As many of you already know, Keith Olbermann is one of the hosts of NBC's Football Night in America in addition to his work on Countdown and other MSNBC programs. With that in mind, it probably comes as no surprise to anyone reading this that the kooky right is mounting an effort to have Olbermann exiled from Football Night in America because of his political beliefs.
The latest attack on Olbermann comes straight from the soiled pages of the New York Daily News. On Friday, hack Bob Raissman decided to take a cheap shot at Keith's knees:
How bad has this "I can't count all my houses!" story gotten for John McCain? Even companies that allegedly sell lunar real estate are piling on.
Upon learning that Republican presidential candidate John McCain can't remember how many homes he owns, a company specializing in lunar real estate has offered the Arizona senator some property even he can't forget.
Lunar International, a company that offers lunar land claims to the public in order to support future lunar exploration efforts, has reserved an acre of moon property for McCain in the famed Sea of Tranquility.
Seriously. Moon property. Someone selling moon property is poking fun at John McCain. Isn't this as bad as getting mauled to death by a chihuahua or beaten up after school by the assistant captain of the chess club?
More on the other side of the moon ... er, flip, including the smack-the-old-guy-upside-the-head money quote.
Proving that the truth is often stranger than fiction, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has endorsed Michael Steele
in his quest to become Maryland's newest senator.
Tyson posed for photos with fans, signed autographs and campaigned for Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele.
Tyson, wearing a white and blue Steele for U.S. Senate T-shirt, said he used to believe black Republicans were "sellouts." But Tyson said he changed his mind after researching the Maryland lieutenant governor.
"We have to open our eyes more," Tyson said, as he pointed to his T-shirt.
Strangely enough, there's no mention of this on Steele's Web site. I'm sure it's just an oversight, although I guess it's possible that Steele's merry band of lunatics have enough sense to realize that an endorsement from Tyson is about as useful as one from a houseplant or a two-by-four.
Professor Doron Nof of Florida State University, come on down.
Apparently not one to shy away from controversy, Nof says it's possible that our main man Jesus may not have walked on water back in the day. Nope, says Nof, he very well may have been walking on ice.
Rare conditions could have conspired to create hard-to-see ice on the Sea of Galilee that a person could have walked on back when Jesus is said to have walked on water, a scientist said today.
The study, which examines a combination of favorable water and environmental conditions, proposes that Jesus could have walked on an isolated patch of floating ice on what is now known as Lake Kinneret in northern Israel.
Uh oh. Somebody's about to have his name mentioned by people who have no chance at all of ever pronouncing it correctly.
I don't mean to take what might even be interpreted as a minor potshot at Hunter, who I sincerely believe is one of the most talented diarists appearing on Daily Kos. But after reading his amusing front-page diary
about the unintentionally amusing Bill O'Reilly and his newly minted hate list, a thought crossed my mind:
Why are we wasting any time on this asshole?
More under the covers ...
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. This isn't necessarily an unexpected day, but it is a sad one. Sandra Day O'Connor, the "swing vote" who put Bush in the White House in the first place, no longer wants to wear that big black robe of justice. At age 75, she'd rather lounge around her condo naked, smoking cigars and watching Nick At Nite. Who can blame her?
"Who's going to replace the swing vote on the Big Court?" It's the kind of question that makes us progressives sweat bullets. Alberto the Torture King? Brother Jeb? John Ashcroft? Katherine Harris? John Bolton? Prince Bandar? The guy who shows up at all those funerals with the "God Hates Fags" sign? The possibilities are endless. After all, this is Dubya we're talking about. At this point, I wouldn't totally rule out Sean Hannity or Toby Keith.
But worry not, fellow progressives. BushCo will definitely appoint a moderate. It's in the bag. Here's why.
Tired of talk of voting machines and dangling chads? Well, you can always do what they just pulled off in Groveland, Fla.
Realizing that it just isn't civilized to settle an election with a good game of rock-paper-scissors or with a mud wrestling extravaganza, the Groveland city council went for the old standby: the common coin toss.
Call it in the air, my friends.
As Kos posted on the front page, our good friends at Bush-Cheney have set up a hotline to report voter fraud:
You know, you can find numerous examples of voter fraud right on the front page of this very site. I strongly suggest you give that toll-free number a call and let them know about these examples of flagrant voter fraud. Read them entire stories. Read the whole flyers to them. I'm sure they'd love to sift through hundreds of messages tomorrow morning about their own fraudulent voter-repression efforts.
From, of course, the Arizona Daily Star
Four years ago, George W. Bush became president of a thriving America. Not only had his predecessor eliminated the national deficit, he had left the new president a $236 billion budget surplus. Unemployment was at a record low of 4 percent. The nation was not at war. The current president's policies have had a negative impact on each of these areas. We believe John Kerry can reverse that trend, and we endorse him for president.
I'm tellin' you, this is one nasty piece against Bush. Terms like "the current administration's stubborn allegiance to isolationist rhetoric." Good stuff.
Read the entire endorsement here.
Yeah, it's shameless self-promotion. But my latest column just went live on The Times-Patriot
tonight, and it's one that some of you may enjoy.
The full column is posted below the split, but if you check it out here on their Web site and click on a couple of those Google text ads, I may actually get to keep my job. <wink>
Not like it pays well, but still.
Here's a charming new tactic from the Bastard Right. From the Associated Press
Campaign mail with a return address of the Republican National Committee warns West Virginia voters that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if liberals win in November.
The literature shows a Bible with the word "BANNED" across it and a photo of a man, on his knees, placing a ring on the hand of another man with the word "ALLOWED." The mailing tells West Virginians to "vote Republican to protect our families" and defeat the "liberal agenda."
Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie said Friday that he wasn't aware of the mailing, but said it could be the work of the RNC. "It wouldn't surprise me if we were mailing voters on the issue of same-sex marriage," Gillespie said.
Yeah, douchebag. It wouldn't surprise me either.
Clearly, the idea here is to take the most outlandish, fearful lie possible and subject comparatively uneducated people to it in an effort to scare the piss out of them. Maybe the DNC should flood West Virginia with a mailer saying, "George W. Bush is going to kill your grandma" because of his position on stem-cell research. Or how about, "Republicans want to touch your penis" with pictures of Ed Schrock. Or why not just go with, "NAMBLA Endorses Former Member Bush"? Why even try linking the story with fact? That's the way they always do it.
Yeah, I'm kidding. I think.
Freep the article, by the way. You know the drill. Don't let this swill get high ratings.
Here's the world we live in today. This is from All Access
, a site that reports on radio news and events:
The continuing saga of the BUSH Guard memos have led to one major CBS RADIO affiliate dropping the 4p CT daily network newscast anchored by DAN RATHER- Talk KPRC-A/HOUSTON PD KEN CHARLES announced on CHRIS BAKER's afternoon show that KPRC will not air RATHER's reports until the truth about the memos' legitimacy is established. CHARLES told BAKER that RATHER has "become the story," and said that an anchor cannot both report the news and "be" the news.
Note how the program director announced this decision on the air during afternoon drive. How cute.
Houston is the seventh-largest market in the United States, and KPRC is consistently that market's top-rated talk or news-talk station. So when some candy-ass Clear Channel pencil-pusher (or, more likely, the people above him on the power chain) decide a guy who's been at CBS News for 42 years isn't singing the Repug talking points with enough enthusiasm, they shit on him and accuse him of trying to be the news. How double cute.
And yes, Clear Channel owns KPRC. And yes, KPRC also airs Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Matt Drudge. And yes, KPRC seems to be quite eager to show their support for Chicken George — and their lack of support for John Kerry.