In what seems like it should be a national news story – but never is because of who the offenders are – a group of state Republicans in Connecticut were caught by Twitter impersonating dozens of their fellow Democratic counterparts sending out GOP-friendly messages under the names of people who hold vastly differing political views.
From time to time I’ll post a comment as an article, either by request, or because something happened and made the comment unavailable. In this case, the seed this comment belongs on was taken down by the community; a link to “American Thinker” for a story titled “Kill the Jews, Save the World“. With a title like that it’s surprising that the seed remained up since October 10th. The first blockquote belongs to the seeder, to which I respond thusly:
I have no significant sympathy for Meghan McCain or anybody like her, and I wasn’t snowed over by her a few months back when she criticized the Republican party and for a short time became Public Enemy #1.
The meme on the left was to suddenly embrace her existence and admire her as one of the misguided good guys. If only more conservatives had a head on them like Meghan McCain did, maybe we could stop bickering and start healing divisive wounds, take care of the people’s business, and finally have that ideal country we all dream of.
Frankly that kind of shallow thinking is a good way to get yourself killed someday.
You’ve undoubtedly heard that Chicago – the American city that Bush U.N. ambassador John Bolton fantasized about being the victim of a terrorist nuclear attack at CPAC, garnering laughter from the audience – lost the Olympics for 2016. Reportedly it was because of draconian immigration policies which makes you wonder whether or not the United States may be permanently out of the running.
Perhaps you’ve also heard – and this ought to be plenty obvious and expected by now — that Republicans are thrilled that the United States lost the Olympics. No exaggerations, no political grandstanding here, and despite political operatives desperately trying to keep their party from celebrating such a huge loss to our nation, many mainstream conservatives simply can’t contain their anti-American glee.
Bush Deputy Press Secretary Scott Stanzel warned his party on Twitter to “resist the temptation to pile on about Chicago losing the Olympic bid just because Obama made the pitch”.
That admirable suggestion has been roundly ignored.
Things are quickly unraveling for Republicans now that the summer recess has passed and there are no more opportunities for corporate lobbyists to gin up manufactured opposition to health care reform. Originally this story was going to be about how the “we’re all going to die” rhetoric represented two things.
First, there isn’t really anything new about it. Republicans routinely ran ads during the 2008 Presidential campaign directly implying that many Americans would be slaughtered by The Terrorists if they didn’t obey orders from the GOP to elect another Republican to replace Bush. Commercials with ominous music would mix video of ticking clocks, nuclear explosions, and of course pictures of Democratic politicians.
This from the party that showed graphic footage of 9/11 during their national convention last year as some sort of sick celebration.
I was just pointed to a story in Rolling Stone from last week confirming virtually everything that progressives have been saying about the fake health care town hall protests over the summer.
Mainly, according to documents that Tim Dickinson uncovered, several right-wing groups worked closely with each other for weeks organizing the supposedly grassroots protests with the help of health care industry lobbyists, corporate funding, and direct help from GOP congressional leadership.
Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic wrote a post a few hours ago about a letter written to President Obama, signed by seven former intelligence officials – virtually all of them neo-conservatives and many from the Bush administration – complaining about DoJ investigations into torture at the CIA.
Ambinder dutifully and uncritically transcribed the primary complaints and requests of the letter without noting that what these officials are demanding is the kind of harmful political corruption that the Department of Justice was made famous for under Bush and his many disgraced Attorney’s General.
One hardly has to read the letter to know what it says, once you find out who wrote it. Michael Hayden was NSA director for the entire warrantless wiretapping scandal, and then CIA director under George Bush from 2006 until earlier this year. Hayden’s problems violating federal wiretapping law and the Constitution alone says a great deal about the type of people behind this letter.
The story I wrote about the right dishonestly inflating the size of their large, but rather ordinary protest in Washington D.C. this past Saturday did better than I expected. To me, these kinds of outrageous lies have become the norm from conservatives and so were not entirely surprising, if not for the grand scale of it all.
Inflating crowd estimates is nothing new, regardless of party or ideology, but inflating a crowd size by 28 times is pretty darn low.
Even for Republicans.
I first picked up on this from NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen on Twitter. As has been the case with virtually every teabagger protest since the astroturf gatherings were founded, this march on D.C. was the idea of — and organized directly by — corporate lobbyists at FreedomWorks. The site which is soliciting donations, 912dc.org, is owned and operated by corporate lobbying group FreedomWorks.
FreedomWorks was founded by former Republican House Majority Leader and current corporate lobbyist, Dick Armey, and has significant support from billionaire Republican Steve Forbes. Forbes during his runs for President supported the privatization of social security, as most Republicans did, which would have resulted in the wholesale lose of social security during the recent recession.
Fox’s greed and distaste for the American public has finally caught up with it; the network fell to second place last night airing original – and typically well viewed – reality programming, with NBC taking home the ratings crown by airing a rare Presidential speech addressing a joint session of Congress.