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Archive for December 29th, 2009

Peace Adapts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:47 am by HL

Peace Adapts

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Supreme Court Prepares For Big Second Half

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

Supreme Court Prepares For Big Second Half
The Supreme Court entered its holiday intermission with the starkest drama put off until the second act. When justices return on Jan. 11 for their…

TSA Without Leader Thanks To Jim DeMint
An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security…

Peter Connolly: Ideologues and Election Results
For Democrats who value their Congressional majority, the 2009 Election results might suggest a need for caution in pursuing major new liberal initiatives until the deficit is brought down.


Media On Palin’s ‘Banned List’ Ejected From Going Rogue Event

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

Media On Palin’s ‘Banned List’ Ejected From Going Rogue Event
The woman who once called on the press to “quit makin’ things up” took it a step further yesterday by allegedly banning four members of the media from a book event in Wasilla, Alaska. TPMmuckraker talked to a blogger and videographer who made the list.


Blame It On Antigua! The Forbidden ‘Love’ Of Pete Sessions And Allen Stanford
The ties between Allen Stanford and Rep. Pete Sessions, the NRCC chair, go back years. In an email published last night and sent in February after charges were filed against the billionaire, Sessions wrote: “I love you.”

Alaska Journo: Palin’s Banned Media List Written By Todd Palin
Further details have emerged about the banning of undesirable reporters from the Sarah Palin book tour event in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, after Alaska-based photojournalist and blogger Dennis Zaki found himself on the list.


The Tattlesnake – Why the GOP Hates ACORN and the Poor Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:41 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Why the GOP Hates ACORN and the Poor Edition
Remember those ACORN-office videos that a right-wing ringer named James O’Keefe, posing as a pimp, surreptitiously taped with Hannah Giles, a young woman pretending to be his prostitute, that were a media kerfluffle a few months back? Watching them gave me a familiar feeling – it was the same feeling I had back in 2003 […]


DeMint Blocks TSA Nominee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

DeMint Blocks TSA Nominee
The Washington Post notes that an “alleged attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.”

“Instead, the post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has held up President Obama’s nominee in an effort to prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union.”


One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists
Our descent is the familiar disease of decaying empires. Dissent is starting to become defined as an act of terrorism.

Our descent is the familiar disease of decaying empires. Dissent is starting to become defined as an act of terrorism.

10 Reasons the U.S. Military Should (Officially) Use Pot
Medical marijuana may have a host of advantages over other treatments for traumatized vets, but the VA won’t even study its efficacy.

Medical marijuana may have a host of advantages over other treatments for traumatized vets, but the VA won't even study its efficacy.

It’s Time to Get to Work Fixing Our Economic and Political Problems
We must all recognize the terrible consequences of not coming up with real solutions to the issues facing us.

We must all recognize the terrible consequences of not coming up with real solutions to the issues facing us.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

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Google Monopoly
I have come to the conclusion that Google has evolved into what economists call a “natural monopoly”. When this situation occurs it is always cheaper for one large firm to supply the market than multiple smaller firms, In fact, absent…


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Right Wing Renews Calls For Profiling: ?There Should Be A Separate Line To Scrutinize Anybody With The Name Abdul?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Right Wing Renews Calls For Profiling: ?There Should Be A Separate Line To Scrutinize Anybody With The Name Abdul?
The right wing’s predictable policy prescription in the aftermath of any terror incident is to impose greater ethnic profiling of Muslims. For instance, following the Ft. Hood shooting, Sarah Palin said, “profile away.” After six imams were removed from a plane in Minnesota in 2006, Ann Coulter justified profiling Muslims by arguing that it’s just […]

The right wing’s predictable policy prescription in the aftermath of any terror incident is to impose greater ethnic profiling of Muslims. For instance, following the Ft. Hood shooting, Sarah Palin said, “profile away.” After six imams were removed from a plane in Minnesota in 2006, Ann Coulter justified profiling Muslims by arguing that it’s just like “profiling the Klan.” That same year, after British authorities revealed a terrorist plot to blow up planes headed to the U.S., right-wing radio host Mike Gallagher said, “It’s time to have a Muslims check-point line” at airports.

They’re at it again. In the wake of the failed terrorist attempt aboard a Northwest airlines flight on Christmas Day, the right wing is renewing its pleas for more profiling of Muslims:

Radio host Mike Gallagher: “There should be a separate line to scrutinize anybody with the name Abdul or Ahmed or Mohammed.(Note: Those are some of the most common names in the world.)

Rep. Peter King (R-NY): “100 percent of the Islamic terrorists are Muslim, and that is our main enemy today. So why we should not be profiling people because of their religion?

Terrorism pundit Steven Emerson: “Remember, there have been so many complaints about quote, profiling, by the quote, Islamic civil rights groups, that they stopped basically profiling. And that basically led to not putting this guy onto the terrorist watch list.

Unsurprisingly, Fox News has served as the platform for right-wing voices calling for more profiling. Watch a compilation:

Broad-based ethnic profiling is counterproductive for a host of reasons. It creates a false sense of security and causes law enforcement resources to be wasted in chasing the wrong targets. Terrorists come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. John Walker Lindh was white, while Richard Reid was Jamaican and British. As the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights has reported:

Terrorism profiling is a crude substitute for behavior-based enforcement. It violates core American values, including the constitutional guarantee of equal protection. It also hinders anti-terrorism efforts because it alienates people and communities that are critical to the success of the anti-terrorism effort.

Non-specific profiling of certain religions or races amounts to a witch-hunt against a class of people, creating the perception among the larger society that those individuals containing certain suspect features (skin color, foreign-sounding names, foreign-language skills, etc) are to be feared.

Yesterday, two Middle Eastern men were pulled off a flight heading to Phoenix because passengers reported they were engaging in suspicious behavior. The men were speaking in a Middle Eastern language. And on a Detroit-bound flight yesterday, a Nigerian businessman was taken off an airplane because passengers became suspicious that he was lingering in the bathroom for too long. The FBI confirmed that the individual’s behavior was due to a legitimate illness.


Explosive in Detroit terror case could have blown hole in airplane, sources say

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Explosive in Detroit terror case could have blown hole in airplane, sources say
A dangerous explosive allegedly concealed by Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in his underwear could have blown a hole in the side of his Detroit-bound aircraft if it had been detonated, according to two federal sources briefed on the investigation.

Crush of earmarks in defense bill gives yet another lesson in horse-trading
Journalists talk about congressional earmarks in terms of lobbyists’ shenanigans, or legislators helping themselves and their pals.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s legacy as Chicago schools chief questioned
CHICAGO — Soon after Arne Duncan left his job as schools chief here to become one of the most powerful U.S. education secretaries ever, his former students sat for federal achievement tests. This month, the mathematics report card was delivered: Chicago trailed several cities in performance and…

Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief
An alleged attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.

Settlement reached in Nevada governor’s divorce
RENO, NEV. — Gov. Jim Gibbons and first lady Dawn Gibbons reached a settlement in their divorce Monday as they were preparing to begin a four-day public trial.


Dems Don’t Need to Be More ‘Moderate’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 29th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Dems Don’t Need to Be More ‘Moderate’
Robert Creamer, Huffington Post
There is little doubt that over the last several months President Obama's poll numbers — and those of Democrats generally — have taken a swing for the worse. The president's job approval numbers have drifted below 50 percent. The popularity of some of his signature initiatives has dropped. Last week, Democratic Congressman Parker Griffith of Alabama announced he was switching parties — presumably in order to enhance his odds of political survival next fall. These events have given rise to calls that the Democratic agenda needs to become more “moderate” or…

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Foreign-Policy Team Bests Economy Stars
Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
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