Saturday, August 30, 2008

RNC 2008 National Security Police State Pre-Convention Roundup 

[1]: The History of Breaking Up Protests Before They Can Happen, How Cops Have Spent Years Squashing the Right to Assembly and Free Speech By: Kirk James Murphy, M.D. Saturday August 30, 2008 6:50 pm

[2]: Inside an RNC Raid By: Lindsay Beyerstein Saturday August 30, 2008 12:59 pm

[3]: More Protesters Arrested in the Twin Cities By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 30, 2008 3:23 pm (with video)

[4]: Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis By Glenn Greenwald (with video)

[update Monday, Sept. 01]
Glenn Greenwald in St. Paul, MN (includes video of Amy Goodman arrest):
Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be, even more so than Manhattan in the week of 9/11 -- with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations. Humvees and law enforcement officers with rifles were posted on various buildings and balconies. Numerous protesters and observers were tear gassed and injured. I'll have video of the day's events posted shortly.


Friday, August 29, 2008

SBL Sponge Bath Night 

Because, my friends, what America needs is a good sponge bath.


Hurricane McSame. Winds of ironic proportions. 

Reigns of the beast (via USA Today):
McCain camp: GOP convention might be delayed if Gustav hits:
Sen. John McCain's spokesman said today that the Republican convention might be postponed if Tropical Storm Gustav strengthens into a hurricane and hits the Gulf Coast on Monday.

Downpours of idiocy (via Pandagon):
Dobson’s crew prays for rain on Obama’s acceptance speech:
Watch Stuart Shepard, commentator on FotF’s “Stoplight” series, urge bible-beaters to pray for “rains of biblical proportions” during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Heck of a job there, Jupiter. Now try praying for a some vertical wind shear.

Nice night in Denver though, wasn't it?


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

SBL Open Thread 


Whistling Pantsuit: Color Coded Shoutout to the GOS! 

Hillary gives unity shout out to the Great Orange Satan (Daily KOs)

Tells PUMAs to stop ironing John McCain's shirts.


small clue for any prowling PUMA: Denver's (ie: Denver Broncos) theme colors are orange and blue.


Monday, August 25, 2008

PUMAcRATS: John McCain's Handmaids 

Watching the cable television news story time shows; everything from CNN house mouse Anderson Cooper to Pentagon perception management embeds John King and Wolf Blitzer, CNNs American Enterprise Institute patio speaker Bill Schnider, the crooked FOX Noise flim flam carnies - with their attendant hammer squash and possum belly queens - and so forth. All are pushing the Great Hillarian/PUMA Mutiny of 2008 narrative.

All day long on Sunday, and I suspect for the rest of the week, we will be subjected to an endless loop of excitable blather from the mic-men and midway roustabouts operating the spinning jinny at the "most trusted name in news" and the flair for the unbalanced network. A coaster ride of vomiting pundits and pols all throwing up about the Democratic Convention's most talked about freak show; indignant Hillary supporters and the litter of plush toy PUMA prizes up for grabs at the wheel of fortune booth. Oh me oh my what shall be done to win this wounded pride - who must certainly number in the multi-millions and utlimately hold the entire election outcome (and the future survival of democracy itself!) in the pad of their distempered paw. That's the bally they are barking about on the boob toob.

A new McCain ad is targeting supporters of Hillary Clinton.
(CNN) – As the Republican campaign to take advantage of fresh reports of friction between the Clinton and Obama camps shifts into high gear, John McCain released his second ad in two days aimed at wooing the New York senator's disappointed supporters.


Bartoshevich is among a small group of self-described Clinton-turned-McCain voters who've traveled to Denver this week and organized a kind of parallel counter-convention, with daily press conferences, protests, and movie screenings.

Sunday evening, a few dozen gathered in a former garage-turned-café a few minutes and light-years away from downtown Denver for the premiere of a new anti-Obama documentary, "The Audacity of Democracy." Participants included PUMA founder Will Bower - part of a pro-Clinton group that visited McCain headquarters shortly after she conceded in June - and Andy Martin, a conservative activist and author of an anti-Obama book who has been credited by supporters of the Democrat's campaign as the original source of the false rumor that he is a Muslim.

Nearly all of those interviewed said they planned to vote for the Republican ticket in the fall. Some insisted Clinton might still stage a convention floor coup and win the nomination Wednesday; others said they believed McCain might tap her as VP of a unity ticket.

The fearsome, the furious, the "few dozen" (photo).

Hillary Clinton wants you to STOP ironing John McCain's shirts!

"I'm Hillary Clinton, and I do not approve..."
In a media availability with reporters following the breakfast, Clinton reiterated her opposition to McCain’s ads.

“I don’t appreciate having my name or my words or for that matter Sen. Biden’s words used. There’s nothing I can do about it, except speak out against it, and hope people won’t give it any credence.”

“If you voted for me, you have much more in common with Senator Obama on every issue I campaigned on, on every cause that I have stood for, than you do with Senator McCain,” she said when asked what she thought of her former supporters considering a McCain vote.

Hillary wants you to stop folding laundry for John McCain. So leave John McCain's shirts alone.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kristol Kazoo PUMA Whistle 

Bill - I'm just here on a grant from the Gertrude Himmelfarb Wingnut Welfare Foundation - Kristol:
Kristol: The Democrats' Glass Ceiling
Denver -- So Hillary Clinton gets about 18 million votes in 2008, and isn’t even considered for--she apparently isn’t even given the courtesy of being consulted--the vice presidential pick. Joe Biden manages to persuade a few thousand (if that) Iowans to support him. And Barack Obama selects Biden? Normally, if the VP pick came from that year’s presidential field, it's the runner-up (Kerry-Edwards in 2004, Reagan-Bush in 1980, Stevenson-Kefauver in 1956). (Lyndon Johnson in 1960 hadn’t entered the primaries.) And Biden wasn’t even the third most successful candidate this year (hi, John Edwards!), or fourth (Bill Richardson, I suppose), or fifth (Dennis Kucinich!).

4 Hi, Dick Cheney! (who wasn't even a candidate for anything)

Kristol pounces:
Also, if the VP is supposed to handle the Democrats’ populist economic message: after the last few months of the primary campaign, it would be hard to say Hillary hasn’t proven herself an awfully good carrier of that message. And Hillary can perform the attacking functions of the VP nominee as well as Biden.

Will the Democratic party, which is committed (to say the least) to gender equity, and which in fact has a 50 percent quota for female delegates, accept Obama’s imposition of a glass ceiling at its convention?

A modest suggestion to my justifiably outraged Democratic friends: Hillary’s name should be placed in nomination not for the presidency (Obama won that more or less fair and square) -- but for the vice presidency. It would be an interesting roll call vote.

Yes, my "outraged Democratic friends", wouldn't it be outrageously "interesting"...

Thank you Bil Kristol (New York Times McCain campaign embed) for your heartfelt soul-deep genuine concern. Roar.

Please purchase your kazoo early while supplies last.

Ramen noodles and pink insulation forever!


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