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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong For America

Friday, July 31, 2009

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behaviour. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

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Wingnuts Attacks! Fox's Wallace Calls Lou Dobbs is a "Grassy Knoll Nut"

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Scarborough and Smerconish Blast Beck & the Birthers

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Hooker Lovin', Diaper Wearin' Senator, David Vitter, Defends the South from Voinovich

By John Amato
Crooks and Liars


I wonder if the South really appreciates Vitter's defense of them since he's been linked to hookers and diapers. I also have to wonder who had a hand in firebombing the car of Stormy Daniels' political adviser. She's Vitter's opponent for his Senate seat. Mr. Family Values and a regular customer of the D.C. Madam, Sen. David Vitter came out in defense of the south after Sen. Voinovich criticized the Republican Party for being way too Southern-fried.
Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, reignited the debate about the direction of the struggling party when he told a newspaper Monday that the biggest problem for Republicans right now is conservative Southerners, particularly Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

"They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr . . .' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're Southerners,'" said Mr. Voinovich, who is not seeking re-election in 2010. "The party's being taken over by Southerners. What they hell have they got to do with Ohio?"
The hooker-loving Vitter shot back with this:
"I'm on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values," said Mr. Vitter, Louisiana Republican and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "There are a lot of us from the South who hold those values, which I think the party is supposed to be about. We strayed from them in the past few years, and that's why we performed so badly in the national elections."

...Mr. Vitter also criticized Mr. Voinovich for voting last week against a failed amendment sponsored by Mr. Vitter and Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, to expand Americans' ability to carry concealed weapons.

"He's a moderate, really wishy-washy," Mr. Vitter said.
Let's see who has it right---a moderate, or a diaper dandy?...(Original.)

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The Goldberg—O'Reilly Birther Theory: It's an Evil Obama Plot to Make Conservatwits Look Like Nuts

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


Bernie Goldberg has a theory about why there's been a significant controversy over Lou Dobbs' promotion of the "Birther" conspiracy theory: It's all an evil plot by the Obama White House to string the story along indefinitely so as to make his right-wing opposition look like a nuttier bunch than a PayDay bar.
Goldberg: Well, let's get the easy part out of the way first. CNN should not, repeat, not fire Lou Dobbs for talking about this. Lou Dobbs didn't say Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, he said just the opposite! He said he was born in the United States. But then he said he should produce his birth certificate.

Now let's think about this for a second. Why wouldn't President Obama release his birth certificate? He was born in Hawaii, Hawaii last I checked is in the United States, and -- why in the world wouldn't he release his birth certificate?

O'Reilly: Can I answer that question?

Goldberg: Well, let me answer it first. OK? Let me just answer my own question first.

O'Reilly: OK, you answer it, and then I'll have the correct answer.

Goldberg: I have a theory. And the theory is this: That the Chicago Mafia inside the White House want to keep this crazy controversy going. Because the longer it goes, the better the chance that they will conflate the crazy right-wing fringe with regular conservatives and regular Republicans.

O'Reilly: That's not a bad theory. But from dealing with the Obama White House, now, for almost, more than a year, I will tell you they are, uh, as every White House I've ever experienced, they're arrogant, they're arrogant. And they're saying to themselves, 'We're not gonna let Lou Dobbs tell us what to do. We're not gonna let these cranks on talk radio tell us what to do. They want the birth certificate released? Tough. We're not going to do it, because we have the power, and we don't like that.' That's what it's all about -- it's a 'Ha ha, we're not gonna do what you say.'
Interesting theories, gentlemen. Unfortunately, they both tend to run aground on a simple fact: Obama actually released his birth certificate in June 2008. It reads, "Certification of Live Birth."...(Remainder.)

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Colbert Destroys Beck: "A Deep Seeded Hatred of Logic"

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Jon Stewart Slaughters Right-Wing Talking Heads

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Screeching Insane Howler Monkey Malkin, Continues Lying About Health Care Reform & the Elderly

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Four Lesbians in Rhode Island Arrested for Assault on Anti-Gay Sash-Wearin' Catholics

By Joe
Joe.My.God


Rhode Island police have arrested three young women and a female minor for assaulting a group of anti-gay Catholic activists who were protesting same-sex marriage. Red-sashed members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property were waving anti-gay signs at a Warwick intersection when the women stopped to confront them.
The salsa and eggs stopped flying, but the police continued to investigate. Now four young women face charges of assault and disorderly conduct. They're accused of hurling food and drinks and spraying pepper spray at a group of men who stood in the median on Bald Hill Road and East Avenue Tuesday afternoon carrying signs supporting traditional marriage, Capt. Robert Nelson said Thursday morning. The men all gave the police an address in Spring Grove, Penn. -- 1358 Jefferson Rd. -- that's the location for the Foundation for a Christian Civilization Inc., a group that's in the midst of a caravan along the East Coast. The group states on its Web site that they make themselves "visible to motorists by engaging them to support traditional marriage." [snip]

Thursday evening, the police arrested four women: Melissa Migliaccio, 22, of 506 Phenix Ave. in Cranston; Amanda L. Zangrilli, 23, of 54 Curson St., No. 4, in West Warwick; Kristen A. Scungio, 19, also of the Curson Street address; and a 17-year-old female from Pontiac Street in Warwick, whom the police have not named because she is a juvenile. All are charged with at least one charge of battery or simple assault, and with disorderly conduct. The 17-year-old faces a more serious charge as well -- felony assault with a dangerous weapon or substance, according to the police.

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Glenn Beck has Meltdown Over Protecting Turtles & Otters that Don't Carry Guns

By Katherine Goldstein
The Huffington Post


It's a challenge to keep being surprised by what Glenn Beck says, but this video is truly amazing. Beck declares that funds to protect turtles and otters would only be worthy if they carried guns to protect The United States, and proceeds to start screaming about whether there's a powerful turtle and otter lobby.




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Udall Grills Army Sec. Nominee on Ft. Carson Killings, Piñon Canyon

By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Independent


The nominee to become secretary of the Army promised Colorado Sen. Mark Udall on Thursday he would read a two-part series published this week by the Colorado Springs Gazette examining a string of killings committed by soldiers from a Fort Carson unit. U.S. Rep. John McHugh, a New York Republican, said he had only learned about the articles yesterday, so he didn’t directly address questions raised by senators about the Gazette’s disturbing revelations during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Calling the lengthy stories by Gazette reporter Dave Philipps “sobering,” “concerning” and “horrifying,” Udall urged McHugh to read them and take them into account to determine “how do we take care of our soldiers when they return from theater.”

McHugh pointed to a handful of pilot projects under way at military bases — not including Fort Carson — where soldiers with alcohol and drug-abuse problems are encouraged to “self-identify, come in and receive assistance” without their commanders having to be notified.

A recently released Army study found substance abuse figured heavily in the “negative outcomes” among soldiers in the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Brigade Combat Team. The report (viewable here as a PDF) also fingered intense warfare, a stigma in the military against seeking help and failures in mental-health treatment for soldiers before concluding more study was necessary.

Turning his questioning to the Army’s contentious expansion plans for the Piñon Canyon training site, Udall asked McHugh whether the Army would commit to “only [proceeding] on the basis of willing sellers and not using eminent domain.”...(Remainder.)

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Civil Rights Expert: ‘Birthers’ Only ‘Racists or Extreme Right-Wingers’

By Agence France-Presse
The Raw Story


A small group of fringe conservatives, many fundamentally opposed to the notion of an African-American as president, are challenging President Barack Obama's eligibility for the US presidency.

On blogs and even before US courts, the so-called "Birthers" are using the Constitution, with its stipulation that presidents be US natural born citizens, to argue Obama should not be in the White House.

Despite proof that Obama was born in the US state of Hawaii, including a birth certificate affirming that fact, rumors continue to spread, fueled by a group that critics say includes right-wing militants, racists and Holocaust deniers.

"These are people who are fundamentally either racist or extreme right-wingers. That's where the whole movement is coming from," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which studies extremist groups.

The movement is composed of "people who very much do not want Barack Obama to be president, largely because he is black, certainly because he is liberal," he added.

On sites like WorldNetDaily.com, where a petition questioning Obama's place of birth has attracted more than 400,000 electronic "signatories," the so-called Birthers are daily raising "new doubts about the story of Obama's birth."...(Remainder.)

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Health Choices Commissioner DOES NOT Decide Your Health Benefits

By PolitiFact
St. Petersburg Times


It may be the longest chain e-mail we've ever received. A page-by-page analysis of the House health care bill argues that reform will end the health care system as we know it: "Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! ... Page 42: The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None. ... Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."

Most of the e-mail's claims are wrong, and you can read our extended analysis to find out why.

One of the claims that is just plain wrong says this: "Page 42: The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None."

To explain this one, we will start with an explanation of the overall bill, which was unveiled July 14, 2009. The bill envisions that everyone will be required to have health insurance. People who get health insurance through work satisfy this requirement right off the bat.

People who don't get insurance through work or another group will go to the health care exchange; it's designed to help people who have to go off on their own to buy health insurance, and for small businesses with few employees. The reason for the exchange is that the government wants to regulate insurers to make sure that health plans clearly explain what they offer, can't refuse people for pre-existing conditions, and must offer basic levels of service.

"This is designed to protect consumers from plans that have outrageous cost-sharing or really limited benefits," said Jennifer Tolbert, an independent health care analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan foundation that studies health care reform.

Tolbert has read and analyzed all the major health proposals, including those of the Republicans, and the foundation provides point-by-point analyses of the plans on its Web site.

The exchange is meant to ensure that people are "actually getting coverage and not a junk policy," Tolbert added....(Remainder.)

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Health Care Exchange is Government's Way of Regulating Insurers

By PolitiFact
St. Peterburg Times


It may be the longest chain e-mail we've ever received. A page-by-page analysis of the House health care bill argues that reform will end the health care system as we know it: "Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! ... Page 42: The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. ... Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."

Most of the e-mail's claims are wrong, and you can read our extended analysis to find out why.

But one of the claims is actually true: "All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange."

To explain this one, we will start with an explanation of the overall bill, which was unveiled July 14, 2009. The bill envisions that everyone will be required to have health insurance. People who get health insurance through work satisfy this requirement right off the bat.

People who don't get insurance through work or other groups will go to the health care exchange; it's designed to help people who have to go off on their own to buy health insurance, and for small businesses with few employees. The reason for the exchange is that the government wants to regulate  insurers to make sure that health plans clearly explain what they offer, can't refuse people for pre-existing conditions, and must offer basic levels of service.

"This is designed to protect consumers from plans that have outrageous cost-sharing or really limited benefits," said Jennifer Tolbert, an independent health care analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan foundation that studies health care reform.

Tolbert has read and analyzed all the major health proposals, including those of the Republicans, and the foundation provides point-by-point analyses of the plans on its Web site.

The exchange is meant to ensure that people are "actually getting coverage and not a junk policy," Tolbert added.

We should note that the e-mail says this rule is listed on page 72 of the health care bill. We found that the requirement that insurance companies must conform is also presented much earlier in the bill. We spotted an earlier reference on page 15, Section 101....(Remainder.)

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Who Lost the Earth?

By Sen. John Kerry
The Huffington Post


When Richard Nixon first visited China back in 1972, his journey seemed far longer than the seven thousand miles that actually separate Washington from Beijing. He was bridging the gap between two worlds separated for a generation.

President Nixon understood that such a moment demanded a dramatic signal to drive home a new diplomatic reality. To do that, he chose a simple gesture, but one laden with meaning. Zhou Enlai, China's premier, had nursed a grudge ever since Secretary of State John Foster Dulles refused to shake his hand back in 1954. And so, when Nixon walked out onto the tarmac in Beijing, he took several steps toward Zhou with his hand obviously, unmistakably outstretched. The message was clear -- and powerful -- and it marked a watershed in US China relations.

Our two nations have just met again at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the most important forum in our bilateral relationship. Only this time, it's not just our geopolitics that are changing -- but the earth itself. Global climate change poses a real and present danger of environmental destruction and human dislocation on a scale we've never seen.

America and China must change the world again. But this time a handshake alone won't get the job done: nothing less than a complete and collaborative transformation of the global energy economy will be enough.

Between our peoples, especially on the subject of climate change, there is still mistrust and misunderstanding: too many Americans are convinced that China won't lift a finger to fight climate change, or that China will hurt us economically if we do. Similarly, too many in China fear that the United States is merely attempting to smother China's economic rise. And too many in the world believe that neither country will take credible and necessary action....(Remainder.)

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Army Colonel: U.S. Should Leave Iraq, ASAP



By David Axe
Danger Room @ Wired.com


The U.S. military should withdraw combat forces from Iraq by August 2010, according to one colonel’s internal memo, penned in July and obtained by The Washington Independent and The New York Times. “As the old saying goes, ‘Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days,’” wrote Col. Timothy R. Reese, an adviser to Iraqi forces in Baghdad. “Since the signing of the 2009 Security Agreement, we are guests in Iraq, and after six years in Iraq, we now smell bad to the Iraqi nose.”

Staying until the current December 2011 withdrawal date will endanger U.S. troops, Reese argued. He cited the Iraqi army’s “sudden coolness” to American advisers and the recent “forcible takeover” of a U.S. checkpoint, the Times said. A major violent clash between U.S. and Iraqi forces “would force an unplanned early departure that would harm our long term interests in Iraq and potentially unraveling the great good that has been done since 2003,” Reese wrote.

Besides, he added, the Iraqis are ready to defend themselves. “Today the Iraqi Security Forces … are good enough to keep the Government of Iraq … from being overthrown.” As for the Iraqi government, “the general lack of progress in essential services and good governance is now so broad that it ought to be clear that we no longer are moving the Iraqis ‘forward.’” Keeping American soldiers around longer won’t improve Baghdad’s bad habits.

As Spencer Ackerman notes, “Reese is known in the Army as a historian as well an armor officer. In 2008, he and a colleague published a well-regarded study of the Army’s experiences in Iraq following the fall of Baghdad until January 2005, titled ‘On Point II.’”...(Remainder.)

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Emails Reveal Rove Misleading About Role in Attorney Firings

By Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story


According to documents and e-mails reviewed by The Washington Post, Karl Rove played a more integral role than previously known in the firing of U.S. Attorneys that lead up to the U.S. Attorneys scandal.

“The e-mails emerged as Rove finished his second day of closed-door-testimony Thursday about the firings to the House Judiciary Committee,” the paper reported. “For years, Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers had rejected efforts by lawmakers to obtain their testimony and their correspondence about the issue, citing executive privilege. The House of Representatives sued, igniting a court fight that was resolved this year after discussions among lawyers for former president George W. Bush and President Obama.”

The Post continues:
Responding to questions about another little-understood event, Rove told reporters in the interview this month that he had not seen a letter that Justice Department officials prepared and sent to the Senate on Feb. 23, 2007. The letter stated that “the department is not aware of Karl Rove playing any role in the decision to appoint [protege] Mr. Griffin” to a top job in Little Rock.

The Justice Department later retracted the statement, which the inspector general concluded was “misleading.” In the interview, Rove said that he had “nothing” to do with the letter. “I’m not even sure I was still there at that point.” Rove did not leave the White House for six more months, in late August 2007.

But internal White House correspondence dating to two years earlier suggests that job prospects for Timothy Griffin, who had worked for Rove in the administration, were a hot topic of conversation. In a Feb. 11, 2005, e-mail, Rove wrote to deputy Sara Taylor: “Give him options. Keep pushing for Justice and let him decide. I want him on the team.”Then White House counsel Miers e-mailed Taylor a month later, writing, “Sara, Karl asked me to forward you a list of locations where we may consider replacing the USAs…”
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No Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrants in Health Bill

By PolitiFact
St. Petersburg Times


It may be the longest chain e-mail we've ever received. A page-by-page analysis of the House health care bill argues that reform will end the health care system as we know it: "Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! ... Page 42: The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. ... Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."

Most of the e-mail's claims are wrong, and you can read our extended analysis to find out why.

One of its most bizarre claims is the one about free health care for non-citizens, "illegal or not."

We read the bill and its legislative summary, and could find nothing about free health care for anyone, much less non-citizens.

To confirm our examination, we turned to Jennifer Tolbert, an independent health care analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan foundation that studies health care reform. Tolbert has read and analyzed all the major health proposals, including those of the Republicans, and the foundation provides point-by-point analyses of the plans on its Web site.

"No one's provided with free health care. That's ridiculous," she said.

Page 50, which the e-mail references, is part of Section 152, which includes a generic non-discrimination clause saying that insurers may not discriminate with regard to "personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services."

The section says nothing about "non-US citizens" or immigrants, legal or otherwise. In fact, the legislation specifically states that "undocumented aliens" will not be eligible for credits to help them buy health insurance, in Section 246 on page 143....(Remainder.)

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CEOs Charged for Lunch at the White House

By Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story


In what's said to be a rather sudden change of protocol, a group of business leaders who arrived at the White House for lunch today had to pull out their credit cards and pay for their meals, according to a published report.

From Politico:
Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office.

But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive, and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.

The White House defended the unusual move as a way to avoid conflicts of interest. But the Bush administration didn’t charge presidential guests for meals, one former official said, and at least one etiquette expert found the whole thing unseemly – suggesting it was a serious breach of protocol.
The so-called breach of protocol was not without a critic.

Letitia Baldrige, who directed Jacqueline Kennedy's White House staff, opined to Politico, "We've got to relax about this. To have people to the White House and worry about the price of things is laughable."...(Remainder.)

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Health Care Realities

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times


At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare is already a government program — but the voter, Mr. Inglis said, “wasn’t having any of it.”

It’s a funny story — but it illustrates the extent to which health reform must climb a wall of misinformation. It’s not just that many Americans don’t understand what President Obama is proposing; many people don’t understand the way American health care works right now. They don’t understand, in particular, that getting the government involved in health care wouldn’t be a radical step: the government is already deeply involved, even in private insurance.

And that government involvement is the only reason our system works at all.

The key thing you need to know about health care is that it depends crucially on insurance. You don’t know when or whether you’ll need treatment — but if you do, treatment can be extremely expensive, well beyond what most people can pay out of pocket. Triple coronary bypasses, not routine doctor’s visits, are where the real money is, so insurance is essential....(Remainder.)

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Quakers 'to Allow Gay Marriage'

One of the UK's oldest Christian denominations - the Quakers - looks set to extend marriage services to same-sex couples at their yearly meeting later.

By BBC News
Photo: Getty Images

The church has already held religious blessings for same-sex couples who have had a civil partnership ceremony.

But agreeing to perform gay marriages, which are currently not allowed under civil law, could bring the Quakers into conflict with the government.

The issue of active homosexuality has bitterly divided other churches.

But the BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said the Quakers had been more prepared than other churches to reinterpret the Bible in the light of contemporary life.

Religious commitment

The Quakers - also known as The Religious Society of Friends - are likely to reach consensus on the issue of gay marriage without a vote at their annual gathering in York on Friday.

They will also formally ask the government to change the law to allow gay people to marry.

Quaker registrars, like rabbis and Church of England priests, have the authority to marry heterosexual couples on behalf of the state....(Remainder.)

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MSNBC Probes the Rise of Right-Wing Racism

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White Supremacist Pig, Limbaugh, Calls Walsh "The Magic Honky"

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Chris Matthews Says Lying Sack of Dog Mess & The Pig-Man are in a Race to be the Most Racist

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Fucktard O'Reilly Says Palin Did the Job She Was Elected to Do. Really? Quitting is the Job?

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Richard Wolff Used Lou Dobbs Insanity as a Punch Line to Mock GOP Rep.

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Stupid Fuck Karl Rove, Continues to Advance $1T Bullshit Price Tag for Health Reform

By Media Matters

Karl Rove advanced the falsehood that the House health care reform bill would add $1 trillion to the federal deficit. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has found that the House tri-committee bill "would result in a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010-2019 period," not $1 trillion.

From the July 29 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
ROVE: Yeah, well, look, remember, we had four Blue Dog Democrats say we've cut a deal on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and three Blue Dog Democrats had said we're not part of it. In fact, the leader of the Blue Dogs this afternoon said we have not -- we have not signed on to this deal.

And think about it. They're planning on a 1 trillion, 420 billion -- 420 million dollar price tag of additional spending over the next 10 years, and what they've done is, today, supposedly -- we haven't seen the details -- but they've trimmed that by 10 percent. So we're only going to beggar ourselves by $900 billion over the next decade and that's assuming they get all of the tax increases and all of the Medicare cuts that are built into this.

There are 500 and some-odd billion dollars' worth of tax increases in the House plan, and there are 400 billion dollars' worth of Medicare cuts in there, and I don't think they're likely to get either one of those.

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FoxNews.com Opinion: "Obama's to Blame for the Birther Movement"

By Media Matters

In a July 29 opinion piece posted on FoxNews.com, Tommy De Seno writes that "since no one has shown any proof [Obama] was born in Kenya or elsewhere, it's OK to conclude he was born in Hawaii" but the "Birther movement is Obama's fault for not releasing the records.  I hope the Birthers continue to bite his ankles until he releases the records. He deserves nothing less."

De Seno casts doubt on the birth certificate Obama posted online and speculates on Obama being born in Kenya:
Two birth announcements from Hawaiian local papers show Obama's birth.  The Birthers have a couple of good arguments about them.  First, Hawaii is where Obama's grandparents lived and it's not unusual for grandparents to announce a birth to their friends, even if the grandson lives elsewhere. Also, if Obama's parents lived in Hawaii then moved to Kenya when they birthed him, it wouldn't be unusual to announce the birth in the old neighborhood for friends to see.

The newspaper announcements cut against the Birthers, but they are hearsay documents and don't answer the citizen question any more than his grammar school records prove he is a Muslim. The original Birth Certificate will end it all.
PolitiFact.com of speculation about the legitimacy of Obama's birth notices:
But here's the thing. Newspaper officials he checked with confirmed those notices came from the state Department of Health.

"That's not the kind of stuff a family member calls in and says, 'Hey, can you put this in?'" [Honolulu Advertiser reporter Will] Hoover explained.

Take a second and think about that. In order to phony those notices up, it would have required the complicity of the state Health Department and two independent newspapers - on the off chance this unnamed child might want to one day be president of the United States.



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On Fox & Friends, Health Care Reform = Socialism

By Media Matters


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Anti-Dem PAC Uses Fox News' Promotion of its "Tea Party Express" to Fundraise

By Media Matters

From a July 29 email sent from the Our Country Deserves Better PAC:



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Summer of Denial: An Egyptian River Runs Through Washington

By Saul Landau
CounterPunch


During mid July, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s qualifications for the Supreme Court.  The Solon’s oratory focused on themes of some fictional world, not one threatened by global warming and diving economies. Scientists regularly predict dire consequences if current production and consumption practices continue, but southern Republicans emphasized the country’s “fundamental” issues: the rights to own guns and numchuks, plus the sins of abortion, affirmative action and liberal-activist judges who allow “foreign law” to stain our judicial system.

Simultaneously, news of record June foreclosures and higher unemployment competed with stories of three self-righteous, high-level, elected Christians who practiced the very sins against which they had preached.

Why was this news -- again? Marital infidelity -- the usual sexual hanky panky -- led reporters to “discover” dozens of Members of both Houses belonged to or lived inside a “Christian” cult house on Capitol Hill. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, Nevada Senator John Ensign and former Mississippi Congressman Chip Pickering partook of the spiritual guidance of fellow legislative residents and dramatic preachers at this religious prayer center. The emerging details should cause the public to question the sanity – or inanity – of part of its governing class.

The sexual sinners fell from their self-constructed state of grace into the garbage or gossip pile. Their actions and words symbolized the banality of politics in the era of imperial denial.  They dallied with “other” women; then engaged in burlesque cover ups of their indiscretions. Having given hypocrisy a bad name – again -- the sinners then implicated The Fellowship, the secret sect that housed these A-type religious narcissists....(Remainder.)

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Fox's Gregg Jarrett's Whacked-Out Lies: DOJ Think OK to Intimidate White Voters

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Fox Spokes-Bimbo, Carlson, Says "They Should be Drinking American Beer" at White House

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On WGN, CNN's Roland Martin Calls Glenn Beck "the P.T. Barnum of Television."

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All Aboard the Recovery Express

By Ed Stein
Ed Stein Ink



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