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EPCEA Now

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

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Steve Oney on John Buntin’s ‘L.A. Noir’
By Steve Oney A rare combination of bravura storytelling and social history, “L.A. Noir” will delight fans of hard-boiled film and fiction even as it challenges the myths of 20th century Los Angeles. READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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A rare combination of bravura storytelling and social history, “L.A. Noir” will delight fans of hard-boiled film and fiction even as it challenges the myths of 20th century Los Angeles.

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Craig Crawford: Liberals Finally Discover Obama the Centrist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Craig Crawford: Liberals Finally Discover Obama the Centrist
Pardon me if I chuckle as libs such as Ed Schultz, who once maligned the Clintons with abandon, now gripe about Obama on health care…

Blagojevich Brother Speaks Out: I Am Not A Criminal
CHICAGO — The brother of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he isn’t a criminal and the federal wire fraud charges against him are unfair….

Huff Radio: Left, Right & Center: Jobless Labor Day, Afghanistan Plans, ObamaCare, and Back-to-School
New Afghan plans need a major commitment to get the job done — but Obama is losing support from all sides on this one. And will health care reform be so watered down it’s not really reform?

Key Senate Dems Signal Resistance To Troop Increase In Afghanistan
WASHINGTON — Key Senate Democrats signaled Friday that any push by President Barack Obama to send more troops to Afghanistan is likely to hit resistance…


Fox News’ Goler ignored his network’s freak-out over school speech

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Fox News’ Goler ignored his network’s freak-out over school speech

Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler reported that the “controversy” over President Obama’s September 8 speech to students on the importance of education “spread quickly over the Internet and on conservative talk shows, and some parents are now threatening to keep their kids home next Tuesday.” But Goler ignored that Fox News has repeatedly hyped the “controversy,” with hosts and guests describing Obama’s speech as an “indoctrination;” advancing comparisons of Obama to dictators; and, highlighting the plans of some to “keep kids home” on the day of Obama’s address.

Goler reported that controversy spread “over the Internet and on conservative talk shows”

From the September 3 edition of Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier:

GOLER: Supporters say it was nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.

ANDREW ROTHERHAM (former aide to President Clinton): This is really innocuous stuff. It was ideas for ways to engage kids with the president’s speech. I mean there wasn’t anything that was sort of political.

GOLER: And even some critics say it was more of a dumb idea than a bad one.

CHRISTINA ERLAND CULVER (former deputy assistant secretary of Education): You know, hey, this isn’t that big of a deal, but they really should be not sticking their necks out on projects like this that really take the attention away from the good things that they’re doing.

GOLER: But the controversy spread quickly over the Internet and conservative talk shows, and some parents are now threatening to keep their kids home next Tuesday. Jim Greer has a different demand.

GREER: I do believe the White House has an obligation to release the president’s text before Tuesday and tell parents across this country what he intends to say.

GOLER: Mr. Obama won’t be the first president to talk to the nation’s students.

But Goler ignored Fox News’ role in hyping “controversy”

Hannity: “It seems very close to indoctrination.” During an interview with conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity said on his show that the president’s speech “seems very close to indoctrination.” Malkin replied in part: [T]his is not merely a morale-boosting speech that he’s giving. He’s giving it in the context of his Obamacare plan completely under siege. We know that the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.” Later, Malkin said Obama will “actually deliver a very innocuous speech. I can guarantee you that. But in these classrooms, which are living laboratories for left-wing activism, what you’re going to get are overzealous teachers, teachers’ union brass who are in the hip pockets of the Democrat Party, urge their kids to write letters, to demonize Obamacare opponents, and to call them opponents of change.” [Fox News’ Hannity, 9/2/09]

Crowley: “This is what Chairman Mao did.” On Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Laura Ingraham said the speech is just another slick attempt to brand Barack Obama” and that “it’s a message being sent out by the Department of Education with these questions that without a doubt lead to the further branding of Barack Obama as a savior of our school children.” Also during the segment, Fox News commentator Monica Crowley said, “[J]ust when you think that this administration can’t get any more surreal and Orwellian, here he comes to indoctrinate our children,” and, “[T]his is what Chairman Mao did, Laura. This is like Max Headroom, this is going into every single classroom. There is no escape from him.” [Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, 9/2/09]

Beck connects Mussolini to purported Obama “indoctrination next week.” Discussing a bas-relief supposedly representing Benito Mussolini, Fox News host Glenn Beck said: “Gee, who is having indoctrination next week? Oh, yeah, that’s right, the president, completely unrelated. This represents, at the time this was made, Mussolini. This was Mussolini. By the way, the artist that made this — his son, ironically and tragically died fighting the army of Mussolini years after this was made.” [Fox News’ Glenn Beck, 9/2/09]

Tantaros: “They do this type of thing in North Korea and the former Soviet Union … very cultish.” Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros responded to host Martha MaCullum’s comparison of the treatment of Ronald Reagan’s funeral and Obama’s inauguration in schools by stating: “This isn’t a historic moment. I mean it’s historic in the sense that it’s unprecedented. They do this type of thing in North Korea and the former Soviet Union.” Tantaros later added: “I would argue it’s a very fine line. You argue it’s propaganda. It seems very cultish, very sort of get in the minds of the kids.” [Fox News’ The Live Desk, 9/3/09]

Fox & Friends hosted parents who plan to “keep kids home” from Obama stay-in-school “indoctrination” speech. On September 3, Fox & Friends hosted two parents who, in the words of host Steve Doocy, “are concerned [Obama’s] message is less about education and could be more about teaching the ideals of a liberal presidential administration.” Onscreen text during the segment read: “Education or indoctrination?”[Fox News’ Fox & Friends, 9/3/09]

Fox Nation asked: “Will You Keep Your Kids Home the Day Obama Speaks to Schools?” On September 3, the Fox Nation website featured a headline asking, “Will You Keep Your Kids Home the Day Obama Speaks to Schools?”:


SEC Lawyer Who Failed To Catch Madoff Got Highest Performance Rating

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

SEC Lawyer Who Failed To Catch Madoff Got Highest Performance Rating
The SEC attorney who failed, despite numerous red flags, to catch Bernie Madoff’s colossal fraud received the highest possible performance rating from the agency — citing her “ability to understand and analyze the complex issues of the Madoff investigation” –…

Buchanan: Hitler Didn’t Want War — MSNBC Mum On Employing Hitler Sympathizer
Usually, historical revisionist arguments of the “Hitler Was Actually A Man Of Peace” variety are confined to the kind of poorly designed and little-read white supremacist and neo-Nazi websites that Holocaust Museum shooting suspect James Von Brunn patronized. But that…





Madoff Claimed He Was On “Short List” For SEC Chair
When Franklin Roosevelt appointed Joseph P. Kennedy as SEC chair, the president responded to concerns about Kennedy’s unsavory reputation by declaring: “It takes a thief to catch a thief.” Over 70 years later, Bernard Madoff may have been hoping that…


Tales from the FOXholes, Part Two

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Tales from the FOXholes, Part Two
“The Framers derived an independent government out of Enlightenment thinking against the grievances caused by Great Britain. Our Founders paid little heed to political beliefs about Christianity. The 1st Amendment stands as the bulkhead against an establishment of religion and at the same time insures the free expression of any belief. The Treaty of Tripoli, […]


High Crime on the High Line: Why Is NYC’s Highest-Profile Park Using Amazon Wood?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

High Crime on the High Line: Why Is NYC’s Highest-Profile Park Using Amazon Wood?

The group that masterminded the park built all the chaise lounges, benches, bleacher seating and decking with tropical hardwood ripped from the jungles of the Amazon.

Is Child Kidnapper Philip Garrido More Evil Than Jeffrey Dahmer? Expert Offers Handy 22-Point Ranking Guide

Not satisfied with calling heinous acts just "evil," author Michael Stone ranks "justifiable homicide" as a mild category 1 and "sexually perverse serial killers" at No. 17.

‘American Casino’: How Our Nation’s Financial Sector Became a Massive and Unregulated Gambling Operation

An incredibly powerful new documentary finally lets those who've lived it tell the story — from the "creative" financiers to the home buyers duped by brokers.


Afghanistan debate: The missing international ingredient

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Afghanistan debate: The missing international ingredient
With amazing rapidity, an extremely serious debate has erupted in Washington over whether the war in distant Afghanistan can be won, and therefore whether it is worth continuing to try to fight it. The apparent skulduggery that surrounded the recent…


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How Progressives Should Weigh Compromises
The 2009 battle over health care reform is soon going to come to a head in national debates and legislative specifics. President Obama will re-set the agenda when he speaks to Congress, and in all likelihood sheer survival instincts will…


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Sen. Martinez Proclaims Support For Health Care ‘Choices,’ But Opposes Public Option

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Sen. Martinez Proclaims Support For Health Care ‘Choices,’ But Opposes Public Option
EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the past month, ThinkProgress has traveled to town hall events across the country to report what we’re seeing on the ground. This is our sixth eyewitness report. This past Tuesday, ThinkProgress attended a closed-door health care forum at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL, where Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and […]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the past month, ThinkProgress has traveled to town hall events across the country to report what we’re seeing on the ground. This is our sixth eyewitness report.

This past Tuesday, ThinkProgress attended a closed-door health care forum at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL, where Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Mel Martinez (R-FL) expressed their opposition to President Obama’s health reform agenda.

During the event, Martinez defended the bloated and inefficient Medicare Advantage program, which the Obama administration has said that it would like to reform by subjecting it to a competitive bidding process. “I always voted to support Medicare Advantage, even though I got accused of doing it for the benefit of Big Insurance,” Martinez said.

Martinez then explained that the reason he wants to maintain Medicare Advantage — which “pays insurance companies a hefty premium to enroll senior citizens and provide their medical services through managed-care networks” — is because he wants more health care choices for the American public:

This is about people having choices. And I think that’s the thing we have to talk about when we talk about health care reform — maintain for people the ability to have choices. Not just to go to a single payer. Not just to go to a government option. But to have options in their lives of how they can choose to get their health care.

Watch it:

Of course, Martinez’s response is incoherent. On the one hand, he proclaims support for people to have “the ability to have choices.” But at the same time, he maintains that one of those choices should never be a public health insurance plan.


White House to Release Visitor Logs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

White House to Release Visitor Logs
Reversing a policy embraced by previous presidents of both parties, the Obama administration will make public a listing of visitors to the White House.

Supreme Court to Revisit Election Financing in Potential Landmark Case
More than 100 years of restrictions on corporate support of political candidates will be at stake next week when the Supreme Court considers whether a quirky case about a film denouncing Hillary Rodham Clinton should lead to a rewrite of the way federal elections are financed.

Health-Care Reform Negotiators Convene by Phone
A bipartisan team of Senate negotiators trying to craft a compromise health reform package aimed at winning support from both parties held a “productive” discussion Friday, their leader said, and will convene again next week to determine whether they can reach a deal or will have to abandon their…



Health Care Effort in Search of a Leader

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2009 4:30 am by HL

Health Care Effort in Search of a Leader
Dana Milbank, Washington Post

How Can I Help, Mr. President?
David Harsanyi, Denver Post

Harry Reid: Jekyll and Hyde
Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal