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How will Obama explain this to his daughters?
Top Obama strategist to appear on Bill Maher’s show

Sometimes, the parody just writes itself:

While slamming Mitt Romney for not standing up to the “strident voices” on his side, a top Obama advisor is planning to spend some quality time with one on his own, The Daily has learned.

David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior campaign strategist, is scheduled to appear on Bill Maher’s late-night talk show within the next few weeks, according to Kelley Carville, an HBO spokesman.

As the controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke continued, a former Obama White House official today joined Republicans in pointing out that Maher, who recently donated $1 million to a pro-Obama super PAC, has a history of his misogynistic slurs.

Last year, he was rebuked by the National Organization for Women for calling Sarah Palin a “dumb tw*t.”

“palin [sic] is right to point out that bill maher has said some pretty disgusting things about women, comedian or not. they are rush like,” Austan Goolsbee, the former chairman of President Obama’s Council on Economic Advisors, and currently a professor at the University of Chicago, tweeted.

On Bill Bennett said, “My question is whether the president will give back the million dollars Bill Maher gave him. I don’t know how he’s going to explain that to Sasha and Malia, when that guy uses language that would make Rush blush.”   And now his top campaign aide is appearing alongside a man who, unlike Rush, won’t even apologize for his name-clling.

Bear in mind that the graduate of America’s finest liberal arts college is turning the president’s own rhetoric on its head. (more…)

The significance of the Breitbart video:
the legacy media’s disinterest in exploring the Obama narrative

When last night I saw the video that the late Andrew Breitbart had so hyped, I was a bit disappointed.  There was nothing new there.  We already knew that when he was a student, the president had some radical associations.

What was telling, however, was not the video of Obama himself, but the video of Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree showing the video who admitted that, “We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.

“It’s video,” John Nolte observes (referring to the clip from Obama’s Harvard years), “no one would’ve seen, had Andrew Breitbart not decided it was time—finally!– to vet the sitting President of the United States. (For the record, this is only a portion of what Breitbart found.)”  And that’s the point.  No one would have seen the video if people outside the legacy media went rooting around for stories about Obama’s past.

In 2008, 0ur friends in the legacy media showed considerable curiosity in John McCain’s running mate, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, dispatching countless reporters to the Last Frontier to root out the smallest detail of her personal and professional life.  By contrast, when Barack Obama catapulted onto the political scene, they did not show a similar curiosity, spending little time investigating Obama’s background.  They relied on Obama’s campaign to supply the narrative of the Democrat’s life. (more…)

Muslim & Arab Nations Walk Out of UN Meeting on Anti-gay violence

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:34 am - March 8, 2012.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands

Rest assured with the president’s smart diplomacy, this problem will soon be remedied: Islamic States Walk Out Of U.N. Meeting On Violence Against Gays…

(Reuters) — Brushing aside high-level UN appeals for cooperation to halt murder and violence against gays and lesbians around the globe, Muslim and Arab countries on Wednesday stalked out of a Human Rights Council panel to tackle the issue.

Speaking before the walkout for the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan described homosexuality as “licentious behavior” while African group leader Senegal said it was not covered by global human rights accords.

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The walkout, which diplomats said not all countries in the Islamic and African groups joined, was the first by three major blocs in the 47-member council, which has been dominated until recently by a caucus of developing countries and their allies.

Another sign that this Council has become little more than a pathetic joke, with member states unwilling to address a real human rights’ issue.  Let’s hope the president and his foreign policy team speak out on the matter and insist that those nations who walked out return to the table — and mend their policies so that gay men and lesbians can live free and openly — without fear of attack from their fellow citizens.  Or their government.

Promoting civility in Congress

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:01 am - March 8, 2012.
Filed under: Congress (112th),Congress (general)

House: Barney Frank banned from speaking for day:

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., received a day-long ban from speaking on the House floor today, and the comments he had made were removed from the record, after he violated House rules with a personal attack on Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.