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Wednesday, October 07, 2009


After His Statutory Rape Smear Collapses, the Retarded Baby Jesus Says Jennings Has Link to NAMBLA


President Obama: Doctors from All 50 States Come to Support Health Insurance Reform


The Hunted

From Baghdad—frightening reports of gay pogroms, where homosexual men are targeted, tortured, slayed. From New York—a scurry to find those same men before they are killed, and shepherd them to safety.

By Matt McAllester
New York Magazine

On a bright afternoon in late March, an 18-year-old named Fadi stood in a friend’s clothing store in Baghdad checking out the new merchandise. A worker in a neighboring store walked into the boutique with a newspaper in his hand and shared a story he had just read. It was about “sexual deviants,” he said. Gay men’s rectums had been glued shut, and they had been force-fed laxatives and water until their insides exploded. They had been found dead on the street.

That evening Fadi met up with his three closest friends—Ahmed, Mazen, and Namir—in a coffee shop called the Shisha café in the Karada district of Baghdad. Karada is a mixed Shia-Christian neighborhood that has a more relaxed, cosmopolitan feel than many parts of the Iraqi capital. Fadi and his friends had been meeting there nearly every evening for a year, Fadi coming from his job cleaning toilets for Americans in the Green Zone and the three others from college. The coffee shop was relatively new and attracted a young crowd. The walls were colored in solid blocks of orange, green, and blue, the glass-topped tables painted red and black. It was the closest thing to hip that Baghdad had to offer. For Fadi and his three friends, who secretly referred to themselves as the 4 Cats, after a Pussycat Dolls–like Lebanese group, the Shisha was a refuge from the hostile, often violent anti-gay climate that they had grown up with in Iraq.

Fadi has a warm, irrepressible laugh; his eyes narrow under thick black eyebrows whenever someone tells a joke. He told his friends about the newspaper story, but insisted it couldn’t be true.

“They’re doing this to frighten us,” he said.

In recent weeks, with rumors of gay death squads and torture on the rise, the four friends had lowered their profile. They no longer went to the Shisha every night. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Fadi said, on the last night they met there....(Remainder.)


Right-Wingers Go for Gold Medal in Hypocrisy Over Obama Chicago Bid

By David O. Williams
The Colorado Independent

As conservatives continue to gleefully hurl javelins Barack Obama’s way for his failed bid to even get his adopted hometown of Chicago on the podium for the 2016 Summer Olympics, it’s worth noting Colorado had a viable Plan B that U.S. organizers rejected earlier this year.

Denver sports organizers and winter sports heavyweights in places like Vail wanted to make a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but the Colorado Springs-based United States Olympic Committee – apparently unable to walk and chew gum at the same time – decided to focus fully on Chicago. The Windy City finished a distant fourth to Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The White House continues to do damage control Monday, issuing statements to the effect that the political risks to the president of a trip to Copenhagen Friday were deemed acceptable given Chicago’s viability. In other words, “We thought for sure we’d get it just because Obama isn’t W.” But apparently there’s still a lingering hangover from the Guantanamo administration (which, by the way, still isn’t closed).

The funny thing is to hear El Rushbo and other conservative venom-spewers characterize the Olympics as an international exercise in soul-selling cronyism replete with a punishing tax burden when it’s Obama doing the backing. But the scandal-plagued 2002 Mormon Games in Salt Lake City presided over by Mitt Romney were just the post-9/11 antidote we all needed....(Remainder.)


Colorado Latino Leaders Work to Derail Proposed Census Boycott

Supporters seek immigration reform while detractors fear playing into hands of the right

By Katie Redding
The Colorado Independent

As a proposed national Latino census boycott receives increased media attention, many Latino and immigrant organizations in Colorado say they’re thankful the movement hasn’t taken hold so far in the Centennial State.

“We’re hoping it doesn’t become a huge issue here,” said Chandra Russo, spokeswoman for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. “Latinos gain strength in numbers,” she said. “If you diminish the numbers by boycotting the census, you diminish the influence and power of Latinos … It’s uninformed people that are proposing something of this nature. They’re not aware of the damage they might do.”

Announced in April, the census boycott is the brainchild of Reverend Miguel Rivera, head of the conservative evangelical National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, known as CONLAMIC. Rivera said the boycott is intended to pressure lawmakers in Washington to finally begin seriously addressing immigration reform, an issue many say has effectively been subsumed this year by the ugly anti-immigrant debate over health-care reform.

Suspicions abound

Opponents of the boycott, however, see the move as shortsighted and worry that taking millions of Latino citizens and immigrants — documented and undocumented — out of the count could diminish growing Latino influence in the nation. More than that, they say, refusing to be counted plays into the hands of anti-immigrant pundits like conservative Colorado Springs blogger Michelle Malkin, who has argued that illegal immigrants shouldn’t be counted in the census. Malkin sees an ACORN-Homeland Security-Democratic Party redistricting plot:
Obama’s census partners are using the process to pressure homeland security agents to halt interior enforcement efforts and workplace raids so that illegal alien cooperation with the national survey is maximized. Inclusion of the massive illegal alien population has resulted in a radical redrawing of the electoral map.



By James Boyce
The Huffington Post

The US Chamber of Commerce is up to its eyeballs in disgruntled members and as a membership organization, perhaps it will consider the incredible amount of damage it has done to is reputation by aggressively resisting climate change initiatives and legislation.

After all, here are a few of the highlights of the Chamber's resistance, courtesy of Brad Johnson over at The Wonk Room:
2009: Chamber SVP Kovacs Calls For 'Scopes Monkey Trial' On The 'Science Of Climate Change.' "It would be evolution versus creationism. It would be the science of climate change on trial." Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President William Kovacs explained that the Chamber was seeking a "Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" on global warming to prevent the EPA from declaring greenhouse gases a threat to the public welfare. [Los Angeles Times, 8/25/09]

2009: Chamber Claims No 'Plausible Theory' To Link 'Climate Change With Extreme Weather Events And Disease In The United States,' Disputes 'Claims Of Ocean Acidification.' In an official filing prepared by the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis for the comments on the EPA's proposed endangerment finding for greenhouse gases, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce cited blog posts by global warming deniers such as Pat Michaels and Chip Knappenberger to challenge a broad range of climate change science, including sea level rise and the "UN/IPCC forecasted temperature increases." [U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 8/25/09]

2009: National Chamber Foundation Promotes Global Warming Denier Book As '#1′ Top Book Of The Year. Promoting "Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don't Want You to Know," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Foundation writes: "Climatologists Patrick J. Michaels and Robert Balling Jr. explain that climate science is hardly unbiased," and that the "pop-culture icons of climate change turns out to be short on facts and long on exaggeration." On Twitter, the National Chamber Foundation ranked the book "#1″ in its "Top Books of '09." [National Chamber Foundation, 8/20/09]


Does Obama Get It?

By Bob Herbert
The New York Times

The big question on the domestic front right now is whether President Obama understands the gravity of the employment crisis facing the country. Does he get it? The signals coming out of the White House have not been encouraging.

The Beltway crowd and the Einsteins of high finance who never saw this economic collapse coming are now telling us with their usual breezy arrogance that the Great Recession is probably over. Their focus, of course, is on data, abstractions like the gross domestic product, not the continued suffering of living, breathing human beings struggling with the nightmare of joblessness.

Even Mr. Obama, in an interview with The Times, gave short shrift to the idea of an additional economic stimulus package, telling John Harwood a few weeks ago that the economy had likely turned a corner. “As you know,” the president said, “jobs tend to be a lagging indicator; they come last.”

The view of most American families is somewhat less blasé. Faced with the relentless monthly costs of housing, transportation, food, clothing, education and so forth, they have precious little time to wait for this lagging indicator to come creeping across the finish line.

Americans need jobs now, and if the economy on its own is incapable of putting people back to work — which appears to be the case — then the government needs to step in with aggressive job-creation efforts....(Remainder.)


Leader of the Christo-Fascist Zombie Brigage Huckabee, Sends His 2 Viewers to His PAC

By Media Matters

On two Fox News shows, Fox host Mike Huckabee directed viewers to "go to," urging them to sign a petition telling Congress to "balance the budget," "cut their spending," and "save American families"; however, redirects visitors to a web page soliciting donations for Huckabee's political action committee, which financially supports Republican candidates and also pays Huckabee's daughter's salary. Huckabee is the latest Fox News personality to ask viewers to visit PAC websites without disclosing the website's nature or whether they stand to gain financially from viewers' donations....(Remainder.)


Imus Tells Beck Not to Say Anything Because "I'll Get Blamed"


The Oxy-Moron in Another Misogynistic Screed Says DC Press Corps Has Been "Chickified by Feminazis"


Pathetic Pedophile Limbaugh Says Obama Has Put "Perverts" & "Child Molestors" in Gov't...I Guess He's Jealous


Michael Steele Continues to Push Outright Lies About AMA

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

Today on Fox News, RNC Chairman Michael Steele scoffed at the American Medical Association's (AMA's) support for health care reform, saying that the organization lacks "credibility" and isn't representative of doctors.
Michael Steele took a shot at the American Medical Association (AMA) today, saying the organization doesn't have "credibility" on healthcare reform.

"The AMA is--does not have the credibility on this health care issue, as they would like to project," Steele said on Fox and Friends this morning.

Steele was trying to downplay the significance of the AMA's support for the House healthcare bill(s), but the timing of the chairman's remarks was a little awkward: The RNC held a conference call touting the support of former AMA President Donald Palmisano.

Steele also derided President Obama's meeting with doctors at the White House today as a "photo-op," while dismissing the notion that President Obama can claim physician support for his plan.  "No, he can't. You don't have that connection there," he said, "simply because, you know, 17 percent of all the doctors in the country belong to the AMA."

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MSNBC Shows Footage of Right-Wing Traitors Cheering After Olmypics Announcement


O'Reilly Distances Himself from Conservatwats Cheering Against Olympics


Completely Insane Bachmann Says Nancy Pelosi is Trying to "Bludgeon" Blue Dogs


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With Their Homophobic Smears of Jennings Exposed, Anti-Gay Right Now Targeting EEOC Nominee Feldblum

By Media Matters

Following their discredited and homophobic smears of Department of Education official Kevin Jennings, the right-wing media is at it again, this time using anti-gay rhetoric to target Chai Feldblum, President Obama's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominee. Rather than address Feldblum's qualifications, right-wing media have advanced their anti-gay agenda by targeting statements made by Feldblum and a statement she signed that have nothing to do with the job for which she has been nominated.

Right-wing media begin homophobic campaign against Feldblum

Farah: The "database Obama uses to locate people like" Feldblum has "got to be" In his October 6 column, after referencing what he called "revelations about" Feldblum, WorldNetDaily editor and CEO Joseph Farah wrote:
I wonder what kind of database Obama uses to locate people like this? Is it That would be appropriate. Or is it Maybe No, it's got to be

I'm telling you, the entire federal government is going to have to be fumigated some day when these deviants and degenerates are finally sent packing.
WorldNetDaily: Feldblum is "an outspoken homosexual rights activist." The right-wing website WorldNetDaily referred to Feldblum as "an outspoken homosexual rights activist" in two different October 5 articles. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) Media Reference Guide (7th edition), "Because of the clinical history of the word 'homosexual,' it has been adopted by anti-gay extremists to suggest that lesbians and gay men are somehow diseased or psychologically/emotionally disordered -- notions discredited by both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s." Further, in one of the articles, WND sets off the word "gay" in quote marks when not directly quoting the word, as is WND style....(Remainder.)


Mentally Deranged Michele Bachmann in Another Whacked Out Rant: Gov't Can't Compete


Joe Scarborough Says Voters See Limbaugh's Cheering Olympic Defeat as Indication GOP Gone Off "Deep-End"


State of the Union: National Security Adviser Jones Chides McChrystal

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

From CNN's State of the Union. Looks like some pushback against the Lindsey Grahams of the world from Jim Jones.

National Security Adviser Chides McChrystal:
President Obama's National Security Adviser James L. Jones suggested Sunday that the public campaign being conducted by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan on behalf of his war strategy is complicating the internal White House review now underway, saying that "it is better for military advice to come up through the chain of command."

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who commands the 100,000 U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, warned bluntly last week in a London speech that a strategy for defeating the Taliban narrower than the one he is advocating would be ineffective and "short-sighted." The comments effectively rejected a policy option that senior White House officials, including Vice President Biden, are seriously considering nearly eight years after the U.S. invasion.

McChrystal's statement came a day after he was challenged by senior White House officials over his dire assessment of the war -- and what it will take to improve the U.S. position there -- during a video conference from Kabul with Obama and his national security team. Obama then summoned McChrystal to Copenhagen the day after the general's speech for a private meeting aboard Air Force One....


How Online Tracking Companies Know Most of What You Do Online (and What Social Networks Are Doing to Help Them)

By Peter Eckersley
Electronic Frontier Foundation

3rd party advertising and tracking firms are ubiquitous on the modern web. When you visit a webpage, there's a good chance that it contains tiny images or invisible JavaScript that exists for the sole purpose of tracking and recording your browsing habits. This sort of tracking is performed by many dozens of different firms. In this post, we're going to look at how this tracking occurs, and how it is being combined with data from accounts on social networking sites to build extensive, identified profiles of your online activity.

How 3rd parties get to see what you do on the web.

Let's start with an example of 3rd party tracking: when we went to, which is the largest online jobs site in the United States, and searched for a job, CareerBuilder included JavaScript code from 10 (!) different tracking domains: Rubicon Project, AdSonar,, (all three are divisions of AOL advertising), Quantcast, Pulse 360, Undertone, AdBureau (part of Microsoft Advertising), Traffic Marketplace, and DoubleClick (which is owned by Google). On other visits we've also seen CareerBuilder include tracking scripts and non-JavaScript web bugs from several other domains. There are pretty sound reasons to hope that when you search for a job online, that fact isn't broadcast to dozens of companies you've never heard of — but that's precisely what's happening here.



GOP Senator, John Ensign, Is in BIG Trouble—and Tom "Senator NO" Coburn Could Be, Too

By Joe Sudbay

We finally found a way to shut up Mitch McConnell. Ask him about John Ensign:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) repeatedly refused to answer questions Friday about a New York Times report that embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) negotiated a cover-up of his extramarital affair with a campaign staffer, with his friend Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) serving as a financial intermediary.

At a Friday morning news conference, McConnell faced a barrage of questions from reporters about the Times's 4,000-word front-page investigation suggesting that Ensign may have improperly used his office to aid his mistress and her husband, who had been one of Ensign's top Washington staffers. Asked if Ensign could still be effective, McConnell said, "Sen. Ensign continues to serve," and said he does not have "any observations to make about the Ensign matter."
And, the extreme right-wing pain-in-the ass Tom Coburn is right in the middle of it:
Sen. Tom Coburn said Friday that he acted as a go-between earlier this year for discussions about whether Sen. John Ensign would pay millions of dollars to his former mistress and her husband.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, said he relayed a proposal for a financial settlement to Ensign from an attorney and that Ensign rejected it.

Coburn claims he was "communicating," not "negotiating." Got that?

Also, here's the link to that 4,000 word article in the New York Times. Seems like a lot of people, including Ensign and Coburn, are in a lot of trouble....(Original.)


Bill Maher Mocks About Caribou Barbie's Ghost Writer


SNL Takes on Obama


War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

By E.J. Dionne
Photo:  Pete Souza (White House)

At a White House dinner with a group of historians at the beginning of the summer, Robert Dallek, a shrewd student of both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered a chilling comment to President Barack Obama.

“In my judgment,” he recalls saying, “war kills off great reform movements.”

The American record is pretty clear: World War I brought the Progressive Era to a close. When Franklin D. Roosevelt was waging World War II, he was candid in saying that “Dr. New Deal” had given way to “Dr. Win the War.” Korea ended Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, and Vietnam brought Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society to an abrupt halt.

Dallek is not a pacifist and he does not pretend that his observation settles the question against war in every case. Of the four he mentioned, I think the Second World War and Korea were certainly necessary fights.

But Dallek’s point helps explain why Obama is right to have grave qualms about an extended commitment of many more American troops to Afghanistan. Obama was elected not to escalate a war but to end one. The change and hope he promised did not involve a vast new campaign to transform Afghanistan.

It’s easy to get enraged over the mess in Afghanistan and with the voices insisting that Obama has no choice but to repair it by going big and going long....(Remainder.)


Countdown: Senators Opposed to "Socialized" Health Insurance Voted for "Socialized" Property Insurance

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

As Keith notes, the Senators who hate the idea of a public option for health insurance sure didn't have any problem voting for a public option to protect the profits of insurance companies against too many flood claims.
OLBERMANN: The Republicans who oppose health care reform and the conservative Democrats who oppose a public option have deeply principled, philosophical objections to the concept of government insurance—except when insurance companies benefit from it, as you‘ll see in our fourth story tonight.

The big arguments against the public option have been these: that the government is incapable of running an insurance plan, that the free-market provides consumers with better choices, that socialized insurance will have unfair advantages. But as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David K. Johnston recently reported, these arguments do not stop some of the big opponents of socialized insurance for voting for socialized insurance when that insurance is not for the wellbeing of people but of property and insurance companies.

After the president gave his national speech for health care reform, Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany gave the Republican Party rebuttal targeting the public option, which Boustany calls “government-run health care.”...


John Kyl Refuses to Defend Ensign; Boxer Acknowledges Ethics Investigation

By David
Crooks and Liars

The New York Times revealed that Sen. John Ensign may have ignored laws when giving preferential treatment to a lobbyist that was the husband of his former lover. Fellow Republican Senator Jon Kyl refused to defend Ensign when given a chance Sunday.

Another Republican Senator, Tom Coburn, was caught lying about his role in negotiating payments to the family of Ensign's mistress.

Sen. Barbara Boxer confirmed that the Senate Ethic Committee had opened an investigation into Ensign's actions. "We will look at all aspects of this case, as we do whenever there is a case before us, and try to get to the bottom of it as quickly as we can in fairness to all," Boxer told CNN's John King....(Original.)


Lindsey Closet Queen Graham Implies Obama Against Troops if Doesn't Send More to Afghanistan


Lindsey Graham: Beck 'Doesn't Represent the Republican Party'

By David
Crooks and Liars

Fox News' Bret Baier asked Sen. Lindsey Graham to elaborate on his opinion that Glenn Beck is a "cynic" Sunday.

"What I am saying, he doesn't represent the Republican Party," said Graham.

"But at the end of the day, when a person says he represents conservatism and that the country's better off with Barack Obama than John McCain," Graham continued. "That sort of ends the debate for me as to how much more I'm going to listen."...(Original.)


Kristol 'Amused' by Chicago's Lost Olympic Bid

By David
Crooks and Liars

Like many conservatives, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol seems delighted that President's Barack Obama's attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago failed. "You couldn't help but be amused by it," Kristol said on Fox Sunday.

Kristol's publication, The Weekly Standard, reported cheers in their newsroom when it was announced that Chicago lost the Olympic bid.

The conservative columnist thinks that Obama should have been campaigning against America. "By Barack Obama's view of the world, he should have been rooting for Brazil to get the Olympics. South America's never gotten them. It's a rising power. It would help Brazil. We don't need the Olympics. We've had them a million times. Our economy doesn't need the boost of the Olympics," said Kristol....(Original.)


Maddow: Pawlenty Hires Race-Baiting, Sandal-Ridden Team of Advisers

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
The Raw Story

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signaled with the creation of his Freedom First PAC that he has his eye on the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, however, believes that far from making him a credible candidate, the list of Pawlenty's consultants and strategists represents "a who's who of some of the worst Republican scandals of the past decade."

Maddow pointed in particular to Pawlenty senior advisor Terry Nelson, a former deputy chief of staff at the Republican National Committee "known for being the guy in charge when the infamous New England phone-jamming case went down."

That dirty tricks maneuver sabotaged the Democrats' get-out-the-vote operation during the 2002 New Hampshire election and helped elect Republican John Sununu to the Senate. Nelson was the direct supervisor of RNC regional director James Tobin, who was convicted for his role in the case.

Maddow went on to describe how Nelson then left the RNC to beoame a media consultant, hired an advisor to the Swiftboat Veterans, and was behind the notorious race-baiting "Harold, call me" ad that helped defeat the 2006 senatorial campaign of Democrat Harold Ford but was condemned even by many Republicans....(Remainder.)


Rachel Maddow: The Right Needs to Answer for What's Happened to Conservatism

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

While discussing the success of Sarah Palin's book Mike Murphy echoes David Brooks with his statement that "the noisiest parts of kind of the conservative media machine have far less influence than the mainstream media machine that covers the Republican world thinks they do". Murphy needs to tell that to those sour-grapes Palin voters hitting those tea bag protests across the country. I also wonder if he thinks there's a difference between the "conservative media machine" and Fox News?

Rachel Maddow rightly points out they're not going to be able to dismiss Palin that easily and need to answer for the brand of conservatism that has elevated her to the position she has in the party, 2012 nominee or not.
MURPHY: No, she will sell a lot. I'm, I'm going to buy it. I'm going to wait for it to get spell-checked, but then I'm going to buy it.

GREGORY: Right. And she's number--I should point out, I mean, number one on the best-seller list for Amazon.

MURPHY: Yeah. No, no, look, she has a constituency. She'll never be the nominee, I totally agree with David. I agree with Steve Schmidt, it would be actually a disaster if she was the nominee. I do wish my friend Steve felt that a year ago when a lot of people were asking John McCain to put her on the ticket. But the truth is--and I'm going to agree with David here, too--the noisiest parts of kind of the conservative media machine have far less influence than the mainstream media machine that covers the Republican world thinks they do. These radio guys can't deliver a pizza, let alone a nomination. And you can case study that out in the last election. So I--the question is whether or not our party will learn, when we have a pretty good midterm victory due to Obama's mistakes this time, that turning up the volume is not the reason that we're going to do well, I believe, in the midterms. And the fact is to get all the way, there are a lot of things we have to do to modernize conservatism to be successful....




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