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Haiti to World: ‘Please — Do Something!’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Haiti to World: ‘Please — Do Something!’
Thousands of displaced Haitians have vented their concerns in suggestion boxes at a hundred camps throughout the disaster zone. “Please — do something!” writes Marjorie Saint Hilaire of Tent J2, Block 7, Sector 3. “We don’t want to die of hunger and also we want to send our children to school. I give glory to God that I am still alive — but I would like to stay that way!”



Late, Late Night FDL:In The Heart Of The Night

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL:In The Heart Of The Night
Poco-In The Heart Of The Night A great song from a great group…! What’s on your mind, tonite…?  

Poco-In The Heart Of The Night

A great song from a great group…!

What’s on your mind, tonite…?

Early Morning Swim: GOP Brings Back the Culture Wars, Reports Rachel Maddow
But…but…the Teabaggers are libertarian and all about economic issues. Yeah, not so much.

But…but…the Teabaggers are libertarian and all about economic issues.

Yeah, not so much.


Cold Virus Linked to Childhood Obesity

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Cold Virus Linked to Childhood Obesity
It could be that obese kids are just likelier to catch colds, but research suggests that adenovirus 36 may actually be rewriting fat cells in children, causing them to gain more weight. Certainly diet and exercise are crucial factors, but researchers say their findings indicate that childhood obesity is a more complex condition than previously thought.  (Just to be clear, adenovirus is not the cause of what we call the common cold, but a common cause of colds.)—PZS MSNBC: “This shows that body weight regulation and the development of obesity are very complicated issues,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer, an associate professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego and director of Weight and Wellness at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. “It’s not simply a case that some children eat too much and others don’t. There are children who eat all the wrong things in all the wrong quantities who are not obese.” Outside experts cautioned that the new research doesn’t prove that the virus causes weight gain — it’s entirely possible that obese kids are just more likely to get the virus. Still, earlier research with cells in petri dishes suggests that the virus may cause changes in the body that lead to weight gain. Some studies have shown that the virus can enter fat cell precursors, rewiring them to spew out more fat cells, while others have shown that the virus can modify fat cells themselves so that they store more fat. Read more

It could be that obese kids are just likelier to catch colds, but research suggests that adenovirus 36 may actually be rewriting fat cells in children, causing them to gain more weight.

Certainly diet and exercise are crucial factors, but researchers say their findings indicate that childhood obesity is a more complex condition than previously thought.?

(Just to be clear, adenovirus is not the cause of what we call the common cold, but a common cause of colds.)—PZS

MSNBC:

“This shows that body weight regulation and the development of obesity are very complicated issues,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer, an associate professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego and director of Weight and Wellness at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. “It’s not simply a case that some children eat too much and others don’t. There are children who eat all the wrong things in all the wrong quantities who are not obese.”

Outside experts cautioned that the new research doesn’t prove that the virus causes weight gain — it’s entirely possible that obese kids are just more likely to get the virus.

Still, earlier research with cells in petri dishes suggests that the virus may cause changes in the body that lead to weight gain. Some studies have shown that the virus can enter fat cell precursors, rewiring them to spew out more fat cells, while others have shown that the virus can modify fat cells themselves so that they store more fat.

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Obama Hedges On Possible Geithner, Summers Departures

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Obama Hedges On Possible Geithner, Summers Departures
President Barack Obama hedged Monday on whether he planned to keep Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and economic adviser Larry Summers on his staff after the…

Paul Abrams: Senate/House Resolutions Celebrating End of Insurance Companies’ Dictatorial Power Over Patients: Calling Their Bluff on Healthcare Reform
On September 23, 2010, key provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka, Healthcare Reform, or “HCR”) become active. As of that date, it shall be…

Will Bunch: Karl Rove and the Tea Party: What Really Happened
Suddenly, the political world is all a-twitter about Karl Rove’s Tea Party problem, or is it the Tea Party’s Karl Rove problem? In the space…


Toronto Sun corrects Soros-Nazi smear

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Toronto Sun corrects Soros-Nazi smear

The Toronto Sun issued a correction to a column they recently published claiming that George Soros, as a child, “collaborated with the Nazis.” This smear has long been popular among conservatives attacking Soros for his support of progressive causes.

Sun column smears Soros as Nazi “collaborator,” paper apologizes

Columnist claimed Soros “collaborated with the Nazis” to survive Holocaust. In a September 5 Toronto Sun column (accessed via Nexis), Ezra Levant wrote of Soros:

When the Nazis took total control of Hungary in 1944, the Holocaust followed. In two months, 440,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.

To survive, George, then a teenager, collaborated with the Nazis.

First he worked for the Judenrat. That was the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to do their dirty work for them. Instead of the Nazis rounding up Jews every day for the trains, they delegated that murderous task to Jews who were willing to do it to survive another day at the expense of their neighbours.

Theodore hatched a better plan for his son. He bribed a non-Jewish official at the agriculture ministry to let George live with him. George helped the official confiscate property from Jews.

By collaborating with the Nazis, George survived the Holocaust. He turned on other Jews to spare himself.

Levant distorted the conduct of Soros, who was 14 years old at the time. As Media Matters has noted, Soros, who discussed his childhood in Nazi-occupied Hungary in a 1998 interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, was only a young teen during the Holocaust and was under the care of a Hungarian Agriculture Ministry employee, posing as his godson. On 60 Minutes, Soros said that he accompanied his “godfather” as he went to oversee the confiscation of property from Hungarian Jews.

As biographer Michael Kaufman wrote in Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire (page 37):

This is what actually happened. Shortly after George went to live with Baumbach, the man was assigned to take inventory on the vast estate of Mor Kornfeld, an extremely wealthy aristocrat of Jewish origin. The Kornfeld family had the wealth, wisdom, and connections to be able to leave some of its belongings behind in exchange for permission to make their way to Lisbon. Baumbach was ordered to go to the Kornfeld estate and inventory the artworks, furnishings, and other property. Rather than leave his “godson” behind in Budapest for three days, he took the boy with him. As Baumbach itemized the material, George walked around the grounds and spent time with Kornfeld’s staff. It was his first visit to such a mansion, and the first time he rode a horse. He collaborated with no one and he paid attention to what he understood to be his primary responsibility: making sure that no one doubted that he was Sandor Kiss.

Sun issues correction, apologizes to Soros. In a September 18 correction, the Toronto Sun, Sun Media, and Levant retracted the false Nazi collaborator claim and apologized:

On September 5, 2010, a column by Ezra Levant contained false statements about George Soros and his conduct as a young teenager in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

Upon receiving a letter of complaint from Mr. Soros’s legal counsel on September 13, 2010, Sun Media Corporation always intended to publish a retraction and apology for this column. Despite constant efforts on both sides, Sun Media and Mr. Soros’s counsel were unable to reach agreement on the content of a retraction.

The management of Sun Media wishes to state that there is no basis for the statements in the column and they should not have been made.

Sun Media, this newspaper and Ezra Levant retract the statements made in the column and unreservedly apologize to Mr. Soros for the distress and harm this column may have caused to him.

Soros-Nazi smear a favorite of right-wingers

Ann Coulter: Soros “a Nazi collaborator, literally.” From the March 2, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

COULTER: And the other thing, I wanted to say about what you were saying – this obsession with is Russia our leader? Is Russia our leader? I finally figured out why that bugs me so much. Right-wing and conservative power has always bubbled up from the bottom.

You – Rush Limbaugh came out of a strong legal family. He goes on radio. He gets fired. He gets fired. He gets fired. Free Republic. Just some guy out in California. Joe the plumber – it’s always been bottom up.

BECK: Sure.

COULTER: Not with the Democrats. Oh, no. They have a Nazi collaborator, literally, international financier George Soros funding their phony grassroots organizations. So they look at Rush and say, “Who is funding you?” Well, Rush Limbaugh is funding Rush Limbaugh.

Coulter: Soros “did well under the Nazis.” From the March 26, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

COULTER: I don’t think George Soros’ name should come out without pointing out that this is not the first crisis he’s done well in. He collaborated with the Nazis in Hungary, as he admitted, so he did well under the Nazis.

Human Events Online: “A Nazi collaborator.” From a March 10, 2009, Human Events Online column:

Soros is a behind-the-scenes despot. He is an evil man who has used his wealth to further all the causes the Democrat Party holds dear.

He was also a Nazi collaborator. In his autobiography, entitled “Soros on Soros,” he blithely describes how as a teenager he helped cart off the possessions of Hungarian Jews after they were sent to concentration camps. Soros wrote that this never bothered him, even though his father was Jewish and he grew up in a Jewish home. He says he has no regrets for his actions. “Somebody would have done it,” he wrote.

Investor’s Business Daily: Soros a “former Nazi sympathizer.” From a March 11, 2009, Investor’s Business Daily editorial (accessed via Nexis):

If, as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says, Rush Limbaugh “is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party,” it is only fair to ask: Who is his Democratic counterpart?

Our nominee is George Soros, the Hungarian billionaire and former Nazi sympathizer who helped fund MoveOn.org, the radical group that smeared Gen. David Petraeus with its “General Betray Us” ad last fall.

Through his Open Society Initiative and personal contributions Soros has funded many liberal causes and many Democratic candidates with the intent of undermining democracy and capitalism. His ultimate goal is to create a global socialist collective where we hand over our money and/or freedom and sing “Kumbaya.”

For our part, we’ll take Rush over Soros.

KSFO radio hosts: Soros “very cheerfully and willingly, went to work for the Nazis.” From the February 8, 2007, broadcast of KSFO’s Morning Show:

LEE RODGERS: Now, here is the inconsistency problem that Mr. Soros, like so many Democrats, displays. Given his personal history, a cynical person might think George Soros would be delighted to see the Nazis in charge, because in 1944, when the Germans invaded his native country, Hungary, and took over, Mr. Soros hid the fact that he’s a Jew — you can’t really blame him for that —

OFFICER VIC: No.

RODGERS: — it’s about survival; a lot of people did it. But then, he, apparently very cheerfully and willingly, went to work for the Nazis, as other Jews were being killed or shipped off to the death camps, he ran around Hungary with Nazi officials, serving eviction notices to people who were going to be shipped out on the death trains —

OFFICER VIC: Oh, my God.

RODGERS: — so his Nazi buddies could come in and confiscate their property. Now, if you doubt this — any of you whiny liberals — “Well, I heard that on a conservative program. They had to have made it up” — just do a little Internet search of your own, go to Yahoo or Google or whatever you want, and write in “George Soros,” plus the word “Nazis,” plus “1944.” Take a look. See what comes up. See for yourself.

KSFO apologized for “not accurate” attacks on Soros. On February 26, 2007, KSFO’s program director issued a correction to the Morning Show hosts’ smears of Soros, saying that their comments were “not accurate” and that the station “regrets that they were broadcast.”


In First Briefs Of Prop 8 Appeal, Gay Marriage Opponents Focus On Procreation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:47 am by HL

In First Briefs Of Prop 8 Appeal, Gay Marriage Opponents Focus On Procreation
Same-sex marriage opponents have filed their first briefs in their appeal of a federal judge’s ruling this year that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.


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District Attorney In WI Sent Sexually Suggestive Texts To Domestic Abuse Victim
Kenneth Kratz, district attorney in Calumet County, Wisconsin, sent sexually suggestive texts to a domestic abuse victim last year, during the time he was prosecuting her case against her ex-boyfriend.


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Reid Calls Gillibrand “Hottest Member”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Reid Calls Gillibrand “Hottest Member”
Politico reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gave Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) “an unusual form of praise” at a closed-door fundraiser.

Said Reid: “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.”

“The comment prompted Gillibrand to turn red… and created a bit of stir among the small crowd there.”

Incidentally, The Hill had Gillibrand as the third “most beautiful” on Capitol Hill.

Patrick Maintains Lead in Massachusetts
A new Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts finds Gov. Deval Patrick (D) leading Charlie Baker (R) in the race for governor, 41% to 34%, with Tim Cahill (I) in third place at 14%.

Key finding: Nearly half of all voters don’t know Baker or haven’t made up their minds yet about him. Among those who know Baker, he actually beats Patrick 39% to 38%.

Prosecutors Told Jackson was Behind Scheme
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) “directed a major political fundraiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fundraiser has told federal authorities,” the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Jackson, who is considering a bid for Chicago mayor, challenged federal prosecutors to “bring it on” in a radio interview if they have evidence he was a conspirator in Blagojevich’s corruption case.

Blunt Continues to Lead in Missouri
A new Global Strategy Group poll in Missouri finds Roy Blunt (R) leading Robin Carnahan (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 39%.


The Role of Government and The Foreclosure Crisis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:38 am by HL

The Role of Government and The Foreclosure Crisis
As we all know, there are two competing views on the proper role of government. On the one hand, we have those who believe that it is the government’s responsibility to redistribute as much income as possible upward to the…



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The Defining Issue: Who Should Get The Tax Cut – The Rich Or Everyone Else?
Who deserves a tax cut more: the top 2 percent — whose wages and benefits are higher than ever, and among whose ranks are the CEOs and Wall Street mavens whose antics have sliced jobs and wages and nearly destroyed…


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Tea Party Leader Dick Armey: Social Security Is A Corrupt ?Ponzi Scheme?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Tea Party Leader Dick Armey: Social Security Is A Corrupt ?Ponzi Scheme?

This past weekend, conservative activists and Tea Party groups gathered in Chicago for the Right Nation 2010 convention. Among those who attended was former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the chairman of one of the original Tea Party groups, FreedomWorks.

During the event, ThinkProgress sat down with Armey at a blogger’s roundtable. No sooner than we took our seats did Armey come out guns-blazing against Social Security. He called it a “corrupt government practice” that steals people’s money “under false pretenses.” He went on to call Social Security a “Ponzi scheme”:

ARMEY: The government uses the concept of a trust fund to take your money under false pretenses. For years, I wrote about and talked about and taught about what I call ‘corrupt government practices,’ because they’re always so quick to talk about corruption. One of the corrupt government practices is stealing your money under false pretenses. I’ll give you a to wit: social security. When they had the Alan Greenspan commission, they knowingly raised payroll taxes more than what was necessary to meet the flow of output. Social Security is a pay-as-you-go Ponzi scheme. They knew very well that the extra $250 billion would be spent on their social schemes.

Watch here:

Though Tea Party candidates continue to flail on whether or not they would like to privatize Social Security, Tea Party groups like FreedomWorks mince no words about what their plan is for the hugely-successful social safety net. In a Politico interview, Armey said that if he could do one thing as president of the United States, he would make “all government programs…voluntary.” However, the American public remains adamantly opposed to this plan, with two of every three Americans uncomfortable with the idea of privatizing Social Security.

Anti-Mosque Leader Wonders If Romney Has Been Silent Because Of ?Similarities Between Islam and Mormonism?

At WorldNetDaily’s Take Back America 2010 conference in Miami this weekend, ThinkProgress spoke to William Murray, the chairman of a group organizing protests against the proposed Park51 community center in lower Manhattan. Murray recently ran an advertisement against building mosques in America.

During our interview, Murray noted that Frank Gaffney, a well-funded anti-Muslim activist, actually provided Newt Gingrich with the idea for Republicans to ban sharia law in the United States. Asked why some Republican leaders, like Mitt Romney, have been relatively quiet on his crusade against Park51, Murray suggested that Romney might reveal “similarities between Islam and Mormonism” if he became vocal. He added that such a connection would be “false logic”:

MURRAY: I don’t know with the case with Mitt Romney. It could be because of some similarities between Islam and Mormonism, to be very frank with you, and his fear that any criticism of Islam, that those arguments could then be construed or used against Mormonism. I think that is some false logic. Also there is the issue of Mitt Romney being purely an economic conservative, not a social conservative.

Watch it:

Murray echoed his broadside against “economic conservatives” in his remarks to the WND audience. At one point, he attacked Grover Norquist for opposing the recent right-wing effort to demagogue against Muslims. Murray even assailed Norquist for supporting gay conservatives and for “marrying a Muslim woman.” Listen here:

Murray, who meets regularly with Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) through the “Values Action Team” caucuses in Congress and maintains his own influential political action committee, has long opposed the libertarian wing of the conservative movement. Murray’s ally Frank Gaffney staged a high profile attempt to purge Norquist from the movement several years ago.

Later during the interview, Murray noted that openly criticizing Islam was difficult during the Bush-era because Bush had said Islam is a “religion of peace.” With Bush choosing to remain silent on the issue, Murray and his cohorts are on the rise within the conservative movement.


Bill would furlough federal workers for two weeks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2010 4:36 am by HL

Bill would furlough federal workers for two weeks
A Republican lawmakers wants to keep federal workers away from the office without pay for two weeks next fiscal year to help cut government costs. But unlike other cost-cutting bills introduced by the GOP, this one would also force a 10 percent pay cuts for lawmakers.


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Contractor helps troops gain conversation skills for war zone
In a mock Afghan village on the Quantico Marine base, Sloan Mann, a military contractor, guided several Marines into a sweltering concrete room. They came to meet a fake mullah, played by an Afghan American actor. Mann, a former Army infantry officer, watched as the Marines practiced the seemingl…


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44: Carter: My role is ‘superior’
During an interview set to air tonight on NBC, former President Jimmy Carter tells Brian Williams that he feels his role as an an activist in troubled parts of the world is “superior” to those of other former presidents. Carter was responding to a question about the now-famous photo of President …


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Three years after landmark court decision, Louisville still struggles with school desegregation
Since John G. Roberts Jr became chief justice five years ago, focus has been on the Supreme Court’s changing makeup and shifting ideology. In the coming months, the Washington Post will examine the real-world consequences of the court’s rulings in communities across the nation.


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Obama stumps in Pa. for Senate candidate
Apparently there are no hard feelings between President Obama and Rep. Joe Sestak, the Pennsylvania Senate candidate whom the White House once tried to talk out of running. Obama appeared Monday night at two pricey fundraisers for Sestak in Philadelphia, where he had nothing for praise for the Democ



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