The Lawrence O'Donnell Show

A few years ago, this blogger had fairly accurately predicted within some proximity that Noted Lesbian Rachel Maddow would become a television star. Now it is with utter cheer that I can report that my prediction in that vein regarding one Lawrence O’Donnell were completely wrong.

I have always predicted that O’Donnell seems to be more of a jack-of-many-trades kind of guy. But now, as has just been breaking on The Huffington Post, we know that O’Donnell will indeed host his own television program at 10 p.m. on MSNBC.

O’Donnell is a POWERHOUSE of a broadcaster and a shrewd analyst. Watch him eviscerate Buchanan.

This is going to be TEH AWESOME.

12,000 Minnesota Nurses Walk The Hell Out

They returned to work today, but did you know that yesterday marked the largest walkout by nurses in America like, ever?

The one-day work stoppage netted 12,000 nurses walking off the job yesterday. That’s a humongous labor action. HUGE. And you probably didn’t hear about it. Because the corporate media these days thinks it’s very important to report on “business” but doesn’t seem to think that labor merits the same attention.

This is why I will try to start blogging more in this space about the things I learn from catching the Workers Independent News each day. This daily three-minute dose of labor news will put you in the know about what’s happening with folks who, like most of my fellow Americans, actually have to live off of a paycheck.

Shameless plug: Workers Independent News runs every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays on my Live365 radio station, Radio B.O.N.K.. Or you can catch it at the WIN Web site. But this is a fine news source that more Americans should follow, IMHO.

And more power to those Minnesota nurses. Keep fighting!

Oy Vey Iz Mir

A last thought from me regarding Helen Thomas.

I listened to Randi Rhodes yesterday defend the hell out of Thomas, saying that 27 seconds of video or audio on the YouTube shouldn’t instantly mitigate a 67-year career. I disagree, frankly.

Here is, specifically, the exchange that got Thomas “retired.”

Thomas, White House correspondent for Hearst Newspapers, showed up at the White House’s May 27 Jewish Heritage Celebration, where she gave an interview to Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com. Late last week Nesenoff posted a clip from the video on YouTube. Here’s the transcript:

Nesenoff: Any comments on Israel? We’re asking everybody today–
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.
Nesenoff: Ooh. Any better comments?
Thomas (cackling): Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land, not German and not Polish.
Nesenoff: So where should they go? What should they do?
Thomas: They should go home.
Nesenoff: Where is home?
Thomas: Poland. Germany.
Nesenoff: So you’re saying the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?
Thomas: And America, and everywhere else.

According to The Washington Post, Nesenoff was accompanied at the time by his two sons, both sporting the kippah. As noted, she was at the White House for an event that likely shadows Shavuot, a little-known holiday remembering the Old Testament events at Mount Sinai. And in that context, Helen Thomas is approached by an Ashkenazim looking fella with two boys in tow bearing yarmulkes, and she says wha? THAT THE JEWS SHOULD “GO BACK TO POLAND AND GERMANY?”

Specifically, she chose those countries specifically?

What Thomas revealed in those 27 seconds was that, despite all of her hard work and years and years of holding the noses of presidents to the grindstone, I’m sorry, but Helen Thomas has revealed that she is simply too ignorant to any longer deserve her seat in the press room. I do not think she was being hateful or anti-Semitic. I think that what Helen Thomas revealed about herself with her comments is that she is a buffoon who has gotten much farther on a tank of gas then she should have been able to.

Buh-bye Helen. Why don’t you do a little reading with your time off, dear? You should start with AndrĂ© Schwarz-Bart’s “The Last of the Just” and go from there. Moron.

Exhuming McCarthy

I do not spill much digital ink on the obviously crazy person called “Glenn Beck.” It’s not that I think it is beneath this space, or that I’m trying not to contribute to his spotlight. It’s more that I don’t think I could add anything more; that I would find it difficult to provide additional, useful insight on the guy.

I did purchase a domain name that I really should be more active on: glennbeckistan.com. Considering that Sen. Byrd has recently used the phrase, perhaps I should get on it. I dunno. Does BB really need another frakking blog? And wouldn’t that mean I’d actually have to watch this madman?

I am grateful, though, for a few things regarding Beck. For starters, it is tempting as this post title shows to compare him to Joe McCarthy. Plus, you get to lift from a really bitchin’ R.E.M. song. But there is a stark difference between Beck and old Joe: Glenn Beck does not chair a Senate subcommittee. Thank goodness.

Second, a striking similarity between the two, in that Beck is starting to trip over his own shoes as did McCarthy. McCarthy was just fine so long as he was investigating the State Department or Hollywood. Then he decided to go after Commies at the Pentagon. The Army said well the hell with this and decided to hold some hearings of their own, going after McCarthy and his chief counsel on unrelated charges. The Army didn’t get anything on Joe himself, but he certainly didn’t look good on the TV, especially as under fire from Ed Murrow as he was. He was censured and rendered a lame duck in office until he died.

One can only hope that Beck has also gone after the wrong leviathan, taking on the churches for any promotion of the great evil that Beck says is “social justice.” The problem with Beck though is that his position offers him a very comfy cushion of non-accountability. But who knows. Maybe the churches can finally shame this shameless bastard into shutting the hell up.

Why Is Gerard Alexander Such An Asshole?

I am not sure if I even got a The Washington Post on Sunday. If I did, it was buried in snow. So I was only recently made aware of the abomination the newspaper printed, via Media Matters for America.

Gerard Alexander, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, wrote an opinion piece titled “Why are liberals so condescending?” It is a stunning work of art.

Gerard begins:

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration.

Yeah? So?

It’s an odd time for liberals to feel smug. But even with Democratic fortunes on the wane, leading liberals insist that they have almost nothing to learn from conservatives.

Gerard. Buddy. There’s nothing conservative about American conservatives anymore. Barry Goldwater would have been tossed out on his ass in Minneapolis and called a “faggot,” and I daresay that your vaunted Ronald Raygun would be made to wear a funny hat and sit in a corner. Your folks aren’t “conservatives” anymore. They’re “lunatics.”

Many Democrats describe their troubles simply as a PR challenge, a combination of conservative misinformation—as when Obama charges that critics of health-care reform are peddling fake fears of a “Bolshevik plot”

Um…they’re not?

I could continue, I suppose, but that’s not the point. The point is, actually, that The Washington Post is a piece of shit of a newspaper.

First there were the “salons,” when it was exposed that the paper was planning on selling access to editors and reporters and other luminaries. Then, it published a piece by an obviously biased source as news. And now, as it turns out, WaPo actively sought out this piece of shit opinion column by Gerard Alexander.

What the hell is going on over there?

George Will: Generally Right About The Wars, But Still Can't Help But Tell A Fib

George F.U. Will has a generally good column in today’s The Washington Post. It is a somewhat bleak look at Obama’s newly-announced Afghanistan policy. But there’s one line in there where Will’s partisan bullshit shows right on through.

Will writes:

Many Democrats, who think the $787 billion stimulus was too small and want another one (but by another name), are flinching from the $30 billion one-year cost of the Afghan surge. Considering that the GM and GMAC bailouts ($63 billion) are five times bigger than Afghanistan’s gross domestic product ($12 billion), Democrats seem to be selective worriers about deficits.

To which I reply:

George, Republigoats are also selective worriers about deficits. That’s the core of politics. In fact, I think it may be the purist definition of “politics”: Selective worrying about deficits (and budgets).

Did the Republigoats worry about deficits when they were piling on top of it with “emergency” funding measures for Iraq? Or regarding the Bush tax cut? Eh? Skippy?

George, I think it’s time for you to stop writing horrible op-ed pieces about public policy and perhaps think about a new career writing more horrible books about baseball.

Is The Washington Post Nostalgic Over Air Pollution?

What a strange story in The Washington Post today, regarding the Virginia state ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, which thankfully goes into effect today.

For the most part, the reporter seems instantly nostalgic for the good ol’ days, when one could freely pollute the air in such establishments.

One can appreciate the irony to some extent of a smoking ban in sunny Virginia, where the crop was introduced to America. But it’s a strange bias on the part of the reporter and editor to seem to wax nostalgic about second-hand smoke.

I will say this, though: Bars and restaurants in my adopted home state just became a lot more pleasant. There’s a local I might even start frequenting again.

Also in The Washington Post today, Richard Cohen hits a home run:

The truth is that if Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused killer of 13 people at Fort Hood, had entered the officers club there with a nice handbag on his arm, perhaps a Gucci tote, he would have been out of the Army by the end of the week. Since he was merely antisocial, a misfit, an incompetent psychiatrist and a likely Islamic fanatic, he was retained and promoted. This says something about America. On the subject of gays, we are a tad nuts ourselves.

In Which Sarah Vowell and I Share an Experience in Common

Born in the first year of [Noxin’s] administration, by the end of it, during the ever-present Watergate hearings on television, I thought Watergate was just a regular TV show, like Bonanza or Scooby-Doo. My mother claims it was unnerving to have a four-year-old always tugging at her hem saying, “Mom, Watergate’s on!” (From The Partly Cloudy Patriot)

I did the same thing with my Gramma G, who was watching the hearings ever so intently.

(Which is why we should have impeached Gorge W. Boosh when we had the chance. TO GET IT ON TELEVISION. Dummies.)