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South Carolina Starts Primary Shuffle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

South Carolina Starts Primary Shuffle
South Carolina has set its primary date for Jan. 21, likely pushing up the GOP presidential race to start shortly after New Year’s. The state is the first of four holding early contests to set its date. Next, New Hampshire’s decision on its primary date will determine when Iowa and Nevada will set their caucuses. “Today, South Carolina’s Republican primary restores order,” South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said. State laws could force the contests into December, something New Hampshire has already threatened.



Yes, hard to believe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Yes, hard to believe
Noted stereotype-enforcing businessman Herman Cain recently proclaimed that African-Americans are brainwashed into voting for Democrats. because some black people won’t even listen to someone who appears to be a conservative or a Republican. I call that brainwashing. Because it couldn’t possibly be a rational individual choice driven by observation. Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, […]

Noted stereotype-enforcing businessman Herman Cain recently proclaimed that African-Americans are brainwashed into voting for Democrats.

because some black people won’t even listen to someone who appears to be a conservative or a Republican. I call that brainwashing.

Because it couldn’t possibly be a rational individual choice driven by observation.

Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance. “Niggerhead,” it read.

Nope, couldn’t be:

Perry Fought To Keep Confederate Symbols Displayed On Government Buildings

Oh, and how could it be a rational choice when the same Herman Cain calls this “insensitive” one day and then the real leader of the GOP sweatily weighs in:

They’re trying to say that Perry’s a racist, and Herman Cain has jumped in and basically joined that chorus — and it is absurd.

So sayeth the man who never engages in race-baiting — Herman Cain, being a Republican uber alles, is ready for his apology:

“I am not attacking Governor Perry. Some people in the media want to attack him. I’m done with that issue,” Cain said.

Yes, hard to believe so many African-Americans, when even allowed to vote by them, do not choose the leaders of that Party.

Late Late Night FDL: Back Door Man 5 To 1
The DoorsBack Door Man; Five To One, from Live At The Hollywood Bowl, July 5, 1968.

The DoorsBack Door Man; Five To One, from Live At The Hollywood Bowl, July 5, 1968.

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We Are the 99 Percent—And We’re Not Confused

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

We Are the 99 Percent—And We’re Not Confused
Now that reporters are starting to check out the occupation near Wall Street (it took only three weeks), they have begun echoing the notion that protesters don’t know why they’re there. As Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities huffs in a pro-demonstration article, “Do these news analysts think it’s a coincidence that they’re occupying Wall St. as opposed to Columbus Ave. north of 79th?” But what do they want? cry reporters and pundits. They want justice. They want opportunity. They want to pay the rent. In times like these, it’s best to cut out the middlemen, which is why you should check out “We Are the 99 Percent,” a Tumblr blog collecting the personal stories of people who are hurting and who are fed up. They don’t seem at all confused about what they want.  —PZS (Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald.) Anonymous post on We Are the 99 Percent: This is the last bill i, at 21, can afford. On the front is a water charge for $42.43, i have $47 to my name. I make $7.25 an hour. Minimum wage is $8.00. But lucky for me, i make 10 cents commission per sale which makes my wage legal. I have $65,000.00 in student loan debt because i was told it’s the only way to get a job. I graduated with a 3.87 GPA. And this is what i make, $180 a week. Next month, I’ll be homeless despite my best efforts, even while my boss drives a 2010 BMW. Luckily, I AM THE 99% Read more

Now that reporters are starting to check out the occupation near Wall Street (it took only three weeks), they have begun echoing the notion that protesters don’t know why they’re there. As Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities huffs in a pro-demonstration article, “Do these news analysts think it’s a coincidence that they’re occupying Wall St. as opposed to Columbus Ave. north of 79th?”

But what do they want? cry reporters and pundits.

They want justice. They want opportunity. They want to pay the rent.

In times like these, it’s best to cut out the middlemen, which is why you should check out “We Are the 99 Percent,” a Tumblr blog collecting the personal stories of people who are hurting and who are fed up. They don’t seem at all confused about what they want.? —PZS

(Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald.)

Anonymous post on We Are the 99 Percent:

This is the last bill i, at 21, can afford. On the front is a water charge for $42.43, i have $47 to my name. I make $7.25 an hour. Minimum wage is $8.00. But lucky for me, i make 10 cents commission per sale which makes my wage legal.

I have $65,000.00 in student loan debt because i was told it’s the only way to get a job. I graduated with a 3.87 GPA. And this is what i make, $180 a week.

Next month, I’ll be homeless despite my best efforts, even while my boss drives a 2010 BMW.

Luckily, I AM THE 99%

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Colorado Senators Introduce New No Child Left Behind Bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Colorado Senators Introduce New No Child Left Behind Bill
In the two-and-a-half weeks since President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced ways in which states could overhaul No Child Left…

Obama Challenges GOP On Jobs Bill
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged Republican leaders on Tuesday to put his entire $447 billion jobs plan to a vote, rather than…

The R-Rated Movie Newt Gingrich Can’t Stop Watching
Struggling GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich still has his sense of humor. Despite reports of his campaign’s cash-flow issues, the former House Speaker and his…

Occupy Wall Street Mass Arrest Resembles Infamous Police Tactic, Critics Say
WASHINGTON — Ben Becker, 27, sat in the back of a police-commandeered transit bus on Saturday night, his hands placed tightly behind his back in…


WSJ ?Falsely Blames Increased Government Aid For Rising Higher Education Costs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

WSJ ?Falsely Blames Increased Government Aid For Rising Higher Education Costs

In a September 30 editorial, The Wall Street Journal suggested that the rapid rise in the cost of higher education stemmed in part from increased federal funding to the Pell Grant Program. However, experts have noted that federal Pell Grants have decreased as a percentage of tuition and are likely not a major factor in the increasing cost of higher education.

WSJ Suggests Federal Aid Is To Blame For Increasing Tuition Costs

WSJ: Universities Have Pocketed “Subsidies By Increasing Tuition After Every Expansion Of Federal Support.” In a September 30 editorial, The Wall Street Journal criticized proposed increases in the federal Pell Grant Program , claiming it will not have “anything to do with making it easier to afford college.” From The Wall Street Journal:

To preserve Team Obama’s priority of maintaining a maximum Pell grant of $5,550 per year and doubling the total annual funding to $36 billion since President Obama took office, Democrats recently decided to make student-loan borrowers pay interest on their loans for their first six months out of college. Washington used to give the youngsters an interest-free grace period. Taxpayers might cheer this change if the money wasn’t simply being transferred to another form of education subsidy. But it seems almost certain to raise default rates as it puts recent grads under increased financial pressure.

None of these programs has anything to do with making it easier to afford college. Universities have been efficient in pocketing the subsidies by increasing tuition after every expansion of federal support. That’s why education is a rare industry where prices have risen even faster than health-care costs. [The Wall Street Journal,

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[New America Foundation, 7/12/11]


Supreme Court Rejects Alan Keyes’ Birther Lawsuit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Supreme Court Rejects Alan Keyes’ Birther Lawsuit
The Supreme Court will not hear a ‘birther’ lawsuit from conservative activist Alan Keyes and members of the American Independent Party, which argued Barack Obama is ineligible to be President.

CIA Operative, Who Caused International Crisis After Killings, Arrested After Argument Over Parking Spot
For a CIA operative, Raymond Davis sure has trouble keeping a low profile. Earlier this year Davis sparked a diplomatic standoff after shooting two men dead on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan. Now Davis — who was freed in March…

Boehner Triples Possible DOMA Legal Tab To $1.5 Million
House Republican leaders have tripled the contracted amount allocated for a legal team arguing in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from $500,000 to $1.5 million of taxpayer money.


Pushing a Dead Jobs Bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Pushing a Dead Jobs Bill
Although it is clear that President Obama doesn’t have the votes — either in the House or the Senate — to pass his American Jobs Act, The Hill notes that this “will not stop Obama from talking about the jobs bill and nothing else” for a while to come.

“That’s because the White House hopes the president’s steady drumbeat of “pass the bill” can become a rallying cry for his supporters even if it doesn’t create a single job… What matters to the White House are the politics of the battle. The president’s advisers want to ensure Obama has a vehicle to get him on the right side of the fear and loathing America feels toward Washington… Instead, they know the bill will be broken up, and smaller battles will break out, giving Obama smaller victories that officials hope will add up to a big win next November. But more important than that are the myriad opportunities available this fall and winter for Congress to act like Congress and for Obama to call them out for doing so.”

“And while it might seem to Washington like the president is tilting at windmills, the hope in Chicago is that voters want to fight windmills too, and they trust Obama to lead the charge. If that turns out to be the case, then folks in Washington might start wondering about the jobs bill the same way Elvis fans wonder about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Maybe it’s not really dead.”

Quote of the Day
Forbes magazine named Scott Brown Wall Street’s favorite senator. I was thinking that’s probably not an award I’m going to get.”

— U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D), quoted by the Boston Herald, taking a swipe at Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in last night’s Massachusetts Democratic primary debate.

Romney Regains Status as Frontrunner
A new Quinnipiac national poll finds Mitt Romney leading the Republican presidential field with 22%, followed by Herman Cain at 17% and Rick Perry at 14%. All other candidates are in the single digits.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “After seeing his lead disappear with the entrance of Rick Perry into the trace, Mitt Romney has regained his position out front as the Texas governor’s fortunes have fallen. The GOP race, however, remains quite open… A big question now is whether Herman Cain is a serious candidate for the nomination. He has zoomed into second place ahead of Perry.”

Overall Fundraising Down in Q3
Roll Call reports 3rd quarter filings “will feature some of the most dismal fundraising numbers in the past few cycles, according to interviews with 20 operatives on both sides of the aisle. Consultants speculated fundraising across the board could be down about 25 percent this quarter, while others complained that it took twice as many solicitations to meet their goals.”


Is Yemen on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Is Yemen on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster?
Aid workers say Yemen is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster; but as needs in the country increase, the delivery of aid is becoming ever more complicated.


George Soros on Our Failing Public Sphere

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

George Soros on Our Failing Public Sphere
As we try to make sense of the Republican presidential candidates’ debate, and of Barack Obama’s long belated, once-bumped, high-stakes speech on jobs – it might help to read “George Soros’ frightening assessment of the American public sphere. Too few…






Study: Anti-Gay ?Microaggressions? Impact Health Of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Study: Anti-Gay ?Microaggressions? Impact Health Of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals
A new study coauthored by Dr. Ilan H. Meyer of the Williams Institute finds that ongoing stigma and social inequality increase stress and reduce well-being for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. These health impacts can be prevalent even among individuals who have never experienced major traumatic events such as hate violence, abuse, or discrimination. Individuals […]

A new study coauthored by Dr. Ilan H. Meyer of the Williams Institute finds that ongoing stigma and social inequality increase stress and reduce well-being for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. These health impacts can be prevalent even among individuals who have never experienced major traumatic events such as hate violence, abuse, or discrimination. Individuals experience microaggressions, day-to-day moments where they feel the need to “worry” or “hide” — any slight occasion when they are unsure about their safety or acceptance because they are LGB. The authors conclude that these microaggressions largely define how people experience their identities in society:

The findings show that in addition to life events—such as antigay violence, abuse, and discrimination in hiring or promotion—participants describe homophobia, racism, and sexism as enduring and pervasive social forces that chronically and systematically exclude them from social institutions. In thinking about life without homophobia, racism, and sexism, participants revealed that, indeed, minorities experience society as anything but harmoniously fitting. Researchers need to pay greater attention than they have to date to describing these stressors and understanding their effects. Among these stressors are minor events and conditions that are mostly intangible. Prominent among these were experiences such as not being able to walk down the street freely because of the fear of expressing affection to one’s intimate partner.

The study demonstrates the need to not only fight for legal equality but to work toward creating understanding about sexual orientation (and gender identity, though this study did not specifically address it) throughout society. Anti-gay rhetoric and attitudes undermine the health of LGB people, and thus, so do the individuals and organizations who propagate that rhetoric.

Spencer And Geller Disavow Anti-Muslim Activist?s Call For Violence, Say He Was Never A Board Member
Responding to ThinkProgress, anti-Muslim activists Robert Spencer and Pam Geller disavowed any connections to John Joseph Jay, who recently wrote a blog post calling for the mass murder of politicians, journalists, and others. Geller and Spencer — leading members of the Islamophobia network — strongly denounced Jay’s calls for violence. But, Jay’s name and signature […]

Responding to ThinkProgress, anti-Muslim activists Robert Spencer and Pam Geller disavowed any connections to John Joseph Jay, who recently wrote a blog post calling for the mass murder of politicians, journalists, and others. Geller and Spencer — leading members of the Islamophobia network — strongly denounced Jay’s calls for violence.

But, Jay’s name and signature appears on the articles of incorporation for American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an umbrella organization for which Geller is the executive director. Geller and Spencer claim Jay was never a board member and is not affiliated in any way. Geller writes that while Jay helped establish the organization, he is not a member of the board:

Last year I was in a rush to get the organization off the ground, and enlisted [Jay’s] help and that of several others. At that time I hadn’t yet chosen the board members or the key players in the organization. Jay helped me out so I could get the incorporation papers filed, but was never a Board member or a part of the organizational structure in any way. He was gone almost as soon as he was there, and is not a member of AFDI.

Spencer emails a similar statement saying, Jay “is not on the Board now, never has been, and is not a member of the organization.”

However, this seems to conflict with a blog post Spencer wrote in August of last year after Jay stirred controversy with a different call to arms. In that post on his Jihad Watch blog, Spencer wrote about the “misrepresentations of some writings by John Jay, a member of the SIOA Board.” SIOA is Stop the Islamization Of America, an organization also headed by Geller and connected to AFDI.

ThinkProgress included this in our original post and asked Spencer to clarify. “He was never a board member. I don’t recall saying he was, but if I did, it was in error.” That was “was a mistake on my part,” Spencer wrote in another email after ThinkProgress provided a link to his post.