Not Their Best Moments

Posted on May 08, 2012
Well, Romney just had Santorum’s McCain moment. Yesterday, a women told Romney that President Obama should be tried for “treason,” and Romney went on talking about how the constitution is important. Just when you think you’ve found the limits of our tolerance for madness in our political discourse, you find out you haven’t.
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For Your Amusement

Posted on May 04, 2012
Our event succeeded in disrupting the anti-Muslim narrative Spencer and Geller hoped to spread throughout the media. After the conclusion of our event, two AAI staff members and Countdown writers headed to the Spencer/Geller event, only to be escorted out by police... but not before taping this amusing video (you have to watch it).
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Commencing the Post-Gibran Countdown

Posted on April 24, 2012
What’s so “appropriate” about spying on Arab Americans and American Muslims? We don’t know either. To make things more confusing, we were just told at the Arab American Leadership Day briefing at the White House that there was an on-going DOJ investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance operations. So why was Mr. Brennan prematurely stating publicly that he has “full confidence that the NYPD is doing things consistent with the law?"
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A Broader Outlook

Posted on April 17, 2012
If Chabot and Engle truly want to discipline a dependent, but out-of-control state that is hindering peace with its obnoxious and disorderly behavior, I’m sure the Palestinians would want to be the first to happily point them in the right direction.
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Now We’re Talking!

Posted on April 11, 2012
But if you actually care to look at the details, it will quickly become clear that Ron Paul is the losing candidate whose ideas continue to influence the national conversation; out-fundraising Gingrich, and receiving more than twice as many Twitter mentions in the last week alone. But Gingrich’s desperate search for relevance goes on, to a strange mixture of our amusement and agony.
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Moments of Candor

Posted on April 03, 2012
In what constitutes conclusive evidence that the media will make headlines out of anything, several outlets ran headlines indicating that Rick Santorum would drop out of the race [hold your breath, here comes the shocker]... if Romney got enough delegates to lock down the GOP nomination. Yeah, like we were all under the impression, before this headline, that the losers would continue to fight for the nomination after someone had won. Then again, in the media’s defense, you could totally see Newt Gingrich campaigning well into June of 2013, regardless of what happens.
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They Can’t Stay Away

Posted on March 27, 2012
The proper reaction to the discovery of a systemic problem of Islamophobia in the country’s leading law enforcement agency is: (a) full disclosure of the materials used, (b) the retraining of all agents who underwent training that stereotyped Arab Americans and American Muslims as threatening, and (c) a public apology from the FBI for allowing such absurd materials to make it into their trainings in the first place. To emphasize the seriousness of this issue, we’re going to skip the joke on this one.
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The Collateral Damage of the Race

Posted on March 21, 2012
Are you disturbed by the PATRIOT Act’s civil rights transgressions? Wait until you hear this: The Justice Department apparently has an even more intrusive interpretation of their powers under the PATRIOT Act; one which, "Contrary to core principles of American democracy" (in the words of Senators Wyden and Udall), they refuse to disclose to the American people.
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It Never Ends

Posted on March 14, 2012
For a while there, we thought Gingrich’s anti-Muslim rhetoric was motivated by cheap political pandering to the growing bigoted sentiments on the far right, but now we understand he’s just trying to restore the balance destabilized by all this extra protectiveness of Islam. Thanks Newt!
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Special AIPAC Edition

Posted on March 07, 2012
No AIPAC edition of Countdown would be complete without Jon Stewart’s brilliant take on The Daily Show on how criticizing Israel is taboo in American political discourse, while perfectly fine in Israeli politics. “Apparently in Israel,” he said, “you are allowed to criticize Israel and still hold public office."
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