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Email Claims Democratic Congress to Blame for No COLA Increase in Social Security

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

By Robert Farley
PolitiFact


So every year you've gotten a little bump in your Social Security check due to inflation. Maybe you've come to consider it an annual raise from Uncle Sam.

Well, this January, you might not get one.

And a chain e-mail making the rounds tells you to blame Democrats in Congress.

"For the first time in history, the Democratic Congress will not allow an increase in the social security COLA (cost of living adjustment)," the e-mail states.

There are actually two versions of this e-mail floating around. One pins the blame generically on "Congress," while the other says "the Democratic Congress." The second version seems to have gotten more traction on the Web, so we focused on the latter version.

Up until 1975, it took an act of Congress to adjust Social Security payments for inflation. But a law enacted in 1972 -- and signed by President Richard Nixon, a Republican -- created a formula to automatically calculate the COLA every year. The Social Security cost of living adjustment was tied to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

The government compares that index in the third quarter (July, August and September) of the current year to the third quarter of the previous year. Every year since the formula was put into effect (1975), it has resulted in a cost-of-living increase. High oil prices last summer contributed in large part to a sizable COLA increase in January of 5.8 percent, the highest increase in more than 25 years....(Remainder.)

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Cavuto Chyron Claims "Merkel Win: Sending Anti-Tax Message to Washington"

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Watch Out for the Ass-Bombers

By Joe
Joy. My. God


Remember the guy who tried to light a bomb in his shoe? And now we have to take our shoes off at the airport? Remember the guy who tried to sneak in liquid explosives? And now we can't bring shampoo on board? What do you think the TSA will do about the ass-bombers? Richard Scneier:
Nobody tell the TSA, but last month someone tried to assassinate a Saudi prince by exploding a bomb stuffed in his rectum. He pretended to be a repentant militant, when in fact he was a Trojan horse: The resulting explosion ripped al-Asiri to shreds but only lightly injured the shocked prince -- the target of al-Asiri's unsuccessful assassination attempt. Other news articles are here, and here are two blog posts. For years, I have made the joke about Richard Reid: "Just be glad that he wasn't the underwear bomber." Now, sadly, we have an example of one. Lewis Page, an "improvised-device disposal operator tasked in support of the UK mainland police from 2001-2004," pointed out that this isn't much of a threat for three reasons: 1) you can't stuff a lot of explosives into a body cavity, 2) detonation is, um, problematic, and 3) the human body can stifle an explosion pretty effectively (think of someone throwing himself on a grenade to save his friends).
The comments on Schneier's blog are a riot....(Original.)

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Monica "Moronic Slut" Crowley, Claims School Video is Attempt by Obama to "Get Kids Early"

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Why Does the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda Continue to Call Humans 'Illegal?'

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

Fox News' morning crews -- both Fox and Friends and the regular newsroom -- were going ape about the Moonie Times' report on the pushback by liberal Democrats on including undocumented immigrants in the current health-care reform effort:
Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access.

The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party's spines on the contentious issue, say it's unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they've been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

"Legal permanent residents should be able to purchase their plans, and they should also be eligible for subsidies if they need it. Undocumented, if they can afford it, should be able to buy their own private plans. It keeps them out of the emergency room," said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Of course, this really is only common sense, especially from a public-health perspective; do we really want people not getting treated for contagious diseases simply because they can't prove they're here legally?

However, as sensible as it may be, these efforts realistically have little chance of succeeding, given the toxic political environment about immigration and health-care reform that's been floating about us ever since Joe Wilson shouted out, "You lie!"...(Remainder.)

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Unabashed Traitor & Right-Wing Fluffer, Cowan, Says Obama Like Chamberlain

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Propagandaministerium Flat Out Lies About Loans to Green Car Companies

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Hey Glenn Beck Fans: Does President Obama Hate White People?

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


I have to give Max Blumenthal, who I had the pleasure of hosting here in Seattle this past week, credit for coming up with the ideal question to ask the fans of Glenn Beck who showed up Saturday in the Seattle area to root for their favorite right-wing fearmonger:

Do you think President Obama hates white people?

The first person I asked was Sean Salazar, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate -- he wants to take on Sen. Patty Murray, and so far appears to be leading the GOP field -- standing outside Safeco Field, where Beck's Seattle event was held.


Salazar, as you can see, hedged and stammered and then quickly found someone else to talk to. But he typified the response in Seattle: "When did Glenn Beck say that? Really? He said that? Well, I need to see the context." One woman said that "Beck explained that," but I pointed out to her that all he said was that he was sorry how it was worded, but that it's still a "serious" question Americans need to be asking. So I was asking them.

I also asked the man who was carrying the big sign making fun of Beck. He pointed out how white the crowd was. And it was true, particularly inside the stadium (more on that shortly). Eventually, I did manage to find an African-American man who was outside gathering signatures on behalf of Ron Paul's "Campaign for Liberty." He said he wasn't going in to see Beck.

Finally, right at the end, I did encounter one honest soul. As you can see.


I met many, many more of these folks at the Beck rally in Mount Vernon later that afternoon and into the evening. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to capture most of them on video (a camera burp) -- just one couple towards the end of the evening. But I had at least five different people at Mount Vernon, supporters of Beck's, tell me they firmly believed Obama was a racist who hated white people....(Remainder.)

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Greedy Right-Wing Whore, Dick Morris, Continues to Shill for Anti-Health Reform Ads

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James Carville Slams Betsy McCaughey for Taking $ from Phillip Morris



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Propagandaministerium Sunday Flat-Out Lies When Saying 100% of Military Behind More Troops to Afghanistan



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Droopy McDumbass Moronically "Thinks" Obama Somehow Denigrated US in UN Address



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Pathetic Right-Wing Cunt, Coulter, Latest Moronic Lie: Liberals Behind Obama=Hitler Signs at Klan Rally

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Chris Wallace FAIL! Tries to Defend ACORN Filmmaker/Criminal by Attacking Media Matters

By Media Matters

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace helped videographer James O'Keefe defend his dwindling credibility by advancing several of O'Keefe's claims without noting that they are contradicted by readily available evidence. Wallace suggested that O'Keefe "denies reports" by Media Matters that O'Keefe, in Wallace's words, "got any money from conservative backers" -- without noting that the evidence Media Matters highlighted consisted of public statements by conservatives that they had funded O'Keefe in the past or planned to raise money for O'Keefe and his partner, Hannah Giles, in the future....(Remainder.)



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CNN's Howard Kurtz Absolutely Destroys Douchebag Andersen's Lies About Obama



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Right-Wing Ass-Weasel O'Keefe Not Sure if He Broke Wiretapping Laws



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Rep. Alan Grayson on the GOP Health Care Plan: "Don't Get Sick! And if You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly!"

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Nothing is Sacred in Glennbeckistan

By Larisa Alexandrovna
at-Largely


I am a Jew. This offends me beyond words. I am going to vent, if you would rather avoid my screaming in font, then don't read this.

Drooling buffoon and paranoid girlie-man Glenn Beck (Roman Catholic converted to Mormonism) is co-opting the holiest of Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur, to use for his political porn. He has called a national day of prayer for the republic and invited us Jews to our own holy day as though this were some movement, part of the larger Borg-like thing that he is constructing. Here is what Beck said: "
"They're already gonna be miserable. ... We could all not eat together ... for the republic"
Who is the "they" in this? Does he mean, us, the Jews? And why are we going to be miserable? Are you kidding me? This is anti-Semitism of the "I have friends who are Jews" variety. It is ignorant and it is absolutely offensive.

---The Jews are invited to our political hate rally on Yom Kippur (because that is how it sounds to me) in which we will fast for the very things the Jews are fasting to distance themselves from---


Does he know why we fast? No seriously, does he not understand that we fast to be closer to the spiritual and further from the material, physical - including politics? The republic won't make our radar because it is of the physical realm.

It is not just what he said either, or the tone in which he said it, but the fact that he wants to exploit our holiest day for his political propaganda. He wants to pray for the republic? Fine. He can do that on Christmas or Easter. Yom Kippur has nothing to do with the republic. There are no gifts to unwrap. There are no speeches to be made. There is no gathering to demonstrate anything. This day has nothing to do with the physical world whatsoever. It is precisely the reason why we fast!...(Remainder.)

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Wow...Dan Riehl Does Enjoy Performing Fellatio on Glenn Beck

By Larisa Alexandrovna
at-Largely


UPDATES AT BOTTOM

So the glue-sniffers are all upset because rational folks are asking rational questions relating to William Sparkman's murder. But it is entirely okay, however, to speculate/accuse this man of being a child predator. It is one thing to have no reasoning skills. It is a whole other thing to use hate as the substitute of reason:
"The condition of the body and his being naked also seems curious. Why strip someone down to their socks only to kill them? Finally Sparkman's bio and work history suggests at the least he was not just your average guy. No teaching degree, no full-time means of employment and no wife or kids so far as I am aware. But he certainly did gravitate towards children. I can't help but wonder if this wasn't a revenge killing disguised to look like something else. If he did have issues in this regard and messed with the wrong kid, it isn't as if something like that can be ruled out until we know more."
I can't help but wonder if Dan Riehl enjoys performing fellatio on Glenn Beck. Oh, I am sorry is there no evidence for this speculation.

UPDATE I

Apparently, the propaganda the editorial staff at the glue-sniffer/birther rag WorldNetDaily has also enjoys performing fellatio on Glenn Beck:
"Now it looks more like Sparkman was yet another victim of illegal drug operations on national forest land, and possibly also a victim of our still open border with Mexico.

Taking the Census in our national forests is dangerous business. Law enforcement sources say meth labs and marijuana plantations are "prevalent" in the area of Sparkman's death. Did he stumble across a drug operation in the Daniel Boone National Forest? No one is saying for sure, but the locals believe it."
How does one say FED in Spanish?...(Remainder.)

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Rep. Trent Franks (R-Racist-Nazi-Fuck) Calls the President "Enemy of Humanity"

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Top GOP "News" Portal Discusses Military "Coup" Against Obama

By John Aravosis
AMERICAblog

This is beyond the pale. If the Democrats don't step up and shut this kind of talk down right now, I fear we are going to see violence in this country. And yes, it will be the Republicans' fault. But it will also be the fault of the Democratic party for watching the crazy talk grow, and not doing a thing to stand up to it. At some point, silence abets.
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later."
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Germany's Likely Next Foreign Minister is Openly Gay

By Kirsten Grieshaber
Associated Press via Google News
Photo: Frank Augstein (AP)

BERLIN — Guido Westerwelle and his gay partner are Germany's new "power couple" — at least according to the nation's leading daily, which splashed a photo of the pair hugging on election night on the front-page above the fold in Tuesday's paper.

The ringing endorsement for the 47-year-old Westerwelle, who is widely expected to be tapped for the high-profile post of foreign minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government, in the Bild daily also highlighted his personal life in a way he rarely has.

"His man makes him so strong," Bild wrote about Westerwelle, declaring that his 42-year-old partner Michael Mronz was not only his most important adviser during the campaign, but also "gives him security and ... supports him when he suffers a setback."

Despite eight years as leader of the pro-business Free Democrats, Westerwelle's homosexuality has generated relatively little discussion. But with his party set to become kingmaker to Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and him foreign minister, it has been thrust into the spotlight.

On Monday, a local official had to apologize for an anti-gay remark he made about Westerwelle on election night. Peter Langner, the city treasurer of the western city of Duisburg and a Social Democrat, had said that "I don't want a gay foreign minister."

Germans have been generally tolerant of openly gay politicians and others have paved the way, including Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, who already declared back in 2001 that "I'm gay, and it's good that way."

While Westerwelle's certainly no gay activist, he has said before that his lifestyle may be "encouraging for some young gays."...(Remainder.)

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The Bible and Homosexuality: Pastors Offer Differing Views

Can someone please explain to my why I should care what a story book says about my sexual orientation?  Isn't this a little like turning to Harry Potter for advise on physics?  These morons who think that the Bible is the magic words of some mysterious cloud-being, need to have their heads examined.



By Kathy Jessup

Kalamazoo Gazette


A young lesbian couple listened to the scriptural discourse seated beside an older married pair who shared a well-worn Bible between them.

One minister used the Bible’s book of Genesis to explain why God does not consider homosexuality a “mistake.”

Another pastor quoted the same passages to demonstrate why heterosexuality is God’s plan.

In the end, few minds were likely changed Monday night in a downtown Kalamazoo ballroom where more than 800 people heard a divided but civil discourse on what the Bible says on homosexuality.

The forum — privately sponsored by Kalamazoo business owners and Republican activists Lorence and Nancy Wenke — was a prelude to Kalamazoo’s Nov. 3 ballot proposal to ban discrimination against homosexuals in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The large turnout surprised Lorence Wenke, who said he was expecting about 300 people.

A panel of six area pastors — three who believe same-sex relationships violate biblical teaching and three who say Scripture does not support that conclusion — spent two hours giving their perspectives and answering questions posed by the audience and each other....(Remainder.)

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Tancredo Hypocritically Denounces KKK Comparisons

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters


Back in May, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) caused a stir when he likened the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the "largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States," to the Ku Klux Klan.  Tancredo was trying to defend his allegation that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a "racist" by citing her membership in the group, which he described as "a Latino KKK without the hoods or nooses."

As such, it was surprising to find out yesterday that Tancredo has a problem with comparisons to the KKK.  In a column at VDARE.com, an "extremist" anti-immigration website named after Virginia Dare, "the first white baby born in the English colonies," Tancredo wrote:
The SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] describes itself merely as a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups. They made a name for themselves by suing the Ku Klux Klan, and raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. With the Klan virtually non-existent, they raise money by tarring opponents of illegal immigration as the second coming of the Klan.
Tancredo didn't offer any examples, making it impossible to specifically address his complaint.  But still, the moral of the story is clear: Tancredo can smear a Latino civil rights organization however he wants, but comparing hate groups to other violent hate groups is wrong.

Watch Tancredo's comments on NCLR:




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Illusions

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

By Ed Stein
Ed Stein Ink



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Mara Liasson Says Afghanistan Strikes Remind Her of Rumsfeld's Strategy

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President Clinton Says There is Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Attacking Obama

By David
Crooks and Liars


President Bill Clinton told NBC's David Gregory that the vast, right-wing conspiracy that once targeted him is now focusing on President Barack Obama. "You bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically but it's a virulent as it was," he said....(Original.)

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Michael Moore Tell U-Boat Commander, Wolff Blitzer, Obama Should've Started with Single Payer

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

Here's another portion of Michael Moore's interview with Wolf Blitzer from Sept. 24, 2009. Michael is exactly right about one thing here. You're not seeing the passion on the left in support of the President because he started from a compromised position instead of starting with single payer and compromising from there if need be. He is also correct that if, not when, the President ever came out for single payer, you would see massive amounts of people coming out and supporting him. You're not going to see that passion on the left for a watered down giveaway to the insurance industry.
BLITZER: That's what President Obama said back in 2003. But now he's backed away from that as president of the United States and he seems to be backing away even from the so-called public option, which would allow the government -- a government-run health insurance company to compete with the private insurance companies. Is this what you wanted?

MOORE: Well, here's the -- here's the problem with President Obama on the health insurance proposal. He's a nice guy. You know, I mean, really, I believe he came into the White House with an olive branch to the people on the other side of the aisle. He believed in bipartisanship. I mean you've got to give the guy credit. He really -- he did not come in wanting to fight. He came in saying, you know, we're all Americans here and we need to fix this and we need to put aside this partisan stuff.

The other side didn't want to put it aside. The other side wanted to fight him tooth and nail. And -- and as part of his nice guy thing, he -- he backs a half measure, a public option.

BLITZER: But that might not even...

MOORE: And we (INAUDIBLE)...

BLITZER: That might not even make the final bill that he signs....
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Chris "One Step Above Flinging Poo" Wallace Accused Dem. Candidate for Va. Gov, Deeds, of Ducking Debates

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Colleen Raezler: One of the Right-Wing Nut Busters at NewsBusters

Monday, September 28, 2009

By James Hipps
Gay Agenda


There’s a post on NewsBusters.com by Colleen Raezler which tries to disguise itself as a ‘critique’ or ‘review’ of the new ABC comedy, Modern Family.

Basically, all she accomplishes is blasting the critics who like the show and blasting ABC for trying to ruin the moral values of a good Christian nation by promoting homosexual propaganda.

From her post:
“the show itself is stereotypical Hollywood propaganda.”
What’s the stereotypical Hollywood propaganda?  Why it’s promoting the gay agenda, of course.  This lady appears to be somewhat riled up over the fact the show depicts a gay couple who have adopted a child.

So, unable to contain her opposing views, she spews the “stereotypical” Christian right rhetoric, such as:
“Mitchell’s dad is less than thrilled with his son’s lifestyle. Writers portrayed him as a bigot.”
No Colleen, of course he’s not a bigot.  Everyone knows if you base your hate and discrimination on the Bible you’re not a bigot…you’re just a good Christian who hates people....(Remainder.)

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“Unveil the Girls and Educate the Boys” say Belgian Protesters

By Expatica

A few hundred people took to the streets of Brussels on Saturday calling on the authorities to impose a ban on wearing the Muslim headscarf in Francophone schools.

The view, according to the organisers of the demonstration, is that politicians should ban all religious symbols from schools in Francophone education.

"Unveil the girls and educate the boys" is one of the slogans used by demonstrators.

According to one of the advocates of a headscarf ban, Karima, there is huge social pressure in schools to wear a headscarf.  "Those who don't wear a headscarf are cursed at and accused of not being religious or of being a prostitute."

Nadia Geerts of the organisation RAPPEL called on politicians to take a decision to protect young girls from the obligation of wearing a headscarf.

The debate over whether or not to allow religious symbols in schools has been in the spotlight over the last few months, both in Flanders as well as in Wallonia, where a number of schools have implemented a ban individually.

After a turbulent start to the school year, the network of Flemish Community schools decided to implement a ban on headscarves and other religious symbols in all schools.

The debate is still very much alive in Belgian schools around the country....(Remainder.)

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The Religious Right Vision of Marriage

By Daylight Atheism

Christian conservatives always talk about "defending traditional marriage" - which has that warm, homey, fresh-baked-apple-pie feeling to it - but never make it clear precisely what they're defending.

This is deliberate, of course, and a clever political strategy: they choose phrases with positive mental associations but otherwise leave their position vague. That way, ordinary people can project onto it whatever idealized notion of a happy family they happen to hold. By this tactic, the religious right makes it sound as if all they want is to protect millions of imaginary-1950s, smiling-wife-and-picket-fence families against the godless hordes who want to take this all away. (How would granting equal rights to same-sex couples take anything away from heterosexual couples? Don't ask!)

But when Christian conservatives talk among themselves, they're not nearly as concerned with disguising their true goals. And if we listen in to those internal conversations, we can see exactly what their model of "traditional marriage" is: what they want to defend, and more so, what they want to impose on everyone else. And it bears mention that the ideal religious-right model of marriage and family is nothing like ordinary people's conception of those things. In fact, most ordinary people would be shocked and revolted by their true plan and desire.

As Exhibit A, I present this utterly horrifying article (sent in by a Daylight Atheism reader - thanks, Stacey!) from No Greater Joy Ministries, a religious-right group. The article, by Michael and Debi Pearl, concerns how good Christian wives should deal with emotionally and physically abusive husbands, and all the cheerful imagery of smiling children on the masthead can't change the pure, unfettered evil it contains. If you think I'm exaggerating, just wait....(Remainder.)

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The War on Language

By Chris Hedges
Truthdig
Photo:  Mohammed Ballas (AP)

There is a scene in “Othello” when the Moor is so consumed by jealousy and rage that he loses the eloquence and poetry that make him the most articulate man in Venice. He turns to the audience, shortly before he murders Desdemona, and sputters, “Goats and monkeys!” Othello fell prey to wild self-delusion and unchecked rage, and his words became captive to hollow clichés. The debasement of language, which Shakespeare understood was a prelude to violence, is the curse of modernity. We have stopped communicating, even with ourselves. And the consequences will be as extreme as in the Shakespearean tragedy.

Those who seek to dominate our behavior first seek to dominate our speech. They seek to obscure meaning. They make war on language. And the English- and Arabic-speaking worlds are each beset with a similar assault on language. The graffiti on the mud walls of Gaza that calls for holy war or the crude rants of Islamic militants are expressed in a simplified, impoverished form of Arabic. This is not the classical language of 1,500 years of science, poetry and philosophy. It is an argot of clichés, distorted Quranic verses and slogans. This Arabic is no more comprehensible to the literate in the Arab world than the carnival barking that pollutes our airwaves is comprehensible to our literate classes. The reduction of popular discourse to banalities, exacerbated by the elite’s retreat into obscure, specialized jargon, creates internal walls that thwart real communication. This breakdown in language makes reflection and debate impossible. It transforms foreign cultures, which we lack the capacity to investigate, into reversed images of ourselves. If we represent virtue, progress and justice, as our clichés constantly assure us, then the Arabs, or the Iranians, or anyone else we deem hostile, represent evil, backwardness and injustice. An impoverished language solidifies a binary world and renders us children with weapons....(Remainder.)

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80 Arrested in Benelux Drugs Operation

By Agence France-Presse
Expatica


Police in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg arrested 80 people in a four-day cross-border drugs operation that ended on Sunday, a Dutch police statement said.

The operation that focused on shared border areas and transport routes netted 10 kilograms of cocaine, five grams of heroine, 22 grams of hashish and 277 grams of cannabis, it said.

Police officials from the three countries searched cars on busy highways, passengers of international trains and several buildings since Thursday.

Arrests were carried out mainly in the southern Dutch towns of Roosendaal and Maastricht, in Antwerp in northern Belgium and two in Paris on board the Thalys high-speed train en route from Brussels.

The operation was part of a broader project to tackle drug trafficking and drug tourism between the Benelux countries and France, said the police statement....(Original.)

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Cassandras of Climate

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times


Every once in a while I feel despair over the fate of the planet. If you’ve been following climate science, you know what I mean: the sense that we’re hurtling toward catastrophe but nobody wants to hear about it or do anything to avert it.

And here’s the thing: I’m not engaging in hyperbole. These days, dire warnings aren’t the delusional raving of cranks. They’re what come out of the most widely respected climate models, devised by the leading researchers. The prognosis for the planet has gotten much, much worse in just the last few years.

What’s driving this new pessimism? Partly it’s the fact that some predicted changes, like a decline in Arctic Sea ice, are happening much faster than expected. Partly it’s growing evidence that feedback loops amplifying the effects of man-made greenhouse gas emissions are stronger than previously realized. For example, it has long been understood that global warming will cause the tundra to thaw, releasing carbon dioxide, which will cause even more warming, but new research shows far more carbon dioxide locked in the permafrost than previously thought, which means a much bigger feedback effect.

The result of all this is that climate scientists have, en masse, become Cassandras — gifted with the ability to prophesy future disasters, but cursed with the inability to get anyone to believe them....(Remainder.)

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Aw Jesus!

By Mr. Fish
Truthdig



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In Another Corner of South Carolina, GOP Lawmaker Booed

By James Rosen
McClatchy Newspapers


 WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bob Inglis is paying the price for independent thinking.

Inglis, a Travelers Rest Republican, may have been the only GOP lawmaker in the country who was booed lustily by his own constituents at town hall meetings last month.

Inglis was shouted down when he asked listeners why they're afraid of President Barack Obama -- and then suggested that they stop watching conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck.

"He's trading on fear," Inglis advised one group, setting off loud catcalls.

Despite a broadly conservative voting record, Inglis has angered many Republican activists with his contrarian stands on a handful of high-profile issues.

Inglis was one of 17 GOP House members who in February 2007 voted against President George W. Bush's troop surge in Iraq -- a stance, he now says, that subsequent progress there has proven wrong.

Inglis opposed warrantless criminal searches and cast a decisive committee vote against a measure protecting the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

More recently, Inglis has been one of the few Republican lawmakers to view global warming as a crisis, introducing a bill that would tax carbon emissions....(Remainder.)

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Glenn Beck Gets Key to City — ‘Change the Locks,’ Protesters Urge



By Daniel Tencer

The Raw Story
Photo: Driftglass

Questions still surround death of Beck's mother in 1979

Some 800 protesters packed the sidewalks outside an auditorium in Mount Vernon, Washington, on Saturday to express their displeasure at the city mayor's decision to give Fox News host Glenn Beck the key to the city.

"The Fox News personality's visit Saturday to Mount Vernon had sparked weeks of protests and petitions calling for the cancellation of the visit," Seattle's KOMO TV reported. The station said one protester was arrested when the crowd "surged" during the protests.

As the protest mounted, an airplane could be seen flying overhead trailing behind it the words "Change the locks," KOMO reported.

And, in what has evidently become a habit of his, Beck wept openly as he reminisced about growing up in the town north of Seattle, according to the Seattle Times.

NCB affiliate KING Channel 5 got varied reactions from the crowd in attendance:
"I think we need people on TV that are not fomenting anger and hatred and tearing this country apart," said protestor Doug LeClair. "It's a really sad thing that he's being honored in this way, it's a really sad event."

"He's kind of a native son from this whole area," said Bellingham resident Larry Helm, "and I heard they were going to ship in busloads of protestors from Seattle, and I don't think that's right. I'm coming here to show this area supports the decision to give him the keys to the city."
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Conservative Facebook Investor Funded Anti-ACORN Videographer

By Steven Trasher
The Village Voice


James O'Keefe, the activist filmmaker who achieved sudden fame for a series of undercover videos recording ACORN workers, has repeatedly said that he is "absolutely independent" and received no outside funding to make his films.

But the Voice has learned that O'Keefe, in fact, has had heavyweight conservative backers who funded the young filmmaker as recently as a few months before his ACORN films were made.

The ACORN videos are actually just the latest of several films O'Keefe has produced and uploaded to YouTube. An earlier film posted in February, "Taxpayers Clearing House" featured nonwhite, working class people being duped by O'Keefe, who led them to believe they had won money in a sweepstakes.

That video was produced with the help of a grant -- said to be about $30,000 [Thiel's spokesman says closer to $10,000 -- see update] -- from Peter Thiel, one of the founders of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook -- an investment which made him a billionaire. Thiel is one of Silicon Valley's more interesting figures: a gay man (according to Gawker's "Valleywag") who has railed against the evils of "multiculturalism." He lives in San Francisco and today runs a hedge fund.

O'Keefe is now well known as the young man who dressed up as a pimp with a colleague, Townhall.com blogger Hannah Giles, who was dressed like a prostitute. The pair traveled around the country, seeking advice from ACORN workers about how to hide prostitution money for tax purposes. At five of the offices they visited, ACORN workers gave such advice while O'Keefe's hidden camera was rolling. The videos have cost ACORN the support of Congress, the U.S. Census and the White House, and the organization stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in government grants....(Remainder.)

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Colbert Rips Wall Street, Talks "Capitalism" with Michael Moore

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Troubling new details on Census worker hanging death

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Sen. Inhofe Doesn't Think Climate Change Because "God's Still Up There"

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O'Reilly on ACORN "Sting": No One Cares About Wiretap Laws

By The Raw Story

Congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA) and John Conyers (D-MI) have asked the Congressional Research Service to scrutinize recent charges against the community organizing group ACORN, as well as "conflicting allegations" over whether any laws were broken by the amateur sting operation that videotaped ACORN representatives allegedly recommending illegal activities.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, however, does not want to see any investigation into the two young conservatives who went to ACORN offices posing as a pimp and a prostitute. He insists it "would be brutally wrong and come off as a partisan hatchet job. ... They do not deserve a federal witch hunt."

O'Reilly spoke on Wednesday with Rep. Frank, repeatedly pressing him to agree that the amateur videotapers should not be punished and should actually be admired. As Frank became increasingly exasperated, O'Reilly was finally driven to insist that "no one cares about the Maryland wiretap law."

"We see that ACORN is now going to sue the two undercover private citizens and Andrew Breitbart, whose website distributed the tape," O'Reilly began. "Don't you admire these young people rooting out corruption?"

"Bill, please," replied an obviously annoyed Frank. "This is a complicated situation. ... My job as an elected official is to deal with public policy."...(Remainder.)

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The Truth About the Lies About ACORN

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

Rachel Maddow breaks down who is behind the smears against ACORN and why, and how dishonest the reporting has been by the right wing media on the topic.
MADDOW: It may seem like the only thing happening in Congress these days is the never-ending fight over and of health reform. But if you happen to be watching the House floor at 3:00 this afternoon, this is what you would have seen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. STEVE KING ®, IOWA: Who has consistently called for the clean-up of the corrupt ACORN, the criminal enterprise ACORN and all of their affiliates? It‘s been people on the Republican side of the aisle that have done that. This is the star of ACORN. He is—he is the lead chief organizer. He is the—he is the person who told the people at ACORN, “I will invite you into the—and we will be setting the agenda for America,” even before he is inaugurated as president of the United States. This is the man who worked for ACORN.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MADDOW: This is the star of ACORN!

That was paranoid Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa, today, railing against the community organizing group ACORN, and falsely accusing President Obama of being ACORN‘s lead chief organizer. This sort of animus toward ACORN is something that‘s been percolating on the right for a really long time, but it‘s broken open recently as even Democrats in Congress have decided to go along with efforts to defund and demonize ACORN, and some Republican governors have even enthusiastically defunded ACORN as well, despite the fact that those governors didn‘t fund them in the first place....
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Jeremy Scahill: ACORN Got Pennies Compared to War Contracting Firms—Their Crimes Pale in Comparison

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Rachel Maddow with the second half of her report on the political witch hunt of ACORN and the problems that the De-Fund ACORN Act is going to bring for private war contractors if it actually passes.

As Rachel notes the De-Fund ACORN Act has a bill of attainder problem. In order for the law to not violate the bill of attainder act, it will have to include "any company that's ever been indicted for breaking campaign finance laws, or that's ever filed fraudulent paperwork with any federal agency". That means a good deal of our military contractors are going to be swept up under the law as well and it cannot only be enforced against ACORN.

Rachel reads off a list of all of the military contractors that would have their funding cut off and goes into the list of other crimes like murder, prostitution and contract fraud that they have committed as well which pale in comparison to what ACORN has been accused of.

Jeremy Scahill is asked whether the war contractors are worried about this law touching them. His answer. "Hell no." It's all about politics and too many in Congress are bought and sold by our military industries. And as he notes, ACORN got pennies when compared the massive sums of money these private contractors received....(Remainder.)

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Glue Sniffers = Death Threats to Elementary School

By Larisa Alexandrovna
at-Largely


So I am sure that by now you have heard of the "praise Obama" video. The Malkinites are making wild use of this to get the psychotics all fired up and ready for an attack on... an elementary school:
"The tension at B. Bernice Young Elementary School escalated to such a degree Thursday that the school was placed temporarily on lockdown after its principal received death threats over a YouTube video that showed nearly 20 children being taught songs lauding the president, though back-to-school night events continuing as planned Thursday night at the school."
Death threats over a YouTube video. And how did people find out which school to threaten? Well from stalker of small children Michelle "shiksa" Malkin of course. Now this idiot is a mother. I wonder how she might feel if the school that her child/children attended went into lockdown because of death threats? Might she be very upset and worried? I would wager yes.

That is what these people now do when they cannot find a doctor to murder or a hate-crime to commit. This is the story, not the stupid YouTube video which clearly had nothing to do with Obama or his administration or government or anything other than some stupid individual doing a very stupid thing. Moreover, Fox News  removed the above death threats and school lockdown from their story. Why?...(Remainder.)

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Traveling With the VP: Setting the Record Straight on Medicare

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President of Bullshitistan, Beck, Still Pushing His Obama, SEIU, ACORN Bullshit; Now With Extra Batshit

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Baron of Batshit & the Retarded Baby Jesus Claim IPCC Has Somehow Challenged Climate Change

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Sultan of Anti-Semitism, Beck, Wonders How Jews Are Missing "What's Going On" at the UN

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Reichsführer Beck Has Some New Black Helicopters: Drudge's "Indoctrination" Video Is a Conspiracy by NEA! Oh Noes!

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Porcine Prevaricator of Right-Wing Propagda, Breitbart, Wants Money for Legal Defense

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Pseudo-Legal "Scholar" Napolitano Hysterically Claims that Obama Doesn't Want to Enforce the Constitution

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Imperial Grand Wizard Dobbs Thinks School Kid Video is Indication of Left-Wing Propaganda

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Fox's Morning Homophobic Moron, Doochey, Smears Barney Frank With Outright Lies

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Eric Cantor's Insane Rant at a Town Hall Meeting. Just Go Broke & Find a Gov't Program to Help You Beg for Charity

By John Amato
Crooks and Liars


Do you want to know how lost in space conservatives are during this health care debate? Watch Eric Cantor, the golden boy of the conservatives, make a complete fool of himself. When their goal is to just block everything, lies, dodges and sick thoughts cascade out of their mouths and into the atmosphere. First he says health-care reform is so time-consuming and is stopping them from doing anything else, but the real sickness comes out when he's asked at a town hall if he could help a woman who has tumors in her belly, who had lost their health insurance and has cancer.

The anti-government freak Cantor actually looks this woman in the eye and asks her to try and find some mythical government program for help. If these programs existed, shouldn't the golden boy at least know what they are? And I thought the government was the devil to Cantor? When confronted with real-life problems, they have no solutions and just make twisted crap up.

Then he brings up the BIG CANARD: Charity care. Hahahahahahaha....(Remainder.)

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Following Reichsführer Beck Lead, Right-Wing Media Goes For Broke With Nonsense NEA Bullshit

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Fox's Morning Moron Mash-Up Continues to Hype Misleading Humana Medicare Letter

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Fox's Morning Cavalcade of Crazy Once Again Brings Up Manufactured "Apology Tour"

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Clusterfox Follows Drudge's Lead in Invading Children's Privacy

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Pathetic Right-Wing Cum Dump, S.E. Cupp, Tells Hannity School Video is Like "Havana"

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The Retarded Baby Jesus Wants to Raise Money for Hannah Giles

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Luogotenente Generale Retarded Baby Jesus Claims Obama "Earmarked" $8.5 Billion for ACORN

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Malkin's Venom & Vitriol Knows No Bounds: Obama 'Doesn't Like This Country Very Much'

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


Michelle Malkin was the featured guest on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night to talk about President Obama's address to the United Nations, and it was a sight to behold. A wretched, horrifyingly ugly sight, but yeah, a sight:
Malkin: He doesn't like this country very much. And I think you did a great video tour there of all of his wonderful hits on his "We Suck '09" tour, ah, so far. And this latest speech before the United Nations and its cast of villainous characters -- it was really a Legion of Doom parade that he dignified with his presence -- and he solidified his place in the international view as the Great Appeaser and the Groveler in Chief!
Hannity finds it "almost shocking" that "Obama was saying we're not going to force our values on you." Malkin correctly calls this "a rejection of American exceptionalism" -- as though that were a bad thing. Maybe that's one of the differences between movement conservatives and sane people: The latter do not harbor megalomaniacal visions of American power ruling the world and forcing our values on other nations.

Ah, but we liberals are so naive, Malkin says, because "hatred of America is never going to go away" -- which is probably true. On the other hand, policies that arrogantly inflame and deepen that hatred are not, you know, really in our best interests....(Remainder.)

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NBC Glosses Over ACORN Videographer O'Keefe & Right-Wing Connections

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Reichsführer Beck & the Right's Fascist Propaganda Machine Fearmonger About Kids to Attack Progressives

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Titan of Tin-Foil Hats, Beck, Tries to Connect School "Indoc" Vid to Van Jones

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Batshit Crazy Michele Bachmann Repeats Discredited ACORN Talking Points on Floor of House

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Rep. Keith Ellison: Most Doctors Support a Public Option

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Right-Wing Ass-Weasel, Stephen Hayes, Says Obama at UN Was Leading Critics of US

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Rachel Maddow: FBI Investigating Hanging Death of U.S. Census Worker

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Rachal Maddow talks to the AP's Devlin Barrett about the apparent homicide of Census worker Bill Sparkman.

From the AP:
A U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and teacher. He was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky.

The Census has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation. An autopsy report is pending.

Investigators have said little about the case. FBI spokesman David Beyer said the bureau is assisting state police and declined to confirm or discuss any details about the crime scene.

"Our job is to determine if there was foul play involved — and that's part of the investigation — and if there was foul play involved, whether that is related to his employment as a Census worker," said Beyer.

Attacking a federal worker during or because of his federal job is a federal crime.
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Rep. Barney Frank Testifies Before House Regarding EDNA (H.R. 3017)

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States Should Decide on Gay Marriage

By Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
CNN Editorial


(CNN) -- After weeks of looking for the perfect puppy, my partner Marlon and I adopted Gia last month from the Colorado Humane Society and brought her back to Washington with us.

We wanted to make sure we adopted a small breed that wouldn't grow too large for us to bring on board the aircraft and commute with from Colorado to Washington each week.

We finally found a beautiful 11-week-old terrier mix and adopted her on the spot. Her slightly larger and noisier two brothers were there with her, and we bid them farewell and escorted our puppy to her new home.

With the health care debate temporarily on hold until House leaders bring a new bill to the floor, members of Congress have had a chance to once again address the plethora of issues on our legislative plates. For me, this meant working on important education and environmental legislation as well as speaking in favor of LGBT equality and immigration reform, while trying to spend time with Gia during her important formative weeks.

Thirteen years ago, Congress passed the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which effectively outlawed same-sex marriage. At that time, no states allowed same-sex couples to marry. It was a so-called "defense" against something that was only hypothetical at the time.

Today we have tens of thousands of married same-sex couples in this country, raising families and paying taxes in the five states that have granted them the right to marry. Both President Clinton, who signed DOMA into law in 1996, and Rep. Bob Barr, who originally authored DOMA have agreed it is time for its repeal. This law prevents states from determining what marriages to allow or not allow by second guessing them at the federal level....(Remainder.)

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Campaign to Overturn Prop. 8 & Legalize Gay Marriage Begins With Ballot Filing

By Shelby Grad
The Los Angeles Times


Despite concerns from some gay-rights activists that it's too early to revisit the issue, one group today pushed forward with plans for a 2010 ballot measure that would repeal Prop. 8 and allow gay marriage in California.

The group Love Honor Cherish filed ballot language with the state today for a measure to overturn the ban on gay marriage in the state. That is the first step in getting the question on the ballot.

According to the group, if the state approves the language, they will begin the process of collecting the estimated 1 million signatures needed to get on the November 2010 ballot.

Last month, Leaders of Equality California, one of the state’s largest gay rights groups, announced  it will wait until 2012 to push for an amendment to the California Constitution to permit same-sex marriage.

They have said they worry about raising the millions of dollars necessary in the current tough economic climate and also that it will take longer than two years to convince enough voters.

But Love Honor Cherish said now is the time to move....(Remainder.)

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Coming Out in Middle School

By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
The New York Times Magazine
Photo:  Brent Humphreys (NYT)

Austin didn’t know what to wear to his first gay dance last spring. It was bad enough that the gangly 13-year-old from Sand Springs, Okla., had to go without his boyfriend at the time, a 14-year-old star athlete at another middle school, but there were also laundry issues. “I don’t have any clean clothes!” he complained to me by text message, his favored method of communication.



When I met up with him an hour later, he had weathered his wardrobe crisis (he was in jeans and a beige T-shirt with musical instruments on it) but was still a nervous wreck. “I’m kind of scared,” he confessed. “Who am I going to talk to? I wish my boyfriend could come.” But his boyfriend couldn’t find anyone to give him a ride nor, Austin explained, could his boyfriend ask his father for one. “His dad would give him up for adoption if he knew he was gay,” Austin told me. “I’m serious. He has the strictest, scariest dad ever. He has to date girls and act all tough so that people won’t suspect.”

Austin doesn’t have to play “the pretend game,” as he calls it, anymore. At his middle school, he has come out to his close friends, who have been supportive. A few of his female friends responded that they were bisexual. “Half the girls I know are bisexual,” he said. He hadn’t planned on coming out to his mom yet, but she found out a week before the dance. “I told my cousin, my cousin told this other girl, she told her mother, her mother told my mom and then my mom told me,” Austin explained. “The only person who really has a problem with it is my older sister, who keeps saying: ‘It’s just a phase! It’s just a phase!’ ”...(Remainder.)

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FDR's Economic Bill of Rights

Sunday, September 27, 2009



Excerpt from President Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union:


It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:
  • The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  • And finally, the right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being. America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

(Source: Wikipedia & Jan 11,1944 FDR Fireside Chat)

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