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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jon Stewart Rides Again!

The Comedy Central superstar comes to the forefront once again with sharp comments on Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck. If it weren't so tragic, it would truly be funny.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Finally! Congress refutes the "Birthers"!

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The U.S. House of Representatives said happy birthday to the 50th State yesterday, peripherally stepping into the "birther" fray with a resolution that notes, "President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961."

While the resolution was considered routine, the national media picked up on the action because of attacks by fringe groups that do not believe Obama was born in Hawaii. Internet media services Salon and the Huffington Post ran articles.

The issue of Obama's birth certificate resurfaced last week when CNN commentator Lou Dobbs, in a separate radio program, raised the issue of whether Obama had been born in Hawaii and whether he is an American citizen. If he were born in Kenya to a Kenyan father, as some allege, his eligiblity for the presidency would be in question.

The House approved the resolution that was offered by U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, a personal friend of Obama's father. Hawaii became a state on Aug. 21, 1959, and this year is the 50th anniversary.

The measure, House Resolution 593, passed without objection, with 378 aye votes and 55 representatives not voting. Voting in favor were 158 Republicans and 220 Democrats.

Also yesterday, state Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino issued a statement saying: "I have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barrack (sic) Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen."

It was the second time that Fukino issued a statement attesting that Obama was born in the state of Hawaii. State officials have said they are not allowed to produce Obama's actual birth certificate because Hawaii law forbids the release of birth certificates to those who do not have a tangible interest in the record.

It's been said that a symptom of insanity is performing the same action over and over, expecting a different reaction each time.

So, you conspiracists reading this, stop asking to see Obama's birth certificate. It's the same piece of paper you were shown before, and it proves he was born in Hawaii, and that his mother was a US citizen.

The "Accuracy" of Fox News

Thanks to the folks at Quatloos for pointing this one out to me.

A few weeks back, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was caught cheating on his wife on an alleged "hiking trip" on the Appalachian Trail (He was actually seeing his mistress in Argentina). Sanford is a Republican, by the way.

So how did Fox "News" depict him? As a Democrat!

Was this the first time Fox "News" did this, of course not! There was Representative Mark Foley, Republican of Florida, who was caught in a sex scandal...

And back in 2007, when Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, was grilling Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, he must have been too much for the Republicans at Fox to bear...

So, let me see... They're Republicans until they get caught?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pat Buchanan, Your Sheet Is Showing!

You can read the article here, but the "money quote" is:

"I think white men were 100% of the people who wrote the constitution, 100% of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country basically built by white folks.”

Watch the video here:

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

One of a kind, and a sterling example of television journalism at its finest.

1963 - Reporting the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy:

1968 - Reporting the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Emdebbing is not available with this clip, but you can see his February 27, 1968 editorial on Vietnam that brought him so much grief. Imagine one of today's newscasters straying from the official line today!

Friday, July 10, 2009

About that photo of Obama at the G8 Summit...

The "internets" is all abuzz over a photo that is being heavily promoted and talked about concerning President Obama supposedly gawking over the backside of a young woman at the G8 Summit.

Case in point is coverage from the Fox News Channel, Fox Nation and the Drudge Report. There has been a lot of website nattering over the photo, even after Fox News reporter Greta Van Susteren exposed it as a "misleading" photo.

Obama is simply pausing to let another woman walk down the stairs. You can see the whole video here, showing that is was French President Nicholas Sarkozy doing the leering.

Even the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post had to backtrack after it was exposed that the photo was misleading.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: If you have nothing to say, stop banging the table.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Yes, Alaska's glaciers are melting. There's a golf course to prove it!

From Impact Lab and The New York Times:

"JUNEAU, Alaska — Global warming conjures images of rising seas that threaten coastal areas. But in Juneau, as almost nowhere else in the world, climate change is having the opposite effect: As the glaciers here melt, the land is rising, causing the sea to retreat.

At low tide, it is possible (but messy) to hike across exposed mudflats around Juneau.

Morgan DeBoer opened a nine-hole golf course, above, at the mouth of Glacier Bay in 1998 on land that did not exist when his family settled in the area 50 years ago.

Mr. DeBoer figures he has picked up enough additional land since then to build nine more holes.

Morgan DeBoer, a property owner, opened a nine-hole golf course at the mouth of Glacier Bay in 1998, on land that was underwater when his family first settled here 50 years ago.

“The highest tides of the year would come into what is now my driving range area,” Mr. DeBoer said.

Now, with the high-tide line receding even farther, he is contemplating adding another nine holes.

“It just keeps rising,” he said."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Climate Change "Smoking Gun" That Wasn't

From Media Matters For America:

Following allegations that the EPA "suppressed" an internal document that was skeptical of climate change, several Fox News figures have advanced the document's false claim -- previously repeated by CBS -- that, in Fox News host Steve Doocy's words, "for the last 11 years, temperatures had been dropping." In fact, Doocy's claim simply is not true.

A draft of the EPA document stated in one of its "principal comments" that "[g]lobal temperatures have declined -- extending the current downtrend to 11 years with a particularly rapid decline in 1907-8 [sic]." The document went on to state that "[g]lobal temperatures have declined (Figure 1a) -- extending the current run of time with a statistically robust lack of global temperature rise to eight years (Figure 1b), with some people arguing that it can be traced back for 12 years."

In fact, as Media Matters for America has noted, annual global average temperatures have both risen and fallen over the past 11 years, and while there have been some relatively cooler years during that period -- including a decline in each of the past three relative to the year before -- climate scientists reject the idea that those temperatures are any indication that global warming is slowing or does not exist. Scientists have identified a long-term warming trend spanning several decades that is independent from the normal climate variability -- which includes relatively short-term changes in climate due to events like El Niño and La Niña -- to which they attribute the recent relatively cooler temperatures.

Of course, this didn't stop conspiracy monger Alex Jones from picking up this ball and running with it.