The Manichean Candidate

Crazy from the chalkdustBob Owens (also known as Gun Counter Gomer, Treason in Defense of Slavery Yankee, and Cousin Bob… but only to his wife) takes to the pages of Pajamas Media to explain his very original theory (formulated in his Law & Order Sleuthin’ & Hard Thinkin’ Room… you know, the one with the Sears & Roebuck catalog nailed to the slats) as to what motivated Maurice Clemmons ( a man with a history of violence, multiple felonies, and mental illness) to kill four policemen.

Unsurprisingly, it the dirty fucking hippies who made him do it:

Another Leftist-Motivated Cop-Killing in the Northwest?

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Officials do not have a motive, but they have not ruled out a copycat killing in what some news outlets are already describing as a war on cops in Washington. Insanity is being hinted at by a family member. Clemmons’ sister says he claimed to have sent letters to the president, and that he expected Obama to confirm him as the living messiah.

His interest in President Obama may also suggest the possibility of a twisted political motivation for the killings. If this turns out to be the case, the shooting will be just the latest politically motivated attack on police officers in Washington state in recent memory.

He then goes on to expand upon his CY post noted earlier which was a total logic win:

Radical leftists educated in Washington have killed cops
Maurice Clemmons moved from Arkansas to Washington and killed some cops.
Maurice Clemmons is therefore a radical leftist.
Q.E.D. Case closed. In your face. Suck it. ..

You see, it is entirely possible that Maurice Clemmons spent the years leading up to the shooting hanging around some of the local college campuses, engaging in all-night bull sessions, Alinsky readings, and constructing enormous puppets for the WTO street protests. Also, beer pong. There may very well may have been an associate professor (a combination Ward Churchill/Charles Manson figure) who recognized what a perfect weapon Clemmons was,  took him under his wing , and began exposing him to Marxism, moral relativism, multiculturalism, and post-modernism. Also, beer pong. So, really, Clemmons was very likely a ticking time bomb made up of equal parts hatred, evil, anarchy, class/racial resentment, and MGD Light.

Improbable? Maybe. Unsupportable? Probably. An enormous amount of fantastical bullshit from Bob Owens who is desperate to find a way to somehow blame this on leftists because, when he all he has is a moribund political philosophy, everything looks like an ACORNliberalmuslim plot?

Yeah. That sounds about right.

Tune in next week To CSI: Chigger Falls when Gomer Bob goes deep undercover at the Learning Annex to find out whether 50 Sure-Fire Ways to Break the Ice & Improve Your Conversations is just a ruse to lure women into WHITE SLAVERY.

Oh. Almost forgot.

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 934-09
November 30, 2009
DoD Announces Change-In-Status of Army Soldier

The Department of Defense today announced the death of a soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom who was previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.

Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, 23, of Richmond, Va., had been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. His status was changed Nov. 29 to having died in a non-combat related incident.

He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. and went missing, Nov. 4, while involved in a resupply mission in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan.

For further information these soldiers, contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661 or (910) 432-0662.

Guestblogger Showcase: Demonstrating My Style

1. Jamelle Bouie on Tapped. He’ll be here all week folks!

2. Maj. Niel Smith on Small Wars Journal. I strongly recommend you read this.

Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them.”
T.E. Lawrence, Twenty Seven Articles, Article 15

T.E. Lawrence’s quote has become quite possibly the most over-used quotation by the U.S. Army in recent memory. Nearly every military presentation regarding our recent conflicts has some form of it embedded in the text. Nearly all U.S. military officers can parrot it with rote precision. However, application of Lawrence’s wisdom in the field remains spotty. One doesn’t have to look far to find accounts of U.S. soldiers and advisors emulating Larry the Cable Guy’s “Git r’ Dun” philosophy to prevent failure in Iraqi (or Afghan) forces. Sometimes this is required, but too often our own hubris and self-perception as the all-knowing American military overcomes the wisdom of listening to the host nation.

And it gets even better from there!

Courage Campaign pulls out of 2010 Prop 8 repeal effort

The move to repeal Prop 8 has been up in the air for quite some time – a 2010 effort vs. 2012. Today the Courage Campaign announced that its review of the political landscape, organizing and funding does not yet support a 2010 initiative.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2009

Courage Campaign Calls for More Research and Time to Build Support to Restore Marriage Equality in California

…The Courage Campaign, in partnership with Lambda Legal, has recently concluded the first phase of extensive and groundbreaking research about public beliefs and concerns about marriage and homosexuality. It confirmed that attitudes are shifting steadily toward equal treatment of same-sex couples, and that conversations among family members and other close relationships inevitably speed the process. The statement released today is concurrent with a Lambda Legal statement.

“For months, we have laid out the criteria for moving forward. Like the Obama Campaign, we understand that we need a combination of powerful and clear research that informs an expertly run campaign, an unstoppable movement that harnesses the new energy we have seen since the passage of Prop. 8 and the connections through personal stories and outreach in order to win at the ballot box,” said Rick Jacobs, the Courage Campaign founder and Chair. “We are taking the lessons learned from last year’s Prop. 8 campaign, the campaigns in Maine and other states to understand the fundamental work that must be done before moving forward in California. We also must come together as a community to create a broad coalition and governance structure, put in place a strong manager and secure the resources to win. Right now, the pieces are not all in place to do so confidently.”

As Rod 2.0 notes, a coalition of minority LGBT groups called for a 2012 effort last summer, citing the need to do the necessary outreach to all communities in order to secure a strong victory in overturning Prop 8.

Equality California, the state’s largest gay rights groups, and a coalition of black, Latino and Asian LGBT groups announced last summer that they preferred waiting until 2012. With today’s withdrawal of the Courage Campaign and Lambda Legal, the only notable group working to place enough signatures for a 2010 repeal is Love Honor Cherish.

When I recently interviewed Mark Kleinschmidt, the incoming mayor of Chapel Hill, he was also an advocate of waiting to build a broader coalition – and to maximize turnout during a presidential election year.

PS: Everybody (who is sane) agrees that putting civil rights on the ballot is wrong, not to mention unconstitutional. And it will be found that way, eventually. So, given the losses we’ve had on this particular issue, do you think that fighting referenda makes any sense, pouring hundreds millions of dollars into these campaigns worth it?

MK: I don’t know (long pause)…I think we need a little more carefully about each fight. I’m not convinced that California isn’t worth it. I still think we can win California…I think they should wait until 2012. I think we need to pulling our people to the polls to vote. It’s just much more difficult when you don’t have an Obama at the top of the ticket (to pull more minorities to the polls). I think we can do better the next time he’s on the ticket…in the absence of a high-profile election, there are huge segments of our people (pro-marriage equality) who will not be voting even though they would be with us if we could get them there (the polls). California is 3,000 miles from here, so perhaps they have some strategies for getting them to the polls or improving turnout on our side. And if they do, I wish them the best.

Related:
* CA: LGBT coalitions of color – forego 2010 Prop 8 repeal initiative; need more time to secure votes

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When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

This certainly makes me feel like an asshole for the previous post. No disrespect intended. RIP

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 933-09
November 30, 2009
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Petty Officer 3rd Class David M. Mudge, 22, of Sutherlin, Ore., died Nov. 28, in a non-hostile accident aboard USS Rentz while in Port Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

For further information regarding this sailor, please contact commander, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs at (619) 437-2146 email or christopher.servello@navy.mil.

Late Night: Not Even If You Had 100 Monkeys in a Room, Typing…

Palin's home page by twolf
Palin's home page by twolf

Are you blue as a mandrill’s buttocks because you missed the chance on Friday to grab that 60″ flat screen TV on sale at Mallwart for the kids’ playroom? Bummed because your neighbors finally encrytped their broadband router and you couldn’t snag all those Cyber Monday bargains offered online today? Do you even know the difference between xbox, PS3, and mp3?

No? Well, have I got the gift for you.

Folks, it’s never too early to “learn yer kids” about how to drape themselves in reactionary jingoism and drown themselves in rank ignorance and failed business models. No, we’re not talking about buying them Going Rogue at the bargain bin price of $4.97, nosiree. Complete with cartoony versions of Democratic Party leadership, Help! Mom! Radicals Are Ruining My Country! by some crazy named Katharine DeBrecht (hmm, sounds . . . foreign) is a paean not just to exclamation points, but to the regurgitation of every conservative wingnut talking point that has slimed its way into the public discourse over the past year through our good friends at FOX News.

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Battle in Seattle, Copenhagen Protests, and World AIDS Day

Rebecca Solnit wrote, of the Battle in Seattle and the upcoming Copenhagen conference:

Anniversaries of a whole host of revolutions seem to fall in years ending in nine — from 1789 in France to 1959 in Cuba and 1979 in Nicaragua. And then, in our calendar of nines, there was the fall of the Wall and the Battle of Seattle.

It’s 2009, and the biggest front of global action is on climate change. The US has moved from the flat denials of the Bush era to an acceptance of the problem, but solutions still elude us. As always, the people will have to lead.

We are joined by Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films, Han Shan, formerly of the Ruckus Society and coordinator of Clean Up Ecuador with Amazon Watch, Margrete Strand of the Blue Green Alliance and the Sierra Club, and Eddie Yuen, co-author of Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global Movement, to discuss the alliances built in Seattle and where the movement is now.

Then Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, fills us in on the World Trade Organization, ten years after the huge progressive victory in Seattle in 1999. The WTO may not have expanded, but it hasn’t gone away, either.

David Solnit, co-author with his sister Rebecca of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle and organizer with Mobilization for Climate Justice, is working on the next round of the global justice movement: the Copenhagen climate talks. He joins us from San Francisco to fill us in on where the movement is going now.

We also bring you excerpts from Rick Rowley and Jill Friedberg’s film This Is What Democracy Looks Like, shot during the Seattle protests, and Shaya Mercer’s award-winning documentary Trade Off, also shot during the Battle in Seattle. Their work is an example of some of the amazing independent media that came out of the Seattle action.

Finally, for World AIDS Day, we bring you video from Avert.org, raising consciousness for the need for universal access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care. Check out their video, with music from SDIA.

Your votes for the Air America Cruise Contest have me in the top 2 for round 1

I just received this in my inbox today…thanks everyone for casting your votes so that the “Your blogmistress is in need of a real vacation” campaign makes the next round.

The Top 20 nominees so far in the Cruise Contest have been listed on AirAmerica.com, but over 4000 entries have been made. There is still time for those interested to improve their chances and make it into the Top 5 for voting in Round 2.

Round 1 ends on Thursday, December 3rd.

http://airamerica.com/politics/11-30-2009/tight-competition-air-america-cruise-contest/

Progressive Bloggers Compete For Free Cruise

By Air America

Over the past two weeks, progressive bloggers from around the United States have been working vigorously to drum up support and make it through Round 1 of the Air America Cruise Contest.

Tweets, emails, Facebook messages and other forms of solicitation have contributed to over 4000 entries and these individuals below are in the Top 20.

Take a look at who has been nominated and please note that there is still time to compete! Enter more nominations below or support those who have already been nominated between now and December 3rd when Round 1 ends.

1.    Karl Frisch, Media Matters *
2.    Pam Spaulding, Pam's House Blend *
3.    Mike Lux, Open Left  
4.    Jill Zimon Miller, Writes Like She Talks
5.    Susie Madrak, Suburban Guerilla
6.    Curtis Price, The Robbinsdale Radical
7.    Sarah Burris, Everyday Citizen
8.    Joanne Bamberger, Pundit Mom
9.    Katie Gustafson, Change.org 
10.  Perry MacNeil, Momma Politico
11.  Joe Jervis, Joe.My.God 
12.  Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks  
13.  Betsy “Aunt B.” Phillips, Tiny Cat Pants  *
14.  Jamie Sanderson, The Politics of Jamie Sanderson *
15.  Markos Moulitsas, Daily Kos *
16.  Matthew Filipowicz, Huffington Post, Headzup
17.  John Amato, Crooks and Liars *
18.  Jane Hamsher, FireDogLake *
19. Shoq, Shoq Value
20. Digby, Hullabaloo

* Votes are tied

On December 4th, the Top 5 will be announced here at AirAmerica.com. Then the competition will get really fierce as we enter Round 2 and ask our readers to vote again on the remaining five bloggers.

In the end, there will be only ONE progressive blogger who can win the seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera.

Want to make sure you get the most nominations? Spread the word!

Want to know more about the Cruise? Check out www.airamericacruise.com.

Many thanks, as always, since I'll need your votes once again if I clear this round. Should I be getting my passport in order?

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Yes, Michael Moore: Obama Really Does Want to Be the War President

Michael Moore, the Academy Award winning documentary film maker who has been generally supportive of the Obama administration despite its stealth opposition to real health care reform (Obama has talked of the public option as a "sliver" and speaks now about "insurance reform"), has an open letter to President Obama up on his website asking if Obama really wants to be the new "war president". The answer, Michael, is: YES HE DOES.

In fact, the Associated Press and other news sources have reported that Obama already began his escalation BEFORE his primetime Tuesday address to the American people (I guess that Dick Cheney’s "dithering" remarks lit a fire under Hamlet’s back side). AP reports that:

Even before explaining his decision, Obama told the military to begin executing the force increases. The commander in chief gave the deployment orders Sunday night, during an Oval Office meeting in which he told key military and White House advisers of his final decision.

The Democratic President talked about his plans with key lawmakers but has not addressed all lawmakers nor has he addressed one of the key problems with the escalation, its cost (estimated to be $350 billion over 10 years if the escalation is for 35,000 troops). From the AP story again:

Gibbs said detailed discussions on costs would be held later with lawmakers.

So, not only does Obama apparently believe the war can somehow be paid for later (he opposes David Obey’s pay-as-you-go war tax on the wealthy), he has not even discussed costs with Congress. How’s that for transparency in government, folks, and did not Obama promise that his administration would be the most transparent in American history?

Michael Moore, no doubt Obama will talk about the firm resolve of our allies on Tuesday night. However, the Obama administration in this buildup to the escalation, as reported in the AP story linked above, only dwells on the Brits and the French and does not talk about Germany. How many more troops will the Brits send? 500, again according to the same AP story. That’s about enough to guard one parking lot in Kabul. Nor will Obama or his hirelings talk about the Germans very much. Germany currently is the number three nation with troops in Afghanistan (behind the U.S.A. and the U.K.). But due to a scandal over the former Defense Minister lying about civilian deaths in an air strike called for by the German army but executed by the American Air Force, German resolve (never strong to begin with) has weakened and the German people and their nation turned against the war. This issue is discussed at length in length at the diary, "Germany’s Top General Quits Over Afghan War Cover-up of Civilian Killings; US Implications" here at Firedoglake.

So Michael, you were late in recognizing that Obama really never was a progressive or a Democrat, as Sen. Paul Wellstone used to say, from the "Democratic side of the Democratic Party." Michael, you know more about health care reform than just about anyone (what a great documentary "Sicko" is), so surely you noticed that Obama shied away from a public option (which he supported as a state senator in Illinois). He called a White House conference on health care in February that failed to include a single speaker for single payer, he broke a campaign pledge to hold "all healthcare meetings in public and televise them live on C-SPAN," instead meeting behind closed doors in secret with insurance companies. He then began talking about "insurance reform" and the public option as but a "sliver" to his real program (never really defined in detail). Now we have the messy bill in Congress that Dennis Kucinich has called "the wrong approach; a bailout for insurance companies."

So too on Afghanistan, Obama has broken campaign promises.* (See note below). Recall that he did campaign on escalating the war in Afghanistan BUT ONLY talked about sending 2 more brigades there: that’s less than 8,000 soldiers. Obama already in February sent 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan (and countless civilian contractors like Blackwater). So he has already escalated once far exceeding his campaign promise. And this is about the only campaign promise Obama has NOT broken. He’s broken pledges on bringing change, on bringing new faces to Washington, on FISA telecom immunity, on renegotiating NAFTA, on DOMA, on DADT, on hiring no lobbyists in his administration, on increasing taxes on those making more than $250,000 per year, on closing GITMO quickly, on doing away with forced renditions, on state secrets, on passing no law until 5 days have elapsed before it has been submitted ("sunshine before signing" legislation) and a host of other issues.

Obama campaigned as a stealth candidate and has broken virtually every campaign pledge he made. Only Goldman Sachs and Wall St. have received their trillions of dollars in largesse from Obama through the bailouts. For workers and the unemployed: they get a White House conference that will doubtlessly feature those progressive, people-oriented Obama economists, Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner, in a few days on unemployment. Obama was quick to talk about the cost of true health care reform (and all of his estimates mysteriously projected for 10 years, not one, thus swelling the apparent cost to the people). But with war, Obama has no problems with not even talking or considering the costs even with Congress. That will be done later. So Obama’s escalation fits in perfectly with the rest of his actions in the past year: all public relations and pretty speeches. Expect more lies and more vagueness (especially regarding a pull out date, he will not mention one for sure) on Tuesday.

Sorry, Michael but you need to pick up that patented bull-horn megaphone of yours and trumpet this message: Obama is a fraud, a complete sellout, a nonfighter for the progressive platform he ran and won on.

NOTE: On Obama breaking his campaign pledges on Afghanistan (the linked story has links to the campaign speeches):

In major foreign policy speeches in August 2007 and July 2008, Obama did talk of sending “at least two” more U.S. combat brigades — made up of between three thousand and four thousand troops each — to Afghanistan. However, the 21,000 troops he has already sent far exceed any troop increase he discussed publicly before the election, even before the 30,000 or so more he’s expected to announce he’ll add to that number in Tuesday’s speech.