Why Am I Not Surprised?

Remember during the primaries when the Clinton campaign tried to make then-Senator Obama look bad for having written a paper explaining why he wanted to be President when he was five?

Well if you thought that was bad, Glenn "Slaves were just immigrants" Beck says the President's Kenyan first name is "proof" that he is un-American. Because apparently our identity is rooted in our diapers. A little too Freudian for me, but hey, you can't argue with a guy who gets good ratings, right?

"He chose to use his name for a reason, to identify, not with America - you don't take the name Barack to identify with America." Why did Obama choose to use his name? Rachel Maddow takes a wild guess on Facebook: "Uh, because his parents gave it to him?"

To be fair, Beck may be referring to the fact that the President used to go by the name "Barry" and stopped because... why, well else would he stop? Because he hates America. You know, I used to go by the shortened version of my first name too, "Nate," but then I stopped. Why? Because I hate America. No, not really. Because I hated that name with a burning passion, but then my grandfather who loved it died and my friends grew too old for the "Nate the Great" kids' books. I was finally free to go long-form. Does that make me un-American, too?

Our Constitutional and racial obligations to use only nicknames aside, though, I'm actually inclined to agree with Beck. While I casually chuck aside "Nate," there is a reason I took the name Nathan... yes, I remember the conversation my parents and I had about why I wanted that name very well... you know, the one we had when I was THREE DAYS OLD.

According to Glenn Beck, people whose parents gave them white European names can use them, but people whose parents gave them black African names must be held to a different standard lest they hate America like the "radicals" they are. Why am I not surprised?


How will SCOTUS decision affect corporate media?

In 2004, the United Church of Christ produced a television commercial promoting its inclusive approach to organized faith. The ad showed two nightclub-style bouncers guarding the rope line of a church as they denied entry to a gay male couple, several people of color, and a man in a wheelchair. By contrast, a white family of four had no problems getting through.

"Jesus didn't turn people away" was the ad's tagline, but CBS did, turning down the commercial which was intended for broadcast during that year's Super Bowl. The 30-second spot apparently violated the network's policy of "prohibiting advocacy ads, even ones that carry an 'implicit' endorsement for a side in a public debate."

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Prop. 8 Federal Lawsuit Begins, Cue Right-Wing Media Hysteria

This week in a San Francisco Federal District Court, a legal odd couple will be on display. Attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court in the infamous 2000 case ofBush v. Gore, and conservative attorney Ted Olson, who represented George W. Bush, are joining forces to overturn California's Proposition 8. It will be their contention that the initiative passed by voters in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in the Golden State violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution, singles out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, and discriminates on the basis of gender and sexual orientation.

Regardless of which side prevails, experts agree the case is likely to be appealed all the way to the highest court in the land.

Cue right-wing media hysteria and homophobia.

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How about some New Year's resolutions for the right-wing media machine?

It's that time of year again. Some have vowed to hit the gym more often. Others are swearing off cigarettes. For some, coffee has been replaced with copious amounts of socialist green tea. Still others are signing up for community service projects to help improve the world around them.

Yes, many Americans have made their New Year's resolutions. Perhaps the conservative media establishment should do the same.

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Fox Finds No Cong Dems for Napolitano Resignation

Fox News is running a piece online entitled "Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack." Here's the lede:

Some Democrats have joined in calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago.

The remarkable thing about this article is more what it doesn't say than what it does. Despite scouring for dissenting Democratic voices, Fox failed to find even one Democratic member of Congress calling for Secretary of Homeland Security Janey Napolitano to resign. Not one.

Who was Fox able to round up in favor of resignation? A single elected official who the Democrats recently ousted as their leader in the New Jersey state Senate and another whose deepest ties to the Democratic Party lie in his long time affiliation with Joe Lieberman. That's all they've got.

So at least from this vantage, the story is that Fox News can't find a single Democratic member of Congress calling on Napolitano to resign. Which is actually quite newsworthy, come to think of it.


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