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Iran Election

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Iran Election

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S. Korea Expected to Seek Official U.S. Nuclear Protection

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Shortly after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions against North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test, the communist country has reacted by warning of possible nuclear war. As a result, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who is to meet with President Obama on Tuesday, is expected to seek a written commitment of nuclear protection from the U.S.

The Washington Post:

As state media in North Korea continued to warn of possible nuclear war, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak flew to Washington for talks with President Obama at which Lee is expected to seek a written promise of continued U.S. nuclear protection.

The United States has maintained a nuclear umbrella over South Korea since the Korean War and it periodically reaffirms that protection, although not at the level of a White House statement.

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Craig Newmark: Senator Mark Warner: “Enhancing health care choices for seniors”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Craig Newmark: Senator Mark Warner: “Enhancing health care choices for seniors”
Hey, another step to health care reform, proposed new legislaton from Senator Mark Warner, Enhancing health care choices for seniorsThe Senior Navigation and Planning Act…

Pentagon Debates Whether To Squelch Report On Afghan Attack
WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are debating whether to ignore an earlier promise and squelch the release of an investigation into a U.S. airstrike last…

Bob Harris: A Near-Zero-Cost Approach to Do-Gooding: My 375th Kiva Loan
Maria Shriver promotes it, Hillary Clinton talks it up in commencement speeches, and the guy who thought it up won a Nobel Peace Prize: microfinance…


Fox News’ Bream ignored evidence undermining Long’s attack on Sotomayor as “extreme”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Fox News’ Bream ignored evidence undermining Long’s attack on Sotomayor as “extreme”

On the June 14 edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ, legal correspondent Shannon Bream stated that in a November 27, 1983, New York Times article [purchase required] Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor “called herself liberal and said the worst victims of crime were not, quote, ‘white folks but minorities’ who suffered violence at the hands of minorities.” Bream then uncritically quoted Wendy Long of the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network asserting: “It’s really quite an extreme statement, and it’s a regrettable statement, but it’s really consistent with this theme we see throughout her legal career of just a complete focus and almost a preoccupation with racial and ethnic politics.” However, in reporting Long’s attack on Sotomayor’s reported statement about the relative effects of crime on minorities and the general society, Bream did not point out that crime victimization statistics in 1983 — as well as more recently — support Sotomayor’s statement and undermine Long’s criticism.

The November 1983 New York Times article Bream cited reported, ” ‘What I am finding, both statistically and emotionally,’ [Sotomayor] continues, ‘is that the worst victims of crimes are not general society — i.e., white folks — but minorities themselves. The violence, the sorrow are perpetrated by minorities on minorities.’ ” According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 1983, the “[s]erious violent victimization rate,” which includes the violent crimes of homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, was at 33.1 violent crimes per 1,000 among black Americans — twice as high as the rate among white Americans at 16.3 per 1,000 persons. In 2005, those figures were 13.6 and 6.5, respectively.

From the November 27, 1983, New York Times article:

”What I am finding, both statistically and emotionally,” she continues, ”is that the worst victims of crimes are not general society — i.e., white folks — but minorities themselves. The violence, the sorrow are perpetrated by minorities on minorities.”

Some of Miss Sotomayor’s initial misgivings about working as a prosecutor were resolved when she moved from misdemeanors to more serious crimes. ”I had more problems during my first year in the office with the low-grade crimes — the shoplifting, the prostitution, the minor assault cases,” she says. ”In large measure, in those cases you were dealing with socioeconomic crimes, crimes that could be the product of the environment and of poverty.

”Once I started doing felonies, it became less hard. No matter how liberal I am, I’m still outraged by crimes of violence. Regardless of whether I can sympathize with the causes that lead these individuals to do these crimes, the effects are outrageous.”

From the June 14 edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ:

BREAM: Another week in Washington for President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Sonia Sotomayor. And while she has had plenty of experience as a prosecutor, there is some disagreement over just how tough she’ll be on crime.

[begin video clip]

BREAM: She tripped at LaGuardia, flew to Washington, stopped off at the White House, and only then went to the hospital for X-rays. Even with a freshly fractured ankle, running the Senate gauntlet isn’t likely to faze Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Former colleagues characterize her as an aggressive prosecutor during her days working in the Manhattan district attorney’s office in the early 1980s. The president even noted it as one of her selling points.

OBAMA: There, Sonia learned what crime can do to a family and a community, and what it takes to fight it.

BREAM: She’s won praise for hard-fought cases against child pornographers and murders, but there are hints that Sotomayor struggled with the role, even telling The New York Times in 1983 that she’d faced pressure from her peers at Yale not to take the job and had some unresolved feelings about the decision.

In that same article, she called herself liberal and said the worst victims of crime were not, quote, “white folks but minorities” who suffered violence at the hands of minorities.

LONG: It’s really quite an extreme statement, and it’s a regrettable statement, but it’s really consistent with this theme we see throughout her legal career of just a complete focus and almost a preoccupation with racial and ethnic politics.

BREAM: Even Sotomayor supporters say it wouldn’t be fair to characterize her as tough on crime, saying her appreciation for both sides of any case make her unique.

HUGH MO (prosecutor): I would not use the word that she would be tough on crime, because I think that would be simplifying what I believe her attitude towards crime would be.

BREAM: A delicate position she articulated in a speech to the Columbia Law School in 1999: Quote, “It is all too easy as a prosecutor to feel the pain and suffering of victims and to forget that defendants, despite whatever illegal act they have committed, however despicable their acts may have been, the defendants are human beings who have families and people who care for and love them.”

Sotomayor said it got even tougher when she became a judge and actually had to sentence someone for the first time.

SOTOMAYOR: Well, you are in a different position when you’re the one signing that judgment of conviction.

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Von Brunn’s Site Was Transferred Out Of His Name June 1

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Von Brunn’s Site Was Transferred Out Of His Name June 1
The registration for James Von Brunn’s now-defunct white supremacist website, HolyWesternEmpire.org, was transferred out of Von Brunn’s name on June 1, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The information, which SPLC obtained through a search of online records, suggests…

Murtha, Visclosky, PMA, Kuchera: What’s Going On?
Rep. John Murtha has long been on good-government groups’ lists of the most corrupt lawmakers in Washington. But in recent months, the veteran Pennsylvania Democratic powerbroker has been under particularly intense scrutiny for his ties to two companies that are…

SHOCKER: Buchanan Prefers “The Old Bigotry” To Affirmative Action
OK, we know it’s not exactly breaking news that Pat Buchanan holds some views that are borderline racist, to put it mildly. But this one is just too blatant to pass up. In his latest column for Human Events –…


Not A Citizen

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Not A Citizen


Bloomberg Cruising to Re-Election

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Bloomberg Cruising to Re-Election
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg beats William Thompson (D) in the New York City mayoral race, 54% to 32%, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Bloomberg sweeps the political spectrum, leading Thompson 49% to 40% among Democrats, 71% to 12% among Republicans and 59% to 26% among independent voters.


Home Loan Scamming Is Still Going Strong — and Now You’re Paying for It

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Home Loan Scamming Is Still Going Strong — and Now You’re Paying for It
Welcome to subprime swindle 2.0: the feds' desperate attempt to reinflate the popped housing bubble.

Supporting Obama’s Push For a Public Health Option is AlterNet’s Top Campaign of the Week
The time is now: Help Obama secure a reasonable option for the millions of Americans who don't have health care.

Is Google’s New Tool a Big Flop or the Nerd-Powered Web Tool of the Future?
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The Bargain of Serving in Government

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

The Bargain of Serving in Government
I would like to offer a few thoughts on Geof Stone’s question about how best to express disagreement with a policy decision. When you are on the inside of government, you argue your case privately as best you can….

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Mousavi makes first public appearance since Friday to thousands of supporters.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Mousavi makes first public appearance since Friday to thousands of supporters.
In his first public appearance since Friday, Iran’s reform presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, “joined a huge rally against the result of last week’s election, defying a government ban.” Gathering in Tehran’s Revolution Square, the crowd chanted “pro-Mousavi slogans as riot police stood by.” “Mousavi we support you. We will die, but retrieve our votes,” […]

In his first public appearance since Friday, Iran’s reform presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, “joined a huge rally against the result of last week’s election, defying a government ban.” Gathering in Tehran’s Revolution Square, the crowd chanted “pro-Mousavi slogans as riot police stood by.” “Mousavi we support you. We will die, but retrieve our votes,” they shouted. From the roof of his car, Mousavi said, “The vote of the people is more important than Mousavi or any other person.” The Iranian government said Mousvai would be held responsible for what it called an “illegal rally.” Watch it:


Many Signs of Fraud, but No Hard Evidence, in Iranian Election

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Many Signs of Fraud, but No Hard Evidence, in Iranian Election
Millions of handwritten paper ballots were counted within hours. The challenger riding a surge of momentum and popular enthusiasm lost in a landslide. Other opposition candidates did poorly even in their home provinces.

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