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Right-Wing Mouth-Breathing Media Pushing Tin-Foil Hat Theory Obama Recruiting for Internment Camps

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Guests on Beck's Fucking Insane Show Are Flabbergasted At His Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

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Lying Piece of Shit, Beck, Claims Obama Doesn't Want Protestors to "Do A Lot of Talking"

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The Right-Wing Bull-Shit Factory Continues to Claim Pelosi Called Protestors Nazi

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President Obama Weekly Address: Necessary Reform, Absurd Attacks

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President Obama: July Unemployment Figures

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President Obama: Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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NH Teabagger on illegal immigrants: 'Send them home with a bullet in the head'

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


Check out this video, via Peter Daou, of one of the protesters outside the Obama town-hall meeting in New Hampshire:
Protester: [Unintelligible] illegals ... we send on the first bus one way back to wherever they came from. We don't need illegals.

Send 'em home on a bus, send 'em home with a bullet in the head the second time.
Nothing like a little eliminationism with your tea, is there?

Then he adds:
Read what Jefferson said about the Tree of Liberty -- it’s coming baby.
As Daou notes: Jefferson said "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

Indeed, Tim McVeigh was arrested wearing a T-shirt with that very quotation.

Yep, just another "Patriot" fomenting civil war....(Remainder.)

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The Death Panel

By John Sherffius
Boulder Daily Camera



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Fucktard O'Reilly Says to Lying Sack of Insane Shit: "I'm Not a Fearmonger Like You"

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At Last, a Republican Takes on Palin Over Health Care Lies

By Lisa Demer
Anchorage Daily News


 U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday told an Anchorage crowd that critics of health care reform, the summer's hottest political topic, aren't helping the debate by throwing out highly charged assertions not based in fact.

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels," Murkowski, a Republican, said. "Quite honestly, I'm so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."

Murkowski's analysis of the health-care reform measures was delivered to a Commonwealth North crowd of about 130 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. The nonpartisan group focuses on public policy issues.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin stirred up controversy last week by suggesting on her Facebook page that people like her parents and Down syndrome son might have to appear before "Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

Experts who have reviewed the various pieces of legislation, which run for hundreds of pages, say there's no such provision.

Murkowski said it's essential the nation's health care system be reformed to improve access to care, boost existing cash-strapped programs such as veterans' health care and control escalating costs....(Remainder.)

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President Obama Slams Right-Wing Media for "Enemies List" Nonsense

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Red-Baiting and Racism

By Tim Wise
CounterPunch


Throughout the first six months of his administration, President Obama--perhaps one of the most politically cautious leaders in contemporary history--has been routinely portrayed as a radical by his opponents on the far-right. In particular, persons who have apparently never actually studied Marxism (or if they did, managed to somehow find therein support for such things as bailing out banks and elite corporations) contend that Obama is indeed a socialist. Reducing all government action other than war-making to part of a larger socialist conspiracy, the right contends that health care reform is socialist, capping greenhouse gas emissions is socialist, even providing incentives for driving fuel efficient cars is socialist. That the right insists upon Obama's radical-left credentials, even as they push an Obama=Hitler meme (something they apparently think is fair, since, after all the Nazis were National Socialists, albeit the kind who routinely murdered the genuine article) only speaks to the special brand of crazy currently in vogue among the nation's reactionary forces.

As real socialists laugh at these clumsily made broadsides, and as scholars of actual socialist theory try and explain the absurdity of the analogies being drawn by conservative commentators, a key point seems to have been missed, and it is this point that best explains what the red-baiting is actually about.

It is not, and please make note of it, about socialism. Or capitalism. Or economics at all, per se. After all, President Bush was among the most profligate government spenders in recent memory, yet few ever referred to him in terms as derisive as those being hurled at Obama. Even when President Clinton proposed health care reform, those who opposed his efforts, though vociferous in their critique, rarely trotted out the dreaded s-word as part of their arsenal. They prattled on about "big government," yes, but not socialism as such. Likewise, when Ronald Reagan helped craft the huge FICA tax hike in 1983, in a bipartisan attempt to save Social Security, few stalwart conservatives thought to call America's cowboy-in-chief a closet communist. And many of the loudest voices at the recent town hall meetings--so many of which have been commandeered by angry minions ginned up by talk radio--are elderly folk whose own health care is government-provided, and whose first homes were purchased several decades ago with FHA and VA loans, underwritten by the government, for that matter. Many of them no doubt reaped the benefits of the GI Bill, either directly or indirectly through their own parents....(Remainder.)

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The Savage Weiner Lies to His Brain Cell Deficient Audience About Non-Existent Interment Camps

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Right Beneath the Surface

What opponents of gay marriage and health care reform have in common.

By Ed Kilgore
The New Republic
Photo: Getty Images

The conservative attacks on health care reform and Barack Obama's economic plan seem to have reached a fever pitch this week. Their obsession with the topics has been matched only by the inanity of most of their critiques. Why are the conservative talking points on these issues grounded in such weak arguments? Is there something else at play here?

This reaction seemed strangely familiar as I read Matthew Yglesias's recent post about the Christian Right's obsession with gay marriage. As a matter of course, your average Christian Right crusader against gay marriage acts as though the issue vitally affects non-gay people: It cheapens "real" marriage and threatens the "traditional family," they argue. Others claim that it enshrines relativistic morals and violates the religious rights of Christians. What unites most of these arguments is that they claim not to be about denying gay people their rights, but protecting non-gay people.

None of these arguments are particularly strong. And not coincidentally, if you spend much time around regular conservative folk (rather than pundits or spokesmen) who oppose gay marriage, they won't be making them. Rather, you hear various forms of personal and Biblical condemnation of homosexuality, usually combined with outrage that these people demand legal protection for their unsavory behavior. You don't hear this in public in part because dehumanizing gay people isn't as generally acceptable as it used to be. But it's still there, under the surface, and may be one of the reasons why critics of gay marriage keep fighting against gay marriage despite the ludicrous nature of their public arguments....(Remainder.)

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David Shuster Debunks Right-Wing Media's BS Claims Pelosi Called Protestors Un-American

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Blackwater Chief is a Super Villan: Ex-Employees



By David Axe
Danger Room @ Wired.com
Photo:  Navy Times

Blackwater — I mean, “Xe” — is back in the news, more than six months after the mercenary firm was kicked out of Iraq by the Iraqi government for using “excessive force.” Baghdad gave Blackwater the boot for the company’s apparent role in the killings of 17 civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007. In that incident, Blackwater guards reportedly opened fire on a crowd after coming under attack.

According to affidavits filed in federal court on Monday, the company’s founder Erik Prince and his staff were engaged in a fantastic litany of crimes, almost too fantastic to be believed. At the top of the list: Prince and his proteges “murdered, or had murdered, one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information, to the federal authorities” regarding the Nisoor Square killings. The affidavits, part of a civil lawsuit stemming from Blackwater’s alleged abuses in Iraq, were signed by “John Doe #1″ and “John Doe #2,” both of whom claim to be current or former Blackwater employees. John Doe #2 wrote that he “fear[s] violence against me in retaliation for submitting this declaration.”

The affidavits also allege that Blackwater illegally smuggled weapons into Iraq, sometimes in bags of dog food — an allegation we’ve heard before. More broadly, “Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. … Going to Iraq to shoot and kill Iraqis was viewed as a sport or game,” according to the statements.  The Nation broke the story of the new accusations, calling them “devastating.” Blackwater had re-branded itself as “Xe” earlier this year, in a bid to shed its bad image....(Remainder.)

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Fat Pathetic Pig Dick Morris Wants the Mouth-Breathers to Act Up at Town Halls

By Ellen
News Hounds


Another night of Hannity, another program full of divisiveness and demonization rather than a real discussion of health care reform. Last night (8/10/09), in concert with Republican and conservative organizations' efforts to disrupt town halls (which Fox News doesn’t have the honesty to own up to, yet never denies), Fox News contributor Dick Morris urged viewers not to be "nice and polite" and to "terrorize" Blue Dog Democrats. With video.

The segment with Morris started with the predictable distortion by Sean Hannity accusing Nancy Pelosi of saying that town hall protesters are “un-American,” even though he had just read the actual quote in which Pelosi and Steny Hoyer had said, “These DISRUPTIONS… drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

Hannity whined that Democrats “compared us to Nazis, they’ve called us brown shirts, crazed mobsters.” Quick, somebody call a whambulance for Hannity’s delicate widdle feewings. I guess that means he’ll no longer be accusing Democrats of undermining the troops and emboldening the enemies when they speak out against Republicans; that he’ll be telling Ann Coulter during her next appearance (assuming she’s not in jail for voter fraud) to tone it down when she accuses liberals of hating marriage and the nuclear family; and I’m sure he’ll be challenging Mark Levin the next time he suggests President Obama likes terrorists better than conservatives.

“All in an effort to shut down dissent,” Hannity smeared. “The president, himself, wants everyone to shut up,” Hannity dubiously claimed. I guess that’s why AP reported earlier in the day, "We are having a vigorous debate in the United States, and I think that's a healthy thing," (Obama) said, repeating that thought three times.”

Morris picked up the ball by adding his own dubious claim that health care reform would cut Medicare, that it’s “a dagger aimed at the heart of the elderly.” It’s a charge disputed by the National Economic Council. Yet no rebuttal was provided....(Remainder.)

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Is Obama Punking Us?

By Frank Rich
The New York Times


“AUGUST is a challenging time to be president,” said Andrew Card, the former Bush White House chief of staff, as he offered unsolicited advice to his successors in a television interview last week. “I think you have to expect the unexpected.”

He should know. Thursday was the eighth anniversary of “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” the President’s Daily Brief that his boss ignored while on vacation in Crawford. Aug. 29 marks the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s strike on the Louisiana coast, which his boss also ignored while on vacation in Crawford.

So do have a blast in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama.

Even as we wait for some unexpected disaster to strike, Beltway omens for the current White House are grim. Obama’s poll numbers are approaching free fall, we are told. If he fails on health care, he’s toast. Indeed, many of the bloviators who spot a fatal swoon in the Obama presidency are the same doomsayers who in August 2008 were predicting his Election Day defeat because he couldn’t “close the deal” and clear the 50 percent mark in matchups with John McCain.

Here are two not very daring predictions: Obama will get some kind of health care reform done come fall. His poll numbers will not crater any time soon....(Remainder.)

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Officials See Rise In Militia Groups Across US

By Eileen Sullivan
Associated Press via The Huffington Post


WASHINGTON — Militia groups with gripes against the government are regrouping across the country and could grow rapidly, according to an organization that tracks such trends.

The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the public debate about illegal immigration.

Bart McEntire, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told SPLC researchers that this is the most growth he's seen in more than a decade.

"All it's lacking is a spark," McEntire said in the report.

It's reminiscent of what was seen in the 1990s – right-wing militias, people ideologically against paying taxes and so-called "sovereign citizens" are popping up in large numbers, according to the report to be released Wednesday. The SPLC is a nonprofit civil rights group that, among other activities, investigates hate groups.

Last October, someone from the Ohio Militia posted a recruiting video on YouTube, billed as a "wake-up call" for America. It's been viewed more than 60,000 times.

"Things are bad, things are real bad, and it's going to be a lot worse," said the man on the video, who did not give his name. "Our country is in peril."

The man is holding an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, and he encourages viewers to buy one....(Remainder.)

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As Fox News Goes Up, the GOP Goes Down

By Mark
News Corpse


Last month I published an article on how Fox News Is Killing The Republican Party. It explored in detail how the embrace of of lunatics and their demented ravings, along with a misunderstanding of the television marketplace, was literally dragging the Republican Party down to some its lowest historical depths:
“The more the population at large associates Republican ideology with the agenda of Fox News, and the fringe operators residing there, the more the party will be perceived as out of touch, or even out of their minds.”
Now Gawker has affirmed my analysis with a chart showing the divergent prospects of Fox News and the Republican Party. I took the liberty of modifying their chart to spotlight the period following last November’s election (amongst other things, like the demise of the GOP logo)....(Remainder.)

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Lying Piece of Shit Rove: 'I Played No Role' in Firing of US Attorneys

By Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story


Reacting to the House Judiciary Committee's release of over 5,400 pages of White House and Republican National Committee e-mails on Tuesday, former Bush political strategist Karl Rove had this to say:
I welcome the release of my House Judiciary Committee interviews and accompanying documents.  They show politics played no role in the Bush Administration’s removal of U.S. Attorneys, that I never sought to influence the conduct of any prosecution, and that I played no role in deciding which US attorneys were retained and which replaced.   

The transcript’s release follows two years of false accusations and partisan innuendoes made by Governor Siegelman and Judiciary Committee Democrats. These have proved utterly groundless.   

Rather than relying on partisans selectively quoting testimony or excerpting email messages, I urge anyone interested to review the documents in their entirety.  They speak for themselves.
In an effort to provide an earliest glance at the documents’ contents, RAW STORY has reprinted highlights from a release issued by the Committee Tuesday afternoon....(Remainder.)

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Former Gov. of Wingnutia & Raving Lunatic Bitch, Sarah Palin, Falsely Claims Obama Runs a 'Death Panel'

By PolitiFact
The St. Petersburgh Times


Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, urged her supporters to oppose Democratic plans for health care reform on her Facebook page.

"As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!" wrote Palin in a note posted Aug. 7, 2009.

She said that the Democrats plan to reduce health care costs by simply refusing to pay for care.

"And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

We agree with Palin that such a system would be evil. But it's definitely not what President Barack Obama or any other Democrat has proposed.

We have read all 1,000-plus pages of the Democratic bill and examined versions in various committees. There is no panel in any version of the health care bills in Congress that judges a person's "level of productivity in society" to determine whether they are "worthy" of health care.

Palin's claim sounds a little like another statement making the rounds, which says that health care reform would mandate counseling for seniors on how to end their lives sooner. We rated this claim Pants on Fire! The truth is that the health bill allows Medicare, for the first time, to pay for doctors' appointments for patients to discuss living wills and other end-of-life issues with their physicians. These types of appointments are completely optional, and AARP supports the measure....(Remainder.)

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What Really Happens When You Demand the President Produce His Birth Certificate?



By John H. Richardson
Esquire


Suddenly it's in the air, crackling like heat lightning on a summer day. Maybe it's the big one — the punishment at last, the prophecy fulfilled, the final battle, the covenant broken, all the sermons and scary movies coming true. The years of war and terror have entered America's bones, the economic crash a confirmation, and a decade of increasing polarization a trigger for the most outrageous thoughts, suddenly speakable:

On the left, it's Naomi Wolf calling President Bush a fascist bent on setting up a "gulag," Amiri Baraka asking "who told 4,000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers to stay home," Katha Pollit writing the American flag "stands for jingoism and vengeance and war."

On the right, it's Rush Limbaugh joking that we shouldn't kill all the liberals because we need a few to remind us what they stand for, Ann Coulter saying her only regret was that Timothy McVeigh didn't bomb the New York Times building, Sarah Palin accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists."

Then there's Orly Taitz, queen of the "birthers," who brings outrageous thinking to a whole new level. This was her at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in Kentucky, which I touched on here last week, well before the town-hall tirades took over the airwaves. This was her four months ago, shouting over the gunfire in a thin, shrill voice:

"I am extremely concerned about Obama specifically because I was born in Soviet Union, so I can tell that he is extremely dangerous. I believe he is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam: He was born and raised in radical Islam, all of his associations are with radical Islam, and he was groomed in the environment of the dirty Chicago mafia. Can there be anything scarier than that?"...(Remainder.)

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Counting on Trouble

Your guide to the 2010 Census, the next political battle that'll drive conservatives batty.

By Seyward Darby
The New Republic


In theory, the Census is a straightforward, if onerous, task: Every ten years, count everybody. In reality, it's rife with logistical snags and subject to partisan wrangling--and, with just eight months to go before the Big Count, you can already sense how nasty this is going to get. The first major volley was launched in April, when a pair of Republican senators stalled the confirmation of Obama's nominee for Census director, keeping him from conducting crucial preparatory work. "It's the largest peacetime mobilization every decade that the government attempts," says Phil Sparks, director of The Census Project, a group of organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the NAACP, with interests at stake in the Census. "The general only just arrived on the battlefield."

So, to prep you for these battles--ones that will assuredly be fought and refought on your cable dial--here's a look at what's gone down so far, who the key players are, which fights will get ugliest, and who stands to gain the most from next year's Census.

HOW THE CENSUS WORKS: Every decade, the Census Bureau counts the people who live in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It sends questionnaires to households, and eventually dispatches workers to knock on doors, if people don't return their forms. (The fine for willful non-completion can run up to $5,000.) So far this year, the bureau has begun opening hundreds of satellite offices and updating its behemoth of an address list. And, in January, it will launch an advertising blitz in 28 languages to get people to put pen to paper next spring.

HOW MANY PEOPLE IT WILL EMPLOY?: About 1.4 million temporary workers--a huge number in this dismal economy.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?: It could top $14 billion. The cost ballooned after a technical problem forced the bureau to scrap new handheld computers it was supposed to use in the count....(Remainder.)

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Extremist Christians: 'God Hates Jews'

By E.B. Solomont
Jerusalem Post


Members of the extremist Westboro Baptist Church, known for its anti-gay and anti-Semitic rhetoric, protested in front of several Jewish institutions in New York on Tuesday.

A handful of protestors from the Kansas-based church turned out, toting signs that read "God Hates Jews" and "God Hates Obama."

With plans to protest in front of the Jewish Historical Society, Drisha Institute, and others, they arrived mid-morning at Temple Shearith Israel on the Upper West Side. From there, they went to the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, the site of another protest by Westboro members around two weeks ago.

In an email to the community, JCC Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt urged visitors to calmly enter the building to avoid incident. Citing the JCC's beefed up security, she said protecting members and visitors was the center's primary goal.

"Our communication remains the same," she wrote. "The JCC in Manhattan does not welcome this group's message or actions in any way.

"Our best and only response is to conduct business as usual," she said.

"They're definitely, unequivocally anti-Semitic and they always have been," said the Anti-Defamation League's director of civil rights Deborah Lauter.

Recently, "They have ramped up their protest in front of Jewish institutions," she said....(Remainder.)

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School Health Clinics WOULD NOT Provide Abortions

By PolitiFact
St. Petersburg Times


Critics of the Democratic health care proposal have been increasingly raising concerns that the plan would provide taxpayer-subsidized abortions (a claim we address here ). The Liberty Counsel, a conservative group, puts a different twist on that concern, alleging that Page 992 of the bill "will establish school-based 'health' clinics. Your children will be indoctrinated and your grandchildren may be aborted!"

The claim comes from a long list of items allegedly in the bill that is posted on the group's Web site and has been widely circulated in a chain e-mail. The list looks a lot like one that we checked in July, based partly on blog postings by Peter Fleckenstein on his blog Common Sense from a Common Man. In fact, the Liberty Counsel says it adapted its memo from Fleckenstein's original work.
 
The group describes its mission as an "education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family" and is affiliated with Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va. The group said it was so troubled by Fleckenstein's analysis that it "doubted its accuracy, so the staff in our D.C. office compared it to the voluminous bill. What they found astonished us so much that we had to share it with you today. You can read our updated and revised overview of HR 3200 and you will be alarmed, too."
 
It appears to us that Liberty Counsel elaborated on Fleckenstein's original take on the clinics. He wrote, "PG 993 Govt will establish school based health clinics. Ur kids wont have a chance."

School-based health clinics are different from the traditional nurse's offices that schools have long had. Typically, the clinics are staffed with nurse practitioners, doctors and social workers who do everything from administer immunizations to provide nutrition advice. They can also provide counseling. Federal and state governments have long provided funding to support these clinics, which tend to crop up in areas where students have limited access to other health care services....(Remainder.)

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Chris Matthews To Town Hall Protestor: Why Did You Bring A "God Damn Gun" To A Presidential Event?

By Lila Shapiro
The Huffington Post


On Tuesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews' guest was William Kostric, the man who brought a gun earlier in the day to protest President Obama's health care town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Kostric was wearing a (legal) handgun strapped to his leg and holding a sign referencing this Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

The segment grew more and more heated as Matthews repeatedly asked Kostric why he came to the meeting wearing a gun. "Well, why did you bring a gun to a Presidential event today?"

"That's not even a relevant question," Kostric said, shrugging. "The question is, why don't people bear arms these days."

"Okay, you bought a sign that said 'The tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants' and you're carrying a god damn gun at a Presidential event. I think those things make people wonder what you're about."...(Remainder.)


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David Waldman: Plain 'Death Panel' Theory "Flat Crazy...Dumbest Thing" Said

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Rove ‘Driving Force’ Behind U.S. Attorney Firings

By Jason Leopold
The Public Record


House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said Tuesday he has turned over to a special prosecutor conducting a criminal probe into the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys thousands of pages of Bush administration documents that implicates Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers in the dismissals to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

Conyers's committee released more than 5,000 pages of documents; along with transcripts of recent interviews Rove and Miers gave to the panel related to the roles they played in the firings of the federal prosecutors. [Here is the Judiciary Committee's fact sheet and links to the documents in questionRove's interview transcript, Miers interview transcript, RNC e-mails and documents, White House documents.]

The documents show that politics played a role in the decision to fire Kansas City U.S. Attorney Todd Graves, who was removed in a deal brokered between the White House and Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri that was personally approved by Rove.

According to the documents, Bond agreed to lift his hold on an Arkansas judge nominated to the Eighth Circuit federal appeals court in exchange for Graves' firing. A Dec. 21, 2005 e-mail sent by White House lawyer Fred Klingler to Miers stated that "Karl is fine" with the proposal.

The e-mail underscores the hands-on role the Bush White House played in dismissing the U.S. attorneys and demonstrates that the decisions were politically motivated. The Bush administration had previously distanced itself from the matter....(Remainder.)

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Emails Show WaPo Reporter Coordinated Attorney Firing Story With White House

By Muriel Kane
The Raw Story


When a scandal involving the Bush administration’s firing of US Attorneys broke in early 2007, initial coverage by the Washington Post supported the idea that the firings had been politically motivated. That approach, however, quickly changed to one that was far more friendly to the White House.

The House Judiciary Committee has now released over 5400 pages of Bush administration and Republican Party emails (pdf) related to the firings. Several of these emails suggest coordination between Post reporter John Solomon and Bush administration officials on how to manage the Post’s coverage of the widening scandal.

In one email to a Department of Justice spokesperson, Solomon even appears to be suggesting what spin to apply in order to minimize damage from the revelations.

“Thanks for any help you can give on this,” Solomon wrote to Brian Roehrkasse on the morning of March 2, 2007. “I think some tick tock along these lines will bring some perspective to how the process occurred. Of course, the White House counsel’s office had to sign off. Of course an administration in its last two years looks for some fresh blood to inject into jobs. Of course, DOJ’s analysis of prosecutors goes beyond performance evaluations to achievements or failures on policy issues like immigration. I think we can get this just right with your help.”...(Remainder.)

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Right-Wing Extremism Gone Murder, Inc.

By Larisa Alexandrovna
at-Largely


The latest bombshell from Jeremy Scahill about Christan, racist, right-wing extremist Erik Prince (owner of Blackwater) is astounding. You can read it here, but I suggest you watch Jeremy explain it on KO this evening. I also suggest that you have a stiff drink in hand.




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Why Unemployment (Probably) Won't Hit 10%

By Nate Silver
FiveThirtyEight


In spite of last week’s better-than-expected jobs report, many intelligent observers seem convinced that the unemployment rate, which fell nominally to 9.4 percent last month, will nevertheless almost certainly hit 10 percent or higher before the situation really rights itself. Here’s the New Republic’s Noam Schieber making the case. Here’s the White House. Here’s Intrade, where you can make about 2:1 on your money if the unemployment rate is below 10 percent in December.

Although it’s foolish to try to predict economic indicators, I think these observers are probably wrong: the recession likely does not have enough gas left to get us to 10 percent unemployment.

Principally, I think these analysts may simply be underestimating how much impact last week’s numbers should have on our expectations for going forward. After four straight months in which the rate of job losses had declined, the number jumped abruptly upward in June, accelerating to what was then reported as a net of 467,000 lost jobs. It wasn’t clear whether the jobs situation was still improving fairly rapidly, was improving but only slowly, or in fact the momentum was entirely sideways or was even getting worse:



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Sarah Palin is a Clown Who Is Destroying the Image of Women in Politics

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Hitting Beck Where it Hurts

By Steven Benen
Washington Monthly


Apparently, GEICO has seen enough, and has become the fifth advertiser to drop its sponsorship of Glenn Beck's Fox News program. ColorOfChange, which began lobbying Beck sponsors after the media personality attacked President Obama as "a racist" who harbors a "deep-seated hatred for white people," issued this press release:
"On Tuesday, August 4, GEICO instructed its ad buying service to redistribute its inventory of rotational spots on FOX-TV to their other network programs, exclusive of the Glenn Beck program," said a spokesperson for GEICO Corporate Communications in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "As of August 4, GEICO no longer runs any paid advertising spots during Mr. Beck's program."

"We applaud GEICO and all of the other companies who have stepped forward to pull their ads from Glenn Beck," said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org. "Beck's rhetoric is dangerous to the fabric of our democracy, and we are heartened that so many big companies feel the same way. We won't stop here -- we're going to continue our fight to see that as many of Beck's advertisers pull their support as possible."
While this lends itself to a variety of bad jokes, I'm partial to Tom Schaller's: "It was really so simple a decision, even a caveman insurance executive could make it."

On a more serious note, good for Geico. Especially in light of some of Beck's latest insanity, I can't imagine why any credible business would want anything to do with this clown....(Remainder.)

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Club for Growth Spreads “Deather” Conspiracy Theory

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Keith Olbermann Special Comment: Calls Out Dobbs & Beck

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Averting the Worst

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times


So it seems that we aren’t going to have a second Great Depression after all. What saved us? The answer, basically, is Big Government.

Just to be clear: the economic situation remains terrible, indeed worse than almost anyone thought possible not long ago. The nation has lost 6.7 million jobs since the recession began. Once you take into account the need to find employment for a growing working-age population, we’re probably around nine million jobs short of where we should be.

And the job market still hasn’t turned around — that slight dip in the measured unemployment rate last month was probably a statistical fluke. We haven’t yet reached the point at which things are actually improving; for now, all we have to celebrate are indications that things are getting worse more slowly.

For all that, however, the latest flurry of economic reports suggests that the economy has backed up several paces from the edge of the abyss.

A few months ago the possibility of falling into the abyss seemed all too real. The financial panic of late 2008 was as severe, in some ways, as the banking panic of the early 1930s, and for a while key economic indicators — world trade, world industrial production, even stock prices — were falling as fast as or faster than they did in 1929-30....(Remainder.)

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Jon Stewart: Healther Skelter

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Healther Skelter
www.thedailyshow.com
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Is Cash For Clunkers Working?

By Gavin Potenza
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Catholics Alarmed by EU Equal Rights Laws

By Andrew Rettman
EU Observer


BRUSSELS - Atheists could attack galleries for showing religious art and witches could claim the right to use church halls under a draft EU equal rights law, the Roman Catholic church has warned.

The EU bill aims to curtail discrimination on grounds of religion, disability, age or sexual preference in social situations not covered by existing labour law, such as renting properties.

The directive could enter into force in 2011 if member states give unanimous approval in discussions planned for November by the Swedish EU presidency.

The criticism was put forward in recent days by the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales as part of a British government consultation procedure.

The bishops' group "commends" the EU effort to protect "the innate dignity of every person."

But it calls for the legal text to soften a clause against creating an "offensive environment" and to add an exemption to let religious organisations "function in accordance with [their] ethos."

"There is a risk that practical implementation may effectively turn the directive into an instrument of oppression against one or other group," the church paper, signed by bishops' conference general secretary Monsignor Andrew Summersgill, says....(Remainder.)

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Sonia Sotomayor's Historical Supreme Court Oath!

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Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs Enflame Scary Right-Wing Rage

The conservative playbook has been laid bare, and it's ugly. How long until their overheated rhetoric spills over into violence?

By John V. Santore

Media Matters via AlterNet


It was an ugly week, and a telling one.

"Global warming is no different than health care, is no different than cap and trade," Rush Limbaugh explained on Monday. "It is simply another branch of liberalism, statism, that is designed to expand government control over individuals and their liberty and their freedom and their income."

"And if this plays out right ... you can do some great damage, culturally, to liberalism," he concluded.

The next five days showed how seriously the right wing is taking those words and how far it is willing to go to confuse and manipulate the public, and to capitalize on the ensuing fear and rage. The goals: the complete delegitimization of Obama and the wholesale destruction of the progressive movement he leads.

Glenn Beck Is Anti-Violence, Pro-Poison

On Monday, Glenn Beck made clear that he does not support violence in the name of political causes. Sure, he's advocating civil disobedience if need be. Maybe 70 million people voted for Barack Obama less than a year ago, but who cares? "It is time to go to Washington!" he preached on Wednesday. "It is time to stand or sit in the middle of the street if you have to!" But remember: no violence.

Then on Thursday, he poisoned the speaker of the House. Not literally, of course -- just in effigy. On live television. What's the problem? Can't you liberals take a joke?...(Remainder.)

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GEICO Just Saved a Bunch of Money By Not Advertising on Glenn Beck Ass-Fest

By Media Matters

ColorOfChange.org’s James Rucker reports that in response to the group’s campaign, GEICO has decided it no longer feels comfortable financing fearmongering paranoia and has pulled its ads from Glenn Beck’s Fox News program. This makes five advertisers who have distanced themselves from Beck since he declared that President Obama is “a racist” who harbors a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”

From ColorofChange.org’s press release:
“On Tuesday, August 4, GEICO instructed its ad buying service to redistribute its inventory of rotational spots on FOX-TV to their other network programs, exclusive of the Glenn Beck program,” said a spokesperson for GEICO Corporate Communications in an email to ColorOfChange.org. “As of August 4, GEICO no longer runs any paid advertising spots during Mr. Beck’s program.”

“We applaud GEICO and all of the other companies who have stepped forward to pull their ads from Glenn Beck,” said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org. “Beck’s rhetoric is dangerous to the fabric of our democracy, and we are heartened that so many big companies feel the same way. We won’t stop here — we’re going to continue our fight to see that as many of Beck’s advertisers pull their support as possible.”
The question is quickly becoming, why do Beck’s other advertisers still feel comfortable with his inflammatory, hateful rhetoric?...(Original.)

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Limbaugh Yells "Nazi" (and the Press Yawns)

By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters


The Houston Chronicle editorial page wanted to be absolutely clear: References to Adolf Hitler or Nazis in American politics had no place in the "discourse of the nation," and the crude analogies were "beyond the pale." The practice was "absurd and dangerous."

The editorial page was disgusted by the rhetoric and firmly believed that dredging up the Nazi comparisons desensitized people to the pain and violence that actual Nazis unleashed in the 20th century.

The condemnation was fitting, given the fact that the country's most-listened-to talk radio host, Rush Limbaugh, last week unfurled shocking rhetoric in which he compared the Obama White House to a Nazi organization and even likened Obama to Hitler. ("Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.") The outlandish attacks seemed to be a case of Limbaugh playing catch-up to Fox News' Glenn Beck (Limbaugh = Beck Lite?), who had been pounding the noxious Nazi angle for weeks.

Of course it's depressing to watch Limbaugh drive politics into the gutter, but at least watchdogs at big-city dailies like the Houston Chronicle are calling out the really reprehensible stuff, right?

I wish.

Because here's the catch: That Chronicle editorial I mentioned above wasn't in response to Limbaugh's latest misguided hate maneuver. The scathing editorial was published on January 7, 2004, and came in response to news that two videos submitted to a MoveOn.org advertisement contest had included Hitler imagery in their 30-second attacks on President Bush. (They were just two of the 1,500 clips submitted.) MoveOn never endorsed the efforts or promoted them; the clips simply appeared on MoveOn's crowded contest website. But when news spread about their mere existence, a controversy erupted, and the liberal netroots group quickly pulled the ads, apologized for their inclusion, and denounced the use of Nazi imagery....(Remainder.)

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Harriet Miers Finally Admits It, Fingers Rove: The U.S. Attorney Firings Were Political

By Susie Madrak
Crooks and Liars

Yeah, we were right about the U.S. Attorney firings. (See above video, which is ten months old.) Even Karl Rove and Harriet Miers admit it now:
The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.

A campaign to oust Iglesias intensified after state party officials and GOP members of the congressional delegation apparently concluded he was not pursuing the cases against Democrats in a way that would help then- Rep. Heather Wilson in a tight releection race, according to interviews and Bush White House e-mails released Tuesday by congressional investigators. The documents place the genesis of Iglesias's dismissal earlier than previously known.

The disclosures mark the end of a two-and-a-half year investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, which sued to gain access to Bush White House documents in a dispute that struck at the heart of a president's executive power. House members have reserved the right to hold a public hearing at which Rove, Miers, and other aides could appear this fall.

House Judiciary Chairman John M. Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) Tuesday characterized the role of Bush White House figures in the firing episode as improper and inappropriate.

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Tweety Does It Again. He Won't Give The Astroturf Cowboys An Inch on Health-Care Reform.

By Susie Madrak
Crooks and Liars


Tweety really let "Americans for Prosperity" President Tim Phillips have it on Hardball last night. Boy, he's really got a bug up his butt about health-care reform and he just won't let go:
MATTHEWS: "How do we get around the problem that there's so many people out there, and this is why we're having this debate, sir ... the question that's bothered the American people since, what? since Teddy Roosevelt's time, is some people have health insurance and some don't. How do we reconcile that with our sense in this country of looking out for each other, to some extent, to some extent."

"Here's my problem with you guys. The conservatives talk reasonably when the Democrats get in power and say 'well, we've got an alternative that's more free-market, it's less onerous, it's less big-shot, big-government stuff...' but when you guys are in power, you don't do anything on health care. And that's what happens, and that's why for, god, almost a century of foot-dragging on this, the Democrats get in power, whether it's Truman or it's Bill Clinton, or it's Hillary Clinton, or it's Barack Obama, they try something and it fails, because you guys are good at playing negative politics. You're really good at destroying Democrats plans, chances for reform..."
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Birthers

By Ed Stein
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This Way to the Egress

By Ed Stein
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