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Ariz. House OKs No-Permit Concealed Guns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Ariz. House OKs No-Permit Concealed Guns
The Arizona House voted Thursday to make the state the third in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Last week Gov Brewer signed a bill which declares that guns manufactured entirely in Arizona are exempt from federal oversight/taxes and are not subject to federal laws restricting the sale of firearms or requiring them to be registered.


Early Morning Swim

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Early Morning Swim

Late Late Night FDL: Alcohol and Marijuana and Viagra
Robin WilliamsAlcohol and Marijuana (live at the Met) and Viagra.

Robin WilliamsAlcohol and Marijuana (live at the Met)

and Viagra.

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Occasionally, it all works out for the best
People have figured out the best way to handle Fred Phelps is to out protest him. Not that hard.

Via Crooks and Liars it turns out it was a bad weekend for Fred Phelps and the Westboro Church of Hate.

Des Moines:

A family of six carrying signs that read “God hates fags” faced more than 500 counter-protesters singing “All You Need Is Love” on the Drake University campus this morning.

Charleston, WV (see video, classy of the Phelps clan to bring small children along for brainwashing purposes):

…the church sent a small group to Charleston, W. Va., to highlight their belief that the 25 miners killed in a recent cave-in were killed by God because we’re all entirely too tolerant of people living alternative lifestyles. Word of their protest got out, and they were completely overwhelmed by counter protesters organized by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the state AFL-CIO, and local church and community groups, many carrying signs saying things like “GOD HATES SIGNS” and “THIS IS A SIGN”.

Left and Right coming together.

GOD, INDRA AND THE GREAT SPAGHETTI MONSTER ALL HATE FRED PHELPS.

As for me, I just point and laugh derisively. Maybe to celebrate “Yuri’s Night” we send Fred Phelps on a rocket to the Sun?



He Has Excellent Posture

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

He Has Excellent Posture

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

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Sons Of Confederate Vets Split On McDonnell Apology

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Sons Of Confederate Vets Split On McDonnell Apology
Some neo-Confederates aren’t happy about Governor Bob McDonnell’s apology this afternoon for failing to mention slavery in his proclamation of Confederate History Month. One member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans called it “an insult.”


Vote-Suppression Guru Spakovsky Is Back At It
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Would Palin Really Like to Compare Her Experience on Nukes with Obama’s?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Would Palin Really Like to Compare Her Experience on Nukes with Obama’s?
“Now, the president, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer and as a part-time senator, and as a full-time candidate, all that experience, still no accomplishment to date with North Korea and Iran.” – Sarah Palin at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, April 9, 2010, as quoted by Media Matters. In […]


Romney Edges Paul in Straw Poll Vote

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Romney Edges Paul in Straw Poll Vote
In case you missed it over the weekend, Mitt Romney edged out Ron Paul to win the SRLC straw poll by a single vote, reports Dave Weigel.

Romney took 439 votes (24%) to Paul’s 438 votes (also 24%), a result that disappointed a Paul-heavy crowd that had stuck around to watch the results. Sarah Palin came in third with 330 votes (18%), and Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 321 votes (18%); Mike Huckabee, who did not attend the event, scored 4%. Total ballots cast: 1,806.

Proving that he’s the Republican party frontrunner in 2012, Romney won the straw poll without even attending the event.

Quote of the Day
“We need to purge the Republicans of the weaklings. And we’re on a RINO hunt. And we’re going to drive them to extinction.”

— Tea Party Express 3 Chairman Mark Williams, in an interview with CNN, on “Republicans in name only.”

1994 Casts a Shadow Over 2010 Midterm Elections
“In many ways, the 1994 election has become the template both Republicans and Democrats are looking to as they set their strategies for the fall Congressional elections,” the New York Times observes. “Democratic campaign operatives, who are girding for big losses, began meeting quietly with party strategists involved in the 1994 contests last summer, looking for lessons on how to avoid another rout.”

“Yet 1994 seems an imprecise way to predict how this contest will play out. While there are intriguing parallels, there are some important differences as well. And though Democrats might look to those differences as glimmers of light … the divergences seem as likely to benefit Republicans as Democrats, analysts in both parties said.”

“Further, it seems too early to measure the effect of what is perhaps the biggest difference between the two cycles — that Democrats this time succeeded in passing a major health care bill.”


Small-City Mayor Takes on the Pentagon — War Spending Should Be Spent on Americans, Not on Killing Afghans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

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If anything can make you forget 3,500 Republicans chomping reindeer jerky, it’s Sarah Palin screaming "Who dat!"

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AIPAC CUTOUT: THE RISE & FALL OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

AIPAC CUTOUT: THE RISE & FALL OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY
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Lieberman Gets A Chuckle Out Of Peddling Far-Right Nuke Myth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Lieberman Gets A Chuckle Out Of Peddling Far-Right Nuke Myth
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), once a reliable vote in favor of nuclear arms reduction efforts, has now bought into the right-wing myth that our nuclear arsenal is deteriorating and that the U.S. needs to build new nuclear weapons. Lieberman on Fox News Sunday said he is “real hesitant” to vote for a New START treaty […]

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), once a reliable vote in favor of nuclear arms reduction efforts, has now bought into the right-wing myth that our nuclear arsenal is deteriorating and that the U.S. needs to build new nuclear weapons. Lieberman on Fox News Sunday said he is “real hesitant” to vote for a New START treaty unless the US effectively builds new nuclear weapons:

LIEBERMAN: Anytime we are working on something with our old Cold War enemy, Russia, cooperatively, it’s a good sign. Anything we can do to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the world is a positive development. But in my opinion as we reduce the number of nuclear warheads… we have to make darn sure that are nuclear warheads are capable and modern and a lot of them are decades old. So I feel very strongly that I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.

In a demonstration of just how seriously Lieberman is taking these issues, as Chris Wallace shifted the conversation — noting that the treaty would need 9 Republican votes instead of 8 since “Lieberman was gone” — Lieberman audibly chuckled. Watch it:

On the one hand, this should mean that Lieberman’s vote is a slam dunk. The Obama administration has already demonstrated a massive commitment to modernizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure. Vice President Biden in a speech in February attacked the Bush administration for neglecting the nuclear infrastructure and called for a dramatic 10 percent annual increase in its budget.

But what Lieberman is really saying is that he agrees with those on the far right that want to needlessly build new nuclear weapons, nearly two decades years after the end of the Cold War. The far right insists that the U.S. is falling behind because it is not building new nuclear weapons and that our existing nuclear arsenal is deteriorating. This is a myth and demonstrates a complete, if not willful, ignorance of our approach to maintaining our nuclear weapons.

The U.S. continuously refurbishes and renovates its existing weapons, such that it doesn’t have to build new ones. This is by definition modernization. These refurbishing programs are getting the job done, according to an independent panel of scientific experts, called the JASON advisory group. As long as we continue these programs, as the Obama administration has committed to do, there is no need to build new nuclear warheads and weapons.

Yet building new nukes, along with conducting new nuclear tests, has become a right-wing dream. Lieberman is therefore willing to vote against a treaty — something that would have dire consequences for the US-Russia relationship, our mission in Afghanistan, and the entire nuclear non-proliferation regime — in order to symbolically demonstrate his support for the far-right’s dangerous nuclear agenda.