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Titanic’s Unknown Child Identified

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

Titanic’s Unknown Child Identified
DNA analysis on small fragments of a one-year-old Titanic victim’s remains has led to the discovery of the child’s identity, 99 years after the famous sinking in the North Atlantic. Sidney Leslie Goodwin, 19 months old, drowned on April 21, 1912, and was buried at a cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a headstone dedicated to the “unknown child.” Goodwin was traveling on the Titanic with his parents, Frederick and Augusta, and five siblings. Sidney is the only one whose body was found.



And Jefferson Davis would have loved Ayn Rand!

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

And Jefferson Davis would have loved Ayn Rand!
Southern Republicans, a Galtian driven to secede.

pic via shawnzrossi at flickr.com

Chalk up another irony when Republicans wave the Stars and Stripes and wish it contained a couple bars:

In North Carolina GOP voters are almost evenly divided on the outcome of the war with 35% glad for the North’s victory, 33% ruing the South’s loss, and 32% taking neither side. Democrats (55/15) and independents (57/14) have similar numbers to Georgia but due to the greater ambivalence of Republicans about the northern victory, overall less than half of Tar Heel voters (48%) are glad the Union won to 21% who wish the Confederacy had.

I do share something in common with most Republicans, I’m glad Lincoln isn’t alive to see this, though for different reasons.

Meanwhile…

The survey found that only 24 percent of Republican voters in North Carolina believe Obama was born in the U.S.

Wonder what the percentages would be regarding the Thirteenth Amendment? Not that there could possibly be a correlation.

It’s totally not about race, right?


Holder Says WikiLeaks’ Gitmo Documents Won’t Affect Prosecutions

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

Holder Says WikiLeaks’ Gitmo Documents Won’t Affect Prosecutions
Attorney General Eric Holder said Guantanamo documents recently released by WikiLeaks will not impact military tribunals for terror suspects. The documents reveal flaws in the U.S. detention program at the facility. The Obama administration had initially moved to close Guantanamo and hold terror trials in civilian courts but now finds itself defending Bush administration methodology that has been carried over. The more than 700 WikiLeaks documents tell of at least 160 “high risk” prisoners who may have been released erroneously, as well as a number who were wrongfully imprisoned.  —KDG Reuters: Holder said his decision to shift the September 11 defendants back to military tribunals will not have any impact on prosecuting future terrorism cases in U.S. courts. Besides the defendants accused in the September 11 attacks, a number of other Guantanamo prisoners are expected to be tried in military tribunals. The documents made available by WikiLeaks were largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantanamo that have drawn widespread condemnation and have created problems in prosecuting some cases. Holder said the administration could not release its assessments of the Guantanamo prisoners because they were partly based on a wide range of sources, some classified, and to take that out would give incomplete information. But lawyers for the Guantanamo prisoners will likely use the WikiLeaks documents to defend their clients.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Guantanamo documents recently released by WikiLeaks will not impact military tribunals for terror suspects. The documents reveal flaws in the U.S. detention program at the facility.

The Obama administration had initially moved to close Guantanamo and hold terror trials in civilian courts but now finds itself defending Bush administration methodology that has been carried over. The more than 700 WikiLeaks documents tell of at least 160 “high risk” prisoners who may have been released erroneously, as well as a number who were wrongfully imprisoned.? —KDG

Reuters:

Holder said his decision to shift the September 11 defendants back to military tribunals will not have any impact on prosecuting future terrorism cases in U.S. courts.

Besides the defendants accused in the September 11 attacks, a number of other Guantanamo prisoners are expected to be tried in military tribunals.

The documents made available by WikiLeaks were largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantanamo that have drawn widespread condemnation and have created problems in prosecuting some cases.

Holder said the administration could not release its assessments of the Guantanamo prisoners because they were partly based on a wide range of sources, some classified, and to take that out would give incomplete information.

But lawyers for the Guantanamo prisoners will likely use the WikiLeaks documents to defend their clients.

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Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: A Graduation Gift

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: A Graduation Gift
In the past, when the caps and gown disappeared after graduation day, so did health care coverage for millions of young Americans. But with last year’s health care reform, that is no longer the case.

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Right-Wing Media Gin Up Another Faux Controversy To Attack Obama’s Faith

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

Right-Wing Media Gin Up Another Faux Controversy To Attack Obama’s Faith

Right-wing media are using the fact that President Obama did not issue an Easter message to again question whether he is really a Christian. Conservative media have long engaged in a dishonest campaign to question and lie about Obama’s faith.

Conservative Media Use Easter Proclamation Story To Again Attack Obama’s Faith

On Fox, Lars Larson Claims Obama “Bows Down To Leaders Of … Muslim Countries And Then He Disses Easter In His Own Country.” On Fox News’ America Live, guest host Shannon Bream stated: “The president and White House often seem very frustrated about these polling numbers that come out that show a significant amount of Americans question the president’s faith and wonder whether he’s truly Muslim, even though he says again and again he is a Christian.” She then asked: “So is it fair for the White House to take a little heat that he didn’t step up and be more vocal on Easter?” Contributor Juan Williams replied that Obama is “not the preacher in chief, he’s the commander in chief,” adding, “We don’t need the politicians in this country to celebrate Easter. I’m a Christian and I’m not looking to him to tell me how to, you know, worship.” On the other hand, radio host Lars Larson stated that Obama “is paying more attention” to Muslim holidays. Larson also said:

LARSON: The president of the United States is the public face of this country. This country has a deep tradition in Christianity, although it’s a pluralistic country that welcomes all. And yet, why is it that the president somehow seems to forget about the highest Christian holiday and remembers all the rest of them, including made-up phony, baloney ones like Kwanzaa. Now, that’s I think just wrong. This president and the fact that his spokesman comes out and laughs it off as, oh, this isn’t a big deal — it is a big deal when the president of the United States fails to recognize this major Christian holiday but seems to remember all the rest of them.

I’m with Juan. I mean, the fact is, is that we joke a lot about whether or not the president chose a whole lot of deference to Muslims and seems to forget Christians. And of course his own path — past is with a church that seemed to be, you know, focused around hating America. But all that aside, the president should’ve recognized Easter like he recognizes other holidays, or don’t recognize any of them at all. He’s not doing a good job as the public face of America, as usual.

[…]

LARSON: The president goes over and bows down to leaders of foreign — of Muslim countries and then he disses Easter in his own country. That’s just not reasonable. [Fox News, America Live, 4/26/11]

Wash. Times: “Obama To Christians: Forget You.” In an April 25 editorial headlined, “Obama To Christians: Forget You,” The Washington Times complained that the White House did not issue “official statements for either Easter or Good Friday” and wrote that “[t]his basket of Easter problems underscores Mr. Obama’s continuing problem with perceptions of his religious identity.” From the editorial:

President Obama delivered official messages for Passover, Ramadan and Diwali. But for Easter? Not so much. The White House came under fire this week for neglecting to issue official statements for either Easter or Good Friday, though Mr. Obama did take time Friday to address Earth Day, a celebration observed by tens of thousands of pagan worshippers of the earth goddess Gaia.

[…]

Mr. Obama has had a difficult official relationship with Easter. His 2010 Easter proclamation was criticized because he attempted to include other faiths in what is a uniquely Christian holiday. This was not equal-opportunity multiculturalism; his Ramadan message did not include a shout-out to American Jews, for example, even though his 2011 Passover message bizarrely related the holiday to the current Arab uprisings. Likewise, Mr. Obama’s 2009 message stated that, “while we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all – Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike.” He also quoted passages from a historic 1945 sermon delivered by a chaplain in the wake of the fierce fighting on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima but edited out any mention of Jesus.

This basket of Easter problems underscores Mr. Obama’s continuing problem with perceptions of his religious identity. Lately, the White House has gone out of its way to ramp up the Christian content on Mr. Obama’s schedule, which can in part be read as a reaction to the continuing questions in some quarters over whether Mr. Obama truly observes the faith he publicly professes. An August 2010 report from the Pew Research Center showed that the better the American people get to know Mr. Obama, the fewer think he is a Christian and the more believe he is a Muslim. Oversights like the missing Easter message definitely don’t help. [The Washington Times, 4/25/11]

The Jawa Report: “I Don’t Believe Barrack [sic] Obama Is A Muslim. I Also Don’t Believe He’s A Christian.” In a post titled, ” ‘Christian’ President Fails to Recognize Easter,” a blogger with the handle Rusty Shackleford wrote on The Jawa Report: “I don’t believe Barrack [sic] Obama is a Muslim. I also don’t believe he’s a Christian.” The post later added a photograph of lightning hitting the White House and an updated headline that included the words: “God Apparently Not Happy About This.” It continued:

Now, he did “celebrate” Easter by taking the family to a church, but I don’t think church going every once in awhile qualifies one as a Christian. Especially when church attendance is done for purely political reasons.

Barrack Obama has faith in one thing: the overwhelming awesomeness of Barrack Obama.

[…]

UPDATE: Apparently either JHVH or Zeus is pretty pissed about this. [The Jawa Report, 4/25/11]

Fox Nation Suggests Muslim Holidays Are More Important To Obama. In an article headlined, “WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation,” about how “President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most sacred holiday,” the Fox Nation repeatedly suggested that Obama views Muslim holidays as more important. While the article noted that the Obamas attended an Easter service at a Baptist church and that the president hosted an Easter breakfast for Christian ministers and an Easter egg roll, it also stated: “By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.” The article continued:

[T]oday, the president and first lady will host 30,000 people for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The secular celebration of Easter includes readings, games, and a yoga garden. This year’s theme, “Get Up and Go!” is part of the first lady’s anti-obesity campaign and will also display produce from the White House garden.

In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.

“All of us are striving to make a way in this world; to build a purposeful and fulfilling life in the fleeting time we have here,” Obama said in his 2010 “Easter” message. “A dignified life. A healthy life. A life, true to its potential. And a life that serves other.” “These are aspirations that stretch back through the ages — aspirations at the heart of Judaism, at the heart of Christianity, at the heart of all the world’s great religions,” the president added.

When the White House released statements about Muslim holidays, no attempts were made to include Christianity or to mention a spirit of inclusivity. For example, in his 2010 statement on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, Obama made no references to Christianity or any other religion.

By contrast, former President Bush traditionally included Scripture passages in his Easter messages and made a point to explain what Easter is about. Like Obama, though, he did not release statements marking Good Friday. [Fox Nation, 4/25/11]

Fox‘s Steve Doocy: “The President Released An Eight-Paragraph Statement On Earth Day, Nothing About Easter.” In a segment in which Fox & Friends hosts mentioned that the White House hosted an Easter egg roll and that Obama made “some comments about Easter at a breakfast last week,” they nevertheless wondered why “this White House has never had a proclamation on Easter, the most holy of Christian holidays.” Co-host Steve Doocy stated: “This year, the president released an eight-paragraph statement on Earth Day, nothing about Easter.” From Fox & Friends:

DOOCY: Here’s Jay Carney, yesterday, being quizzed about that.

[begin video clip]

REPORTER 1: The highest Christian holiday and you don’t know if you put out a statement? I mean, Jay, come on.

[unintelligible]

REPORTER 1: There was a statement?

REPORTER 2: No proclamation.

CARNEY: I’m glad you’re asking these key important questions, guys. The fact is, the president took his family to church in a very high-profile way to celebrate Easter. I think it was highly visible to most Americans. And he — as a devoted Christian, he believes it’s a very important holiday for him personally, for his family and for Christians around the country.

[end video clip]

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Well, that — it’s true. I mean, there’s a lot of issues breaking around the world that you want the president to weigh in on, from Syria to what’s happening here with gas prices, but I will say that’s another management issue. I mean, you know, the president can’t be saying, “Hey, what did you do with the proclamation? I gotta run to church.” He’s gotta be — that’s gotta be somebody in the chief of staff on down to handle stuff like that.

JULIET HUDDY (guest co-host): This isn’t the first time he was criticized for not giving an Easter proclamation. And the reaction, I think, that a lot of people are having isn’t so much to that as it is to Jay Carney’s sort of laughing it off — and ha, why are you asking me? — like delegitimizing the question.

[…]

DOOCY: We should point out that apparently, the president did make some comments about Easter at a breakfast last week, but when you look at the fact that the White House has never issued — this administration has never had an Easter proclamation and then you look at some of the other days that they have had big proclamations about — Earth Day. This year, the president released an eight-paragraph statement on Earth Day, nothing about Easter.

HUDDY: Education and Sharing Day, that’s a big one. National Equal Pay Day on April 11, there was a proclamation for that, as well. The April 7 National Volunteer Week and Cesar Chavez Day March 30

DOOCY: [laughter]

HUDDY: — proclaimed.

KILMEADE: But no egg roll for any of those days. We did have a big egg roll yesterday. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/26/11]

Fox Guest: “It’s Actions Like These That Really Make People Wonder What It Is The President Really Believes.” In a later segment on Fox & Friends, guest Rev. Robert Jeffress, a senior pastor with Dallas-based First Baptist Church, was invited to discuss the issue, with Doocy asking him, “Jay Carney just said, look, the president went to church on Easter and, you know, he has affirmed his Christianity. He’s gone on to say things like that. But what do you think about the fact that this White House has never issued an official proclamation regarding Easter, which is one of Christianity’s most sacred holidays.” Jeffress replied:

JEFFRESS: Let’s look at what’s really going on here. On the one hand, we have a president who never met a Muslim holiday he didn’t like, or at least wasn’t willing to issue a proclamation for; and on the other hand, here he is refusing to acknowledge publically the most important event in Christian faith: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And yet the White House is wondering why do 20 percent of Americans believe the president is a Muslim. Well, as my kids would say, “Duh.” You know, I mean, it’s actions like these that really make people wonder what it is the president really believes.

[…]

JEFFRESS: I really think, Steve, there’s only one of two explanations. Either he has advisers who are telling him that it’s politically expedient to ignore Christianity and elevate other world religions like Islam. And if that’s the case, Republicans need to pray that those advisers stay in place through the 2012 election cycle. The only other explanation is that there’s something deep within the president himself that will not allow him to issue these public proclamations about Christianity, when he on Easter will issue a proclamation about Earth Day or he will recognize Muslim holidays. I think either explanation is deeply troubling for Christians. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/26/11]

Hannity: “I’m Not Questioning His Religion, But People Said, ‘Why Wouldn’t He Do It On This?’ “ Discussing why “the White House doesn’t release an Easter proclamation despite several proclamations for holidays of other religions,” Sean Hannity stated, “I’m not questioning his religion, but people said, ‘Why wouldn’t he do it on this?’ ” Republican strategist Nancy Pfotenhauer replied by calling it “a mistake,” and “a political error of such magnitude that it almost defies explanation.” She added: “I mean, it leaves people thinking that he is either hostile or indifferent. I think it’s much more likely to be the latter.” Pfotenhauer also called Carney’s “tone,” in responding to reporters’ questions, “disrespectful” and “almost mocking.” Hannity said it was “dismissive.” [Fox News, Hannity, 4/25/11]

Obama Hosted Easter Prayer Breakfast, Mentioned Easter In Weekly Radio Address

Obama Prayer Breakfast Statement: There’s “Something About The Resurrection Of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, That Puts Everything Else In Perspective.” From remarks Obama gave during an Easter prayer breakfast he hosted:

OBAMA: To all the faith leaders and the distinguished guests that are here today, welcome to our second annual — I’m going to make it annual, why not? (Laughter and applause.) Our second Easter Prayer Breakfast. The Easter Egg Roll, that’s well established. (Laughter.) The Prayer Breakfast we started last year, in part because it gave me a good excuse to bring together people who have been such extraordinary influences in my life and such great friends. And it gives me a chance to meet and make some new friends here in the White House.

I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason — because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.

We all live in the hustle and bustle of our work. And everybody in this room has weighty responsibilities, from leading churches and denominations, to helping to administer important government programs, to shaping our culture in various ways. And I admit that my plate has been full as well. (Laughter.) The inbox keeps on accumulating. (Laughter.)

But then comes Holy Week. The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.

And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.

In the words of the book Isaiah: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.

And that’s why we have this breakfast. Because in the middle of critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives, we must always make sure that we are keeping things in perspective. Children help do that. (Laughter.) A strong spouse helps do that. But nothing beats scripture and the reminder of the eternal. [WhiteHouse.gov, 4/19/11]

Obama Weekly Address: Passover And Easter Give Us “A Chance To Give Thanks For Our Blessings And Reaffirm Our Faith.” From Obama’s April 23 weekly address:

This is a time of year when people get together with family and friends to observe Passover and to celebrate Easter. It’s a chance to give thanks for our blessings and reaffirm our faith, while spending time with the people we love. We all know how important that is – especially in hard times. And that’s what a lot of people are facing these days. [WhiteHouse.gov, 4/23/11]

Right-Wing Media Repeatedly Insist Obama’s Christian Faith Is Not Christianity

Limbaugh: “Obama Says He’s A Christian But Where’s The Evidence?” On his radio show, discussing the 2010 White House Easter egg roll, Limbaugh stated: “The guy holds an Easter egg roll — the White House website promoting the Easter egg roll does not mention Jesus or Christ. It talks about environmentalism. Obama says he’s a Christian but where’s the evidence?” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/19/10]

Beck: “I Think He Is A Christian That Christians Don’t Recognize.” On his radio show, Glenn Beck addressed the findings of a Time poll showing that 24 percent of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, saying, “Here’s the problem with this. I find that a disturbing poll because I don’t think — I think that is the easy answer for people who are like, ‘Well, it doesn’t make sense. Nothing makes sense.’ And I think the easy thing is to say, ‘I think he’s a Muslim.’ I don’t — I really don’t. I think he is a Christian that Christians don’t recognize.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 8/19/10]

Beck: Obama’s Comments Show “Contempt For The Scriptures.” On his show, Beck and his co-hosts attacked Obama for comments he made about the Bible that they said show “a lack of understanding” and that are “not Christianity.” Beck went on to claim that Obama’s comments are “such a distortion” and “shows contempt for the Scriptures.” Beck added that Obama’s Christianity “is again liberation theology,” and his comments were “his understanding of distorted Christianity.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 8/19/10]

Quinn: Obama “Says He’s A Christian But I’ve Never Seen Him In A Christian Church.” After saying that he believed Obama is a Muslim, Quinn stated: “What am I to think when he says to George Stephanopoulos, ‘Nobody has criticized my Muslim faith,’ and Stephanopoulos says, ‘You mean, Christian.’ And he, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, Christian faith.’ What am I to make of a guy who says he’s a Christian but I’ve never seen him in a Christian church?” Quinn continued: “And don’t give me the Reverend Wright, because the Reverend Wright’s church isn’t Christian.” [Clear Channel, The War Room with Quinn & Rose, 7/13/10]

Hannity Criticizes Obama For Receiving “Daily Devotionals … From One Faith After Another.” Responding to Obama’s statement that he receives a daily devotional on his BlackBerry containing “a passage, Scripture, in some cases quotes from other faiths to reflect on,” Hannity guest, author Richard Miniter, said, “Sean, the big question is, what are the other faiths? Is he talking about Islam? … Every president has had a personal relationship with God. And for him to say, well, some days it’s Buddha, some days it’s Jesus, it’s kind of strange.” After Kirsten Powers noted that President Bush didn’t go to church, Hannity stated, “I know for a fact that he had Bible study often. And the thing — he wasn’t receiving, you know, devotional, daily devotionals, as you point out, from one faith after another.” [Fox News, Hannity, 2/2/10]

Gretchen Carlson: “Some” Say Obama Discussing God “Was Disingenuous Coming From A President Who Does Not Go To Church On A Regular Basis.” After airing a video clip of Obama invoking God during his speech on the BP oil spill, Gretchen Carlson asked, “Did you find it at all disingenuous because some people are analyzing that this morning and saying it was disingenuous coming from a president who does not go to church on a regular basis.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 6/16/10]

Special Report On Obama Church Attendance: “Commitment Issues?” Host Bret Baier reported that the Obamas “decided against joining a church in the area because of the security involved in a presidential visit.” During the segment, the on-screen text stated, “Commitment Issues.” [Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier, 3/30/10]

Fox News Contributor Jonathan Morris: Obama’s Interpretation Of His Faith Is “Not How The Average Christian In The United States” Would Put It. On September 29, 2010, Fox News’ America’s Newsroom hosted Father Jonathan Morris — a Catholic priest and Fox News contributor — to analyze Obama’s statements about why he became a Christian. Morris stated:

MORRIS: You know, not too bad. Charitably interpreted, pretty good. But it’s not how the average Christian in the United States would answer that question. “I’m a Christian by choice.” “It was the precepts of Christianity — of Jesus Christ that attracted me.” The precepts. That’s not how the average Christian would respond. Christianity for most Christians who have it as a big part of their life, it’s a falling in love not with precepts. Who’s going to fall in love with the Ten Commandments? It’s the falling in love with — or the getting to know personally — a person named Jesus of Nazareth.

[…]

MORRIS: The fact that he has not chosen a church after two years in Washington also says something. Does it mean he’s a bad Christian? Far be it for me to say that. It says something. [Fox News, America’s Newsroom, 9/29/10]

Right-Wing Media Relentlessly Drive Obama-Muslim Falsehood

Right-Wing Media Have Relentlessly Pushed The Myth That Obama Is A Muslim. In the past two years, conservative media have continued to lie about Obama’s personal history, dishonestly distorting his faith to claim that he is in fact a Muslim and not a Christian. Those untruths include outright claims that Obama is a Muslim to alleging that he “is a Christian that Christians don’t recognize”; attempts to use his family and upbringing in Indonesia to portray him as an “Islamist”; claims that he has an agenda that shows he has a “preference of Islam over Christianity”; and attempts to pick out symbols associated with his administration to perpetuate the lie about his faith. [Media Matters, 8/19/10]


NOM Launches ‘Investigation’ Of Law Firm’s Decision To Drop DOMA Case

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

NOM Launches ‘Investigation’ Of Law Firm’s Decision To Drop DOMA Case
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a conservative organization fighting against the legalization of same-sex marriage, said Monday it would launch an “investigation” into the decision of the law firm King & Spalding to drop its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Conservative Lawyer Resigns After Law Firm Drops DOMA Defense
In a major setback for opponents of same-sex marriage, the law firm of King and Spalding is withdrawing from its agreement with House leadership to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.


Honest John Meets the Koch Head Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2011 4:33 am by HL

Honest John Meets the Koch Head Party


Corporate Contributions May Be Allowed in Tennessee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2011 4:32 am by HL

Corporate Contributions May Be Allowed in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers are working on legislation that would allow direct corporate donations to political candidates, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

“The Tennessee Legislature last year approved a law allowing independent expenditures in state campaigns. The new bill goes beyond that to authorize corporations to directly give money to candidates and political parties for the first time in Tennessee, which has had a longstanding ban on direct corporate contributions.”

Trump Sought Job from White House
White House adviser David Axelrod told the Washington Post that Donald Trump called him last summer “asking to be put in charge of the operation in the gulf to seal the oil leak.”

Said Trump: “I know how to run big projects. Why don’t you put me in charge?”

“I told him I thought we were close to solving it and would get back to him,” Axelrod recalled. “Two weeks later, we had the leak sealed, and I called him back to thank him for his offer.”

Angle Denies She’d Run as an Independent
Sharron Angle (R) denied a report that she’d run as an independent if Republicans were to pass her over for replacing the possibly departing Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV).

Said Angle: “I am committed to the House race for the Second Congressional District as a Republican candidate. Regardless of a possible special election’s impact in the short term, I have hired an experienced consulting firm, Revolvis, that has a proven track record of winning complex campaigns. I am confident in my team’s ability to muster all necessary resources for success.”

Dave Catanese: “For a candidate to make the uncommon move of citing a specific consulting firm in a statement demonstrates how Angle is trying to rebuild her reputation after her disastrous 2010 effort, which many blame on mismanagement by her previous political operatives.”

Trump Has Given More to Democrats
Donald Trump has made more than $1.3 million in donations over the years to candidates nationwide, with 54% of the money going to Democrats, according to a Washington Post analysis.

“The donations provide another view into the odd political spectacle surrounding Trump, who may be the most unlikely of possible GOP presidential hopefuls in an already eclectic field. Although candidates such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty have spent years carefully crafting and plotting a White House run, the tycoon and fixture of the New York tabloids has leapt onto the scene with loud proclamations and surprisingly strong poll numbers among likely Republican voters.”

Meanwhile, ABC News reports Trump is headed to New Hampshire today “for what is shaping up to be an unpredictable — but increasingly likely — bid for the Republican nomination.”


How Smartphones are Spying on Our Movements

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

How Smartphones are Spying on Our Movements
Consumers are learning one creepy truth about our smartphones. The GPS location tools not only let you find out where places are relative to your location, but they also track where you are — and have been — as well….


Questions for S&P on Its Potential Downgrade of U.S. Debt
S&P managed to capture the headlines yesterday when it announced that it had a negative outlook for the credit rating of the United States. After all, an actual credit downgrade for the United States government would be big news. While…

He Just Can’t Help It
Thus, there has always been a fan base for the abrasive rich man. There has always been a market for books by people like George Steinbrenner, Ross Perot, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Bobby Knight, Howard Stern and George Soros. There…


Halliburton Brings In Record $5.3 Billion In First Quarter, Credits Increased U.S. Oil Production Under Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2011 4:30 am by HL

Halliburton Brings In Record $5.3 Billion In First Quarter, Credits Increased U.S. Oil Production Under Obama

Oil giant Halliburton reported record revenues in the first quarter of 2011, pulling in $5.3 billion. In a severe blow to the right-wing’s daily talking points, Halliburton attributes their robust earnings to increased domestic production under Obama:

Halliburton’s consolidated revenue in the first quarter of 2011 was $5.3 billion, compared to $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2010…These increases were attributable to increased activity in United States land…

“I am extremely pleased with our Q1 results, as overall revenue in the first quarter set a company record of $5.3 billion. North America delivered strong performance as margins progressed due to increased activity…” said Dave Lesar, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Lesar is confident that, under Obama, domestic energy production opportunities will continue to grow: “We have been confident about the robust outlook in North America, and the prospect of higher activity in the coming quarters has made us more bullish in the strength of our business in 2011 and beyond.”

The right wing has consistently and falsely accused Obama of choking off domestic supply. American Solutions, an organization funded by the fossil fuel industry and controlled by Newt Gingrich, accuses Obama on a daily basis of blocking domestic oil production. In reality, under Obama, U.S. oil production has reached its highest levels in nearly a decade.

Despite record revenue and profits, Halliburton and the rest of the oil industry continue to receive billions in taxpayer subsidies. Last night, John Boehner said he’d be willing to consider eliminating these subsidies, but his spokesman quickly walked back that statement. Of course, less than two months ago, Boehner voted to preserve all subsidies for the oil industry.