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Those weren’t rally caps

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Those weren’t rally caps
The Beckapalooza was showpiece of American Stupidity — as per tradition

photo via Emil Kepko at flickr.com

Well, I take some time off and I miss the latest boring rally for 87,000 people with the body mass of 174,000. Say what you will about Nuremberg in the 1930s, but those people did basic cardio (it was all the putsching and pogroming).

It was interesting that Beck picked the Anniversary of the “I have a Dream Speech” and then hid the Lincoln Memorial from spectators so they could more easily reflect in his pasty countenance. I now realize it wasn’t just to give affront to the meaning of the day – it was also scheduled for this weekend because the NASCAR Sprint Series had no race planned.

However, what I understand to be amongst the most bizarre aspects of white people “Reclaiming Civil Rights Day” was one of two members of the St. Louis Cardinals taking the time to give the other an award for Celestial Awesomeness, or staying off the list of PED users or something.
Continuing the legacy of the Cardinals and the Civil Rights Movement:

When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, there had reportedly been sentiment among some Cardinals players that the team go on strike rather than face Robinson.

And there was one last parting shot from Beck as a post-script:

Beck: Obama’s comments on his Christian faith are “not something that most Christians recognize”

Hmmmm, I’m guessing far more Christians don’t recognize, among other of Beck’s beliefs, that Jesus came to North America for a Farewell Tour.

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Late, Late Night FDL: Worst Cover Song Ever
Worst Cover Song ever…!

Top 10 Worst Cover Songs Ever

All worthy contenders indeed, however, where they merely mangled the delivery, this tops them all, where they bungled the entire message…!

“Toking” with Lawrence Welk

Just think of the fun they’d have had with “Jesus is Just Alright”…? 😉

What’s your nomination…?


Sights and Sounds From Glenn Beck’s Ego Festival

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Sights and Sounds From Glenn Beck’s Ego Festival
Our morbid curiosity got the better of us and we went looking for video documentation of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally.” Hop past the jump for Sarah Palin speechifying, Beck describing himself as savior of America (sigh) and the inevitable music video.

Our morbid curiosity got the better of us and we went looking for video documentation of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally.” Hop past the jump for Sarah Palin speechifying, Beck describing himself as savior of America (sigh) and the inevitable music video.

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A Bloody Close to August in Afghanistan
The final weekend of August was a costly one for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with seven Americans killed. Also, five campaign workers for a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections were found slain, and a candidate for parliament was shot to death. —JCL The New York Times: Seven American soldiers were killed in fighting in eastern and southern Afghanistan over the weekend, after several weeks of declining death tolls among NATO forces. Separately, in Herat Province in western Afghanistan, police found the bullet-riddled bodies of five missing campaign workers for a female candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections, while another candidate for parliament was shot to death, Afghan officials said Sunday. The American servicemen were killed in five separate incidents, according to statements from the International Security Assistance Force. On Sunday, an American soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan, while another died as a result of an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the NATO force said. Read more

The final weekend of August was a costly one for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with seven Americans killed. Also, five campaign workers for a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections were found slain, and a candidate for parliament was shot to death. —JCL

The New York Times:

Seven American soldiers were killed in fighting in eastern and southern Afghanistan over the weekend, after several weeks of declining death tolls among NATO forces.

Separately, in Herat Province in western Afghanistan, police found the bullet-riddled bodies of five missing campaign workers for a female candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections, while another candidate for parliament was shot to death, Afghan officials said Sunday.

The American servicemen were killed in five separate incidents, according to statements from the International Security Assistance Force. On Sunday, an American soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan, while another died as a result of an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the NATO force said.

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Robert Kuttner: Simpson’s ‘Tits’ Are the Least of It

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Robert Kuttner: Simpson’s ‘Tits’ Are the Least of It
Given what is happening to the real economy in the real world, the prospect of a double-dip recession and the prospect of a lost decade of high unemployment, the idea that the bigger menace is Social Security is just whacko. Let’s recall that Social Security is in surplus until 2037! Yet the idea that the road to recovery leads through cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and other social outlays that are keeping the depression from worsening, if anything, is gaining traction among opinion elites. Exhibit A is a doubly dishonest column by the New York Times’ new whiz-kid pundit, Matt Bai, who used a liberal congressman, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, as a prop to make his misleading case.

Incumbents Lincoln, Murray Embrace Earmarks; Did It Backfire For Murkowski?
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Ignoring Republican complaints about wasteful federal spending, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln is reminding voters – in dollars – of what’s she’s…

Lorelei Kelly: Beck-Palin 2010
No, I don’t think either of the stars of last Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” gathering in DC will run for office this year. I do think…

Obama: Muslim Rumors Not A Concern (VIDEO)
NEW ORLEANS (Associated Press) – President Barack Obama said Sunday he isn’t worried about a recent poll showing that nearly one-fifth of Americans believe he…


Miami Arms Dealer Dude Had Complex Web Of Business Dealings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Miami Arms Dealer Dude Had Complex Web Of Business Dealings
In their newest case against the already-convicted 20-something Miami arms dealer Efraim Diveroli, the feds accused him this week of using a front company to hide his continuing involvement in the arms trade. But a closer look at Diveroli’s recent dealings suggest that, even as he was awaiting sentencing on his initial conviction for selling the U.S. government poor-quality and illegal munitions for use in Afghanistan, Diveroli engaged in a series of transactions designed to obscure his involvement in companies involved in the arms business.



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Charges Dropped Against Blago’s Brother Robert
Federal prosecutors will not retry Robert Blagojevich, the brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, for two counts of extortion conspiracy and one count each of wire fraud and extortion.



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The Tea Party Paradise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

The Tea Party Paradise


Most Don’t Think Palin Would be Effective as President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Most Don’t Think Palin Would be Effective as President
A new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll finds that 59% of Americans said they don’t think Sarah Palin would be an effective president of the United States.

However, Republicans, by a 47% to 40% margin, do believe that Palin would be an effective president.


How to Kill Goyim and Influence People: Israeli Rabbis Defend Book’s Shocking Religious Defense of Killing Non-Jews (with Video)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

How to Kill Goyim and Influence People: Israeli Rabbis Defend Book’s Shocking Religious Defense of Killing Non-Jews (with Video)
A rabbinical guidebook for killing non-Jews has sparked an uproar in Israel and exposed the power a bunch of genocidal theocrats wield over the government.

A rabbinical guidebook for killing non-Jews has sparked an uproar in Israel and exposed the power a bunch of genocidal theocrats wield over the government.


Why Boehner’s Blaming Bureaucrats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Why Boehner’s Blaming Bureaucrats
We’re moving ever closer to a double-dip. Of course, as I’ve said before, most Americans never got out of the first one. In previous postings I’ve suggested ways to reverse course, including a “people’s tax cut” exempting the first $20K…



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The Bloated Pentagon
Here are four slides that are part of a much larger presentation prepared by the Defense Business Board, an advisory council to the Secretary of Defense that was created in 2001. It is not classified and was sent to me…


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Wallace To Beck: ?Do You Have Any Credibility Talking About Reclaiming The Civil Rights Movement??

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Wallace To Beck: ?Do You Have Any Credibility Talking About Reclaiming The Civil Rights Movement??

Yesterday, right-wing “rodeo clown” Glenn Beck preached to reported 87,000 supporters at his “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall. Pitching the event as a “non-political” reclamation of the civil rights movement, Beck cultivated an air of revival and sold the crowd on “a religious brand of patriotism.” “America today turn’s back to God,” he proclaimed.

Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace waded into Beck’s psyche to try to clarify Beck’s true beliefs. Noting Beck’s claim that “divine providence” allowed him to reclaim the civil rights movement from “racial politics,” Wallace asked Beck about his previous declaration that President Obama was racist and wondered if he has any credibility “reclaiming the civil rights movement” because of that statement:

WALLACE: After that, do you have any credibility talking about reclaiming the civil rights movement?

BECK: …Now I’ve addressed this comment a million times and in fact I think I amended it this week that what I didn’t understand at the time was the influences on President Obama. And you know, the white culture, read his own books, he writes about the white culture and how he struggled with it, etc., etc.

Beck later said he regretted calling Obama a racist and that the real problem with the President is his alleged belief in “liberation theology.” When Wallace then noted that Beck called President Obama’s faith “a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” and wondered who made him “the God Squad,” Beck called the President “demonic”:

WALLACE: You said recently that the reason that a growing number of Americans don’t think President Obama is a Christian is because they don’t recognize the faith that he is practicing and in fact you even called it a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And you know I respect you and I say this affectionately but who made you the God Squad?

BECK: Oh, nobody made me the God Squad. The pope even said, this is Pope Benedict, that it is demonic not divine when theology crosses into the line of doing that which only the divine can do. He was speaking specifically about liberation theology.

Watch it:

Though Beck has indulged in tying President Obama to the Lucifer before, he insists he’s not a member of the “God Squad.” Noting that Beck is also not a “newsman,” “preacher,” or “politician,” Wallace finally asks Beck, “What are you?” In response, Beck offered a rambling response, calling himself a “concerned citizen” who “didn’t know his butt from his elbow” 15 years ago, and now “wants to figure out what the real truth is and inconsistencies bother me.”


After Washington rally, Glenn Beck assails Obama’s religion

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

After Washington rally, Glenn Beck assails Obama’s religion
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck voiced sharper criticism of President Obama’s religious beliefs on Sunday than he and other speakers offered from the podium of the rally Beck organized at the Lincoln Memorial a day earlier.


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Obama vows to ‘stand with’ gulf area on fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS – President Obama marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday with a solidarity visit to this city still recovering from the devastating storm, pledging to “stand with you and fight alongside you until the job is done.”


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Environmental groups face their future in climate-change debate
On Thursday, some of the country’s most respected environmental groups – in the midst of their biggest political fight in two decades – sent a group of activists to Milwaukee with a message.



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