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2 House Dems Ask Rangel to Resign

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

2 House Dems Ask Rangel to Resign
Two Democrats in the House of Representatives are calling on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign instead of facing a public ethics inquiry that could damage the party’s chances at the polls this fall. “I think it’s clear that he should resign from Congress,” said Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho).



It’s never the time — to not be a hypocrite

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

It’s never the time — to not be a hypocrite
The old saying that it is always the right time to do the right thing, doesn’t apply to the wealthy nor their servents in Congress.

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Behold Kent Conrad “Mr. Deficit Hawk”. What do you think of those Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the Republican plan for loving them?

[A] “formula for the decline of the United States.”

Naturally, Kent continues…

There’s no question in my mind that taxes have to go up on the wealthiest among us. The question is when. I don’t think this is the moment.

Yes, god forbid the fabulously wealthy, who have had huge swaths of the national wealth the last eight years concentrated in their hands, release a fraction (now, then, or ever).

It’s just never the moment for them to help reduce the debt, is it “Mr. Deficit Hawk”?

Early Morning Swim: Pat Buchanan Completely Disproves Climate Change!
Meanwhile, back on planet Earth…

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth…

Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies reported recently that the average global temperature was higher over the past 12 months than during any other 12-month period in history. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released corroborating data, adding that the past four months, including June, have each individually been the hottest on record as well….

The average global temperature, computed over a 12-month period, reached a new record in May and held steady for the month of June, he said. This was despite the recent minimum in solar activity, which should have had a cooling effect on Earth. Apparently, Ruedy said, the solar cycle “has much less impact than the warming trend.”

But…but…Al Gore flies in planes and has a big house.


‘Daily Show’: Best Leak Ever

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

‘Daily Show’: Best Leak Ever
It seemed like nobody in a position of power in Washington thought that the shocking details about the war in Afghanistan, our “allies” in Pakistan and other gems from this week’s WikiLeaks melange of madness were all that “new.”  (continued)

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It seemed like nobody in a position of power in Washington thought that the shocking details about the war in Afghanistan, our “allies” in Pakistan and other gems from this week’s WikiLeaks melange of madness were all that “new.”? (continued)

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Alcohol: For the Rheumatoid Arthritis That Ails You
This could be a case in which the cure may cause problems above and beyond the severity of the symptoms, but a study that sounds like more fun than others we’ve heard of has found that alcohol consumption may help ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, as well as check the disease itself. However, the researchers behind these exciting findings sounded a requisite cautionary note while they were at it.  —KA BBC: Drinking alcohol can not only ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis it appears to reduce disease severity too, research suggests. Scientists at the University of Sheffield asked two groups of patients with and without the disease to provide details of their drinking habits. They found that patients who had drunk alcohol most frequently experienced less joint pain and swelling. Experts say this should not be taken as a green light for drinking more. Read more

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This could be a case in which the cure may cause problems above and beyond the severity of the symptoms, but a study that sounds like more fun than others we’ve heard of has found that alcohol consumption may help ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, as well as check the disease itself. However, the researchers behind these exciting findings sounded a requisite cautionary note while they were at it.? —KA

BBC:

Drinking alcohol can not only ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis it appears to reduce disease severity too, research suggests.

Scientists at the University of Sheffield asked two groups of patients with and without the disease to provide details of their drinking habits.

They found that patients who had drunk alcohol most frequently experienced less joint pain and swelling.

Experts say this should not be taken as a green light for drinking more.

Read more

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Democrats Arm Members for Message Wars

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Democrats Arm Members for Message Wars
House Democratic leaders have ramped up their efforts to give their rank-and-file Members plenty of messaging fodder to take home during the August recess. The…

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D.: You Cut, I Choose: Imagining a Brighter Racial Future
Remember when some people said that Barack Obama’s election meant we had gone post-racial? It really hasn’t turned out that way. In the last 20…

Congress Readies Stricter Aviation Safety Legislation
WASHINGTON — Congress is getting ready to pass tough new aviation safety measures that were developed in response to a deadly commuter plane crash in…

HuffPost TV: Roy Sekoff On ‘Ed Show’: How GOP’s Embrace Of Tea Party Is Like Dating A Hot Guy With Issues
HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff appeared on “The Ed Show” Wednesday night to discuss the Democratic National Committee’s new push to tie the tea party movement…


Defending the “so-called rich”:?Fox News’?class?warfare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Defending the “so-called rich”:?Fox News’?class?warfare

Over the past two weeks, Fox News has frequently defended the wealthy and derided the poor. Fox News figures have criticized the extension of unemployment benefits and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the “so-called rich,” all while accusing Democrats of using “class warfare rhetoric.”

Fox’s “controversial question” suggests disenfranchising Americans supposedly “not paying taxes”

Doocy: Should the “47 percent of Americans not paying taxes” be allowed to vote? Teasing an upcoming segment on the July 28 hypothesized that the “half who pays nothing” in taxes could “vote for higher taxes for the other half who pays everything.” Bolling then suggested that when the percentage of people not paying income taxes “hit[s] 50 percent, isn’t that the all-clear for whoever’s not paying tax to vote for whoever’s in office who got them to the point where they weren’t paying tax?” Varney responded that this is “the road we’re heading down,” and claimed that America is “looking like Europe,” and is headed toward “an age of ever higher taxes. A permanently high tax rate voted in by the people who do not pay.”

Fox: The economy needs tax cuts for the rich

Hume: “When’s the last time one of these poor people offered you a job?” On the July 25 disputed the claim that those who make over $250,000 are rich. Doocy suggested that “what they consider rich,” in Washington, D.C., is “not necessarily part of the real world,” and that a couple in New York could make that much but “are not rich.” From the show:

DOOCY: First of all, you know, they talk about soaking the rich, and they’re going to — tax hikes for the rich. What do they consider rich in Washington DC? Because what they consider rich, not necessarily part of the real world.

VARNEY: I guess it’s that $250,000 a year cut off that the president has always mentioned. If you’re above that, you’re taxes go up. If you’re below that, he will never raise taxes on you. I guess he makes the cut off point at $250,000.

DOOCY: But you know, living in the New York City area, there are firemen who have wives that are in the teachers’ union and they make about that much, and they are not rich.

VARNEY: No they’re not.

According to Census Bureau data, the median household income in New York City was $48,631 in 2007.

Extending unemployment benefits helps people who need to “sober up” and get jobs

Kilmeade: “Maybe” not extending “unemployment benefits will get people to sober up” and get jobs. On July 15, Fox & Friends hosted the CEO of Partnership Staffing Inc., Bill Auchmoody, who edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly hosted Fox News contributor John Stossel and asked “what does the government owe unemployed Americans?” O’Reilly began the discussion by claiming that up until FDR launched his New Deal, “if you were unemployed, you were hosed unless somebody would be charitable towards you, as most Americans were. You know, towns took care of themselves.” O’Reilly then claimed that “[n]ow, we have a philosophy that the government owes people.”

MacCallum on extending unemployment benefits: “Is that necessary?” On the July 20 edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, guest host Martha MacCallum teased an upcoming segment on unemployment benefits by claiming that “as we all know, we are drowning in debt right now as a country. And it looks like we’re drowning and it’s getting deeper out there. Congress is close to extending unemployment benefits even further now. Is that necessary? And can we afford to pay for it?” In the following segment, MacCallum asked whether extending benefits to the unemployed would be “pil[ing] more debt on all of our backs and our children’s backs.” Later, guest Liz McDonald suggested that “John F. Kennedy said it best” when he said that “the best form of welfare is a solid-paying job.”

Fox: Democrats are hyping class warfare

Beck: “Class warfare, anyone?” On the July 22 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck, Beck launched an attack on the Obama White House, claiming that it is “following huge parts” of a plan “laid out over 30 years ago” by the Weather Underground. Beck suggested that the Obama administration is attempting a “fundamental transformation of our society,” the first aspect of which is “a united front against imperialism for a new democracy built on a joint dictatorship of the working class and the poor.” Beck then states, “Class warfare,anyone?”

Hannity: Is “a ton of class warfare rhetoric” going to be “all we see” from Democrats? On the July 19 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity and guest Newt Gingrich discussed President Obama’s recent statement on extending unemployment benefits. Hannity criticized Obama for “referring to the GOP as being the party of the rich,” while Gingrich claimed that Obama “seems to have a really unusual desire to divide the country and a really deep need to blame somebody else for his own failures, and as a result, you get this kind of Rose Garden comment.” Hannity then suggested that “for the next 106 days we can expect a ton of class-warfare rhetoric, demagoguery as you just pointed out, and demonization, et cetera, character assassination, maybe some supportive groups playing the race card because they can’t run on their record? That’s what’s the next 106 days are going to be like? This is going to be all we see?”

Thompson: Obama is “going to base this tax cut on rich versus poor.” During a July 27 interview with Sean Hannity,Fred Thompson asserted that: “People are not as susceptible to — to having their envy played upon as this administration thinks. They think that if they can — can do something, even if it hurts the economy, that’s going to take something away from a group that they’re not a part of, the 2 or 3 percent, the way they like to put it, that that will go over well politically and they can win that, you know. Rich versus poor.” He added that the president is “going to base this tax argument on rich versus poor. Going to give everybody — everybody in America a tax cut, in effect, or let the tax cuts remain for them, except just two or three percent of the people. That just happens to be a third of our consumers and produce most of our jobs.”

Varney: The administration is going to engage in “class warfare.” On the July 20 edition of Hannity, Varney said that because the president “cannot point to [his] record and say it was a success,” he’s going to “change the subject and engage in class warfare.”


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Two NOLA Cops Plead Not Guilty In Danziger Case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Two NOLA Cops Plead Not Guilty In Danziger Case
Two more New Orleans police officers have pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to cover up the alleged police shootings of unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina.


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Is Michigan’s Mysterious ‘Tea Party’ A ‘Sham Organization’ Hatched By Dems?
A mysterious “tea party” is causing a stir in Michigan politics this summer. It doesn’t sound like the conservative-backed tea party you’ve heard so much about this year, and better known elements of the movement are disavowing it. To hear many political watchers in Michigan tell it, the new Michigan Tea Party — which has submitted 60,000 signatures to the state in an attempt to get on the ballot, mostly in races where Democrats are facing tough Republican opposition — is nothing but a Democrat-hatched plot to siphon votes from the right and help Dem candidates win.



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What Are the DC Democrats Thinking?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

What Are the DC Democrats Thinking?


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Boxer Beating Fiorina for U.S. Senate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Boxer Beating Fiorina for U.S. Senate
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds Sen. Barbara Boxer (R) leads challenger Carly Fiorina (R), 39% to 34%, with 22% undecided.

Outsiders Lead in Florida Primaries
A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida shows two businessmen without previous political experience have completely changed the dynamics of the gubernatorial and Senate races in the final few weeks.

In the Republican race for governor, Rick Scott (R) leads Bill McCollum (R), 43% to 32%, with another 23% undecided.

In the Democratic race for the U.S. Senate nomination, Jeff Greene (D) has jumped in front of Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), 33% to 23%, with 35% undecided.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “If there was any doubt that enough money can make a political unknown into a front-runner, the Democratic Senate primary and the Republican primary for governor should lay them to rest. Both Greene and Scott have come from nowhere to hold double-digit leads with just a little more than three weeks until the voting.”

Brown Leads Whitman for Governor
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Jerry Brown (D) leads Meg Whitman (R) in the race for governor, 37% to 34%, with 23% undecided.

Despite spending more than $100 million on her campaign so far, Whitman has barely moved the race.


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The American Dream, the Harms of Porn, the Inner Mind: A New Source of Popular Articles for AlterNet Readers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

The American Dream, the Harms of Porn, the Inner Mind: A New Source of Popular Articles for AlterNet Readers
Read or re-read these probing articles on everything from the inner mind to the American Dream from our content partner, Psychotherapy Networker.

Read or re-read these probing articles on everything from the inner mind to the American Dream from our content partner, Psychotherapy Networker.

Are Nations Going Extinct?
Our conception of what constitutes a "country" is deteriorating. Say hello to post-national entities — "other guys" that stand outside of the dominant system.

Our conception of what constitutes a "country" is deteriorating. Say hello to post-national entities — "other guys" that stand outside of the dominant system.

4 Bogus Attacks Bankers and Their Political Puppets Are Using to Attack Elizabeth Warren
Warren is a lauded scholar, and an inspiring advocate who will draw talented and dedicated reformers to her cause.

Warren is a lauded scholar, and an inspiring advocate who will draw talented and dedicated reformers to her cause.


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Stop Hyperventilating: Obama Will Not Choose War with Iran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 29th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Stop Hyperventilating: Obama Will Not Choose War with Iran
In September 2007, before the release of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, I wrote an article for Salon titled “Why Bush Won’t Bomb Iran.” At the time, the belief that George Bush and Dick Cheney would take military…


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Pakistan’s Generals Really, Really “Heart” the Afghan Taliban
One of the zingers from the WikiLeaks War Diaries — some 92,000 classified reports on secret military hunting squads, on military encounters with the Taliban, unreported accidental killings of innocent civilians, and more — is that there may be detailed…


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