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Rape Victim Dragged Off by Libyan Forces

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Rape Victim Dragged Off by Libyan Forces
Libyan security forces dragged a woman away after she burst into a Tripoli hotel to tell journalists that Muammar Qaddafi’s forces had raped her. Sobbing, Eman al-Obeidy said she was held against her will and sexually assaulted by 15 men. Security forces moved to subdue the woman and a member of the hotel’s kitchen staff even drew a knife, calling her “traitor!” for criticizing Qaddafi. Her current whereabouts are unknown.



Late Late Night FDL: Gone Batty

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Gone Batty
Gone Batty. This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was first released on September 4, 1954.

Gone Batty. This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was first released on September 4, 1954.

Directed by Robert McKimson. Produced by Edward Selzer. Story by Sid Marcus and Ben Washam. Animation by Herman Cohen, Phil DeLara, Charles McKimson, and Rod Scribner. Layouts by Robert Givens. Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas. Voices by Mel Blanc (Baseball Players, Bobo) and Robert C. Bruce (Announcer uncredited). Film Editing and Sound Effects Editing by Treg Brown (uncredited). Original Music by Carl W. Stalling (uncredited). Musical Direction by Carl W. Stalling. Orchestration by Milt Franklyn.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Syrian Protests Turn Deadly
At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country. —JCL Al-Jazeera English: Syrian security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters near the city of Daraa, killing at least 20 people, according to one witness. “There are more than 20 martyrs …. they [security forces] opened fire haphazardly,” the witness told Al Jazeera. Reuters also reported that heavy gunfire could be heard in the southern city, the focal point for demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in recent days. Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Damascus, said Syrian forces apparently opened fire after protesters set fire to a statue of the late president Hafer al-Assad. Read more

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Syrian security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters near the city of Daraa, killing at least 20 people, according to one witness.

“There are more than 20 martyrs …. they [security forces] opened fire haphazardly,” the witness told Al Jazeera.

Reuters also reported that heavy gunfire could be heard in the southern city, the focal point for demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in recent days.

Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Damascus, said Syrian forces apparently opened fire after protesters set fire to a statue of the late president Hafer al-Assad.

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Their ‘Perestroika’
Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

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Richard (RJ) Eskow: Harry’s Fight: Mr. Reid and Social Security

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Harry’s Fight: Mr. Reid and Social Security
One group of Senators is determined to cut Social Security benefits. Anther is equally determined to stop them. And nearly two-thirds of the Senate signed…

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Bob Herbert: Pouring Money Into Another War, Not Jobs
So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off…

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Who Is G. Edward Griffin, Beck’s Expert On The Federal Reserve?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Who Is G. Edward Griffin, Beck’s Expert On The Federal Reserve?

On his Fox News show, Glenn Beck presented author G. Edward Griffin as a credible authority on the Federal Reserve. But Griffin has an extensive history of promoting wild conspiracy theories, including the notions that HIV does not exist and that cancer is a dietary deficiency that can be cured with “an essential food compound.”

Griffin Peddles Quack Cancer Remedy He Claims Has Been Covered Up By “Medical Establishment”

Griffin: There’s No Such Thing As HIV — “The Immunodeficiencies Are Caused By The Treatment”

Griffin Film Claims Vapor Trails Left By Jets Are Actually A “Chemtrail/Geo-Engineering Coverup”

Griffin: Goal Of FEMA, DHS During Katrina Response Was “Not To Res[c]ue People, But To Control Them”

Griffin Is “Convinced” That “Oswald Was Not JFK’s Assassin”

Griffin’s Trutherism: Flight 93 Was Shot Down By U.S Military Fighter

Beck: Griffin Is The Author Of “Fascinating Book On The Fed”

Beck: “[H]ave You Read” Griffin’s The Creature From Jekyll Island? “If Not, Read It.” From Beck’s March 25 Fox News show:

BECK: Tonight, as part of our E4 focus this year, we’re going to delve into E2 and get educated on the Fed.

G. Edward Griffin, he is author of this book. And if one more person hands me this book — I — really, I’m going to snap. Because I get this from so many — I go out, and people are like, “Have you read this book?” Yes, I have.

May I recommend — have you read this book? If not, read it. It is The Creature from Jekyll Island. It is a fascinating book on the Fed. The author is one of our guests tonight. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 3/25/11]

Griffin Peddles Quack Cancer Remedy He Claims Has Been Covered Up By “Medical Establishment”

Griffin’s “Final Answer” To The “Cancer Riddle” Is “An Essential Food Compound” Called “Vitamin B17” or “Laetrile.” From a page on one of Griffin’s websites, RealityZone.com, describing his book World Without Cancer: The Story Of Vitamin B17:

Mr. Griffin marshals the evidence that cancer is a deficiency disease — like scurvy or pellagra — aggravated by the lack of an essential food compound in modern man’s diet. That substance is vitamin B17. In its purified form developed for cancer therapy, it is known as Laetrile. This story is not approved by orthodox medicine. The FDA, the AMA, and The American Cancer Society have labeled it fraud and quackery. Yet the evidence is clear that here, at last, is the final answer to the cancer riddle. [RealityZone.com, accessed 3/26/11]

Griffin: “Orthodox Medicine” Has “Waged War” Against Cure Because Of “Hidden Economic And Power Agenda.” From RealityZone.com:

Why has orthodox medicine waged war against this non drug approach? The author contends that the answer is to be found, not in science, but in politics — and is based upon the hidden economic and power agenda of those who dominate the medical establishment. This is is the most complete and authoritative treatise available on this topic. [RealityZone.com, accessed 3/26/11]

Medical Prof. Lerner: Laetrile Is “Unquestionably The Slickest, Most Sophisticated, And Certainly The Most Remunerative Cancer Quack Promotion In Medical History.” From a 1981 journal article by Dr. Irving J. Lerner, who was a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota at the time:

Quack remedies for cancer have thrived outside the fringe of conventional medical therapy since at least the beginning of the nation. In the earlier part of this century, the Koch antitoxins, the Hoxsey method, and particularly the Krebiozen treatments, were just a few of the many promotions that flourished, were then exposed, and eventually abandoned. All prior forms of cancer quackery, however, pale in comparison with the laetrile crusade, unquestionably the slickest, most sophisticated, and certainly the most remunerative cancer quack promotion in medical history. [CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, March/April 1981]

Griffin: There’s No Such Thing As HIV — “The Immunodeficiencies Are Caused By The Treatment”

Griffin: “There Isn’t Even Such A Thing As HIV. … The Immunodeficiencies Are Caused By The Treatment.” From an October 2010 interview on the “Truth Be Told Radio” show on BlogTalkRadio.com:

GRIFFIN: From the very beginning, I was suspicious about this whole HIV story, and I didn’t know in the beginning, but it didn’t take long after some serious researchers had gotten into it and published their findings, it became obvious to me. You talk about a wacko theory, here it comes. There isn’t even such a thing as HIV. HIV virus, standing for virus, doesn’t even exist. It’s — think of what those letters stand for.

[…]

GRIFFIN: So, that’s what it is. It’s an immunodeficiency, but there’s no virus. The immunodeficiencies are caused by the treatment, the drugs that they give people to try and treat the AIDS. That’s what kills the immune system. And what a shocking thought that is, that people who have an immune deficiency, maybe because of some other factor such as nutritional factors — maybe — you know, a lot of drug addicts develop this syndrome. Why? Well, we know that a drug addict traditionally has a terrible diet, and the drugs themselves are destructive of the immune system.

[…]

GRIFFIN: And I’ll just say one more thing and then let the real experts take over, is, my understanding is that all these pictures that you can find of the HIV or the virus are artist’s renditions. There’s never been a photograph, an electron microscope, or anything else that photographed a virus called HIV, mainly because it doesn’t exist. It’s theorized. It’s a theoretical virus. [BlogTalkRadio.com, 10/13/10 (beginning at 22:45)]

Griffin Film Claims Vapor Trails Left By Jets Are Actually A “Chemtrail/Geo-Engineering Coverup”

Film Claims We Are “Being Sprayed With Toxic Substances Without Our Consent” And “They Are Lying To Us About It.” From a page on Griffin’s site RealityZone.com, describing What in the World Are They Spraying? The Chemtrail/Geo-Engineering Coverup, which was co-produced by Griffin:

By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: WHO is doing this and WHY. With the release of this video, all of that has changed. Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called Geo-engineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water — all supposedly for the betterment of mankind. Although officials insist that these programs are only in the discussion phase, evidence is abundant that they have been underway since about 1990 — and the effect has been devastating to crops, wildlife, and human health. We are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent and, to add insult to injury, they are lying to us about it. Do not watch this documentary if you have high blood pressure. [RealityZone.com, accessed 3/26/11]

Griffin: Goal Of FEMA, DHS During Katrina Response Was “Not To Res[c]ue People, But To Control Them”

Griffin: “Their Objective Was To Bring The Entire Area Under The Control Of The Federal Government.” From an “analysis” by Griffin on another of his websites, FreedomForceInternational.org:

There has been widespread criticism of the response of US officials to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. The tone of these complaints is that the authorities failed to do their job quickly enough. Some commentators have said this is a racial issue, claiming that the government would have acted more promptly if the majority of victims had been white instead of black. Others have said it was an issue of the rich against the poor, the oil companies against the consumers, the land developers and contractors seeking to force people out of the city so they can rebuild without interference at taxpayers’ expense. Democrats have said the problem is that Republicans were in control, and Republicans are indifferent to the plight of the common man.

In news coverage of this tragedy, the most significant events often were buried beneath a blanket of heart-wrenching stories of personal survival, scenes of awesome destruction, reports of looting, and interviews with experts. However, the key to understanding can be found in the following list of news headlines, most of which did not make it into mainstream coverage. These reports make it clear that the government did not fail to respond in a timely fashion. The problem was that it did respond — but in such a way as to actually hinder rescue operations. There were too many instances for this to be merely a mistake or a bureaucratic snafu. There is a clear pattern here that cannot be denied. Why this should be so will be discussed in a moment, but first, here is the amazing record.

[…]

It was clear from the start that the goal of FEMA and Homeland Security was, not to resue [sic] people, but to control them. Their directive was to relocate families and businesses, confiscate property, commandeer goods, direct labor and services, and establish martial law. This is what they have been trained to do. The reason they failed to carry out an effective rescue operation is that this was not their primary mission, and the reason they blocked others from doing so is that any operations not controlled by the central authority are contrary to their directives. Their objective was to bring the entire area under the control of the federal government — and this they succeeded in doing very well.

[…]

While the world is preoccupied with trying to fix the blame for the government’s failure in New Orleans, the reality is that it did not fail at all. It was a huge success in promoting its own agenda. Unfortunately, that agenda was not to rescue American citizens. Once this simple fact is understood, everything that happened in the wake of Katrina becomes understandable and logical.

If there are new terrorist attacks against the United States or Great Britain or any other country, what we witnessed in New Orleans may have been but a fleeting glimpse into the future of global collectivism. [FreedomForceInternational.org, updated 9/30/05]

Griffin Is “Convinced” That “Oswald Was Not JFK’s Assassin”

Griffin: “I Am Convinced From The Evidence I Have Seen That Oswald Was Not JFK’s Assassin.” From an email response by Griffin that he published on FreedomForceInternational.org:

Hello Skip.

You have made a huge leap of logic. I do not defend Israel nor do I challenge many of the facts you presented in your email. You asked my opinion of the Protocols, not of bankers, the JFK assassination, 9/11, or current affairs. If you had asked my opinion of any of those, my answer would have been fairly close to your own analysis, but certainly not on all points. For example, you say you have a photograph of Oswald in the doorway of the depository building at the moment JFK was shot. Even if the time of the photo could be proved (which it cannot) do you really think that proves the Protocols are authentic? By the way, I am convinced from the evidence I have seen that Oswald was not JFK’s assassin, but what has that to do with the authenticity of the Protocols? You will discredit yourself if you try to dump these two issues into the same bag without very substantial evidence, which you have not presented. [FreedomForceInternational.org, updated 1/28/09]

Griffin’s Trutherism: Flight 93 Was Shot Down By U.S Military Fighter

Griffin: “There Is An Impressive Body Of Evidence That, On 9/11, United Flight 93 That Crashed In A Field In Pennsylvania Was Shot Down By A U.S. Military Fighter In Spite Of Official Denial.” From a 2005 article by Griffin on FreedomForceInternational.org:

There is an impressive body of evidence that, on 9/11, United Flight 93 that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania was shot down by a U.S. military fighter in spite of official denial. It has been speculated that, when its flight path headed back to Washington, decisive action was taken.

[…]

What can we conclude from all this? While the evidence is compelling, it is not conclusive. The facts are still trickling in and, if eventually it is proved that Flight 93 was shot down on orders from above, it will be doubly painful in view of the legendary “let’s roll” heroism of the passengers. Of course, that still would not detract from their unquestionable heroism, nor would it mean that whoever issued the order acted improperly. In fact, most people would agree that it would have been the right thing to do. The public is dismayed at the fact that fighter jets failed to respond soon enough to prevent the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, but what is usually not discussed in connection with this is that, if they had arrived in time, they would have been expected to shoot down those flights as well. Otherwise, there would be no reason for the pursuit. So why would the government cover up the facts? [G. Edward Griffin, “Flight 93: ‘Let’s Roll,'” 2005]


NPR O’Keefes James O’Keefe With Misleadingly Edited Version Of Interview (AUDIO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

NPR O’Keefes James O’Keefe With Misleadingly Edited Version Of Interview (AUDIO)
National Public Radio’s “On The Media” gave conservative provocateur James O’Keefe a taste of his own medicine by employing the “black arts of broadcast editing” to create an “utterly dishonest impression” of his views.


Bryan Fischer: Muslims Have No First Amendment Rights
Bryan Fischer, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the social conservative group the American Family Association, says that when it comes to Islam, the First Amendment is a privilege, not a right. “Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam,” Fischer wrote today.


Safety On The Cheap

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Safety On The Cheap
Can we please agree that in the real world corporations exist for one purpose, and one purpose only — to make as much money as possible, which means cutting costs as much as possible?…


US-Japan Friendship Dolls Then & How to Help Today
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Gingrich?s Twenty Years Of Global Warming Flip-Flops

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Gingrich?s Twenty Years Of Global Warming Flip-Flops

Newt Gingrich really doesn’t like it when Barack Obama takes his advice. It’s not just true of intervention with Libya — it’s also the case with fighting global warming pollution. In short, Newt was for carbon cap and trade, until Obama became president:

February 15, 2007: “I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.” [Frontline, 2/15/07]

April 4, 2009: “And now, in 2009, instead of making energy cheaper—which would help create jobs and save Americans money—President Obama wants to impose a cap-and-trade regime. Such a plan would have the effect of an across-the-board energy tax on every American. That will make our artificial energy crisis even worse—and raising taxes during a deep economic recession will only accelerate American job losses.” [Newsweek, 4/4/09]

Gingrich’s full record on global warming is a series of epic flip-flops over more than two decades, with his positions mostly coinciding with whether the party holding the presidency is a Republican or a Democrat. Since 1989, when Gingrich supported aggressive climate action against “wasteful fossil fuel use,” until today, as he proposes abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 353 ppm to 391 ppm (from 26 percent above pre-industrial levels to 40 percent above), and the five-year global mean temperature anomaly has nearly doubled from 0.3?C to 0.56?C.

FLIP

1989: Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) co-sponsors the ambitious Global Warming Prevention Act (H.R. 1078), which finds that “the Earth’s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use, and the effects of rapid population growth in many regions,” that “global warming imperils human health and well-being” and calls for policies “to reduce world emissions of carbon dioxide by at least 20 percent from 1988 levels by 2000.” The legislation recognizes that global warming is a “major threat to political stability, international security, and economic prosperity.” [H.R. 1078, 6/15/1989]

FLOP

1992: Gingrich calls the environmental proposals in Al Gore’s book Earth in Balancedevastatingly threatening to most American pocketbooks and jobs.” [National Journal, 9/5/92]

1995: Gingrich’s budget shuts down climate action, killing the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth program, and NOAA global warming research. Carl Sagan asks, “Is it wise to close our eyes to a possibly serious danger to the planetary environment so as not to offend such companies and those members of Congress whose reelection campaigns they support?” [Los Angeles Times, 7/16/95]

1996: At a speech for the Detroit Economic Club, Gingrich mocks “Al Gore’s global warming,” citing “the largest snowstorm in New York City’s history”: “We were in the middle of budget negotiations; the football games were coming up and we noticed on the weather channel that an early symptom of Al Gore’s global warming was coming to the East Coast. And it does make you wonder sometimes, doesn’t it, how theoretical statisticians in the middle of the largest snowstorm in New York City’s history could stand there and say, ‘I don’t care what it’s doing. It’s going to get very hot soon.’” [FDCH Political Transcripts, 1/16/96]



FLIP

1997: As Speaker of the House, Gingrich co-sponsors H. Con. Res. 151, which notes carbon dioxide is a “major greenhouse gas” that comes from “products whose manufacture consumes fossil fuels” and calls on the United States to “manage its public domain national forests to maximize the reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” [H. Con. Res. 151, 9/10/1997]

2007: Gingrich calls for a cap-and-trade system with tax incentives for clean energy. “I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.” [Frontline, 2/15/07]

In a debate on climate policy with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Gingrich says “the evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere,” and that we should “do it urgently.” [ThinkProgress, 4/10/07]

2008: In an advertisement made for Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, Gingrich sat with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and said that “we do agree our country must take action to address climate change.” [We Campaign, 4/18/08]

FLOP

2008: Defending himself to his conservative base, Gingrich then rejects climate science: “I don’t think that we have conclusive proof of global warming. And I don’t think we have conclusive proof that humans are at the center of it.” [Newt.org, 4/22/08]

In a Washington Post chat, Gingrich rejects a cap-and-trade system, saying it “would lead to corruption, political favoritism, and would have a huge impact on the economy.” He says he supports “tax credits for dramatically reducing carbon emissions.” [Washington Post, 4/17/08]

In a later post, Gingrich says, “I do not know if the climate is warming or not.” He also rejects Warner-Lieberman, a cap-and-trade system with tax incentives for clean energy, as “leftwing”: “I disagree with leftwing solutions like Warner-Lieberman, which ignore the economic and national security implications of their attempts to protect the environment.” [Newt.org, 5/5/08]

“Last week, liberals in Congress voted for the equivalent of a $150 billion tax increase,” Gingrich wrote, of a decision to block oil shale development in Colorado. “The answer to high energy prices,” he said, is “so simple it could fit on a bumper sticker: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.” [Human Events, 5/20/08]

2009: In his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Gingrich attacks President Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal, claiming the president “mentioned in passing, using code words, so nobody would recognize it, he is for an energy tax.” [C-SPAN, 2/27/09]

In a Newsweek column, Gingrich calls Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal “an across-the-board energy tax on every American.” [Newsweek, 4/4/09]

Gingrich’s 527 organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF), launches an anti-cap-and-trade campaign. “I hereby petition Congress to reject any and all legislation (or regulatory action by the EPA) that would enact new energy taxes and/or establish a national cap and trade system for carbon dioxide that would, as President Obama has said, cause electricity and other energy prices to ‘necessarily skyrocket.’” [ASWF, 5/28/09]

2011: Gingrich proposes abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency because of its “attempts to regulate greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, and thereby the entire American economy.” [ThinkProgress, 1/25/11]


Arizona Bill Would Allow People To Bring Guns To ?Disney On Ice?

Already the bellwether of radical policy, the Arizona legislature is now poised to outdo other GOP-led states in the competition for most extreme gun legislation. Yesterday, a House panel approved a bill to let anybody bring their guns into “public establishments” and “public events.”

While current law allows public agencies to declare buildings as gun-free zones by “putting a sticker on the door,” SB 1201 will allow public buildings to keep guns out “only if there are metal detectors at each entrance with a security guards.” Without those measures, which can cost over $100,000, anyone may bring in their own gun.

Under the bill, “public establishments” and “public events” include buildings owned or leased by the state (including courts and libraries) and events conducted with a license or permit from a public entity. While the law exempts events or facilities that serve alcohol — making them provide “gun lockers” if they want to ban guns — events without alcohol would likely have to allow firearms without restriction. Such public places would include “major events such as Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns games or rock concerts.” Or, as one major concert promoter noted, “Sesame Street Live” and “Disney On Ice”:

[President of major concert promoter Live Nation Southwes Terry] Burke said it appeared the bill would allow guns at family shows that don’t serve alcohol, such as “Sesame Street Live” or “Disney on Ice.”

Bob Merlis, an agent for rock stars John Mellencamp and ZZ Top, “couldn’t imagine” an artist agreeing to perform in front of a gun-toting audience. “The fear of every performer onstage is that some nut will shoot them,” he said. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce also balked, saying the legislation “could infringe on the rights” of building owners “to keep guns out.”

Sports and entertainment executives said the bill could affect venues like Phoenix’s Chase Field, US Airways Center, Comerica Theatre, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, and the Mesa Arts Center — all “facilities are owned, leased, operated or controlled with an element of public funding.” Incidentally, Comerica Theatre will be home to Sesame Street Live this spring.

Defending his bill, state Sen. Ron Gould (R), the bill’s sponsor, said “stickers don’t really protect anybody” because they “[do] not really keep a criminal or a psychotic from walking into this meeting and shooting each and every one of us dead.” But letting anyone and everyone walk into the room with a gun somehow does.


Afghan officials agree to dissolve Kabul Bank, under pressure from U.S. and IMF

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

Afghan officials agree to dissolve Kabul Bank, under pressure from U.S. and IMF
Crisis has tested government’s willingness to confront corruption.

Pakistani Christian official’s slaying stirs fear, discord
Since March 3, when the first Christian member of the federal cabinet was gunned down by Islamic extremists in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, a jittery gloom has permeated his village.

Potential Republican presidential candidates court evangelicals
With the 2012 Republican presidential field slowly taking shape, potential candidates have an eye on a group that will prove decisive in picking the eventual GOP nominee: evangelicals.

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Michael Moore’s Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 27th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Michael Moore’s Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds
Jerry Zandstra, Detroit News
What would you say to someone who made $50 million in an industry in which 90 percent of his fellow union members made less than $5,000 per year? How about someone whose last project grossed over $220 million but who hired nonunion workers to save money? Unions should be up in arms. People across the country should be protesting outside this guy's house. Commentators like Rachel Maddow should be raining condemnation on his head in disgust over the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor in America. AdvertisementHe should be the left's poster boy for all that is wrong with our…

The Paranoid Style in Liberal Politics
Matthew Continetti, Wkly Standard
Hot Topics: To forward this article to a friend, please fill out the form below:* Required Fields* Required FieldsGet alerts when there is a new article that might interest you.Gary LockeWichitaGary LockeDavid Koch's secretary told him the news. This was in February, during the rowdy standoff between Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and demonstrators backing 14 Democratic legislators who'd fled to Illinois rather than vote on a bill weakening public employee unions. Koch's secretary said that an editor for a left-wing website, the Buffalo Beast, had telephoned the governor…

Obama’s “Too Good to Pass Up War”
Jason Zengerle, New York Magazine
Barack Obama's change of heart on going to war in Libya seemed decidedly out of character. Maureen Dowd went so far as to compare the president she once mocked as Spock"”for his "Vulcan-like logic and detachment""”with another one of her stock characters, this one named W.: "Both men started wars of choice with a decision-making process marked more by impulse and reaction than discipline and rigor." But that might even be unfair to Bush, considering he spent more than a year laying the groundwork for the invasion…

The Middle East Crisis Has Just Begun
Robert Kaplan, Wall Street Journal
Iranians attend a Friday prayer service in February. If Iran's theocracy prevails, it will signal a fundamental eclipse of American influence in the Middle East.Despite the military drama unfolding in Libya, the Middle East is only beginning to unravel. American policy-makers have been spoiled by events in Tunisia and Egypt, both of which boast relatively sturdy institutions, civil society associations and middle classes, as well as being age-old clusters of civilization where states of one form or another have existed since antiquity. Darker terrain awaits us elsewhere in the region,…

Obama’s Communications Gap on Libya
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics