Crisis? What Crisis?

There are a lot of legitimate reasons to call an election, but why is Stephen Harper calling for “crisis-atmosphere meetings” to force the issue? Seems a little desperate, if anything, especially considering there was talk earlier in the summer about parliament being prorogued until November…

Too bad the Conservative party doesn’t invest this much brain-power into actually solving the country’s problems and governing instead of endlessly scheming of ways to hold onto power.

Update: Not that Harper’s bullshit artistry was ever really in question, but this latest bit of weaseling over breaking his fixed election date promise should put to rest any lingering doubts in that regard.

Bill Maher at the DNC

On whether “we’re at an all time low, politically” as Keith Olbermann put it: “In my lifetime, things do seem to be getting worse…because, sorry to say it, people get stupider and stupider every election cycle.”

Gee, I wonder why? Maybe the fatuous banter between Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann offers part of the answer to that question.

Could it be perhaps because, as Bob Somerby says, “a lazy, indolent mainstream press corps is willing to peddle your twaddle for you, no matter how foolish your twaddle may be”?

Plot to Shoot Obama Foiled

Denver’s CBS affiliate reports that “at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama” and one of the suspects reportedly told authorities that they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle … sighted at 750 yards.”

Funnily enough, despite an admission from one of the suspects and police having found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, fake licenses and methamphetamine… there’s still some doubt about the seriousness of the threat.

According to NBC News, federal officials were downplaying the arrests, suggesting that the threat made wasn’t based on any kind of plan or actual intent. “It looks like one guy just made a remark trying to act important,” one federal official told NBC News.