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A Clunker, Not a Cadillac

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:49 am by HL

A Clunker, Not a Cadillac
Finally, a health care proposal George W. Bush could love. Sen. Max Baucus’ idea to tax “Cadillac” insurance plans has been pushed by Republicans for years. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Marie Cocco

Finally, a health care proposal George W. Bush could love. Sen. Max Baucus’ idea to tax “Cadillac” insurance plans has been pushed by Republicans for years.

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Newspaper Bailout? Maybe, but Don’t Hold Your Breath
President Obama says the kind of journalism done by newspapers is “absolutely critical to the health of our democracy” and he’s “happy to look at” proposals to save “fact-based reporting.” But don’t expect the newspaper-junkie-in-chief to break out the keys to the bailout vault anytime soon. With trillions already thrown at the banks, billions spent on the auto industry and a potentially costly health care bill to push through, the president is unlikely to look for new and interesting ways to expand the deficit. Unless you count Afghanistan.  —PS Toledo Blade via The Hill: “What I hope is that people start understanding if you’re getting your newspaper over the Internet, that’s not free and there’s got to be a way to find a business model that supports that.” Several bills have been introduced in Congress to aid the newspaper industry, including a Senate measure that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks. The President was noncommittal about the legislation but said: “I haven’t seen detailed proposals yet, but I’ll be happy to look at them.” Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

President Obama says the kind of journalism done by newspapers is “absolutely critical to the health of our democracy” and he’s “happy to look at” proposals to save “fact-based reporting.” But don’t expect the newspaper-junkie-in-chief to break out the keys to the bailout vault anytime soon.

With trillions already thrown at the banks, billions spent on the auto industry and a potentially costly health care bill to push through, the president is unlikely to look for new and interesting ways to expand the deficit. Unless you count Afghanistan.? —PS

Toledo Blade via The Hill:

“What I hope is that people start understanding if you’re getting your newspaper over the Internet, that’s not free and there’s got to be a way to find a business model that supports that.”

Several bills have been introduced in Congress to aid the newspaper industry, including a Senate measure that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks. The President was noncommittal about the legislation but said: “I haven’t seen detailed proposals yet, but I’ll be happy to look at them.”

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Frank Dwyer: Political Haiku: Extremist of the Left

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:48 am by HL

Frank Dwyer: Political Haiku: Extremist of the Left
Extremist of the left, he called me. I wish! But I voted for him….

THE CLINTON TAPES: “I Thought [Al Gore] Was in Neverland”
Clinton told his vice president that he was disappointed that Gore had not used him in the last ten days of the 2000 campaign in…

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Father of filmmaker behind ACORN videos has backlog of controversial remarks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:47 am by HL

Father of filmmaker behind ACORN videos has backlog of controversial remarks

The Washington Post recently reported that according to Young America’s Foundation director Ron Robinson, Hannah Giles, who helped create the controversial ACORN videos, “may have been inspired to some extent” by the work of her father, Townhall.com columnist Doug Giles — who has frequently uttered extremist, radical, or ridiculous remarks while attacking the Obama administration and progressives. Notably, Giles stated with regard to health care reform that “thinking, unbeholden people aren’t buying Barack’s crack,” suggested President Obama is “treat[ing] us like Ike Turner did Tina,” and called Obama’s outreach to Christians a “booty call.”

Wash. Post reports on some of Giles’ comments

Wash. Post: Giles reportedly “proclaimed that liberals ‘spit on the Word of God.’ “ In a September 17 article, the Post reported: “[Hannah] Giles is a journalism novice who has written two columns for the conservative Web site Townhall.com. Her father, Doug Giles, serves as minister of the ultra-conservative ClashChurch near Miami, where he proclaimed that liberals ‘spit on the Word of God,’ according to a report by the Miami New Times.”

Wash. Post: Giles “complained of what he called the evils of the Obama administration and its alliance with ACORN.” From a September 18 Post article:

[Hannah] Giles did not respond to phone calls and requests through Townhall.com editor Jonathan Garthwaite for an interview. Her father, Doug Giles of the radical Clash Church in Miami, had complained of what he called the evils of the Obama administration and its alliance with ACORN.

In an online opinion piece last month, titled “What Obama’s Town Hall Charade and Pam Anderson’s Breasts Have in Common,” Doug Giles complained of Obama’s “rent-a-mobs” at a health care town hall in New Hampshire. He claimed Obama could “summon a cabal at the drop of a red fez,” including “ACORN lug nuts ready to register Mickey Mouse” to vote.

Ron Robinson, director of Young America’s Foundation, where Hannah Giles spent the summer learning about how to be a journalist from conservative media experts, said Doug Giles has reason to be proud of how he has raised his daughter.

“She deserves all the credit here,” Robinson said. “Certainly, she may have been inspired to some extent by her father, but this was her doing.”

Giles’ Townhall.com columns include controversial remarks about race, gender, and sexuality

Giles said Obama, other “TOP LEADERS on the Left” are peddling “crack,” “Obama Oganja.” In his September 5 column, Giles declared: “Yep, America, you may now add that derogatory label [“A**hole”] to the litany of other slurs the TOP LEADERS on the Left have been leveling at constituents who do not smoke their political crack.” In an August 8 column, Giles similarly wrote: “As you know by now, the Obamanoid’s town hall sale of Obamacare ain’t going that well for Dems because thinking, unbeholden people aren’t buying Barack’s crack.” Additionally, in his October 25, 2008, column, Giles wrote that Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) “besmirched Pennsylvanian voters this past week calling them ‘racists’ and ‘rednecks’ because they’re refusing to smoke the Obama Oganja.”

Giles described Obama’s outreach to Christians as a “booty call.” Giles’ August 22 column was titled “Obama Makes a Political Booty Call to the Church.” Giles explained:

Barack’s call to believers this past week is the political equivalent of the phenomenon randy kiddos in our culture refer to as a “booty call.”

For those not familiar with the term “booty call,” it’s the anxious, last minute, late in the game, last ditch, frantic and insincere BS-laden personal gratification phone call made by a manipulative, narcissistic man to a gullible and needy girl who has been, heretofore, summarily blown off by said guy for other girls.

Yep, in his pursuit of “better things,” the dude, unsuccessful in his new venture, will once again return to the girl he knows is easy and still hopeful that the load of crap he’s about to spew, in his desperate call to gratify his lusts, will finally come true. Fueled on false hope and therefore open to lies, the gullible girl easily caves to the caller’s wishes — only to be left in the dust after the guy gets what he wants, leaving the booty callee feeling very used and deceived. This is exactly what Obama be doin’. True dat.

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Church, understand this: What Obama did this past week in giving us a buzz was a booty call. Nothing more and nothing less than a call for relief from someone who is not getting what he wants to those he thinks are stupid and thus easy.

Giles referred to Gates as “Henry ‘Yo Mama’ Gates.” Discussing Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates in his August 1 column, Giles stated:

If Rodney King’s dream of us “all just gettin’ along” is going to come to pass then Obama and Henry “Yo Mama” Gates, Jr. had better dial down on the insults, faux remorse and racial rhetoric aimed at us white devils.

Yep, the generational wounds of discrimination will not heal with Obama calling one of our nation’s best and brightest fair-skinned cops “stupid.”

FYI to BHO: That kind of talk, thoughtlessly slurring one of our finer whiteys’ intelligence, will leave a negative mark on our Caucasian consciousness. You can say we can’t jump, or we can’t dance, but you cannot call one of our tribe stupid when, in reality, the guy was just doing his job in an excellent manner while apprehending one of your belligerent, bigoted buddies.

Giles suggests Obama “treat[ing] us like Ike Turner did Tina.” Addressing Obama, Giles asserted in his September 5 column: “You can’t treat us like Ike Turner did Tina and expect us to sing, make you some curly fries, get all giddy about voting for you, or take a shining to you addressing our kids in their classrooms.”

Giles says White House calling Glenn Beck to complainsounds, pretty gay to me. No offense to gay people, of course.” From Giles’ August 29 column:

Glenn said this past week that Barack’s minions were actually calling his show while he was on air because he was being a meany. When I heard this I was sitting there eating pretzels and drinking a martini thinking: Are you kidding me? Is Perez Hilton running the White House? The White House is actually calling Beck during his program in an attempt to get him to cease and desist his digs? Wow … sounds, pretty gay to me. No offense to gay people, of course.

Giles called Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s Barry Lynn a “little Nancy Boy” and “gutless girlfriend.” Discussing Obama’s outreach to Christians in his August 22 column, Giles stated:

Are these Christians the very ones whom the darling liberal organization, the ACLU, regularly threatens to sue when they pray over a meal at school or say something remotely conservative from the pulpit, or on TV, or on the radio? Shouldn’t Barry Lynn be on TV right now moaning and groaning about the separation of church and state? Where are you Barry, you little Nancy boy? C’mon Lynn, condemn the president, you gutless girlfriend. Sorry, I got in the flesh there. Let me resume my query.

Giles: “I don’t mind fake when it comes to breasts,” but I hate Obama’s “artificially stacked” town hall. Giles’ August 16 column was about “What Obama’s Town Hall Charade and Pam Anderson’s Breasts Have in Common.” Giles concluded:

The only problem with the Portsmouth town hall is that it was more artificially stacked with Obama lap dogs than Pam Anderson’s ta-tas are with boat caulk. Of course the meeting was upbeat and thumping … it was contrived. A Cyclops could see that. Look, as a knuckle-dragging heterosexual who lives in a God-blessed testosterone fog, I don’t mind fake when it comes to breasts. But when it comes to being conned by a Boob and his stacked crowd, well … I gotta admit … that makes me want to spit.

Giles complained about “pursed-lip chick” in Obama health care video. In his August 8 column, Giles stated: “[T]he White House, in the spirit of tolerance, hope and change officially dispatched some pursed-lip chick to video warn the serfs of Obamaland that if we disagree with His Highness’ health scare bill in a ‘fishy’ email or casual conversation then the White House wants to know about it — and we could very well be deep weeds.”

Giles called Van Jones a “Muslim terrorist sympathizer” and Pelosi “bat crap crazy.” In Giles’ September 5 Townhall column, “Hey A**holes! Obama Wants to Talk to Your Kids”:

First off, I’m not calling you, my patriotic readers, aholios; that dishonor goes to Van Jones, Obama’s self-avowed communist Green Czar, Barack’s sweetheart, 9/11 Truther, and Muslim terrorist sympathizer.

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If you [Obama] want us to buy your socialistic propaganda, you must reel in the commie czars, the unhinged liberal congressmen and women, and the bat crap crazy madam Speaker’s insulting invectives aimed at the actual people you are trying to hoodwink into okaying your America-unraveling desires.

Giles: Either Pelosi is lying about CIA, “or one of the side effects of a high dollar Botox habit includes severe short-term memory loss.” As a May 18 Salon.com article noted, Giles declared in his May 17 column: “Either Nancy Pelosi is lying her backside off regarding her knowledge of the CIA’s irrigation for information techniques, or one of the side effects of a high dollar Botox habit includes severe short-term memory loss.”

Giles: Obama is the”Socialist-in-Chief.” In his August 8 column, Giles said of Obama, “Yep, ever since the Socialist-in-Chief floated his government-bloating, freedom-strangulating 1,100 page unread health care stool I have been smacking it like Rosie would a piñata full of Twinkies.”

Giles: Obama supports “granny-slaying.” In his August 16 column on Obama’s Portsmouth town hall, Giles declared: “Now, thanks to Obama’s Rent-a-Mob, thoughtless people watching this past week’s Clown Hall were left thinking after Tuesday’s tête-à-tête that everyone is cool with his granny-slaying, obfuscated to the hundredth power, 1,100 page bill.”

Giles suggests “there’s nothing about San Francisco that a rise in the ocean level could not cure.” In his October 25, 2008, column, Giles stated: “Look, if not buying Barack’s gobbledygook makes one a redneck then all I have to say is … Yee-frickin’-haw!” He then provided a guide to figuring out whether you’re a “redneck,” which included the following: “If you think there’s nothing about San Francisco that a rise in the ocean level could not cure, then you might be a redneck.”

Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and News Hounds also compiled some of Giles’ remarks

Miami Herald: Giles’ columns “tear into liberals, feminists, [and] President Barack Obama.” In a September 17 article, the Miami Herald reported that Giles, a minister, is “hardly a conventional preacher”:

Pictured in hip sunglasses and a GQ haircut, he hosts ClashChurch.com, where he sneers at insufficiently masculine Christian “wussies,” and exhorts the faithful to dress well and “put on a little cologne.”

Decrying gays and pornography, the Texas Tech graduate once told a Christian publication that “the church has to get up off its wrinkly glutes and preach the truth about God’s Word. If we don’t, it’ll only be another 10 years before America is Amsterdam.”

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Giles writes for the conservative website Townhall.com. His columns tear into liberals, feminists, President Barack Obama, in broadsides like “Hey A**holes, Obama Wants to Talk to Your Kids.”

Miami New Times: Doug Giles “Is a Bit of an Anti-Obama Nut.” In a September 18 blog post, the Miami New Times’ Kyle Munzenrieder wrote:

[T]he rumpus has introduced us to [Hannah] Giles’s father, Doug Giles. He’s the senior pastor of Clash Church in Aventura, which “is working at the heart of Miami.” From an initial glance of his website, you might get the idea that the church is one of those hip, young, cool churches that strives to be inclusive and leaves politics off the pulpit.

Well, a trip to its online store would prove you wrong. There you can buy Doug Giles-penned books such as, Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate (summary: If metrosexual pop culture, feminized public schools, and the effeminate branches of evanjellycalism lay their sissy hands on him, you can kiss his masculinity goodbye — because they will morph him into a dandy) or A Time to Clash, a culture warmongering tome that promises Doug’s take on everything from “radical homosexuals” and “stupid sluts” to “sexless wives” and “Rosie O’Donnell.”

Then you might want to check out his TownHall.com column. In “WWJT: Who Would Jesus Torture?” he comes out full force for waterboarding: “Jesus and the balance of Scripture seem to be okay with dunking Achmed if said butt munch has the 411 regarding the 10/20 of the next mass slaughter of innocent Americans.”

In “America’s Not a Christian Nation — and I’m a Fat Black Lesbian Who Hates Hunting,” Giles tries to prove that, contrary to Obama, America is indeed a Christian nation by quoting Presidents John Adams and John Q. Adams. Hate to break it to him, but Adams and son were Unitarians who rejected the divinity of Christ, and certainly the kind of religious dogma Giles espouses. Theirs was the “sissy” type of Christianity he dogs in many of his other columns.

News Hounds: “Giles is a manly man who … is fighting that evil gay agenda.” In a September 14 post, News Hounds documented several of Giles’ more controversial statements:

Giles is a man’s man who fights the manly fight against teh [sic] gay — a fight which includes Obama’s “gay agenda.” In a Town Hall article in which he castigates evangelicals who voted for Obama and demonstrated that he knows at least one word in a foreign language he said this: “In less than a week after Obama’s swearing in, our nuevo POTUS unfurled his radically liberal abortion and family plans together with his juicy pro-homosexual agenda.” (Juicy?? Hmmm…) His next sentence was quite amusing seeing how his chaste daughter is playing a prostitute: “Good job, all evangelicals who voted for Obama, as these aforementioned ditties — from a biblical perspective — are about as sanctified as the Antichrist French kissing a crack whore in Bret Michaels’ hot tub.” (WTF?? And ditties???)

[…]

Giles is a manly man who, as noted above, is fighting that evil gay agenda. He touts the fact that one of his favorite “whipping posts” is the “metrosexual male.” (Hmm, whipping post, hmmm).


Health Insurer Probed For Enlisting Beneficiaries To Fight Reform Proposal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Health Insurer Probed For Enlisting Beneficiaries To Fight Reform Proposal
Health insurer Humana Inc. is being probed by a government agency for a campaign urging beneficiaries to write letters and send emails to lawmakers opposing a key cost-saving element of Sen. Max Baucus’s health-care reform plan.


Judge Denies Ex-Rep. Jefferson Request For New Trial
A federal judge ruled that information about a sexual relationship between a witness and an FBI agent was irrelevant.

TX Board Of Ed Member: Minorities Must Be Thankful To ‘The Majority’ For Giving Them Rights!
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Junior Bush — The GOP’s Invisible Man

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Junior Bush — The GOP’s Invisible Man


Obama on Letterman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Obama on Letterman
Before President Obama arrived on stage of the Late Show with David Letterman last night, they had already done the top ten reasons Obama had agreed to do the show.

Among them, “Said yes, without thinking, like Bush did with Iraq.”

Obama came armed with his own one-liners as well.


With Global Capitalism Exposed as a Sham, All the Global Elite Have Left Is Pure Force

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:38 am by HL

With Global Capitalism Exposed as a Sham, All the Global Elite Have Left Is Pure Force

Delegates from the world's wealthiest nations gather this week for G-20, walled off from protesters by a National Guard combat battalion recently returned from Iraq.

Overshadowed by Tea Party Movement, the Christian Right Scrambles to Claim It Isn’t Racist

The Tea Party movement has the juice as the religious right is on the wane. Survival may mean joining up, but that presents an image problem for Christians.

10 Steps to Disastrous Financial Reform We Can’t Allow the Government to Take

We can end up fumbling at an economic recovery. It's not easy to fight for financial reform, and the banks will push for policies in their favor from every angle.


Coming To Grips With Columbine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Coming To Grips With Columbine
When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people in Columbine, Colorado, the American psyche received the sort of blunt trauma that psychologists love to learn from. Except: nobody was looking. The focus, instead, was on the parents that…


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Steve Walt: AIPAC Still Thwarting Obama on Middle East With Dems Backing Bibi
Prof. Stephen Walt writes in today’s Washington Post that despite the rise of J Street — and, I’d add, the decline in Israel’s public standing since the Gaza war — AIPAC is still managing to block President Obama’s efforts to…


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ThinkFast: September 21, 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:36 am by HL

ThinkFast: September 21, 2009
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, “warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict ‘will likely result in failure.’” McChrystal adds that if insurgent momentum is not reversed within the next year, […]

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, “warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict ‘will likely result in failure.’” McChrystal adds that if insurgent momentum is not reversed within the next year, “defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.” 

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee “won a 2012 presidential-preference straw poll of social and religious conservative activists” at the Values Voters conference this weekend. And while straw-poll voters ranked abortion first among issues of concern (41 percent), “[o]pposition to same-sex marriage was third,” registering only 7 percent.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin will deliver a keynote address today at the CLSA Investors’ Forum, where she will touch on “US foreign policy” and “discuss her views on governance, healthcare, and of course, China.” Palin requested media not be allowed in the event because, she said, “If I do that with the press in the room, I will have to say different things.”

President Obama “will hold a joint meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas” tomorrow in an effort to “restart peace talks between the two sides.” The meeting, which will be the first between the three men, will be held in New York and Obama “will meet with each leader separately” before the joint session.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is attempting to get Republicans and moderate Democrats to sign on to cap-and-trade legislation “by adding money for coal power and nuclear plants — changes that would infuriate many of the bill’s liberal supporters.” “Without a nuclear title that’s stronger than in the House climate change legislation, we’re not going to be able to get enough votes,” Lieberman told Politico.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will be announcing his support for “net neutrality” today, proposing a rule to prevent “AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and other broadband providers from slowing or blocking services or content, such as TV shows, over the Internet.”

Greenhouse gas emissions have dropped further this year “than in any year in the past four decades,” thanks in large part to the global economic downturn. An unpublished International Energy Agency study finds that other factors include “shelving plans for new coal-fired power stations because of falling demand and lack of financing.”

The State newspaper reports that South Carolina residents have grown tired of Gov. Mark Sanford (R) and would like to see him quit. “In more than two dozen interviews conducted last week, nearly all of those asked condemned Sanford’s actions, and a majority said he should resign.”

Afghanistan police officials who patrol some of the country’s most violent regions questioned the need for more U.S. troops, “saying Monday it would increase the perception they are an occupying power and that the money was better spent on local forces.”

And finally: In a recent interview with the LA Times, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey admitted that “George W. Bush and Barack Obama have made me appreciate Bill Clinton more than I did.” “I think that President Clinton was more involved, more responsibly and more ably in his job as president than what we’ve seen since him,” he added. “He deserves more credit than I gave him at the time.” Clinton’s response? “Dick Armey said something nice about me the other day. I almost had another heart attack.”

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Unfamiliar Issues + Unfamiliar President = Paranoia

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 22nd, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Unfamiliar Issues + Unfamiliar President = Paranoia
Mickey Kaus, Slate

Democrats Weigh Risks of Going it Alone
Jay Newton-Small, Time

Policy Choices in Afghanistan