Homosexual is World’s Fastest Man

When technology attacks’¦

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Evidently that’™s what the American Family Association reported this morning. They’™ve got an auto-replace thingy on their web site that replaces the word ‘œgay’ with ‘œhomosexual.’ So they reported Tyson Gay as Tyson Homosexual.

Here’™s the link, though the AFA has corrected it by now, as I’™ve been told.

Monday, June 30th, 2008 by Richard Blair |
Category: Permalink,Stupid

Racist Anti-Obama Vandalism in Florida

Racism in america can be very ugly, and it can be ugly even in the I-4 corridor in Florida, one of the ‘œswing’ regions of the state. This time the case is about racist graffiti spray painted onto government vehicles, all of which is anti-Obama. The real story revolves around the clues the culprits left behind.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

There it is. A vandal or two wrote clearly racist messages on a bunch of city vehicles in Orlando, and Barack Obama was the target. This isn’™t going to surprise anyone who has been watching this race, but the red herrings left at the scene just might be a surprise. the vandals left a bunch of business cards denouncing Obama and McCain, and there are supposedly words that indicate the culprits were Hillary Clinton supporters. I don’™t believe the red herrings for a minute’¦


Monday, June 30th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

Bush/Cheney Ride Popularity, Reject US Intel on Iran Nukes

Bush and Cheney are riding a wave of popularity unseen since 9/11. 23% is the number of those who agree with their mission, so it appears they’vce decided to gamble on their huge numbers and reject US Intelligence estimates about Iran. Does this mean they are going to open a second front there? Listen to Mitch McConnell.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Bush and Cheney are just as popular as they always were, scoring a full 23% approval rating in the latest LA Times poll, which is easily as much approval as they deserve. Heck, one could likely those 23% would stay with them if they decided to mount an offensive in Iran. And that’s just what Seymour Hirsh claims they are going to do. But not before Bush and Cheney listen to their own Intelligence Agency’s opinions on the Iran Nuke program, and then summarily reject the report. Here’s the LA Times poll, and here’s the story about the US Intel.

Why did they reject US Intelligence estimates about how the Iranians don’t have an active nuclear program? …


Monday, June 30th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

Republican Snake Blogger Meets Greatest Generation

A Republican blogger set out to dig for dirt on Barack Obama’s uncle the other day. He emailed a web site that honors the uncle’s unit, the 89th, boasting that he’d performed a “gotcha” on Obama. The veterans, of course, cleaned Steve Gilbert’s clock. Amazingly, Gilbert documented and publicized every bit of the exchange.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It’s being reported by Ben Smith of Politico and by Jake Tapper of ABCNews. A Republican blogger, digging for dirt on Barack Obama’s Great Uncle, got told off in no uncertain terms by a World War II veteran and his son. Bravo to Raymond and Mark Kitchell, my heroes for this week, for sure.

Everyone read about the story of Barack Obama saying his Great Uncle helped liberate Auchwitz, when it was in fact a different camp the uncle, Charles Payne helped liberate. Enterprising Republican blogger Steve Gilbert, of a web site ironically called “Sweetness and Light,” decided that there must be something out of the ordinary, so he decided to investigate. He probably had dreams of being the first to SwiftBoat Barack Obama’s great uncle, imagining that by impugning the reputation of a World War II veteran he was somehow making a comment on Barack Obama’s fitness for service. Yeah, this falls under the category of “Most Disgusting Republican Dirty Tricks.”

Gilbert, and “snake” is too nice a word for him, decided to contact the 89th Infantry Division of World War II unofficial web site to find some dirt on Barack Obama’s great uncle, a man who is 84 at the time of this writing. There is no doubt that Gilbert wanted to destroy Charles Payne’s reputation, of course. (Destroy the reputation of a World War II vet who is 84 years old? How completely disgusting!) Well, Gilbert got nowhere, because the men responsible for the web site, Raymond Kitchell and his son Mark, weren’t having any of it. Here’s the email in response to Steve Gilbert’s request:

– Original Message –
From: Steve Gilbert
To: markkitchell@[redacted].com
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:14 AM
Subject: Any Record Of Charles W Payne?

Mr. Kitchell,

As you may have heard by now, Barack Obama has claimed that his great uncle Charlie Payne was a member of the 89th Div that liberated Buchenwald.

According to records his full name is either Charles W Payne or Charles T Payne (most likely the former), and he was born in 1924 – and he is still alive today.

He most likely was from Kansas at the time of enlistment.

Do you have any record of this gentleman?

Thank you,

Steve Gilbert

PS – If you go to my website, you will see that I was probably the first to note the error in Mr. Obama’s first claims about his “uncle.”

Obama Claims His Uncle Liberated Auschwitz | Sweetness & Light

And Mr. Kitchell’s helpful reply:

Please crawl back under the rock you came out from.

Good day

Raymond Kitchell, veteran 89th Inf Div

I have since been sent this followup email:

From: Mark Kitchell [mailto:markkitchell@[redacted].com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:47 AM
To: Steve Gilbert
Subject: Re: Any Record Of Charles W Payne?

I don’t claim to represent anyone. You are the one who came to my son and I asking for information.

Please spend ample time chasing down the lies fed to you by chickenhawks Bush & Co. Like 90% of this administration, they don’t have the foggiest idea what we went through or what we saw at Ohrdruf.

I wonder how many people who visit the 89th Infantry site and support Mr. Kitchell’s work realize his politics are those of Cindy Sheehan?

Evidencing no shame, as if he’d been raised by wolves, or maybe Karl Rove, Steve Gilbert has the entire exchange with the good folks Kitchell on the Sweetness and Light web site. It’s ugly. The guy even compares Raymond and Mark Kitchell to Cindy Sheehan.

There’s a lot of ethical ugliness to unpack here. Steve Gilbert evidently wanted to destroy the reputation of a man who served this country just because he was related to Barack Obama. That certainly ranks high on the ugliness meter, but it’s certainly within the ethical parameters of how Republicans work, I suppose. That Gilbert went to the keeper of a site honoring those veterans like Charles Payne, is simply stupid. These guys are very likely to stick together, after all. They went through a lot together in WWII. I love how Steve Gilbert crows that he’s the one to make Barack Obama look good by uncovering the Obama mistake about Auchwitz. So let’s see, we’ve got trying to smear an 84 year old veteran, counting on the complicity of a fine fellow veteran of that 84 year old Charles Payne, bragging about how he’d already stuck it to Barack Obama. . . this guy Steve Gilbert is almost ready for Republican Prime Time, don’t you think? Then he publicly compares Raymond Kitchell to Cindy Sheehan.

I’ll echo Mr. Kitchell, and note that Steve Gilbert ought to go crawl back under the rock he came from. But I’m thinking he’s almost been ugly enough in this exchange to qualify as a guest host for Rush Limbaugh. Still, I’d give a lot of money to see Steve Gilbert in a room full of veterans of the 89th, the Rolling W. I might even have enough in me to pity how those men would “honor” Steve Gilbert, though I’m more likely to break into applause.

I’m guessing the Republicans lost a few votes among members of the 89th on this one.

Monday, June 30th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

Spiral Up – Nathan’s Story

This video is the trailer for Spiral Up, a documentary about Nathan, a young man who suffers from Huntington’™s Disease. The film documents Nathan’™s battle with the disease but the real purpose is to record his amazing spirit.

Commentary By: Daniel DiRito

The following video is a trailer for a documentary titled, Spiral Up. The film’™s release date has yet to be established. The film was the idea of Scott Seskind, a social worker at a nursing home in Boulder where Nathan, the subject of the documentary (who also has Huntington’™s Disease) lives.

I first met Scott over a year ago when I responded to his Craigslist ad in search of a videographer. When I first spoke to Scott, he expressed his interest in making the film. Once we began filming, it was evident that Nathan was a remarkable person and it was also obvious why Scott had chosen to make the documentary.

Since then, we’™ve been meeting, primarily on the weekends, and spending time filming Scott’™s conversations with Nathan and some of the other patients who know him at the nursing home.

While it can be said that we’™re documenting Nathan’™s battle with his disease’¦the real purpose, since the outset, has been to document his amazing spirit. You’™ll note in the trailer that Scott has pondered his motivations for making the film. Trust me when I say that he needn’™t do so’¦and anyone who takes the time to see Spiral Up will quickly realize that Nathan’™s story needed to be told.

Cross-posted at Thought Theater

Saturday, June 28th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

Focus On The Family Attacks Tim Gill’s Activism

Focus on the Family and its leader, James Dobson, must be concerned that their influence is waning. Recent attacks on Barack Obama and a new screed aimed at LGBT activist Tim Gill suggest the organization feels threatened. I suspect these latest actions are designed to raise cash.

Commentary By: Daniel DiRito

Did you know that Tim Gill is a homosexual activist who operates under the radar as a stealth politico intent on changing the political landscape and adding the scalps of God fearing Christians to his belt? This latest video offering from Focus on the Family’™s Turn Signal has to be one of their most transparent attempts to pander to their followers by portraying gay activism as a sinister effort to undermine conservative family values.

As I watched this video, I couldn’™t help but think back to my days in commercial real estate. OK, I’™m sure you’™re wondering how in the hell is this related to the FOF video? Stay with me. After spending fourteen years in the business, I honed my skills at spotting tenants who were manipulative and on the precipice of having financial problems. One of the tell-tale signals was a sudden surge in complaints about their space’¦the AC wasn’™t working right, the janitorial staff was doing a lousy job, the tenant next door was too loud, and on and on.

Generally speaking, the strategy was to go on the offensive and portray oneself as a victim in anticipation of lacking the wherewithal to pay the rent or fulfill the remaining term of one’™s lease. When I first started in the business, these tenants had me standing on my head trying to please them, but over time I realized that more often than not, their complaints had nothing to do with me or the service our company was providing. It was simply the strategy of a cash strapped tenant to create mitigating circumstances for the moment when they were unable to pay rent’¦and their ultimate goal usually included being let out of their lease.

That brings me back to Focus on the Family and this video segment. First, Focus on the Family is far from bankrupt; having total receipts in excess of 140 million dollars each of the last three years. However, when one looks more closely, the arm of the organization that funds political activities, Focus Action, has seen a steady decline in revenues over the last three years.


Saturday, June 28th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

Squabbling Over the Pigeon Bill in Pa.

The Pennsylvania state legislature is set to take up the sport of organized ‘œpigeon shoots’ once again. This particularly brutal sport is banned in 48 of 50 states, and the 49th (Tennessee) holds no organized shoots. The state legislature in Pa. won’™t be able to soar like eagles until it shoots down animal cruelty.

Commentary By: Walter Brasch

Dave Comroe stepped to the firing line, raised his 12-gauge Browning over and under shotgun, aimed and fired. Before him, a pigeon fell, moments after being released from a box less than 20 yards away. About 25 times that day Comroe fired, hitting about three-fourths of the birds. He was 16 at the time.

‘œIt’™s not easy to shoot them,’ he says, explaining, ‘œthere’™s some talent involved. When a live pigeon is released, you have no idea where it’™s going.’

Where it’™s going is usually no more than five to ten feet from its cage’¦


Saturday, June 28th, 2008 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - Pa.

Third World America

Is our national infrastructure so fragile that a five pound muskrat can bore a hole in a levee in Missouri, and cause it to fail?


We’™ve all watched the flooding in the midwest unfold over the past few weeks like a slow motion train wreck. Levee after levee has failed, and thousands of people have been displaced and millions of farm acres are under water.

The latest levee failure is being attributed to a muskrat burrowing under a levee in Winfield, Missouri:

And on Friday morning, in Lincoln County, Mo., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’™ efforts were undermined by another threat: muskrats.

The little critters made enough holes in the earthen berm to significantly weaken the Pin Oak agricultural levee, and overnight rains helped the floodwaters break through Friday morning around 5:30 a.m. The muskrats were looking for food or seeking to make dens in the levee, and emergency crews had had to patch up a hole earlier in the week created by a single burrowing muskrat, whose hard work was described as creating a ‘œgeyser of river water.’

The levee was the last one remaining in Lincoln County and was protecting about 100 homes, which were immediately evacuated. Almost 700 homes in the area have been damaged by flooding’¦.

Is the state of our national infrastructure so bad that a five pound animal can bring down a flood control levee and drown a town?

No one could have predicted’¦

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

Antonin Scalia’s Gun Rights Poster Boy

Oh, Antonin Scalia, he with the Russian first name, is so stupid he thinks gun owners are smart and responsible, at least he said so in his opinion the other day, an opinion which struck down Washington DC gun laws. If Scalia were not so ideologically narrow he would understand that gun owners are sometimes whacked out, if not criminal.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

A mere day after Antonin Scalia wrote the Supreme Court opinion to strike down Washington DC’™s restrictions on hand guns, a guy in Washington State demonstrated what a good idea this was. From KXLY.com in Spokane:

According to the Spokane Police Department, ‘œa 42-year-old male was playing with his gun and assumed it was unloaded ‘¦ He attempted to prove it was safe and unloaded it by pointing it at his face and pulling the trigger.’

The former brother-in-law of the victim identified the man as James Estes, who was rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center. He remained in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition early Thursday afternoon.

Scalia thinks that a handgun is necessary for those who experience a home invasion, and can thus point the gun while simultaneously calling the police. Yes, that is in his opinion. As this case from Spokane notes, gun owners are rarely that smart.

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

The Latest Smear of Obama and Other Republican Stupidity

Lots of good news out there, if you are a supporter of Barack Obama. Yet one more smear campaign has arrived, and every one from here on out will suppress the Republican vote. Of course, every time Mitt Romney and George Bush speak it is already suppressing the Republican vote. Romney is especially stupid today.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

There’™s some sources that are spreading a smear that Barack Obama does not have a birth certificate showing he is a citizen. Forget that the US government has already gone over Barack Obama’™s bona fides in order to give him a passport. Evidently these truly stupid people can’™t figure that stuff out. Here’™s one of the web sites promoting this bogus smear, in an article by Judi McLeod (anyone who has a first name like that has to be Canadian or something, eh?) and here’™s the Obama quick response team’™s answer. The author, if I may use that term loosely, of this article compares Barack Obama’™s birth certificate to that of Winnie the Pooh’¦


Friday, June 27th, 2008 by Richard Blair |
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