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Dem Incumbent Loses Michigan Primary

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Dem Incumbent Loses Michigan Primary
Seven-term Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) became the latest Congressional casualty of the primary season Wednesday morning. State Sen. Hansen Clarke upset Kilpatrick to secure the Democratic nomination in Michigan’s 13th Congressional district. Kilpatrick became the sixth Congress member to lose a primary this year after Reps. Alan Mollohan (D-W.V.), Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) and Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) and Sens. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).



Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Interviews David Boies and Ted Olson about Prop 8 Victory

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Interviews David Boies and Ted Olson about Prop 8 Victory
Oh noes! I feel my traditional marriage being undermined!

Oh noes! I feel my traditional marriage being undermined!

Actual quote from the ruling today: “Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage.”

This is a court ruling, not an academic seminar at Berkeley.

This isn’t about equality. This is about recreating our fundamental institutions.

She has a right to be upset, because someday, K-Lo might actually participate that fundamental institution.

Lame Madisons
In the 19th Century the Republicans passed three Constitutional Amendments that are their greatest legislative legacy — naturally, modern Republicans want to undue them — and preserve the Bush tax cuts.

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Well now that a Federal Court has joined a small number of State courts and ruled that Equal Protection applies to every American, I imagine that the modern GOP will re-double its efforts to re-write the Fourteenth Amendment based upon truly valid and contemporary documents like the Donation of Constantine. Thereby undoing one of the great accomplishments of the Republican Party, vintage 1865.

In fact, I believe we have an proposed re-write of the Fourteenth Amendment right now, fresh from the office of weak-chinned strongman Mitch McConnell:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside — except anchor babies who are not from Europe non-socialism branch, gays and gay anchor babies no matter where they are from. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Oh, and no liberals.

It’s just a draft, they’ll keep working until they can at least save Michelle Malkin’s citizenship.

The GOP Leadership, so crazy even Alan Keyes won’t go there.

Late Late Night FDL: If You Really Loved Me
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Tim MinchinIf You Really Loved Me.

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Hegemonic Pretzel Ad Provokes Subversive Repurposing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Hegemonic Pretzel Ad Provokes Subversive Repurposing
One would think that advertisers would be done remixing American aristocrat Wallis Simpson’s highly problematic old saw, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” but then one would be mistaken.

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One would think that advertisers would be done remixing American aristocrat Wallis Simpson’s highly problematic old saw, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” but then one would be mistaken.

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Could Pot Topple the Tea Party?
The tea party is still less a party than a loose coalition, offering both opportunity for expansion and the threat of division. Take, for example, one growing states’ rights issue that might pose some problems this election season: the legalization of marijuana.  —KA The Atlantic: Marijuana legalization has gained steam in the last year and a half, and it’s becoming an issue in multiple states. A handful will vote on medical marijuana ballot initiatives this year, and in California, Proposition 19 would allow counties to legalize marijuana outright, taxing and regulating it more or less like alcohol. The California measure appears to have a reasonable shot at success: internal and SurveyUSA polling have shown it in the lead, while the more reputable Field Research has shown Prop. 19 trailing 48% to 44%. If it passes, it will shock many people who haven’t considered legalization of marijuana to be a remote possibility in this country; President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will have to decide whether to uphold federal drug laws or allow the will of California’s voters to stand; marijuana will explode as a national topic of discussion. Read more

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The tea party is still less a party than a loose coalition, offering both opportunity for expansion and the threat of division. Take, for example, one growing states’ rights issue that might pose some problems this election season: the legalization of marijuana.? —KA

The Atlantic:

Marijuana legalization has gained steam in the last year and a half, and it’s becoming an issue in multiple states. A handful will vote on medical marijuana ballot initiatives this year, and in California, Proposition 19 would allow counties to legalize marijuana outright, taxing and regulating it more or less like alcohol. The California measure appears to have a reasonable shot at success: internal and SurveyUSA polling have shown it in the lead, while the more reputable Field Research has shown Prop. 19 trailing 48% to 44%. If it passes, it will shock many people who haven’t considered legalization of marijuana to be a remote possibility in this country; President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will have to decide whether to uphold federal drug laws or allow the will of California’s voters to stand; marijuana will explode as a national topic of discussion.

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Prop 8 Ban Reactions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Prop 8 Ban Reactions
Love has conquered all — or at least a California courtroom. From the Associated Press: SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge overturned California’s gay-marriage ban…

Michael Rowe: What it Says About Us When a 17-Month-Old Boy is Beaten to Death for “Acting Like a Girl”
At approximately 8:25 p.m. last Sunday night, the New York State Police on Long Island logged a 911 call about a toddler in cardiac arrest….

Prop 8 Ruling Appeal Could Delay Gay Weddings In California
SAN FRANCISCO — A judge struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban as an unconstitutional violation of gay couples’ civil rights, but a pending appeal of…

Obama Likeness Used As Darts Target At Carnival
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The head of an eastern Pennsylvania amusement company has yanked a carnival game in which players shot foam darts at an image…


Conservative media falsely claim “Missouri” rejected health care reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Conservative media falsely claim “Missouri” rejected health care reform

Conservative media falsely claimed that the state of Missouri overwhelmingly rejected “Obamacare” because 71 percent of those who voted in the August 3 election supported a ballot measure rejecting the individual mandate in health care reform. In fact, the results were skewed “by a heavily Republican turnout in a relatively low-turnout primary.”

Election results were “skewed” by high Republican turnout for competitive primary races

Election returns indicate that turnout favored Republicans. The election results from the Missouri Secretary of State show that only 35 percent of the voters for the Senate candidates took a Democratic ballot.

Kansas City Star: Republican candidates received “almost 65 percent of the votes cast.” An August 4 Kansas City Star article noted: “The proposition’s success was bolstered by a heavily Republican turnout in a relatively low-turnout primary. In the U.S. Senate race, for example, Republican candidates received almost 65 percent of the votes cast.”

Politico: “Competitive Republican primaries” are “likely skewing support for the proposition” On August 4, Politico reported that the proposition passed in Missouri, then wrote “–BUT WAIT — Missouri’s ballots had more competitive Republican primaries than Democratic ones, likely skewing support for the proposition.”

TIME: GOP primaries “practically [guarantee] a turnout heavily skewed against health care reform.” Time reported on August 3:

Prop C is a gimme for the GOP base. In polls, Republicans strongly oppose Obamacare — and Tuesday’s primaries are far more interesting on the GOP side, practically guaranteeing a turnout heavily skewed against health care reform. Republicans barely need to raise more money to get out the vote.

St. Louis Today notes that the proposition had “no organized opposition.” As a July 23 St. Louis Today article noted:

There is little doubt in Missouri political circles that Proposition C is going to pass.

The initiative has no organized opposition. The largest turnout among the two major parties on primary day is expected to be among Republicans, who have more hotly contested primaries, including the race for state auditor and a crowded field in the 7th Congressional District race.

NYT: “The referendum seemed not to capture the general population’s attention.” An August 4 New York Times article reported “The referendum, known as Proposition C, was seen as a first look at efforts by conservatives to gather and rally their forces over the issue. In the end, though, the referendum seemed not to capture the general population’s attention. Instead, Republican primary voters (who had the most competitive races on Tuesday) appeared to play a crucial role in the vote’s fate.”

Conservative media falsely suggest election results represent statewide attitudes toward health care reform 

Fox Nation: “Obamacare Mandate Defeated by Missouri Voters.” Fox Nation linked to a FoxNews.com article with the headline “Obamacare Mandate Defeated by Missouri Voters.” From the Fox Nation:

National Review Online calls election “Missouri’s July Bellwether.” In an August 3 National Review Online post, titled “Missouri’s July Bellwether,” Daniel Foster wrote that “perhaps the most interesting news comes out of Missouri. No, not the easy victory of Rep. Roy Blunt in the Republican Senate primary. I’m talking about the referendum on the individual mandate in Obamacare — the first of its kind.” Foster failed to note the party identification disparity in the results, instead writing, “They say Missouri is a — perhaps the – bellwether state. If so, the Democrats had better start typing up résumés. At time of posting, support for the the [sic] measure stood at between 75 and 80 percent.”

Big Government: “Show Me State Shows Obamacare the Door – In a Rout!” In an August 3 Big Government post, titled “Show Me State Shows Obamacare the Door — In a Rout!”, Jim Hoft wrote: “Prop C passes in Missouri! Over 70% of voters reject the democrat’s nationalized health care plan.” Hoft noted that “Republicans today were out in force to vote in the primaries. This likely helped Proposition C in Missouri,” but repeatedly suggested the decision was universal, saying “Missouri rejects the Pelosi-Obama Rationed Health Care Plan,” and “Missouri showed Obamacare the door.” Hoft also posted this blog on Gateway Pundit.

Carlson: “An overwhelming no, that’s what Missouri voters are saying about Obama’s health care plan.” On the August 4 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed “An overwhelming no, that’s what Missouri voters are saying about Obama’s health care plan,” and asked “[W]hat does Missouri’s referendum mean for the rest of the country?”

Doocy: “Is the President’s health care law unraveling?” On Fox & Friends, host Steve Doocy claimed that “Missouri voters overwhelmingly reject the president’s health care plan,” and asked: “is the President’s health care law unraveling?” Fox Business host Stuart Varney responded by saying, “unraveling may be a little bit strong,” but later said it is “unraveling politically more than anything else,” citing the recent decision by a federal judge in Virginia not to dismiss Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s lawsuit challenging the health care reform law.

Doocy later added: “[Y]esterday, in the state of Missouri, the show-me state, they effectively said show me where it says that the federal government can mandate that I buy something, it’s not there. Seventy percent of Missourians said we want that thrown out.” 

Ingraham: “If anything was a bellwether, this referendum on Obamacare was devastating.” Later on Fox & Friends, guest Laura Ingraham said: “If anything was a bellwether, this referendum on Obamacare was devastating.”  

Hemmer: “Missouri voters sending a message to Washington, the first state to reject a key part of the new health care law.” On the August 4 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, co-host Bill Hemmer claimed “Missouri voters sending a message to washington, the first state to reject the key part of the new health care law at the ballot box. Seventy-one percent, and last night’s referendum, passing a measure basically allowing the state to ignore that government mandate to buy health insurance.”

Malkin: “The revolt against Obamacare: Missouri opts out.” In an August 4 post, Michelle Malkin wrote “The other day, it was Virginia and Colorado moving forward with their efforts to protect their citizens against Obamacare coercion. Last night, Missouri voters voted with their feet.”

Hot Air: “Missouri pops the ObamaCare-media bubble.” In an August 4 Hot Air post, Ed Morrissey wrote “One meme had materialized over the last couple of weeks that ObamaCare had begun to get more popular with voters …  That meme died in Missouri, where almost three-quarters of the voters who came to the polls cast votes for a largely symbolic measure repudiating one of ObamaCare’s key provisions.”

Drudge: “Blow to O: MO says No.” On August 4, the Drudge Report linked to a St. Louis Today article with the headline “Blow to O: MO Says No.” From the Drudge Report:


Police: Prison Guard Killed Lawyer, Stole Guns For ‘Overthrowing The Federal Govt’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Police: Prison Guard Killed Lawyer, Stole Guns For ‘Overthrowing The Federal Govt’
According to police in Cumberland County, Pa., a prison guard allegedly killed a lawyer and stole his custom rifle — part of a plan, the guard admitted, to steal guns in preparation for an armed coup. Raymond Peake, a 64-year-old…


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Colbert: David H. Brooks’ $100K Flag Belt Buckle Makes It A Patriotic Duty To Salute His Crotch (VIDEO)
Last night, Stephen Colbert named military contractor David H. Brooks his “Alpha Dog Of The Week,” after Brooks allegedly used company funds to pay for personal expenses, including a $100,000 ruby-encrusted American flag belt buckle which Colbert said “makes it a patriotic duty to salute his crotch.”



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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel & Iraq: America’s favorite money pits

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel & Iraq: America’s favorite money pits
Yesterday my two-year-old granddaughter Mena and I were completely at logger-heads. She’d already stubbornly refused to make nice at the library, a restaurant and an olive-tasting party — and now she was refusing to take a bath. Ah, two-year-olds. I’m too old for this! “But Jane,” someone advised me, “she’s obviously rebelling against you because she […]


Sarah Palin’s Confusing Transgender Politics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Sarah Palin’s Confusing Transgender Politics
Sarah Palin’s comment about the <em>cojones</em> of a woman governor neuters her feminist pretensions.

Sarah Palin's comment about the <em>cojones</em> of a woman governor neuters her feminist pretensions.

How Democrats Helped Fire Up the Crazy Right While Demoralizing the Left
Many of the President’s successes have been large enough to fuel opposition, but not big enough to strengthen his support.

Many of the President's successes have been large enough to fuel opposition, but not big enough to strengthen his support.

Judge Rules Against Prop 8: Huge Win Against Bigotry, But the Fight Is Far from Over
As the daughter of a lesbian couple, my reaction is lukewarm. This is a significant milestone and a huge step forward. But much remains to be done.

As the daughter of a lesbian couple, my reaction is lukewarm. This is a significant milestone and a huge step forward. But much remains to be done.


The Chevy Volt: Now For The Good News

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

The Chevy Volt: Now For The Good News
The American economy does not recover simply because macroeconomic conditions are right, or because it is stimulated by government in ways that make them more nearly right. It recovers because new industries—rooted in technological innovations, but growing out of established…


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Reagan OMB Chief: GOP Responsible for Entire US Economic Mess
This is a really important piece that I missed over the weekend. David Stockman, who was a young right-wing Congressman, back in the 1970’s and then served as Ronald Reagan’s OMB director, explains that the entire economic mess that the…


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Coburn And McCain Troubled By Stimulus Debt, Which Is 488 Times Smaller Than Debt Impact Of Bush Tax Cuts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 5th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Coburn And McCain Troubled By Stimulus Debt, Which Is 488 Times Smaller Than Debt Impact Of Bush Tax Cuts

Yesterday, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report that highlights 100 supposedly “questionable stimulus projects that are wasteful, mismanaged, and overall unsuccessful in creating jobs.” “The only thing getting a boost is our national debt,” the report complains. The “American people have awakened to the incompetency of Washington,” said Coburn. “The rest of the federal government is filled with stuff just like this.”

Coburn went on Fox News today to promote the report and criticized White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ claim yesterday that the report is not credible:

COBURN: Mr. Gibbs knows I don’t mess around when it comes to stealing money from our kids and grandkids. And if he wants to defend this kind of stuff — this isn’t political. It’s too serious to be political no guys. We’re $13.4 trillion in debt and growing and this is the kind of waste that people are sick and tired of.

Watch it:

If Coburn doesn’t “mess around” with “stealing money” from the American youth, then why are he and McCain fierce advocates for extending President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy? The ten-year cost of extending those tax cuts amounts to $830 billion. But how much of this alleged “wasteful” stimulus spending are the senators now concerned about? A mere $1.7 billion:

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Moreover, CNN noted that “the report’s use of selected information from hundreds of footnoted sources left it unclear if the brief summaries of each project told the whole story.” For example, the report attacked a grant to replace windows at a vacant Forest Service visitors’ center in Washington, claiming there are “no current plans to use the empty space.” However, as CNN noted, the Forest Service said it “is now reviewing several proposals for how the facility could be used in the future through a variety of public-private partnerships, including a science facility, education camp, or an overnight lodge.”

But maybe Coburn is more concerned about the $1.7 billion in alleged “wasteful” stimulus spending as opposed to $830 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy because the believes the tax cuts are free.

38 Senate Republicans vote to filibuster a deficit-reducing jobs bill.

Today, the Senate invoked cloture on a bill that provides states with $26 billion in funding for Medicaid and to prevent mass layoffs of teachers. These two streams of funding have been added to — and then cut from — bill after bill, because conservatives objected to their cost. Initially, the bill that was voted on today added $5 billion to the deficit, but it was tweaked to include larger spending offsets. And according to the Congressional Budget Office, it now decreases the deficit by $1.3 billion over ten years through cuts to food stamps and closing corporate tax loopholes. Two Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — voted to invoke cloture and end the ongoing filibuster. The rest of the Republican caucus, however, voted no. That’s 38 Republican senators who voted against a deficit reducing jobs bill. (Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) didn’t vote.) The Wonk Room explains how this vote clearly puts the lie to the notion that Republicans really want small spending measures to pass, but only if they’re “paid for.”