In regards to the Amash amendment which would have de-funded the portion of the NSA earmarked to spying on American citizens (which was narrowly voted down last night), the office of the President’s Press Secretary :
In light of the recent unauthorized disclosures, the President has said that he welcomes a debate about how best to simultaneously safeguard both our national security and the privacy of our citizens…we oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools. This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.
My irony alarm was so overloaded by this statement that I had to turn it off because all the neighbors were complaining.
To show just how much the President values an informed, open, process, he sent the head of the NSA to brief members of Congress:
NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander scheduled a last-minute, members-only briefing in response to the amendment, according to an invitation distributed to members of Congress this morning ...The invitation warned members that they could not share what they learned with their constituents or others. “The briefing will be held at the Top Secret/SCI level and will be strictly Members-Only,” reads the invite.
Ha! How’s that for open and informed?
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Merry Christmas to the big Wall Street banks, who work hard to . . . someone please remind me how these big banks to make the world a better place–what do they do for the economy or for productivity? Please tell me something more convincing than free market fundamentalism.
How dense are our news reporters that they are stunned by Republican lies and obstructionism? Truly we are victims of journalistic malpractice. That’s the well-reasoned conclusion of Jamison Foser of Media Matters:
Have these people been asleep, Rip Van Winkle-style, for the past few decades? Conservatives buried the last serious effort at universal health care under an avalanche of (media-abetted) lies. And they won the 2000 election on the strength of (media-abetted … and sometimes media-invented) lies. And they took us to war in Iraq based on (media-abetted) lies. And … well, you get the point. When was the last time conservatives approached a big fight without relying heavily, if not exclusively, on misinformation and deception? Why would anyone have thought this time would be different?
Likewise, the increasingly obvious fact that conservatives aren’t actually interested in working toward bipartisan reform — this seems to have taken reporters by surprise. But when was the last time conservatives made significant concessions in order to win bipartisan support for anything?
What makes all this shock really amazing is that so much of political journalism consists of pontification by people who have supposedly been around and understand how things work — and yet they’re constantly stunned when history repeats itself in the most predictable of ways.
What’s driving George Will’s warped views on environmental issues, including his criticism of compact fluorescent light bulbs?
On issues relating to the environment, George Will’s strategy has been to draw his curve, then plot his data. As of late, he’s been denying far more than climate change; he’s denying the data relating to climate change. It has gotten so bad that he’s been pointing to changes in the weather to attempt to rebut evidence that there are changes in climate, an unfair tactic that even fourth-graders know enough to criticize. Throughout his arguments, Will delights in sprinkling in pointy little reminders that the government is always misguided, as though we should trust in the “free market.”
This week, in an article published by the Washington Post, Will has employed all of his favorite forms of paltering in a full-scale attack on compact fluorescent light bulbs. He doesn’t like compact fluorescent bulbs for a variety of reasons that he enunciates. Without citing any statistics, he claims that some of those bulbs might not last as long as the bulb life indicated on the package. Because of the existence of mercury in the bulbs, he gripes that we can’t just toss them away in the general trash when they break or cease working. Will also complains that CFL’s are not all-purpose bulbs—they don’t work in hot places with limited airflow. And they take a bit to get to their full brightness. Down with CFL’s!
George Will’s irresponsible article denying climate change and the Washington Post’s irresponsible fact-checking
In “Dark Green Doomsayers,” Will attacked Secretary of Energy Steven Chu for discussing a worst-case scenario of California drought caused by the decimation of Sierra snowpack, falsely claiming Chu predicted this will come to pass “no later than 10 years away.” Will also incorrectly claimed that “global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979″ — based on a 45-day-old blog post by Daily Tech’s Michael Asher, one of Marc Morano’s climate denial jokers.
Will’s article is riddled with falsehoods. The radically untrue nature of Will’s article is beyond dispute.
Confronted with Will’s cauldron of conservative climate denial propaganda, the Washington Post was faced with a stark choice. It could either A) confess that it failed to do any competent fact-checking or B) compound Will’s lies with its own by claiming that it did real fact-checking. It chose “B.”
Rolling Stone’s Matt Tabbi is back with another clinic on writing. This time, his subject is Karl Rove and all things Rovian. The title to the article is “The Return of Rove: John McCain has Surrendered His Campaign to the Same Political Fearmonger Who Smeared Him Out of the Race in 2000. Here’s the money […]
Sarah Palin has given up spinning the truth. It’s just a lot easier to tell lies then run off, as Jon Stewart reports. Such a sad day for American politics. It’s also amazing that after choosing someone as incompetent as Sarah Palin, that John McCain is still getting 40% of the vote in many places.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are running a campaign of lies, half truths and distortions and destroying America as a Republic. There’s even a website now to keep track of the lies. As of September 17, 2008 they are at 56 lies, up from 54 lies as of yesterday. Also, see here, here, here, here, […]