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The Crazy ‘Birthers’ are Taking Crazy to a Whole New Level of Lunacy

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) held a town meeting where he was confronted by a complete wingnut birther screaming, "I want my country back!"  Rep. Castle tried to reassure the freakoid that President Obama is in fact a US citizen, but she was having none of that.  This video is RIPE for SNL picking, must like they did to the crazy woman during McCain's town hall.  All I can really say about these people is WOW!

(Kudos to Joe @ Joe.My.God)



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Sen. Jeff “I'm a Complete Racist/Homophobic Asshole” Sessions Trying to Add Death Penalty to Hate Crimes

By Qweerty

Unanimous. That's how the Senate voted on the Defense Department's budget re-authorization bill, to which hate crimes legislation was attached. And yes, the three amendments added by a hate crimes opponent were also included.

In a rush to beat the clock, the Senate invoked a cloture on the budget bill, which means Sen. Jeff Session's three controversial amendments to the hate crimes bill stand, courtesy a 92-0 vote. Among Sessions' new rules: adding the death penalty to the possible sentences of anyone convicted of a hate crime.

Sessions, of course, didn't want sexual orientation and gender identity added to federally protected classes. (This guy voted for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, of course.) But Senate Democratic leaders approved of his amendments as a compromise of sorts to get the legislation through without argument. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont.), who is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said yesterday he supported modified versions of Sessions' amendments.

Now that both the Senate and House have okay'd Defense Department budget bills, the differences in them will be ironed out by a special committee before final votes are taken in both houses in September. This provides one last opportunity to change the Senate's version of hate crimes legislation before it goes to Obama's desk, meaning Sessions' amendments — which Gay Inc. is calling overreaching and outrageous — could still be yanked at the last minute. (The House passed a standalone hate crimes bill.)

Obama, of course, has promised to veto any budget bill that re-ups the F-22 fighter jet program, which he wants nixed — providing an amusing intersection of military-assisted protections for gay civilians....(Remainder.)

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Ex-Fox News Producer Gets Ten Years for Child Porn

This is just freakin' awesome.  Well not the child porn, that's unbelievable disgusting.  The fact that this guy used to work for Fox News, just goes to show what a bastion of hypocrites infest that den of vipers.  I hope that this guy gets repeatedly gang-raped in prison.

By Raw Story
The Raw Story


According to a Tweet by ABC News’ Jake Tapper, a former Fox News producer received a ten year prison sentence for child pornography charges.

Tapper’s Twitter said, “the @foxnews reporter who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, Aaron Bruns (@abruns) was just sentenced to 10 yrs in prison.”

In February, Raw Story reported, “Fox News Channel producer Aaron Bruns, who was arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in a federal courthouse in Washington Tuesday, once ran a blog heavy on satire called Tanksphere where he linked to naughty photographs of a young actress.”

Excerpts from Raw Story’s report:
FishbowlDC reports this is not Bruns’ first run-in with the law,” TV Newser notes. “He dropped out of the University of Michigan in 1999 after being arrested on charges of distributing child pornography.”

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens continues, “So why wasn’t Bruns checked out by Fox News? A network spokesperson tells TVNewser criminal background checks were not instituted until 2003. Bruns was hired in 2002.”

According to a 1999 AP story not available on the web, Bruns was sentenced to three years’ probation after “6,000 pornographic images of children” were found on his computer’s hard drive.

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Smoking Gun has a copy of the explicit arrest warrant affidavit which was filed in U.S. District Court.
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Senate Sides With Obama, Removes F-22 Money

By Jim Abrams
Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Photo: US Navy


WASHINGTON – The Senate voted Tuesday to halt production of the Air Force's missile-eluding F-22 Raptor fighter jets in a high-stakes showdown over President Barack Obama's efforts to shift defense spending to a new generation of smaller F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

The 58-40 vote reflected an all-out lobbying campaign by the administration, which had to overcome resistance from lawmakers confronted with the potential losses of defense-related jobs if the F-22 program was terminated.

"The president really needed to win this vote," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said. Levin said it was important not only on the merits of the planes but "in terms of changing the way we do business in Washington."

The top Republican on the committee, John McCain of Arizona, agreed that it was "a signal that we are not going to continue to build weapons systems with cost overruns which outlive their requirements for defending this nation."

Supporters of the program cited both the importance of the F-22 to U.S. security interests — pointing out that China and Russia are developing planes that can compete with it — and a need to protect aerospace jobs in a bad economy.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other Pentagon officials have determined that production of the F-22, which has not been used in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be stopped at 187 planes in order to focus on the F-35, which would also be available to the Navy and Marine Corps.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, countered that the F-35 is designed to supplement, not replace, the F-22, "the "NASCAR racer of this air dominance team." Supporters of the F-22 have put the number needed at anywhere from 250 to 380....(Remainder.)

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Back in Black: Health Care Reform

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Back in Black - Health Care Reform
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Nutty PA Group Campaigns Against Marriage Equality in Maine

By Andy Towle
Towleroad




A Pennsylvania-based wingnut group that appreciates a fashion statement has traveled to Maine to campaign against marriage equality. Maine groups are currently battling a ballot measure that would overturn the state's recently passed marriage equality law. WCSH reports:
"The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property is based in Pennsylvania. This week the group is in Maine with signs and handouts about marriage. The group says gay marriage is harmful to society because children do not have a mother and father. They also claim that marriages performed at City Hall, without God present, are not really marriages. However the group is not arguing that issue while in Maine."
So your marriages also mean nothing if you're straight and weren't married at a church.

Props on the fancy red sashes, however, PA dudes. They really project to the world what total whackjobs you are....(Original.)



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Stephen Colbert: Reverse Racism

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Reverse Racism
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Parroting Closet-Case Drudge, Shit-for-Brains Beck Says $1.4 million in Stimulus Used to Fix a Door

By Media Matters

On the July 20 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that the government spent $1.4 million of economic stimulus funds "to repair a door" at Dyess Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, adding, "Wow, what happened to that door? That's a lot of repairing, you know. Can we buy a new one, and cheaper? I don't know what building 5112 is, but it better fly, drop bombs, or have 1.4 million doors." Introducing the segment, Beck stated: "Now, you can go right online and see how they're just peeing your money away." In fact, the repaired doors on Building 5112 were actually hangar doors, and they did not cost $1.4 million to repair.

Beck's claim that the government spent $1.4 million to "repair a door" echoes a headline posted on July 20 on the Drudge Report, which stated: "RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $1,444,100 FOR 'REPAIR DOOR BLDG 5112'..."

In fact, under the "View all project descriptions" link on the page to which the Drudge Report linked, Recovery.gov actually states that the government awarded AFCO Technologies nearly $1.2 million to replace gas mains on the base, and $246,100 to repair doors in Building 5112. A Department of Defense document listing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects in Texas states that the doors that were repaired in Building 5112 are "hangar doors." Moreover, a May 5 press release from the Dyess Air Force Base stated that the money awarded for the gas main project "may have saved eight jobs" and that the base could "now possibly hire two more employees."

During the segment, Beck -- again echoing the Drudge Report -- also stated that the government "spent $1.1 million on 2-pound frozen ham," and "more than $1.5 million ... for some mozzarella cheese." However, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement on July 20 stating that the "references to '2 pound frozen ham sliced' are to the sizes of the packaging. Press reports suggesting that the Recovery Act spent $1.191 million to buy '2 pounds of ham' are wrong." Vilsack added: "In fact, the contract in question purchased 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.191 million, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound."...(Remainder.)

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LGBT Civil Rights Movement: Part One "Oh Lord Not Now!"

By David Mixner
DavidMixner.com


There is a new chapter within the LGBT civil rights movement that can only be described as the "Oh Lord, Not Now!" movement.

These well meaning, hard-working and intelligent folks want a very neat time-lined, totally safe and predictable movement. One where, as a community, we do not publicly move until we are assured of victory. They don't want us to venture from a proscribed game plan that mostly originates out of a Washington-based political strategy to gain our freedom. They live in fear that we will move too quickly, make someone uncomfortable and put our political friends in a tough spot. Afraid to risk defeat, they believe we have to make everyone like us and be on our side. Most amazingly they seek the approval of others instead of insisting that others have to liberate themselves from their own long held myths in order to receive this marvelous gift that our community brings.

The cabal of powerful decision makers wants everything to be safe, clean and perfect before moving. Don't upset anyone, don't jump ahead of ourselves and most of all don't deviate from a well-laid plan that hopefully will eventually lead to victory. Every one of our allies has to be comfortable, the polls have to show us way ahead, and proof of victory has to be assured before trying anything new. The unpredictable grassroots could be destructive and create instability.

Sounds pretty good doesn't it? Except that it doesn't fit any model of success that I have seen in my near 50 years of organizing. In fact, my journey has proven to me that the unpredictable often is just the stimulus that movements need; victory often comes from an unplanned event that organizers could not have pulled off if they had worked years to do it. Most candidates would never be elected to office if they waited for their turn, had hard proof of victory and listened to the political pros. Our own current president is a perfect example of this fact....(Remainder.)

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NBC's Jim Miklaszewski: Pentagon Says Peters' Comments Have Imperiled Captured Soldier

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CNN's Resident Xenophobe Wants Obama to "Just Shut Up" & "Go Away." Take Your Own Advice Lou.

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Beck Calls Cap-and-Trade "National Suicide." He'd Know Since He Tried it Twice

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California Bill Would Recognize Same-Sex Marriages From Other States

By Susan Ferriss
The Sacramento Bee


A proposed law to recognize a growing number of same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries is winding its way through California's Legislature.

Opponents of gay marriage say Senate Bill 54 violates Proposition 8, a voter initiative approved last November that amended the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The bill's sponsor contends that his proposed changes to state family law are consistent with the California Supreme Court's nuanced decision in May to uphold Proposition 8.

The court's decision upheld the right of voters to bar gay couples from the label "marriage," acknowledged SB 54's author, Sen. Mark Leno, an openly gay Democrat from San Francisco.
But the court, Leno noted, also upheld an estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California before the gay-marriage ban was approved. Those marriages took place after the justices ruled in May 2008, in a separate decision, that California's constitution at that time did not prevent same-sex marriage....(Remainder.)

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George Bush's Sex Education Failure



Teenage pregnancies and STDs in the US are on the rise again, thanks to George Bush's abstinence-only obsession


By Melissa McEwan
The Guardian
Photo:  Reuters


"The data presented in this report indicate that many young persons in the United States engage in sexual risk behaviour and experience negative reproductive health outcomes." That is the very clinical and polite way a new Centre for Disease Control and Prevention report introduces its finding that rates of teen pregnancy and STDs are, after more than a decade of decline, once again on the rise.

This news is, of course, not really news at all. When former president George Bush was still pushing for more funding for abstinence-only sex education programmes in November 2007, it was immediately after a study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that comprehensive sex ed programmes – which included contraception information as an integral feature – were most effective at preventing teen pregnancy.

And that was six months after the Guttmacher Institute reported that "a nine-year, $8m evaluation of federally funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programmes found that these programmes have no beneficial impact on young people's sexual behaviour," and three years after congressman Henry Waxman requested a report (pdf) which found that over 80% of the [abstinence-only sex ed] curricula reviewed was found to contain "false, misleading, or distorted information about reproductive health," effectively ensuring that pregnancy rates and STDs would rise....(Remainder.)

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U.S., India Sign Defense, Nuclear Deals

Am I the only one who has a problem with the U.S. signing a nuclear deal with a country that has decided to NOT sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement?  Come on people, this is not that difficult.  If a country is not willing to sing the NNPA, then they don't get any kind of nuclear assistance.  Duh!  I don't care if the technology is only for the construction atomic clocks, this is NOT A GOOD IDEA!

By VOA News
Voice of America


The United States and India have agreements on arms sales and the building of U.S. funded nuclear plants.

Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and India's Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna announced the pacts during a joint news conference in New Delhi.

One agreement gives U.S. companies exclusive rights to sell civilian nuclear reactors to two sites in India. The other - known as end-use monitoring - ensures that highly sophisticated arms technology sold to India is not leaked to other countries. That agreement is expected to lead to a boost in U.S. arms sales to India.

Earlier Monday, Secretary Clinton met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the capital, New Delhi. 

Monday's agreements follow up on a groundbreaking Bush administration deal between the United States and India that allows the sale of civilian nuclear technology to India for the first time in three decades. In return, India will grant U.N. inspectors access to some of its civilian nuclear facilities. 

On Sunday, Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh rejected adopting binding limits on carbon emissions under a proposed global climate change treaty.

Secretary Clinton sought to downplay differences and expressed confidence that Washington and New Delhi can devise a plan that will dramatically change the way they produce, consume and conserve energy....(Remainder.)

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Prescribing Cake to Cure the Health Care Crisis

By Walter Brasch
The Public Record


Marie Antoinette, contrary to popular opinion, never said a solution for the starving masses of revolutionary France in the late 18th century was, “Let them eat cake.” But, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) apparently said something close to it.

At a public meeting, one of Grassley’s constituents asked him, “Why is your insurance so much cheaper than my insurance and so much better than my insurance?” He then asked, “How come I can’t have the same thing you have?” Grassley’s response was a flip, “You can. Just go work for the federal government.”

Grassley, who opposes universal health care, is happy with health care programs paid for with tax dollars and available for every member of Congress, all Congressional staffers, everyone in the executive and judicial branches, and the military and their families. He doesn’t even oppose Social Security and Medicare. He just doesn’t want the masses to have the same quality of medical care that Senators have.

In response, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who has led the fight for universal health care for more than four decades, writing for the July 27 issue of Newsweek, argues that “quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to.”

The liberals, and most Democrats, are outraged that 46–48 million American citizens still don’t have health care coverage, and millions more have such minimal coverage that they often decline to get medical help when necessary. About 62 percent of all bankruptcies are the result of extraordinary medical costs, according to a report to be published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine....(Remainder.)

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Do the Dems Have What it Takes? We'll Find Out Soon

By Jonathan Cohn
The Treatment at The New Republic


You could make a credible argument that health care reform took enormous strides forward last week, given that legislation passed three of the five congressional committees considering it. But when President Obama stood at a White House podium on Friday, in order to discuss health reform, he seemed frustrated and a little drained.

It’s possible he was just reacting to recent bad news on the economy. And it’s possible he was just, well, feeling tired. But I suspect he was also reacting to some other developments on health care reform--developments that were not nearly as encouraging as the news from those three committees.

Obama had started the week by pushing Congress to get legislation done before its August recess. But several members of his party responded by saying, in some cases publicly, that Congress would need more time. Obama also spent the week saying, as he has all along, that health care reform must succeed in reducing the cost of medical care over the long run. But on Thursday, the head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) testified that the legislation he’d seen so far wasn’t fulfilling that goal, prompting some more conservative Democrats to make public their own concerns along those lines.

The legislative process is like this--lots of ups and downs, often in rapid succession. Obama is right that we all get too caught up in the 24-hour news cycle. And in a quick canvassing of sources on Capitol Hill over the weekend, the responses weren’t as glum as I’d expected. “We will get there,” one senior staffer e-mailed me. “Always darkest just before a breakthrough.”

Still, reform's momentum seems to have slowed, if not stalled. And it’s not going to speed up again unless the Democrats do something they haven’t done in a long time: Show some mettle and embrace some unpleasant positions. Some of them seem ready to do it. But others, particularly some of the party's more conservative members, don't....(Remainder.)

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Chevron: ‘We're Not Paying’ $27b Fine for Ecuador Rain Forest Contamination

By Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story


U.S. oil company Chevron said Monday that it expects to lose a case which charges the company's Texaco branch with polluting Ecuador's rain forest with oil-contaminated water for nearly two decades.

An expert appointed by Ecuador's courts assessed the damages to the locals' health and environment to be $27 billion: A sum which Chevron spokesman Don Campbell bluntly told The Wall Street Journal, "We're not paying and we're going to fight this for years if not decades into the future."

It will be the largest award ever in an environmental lawsuit, even if it goes uncollected.

"Chevron intends to fight enforcement by claiming the trial was unfair, in part because Ecuador's president has publicly supported the plaintiffs," noted Business Insider's Erin Geiger Smith.

The Journal reported: "Chevron denies the allegations, arguing that Texaco's operations in Ecuador met local and international standards, that a $40 million cleanup effort in the 1990s resolved any environmental liability the company had there, and that any remaining problems are the responsibility of Petroecuador, the state-run oil company that took over Texaco's operations."...(Remainder.)

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Palin Flips on Her Support of Cap-and-Trade

By PolitiFact
St. Petersburg Times


Shortly after announcing she would resign as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin wrote an op-ed column in the Washington Post lambasting the cap-and-trade bill.

"I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy," she wrote on July 14, 2009. "It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage."

She said jobs will be shipped overseas, energy sector workers will lose their jobs and electricity bills will skyrocket, echoing points that many other Republicans have used in arguing against the bill.

"Do we want to outsource [work] to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama's plan will result in the latter. For so many reasons, we can't afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices," she wrote.

Did we mention her op-ed was called "The 'Cap and Tax' Dead End?"

Clearly, Palin is no fan of cap-and-trade.

Before we get to Palin's history on the issue, here's some background on cap-and-trade, a proposal to slow climate change. The bill Palin lambasts was authored by Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. It would cap carbon emissions with the long-term goal of lowering them by 83 percent by 2050. In the meantime, companies would either have to buy permits from the government to continue polluting or trade them with companies who don't produce enough pollution to meet the government-imposed limit.

Several readers wrote to us after the op-ed was published suggesting Palin had flip-flopped. We should note that this isn't the first time Palin's opinions on climate change have earned her a place on the Flip-O-Meter; in a Sept. 11, 2008, interview with Charles Gibson of Good Morning America, Palin insisted that she's always considered climate change a product of human activity, but we found she had made a Full Flop.

As for her stand on cap and trade, it too has shifted....(Remainder.)

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Sanjay Gupta & Roy Blunt Whine and Bitch About Hurting the Health Insurance Industry


By Heather
Crooks and Liars


CNN's Rick Sanchez brings in Michael Moore basher Sanjay Gupta and Rep. Roy Blunt to lament the horrors of private insurance companies no longer being able to reap massive profits on the backs of United States citizens. If we did by some miracle actually ever get to universal health care in the U.S., it would not mean these companies are out of business completely. They would still be offering supplemental insurance to compliment the government plan. In the world of the Gupta's and Blunt's out there, that would be a tragedy.

Blunt goes so far as to cite Medicare Part D as an example of just how well Republican health care reform has worked with giving consumers "choices". Yeah, the "choice" to line the pharmaceutical industry's pocket.
SANCHEZ: Roy Blunt is joining us now. He is a congressman from Missouri. He is good enough to talk to us now.

Congressman, thanks for being with us. I imagine the news that you are hearing, that there are problems here in the city, are ones you would have expected. But let me start you somewhere else and ask you, OK, what would your plan be?

BLUNT: Actually, that's the interesting thing about this debate, I think, Rick, is everybody agrees on the top line issues. We believe, I believe, as the leader of our group on our side that's tried to bring our committees together to work on this, I think we are in generally broad agreement.

We need a plan that has -- we need a health care system that has access for everybody regardless of preexisting conditions, one that has more competition, more choice in a way that would make it more affordable, and one that ensures that people have the maximum opportunity to make their own choices about their doctor and their health care....

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The Racist Pig-Man Claims Obama Hasn't "Proven" He's a Citizen

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Feculent Jim Quinn Calls Sen. Boxer "a Bitch"

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Oligophrenic Beck & Bellicose Bolton Prattle on About "So Sorry '09 Tour"

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Fatuous and Feebleminded Glenn Beck Claims Obama Wants America to Fail

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Convicted Felon, Liddy, Hosts Right-Wing Mental Patient, Jerome Corsi, to Promote Birther BS

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Complete Dullard, Fred Barnes, Advances BS About "So-Called Global Warming"

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Epic Halfwit, Dobbs, Continues 'Birther' Nonsense, Even After Being Proved Wrong

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Fox Noise Runs Radical Anti-Choice Graphics During Heath Care Segment

By Media Matters

During the July 20 edition of America's Newsroom, Fox News aired an anti-choice graphic featuring a fetus and the words, "Abortion: growing ... growing ... gone," during a segment asking if "health care reform" will result in federally funded abortions. Fox News sourced the graphic to the American Life League (ALL), which describes itself as the "largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States." The "growing ... growing ... gone" graphic was used for ALL's 2008 National Pro-Life T-shirt Day.

Co-host Megyn Kelly provided no explanation for Fox News' promotion of the anti-choice graphic.




From the American Life League:




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The Daily Beast's John Avlon Rips Ralph Peters's Wingnut Comments About Captured Soldier

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The Vacuous Baby Jesus Blathers on About Obama Wanting Canadian Health Care

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Rachel Maddow Offers Clarification on Buchanan's Racist Rant on Sotomayor

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Right-Wing Blogger Smacks Down Fox News' Cowardly Ralph Peters

By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters

Peters is the New York Post columnist who went on Fox News this weekend and suggested the U.S. soldier being held in Afghanistan by the Taliban is actually a deserter, and that the Taliban could save everyone a lot of time and energy if they just killed the guy.

Seriously, Peters went on Fox News and suggested the Taliban go ahead and murder the U.S. soldier it was holding captive.

At least someone within the right-wing blogosphere has called out Peters for his inane comments.

Over at BlackFive:
Who the hell is Ralph to call this kid a liar from a TV studio in the US. The first thing we all should do in the absence of solid info, is to give the kid a freakin' break. He deserves the benefit of the doubt and for jackasses like Peters to start calling him a liar based on a completely inaccurate concept is pathetic.

He may turn out to be a deserter, or an idiot, or a drunk or just screwed in the head and if so there will be plenty of time to call him names. Heck Ralph they may even kill the incompetent liar. But for the time being it would be nice if all the arm chair mouth pieces sat down and had a nice cup of STFU!
Does anybody else within the GOP Noise Machine want to sign off on BlackFive's comments? ...(Original.)

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If Man Walked on the Moon Today

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The Nescience & 'Jim Crowism' of Right-Wing Hack, Jim Quinn

By Media Matters

On Friday, Media Matters posted audio of Pittsburgh radio host Jim Quinn calling President Obama a "schmuck" for making the rather uncontroversial observation that the United States has a "dark past" of slavery.

It's worth taking a moment to look at just how ignorant Quinn's rant was. Here's the snippet of Obama's NAACP speech that Quinn played:
QUINN: Why don't you listen very carefully to this?

OBAMA [audio clip]: Let it be said that this generation did its part; that we, too, ran the race; that full of faith that our dark past has taught us, full of the hope that the present has brought us, we faced, in our lives and all across this nation, the rising sun of a new day begun.
Obama is very clearly referencing the lyrics of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" -- an 1899 song by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson that is often referred to as "The Black National Anthem" and is the NAACP's "official song." From the end of the song's first verse:
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on 'til victory is won.

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"Non-Biased" Fox Nation Calls Franken "Sen. Smalley"

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CNN's Sylvester Spreading Lies & Right-Wing Talking Points About Sotomayor & International Law

By Media Matters

During the July 17 edition of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, correspondent Lisa Sylvester advanced the falsehood that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor contradicted herself on the question of whether judges should use foreign law in deciding cases. In her report, Sylvester noted that Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) had asked Sotomayor about her comments in an April speech that "[i]nternational law and foreign law will be very important in our discussion of how to think about unsettled issues in our legal system. It is my hope that judges everywhere will continue to do this." Sylvester then suggested that Sotomayor had contradicted that statement during her confirmation hearings when she said, "I do not believe that foreign law should be used to -- to determine the results under constitutional law or American law, except where American law directs." In fact, that statement is consistent with comments in the April speech that were not included in Sylvester's report -- that "American analytical principles do not permit us to use that law to decide our cases."

After stating that "Senator John Cornyn [said] that in her previous speeches, [Sotomayor] has one message; in her confirmation hearing, another," Sylvester asserted, "On another issue, over what role foreign law should play in U.S. courts, Senator Cornyn quoted Sotomayor from three months ago, when she said, quote, 'International law and foreign law will be very important in our discussion of how to think about unsettled issues in our legal system. It is my hope that judges everywhere will continue to do this.' " Sylvester then stated, "But in the hearing," and played a clip of Sotomayor saying, "I do not believe that foreign law should be used to -- to determine the results under constitutional law or American law, except where American law directs." Sylvester then aired a clip of the Heritage Foundation's Robert Alt saying that Sotomayor "seemed willing to reject statements that she had made time and time again in these hearings, and ... one wonders ... where the truth lies."

In her April speech, Sotomayor stated, "I always find it strange when people ask me, 'How do Americans' courts use foreign and international decisions -- law in making their decisions?' And I pause and say, 'We don't use foreign or international law. We consider the ideas that are suggested by international and foreign law.' " She went on to state, "American analytical principles do not permit us to use that law to decide our cases. But nothing in the American legal system stops us from considering the ideas that that law can give us." Indeed, Sotomayor had qualified the remarks from the speech that Sylvester did quote as limited to "freedom of ideas": "To the extent that we as a country remain committed to the concept that we have freedom of speech, we must have freedom of ideas, and to the extent that we have freedom of ideas, international law and foreign law will be very important in the discussion of how to think about the unsettled issues in our own legal system. It is my hope that judges everywhere will continue to do this" (italics added)....(Remainder.)

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The TV Networks MUST Carry President Obama's Press Conference

By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters


Just moments after the White House's tweet last Friday announcing President Obama's prime-time press conference on Wednesday to discuss health care reform, media industry speculation began swirling over which broadcast networks would refuse to carry the presidential presser, the way Fox walked away from an Obama press conference in April.

The chatter represented the continuation of an unprecedented pity party television executives have been throwing themselves since Obama was inaugurated and began regularly communicating with the American people through network television. Bellyaching endlessly about lost viewers that Obama's prime-time press conferences have caused (American Idol got bumped!) and complaining contemptuously about advertising revenues that the commercial-free Q&A were eating up, network suits have been egged on by media reporters.

"[Fox] should be praised for not giving up a third night of lucrative prime-time television for yet another presidential press conference," cheered the New York Daily News' Richard Huff, following the network's snub of the president. The Obama pre-emptions were "pure inconvenience," he stressed.

The reasons network execs have cited while moaning about airing Obama's press conferences have been bogus, especially the claim about lost advertising revenue, which we'll detail below. But as broadcast executives huddle to decide whether to grant the president access to the airwaves on Wednesday, which, incidentally, belong to the public and which networks use for free, it's important to point out why there's no plausible reason this time around for any of the networks to refuse to air the press conference....(Remainder.)

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Texas Trying to Bar Students from Learning About Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall

By Tula Connell
AFL-CIO Now Blog


United Farmworkers founder César Chávez is an unfitting role model for students, and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is not an appropriate historical figure. So say “expert reviewers” in their report to the Texas State Board of Education, which recommends removing the two U.S. leaders from the social studies curriculum taught to its 4.7 million public school students.

The ranting of these extremists has the potential to turn into mass censorship—Texas is such a mega-purchaser of textbooks that the state’s required curricula drives the content of textbooks produced nationwide.

The Texas Freedom Network, which monitors actions by religious reactionaries on the state’s school board, points out that two of the “expert reviewers” are unqualified to be on the panel and were appointed mainly because of their background as religious ideologues.

David Barton, founder of the conservative Christian advocacy group WallBuilders, and the Rev. Peter Marshall, an evangelical minister from Massachusetts who runs Peter Marshall Ministries, were appointed to the state school board in March.

The Texas Freedom Network describes Barton and Marshall this way:
Barton, former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party, is a self-styled “historian” without any formal training in the field. He argues that separation of church and state is a “myth” and that the nation’s laws should be based on Scripture. He says, for example, that the Bible forbids taxes on income and capital gains. Yet even such groups as Texas Baptists Committed and the Baptist Joint Committee have sharply criticized Barton’s interpretations of the Constitution and history.

The Peter Marshall Ministries website includes Marshall’s commentaries sharply attacking Muslims, characterizing the Obama administration as “wicked,” and calling on Christian parents to reject public education for their children.
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McClatchy Ignores Progressive Economists in Report on Minimum-Ware Increase

By Media Matters

In a July 19 article about the scheduled increase in the federal minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, McClatchy provided only arguments from "some economists" against raising the minimum wage now while ignoring economists who argue that this is a particularly good time for the pay increase. As NPR reported in a July 19 article, "[L]iberal economists say this summer is the perfect time for a wage hike."

McClatchy reported that "some economists worry that the wage hike is coming at the worst possible time and will only make the recession-battered job market tougher for the very workers it's intended to help." After describing the case of an Oklahoma woman who would benefit from the increase, McClatchy added, "Some economists argue, however, that with the recession forcing small businesses to lay people off, it would be smart to postpone the increase for a year."

However, McClatchy did not report that "some economists" say that the pay increase now will help the economy. By contrast, NPR reported, "Kai Filion, a policy analyst for the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research group, says this wage hike will generate $5.5 billion in consumer spending over the next 12 months." From the NPR report:
Conservative economists are worried that the government-mandated raise will force small businesses to lay off workers. They note that the job market has deteriorated since Congress approved the 10.7 percent pay raise two years ago. In the summer of 2007, the U.S. unemployment rate was running at about 4.7 percent. Today, it is 9.5 percent. Mandating higher wages could force some employers to cut jobs, the argument goes.

But liberal economists say this summer is the perfect time for a wage hike: It will put more money into the pockets of people who need it most. Fatter paychecks will stimulate spending and help the economy, they say. Kai Filion, a policy analyst for the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research group, says this wage hike will generate $5.5 billion in consumer spending over the next 12 months....
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New Olympic House for Gay Athletes Attending 2010 Games



By John Branch
The New York Times
Photo: Jim Wilson (NYT)


WHISTLER, British Columbia — Dean Nelson has a vivid imagination. He can stand in a 920-square-foot hotel conference room, set up for a business meeting in mid-July, and see a sometimes-smoldering, sometimes-pulsating party club there by February.

He can see a giant rainbow flag hanging outside and a line to the door. Mostly, though, Nelson can see a comfortable, inclusive hangout for gays, perhaps some of the hundreds of athletes at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics who will be competing in and around this bustling ski town. And he can see it making a statement to everyone outside of Pride House.

“We anticipate Pride House is going to rock the Olympics,” Nelson said.

Every Olympics includes temporary, carefully designed places for athletes and officials from various countries to socialize — a U.S.A. House, a Canadian Pavilion, a Russia House and so on. Holland House, sponsored by Heineken, is often the biggest and boldest.

Pride House is believed to be the first such house for gay and lesbian athletes and their friends and families.

“It has never been done,” Nelson said. “It’s sort of a taboo subject that everyone is a little afraid to touch. But since we’re touching it, everyone is like, ‘Yea, you run with it.’ ”...(Remainder.)

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You Need to Know Paul Cameron "the Grandfather of All Anti-Gay Junk Science"

By Joe Sudbay
AMERICAblog


Last weekend, I saw "Bruno." Featured in the film is the anti-gay researcher, Paul Cameron. As soon as the movie was over, I sent an email to Alvin McEwen, who has tracked Cameron for years. Today, Alvin has an important post on Cameron. Alvin is right. Every LGBT and all of our straight allies need to know Paul Cameron -- and be prepared to debunk his junk science:
Not many people in the LGBT community or the world know who Paul Cameron is.

But we all should.

Paul Cameron is the grandfather of all anti-gay junk science.

When the religious right compares us to pedophiles, when they claim that we have a short life span, when they talk about how "how homosexuality has dangerous physical and medical consequences," it's his discredited "data" that they are inferring.

Paul Cameron is probably singlehandedly responsible for every lie, every distortion, every bastardization of science that has plagued the lgbt community since the onset of the AIDS crisis.

The post is worth a read. Cameron keeps rearing his ugly head. Unlike the cameo in Bruno, most of the time, Cameron is given credibility when he should have none....(Remainder.)

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George Carlin: "Who Really Controls America"

A-FUCKIN'-MEN! George is, once again, right on the money with this!  His voice is sorely missed.




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Gay Marriage and the Constitution

Why Ted Olson and I are working to overturn California's Proposition 8.

By David Boies
The Wall Street Journal


When I got married in California in 1959 there were almost 20 states where marriage was limited to two people of different sexes and the same race. Eight years later the Supreme Court unanimously declared state bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional.

Recently, Ted Olson and I brought a lawsuit asking the courts to now declare unconstitutional California's Proposition 8 limitation of marriage to people of the opposite sex. We acted together because of our mutual commitment to the importance of this cause, and to emphasize that this is not a Republican or Democratic issue, not a liberal or conservative issue, but an issue of enforcing our Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and due process to all citizens.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the right to marry the person you love is so fundamental that states cannot abridge it. In 1978 the Court (8 to 1, Zablocki v. Redhail) overturned as unconstitutional a Wisconsin law preventing child-support scofflaws from getting married. The Court emphasized, "decisions of this Court confirm that the right to marry is of fundamental importance for all individuals." In 1987 the Supreme Court unanimously struck down as unconstitutional a Missouri law preventing imprisoned felons from marrying.

There were legitimate state policies that supported the Wisconsin and Missouri restrictions held unconstitutional. By contrast, there is no legitimate state policy underlying Proposition 8. The occasional suggestion that marriages between people of different sexes may somehow be threatened by marriages of people of the same sex does not withstand discussion. It is difficult to the point of impossibility to envision two love-struck heterosexuals contemplating marriage to decide against it because gays and lesbians also have the right to marry; it is equally hard to envision a couple whose marriage is troubled basing the decision of whether to divorce on whether their gay neighbors are married or living in a domestic partnership. And even if depriving lesbians of the right to marry each other could force them into marrying someone they do not love but who happens to be of the opposite sex, it is impossible to see how that could be thought to be as likely to lead to a stable, loving relationship as a marriage to the person they do love....(Remainder.)

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Wrong-Headed Washington Post Editorial on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By John Aravosis
AMERICAblog


While Joe and I certainly appreciate that today's Washington Post editorial on Don't Ask Don't Tell cites our online chat with Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA), the editorial fails to understand how effective leadership in Washington works.

The Post, at its core, misjudges the power and purpose of the presidency. While it is true that the president cannot introduce legislation - only members of Congress can do that - and it is also true that the president's constitutional role is to sign, or veto, legislation already passed by Congress. But that does not mean, as the Post editorial suggests, that the president has no role whatsoever in passing legislation or, more generally, influencing the legislative process.

As Team Obama is finding out this week, the president has one hell of a bully pulpit. In addition to his powers to run the various executive branch agencies under his command, the president is much more than the leader of a branch of government. He is the leader of our country. He has the ability, the duty, to influence the direction of our nation, including the ability to influence what Congress does and does not do. That is why, for example, there was such a heated discussion about health care reform during the Democratic primaries. Yes, health care reform is under Congress's purview, as they are the ones who have actually introduce, debate, and pass legislation. But implicit in the battle between Hillary and Obama over health care was the recognition that the president could powerfully influence the congressional health care reform process, should he or she choose to do so. Otherwise, it would be irrelevant what our candidates, or presidents, think about any piece of legislation, since they do not have a vote in Congress. (And it would be nonsensical for the White House to ever weigh in, pro or con, on any proposed legislation, when in fact, it does on a regular basis.)...(Remainder.)

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Sex & Power Inside "the C Street House"

Sanford, Ensign, and other regulars receive guidance from the invisible fundamentalist group known as the Family

Editor's note: Sharlet is the author of the bestselling "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power."

By Jeff Sharlet
Salon.com
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin (AP)


July 21, 2009 | I can't say I was impressed when I met Sen. John Ensign at the C Street House, the secretive religious enclave on Capitol Hill thrust into the news by its links to three political sex scandals, those of Gov. Mark Sanford; former Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., who allegedly rendezvoused at the C Street House with his mistress, an executive in the industry for which he then became a lobbyist; and Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. Although Sanford declared today that his scandal will actually turn out to be good for the people of South Carolina because he's now more firmly in God's control, the once-favored GOP presidential prospect will finish out his term and fade away. And Ensign's residence at the C Street House during his own extramarital affair now threatens to end a career that he and other Republicans hoped would lead him to the White House.

When I met Ensign, he was just back from a run, sweaty and bouncing in place, boasting about the time he'd clocked and teasing a young woman from his office. She seemed annoyed that the senator wouldn't get himself into a shower and back on the job. When I wrote about Sen. Ensign in my book about the evangelical political organization that runs the C Street House, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," I described him as a "conservative casino heir elected to the Senate from Nevada, a brightly tanned, hapless figure who uses his Family connections to graft holiness to his gambling-fortune name."

Now, of course, I know I was wrong: John Ensign is a brightly tanned, hapless figure who used his Family connections to cover up the fruits of his flirtations, to make moral decisions for him, and to do his dirty work when his secret romance sputtered. Doug Hampton, the friend and former aide whom Ensign cuckolded, tells us that it was Family leader David Coe, along with Coe's brother Tim and Family "brother" Sen. Tom Coburn, who delivered the pink slip when it was time to put Cynthia Hampton out of Ensign's reach....(Remainder.)

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Hey Christo-Fascist Historical Revisionists, JEFFERSON WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN!

Again and again I receive comments from rabid members of the “Christo-Fascist Zombie Brigade” that are all variations on a theme: “Jefferson was a Christian!  Look at his quote on the monument!”  The quote to which they are referring is “And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”  Well, here's a news flash for these mouth-breathers, when you take the quote in full context it is plait to see that our 3rd President was railing AGAINST any form of Christianity.  As is common knowledge to anyone with three braincells and access to Google, Jefferson even went so far as to rewrite the New Testament, removing all the supernatural mumbo-jumbo.  Following the break is the full text of Thomas Jefferson's letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush from where the above quote was taken.  I'm forever hopeful that logic, and facts, will win over these epically ignorant fools...

To Dr. Benjamin Rush

Monticello, Sep. 23, 1800

Dear Sir, -- I have to acknolege the receipt of your favor of Aug. 22, and to congratulate you on the healthiness of your city. Still Baltimore, Norfolk & Providence admonish us that we are not clear of our new scourge. When great evils happen, I am in the habit of looking out for what good may arise from them as consolations to us, and Providence has in fact so established the order of things, as that most evils are the means of producing some good. The yellow fever will discourage the growth of great cities in our nation, & I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts, but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere, and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue & freedom, would be my choice.

I agree with you entirely, in condemning the mania of giving names to objects of any kind after persons still living. Death alone can seal the title of any man to this honor, by putting it out of his power to forfeit it. There is one other mode of recording merit, which I have often thought might be introduced, so as to gratify the living by praising the dead. In giving, for instance, a commission of chief justice to Bushrod Washington, it should be in consideration of his integrity, and science in the laws. and of the services rendered to our country by his illustrious relation, &c. A commission to a descendant of Dr. Franklin, besides being in consideration of the proper qualifications of the person, should add that of the great services rendered by his illustrious ancestor, Bn Fr, by the advancement of science, by inventions useful to man, &c. I am not sure that we ought to change all our names. And during the regal government, sometimes, indeed, they were given through adulation; but often also as the reward of the merit of the times, sometimes for services rendered the colony. Perhaps, too, a name when given, should be deemed a sacred property.

I promised you a letter on Christianity, which I have not forgotten. On the contrary, it is because I have reflected on it, that I find much more time necessary for it than I can at present dispose of. I have a view of the subject which ought to displease neither the rational Christian nor Deists, and would reconcile many to a character they have too hastily rejected. I do not know that it would reconcile the genus irritabile vatum who are all in arms against me. Their hostility is on too interesting ground to be softened. The delusion into which the X.Y.Z. plot shewed it possible to push the people; the successful experiment made under the prevalence of that delusion on the clause of the constitution, which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity thro' the U.S.; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians & Congregationalists. The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: & enough too in their opinion, & this is the cause of their printing lying pamphlets against me, forging conversations for me with Mazzei, Bishop Madison, &c., which are absolute falsehoods without a circumstance of truth to rest on; falsehoods, too, of which I acquit Mazzei & Bishop Madison, for they are men of truth.

But enough of this: it is more than I have before commitred to paper on the subject of all the lies that has been preached and printed against me. I have not seen the work of Sonnoni which you mention, but I have seen another work on Africa, (Parke's,) which I fear will throw cold water on the hopes of the friends of freedom. You will hear an account of an attempt at insurrection in this state. I am looking with anxiety to see what will be it's effect on our state. We are truly to be pitied. I fear we have little chance to see you at the Federal city or in Virginia, and as little at Philadelphia. It would be a great treat to receive you here. But nothing but sickness could effect that; so I do not wish it. For I wish you health and happiness, and think of you with affection. Adieu.

As a note, in the original letter, if one took the time to noticed, one would see that Jefferson used a lowercase “g” in god:


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Randall ‘Chicken Little’ Terry Warns of ‘Horrific Consequences’ if Abortion is Publicly Funded

By David Holthouse
HateWatch at SPLC


Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and other militant anti-abortionists announced yesterday their plans to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the National Press Club, a Washington, D.C., organization that's become the venue of choice for a rogue's gallery of white supremacist hate groups, anti-immigration extremists and other right-wing extremists.

According to a press release, Terry plans to "discuss what he and other pro-life leaders will and will not do if healthcare passes and includes paying for child-killing, and what convulsions follow."

Terry has been criticized in recent weeks for his organization's vicious demonizing and targeting of Wichita, Kan., abortion provider George Tiller right up to the day Tiller was gunned down in May in his own church, allegedly by a man with a long history of antigovernment and anti-abortion extremism. Despite the heat he caught following Tiller's murder, Terry shows no signs of toning down his rhetoric.

In fact, if anything, he's ratcheting it up. A statement attributed to him in the press release about tomorrow's presentation is loaded with fiery tax resister rhetoric, thinly veiled threats and warnings of violent retribution against elected officials and others who support abortion rights....(Remainder.)

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The RepubliCON Health Care Horror Show

By Kombiz
Americans United for Change


Are conservatives writing a horror film or talking about health care reform? With more than 76% of the public supporting comprehensive health care reform Republicans in congress have decided that their best option to protect special interests is to recycle phrases from old horror movies. Americans United For Change along with our partner Health Care For America Now have released a need your help to send a message to Congress to keep up the fight for quality, affordable health care for everyone.




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Did Google Flag Anti-Gay MassResistance's Blog as Hate Speech?

Oh God, I certainly hope so!

By Qweerty



Pulling links off your website is significant stuff when you're a state agency. But what about when you're the world's largest search engine? After yanking an anti-gay (sorry, "pro-family") site from its results pages, Google is now facing the wrath of … well, bigots.

The search giant is accused of pulling MassResistance.org, the Massachusetts straight-marriage only advocacy site. It happened the first time because Google claimed the site hosted malware that infected visitors' computers, according to (fellow anti-gay site) One News Now. Clicking through from Google encounters no problem now.

But MassResistance's blog, on Google's on Blogger platform, now appears with a "content warning" splash page that visitors must click through to access. As MassResistance head Brian Camenker notes, quoting from Blogger's policy pages: 'Users may not publish material that promotes hate towards groups based on race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity. Of course we are not promoting hate against anybody; all we're saying is that this is what's happening and there's some dangerous stuff going [on] here."

And we're just loving their conspiracy theories: "How did we earn the "objectionable" award? Who's gunning for us? We're sure GLAD, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, is very unhappy with us (along with their co-conspirators on the GLBT blogosphere). Since we recently posted on GLAD's transgender rights bill [here, here, here & here], we assume it riled quite a few individuals on its staff."...(Remainder.)

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Senate Should Vote Down Hate Crimes Amendments from Sen Jeff “KKK” Sessions

By Michael Cole
HRC Back Story

While the Matthew Shepard Act amendment was successfully adopted on Thursday, three other amendments related to hate crimes will be debated on Monday. HRC staff has now reviewed these three last minute amendments from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and believes that they are unnecessary, unhelpful and should not be adopted.

So what are the three amendments? The first Sessions Amendment would allow the death penalty to be applied in hate crimes cases under some circumstances. This Amendment is unnecessary and is a poison pill designed to kill the bill. The Amendment is being offered by and supported by Senators who oppose the Matthew Shepard Act. It's ironic that the very Senators who have falsely argued that this bill would put clergy in jail because of their beliefs think that those same clergy should be subject to the death penalty.

The second Sessions Amendment would place an additional burden on the Justice Department to revise its long established guidelines for hate crimes cases. This Amendment is unnecessary. The Department already contains well-established, clear and precise guidelines to govern cases involving bias-motivated violence that work well.

Finally, the third Sessions Amendment would provide additional penalties for crimes involving servicemembers or their families. This Amendment is unnecessary. Existing statutes already provide special penalties on attacks against members of the Armed Services and veterans. In addition, the vague language of the Amendment is problematic. The Amendment provides for additional penalties for injuring the property of a serviceman or immediate family member. The scope of "family member" or what constitutes an "injury" to their property is unclear....(Remainder.)

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Hate Crimes Law and the Religious Right: Has Anyone Lied More About Anything, Ever?

By Jeremy Hooper
Good As You


In a new One News Now piece, professional "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan says the following:
"Every time now that I tell my testimony, talk about that change is possible, quote the science from the American Psychiatric Association, from the Human Genome Association, from professional organizations like N.A.R.T.H., I'm going to be persecuted," he argues. "The way this legislation reads, I could be arrested; I could be sued; I could be charged with a hate crime."

Ex-'gays' would suffer under 'hate crimes' law [ONN]

An interesting claim, considering this is the same Greg Quinlan who just last year was caught misquoting Dr. Francis Collins (the Human Genome Project official who was recently appointed Director of the National Institutes of Health) in a way that goes against Dr. Collins' own expressed wishes. And the same Greq Quinlan who, after Collins' own words were presented to him, proceeded to accuse Ex Gay Watch, the site who obtained the clarifications, of making up the Collins comments. So it would seem that when it comes to Greg's "testimony," scrutiny is more than understandable.

But even with the backlog of aggressive deceit, there is still no gay activist on the face of this planet who is seeking to arrest/sue/charge Greg or his allies for hate crimes! Obviously. And there is nothing in the Matthew Shepard Act that even intimates that the "ex-gay" community's attempts to alter actuality via their personal faith views could ever be construed as actionable. Obviously again. ...(Remainder.)

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