Archive for June 21st, 2011

June 21, 2011

Barack W. Obama and Libya

by Vince


“Obama displays one of the worst tendencies of his predecessor. Yale law professor Jack Balkin has a superb post illuminating the convergence of White House occupants 43 and 44. “There is almost always a prominent and skillful lawyer in the Administration who will tell the President pretty much what he wants to hear,” he writes. “If the President can simply canvas the opinions of enough such lawyers he is not restrained very much by the law.”

Conor Friedersdorf gives quite a few reasons to reconsider voting for Barack in a year:

In critiquing Bush’s policies, Obama articulated the value of adhering to protocol even in trying times, the folly of circumventing the law, and the importance of reestablishing its rule. Thus the promise his presidency held. Over the last two years, the promise has faded. Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay, persisted in legally questionable spying on American citizens, made himself complicit in the mistreatment of Bradley Manning, pushed for the re-authorization of the PATRIOT Act without common sense provisions to protect civil liberties, and asserted the right to assassinate American citizens without due process. These aren’t small matters. Civil libertarians have long been outraged.

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June 21, 2011

Fox News Viewers, Ctd

by Vince

Let me turn the tables and share this video that Reason put together as they visited the Stewart/Colbert rally in 2010.

June 21, 2011

Rings

by Vince

This video makes my head spin.

H/T: Andrew Sullivan

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June 21, 2011

Inbox Influence

by Vince


If you have a Gmail account, you can use this gadget that reveals any political contributions given by people, companies, or organizations that email you.

Inbox Influence is a new tool from the Sunlight Foundation that allows you to see the political contributions of the people and organizations that are mentioned in emails you receive. This easy-to-use tool can be used for researching influence background on corporate correspondence, adding context to newspaper headlines or discovering who is behind political fundraising solicitations.

Inbox Influence provides details on any entity in the body of the email, plus information on both the sender of the email and the company from which it was sent. With it, you can even see how your friends and family have given to political campaigns. Perhaps Uncle Joe has more mainstream views after all?

So far, I followed up on one local person who gave $500 to a Republican politician. When I clicked on an email from Barack Obama, I got nothing.

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June 21, 2011

Fox News Viewers

by Vince

Jon Stewart was on Chris Wallace’s show (watch the full interview here) and went back and forth with Chris for almost 25 minutes. It was sad to see them both essentially arguing against imagined, stereotypical images of one another. Chris couldn’t grasp that Jon’s main job is truly is one of a comedian and not a mastermind behind the liberal intelligentsia. Jon made the claim that Fox News viewers are the least informed of all media outlets. It turns out that Fox News viewers actually are quite informed.

In the end, Chris and Jon’s interview resembled the two interviews Jon had with Bill O’Reilly.

June 21, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince