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God Backs Multiple GOP Candidates

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:48 am by HL

God Backs Multiple GOP Candidates
After a thorough investigation, Daily Intel has discovered that God is separately backing at least three different contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. Over the course of the past few months and even years, God has sent signs and direct messages to each of these candidates encouraging them to run, presumably without telling them that he supports other candidates as well.



“Let’s Amend the Constitution…not that it will apply to the States”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:47 am by HL

“Let’s Amend the Constitution…not that it will apply to the States”
Last night’s Republican debate — far less eloquent than Mike Emrich.

I watched as much of the Republican debate last night as I could stand. In other words, it would be better if I analyzed the Stanley Cup finals, I’ll vote for Mike Emrick.

But that does not mean I failed to catch the most humorous part of the debate…those gay people and their assault on state’s rights by asking for, uh rights. All the candidates, naturally, indicated their disdain for the very concept of same-sex marriage. Though Ron Paul’s novel answer involved banning legal marriage all-together…and backing the gold standard. Newly committed, er, confirmed candidate Michele Bachmann — declared the debate winner by Chris Matthews’ restless leg syndrome and other villagers’ trick knees — handled the question with her usual aplomb. She would demand a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage while simultaneously not interfering in the states’ abilities to make their own decisions. I guess in practice that would mean no same-sex marriages in National Parks, so do not feed, nor marry, the bears*.

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*Joke sponsored by Santorum 2012.



Left-Wing ‘Power’ Digs Into the Right-Wing Juggernaut

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Left-Wing ‘Power’ Digs Into the Right-Wing Juggernaut
In interviewing Joel Rogers—whom Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart consider the power behind the scenes of a vast left-wing conspiracy—radio host Ian Masters asks about the real power in the country: the right-wing juggernaut that is sweeping the land.

In interviewing Joel Rogers—whom Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart consider the power behind the scenes of a vast left-wing conspiracy—radio host Ian Masters asks about the real power in the country: the right-wing juggernaut that is sweeping the land.

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Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney & GOP Hopefuls Assail Obama In New Hampshire Debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney & GOP Hopefuls Assail Obama In New Hampshire Debate
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Beck Falsely Claims Obama Gave Israel 30-Day “Ultimatum” To Accept 1967 Borders

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Beck Falsely Claims Obama Gave Israel 30-Day “Ultimatum” To Accept 1967 Borders

Glenn Beck falsely claimed that in an “ultimatum,” “the Obama administration gave Israel 30 days to comply with the 1967 border rules.” In fact, the article Beck cited to back up his claim stated that the administration made a “request” of Israel to accept Obama’s proposal as a basis for negotiations as a way to head off Palestinian plans to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Beck Claims “Israel Ultimatum” Gives It “30 Days To Comply With The 1967 Border Rules”

Beck: “[T]he Obama Administration Gave Israel 30 Days To Comply With The 1967 Border Rules.” From the June 13 edition of Beck’s Fox News show:

BECK: And then, the Israel ultimatum. This one happens by September. This weekend, the Obama administration gave Israel 30 days to comply with the 1967 border rules. According to the National Security Council, quote, “We have a month to see if we can work something out with the Israelis and Palestinians as accepting these principles as a basis for negotiations.” Well, now, there’s a reasonable timeline on solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a conflict that has gone on for decades and centuries. Guys, you got 30 days. Why didn’t I think of that earlier? This presidency thing is a breeze for Barack Obama. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 6/13/11]

Graphic Cited Wash. Times Article. From the June 13 edition of Beck’s Fox News show:

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[Fox News, Glenn Beck, 6/13/11]

In Fact, Goal Of 30-Day Timeline Is To Head Off Unilateral Declaration Of Palestinian Statehood, Which U.S. Does Not Support

Wash. Times Article Beck Cited Does Not Reference “Ultimatum,” Only A “Request” That Israel “Endorse The President’s Peace Principles.” From a June 12 Washington Times article from which Beck took his quote of Steven Simon, National Security Council senior director for the Middle East and North Africa:

A senior administration official Friday told American Jewish leaders that the request for Israel to endorse the president’s peace principles was part of an effort to head off Palestinian plans to declare an independent state at the United Nations in September.

Steven Simon, the new White House National Security Council senior director for the Middle East and North Africa, said he was looking to get both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government to adopt Mr. Obama’s “principles as a basis for negotiation,” according to a recording of the call played for The Washington Times.

Mr. Obama said last month, “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” But the president has also rejected a set of U.S.-Israel understandings made during the Bush administration that tacitly accepted construction in some Jerusalem suburbs over the 1967 line.

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Mr. Simon, who served as the Clinton White House’s top counterterrorism official, said the United States had about a month to head off the Palestinian plan to declare a state during the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting set for September.

“We have a month to see if we can work something out with the Israelis and Palestinians as accepting these principles as a basis for negotiations,” he said. “If that happens we are somewhat confident that the Palestinians will drop what they intend to do in the U.N.”

Mr. Simon said Palestinians in general were supportive of the idea.

“We are working with the Israeli government to see whether they can accept these principles as a basis for negotiations,” he said.

Nonetheless, Mr. Simon said the United States would oppose a Palestinian unilateral declaration at the United Nations, regardless of whether Israel adopted the Obama principles. He also said that the Palestinian leadership was divided on whether to proceed with the unilateral declaration in September. [The Washington Times, 6/12/11]


Jindal Gives Senators Confidential Copies Of Health Care Agency Report

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Jindal Gives Senators Confidential Copies Of Health Care Agency Report
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration have handed over a report it commissioned on the agency that manages state employees’ health insurance, after state senators on Wednesday raised the propsect of a legislative subpoena. But the report is still not being made available to the public.

FEC Chair: ‘We Can Be Doing More On Disclosure’ After Citizens United
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Shadow Congress: Nearly 200 Ex-Lawmakers Work For Lobbying Shops
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Trend spotting in the Art World

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Trend spotting in the Art World
If the assignment editor for the Features Department of the New York Times newspaper just happens to read this column he may be very glad that he did if he gets a “heads-up” about an art story that he can assign, but what about everybody else in the world with access to the Internets? […]


Who Won the Republican Debate?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Who Won the Republican Debate?
Last night’s Republican presidential debate was the first to include nearly all the leading contenders, but as the Washington Post notes “most of them remain largely unknown nationally, a factor that could explain their reluctance to go at one another. At this early stage, they are introducing themselves to a nationwide audience, and testing their competitors’ strengths and vulnerabilities.”

The New York Times says the candidates “repeatedly passed on the opportunity to seize upon the fissures that have roiled the Republican Party for most of the last two years. They presented a forceful, and nearly unified, attack against Mr. Obama, especially on the economy, the budget deficit and health care.”

So who won? Some reactions follow:

Ron Fournier: “The mitts were off Mitt. Romney received a pass from a strikingly timid field of rivals in Monday night’s debate… There’s a rule of thumb in political debates: When a front-runner leaves the stage unscathed, he’s still the front-runner. And, thus, regardless of the sound and fury of the debate itself, he wins.”

Josh Marshall: “Romney seems like the only serious candidate on the stage. In a sense that’s not surprising because he’s almost the only serious candidate in the race.”

Howard Kurtz: “Michele Bachmann all but stole the show at the Republican presidential debate… Bachmann is relatively new to the national stage, but as anyone who has watched her in action understands, she knows how to play this game.”

Democrats Mock GOP Debaters
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Kirk Takes Reins of Illinois GOP
Little more than six months since he was sworn in, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) “has raised his profile and evolved into Illinois’ senior Republican,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“For decades, Illinois’ Republican leadership came from governors — James Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan. But the scandals that surrounded the now-imprisoned Ryan and the inability of the GOP to recapture the governor’s office the last three elections have elevated Kirk to the premier partisan role in the state.”


Confronting Torture in U.S. Prisons: A Q&A With Activists/Journalists James Ridgeway and Jean Casella

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Confronting Torture in U.S. Prisons: A Q&A With Activists/Journalists James Ridgeway and Jean Casella
Ridgeway and Casella, co-founders of Solitary Watch, discuss an upcoming prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay State Prison and the inhumane practice of solitary confinement.


Portnoy’s Revenge

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 14th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Portnoy’s Revenge
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