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Islamic Site Threatens ‘South Park’ Creators

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:54 am by HL

Islamic Site Threatens ‘South Park’ Creators
A radical Islamic Web site suggested that violence will befall the creators of South Park after an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit. “We have to warn Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” Abu Talhah al Amrikee writes on RevolutionMuslim.Com, referring to a Dutch filmmaker killed in 2004 by an Islamic extremist. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Tancredo: Send Obama Back to Kenya
At a Tea Party rally in Greenville, S.C., this weekend, former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo said of President Obama, “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”


Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann and Markos Moulitsas Dismantle Sarah Palin’s Revisionist History

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann and Markos Moulitsas Dismantle Sarah Palin’s Revisionist History
The Quitter’s makin’ stuff up again.

The Quitter’s makin’ stuff up again.

Is America a Christian nation?

Sarah Palin said on Friday that it’s “mind-boggling” to suggest otherwise.

But two groups dedicated to the separation of church and state are now speaking out against her, arguing that she is misreading the founders’ intent.

It’s incredibly hypocritical that Sarah Palin, who disapproves of government involvement in just about anything, now suddenly wants the government to help people be religious,” Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told ABC News. “It is wildly inconsistent with her views on limited government to get the government involved in matters of faith.”

[…]

“While the founders’ views on religion varied from person to person, there is no doubt that they believed strongly that religion had no place in government,” said Paul Fidalgo, the communications manager for the Secular Coalition for America. “John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli which stated in no uncertain terms that ‘the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.’

Our Constitution established a secular government and has no mention of Jesus, Christianity, or a god of any kind, despite the false message spread by figures such as Sarah Palin who claim that America was founded as a Christian nation,” Fidalgo continued.

I’m guessing the Quitter thinks John Adams is just a fancy elitist northeastern beer.

Late Late Night FDL: Big Dharma
Featuring marijuana related videos by Kevin O’Grady and Toby Keith.

Featuring marijuana related videos by Kevin O’Grady and Toby Keith.

Wikipedia on Dharma: According to the various Indian religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, beings that live in accordance with Dharma proceed more quickly toward dharma yukam, moksha or nirvana (personal liberation). [My bold added.]

What’s on your mind tonight?


The Eradication of Trust

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

The Eradication of Trust
American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and it’s not hard to understand why. By Eugene Robinson

American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and it’s not hard to understand why.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

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Right-wing media continue to distort Obama’s comments on remaining “a dominant military superpower”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Right-wing media continue to distort Obama’s comments on remaining “a dominant military superpower”

Right-wing media figures, led by Sarah Palin, have continued to distort President Obama’s comments that “whether we like it or not,” the United States “remain[s] a dominant military superpower,” in order to suggest that Obama is opposed to the U.S. holding this position.

Right-wing media suggest Obama thinks “a strong America” is “a problem”

Palin: “Mr. President, is a strong America a problem?” In an April 16 Facebook post, Palin, who is a Fox News contributor, responded to Obama’s comments that “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower,” by saying, “Whether we like it or not? Most Americans do like it. America’s military may be one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever seen, liberating countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years.” She concluded: “The truth is this: by his actions we see a president who seems to be much more comfortable with an American military that isn’t quite so dominant and who feels the need to apologize for America when he travels overseas. Could it be a lack of faith in American exceptionalism? The fact is that America and our allies are safer when we are a dominant military superpower – whether President Obama likes it or not.”

Hoft: Obama “really believes America is the problem not the solution.” In an April 18 post on his Gateway Pundit blog, Jim Hoft linked to Palin’s Facebook post and wrote: “And, he’s supposed to be the leader?… He really believes America is the problem not the solution… Whether he liked it or not, this provoked Sarah Palin to pen her latest blog post on his radicalism. The former Alaskan governor nailed President Obama on his open regret for American exceptionalism.”

Fox Nation: “Palin Asks: Mr. President, Is a Strong America a Problem?” On April 16, The Fox Nation also linked to Palin’s Facebook post, under the headline, “Palin Asks: Mr. President, Is a Strong America a Problem?” From The Fox Nation:

In fact, Obama’s remarks show he was referring to cost of getting “pulled into” violent international conflicts

Obama discussed “cost” of getting “pulled into” violent conflicts abroad. Obama’s remarks came in response to the question: “Given the progress you have cited in recent days on your foreign policy agenda, to what extent do you feel like you have gained political capital with which to take further to the international stage for the rest of this year, to perhaps rejuvenate some initiatives in trouble spots such as the Middle East and elsewhere?” In his answer, Obama stated that “[i]t is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them.  And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

Allahpundit: “Obama’s getting a bad rap on the ‘superpower’ comment.” In an April 16 HotAir.com post, titled, “Obama’s getting a bad rap on the ‘superpower’ comment,” conservative blogger Allahpundit wrote: “This has been bugging me all week…I don’t respect attempts to bowdlerize” Obama’s “superpower” remarks. From his HotAir.com blog post:

“When conflicts break out, one way or another, we get pulled into them.” True enough, and I don’t always “like” that we’re pulled into them. For example, I don’t “like” the fact that we have 30,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as cannon fodder in case the lunatic to the north ever attacks Seoul. But I accept it because I understand it’s an effective deterrent that saves millions of lives. I don’t “like” the fact that we’re forced to take the lead on Iran even though their military capabilities are more of an immediate threat to Europe and the Sunnis, but I accept it because the stick we wield is so much bigger than everyone else’s that we’re most likely to bring them to heel. I don’t “like” the fact that American troops have spent the past seven years dodging – and, sometimes, not dodging – IEDs in Iraq, but I accept it because I think having a democracy in the region will eventually put pressure on local autocrats to liberalize and held deflate jihadism. Disagree with my position on any or all of those if you like, but I don’t see how it’s controversial or demeaning to suggest that the world’s policeman, like any policeman, doesn’t always enjoy his job. In fact, less than six months ago, Pew found for the first time in 45 years that those who believe the U.S. should mind its own business abroad outnumber those who don’t. I think that isolationist impulse is nutty and a de facto invitation to malign powers to expand their influence, but then so does The One – which, I take it, is why he ordered the surge in Afghanistan, is going slow on withdrawal from Iraq, is stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan, and is keeping the troops in Korea and elsewhere in place. If we insist on playing “gotcha” with short soundbites that supposedly provide some insight into his thinking but aren’t even reflected in half of his policies, can we at least provide the full soundbite for context? Geez.


Massa Aide Got $40K Days Before Boss Resigned

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Massa Aide Got $40K Days Before Boss Resigned
Eric Massa used a campaign account to pay $40,000 to his then-chief-of-staff just days before resigning from Congress according to campaign finance records, Politico reports.


SEC Slaps Goldman With Civil Fraud Complaint
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Goldman Sachs with defrauding investors by allegedly “misstating and omitting key facts” in the marketing of a financial product linked to the performance of subprime mortgages right as the housing crisis was beginning to unfold.

Lanny Davis Launches New Lobby Shop: ‘The Best Solution Is A … Bipartisan Solution’
Lanny Davis announced this week that he’ll launch his own law and lobbying shop, declaring: “In today’s Washington, there is usually no ‘Red’ solution or ‘Blue’ solution but almost always the best solution is a ‘purple’ or bipartisan solution.”



Open letter from soldiers regarding Apache gun cam video

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Open letter from soldiers regarding Apache gun cam video
Excerpt: Two soldiers that were deployed with the Army unit involved in an incident recorded by an Apache gun cam have issued an open letter of apology to the families of Iraqis that were killed. Earlier this month Wikileaks, a whistleblower web site, released an unedited video taken by an Apache helicopter gunship operating over Baghdad, Iraq. The […]


Banking Reform Sells Better as “Wall Street” Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Banking Reform Sells Better as “Wall Street” Reform
A new Gallup poll finds Americans are evenly divided on the merits of giving the federal government new powers to regulate large banks and major financial institutions.

However, they offer greater support when the issue is more specifically framed as regulating “Wall Street banks.”


How the Sleazy Used-Car Salesmen at Goldman Sachs Tricked Investors into Buying Their Busted Clunkers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

How the Sleazy Used-Car Salesmen at Goldman Sachs Tricked Investors into Buying Their Busted Clunkers
Goldman Sachs is being sued by the government for allegedly defrauding its investors. Confused? Here’s some plain talk about a mega rip-off.

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Run on and see where it ends: Fighting to make health equality a reality

By Nisha Agarwal, Director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Race-Talk contributor Saturday morning, April 17th, the auditorium of Junior High School 22 in the Bronx was crowded with community residents who had gathered for a town hall meeting.  Health care reform had passed, but […]

My Middle-Class Existence Hangs by the Thread of Subsidized Childcare
‘If I lost my daycare subsidy I would have to turn to food stamps, Medicaid, temporary assistance for needy families, Section 8 and every other social service out there.’

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Four of the Most Dangerous Fraudulent Scientific Theories That Must Be Confronted
Climate-induced earthquakes, bottomless pits of oil, pet dinosaurs and a miraculous energy source: For the sake of public policy, it’s important to debunk the lies.

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Goldman Sachs Fraud

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Goldman Sachs Fraud
Finally the chickens are coming home to roost on the greatest short scam of the last decade. Goldman Sachs is being charged by the SEC with fraud. As I pointed out months ago, this was a scam of epic proportions….


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No One Knows Whether They Would Rescue A Stranger
I am always intrigued by Elie Wiesel who seems to believe that, as a victim of the Holocaust, he is, by definition, a righteous man. But he’s not. Status as a victim does not confer righteousness. All Wiesel knows is…



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The Far-Right Foreign Policy Ideas That Wouldn’t Die
In the comments thread of my recent post on the nuclear policy / foreign policy silly season, there was a debate over whether neocon ideas even deserve much attention and response. Maybe at this point, the only thing that matters…


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