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An Essential Liberty Has Moved.

June 7, 2009

Update your bookmarks to, people.


William Kristol Hearts War.

June 1, 2009

Shocker:  Bill Kristol supports “targeted air strikes” on North Korea.  And Brit Hume agrees.



Fox News Doesn’t Deserve Shep Smith.

May 22, 2009

It’s somehow become Video Friday here at Essential Liberty.  Honest, I didn’t plan it that way.

Here’s a little video history of Shep Smith at Fox News showing glimpses of decency and free-thinking while mired in the propoganda machine.

Back in November, Ralph Nader referenced Uncle Tom when discussing Barack Obama.  Shep Smith no likey:

And here’s Shep emphatically stating his stance on torture:

And finally, my personal favorite, Shep Smith trying to be a good Fox News soldier, but unable to contain his contempt for new colleague (and Fox’s new Golden Boy), Glenn Beck:

Shep needs to go ahead and break free from The Dark Side and join the Alliance.

Tell you what, Fox News — we’ll trade ya for Doug McKelway.


Mancow Gets Waterboarded.

May 22, 2009

Conservative loudmouth Mancow Muller agreed to be waterboarded live, on air.  He believed it would be a walk in the park.

“I go swimming… it’s gonna be like being in the tub.”

After what looks to be between 5-10 seconds under the water, he bailed.  His opinion?

“I don’t want to say this… I do not want to say this:  Absolutely torture.  Absolutely.  I mean, that’s drowning.”

And that was after a single 10-second waterboarding session, administered by someone who wasn’t looking for answers.


Fuck Doug McKelway.

May 22, 2009

Methinks Doug doth protest too much.

Doug, along with Alison Starling, was part of my daily routine in the morning at WJLA.

Watching him threaten to punch someone in the face for disagreeing with his bullyboy antics changed that.


GOP struggles with push to rename Dems ‘Socialist’

May 20, 2009

This is what they fight about… what to call the opposing party.

From the Associated Press:

By BEN EVANS, Associated Press Writer Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Republican Party leaders are trying to avoid a public confrontation over a GOP-led effort to rename the Democratic Party the “Nationalist Socialist Democrat” party.

The Republican National Committee is slated to vote on several resolutions Wednesday. Leaders already have softened one that would have pointedly criticized Republicans who supported recent billion-dollar bailouts.

Party Chairman Michael Steele and others say the party should also drop the renaming resolution and focus on more serious problems. To avoid a party dispute over the renaming, they were trying to compromise on milder language that would simply criticize Democrats for what they call socialist tendencies.

The fight reflects a divide between Republicans who want a more centrist message and party hardliners.


Gingrich Jumps On The Pelosi Pile.

May 16, 2009

From CNN:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is engaging in a “despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort” to withhold what she knew about the CIA’s aggressive interrogation techniques, Newt Gingrich said Friday, in what amounts to the harshest criticism yet leveled at the California Democrat.

In an interview with ABC Radio, the former House Speaker said Pelosi flat-out “lied to the House” when she earlier claimed the CIA had never briefed her about the Bush administration’s use of aggressive interrogation techniques including waterboarding.

“I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don’t think the Speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters,” Gingrich said.

Pelosi has been under fire from critics who say that she was fully briefed on the techniques in 2002 and 2003.  On Thursday, the California Democrat accused CIA officials of misleading her, reiterating an earlier claim that she was briefed on such techniques only once — in September 2002 — and that she was told at the time that the techniques were not being used.

Pelosi also said the briefing she received from the CIA was incomplete and inaccurate, and she called on the CIA to release a full transcript of the briefing. She also accused Republicans of jumping on reports of the briefings to cause a distraction.

“She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowest of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior,” Gingrich also said in the blistering interview.

“Speaker Pelosi’s the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent, or dishonest. Those are the only two defenses,” he continued. “The fact is, she either didn’t do her job, or she did do her job and she’s now afraid to tell the truth.”

Again, focus on Pelosi, take your eyes off Bush/Cheney.

And CNN swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.