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Immigtirant Population in California on Decline

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Immigtirant Population in California on Decline
After decades on the rise, California’s foreign-born population has peaked and in some large areas — including Los Angeles County — has even slightly declined, with that trend expected to continue, according to a new report. This peaking of the foreign-born population has occurred earlier than previously forecast because of sharp declines in new immigrant arrivals, largely attributed to stepped-up border enforcement and the downturn in the economy, according to the report by USC demographer Dowell Myers. In the report’s figures, California has a population of roughly 34 million.


Straight out of the 60s, the 1260s

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Straight out of the 60s, the 1260s
Yet another abuse scandal tied to Pope Tricky Benedict.

I know as a non-religious type (I’m agnostic because I just don’t care) I would be expected to feel some schadenfreude in the troubles of the Catholic Church. But the stories are too disturbing for that.

The ultra-conservative clergy of the Church, epitomized by the current Pope have completely brought it on themselves.

The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church widened yesterday as a leading German bishop personally appointed by Pope Benedict was accused of ritually beating and punching children at a church-run home during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

And like Church apologist and professional angry person Bill Donohue, this same Clergyman, Walter Mixa, said all the Church’s problems were about the “sexual revolution” (i.e. divorces and “the gay”).

But actually, as is usually the case, it’s about the power:

“The children whose parents never visited the home were the ones who were beaten most,” said one former resident

Of course they were.

Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann Talks to James Risen about Illegal Bush Wiretapping
The Bushies disregarded the law? I’m shocked, shocked.

The Bushies disregarded the law? I’m shocked, shocked.

A federal judge has rejected the Bush administration’s justification for warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists and ruled that federal agents had eavesdropped illegally on a U.S.-based Islamic charity.

The ruling Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco focused on the surveillance of a single organization, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation – the only plaintiff in dozens of wiretapping lawsuits around the nation that had evidence its calls were intercepted.

But Walker’s reasoning struck at the heart of the program President George W. Bush authorized after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allowing agents to intercept phone calls and e-mails between Americans and suspected foreign terrorists without a warrant.

When Bush acknowledged the surveillance in December 2005, he claimed the power to override a 1978 law, passed in response to revelations of wiretapping of political dissidents, that required the government to obtain advance court approval for each act of eavesdropping.

Walker said Wednesday that Bush lacked that authority.

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Voyeurism and Sexual Intimidation Have No Place in Business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Voyeurism and Sexual Intimidation Have No Place in Business
Turns out the Republican National Committee staffer who accompanied a group of donors to Voyeur, a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, and then turned in an expense account seeking reimbursement for the nearly $2,000 tab, was a woman. By Ruth Marcus

Turns out the Republican National Committee staffer who accompanied a group of donors to Voyeur, a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, and then turned in an expense account seeking reimbursement for the nearly $2,000 tab, was a woman.


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March Mildness: How the NCAA Tournament Lost Its Swagger
The NCAA Tournament is the highest-level single-elimination event in basketball, making it special. Nevertheless, in the Big Dance’s present incarnation, other words come to mind, like bloated, over-commercialized and bland.

By Mark Heisler

The NCAA Tournament is the highest-level single-elimination event in basketball, making it special. Nevertheless, in the Big Dance’s present incarnation, other words come to mind, like bloated, over-commercialized and bland.


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Seniors Wary Of Health Care Reform Impact On Medicare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Seniors Wary Of Health Care Reform Impact On Medicare
WASHINGTON — Seniors aren’t celebrating President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. While Democrats hail the sweeping legislation as the greatest expansion of the social safety…

Linda Fischer Gets Challenger: John Fischer Announces Candidacy Against Wife Amid Allegations Of Violence
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An eastern Missouri lawmaker is facing an election challenge from her own husband, whom she accuses him of physical violence. He…

Supreme Court Looks To Foreign Law For Tips
WASHINGTON — The debate over whether the Supreme Court should look to foreign law when interpreting the Constitution is ultimately irrelevant because justices can read…


Quick Fact: Morrisey advances falsehood that “doctor fix” means health care bill doesn’t reduce deficit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Quick Fact: Morrisey advances falsehood that “doctor fix” means health care bill doesn’t reduce deficit

In a March 30 Hot Air post, Ed Morrisey advanced the falsehood that the health care reform bill does not reduce the deficit because it did not include the so-called “doctor fix.” However, there is no reason the “doctor fix” should be included in the cost of health care reform since the issue predates the health care reform debate and will need to be resolved regardless of health care reform’s outcome.

Hot Air falsely claims health care bill doesn’t reduce deficit because it excluded “doctor fix”

From a March 30 Hot Air explained that the so-called “doc fix” is a remedy to faulty legislation that will need to be passed irrespective of health care reform. From Klein’s explanation:

For a longer explanation of this issue, head to this post. The short version: In 1997, Republicans passed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate into law. The provision created a simple equation meant to hold down Medicare costs and cut doctor payments when they rose. But the provision was passed when Medicare’s costs were uncommonly low. Suddenly, SGR was forcing huge cuts rather than the modest adjustments that had been intended. So legislators began voting to delay implementation rather than cut doctor payments.

The first delay was passed in 2003, under Republicans. Then again in 2005, also under Republicans. Then in 2006, under Republicans. Then in 2007 and 2008, under Democrats. For those keeping count at home, this is a policy in a Republican bill that Republicans delayed three times and Democrats delayed twice. What’s needed is to reform the system so we stop delaying it. And we will need to do that — and this is important — whether or not health-care reform passes.

Klein further stated that the problem necessitating the fix “predates health-care reform and exists irrespective of health-care reform’s fate. Attempts to lash the two together are nonsensical.”

NY Times: “Doc fix long predates” reform and criticism is “pretty flimsy.” The Times‘ David Leonhardt described criticisms of the “so-called doc fix” as “pretty flimsy,” explaining that the fix would rectify an “accounting fiction” resulting from the 1990s legislation that has been repeatedly overridden since 2003. He wrote:

The current health care bills don’t fix this problem. An early version of them tried to, which has led some people to suggest that the doc fix is a creation of this health reform effort. But it isn’t. The doc fix long predates it. For reform to reduce the deficit relative to the status quo, it doesn’t need to undo the doc fix — any more than it needs to, say, cure cancer in order to improve the nation’s health. The bill simply needs to improve the status quo.


Expert: Hutaree Were ‘Right Smack In The Middle Of The Militia Movement’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Expert: Hutaree Were ‘Right Smack In The Middle Of The Militia Movement’
Conventional militia organizations are racing to distance themselves from the Hutaree — the Christian-based militia whose members were charged yesterday with conspiring to kill law enforcement as part of their preparation for the coming battle with the Anti-Christ. But that may be a tall order.


Accused Christian Militia Member Posted Video Last Year: ‘I’m Just A Simple Militant … What’s Wrong With That?’
Another YouTube video, posted last year by one of the Christian militia members accused of conspiring to kill law enforcement, sheds light on his grievances against the government and “corporate media.” “I’m just a simple militant,” he says.


Rep. Buyer: Ethics Office Closes Review Of Foundation
Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) announced today that the Office of Congressional Ethics had closed with no further action a review of his foundation, which came under scrutiny last year for collecting donations from companies seeking to curry favor with Buyer but not giving out anything for its stated purpose of providing scholarships.


Why again?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Why again?


Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group
As troubles at the RNC mount, the Wall Street Journal reports “a group of former Republican officials are starting an outside political group that could compete with the RNC for wealthy donors and prominence.”

“The group, American Crossroads, hopes to raise $52 million from wealthy Republicans and corporations, according to officials involved with the organization. The goal is to mount an independent campaign to help Republican candidates win in the November elections.”

The new group “will be run by former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and Joanne Davidson, a onetime RNC co-chair. Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and former White House adviser Karl Rove are informally advising the organization.”

Paterson May Not Call Special Election
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) “is backing away from his earlier pledge to call a special election in the state’s 29th Congressional District as soon as possible,” WGRZ-TV reports.

The seat was held by former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) who resigned in February.


Generation Mixed: Breaking the Race Barrier

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Generation Mixed: Breaking the Race Barrier
We can only transform and love ourselves if we accept both the honorable and shameful aspects of our history and our humanity.

We can only transform and love ourselves if we accept both the honorable and shameful aspects of our history and our humanity.

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison
Piper Kerman’s memoir reveals how prison changed her life, and why warehousing people who commit crimes is such a waste of human potential.

Piper Kerman's memoir reveals how prison changed her life, and why warehousing people who commit crimes is such a waste of human potential.

Swagger Like Us: Should Women Be More Like Men or Not?
For decades, women have been told just to get ahead in an unjust system — but should they be amplifying their aggression to mimic successful men?

For decades, women have been told just to get ahead in an unjust system — but should they be amplifying their aggression to mimic successful men?


What Do Israel and Iran (and Brazil) Have to Do With Each Other Part III

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2010 4:39 am by HL

What Do Israel and Iran (and Brazil) Have to Do With Each Other Part III
Ace national security reporter that he is, Michael Hirsh of Newsweek has pulled back the curtain on the recent US-Israeli flare-up. His finding: that the administration’s chief frustration with the Israeli government — and main focus of the Biden visit…



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David Frum Purged
The American Enterprise Institute is where the Conservative Counter-revolution was born. It is still the Politburo of Right Wing Republican politics with it’s huge budget financed by corporate America. And they don’t like dissidents within their halls. And so when…



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