Archive for September 2009
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Jon Stewart at it again. And he’s exactly right about Tucker Carlson. He seems to have overstayed his welcome at every network he’s bee on previous to FOX.
UPDATE: Here’s another Jon Stewart clip rippin’ into Sean Hannity:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
*falls out of chair*
Shepard Smith has always been one of the very, very few anchors that actually makes sense when he speaks over at FOX. I really don’t know why he still works there. It’s not like he’s balancing FOX’s general lunacy and lies in any significant way. I mean, he’s only one guy!
Here’s another splash of reason and common sense from back in August:
(CNN) — The social networking site Facebook on Monday pulled a third-party application that allows users to create polls after a site member built a poll asking if President Obama should be killed.
The U.S. Secret Service, the agency assigned to protect the president, has launched an investigation, agency spokesman James Mackin said.
“As is usually the case, our vigilant users reported it to us first,” Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told CNN. “The USSS [Secret Service] sent us an e-mail late this morning PDT asking us to take it down. At that point, it had already been removed, and we let them know.”
Schnitt said the application “was immediately suspended while the inappropriate content could be removed by the developer and until such time as the developer institutes better procedures to monitor their user-generated content.”
Great. Just great. But I’m sure the political and racial climate has nothing to do with this.
Shrugging off near universal condemnation of their recently disclosed secret nuclear facility, Iran is now firing back. Literally:
(CNN) — Days before a key meeting with Western leaders, Iran test-fired two types of long-range missiles Monday in part of what the Islamic republic called routine military exercises, its state-run media reported.
The tests drew condemnation from France, which noted through its Foreign Ministry that the action comes only a week after Iran revealed the existence of a covert uranium enrichment site.
“These tests can only reinforce the worries of countries in the surrounding region and the international community, especially as Iran is, in parallel, developing a nuclear program, with the existence of a clandestine uranium enrichment site having just been revealed,” the ministry said.
“We ask Iran to choose cooperation and not confrontation, immediately putting an end to its profoundly destabilizing activities and responding without delay to the demands of the international community in order to find a solution in this affair.”
Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili is scheduled Thursday to meet with representatives of the five permanent United Nations Security Council members, plus Germany. European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will also attend the talks Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland.
In the United States, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the missile test provocative and said the Western powers taking part in Thursday’s meeting want Iran to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with “immediate unfettered access” to the newly discovered uranium enrichment site and people working there, as well as documents related to its planning.
This is becoming a matter of when, not if, Israel will take preemptive military measures against Iran. I’m having a difficult time seeing Iran’s strategy as they move forward. October is here and the 6-party talks are around the corner. Are they trying to make this awkward? At this point, I wonder if they will even show up. They lost a substantial bit of leverage once the secret facility was made public, and their posturing since then isn’t making matters any less complicated.
Again, I believe we are talking months – possibly even weeks – before Israel takes matters into their own hand. It’s hard to see them sitting idly by while Iran works towards nuclear power. The region will be scarier than it is now, and Israel’s national security would immediately be threatened. If history is any indication, Israel will act.
If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, the era of nonproliferation will be over. We will see countries in the region, and around the globe, work towards developing weapons. The last thing the United States wants, especially after President Obama made a whole show about ridding the world of nukes, is for a nuclear arms race to ensue. The challenge becomes deciding what can be done to stop that from happening.
I was once in the camp that thought Iran had the right to pursue nuclear power. But I’m growing very nervous about their intentions. They have clearly broken guidelines set by the IAEA, and their intentions seem a lot more nefarious. Their clear ties to terrorist organizations and their meddling in Iraq make for a disturbing resume. I hope diplomacy can dissuade Iran from their nuclear program. If that fails, I think all options need to be looked at, including military.
Sigh. Let’s see how this plays out.
RENO, Nev. — As Senate majority leader, Harry Reid stands with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as part of a triumvirate that rules Washington. But back home in Nevada, the Democratic lawmaker is just another incumbent with a bull’s-eye on his back.
Mr. Reid, 69 years old, is facing mounting criticism in his home state and is trailing in the polls against two Republican challengers for his Senate seat: former University of Nevada at Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian and Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden. According to an independent Mason-Dixon poll Aug. 23, Mr. Reid lagged behind Mr. Tarkanian by 49% to 38% and 45% to 40% against Ms. Lowden. Meanwhile, a Sept. 2 poll by liberal Web site Daily Kos found 52% of likely voters holding an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Reid.
Good riddance. As Majority Leader, Harry Reid hasn’t been the champion for his party’s agenda the way you’d expect him to be. He’s exhibited flimsy leadership during this health care reform debate. He seriously needs to employ Nancy Pelosi has his life coach. She’ll help him get his mind right!
I’ve been very disappointed with Sen. Reid and have voiced my frustration to anyone that would listen. This is why the Majority Leader should never be from a swing state. Swing state senators aren’t optimal candidates for leadership posts as important as the one Reid occupies. It’s a farfetched presumption to think someone who has to balance his positions to appease a very diverse voting bloc is going to be the boisterous leader necessary to get things done.
Sen. Reid seems like a nice guy. Too nice, in fact. I’d like to see a Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbin as Maj. Leader. They seem to be better fits than Harry “no lunch seat for you!” Reid.
Vodpod videos no longer available.