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Wanker Magazine Features Christine O’Donnell

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Wanker Magazine Features Christine O’Donnell


Clinton Says Obama Must Start Campaigning

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Clinton Says Obama Must Start Campaigning
In an interview on The Daily Show, Bill Clinton said President Obama should hit the campaign trail for Democrats — even though it didn’t work for him in 1994.

Said Clinton: “We had a version of what he’s facing now, which is that we had done things that were bringing the economy back but no one felt it yet. And that’s true here on steroids.”

Fenty Could Claim GOP Nomination
WTOP notes “a twist to the D.C. mayoral primary that you may not have expected. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics says the top write-in candidate for the Republican Party was current Democratic Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.”

Fenty lost the to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray in this week’s Democratic primary.

He has until 4:45 p.m. today to file an “Affirmation of Write-In Candidacy,” essentially accepting the Republican nomination though he has previously said he would not change parties.

U.S. Senate Race in Ohio Headed for Blowout
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohip shows Rob Portman (R) with a commanding lead over Lee Fisher (D) among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race, 55% to 35%.

Key finding: President Obama now has a 60% to 38% disapproval rating in the state.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Likely voters in Ohio, as is the case nationally, are angry at the status quo and with Democrats controlling Congress and the White House. Fisher is taking it on the chin from those who are trying to send a message to the White House. A Democrat who is losing among women likely voters by 8 points is a candidate in trouble.”


Our Economy Can’t Be Fixed Until We Confront the Ideology of Greed Infecting Both Major Parties

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Our Economy Can’t Be Fixed Until We Confront the Ideology of Greed Infecting Both Major Parties
Electing Democrats won’t help as long as they adhere to the discredited tenets of neoliberalism.

Electing Democrats won't help as long as they adhere to the discredited tenets of neoliberalism.

How to Have Sex That’s Good for You and the Planet
Ecosexuality means being mindful of every aspect of courtship and seduction. It’s about making sure your sex life is kinder to the air you breathe and the water you drink.

Ecosexuality means being mindful of every aspect of courtship and seduction. It's about making sure your sex life is kinder to the air you breathe and the water you drink.


Dear Pat Toomey, 2002 Called and Wants Its Campaign Back

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Dear Pat Toomey, 2002 Called and Wants Its Campaign Back
In case there was any doubt that Republicans are campaigning on arguments that are impervious to the passage of time or even the facts, we have an ugly foreign policy snit today from the nominee for PA-Sen, Pat Toomey. Toomey…



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Stupid Has Balls
One can’t help but think that the Republican party is elevating ignorance and hate for some kind of reason. Maybe the Diesel Jeans campaign has inspired them. How else to explain Newt Gingrich playing the Obama as Tribal Boogie Man card?…



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SC Senator Defends Slave Photo: ?It?s A Great Statement As To How Far The State Has Come?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

SC Senator Defends Slave Photo: ?It?s A Great Statement As To How Far The State Has Come?

National Federation of Republican Women held its annual meeting at the Country Club of Charleston this past weekend, calling the event “A Southern Experience.” FITS news reported participants dressed in clothing from the Civil War and antebellum South era. The state’s Senate President Glenn McConnell eagerly dressed for the event as a Confederate Navy captain’s uniform. McConnell was pictured with two African-Americans in a photograph that many have observed “callously evokes the state’s slave-holding past”:

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The State reports today that McConnell has no plans to apologize:

McConnell says a picture circulating on the Internet of him dressed in a Civil War-era military uniform alongside two African-Americans outfitted in period costumes was an innocent moment among friends — nothing more. […]

“It was a friendly photograph,” McConnell said Wednesday. “It’s a great statement as to how far this state has come.”

Receive it in the spirit it was presented that evening,” McConnell urged, adding there were no apologies to be made for the effort.

Regardless of McConnell’s intent, he appears to be overlooking the emotional response the photo has conjured. “That’s the senator’s unfortunate world view,” said Rev. Joe Darby, first vice president of the state NAACP. Darby told the State that the African-Americans in the photo are in a seemingly subservient role. “Our history is still an open wound in lots of cases,” local museum director J.R. Fennel said, “for blacks and whites who don’t want to deal with it.”

Palin Advises Christine O?Donnell To ?Speak Through Fox News?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared on the O’Reilly Factor last night to defend Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell from intra-party skeptics like former Bush advisor Karl Rove, who said Republicans aren’t “going to be able to win” the general election with O’Donnell as the nominee. Palin advised O’Donnell to ignore the “political machine” and go rogue, just as she did on the 2008 presidential campaign, breaking away from “her handlers.” “Speak through Fox News,” Palin — a paid Fox News contributor — counseled her protégé:

PALIN: She’s going to have to learn very quickly to dismiss what some of her handlers want. Remember what happened to me in the VP. […]

So she’s going to have to learn that, yes, very quickly. She’s going to have to dismiss that, go with her gut, get out there, speak to the American people. Speak through FOX News and let the Independents who are tuning in to you, let them know what it is that she stands for, the principles behind her positions.

Watch it:

Indeed, O’Donnell appears to be quick study of the Sarah Palin school of media dodging, telling the staff of MSNBC’s Morning Joe that she couldn’t appear because of “family” reasons, despite making the rounds on Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC the same day. And as Media Matters pointed out, O’Donnell thanked “a slew of Fox-tied supporters” in her acceptance speech for the nomination.


Voting machine contract gets Justice Dept. review

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:36 am by HL

Voting machine contract gets Justice Dept. review
The Justice Department is scrutinizing the actions of the nation’s largest voting machine company, according to court records and sources.


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Christine O’Donnell’s big win in Delaware sends message to Republican establishment
“Tea party” activists have been saying all along that their movement is about something more than winning elections. And as the bloody Republican primary season reaches an end, they have proved they really mean it.


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Impeachment trial starts for New Orleans federal judge accused of corruption
In his long career as a prosecutor and state and federal judge, the Honorable Gabriel Thomas Porteous of New Orleans has tried and presided over hundreds of cases involving malfeasance and misdeeds.


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Civil rights panel debates its future
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is debating its own existence, again.


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White House, French officials dispute report that first lady said life is ‘hell’
White House officials are pushing back on a report that first lady Michelle Obama said her life is “hell,” flatly contradicting a new book purportedly written in collaboration with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.



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Big Business is the Enemy of Free Enterprise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Big Business is the Enemy of Free Enterprise
Rich Karlgaard, Forbes
Robert Scheer, the old leftwing essayist who once accompanied the Black Panthers to North Korea to protest "U.S. imperialism" "“ even Tom Wolfe couldn't make this up "“ repeats a lie about Ronald Reagan in his Sept. 8 column in The Nation:Ever since the "Reagan Revolution," [the Republican] mantra has been "get government off the back of big business.Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Reality check. Reagan and his followers never said the government should get off the back of big business. 

Democrats Still Have Time to Perk Up
Froma Harrop, Providence Journal
During the 2000 presidential campaign, Democrat Al Gore became captive of the right-wing noise machine. The activists and their media had gone honking nuts over President Clinton's sexual indiscretion. Vice President Gore thought these people mattered and so distanced his campaign from a popular Democratic president.Never mind that 23 million jobs were added under Clinton's watch. Never mind that Clinton was leaving the budget in surplus. Never mind that in the post-scandal midterm, Democrats actually gained five seats in the House. Never mind that Clinton was leaving office with a…

A Vote for GOP is a Vote for Boehner
Joe Conason, New York Observer

Extremists Are Taking Over GOP
E.J. Dionne, The New Republic
WILMINGTON, Del. — On the eve of the primary that would end his electoral career, Rep. Mike Castle was in a reflective mood. He seemed calm and confident, yet almost everything he said sounded valedictory as he offered a prescient analysis that explained in advance a defeat that echoed throughout the nation. A genial and courtly man in the manner of the elder President Bush (who held a fundraiser for him in Kennebunkport), the nine-term congressman was mourning the decline of both the conciliatory style of politics that animated his career and the moderate Republican disposition that the Tea…

4 Things to Know About Delaware
Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
By Sean Trende – September 16, 2010More Election NewsAn awful lot of ink has been spilled on Christine O'Donnell's monumental upset of moderate Republican Mike Castle in the Delaware primary on Tuesday. Far too much, in fact. So let's cut to the chase. There are really only four things you need to know:1. Yes, that is almost certainly the end of GOP prospects for this Senate seat.If anything, the PPP (D) poll showing O'Donnell trailing New Castle County Executive Chris Coons by 16 points was only surprising because the lead was so small. After the divisive primary…