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Frat Won’t Be Indicted in Pledge’s Death

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:51 am by HL

Frat Won’t Be Indicted in Pledge’s Death
A Texas grand jury has declined to indict a Prairie View A&M fraternity or its members for violating Texas hazing laws after the Oct. 29 death of pledge Donnie Wade, 20. Wade collapsed and died following a strenuous exercise session with other pledges of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. My son didn’t want to be exercised to death,” said Donnie Wade Sr., the pledge’s father. “He just wanted to be part of an organization.”



Late Late Night FDL: I Believe To My Soul

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: I Believe To My Soul
Gov’t Mule covering Ray CharlesI Believe To My Soul, at Rockpalast, 2007.

Gov’t Mule covering Ray Charles –  I Believe To My Soul, at Rockpalast, 2007.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

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Steve Clemons: On Gay Bullying and DADT: Cindy McCain vs. John McCain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Steve Clemons: On Gay Bullying and DADT: Cindy McCain vs. John McCain
I can’t help wondering whether Cindy McCain misses her straight-talking husband as much as I do — a McCain that is going to be relevant to our future, not one we have to be ashamed of because he “delayed” the normalization of gay rights.

No Breakthrough In Clinton-Netanyahu Israel Settlement Meeting
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Alexi Giannoulias Mulling Mayoral Run?
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Obama Spotlights Failure Of U.N. Reform
UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s support for India’s bid for permanent membership on the U.N. Security Council put the spotlight on the failure of…


Caught red-handed: Beck doctors video and lies about Soros quote

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Caught red-handed: Beck doctors video and lies about Soros quote

In the third part of his special attacking George Soros, Glenn Beck repeatedly highlighted a Soros quote and claimed it demonstrates that Soros wants “global citizens… voting on who represents us.” But Beck deceptively cropped Soros’ quote, completely reversing its meaning.

Beck doctors Soros quote to suggest Soros called for giving “the world” “a vote in Congress”

Beck claim: Soros quote shows that he wants “global citizens” voting on “who represents us.” On the November 11 edition of his Fox News program, Beck repeatedly aired and referenced comments Soros made during a September 16, 2003, talk at the Open Society Institute. Beck claimed that the clip shows that “it’s a problem” for Soros that “people in China and France don’t get to vote”; that Soros wants “the world” to have “a vote in Congress”; and that Soros wants “Global citizens who are voting on who represents us. And what we do”:

BECK: I want you to know and remember this: In the last three episodes, I’m not making claims, I’m not asking questions, I’m not telling you statements of fact. What I’m telling you is, watch George Soros in his own words. Where is the country headed? George Soros.

[start video clip]

QUESTIONER: The question is what whether we need and whether Mr. Soros and his foundations can help to bring more foreign influence in the United States instead of relying on what is essentially a balance between Democrats and conservative Republicans.

SOROS: I think you put your finger on a very important flaw in the current world order, and that is that only Americans have a vote in Congress. And yet, it is the United States that basically determines policy for the world. That is a flaw in the current setup.

[end video clip]

BECK: It’s a problem for him that people in China or France don’t get to vote, find out who sits in Congress. Is it for you? You need to make a choice. Mr. Soros has made his choice. I have made mine. Tonight you decide.

[…] 

BECK: So which part of the London School of Economics does Soros favor? The Hayek side or the Fabian side? Which one?

This is where he learned about an open society. The Open Society Institute, which is now his charitable arm. Sounds harmless on the outside. But I mean — really, I mean, who doesn’t want to be open? But when you listen to him at the top of the hour and the beginning of the program, we played that. Notice that logo behind him? That was his Open Society Institute. Can your institute bring in more foreign influence here in America?

What is an open society, really? Well, you saw it a moment ago. The world has a vote in Congress. But you also saw it in his father. Soros. A world free of nationalities. It is a global replacement for our republic, for all the work our founders did, that’s old news. We must progress past it. We must have a new world order. It’s a replacement for the republic, for all the work our founders did, that’s old news. We must progress past it. We must have a new world order. It’s a replacement for the republic.

[…]

BECK: Does this sound good to you? Does it sound good to you? How much has the price of sugar gone up? How much has your gasoline gone up? Why? Why? Is there a shortage with sugar? No. Your dollar is being devalued. It is going down in an orderly way. Prices go up. Is that what you want? Let me play the clip that we just played one more time at the top of the hour. Listen to this.

[start video clip]

QUESTIONER: The question is whether we need and whether Mr. Soros and his foundations can help to bring more foreign influence in to the United States, instead of relying on what is essentially a balance between Democrats and conservative Republicans.

SOROS: I think you put your finger on a very important flaw in the current world order, and that is that only Americans have a vote in Congress. And yet, it is the United States that basically determines policy for the world. That is a flaw in the current setup.

[start video clip]

BECK: OK. Worthless dollar. Global citizens who are voting on who represents us. And what we do. That’s what George Soros and an open society looks like. When he is done with America, that’s what you will have. Now, how does he achieve it? How does he achieve it?

Well, we showed you these five steps last night. He is collapsing the economies. He’s quite good at it, collapsing the economies. We showed you how he’s doing it here in America. He’s doing it over and over and over again. All of them. He’s doing it, in his words, subversively. Subversively.

Beck deceptively edited clip to reverse meaning of Soros’ statement

Soros opposed having foreign citizens vote for Congress, instead calling for “American leadership” to “take into account and respect the interests of others.” During the session, Soros was asked whether he supported establishing “a third branch of Congress for foreign governments only.” Beck aired the portion of Soros’ answer in which Soros called it ‘a very important flaw in the current world order” that “only Americans have a vote in Congress,” even though the United States “basically determines policy for the world.”

But Beck edited out Soros’ subsequent statement that “I don’t think you can correct it by giving the Chinese government a vote in Congress… this is where American leadership is needed — to take into account and respect the interests of others as well in order to retain the dominant position we currently enjoy.”

From the question and answer portion of Soros’ talk at the Open Society Institute (emphasis added to indicate Soros comments Beck cropped out):

QUESTIONER: My name is Lee Retiener, and sir, it seems to me four options have arisen today, only one of which is new and hasn’t been spoken of yet. Your option of creating a new community of democracies, which in a sense is pronouncing the U.N. a little bit dead […] The second is improving the United Nations. Its failures — I don’t mean in the Security Council but over the past 20 years and through the dominance of the Group of 77 and the new world economic order — gave Wolfowitz the right, the power, and the philosophical justification, and those like him, to do what he has now done. That’s part of the answer to the question that was asked earlier. So improving the United Nations, which is a long-sought-after goal, is one to which great effort would have to be given. But there’s another way, which would be entirely unconstitutional, but I advance it not for the sake of humor, but only to help thought — which is to create a third branch of Congress for foreign governments only. Proportionate representation in the United States Congress so that the Chinese can legitimately give money, so that Israel can give us money —

[unintelligible]

The question is whether we need and whether Mr. Soros and his foundations can help to bring more foreign influence into the United States instead of relying on what is essentially a balance between Democrats and conservative Republicans, which hasn’t worked and is not about to start working.

SOROS: Look, I think — I think you put your finger on a very important flaw in the current world order, and that is that only Americans have a vote in Congress. And yet, it is the United States that basically determines policy for the world. That is a flaw in the current setup. I don’t think you can correct it by giving the Chinese government a vote in Congress. But it is a flaw, and I think this is where American leadership is needed, to take into account and respect the interests of others as well, in order to retain the dominant position we currently enjoy.


Bush On Social Security: ‘Privatization’ Was A ‘Poll-Tested Word’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Bush On Social Security: ‘Privatization’ Was A ‘Poll-Tested Word’
In the debate over his plans to partially privatize Social Security in 2005, “privatization” was “obviously a poll-tested word,” says former President George W. Bush.

Team Issa Plans Hundreds Of Oversight Hearings
Darrell Issa — the chairman-in-waiting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold one or two hearings a week, for a total of seven hearings per week during a 40-week period.


Alternative Titles for Bush’s Book – Part Two

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Alternative Titles for Bush’s Book – Part Two


Murkowski Confident as Write-in Tally Grows

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Murkowski Confident as Write-in Tally Grows
Alaska elections officials have reviewed almost half of the write-in ballots with nearly 98% of them cast for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Achorage Daily News reports.

“The Murkowski campaign is acting confident of victory and is accusing Joe Miller of taking ‘desperate’ measures to try to win.”

Nate Silver: “Miller’s observers are surely aware of the mathematics behind the ballot-counting process, and it is possible that they are operating on what amounts to a quota to challenge at least as many ballots as would be necessary to leave the outcome of the race in at least some theoretical degree of doubt. There is a lot of gamesmanship in processes such as these. During the Minnesota Senate recount in 2008, the Al Franken and the Norm Coleman campaigns challenged a progressively higher fraction of one another’s ballots each day.”

Palin Gets Ready for Next Book Tour
Sarah Palin next book tour “is a 16-stop campaign starting later this month and spilling into December and designed to take advantage of early holiday gift-buying and — who knows? — maybe some exposure in politically significant places like Iowa,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

The book: America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.

Palin will make two stops in the early-caucus state of Iowa and end in the crucial primary state of South Carolina.


How New Agey Energy Healing Can Cure Your Body and Mind

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

How New Agey Energy Healing Can Cure Your Body and Mind
As a trained scientist I was a skeptic for years. Until the evidence started piling up.

The 10 Best Political Cult Horror Films Ever
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Lou Dobbs Comes to Fox — Will His New Show Feature the Same Old Hypocrisy?
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Reality Check on Bravo Housewives: Marijuana Use Doesn’t Discriminate, But Marijuana Enforcement Does
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Don’t Give Up: How We Can Win the Fight for a Clean Energy Future
The Sierra Club’s Michael Brune talks about how we can transition to clean energy, and how his million-member organization plans to flex its muscle.


The Republican Recipe For An Anemic Economy Through Election Day 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

The Republican Recipe For An Anemic Economy Through Election Day 2012
The real message from voters was “Fix this stinking economy.” But Republicans have no intention of doing so. With Republicans in control of the House, forget spending increases or tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Republicans don’t believe in stimulating…


On Gay Bullying and DADT: Cindy McCain vs. John McCain
Over the years, this blogger has expressed admiration for some of the principled issues that John McCain stood by when his Republican Party was off course. He was gay friendly then and had lots of gay staffers in his campaign….