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Hannity and Fvx Nation Declare Obama Feckless and Floundering


What's wrong with this picture? Besides Olly North being an expert on anything at all ...

... they've staked out Air Force One at Andrews  AFB on Hannity so that everyone from Megyn Kelly to Ronald Reagan have reacted more strongly to the ongoing crises than has President Barack Obama.

Who if he has any sense went out the hatch half an hour ago ...
While the rest of the world was trying to figure out what has happened on the ground in the Ukraine, Fvx Nation was busily fixating blame on the famously feckless President Barack Obama by suppertime. By Hannity Hour, the blood was clearly cast upon the waters.

Something has to be said for a 'news anchor' that keeps a split screen fixed on the door of Air Force One because President Obama had kept his day's schedule on track and attended previously scheduled Dem fundraisers in NYC last night, then hopped home to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by Jon Stewart hour. Despite breaking news banners from a couple of war zones and Oliver North in the lineup.

Hate to give you Fvx,  but it's a 'you have to see it' situation.


By Fvx and Friends Morning, the Curvy Couch of Ick, Elizabeth Hasselbeck roared back from vacation - unlike President Obama, and was there to hammer him with her cohorts. Who went straight to Saint Reagan in no time flat ... just audio Ick this time.

Of course Ron Ron had the solution ... it was his Cold War, after all.

The Curvy Couch of Ick carried on to compare (with an Expert On Hand, natch) President Obama's lack of leadership last night to Bush's exceptional and Presidential response to 9-11.

Not kidding:




Maddow blasts conservative media for "bullpucky" headLIES, hypocrisy


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Last night Rachel Maddow rightfully blasted the conservative "news" media for creating false headlines, spreading "bullpucky," inventing their own news, and indulging in the worst kind of self-serving hypocrisy and propaganda. Here is the entire segment, well worth a watch. Further down is a much shorter clip in which Maddow skillfully and effectively gets to the heart of the matter.

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Maddow bullet pointed several scandals, including this one:

Hooker scandals are about as rare in politics as hot days in July. We have a lot of them. But just because we have them all the time... it doesn't mean that they're ever anything but awkward. But here, perhaps, is the mother of them all.

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And then she documented the blatant hypocrisy of the right wing commentator who founded the conservative media outlet The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson.

They [the conservative media] decided that Sen. David Vitter's history with hookers just wasn't a big deal. Nothing that we should 'bother' the Senator about. Tucker Carlson [said], "That's barely illegal."

Tuck compared that felony to "double parking." Yes. He said that. Just watch the video above, it's at about 16:20. He tossed that out just before he blurted out that "one out of three women" patronizing New Orleans restaurants was "for sale." And then he claimed he'd defend any Democrat as zealously as he defended Vitter. An equal opportunity defender of hooking up with hookers. What a guy.

Maddow's Moment of Mockitude followed:

Who among us has not paid a hooker for sex while serving in the United States Senate? Can't these people solicit hookers in peace without us bothering them?

But oops! Carlson's own Daily Caller called out Democratic Senator Bob Menendez for... guess what?

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Of course, the Daily Caller pushed the story hard, and before you know it, that paragon of accurate reporting, Fox, ran with it. And ran with it. And ran with it. Right before the 2012 election. Of course, the story turned out to be bogus, but hey, that never stops the liberal right wing media, now does it? Oh, and Menendez won the election.

As it turns out, the only time the GOP defends paying for sex is when their fellow Republicans engage. But the minute a Democrat gets caught with his pants down, fugetaboutit. All bets are off. Peddle that story. Sell it hard. Make it sound legit. Smear the opponent. Condemn the Dem.

Here is how Rachel Maddow ended the segment. It's a concise history of right wing "news" headlies. That's no typo, it isn't meant to read "headlines." It's headlies. Because that's what they sell, and that's what eager and/or willfully ignorant and/or gullible audiences buy.

The most pointed part of the Rachel Rant came at the end. Here's the clip:

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...Bullpucky that has been invented by and for the conservative media who are happy to tell each other for years that this is news and not just stuff they made up. While the real media, and frankly the politicians who have to swim in that sewer, have to worry about this parallel track of paranoid, fake information, that traffics as news on the American political right, but that is disproven everywhere else outside their echo chamber...

It is one thing for us to be domestically inventing this stuff for ourselves. It's another thing for this weird, fake channel in our supposed news media to allegedly, at least, to become a conveyor belt to foreign countries' disinformation about U.S. government officials...

[This] has to do with our own intelligence as a nation and what the consequences are for all of us, of a conservative movement that has now spent a full generation telling people, telling Americans, "Do not trust the actual news," and to instead invent their own conservative version of it. And they did that. And this is where it got us.

And apparently, at least, Cuba, maybe, appears to be delighted with the results.


"Any subject the extreme right deems worthy of a lie" becomes a campaign


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The extreme right lies constantly. They lie on air, they lie in print, they lie in tweets, they lie in Congress, they lie in GOP legislatures, they lie in their sleep. The extreme right lies about things that they claim are false but are provably true. Documented things. Factual things. *coughCLIMATECHANGEcough*

But that doesn't stop them, because if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start to believe it. Especially uninformed, misinformed, ignorant people who can't or will not do any research of their own on any given topic.

Corporations are allowed to legally lie, too, by the way. Well, "corporate people," because, freedom of speech. Thank you, Supreme Court! Watch:

We can't stop them, legally at least. We can call them out, we can prove them wrong, we can try to be louder than the liars on the extreme right, and we can try to dissuade the gullible, the ignorant, the willfully ignorant, our friends and neighbors, and anyone else within shouting/writing distance. But they will still lie.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re: "When it comes to politics, there's no need to outlaw lying," Editorial, June 17

Police the liars? How did that work out for the millions of us advocating for equality as we tried to negate the lies coming from the pro-Proposition 8 campaign in 2008? There are people who, six years later, still hold to be true the falsehoods perpetuated by the television ads and mailers of the campaign's deep pockets.

The damage is done, is nearly irreparable and causes harm to this day. Shame on the Supreme Court for clearing the way for the continuance of fabrication within political campaigns.

Couple that decision with the Citizens United and McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission rulings, and we're all in for Proposition 8-style campaigns on any subject matter the extreme right deems worthy of a lie. Again and again, the damage will be done as many take as gospel untruthful propaganda.

Sheila Alberg



In the world of the pre-Roberts court, your editorial about criminalizing false political advertising would be on target. But since Citizens United and its progeny under this Supreme Court, money is apparently king.

If a well-funded group (spelled K-O-C-H) decides to place ads deliberately misrepresenting a candidate or ballot measure, how does the citizen candidate ever have the funds to publicly correct the defamation?

Your position would give license for more negative (and deliberately false) political ads and still more expensive campaigns.

And, by the way, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's line that "the remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true" reminds me of the National Rifle Assn.'s phrase about good and bad guys with guns. That also sounded good until the Las Vegas good guy with a gun was killed and the Seattle good guy with pepper spray became a hero.

So much for the turn of a phrase.

Ken Goldman

Beverly Hills


Reverse Obamacare Horror Story -- It's Time This Got Covered


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Obamacare is bad. The President's a liar. The president's healthcare plan is a "trainwreck." No hope for Obamacare, it's socialized medicine. Here come the death panels. Children soon will be dying in the thousands. "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.

"N-word," please! And before you go ballistic, I'm talking NEWSPEOPLE when I use the "N" word.

All I'm hearing on the various news reporting outlets, radio or TV, cable or network, is about the failure of the rollout of Obamacare or the numbers of people being tossed off of their plans.

"Obama promised I could keep my plan if I liked it!"

"He lied. My plan got cancelled and the new one went from $102/month to $452/month."

"Obama should be impeached."

"The plan (actually a law) is anti-American. Eighty percent of America is against it."

Now hold your horses, cowboys and cowgirls. Let's just let the horses rest for a moment and and think this through before the posse stings up an innocent man.

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What the news organizations and the talking heads have been doing is sensationalism and focusing on the bad stuff. And there's plenty of that to fill a decade of Sundays. But in their zeal, these talking heads and Republican obstructionists are trying to run the table. They're focusing on one part, the technical part, more than anything else.

And the website has been a disaster. Truthfully, that's a huge strike against the people responsible. But put the blame where it belongs. If your iPhone drops a call, you don't go after the head of Apple? If your computer freezes while you do a Google search, you don't go after Google. Shit happens. An the thing to do is complain -- and the company will fix it. Hell, I'm constantly getting updates with patches for glitches in programs I've installed on my computer. Ever wonder why there's a version 2.0 or 3.5 to something you've downloaded? How about all those "updates available" messages you get when you're trying to check your email messages?

As for being dropped from programs -- nobody's being dropped from programs that qualify.

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If Obamacare was a used car, or even a new one, you have assurances and reliance that the car you purchase runs and meets all safety requirements. A certified, licensed dealer can't sell you a car that doesn't  meet certain state and federal standards. For instance, it has to have a catalytic converter for smog control. It has to have working head and tail lights. And let's not forget about seat belts. You can't legally sell a car without any of  those items.

Carry that over to the new standards of the Affordable Care Act. If your old insurance policy didn't qualify under ACA minimum basics that were passed by congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court, then what the insurance company had to do was eliminate that plan.  So they couldn't offer it to you.

You weren't cancelled. Your old and un-qualifying policy wasn't re-offered to you because it's against the law to sell something that doesn't meet the standards. Again, this is basics, and shouldn't be that hard for people to understand. But somehow, for those "N-word" people, it's become elusive.

So then it comes down to how costly these qualified policies have become. Many of the stories of how the premiums have jumped have been debunked when scrutinized, examined for the facts. Sure, on the surface it may look like a higher rate (for a better policy, BTW) but then you have to figure in the federal subsidies you may qualify for.

Rachel Maddow, last night profiled just such a case. Now very few people will be as fortunate as this woman in Pittsburgh, but there will be others. And yes, there will be some folks who will have to dole out more than they used to -- but they will assuredly also be getting better coverage.

Here's the story. Healthcare for a family for $1.11/month? Are you sh**ing me? As it's not going to be the norm, but either are the horror stories that the "N-word" people are passing off as newsworthy.