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You may have heard of this guy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:47 am by HL

You may have heard of this guy
A well-timed salute to treating labor badly.

pic via uncgspecial at flickr.comIn a bit of cloying irritation Fox and the NFL managed to salute the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan yesterday during the pre-game festivities to the Super Bowl.

And why not, after all who better to salute the Gipper than another group of billionaires who are going to lock-out their workers and get people to call it a strike?

As Charles Pierce noted, the Super Bowl occurred just prior to January 30th, 1982 the Centennial of Franklin Roosevelt’s birth, and that was met with crickets. But then all he did is guide the nation through a Depression and the Second World War.

But he never made a movie with a Chimp so I guess he’ll just have to settle for being a far greater President than Reagan.

Early Morning Swim

Late, Late Night FDL: Blue on Black
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Blue on Black

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Blue on Black

What’s on your mind tonite…?


FBI Is Breaking the Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

FBI Is Breaking the Law
The FBI breaks the law a thousand times a year, the Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator, and potential jail time for calling someone an “ass.” These discoveries and more after the jump. On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top. FBI Breaks the Law About a Thousand Times a Year In a review of nearly 2,500 pages of documents released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a result of litigation under the Freedom of Information Act, EFF uncovered alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices. The Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator Fair and Balanced Paranoia, Delivered on Demand German Pol May Serve Jail Time for “Ass” Slander In an extreme version of the swear jar, a regional German politician has been slapped with a hefty $2,060 or 50 days behind bars for allegedly calling an anti-immigrant author an “ass.” Corporate Personhood: Vermont Begs to Differ A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense. New Question for Professors: Should Students Be Allowed to Attend Classes Via Webcam? It was just 30 minutes before class when Thomas Nelson Laird, an assistant professor of higher education at Indiana University at Bloomington, got the e-mail from a student: “I can’t make it to class. Can you beam me in by Webcam?” Google: Bing Is Cheating Google got suspicious that Microsoft’s “Bing” was copying their search results, rather than creating their own algorithms. So Google sets a trap in December to find out… Microsoft was in fact copying Google. Is Fox Preying on Old People? Cairo’s on fire, and so is Glenn Beck. Events in the Middle East have left Fox News’ favorite professional talker with a lot of dots to connect, and connect them he did, in a rant that Michael Moynihan calls “the dumbest thing ever broadcast on (non-cable access) television.”

The FBI breaks the law a thousand times a year, the Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator, and potential jail time for calling someone an “ass.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top.

FBI Breaks the Law About a Thousand Times a Year
In a review of nearly 2,500 pages of documents released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a result of litigation under the Freedom of Information Act, EFF uncovered alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices.

The Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator
Fair and Balanced Paranoia, Delivered on Demand

German Pol May Serve Jail Time for “Ass” Slander
In an extreme version of the swear jar, a regional German politician has been slapped with a hefty $2,060 or 50 days behind bars for allegedly calling an anti-immigrant author an “ass.”

Corporate Personhood: Vermont Begs to Differ
A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.

New Question for Professors: Should Students Be Allowed to Attend Classes Via Webcam?
It was just 30 minutes before class when Thomas Nelson Laird, an assistant professor of higher education at Indiana University at Bloomington, got the e-mail from a student: “I can’t make it to class. Can you beam me in by Webcam?”

Google: Bing Is Cheating
Google got suspicious that Microsoft’s “Bing” was copying their search results, rather than creating their own algorithms. So Google sets a trap in December to find out… Microsoft was in fact copying Google.

Is Fox Preying on Old People?
Cairo’s on fire, and so is Glenn Beck. Events in the Middle East have left Fox News’ favorite professional talker with a lot of dots to connect, and connect them he did, in a rant that Michael Moynihan calls “the dumbest thing ever broadcast on (non-cable access) television.”

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Robert Kuttner: Business Doesn’t Need American Workers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Robert Kuttner: Business Doesn’t Need American Workers
America now has about 25 million people either out of work or underemployed. Meanwhile, corporate profits continue to set records. What’s going on?

Howard Steven Friedman: Obama “Disappointed With the Intelligence Community”
While the different agencies will now scramble to prove which one did or didn’t drop the ball in an endless game of pass the buck, a pattern of intelligence failure needs to be addressed.

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Obama, O’Reilly Interview: Super Bowl Sit-Down Between President & Fox News Host (VIDEO)
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Beck’s “Apocalyptic” Egypt “Hysteria” Triggers New Round Of Conservative Condemnation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Beck’s “Apocalyptic” Egypt “Hysteria” Triggers New Round Of Conservative Condemnation

Bill Kristol and other media conservatives have recently denounced Glenn Beck for using “hysteria” and “apocalyptic conspiracy terms” in his commentary about the uprising in Egypt. This is the latest case in which Beck’s violent rhetoric and conspiratorial fearmongering have triggered criticism from Republicans and right-wing media figures.

Republicans And Media Conservatives Criticized Beck For “Hysteria” Over Uprising In Egypt

Kristol: Beck Is “Marginalizing Himself” Through His “Hysteria.” In his February 14, 2011, column for the upcoming edition of The Weekly Standard, Fox News contributor Bill Kristol wrote of Beck’s reaction to the Egyptian protests:

Now, people are more than entitled to their own opinions of how best to accomplish that democratic end. And it’s a sign of health that a political and intellectual movement does not respond to a complicated set of developments with one voice.

But hysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s. [The Weekly Standard, 9/21/09]

Parker: Beck Is “Empower[ing] Racists.” On the NBC-syndicated Chris Matthews Show, after host Chris Matthews played clips of Beck calling Obama a racist and Rush Limbaugh claiming that “in Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering,” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker stated: “What Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh did in those two clips is to empower racists and to legitimize them. And so that’s — that’s the shame and horror of what they’re doing.” [NBC, The Chris Matthews Show, 9/20/09]

Brooks: Beck Is “Race-Baiting.” Also on The Chris Matthews Show, conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks said, “What Rush and Glenn Beck are doing, that’s just race-baiting — 100 percent, that’s race-baiting.” [NBC, The Chris Matthews Show, 9/20/09]

Politico‘s Roger Simon: Beck’s Claim That Obama Is “Racist” Is “Repulsive.” During the August 17, 2009, edition of Lou Dobbs’ radio show, Politico‘s chief political columnist said:

I still gotta say, it’s repulsive when national figures in the media say that Obama acts like Adolf Hitler, that he rules the same way Adolf Hitler does. It’s just wrong. And when you say that President Obama has a deep hatred of white people –

[…]

It was Glenn Beck. He said, deep hatred of white people and the white culture. First of all, the phrase ‘the white culture’ I think is jarring to some people. [United Stations Radio Networks, Lou Dobbs Show, 7/30/09]

Republicans And Media Conservatives Have Decried Beck’s Violent Rhetoric, Conspiracies

Scarborough Slammed Beck’s “Violent Rhetoric” In Wake Of Tucson Shooting. In a January 18, 2011, Politico column, Joe Scarborough wrote:

We get it, Sarah Palin. You’re not morally culpable for the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. All of us around the “Morning Joe” table agree, even if we were stunned that you would whine about yourself on Facebook as a shattered family prepared to bury their 9-year-old girl.

The same goes for you, Glenn Beck. You’ve attacked your political opponents with words designed to inspire hatred and mind-bending conspiracy theories from fans. Calling the president a racist, Marxist and fascist may be reprehensible, but it did not lead a mentally disturbed man to take a Glock to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s “Congress on Your Corner” event.

Good on ya, buddy. You weren’t personally responsible for the slaughter at the Safeway. Maybe you can put it on a poster at the next “Talkers” convention.

But before you and the pack of right-wing polemicists who make big bucks spewing rage on a daily basis congratulate yourselves for not being responsible for Jared Lee Loughner’s rampage, I recommend taking a deep breath. Just because the dots between violent rhetoric and violent actions don’t connect in this case doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore the possibility — or, as many fear, the inevitability — that someone else will soon draw the line between them.

Actually, someone already has. When you get a minute, Google “Byron Williams” and “Tides Foundation” to see just how thin a layer of ice Beck skates on every day. [Politico, 1/18/11

Former Bush Speechwriter Frum: Beck Creates “Alternative Reality” Allowing Conservatives To “Dupe Themselves” Using “Pretend Information.” In a November 12, 2010, New York Times op-ed, David Frum wrote:

Too often, conservatives dupe themselves. They wrap themselves in closed information systems based upon pretend information. In this closed information system, banks can collapse without injuring the rest of the economy, tax cuts always pay for themselves and Congressional earmarks cause the federal budget deficit. Even the market collapse has not shaken some conservatives out of their closed information system. It enfolded them more closely within it. This is how to understand the Glenn Beck phenomenon. Every day, Beck offers alternative knowledge — an alternative history of the United States and the world, an alternative system of economics, an alternative reality. As corporate profits soar, the closed information system insists that the free-enterprise system is under assault. As prices slump, we are warned of imminent hyperinflation. As black Americans are crushed under Depression-level unemployment, the administration’s policies are condemned by some conservatives as an outburst of Kenyan racial revenge against the white overlord. [The New York Times, 11/12/10]

Senator Gregg: Beck Is A “Screamer” Who Has “No Interest In The Facts.” In a September 14, 2010, article on Politico, Ben Smith reported that then-Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) chastised Beck as one of the primary “screamers” who he claimed unfairly “demonized” the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP):

Rammed through Congress in the final months of the Bush administration by a political and financial establishment that felt it had looked into the abyss, TARP had the support of not just President Barack Obama but also his likely foes in 2012, such as former Govs. Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. But it has been only sporadically defended, or even explained, by leaders of both parties who have shown decidedly little courage of their convictions.

“It’s become demonized on the left and the right by screamers — Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow — who have no interest in the facts; they’re just interested in hyperbolizing and generating attention,” lamented New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a key player in guiding the measure through the upper chamber and one of the few Republicans willing to talk about TARP in positive terms. [Politico, 9/14/10]

Former Bush Press Secretary Fleischer: “I Find Glenn Beck To Be A Little Weird And A Little Creepy.” In an August 28, 2010, post to his Facebook account, Ari Fleischer wrote:

I find Glenn Beck to be a little weird and a little creepy, but he’s entitled to give a speech on the Mall. How come the press didn’t go nuts when Louis Farrakhan and other out-there groups used the Mall to promote their thinking? It’s called press bias and it’s a double standard. [Facebook, 8/28/10]

NewsBusters’ Whitlock Criticized Beck For “Play[ing] The Nazi Card.” In an August 27, 2010, post to conservative media criticism blog NewsBusters, Scott Whitlock criticized Beck for “play[ing] the Nazi card” when condemning Good Morning America‘s segment on Beck’s 8-28 rally, saying “it is over-the-top”:

Good Morning America’s Claire Shipman on Friday launched a pre-emptive one-sided attack on Glenn Beck’s August 28 rally in Washington D.C., including selectively editing clips from the conservative host. The ABC journalist featured a snippet of Beck asserting, “Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King.” [MP3 audio here.]

On his radio show, Friday, Beck complained about the “hatchet job.” Shipman clearly distorted the context. He actually said, “Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Those are American icons, American ideas and we should just talk about character.” (H/T to The Right Scoop and Noel Sheppard.)

Playing the segment on the radio, Beck hyperbolically declared, “That’s what Goebbels did. The truth didn’t matter.” Now, while ABC should be criticized for the dishonest editing job, it is over-the-top to play the Nazi card. [NewsBusters, 8/27/10]

Weekly Standard‘s Continetti: “For Beck, Conspiracy Theories Are Not Aberrations. They Are Central To His Worldview.” In a June 28, 2010, article in The Weekly Standard, Matthew Continetti wrote:

“Socialism and fascism,” the author writes in Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, “have been on the rise for two administrations now.” Beck’s book Arguing with Idiots contains a list of the “Top Ten Bastards of All Time,” on which Pol Pot (No. 10), Adolf Hitler (No. 6), and Pontius Pilate (No. 4) all rank lower than FDR (No. 3) and Woodrow Wilson (No. 1). In Glenn Beck’s Common Sense Beck writes, “With a few notable exceptions, our political leaders have become nothing more than parasites who feed off our sweat and blood.”

This is nonsense. Whatever you think of Theodore Roosevelt, he was not Lenin. Woodrow Wilson was not Stalin. The philosophical foundations of progressivism may be wrong. The policies that progressivism generates may be counterproductive. Its view of the Constitution may betray the Founders’. Nevertheless, progressivism is a distinctly American tradition that partly came into being as a way to prevent ideologies like communism and fascism from taking root in the United States. And not even the stupidest American liberal shares the morality of the totalitarian monsters whom Beck analogizes to American politics so flippantly.

Read and watch enough Glenn Beck, and you realize that he is not only introducing new authors and ideas into public life, he is reintroducing old ideas. Some very old ideas. The notion that America’s leaders are indistinguishable from America’s enemies has a long and sorry history. In the 1950s it led Robert Welch, the head of the John Birch Society, to proclaim that President Dwight Eisenhower was a Communist sympathizer. For this, William F. Buckley Jr. famously denounced Welch and severed the Birchers’ ties to mainstream conservatism. The group was ostracized for decades.

But not everyone denounced Welch. One author, the Mormon autodidact W. Cleon Skousen, continued to support the Birchers as he penned books on politics and the American founding. And Skousen continued to believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that American political, social, and economic elites were working with the Communists to foist a world government on the United States.

Glenn Beck is a Skousenite. During the “We Surround Them” program, he urged his audience to read Skousen’s 5000 Year Leap (1981), for which he has written a foreword, and The Real George Washington (1991). “The 5000 Year Leap is essential to understanding why our Founders built this Republic the way they did,” the author writes in Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. More controversially, Beck has recommended Skousen’s Naked Communist (1958) and Naked Capitalist (1970), which lay out the writer’s paranoid scenarios in detail. The latter book, for example, draws on Carroll Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope (1966), which argues that the history of the 20th century is the product of secret societies in conflict. “Carroll Quigley laid open the plan in Tragedy and Hope,” says a character in Beck’s new novel, The Overton Window. “The only hope to avoid the tragedy of war was to bind together the economies of the world to foster global stability and peace.”

For Beck, conspiracy theories are not aberrations. They are central to his worldview. They are the natural consequence of assuming that the world hangs by a thread, and that everyone is out to get you. [The Weekly Standard, 6/28/10]

Little Green Footballs’ Johnson: Beck’s Show By Itself Should Have Been Enough To Thoroughly Discredit Beck To Any Sane Person.” Conservative blogger Charles Johnson wrote on his blog, Little Green Footballs, “TIME Magazine’s David Von Drehle asks: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America? I don’t know why anyone would think a far right populist demagogue who rants and weeps in front of millions of people and spreads conspiracy theories straight out of the canon of the John Birch Society would be a bad thing.” He continued: “The following show by itself should have been enough to thoroughly discredit Beck to any sane person. But the right wing didn’t even blink at it.” [Little Green Footballs, 9/17/09]

Frum: Beck Is Doing “Terrible Damage” With “Paranoid And Hysterical” Smears. In a September 11, 2009, blog post titled “GOP Surrenders to Beck’s Mob Rule,” Frum stated: “When Glenn Beck made his Fox debut, some shrewd conservatives responded with a wink. Maybe the show was paranoid and hysterical. Maybe Beck was none too scrupulous about facts and truth. But why be squeamish? The other side did as bad, or nearly. And see how usefully he mobilized the base! Those shrewd conservatives assumed Beck was working for them. Big mistake. Beck is working for himself — and he chooses his targets according to his own scheme of priorities.” In the blog post, Frum discussed Beck’s smears against Obama administration official Cass Sunstein and stated: “Glenn Beck is not the first to make a pleasant living for himself by reckless defamation. We have seen his kind before in American journalism and American politics, and the good news is that their careers never last long. But the bad news is that while their careers do last, such people do terrible damage.” [FrumForum, 9/11/09]

Former GOP Congressman Inglis: Beck Is “Trading On Fear,” Viewers Should Turn Off His Show. At an August 6, 2009, town hall event, then-Republican Representative Bob Inglis (SC) said to attendees who watch Glenn Beck, according to a spokesman’s comments to Politico‘s Ben Smith, “What I would suggest is turn that television off when he comes on.” Rep. Inglis also accused Beck of “trading on fear.” [Politico, 8/07/09]


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

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Pentagon Paid Billions To Defense Contractors Who Defrauded Clients
Over a three year period, the Defense Department spent hundreds of billions of dollars on defense contractors who paid millions in civil fines to resolve fraud cases — and even spent $682 million on 30 contractors who were convicted in criminal fraud cases.


Collegiate Teabaggers Celebrate Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Collegiate Teabaggers Celebrate Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday


Rumsfeld Rips Rice, Powell

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Rumsfeld Rips Rice, Powell
In an ABC News interview to promote his new memoir, Known and Unknown, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was very critical of some of his colleagues in the Bush administration.

Condoleezza Rice: “She’d never served in a senior administration position” — a lack of experience that showed in her lack of organization in putting together critical meetings.

Colin Powell: “Did not, in my view, do a good job of managing the people under him. There was a lot of leaking out of the State Department, and the president knew it. And it was unhelpful. And most of it ended up making the State Department look good. We didn’t do that in the Pentagon. I insisted we not do it.”

A Long List of Candidates Already
Open Secrets points out that 85 people have already filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for the presidency in 2012. Among them are President Emperor Caesar, Jonathon the Impaler Sharkey and Rutherford Bert Hayes.

“Perhaps the closest we get to a maybe-was-household-name-in-a-few-households-about-20-years-ago candidate is Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, an organization that sprung to prominence during the 1990s as it attempted to shut down abortion clinics across the nation. Terry filed a statement of candidacy on Jan. 18, and he’s running as a Democrat.”


AOL to Buy Huffington Post For $315 Million

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

AOL to Buy Huffington Post For $315 Million
Arianna Huffington will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content.


Can We Take Away Alan Greenspan’s Pension?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Can We Take Away Alan Greenspan’s Pension?
Joe Nocera gets most of the story right in his discussion of the Financial Crisis Inquiry’s Commission’s (FCIC) report today. There was gross negligence, greed, and outright fraud, but none of this would have lead to catastrophic consequences if we…

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…


Will The West Endorse Human Rights Violator Omar Suleiman To Be Egypt?s Transitional President?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 7th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Will The West Endorse Human Rights Violator Omar Suleiman To Be Egypt?s Transitional President?

On January 29, five days into massive pro-democracy protests that shook the nation of Egypt, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak appointed his “close personal friend and confidante” Omar Suleiman as his vice president, the first in the nation’s modern history. While Suleiman’s appointment likely was an attempt to appease the protest movement, demonstrations did not cease, as many saw the move as little more than a reshuffling of the old government.

There are now signs, including statements by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that point to Washington and other Western capitals endorsing Suleiman as a possible transitional president to replace Mubarak and broker a compromise with protesters that could possibly lead to democratic reforms.

While there may be a number of benefits to having Suleiman lead the transition — such as his stature as a high-level military official and history of negotiation with foreign powers — there are also a number of troubling facts about his history as Egypt’s intelligence chief, particularly related to his complicity in human rights abuses.

As Egyptian Intelligence Director, Suleiman headed up the feared Egyptian intelligence agencies. In this capacity, he also served as the country’s chief liaison to the American CIA’s rendition program, which shuttled terror suspects to countries, such as Egypt, where they could be tortured. Australian journalist Richard Neville recounts the story of how, in the case of detainee Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen, Suleiman ordered brutal torture:

Habib was interrogated by the country’s Intelligence Director, General Omar Suleiman. … Suleiman took a personal interest in anyone suspected of links with Al Qaeda. As Habib had visited Afghanistan shortly before 9/11, he was under suspicion. Habib was repeatedly zapped with high-voltage electricity, immersed in water up to his nostrils, beaten, his fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks. […]

To loosen Habib’s tongue, Suleiman ordered a guard to murder a gruesomely shackled Turkistan prisoner in front of Habib – and he did, with a vicious karate kick.

While the reaction in Washington to Suleiman’s ascension has been somewhat positive — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called him a “charming man” — the reaction amongst Egyptian civil society has been much less positive. Former IAEA chief and Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said it would be a “major setback” if Suleiman or Mubarak were tasked with leading a transitional government, and said that it would “come down like lead on the people who have been demonstrating” if the United States and the rest of the international community were to endorse Suleiman to lead the transition. “Mubarak and Suleiman are the same person,” said Emile Nakhleh, a CIA analyst. “They are not two different people in terms of ideology and reform.”

The position of opposition groups in the country on Suleiman being a transitional leader is mixed. Some groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, have opened themselves up to talks with the Egyptian vice president. Others are calling for a new constitution to be written by parliament before any such talks begin.

Whatever one’s opinion of Suleiman is, it is important to view him in light of his entire record, which includes complicity in a whole host of human rights abuses. If he is to serve as a transitional leader, the millions of Egyptians who have marched in the streets will likely not rest until the transition is complete and those, like Suleiman, who were a key part of Mubarak’s regime, would only remain in power if a free and fair election put them there.

Krauthammer: Global Warming Is A Religion

With record-breaking climate disasters crippling the United States, defenders of global warming pollution are growing increasingly desperate. Gordon Peterson, host of PBS’s weekly Inside Washington show, noted the scientific fact that “there’s about a four percent more water vapor in the air now in the atmosphere than there was in the ’70s because of warmer oceans and warmer air, and it returns to earth as heavy rain and heavy snow.” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer — like his colleague George Will, a radical climate denier — countered with a Godzilla-spores theory, attacking Al Gore and claiming that climate science is a “religion”:

Look, if Godzilla appeared on the Mall this afternoon, Al Gore would say it’s global warming, because the spores in the South Atlantic Ocean, you know, were. Look, everything is, it’s a religion. In a religion, everything is explicable. In science, you can actually deny or falsify a proposition with evidence. You find me a single piece of evidence that Al Gore would ever admit would contradict global warming and I’ll be surprised.

Watch it:

Krauthammer seems incapable of understanding that man-made changes to the climate could affect weather, as if adding billions of tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere should have no effect on meteorological systems. It’s certainly true that climate scientists can’t perfectly predict the consequences of melting the Arctic, heating the oceans, and disrupting ecosystems — which means that humanity cannot be fully prepared for the changes fossil fuel pollution brings, even if deniers like Krauthammer are ignored.

Unfortunately, every day brings new evidence of how dangerous our superheated climate system is to modern civilization, with floods, droughts, and storms taking down power grids, driving up food prices, and bringing devastation to millions of people around the globe.