The Ledes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

New York Times: "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday as the government declared three days of official mourning and grappled with the aftermath of an attack on a school by the Pakistani Taliban that killed 145 people. The national flag was lowered to half-staff on all official buildings and prayer services were scheduled across the country." ...

... The Washington Post profiles "Mullah Radio," the leader of the Taliban attack on schoolchildren & teachers.

The Wires

The Ledes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

New York Times: "In one of Pakistan’s bloodiest attacks in recent years, scores of people were killed after a group of Taliban gunmen stormed a school in northern Pakistan, officials and rescue workers said on Tuesday. Hundreds of students remained trapped inside the compound as security forces exchanged fire with the gunmen, officials said. The toll of dead and injured remained uncertain, but the local news media, citing government officials and hospitals, reported 126 dead, more than 100 of them children. The army press office announced that five attackers had been killed."

New York Times: "President Obama has decided to sign legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia and authorizing additional aid to Ukraine, despite concerns that it will complicate his efforts to maintain a unified front with European allies, the White House said on Tuesday. The legislation calls for a raft of new measures penalizing Russia’s military and energy sectors and authorizes $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine, including antitank weapons, tactical surveillance drones and counter-artillery radar. The bill was approved unanimously by Congress, but Mr. Obama hedged for days on whether he would sign it." ...

... Washington Post: "Russia appeared headed Tuesday into a full-fledged currency crisis after the central bank imposed a massive, middle-of-the-night interest rate hike but failed to halt the plummet of the ruble."

Philadelphia Inquirer: "In one of the region's deadliest shooting rampages, an Iraq war veteran shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives early Monday, terrorizing four upper Montgomery County communities and sparking a manhunt that continued deep into the night, officials said.The suspect, Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, had a 'familial relationship' with all of the victims, officials said. Besides his ex-wife, he allegedly killed her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. The couple's two daughters were unharmed....A 17-year-old boy, Stone's former nephew, was shot and wounded."

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Washington Post, November 21: Learn how to use your thermostat & save $$$.

New York Times, November 17: "For the first time since statins have been regularly used, a large study has found that another type of cholesterol-lowering drug can protect people from heart attacks and strokes."

White House Live Video
December 17

12:01 pm ET: President Obama makes a statement about Cuba

1:30 pm ET: Josh Earnest's press briefing

4:15 pm ET: President Obama speaks at a Hanukkah reception

8:00 pm ET: President Obama speaks at a Hanukkah reception

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Los Angeles Times: "A hashtag about asking police officers questions for a CNN panel turned extremely negative almost as soon as it was posted Tuesday. #AskACop was meant to be used by viewers who wanted to tweet questions to officers for the town hall segment "Cops Under Fire,” hosted by Don Lemon. There was an overwhelming response -- most of which were criticisms toward police." CW: Apparently CNN had no idea people were pissed at the police.

Bill Carter of the New York Times: "For nine years, Stephen Colbert has relentlessly maintained his pompous, deeply ridiculous but consistently appealing conservative blowhard character on his late-night show, 'The Colbert Report' — so much so that when he puts the character to rest for good on Thursday night, he may have to resort to comicide. The Grim Reaper is his last guest."

New York Times: "Life on Mars? Today? The notion may not be so far-fetched after all. A year after reporting that NASA’s Curiosity rover had found no evidence of methane gas on Mars, all but dashing hopes that organisms might be living there now, scientists reversed themselves on Tuesday. Curiosity has now recorded a burst of methane that lasted at least two months. For now, scientists have just two possible explanations for the methane. One is that it is the waste product of certain living microbes.... It could have been created by a geological process known as serpentinization, which requires both heat and liquid water. Or it could be a product of life in the form of microbes known as methanogens, which release methane as a waste product.... The scientists also reported that for the first time, they had confirmed the presence of carbon-based organic molecules in a rock sample. The so-called organics are not direct signs of life, past or present, but they lend weight to the possibility that Mars had the ingredients required for life, and may even still have them."

"Oh, God, It's Mom." Kelly Faircloth of Jezebel: "Oh my Lord, shut it down, here is the greatest moment in the history of C-SPAN: A (very Southern) mama called into one of their shows to yell at the guests. Not because she disagrees, but because the guests are brothers and both her sons and she is sick and tired of their shit":


Escape from Alcatraz. Live Science: "... on the night of June 11, 1962, three inmates left Alcatraz in one of the most mysterious prison breaks in American history. John Anglin, his brother Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris tucked dummy heads into their bed sheets and snuck into an unused utility corridor through holes they had crudely drilled through their cells. Then, from the prison roof, they shimmied down the bakery smoke stack and climbed over the fence. From the northeast shore of the island, they floated away from the prison on a small raft made from more than 50 stolen raincoats that were inflated with a musical instrument that was converted into a pump. Even the FBI still calls the plan 'ingenious' on its website. After a 17-year investigation, federal authorities concluded that the men most likely drowned during the escape...."

... BUT ...

... The linked story above has a better video, but it's not embeddable.

Rolling Stone: "David Letterman will retire from late-night television on Wednesday, May 20th. The Late Show host's production company Worldwide Pants announced the news, according to Deadline, with CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves praising Letterman’s 'remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance [which] will never be forgotten.'"

Washington Post: "New information from NASA's Curiosity Rover suggests that Mars may once have had large, long-lasting lakes above ground. That would challenge the more popular theory that water on the planet was only underground, or only appeared in a few areas for a short amount of time. The key to this latest theory is Mount Sharp, which stands 3 miles tall and sits in the red planet's Gale Crater. But Mount Sharp is a curious formation: The layered mountain is made of different kinds of sediment. Some layers were probably deposited by a surrounding lake bed, and other seem more likely to be the result of river or wind deposits." CW: Yeah, there was probably once a really well-developed life on Mars with flora & fauna & -- eventually -- little green men who didn't believe in climate change.

New York Times: "After weeks of planning, New York City welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday for a three-day visit, greeting Prince William and his wife, Catherine, with the blend of enthusiasm, sarcasm and bemusing antagonism that tends to tail the urban celebrity tourist."

The Wrap: "Longtime CNN political anchor Candy Crowley is leaving the network."

December 6: Max Fisher of Vox: So two white guys -- guys who will have no trouble finding other jobs -- get fired, & half the New Republic staff walks out in protest. Where was the outrage when Marty Peretz was editor & writing racist screeds? The contrasting reactions speak "to a larger problem of how we think about racism in American society and particularly in the elite media institutions that have badly lagged in employing people of color." ...

... Scott Lemieux in LG&M: "For all its sins [of the past], I don’t see how turning the magazine into another traffic-chaser under the aegis of a CEO who speaks Meaningless Buzzword and apparently lacks the attention span to read more than 500 words at a time is a good thing." ...

... Charles Pierce: "... contra Chait, and even though the magazine unquestionably has regained a lot of its lost quality, especially in its actual reporting, I think the notion that The New Republic is 'an essential foundation of American progressive thought' is a ship that sailed a long time ago." ...

... Zandar in Balloon Juice: " The number of damns I give about TNR as a going concern at this point equals approximately the number of black voices writing for the magazine, which is to say zero, but YMMV."

... December 4 & 5: Dylan Byers of Politico: "Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier, the top two editors at The New Republic, quit on Thursday amid a shakeup that will relocate the Washington-based magazine to New York City, sources there told Politico on Thursday. Gabriel Snyder, a Bloomberg Media editor who previously served at The Atlantic Wire, has been tapped to replace Foer as editor. The magazine will also reduce its print schedule to 10 issues a year, down from 20." ...

     ... New York Times Update: "More than two dozen members of the staff of The New Republic, including several contributing editors, resigned on Friday morning, angered by an abrupt change of editors and what they saw as a series of management missteps. The resignations include the senior editors Alec MacGillis, Julia Ioffe and Isaac Chotiner, and the contributing editors Sean Wilentz and William Deresiewicz, according to several staff members who are leaving. A list compiling the names of those resigning was obtained by The New York Times." ...

     ... AND more from Jessica Roy of New York. ...

... Jonathan Chait: The New Republic has lost its way. ...

... Ezra Klein: "It's a bit early, I think, to write The New Republic's eulogy. Gabriel Snyder, the magazine's new editor, is a smart and web-savvy guy." ...

... Leah Finnegan of Gawker: "Indeed, an entire magazine is now doomed to fail because a white man has been fired and — gasp — an internet-savvy white man has been brought in to replace him! In TNR's 100-year history, I never would have imagined such a triage of injustice. It's clear that the new leadership of the magazine—with all their greasy Facebook money—is dead set on ruining a (historically racist) publication no one ever read in the first place, and was on the slow road to Irrelevance City. What will Chris Hughes do next? Perhaps the publication might even become interesting. Scream!"

Charles Pierce is completely taken with Ed Snowden. He's brave, credible & intelligent, blah-blah, & the film "Citizenfour" is bee-youtiful. For an antidote to starry-eyed Charles, see this review by Fred Kaplan of Slate.

This is quite cool:

 

Washington Post: "Scientists are 99.999 percent sure, in their most conservative estimate, that remains found in 2012 really do belong to King Richard III. These results, published Tuesday in Nature Communications, put a 529-year-old cold case to rest -- all thanks to some intense genetic detective work." CW: Let's hope one of the expert detectives wasn't Shaun Parcells. You may weigh in, Dr. Schwalb. ...

Welcome to Gramercy Park! -- "one of the most forbidden places in Manhattan." New York Times: Woody Allen couldn't get in to film, Robert De Niro couldn't get in, but Shawn Christopher, who was honeymooning in Manhattan, borrowed a key and "took three 360-degree panoramas using Photo Sphere, a Google app, and then uploaded them to the company’s ubiquitous Maps site. He had gotten into the park using another of his favorite technologies, Airbnb, where the room he rented included not only fresh linens and Wi-Fi but also one of the 383 coveted keys to the park. Mr. Christopher was unaware at the time that guests had to be accompanied by key holders on their visits and that commercial photography was prohibited." So take an insider's view of the park.

CW: For those of you who don't like hassling with DVDs, I accidentally found a cheap alternative to Netflix. Although I will continue to subscribe to Netflix's streaming videos, Netflix doesn't stream most decent movies. Instead, you have to maintain a (second) monthly subscription, then order & return the DVDs. However, YouTube now allows you to stream movies (you can watch them -- more than once -- during a 48-hour period.) There's no monthly fee, & you can play the movies on your TV via various devices. I have a Google dongle on one TV & a Blu-Ray box on another. The YouTube streaming videos work on both (you have to download on the Chrome browser). Setting up an account was very easy. Since I watch few movies, this works perfectly for me. When Ben Bradlee died, I watched "All the President's Men" for the umpteenth time, & today I watched "Good Night & Good Luck." Big advantage: instant gratification! I'm not sure if YouTube is good for more recent movies.

The Rockefellers Are Leaving the Building. New York Times: "By this time next year, they will have vacated the 56th-floor aerie [in 30 Rock] they have occupied since 1933 and moved to somewhat less rarefied headquarters across 49th Street. One of the country’s great dynastic families is downsizing."

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The Commentariat -- Sept. 26, 2012

Voter Fraud, El Paso County, Colorado-Style. Thanks to contributor James S. for the link:

     ... Tom Roeder of the Colorado Springs Gazette, "County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams, a Republican..., said the woman ... doesn't work for his office, which oversees local elections and voter registration. Instead, he said, she's probably one of the scores of volunteers who are hitting the streets for both political parties to push voter registration ahead of the Nov. 6 election." CW: Nonetheless, I've registered people to vote during several election cycles, as a volunteer for the Democratic party or a Democratic candidate, and I never received an instruction -- expressed or implied -- to register only Democrats. Rather, we were told to register everyone. Clearly, that's not how the Colorado GOP does it.

Jon Chait of New York: The Boca tape "shows the degree to which Romney has joined the imaginary world of persecution inhabited by rich conservatives and undergirded by made-up facts.... The paranoia is very weird, not least because the rich have actually prospered under Obama while vast swaths of the populace have struggled.... Most of these myths take the form of wildly misleading statistics about the tax system." Chait has the charts to prove it.

Paul Krugman: "... protracted weakness is normal after a big financial crisis, and if anything we're doing better than average, probably thanks to fiscal and monetary stimulus." Chart included, of course.

Tim Egan: "Just look at who wants to get the union referees back on the job today: Scott Walker, the union-busting governor of Wisconsin, and Paul Ryan, Romney's union-dissing running mate.... The most popular entertainment commodity in the land is willing to seriously tarnish its name, its reputation and the validity of its games for the price of a single half-minute ad." ...

People end up thinking you can get good work for cheap, you can always find a cheaper way and it's going to be just as good a result. I would hope that Scott Walker is just as outraged about decreased quality of teachers that we're going to get as he is with replacement refs in the NFL. -- Chris Larson (D), a Wisconsin state senator

Kirk Johnson of the New York Times: "The Boy Scouts of America, facing what could be an avalanche of unfavorable attention in coming weeks from the court-ordered release of internal files about inappropriate sexual behavior by youth leaders, issued a report on Tuesday by a professor who reviewed the files and found what she called 'a good faith effort' to protect boys from harm."

Julia Preston of the New York Times has an interesting piece on the difficulties President Obama's mini-Dream Act presents to employers of undocumented workers. Eligible young people are asking employers & former employers to provide evidence they have been living in the U.S., but Homeland Security won't guarantee it won't prosecute the employers.

Abdi Guled & Jason Straziuso of the AP: The heyday of Somali piracy seems to have passed. "Armed guards aboard cargo ships and an international naval armada that carries out onshore raids have put a huge dent in piracy and might even be ending the scourge."

Very Diplomatic. BuzzFeed: "As the State Department's story about what happened in Benghazi crumbles, [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton's personal spokesperson, Philippe Reines, loses his temper. 'Have a good day. And by good day I mean Fuck Off.'" BuzzFeed reprints the full exchange between Reines & reporter Michael Hastings. Excerpt -- Reines to Hastings:

I now understand why the official investigation by the Department of the Defense as reported by The Army Times The Washington Post concluded beyond a doubt that you're an unmitigated asshole. How's that for a non-bullshit response? Now that we've gotten that out of our systems, have a good day. And by good day, I mean Fuck Off. ...

... Dana Milbank provides background about Reines & Clinton.

Presidential Race

Richard Oppel & Ashley Parker of the New York Times: "The Republican ticket will start campaigning together more often, which suggests that aides fear that Mitt Romney, on his own, is not generating enough attention and excitement." ...

... Maybe that's because Ryan has reportedly "gone rogue" to "wash the stench of Romney off him," & stinky Romney wants to re-tie the leash. Thanks to contributor MAG for the link.

Maureen Dowd: "On foreign and domestic policy, Republicans have outsourced their brains to right-wing think tanks.... The Romney campaign has turned conservative theory into ideology and gone off the cliff with it. If you want to inspire, lead and unite people, it won't fly to take ideologically driven findings and present them unvarnished to voters." ...

... Dowd complains about the President's appearance on "The View." You can watch the show here -- if you don't mind sitting through some ads. Michelle Obama also appears.

A realistic assessment of the state of the presidential election:

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post finally notices that "there are fundamental flaws" in Romney's tax plan: "The first is the argument that cutting personal income tax rates would lead to economic growth robust enough to help pay for a big chunk of the cuts. The second, related, fallacy is the contention that raising rates on top earners would hurt growth. The third is that raising capital-gains rates would be even more harmful. There is scant reliable evidence for any of the above, yet Romney and fellow Republicans hitch their entire economic argument to them. And their rabid pursuit of lower taxes leads to two dangers: further ballooning the national debt and further increasing income inequality."

Steve Benen: "A surprising number of Republicans ... [are] arguing that all of the evidence pointing to Obama's advantage is wrong.... Every national poll released over the last several weeks -- literally, all of them -- show Obama leading Romney. Unsatisfied with these results, the right has decided to fiddle with the figures, and wouldn't you know it, the new-and-improved polls all show Romney leading Obama." ...

... Jed Lewison of Daily Kos: "According to a growing number of conservatives, an accurate appraisal of polling data shows that President Obama isn't actually leading Mitt Romney by much -- if at all -- in the 2012 campaign.... One optimistic Republican even believes the polls show that Mitt Romney is leading President Obama.... When Obama wins, it won't be evidence that they were wrong: It'll be more evidence that they were right -- and that the pro-Obama polling conspiracy was successful." ...

Republicans won't believe this poll from the biased, radical leftist New York Times, the pinkos at CBS News & the eggheads at Quinnnipiac U.: "In Ohio — which no Republican has won the presidency without -- Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney 53 percent to 43 percent in the poll. In Florida, the president leads Mr. Romney 53 to 44 percent in the poll. The surveys ... also included a Pennsylvania poll, where Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney by 12 percentage points."

Boy Band! Via MoveOn.org. Thanks to contributor Forrest M. for the link:

CW: I can't emphasize enough the stupidity Romney's remark about emergency room care, a position which he clearly knows is stupid, but since he will say anything, do anything, to deride President Obama, stupid is A-Okay.

Congressional Races

Boston Globe: "The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation today denounced Senator Scott Brown's campaign staffers for what he called 'offensive and racist behavior' against Native Americans, calling on Brown to apologize." Thanks to Akhilleus for the link.

Katharine Seelye of the New York Times: "With the high-stakes Senate race still very close, Senator Scott P. Brown is seeking to convert almost everything into a character attack on Elizabeth Warren." Warren has had a hard time responding to claims, partly because the issues are complex.

Yesterday, we had a discussion in the Comments to the Commentariat on whether or not Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass) had "attacked Elizabeth Warren's family," as she claims in the ad embedded in the Commentariat. I said no, he had attacked only her, & not for her heritage but for her supposed attempts to capitalize on that heritage. Then contributor Kate M. weighed in with this:

WCVB: "Staffers for Sen. Scott Brown chanted Indian 'war whoops' and made 'tomahawk chops' during a rally for the Republican senator this week in Boston. In a video posted on YouTube, Brown's staffers are seen holding campaign signs near the Erie Pub, chanting and making tomahawk chops, presumably in reference to Elizabeth Warren's claims of Cherokee heritage." According to Blue Mass Group, which also posted the video, among those participating were Brown's constituent service counsel & a GOP operative. Standing by but not participating were Brown's deputy chief of staff, his state director & a special assistant. ...

... Michael Levenson of the Boston Globe writes that the state Democrat party ID'd the participants. "On Tuesday, Brown said he had not seen the video but 'if you're saying that, certainly that’s not something I condone. It's certainly something that, if I'm aware of it, I will tell that [staff] member never to do that again.' Still, [Brown] struck a defiant tone when asked if he would apologize for his staffers' behavior. 'The apologies that need to be made and the offensiveness here is the fact that professor Warren took advantage of a claim, to be somebody -- a Native American -- and using that for an advantage, a tactical advantage,' Brown said.... The video points to the political peril Brown faces as he steps up his attacks of Warren's claims to Native American ancestry. War whoops and tomahawk chops -- once prevalent among fans of Indian-named sports teams -- have become a flashpoint in the sports world because many consider them offensive to Native Americans." No kidding.

Here's the video:

ABC News: "Federal agents and local police are investigating an explosion outside Democratic congressional candidate Brendan Mullen's northern Indiana home.... ATF agents say the blast Monday afternoon in a newspaper box outside Mullen's home in Granger, Ind., is among four this week in the area eight miles northeast of South Bend."

News Ledes

Washington Post: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday for what was likely to be the last time, denounced military threats against Tehran by 'uncivilized Zionists' and attacked Western leaders as handmaidens of the devil."

Al Jazeera: "Two explosions have struck the Damascus general headquarters of Syria's army..., the latest in a series of major bombings in the capital.... Rebel spokesmen for the Free Syrian Army released a statement claiming responsibility and saying that dozens had been killed, but Zoubi said the bombings caused 'only material damage'."

New York Times: "Widespread protests erupted across Greece on Wednesday as trade unions called a nationwide strike to contest billions of euros worth of new salary and pension cuts being discussed by the government and its international creditors."

Reuters: "Violent protests in Madrid and growing talk of secession in wealthy Catalonia are piling pressure on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he moves closer to asking Europe for rescue money."

Al Jazeera: "China has claimed that islands at the centre of a territorial row with Japan are 'sacred territory' in talks between the two countries foreign ministers on the subject, the state Chinese news agency reports. Koichiro Gemba, Japan's foreign minister, met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday."

AP: In New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks about the "new world order" he envisions. Hint: no Israel, the U.S. is a pipsqueak.

AP: "The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the case."

Guardian: "Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have been told at the Old Bailey that they are not due face a full trial until a year from now, in a hearing that saw the former News of the World editors appear in the dock of the central criminal court."

Reader Comments (18)

For those who think that if Warren had some native blood she should just do a little genealogical research and prove it.
My wife is 1/4 native American but looks full blooded and is accepted as such by all who meet her. For the last 10 years she has been trying to trace her ancestry and so far has traced her lineage back to her grandmother. She started with that amount of knowledge 10 years ago and has made no progress since. It's not as easy as PBS might lead you to think.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercowichan

@cowichan: totally agree; unable to research what my maternal
grandparents told us; she was 1/4 Cherokee, her grandfather
married a Cherokee. She looked it, we didn't. To me, it's no big
deal because millions of people in this country are part Indian or
part something else. Lots of records have been destroyed or
don't exist. But the Mormans will help us to find our true ancestors
to populate that planet. I just hate interplanetary travel.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforrest morris

I hope the optimism of Republicans about poll numbers doesn't reflect their conviction that they believe they will succeed in suppressing the vote.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria D.

This kerfuffle regarding the Ameridian heritage of Elizabeth Warren brings to mind some fuzzy memories of my youth. I was told by my paternal grandparents that I have Native American blood, and I was also told by a maternal family member same. However, the maternal family member said it was was to be kept hush hush as it was considered shameful.

I don't know if there is any truth to the stories, but the liberal in me would find no shame in this. I wish I could say the same for other members in my family.

I received another one of several, what I call hate mails, from a church going - retired at 57 - public school teacher cousin of mine today. Good grief! Did I mention that her postal carrier husband retired at 62, or that her 16 year old daughter receives social security because the parents are considered elderly? The email describes the evils of socialism ....and blah, blah. You all know the rest!

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie in Massachusetts

As predicted, the MSM is pretty much making light of the video of Scott Brown workers and senior staff engaging in racist taunts.

The local right-wing rag in Boston, the Herald, reports the video as emanating from a Democrat website and goes on to describe a scene in which both sides, apparently, were "chanting", making it sound like Warren's supporters are no better than Brown's brownshirts. Then, rather than delving any deeper into the racist actions of Brown's thugs, the Herald "reporter" begins a lengthy review of Warren's scurrilous use of false claims of minority status in order to make her entire career.

The Washington Post sniffs that the video came from a "liberal" website then goes on to pretty much pooh-pooh the whole thing, concluding that Brown refuses to apologize.

The rationale for stating, upfront, that the video, whom no one is disputing as genuine, was posted by a "Democrat", "Liberal" site, is to immediately tag it as partisan based therefore unworthy of consideration.

See? They've got it down to a science.

In fact, Brown will get a bump in the polls from this for "Standing Tall" to the PC police.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

It's clear from reading the Seelye article in the Times that Scott Brown is just a scurrilous piece of trash. He knows that Warren wasn't working against victims for Travelers Insurance, but just the opposite. He knows that she was paid fairly at Harvard based on her value to them - it's a FREE MARKET , or don't the Republicans really believe that? He knows all this but realizes he can muddy the waters by throwing mud at her. In other words, he is a true scumbag.
I hope her strategy of taking the higher road works, and that Brown is perceived as the desperate coward that he is. I hope so.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria D.

It seems to me that when Brown pointed out today that Warren looks white, as in who is she trying to fool, he is attacking her family, as if to say she is so white they must have lied about her heritage.

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralphonsegaston

My sister in Boston has just written me: "Scott Brown is Dead Meat!" My what a difference a racist rally makes. How not amazing that Scott Brown has a bunch of unintelligent, immature, bigoted jerks on his campaign staff. Time to bring out his NUDE Cosmo centerfold, Liz, and point out that he has what Akhillleus describes so aptly in MittWitt: "small balls!"

Besides--does anyone remember that he offered up his daughters at his victory rally in 2010--with some nutty remark about their availability?

And, a reminder: REMEMBER THE SUPREMES; TAKE BACK THE HOUSE and OVERWHELM THE SENATE!

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Madison

@Kate Madison: I suppose for many people the video is what makes Scott Brown "dead meat," but what I thought was at least as important was Brown's response when asked about the behavior. The appropriate response to racial "insensitivity" -- as many a Southern white bigot-politician knows -- is to feign outrage at the perps. Brown didn't even try. He just said he didn't "condone" the behavior, if true, & they shouldn't do it again; then he segued into an attack on Warren, which he said was "the real point," or something like that.

Marie

September 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Constant Weader

Alphonsegaston: I think Brown was either attacking Warrens's parents for lying, attacking her for making it up , or attacking her for trading on affirmative action in some way which he felt unjustified. In any case, it smacks of a smear campaign and he has the balls to keep pretending it's about her "character." Really, it's about his.
Now he's attacking her for being a nationally ranked scholar , good enough to be high on the pay scale at one of the best schools in the country. Guess Republicans don't like the free market when applied to education., and don't want excellence to be rewarded.
His lines of attack smack of well funded right wing opposition research.

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria D.

@alphonsegaston. I don't think so. Brown's point is not that Warren has no Amerindian heritage; it's that she doesn't have enough to qualify for an Affirmative Action bump. Warren has never claimed she did, & the stories she tells suggest her family members didn't, either. There's nothing implicit in Brown's remarks to suggest he doubts her family's stories. In fact, he says the opposite -- that she fraudulently claimed Native American status when she should have known that she did not qualify for such status.

Marie

September 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Constant Weader

Thank you, Forrest M., for the great video of "full frontal freedom." I didn't know democrats were that good looking. It was an antidote to the "voter registration fraud" at the top of the column.

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

@Victoria: (ahem!) It was all in the packaging!

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMAG

Re: so many comments; not enough time.
Loved the video of the voter registration girl. She thought she was helping Uncle Mitt. The "fuck you and fuck you too" pretty much says it all.
I watched a Fox News show yesterday for a about five minutes and was amazed to find out that the show was directed and scripted just like a info commercial. I did not make the connection until I had turned the teevee off. Holy Shit! They might as well be selling a magic tape that stops fire and holds water. Or much better, magic underwear that cures 'roids and deflates prostates. I thought about the confused people that watch info commercials and the messages being sold. The answer to the question, "Who buys that shit?" is sitting in front of a teevee.
Re: Hardscape; Jez, Forrest; if that's your landscaping team how do you guys get anything done sittin' poolside?

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJJG

Hacks at the Boston Herald are now demanding that Warren apologize for starting this whole thing. Why? Because that's how the dominant right-wing echo chamber works. If one of yours insults or degrades someone else, blame that other person and demand that THEY apologize.

Just like the voter ID scam and that MitBot girl who was deployed only to register troglodytes. Clearly that county clerk missed the Rove memo that provided slightly more sophisticated instructions for scamming voters. First, register everyone. Second, tear up any forms for people wanting to register as Democrats (this happened in many Ohio counties in '04). The next step, on voting day, is to challenge everyone who looks vaguely Democratic. If you're not sure, simply challenge all African Americans, Latinos, and people who aren't wearing trucker hats with a US flag, teabagger t-shirts, or who don't look "country-club ready".

I wish I could be a sanguine as Kate's sister in Boston, but we've all seen how effective wingers are at stealing what's not theirs. Remember the Brooks Brothers Riot that helped steal the White House for Chimp-in-Charge?

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

Ryan going rogue! Caught hint of this in Krugman's blog, went to: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81618.html
for more about Paul Ryan & The Stench.

Guess who Stench is!

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMAG

Cosmo Boy Brown and his racist hate monger campaign apparatchiks may think they can insult Elizabeth Warren with typical Republican insouciance, but the Cherokee Nation has other ideas:

"The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation today denounced Senator Scott Brown’s campaign staffers for what he called “offensive and racist behavior” against Native Americans, calling on Brown to apologize.

'The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse,” the chief, Bill John Baker, said in a statement. “The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples.'”

So far, in response to the chief's complaint, Cosmo Boy has replaced his staff's patented "Tomahawk Chop" with a more traditional Republican "One Finger Salute".

Douchebags never go away. That's why they need to be voted out of office.

Full story here:

http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/09/26/principal-chief-cherokee-nation-denouces-tomahawk-chops-brown-staffers-offensive-and-racist/YTbCW5NQdqpUwXh5ycrpNJ/story.html

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

The teevee channel, AMC, has a mini series on Sundays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. called, "Into the West" which highlights the 'taming' of the West by one family of white men and one family of indians (as they were called then and, still called by bigots like Scott Brown and his ilk). While watching each show, I have a knot in my entire being as I see how vicious, sadistic and inhumane the white soldiers treated them, stole their land and their heritage. Scott Brown and his attacks on Elizabeth Warren is no different from 150 years ago. It is ugly and repulsive and shows the true character of Brown.

I live in Connecticut, the state that has two Native American owned casinos and where most everyone I know chants now and then, "Eventually, there is just retribution in this world." However, money will never repay the savagery that was inflicted on those who were in this country before the white man. Shame on Scott Brown.

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMushiba
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