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Archive for December, 2011

Obama’s No Friend of the Middle Class

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 31st, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Obama’s No Friend of the Middle Class
Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator
It's not surprising that President Obama's re-election strategy is to “cast himself as a middle class warrior.” What is surprising is that he thinks he can get away with it. The fact that he actually might says less about Obama than about Americans' understanding of economics and the Republicans' particular skill at turning smart policy into stupid politics.The obvious question when a politician wants to run as a champion of any particular group is “what has he done for that group?” So, let's think about what Obama has done for, or — more…

Ron Paul and His Bigots
Ed Koch, Newsmax
According to The New York Times, Ron Paul, the libertarian candidate, is “a real Republican contender in Iowa.” He is also the candidate of the white supremacists, Jew haters, and gay bashers. Twenty years ago, he published a newsletter with articles that bore no bylines that were, according to the Times, “racist, anti-gay, and anti-Israel.” He now says he didn’t write them and he doesn’t know who did.

Santorum’s Big Government Conservatism
Erick Erickson, Red State
A number of people read my post yesterday about Rick Santorum and still are scratching their heads. In my book RedState Uprising I spent a bit of time dealing with "pro-life statists" who will be the death of the conservative movement if we do not start standing up to them.Rick Santorum is a pro-life statist. My friend Ned Ryun introduced me to the term and his post on pro-life statists written in the wake of Congressman Mark Souder's resignation sums up every issue I have with Rick Santorum.


Weiler: GOP’s Regulatory Nonsense

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:51 am by HL

Weiler: GOP’s Regulatory Nonsense
Jonathan Weiler: A persistent GOP line of attack against President Obama is that he [has] inflicted an intolerable “regulatory burden” on American businesses. Mitt Romney, for instance, has been telling campaign crowds that the Obama administration has issued four times as much regulation as past presidents. This claim is false. According to Bloomberg news, the Obama administration has issued 613 new federal rules so far in his presidency. During the same period in the presidency of George W. Bush, his administration had issued 643 new rules.



Merely the cost of doing (its) business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:50 am by HL

Merely the cost of doing (its) business
What’s a little slander, privacy invasion, abetting and maybe a little treason if not the cost of doing business?

pic by ssosay at flickr.com

What’s a little slander, privacy invasion, abetting and maybe a little treason if not the cost of doing business?

Rupert Murdoch’s News International is thought to have prepared a legal fund of £100m to settle civil litigation actions brought by victims of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal ahead of a High Court showdown in the new year.

And get them settled before trial which can often be a tad messy:

High Court trials hold the potential to reveal more details of wrongdoing by NOTW and deliver further damaging publicity about the invasiveness of hacking and the distress of victims.

Oh those British doling out punishment for wrongdoing by large companies. So unbecoming of a capitalist country.


Syrian Activist Speaks Out From Hiding as Arab League Mission Fails to Slow Deadly Crackdown

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:49 am by HL

Syrian Activist Speaks Out From Hiding as Arab League Mission Fails to Slow Deadly Crackdown
Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” crew investigate the failure so far of Arab League observers to witness or stop the killing in Syria.

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” crew investigate the failure so far of Arab League observers to witness or stop the killing in Syria.

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Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast
There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

By William Pfaff

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.


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Robert B. Blancato: The Shame of Elder Abuse and the Silence of Washington

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:48 am by HL

Robert B. Blancato: The Shame of Elder Abuse and the Silence of Washington
As we close the holiday season, we are reminded that one sad reality, elder abuse, takes no holiday. Elder abuse is an ever present threat which must be thwarted.

Bachmann Vows To Stay In Race Amid Controversy
DES MOINES, Iowa — Vowing to press ahead through the Iowa caucuses, Republican Michele Bachmann dismissed the notion Thursday that her presidential campaign was in…

Perry Fights Back
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A swaggering Rick Perry parachuted into Iowa last summer at the top of the GOP presidential field with a job-creation message,…


The Washington Times’ ?Year Of Obama Derangement Syndrome

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:47 am by HL

The Washington Times’ ?Year Of Obama Derangement Syndrome

Few right-wing media outlets suffer more from Obama Derangement Syndrome than The Washington TimesMedia Matters takes a look back at the Times‘ most outlandish, bizarre, and inflammatory attacks on President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama of 2011.

OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DEATH

Wash. Times: Bin Laden “Outmaneuvered” Obama With Taped Message. In a May 19 editorial, The Washington Times wrote that Osama bin Laden “outmaneuvered” President Obama, writing that bin Laden’s “final taped message was an eerie refutation of President Obama’s major Middle East policy address. Even in death, bin Laden launched a surprise attack with impeccable timing.” The Times further claimed that the words of bin Laden’s taped message “could easily have tracked across Mr. Obama’s teleprompter.” [The Washington Times,

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[The Washington Times, 9/8/11, via Media Matters]

Washington Times: Obama Policies “Bringing America To The Brink Of Third World Inferiority.” In an April 15 editorial, The Washington Times wrote that Obama’s “policies have secured America’s status as part of the declining world.” The Times further wrote: “[T]he president’s answer to economic crisis is to heap on more debt. It’s this crippling tax-and-spend Obama creed that’s bringing America to the brink of Third World inferiority.” [The Washington Times4/15/11, via Media Matters]

Kuhner Called For Obama’s Impeachment Over Libya Policy. In a March 24 column, Kuhner called for Obama’s impeachment over his handling of Libya, writing that “[t]he Libyan war is part of a pattern of Mr. Obama’s unethical and criminal behavior” and that “[i]f Republicans and conservatives are serious about restoring constitutional government, they will demand that Mr. Obama be impeached.” Kuhner further wrote that Obama is a “socialist thug” who “has betrayed his country, his constitutional oath of office and his duty as commander in chief.” [The Washington Times3/24/11, via Media Matters]

Times Called Obama A “Bigot” And Restrictions On Handgun Magazines “Pointless.” In a March 1 editorial, The Washington Times stated that “restrictions on things like the size of handgun magazines” are “pointless.” The Times also wrote that President Obama is “a bigoted man who derisively describes small-town America as a place where people ‘cling to guns.'” [The Washington Times3/1/11, via Media Matters]

Times Declared DOMA Decision Part Of Obama’s “Strategy To Force The Radical Homosexual Agenda On America.” In a February 23 editorial, The Washington Times wrote that the Department of Justice’s decision to no longer defend portions of the Defense of Marriage Act “is the next step of President Obama’s strategy to force the radical homosexual agenda on America against the will of the people and Congress.” [The Washington Times2/23/11, via Media Matters]

Nugent: “It’s Hard To Argue” That Obama Isn’t “Out To Destroy America.” In a February 8 column, Ted Nugent wrote that “there are some Americans who think Mr. Obama is out to destroy America or at to least [sic] reduce the country to the equivalent of a Third World country.” He then added, “Sadly, it’s hard to argue with the flow of evidence.” [The Washington Times2/8/11, via Media Matters]

Kuhner: Obama Is A “Machiavellian Socialist” And A “Radical Leftist Who Seeks To Dismantle Capitalism.” In his January 27 column, Kuhner wrote that Obama is a “Machiavellian socialist” and a “radical leftist who seeks to dismantle capitalism and the achievements of the Reagan revolution.” [The Washington Times1/27/11, via Media Matters]

TUCSON SHOOTING

Kuhner: Obama’s Tucson Memorial Address “Was A Surreal Spectacle In Narcissistic Self-Congratulation” That “Dishonored The Victims.” In a January 13 column titled, “Obama’s Tucson degradation,” Kuhner wrote that Obama was “cynically exploiting the tragic shooting in Tucson for political gain” and that his memorial address “was a surreal spectacle in narcissistic self-congratulation” that “dishonored the victims” of the shootings. Kuhner further wrote that the shooting victims were “doubly degraded by a narcissistic president who used their suffering as political fodder.” [The Washington Times1/13/11, via Media Matters]


Alleged Tea Party HD Scammer Countersues Former Business Partners

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Alleged Tea Party HD Scammer Countersues Former Business Partners
A conservative businessman, accused of scamming investors in a Tea Party television venture, is countersuing his former business partners, claiming that they conspired against him and that he “has suffered shame and humiliation” as a result of their suit.

To Frack Or Not To Frack: New York Enters The Next Round Of The Drilling Debate
One side points to videos of people setting their tap water on fire. The other looks to an economic boom in Pennsylvania. But New Yorkers in general are mostly split on whether to lift a moratorium on hydrofracking in the…

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Bad Memories of Christmas Past

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Bad Memories of Christmas Past


Giffords to Attend Tucson Shooting Commemoration

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Giffords to Attend Tucson Shooting Commemoration
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and other survivors of the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona will gather “to commemorate the one-year mark of that tragic day and remember those who died,” according to the AP.

“The events planned include a community-wide ringing of bells at churches and by people throughout the city at 10:11 a.m., the exact time the shooting broke out, an interfaith service at St. Augustine Cathedral where people of all religions are invited to pray and reflect, and a series of talks reflecting the lives of Giffords and the six people killed in the shooting.”

Romney Edges Ahead in Iowa
A new NBC News-Marist poll in Iowa shows Mitt Romney edging Ron Paul, 23% to 21%.

They are followed by Rick Santorum at 15%, Rick Perry at 14%, Newt Gingrich at 13% and Michele Bachmann at 6%.

Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “This is the Romney dream scenario. When you look at the Tea Party and conservatives, they are all splintered.”


Two Political Rumors Worth Following

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 30th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Two Political Rumors Worth Following
Here are two rumors worth noting, one Israeli, one Palestinian, each with potentially big political significance. 1. The first has to to do with Netanyahu’s decision to call a snap Likud primary for late January. The superficial explanation is that…


Palestine’s Economic Hallucination
It’s the end of the year and time to turn the page after a bit of reflecting. What better way to reflect than to contrast image and reality, and even more so when the topic is Palestine’s economy? For starters,…