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"Fair & Balanced" Fox Chyron Discusses "How" Minimum Wage "Hike Will Hurt"

Friday, July 24, 2009

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The Moronic Baby Jesus Promotes His Batcrap Crazy Lies in Nightmare Health Special

By Media Matters

The July 23 edition of Fox News' Hannity -- billed as a "Universal Nightmare" special edition -- relied on distortions and falsehoods to raise the specter of "socialized medicine." During the show, host Sean Hannity stated: "Socialized medicine is by no means a new idea. In fact, the citizens of Canada and the United Kingdom are living through what can only be described as a 'universal nightmare.' Now take a look at what could soon become a reality right here in America." He then aired a segment that included footage of several people criticizing the Canadian and British health care systems. Subsequently, correspondent Griff Jenkins misrepresented comments President Obama made during a June 24 town hall, claiming that Obama "has vowed to examine other attempts at universal health care, like the United Kingdom and the Canadian systems." In fact, in those comments, Obama made clear that he did not support creating a system based on those models.

After claiming that Obama "vowed to examine other attempts at universal health care, like the United Kingdom and the Canadian systems," Jenkins aired footage of Obama stating:
OBAMA: A lot of those other countries employ a different system than we do. Not all of them, by the way, use a socialized medicine. ... Almost all of them have what would be considered a single-payer system in which the government essentially operates a Medicare for all.
In fact, moments after making those comments during the June 24 town hall, Obama stated, "For us to completely change our system, root and branch, would be hugely disruptive and I think would end up resulting in people having to completely change their doctors, their health care providers, in a way that I'm not prepared to go."...(Remainder.)

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Axelrod Tells Matthews "The Big Bulky English Style Health Care Bureaucracy is a Straw Man"

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The Pig-Man Says Sen. Kennedy Would "Obviously" Not get Cancer Treatment Under Obama Plan

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The Oxy-Moron Says Obama & the Democrats Are Destroying Economy on Purpose

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Playing Dobbs Clip MSNBCs Geist says Birthers are Flogging Imaginary Controversy

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The Idiocy of Texas and the Threat of David Barton

By Chris Rodda
The Public Record


Ever since Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) appointment of Gail Lowe as chair of the worst and most dangerous state Board of Education ever, and the almost inevitable choice of Christian nationalist history revisionist David Barton as an “expert” to review the state’s social studies curriculum, I’ve been getting a stream of emails from people who know me as the arch-rival of Barton, wondering why I haven’t written anything on the subject.

Well, I’ve desperately been trying to find the time to get something out on this, but have just been up to my eyeballs in work for my job with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a job that, ironically, I ended up in two years ago because of the discovery of a David Barton essay on the “myth” of separation between church and state in the Junior ROTC core curriculum American history textbook. Then, Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, deluged with media requests since the Ensign and Sanford sex scandals exposed the Family’s “C Street” cabal to a wider audience, asked MRFF president Mikey Weinstein if he could borrow me to help with some further research on certain members of the Family, the full results of which will be breaking soon. So, I’ve just been busy as hell, and hearing and reading about the Texas BOE lunacy and the appointment of Barton, but not being able to find any time to write about it, has put me at serious risk of my head exploding.

I still don’t have much time to spend on this, but I do want to make a few things clear about David Barton.

First of all, very little of what I’ve been reading about the Texas BOE seems to convey just how dangerous Barton really is. His agenda for the teaching of American history is not merely a somewhat more religious “interpretation” of history, as some are describing it — it’s an all out, lie packed, completely revised, Christian nationalist version of history, designed to muster support for a very clear political agenda.

Second, I’ve read much about Barton’s utter lack of credentials to be in any way involved in the development of new textbooks — textbooks that, as Barton has been gloating about on his radio show for months now, will not only be used in Texas, but, because of the economic realities of the textbook publishing business, will find their way into the public schools of all the states. (California, with the largest state population, has always been the other state, along with Texas, the second most populous state, to steer the content of new textbooks, but, because of its current economic crisis, California is out of the picture this time around, leaving the Texas board of wackaloons as the only voice in what will and won’t appear in the next wave of textbooks.)...(Remainder.)

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Ready for Her Close-Up

Why Alaska lawmakers, including some very upset Republicans, soured on Sarah Palin.

By Suzy Khimm
The New Republic


When Sarah Palin abruptly announced that she was planning to leave office, it was clear whom she blamed for her early exit. "I wish you'd hear MORE from the media of your state's progress and how we tackle Outside interests--daily--SPECIAL interests that would stymie our state," she said in her July 3 resignation speech, which she later posted on her website. Blasting her adversaries for paralyzing the Alaska governor's office with charges of "frivolous ethics violations," Palin and her representatives accused these unnamed "Outside interests" of harming her ability to govern after returning from the presidential campaign. "There were some complaints that were filed under pseudonyms that we believe came from down in the lower 48," Palin's lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, told Fox News. "There is a connection to the Democratic Party in the lower 48."

There's no doubt that Alaska's state government has been paralyzed since Palin's return, with anger and frustration emanating from both the governor's office and the state legislature. All of Palin's major bills failed to pass this year's first 90-day session. But conversations with both Republican and Democratic legislators reveal that Palin's inability to get anything done has little to do with the media attacks the Alaska governor claims drove her from office. The lawmakers say it has more to do with how national exposure changed her, moving her much further to the right than she had been and making her nearly impossible to work with. And state Republicans seem just as incensed about it as the Democrats....(Remainder.)

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Civil Liberties Groups Accuse of ICE of Acting Above the Law

By William Fisher
The Public Record


Duarnis Perez, a native of the Dominican Republic, became a U.S. citizen at 15 when his mother was naturalized. But he didn’t know that meant he was also a citizen. He thought he was an illegal immigrant, and so did the authorities. He was deported and subsequently arrested trying to sneak back into the U.S. from Canada. Perez spent almost five years in prison for unlawful reentry. But when he was released in 2004, an official of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) reviewed his file and told him he had been a citizen all along.

The Perez case is one of a growing chamber of horrors coming under increasing scrutiny by Congress, the Courts, and civil liberties advocates.

ICE officials downplay the problem. “ICE does not detain United States citizens,” said spokesman Richard Rocha, adding that agents thoroughly investigate people’s claims of citizenship. “ICE only processes an individual for removal when all available facts indicate that the person is an alien,” he said.

Another case involved Majed Chehade, a 64-year old German citizen whose wife, three children, and grandson are U.S. citizens. Chehade owns a home in Massachusetts and is the export director of a German manufacturing company. He was on his way to visit his daughter in December, 2006, when he was detained at Las Vegas Airport. He was taken to a local jail, where he was subjected to strip and visual cavity searches, denied access to medical care and his prescription medications, and told that if he wanted to return to the U.S., he would have to spy on behalf of the government....(Remainder.)

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Attack of the 1-Percenters

y David Sirota
Truthdig


 Here’s a truism: The wealthiest 1 percent have never had it so good.

According to government figures, 1-percenters’ share of America’s total income is the highest it’s been since 1929, and their tax rates are the lowest they’ve faced in two decades. Through bonuses, many 1-percenters will profit from the $23 trillion in bailout largesse the Treasury Department now says could be headed to financial firms. And, most of them benefit from IRS decisions to reduce millionaire audits and collect zero taxes from the majority of major corporations.

But what really makes the ultrawealthy so fortunate, what truly separates this moment from a run-of-the-mill Gilded Age, is the unprecedented protection the 1-percenters have bought for themselves on the most pressing issues.

To review: With 22,000 Americans dying each year because they lack health insurance, Congress is considering universal health care legislation financed by a surcharge on income above $280,000—that is, a levy almost exclusively on 1-percenters. This surtax would graze just 5 percent of small businesses and would recoup only part of the $700 billion the 1-percenters received from the Bush tax cuts. In fact, it is so minuscule, those making $1 million annually would pay just $9,000 more in taxes every year—or nine-tenths of 1 percent of their 12-month haul.

Nonetheless, the 1-percenters have deployed an army to destroy the initiative before it makes progress....(Remainder.)

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Germany Rediscovers Love for America: European Approval of Obama Soars

A new survey finds that a majority of Europeans approve of, and trust, America's new president. But the rest of the world, the Middle East in particular, has yet to surrender to Barack Obama's international charm offensive.

By Gregor Peter Schmitz
Spiegel

The election of Barack Obama as president has much improved Europe's view of America, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington that questioned 26,000 people in 24 countries between May and June this year.

The changes in opinion in the survey, published on Thursday, are particularly dramatic in Germany where, only six months after Obama took office, 64 percent of those surveyed had a positive impression of the United States. In the previous year, they only numbered 31 percent. In fact, the new numbers are closer to the years before George W. Bush took office.

Almost every German surveyed said they trusted Obama (93 percent). In fact, it seems that only Kenya, the country where his father was born, loves the American president more. On the issue of trust Obama even beats German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Only 75 percent of Germans surveyed found her trustworthy.

Additionally, a majority of Germans (93 percent) think that Obama will do the "right thing" when it comes to foreign policy --almost 80 percent more than in the Bush years.

"His high ratings reflect personal confidence in him, and a sense that he will be much different than Bush -- more multilateral, will seek international approval before using force, ending Guantanamo, getting out of Iraq," said Andrew Kohut, of the Pew Research Center when the survey was presented in Washington....(Remainder.)

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Democrats Block ‘Midleading, False’ GOP Health Care Mailing

I love that the Dems are doing this.  It's about time that they grew some balls and started playing by the Repiglickins rules.  I'm simply over the moon that the Repiglickins are whining and bitching about tactics they themselves have used.  What a bunch of pussies.

By Raw Story

A "colorful" chart that also appears to be colorful in the facts department has been blocked from voter's mailboxes by Democrats, a Capital Hill newspaper reports.

Roll Call reports, "Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority's health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate. House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents."

More from Jackie Kucinich's report:
In their eight-point memo, which was obtained by Roll Call, Democrats identify a litany of areas where they believe the chart is incorrect.

For example, Democrats argue that the chart depicts a "Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund" that is "simply a recipient of IRS funds, with no outflow. … This is false."

The chart's illustration of low-income subsidies is also "misleading and false," Democrats argue.

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The dispute over Brady's chart is being reviewed by the franking commission, which must approve any mail before it can be sent. No decision had been made on the matter by press time.

Brady adamantly denied that the chart was misleading and said Democrats are simply threatened by the content of the graphic. "I think their review was laughable," Brady said. "It's … downright false in most of the cases. The chart depicts their health care plan as their committees developed it."

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Bill Gates Urges Use of Stimulus to Improve Schools

By Michael Matza
The Philadelphia Inquirer


Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates yesterday challenged state lawmakers to use federal stimulus funds to revolutionize public education.

"Difficult times can spark great reforms. . . . A crisis can act as a pivot" for innovation, Gates told the 5,500-member National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Philadelphia.

Gates said the $100 billion in economic-recovery funds earmarked for improving education should be used to improve schools for the nation's good and to compete globally.

He urged that states create more schools modeled on the best charter schools; hold teachers accountable for student performance; enforce nationwide standards; spread knowledge through online learning made available for free; and develop better assessment tools to evaluate individual pupils, teachers, and schools.

"The stimulus package contains funding for longitudinal data systems" to track students throughout their school years and into the workplace, he said. "I hope you will use it . . . to leave behind bad habits."

Noting that the United States ranks 10th among industrialized nations in the percentage of students graduating from college, he said, "If that's a leading indicator, I don't like where it is leading.

". . . It's important to remember there is no debate in China, Korea, and in Japan about how to apply standards," he said. "They have strong standards. . . . Our schools need to get better, or our economic positioning relative to others will get worse."...(Remainder.)

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Betsy McCaughey Claims End-of-Life Counseling Will Be Required for Medicare Patients

By PolitiFact
St. Petersburg Times


Republicans have found many reasons to oppose the Democrats' health care proposal, but this is one of the oddest.

Betsy McCaughey, chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and former lieutenant governor of New York state, says the bill goes too far to encourage senior citizens to end their lives.

On the radio show of former Sen. Fred Thompson on July 16, 2009, McCaughey said that, "the Congress would make it mandatory -- absolutely require -- that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner."

She said those sessions would help the elderly learn how to "decline nutrition, how to decline being hydrated, how to go in to hospice care... all to do what's in society's best interest or in your family's best interest and cut your life short."

Her point has caught on with conservative pundits. On his July 21 show, Rush Limbaugh said the following:

"Mandatory counseling for all seniors at a minimum of every five years, more often if the seasoned citizen is sick or in a nursing home... That's an invasion of the right to privacy. We can't have counseling for mothers who are thinking of terminating their pregnancy, but we can go in there and counsel people about to die."

McCaughey is no stranger to the health care debate. In 1994, she wrote a scathing review of the Clinton administration's health care plan in The New Republic, a left-leaning magazine, arguing that the proposal would lead to rationing of treatment and would prevent patients from choosing health insurance. Republicans seized on the key points of "No Exit," forcing the Clinton's to issue a response to the article....(Remainder.)

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Costs and Compassion

By Paul Kurgman
The New York Times


The talking heads on cable TV panned President Obama’s Wednesday press conference. You see, he didn’t offer a lot of folksy anecdotes.

Shame on them. The health care system is in crisis. The fate of America’s middle class hangs in the balance. And there on our TVs was a president with an impressive command of the issues, who truly understands the stakes.

Mr. Obama was especially good when he talked about controlling medical costs. And there’s a crucial lesson there — namely, that when it comes to reforming health care, compassion and cost-effectiveness go hand in hand.

To see what I mean, compare what Mr. Obama has said and done about health care with the statements and actions of his predecessor.

President Bush, you may remember, was notably unconcerned with the plight of the uninsured. “I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he once remarked. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Bush claimed to be against excessive government expenditure. So what did he do to rein in the cost of Medicare, the biggest single item driving federal spending?

Nothing. In fact, the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act drove costs up both by preventing bargaining over drug prices and by locking in subsidies to insurance companies....(Remainder.)

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Inhofe Oil-Shale Attack of Gov. Ritter Uninformed by Colorado River Realities

By David O. Williams
The Colorado Independent


Maybe if the Colorado River flowed through Oklahoma –- a feat geographically challenged Colorado Republicans like Scott McInnis and Bob Schaffer could probably pull off -– then Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., wouldn’t be so hot to develop oil shale.

Inhofe, part of a partisan ambush of Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter Tuesday during his testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, apparently hadn’t read a recent University of Colorado report on the dire condition of the Colorado River if current drought conditions and usage patterns continue.

The new CU study published in the American Geophysical Union journal Water Resources Research found that reservoirs along the 1,450-mile lifeline of the American Southwest could be fully depleted by the middle of the century if current conditions persist (they’re currently at just 59 percent of capacity). Pressure on the river is exacerbated by unprecedented energy production over the past decade.

Inhofe questioned why Ritter was on hand to tout green energy jobs in Colorado when the state is sitting on so much undeveloped oil shale. But numerous studies have indicated full-scale commercial oil shale production could suck the river dry. Even industry officials have acknowledged the thirsty nature of the extraction process, which at minimum will require two to three barrels of water per barrel of oil produced....(Remainder.)

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NOM's Douche of Vile Hate, Maggie Gallagher is at it Again

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The Insane Lying Sack of Dog Mess Attacks Average American for Not Being Able to Afford COBRA

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Where Does The Lying Sack of Dog Mess Get Off Thinking HE Has the Power to Change Flag?

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Roland Martin Puts Lou "Grand Wizard" Dobb is His Place

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Dobbs Thinks He's Being Attack For Wanting "Truth" NOT for Being a Batcrap Crazy Xenophobe

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Lou "Ignorant Racist Ass" Dobbs Attacks "Liberals" For Calling Him Out on His Bigotry

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Lou "Ignorant Racist Ass" Dobbs Continues His Attack on Roland Martin & Obama

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Fox Cameraman Calls Out Beck Guest, Horowitz, Over Gates OJ Reference

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Ed Shultz Slams Lou Dobbs for His Birther "Fringe Psycho Talk"

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Howard Fineman Points Out That Repiglickins Care More About Birth Cert Than Health Care Reform

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Fox News Teaser Asks if Obama's Health Care Plan is "Scarier than Cancer"

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The Moronic Baby Jesus Asks Blogger Mark Stark if He's Ever Seen Obama's Birth Cert

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Professional Bullshit Artist & Traitor, Liddy Says Obama an Illegal Alien

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The Oxy-Moron Needs To Check His Dosage: "God Doesn't Have a Birth Certificate"

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MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Relentlessly Mocks Limbaugh & Liz Cheney Over Birther BS

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The Arrogant Pig-Man Thinks Obama's "Got a Chip on His Shoulder"

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Joe Scarborough Continues to Peddle False $23 Trillion TARP Number

By Media Matters

On July 23, MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough continued to advance the falsehood that the "bailouts" have a price tag of $23 trillion, claiming that he "went and checked" the source of the figure, and the source was "[t]he United States Congress. That's their number." In fact, the source of the figure Scarborough cited, a report by Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Plan (SIGTARP) Neil Barofsky, itself said, "[T]he actual potential for losses is likely to be lower." The SIGTARP report added, "In certain cases, programs included have been canceled or repaid; however, they are still included in this table (SIGTARP's intent is to represent all support programs created)." Moreover, Scarborough had been informed the previous day that the $23 trillion figure is a "meaningless nonsense number."

The SIGTARP report also stated: "[S]ome of the programs have been discontinued or even, in some cases, not utilized. As such, these total potential support figures do not represent a current total, but the sum total of all support programs announced since the onset of the financial crisis in 2007."

Additionally, New York Times reporter Floyd Norris reported that in an interview, Barofsky said:
"We're not suggesting that we're are looking at a potential loss to the government of $23 trillion," he said. "Our goal is to bring transparency, to put things in context."

Asked what he thought the maximum total cost could be, he replied that it was not his job to estimate that, and declined to give a figure.

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David Shuster & Charlie Pierce Slaughter Liz "Demon Spawn" Cheney for Birther BS

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WaPo's Jonathan Capehart Says Birthers Remind Him the Racist '60 Calls "String Him Up!"

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The Rich Right-Wing Hacks Deny There's a Health Care Crisis

By Media Matters

In recent months, conservative hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity -- who each reportedly make more than $20 million per year and presumably have good health care coverage -- have downplayed the struggles of those lacking adequate health care, asserted that "there isn't a health care crisis," or characterized the United States as having "the best health care system in the world."

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh, the highest paid talk radio host in the country, reportedly signed an eight-year, $400 million contract with Clear Channel Communications and its syndication subsidiary, Premiere Radio Networks, in July 2008. According to The New York Times, Limbaugh's "$50 million a year paycheck represents a raise of about $14.4 million a year over his current contract, which was paying him $285 million over eight years and was set to expire in 2009."

On the July 22 broadcast of his radio show, Limbaugh stated: "there isn't global warming and there isn't a health care crisis, but [President] Obama says he's gotta raise taxes and take over the private sector to fix both those things."

On the June 18 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh asserted:
There really isn't a crisis in health care in this country. The crisis in health care that -- if you wanna say, that does exist -- is the fear that a major illness or catastrophe could wipe you out, which isn't gonna change. In fact, the odds of you being wiped out by a catastrophe or accident once the government gets started running this stuff is greater than if the private sector -- but day-to-day, there's no health care crisis in this country. You can get it. So, it isn't about health care, per se. This is just about gaining control, taking money, and controlling people's lives, and wiping out Republicans -- a nice cherry on top.
On the June 16 edition of his show, Limbaugh stated: "The crisis in health care is like the crisis in everything else -- manufactured."...(Remainder.)

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Joan Walsh on Liz "Demon Spawn" Cheney Feeding the Birther Whackos

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Chris Matthews asks Joan Walsh about her article at Salon where she weighed in on Liz Cheney's appearance on Larry King Live, and refused to put some distance between herself and the crazy birthers. Joan reiterated some of what she wrote in her post at Salon:
I wasn't planning to blog so I took notes in real-time, and I can't promise Cheney's quote is verbatim. But she said the same thing twice, so I'm confident I caught her drift. After King showed video of the crazy birther who disrupted a meeting with poor GOP Rep. Mike Castle, demanding he acknowledge Obama was born in Kenya (that's one birther claim); and after Carville denounced them as a "poor, pathetic" fringe group, King gave Cheney a chance to distance herself from them. But Cheney demurred, telling King the Birther movement exists because "People are uncomfortable with a president who is reluctant to defend the nation overseas."

The rarely shocked Carville seemed briefly speechless, and even King, not known to be the most combative interviewer, tried a second time to get an honest reaction from Cheney -- which I read as expecting her to separate herself from the crazies. But Cheney repeated her talking point about Obama inadequately defending the nation overseas. Unbelievable. Carville called her on it, accurately: "She refuses to say, 'This is ludicrous,' because she actually wants to encourage these people to believe this."

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Christo-Fascist Knuckle-Draggers Want Co Change History Lessons in TX Schools

State's education board to consider adding Christianity's role in American history to curriculum.

By Chris McGreal
The Guardian


The Christian right is making a fresh push to force religion onto the school curriculum in Texas with the state's education board about to consider recommendations that children be taught that there would be no United States if it had not been for God.

Members of a panel of experts appointed by the board to revise the state's history curriculum, who include a Christian fundamentalist preacher who says he is fighting a war for America's moral soul, want lessons to emphasise the part played by Christianity in the founding of the US and that religion is a civic virtue.

Opponents have decried the move as an attempt to insert religious teachings in to the classroom by stealth, similar to the Christian right's partially successful attempt to limit the teaching of evolution in biology lessons in Texas.

One of the panel, David Barton, founder of a Christian heritage group called WallBuilders, argues that the curriculum should reflect the fact that the US Constitution was written with God in mind including that "there is a fixed moral law derived from God and nature", that "there is a creator" and "government exists primarily to protect God-given rights to every individual".

Barton says children should be taught that Christianity is the key to "American exceptionalism" because the structure of its democratic system is a recognition that human beings are fallible, and that religion is at the heart of being a virtuous citizen....(Remainder.)

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Mr. Noun, a Verb and 9-11 Giuliani Trying to Scare Americans on Health Care Reform

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Rudy needs a little more work on his be afraid, be very afraid shtick when it comes to health care reform. He obviously hasn't had quite enough time to recite Frank Luntz's talking points memo since he stumbled and stuttered through the interview. Blitzer actually tries calling him out for some of the talking points, but of course like a good little Villager, relents in the end and doesn't really challenge him.
BLITZER: Let's talk about health care reform, a critical issue right now for the country.

Republican Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina, he made news this week when he said this: "If we're able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

He's not backing away from that either.

Do you agree with Senator DeMint?

GIULIANI: Well, I think it's a critical measure for a different reason. I don't see the politics of it as much as I do a tremendous impact that I think could have a destructive impact on the American system as we know it. I doubt that...

BLITZER: Because right now, 40 million or 45 million Americans don't have any health insurance.

GIULIANI: They don't, but about half of them could afford it if it was just more affordable. And what you don't want to do is ruin the system for the whatever million, 90 million, 100 million, 118 million.

BLITZER: Because President Obama keeps saying if you like what you have with the private insurance, if you like your doctor, you can keep exactly that. Nothing is going to change.

GIULIANI: Well, then what are all these commissioners that he's appointing that are going to determine health care outcomes? And the fact that you add 30 million, 40 million people to a government program that's already very large means the government will be the major player in health care. It already is pretty close...

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