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On Fox, Napolitano Attacks Barney Frank, but Flat Out Ignores Crazy-Bitch's Hitler References

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Fucktard O'Reilly Threatens to "Expose" Netroots Nation, but Just Reveal How Impotent He Is

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


Bill O'Reilly's promos promised all day yesterday that he would "expose" what "really happened" at the Netroots Nation gathering in Pittsburgh last week.

But the best he could do was produce some clips of moderately fiery rhetoric from a few speakers (actually, everything he features is in fact pretty reasonable, not to mention factually accurate) and then launch into one of his patented rants about how the "far-left" (why the hyphen, dude?) is actually all about "redistributing wealth," which is why we want "government-run health care."

Of course, he can produce no evidence to support this. Progressives at Netroots Nation, in reality, favor the compromise known as the "public option" instead of full-fledged government-run health care, perhaps better known as "single payer." And no one I heard said a word about "redistributing wealth." Maybe we harbor such sentiments secretly, but if O'Reilly wants to make that characterization, he ought to offer some evidence to support it.

If you want to read a fairly objective and dispassionate report on NN, check out Christopher Beam's report in Slate....(Original.)

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Big Time Hannity FAIL! He Claims to Have "Read the Entire Bill" then Lies About What's In It

By Media Matters

After claiming to have "read the entire bill, all 1,018 pages," Sean Hannity falsely claimed that if small businesses "don't go for the public option" under a House health care reform bill, "they're going to be punished," and that end-of-life provisions in the bill would establish "a bureaucrat that is designated to save money talking to an elderly person and offering them end-of-life advice." In fact, the penalty on small business would apply to businesses that don't provide health care, not specifically on those that "don't go for the public option," and the end-of-life provisions would reimburse physicians -- not "a bureaucrat" -- for voluntary counseling sessions....(Remainder.)



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"Egg-as-Person" Crusade Drives Big Money to Anti-Choice Groups

By Wendy Norris
RH Reality Check via t r u t h o u t


In just five short years, the primary movers and shakers in the absolutist anti-abortion/anti-choice movement seeking to promote the "personhood" of zygotes (the single cell that forms after a sperm fertilizes an egg) have amassed nearly $58 million in tax-deductible contributions for their cause.

Even the lead up to one of the worst economic periods in U.S. history has barely registered a blip in the group's collective money-drawing power according to an examination of IRS and state campaign finance records conducted for RH Reality Check. Four out of the five groups are raising more cash than ever with sophisticated fundraising operations, flush investment portfolios, and robust revenue-generating activities. This isn't your grandma's church bake sale by any stretch of the imagination.

American Life League

The fundraising champ among the five organizations profiled for this article is the American Life League (ALL), an ultra-conservative Catholic tax-exempt charity that describes itself as "supporting the social welfare of persons born and unborn." Its founder Judie Brown is better known as the "grandmother of the modern anti-choice movement" who popularized aggressive clinic blockades and sidewalk "counseling" tactics to harass health care providers and clinic patients beginning in the 1980s....(Remainder.)

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How the Right & the Left Destroyed the Public Option

By Frank Schaeffer
The Huffington Post


What's the common denominator linking crummy public transport, military contractors and the public option being taken off the table in the health care reform fight? Why is a single-payer health care provider "unthinkable"? The common denominator is that the United States is in the thralls of a demented cult that combines the idea of privacy and the profit motive into what is, in fact, our civil religion. It's a crap religion.

The Cult

If the "public option" for health-care reform is off the table who's to blame? We all are -- left, right, moderate, progressive, we have glorified the notion of privacy, profit and individual space for so long that we wouldn't know a public option if one bit us in the ass.

A weird convergence of factors has resulted in United States of America being one of the only places on earth where all sense of a public space, let alone public duty, is off the table as a matter of faith. Privacy, ownership and profit are what we are about.

Examples: Roe v. Wade (whatever your view of abortion) was argued on the basis of privacy. The right to own weapons has been carried such a ludicrous point, in terms of private ownership, that we have little mercenary armies marching around in the woods calling themselves militia groups and armed to the teeth with semiautomatic high-powered military-style weapons. Our trains are 50 years behind the rest of the world's because some genius addicted to the cult of profit decided that they aren't infrastructure but just another business....(Remainder.)

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Health Care Rats Come Out of the Woodwork

By Matt Taibbi
True/Slant

It is not the be-all and end-all of health-care reform. It is not the long-awaited safety net for the uninsured. And if, as many liberals hope, it turns out to be nothing more than Medicare for All, it won’t do anything to hold down long-term growth in health spending.

via Public Optioned-Out – The Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com
There are some days when it almost seems like the national press is making a conscious effort to prove Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent gospel. If the national commercial media really did exist solely to perpetuate the attitudes of the political elite, and to create phony debates around unthreatening policy poles, endlessly pitting a conservative/reactionary status quo against an “acceptable” position of dissent — if that thesis were the absolute truth, then you’d see just what we’re seeing now in the coverage of the health care debate.

All across the country the news media reacted to the White House leak about the possibility of the public option being dropped with, well, an oddly circumspect tone. Although some initial stories carried a sensational tone, within a day or two the debate had settled down, and the country’s most prominent pundits were considering this treacherous and cowardly development in a pragmatic light. In Eric Etheridge’s review-of-reviewers blog in the Times, the “Opinionator,” the situation was described this way:
The debate is primarily on the left, or among the Democrats, where partisans are furiously arguing along two intersecting fronts: First, the public option is or is not an essential element of reform. Second, abandoning the public option will or will not make passing the remainder of reform more likely.
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Barney Frank's Town Hall Snaps

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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How I Became an Agnostic

Covering religion for this newspaper left me disillusioned – but not quite an atheist

By Stephen Bates
The Guardian

When I was made the paper's religious affairs correspondent by the editor in early 2000, on my return from a five year posting as the paper's European affairs editor in Brussels, I accepted the job reluctantly, as a demotion.

Stupidly, I could not see the job as much of a story for a paper like the Guardian. I retained vestiges of my religious upbringing, as a Roman Catholic, but for various reasons, I had become largely unobservant – unlike my wife, a charismatic evangelical Anglican, and my children, being brought up in the evangelical tradition in defiance of Catholic teaching, because my wife is more devout than I am.

I am the son and grandson of mixed marriages and could remember my father going off to his church services in the local parish church (and yet still being a good man) while my mother dragged me and my brother and sister off to mass, where we could pray for the conversion of our "separated brethren", such as my dad and the reconversion of England, which was clearly what God and the Virgin Mary, who saw the country as her dowry, would want.

The sense of a separate, slightly beleaguered and isolated identity was even a little thrilling back in the late 1960s, especially as I was taken out of prayers at my (Anglican) grammar school for a period until the notion of contamination by heresy came to seem too absurd and I fell in with all the rest....(Remainder.)

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Jon Stewart: Fox News: The New Liberals

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Polis Takes Progressive Health Message to Conservative Corner

By David O. Williams
The Colorado Independent


EDWARDS — The question put to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis by a man at Wednesday’s health-care town hall in Edwards drew a loud cheer from the majority of clearly conservative mountain-dwellers feeling disenfranchised by the ultra-liberal freshman Democrat from Boulder.

The man, also from Boulder, asked Polis how he could be sure he was representing the majority of his constituents by supporting President Obama’s health-care reform package, especially when the man was attending his third Polis town hall on the topic and opponents of the plan seemed to outnumber supporters at all three.

“This might be news to some of you here, but this congressional district is a fairly progressive congressional district that you live in,” Polis told the overflow crowd in the wealthy Singletree subdivision, drawing cheers from the progressive minority in attendance. “It did vote overwhelmingly for Obama for his mandate of change. It voted for me, of course, and it voted for people who espouse a particular solution.”

Polis said he made no secret of his support for a single-payer solution during his campaign last year, and barring that, now supports a government-controlled “public option” insurance plan to compete with private, for-profit insurance companies and hopefully drive down costs in order to decrease the ranks of the nation’s 47 million uninsured.

Even tossing out that number drew boos that Polis quickly stifled by pointing out the nation’s estimated 12 million to 15 million illegal immigrants will not be eligible for the public-option plan. He said that debate needs to be and will be handled separately when Congress gets around to comprehensive immigration reform....(Remainder.)

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Equality Maine Launches First TV Spot: Together

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Ed Schultz Calls Out Frank "Wig-of-Doom" Luntz's Health Reform Talking Points "A Flat Out Lie"

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Fox's Johnson Continues to Fearmonger by Saying Health Care Reform Will Cause Rationing

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Complete Failure Napolitano Continues Lying to Claim White House Wants to Take Over Your Computer

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Fox's VP of Bullshit, Sammon, Says Poll Shows People Don't Want Public Option....Um, NO

By Media Matters

On the August 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom, after co-host Bill Hemmer noted the results of an Ipsos/McClatchy poll question -- which he incorrectly said was an ABC News poll question -- asking if the public option would provide better care than private plans, Fox News vice president for news and Washington managing editor Bill Sammon claimed that "people are saying they don't want the public option, as that poll demonstrates." However, when the Ipsos/McClatchy poll specifically asked respondents if they believed "it is necessary to create a public health insurance plan," 52 percent of respondents agreed. Numerous other recent polls also show that a majority of Americans support a public option....(Remainder.)



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ABC FINALLY Highlights Fact That Public Option Would Lower Health Care Costs

By Media Matters

After reporting on August 17 that "there are signs that the administration may be backing off the so-called public option," ABC's World News host Charles Gibson went on to cite "experts" who said, in Gibson's words, "[I]f you take out the public option in terms of insurance, there's going to be no restraints on the cost of insurance." But in the three months prior, World News has never cited any health experts making that point; rather, correspondents only reported that the intention of the public plan was to drive down costs or cited Democrats making that claim.

From the August 17 edition of ABC's World News with Charles Gibson:
GIBSON: It is one of the core issues in the debate over health care reform. Should there be a government-run insurance program side by side with private insurers? President Obama has been pushing hard for that, saying it is the key to keeping health insurance costs from spiraling out of control. But now there are signs that the administration may be backing off the so-called public option. An effort to accommodate one side in the debate may be causing a backlash on the other.

Jake Tapper is at the White House tonight to explain. Jake, good evening.

TAPPER: Good evening, Charlie. Well, that's right. The president's push for a public, government-run plan has long been -- long been one of the centerpieces of his health care reform push. But now there are signs that he may be walking away from it, and liberal Democratic allies say you can't have true cost containment from private insurers without it....
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Olbermann Gives WPITW Awards to Sammon, Hemmer, Stossel, Limbaugh

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Pinheaded Fucktard O'Reilly Doesn't Like Getting Called Out for GOP Ties By Sen. Bernie Sander

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


Sen. Bernie Sanders' appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show last week really stuck in Bill O'Reilly's craw like a chicken bone, so he tried to spit it out by naming Sanders a "Pinhead" on The O'Reilly Factor last night.

Here's what Sanders said:
Sanders: We need to do grass roots organizing. I'll tell you what else we need to do. We need to understand that it is very, very hard for the president or anybody else to take on, not just the Republican Party - that's the easy part - to take on all of right-wing talk radio which covers 90 percent of talk show hosts, a whole FOX Network which is nothing more than an arm of the Republican Party.
O'Reilly's response: To make fun of Sanders' thick New England accent and insist that Sanders' charge was "false" -- though of course he had no way of proving otherwise. Especially since Sanders is saying something every sane person who watches Fox (admittedly, those numbers are shrinking) can see for themselves....(Remainder.)

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Horse Lookin' Bitch, Rose Tennent Whines About GEICO Pulling Ads from Beck

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Screeching Howler Monkey Malkin Continues to Attack Children

By John Amato
Crooks and Liars


Malkin once again proves that there's nothing so low that she won't do it. You may remember that she attacked 12-year-old Graeme Frost over the SCHIP vote and posted personal information about his family. Well, now she's lowering the bar and attacking an 11-year-old girl. (Malkin link here)

At least she's an equal-opportunity smear artist. I know this happened a few days ago, but I had to address it. Bob Cesca covered it with his post: Malkin and Fox News Are Stalking Children Again:
It's a brand new conspiracy involving President Obama and an 11-year-old girl. The plot? To ask a question at a town hall meeting.

Scary. Run for your lives and all that.

Rewind to Tuesday afternoon when an 11-year-old girl asked President Obama a question about the "mean things" she observed on various protest signs outside. Malkin and other wingnuts swooped into action, investigating and exposing the girl's parents as -- shock, horror! -- supporters of the president. The girl's parents even donated some money and volunteered on the campaign.

Mind blowing, I know. It's like the Donald Sutherland scene in JFK....
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Right-Wing Douche Nozzle Mark Steyn Bald-Faced Lie: Half the Country Approved of Bush

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Why the Right's Propaganda Works

By Robert Parry
The Smirking Chimp


Many on the Left are blaming President Barack Obama and middle-of-the-road Democrats for maneuvering health-care reform into a fast-approaching head-on collision. And some of that criticism is well deserved for foolishly letting Republicans get their hands on the wheel at all.

But American liberals and progressives – especially the wealthy ones – should take a hard look in the mirror when assessing blame. For three decades now, the Left has sat back and done next to nothing to build a media infrastructure while the Right has put together a truly powerful media machine.

So it’s not entirely Obama’s fault that support for the public health insurance option has dropped from three-quarters of the American people to not even a plurality, according to the latest NBC News poll. The Right’s propagandists – via radio, TV, print and the Internet – have successfully demonized reform.

The Right also has used psy-war arguments about government “death panels” and other lies to frighten gullible Americans into opposition. In the NBC poll, 45 percent think Obama’s reform would let the government stop medical care for sick old people, though the legislation wouldn’t do that.

The poll found that majorities now believe the Democratic plans would give health insurance to illegal immigrants, use taxpayer dollars for women to have abortions, and lead to a government takeover of the health system – claims that fact-checkers say simply aren’t true....(Remainder.)

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Dissent Commodified

By Thomas Frank
The Huffington Post


The 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival has certain pundits in a misty-eyed nostalgic funk for the days when youth culture came of age, challenging conformity, standing up for individuality, and making awesome music before it all got so commercialized.

The memory it brought back for me came from the late Trader Monthly magazine, a chronicler of the truculent way of the trading pits and possibly the definitive opposite of the Aquarian spirit. Leafing through an old issue a while ago, I happened across "Cash of the Titans," an accounting of the nation's most successful speculators, in which images of the billionaires were tastefully rendered by none other than Peter Max, the artist once beloved of the Now Generation for his psychedelic posters.

Perhaps this coming together of peace, love and accumulation brought a curse to the lips of Woodstock's earnest memorialists. For me, it was a reminder of how seamlessly counterculture and business culture have meshed; how neatly '60s cultural radicalism fit into structures it was supposedly against.

By this I do not mean to refer to the many rock stars who have been knighted, or the Cadillacs their music has been used to promote, or the maddening ubiquity of classic rock, which I am starting to suspect is required by some secret agreement to be played over the PA system of every hardware store in the nation until the day the last boomer takes his final toke.

I am not talking about "selling out." What I have in mind is something grander: that business embraced the carnival it saw in the muddy hills of upstate New York in 1969 not merely because it wanted to sell things to kids but because coolness, nonconformity and soulfulness expressed something deep and true about capitalism itself....(Remainder.)

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AFL-CIO to Congress: Public Option “Do or Die,” It's Not Reform Without It

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When Liberals Fight Back

By Joan Walsh
Salon.com


God bless Barney Frank. His outburst at a "town hell" protester who accused him and Obama of supporting "Nazi policy" spread virally around the Web early Wednesday and expressed a lot of liberals' head-splitting frustration. "On what planet do you spend most of your time?" he countered, to lots of applause. Frank called it "a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated," and closed by saying: "Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it."

On "Hardball" today, Politico's Ken Vogel suggested Frank's outburst might help the right, but I said I saw the opposite: That Frank's frank talk might embolden liberals to counter lies with truth: The idea that some delusional young woman in Massachussetts (reportedly a Lyndon LaRouche supporter) can accuse a gay Jewish congressman of supporting Nazi policies is reprehensible ignorance, and Frank responded with perfect pitch. Here's our Hardball discussion (text continues below video):



In related news: The dumbest statement of the day didn't come from Frank's town hall critic in Massachusetts; it came from the White House, where an unnamed "senior White House advisor" told the Washington Post that the administration just doesn't understand the passion for the public option among liberals. "I don't understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo," said the clueless senior White House adviser. "We've gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don't understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform."...(Remainder.)

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Renowned Constitutional Scholar Michele Bachmann: Congress Can't Reform Health Care

By Matthew Delong
The Washington Independent


At The Minnesota Independent, Andy Birkey flags the always-entertaining Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” last night. During the interview, Bachmann asserted that Congress’ health care reform proposals are unconstitutional. To illustrate why, she broke down the U.S. Constitution for us laypeople:
“[I]t is not within our power as members of Congress, it’s not within the enumerated powers of the Constitution for us to design and create a national takeover of health care. Nor is it within our ability to be able to delegate that responsibility to the executive.”
It is true, of course, that the power of Congress “to design and create a national takeover of health care” is not stated anywhere in the founding document.

However, as Birkey notes, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution — where the “powers” of Congress are “enumerated”  — includes the following:
The Congress shall have Power To … provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;
It also includes this power:
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
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Germs Don't Care if You're Legal or Not

By Chris Weigant
The Huffington Post


There is certainly no shortage of irony in the debate raging across the country on healthcare reform. For me, though, the choicest bit of irony has to be the new rallying cry of those who want to shoot down any reform efforts -- that it would provide insurance for illegal immigrants. This irony is lost on those who don't know their history, though. Because fear of immigrants is what started the concept of "public health" in America. But back then, it was fear of sick immigrants infecting everyone else which drove the debate. Hence the irony.

A century ago, what once had been a radical new idea had largely been accepted as scientific truth -- the "germ theory" of disease. Germs (or, more properly, micro-organisms) caused disease -- it sounds simple today, but back then it was a fairly new notion. With this new understanding came a better grasp of how diseases jumped from person to person. Whether through the air, through water, or through touch, these tiny germs passed from a sick person to infect a healthy person. As I said, this all sounds pretty basic now.

But as well as the budding science of microbiology, germ theory also drove public policy. The concept of "public health" was transformed as a result. Because germs don't care how much money you have -- they are the ultimate in non-bias. They'll infect anybody. Which meant that the wealthier members of society had a new vested interest in keeping the poorer members healthy -- to stop communicable diseases in their tracks....(Remainder.)

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GOP Unveils the "Slavery Option" for Health Care Reform

Roberts Says 14th Amendment "Not A Problem"

By Paul Rosenberg
Open Left


In a move that caught the entire Democratic Party by surprise, the House and Senate Republican leadership unveiled what they called "the ultimate free market solution to health care reform."

"People who can't afford health care will simply sell themselves to people who can afford to buy it for them," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained.

"Of course, the purchasers will get a substantial tax break to encourage their public spiritedness," added House Minority Leader John Boehner.

Calling the proposal "brilliant," former Speaker Newt Gingrich said it was the sort of "outside the box thinking that the ultra-liberal Democratic Party leadership was utter incapable of grasping, much less providing for the nation."  He went on to call for President Obama and the entire Democratic congressional leadership to resign "for the good of the country."

The punditalkcrazy was immediately impressed. "The Democrats had already clearly lost the momentum," wrote David Broder, "Now the Republicans are not just defining the debate, they're showing once again that they alone really know what it means to act like the party of governance."

"It's a no-brainer," said Chris Matthews.  "I don't think the Democrats have an answer to this."

"This is what we've been waiting for," said Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus, in a prepared statement. "Many of my Democratic colleagues have been unfairly critical of my efforts to find common ground with Republicans, to forge a bipartisan bill.  They didn't think Republicans were serious about health care reform.  Now we see how wrong they all were."...(Remainder.)

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Maher on Maddow to Discuss Daily KOS/NBC Poll Showing Repiglickins Can't Separate Fact From Fiction

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UnitedHealth Group Backing Tea Parties?

By BarbinMD
Daily KOS


Here's some more of that spontaneous, grassroots opposition to health care reform that the Republicans keep talking about:
At least one major insurer is urging its employees to participate in tea parties.

Last week, UnitedHealth Group--the second largest health insurance company in the country--sent out a letter to its employees urging them to call UHG's United for Health Reform Advocacy Hotline to speak with an advocacy specialist about health care reform. The advocacy specialist, according to the letter, is there to help UHG employees write personalized messages to elected officials, and to arm them with talking points to use at local events in order to better oppose the public health insurance option.

However, a source who's insured by UHG--and who also obtained the letter--called the hotline on Tuesday and says the company directed him to an events list hosted by the right wing America's Independent Party, and suggested he attend an anti-health care reform tea party sponsored by religious fundamentalist Dave Daubenmire, scheduled for today outside the office of Blue Dog Rep. Zack Space (D-OH).

Of course we know why the insurance companies oppose the public option, even as they pretend to support reform, but now they're hooking up with the leader of an Army of God to do it?...(Remainder.)

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GOP Senators: US Faces Terrorist Attack if Holder Probes Bush's Torture

By Jason Leopold
The Public Record


Nine Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Eric Holder Wednesday saying the U.S. could face a terrorist attack if the attorney general appoints a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s use of torture against “war on terror” suspects.

Holder is under pressure to resist launching a criminal probe, even one limited to rogue CIA interrogators. At the same time, he is facing mounting pressure from some prominent Democrats and civil liberties and human rights groups to not only sign off on a criminal investigation but to expand it to include top Bush administration officials.

The latest correspondence came on Wednesday, in a letter to the attorney general that said an investigation into the CIA’s interrogation practices, no matter how limited in scope, would jeopardize the “security for all Americans, “chill future intelligence activities,” and could “leave us more vulnerable to attack.”

The senators resorted to fear-mongering, invoking the terrorist attacks on 9/11 to try and dissuade Holder

“We are deeply concerned by recent news reports that you are ‘poised to appoint a special prosecutor’ to investigate CIA officials who interrogated al Qaeda terrorists. Such an investigation could have a number of serious consequences, not just for the honorable members of the intelligence community, but also for the security of all Americans,” the letter says....(Remainder.)

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Fox Wildly Distorts ACLU Religious Liberty Case

By Heather L. Weaver
ACLU


Florida’s Santa Rosa County School District has a long and unrepentant history of unconstitutionally sponsoring prayers, proselytizing students, and generally promoting particular religious beliefs throughout district schools. In August 2008, no longer able to bear this infringement on their liberties, two students at Pace High School sued the district with the assistance of the ACLU. Many in the community reacted in an uproar: the student plaintiffs were vilified in the media and threatened with rape and death, among other efforts to intimidate them, and district officials vowed to fight back. Pace High Principal H. Frank Lay was perhaps the most vocal, declaring during a fiery sermon at an off-campus church service (MP3): "This country is founded on Judeo-Christian principles, there is no doubt about that. . . . I walk up and down the halls everyday and I see tons of kids that aren’t saved. They have hollow eyes. They are void of a spirit. They need Jesus."

But as the case proceeded and overwhelming evidence of a pervasive pattern of egregious constitutional violations continued to mount, it became clear that the district’s activities were indefensible. How could the defendants explain away the Pace High Teacher Handbook, which, on page four, requires school personnel to "embrace every opportunity to inculcate, by precept and example, the practice of every Christian virtue"? How could they justify school officials’ regularly leading or directing students in prayer at extracurricular and athletic events, arranging for prayer during graduation ceremonies, proselytizing students during and outside of class, and sponsoring religious baccalaureate services? How could they defend one teacher’s display of a waist-high white cross in her classroom? They could not, and to the school board’s credit, they (including Lay, a named defendant) admitted liability for their unlawful practices in December 2008, and agreed that the court should enter a preliminary injunction pending a final consent order to be worked out by the parties....(Remainder.)

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Denver Wingnut Radio Audiences Shrink Under New Ratings Technology

By Joseph Boven
The Colorado Independent


Americans love the hate radio… Or maybe a lot fewer people love it than we’ve been led to believe.

The Denver Post reports that Arbitron, the Nielson ratings of radio, has come up with a new computerized device said to more accurately reflect the listening habits of sample groups. Arbitron’s Portable People Meter or PPM is quickly sketching a new topography of listenership in the Denver area.

According to Arbitron’s new numbers, KOA-850 conservative talk show host Mike Rosen is playing to only half the number of listeners his advertisers were led to believe he drew every day. KHOW-630, which hosts “anti- illegal immigration” host Peter Boyles and Denver’s own Hannity and Colmes, Caplis and Silverman, fell from number 15 to somewhere below the top 20.

How does the meter work? Essentially, it is a small receiver that picks up embedded signals in the audio waves of each station. The Arbitron volunteer, who is paid to wear the pager-sized receiver on their waist, then simply listens to whatever they want and the meter records and sends this information to Arbitron.

The new computerized system replaces an old monitoring system where participants were asked to log their radio listening hours throughout the day. Arbitron felt this method created inaccuracies because people would forget what they were listening to. In addition, the old system reported on quarterly basis whereas Arbitron has now decided to begin creating reports on a weekly basis....(Remainder.)

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Rush Limbaugh is OBSESSED With Anal Sex

By Dan Savage
SLOG


He doesn't live around mine, Rush, but it sounds like you'd be delighted if Frank paid a visit to yours.




It's always about the buttsex with these conservative white male blowhards, huh? They're obsessed....(Original.)

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Homophobic Hate Monger "Bishop" Harry Jackson Think Universal Health Care is Classism

This man is totally insane!  I wonder if that bad weave crazy-eyed chick behind him is pushing him?



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Washington Anti-Gays are Starting to Pray

By Timothy Kincaid
Box Turtle Bulletin

Every day the fail rate for Referendum 71 is edging closer to 12.4% at which point the effort will go down in flames. After today’s count, at 57.5% reviewed, the cumulative fail rate is 11.63%.

And anti-gays are starting to worry. And bitch. And pray.

Faith and Freedom Network president Gary Randall sent an email out to supporters to complain about the Secretary of State’s verification procedures.
“SURGE” is the operative word. Speed has replaced accuracy.

As the homosexual lobby has increased their pressure on the Secretary to “hurry up” on processing the signatures, the error rate has risen. We have consistently reported that as the speed of checking has been accelerated, the error rate has risen.
Now anyone familiar with the process of looking for error - in anything - knows that going too fast doesn’t result in more identified false discrepancies but rather in missing those that are overlooked. But Randall isn’t doing his best truth telling this week.
The hurry-up plan was put in place as the homosexual lobby discovered that the faster the checkers checked, the more names were discarded as not valid. They began to put pressure on the Secretary a couple of weeks ago. He and his staff have responded, by setting arbitrary deadlines toward which they could surge, increasing the number of checkers, increasing the number of hours of checking and putting new policies in place which would hurry the process and result in an increase in the error rate.
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Anti-Gay Gangs Terrorize Iraq

Militias are targeting gay men in a killing campaign, ignored by police and prosecutors, that belies promises of security

By Scott Long
The Guardian


Who rules Iraq? If you ask Baghdad officials or the Obama administration's proconsuls, they will tell you: a democratically elected Iraqi government, a triumphant product of the "purple revolution" that reflects the will of Iraq's people.

If you ask Mashal, a shopkeeper from Baghdad's al-Sha'ab neighbourhood, he has a different answer.

"Four men came into the shop," he told us about one awful evening in April. "They pulled out guns. They were the Mahdi army.

"The place they took me to was very close to a mosque or actually in the courtyard – I could hear the call to prayer very clearly. When they hauled me out of the car, they beat me unconscious.

"Late the next day, they came to me and said, 'We know you are gay.' They pulled out a list of names and started reading them ... I knew four who were still alive. One they had already killed.

"They interrogated me for three hours that night. They demanded I give them names of other gays. At night they got a broomstick. They used it to rape me."

Mashal got away with his life because his terrified family sold everything they owned for a ransom. He remembers one thing clearly: a police patrol parked next to his shop watched the kidnapping, and did nothing. "Everyone believes the police in the neighbourhood are controlled by the Mahdi army."...(Remainder.)

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Jonah Goldberg Hates it When People Play the Race Care, Except When His Man-Crush, Glenn Beck, Does it

By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters


Goldberg actually scores extra points for hypocrisy because he embraces a blatant double standard while accusing others of having a double standard [emphasis added].
Now, I’m not asking you to do this so that you might be able to see through the glare of Obama’s halo or the outlines of the media’s staggering double standard when it comes to covering this White House. Rather, it is to grasp that the Obama administration has been astoundingly incompetent.

Lashing out at the town hall protesters, playing the race card, whining about angry white men and whispering ominously about right-wing militias is almost always a sign of liberalism’s weakness - a failure of the imagination.
How has the Obama administration played "the race card" during the health care debate? Goldberg, as is his firm tradition of never actually practicing journalism, never bothers to explain or detail. He just likes the way the accusation sounds. Conservatives love to tar the other side by suggesting they have a habit of "playing the race card" and that it makes them weak and untrustworthy. Right-wingers like Goldberg can't stand it when folks start "playing the race card."

Except when Glenn Beck does it....(Remainder.)

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DICK "Never Met a Doughnut He Didn't Like" Morris Blathers On About Health Care & Immigrants

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The Retarded Baby Jesus Attacks Crooks and Liars For Calling Out Lying Teabaggers

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars


Sean Hannity was evidently distraught about Logan's post last Thursday about the teabagging Glenn Beck fan Katy Abram, who showed up at Arlen Specter's health-care town hall to spout Glenn Beckian nonsense. Logan remarked:
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.
Hannity gulps at this:
Hannity: Lovely. I guess the tone in Washington has really changed.
Of course, it hasn't. It hasn't because Sean Hannity and his Fox compatriots -- particularly Beck, who has even characterized President Obama as an anti-white racist -- as well as the Limbaugh-Coulter sector have seen to that....(Remainder.)

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Right-Wing Extremist Media Follow Repiglickin Talking Points: Co-Ops Identical to Public Plan

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Conservatwit Blogger, Matt Lewis, Says Lying Sack of Dog Mess is P.T. Barnum; Doing More Harm

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Rick Sanchez Discuses Right-Wing Extremist Carrying an Assault Rifle at Town Hall in Arizona

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Isn't this special? Even Ed Henry was flustered by these people openly carrying assault rifles and other guns outside of an Obama rally in Phoenix, AZ. As Henry stated, this is legal, but at what point does the Secret Service get involved and say, you know what if you've got a weapon out in the open with these crowds, it's time for you to go?

These are not concealed weapons. They are being carried out in the open where maybe someone who doesn't have a permit or own the gun could take the gun away from the person carrying it and shoot people in the crowd. I would love for someone who knows something about what the conceal and carry laws are in Arizona to explain to me why this is legal? It just looks down right irresponsible to me to be carrying an unconcealed, loaded weapon in a crowd even if you do have a right to carry it.

And for the record, I'm not some anti-gun zealot. I have no problem with those that own and handle guns responsibly. My husband hunts and we've got a safe full of guns at our home. That said, if he brought one of them loaded into a crowd like these people did and had it right out in the open where anyone might take it away from him, I don't think we'd be married any more. I think it is completely irresponsible and if the gun laws in Arizona allow this, there's something wrong with their laws....(Remainder.)

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Ass-Faced Dick "Toe Sucking Pervert" Morris & Fox Now Claim Health Bill Has de Facto Death Panels



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Utter Douche-Bag Fox's Santorum Calls Obama Un-American



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Pat "Shit-for-Brains" Buchanan Again Calls for the Killing of Levi Johnston



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Frank "Tragically Bad Wig" Luntz Squeezes Out Another Talking Point: Government Option Not Public



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NBC's Tom Costello Completely & Ignorantly Butchers Health Bill's Tax on Wealthy

By Media Matters


NBC News correspondent Tom Costello falsely reported that the health care income surtax in the House tri-committee bill could mean a surcharge of $7,000 for those "with a taxable income of more than $350,000" and a surcharge of $15,000 for those "earning $500,000." In fact, since the surcharge rates established in the bill would apply only to the portion of a household's income that exceeds $350,000 or $500,000, respectively, families making between $350,000 and $500,000 would not pay more than $1,500, and families making between $500,000 and $1 million would not pay more than $9,000....(Remainder.)



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Who's Behind the Obama-as-Hitler Posters?

By Rachel Sklar
Mediaite


Yesterday, Rep. Barney Frank got in a heated exchange with a questioner at a Massachusetts Town Hall, who held up a poster of President Barack Obama overlaid prominently with a Hitler mustache. “Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy?” she demanded. His response: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?”

Great sound bite, but actually, it’s this one — and she shares it with LaRouchePac, the political action committee run by Lyndon LaRouche. Which just happens to be mass-manufacturing those Obama-as-Hitler posters.

The protester opened her question to Frank by comparing the widely-rumored (and widely-debunked) so-called “Death Panels” to the Nazi’s T-4 program of exterminating people will illnesses, deformities or otherwise deemed “unworthy of life.” The fourth result for “Nazis T-4 Policy” is “Nazi T4 Genocide Model Openly Touted By Obama Administration” from LaRouchePac.com. HotAirPundit points out that “LaRouche PAC had a table outside the event” at which it was giving out Obama-with-Hitler-mustache posters, and says that LaRouche can be traced to most of the Hitler noise: “99% of the Town Hall Protesters denounce the Hitler pictures.”

As HotAirPundit notes, Newsbusters previously pointed out the LaRouchePac connection to the Hitler signs — and criticizing mainstream media sites for conflating them with Conservative rhetoric against Health Care Reform position.

NewsBusters’ main point is that LaRouche is actually on the left — he’s run for President as a Democrat before, after all — but I think it’s safe to say that LaRouche has never been an accepted, promoted, or viable candidate for the Democratic party. His views have been variously described, according to SourceWatch, as Fascist, Communist, Bonapartist and Right-Wing Populist, and marked by conspiracy theories. So it’s pretty clear why both sides would want to distance themselves from him and his antics....(Remainder.)

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