The President announced normalization of relations with Cuba, predictably the wingnut cadre on Twitter spewed out the Firehose Of Derp Rage:
Its not often that one of my fellow dragons gets such a high profile interviewer. Obviously Smaug and I disagree on a few things, what with the whole eating people thing and all. That, and he’s clearly a conservative. Too bad for the GOP you have to be born in the US to run for president, or he could be their 2016 front runner.
Then again they wouldn’t have been able to complain about Obama being born in Kenya if that were the case. Hey, there’s about as much evidence Smaug is real as there is that Obama was born outside the US.
Yep, the Okie from Muskogee guy. Right wing freakout any moment now.
After being honored at the White House for his lifetime achievements in the performing arts and outstanding contributions to American culture, Merle Haggard is forming an opinion about President Barack Obama based on character, not political agenda. The 73-year-old country legend, who has actually visited the White House as a guest of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in years past, made an appearance in Washington D.C. for the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. While there, he mingled with the President, the President’s wife and several other notable honorees.
“It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It’s really almost criminal what they [the media] do with our President,” Haggard tells Rolling Stone. “There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he’s doing certain things that he’s not. It’s just a big old political game that I don’t want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down.”
It sounds like Islamophobia isn’t just a problem in the west. The Rohingya, a group of Muslims that live in the majority Buddhist nation of Myanmar are being severally persecuted. They are being denied basic human rights, and government is even planning to take away their right to vote, and ban marriages between Muslims and Buddhists. Things are only getting worse as violence and persecution increases. Make no mistake about it, our “counter jihad” loves this sad state of affairs.
Jane Perlez reports,
SITTWE, Myanmar — The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more than 60 years and qualify for second-class citizenship, or be placed in camps and face deportation.
The policy, accompanied by a wave of decrees and legislation, has made life for the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority, ever more desperate, spurring the biggest flow of Rohingya refugees since a major exodus two years ago.
In the last three weeks alone, 14,500 Rohingya have sailed from the beaches of Rakhine State to Thailand, with the ultimate goal of reaching Malaysia, according to the Arakan Project, a group that monitors Rohingya refugees.
The crisis has become an embarrassment to the White House ahead of a scheduled visit by President Obama to Myanmar next week. The administration considers Myanmar a foreign-policy success story in Asia but is worried that renewed conflict between Buddhist extremists, who are given a free hand by the government, and the Rohingya could derail the already rocky transition from military rule to democratic reform.
Since many signs point to liberals sitting this year’s election out, allowing Republicans to gain even more power in Congress, it seems that there’s a very real possibility that the GOP will control both the House and Senate starting in January.
And if that happens, liberals only have themselves to blame.
So I thought I’d paint a little picture of a few things we should prepare ourselves to expect if Republicans do take back control of the Senate in January.
The first thing they’ll undoubtedly target is the Affordable Care Act. See, they still won’t be able to repeal “Obamacare,” but they will have more power to sabotage the law. And what better way to make Americans oppose something that’s good for them, than by sabotaging it as much as possible so that Americans will have no choice but to oppose the law. After all, that’s why we have the Affordable Care Act in the first place. It’s really just a watered down version of the real health care law President Obama wanted passed. Many of its flaws are due in large part to the compromises with Republicans that Democrats had to make in order to get the law passed. So get ready for a full-on sabotage of the ACA.
You also might want to buckle your belt and get ready for President Obama’s impeachment. While they won’t be able to convict him in the Senate (which would be necessary to remove him from office), the House can still vote to impeach him, which I fully believe that they will do. See, most Americans oppose impeaching the president so you haven’t seen many mainstream Republicans openly support the idea - even though they actually do. In fact, you’ve seen even the more radical ones who’ve often pushed for Obama’s impeachment suddenly go silent these last couple of months. After all, why risk losing support heading into an election where all signs point to nothing but good news for your party? But I can almost guarantee that not too long after election day the “impeachment talk” will begin to churn once again among Republicans. Only this time, they’ll actually vote to do it.
Also, more deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, complete freeze on the minimum wage and immigration reform, “protection of marriage” legislation and similar legalized discrimination, further erosion of abortion rights, etc. All in all, the slide into third world status, begun during the Reagan administration, will continue to accelerate.
Around 8 am this morning my wife started grumbling the TV wasn’t working. I reset the U-verse box as per usual but the problem persisted. It was clear right away this was something beyond a typical glitch because of an emergency message displayed on the screen. According to the message, there was a national emergency and the White House was requesting I stand by for important information. In addition the set was apparently “force tuned” to NBC. There was no way to change channels.
My wife wanted me to call AT&T, but I started by poking around online and soon I discovered a thread on the AT&T customer forums filled with people experiencing the same thing.
By the time I arrived for work, the story was already being pushed by several media outlets.
A couple of hours later, the truth came out:
FEMA issued a statement friday afternoon confirming that a radio station program set off a false emergency alert that froze stations earlier today for AT&T U-verse customers and impacted others in several states including Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Detroit.
“This morning, there was an inappropriate playing of the national emergency alert notification tones on a syndicated radio broadcast,” FEMA spokesperson Rafael Lemaitre said in a statement. “There is not a national emergency. Today’s broadcast triggered alert notification in states where the alert has been played.”
The statement went on to stay that such alerts are designed automatically set off more emergency alerts by other television stations and radio networks. The incident is now being investigated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission.
“Certain alerts, like the one broadcast today, are designed to be automatically picked up and rebroadcasted by other radio and TV stations,” the FEMA official said. “FEMA and the FCC are currently working with broadcasters to determine the full scope of the situation.”
Of course since FEMA is involved and the interruption effectively hijacked users TV sets while it was ongoing, it didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to jump on the incident.
Two of the more prominent Google search results on the matter are articles titled:
Obama just took over my TV - What the heck?
NSA Collaborator AT&T Throws POTUS Emergency Switch
And there was plenty of Twitter action on the matter:
Alert system, "can only be activated by the President in times of emergency," yet AT&T denies feds involved! http://t.co/dm9znIXTtF
Steven De Gracia 3 mins "TEST RUN!!! SHEEPLE WILL JUST GO BACK TO WATCHING SPORTS!!!" http://t.co/YaQa1BMdKx
Don't worry, friends. We're just testing the Ebola Outbreak messaging system. O.o http://t.co/SN6BSfqT2R
The most common line of the tinfoil brigade is, as you might expect, that the events of this morning were a “test run” of some Obama masterminded plan to take over all media and bring the country to its knees.
There was also frustration expressed at the fact the boxes had “force tuned” people primarily to those evil Liberal networks CBS and NBC instead of letting the patriots of the nation stay on their Fox news.
Others insisted we should take this very seriously since Obama is the ONLY one who could have triggered this signal. A quick Google search shows that is patently untrue and what happened was merely caused by an error. The President has zero involvement in this whole thing, but don’t tell them that, it ruins the narrative,
This situation merely highlights a potential flaw in the Emergency Alert system. Nothing more, nothing less. Certainly not a vast conspiracy or front page news.
Kyle Kulinski on Malala Yousafzai and why she deserved to win the Nobel Peach Prize.
This is an old article from the NYT, from 2008-- it’s very interesting to reread it now, with all the hatred of Obama over the past few years:
Consider, for starters, this paradox of social psychology, a problem for myth busters everywhere: repeating a claim, even if only to refute it, increases its apparent truthfulness. In 2003, the psychologist Ian Skurnik and several of his colleagues asked senior citizens to sit through a computer presentation of a series of health warnings that were randomly identified as either true or false — for example, “Aspirin destroys tooth enamel” (true) or “Corn chips contain twice as much fat as potato chips” (false). A few days later, they quizzed the seniors on what they had learned.
The psychologists expected that seniors would mistakenly remember some false statements as true. What was remarkable, though, was which claims they most often got wrong — the ones they had been exposed to multiple times. In other words, the more that researchers had stressed that a given warning was false, the more likely seniors were to eventually come to believe it was true. (College students in the study did not make the same mistakes.)
I’ve often thought this about internet trolls- if you repeat their claims, even if only to refute them! —it just increases people’s willingness to believe the claim, and there’s some kind of weird feedback mechanism where the troll gets joy out of the repetition of their slander.
Wishing You a Sweet, Happy, and Healthy New Year
Shanah Tovah from the White House! On Wednesday evening, Jews in the United States and around the world will begin celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The High Holidays offer the Jewish community a moment of pause, a time to reflect on the previous year and recommit to the unending task of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Together, working with people of all faiths, we can bring greater peace and prosperity to the world in 5775.
In his 2014 video message for the High Holidays, President Obama extends his wishes for a sweet new year and discusses why this time of year is so significant.
Hello. As Jews across America, Israel, and the world gather together for the High Holidays, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to you and your families for a sweet and happy new year.
My good friend Elie Wiesel once said that God gave human beings a secret, and that secret was not how to begin but how to begin again. These days of awe are a chance to celebrate that gift, to give thanks for the secret, the miracle of renewal.
In synagogues and homes over the coming days, Jews will reflect on a year that carried its shares of challenges. We’ve been reminded many times that our world still needs repair. So here at home we continue the hard work of rebuilding our economy and restoring our American dream of opportunity for all. Around the world, we continue to stand for the dignity of every human being, and against the scourge of anti-Semitism, and we reaffirm the friendships and bonds that keep us strong, including our unshakeable alliance with the State of Israel.
So let’s approach this new year with new confidence and new hope. Let’s recommit ourselves to living out the values we share as individuals and as a country. Above all, let’s embrace this God-given miracle of renewal, this extraordinary opportunity to begin again in pursuit of justice, prosperity, and peace. From my family to yours, shanah tovah.
Miranda Blue talks about a meeting on Capital Hill where some top Republican congressmen lent their support to a notorious anti Muslim hate group. No surprise, Louie Terror Babies Gohmert was there.
ACT for America, the anti-Muslim group run by Brigitte Gabriel, held a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill today where it was joined by Republican members of Congress including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, and Arkansas Sen. John Boozman.
Gabriel posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter of Boozman, Bachmann and Gohmert speaking and of Roskam receiving the group’s “Patriot Award.” Duncan tweeted that he was planning on speaking to the gathering. Gabriel wrote that she had planned on presenting another award to Sen. Ted Cruz, but that he was unable to attend.