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The 9 Percent more solution

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

The 9 Percent more solution
Don’t call it occupied territory, call it a maintenance fee.

Pic from some guy named Barack Obama at Flickr

Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with Obama today to pose for pictures and spawn as many possible overwrought links on Memeorandum as possible. It’s a big day for Krauthammer, just a couple cuts and pastes and the next column is done.

Perhaps they can discuss how close Israel is getting to end those sanctions in Gaza?

Jewish settlements control more than 42 percent of the West Bank, and much of that land was seized from Palestinian landowners in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court ban, an Israeli human rights group said Tuesday.

So close so very close, so things are getting better:

Netanyahu has said that one of the primary goals of his visit to Washington — he’ll meet with Obama on Tuesday — is to outline what efforts Israel’s has made to ease the blockade as well as what steps the country has taken to pursue peace talks with the Palestinians. Officials in Netanyahu’s government said that they expect Obama to be “pleased” with the progress.

Much like I was pleased when the bank raised my Visa limit last week and my interest rate, or when I got CNBC in high def and my cable rates increased for the privilege of Larry Kudlow in 1080i.


Environmentalist Faces 3 Years for Hanging Banners

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Environmentalist Faces 3 Years for Hanging Banners
For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that’s just criminal. The activist has been arrested on 16 previous occasions, reports Raw Story, for nonviolent protests. He anticipated consequences for his actions, but was surprised to learn that Barack Obama’s Justice Department would take it this far. Glick says he is being punished for not accepting a plea bargain which would have carried a mandatory 30-day jail sentence. He refused the deal because he was “unwilling to accept that anyone should go to jail for 30 days for hanging a banner.”  —PZS Raw Story: A 60 year-old environmental activist who hung two banners in a government building will be sentenced Tuesday—and faces up to three years in prison. Bloomfield, NJ resident Ted Glick will be sentenced Tuesday for unfurling two banners saying “Green Jobs Now” and “Get to Work” from the Hart Senate Office Building’s 7th floor into the atrium on Sept. 8, 2009, the day the Senate returned from its summer recess. Glick and approximately 30 demonstrators were attempting to pressure the Senate to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House in June 2009. Read more

For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that’s just criminal.

The activist has been arrested on 16 previous occasions, reports Raw Story, for nonviolent protests. He anticipated consequences for his actions, but was surprised to learn that Barack Obama’s Justice Department would take it this far.

Glick says he is being punished for not accepting a plea bargain which would have carried a mandatory 30-day jail sentence. He refused the deal because he was “unwilling to accept that anyone should go to jail for 30 days for hanging a banner.”? —PZS

Raw Story:

A 60 year-old environmental activist who hung two banners in a government building will be sentenced Tuesday—and faces up to three years in prison.

Bloomfield, NJ resident Ted Glick will be sentenced Tuesday for unfurling two banners saying “Green Jobs Now” and “Get to Work” from the Hart Senate Office Building’s 7th floor into the atrium on Sept. 8, 2009, the day the Senate returned from its summer recess. Glick and approximately 30 demonstrators were attempting to pressure the Senate to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House in June 2009.

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Heather Smith: A First Glimpse at November’s Fireworks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

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Fox News refuses to report on Bush-era DOJ decision that undermines GOP activist’s claims

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Fox News refuses to report on Bush-era DOJ decision that undermines GOP activist’s claims

Fox News continues to omit evidence while advancing GOP activist J. Christian Adams’ accusations that the Justice Department engaged in unprecedented and racially charged corruption by not pursuing additional charges of voter intimidation against members of the New Black Panther Party. In fact, no voters have said they were intimidated, and the Bush-era DOJ chose not to pursue charges in a similar case.

Fox News still omitting facts while promoting GOP activist Adams’ agenda

Shawn: Adams says DOJ has “an hostility to bringing cases against non-white defendants.” On the July 5 edition of America’s Newsroom, Fox News correspondent Eric Shawn aired a report advancing the unsubstantiated allegations of Adams, a longtime GOP activist who admitted his charges rely on hearsay. Shawn stated, “These are accusations that the Obama Justice Department dropped a voting rights case for political purposes.” Shawn also said that “one former DOJ voting rights lawyer, J. Christian Adams, will testify before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission tomorrow. He calls the case clear and says that the Department of Justice has what he says, an hostility to bringing cases against non-white defendants.”

Adams: “[N]obody thought there was any doubt that this was the clearest case of voter intimidation that I have seen.” Shawn then played a portion of Adams’ Fox News interview:

ADAMS: Slam dunk. I mean, nobody thought there was any doubt that this was the clearest case of voter intimidation that I have seen since I have been practicing law. 

Bull: “Never have I seen a man standing in a militaristic uniform, holding a weapon … This is the worst, and this government is supporting it.” Shawn later said, “One of the poll watchers who was there that day is Bartle Bull. He’s a noted New York Democrat” and “was a poll watcher, and he is very interested in what will happen tomorrow, because when we broke the story, he said he thought it was a clear-cut case.” Shawn then aired footage of Bull saying:

BULL: Never have I seen a man standing in a militaristic uniform, holding a weapon — in this case a large billy club — blocking the entrance to a polling place. Even in Mississippi where I was in two towns in which they had nooses hanging off trees near the polling place, even there I never saw a weapon in the door of a polling place. This is the worst and this government is supporting it, is defending it.

Bush-era DOJ chose not to prosecute a similar case against Arizona Minutemen

Perez: “[T]he Department declined to bring any action for alleged voter intimidation” in 2006. In his May 14 testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s civil rights division, highlighted a case that completely undermines the notion that the DOJ’s decisions in the Black Panthers case were unprecedented or racially motivated. Perez testified that in 2006, the DOJ “declined to bring any action for alleged voter intimidation” “when three well-known anti-immigrant advocates affiliated with the Minutemen, one of whom was carrying a gun, allegedly intimidated Latino voters at a polling place by approaching several persons, filming them, and advocating and printing voting materials in Spanish.” [U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 5/14/10]

Anti-immigrant activist in 2006 case reportedly had “9mm Glock strapped to his side” at polling place. A November 8, 2006, Austin American-Statesman article reported (from the Nexis database): “In Arizona, Roy Warden, an anti-immigration activist with the Minutemen, and a handful of supporters staked out a Tucson precinct and questioned Hispanic voters at the polls to determine whether they spoke English.” The article continued:

Armed with a 9mm Glock automatic strapped to his side, Warden said he planned to photograph Hispanic voters entering polls in an effort to identify illegal immigrants and felons.

Arizona Daily Star: “[A]nti-immigrant activist” “stood by with a firearm in a holster.” A November 8, 2006, Arizona Daily Star article reported (from Nexis):

A crew of anti-immigrant activists, meanwhile, visited several South Side polling places in what one poll-watch group called a blatant attempt to intimidate Hispanic voters.

Anti-immigrant crusader Russ Dove circulated an English-only petition, while a cameraman filmed the voters he approached and Roy Warden stood by with a firearm in a holster.

Diego Bernal, a staff attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), said the trio was trying to intimidate Hispanic voters. “A gun, a camera, a clipboard before you even get to the polls – if that’s not voter intimidation, what is?” he asked.

Bernal said his group encountered the men at the Precinct 49 polling place at South 12th Avenue and West Michigan Street and began documenting the scene with their cameras. “There was an interesting period where they were taking pictures of us taking pictures of them.”

Tucson Citizen: Incident “reported to the FBI.” A November 8, 2006, Tucson Citizen article (from Nexis) reported that Mexican American Legal Defense Fund lawyer Diego Bernal “said he reported the incident to the FBI.” The article also reported that Pima County elections director Brad Nelson said: “If intimidation or coercion was going on out there, even though it might have been outside the 75-foot limit, it’s something we take very seriously, and we’ll be looking into it.”

No voters have alleged intimidation stemming from incident

Civil Rights Commissioner: “[N]o citizen has even alleged that he or she was intimidated from voting.” In an April 23 hearing on the DOJ’s decision in the case, Civil Rights Commissioner Arlan Melendez noted that “no citizen has even alleged that he or she was intimidated from voting,” which “was clear to the Justice Department last spring, which is why they took the course of action that they did.” From the April 23 Civil Rights Commission hearing:

MELENDEZ: My remarks are going to be brief because I think far too much of our time has been consumed on this seemingly unnecessary investigation. Citizens should be able to vote without intimidation, and it is our Commission’s duty to investigate complaints from citizens that their voting rights have been infringed.

In this case, however, no citizen has even alleged that he or she was intimidated from voting at the Fairmount Avenue Polling Station in 2008. This absence of voter intimidation was clear to the Justice Department last spring, which is why they took the course of action that they did.

This absence of voter intimidation was clear to the members of this Commission as well, or at least it should’ve been. Our investigation has been going on now for the better part of a year. We have wasted a good deal of our staff’s time, and the taxpayers’ money.

Main Justice: “[N]o voters at all in the Philadelphia precinct have come forward to allege intimidation.” A July 2 article at the legal news website Main Justice reported that “no voters at all in the Philadelphia precinct have come forward to allege intimidation” adding, “The complaints have come from white Republican poll watchers, who have given no evidence they were registered to vote in the majority black precinct.”

Bartle Bull endorsed McCain and was a poll watcher for the McCain campaign in Philadelphia

Bull: I “spent a day” in Philadelphia “troubleshooting on Election Day for the McCain Campaign.” In his report, Shawn introduced Bull simply as “a New York Democrat” and a “poll watcher” who “thought it was a clear-cut case.” But Bull himself has acknowledged that he served as a poll watcher in Philadelphia on behalf of the McCain campaign in 2008, a fact not reported by Shawn. From Bull’s April 23 testimony before the Civil Rights Commission:

BULL: Well, I had been serving in New York State, my second Republican candidate, as Chairman of Democrats for McCain in New York State. I knew we were going to lose New York. I thought perhaps I could help in Philadelphia. So, I took the train down there at 5:00 in the morning, and spent a day there, troubleshooting on Election Day for the McCain Campaign.


The Gore Sexual Assault Allegations: An Update

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

The Gore Sexual Assault Allegations: An Update
Wednesday night the Portland Police Bureau announced it is re-opening an investigation into allegations that Al Gore sexually assaulted a massage therapist in 2006, following the public revelation of the accusation last week by the National Enquirer.



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Quote-to-Quote-to-Quote: Corporate Propaganda…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Quote-to-Quote-to-Quote: Corporate Propaganda…
…And the way it’s done “Corporations want us to believe that they are concerned, moral ‘corporate citizens’ — whatever that means. So businesses pump millions of dollars into charities and nonprofit organizations to deceive us into thinking that they care and are making things better. On top of that, corporate charity can buy the tacit cooperation […]


Kennedy Has No Plans to Retire

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Kennedy Has No Plans to Retire
Justice Anthony Kennedy, “who turns 74 this month, has told relatives and friends he plans to stay on the high court for at least three more years — through the end of Obama’s first term,” the New York Daily News reports.

“That means Kennedy will be around to provide a fifth vote for the court’s conservative bloc through the 2012 presidential election. If Obama loses, Kennedy could retire and expect a Republican President to choose a conservative justice.”

No Vacation from Politics
“It’s a holiday week and Congress is out of town, but there’s no vacation from politics. With less than four months to go until November’s midterm elections, most lawmakers up for re-election this autumn are back in their home states and districts, reaching out to voters,” CNN reports.

“Also getting into the act this week, President Obama and Vice President Biden. Obama heads to Missouri and Nevada Thursday and Friday… After returning from Iraq, Biden travels to California at the end of the week to help Sen. Barbara Boxer raise campaign cash.”


Profiling 5 Key Right-Wing Mouthpieces Who Spread Paranoia and Hatred Among the ‘Patriot’ Movement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Profiling 5 Key Right-Wing Mouthpieces Who Spread Paranoia and Hatred Among the ‘Patriot’ Movement
From Glenn Beck and Andrew Napolitano at Fox News to the conspiracy radio network established by Alex Jones.

From Glenn Beck and Andrew Napolitano at Fox News to the conspiracy radio network established by Alex Jones.


The Tea Party and the new right-wing Christian feminism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

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Leaked Luntz Poll: Majority of Americans don?t support Israeli flotilla raid.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 6th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Leaked Luntz Poll: Majority of Americans don?t support Israeli flotilla raid.
Via Didi Remez (whose Coteret blog has become an indispensable resource for progressives on Israel-Palestine issues), Israel’s Channel Ten TV News was leaked a memo on a Frank Luntz poll commissioned by the right-wing propaganda outfit The Israel Project analyzing the effectiveness of the Israeli government’s public diplomacy efforts around the Gaza flotilla raid. A summary […]

Via Didi Remez (whose Coteret blog has become an indispensable resource for progressives on Israel-Palestine issues), Israel’s Channel Ten TV News was leaked a memo on a Frank Luntz poll commissioned by the right-wing propaganda outfit The Israel Project analyzing the effectiveness of the Israeli government’s public diplomacy efforts around the Gaza flotilla raid.

A summary of the findings:

1. 56% of Americans agree with the claim that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza;
2. 43% of Americans agree with the claim that people in Gaza are starving;
3. 34% of Americans support the Israeli operation against the Flotilla;
4. 20% of Americans “felt support” for Israel following announcement of easing of Gaza closure.

Consider these numbers against the fact that 84 Senators and 298 Representatives — 71% of the U.S. Congress — signed an AIPAC-backed letter supporting the flotilla raid. The Israel Project has worked with Luntz before, and gotten in trouble for it. Last year, columnist Doug Bloomfield obtained a copy of the group’s “Global Language Dictionary,” developed in conjunction with Luntz, which advocated equating an end to illegal Israeli settlement building with “ethnic cleansing” against Jews. Last December, journalist Spencer Ackerman also discovered that The Israel Project was shopping around an anti-Iran petition loaded up with false signatures.