David Neiwert


Would-Be Obama Plotters: Everyone’s Eager To Minimize The Threat

By: Wednesday August 27, 2008 12:31 pm

Law-enforcement officials are dismissing the apparent plot by white-supremacist tweakers to shoot Barack Obama in Denver because it’s clear that they weren’t competent in the least. And of course, that means the wingnutosphere is even more eager to dismiss it, as Nitpicker observes. Well, we’ve already observed that we were fortunate that they weren’t very competent. But where there’s smoke … well, let’s just say we shouldn’t be quite so eager to just toss this off.

When Wingnuts Attack Each Other … They Blame Liberals

By: Tuesday August 26, 2008 5:02 pm

All the wingnutosphere is gaga today over St. Michelle Malkin’s mugging at the hands of Alex Jones’ thugs. The Ole Perfesser, Gateway Pundit, Little Green Nutballs … you name it, they’re all over it like stink on shit.

That plot to kill Obama? Yawn.

Dan Rather: ‘Straight With No Chaser’

By: Tuesday August 26, 2008 2:34 pm

Dan Rather’s words of wisdom: “As one reporter, I think the best story here is who gives the big money to whom, expecting to get what. Now maybe the coverage does not for the most part center on this, because the larger news organizations — of which I was part for a long time, it’s important for you to understand that I do not except myself from the criticism inherent in some of the things I’m going to say today — it may be, in terms of the larger news organizations, that they don’t cover stories such as who gives the big money, to whom, expecting to get what, because after all they are part of the system. The money raised by the parties and the campaigns for advertising doesn’t go to charity.”

The DNC Today: Rahm And Steny And Mark, Oh My

By: Tuesday August 26, 2008 10:59 am

Looking over today’s Democratic National Convention schedule, you’ve got to love the lineup for the early evening:

* The final speaker offering remarks at the end of hour No. 3: Rahm Emanuel
* The first speaker at the start of hour No. 4: Steny Hoyer
* The keynote speaker: Mark Warner.

The Crazies Start Coming Out Of The Woodwork

By: Tuesday August 26, 2008 6:34 am

I got back to our hotel late last night and put on CNN as I was getting ready to fall over into my bed, when the report came on about the three men arrested in the Denver area for suspicion in a plot to assassinate Barack Obama.

The action started around 1:30 a.m.

Scenes From Denver

By: Monday August 25, 2008 10:05 am

As Jane notes, we had an interesting night last night before the Democratic National Convention had even begun: A crew of dirty hippie bloggers went down to the big AT&T party for the Blue Dogs. We’ll have the video up as soon as it’s edited.

An Open Letter To The Associated Press

By: Monday August 25, 2008 6:31 am

Editors across the nation have for years counted on AP to provide us with the news like a basic meat-and-potatoes diet. Which is why Ron Fournier’s unimstakable bias in his reportage on the 2008 presidential campaign is such a profound betrayal of the AP’s mission. As a monopoly — every single daily newspaper in the country now relies on the AP for its basic news services — the AP has a profound and unmistakable duty to avoid even the appearance of bias. Fournier’s reportage some time ago began reeking of bias, made worse by his dalliance with the McCain campaign last year and his footsie-playing with Karl Rove. And his recent work attacking Barack Obama makes the stink worse than meth lab’s.

Conventioneers: Get Your Richie McCain Key Rings Now!

By: Friday August 22, 2008 11:02 am

Blue Texan and I were chatting yesterday about how to have some fun with the McCain Housing Crisis at the Democratic National Convention this next week, and we hit on the idea of getting keys on a ring — anywhere between seven and 12 of them, depending on your preference — attach a McSame logo to it, and then jingle them freely throughout the convention.

Out Of Touch: Nailing The Three-Pointer

By: Friday August 22, 2008 10:39 am

Well, at least we now know the Obama campaign is not going to be a repeat of 2004. We can squabble over issues and tactics, but this is a tough ad. And it’s on the money. I think the “Obama is an elitist” meme may have met its antidote.

Leave John McCain’s Houses Alooooooooone!

By: Friday August 22, 2008 7:01 am

Hey, ask any Republican: John McCain is just a good ol’ average Joe Six Pack. Ask the Assrocket dude: “I can relate, though. For example, if a reporter asked me how many ties I own, there’s no way I could answer. Just like McCain, I’d tell him he has to ask my wife. Likewise if someone wants to know how many Wii games my kids have.” Because, you know, most of us just change our houses like we change our ties. Toss around the domiciles like so many video-game cartridges.

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