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Playing Monopoly With America’s Health

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

Playing Monopoly With America’s Health
Anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Joe Conason

Anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business.

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New ACORN Video: Undercover Videographers Release Tape Of Philly Visit

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

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Beck, conservative media use violent rhetoric suggesting White House will retaliate against Fox News and opponents

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2009 4:46 am by HL

Beck, conservative media use violent rhetoric suggesting White House will retaliate against Fox News and opponents

Following the White House’s recent criticism of Fox News for its conservative slant, Glenn Beck and other conservative media have fearmongered that the Obama administration will harm Fox News and its supporters — physically or otherwise — because of their opposition to its policies. Since September alone, Beck has asked listeners to “pray for protection,” compared Fox News to Jews during the Holocaust, and suggested the White House was pointing missiles at Fox News, and Newt Gingrich asked on Hannity if the administration would subject Fox News commentators to the Chinese “Cultural Revolution” because of their objections.

Beck, conservative media suggest Fox News and opponents are in danger from White House

 

Beck compares Fox News to Jews during the Holocaust, other news organizations to silent bystanders. On his October 13 radio show, Beck said: “When they’re done with Fox, and you decide to speak out on something. The old, ‘first they came for the Jews, and I wasn’t Jewish.’ When you have a question, and you believe that something should be asked, they’re a — totally fine with you right now; they have no problem with you. When they’re done with Fox and talk radio, do you really think they’re going to leave you alone if you want to ask a tough question? Do you really think that a man who has never had to stand against tough questions and has as much power as he does — do you really believe after he takes out the number one news network, do you really think that this man is then not going to turn on you? That you and your little organization is going to cause him any hesitation at all not to take you out?” [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program, baselessly suggested that people who reportedly claimed to have received unsolicited email from Obama adviser David Axelrod may have been added to a White House “enemies list” after emails they sent that were critical of the Obama administration were purportedly forwarded to flag@whitehouse.gov.

Beck, other conservatives routinely suggest that the White House will retaliate against opposition with violence

 

Beck: “Just pray for protection, please.” On his radio show, Beck told his listeners he is “fighting for you and … your children” and asked them to “pray” for “safety” and “protection”:

 

BECK: You know, I said a year ago — I said you needed to find your voice. And I said I think you’ll — we’re coming to a time when voices like mine will disappear. It would be easy to say, “Yeah. Yeah. Look at — Van Jones is out.” Which I think is a mistake, because I think it makes him more dangerous, and I’ll explain why here in a second.

But the other thing is — is I find myself in amazing position. John Podesta just issued a statement about Van Jones and me. There is Soros money now being funneled to stop me. The biggest names, the most powerful people on the planet on the left — I’ve told you before, they’re not going to go away easy. There were billions of dollars, if not trillions of dollars, at stake. There is — this is the, you know, if anybody wants to think this as a game about, you know, get him fired and get him fired and slow the White House down because it’s a Republican thing, you’re sadly mistaken.

This game is for keeps. This is who controls the United States of America and its destiny. Is it you? Or is it a group of elites? I’m fighting for you and me, my children, your children. I would ask you for one thing. Please, keep me in your prayers, keep my staff in your prayers, for safety, for wisdom, please. I’m asking you. Because I — I just will tell you, as I have before, we have the truth on our side; we also have God on our side. If you believe the founders were divinely inspired, well, with firm reliance on divine providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Just pray for protection, please. [The Glenn Beck Program, 9/08/09]

Beck on Imus: “If I’m found dead in the streets, it’s either Van Jones or Don Imus.” During an appearance on Fox Business’ Imus In the Morning, Beck — making an apparent reference to his witch hunt against White House advisers including Van Jones — said, “If I’m found dead in the streets, it’s either Van Jones or Don Imus.” [Imus In the Morning, 10/5/09]

 

Beck invokes civil rights marchers having fire hoses turned on them to spur opposition to health reform. During his Fox News show, Beck said, “America, let me tell you something. If you don’t stop this, they will — as Bill Maher has suggested — drag you to it. It’s exactly what they’re trying to do.” Then, showing images of civil rights protesters being blasted with water from fire hoses, he said: “Nobody wants the health care plan, and yet, they’re still doing it. We must try. We must now peacefully stand up and stand together — and I do mean peacefully. I mean, just like these guys did. Can you show — can you show them? These guys, they were standing up peacefully. Otherwise, they will drag us into their brainiac policies through an emergency. If you don’t stand up, they will — using their Cloward and Piven strategy from the 1960s — collapse this country and our financial system, and then reboot with their new America.” [Glenn Beck, 10/14/09]

 

Beck: “I fear a Reichstag moment, a — God forbid — another 9-11, something that will turn this machine on.” During an interview with Newsmax.com in which he discussed opposition to Obama’s Federal Communication Commission policies, Beck said: “I fear an event. I fear a Reichstag moment, a — God forbid — another 9-11, something that will turn this machine on, and power will be seized and voices will be silenced. God help us all.” [Newsmax.com, 10/7/09]

Beck: They’re “out to get” me, “destroy me,” “Sarah Palin me,” to “intimidate you.” On his radio show, Beck said: “It’s only a matter of time before they find a way to destroy me. And that’s fine. And they’re going to try to use me to intimidate you. Because anybody else gets out of line, that’ll happen to you, too. Don’t think that what happened to Sarah Palin didn’t go through my mind when I saw my character on Saturday Night Live, and we all laughed, and my wife said, ‘My gosh, they have you down. I mean, that is really — I mean, even your mannerisms and your moves.’ Don’t think that I didn’t feel like, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re going to Sarah Palin me.’ That’s what they want you to understand. You get out of line, we’ll destroy you.” Later, Beck said that he’s “tired” of “the thought of someone always constantly out to get you,” and then said he “can’t go out in public with [his] family anymore.” [The Glenn Beck Program, 10/1/09]

 

Savage: Obama administration is “a cornered animal,” and “something horrible could happen.” On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage said: “I don’t know where this ends up. I’ll tell you what worries me, is that — is that you think that [Obama’s] finished. That’s your mistake. A cornered animal is very, very dangerous. This team — team Obama — is very cornered right now, and they’re very dangerous — very dangerous. Cornered animal — dangerous. They’re cornered right now. They’ve been outsmarted by North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia. They have now been outsmarted by even the Olympic committee. I mean, even they know that the American people are on to them. So now they’re in a corner. And don’t think that they’re quitters and don’t think they’re going to give up. Something — something horrible could happen. You understand this? That’s what the whole story is.”


Report: FBI Looking At Land Deal Linked To Rep. Calvert

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2009 4:45 am by HL

Report: FBI Looking At Land Deal Linked To Rep. Calvert
An FBI agent has reportedly been poking around in southern California looking at a lawsuit over land bought by a group including Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA).

Did Christie Politicize U.S. Attorney’s Office?
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Bernie Kerik Jailed As Judge Revokes Bail In Corruption Case
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DU: A poisonous legacy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2009 4:41 am by HL

DU: A poisonous legacy
Excerpt: In 1991 the first nuclear war was fought in Iraq. The second was fought in Serbia in 1999. The third and fourth are still being waged in Afghanistan and Iraq, thanks to our tax dollars, the callousness of the U.S. government and complacency in our media. You will not like what you see in these photos, […]


Neck-and-Neck in New Jersey

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

Neck-and-Neck in New Jersey
A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Jon Corzine (D) and challenger Chris Christie (R) nearly even in the New Jersey governor’s race.

Corzine has the slight edge over Christie, 39% to 36%, but within the survey’s margin of error of 4.1 point. Independent Chris Daggett draws 20% support.


An 83-Year-Old Republican Vet Talks About the Need for Equal Rights for Gays

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

An 83-Year-Old Republican Vet Talks About the Need for Equal Rights for Gays

I anxiously await the rebuttal to this video from homophobes everywhere who are hell-bent on denying equal rights for the citizens of Maine (or anywhere else).

This Year’s Biggest Hoax Is Tim Geithner’s ‘Solution’ for the Economy, Not the Balloon Boy

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Grab a Mop

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

Grab a Mop
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Vitter dodges question about interracial marriage in Louisiana.

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

Vitter dodges question about interracial marriage in Louisiana.
Although both Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) have publicly condemned Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell for refusing to issue marriage licenses to interracial couples, Sen. David Vitter (R) has stayed noticeably silent. (ThinkProgress contacted his office, but we did not receive a response.) Blogger-activist Mike Stark caught up with […]

Although both Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) have publicly condemned Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell for refusing to issue marriage licenses to interracial couples, Sen. David Vitter (R) has stayed noticeably silent. (ThinkProgress contacted his office, but we did not receive a response.) Blogger-activist Mike Stark caught up with Vitter and asked him about his position. “Have you commented? What did you have to say about it?” asked Stark. Vitter simply smiled, stepped into the elevator, and allowed the doors to close. Watch it:

GOP Communications Arm In Action: Republican Senator Takes Up Fox News’ ‘Enemies List’ Attack On Obama
For the past couple of weeks, Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been aggressively pushing the talking point that the Obama White House is compiling an “enemies list.” That wild accusation came in response to Obama communications director Anita Dunn’s suggestion that Fox News operates as a “communications arm” of the GOP. “I mean, is this an […]

For the past couple of weeks, Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been aggressively pushing the talking point that the Obama White House is compiling an “enemies list.” That wild accusation came in response to Obama communications director Anita Dunn’s suggestion that Fox News operates as a “communications arm” of the GOP.

“I mean, is this an enemies list? Seems like it to me,” Hannity said on his program last Wednesday. “They want to come after the Fox News Channel,” the right-wing pundit complained. Almost every night in recent weeks, Hannity has badgered his guests, demanding that they take up his talking point. Last night, Liz Cheney took the bait:

HANNITY: It seems to me, it’s almost like an enemies list. Is that a fair description?

CHENEY: Well, uhh, yeah.

On Fox News Sunday this past weekend, Karl Rove propagated the talking point. “Let’s not kid ourselves — this is the White House engaging in its own version of a media enemies list,” Rove said.

Yesterday, Hannity won his biggest convert yet. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took to the Senate floor and read Sean Hannity’s talking points into the congressional record:

ALEXANDER: I want to make what I hope will be a friendly suggestion to President Obama and his White House, and it is this: don’t create an enemies list. […]

So in conclusion Mr. President, here’s my point. These are unusually difficult times with plenty of forces encouraging us to disagree. Let’s not start calling people out and compiling an enemies list.

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The irony is rich, of course. In attempting to debunk Anita Dunn’s argument about Fox News, Sean Hannity has instead validated it — proving just how effective Fox News can serve as the “communications arm of the Republican Party.”


Hula hooping it up for health, first lady swivels

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

Hula hooping it up for health, first lady swivels
WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama hooped it up for health – hula hooped, that is – managing to get in an impressive 142 swivels before her hula hoop hit the ground. Jumping rope double dutch? Not so much.

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