From The Colbert Report. Part two of Stephen's "basic training" for Iraq. The part where they're pushing him over that wall is priceless.
Contessa Brewer finally gets fed up with John Ziegler attacking MSNBC and refusing to answer questions during this interview and cuts his mic. Why Brewer expected anything else from a bully like Ziegler is beyond me.
From Media Matters...apparently Rush Limbaugh noticed the exchange and decided to hurl a few insults at Brewer in response.
More of Stephen during his USO tour in Iraq.
Of course the CIA is arguing against the release of the documents. Their disclosure would mean that someone at the CIA (or those that gave the orders to torture) is either going to be held criminally liable or at the very least get sued in civil court. The only danger here that Rivkin is crying about is that someone will be held accountable for their actions.
I just want to know when Rivkin is going to let Jesse Ventura waterboard him? Hannity wouldn't do it. I have no doubt Rivkin wouldn't either but he sure loves telling everyone how harmless waterboarding is at every opportunity.
The media rolls this guy out every time they need someone to defend the indefensible. Listening to him and the Cheney's defending torture is becoming something akin to fingers down a chalk board of late.
From Bill Moyers Journal:
From a billion dollars sought for embassies in Pakistan and Afghanistan to May's highest casualties for US forces in Iraq since September, the wars abroad are taking their toll on our nation. Bill Moyers sits down with award-winning investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill to examine the human and financial costs of America's wars.
This didn't air here, so I didn't get a chance to record it, but someone else put it up at You Tube. Well worth the watch. Scahill has done some wonderful investigative reporting and has not allowed a change in administrations to keep him from pushing back against U.S. imperialism in the Middle East and the use of private contractors to fight our wars for us.
As Scahill notes, President Obama inherited a huge mess, and he's no George Bush. That does not mean that he should be given a pass on escalating our military presence in Afghanistan and on the continued and dangerous reliance on these contractors who are fighting wars for profit.
Full transcript below the fold.
From The Cafferty File:
Sarah Palin didn’t make a speech — but that didn’t stop her from stealing the show at a big Republican fundraising dinner in Washington last night. The Alaska governor’s appearance was a question mark up until the last minute… and followed weeks of an on-again, off-again saga.
Palin had originally been announced as the keynote speaker, but her office said she never confirmed the attendance. Later they wanted to know if she would speak at the dinner; party leaders said she could but then took back the invitation… worried that Palin would upstage Newt Gingrich, the new keynote speaker. Lots of drama.
But Palin, along with her husband Todd, got big cheers from the audience when they were introduced onstage last night; and their table was the only one in the ballroom with a crowd around it.
Several Republicans thanked Palin for showing up. Senator John McCain said it was great to see her, Senator Jon Cornyn praised Palin’s leadership, and Gingrich said the U.S. “would be amazingly better off” had McCain and Palin been elected.
There’s been speculation that both Gingrich and Palin might be interested in running for the White House in 2012. A recent poll among Republicans showed 21 percent backing Palin and 13 percent backing Gingrich.
Here’s my question to you: Would you rather listen to Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich make a speech?
Joan Walsh and Liz Cheney in Campbell Brown's "Great Debate" segment. Good on Joan Walsh for not allowing Liz Cheney to talk over for the entire segment. More pundits who go up against her could take a few lessons from Joan. She hit back at Cheney for interrupting her right out of the box and never let up for the rest of the interview.
BROWN: Time for our time for our "Great Debate."
And tonight's premise: Bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to America is a security risk.
Some Republicans say that is exactly what happened today, when Ahmed Ghailani was brought from Guantanamo to New York to face trial.
And joining us to debate tonight, Liz Cheney, the former vice president's daughter, who also served in President Bush's State Department. She thinks Gitmo prisoners do not belong on American soil. On the other side, Joan Walsh, who is editor in chief of Salon -- Salon.com.
And we want your opinion too. Vote by calling the number on the bottom of your screen.
First, we're going to have opening statements from each, 30 seconds on the clock.
Liz Cheney, the premise is: Bringing Guantanamo detainees to America is a security risk. Make your case.
Ed Schultz slams Hugh Hewitt for his article at the Washington Examiner: Just say no to Government Motors and Obamacars. Give 'em hell Ed!