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Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype
Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! … We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.” READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! … We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.”

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What Option for Afghan Women?
Have you heard this old proverb? Whether the rock hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher. Women are the pitcher in this story. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Ellen Goodman

Have you heard this old proverb? Whether the rock hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher. Women are the pitcher in this story.

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Pollsters Hit And Miss On 2009 Elections

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

Pollsters Hit And Miss On 2009 Elections
Some unexpected results in Tuesday night’s four high-profile elections raise the question of which pollsters got the races right and which got them wrong. The…

Exposed: The Worldwide Efforts Of The Global Energy Lobby To Kill Progress On Climate Change
The Center For Public Integrity just released a blockbuster investigative report that details the intense corporate pressure to block an effective global treaty from being…

Lawrence Lessig: Plain Sight Corruption: Senator Burr and Rape Victims
Richard Burr is one of the senators who voted against the Franken Amendment. He and other members of Congress have got to wake up to the fact that most Americans don’t trust them.

GOP Health Care Bill Would Extend Coverage To Only 3 Million
The Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday that an alternative health care bill put forward by House Republicans would have little impact in extending health…


Fox News’ declaration that election results mean “Obamacare” is dead is undermined by facts

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

Fox News’ declaration that election results mean “Obamacare” is dead is undermined by facts

Following an attack that conservatives previewed prior to the elections, Fox News and other right-wing media have seized on gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey to baselessly declare, in Dick Morris’ words, that the results were a “deathblow to Obamacare” and have argued that the election should send a message to moderate Democrats. But exit polls do not support these claims, showing that in both states, the voters who cited health care as a top concern sided with the Democrat in the race.

Conservative media declare VA, NJ elections show “Obamacare” dead

Fox News graphic: If GOP wins VA, NJ governor races, “no gov’t-run option” in health care reform. As an example, during the November 2 edition of Fox News’ Your World, an on-screen graphic read, “If GOP wins both races” in Virginia and New Jersey, “Impact on health care: no govt-run option.” [Your World with Neil Cavuto, 11/2/09]

Hannity to NJ listeners: “Get to the polls” and “stop Obamacare in its tracks.” On Election Day, Sean Hannity addressed New Jersey voters on his radio show : “If you want change, you better get to the polls. These final minutes matter, these final couple of hours matter. Get to the polls. It’s — you can literally stop Obamacare in its tracks. Now, even if it’s close, I think it still has the net effect of doing that.” [ABC Radio Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show, 11/3/09]

Carlson: “[T]he elections last night may have a big impact on those Blue Dog Democrats.” On Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson stated: “[T]he elections last night may have a big impact on those Blue Dog Democrats — the conservative Democrats — in the way in which they approach health care now. Because if they think that the tide was changing, even though it was only two states from last night, they may be more apt to listen to the American people in their states who are saying, hold on, let’s not spend so much money.” [Fox News’ Fox & Friends, 11/4/09]

Doocy: “[G]iven the dynamics of what happened,” don’t “be surprised” if senators “start sounding more like Joe Lieberman.” Also on Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy said of the election results: “[D]on’t be surprised, given the dynamics of what happened in those stunning GOP wins last night, if some senators start siding and start sounding more like Joe Lieberman. You know, why do we have to change everything when it comes to health care? Maybe we should just do it incrementally.” [Fox & Friends, 11/4/09]

Dick Morris: “A deathblow to Obamacare.” In a November 4 New York Post column, Morris wrote:

Chris Christie’s gutsy win in New Jersey puts the arrogant big spender Jon Corzine in his place. But it is the election in Virginia that probably has more to say to marginal Democratic congressmen considering how to vote on health-care reform.

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Until last night, Democratic moderates, the so-called blue dogs, could bask in the light of their candidate’s success in 2008. But now they must hear hoof beats behind them. The party discipline on which Obama depends to pass a health-care program that Americans reject by 42 percent for, 55 percent against (Rasmussen again) will only work if beleaguered Democratic incumbents can wrap themselves in Obama’s cloak and tough out the popular criticism.

[…]

In the coming weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be asking their troops to cast potentially career-ending votes for health-care changes, Medicare cuts, higher taxes and fines on the uninsured. Whether they take that risk depends on their faith in Obama’s drawing power.

Fox News contributor Pat Caddell: “[T]here are heavy implications on this for health care.” Caddell said of the election results: “I do think there are heavy implications on this for health care. … If I were not only a Blue Dog Democrat, you look at what happened in the coal country in the western part of Virginia, which, in fact, Democrats often have never lost, lost last night, I would worry. But I’ll tell you what. It’s not just the Blue dogs. It’s in these Northern, Midwestern suburbs where liberal democrats sit, and those voters looked like they are very unhappy about things.”

Morrissey: Results “huge blow to Obama and his agenda,” specifically “ObamaCare and cap-and-trade.” Ed Morrissey wrote of the election results on his Hot Air blog and asserted: “Being the President’s ‘partner’ on his radical agenda is not a winning position; it wasn’t for Corzine in what should have been a secure blue state, and it certainly won’t be in moderate or conservative districts and states held by Democrats in the House and Senate. That is a huge blow to Obama and his agenda, as Democrats now have to consider unpopular bills for ObamaCare and cap-and-trade in an entirely new light. If they fall in behind Obama instead of listening to their constituents, they will find themselves in retirement after the 2010 midterms. That’s the big lesson, and it will not be lost on moderate Democrats.” [Hot Air, 11/4/09]

Exit polls show that voters concerned with health care sided with Democrat

NJ: 78 percent of health care voters voted for Corzine. According to New Jersey exit polls, 17 percent of voters indicated that “health care” was the “one issue” that “mattered most in deciding how you voted for governor.” Of that 17 percent, 78 percent voted for the Democrat, Jon Corzine. From the exit poll (as published by The New York Times):

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VA: 51 percent of health care voters voted for Deeds. According to Virginia exit polls, 24 percent of respondents indicated that “health care” was the “one issue” that “mattered most in deciding how you voted for governor.” Of that 24 percent, 51 percent voted for the Democrat, Creigh Deeds. From the exit poll (as published by The New York Times):

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What’s New? Lacking Evidence, Conservatives Again Stoke Voter Fraud Fears

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

What’s New? Lacking Evidence, Conservatives Again Stoke Voter Fraud Fears
As usual, conservatives are stoking fears about voter fraud — without any evidence. Here’s a look at this years campaign on the right to gin up the issue…

Attorney From Michael Savage ‘Book Of Hate’ Koran Suit Tapped By Muslim Mafia Authors
Daniel Horowitz, the attorney who represented shock jock Michael Savage in his recent copyright infringement suit against the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is set to go up against CAIR again as counsel for the co-author of Muslim Mafia. And, he told TPMmuckraker in a phone interview this morning, he’s relishing the opportunity for Round Two with the Muslim civil rights group.

Voter Fraud — Or Just A Case Of Mistaken Identity?
Some conservatives are proudly showing off what they claim is a real live case of voter fraud today. Election Journal and Red State are both trumpeting this 30-second video of a young voter in New Jersey telling the tale of…


Why the GOP is Dying, Post-Election Special

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

Why the GOP is Dying, Post-Election Special


CCR: Rendition Victims Can Get Justice in Italy and Canada But Not in U.S.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

CCR: Rendition Victims Can Get Justice in Italy and Canada But Not in U.S.

November 4, 2009, New York – In response to news of an Italian court’s conviction of 23 U.S. officials for their role in the extraordinary rendition of a Muslim cleric unlawfully seized from the streets of Milan more than six years ago, Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vincent Warren issued the statement below. On Monday, an 11-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit here in New York dismissed the case of CCR client and rendition victim, Canadian citizen Maher Arar:

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O’Malley Could Face Trouble in Re-Election Bid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

O’Malley Could Face Trouble in Re-Election Bid
A new Clarus Poll in Maryland finds just 39% of voters want to see Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) re-elected with 48% seeking someone new as their governor.

O’Malley’s job approval rating is just 48% with 40% disapproving.

However, in a trial heat against former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R), O’Malley leads by a 47% to 40% margin. (In the 2006 election, O’Malley won by a 53% to 46% margin.)

Said pollster Ron Faucheux: “O’Malley faces two major problems that are dragging him down. First, his issue ratings are lackluster, especially on economic and fiscal matters. Second, he’s polling only 34 percent of independents against Ehrlich. In the 2006 election, he received 47 percent of independents. That’s a big drop, one that represents opportunity for a 2010 challenger.”


Anti-Rape Activist Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Her Own Rape and the Richmond, CA Gang Rape

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

Anti-Rape Activist Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Her Own Rape and the Richmond, CA Gang Rape
"After googling the gang rape story in Richmond and reading comments on blogs, it just leaves me sickened and really sad."

Want to Save Our Economy from Almighty Greed? Here’s 10 Targets That Stand in the Way
If the economic crisis taught us anything, it’s that bringing to heel the whiz kids of finance is a top priority.

Former CIA Agent Once Played by George Clooney Explains Why He Quit DC and Is Holing Up in the Rockies
The whistleblowing agent depicted in "Syriana," Bob Baer is back in Silverton, Colo, where "people who messed up in some other life and come here to be nobody."


Grover Norquist and Anti-Tax Movement Big Loser of the Night

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

Grover Norquist and Anti-Tax Movement Big Loser of the Night
A lot of folks are declaring Obama — who wasn’t on the ballot — the loser of the night based on two state elections, but the defeat of three anti-tax initiatives that were on the ballot in Washington State and…


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Is Jeff Goldberg Of The Atlantic Loyal To The United States?
I will answer that question right off. As far as I know (and that is all that I can legitmiately comment on) he is. The only reason I ask the question is because Goldberg, the Atlantic blogger, has joined with…


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What Happened Tonight
It’s 10:45 PM at the White House and I hope Barack and David Axelrod are having a beer on the second floor. One year ago they won a generational election as the anti-establishment candidate of change. Tonight, no matter how…



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Conservatives Mock 72-Hour Window That They Requested To Review Health Care Reform Legislation

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

Conservatives Mock 72-Hour Window That They Requested To Review Health Care Reform Legislation
In September, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) organized a discharge petition in order to force a vote on a resolution that would “require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72-hours before consideration by the House.” “It’s just common sense: Americans should be allowed to read the text of major bills before […]

In September, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) organized a discharge petition in order to force a vote on a resolution that would “require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72-hours before consideration by the House.” “It’s just common sense: Americans should be allowed to read the text of major bills before Congress votes on them,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH).

The House Democratic leadership eventually agreed to post health care legislation online for 72-hours before bringing it up for a vote. But once they got what they wanted, conservatives started to complain that 72-hours wasn’t enough. “They are only giving you 72-hours to read it,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Glenn Beck’s radio show today. “So they obviously are embarrassed of their own bill.”

On WorldNetDaily’s radio show today, Rep. John Linder (R-GA) claimed that Democrats were only including the 72-hour waiting period because they needed more time to twist arms for votes:

LINDER: I would not be surprised if they sent us home Friday and bring us back a week or so later to see if they can get the votes because I do not believe they have the votes now.

HOST: What makes you think that?

LINDER: If they had the votes, they’d have voted on it already. They would not have worried about the 72-hours. That 72-hours is for them to beat up their own members, not for the public to read the bill. If they had those votes, they’d cram it down now and they clearly do not.

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Despite their current complaints about the 72-hour time period, both Bachmann and Linder signed the discharge petition seeking the 72-hours.