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‘Left, Right & Center’: Big-Dog Diplomacy, Sotomayor and Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2009 4:45 am by HL

‘Left, Right & Center’: Big-Dog Diplomacy, Sotomayor and Health Care
Diplomacy by former President Bill Clinton that brought home two journalists from North Korea offers a moment to reflect on the anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear attack. Sonia Sotomayor’s been confirmed, but not until after there was a dramatic display of partisan ideology. Plus, is the disruption of health care town halls real or orchestrated? READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Left, Right & Center

Diplomacy by former President Bill Clinton that brought home two journalists from North Korea offers a moment to reflect on the anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear attack. Sonia Sotomayor’s been confirmed, but not until after there was a dramatic display of partisan ideology. Plus, is the disruption of health care town halls real or orchestrated?

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Three days after warning against violence, Beck tells “Pelosi” he poisoned her wine

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

Three days after warning against violence, Beck tells “Pelosi” he poisoned her wine

Just three days after imploring his viewers to refrain from “violence,” warning them that “just one lunatic, like Timothy McVeigh, could ruin everything,” and saying that “it is your patriotic duty to stop” someone who is thinking or talking about turning violent, Glenn Beck staged a scene in which he gave a glass of wine to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then said, “I put poison in your — no, I — I look forward to all the policy discussions that we’re supposed to have.”

August 3: Beck implores his viewers to reject “violence”

Beck: “Your interaction with [members of Congress] needs to be respectful, polite, forceful, and peaceful.”

BECK: The best thing that you can do right now is to let Congress know that you are watching them like a hawk. You show up. You let them feel your burning gaze on them at all times. But here’s the thing that I am concerned about. Your interaction with them needs to be respectful, polite, forceful, and peaceful. [Fox News’ Glenn Beck, 8/3/09]

Beck: “But just one lunatic, like Timothy McVeigh, could ruin everything that everyone has worked so hard for.”

BECK: These people in Washington have no idea what they have done. They have awakened a sleeping giant. But just one lunatic, like Timothy McVeigh, could ruin everything that everyone has worked so hard for, because these people in Washington won’t pass up the use of an emergency. [Fox News’ Glenn Beck, 8/3/09]

Beck: “If you ever hear someone thinking about or talking about turning violent, it is your patriotic duty to stop them.”

BECK: There is no excuse for violence. Our founders sailed across the ocean, battled killer storms, smallpox. They vomited for three months on a tiny little wooden ship with a bed sheet for a sail just to get a grievance before the king. They did that for 20 long years.

What have we done? Oh, I sent an email. I made a phone call. They won’t even listen to me anymore. So the next logical progression is email, phone, a gun? Only for a crazy person.

If you ever hear someone thinking about or talking about turning violent, it is your patriotic duty to stop them. The only way to save our republic is to remain peaceful — forceful but peaceful. [Fox News’ Glenn Beck, 8/3/09]

August 6: Beck talks about “put[ting] poison” in Pelosi’s wine

BECK: So, Speaker Pelosi, I just wanted to — you gonna drink your wine? Are you blind? Do those eyes not work? There you — I want you to drink it now. Drink it. Drink it. Drink it.

I really just wanted to thank you for having me over here to wine country. You know, to be invited, I thought I had to be a major Democratic donor or a longtime friend of yours, which I’m not.

By the way, I put poison in your — no, I — I look forward to all the policy discussions that we’re supposed to have — you know, on health care, energy reform, and the economy. [Fox News’ Glenn Beck 8/6/09]


Rove’s Lawyer Insists: I Won’t Work for Stanford Without Getting Paid

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

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Embracing Change: Moving Forward as the Majority

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

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

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

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SEIU receives phone call threatening gun violence over its health care reform advocacy.

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

SEIU receives phone call threatening gun violence over its health care reform advocacy.
The Service Employees International Union, which supports health care reform, received a call today falsely accusing it of engaging in “thuggish violent tactics” and claiming that if the union does not stop disagreeing with reform’s opponents, “y’all are gonna come up against the Second Amendment.” Listen here: Amazingly, after threatening to shoot SEIU’s members, the caller concludes […]

The Service Employees International Union, which supports health care reform, received a call today falsely accusing it of engaging in “thuggish violent tactics” and claiming that if the union does not stop disagreeing with reform’s opponents, “y’all are gonna come up against the Second Amendment.” Listen here:

Amazingly, after threatening to shoot SEIU’s members, the caller concludes by saying “stop the violence.”


UPS Employees Say They Were Forced to Lobby Against FedEx

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

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

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