Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Latest example: The GOP's Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona who called President Obama "an enemy of humanity."
Oh really? Can you back that up, Rep. Franks? No? That's exactly what we thought.
For the record, Rep. Franks was trying to make an abortion point. Since he didn't have the facts on his side, so he overstated his case. He has now clarified his remarks. Details here: http://bit.ly/MAdCP
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Gen. Petraeus is one of the principal figures in Atkinson's book, In the Company of Soldiers, an "instant history" of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Atkinson, a Washington Post reporter, was one of hundreds of embedded reporters who went to war.
Unlike the other journalists, Atkinson was embedded with the commander of the 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus. As a "fly on the wall" in Petraeus's command, Atkinson provides a close-up portrait of this tough-minded and highly competitive officer, man who went on to become the top U.S. military official in Iraq.
Atkinson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his World War II history, An Army at Dawn, provides a top-down view of the invasion, giving readers sense of how modern warfare is conducted from the staff level.
That's interesting, of course, though Atkinson's position keeps him well away from the front lines. That means he loses much of the emotional intensity of combat, details that can be found in many other Iraq war books.
Nevertheless, Atkinson is a strong reporter and his observations of Petraeus and his staff appear to be accurate and thoughtful. On that basis alone, In the Company of Soldiers is worth reading.
Friday, September 18, 2009
But ultimately, it comes down to his inability to govern, and the fact that he seems to have, it seems to me, some malevolence toward this country, which is unabated.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009
I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.I tended to agree with some Obama advisers that Democratic presidents typically have provoked a frothing response from paranoids — from Father Coughlin against F.D.R. to Joe McCarthy against Truman to the John Birchers against J.F.K. and the vast right-wing conspiracy against Bill Clinton.But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.“A lot of these outbursts have to do with delegitimizing him as a president,” said Congressman Jim Clyburn, a senior member of the South Carolina delegation. Clyburn, the man who called out Bill Clinton on his racially tinged attacks on Obama in the primary, pushed Pelosi to pursue a formal resolution chastising Wilson.
Republicans are now benefiting from the tens of thousands of angry white people who descended on Washington over the weekend-but they've tapped into something ugly that they can't control.Obama Derangement Syndrome is establishing itself as a potent political force, able to rally tens of thousands of citizens to the Washington Mall after Glenn Beck’s call. Joe Wilson’s outburst isn’t an embarrassment of incivility to these folks; it is a rallying cry for an army of useful idiots. But Republicans will soon find that they cannot contain or moderate this strain—while Democrats won’t understand what hit them.The wave of white people that descended on Washington, D.C., this Saturday wasn’t motivated by simple racism, as some liberals might wish—at least that’s what the lady waving the Confederate flag told me. No, this was something else: a pent-up frustration at unprecedented Washington overspending and an individualistic resentment of the welfare state, all mixed with a dose of self-referential patriotism and a spicy dash of paranoia.
When we smell the burning flesh from the ovens it will be too late for us all.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Oops! Breakdowns and miscues sink the 'Pokes. Houston wins! The OSU defense gets an F.
Despite the hoopla last week, Coach Mike Gundy's empire in Stillwater isn't quite what is ought to be.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Making Stuff Up: Conservative Washington Times Writer Curl Claims Obama Cut Bipartisanship Line He Delivered
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Countless politicians have been caught in awkward positions in earshot of a hot mic, but the case of Michael Duvall, a Republican California Assemblyman, outdoes them all: Following a shockingly graphic conversation caught-on-tape conversation about sexual adventures with two women—one of whom is reportedly an energy lobbyist and neither of whom is his wife—Duvall resigned from office on Wednesday. Duvall, who is vice chair of the Committee on Utilities & Commerce and a champion of “family values,” whispered such raunchy comments as, "So, I am getting into spanking her. Yeah, I like it. I like spanking her."
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Michael Bates of Batesline and other Tulsa conservative bloggers have been promoting Medlock for weeks, an effort that included attacks on Bartlett as insufficiently conservative to be a true Republican.
It didn't work. Bartlett received 5,000 more votes than Medlock, with Falling nearly 10,000 votes further down. Despite all their noise, conservative bloggers and their allies remain a political minority in Tulsa.
The Tulsa World reported these vote totals Tuesday night:
Dewey Bartlett Jr.: 12,061
Chris Medlock: 7,004
Anna Falling: 2,178
Monday, September 7, 2009
The fear-mongers were wrong again. (A lot of Republicans owe the White House an apology, including Tulsa Rep. John Sullivan.)
The President—gasp!—wants students to study hard, stay in school and be responsible!
Here's a sample of Obama's "socialism:"
I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now I've given a lot of speeches about education. And I've talked a lot about responsibility.
I've talked about your teachers' responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I've talked about your parents' responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don't spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working where students aren't getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
Here's a quote Sullivan provided the Tulsa World about President Obama's speech to school children set for Tuesday:
The administration believes that if they can reach our kids, they can gain an Obama advocate in every household.Oh really? But does our esteemed Congressman provide a single shed of evidence to support this outlandish accusation? Well, no. Sullivan is talking nonsense, of course, making stuff up to play to the fears of his most partisan supporters.
This is not thoughtful political leadership and it's not good for the body politic. It's political gamesmanship, the sort of Lee Atwater, Newt Gingrich, take-no-prisoners lie that the GOP is infamous for.
Even Sullivan should know better. Sadly for Tulsa and Oklahoma, he doesn't. Sullivan should be ashamed of himself.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The marginal candidates and their lackeys keep howling in the wind, but a new poll shows that Dewey Bartlett is well positioned to trounce Chris Medlock and Anna Falling in Tuesday's Republican primary race.
AltTulsa has argued all along that Bartlett's cash advantage, name recognition and long-time family ties would make him a formidable candidate for mayor, a prediction the poll, published in the Tulsa World, supports.
The Oklahoma poll puts Bartlett at 53 percent, with Medlock at 15 percent. Anna Falling, the only other candidate to gain more than 1 percent of the vote in a crowded field, garnered only 7 percent.
We don't have a crystal ball, of course, but we feel saying that Medlock is headed for yet another losing effort, one of several in his recent political history. While we're at it, here's a little advice for Chris: Might be time to find a actual career and get a real job.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This explains why PolitiFact gave its highest dishonor—the Pants of Fire award—to the Republican Party of Florida for its fear mongering over President Obama's plan to speak to school children next week.
The Florida overreaction is one of many recent examples of hysterical GOP screeching about anything linked to the Obama Administration. Instead of policy disagreements or fact-based arguments, the Right insists that it's all a secret socialist plot to destroy America.
But it's a transparent lie, as PolitFact douments. Even Oklahoma City political blogger Mike McCarville, is hawking this nonsense. He should know better.
You can read the PolitiFact report here: Republican Party of Florida says Obama will "indoctrinate" school children with "socialist ideology".