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Auburn Tigers National Champs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:51 am by HL

Auburn Tigers National Champs
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton led the Auburn Tigers to the Bowl Championship Series title in college football with a 22-19 win over the Oregon Ducks. Tigers kicker Wes Byrum kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.



Iowa’s Shame

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:50 am by HL

Iowa’s Shame
Answering a few questions as to how violent ideas “just” happen.

pic from theqspeaks at flickr.com

Steve King (R-Iowa), Iowa’s primary congressional spokesperson for people who don’t like Iowa, was live on television on Saturday fresh from being denied a long-prized committee chair on Immigration. At the same time, the news broke of the murderous rampage directed against Gabrielle Giffords and others.

Someone at this office put together a statement for his signature:

“We serve together and she is outgoing, personable and widely respected. It is inconceivable that anyone could harbor a vile, vindictive or malicious attitude towards her…”

Inconceivable where such attitudes come from?

February 22, 2010:

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a crowd at CPAC on Saturday that he could “empathize” with the suicide bomber who last week attacked an IRS office in Austin, and encouraged his listeners to “implode” other IRS offices, according to a witness.

Just inconceivable.

Late, Late Night FDL: Third Rate Romance
Sammy Kershaw – Third Rate Romance

Sammy Kershaw – Third Rate Romance

That’s almost as good as the original Amazing Rhythm Aces version…

What’s on your mind tonite…?


The Arizona Shooting, as Seen From Europe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:49 am by HL

The Arizona Shooting, as Seen From Europe
The Christian Science Monitor took a brief survey Monday of the coverage of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting from across the Atlantic, browsing British, French, German and Dutch publications to see how the violence and its aftermath registered from their points of view. The Christian Science Monitor: Much of the German editorial position on Giffords was strongly accusatory of the political climate in the US in recent years. The conservative Die Welt stated today that: “This murderous attack came from an atmosphere of discord and self-doubt, because America is experiencing the limits of its power on a daily basis, whether it be on distant fronts or with dissatisfaction at home. It has never been like this. There always was the motto: ‘Yes, we can.’ Today, widespread pessimism prevails, because of the financial crisis, and because of Iraq and Afghanistan, lost battles …” Read more

The Christian Science Monitor took a brief survey Monday of the coverage of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting from across the Atlantic, browsing British, French, German and Dutch publications to see how the violence and its aftermath registered from their points of view.

The Christian Science Monitor:

Much of the German editorial position on Giffords was strongly accusatory of the political climate in the US in recent years.

The conservative Die Welt stated today that: “This murderous attack came from an atmosphere of discord and self-doubt, because America is experiencing the limits of its power on a daily basis, whether it be on distant fronts or with dissatisfaction at home. It has never been like this. There always was the motto: ‘Yes, we can.’ Today, widespread pessimism prevails, because of the financial crisis, and because of Iraq and Afghanistan, lost battles …”

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Fox Appears to Censor Vigil in Order to Protect Palin
We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but—oh what the hell. In this clip Fox News cuts to commercial the moment Sarah Palin’s name comes up at an Arizona vigil.

We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but—oh what the hell. In this clip Fox News cuts to commercial the moment Sarah Palin’s name comes up at an Arizona vigil.

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Congressional Black Caucus Chairman: Reelecting Obama Will Be ‘Enormous Challenge’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:48 am by HL

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman: Reelecting Obama Will Be ‘Enormous Challenge’
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), the new chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, emphasized Monday the difficult task that he believed Democrats have ahead in getting…

Obama’s Next Chief Of Staff Has Millions In JP Morgan Stock
President Barack Obama’s next chief of staff holds more than $7.6 million worth of stock in JPMorgan Chase, according to a regulatory filing. William M….

Obama, Boehner Face Leadership Test In Wake Of Arizona Tragedy
WASHINGTON — On opposite sides of the political spectrum, President Barack Obama and new House Speaker John Boehner suddenly face the same challenge: rise above…

Obama Headed To Arizona
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will travel to Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday to attend a memorial service for the victims of last weekend’s shooting rampage….

Alleged Shooter Appears In Court
PHOENIX — The nation got its first look on Monday at the 22-year-old loner accused of trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Jared Loughner, head…


Law Enforcement Memo Links Arizona Assassin To “Anti-Immigration” American Renaissance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:47 am by HL

Law Enforcement Memo Links Arizona Assassin To “Anti-Immigration” American Renaissance

A law enforcement memo reportedly states that alleged Arizona shooter Jared Loughner is “possibly linked” to the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance, edited by Jared Taylor. As the memo indicates, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was targeted in the attack, is “opposite this group’s ideology” on immigration.

Memo: Loughner “Possibly Linked” To “Anti Immigration” American Renaissance

Memo Also Notes Giffords Was “Opposite This Group’s Ideology” On Immigration. Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffen reported on “a law enforcement memo” on the shooting “based on information provided by DHS and obtained by Fox News” stated:

According to a law enforcement memo based on information provided by DHS and obtained by Fox News, Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, may have been influenced by a pro-white racist organization that publishes an anti-immigration newsletter.

No direct connection, but strong suspicion is being direceted at American Renaissance, an organization that Loughner mentioned in some of his internet postings and federal law enforcement officials are investigating Loughner’s possible links to the organization. The organization is a monthly publication that promotes a variety of white racial positions.

“The group’s ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic,” according to the memo which goes on to point out that Congressman Giffords is the first Jewish female elected to high office in Arizona. A recent posting on American Renaissance’s website on January 7 begins with an article entitled: “Exit poll: Whites are Different.” The site goes on to list anti-immigration articles. Investigators are also pursuing Loughner’s alleged anti-Semitism. [FoxNews.com, 1/9/11]

In a separate post, Fox News provided excerpts from the memo stating that Giffords was “opposite this group’s ideology when it came to immigration debate”:

no direct connection – but strong suspicion is being directed at AmRen / American Renaissance. Suspect is possibly linked to this group. (through videos posted on his myspace and YouTube account.). The group’s ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic. Gabrielle Gifford is the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the US government. She was also opposite this group’s ideology when it came to immigration debate. [Gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com, 1/9/11]

American Renaissance Editor: We Don’t Need “More Hispanics”

AmRes On Passage Of Immigration Law: “The Counterrevolution Began In Arizona.” From an unsigned American Renaissance “In The News” piece:

If Americans ever get their country back, future historians may write that the counterrevolution began in Arizona. The state set off a national uproar when Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law allowing state and local police officers to enforce federal immigration laws. As leftwing commentators and Hispanic activists continue to talk nonsense about what they call a “Nazi” law, it is worth taking a look at what it actually does. [American Renaissance, June 2010]

Taylor: “Do We Need More Hispanics?” No. In an article posted on the anti-immigrant website VDARE, Taylor writes:

When it comes to race, otherwise rational whites seem to believe the only consideration is to avoid being called “racist.” The country therefore does not even ask whether it needs millions more Hispanics, much less answer the question honestly.

If we were rational, we would weigh the pros and cons and decide that the cons have it. If the newcomers were white but had Hispanic rates of crime, poverty, illegitimacy, school failure, etc. we would tell them to stay home. But the thought of telling non-whites to stay home turns whites to jelly.

This explains what otherwise makes no sense. It explains why we appear to have become dissatisfied with only a black underclass, and decided to establish a Hispanic underclass as well.

Now the two can fight each other in schools and prisons, burden our social system, and cloud our future for generations to come. [VDARE.com, 1/10/07]

  • SPLC: VDARE.com Is An “Anti-Immigration Hate Website.” From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Originally established in 1999 by the Center for American Unity, a Virginia-based nonprofit foundation started by English immigrant Peter Brimelow, VDARE.com is an anti-immigration hate website “dedicated to preserving our historical unity as Americans into the 21st Century.” Now run by the VDARE Foundation, the site is a place where relatively intellectually inclined leaders of the anti-immigrant movement share their opinions. VDARE.com also regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites. [SPLCenter.org, accessed 1/9/11]

Taylor Attacked Sotomayor For Using Spanish Pronunciation Of Her Name. From an article posted on VDARE.com:

I first recall it happening in the 1980s. You could always tell who liked the Sandinistas by the way they said NicaRAAAgua,” with an exaggerated Spanish accent.

Now Spanish pronunciation is everywhere. On National Public Radio, every Mexican name gets a rolled R and flat vowels.

No one does this with French or German names. Not even the wildest Francophile would pronounce Detroit or Illinois or Lake Pontchartrain the way the French do. But it proves you love “diversity” if you talk about Los Angeles the way a Mexican would.

Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court wants to give us language lessons, too. We’re not supposed to pronounce her name the way an American would, with the accent on the first syllable and the last two syllables rhyming with “mayor,” as in the mayor of Chicago. She insists on a Spanish pronunciation.

Zbigniew Brzezinski and Antonin Scalia don’t tell us to pronounce their names the way their Polish or Italian ancestors did. They are Americans and understand the way Americans speak.

Not Sonia. As she keeps telling us, although she is American-born, she is a“Latina”–forget that English dispensed with this type of gender distinction a thousand years ago–and she wants to remind us of this every time we hear her name.

[…]

Americans speak English, and not just any kind of English. We don’t talk about lorries and lifts, and we don’t twist our mouths into funny shapes just because foreigners tell us to.

Why should this Supreme Court nominee get special treatment? Keep pronouncing her name the way an American would. [VDare.com, 6/2/09]

Taylor: “Hispanics Are Loyal To Race And Homeland, Not America.” From an American Renaissance article titled, “Hispanic Racial Consciousness, Part I; Hispanics are loyal to race and homeland, not America”:

Traditionally, when Americans thought of race, they thought of the often painful history of relations between blacks and whites. This view is out of date; the United States now has several racial fault lines rather than just one. The scarcely-noticed handful of Hispanics present in the 1950s has become the largest racial minority in the country.

Like blacks, many Hispanics have identities — racial, ethnic, or national — that prevent full or even primary identification as Ame-ricans. Immigrants from Mexico, who account for two thirds of all Hispanics, are especially ambivalent and often even hostile towards the United States. It is part of their national culture to see the United States as an imperialist power that humiliated and dismembered Mexico after the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Many openly preach reconquista or reconquest — at least culturally, and perhaps even politically — of those regions of the American Southwest that were once Mexican.

There are already parts of the United States in which people live in exclusively Spanish-speaking environments, where they have no need to be part of the larger culture. If Hispanic immigration, both legal and illegal, continues at its current pace, these areas will grow, and become increasingly isolated and alien. At the same time, through sheer force of numbers, Hispanics are imposing their language, politics, and cultural preferences on other Americans.

Blacks have been part of the United States for hundreds of years. Brought involuntarily, they have a historic and moral claim on America. Hispanics, whose presence in large numbers is recent and unplanned, do not have the same claims, but this has not prevented them from making similar demands. They have been quick to assume the mantle of victimhood, to attribute poverty or social failure to racism, and to take advantage of preference programs originally established for descendants of slaves. Even Hispanics who have just arrived in this country do not hesitate to accept advantages in the name of “diversity” or “equal opportunity” that are denied to whites.

Hispanics are therefore very much like blacks in their vivid sense of their own group interests, their tendency to see the world in starkly racial/ethnic terms, and their reluctance to adopt the broader American identity whites think necessary for integration and assimilation. This racial/ethnic identity is kept fresh by the continuous arrival of new immigrants. However, even if immigration were to stop tomorrow, there are now enough Hispanics — especially Mexicans — to maintain a particularist, parochial identity indefinitely. In the space of just a few decades our country has established a second group of Americans with many of the most disturbing characteristics of blacks: racially distinct, with an inward-looking identity, suffering disproportionately from poverty, crime, illegitimacy and school failure. [American Renaissance, April 2007]

Taylor Pushes Discredited “Reconquista” Smear. From an American Renaissance article titled “Hispanic Racial Consciousness, Part II; They make no secret of wanting your country”:

If some Mexican-Americans have their way, they will not have to go back to be buried; Mexico will come to them. What is called the Reconquista movement aims to break the Southwest off from the United States and reattach it to Mexico or even establish it as an independent, all-Hispanic nation. In historic terms, it would reverse the territorial consequences of the Mexican-American war. Reconquista is generally promoted by the best-educated Hispanics, many of whom were born in the United States.

[…]

Probably the best known Reconquista organization is the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, better know by its Spanish acronym of MEChA. The word Aztlan in the organization’s name means “the bronze continent,” and is the name activists plan to give the new nation they carve out of the United States. One of its founding documents, El Plan de Aztlan, describes white people as “the brutal ‘gringo’,” and calls for Mexicans to reclaim “the land of their birth” and “declare the independence of our mestizo nation.” The group’s motto is Por la Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada: “For the race, everything. For those outside the race, nothing.” Founded in 1969 at the University of California at Santa Barbara, MEChA now has chapters on nearly every California college campus and in most high schools in the state. It has a considerable presence in other Western states as well. The official symbol of MEChA is an eagle holding an Incan battle axe and a lighted stick of dynamite. The slogan that goes with the symbol, Hasta la victoria, siempre! (Until victory, always!) was a favorite of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution.

[…]

The number-one political goal of Hispanics is amnesty for illegal immigrants and yet more Hispanic immigration. If American politicians refuse to set policy according to national needs, if they sacrifice the longer-term interests of America for the short-term political gain of placating Hispanic voters, they will eventually find themselves pushed aside by sheer force of numbers.

Like those of blacks, Hispanic group interests are narrowly defined and do not leave much room for broader, national interests. There is no sign that as Hispanics increase in numbers they are expanding their horizons to include these broader interests.

After decades of accepting sole responsibility for the failure of blacks to become full-fledged Americans, whites should have learned that multiracialism is an endless Calvary of accusations, resentments, demands, failures, and conflicts. It was the worst of folly needlessly to have established yet another minority to tread this bitter and all-too-familiar ground.

More and more Americans recognize that we are, in effect, giving our country away to foreigners who care nothing for us or for our traditions. It is this largely inchoate realization that drives ordinary Americans and even a few in Congress to see that we face a choice that is nothing short of a civilizational crisis: Will we remain part of the West or will we leave to our grandchildren a shapeless, Third-World jumble in which the men and culture of Europe are on their way to oblivion? We still have a choice if only we have the will. [American Renaissance, May 2007]

  • SPLC: “Reconquista” Myth Pushed By “Vitrolic Mexican Basher.” From an article in SPLC’s Intelligence Report:

If there were a Paul Revere of the anti-immigration movement, it would be Glenn Spencer, a vitriolic Mexican-basher who may have done more than anyone to spread the myth of a secret Mexican conspiracy to reconquer the Southwest.

The so-called reconquista, an alleged plot to turn several American states into a Mexican state or some kind of puppet government controlled by Mexico, has been a top concern for Spencer for years. Back in 1999, he put it like this: “The consul general says Mexico is reconquering California. A Mexican intellectual suggests that anyone who doesn’t like Mexicans should leave California. What else do you need to hear? RECONQUISTA IS REAL… . EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN IN OUR NATION MUST BE DEPORTED IMMEDIATELY. … IF WE CAN BOMB THE TV STATION IN BELGRADE [in the former Yugoslavia] WE CAN SHUT DOWN [U.S. Spanish-language stations] TELEMUNDO AND UNIVISION.” [Intelligence Report, Winter 2005]

  • Right-Wing CNS: MEChA Works To Promote College Education For Latino Students. Cybercast News Service reported in July 2007: “according to observers on the left and the right, the modern MEChA movement is run by college students and focuses mainly on encouraging Latino high school students to go to college and the retention of Latino students already enrolled in universities.” [CNSNews.com, 7/3/07]

Giffords Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Opposes “Extreme” Arizona Law

One Month Before Attack, Giffords Voted For DREAM Act. [H.R. 5281, Vote #625, 12/8/10]

Giffords Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In her first House floor speech, Giffords said:

We must move this year with a sense of urgency to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package that’s tough, effective, and practical.   

We need to increase border security using modern-era technology radar, drones, electronic surveillance.  There must be more border patrol agents and more support for those border patrol agents. 

We also need tough employer sanctions for those employers who are knowingly hiring people illegally and a guest worker program so that people can come in and work legally, safely, and return back to their home country. [giffords.house.gov, 1/12/07]

Giffords Opposes “Divisive,” “Extreme” 2010 Arizona Immigration Law. From a Giffords press release: 

Arizona is now known around the world for enacting an extreme immigration law in response to the federal government’s failure to act. This law does nothing to secure our border. My hope is that the events that have unfolded in Phoenix recently are a wake-up call to Washington politicians who for too long have refused to take seriously their responsibility to address the crisis on our border.

[…]

The point made by President Shelton highlights what might be the most egregious aspect of Arizona’s new immigration law: its divisiveness. Our state has thrived on its ability to attract new residents, businesses and visitors from around the world. Our cities and towns have long-benefitted from the influx of those seeking new opportunities. This law stands in direct contradiction to our past and, as a result, threatens our future. [giffords.house.gov, 4/30/10]


Loughner Conviction Could Come Down To Why Judge Was At Giffords Event

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Loughner Conviction Could Come Down To Why Judge Was At Giffords Event
Whether Jared Lee Loughner is convicted federally of killing federal judge John McCarthy Roll could come down simply to why he showed up to Saturday’s event with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

Tom DeLay Sentenced To Prison
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has been sentenced to three years in prison, the AP and the Austin-American Statesman are reporting. Texas Judge Pat Priest handed down the sentence this afternoon in an Austin courtroom. DeLay was convicted…



Fox, Beck and Palin – Grim Reaping What They Sow

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Fox, Beck and Palin – Grim Reaping What They Sow


Pawlenty Wouldn’t Have Used Crosshairs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Pawlenty Wouldn’t Have Used Crosshairs
As he kicks off his book tour, Tim Pawlenty was barely willing to defend Sarah Palin to the New York Times over criticisms for her incendiary language that some claim provoked the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-AZ) over the weekend.

Said Pawlenty: “There’s no indication at present that those cross hairs, Fox News, any particular commentator or show or set of remarks or person was a motivating factor in his thoughts.”

However, when asked if he would have produced a similar map, Pawlenty said, “I wouldn’t have done it.”


Hate Spewing Shock Jocks Whine about Criticism in Wake of Shootings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Hate Spewing Shock Jocks Whine about Criticism in Wake of Shootings
The nation’s right-wing media stars struck an embattled tone against accusations that they create a climate of hate that could fuel violence.


Hu’s on First? Key US-China Summit Ahead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Hu’s on First? Key US-China Summit Ahead
During the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton took a very tough line on China — arguing then that President George W. Bush should boycott the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies because of China’s policies on Tibet and Darfur. My response to…


Rising Calls For An American Imposed Peace Plan
Howard Sachar is the historian the rest of us of who write about Israel are cautious about referring to in our work, for fear of giving away just how much of his research and analysis we borrowed. His A History…

Gene Sperling Thinks Asset Bubbles Are Cool
Very few reporters discussed the stock bubble before it collapsed in the years 2000-2002. It was the same way with the housing bubble. The most frequently cited source on the housing market in the Washington Post in the bubble years…