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Utah Legalizes Illegal Immigrants

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Utah Legalizes Illegal Immigrants
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a bill last week that gives illegal immigrants who do not commit serious crimes and are working in the state documents that make them legal residents in the eyes of the state. For the law to work, the federal government must permit Utah to make it legal to employ people who entered the United States illegally — which is currently a federal crime.



Late Late Night FDL: Raise Your Glass

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Raise Your Glass
PinkRaise Your Glass.

PinkRaise Your Glass.

what’s on your mind?

Here’s something that will never be said
Time to channel a little perceived Calvin Coolidge in budget negotiations and do nothing.

pic by momopeche at flickr.com

“My fellow Americans, as your President I plan on doing nothing”

Because doing nothing is better than doing whatever the Obama Administration is getting ready to once again pre-compromise with the Republicans over. Doing nothing, includes, actually doing “something” by not doing anything — letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire. God forbid that would ever happen. Not with the God upon whom the Republicans have obtained a patent — the Free Market God of easy handguns and tough to obtain reproductive freedom as opposed to the “do unto others…” bullshit commie-God. Doing nothing is also something that there would not be enough votes to do anything about. Let’s make it a meme, or at least a hashtag.

It may not be the best plan, but it is better than the plans to be deemed serious. So naturally, Mr. 11-Dimensional Chess, has undoubtedly already ruled it out of the picture.


U.S. Republicans Blindly Attack Social Justice

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

U.S. Republicans Blindly Attack Social Justice
The determination of the Republican congressional majority to destroy the country’s legacy of what once was known as social justice is being accomplished amid the ignorance of the vast majority that such a thing ever existed. By William Pfaff

The determination of the Republican congressional majority to destroy the country’s legacy of what once was known as social justice is being accomplished amid the ignorance of the vast majority that such a thing ever existed.


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WND Founder Joseph Farah Is Right: WND Publishes Misinformation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

WND Founder Joseph Farah Is Right: WND Publishes Misinformation

WorldNetDaily founder and editor Joseph Farah reportedly wrote in a recent email exchange with Salon’s Justin Elliott, “Admittedly, we publish some misinformation by columnists.” Indeed, Farah is right: WorldNetDaily columnists — and reporters — have published numerous falsehoods and smears as well as some of the most absurd anti-Obama conspiracy theories and falsehoods.

WND Founder Farah Admits, “We Publish Some Misinformation By Columnists”

Farah: “Admittedly, We Publish Some Misinformation By Columnists.” In an April 11 post on Salon’s War Room blog, Justin Elliot published part of an email exchange between him and Farah. Responding to Elliott’s article debunking WND’s article on President Obama spending $2 million to fight birther lawsuits, Farah admitted that WND “publish[es] some misinformation by columnists.” From Salon:

Unfortunately for [WND columnist Jack] Cashill the supposed “genuine” image — the one without Obama — was itself a sloppy photoshop job that still included part of Obama’s knee between his grandparents. This was pointed out by Media Matters about eight hours after Cashill’s column was published on WND.

At that point WND simply scrubbed the first two paragraphs of the story, without so much as an update, let alone a correction. These lines were now gone:

In his definitive 2010 biography of Barack Obama, “The Bridge,” New Yorker editor David Remnick features a photograph of a dapper young Barack Obama sitting between his grandparents on a Central Park bench.

The bench is real. The grandparents are real. The wall behind them is real. Barack Obama is not. He has been conspicuously photo-shopped in. Who did this and why remains as much a mystery as Obama’s extended stay in New York.

When I pointed this out, Farah fired back (emphasis added):

Jack Cashill is an OPINION columnist. Admittedly, we publish some misinformation by columnists, as does your publication and every other journal that contains opinion. Bill Press seldom gets anything right in his column, but because we believe in providing the broadest spectrum of OPINION anywhere in the news business, we tolerate that kind of thing. Yes, Cashill’s column contained an egregious error, which we corrected almost immediately, which is far more than I expect you to do in what I assume is a NEWS piece you wrote. [Salon, 10/1/09; Media Matters, 10/1/09]

Farah Claimed Obama “Publicly Supports Ethnic Cleansing In The Middle East Against Jews.” In a December 1, 2009, column, Farah claimed that Obama “publicly supports ethnic cleansing in the Middle East against Jews” and demanded “Israel…lay down and be carved up by those whose history of political involvement places them as the political disciples of Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.” [WND, 10/1/11]

WND Columnist Ringer Theorized Obama Deliberately Provoking Civil Unrest To Establish Dictatorship. In an April 2, 2009, WND column, Robert Ringer wrote:

But if BHO truly has his mind set on establishing a dictatorship — and it is my personal belief that he does — it’s too risky for him to wait for a runaway inflation as an excuse to call a state of emergency. He knows that as long as there is a semblance of a free market in place, producers will continue to push back against the economy-killing effects of his policies.

Thus, he needs another excuse to declare a state of emergency. In previous articles, I’ve mentioned a nuke exchange between Iran and Israel as one possibility. Another is civil unrest due to unemployment rates that could reach 25 percent or more in the not-too-distant future. [WND, 4/2/09]

Mychal Massie Dubiously Claimed “25 Percent” Of The Military Would Decline To Re-Enlist If DADT Were Repealed. In a February 9, 2010, column, Mychal Massie claimed: “A reader who is in a position to know told me that the ‘last survey among military folks [revealed] that 25 percent won’t re-up if [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed]. This means that to allow [the] 2 percent of those out there who choose this lifestyle into the military, we’d lose 25 percent of the experienced military folks who have morals.’ ” Massie’s claim is refuted by the experiences of several other countries that lifted their bans on gays and lesbians serving but saw no such re-enlistment reductions, even when earlier polling had predicted such reductions. [WND, 2/9/10; Media Matters, 2/10/10]

Cashill Baselessly Speculated Barack Sr. Isn’t Obama’s Father, Might Be An “American Black.” In a January 10 column, Jack Cashill baselessly speculated that Barack Obama Sr. isn’t really the father of President Obama, because Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham, was smiling while “standing right next to the African guy who allegedly knocked up his 17-year-old daughter and is now abandoning them. As the father of two daughters, this doesn’t smell right at all.” Cashill further speculated that Obama was actually “the illegitimate son of an American black.” [WND, 1/20/11]

Cashill Has Pushed Discredited Theory That Ayers Wrote Obama’s Memoir. In an April 1 WND column, Cashill suggested that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s memoir, Dreams from My Father. As Media Matters has noted, the theory that Ayers wrote Dreams has long been discredited. [WND, 4/1/11; Media Matters, 3/29/11]

WND’s Misinformation Is Not Confined To Columnists

Corsi Baselessly Speculated That Obama Would Create Censorship Dept. As President. In a September 7, 2008, WND article, senior staff reporter and Obama Nation author Jerome Corsi responded to the Obama campaign’s rebuttal of his book by baselessly claiming, “By placing ‘Unfit for Publication’ as the title of the mock-book, does the Obama rebuttal mean to suggest an Obama administration might have a censorship department in which a book critical of a President Obama might be banned from publication?” [WND, 9/7/08]

WND Repeated False Claim That Castro “Endorsed” Obama And Clinton. An August 31, 2007, WND article accurately reported that Fidel Castro called a potential Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama presidential ticket “seemingly invincible” but falsely claimed that Castro “endorsed” the then-candidates. In fact, in his column in the Cuban newspaper Granma, Castro criticized both candidates for the “error” of favoring democracy in Cuba. [WND, 8/31/07; Media Matters, 8/30/07]

WND Ran With Baseless Claim That Obama Endorsed Kenyan President Odinga. An October 21, 2008, WND article cited dubious emails to claim that Obama “campaigned for” “radical Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga” during a 2006 trip. The alleged emails from then-Sen. Obama were described by Politico‘s Ben Smith as “general nuttiness” due to dubious characteristics of the emails, such as indications that they were not written by a native English speaker and the inclusion of an email address missing the character “@.” [WND, 10/21/08; Media Matters, 10/22/08]

WND Article Falsely Claimed Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan “Advised Obama Transition.” A November 6, 2009, WND article by Corsi featured the false headline, “Shooter advised Obama transition.” Later in the article, however, Corsi admitted that there was no evidence that the George Washington University task force that Hasan participated in “played any formal role in the official Obama transition.” [WND, 11/6/09]

Klein Baselessly Claims “Obama Encouraged Palestinian ‘Resistance.’ ” In a March 31 article, WND reporter Aaron Klein baselessly claimed that “the Obama administration has encouraged ‘resistance’ by Palestinians to protest Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian Authority official claimed to WND.” Klein continued: “The senior PA official, speaking from Ramallah on condition of anonymity, said that in recent meetings with U.S. envoys to the region, the American diplomats supported and encouraged the concept of Palestinian protests to pressure Israel into evacuating eastern sections of Jerusalem.” [WND, 3/31/10]

WND Article Falsely Claimed Rev. Jim Wallis “Labeled” U.S. “Destroyer Of Human Life.” A March 15, 2010, article by Klein falsely claimed that Rev. Jim Wallis, a member of Obama’s faith council, “labeled the U.S. ‘the great captor and destroyer of human life.’ ” In fact, Wallis referred to “the powers of the world” that “demand unconditional allegiance and obedience” when he wrote that, for the Christian community, “the modern state is the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life.” [WND, 3/15/10; Rev. Jim Wallis, Agenda for Biblical People, accessed 4/12/11]

WND Article Falsely Claimed Obama Appointee “Linked Christians With Violence.” A February 7 WND article claimed that former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who Obama appointed to his Council of Governors, “linked Christians [with] violence.” In fact, the report by a Missouri state agency to which the post referred did not reference Christianity, but rather noted ties between the radical “Christian Identity” movement — identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a “racist and anti-Semitic religious sect” linked to several terrorist attacks — and the militia movement. [WND, 2/7/10; Missouri Information Analysis Center, 2/20/09]

WND Article Falsely Claimed Kagan Defended Obama From Birthers. On August 4, 2010, WND executive news editor Joe Kovacs claimed that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan “has actually been playing a role for some time in the dispute over whether Obama is legally qualified to be in the White House,” adding that “[a] simple search of the high court’s own website reveals Kagan’s name coming up at least nine times on dockets involving Obama eligibility issues.” In fact, this claim is based on an email chain which was proven to be false. The article has since been removed from the WND website. [Media Matters, 8/9/10]

WND Ran With Dubious Estimate That Obama’s India Trip Cost Taxpayers $200 Million Per Day. On November 3, 2010, WND promoted the dubious claim that Obama’s trip to India cost taxpayers “a whopping $200 million per day.” Following the story, FactCheck.org called the claim “highly doubtful,” adding that “there’s no evidence to support such a huge figure.” [WND, 11/3/10; Media Matters, 11/3/10]


Iraq Votes To Deport Members of Iranian Group MEK After Deadly Clash

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Iraq Votes To Deport Members of Iranian Group MEK After Deadly Clash
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Fiancée, Father of Giffords Staffer Support Ban On High Capacity Clips
Efforts to ban high-capacity gun magazines, like the one allegedly used by accused Tuscon shooter Jared Loughner, are gaining some momentum. On Tuesday morning, Kelly O’Brien – the fiancée of congressional staffer Gabe Zimmerman, who was killed in the Tuscon rampage – joined legislators for a press conference to endorse House and Senate bills banning high-capacity magazines, or assault clips.


House trying to gut Open Internet

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

House trying to gut Open Internet
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hjres37eh/pdf/BILLS-112hjres37eh.pdf


Goldstone Flinched For Reason So Many Progressive Jews Do: Social Pressure

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Goldstone Flinched For Reason So Many Progressive Jews Do: Social Pressure
A terrific article in the Jewish Forward today explains what was behind Judge Richard Goldstone’s decision to amend his original findings on the Gaza war: social pressure. The article describes how Goldstone’s community in Johannesburg summoned Goldstone to a meeting…


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Bachmann Says She Doesn?t ?Have An Answer? On Whether Homosexuality Is A Public Health Hazard

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Bachmann Says She Doesn?t ?Have An Answer? On Whether Homosexuality Is A Public Health Hazard

Yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — who is seriously considering launching a campaign for the presidency — appeared before the FAMiLY Leader, an anti-gay social conservative group in Iowa. Both the Leader and its head, former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, have argued that homosexuality is a public health hazard akin to second hand smoke and have directed its members to literature promoting discredited ex-gay therapies. In fact, during an interview with ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes, Plaats argued, “If we’re teaching the kids, ‘don’t smoke, because that’s a risky health style,’ the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle. That’s why I think we need to speak the truth once in a while.”

But Bachmann did not openly embrace this line of thinking during her appearance. Asked if she agreed with Vander Plaats and the Leader about the health risks of being gay, Bachmann seemed startled and confused by the question and, after a pause, simply said, “I don’t have an answer for that”:

VOLSKY: Congresswoman, some groups — including this one, I believe — have argued that homosexuality is a public health crisis akin to second-hand smoking. I was wondering if you agreed with that.

BACHMANN: Um. I — I don’t have an answer on that. I don’t have an answer. Why don’t I have another question.

Listen here:

Last week, Bachmann’s potential Iowa political state director, State Rep. Kent Sorenson (R) actually disagreed with the public health meme and claimed that nobody has advanced this argument. “I think that’s absurd. … I would never make that argument and I haven’t heard anybody in Iowa make that argument, so I’m not sure where you’re coming up with that from,” he said.

Cross-posted on The Wonk Room.


The Path: Mitt Romney

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

The Path: Mitt Romney
How can former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney win the 2012 presidential nomination? (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The first — and most important — question any candidate for president has to answer is: How do you win?

It’s the safety net, stupid
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Lawmakers urge Obama to accept mandatory restraints on spending
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