The Ledes

Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Washington Post: "The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate between July and September, the government said Thursday morning, providing fresh hope that a wobbly recovery could be gaining some stability. The latest gross domestic product figure, released by the Commerce Department, slightly exceeded analyst predictions and caps America’s strongest six-month period of expansion since 2003."

Boston Globe: "Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn’t need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston’s economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall, died Thursday. He was 71 and was diagnosed with advanced cancer not long after leaving office at the beginning of this year."

New York Times: "The Israeli authorities closed off all access to a contested holy site in the Old City here on Thursday for the first time in years, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced as amounting to 'a declaration of war.' The action came after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who was suspected of involvement in an attempt on Wednesday to assassinate a leading agitator for more Jewish access to the site, which Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. The closure prevented Muslims from worshiping at Al Aksa mosque, one of the three holiest sites in Islam." ...

     ... UPDATE. New Lede: "Under heavy pressure and the threat of new Israeli-Palestinian strife, Israel announced on Thursday that it would reopen a contested holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday morning, a day after closing it for the first time in years."

Guardian: "Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine. In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon. 'These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space,' the alliance said."

Sports Illustrated: The San Francisco Giants are once again the champions of baseball. On Wednesday night, the Giants downed the Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City to capture the team's third title since 2010."

The Wires

The Ledes

Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

TMZ: "Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has retained a law firm that will file a major lawsuit over her mom's death ... TMZ has confirmed.... The firm -- Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic where Joan stopped breathing and the doctors who were involved."

Public Service Announcement

Washington Post, September 17: "Artificial sweeteners might be triggering higher blood-sugar levels in some people and contributing to the problems they were designed to combat, such as diabetes and obesity, according to new findings published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

New York Times, September 1: "People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study [financed by the N.I.H.] shows."

White House Live Video
October 30

The White House has no scheduled live feeds for today.

He Took the Money & Ran. New York Times: When Credit Suisse erroneously dropped $1.5MM in the business account of hedge-fund manager Joseph Galbraith, Galbraith kept the money & has moved to parts unknown. He has not completely disappeared as he's had contact with the New York Times (directly or indirectly): in an e-mail he called Credit Suisse's suit against him “ridiculous, bordering on laughable.”

Andrew Rice of New York: "Matt Taibbi, the star magazine writer hired earlier this year to start a satirical website for billionaire Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, is on a leave of absence from the company after disagreements with higher-ups inside Omidyar's organization, a source close to First Look confirmed today. Taibbi's abrupt disappearance from the company's Fifth Avenue headquarters has cast doubt on the fate of his highly anticipated digital publication, reportedly to be called Racket, which First Look executives had previously said would launch sometime this autumn." CW: Ah, "creative differences." ...

     ... "UPDATE: Taibbi has left the company."

Ancient Grains! Jeez, people will buy anything. CW PS: Unless you're a scientist with specific knowledge about the benefits of ancient grains as opposed to say, oats, don't write in & bitch about my ignorance. We all have our pet peeves, rational & irrational. Fad foods -- in fact, fads in general -- are one of mine.

Washington Post: A "virtual autopsy" of King Tut suggests the boy king had "buck teeth, club foot and a pronounced overbite."

Stephen Colbert describes his workday:


No Surprise Here. Valerie Tarico of AlterNet, in Salon: "... online search traffic from behind closed doors in Jesusland suggests that the bad, nasty, sexual impulses righteous believers are trying so hard to shut down may be their own. And if Google search patterns mean anything, they’re not succeeding too well: studies consistently demonstrate that people in conservative religious states search for adult materials online far more often than people in blue states."

Jeffrey Frank reviews, for the New Yorker, a new biography of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith. The review is fairly entertaining & informative.

Michael Cieply of the New York Times: "... several of the companies behind 'Citizenfour' — which takes issue with Mr. Obama’s expansion of Bush-era surveillance, and his administration’s attempt to prosecute [Edward] Snowden for espionage — are led by some of the president’s close political allies. They include Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein Company’s co-chairman, as well as Jeff Skoll, the founder of Participant Media, and Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, who all have been major contributors to Mr. Obama’s political campaigns."

Washington Post: "President Obama's credit card was rejected last month at a restaurant in New York. 'I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was -- during the U.N. General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected,' Obama said Friday while signing an executive order to protect consumers from identity theft. 'It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough. They were -- they thought there was some fraud going on. Fortunately, Michelle had hers.'"

"Who's Gonna Stand Up & Save the Earth?" Not Stephen Colbert:

Novelist John Grisham recants his apologia for child porn. Good to know.

New York Times: "CBS announced a new subscription Internet streaming service on Thursday that allows people to watch its live television programming and thousands of its current and past shows on demand without paying for a traditional TV subscription. The new 'CBS All Access' service, costing $5.99 a month, is the first time that a traditional broadcaster will make a near-continuous live feed of its local stations available over the web to non-pay-TV subscribers. At its start, the live stream will be available in 14 markets in the United States." ...

... New York Times: "HBO announced Wednesday that it would start a stand-alone Internet streaming service in the United States in 2015 that would not require a subscription to a traditional television service, a move that intensifies the premium cable network’s growing rivalry with Netflix. Just hours after HBO unveiled plans for its new service, Netflix announced that its subscriber growth was slower than expected...."

Joe Coscarelli of New York: "Following its initial mercy killing at the hands of Jon Stewart, Crossfire was rebooted last year with Newt Gingrich and Van Jones to dismal returns..., CNN ... scrapped it for good today [October 15] so that Newt can spend more time with his animals — and hopefully run for president again."

Joe Concha of Mediaite: "A well-placed source tells me MSNBC will be announcing major programming changes sometime in the next month, including the cancellation of Ronan Farrow‘s afternoon program, Ronan Farrow Daily." CW: I've caught a few minutes of Farrow's show a couple of times, & it was clear the guy was in way over his head. His performance was as embarrassing as the Russert kid's, though he isn't an obnoxious bro in the Russert-kid mold. I'm not sure if the suits will ever figure out that legacies & children-of-famous-people are usually not the best & brightest, perhaps because a lot of the suits themselves are legacies.

Philip Shenon in Politico Magazine: "If even Robert Kennedy was a conspiracy theorist, it is hard to see how millions of other Americans will ever be convinced to accept that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone."

Bill Carter of the New York Times: "MSNBC has seen its ratings hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows."

Snowden, The Movie:

... AND, Snowden's girlfriend is living with him in a Moscow apartment. David Harding of the New York Daily News: "His girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, moved into his apartment in the Russian capital in July, a detail that was revealed in the new documentary, 'Citizenfour.'” ...

... George Packer of the New Yorker on Laura Poitras & making the film "Citizenfour." ...

... Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times discusses the film. He attended the premiere at the New York Film Festival, where the documentary got a rare standing O. CW: I'm kinda sensing that "Citizenfour" can best be described as "documentary as hagiography." And, yes, I'm definitely seeing an Oscar here. Call me an oracle.

 

 

A video for Marco I'm-Not-a-Scientist-Man Rubio & Bobby I'm-Not-an-Evolutionary-Biologist Jindal, & all their non-scientist Republican friends:

"An FBI wanted poster shows William Bradford Bishop Jr. The image on the left shows how Bishop would look now. (Getty)"Dan Morse of the Washington Post: "For nearly 40 years, the legend of Bethesda fugitive William Bradford Bishop Jr. carried an air of not just evil brutality but refined sophistication. This was a man suspected of killing his family with a small sledgehammer in 1976 and setting their corpses on fire. Then he vanished, taking with him fluency in five languages, the experience of a world traveler for the State Department, and a fondness for playing tennis, flying airplanes and drinking Scotch. There were alleged sightings: a public park in Stockholm, a restroom in Sorrento, Italy, a train station in Basel, Switzerland. Now, in a potentiality stunning development in the case — centered in a municipally owned cemetery in the northeastern corner of Alabama — remains that were exhumed Thursday may tell a different story. Bishop could be the heretofore unidentified man called John Doe, who was struck by a car while walking down a highway in 1981, a person who appeared to be homeless, who’d worn several layers of heavy, dirty clothes and weighed just 155 pounds." ...

... CW: If you like mysteries & enjoy reading about how they're unravelled, you should find this a compelling story. ...

... UPDATE. Unsolved Mystery. Washington Post: "Human remains recently exhumed from an Alabama grave are not those of the notorious fugitive William Bradford Bishop, who is accused of killing five family members with a small sledgehammer in Montgomery County in 1976 and setting their bodies on fire, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The FBI said that DNA taken from the unidentified body in Scottsboro, Ala., on Oct. 9 did not match Bishop, who is a member of the Ten Most Wanted list." Original story further down this column. Thanks to Haley S. for the lead.

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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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