Chris Matthews STFU!!

MATTHEWS: You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it’s interesting: He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about.

Obviously, President Obama’s blackness was all over Tweety’s mind this evening.

*eyes rolling*

HT: ThinkProgress

Bruce Fein wants an expanded CIA probe

On yesterday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews interviewed Bruce Fein, an Associate Deputy Attorney General to President Ronald Reagan, and Fein argued that the Justice Department should expand a probe into the CIA’s interrogation techniques — including the possibility of targeting former Vice President Dick Cheney.

In response to a clip of Dick Cheney saying (in his interview with Chris Wallace of Fox Noise) that even if they violated the rules (laws), don’t investigate, and don’t even think of indicting..:

“What I find most dangerous about Mr. Cheney’s statement is that he really suggests that the rule of law means nothing as long as you’re trying to go after terrorists. We have a way to do these things. Go to Congress and you have them amend the law—a ticking time-bomb exception or something like that. The executive branch doesn’t unilaterally declare the law no longer serves any purpose because we’re going after terrorists. That’s what despotic governments do. We are the United States of America. Rule of Law is our ultimate safety and guarding of our liberties.”

“I think there should be an investigation, and perhaps a pardon would be appropriate under the circumstance, but certainly a full-fledged investigation. If there are no mitigating circumstances a prosecution is appropriate. If there are, then that’s the pardon, and that’s the situation where the president would have to take full accountability like President Ford did with Mr. Nixon.”

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I agree. Let the investigation go where it must. This country needs to see accountability so we as a nation can regain our confidence that we really ARE a country based on the Rule of Law, that there really are lines that cannot be crossed, that those laws really work—for ALL of us (including our elected leaders and lawmakers).

Birther G. Gordon Liddy embarrasses himself on Hardball

Chris Matthews puts G. Gordon Liddy on the spot, hitting him right between the eyes with the actual evidence that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, and he still holds on to his ridiculous story that Obama is an illegal alien…

Raw Replay:

Conservative talk radio host G. Gordon Liddy and WRNB Radio’s E. Steven Collins discuss why the debate over President Barack Obama’s citizenship continues to fill radio air time despite the release of the president’s birth certificate which states he was born in Hawaii.

The way in which Liddy mumbles and stumbles around as Chris Matthews hammers him with questions and photos, Liddy sounds like a very old man who is confused and disoriented. He looked like a fool.

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Matthews schools Issa on basic English

Finally, someone has called the GOPers on their childish practice of calling the Democratic party the “Democrat” party; a trend started by their spiritual leader Rush Limbaugh (whom, I imagine, managed to graduate the 3rd grade, but not much more). The fun starts at the :44 minute mark.

I hope the remainder of the press picks up this idiotic “slam” the Republican’s seem intent on using.

I find it amusing because it simply makes them, and anyone else using the phrase, look dumb as stones.

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Dick Armey, Being A Dick

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Can you believe the nerve of this misogynistic asswipe?

ARMEY: I’m so damn glad that you can never be my wife because I surely wouldn’t have to listen to that prattle from you every day.

WALSH: Boy, that makes two of us sir. That was really an outstanding comment.

ARMEY: That’s what I’m talking about — she’s making a political malarkey here.

Dick Armey must belong to the “He-Man-Woman-Hater Club.” But his entire display of rudeness should offend any person of civility, regardless of their sex.   And at no point does he apologize for what he said. And this is what the Republican Party has to offer as an alternative? A “Shut up, you hag!” approach to political discourse? Is it any wonder they lost so big in the last elections? As Bob Herbert said later, this man owes Joan Walsh, and the viewers of Hardball an apology for his offensive remarks. And it better not be one of “to anyone who was offended by what I said, I’m sorry.” This time, the apology has to show that he understand why what he specifically said and did was wrong. Anything less is not a true apology.

Matthews Slams Harris: You Speak With A Forked Tongue

Chris Matthews calls B.S. on Todd Harris for the double standard Republicans have where they come in with slim wins and do exactly what they want and say they have a mandate, but expect Democrats to pussy-foot around and apologize for being there when they win by large margins. Todd replies by saying that acting that way will make Obama end up with an approval rating like Bush. Really Todd Harris? You think that’s what will happen if Obama pushes through a populist agenda against the will of the Republicans?  Todd Harris is a typical Republican Strategist – all that comes out of his mouth is garbage.

In case you missed them..

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These were some very good pieces that are must-reads! I threw in the one on Al Franken because I was just so happy for him..

“What’s the Difference Between Palin and Muslim Fundamentalists? Lipstick – A theocrat is a theocrat, whether Muslim or Christian” by Juan Cole (CommonDreams):

John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the “transcendent challenge” of the 21st century, “radical Islamic extremism,” contrasting it with “stability, tolerance and democracy.” But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers. On censorship, the teaching of creationism in schools, reproductive rights, attributing government policy to God’s will and climate change, Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts. What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick

Palin Get Olbermann Censored, Bask in Media Double Standard by Elliot D. Cohen (BuzzFlash):

On September 7, The New York Times printed a story titled, “MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts from Anchor Seat.” The “incendiary” hosts in question were Countdown’s Keith Olbermann and Hardball’s Chris Matthews, and the anchor seat referred to was that of the upcoming presidential debates as well as election night. According to the Times, the McCain/Palin campaign had filed letters of complaint to NBC about the coverage these pundits were giving the McCain campaign. Unfortunately, the climate of media hypocrisy and censorship that now feeds this campaign may be a predictor of its intolerance for healthy, reciprocal disagreement, and freedom of the press should it ascend on the White House in 2009…

“My Alaskan soul sister is an empty vessel” by Mary Mullin (TheIrishTimes):

[..] I won’t be voting for Sarah Palin, even though she makes John McCain look better than he looked without her. She is dead wrong on all the issues and is way, way, way too insular.

In addition to our almost nationalistic love for Alaska, Sarah Palin and I are both proud mothers of a child with Down syndrome.

My daughter Lily was born in Galway 10 years ago. It may be hard to believe, but the early childhood services in Ireland are better than they are in Alaska for people with Down syndrome.

When Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig, her son with Down syndrome, I hoped that she would beef up services for Alaska’s disabled population. She could have done so overnight – but “social conservatives”, especially tough super-moms like Sarah Palin, don’t do that sort of thing.

It’s the Democrats who care about single mothers and people with Down syndrome. It’s the Democrats who designed community programmes for early intervention; it’s the Democrats who instituted programmes for integration and it’s the Democrats who fought for and passed the law that gives people with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate education in America’s public schools.

And now, Sarah Palin and her darling baby, Trig, are being held in the bosom of right-wing Christian fundamentalists who are delighted with themselves. But they have done nothing for people with disabilities. Nothing. [..]

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Matthews smacks down radio host defending Bush ‘appeasement’ attacks

Raw Story

Chris Matthews talked with right-wing radio host Kevin James who defended Bush’s comparison of Obama’s foreign policy position with the appeasement of Hitler. James was unable to explain the historical reference of “appeasement.”

Quite entertaining to watch this wingnut flailing in the wind..

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