Yearly Archives: 2007

Supreme Victim

From the International Herald Tribune:

On Sunday evening, Anita Hill turned on the television at her Waltham, Mass., home to watch “60 Minutes.” She knew the man she had famously accused of sexual harassment, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, would appear on the show to promote his autobiography.

Hill expected Thomas to attack her credibility. But, she said, she did not expect such intensity. Sixteen years after Hill’s testimony nearly scuttled Thomas’s nomination, a new generation of Americans heard Thomas label his accuser a liar, adding: “She was not the demure, religious, conservative person that they portrayed.”

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Filed under Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, humor, movies, parody, politics, Sexual Harassment, snark, Supreme Court

Cut, But Don’t Run

From the Los Angeles Times:

Just when it looked like things couldn’t get worse for the Republicans, Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico, a 35-year Senate veteran, is expected to announce today that he plans to retire at the end of his term — boosting Democrats’ hopes of expanding their control of the chamber in next year’s elections.

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Filed under 2008 election, Chuck Hagel, Dennis Hastert, Homophobia, humor, John Boehner, John Warner, Larry Craig, parody, Pete Domenici, politics, Republicans, snark, Wayne Allard

Phony, Boloney, and Maloney

From Media Matters:

On the October 1 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly discussed conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about “phony soldiers,” and claimed that “Media Matters is peddling that Mr. Limbaugh was denigrating soldiers who dissent from the Iraq War, but that doesn’t seem to be true.” As evidence, O’Reilly aired a clip of Limbaugh claiming that he “was talking about one soldier with that phony soldier comment. Jesse MacBeth.” But O’Reilly did not point out, as Media Matters for America has done, that during the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Limbaugh — in his original comments — actually referred to “phony soldiers,” plural. O’Reilly also ignored the fact that Limbaugh did not refer to Jesse MacBeth until one minute and 50 seconds after making his “phony soldiers” comment.

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Filed under Bill O'Reilly, Brian Maloney, Fox News, George Soros, Harlem, Harry Reid, humor, Iraq War, Jesse MacBeth, John Edwards, Media, Media Matters, movies, politics, Racism, Rush Limbaugh, snark

The Little Prince

From the Washington Post:

Like the company he founded, defense contractor Erik Prince doesn’t seem to answer to anybody.

His security business, Blackwater, has been involved in at least 195 shootings in Iraq — but it has operated outside U.S. and Iraqi laws. Similarly, when Prince made a rare public appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday, he acted as if the lawmakers were wasting his time.

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Filed under Afghanistan, Amway, Betsy DeVos, Blackwater, Chimpy, Chris Shays, Christian Freedom International, Danny Davis, Darrell Issa, Dick DeVos, Duncan Hunter, Edgar Prince, Erik Prince, Family Research Council, FBI, Focus on the Family, George W. Bush, Henry Waxman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, humor, Iraq War, James Dobson, John Mica, Lynn Westmoreland, parody, Patrick McHenry, Paul Hodes, politics, Republicans, Rick Santorum, television, Tom Coburn, Tom Davis, Tom Delay

Candor or Pander?

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Republican presidential hopeful John McCain moved Sunday to calm controversy over an interview in which he said he would prefer to have the US president be Christian rather than Muslim.

“I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles … personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith,” said McCain, 72, in an interview posted Saturday on the faith and politics news site Beliefnet.

“I think the number one issue people should make [in the] selection of the president of the United States is, ‘Will this person carry on in the Judeo Christian principled tradition that has made this nation the greatest experiment in the history of mankind?'”

Oh, John the Baptist McCain, I almost (but not quite) feel sorry for you.

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Filed under 2008 election, Anti-Defamation League, Beliefnet, Chimpy, Christian Coalition, Christianity, Constitution, Council for National Policy, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Daniel Pipes, Donald Rumsfeld, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Fred Thompson, Free Congress Foundation, Gary Bauer, George W. Bush, humor, Islam, James Clymer, James Dobson, Jesus, Joe Lieberman, John Bolton, John McCain, movies, parody, Pat Robertson, Paul Weyrich, Peter King, politics, Republicans, Rudy Giuliani, snark, Tim LaHaye, Tony Perkins, Virgil Goode

The Ferry King (the unabridged edition)

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Stevens, who championed $452 million in federal funding for Alaska’s notorious “bridges to nowhere,” has directed the Navy to build an experimental ferry it once rejected to serve a little-used port in a remote area of his home state.

The high-speed ferry will connect Anchorage to Port MacKenzie in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $84 million. The project follows the same route as one of the two “bridges to nowhere,” which the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense and others spotlighted in 2005 as examples of wasteful projects promoted by members of Congress that benefit few people.

The 3-mile ferry route will turn a 2½-hour drive into a 15-minute trip to Port MacKenzie, which has two businesses that employ about 40 people combined.

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Filed under Alaska, Bill Allen, humor, Lockheed Martin, movies, Navy, parody, politics, Richard Smith, Senate Appropriations Committee, snark, Ted Stevens, VECO, William Bittner, Winslow Wheeler

Out on a Limbaugh

From Media Matters:

In response to Media Matters’ documentation of his recent description of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as “phony soldiers,” Rush Limbaugh claimed that he had not been talking “about the anti-war movement generally,” but rather “about one soldier … Jesse MacBeth.” Limbaugh then purported to air the “entire” segment in question. In fact, the clip he aired omitted a full 1 minute and 35 seconds of discussion that occurred between Limbaugh’s original “phony soldiers” comment and his subsequent reference to MacBeth.

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Filed under Chimpy, General Petraeus, George W. Bush, GWOT, humor, Iraq War, Media, MoveOn, parody, politics, radio, Rush Limbaugh, snark, television