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The Weekly Standard's ACLU Smear Indicts Only Itself

Friday, November 20, 2009

By Glenn Greenwald

Even for The Weekly Standard, this bitter, juvenile McCarthyite attack on the ACLU by Thomas Joscelyn sputters with so much fact-free, impotent, and self-defeating rage that it's hard to believe it was printed.  Right in the headline, it oh-so-cleverly smears the ACLU as "Al Qaeda's Civil Liberties Union"; it ends by proclaiming the group to be "al Qaeda's useful idiots"; and it's filled in the middle with all sorts of trite innuendo circa 2002 that anyone who believes in the Constitution -- i.e., radical "far leftist" doctrines such as "trials" and "due process" -- secretly harbors love for the Terrorists and hatred for America ("The ACLU has worked diligently to undermine America's stance in what was formerly known as the 'war on terror,' and has even been willing to disseminate propaganda on behalf of our jihadist enemies").  What the article actually -- and ironically -- reveals is how much contempt The Weekly Standard and much of America's Right has for the nation's core political values and how, in the process, they do more to aid Islamic extremists than even those who directly fund and advocate for them.

The primary piece of incriminating evidence Joscelyn waves around in his little briefcase is this ACLU-produced video featuring five Muslim men who were held at Guantanamo without charges for years and then released.  In the video, they recount the torture and abuse to which they were subjected, as well as the impact which prolonged, due-process-free imprisonment by the U.S. has had -- and continues to have -- on their shattered lives....(Remainder.)


Rachel Maddow and Spencer Ackerman Discuss Afghanistan Deployment News


GOP Filibuster Fails Badly, but Jeff Sessions & George Bush May Get Last Laugh

By Josh Glasstetter
Third Branch

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats beat back Jeff Sessions’ filibuster of Obama’s first judicial nominee – Judge David Hamilton – by a reassuring margin of 70-29. Sessions lost ten of his fellow Republicans, including conservatives like Hatch, Cornyn, and Thune, and Hamilton will be confirmed Thursday afternoon to the Seventh Circuit.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the GOP is winning the battle for the federal courts.

Just a few short years ago, right-wing Senators denounced filibusters of President Bush’s nominees in the strongest possible language and threatened to employ the “nuclear option.” Sessions went even further – he claimed Democrats were violating the Constitution by blocking any Bush nominee (no matter how extreme). But some time after November 4, 2008, his interpretation of the Constitution must have changed dramatically.

Now a Democrat is in the White House, and – hypocrisy be damned! – Sessions is vehemently pro-filibuster and pro-obstruction. And the worst part is that he’s been successful. Judge Hamilton was nominated in March to general acclaim. He received the highest possible rating from the ABA, both his home-state Senators strongly endorsed him (including senior Senate Republican Dick Lugar), and even the head of the Indianapolis Federalist Society backed him. It doesn’t get much better than that.

But the nomination was dragged out for months by the GOP. As a result, Hamilton will become just the seventh Obama nominee to be confirmed to the federal bench. By contrast, nearly 30 such Bush nominees had been confirmed at the same point. We’re talking lifetime appointments to the highest courts in our land. President Obama obviously has his hands full, but he can’t afford to neglect this crucial aspect of his legacy....(Remainder.)


Obama Appoints Loyal Bushie Dana "Cuba Huh?" Perino To Broadcasting Board Of Governors

By Logan Murphy
Crooks and Liars

Yep, I did a double take too.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has tapped a former top aide of his predecessor George W. Bush to a key post on a board overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting.

Dana Perino, the first Republican woman to serve as White House press secretary, was appointed late Wednesday to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).

Created in 1994, the BBG oversees all of the US government's non-military international broadcasting outlets, including Voice of America, Alhurra television, Radio Sawa, TV Marti, Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe. Read on...
Where to begin? I understand that President Obama campaigned on the idea of bipartisanship, but this is truly an insult. Forget that he is appointing an intellectual lightweight who ran cover for, and spread propaganda for the worst president in American history. Dana Perino stood before reporters and routinely lied to them and the world -- even defending the use of torture, calling it "effective, safe and legal."

And now President Obama believes that she has the integrity to hold a key position in an agency that oversees government-sponsored, international broadcasting?

Perino's appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, so it's not a done deal, but we have to make our voices heard. Contact your Senators and let them know your thoughts on the matter.

As Digby sez -- Perino is just a member of the club, playing the game....(Original.)


Ben Nelson Unlikely To Block Motion To Proceed, Fears Reconciliation

By Jon Walker

Ben Nelson is unlikely to block allowing debate to proceed on health care reform. His justification is that he fears what kind of bill would result if he did vote no:
If opponents prevent consideration of the revised Senate Finance Committee legislation, Nelson said, Democratic supporters “most likely” would turn to the budget reconciliation process to consider health care.

That maneuver would reduce the number of votes required from 60 to a simple majority of 51, he said. In effect, that would remove any need to respond to the concerns of centrist Democrats or independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

“If the three of us voted against the cloture motion,” Nelson said, “we don’t stop health care reform.”

Instead, the Obama administration would decide whether to try to negotiate an amended bill, he said, or the Senate leadership could “go right to reconciliation.”
If Harry Reid is unable to get the 60 votes for a motion to proceed, it is indeed possible that he would turn to some parliamentary tactic like reconciliation to pass health care reform with a simple majority. Whether leadership directly told Ben Nelson that they would use reconciliation, or Nelson is just using the specter of reconciliation to justify his vote, we will probably never know. Either way, this does stress the importance of having a simple majority option like reconciliation on the table....(Remainder.)


The New Arms Race

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
The Huffington Post

Hobbled by opposition from the carbon incumbents and their short-sighted allies on Capitol Hill the Obama administration acknowledged this week that it would not return from Copenhagen with any groundbreaking commitment to control green house gases. Meanwhile, Congress is backsliding on the administration's wise commitment to impose a rational price on carbon. Behind the logjam, a treacherous U.S. Chamber of Commerce, always willing to put its obsequious scraping to Big Oil and King Coal ahead of its duty to our country, has battled every effort to accelerate America's transition to a market-based de-carbonized economy.

The Chamber has continued to argue, idiotically, that energy efficiency and independence will somehow put America at a competitive disadvantage with the Chinese. Meanwhile, the Chinese have shrewdly and strategically positioned themselves to steal America's once substantial lead in renewable power. China will soon make us as dependent on Chinese green technology for the next century as we have been on Saudi oil during the last.

Indeed, the Chinese are treating the energy technology competition if it were an arms race. China is spending as much or more on greentech as it does on its military, hundreds of billions of dollars annually on renewable energy and grid infrastructure improvements. Those investments, if not vigorously countered, will effectively erode America's greentech industry leadership and secure China's dominance. China's economic stimulus package, targeted 38% of spending on greentech, as compared to a miserly 12% of the U.S. stimulus program. By 2013, greentech will account for 15 percent of the Chinese GDP. While the United States is projected to roughly triple its wind generation by 2020, China will increase its capacity twelvefold to a wind generating capability more than twice that of America's. And, while the United States is projected to increase its installed solar generation a modest 33% by 2020, China's solar generation is projected to increase 20,000%....(Remainder.)


Is Harry Reid Laying The Ground Work To Betray Progressives For Snowe’s Vote?

By Jon Walker

The more I look at the merged Senate bill, the more I’m afraid that Harry Reid might have been laying the ground work to betray progressives on the issue of the public option, and gain the support of Olympia Snowe. Many of Snowe’s top demands managed to make their way into the bill.

Harry Reid decided to take the terrible “free rider” provision championed by Snowe from the Senate Finance committee bill instead of the employer mandate from the HELP bill. Reid went with a very much weaker individual mandate more in keeping with the wishes of Snowe. He also kept the terrible “nationwide plans” from the SFC bill. Snowe strongly backs the nationwide plans and claimed it was one of the reason she voted for the bill in committee.

Reid did not just go with the provisions from the SFC bill strongly favored by Snowe. He took the unusual step of even further watering down provisions that Snowe wanted changed. He dramatically reduced the minimum requirement for what qualifies as insurance. He reduced the actuarial value of bronze level plans to 60%. That is even lower than it was in either of the committee bills. The merged bill would also allow people up to the age of 29 to buy extremely low value catastrophic plans. The SFC bill would only let people 25 and younger buy these low value plans. Both changes were championed by Snowe.

The other issue of concern is the design of the public option’s opt-out provision. It does not seem well thought out. There is no restriction on when states can start opting out. At the very least there should have been a clause, so that people currently on the public option would get to remain on it, at minimum, until the next open enrollment period if their state opts out. Reid may not have put a lot of work into designing the opt out provision because he did not plan for it to remain....(Remainder.)


The Dictatorship of the Independent Proletariat

By P.M. Carpenter
Buzz Flash

Doubtless you recall all those plucky reassurances from the Democratic establishment earlier this month about what sure looked like political bloodbaths in Virginia and New Jersey. In the former's gubernatorial contest, the Republican victor annihilated the Democratic loser among independent voters by a prodigious 31 points; in the latter, by nearly 30. But, comforted the establishment, Those races don't mean a thing, nothing to see here folks, move along, it's just some local trouble with no wider implications.

You knew it was humbug then. And now, reports the Politico, the establishment is finally 'fessing up. Those races weren't offering idiosyncratic, mystical tea leaves to be interrupted by personal whim; they were unmistakable foghorns of doom.

The White House itself -- for itself -- isn't panicking much. It's three years to go before facing those same independents, and besides, just who have Republicans got? Pawlenty-Romney of somniferous solemnity? A Palin-Beck ticket of clinical certifiability? Gingrich-Huckabee? Barbour-Who Cares? Yep, 2012 is looking like a bloody, one-sided match-up that by all humane rights should be banned in nearly all 50 states, based on cruelty-to-animal prohibitions.

But Congressional Democrats are a whole different story, and 2010 is a whole different year. And, reports the Politico, "a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents" than they originally acknowledged. "Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage."...(Remainder.)


Gen. Wesley Clark's Advice: Get Out of Afghanistan

By Gregory Patin
Madison Independent Examiner

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark has some advice for Congress: Start planning an exit strategy from Afghanistan.

Speaking to the House Armed Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations, Gen. Clark said, "figure out where you’re going. How do we get out of here? Because our presence long term there is not a good thing. We’re playing into the hands of people who don’t like foreigners in a country that’s not tolerant of diversity. And that’s not going to change.”

It is no surprise that Clark's comments have been ignored by the mainstream media. It seems that most who speak out against the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq are marginalized by the corporate media. But if people who speak out against the wars have credibility, like Gen. Clark, they are completely ignored.

Gen. Clark was the supreme allied commander of NATO forces in Europe from 1997 to 2000, a position that President Eisenhower once held. Clark commanded Operation Allied Force during the Kosovo war. Clark was also a Democratic presidential candidate in 2004.

During the Vietnam war, Clark was assigned a position in the 1st Infantry Division and was given command of A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division in January 1970. In February, only one month into his command, he was shot four times by a Viet Cong insurgent with an AK-47. After sustaining wounds to his right shoulder, right hand, right hip and right leg, he continued to bark orders and lead a counterattack that defeated the Viet Cong force, earning a silver star....(Remainder.)


MSNBC Presses Obama on Campaign Promises

By Brian Stelter
The New York Times

If President Obama happened to glance at “The Rachel Maddow Show” last Monday, he might have winced.

Ms. Maddow pretended to celebrate the passage of a health care overhaul bill in the House, calling it “potentially a huge generational win for the Democratic Party” — but then halted the triumphant music and called it an “electoral defeat.”

The Stupak amendment, she said, was “the biggest restriction on abortion rights in a generation.” Then she wondered aloud about the consequences for Democrats “if they don’t get women or anybody who’s pro-choice to ever vote for them again.” She returned to the subject the next four evenings in a row.

This is how it looks to have a television network pressuring President Obama from the left.

While much attention has been paid to the feud between the Fox News Channel and the White House, the Obama administration is now facing criticism of a different sort from Ms. Maddow, Keith Olbermann and other progressive hosts on MSNBC, who are using their nightly news-and-views-casts to measure what she calls “the distance between Obama’s rhetoric and his actions.”

While they may agree with much of what Mr. Obama says, they have pressed him to keep his campaign promises about health care, civil liberties and other issues.

“I don’t think our audience is looking for unequivocal ‘rah-rah,’ ” said Ms. Maddow, who calls herself a liberal but not a Democrat.

The spectacle of Democrats sniping at one another is not new, but having a TV home for it is. MSNBC — sometimes critically called the “home team” for supporters of Mr. Obama — has even hit upon the theme with a promotional tagline, “pushing back on the president,” in commercials for “Hardball,” Chris Matthews’s political hour.
“Our job is not to echo the president’s talking points,” said Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC. “Our job is to hold whoever’s in power’s feet to the fire.”...(Remainder.)


Lawmakers Seek Fed Audit After Critical AIG Report

By Daniel Wagner
Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Photo: AP

WASHINGTON – A group of House Democrats are stepping up demands for greater transparency from the Federal Reserve after reports that the Fed mishandled the bailout of insurance giant American International Group Inc.

The group, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wants a congressional review of the Federal Reserve system. They want to allow congressional audits of the Fed as part of financial rules being debated by the House Financial Services and Senate Banking committees, according to a letter Wednesday to the committees' chairmen.

"Real financial regulatory reform cannot occur without an examination into the structure" of the Federal Reserve system, the letter says.

Details on which banks benefited from AIG's bailout never would have become known without demands from Congress, and a recent report shows flaws in the Fed's structure as a regulator, the lawmakers wrote.

The letter follows sharp criticism Monday of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Federal Reserve in a report from Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the $700 billion financial bailout fund. Barofsky said the Fed may have paid billions more than necessary to banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Merrill Lynch, now part of Bank of America Corp., to cancel AIG's contracts with them.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, then president of the New York Fed, signed off on decisions that weakened the government's bargaining position and made it difficult to pay the banks less than face value for securities AIG had insured, the report says.

The government has committed up to $180 billion to rescue AIG. Few expect all the money to be recovered. The Treasury Department now owns nearly 80 percent of the New York-based company and is trying to wind down its operations....(Remainder.)


Teabaggers Turn On Each Other

By Kenneth P. Vogel
Photo: AP

After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become embroiled in internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money and is at risk of losing its momentum.

The grass-roots activists driving the movement have become increasingly divided on such core questions as whether to focus their efforts on shaping policy debates or elections, work on a local, regional, state or national level or closely align themselves with the Republican Party, POLITICO found in interviews with tea party organizers in Washington and across the country.

Many of these differences date to the movement’s beginnings last winter in an outpouring of anger about the huge increases in government spending enacted by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress. But they were overshadowed by the initial explosion of activism that culminated during the congressional town hall meetings in August.

Now the disagreements and the sense of frustration they have engendered could diminish the movement’s potential influence in state and national politics.

“These groups don’t play as well together as they should,” said Kevin Jackson, a St. Louis-based conservative author and activist who has spoken at dozens of tea party-type rallies and is traveling across the South with a convoy sponsored by the national Tea Party Patriots group.

“They’re fractured at the organization level, I think mainly because there are a lot of people who have not had managerial experience who all of a sudden are thrust into the limelight and become intoxicated with it. And when a potential rift comes up, instead of handling it and maybe agreeing to disagree, they splinter and go off on their own.”...(Remainder.)


Reagan Didn't End the Cold War -- Leftist Intellectuals Did

Reagan was inspirational, but to claim he defeated Communism is a disservice to the millions of Eastern Europeans who struggled against great odds for their freedom.

By Stephen Zunes

The 20th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that overthrew the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia was one of the most impressive civil insurrections in history. It was not the military might of NATO, but the power of nonviolent action by ordinary citizens which brought down the system. The popular uprising against the repressive system that had ruled their country for much of the previous four decades -- along with comparable movements, which came to the fore that year in Poland, Hungary and East Germany -- marks a great triumph of the human spirit.

These movements were largely led by democratic socialists who mobilized workers, church people, intellectuals, and others to face down the tanks with their bare hands. Yet here in the United States, we are told that it was a result of President Reagan's militarism and the supposed inherent superiority of capitalism. It is this false narrative that has played such a major role in shifting discourse to the right in subsequent decades and has been used to discredit those struggling for a more just and egalitarian economic system and a more sane and less imperialistic foreign policy.

President Reagan's verbal support for democracy had little credibility in many of these countries. For example, while he denounced Poland's martial law regime, he was a strong supporter of the more repressive martial law regime then in power in NATO ally Turkey and scores of other dictatorships. In challenging left-wing governments in the Third World, Reagan gave little credence to nonviolent action and instead backed insurgents with ties to U.S.-backed dictatorships and -- in the case of Afghanistan -- even Islamic fundamentalists....(Remainder.)


Teabagger Protesters Get Beat Down by Amnesty Supporters in Ft. Lauderdale


Sarah Palin-Style: Tom Tancredo Goes Rogue

By Bil Browning
The Bilerico Project

Sarah Palin madness is sweeping through the teabagger jet set and the latest victim appears to be Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo. As Palin's new "autobiography" (put in scare quotes because she didn't really write it herself and memoirs are usually non-fiction) tops the bestseller charts, Tancredo has decided to imitate the former Alaska Governor's successful leadership style.

He's threatening to run for Colorado Governor not because he wants the job, but because he has to push the conservative "agenda." Oh, those anointed ones; they're so self-sacrificing until they quit. Tancredo, of course, is already willing to throw in the towel on his pseudo-gubernatorial bid if someone will throw him a bone.

Unlike Palin though, Tancredo doesn't want money, he wants power. A lot of it too.

Tancredo has floated the rumor that he's thinking of running for Colorado Governor since the current frontrunner to be the Republican candidate, Scott McInnis, is too moderate. After conservative candidate Josh Penry dropped out of the primary, Tancredo decided to stretch his far-right muscles.

The Colorado GOP is negotiating their party platform and Tancredo wants to ensure there's no straying from the "God, guns and gays" playbook. When he announced his candidacy, he said the Party was "looking for its soul, and I think it's looking in all the wrong places."

All of which is Colorado code for "Move further to the right, McInnis, or I'll undermine your campaign." Shades of McCain/Palin, anyone?...(Remainder.)


Fact-Checking Sarah Palin Is a Waste of Everyone's Time, But Fuck It

By Rude One
The Rude Pundit

Sigh. This is getting repetitive, isn't it? Yeah, it's still fun, but, Christ, there's only so many times you can do it. But let's see if we can get it up for one more sore, exhausted fuck before we have to go back to doing real work.

Here's Sarah Palin on Rush Limbaugh's House of Donuts (Glazed and Ass) yesterday: "Let's go back to what Reagan did in the early eighties and stay committed to those commonsense free market principles that worked. He faced a tougher recession than what we're facing today. He cut those taxes, ramped up industry, and we pulled out of that recession. We need to revisit that."

Beyond the fact that this recession is worse than what Reagan faced in the early 1980s, he raised taxes multiple times. Fuck, when he was governor of California and facing the first deficit in that's state history, "Reagan ended up approving a $1-billion tax increase on a $6-billion annual budget, which was, proportionately, the biggest tax increase in state history."

And while Reagan did slash the fuck out of taxes on the wealthy, thus ensuring our path to economic doom, he also raised taxes multiple times. In 1982, he rolled back some of the tax cuts passed in 1981, which, in today's political rhetoric, would be "Holy fuck, Ronald Reagan is gutting your incomes like a shank-carrying white supremacist in a prison race riot." That would have been the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act. Notice that. "Fiscal responsibility" meant for the right wing's great god Gipper that one might have to raise taxes. It was "the largest peacetime tax increase in American history," as Reagan and Bush the Smarter adviser Bruce Bartlett put it.

Reagan raised payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare in 1983. Says Bartlett in a 2003 article for the National Review, "This is a tax increase that lives with us still, since it initiated automatic increases in the taxable wage base. As a consequence, those with moderately high earnings see their payroll taxes rise every single year." Yeah, Reagan raised taxes just about every year he was president, with the 1984 Deficit Reduction Act (again, notice that title), and more in 1985, 1986, and 1987. Of course, most of these tax increases affected the middle class since the wealthy had had their taxes sliced to bits in 1981 while the trickle down from that act never happened....(Remainder.)


Gallup: Limbaugh’s Claim That We’re Deliberately Oversampling Blacks Is “Complete Fabrication”

By Codester
Just Go Stand Over There Somewhere

The Gallup organization is pushing back hard on an ugly new attack from Rush Limbaugh, who said today that Gallup is oversampling blacks in a deliberate effort to keep Obama’s daily tracking approval from dropping below 50%.

“It is a complete fabrication,” Gallup spokesman Eric Nielsen emails me.

On the air today, Rush questioned why other polls have shown Obama dropping below 50%, while Gallup’s daily tracking poll has him flatlining at exactly that number.

“Gallup has it just teetering there,” Rush said. “And they’re doing everything they can — they’re upping the sample of black Americans to keep him up at 50%.”

A look at the methodology of Gallup’s tracking poll, though, shows how unlikely this really is. Gallup interviews 1,000 randomly selected adults daily, then weighs the data each day to match “targets from the U.S. Census Bureau by age, sex, region, gender, education, ethnicity, and race.”

So for Rush’s charge to be true, Gallup officials would have to be actively stacking the sample, along racial lines, for no other reason than to prevent Obama from dropping below 50%. “This has been our methodology since Jan 2008 and it has not changed,” Nielsen adds....(Remainder.)


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NOM's Biblical Illiteracy

I just simply love how these Christo-Fascist zombies claim to be Christians & doing the work of Christ, any yet, they don't have a freakin' clue!  Jesus really doesn't have any compassion for hypocrites:  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation." Matthew 23:14.

I usually don't post the full text of another persons writing, but I just found this absolutely great.  So enjoy, and make sure you visit the link at the bottom and comment.

By Timothy Kincaid
Box Turtle Bulletin

Brian Brown, the Executive Director of anti-gay activist group, National Organization for Marriage, recently sent out an email entitled Beating Down the Beatitudes in DC? in which he calls on recipients from around the nation to call and email District of Columbia officials and insist that gay people not be treated with equality and dignity in that city.

The email starts like this:
All Christians are called to follow the Beatitudes. Since our nation’s founding, America in particular has benefited from the fact that churches have united together to feed the poor, clothe the naked, care for the fatherless and motherless, and comfort the sorrowful.
He rambles on with the lies that the Catholic Church in the District has put out about how treating gay people like people will stop them from giving hot soup to the homeless. But it wasn’t these prevarications that caught my eye, I’m used to NOM’s hyperbole.

What I noticed was something else entirely. Brian Brown seems to have no clue what the Beatitudes actually say. Presented as part of the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes are not a call from Christians to help the poor. Rather, they are consolation and a promise of a better future: (Matthew 5:1-12)

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Now there are several places in Scripture where the followers of Christ are admonished to attend the physical needs of those around them. And it is true that Christians have often taken those commands to heart. But the Beatitudes are not among them.

I might be more convinced that Brown and Gallagher were motivated by a deep spiritual conviction rather than base animus if they didn’t evidence such biblical illiteracy. And I wonder if any of their followers even noticed… or cared....(Original.)


Austria To Allow Civil Partnerships for Gays

By Agence France-Presse
Yahoo! News

VIENNA (AFP) – Austria's government agreed a new law Tuesday allowing civil partnerships for homosexual couples, although ceremonies at the civil registry's office will still be banned.

The compromise, achieved after weeks of wrangling between the ruling Social Democrats and their conservative coalition partner in government, will give gay couples equal rights to heterosexuals with regards to pensions and alimony.

Partners will also be able to take each other's name, if they wish.

But the new law will continue to ban adoption or artificial insemination for gay couples, said Justice Minister Claudia Bandion-Ortner, who had put forward the draft.

The proposal came up against strong opposition from the conservative People's Party, which fought any attempts to allow civil partnership ceremonies at the civil registry's office, where gay couples can marry.

Instead, civil partnerships will be registered at the municipal office or the magistrate's office -- the local authority of which the registry's office is only a part.

Conservative Interior Minister Maria Fekter welcomed the compromise on Tuesday: "We sought a realistic solution and this was (registration at) the local authority."...(Remainder.)


Give In on Same-Sex Benefits, Judge Orders Feds

By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO - The chief federal appeals court judge in San Francisco bluntly ordered the Obama administration Thursday to stop resisting his finding that the wife of a lesbian court employee was entitled to government insurance coverage.


Right-Wing Cunt & Attention Whore, Hasselbeck, Mocks Tortue of KSM, Says She Glad He Was Waterboarded


The Batshit Crazy Baffoon Continues to Flog Stern's "Workers of the World Unite" Comment Claiming Global Marxism


By Media Matters

During his Fox News show, Glenn Beck claimed that "[n]owhere in the Constitution can you find any of this" while he pointed to two stacks of paper representing the Senate and House health care bills. Contrary to Beck's suggestion that Congress does not have the authority to enact health care reform legislation and the implication that health reform is unconstitutional, numerous legal experts have disputed these claims, including University of California, Irvine law professor and Constitutional expert Erwin Chemerinsky, who explained that "there is no doubt that bills passed by House and Senate committees are constitutional."...(Remainder.)


Baron of Bullshit Again Selectively Edits Dunn Speeck to Show Her "Admiration" for Mao


Beck Again Repeats His Nonsense Mantra of SEIU Trying to "Drive Down" Standard of Living


Jibbering Idiot Beck Claims that Senate Health Bill Won't Take Affect Until 2014


Insurance Industry Whore Gretchen Carlson Whines that Senate Health Bill Will "Only" Cover 94% of Population


Poo Blobs Tells CNBC's Larry Cumswallow that "One Could Argue" Obama Admin is Socialist


Steve Douchey Asininely Claims Senate Bill Adds Taxes to "Your Paycheck"


Douchey Pushes Nonsense Meme that "an Enemy Combatant" Has Never Been Tried in a Civil Court

By Media Matters

On the November 19 Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy advanced the misleading claim that there has "never" been "an enemy combatant" who "was tried in a civil court." In fact, Jose Padilla was a U.S. citizen who was held as an enemy combatant for three years before being tried in a civilian court...(Remainder.)


Right-Wing Hack Threatens Releast of More ACORN "Tapes"...Do It You Porcine Piece of Shit!


Douchey & Cuntilla Carlson at it Again...Now they Inflate Cost of Senate Bill by Adding in Doctor Pay Fix

By Media Matters

Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson misleadingly inflated the cost of the Senate health care reform bill by adding the cost of a separate measure repealing scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) calculates the cost of the doctor pay fix from a baseline that assumes, under a do-nothing scenario, Congress would allow scheduled cuts to take place when, as Fox News' Caroline Shively noted during the program, they have not in the past; so with or without the passage of a comprehensive health care reform bill or a permanent repeal of the cuts, the doctor pay costs are likely to be incurred....(Remainder.)


Clusterfox & Frauds Moronically Corresponds Senate Health Bill's Deficit Reduction With "Taxes"

By Media Matters

During its November 19 broadcast, Fox & Friends described the amount by which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the Senate's health care bill would reduce the federal deficit as a tax, and co-host Gretchen Carlson later suggested that the projected $127 billion net reduction in the 10-year deficit would come entirely from tax revenues. In fact, the CBO estimate shows that the bill also reduces the deficit through significant changes in spending....(Remainder.)


Clusterfox & Frauds Laughingly Says Obama "Weak on Terror" Because Gitmo Won't Be Closed in Jan


Fox's Jane "Likes to Play the Skin Flute" Skinner Issues "Apology" for Fake Palin Crowd Video


Right-Wing Syphilitic Snatch, Laura Ingraham, Claims Mammogram Guidelines are Gov't Rationing


Sack of Mashed Up Jackass, Kilmeade Says Senate Health Bill's $500 Billion Senior Credit is a Bribe


Krauthammer Actually Tells the Truth and Says HHS Recommendations on Mammograms are Good


Right-Wing Conservatard Media Repeat BS that NONBINDING Guidelines Will Lead to Rationing

By Media Matters

In recent days, several media outlets have repeated the conservative claim that a task force recommending that fewer women younger than 50 receive regular mammograms is a precursor to government rationing under health care reform. In fact, the recommendations are not legally binding on health care providers or insurers....(Remainder.)


Citing His Own Bullshit, The Retarded Manatee Says A Lot of People Say Recommendations are Rationing


Greta Van Susteren Smacks Down DICK Morris' Sexist & "Gratuitous" Attack on Hillary Clinton


Scarborough Spreads Right-Wing Manure That Terror Trials "Unpopular in NY"

By Media Matters

On the November 19 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough baselessly claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to hold criminal trials for Guantánamo Bay detainees in New York's Southern District "is extraordinarily unpopular in New York."...(Remainder.)


Phlegm Speck Gets All Huffy Over O'Donnell Pointing Out the Ignorance of Palin Supporters


Reichsführer Beck Tries to Insight His 2-Teeth Havin' Audience to Riot Over Health Bill


Another Right-Wing Ass Rape Fantasy, the Baron of Batshit Says the People of NY Are Being Raped by Gov't


In Another Ignorant Sexist Blast of False Information, the Pig-Man Tries to Link Abortion to Breast Cancer


Rep Pete DeFazio Calls for a New Economic Team that Cares More for Main St. than Wall St.


Gov Barbour Refuses to Say that Caribou Barbie is "Qualified" to be President


Tweety Bird Allows Anti-Choice Asshat Bart Stupak to Flat-Out Lie that Amendment is Consistent with "Current Law"

By Media Matters

Chris Matthews allowed Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) to repeatedly falsely claim that his amendment to the House health care reform bill is consistent with "current law" with regard to abortion coverage and simply extends the Hyde Amendment's prohibition on government money from being used to pay for most abortions. In doing so, Matthews ignored several guests who had previously explained to him that the Stupak Amendment effectively bans policies that cover most abortions from inclusion in the exchanges even if people purchase the policies entirely with their own funds, including Cynthia Tucker, whose explanation that the amendment "goes much farther" than current law under the Hyde Amendment Matthews praised for its clarity....(Remainder.)


The Oxy-Moron Spreads the Bullshit Talking Point that Undocumented Immigrants are Covered in Health Bills


Four-Ton Sack of Pig Shit Hysterically Ties to Say that Obama is a Third-World Socialst Dictator


PBS Newshour Investigates Hunger in America


Insane Raving Lunatic Virginia Foxx Shockingly Tries to Claim that GOP Was Responsible for Civil Rights

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

Today, while members of the House were debating a mundane amendment to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) caused a stir by introducing civil rights into the discussion.

Foxx, it seems, was offended that Republicans aren't recognized as stewards of the environment, and she accused Democrats of engaging in "revisionist history" -- just like they do with civil rights:
FOXX: And actually the GOP has been the leader in starting good environmental programs in this country, just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the sixties without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle.  They love to engage in revisionist history.
Understandably, Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) was not happy with Foxx's comments. "It was the Kennedy and Johnson administration where we passed that Great Society legislation," he said. "It was over the objections of people like Jesse Helms from the gentlewoman's state that we passed that civil rights legislation." Watch it:



Neo-Nazi Loving, Constitution Hating Coward, Savage, Attack Holder for UPHOLDING THE LAW


Un-American Lying Piece of Shit, Tom Coburn, Lies on Senate Floor to Claim Health Bill Would Tax Breast Reconstruction

By Media Matters

On November 19, 2009, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) falsely claimed the Senate Democratic health care reform bill would tax post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery. In reality, the bill specifically exempts cosmetic surgery "necessary to ameliorate a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or disfiguring disease."...(Remainder.)


With Talent on Load from Boehner Colon, the Pig-Man Reads a GOP Press Release on Abortion VERBATIM


President Obama Leads Troop Rally at Osan Air Base


Conservative Media Frequently Accuse Progressives of "Raping" Americans

By Media Matters

Conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Michael Savage frequently employ rape metaphors when discussing progressives or progressive policies. For example, Beck said that New Yorkers are "being raped by [their] government," while Limbaugh, during a discussion of health care, told his listeners: "Get ready to get gang-raped again.

Right-wing media quick to claim progressives are "raping" Americans, policies amount to "rape"

Beck: "People in New York, you're being raped by your government -- raped." On his November 19 radio show, Beck stated:
BECK: When the people lead, the leaders will follow. And we're building life boats, because, right now, you know it to be true -- and I'm hearing it in New York. People in New York, you're being raped by your government -- raped. California, how are you doing it, man? They just took an extra 10 percent withholdings from you, as a forced noninterest loan. Get the hell off my land. My gosh, how are you doing it?

Well, I'm seeing it in New York. People are just starting to see now what has been done to them in the last six months here in New York. And they're starting to look at it and say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. What the hell -- look at how all of this is adding up?" Well, that's what's going to happen as a collective in this country. I don't how long it's gonna take. It may take three months, six months, a year -- I can't imagine.



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