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In the Realm of "You Have to Be Fucking Kidding": Obama's School Speech Makes Conservatives Cry

Thursday, September 03, 2009

By Rude One
The Rude Pundit


Twenty years ago, in his first year as President, George Bush the Smarter gave a speech broadcast live to schools around the nation. The September 12, 1989, talk was done with less than a day's advanced warning, but a good many schools stopped everything to put televisions into classrooms and hold assemblies to watch. In the speech, Bush sought to scare the living fuck out of kids about drugs. After telling the story of a cop who was blown away at point blank range, killed on the orders of a drug kingpin, cold and calculated," Bush offered, "[O]ut on the street a nightmare for America is happening, every day, every night. Somewhere a teenaged girl who ought to be in school is giving birth to a baby already addicted to cocaine, and that baby is coming into this world shaking and twitching from withdrawal, so sensitive to the touch that it can't be held or fed properly." He informed the now-terrified students that "Saying no won't make you a nerd," asked them to narc on friends, quoted Michael Jordan, and concluded with "Have a good year."

The backdrop of the speech was that Bush was trying to get Congress to pass a tough and useless anti-drug program that included lots more prisons, prosecutors and other things that don't really work. Democrats wanted to add more drug treatment and prevention measures to the bill. Bush had already spoken to the nation on September 5 about drugs, even getting the DEA to set up a crack sting near the White House just for a visual and a story in that address.

So, in other words, in 1989, President Bush spoke to students with the blatantly political goal of getting his harsh new drug laws passed in order to demonstrate, again, how tough he was. And the outrage from the left? Well, some of the kids thought the whole thing was worthless and/or bullshit. Some liked it. Otherwise, not a damn peep from anyone, not even on the good liberal McNeil/Lehrer Newshour.

And why was there no outcry of indoctrination to conservative causes, no uproar about inflicting such unpleasant thoughts on the precious children, no kerfuffle over whether or not the students were forced to watch it? Because there wasn't. Because he was the President. And if the President of the United States wants to make some little statement to students, then he gets to fucking do it. And, really, unless he's got spinning hyno-eyes telling them to kill their hippie grandparents, who the fuck cares? There was more important shit to do then, like debating whether or not there should be a flag-burning amendment. (God, the 80s sucked.)...(Remainder.)

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Radio Host Boyles' Birther Billboards to Grace Denver Interstate

By Joseph Boven
The Colorado Independent


KHOW radio’s Peter Boyles wears labels like “xenophobe” and “racist” as badges of honor, often comparing himself to Galileo and Copernicus; that is, as an outsider-advocate for the truth. During Tuesday’s broadcast, Boyles announced his commitment to the truth sought by the “birther” movement, explaining that he has joined with World Net Daily (WND) to launch an ad campaign questioning Pres. Obama’s citizenship and asking to see the president’s birth certificate.

During a conversation with guest Drew Zahn, WND contributor, Boyles said that, as a result of his on-air efforts, two billboards, pasted front and back with the question “Where is the birth certificate?” would be placed along I-70, where they will be viewed by more than 300,000 Denver-area commuters each day. Boyles said that birther Phil Wolf volunteered the billboards.

The boards will be located on Wolf Leasing Internet & Sales lot in Wheat Ridge.

“One thing led to another and I got a hold of Pete….I told him I’d be willing to donate my signs for the message,” Wolf told World Net Daily.

“It’s a very cool moment,” Boyles reportedly told his audience on Friday. “It’ll rock ‘n’ roll when this happens… Maybe other radio talk-show hosts will do the same and see what their audiences do.”

On Tuesday, Boyles said that though there was a growing call to mention Obama directly in the campaign, he felt that the original copy written by Joseph Farah, World Net Daily editor and chief executive officer, was powerful enough.

“The sign will just simply say, ‘Where is the birth certificate?”

Zahn added that the campaign was not “directly an attack on Barack Obama.”...(Remainder.)

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Did We Miss the Part Where Gays Demanded to be Married in St. Patrick's?!

By Jeremy Hooper
Good As You


Where there's a proposed ban on civil fairness the Catholics are not far behind. This time it's DC, where the Archdiocese of Washington is using the completely optional concept of religion to deny civil marriage -- civil, civil, did we mention we're talking about CIVIL equality? -- recognition to same-sex couples:



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Republican Party of Florida says Obama Will “Indoctrinate” School Children with “Socialist Ideology”

By Angie Drobnic Holan
PolitiFact


President Barack Obama plans to speak to the nation's schoolchildren on Sept. 8. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the speech will be about "the importance of persisting and succeeding in school," and the department is offering classroom materials to "engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives."

You might think that would be a harmless topic, and that people across the political spectrum could agree on the importance of education.

Not so for the Republican Party of Florida, which released a statement "condemning President Obama's use of taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda."

"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology," said Jim Greer, party chairman, in a news release.

"The idea that schoolchildren across our nation will be forced to watch the president justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other president, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power," he added.

"The Democrats have clearly lost the battle to maintain control of the message this summer, so now that school is back in session, President Obama has turned to American's children to spread his liberal lies, indoctrinating American's youngest children before they have a chance to decide for themselves," he concluded.

The release, which we received via e-mail, told us to click a link to learn more about Obama's speech.

That took us to the U.S. Department of Education Web site, where Secretary Arne Duncan wrote that the speech was about "the importance of education."...(Remainder.)

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September Religious Right Conference Promises Birthers, Bachmann, Infidels

By Andy Birkey
The Minnesota Independent

Some of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s comments in Denver this week — notably, that opponents of health care reform should “slit our wrists, be blood brothers” — generated plenty of attention in the media and blogosphere. But in just three weeks, she’ll have plenty of competition for those headlines. Speaking at the “How to Take Back America” conference later this month, she’ll be sharing the stage with a pastor who says conference attendees will be trained to “turn out the infidels”; a radio host who doubts President Obama is a U.S. citizen; and a columnist who opposes statehood for Puerto Rico because he says it’s a “Caribbean dogpatch.”

Here’s a look at some of the personalities Bachmann will hobnob with in St. Louis on Sept. 25 and 26.

Last week, Rick Scarborough of Vision America gave listeners on his radio show a preview or what to expect at the conference.

“There’s always a political component to revival,” he said. “If we fell on our face at that conference and said ‘Oh God, send revival and let it start with me… with the training we receive. Then [we] go back and recruit hundreds of people like us. By next spring, the spring of 2010, we can turn out the infidels, we can help people like Michele Bachmann return to Congress.”

“God does his best work right after a crucifixion,” said Scarborough. He said that Christians felt crucified during this last election especially “with Obama controlling so much of the resources, with him stealing from the American people.”

But Scarborough is not the only outspoken rightwinger at the conference....(Remainder.)

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Glenn Beck's Soliloquy: 'I am a Clown' Who 'Wants to Make Money'

By The Raw Story

There's nothing worse than a clown looking for pity instead of laughs.

Last night, Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck delivered the following soliloquy, "You know, I'd really like to share with you a personal story from today, but I can't, because it puts my family in danger. Do you think I want to get on the air every night and tell you this stuff? Do you know who I am? The media will say 'aw, he's just a clown.' Well you know what, I am a clown. I am a guy who just... I just want to have laughs and fun, I'm a capitalist, I want to make money, all that stuff. I want to live my life with my family. I don't want to have to live with security, and walls, and gates, and everything else. Do you think I want to live that way? Maybe there are some people like that. That ain't me. That is not me. I don't want to believe these things, but unfortunately I find them true."

Gawker gloats, "On this evening's installment of his namesake show, Beck again bemoaned the fact that people are calling him names. Tonight's hurtful moniker: 'clown.' This, he says, is alright, because he is a clown: the proud capitalist just wants to make people happy!"

At Huffington Post, Jason Linkins blogs, "This from the person who overshared his butt surgery? If that didn't put Beck's family in danger -- of abject humiliation-- it's hard to know what would! But seriously, let me state for the record that I am pro-Beck and his family living long and happy lives, OK?"

The following video was taken from YouTube which sported the header "Glenn Beck: 'I Am A Clown Who Needs Security'":




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Obama to Preside at UN Security Council

By Margaret Besheer
VOA News


The United States has taken over the rotating presidency of the 15-member United Nations Security Council for the month of September.   U.S. President Barack Obama and other top U.S. political figures will be at the world body this month to highlight issues of importance to the United States.

September is a traditionally busy month at the United Nations because it is when the world's leaders convene for the annual debate in the U.N. General Assembly.

This year, the U.S. presidency of the Security Council happens to coincide with this and offers the opportunity for important meetings at the highest levels.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice told reporters on Wednesday that the highlight of the U.S. presidency will be a summit-level Security Council meeting on nuclear non-proliferation. It is scheduled to be held on September 24 and will be chaired by President Obama - the first time a U.S. president has led a Security Council meeting.

"This session will focus on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament broadly, and not on any particular countries. Key areas to be highlighted will include arms control and nuclear disarmament, and strengthening the NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] regime, and denying and disrupting trafficking in and the securing of nuclear materials," she said....(Remainder.)

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US Extends Blackwater Iraq Contract

By Al Jazeera English

The US state department has extended a contract with a subdidiary of the company formerly known as Blackwater to provide security to US diplomats in Iraq.

The extension with the Presidential Airways arm of the firm comes despite an Iraqi government ban on the company imposed after a gunbattle in Baghdad 2007 that left at least 17 Iraqis dead.

The state department said it had asked Blackwater, now renamed Xe, to keep providing "aerial services" - primarily transporting US officials around on helicopters - beyond Thursday, when this work was scheduled to end.

"We have arranged for a temporary extension of the contract," Ian Kelly, the state department spokesman told reporters, adding that decision had been made after Dyncorp, the planned successor, said it was not yet ready to take over.

Kelly said the main reason Dyncorp wanted additional time was due to "equipment shortages".

He also said that the Iraqi government had been informed of the decision and had not registered objections.

One US official told the Associated Press that providing helicopter air support for American diplomats in Iraq - transporting them and overflying their convoys - is a "complex challenge," and "a slower transition to DynCorp taking over… is in the best interest of the government."

"We unilaterally extended the current task order... to ensure the continued security and safety of US personnel in Iraq," the official said....(Remainder.)

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Speculation Grows That Justice Stevens May Soon Retire

By Mark Sherman
Associated Press via The Raw Story


Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has hired fewer law clerks than usual, generating speculation that the leader of the court's liberals will retire next year.

If Stevens does step down, he would give President Barack Obama his second high court opening in two years. Obama chose Justice Sonia Sotomayor for the court when Justice David Souter announced his retirement in May.

Souter's failure to hire clerks was the first signal that he was contemplating leaving the court.

Stevens, 89, joined the court in 1975 and is the second-oldest justice in the court's history, after Oliver Wendell Holmes. He is the seventh-longest-serving justice, with more than 33 years and eight months on the court.

In response to a question from The Associated Press, Stevens confirmed through a court spokeswoman Tuesday that he has hired only one clerk for the term that begins in October 2010. He is among several justices who typically have hired all four clerks for the following year by now. Information about this advance hiring is not released by the court but is regularly published by some legal blogs.

Stevens did not say whether he plans to hire his full allotment of clerks or whether he will leave the court at the conclusion of the term that begins next month. Retired justices are allowed to hire one clerk....(Remainder.)

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NOM-Backed Candidate Loses in Iowa

The National Organization for Marriage met defeat in Iowa on Tuesday when a candidate supported by the antigay group lost a special election for a state house seat.

By Julie Bolcer
Advocate.com


The National Organization for Marriage met defeat in Iowa on Tuesday when Republican candidate Stephen Burgmeier (pictured), who received substantial financial support from the antigay group, lost a special election for a state house seat.

In recent weeks, the race for the district 90 seat in southeast Iowa became a bellwether for those seeking to determine how same-sex marriage, which was legalized in Iowa in April, would affect statewide races in 2010.

According to The Des Moines Register, “Democratic candidate Curt Hanson, a retired schoolteacher, won against GOP candidate and Jefferson County supervisor Stephen Burgmeier by 3,932 to 3,825 votes, according to unofficial tallies.”

As supervisor, Burgmeier led calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn the state supreme court’s unanimous marriage equality ruling. He benefited from $86,060 in political advertising on local radio and television, paid for by NOM.

NOM's spending is now the subject of a complaint filed on Monday, charging that the organization violated campaign disclosure laws....(Original.)

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Wingnuts Are In Full Bloom. Obama Speaking to Schoolchildren Is Really 'Recruiting for Hitler Youth.'

By Susie Madrak
Crooks and Liars

Can they get much crazier than this? Yes they can! Every day brings another new high on the wacky scale, as rightwingers continue to sound the alarm about our new National Socialist president:
Parents across the country are rebelling against plans by President Barack Obama to speak directly to their children through the classrooms of the nation's public schools without their presence, participation and approval.

The plans announced by Obama also have been cited as raising the specter of the Civilian National Security Force, to which he's referred several times since his election campaign began, but never fully explained.

"He's recruiting his civilian army. His 'Hitler' youth brigade," wrote one participant in a forum at Free Republic.

"I am not going to compare President Obama to Hitler. We'll leave that to others and you can form your own opinions about them and their analogies. … However, we can learn a lot from the spread of propaganda in Europe that led to Hitler's power. A key ingredient in that spread of propaganda was through the youth," wrote a blogger at the AmericanElephant.com blog, where the subject of the day was a national "Keep-Your-Child-at-Home-Day."

"Totalitarian regimes around the world have sought to spread their propaganda and entrench their power by brainwashing the children. I guess it's easier to indoctrinate a six-year-old instead of fighting a 26-year-old or being challenged by a 46-year-old in the voting booth," the blogger wrote.

At issue was an announcement that Obama plans to deliver a message directly to students via the Internet into public school classrooms across the nation on Sept. 8.
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Pat Buchanan: Hitler Didn't Start WWII

By dday
Crooks and Liars

I don't want war! All I want is peace...peace...peace...!
A little piece of Poland,
A little piece of France,
A little piece of Austria
And Hungary, perchance!
A little slice of Turkey
And all that that entails,
And then a bit of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales!"

-Mel Brooks, To Be Or Not To Be
I guess the news peg for this is the anniversary of the start of WWII in September 1939, but Pat Buchanan has gone ahead and apologized for Hitler, claiming he sought no empire or wider war with Europe, and had merely benign interests of German unification at heart:
Indeed, why would he want war when, by 1939, he was surrounded by allied, friendly or neutral neighbors, save France. And he had written off Alsace, because reconquering Alsace meant war with France, and that meant war with Britain, whose empire he admired and whom he had always sought as an ally.

As of March 1939, Hitler did not even have a border with Russia. How then could he invade Russia?
Matt Yglesias does quick work of the historical inaccuracies - Hitler invaded Russia as soon as he achieved a border with them by conquering Poland. And this is a decent riposte as well - Buchanan seems to expect a crazy person to also be a rational military strategist, and when he's not, searches for alternative explanation ("Hitler couldn't have wanted war because he didn't have enough planes! So it's Britain's fault!").

But I'll take the less dainty approach. In 1939, in a small town called Averduct on the German-Polish border, practically every member of my family was rounded up by Nazi authorities, herded into a local synagogue, and burned alive inside. This would fall in Buchanan's revisionism as part of the supposedly honest and forthright effort by Hitler to annex Danzig and restore the German homeland (hey, Hitler just wanted some Lebensraum - why not let him annex whatever he decided was part of Germany, right? Don't you want to save lives?). But my dead ancestors didn't live in Danzig (now Gdansk). They had nothing to do with such a conflict. Maybe that was the work of a few bad apple Nazis acting alone. That and the other 6 million incidents....(Remainder.)

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In Yet Another Delusional Rant, Beck Says Uber-Left Going to Smother Regular Democrats With a Pillow

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Lying Sack of Dog Shit Wants His Brain Dead Viewer to Pray to Stop "Satan-Like Pervision" of the Country

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CIA at Odds with Obama Over Torture, ACLU Claims



By David Kravets

Threat Level at Wired.com
Photo: Gerald Herbert (AP)

Citing national security concerns, the Central Intelligence Agency is refusing to divulge dozens of documents in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit surrounding its torture and rendition program adopted in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The withholding of documents dating to President George W. Bush’s administration leaves to the imagination just how damaging are those papers, one of which is a classified presidential directive authorizing CIA “black sites,” or secret prisons.

That’s because the government has already released reports detailing abusive interrogation techniques including waterboarding and sleep deprivation. Among other things, the government has also divulged its legal rational for its torture program.

Yet the CIA told a federal judge late Monday in an ongoing American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that there likely would be no more documents forthcoming. “The documents at issue contain information that implicates intelligence activities, sources, and methods, and information relating to the foreign relations and activities of the United States,” Wendy Hilton, a CIA officer, wrote (.pdf) to U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York, who is presiding over a FOIA lawsuit....(Remainder.)

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Mary Cheney's Donations Have Gone to Socially Conservative Republitards

By Michael Beckel
Capital Eye Blog


Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, recently contributed $1,000 to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman, who as an Ohio congressman voted to ban same-sex marriage and to prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting children in the District of Columbia, reports the left-leaning investigative news website Raw Story.

This donation was just Cheney's third federal campaign contribution of her life that met the Federal Election Commission's disclosure threshold, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis, and is her largest to date.

In September of 2003, she contributed $850 to the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. And in the closing months of the 2008 election, she gave Virginia Republican congressional candidate Keith Fimian $500.

Cheney has long advocated equal rights for gays, sometimes more forcefully than others.

She almost quit the Bush-Cheney reelection team when President George W. Bush endorsed a federal constitutional amendment that would provide marriage benefits to only heterosexual couples. She expressed further opposition to the so-called Federal Marriage Amendment in her 2006 autobiography. And in 2007, she criticized evangelical Christian minister James Dobson after he condemned her plan to raise a child with her partner.

Yet these views haven't kept her from financially supporting Republican politicians whose social views are far more conservative than her own. She has previously stated that she doesn't always have the "luxury of being a single-issue voter on same-sex marriage."...(Remainder.)

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Justice Department to Recharge Civil Rights Enforcement

By Charlie Savage
The New York Times


WASHINGTON — Seven months after taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division by pushing it back into some of the most important areas of American political life, including voting rights, housing, employment, bank lending practices and redistricting after the 2010 census.

As part of this shift, the Obama administration is planning a major revival of high-impact civil rights enforcement against policies, in areas ranging from housing to hiring, where statistics show that minorities fare disproportionately poorly. President George W. Bush’s appointees had discouraged such tactics, preferring to focus on individual cases in which there is evidence of intentional discrimination.

To bolster a unit that has been battered by heavy turnover and a scandal over politically tinged hiring under the Bush administration, the Obama White House has also proposed a hiring spree that would swell the ranks of several hundred civil rights lawyers with more than 50 additional lawyers, a significant increase for a relatively small but powerful division of the government.

The division is “getting back to doing what it has traditionally done,” Mr. Holder said in an interview. “But it’s really only a start. I think the wounds that were inflicted on this division were deep, and it will take some time for them to fully heal.”...(Remainder.)

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The Road to World War II: How Appeasement Failed to Stop Hitler

In the years leading up to World War II, Britain and France underestimated just how determined Adolf Hitler was in his lust for conquest. The failure of Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement meant war was inevitable.

By Klaus Wiegrefe
Spiegel

Editor's note: This is part two of a SPIEGEL article about the beginning of World War II. You can read part one here.You can also read an accompanying interview with former German President Richard von Weizsäcker about his personal experiences as a soldier in World War II.

A few days after returning from Vienna, Hitler, beaming with joy, told Goebbels "Czechoslovakia is next." Goebbels noted in his diary: "The Führer is wonderful. A true genius."

To Goebbels and Hitler, European dominance seemed within their grasp. Eighteen months later, they would take the final step into World War II.

Hitler met with Konrad Henlein, leader of the Sudeten German Party. In 1919, the Allied victors had incorporated Sudetenland, which had formerly been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, into Czechoslovakia. However most Sudeten Germans rejected the newly formed nation, which discriminated against them. Particularly hard-hit by the Great Depression, many Sudeten Germans became increasingly enthusiastic about the chancellor in neighboring Germany.

In March 1938 Henlein, referring to the government in Prague, told Hitler: "We must always demand so much that we can never be satisfied."

Hitler's ambitions, of course, extended beyond the Sudetenland. He used the escalating crisis in Czechoslovakia, instigated with Henlein's help, as an excuse to invade, and said that it was his "staunch desire to wipe Czechoslovakia off the map." The Wehrmacht received orders to be prepared for an invasion by no later than Oct. 1. Henlein's Sudeten German Party took on the task of provoking a growing number of incidents, and soon his supporters were engaging in gun battles with government soldiers in the region bordering the German Reich....(Remainder.)

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Private Insurance Plans Says Public Has ‘Strong Satisfaction’ With Their Coverage

By Louis Jacobson
PolitiFact


Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care reform plan say if ain't broke, don't fix it. They're referring to the current health care system in which most Americans get coverage from private insurers.  They say most people are happy with private insurance and that it would be a mistake to mess with that.

On CNN's Lou Dobbs Show on Aug. 27, 2009, Michael Tuffin, a spokesman for the insurance trade group America's Health Insurance Plans, cited public opinion in arguing that Congress should not approve a government-run insurance option.

"What we need to do is to fix the insurance market so we get everybody covered," Tuffin said. "Make pre-existing conditions a thing of the past. Build on the system that works well for about 85 percent of Americans. Every survey shows strong satisfaction with private coverage. We need to build on that system rather than put it at risk with a government-run plan."

We wondered if Tuffin was right that "every survey shows strong satisfaction." So we checked the poll results and called experts.

We looked at a selection of recent polls in the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation's searchable database of health care survey data. At least two types of questions shed some light on Tuffin's assertion.

The question that's most directly on point asks whether the respondent is satisfied with his or her current health plan. The exact wording varies from poll to poll and we'll leave out questions that ask broadly about health care (rather than health plans) because it includes many factors beyond just insurance....(Remainder.)

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Gonzales Sides with Holder, Defends Limited CIA Torture Probe

By David Edwards and Stephen Webster
The Raw Story


Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appears to disagree with former Vice President Dick Cheney on the prosecution of CIA torture.

Speaking to the conservative-leaning Washington Times newspaper during a Tuesday radio broadcast, Gonzales said that the Bush administration “worked very hard to establish ground rules and parameters” of the torture program.

“[If] people go beyond that, I think it is legitimate to question and examine that conduct to ensure people are held accountable for their actions, even if it’s action in prosecuting the war on terror,” he added.

He further stated that many in the CIA have expressed “a great deal of concern” about the impending torture investigation; so much that many are hesitant to do anything “controversial” if it could put them in legal jeopardy.

One of the America’s Morning News hosts opined that a probe could cause the U.S. military to just start executing suspected terrorists instead of “possibly questioning them in order to get intelligence that we are vitally going to need in the future.”...(Remainder.)

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After Another Insane Van Jones-is-a-Commie Rant, Batshit Crazy Beck Tries to Equate Obama to Chavez

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Spooge Bucket Beck Begs His Moronoic Listeners to Attend His un-American 9/12 Rally

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Clusterfox Uses Sensenbrenner Cancer as Excuse to Blather on Against Health Care Reform

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Marc Lamont Hill Destroys Right-Wing Cunt Tammy Bruce's Obama Death Care Bullshit

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Pathetic Freak, Beck, Tells a Scary Story to His Brain Dead Views: Czars New Robot Overlords

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Countdown: Jeremy Scahill on Why There Need to Be Prosecutions from Top to Bottom for Torture

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Jeremy Scahill weighs in on Dick Cheney's softball interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and why there needs to be prosecutions of everyone from top to bottom. And that means anyone who broke the law and ordered the torture of prisoners, from the top Bush administration officials to those that carried it out. Scahill also takes the media to task for their coverage of this issue and not making sure Americans are actually aware of what's been done in their name....(Original.)

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Virginia Gov Candidate Wrote Anti-Gay Masters Thesis

By The Associated Press
365 Gay


Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor said Monday he no longer believes his argument in a graduate thesis written 20 years ago that discrimination against gays and other groups is acceptable for the benefit of straight, married couples.

Bob McDonnell’s research paper, first reported Sunday by The Washington Post, shakes up what had been a smooth campaign. McDonnell has maintained a clear lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in statewide polling.

In his first public comment on the 93-page conservative manifesto he wrote at the close of the Reagan presidency in 1989, McDonnell dismissed the paper as a long-ago academic exercise. He said life had moderated views he held then that government should “prefer married couples over cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.” Working women and feminists were also a detriment to families, he wrote.

The treatise, titled “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade,” singled out the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling legalizing abortion and a ruling the previous year that legalized contraceptives for unmarried people. McDonnell, a Roman Catholic, has said abortions should be performed only to save the life of the mother.

Deeds’ campaign adviser Mo Elleithee said McDonnell was 34 and on the verge of running for the Virginia House of Delegates when he wrote the paper, and can’t shrug it off as misguided youth.

However, McDonnell complained that Deeds’ campaign was exploiting the thesis to suggest he supported workplace discrimination against women. He noted that his daughters have master’s degrees and that the oldest had served with the Army in Iraq....(Remainder.)

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What Can America Learn from Switzerland & France About Health Care Reform?

Quite a lot. T.R. Reid's new book shows that other rich countries have provided quality healthcare to all citizens at a much lower cost.

By Mark Lange
Christian Science Monitor


San Francisco - Anyone put off by the poster that paints President Obama as a "socialist joker" might take a look at the typical American in the mirror. We already combine the worst features of both socialism and market forces in healthcare, because we can't seem to learn from the best examples in other countries.

It's time we did – because that's where the real choices are. And eventually, we'll have to choose.

On the (fully) socialized side, US Medicare and Medicaid consume 8 percent of our national income – about the same share as socialist European systems. Except that theirs cover everyone, not just the elderly. And we've only just begun to pay for our own collectivism, since the bulk of our boomers haven't retired yet. When that gray wave crashes on our status quo shores, it'll wipe away trillions in national wealth.

Then we pile on uniquely American layers of private-sector "innovation" in healthcare, forcing us to spend double what other rich countries do:

• Reimbursement rates disproportionately enrich specialists, who are better rewarded for being "partialists" doing procedures and heroic interventions. We scarcely reward outcomes or results – most of our incentives actually preempt prevention.

• Primary care doctors are quitting front-line healthcare to join boutique practices in gated community medicine – because good primary care has become nearly impossible in practice....(Remainder.)

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The Road to World War II: Why Wasn't Hitler Stopped?

World War II began 70 years ago when Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. It would last six years and claim millions of lives. But the Allies missed several opportunities to stop Hitler in the run-up to the war.

By Klaus Wiegrefe

Spiegel


It is Aug. 25, 1939, and Adolf Hitler's official apartment in Berlin's Old Reich Chancellery is decorated with the usual floral arrangements, including magnificent bouquets at the entrance to the garden room. But on this Friday Hitler, normally an admirer of summer blossoms, has no interest in flowers.

The dictator, wearing a brown jacket and black trousers, seems worn out. His shoulders slump forward and his deep-set eyes wander restlessly around the room. The Nazi leader is nervous.

At the German-Polish border, about 150 kilometers (94 miles) east of Berlin, 54 German divisions, or about 1.5 million soldiers, are about to take up their positions, and 3,600 armored vehicles and more than 1,500 airplanes are ready to embark on the operation known as "Case White" -- the invasion of Poland on the following day. All the German forces need to move forward is an order from the Führer.

But is this the right time for Hitler to attack? How will Paris and London, Warsaw's allies, react? And how will Hitler's confederate, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, position himself? Italy is considered an important major power, capable of tying up British naval forces in the Mediterranean. But will Il Duce, who was only given a vague forewarning of Germany's imminent invasion of Poland the day before, play along?

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ElBaradei Hits Back at Critics

By Al Jazeera English

Mohamed ElBaradei, the outgoing head of the UN atomic watchdog, has called the nuclear threat from Iran "hyped" and said there was no evidence that Tehran will soon have nuclear weapons.

In an interview released on Tuesday, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hit back at critics who accuse him of covering up Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"In many ways, I think the threat has been hyped," ElBaradei told the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a Chicago-based magazine critical of nuclear weapons.

"Yes, there's concern about Iran's future intentions and Iran needs to be more transparent with the IAEA and international community," he said.

"But the idea that we'll wake up tomorrow and Iran will have a nuclear weapon is an idea that isn't supported by the facts as we have seen them so far."

Nuclear ambitions

ElBaradei's comments come as Iran annocuned that it was ready for fresh talks with world powers over its nuclear programme, which the West says is a cover for building nuclear weapons....(Remainder.)

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Right-Wing Pussy, Jonah Goldberg, Attacks His Intellectual Superior, Paul Krugman, for Calling Out the Reich on Their Racism

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After Performing Verbal Cunilingius on McCaughey, Malzberg, Attacks Olbermann, Media Matter & Left

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In an Explosion of Stupid, Maria Bartiromo Asks Why Rep. Weiner Isn't On Medicare. Um, He's Only 45 Moron!

By John Amato
Crooks and Liars


And the dumb keeps coming. CNBC's Maria, I just met a girl named Maria Bartiromo is so intent on sticking up for her Wall Street fat cat pals that she makes an idiot out of herself when she asks Rep. Weiner how come he doesn't use Medicare if it's all that!

Well, Weiner is half way to fifty so he's not eligible, but as we know facts are useless things when conservatives want to destroy something. Actually I wonder of she got confused with the other conservative talking point that says if the public option is so great, why doesn't the Democratic Congress sign up for it. Can you tell? I know it's hard to pin down the crazy.

Nico Pitney:
Earlier today, MSNBC's Carlos Watson hosted Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo for a discussion on health care.

At one point, Bartiromo was critical of the government-managed health care system in the United Kingdom. "How do I know the quality [of health care in the United States] is not going to suffer" with a public option? she asked.

Rep. Weiner reminded her that there already is government-managed health care in the United States -- namely, Medicare, the system created for Americans 65 years and older -- and that patients with Medicare report very high satisfaction rates.

Bartiromo's response to this argument was a true head-scratcher. In a mocking tone, she pressed the congressman: "How come you don't use it [Medicare]? You don't have it. How come you don't have it?"

Rep. Weiner, who turns 45 this week, tried to walk Bartiromo through it. "Because I'm not 65." But she was insistent. "Yeah... c'mon!" she exclaimed, laughing incredulously.
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Un-American Right-Wing Hack, Jim Quinn, Thinks Robert Bork Was the Best, & Ted Kennedy Ruined His Life

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Un-American Fascist, Jim Quinn, Attacks Ted Kennedy for Raising the Minimum Wage

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Unbelievably Ugly and Horse-Faced, Rose Tennent, Launches into Specious Attack on Ted Kennedy

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Rachel Maddow: If At First You Don't Secede...

By dday
Crooks and Liars

Protesters at an event in Austin, TX yesterday just took the vile rhetoric we've seen on display this August one extra step:
"the protesters had Larry Kilgore, a “Christian activist” and candidate for governor who has endorsed executions for homosexuals; Debra Medina, a Ron Paul Republican and a slightly-less long-shot candidate for governor; and Melissa Pehle-Hill, yet another fringe candidate and a member of a self-appointed “citizens grand jury” investigating Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro."

Kilgore captured the sentiment of the mob. (video here)

“I hate that flag up there,” Kilgore said pointing to the American flag flying over the Capitol. “I hate the United States government. … They’re an evil, corrupt government. They need to go. Sovereignty is not good enough. Secession is what we need!”

“We hate the United States!"
Just a lone nut, I guess. Except the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, flirted with the secessionists a few months ago. He didn't attend this protest, which I guess is a positive step.

But this has increasingly become the Republican base. A group of people who feel completely justified in chanting "We hate the United States!" I seem to remember being told that I hated America and I was "on the other side" and "in league with the terrorists" because I didn't agree with an unnecessary, illegal and ultimately disastrous war. I don't have tape of myself from every day in that time, but you can trust me that I never chanted "We hate the United States" in front of a state capitol building....(Remainder.)

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Un-American Right-Wing Moron, Jim Quinn, Has a Man Crush on Glenn Beck's Insanity: Tyranny is in Your Future! Aggh!

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