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Pot Grower is a Real Boob

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Pot Grower is a Real Boob
A suspected pot grower waged a booby trap campaign against the Hemet, Calif., police department, officials claim. Nicholas Smit believed that if he killed or injured the investigative officer the case would go away, said Karl Anglin, assistant special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “This guy we are dealing with is not very intelligent,” Anglin said.


How it all works…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

How it all works…
An overview of the slums of cable news — talk about your slumdog millionaires.

But one day, one typical day, in the cable news world.

FoxNews decides to have two “themes” of the day all in the name of fair & balanced.

1. The Black Panthers elected Barack Obama President and Grand Mufti simultaneously — and we know it’s true because it comes from a political appointee of the Bush Justice Department and those people were nothing if not straight shooters … and they’ve got the holes in their feet to prove it.

2. MUSLIMS IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

CNN, your source of Lindsay Lohan news, finds time for two additional stories.

1. Hey, that FoxNews story about the Black Panthers sounds like it will kill time, let’s put Mr. Charisma, Wolf Blitzer, on that, he’s so smart.

2. OMG, somebody who knows the Middle East tweeted something about a Muslim-political figure dying that did not include condemning them to an eternity of hellfire and pork rinds — fire their terrorist appeasing ass!

MSNBC, certainly not your source for well-known sexual terms nor wisecracks about Joe Scarborough’s past — but they do have a secret plan to dominate.

Hey, can we just combine everything into one mass of stupidity and have Pat Buchanan discuss Lindsay Lohan?

…YES, WE CAN!

Let us just award ESPN all the various news Emmys because their World Cup Coverage has contained more journalism in one month than the last ten years of alleged Cable News?


Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Interviews Richard Engel in Afghanistan
I’m sure everything will be awesome in 12 months.

Hearts and minds.

Military authorities are investigating the friendly fire deaths of five Afghan soldiers Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

A NATO patrol in Ghazni province fired on the Afghan soldiers, mistaking them for insurgents, a statement from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

“This loss of life is tragic, and we offer condolences to all those who lost loved ones,” said Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, ISAF Joint Command spokeswoman. “We work extremely hard to coordinate and synchronize our operations, and we deeply regret the loss of lives from our Afghan partners.”

I’m sure everything will be awesome in 12 months.


Show Us the Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Show Us the Money
We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too. By Joe Conason

We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too.


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Chris Weigant: Obama Poll Watch — June, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Chris Weigant: Obama Poll Watch — June, 2010
Obama, after gaining a bit in his average approval ratings in May, slipped back in June. But the reversal was slight, continuing a five-month streak of amazingly stable numbers.

HuffPost TV: Arianna On ‘John King USA’: Move Your Money, Support Your Community Instead Of Too Big To Fail
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Jan Brewer, Arizona Governor, Cancels Annual US-Mexico Border Governors Meeting In Phoenix
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George Lakoff: Disaster Messaging
Democrats are constantly resorting to disaster messaging. Here’s a description the typical situation. â?¢ The Republicans outmessage the Democrats. The Democrats, having no effective response,…


Right-wing media smear “African-American Attorney General” as racially biased in trumped-up New Black Panthers case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Right-wing media smear “African-American Attorney General” as racially biased in trumped-up New Black Panthers case

Right-wing media continued trumpeting completely unsubstantiated allegations that the Department of Justice — and Attorney General Eric Holder specifically — dismissed voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party because the defendants were African-American. In fact, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez testified that the charges were dropped after attorneys at the Civil Rights Division determined that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the three defendants.

Right-wing media smear Holder as having racial motivation in “inexplicably” dropping the case against the New Black Panthers

RedState accused Holder of “judging people by the color of their skin”; says, “It’s impossible to believe that President Obama and his Administration actually buys in to this idea that we have moved beyond race and into a color blind society.” In a July 7 testified that the two were “career” attorneys who had “been in the [Civil Rights] Division for 30 years” and had “worked in the administration of George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and many other Presidents.” Indeed, Rosenbaum was reportedly once promoted to the head of voting rights in the Civil Rights Division by former President George H.W. Bush. Perez also testified that this was “a case about career people disagreeing with career people”:

Two people, Loretta King and Steve Rosenbaum, have been in the Division for 30 years. They worked in the administration of George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, and many other Presidents.

[…]

I have worked at the Department under Republican and Democratic leadership. And I have been involved in many, many cases where you look at evidence. And reasonable people of good faith can take a look at evidence and draw different conclusions from the evidence. This is a case about career people disagreeing with career people. That happens very often.

Perez: The decision not to pursue additional charges against three of the four defendants was made because the “allegations … did not have sufficient evidentiary support.” Contrary to Doocy’s, Perino’s, and Morrissey’s claims, Perez directly addressed the decision not to pursue additional charges in May 14 testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He manufactured controversy surrounding the New Black Panthers Party case “small potatoes” and encouraged readers to “forget about the New Black Panther Party case,” commenting that “too much overheated rhetoric filled with insinuations and unsubstantiated charges has been devoted to this case.” From the July 6 NRO 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.” A July 2 article at the legal news website Main Justice further 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.”

Bush-era DOJ also 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 Commission on Civil Rights, Perez 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 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.”

The New York Times noted that Bush’s DOJ “discouraged” “high-impact civil rights enforcement against policies … where statistics show that minorities fare disproportionately poorly.” An August 31, 2009, New York Times article noted that under George W. Bush’s administration, “appointees had discouraged such tactics” as “high-impact civil rights enforcement against policies … where statistics show that minorities fare disproportionately poorly”:

As part of this shift, the Obama administration is planning a major revival of high-impact civil rights enforcement against policies, in areas ranging from housing to hiring, where statistics show that minorities fare disproportionately poorly. President George W. Bush’s appointees had discouraged such tactics, preferring to focus on individual cases in which there is evidence of intentional discrimination.


Ethics Panel Questioned Pelosi On Massa

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Ethics Panel Questioned Pelosi On Massa
The House Ethics Committee, in its probe of sexual harassment allegations made against former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY), has interviewed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Politico reports, likely about how much House leaders knew about the allegations and how they responded.


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Two More Suspects Charged For Targeting CA Police In Connection With Booby Trapping Incidents
Two more suspects where charged today in connection with a series of booby trapping incidents over the past few months that have targeted police in Hemet, California.



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Introducing: The New Fox Indoctro TV

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Introducing: The New Fox Indoctro TV


White House Stays Clear of Blagojevich Trial

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

White House Stays Clear of Blagojevich Trial
Politico notes that nothing in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial “has captured Washington’s attention yet — not even a new revelation about the president’s role in the Senate seat spectacle or the prospect that defense lawyers could call Emanuel and Jarrett to the stand when it’s their turn to grill witnesses.”

“Quite simply, Blago has had trouble breaking through in the summer of BP, Elena Kagan and Gen. Stan McChrystal. Some chalk it up to the governor himself — whose F-bombs, hair-helmet and Celebrity Apprentice stint make him seem more like a reckless and cartoonish figure than the menacing double-dealer portrayed by prosecutors, charged with trying to sell the president’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.”

Boxer in Very Tough Fight
A new Field Poll in California shows Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) leads challenger Carly Fiorina (R) by just three points, 47% to 44%.

Boxer’s job approval rating is among the lowest the pollster has measured for her since she was first elected to the Senate in 1992: 48% of likely voters disapprove of her performance while 42% approve.

Said pollster Mark DiCamillio: “She is vulnerable. This is very ominous for her.”


Tea Party Think Tank Founded By Clarence Thomas’ Wife Makes Common Cause With Militia Guru Larry Pratt

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Tea Party Think Tank Founded By Clarence Thomas’ Wife Makes Common Cause With Militia Guru Larry Pratt
Listed among the "friends" of Virginia Thomas’ new Tea Party think tank is Gun Owners of America, headed by white-supremacist-friendly, militia guru Larry Pratt.

Listed among the "friends" of Virginia Thomas' new Tea Party think tank is Gun Owners of America, headed by white-supremacist-friendly, militia guru Larry Pratt.

We’re in a Recession Because the Rich Are Raking in an Absurd Portion of Wealth
Our economy can’t thrive when the richest 1% get an ever larger share of the nation’s income and wealth, and everyone else’s share shrinks.

Our economy can't thrive when the richest 1% get an ever larger share of the nation's income and wealth, and everyone else's share shrinks.

Marijuana Law Reform Is a Civil Rights Issue
It is time to end the failed war on drugs by decriminalizing and regulating marijuana to save our communities.

It is time to end the failed war on drugs by decriminalizing and regulating marijuana to save our communities.


Netanyahu 1, Obama 0

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 8th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Netanyahu 1, Obama 0
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said it best at his joint press conference with President Barack Obama yesterday. Speaking of the urgency of beginning talks with the Palestinians, he said “we need to begin negotiations in order to end them.”…


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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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