18 Sep 2008

Is Sarah Palin A Closet John Bircher?

Michael Shaw at BAGNewsNotes found this 1995 image of Sarah Palin at her Wasilla City Council desk. It appears to be her official portrait. What’s striking, as Michael points out, is the article in front of her — as well as the publication it’s in: the house organ of the John Birch Society.

18 Sep 2008

Bush DOJ Doesn’t Even Pretend To Take Threats To Obama Seriously

While Troy Eid, the U.S. Attorney in Colorado who tossed off the case of the would-be Obama assassins, is busy whining about bloggers, he ought to spend more time reading his own affidavits.

17 Sep 2008

Troy Eid And The Obama Plotters: It’s The Bloggers’ Fault

Having grotesquely failed in taking seriously the plot by three white-supremacist tweakers to assassinate Barack Obama in Denver, Colorado’s Rove-appointed U.S. Attorney, Troy Eid, is complaining in the Denver Post that the resulting negative coverage is all the fault of anonymous liberal bloggers.

17 Sep 2008

McCain’s Latest Lie: Spanish-Only Immigration Ad Blames Obama

Is there anything the McCain campaign won’t lie about? It’s becoming pathological: Now they’re falsifying Barack Obama’s immigration reform — and pretending the problem isn’t his fellow Republicans.

The McCain campaign has started airing a new Spanish-language television commercial in the battleground states of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that lays the failure of comprehensive immigration reform at the feet of Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues — despite the fact that Obama supported the bipartisan John McCain-Edward Kennedy efforts to enact such

13 Sep 2008

Lou Dobbs Just Loves To Spread A Little Hate

Lou Dobbs pays us a nightly visit from up-is-down Planet Bizarro in his weekday show. But this week, his special Bizarro launching pad is the “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” anti-immigrant lobbying push — you know, the one sponsored by a hate group.

Sure enough …

10 Sep 2008

Sarah Palin And The AIP: Not So Fast With The Exonerations, Please

It’s now become conventional wisdom that Sarah Palin had nothing to do with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and is therefore clear of any associations with them. As usual the CW is crap.

09 Sep 2008

Calling Out FAIR: Lobbyists Descend At A Hate Group’s Bidding

One of the main events involved in FAIR’s charade as a “mainstream” immigration-reform group has been its annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” gathering of lobbyists, who then descend up on congressmen and legislators and their staffers to push their decidedly xenophobic brand of immigration “reform.” Well, turnabout is only, er, fair play. So this year, organizations seeking progressive immigration reform are holding FAIR’s feet to the fire – along with all the lobbyists and talk-show hosts participating. They’re running an ad campaign pointing out FAIR’s long history of indulging and promoting a frankly xenophobic and frequently outright racist campaign against immigrants.

05 Sep 2008

McChange: GOP Wants To Pretend The Past Seven Years Didn’t Happen

That stampeding sound you heard last night at the Republican National Convention? That was the sound of conservatives running away from their own record.

03 Sep 2008

FBI Wanted Obama Plotters Charged, But A Rove Appointee Said No

We noticed last week that it was awfully peculiar that Colorado’s U.S. Attorney, Troy Eid, had so airily dismissed conspiracy charges against the three white-supremacist tweakers who were caught planning to assassinate Barack Obama at last week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. Now it turns out that those suspicions were fully warranted.

03 Sep 2008

Former FBI Agent and ACLU Counsel: St. Paul Police Behavior Is ‘Frightening’

It lists 65 behaviors that they say are behaviors related to terrorism, and the one that pertains here is “takes pictures or video footage.” [The entry on p. 40 reads: “Takes pictures or video footage (with no apparent esthetic value, i.e., camera angles, security equipment, security personnel, traffic lights, building entrances, etc.).”] “No apparent esthetic values?” So apparently they’re going to be sending police officers to art school to understand esthetic values.

But it actually mentions taking video footage of taking video footage of security personnel. So the mere taking of photographs or video footage of law enforcement – even law enforcement doing something improperly – they’ve identified that as a precursor to terrorism. So now you might understand why these police officers are focusing on people with cameras. It’s because it’s actual policy to do so.