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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

By John Sherffius
The Boulder Daily Camera


The Global Warming Lie Detector

By Dean Baker
t r u t h o u t

The House's passage of the Waxman-Markey bill raises the possibility that the United States will finally do something on global warming. This prospect has the industry hacks screaming at top volume about the horrible fate that awaits the economy. Everyone should know not to take them seriously, as I will explain in a moment.

First, we should acknowledge the obvious: The bill is awful. It gives away permits to greenhouse gas emitters that should instead be auctioned. As a result, money that could be rebated to taxpayers or used to fund the development of clean technologies instead goes to the industries that are the source of the problem.

Second, the use of tradable permits rather than a tax is a rather questionable policy. Permits will almost certainly require more government enforcement bureaucracy than a system of taxes and subsidies. And, incidentally, permits will allow Goldman Sachs and our other Wall Street friends to make tens of billions of dollars on trading fees in the coming decades, a high priority for all Americans.

But a bad bill is almost certainly better than no bill. If Waxman-Markey doesn't get through, it is very difficult to see another bill getting through this Congress. And there is no reason to believe that the Congress that gets elected in 2010 will be any less indebted to the corporate lobbyists.

The Waxman-Markey bill should be viewed as a foot in the door. It is a modest first step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions that both demonstrates a commitment and provides an opportunity to show the public that emissions can be lowered without imposing an enormous economic burden on the country....(Remainder.)


Capehart Takes on Ratigan's Use of "Reverse Racism"


Lying Sack of Dog Mess Thinks that Madoff is a "Small Fish"


Beck Wants His Rabid "Followers" to Call "Wanted" GOP Reps That Voted for "Cap-and-Traitor"


The Savage Weiner, Sewer Dweller, Doesn't Like Media Matters Calling Him on His Bullshit


Completely Insane Glenn Beck Tries to Connect ACORN and AmeriCorps


Intellectual Tsetse Fly, Beck, Criticizes Obama for Opposing Honduran Coup


Labor Chief Deplores Defacing of Gay Pride Posters

By Janie Lorber
The Caucus at The New York Times

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis issued a warning letter to departmental employees late last week, after posters celebrating Gay Pride Month hanging in 35 department elevators since June 22 have been either defaced or removed altogether.

In an e-mail message sent to the entire department, Ms. Solis, who helped found the House of Representative’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus when she was in Congress, said she was outraged by the behavior.

“It appears, however, that some members of the Labor Department team have a different view, as it has come to my attention that most of the posters have been continually defaced or removed,” Ms. Solis wrote. “On several occasions, even the poster frames have been torn completely off the elevator walls.”

“I do not believe these actions represent the majority of our employees, so I refuse to let this situation define us.

The posters will stay up throughout the month and will be replaced immediately if they are damaged or removed, according to the letter....(Remainder.)


Wingnut Media, and the Freepers, Continue to Push Disputed Spanish Study on Green Jobs

By Media Matters

In recent days, conservatives in the media have continued to cite the findings of a widely disputed study, reportedly supported by an oil industry-funded think tank and rejected by the Spanish government, to assert or suggest that the United States will, in the words of Fox News' Glenn Beck, lose "2.2 jobs for every one green job created" if the American Clean Energy and Security Act passes.

The study, by Gabriel Calzada Álvarez, stated: "[W]e find that for every renewable energy job that the State manages to finance, Spain's experience cited by President Obama as a model reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created, to which we have to add those jobs that non-subsidized investments with the same resources would have created." It added:
Therefore, while it is not possible to directly translate Spain's experience with exactitude to claim that the U.S. would lose at least 6.6 million to 11 million jobs, as a direct consequence were it to actually create 3 to 5 million "green jobs" as promised (in addition to the jobs lost due to the opportunity cost of private capital employed in renewable energy), the study clearly reveals the tendency that the U.S. should expect such an outcome.
Conservatives in the media who have cited job losses of more than two jobs for every green job created or referred to Spain's purported loss of jobs as a result of its climate policy include:
  • Beck, who, on the June 26 edition of his Fox News show, in claiming that "[w]hile we're busy marching toward socialism, the rest of the world is running away from it because they've tried it already," asserted of the climate legislation: "It's already a complete failure in Spain, where it has resulted -- listen to this -- where it has resulted in 18.1 percent unemployment, more than double Europe's average." He added: "They are losing 2.2 jobs for every one green job created." …


Olbermann Awards The Oxy-Moron WPITW "Runner-Up" for SCOTUS/Sotomayor Comments


They Hate Him Because He's a Progressive Gay. Period.

By Jeremy Hooper
Good As You

Over the past month or so, we've routinely been disgusted by the way the far-right social conservatives are defaming Kevin Jennings, a decent human being who has dedicated his life to making public schooling easier for LGBT kids and teens, so that they can reverse his appointment as head the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. But now the Family Research Council has outdone all prior attacks, going so far as to launch an ad campaign and website wherein they isolate and de-contextualize quotes (mostly from his 2006 memoir, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son) in order to make this accomplished, Harvard-educated public servant sound like an unreasonable, child-endangering pervert:

Oh, and the man who seems to be most behind this Jennings "research"? Well that would be FRC's Peter Sprigg, a man whose own quote bank includes this remarkably un-fireable nugget:
"I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society."
Apparently in FRC's bizzaro world of "child protection," teaching kids that homosexuals are America's most needed export is simply a lesson in social studies, but a man's life work of genuinely keeping gays safe from harm is a call for a career-ruining game of "smear the queer." Oh how proud their parents must be....(Remainder.)


President Speaks At Gay Pride Event At White House


MSNBC Interviews Rep. Jared Polis About Gay Rights & Obama


NBC Affiliate in Tampa Airs Anti-Gay Propaganda

By Keith Morelli
Tampa Bay Online

TAMPA - A flood of telephone calls and e-mails cascaded into WFLA News Channel 8 on Saturday afternoon and night over the airing of "Silencing Christians," a religious paid program that some say contained open hate speech against gays and lesbians.

Before the hourlong program ended at 8 p.m., the station had logged hundreds of telephone calls and more than 1,000 e-mails, all protesting the broadcast.

Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida, has seen the program and said the message was clearly hate speech.

"I think this program is a piece of homophobic propaganda and it has no place on a major network like NBC," he said just after 7 p.m., as the program was airing.

The show was hosted by author and commentator Janet Parshall who, at the outset, said the homosexual community has established a plan for widespread acceptance at the expense of Christian morals and values.

"And to run it the same day as Gay Pride festival in St. Petersburg just adds insult to injury," Pollitzer said. "While tens of thousands of people in Tampa Bay area are celebrating diversion, WFLA is broadcasting homophobia."

"It's a dangerous show," he said, and stations in other markets have refused to run it because of its controversial content.

Pollitzer said he spoke with station executives around 4 p.m. Saturday and was told the program would be screened and a decision would be made. At 7 p.m., the show aired....(Remainder.)



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