Stories to Watch: 6/5/11
Beautiful weekend. Finally. Now here’s the news…
If Somolia is the nation that most resembles Libertarian Utopia, what’s the Republican paradise?Nicholas Kristof argues that it’s Pakistan — pretty convincingly.
Sarah Palin demonstrates how Republicans alternate praising “American exceptionalism” and running the country down.
Remember how the GOP was going “repeal and replace” healthcare reform? Yeah, they’re still working on that “replace” part.
Climate scientists in Australia face death threats.
How shitty can religious extremists be? This shitty: Georgia Republicans would not only overturn Roe v. Wade, but would require miscarriages to be investigated as possible crimes.
For all the talk about Republicans and Iowa, polling shows that any Republican would lose the state to Obama in the general — by a wide margin.
Finally, Wisconsin progressives set up a “Walkerville" at the state capitol to protest what can only be described as a corrupt budget.
Stories to Watch: 5/2/11
Bin Laden’s dead. So, is it safe for us to have some of our rights back or is that too much to ask? Now here’s the news…
Was some of the information that brought down Osama Bin Laden obtained through torture? A lot of people are making the case that it was, but there’s really no evidence to back the claim up.
Consistent right up to the end, bin Laden shuffled off this mortal coil with a final act of cowardice. He also reportedly has aposthumous “death to America” tape in the pipe.
Joe Scarborough’s a dick. Rick Santorum is an assclown. Bryan Fischer’s just an idiot. Eric Cantor reminds us why he’s been nicknamed "manager of the asshole store.”
Crap. Does this mean I have to follow Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson’s twitter feed now?
Were bin Laden and the Pakistani government in cahoots? The evidence — circumstantial though it may be at this time — is damning. On the other hand, the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, makes a fairly sound argument to the contrary. Count Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) among the unconvinced.
Finally, Raw Story collects “The 5 craziest conspiracy theories on bin Laden’s death.” Make sure to watch the video, which is completely insane.
Right Thanks Bush for Killing Bin Laden
George W. Bush, who is perfect in every way, finally killed Osama Bin Laden. You’d think that the killing of America’s most wanted terrorist under the supervision of President Obama — who the farthest right would have you believe is a terrorist mastermind himself — would present a bit of a problem for wingnuts. I know I did, but I underestimated their creativity.
The comment above comes from Jim Hoft’s unfortunate Gateway Pundit blog, which announced the death of Bin Laden with as little mention of President Obama as possible. “How long till Obama takes credit…5, 4,3,2,…” asks another commenter. “I think it took a week to confirm and for Obama to stop crying that his homey is dead.”
Not to be outdone, rightwing nutjob Hugh Hewitt manages to report the death of Osama Bin Laden without mentioning that Obama guy at all, other than a reference to the “White House” in a blockquote from the New York Times. GWB makes an appearance, though
Here’s George W. Bush on the super-important mission of taking down Osama Bin Laden:
"I don’t know where he is… I truly am not that concerned with him." It’s that laser-like focus (some would call it an obsession) that drove the former president to come out of retirement, hop a plane to Pakistan, and shoot Bin Laden himself.
Fun fact: it was exactly eight years ago yesterday that Bush declared “Mission accomplished” in Iraq. This is the guy the right believes deserves all the credit. After all, it was Dubs who said he wanted OBL “dead or alive.”
But here’s another fun fact: it’s impossible to imagine a president reacting to 9/11 in any other way. “We gotta get this Bin Laden guy” would be the gist of any post-strike policy — man commits crime, goes fugitive, cops go after him. Can you really imagine any president saying anything else? Yet it’s seen as a sign of brilliance that George W. Bush announced the most predictable policy in the world. If it weren’t for him, this Obama guy never would’ve thought of it.
Of course, this will go on until the right realizes they’ve got a new conspiracy theory to replace birtherism. It’ll be the new Elvisism, where Bin Laden is spotted all over the world, not dead, because President Obama only pretended to bring him down in order to boost his reelection odds.
The only real mystery is in how they’ll manage to keep giving Bush credit for the kill.