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LibertyNewsprint 7-17-08 Edition

LibertyNewsprint 7-17-08 Edition

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Daily -Click and Print- NewspaperLibertyNewsprint.com U.S. Edition14/07/08 - 17/07/08
Making Fun of Barack Obama
By Tommy Christopher (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 8:02:00 AM
Filed under: Democrats, Barack Obama,Featured Stories, 2008 President,Humor"Dying is easy, comedy is hard." -Sir Donald Wolfit The New York Times isreporting that humor is having a difficulttime gaining traction with Barack Obama.On the heels of the New Yorker flap(covered by David Knowles here, and byme here and here), the Times examined thepolitical humor landscape, and found itcuriously Obama-free. Why? The reasoncited by most of those involved in theshows is that a fundamental factor is so farmissing in Mr. Obama: There is nocomedic "take" on him, nothing easy toturn to for an easy laugh, like allegationsof Bill Clinton's womanizing, or PresidentBush's goofy bumbling or Al Gore'srobotic persona."The thing is, he's not buffoonish in anyway," said Mike Barry, who started writingpolitical jokes for Johnny Carson'smonologues in the waning days of theJohnson administration and has lambastedevery presidential candidate since, mostrecently for Mr. Letterman. "He's not acomical figure," Mr. Barry said. Humor issort of a hobby of mine, so my firstreaction was, "C'mon, these guys are justlazy. You can make a joke out of anything."I did a quickie Google of Barack ObamaHumor, to see what was out there. What Ifound will amaze you......if you are easily amazed. I clicked onthe About.com Barack Obama HumorRoundup, as it seemed a good place to geta fair sampling of what's out there. BeforeI get to that, though, here's my favorite joke from the Times article, by BillMaher:"I have this joke: What does hehave to do? Dunk? He bowled a 37 - tome, that's black enough." This joke worksbecause it's really about white people. Itwould be like the English making fun of me for sucking at cricket; the joke's onthem for liking cricket.Most of the humor there, as Late Nightwriter Mike Sweeney notes in the Timespiece, is about people peripheral to Obama,such as Rev. Wright. Those jokes thatactually are about Obama fall, mainly, intotwo categories: He walks on water, or he'sblack, and that's a new thing for whitepeople.After reading the article, I thought aboutit for awhile, and it really was hard tocome up with anything that didn't fall intoone of these categories.That's too bad. There's a lot of fun to behad by challenging stereotypes withhumor. I would love to see an Obamaparody of the famous Wayne Brady sketchfrom "Chappelle's Show." As the Timespoints out, white writers can't really getaway with much racial humor, the way ablack writer can.So, why can't all of these late-nightcomedy shows just call down to thebullpen and bring in some black talent tohandle Obama's at-bats? I guess you canonly spread Larry Wilmore so thin.A few weeks ago, I was mulling a "newsfrom the future" story, where it turned outthe most paranoid anti-Obamatics turnedout to be right. I wish I had done it now, inlight of the New Yorker cover, butconstructing alternate realities gives me aheadache. In the story, President Obamaimmediately enslaves the white race, butrepeals the law a few weeks later,explaining, "I just couldn't wait to starttelling them to 'Get over it.'"The problem with this kind of racialsatire, as with the New Yorker cover, isthat you run into "Chappelle'sConundrum," where you get the wrongpeople laughing, for the wrong reasons.Until late night shows either hire somemore black talent and/or get morecomfortable around the racial minefield,we'll have to rely on hysterical blogcomments for amusement.In the meantime, here are a few of myfavorites from About.com:"Barack Obamawas in New Hampshire Sunday. Wheninformed of this, President Bush excitedlyasked, 'Did we catch 'em?' --Seth Meyers"Well, congratulations to Barack Obama,the big winner of the Democratic caucus.Stunning victory. He got 57% of the youthvote, 35% of the female vote, and 100% of Iowa's black vote, a guy named Larry." --Jay Leno (Jay blew the punch line. Itshould have been, "and both black votes.")"According to a new poll, Barack Obamahas a 24-point lead over Hillary Clinton inNorth Carolina. Obama is doingparticularly well with one importantdemographic: voters." --Amy Poehler"During an interview, Vice PresidentDick Cheney's wife said that VicePresident Cheney and Barack Obama areactually distant cousins. When Dick Cheney found out, he said, 'I knew therewas something creepy about that guy.'" --Conan O'BrienPermalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Senate Investigating Bank Secrecy
By Jay Allbritton (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 9:57:00 AM
Filed under: Senate, Breaking News,Investigations Brian Ross and RhondaSchwartz of ABC News reported yesterdaythat the Senate's Permanent Subcommitteeon Investigations will hear a statementfrom a former bank employee that outedhundreds of extremely wealthy Americanswho were hiding money in banks inLichtenstein. Ross and Schwartz cite D.C.sources that say a number of Americansimplicated in the matter have beensubpoenaed and have informed thecommittee, which is chaired by SenatorCarl Levin, that they will plead the fifth.Five years ago, acting in direct violationof Liechtenstein's bank secrecy laws, aclerk named Heinrich Kieber sold bank records to tax authorities throughoutEurope and the United States. Authoritiesin Italy then published a list of all thenames. Germany has already convictedseveral of its citizens that evaded millionsof dollars in taxes.Kieber is in hiding, which is why histestimony was videotaped. Last monthBloomberg looked into Kieber's owncheckered past.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
 
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Another Subpoena Defied
By Liza Porteus Viana (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 6:19:00 AM
Filed under: Bush Administration, House,Breaking News, Iraq, Investigations Tsk,tsk, President Bush, for grounding anotherone of your administration officials fromtestifying about Plamegate.Bush has once again asserted executiveprivilege to prevent Attorney GeneralMichael Mukasey from having to complywith a House Government OversightCommittee subpoena for material on theleak of CIA operative Valerie Plame'sidentity. Panel Chairman Henry Waxman,D-Calif., held off a contempt vote forMukasey, but not for too long. He lastweek told Karl Rove he couldn't testify,either.Waxman's committee wants documentsof FBI interviews of Vice President Dick Cheney over the Plame affair. It alsowould like to see documents involvingconversations between special prosecutorPatrick Fitzgerald and Cheney, and notesfrom the 2003 State of the Union address,during which Bush uttered those "16words" about Saddam Hussein allegedlytrying to obtain yellowcake from Niger.Waxman asked for the documents over ayear ago, then subpoenaed them when theWhite House ignored the request.Waxman rejected Mukasey's suggestionthat Cheney's FBI interview on the CIAleak should be protected by the privilegeclaim - and therefore not turned over to thepanel."We'll act in the reasonable andappropriate period of time," Waxman, D-Calif., said. This unfounded assertion of executive privilege does not protect aprinciple; it protects a person ... If the vicepresident did nothing wrong, what is thereto hide?"(As a side note, I'm in the middle of former White House spokesman' ScottMcClellan's book, "What Happened," now,and it's just getting to the juicy parts of exactly what role Cheney may have had inthe leak.)Waxman wrote to Mukasey last week,warning him that if he didn't comply withthe subpoena, he would be held incontempt. Saying the committee won't ask for the transcripts of the FBI's interviewswith Bush himself over the matter "at thistime," "the report of the FBI interview withVice President Cheney needs to beproduced," especially after Cheney'sformer chief of staff, Scooter Libby,acknowledged that it's "possible" Cheneytold him to disseminate Plame's name tocertain members of the press."The arguments you have raised forwithholding the interview report are nottenable," the letter reads, especially if, atthe time of the interview, Cheney knew theconversation could be brought up in acriminal trial. Fitzgerald's letter can befound here.AP says Mukasey wrote to Bush in aletter dated Tuesday, saying several of thesubpoenaed reports summarizeconversations between Bush and advisers -direct presidential communicationsprotected by the privilege."I am greatly concerned about the chillingeffect that compliance with thecommittee's subpoena would have onfuture White House deliberations andWhite House cooperation with futureJustice Department investigations,"Mukasey wrote. "I believe it is legallypermissible for you to assert executiveprivilege with respect to the subpoenaeddocuments, and I respectfully request thatyou do so."Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
McCain Needs Women toAchieve Election
By Tommy Christopher (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 9:59:00 AM
Filed under: Republicans, John McCain,2008 President, Abortion In case youmissed it, John McCain had a...um... hardtime answering a question earlier this week about the nexus of Viagra and birthcontrol. A reporter asked him why he hadvoted against legislation that would haverequired companies that cover Viagra toalso cover birth control, and McCain wasunable to respond. The reporter told him itwas "no big deal," and was sure that "thisnever happens" to him.Now, it seems that Planned Parenthood isstill looking for McCain to deliver, as theytake a swing at the Republican nominee ina new ad. From Politico: The ad usesMcCain's evident discomfort with aquestion about whether it's "unfair" thatsome insurance companies cover Viagrabut not birth control to raise doubts aboutthe candidate with women voters.Reproductive rights are typically at theforefront of presidential politics, thoughObama has chosen to seek women's votesin large part through talking abouteconomic issues. But Planned Parenthoodand other groups remain potent forces, andthis ad hits McCain on a pretty populistissue: 98% of sexually active women,according to one study, have used at leastone form of birth control.McCain already has a tough Roe to hoewith women, but seems content to Wadethrough this election with nothing to offerwomen but unequal pay, restrictions onchoice, and a way to spite the DNC. Hecan't even offer to get the sexy ones jobs ina Budweiser commercial anymore.It makes you wonder how the PUMA setcan get worked into a lather allegingsexism against Barack Obama (whosepolicies overwhelmingly favor women),for calling a reporter " Sweetie" and thenapologizing profusely about it, whenMcCain wants to make 'em all pregnant,keep 'em that way, and pay them $.70 onthe dollar. And this is how the McCainsmade their money:Sure, this must be what Hillary Clintonhas fought her whole life for. Keep ontruckin', PUMAs, your rights will still behere when Obama gets sworn in.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
'Changing World' - New Obama Ad
By Greg McNeilly (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 9:36:00 AM
Filed under: Barack Obama, Ads, 2008President Barack Obama's campaign hasreleased a new :30 another ad to airnationally on cable. The spot is called"Changing World."This ad continues the themes outlined inthe previous national security spot airingby the Obama team in targeted states.The ad's script reads:Announcer: 40 years ago it was missilesilos and the Cold War.Today, it's cyber attacks...loosenukes...oil money funding terrorism.Barack Obama understands our changingworld.On the Foreign Relations Committee, heco-sponsored a law to lock down loosenuclear weapons.As president, he'll rebuild our alliancesto take out terrorist networks...And fast-track alternatives so we stopspending billions on oil from hostilenations.New leadership for a changing world.Obama VO: I'm Barack Obama and Iapprove this message.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
The Bright Side of Skyrocketing Gas Prices [Fuel]
By Gina Trapani (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 8:41:03 AM
Time magazine looks at the silver liningaround the cloud of high gas prices in theirlist of 10 things you can like about $4 gas,including a good excuse to telecommute,less pollution, fewer traffic-related deaths,cheaper insurance, and more walking andbiking. Here are some easy ways to savemoney on gas. [ via]
Why Buy When You CanBuild? [Hackintosh]
By Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 4:21:03 AM
Apple is suing a company called Psystarfor selling computers with OS X installedon non-Apple hardware. While buying apre-built Hackintosh may not be in thecards, you can still build your ownHackintosh PC with a little elbow grease.
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Obama & McCain: A Pair of Flip-Flop(per)s
By David Knowles (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/17/2008 4:06:00 AM
Filed under: Barack Obama, JohnMcCain, Featured Stories, Scandal Is thereany accusation more toxic in modern-daypolitics than that of flip-flopping? I'm nottalking about overly casual footwear,either. Rather, the kind in question here, asmade famous by Tim Russert (R.I.P.),boils down to: Once, you said x, but nowyou're saying the opposite of x. For x youmay substitute any value, concept, orsentence so that what is ultimately shownis a clear change-of-heart. Yes, the cardinalsin for all politicians is the changing of one's mind.Of course, not all flip-flops are createdequal. To my mind, the gold standard of flip-floppery is still held by George H.W.Bush for brazenly instructing Americans toread his lips, " No new taxes," only to signoff on an array of tax increases once hebecame president. Pure instances of flip-flopping provide political opponents withsomething of a " ready-made" (to useMarcel Duchamp's term) ad. With a fewsimple cutting and pasting maneuvers in anediting suite, the before-and-after gotcha iscomplete.In fact, one might argue that ourcampaigns for public office havedegenerated into a relentless search forinstances of flip-flopping. The principlesbehind a given politician's decision torefine or overturn a stance on an issue palein comparison to the fuss made over thediscovery of the apparent inconsistency.As a result, opponents attack one anothereven when tthey have actually evolved toshare the same point-of-view. The endresult of the flip-flop never justifies the flip-flopping means used to get there.Thecottage industry currently at work to scourthe landscape for signs of flip-floppingchurns away day and night. What havethey found as regards John McCain andBarack Obama? The following is a list of flip-flops that have been compiled bynumerous sources. Both candidates standaccused. Here's a compilation.Barack Obama:Public Financing of CampaignFISAJohn McCain:FISAThe Bush Tax CutsBarack Obama:The Cuba EmbargoIraq War TimetableJohn McCain:Immigration ReformEqual Pay for WomenBarack Obama:Decriminalizing MarijuanaNAFTAJohn McCain:Privatizing Social SecurityOffshore DrillingDepending on who is compiling the list,the flip-flop charges can scroll on intocarpal tunnel eternity. These instancesseemed like the most credible, if not theones most discussed. Feel free to take issuewith any of the items listed above, and addyour own accusations, in the commentsection.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
McCain in Bad Shape Over Ape Rape Jape
By Tommy Christopher (Political Machine)
Submitted at 7/17/2008 1:03:00 AM
Filed under: Republicans, John McCain,2008 President, Crime Last night, I posteda piece about John McCain's latest brushwith women's issues, but I just missed outon including this vile tidbit. The Nationreports that John McCain might not be allthat sensitive to the ladies: According tothe Tucson Citizen, here's what McCain,then a two-term Congressman from Mesa,said during his run for the Senate: Did youhear the one about the woman who isattacked on the street by a gorilla, beatensenseless, raped repeatedly and left to die?When she finally regains consciousnessand tries to speak, her doctor leans over tohear her sigh contently and to feebly ask,'Where is that marvelous ape?' Here's alink to the original article. At the time,McCain said, "How dare you, HOWDARE you make such an accusation?"Wait, sorry, what he said, through aspokesman, was "John does not recollecttelling that joke..."The original article was very well-sourced.McCain has a history of makingdisturbing jokes, such as a crack about then-18-year-old Chelsea Clinton, but nothingthis heinous.Here's what makes it worse, at least forme. I've heard this joke before, told by aloudmouthed nieghbor during a card gamewith my folks. Only when he told it, it wasa black joke.See, back in the early 80's, it was stillcommon for people to tell heinous jokeslike this to each other, but in public, youwould have to use a thinly-veiled stand-infor the slur. For example, there was a guywho wrote for the NY Post when I was akid, whose name escapes me, and hewould write a bunch of Polish jokes, butchange them to "Slobovian" jokes, or hewould change "JAP" (Jewish AmericanPrincess) to "LIP" (Long Island Princess).I've also reported before on McCain'sslowness to keep up with decent people onissues involving civil rights, theConfederate flag, and the use of racialslurs.If this story receives wide exposure, itcould be the tipping point for femalevoters, and all gentlemen, to abandon theirsupport of John McCain. PUMAs, are youlistening?Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Rules ofEngagement
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets)
Submitted at 7/16/2008 3:00:00 AM
The BasicsTwo four-person teams score by landingshots in their respective baskets. Bodychecks, trampolines, and on-the-flysubstitutions add to the dynamics of thegame.The ScoreSlam dunks earn three points, as do anyshots made from outside the free-throwzone. All other shots score two points.The PenaltiesDouble-dribbling, goaltending, andtraveling are penalized with a turnover. Inthe event of a foul, the two playersinvolved go one-on-one in a slam-dunk battle.The Bounce-off This toss—the inverse of a jumpball—starts the game. Players must waituntil the ball reaches its apex. As the balldescends, they can check each other andscramble to grab it.
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