Sunday, June 29, 2008

Road To Tehran 10 ; US Conducting Covert Ops In Iran.

With just over six months left before President Bush leaves office, the ugly idea of going after Iran has reared it's head.

According to the New Yorker, covert, US military operations are underway in Iran. The cost of these behind the scenes murky doings are four-hundred million dollars.

Tell The Truthiness ; He may only have six months left, but when you're as unpredictable as Bush and as powerful, it's plenty of time for plenty to happen.

Friday, June 27, 2008

War On Reality Part 94 ; Forgotten Afghanistan

This June has seen the highest number of foreign soldiers killed since the invasion happened in 2001. 39 soldiers have been killed in June this year.

Tell The Truthiness ; As has been said so often, didn't we 'win' this war in 2001? Oh, that must have just been post 9/11 propaganda combined with a poorly understood definition of what 'winning' was.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Saunter To The White House 100 ; McCain Advisor Goes Back To Terror To Win

John McCain's chief campaign advisor has said that a further terrorist attack on the United States would give his candidate a "big advantage".

Despite the fact that this is the bleeding obvious, it shouldn't be said, by anyone in the campaign and especially by anyone who's the head of a campaign. Senator McCain has distanced himself from the comments by Charlie Black.

Tell The Truthiness ; Just for once in this millennium, can the GOP not campaign on scaring people into voting for them, the 'vote democrat and die' strategy belongs in the past.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saunter To The White House 99 ; 15 Points - The Obama Bounce

A Newsweek poll has Barack Obama at a 15% lead nationally over John McCain.


Yes, it is only June, but this much shows either how things haven't really kicked into gear yet or how much better organised Barack Obama's campaign is compared to John McCain.

Tell The Truthiness ; The only numbers though that really matter are the votes on the 4th of November.

Saunter To The White House 98 ; Bush/McCain No Differences Ad

Here's the advert for trying to tell the differences between President Bush and John McCain with John Cusack :

Plus, here's John Cusack's interview with Keith Olbermann from Friday evening :

Friday, June 20, 2008

Holding Them To Account 17 ; CBS News Chief Correspondent Slams War Coverage

Its now an open secret that the pre invasion coverage and the current coverage of Iraq has been restrained by the networks and other media. Here is an interview with CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan in which she tells us all that we had know, but much of which has been unsaid on mainstream TV.

Tell The Truthiness ; We need an avalanche of insight like this to get the coverage to truly reflect was is going on in Iraq and why we are still there.

War On Reality Part 93 ; It's All About The Oil First, Iraqis Second

As we reported over a year ago, the plans to get control of Iraq's oil reserves into the hands of Western corporations, were detailed before the invasion and have quietly been advanced in the last five years.

Now, 36 years after Iraq nationalised it's oil industry, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP are coming back in to pump oil and make billions. Iraq has the fourth largest oil reserve in the World, after Saudi Arabia, Canada and Iran. The four companies have been given 'no bid' contracts because, as an Iraqi Oil Ministry spokesman said they had been advising the ministry without charge for two years before being awarded the contracts.

What a coincidence.

Tell The Truthiness ; So, congratulations to Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP for acting like a greedy heir spending time with a rich elderly relative for no good reason to get their hands on the assets at the opportune moment. Like we said, it's a total coincidence.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Saunter To The White House 97 ; Back Off Barack's Family

The GOP has been told by it's own, Mike Huckabee, to lay off Barack Obama's family. The former presidential candidate said that trying to "demonise" the Democratic nominee wasn't the way to go and would not work.

Meanwhile, Obama said that he wouldn't consider making Cindy McCain a campaign issue.

Finally, Michelle Obama guest hosted on The View on ABC and did her bit to fight the fluff about her fist bump, by bumping with all the other hosts when she arrived on set. Further, she said how much of an admirer she is of First Lady Laura Bush. The video is below.

Tell The Truthiness ; Families are off limits, will John McCain and the Republican Party adhere to this?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Saunter To The White House 96 ; McCain For Offshore Drilling, Like Brother Bush

The President is going to make efforts on Wednesday to overturn the ban on offshore drilling. Which is handy for some, since John McCain is in favour of this, despite changing his mind from previously being against this.

Tell The Truthiness ; A vote for McCain is a vote for a third Bush term? Seems pretty accurate.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saunter To The White House 95 ; Jon Stewart Calls Out The Insane Media On Obama

You have to watch this on how un-dangerous Barack Obama really is ;

Saunter To The White House 94 ; Al Gore Endorses Obama Shocker

Ok, so it's not a huge shock, but it took him a while and maybe could have had a greater impact if it had come sooner.

Still, it's good Al Gore has done it.

Tell The Truthiness ; We can see Gore and Obama doing a SNL sketch together, someone contact Lorne Michaels.

Monday, June 16, 2008

War On Reality Part 92 ; Bush Bin Laden Hunt, Catch The Pigeon

Never one to underestimate the effect of a big announcement or arrival, George Bush is to try and catch Osama Bin Laden.

The President insisted on flying into London's Heathrow airport, because of the maximum media coverage. This was despite the huge disruption it caused. Well, today he's reported to have asked UK special forces to assist in a final push to find Osama Bin Laden.

You may remember at the back end of 2001 the President was meant to get him and never did, because he got distracted by shiny things and invading Iraq. Well now, Bush wants to give it one last go before he's ran out of Washington on a rail in January. This is despite the thin 'proof' that Bin Laden is directly responsible for the September 11th attacks. Shown here with his 'wanted' page not reporting him responsible for the attack. Plus, the cosy relationship between Bin Laden and US government agencies. So much so that he received US medical treatment in July 2001.

Tell The Truthiness ; If Bush did 'catch' Bin Laden, it'd pretty much secure McCain winning the election, as long as he doesn't fall asleep.

Keith Olbermann's Effect On TV News

Here's an interesting article from The New Yorker about Keith Olbermann, his style and the effect he's having on news.

Tell The Truthiness ; Interesting to read about impartiality on news being virtually impossible to achieve and possible damaging.

PS We love the caricature of Keith.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Saunter To The White House 93 ; Obama Fills Sandbags In Illinois

With a disaster that some are calling "our version of Katrina", Barack Obama got himself stuck in, filling sandbags in Illinois.

Tell The Truthiness ; We don't know where John McCain was, but he wasn't doing this.

The Lame Duck Goes For A Waddle

With little to do at home, President Bush has gone for a jolly to Europe and this afternoon meets Prime Minister Gordon Brown to talk about his favourite subject ; Iraq.

Bush is in London for two days at the end of a six day tour of Europe. He is trying to shore up the UK effort in Iraq.

Tell The Truthiness ; Hope Mr Bush enjoys his time out of the Washington Pond.

Friday, June 13, 2008

NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert Dies

Watch full coverage from MSNBC Below ;

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment On John McCain's "not too important" To Bring The Troops Home

Saunter To The White House 92 ; The World Is Waiting On The US To Change

The World can feel change in the air, how about you USA? That's the results of a poll showing that the World wants change in the US and it wants Barack Obama to do it.

Tell The Truthiness ; The people have spoken, it's up to you US.

Holding Them To Account 16 ; Bush Detainee Game Is Up

The US Supreme Court has said that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are entitled to challenge their detention in court.

This seems to be the time that everything President Bush has championed since 2001 is coming home to roost.

Tell The Truthiness ; The cracks are getting bigger, wait for the collapse.

Holding Them To Account 15 ; A Hero Stands Up & Says "Enough"

It came from an unexpected person and without warning. But was welcomed by a large number of people.

Conservative MP David Davis, the shadow home secretary, resigned yesterday afternoon to protest against the Labour government plan to detain terrorist suspects for 42 days without charge. His resignation will trigger a by-election, which he plans to fight on the issue of civil liberties.

He made a speech on the steps of the House Of Commons in which he rallied against ID cards, CCTV cameras and the increase in the length of detention without trial or charge for terrorist suspects.

Tell The Truthiness ; It only takes one person to stand up and say "no", but we know it will take more individuals to stand up, as Mr Davis leads the way. We are not going to surrender our common law rights, no matter how much some people try and scare us into submission.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Holding Them To Account 14 ; Scott McClellan To Testify For Committee

Scott McClellan, former Press Secretary, is to testify to a House Judiciary Committee.

The date for his appearance is 20th June.

Tell The Truthiness ; And there were people saying that this guy was going to fade into the background, doesn't seem like it.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Switching Off The Fluff & Switching On The Race, Networks Coverage Wins

An interesting piece here about the huge upturn in viewers for the primary season. It's from Entertainment Weekly, but it's a really good piece.

Tell The Truthiness ; Who said politics wasn't gripping?

Saunter To The White House 91 ; See Hillary Clinton's Speech Ending Her Campaign, Endorsing Obama

Here is the video of Hillary Clinton's speech from yesterday lunchtime.

Tell The Truthiness ; All in all, a heartfelt speech, which was everything it needed to be and ultimately was.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Saunter To The White House 89 ; McCain/Bush, What's The Difference?

John McCain has been getting a pretty easy ride with everyone's attention being on the Democratic campaign for nominee.

Well, not anymore.

John McCain has flipped his position on warrantless wiretapping of the public, making him look like an identikit of the President's position. All this, just a few days after he tried to dismiss suggestions that a vote for him was a vote for a third Bush term

Tell The Truthiness ; We can bet that this is just the start of McCain's switching of views, as he tries to get support from the far right-wing.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Barack Obama will tonight become the United States first black nominee for president. With just 11 delegates left to reach the count and Hillary Clinton being tipped for the Vice President position, tonight, history is made.

Tell The Truthiness ; For our 500th post, we could never have imagined this would be the story. The future is here.

Saunter To The White House 88 ; Obama Countdown - 12 Delegates To Go

Barack Obama is 12 delegates away from the nomination.

Saunter To The White House 87 ; Obama Countdown - 14.5 Delegates

Barack Obama needs just 14.5 delegates and/or superdelegates to gain the required number for the Democratic nomination for President.

Tell The Truthiness ; At this rate, Montana and South Dakota's delegates won't be needed.

Saunter To The White House 86 ; Obama Countdown - 20.5 To Go

Barack Obama is now 20.5 delegates/superdelegates away from winning the nomination as Democratic candidate for President.

Tell The Truthiness ; And to think, the polls in Montana and South Dakota haven't closed yet!

Saunter To The White House 85 ; Clinton Open To Being VP

Hillary Clinton, according to the Associated Press, has told New York congressional colleagues she'd be open to being the Vice Presidential candidate if it helps unite the Democratic party.

Tell The Truthiness ; Fancy that!

Saunter To The White House 84 ; Obama Countdown - 27.5 Delegates Away

Barack Obama, according to MSNBC, is now down to only needing 27.5 delegates or superdelegates endorsement to gain the nomination.

Tell The Truthiness ; Waiting for that 0.5 to endorse, can't wait!

Saunter To The White House 83 ; Clinton To Accept Obama Has The Number, But Fight On?

How the heck does this work?

Hillary Clinton is going to accept that Barack Obama is the nominee, but they're going to not give up?

Tell The Truthiness ; Terry McAuliffe isn't in the same state he was after that 'lively' appearance on Morning Joe is he?

Saunter To The White House 82 ; AP Goes All Out To Scoop Everyone

The Associated Press is reporting through discussions with delegates, Barack Obama now has enough to be the Democratic nominee.

Tell The Truthiness ; Is someone from the Clinton campaign going to come out now and declare this incorrect?

Saunter To The White House 81 ; Obama Countdown - Needs 32.5 delegates

After the latest endorsements by Ohio House Democratic Leader Joyce Beatty and Maine superdelegate Jennifer Dechant, Barack Obama now needs 32.5 delegate and/or superdelegates to get the required number.

Tell The Truthiness ; Who is the 0.5 and are they less functional than other members of the DNC, because they're half?

Saunter To The White House 80 ; Obama Countdown - Needs 37.5 Delegates

Barack Obama needs 37.5 delegates to have enough for the nomination as of 8am this morning Eastern time.

Tell The Truthiness ; Is it especially painful if you're the 0.5 of a delegate?

Monday, June 02, 2008

Saunter To The White House 79 ; Obama Countdown - Needs 42 Delegates

Barack Obama needs 42 delegates to clinch the nomination.

Word is that his campaign team is working furiously to get as many uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice before the end of tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest.

Tell The Truthiness ; We are in the end game.

Saunter To The White House 78 ; Clinton Chair Starts Self-Parodying

Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe has slipped into self-parody this morning on Morning Joe.

Does Hillary know that McAuliffe appeared like this, has she seen this video?

For the one and only time we're going to say this, Hillary Clinton is the only sane person left in her campaign!

Tell The Truthiness ; But when did Hillary's campaign chair become sponsored by Tommy Bahamas?

Saunter To The White House 77 ; Hillary Calls Meeting For Tomorrow, Planning To Suspend Campaign

A meeting has been arranged for tomorrow night by the Hillary Clinton team during which she's expected to suspend her campaign.

Tomorrows meeting in New York is different to others as major campaign backers and donors have been invited, which is increasingly being seen as a sign that Hillary Clinton is to announce that she is not going to contest her position.

Other reports are saying that staff are being laid off and staffers are being asked to hand in their expense receipts by the end of the week.

Tell The Truthiness ; Get those Clinton '08 signs on ebay now!

Saunter To The White House 76 ; The Rolling Obama Countdown Delegate Calculator

Barack Obama now needs 44 delegates to get the Democratic nomination, the latest number can be seen here.

We'll keep you updated.

Tell The Truthiness ; T minus 44 and counting.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Saunter To The White House 75 ; Puerto Rico Goes For Clinton, But It Doesn't Help

Puerto Rico went for Hillary Clinton in today's third to last primary, but it won't really matter.

After yesterday's decisions made by the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee, Hillary Clinton may have gained delegates that she fought for, but it's not really helped. Barack Obama is 66 delegates away after the readjusted nomination number to 2118.

Tell The Truthiness ; Hillary Clinton - The Campaign That Just Won't Die! Now Playing For Two More Days Only!
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