On Tuesday, it looked like we had three possible political scandals brewing. Two days later, with much more evidence available, it doesn’t look like any of them will pan out. There’ll be more hearings, and more bad press for the Obama administration, and more demands for documents. But — and this is a key qualification — absent more revelations, the scandals that could reach high don’t seem to include any real wrongdoing, whereas the ones that include real wrongdoing don’t reach high enough.
Source: Washington Post
I don’t believe they intentionally portrayed the Lucifer character to look like Mr. Obama. I think God guided the hand of the makeup artist and blinded the eyes of everybody on the movie set while it was being recorded, and the spiritual blinders were removed Sunday night when the program was broadcast nationally on the History Channel. How many clues do we need from Heaven to understand that the man in the White House is a devil from Hell?
Christian radio host Rick Wiles, explaining the History Channel’s Satan/Obama pseudo-resemblance. (via Comedy Central’s Indecision)
Because makeup artist.
Too funny. I mean, if it weren’t frightening.
by The White Houseon Flickr.
President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
OMG HE’S TAKING OUR GUNS AWAY
Obama, this is one of the lamest things I’ve ever seen. How about instead of doing gross photo-ops to appease gun nuts, you call the NRA what it is (a lobby for gun manufacturers) and start getting tough on banning the weaponry that’s killing 10,000+ people in the United States a year and is being exported to Mexican drug cartels in unprecedented numbers?
Really? You think trying to be an example of healthy, balanced gun ownership is lame? The man isn’t holding an AR, for chrissake. Grow up.
Perfect example of why I’ve unfollowed people like mg. Sorry I’m not sorry. When you leave little to no room for nuance or the normal human experience, everything is black or white, and EVERY GODDAMN THING is about the issues you deem most important and how everyone else doesn’t measure up, you’re just a whiny annoyance on endless loop. Ugh.
Takes one to know one, and I hate when I realize I’ve been that person.
Yay: Obama and guns and that polo shirt. Yay: adult conversation about gun ownership and responsible use. Yay: people who hate criminals and gun deaths and Mexican drug cartels. Yay: people who can hold balanced conversations about complicated and layered issues without forcing everyone who disagrees with them to tune out.
When Barack Obama raises his right hand on Jan. 21 to “faithfully execute the office of president,” his left hand will be resting on a worn black leather Bible, with a slight tear on the cover, that normally resides under glass in the King Center in Atlanta. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced this week that a Bible Martin Luther King Jr. carried with him during his rise as a civil rights leader will be one of two used at the Jan. 21 inauguration. The other one was used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration in 1861 and by Obama in 2009. The use of their Bibles come on the 50th anniversary of the King-led March on Washington and 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Other than the whole “bible” part of this story, I quite like this… history, and all that.
“What made me so overwhelmingly angry yesterday was the same thing that has been boiling in my gut for the last two years. When the federal government went after him – and MIT sheepishly played along – they weren’t treating him as a person who may or may not have done something stupid. He was an example. And the reason they threw the book at him wasn’t to teach him a lesson, but to make a point to the entire Cambridge hacker community that they were p0wned. It was a threat that had nothing to do with justice and everything to do with a broader battle over systemic power. In recent years, hackers have challenged the status quo and called into question the legitimacy of countless political actions. Their means may have been questionable, but their intentions have been valiant. The whole point of a functioning democracy is to always question the uses and abuses of power in order to prevent tyranny from emerging. Over the last few years, we’ve seen hackers demonized as anti-democratic even though so many of them see themselves as contemporary freedom fighters. And those in power used Aaron, reframing his information liberation project as a story of vicious hackers whose terroristic acts are meant to destroy democracy.
Reasonable people can disagree about tactics and where and when a particular approach pushes too far. Like Lessig, I often disagreed with Aaron about his particular approach to freeing the world’s information, even if I never disagreed with him about the goal. And one of the reasons why so many hackers and geeks spent yesterday raging against the machine is because so many people in power have been unable to see past the particular acts and understand the intentions and activism. So much public effort has been put into controlling and harmonizing geek resistance, squashing the rebellion, and punishing whoever authorities can get their hands on. But most geeks operate in gray zones, making it hard for them to be pinned down and charged. It’s in this context that Aaron’s stunt gave federal agents enough evidence to bring him to trial to use him as an example. They used their power to silence him and publicly condemn him even before the trial even began.
Yesterday, there was an outpouring of information about his case, including an amazing account from the defense’s expert witness. Many people asked why people didn’t speak up before. I can only explain my reasoning. I was too scared to speak publicly for fear of how my words might be used against him. And I was too scared to get embroiled in the witch hunt that I’ve watched happen over the last three years. Because it hasn’t been about justice or national security. It’s been about power. And it’s at the heart and soul of why the Obama administration has been a soul crushing disappointment to me. I’ve gotten into a ridiculous number of fights over the last couple of years with folks in the administration over the treatment of geeks and the misunderstanding of hackers, but I could never figure how to make a difference on that front. This was a source of serious frustration for me, even as SOPA/PIPA showed that geeks could make a difference.
So here we are today, the world lacking a prodigious child whose intellect scared the shit out of everyone who knew him. He became a toy for a government set on showing their strength. And they bullied him and preyed on his weaknesses and sought to break him. And they did. All for the performance of justice. All before he was even tried in a society that prides itself on innocent until proven guilty. Was depression key to what happened on Friday? Certainly. But it wasn’t the whole story. And that’s what makes it hard for me to stomach.”
WATCH THIS VIDEO.
“The fact that… roughly 70% of Americans polled under Obama, including the vast majority of self-identified liberal democrats, support drone strikes is a devastating commentary on the extent to which people have ceded their conscience to those in power just because they happen to be members of their own party or like the guy in power. I mean, that’s not participating in a democracy, that’s ceding your conscience to someone else in a really shameful way.”
Jeremy Scahill, hero status extraordinaire.
Oh, wait, what’s that?! Criticism from The Left? Oh, this is what journalism looks like?! Take notes, conservative media and Tea Party hacks who cry “Liberty!” and “Freedom!” any time they see an open mic. If you had any brains or real balls you’d be aligning with Scahill on this issue, but you can’t because he’s the liberal you think President Obama is. Get serious.
At the heart of America’s dysfunctional political system lies a media engine that’s used by those in power to systematically misinform the electorate for political and financial gain. The situation is getting worse. In the past four years, Obama has lowered the standard of journalism, reduced transparency, cracked down on whistleblowers, and allowed “news” broadcasters to continue lying to people about important issues like climate change. Citizens need to be well-informed in order for democracy to work. We need to demand access to quality education, high standards of journalistic integrity, and government transparency. And we need to reject mythical notions of leadership that would have us follow charismatic figures whose images have been shaped by billion dollar campaigns. If we want a real democracy, we can’t content ourselves to be voters and followers, we need to be leaders. It’s time for activism.