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Larry’s List: Irish Atheist Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Larry’s List: Irish Atheist Edition
Ireland’s atheists are battling a blasphemy law while it’s turning into the year of gay China. And you won’t believe what you’ve been eating. These stories and more on today’s list. On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. Newer links are on top. Annals of Irish jurisprudence, Blasphemy division, cont. The Minister for Justice is proposing to amend his new blasphemy law by providing, as a defence, that a person accused of blasphemy can “prove that a reasonable person would find genuine literary, artistic, political, scientific, or academic value” in the blasphemous matter. The joy of dirt GRUB, filth, grime, muck, gunk, slag, grit, grunge, smut, dross, dust, sludge, squalor. Insulted, hounded and despised, dirt these days has nowhere to hide. OBAMA DOUBLE CROSSED PROGRESSIVES ON HEALTHCARE Are you feeling like a chump yet? If you’re a good progressive, and you wanted single-payer health care for all, or, second best, Medicare for All Who Want It, or third best, a robust public option, or fourth best, a paltry public option, now you’ve got nothing, nada, zippo. BERNANKE: REWARDING A CATASTROPHE The Senate Banking Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke for another 4-year term. 15 Horrifying Reasons to Never Let Anyone You Love Near a McDonald’s One of AlterNet’s most popular articles of the year: Erectile dysfunction, the truth behind the “special sauce,” and a burger from 1996. Keep reading if you dare. Irish atheists challenge blasphemy law An atheist group in the Irish Republic has defied a new blasphemy law by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations on its website. Yummy! Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Now in Most U.S. Ground Beef You’re not going to believe what millions of Americans have been eating the last few years (Thanks, Bush! Thanks meat industry lobbyists!). Year of Gay China As the year 2009 comes to a close, it does so having been a monumental year for China’s LGBT community.

Ireland’s atheists are battling a blasphemy law while it’s turning into the year of gay China. And you won’t believe what you’ve been eating. These stories and more on today’s list.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Newer links are on top.


Annals of Irish jurisprudence, Blasphemy division, cont.
The Minister for Justice is proposing to amend his new blasphemy law by providing, as a defence, that a person accused of blasphemy can “prove that a reasonable person would find genuine literary, artistic, political, scientific, or academic value” in the blasphemous matter.

The joy of dirt
GRUB, filth, grime, muck, gunk, slag, grit, grunge, smut, dross, dust, sludge, squalor. Insulted, hounded and despised, dirt these days has nowhere to hide.

OBAMA DOUBLE CROSSED PROGRESSIVES ON HEALTHCARE
Are you feeling like a chump yet? If you’re a good progressive, and you wanted single-payer health care for all, or, second best, Medicare for All Who Want It, or third best, a robust public option, or fourth best, a paltry public option, now you’ve got nothing, nada, zippo.

BERNANKE: REWARDING A CATASTROPHE
The Senate Banking Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke for another 4-year term.

15 Horrifying Reasons to Never Let Anyone You Love Near a McDonald’s
One of AlterNet’s most popular articles of the year: Erectile dysfunction, the truth behind the “special sauce,” and a burger from 1996. Keep reading if you dare.

Irish atheists challenge blasphemy law
An atheist group in the Irish Republic has defied a new blasphemy law by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations on its website.

Yummy! Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Now in Most U.S. Ground Beef
You’re not going to believe what millions of Americans have been eating the last few years (Thanks, Bush! Thanks meat industry lobbyists!).

Year of Gay China
As the year 2009 comes to a close, it does so having been a monumental year for China’s LGBT community.

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The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See
The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.

By Chris Hedges

The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.


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Tom Engelhardt: An American World of War: What to Watch for in 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Tom Engelhardt: An American World of War: What to Watch for in 2010
Let’s pause a moment as the New Year begins and take stock of ourselves as what we truly are: the preeminent war-making machine on planet Earth. Let’s consider just what the American way of war might have in store for us in 2010.

Robert Kuttner: New Year’s Resolution: Clean House
Thus far at the Obama White House, it’s only progressives who get thrown under the proverbial bus. If Obama is truly to signal a change of course and mean it, one constructive sign would be replacements for Summers and Geithner.

Susan Madrak: You Still Want To Gut Social Security? Bring. It. On.
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Fox closes out decade by pushing debunked falsehoods

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Fox closes out decade by pushing debunked falsehoods

Fox News and its website The Fox Nation closed out 2009 by advancing debunked attacks on President Obama. Specifically, Fox News hosted Ann Coulter, who repeatedly made the false claim that Obama attended “madrassas” as a child, while The Fox Nation continued to promote Andrew Breitbart’s story that “ACORN CEO Visited Obama White House Week Before Scandal Broke” days after it was reported that the “Bertha Lewis” who visited the White House was not, in fact, the Bertha Lewis who is the CEO of ACORN.

Coulter brings back 3-year-old madrassa lie on Fox News

Coulter: Obama “attended madrassas.” On the December 28 edition of The O’Reilly Factor and the December 30 edition of Glenn Beck, Coulter

Fox Nation continued to promote the story through January 3.


GOP AGs Escalate Constitutional Battle Against Health Bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

GOP AGs Escalate Constitutional Battle Against Health Bill
The group of Republican attorneys general threatening a constitutional challenge of the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback” in the Senate health bill yesterday wrote a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi outlining their complaints. 13 AGs, several of whom are running for governor, signed the letter.


Cashing In: Ex-Officers Double As Paid Military ‘Mentors’ And Contractor Consultants
Under a newly revealed arrangement that makes the famous “revolving door” seem quaint, retired military officers are simultaneously drawing paychecks both from the government and from private sector businesses gunning for Pentagon contracts, according to a USA Today investigation.


Oh, Yes It Can…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Oh, Yes It Can…


Brown Will Not Seek Re-Election

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Brown Will Not Seek Re-Election
Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC) has told associates he will his announce his retirement Monday, Politico reports.

“Brown survived a closer-than-expected re-election in 2008 and was already facing a primary challenge from Carroll Campbell III, the son of the former GOP governor and congressman.”

“In addition to Campbell, another renowned South Carolina political name may enter the race. Paul Thurmond, son of the iconic former senator and a Charleston attorney and county council member, was urged to challenge Brown in the primary.”


US Is Increasing Its Hegemony As the "Global War Gladiator" Under Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

US Is Increasing Its Hegemony As the "Global War Gladiator" Under Obama
What to watch for in 2010 from the country that spends more on war than the next 25 combined.

What to watch for in 2010 from the country that spends more on war than the next 25 combined.

CA Politicians Are Relying on County Parties to Funnel Money, Avoid Campaign Limits
By using county parties as middlemen both Democrat and Republican donors can contribute far more money than the law typically allows.

By using county parties as middlemen both Democrat and Republican donors can contribute far more money than the law typically allows.

Reclaiming Legal Abortion as a Fundamental Right
It’s time to demand that the promise of Roe becomes a reality for women whose choices are already limited by poverty, joblessness and marginalization.

It's time to demand that the promise of Roe becomes a reality for women whose choices are already limited by poverty, joblessness and marginalization.

US More Vulnerable on Afghanistan as It Leans Harder on NATO Allies for Support
Democracy and domestic priorities will be the casualties in the US, Canada and Europe if the US-NATO military expansion into Afghanistan holds sway.

Democracy and domestic priorities will be the casualties in the US, Canada and Europe if the US-NATO military expansion into Afghanistan holds sway.


Did Obama Blow It On Northwest Terror Attack?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Did Obama Blow It On Northwest Terror Attack?
“The fact of the matter right now is that 100% of the Islamic terrorists who are coming against us are Muslims.” — American genius, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) It seems like there is lots of criticism of the President over…



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Neos Krauthammer, Kristol Start Year With Anti-Obama Screeds
Always remember, when you find the stomach to read Charles Krauthammer, that he views every issue through the lens of “is it good to help Israel withstand American pressure?” He’s a Canadian who came down here because some ambitious Canadians…



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Gun Rights and Tea Party Activists Encourage People To Bring Guns To New Mexico Protest

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

Gun Rights and Tea Party Activists Encourage People To Bring Guns To New Mexico Protest
Nearly 350 right-wing protestors crowded a New Mexico town’s busiest intersection yesterday to protest President Obama’s supposed anti-gun agenda and the “government takeover of our health care system.” While the event mostly looked like any other recent right-wing rally — complete with signs reading “replace the communists in DC” and “the sky is falling! A […]

Nearly 350 right-wing protestors crowded a New Mexico town’s busiest intersection yesterday to protest President Obama’s supposed anti-gun agenda and the “government takeover of our health care system.” While the event mostly looked like any other recent right-wing rally — complete with signs reading “replace the communists in DC” and “the sky is falling! A black man is president!” — what set this protest apart was that there “were plenty of handguns and rifles displayed.”

The local Tea Party and a group called the Second Amendment Task Force (2ATF, a reference to the ATF, which enforces gun laws) encouraged people to bring guns to the event in Alamogordo, NM, in order to “put a positive light on gun ownership,” said 2ATF’s founder Dan Woodruff. While the two protests were technically separate, they were planned together for the same day in adjacent locations. Otero Tea Party Patriots coordinator Don Omey said he was “proud” of the gun-toters. “That’s what we need to turn some minds around,” Omey said. Under New Mexico law, it’s legal for anyone over the age of 19 to open-carry a holstered firearm in most public places.

And while there was no violence during the event, one protestor wearing a Tea Party shirt said his loaded gun was a “very open threat” to anyone who might “try to take over the country completely as a socialist communist [state].” Watch it:

Apart from the obvious danger from introducing fire arms to a crowded, emotionally-charged environment, as Walt Rubel, the editor of the Las Cruces Sun-Times wrote in today’s paper, displaying guns at a rally is counter-productive to the protestors’ goals. “Nothing will ‘put a positive light on gun ownership’ quite like inviting every yahoo with a weapon in southern New Mexico to gather at the busiest intersection in Alamogordo and wave their firearms at the passing traffic,” he wrote.

This was not the first right-wing protest to which people have brought guns or displayed offensive signs, but the hate-filled atmosphere at Tea Party rallies doesn’t seem to bother former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In a guest-column in the Des Moines Register on Friday he wrote, “every American who is not corrupted by the secular-socialist left should be a member of the Tea Party movement.”


Obama aide defend trial for suspect in Christmas Day attempt to bomb plane

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2010 5:35 am by HL

Obama aide defend trial for suspect in Christmas Day attempt to bomb plane
President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser on Sunday defended the administration’s decision to try in federal court the man charged with attempting to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day and indicated that he would be offered a plea agreement to persuade him to reveal what he knows about…

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Fed chief Bernanke urges better financial regulation to prevent crises
Better regulation is the key to avoiding future financial excesses, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said Sunday, arguing that the Fed’s low-interest-rate policies early in the decade were not a major cause of the housing bubble.