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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised. Then Beck discovered him

By Alexander Zaitchik
Salon.com
Photo: Salon Composit (AP Photos)


On Saturday, I spent the afternoon with America's new breed of angry conservative. Up to 75,000 protesters had gathered in Washington on Sept. 12, the day after the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, sporting the now familiar tea-bagger accoutrements of "Don't Tread on Me" T-shirts, Revolutionary War outfits and Obama-the-Joker placards. The male-skewing, nearly all-white throng had come to denounce the president and what they believe is his communist-fascist agenda.

Even if the turnout wasn't the 2 million that some conservatives tried, briefly, to claim, it was still enough to fill the streets near the Capitol. It was also ample testament to the strength of a certain strain of right-wing populist rage and the talking head who has harnessed it. The masses were summoned by Glenn Beck, Fox News host and organizer of the 912 Project, the civic initiative he pulled together six months ago to restore America to the sense of purpose and unity it had felt the day after the towers fell.

In reality, however, the so-called 912ers were summoned to D.C. by the man who changed Beck's life, and that helps explain why the movement is not the nonpartisan lovefest that Beck first sold on air with his trademark tears. Beck has created a massive meet-up for the disaffected, paranoid Palin-ite "death panel" wing of the GOP, those ideologues most susceptible to conspiracy theories and prone to latch on to eccentric distortions of fact in the name of opposing "socialism." In that, they are true disciples of the late W. Cleon Skousen, Beck's favorite writer and the author of the bible of the 9/12 movement, "The 5,000 Year Leap." A once-famous anti-communist "historian," Skousen was too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era, but Glenn Beck has now rescued him from the remainder pile of history, and introduced him to a receptive new audience....(Remainder.)

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Glenn Beck's Mob Rule

Republicans are now benefiting from the tens of thousands of angry white people who descended on Washington over the weekend—but they’ve tapped into something ugly that they can’t control, says John Avlon.

By John Avlon
The Daily Beast


The weirdness of the Wingnut summer isn’t over. The anger has metastasized into the body politic, and it’s going to get a lot uglier from here.

Obama Derangement Syndrome is establishing itself as a potent political force, able to rally tens of thousands of citizens to the Washington Mall after Glenn Beck’s call. Joe Wilson’s outburst isn’t an embarrassment of incivility to these folks; it is a rallying cry for an army of useful idiots. But Republicans will soon find that they cannot contain or moderate this strain—while Democrats won’t understand what hit them.

The wave of white people that descended on Washington, D.C., this Saturday wasn’t motivated by simple racism, as some liberals might wish—at least that’s what the lady waving the Confederate flag told me. No, this was something else: a pent-up frustration at unprecedented Washington overspending and an individualistic resentment of the welfare state, all mixed with a dose of self-referential patriotism and a spicy dash of paranoia.

These are the American flag-brandishing patriots who dare to call the president a communist and a would-be dictator. As more than one T-shirt put it, they are exercising their First Amendment rights so they don’t have to exercise their Second Amendment rights—yet....(Remainder.)

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Un-American Right-Wing Hack, Mark Williams, Says Obama a Muslim, a Racist, and a Thug on CNN

By John Amato
Crooks and Liars

Nutbag wingnuts never ever go away even when they lose their tiny radio shows. They just come back again and again and again. Big money republicans always keep their wingnuts around in one form or another.

Anyway, Conservatives are crying a little more than usual lately because their racism has been so prominently displayed in their teabagger meetings and protests. And what do you know, my old pal Mark Williams is leading a teabagger party and his racism gets exposed by Anderson Cooper last night quite easily. He lies with the best of them and got caught by Anderson. Check it out.
COOPER: But I mean, Mark, what you're saying makes sense to me here when I'm hearing what you're saying. But then I read on your blog, you say -- you call the president an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief.

WILLIAMS: Yes.

COOPER: Is that the kind of...

WILLIAMS: That's the way he's behaving.

COOPER: But I mean...

WILLIAMS: I mean, if he cares to be...

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COOPER: Do you believe he's Indonesian? Do you believe he's a Muslim? Do you really believe he's a welfare thug?

WILLIAMS: He's certainly acting like it.

GERGEN: You think he's a racist in chief? Racist in chief? Is that what you called him? That's unbelievable. It's unbelievable,

WILLIAMS: Until he embraces the whole country -- what else can I conclude? He and guys like James are totally, totally isolating the rest of this country; if you're a working-class American, then you know, that's it.

CARVILLE: I tell you, if you're an American, and you like what you're hearing from this guy, if you like celebrating a man's death, go over there with these people.

Mark Williams found his new calling by joining up with the teabaggers which seems like a good fit to me since there was no where for him to go after he lost his radio show in Sacramento. In the segment he tries to downplay the psychos that make up a large part of the teabaggers and says there is no racism and then is exposed as a racist. You can't make this up.

Here's some context on this guy. His behavior was so outlandish that I've posted several clips of him over the years and he doesn't like me so much. I remember when I called Williams "Puke" in a post for his obnoxious comments he made on Hardball about Cindy Sheehan's son during Cindy's stand at Crawford ranch back in August of 2005....(Remainder.)

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ACORN Says Video, from Reichsführer Beck's Show, Full of Lies and Manipulations

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Grand Wizard Lou Dobbs Fingers Jerome Corsi's Hate-Hole at Racist FAIR Event

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Reichsführer Beck Whines That He's Been Described at McCarthy and Denies Comparing Himself to Murrow

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Reichsführer Beck Relies on the Lies & Misinformation of Druge's Ass-Puppet, Breitbart, to Lie About ACORN, Jones, & NEA

By Media Matters

In recent weeks, Fox News' Glenn Beck has been credited with precipitating the resignation of White House "green jobs" adviser Van Jones, the reassignment of National Endowment for the Arts communications director Yosi Sergant, and the amplification of an anti-ACORN video produced by a conservative filmmaker. In all three instances, Beck has credited the "instrumental" work of conservative columnist and Web publisher Andrew Breitbart, who has a history of smearing progressives and making inflammatory statements....(Remainder.)



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In an Insane Screaming Screed, Reichsführer Beck Blathers On & On About ACORN & Washington

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Reichsführer Beck Claims Some Mystical "University" in Magic Fairy Land Said 1.7 Million Douchebags in DC

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Unbelievably Ignorant & Flat-Out Stupid Moron in DC Rant About "Obamahitler" and Media

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

It seems respectable Republicans who like to think of themselves as "intellectual" conservatives are growing dismayed at the living, breathing monster they themselves have unleashed upon us:
Such insiders point to theories running rampant on the Internet, such as the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president, or that he is a communist, or that his allies want to set up Nazi-like detention camps for political opponents. Those theories, the insiders say, have stoked the GOP base and have created a "purist" climate in which a figure such as Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is lionized for his "You lie!" outburst last week when Obama addressed Congress.

They are "wild accusations and the paranoid delusions coming from the fever swamps," said David Frum, a conservative author and speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is among the more vocal critics of the party base and of the conservative talk show hosts helping to fan the unrest.

"Like all conservatives, I am concerned about this administration's accumulation of economic power," Frum said. "Still, you have to be aware that there's a line where legitimate concerns begin to collapse into paranoid fantasy."

Frum and other establishment Republicans have spoken out in recent days against the influence of what they view as their party's fringe elements.

Some are pressuring the Republican National Committee and other mainstream GOP groups to cut ties with WorldNetDaily.com, which reports some of the allegations. Its articles are cited by websites and pundits on the right. More than any other group, critics say, WorldNetDaily sets the conservative fringe agenda.
Well, as observed last week, getting unentwined from the liked of WorldNetDaily and its extremist clientele is easier said than done....(Remainder.)

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Propagandaministerium Meat-Puppet, Pinkerton, Attacks Holdren With False "Euthanasia and Sterilization" BS

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Once Again Obergruppenführer & Traitor Peters Attacks Obama by Calling Him Osama

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Lawrence O'Donnell Shines Spotlight on Jim "KKK" Wilson's Racist Past, but Grand Dragon Buchanan Thinks It's Not Bad

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Ed Schultz Calls Reichsführer Beck's Magical Univeristy 9-12 Estimate "Psycho Talk"

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Dr. Rachel Maddow Highlights "Billionaires for Wealthcare"

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Juan Williams Smacks Down Brigadeführer Baier's False Equivalence Between Attack Obama and Questioning Bush

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Reichsführer Beck (Who Wasn't in DC) Claims 500k on Constitution Ave (Actually Penn. Ave. & About 30k)

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Reichsführer Glenn "Dumb-as-a-Stump" Beck Laughingly Claims Largest March on Washington EVER!



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I Want My America Back

By John Darkow
Columbia Daily Tribune




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Fox News Gets Seriously Punk'd: ACORN Volunteer Knew 'Pimp' & 'Prostitute' Were Fake, Was Putting Them On

By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars

Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity were all over the latest video release in the self-concocted ACORN "scandal" they've been pitching all over the cable and airwaves the past week. This time, they supposedly caught an ACORN volunteer named Tresa Kaelke giving them advice on how to set up their pimping operation.

Now, you'd think they would clue in that they were being put on when the woman talked about having killed one of her ex-husbands, but no. They proceeded apace -- and then splashed it all over Fox News this week, credulously.

Ellen at Newshounds has the rest of the story:
The only problem? It’s not true. As ACORN has stated in its press release,
“They were not believable", said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. "Somewhat entertaining, but they weren't even good actors. I didn't know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephan Colbert does – saying the most outrageous things with a straightface." While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario after false scenario and the videographer ate them up.
ACORN provided a copy of a San Bernardino police report of their investigation into the “homicide” of Kaelke’s husband. The police concluded, “the claims do not appear to be factual. Investigators have been in contact with the involved party’s known former husbands, who are alive and well.
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Sowel Claims Stimulus Was Rushed Through Congress in Two Days

By Ian Jannetta
PolitiFact


In a recent column in Investor's Business Daily, economist and political commentator Thomas Sowell said that President Barack Obama was trying to rush his health care bill through Congress. Sowell cited the quick passage of the economic stimulus bill in February 2009 as proof that Obama is too hasty in passing major legislation.

Sowell wrote that "the administration was successful in rushing a massive spending bill through Congress in just two days — after which it sat on the president's desk for three days, while he was away on vacation."

We wondered if Sowell was right, so we checked the bill's timeline.

It's important to note that the bill had been under discussion for at least two months before it was formally introduced. When Obama announced his selection of economic advisers on Nov. 24, 2008, he said he had asked his team to come up with a stimulus plan to help struggling automakers, stabilize the financial system, create jobs and invest in infrastructure.

A search of Thomas , the Library of Congress Web site that tracks legislation, shows that H.R. 1, the economic stimulus bill known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was formally introduced in the House on Jan. 26. (In fact, four days before the bill was formally introduced, it was discussed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.) On Jan. 28, two days after the bill was introduced, it was passed by the full House in a party-line vote.

The Senate took longer. Senators received the bill Jan. 29 and passed it Feb. 10.

Then, the House and Senate had to work out their differences in a conference committee. It finished work on Feb. 12....(Remainder.)

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Medicare's History as Public Option

And the problem with this is.....?

By Angie Drobnic Holan
PolitiFact


Rep. Tom Price of Georgia sent a letter to doctors in September 2009 urging them to oppose Democratic initiatives on health reform.

"If health care reform is taken down the wrong path, it will end in nothing short of disaster," the three-term Republican wrote.

Price, who is an orthopedic surgeon, singled out plans for a public option for the most criticism.

"As a fellow doctor, I know you have personally navigated the federal health care system of our first 'public option' — Medicare," Price wrote. "And I know your experience will tell you that government-run programs many times mean restrictive coverage rules, endless bureaucratic delays, and inadequate financing structures. . . .

"There will be no turning back, no reversing the government intrusion that Democrats desire," he warned. "Medicare began as a public option and now holds 97 percent of the market share."

We were interested in checking whether Medicare began as a public option and whether Price is right about its current market share.

To check this, we turned to several books on the history of Medicare and spoke with a couple of experts in the field. It's difficult to concisely summarize decades of health policy and legislative history, but we'll try.

Medicare had been discussed by presidents since the 1940s, but its big moment began in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson was elected by a large margin, along with Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.

Johnson relied on Rep. Wilbur Mills, a conservative Democrat from Arkansas, to craft the legislation and move it through the House Ways and Means Committee. Johnson kept close tabs on the process....(Remainder.)

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Which Countries Eat the Most Meat?

By Frank DeRose
Good.is



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Why Obama's Health Care Plan Matters to Europe

By George Irvin
EU Observer
Photo: Wikipedia


COMMENT - Europeans look at America's health care with a mixture of awe and puzzlement. On the one hand, US hospitals and specialised clinics are amongst the best in the world. On the other, you wouldn't want to fall ill in the United States unless you're a millionaire.

Many a European visitor has experienced the shock of unexpectedly having to pay US medical fees. A visit to a GP and a prescription can easily set you back a thousand dollars; anything more serious can critically impair the health of your family finances.

We in the EU generally have excellent medical facilities, too; and moreover, we benefit from universal coverage and single-payer plans either run or tightly regulated by member states. Does it matter to us that the USA spends about twice the per capita EU average on healthcare but has the highest infant mortality rate in the OECD? After all, isn't it their country and their choice how to organise healthcare? Yes, it matters. US healthcare affects us all.

Three reasons to care

Whether President Obama gets his health care plan through Congress concerns Europeans for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that if Obama fails, his presidency will be weakened and other reforms, including vital economic policy changes, will most likely fail as well. Secondly, the US healthcare industry is huge, so big that it affects the world's allocation of resources. Thirdly, the rising cost of US healthcare has bloated US consumption, and the latter is a key factor underlying the present crisis. When the US sneezes, Europeans tend to catch cold!

To be sure, there are many more reasons for concern---perhaps most importantly, the fact that in 2009 more than 50 million Americans are without coverage, that many more have insufficient coverage and that these numbers are growing....(Remainder.)

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Crisis Makes Europe the Richest Region in the World, Study Says

By Valentina Pop
EU Observer


Europe has emerged as the richest region in the world, pushing North America, where wealth has declined by more than 20 percent due to the economic crisis, off the top spot, a study has shown.

The world's richest also feel the recession biting, especially in North America, where the financial crisis first unfolded a year ago, reveals a survey on global wealth carried out by the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm.

North America's wealth, measured in assets under management, plummeted by 21.8 percent, the steepest decline in the world. A lesser fall was registered in Europe, where assets shrunk by 5.8 percent compared to last year, down to €22.2 trillion – a quarter of the globe's total wealth.

The number of millionaire households worldwide fell from 11 million to about 9 million - a drop of 17.8 percent. The decline was steepest in North America and Europe, at 22 percent in both regions, although the United States continues to have the most millionaire households - nearly 4 million.

The crisis also narrowed the gap between the wealthy and non-wealthy. Wealth owned by households with less than €90,000 in assets under management increased by two percent in 2008, but it declined in all other segments. Among households with more than €4.5 million in assets under management, wealth fell by 21.5 percent....(Remainder.)

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US to Scrap Missile Shield in Eastern Europe

By Valentina Pop
EU Observer
Photo:  Wikipedia


US government officials are likely to tell the Polish and Czech governments on Thursday that Washington will scrap the planned missile defence shield in their countries, as the threat of long-range missiles from Iran is less imminent.

The Obama envoys are expected to brief lawmakers and government officials in Warsaw and Prague on the results of the seven-month review commissioned by President Barack Obama, unnamed sources in Washington told the Associated Press.

The Wall Street Journal also reported on Thursday that the White House is to shelve the Bush-era plan, "a move likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in Europe."

The Obama administration's assessment concludes that long-range missile threat from Iran is a far lesser one than short and medium-range, making the case for the development of "regional missile defenses" for Europe, which are far less controversial for Russia, people familiar with the matter told the WSJ.

The multi-billion-dollar project agreed last year planned to install 10 interceptor missiles at a facility in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic.

Warsaw also managed to secure a US promise of a battery of Patriot missiles to be permanently based on Polish territory as a defence against possible Russian attack – a security guarantee Poland had sought ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Some 120 American soldiers would have been deployed at the interceptor base in northern Poland, and US soldiers would also have operated the Patriot missiles.

Now the plan seems to shift more towards "rotating" Patriot missiles, which would "tour" Europe and also be stationed at some point in Poland....(Remainder.)

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EU Leaders Take Aim at Obama on Banks and Climate



By Andrew Rettman
EU Observer


BRUSSELS - EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (17 September) are set to call for tougher commitments on bank reform and global warming than plans outlined so far by the White House.

The extraordinary EU summit is designed to frame a joint position ahead of next week's G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, US, on the banking sector. The clock is also ticking for EU states to put forward climate change ideas for a UN summit in December.

The financial crisis erupted one year ago with the fall of US investment bank Lehman Brothers.

With the US, Germany and France coming out of recession, fears abound that banks have returned to business as usual while conditions remain in place for another meltdown.

The financial crisis stripped trillions of euros out of the public purse in order to bail out banks judged too important to fail. The massive outlay could undermine funding for anti-global warming measures, estimated by the European Commission to cost the world up to €118 billion a year by 2020.

EU diplomats ahead of the Thursday meeting agreed a draft statement that calls for G20 countries to design exit strategies from the bail out plans put together over the past 12 months, and to curb bonuses paid to risk-taking bank chiefs.

"Exit strategies need to be designed now and implemented in a co-ordinated manner as soon as the recovery takes hold," the EU statement, leaked on Wednesday, says. "The G20 should commit to agreeing to binding rules for financial institutions on variable remunerations backed up by the threat of sanctions at the national level."...(Remainder.)

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Lamborn Miscasts Polis Bill to Repeal DOMA

By Joseph Boven
The Colorado Independent


U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, introduced legislation in the House of Representatives yesterday that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Opponents of the repeal, including U.S.Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, are asserting that the bill’s passage represents an infringement on state’s rights, maintaining that it would force states to recognize same sex-marriages, even where local voters have voted against such recognition.

But Lamborn’s reading of the legislation is as politically easy to sell as it is factually slippery. Indeed, the contours of the debate shaping up around the Defense of Marriage repeal already seem to mirror debate over health-reform legislation, where interpretations of the most basic effects of the bill are called into question, seemingly immune from the fact-checking work of experts.

According to Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, who spoke at a press conference introducing the bill along with co-sponsors Polis and Rep. Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, the bill would not compel states to recognize same-sex marriages. Federal recognition would kick in across the nation, leaving state laws to apply locally.

The bill seeks to repeal the prohibition on Federal recognition of same-sex marriage and prohibitions on states recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Lifting a prohibition experts say is much different than imposing law....(Remainder.)

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Pro-Equality Launches New Ad Rebutting Lies From Anti-Gay Forces

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ABC News' Dan Harris Reports on GOP's Racist “Political Discontent”

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ABC News Gives in to Reich-Wing Propagandaministerium & Advances ACORN Video Lies

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Jon Stewart Brilliantly Slaughters Drudge's Race Baiting School Bus Fight Story

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Stephen Colbert Loses to Grand Dragon Dobbs in Most Insults Against Mexico

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer Proudly Changing His Position on DOMA

Rep. Earl Blumenauer
The Huffington Post


On July 12, 1996, I cast the worst vote of my political career. Having served in public office since 1973, that says something. While I've made other mistakes, this was different: it was a deliberate vote that I knew to be poor public policy and was against my values. I've been a strong champion of civil rights and protections based on sexual orientation since I chaired the first legislative hearing on anti-discrimination legislation in 1973. Even worse, this vote was cast after careful consideration.

Having given it much thought, I was convinced that by voting for this one federal statute against the recognition of same-sex marriage, it would somehow take the steam out of the Newt Gingrich-Tom Delay Congress, which was using the homophobic right-wing agenda to mobilize their base at the expense of millions of gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual Americans. My hope was to simply move on and get to more pressing business at hand, including smaller steps for equality based on sexual orientation, like legislation against employment discrimination.

Since I was an outspoken supporter of anti-discrimination, I assumed that my calculations would be understood by my friends in the community and that we would lay this obnoxious political vendetta to rest. Wrong on all counts.

It should have been obvious to me that we would not be able to quell this assault based on sexual orientation. Far from stopping it, this vote fed the bigotry. Once Congress had put its imprimatur on DOMA, it was a logical step for the homophobes and political cynics to intensify their efforts and make permanent a ban on gay marriage in both the U.S. and state constitutions -- spawning many state initiatives and intensifying the assault....(Remainder.)

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Funeral Dress: Best Friend Keeps Promise to Private Kevin Elliott

By Lindsay McIntosh
The Times Online


It was a promise neither man would have wanted to keep. Yesterday the funeral of a Black Watch soldier killed in Afghanistan took a bizarre turn when his best friend arrived in a bright green dress and pink leg warmers to honour a pact that the two of them had made.

Private Kevin Elliott and his friend, Barry Delaney, had agreed that whoever survived the other should wear a dress to the dead man’s funeral. Mr Delaney duly fulfilled the pledge as a tribute to Private Elliott, who was killed aged 24 while on foot patrol in the southern province of Helmand on August 31.

Mr Delaney wept on his knees at the graveside in Dundee as shots were fired during the military funeral. His dress plans are believed to have been known about in advance by other mourners.

Private Elliott’s other friends wore Black Watch tartan ribbon pins with the words “Kevin Elliott Our Hero”. His young cousins wore T-shirts emblazoned with his photograph. His army colleagues wore their regimental uniforms and carried his coffin, which was draped in a saltire. Earlier, hundreds of mourners had lined the route outside St Mary’s church in the city centre, clapping as the funeral cortège left for the cemetery....(Remainder.)

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Baucus And Conrad's Miserable Health Care Reform Day

By Jason Linkins
The Huffington Post


So, for weeks and weeks, Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus has held the health care reform debate hostage as he hemmed and hawed and deliberated with his Gang of Six and -- most importantly -- accrued a sizable campaign war chest full of money from health care lobbyists, all for the promise of a health care reform bill that would earn a dollop of "bipartisanship." Well, he's brought his Hamlet act to a close today, and released his grand plan, so, how did he do, earning that critical bipartisanship, which hopefully doctors can literally prescribe for our cancers?
Senate Republican sources close to Grassley and Enzi -- and in the case of Olympia Snowe, the senator herself -- tell CNN they still have concerns that have not been addressed that range from taxpayer funding of abortion, to illegal immigration, to affordability of the health coverage this new law would require.
High-fives all around then! And, as Ryan Grim reported today, plenty of Democrats -- that's the political party of which Baucus is a member, if you recall -- are similarly sour on the Baucus plan. If everyone hates it, does it count as "bipartisanship?" Please say that this counts!...(Remainder.)

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Voices — Mary Travers, 1936 - 2009

Peter, Paul & Mary Keep the Faith

Folk music: Trio's public TV special airing on KOCE Channel 50, new family album and video feature familiar ethnic and traditional songs that define group.

By Lynne Heffley
The Los Angeles Times


It wasn't all free love and hallucinogens in the '60s. Hundreds of thousands marched for civil rights and peace, and folk music was the galvanizing voice of freedom and change.

Peter, Paul and Mary, the legendary trio who helped promulgate that spirit of activism, could be considered relics of a decade of chaos and transmutation, but for the fact that they've kept the faith for more than 30 years.

Together and separately, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey and Mary Travers have raised their voices for peace, for a nuclear-free America, to support the homeless and to protest apartheid in South Africa and human rights abuses in El Salvador, the Middle East and the then-Soviet Union.

In January, they performed in the Reunion on the Mall inaugural event, in the capital where they once marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "It's so nice to be on the friends list for a change," Travers said.

This month, the trio has released "Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too"--25 years after their first family album, "Peter, Paul & Mommy"--along with a companion concert video and PBS special (Sunday on KOCE Channel 50 at 6 p.m. and Wednesday on KCET Channel 28 at 7:30 p.m.)....(Remainder.)

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CNN's Roland Martin Tells Anderson Cooper That Limbaugh, Beck Are Playing on the Racial Fears of Others

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