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Hannity Accuses Obama's Green Jobs CZAR Of Being A 9/11 Truther

Sunday, September 06, 2009

By CSPANJunkie
Crooks and Liars


September 03, 2009 News Corp

(Heather): News Hounds has a nice run down of this segment for anyone that would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard than the sound of Sean Hannity's voice.

Unrepentant Bigot Hannity In No Position To Be Complaining About Van Jones "Racism":
Hannity began the segment by trumpeting the “new and disturbing information” about Jones that, according to Hannity shows "he is not fit for office.” Apparently, the new and disturbing information was that Jones had signed a letter by the “infamous 9/11 Trust organization” asking for an “immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.” Hannity forgot to mention that the letter was very lengthy and called for investigations into many other aspects of 9/11. Jones now says he did not carefully review the letter before signing it and has issued a statement saying that the letter “certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.” He has also apologized for calling Republicans "assholes" in a remark made before he joined the Obama administration. But of course, while an apology from Duane "Dog" Chapman for his n-word rant was enough to garner a full hour of image rehab from Hannity, the apology from Jones was barely considered.

Hannity continued, “The fact that the president would not only allow but appoint a man who harbors these conspiratorial beliefs to serve the United States should provoke not only concern but outrage among all Americans.”

Really? Then where’s the concern and outrage for the birther conspiracy theorists which Hannity not only did not condemn but promoted and legitimized on his show?
News Hounds has much more on this segment and I encourage everyone to go read the entire post....(Remainder.)

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Andrea Mitchell Thinks the President Should Call Liberals into His Office and Say "You've Got to Get in Line"

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


The David Gregory and Andrea Mitchells of the world have decided to declare the public option dead and of course all of those silly liberals who think that the bill would be a giveaway to the insurance industries without it need to just shut up and get in line. Mitchell says "I just don't get the lack of discipline here". Hey Andrea, there are three co-equal branches of government, or have you forgotten that? And it is not going to destroy Obama's Presidency if he actually listens to the majority that elected him and does what they would like.

As my C&L cohort Nicole pointed out, this article does a good job of explaining just what we're watching right now. From Mike Lux at Open Left- The News Big Media Won't Report:
Every morning I still read my old fashioned paper copy of the morning Washington Post on the subway on my way to the office, and then I sit down to review all the information I am getting from field events and town halls around the country, lobbyists' reports from those meeting with Senate and House members and staff, updates from organizations working in the field. I have to say that the two sets of information could not be further apart, and it makes me wonder again what the disconnect is....
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How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times


I. MISTAKING BEAUTY FOR TRUTH

It’s hard to believe now, but not long ago economists were congratulating themselves over the success of their field. Those successes — or so they believed — were both theoretical and practical, leading to a golden era for the profession. On the theoretical side, they thought that they had resolved their internal disputes. Thus, in a 2008 paper titled “The State of Macro” (that is, macroeconomics, the study of big-picture issues like recessions), Olivier Blanchard of M.I.T., now the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, declared that “the state of macro is good.” The battles of yesteryear, he said, were over, and there had been a “broad convergence of vision.” And in the real world, economists believed they had things under control: the “central problem of depression-prevention has been solved,” declared Robert Lucas of the University of Chicago in his 2003 presidential address to the American Economic Association. In 2004, Ben Bernanke, a former Princeton professor who is now the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, celebrated the Great Moderation in economic performance over the previous two decades, which he attributed in part to improved economic policy making.

Last year, everything came apart.

Few economists saw our current crisis coming, but this predictive failure was the least of the field’s problems. More important was the profession’s blindness to the very possibility of catastrophic failures in a market economy. During the golden years, financial economists came to believe that markets were inherently stable — indeed, that stocks and other assets were always priced just right. There was nothing in the prevailing models suggesting the possibility of the kind of collapse that happened last year. Meanwhile, macroeconomists were divided in their views. But the main division was between those who insisted that free-market economies never go astray and those who believed that economies may stray now and then but that any major deviations from the path of prosperity could and would be corrected by the all-powerful Fed. Neither side was prepared to cope with an economy that went off the rails despite the Fed’s best efforts....(Remainder.)

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The Far Right's Un-America Values

By Joan Walsh

Salon.com

I had to debate right-wing extremist Terry Jeffrey of Human Events on the controversy over President Obama's back-to-school address on "Hardball" Friday afternoon. What a big steaming pile of misunderstanding, prejudice and outright lies.

Jeffrey started out doing a fair imitation of a reasonable person, insisting, "I don't have a problem with the president of the United States talking to school children." He went on to say his issue is with the additional materials the Department of Education provided to go along with Obama's speech; we differed about how much of the materials had been withdrawn by the Department after the controversy erupted, but even I admitted that sometimes the Obama camp does play up the cult of personality a bit (the faux-presidential seal before he had the nomination? The Classical columns in Denver?). Six minutes in, it was shaping up to be a ho-hum debate -- but keep watching (text continues below):



But Jeffrey couldn't help himself; he simply had to unleash his inner fascist. Just as Chris Matthews seemed to be ending the debate, Reasonable Terry began to fade away, suggesting, maybe he did have a few objections to Obama speaking that went beyond the instructional handouts. Then Crazy Terry showed up and ran amok for the rest of the segment. Quoting C.S. Lewis that "An education should teach a child to love what's right and hate what's wrong," he began frothing about how "there's a "culture war going on in this country, from abortion to the question of whether two people of the same sex should be allowed to marry" -- and Obama's on the wrong side. Of course, so are the public schools, which he insisted should be teaching the values of the Christian right. Can you say tolerance or pluralism, anyone? How can these wingnuts purport to respect the Founders when they truly want to impose a state religion? How un-American is that? Terry Jeffrey hates our freedom!...(Remainder.)

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Arctic ‘Warmest in 2,000 Years’



By Richard Black
BBC News

Arctic temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals.

Changes to the Earth's orbit drove centuries of cooling, but temperatures rose fast in the last 100 years as human greenhouse gas emissions rose.

Scientists took evidence from ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments.

Writing in the journal Science, they say this confirms that the Arctic is very sensitive both to changes in solar heating and to greenhouse warming.

The 23 sites sampled were good enough to provide a decade-by-decade picture of temperatures across the region.

The result is a "hockey stick"-like curve in which the last decade - 1998-2008 - stands out as the warmest in the entire series.

"The most pervasive signal in the reconstruction, the most prominent trend, is the overall cooling that took place for the first 1,900 years [of the record]," said study leader Darrell Kaufman from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, US.

"The 20th Century stands out in strong contrast to the cooling that should have continued. The last half-century was the warmest of the 2,000-year temperature record, and the last 10 years have been especially dramatic," he told BBC News.

On average, the region cooled at a rate of 0.2C per millennium until about 1900. Since then, it has warmed by about 1.2C....(Remainder.)

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Obama Educashun

By John Cole
The Scranton Times-Tribune



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Judge Blocks Canadian Oil Company From Drilling in San Luis Valley Wildlife Refuge

By David O. Williams
The Colorado Independent


A U.S. District Court judge Thursday blocked a Canadian company from exploring or drilling for natural gas in the 79,000-acre Baca National Wildlife Refuge near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

A coalition of environmental groups challenged a U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision during the Bush administration in 2007 that would have allowed Lexam Explorations to drill for oil and gas on the former Baca Ranch. Lexam purchased the mineral rights before the federal government acquired the ranch for preservation purposes in 2000.

The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, Energy Minerals Law Center and San Luis Valley Water Protection Coalition argued the USFWS failed to properly weigh Lexam’s drilling plan under provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller issued an injunction on drilling activity until all legal challenges are resolved.

“It is undisputed that the refuge contains unique resources, including sensitive wetlands, habitat for a variety of wildlife and fish, aquifers that play an important role in the wetlands and in providing water for the community, clean air, and a large expanse of undeveloped land with a significant ‘sense of place’ and quiet,” Walker wrote in his decision....(Original.)

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Limbaugh Fill-In Advocates Secession: ‘I’d Like To See’ Whether ‘We Could Have A Sovereign Nation’

By Matt Corely
Think Progress

In April, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) drew headlines when he warned that his state might secede from the United States "if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people." Perry's invocation of secession has since been endorsed by Fox News' Glenn Beck and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).

More recently, radical "tenthers" in Texas, who were heartened by Perry's comments, held a rally in the state capitol advocating for Texas to secede. On Rush Limbaugh's radio show today, his fill-in host, Walter E. Williams, pushed the idea to Limbaugh's millions of listeners:
WILLIAMS: Look, Mark, I don't know what we're going to do. That is, one of the questions, one of the issues is that we may be like other great nations of the past. Other great nations like Rome and Great Britain and go down the tube. Now, there's a group of people. There's kind of a wild hope or a remote possibility. There's a group of young people. They call themselves freestateproject.org. And these young people are trying to get 20,000 Americans to move to the state of New Hampshire and peacefully take over the political system, you know, through voting and things like that and elect their own congressmen and senators. And then having done so, they wish, they want to negotiate with the United States Congress to obey the United States Constitution. Now, some members of the group, not all of them, some members of the group say that if they can't get Congress to obey the United States Constitution, they're going to issue a unilateral declaration of independence, become a separate nation. Now, I don't know whether that's going to work. The last time it didn't work, but the first time in 1776, it did work. And so, I think we're batting 500 and I'd like to see whether we could break the tie. Whether we could have a sovereign nation.
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Mr. President, It Is Time for You to Lead

By Something The Dog Said
Square State


Below is the letter the Dog sent to the President today.

Dear President Obama;

Mr. President, you are in a trick bag. You have a speech to make to the Joint Session of Congress and there are no easy options for you. Health Care Reform is a signature issue for you; this is why you put it in the agenda for the first year of your first term. You have made the case for this being the place where your administration will have to spend the most political capital of all so all other issues from DADT to accountability to the rule of law must take a back seat so this issue can be resolved.

It is hard to understand then, how you have allowed yourself to get into such a weak position. I understand that your failure analysis of the Clinton Health Care initiative was it was perceived as being forced on the Congress. There is something to be said for this point of view. However to abandon the Presidency's biggest weapon, the bully pulpit all together does not seem to have worked either.

You are now at a point where you have allowed the entrenched interests in the Congress to develop a potential split in your own majority party. Speaker Pelosi has said she can not pass a bill out of the House of Representatives without a Public Option. 60 Democrats from the House have written you they will not support any bill without a Public Option Health Insurance plan. I urge you to take them at their word, Mr. President.

I do not know how much you are hearing from the grass and net roots these days, but from where I stand, it is clear what the people of the nation want. They want Health Care Reform and they want it to have a Public Option. They are not going to be satisfied with any kind of trigger mechanism for this plan either.

It is possible you and the Congress could pass something without these items and make some difference in the way health insurance is delivered in this nation. Make no mistake though, if you do pass something which does not include a Public Option and without triggers, then it will be considered by the vast majority of the nation to be a complete failure. This failure will be laid at the feet of your administration. It will in short, be your failure Mr. President....(Remainder.)

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Pathetic Homophobic Bastard, LaBarbera, Worries About His “Reputation”

By Kyle
Right Wing Watch


There is just something amusing about Peter LaBarbera crying that the "reputation" of his organization has been sullied by a hotel's refusal to accommodate its conference:
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality had scheduled an annual event two years ago at Holiday Inn in Naperville, Illinois. But when the hotel learned that demonstrators could be present, it cancelled the event. The group has now filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the hotel. The suit, filed on Friday, seeks an unspecified amount from the hotel in damages and attorney fees.

Peter LaBarbera is founder of the pro-family organization.

"We went out of our way to accommodate the hotel," LaBarbera explains. "We even said we would not put on our website the actual hotel where the event was held. Despite that, they dropped us like a hot potato," he notes.

"It really caused a lot of trouble to us. It hurt our reputation, and we want to send a message that this is not appropriate. You can't ban discrimination against all groups in society but let hotels and other businesses discriminate openly against people of faith."
On a related note, LaBarbera appeared on Alan Colmes' radio program last night to discuss his anti-gay activism and, specifically, his attack against Ben and Jerry's.  Among the revelations was LaBarbera's declaration that "we don't support anal sex for anybody":



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Sen. Al Franken Talks Down Angry Mob

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Sick and Wrong

How Washington is screwing up health care reform – and why it may take a revolt to fix it.

By Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone


Let's start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world. It's become a black leprosy eating away at the American experiment — a bureaucracy so insipid and mean and illogical that even our darkest criminal minds wouldn't be equal to dreaming it up on purpose.

The system doesn't work for anyone. It cheats patients and leaves them to die, denies insurance to 47 million Americans, forces hospitals to spend billions haggling over claims, and systematically bleeds and harasses doctors with the specter of catastrophic litigation. Even as a mechanism for delivering bonuses to insurance-company fat cats, it's a miserable failure: Greedy insurance bosses who spent a generation denying preventive care to patients now see their profits sapped by millions of customers who enter the system only when they're sick with incurably expensive illnesses.

The cost of all of this to society, in illness and death and lost productivity and a soaring federal deficit and plain old anxiety and anger, is incalculable — and that's the good news. The bad news is our failed health care system won't get fixed, because it exists entirely within the confines of yet another failed system: the political entity known as the United States of America.

Just as we have a medical system that is not really designed to care for the sick, we have a government that is not equipped to fix actual crises. What our government is good at is something else entirely: effecting the appearance of action, while leaving the actual reform behind in a diabolical labyrinth of ingenious legislative maneuvers....(Remainder.)

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"Republicans Want to End Medicare"

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“President Obama Is Coming For Your Children”

By Rachel Sklar
Mediaite


Seriously, are people in this country CRAZY? The latest tempest in a Teabagger is about President Barack Obama's planned address to schoolchildren on September 8, 2009. Yes — the President wants to send a message directly to the children of this nation, and apparently that's bad.

From a Fox News story:
Regine Gordon doesn't want her 6-year-old son to hear from President Obama next week.

Gordon, of Tampa, Fla., is among a growing number of parents across the country who are troubled by the president's plan to address elementary, middle and high school students in an online and televised speech Tuesday.

"It's a form of indoctrination, and I think, really, it's indicative of the culture that the Obama administration is trying to create," Gordon told FOXNews.com on Thursday. "It's very socialistic."
Wow, I bet Regine Gordon totally came up with that language on her own and didn't hear it anywhere! But more on that in a second.

The uproar is not about the text of Obama's speech, which has not yet been made available, but by a teacher's guide circulated as a companion to the Obama address, suggesting that teachers ask their students questions like, "What is the President trying to tell me? What is the President asking me to do? What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?" Another guide apparently suggested students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president" and think about what "the president wants us to do."...(Remainder.)

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Can Murdoch Flirt with Racism on Fox News and Not Pay a Price?

By David Sassoon
The Huffington Post

How much more rope can Rupert Murdoch afford to give Glenn Beck and his brand of race-baiting demagoguery?

Back in February, when his New York Post published a cartoon widely perceived to be a racist slur on the new president, the media grandmaster himself issued a statement of apology:
As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.

Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.

Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you - without a doubt - that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.

We all hold the readers of the New York Post in high regard and I promise you that we will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community.

So where is Rupert Murdoch now that Glenn Beck has brought the issue of racism to the company's doorstep again with his attacks on President Obama and his green jobs adviser Van Jones?...(Remainder.)

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Oily Taint is at it Again

By Alex Koppelman
Salon.com




You can't stop Orly Taitz, you can only hope to contain her.

Yes, the de facto leader of the Birthers is back -- and she's brought along a second forgery (visible above) that purports to be President Obama's real birth certificate, proving once and for all that he was born in Kenya and is ineligible to be president.

As was also the case with the first forged birth certificate that Taitz tried, unsuccessfully, to introduce into a lawsuit in which she's representing Alan Keyes and several other plaintiffs, this new document is a pretty obvious hoax.

It's so clearly fake, in fact, that Jerome Corsi of World Net Daily -- one of the chief promoters of the Birthers and their myths -- has already debunked it. Taitz apparently obtained it from one Lucas Smith, who'd previously made several aborted attempts to sell it on eBay. Corsi claims that Smith has "a lengthy criminal record" and once "attempt[ed] to sell his kidney to a man in need of an organ transplant."

Among other obvious problems with Smith's document that Corsi pointed out is the format for dates used in it -- the American style, not the British style, which presumably would have been used when Kenya was a British colony, as it was at the time of Obama's birth....(Remainder.)

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Rachel Maddow Fill-In, Ana Marie Cox: WorldNetDaily - "Nut Root Conservatism"

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WaPo Ombudsman Apologizes for Fluff Piece on NOM Hate-Monger Brian Brown

By Andrew Alexander
The Washington Post


The Post recently featured a story by reporter Monica Hesse that ran on the front of the Style section while she was on vacation. The day before returning, she logged on to check e-mails -- and wept.

She was buried by an avalanche of messages angrily attacking her lengthy Aug. 28 profile of Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the group leading the fight against legalization of same-sex marriage.

Hesse was stunned. She had expected to hear from anti-gay-marriage conservatives who might view the story as "snide."

Instead, she heard from liberals who support gay marriage, accusing her of writing a puff piece about someone they believe fosters prejudice and intolerance. The story was shallow and one-sided, they complained.

Scores also contacted the ombudsman. It's "one of the biggest pieces of crap The Post has published in recent memory," wrote District resident William Grant II. "What's next, a piece on how a KKK leader is just 'someone next door' and 'really a nice person'?"...(Remainder.)

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