Flip to the flop to the flippity flop-flop and you don’t stop.

Will swallow anything the GOP feeds him

Ever since abandoning the good ship Captains Quarters to become Michelle Malkin’s Gilligan on the SS Earthbound Cheerleader , Cap’n Ed has gone a little cabin crazy and the occasional synapses of honest common sense have gone the way of his hair. Today, Cap’n Ed discovers that Barack Obama doesn’t exactly hold the same views that he held… in 1996:

So what were Obama’s positions in 1996, according to the questionnaire that bears his handwriting?

* Opposed to parental notification on abortions. He amended this to say that he might possibly support it for 12- or 13-year-olds, but no older.
* Flatly opposed the death penalty, a position he denied ever having.
* Supported bans on the sale, possession, and manufacture of guns, again a position he denied ever taking.

Those positions won’t even fly with a large number of Democrats, let alone in a general election. The Hillary Clinton campaign has already begun making the argument to superdelegates that Obama holds extremist views so out of touch with the American electorate that he can’t possibly win in November. The questionnaire will bolster that argument, especially on guns, where the Democrats had tried to soften their stance since Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee in 2000.

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Once again, we have more evidence that Obama represents nothing more than the political winds. He has zero credibility, zero experience, and a penchant for telling people what they want to hear rather than any truth about what he actually believes. Either he lied to IVI or he’s lying now.

Telling people what they want to hear rather than what they actually believe? What kind of monster would do such a thing? I’m glad you asked:

Oh-oh. Here comes the Ghost of Endorsements Past: (more…)

Jim Neal stuns James Carville into silence at NC Young Democrats event

This is priceless. Last week at the Young Democrats convention her in NC there was a private reception with Clintonista and DLC tool James Carville and local pols.  North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal was there as Mary Matalin’s husband got up to shill for Neal’s opponent and Chuck Schumer/DSCC-backed candidate Kay Hagan.

Ryan Teague Beckwith at The News & Observer‘s Under the Dome has the skinny on what happened, and here’s a great photo of people laughing at reacting to Carville as he was steamrolled into silence by Neal:

At one point, Carville said that North Carolina has a great Senate candidate in Kay Hagan, noting that he had just spoken with her daughter, Carrie.

Neal, who is running against Hagan for the Democratic nomination, spoke out from the back of the room.

“I said, ‘We have primaries here in North Carolina. We don’t have coronations,'” Neal said later.

He said Carville did not respond. “It was the first time I’ve ever seen him quiet,” Neal said.

Incidentally, Kay Hagan has finally agreed to a BlueNC liveblog; it’s Tuesday  at 5PM. I have already posted a few LGBT rights-related questions to ask the elusive candidate.

* Blend files on Jim Neal

* DSCC’s Chuck Schumer is staying neutral on the N.C. Senate race – NOT

* Jim Neal picks up additional high-profile endorsements

* Independent poll: Neal and Obama take the lead in NC   (more…)

Alabama judge: school must allow lesbian couple at prom

Chelsea Overstreet and Lauren Martin simply wanted to attend their prom at Scottsboro High School, but the City Board of Ed put a stop to the same-sex couple’s plans, which they had been looking forward to for over a year. The fundies in Alabama, however, are probably taking some Tums tonight over this ruling.

But the day before spring break two weeks ago, the mothers said, their girls were told by school officials that they could not go as a homosexual couple.

“It was a big letdown” for the girls, Farrington said. She said they had already bought their prom tickets and formal wear for the dance.

A last-minute court order from Jackson County Circuit Judge John Graham of Stevenson prohibited the board from banning the girls from the junior-senior prom at Scottsboro’s Goosepond Civic Center Saturday night.

In making his 10:15 a.m. ruling Saturday, Graham cited two federal court rulings. In one, the U.S. Supreme Court said “states and their agencies … cannot set-out homosexuals for special treatment…” The other “prohibits publicly-funded schools … from barring same-sex couples from school functions.”

Judge John Graham is clearly no (disgraced) Judge Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore. (more…)

Monday Late Nite: After you, Alphonso!

300px-tammany_ring_nast.jpgFrom the WaPo:

In a letter to President Bush, Jackson, 62, said he is stepping down effective April 18 and would "fully assist in the orderly transition of the leadership at HUD."

He added: "There are times when one must attend more diligently to personal and family matters. Now is such a time for me." He made no mention of the controversies that have cast a pall over his agency at a time of crisis in the nation’s housing industry.

Spare me the feigned surprise. Nobody really believes that any of these odious racketeers are going to acknowledge that the blatant corruption in which they were directly involved during their tenure might not really have been in the best interests of the country. These guys make Tammany Hall at the height of its power look like a Quaker meeting house.

Bush, who departed yesterday on a trip to Eastern Europe for his final NATO summit, issued a written statement calling Jackson "a good man" and "a great American success story."

For several reasons, this makes me laugh. No sooner has the President has uttered his magic command, "heckuva job [fill in name of latest professional incompetent here]," the political appointee drools in Pavlovian fashion that he or she is "leaving for personal and family matters." I’m assuming that excuse is actually code for "I’m about to be brought up on RICO charges." To be fair, Jackson did last longer than the other resignees, so I guess that makes him a great American success story, for sure.

And, in typical Republican/right wing fashion, Jackson tried to get away with saying the most execrable nonsense by insisting it was all just a joke:

Jackson is also the target of investigations by a federal grand jury, the FBI and the Justice Department. Those investigations began after a speech in Dallas in April 2006, in which Jackson said he had arranged the firing of a contractor who told him, "I don’t like President Bush."

The secretary later said he concocted the anecdote . . . .

I’m not entirely clear on what the purpose of concocting an anecdote that shines the spotlight on your ongoing corrupt practices would serve, but then again, I have a conscience. During the EschaCon political humor panel last Saturday, Athenae asked us how best to counter instances in which wingnuts make offensive comments and then, when called on the carpet for them, respond with "I was only joking!" In my opinion, Ted Rall had the best answer: "If a joke had been made, there would have been laughter."

So it looks like Alphonso Jackson has finally learned (with the help of several Senate, DOJ and HUD investigations) that blackmailing cities into submission and funneling major government contracts to his friends has not been getting laughs.

Don’t let (more…)

Peter misses the Hunky Jesus Contest….maybe next time, Peter….

It looks like Peter LaBarbera–the famed “president” of Americans for Love of Quotation Marks–is a little miffed that he wasn’t able to attend a recent event by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in person.  This missed opportunity to cavort with gay men and kink-daddies in pursuit of a little “research” seems to have especially ticked him off this time:

Which begs the question: what other social movement in our culture mocks and attacks Christianity like the homosexualists? Even radical pro-abortion feminists (“Keep your rosaries off my ovaries”) seem downright respectful toward the faith when compared to the twisted “Sisters” and their virulent anti-God, anti-Christian rhetoric.

Here’s a better question: what other social movement in our culture mocks, distorts and attacks the gay rights movement like the fundamentalist pseudo-Christian theocrats?  

Here’s the YouTube video, but I won’t link to Peter’s article:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

Personally, it occurs to me that these pseudo-Christians have fixated on Jesus as an idol, a thing to be worshipped and revered in a cult of superstition and ritual.  Any artistic commentary on the bizarre nature of this idea is framed as an attack on Jesus himself, not as an attack on the cult that has long since rejected the ideals that Jesus promoted.  The depictions of Jesus must follow strict criteria.  Ever see a depiction of Jesus as the hairy, scruffy, stubby, dirty fellow that he might have been?  Even “the-jews-control-everything” Mel chose uber-hottie James Caviezel as his Personal Lord and Savior.  

There is such a plethora of material in Catholicism that is laughable: the costumes and fancy hats, the buildings, the theatrics, the sumptuousness, the expensive vessels, the consummate authority, the worship, the silly names, and (not so funny) the ongoing sex and molestation issues.  What are the fundies so afraid of?  That rational people are going to start re-thinking the credibility of such an organization?  Um, yes.  Because while religion can play an important personal role in many people’s lives, these parodies point out a serious flaw in many of them that beyond their political and financial motivations of control, there is not much substance, including Peter’s screaming accusations of homohate and celebrated deviance.  

Pam’s article on Jane Cunningham yesterday was interesting to me.  http://www.pamshouseblend.com/… My comment in the thread basically pointed out that a cultural bias against an appearance is based on the status quo.  Religion operates in much the same way.  Stepping outside of the box, or in my case, 24 years of strict Catholicism, reveals oddities within that were taken for granted.

Not one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has a damn thing against Christ.  It’s the whores of the religious right who are rejecting his example of love and charity in favor of accrued wealth, power, and subjugation of people’s personal rights.  They see that the Sisters are not mocking Christ, but their own sinful ways, and it should scare the shit out of them.   (more…)

“Curveball” Revealed

Lost in last week’s hubbub was the news that "Curveball" — the mysterious Iraqi engineer whose bogus claims on Saddam’s weapons capabilities were used by Team Bush to justify invading Iraq — has been outed:

An Iraqi engineer who provided the information that became one of the key planks in the Bush administration’s case justifying the invasion of Iraq has been tracked down by undercover reporters to a drab residential block in southern Germany.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan, code-named Curveball (a baseball term for deception), has been in hiding since the invasion five years ago, and lives under an assumed name.

The German government’s got him hidden away, and for good reason: I can imagine a number of people who would want him dead.

But get this:

Although German intelligence officials had warned the CIA that Curveball’s claims were unreliable, and UN inspectors had failed to corroborate them, the Bush administration promoted the existence of such mobile labs for months after the invasion.

Now Curveball denies having made the claims in the first place. The BBC 2 programme Newsnight broadcast last night secretly filmed footage of the discredited agent who was approached by Der Spiegel magazine in his German hideout where he declined to give a formal interview. His face was blanked out in the footage in which a reporter asked him on his doorstep whether he had ever spoken about Iraq’s biological weapons. Curveball replied "No."

I wonder why this news didn’t lead all the evening news broadcasts or make the front pages of our papers. Instead, our media was either freaking out about Jeremiah Wright or about whether Hillary faced sniper fire in Tuzla ten years ago.

Your tax dollars at work securing the homeland

A truck with bomb near the Capitol goes undetected for three weeks.

According to an indictment filed in District of Columbia Superior Court, Michael Gorbey, 38, of Rapidan, Va., faces charges of planning to set off a bomb. He also is accused of making or transporting an explosive device with the intent of using it against people or property and multiple firearms charges.

Gorbey allegedly tried to manufacture a “weapon of mass destruction, that is, an explosive device capable of causing multiple deaths or serious bodily injuries to multiple persons, or massive destruction of property,” according to the indictment.

He was arrested Jan. 18 for carrying the shotgun and a sword outside the Capitol. Gorbey told police he was headed to an appointment at the Supreme Court. No one was injured in the incident, which caused gridlock for hours on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Capitol Police discovered the explosive device three weeks later when they returned with a search warrant to check the truck, which was in a government parking lot.

Terrance Gainer, the Senate sergeant-at-arms, told The Washington Post the device in Gorbey’s truck, which was parked about two blocks from the Capitol, “could have caused serious injuries,” if detonated.

With this and the news that perhaps only 1% of flights in the U.S. have air marshals on them (pilots and marshals themselves talked to CNN about the issue), what is all that Homeland Security cash going?

One marshal said that while security is certainly one reason the numbers are kept secret, he believes the agency simply doesn’t want taxpayers to know the truth.

“I would be very embarrassed by [the numbers] if they were to get out,” one air marshal said. “The American public would be shocked. … I think the average person understands there’s no physical way to protect every single flight everywhere,” the air marshal said. “But it’s such a small percentage. It’s just very aggravating for us.”

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So much for Texas momentum

Cross the Lone Star State off of the Clinton win column — Obama wins the delegate count in this past weekend’s caucuses.

Obama picked up seven of nine outstanding delegates, giving him a total of 99 Texas delegates to the party’s national convention this summer. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won the other two, giving her a total of 94 Texas delegates, according to an analysis of returns by The Associated Press.

Texas Democrats held both a presidential primary and caucus. Clinton narrowly won the popular vote in the state’s primary March 4, earning her 65 national convention delegates to Obama’s 61.

…The precinct caucuses elected delegates to about 280 county and state senate district conventions on Saturday. The AP awarded the remaining delegates based on results from Saturday’s conventions, showing Obama with about 58 percent of vote, compared to 42 percent for Clinton.

Obama won 38 delegates through the caucus/convention system, and Clinton won 29.

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Join Blue America candidate Darcy Burner in Los Angeles on April 9th!

Jane has graciously given me a guest post to inform the FDL community that Blue America candidate Darcy Burner, co-author of the Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, will be in Los Angeles on April 9th, and I’m helping to organize a netroots-themed fundraiser for her that evening!

We all love Darcy Burner for the leadership she has shown on Iraq, FISA and net neutrality, but getting to meet in person is a very special treat. It’s only $25 to attend, and the event is being hosted at the home of Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign.

It’s a very low-dollar event–just $25 to get to meet a wonderful candidate who represents one of our best pickup opportunities this cycle.

To RSVP for the event and make your contribution, just go to the ActBlue page I’ve created for the event.

We’ll not only have Darcy there, but also quite a few of the more prominent local L.A. bloggers as well, so it’s a great meet-and-greet opportunity. And don’t forget: if you want to attend, RSVP and make your contribution ASAP, since today is the Q1 fundraising deadline!

See you on the 9th!

Here’s a video of Darcy talking about the Responsible Plan at the Take Back America conference:

And here’s Darcy talking about the "bad" FISA bill passed last year: