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The Global War on Stealth Underwear

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

The Global War on Stealth Underwear
There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.

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By Robert Scheer

There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.


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Norm Stamper: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Trigger-Happy Cops?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

Norm Stamper: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Trigger-Happy Cops?
Cops can be forgiven for believing a next armed attack is inevitable. But that’s foolish and fatalistic thinking: Fearful, perpetually on-edge cops are a danger to themselves, and to others.

How To ‘Fix’ The Sunday Morning Shows
Jay Rosen, saints preserve him, has posted a “Simple Fix For The Messed Up Sunday Shows”. Since Sunday morning is the time when I personally…

Tom Andrews: Terrorism Is A Bipartisan Issue
Events of the last few days have demonstrated that there are some fundamentals that you can count on: First, there are demented extremists who are…

Steve King: Palin Will Run For White House In 2012, Could Win Iowa Caucuses
JOHNSTON, Iowa — An Iowa Republican congressman says he thinks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 and that…


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:44 am by HL

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Levi Johnston Says He Fears ‘Extremely Vindictive’ Sarah Palin
“I do not feel protected against Sarah Palin in a closed proceeding.” So says Levi Johnston in an affidavit in the custody fight between him and Bristol Palin that has become public after a judge denied the Palins’ request to keep it confidential.


Special Delivery: Dem Rep Reportedly Takes Stanford’s Message To Chavez
After a request from Allen Stanford, Rep. Gregory Meeks agreed to ask Hugo Chavez to prosecute a banker with whom Stanford had clashed, say sources.


GOP Freaks of 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

GOP Freaks of 2009


America the Traumatized: How 13 Events of the Decade Made Us the PTSD Nation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

America the Traumatized: How 13 Events of the Decade Made Us the PTSD Nation
The Millennial Decade screwed with our heads and destroyed our national identity. Are we in for a cataclysmic century?

The Millennial Decade screwed with our heads and destroyed our national identity. Are we in for a cataclysmic century?

10 Most Defining Feminist Moments of 2009
A look back on the times in 2009 when feminists asserted ourselves and our belief in equality, often in the face of powerful opposition.

A look back on the times in 2009 when feminists asserted ourselves and our belief in equality, often in the face of powerful opposition.

AlterNet’s Most Popular Sex and Drugs Stories of 2009
From "Big Booty Beauty and the New Sexual Aesthetic" to "5 Things the Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Cannabis."

From "Big Booty Beauty and the New Sexual Aesthetic" to "5 Things the Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Cannabis."


Why the Health Care Bill Will Destroy the Conservative Movement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Why the Health Care Bill Will Destroy the Conservative Movement
Yeah, the filibuster and the Senate structure sucks– but some of us knew that and had low expectations. Ignoring what we didn’t get, expanding coverage to thirty million folks, including 15 million more in Medicaid, plus restrictions on insurance companies…


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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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Hoekstra tries to raise money off failed terrorist attack.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Hoekstra tries to raise money off failed terrorist attack.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking member on the House intelligence committee and a candidate for governor of Michigan, is continuing his efforts to score political points off the attempted Christmas day airline bombing. In a fundraising letter acquired by the Grand Rapids Press, Hoekstra writes, “Barack Obama’s policies may impress the ‘Blame America First’ […]

Pete HoekstraRep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking member on the House intelligence committee and a candidate for governor of Michigan, is continuing his efforts to score political points off the attempted Christmas day airline bombing. In a fundraising letter acquired by the Grand Rapids Press, Hoekstra writes, “Barack Obama’s policies may impress the ‘Blame America First’ crowd at home and his thousands of fans overseas, but they sure don’t do anything to protect our families in Michigan or the rest of America.” To justify this attack of treasonous presidential behavior, Hoekstra claimed Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano said “the system worked”:

They just don’t get it. The system didn’t “work” here. Far from it! It is insulting that The Obama administration would make such a claim, but then again, these are the same weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!

In fact, Napolitano said that “the system” worked “once the incident occurred” — referring only to the post-incident response — a comment similar to ones made by the Bush administration. She has since made clear that the system of preventing such attacks “did not work.” “If you agree that we need a Governor who will stand up the Obama/Pelosi efforts to weaken our security,” Hoekstra writes, “please make a most generous contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 to my campaign.”

Most frequent ?Meet the Press? guest in 2009: Newt Gingrich.
On Sunday, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich was on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he said he suspected that “every Republican running in ‘10 and again in ‘12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal” the health care reform legislation. The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen points out that Gingrich has been the […]

Newt Gingrich On Sunday, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich was on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he said he suspected that “every Republican running in ‘10 and again in ‘12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal” the health care reform legislation. The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen points out that Gingrich has been the show’s most frequent guest in the past year:

[Sunday]was Gingrich’s fifth appearance on “MTP” just this year. In fact, Newt Gingrich, despite not having held any position in government for over a decade, was the single most frequent guest on “Meet the Press” in 2009 of any political figure in the United States. Literally.

From March to December, Gingrich appeared on “MTP,” on average, every other month. No one else in American politics was on the show this often. […]

Keep in mind, “Meet the Press” didn’t have the actual Speaker of the House on at all this year. It also featured zero appearances from all of the other living former House Speakers (Hastert, Wright, Foley) combined.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has also appeared on more than a dozen Sunday talk shows this year even though he “is not president, he chairs no Senate committees, he represents two percent of the U.S. population, he lacks a strong constituency even among his own party.”


Obama vows to repair intelligence gaps behind Detroit airplane incident

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Obama vows to repair intelligence gaps behind Detroit airplane incident
President Obama said Tuesday that a “mix of human and systemic failures” allowed a Nigerian student allegedly carrying explosives to board an airplane en route to Detroit on Christmas Day, and he vowed to quickly fix flaws that could have doomed a flight carrying nearly 300 passengers and crew…

As standoff with Iran continues, U.S. prepares targeted sanctions
The Obama administration is readying sanctions against discrete elements of the Iranian government, including those involved in the deadly crackdown on Iranian protesters, marking a shift to a more aggressive U.S. posture toward the Islamic republic, U.S. officials said.

As defense agencies hire, other government workers get incentives to retire
Uncle Sam may be hiring, but he’s also trimming staff in some corners of the government, as agencies suffer through a budget squeeze or shift their focus.


The Tipping Point in Iran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

The Tipping Point in Iran
Abbas Milani, Wall Street Journal
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Many Question ‘System Worked’ Comment
Jennifer Loven, Assoc. Press
The Obama administration claim that “the system worked” after a failed aircraft bombing wasn't quite as jolting as President George W. Bush's “Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job” when New Orleans was sinking under deadly Hurricane Katrina. But both raised disturbing questions about presidential response in a time of crisis.Bush's praise for his beleaguered FEMA director, Michael Brown, came while starving storm evacuees remained trapped in the Louisiana Superdome and victims' bodies bloated in the flooded streets. It became a clarion call for all…

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Iran’s War on Its People

Can Crist Survive Conservative Uprising in Florida?
Tim Padgett, Time