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Obama: My Christian Faith Sustains Me

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:50 am by HL

Obama: My Christian Faith Sustains Me
“My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time. We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God.” — President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday.

So long, and thanks for all the fish?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:49 am by HL

So long, and thanks for all the fish?
As large band may be preparing to usher Mubarak off the stage, naturally not empty-handed.

pic via RamyRaoof at flick.com

Will it be the helicopter on top of the roof method?

The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday.

Suleiman, as you might expect, is a real prince. It may, however, be a “relatively” fairly broad coalition so the Right in this country can still go remain insane.

But it’s not like Mubarak will not be leaving without the traditional parting gifts of a long-time tyrant who has benefited in part from the West’s largess:

Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s and his family’s net worth is estimated to be between U.S. dollars 40 and 70 billion, a media report said. The wealth of the Egypt’s first family was built largely from military contracts during his days as an air force officer…

Jim Wallis: Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:49 am by HL

Jim Wallis: Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of President Hosni Mubarak that sent thousands of armed thugs into Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo yesterday to bring violence to what had been a peaceful and nonviolent protest for democracy. Some think many of those who were attacking the protesters were police in plain clothes. Others are believed to have been hired and bused in to foment violence with machetes, clubs, and razors — some riding in on horses and camels into the peaceful crowds. A call for peace now must mean a call for Mubarak’s immediate resignation.

Norm Stamper: Football’s Sex Offenders and Their Law Enforcement Defenders
Not to be a downer during this week of Super Bowl countdown revelry, but it is an opportune time to cast an even brighter spotlight…

Jan Brewer Mocks Michael Bloomberg For Arizona Gun-Show Sting (VIDEO)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) hit back at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week, suggesting that his undercover sting to expose lax Arizona…

White House, Egypt Officials Discuss Mubarak’s Immediate Exit
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is in talks with top Egyptian officials about the possible immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the formation of…

Ernest Istook: “Green Jobs” Cronyism and Cannibalism
To rephrase President Obama’s SOTU theme: “This is our generation’s apparatchik moment.” Yes, he said “Sputnik” instead, but his actual agenda is about the apparatchik — government by party leaders, bureaucrats and the well-connected.

Rush Limbaugh: I’m Kind Of A Big Deal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Rush Limbaugh: I’m Kind Of A Big Deal

Radio host Rush Limbaugh makes it known that he finds himself extremely wise and important.

Limbaugh: “It Ain’t Bragging If You’ve Done It”

Limbaugh: “You Don’t Know What It’s Like To Be Right As Often As I Am.” From the November 8, 2010, edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: I told you I was gonna have fun with this story: “Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds.” I love stirring the conventional wisdom pot, as you know. And I love being right. It’s a — folks, it’s a thrill. I have to tell you, you don’t know what it’s like to be right as often as I am, particularly when you’re simply following instincts. When being right really doesn’t have that much to do with formal education. Just being street-wise smart, just having common sense, having the guts to say what you know to be true regardless what the reaction to it is gonna be, and then when it eventually is all proven like “I hope he fails,” all this stuff.     

What have I told you about diet and exercise? Exercise is irrelevant. What matters in losing weight is what you eat, pure and simple, and it’s how much, nothing more than that. And everybody tries to tell me I’m wrong, that I don’t know what I’m talking about. And every time a story comes out on this I am validated, and nobody has ever said, “Rush, you know, you were right about this.” [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/8/10]

Limbaugh: “The Center Of The Universe Is Not The RNC. It’s Right Here.” From the July 6, 2010, edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: So, yeah, Steele says things from time to time I disagree with. Sometimes he says things that are even odd. But the center of the universe is not the RNC. It’s right here. The Excellence in Broadcasting Network.

What Steele said is not worth the attention that it’s received. It’s getting it only because the Democrats would love to write the story that Republicans fired a black guy. That’s what they want. The head of the RNC is not the Republican leader. He’s not the conservative leader. That’s me. He is the RNC leader. Members of the Republican National Committee will decide his fate. His term perspires [sic] in January; he’s probably gone. But that’s up to them. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/6/10]

Limbaugh: “Glenn Beck Is A Result Of My Success.” From the October 13, 2009, edition of NBC’s Today:

JAMIE GANGEL (reporter): Glenn Beck. Do you worry about the new guy on the block?

LIMBAUGH: No. 1988, I’m the only national conservative voice. Now look at conservative media. Look what I have spawned. Glenn Beck to me is right on, daddy-o. Glenn Beck is a result of my success. [NBC’s Today, 10/13/09]

Limbaugh: “In My Heart And Soul, I Know I Have Become The Intellectual Engine Of The Conservative Movement.” From a July 6, 2008, New York Times article profiling Limbaugh:

For his part, Limbaugh sees himself as a thinker as well as showman. “I take the responsibility that comes with my show very seriously,” he told me. “I want to persuade people with ideas. I don’t walk around thinking about my power. But in my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement.” [New York Times, 7/6/08]

Limbaugh: “I Sold Nine Million Books Without Ever Doing A Signing.” From the February 1 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: The Haney Project, and I’m going to address this. The next episode’s tonight at nine o’clock — and, by the way, thank you because the rating numbers have built every week.  Golf Channel told me, “We’re used to maybe after two weeks they start going the other way.”  I said, “No, they’re gonna keep building here.” “What, are you gonna do more interviews?” “No, I’m not gonna do any interviews.” I sold nine million books without ever doing a signing. I didn’t do one interview for either of those nine million books. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/1/11]

Limbaugh: My Golf Teacher Says He’s “Never Seen This Much Improvement.” From the February 1 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: So after tonight I hope I don’t get any more questions, “Well, is he helping you?” Because that’s all I’ve gotten. And of course we’ve only got one episode left to shoot. You’ve only seen three, but there are five more. We shot two in LA over the weekend with Al Michaels with one of them, and then me and Haney in the other. Now, no, no, no, no, we’re not doing the last one in China. I’m not gonna tell you where the last one is done, we’ll draw a crowd, I’m not into that. No, no, no. It’s gonna be done in a foreign country, but it isn’t gonna be done in China. Now, I’ve told you all along, episode five — episode five is the gold standard, episode five you don’t want to miss. Tonight’s episode leads into episode five. Tonight you’ll see me playing better with Rosow. This leads into next Tuesday’s episode in the Bahamas where — just don’t miss that one. Then the next one after that, don’t miss that one. Episodes five and six, do not miss.

I’m saying this before I’ve seen them edited, but they’re gonna have to really screw up the editing to make these look bad, because it was — these are home run episodes. And then episode seven we just finished taping and based on what happened there, don’t miss that one. So tonight is the fourth episode, the halfway point is the first time that anybody’s going to see — and I’ll give you just a little indication. Next episode in the Bahamas, a week from tonight, Haney says — I don’t know if it makes the cut, I don’t know if it makes the show, he says, “I have never had, I have never seen this much improvement when I haven’t been around.” Well, that’s unfortunate because their cameras haven’t been around at the time so — but it’s all going to start coming together here, folks. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/1/11]

Limbaugh: Everybody Supported Obama But Then “There Came One Voice. It Belonged To Me.” From the January 21, 2010, broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: I’m very uncomfortable with me being the issue, but I have been a lot of this year. And this is one of those things if I don’t say it, it won’t be said, and this one is fundamentally true. There are four things that went wrong. And the first one, the first one: Five days before he was immaculated, I said, “I hope he fails.” That burst this messianic, celebrity-tard bubble that Obama was in. Up until that time, everybody — every Republican, every Democrat, everybody in the political class — had censored themselves and were talking about the historic nature and how we must drop all partisanship. We must all work together to help this historic president succeed in his job.

And there came one voice. It belonged to me, El Rushbo, the all-knowing, all-caring, all-sensing, all-feeling Maharushi. I simply said, “I don’t like his policies. They are going to destroy the country as we know it. I hope he fails,” and that took away all of the gilding. That took away all of the stars. That took away all of the celebrity that forced him into a political bubble, even before he was immaculated. Had that not been said the rest of these three things might not have gone wrong. Had I joined the fray and had I come before you on this program and behind this microphone and had I said, “Folks, we’ve got to stand down. This is too important for the country. This is too historic. We cannot afford for this president to fail. We must –” not only would I have lost over half of you forever, but we probably would have health care today. We probably would have cap-and-trade by now. Maybe not on cap-and-trade because the Climategate thing. And you never know. I mean, the Tea Party people and the town hall people might have been able to stop health care on their own. I’m not saying I was a singular player here, but there was only one person who dared treat this president as any other president is treated — as a political figure. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1/21/10, emphasis added]

Limbaugh Responds To Gallup Poll On Attitudes Toward Global Warming: “The Nation Is Thanking Me.” From the March 11, 2010, edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Great news, folks, and, you know, I gotta pat myself on the back here for this one. “Gallup’s annual update on Americans’ attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about the occurrence.” I mean, folks, I have led the charge on this for well over 20 years. The nation is thanking me. The numbers are pretty big here, more and more people are now figuring out that this thing is, well, not a hoax yet, but over-exaggerated to the point that they don’t believe it anymore.     

Climategate, all the stuff at East Anglia, all the fraud uncovered at the UN has gone virtually unreported in this country because of Marxist journalism theory. So I say, who is responsible for this dramatic turnaround in what Americans think about global warming? I love the headline that goes with the story: “Americans’ Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop.” So the American people getting the facts on Al Gore’s fraud, his scam, and the big lie. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show3/11/10]

Limbaugh Takes Credit For MA Senate Election, Stalling Health Care Reform, Cap And Trade — But It’s Not “An Ego Thing.” From the February 10, 2010, edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: I know this sounds like an ego thing, it’s not. I’m trying to make a point here. Imagine if I had gone with the flow and said, “OK, he’s a new president, deserves a honeymoon, we gotta give him a chance.” That was the Republican call to arms, that was the conservative intellectual call to arms. We’ve gotta give him a chance. He’s a centrist, he’s well spoken, we gotta give this guy’s ideas a chance. I was the most public opponent to all this. What if I had gone along? If I had gone along, I don’t know where we would be. Would we have gotten health care in August? Well, that’s arguable, Snerdley. I don’t know that we would have. We might have had cap-and-trade. Would there have been a Scott Brown? Because, you know, the grassroots from which came the tea party, they were out there, too. They weren’t buying any of this. They weren’t going to give Obama a pass, and look where we are now.

And I consider myself a grassroots person. I’m not a political aficionado in some media capital. I’m a guy on the radio who has closer ties with the people who make this country work than I have with politicos, politicians, intellectuals and effete snobs in Washington and New York. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/10/10]

 Limbaugh: “I Have No Competitors”; “Things Only Take Off When I Mention Them.” From the July 2008 New York Times article:

Limbaugh has a deeply conflicted attitude toward Sean Hannity, his one-time stand in and now perpetual No. 2 on the Talkers list. He speaks of the younger man with the same condescending affection that Muhammad Ali once showed Jimmy Ellis, a former sparring partner turned challenger. But he wanted me to remember who is the Greatest. “I have no competitors,” he said. “Hannity isn’t even close to me.”

Hannity became a touchy issue in the late spring. For more than a year he was on what appeared to be a quixotic campaign to raise the issue of Obama’s controversial pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Then the story exploded. Not only that, Hannity also led the pack on Obama’s connection to the former Weatherman leader William Ayers. Operation Chaos was still garnering attention and amusing listeners, but the election news was being made elsewhere.

From New York, I sent Limbaugh a teasing e-mail message: “Hannity has been first and hardest on the Reverend Wright controversy and the Bill Ayers thing. Is it possible that he is running a separate Operation Chaos with superior intel?”

Limbaugh didn’t dispute that Hannity was first on the Wright and Ayers controversies. But, he wrote: “Things only take off when I mention them. That is the point.” [New York Times, 7/6/08]

Limbaugh: Republicans Are “Probably All Waiting For My Next Leadership Step To See Where I’m Going To Take Them.” From the February 19, 2010, edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: By the way, did Romney give old El Rushbo a shout out in his CPAC speech yesterday? Well, folks, it is now safe to talk about Obama and failure. You know, I own the words fail, failure and failed. I mean, I’m the one — courageously, I might add — that introduced them into the political world little over a year ago when it comes to Obama. And here’s the AP story: Republican Mitt Romney blistering President Obama for a squandered inaugural year filled with policy failures, broken promises. He blames Obama for failing the American people. He said that’s why Democrats will lose the majority come this fall. Well, you notice now, my friends, how easy it is for Republicans to use the word failure? See how this works? This is called being on the cutting edge. And they’re probably all waiting for my next leadership step to see where I’m going to take them. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/19/10]

Limbaugh: “I Am So Rarely Wrong.” From the March 2, 2010, edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Yes, I know, the gun control bill is about Chicago. Snerdley tells me he’s getting spammed. See, this is what happens — a minor, a minor — this is verbal dyslexia. It’s insignificant. Where is Chicago? It’s in Illinois. It’s a Chicago gun ban. I know this. I am so rarely wrong, I’m not allowed to be wrong. When I make the tiniest of faux pas — not even a factual error — the tiniest of faux pas, it is like a tsunami sucking the water off the beach. People call, “you tell him” [unintelligible]. Snerdley puts a little note in the box, “I’m getting spammed in here, would you please correct it so I can get back to my job?” So that’s what I’m doing. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, 3/2/10]

Limbaugh: “It Ain’t Bragging If You’ve Done It.” During the January 21, 2010, broadcast of his radio show, Limbaugh stated:

LIMBAUGH: Now, you know that I have manners. I was raised properly with a great set of core values, and one of those is to not brag. And, of course, it ain’t bragging if you’ve done it. It ain’t bragging if you can do it. I think it was Babe Ruth who said that. But as you know, I do not like talking about myself. I’m very uncomfortable with that. [Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show1/21/10]

Right Wing Reacts To Egypt Protests: Obama Is In League With The Muslim Brotherhood

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Right Wing Reacts To Egypt Protests: Obama Is In League With The Muslim Brotherhood
For the right-wing, it’s not much of a leap to go from “President Obama is a secret Muslim” to “President Obama is secretly in league with the Muslim Brotherhood.” And in the wake of protests in Egypt, leap they did.

Planned Parenthood Fires Employee Who Helped Pro-Lifer Posed As Pimp
Planned Parenthood has fired an employee who apparently advised a man pretending to be a pimp to underage girls and illegal immigrants. The New Jersey attorney general is also investigating.

Rememboring the Berkeley Barb (and other underground newspapers)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Rememboring the Berkeley Barb (and other underground newspapers)
Seeing a copy of Smoking Typewriters (by John McMillan Oxford University Press Copyright 2011) for sale over the weekend, inspired us to see if the Berkeley Public Library had that book available in its new releases section because we were curious about how far one would have to delve into it before encountering any reference […]

Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“Hmmm, you are really making it tough for me. Should I say that we have proven that write-in campaigns can actually work?”

— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), in an interview with Dan Rather, when asked who she would support if Sarah Palin is the Republican presidential nominee against President Obama.

FEC Raises Contribution Limits
Open Secrets reports that the Federal Election Commission has raised the campaign contribution limits to candidates and national party committees as part of an adjustment to keep up with inflation.

By the numbers: “Individuals may now give a federal-level political candidates up to $2,500 per election — up from $2,400 during the 2010 election cycle… An individual may also give national party committees up to $30,800 per calendar year, an increase of $400… An individual’s total contribution to all federal campaigns, parties and other political committees combined may not exceed $117,000 for the 2012 election cycle,” up from $115,000 in 2010.”

How to Get America Back to Full Employment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

How to Get America Back to Full Employment
Why a high employment economy is the best tool for fighting poverty.

5 Ridiculous Fast Food Creations That Should Never Have Been Invented
Kitchens have sadly been replaced with scientific laboratories and it’s starting to seem that the American public is one big test animal.

The Egyptian Uprising Is a Direct Response to Ruthless Global Capitalism
Economic decline at the hands of ‘hot’ money has driven Egyptians’ discontent.

Foxy News: The Cable News Home For Sexism, Scantily Clad Women
Fox has a long history of broadcasting sexism, which also mirrors a culture at parent company News Corp that has led to numerous sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits.

Egyptian Democracy’s False New Friends

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Egyptian Democracy’s False New Friends
David Brooks and Leon Wieseltier, whom I’ll politely call “historically neo-conservative” commentators, are singing Kumbaya and shouting whatever is Arabic for “Right on!” to Egyptians who are pressing bravely for democracy and Hosni Mubarak’s departure. At least one might think…

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Unintentional Revolutionaries
Every century seems to have its revolutions and their progenitors. Often, the gap between the idea and its political effect can be 50 years or more. The first volume of Marx’s Das Capital was published in 1867, but it wasn’t…

State Dept Suggests Egyptian Government Involved In Attacks On Journalists In Egypt

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 4th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

State Dept Suggests Egyptian Government Involved In Attacks On Journalists In Egypt

As counter- and pro-Mubarak government protests have become increasingly violent over the past few days in Egypt, foreign journalists have been harassed, beaten, arrested, and detained throughout the country. Most notably, CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported yesterday that his crew had been attacked; a Fox News reporter and producer were hospitalized after being targeted. Today, the State Department suggested that the Egyptian government may be involved in the campaign. Spokesperson PJ Crowley said today that “these do not seem to be random events”:

CROWLEY: There are very strong indications that this is part of a concerted effort. I can’t tell you who is directing it, but with the increasing number of instances of people roughed up, journalists’ cars attacked, offices broken into, journalists detained, these do not seem to be random events. […] I think at this stage we have information that has primarily come from you all which says that, in various interactions that you’ve had today, the Ministry of Interior personnel have been involved.

Watch it:

ABC News has compiled a sizable list of journalists “who have been in some way threatened, attacked or detained while reporting in Egypt,” which include the Washington Post’s Leila Fadel and CBS’s Lara Logan, both of whom spent considerable time reporting from Iraq.

ThinkFast: February 3, 2011

In his upcoming book, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld writes that President George W. Bush focused on a war with Iraq almost immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. “He asked that I take a look at the shape of our military plans on Iraq,” Rumsfeld writes. “He wanted the options to be ‘creative.’”

Since Hosni Mubarak came into power in 1981, U.S. taxpayers have sent more than $60 billion in aid to his government — but more than half was spent on weapons for the military, “an arrangement that critics say has benefited American military contractors more than ordinary Egyptians.” Major contracts went to GE Aviation and Raytheon, among other firms.

Egypt’s prime minister apologized today for the violent attacks on anti-government protesters that left five dead and 836 injured yesterday. But the premier refused to acknowledge that the thugs were acting on behalf of the government, saying, “when investigations reveal who is behind this crime and who allowed it to happen, I promise they will be held accountable.”

The Washington Post reports that, for the first time in a decade, “the amount of money spent on lobbying appears to have decreased.” “Obviously it’s the economy,” said Howard Marlowe, president of the American League of Lobbyists. “I don’t think it’s for any other reason than that.” Politico reports that lobbyists are “ramping up” as the GOP plans their investigations.

The EPA plans to propose new “limits on permissible levels of a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water.” The move is a “major step toward updating the nation’s clean water laws, which have lagged far behind environmental and health science,” and comes at a time when many leading conservatives are attacking the EPA’s supposed overreach.

White House chief of staff William Daley said that failing to raise the debt ceiling could be “very dangerous” and have “enormous potential negative impacts on the markets,” adding that rejecting the debt ceiling increase would cause “devastation.”

The Obama administration “is examining whether the new health care law can be used to require insurance plans to offer contraceptives and other family planning services to women free of charge.” While removing the cost barrier to birth control, the move will likely anger anti-choice advocates and raise objections from the Roman Catholic Church.

Senate Republicans failed to repeal the recently passed health care law, with a united Democratic caucus dooming the measure with a 51-47 vote. However, legislators did repeal a “tax provision in the law that would impose a huge information-reporting requirement on small businesses” by an 87-11 vote.

And finally: While the Middle East rages, Jersey Shore cast member Snooki is taking a stand. “War is not cool at all,” Snooki told Politico while on a trip to Washington, D.C., perhaps to lobby for a repeal of the tanning salon tax in the Affordable Care Act. “I’d probably stop the war, and that’s serious. I’m not trying to be a beauty pageant girl, but war is not cool at all,” she explained.

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