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Drunk Drives with Dead Man He Hit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:48 am by HL

Drunk Drives with Dead Man He Hit
A drunk driver stopped by police in Houston Tuesday said he did not realize a pedestrian’s dead body — with a severed leg — was in the front passenger seat of his car. James John Onak, 45, struck Fadel Steadman on Gulf Highway at 12:30 a.m. and drove for three miles. Onak was charged with felony failure to stop and render aid involving a fatality and driving while intoxicated.



The infinite loop of ‘parody’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:47 am by HL

The infinite loop of ‘parody’
World Net Daily sues its direct, and natural, competitor Esquire Magazine.

The Gay Talese and/or Minka Kelly of World Net Daily by merfam at flickr.com

We all know that a Pulitzer campaign for World Net Daily is around the corner. Just look at this brave editorial stand of a few weeks ago.

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WND.COMMENTARY
Loser pays tort reform
Exclusive: Chuck Norris rallies for law to reduce serial litigants’ frivolous lawsuits
Posted: May 16, 2011
1:00 am Eastern

By Chuck Norris

Which leads one to wonder whether Chuck Norris will call up fellow scholar Ted Nugent and discuss their position on this or maybe just the Bowflex:

World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah and author Jerome Corsi have finally made good on their threats and sued Esquire for a satirical article that claimed that they were no longer members of the so-called ‘birther’ movement…

…the suit calls Corsi a “world renowned author” and says WND “competes nationally and internationally” with Esquire.

Yes, they truly compete. Many are the times Americans debate over buying a copy of Esquire versus opening their uncle’s forwarded emails about what recently found Kenyan birth certificates show. Clearly there’s no frivolity here.

Late Late Night FDL: George Orwell’s 113th Dream
Mike Beck and The Bohemian SaintsGeorge Orwell’s 113th Dream.

Mike Beck and The Bohemian SaintsGeorge Orwell’s 113th Dream.

What’s on your mind?


Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week
Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Truthdigger of the Week is a feature in which we recognize a person or group that made a difference. See past winners here. Nominate this week’s winner here.

Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice?

Truthdigger of the Week is a feature in which we recognize a person or group that made a difference.

See past winners here. Nominate this week’s winner here.

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Yes to Violence, No to Sex
Scalia’s opinion is actually quite thrilling in enunciating an extremely broad definition of the free speech rights of minors. But it is simply bizarre in dismissing the claimed harmful effects of violent depictions while still insisting on the strictest puritanical view of the dangers of sexual imagery.

By Robert Scheer

Scalia’s opinion is actually quite thrilling in enunciating an extremely broad definition of the free speech rights of minors. But it is simply bizarre in dismissing the claimed harmful effects of violent depictions while still insisting on the strictest puritanical view of the dangers of sexual imagery.


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Jared Loughner Can Be Forcibly Medicated, Says Judge

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Jared Loughner Can Be Forcibly Medicated, Says Judge
SAN DIEGO — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Tucson shooting rampage suspect can be forced to continue taking anti-psychotic drugs, rejecting a plea…

The Center for Public Integrity: Tim Pawlenty’s ties to “Swift Boat” Bob Perry
By Delal Pektas and Kelsey Sheehy for iWatch News Tim Pawlenty may not have great name recognition but he does have one very important…

GOP Leader: ‘It’s A Parody’
President Barack Obama faced the press in his first formal news conference since March. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had harsh words for the ongoing…

HUFFPOST HILL – Obama Calls For Civility … NOT
Rudy Giuliani is combating same-sex marriage, one alienated gay friend at a time. The AP is opening up a Pyongyang bureau, meaning the Stylebook will…

Confrontational Obama Rebukes GOP On Debt Talks
WASHINGTON — In a blistering rebuke of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday pressed lawmakers to accept tax increases as part of a deal to…


Lila Rose?Pushes Falsehood That Abortion Is How Indiana?Planned Parenthood?”Makes Money”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Lila Rose?Pushes Falsehood That Abortion Is How Indiana?Planned Parenthood?”Makes Money”

Appearing on Fox News to push her most recent attack on Planned Parenthood, Lila Rose claimed that abortions are how Planned Parenthood of Indiana “makes money.” In fact, abortions account for only an estimated 16 percent of its total annual revenue in 2010.

Rose Claims Indiana’s Planned Parenthood Relies On Abortions To Generate Its Revenue

Rose: Abortions Are “How [Planned Parenthood] Makes Money” In Indiana. From Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

LILA ROSE: I think a fundamental point here is the fact that the state of Indiana told Planned Parenthood, if you suspend your abortion practices — they do over 50 percent of abortions in Indiana, this is how they make money — if you suspend those practices, you can receive as much Medicaid money as you want. But they refused. They are using Medicaid services, serving less than one percent of women of Indiana as a front for an abortion business that is cornering the market in Indiana. That’s what this is about. It’s about abortion. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 6/29/11]

Abortions Accounted For Approximately 16 Percent Of Planned Parenthood Of Indiana’s Total Revenue

Abortions Account For 3.56 Percent Of Planned Parenthood Of Indiana’s Total Services. Planned Parenthood of Indiana reported that it performed 5,580 abortions out of 156,549 total “procedures provided” in 2010, meaning that 3.56 percent of its procedures were abortions.

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[Planned Parenthood of Indiana Annual Report, 2010]

Abortions Account For Only About 16 Percent Of Planned Parenthood Of Indiana’s Revenue.

  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana performed 5,580 abortions in 2010. [Planned Parenthood of Indiana Annual Report, 2010]
  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s total revenue in 2010 was $15,670,306. [Planned Parenthood of Indiana Annual Report, 2010]
  • According to Live Action’s own figures, which Politifact-Florida deemed reasonable in this case, Planned Parenthood charges an average of $450 per abortion. [Politifact-Florida, 4/21/11]
  • This means that Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s total revenue from abortion was approximately $2,511,000 or about 16 percent of its total revenue of $15,670,306

Anti-Abortion Activist Lila Rose Consistently Pushes Falsehoods To Attack Planned Parenthood

Rose Pushes Falsehoods Such As The Claim That Planned Parenthood Abets Sex Trafficking Of Children. As Media Matters has documented, Rose is an anti-abortion activist who has repeatedly attacked Planned Parenthood with falsehoods and hoax videos. In particular, she has pushed the falsehood that Planned Parenthood abets child sex trafficking. [Media Matters4/6/113/2/112/18/112/8/112/1/11]


Prop 8 Supporters Appeal Ruling Over Judge’s Sexuality

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Prop 8 Supporters Appeal Ruling Over Judge’s Sexuality
Proponents of the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban are appealing a federal judge’s refusal to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on the measure, because, as they have argued, the decision represents a conflict of interest because Walker is gay.

World Net Daily Writers Sue Esquire For $120 Million Over Birther Parody
It might be a week late, but World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah and author Jerome Corsi have finally made good on their threats and sued Esquire for a satirical article that claimed that they were no longer members of the so-called ‘birther’ movement.


Donna Brazile On Voter ID Laws: Republicans Willing To Violate Civil Rights To Win Elections
The Democratic Governors Association is raising money for a voter protection project intended to combat the Republican-backed voter ID laws that are sweeping through legislatures around the country.



Romney Still Leads the Pack

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Romney Still Leads the Pack
A new Fox News poll finds Mitt Romney leading the GOP presidential primary with 18%, followed by Rick Perry at 13%, Michele Bachmann at 11%, Rudy Giuliani at 10%, Sarah Palin at 8%, Ron Paul at 7% and Herman Cain at 5%.

All other candidates get less than 5% of the vote.

Dead Heat in Virginia’s U.S. Senate Race
A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia finds Tim Kaine with “a scant, statistically insignificant” one-point edge over George Allen, 43% to 42%.

Key finding: “More than one in ten voters is undecided, despite the fact that Kaine and Allen — also a former governor of the commonwealth — are well-known figures, in part a function of Virginia’s one-term limit for governors.”

Could Utah Elect a Democrat as Governor?
If Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) ran for governor, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll finds he would give Gov. Gary Herbert (R) a tough race.

In a potential match up, Herbert leads Matheson by just three points, 48% to 45%.

Matheson has said if he doesn’t seek a seventh term he’ll run against either Herbert or Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) next year.


Nukes at Risk as Floods and Fires From Extreme Weather Make Us Vulnerable

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Nukes at Risk as Floods and Fires From Extreme Weather Make Us Vulnerable
Extreme weather may be no match for our aging nuclear fleet and that’s bad news millions of Americans who live nearby.

The Smart Phone Con Job: Your So-Called 4G Phone Isn’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be
4G wireless is supposed to be cutting-edge, super-fast technology better than most home broadband. But mobile companies mostly aren’t delivering on the promise.

Domestic Spy Agency? 5 Outrageous Examples of FBI Intimidation and Entrapment
In the 10 years since the Sept. 11th attacks, the FBI has expanded its powers, transforming into a massive domestic spying agency.


Greece, Economists, And The Value Of The Euro

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Greece, Economists, And The Value Of The Euro
Is the euro bad for Greece? “I’ve never seen Europe in such dire straits,” Roger Cohen writes in yesterday’s Times. “Greece is full of the aganaktismenoi, or the outraged, who resent the sharp cuts and sales of state industries made…


Douglas Feith and American Narcissism
The other day I argued we should rename the debate over American exceptionalism. Let’s refer to the Republican candidates’ ideology as American infallibility, since it’s distinguished by unwavering belief in the inherent justness of American cause. Think of it as…


Obama: Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell Repeal Certificaton ?In A Matter Of Weeks?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Obama: Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell Repeal Certificaton ?In A Matter Of Weeks?
Via Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner: At this afternoon’s LGBT Pride Reception at the White House, President Obama reportedly said that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal will be certified “in a matter of weeks, not months.”

Via Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner: At this afternoon’s LGBT Pride Reception at the White House, President Obama reportedly said that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal will be certified “in a matter of weeks, not months.”

Update

Via @MarkKnoller: Pres Obama tells LGBT Pride event at WH: “So bottom line is, I’ve met my commitments to the LGBT community. I have delivered on what I promised. Now, that doesn’t mean our work is done. There are going to be times where you’re still frustrated with me. (Laughter.) I know there are going to be times where you’re still frustrated at the pace of change. I understand that. I know I can count on you to let me know. (Laughter and applause.) This is not a shy group. (Laughter.) “

Allen West: GOP Debate ?Scared The Hell Out Of Me?None Of Them Really Understood National Security?
Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a former Army Lt. Colonel and national Tea Party sensation, is not happy with the current crop of presidential candidates in his party. During the Q & A section following a speech he gave at an event sponsored by the neoconservative Center for Security Policy, West said none of the candidates […]

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a former Army Lt. Colonel and national Tea Party sensation, is not happy with the current crop of presidential candidates in his party. During the Q & A section following a speech he gave at an event sponsored by the neoconservative Center for Security Policy, West said none of the candidates “really understood national security”:

WEST: You know, this is not rocket scientry [sic]. But yet, when you listen to the debate last week that they had with the potential GOP presidential candidates in South Carolina, I gotta tell you, it scared the hell out of me. Because none of them really understood national security. None of them really, you know, understand these points. And, you know, we know the left doesn’t want to stand up for the defense of this country. And what happens all of a sudden when we lose that mantel?

Watch it:

West is probably not someone who should be accusing anyone of having an inadequate understanding of foreign policy, but his sentiment reflects the fractured and at at times incoherent foreign policy of today’s conservative movement. No longer dominated by George Bush neoconservatives, the GOP is now split between deficit hawk war skeptics likeRep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and hawk hawks like West. Old guard hawks Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have taken only slightly more veiled shots at the GOP field than West’s, warning presidential hopefuls about a drift towards “isolationism,” I derisive term they use to listening to the American people on the war in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, West’s unhappiness with the GOP field is shared by GOP voters. A New York Times/CBS News poll released today found overwhelming dissatisfaction among Republican voters with the 2012 field, with 71 percent saying they hope some new faces get in the mix.