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Sprechen sie Douche?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Sprechen sie Douche?
A trilogy of real pieces of work.

So much idiocy, so few good orifice-related adjectives:

In a news conference in Charleston, company officials also pointed a finger back at the federal regulators who had repeatedly cited them for safety violations before an explosion killed 29 miners on April 5.

Hey, only 47 of the most serious type of violation orders in the last five months…it’s not like there was any wrongdoing on the company’s part. Those 52 people who have died on Massey property the last decade, just the cost of bigger bonuses for management doing business.

Meanwhile, John McCain profile in courage:

…the [Arizona immigration] law is so hard to defend that Sen. John McCain, facing a hard-right primary challenge from a supporter of the measure, spoke a few words of praise but nevertheless could not bring himself to cheer the new police powers.

Close enough for Richard Cohen.

And finally, the Mickey Kaus for Senate “jugg-er-naught” continues to build up impressive endorsements and organize a workable Dungeons & Dragons campaign team:

Thanks to Victor Davis Hanson for the endorsement.


Arizona’s Act of Vengeance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Arizona’s Act of Vengeance
Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination—racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional. By Eugene Robinson

Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination—racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.


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Nan Aron: We The People v. The Roberts Court

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Nan Aron: We The People v. The Roberts Court
Here we go again. The balance of justice between businesses and citizens is being tested this week in the Supreme Court. If recent history is…

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Shorting Democracy
The GOP has now gone on record officially as saying it wants to block the Senate from even discussing a financial reform bill. When it comes to reform, they don’t want the democratic process to take place at all.

Obama Struggles To Bring Back Jobs, With Those Of Fellow Democrats On The Line
WASHINGTON — Even as he touts his efforts to put more Americans to work, President Barack Obama faces a public increasingly skeptical of his ability…

Health Insurance For Young Adults May Have To Wait Until They’re A Little Older
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was supposed to take care of a major worry for parents of 20-year-olds making the transition to…

Obama Deficit Commission Weighs Politically Toxic Fixes
WASHINGTON — Even members of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan fiscal commission admit the near impossibility of their task: finding a consensus by next fall for…


Attention media: Graham wanted Obama to “step it up” on immigration reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Attention media: Graham wanted Obama to “step it up” on immigration reform

Fox News’ Dana Perino and Byron York of The Washington Examiner channeled Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) criticism of Democrats for reportedly planning to pursue immigration reform legislation before a climate change bill. But last month, Graham himself reportedly called for President Obama to “step it up” on immigration reform efforts.

Graham himself reportedly called on Obama to “step it up” on immigration reform

In March, Graham reportedly called for Obama to “step it up a little bit” on immigration reform. Politico reported on March 10 that Graham “said Obama’s lack of direction on immigration reform is hampering Graham’s efforts to recruit additional Republicans to the cause.” Politico then quoted Graham as saying, “At the end of the day, the president needs to step it up a little bit. … One line in the State of the Union is not going to do it.” The Washington Monthly‘s Steve Benen highlighted Graham’s comments to Politico on April 25.

Politico: White House “puzzled” by Graham’s reaction in wake of his “step it up” remark. On April 25, Politico reported Graham’s comment that “[m]oving forward on immigration … is nothing more than a cynical political ploy” and then noted:

White House officials were puzzled by the vehemence of Graham’s reaction — especially after Graham told POLITICO in March that President Barack Obama needed to “step it up” on a comprehensive immigration reform proposal he’s been crafting with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Perino, York advance Graham’s claim to have been “double-crossed”

Perino: Graham has “gotten screwed around.” On the April 26 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, discussing Democrats’ plans to move forward on immigration reform ahead of climate change legislation, Fox News contributor Dana Perino said that Graham has “gotten screwed around and he finally said, ‘you know what? I’m not going to put up with this,’ and he’s walking away.”

York: “Graham’s angry words … suggest a man who believes he’s been double-crossed.” In an April 25 Washington Examiner column, chief political correspondent Byron York wrote: “Graham’s angry words — senators don’t usually throw ‘phony’ at each other — suggest a man who believes he’s been double-crossed. And indeed, a talk with aides familiar with what happened reveals a senator who thought he had [sic] deal only to find out — mostly from press reports — that he didn’t.” York also wrote:

Saturday afternoon, a clearly angry Graham decided to go public with his version of what happened, releasing an extraordinary open letter accusing Reid and other Democratic leaders of engaging in “phony” and “cynical” political maneuvering by dumping energy and climate in favor of immigration. Reid, of course, is in deep trouble in his re-election fight in Nevada, where about 26 percent of the population is Hispanic. President Obama hopes to increase Hispanic voting and fire up the Democratic base to avert potentially disastrous Democratic mid-term losses across the country. Pushing aside the energy and climate bill — which had at-best iffy prospects in the Senate, anyway — for “comprehensive” immigration reform might possibly save a few Democrats. Or at least Reid. Of course, at the moment there’s no bill and no real probability that one could pass, but some Democrats apparently believe even a losing fight could help them politically by motivating the base.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

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Even After Law Aimed At Banning It, RNC Still Sending Misleading ‘Census’ Mailer
The Republican National Committee is continuing to send out a misleading fundraising mailer labeled “Census Document,” just weeks after Congress passed a law aimed at banning such mailers.


Ex-SEC Official’s Pitch To Prospective Client: I Promoted The Guys Who Filed Complaint Against You
“I am friends with and helped promote two of the guys who signed the Complaint against Mark. Someone should tell Mark to look at my profile on my firm website, my SEC press releases, and advise Mark to add me to his defense team.” Those are the words of former SEC Fort Worth enforcement chief Spencer Barasch, in a 2008 email pitching his services to a person close to Mark Cuban, the billionaire Texas businessman then facing an SEC insider trading complaint.


Arizona Immigration Law – October 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Arizona Immigration Law – October 2010


Voters Still Undecided in North Carolina

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Voters Still Undecided in North Carolina
Just a week before the North Carolina primary, a new SurveyUSA poll shows 34% remain undecided as to which Democrat to vote for in the primary race to face Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) in the general election.

Elaine Marshall (D) leads with just 23%, followed by Cal Cunningham (D) at 19% and Ken Lewis (D) at 10%.

If no one gets a majority, the top two candidates advance to a run off in June.

The latest Public Policy Polling survey also shows 34% of voters undecided. “And out of the 66% who do have a preference, only 60% of them say that preference is set in stone with the other 40% saying they could change their minds between now and next week.”


Can’t Concentrate? Maybe It’s the Fast Food

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Can’t Concentrate? Maybe It’s the Fast Food
How the tendency to grab a quick bite at Burger King could affect other areas of life.

How the tendency to grab a quick bite at Burger King could affect other areas of life.

GOP Senator Engages in ‘Cynical Political Ploy’ to Derail Immigration and Climate Bills
Supposedly ‘bipartisan’ Sen. Lindsay Graham is threatening to take his marbles and go home – refusing to work with Democrats on either issue.

Supposedly 'bipartisan' Sen. Lindsay Graham is threatening to take his marbles and go home – refusing to work with Democrats on either issue.

Robert Reich: Here’s What Real Wall Street Reform Should Look Like
Dems are making a final push for Wall Street reform — this is what citizens should be asking for.

Dems are making a final push for Wall Street reform — this is what citizens should be asking for.

Welcome to the New Honduras, Where Right-Wing Death Squads Proliferate
The new regime in Honduras is assassinating union leaders, teachers and journalists. Why does the U.S. support it?

The new regime in Honduras is assassinating union leaders, teachers and journalists. Why does the U.S. support it?


Spitzer’s Test on Political Courage And List of Those Who Don’t Have It (When It Comes to Israel)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Spitzer’s Test on Political Courage And List of Those Who Don’t Have It (When It Comes to Israel)
In Sunday’s Times Elliot Spitzer offers a succinct guide to whether or not your representative is any good. Toughness is not the issue. It’s easy to be tough if the selection of one’s target is driven by politics. The real…



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Alan Simpson’s Secret Plan to Save Social Security
Have you heard Alan Simpson making fun of the Social Security beneficiaries who drive up to their gated community in a Lexis? How many times? How many have heard his quip comparing the Grey Panthers to the Pink Panther? That…



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Beck calls Bush a ?progressive,? says Obama is doing ?exactly? the same thing.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2010 4:36 am by HL

Beck calls Bush a ?progressive,? says Obama is doing ?exactly? the same thing.
The tea party movement is staunchly opposed to big government and deficits, but right-wing activists and their supporters have been unable to explain away the fact that former President Bush, not their nemesis President Obama, is responsible for the majority of the current deficit, not to mention the greatly expanded size of the federal […]

BushObama5 The tea party movement is staunchly opposed to big government and deficits, but right-wing activists and their supporters have been unable to explain away the fact that former President Bush, not their nemesis President Obama, is responsible for the majority of the current deficit, not to mention the greatly expanded size of the federal government. Fox News host Glenn Beck offered a convenient explanation on his radio show today — Bush is a “progressive,” just like Obama:

BECK: What has [Obama] done that is different? I think he’s done exactly what George Bush was doing, except to the times of a thousand. I mean we’re talking about a progressive. And George Bush was a progressive. It’s the difference between a steam train and the space shuttle.

Listen here:

This would probably be news to Bush, who has called himself a “compassionate conservative,” a “George W. Bush conservative,” and even “the decider,” but never a progressive. Beck sees progressivism as a “cancer that’s eating at America” and slurs anyone who doesn’t agree with him — from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Nazis — as an “evil” progressive, regardless of whether the label is remotely accurate. Beck previously responded to people who asked, “where were you when George Bush was spending?” by saying, “It doesn’t matter. I’m here now.”

Mining lobbyist: ?The president has parked his tanks on our front lawn.?
Luke Popovich, NMA This weekend, as President Barack Obama traveled to West Virginia to mourn the deaths of 29 miners in the Massey coal explosion, the mining industry attacked the president with militant right-wing rhetoric. Obama has supported the U.S. coal industry with an agenda of investing “huge subsidies” in the advanced coal technology that he […]

Luke Popovich
Luke Popovich, NMA

This weekend, as President Barack Obama traveled to West Virginia to mourn the deaths of 29 miners in the Massey coal explosion, the mining industry attacked the president with militant right-wing rhetoric. Obama has supported the U.S. coal industry with an agenda of investing “huge subsidies” in the advanced coal technology that he misleadingly calls “clean coal.” His administration has begun to crack down on the industry’s worst safety violators and most egregious practices like mountaintop removal, but has also announced that any limits on carbon pollution would not begin until 2011. The day before Obama praised coal as “the energy that powers our country and powers the world,” National Mining Association spokesman Luke Popovich attacked the president as a military invader of coal country:

You’d be hard pressed to find a president whose actions have been more warlike on coal. There are those who say the president has parked his tanks on our front lawn, and it’s hard to dispute that.

The National Mining Association — whose directors include Massey Energy’s Don Blankenship — joins a right-wing chorus accusing Obama of “invading” and declaring “war” on Americans, including Newt Gingrich, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), and CNN commentator Erick Erickson. (HT Appalachian Voices)