Lou Dobbs “GULP”

The Raw Story

Since opinionated CNN news anchor Lou Dobbs began reporting on a conspiracy theory story that suggested President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, his ratings have fallen some 15 percent.

In two weeks.

Dobbs began reporting on the Obama birth certificate story — circulated by the hard right — on Wednesday, July 15. In the following two weeks, his Nielsen ratings dived — reducing his overall viewers from an estimated 771,000 to 653,000.

Your move, Dobbs.  Make it a good one!

Maher on the “birthers”

LA Times, by Bill Maher

Never underestimate the ability of a tiny fringe group of losers to ruin everything.

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve all been laughing heartily at the wacky antics of the “birthers” — the far-right goofballs who claim Barack Obama wasn’t really

Please point and laugh at me...

Please point at me and laugh...

born in Hawaii and therefore the job of president goes to the runner-up, former Miss California Carrie Prejean.

Which raises the question: Why, in this country, is it always the religious right that won’t take anything on faith?

So far, the reaction from Democrats is to laugh this off, and I understand why. If you seriously believe that President Obama is an African sleeper spy, get out of your chat room and have your house tested for lead.

Rest the rest of this article here.

The Division Among Us: A Scene from a Navel Gazing Media

The beer meeting between the President, VP, Officer Crowley, and Prof. Gates could not have gone more badly.  Simply look at the beer list:

POTUS: Bud Light
VPOTUS: Bucklers
Gates: Sam Adams Light
Crowley: Blue Moon

A complete division among the particpants.  What can we divine from this?  I think it’s pretty obvious that the divisions between the races are as large as ever, as well as the fact that even Vice President Joe Biden has become convinced that Barack Obama is on the verge of tyranny.  It’s all written right there.  In the beers.  And Bud Light?  Reeks of elitism.  So effete.

The Watering Hole: This day in history, July 30

Baghdad, 1930

Baghdad, 1930

762:  The City of Baghdad is founded.

1729:  Baltimore, Maryland is founded.

1863:  Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signs the Treaty of Box Elder, promising to stop harassing the emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah.

1945 – World War II: Japanese submarine I-58 sinks the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), killing 883 seamen.

1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.

1975 – Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again.

2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

What happened to you on July 30?

The Watering Hole: July 29 – The Spanish Armada

On this date in 1588, the Spanish Armada suffered an ignoble defeat in a prelude to The Battle of Gravelines. Five Spanish capital ships (Galleons) were lost in this initial skirmish. The English did not lose a single ship except for the fire ships that they set adrift amongst the Spanish fleet.

Subsequent naval engagements and inclement weather all but eliminated what was the most powerful naval force ever launched up to that time. By mid-August, England was the most prominent naval power in the world.

Colbert talking tasers..

On Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” Monday, Stephen reported how Tasers are an effective tool for any law enforcement situation. Well, somehow I don’t think he was serious..

He shows the absurdity of news reporters allowing themselves to be ‘tased’ for dramatic effect.. He points out that Glen Beck should should wait until after he is tased to have facial spasms..

Then he ended with the story of a 72-year-old great-grandmother who was tased for refusing to sign her parking ticket. “Some say the police may may have gone too far..” Ya think?

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Police justify use of taser on deaf man — he was armed with an umbrella

The Raw Story

Antonio Love, age 37, a deaf man with the mental capacity of a 10 year old, was shopping in a dollar store when he began to feel sick to his stomach.  He went into the bathroom and sat down in a stall.  A report was made to the store management that someone had been in a stall for over an hour — how anyone would know how long he was in there, I don’t know.

The police were summoned, and they called for the person in the stall to come out, and banged on the door.  Mr Love was frightened, and tried to hold the door shut, so the police shot pepper spray under the door.

“The police arrive General Dollar and throw poison through under the door,” Love’s note continued. “I can smell poison and I’m amazing and shock.”

Love turned the water on to wash the irritating chemicals off his face.

“Then I’m think someone gone.”

Apparently the police went to get a tire iron to force the door.  At this point, Mr Love still does not know it was the police trying to get through the door — he thought it was “the devil.”

“Then again someone knock knock,” the note reads. “My head hold door, and my hand put hold lock the door. I spit poison with water. Someone hit hard hard.”

The officers broke into the room.

“I’m almost fall and surprise the police here. The police get the tazz three strings in my stomach, chest and hand and hit my head. I’m falled.”

The police hauled Mr Love to the station and tried to charge him with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a police officer — but the Magistrate refused to accept the charges.

The Mobile police say the arrest was justified:

Deadly weapon?

Deadly weapon?

“A spokesman for the Mobile Police Department said the officers’ actions were justified because the man was armed with a potential weapon — an umbrella.”

The police then drove Mr Love home, which took a while because he had difficulty giving them directions.  Rest-assured, the police took time to laugh at him and tell him he was crazy.  Then they dropped him at his door and sped off — without letting his family know what had happened to him.

No credentialed translator was made available to Mr Love, and he was not read or shown his rights at the time of arrest.

The police are supposed to “protect and serve” the people, not humiliate and arrest them for sitting in a bathroom stall while deaf and mentally challenged.

Since the incident, Love’s family said, he hasn’t been himself. He’s been scared of anyone in a police uniform, they said.

The disabled are at the world’s mercy on a good day, and now Mr Love is afraid of the only people outside of his family he might have depended on for help.

I’ll say it — the Mobile police acted stupidly.