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Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Reports from Afghanistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Reports from Afghanistan
It’s all going so well.

It’s all going so well.

In a devastating case of “friendly fire,” NATO pilots who apparently did not know that Afghan soldiers had laid a trap for Taliban militants on the ground beneath them bombed the soldiers as they lay in wait, killing at least five, Afghan officials said.

The attack in Andor district of Ghazni Province, about 100 miles southwest of Kabul, suggested a horrific miscommunication between NATO officers giving orders to their warplanes and Afghan forces on the ground who were trying to capture or kill militants who hold sway in part of the district known as Rahim Khiel.

Still want to know what we’re going to accomplish in another year.

Truth moves slowly, while bullshit travels at the speed of sound
If you can’t beat ’em, threaten to beat ’em.

The Hockey Stick of Noted Climatologist Bobby Orr via Astro Guy at Flickr

All the bullshit tossed out about the so-called Climate-Gate emails turned out to be exposed as, well bullshit. But not before FoxNews, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh tossed out lies and threats as fast as they could. (Rush’s latest bs line btw, Islam didn’t do crap for science & math — and who are you going to believe, Rush or your lying arabic numeral seeing eyes?)

Eventually, as any rational person knew, there was no scandal at all, except for the theft of property utilized by the spewers of bullshit.

Nevertheless and completely unsurprisingly, this has led to the ignorant and classy listening audience of the bloviators to send a constant stream of death-threats to scientist. Perhaps this is a course at Glenn Beck University?

Nobody could have anticipated, etc.

Oh, and now that the non-scandal has been exposed as not a scandal, we conveniently have a new reason not to do anything about climate-change because Al Gore allegedly wanted a rub and tug, thus disproving all science forever.

Late Late Night FDL: Zoot Suit Riot
Cherry Poppin’ DaddiesZoot Suit Riot.

Cherry Poppin’ DaddiesZoot Suit Riot.

What’s on your mind?


Hawaii Says Mahalo, but No Mahalo to Civil Unions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Hawaii Says Mahalo, but No Mahalo to Civil Unions
Hawaii’s Republican governor has taken a very mainland approach to same-sex partnerships, vetoing a civil union bill that would have protected the rights of gay couples. Way to be laid back, Hawaii. Maybe the islanders are just sick of weddings. They have more than anywhere but Vegas. Reuters via Yahoo: Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle on Tuesday vetoed a domestic partnership bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to gain most of the benefits and protections of marriage by registering civil unions. The state, like many others in the United States, has debated fiercely whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry. Hawaii’s supreme court in 1993 found banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, but voters in 1998 amended the state constitution to allow such a ban. Read more

Hawaii’s Republican governor has taken a very mainland approach to same-sex partnerships, vetoing a civil union bill that would have protected the rights of gay couples. Way to be laid back, Hawaii.

Maybe the islanders are just sick of weddings. They have more than anywhere but Vegas.

Reuters via Yahoo:

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle on Tuesday vetoed a domestic partnership bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to gain most of the benefits and protections of marriage by registering civil unions.

The state, like many others in the United States, has debated fiercely whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry. Hawaii’s supreme court in 1993 found banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, but voters in 1998 amended the state constitution to allow such a ban.

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Robert Scheer: Two More Candidates for the McChrystal Treatment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Robert Scheer: Two More Candidates for the McChrystal Treatment
It’s not working. Time for the president to concede that the economy is at best stagnating and at worst about to take another steep nose…

Marjorie Cohn: Losing in Afghanistan
Last week, the House of Representatives voted 215-210 for $33 billion to fund Barack Obama’s troop increase in Afghanistan. But there was considerable opposition to…

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Civil Unions Bill After Weeks Of Stalling
HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions, ending months of speculation on how she would weigh in…


After the testimony: More obfuscation and hearsay as Fox News still hypes Adams

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

After the testimony: More obfuscation and hearsay as Fox News still hypes Adams

Megyn Kelly falsely characterized a documentary about the New Black Panther Party as evidence of “the incident” that gave rise to a Justice Department investigation into alleged voter intimidation on Election Day 2008. But according to the general counsel for the Civil Rights Commission, the video was completed before Election Day.

Megyn Kelly calls pre-Election video “a video of the incident” that happened on Election Day

Kelly: Adams says that “some within the Department of Justice actually called a meeting to show the naysayers a video of the incident.” Reporting on J. Christian Adams’ testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Megyn Kelly claimed, “Adams also testified about the attitude within the Justice Department once this New Black Panthers incident hit the national airwaves just after the ’08 election, in part thanks to our own Rick Leventhal, who happened to be on the scene. Adams said that he heard Justice attorneys dismissing it as no big deal, as a media-generated event. Well, attorneys were downplaying the event to such an extent, says Adams, that some within the Department of Justice actually called a meeting to show the naysayers a video of the incident.”

Adams: “We got the National Geographic video where the Black Panthers are calling for the murder of white babies in their cribs, which I understand you showed here.” Kelly then aired part of Adams’ testimony where he said, “We got the National Geographic video where the Black Panthers are calling for the murder of white babies in their cribs, which I understand you showed here, and calling for the murders of white people to show the section. We thought, ‘My goodness gracious, fair-minded people will soften their hearts — will soften their hearts after they see these things.’  I was not there the day that the video played but I’m told it did not exactly attract a large crowd.”

Kelly: “You may not have seen this Nat Geo video.” Kelly then said, “Adams suggested the video didn’t have much of an affect. What exactly does that video show? You’ve seen the cell-phone video of the guy filming the two New Black Panthers, and you may have seen the Rick Leventhal video. You may not have seen this Nat Geo video. Take a look. ”

National Geographic documentary produced before “the incident” on Election Day 2008

Civil Rights Commission General Counsel: “National Geographic Channel’s documentary” was “produced in 2008, before the election.” During an April 23 hearing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, David Blackwood, the commission’s general counsel, introduced video evidence, including what he said was “the National Geographic Channel’s documentary on the New Black Panther Party.” Blackwood said that the documentary was “produced in 2008, before the election.” From Blackwood’s comments introducing video evidence to the Commission:

BLACKWOOD: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. What we’re going to show in this next segment are three video clips that the Commission has obtained. The first — and they will run one right after the other. The first is from the National Geographic Channel’s documentary on the New Black Panther Party, which was obtained by subpoena.

The documentary was produced in 2008, before the election. It has background as to the New Black Panther Party. It shows clips of statements from Malik Zulu Shabazz, who is head of the party, and has footage and comments from the New Black Panther Party members who were at the Fairmount Street Polling Place: Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson.

Kelly again lets Adams rely on hearsay

Kelly: “Adams also testified about the attitude within the Justice Department once this New Black Panther incident hit the national airwaves.” Kelly claimed that “Adams also testified about the attitude within the Justice Department once this New Black Panthers incident hit the national airwaves just after the ’08 election.” Kelly also said, “Adams said that he heard Justice attorneys dismissing it as no big deal, as a media-generated event. Well attorneys were downplaying the event to such an extent, says Adams, that some within the Department of Justice actually called a meeting to show the naysayers a video of the incident.”

Adams: “I was not there the day that the video played, but I’m told it did not exactly attract a large crowd.” During the portion of Adams’ testimony aired by Kelly, Adams acknowledged that he was not present to observe the reaction of any attorneys viewing the video, or to know first-hand how many attorneys viewed the documentary.

Kelly previously hyped Adams’ allegations that were based on hearsay

Adams: “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.” During the June 30 edition of America Live, Kelly hyped what she called “Adams’ explosive new allegations.” But during the interview, Adams relied on hearsay and things that others said to support his allegations.  For example, after claiming that a Justice Department attorney “threw [a] memo at” another attorney, Kelly asked, “What was the response? I mean that’s an extraordinary story,” and Adams replied, “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

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Rehberg Files Lawsuit Blaming Firefighters For Trees Burned In Forest Fire
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), fresh off his Republican primary win, filed a lawsuit Friday against the City of Billings and the Billings Fire Department for damages sustained in a 2008 fire. Rehberg is the developer of record for the 1,000-acre…



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Johnston Apologizes to Palin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Johnston Apologizes to Palin
Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson, told People magazine he has apologized for his war of words with the family.

Said Johnston: “Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true. I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize.”

There was no mention of the book Johnston was supposedly writing that would “air the true story of the Palin household.”

Quote of the Day
“Getting oxygen is hard when you’re in the minority. You have to create conflict. The press likes that.”

— Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), quoted in a New York Times piece on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) becoming the Obama administration’s “annoyer-in-chief.”

Dead Heat in California
A new Field Poll in California shows the race for governor is a dead heat with Jerry Brown (D) holding a one point lead over Meg Whitman (R), 44% to 43%, with 13% undecided.

“Whitman’s relentless advertising campaign has helped sour voters’ views of Brown, with 40% holding an unfavorable opinion of him — up from 25% in March 2009… Brown supporters who are banking on his name recognition to counteract the former eBay CEO’s bottomless checkbook should be worried: The poll found that 34% of voters under 40 had “no opinion” of Brown, who was California’s governor from 1975 to 1983, was Oakland’s mayor from 1999 to 2007 and is now the state attorney general.”


Embalming Might Keep You Looking Fresh at Your Funeral, But Do You Know What It Does to the Environment?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Embalming Might Keep You Looking Fresh at Your Funeral, But Do You Know What It Does to the Environment?
Is it necessary to be disinfected, preserved, cosmetized and deodorized for your going-away party?

Is it necessary to be disinfected, preserved, cosmetized and deodorized for your going-away party?

Republicans Want as Many Unemployed People as Possible, Because They Think It Will Get Them Elected
From now until Nov. 2, the Republican Party will be the party of unemployment.

From now until Nov. 2, the Republican Party will be the party of unemployment.

Michael Moore: Why I Had to Hire 9 Bodyguards After Winning an Oscar
In a wide-ranging interview, Moore talks about his controversial career, taking over his local Democratic Party, and unloads on Obama’s handling of the Afghan war.

In a wide-ranging interview, Moore talks about his controversial career, taking over his local Democratic Party, and unloads on Obama's handling of the Afghan war.

Congressional Inaction Is Feeding The Jobs Crisis
The jobs crisis is getting worse. Why won’t Congress do anything about it?

The jobs crisis is getting worse. Why won't Congress do anything about it?


AIPAC: Netanyahu Has Sacrificed For Peace ++ Is Jeff Goldberg About To Call For Iran War?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

AIPAC: Netanyahu Has Sacrificed For Peace ++ Is Jeff Goldberg About To Call For Iran War?
FLASH: i heard from two sources today that Jeff Goldberg is working on a piece about the inevitability of war with Iran. Both sources say they “know” this is true. I don’t. But I’m paying attention. Goldberg was one of…


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Israel’s Press’ Political Leukemia
Packing for summer in New Hampshire is usually a disorienting time. We are leaving a place where we work to make anything grow for a place where we work, if at all, to cut things back. But this year it…


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Deflation, Kleptocracy & Reform
The United States has three DEFCON 5 level crises happening at once. The first is an ecological disaster in the American Gulf region. The second is a foreign policy disaster in the Arabian Gulf region. And the third is an…


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Tar Balls Hit Texas, Whose Governor Said The BP Disaster Was An ?Act Of God?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Tar Balls Hit Texas, Whose Governor Said The BP Disaster Was An ?Act Of God?
Tar balls have now hit every single state on the Gulf Coast, “after a bucket’s worth of tar balls hit a Texas beach.” The AP reports: The oil’s arrival in Texas was predicted Friday by an analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which gave a 40 percent chance of crude reaching the […]

Tar balls have now hit every single state on the Gulf Coast, “after a bucket’s worth of tar balls hit a Texas beach.” The AP reports:

The oil’s arrival in Texas was predicted Friday by an analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which gave a 40 percent chance of crude reaching the area.

It was just a matter of time that some of the oil would find its way to Texas,” said Hans Graber, a marine physicist at the University of Miami and co-director of the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing.

About five gallons of tar balls were found Saturday on the Bolivar Peninsula, northeast of Galveston, said Capt. Marcus Woodring, the Coast Guard commander for the Houston/Galveston sector. Two gallons were found Sunday on the peninsula and Galveston Island, though tests have not yet confirmed the oil’s origin.

Texas Land Commissioner responded, “Any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab.” In an initial statement, Perry said that he wanted to “assure Texans that we are taking aggressive steps to address this situation and to mitigate any effects to our beaches.” Recently, Perry was being far more conciliatory to BP about the oil disaster. In fact, in May — at a trade association conference funded by BP — Perry said that the oil spill wasn’t BP’s fault at all:

“We don’t know what the event that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said alongside several other governors on a panel Monday. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.” Perry questioned whether the spill was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril. “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.

He later tried to walk back his comments, saying that a “mechanical failure” was possibly the cause. He nevertheless added, “I don’t think that a big wave came along at a very inopportune time and caused…but I don’t know that.” He also said that BP has “historically had a very good safety record from my perspective,” even though a BP refinery in Texas released more than 400 pounds a day of benzene over a 40-day period from early April to mid May 2010.

In 2009, BP donated $250,000 to restore Perry’s “arson-burned” mansion — the largest contribution from more than 400 businesses and individuals who gave to the project. According to the Houston Chronicle, in 2005, Perry announced “that the Texas Enterprise Fund would give BP America up to $ 750,000 to create 150 jobs as it spins off its chemicals business,” although it was soon revealed that 50 of those jobs were for people who already worked for BP and lived in the area. Critics said it was “a classic case of getting paid for doing what you’re going to do anyway.”


The Fix: Tea Party = Republican party?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

The Fix: Tea Party = Republican party?
The scads of media coverage about the burgeoning tea party effort has focused heavily on the idea that those who identify themselves as part of the movement are political free agents — dismissive of both parties and Washington generally.


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Many Republican leaders bypassing RNC chief Steele ahead of midterms
Michael S. Steele appears likely to weather his gaffe about the war in Afghanistan, perhaps his most significant lapse as chairman of the Republican National Committee. But many Republican leaders have lost confidence in his ability to head the GOP and are working around him to keep it on track for…


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Obama faces political challenge on Arizona case
The White House has said the decision to challenge Arizona’s immigration law was out of its hands, left completely up to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the lawyers at the Justice Department.


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Democrats digging harder than ever for dirt on Republicans
The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers. In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California, Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates’ unpaid income taxes,…


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HIV scare at the VA
Lawmakers plan to hold hearings next week in St. Louis after the Department of Veterans Affairs informed more than 1,800 veterans treated there that they may have been exposed to HIV.


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