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Only Rich People Can Love America, Everyone Else Must Love Rich People

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Only Rich People Can Love America, Everyone Else Must Love Rich People
It is a day ending in “Y” it must be time to call Democrats traitors. There’s no nation ripe and awaiting a good thorough bombing, so it must be about really rich people having to pay a few more dollars in taxes, like Ronald Reagan required — only less. Well, we cannot have that.

It is a day ending in “Y” so it must be time to call Democrats traitors.

There’s no nation ripe and awaiting a good thorough bombing, so it must be about really rich people having to pay a few more dollars in taxes, just as Ronald Reagan required — only less.

Well, we cannot have that.

Majority Of Fox Panel Agrees That Poor, Middle Class Should Be The Ones Paying More Of Their Fair Share.

If I can make an analogy — unless that is only allowed for Republicans who can only govern by analogy — there is this one Ron Paul supporter who parks in my garage. Both he and I are always among the first people to park every morning. There are adjoining spots close to the elevator that he and I choose every day. The private company that runs the garage ask that you not park a car that extends past the blue line they’ve painted across those particular spaces. I drive an Altima so no problem for me. He, on the other hand, drives an SUV so everyday that Ron Paul bestickered beast extends over the line about two feet. This person is such a libertarian he won’t even live by a private property owner’s rules.

He has another bumper sticker next to the Ron Paul one; it says, “The Deficit is our Greatest Problem.” But God forbid tax increases be part of the solution.  It wouldn’t be patriotic — as only he is allowed to define it.


Late Late Night FDL: It Takes A Train
The Shaun Murphy BandIt Takes A Train, with special guest Tim Gonzalez.

The Shaun Murphy BandIt Takes A Train, with special guest Tim Gonzalez.

What’s on your mind?


Strauss-Kahn and His Paris Reception

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Strauss-Kahn and His Paris Reception
Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a dead parrot. He has no political future but does not yet seem to understand this.

By William Pfaff

Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a dead parrot. He has no political future but does not yet seem to understand this.


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A Message From Troy Davis
A day before his scheduled execution, Amnesty International USA released a message from Troy Davis, who said, “I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” Davis will be killed Wednesday night unless there is a last-minute intervention. Seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis at trial for allegedly shooting a police officer have recanted. Amnesty International USA released the following statement from Davis on its Facebook page: The day before his scheduled execution, this is what Troy Davis asked us to share with you: “The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles decided Tuesday that Davis did not deserve clemency, despite an international campaign to pressure the board and raise awareness about the doubt of his guilt.  —PZS

A day before his scheduled execution, Amnesty International USA released a message from Troy Davis, who said, “I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” Davis will be killed Wednesday night unless there is a last-minute intervention.

Seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis at trial for allegedly shooting a police officer have recanted.

Amnesty International USA released the following statement from Davis on its Facebook page:

The day before his scheduled execution, this is what Troy Davis asked us to share with you:

“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.”

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles decided Tuesday that Davis did not deserve clemency, despite an international campaign to pressure the board and raise awareness about the doubt of his guilt.? —PZS

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House GOP Leaders Insist On Paying For Disaster Aid Upfront

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:43 am by HL

House GOP Leaders Insist On Paying For Disaster Aid Upfront
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are risking a government shutdown next week as they wait to see who will blink first in a fight over billions…

For First Time In 15 Years, Perry Reveals Where His Money Is Invested
AUSTIN, Texas — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has revoked the blind trust that holds the majority of his investments, revealing for the first time…

As Fed meets, Republicans warn against policy move
By Mark Felsenthal and Pedro da Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Congressional Republicans on Tuesday took the unusual step of telling the Federal Reserve to…

Lincoln Mitchell: For Obama, Winning Reelection and Governing Effectively Are Not Conflicting Goals
Good politicians, and good presidents, don’t choose between getting reelected and doing a good job. If Obama had managed to substantially reduce unemployment, for example, it would have helped his reelection chances while obviously being good for the country, as well.

Clinton Promotes Women’s Rights Treaty That U.S. Has Not Signed
NEW YORK — On the eve of high-level meetings for the United Nations’ general assembly, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended an event on Monday…


Fox Aims For Obama But Accidentally Attacks Bush-Era Regulators

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Fox Aims For Obama But Accidentally Attacks Bush-Era Regulators

On Fox News, Andrea Tantaros and Dana Perino suggested that the Obama Administration was trying to “crush the job creators” by imposing a $15,000 fine on Peter Schiff in 2008 for “hiring too many workers.” However, even if what Schiff says is true, Schiff’s fine was imposed by a private entity during the Bush administration.

Fox News Hosts Falsely Suggest Obama Admin “Demonized” CEO For Too Much Hiring   

Tantaros: Based On Testimony From CEO Schiff, “The Message Of This Administration” Is “Crush The Job Creators.” On Fox New’s The Five, co-host Andrea Tantaros suggested that Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, was being “demonized” by the Obama administration for “hiring too many workers.” From Fox News’ The Five:

PERINO: There was a CEO, Peter Schiff today, talking about how as a job creator, he is the CEO of Euro And Pacific Capital — Euro Pacific Capital — that he was actually penalized by the government for hiring too many people. Check this out.

SCHIFF (video clip): You’re looking at somebody who is sitting here, who was actually fined, and I would be happy to talk my experience.  I was fined $15,000 by security regulators because I hired too many people. Because I hired too many people, I incurred over $500,000 in legal bills defending myself because I hired too many people. Because I hired too many people, I’ve been on a hiring freeze, ordered by regulators, for three years.

PERINO: Andrea, that doesn’t seem add up, but he’s testifying under oath. So —

TANTAROS: It doesn’t, but that’s the message of this administration. They really want to crush the job creators. Look, you can’t hurt — you can’t stick it to Joe Six Pack’s boss without it trickling down and eventually hurting Joe Six Pack. OK, the rich guy is the one that does the hiring. These rich millionaires and billionaires are the ones giving everybody jobs in this country. I don’t know why that’s demonized. And it’s not going to be a winning message in the end. It’s not, because we need employment.[Fox News, The Five, 9/20/11] 

Schiff Himself Says The Fine Was Issued During The Bush Administration

Schiff Testimony To Congress: I Was Fined For “Hiring Too Many Brokers In 2008.” During a September 13 testimony before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Schiff stated that the fine was issued in 2008, when George W. Bush was president. From Schiff’s testimony:

Regulations have substantially increased the costs and risks associated with job creation.  Employers are subjected to all sorts of onerous regulations, taxes, and legal liability. The act of becoming an employer should be made as easy as possible. Instead we have made it more difficult. In fact, among small business owners, limiting the number of employees is generally a goal. This is not a consequence of the market, but of a rational desire on the part of business owners to limit their cost and legal liabilities. They would prefer to hire workers, but these added burdens make it preferable to seek out alternatives. 

In my own business, securities regulations have prohibited me from hiring brokers for more than three years. I was even fined fifteen thousand dollar expressly for hiring too many brokers in 2008. In the process I incurred more than $500,000 in legal bills to mitigate a more severe regulatory outcome as a result of hiring too many workers. I have also been prohibited from opening up additional offices. I had a major expansion plan that would have resulted in my creating hundreds of additional jobs. Regulations have forced me to put those jobs on hold.

In addition, the added cost of security regulations have forced me to create an offshore brokerage firm to handle foreign accounts that are now too expensive to handle from the United States.  Revenue and jobs that would have been created in the U.S. are now being created abroad instead. In addition, I am moving several asset management jobs from Newport Beach, California to Singapore.[Testimony by Peter Schiff, 9/13/11, via Business Insider]

Schiff Has Also Acknowledged That He Wasn’t Actually Fined By Government Regulators At All

Schiff Says FINRA Is Actually Responsible For $15,000 Fine And “It’s Not Technically The Government.” During the September 20 edition of On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, Peter Schiff explained the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), not the government, was actually the party responsible for the $15,000 dollar fine in 2008. From the show: 

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN (host): Let me ask you a couple quick questions. Who are the regulators? What division of the government?

SCHIFF: Well the government — well the SEC is part of the government. But the securities division which I’m a part of —

VAN SUSTEREN: FCC or SEC?

SCHIFF: is regulated by FINRA —

VAN SUSTEREN: OK.

SCHIFF: — which is a private self-regulatory organization, but the government requires me to be a member. So it’s not technically the government, but the government requires me to be a member of this organization in order to be a broker and a lot of the regulations though that FINRA is enforcing come from Washington.

One of the worse ones was the Patriot Act. The anti-money laundering provisions of the Patriot Act cost me a fortune. And basically they turned me into an unpaid IRS agent and FBI agent spying on every one of my customers and if any of my customers looked like they’re doing something suspicious I got to turn them into the government, and if I don’t turn them in, that’s a crime.[Fox News, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, 9/20/11]

Fox Has Been Echoing GOP’s War On Regulations

AP: “The House Republican Agenda This Fall Will Focus On Repealing Environmental And Labor Regulations.” On August 29, the Associated Press reported that repealing regulations would be a priority for the Republican Party. [Associated Press, 8/29/11]

Fox News: “Regulation Nation” Programming Will “Expose How Excessive Laws Are Drowning American Businesses.” [Media Matters, 9/12/11]

Fox’s Assault On Regulations Has Taken On Child Labor, Workplace Safety, And Civil Rights Laws. As part of its week-long special targeting government regulations, Fox’s “straight news” program, Special Report with Bret Baier, listed “jobs regulations” that supposedly “adversely impact … small business owners in a real-time way.” However, the regulations listed by Fox include vital statutes that are the bedrock of 20th and 21st Century worker protections in the United States. [Media Matters, 9/17/11]


Holder: Obama Administration Still Working To Close Gitmo Before 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Holder: Obama Administration Still Working To Close Gitmo Before 2012
Perhaps file this one under wishful thinking: Attorney General Eric Holder told the European Parliament on Tuesday that the Obama administration is hoping to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay before the 2012 election.

Judge Tells Feds They Can’t Retaliate Against Abramoff Pal Kevin Ring
A federal judge rebuffed the Justice Department’s attempt to send Kevin Ring, the lobbyist affiliated with Jack Abramoff convicted of bribing public officials, to jail for 17 years, ruling federal prosecutors can’t punish him for fighting the charges against him at trial.


Libya & NATO: The biggest murder mystery of all

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Libya & NATO: The biggest murder mystery of all
Here I am, off in St. Louis, Missouri, attending the 41st annual BoucherCon convention http://bouchercon2011.com/, a hugely entertaining and highly informative gathering of over 1,800 murder-mystery writers and their fans. It’s pretty much crime-novel heaven here. I bet you would love it. The first thing I did after arriving in St Louis was to take the […]


Most Don’t Expect Economy to Recover Soon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Most Don’t Expect Economy to Recover Soon
A new Gallup poll finds 75% of Americans think the U.S. economy is no better than a year ago, with 35% saying it is about the same and 42% saying it is worse.

Americans remain largely pessimistic, with 61% expecting economic conditions a year from now to be similar to now, or worse.

Most Expect Obama to Lose But He Still Leads
A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that President Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year’s election, with 52% of voters believing he’ll lose to any Republican, 49% saying they’ll definitely vote against him and most potential Republican challengers gaining on him.

That said, none of the current GOP contenders beat Obama in hypothetical general election match ups. Obama leads Mitt Romney, 46% to 44%, tops Rick Perry, 50% to 41%, is ahead of Michele Bachmann, 53% to 40%.

Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “His saving grace right now has to do with the fact that the GOP field has not yet demonstrated the appeal to capitalize on his weaknesses.”


Will Ties to Pentagon Contractors Push ‘Supercommittee’ Democrats to Cut Entitlements?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Will Ties to Pentagon Contractors Push ‘Supercommittee’ Democrats to Cut Entitlements?
AlterNet teams up with Salon and Brave New Foundation to document how Dems on the Congressional "supercommittee" get far more military campaign money and contracts than the GOP.


Rick Perry Kills an Innocent Man & Covers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:36 am by HL


Rick Perry Kills an Innocent Man & Covers it up! And Save Troy Davis!Rick Perry’s record number of executions drew applause at last week’s GOP debate. Among the 234- whoops, make that?235?as of today, it’s hard to keep up- killed…


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…


Senate Democrats Pass Health Spending Bill, Despite GOP Opposition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 21st, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Senate Democrats Pass Health Spending Bill, Despite GOP Opposition
Republicans in the Senate voted against a $158 billion health care spending bill this afternoon that would reduce “$308 million over FY 2011 levels” and eliminate some 15 programs. The measure still passed the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies and will move to full committee tomorrow. The […]

Republicans in the Senate voted against a $158 billion health care spending bill this afternoon that would reduce “$308 million over FY 2011 levels” and eliminate some 15 programs. The measure still passed the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies and will move to full committee tomorrow. The bill increases spending for combating waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid and includes $4.5 billion in additional funding to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Update

The Hill’s Julian Pecquet reports that Republicans are holding up a Health and Human Services appropriations bill in the House, claiming that it costs too much.