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Late Late Night FDL: Stop

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Stop
Joe BonamassaStop, live from Royal Albert Hall, London, May 4, 2009.

Joe BonamassaStop, live from Royal Albert Hall, London, May 4, 2009.

What’s on your mind?

Oh it’s going to be a “fun” year
That’s quite a cult they’ve got there.

While both parties “out austerity” each other into following the modern Greek model as opposed to the old and busted democratic one — their potential Party nominees are truly loved. We all know the lack of enthusiasm in the base seemingly embraced by the Obama campaign, but what of the Republicans and their sterling new secessionist front-runner?

Perry is building much of his lead off the support of Republican primary voters who believe things that are well out of the mainstream of overall American public opinion. For instance:

-Perry leads Romney only 27-23 among GOP voters opposed to ending Medicare. But with the 12% who do support eliminating it Perry leads Romney 43-5, accounting for much of his overall lead…

-Romney leads Perry 23-18 among GOP voters who believe in global warming…but that’s only 27% of them. With the 62% who don’t believe in it Perry’s up 38-14. One interesting note on those numbers- Perry’s favorability with Republicans who believe in global warming is 37/50. Are those folks going to vote for him in the general election if he ends up as the nominee?

I don’t know about the last one — I imagine as they will think they’ll get a tax cut in the bargain they’ll go along. The poll just reaffirms that the modern GOP is more of a cult than a Party. If Ayn Rand’s government medicare could have kept her alive long enough to see her dreams come true.



Ron Paul: ‘We Occupy So Many Countries’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Ron Paul: ‘We Occupy So Many Countries’
During Monday’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos from a crowd that was otherwise eager to cheer when he criticized U.S. foreign policy, saying “We’re under great threat because we occupy so many countries.”

During Monday’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos from a crowd that was otherwise eager to cheer when he criticized U.S. foreign policy, saying “We’re under great threat because we occupy so many countries.”

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Michael Carmichael: Obama Fights Back

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Michael Carmichael: Obama Fights Back
While Obama shook hands along the rope-line, every mind and heart in Reynolds, North Carolina realized that the president was back in the race.

101-Year-Old Evicted Woman To Get Home Back
DETROIT — A 101-year-old woman who was evicted from her longtime Detroit home after her 65-year-old son failed to pay the mortgage is getting it…

Avis Jones-DeWeever: Why DC Must Be Free
How ironic, the basic tenets of U.S. citizenship so freely given throughout the nation remain elusive in the lives of those who live within the confines of the capital city.


After Years Of Smearing Obama, Right-Wing Media Mock Obama For Anti-Smear Site

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

After Years Of Smearing Obama, Right-Wing Media Mock Obama For Anti-Smear Site

Right-wing media are mocking the Obama campaign’s launch of a site called Attack Watch to fight smears against the president. Yet right-wing media have relentlessly pushed many smears about the president — during and since the 2008 campaign — including pushing the claim that he was not born in the United States, claiming he was educated in a madrassa, attacking his faith, and claiming the administration committed federal crimes.

“Snitch Police Squad”: Right-Wing Media Mock Obama Campaign’s Launch Of Attack Watch Site

Malkin: “Obama Launches Another Snitch Police Squad.” In a September 13 post on her blog, conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote:

They’re baaaaack. It’s another legion of Obama snitch police.

The Obama 2012 campaign has rolled out “Attack Watch”.

“Get the facts. Fight the smears.” And report all dissidents and enemies here.

[…]

Also note: AttackWatch is using cookies to track visitors and collect info.

They are watching us. Be sure they know that you are watching them!

Malkin also included the following picture in her post:

Malkin: Mister Snitch

[MichelleMalkin.com, 1/30/07]

Doocy Picked Up InSight Attack: “Why Didn’t Anybody Ever Mention That [Obama] Was Raised … As A Muslim And Was Educated In A Madrassa?” On January 19, 2007, the co-hosts of Fox & Friends First, a now-discontinued extension of Fox & Friends, devoted a segment to pushing InsightMag’s madrassa smear. The co-hosts presented the claim as fact, with Doocy asking, “Why didn’t anybody ever mention that that man right there was raised … as a Muslim and was educated in a madrassa?” From a transcript of the show:

DOOCY: Why didn’t anybody ever mention that that man right there was raised — spent the first decade of his life, raised by his Muslim father — as a Muslim and was educated in a madrassa?

[…]

DOOCY: We should also point out that Barack Obama’s father is the one who gave him the middle name of Hussein. And the thing about the madrassa, and you know, let’s just be honest about this, in the last number of years, madrassas have been, we’ve learned a lot about them, financed by Saudis, they teach this Wahhabism which pretty much hates us. The big question is was that on the curriculum back then? Probably not, but it was a madrassa and the big question is whether or not any of these revelations about the fact that he was a Muslim — right now I understand he does go to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, although not a regular parishioner — but raised as a Muslim, went to a madrassa.

[…]

DOOCY: Is it ancient history or do you think madrassa matters. [phone ringing] Josh joins us from Colorado. Good morning to you Josh.

CALLER: What’s up?

DOOCY: What do you think?

CALLER: I think that ultimately this will probably be one of the main reasons is he not elected.

DOOCY: Just the fact that his father was a Muslim, he was raised as a Muslim for awhile, and went to a madrassa school in Jakarta?

CALLER: Right. I mean, you think that would possibly give him better insight on the enemy, maybe he doesn’t consider terrorists the enemy.

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Well, we’ll see about that. Yeah, Josh says that.

[…]

CALLER: Hi, good morning. Yes, I think it does matter. The fact that he omitted it must mean that he feels that somebody is going to have an opinion. And President Bush certainly comes under scrutiny, so why shouldn’t he?

KILMEADE: Well, he didn’t admit it. I mean that’s the issue.

CARLSON: Well she said he didn’t.

KILMEADE: Says he didn’t come out, and I was over in Indonesia for five years, or roughly five years, went to a madrassa and there is some reports that Wahhabism was the curriculum there, which is a problem because they start with “We hate America” and work their way back from there.

DOOCY: Well, the way it was framed in one of his biographies, he said, “I was sent first,” this is in Indonesia, “to a catholic school and then to a predominantly Muslim school.” He doesn’t say, “I went to a madrassa, where they taught Wahhabism.” He simply says, “I went to a predominantly Muslim school.”

CARLSON: Alright, Jim from Alabama, what do you think?

DOOCY: Jim?

CALLER: Yeah.

CARLSON: What do you think?

CALLER: I think a Muslim would be fine in the presidency, better than Hillary. At least you know what the Muslims are up to. [Laughter]

CARLSON: We want to be clear, too, that this isn’t all Muslims, of course, we would only be concerned about the kind that want to blow us up. [ThinkProgress, 1/19/07]

Multiple Mainstream Media Outlets Debunked Madrassa Theory. Between January 19 and January 29, 2007, journalists and contributors for the The Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The New York Times, and even the conservative Washington Times debunked the claim that Obama was “educated in a madrassa.” On January 19, Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn pointed out that “the type of madrassas linked to the Taliban did not emerge until the Afghan war against the Soviets,” which began 12 years after Obama lived in Indonesia, where he spent two years at a Catholic school and two at a Muslim school. A January 20, 2007, New York Post article quoted Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson saying, “We have no connection to this story,” and further reported that Obama strategist David Axelrod said he did not “believe … for a second” the allegation that Clinton’s camp was behind the story. [Media Matters, 1/30/07]

Fox & Friends Issued A “Clarification” Of Their Original Madrassa Story. On January 22, 2007, Doocy noted that “Mr. Obama’s people called and they said that [the madrassa story] is absolutely false.” Kilmeade added that the Clinton camp had said, “We did not have anything to do with that story.” [Media Matters, 1/30/07]

2009: Coulter Brought Madrassa Lie Back To Fox News. In December 2009, conservative pundit Ann Coulter appeared on both The O’Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck and claimed that Obama “attended madrassas” and “studie[d] with madrassas.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 2/27/08]

2010: Kilmeade: “If [Obama] Was Worried” About People Thinking He’s Muslim, “Wouldn’t He Have Kept His Name As Barry And Not Barack?” During the August 30, 2010, broadcast of Fox & Friends, Kilmeade asked, “If he was worried about [being associated with Islam], wouldn’t he have kept his name as Barry and not Barack?” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/30/10]

2010: Fund: Obama “Bears Some Of The Responsibility For These Misconceptions.” On the September 3, 2010, edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, The Wall Street Journal‘s John Fund claimed that Obama “allowed his image to slip away from him,” in part, by “not going to church, for example, regularly, by not joining a church.” Fund concluded, “He bears some of the responsibility for these misconceptions.” [Media Matters, 9/3/10]

2010: Fox & Friends Guest Pamela Geller Attempted To Tie Obama To Radical Islam. During the June 28, 2010, broadcast of Fox & Friends, conservative blogger Pamela Geller appeared as a guest. During her segment, she attempted to tie Obama to radical Islam. From the broadcast:

GELLER: There’s a complicity by the media, there’s a silence. People don’t want to talk about it. And of course now, as outlined in my book, the Obama administration, which is so pro-Islam, there’s certainly a reluctance to address the issue. When he was in Cairo, he equated the violation of women’s rights in America to those in the Muslim world, and they’re quite different. Women are very subjugated in the Muslim world.

[…]

ERIC BOLLING (guest host): Sharia law is — you know, when Europe allowed Muslims in and to observe Sharia law, they opened up the can of worms there. Where are we in relationship to that? Have we allowed it? Have we embraced it? Are they actually starting to live by Sharia law within our own U.S. law?

GELLER: Well, you know, the Obama administration is very pro-Islam. When he was speaking in Cairo, he said he was going to make it safe in America for women to wear the hijab. It’s not — it’s safe for America to wear the hijab — for women to wear the hijab. But what about women like Rifqa Bary who don’t want to wear the hijab?

A week after he nationalized some banks the US Treasury was giving seminars in Sharia finance. He said he wanted to open up Islamic charity for more, that we’re holding back – now, we’re not holding back Islamic charity. But we do know that, holding that terror trial, they use Islamic charities to fund jihad and terror. [Media Matters, 7/28/10]

“Hard To Call That Christianity”: Attacks On Obama’s Christian Faith

2007: Tucker Carlson On Obama’s Church: “[I]t’s Hard To Call That Christianity.” On the February 7, 2007, edition of MSNBC’s show Tucker, which has since been cancelled, then-host Tucker Carlson attacked Obama for being a member of a church that Carlson claimed “sounds separatist to me” and “contradicts the basic tenets of Christianity.” [MSNBC, Tucker, 2/7/07]

2010: Hannity Attacked Obama’s “Personal Relationship With God.” During the February 3, 2010, edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Hannity led a panel discussion of “devotional” emails Obama had said he received on his BlackBerry. Hannity said, “Well, it looks like we might have a replacement for [Rev.] Jeremiah Wright.” His guest Richard Miniter speculated that the devotionals’ occasional mention of “other faiths” might mean “he [is] talking about Islam.” Hannity responded, “It’s kind of weird. 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.” [Fox News, Hannity, 2/3/10, via Media Matters]

2010: Fox Nation: “1 Year Later, Obama Still Hasn’t Found a Church.” A February 1, 2010, Fox Nation headline stated, “1 Year Later, Obama Still Hasn’t Found a Church.” The headline linked to an ABCNews.com article that reported that “[t]he first family, once regular churchgoers, have publicly attended services in Washington just three times in the past year.” [Fox Nation, 2/1/10, via Media Matters]

2010: Breitbart’s Big Journalism Attacked Obama For Not Finding Church Quickly Enough, Invoked Wright. A January 31, 2010, post on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism website linked to the ABC article and stated: “More than a year after he arrived in Washington, President Obama, amazingly, has not yet been able to find a church. You really can’t make this stuff up.” The post further stated, “What’s so hard about finding a church?” adding, “maybe the reason he hasn’t found a church is that he’s having a hard time finding a speaker as imbued with the true spirit of Christianity as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.” [Big Journalism, 1/31/10, via Media Matters]

2010: Beck: “But America Is Expected To Be Solidly Convinced He’s A Christian?” On the August 24, 2010, edition of the Fox News show Glenn Beck, which has since been canceled, Beck attacked Obama’s religious influences and concluded, “But America is expected to be solidly convinced he’s a Christian?” [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 8/24/10]

“I Believe This Is A Bribe”: Falsely Accusing Administration Of Committing Crimes

2010: Right-Wing Media Attacked White House Over Rumor Of Romanoff Job Offer. In June 2010, right-wing media claimed the White House offered Democratic candidate Andrew Romanoff a job in order to get him to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Colorado and claimed the White House committed a crime by having conversations with him. [Media Matters, 6/3/10]

  • In Fact, No Job Offer Was Made, And Experts Repudiated Claim Romanoff Discussions Were Illegal. In fact, while both Romanoff and the White House acknowledged that they had conversations about a job for which Romanoff had previously applied, both denied that any job offer was made; and legal experts strongly rejected the notion that the White House broke any laws in its conversations with Romanoff. [Media Matters, 6/3/10]

2010: Right-Wing Media Claimed White House Broke The Law With Sestak Offer. In May and June 2010, right-wing media figures claimed that the White House broke federal law by offering a position to Joe Sestak in exchange for his agreeing not to enter the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. [Media Matters, 6/3/10]

  • In Fact, Legal Experts Denied A Crime Was Committed. In fact, legal experts examined the Sestak case and concluded that no law was broken. [Media Matters, 6/3/10]

Obama’s Not The Only One: Rick Perry’s Campaign Also Has Online Rapid Response Operation

Perry Campaign Runs Twitter Account Called “PerryTruthTeam.” The Perry campaign has a Twitter account called “PerryTruthTeam,” whose tweets include fact-checks on Perry and his opponents’ claims about him. For example:

Perry Truth Team Tweet

Perry Truth Team Tweet

[Twitter, accessed 9/14/11; accessed 9/14/11]


James Murdoch To Be Recalled By Parliament Over Allegations He Lied

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

James Murdoch To Be Recalled By Parliament Over Allegations He Lied
British Parliament will recall News Corporation’s James Murdoch to testify regarding claims by former News International employees that he misled the culture, media and sport select committee during his initial testimony in July.


Erik Prince Enters Video Game Biz With ‘Blackwater’ First-Person Shooter
Erik Prince is gearing up for a foray into the video game business with a new first person shooter based on Blackwater, the infamous private security contractor now known as Xe Services.


Battleground Virginia

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Battleground Virginia
A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia finds President Obama just edges Rick Perry in a general election match up, 44% to 42%, but loses to Mitt Romney, 44% to 42%.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “At this point Romney and Perry both are in a horse race against President Barack Obama, challenging Romney’s ‘electability’ argument. The big difference is among independent voters, where Romney holds a solid 44% to 35% lead, and Perry is in a 40% to 40% dead heat with the president.”

Robertson Says Alzheimer’s Makes Divorce Fine
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s is justifiable because the disease is “a kind of death,” the AP reports.

Giving advice to a caller: “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.”

Most Blame Republicans for Ineffectiveness
A new Bloomberg poll finds most unhappy Americans blame Republicans for the current problems in Washington.

The survey shows that 20% of respondents blame President Obama, 19% blame congressional Democrats while 45% pinned responsibility on congressional Republicans.

Perry Leads Romney in Latest Poll
A new Bloomberg poll finds Rick Perry edging Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race, 26% to 22%, with all of the other Republican candidates get less than 10%.

Said pollster Ann Selzer: “Perry leads in the primary contest in part because some of his most famous stands don’t turn off the primary electorate all that much. In the general election, these issues will matter more.”

In general election match ups, President Obama leads Perry by 9 points, 49% to 40%, and tops Romney by 5 points, 48% to 43%.


How 5 Upcoming Superhero Films Represent American Wish Fulfillment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

How 5 Upcoming Superhero Films Represent American Wish Fulfillment
Why is the coming year so packed with blockbuster superhero films? It’s not just the action–it’s a deep need in the American psyche.

Rick Perry’s Execution Obsession Feeds the Worst in Human Nature
Perry may have lost no sleep over Texas’s 234 executions during his tenure, but the death penalty panders to crude bloodlust.

My Life as a Daughter in the Christian Patriarchy Movement — How I Was Taught to Obey Men, Birth 8 Kids and Do Battle Against Secular America
We were raised to fight the enemy, be it Satan or environmentalists and feminists; to come against them in spiritual warfare and at the polls.

How Conservatives and Big Oil are Using a Phony Scandal to Undermine Obama, Clean Energy, and Government Itself
Here is some information to help you push back on the latest whipped-up, anti-green, anti-government, anti-Obama "scandal."


9/13, Then and This Tuesday….

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

9/13, Then and This Tuesday….
Two days after the attacks 10 years ago, I said a few things in a 3-minute NPR commentary, broadcast on Sept. 13, 2001, that I think have stood the test of time. Now I’m thinking them again, but with a…


Israel’s Friends Abandon It
This is beginning to look like one of the worst periods in Israel’s history. (Read this great piece from the Israeli blog 972). The Turkish government has essentially broken relations with Israel over the Netanyahu government’s refusal to apologize for…


Making War Ugly In The Next Season Of ?Game Of Thrones?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

Making War Ugly In The Next Season Of ?Game Of Thrones?
The origins of my deep and abiding love for Michael Fassbender include Neil Marshall’s bloody showdown between Romans and Picts, Centurion: So I’m pretty excited to hear that he’s going to direct one of the most important sequences in the next season of Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of […]

The origins of my deep and abiding love for Michael Fassbender include Neil Marshall’s bloody showdown between Romans and Picts, Centurion:

So I’m pretty excited to hear that he’s going to direct one of the most important sequences in the next season of Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings, a battle in which one side manages to trap the other. Marshall did a very nice job of communicating the panic of both a plan gone wrong and reacting to a plan gone horribly wrong in a (relatively) confined space, and so I’m excited to see what he’ll do with the larger dynamics of that scene.

And more importantly, it strikes me that Marshall’s a good fit for Martin’s material, which makes war out to be incredibly ugly. Marshall’s one of the few directors who, like Zack Snyder, has an extremely distinct visual style. But unlike Snyder, who tends to make things look burnished and as a result, creates some emotional distance between viewers and events, Marshall’s good at a kind of hyperclarity that brings events closer. This battle in Martin’s novel is literally hell. If Marshall can do on a small screen what he did on the big one, he’ll make that fear and cognitive shutdown even more direct.


Elizabeth Warren announces bid for Senate seat in Massachusetts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2011 4:33 am by HL

Elizabeth Warren announces bid for Senate seat in Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and former Obama administration official, announced Wednesday morning via Web video that she will challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown for his seat in Massachusetts.

Warren began her first day of campaigning at a subway stop in South Boston — an area filled with the kind of conservative Democrats that Warren, a 62-year-old Oklahoma native,must win over.

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Alliance pledges to defend federal workforce from ‘irresponsible cuts’

A coalition of 22 labor organizations representing federal employees is pledging “to defend the federal workforce from irresponsible cuts in the forthcoming congressional ‘super committee’ negotiations.”

The Federal Workers Alliance (FWA) says it represents more than 300,000 workers who, along with the entire workforce, face “a very uncertain future” because of the super committee’s mandate to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion. That sum is on top of nearly $1 trillion in deficit cuts that Congress and President Obama agreed to earlier.

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Obama’s chance to bounce back

It hasn’t been a good month for President Obama, but beneath it all, the American people are still ready to hear him out when it comes to his jobs plan.

And in fact, at first glance, they seem to like it.

Two new polls show more Americans like the president’s jobs plan than dislike it. A CNN/Opinion Research poll shows 43 percent favor Obama’s jobs plan, while 35 percent oppose it. And Gallup shows an even wider gap, with 45 percent in favor and 32 percent opposed.

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Could Pennsylvania Republicans end the electoral college as we know it?

Republican leaders in Pennsylvania are pushing forward with a plan that would change that way the state awards its electoral votes for president and could have a significant impact on the 2012 presidential race.

The plan, which is backed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R), would scrap the state’s current winner-take-all method for awarding the state’s 20 electoral votes and dole them out depending on the result in each of the 18 congressional districts.

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