interesting figures. First and foremost, James Woolsey, former head of the CIA. And then a man named Randy Schoenberg, who with Woolsey helped constitute something called the Committee on the Present Danger, co-chaired by Senators Kyl and Lieberman, who pushed the resolution declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as terrorist. And the Committee on the Present Danger is quite dedicated to regime change in Iran and Syria, and the fundamental thesis of the Project for a New American Century document, which is the projection of American military might to reshape the world.

[FORMER REPUBLICAN AND MORE-OR-LESS SANE PERSON] ERIC MARGOLIS, ANALYST, THE REAL NEWS NETWORK: Well, I’ve met Woolsey on a number of occasions, been on TV programs with him in Washington, and I would be very nervous to have this man anywhere in a high-level government position. The reason is that he’s one of the point men for the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. They’re almost so far right wing you can hear goose-stepping. They want a very militaristic foreign policy. They want to use American power to destroy all of Israel’s perceived enemies.

JAY: Eric, in that respect, let me show you a piece of video. This is a clip of James Woolsey speaking during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and this is Woolsey calling for what he thinks should be the American approach at that moment towards Syria.

[COMPLETELY BATSHIT INSANE REPUBLICAN] JIM WOOLSEY, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: …I think Iran is the puppet master, and Syria and Hezbollah and Hamas to varying degrees are the puppets. This is really about Iran versus the US, and Israel is in the way.

INTERVIEWER: Woolsey, are you saying that we should be hitting Syria, we should be hitting the airport, we should be hitting Bashar Assad’s office?

WOOLSEY: Yes. The last thing we ought to do now, I think—.

INTERVIEWER: Well, you mean we the United States, not Israel.

WOOLSEY: Yes. Yes. I think the last thing we ought to do now is to start talking about ceasefires. This is a very serious challenge from Iran, and we need to weaken them badly, and undermining the Syrian government with air strikes would help weaken them badly.

INTERVIEWER: If undermining Syria, if taking Syria down a peg or two by actually hitting them with air strikes would be effective, why not hit something in Iran?

WOOLSEY: Well, you know, one has to take things to some degree by steps.

Alrighty then.  Bomb Syria first, then work your way up to Iran.  Very sensible, very Serious.  I’m sure there couldn’t possibly be any kind of unintended consequences whatsoever.  Do you really want this bloodthirsty nutjob whispering in the ear of the President Of The United States?  Do you really want a president who makes Dubya look reasonable and moderate?

(h/t David Goldstein)

1 comment May 12th, 2008 at 08:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Iran,Iraq,McCain,Republicans,War

America’s Sweetheart

Shoot. Me. Now.

As Americans focused on the Jenna Bush – Henry Hager wedding in Crawford this weekend, many began to realize just how much they had fallen in love with the First Family’s beautiful and fun loving twin daughter.

They thought about how unpretentious she is.  That she doesn’t take herself too seriously, as when she impishly stuck her tongue out at the White House press corps.  That she is industrious, getting her education and writing a book while still in her twenties.  And that she has a heart, that the subject of her book was another young lady in need.

The Bushes will soon be passing into private life after the White House,  But the memories of this weekend will linger and they will be happy ones of a White House kid who made it good, married well and came through the tough years in the public fish bowl just fine.

If it weren’t for the White House references, I would think this was a completely different Jenna Bush.  Maybe it’s just a completely different America…

The sad thing is, this will be the highlight of Dubya’s presidency.  “Yeah, I may have destroyed everything I touched, but at least I got one of my daughters married off to a rich Republican guy, and none of the guests exploded or burst into flames or got shot by the Vice President.  Life is good.”

(h/t pastordan)

May 12th, 2008 at 06:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush

Monday Media Blogging, Part Deux

Bill O’Reilly completely flips out, back in his Inside Edition days.

He is sooo not stable.

…Aaaand YouTube has pulled it.  Crooks & Liars to the rescue!

(h/t JulianWan, by way of Brandon Friedman)

May 12th, 2008 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Monday Media Blogging,Republicans

Rahm Wants Hill To Chill

Sounds like the Democratic establishment is starting to get a wee bit antsy about Hillary continuing to bash Obama, especially now that it’s obvious to everyone but her that she’s lost the primary:

“What Hillary does in the next month is important,” Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a one-time senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton, warned last week in Manhattan.


[T]he man known affectionately by his colleagues as “Rahmbo” for his electoral prowess is clearly worried about an unbound Clinton, who so far has shown little desire to turn down the volume on Obama.

“If she spends her time contrasting with Sen. McCain, drawing distinctions that help the Democratic Party, that’s productive,” he said. “If it’s done in another way, that’s not productive.”

Translation: Clinton can help bring the party together, or she can drive deeper the wedge that is dividing the Clinton and Obama camps.

It’s not just about votes. It’s about money.

The Democrats have run laps around Republicans in the money race. At the end of March, Obama had $51 million in cash on hand, compared with $11.6 million for McCain.

But while McCain has been saving his pennies, Obama has continued to pour money into costly primary contests.

At the same time, the Republican National Committee has raked in the dough – it reported $31 million in cash on hand at the end of March. And last week, the committee raised $7million in its best night ever, thanks to a joint account established with McCain.

By contrast, the Democratic National Committee reported only $5 million in cash on hand in March, and it has no joint fund-raising account because Obama and Clinton are still focused on beating each other.

The situation is serious enough that Clinton has summoned her top fund-raisers to a meeting at her Washington home on Wednesday to talk about the road ahead.

At least one invitee says he hopes to serve up a heaping portion of reality.

Richard Schiffrin, a national finance co-chairman for Clinton, told the Los Angeles Times last week that he plans to tell her, “Let’s look at the situation as it exists and think about whether there’s a credible path to the nomination, and if there isn’t, what’s Plan B?”

What is Plan B, indeed.  Plan B should be to very publicly and sincerely endorse Obama as the nominee, and to campaign for him and against McCain without reservation.  Anything less will signal to her followers that Obama is as unworthy and unelectable as she’s been saying throughout the primaries, and to everyone else that she’s hoping for a disastrous one-term McCain presidency so she can run again in 2012.

I’m hoping Hillary will do the right thing, and stand by what she said at the ABC debate:

…[O]nce [the nomination] is resolved, I think it is absolutely imperative that our entire party close ranks. That we become unified. I will do everything to make sure that the people who supported me support our nominee. I will go anywhere in the country to make the case.

And I know that Barack feels the same way because both of us have spent 15 months traveling our country. I have seen the damage of the Bush years. I’ve seen the extraordinary pain that people have suffered from because of the failed policies. You know, those who have held my hands who’ve lost sons or daughters in Iraq. And those who have lost sons or daughters because they didn’t have health insurance.

And so, regardless of the differences there may be between us, and there are differences, they pale in comparison to the differences between us and Senator McCain. So, we will certainly do whatever is necessary to make sure that a Democrat is in the White House next January.

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

May 12th, 2008 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Elections,Politics

Monday Media Blogging

You just have to watch it.

(h/t shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

May 12th, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

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