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My ‘fair’ State

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:46 am by HL

My ‘fair’ State
In Iowa every four years we reach the high point of our tourism quadrennial — the Caucuses. The world’s most dubious form of democracy other than straw polls, FCC complaints, and trending Bieber-tweets. And why here you ask? Yeah, me too.

pic via deckhand at flickr.com

In Iowa every four years we reach the high point of our tourism quadrennial — the Caucuses. The world’s most dubious form of democracy other than straw polls, FCC complaints, and trending Bieber-tweets. And why here you ask?

Yeah, me too.

Herman Cain’s Iowa chairman, Steve Grubbs, said the POLITICO story about sexual harassment claims against Cain will only serve to motivate the campaign in the first-in-the-nation state.

“I bet we’ll land more precinct captains than we did before the story,” Grubbs told POLITICO Monday.

Ugh, the Republican-base in Iowa, Herman Cain’s constituency, as hands-on as the candidate that inspires them.

Early Morning Swim

 

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Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East
As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

By Juan Cole

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.


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Obama Gets Good News From The Doctor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Obama Gets Good News From The Doctor
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is in excellent health and tobacco free, his doctor said Monday in the results of the president’s second physical exam…

Obama Orders FDA To Avert Looming Drug Shortage
WASHINGTON — Unprecedented drug shortages are threatening the lives of cancer patients and other seriously ill people, and the Obama administration’s plan to tackle them…

Caryl Rivers: This Time, the White Knight Is a Woman
No woman has ever been elected senator of Massachusetts. But Elizabeth Warren has the experience and the résumé, and, by the way, is no slouch in the cojones department.


Trick Or Treat! Obama Derangement Syndrome Is At The Door

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Trick Or Treat! Obama Derangement Syndrome Is At The Door

In the latest round of Obama Derangement Syndrome, right-wing media attacked the Obamas for handing out fruit along with candy to trick-or-treaters at the White House. Previously, right-wing media have attacked the president over Hurricane Irene, the East Coast earthquake, healthy eating, the White House Easter Egg Roll, and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Halloween Candy Edition

Fox Nation: “TRICK: Obamas Hand Out Dried Fruit At WH Halloween.” An October 30 Fox Nation post rewrote the headline of an Associated Press (AP) article to say: “TRICK: Obamas Hand Out Dried Fruit at WH Halloween.” The original AP headline stated, “Things get seasonal at the White House; Obamas hand out Halloween treats.” [Fox Nation, 10/30/11, via Media Matters; AP, 10/29/11, via The Washington Post]

Hoft: “Obama Goes Trick-Or-Treating … They Handed Out Fruit.” In a Gateway Pundit post titled, “288,000 Lose Power in Earliest Snowstorm in a Century… Obama Goes Trick-or-Treating,” blogger Jim Hoft wrote:

An historic early season snow hit the New England area today knocking out power to at least 288,000 homes. It is the earliest snow in New York City since the Civil War.

Meanwhile… Obama went trick-or-treating.

[…]

They handed out fruit. [Gateway Pundit, 10/29/11, emphasis in original]

Drudge: “Treat Or Trick: Obamas Pass Out Halloween — ‘Fruit’?…” An October 30 post to the Drudge Report read:

Halloween Drudge

[The Drudge Report, 10/30/11]

And This Is Just The Latest Edition Of Obama Derangement Syndrome

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Earthquake Edition. Following an earthquake that struck the East Coast on August 23, right-wing media attacked Obama for being on a golf course during a family vacation when the earthquake struck. [Media Matters, 8/24/11]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Michelle Obama Uses An iPod. Right-wing media figures highlighted a photograph of first lady Michelle Obama using headphones while in her husband’s presence, writing that this signified that she “doesn’t seem all that happy with the man she married 19 years ago.” [Media Matters, 8/22/11The Washington Times, via Media Matters, 8/29/11]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Happy Meals. Following McDonald’s decision to offer “more nutritionally-balanced” Happy Meals and Michelle Obama’s praise of its move, the right-wing media jumped to attack McDonald’s for supposedly bending to the will of the “fat police” and making Happy Meals “less happy.” [Media Matters, 7/27/11]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Dijon Mustard. In May 2009, conservative media attacked Obama as an elitist because he ordered a hamburger with Dijon mustard. [Media Matters5/7/09]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: The Color Purple. In March 2010, conservative blogger Pamela Geller incited outrage over Obama “Flying The Gangsta Colors At The White House: SEIU, The Color Purple.” Geller went on to criticize Obama’s purple tie color choice, despite the fact that Obama’s tie appeared to be blue, not purple. [Media Matters, 3/26/10]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Wal-Mart Healthy Foods Initiative. In January, right-wing media accused the Obama administration of threatening or “bullying” Wal-Mart when the company announced a healthy food initiative that would make “thousands of the packaged food items that it sells more healthful and affordable by 2015,” according to The Washington Post. [Media Matters1/21/11

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Latin America Jobs Trip. In March, the right-wing media attacked Obama’s long-planned jobs trip to Latin America as a “vacation,” even though the trip was focused on economic opportunities for the U.S. and trade relationships with Latin American nations. [Media Matters, 3/18/11]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Children’s Easter Egg Roll. Also in March, Fox & Friends attacked the White House Easter Egg Roll, a family event, for making the souvenir eggs more environmentally friendly and encouraging children to exercise. [Media Matters3/30/11]

Obama Derangement Syndrome: Osama Bin Laden’s Death. In May, The Washington Times attacked Obama following the successful raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, complaining that he golfed before the mission took place and that he “snub[bed] Bush” in his speech following bin Laden’s death. [Media Matters5/3/11]


E-Mails Detail DOJ Concern Over ATF ‘Gun Walking’ Well Before ‘Fast & Furious’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:42 am by HL

E-Mails Detail DOJ Concern Over ATF ‘Gun Walking’ Well Before ‘Fast & Furious’
A high-ranking Justice Department official was “stunned” when he learned in 2010 that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed weapons to “walk” across the Mexican border during the Bush administration, according to recently disclosed documents.

An Obituary: The $16 Muffin Myth (9/20/11 – 10/28/11)
The $16 muffin myth died on Friday. It was 38 days old.



Halloween Costumes of the GOP Candidates

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Halloween Costumes of the GOP Candidates


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“I enjoy flowers like everybody else.”

— Herman Cain, in an interview on Fox News, on whether he has a “roaming eye.”

Lucky Romney
Jon Stewart looks at sexual harassment accusations against Herman Cain and Rick Perry’s loopy speech in New Hampshire and concludes, “Mitt Romney is the luckiest Motherfudger on Earth.”

Most Texans Don’t Credit Perry for Economic Growth
The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll finds that an overwhelming number of Texans attribute the state’s economic success to “long-standing policies and natural resources,” at 65%, while just 21% believe it was a result of Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) leadership.

“The poll results appear to show Texas voters don’t buy Perry’s claim that his policies are responsible for the state’s economy and that he can do the same for the country. The findings, however, buttress his claim that protecting those state policies against efforts to raise taxes and increase regulation helped the state weather the recession.”

Supercommittee Members Navigate Political Pressures
As the supercommittee approaches its November 23 deadline, by which time it must approve a plan that cuts the deficit by $1.2 trillion to avoid across-the-board cuts, The Hill notes the political pressures on the supercommittee’s 12 members.

“The panel’s members are confronting risk on all sides. For Senate freshmen like Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and ambitious House Democrats like Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Xavier Becerra (Calif.), signing onto any agreement could alienate segments of their party’s base and threaten their advancement in leadership… Some political analysts note, however, that the members of the supercommittee are insulated by their solid standing both within their party caucuses and in their home districts and states, which may have contributed to their selection in the first place.”


How A Reproductive Justice Campaign in Mississippi Can Defeat the Anti-Sex Right and Save the Vote

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:38 am by HL

How A Reproductive Justice Campaign in Mississippi Can Defeat the Anti-Sex Right and Save the Vote
Fighting Mississippi’s frightening fetal personhood law will require an intersectional campaign that also works against those trying to deny people of color the vote.

The End of the Herman Cain Campaign? (It’s Not What You Think)
Sexual harassment allegations aren’t the only thing troubling Cain’s campaign–there’s also the dirty politics of his campaign manager, Mark Block.

A New Declaration of Independence: 10 Ideas for Taking America Back from the 1%
The weight of the 1 Percent has become intolerable. How can we take our country back? Here’s a fresh draft.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:37 am by HL

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When ‘Diversity’ at Elite Schools Deepens Inequality
The recent death of New York University law professor Derrick Bell, a black champion of “critical race theory,” and a recent report that the Supreme Court may take up a new challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas…



FLASHBACK: America?s Last General Strike Was In Oakland In 1946

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 1st, 2011 4:36 am by HL

FLASHBACK: America?s Last General Strike Was In Oakland In 1946
Following the harsh crackdown by police against Occupy Oakland, activists have been calling for a city-wide general strike on Wednesday to protest police and city behavior. The momentum for the strike has grown following endorsements by the SEIU Local 1021 labor union and the Oakland Educational Association. Other than building up the activist momentum to […]

Oakland's 1946 General Strike

Following the harsh crackdown by police against Occupy Oakland, activists have been calling for a city-wide general strike on Wednesday to protest police and city behavior. The momentum for the strike has grown following endorsements by the SEIU Local 1021 labor union and the Oakland Educational Association.

Other than building up the activist momentum to actually carry out the strike, there are also legal and logistical issues with general strikes. Under the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act, “a general strike in support of other workers is illegal,” making general strikes effectively barred. In addition to these possible legal hurdles, organizing a general strike would require collective action that is difficult under current organizing rules.

However, it is worthwhile to note that Oakland was the site of America’s last great general strike. Over the course of two days in December 1946, 130,000 workers in Oakland refused to work out of solidarity with a strike by 400 mostly female retail clerks in which police were intervening. Union officials called the massive strike a “worker’s holiday.” All stores but pharmacies and food markets were shut down. After two days, the general strike ended when the city government pledged police neutrality in future strikes. The retail strike continued for another five months before being resolved.

Keith Carson, a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, made a short video in 2009 about the Oakland General Strike (part 2 is here). Watch part one:

That year, there were six general strikes, “setting the all time record for strikes and work stoppages in the U.S.” The hundreds of thousands of workers who went on strike that year won major concessions and served as fighters for the most robust middle class America had ever seen. Despite the laws barring solidarity strikes, a general strike in Oakland may set the path for more militant labor action that, like in the past, would once again help rebuild this middle class.

DC Protesters Hang ?Semper Fi? Tribute To Injured Oakland Vet Scott Olsen
Protesters at McPherson Square in Washington, DC have hung a touching tribute to Scott Olsen, the Marine veteran injured by police at Oakland protests last week. Here is a picture of the sign, which includes the Semper Fidelis motto of the Marines, courtesy of Twitter user @papersplx:

Protesters at McPherson Square in Washington, DC have hung a touching tribute to Scott Olsen, the Marine veteran injured by police at Oakland protests last week. Here is a picture of the sign, which includes the Semper Fidelis motto of the Marines, courtesy of Twitter user @papersplx: