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  • The Dueling Rallies Go Global

    This should be a real load off the minds of the  good-natured, concerned folks over at Fox and Friends.

    It's looking like not only are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are well on their way to outpacing Glenn Beck's rally attendance in Washington DC, but they're likely to be joined by thousands of people across the country in a bunch of satellite rallies…

    [T]here are shadow rallies planned in 47 states and six foreign countries for October 30, according to, and predicted attendance numbers keep climbing. It seems the world is going crazy for sanity…

    "A couple of weeks ago, while we were having dinner together, we were talking about how much we wanted to go to the D.C. rally," wrote Lee, a 38 year-old who works in production and H.R, and Wright, a 32 year-old post-doctoral biology scholar at Caltech, in an e-mail. "Unfortunately, we couldn't afford the time and money it would take to travel all the way to the East Coast." They said that within two weeks of setting up a Facebook page for their event, 2,500 people had signed up to support a rally at L.A.'s Pershing Square.

    "We are Jon Stewart fans who love the spirit of the D.C. rally to 'Take it Down a Notch for America'," Lee and Wright added. The pair, along with a number of volunteer organizers, are trying to raise funds for a LED Screen to broadcast the main D.C. event to the crowd.

    And it's looking like I'll get to attend this one in my adoptive city of wind and sausages

    [A] group of Chicagoans are planning a satellite event in Grant Park on the same evening without the show’s endorsement or support…

    Chicago's event coordinator Angie McMahon [founder of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy]… expects 5,000 people. The rally received a conditional permit, which means it is approved for using Grant Park as long as it comes up with the money required. There is a $5,000 security deposit as well as an estimated $1,600 for insurance, but they hope to raise $30,000. There are various other costs for an event, such as getting a live broadcast of the D.C. rally.

    Oh, and I know what you're going to ask, so let me just tell you: Yes, there is going to be a rally on Mt. Everest in Nepal

    This rally will include some Tibetan style symbolism. I'll be taking flags to Base Camp.


    You can find the closest rally to you over on

    Tags: California, Chicago, Fox, Illinois, Jon Stewart, Los Angeles Times, March to Keep Fear Alive, Rally to Restore Sanity, Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show, Washington DC
  • Is the White House Threatening Democrats Who Make Themselves Look Stupid on Fox News?

    Okay, so let me get this straight.

    The LA Times  is reporting that a Democratic strategist, who regularly appears on Fox News, is coming forward anonymously to tell us that the White House is threatening him to try to get him to stop going on Fox? Is that it? Is that what's supposedly going on here?

    The Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox, he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again. The call had an intimidating tone, he said.

    The message was, "We better not see you on again," said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to run afoul of the White House.

    This is a completely believable story. I can't think of a single reason to maybe doubt the veracity of this story. Because all the entities involved are so trustworthy.

    Fox News: impeccable history of not acting like a propaganda machine. Democratic strategist who goes onto Fox to offer opinions for Sean Hannity to shout down: A good helpful member of the Democratic team. Newspaper accepting anonymous source as being valid: That's a tendency conservatives have never exploited before.

    And it makes such perfect sense considering the ass-whooping that the White House keeps giving to Joe Lieberman.

    Tags: Democrats, Fox, Los Angeles Times, White House
  • What Is Joe Biden Trying to Hide?

    biden-foreheadMeanwhile, over at the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Malcolm has decided to own a story that's being overlooked (suppressed??) elsewhere: just what the hell is Joe Biden doing, aside from skulking around Delaware, a popular undisclosed location?

    We said after taking the entire weekend off, he was spending all day Monday in "private meetings" at his Delaware home. He was. And we all know what that means.

    Of course, it means he was sitting in his basement watching porns. Well, at least Biden's good for ceremonial oath-giving, when the White House butler is otherwise occupied…

    [T]wo more swearing-ins popped up on Biden's schedule for Tuesday — one for Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and another for Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank.

    Ha, right, "export-import," sure. Wink wink. Good one, "Joe Biden."

    Also on Biden's Tuesday docket is sitting in on three presidential meetings, a couple of briefings and a lunch. But these too have been declared closed to the media. So we'll all just have to imagine the intense VP work going on.

    According to the White House, the remainder of the vice president's day will be devoted to some more of those "private meetings."

    That is just disgusting.

    Tags: Andrew Malcolm, Joe Biden, Los Angeles Times
  • Barack Obama's Other Terrorist Pal, the Palestinian One

    Surely you've heard, there's a hot new Obama terrorist pal in town. (William Ayers? So passe. Sorry, guy. Even John McCain called you washed up.)

    Get with it! All the cool zealots are moving on to Barack Obama's second wild-eyed buddy, this crazy honcho of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He and Barack Obama palled around real hard back in the day, thinking up ways to destroy Israel and k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

    It's true! Even Sarah Palin says so

    "It seems that there is yet another radical professor from the neighborhood who spent a lot of time with Barack Obama going back several years," Palin said at an event in Bowling Green, Ohio. "This is important because his associate, Rashid Khalidi… in addition to being a political ally of Barack Obama, he's a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization." …

    Khalidi is a leading scholar of Middle Eastern studies at [elitist Ivy League university!!1!] Columbia, and he was a contemporary of Obama's while on the faculty of the University of Chicago. Khalidi has been a harsh critic of U.S. foreign policy toward Israel and has accused the country of "occupying" Palestinian territories. But he has denied acting as a PLO spokesman during a seven-year period in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Khalidi said Wednesday, "I am not speaking to the media at this time, and certainly not until this idiot wind passes."

    "Idiot wind," eh, "Professor" Khalidi? Sounds mighty un-American to these ears. And these ears don't run.

    Now, if only there were some kind of video evidence proving that Khalidi and Obama were once in a room together, preferably a room where a third party said something controversial…

    In April, the Los Angeles Times published an article about a going-away dinner for Khalidi that Obama attended in Chicago, Illinois, in 2003. Khalidi was leaving to become a professor at Columbia.

    The paper reported that a young Palestinian-American woman recited a poem at the farewell party that accused the Israeli government of terrorism for its treatment of Palestinians and was highly critical of U.S. support of Israel.

    The McCain campaign accused the Los Angeles paper of "intentionally suppressing" a videotape it obtained from that dinner and demanded that it release the footage. The Times said it won't release the footage because a reporter promised a source that the video would not be made public.

    Asked why the McCain campaign was bringing the matter up six months after the article appeared, an aide replied, "Because we are one week away from potentially electing Barack Obama."

    Exactly. Thank you, anonymous all-American McCain aide.

    Now that's a real patriot's reasoning.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Israel, Los Angeles Times, Palestine, Rashid Khalidi, Sarah Palin, Terrorism, William Ayers