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Poll: 70% of Current Vets OK Serving with Gays

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Poll: 70% of Current Vets OK Serving with Gays
Poll: As the Pentagon prepares to survey soldiers about President Obama’s decision to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a new poll of military personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars has finds that sexual orientation is “not a burning issue that overwhelms veterans’ lives.” Seventy three percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans say “they are personally comfortable in the presence of gays and lesbians.”


Fanfare for the Common Ass****

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Fanfare for the Common Ass****
Being abuse and humiliated for your illness or disability isn’t so bad, especially if small bills are involved.

If you could play Aaron Copeland’s Copland’s classic tribute to the ordinary citizen using only one hand and your armpit — you might approach the intellectual quality of Megan McArdle’s discourse on public behavior.

You may have already seen this…Ohio teabaggers show kindness and affection toward an individual with parkinson’s disease, obviously influenced by noted humanitarian Rush Limbaugh:

To be sure, the people mocking the counter-protester come across as louts. But their behavior doesn’t exactly seem to be out of bounds by the standards of protest and counterprotesters…No matter how frail his condition, could the fellow on the ground possibly have been seriously endangered by having two bills hurled his way?

I’d certainly be willing to take such harsh treatment from the nice folks at Progress Ohio.

Yes, mocked, abused and patronized for a serious disability or illness is the price you pay for not being “put down” or something in Megan’s libertarian paradise. And among the right-wing, she was the classy one. Awesome.

Megan is willing to have people throw money at her in Columbus, Ohio? She could likely find the perpetrators of this abuse here — so have at it McArdle..

Late Late Night FDL: Birdshit
Featuring music videos by Portugal The Man and Julian Amacker.

Featuring music videos by Portugal The Man and Julian Amacker.

What’s on your mind tonight?

Update: R.I.P. Alex Chilton

Tags: Julian Amacker, Portugal The Man


Privacy Is Dead Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Privacy Is Dead Edition
The many legal ways your boss is probably spying on you, Stephen Baldwin’s latest crusade and the famous photo even professional journalists don’t recognize—all this and more after the jump. 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. The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top. The Iran Threat in the Age of Real-Axis-of-Evil Expansion It is intriguing to see how whoever the United States and Israel find interfering with their imperial or dispossession plans is quickly demonized and becomes a threat and target for that Real-Axis-of-Evil (RAE), and hence their NATO allies and, with less intensity, much of the rest of the “international community” (IC, meaning ruling elites, not ordinary citizens). … The Lehman Report: Is It Time for a Special Prosecutor? After a slow start, commentators and media outlets are finally cottoning onto the implications of a devastating new report on the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The Glenn Beck story Recognize this photo? I took a quick survey in the newsroom the other day, something between a Rorschach test and a pop quiz, asking younger colleagues to identify an iconic photograph of World War II. While some instantly recognized the image, others couldn’t quite place it. Power Grab: Comcast Has a New Name, but Merger With NBC Universal Still a Bad Idea Comcast is a massive cable TV and Internet provider, which wants to merge with NBC Universal, one of the world’s largest news and entertainment content providers. City on a Hill: Can the US Provide a Model for Israel? Reading American news online, the current Israeli “crisis” seems to have started last week when, during Vice President Biden’s visit here, the Netanyahu government announced it would build 1600 settler housing units in East Jerusalem.  … Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel that are accused—often falsely—of assisting Goldstone’s U.N. investigators. Support for Gay Marriage Is Greater Among College Freshmen Than Americans at Large College students who describe themselves as politically “far right” arrive on campuses across the country supporting legal same-sex marriage significantly more than do conservative Republicans nationwide, according to new data released by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. The Countless Ways You Are Losing Privacy at Work Workplace privacy is dead and buried. Employers can and do read e-mail, eavesdrop on telephone calls, monitor Internet access and watch workers with hidden cameras. Actor Stephen Baldwin Takes Christian Indoctrination to the Xtreme Original investigative report: How a media-savvy, tough-talking duo are putting their knowledge of youth culture in the service of the paranoid Christian Right.

The many legal ways your boss is probably spying on you, Stephen Baldwin’s latest crusade and the famous photo even professional journalists don’t recognize—all this and more after the jump.

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.

The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top.


The Iran Threat in the Age of Real-Axis-of-Evil Expansion
It is intriguing to see how whoever the United States and Israel find interfering with their imperial or dispossession plans is quickly demonized and becomes a threat and target for that Real-Axis-of-Evil (RAE), and hence their NATO allies and, with less intensity, much of the rest of the “international community” (IC, meaning ruling elites, not ordinary citizens). …

The Lehman Report: Is It Time for a Special Prosecutor?
After a slow start, commentators and media outlets are finally cottoning onto the implications of a devastating new report on the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

The Glenn Beck story

Recognize this photo?
I took a quick survey in the newsroom the other day, something between a Rorschach test and a pop quiz, asking younger colleagues to identify an iconic photograph of World War II. While some instantly recognized the image, others couldn’t quite place it.

Power Grab: Comcast Has a New Name, but Merger With NBC Universal Still a Bad Idea
Comcast is a massive cable TV and Internet provider, which wants to merge with NBC Universal, one of the world’s largest news and entertainment content providers.

City on a Hill: Can the US Provide a Model for Israel?
Reading American news online, the current Israeli “crisis” seems to have started last week when, during Vice President Biden’s visit here, the Netanyahu government announced it would build 1600 settler housing units in East Jerusalem.? …

Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot
The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel that are accused—often falsely—of assisting Goldstone’s U.N. investigators.

Support for Gay Marriage Is Greater Among College Freshmen Than Americans at Large
College students who describe themselves as politically “far right” arrive on campuses across the country supporting legal same-sex marriage significantly more than do conservative Republicans nationwide, according to new data released by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Countless Ways You Are Losing Privacy at Work
Workplace privacy is dead and buried. Employers can and do read e-mail, eavesdrop on telephone calls, monitor Internet access and watch workers with hidden cameras.

Actor Stephen Baldwin Takes Christian Indoctrination to the Xtreme
Original investigative report: How a media-savvy, tough-talking duo are putting their knowledge of youth culture in the service of the paranoid Christian Right.

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Minsuk Kim: Korean Americans March for America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Minsuk Kim: Korean Americans March for America
Undocumented Korean American students are making their voices heard. On March 21, over 100,000 people from every corner of America will come together for immigration reform in the March For America.

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Too Big to Succeed: Dodd’s Proposal Creates a Cumbersome Bureaucracy
Once upon a time, it seemed as if our leaders understood that “too big to fail” meant “too big to exist.” But in Sen. Dodd’s financial reform bill, the big banks won’t be dismantled — they’ll be watched … by a committee.

Joe Biden At 2010 Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner: VP Biden Jokes About Israel Visit, Naked Rahm, Tips From Tiger Woods (VIDEO)
Vice President Joe Biden delivered some very funny one-liners Wednesday night at the 2010 Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner. While Biden certainly ventured into tongue-in-cheek…

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Chief, Called To White House Over Last Minute Health Care Flare Up
With a health care reform proposal being patched together for final consideration in the House of Representatives, gripes over a key element of the legislation…


Hours after Fox corrected the record, Beck perpetuates falsehood about doctor “survey”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Hours after Fox corrected the record, Beck perpetuates falsehood about doctor “survey”

On his Fox News show, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) said that 46 percent of primary care physicians would consider leaving their profession if the Democrats’ health care reform bill passes. In fact, as Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had noted three hours earlier, the NEJM did not conduct the “survey” — which was “not a scientific poll.”

Beck falsely attributed survey to NEJM

Beck falsely claimed NEJM “says … nearly one-third of doctors will quit” if bill passes. On the March 17 edition of his Fox News show, Beck falsely claimed that “The New England Journal of Medicine says that if this bill is passed nearly one-third of doctors will quit practice medicine — quit practicing medicine.”

As Fox’s Kelly noted, “survey” was not conducted by NEJM and was “not a scientific poll”

Kelly: Survey, which was “not a scientific poll,” “was conducted by the Medicus Firm … a national physician search firm.” On the March 17 edition of Fox News’ America Live, host Kelly noted that the survey “was conducted by the Medicus Firm, which is a national physician search firm.” She added: “The New England Journal of Medicine, which was originally responsible for posting, not publishing, but — not conducting the survey, but for posting it on its website — later removed it. It’s not a scientific poll; it’s a survey.”

Spokeswoman confirmed survey has nothing to do with NEJM‘s “original research” and “was not published” by Journal. Media Matters for America contacted NEJM and received confirmation from spokeswoman Jennifer Zeis that the study had “nothing to do with the New England Journal of Medicine’s original research.” Zeis also made clear that the study “was not published by the New England Journal of Medicine.” In fact, the Medicus Firm conducted the survey in December 2009. Medicus, a Dallas- and Atlanta-based firm that recruits and places physicians in jobs was responsible for conducting the survey. It issued a press release about the results on December 17, 2009. The report then appeared in Recruiting Physicians Today, an employment newsletter produced by the Massachusetts Medical Society, “the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine.”

Other Fox personalities have perpetuated the falsehood

Several Fox News personalities have made the false claim about the survey. Before correcting the record, Kelly herself had previously falsely attributed the survey to the NEJM. Others who have made the claim include:

  • Host Bill O’Reilly, who claimed on March 16 that the survey was “published by The New England Journal of Medicine, a prestigious magazine.”
  • Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, who said on March 17 that the NEJM “published a report and did a survey” that found doctors “feel reform will force them out.”
  • Host Sean Hannity, who, on the March 16 edition of his show, asked Milton Wolf, a radiologist who says he is President Obama’s second cousin, “Will this plan that they’re now pushing, and I think in a very corrupt way, do you believe this will harm and — if you believe so, how greatly will it harm our health care system?” Wolf replied: “We just learned from The New England Journal of Medicine that a significant percentage of doctors would consider leaving — seriously consider leaving the profession if this went through.”
  • Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel, who, on the March 16 edition of Fox News’ Your World, stated: “First of all, the [American Medical Association] is a bureaucratic organization that doesn’t represent practicing doctors. A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine says that one-third of physicians would consider quitting or retiring early if this goes through.”


Clarence Thomas’s Wife’s New Group Uses Stock Photos Of Minorities

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Clarence Thomas’s Wife’s New Group Uses Stock Photos Of Minorities
Liberty Central, the new Tea-Party-inspired advocacy group launched by Virginia Thomas — the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — uses stock photos to convey the impression of minority support for its conservative goals.

Report: Rubio Failed To Disclose $34,000 In PAC Expenses
Marco Rubio has led a pretty charmed life lately, as he’s vaulted past Gov. Charlie Crist to take a commanding lead in the race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. But that could be ending.

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2010 Astroturf Teabaggers Just 2000 Brooks Brothers Rioters Redux

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

2010 Astroturf Teabaggers Just 2000 Brooks Brothers Rioters Redux
Rachel Maddow video: Reviewing the History of Fake Conservative Protests “Bush’s Conspiracy to Riot” – Robert Parry, Consortium News, Aug. 5, 2002, updated Aug. 5, 2009. “Brooks Brothers Riot” – Wikipedia


Many Undecided in Race for Connecticut Governor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Many Undecided in Race for Connecticut Governor
A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut finds “undecided” is the big leader in the Democratic and Republican primary race for governor.

Among Democrats, 44% of voters are undecided, while Ned Lamont (D) gets 28% and Dan Malloy (D) gets 18%.

On the Republican side, 50% are undecided, while Tom Foley (R) has 30% and no other candidate tops 4%.

Illinois Moves Back Primary Date
After Illinois set a modern record for low turnout in February’s primary, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed legislation to move the date back to March, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“Holding the election so soon after the holidays and creating a compressed campaign season also is partly blamed for Democrats picking the unheralded but free spending Chicago pawnbroker Scott Lee Cohen as the party’s lieutenant governor nominee. Cohen’s candidacy imploded following troubling revelations about his personal life, and Quinn now finds himself searching for a running mate six weeks after the primary was supposed to have settled the issue.”

Safest Districts Held by Democrats
An interesting Smart Politics analysis finds that Democrats currently hold 43 of the 50 least competitive House seats in the nation.

In fact, John Lewis (GA-5), Kendrick Meek (FL-17), and Richard Neal (MA-2) have not faced a Republican challenger since new district lines were drawn in 2002. Neal has not faced a GOP opponent since 1996.


What David Brooks’ Editors and Producers Keep Missing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

What David Brooks’ Editors and Producers Keep Missing
Jonathan Chait’s New Republic post today, “David Brooks At His David Brooksiest,” takes to a new level my own not-so-quiet campaign to wake up Brooks’ enablers and fans: “Today, David Brooks has written the platonic ideal of a David Brooks…


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What Do Israel and Iran Have to Do With Each Other?
…well, a lot, obviously. But when it comes to immediate-term US foreign policy objectives — particularly the current flap over Israeli settlements — the two are quite separate tracks. I feel compelled to stress this point because of a VERY…


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Stupak dismisses nuns? letter: I don?t listen to them, I listen to ?leading bishops? and Focus on the Family.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 18th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Stupak dismisses nuns? letter: I don?t listen to them, I listen to ?leading bishops? and Focus on the Family.
Today, “60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns” sent a letter to federal lawmakers urging them to pass the Senate health care legislation. They decried the “false” information floating around about abortion provisions and said that the bill’s “historic new investments” for pregnant women are the “REAL pro-life stance.” The nuns’ letter was […]

Today, “60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns” sent a letter to federal lawmakers urging them to pass the Senate health care legislation. They decried the “false” information floating around about abortion provisions and said that the bill’s “historic new investments” for pregnant women are the “REAL pro-life stance.” The nuns’ letter was a significant and unusual break with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which continues to denounce the legislation. This afternoon, Stupak dismissed the nuns, saying that he listens to only male religious figures and far-right religious organizations:

Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich, responded sharply to White House officials touting a letter representing 59,000nuns that was sent to lawmakers urging them to pass the health care bill.

The conservative Democrat dismissed the action by the White House saying, “When I’m drafting right to life language, I don’t call up the nuns.” He says he instead confers with other groups including “leading bishops, Focus on the Family, and The National Right to Life Committee.”

It’s Stupak and the bishops, however, who are increasingly isolated. The nuns join other prominent pro-life figures and organizations — including the Catholic Health Association — in urging passage of the bill.

?Climate Crime Scene? declared at Smithsonian?s David H. Koch Hall Of Human Origins.
Today, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History unveiled a new exhibit named after right-wing billionaire polluter, David H. Koch. Greenpeace dispatched its Climate Crime Unit at the opening of the $20.7 million David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins in search of Koch, the billionaire scion of Koch Industries and founder of a vast network […]

Wanted for Climate Crimes: The Koch BrothersToday, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History unveiled a new exhibit named after right-wing billionaire polluter, David H. Koch. Greenpeace dispatched its Climate Crime Unit at the opening of the $20.7 million David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins in search of Koch, the billionaire scion of Koch Industries and founder of a vast network of conservative organizations that deny the threat of global warming. Greenpeace research director Kert Davies noted that the true Koch family legacy is “one of environmental crimes”:

While David Koch’s oil wealth may get his name on a museum exhibit, the Koch family legacy is one of environmental crimes, lobbying to block clean energy, and funding global warming denial front groups.

David Koch’s political organization, Americans For Prosperity, is re-launching its “Hot Air Tour” aimed at opposing climate and clean energy policy, and is mobilizing opposition to health care reform with Tea Party rallies and false cancer ads. More at the Wonk Room.