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Fox News Focus Group FAIL! Tell Hannity Protestors "Getting Bad Info from Fox News"

Friday, August 14, 2009

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Fox CONTINUES to Advance Debunked "Death Panel" Lies

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Guest Calls Out KKK Grand Dragon Dobbs for His Attack of Howard Dean

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Guests Tells Hannity the Manatee that all His Rhetoric is Just Code for the "New N-Word"

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Fucktard O'Really Gets His Jollies by Attacking an 11-Year Old Girl

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David Shuster Thoroughly Debunks Caribou Barbie's "Death Panels"

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Lawrence O'Donnell Exposes Totally Clueless Town Hall Protester

By Logan Murphy
Crooks and Liars


Lawrence O'Donnell filled in for Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday, and somehow managed to avoid savaging clueless town hall protester, Katy Abram. Abram went on a moronic tirade at Senator Arlen Specter's town hall meeting on Tuesday, telling him she was afraid that America was turning into Russia and that he had awakened a sleeping giant.

This wasn't like shooting fish in a barrel, it was like shooting the broad side of a barn with a bazooka -- at point blank range. O'Donnell toys with Abram, and you can tell he just wants to cut loose. Granted, Abram isn't a professional pundit, but when questioned it became clear that she is the poster child for the entire undereducated, under-informed mob that make up the right wing town hall protesters.

When asked about taxes, Katy admits that she has no idea how much money she and her husband make. When asked about Socialist programs like medicare and social security, she had this to say:
...You know, yeah, I mean, there are programs in place that the founders did not want to have here. I know there are people out there that can't afford health insurance, that can't afford a lot of different things, and, you know, with the founders, they thought and hoped that the goodness of the people would allow the people to take care of those who are doing without. And I know that may seem naive in today's, you know, world...
Okay...umm...so she's against a public option that would allow the goodness of the people help those who are doing without? There are many more displays of stunning ignorance in this segment, feel free to document them in the comments....(Original.)

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Rachel Maddow Discuses the Deathers' Fear Mongering with AARP's John Rother

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

Rachel Maddow talks to the AARP's John Rother about the fear mongering astroturf ad campaigns targeted specifically to scare the hell out of seniors on health care reform.
BARACK OBAMA: The rumor that's been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we've decided that we don't-it's too expensive to let her live anymore. I guess this arose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end-of-life care, setting up living wills, the availability of hospice, et cetera.

The irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a Republican then-House member, now-senator named Johnny Isakson from Georgia who very sensibly thought this is something that would expand people's options. And somehow, it's gotten spun into this idea of death panels. I am not in favor of that. So just-I want to-I want to-I want to clear the air here.

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MADDOW: Also, the president would like to make clear that he is not in favor of rubbing chewing gum into everyone's hair, nor is he in favor of forced sex changes, nor is he in favor of making everyone wear nude-colored panty hose on their hands like mittens all year around just for the pure inconvenience of it all. He'd like to make that clear.

What's being called a debate about health care policy right now is so far from an actual debate about health care policy that the charge from his critics that the president of the United States has to rebut in public is whether or not he wants health care reform because he secretly wants to kill all of the old people. And apparently he doesn't.

As we've discussed before, the health care reform is a secret plot to kill old people rumor was started by a woman named Betsy McCaughey. She is the person who in "The New York Post" and on right-wing talk radio first promulgated this idea that Medicare covering consultations about living wills is secretly the murder of the elderly....
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Ed Schultz: This is Not the Country That We Should Be Proud of Right Now

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Fox & Friends is Hazardous to Your Intelligence

By Media Matters

Fox & Friends continued its pattern of consistently advancing falsehoods about health care reform when Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) -- whom the program hosted to take questions about the reform legislation from viewers and "dispel the myths" -- falsely claimed that under the House proposal, "the greatest number [of uninsured people] that will be picked up is by a substantial expansion of Medicaid." In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, 30 million uninsured people would receive insurance through the health care exchanges set up by the bill, while only 11 million people would receive coverage under Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) combined....(Remainder.)



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I've Got Facts On My Side & You've Got Glenn Beck On Your Side! Rep Rick Larsen Town Hall

By CSPANJunkie
Crooks and Liars


(Nicole:) Our very own CSpanJunkie attended Rep. Rick Larsen's town hall meeting on health care in Everett, Washington. By all accounts, it wasn't one of the crazed mob scenes they love showing us on the cable channels.

However, the addition of decorum did not bring with it the addition of sense. And in response to one person's dutiful recitation of misinformation, courtesy of the right wing, Rep. Larsen retorted with a classic line I think should be part of every Democratic congressman's repertoire:
CITIZEN: I have two real concerns about the nationalized health care insurance.

Why are all Americans forced into a government-run health care and insurance plan when only 46 million out of 312 million are uninsured? Do you want me to break down how those insured are found? 12 million are illegal immigrants, 17 million earn $50,000 plus and choose not to have inurance. 8.8 million without insurance for four months or less…or more because they’re between…they’re unemployed and between jobs. 8.2 are chronically uninsured. That’s a total of 46 million people. I’d be willing for the government to buy insurance policies for the 8.2 million chronically uninsured, but the other 37.8 million are not the responsibility of the American citizens and I will…I’m not willing…and I am unwilling to throw my present health care away for them.

LARSEN: Thanks. Thanks, Jim. Thanks for your input and your comments. With regards to the first comment about being forced to buy health care, I’ll say it again, not ‘till I’m blue in the face, I may get cold enough and I’ll look blue in the face here tonight, but it won’t be until I’m blue in the face. The bill does not force anybody to buy health care, to change…to change….I’m sorry, the bill does not force anybody to change their health care plan. If you’re in a plan, you will not be forced into the public option. You will not be forced into the health insurance exchange. Now folks will say that’s not true, but I’ve got facts on my side and you’ve got Glenn Beck on your side. It’s just not going to play off that way.
Bravo, Rep. Larsen...let's keep marginalizing Beck and his ilk in the exact same way over and over until even these Fox News viewers are too embarrassed to cite him....(Original.)

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CNN's Jessica Yellin Thinks Unions are "Fringe Groups"?

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John Roberts & PolitiFact Thoroughly Debunk Caribou Barbie's Death Panel Bullshit

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CNN's Sanjay Gupta: As a Physician...Rationing Occurs all the Time

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First Beck Wants to Have Sex with His Mother, NOW He Want a Ménage à Trois Tapper & Garrett

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Lying Sack of Dog Mess Thinks Jesus Needs to Return for Everyone to Have a Right to Health Care

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Sack of Mashed Up Rat Shit, Beck, Thinks It's Fun to Attack an 11-Year Old Girl

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Lying Sack of Dog Mess Claims White House Never Takes Questions from Fox's Garrett

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Fox CONTINUES to Advance Debunked "Death Panel" Lies

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Weird Science: A Laughable New "Scientific" Study on Ex-Gay Conversion

By Waymon Hudson
Bilerico Project


Sometime you just have to shake your head when right-wing fundamentalists claim to use science...

A new "study" has been released, conveniently on the heels of the American Psychological Association adopting a resolution calling on mental health professionals to stop telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments, claiming a 53% success rate in ex-gay conversion therapy.

There are so many holes in this bit of "science" that even the anti-gay, ultraconservative Baptist Press sounds a bit skeptical, introducing the study by saying: "In findings that directly contradict mainstream academic thought..." I think that's the first truthful thing they've ever reported.

And anyone want to guess who completely funded the bogus report? If you guessed Exodus International, then you get to move to the head of the class!

Let's take a trip down the rabbit hole and break down the new "study"...

Biased from the Start

The study was conducted by Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University and is a follow-up to one released two years ago. These two great scientific minds are obviously not biased to create an outcome they (or their money backers at Exodus) want at all....(Remainder.)

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Clinton Urges Progressive Push On Health Care, Shoots Down Euthanasia Myth

By Sam Stein
The Huffington Post


In a speech rallying progressives to make one last major push to pass health care reform, former President Bill Clinton accused Republicans of propagating a campaign of disinformation reminiscent of the effort to bring down his own attempt at reform.

"Do you want to go through that again?" the 42nd President asked the crowd of bloggers, online activists, and a slew of Democratic lawmakers at the Netroots Nation convention in Pittsburgh. "Of course you don't. I'm telling you no matter how low they drive support for this with misinformation, the minute the president signs a health care reform bill his approval will go up. Secondly, within a year, when all those bad things they say will happen don't happen, and all the good things happen, approval will explode."

The remarks fit into the wider theme of Clinton's more than hour-long address. Fresh off a trip to North Korea, in which he negotiated the release of two imprisoned American journalists, and with a sore voice, the former president declared the moment to be ripe for a progressive political era that could last "30 to 40 years."

But health care was the topic that the crowd wanted to hear about and Clinton didn't shy away from it. Occasionally referencing anecdotes from his failed reform effort in the early 1990s, he directly confronted the popular "death panel" myth being promoted among conservatives: that Democrats wanted to set up government panels to determine which sick patients to euthanize.

"Helping somebody draw up a living will is not the same thing as inviting seniors to die. It is a legitimate thing," he declared emphatically. "[Writing a will] doesn't have anything to do with all these crazy charges that are being made."...(Remainder.)

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Republican Death Trip

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times


“I am in this race because I don’t want to see us spend the next year re-fighting the Washington battles of the 1990s. I don’t want to pit Blue America against Red America; I want to lead a United States of America.” So declared Barack Obama in November 2007, making the case that Democrats should nominate him, rather than one of his rivals, because he could free the nation from the bitter partisanship of the past.

Some of us were skeptical. A couple of months after Mr. Obama gave that speech, I warned that his vision of a “different kind of politics” was a vain hope, that any Democrat who made it to the White House would face “an unending procession of wild charges and fake scandals, dutifully given credence by major media organizations that somehow can’t bring themselves to declare the accusations unequivocally false.”

So, how’s it going?

Sure enough, President Obama is now facing the same kind of opposition that President Bill Clinton had to deal with: an enraged right that denies the legitimacy of his presidency, that eagerly seizes on every wild rumor manufactured by the right-wing media complex....(Remainder.)

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Palin Claims Obama Misled When He Said End-of-Life Counseling is Voluntary

By PolitiFact
St. Petersburg Times


After wide denunciation (including here) of Sarah Palin's claims last week that the proposed health care reform bill would create "death panels," the former Alaska governor again went to her Facebook page to answer the critics and reassert her claim that end-of-life counseling authorized in the House version of the health plan is not "entirely voluntary."

We've looked at this claim before when Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York state, went on the radio show of former Sen. Fred Thompson on July 16, 2009, and said, "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." We gave that statement got our lowest rating, Pants on Fire!

But the issue has hardly dissipated.

In fact, on Aug. 13, 2009, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, announced that the Senate Finance Committee has "dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely" from its version of health care overhaul legislation because it could be "misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly." But it remains in the House bill.

Palin may have stepped down as Alaska governor last month, but she remains a prominent Republican voice.

In a town hall meeting on health care on Aug. 11, President Obama specifically referenced Palin's "death panel" phrase when discussing what he said was incorrect information that has been circulating about the health care bill....(Remainder.)

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Dean Declines Offer to Appear on Dobbs' Radio Show

By Sam Stein
The Huffington Post


Days after calling Howard Dean as a "bloodsucking leftist" who could only be stopped with "a stake through his heart," CNN host Lou Dobbs reached out to the former Democratic National Committee Chairman to invite him on his radio show.

Dean declined the offer, according to a source close to the one-time presidential candidate.

The attempt by Dobbs to "clear the air" extended to Dean's brother, Jim Dean, who chairs the group Democracy for America (DFA). But he too declined the chance to go on Wednesday's program. The outreach was too little, too late.

Earlier this week, the CNN host, appearing on his syndicated United Stations Radio show, called Howard Dean a "left-wing pest" who perpetuated "liberal fascism" before suggesting the former governor needed to be killed like a vampire.

Dobbs offered a pseudo-apology a few days later, retracting a portion of his remarks while claiming his critics didn't get the Bram Stoker allusion.

The explanation was viewed as insufficient by Dobbs' critics. DFA blasted out an email shortly after calling for CNN and the United Stations Radio Network to fire the host.

"It's time to get Lou Dobbs and his hate speech off the air," the letter read. "With violence from right-wing extremist groups on the rise and Republican-backed mobs hanging cardboard versions of members of congress in effigy, Lou Dobbs' statement is dangerous. Enough is enough.

"It's time for CNN and the United Stations Radio Network to fire Lou Dobbs."...(Remainder.)

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Freakish Georgia Repiglickin Hints Democrats Could Declare Martial Law

By Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story


Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has said a few outrageous things in his political career, but this one may take the cake.

Speaking to constituents at North Georgia Technical College, he lambasted proposed health care reforms as “a stinking, rotten fish” and claimed that the elderly would no longer receive medical care were it to pass.

Then he went for the kill.

“He [...] spoke of a ’socialistic elite’ - Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - who might use a pandemic disease or natural disaster as an excuse to declare martial law,” reports The Athens Banner-Herald.

He added, “They’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over. We’ve seen that historically.”

For his part, Rep. Broun has not shied away from using fear tactics in support of the Republican party line.

In November, the Georgia lawmaker told a Rotary Club that President Obama was a “Marxist” and said his suggestion of a “civilian security force” made him eerily like Nazi leader Adolf Hitler....(Remainder.)

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President Obama to Take on Health Care Morons Critics

Town Hall Meetings Expected to Be Feisty

By Anne E. Kornblut
The Washington Post
Photo:  Jim Cole (AP)

President Obama is embarking on a final public relations push on health care Friday before heading off on vacation, wading into the same kind of often hostile town hall meetings that members of Congress have endured for much of August.

Obama heads to Montana on Friday and Colorado on Saturday for town hall meetings even as his allies are stepping up their efforts to rebut what they describe as "myths" about health-care reform. Obama supporters are being urged to turn out for the president to counter what they anticipate could be the kind of vocal criticism that has recently dominated headlines and cable news.

Facing questions about whether public support for the health overhaul initiative is sagging, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the problem was rooted in misconceptions spread by political opponents....(Remainder.)

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New Docs Show Effort to Oust U.S. Attorneys

Senior Bush Aides Including Karl Rove in Newly Released Documents of Closed-Door Congressional Testimony

By Jason Ryan and Pierre Thomas
ABC News
Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty)


Newly released emails from the Bush administration indicate that senior White House aides may have been directly involved in the firing of a U.S. attorney for apparently political reasons.

The documents released today by the House Judiciary Committee suggest that the White House was angry at then New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias because he was not aggressively pursuing the prosecution of a Democratic congressional candidate.

Iglesias was one of eight U.S. attorneys fired by the Justice Department during Bush's second term, when Alberto Gonzales was still attorney general. Fallout from the firings, seven of which came on one day, eventually led Gonzales and eight other top Justice Department officials to resign.

As early as 2005 it was clear the White House was very focused on removing Iglesias. In a June 28, 2005, email, Rove's deputy Scott Jennings told Rove aide Tim Griffin: "I would really like to move forward with getting rid of New Mexico U.S. Attorney. I was with codel [Congressional Delegation] this morning, and they are really angry over his lack of action on voter fraud stuff. Iglesias has done nothing. We are getting killed out there."

Griffin was later given the U.S. attorney spot in Arkansas, replacing Bud Cummings, who was another of the prosecutors fired.

In the fall of 2006, Jennings wrote an email to Rove indicating that the White House was looking to replace Iglesias at the request of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M....(Remainder.)

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Guantanamo, the United States and the Geneva Conventions

By Matt Schofield
Kansas City Star


The United States continues to violate the Geneva Conventions at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

That’s the verdict of a new report by a British group that’s been studying the detention center almost from its establishment as a terror prison. The report was a response to a Pentagon report saying the conventions were being met, though suggesting detainees be given more religious freedom and social interaction.

The British group, Reprieve is admittedly anti-Guantanamo. But they come to their aversion honestly:

Reprieve is a human rights and legal advocacy group and they’ve studied Guantanamo closely. They work to get people out of there. They work with released detainees.

Their report offers several very solid reasons why this nation shouldn’t continue to hold terror suspects on foreign soil.

In fact, this report is a strong case for moving Gitmo detainees to either Ft. Leavenworth or Michigan, the two potential replacement sites leaked by the Obama administration recently.

America has too much to lose by keeping Guantanamo open. Worldwide, it stands for much that the American ideal rejects. It stands against the rule of law, human rights, and individual freedoms. The most valuable asset in the American quiver worldwide has long been its standing, on moral high ground, as a beacon for freedom....(Remainder.)

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Bachmann: Keep Your Kenyan Shillings Out of My Country

By Casual Wednesday
Congress Matters


This one is not really news. Instead this nugget of hilarity has flown well under the radar where it belongs.

Noted birther Michele Bachmann (R-Outer Xenophobia) introduced a House Resolution back in March to get the gears in motion to amend the U.S. Constitution. This one is a beaut.

HJ Res 41 proposes an amendment to the Constitution that would:
prohibit the President from entering into a treaty or other international agreement that would provide for the United States to adopt as legal tender in the United States a currency issued by an entity other than the United States.
I don't know what is going through Rep. Bachmann's mind that would convince her that this is a pressing issue. The only logical conclusion to draw is that Rep. Bachmann is concerned that a United States ruled by Barack Obama will force the country to adopt the Kenyan Shilling. I know the economy is in rough shape, but this is stretching the bounds of reality a bit far even for the winggers.

The fact that Bachmann felt the need introduce this legislation is bad enough, but she has 37 co-sponsors or 8.5 percent of the House of Representatives....(Remainder.)

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Sick Heil! The 'Hitlerizing' of Obama

By Tim Wise
CounterPunch


If you get a chance, today or perhaps tomorrow, do yourself a favor. Look up some file footage, perhaps on YouTube, of Adolf Hitler, addressing his followers. I know, it doesn't sound like the best way to spend your day, or even a few minutes of it, but trust me, there's a point to the recommendation. While you watch, notice the unhinged shouting, the wild eyes, the veins on his neck, the psychotic bodily gesticulations. Then, take a look at footage from yesterday's town hall meeting, called by President Obama in New Hampshire, in which he sought to lay out his case for health care reform to an audience that included supporters and opponents of his plan. Notice: no shouting, no wild eyes, no bulging jugular vein, no apparent sociopathy whatsoever. Indeed notice as the President actually seeks out questions from people who disagree with him, and then thanks them for making good points and raising legitimate concerns, even when the premises of their questions are dead wrong, and largely originated in crazy town.

Then ask yourself, is this the man that much of right-wing talk radio would have us believe is a Nazi? The political reincarnation of Hitler--ya know, the lunatic I asked you to watch first? Really? Really? Wow. Sometimes, it's hard to know where to begin.

On the one hand, the comparisons seem literally bat-shit insane. Especially when considering that at the same time folks are comparing Obama to the world's most infamous right-wing fascist, they are at the same time calling him a Marxist, and a left-wing radical. Oh sure, they try and say that Hitler was really a leftist, ya know, because the Nazis were National Socialists. Of course. And hot dogs are made from puppies....(Remainder.)

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Rove Issues Bullshit Non-Denial Denial in Siegelman Case

By Glynn Wilson
The Locust Fork News-Journal


Karl Rove admits having a “senior moment” in his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, dancing around the key allegations that he had direct knowledge and an active role in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and the firings of U.S. attorneys. He takes what Washington insiders call the Ronald Reagan defense, a.k.a. the “Alzheimer’s defense,” as in “I don’t recall.”

In other words, and in contradiction with other published reports that Rove once again denied his role in manipulating the justice system from the White House, Rove’s testimony is what we call in the news business, “a non-denial denial.”

In transcripts and documents released Tuesday by the committee, Rove freely admits his friendship with former Alabama Attorney General William “Bill” Pryor, who started the first investigation of Siegelman in 1998.

Rove admits the role he and his campaign operation played in turning Alabama’s Supreme Court Republican. He admits knowing Bill Canary of the Business Council all the way back to the days when he worked for George Herbert Walker Bush, and to communicating with Canary “maybe a dozen times” while Rove was the top political adviser to President George W. Bush in the White House

Under questioning from Elliot Mincberg, majority chief counsel for investigations and oversight, Rove admits meeting Bill Canary’s wife Leura Canary, the federal prosecutor who first brought the second case against Siegelman in Montgomery.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve met her, but I don’t have any great familiarity,” Rove testifies. Then later, when asked how he communicated with her, “in person or on the phone,” he says, “I’m sure I had contact with her, but I literally couldn’t tell you if I have ever talked to her or if I have ever seen her in person. I believe I met her at something in Alabama, but — I am sure Bill has introduced me to her, but I don’t know. It may have been to the White House holiday party or something. But I don’t recall.”

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Batshit Crazy Michele Bachmann Doesn't Want to be “Plainized”

By Charles Lemos
MyDD

The story from  Politico:
Michele Bachmann is tossing around a new verb: "Palinize."

In the subject line of a fundraising pitch, Bachmann sends out a plea for money saying, "Don't let them Palinize me!"

Bachmann goes on to explain that Sarah Palin has been demonized by the left, and she quotes Sean Hannity saying she is now the "second-most-hated Republican woman" after Palin.

"With Gov. Palin taking a well-deserved step out of the spotlight, it appears that I may be absorbing even more of the liberals' scorn," Bachmann said.

But the Minnesota Republican also seems worried, as she warns that Democrats are raising "$30,000 a week" to defeat her.

Bachmann even drops in the urban dictionary definition of Palinize:

Palinize:

To smear or mock someone using falsehoods, baseless accusations or unsubstantiated character assassinations for the purpose of blocking them from achieving a goal.

To exaggerate the truth or lie by omission.

To attack a person for his or her conservative values by focusing an inordinate amount of attention on a single example of that person falling short (or being perceived as falling short) of the values they espouse.
Michele, Michele, pas belle, you're kooky enough to deserve your own verb. We're not going to palinize, I'd much rather bachmannize you. Drive you from office we will. Sarah Palin is a beacon of sanity compared to Michele Bachmann. That such insanity and ignorance graces the halls of Congress is a sheer travesty. When it comes to Michele Bachmann I am often left wondering if somewhere there is an asylum missing a lunatic....(Original.)

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Hannity the Manatee is Fomenting Civil War — Again

By Ellen
News Hounds


One day after Ann Coulter said that Rahm Emanuel's brother is on her "death list," Sean Hannity upped the ante by fomenting civil war – and not for the first time. The Southern Poverty Law Center has just released a report about the return of the militia movement, stating that there has been "a remarkable rash of domestic terror incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama. At the same time, ostensibly mainstream politicians and media pundits have helped to spread Patriot and related propaganda." One law enforcement authority stated, "All it's lacking is a spark. I think it's only a matter of time before you see threats and violence." Instead of doing its part to quell these threats, "we like America" Fox News has been actively fanning the flames of hostility and even ratcheting them up. The latest frightening example was on Thursday night's Hannity show (8/13/09) in which he repeatedly hinted that a new revolutionary war is needed, complete with a suggestion that Obama is not a legal citizen. Even the caption on the video suggested that Americans need to "stand up and fight for their country." With video.

The video below, shown at the beginning of last night's Hannity, features a fictional Paine interspersed with video of health care reform opponents. At the beginning they were carrying protest signs such as "WAKE UP TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT IS HERE!!! NOW!!!"

"Paine" began: "A special greeting to all elected officials around the country who refuse to listen to the will of the people. To all the activist judges who ignore the spirit of our laws by rewriting our history, erasing our history, our values, traditions and denying we are one nation under God."

Cut to the town hall protesters, one of whom is shown saying, "Let us be independent. Let us stand for ourselves."

Back to Paine: "To a rapidly expanding government that is shamefully and criminally (my emphasis) plunged America from the Number One creditor nation to the Number One debtor nation on the planet." Paine now sounded angry.

Back to the protesters, this time speaking or yelling: "Say no to socialism!" "This is a vehicle to take us down to a path of total socialism!"

Paine also raised his voice: "And to a deaf and reading-impaired new regime in Washington who arrogantly dismiss a nationwide grassroots uprising (my emphasis) by labeling patriotism and pride in country as extremism....(Remainder.)


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Meghan Kelly is on of God's Special Children

By Jesse Taylor
Pandagon


Fox News reporter presses...and presses...and presses White House Deputy Spokesman Bill Burton on the White House Enemies List.



I like that even after she accepts that there’s no enemies list, years from now Obama’s death panels are going to finally look at the publicly-available constituent e-mails from flag@whitehouse.gov and hunt down these filthy lying animals in the streets.  Or, more likely, give them swine flu and then “end-of-life counsel” them in a broom closet.  Or take Gertrude Nailborski’s birth certificate and photoshop Sasha and Malia’s Indonesian information onto it.  Whatever....(Original.)

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GOP: Pay No Attention to Our Crazy Supporters Who Want to Kill Obama

By John Cook
Gawker


The Secret Service detained a man at a Maryland town hall yesterday carrying a sign reading, "'Death To Obama, Death To Michelle And Her Two Stupid Kids." Why don't Republicans at least say, "Don't threaten to kill the president"?

In all likelihood, the unnamed 51-year-old man carrying that sign wasn't an actual direct threat to the president's life. Neither was Gary Frago, the Atwater, California, city councilman who forwarded e-mails to his co-workers and friends joking about killing Obama (a fake letter, for instance, from John McCain to John Hinckley, Jr., explaining that he's about to be released and that Obama has been dating Jodi Foster). Neither was William Kostric, the asshole who brought a gun and a sign saying that it's time to "water the tree of liberty" to Obama's New Hampshire town hall earlier this week. None of these men presented an immediate, credible threat Obama. (Then again, people would probably have written off Hinckley as a harmless nut before he fired his shots.)

Kostric, we learned after seeing him interviewed on Hardball yesterday, was just a provocateur who sought to thumb his nose at authority and get on TV. But why did he want to get on TV? To spread his message and propagate his ideas. And what are his ideas? That it's time to shed the blood of our leaders....(Remainder.)

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Obama Moves to Block Building Roads in National Forests

By Matthew Daily
Associated Press via The Huffington Post


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it will defend a 2001 rule imposed by President Bill Clinton that blocked road construction and other development on tens of millions of acres of remote national forests.

The administration's decision was contained in court papers filed Thursday in a case in Wyoming that could help settle the fate of remote federal forests. The administration is siding with environmentalists in the case.

Conflicting court opinions have variously upheld and blocked the so-called Roadless Rule, which prohibited commercial logging, mining and other development on about 58 million acres of national forest in 38 states and Puerto Rico. A subsequent Bush administration rule had cleared the way for more commercial activity there.

A spokesman for the Justice Department said the appeal notice, filed in U.S. District Court in Wyoming, meets a Friday deadline to preserve the government's right to pursue the appeal.

The administration has not made a final decision on whether it will appeal the case, he said.

A federal appeals court threw out the 2005 Bush roadless rule last week, saying the rule "had the effect of permanently repealing uniform, nationwide, substantive protections that were afforded to inventoried roadless areas" in national forests.

The California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the 2001 rule offered greater protection to remote forests than the 2005 rule.

The Aug. 5 ruling, one of dozens in recent years related to roadless forests, was not the final word on the issue....(Remainder.)

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Right-Wing Bloggers Discover Lyndon LaRouche (Whew, That Was Close)

By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters


More GOP Noise Machine contortions about swastikas and Hitler. (It's the gift that keeps on giving.)

Read this confused post, as another right-wing blogger (theblogprof) tries to explain away yet another Nazi poster. The claim here is that an African-American man holding a huge Hitler-Obama poster at a recent rally outside a town hall hosted by Democrat John Dingell was actually a Dingell supporter. i.e. The sign-holder was a Democratic plant sent to make the GOP look bad.

That's an explosive charge. What was the blogger's proof that the poster-holder was really a Democratic plant? Answer: A clip from Neil Cavuto's show where a health care critic made the claim on TV. (i.e. the guy was "part of the Dingell operation.") In other words, the whole story's built around an unconfirmed, second-hand claim.

But seriously, theblogprof must have additional proof that the man holding the Hitler-Obama poster and then handing out Dingell flyers was the same guy, right? There's no way theblogprof would hatch a conspiracy theory like that without photos and/or video to nail down his tall tale, right?

Ha! If you think that's the case than you don't read the right-wing blogs very often, because trust me, facts are optional....(Remainder.)

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Beck Loses Some Sponsors After Obama Remark



By Brian Stelter

The New York Times


ABOUT a dozen companies have withdrawn their commercials from “Glenn Beck,” the Fox News Channel program, after Glenn Beck, the person, said late last month that President Obama was a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

The companies that have moved their ads elsewhere in recent days included ConAgra, Geico, Procter & Gamble and the insurance company Progressive. In a statement that echoed the comments of other companies, ConAgra said on Thursday that “we are firmly committed to diversity, and we would like to prevent the potential perception that advertising during this program was an endorsement of the viewpoints shared.”

The campaign against Mr. Beck is rooted in an advocacy group’s objection to the commentator’s remarks on July 28. Given the number of advertisers that have pledged to remove their spots, it appears to have been unusually successful....(Remainder.)

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Does Andrew Breitbart Not Know What "Lied" Means? Or Doesn't He Know What a Swastika is?

By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters


Or does he just get paid to peddle partisan information? I'm leaning toward the latter.

From his WashTimes column this week [emphasis added]:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is having a hard time these days explaining the president's Israel policy to her Jewish constituents, blatantly lied and said that the protesters were wielding "swastikas and symbols like that."
Didn't we already go through this routine, and didn't NRO's Jonah Goldberg already sufficiently embarrass himself when he claimed Pelosi was "lying" about the swastika claim?

Guess Breitbart didn't get the memo:





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Robert Gibbs and Fox's White House Moron, Garrett, Argue Over Email from White House

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CNN Has a Lou Dobbs Problem: Dobbs Allowed to Trash the SPLC While Anderson Cooper Promotes Their Report

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Well, well, well. Besides Lou Dobbs blatant hatred of immigrants, and his latest birther debacle, now he's decided to trash the Southern Poverty Law Center, and instead of bringing anyone from their organization on to attempt to defend themselves, he asks his guests Ron Christie, Hank Sheinkopf and Chris Stirewalt to weigh in on whether there has been a rise in right wing militia groups across the country instead. I'm not sure why he thought any of these people were qualified to debate the topic. If he'd wanted to have a fair argument on this, he'd have brought in our own Dave Neiwert, and Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center and debated both of them himself.

My friends John Amato and Dave Neiwert are both travelling to the Daily KOS event right now, but I hope when Dave gets some time, he can take on Dobbs himself on this one.
DOBBS: Let me turn to another story. The Associated Press publishing a story today about a report on anti-government militia groups brought to you by the southern poverty law center. The link to the story, if I may, and this is interesting, I won't read the whole thing. "Militia groups with gripes across the country 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." This is from the Associated Press. "The report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says, conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan --" blah, blah, blah. I ask each of you to take a look at the story for independent judgment. What is your opinion, first of the reporting of the Associated Press and the Southern Poverty Law Center?

SHEINKOPF: We need to be careful what we read to. The second paragraph taken as gospel, with no facts, frankly, is very dangerous. Now, this may in fact be a trend but there's nothing in there to skate any factual data. That's just wait it is. It's simple.

DOBBS: Ron?

CHRISTIE: I agree with Hank. I think obviously there are a lot of people around the country that with the first African-American president and I think people are reacting to that. We need to make sure it's based in fact and not rhetoric. I think it's a very irresponsible report....
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Keith Olbermann Reports on ColorofChange.org's Drive Against Beck & His Advertisers

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Joe Scarborough Says Lying Sack of Dog Mess is "Stupid" & Should "Shut the Hell Up"

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The Retarded Baby Jesus Blatantly Lies in Claiming that Dems are Name Calling at Town Halls

By Media Matters

Asserting that "the Democrats" are the ones "yelling here and calling names," Sean Hannity claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called health care town hall protesters "Nazis"; that Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote "that they are un-American"; and that President Obama is "telling the American people to shut up." In fact, none of these claims is true....(Remainder.)




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Unadulterated Moron, Steve Douchey, Vomits Up Heritage Foundation Talking Points

By Media Matters

On August 12, Steve Doocy cited five "really hard" health care questions to ask elected officials at town hall meetings, which he said he received "from one of [his] friends." All of Doocy's questions, however, are virtually identical to the "five questions Americans should be pressing their elected leaders on" posted on the conservative Heritage Foundation's blog....(Remainder.)



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