What I find most hilarious is that the Netroots was supposed to be flattered over his taping a (bad) video. Have we forgotten how Ronald Reagan taped videos for AIDs? That were shown (and booed)? These people are pretty much the reason Barack is in the White House (not a good thing, in my opinion) and he can't even go there? While asking them for more help, he can't even show up? While trashing them and spitting on them (campaining for Blanche Lincoln was spitting on them as were the comments from the White House after Lincoln's victory)?
Could the Dems lose control of the House in the November election? I hope so. As someone betrayed by my own political party, I'm not vested in their 'wins' or 'losses' but I do make time to find the positives. Here's a positive to Dems losing control of the House: Nancy Pelosi is replaced as Speaker of the House. Which is a HUGE positive because maybe it shuts up Nance's spoiled prissy daughter who appears to suffer under some belief that anyone in the world gives a damn what she says. Here she is playing the ass at Politico's Arena:
As a general principle, one's views on the war - Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan - shouldn't determine whether leaking classified intelligence information about it that risks American lives is a crime. I haven't read all the leaked documents and don't know the context of facts they omitted, so I can't say whether this is the Pentagon Papers or Valerie Plame redux - but if sources and methods were exposed that put lives at risk, the leakers should be prosecuted.
That put lives at risk? Christina Pelosi, your whoring puts lives at risk. Your whoring puts the lives of Iraqis, Afghanistans and Pakistanis at risk. You really need to shut up already. You're the daughter-of which makes you think anyone in the world gives a damn what you say. You are mistaken.
I'm so sick of the Pelosi whores and Christina was whoring at Huffington Post over the weekend as she played like she was a blogger and gave marching orders re: Netroots Nation. Christina Pelosi having to get an actual job and losing her media access is a plus.
"TV: Everybody is a spy" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Nothing surprised us. That Luke Mitchell of Harper's is a sexist pig surprises us after Third's July 5, 2009 feature "Harper's magazine: Only pencil neck males allowed" which explained that the first six months of the year found Harper's publishing 129 male bylines to 28 female ones? And that feature followed up on earlier coverage of Harper's (also see "Arthur Krystal delivers a lesson in exclusion" and "The sexism at Harper's").
Journalism is supposed to report, it is supposed to inform and illuminate. It cannot do so when it obscures and obfiscates. The people taking part in Journolist were not practicing journalism. They were engaging in conversations that should not have been held. An NPR weirdo thinks she can excuse herself because it was supposed to be "private" but, as Elaine points out, the privacy was the most offensive part of it.
Those who were supposed to bring the truths instead wanted to make like duplicitous spies. They wanted to invent narratives and devise strategies to trick and decieve the American public. That's not journalism. And that they can't figure out what they did wrong is amazing. That they're still employed may be the only truly surprising thing about the entire scandal.
The Journolist scandal will not go away, no matter how hard some try to bury it. Ava and C.I. have nailed the scandal in their pieces for Third and people can pretend it doesn't matter but it does. These people, as Ava and C.I. are pointing out, were not practicing journalism.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):