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Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter
Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs. New York Daily News: Tabor, a soldier at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Wash., told police he held the little girl’s head backward in a sink of water, Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil told the the local newspaper, the Nisqually Valley News. Stancil said Tabor had admitted to using this means of punishment three to four times. Police found the little girl locked in a bathroom with bruises on her back and scratch marks on her neck and throat. Read more

Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs.

New York Daily News:

Tabor, a soldier at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Wash., told police he held the little girl’s head backward in a sink of water, Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil told the the local newspaper, the Nisqually Valley News.

Stancil said Tabor had admitted to using this means of punishment three to four times.

Police found the little girl locked in a bathroom with bruises on her back and scratch marks on her neck and throat.

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Daniel Cluchey: Conservatives’ Network Moment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Daniel Cluchey: Conservatives’ Network Moment
The sad truth is that the Republican party has been commandeered by those who would rather dumb their fellow citizens down than take part in an honest discussion about what policies best serve the American people.

Naomi Klein: We Must Stand with Tim DeChristopher
We cannot let the trial of Tim DeChristopher stand. When he disrupted that auction last year, he did so in the fine tradition of non-violent civil disobedience that changed so many unjust laws in this country’s past.

Paul Helmke: Guns And Starbucks: Espresso Shots, Not Gunshots
Welcome to the “open carry” movement, an effort by “gun rights” extremists to foist their interpretation of the Second Amendment on the rest of us by openly carrying handguns in public places.

Aindriu Colgan: Meg Whitman, California, And The Importance of Image
The Golden State’s political problems have progressed from bad to worse. It is not just suffering financial and budgetary difficulties, it is also flirting with…


Quick Fact: Carlson falsely claimed Republicans were “sidelined” in health care reform debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Quick Fact: Carlson falsely claimed Republicans were “sidelined” in health care reform debate

On the February 9 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson advanced the false claim that Republicans had been “sidelined through the whole” health care “discussion.” In fact, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senate Finance Committee bills contained nearly 200 Republican amendments.

From the February 9 broadcast of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

CARLSON: I understand that the Republicans want to start over and start from scratch because they were basically sidelined through the whole discussion initially, but it is going to be a huge mistake if the Republicans don’t show up at this thing. It’s going to prove the president’s point that they’ve basically been the party of no.

FACT: Senate bills included numerous GOP amendments, reflected bipartisan meetings

Senate bills had numerous GOP amendments and reflected bipartisan meetings.  According to a HELP Committee document detailing the amendments to the Chairman’s Mark considered, at least 13 amendments sponsored by one or more Republican senators were included in the bill.


Return Of the Repressed? Birtherism, Homophobia, Racial Paranoia Rise To Surface At Tea Party Confab

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Return Of the Repressed? Birtherism, Homophobia, Racial Paranoia Rise To Surface At Tea Party Confab
The National Tea Party Convention offered an outlet for some of the ranker strands of modern conservatism that had long been bubbling beneath the surface of the Tea Party movement.

American Action Network: Who’s Putting Up The Money?
With the American Action Network launching later this month, it’s a good time to look at a few of the people who are reportedly helping to fund the new conservative think tank.


Palin to ‘Lip Sync’ Future Speeches Says Aide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Palin to ‘Lip Sync’ Future Speeches Says Aide
Palin to ‘Lip Sync’ Future Speeches Says Aide By E.T. Mandible Nashville Journal-Advertiser February 8, 2010 Exclusive to the Journal-Advertiser NASHVILLE – In the wake of her speech last Saturday to the Tea Party convention held here, an aide to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told this reporter that her future speeches would be lip-synched. (Lip-synching is a technique where […]


Republicans Threaten Boycott of Health Care Summit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Republicans Threaten Boycott of Health Care Summit
House Republican leaders raised the prospect “that they might refuse to participate in President Obama’s proposed health care summit if the White House chooses not to scrap the existing reform bills and start over,” the Washington Post reports.

On the GOP side: A new Gallup poll finds just 36% of Americans approve of the way the president is handling health care policy.


It Takes a Village to Raise a Racist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

It Takes a Village to Raise a Racist
Researches have found that kids don’t necessarily get their prejudice from their parents — it is the community that fosters tolerance or prejudice.

Researches have found that kids don't necessarily get their prejudice from their parents — it is the community that fosters tolerance or prejudice.

A Conspiracy Theory About a Secret Police Force Has Ignited a Firestorm of Right-Wing Paranoia
An obscure executive order has been misconstrued and now the blowback has reached all the way to Congress.

An obscure executive order has been misconstrued and now the blowback has reached all the way to Congress.

Our Democracy No Longer Works and the Problem Is Congress
At the center of our government lies a bankrupt institution: Congress. The US Congress has become the Fundraising Congress.

At the center of our government lies a bankrupt institution: Congress. The US Congress has become the Fundraising Congress.

One Company Thinks They’ve Created Fast Food With a Conscience — Are They Right?
Chipotle has a great record when it comes to buying more sustainable ingredients, but it has done one thing that has human rights activists howling.

Chipotle has a great record when it comes to buying more sustainable ingredients, but it has done one thing that has human rights activists howling.


Squeezing Intel Out of Terrorists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Squeezing Intel Out of Terrorists
As a companion piece to Matt Yglesias’ ontology of Miranda rights, I want to look at the underlying first-order basis of the intelligence obtained from terrorists in custody. Very simple: they give it to us. Obviously they don’t do so…


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Why The Ethan Bronner Case Matters
The story this far is that the New York Times is seriously on the defensive because the son of its Israel correspondent, Ethan Bronner, joined the Israeli army. In the end, the Bronner story is not that significant. He will…



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Bachmann?s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ?Wean Everybody? Off Social Security, Medicare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Bachmann?s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ?Wean Everybody? Off Social Security, Medicare
This past weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addressed the right-wing Constitutional Coalition’s annual conference in St. Louis. She had dropped out of the Tea Party Convention occurring on the same day in Nashville to make the appearance. Speaking to a small group of conference attendees and ThinkProgress during lunch on Saturday, Bachmann outlined how the […]

bachmann.jpgThis past weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addressed the right-wing Constitutional Coalition’s annual conference in St. Louis. She had dropped out of the Tea Party Convention occurring on the same day in Nashville to make the appearance.

Speaking to a small group of conference attendees and ThinkProgress during lunch on Saturday, Bachmann outlined how the Republican Party and its 2012 nominee must address the national debt. Bachmann referenced Glenn Beck, who falsely warned about a $107 trillion in supposed “unfunded liabilities” from Social Security and Medicare. She then called for a “reorganization” of entitlements where people “already in the system” would continue to receive benefits, but “everybody else” would be weaned off:

BACHMANN: Is the country too big to fail? No, the country can fail. We can, we’re not invincible. And we’re so close now to being at that point because the thing is, as Glenn Beck said last night, it is true. The $107 trillion that he put on the board. We’re $14 trillion in debt, but that doesn’t include the unfunded massive liabilities. That’s $107 trillion, and that’s for Social Security and Medicare and all the rest. You add up all those unfunded net liabilities, and all the traps that could go wrong we’re on the hook for, and what it means is what we have to do is a reorganization of all of that, Social Security and all. We have to do it simply because we can’t let the contract remain as they are because the older people are going to lose. So, what you have to do, is keep faith with the people that are already in the system, that don’t have any other options, we have to keep faith with them. But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off. And wean everybody off because we have to take those unfunded net liabilities off our bank sheet, we can’t do it. So we just have to be straight with people. So basically, whoever our nominee is, is going to have to have a Glenn Beck chalkboard and explain to everybody this is the way it is.

Bachmann is echoing a growing chorus in the GOP caucus. Recently, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced an alternative budget plan which would privatize both Medicare and Social Security. As the Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo has noted, the type of private Social Security accounts Ryan proposes would have cost seniors tens of thousands of dollars in the 2008-2009 market plunge. But Bachmann takes Ryan’s effort a step farther and seems to be suggesting a full repeal of the retirement safety net.

Bachmann, who has gained influence within Republican leadership circles, was a star at the event. At his speech on Friday, Glenn Beck proclaimed that Bachmann was the only person he trusted in Congress. Other accolades for Bachmann were heard throughout the conference. At one point, Heritage Foundation scholar Matt Spalding, who had been whispering in Bachmann’s ear while other panelists spoke, exclaimed, “if there’s one person who everyone at Heritage has a crush on, it’s Michele Bachmann.”

MSNBC?s Andrea Mitchell Mocks Sarah Palin By Writing ?Cheat Sheet? On Her Hand
On MSNBC’s Daily Rundown this morning, Andrea Mitchell reported that “one of the most interesting things” from Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Tea Party Convention this past weekend was the notes written on her hand. “Very clearly,” Mitchell observed, “were some cheat sheets.” Mitchell then mocked Palin by displaying her own hand, which had some […]

On MSNBC’s Daily Rundown this morning, Andrea Mitchell reported that “one of the most interesting things” from Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Tea Party Convention this past weekend was the notes written on her hand. “Very clearly,” Mitchell observed, “were some cheat sheets.”

Mitchell then mocked Palin by displaying her own hand, which had some handwriting on it. Holding up her hand for the camera, Mitchell joked that she wrote some things down “just in case I didn’t remember” what she wanted to say:

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Mitchell’s joke then segued into an interesting conversation about the press corps’ treatment of Palin. Host Chuck Todd — seemingly wary of taking a jab at Palin — attempted to defend her by arguing, “We’ve all done notes.” Mitchell responded by astutely noting Palin’s hypocrisy in attacking Obama for using a Teleprompter. “So she takes all these snarky shots at Barack Obama,” Mitchell said, leaving Todd to complete the sentence, “she undermined it a little bit.”

“If Mitt Romney had notes on his hand, wouldn’t we take it pretty seriously?” Mitchell asked. Todd responded, “She has different rules.” Watch the segment:


McDonnell directing more education money to N.Va.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 9th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

McDonnell directing more education money to N.Va.
RICHMOND — In one of his first decisions on the state’s two-year budget, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell sided with Northern Virginia, the vote-rich region that helped him secure his landslide victory in November, by sending it more school dollars.

The Fix: White House moves to make the filibuster a campaign issue
Over the past week, President Obama and his senior aides have repeatedly cited Republicans’ filibuster threats as the primary reason for the lack of progress on big ticket legislative items, an early sign that Democrats will seek to use this bit of legislative arcana against the GOP in the coming…

Va. Senate passes anti-discrimination bill for state workers
RICHMOND The Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday that would make it illegal to discriminate in the state workforce, including on the basis of sexual orientation, marking the first time such legislation has passed either chamber of the Virginia General Assembly.