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Archive for March 19th, 2010

Obama Gives Contentious Interview on Fox

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Obama Gives Contentious Interview on Fox
President Obama’s interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier was an “interrupt-a-thon” in which both guest and host didn’t let the other finish talking, writes Katie Connolly of Newsweek. “The president also seemed a little exasperated, asking Baier three times to let him finish his answers, and once accusing him of interrupting. Still, it’s good viewing.”

Health Reform Protesters Jeer Parkinson’s Victim
Outside an Ohio Congresswoman’s office Tuesday during dueling pro- and anti-health reform rallies, the anger reached a point that anti-reform protesters mocked an apparent Parkinson’s disease sufferer, scorning him as a “communist” who is looking for “handouts” and throwing dollar bills at him. “I wish we could talk back and forth,” lamented one person at the rallies. “Instead it’s they’re right we’re wrong.”


Late Late Night FDL: I Need To Know

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: I Need To Know
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Stevie NicksI Need To Know, live from Gatorville, 2006.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Stevie NicksI Need To Know, live from Gatorville, 2006.

What’s on your mind?

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“Who cares what a bunch of broads think?”
Bart Stupak, awful person, or the most awful person?

Poor Bart Stupak, is having nun of this.

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.

Nuns! What have nuns ever done for the Catholic Church? It’s the men that do all the heavy stuff, the lifting, the speaking, the petting, the hating, the beating, the covering up, the apologizing.

No, Bart listens to the ones who really matter!

“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.”

What else does Stupak listen to Focus on the Family for? The show & tell with your son? The animal rights policies?

Listen Sister, Bart isn’t going to listen to a bunch of women tell him about what women think about womens’ bodies.

Oh, and Bart says his lying and moaning about health care reform and abortion has made his life hell, why people have been calling and mocking him.

Tell it to the family of Dr. Barnett Slepian or Dr. George Tiller, jackass.


The Questions Education Reformers Aren’t Asking

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

The Questions Education Reformers Aren’t Asking
No one in power is asking fundamental questions about the purpose of education and whether much-hyped reforms might do more harm than good.

No one in power is asking fundamental questions about the purpose of education and whether much-hyped reforms might do more harm than good.

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What’s the Matter With Democrats?
Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda. By David Sirota

Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda.


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Jodi Jacobson: Bart Stupak: I Don’t Listen To Nuns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Jodi Jacobson: Bart Stupak: I Don’t Listen To Nuns
This article was originally published at RH Reality Check. In interviews Wednesday, Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak revealed a great deal about himself, the United States…

Disgrasian: An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education from a Survivor of Its Public School System
Dear Texas State Board of Education, I’ve been following the “liberal-hysteria” that’s ensued since you approved those social studies curriculum changes last week, and as…

Student Loan Overhaul Tied To Health Care Bill Is Trimmed
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Thursday trimmed their original student loan plans, reduced spending for community colleges, and eliminated early childhood money from a broad…

Maryland Trying To Secede From The South
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s official song may include a line about “Northern scum” left over from the Civil War era, but the state isn’t feeling…

Jeffrey Kaye: A Bipartisan Immigration Plan, Carrots and Sticks
Just days ahead of a planned Sunday rally that immigrants’ rights advocates hope will bring tens of thousands of people to Washington D.C., Senators Charles…


Fox skews health care reform discussion away from deficit reduction

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Fox skews health care reform discussion away from deficit reduction

Fox News immediately responded to cost estimates of health care reform legislation by devoting far more attention to the estimate that the legislation would increase spending by $940 billion over 10 years than it did to the estimate that, including cost savings and revenue increases, the bill would actually reduce the deficit by $130 billion over the same period. On-screen graphics throughout Fox News’ initial coverage referred to the cost estimate, while no graphics mentioned deficit reduction.

Fox focuses on cost estimate

Fox shows nearly 10 minutes of on-screen graphic spelling out $940 billion cost estimate, none on deficit reduction. During the 9 a.m. ET hour — when reports of the Congressional Budget Office’s preliminary cost analysis of health care reform legislation first leaked — Fox News repeatedly aired an on-screen graphic stating, “CBO: Health Care Will Cost $940 Billion Over 10 Yrs,” showing the graphic for a total of 9 minutes, 44 seconds. At no time during the 9 a.m. hour did Fox News show a graphic referring to the $130 billion deficit-reduction estimate.

Cost estimate mentioned three times as often as deficit-reduction estimate. During the 9 a.m. hour, the $940 billion cost estimate was mentioned 12 times — by co-hosts Bill Hemmer (three times) and Martha MacCallum (twice), Fox News contributors Karl Rove (twice) and Juan Williams, guests Joe Trippi and Kevin Madden, and by Rep. John Boehner (twice) during Fox coverage of the GOP press conference in response to the CBO estimate. By contrast, CBO’s estimate that the bill would reduce the deficit was mentioned only four times — by Hemmer, Williams, and Rove, and by Rep. James Clyburn during Fox coverage of the Democratic press conference in response to the CBO estimate.


NRSC Subpoenaed In Ensign Probe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

NRSC Subpoenaed In Ensign Probe
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury that’s investigating the John Ensign sex-and-lobbying scandal, reports Politico.

Ensign’s Office Won’t Say If It’s Been Subpoenaed
Sen. John Ensign’s office is declining to say whether it has been subpoenaed by federal investigators probing the aftermath of the senator’s sex-and-lobbying scandal.



America’s Missing National War Museum

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

America’s Missing National War Museum
[If you are going to visit the White House in the next few days, would you please print out a copy of this column and put it into the White House suggestion box, while your are there? Thanks!] An Australian pointed out to this columnist, that the first thing an American will do after visiting […]


After Health Care, Immigration

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

After Health Care, Immigration
Addressing immigration is the best way to ensure health care reform is truly effective — and score big political points with Latino voters.

Addressing immigration is the best way to ensure health care reform is truly effective — and score big political points with Latino voters.

Iraq War Anniversary: Seven Years of Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Today is the 7th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of the Iraq war. There’s a temptation as we begin to end our combat presence in Iraq to search for the happy ending. Newsweek, for example, recently ran a cover photo of President Bush with the infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background, declaring that now, […]

What White People Fear
Understanding the fears behind the racial politics of both conservative and liberal whites can help change a society in which wealth and well-being are still tied to race.

Understanding the fears behind the racial politics of both conservative and liberal whites can help change a society in which wealth and well-being are still tied to race.


AIPAC Asks Congress To Back Netanyahu, Not Obama ++ Juan Cole Eviscerates Jeffrey Goldberg

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

AIPAC Asks Congress To Back Netanyahu, Not Obama ++ Juan Cole Eviscerates Jeffrey Goldberg
The diplomatic crisis over Israeli settlements is going into its second week and there is no sign that either side is backing down. It started when the Israeli government announced that it would expand settlements in East Jerusalem while Vice…



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The AIPAC Statement We Need But Have Not Gotten (Yet)
I have written the mock press release below partly as farce and partly as hope for the kind of statement that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) might eventually issue in response to the provocative and disconcerting posture of…


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Limbaugh?s ?Cheap And Disingenuous? Call For People To Jam Congressional Phonelines

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Limbaugh?s ?Cheap And Disingenuous? Call For People To Jam Congressional Phonelines
For the past few days, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh has been urging his listeners to call Congress and oppose health care. Yesterday, he gleefully aired clips of journalists touting his project, urging his followers to keep up the pressure: LIMBAUGH: So here are the numbers, the toll-free number for the Capitol Switchboard: 877-762-8762. […]

Rush Limbaugh For the past few days, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh has been urging his listeners to call Congress and oppose health care. Yesterday, he gleefully aired clips of journalists touting his project, urging his followers to keep up the pressure:

LIMBAUGH: So here are the numbers, the toll-free number for the Capitol Switchboard: 877-762-8762. The toll call number, the direct toll number is 202-224-3121. Now, we have these numbers at RushLimbaugh.com if you don’t have a way to write them down, if you’re driving around or something. If you have a smart phone, you can log on at a red light and get the numbers. Here they are again: 877-762-8762, I guess this is the third time now that I’m — or maybe I could just say this is a continuation of yesterday, still only the second time in history that I have advocated this. And there’s no better time than now. It is really crucial. I think all these phone calls that you made yesterday, there’s no question at all they had an impact. I mean everybody noted it at the Capitol Hill switchboard.

Limbaugh seems eager to be in the spotlight after his “spawn,” Glenn Beck, has been getting all the attention lately. To do so, Limbaugh is adopting a Beck-style tactic that he previously derided. In an interview with Politico last year, Limbaugh said that telling people to “call Washington” was “cheap and disingenuous“:

“I don’t rally people and haven’t since the first year of my radio show,” he wrote to POLITICO. “At that time, all local talk hosts were attempting to prove their worth by getting people to cut up gasoline credit cards, call Washington, etc. I thought it was cheap and disingenuous. The few times I did, early on, suggest people call Washington, the reaction to it from the media was that the response was not genuine (I shut down the House switchboard) because people only did what they did because ‘Limbaugh told them to.’

On his show yesterday, Limbaugh admitted that he has “shied away” from urging people to call Congress in the past because his efforts could “delegitimize the whole thing.” He said that this time was different, however, because the media weren’t saying that “Limbaugh urged them to do it.” “They’re reporting it as a genuine outrage at the bill, and it is!” he said. “There’s no question.” Well, not really. In fact, even in the stories that Limbaugh highlights, the press reports that the calls are coming in because of Limbaugh — not because of a spontaneous outrage over health care. As The Hill wrote yesterday, the “unusual call volume” to Capitol Hill “began Tuesday afternoon after Limbaugh made a plea on his website for fans to call lawmakers.”