Michelle Obama, Iran, the Oscars and religious hypocrisy
As we mock Iran, and we should, for digitally doctoring photos of the first lady’s Oscar appearance, let us not forget our own nonessential censorship—especially, one could argue, when we do basically the same thing in the name of spiritual or religious purity.
In 2002 then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, who the AP describes as “deeply religious,” had drapes installed—at the tax-payer expense of $8,000—to cover “two scantily clad statues” (one of which was the Spirit of Justice, pictured above) so he could speak in the Library of Congress’ Great Hall “without fear of a breast showing up behind him in television or newspaper pictures.”
Now I’m off to HuffPo’s side boob section to see how they covered ; ) this story.
On December 10, 2010, Ryan penned a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a grant application for the Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc to develop a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin, an area within Ryan’s district. “The proposed new facility, the Belle City Neighborhood Health Center, will serve both the preventative and comprehensive primary healthcare needs of thousands of new patients of all ages who are currently without healthcare,” Ryan wrote.
From the article Bachmann tweeted:
The $6.1 million in travel commitments the GSDC sought this year from local businesses remains set aside to bring in service to Chicago. So does a $750,000 grant from the Small Community Air Service Development program, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the efforts of local counties, cities and other entities that have pushed to about $1 million the amount that can be used as a guarantee for service.
YAY Government spending!!
Fox News (2008): Don’t blame the president for gas prices
(@thinkprogress via The Maddow Blog)
The Atlantic: Newt Gingrich Supported an Individual Mandate as Recently as May 2009
Among other mandates, he also suggested that kids who live within a mile of school should be forced to walk there, even in rain and snow.
Moment of Zen: Although Newt Gingrich wants to take back America, his campaign T-shirts are made in El Salvador.
Has Romney Not Heard of “the Google” (45 seconds.)
Mitt Romney, saying multiple times in multiple appearances that Obama made the economy worse, followed by Romney denying he ever said the President made the economy worse.
You know, today, Greece had its credit rating dropped to the lowest in the world. So, Greece could be about to default, which could mean another international financial crisis.
Today, Germany recognized the rebels in Libya as the legitimate government of Libya.
Today, King Abdullah was pelted with bottles and rocks in southern Jordan, as everyone wonders if the “Arab Spring” will bloom in his country, too.
Today, we learned that a U.S. navy destroyer stalked a ship thought to be carrying missile parts towards Burma, stalked it for days before it turned back and went back to North Korea.
Today, the Missouri River breached two levees in Iowa and Missouri, prompting evacuations of a whole with bunch of farm towns.
Today, one of President Obama‘s major economic advisers, Larry Summers, said the economy needs more stimulus spending.
Today, President Obama himself talked about dozens of jobs creation ideas from his jobs council. He warned about how—essentially, how whack it is that the only feasible ideas now are ones that don‘t have to go through Congress.
And there‘s a presidential candidates debate.
And LeBron James just proved the existence of karma.
And the al Qaeda guy who planned the Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings got killed.
And the FBI‘s taking new search and seizure powers.
And photos of Gabby Giffords.
And the New York state legislature moves on gay marriage.
And, and, and—there is a lot going on. There is a lot going on.
It may be a sleepy June Monday, but there is a ton going on.
And did you hear there were absolutely no new developments in the Anthony Weiner sex scandal today? OMG! OMG!
The latest argument from Democrats why Congressman Anthony Weiner must resign is he is a distraction from other much more important stuff that Democrats would rather be talking about, which would make sense if Democrats were only now being deprived of the great news coverage they are used to because they‘re always so disciplined about their message.
If Anthony Weiner resigning would help Democrats keep their message focused on Republicans trying to kill Medicare.
If Anthony Weiner resigning would get the Democrats to come up with a political message on repealing the Bush tax cuts for zillionaires, which the polls say is more popular than free beer.
If Anthony Weiner resigning would restore honor to Congress, (sarcastic cough) Mr. Vitter.
Or if Anthony Weiner resigning would do anything else to substantively improve—substantively improve Congress or the Democratic Party‘s politics, then every partisan liberal in the country probably would want Anthony Weiner to resign—or at least they should.
If Anthony Weiner would do anything to improve the seriousness of news coverage in our great nation, or its evenhandedness, everyone in the country would want Anthony Weiner to resign, or at least they should. But Anthony Weiner resigning would not do any of those things. Anthony Weiner does not have a magic wand, and the pun is partially intended.
So, while David Vitter gets to stay in the United States Senate as the hooker guy from the family values party, what is it about Democrats that has them now lining up to call on Anthony Weiner to resign, to cement that double standard?
This full page ad ran in the Washington Post on Sunday Oct 14th 1998 during the super charged Bill Clinton impeachment saga… GOP congressman Bob Livingston, who was in line to become the next Speaker of the House was forced to resign… The guy busy impeaching Bill Clinton, had been unfaithful to his own wife. It was blatant, humiliating hypocrisy. - Rachel Maddow (Watch)
The man who replaced Bob Livingston? Now, Sen. David Vitter. You can’t make this stuff up.
Jon Stewart absolutely dismantles Sean Hannity over the fake Common/White House “scandal” - @Salon