Posts Tagged ‘Bill O’Reilly’

O’Reilly tries to correct Obama with Britain-bashing

April 30, 2009

Bill O’Reilly giddily “corrected” an answer Obama gave during his press conference last night on “The O’Reilly Factor” relating to the torture of detainees in the United States.  Here is the clip.

Thats the biggest projection since Ryus Ultra-Hadoken.

That's the biggest projection since Ryu's Ultra-Hadoken.

For those of you who haven’t seen the above video, I’ll try to give a fair interpretation of what was said by both Obama and O’Reilly.

Obama: Churchill understood that if you start taking intelligence shortcuts by torturing detainees, then that corrodes the character of a country.

O’Reilly: Obama should have used a better example than the British Government.  Afterall, they tortured several members of the Irish Republican Army.

Does Bill O’Reilly think that the average viewer of the O’Reilly Factor is so dumb, that they do not know that Winston Churchill was out of power and even dead by the time things started heating up the IRA in the 1970s?  Clearly Obama was evoking the pedastool that the world puts Churchill on when discussing war and foreign policy, not the actions of the entire history of the British government.

What’s next O’Reilly?  Maybe we can’t fully trust the marriage vows of Gordon Browne because Henry VIII went through so many wives.  Different times, different leaders, different situation.

I’m about to pull a Fox News.  Bill O’Reilly is sympathetic to terrorists.  With a name like O’Reilly and a proven track record of agressive attacks on the Britsh Government’s handling of the terrorist-Nazi-socio-fascist-communists of the IRA, I have to wonder who O’Reilly really pals around with on the weekends.  He’s got his eyes on Northern Ireland.

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full impressions and tons of photos from Tea Party Protest in Eugene, Oregon

April 16, 2009

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There wasn’t a Tea Party protest in the city of Eugene and I suppose that is appropriate.  Eugene, known for raucous WTO protests in the early 90s, violent members of the Environmental Liberation Front, and more aging, balding, dread-locked hippies than a Bob Dylan concert, wouldn’t look kindly on right wing protests.  The protest was ultimately held in neighboring Springfield, known for its incessant insistence that it is the true Simpsons Springfield.

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I showed up just minutes before the protest started, following a Nissan SUV sporting an NRA seal and a yellow Support the Troops ribbon in heavy traffic all the way to the event.  It was held just outside Gateway Mall in Springfield, right next to a United States Post Office, in a park paid for by state and local taxes.

Eugene and Springfield host a population of approximately 210,000, not including the 20,000 students that attend The University of Oregon.   I’m not great at crowd size pinpointing, but I would guess that the attendance was between 500-800.   Local media did show up, but their reports can’t be trusted.  They were about as inconspicuous as an orange-vested hunter in a barren forest.  They didn’t mingle with the people, they didn’t speak to the people, they filed their report in thick make-up and black whore boots and went home to watch Dancing with the Stars.

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The atmosphere was like a County Fair.  Middle-aged professionals with their children and seniors with their oxygen tanks crowded the sidewalks, while their 20 to 30 year old neighbors stayed home.   Opportunists sold t-shirts out of their cars.

A man from the Americans for Prosperity organization dressed up as Thomas Paine, a man he has little to nothing in common with ideologically, and spouted platitudes of Freedom, Liberty, Free Markets, and Fair Taxation.  It was like being at a fucking campaign speech.  Do we really need to subject ourselves to this bullshit more than once every two years?

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Of course, the main thing that Fraud Paine talked about was the horrors of earmarks and the out of control spending in Washington.  Next on the docket was lower taxes.  Of course, the majority of the electorate doesn’t see the inherent paradox in this philosophy.  We have to pay for tax cuts.  If the Republican party wants more Defense spending, we need to pay for that through taxes.  But what the hell am I thinking?  I’m trying to bury this in an article that is too long for many of the Tea Baggers to consider reading.

That brings us to the true “substance” of the Tea Party Revolution.  The substance is the sheer number of slogans and issues represented by the protesters.  There is no unity here.  It’s not the rage against the WTO that made Sublime immortalize Eugene in April 26, 1992.   It’s a mish-mash of right-wing talking points that all lead to a few basic underlying messages.

  1. Congress doesn’t read bills.
  2. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are the only people to blame for the current economic crisis.
  3. Barack Obama is not “one of us.”
  4. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are dictators in Congress.
  5. Debt = “fiscal child abuse.”
  6. Democrats are godless.
  7. Democrats and Republicans are responsible for mess in Congress (even though they only single out Democrats)
  8. Advertisements for Glenn Beck.

I think I can fit all of the signs I saw today into each of those categories.  The problem is that there is no discussion at these events.  Because the attendees believe everything Fox spews, they accept these slogans as righteous.  Further exploration of these ideals needn’t be taken.  The people who attended the Tea Party today aren’t intellectuals who devour every word of George Will and David Brooks.  They listen to O’Reilly, Rush, Glenn Beck, and Neil Cavuto.  Additional research is unnecessary.

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What’s wrong with the youth today?  It’s a popular motto for many people in the twilight of life.  Today, I ask a different question.  What’s wrong with the baby boomers?  Why have they lost their taste for good, investigative journalism and rational facts?  We can have a real debate in this country if they would accept that their taxes are not increasing if they make under $250,000.  We can have different opinions about what we are going to do in the future.  We cannot have different opinions on facts.

The big takeaway from this is that right-wingers aren’t used to protesting.  When they do protest, they want to protest 10,000 different things at the same time so that they never have to do it again.   Abortion, Cap & Trade, Obama’s legitimacy as President, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the Stimulus Bill, the Bailout, the Budget, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Gun Laws, “Christian” values, Earmarks, the free market, spending, Joe Biden, Janet Napolitano, Ron Paul, Bob Barr, the Federal Reserve, the renegotiation of home loans, Obama’s bow to the Saudi prince, terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security, the Employee Free Choice Act, NAFTA, the Death Tax, and the IRS were all targeted today.

When you have 800 people with 800 different reasons for protesting, the message is lost in the crowd.  But the real reason they’re there is simple.  Mass media and lobbying firms have a hell of an influence.

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Bill O’Reilly threatens to boycott Spain

March 31, 2009

Proving my old assertion that it is perfectly normal for Bill O’Reilly to get paid to say inappropriate things, Papa Bear told his loyal audience last night that he wouldn’t visit Spain if they continue with their investigation of Bush Administration officials.

Why is this inappropriate?  Because he chooses to attack Gonzalo Boye, a man who served time in 1996 for participating in terrorist kidnappings.  Boye was convicted of helping the ETA, a Basque-nationalist terrorist organization.  Bill-O really nailed those libs now!  But wait, since his conviction Boye has been a staunch defender of human rights.  Not only that, but O’Reilly fails to mention that the case is out of Boye’s hands.

The investigative judge Baltasar Garzon is now considering whether the case established by Boye is sufficient grounds for the arrest of Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, and others.  Garzon has investigated several terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda and Basque nationalist groups.  Portraying the entire team of Spanish investigators as far-left loonies is disingenuous.  Garzon has tried, investigated, and issued arrest warrants for everyone from right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet to left wing revolutionaries like the Zapatista Army.

It’s not so much that Bill O’s hackery bothers me.  It’s that members of his audience are going to stay up at night and hate on the Spanish court that is trying to Protect the American Constitution.  John Yoo and Alberto Gonzalez are disgusting.  By defending them, you spit on the very reasons why this country was established.

RWP Rating: Normal

Normal: Bill O’Reilly paid to say incredibly inappropriate things

March 21, 2009

Real Weird Politics is here to provide your daily dose of bizarre political stories.  Even though today’s story is considered normal by Bill O’Reilly’s standards, we still feel like it deserves a special place on our blog.

Bill OReilly LOL.

Bill O'Reilly LOL.

Here’s the skinny:  Bill O wrote a novel in 1998 called “Those Who Trespass.”  The novel contains some explicit content that is laugh out loud hilarious in our post-loofa world.   But it gets better.  Not only did Billy write the book, he also cut an audio book.  And now, through the wonder of The Tubes of the Internet and the Village Voice blog, we bring you the tastiest bits of this delightful bit of prose.

No real American can resist Papa Bear uttering such gems as “Say baby, put down that pipe and get my pipe up” and “Cunnilingus involves the lips and the tongue.”

We’re being incredibly unfair to Bill.  He is, after all, the foremost vendor of Fair and Balanced news.   But, then again, we don’t even have ads on this page, so we’re exempt from anything resembling fairness.  Because Bill O gets paid the big bucks to say incredibly inappropriate things on a daily basis, we have no other option but to deem this story:

RWP Rating: 1/5 Normal

FULL STORY with AUDIO: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/03/off_with_those.php