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Bon Voyage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Bon Voyage
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The Eternal Prince
That the nation is so moved by the passing of Edward Moore Kennedy testifies to his skill, grace and determination at playing a role that must have been infinitely more difficult than it sounds: a prince fated never to be king. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Eugene Robinson

That the nation is so moved by the passing of Edward Moore Kennedy testifies to his skill, grace and determination at playing a role that must have been infinitely more difficult than it sounds: a prince fated never to be king.

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John Bridgeland: Civic Health in Hard Times

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

John Bridgeland: Civic Health in Hard Times
This week, the National Conference on Citizenship releases its fourth annual measure of our nation’s civic health. On the whole, the picture is not good.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Reigniting America’s Human Rights Mojo
In Cairo, President Obama rightly said that the U.S. should not be in the business of imposing democracy, but can we be indifferent to those who seek to embrace it?

Francesca Biller-Safran: Camelot will never Die with the Lion’s Roar
If Camelot is no longer, than what is this steady lion’s roar still echoing the chorus of democratic integrity and robust might of the greatest…

Pearlstein: Today’s Lawmakers Should Learn From Kennedy’s Refusal To Strike Deal With Nixon
Asked about his greatest regret as a legislator, Ted Kennedy would usually cite his refusal to cut a deal with Richard Nixon on health care….

Brad Friedman: Formerly-‘Gagged’ FBI Whistleblower Details Congressional Blackmail, Bribery, Espionage, Corruption in Remarkable Videotaped Deposition
Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.


Conservative media attack Dems for playing “death card” while using Kennedy’s death to attack health care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Conservative media attack Dems for playing “death card” while using Kennedy’s death to attack health care

Following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death, several conservative media figures — including Rush Limbaugh — have attacked Democrats for purportedly attempting to use his passing to stifle debate and enact health care reform legislation. But conservative media figures — also including Limbaugh — have used Kennedy’s death to attack health care reform, baselessly suggesting that if reform passes, elderly cancer patients — as Kennedy was — will be “denied” treatments or that their treatments will be “rationed.”

Limbaugh invokes Wellstone memorial — “a frat party compared to what’s going to happen” with Kennedy. On the August 27 8/26/09]


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

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Lieberman: Probing Torture Puts Us At Risk
Joe Lieberman believes that investigating clear evidence of torture will put Americans at risk of another terror attack. In a statement, the deeply conservative Connecticut senator, who has in the past expressed his support for waterboarding, said that Attorney General…






Limbaugh at Home

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Limbaugh at Home


The Public Option Needs Your Help

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

The Public Option Needs Your Help

This summer's ferocious rightwing organizing against public health care needs to be countered with more organizing. Here are some ways to do it.

Smoking Marijuana Does Not Cause Lung Cancer

New research shows here seems to be something in pot that actually undermines cancer, instead of causing it. — and the media are doing their best to ignore it.

Will Biometric Passports Lead to a State of Constant Surveillance?

The protection of privacy and personal data is vital for any democratic society, and should be respected as much as freedom of expression or movement.

Smoking Marijuana Does Not Cause Lung Cancer

New research shows here seems to be something in pot that actually undermines cancer, instead of causing it. — and the media are doing their best to ignore it.

Sex and Food: What Feeding Porn Tells Us About Our Moralistic, Thinness-Obsessed Culture

If porn serves as a repository for images and ideas expelled from society at large, feeding porn seems inevitable.


Two Lions: When Ted Kennedy Privately Honored Yitzhak Rabin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Two Lions: When Ted Kennedy Privately Honored Yitzhak Rabin
It is a small part of his great legacy but it should not go unmentioned that Ted Kennedy was one of the few senators who rarely, if ever, yielded to the pressure to join the Israel-is-always-right caucus. The mindless jingoism…


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I used to look at awed wonder at the insanity of Icelandic banks – but I never heard of this advert (for Kaupthing Bank) until after the collapse and the destruction of Iceland’s economy and I saw it for the…


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Town Hall Attendee Confronts McCain: ‘Why Don’t I Have The Health Insurance You’ve Got!’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Town Hall Attendee Confronts McCain: ‘Why Don’t I Have The Health Insurance You’ve Got!’
Over this past month, it has become a customary sight at town halls across the country to witness angry protesters mouthing right-wing talking points against health reform. But yesterday, in a town hall forum in Phoenix, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was confronted by an attendee who voiced passionate anger in support of health reform: Why don’t […]

Over this past month, it has become a customary sight at town halls across the country to witness angry protesters mouthing right-wing talking points against health reform. But yesterday, in a town hall forum in Phoenix, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was confronted by an attendee who voiced passionate anger in support of health reform:

Why don’t I have the health insurance you’ve got! Because I’m paying for it! And I’m paying for the President of the United States’ health insurance and Congress’ health insurance. Why don’t I have that! I’m your employer! I’m your employer! You work for me, and you’ve got a better health insurance plan than I’ve got!

McCain responded, “You’re exactly right. That’s why I want to make health care insurance available and affordable to you sir.” Watch it:

Federal employees have excellent health care because they are provided an array of affordable choices. Obama is pushing to expand choice for all Americans by creating a national health insurance exchange — modeled on the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program — “where Americans can one-stop shop for a health care plan, compare benefits and prices, and choose the plan that’s best for them, in the same way that Members of Congress and their families can.”

“One of these options,” Obama said, “needs to be a public option. It will give people a broader range of choices and inject competition into the health care market so that we can force waste out of the system and keep the insurance companies honest.” But McCain adamantly opposes the public option.

Last night, McCain told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that America just “is not ready” for quality “government-run health care.”

?Tenther? Activists Add The Federal Highway System To List Of Programs To Kill
In a recent radio interview, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) made the seemingly-innocuous statement that the federal highway system, as well as federal laws ensuring safe drugs and safe airplanes, are constitutional. Nevertheless, Shea-Porter is now under attack by “tenther” activists who believe that virtually everything the federal government does is unconstitutional: Author and historian David Barton, […]

highwayIn a recent radio interview, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) made the seemingly-innocuous statement that the federal highway system, as well as federal laws ensuring safe drugs and safe airplanes, are constitutional. Nevertheless, Shea-Porter is now under attack by “tenther” activists who believe that virtually everything the federal government does is unconstitutional:

Author and historian David Barton, the president of WallBbuilders, [sic] says Shea-Porter’s comments reflect her view that Washington government should run everything. He notes that both the Ninth and Tenth Amendments say anything that is not explicitly covered in the Constitution belongs to the states and to the people.

“All of those issues belong to the states and the people. Healthcare is not a federal issue. It is a state and people issue — the same with transportation. The Constitution does say that the federal government can take care of what are called the post roads — those on which the mail travels — but outside of that, states are responsible for their own highways, their own roads, their own county, local, state roads,” he notes. “And her comment about, ‘Well, the Constitution doesn’t cover drug use and drug abuse’ — yes it does, and that is under the criminal justice issues that belong to the

As ThinkProgress previously reported, conservatives are increasingly enraptured with tentherism, which claims that landmark federal programs such as Medicare, Social Security, the VA health system and the G.I. Bill are violations of the 10th Amendment — and many leading conservative officials are determined to impose the tentherism on the country. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) is a tenther, as are Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas embraces tenther claims that the federal minimum wage and the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters, among other things, are unconstitutional.

Indeed, even federal highways opponent Barton is no small figure in conservative politics; Barton is one of six “experts” tasked with rewriting Texas’ public school textbooks to teach a right-wing alternative history to Texan children. Apparently, Barton and his fellow tenthers also want to rewrite the Constitution.


Momentum Builds for Temporary Kennedy Replacement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Momentum Builds for Temporary Kennedy Replacement
Less than two days after the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D), momentum is building in Massachusetts behind a proposal to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement to fill his seat. Democrats in Washington, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), have also endorsed t…


DNC, Obama to Donate Arrested Fundraiser’s Money
President Obama and the Democratic National Committee will donate to charity more than $60,000 that came from a prominent financier arrested this week on bank fraud charges, officials said Thursday.

Louisiana’s Vitter Gets Challenger for Senate Seat
Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) announced Thursday that he would challenge Sen. David Vitter (R) in 2010, making official a candidacy that was widely expected and will ensure a competitive contest in Louisiana next fall.

Thousands Bid Farewell to Kennedy in Massachusetts
BOSTON, Aug. 27 — On a day of solemn tributes and emotional farewells, thousands of mourners began paying their last respects to Edward M. Kennedy on Thursday as the late senator’s body was carried from the family compound on Cape Cod through the streets of this city.


The War on Terror is Dead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2009 4:30 am by HL

The War on Terror is Dead
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Don’t Force People Into Govt-Run Insurance
Michael Tanner, OC Register

The Liberal Lion, With Asterisks
Froma Harrop, Providence Journal

Ted Kennedy: A Man and a Myth
Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe

Ted Kennedy: A Model for Obama
Ruth Conniff, The Progressive