Sunday, June 30, 2013

Meet The Press - June 30, 2013

Pete Williams
Jim DeMint
Ralph Reed
Rachel Maddow
Michael Eric Dyson
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-TX)

Gregory: good morning – Obama is in
South Africa praising Nelson Mandela
for even with decades in prison to refuse
to give up on his faith in humanity

Audience: tough call

Gregory: DOMA was overturned!

Maddow: the court could have
decided the case on federalism grounds
but it went all the way with equal protection

Gregory: Kennedy says DOMA
demeans gay couples and that is wrong

Williams: he used the word “dignity”
ten times – but he also said DOMA
demeans the dignity of states which
we all care about so much

Reed: this court specifically rejected
the argument that there is a right
to be gay married

Gregory: they skipped over it

Reed: look Fluffy most people in 
America don't like gay people

Dyson: do you know
it was illegal for black people to
be married in America for many years

Gregory: you had to shack up?

Dyson: if you polled America in 1965 you 
would have found opposition to civil rights

Gregory: are you intolerant of gay people?

DeMint: Kennedy is denying dignity
to millions of Americans who don't
like gay people

Gregory: what a great argument

DeMint: look gay marriage is better for children

Maddow: Justice Kennedy wrote that
anti-gay marriage laws demeans
children of gay couples

Maddow: look gay people exist - 
you can't make them go away so 
you try to demean them by taking 
away their right to marry

Reed: by that argument you
could say that people like Barack Obama
were intolerant 14 months ago

Maddow: so?

Reed: gay people are icky!

Dyson: people used to oppose civil rights
for African-Americans too

Reed: we're not bigots!

Maddow: lighten up Ralphie

Williams: the court side-stepped
the core question of equal rights for gay people

Gregory: you have proposed a
Constitution ban on gay marriage
how is that going?

Huelskamp: the Supreme Court
re-wrote the Constitution – it's outrageous!

Gregory: wow

Huelskamp: also we should outlaw abortion?

Gregory: what do you have against gay marriage

Huelskamp: look I like gay people
but God hates them – what are you going do?

Gregory: sound reasoning

Huelskamp: also children need a man and woman

Gregory: the research shows kids
need loving marriages regardless

Huelskamp: we have an epidemic of fatherlessness

Gregory: what does that have
to do with gay couples?

Huelskamp: think of the children!

Gregory: Mike Huckabee wrote
after the DOMA ruling 'Jesus Wept'

Huelskamp: he cries at weddings

Huelskamp: the real issue is who
gets to decide – people who hate
gay people or a bunch of justices?

Gregory: will this energize Republicans?

Reed: yes – we're going to amend the
Iowa Constitution to outlaw gay marriage

Maddow: you tried that and failed dipshit

Reed: true but we had a record
turnout of evangelicals

Maddow: and you still lost!


Gregory: what about gay marriage
in every state?

Pelosi: the goal should be no
discrimination – that's what
America is all about

Gregory: but people do oppose it in Arkansas

Pelosi: yes but things are changing fast Fluffy

Gregory: what do you say to
people who say God told them
to oppose gay equality

Pelosi: we are a nation that does not discriminate

Gregory: what about the Voting Rights Act?

Pelosi: we're going to try and fix it

Gregory: can immigration reform pass the House?

Pelosi: congrats to the Senate

Gregory: you called John Boehner
'weak' and a 'dumbass'

Pelosi: since 2012 election the
GOP has suddenly realized that
they need hispanic votes if they
ever want to win another Presidential election

Gregory: Texas wants to limits abortion rights

Pelosi: The GOP want to intrude
in women's health and take away
the decision and hand it to the government

Gregory: do you fear a new
age of erosion of abortion rights?

Pelosi: it's also contraception and
family planning

Gregory: you were booed for not
calling Edward Snowden a hero

Pelosi: he did break the law

Gregory: he's no hero in your mind

Pelosi: no

Gregory: but since Obama was
re-elected I care about the
so-called 'surveillance state'

Pelosi: we should respect the Constitution

Gregory: ok

Pelosi: Obama is not Bush –
Bush broke the law and under
Obama we legalized surveillance

Gregory: well there is a debate about
whether Obama is worse than Bush

Pelosi: should Obama scramble jets to get Snowden

Pelosi: I'm happy he's stuck in a Moscow airport

Gregory: they have a great duty-free shop though

Pelosi: he ran to China and Moscow
that should tell people he's no hero

Gregory: are you endorsing Hillary in 2016?

Pelosi: I'd like to see a woman President 
but first we have to end GOP obstruction

Gregory: what about the VRA?

DeMint: black people are voting
like crazy – Congress cannot rely
on 50 year-old data!

Maddow: if you thought it was 50 year-old
data why did you vote for it Senator?

DeMint: um... it's a good law

Dyson: a bipartisan Congress thought
in 2006 the VRA was just fine

Reed: discrimination against anyone
but gay people is wrong

Gregory: is there a bipartisan basis
to fix the VRA?

Williams: in theory - yes but in reality no

Gregory: welcome Senator Davis

Davis: the fight continues!

Gregory: even women want to
ban abortion at 20 weeks

Davis: this bill would leave Texas
with only 5 abortion clinics in the entire state!

Gregory: well that's still better than nothing

Davis: the College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists says this bill
will hurt women's health

Gregory: would you accept a 20 week ban?

Davis: what about giving women the choice 
rather than a government bureaucrat?

Gregory: some of my best friends are bureaucrats

Davis: I'm sure they are

Gregory: Governor Perry says because
you didn't have an abortion and went
to Harvard Law school we should ban abortion

Davis: I got to make my own choices
and I'm fighting to give all women those choices

Gregory: anything else?

Davis: he's a moron

Gregory: what about the Supreme Court

Williams: the court may overturn 
Roe v Wade next term

DeMint: women are being killed by
illegal abortions so we should have more of them

Gregory: right

DeMint: also we should give women
the opportunity to have ultrasound

Maddow: this is not an opportunity
to have an ultrasound – but Jim DeMint
insists that he force women to have a
vaginal ultrasound because he's from
the government and he's here to help

DeMint: it's a not required it's an opportunity

Maddow: it's mandated by the state you idiot

Reed: look if we have to have U.N.
troops in black helicopters with guns
drawn breaking down the doors of doctors'
offices that's just the way it has to be

Maddow: wow

Gregory: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press

This Week With George Stephanopoulos - June 30, 2013

Julian Assange
Jesselyn Radack (GAP)
Chad Griffin (HRC)
Brian Brown (NOM)

Stephanopoulos: wow Obama is in South Africa!

Byron Pitts: he visited Nelson Mandela's family

Stephanopoulos: ok forget that –
here's Julian Assange

Pierre Thomas: who is Julian Assange
hacker, activist or dashing hero?

Thomas: he lives in the Ecuadorian
embassy avoiding rape charges

Stephanopoulos: welcome Julian
where is Ed Snowden?

Assange: sorry that's top secret
information and I can't tell you

Stephanopoulos: LOL

Assange: Snowden can't get a fair trial
in Alexandria Virginia because the
entire jury pool works for the CIA

Stephanopoulos: OMG

Assange: he can't get justice

Stephanopoulos: wow

Assange: under the UN he can seek
asylum from the oppressive tyranny of Virginia

Stephanopoulos: right

Assange: everyone knows he only
acted with pure motives and Obama
does not have a mandate to conduct surveillance

Stephanopoulos: who would know
better what Obama has a mandate for
than an Australian hiding from Swedish
rape charges in the Bolivian embassy in London

Assange: none of our revelations
have caused anyone to be killed

Stephanopoulos: good to know –
do your lawyers represent Snowden

Assange: Joe Biden called the
Ecuadorian government – that is
unacceptable since asylum is a
fundamental human right

Stephanopoulos: Edward Snowden's
father is worried that you are
manipulating Edward

Assange: well you know Edward
started the ball rolling on this and
we are just trying to help him out

Stephanopoulos: Glenn Greenwald
says the secrets will come out no
matter what happens to Snowden

Assange: that's right – the U.S.
is only inviting a backlash by
taking his passport

Stephanopoulos: strong words

Assange: to take a poor young man's
passport is an absolute disgrace

Stephanopoulos: oh my

Assange: Ed Snowden is a hero
Obama is just like Nixon

Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming Jules

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: should Snowden
return to America?
Radack: no – but let's look at mass
lawbreaking by the NSA

Stephanopoulos: Officials say all this
was all legal and approved by courts

Radack: but that's the FISA court

Stephanopoulos: which is a federal court

Radack: no it isn't

Stephanopoulos: yet it is

Radack: well maybe but it's still a
rubber stamp of secret interpretations of the law

Stephanopoulos: Julian do you still want
annihilation of the US regime?

Assange: I never said that

Stephanopoulos: that quote is from
an e-mail you sent printed in Time magazine

Assange: I can't believe they leaked my e-mails!

Stephanopoulos: it's an outrage

Assange: Bradley Manning is also a
wonderful young man being put through
a meat grinder by this evil administration

Stephanopoulos: I see

Assange: also Obama is a just an all-around fascist

Stephanopoulos: you are being harbored
by a government that goes after the press

Assange: Obama is collecting phone
call billing records – only Verizon is
allowed to engage in that kind
of mass surveillance!

Stephanopoulos: what about Ecuador's 
record of going after journalists?

Assange: Unlike Obama the government
of Ecuador doesn't jail journalists
or assassinate people

Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming Julian

Stephanopoulos: Congrats on your win on DOMA

Griffin: it's been a great week for equal rights

Stephanopoulos: so true

Griffin: but there are many states
without equal rights

Stephanopoulos: in court or
in the legislatures?

Griffin: both – everywhere!

Stephanopoulos: can you win

Griffin: yes – its inevitable

Stephanopoulos: what happens when
a legally married couple moves to Alabama?

Griffin: that's bad news whether you're gay or not

Stephanopoulos: good point

Griffin: as the President said
'a marriage is a marriage'

Stephanopoulos: can this country be half-gay?

Griffin: this history of America
is one of moving to more freedom
liberty and equality

Stephanopoulos: I suppose

Griffin: who is harmed by gay marriage? no one!

Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming


Stephanopoulos: who is harmed
by gay marriage?

Brian Brown: bigots who hate gay people!

Stephanopoulos: I see

Brown: what about all the voters
who hate gay people?
What about their civil rights?

Stephanopoulos: I dunno

Brown: this horrific precedent will
be used to take rights from black people

Stephanopoulos: Scalia says this
means gay rights everywhere

Brown: Kennedy's decision was a
total travesty – he made it seem like
being against gay marriage is somehow
being against gay people

Stephanopoulos: incredible

Brown: this is pure discrimination
against straight people who don't like gay people

Stephanopoulos: right

Brown: we will stand for the truth!

Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming everyone

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Meet The Press – June 16, 2013

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) 
Gen. Michael Hayden (fmr. Director NSA)
David Ignatius
Andrea Mitchell
James Risen

Gregory: Obama wants to arm the rebels

Graham: that's not enough –
we need to create a no-fly zone

Gregory: you think the rebels
can't win with just guns

Graham: also i'm worried about
Lebanon – the whole region
is a powder keg

Gregory: so would you invade Syria?

Graham: Israel could end up
surrounded by enemies

Gregory: oh noe!

Graham: the whole area is about to
explode – I don't understand Obama's
foreign policy – American should
control all countries everywhere

Ignatius: Assad's generals are fleeing

Gregory: can we track guns in Syria
we can't even track them here!

Mitchell: we may get into a
proxy war with Iran

Gregory: great

Mitchell: also because Bush lied
about weapons of mass destruction
so no one believes us anymore

Gregory: Sen. McCain says we can
get involved in a middle east war
risk-free – isn't that crazy considering
you guys freaked over Benghazi?

Graham: no not at all – we must kill
Bashir Assad or the King of Jordan is toast

Mitchell: how do we know we won't
help terrorists get chemical weapons?

Graham: there are no good answers –
but we have a big military so we
might as well use it

Ignatius: what's the best argument
for attacking Syria?

Graham: all the regular Syrians
I know love America

Gregory: is Ed Snowden a traitor?

Graham: I don't know but I've
got a simple view of the world

Gregory: that's why I love you

Graham: I would like to
listen in on terrorists

Gregory: is an immigration bill
going to pass?

Graham: yes – I haven't been
this optimistic since Ashley Wilkes proposed

Gregory: could you expand on that?

Graham: we should invade Syria!

Gregory: who is going to be
elected President in 2016?

Graham: Jeb Bush

Gregory: another Bush?

Graham: this time it will work

Gregory: what makes you so sure?

Graham: Obama caused the recession
and started wars in the middle east

Gregory: is that good or bad?

Graham: good question Fluffy

[ break ]

Gregory: a moderate was
elected President of Iran

Ignatius: it's fascinating –
he's soft on beheadings

Gregory: what should we do in Syria?

Chambliss: we should remove
Assad because he is not good

Gregory: but we might send
arms to crazy people

Chambliss: we're pretty good at
ferreting out the good guys

Gregory: indeed our track
record is spotless

Chambliss: a no-fly zone may
be the ultimate tactic

Gregory: the U.S. says we will
put the guns the right hands

Udall: all we have to do is protect
the Syrian people, contain all weapons
and install a good regime

Gregory: oh is that all

Udall: oh and seize the oil

Gregory: Syria doesn't have any oil

Udall: what fuck it it then

Gregory: is Ed Snowden a traitor?

Chambliss: if he's not a traitor
he's pretty darn close

Gregory: right

Chambliss: the bad guys now
know not to use telephones
which puts American lives at risk

Gregory: what's next for Ed Snowden?

Chambliss: Dancing with the Stars

Gregory: what about NSA surveillance?

Udall: I love PRISM but I think collecting 
the metadata of millions of Americans 
might violate the Fourth Amendment

Gregory: ok

Udall: but my bill would make
it okay to collect metadata
for Americans with a link to terrorism

Gregory: after 9/11 everyone
bashed the NSA for not collecting
enough information

Chambliss: we've stopped lots of
terrorist attacks with these programs!

Gregory: name some

Chambliss: the NYC subway bombing
plot and the Mumbai bombings

Gregory: the Mumbai attacks were not prevented

Chambliss: nobody's perfect Fluffy

Gregory: don't people want
surveillance to prevent attacks?

Udall: why can't the NSA get
a warrant for metadata?

Gregory: maybe they secretly do

Udall: the King of England could
kill people in 1776

Gregory: well I'm sure both sides
were equally guilty

[ break ]

Gregory: will people turn on spying
when more revelations come out?

Hayden: no when people learn more
about how great these programs
they will love them

Gregory: what don't people
understand about how they work?

Hayden: PRISM is content but
only applies to foreigners and
metadata is for Americans but
has no content

Gregory: Obama expanded these programs

Scott: that's a lie

Gregory: I know it is but
I'm required to say it

Scott: the issue is what information
is gathered and what can be accessed
and how can it be used –
like with DNA on arrest

Risen: we created a modern
surveillance structure with no debate

Ignatius: Bush broke the law
with warrantless wiretapping

Gregory: be quiet

Ignatius: these idiot congressmen
whine that they can't bring their
staffs or take notes –
suck it up and do your jobs

Gregory: Snowden – good or bad?

Ignatius: this kid just released this
stuff will nilly - we're still a nation of laws

Mitchell: Snowden is undeniably
brilliant but his internet chats
showed he was very edgy but
still he got top secret clearance

Gregory: I heard he had hipster
glasses and listened to
Mumford and Sons

Mitchell: oh my god

Hayden: Snowden is flat-out lying –
there's no way he could access all
the information he claimed

Mitchell: how would you know –
you're totally clueless

Hayden: you can only access metadata
through a terrorist predicate

Scott: whatever the hell that means

Risen: we only debate these issues
when a so-called traitor tells us
what the government is up to

Gregory: Congress doesn't have the
guts to talk about limiting surveillance

Ignatius: at least Obama tried to
make it legal – although clearly
General Hayden doesn't want
to have this debate

Hayden: I'm scared al-qaeda
will learn that we have civil
rights and exploit that

Mitchell: sweet jesus General
it's like you crave a dictatorship

Hayden: but a safe one

Mitchell: since Benghazi and
the IRS and Monica Lewinsky
I don't trust the NSA

Risen: we have a massive
surveillance state which probably
lead to a police state

Gregory: which leakers do we like
and which don't we like?

Scott: can all this information be
used for ordinary heinous crimes
or trade deals?

Gregory: that's a good question
and I hate it – let's talk about the
rise of the Celebrity Leaker

Risen: the whistleblowing system
is totally broken – the best
method is to go the media now

Mitchell: he could have gone to
his local member of Congress

Risen: Peter King would have him killed

Ignatius: that's a fixable problem
and therefore uninteresting

Risen: I know it's fixable –
that's why I brought it up

Hayden: I hate transparency but
if you all fucking insist on it so be it

Gregory: it's Father's Day -
what did your Dad teach you?

Mitchell: my Dad is 99 years
old and he taught me to fight

Ignatius: my dad was Navy Secretary
under LBJ and taught to never get
involved in a land war in Asia
without a pretty good reason

Risen: my dad always want to
host a Sunday talk show

Hayden: what my dad taught
me is classified

Scott: don't collect information
and tell me you're not going
to use for kidnappings

Gregory: ok

Scott: my Dad fought segregation
and he taught me to challenge
injustice with great dignity

Gregory: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press