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Archive for March 30th, 2010

Tea Party Has More Women Than Men

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Tea Party Has More Women Than Men
A new Quinnipiac University National Poll of the Tea Party finds that 45 percent are men and 55 percent are women. Among the other finds: 74 percent are Republicans or independent voters leaning Republican and 77 percent voted for McCain in 2008.


My inner Captain Renault is shocked, SHOCKED!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

My inner Captain Renault is shocked, SHOCKED!
Oliver North and Sean Hannity — con artists? Oh there’s a real shocker.

Who would have thought that the gentlemen at left and Sean Hannity would be accused of being frauds…yet again?

A potentially damaging scandal erupted today that implicates Fox News Channel personalities Sean Hannity and Oliver North in the worst kind of charitable fraud. According to complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the IRS, the two right-wing icons have exploited American veterans for personal and partisan gain.

Is Iran involved? Is Hal Turner?

In its IRS complaint against Freedom Alliance, CREW says that the group’s charitable tax status should be voided because it has engaged in “prohibited political activities” such as its annual “Freedom Cruise” with Republican politicians, including Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele.

Michael Steele “makes it rain” and Newt then leaves his last wife for the one who collects the most bills. It’s quite a system.

This sure sounds like the ultimate summation of how conservatives have exploited the armed forces over the last ten years. And who better as representatives than Hannity and North?

Late Late Night FDL: Love Song for Camus
Featuring new love videos with Don Henry’s “Back on The Farm Again” and “Love Song for Camus” by I Am The Dot.

Featuring new love videos with Don Henry’s “Back on The Farm Again” and “Love Song for Camus” by I Am The Dot.

What’s on your mind tonight?

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Examines the Hutaree Militia
Eugene Robinson has a great column about this today.

Eugene Robinson has a great column about this today.

The episode highlights the obvious: For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right.

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

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But for the most part, far-left violence in this country has gone the way of the leisure suit and the AMC Gremlin. An anti-globalization movement, including a few window-smashing anarchists, was gaining traction at one point, but it quickly diminished after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. An environmental group and an animal-rights group have been linked with incidents of arson. Beyond those particulars, it is hard to identify any kind of leftist threat.

By contrast, there has been explosive growth among far-right, militia-type groups that identify themselves as white supremacists, “constitutionalists,” tax protesters and religious soldiers determined to kill people to uphold “Christian” values. Most of the groups that posed a real danger, as the Hutaree allegedly did, have been infiltrated and dismantled by authorities before they could do any damage. But we should never forget that the worst act of domestic terrorism ever committed in this country was authored by a member of the government-hating right wing: Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

But…but…McVeigh was working with Iraqi agents.

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Red Alert: NASA Launches Toyota Probe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Red Alert: NASA Launches Toyota Probe
It seems like everyone is investigating Toyota. There’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Academy of Sciences and even the automaker itself. Why not NASA? Apparently Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was thinking the same thing. Nine NASA scientists will take time off of eating freeze dried ice cream and launching ornery septuagenarians into orbit to take a crack at Toyota’s acceleration problem. LaHood said a little prodding from Congress led to the request.  —PZS Reuters: Nine NASA scientists would bring expertise in electronics, eletromagnetic interference, software integrity and complex problem solving to the Toyota review, Transportation Department officials said. LaHood has maintained that NHTSA could handle the analysis itself but said suggestions from lawmakers at congressional hearings prompted him to consider outside help. Read more

It seems like everyone is investigating Toyota. There’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Academy of Sciences and even the automaker itself. Why not NASA? Apparently Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was thinking the same thing.

Nine NASA scientists will take time off of eating freeze dried ice cream and launching ornery septuagenarians into orbit to take a crack at Toyota’s acceleration problem.

LaHood said a little prodding from Congress led to the request.? —PZS

Reuters:

Nine NASA scientists would bring expertise in electronics, eletromagnetic interference, software integrity and complex problem solving to the Toyota review, Transportation Department officials said.

LaHood has maintained that NHTSA could handle the analysis itself but said suggestions from lawmakers at congressional hearings prompted him to consider outside help.

Read more

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Al Franken Takes On Jason Mattera (VIDEO): ‘You Have To Shut Up Right Now’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

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Media invent Obama hypocrisy on recess appointments

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Media invent Obama hypocrisy on recess appointments

Several media reports have suggested President Obama is hypocritical for making recess appointments because he criticized President Bush in 2005 for bypassing the Senate when he appointed John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. But Obama was not generally criticizing recess appointments; rather, he — along with at least two Republicans — specifically argued that a recess appointment for such a high-profile diplomatic position could affect the United States’ credibility and leverage in the U.N.

Obama said Bolton’s recess appointment “means that we will have less credibility” at U.N.

Obama reportedly said the U.S. will have less “credibility” because there has never been an U.N. ambassador “who couldn’t get through a nomination in the Senate.” Context of Obama’s comments shows that he was specifically arguing that the nature of Bolton’s appointment to the U.N. would damage the United States’ credibility, and that we would “ironically be less equipped to reform the United Nations.” From an August 2, 2005, The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) article (accessed via Nexis):

Obama, who also participated in the news conference, called the appointment “a mistake.”

“To some degree, he’s damaged goods,” Obama said of Bolton. “Not in the history of United Nations representatives have we ever had a recess appointment, somebody who couldn’t get through a nomination in the Senate. And I think that that means that we will have less credibility and ironically be less equipped to reform the United Nations in the way that it needs to be reformed.”

Obama said Bolton has “a lot of ideological baggage,” and having a short-term appointee at the United Nations means the United States will have less leverage to carry out reforms.

Parts of the United Nations, including peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts, are “terrifically efficient operations,” Obama said. But other areas are “run like a patronage operation.”

In a recent visit to the United Nations, Obama said he was “struck by the degree to which people didn’t have a lot of confidence in John Bolton.”

“I think he’s a very bright man,” Obama said. “I think he’s somebody who could have served the United States ably in another position. But he’s not a diplomat.”

Voinovich, Lott also criticized Bolton’s recess appointment

Voinovich reportedly made comments similar to Obama’s about Bolton’s recess appointment potentially harming his “credibility with the United Nations.” An August 2, 2005, Chicago Tribune article reported: “Republicans, who have cast Mr. [National Labor Relations Board nominee Craig] Becker as a pro-labor radical, issued a flurry of angry statements. They wasted little time in reminding reporters that when George W. Bush was president, then-Senator Obama had railed against the recess appointment of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, saying that Mr. Bolton would be ‘damaged goods’ and lacked credibility without Senate confirmation.”


Days After Lambasting GOP, Frum Leaves AEI

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Days After Lambasting GOP, Frum Leaves AEI
David Frum, the conservative pundit and former Bush White House speechwriter, has left his longtime perch at the American Enterprise Institute — with some observers wondering whether the move was triggered by his recent criticism of the GOP.


NV Gov To AG: C’Mon, Get Us In On That Health-Care Lawsuit
Nevada governor Jim Gibbons — running for re-election despite damaging revelations about his personal life — is pushing the state’s attorney general to join the lawsuit against health-care reform.


The Party of Hell, No?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

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Moran Keeps Lead Over Tiahrt in Kansas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Moran Keeps Lead Over Tiahrt in Kansas
A new SurveyUSA poll in Kansas finds Jerry Moran (R) leading Todd Tiahrt (R) in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, 42% to 32%.

Kansas political parties decide before each primary whether the primary will be open to voters who are not affiliated with any political party. This survey includes unaffiliated voters who make up 14% of the electorate.

The primary is in four months.

Ohio Senate Race Still in Flux
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds Lee Fisher (D) leads Jennifer Brunner (D), 33% to 26%, among likely voters in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, but 40% are still undecided and 65% of those who back a candidate say they might change their mind.

Pollster Peter Brown: “Fisher is ahead as the candidates enter the home stretch, but the lead is not that large and the size of the undecided vote with a relatively short period until primary election day underscores the potential volatility of the contest. Fisher’s lead shouldn’t be all that surprising since he has been active in statewide politics for going on two decades and is better known than Brunner.”

Rob Portman (R) is running unopposed for the Republican nomination. The primary is on May 4.


Modern Slavery Museum Is an Eerie Reminder of How Little We’ve Progressed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

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David Frum Purged

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 30th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

David Frum Purged
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