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Monica Crowley Is An Easily Excitable Woman! (About Politics – You Have A Dirty Mind)!!

24 Jun

How is it I always end up listening to Monica Crowley on the weekends?  Aren’t the weekends supposed to be fun?  Why do I torture myself?

For you, America.  Someone has to point out the problems with the baloney she spews.

This past Friday night, I was coming home to start my weekend when I got Ms. Crowley on the radio.  She was, in her usual breathless style, going on about Barack Obama.  The topic was his name change.

According to Ms. Crowley, at some point in his younger years, Barack Obama went from going by the name Barry Obama to his actual birth name of Barack Obama.  She also felt it very important to drop in his given middle name, which is the unfortunately timed Hussein according to Ms. Crowley.

Crowley’s point was that when people change their names from say Cassius Clay to a Muslim name like Muhammad Ali that they are signaling their Muslim beliefs.  She then listed numerous examples of people doing just that from Malcolm X to Mike Tyson.

 She might have mentioned Tim Conway as well or I could be making that up for a cheap joke… (FULL DISCLOSURE – the Tim Conway reference is in fact a cheap joke for those of you without a sense of humor)

Are you in a lather yet thinking that we’re about to elect a radical Muslim as President?  Well, settle down Sally and Steve, or whoever you are!

Here’s the point Crowley missed.  Barack Obama was always Barack Obama.  It’s his given name.  It’s not Barack who changed, it’s society.

Think about it. Barack is in his forties.  When he was growing up, it was all about the melting pot in America.  Geraldo Rivera was Jerry Rivers.  Everyone was trying to American-ize.  I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but that’s just how it was.  Given that, it makes all the sense in the world that Barack was Barry way back when.

But, that’s not the world we live in anymore.  Somewhere along the way (and again I’m not arguing in this post whether it’s wrong or right), we started to celebrate diversity.  Jerry Rivers became Geraldo Rivera.  And, I suspect at that point, Barry became Barack.  He embraced his given name and decided to make his life with that as his name.

Monica Crowley knows that’s the case I’m sure.  But, she knows that panicking people about a very un-radical move is a great way to make a case for voters not to go for Barry, I mean, Barack Obama.

Still scared, Jenny or Jim?  Let me give you one more example. 

I had a friend growing up (and I’m about as old as Barack Obama but much sexier) who went by the name Paul when we were in elementary school together. I kind of lost track of him after high school, but saw Paul again after college.  Guess what he was going by then?  Paolo! 

Yup, that’s right.  As Paul was growing up he never went by his given Italian name.  Heck, I didn’t even know what it was.  He was Paul to me.  Then, somewhere in college he decided to go with the name his parent’s had given him at birth and goes by Paolo to this day.

Is he some kind of radical Italian fascist or communist?  Ms.  Crowley might have you think so.  To me, he’s an insurance executive and a dad living in the suburbs.  Maybe that’s just his cover.

I’ll have to ask Monica Crowley…

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Politicians Should Just SAY NO To Church (or Temple or Mosque…)

18 Mar

There’s been a lot of flack coming Barack Obama’s way lately for his pastor’s controversial (some might say crazy) statements.  As is my weekend habit, I was busy cleaning the bathrooms here at the homestead and had talk radio on to pass the time.  Once again, the ever breathless Monica Crowley was on the air and gunning for Barack Obama.

Last time I listened to Ms. Crowley, the best she had to throw against Obama was that he was (are you sitting down for this?) a smoker.  Not a great habit, but not a habit that was worth the federal case she was making against it.  Yet, given the kind of year it’s been for hyper conservatives, I felt a twinge of sympathy for Crowley’s blatant grasping at straws.

This weekend, it was different.  It was early Christmas for Ms. Crowley and her ilk.  She had the statements of Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, to throw at him and they were sticking with her mostly white conservative audience.  They include this gem from just after 9/11:

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye….We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Completely stupid statements, but you know what’s interesting….

On the other side of the aisle, these comments aren’t too distant from the thoughts of the now dead but certainly still a big GOP supporter, Jerry Falwell.  Falwell also thought we brought 9/11 on ourselves.  Although in his case, Falwell thought it was due to gays, liberals and other people he didn’t like angering god enough to knock down our Twin Towers.

More recently, John McCain, who has been pretty silent on the Wright controversy with good reason, was embroiled in much the same mess as his fellow senator/presidential hopeful.  McCain had to explain how he could accept the endorsement of John Hagee, who runs a mega-church in Texas where he makes mega-millions and spews idiocy and hate. 

 You want examples?  Hagee has repeatedly attacked the Catholic Church calling it (and I quote) “a whore”.  I’m not the biggest fan of the Catholic Church.  But, a whore?  Why was that necessary?  He could have gone with the much less offensive “harlot” or even “floozy”.  The fact that he didn’t tells you a lot about the man.

Like Falwell, Hagee believes in a vengeful god.  In his case, Hagee declared that Katrina was god’s response to a high level of sin in New Orleans.  Sounds like Hagee’s god has some anger issues.  Create us.  Give us free will.  Then destroy us when we don’t live up to expectations.  Not quite the god I’m familiar with…

But anyway, what are these politicians up to?  Barack Obama sat in Wright’s church for 20 years yet claims to have missed anything controversial ever said by the man.  Perhaps he nodded out.  That happens frequently in church in my experience.  On the other hand, John McCain accepts Hagee’s support yet talks about Hagee’s words being taken out of context. Seems to me the context is chrystal clear unless Hagee’s writing you checks or delivering his flock to your voting booth.

The true story is that both McCain & Obama are trying to have it both ways.  Each accepts the support of a pastor out of the mainstream because each reverend has a big following among a certain community critical to each candidate.  It’s a great way for McCain to reach Fundamentalists and other ultra-conservative religious voters and it’s Obama’s way of reaching and keeping support of the urban African American audience. 

Both McCain and Obama are counting on the rest of us to understand this.  It’s the old wink game.  You know, I have to make like I’m along for the ride, but trust me, when I’m elected my crazy reverend friend won’t have any influence.  Hopefully that’s true.

But, I think it’s worth pointing out one of Hagee’s views before concluding this post.  Hagee is eager for the apocalypse.  He’s got a hard on for judgement day.  This is a guy who supports Israel because he sees it playing a key role in bringing on a new world war that will end all time and start up the kingdom of heaven as he sees it.

So, perhaps it should give us all pause that Hagee, who’s trying to speed up the end of the world, is supporting John McCain.

Guess I’ll listen a little closer to what Barack Obama has to say tomorrow in Philadelphia…

The “Smoking” Gun on Barack Obama! (Courtesy of Monica Crowley)

4 Mar

Go to fullsize imageSo, I’m busy cleaning my bathroom this weekend and decide to put on the radio to help pass the time while I scrub the toilet.  As is often the case with me,  the radio is tuned to one of those conservative talk radio stations that conservatives like to pretend don’t exist when they make claims about liberals controlling the media.  I guess I just like to get my blood boiling.

Go to fullsize imageAny, on the radio that particular morning is breathless conservative radio host Monica Crowley.  In fairness, I don’t know the woman at all, but from hearing her rushed and paranoid sounding delivery, I’m not too surprised that she worked for Nixon in the 90s.  Frankly, she always sounds just a slight bit crazy.   But that’s neither here nor there.

It’s soon apparent that I’ve caught Crowley midway through her show opening rant.  Again not surprisingly, she’s taking the tack that the media hasn’t really examined Barack Obama fully.  Perhaps there is some truth to that.   According to Crowley, it’s of course due to the liberal media bias.  My perspective is that it may have something more to do with a certain compassionate conservative politician. To me, it’s not a stretch to think that the current president has bungled things so badly that many Americans need to believe there’s something or someone who can finally steer us in the right direction again.

Crowley being the great journalist that she is tells her audience that if the media isn’t going to probe Obama’s background fully than she and her show are going to do it.  Somewhere the Obama campaign is huddled together in fear…

I brace myself. I realize I’m about to hear radio history.  Monica Crowley is about to cripple Barack Obama’s candidacy.  Crowley is about to do what all of Hillary Clinton’s millions and years of experience could not.  I stop scrubbing and get closer to the speaker.And before I’ve had time to blink or think, it’s hit me.  Crowley breaks the story.  Obama smokes.  I could go on with my sarcastic tone, but I think you get the drift.

I go back to scrubbing the toilet and think if “smoking” is the worst the conservatives can hit Barack Obama with, boy are they in trouble.  Something tells me somewhere in her heart, Monica Crowley and her ilk are hoping Hillary Clinton pulls off a big surprise tomorrow.