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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:47 am by HL

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Jon Stewart Catches Sean Hannity Falsifying Footage To Make GOP Protest Appear Bigger (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

Jon Stewart Catches Sean Hannity Falsifying Footage To Make GOP Protest Appear Bigger (VIDEO)
The tea party protests continued last week, as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann held an anti-health-care-reform rally on the steps of the Capitol. While she estimated that…

NARAL: Mark Kirk No Longer Pro-Choice After Stupak Vote
A leading abortion rights group delivered a rebuke to Republican U.S. Senate contender Mark Kirk today for supporting an amendment to the House-passed health care…

Joanne Bamberger: Am I Angrier at Bart Stupak or Barack Obama?
I was more worried about Justices Scalia and Thomas, and now it turns out I should have been focusing on some Congressman from Michigan. The short, non-wonky version of where we are? We’re screwed.


Contradicting Fox VP, Murdoch agrees with Beck: Obama is a racist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

Contradicting Fox VP, Murdoch agrees with Beck: Obama is a racist

Following Glenn Beck’s description of President Obama as a “racist” who has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” Fox News senior vice president of programming Bill Shine distanced the network from Beck’s comments, reportedly saying that “Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel.” But in a recent interview with Sky News Australia, Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, said that Beck “was right” in his characterization.

Beck calls Obama racist, Fox executive distances network from comments

Beck: Obama a “racist” who has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” On the July 28 broadcast of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Beck discussed remarks Obama had made about the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and declared that in his response to the arrest, Obama “exposed himself as a guy” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Beck added that Obama is a “racist.”

Fox executive: Beck’s opinion “represented his own views, not those of Fox News Channel.” Later that day, Fox News senior vice president of programming Bill Shine issued the following statement to TVNewser.com: “During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.”

Murdoch on Beck’s comments: “He was right”

Murdoch: Beck “was right,” Obama is a “racist.” In a November 6 interview with Sky News Australia political editor David Speers, Murdoch declared that while Beck “perhaps shouldn’t have” said it, Beck was “right.” From the interview:

SPEERS: The Glenn Beck, who you mentioned, has called Barack Obama a racist, and he helped organize a protest against him. Others on Fox have likened him —

MURDOCH: Yeah.

SPEERS: — to Stalin. Is that defensible?

MURDOCH: No, no, no, not Stalin, I don’t think. I don’t know who that — not one of our people. On the racist thing, that caused a [unintelligible]. But he did make a very racist comment, about, you know, blacks and whites and so on, and which he said in his campaign he would be completely above. And, you know, that was something which perhaps shouldn’t have been said about the president, but if you actually assess what he was talking about, he was right.


GOP Rep Won’t Denounce Call For Backlash Against American Muslims

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:44 am by HL

GOP Rep Won’t Denounce Call For Backlash Against American Muslims
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) has declined to denounce, or even address, a call for a backlash against Muslims made by the author of a book for which Myrick wrote the foreword.

Who Is Nidal Malik Hasan? The Picture Becomes (Slightly) Clearer
The tentative picture emerging of Nidal Malik Hasan is of a man who likely subscribed to radical Islamic beliefs, but who was not acting on behalf of any group in allegedly carrying out the shootings in which 13 died at Fort Hood last week.

Rep. Hoekstra Accuses Obama Admin Of Withholding Information On Hasan — Sort Of
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) is blasting President Obama for withholding from the Congressional intelligence committees information on the Fort Hood killings suspect, while at the same time acknowledging the leaders of those panels — including Hoekstra himself — have indeed…


All options considered mean more troops to Afghanistan and more spending

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

All options considered mean more troops to Afghanistan and more spending
Excerpt: President Obama is considering several options for Afghanistan, all of which involve an escalation of the conflict, increasing troop levels and increasing spending. The only question is how many more troops will be sent. That option most likely would call for sending three Army brigades from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., the 10th […]


U.S. Court Allows Human Rights Suit Against Former Bolivian President and Minister of Defense to Proceed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

U.S. Court Allows Human Rights Suit Against Former Bolivian President and Minister of Defense to Proceed

November 10, 2009, Cambridge, MA – The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida ruled yesterday that the claims for crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killings could move forward in two related U.S. cases against former Bolivian President Gonzalo Daniel Sánchez de Lozada Sánchez Bustamante (Sánchez de Lozada) and former Bolivian Defense Minister Jose Carlos Sánchez Berzaín (Sánchez Berzaín). The cases, Mamani, et al. v. Sánchez Berzaín, and Mamani, et al. v.

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Republicans Take Lead in Generic Ballot

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Republicans Take Lead in Generic Ballot
For the first time this year, a new Gallup poll of registered voters found more would vote for the Republican candidate than said they would vote for the Democratic candidate if elections for Congress were held today, 48% to 44%.

“The overall results would predict a likely strong Republican showing if the House elections were held today. Though the registered-voter results reported here speak to the preferences of all eligible voters, voter turnout is crucial in determining the final outcome of midterm elections. Gallup will not begin to model likely turnout until much closer to the 2010 elections, but given that Republicans usually have a turnout advantage, if normal turnout patterns prevail in the coming election, prospects for a good Democratic showing appear slim. Of course, the elections are still nearly 12 months away and conditions could shift back in the Democrats’ favor over this time.”

DeMint Seeks Term Limits
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced an amendment to the Constitution that would limit Senators to three six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms, the Washington Times reports.

However, Senate leaders said DeMint’s bill “had a zero chance of becoming law, mostly because of a general lack of interest and the high hurdles to amending the Constitution.”

“It takes a two-thirds vote of approval in both chambers to pass a constitutional amendment and then it must be ratified by three-fourths of the states. The last one to succeed — the 27th Amendment that delays pay raises for members of Congress until after the next election — was proposed in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights but was not ratified by the states until 1992.”

Kasich Catches Strickland in Ohio
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds Gov. Ted Strickland (D) and John Kasich (R) in a dead heat, 40% to 40%, in their race for governor. Strickland held a 10 point lead in September.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Obviously a lot has changed: the Governor’s own ratings have gone down more than the challenger’s have come up. Moreover, when voters are asked who could do a better job handling the state budget and rebuilding the state economy they say Kasich. We still have a year to go, but Kasich is in much better shape than one could have imaged earlier this year.”


Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal News Site

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal News Site
A Justice Department subpoena requesting information on visitors to an independent news site is raising serious privacy concerns.

AlterNet Audience Breaks Funding Records, Again: Continues to Buck the Trend
We broke all of our fundraising records. Thank you for showing us you care about strong, independent journalism.

Afghanistan Is Worse Off Than Ever, Thanks to the Sham Army We’re Propping Up
Cultural barriers and naked corruption have rendered the Afghan National Army completely inept.

Why Are We Locking Up Traumatized Veterans for Their Addictions Instead of Offering Them Treatment?
This Veterans Day, let’s get past the bunting and ribbons and look at our returning troops’ real needs.


The New Normal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

The New Normal
Here is a scary thought. The Pareto Principle in economics says that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In practical terms it might mean that 20% of your movies at Warner Bros. would generate 80% of…



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What Can Obama Do About Palestine, Meanwhile?
My old friend Danny Rubinstein, who has covered the West Bank pretty much since the occupation began, came over Friday afternoon. He had covered this week’s expulsion of Palestinian residents from their disputed home in Sheikh Jarrah. He had just…



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VIDEO The Objectionable Michele Bachmann Et Al
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In ?Act of Despicable Hubris,? ACCCE Exploits Veterans Groups To Push Dirty Energy Agenda

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

In ?Act of Despicable Hubris,? ACCCE Exploits Veterans Groups To Push Dirty Energy Agenda
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) — a front group of big utilities and coal companies — is no stranger to fraud. During the summer’s House debate on cap-and-trade legislation, lobbyists working on behalf of the coal group sent forged letters to members of Congress, and lied under oath about it. Now, […]

accce-whoThe American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) — a front group of big utilities and coal companies — is no stranger to fraud. During the summer’s House debate on cap-and-trade legislation, lobbyists working on behalf of the coal group sent forged letters to members of Congress, and lied under oath about it. Now, ACCCE is trying to exploit Veterans Day by misrepresenting veterans groups in an email to supporters:

With Veterans Day around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the military personnel who are involved in ensuring our country is protected.

Energy security is one issue that has become increasingly important to our veterans. In fact, national veterans groups Votevets and Operation Free are urging the government to become more energy independent and less reliant on foreign oil.

We can do this by using the abundant domestic fuels we already have. With more than 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves, the United States has more coal than the Middle East has oil.

The letter implies that VoteVets and Operation Free support ACCCE and its dirty energy agenda, but the the two groups are actually vocal backers of clean energy legislation. VoteVets excoriated ACCCE for citing them in the email, writing that VoteVets “will never advocate the continued use of carbon based fuels” and that ACCCE is trying “to hijack America’s Veterans” in “an act of despicable hubris.”

Operation Free — a veterans group which is dedicated to fighting climate change — was also quick to condemn ACCCE. In a blog post, Operation Free wrote that the email “dishonors Veterans day” and is “insulting to all of the Veterans who are fighting to protect America’s national security by supporting clean, American power.”

Will ACCCE acknowledge their continued misrepresentation and apologize for using Veterans Day as a prop to support an agenda that many veterans oppose?