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Late Late Night FDL: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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

Late Late Night FDL: Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Christopher ReeveBrush Up Your Shakespeare, on The Muppet Show, episode 418.

Christopher ReeveBrush Up Your Shakespeare, on The Muppet Show, episode 418.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, and try to keep the spitballs off the screen please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Berlusconi Protesters Have a Few Tricks Up Their Sleeve

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

Berlusconi Protesters Have a Few Tricks Up Their Sleeve
Following a long-standing tradition of creative Italian resistance, activists are planning to adorn Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms, as well as performing parodies set to the soundtrack of “Grease,” to protest the prime minister’s most recent alleged sexual escapades In the latest scandal, dubbed “Rubygate,” the prime minister is accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer. —JCL Reuters: From plans to shower Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms to parodies set to the soundtrack from the musical Grease, Italians are protesting the prime minister’s sex scandals with a mix of outrage and humor. Polls show Berlusconi’s conservative voter base has mostly shrugged off the “Rubygate” affair in which he is accused of paying for sex with a teenage nightclub dancer. But leftist activists and youth have been galvanized by a scandal featuring a surreal mix of showgirls, envelopes of cash and sex games. Read more

Following a long-standing tradition of creative Italian resistance, activists are planning to adorn Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms, as well as performing parodies set to the soundtrack of “Grease,” to protest the prime minister’s most recent alleged sexual escapades

In the latest scandal, dubbed “Rubygate,” the prime minister is accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer. —JCL


From plans to shower Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms to parodies set to the soundtrack from the musical Grease, Italians are protesting the prime minister’s sex scandals with a mix of outrage and humor.

Polls show Berlusconi’s conservative voter base has mostly shrugged off the “Rubygate” affair in which he is accused of paying for sex with a teenage nightclub dancer.

But leftist activists and youth have been galvanized by a scandal featuring a surreal mix of showgirls, envelopes of cash and sex games.

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Robert Reich: The Jobs Report, and America’s Two Economies

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

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Who Didn’t Beck Blame For Egypt’s Unrest?

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

Who Didn’t Beck Blame For Egypt’s Unrest?

As protesters took to the streets of Egypt this week, Glenn Beck took to his multiple broadcast platforms to weave an elaborate theory about the forces behind the uprising. During this span, Beck connected the protests and violence in Egypt to, among other things, Islamic socialists, Marxist communists, food prices, Bill Ayers, Code Pink, ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke, the Tides Foundation’s Drummond Pike, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the AFL-CIO.

Monday: “The Coming Insurrection: Egypt”: Beck Sees Unrest As A Coordinated Plot By The “Socialist Communists” And The Muslim Brotherhood

Beck Graphic Labels Egyptian Protests “The Coming Insurrection: Egypt.” From Monday’s show:


[Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11]

Beck: What’s Happening In Egypt Isn’t About “Politics,” But “World Domination.” From the show:

BECK: In a few hours, millions are expected to be on the street of Egypt and food shortages are spreading rapidly throughout the region. The army, the tanks are roving through the cities, and no one is quite sure whose side to be on.

This isn’t about politics. This is about world domination. The world is about to be dominated by maybe a couple of handfuls.

I believe, that I can make a case in the end that there are three powers you will see emerge.

One: a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe.

Two: China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else.

And, Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. Not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: Protests Aren’t “About Egypt,” They Are The “Story Of Everyone Who Has Ever Plotted Or Wanted to Fundamentally Change Or Destroy The Western Way Of Life.” From the show:

BECK: America, what you’re really seeing is actually a repudiation of everything we think we know. This is — this is Woodrow Wilson, repudiated. This is Saul Alinsky. This is STORM from Van Jones. This is “The Coming Insurrection.” That’s what really we should be paying attention to.

It’s the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who said over the weekend at Davos that capitalism is environmental suicide. And there needs to be, quote, “a revolution.” Oh! Well, that’s helpful while the streets are on fire.

The former Soviet Union, everybody, radical Islam, every — this is the story of everyone who has ever plotted to or wanted to fundamentally change or destroy the Western way of life. This isn’t about Egypt. Everything is up on the table. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: Why Are “Socialist And Marxist And Communist Groups … Supporting The Egyptian Riots?” From the show:

BECK: If it’s really about democracy and freedom, why international answer and several other socialist and Marxist and communist groups, why are they supporting the Egyptian riots? When I show you the map, you’ll understand in a minute.

People screaming for peace and non-violence, they are supporting. What?

The current premier of Turkey has said, quote, “Democracy is like a streetcar. When you get to your stop, you get off.” Hmm.

So, we’re riding until we arrive at the destination. It would be nice to know what the destination is. Man, that would be a good question for somebody to ask. Wouldn’t it? What is the final destination here? [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: “This Pro-Democracy Talk” About Egypt “Is The Result Of A Progressive Movement.” From the show:

BECK: The truth has no agenda, but the media does.

The truth has no agenda, but I think ElBaradei does.

The truth has no agenda, but I think the Obama administration does.

The truth has no agenda but you don’t know the truth.

The truth is: this prodemocracy talk is the result of a progressive movement.

Let me ask you this: why are people saying this like the fall of the Berlin Wall? [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: “This Is Not Just Poor People Mad At Rich People. This Is Coordinated.” From the show:

BECK: This is not just happenstance. This is not just poor people mad at rich people. This is coordinated. Tunisia was the beginning.

I think there is a chance that Tunisia is our Archduke Ferdinand moment that I’ve been telling you about, warning that it would start in some place that wouldn’t look like anything, and most of us wouldn’t understand it.

He was the guy assassinated in Sarajevo, June 1914. A month later, Austria and Hungary declared war against Serbia and the rest is called World War I. I believe a snowball is being formed, and it is starting to roll. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: “Egyptian Revolt” Is “Not Pro-Democracy. … Maybe It Is For Some. … This Isn’t About Freedom Or Democracy For The Power Players.” From the show:

BECK: Now, I don’t know if you’ve notice the cries of the media, saying that this Egyptian revolt is pro-democracy. But I can’t think of anything that is more laughable. It is not pro-democracy.

Now, maybe it – maybe it is for some. I mean, the people have been abused by a brutal dictator. That is true, and I stand with people of Egypt that they’re being played. Some said that this is like the Berlin Wall, but it’s not.

This isn’t about freedom or democracy for the power players. We’ve seen all of this before, and the useful idiots that the students played in 1979 – in 1979, under the iron fist of the U.S.-supported shah of Iran. Just like here. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: Egyptian “Riot” Involves “Real People,” But Is “Being Controlled By The Socialist Communists And The Muslim Brotherhood.” From the show:

BECK: I’ve told you before that this riot is involving real people, but it’s also being controlled by the socialist communists and by the Muslim brotherhood. So you don’t want it to go there, right, Glenn? [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Beck: Protests Are “Not About Freedom,” Are “Being Orchestrated By The Marxist Communists And Primarily Also The Muslim Brotherhood.” From Beck’s appearance on The O’Reilly Factor:

O’REILLY: You’ve proving my point, OK? we tried to stay out of World War II. All right? The majority of Americans didn’t want to get involved with Hitler. All right? And it was a disaster.

BECK: I understand that, but what you’re not taking into account is that that is what the average person thinks, just like the average person on the street of — of Cairo thinks they’re swept up in some freedom movement. It is not about freedom. It is being orchestrated by the Marxist communists and primarily also the Muslim Brotherhood. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 1/31/11, via Nexis]

Tuesday: Beck Sees Code Pink, Ayers Joining The Muslim Brotherhood In A “Well-Orchestrated Campaign”

Beck: “The Uber-Left, The Anarchists And The Communists And The Socialists, The Radicals” Are “Sowing The Seeds And Helping Those In Egypt.” From Beck’s radio show:

BECK: You see the evidence of it. We have evidence of the uber-left, the anarchists and the communists and the socialists, the radicals, sowing the seeds and helping those in Egypt. They — all they want is more pressure on the United States. This isn’t about the people there; this is about changing the globe, and I really believe that they think they will win in the end. Well, will you now? Dangerous game you’re playing with billions of lives. It is a very dangerous game, and you need to know the connections. And this isn’t about Barack Obama. This is so far beyond Congress and the next election. This is about our survival. The storm that I’ve talked about for many years is here. The Coming Insurrection is here. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 2/1/11]

Beck: “The Reason Why They’re Having The Riots On The Streets Is Because Of Food — Food Prices And Inflation.” From Beck’s radio show:

BECK: We are headed to a place with $140 barrel of oil. That’s what made us collapse at a time when our economy supposedly was good. What does $140 a barrel do to us now? The reason why they’re having the riots on the streets is because of food — food prices and inflation. Well, what’s the best way to keep us from being enslaved? Please store food. Be prepared. Know what your values and principles are. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 2/1/11]

Beck: “You’re Watching A Well-Orchestrated Campaign, But It All Really Started For The Average Person With Food.” From Beck’s Fox News show:

BECK: But, first, I want to know what is driving people, because it’s not — a caliphate is driving some. But this whole crowd — this isn’t driven by the caliphate. What’s driving the average Egyptian, what has changed? They’ve had Mubarak for 30 years. Why all of a sudden? What’s happened?

Well, there are a couple of things. And you’ll understand it — by today and tomorrow, you will understand there are strings being pulled. You’re watching a well-orchestrated campaign, but it all really started for the average person with food.

Now, I know I have been made of relentlessly for being talking about being prepared. I know, I have some nerve telling people, live like your grandparents, you know, get prepared. Maybe do some canning like grandma used to, or have some food down in the basement, because food prices are going to rise. Yes.

I also said be prepared spiritually. I’ve — look, that’s what this is all about — enlightenment, education, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Now, what does empowerment mean? What does that mean? Empowerment means don’t be a slave to someone else. What is the easiest way to have you enslaved? Food — if you don’t have food. People can play you.

Please, if you take anything away from this show, please be prepared. Look at Egypt right now. These were people that were not prepared. Nobody warned them. People are now waiting in long lines in order to get a loaf of bread. Grocery stores have boarded up their windows and their doors, they can’t get food.

So, now, you have angry people and we throw in a little hunger into the mix — that’s a deadly combination. Prepare. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to being played. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11, via Nexis]

Beck: “Here Is Egypt, The Muslim Brotherhood Want This. They Want A Power-Grab From Mubarak.” From the show:

BECK: You have Somalia and Iran already in green. Now, let’s add Tunisia. Former Tunisian government was considered one of the most secular and corrupt governments in the Arab world. The poor and the angry demanded changes. Most dangerous scenario is that radical Muslims seize power and put Sharia law into place.

Same thing now with Egypt. Here is Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood want this. They want a power-grab from Mubarak.

He’s going to resign in September he said, just a few minutes ago. People are upset Mubarak doesn’t take a hard line against Israel. Maintain the peace treaty with them. The Muslim Brotherhood, as you’ll see in a minute, take a hard line against Israel.

This could very easily be 1979 Iran. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11, via Nexis]

Beck Claims The “Fall Of Egypt” Is “Not About Freedom. It Is Not About Democracy. It Is About An Islamic State.” From the show:

BECK: Now, this is not the average person in Egypt. These are the people that are trying to grab power. And it can happen because you’re not being told the full truth and you’re not being told the full truth by the same people who didn’t tell you the full truth before 9/11. They were nonchalant about the threat before 9/11 and they’re doing it now.

The same people are telling you now that the Muslim brotherhood and the fall of Egypt is all about freedom. It is not. It is not about freedom. It is not about democracy. It is about an Islamic state. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]

Beck Links Egypt’s “Day Of Rage” To Frances Fox Piven And Bill Ayers. From the show:

BECK: There’s one other slogan that has jumped out at me as well. They were promoting the January 25th, the Friday protest and they came up with a title in advance for them. Did you happen to catch what it was called?

Friday, this, was called the “day of rage.” Because I have read all about the Marxist and the revolutionaries in America, I recognize the “day of rage.” Where have I heard that before?

Oh, yes, that’s right. We heard it before in the 1960s with Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground. That’s when they had the violent student riots in the 1960s. That was the day of rage.

Weather Underground talks about it in the Weather Underground’s works. Huh, coincidence?

By the way, day of rage — wasn’t Frances Fox Piven recently just saying, where is the rage? Where is the outrage? Where is the anger? You’ve got get on the street and have riots and embrace your anger.

Why would anyone — can you imagine if the Tea Parties called for a day of rage, what would be said? Something is wrong. Why in the world would Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn even care about Egypt at all? Oh, they do, they care deeply — another connection. Next. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11, via Nexis]

Beck: Code Pink “Seems Pretty Darn Cozy With The Muslim Brotherhood.” From the show:

BECK: There’s a question I’m guessing no one will ever ask. Why were Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers terrorists in the Weather Underground? And Code Pink founder Jodie Evans involved with the Muslim Brotherhood during in the Gaza flotilla.

Ayers and Dohrn organized an effort to bring political pressure to bear on the Mubarak regime and Israel to allow for the aid from Hamas, which is the Muslim Brotherhood, to be delivered through Egyptian checkpoints.

Remember Ayers and Dohrn participated in the Weather Underground, 1969 days of rage in Chicago. Last Friday’s rioting in Egypt was dubbed by the Muslim Brotherhood “days of rage.” What a coincidence.

Remember when we talked about that flotilla how tense the world was? Evans and Code Pink lobbied Mubarak’s wife for assistance as well as U.S. embassy in Cairo. Guess who else was strong supporter of the flotilla?

The Muslim Brotherhood. Code Pink seems pretty darn cozy with the Muslim Brotherhood. Can you imagine a terrorist organization – can you imagine if any of us were cozy with Hamas?

Taking out a banner – they’ve gone so far to take out banner ads on the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English language Web site. Now, I want you to see this because I don’t even know what to think. I’ve never heard this kind of language before.

This is disturbing. “War arrests. Arrest the war criminals. Join us in cleansing our country.” Cleansing our country? What does that even mean? I mean, cleanse the bathtub? Cleanse the kitchen floor, maybe? Cleanse my clothes? But cleanse my country?

Am I the only one that makes you think of ethnic cleansing? I’ve never heard anybody – cleanse the country? What does that even mean? That’s disturbing. But remember, this is coming from a group who is friends with former Weather Underground members. And on tomorrow’s program, we will show you how they meant cleansing back in the 1960s, because they did.

They talked about killing 25 million Americans who just wouldn’t get it. I don’t know if Code Pink is thinking that. But Code Pink is not shy about its support for Hamas. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11, via Nexis]

Beck Connects ACORN Co-Founder Wade Rathke And Tides Foundation’s Drummond Pike To Egypt. From Beck’s show:

BECK: It’s interesting to note a few other leftists who seem somewhat involved in what is happening in Egypt. Believe it or not, Wade Rathke – Wade Rathke, the ACORN guy, and Drummond Pike of the Tides Foundation are both on the board of the organizers forum.

This is a forum that was planned to host their fall 2011 international dialogue in Egypt, where they will meet with labor and community organizers and other activists in Cairo.

I’m sure that they’re just there for social justice. That’s it. What a coincidence. Wade Rathke even put on his Web site – or this is actually not Wade’s Web site. This is the coalition’s – the forum’s Web site.

It says, “Exciting changes and developments are currently taking place in Egypt with elections coming soon to determine leadership transitions in what has been an autocratic regime now challenged by the Muslim Brotherhood and succession and democracy issues.”

Coincidence just doesn’t seem to stop. Why would Rathke and Pike plan a big get together in Egypt? Maybe the flights to Cairo are cheaper than the flights to Vegas. I don’t know.

Maybe they’ve always wanted to see pyramids. Or maybe they’re sowing the seeds of unrest, because global revolution is what they’re looking for.

Wade Rathke, on his blog – he wrote this about Egypt, “But in the meantime, keep your running shoes handy and in good repair. The streets are on fire. We need to keep our feet in shape so the dogs can keep barking.” [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]

Thursday: Beck Says Those Who Want A “Caliphate” Or “Communism Or A New World Order” Are Using Piven’s Playbook To Cause “Global Chaos”

Beck: “What Role Are Marxists Playing” In Egypt Protests? From Beck’s Fox News show:

BECK: We’re still really tonight working on Egypt and this one — who’s organizing these riots? And what role are Marxists playing? What are the causes?

We’ve already talked about food storage, poverty and oppression. Those are all real. But, tonight, we’re going to focus here, because nobody else will. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/3/11, via Nexis]

Responding To Criticism Of His Previous Theories About Egypt, Beck Reformulates A Theory That Does Not Mention Egypt. From the show:

BECK: I was driving in this morning and I’m listening to “FOX & FRIENDS,” and I hear — I hear a woman get on and she starts saying that, well, Glenn Beck is crazy — these crazy theories.

I want you to hear it. Actually, she didn’t say it like that. So, play it. This is from “The Daily Beast” contributor.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I find it astonishing so many Republicans, on the one hand, crowed about democracy spreading throughout the Middle East when they were preparing to go to war for Iraq — to go to war with Iraq. And now that we actually see an uprising of the Egyptian people demanding the right to self-determination, there’s not just skepticism by outright hostility, right? Your own network has been running absolutely, you know, lunatic theories about this being some kind of conspiracy between Van Jones, Code Pink, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.



BECK: Yes. You’re going to feel bad for her at the bottom of the hour. You are because it’s so — I mean, it’s really like a fourth grade argument.

They were reacting with surprise afterwards, you know, like what? I’ve never heard that. Because she’s 100 percent wrong.

First of all, that’s not the network’s theory. That’s not FOX’s theory. That’s my theory. My theory. And it’s not Van Jones or anything else.

Let me ask you this, let’s start here. Since when is having a theory when you’re trying to figure out what’s going on a bad thing in America? And it’s really less theory than it is facts in their own words.

But, just in case, let me show you what my theory is. And I stand by it. Everybody on the left, this is my theory and I stand by every word of it.

Groups from the hardcore socialists and communist left and extreme Islam will work together because of the common enemy of Israel and the Jews. Do I have to remind you what happens to Jews under communism, or how friendly they’ve been to Israel? Do I?

How about the — how about extreme Islam? Oh, no, it’s going to be good.

Groups from the hardcore socialist left and extreme Islam and communism will work together because of the common enemy of capitalism and the Western way of life. It’s not just capitalism, it’s not the United States, it’s your way of life in the West. And I stand by that.

Groups from the hardcore socialist left and communism and extreme Islam will work together to overturn relatively — relative stability because in the status quo, they are both ostracized from power and the mainstream in most parts of the world.

That’s here. I’ll put this up for you. Glenn’s theory. Here it is. Got it?

That’s it and I stand by it. Is it so farfetched, really? [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/3/11, via Nexis] 

The Muslim Brotherhood And Islamic Socialists In Egypt Are “Using Chaos As An Opportunity.” From the show:

BECK: I want you to look up somebody else. Tariq Ramadan. Tariq Ramadan, he looks like a nice guy, isn’t he? He is a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Oxford.

It’s great. Quite a lineage. His grandfather, oh, founded the Muslim Brotherhood. So, you remember, Muslim Brotherhood gave birth to Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood’s goal is destroy and kill Israel and Jews. And Hamas, well, they want to destroy Israel and kill the Jews.

But his grandfather founded the Muslim Brotherhood, and he was banned from the U.S. He was about to become a tenured professor at the University of Notre Dame, but he was banned from entering the U.S. in 2004 because, well, there were accusations that he was supporting the militant Palestinian group, Hamas, which is the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood that his grandfather started. So — all right.

So, why is he a danger? Well, because he was accused of supporting Hamas, we don’t want him around, and I believe he was more dangerous because of his beliefs on something called Islamic socialism. It’s a crazy idea. And it is an idea that — are you ready — “to be a sworn enemy of capitalism does not mean you’re a communist, a fascist, a religious fundamentalist, or indeed an anti-Semite. But it is something these otherwise disparate groups frequently have in common. Advocating a revolt against Western materialism on the basis of superior spiritual values is an old project.”

Yes. Yes. Probably back to what, Crusades?

I wouldn’t need to come back to him and I probably wouldn’t bring him up if he was still banned from entering the United States, but, no, he’s not. Last January, President Obama and Hillary Clinton restored his visa. So, he’s free to come and go, isn’t that great?

Just remember: Islamic socialism. This is why you see the left coming to the aid of the Islamic fascists because they’re cool with socialism. OK, sure, but they’re not actually going to behead us. We’re their friends.

No. No, you’re not.

It goes back to the theory that has caused all of the problems for the United States. It’s what got us into this mess now here in America with Egypt. We shouldn’t have supporting Hosni Mubarak ever. He’s a brutal, awful dictator that did horrible things with our money.

Why do you think they hate us? Of course, they hate us. What do we stand for?

It comes from the theory “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and that is a lie. But that’s what the left is using. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

They’re all using chaos as an opportunity. They don’t agree on the end goal, a caliphate or communism or globalization. They don’t. But they’ll cross that bridge when they get there. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/3/11, via Nexis]

Beck: Egypt Is Part Of A Plot By Those Who Want A “Caliphate” Or “Communism Or A New World Order” And Are Using The Playbook Of Frances Fox Piven To Cause “Global Chaos.” From the show:

BECK: Let me go to the playbook written by Frances Fox Piven — you know, grandma as I call her — she’s knitting and she’s also writing recently for The Nation. Quote, “The out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for the hard times and turn their anger on their bosses, the bureaucrats and the politicians who are in fact responsible.”

Now, they want you to believe that after people in Europe — or in Egypt have been living around miserable dictator who’s raped and murdered their family members for 30 years, out of the clear blue skies, Egyptian suddenly woke up and say, you know what, things are especially crappy today here, honey. I think I’m going to go out and riot. And I’m thinking about socialism and social justice as well.

Really? Those who want caliphate and those who want communism or a new world order, they all need the same thing first. Unrest and chaos — this is unmistakably planned.

If you want to cause global chaos, what is the first place you set it? I mean, do you start in San Francisco? No. You start in the Middle East. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/3/11, via Nexis]

Beck: “This Is Not A Revolution In Egypt. This Is An Islamist Socialist Revolution. It Has Nothing To Do With Democracy.” From the show:

BECK: I don’t know about you, because you have a life. I don’t. I’ve read the Soviet communist constitution. It guaranteed right to work, rest, leisure, health protection, care on old age, sickness, housing, education, cultural benefit — hmm, almost like a pursuit of happiness in a really twisted, distorted sort of way.

Do you see what they’ve done? They are taking the horrific ideas of communism — a system that has produced nothing but misery, poverty and slaughter of tens of millions of people, hundreds of millions globally and packaged it around democracy, the republic, Thomas Jefferson.

They think you’re a moron. This is not a revolution in Egypt. This is an Islamist socialist revolution in Egypt. It has nothing to do with democracy.

I mean, they must think we’re really dumb. I mean, the ad that Code Pink is running on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Web site says, “Join us in cleansing our country.”

Well, can I ask you something? In this day and age of rhetoric, when you are working with a group — two groups that want to destroy and kill Jews, this one and this one, do you really think it’s a good idea to use the word “cleanse”? “Help us cleanse our country”? Does anybody think it’s a bad P.R. faux pas that they are using, “cleanse our country”? Help us?

Remember, this same group that led the freedom flotilla with Weather Underground founders. Who? Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Yes.

But don’t mind — no, they don’t pay — oh, you’re going back to the ’60s? No. Recently. Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Code Pink — they get together and do freedom flotilla. We pointed this out. We went over it.

Let me just remind you that Bill Ayers has never ever, nor has Bernadine Dohrn, ever said, you know what? I regret what we said and what we did in the ’60s. In fact, they say, we should have done more. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/3/11]

Beck Suggests Code Pink Is Working With The Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt. From the show:

BECK: Let’s just — let’s just take it from here. Now let’s look at Code Pink. Here are the goals — remember, the Muslim Brotherhood goal is to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews. Hamas’ goal is to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews. I’m sensing a pattern here.

But, now, Code Pink — Code Pink, women for peace, you know, their goal is democracy and peace. If I were on “Sesame Street,” I’d say to you, “Kids, one of these things just doesn’t belong.”

So, they are for democracy and peace, so they just must be cuddly. Here they are protesting last weekend in Palm Springs, California.

[begin video clip]

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you mean by revolution?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Revolution — you know what I mean by revolution. It’s happening now in Egypt. The same thing needs to happen here.

[end video clip]

BECK: OK. This is the beginning of it. Oh, wait until you hear about the violent rhetoric, wait until you hear what they want to do with me and everybody here at Fox News. Oh, yes.

Violent rhetoric — let’s just take a look at quick history of Code Pink. They were instrumental in organizing the freedom flotilla that provoked a deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos. Remember that one? Oh, that was Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in that one.

They turned up on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Web site. Here’s their Web site. Do you their — do you have the ad? Yes.

Here it is. And here’s Code Pink. Here they are in Egypt. They’re all worried about violence, you know, when they organize the flotilla. Quote, “Hamas has pledged to ensure our safety.” That’s Code Pink. Hamas pledged to ensure — oh, that’s great.

So, they are working with the Muslim Brotherhood. They are in Egypt now. And they dig in Hamas. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/3/11, via Nexis]

Friday: Beck Concludes Egypt Unrest Will “Eventually” Lead To “War” Between Leftists, Muslim Brotherhood

Beck: “Their Revolutionary Goals May Be Different, But I Think They’re Willing To Overlook That For Now.” From Beck’s Friday show:

BECK: What’s happening in Egypt isn’t happy-go-lucky freedom lovers suddenly rising up. Oh, I’m sure there are some people like that in the mix.

But let’s look at the latest poll numbers on the average Egyptian. Eighty-two percent believe adulterers should be stoned to death. Do you believe that? Seventy-seven percent believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off.

This is a revolution, and it is playing with nitroglycerin and they’re hoping that it will ignite the entire Middle East. Their revolutionary goals may be different, but I think they’re willing to overlook that for now. But mark my words: these guys [points to leftist groups on blackboard] will go to war with these guys [points to Muslim Brotherhood on blackboard] eventually. They will. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/4/11, via Nexis]

Marijuana Backers To GOPers: Why Not Cut The DEA Budget?

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

Marijuana Backers To GOPers: Why Not Cut The DEA Budget?
With Republicans in the House looking to cut down on spending in the next fiscal year, supporters of legalizing marijuana have a suggestion for where they should start — the Drug Enforcement Agency’s budget.

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.

Mark Foley Appears With Local Young Republicans, Allen West
Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), the ex-Congressman who infamously resigned in 2006 as a result of a scandal involving his sexually explicit instant message conversations with male Congressional pages, is making his way back out into the public eye. As the Palm Beach Post reports, he spoke last week — at a meeting of the Palm Beach County Young Republicans.

Egypt’s Revolution is ‘Déjà Vu All Over Again’

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

Egypt’s Revolution is ‘Déjà Vu All Over Again’

Why Full Employment Required to Sustain a That We’re Proud to Live in

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

Why Full Employment Required to Sustain a That We’re Proud to Live in
It will take mighty resolve on the part of the people to take political power away from the interests of big business and Wall Street.

Why Our National Superbowl TV Party Has Become the Last Supper for the US Empire
Never before have so many loose strands of an unraveling empire come together in a single event accessible to those who mourn or cheer America.

Barack Obama’s Trials and Battles with the DC Political Establishment
In this excerpt from his new book, Alterman covers the systemic obstacles that have stalled Obama’s presidential performance.

It Ain’t Just Mubarak — 7 of the Worst Dictators the U.S. Is Backing to the Hilt
From Saudi Arabia to Uzbekistan to Chad, the U.S. keeps some very bad autocrats in power.

Thank AIPAC For Placing USA On Wrong Side In Egypt

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 5th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Thank AIPAC For Placing USA On Wrong Side In Egypt
If one needs additional proof that the “pro-Israel” lobby and the policies it dictates to US policymakers are bad for both the U.S. and Israel, look no further than what is happening in Egypt. The regime that the Israeli government…

Of Conservative Traitors and a Cure for Madness
I’d like to thank Charles Johnson for his excellent essay, The New Tribalism. In my book, Blowing Smoke, I found myself searching for a word to describe the vague web of race, religion, culture, and politics that the right wing…

Foreign Policy 101
I was primed to issue a rant but you would all profit much more by reading this interview with Noam Chomsky. My only thought is that the events in Egypt ought to induce the sickening feeling that the regime whose…

Right Wing Mocks Reporters In Egypt: Not ?A Great Deal Of Sympathy For Those Who?ve Been Attacked?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 5th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Right Wing Mocks Reporters In Egypt: Not ?A Great Deal Of Sympathy For Those Who?ve Been Attacked?

Foreign journalists reporting on the anti-government protests have increasingly been under attack by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak’s government. Pro-government forces have detained, beaten or arrested dozens, if not hundreds, of reporters in the past few days as they were trying to get the story out to the world. CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that he and his crew were repeatedly beaten. An ABC News correspondent and his crew were carjacked and threatened with beheading.

Naturally, the crackdown — believed to be the work of the Egyptian government — has been widely criticized. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the attacks were an assault on free speech and called on the Mubarak government to allow journalists to report without impediment.

Yet, many on the right don’t see it that way. A writer on Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Peace” website said yesterday, “I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for those who have been attacked,” he said, adding, “[W]hen they take huge risks for the sake of ratings and then find themselves in trouble, it’s hard to take seriously.” Fox News has had at least three of its reporters harassed or beaten, yet Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade “sarcastically” praised the Egyptian government’s thuggery skills. “You got to hand it…to the forces out there that seem to be pro-Mubarak who are beating up every news source,” he said.

And the New Republic’s Marty Peretz accused journalists in Egypt of “professional narcissism,” saying they should’ve expected to get beaten. But perhaps comments from right-wing radio host Mike Gallagher win the most insensitive prize. Gallagher not only suggested that ABC’s Christiane Amanpour might join “Death to America” chants there, but — with clear homophobic undertones — attacked Cooper for getting beaten, even saying that he may have “enjoyed it a little bit”:

GALLAGHER: Maybe that isn’t where you ought to go wandering around Anderson, all, what are you about 5’7” – 5’8”? What do you go Anderson about 160? With your little perfectly quaffed grey hair and your little delicate features you might not want to go over to Egypt and walk around the middle of a crowd that’s screaming “death to America.” … I wonder if Christine [sic] Amanpour wasn’t right there with them. “Death to America! Down with America!” […]

Hey Anderson, were you really punched 10 times in the head? Come on. It almost sounds like he enjoyed it a little bit. … “Oh I was punched 10 times in the head.” Well that’s what happens when you go into a bunch of rioters, dopey.

Watch the compilation:

Bachmann Surrenders On Support For Draconian Cuts To Veterans? Benefits

Last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) unveiled a plan to cut $400 billion in federal spending, and included a controversial target. The Tea Party favorite proposed freezing the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care spending and cutting veterans’ disability benefits. Her plan sliced $4.5 billion from the VA and reduced 150,000 veterans’ disability compensation and the amount they receive in Social Security Disability Income. Veterans groups blasted the proposal as “totally out of step with America’s commitment to our veterans,” and as something that shows “contempt for American servicemembers’ sacrifices.” Democrats outside her state even began targeting Bachmann’s proposal; Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) wrote her a letter which said her ideas were a “giant step in the wrong direction.” After days of similar criticism, Bachmann has finally retreated and withdrew that part of her spending reduction proposal today:

“One point on my discussion list was a $4.5 billion proposal that would affect payments made to our veterans,” Bachmann said in a statement. “That has received a lot of attention and I have decided that it should be removed from consideration. The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes. I have always been a proud supporter of the United States military and I continue to stand with our veterans. In the months ahead I look forward to working with our Veterans Service Organizations to ensure that we fulfill our commitments to those who sacrificed so much in their brave service for our country.”

While Bachmann’s decision to retract her proposal is laudable, there are other elements to her proposal that are just as punitive to large groups of Americans: for example, she proposes reducing Pell Grants for college students (along with a complete abolition of the Department of Education). She also wants to eliminate the Maternal and Child Health block grant.

TSA airport screeners get limited collective bargaining rights

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 5th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

TSA airport screeners get limited collective bargaining rights
The Obama administration has decided to allow limited collective bargaining rights for transportation security officers.

Reagan at 100 casts shadow over Republican Party
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Ronald Reagan is remembered as a transformative president, the creator of the contemporary Republican Party and the very definition of conservatism. He might also be as misunderstood by some of his followers as he is underappreciated by his detractors.

Palin: America out of step with Reagan’s values
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Sarah Palin said Friday that America is dangerously out of step with the values of former President Ronald Reagan, and warned that misguided policies in Washington had put the nation on a “road to ruin.”

U.S. seeks 2-year prison term for key witness in Abramoff scandal
Federal prosecutors recommended a two-year prison term Friday for an ex-aide to former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) who became a key government witness in the pursuit of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Big Obama donor quits envoy job amid criticism
WASHINGTON — As a supporter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Cynthia Stroum was a superstar whose financial backing of the campaign landed her a plum diplomatic posting in Europe.