El Marco is covering the Ward Churchill trial in Denver; here’s his photo of Churchill’s throng of raging supporters.
OK, so it’s not exactly a “throng.”
The bloom is off the rose for TIME Magazine, as they rate Daily Kos among the five most overrated blogs on the web.
Look who’s popping up again to advocate the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, in order to shut down right-wing talk radio:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — More and more Democrats in Congress are calling for action that Republicans warn could muzzle right-wing talk radio.
Representative Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat from New York is the latest to say he wants to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine,” a federal regulation scrapped in 1987 that would require broadcasters to present opposing views on public issues.
“I think the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated,” Hinchey told CNNRadio. Hinchey says he could make it part of a bill he plans to introduce later this year overhauling radio and t-v ownership laws.
This idiot was featured at LGF back in 2005, when he came out with a bizarre conspiracy theory that Karl Rove planted the fraudulent CBS memos, a delusion enthusiastically embraced by the left. Then he changed his story to say that they were planted by Jeff Gannon. Thankfully, I don’t think he ever got to the bottom of the terrible secret.
Denis Maceoin makes some powerful points in this column for the Jerusalem Post: Marching for Hamas.
In a bizarre reversal of all their commitment to human rights and the struggle of men and women for independence and self-determination, the European Left has chosen again and again to side with the bullies and to condemn a small nation struggling to survive in a hostile neighborhood. It is all self-contradictory: The Left supports gay rights, yet attacks the only country in the Middle East where gay rights are enshrined in law. Hamas makes death the punishment for being gay, but “we are all Hamas now.” Iran hangs gays, but it is praised as an agent of anti-imperialism, and allowed to get on with its job of stoning women and executing dissidents and members of religious minorities. If UK Premier Gordon Brown swore to wipe France from the face of the earth, he would become a pariah among nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatens to do that to Israel and is invited to speak to the UN General Assembly.
Israel guarantees civil liberties to all its citizens, Jew or Arab alike, but it is dubbed “an apartheid state”; Hamas, ever the bully, kills its opponents and denies the rest the most basic rights, but we march on behalf of Hamas. The Left prefers the bully because the bully represents a finger in the face of the establishment? Almost no one on the Left has any understanding of militant Islam. Their politics is a politics of gesture, where wearing a keffiyeh is cool but understanding its symbolism is too much effort even for intellectuals.
Interesting what you find in your referrals; here’s a thread at the Cesspool of Idiocy (otherwise known as somethingawful.com) in which the denizens brag about their attempts to troll “right wing” sites and plant phony extremist comments to discredit them: Right wing blogosphere goes Troll-crazy, T$ takes the lead.
Buried in this steaming pile of ugly, hateful drek, we find this:
Why the gently caress would you defend a full blown hate site like LGF. LGF is literally stormfront with “jew” crossed out and “muslim” written in.
loving hell whats wrong with you?
These guys are not even pretending to hide the whole hate-site thing anymore Just read the comments.
A Kos Kid with the possibly ironic username of “Daisy Cutter” is weeping over the Israeli airstrikes against Hamas weapons dumps and training camps: Daily Kos: Israel’s ongoing war on Palestinian self-determination (EDIT: 200 dead, Obama: no comment).
With today’s news of IDF air strikes abruptly ending the lives of some 140 Gazans, I can’t help but feel an abject sense of horror at the fact that most Americans will probably find some way to blame the Palestinians for bringing this on themselves. Nevermind the fact that it was Israel who initially broke the ceasefire. Forget the fact that Israel kidnapped two civilians from Gaza before Corporal Gilad Shilat became a household name. Nevermind that Israel’s strangulation of the Gaza Strip began immediately after the so-called disengagement and before the electoral victory of Hamas.
I remain confounded by the American progressive movement’s widespread refusal to stand behind the Palestinian people as they are subjected to an endless barrage of colonialist, racist aggression.
I, on the other hand, see it as a rare sign of wisdom. Not all “progressives” are as gullible and blind as “Daisy Cutter,” apparently.
(Hat tip: Killgore.)
Charles Krauthammer advises us not to be fooled by Barack Obama’s apparently centrist appointments, or by Robert Gates staying on as Defense Secretary; his socialist “progressive” agenda is still intact and moving forward: Obama’s Plan for a Domestic Transformation.
Obama was quite serious when he said he was going to change the world. And now he has a national crisis, a personal mandate, a pliant Congress, a desperate public — and, at his disposal, the greatest pot of money in galactic history. (I include here the extrasolar planets.)
It begins with a near $1 trillion stimulus package. This is where Obama will show himself ideologically. It is his one great opportunity to plant the seeds for everything he cares about: a new green economy, universal health care, a labor resurgence, government as benevolent private-sector “partner.” It is the community organizer’s ultimate dream.
Lots of people have emailed us to express suspicion at the reports of “youths” rioting in Greece after the police shooting of a teenager. The suspicion is understandable, given media’s previous reluctance to identify the rioters in France as anything other than “youths,” but the simple fact is that this horrible violence has nothing to do with Islamic immigrants and everything to do with Greece’s home-grown anarchist left: Violence breaks out during Greek teen’s funeral.
ATHENS, Greece – Riot police fought running battles with mourners Tuesday after the funeral of a teenager whose shooting by officers set off waves of rioting that have sent Greece’s already unpopular government reeling.
Opposition socialist leader George Papandreou called for early elections, saying the governing conservatives were incapable of defending the public from rioters.
The government has a single-seat majority in the 300-member Parliament and opposition parties blame hands-off policing for encouraging the worst rioting the country has seen in decades. “The government cannot handle this crisis and has lost the trust of the Greek people,” Papandreou said. “The best thing it can do is resign and let the people find a solution … we will protect the public.”
High-school and university students joined elements of mostly left-wing and self-styled anarchist groups to rampage through the capital and several other cities overnight. Gangs of masked youths roamed the streets erecting burning barricades and pelting riot police with rocks and bottles.
On Tuesday, police fired tear gas to dispel dozens of youths throwing stones and sticks and setting trash cans on fire near the funeral for 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, whose death Saturday sparked the rioting. Dozens of local residents gathered on the streets, shouting at police to stop firing gas in the residential area.
All is not groovy in the Land of Hopenchange: Liberals voice concerns about Obama.
Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.
Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.
Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.
“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.
OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn’t there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”
Even supporters make clear they’re on the lookout for backsliding. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future.