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The Rude Pundit: Barack Obama Calls Crazy "Crazy" and We Need More of That

The Rude Pundit
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Barack Obama Calls Crazy "Crazy" and We Need More of That

We needed Barack Obama to lay it all out for us: "Imagine if you hire your plumber. You've got an overflowing toilet. It's a problem," he said during a rally in Michigan. "[The plumber] comes in and, you know, you're waiting for the toilet to be fixed. He starts, 'Have you heard about the latest conspiracy of the Lizard People?' and he starts talking to you about all this stuff. 'We gotta do something about that.' You'd be like, 'No no no, I just want you to fix my toilet.' You'd find another plumber."

What Obama has done as he crosses the country for Democratic candidates in tight races is to say that crazy motherfuckers are crazy motherfuckers and we need to say they're crazy motherfuckers and stop acting like their crazy motherfucking is in any way valid. In that Michigan speech, Obama brought up how Governor Gretchen Whitmer's opponent, Republican Tudor Dixon (which sounds like what you'd call a shitty mobile home park to make it sound fancy) said in 2020 that Democrats are trying to topple the U.S. government and control people through Covid-19 restrictions because they lost the Civil War. Obama exclaimed, "Now first of all...what?" And then he turned to the laughing crowd and gave a confused/concerned smirk, adding, "Wha...what?" The "the fuck" is implied. He continued, "I mean, I know some people go down these rabbit holes on the internet. They're up too late. But that's like a subway tunnel. That's deep. That's the darkest rabbit hole I've ever seen."

It's funny, sure. Obama has such good comic timing that he drove Donald Trump to run for president. But it's also the goddamn truth. As I've said before, we need to treat the people who spout crazy shit like they're crazy. That means anyone who believes that what's real isn't really real should be shamed for it. And I'm not just talking about the QAnon blithering madness. I'm talking about those who say, for instance, that the 2020 election was stolen or rigged or whatever. Our leaders should be mocking them more, especially the politicians who say that. Yeah, they are a threat to democracy. But they are also fucking nuts. But they say this shit shamelessly because no one of any power is shaming them. Yes, many of them are lying just to keep Trump and the MAGA rubes happy. But their intentions in saying crazy shit have no bearing on how they should be treated.

Instead, we get CNN's new CEO pushing a policy on allowing the nutzoids on the air: "CNN won’t ban guests who have supported the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen, but the network will attempt to keep conversations with those people in safe zones of truth." Read another way, that says, "We'll have liars and insane people on and hope they don't lie or say something insane." You know what the best way to avoid that shit is? Don't fucking invite them on unless it's to point and laugh at how fucking mad they are. CNN had the newest Trump clone, Kari Lake, on a couple of weeks ago and just let her get away with saying that she wouldn't accept the results of the gubernatorial election in Arizona if she lost. The next question from Dana Bash should have been "Do you know how fucking deranged that sounds? I mean, that's objectively fucking nuts."


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 4, 2022, 09:38 PM (2 replies)

Barrett Won't Block Student Debt Forgiveness


Barrett Won’t Block Student Debt Forgiveness
November 4, 2022 at 4:27 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Friday denied an emergency effort to block the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program, her second such ruling in recent weeks,” The Hill reports.

“Barrett, who handles emergency matters arising from several Midwestern states, acted alone in denying the request, rather than referring it to the full court.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 4, 2022, 09:20 PM (2 replies)

..."zachistka" -- cleansing. The Russians hunted people on lists...

“Under Republicans, not another penny will go to Ukraine. Our country comes first. They don’t care about our border or our people.” —Marjorie Taylor Green
Published by digby on November 4, 2022
(She deleted the tweet)

She needs to STFU. What a dumb, arrogant and hostile creep, the worst of all possible worlds.

It was a cold, gray morning, March 4 in Bucha, Ukraine. Crows cawed. By nightfall, at least nine men would walk to their deaths at 144 Yablunska street, a building complex that Russians turned into a headquarters and the nerve center of violence that would shock the world.

In this image from March 4, 2022, surveillance video provided by the Ukrainian government, Russian troops lead nine men at gunpoint to their headquarters on Yablunska Street in Bucha, where they would be tortured and executed. (Ukrainian government via AP)

Later, when all the bodies were found strewn along the streets and packed in hasty graves, it would be easy to think the carnage was random. Residents asking how this happened would be told to make their peace, because some questions just don’t have answers.

Yet there was a method to the violence.

What happened that day in Bucha was what Russian soldiers on intercepted phone conversations called “zachistka” — cleansing. The Russians hunted people on lists prepared by their intelligence services and went door to door to identify potential threats. Those who didn’t pass this filtration, including volunteer fighters and civilians suspected of assisting Ukrainian troops, were tortured and executed, surveillance video, audio intercepts and interviews show.

The Associated Press and the PBS series “Frontline” obtained surveillance camera footage from Bucha that shows, for the first time, what a cleansing operation in Ukraine looks like. This was organized brutality that would be repeated at scale in Russian-occupied territories across Ukraine — a strategy to neutralize resistance and terrorize locals into submission that Russian troops have used in past conflicts, notably Chechnya


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 4, 2022, 09:08 PM (6 replies)

MSNBC Suddenly Ditches Weekend Host Tiffany Cross

MSNBC Suddenly Ditches Weekend Host Tiffany Cross
A source familiar with the situation said some of Cross’ coverage and commentary did not adhere to network standards.
Justin Baragona
Media Reporter
Updated Nov. 04, 2022 12:15PM ET / Published Nov. 04, 2022 12:11PM ET

MSNBC weekend host Tiffany Cross has been suddenly let go by the network, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to The Daily Beast.


The source also told The Daily Beast that Cross’s commentary had repeatedly crossed the line by failing to adhere to the network’s editorial standards.

While noting that it was not tied to one specific incident or remark, the source did point out that just this past Thursday night, Cross referred to Florida as “the dick of the country” during an appearance on Charlamagne tha God’s Comedy Central show.

Additionally, Cross has come under intense fire from conservative media over her increasingly strident commentary about race and white Americans, and the show had long been a source of controversy for MSNBC.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 4, 2022, 02:16 PM (23 replies)
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