CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS SLOWLY LEARNING HOW EASY HE HAD IT IN 2008 WHEN THE PRESS ENSURED HE WAS A BLANK SLATE THAT ANYONE COULD WRITE THEIR FANTASIES ON, DOSTOYEVSKY'S THE IDIOT COME TO LIFE.
THAT WAS THEN.
NOW HE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE APPEARS TO BE LOSING THE RELIGIOUS VOTE, THE LATINO VOTE IT AT RISK, THE REALIZATION THAT -- LIKE ANY MORTAL -- HE CAN BE MOCKED, THAT HIS GOING NEGATIVE IS HURTING HIS BRAND AND, MOST EMBARRASSING, THAT HE CAN'T DUNK (1/2 WHITE BOYS CAN'T JUMP!!!!).
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS TODAY, BARRY O LAMENTED THE DIFFERENCE FOUR YEARS AND A PUBLIC RECORD CAN MAKE, "IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER TO LOVE ME WHEN PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW ME."
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If someone had never heard of Michael Rubin and you told them about him, they'd probably laugh and assume you were attempting to be amusing. Michael Rubin does actually exist and, sadly, he's 100% serious. At Commentary, Rubin yet again plays his the-sky-is-falling card. He's played it so many times that you have to wonder if maybe there aren't actually pigeons in the trees around his home. Most dramatically, he played the sky is falling card when he screamed for war on that 'great threat' to the US, Iraq. Now days, he's convinced there's a Kurdish threat to the United States, specifically, the Kurds who are part of the Kurdistan Regional Government. This leads to his psychotic visions of the KRG as "Iran's Trojan Horse."
And he constructs a case that would be very convincing if you didn't pay attention.
Rubin wants you to know that a recent interviw had a figure which surprised him "70 percent of Iran's Iraq trade is with Kurdistan." He then tosses out an excerpt, then he's back, "While jouranlists have reported on Kurdistan Regional Government oil smuggling to Iran, the proportion cited by Hosseini surprised me, so I check the figured [sic] with the Iraqi embassy in Washington; they confirmed the 70 percent."
He can't seriously be that dumb. He can be dumb enough to try to fool you, right? But not dumb enough to really think that the 70% figure is smuggled oil?
Or that the US embassy has a solid number for any alleged smuggled oil? The whole point of a smuggled good is that it's not officially tracked. Rubin does get that, right?
I'm not sure. His link on the 70% goes to this Fars News Agency report -- usually seen as Iranian state press (controlled press) -- and, no, there article on "trade ties" is not about smuggled oil.
Rubin is currently humping the bed at night in his sleep while dreaming of war on Syria and Iran. Sometimes people will wonder if the US liars and fools who pimped the Iraq War learned a damn thing? Michael Rubin is proof positive that, while they continue to have sticky sheets, the boys didn't learn a damn thing.
I do agree with him that the US government and the Kurdistan Regional Government are as far apart currently as they have ever been. I disagree that this is because most US service members were pulled out of Iraq last December. The reason that the KRG and the US have problems currently is because the US put together the Erbil Agreement and vouched for it and when Nouri al-Maliki trashed it after it allowed him a second term, the US government refused to stand by the agreement. That's why there are problems between the two and those problems were in place before November of 2011. So there's no need to pretend that the December drawdown created it. And Rubin's generally smarter than he lets on, so he may be aware of that and may be trying to get the US to mend fences by spreading rumors that Tehran and Erbil are locked in an embrace? It certainly wouldn't be the first time that Rubin 'spun' reality in an attempt to force the US government to do what he desired.
Rubin can take comfort in the fact that he's not the biggest idiot pundit today. That's Carl Davidson explaining to Matthew Rothschild (Progressive Radio) how the US Communist Party split over Gorbachev and his group ended up being the Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism ("It started as a split off the Communist Party. They rebelled over the, you know, Gorbachev question [. . .].")
Even funnier than that is Carl bragging about how he and tired Marilyn Katz set up Barack's speech -- yes, America, Communists Carl and Marilyn set it up -- in 2002, that weak-ass "I'm against Dumb Wars." Carl's delusion that setting up the speech or that pro-war speech was anything to be proud of is right up there on the absurdity chart with Drew Westen helping compose Barack's 2008 faux race speech and then Drew rushed around online to praise the speech forgetting to note his own input. Only the careful listeners will note how Carl's still attempted to get back for every real and imagined slight over the last forty or so years. I thought Eric Alterman's recent media appearences had set the standard for radio bitchy -- where Alterman was insisting that Communists betrayed the left during the McCarthy period because liberals were telling the truth but, Alterman insisted, Communists were lying. Enter Carl.
Carl's voting for Barack again, he rushes to explain. Even when Matthew notes the assassination of US citizens, the attack on the Constitution and so much more. So Barack can again count on the the bourgeoisie Communist support (there are real Communists with real ethics in the US -- Carl doesn't associated with any of those people). Carl does the turkey trot down memory lane on Barack, "Me and 8 Acorn ladies interviewed him for The New Party." The New Party was a Chicago Communist Party front 'fusion' party and you can find criticism of it and its lackey ways -- Carl's always been a lackey -- in this Green Party piece from 1996 written by Hank Chapot. "And then Marilyn Katz and I sat him up to give that first anti-war speech," he brags.
Barack Obama is a corporatist and we've said that all along. He's an imperialist as well. I thought Carl Davidson was the one who spread the rumor that Barack was a Socialist (again, that is a false rumor). Carl swears it wasn't him. Elaine and I remember Carl doing that.
Clearly, the US government has cloned Carl Davidson and that may be the scariest news of the day, dozens of Carls running through the US -- well lumbering. Dozens of Carls insisting on action . . . after Barack gets four more years. Dozens of Carls whoring as only he can do. Truly scary.
With a different take than Carl's 'Barack's so dreamy and groovy, I think he was eyeing me in chem lab and I really, really hope he calls me tonight!!!!" there's the take David Swanson offers in Joanne Boyer's article for Wisdom Voices:
"If you can't object to giving someone arbitrary power to kill, if you can't object to that because you can imagine someone else coming up will be even worse, then we've really tied both hands behind our back."
You have choices and you make decisions. And don't whine about how Congress won't stand up for this or that treasured policy/belief you hold dear if you're not willing to stand up against shredding the Constitution, or endless wars, or assassinating American citizens or any of the rest. Don't whine that Congress vote to extend the PATRIOT Act if you're going to turn around and vote for the person (Barack) who said the extension was needed. Congress will never vote their convictions if the electorate refuses to vote their own. Instead, you send a message that you will tolerate every sell out because you'd rather live in fear all your life.
Today Baghdad was again slammed by a bombing. And though it happened this morning in Baghdad (shortly before noon, their time) and though people in America woke up to the already reported news, the US State Dept's Mark Toner made it through an afternoon press conference without ever conveying that the US government extends its sympathies to the survivors of the attack. The White House also had nothing to say on the issue. At the United Nations, spokesperson Eduardo del Buey (link is text and audio) noted the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy Martin Kobler condemned the bombings, "He said that these atrocious crimes against the Iraqi people need to stop and the perpetrators should be brought to justice and he once more called for all Iraqi's to remain steadfast in the face of violence." Again, not a word on the tragedy from the Barack Obama administration.
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