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McNamara’s Evil Lives On

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

McNamara’s Evil Lives On

McNamara and Johnson

It was the stark evil Robert McNamara perpetrated as secretary of defense that must indelibly frame our memory of him. To not speak out fully because of respect for the deceased would be to mock the memory of the millions he caused to be maimed and killed in a war that he later freely admitted never made any sense.

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Ari Melber: Obama’s Radical Gitmo Plan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Ari Melber: Obama’s Radical Gitmo Plan
President Barack Obama’s controversial detention plan for Guantanamo detainees keeps leaking. First, anonymous administration officials said the president might authorize “preventive detention” for detainees through…

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: New York’s Nursing Shortage
We lack a sufficient number of incoming nurses to replace those going into retirement and there is already a 7.5 percent vacancy rate across the city.

Bill Clinton Praises Michael Jackson For Raising Cash For Democrats
GONAIVES, Haiti (AP) — Bill Clinton paused during an aid mission to Haiti on Tuesday to honor Michael Jackson for helping the Democratic Party raise…

Unemployed Feel Effects Of States’ Stimulus Rejection
Latunga Childers lost her $8-an-hour job as a McDonald’s manager in April. Soon after, she opened an envelope from Alabama unemployment officials expecting to find…


Scarborough, Bartiromo falsely inflate WH economic growth assumptions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Scarborough, Bartiromo falsely inflate WH economic growth assumptions

During the July 7 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough falsely claimed that the Obama administration’s budget assumed “that the economy’s gonna grow at 4 percent next year and over the next decade.” Maria Bartiromo, host of CNBC’s Closing Bell, repeated the false claim about the administration’s growth assumptions, responding in part that “a lot of people, independent forecasters, were not expecting growth next year, and yet, in the budget, we’ve got an assumption of 4 percent growth.” But the White House did not assume a growth rate of 4 percent of real gross domestic product either “next year” or “over the next decade.” According to the White House’s budget outline, the administration predicted growth would next reach 4 percent in calendar year 2011, not 2010, for which it assumed a growth rate of 3.2 percent. Moreover, the administration projected that economic growth will peak in 2012 at 4.6 percent, then decline to 2.6 percent by 2015 and hold constant at that level through 2019.

Moreover, Scarborough claimed that the administration’s deficit projections are too low, asserting that “those deficits are going to be even higher, even more crushing, even more — using the president’s words — unsustainable.” But as Scarborough noted, he assumed that the deficit projections are “based on [the administration’s] assumptions that the economy’s gonna grow at 4 percent next year and over the next decade.”

From Obama’s budget outline:

From the July 7 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

SCARBOROUGH: Now, here’s the danger. The danger is that all of these assumptions — you know, we’ve been saying, and even the president’s agreed with what we’ve been saying around this table for the past five months of late, and that is we’re out of money. The deficits are unsustainable. But these deficits that are unsustainable are based on their assumptions that the economy’s gonna grow at 4 percent next year and over the next decade. It’s not gonna happen. That means, Maria, those deficits are going to be even higher, even more crushing, even more — using the president’s words — unsustainable. This is the biggest crisis, economically, I think, facing us, isn’t it?

BARTIROMO: I agree with you, and I think that saying that we had incomplete information — you know, I don’t know, I mean, when — you know, earlier in the year we knew that unemployment would worsen. We knew that the rest of the world was really, you know, coming apart, certainly Europe. We knew that economic growth was slowing sharply. I think a lot of people, independent forecasters, were not expecting growth next year, and yet, in the budget, we’ve got an assumption of 4 percent growth. How do you get there from negative — you know, negative contraction in the U.S. economy? It’s really — it’s impossible. A lot of people were questioning that, and I agree, now, you’re not going to get any dent in the deficit from tax increases. The numbers just don’t add up, so you actually have to cut spending. So hopefully this incomplete information, or the idea that it’s worse than we thought, will cause them to cut spending. I don’t know.


Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Sexual Assault
The CIA’s former station chief in Algeria has been indicted on sexual assault charges, the Washington Post reports. Andrew Warren, who was the CIA’s top officer in the North African country, was charged with drugging and assaulting a Muslim woman…

Report: John Conyers Leads “Separate Life” From Corrupt Wife
It looks like it’s not just us and the local press asking questions about what Rep. John Conyers knew of the bribery scheme to which his wife pleaded guilty last week. The Washington Post got in on the game yesterday…

Second WaPo Doc Offers More Info On Salons
When a leaked flier last week revealed the Washington Post’s plan to organize a corporate-sponsored “salon” on health care, the paper portrayed the flier as the hastily-created product of an over-zealous business department which misrepresented the Post’s genuine vision for…






Fake Texas Idiot to Phony Wasilla Twit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Fake Texas Idiot to Phony Wasilla Twit


Howard Dean: "This Is Ridiculous. We’re 60 Years Behind the Times" on Fixing Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Howard Dean: "This Is Ridiculous. We’re 60 Years Behind the Times" on Fixing Health Care
Progressive leader and health crusader Dean on what it's going to take to overhaul our health care system.

It’s the Right-Wingers Who Are Unloading the Harshest Critiques About Palin’s Bizarre Departure
The split among conservatives over who's to blame for Palin’s early exit from the national stage is breaking out into the airwaves.

Howard Dean: "This Is Ridiculous. We’re 60 Years Behind the Times" on Fixing Health Care
Progressive leader and health crusader Dean on what it's going to take to overhaul our health care system.

What’s So Scary About Offering People the Option of a Public Health Plan?
If the public plan is bad, then people will just stay with the options currently available in the private sector.


Chess, Not Checkers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Chess, Not Checkers
The following notes may be found in President Obama’s breast pocket. Opening: Make Hilary Secretary of State (that is, remove the leader of the opposition from New York). Show the Arab and Muslim world–a place where honor matters–an abiding respect….






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One Small Step Towards Disarmament
The Obama administration’s preliminary agreement with Russia to reduce each nation’s nuclear arsenal is a small step towards carrying out the president’s pledge to seek a “world free of nuclear weapons.” The question is, why was it so small?…


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Whitehouse: Climate deniers are taken seriously only at ExxonMobil and in the Senate.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Whitehouse: Climate deniers are taken seriously only at ExxonMobil and in the Senate.
In the first Senate hearing today on clean energy legislation supported by President Barack Obama, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) compared the Senate to the “ExxonMobil board room.” Whitehouse expressed his concern that the United States would be left behind in the clean energy race, saying, “I do not want to see American industries at the […]

In the first Senate hearing today on clean energy legislation supported by President Barack Obama, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) compared the Senate to the “ExxonMobil board room.” Whitehouse expressed his concern that the United States would be left behind in the clean energy race, saying, “I do not want to see American industries at the back of that parade with a broom.” Addressing the Obama Cabinet members before him — Ken Salazar, Stephen Chu, Tom Vilsack, and Lisa Jackson — Whitehouse apologized for the denial of man-made climate change by his fellow senators:

We know that this is probably — along with the ExxonMobil board room — the last place that sober people debate whether or not these problems are real, but we intend to work with you anyway, and we hope to give you strong legislative support if we can.

Watch it:

ExxonMobil, the world’s largest company, is still directing money to climate-denial front groups, and has spent more than $9.3 million lobbying Congress this year alone. Sen. Whitehouse has previously noted the insidious influence of polluter spending on the Senate’s willingness to take the threat of climate change seriously.


S.C. Republicans Vote to Censure Governor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

S.C. Republicans Vote to Censure Governor
The South Carolina Republican Party voted late last night to censure Gov. Mark Sanford for disappearing from the state to visit his mistress in Argentina, but the party did not call for his resignation, an indication that the embattled Republican governor may hold on to power for the remaining 18…

Cabinet Members Push Climate Bill on the Hill
A quartet of Obama administration officials launched a new effort to sell landmark climate change legislation on Capitol Hill, telling a Senate committee today that the goal was not limited to simply curbing greenhouse gases but also to creating a boom in alternative energy jobs.


Treasury Works on ‘Plan C’ To Fend Off Lingering Threats
As the financial system tries to right itself after its near-collapse last fall, the Treasury Department has assembled a team to examine what could yet bring it down and has identified several trouble spots that could threaten the still-fragile lending industry.

Ex-Head of Defense Firm With Murtha Ties Will Plead Guilty to Bribery
A former executive of a Pennsylvania defense firm with close ties to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes from a partner defense company and is cooperating in a federal investigation of Pentagon contracting, records show.


Power of Stimulus Slow to Take Hold
Five months after Congress approved a massive package of spending and tax cuts aimed at reviving an ailing economy, the jobless rate is still climbing and the White House is scrambling to reassure an anxious public that President Obama’s prescription for economic recovery is on the right track.


Tax the Rich to Turn Around the Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2009 4:30 am by HL

Tax the Rich to Turn Around the Economy
Carlos Watson, The Stimulist

Avoiding an American Ambush
Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post

Obama Strikes Right Chord in Moscow
Benjamin Bidder, Der Spiegel

The Establishment’s Palin Panic
William Kristol, Washington Post

Palin the Pit Bull Limps Away