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Fox News Falls for Fake Story

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:56 am by HL

Fox News Falls for Fake Story
Anchors on the Fox News morning news show Fox and Friends reported Tuesday that the city of Los Angeles had ordered 10,000 jetpacks for its police and fire departments at a cost of $100,000 per unit. The story which came right out of the Weekly World News is completely false. “We certainly haven’t bought any jetpacks,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “We haven’t bought [squad] cars for two years.”


Herbert: Boehner ‘Especially Sleazy’
Bob Herbert: It’s beyond astonishing to me that John Boehner has a real chance to be speaker of the House of Representatives. I’ve always thought of Boehner as one of the especially sleazy figures in a capital seething with sleaze. I remember writing about that day back in the mid-’90s when this slick, chain-smoking, quintessential influence-peddler decided to play Santa Claus by handing out checks from tobacco lobbyists to fellow Congressional sleazes right on the floor of the House.



Late Late Night FDL: Hick Hop

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:55 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Hick Hop
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Asylum Street SpankersHick Hop.

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Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann Interviews Tennessee Victim of Privatized Fire Department Scheme
I can’t help but notice that the glibertarians at Reason have been awfully quiet on this story, except for this rather perfunctory post. And of course, the Glibertarian-in-Chief of Tennessee has been absolutely silent on the matter. Ah, the limits of “f**k you, I got mine.”

I can’t help but notice that the glibertarians at Reason have been awfully quiet on this story, except for this rather perfunctory post. And of course, the Glibertarian-in-Chief of Tennessee has been absolutely silent on the matter.

As it turns out, “f**k you, I got mine” does not make for a particularly efficient central governing philosophy.

Strange but true!


From Tuskegee to Guatemala Via Nuremberg

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:54 am by HL

From Tuskegee to Guatemala Via Nuremberg
News broke last week that the U.S. government purposefully exposed hundreds of men in Guatemala to syphilis in ghoulish medical experiments conducted during the late 1940s. By Amy Goodman

News broke last week that the U.S. government purposefully exposed hundreds of men in Guatemala to syphilis in ghoulish medical experiments conducted during the late 1940s.


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Robert Scheer: Hey Michelle, Read My Book

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Robert Scheer: Hey Michelle, Read My Book
On Tuesday, I received yet another deceptively personal e-mail addressed to “Robert” from Michelle Obama asking me once again to contribute to the “amazing journey”…

Caroline Matthews: Paul Ryan’s Playlist
As we formulate our opinion of the Congressman, what else do we want to know? We want to know what he is listening to on his iPod. Considering the Congressman’s home state and political positions, I’ve taken a shot at recreating his go-to playlist.

Andrew Kreig: U.S. Charges of Alabama Corruption Tainted By Past Federal Misconduct
The Justice Department Monday announced arrests of two Alabama gambling kingpins and four legislators in a corruption probe primarily targeting Democratic office-holders and contributors. But…

Aaron Belkin: A Unique Opportunity for the Democrats
With control of the Senate up for grabs next month, the Democrats have a rare opportunity to eliminate the filibuster, one of the worst and…

Natural Gas Pipeline Crisis Plans Kept From Public
WASHINGTON — The emergency plans for companies operating natural gas pipelines like the one that exploded in San Bruno, Calif., killing eight people and destroying…


Glenn Beck now running his own GOTV operation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Glenn Beck now running his own GOTV operation

Over the past few weeks, Glenn Beck has used his Fox News show to urge his audience to vote and to “[g]et your friends and neighbors to go in record-breaking numbers to vote,” warning them of terrible consequences if they failed to do so.

Beck: “Vote for America” to stop communists, Marxists, Nazis

“You’ve got to vote and you’ve got to get your friends to vote” to stop progressives from “making the United States into a Third World country.” On the September 20 edition of his Fox News program, Beck detailed purported progressive efforts “to de-develop the United States of America” and “[m]ake us poorer and make the poor countries richer.” Beck then provided his audience with the following “solution”:

Well, what’s the solution? Well, the immediate thing you can do is vote. You are the last line of defense — and our founders knew. Our founders that, in the end, our branches of government would fail and the last line of defense would be you.

But here’s the problem. Our turnout is pathetic. Now, I don’t want to tell who to vote for. I don’t even know the candidates. Sean covers the candidates. I don’t.

It’s up to you to find the one that has anything that you agree with. You’re not going to agree with a lot of stuff and you have can’t trust these people. But you’ve got to find somebody that will put their foot in the door.

After comparing U.S. voting rates to those in Iraq, Beck said:

If the de-development of the United States of America into a Third World country can’t get this — this is the latest — 38 percent.

If we can’t get that over at least 40 percent, if the idea of making the United States in to a third world country cannot motivate enough Americans to get in to the voting booth, when these people will do it at death — then you know what? Then we don’t stand a chance.

But the good news is: it is. Americans know. All you have to do is reach out to the people with facts and reason. Reach out to the people — I met them over the weekend.

I met all these people in Chicago. I met them in Clemson University. I met them up in Indiana. People said, “I voted for Barack Obama. I didn’t listen to you, I believed all the crap. But then I watched. It saw what was happening.”

They’re out there. They’re out there. I don’t care if you vote for a Democrat or an independent or a Republican. You’ve got to vote and you’ve got to get your friends to vote. [transcript from the Nexis database]

Beck’s video urges audience to “vote for America.” On the September 21 edition of his Fox News show, Beck aired a video featuring footage from Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally. Beck’s radio co-host, Pat Gray, provided the following voiceover for the video:

Mr. President, if restoring honor to America, defending our Constitution, and turning to God has become a radical idea, well, I guess we’re in more trouble than we thought. On November 2, vote Democrat, Republican, or independent, but most importantly, vote for America.

After the video, Beck commented, “America, we have to get out and vote. We can do better than the way we’ve been voting.”

“You’re going to have to get out and vote and you’re going to have to get people out to vote” to stop Marxists and communists. On the September 23 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck claimed (from the Nexis database):

BECK: OK. Not long ago, in fact, I think two years ago, many people, even still today, it’s inconceivable to have people actually buy in to socialism and Marxism and communism. It’s a concept that has been proven a failure every single time. And it’s a deadly failure.

Well, now it’s up to you. It’s up to you. What do you choose?

You’re going to have to get out and vote and you’re going to have to get people out to vote. I can’t imagine that people wouldn’t vote this time around, but they — so many people are still not awake. What’s stopping us? You’ve got to wake up your friends and your neighbors. And some of you are doing just that.

I got a message the other day from a viewer who wrote, quote, “My cynical friend of 20 years says Glenn Beck and I have motivated him to finally register to vote and he convinced his wife.” Let me tell you something — fantastic!

It doesn’t even matter — I don’t care if they’re voting for Democrat or Republican, whatever! Get out and stake your claim. Vote for the candidate you believe is bringing the truth. You make all of the difference. Now is the time.

He then aired the “vote for America” video he aired the day before.

“Vote” to prevent Nazi takeover. On the September 24 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck, a member of the audience asked Kitty Werthmann, who grew up in Austria under the Nazi regime, “looking back, what would you had done rather than just, you know, maybe letting it happen? Can you see anything that you might actually encourage us to do in response?” Beck responded to Werthmann, “It actually goes back to what you said, vote … your [Austrian] people elected Hitler with 98 percent.” He later added (accessed from Nexis):

BECK: I can’t believe that we — that we elect people of — people of all faith, of all faith, elect people that we know are lying to us, know are not living decent lives. They represent us. They represent us. Well, OK, does that represent us? I think in many cases, it does. We must stop that.

“Get your friends and neighbors to go in record-breaking numbers to vote” because “we are in the end phase of the set-up.” On the September 30 edition of his Fox News show, Beck said (from the Factiva database):

We are facing the worst threat. We may stand in line for 20 minutes with someone trying to sell you Amway products, or I don’t know, you know, somebody is like, I got to tell you some — you know. But nobody has threatened our lives. Have you called your neighbor yet? Have you volunteered at a nursing home or a community center to help people get registered and tell people to vote? I’m not telling you who to vote for. I have don’t care if it’s a Republican or a Democrat or an Independent. Find someone who you believe more than the other.

He later added, “This isn’t a game, America. And we are in the end phase of the set-up. Get your friends and neighbors to go in record-breaking numbers to vote.”

In the next segment, Beck warned his audience that “[t]ough times are coming” because progressive “activists are great at one thing — dividing, disrupting, agitating.” He continued:

This is a nightmare. But they are about to go back to agitating, because once they lose control of the house, they have to. That is what they’re good at. You must overwhelm them in numbers. Get out and vote this November.

Get someone else to vote. I don’t care how they vote. Just get them to vote. Get off the couch. Get your neighbors off the couch. Be proactive. You just make sure – are you registered to vote yet? Register to vote. Make sure people in your neighborhood are registered to vote.

Get them out in droves and then stand peacefully arm in arm, because I fear the trouble is just about to begin. And it will only get worse. The sting, I believe, happens maybe after January.


Anti-Gay Groups Throw Support Behind Fiorina, Target Latino Voters

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Anti-Gay Groups Throw Support Behind Fiorina, Target Latino Voters
The American Principles Project and American Principles In Action, who first made headlines by accusing a Department of Education appointee of pushing “radical positions on sex education,” are now backing a bus tour to encourage Latino voters to support Carly Fiorina for Senate.


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Would-Be Times Square Bomber Sentenced To Life In Prison
Faisal Shahzad, who pleaded guilty in June to terrorism charges after attempting to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to life in prison.


The Tattlesnake – Another ‘Who Said That Quiz’ Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Another ‘Who Said That Quiz’ Edition
Drop your pretenses and grab your pencil and paper, here comes a multiple-choice quiz to test your political savvy. Who said the following? 1. “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and […]


Working Class Whites Favor Republicans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Working Class Whites Favor Republicans
An Associated Press-GfK poll shows “whites without four-year college degrees preferring GOP candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate. The poll, conducted last month, found this group favoring GOP hopefuls 58% to 36% — a whopping 22 percentage-point gap.”

Portman Has Giant Lead in Ohio
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio shows Rob Portman (R) far ahead of Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race, 55% to 36%.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “It would seem that Fisher’s best shot at victory might be finding a way to stop men from voting. Otherwise, he faces an incredibly uphill battle in the four weeks before Election Day in reversing a 33-point disadvantage among male voters. The fact that Fisher hasn’t been able to make up any ground since the last Quinnipiac University poll is a bad omen for his ability to make this a close race.”


Bob Woodward: Obama-Hillary Ticket for 2012 ‘on the Table’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Bob Woodward: Obama-Hillary Ticket for 2012 ‘on the Table’
The Washington Post reporter announces that many of Clinton’s top advisors "see it as a real possibility in 2012."

The Washington Post reporter announces that many of Clinton's top advisors "see it as a real possibility in 2012."


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

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Israeli & Palestinian Kids Make Peace
George Mitchell clearly can’t do it. Binyamin Netanyahu won’t do it. And Mahmoud Abbas can’t put it over. But watch these Israeli and Palestinian kids making peace through the Beautiful Game. Thank God for the kids. And pray that…

Corrections And Amplifications: On Andrew Mellon, Sebastian Mallaby, And General Motors
1. A group calling itself “Stand Up For America” says I took Herbert Hoover’s treasury secretary Andrew Mellon’s words out of context in my post “Republican Economics as Social Darwinism” (September 26); and that, in any event, today’s Republicans who…



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