Dunno where Bill hangs out, but this atheist is cheery as ever. Via.
Dunno where Bill hangs out, but this atheist is cheery as ever. Via.
I would like to address the comments I made this past week.
I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.
I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.
To be honest, I didn't think Alec Baldwin's show on MSNBC would last, and to be honest squared, this is about how long I figured it would stay on the air. I'm surprised he's only going to be off the schedule for two weeks.
Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter. [...]
... Baldwin reportedly lost his cool again Friday when a reporter for a New York TV channel asked about the [stalker] trial and, according to Variety.com, Baldwin called him "dumb."
Baldwin has had well-publicized issues like this before, so nobody is surprised. It's really a shame, because he's talented, hilarious, and bright. None of that excuses his behavior in the least, nor was it an attempt to. Just lamenting out loud.
Anyway, thanks a bunch, Alec. Because of you, we're right back to this:
You all remember Joe, Joe Wurzelbacher. That Joe the Plumber guy from the McCain for President ads. The guy who the Conservative media hopped, skipped and jumped into national figure with the Joe the Plumber campaign and then... poof. Like McCain's aspirations for the presidency, he was gone.
Well, he's been located, not as part of a "where are they now" show, but on the internet and in the twittersphere. Here's what ol' Joe has been writing as reported on MailOnline:
in an article posted to his website on Thursday, Joe Wurzelbacher assured readers that wanting a 'white Republican president doesn’t make you a racist, it just makes you American.'
The controversial post contended that '[i]n the pre-black president era, criticizing the president was simply the American thing to do. An exercise of one’s First Amendment right. Criticism had nothing to do with color, because there had never been a black president.'
But posting to his site isn't all Joe's done. As I said, he's been tweeting:
The Daily Edge wrote: '#ThatAwkwardMoment when racist Joe the racist Plumber says wanting racist things doesn't make him a racist #racism'.
John wrote: 'A white President killed 100.000's in Iraq. A black President gives healthcare to kids with cancer. Joe the Plumber wants the white one. #p2'
This is the guy Republicans spent millions of dollars promoting. He was their front man. Is he still?
Is this what Republicans are thinking? Is this why our government is shutdown -- to show up the Black president? It's becoming way too evident that race and politics are at a schism. Those who want to make things work are stymied by those wearing racially tinted lenses.
Our movement as a country is sadly going backwards after years of progress. Racial profiling is more out in the open now with Bloomberg's New York stop and frisk. We're seeing a Congress where most of the Black elected officials are from one party. From the other party two of the most outspoken Republicans are minorities. Rubio and Cruz are Hispanics in an old white man's party. It leads you to ask, when you see such bigotry as well as dysfunction by the GOP, how did they become part of the old white man's society? Are they really wolves in sheep's clothing?
How else did they get elected. And look what they did when they got their senate seats -- both of them (Cruz/Rubio) are pushing to deny citizenship to those undocumented folks already here. Granted, Rubio signed onto the senate immigration bill, but then has since walked back his pro-citizenship stance.
Where we go is up to us. It's not up to the government because the current elected officials have proven they can't work together. So we must. We must push to replace these elected officials. Some good will be swept out with the bad. But this is no time to start picking and choosing -- it's time to speak out with a clean sweep -- Dump the Chump!
We have to put aside color, race, religion and become a United States once again. Getting rid of the current ineffective and painfully infected Congress will be that crucial step if we're going to move forward.
ABC News’ Benjamin Bell asked Karl Rove what he thought about the above question from a viewer via Facebook:
Via ABC news, to spare you from having to watch the entire video, the relevant segment about Colbert starts at about 3:13.
How do you feel about Stephen Colbert's big Canned Ham rendition of your head?
"Well, look, he’s an entertainer so he gets to be funny and exaggerate things and so forth. Though I have to admit, when he took out the knife and started stabbing it, I think he might need a little bit of professional counseling on his anger management issues.
“I don’t know whether that was working out his inner feelings, or encouraging maybe someone to maybe mimic him or just sort of being funny. But there was a little bit of, you know, anxiety in his stabs there, so...”
Below is the Colbert Report segment in question. Color me biased, but IMHO, Colbert the Comedian doesn't appear anxious or angry. Oh that's right, Rove is the master of projection.
I wonder what kind of management Karl Rove thinks he himself might need after all his lies and smear campaigns.
What kind of management might he need after making a total ass of himself on live TV as he went into full-on denial on election night, suffering a meltdown when Ohio was called for President Obama?
What kind of management would be appropriate after he “scared” people with “this Orwellian sense that black helicopters” will confiscate guns?
Either he got hacked or he's someone I don't want to mess with when he's ticked. Of course, it has since been deleted.
One of my Twitter pals,
@rousseau_ist, surprised me with this tweet today in response to my post John McCain’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Joke:
"I ran into McCain at the Alfalfa Club a week Saturday. I can affirm, he is still crusty”
...followed by this:
I'msorrywhat? I thought maybe it was a joke, so I asked, "Seriously?"
— Rousseau_ist (@rousseau_ist) February 4, 2013
Via an email from Rousseau, with permission:
The Alfalfa Club dinner was a big deal with Occupy DC, last year. There were young protesters dancing naked in the streets for the 2012 gathering.
This year, there were four representatives from Anonymous and a handful of independent journalists from the DC Media Group. When Sen. McCain came out with 3 or 4 of his friends/bodyguards, some were yelling about economic inequality.
I ran up in front of him and asked, "Sen. McCain, what your your thoughts on the current state of economic inequality?". His response was, "I don't care, nobody cares." 2 or 3 of the people walking with him echoed "Yeah, nobody cares" like a bunch of 'yes men'. All of them grunting in agreement.
I have photos of Joe Leiberman, Gen. Colin Powell, Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan, and more. Unfortunately, the quality of the McCain photo is the worst of the bunch because they were moving to fast. Oh, wait... no Rep. Paul Ryan's photo came out worse then McCain because Ryan dove into his car and sped out of the parking lot like it was a drag race.
Cranky McLowbrow strikes again. Honestly, the next time someone tells me they used to think he was pretty decent guy, but gee, he's changed, I'll scream. Or I'll simply remind them for the umpteenth time about the Keating Five, his infidelity while his wives were either sick or disabled, and his recurring anger issues.
UPDATE: If you're like me, you weren't familiar with the Alfalfa Club. According to Wiki:
The Alfalfa Club is a Washington, D.C. social organization that exists only to hold an annual banquet on the last Saturday of January. The club's membership, which numbers about 200, is composed primarily of American politicians and influential members of the United States business community, and has included several Presidents of the United States. The group's name is a reference to the plant's supposed willingness to do anything for a drink.
The president is usually asked to deliver remarks at the dinner. President George W. Bush spoke at the Alfalfa Dinner each year of his presidency; the Alfalfa Club was one of only three clubs that his father, George H. W. Bush, was a member of as president. [...]
The club was founded in 1913 and its function was to celebrate the birthday of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee; it did not admit blacks until 1974, or women until 1994. In 2009, President Barack Obama spoke at the club's annual dinner, saying "this dinner began almost one hundred years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee. If he were here with us tonight, the General would be 202 years old. And very confused."
In 1986, William H. Rehnquist's membership in the club became the subject of discussion in a Senate Judiciary hearing after Rehnquist was nominated to be Chief Justice. He described the club as one that "met once a year to listen to patriotic music and 'hear some funny political speeches'" and said "he did not think his membership in such a once-a-year group violated the canons of judicial ethics." [...]
In 1994, the club admitted its first women members—Sandra Day O'Connor, Elizabeth Dole, and Katharine Graham (whose father had also been a member)—in response to a 1993 boycott by President Bill Clinton. Clinton's boycott had been the first by a U.S. president since Jimmy Carter.
Has anyone else ever heard anything about Chuck Hagel's temperament before today? This is the first I've gotten wind of the issue, and from the way George Stephanopoulos responded, he was surprised, too. But on “This Week,” GOP Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, seemed to think we should be concerned about it:
"... Just his overall temperament and is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the Pentagon."
"I think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. I have, certainly questions, about a lot of things.”
However, despite the alleged complaints from staffers, Corker doesn't necessarily feel this could disqualify Chuck Hagel.
He went on to say:
“I begin all of these confirmation processes with an open mind. I did have a good relationship with him. I had a good conversation with him this week. But I think this is one where people are going to be listening to what he has to say, me in particular … especially some of the positions he’s taken generally speaking about our nuclear posture.”
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