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Friday, October 23, 2009


Hannity Says Jennings “Criticism” Not Homophobic? Fox Nation Link To Homophobic Site Says Otherwise!

By Priscilla
News Hounds

Sean Hannity, in rebutting an article in the Huffington Post whose author stated that those opposed to Kevin Jennings are “big, old homophobes,” denied that homophobia had anything to do with the criticisms: “Not surprisingly, Miss Garry sat on the finance committee for Obama for America. She cites no evidence to suggest that criticism of Jennings by me or by anybody else was motivated by his sexual orientation. You know why? Because there is none.” As an openly gay member of congress, who is also subject to constant homophobic smears by the nice folks who post comments on a Murdoch website, once said, “on what planet do you spend most of your time?” While Hannity told the radically homophobic and otherwise other worldly member of congress, Steve King (Iowa) that he is a “libertarian” when it comes to people’s sexual mores, his attacks on Jennings were totally based on Jennings’ sexual orientation and to say otherwise is quite disingenuous. His “libertarian” comment came before allowing Rep. King to go on a homophobic tirade against Jennings! (History found here.) Not only is Hannity playing the victim; but he’s full of crap because today, on Fox Nation, there is yet another attack on Jennings and this attack is based on an article from a radical, homophobic, hate group which is attacking Jenning on the basis of his “association” with ACT UP and a nasty, bad art exhibit at Harvard.

“Mass Resistance” is, according to the SPLC, an official “hate group” – in the same category as the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church. A member of their group, Brian Cemenker, led a workshop at the recent American Taliban “Take Back America” Conference titled “How to Counter the Homosexual Extremist Movement.” Last year, one of their members was arrested, after a police chase, for taking unauthorized photos of high school students because he thought that was the venue for a meeting of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT youth. They even attacked Mitt Romney for being too tolerant of teh gay! So they’re now in a snit about a Harvard art exhibit that features ACT UP posters from the early days when ACT UP was trying to focus attention on a disease that was devastating the gay community. The exhibit, titled “ACT UP NEW YORK: ACTIVISM, ART, AND THE AIDS CRISIS, 1987–1993,” is an “exhibition of visual media in AIDS activism marks 20 year anniversary of the formation of ACT UP New York -- Premiere of the ACT UP Oral History Project.” As noted by Helen Molesworth, Harvard Art Museum’s Maisie K. and James R. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art, “many of today’s generation have forgotten the imagery, the movement, and its importance. ‘It is so disturbing that there seems to be this real sense of cultural amnesia around this pivotal time’.”...(Remainder.)


Obama Bamboozles Glenn Beck and Fox News

By Mark
News Corpse

Yesterday’s edition of Glenn Beck’s Acute Paranoia Revue contained a remarkable confession from Beck. He embarked on an elaborate demonstration to illustrate how political operatives in the White House use misdirection to achieve their goals. In order to convey this concept to an audience he apparently believes are rejects from remedial kindergarten, he performs a hackneyed magic trick wherein a coin astonishingly disappears from one hand and then magically appears in the other.

The lesson Beck hopes to impart is that, through the use of distraction, government can enact some nefarious and secret legislation while the people are entranced by an irrelevant shiny object. That’s actually true and it happens with some frequency. And it even appears to be happening to Beck even as he speaks.
“You know what? They believe that if they can get you to watch the coin, if they can get you to have you watch me and Fox, well then they can slip [health care] by and get it passed.”
So the scheme employed by the White House is to get you to watch Glenn Beck. The cads! And Beck appears to be abetting the scheme. How insidious! Beck then goes on to quote from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal:
“The press corps will mostly ignore all of this [health care] because it is complicated and boring policy, as opposed to the epic drama of Anita Dunn vs. Glenn Beck.”


Psst! Ben Bernanke is a Chinese Mole

By Kevin Drum
Mother Jones

Why is there so much keening and wailing on the right over the decline of the dollar, a technical issue that virtually every economist agrees is (a) inevitable (b) good for America? Apparently the answer is Matt Drudge, who now writes about the weak dollar about as frequently as he writes about hurricanes during storm season.  Eamon Javers at Politico:
Clearly, Matt Drudge has developed a fascination with the declining U.S. dollar.  “He’s fixated on it,” said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There’s no question that Drudge can alter what people are paying attention to.”
This comes via Dan Drezner, who points out both the obvious (a weak dollar is a positive development, not a negative one) and the slightly less obvious (perennial worries that the dollar is losing its status as a global reserve currency are mostly absurd).  Then he puts on his blogging cap:
So, what's really going on here?  I suspect that with the Dow Jones going back over 10,000, Republicans are looking for some other Very Simple Metric that shows Obama Stinks.  The dollar looks like it's going to be declining for a while, so why not that?  Never mind that the dollar was even weaker during the George W. Bush era — they want people to focus on the here and now.


Good Grief

By R.J. Matson
The New York Observer


More Insane Rantings from the Crazy Man in the Attic

By Emptywheel

Someone let Dick “PapaDick” Cheney out of his undisclosed location last night–they even gave him an award for being a “keeper of the flame.” In spite of the fact that the press is covering it as another serious attack from Cheney, I find it pretty laughable.

How else to treat a speech, for example, in which PapaDick boasts that Rummy got this “flame-keeper” award before him?
I’m told that among those you’ve recognized before me was my friend Don Rumsfeld. I don’t mind that a bit. It fits something of a pattern. In a career that includes being chief of staff, congressman, and secretary of defense, I haven’t had much that Don didn’t get first. But truth be told, any award once conferred on Donald Rumsfeld carries extra luster, and I am very proud to see my name added to such a distinguished list.
From that auspicious start, Cheney launches into a screed against Obama for shutting down missile defense in Czech Republic and Poland–he complains that Obama did not stand by the agreements that Cheney and Bush made.
Most anyone who is given responsibility in matters of national security quickly comes to appreciate the commitments and structures put in place by others who came before. You deploy a military force that was planned and funded by your predecessors. You inherit relationships with partners and obligations to allies that were first undertaken years and even generations earlier. With the authority you hold for a little while, you have great freedom of action. And whatever course you follow, the essential thing is always to keep commitments, and to leave no doubts about the credibility of your country’s word.So among my other concerns about the drift of events under the present administration, I consider the abandonment of missile defense in Eastern Europe to be a strategic blunder and a breach of good faith.

It is certainly not a model of diplomacy when the leaders of Poland and the Czech Republic are informed of such a decision at the last minute in midnight phone calls. It took a long time and lot of political courage in those countries to arrange for our interceptor system in Poland and the radar system in the Czech Republic. Our Polish and Czech friends are entitled to wonder how strategic plans and promises years in the making could be dissolved, just like that – with apparently little, if any, consultation.


The Real Story

By Ed Stein
Ed Stein Ink


Michael Moore's Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now

By Michael Moore

It's the #1 question I'm constantly asked after people see my movie: "OK -- so NOW what can I DO?!"
You want something to do? Well, you've come to the right place! 'Cause I got 15 things you and I can do right now to fight back and try to fix this very broken system.

Here they are:


1. Declare a moratorium on all home evictions. Not one more family should be thrown out of their home. The banks must adjust their monthly mortgage payments to be in line with what people's homes are now truly worth -- and what they can afford. Also, it must be stated by law: If you lose your job, you cannot be tossed out of your home.

2. Congress must join the civilized world and expand Medicare For All Americans. A single, nonprofit source must run a universal health care system that covers everyone. Medical bills are now the #1 cause of bankruptcies and evictions in this country. Medicare For All will end this misery. The bill to make this happen is H.R. 3200 -- but this bill is worthless without the amendment from Rep. Anthony Weiner that will bring us closer to the real bill that should be passed: H.R. 676. You must call AND write your members of Congress and demand that they support this amendment, no compromises allowed.

3. Demand publicly-funded elections and a prohibition on elected officials leaving office and becoming lobbyists. Yes, those very members of Congress who solicit and receive millions of dollars from wealthy interests must vote to remove ALL money from our electoral and legislative process. Tell your members of Congress they must support campaign finance bill H.R.1826.

4. Each of the 50 states must create a state-owned public bank like they have in North Dakota. Then congress MUST reinstate all the strict pre-Reagan regulations on all commercial banks, investment firms, insurance companies -- and all the other industries that have been savaged by deregulation: Airlines, the food industry, pharmaceutical companies -- you name it. If a company's primary motive to exist is to make a profit, then it needs a set of stringent rules to live by -- and the first rule is "Do no harm." The second rule: The question must always be asked -- "Is this for the common good?" (Click here for some info about the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.)...(Remainder.)


The Sociopathy of Neoconservative Politics

By PM Carpenter
Buzz Flash

Message breakdown.

Just as President Obama was telling NBC News this week that he "think[s] it is entirely possible that we have a strategy formulated before a runoff [in Afghanistan] is determined," his peripatetic secretary of state, John Kerry, was back in Washington, standing just outside the White House and telling reporters that he "would absolutely counsel the president to wait until the runoff. Just as a matter of common sense, he's going to want to know what kind of government he's going to be dealing with before he makes a decision."

For Kerry, who in his spare time doubles as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this was no gaffe. He's been consistent -- and vocal -- on the matter of election first, decision second.

In a television interview last Sunday from Kabul, for instance, Kerry stressed with no little exasperation, "I don’t see how President Obama can make a decision about the committing of our additional forces, or even the further fulfillment of our mission that’s here today, without an adequate government in place."

What's more, Obama's own chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was saying essentially the same thing, same day, as Kerry: It's not about "how many troops you send, but do you have a credible Afghan partner for this process that can provide the security and the type of services that the Afghan people need?"

Let's see, what was it that Tom Hanks blurted in "Charlie Wilson's War?" -- Well, yeaaah. I mean, come on, Barack, pretty much all of us have to go with John and Rahm on this one.

On the other hand, Obama knows that a runoff (if it even takes place) will bring but an encore revival of President Karzai's electoral fraud, and thus another Karzai "victory." Hence even post-runoff the Associated Press' immediate assessment will almost unquestionably hold true: "[T]wo months since the Aug. 20 poll that many hoped would re-establish the legitimacy of Afghanistan's government, the United States is still far from finding a government it can point to as a legitimate partner in the increasingly violent battle against the Taliban."...(Remainder.)


Gen. Eaton Tells Darth Cheney to Sit Down, and Shut the Fuck Up

By Gregory Patin

President Obama has a new ally in the war of words that Dick Cheney started after leaving his coffin and running his mouth once again in a speech to the Center for Security Policy.

His name is Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.), who served more than 30 years in the United States Army and oversaw the training of the Iraqi military from 2003-2004. He is currently the National Security Network Senior Adviser for the Obama administration.

On Wednesday former vice president Dick Cheney criticized President Obama's approach to war in Afghanistan, accusing Obama of "dithering" in his weeks-long assessment about whether to add 40,000 new U.S. troops to the fight in Afghanistan. Cheney said Obama "seems afraid" to make a decision.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs shot back at Cheney, dismissing the Republican's criticism of delays in President Obama's decision-making on Afghanistan strategy. "What Vice President Cheney calls 'dithering,' President Obama calls his solemn responsibility to the men and women in uniform and to the American public," Gibbs told reporters. "I think we've all seen what happens when somebody doesn't take that responsibility seriously."...(Remainder.)


Major Momentum Suddenly for the Public Option, in Just the Few Hours - While Snowe Tries to Kill the Bill

By John Aravosis

Something is going on in Washington, behind the scenes. And it's absolutely fascinating.

TPM, WaPo's Plum Line, ABC and the NYT all suddenly have stories showing a sudden last-minute rise in optimism that the Senate could end up passing a health care reform bill with a real public option. All the while, Olympia Snowe, true to form, is now trying to kill the bill.

In the last few hours, we've learned:

Democratic Senators are telling the NYT that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is leaning towards including the public option in the legislation he sends to the Senate floor. And we really like this from the NYT story:
Mr. Reid and other Senate Democratic leaders were headed to the White House late Thursday afternoon for a hastily called meeting, where Mr. Reid was expected to ask President Obama to help secure the needed votes.
WaPo's Plum Line has a Senate aide saying that while Reid doesn't yet have the public option votes, he's now more optimistic....(Remainder.)


Feds Designate Polar Bear Habitat in Alaska

By Matthew Daly
Associated Press via Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Thursday it is designating more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Federal law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely affect critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery.

Assistant Interior Secretary Tom Strickland called the habitat designation a step in the right direction to help polar bears stave off extinction, while recognizing that the greatest threat to the bear is the melting of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change.

"As we move forward with a comprehensive energy and climate strategy, we will continue to work to protect the polar bear and its fragile environment," Strickland said at a news conference.

The total area proposed for critical habitat designation would cover about 200,541 square miles — about half in the rugged Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. About 93 percent of the area proposed for the polar bear is sea ice, with the remaining 7 percent made up of barrier islands or land-based dens of snow and ice.

Designation as critical habitat would not, in itself, bar oil or gas development, but would make consideration of the effect on polar bears and their habitat an explicit part of any government-approved activity....(Remainder.)


Feingold Unveils Major Bill to Slash the Deficit, Cut Wasteful Spending


Support Maine Families: Vote 'No' on Question 1

By Editorial
Portland Press Herald

Sometimes the law has to move quickly to keep up with a reality that has developed over time.

Maine voters will be faced with that kind of change on Nov. 3, when they are asked in Question 1 to reject a law that would extend civil marriage status to same-sex couples.

While this change in the law could seem abrupt to some Maine voters, it reflects the way people are really living now in cities and towns all over our state. That's why we urge people to vote "no," to allow this reasonable law to go into effect.

Leaders of the people's veto campaign argue that extending the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage to families headed by same-sex couples would have broad effects throughout society. We have listened to their arguments, but we just don't buy them.

While it's technically true that the law would change the wording of the definition of marriage in state statute, it would not change the institution as it exists in Maine for thousands of traditional couples. Those vows would not be any weaker if same-sex couples were allowed to take them. Marriage would remain the key foundation for creating families, with the rights and responsibilities that come with it spelled out in the law, whether those families are headed by same- or opposite-sex couples.

Limiting marriage to a man and a woman would not make families led by same-sex couples go away. It would just keep them in a legally inferior position that is inconsistent with Maine's tradition of equal protection under the law.

Gay men and women already live together, own property and have children, both biological and adopted. They hold responsible jobs, they volunteer in churches and schools – they are full members of our communities. The only thing they cannot do is form the legal partnership that gives them the advantages and duties that other couples have when they start families. The same-sex couples are not the only losers. This also puts their children at a disadvantage....(Remainder.)


From Bangor Daily News: No on Question 1

By Bangor Daily News

Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?

Mainers have heard a lot in recent weeks about the consequences of allowing same-sex couples to marry, some of it accurate, some of it not. While such debate is healthy, this question boils down to a simple point: Everyone must be treated equally under the state and U.S. Constitution. Denying civil marriage rights to same-sex couples violates that tenet.

Further, extending the right of marriage to a small segment of the population that has been excluded furthers the state's interest in promoting stable families and communities. The Maine legislation also took important steps, mirroring the state's Human Rights Law, to respect religious freedom and traditions. No church will be compelled to perform or recognize marriages that run counter to its faith. This strikes the difficult balance of respecting religious freedom while ensuring equality.

Maine was unusual in passing a law to allow same-sex marriage rather than being required to do so by a court order. Since then, Vermont and New Hampshire have followed suit.

Lawmakers, including Gov. John Baldacci — the first governor to sign such legislation into law — moved Maine toward tolerance and fairness. Repealing this law would move the state backward while denying guaranteed rights to a small minority....(Remainder.)


Arguments Against Gay Marriage Literally Stop Making Sense

By Nate Silver

Yesterday, I was sent an e-mail from the Stand for Marriage Maine campaign, which I signed up for under a secondary e-mail account. The message suggests talking points that opponents of gay marriage might use when calling into local radio stations:

So, paraphrasing somewhat, the arguments that the Yes on 1 campaign seems to be making are as follows:

1. The new law won't make gay marriage equal to straight marriage. Instead, it will create a new kind of marriage in which gay people and straight people are equal.

2. Although we may not have proven any connection between gay marriage and public education, our opponents haven't disproven the connection, and it's their fault that the subject came up.

3. If gay marriage is upheld, then marriage will exist solely to make people happy.

These arguments run from the literally incoherent (#1) to the sublimely unpersuasive (#3), with #2 somewhere in between. Yet, they are, apparently, the best arguments that the Yes on 1 folks can muster -- the ones they're using to close out their campaign....(Remainder.)


Religious Right Has Been Lying About Hate Crimes for Years. Now, They'll be Exposed.

By Joe Sudbay

Last weekend, two Maine newspapers, the Bangor Daily News and the Maine Sunday Telegram, urged Mainers to vote No on 1. Interestingly, both papers noted that during the 2005 campaign on gay rights, when the right-wingers tried to remove sexual orientation and gender identity, those right-wingers predicted a flood of lawsuits. Both papers noted this did not happen. In other words, the scare tactics from the other side have been proven wrong.

For the past few years, the opponents of hate crimes have been spreading lies about the potential impact of this law. GOPers like John Boehner have spread the lie that hate crimes are thought crimes. The theocrats claim pastors who preach against gays will be imprisoned. It's B.S., but those were the talking points. Alvin McEwen intends to track this:
The religious right's main lying claim about lgbt-inclusive hate crimes legislation is that it will lead to attacks on the free speech of those who think that homosexuality is a sin.

They say that pastors will be arrested in the pulpits for simply saying that homosexuality is a sin.

Well as soon as President Obama signs the Matthew Shepard Act, I will be creating an online clock that will count up how long it should take from Obama signing this bill to the arrest of a pastor for simply saying that homosexuality is a sin.

Of course no pastor will be arrested for simply calling homosexuality a sin. And that is the point of the online clock.

The religious right likes to spin a fear story. I say we hold them to it.


Congress Has FINALLY Passed Hate Crimes Legislation; Goes to Obama's Desk

By Associated Press
Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON - Physical attacks on people based on their sexual orientation will join the list of federal hate crimes in a major expansion of the civil rights -era law Congress approved Thursday and sent to President Barack Obama.

A priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy , D-Mass., that had been on the congressional agenda for a decade, the measure expands current law to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The measure is named for Matthew Shepard , the gay Wyoming college student murdered 11 years ago.

To assure its passage after years of frustrated efforts, Democratic supporters attached the measure to a must-pass $680 billion defense policy bill the Senate approved 68-29. The House passed the defense bill earlier this month.

Many Republicans, normally staunch supporters of defense bills, voted against the bill because of the hate crimes provision. All the no votes were Republicans except for Sen. Russ Feingold , D-Wis., who supported the hate crimes provision but opposes what he says is the open-ended military commitment in Afghanistan .

"The inclusion of the controversial language of the hate crimes legislation , which is unrelated to our national defense , is deeply troubling," said Sen. Jeff Sessions , R-Ala.

Hate crimes law enacted after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968 centered on crimes based on race, color, religion or national origin.

The expansion has long been sought by civil rights and gay rights groups. Conservatives have opposed it, arguing that it creates a special class of victims. They also have been concerned that it could silence clergymen or others opposed to homosexuality on religious or philosophical grounds....(Remainder.)


Church of Sweden Says Yes to Gay Marriage

By The Local

The Synod of the Lutheran Church of Sweden has come down in favour of church weddings for homosexuals in a vote held on Thursday morning. 

The decision, which is based on a proposal from the church’s governing board, means that the Church of Sweden will conduct wedding ceremonies for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

The proposal was approved by 176 of 249 voting members.

The decision comes just three days after the 30th anniversary of the date when homosexuality stopped being classified as a disease in Sweden.

“The Synod’s decision takes a stance in favour of an inclusive view of people. Regardless of whether one is religious or not, this affects the entire social climate and the view of people’s equal value,” Åsa Regnér, head of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) - the country's largest gay rights group, said in a statement.

In June, the church board took the first step towards permitting same-sex marriages by submitting a petition to the Church of Sweden Synod – the church's highest decision-making body.

The board proposed the church continue to perform wedding ceremonies following new legislation which came into force on May 1st and grants same-sex couples in Sweden the same legal marriage status as heterosexuals....(Remainder.)


Anti-Gay Groups File Lawsuits Against Washington State and Maine

By Joe Sudbay

The anti-gay forces aren't going to let state laws interfere with their gay-bashing campaigns. In both Washington State and Maine, which have strong campaign finance laws, the homophobes are suing those states over those campaign finance laws.

In Washington State, the opponents of Referendum 71 are challenging the state's contribution limits. Don't forget, these are the people who put R-71 on the ballot:
A Lynnwood-based organization that opposes the state's domestic partnership law and is working to defeat Referendum 71 has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma seeking to circumvent campaign contribution limits of $5,000 and to keep secret the names of those who make smaller donations.

State campaign finance laws require campaigns to disclose names and addresses of those who donate over $25 to a campaign. Campaigns must also include employer names and addresses as well as the occupations of donors contributing over $100. The laws limit to $5,000 contributions from businesses and individuals made within 21 days of the general election.

The attorney for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, which filed the lawsuit through its newly formed Family PAC late Wednesday, acknowledged that there are substantial contributions in the offing that the campaign wants to accept but can't because of the limits.


President Obama Signs the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act

President Obama signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act into law today (also known as "advanced funding"). If multi-year planning was vital to a 300-Soldier battalion’s success at a training exercise, it is exponentially more critical to a Department like Veterans Affairs—which serves millions of our nation’s Veterans each day. Until today, VA had not had the ability to plan its budget in advance—and a late budget meant that VA couldn’t effectively plan. But today, that has all changed. While VA has consistently provided world class health care to our Veterans, having advanced appropriations will now allow us the ability to raise that care to an even higher standard.


Fox's Morning Flapdoodle Reads DIRECTLY from GOP Press Release to Attack the President


Steaming Pile of Insanity, Beck, Ignores Conservatives Who Have Quotes Mao, to Attack WH Officials' for Quoting Mao


In an Epic Delusional Diatribe, Beck Suggest that "Killing Babies" is "Only Right" Progressive Want to Keep


Mark "Steaming Bucket of Syphilitic Diarrhea" Levin Rants About Wanting Obama on Show, & Attacks Rachel Maddow


Mark "Steaming Bucket of Syphilitic Diarrhea" Levin Advances Moronic Talking Point About WH Enemies Lis


The Screeching Howler Monkey & Fox's Morning Cavalcade of Crap Attack Murdoch Without Knowing it


Festering Puss-Filled Ass Chancre, the Oxy-Moron Thinks H1N1 Was "Developed" to "Kill People"


The Pig-Man Thinks Nixon Was Just Trying to Get a "Fair Shake"; Unlike Obama


Raving Corporate Whore, the Pig-Man Once Again Indulges His Rape Fantasy, Saying Obama "Raped" Wall Street Execs


The Louder the GOP Screams, the Less Popular They Become


Rep. "Coo Coo" Bachamann Tell Hate Radio That "You Just Can't Come Up with Jokes About Obama"


Reichsminister Rove Lies (No Surprise There) About WaPo/ABC Poll Showing Support for Public Option


Joe Scarborough Corrects Himself On Cost of Doctor Pay Fix


The Rachel Maddow Show: Indefensible


Former Journalist Wonders Why Harvard Would Cancel Address by Xenophobic Right-Wing Extremist


More Fox Fabrication: Falsely Claims Philly ACORN Video Shows "Unlawful Actions"


Batshit Bachmann Repeats Falsehoods About The Employee Free Choice Act

By Media Matters

On October 22, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wrote a blog post at cheering the hold on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominee Craig Becker.  In the post, Bachmann falsely claims that the Employee Free Choice Act would eliminate the secret-ballot option and lead to more worker intimidation.

The Employee Free Choice Act Does Not Eliminate The Secret-Ballot Option

Rep. Bachmann:
Mr. Becker, who is associate general counsel at the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), ACORN's Siamese-twin-like ally, is a staunch advocate for "card check," which would take away the secret ballot for American workers." [, 10/22/09]
NYT: "The Bill...Would Make It Easier For Workers To Join Unions." Rather than eliminating the right of workers to organize through secret-ballot elections, the Employee Free Choice Act gives workers the additional right to form unions through majority sign-up. As explained by the New York Times, "the bill...would make it easier for workers to join unions by requiring that employers recognize a union if a majority of employees at a workplace sign cards indicating they wish to organize." [New York Times, 12/29/09]

CSM: "The Proposed Law Gives Workers A Choice Of Forming A Union Through Majority Sign-Up ('Card Check') Or An Election By Secret Ballot." In an article on the Employee Free Choice Act, the Christian Science Monitor wrote: "The proposed law gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up ('card check') or an election by secret ballot. The current election process, governed by the National Labor Relations Board, strongly favors employers, unions say.  The bill also beefs up penalties for employers that discriminate against workers for their union-organizing activity, including treble back pay for workers found to have been illegally fired." [Christian Science Monitor, 3/11/09]...(Remainder.)


Sens. Hutchison & Bond Make Misleading Charges About Clean Energy Legislation

By Media Matters

On October 21, 2009, Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and Kit Bond (MO) wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times in which they make a slew of misleading charges about clean energy legislation. In reality, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

Republican Senators Spout False Statements About Clean Energy Jobs Legislation

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison & Kit Bond:
For many, gasoline is a mandatory expense. And this legislation disproportionately hits middle and lower income households that tend to have longer commutes to work and must drive in order to work. These families will be hit especially hard by the projected $1 per gallon increase for the additional gas tax the cap-and-trade legislation will bring. [Hutchison & Bond op-ed, Washington Times, 10/21/09]

Raise Gas Prices By $1 A Gallon? Not Even Close

Clean Energy Legislation Will Increase Prices By Just Cents On The Dollar.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency: "The increase in gasoline prices that results from the carbon price ($0.13 in 2015, $0.25 in 2030, and $0.69 in 2050 under Scenario 2 - H.R. 2454) is not sufficient to substantially change consumer behavior in their vehicle miles traveled or vehicle purchases at the prices at which low GHG emitting automotive technologies can be produced." [EPA Analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 H.R. 2454 in the 111th Congress, pg 61, accessed 9/28/09; emphasis added]...(Remainder.)


Rep. Pence Defends Limbaugh And Beck

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh recently suggested that a New York Times environment reporter should kill himself -- literally.  "Why don't you just go kill yourself and help the planet by dying," Limbaugh said.  Sadly, the comment was hardly a surprise.  For Limbaugh, vile (and violent) attacks are standard.

So, when there's speculation that Republican leaders are internally worried right-wing media personalities could be hurting the party, it's easy to understand why.  As Politico reported today: 
Many top Republicans are growing worried that the party's chances for reversing its electoral routs of 2006 and 2008 are being wounded by the flamboyant rhetoric and angry tone of conservative activists and media personalities, according to interviews with GOP officials and operatives.

Congressional leaders talk in private of being boxed in by commentators such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh - figures who are wildly popular with the conservative base but wildly controversial among other parts of the electorate, and who have proven records of making life miserable for senators and House members critical of their views or influence.
Limbaugh and Beck are proven moneymakers, but they're also extremely divisive and unpopular with the general public (particularly Limbaugh, who's a more well known commodity).  If the conservative message is coming primarily from them, it's not good for the GOP....(Remainder.)


Glenn Beck And Dwight Schrute's Conspiracy About OnStar


President Obama Addresses Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force

The President speaks to members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force after touring its New York headquarters. October 20, 2009. (Public Domain)


President Obama Announces New Small Business Lending Initiatives



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