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Whatever, look at Al Gore’s waistline

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Whatever, look at Al Gore’s waistline
Warmest June EVAH! Must have been those “climate-gate” emails.

Hey, congratulations to all of us here on Earth, I raise my plastic-water bottle to all earthlings (aka “earthers”).

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature data also found the January-June and April-June periods were the warmest on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, which based its findings on measurements that go back as far as 1880.

In June, the combined average for global land and ocean temperatures was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit (16.2 Celsius) — 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.68 Celsius) more than the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius).

But don’t panic, sometime this coming December or January the east coast will get some snow and Drudge and Steve Doocy will ponder what global warming?

Silly people, everybody knows the answer to that. Al Gore got a ‘rub & tug’, or maybe not, but it got reported loudly and that makes it all true enough and therefore all science ever is invalid. Besides, everyone knows science is really controlled by the three members of the ‘New Black Panther Party‘ and those “climate-gate emails” prove it! You will know this when you play a Michael Crichton audio book backwards.


Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann Interviews Dean Baker about the Financial Reform Bill
And what about Glass-Steagall? Oh right that was a New Deal era reform, and therefore, useless. [/New Democrat]

This would seem to be a fairly serious omission:

The two most tossed around phrases in the financial reform debate were “taxpayer bailouts” and “Too Big To Fail.” Americans don’t like the idea of megabanks coming hat in hand to the government for help the next time they self implode, and the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) will appear in plenty of political obituaries come November. But despite what proponents of this bill might tell you, there is no foolproof measure preventing a future Congress from repeating the actions of 2008 and rescuing Wall Street on the taxpayer’s dime.

And what about Glass-Steagall? Oh right that was a New Deal era reform, and therefore, useless.

[/New Democrat]


Needing a Playbook, Not a Funk

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Needing a Playbook, Not a Funk
The Democrats have shifted from sour lassitude into something resembling a sour frenzy, but that’s an improvement. They may still have time to stave off electoral disaster. By Eugene Robinson

The Democrats have shifted from sour lassitude into something resembling a sour frenzy, but that’s an improvement. They may still have time to stave off electoral disaster.


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Geoffrey Dunn: Supporters of Sarah Palin’s Senate Candidate Carry Assault Rifles in Parade

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Geoffrey Dunn: Supporters of Sarah Palin’s Senate Candidate Carry Assault Rifles in Parade
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Right-wing media attempt to erase “bigoted statements” from the tea party movement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Right-wing media attempt to erase “bigoted statements” from the tea party movement

Following the NAACP’s resolution condemning “the Tea Party’s continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements,” right-wing media have gone on the defense, going so far as to claim there is “no evidence of racism within the movement.” But the NAACP’s charge of “racist elements” within the tea party is supported by allegations of racial epithets hurled at African-American congressmen and racially charged signs and slogans from various tea party protests.

Right-wing media absurdly claim NAACP is “manufactur[ing]” existence of racism in tea parties

Michelle Malkin on NAACP: “When you can’t find evil enough enemies to blame for your problems, manufacture them.” In a July 14 column, Michelle Malkin accused the NAACP of “manufactur[ing]” the racist elements of the tea party that the NAACP condemned:

To compensate for squandering the proud history of the civil rights organization on innocent greeting cards, NAACP leaders introduced a much-hyped resolution at their annual convention this week attacking the nation’s biggest racial bogeyman: the tea party movement. It’s a tried and true tactic of worn-out grievance-mongers: When you can’t find evil enough enemies to blame for your problems, manufacture them. (Just ask hate crimes huckster Al Sharpton.) This is why one of the most popular signs spotted at tea party protests across the country remains the one that reads: “It doesn’t matter what this sign says. You’ll call it racism, anyway!”

RedState on NAACP: “[T]here is emphatically not a racial element behind [the tea party] movement.” In a July 14 RedState post, FreedomWorks’ Tabitha Hale concluded that “there is emphatically not a racial element behind [the tea party] movement” [emphasis in original]:

What the NAACP is doing is inciting racial tension, and it is not an accident. Anyone who is a part of this conservative groundswell can tell you that there is emphatically not a racial element behind the movement. However, since they thrive on racial tensions, this is their comfort zone. How better to destroy the largest threat to their vision of liberal utopia? What they fail to acknowledge is that they are also diminishing the real threats to racial equality in America by spending their time destroying those that aren’t truly racist.

BigGovernment: “[F]or the NAACP to condemn the tea party as racist … isn’t only wrong, it’s wrongheaded.” In a July 15 post, BigGovernment’s editorial board defended the tea party against the NAACP’s repudiation of its racist elements:

But for the NAACP to condemn the tea party as racist — and the point of the resolution was to put the libertarian movement on the political defensive — isn’t only wrong, it’s wrongheaded.

I’m no member of the group, but from what I can tell, tea party supporters aren’t a bunch of absolute racists.

They’re a bunch of absolute heretics.

AP noted that tea party activist Alex Poulter “has seen no evidence of racism within the movement.” In a July 13 article, The Associated Press reported that tea party activist Alex Poulter “has seen no evidence of racism” within the tea party movement:

Tea party activist Alex Poulter, who co-founded a Kansas City-area group called Political Chips, also disputed the allegations. He said the movement is made up of a “diverse group of folks who are upset with what is going on with this country.”

Poulter said he has seen no evidence of racism within the movement.

“It’s unfounded, but people are running with these accusations like they are true,” he said.

FoxNews.com reported that tea party members said “no visual evidence has been produced depicting a racist attack” against African-American Democratic lawmakers.In a July 14 article, FoxNews.com reported that tea party members have said “no visual evidence has been produced depicting a racist attack”:

But Tea Party members have challenged claims that their activists accosted black lawmakers in March and no visual evidence has been produced depicting a racist attack. Dallas Tea Party founder Phillip Dennis said “there was no proof” of racist behavior at the event and that the movement welcomes minority members.

African-American congressmen were reportedly harassed at tea party protest

Washington Post reports African-American congressmen harrassed outside capitol by tea party protestors. According to a March 20Washington Post article:

Protesters outside the Capitol hurled epithets at Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and< Andre Carson(D-Ind.) as they left the building after President Obama delivered an 11th-hour speech on behalf of the health care bill. Carson told reporters that protesters yelled “kill the bill,” then used a racial epithet to describe Carson and Lewis, who is a revered figure on both sides of the aisle.

Breitbart accuses congressmen of lying about incident because “the Democrats need a racist Tea Party moment.” In a March 25 Big Journalism post, Andrew Breitbart accused the congressmen of lying about the incident. Breitbart wrote:

That’s how much the Democrats need a racist Tea Party moment. To stop it in its tracks. That’s why on Saturday they used the Congressional Black Caucus to try to manufacture the false appearance of one. And when they didn’t get it, they did what they always do: they lied.

Alinsky taught them well: the ends justify the means. And that’s how the Democrats play. They love using black people as symbols of oppression. They love to use them for staged rallies, staged walks and staged protests. It’s why they fought so hard to keep the heavily minority ACORN alive. They were the portable army that would cry racism in front of your place of business until the company paid them off to go away.

Haven’t we had enough? Are we going to allow the left to use its despicable acts of lies and intimidation to shut up legitimate dissent on a subject that has nothing to do with race?

Breitbart concluded by calling Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton “race hustlers” and offered $10,000 “to provide hard evidence that the N-word was hurled at” Lewis. Numerous other right-wing media figures have claimed that the congressmen were lying about the incident.

Racist or racially charged signs and slogans found at numerous tea party protests


Iowa Tea Party Billboard Compares Obama With Hitler And Lenin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Iowa Tea Party Billboard Compares Obama With Hitler And Lenin
Rule No. 37 of comparing Obama to Hitler: It’s hard to walk back a billboard.


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Minuteman Founder: Ex-Minuteman Bounty Hunter Chased Me After He Slept With My Wife
Minuteman founder Chris Simcox was being hunted by former Minuteman and bounty hunter Stacey O’Connell, and Simcox thinks he knows why: Because O’Connell is allegedly having an affair with Simcox’s wife, the same wife who accused Simcox of threatening her at gun point.


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The Tattlesnake – Dick Cheney Doesn’t Have a Pulse Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Dick Cheney Doesn’t Have a Pulse Edition
Rachel Maddow reported July 14th that five-heart-attacks-since-he-was-37 Dick Cheney is hanging on by a thread following complete heart failure, kept alive only by a machine called a LVAD resting externally on his belly that keeps his blood moving. Ironically, because an external machine is circulating his blood rather than his damaged heart, Cheney apparently has […]


Feingold Holds Edge in Wisconsin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Feingold Holds Edge in Wisconsin
A new Badger poll in Wisconsin finds that less than half of state voters said they have made their minds up about for whom they would vote in the U.S. Senate race.

Among those who expressed a vote choice, slightly more said they preferred current Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) over likely challenger Ron Johnson (R), 33% to 28%.

Reid Takes Lead in Nevada
A new Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason Dixon poll in Nevada shows Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has opened a strong lead over challenger Sharron Angle (R), 44% to 37%, “after pummeling her in a ubiquitous TV and radio ad campaign that portrays the Tea Party favorite as ‘too extreme.””

Said pollster Brad Coker: “He’s had five perfect weeks. The race has been all about her, and he’s been doing a good job of pounding her.”

This is the best Reid has done against Angle this year in a series of Mason-Dixon polls. Previously, the two had been locked in a statistical dead heat with Angle finishing just ahead of Reid in February, 44% to 42%, and in June, 44% to 41%, and Reid finishing just ahead of Angle in May, 42% to 39%.

These results also track another recent poll of the race.

Blumenthal Still Holds Large Lead in Connecticut
A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut finds Richard Blumenthal (D) leading Linda McMahon (R) by 17 points in the U.S. Senate race, 54% to 37%.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: “McMahon’s biggest problem with voters is that only 38% think she has the right kind of experience to be a U.S. Senator, which tracks very closely with the percentage of the vote she gets against Blumenthal. She has improved her experience number slightly, but she must do more to convince Connecticut voters that her background as an executive in professional wrestling is the right kind of experience.”

Meanwhile, while Rob Simmons (R) hinted he might jump back into the August 10 Republican primary, the poll finds McMahon crushing him among likely voters, 52% to 25%, with Peter Schiff (R) at 13%.


Wall Street Is Laundering Drug Money and Getting Away with It

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Wall Street Is Laundering Drug Money and Getting Away with It
Wall Street has been caught laundering massive amounts of drug money. So why isn’t anybody being punished?

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Outrage Builds Over Extermination of Hundreds of Geese from Major City Park in New York
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The NYC govt. and the USDA quietly captured 250-400 Prospect Park geese and carted them off to gas them, needless deaths that won't prevent plane crashes.

Hey Conservatives — Gays Are Better Parents Than You
Recent studies show that the absurd, hateful right-wing propaganda about gay families couldn’t be more wrong.

Recent studies show that the absurd, hateful right-wing propaganda about gay families couldn't be more wrong.

How Obama and the Dems Can Get Us Out of the Huge Economic Hole We’re in
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Obama’s Map: Which States Are Hot And Which Are Not?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Obama’s Map: Which States Are Hot And Which Are Not?
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GOP Rep. Bob Inglis Chastises Vitter?s Birtherism, Criticizes ?Bad? Leadership From Boehner And Cantor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

GOP Rep. Bob Inglis Chastises Vitter?s Birtherism, Criticizes ?Bad? Leadership From Boehner And Cantor
Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) recently lost a GOP primary run-off to keep his seat in the House of Representatives, and since then, the South Carolina Republican has felt liberated to speak the truth about the state of his Party and the conservative movement. Last week, Inglis criticized Sarah Palin’s “death panel” claims, Glenn Beck’s “demagoguery,” […]

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) recently lost a GOP primary run-off to keep his seat in the House of Representatives, and since then, the South Carolina Republican has felt liberated to speak the truth about the state of his Party and the conservative movement. Last week, Inglis criticized Sarah Palin’s “death panel” claims, Glenn Beck’s “demagoguery,” and disparaged the right’s divisive rhetoric.

Today on C-Span, Inglis continued to rail against his Party, again calling out the right’s “misinformation about death panels” and chastising Sen. David Vitter’s (R-LA) recent claim that he supports challenging President Obama’s citizenship status in court:

INGLIS: As to the Birther matter, let me be clear. The president is obviously a citizen of the United States. … So, really we do lose credibility when we spend time talking about such things. Why do we do that? We do it because we want to vilify the other side. We want to make them into the big bad guys.

Inglis also didn’t have very supportive words for House GOP Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). “I think that to some extent we’re getting what we deserve,” with Boehner and Cantor leading the Party, Inglis said, adding, “We have basically decided to stir up a base, and that’s a bad decision for the country.”

Later in the segment, Inglis criticized those on the right who blamed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) for causing the 2008 financial crisis:

INGLIS: What I’m supposed to do as a Republican is just echo back to you Anne that yes, CRA was the cause of the financial meltdown in October of 2008. And if I said that to you I’d be clearly wrong because if you think about it, CRA had been around for decades. So how could it be that it caused the problem suddenly in October of 2008? … So therefore we can just establish it as a scapegoat. Democrats like it and we can of course put the racial hue on that and that makes it even more powerful. But if we do that, we go further away from the solution, the solution is to deal with those fundamental things, not pick up on scapegoats and run with it.

Watch it:

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) also recently lost his primary in his bid for re-election and has been similarly critical of the GOP. “I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas.” he said.

Transcript:

CALLER: And a last thing here. One of our Senators, Republican Senator David Vitter, and I actually saw him on the news a couple of days ago talking about this Birther stuff, and that’s where Republicans lose a lot of credibility with me, not just on Tea Party coming out and blaming everything financially on Obama when they had eight years of Bush, and people before that, but that and also this Birther thing, where they persist upon saying that this man is illegitimate when I’m pretty sure if he was illegitimate somebody would have found out by now. Thank you. That’s all I had.

[…]

INGLIS: As to the Birther matter, let me clear. The president is obviously a citizen of the United States. You know, you can – you can see some kind of way of how you could have a conspiracy to change the official records in Hawaii, but it sure would be difficult to go back into two newspapers and change the announcement that was made that bouncing Barry, baby bouncing, bouncing baby Barry Obama was born in Honolulu, whatever, it would be hard to go back and change that in the public libraries across the country. When I was born, they announced the births in the papers back then, we didn’t have HIPA (sp). So, really we do lose credibility when we spend time talking about such things. Why do we do that? Why do – we do it because we want to vilify the other side. We want to make them into the big bad guys.

[…]

HOST: By that description, are you in fact criticizing your current house leaders, Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor, for being overly partisan?

INGLIS: I think that to some extent we’re getting what we deserve. We have basically decided to stir up a base, and that’s a bad decision for the country because the country needs people here serving in Washington to say, listen, let’s lead, and let’s help people to understand, it does not help to put out misinformation about death panels, for example. There were no death panels in that health care bill. And then you lose credibility when you say things like that, when you scare people. And then how are you going to get them to follow your lead as you say, listen, really, we need to make some changes here, and it’s for our collective good, our common good as a nation, we’re going to make some changes. And so that’s – that’s the kind of leadership that I think we need. It’s the kind that, like I say, people like Rob Portman, who I hope wins that Senate race, and later becomes president, could supply to the country.

HOST: So how do you work together if your views about government involvement are very very different?

INGLIS: They are very different. But let’s start with some clearing up some misinformation. I followed a senior recently in a car that had a sticker, “Socialism” on the back of their car. And I got close enough to read what it said. It said, “Socialism is that system that works fine until you run out of other people’s money.” Well, that’s a good understanding of how it is that conservatives don’t want to spend other people’s money, but the people driving were seniors. And therefore they’re receiving Social Security, and they’re on Medicare. And perhaps they were fairly young seniors. They might have an older relative in a Medicaid bed having run out of money, their own money, and maybe they’re now converted to a Medicaid bed in a nursing home. That’s pretty much the society keeping up those folks.

And so what we need to have is an honest conversation okay, if that’s the case, if we really want to have individual reliance, which is what I believe we should be doing, then let’s figure out a way to do that. But that means changing Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid.

[…]

The other thing, just to pick up an example, what I’m supposed to do as a Republican is just echo back to you Anne that yes, CRA was the cause of the financial meltdown in October of 2008. And if I said that to you I’d be clearly wrong because if you think about it, CRA had been around for decades. So how could it be that it caused the problem suddenly in October of 2008? The problem was over borrowing in our individual lives, in our corporate lives and in our country. That’s what created the problem, along with interest rates being kept too low, too long by the Fed. Those kinds of things are what created the financial meltdown in October of 2008. It was not CRA. But I know that as a Republican, what I’m supposed to say is, “Yep, Anne, that’s exactly right. It’s CRA.” Because you see we conservatives don’t like that program. So therefore we can just establish it as a scapegoat. Democrats like it and we can of course put the racial hue on that and that makes it even more powerful. But if we do that, we go further away from the solution, the solution is to deal with those fundamental things, not pick up on scapegoats and run with it.

Businesses And Attendees At Cantor Job Fair Debunk Right-Wing Talking Points On Unemployment Benefits
Earlier this week, ThinkProgress attended a job fair in Glen Allen, VA, hosted by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). Before the doors opened, hundreds of job seekers were already patiently waiting in a line that stretched around the high school where the event was taking place. In the first hour alone, more 1,200 people […]

Earlier this week, ThinkProgress attended a job fair in Glen Allen, VA, hosted by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). Before the doors opened, hundreds of job seekers were already patiently waiting in a line that stretched around the high school where the event was taking place. In the first hour alone, more 1,200 people showed up, according to a Cantor spokeswoman.

Many of the people at the job fair were receiving unemployment benefits, having been out of work for a significant amount of time. Cantor has consistently voted to block unemployment benefits for 2.1 million citizens who are looking for work. Similarly, many of his conservative colleagues have said that unemployment benefits discourage people from looking for jobs.

ThinkProgress spoke to job seekers and company representatives at the job fair about whether they agree with these statements. Peggy, a woman from Richmond who was laid off and had been searching for work for more than a year, said she was barely making ends meet with the help of federal unemployment insurance (which Cantor helped eliminate last month). Her message for Cantor and other lawmakers who oppose unemployment benefits:

They can say all the nice things they want, but there’s no action. I wish they could live like we live.

We also talked to half a dozen companies looking for workers at the job fair, including Mary Kay Cosmetics, United Way, and the University of Richmond. They unanimously agreed that unemployment benefits helped job seekers get back on their feet rather than discouraging them from looking for work.

– Seidah, Mary Kay Cosmetics: “I’m sure a portion of them [the job seekers at the event] are receiving some type of unemployment benefits, so people want to work, they’re motivated. You know, that’s what I love about Virginia. Everybody wants a job.”

– Sam, University of Richmond: “Does it help? Absolutely. Many of the people that work with me are very concerned about the fact their benefits are going to run out. And they just have been looking for a year, two years — actively looking — and still can’t find anything. It’s a real difficult situation.”

Watch our interviews here: