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August 26, 2010

THURSDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Reversing a month-long trend, the initial weekly jobless claims dropped this week, even beating expectations. While a good week is at least somewhat heartening, the numbers are still way too high.

* Monsters who want struggling families to suffer even more: "The Pakistani Taliban called the presence of foreign relief workers in this flood-ravaged country 'unacceptable' on Thursday and suggested that militants could carry out attacks against members of aid groups."

* What a mess: "The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency.... Mr. Salehi's relationship with the C.I.A. underscores deep contradictions at the heart of the Obama administration's policy in Afghanistan, with American officials simultaneously demanding that Mr. Karzai root out the corruption that pervades his government while sometimes subsidizing the very people suspected of perpetrating it."

* Michael Enright, who allegedly attacked a New York cab driver on Tuesday in an insane hate crime, "kept a personal diary filled with anti-Islamic rants."

* Truly nauseating: "In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days, an intoxicated man entered a mosque in Queens on Wednesday evening and proceeded to urinate on prayer rugs, New York police officials said. The man, identified as Omar Rivera, reportedly shouted anti-Muslim epithets and called worshippers who had gathered for evening prayer 'terrorists.'"

* Last August featured town-hall events that became something of a national embarrassment. This August, not so much.

* I'd feel better about Blue Dogs if they didn't joke publicly about Speaker Pelosi's mortality.

* The controversy over how much Sarah Palin was paid by California State University, Stanislaus, earlier this summer continues to simmer, and a state judge wants disclosure on how much the former half-term governor was paid.

* Ed Chen, the former president of the White House Correspondents Association, thinks it was a "travesty of a decision" to award Fox News a seat in the front row of the briefing room.

* Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is now a Fox News personality, believes the U.S. State Department, working with a moderate American imam on Middle East diplomacy, constitutes "bailing out imams." I'm beginning to think maybe Huckabee isn't very bright.

* E.J. Dionne Jr. on the party of crazy: "The paradox is that a Republican Party in the grips of ideology needs to shift the campaign in a less ideological direction, hoping that voters simply cast protest ballots against hard economic times. Democrats, who are more doctrinally diverse, have every interest in turning the election into a philosophical contest, arguing that even unhappy voters cannot trust their fate to a party in the grips of a right-wing revolt. Once again on Tuesday, Republican primary participants seemed determined to give Democrats that opportunity."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (24)

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Bet: The fReictards latch on to the Mosque Pissant's last name and use it as proof that we need to outlaw Muslims AND Hispanics.

No seriously, if this guy is undocumented every fRighty in this country will have a spontaneous orgasm.

Posted by: The Answer WAS Orange on August 26, 2010 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

* I'd feel better about Blue Dogs if they didn't joke publicly about Speaker Pelosi's mortality.

I'd like to, once again, take this opportunity to apologize for the idiotic politicians we produce here in Alabama.

Posted by: martin on August 26, 2010 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Last August featured town-hall events that became something of a national embarrassment. This August, not so much.

I think I would prefer the death panel scenes over the Islamophobes....

Posted by: sue on August 26, 2010 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

Re E.J. Dionne Jr. on the party of crazy--

When I tried to list this on Digg and Reddit, the automated headline reads, "Republicans Are Throwing Out Incumbents--That's Why They'll Win Big In November."

???

Posted by: jjm on August 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

"Monsters who want struggling families to suffer even more: ........"

Yes, well, they didn't want to send help to Katrina victims, they want to cancel TARP and let all of the large banks in this country collapse, they want to cancel the Stimulus Package, renege on the Obama Healthcare Bill, and eviscerate Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare.

Such is life when we allow monsters to live among us.

Posted by: John Thullen on August 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

maybe Huckabee isn't very bright.

C'mon , you're teasing now . I bet when he insanely let a murdering rapist out because mean Willie locked the poor man up was the first chilling recognition that behind the vacant eyes and Kristolish smile was an unemployed grey mass .

Tell the truth .

Posted by: FRP on August 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

Monsters who want struggling families to suffer even more. . .

That's 'conservatives who want struggling families to suffer even more. . .'

Posted by: cld on August 26, 2010 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

E.J. Dionne Jr. on the party of crazy: "The paradox is that a Republican Party in the grips of ideology needs to shift the campaign in a less ideological direction, hoping that voters simply cast protest ballots against hard economic times. Democrats, who are more doctrinally diverse, have every interest in turning the election into a philosophical contest, arguing that even unhappy voters cannot trust their fate to a party in the grips of a right-wing revolt. Once again on Tuesday, Republican primary participants seemed determined to give Democrats that opportunity."

They're playing with fire, i.e. racial and identity politics. They are either going to get burned or something really tragic is going to happen or both.

Posted by: John Henry on August 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

-speaking of racial and identity politics, John Henry, 8/28 could well become another "Day in Infamy"

We pray it does not. . .

Posted by: DAY on August 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM | PERMALINK

Civil war is ratcheting up before our very eyes, thanks to the corporate media and its extensive positive coverage of the teabaggers and their ilk.

We need adults to take control of the conversation. Roger Ailes and Ruppert Murdoch need to go to the moon, Lush Limbo needs a healthy daily shot of thorazine.

Democracy only succeeds with a well informed, educated, middle-class. Failure is on our doorstep.

Posted by: rrk1 on August 26, 2010 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

I'm wondering why, with all the complaining about the Tea Party and the refusal to cooperate, there is little or no mention of the Coffee Party USA.
COFFEE PARTY USA SHARED PURPOSE
This organization, at least their stated vision, is one of cooperation and responsibility. It is truly a grass roots organization. Maybe that is why they don't get the press they deserve; they can't buy visibility and are not willing to shout louder than those that do. I believe that their mission and purpose is what most on this site profess. Let's get behind them or beside them, for peaceful solutions.

I am committed to Oneness through Justice and Transformation
peace,
st john

Posted by: st john on August 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

"Justice Department asks Supreme Court to vacate environmental victory against greenhouse gas emitters

Another day, another in a long line of mesmerizingly message-muddying moves by the Obama administration on the environment...."

http://climateprogress.org/2010/08/26/justice-department-supreme-court-to-vacate-nuisance/

Obama can go fuck himself.

Posted by: Tlaloc on August 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

On Enright-the-Slasher and his diary ("filled with anti-Islamic rants"): one "source" said 'twas so, another said 't wasn't. We'll have to wait and see; at the moment all reports are as confused as the pudgy fuck himself.

On the "penis mightier than a sword" (I stole the epithet from a commenter on another blog) guy: the NYPD sez the guy was so pissed, he didn't even know he was in a mosque. Inevitably, one wonders... A guy, old enough to buy liquor and he still doesn't know the difference between a rug and a toilet??? I'd like to hear what his mama has to say about toilet training the cub.

On the Coffee Party (st john, @ 19:34): I took a look, when they first appeared, some months ago. Not only is the idea reactive (they're tea, so we'll be coffee) rather than creative, but it looked like their "platform" and the most urgent "issue" was Good Manners Above All. "We don't know what we're gonna talk about, but we'll do it *politely*." Pfft. A boring bunch of grinds.

Posted by: exlibra on August 26, 2010 at 8:34 PM | PERMALINK

--"Civil war is ratcheting up before our very eyes, thanks to the corporate media and its extensive positive coverage of the teabaggers and their ilk. "

True enough. I'm very afraid. Rational folk should be buying weapons.

Posted by: Buford on August 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

I was shocked by the report that an Afghan official that is on the payroll of the CIA (ie, betraying his country for money) is involved in a corruption scandal (ie, betraying his country for money).

Posted by: Wapiti on August 26, 2010 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK

Pulse count of the day...

Jon Talton on the party of crazy:

The Kookocracy increases its hold. I had hoped that enough Arizonans would be horrified by this bunch, would actually notice that their policies, carried out for years, had failed miserably. It was not to be. Now the proto-fascism of the Arizona white-right is a national tide. As someone who was raised as a Theodore Roosevelt Republican, it amazes me that today's GOP is down to two ideas: Tax cuts for the rich and hate. They hate browns and blacks. They hate immigrants and Muslims. They hate gays. They hate the president, science, Social Security and women who want the government out of their reproductive decisions. They hate the First Amendment (but not the Second). They hate the poor, "liberals" and, of course, old Republicans, who are RINOs to be exterminated.

A rising tide of hate...
Coupled with a sinking economy...
A rather incendiary mix wouldn't you say?

Posted by: koreyel on August 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM | PERMALINK

Aha! Ever since I read about Beck's Lincoln Memorial extravaganza (restore your honor, give me some money) planned to take place on Saturday, I have been wondering why there was a "no signs" interdict on it (as reported by a commenter. Apologies for not remembering who). I'd have expected Beck to *welcome* a nice selection of signs, asserting that the attendees were Taxed Enough Already, by the Terrorist Anchor Baby (TAB) born in Kenya and trained in an Indonesian National-Socialist (Nazi) madrassa.

Now, all is revealed... the whole "do" is organised under the banner of a non-profit, and politically-tinted "messages" are forbidden:

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/08/26/glenn-beck-sowf-charity/

Good luck to Beck, for policing that rule... If ever there was a disorganised, unfocused, hate-and-anger group, Teabaggers are *it*.

Posted by: exlibra on August 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

"bailing out imams."

Sure. Just like hiring Congressional chaplains is a bailout.

Posted by: Grumpy on August 26, 2010 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

The tragedy is that Fox "News" is even allowed in the briefing room, much less given a seat, much less given a front row seat. I thought you had to be an actual, credentialed *news* organization to get in the door. If Fox is considered a legitimate news organization, then the whole venture of the 4th Estate has ceased to have meaning. Might as well give Limbaugh equal time at the podium and let barkers hawk soap around the perimeter while jugglers and sword swallowers wander the stage.

Posted by: Jon on August 27, 2010 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

God, I thought about it and realized my insulting characterization of a debased 4th estate is actually a pretty accurate characterization of the whole venture. Why not let Fox in the front row? They differ from their peers only in degree, not in type. Their only fault is in being so blatant, and the particular variety of idiot they pander to.

Posted by: Jon on August 27, 2010 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

Steve, I noticed that in several of your pieces, you wonder about the lack of consistency in the Republican positions. Why? When since Eisenhower has a Republican ever been consistent?

I believe it was the red queen who believed a dozen contradictory things before breakfast. Why should Republicans be any different?

Posted by: Texas Aggie on August 27, 2010 at 1:36 AM | PERMALINK

You know, it's not nice, but every time I see Steve refer to Palin as "half-term governor", I seem to hear "half-wit governor" in my head.

Posted by: Hannah on August 27, 2010 at 2:51 AM | PERMALINK

1998 treaty lime

Posted by: corlissray on August 27, 2010 at 5:13 AM | PERMALINK

I understand that CSPAN will cover the Beck debacle, how many news outlets will cover the free clinics in New Orleans this coming week, funded mostly be democrats and Olberman.

Posted by: JS on August 27, 2010 at 7:25 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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