CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS IN THE MIDST OF A FLURRY OF PHOTO OPS IN ORDER TO CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT HE'S . . . VERY GOOD AT POSING.
AFTER ALL THAT 'HARD WORK,' HE'LL HEAD FOR AUSTRALIA, A LONGTIME U.S. ALLY WHICH HAS NOW TAKEN TO NOTING JUST HOW WEAK THE CELEBRITY IN CHIEF IS.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "NO PROBLEMO, REPORTING DUDES. I KNOW JUST WHAT TO DO. I'LL GIVE A SPEECH! I'LL GIVE MY SPEECH ABOUT HOW 'NO ONE IS GREATER THAN YOU!' IT WOWED THEM IN EGYPT AND I JUST INSERTED 'U.S.' INTO IT AND GAVE IT HERE AS THE STATE OF THE UNION AND NO ONE NOTICED. THAT'S WHAT I DO. I STAND UP BEFORE A GROUP AND TELL THEM 'YOU ARE THE GREATEST'. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH PEOPLE ENJOY HAVING THEIR ASSES KISSED."
MEANWHILE, WITH EXTENSIONS, FALSE EYE LASHES AND FILMED FROM THE LEFT BECAUSE IT MAKES HER RIGHT EYE SEEM LESS GIMPY, SHE HULK DECLARED "WHAT YOU SEE IS THE REAL ME." THE SAME SHE HULK THAT DEMANDED SPECIAL LIGHTING FOR THE BARBRA WALTERS SPECIAL.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Clare Short: There was never a meeting that said: "What's the problem, what are we trying to achieve? What are our military, diplomatic options?" We never had that coherent discussion of what it is that the problem is and what it was that the government was trying to achieve and what our bottom lines were. Never.
Don't know much about any of this? Not surprising, because the American mainstream media has practically blacked-out the story on this side of the pond. It's amazing, after seven years and a growing reservoir of evidence that the Bush administration deliberately manipulated intelligence and the emotions of the American public to invade Iraq -- for which it had no comprehensive plan to stabilize or reconstruct -- the corporate press is still doing its best impression of the debauched idiots in The Hangover:
Stu: "Why don't we remember a G**damn thing from last night?"
Phil: "Obviously because we had a great f**king time."
When the press isn't treating us all like morning-after marshmallows who would prefer a cold-compress of Sarah Palin and updates of The View on the head to a clinical X-ray of how the Bush White House marched our nation into a trillion-dollar war of choice, it takes on a gratingly condescending tone. In fact, the media view jibes quite well with the standard Republican spin: that any criticism or inquiry into party-supported policies from 2001 to 2009 is "looking backward" or "rehashing the past," or worse, "we've been there, done that," when really, no, there hasn't been any "been there, done that," not anything compared to what's going on in London right now.
Brian Williams: 62 years ago today, President Truman ordered the Defense Secretary to take the needed steps to remove discrimination in the military. He was talking about race. Today the topic was sexual orientation, specifically the Clinton era policy known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- a policy that is now on borrowed time. More on this story from our Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski.
Jim Miklaszewski: In a hearing today on Capitol Hill, the nation's top military commander revealed the worst kept secret in the armed services.
Adm Mike Mullen: I have served with homosexuals since 1968.
Jim Miklaszewski: Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen said it's time to scrap Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law that prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.
Lt Dan Choi: I was living in the closet. Then I realized, no, this is really a violation of the honor code which, on the first day of West Point, we learned: You will not lie or tolerate those who lie. And I believe in that honor code.
Martha Raddatz: Lt Choi's case is still pending but he also told us if you're actually thinking about national security first and you're saying that it's okay to fire Arabic speakers because somebody's uncomfortable with gays, then you have your priorities in the wrong place.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: What the-the men and women in our armed forces really think about this.
David Martin: For another, Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a law enacted by Congress.
Senator John McCain: I'm happy to say that we still have a Congress of the United States that would have to pass a law to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
David Martin: Right now with the military fighting two wars, there are not enough votes to repeal.
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