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Fliers Mislead Black Voters in Texas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Fliers Mislead Black Voters in Texas
Misleading fliers are showing up on the windshields of vehicles at a predominately black polling place in Houston that claim to come from a non-existent group called the “Black Democratic Trust of Texas.” The fliers were placed on the windshields of vehicles at and near the Sunnyside Early Voting location and tell voters not to voter straight Democrat, according to Texas Democrats and local news reports. “Republicans are trying to trick us!” the flier reads. “When you vote straight ticket Democrat, it is actually voting for Republicans and your vote doesn’t count.”



Do You Know Where to Vote?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Do You Know Where to Vote?
Now you do. Election Day is today, folks. Find out where your polling place is in the map below. Then, sign up to help make calls to California voters for Prop 19.  

Now you do. Election Day is today, folks. Find out where your polling place is in the map below.

Then, sign up to help make calls to California voters for Prop 19.


Democrats Prefer Google

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Democrats Prefer Google
Today on the list: Sanity beats fear in Brazil, the GOP plan to stop Sarah Palin and marketers say Google is to Democrats what Fox News is to Republicans. Plus: the sex lives of truffles. .On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top. Conservatives loyal to very different brands from liberals Thanks to a fascinating new survey from YouGov BrandIndex, we now know that many of America’s top brands actually have a political tilt in terms of their popularity. Aerotropolis – The rise of a vibrant new kind of city Forty years ago, the road to the still-new Dulles Airport cut through miles of loamy forest, darkening the view of the few cars that made their way along it. Then, in a sudden glade, appeared the swooping roof of the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal, gleaming as if poised for takeoff. Scholars Say International Property Accord Needs Senate Approval More than 70 academics, mostly legal scholars, are urging President Barack Obama to open a proposed international intellectual-property agreement to public review before signing it. Cartoon of the day Hypocritical economic moralizing The moralizing of the elites will, indeed, make the current situation worse. However, it also exposes their hypocrisy in morally condemning the same debt they had created for their own pleasure. Green Party Needed To Shake Up America’s Political System As Progressives walk into the voting booth this coming Tuesday, many will be doing some soul searching as they vote again in a lopsided political system. Scientists discover the Christian gene Triumph of sanity over fear Brazil has chosen its new president—Dilma Rousseff of the governing Workers’ Party, against the opposition candidate José Serra—and thus has chosen sanity over fear. The Complicated Mating Life of Truffles The secret and complex sex lives of black truffles, the rare fungi which are prized by chefs the world over, have been revealed in new research that may now help to make the delicacy more affordable. Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

Today on the list: Sanity beats fear in Brazil, the GOP plan to stop Sarah Palin and marketers say Google is to Democrats what Fox News is to Republicans. Plus: the sex lives of truffles.

.On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top.

Conservatives loyal to very different brands from liberals
Thanks to a fascinating new survey from YouGov BrandIndex, we now know that many of America’s top brands actually have a political tilt in terms of their popularity.

Aerotropolis – The rise of a vibrant new kind of city
Forty years ago, the road to the still-new Dulles Airport cut through miles of loamy forest, darkening the view of the few cars that made their way along it. Then, in a sudden glade, appeared the swooping roof of the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal, gleaming as if poised for takeoff.

Scholars Say International Property Accord Needs Senate Approval
More than 70 academics, mostly legal scholars, are urging President Barack Obama to open a proposed international intellectual-property agreement to public review before signing it.

Cartoon of the day

Hypocritical economic moralizing
The moralizing of the elites will, indeed, make the current situation worse. However, it also exposes their hypocrisy in morally condemning the same debt they had created for their own pleasure.

Green Party Needed To Shake Up America’s Political System
As Progressives walk into the voting booth this coming Tuesday, many will be doing some soul searching as they vote again in a lopsided political system.

Scientists discover the Christian gene

Triumph of sanity over fear
Brazil has chosen its new president—Dilma Rousseff of the governing Workers’ Party, against the opposition candidate José Serra—and thus has chosen sanity over fear.

The Complicated Mating Life of Truffles
The secret and complex sex lives of black truffles, the rare fungi which are prized by chefs the world over, have been revealed in new research that may now help to make the delicacy more affordable.

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin
Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

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Obama Losing His Glory

By Riber Hansson, Cagle Cartoons, Sweden

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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Companies May Have To Make Amends After Midterm Elections

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Companies May Have To Make Amends After Midterm Elections
Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: We won’t…

Bill Clinton’s Mission To Save The Democratic Senate (PHOTOS)
Election day could be a nightmare for Democrats — they’ve known as much for a while. The party, looking quite likely to cede majority control…

Mark Goulston, M.D.: Election 2010: Will You Be a Good Sport on Wednesday?
Will you go gently and cooperatively into Wednesday after the elections, or will you rage against the winners you didn’t vote for? If immature love…


“Corrupt bastards”: Timeline of a Fox-Palin-Breitbart manufactured controversy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:46 am by HL

“Corrupt bastards”: Timeline of a Fox-Palin-Breitbart manufactured controversy

After Fox News’ Sarah Palin made the entirely unsupported claim that a taped voicemail proved that “corrupt bastards” in the media were conspiring to fabricate smears of Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, Fox News heavily promoted the allegation. By the next day, Glenn Beck joined Palin in calling for the reporters to be “purged.”

October 28-30

October 28: Voicemail from KTVA reporter to Joe Miller’s aide recorded. According to Jerry Bever, the general manager for Anchorage, Alaska, CBS affiliate KTVA, a reporter for the station inadvertently left a voicemail on a cell phone belonging to Randy DeSoto, a spokesman for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller on Thursday, October 28.

October 30: Breitbart’s sites begin posting voicemail, claiming it showed reporters “conspiring to set up some kind of smear of Joe Miller. On October 30, Miller issued a press release including a transcript and audio of the voicemail. At 10:26 p.m. ET that day, Breitbart’s websites began posting transcript and audio, claiming that the recording proved that “the reporters were conspiring to set up some type of smear of Joe Miller” and that the recording “calls into serious question what type of campaign coverage CBS’ KTVA has been providing Alaskans all along, given their reporters’ willingness to conspire against Miller.”

October 31

Early morning: Palin Twitter post alleges “CBS/media plot against Joe Miller” and calls reporters “[c]orrupt bastards.” In a post to her Twitter account Sunday morning, Sarah Palin, who has endorsed Miller, wrote:

Palin linked to a RedCounty.com blog post timestamped 11:56 p.m. ET on October 30 that suggested the voicemail proved there was “a concerted effort on the part of this local CBS affiliate to brainstorm a way to damage Miller the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.”

9:15 a.m. ET: Palin brings “corrupt bastards” claim to Fox News Sunday and says she “can’t wait until it busts out all over the nation. On Fox News Sunday, Palin discussed Senate races in Delaware and Alaska. She claimed that “we have the tape that proves is, that the CBS reporters, the affiliate in Alaska conspired to make up stories about Joe Miller. We have the tape, Chris, and I can’t wait until it busts out all over the nation.” Asked to repeat her claim by host Chris Wallace, Palin again said that “we have it on tape” and added “Those are corrupt bastards.”

12 p.m. ET: Fox News’ Cameron reports that Fox News “cannot verify” Palin’s claims. Several hours after Palin made her claims on Fox News Sunday, Fox News’ Jon Scott introduced a segment to discuss what he called “new developments out of Alaska,” which Scott claimed “sounds as though reporters from a local affiliate there are sort of plotting against Joe Miller.” Fox aired Palin’s claim that “corrupt bastards” were conspiring against Miller and a portion of the audio recording. Correspondent Carl Cameron reported that Fox News “cannot verify” the claims Palin made on Fox that morning and that Fox News had “not been able to confirm it, nor have we been able to listen to the entirety of the message before the conversation that wasn’t supposed to be recorded.” Cameron further reported that Fox News was “not exactly sure what the authenticity of this is.”

1:09 p.m. ET: KTVA calls claims that Palin pushed on Fox News “absurd.” In a statement released that afternoon, KTVA authenticated the audio but flatly rejected Palin and Breitbart’s allegations about it, saying, “The perception that this garbled, out of context recording may leave is unfortunate, but to allege that our staff was discussing or planning to create or fabricate stories regarding candidate Miller is absurd. The complete conversation was about what others might be able to do to cause disruption within the Miller campaign, not what KTVA could do.”

1:09 p.m. ET: Politico‘s Ben Smith writes, “The transcript does not, in fact, make it terribly clear what they’re talking about.” In contrast to Palin and Breitbart’s claims that the tapes proved a conspiracy on the part of local reporters to fabricate smears about Miller, Politico‘s Ben Smith reported on KTVA’s statement and wrote, “The transcript does not, in fact, make it terribly clear what they’re talking about.”

1:15 p.m. ET: Fox’s Springer says, “We could not see any obvious signs of bias” against Miller in KTVA’s reporting. On Fox News’ America Live, correspondent Dan Springer reported, “We actually had some of our staffers look at some of the more recent articles and stories that KTVA has done to see if there was any obvious bias or hit pieces against Joe Miller, and we couldn’t find that. We could not see any obvious signs of bias or hit pieces done by KTVA against Joe Miller.”

1:40 p.m. ET: Wash. Post‘s Sargent writes “it’s unclear from the recording precisely what, if anything, was being plotted.” In an entry on his Washington Post blog, Greg Sargent posted the statement from Bever and wrote, ” [I]t’s unclear from the recording precisely what, if anything, was being plotted. And now the station is adamantly denying the charges, claiming the audio was clipped and taken out of the fuller context.”

2:15 p.m. ET: Fox News continues to push Palin’s allegations. On America Live, host Megyn Kelly hosted Fox News political analyst William Kristol to discuss Palin’s allegations. Kristol said that “it looks to me like they are seriously saying, ‘Let’s find something that will put this event in the worst light.'” Kristol further said that the audio showed that the KTVA reporters were looking to “drive a story, you know, to other news organizations that makes Joe Miller look bad.”

3:15 p.m. ET: Fox News reairs Palin’s Fox News Sunday allegations. During the 3 p.m. ET hour, Fox News Channel rebroadcast that day’s edition of Fox News Sunday, including Palin’s allegations.

4:45 p.m. ET: Cavuto hosts Miller to push “explosive allegations.” During the October 31 edition of Your World, host Neil Cavuto hosted Joe Miller to respond to the “explosive allegations” pushed by Palin and Fox News throughout the day.

6 p.m. ET: Special Report leads with “big controversy” pushed by Palin. During the October 31 edition of Special Report, Bret Baier led with what he called “a controversy over alleged media bias in the Alaska Senate race, and that state’s best known politician is outraged.” During the report, Cameron said that Miller “finds himself embroiled in a controversy caused potentially by the media.” Cameron’s report featured Palin’s comments that “corrupt bastards” in the media were conspiring against Miller, Cameron called the allegations a “big controversy, two days before the election.”

6:40 p.m. ET: Fox’s Hume says that the audio recording is “not utterly conclusive.” During the panel discussion on Special Report, Baier aired Palin’s comments that “[t]he CBS reporters, the affiliate in Alaska, conspired to make up stories about Joe Miller. Those are corrupt bastards, Chris,” and said, “Almost made you spit out your coffee this morning.” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, the former host of Special Report, seemed to contradict much of Fox News reporting when he said that while the voicemail “doesn’t sound very good, it’s not utterly conclusive.”

8:35 p.m. ET: Palin returns to Fox News to continue pushing allegations that “there was an orchestration there.” During the October 31 edition of America’s Election Headquarters, Baier hosted Palin to discuss what he called a “controversy” that “caught a few people and your mom, I guess, by surprise.” Baier asked Palin to respond to the KTVA statement. Palin said people should “read the transcript” and “listen to the tape,” adding that “it is appalling and there was an orchestration there, an attempt anyway, to concoct something, to tarnish a campaign based on finding a child molester in the crowd. I thought it was appalling.”

10:08 p.m. ET: On the Record hosts Palin to keep pushing the allegations — still entirely unsupported — that she introduced to Fox News more than 12 hours earlier. On the Record host Greta Van Susteren hosted Palin, who repeated her allegations. Palin said Bever “should fire the reporters, he should teach them a lesson.”

November 1

6:06 a.m. ET: Fox & Friends‘ Carlson calls it “incredibly unreal” that KTVA reporters “could still be employed.” On Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson said that the story “continues to percolate” and that reporters might have tried to “plant negative stories” about Miller. Carlson echoed Palin’s call that the reporters be fired, saying, “The idea that those people — I hate to say it — could still be employed at that news operation, is incredibly unreal at this moment in time.”

10:20 a.m. ET: Beck calls on KTVA to “purge” reporters. During the November 1 edition of his radio show, Glenn Beck adopted Palin’s call to fire the KTVA reporters. After executive producer Stu Burguiere said the tape showed that KTVA reporters were “searching for a way to take this guy down,” Beck said that the reporters “should be fed to the moose” and that “[t]hese people should be out of a job today.” Beck also said, “The only right thing to do with these people is to purge them from your newsroom.”

2:55 p.m. ET: Limbaugh claims that “local media in Alaska … did contrive to make up things about Joe Miller.” On the November 1 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh read from Palin’s exchange with Wallace and said, “‘Those are corrupt bastards.’ She’s talking about local media in Alaska, which did contrive to make up things about Joe Miller and his supporters.” Limbaugh also asked, “[W]hen is the last time you heard anybody on television call the media ‘corrupt bastards’? And how many of you who heard it stood up and cheered when you heard it?”


RNC Raises Money With ‘No More Frankens’ Website (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:45 am by HL

RNC Raises Money With ‘No More Frankens’ Website (VIDEO)
The Republican National Committee has launched a website called “No More Frankens” that raises money for their Get Out the Vote Program and appears to raise fears over voter fraud.

Paladino Sends Out Mailer Marked ‘Important Tax Information’
Via a New York State reader, Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is sending out campaign mailers marked as “Important Tax Information” in official-looking envelopes.

Tea Partiers and New Black Panthers To Square Off At Polls In Texas
Members of the fringe group the New Black Panther Party have they intend to be at the polls in Harris County, Texas tomorrow. So has the Tea Party-backed group True the Vote — with more than 1,000 poll watchers, they say. Both sides have already traded accusations of voter intimidation — but, despite all their press coverage, neither will likely play a deciding factor at the polls tomorrow.


Difference of opinion is what makes a horse race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Difference of opinion is what makes a horse race
On Sunday, October 31, 2010, the front page of the New York Times presented its readers with a graphic, on the top of page 1 indicating that there were 19 Senate races in the mid-term elections which would determine the makeup of the Senate from now until the Presidential Election in 2012. Isn’t it […]


Pressure Builds for White House Shake Up

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Pressure Builds for White House Shake Up
Some high-level Democrats are calling for President Obama “to remake his inner circle or even fire top advisers in response to what many party strategists expect to be a decisive defeat on Tuesday,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Tensions have come to the surface after meetings over the past few weeks in which Obama senior adviser David Axelrod discussed communications strategy with senior Democratic strategists and party officials. Some Democrats were so unhappy with the White House meetings, they started their own.”

“The strategy sessions aired a range of disagreements over how to help Democrats forestall an electoral drubbing at the polls — a defeat party strategists believe could have been minimized with a different White House playbook.”


Irrational Phallus Worship: The Missing Link That Helps the Tea Party Make Sense

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Irrational Phallus Worship: The Missing Link That Helps the Tea Party Make Sense
Guns, womb patrol, war and fear of emasculation. The Tea Party’s motivation is not about any kind of freedom, it’s about male anxiety of the Freudian variety.

Will the Tea Party Take the Senate?
The Republicans may not win the Senate, but the Tea Party could take it hostage, thanks to millions of unaccountable dollars, post-Citizens United.

Class War Spurs Violent Clashes in Europe — Why Are Americans Just Letting the Super Rich Win?
It is time for Americans to reclaim the concept of class war, to actively combat the great squeeze ruining the lives of untold millions of Americans.

Why the Democrats Will Win in California
Across the nation, the Republicans have a better-than-even chance of winning 50 House seats — but none of those seats are in California.


Bill Maher’s Anti-Muslim Fixation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 2nd, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Bill Maher’s Anti-Muslim Fixation
I know Bill Maher hates religion. But it doesn’t take much watching of his show to see that there is only one religion in which he combines his fate for the faith with hate for its adherents: Islam. Long before…

A Show of Palestinian Business Resilience 
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will most likely cut a ribbon; a handful of government officials will be jockeying for camera time to claim economic leadership; major multinationals will compete to get their logo in the limelight; international donors,…


One Good Thing: GOP House Less Bad on Israel
I couldn’t think of anything that isn’t horrific about what might happen on Tuesday until I saw this in the Forward. A GOP House might make it easier for President Obama to make progress toward his goal of peace and…