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Texas Capitol Lets Gun Owners Skip Lines

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Texas Capitol Lets Gun Owners Skip Lines
The new Texas Capitol policy of letting people with concealed handgun licenses skip security checkpoints is having an unintended effect: Everyone is getting a permit even if they don’t plan to carry a gun. “They want to get that express tag to gain entrance to the Capitol,” said gun permit trainer Mike Cox.



Early Morning Swim

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Early Morning Swim

Late, Late Night FDL: Word Up
The Boss Hoss – Word Up

The Boss Hoss – Word Up

A German, country cover band doing a hip-hop song…! What’s not to like…? Word up…!

Good news everyone
Unemployment benefits restoration on the way.

Despite the “heroic” efforts of more than three-dozen “brave” and fabulously wealthy Senators, almost all Republicans, to deprive those God has damned with joblessness, it appears that the Senate has 60 votes to reinstate unemployment benefits.   I hope those of you lucky enough to be without a job for a long-time appreciate their efforts.

Undaunted these wealthy elites will now move on to their next holy crusade, preserving the Divine Right of Perpetual Tax Cuts for the “elect”.

I’m sure our nation’s major media figures and their six, seven, or even eight-figured salaries will report on this with all the journalistic integrity they can muster.



Purging the Tea Party’s Racist Poison

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Purging the Tea Party’s Racist Poison
When the nation’s leading civil rights organization passed a resolution condemning displays of racism by tea party activists, leaders of the movement reacted with umbrage so thick you could cut it with a knife—then demonstrated that the NAACP’s allegation was entirely justified. By Eugene Robinson

When the nation’s leading civil rights organization passed a resolution condemning displays of racism by tea party activists, leaders of the movement reacted with umbrage so thick you could cut it with a knife—then demonstrated that the NAACP’s allegation was entirely justified.


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Fox’s tea party affiliate expelled from National Tea Party Federation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Fox’s tea party affiliate expelled from National Tea Party Federation

Fox News has relentlessly promoted the Tea Party Express, a tea party organization founded by a Republican consulting firm, and has denied the existence of racist elements among tea party supporters. On July 18, the National Tea Party Federation announced that the Tea Party Express had been expelled from the federation in the wake of racially incendiary comments by its spokesperson.

National federation expels Express following spokesman’s “clearly offensive” remarks

In fake letter from NAACP, Tea Party Express’ Williams calls Lincoln “greatest racist ever” for depriving African Americans of “great gig” of slavery. In a since-deleted July 14 post to his blog, Tea Party Express spokesperson Mark Williams authored a “newly discovered letter” from NAACP president “Precious Ben Jealous” to President Abraham Lincoln. The letter came in response to an NAACP resolution repudiating “racist elements” within the Tea Party movement. In the letter, “Jealous” writes to Lincoln:

We Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!

[…]

And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.”  What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life?  As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!

[…]

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Williams’ letter was only the latest in a appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation, National Tea Party Federation spokesman David Webb said, “We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote.” Webb said that Williams “may have considered” the letter “satire,” but it was “clearly offensive.” According to its website, the federation consists of “85 member and affiliate organizations representing over 1,000,000 individuals and activists.”

Fox News relentlessly promoted the first Tea Party Express bus tour

Fox Nation: “Will you join the Tea Party Express?” On July 28, 2009, Fox Nation posted a promotional ad for the Tea Party Express using the headline, “Will You Join the Tea Party Express?” From The Fox Nation:

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Fox & Friends tells viewers “how you can join” Tea Party Express. The August 19, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends hosted Williams to explain, in co-host Brian Kilmeade’s words, “how you can join” their then-upcoming first national bus tour. During the segment, Fox News aired graphics noting the dates and locations of 22 tour stops.

Fox News anchor Bream: “We want to let folks know” Tea Party schedule so “they can be a part” of events. The August 23, 2009, edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ hosted Williams to promote the tour. During the segment, host Shannon Bream said of the tour’s schedule:

BREAM: You do have a bit of a cohesive, at least organized schedule — we want to let folks know you’re going to be making —

WILLIAMS: Yes.

BREAM: — 34, 35 stops, I believe it is, all across the country, so if they want to come out and take part, they certainly can be a part of what you’re doing, and, you know, this has definitely struck a chord with people.

” ‘Hannity’ Hops the Tea Party Express!” In an August 27, 2009, post on Sean Hannity’s FoxNews.com blog, a producer wrote that Hannity “will be along for the ride!” adding: “Click here for more on the tour and to find the tea party nearest you.” From the post, titled, ” ‘Hannity’ Hops the Tea Party Express!”:

Starting tomorrow, the Tea Party Express will begin its 16-day, 35-city tour across the nation, rallying Americans to stand up against out-of-control government spending… and ‘Hannity’ will be along for the ride!

With video camera in hand, our own Griff Jenkins will be catching all the action on the road and filing reports for The Great American Blog as the Express makes its way from Sacramento, CA to the Taxpayer March on Washington, D.C. Sept. 12!

Click here for more on the tour and to find the tea party nearest you.

And make sure to check back starting tomorrow to follow Griff on the road!

Hannity’s post was edition of Fox Business’ Cavuto, host Neil Cavuto promoted the tour and interviewed Williams. During the segment, Fox Business ran a graphic map of the tour’s path through the country and posted the tour’s website address.

Fox News reports live from first Tea Party Express kickoff

On August 28, 2009, Fox News homepage:

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Fox & Friends Sunday hosted Williams to promote the “Bigger & Better” Tea Party Express II. On the October 25 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends Sunday, co-host Dave Briggs described the Tea Party Express by saying that “the bus tour that took the country by storm is back by popular demand.” The show hosted Williams and the composer of the Tea Party’s anthem Lloyd Marcus to promote the second Tea Party Express tour. The on-screen text during the segment highlighted the new tour as “Bigger & Better.”

Doocy highlights “major grassroots support” of the Tea Party Express II tour. On the November 12 edition of Fox & Friends, Mark Williams appeared on the show to discuss the conclusion of the Tea Party Express II tour. Co-host Gretchen Carlson noted that the tour “focused on small town U.S.A.,” while Steve Doocy lauded the tour for its “major grassroots support.”

Fox News asks if Tea Party Express III is “Conservative Woodstock,” provides keynote speaker

“The Tea Party Express Returns March 27.” A February 18 Fox Nation opened the noon ET hour of America’s News HQ by stating of the Tea Party Express’ March 27 rally, “Organizers are hoping it will be a conservative Woodstock as thousands of tea party activists converge on Harry Reid’s small town of Searchlight, Nevada.” Bream also aired the following graphic:

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Fox promotes, lauds “rock star” Fox employee Palin’s keynote address. Sarah Palin — a Fox News contributor — was the event’s keynote speaker. After Fox’s anchors repeatedly promoted her speech, Fox News aired it live in its entirety. Stegall subsequently lauded the address, calling Palin “the rock star here” and saying that Palin was “no doubt very, very big, she was the big draw of this event.”

Fox & Friends‘ Kilmeade: Tea Party Express “having a major effect” on midterm elections.” On the April 14 10/16/08]. page, OCDB states that “we must stand up to Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress.” In addition to the Tea Party Express, OCBD is running accessed and reviewed the section. [TeaPartyExpress.org, accessed 7/28/09]

Consultant proposed the Express saying it would “give a boost to our PAC,” highlighted possible friendly coverage from “Fox commentators.” In the original memo proposing the creation of Tea Party Express, a consultant with Russo Marsh, Joe Wierzbicki, wrote that it could “give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus.” Wierzbicki also wrote that the effort could get “some mentions and possibly even promotion from conservative/pro-tea party bloggers, talk radio hosts, Fox News commentators, etc…”

Fox News has frequently denied elements of racism in Tea Party

Crowley: “I have not seen a shred of evidence” of Tea Party racism. On the July 16 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, while discussing accusations of racism within the Tea Party movement, guest-host Monica Crowley to her guest Ellis Henican that she had “not seen a shred of evidence” of racism at Tea Party rallies. From the show:

HENICAN: Well, you know, there is nothing inappropriate, I don’t think, about a civil rights movement saying hey, there is this other thing growing up out there. And we’re not accusing the whole group of being racist or everybody. But under that umbrella of Tea Party, you know there’ve been some pretty ugly stuff said.

CROWLEY: Where? Where, Ellis?

HENICAN: At rallies. We have–

CROWLEY: I’ve been to Tea Parties. Wait a minute. I’ve been to Tea Parties.

HENICAN: No. As have I.

CROWLEY: I’ve not seen a shred of evidence.

HENICAN: Well, how about–

CROWLEY: And there hasn’t been any evidence that the NAACP or anybody else could provide to show that.

Hannity: “We can’t find” any examples of racist signs at Tea Party rallies. On the July 15 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity asked his guest, Stephen Smith “Has any Tea Party member said anything racist, held any racist signs? Because we can’t find it.” He went on to claim that there are no examples of racist signs at Tea Party events. From the show:

HANNITY: All right. So now here’s this case. The NAACP, they have a resolution explicitly racist behavior. Do you have any specific examples? Because I think the worst thing you can call somebody — one of the worst things is a racist.

SMITH: Well —

HANNITY: Is there any example? Has any Tea Party member said anything racist, held any racist signs? Because we can’t find it.

SMITH: They were saying that folks held racist signs.

HANNITY: When? Where?

SMITH: You know, in various cities. I don’t know. I mean — I have not seen the examples. I have not seen the example.

HANNITY: There are none.

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.

Fox & Friends hosted Rep. Bachmann to rebut claims of Tea Party racism. Rep. Michelle Bachmann appeared on the July 16 edition of Fox & Friends and was asked by co-host Steve Doocy whether she had “ever seen anything that constituted racism or was even close to it.” Bachmann responded that she had not, and further claimed that “there’s no record” to back up “the assertions that were made by” members of the Congressional Black Caucus in which they stated that Tea Party members had hurled racial epithets at them.

Fox & Friends: “Tea Party Mischaracterized.” On the July 13 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, while Steve Doocy reported on the NAACP’s then-upcoming vote on a resolution condemning racist factions within the tea party movement, the following on-screen graphic aired:

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New Details Emerge About The Allegations Against Al Gore — And About His Accuser

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

New Details Emerge About The Allegations Against Al Gore — And About His Accuser
The notorious stain on the pants saved by an Oregon masseuse from the night she claims she was sexually assaulted by Al Gore tested negative for semen, the woman told the Portland Tribune, the weekly newspaper that first investigated her…



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Birther Army Doctor Explains Himself Ahead Of Court Martial: ‘Americans Deserve Answers’ (VIDEO)
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Two Utah State Employees Accused Of Compiling ‘Illegal Immigrants’ List
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New Evidence Proves Alvin Greene’s SC Senate Nomination Was Stolen

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

New Evidence Proves Alvin Greene’s SC Senate Nomination Was Stolen
You don’t have to know much about South Carolina to know that, except for certain areas, the Republican Party owns the state, including the no-paper-trail ES&S voting machines that made Greene the winner. As Garland Favorito notes in “New Evidence That Alvin Greene’s ‘Win’ in SC Was Stolen!”: “As you may already know Alvin Greene, an […]


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“So many of the elected politicians in Washington seem to be shackled by the fear of a primary. It’s liberating. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m convinced it’s what the people want.”

— Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I), in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, on no longer having to worry about the most ideological voters as an independent candidate.

New Senator to be Sworn In Just Before Vote
Carte Goodwin (D) will be sworn in this afternoon as the new senator from West Virginia, temporarily filling the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), CNN reports.

“The Democrat is expected to cast a key vote when the U.S. Senate considers extending unemployment benefits later in the day. A Republican filibuster has prevented Democrats from ending debate on the measure, but with Goodwin’s vote and support from two Republicans, Democrats believe they can overcome the GOP maneuver.”

A last minute deal was reached last night to hold a special election later this year to serve the final two years of Byrd’s term.


Conservatives Cling to Bloated Pentagon Budget

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Conservatives Cling to Bloated Pentagon Budget
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Conservatives Predict A ‘Confrontational Atmosphere’ With Muslims Over Construction Of Mosques

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 20th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Conservatives Predict A ‘Confrontational Atmosphere’ With Muslims Over Construction Of Mosques
While President Obama has undertaken a series of valuable efforts to emphasize to the Muslim world that the U.S. is not at war with them, that message is being undercut by radical conservatives here at home who are hell-bent on opposing construction of Muslim places of worship. In explaining the opposition, the hyperbolic right-wing organization […]

muslimsWhile President Obama has undertaken a series of valuable efforts to emphasize to the Muslim world that the U.S. is not at war with them, that message is being undercut by radical conservatives here at home who are hell-bent on opposing construction of Muslim places of worship. In explaining the opposition, the hyperbolic right-wing organization Family Security Matters stated: “Mosques are centers of indoctrination and propaganda, and of exhortations to wage war against the infidel — us.”

From the east coast to the west coast, right-wing critics are engaging in open hostility to the construction of mosques. Most famously, conservatives — including Sarah Palin — are rallying against the construction of a mosque near the Ground Zero site in New York because, as the New York Post put it, “where there are mosques, there are Muslims, and where there are Muslims, there are problems.” Evoking the imagery of war, critics have termed their effort: “Kill the Ground Zero Mosque.”

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, protesters are similarly disparaging a proposed mosque. “In Islam, a mosque means ‘We have conquered this country,’” one opponent said. “They’re going to say, ‘We have conquered Tennessee.’” Last month, Lou Ann Zelenik — a Republican candidate for Congress in that area — claimed the mosque was “designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee.”

The planned construction of a mosque in Southern California is inspiring fierce opposition from local conservatives, with some ominously warning of confrontation if the project moves ahead:

The pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, just across a cul-de-sac from the site of the mosque, said the two religions “mix like oil and water” and predicted a “confrontational atmosphere” if the project moves forward.

“The Islamic foothold is not strong here, and we really don’t want to see their influence spread,” said Pastor Bill Rench.

“There is a concern with all the rumors you hear about sleeper cells and all that. Are we supposed to be complacent just because these people say it’s a religion of peace? Many others have said the same thing,” he said.

In an event at the Center for American Progress Action Fund last week on homegrown extremism in the U.S., Duke University Professor David Schanzer expressed concerns about “the tone of public discourse” can have in alienating Muslims within American Society. He observed that people have been allowed to “say things about Muslim Americans and Islam that they couldn’t say about any other racial or ethic group and still be respected or still hold a high position in their community.”

Georgetown University Professor of Religion John Esposito adds, “Islamophobia must be recognized for what it is, a social cancer as unacceptable as anti-Semitism, a threat to the very fabric of our democratic, pluralistic way of life.”