Tuesday, September 30, 2008
McCain's role in that scandal was very specific: he pressured regulators into going easy on his friend Charlie's savings and loan. And he's done nothing but promote the virtues of deregulation ever since then, spending most of his time warmongering and tilting at windmills on campaign finance reform (which he's conveniently abandoned in his own presidential bid.) His reformer image is a total fraud.
Can't wait to see what sort of gibberish Sarah starts spewing on Thursday's debate? Feeling like you're going to go into withdrawal if you don't get your Sarah Palin fix soon? Then check in with Sarah at her exciting new Vlog. This is a "no-handlers" zone where Sarah really and truly can be set free, in all her baffling glory.
Keith Olbermann highlighted the ongoing SNL Tina Fey as Sarah Palin extravaganza while adding some great news----she is slotted to be playing the part for the next 7 WEEKS until the election. Considering how consistently hilarious she's been so far, I must admit that I'm psyched to hear the news.
Olbermann also discussed something I didn't realize from Fey's second Palin skit: apparently most of the dialogue was directly taken from Palin's speech! I knew it was close but turns out that she essentially copied Palin word for word, and KO plays the videos back to back to take the point home. Check it out below:
Here's the latest video from Brave New Films that highlights the McCain campaign's role in this economic disaster as well as their capacity to make things even worse. Check it out below:
Brave New Films expanded on this in their email:
John McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington last week by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.How long will the media let him get away with claiming he's a reformer when he's been part of the problem the whole time? It's efforts like these that help overturn the conventional wisdom, and it couldn't come regarding a more important issue during a more important time!
It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships. That's why you must spread this video.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I just received the following email from Robert Greenwald of Brave New PAC about the ongoing campaign I've been helping out with to get McCain to release his medical records:
We knew we hit a nerve when Rush, Drudge, and O'Reilly unleashed on us the same day. Then, MSNBC censored the McCain health records ad, a Brave New PAC initiative, due to Bill O'Reilly/Fox's pressure (video embeded below):
And why? Because of the work we have all done together to stress the importance of John McCain releasing his health care records. Led by over 2500 doctors from around the country, Republicans, Independents and Democrats, asking important questions about the records, about his health, and stating loud and clear the records should be released.
We need your help to continue to get the message out. We must keep the focus on these records and getting them released. We must take an ad out in the NY Times. We must hold press events with doctors in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. We must interview more doctors, create video clips and send them around. Can you contribute to making all this possible?
This campaign is the result of all your great work in spreading the videos, telling friends, bloggers, radio, TV, unions and churches about the issues -- McCain has a YouTube Problem just passed 5.5 million views (video embeded below):
Thank you for your support. More to come!
Brave New Films
Friday, September 26, 2008
I have learned about the importance of the Free the Airwaves campaign via the Google Policy blog and have become quite encouraged with the effort. They just sent me another email with a video that explains why utilizing white spaces can transform the internet to non-techies like myself. Just think----we can bring wireless internet to everyone everywhere! Learn more below:
The Health Care for America Now campaign has launched a new website called Insurance Company Rules. They have released a video as part of this launch about how the insurance industry has rigged the system, and you can check it out below:
Although I believe the insurance industry is only one part of the much larger problem with our healthcare system in that at all levels the profit motive has taken over, fixing our insurance system is perhaps the most mortal problem as there are over 25 million Americans who are underinsured.
25 MILLION people at risk. Now that's just unamerican!
This week our special guest, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses the economic meltdown and the $700 billion Bush-Paulson bailout plan.
Speaker Pelosi will be joined by bloggers Roberto Lovato (Of America) and Matthew Yglesias (Think Progress). Both have written extensively about the bailout, and they will talk about the dire need to amend Paulson's plan to benefit taxpayers and victims of the financial crisis, as well as calls for strong regulation and public oversight to prevent another crisis like this from recurring.
The economic meltdown and Bush's shock and awe bailout plan are happening so quickly this show simply could not wait until Friday. Check out some of the articles below to get informed about how the proposed bailout will affect Wall Street and Main Street. Then, join us for the discussion live today at 2:30 pm ET/11:30am PT.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I can just imagine the entire world laughing at us for what a patently absurd Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is. We all thought Bush was embarassing, but if he wins, John McCain very well might die in office (he's had 4 bouts with cancer already), and this is the woman would be the new face of America to the world:
In the clip above, Katie Couric calls Palin out for being unable to name any examples of McCain "pushing for more regulation" in the past 26 years. She answers that she'll find out examples later and will bring them to her, and it's hilarious how Couric called her on the constant stream of empty platitudes that spewed forth from her mouth rather than any sort of answer.
Palin is such a lightweight it's absurd, and it's amazing that McCain would pick her as Vice Pesident without her being able to answer even the simplest of questions about his record. In fact, for a politician who is constantly lying, she's not even that good at it.
Wow, so apparently pissing off David Letterman is a REALLY dumb move for a politician to make. John McCain canceled his scheduled appearance two hours prior to going in as part of the suspension of his campaign to help solve the financial crisis both he and his deregulation-tastic lobbyists helped create. Letterman was especially offended by this tack as not only did McCain cancel, but he felt it fit to go on TV with Katie Couric instead of actually rushing to DC to fix this problem like he claimed he was going to do.
Letterman spent a huge chunk of the show going after McCain hardcore. He even invited Keith Olbermann on in McCain's stead! Check out Letterman's realization and expression of John McCain the joke of a presidential candidate below:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I just received an email from Robert Greenwald from Brave New Films with the next step in the ongoing campaign to achieve transparency in regards to McCain's eroding health. He has had 4 BOUTS WITH CANCER but has not yet released his medical records. The prospect of President Palin keeps me up at night, so that is why I particularly appreciate this effort. This time, Greenwald is empowering activists like us to help push for a question about these records to be asked during the presidential debate this friday:
Recurrences of malignant melanoma, a savage tumor that can and does reappear after periods of hope-filled absence, are too common and serious to be cloaked for political purposes. - Theodore M. Cole, MD
53,491: People who have signed Brave New Films' open letter calling for a full, public disclosure of McCain's health records.
2,515: Doctors who signed the open letter urging McCain to release his records.
1,173: Pages in McCain's medical records dumped on the media in a publicity stunt last May.
20:. Journalists allowed to review his records for the 2008 election.
3: Hours those journalists were permitted to review them.
0: The number of tape recorders, cell phones, cameras or photocopying machines allowed in the room.
How many of you will write in urging PBS' Jim Lehrer to ask McCain about his health records during Friday's debate?
Watch the 30 second ad
This debate will deal with foreign policy, and McCain's health issues constitute a national security issue, especially when you consider how his secrecy about medical records echoes the Bush administration's legacy of lies. Will McCain's health limit his capacity to make tough decisions regarding diplomacy and military action? We don't know, because McCain is keeping his medical records a tightly held secret, made available to just a handful of journalists for three hours under close supervision.
Send a quick e-mail to Jim Lehrer, moderator of Friday's debate, with the subject line: "Ask McCain to Disclose His Health Records in Full." Then, donate to Brave New PAC today so we can get this ad on the air. We have the right to have an open discussion about this grave issue, and now we have the chance to bring transparency and accountability to politics.
and everyone at Brave New PAC
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
But there were strings attached.These hand-picked reporters had only 3 hours to reviews over 50,000 pages of documents. Absolutely no electronic equipment was allowed in the room. So no cell phones, no computers, and no copiers. What is John McCain hiding?
This level of secrecy and his persistent use of discredited lies prove America just can't trust John McCain.
Senators Reid, Schumer, and McCaskill have joined over 2,000 doctors calling for full disclosure of John McCain's health records. Now we are teaming up with Brave New PAC again to air this 30 second ad that backs them up and demands the truth from John McCain. Contribute $50 right now so we can run this ad in all 50 states.
Isn't Rovianism great!
Rachel Maddow has continued her impressive ratings success. After beating Keith Olbermann to be MSNBC's #1 show Tuesday night, she repeated the feat Thursday night, taking in 1.97 million viewers to Olbermann's 1.94 million. What's more, she soundly defeated Larry King in the 9pm time slot, making her the #2 show at 9pm for the week, behind Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" (whose ratings were helped last week by the Sarah Palin interview).
In our political discourse, the only real way to lose one's objectivity -- one's Seriousness credentials -- is to fail to appreciate and praise all the Good Virtues of the Right (the crime of which Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are guilty), or to be too disrespectful to the Bush administration (the sin committed by David Gregory, at least in Sacha Zimmerman's eyes). Liberalism is inherently shrill and unserious -- even when advocated by a smart and sober commentator like Maddow -- which is why the presence of an actual liberal or two on television sends shock and panic waves through The New Republic and Howie Kurtz's column, while the bulging stable of hard-core right-wing ideologues permeating news shows merits no concern; the virtual banishment of anti-war viewsfrom the establishment media barely provoked a single word of objection; and the loss of Tucker Carlson is deemed a matter of grave national mourning.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
USA Network gave a cast-contingent green light to a new pilot, Operating Instructions, from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco production company and Universal Cable Productions.
While the pilot is a comedy, the subject matter -- at least on its face -- would seem more suited to a drama series.
Operating Instructions is about a top female trauma surgeon who returns from two tours in Iraq to become head of surgery at a military hospital. She finds that she is leaving one combat zone and entering another as she tries to navigate the stateside healthcare system and the bureaucracy that comes with it, all while juggling an unexpected romantic encounter.
The pilot was written by Judd Pillot and John Peaslee (According to Jim, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teen-Age Daughter, Just Shoot Me) and is being executive-produced by Pillot, Peaslee, O’Brien and David Kissinger.
It's a real interesting concept, but it certainly could go either way as the commentary about what our veterans' health care system really is like is hardly a laughing matter. Then again, catharsis could certainly be in order for those involved. Plus, making jokes about how absurd it is that a nation who hollers about supporting the troops as much as ours does treats them so pitifully when they come home could lead to more exposure.
In that veign, if you want to watch some Walker Texas Ranger clips here ya go:
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
In our first full episode of Mad Progress TV I interviewed Chris Dols who is on the national coordinating committee for the Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) while also serving on the Madison Winter Soldier media team with me. In the introduction to the episode I explain exactly why Madison's chapter of Campus Progress is supporting this effort as much as we possibly can:
"Frag incidents" or just "fragging" is current soldier slang in Vietnam for the murder or attempted murder of strict, unpopular, or just aggressive officers and NCOs. With extreme reluctance (after a young West Pointer from Senator Mike Mansfield's Montana was fragged in his sleep) the Pentagon has now disclosed that fraggings in 1970(109) have more than doubled those of the previous year (96).
Word of the deaths of officers will bring cheers at troop movies or in bivouacs of certain units. In one such division -- the morale plagued Americal -- fraggings during 1971 have been authoritatively estimated to be running about one a week....
The issue of "combat refusal", and official euphemism for disobedience of orders to fight --[is] the soldier's gravest crime
Sunday, September 14, 2008
"McCain has gone in his ads one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test,"said Rove. "Both campaigns ought to be careful about... there ought to be an adult who says: 'Do we really need to go that far in this ad? Don't we make our point and get broader acceptance and deny the opposition an opportunity to attack us if we don't include that one little last tweak in the ad?'"
The latest dispatch from Brave New Films is calling for John McCain to release his health records. It is long past time for our mainstream media to begin asking serious questions about his health and his efforts to conceal his medical records. This is especially urgent considering a person as inexperienced and intellectually bankrupt as Sarah Palin could be a heart beat a way from the presidency. Check out the video below: