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21st Century Strikebreakers Raid S. Korea Plant

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:45 am by HL

21st Century Strikebreakers Raid S. Korea Plant
Strikebreakers have come a long way from their origins as goons with billy clubs. In South Korea, police commandos dropped from helicopters to try to end a car factory sit-in in Pyeongtaek, where laid-off employees have occupied their former workplace and are demanding their jobs back. The BBC: South Korean police commandos have dropped from helicopters to try to end a factory sit-in by sacked workers demanding to keep their jobs. More than 500 workers have occupied the main car plant of Ssangyong Motors for more than 10 weeks. For a second day, police battled laid-off workers armed with metal rods and throwing projectiles. Ssangyong is under court-approved bankruptcy protection and is trying to cut thousands of jobs to stay afloat. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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Strikebreakers have come a long way from their origins as goons with billy clubs. In South Korea, police commandos dropped from helicopters to try to end a car factory sit-in in Pyeongtaek, where laid-off employees have occupied their former workplace and are demanding their jobs back.

The BBC:

South Korean police commandos have dropped from helicopters to try to end a factory sit-in by sacked workers demanding to keep their jobs.

More than 500 workers have occupied the main car plant of Ssangyong Motors for more than 10 weeks.

For a second day, police battled laid-off workers armed with metal rods and throwing projectiles.

Ssangyong is under court-approved bankruptcy protection and is trying to cut thousands of jobs to stay afloat.

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Truthdig Classic: The Terror America Wrought
This week marks the anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school. READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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This week marks the anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school.

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Nancy Snow: The Propaganda Chronicles: North Korea Edges Out US

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Nancy Snow: The Propaganda Chronicles: North Korea Edges Out US
Know that when it comes to Kim Jong-Il, not even political spin machinist Bill Clinton can compete with the mass manipulation pageantry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Chris Weigant: The Silly Season In Politics
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Fox’s Bream forwards McConnell’s double standard on empathy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Fox’s Bream forwards McConnell’s double standard on empathy

On August 4, Fox News Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream reported that “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell renewed his concerns that [Supreme Court nominee Sonia] Sotomayor will govern based on feelings, rather than law,” and aired a clip of McConnell saying, “Empathy is only good if you’re lucky enough to be the person or group that the judge in question has empathy for. In those cases, it’s the judge, not the law, which determines the outcome.” But Bream did not mention McConnell’s previous votes to confirm Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who discussed the importance of their personal experience during their confirmation hearings.

From the August 4 edition of Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier:

BREAM: There are still six unknowns on the Republican side of the aisle, and, today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell renewed his concerns that Sotomayor will govern based on feelings, rather than law.

McCONNELL : Empathy is only good if you’re lucky enough to be the person or group that the judge in question has empathy for. In those cases, it’s the judge, not the law, which determines the outcome.

BREAM: And McConnell went on to warn that when a judge, and not the law, determines the outcome, our country is headed down a dangerous path. But, so far, not a single Democrat seems to have been persuaded.

Bream ignored McConnell’s support for justices who cited personal experience during confirmation hearings

2006: McConnell voted for Alito, who highlighted the importance of his personal experience. During his confirmation hearings in 2006, Alito highlighted his compassion for people involved in immigration and discrimination cases and discussed the importance of his personal experience. Alito stated: “When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account.”

1991: McConnell voted for Thomas, who said: “I can walk in the shoes of the people who are affected by what the Court does.” Responding to Sen. Herb Kohl’s (D-WI) question during his confirmation hearings in 1991 about why he wanted to be a Supreme Court justice, Thomas stated in part: “I believe, Senator, that I can make a contribution, that I can bring something different to the Court, that I can walk in the shoes of the people who are affected by what the Court does.”

Conservatives have repeatedly expressed support for empathy in judicial nominees

Conservative leaders cite Thomas’ personal experience, empathy. Conservatives including President George H.W. Bush, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), and former Bush administration lawyer John Woo have touted Thomas’ “empathy” and personal experience as qualifications.

  • Bush cited Thomas’ “great empathy.” Bush cited Thomas’ “great empathy” in his remarks announcing he was nominating Thomas to serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Bond cited Thomas’ “compassion and understanding.” Bond similarly stated: “Though his skills as a lawyer and a judge are obvious, they are not, in my view, the only reason that this committee should vote to approve Judge Thomas’s nomination. Just as important is his compassion and understanding of the impact that the Supreme Court has on the lives of average Americans.”
  • Yoo touted the unique perspective that he said Thomas brings to the bench. In his review of Thomas’ 2007 memoir, My Grandfather’s Son (HarperCollins), Yoo touted the unique perspective that he said Thomas brings to the bench. Yoo wrote that Thomas “is a black man with a much greater range of personal experience than most of the upper-class liberals who take potshots at him” and argued that Thomas’ work on the court has been influenced by his understanding of the less fortunate acquired through personal experience.

Several Republican senators have cited compassion as a qualification for judicial confirmation. Several former Republican senators, including Strom Thurmond (SC), Al D’Amato (NY), and Mike DeWine (OH), cited compassion as a qualification for judicial confirmation:

  • Thurmond repeatedly highlighted importance of “compassion” in Supreme Court justices. During the confirmation hearings for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thurmond stated that “compassion” was one of the “special qualifications I believe an individual should possess to serve on the Supreme Court,” adding that “[w]hile a nominee must be firm in his or her decisions, they should show mercy when appropriate.” Similarly, during the confirmation hearings for Justice Stephen Breyer, Thurmond said “compassion” was among “the special criteria which I believe an individual must possess to serve on the Supreme Court.”
  • D’Amato cited Sotomayor’s “compassion” in supporting her nomination as an appellate court judge. During a 1997 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of several judicial nominations, D’Amato stated: “I predicted to this committee, almost five years ago, that Judge Sotomayor would be an exemplary, outstanding justice. She has demonstrated that, repeatedly. She has shown compassion, wisdom, one of the great intellects on the court.”
  • DeWine wanted Roberts to “bring to the court your compassion.” During Chief Justice John Roberts’ confirmation hearing, DeWine stated: “We need you to bring to the court your compassion and your understanding for the lives of others who haven’t been as successful as you have been.” DeWine continued: “We need you to bring to the court your strong commitment to equal justice for all. And we need you to always remember that your decisions will make a real difference in the lives of real people.”


Olbermann: Wolffe Won’t Be On Countdown Until We Know What Else He’s Doing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Olbermann: Wolffe Won’t Be On Countdown Until We Know What Else He’s Doing
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Dick Cheney’s Birth Certificate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Dick Cheney’s Birth Certificate


Romney Signs Book Deal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Romney Signs Book Deal
According to the New York Times, Mitt Romney has signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press to publish a book next March titled, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

The book outlines what appears to be a presidential campaign platform: “Mr. Romney’s views on how to create a stronger economy, military and families, and his vision on jobs, education, health care, energy and citizenship. The manuscript is currently 304 pages.”


Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

A new book explains how we're steering people away from cannabis and toward the use of a very harmful and deadly substance: alcohol.

Anti-Government Ideologue Megan McArdle’s Amnesia About Her Privileged, Govt.-Funded Upbringing

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Health Care Town Halls "Gone Wild": Right-Wingers on the Rampage

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Hightower: Think Your Food’s Organic? Think Again

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What It’s Like To Be an Atheist in the Bible Belt

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Real Possibilities and Challenges for Social Enterprise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

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Inhofe: Sotomayor Is a ?Racist,? But Strom Thurmond Is A ?Great American?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Inhofe: Sotomayor Is a ?Racist,? But Strom Thurmond Is A ?Great American?
Echoing statements by nativist former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) called Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a “racist” last night on the Senate floor.  Watch it: Interestingly, while Inhofe is convinced that the first Latina nominee to the Supreme Court is consumed by racial animus, […]

Echoing statements by nativist former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) called Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a “racist” last night on the Senate floor.  Watch it:

Interestingly, while Inhofe is convinced that the first Latina nominee to the Supreme Court is consumed by racial animus, he had very different things to say about a fellow Southern white conservative.  After former Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) claimed that America would have avoided “all these problems” if it had put a segregationist in the White House, Inhofe quickly came to Lott’s defense:

“In an effort to honor the life and service of Strom Thurmond, Senator Lott made some comments that he probably wishes he had phrased differently,” Inhofe said. “I do not believe Senator Lott meant to be malicious or racist with the comments he made. I believe he was merely honoring a great American on his 100th birthday, but I believe he is right to apologize for the words he used. Racism of any type must not be tolerated.

“Many have been quick to criticize Lott, but few have been quick to accept his apology. I do not believe he harbors racist sentiments in his heart. He has apologized and appropriately clarified the meaning of his statements. I believe we should accept his apology and move forward.”

In Jim Inhofe’s America, Sonia Sotomayor is a dangerous bigot who must be stopped, but Strom Thurmond is a “great American.”


FAA Boss Says He’ll Step In if Necessary to Ensure Action on Pilot Fatigue Issue

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 6th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

FAA Boss Says He’ll Step In if Necessary to Ensure Action on Pilot Fatigue Issue
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