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100 Mobsters Arrested in 3 States

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:49 am by HL

100 Mobsters Arrested in 3 States
More than 100 accused mobsters were arrested Thursday morning by federal agents and police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The arrests were made around the New York area on charges including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and murder. The takedown involved accused members and associates of all five New York organized-crime families: the Gambinos, Genoveses, Bonnanos, Luccheses and Colombos. Also arrested were members of the DeCavalcantes in Newark, N.J., and accused New England mobsters in Providence, R.I.



Late Late Night FDL: You’ll Lose A Good Thing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:48 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: You’ll Lose A Good Thing
Barbara LynnYou’ll Lose A Good Thing.

Barbara LynnYou’ll Lose A Good Thing.

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Tallahassee Sams!
Thank goodness Florida’s Republicans are serving as a model of responsible gun ownership…oh sorry it isn’t April 1st?

Artist’s rendition of a Florida Republican…too afraid to ask their identity. Pic via annalise.ellen at flickr.com

The Second Amendment fetish is strong in Florida as two Republican state legislators have managed to propose separate bills that truly compliment each other.

First, there’s state Senator Greg Evers who has introduced a bill that would allow firearms, even concealed ones, to be carried on college and university campuses.

Because letting the monotony of periodic binge drinking be complimented with gunfire is truly a chance to teach the “benefits” not only of the Second Amendment but also the diminished capacity defense.

And this shall be complimented by the bill introduced by one put forth by Rep. Jason Brodeur to make it a felony…

…for a physician or staff member to ask patients or family members of patients if they own guns or store guns at home. If found guilty, the medical provider could be fined up to $5 million or face up to five years in jail.

Oh, sure it tries to turn the Second Amendment into a way to shoot the First Amendment to death; sure it would make, for example, counseling those with suicidal ideation impossible.

But this is Florida, these are Republicans, and the NRA’s state lobbyist considers the latter the most important item in this years legislative session.

Awesome.


A Tale of Two Dictators

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:47 am by HL

A Tale of Two Dictators
There’s a certain irony in the fact that as one bloody, corrupt dictator headed off to ignominious exile, thousands of miles away another returned.

By Barry Lando

There’s a certain irony in the fact that as one bloody, corrupt dictator headed off to ignominious exile, thousands of miles away another returned.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:46 am by HL

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Hannity Now Outraged At Nazi Comparison — But He’s Made Them Himself

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Hannity Now Outraged At Nazi Comparison — But He’s Made Them Himself

Sean Hannity expressed outrage over “comparing people to Nazis.”  But Hannity previously compared Rep. Keith Ellison’s decision to use the Quran for his swearing in ceremony to using “Hitler’s Mein Kampf,” which Hannity called “the Nazis’ Bible.”

Hannity Lashes Out At “Comparing People To Nazis”

HANNITY: Where is the President Obama, Joe, from a week ago? Where’s the guy a week ago that was lecturing America about civility. Here his party is comparing republicans to Nazis. Here another Democrat suggesting, you repeal health care, you are killing people. Where’s the president?

JOE TRIPPI (Fox News contributor): Well, Sean, I mean the president can call for it, but that doesn’t mean that peace is going to break out on both sides. I mean, I think he shouldn’t have said this. I think we need to be civil, but I’m shocked – shocked — that within days people aren’t being civil to each other. I mean, I thought that was crazy from the get go.

HANNITY: No, no, no. This is beyond. Comparing people to Nazis? Saying, you repeal health care you are killing people. This is not  — we are not talking about a target here. We are talking about an accusation you are going to murder somebody if you don’t agree with their legislation. [Fox News, Hannity, 1/20/11]

Hannity Himself Has Invoked The Nazis To Attack Democrats

Hannity: Using Quran For Swearing-In Is Same As Using A “Nazi Bible.” On the November 30, 2006, edition of Hannity & Colmes, Hannity said that Rep. Keith Ellison using a copy of the Quran during his swearing-in ceremony “will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones” and is comparable to using “Hitler’s Mein Kampf … the Nazis’ bible.” [Fox News, Hannity & Colmes11/30/06]

Fox Chairman Roger Ailes Doubles Down On Nazi Rhetoric

Fox News Has A Long History Of Invoking Nazis And Holocaust Imagery To Attack Progressive Figures. Fox News personalities, notably Glenn Beck, have an extensive record of comparing progressives to Nazis. [Media Matters for America, 1/20/11]

Ailes: NPR Executives Have A “Nazi Attitude. They Are The Left Wing Of Nazism.” In a November 2010 Daily Beast interview with Howard Kurtz, Ailes called NPR “Nazis,” adding “they have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism.” From The Daily Beast:

The onetime Republican strategist is a man of strong opinions, in case that wasn’t clear, and he also puts his money where his mouth is. When Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio for remarks he made on Fox about fearing airplane passengers in Muslim garb, Ailes rushed to award him a three-year, $2 million contract.   

“A guy who gets fired and humiliated in the press can lose a lot of confidence,” Ailes says. Calling Williams “a pure liberal,” Ailes says he wanted to compensate the pundit for his losses because he was “mad” and “I didn’t want him to have to call his wife and say we lost money.”   

Then he turned his sights on NPR executives.    

“They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view. They don’t even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive.”   

It’s hardly surprising that Ailes would defend Williams or castigate NPR. But trotting out such Third Reich rhetoric seems, shall we say, disproportionate to the situation. NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher says only that “we will let Mr. Ailes’ words speak for themselves.” [Daily Beast11/17/10]

Ailes Apologizes For Nazi Comments to ADL. According to Politico, Ailes apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for invoking the Nazis in his comments, but according to NPR, Ailes did not apologize to NPR executives themselves. [Politico, 11/18/10, NPR, 11/19/10]


Alabama Governor Apologizes For Saying Only Christians Are His Brothers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Alabama Governor Apologizes For Saying Only Christians Are His Brothers
Alabama’s new governor has apologized for comments he made on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when he told a crowd at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, “anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”


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Investigation Into Frosh GOP Rep Rivera Expands
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Ye Olde Scribe’s “News” Update

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Ye Olde Scribe’s “News” Update
Connecticut- Joesph “Two Faced” Lieberman’s office has announced that Joey, who has decided not to run for another term as the head self absorbed Judas in the Senate, has decided to take a position as a consultant and spokesman for Gas Chamber, Inc., a new corporation founded by many famous Right Wing ideologues like […]


Senator Sees Charlotte for Democratic Convention

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Senator Sees Charlotte for Democratic Convention
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) says she “is worried that President Obama’s interest in doing well in the South could bring the 2012 Democratic National Convention to Charlotte, rather than St. Louis,” the Charlotte Observer reports.

“Charlotte, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Cleveland are the finalists for the 2012 convention, but several analysts have said in recent weeks that the competition largely is between Charlotte and St. Louis.”

The decision was to have been announced in mid-January, but it was postponed after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

Obama Taps Immelt for New Jobs Panel
President Obama has asked Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, to head a new White House board aimed at finding ways to foster private-sector job growth, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The board will replace an existing panel called the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, led by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker.”

Rahm Will Run Ad During Bears-Packers Game
Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel will spend $150,000 to run an advertisement during Sunday’s Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers NFC Championship game, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“The game, pitting two longtime rivals and founding NFL teams, is expected to be the most watched TV program in Chicago prior to the Feb. 22 election — unless the Bears win and get to the Super Bowl in Dallas on Feb. 6.”


Preibus’ Republican National Committee: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Preibus’ Republican National Committee: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity?
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The Anti-Male, Anti-Sex Falsehoods That Rule Discussions about Porn and Sexuality
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Citizens United, One Year Later: Hundreds of Millions in Corporate Money Already Pouring into Elections
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Third Toughts About Tuscon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2011 5:38 am by HL

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