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Fox News' Garrett Adopts RepubliCON Attack Over Iran in Question to President

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Oxy-Moron fill in Mark "Douche-Nozzle" Davis Obama "likes to be addressed" as God

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Chris Matthews Says America's Op-Ed Pages Are "Chock-full" of Neocon Chickhawks

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Cafferty File: Goldman Sachs May Make its Largest Bonus Payouts EVER


By Heather
Crooks and Liars


From the Cafferty File:
Goldman Sachs is on track to make the biggest bonus payouts in the company’s 140-year history — according to a report in the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’. Goldman staff in London were reportedly told that they could expect record bonuses if the company — as predicted — has its most profitable year ever.The investment bank’s earnings are up for several reasons — including a lack of competition, along with increased revenue from trading foreign currency, bonds and fixed income products.

Just last week Goldman Sachs repaid the government the $10 billion in TARP money it had received — which would leave it free to do whatever it wants. Yet the company is denying these reports about record bonuses, calling them “pure speculation.” They say they won’t know what bonuses will be until the end of December.

But the company’s CEO told lawmakers recently that the firm is obligated to “ensure that compensation reflects the true performance of the firm and motivates proper behavior.”

Critics say the culture of excessive risk and excessive bonuses is what brought down the financial system in the first place. Also, in light of the ongoing recession, record unemployment, foreclosures and a whole range of economic woes… some might wonder if this would be the best time for Goldman to pay out record bonuses.

It’s believed the firm paid $1 million or more to nearly 1,000 bankers last year.

Here’s my question to you: What message would it send if Goldman Sachs makes the biggest bonus payouts in its 140-year history?

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President Obama's Remarks on Iran



THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Good afternoon, everybody. Today, I want to start by addressing three issues, and then I'll take your questions.

First, I'd like to say a few words about the situation in Iran. The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.

I've made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering with Iran's affairs. But we must also bear witness to the courage and the dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place.

The Iranian people are trying to have a debate about their future. Some in Iran -- some in the Iranian government, in particular, are trying to avoid that debate by accusing the United States and others in the West of instigating protests over the election. These accusations are patently false. They're an obvious attempt to distract people from what is truly taking place within Iran's borders. This tired strategy of using old tensions to scapegoat other countries won't work anymore in Iran. This is not about the United States or the West; this is about the people of Iran, and the future that they -- and only they -- will choose.

The Iranian people can speak for themselves. That's precisely what's happened in the last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to peaceful protests [sic] of justice. Despite the Iranian government's efforts to expel journalists and isolate itself, powerful images and poignant words have made their way to us through cell phones and computers, and so we've watched what the Iranian people are doing.

This is what we've witnessed. We've seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence. We've seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and that their voices are heard. Above all, we've seen courageous women stand up to the brutality and threats, and we've experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people have a universal right to assembly and free speech. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect those rights and heed the will of its own people. It must govern through consent and not coercion. That's what Iran's own people are calling for, and the Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government.


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Gingrich's Lie Machine Says It's No Time for Change

By Jonathan Hiskes
Grist.org


The people who brought you the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” energy plan have launched a new TV ad opposing the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, or, as the new 30-second spot calls it, the “national energy tax.”

American Solutions for Winning the Future, a group founded by former House speaker and Republican “ideas man” Newt Gingrich, will begin airing the ads on TV tomorrow. The ad shows the 1940 footage of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge twisting, heaving, and buckling in a windstorm, then collapsing.

“Factories closing… businesses failing… families hurting,” says the narrator. “Now Congress is about to make things dramatically worse by passing a new National Energy Tax.”

“We’ll lose more jobs, pay more for gas and electricity—pushing our economy to its breaking point.”

The ad doesn’t cite its sources for those dire conclusions. It’s probably not the Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of the cap-and-trade portion of Waxman-Markey. That report concludes the bill would cost only about $175 per year per household, as Daniel Weiss writes. And it doesn’t include the bill’s other sections designed to further cushion consumers from higher energy prices.

The ad asks viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to oppose the bill, which could receive a vote as early as this Friday. It fails to note, moreover, Gingrich’s own gigantic flip-flop on the climate issue (remember the Nancy and Newt ad?)....(Remainder.)



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Cyber Security Czar Front-Runner No Friend of Privacy

By Ryan Singel
Threat Level @ Wired.com


Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis, reportedly President Barack Obama’s top candidate for cyber security czar, voted repeatedly to expand the government’s internet wiretapping powers, and helped author the now-troubled national identification law known as REAL ID.

Citing White House sources, Time magazine on Friday identified the the former head of the Government Reform Committee as the president’s number one candidate for the new position. Davis’ reputation as a tech-smart moderate who knows his way around D.C. makes him an attractive pick for the administration, the magazine reported.

But an examination of Davis’ record in Congress shows that he’s been on the wrong side of key privacy issues, including the controversial REAL ID Act, which aims to turn state driver’s licenses into a de facto national identification card linked by shared databases and strict federal authentication standards.

“Given his role in REAL ID, Tom Davis would not be a good choice for privacy, which is something that President Obama specifically promised to protect in his remarks on the cyber security strategy,” says Jim Harper, the director of information policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. “Many cyber security planners refer obliquely to ‘authentication’ and ‘identity management’ programs that would devastate privacy, anonymity and civil liberties. Davis would probably work to roll past these issues rather than solve them.”

The creation of a federal “identity management” program is one recommendation in the broad cyber security report published by the White House last month, although the report makes no specific proposals on implementing an internet I.D. card....(Remainder.)

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Supreme Court Strikes a Compromise to Save Landmark Voting Law

Civil rights activists praise the court for not throwing out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

By Warren Richey
The Christian Science Monitor


Washington - The US Supreme Court's 8-to-1 decision on the Voting Rights Act Monday represented an apparent compromise – resolving a broad legal challenge to the landmark law without undercutting the main force of it.

The high court ruled that a small utility district in Texas was eligible for an exemption from mandated federal oversight of its local elections.

That new, more expansive, interpretation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act allowed the high court to sidestep a much larger constitutional challenge that loomed over the case – and over the high court itself.

Analysts had suggested the Supreme Court was poised to use the case to strike down a key portion of the voting-rights law. Civil rights leaders warned of dire consequences for the nation.

On Monday, those same leaders expressed praise for the high court's ruling.

"The Supreme Court backed away from a very steep cliff today," said Doug Kendall of the Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington.

"The narrow ruling ... preserves the most effective piece of civil rights legislation in American history," said Nan Aron, of Alliance for Justice in Washington....(Remainder.)

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Iran Revolt and the GOP

By Bob Engelhart
Hartford Courant



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Is the Religious Right Losing its Grip?


SOURCE: AP/Gerald Herbert

By Lester Feder
Center for American Progress


The recession is taking its toll on the conservative movement, and religious right leaders’ intellectual rigidity is helping to put a nail in the coffin of a once-influential constellation of ideas regarding the free market.

This was made clear by a recent lecture at the conservative movement’s philosophical mothership, the Heritage Foundation. Jay W. Richards, author of a new book, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem, said nothing new when he addressed the question, “Is the free market moral?”

Richards defended unregulated capitalism in the language of evangelical Christianity, reflecting the melding of social and economic conservatism Heritage has pedaled for two generations. What was remarkable about the event was that conservatives felt the need to apologize for such long-established doctrine. To watch Richards’ lecture or read his book is to enter a time warp straight back to the late 1970s, when conservatives were rebelling against “big-government liberalism” which they equated with “godless communism.”

But much has changed since then. Many conservatives concede that the eight-year reign of George W. Bush was one of the most disastrous in the nation’s history. Most Americans have come to believe orthodox free-marketism was a false gospel. And even growing numbers of conservative evangelicals are deeply troubled by the vast inequality and environmental degradation created by giving big business free reign....(Remainder.)

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Ex-Gay Pastor Matthew C. Manning’s Troubling Criminal Record

By David Roberts
Ex-Gay Watch

Ex-Gay Watch's investigation into Pastor Matthew C. Manning has failed to find evidence for his miraculous healing claims. But more disturbingly, it has revealed a history of accusations, charges and at least one plea of no contest for sexual offenses.

Matthew C. Manning is the founder and president of Lighthouse World Evangelism Inc (LHWE) in Santa Rosa, California. An earlier version of his website describes him this way:
Matthew was delivered from homosexuality in 1989 and miraculously healed from HIV/AIDS in 1994. Matthew's experience not only enables him to minister effectively to those seeking deliverance from homosexuality, but to all people seeking to know Jesus Christ in a deeper way.
Background

Ex-Gay Watch reported briefly on Manning in 2003 when Mike Airhart mentioned the claims of healing from AIDS/HIV and his difficulty in obtaining any official documentation to verify those claims. Some months later, a comment was left on both posts by the "Legal Department of LightHouse World Evangelism Inc" protesting Airhart's observations, but providing no new facts.

Since that time, LHWE has released a long promised DVD, My eyes see You, which claims to depict the story of Manning's miraculous deliverance and healing, including a dramatic attempt on his life by a man Manning says he later prayed with in a prison ministry (and who has supposedly since died of AIDS related infections). A preview of the DVD is available, while a "free" copy can be obtained for a $30 donation....(Remainder.)

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Rick Warren Buddies Up to Anti-Gay Ex-Episcopalians

By Timothy Kincaid
Box Turtle Bulletin


In the past couple of years Episcopalians that were furious with their church for ordaining a gay Bishop broke away. Calling themselves Anglicans, they attached themselves to some of the biggest homophobes in Christianity in Africa and South America. All along, they’ve received encouragement from author and “America’s Pastor”, Rick Warren.

This week the break-aways held their first national assembly and Rick Warren jumped at the chance to speak. Warren told the group - who’s sole commonality is opposition to full inclusion of gay people in the church:
“We are to love the people of the world no matter what they believe; we are to not love the value system of the world. And the problem today is lot of Christians are getting that reversed. They love the value system and hate the people”
Those of us familiar with anti-gay activism recognize this type of “love” to be an empty code word for exclusion, condemnation, and political oppression. And by “hating the people”, conservatives mean that those who see God’s welcome to include gay men and women are “hating” them by “allowing them to live in sin.”...(Remainder.)

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