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Mom Murders Daughter, Gets Probation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Mom Murders Daughter, Gets Probation
Putting a Calgary, Canada, mom who strangled her promiscuous 14-year-old daughter in jail would smack of vengeance, a judge said Thursday when giving her probation instead. Justice Sal LoVecchio placed Aset Magomadova on probation for three years ruling the time behind bars sought by the prosecution wasn’t needed. Magomadova, a Chechen refugee, has a terminally ill son. Another report indicates that her daughter was a meth addict who committed a violent attack on a teacher in her school shortly before the murder.



Sunday Talking Heads: July 18, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: July 18, 2010
Midterms, BP Oil Disaster, FinReg

Is it the oil? The Corexit? The oil and the Corexit?  Mobile, Albama’s News Five did water tests in several key locations revealing a high level of hydrocarbons. Disturbing results, but more tests are needed.  (video h/t Political Carnival.)

As for today’s talking heads’ topics, we’ve got midterm elections, FinReg, the BP oil disaster — and then some.

Washington Journal: 7:30am – Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.) National Incident Commander Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response (phoner).  8:30am – Herman Cohen, Former Assistant Secretary of State For African Affairs (1989-93).  9:15am – Ben Geman, The Hill, Energy Reporter.

ABC’s This Week: Vice President Joe Biden, jobs, midterms and Iraq. Roundtable: George Will, Clarence Page, Nicole Wallace, Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Bill Richardson, Democratic Governor of New Mexico and J.D. Hayworth, Former Republican Rep. from Arizona and current Senate candidate.

Chris Matthews: Joe Klein TIME, Katty Kay BBC, Trish Regan CNBC, Clarence Page Chicago Tribune.  Topics: Is the Frozen Recovery Setting Up a GOP Tidal Wave In November?  Why Sarah Palin Looks Like a Strong 2012 Candidate.

CNN’s State of the Union: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Majority leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), FinReg and midterms.  Then, BP oil disaster with NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Al Shabab – “a Somali affiliate of al Qaeda.”  Roundtable: four UK journalists.  Then Iraq.  “And, finally, did we just witness the start of the second stimulus?”

Fox News Sunday: BP oil disaster with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).  Then, midterms with House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) Chair, House Republican Conference.  Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Midterms with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee; Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) Chair, National Republican Congressional Committee; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Newsmakers: National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) shared aspects of the Republican strategy for winning more Senate seats in the 2010 campaign. The Committee is likely to provide over $4 million to aid Republican candidates, however, “our biggest problem is going to be allocation because we have so many competitive races,” said Cornyn.

Q & A: Robert Service has authored a trilogy of books about Russian leaders. His newest book examines the life of Leon Trotsky, a Russian revolutionary and Marxist theorist who was one of the leaders of the 1917 October Revolution.  An additional feature to this week’s program: A 30 minute web exclusive interview on c-span.org with Robert Service on the nuts and bolts of his research and writing about Russian leaders over the years.

Religion & Ethics: Haiti Six Months Later – Progress has been slow and there’s much work to be done.  Ethical Eating – Food and Faith come together in the environmental act of eating.  Abraham Verghese – The doctor and writer says medicine is a ministry.  Anecdotes of the Spirit – Artist Mark Rothko.

60  Minutes: Golf Company – Time with a U.S. Marine company battling the enemy in Helmand Province, sent there as part of the troop buildup in Afghanistan.  Penelope Cruz – In a rare interview, the Spanish starlet opens up about her life, career and childhood.  Guiding Light – The actors and writers behind broadcasting’s longest running drama, “Guiding Light,” now canceled.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- President Obama attacks high rates of AIDS; 2- The NAACP spars with the Tea Party; 3- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on creating a national teen driver’s license program.  Panelists: Former Clinton Advisor Patricia Sosa; Independent Women’s Forum’s Nicole Kurokawa; National Council of Negro Women’s Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Former Labor Dept. Official Karen CzarneckiWeb exclusive: Facebook Fanatics – Thanks to women, Facebook and other social networking sites are thriving.

Univision’s Al Punto: Luis Megid, Univision Network News Correspondent; Tony Yapias, Hispanic Activist and  Director of  “Proyecto  Latino de Utah”;  Frank Calzon, Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba; Charles Serrano, International Policy and Political Analyst for Latin America and the Caribbean; Fabricio Correa, Ecuadorian Businessman and Brother of the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa.

Virtually Speaking: Political consultant and television political pundit Cliff Schecter will join Stuart Zechman of the blog Commentariat to discuss events of the week, progressivism and how we interpret the Constitution.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution.  “Expertly reported, this gripping exposé pieces together a global picture of what’s happening in the name of today’s environmentalism.”   Chat with author Heather Rogers about her new book. Hosted by Josh Nelson, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Round Table Discussion – Film Making, Fund Raising, Distribution, and Film Festivals with film producers and directors: Modi Frank, Steve Moramaco, Susan Miller, Tina Cesa Ward, Tanem Davidson.  Hosted by Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET.  Join in the fun!


Late Late Night FDL: The Cat and the Mermouse
Tom and Jerry in The Cat and the Mermouse. This Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer cartoon was released on September 3, 1949. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and no spitballs aimed at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in.

Tom and Jerry in The Cat and the Mermouse.  This Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon was released on September 3, 1949.

Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Produced by Fred Quimby. Animated by Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, Ray Patterson, Irvin Spence and Al Grandmain.  Music by Scott Bradley.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and no spitballs aimed at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China
In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast. China has been beaten up by the weather lately, with 35 million people affected and 1.2 million people chased from their homes. The BBC: China is bracing itself for its worst floods in more than a decade as Typhoon Conson closes in on its southern coast. Conson – which claimed at least 37 lives in the Philippines – brings with it torrential rains increasing the risk of floods, meteorologists warned. Floods and landslides have killed at least 135 people in China this month and 41 are missing, state media report. More than 35 million people across China have been hit by the poor weather and 1.2 million have been relocated. Read more

In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast.

China has been beaten up by the weather lately, with 35 million people affected and 1.2 million people chased from their homes.

The BBC:

China is bracing itself for its worst floods in more than a decade as Typhoon Conson closes in on its southern coast.

Conson – which claimed at least 37 lives in the Philippines – brings with it torrential rains increasing the risk of floods, meteorologists warned.

Floods and landslides have killed at least 135 people in China this month and 41 are missing, state media report.

More than 35 million people across China have been hit by the poor weather and 1.2 million have been relocated.

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Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers
California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system. State Controller John Chiang has valiantly done all that is possible to fight against the proposed wage cuts. He said the technical difficulties will delay the cuts for at least two months, allowing state employees to receive their undocked wages for July and August.  —JCL Los Angeles Times: More than 200,000 state employees will receive their full wages in July and August after a state judge on Friday denied an injunction sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut their pay. The Schwarzenegger administration had asked the court to order that the employees’ pay immediately be reduced to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour because there is no state budget in place. The governor has maintained, and two courts have agreed, that state law requires the reductions as California enters the third week of the fiscal year without a spending plan. But state Controller John Chiang, who prints the paychecks, has insisted that he cannot implement the order because of the state’s outdated computer system. Read more

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

State Controller John Chiang has valiantly done all that is possible to fight against the proposed wage cuts. He said the technical difficulties will delay the cuts for at least two months, allowing state employees to receive their undocked wages for July and August.? —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

More than 200,000 state employees will receive their full wages in July and August after a state judge on Friday denied an injunction sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut their pay.

The Schwarzenegger administration had asked the court to order that the employees’ pay immediately be reduced to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour because there is no state budget in place.

The governor has maintained, and two courts have agreed, that state law requires the reductions as California enters the third week of the fiscal year without a spending plan. But state Controller John Chiang, who prints the paychecks, has insisted that he cannot implement the order because of the state’s outdated computer system.

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2010 Elections: GOP Strategy Looks To Avoid Issues At All Costs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

2010 Elections: GOP Strategy Looks To Avoid Issues At All Costs
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Bipartisan agreement: Fox-hyped New Black Panthers case is a phony scandal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Bipartisan agreement: Fox-hyped New Black Panthers case is a phony scandal

Numerous media and political figures, including Fox News contributors and Republicans, have dismissed the Fox-hyped phony scandal surrounding the New Black Panthers Party, with the Republican vice chairwoman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission even criticizing conservatives on the commission for trying to use the case “to topple the [Obama] administration.” Despite this, Fox News has hyped the manufactured scandal more than 100 times since June 30.

Media and political figures dismiss phony scandal surrounding New Black Panthers case

Thernstrom: “This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers; this has to do with their fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the [Obama] administration.” In a July 16 Politico wrote a July 6 National Review Online blog post criticizing the “overheated rhetoric filled with insinuations and unsubstantiated charges” surrounding the case. Thernstrom further stated, “Forget about the New Black Panther Party case; it is very small potatoes.” During an April 23 hearing, Thernstrom also said, “I do not think that this inquiry has served the interests of the Commission as being a bipartisan watchdog for important civil rights violations, and I do not believe it has served well the party to which I belong.”

Fox News contributor Chavez dismisses hype: “There are more important issues.” The Politico manufactured controversy surrounding the case — including Thernstrom — could not attend. Yaki called the investigation into the case “shallow, expensive, and partisan” and “reminiscent of an inquisition, a star chamber, and a witch hunt.”

LA Times: Justice Department critics “have yet to establish that a worthy case was dropped because of liberal ideological bias.” In a July 8 editorial, the Los Angeles Times wrote: “A long-running dispute over the Justice Department’s handling of a 2008 voter intimidation case has morphed into a partisan debate about whether the department is hostile to white voters whose rights are violated. So far the evidence is anecdotal and impressionistic.” The Times further stated:

The department has denied that race plays any role in its decisions enforcing the Voting Rights Act, and its critics — including conservatives on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission — have yet to establish that a worthy case was dropped because of liberal ideological bias.

[…]

The Panthers’ behavior was outrageous, even if no one was actually deterred from voting. But there is no evidence that the charges were dropped because of political pressure or lack of sympathy for white voters.

[…]

The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the handling of the case. As part of that, it ought to determine whether Adams’ accusations have any merit. So far, the case hasn’t been made.

Newsweek: Phony scandal is “about staging an effective piece of political theater that hurts the Obama administration.” In a July 14 Newsweek article, reporter David A. Graham wrote of the case: “As voter-intimidation exercises go, it wasn’t much. … But the incident was caught on camera, making it great fodder for cable news because political campaigns were actively scouting for voter-intimidation cases they could use against opponents. Still, it seemed like the sort of incident that happens at dozens of polling places every Election Day, then quietly recedes.” Graham compared the New Black Panthers case to the manufactured ACORN scandal, writing: “Like the ACORN case, it’s not about a real investigation; it’s about staging an effective piece of political theater that hurts the Obama administration.”

New Republic‘s Chait: “What you’re starting to see from Fox News … is the most widespread and mainstream right-wing effort to exploit racial fears against Obama.” In a July 15 New Republic post, Jonathan Chait wrote of the case: “What you’re starting to see from Fox News now, though, is the most widespread and mainstream right-wing effort to exploit racial fears against Obama.” Chait further noted that “the merits of the case … are extremely flimsy” and that “[e]ven if the conservative interpretation of this event were actually true, it’s obviously a tiny matter. Nobody has produced a voter who even claims to have been intimidated.” From Chait’s post:

What you’re starting to see from Fox News now, though, is the most widespread and mainstream right-wing effort to exploit racial fears against Obama. The putative issue is the claim that the Obama Justice Department is failing to prosecute a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. If you’re interested in the merits of the case, which are extremely flimsy, a good rundown can be found at Fourth Branch. Even if the conservative interpretation of this event were actually true, it’s obviously a tiny matter. Nobody has produced a voter who even claims to have been intimidated — the voters at the polling station were virtually all black anyway — nor is there any credible claim of anything remotely approaching a systematic attempt to intimidate white voters at the polls.

Weigel rips Fox’s “minstrelsy” obsession with NBPP case. In a July 14 Atlantic blog post, David Weigel wrote of Fox News’ coverage of the case: “This isn’t journalism. No one cares what the NBPP thinks about anything. This is minstrelsy, with a fringe moron set up like a bowling pin for Hannity to knock down. And that’s the role the NBPP plays on Fox, frequently.” Weigel further wrote that Fox News’ recent reportage on the trumped-up controversy was “obviously not a search for justice or a muckraking effort to discover reverse racism in the DOJ,” but rather resembled “a popular myth that went around Iowa in 1966, the year of the conservative backlash against the Great Society.” Citing Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland, Weigel continued:

The myth was that black gang members on motorcycles were going to head from Chicago to ransack Des Moines. Reading this in 2008, it sounded preposterous, the kind of thing that no one could believe in the country that was about to elect Barack Obama. But Kelly, under the guise of journalism, is working to create a rumor like this in 2010. Watch her broadcasts and you become convinced that the New Black Panthers are a powerful group that hate white people and operate under the protection of Eric Holder’s DOJ.

Salon article calls case a “fake controversy” that “makes clear the ugliness of the right’s Obama era political strategy.” In a July 15 Salon.com article, Michael Barthel wrote that “[t]he latest fake controversy makes clear the ugliness of the right’s Obama era political strategy”:

The right, as you may have heard, is all worked up about the Justice Department dismissing voter intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party (whatever the hell that is). Because this was done under President Obama’s watch, they claim, it must be racially motivated.

Of course, this is not true — the Justice Department made the decision to drop the charges while Bush was still in office. But it doesn’t matter: The right has managed, successfully, to imply that minorities are out to get white people — without appearing to be outright racists. This is no isolated matter.

Former classmate to Adams: “Congratulations on lighting a fire for your cause.” In a July 15 “Open Letter to J. Christian Adams, the Black Panthers’ Nemesis & My Law School Classmate,” which was posted on The Huffington Post, Democratic consultant Donnie Fowler wrote:

The other thing that I you and I can agree on is that you are a committed, partisan conservative who does not come to this “whistle blower” attack on President Obama with clean hands. As a founder of the Univ. of South Carolina Law School’s Federalist Society (the most important legal group for conservative judicial activism) and as a committed supporter of Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaigns, it makes complete sense that you have a bone to pick with the Democratic majority in Washington.

So, my friend, congratulations on lighting a fire for your cause in this hyper-partisan time and becoming the hero of the day for an aggrieved conservative movement.

Serwer: Adams’ testimony “probably shouldn’t be taken seriously.” In a July 6 American Prospect blog post, Adam Serwer detailed Adams’ history as a right-wing activist and stated that Adams’ testimony “probably shouldn’t be taken seriously.” Serwer further wrote that conservatives are “mostly just interested in using this case to smear the Civil Rights Division for returning to its traditional purpose, safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans, not simply those who might vote Republican.”

Page: Manufactured scandal being used “to vilify a black president.” In his July 18 column, the Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page wrote, “Although the [New Black Panthers] party’s membership could probably squeeze into a small SUV, it has received a huge amount of publicity from conservative blogs and talk shows. All the better to frighten you with, dear voter.” Page added, “Now the New Black Panthers are being used to vilify a black president as being soft on black racism. Coming soon, I am sure, to campaign attack ads near you.”

Fox News has hyped phony New Black Panthers scandal more than 100 times  

As Media Matters has noted, since Kelly’s June 30 interview hyping Adams’ unsubstantiated allegations through July 14, six Fox News shows have discussed the phony New Black Panthers scandal during a total of 95 segments — a total that has since swelled to more than 100 segments. In all, these Fox shows have devoted more than eight hours of airtime to discussing the New Black Panthers.


DADT, 2K1 Style: The Army’s LGBT Policy Comic Book

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

DADT, 2K1 Style: The Army’s LGBT Policy Comic Book
In 2001, the Army found a fun way to describe the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy to troops: They published a full-color comic book.


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Blago Trial: The Prosecution Rests, And The Defense Begins Monday
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s defense in his corruption trial will begin Monday, after the prosecution wrapped up their case this week more than a month ahead of schedule.


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Memories of Marcus: A sad Saturday in Berkeley

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Memories of Marcus: A sad Saturday in Berkeley
Every Saturday morning, me and my granddaughter Mena do pretty much the same thing. First we walk over to Sconehenge on Shattuck and buy Mena a carrot-zuchini muffin. Then we walk up to Whole Foods on the corner of Telegraph and Ashby and get some bacon and eggs from their “salad bar” breakfast buffet. For […]


Bowling Alone? Erskine Bowles Goes Off The Deep End

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Bowling Alone? Erskine Bowles Goes Off The Deep End
When the co-chairman of President Obama’s deficit commission gets his deficit numbers off by 100 percent, you would think this would be worth a little media attention. But apparently this is not the case. Therefore when Erskine Bowles warned the…



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Candid Bibi: Says Way To Handle Palestinians Is “Beat Them Up, Not Once But Repeatedly”
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Why We Can’t Rely On Foreign Consumers To Rescue American Jobs, And Why Today’s “Jobs For America Summit” Is A Bad Joke.
Fred Hochberg, president of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., thinks I’m wrong to worry about a trade war, and that the President’s goal for doubling U.S. exports over the next five years is on track. Writing in the Huffington…


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Coburn Throws Roommate Heath Shuler Under The Bus To Attack Unemployment Benefits

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Coburn Throws Roommate Heath Shuler Under The Bus To Attack Unemployment Benefits
Senate Republicans have been preventing a final vote on a measure to extend unemployment benefits to more than 3 million Americans because of the $33 billion cost. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been on the front lines of the unemployment benefits battle all year. This week on C-Span, Coburn argued that he’s not against extending […]

Senate Republicans have been preventing a final vote on a measure to extend unemployment benefits to more than 3 million Americans because of the $33 billion cost. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been on the front lines of the unemployment benefits battle all year.

This week on C-Span, Coburn argued that he’s not against extending the benefits, he just wants the cost to the government to be offset. (He has no such concerns when it comes to extending the Bush tax cuts, however.) “We’re just saying, it’s important now…that if we’re going to do that that we pay for it.” But then Coburn suggested that people don’t even need the benefits anyway, citing a conversation he had with his roommate, Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC):

COBURN: I live with Congressman Heath Shuler. He told me yesterday that a job fair in North Carolina…had over 500 jobs available. Three people showed up. Three people showed up for 500 jobs in an area of unemployment of 10 percent. And his explanation was, “They’re not going do it until the benefits lessen.” And that may not be an exact interpretation of what his words were but the fact is there is a negative aspect to continuing unemployment.

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Did only three people show up to a job fair that had 500 jobs available? As Crooks and Liars noted, this seems highly unlikely. ThinkProgress spoke with a knowledgeable source who helped organize the jobs event with Shuler. The source told us that it was actually a “work force training” and that there were “some jobs available,” but not 500 as Coburn had claimed.

And did Shuler really suggest that Americans on unemployment benefits won’t look for a job until their “benefits lessen?” That statement “is not consistent with what [Shuler’s] position has been” on unemployment benefits, said the source, who called Coburn’s comment “insulting” because he made Shuler’s constituents “out to look like a bunch of deadbeats.”

Asked for his views on extending unemployment insurance, Rep. Shuler provided ThinkProgress with the following statement:

While it needs to be done in a fiscally responsible manner, I think it is our responsibility to provide unemployment benefits for those who lose work through no fault of their own. I’m holding a variety of events in my district to create a job-friendly environment and to connect my hardworking constituents with job opportunities.

Indeed, according to the source, the congressman has had other job events in his district that were “phenomenally attended.”

Right Wing Apoplectic That Montana School Is Teaching Tolerance, Safe Sex, And Anti-Bullying Measures
Over 500 Helena, MT residents gathered at the Helena School District’s school board meeting Tuesday night to weigh in on a new K-12 health education plan released last week. The 62-page proposal, developed by community members and health officials over two years, promotes a broad health and nutrition education program for each grade. However, there […]

Over 500 Helena, MT residents gathered at the Helena School District’s school board meeting Tuesday night to weigh in on a new K-12 health education plan released last week. The 62-page proposal, developed by community members and health officials over two years, promotes a broad health and nutrition education program for each grade. However, there is a small section dealing with sex education that has ignited a firestorm of backlash among conservatives, both locally and nationally.

The curriculum would teach first graders “that human beings can love people of the same gender;” second graders “not to make fun of people by calling them ‘gay’ or ‘queer;’” and fifth and sixth graders that “there are several types of intercourse.” These ideas spurred right-wing pundits Sean Hannity (and guest Fox News contributor Todd Starnes), Bill O’Reilly, and Laura Ingraham into a tail-spin on their shows this week over the curriculum as a weapon to promote the homosexual agenda:

– HANNITY: What right does a school district that can’t even teach kids to read and write — and this is, generally speaking, around the country — have to impose their values on the kids? [7/13/10]

– STARNES: Sean, this is the report right here. Sixty-two pages. I have read every single word. And I’ve got to tell you something, Jack and Jill go up the hill, and they do some really inappropriate things once they get up there. […] Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub. [7/13/10]

– O’REILLY: This stuff comes from the school boards and the superintendent. They want to indoctrinate the children. The reason is they don’t want bullying. They want tolerance across the board. So you take a 5-year-old who just wants to play and, all of a sudden, it’s Heather has two mommies or Gary has 18 daddies. I don’t know what it is. [7/14/10]

– INGRAHAM: Children will learn that sexual relationships could happen between two men or two women. Why stop there? Why are they stopping at two? I mean that’s very exclusionary, don’t you think? No plant life invoked. [7/15/10]

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Hannity, O’Reilly, Ingraham, and many right-wing conservatives actually have no problem imposing values onto students — as long as they’re the values they champion, as found in programs like abstinence-only education. Medical experts have concluded that not only do abstinence-only programs not curb teen pregnancy, but “there is evidence to suggest that some of these programs are even harmful and have negative consequences by not providing adequate information for those teens who do become sexually active.” Despite clear evidence and increasing recognition of their inefficacy, such programs continue to receive millions in federal funding.

When it comes to curriculum content, the right-wing watchdogs are clear on what values are acceptable. Hannity slammed an Arizona school district for “refusing to end its Mexican-American studies program,” citing a Chicano civil rights textbook as evidence that the class radicalizes students to overthrow the government. Both O’Reilly and conservative pundit Michelle Malkin insisted that a California proposal to include LGBT history in textbooks was “extreme and dangerous” propaganda that would prevent teachers from criticizing the “gay cannibal” Jeffrey Dahmer.

Supporters of the Helena plan recognize the need to support curriculum that “contains honest, science-based information on wellness and allows students to make better decisions.” As one parent supporting the plan said, “[T]his is about reality and truth so our kids don’t grow up in La-La-Land.” The board will have one more opportunity for public comment before it makes a decision at its August meeting.


Sunday talk-show guests: July 18, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 18th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Sunday talk-show guests: July 18, 2010
Guests to be interviewed Sunday on major television talk shows:


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