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Conyers’ Wife Gets 37 Months in Prison

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:52 am by HL

Conyers’ Wife Gets 37 Months in Prison
Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was sentenced today to 37 months in prison and two years supervised probation in the Synagro bribery scandal that rocked the city of Detroit. “Her abuse of her office for self-enrichment was a betrayal of her fiduciary duty to the citizens and pensioners of the city who entrusted their taxpayer dollars and retirement money to her,” prosecutors said.


Early Morning Swim: Rachel Madow Takes Down Bart Stupak — “He’s Lying”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:51 am by HL

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Madow Takes Down Bart Stupak — “He’s Lying”
Good.

Good.

Rep. Bart Stupak, the pro-life Democrat from Michigan who has made legislative language over abortion funding a flashpoint in the debate over health care reform, is now facing a primary challenger from the left. Connie Saltonstall, a former Charlevoix County commissioner and retired businesswoman from Charlevoix, Mich. who announced her primary challenge Tuesday.

The main issue is he was willing to sacrifice health care reform because of abortion funding,” Saltonstall told CNN. “He’s been my congressman for many years. I have compromised voting for him because of his position on choice. Health care and choice are two issues I am especially concerned about.”

It’s great that she’s challenging him, but she shouldn’t reinforce his lies. It’s not about abortion funding, because that’s not in the bill.

It’s about Bart Stupak.

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The Courage of avoiding their Convictions
Yet another moral quagmire for the Ratzinger Brothers.

The Ratzinger Brothers set off on a career of upward mobility and being zombies

In addition to parts of the American Catholic Church’s own interesting interpretation of fellowship, the lack of leadership (as opposed to orders) comes from the top.

The guy who enforced silence on allegations of child abuse for the last Pope and then was rewarded by being made Pope has yet another connection to an embarrassment to the Church.

…the liaison between Roman Catholic bishops and the German government, also praised the pope’s brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, for apologizing to victims on Tuesday for doing nothing decades ago to stop the beating of students.

The Ratzinger Brothers were there together at that place for a time.  So, now the laundry list of being present during moral outrages includes serving in Hitler’s Wehrmacht, allowing the beating of children, prostitution, and covering up child abuse. They’ve always taken the BRAVE and MORAL position no matter the risks … as soon as it is convenient and if they get caught.

Are they responsible for all these things? Of course not. Are they to some extent the prisoner of circumstance? Of course. Have they ever actually risked anything to take a moral and upright stand? Not that we know of.

Please begin the canonization process early, so they can catch up to Pius XII.

They can be the Patron Saints of Convenience.

That’s the moral leadership you expect out of a religious leader, y’know like Jimmy Swaggart, John Hagee, or Ali Khamenei.

Late Late Night FDL: World Out Of Control
Featuring new videos by Hurricane Bells and The Watson Twins.

Featuring new videos by Hurricane Bells and The Watson Twins.

What’s on your mind tonight?

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Congress Honors WWII’s Women Pilots

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:50 am by HL

Congress Honors WWII’s Women Pilots
After decades of second-class treatment, America’s female aviators of the Second World War have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Although 38 of their number died in the line of duty, the women fliers received none of the benefits of male pilots and weren’t even recognized as veterans until 1977. AP via Google: About 200 of these women aviators, mostly in their late 80s and early 90s and some in wheelchairs, came to the Capitol to accept the medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. In thanking them for their service, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said these women pilots went unrecognized for too long. Read more

After decades of second-class treatment, America’s female aviators of the Second World War have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Although 38 of their number died in the line of duty, the women fliers received none of the benefits of male pilots and weren’t even recognized as veterans until 1977.

AP via Google:

About 200 of these women aviators, mostly in their late 80s and early 90s and some in wheelchairs, came to the Capitol to accept the medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.

In thanking them for their service, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said these women pilots went unrecognized for too long.

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The Winner and Still Champion, the Olympic (Ka-Ching!) Movement
In the wake of the just-concluded Winter Games—aka They Can Even Sell This Stuff?—it’s amazing to think how little was left of the Olympic movement in 1984, when it crawled into Los Angeles on its last legs.

By Mark Heisler

In the wake of the just-concluded Winter Games—aka They Can Even Sell This Stuff?—it’s amazing to think how little was left of the Olympic movement in 1984, when it crawled into Los Angeles on its last legs.


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Health Care Close After Democrats, White House Meet

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Health Care Close After Democrats, White House Meet
WASHINGTON — A final agreement nearly in hand, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are about to embark on one last sales job that will…

Paul Abrams: Middle Class Bailout: Celebrating Harry Hopkins’ 120th Birthday with 4 Million Jobs by August 17th.
The middle class needs a bailout for the same reason the banks needed a bailout–long-term systemic risk. If the (much smaller) government during the Great…

Janine R. Wedel: Shadow Elite March to War: Rove, Perle, & Truthiness
For the rest of March, to mark seven years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Shadow Elite column each week will focus on what…

Eric Michael Johnson: Coca-Cola Co. Denies Involvement in Murder and Rape, Blames “U.S. Judicial System”
The Coca-Cola Company has long marketed itself as being synonymous with American values. However, after a recent complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court…


Thiessen falsely claims all Senate Judiciary Republicans echoed Cheney’s DOJ attack ad

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Thiessen falsely claims all Senate Judiciary Republicans echoed Cheney’s DOJ attack ad

Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen falsely claimed that “all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee” were asking questions similar to those posed by Liz Cheney’s controversial ad campaign attacking Justice Department attorneys who previously represented terrorism detainees. In fact, Sen. Lindsey Graham — a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee — has joined numerous conservatives in criticizing the ad’s attacks.

Thiessen: “All the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee” echoed attacks on DOJ lawyers

From the March 9 edition of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show:

STEWART: Boy, this is all just bubbling up. This whole Keeping America Safe with Liz Cheney’s group; you wrote an editorial, basically — I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but you felt that Liz Cheney was being unfairly maligned by these people attacking these ads.

THIESSEN: Absolutely. I mean, I think she raises a legitimate question. And it’s not just her. It’s the — all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If a mob lawyer was hired to — if a bunch of mob lawyers were hired to handle mob cases in the Justice Department, it would be a legitimate question to ask who are they, who did they represent, what cases are they involved in?

Graham — Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee — has criticized Cheney’s ad

Graham reportedly said the ad was “inappropriate and unfairly demonized DOJ lawyers for doing a noble public service.” Josh Rogin reported in Foreign Policy‘s The Cable blog:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services and Judiciary Committees, told The Cable Tuesday that the Cheney-Kristol ad was inappropriate and unfairly demonized DOJ lawyers for doing a noble public service by defending unpopular suspects.

“I’ve been a military lawyer for almost 30 years, I represented people as a defense attorney in the military that were charged with some pretty horrific acts, and I gave them my all,” said Graham. “This system of justice that we’re so proud of in America requires the unpopular to have an advocate and every time a defense lawyer fights to make the government do their job, that defense lawyer has made us all safer.”

Rogin further reported: ” ‘I’m with Kenneth Starr on this one,’ Graham added, referring to a letter signed by several GOP lawyers, many of whom defended Bush-era detainee policies, condemning the ‘al Qaeda 7’ ad.”

Conservatives and former Bush officials have condemned attacks on the lawyers as “shameful” and “wrong”

Conservatives have condemned Cheney’s attacks on DOJ lawyers as “shameful.” Former Bush administration officials Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and former acting Attorney General Peter Keisler, as well as attorneys who dealt directly with detainee policy signed a letter stating that the attacks on the Justice Department lawyers are “shameful” and that the attacks “undermine the Justice system.” The New York Times reported on March 4 that Keisler, “who led the Bush administration’s courtroom defense against lawsuits filed by Guantanamo detainees is denouncing attacks on Obama administration appointees who previously helped such prisoners challenge their indefinite detention without trial.” Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed (subscription required) that it is “wrong to criticize attorneys who represent alleged terrorists.” In addition, former Bush administration lawyer John Bellinger said of the attacks on the DOJ lawyers, “I think those sorts of cheap shots suggesting that a lawyer who is simply defending a client somehow shares those views are — really are inappropriate.”

Sessions reportedly called ad “over the top and unjustified.” Foreign Policy‘s Rogin further reported, “Even senior Republicans who agreed with the ad’s criticism of Holder’s appointment of the lawyers said that the ad was beyond the pale.” Rogin then quoted Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying, “An ad that says it’s the Department of Jihad is over the top and unjustified.”


Gibbs Calmly Takes Down Massa Over Allegations Of Dem Plot (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Gibbs Calmly Takes Down Massa Over Allegations Of Dem Plot (VIDEO)
With former Rep. Eric Massa appearing on Glenn Beck tonight and slinging charges of a Democratic conspiracy to force him out of Congress, Robert Gibbs blasted Massa this morning for making “crazy allegations.”

Hoyer Vs. Massa: All A Misunderstanding?
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters earlier today that he never talked to Eric Massa about any ethics allegation, after Massa accused Hoyer of lying. But it appears that the back-and-forth between the two arose after Massa read an Associated Press article that incorrectly reported Hoyer’s original statement on the issue.


Eric Massa’s ‘Man Fracker’ Magazine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Eric Massa’s ‘Man Fracker’ Magazine


Clinton Widens Her Circle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Clinton Widens Her Circle
The Washington Post notes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “had one condition that eclipsed all others as she considered Obama’s offer to be secretary of state: She demanded hiring authority at the department. To Team Clinton, this meant every political job — about 200 — from the most senior level to the 20-something researchers. Historically, it is the president who fills these political positions, and no one can recall a Cabinet secretary in recent memory requesting and receiving this kind of hiring latitude.”

Interestingly, “a little over a year into her tenure as secretary of state, allies and detractors alike say Clinton has made a vigorous effort to widen her circle, wooing and pulling into her orbit the agency’s Foreign Service and civil service officials, many of whom said in interviews that she has brought a new energy to the building.”

Conyer’s Wife Sentenced to Three Years
Monica Conyers, the wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), was sentenced to 37 months in prison for taking bribes, the Detroit News reports.

She “is the only Detroit elected official convicted so far in a long-running corruption investigation that has netted 10 guilty pleas.”

The Detroit Free Press notes that “after months of silence,” the “combative and unpredictable” Conyers “erupted during her sentencing in federal court Wednesday: first, repeatedly asking to withdraw her guilty plea, then exclaiming she wasn’t going to jail for something she didn’t do.”

However, a plea document Conyers signed last summer said she “waives any right to appeal her conviction or sentence” as long as she was sentenced her to five years or less.


Hightower: Why Obama and Dems Seem Incapable of Taking a Firm Stand on Anything

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Hightower: Why Obama and Dems Seem Incapable of Taking a Firm Stand on Anything
The Obama-ites seem incapable of firm stands. They excite us by boldly addressing our economic woes. But when it comes time to follow through — it’s droopsville.

The Obama-ites seem incapable of firm stands. They excite us by boldly addressing our economic woes. But when it comes time to follow through — it's droopsville.

SEC Drills a Peephole into Boardrooms
Imagine the Senate with no C-SPAN, no journalists, no public sessions, no transcripts, no voting records, and no accountability — that’s boardroom elections.

Imagine the Senate with no C-SPAN, no journalists, no public sessions, no transcripts, no voting records, and no accountability — that's boardroom elections.

Is Our Sexed-up Society Creating Prosti-Tots?
Super-sexualized ‘prosti-tot’ culture posits hotness — as opposed to, say, math — as a girl’s highest attainable goal.

Super-sexualized 'prosti-tot' culture posits hotness — as opposed to, say, math — as a girl's highest attainable goal.


Why the Continuing Bad Job Numbers Make It Harder (But Even More Important) To Pass Health Care Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 11th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Why the Continuing Bad Job Numbers Make It Harder (But Even More Important) To Pass Health Care Reform
The loss of 36,000 jobs in February is better than expected but it’s still miserable (26,000 were lost in January, according to the government’s revised figures), and it complicates the President’s final push for health care reform. (And don’t blame…


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How the Tea Party is Not Like the New Left
The glib Mr. Brooks, unable to see depredations on the right unless false equivalency alerts go off to put him in mind of depredations on the left, struck again. My response in today’s NYT: To the Editor: Re “The Wal-Mart…



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