President Obama warmly smiles, shakes hands with Hugo Chavez

… you know, the man who called President Bush “El Diablo” and saluted America-hater Noam Chomsky while giving a speech at the UN back in 2006? The dictator who funds FARC terrorists and who is suspected of funding Hezbollah, too? Hoped America would be “finished in the near future”?

Malkin has the photo and commentary here. Can’t add anything more than that except to say I find the whole thing absolutely disgusting, and beneath the President of the United States.

Stop The ACLU viewed one of the pix as sort of a “fist bump.” (Hurl)

Oh – and this wasn’t just an incidental meeting. Obama sought Chavez out:

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the last U.S. president “the devil.” But this U.S. president wanted to meet him.

So Barack Obama walked across a hotel ballroom here Friday and introduced himself to Chavez. The two leaders smiled and shook hands, chatting briefly.

Chavez’s office later said the two men talked about their mutual desire to change the relationship between their countries – a characterization the White House didn’t dispute.

Asked what he said to Chavez, Obama replied: “I said, ‘Como estas?’”

That’s it. I’m done giving him the benefit of the doubt on any issue. He’s gone too far, made a mockery of the office of the President, and legitimized a thug “leader” who has shown time and time again a blatant disregard for truth, freedom, human rights, and democracy.

Screw you, President Obama.

Revealed: Photos of “bitter Americans” in Escondido, CA

ST reader Clark graciously sent along a few pictures from the Tax Day Tea Party in Escondido, CA, and I have just one thing to say: I didn’t know so many conservatives existed on the left coast ;)

Escondido Tea Party
Patriotic Bitter Americans proudly wave their flags.

Escondido Tea Party
Let’s hope “The Terminator” didn’t see that one!

QandO’s Dale Franks was also there* and has several photos posted at his site.

Much love and props goes out to our fellow conservatives on the left coast, who have more of an uphill climb in California than conservatives in any other state well, other than NY :D

*Edited to add: I just read where there were two Tea Parties at Escondido. Don’t know if Clark and Dale were at the same one. The total attendance for both? An estimated 2,000.

The dumbing down of America continues w/ Green Day’s “American Idiocy”

There’s not a week that goes by where some “smarter than you” Hollywood leftie goes on a little anti-Bush/conservatives rant and, in the process, demonstrates total cluelessness. This week it’s singer Billie Joe Armstrong from the Berkeley/Bay-area band Green Day, a band that saw huge success in 1994 with the album “Dookie” and again in 2004 with the album “American Idiot.”

“American Idiot” was a “critically acclaimed” album worldwide, and won a Grammy in 2005, and is in the early stages of becoming a rock musical for a reason: It is highly anti-Bush/conservatives. Newsweek wrote this puff piece about the album earlier this year:

Before Green Day released “American Idiot” in September 2004, two months ahead of President Bush’s reelection, most music fans assumed that the Bay Area punk-pop trio was on the downward slope of a successful but artistically undistinguished career. No one expected these guys to nail the fear, frustration and apathy of a war-torn nation on the brink. Until then, Green Day’s signature album was titled “Dookie,” and its big hit was an anthem to a lazy afternoon of television and masturbation. Songs about a broken social system, the disappearing middle class or WMD were the job of seasoned boomers like Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, both of whom released sober protest albums that preached, predictably, to the choir. But the iPod generation—and its artists—had better things to do, like downloading a billion ringtones and partying like it was still 1999. Maybe that’s why “American Idiot” was such a bolt of lightning: not just because of the message—finally, a rock-the-boat album that actually rocked—but because of the messenger, too. The clowns finally got serious, and no one could look away.

“American Idiot” was frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s version of “Tommy,” a concept album about a clueless teen—the “Jesus of Suburbia”—who feels forgotten in Bush’s America: “This land of make-believe/that don’t believe in me.” Over the course of the album, the kid sleepwalks from 7-Eleven parking lots onto the battlefields of Iraq. The video for “Wake Me When September Ends” scored the most direct hit, picking up the antihero at a moment of crisis: seeing little future at home, he deceives his girlfriend by joining the Marines, then ships off to Iraq and never returns.

With magical timing, “American Idiot” became a soundtrack for anyone disillusioned by millennial America (“Now everybody do the propaganda and sing along in the age of paranoia”). Sure, Bush was re-elected, but that only elevated the album into protest art. “American Idiot” wasn’t especially subtle or eloquent—if you want poetry, stick with Springsteen. But it mattered simply because somebody finally said something, and, of all people, it was Green Day.

Yeah, I mean up until “American Idiot” no popular actors/actresses/singers ever opened their mouths about how they felt about America under President Bush. /sarc

I brought all this up because the “edgy” Armstrong was asked in a recent interview for “Spinner” magazine (very appropriate title, all things considered) about his political views. Here’s what he had to say:

Still, ‘See the Light’ closes the album with some optimism. Are you optimistic about the country’s future?

I am optimistic, as long as these right-wing conservative a–holes don’t try to ruin things for people — like throwing around ideas that we’re headed for a socialist government. Which, the way they’re throwing it around, they don’t even know what socialism really is. It’s reflected on the record and it’s also reflected in society — there’s all this crisis and there is all this crazy s— going on right now. All you have to do is flick down the channel from ‘Rock of Love’ and look at CNN, and you could see it. Or Fox News — they make it look like we’re headed for the apocalypse and Barack Obama is the anti-Christ. But at the same time, it’s the first African-American in office, so that’s totally a progression. And that does give you faith in the idea of America — it can be a progressive country and we can dig ourselves out, because that was a bold statement. We dug ourselves out of George Bush by putting this new intelligent human being into office.

Do you feel that maybe ‘American Idiot’ might’ve motivated your fans, old and new, to vote and play a part in the presidental election?

Barack Obama is such a charismatic person, and with this person being as charismatic as he is and us doing stuff with like, it could’ve helped out a little bit. Maybe we at least created a soundtrack for people that are coming of age, and they start thinking for themselves for the first time. And here they are voting for the first time at 19, three-and-a-half, four years later.

Yeah, they’re “thinking for themselves” alright. And I’m Hillary Clinton.

Armstrong, quite simily is an American Idiot who is, ahem, full of “Dookie.”

God help if teens and young twenty-somethings look to bands like Green Day for political “guidance.” Looking to MTV and their lame “Rock the Vote” efforts (which are not so subtle attempts at getting young people to blindly vote Democrat) is bad enough. If we have to rely on self-important twits like Billie Joe Armstrong to “get the word out” to young folks, well … I don’t even want to think about it.

MSDNC’s Olby outdoes himself with “Stockholm Syndrome” sludgefest

Just when you think the nutcases in MSDNC’s primetime line-up can’t possibly outdo themselves on how low they will stoop to trash conservatives, one of them does. Check out this hate-filled rant (on video) that happened last night between Olby and Hollywood fruitcake Janeane Garofalo (who is, sadly, as we all know, a part of the 24 cast) regarding women and black folks who have, to paraphrase, ‘betrayed their own kind’ by believing in conservative ideals.

Here’s a sneak peek:

JANEANE GAROFALO: She dated him, so either she suffers from Stockholm Syndrome – a lot like Michael Steele, who’s the black guy in the Republican party who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, which means you try and curry favor with the oppressor.

KEITH OLBERMANN: Yes, you talk about self-loathing.

GAROFALO: Yeah, and there’s, any female or person of color in the Republican party is struggling with Stockholm Syndrome.

Max Twain at the Race42012 blog responds (via Memeo):

Get that? If you are a person of color and you don’t act and think the same way as liberal people of color, then you have a mental disorder. I’m pretty sure suggesting that members of a certain race should all act and think the same way is…umm…RACIST.

Shhh! Don’t tell that to the head honchos at NBC. They’re too busy worrying about whether or not CNBC is being “too mean” to Barack Obama. 8-|

Final word, from Matt Lewis:

If you still think liberalism is about diversity of opinion, intellectual discussion, and tolerance, you’re not paying attention.

Right on.