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Friday, October 30, 2009


James Inhofe, Heating Up

By Steve Benen
Washington Monthly

Dana Milbank noted this morning, "It must be very lonely being the last flat-earther." He was referring, of course, to the tragically confused senior senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe (R).

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a key hearing yesterday on global warming, and even conservative Republicans on the panel "made it clear that they no longer share, if they ever did, Inhofe's view that man-made global warming is the 'greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.'"
"Eleven academies in industrialized countries say that climate change is real; humans have caused most of the recent warming," admitted Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). "If fire chiefs of the same reputation told me my house was about to burn down, I'd buy some fire insurance."

An oil-state senator, David Vitter (R-La), said that he, too, wants to "get us beyond high-carbon fuels" and "focus on conservation, nuclear, natural gas and new technologies like electric cars." And an industrial-state senator, George Voinovich (R-Ohio), acknowledged that climate change "is a serious and complex issue that deserves our full attention."

Then there was poor Inhofe. "The science is more definitive than ever? You keep saying that because you want to believe it so much," he said bitterly. He offered to furnish a list of scientists who once believed in climate change but "who are solidly on the other side right now." The science, he said, "already has shifted" against global-warming theory. "Science is not settled! Everyone knows it's not settled!"

Inhofe called for more oil drilling. His aides tried to debunk the other senators' points by passing around papers titled "Rapid Response." Mid-hearing, Inhofe's former spokesman, now in the private sector, sent out an e-mail -- "Prominent Russian Scientist: 'We should fear a deep temperature drop -- not catastrophic global warming.' "
Inhofe later insisted that "we went out of that natural warming cycle about nine years ago" -- a claim that's patently ridiculous.

As for Inhofe's "list of scientists," let's not forget that many of them aren't scientists, and many more are convinced Inhofe's wrong. (Some of the actual scientists included on the senator's list demanded that their names be removed -- and he ignored their requests.)...(Remainder.)


Fox News is Not Just Biased -- It's a Cult

By Bryant Welch
The Huffington Post

The danger Fox News poses to America is not that it is a biased or partisan arm of the Republican Party, as the Obama Administration contends. Fox is a danger because it is a cult and uses the same destabilizing psychological techniques cults use to undermine the independent functioning of minds they want to control.

Once unleashed, these cult-like techniques can ultimately take on a life of their own and become very dangerous, especially to the most important of all American freedoms, the freedom of thought. The most precise term for these techniques is mind control.

Unfortunately, by focusing on Fox News' bias, the Administration diverts attention from the true problem. Fox is a powerful system of mind control that makes a mockery of the principles of self-reliance and individual responsibility for which Fox adherents ostensibly stand.

For cults, like Fox News, their objective is total control of the victim's mind so that the viewer becomes the easily manipulated pawn of the cult. The cult leadership is not satisfied to merely convince the listener of a particular point of view. The cult wants to effectively pull the levers inside the listener's mind, and direct that mind lock, stock and barrel. The cult will measure its own success by the relative ease with which it is able to do this....(Remainder.)


Oily Taints Lawsuit Thrown Out By California Judge

By Rachel Weiner
The Huffington Post

Another challenge from birther queen Orly Taitz against President Obama's birth certificate has been thrown out of court.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter's decision came down this morning. dismissed Orly Taitz's challenge that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen and so is not the country's legitimate president.

Judge Carter wrote in his decision that the plantiffs were asking the Court "to effectively overthrow a sitting president who was popularly elected by We the People‚ sixty-nine million of the people."

Carter said before the ruling came down that his office was getting 40 to 100 calls from birthers urging him to back Taitz, after she asked for support on her website.

Earlier this month, Taitz was slapped with a $20,000 sanction by a judge in Georgia for "wasting the judicial resources" of the Middle District of Georgia with her "frivolous and sanctionable conduct."...(Remainder.)


The Myth of Too Big to Fail

When it comes to banking, size isn't the only thing that matters.

By Tim Fernholz
The American Prospect

Amid last fall's financial chaos, executives from Wachovia, at the time the fourth-largest commercial bank in the country, had bad news for their regulators: They were broke. Federal officials deliberated and decided Wachovia was so important to the economy that the government had to save it.

It was only the latest in a series of financial institutions that regulators had deemed "too big to fail." In the preceding months, the government had bailed out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Bear Stearns, and Congress had passed the controversial $700 billion bill to fund yet more financial-sector rescues. Some of the institutions, like the insurance company American International Group (AIG), weren't even banks.

When the news of Wachovia's failure first reached Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chair Sheila Bair, she wanted to liquidate the bank and cut into the pocketbooks of its investors -- as she had done with Washington Mutual, the largest U.S. bank failure ever, a few days prior. But Tim Geithner, then president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, argued strenuously for Bair to invoke her agency's "too big to fail" exception and spend more money to cover the costs of the bank's sale. He worried another collapsing bank would only intensify the financial panic at a time when the government's hands were tied. (While the FDIC can liquidate a commercial bank like Wachovia, the Fed doesn't have the tools to shut down financial institutions, only the ability to prop them up with loans.)

Geithner, now the Treasury secretary, made the right decision at the time, but it was a terrible precedent to set. Sending the message that the government won't let large banks fail in a crisis gives them an unfair advantage over their smaller competitors. Worse, if bankers are rewarded for success and insulated from failure, there is little incentive for prudence and smart management -- the problem of moral hazard....(Remainder.)


Nancy Pelosi You'll Burn In HELL! FOX & Friends


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Surgeon General Approved Without Opposition

By Steve Benen
Washington Monthly

About three weeks ago, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved Dr. Regina Benjamin's nomination to be the next surgeon general. The vote was unanimous, and there was little doubt she'd be confirmed by the Senate.

Until, that is, some Senate Republicans decided to put a hold on the nomination. They were angry, apparently, because HHS told Humana to stop using taxpayer money to mislead the public about health care reform. As "punishment," the GOP decided to block all administration health-related nominees from receiving up-or-down votes.

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said enough was enough. Senate Republicans, perhaps concerned about the public's reaction to blocking a vote on a surgeon general nominee during a public health emergency, quickly backed down.
After much agitation earlier in the day, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Regina Benjamin as the nation's surgeon general on Thursday night amid a national emergency over the swine flu outbreak.

The Senate approved her on a voice vote. On Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, had taken to the floor to complain that her nomination, along with others, had been held up.
Given the larger context, it seems Reid's forceful public criticism sparked the change and led to the confirmation....(Remainder.)


From John Birchers to Birthers

The right's paranoid political style has gone mainstream.

By Thomas Frank
Wall Street Journal

Next month will mark the 45th anniversary of the publication by Harper's Magazine of Richard Hofstadter's famous essay, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," a work that seems to grow more relevant by the day.

I was not always a fan. When I first read it two decades ago, I thought Hofstadter was being needlessly insulting by equating political views with mental illness—despite his insistence that he wasn't using the word that way. Besides, I thought, who really cared about the strange notions that occurred to members of marginal groups like the John Birch Society? Joe McCarthy's day was long over, and even in the age of high Reaganism, I thought, the type of person Hofstadter described was merely handing out flyers on street corners.

As the historian himself admitted, "in America it has been the preferred style only of minority movements." Why bother with it, then?

How times have changed! Hofstadter's beloved liberal consensus has been in the grave for decades now. Today it would appear that his mistake was underestimating the seductive power of the paranoid style.

The essential element of this mindset, Hofstadter explained, was its predilection for conspiracy theory—for understanding history as a theater in which sinister figures control the flow of events from behind the scenes, nudging us constantly and secretly in the direction of communism....(Remainder.)


Gorbachev: Bush 41 Called Reagan ‘Extreme,’ Said GOP Supporters ‘Blockheads’

By Daniel Tencer
The Raw Story

Vice President George H. W. Bush confided in Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that he believed Ronald Reagan was an "extreme conservative" supported by "blockheads and dummies," the former Soviet leader claims.

"In 1987, after my first visit to the United States, Vice President Bush accompanied me to the airport, and told me: 'Reagan is a conservative. An extreme conservative. All the blockheads and dummies are for him, and when he says that something is necessary, they trust him. But if some Democrat had proposed what Reagan did, with you, they might not have trusted him,'" Gorbachev said in an interview with The Nation.

Gorbachev added that he had been informed that, following their first summit in 1985, Reagan reportedly described his Soviet counterpart as a "die-hard Bolshevik" -- this despite the fact that Gorbachev would soon come to be known as a reformer who opened up the Soviet Union politically and ushered in an era of co-operation between east and west.

It's no surprise that there were tensions between Reagan and the elder Bush. In 1980, the two politicians ran aggressive campaign against each other to secure the Republican nomination for president. During that campaign, Bush famously described Reagan's economic policies as "voodoo economics." Many historians believe Reagan picked Bush as his running mate after the primaries because of Bush's popularity with some segments of the Republican electorate.

In his interview, Gorbachev had praise for Reagan, commending the president for coming to agreements with the Soviet Union on nuclear arms reductions despite large policy differences between the two countries, and some personal animosity between the two leaders....(Remainder.)


Economy Coming Back to Life

By Steve Benen
Washington Monthly

From Fall 2008 through Summer 2009, the nation's gross domestic product retreated. The four consecutive negative quarters was the longest since the government began keeping track six decades ago.

It comes as something of a relief, then, to see the U.S. economy come back to life in the third quarter of 2009 -- spanning July, August, and September -- with GDP growth at 3.5%. It was the strongest quarterly economic performance in two years, and it came "without a major surge in inflation." The three-quarter swing of 9.9% was the largest in three decades.

Despite conservative opposition to economic recovery efforts, the growth in the U.S. economy was "fueled largely by government recovery programs," including the now-expired cash-for-clunkers program and the tax credit for first-time home buyers. The AP report added, "Brisk spending by the federal government played into the third-quarter turnaround."...(Remainder.)


Fox News’ Faux Outrage Over Rep. Alan Grayson

By Ellen
News Hounds

On just O’Reilly and Hannity last night (10/27/09), I witnessed at least four Fox News discussions knocking Rep. Alan Grayson as a crazy extremist. “What do you do with a crazy Congressman?” Bill O’Reilly asked in his Talking Points Memo, before going on to call Grayson “a nut, n-u-t, nut.” Sean Hannity hosted Rick Santorum, (he who once likened homosexuality to “man-on-dog” sex) to discuss attack Grayson. Neither Hannity nor O’Reilly showed any interest in Grayson’s actual record. The two hosts, did, however, take the time to knock President Obama for calling Grayson an “outstanding member of Congress.” Meanwhile, how many extremist comments turn up on Fox News broadcasts every day?

The excuse for this latest attack on Grayson were some month-old comments he made about an aide to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a former lobbyist whom Grayson called, “A K Street whore.” Grayson has since apologized. But that was not enough for those tender sensibilities of O’Reilly and Hannity.
So where were those tender sensibilities when Fox News right-wing guests have made comments that make Grayson’s look innocuous? Nowhere to be found. Here’s a random sampling:

Ann Coulter is a regular Fox News guest. On June 22, 2009, Coulter appeared on The Factor and accused liberals of being on “the pro-death side” and only in the “one case” of murdered abortion Dr. George Tiller were they upset. She went on to say that she didn’t even like to think of Tiller’s death “as a murder.” Rather, Coulter said, “It was terminating Tiller.” She added, “I am personally opposed to shooting abortionists, but I don’t want to impose my moral values on others.” She must have been quite proud of that little “witticism;” she repeated it at least one more time. O’Reilly clearly did not agree with her statements but he did not censure them nor express any outrage.

On August 12, 2009, Coulter appeared on Hannity and “joked” that Rahm Emanuel’s brother was “on my death list.” No complaint from Hannity about that.

Mark Levin, whom Hannity calls “The Great One,” said on the August 7, 2009 Hannity show, “We just demand that we be treated with the same respect that Obama gives the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay… The president is at war with the American people, politically. He’s literally at war with the citizens in this country, in a political sense.” Did Hannity object to that kind of rhetoric? Of course not....(Remainder.)


Glenn Beck Continues His Violent Rhetoric, Barking On The Tube With Fox & Friends

By Notveryhow
News Hounds

This is my first foray into writing about the strange world of Glenn Beck, and I thought that the best thing I could do would be to research euphemisms for crazy. I came across a darling British term “Dagenham:” Adj. Totally insane, crazy. Because on the London underground/rail transport system Dagenham (Heathway) station is 3 stops beyond Barking station. Barking is slang for crazy." 3 stops beyond Barking on the Tube? Seems fitting. With video.

Glenn Beck appeared Tuesday morning (10/27/09) on Fox and Friends, and the deference paid him left no doubt that he is now the star. He appeared less than fully awake, and at about the 30 second mark on the video, there is a silhouette shot, with his upper teeth thrust out, that strongly suggests rodent in his ancestry. But Beck wasted little time working up to a truly bizarre statement.

Referring to his now infamous Baseball Bat Monologue Beck again reiterated his violent imagery:

“This administration...they model themselves...after Al Capone. You take these guys on, and they will bash your brains out. That’s what they did to Fox, that’s what they’ve done to the Chamber of Commerce. That’s what they do to everyone who stands in their way. So, you have to ask yourself, as Sean Connery did, what are you prepared to do. If you’re going to get into a fight with these guys, you better be able to battle all the way to the end.”
Yes, in pushing for a “Consumer Financial Protection Agency,” Obama "swung the bat" by criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which he said, "is spending millions on an ad campaign to kill" the proposal. Crunch! You can almost hear the flesh spatter....(Remainder.)


No Surprise: US Backs Obama Not GOP on Healthcare


The numbers from Gallup:


Time for Net Neutrality

By Rep Ed Markey
The Huffington Post

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a historic step towards developing new rules to safeguard the free and open nature of the Internet, fulfilling a key campaign promise of President Obama's and kicking off a process that has been years in the making.

If adopted, the Commission's net neutrality protections will ensure that users have unfettered access to all lawful online content and applications. These measures, which will be crafted over the coming months by the FCC, are urgently needed to preserve the openness and competition that have made the Internet the most successful communications medium in human history.

Since its earliest days, the Internet has been guided by the principles of non-discrimination and freedom. That means that all ones and zeros are treated equally and special interests and Corporate America can't direct Internet traffic to serve their own purposes at the expense of the public.

From the very beginning of the Internet, this electronic equality has enabled users to innovate, to get their voices heard, to launch new services and business enterprises, and to participate in cultural communications across the planet. Whether you're in the Fortune 500 or the freshman class at the University of Massachusetts, the Internet treats your online activities in the same manner. Whether you're trading stocks or selling socks, the true genius of the Internet is that you never have to ask permission to innovate....(Remainder.)


The Thinker

By Steve Benson
Arizona Republic


"Death Panels" Live On At Fox News

By Ellen
News Hounds

Is Sarah Palin writing's headlines? The top headline on the "fair and balanced" website right now reads, "'Death Panels' Survive.' End-of-life planning, likened by some in GOP to 'pulling plug on granny,' makes it into House Dems' health bill. The actual article the headline links to, from AP, is much more measured and balanced. So it's clear that Fox News wrote that headline with the express purpose of being inflammatory and partisan. Screen grab after the jump. (H/T Steve K)...(Original.)


O'Reilly Accuses Media of Not Following Fox's Lead on Anita Dunn-Mao Tse-tung Story

By Louis Jacobson

In a recent segment with conservative commentator Ann Coulter, Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly slammed other media outlets for failing to cover a story — unearthed by Fox — that a senior aide to Barack Obama had told high school students that one of her "favorite political philosophers" was Mao Tse-tung, the late Chinese communist leader who is blamed for the deaths of millions of people.
The O'Reilly-Coulter exchange, aired on Oct. 23, 2009, came amid a war of words between the White House and Fox.
Anita Dunn, the White House communications director and a longtime Democratic operative, emerged this month as one of the leading figures in a White House push to discredit Fox News, telling the New York Times' Brian Stelter, "We're going to treat [Fox] the way we would treat an opponent. ... We don't need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave."
Dunn's comments added heat to an already simmering feud, and it wasn't long before Glenn Beck — the conservative Fox host who frequently riles the White House and its allies — responded in kind. On the Oct. 15, 2009, episode of his Fox show, Beck aired a video of a speech Dunn made to high school students.
In it, Dunn imparted a series of life lessons to the students, the third of which "actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers: Mao Tse-tung and Mother Teresa, not often coupled together, but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you're going to make choices. You're going to challenge. You're going to say why not. You're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before."
Dunn then told an anecdote about how Mao triumphed as an underdog over his rival, nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek, during the Chinese civil war. Asked how he would win, Mao said, according to Dunn, "You know, you fight your war, and I'll fight mine."...(Remainder.)


Matalin Claims Earth is Cooling

By Catharine Richert

Skeptics of climate change often say the world has been cooling in the past decade.

Conservative pundit Mary Matalin made that claim on CNN's Situation Room on Oct. 22, 2009. Matalin warned that the Obama administration is pushing too many big legislative initiatives such as a cap-and-trade plan to slow global warming when the administration should be focusing on the deficit.

"If they care about reducing the deficit, which should be their No. 1 priority ... they're not going to be able to do this — all this other nonsense, cap and trade and all the rest of it. Too much, too fast," Matalin said. "Climate change is a fake issue anyway. ... There is not consensus science on what is causing global climate change. There is climate change, but for the last decade the climate has been cooling. There is the science. There is the data on that. They want to do this because they like to have all these programs being controlled by the government."

So, Matalin acknowledges that the Earth's temperature is changing, but she's not so sure that those changes are man-made. We'll save the debate over whether climate change is caused by human activity for another day. For now, we're going to check Matalin's claim that the Earth has been cooling in recent years.

Last spring, we checked a similar claim made by the Cato Institute, a free-market think tank. The group claimed that there has been no net global warming for over a decade; we found that False because the climate scientists we spoke with said that, while temperatures have remained relatively static over the last decade, very little can be learned about climate change in a 10-year window....(Remainder.)


Chain E-Mail Claims Obama is Handing Out Free Cell Phones to the Needy

By Catharine Richert

A reader recently sent us a chain e-mail about a cell phone deal.
"Receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month," the e-mail said.
The catch? They're only available to welfare recipients.
"I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number," the e-mail said. "I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes this was his 'Obama phone'... TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES."
The chain e-mail — we've received copies from several readers — calls them "Obama phones," which suggests the program is new. It says the cell phone program threatens "the very foundations that this country was built on," and "the age old concepts of God, family, and hard work."
A federal program offering 70 minutes a month sounded unusual to us, so we decided to look into it.

The e-mail included a link to the TracPhone Web site, a prepaid cell phone company, and its SafeLink Wireless program to help low-income people get cellular coverage. Depending on where participants live, free phones and free minutes are available; participants in Washington, D.C., for example, can get 55 free minutes per month, while consumers in Florida can get 68 free minutes a month.
AT&T and Verizon provide similar services....(Remainder.)


Does Obama Need Congress' Permission to Get Nobel?

By Angie Drobnic Holan

Three Republican members of Congress wrote President Barack Obama a letter telling him he needs to "obtain Congress' consent before formally accepting the Nobel Prize."

The members — Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite and Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas — point to Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, which reads, in part:

"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

In their letter, they write, "As the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway, the Storting, the prize is clearly subject to the requirements set forth in Article 1, Section 9, of the Constitution. Obtaining permission from Congress should be straightforward."

They said the precedent was set when President Theodore Roosevelt created a committee to hold his prize money and then obtained the consent of Congress to send the money to various charities. Roosevelt received the prize in 1906 for mediating a peace agreement between Russia and Japan.

We wanted to know if the representatives were correct that Obama has to obtain the permission of Congress before accepting the prize, which he was awarded for his diplomatic efforts on international cooperation and nuclear disarmament.

We went down many avenues of research here.

The Nobel Peace Prize includes a cash gift of about $1.4 million, so that seems to fit the definition of a "present." The Republican members are also correct that the members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee are appointed by the Norwegian parliament, the Storting....(Remainder.)


Rachel Maddow Discusses "Question 1" with Gov. Baldacci


A Night at the Ritz: White Supremacists, a Knife Fight and a Holocaust Denier

By Larry Keller
Hatewatch at SPLC

In what may be the latest sign of simmering tensions in Florida between two prominent racist skinhead groups, two men suffered knife wounds this week during a speech by Holocaust denying historian David Irving at a luxury Palm Beach County hotel.

Irving spoke to about three dozen invited guests in a conference room he booked at the Ritz-Carlton hotel south of Palm Beach. During his talk on “decoding the Nazi message,” two men, Christopher Nachtman and John Kopko, stepped outside to argue and one of them pulled a knife, police say. A fight ensued. Furniture was broken and a carpet was bloodied. Both men were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of knife wounds. No charges have been filed yet.

Irving is a longtime Holocaust revisionist. In 2000, he sued Emory University professor and Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt for libel in his homeland of Britain, after she accused of him of deliberate falsification. A London court declared Irving a pro-Nazi anti-Semite and “active Holocaust denier” and ordered him to pay all court costs. In 2006, he was imprisoned in Austria after pleading guilty to telling audiences that there were no gas chambers in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. Irving subsequently backed off those claims. Earlier this year, he set up a website selling Nazi memorabilia. His visit to South Florida was the latest on a surreptitious speaking tour in the United States, in which Irving informs attendees of his venue at the last minute so as to thwart protestors.

Irving told Florida television station WPBF that Kopko initiated the attack, and that the fight had nothing to do with his lecture. He said his assistant witnessed the incident. “She said that she saw four people chasing one member of the audience out and beating him to the floor, and she said she thought they were going to kill him, but he pulled a knife from nowhere and stabbed one of these men repeatedly,” he told the TV station. “It was a personal feud, apparently, which goes back over the years, and I gained the impression, or so I was told, that three or four of these people had come in there with the intention of roughing him up,” he said. He doesn’t know Kopko personally, Irving added....(Remainder.)


Did The President Of ACCCE Lie Under Oath?

By Chris Harris
Media Matters

During an October 29, 2009 House hearing over forged letters sent to members of Congress, Steve Miller, CEO and President of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) claimed his organization never opposed the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act.  However, the facts tell a different story. Did Mr. Miller lie under oath? 

Coal Industry Association President Claimed Group Never Opposed Waxman-Markey

During a House hearing over forged letters sent to members of Congress, Steve Miller, CEO and President of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) claimed his organization never opposed the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act....


To Prove Latest Conspiracy Theory, Beck Cheats at Connect Four Game Against Himself

By Jeremy Holden
Media Matters

In his latest effort to chart an incomprehensible conspiracy theory, Glenn Beck engaged in an old-fashioned game of Connect Four against ... Glenn Beck.

Naming Obama administration officials and dropping red and yellow game pieces into the game, Beck sought to show ... well it's unclear exactly what he sought to show, other than that people in the White House work together. And some are represented by yellow circles, while others are represented by red ones.

After several seconds of fierce competition with himself, Beck closed in on a yellow victory.

Undeterred by his apparent win, Beck continued, dropping in a game piece that apparently represented President Obama - or at least he said "and then we have Barack Obama" as he dropped a red circle into the game, declaring victory.

I guess no matter which Glenn Beck wins, the rest of us lose....(Original.)


Yet Another SC Politician is Busted With His Cock Out


Fox News Viewed as Most Ideological Network

By Pew Research Center for People & the Press

The Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks. And while the public is evenly divided in its view of hosts of cable news programs having strong political opinions, more Fox News viewers see this as a good thing than as a bad thing.

Nearly half of Americans (47%) say they think of Fox News as “mostly conservative,” 14% say it is “mostly liberal,” and 24% say it is “neither in particular.” Opinion about the ideological orientation of other TV news outlets is more mixed: while many view CNN and the three broadcast networks as mostly liberal, about the same percentages say they are neither in particular. However, somewhat more say MSNBC is mostly liberal than say it is neither in particular, by 36% to 27%.

The perceptions of those who regularly tune into these news networks are similar to those of the public. Nearly half (48%) of regular Fox viewers say the network is mostly conservative. About four-in-ten (41%) regular viewers of CNN describe the network as mostly liberal and 36% of regular MSNBC viewers say the same about that network.

The latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted October 23-26 among 1,001 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, also shows that Americans followed news about the spread of the swine flu and the availability of a vaccine more closely than any other major news story last week. And the percentage of Americans saying they followed swine flu news very closely (43%) now matches the highest levels of interest reached during the previous flu outbreak in May....(Remainder.)


Rep. Price Says "You Lie" Congressman Has A "Heart Of Gold," But "Die Quickly" Rep. Is A Bully

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) praised Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R-SC) as a "compassionate, caring, industrious fellow with a heart of gold." However, when asked about fiery Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who mockingly suggested that the Republican plan for health reform was to let sick people "die quickly," Price likened the progressive lawmaker to a schoolyard bully:
On Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), who shouted "You lie!" to President Barack Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress:

"Compassionate, caring, industrious fellow with a heart of gold."

On Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), who said Republican health care plans amount to "Die quickly!":

"Seems to think that Congress is a schoolyard where bullies prevail... but his constituents will, I'm certain, see the light."
To sum up, rudely interrupting a presidential address signals a "heart of gold." But calling attention to the tens of thousands of Americans who die every year because they don't have health insurance makes Grayson a bully....(Original.)


Rep. Issa Brags About Writing A Seven-Page Health Care Reform Bill

By Chris Harris
Media Matters

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Lazy)

As House Democrats released their combined health insurance reform bill, Republicans took to the streets in opposition.  Rather than attack the substance of the bill, the most common criticisms regarded the level of security at the press conference and the length of the bill.

It is a long bill.  At 1,990 pages, there's no denying that.  Why is it so long?  Because it's important. Fixing our nation's broken health care system is not something that can easily be done at the drop of a hat in just a few pages.  If it was that easy, it would have been done decades ago.

Yet that hasn't stopped Rep. Darrell Issa from trying.  Today Issa tweeted:


Bubbling Bucket of Batshit Repeats Absurd Attack that Net Neutrality Would "Destroy Free Market"


Fox Spokesbimbo, Carlson, Blathers On and On About Flag "Desecration" Complete Ignoring Beck's Actions


Fox's Morning Moron, Carlson, and Her Bullshit About the 'Consumer Option' and Taxes


Grand Imperial Wizard Dobbs is Once Again Pushing His Insane N. American Union Conspiracy Theory


Fox's Morning Cavalcade of Crazy "Reports" on "Overstated" Stimulus Job Impact, Ignorning Fact that Errors Were Corrected a Week Ago

By Media Matters

In an October 29 report, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said that an Associated Press investigation showing that some of the jobs reported by federal contract recipients as having been created due to the stimulus were inaccurate, which Kilmeade said "makes the [jobs] numbers suspect." But, while Kilmeade reported that the "White House says it's aware of the problems and working to fix them," he ignored that the White House has claimed that the majority of the errors identified in the AP report had already been corrected prior to the report running and that the job data posted represent "just 2% of Recovery Act spending."...(Remainder.)


On Fox Business, Cheryl Casone, Spreads GOP Talking Points to the 3 Viewers About Cap & Trade


GreenGov Challenge: A Special Message from the Vice President


Laura "Right-Wing Bleeding Snatch" Ingraham Ignores Beck in Attacking "Flag Video"...Hypocritical Bitch


The Oxy-Moron Doesn't Let All Those Pesky Facts Get in the Way of His Health Care Fearmongering

By Media Matters

Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that a section of the version of the health care reform bill unveiled by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will cause small businesses to "lose their tax breaks for health coverage" and asserted that "it's hard to tell from the damn convoluted language." In fact, the section at issue actually creates a tax credit; it does not limit any other tax breaks....(Remainder.)


Moronic Right-Wing Gasbag, the Pig-Man, Still Lying About NYT Reporter Revkin

By Media Matters

Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that New York Times environmental writer Andrew Revkin was "thinking seriously about capping families at one child to reduce carbon emissions." Limbaugh has previously advanced a similar falsehood while suggesting that Revkin "just go kill" himself; in fact, Revkin made it clear that he was engaging in a "thought experiment, not a proposal" which did not involve "capping families."...(Remainder.)


Mark "Steaming Bucket of Syphilitic Diarrhea" Levin Shits His Pants Thinking Obama is "Coming After" Hate Radio


Main Stream & Right-Wing Media Advance GOP's Bullshit Partisanship Claims About Health Reform

By Media Matters

In the wake of the Senate Finance Committee's October 13 passage of a health care reform bill, the fifth such bill passed out of congressional committees this year, numerous media figures have advanced the claim that the bill and the process of crafting health reform more generally was overly partisan, and have blamed Democrats. But these charges ignore the numerous Republican amendments included in both Senate health reform bills, and turn a blind eye to Republicans Senators' refusal to negotiate on health care reform in good faith and to their efforts to bring about, in the words of Sen. Jim DeMint, Obama's "Waterloo."...(Remainder.)


Memo to Überracist Limbaugh, Calling Yourself "Colorblind" Doesn't Mean It's True


Prestigious Economist, Limbaugh Tells His Moronic Audience that GDP Numbers are "Phony"


Baron of Batshit is All Upset that the Commander-in-Chief Went to Dover to Meet Returning Coffins...Why Do You Hate the Constitution Glenn?


Rep Todd Akin (R-Batshitfuckistan) Thinks a Right to Food is a Communist Ideal

By Media Matters

While speaking on the floor of the House on October 28, 2009, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) repeated the common Republican mantra that health care is not a right.

Akin, however, went further to argue that like health care, the right to housing, food, education and work were flawed Communist ideas that ultimately brought down the Soviet Union.  Akin is wrong.  The rights Akin seeks to deny his own constituents are all guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the United States helped frame....(Remainder.)


Rep Eric Cantor (R-Douchebagtown) Gets All "Outrage-y" Over Dems Health Bill Presser

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a press conference outside the Capitol to unveil the final draft of the House Democrats' health care reform bill. 

Shortly after the press conference, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) appeared on Fox News to criticize the Democrats' plan.  However, the congressman seemed strangely preoccupied with the logistics of the press conference, as opposed to the bill itself, twice complaining that the event wasn't open to the public. Watch:


Christianist Merchant of Hate & Homophobia Pat Robertson, Again Ignores Reality to Attack Hate Crimes Bill


US Chamber of Commerce Bring Out Old Bullshit to Attack Health Reform

By Media Matters

** To see the fact check on the original ad, click here.

US Chamber's  Balloon Ad Full Of Hot Air

US Chamber: "Washington's latest health reform idea?  An $800 billion dollar health care bill and a government-run public option. With big tax increases, over $300 billion, even on health benefits. The Wall Street Journal says 'larger deficits are guaranteed.' Inflated taxes, increased spending, and more government control over your health care." Call your Senators.  Tell them to say 'no' to a government-run health care bill." [YouTube, accessed 10/29/09]
House Bill Offers Coverage To 96% Of American Citizens.  According to the Los Angeles Times: "The bill offers health insurance for an additional 36 million Americans, [Pelosi] said -- offering coverage for 96% of all citizens -- and its cost over 10 years, under $900 billion, would not increase the federal budget deficit." [Los Angeles Times, 10/29/09]

House Bill Taxes Only The Very Wealthy To Provide Funding For Public Option.  According to the Los Angeles Times: "The bill will be funded largely by a combination of cuts in Medicare -- many of them designed to make the program more efficient -- and a 5.4% surtax on individual taxpayers making more than $500,000 and couples making more than $1 million." [Los Angeles Times, 10/29/09]

House "Bill Will Reduce The Deficit By $30 Billion Over 10 Years."  Forbes reported: "According to documents released by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, the revised bill will reduce the deficit by $30 billion over 10 years (as opposed to $6 billion in the original bill) and will continue deficit reduction beyond that period." [Forbes, 10/29/09]...(Remainder.)


Jon Stewart Absolutely Destroys Fox News' Opinion-News Division: "It's a Perpetual Revulsion Machine"



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