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Oceans Rising Faster than Expected as Climate Change Exceeds Grimmest Models

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

By The Associated Press
The Raw Story
Photo is of Larsen B Ice Shelf collapse in Feb 08

Warming exceeds grimmest climate models

Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated — beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then.

As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the once frozen summer sea ice of the Arctic. In Greenland and Antarctica, ice sheets have lost trillions of tons of ice. Mountain glaciers in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa are shrinking faster than before.

And it's not just the frozen parts of the world that have felt the heat in the dozen years leading up to next month's climate summit in Copenhagen:
  • The world's oceans have risen by about an inch and a half.
  • Droughts and wildfires have turned more severe worldwide, from the U.S. West to Australia to the Sahel desert of North Africa.
  • Species now in trouble because of changing climate include, not just the lumbering polar bear which has become a symbol of global warming, but also fragile butterflies, colorful frogs and entire stands of North American pine forests.
  • Temperatures over the past 12 years are 0.4 of a degree warmer than the dozen years leading up to 1997.


A Third Way in Afghanistan

Why Obama's right to try an approach that is neither all-in nor all-out.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.
The New Republic

WASHINGTON--When there is no good solution to a problem, a president has three options. One is to avoid the problem. The second is to pick the least bad of the available options. The third is to mix and match among the proposed solutions and minimize the long-term damage any decision will cause.

Afghanistan has presented President Obama with exactly this situation, and he is soon likely to settle on something closest to the third approach. This will make no one very happy. Yet it might be the least dangerous choice.

If we wanted to be successful in Afghanistan, we wouldn't choose to start from where we are now. We wouldn't have put this war on the back burner for so long, and we would have dealt much earlier with the debilitating deficiencies of President Hamid Karzai's government.

Obama can change none of this. And unlike enthusiasts for an all-out counterinsurgency strategy, Obama knows he has to make a decision that's sustainable over the long run, which means taking into account domestic economic and political realities.

One of these is the weariness over a truth that Andrew Bacevich, the hardheaded foreign policy analyst, put more plainly than most: “that permanent war has become the de facto policy of the United States.”

Americans have always been willing to battle terrorists. What they did not count on--and were not led to expect when the Bush administration committed troops first to Afghanistan and then to Iraq--were two long, violent, indefinite occupations costing thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars....(Remainder.)


FBI Reports Sharp Increase in Anti-Gay Hate Crimes

By Agence France-Presse

The Raw Story

WASHINGTON — The number of US hate crime victims rose slightly last year to nearly 9,700 from 9,500 in 2007, with most people targeted because of their skin color, the FBI said Monday.

However, as Think Progress notes, "Hate crimes based on sexual orientation had the largest increase — nearly 11 percent."

More than half of hate crimes committed in the United States were racially motivated, and three-quarters of the victims were black, the FBI's annual report on hate crimes said.

Of the 6,927 known perpetrators of all hate crimes -- which include attacks driven by not only racial bias but also by the victims' religious affiliation, sexual orientation, ethnic origins or disability -- 61 percent were white. Blacks perpetrated attacks in around 20 percent of cases.

The report was compiled after the issue of race was thrust into the center of US politics with African American Barack Obama's successful bid to be elected the first black president of the United States.

Around 17 percent of hate crime victims were attacked because of their sexual orientation, the overwhelming majority, 96 percent, because they were gay or lesbian.

Nearly 20 percent were attacked for their religious affiliation, with Jews making up around two-thirds of the victims of those attacks.

Muslims were the targets of less than eight percent of religious hate crimes, putting them in third place behind Jews and followers of unspecified "other religions" attacked in 13 percent of religion-fueled hate crimes....(Remainder.)


Geithner's Disgrace

The new AIG report reveals how the Treasury secretary—and U.S. taxpayers—were fleeced by Wall Street banks.

By Eliot Spitzer
Slate Magazine

The issue has been festering for months: Why were AIG's counterparties—including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS—paid 100 cents on the dollar when the feds rescued the insurance giant, helping raising the cost of the bailout to nearly $200 billion? A new report issued by Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky now reveals that government officials, notably then-New York Fed President and current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, grievously damaged the nation and capitulated to the very banks they should have been supervising.

Barofsky's report reads like a case study in failed negotiation. The New York Fed didn't have the backbone to stand up to Wall Street, didn't understand its capacity to protect taxpayers, and didn't appreciate that its responsibility was to taxpayers.

Geithner and the Fed have proffered a series of spurious reasons for their willingness to pay AIG's counterparties—the leading Wall Street banks—in full while demanding concessions from every other entity with whom the Treasury or the Fed dealt. Geithner suggested he could not use the threat of AIG's default in the absence of a federal bailout to get concessions from AIG's creditors. Why not?

That is exactly what the government did with the auto industry, and rightly so. The entity providing financing to a near-bankrupt institution must always seek contributions from everyone else at risk. The fact that the Fed had a strong predisposition against letting AIG go into bankruptcy didn't mean the Fed shouldn't have used every opportunity to wrangle concessions from the other parties. For Geithner to say it would have been "unethical" to negotiate for concessions is sheer silliness. It is akin to saying that having decided that you are willing to pay up to $250,000 for a house, it is unethical to negotiate to buy it for $225,000....(Remainder.)


Reichsführer Beck Plans ‘Obama-Hating’ Marches for 9/11 & MLK Speech Anniversaries

By Ron Brynaert
The Raw Story

Perhaps America needs to give Fox pundit Glenn Beck his own day, since he seems to be hellbent on usurping days that are tied to other historical happenings.

Politico's Glenn Thrush reports that "Beck’s 9.12 Project is co-sponsoring a march on Washington on Sept. 11, 2010, to voice unhappiness with the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Congress and that the group will also become involved in voter registration drives."
The letter, released at the conclusion of a campaign-style rally at a massive retirement community in Central Florida at which Beck discussed his plan, is short on specifics and long on self-promotion, as well as the populist, anti-government, self-help rhetoric that has become Beck’s trademark.

Nonetheless, the announcement seems to indicate a new course for Beck, who this year began encouraging his followers to organize themselves politically but had refrained from participating directly in their activities.
At Media Matters, Eric Boehlert vents, "The idea of trying to politicize the 9/11 anniversary in such a naked way is shocking. But of course nothing actually shocks us any more about Beck's tasteless, Obama-hating campaign. What would be amazing though, is if Beck is able to get away with this. (At least this year's anti-Obama rally was held the day after Sept. 11.) Meaning, if Beck's followers really follow through with their plan and use the hollowed anniversary of 9/11 and turn the tragic terrorist attacks of 2001 into a day for hurling hateful attacks against the President of the United States, will there be no outcry?"...(Remainder.)


India Fears Losing US Favor Even as Obama Fetes Singh

President Obama is hosting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this week with his first state visit. But India worries the US cares more about wooing rivals China and Pakistan.

By Mian Ridge
The Christian Science Monitor
Photo:  Charles Dharapak (AP)

New Delhi - As India's prime minister Manmohan Singh arrives to a red carpet welcome in Washington Monday – the first state guest of President Barack Obama – commentators in India seemed more preoccupied with the United States' growing friendship with China.

Ties between India and the US are stronger than they have been in decades. Bilateral trade has surged, doubling since 2004 to more than $43 billion a year. Last year the two countries signed a landmark civil nuclear deal, agreed upon by Mr. Singh and former US President George Bush in 2005, that brought India out of nuclear isolation and symbolized a sea change in the countries' political relationship. Indeed, the US sees a vital role for India in the battle against terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan and in a host of other issues from world trade to climate change.

But while talks between Mr. Singh and Mr. Obama scheduled for Tuesday are likely to focus on such matters as Afghanistan, climate change, and cooperation on nuclear energy, pundits in India are more interested in the question of where the US's new friendship with China, as well as its relationship with Pakistan, leaves India.

"We may aspire to a seat at the high table of world power but China is already sitting at the head of the table along with the United States," wrote journalist Gautam Adhikari in the Times of India Monday. "It has enough IOUs in its pocket to stop anyone from pushing it around. We also are a billion-strong nation, a democracy to boot and growing economically at a still impressive rate given the global conditions. But, realistically speaking, we are a second or perhaps third tier force in the eyes of the United States."...(Remainder.)


Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan

By Jeremy Scahill
The Nation

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, "snatch and grabs" of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help run a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.

The source, who has worked on covert US military programs for years, including in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has direct knowledge of Blackwater's involvement. He spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity because the program is classified. The source said that the program is so "compartmentalized" that senior figures within the Obama administration and the US military chain of command may not be aware of its existence.

The White House did not return calls or email messages seeking comment for this story. Capt. John Kirby, the spokesperson for Adm. Michael Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Nation, "We do not discuss current operations one way or the other, regardless of their nature." A defense official, on background, specifically denied that Blackwater performs work on drone strikes or intelligence for JSOC in Pakistan. "We don't have any contracts to do that work for us. We don't contract that kind of work out, period," the official said. "There has not been, and is not now, contracts between JSOC and that organization for these types of services." The previously unreported program, the military intelligence source said, is distinct from the CIA assassination program that the agency's director, Leon Panetta, announced he had canceled in June 2009. "This is a parallel operation to the CIA," said the source. "They are two separate beasts." The program puts Blackwater at the epicenter of a US military operation within the borders of a nation against which the United States has not declared war--knowledge that could further strain the already tense relations between the United States and Pakistan. In 2006, the United States and Pakistan struck a deal that authorized JSOC to enter Pakistan to hunt Osama bin Laden with the understanding that Pakistan would deny it had given permission. Officially, the United States is not supposed to have any active military operations in the country. Blackwater, which recently changed its name to Xe Services and US Training Center, denies the company is operating in Pakistan. "Xe Services has only one employee in Pakistan performing construction oversight for the U.S. Government," Blackwater spokesperson Mark Corallo said in a statement to The Nation, adding that the company has "no other operations of any kind in Pakistan."...(Remainder.)


Gonzales Evades Criminal Prosecution for Misleading Congress on NSA spying

By Raw999
The Raw Story

The Justice Department has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for allegedly misleading Congress about the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

The decision was first disclosed yesterday on the blog of New York Magazine. The magazine cited public court records and federal law enforcement officials as its sources.

Although Gonzales remains under investigation by the Justice Department for two other matters, it had been allegations that he gave false or purposely misleading testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the warrantless eavesdropping program that placed him by far in the greatest legal jeopardy.

In not bringing criminal charges, however, investigators for the Department’s Inspector General, which conducted the investigation, hardly let Gonzales off the hook completely. They concluded that Gonzales testimony before Congress about the eavesdropping program was “confusing,” “incomplete’ and had the “effect of misleading” both Congress and the public.

A major reason that Gonzales escaped criminal charges, according to people close to the investigation, was that he was willing to do something that he had steadfastly refused to even contemplate before: admit that many of his most controversial decisions, first as White House counsel, and later, as Attorney General, in authorizing, overseeing, and concealing the eavesdropping program were done at the specific director of former President Bush. In other instances, Gonzales and his attorneys argued to the Justice Department that Gonzales’ actions were done in furtherance of Bush administration’s policies, and thus he did not act with personal intent to do wrong....(Remainder.)


Chain Email Claims Cap-and-Trage Will Require Home Retrofits, License Before Sale

By Catharine Richert

Here's one way to get our attention. 
Send us a chain e-mail with this subject line: "We don't make this up." 
The e-mail, which we have received in several forms over the past few months, has to do with a cap-and-trade bill making its way through Congress and how it would treat energy efficiency in existing homes.   
According to the e-mail, "Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act. H.R. 2454, the 'Cap & Trade' bill passed by the House of Representatives." 
"A year from now you won't be able to sell your house," the e-mail goes on. "Yes, you read that right. The caveat is (there always is a caveat) that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it. But, if not, then forget it." 
Home sellers will require a government license to put their home on the market, according to the letter. 
The claim has gone viral on the Internet, and versions of it have been repeated by Republican lawmakers, including House Republican Leader John Boehner. Our friends over at looked into Boehner's claim over the summer and found it to be false. 
We've explored many aspects of the bill, including how much it would cost and whether it would create or cut jobs. So here we will examine what the bill says about making existing homes more energy efficient....(Remainder.) 


Bennet's One-Word Cable News Answer: The Power of the Bland ‘Yes’

By John Tomasic
The Colorado Independent

John King on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning asked Colorado Democratic Senator Michel Bennet a loaded yes or no question: Would you support health-reform legislation if it meant losing your job? Bennet, his face unmoving, his shoulders still, his eyes trained on the host, his voice that same familiar monotone, said only: “yes.”

With Sarah Palin’s book tour in full swing and tea party forums fired up about preventing socialism and Rep. state Sen. Dave Schultheis tweeting about Obama flying the plane of state into the ground terrorist-style, Bennet’s anti-flash deadpan continues as the new charisma– his straightforward yes, an eloquent response to the politics of no....(Original.)


India Doubts Strength of US Ties Ahead of Manmohan Singh Visit

Many Indians felt that Obama gave too much deference to China during his recent Asia trip, setting off doubts about whether the US is on India's side. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at the White House Tuesday.

By Howard LaFranchi
The Christian Science Monitor
Photo: Jim Young (Reuters)

Washington - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at the White House Tuesday wondering if his country remains the US priority under President Obama that it became under President Bush.

The Obama administration thought it had answered that question months ago when it announced that Mr. Singh's day of meetings would constitute the first state visit of Mr. Obama's presidency – a distinction meant to convey the importance of the occasion.

But Obama's week-long trip to Asia that ended last Thursday has India questioning anew the value of a US partnership. In particular, the tenor of Obama's three days in China was heard by Indians as American acquiescence to rising Chinese power across Asia.

Now, India wants to know if the Bush administration's recognition of it as the world's largest democracy and as a like-minded partner in a region of extremist threats and authoritarian governance was a quirk, to be replaced by closer US ties to China.

Perhaps at one time Singh's White House meeting was simply "a visit with a band and all that, where the leaders say nice things and move on ... but now we need to test the US-India reality," says C. Raja Mohan, an Indian foreign-policy expert who is a scholar at the Library of Congress. India wants to know "if the last eight years [of strengthening ties] were an aberration.... We have no interest in supporting a US-Sino condominium over South Asia."...(Remainder.)


President Obama Presents Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award


Family Research Council Caught Falsely Accusing Congresswoman of Religious Bigotry

By A. McEwen
Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

A story that seems to be under the headlights but very appropriate involves how  the Family Research Council got caught inaccurately accusing a Congresswoman of being a  religious bigot.

The entire story is here in Faith In Public Life:

 . . .  the Family Research Council sent out a press release with the headline "FRC Calls On President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Reid to Repudiate Diana DeGette's Religious Bigotry," which stated

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins today called on President Obama and Congressional leaders to repudiate comments made by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) to The Hill's Michael O'Brien that "religiously-affiliated groups...should be shut out of the process" in the health care debate because of their support for the Stupak/Pitts amendment. She told The Hill, "Last I heard, we had separation of church and state in this country," she said. "I've got to say that I think the Catholic bishops and all of the other groups shouldn't have input."

Faith in Public Life refutes this:

1) ) Congresswoman DeGette's remarks didn't come from an interview with The Hill's Michael O'Brien. Rather, they came from O'Brien's report about DeGette's appearance on ABC News's "Top Line" broadcast today.

2) In that Top Line appearance, Congresswoman DeGette said religious groups should have input in the debate.


Hate Mongering Guidance Counselor Wants Complaint Dismisses

By Scott Monroe
Kennebec Journal

NEWPORT -- Donald Mendell is asking the state Office of Licensing and Registration to toss out a complaint filed against him that seeks to revoke his license as a social worker because of statements he made in a TV commercial against same-sex marriage.

The complaint was filed Oct. 19 by Ann Sullivan, a social worker at Newport Elementary School. She argues that Mendell, a Nokomis High School guidance counselor, "does not have the right as a licensed social worker to make public comments that can endanger or promote discrimination."

Public disclosure of the complaint came just a week before the Nov. 3 election, in which voters approved -- with 53 percent of the vote -- a repeal of a same-sex marriage law enacted by the Legislature.

In a written response sent Friday to the licensing office, Mendell calls Sullivan's complaint "frivolous" and "nothing more than an attack by someone who disagrees with the viewpoint I advocated publicly in a statewide political campaign." He asks the board to summarily dismiss the complaint because its allegations are "baseless."

"I cannot be in violation of the ethical standards for social workers when I advocate in favor of the very public policy the state of Maine has on marriage, and has had since its first days in the Union," Mendell writes. "This board should have no part of this politically-motivated effort to misuse the Code of Ethics to demonize a fellow social worker holding a different view."...(Remainder.)


Gay on Trial

Why more than marriage is at stake in the federal legal challenge to Prop. 8.

By Gabriel Arana
The American Prospect
Photo: Pat Wallenbach (AP)

On Nov. 4, 2008, when the polls closed on the West Coast and media outlets reported that California voters had passed Proposition 8, gay-rights supporters across the country were stunned. How could the purported gay haven of California -- home to Hollywood, Harvey Milk, and the Castro -- have rejected same-sex marriage?

It was an odd cultural moment, infused with the countervailing energy and promise of Barack Obama's victory. While progressives across the country danced in the streets chanting, "Yes We Can," angry gay-rights supporters gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento carrying signs that expressed their indignation: "No More Mr. Nice Gay." As Obama declared in his victory speech, the ground had shifted, but in the Golden State, it had moved in opposite directions.

After months of scapegoating, soul-searching, and regrouping, gay-rights leaders settled on a two-part strategy: Fight the measure in state court and work on overturning it at the ballot box in 2010 or 2012. The state Supreme Court challenge to Prop. 8, which argued that the measure was not an "amendment" to the California Constitution but a "revision" requiring legislative approval, was widely considered a long shot. Few were surprised when the court upheld Prop. 8.

What did come as a surprise was the news, that same day, that two relative strangers to civil-rights litigation, David Boies and Ted Olson, had filed a suit against the amendment in federal court. It was a decision so rash that it could only have come from outsiders. Olson, a prominent figure in the conservative legal movement, had represented George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, a case in which he faced off against Boies, a high-profile lawyer who made his name defending Wall Street, not civil rights. They intend to take their challenge to Prop. 8 all the way: The case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is scheduled to go to trial in January, and it is widely expected to move on to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court....(Remainder.)


Republican Candidates and Being Openly Gay

By Timothy Beauchamp

Personally, I can see myself voting Republican about as much as I could see a Jewish person in pre-World War II Germany voting for Hitler. If I didn't vote for the Democrat, I would sit out the election or vote for the third party candidate, if possible, rather than enable a party that has done nothing but demonize me and my family for generations.

Politico is writing about a Globe article

Republican Charles D. Baker has chosen state Senate minority leader Richard R. Tisei to be his running mate in next year’s race for governor.

Baker made the announcement this morning on his website and sent his supporters a message via Twitter and Facebook.

“Want you to be the first to know: I’ve chosen State Senator Richard Tisei as my running mate,” Baker wrote. “Excited about this team.”

Tisei, 47, was one of four finalists. He publicly disclosed last week to the Globe that he is gay. The senator from Wakefield, who has been in the Legislature since he was 22, will provide balance for Baker, whose only experience in elective office was a stint as a Swampscott selectman. Tisei and Baker have known each other for years, and Tisei is Baker’s campaign chairman. A press conference has been scheduled later today.
My take is I doubt, outside of Massachusetts, we are going to see gay Republicans suddenly open up about their sexual orientation and be selected to run for higher office....(Remainder.)


Mrs. Betty Bowers Takes on the Mormon Church


Sarah Palin Supporters Stuggle to Explain Why They Like Her


Reichsführer Beck Calls for "Three G's" Solution to Economic Collapse: God, Gold & Guns


Phleghm Speck Again Calls Sen Landrieu a Prostitute


Baron of Bullshit Uses His Fixed News Show to Promote is "Plan" to "Save the Country"...Is it Anything Like Candyland Becky-poo?


Clusterfox & Frauds Insane Playgroup Idiotically Say OFA Director Compared Caribou Barbie to a Terrorist

By Media Matters

On Fox & Friends, co-hosts Gretchen Carlson, Brian Kilmeade, and Steve Doocy falsely suggested that Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart compared Sarah Palin to a terrorist when he wrote in a fundraising letter that her book tour is "dangerous." In fact, Stewart wrote that her tour is "dangerous" because Palin uses it as a platform to make false attacks on Democrats, and then the falsehoods are "widely covered by the media, then constantly echoed by right-wing attack groups."...(Remainder.)


Chicken-Hawk & America Hating Coward, John Bolton, Moronically Says Terror Trials Like a '30s Stalinist Show Trial


After Being Tapped for Broadcasting Board, Dana "Pig Missile" Perino Attacks Him for Terror Trials

By David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
The Raw Story

Talk about staying true to one's convictions.

Less than one week after being tapped by President Obama for a key post on a board overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting, former Bush spokesperson Dana Perino (and current Fox News contributor) blasted the current administration for creating a "mockery" out of the justice system and suggested that the president should know better than to be captured on video playing golf during wartime.

After the Fox hosts slammed Obama for playing too much golf, Perino sort of defended Obama by mentioning that former President George W. Bush was a "maniacal exerciser," but then old habits appeared to take hold and she went on a mini-rant which alluded to — as other conservatives have charged — Obama "dithering" on Afghanistan.

"One of the ways that he kept a clear head was to be able to exercise a lot but he decided not to play golf early on in his presidency," Perino said of former boss President George W. Bush. "In fact, I think President Obama has already played golf more than President Bush did in eight years. I don't begrudge him for playing golf but you have to understand when you have the B roll of the video that shows the president playing golf while there is a 10.2% unemployment rate, while his senators are basically having to twist arms in order to get this party line vote, while KSM is headed to New York City for trials, while we have the Gitmo detainees possibly coming to Illinois — they have to understand that people could look at that and say, 'Oh, and by the way General McChrystal has been waiting 86 days for a decision about Afghanistan.'"...(Remainder.)


Hannity the Half-Witted Manatee Just Can't Stop Claiming Sunstein Wants Foreced Sterilization


The Fucktard Cites the Baron of Bullshit as "Evidence" of a Conservatard Resurgence


In a Display of Laugh Out Loud Stupidity, the Fucktard Claims Health Bill Would Force Americans to Fund Abortion With Taxes


On the Insane Clown Show, Horowitz Asininely Calls for "Die-Ins" in an Attempt to Fearmonger Over Mammograms


Don Imus's Organ Grinder Monkey, Bo Dietl, Want Harry Reid "Slapped"


On His Propagandaministerium Newspeak Show, Reichsführer Beck Promotes His Movie Theater Live Broadcast


Phlegm Speck Tries to Pawn Off Blame for Katrina Tragedy on Local Officials NOT the Bush Admin


Bucket of Weasel Shit Beck Calls Sen. Landrieu a "High-Class Prostitute"


Bubbling Barrel of Bullshit Says Obama an "Internal Peril" for the US


Joe Conason Points Out to Joe Scarborough that Iraq War & Bush Tax Cuts Ballooned the Deficit


Howard Dean Says Dems Are Going to Regret the Day They Decided NOT to Use Reconciliation


Sen Chuck Schumer Says Dems Ready to Pass Health Care Without GOP

By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer
The Raw Story

The Democrats will pass a health care reform bill even if it means abandoning efforts at bipartisanship and passing the bill with only Demcoratic votes, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told NBC's Today Show.

"We prefer to go at it with the Republicans," Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told NBC's Matt Lauer. "But we're not going to not pass a bill. The future of the country depends on getting something done, or the government will go broke, businesses will go broke, and people will go broke (because of) health care."

Schumer debated Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who argued that the Democrats' health reform bill would add to the deficit and put onerous new tax burdens on businesses. Schumer retorted by pointing out the Congressional Budget Office estimated the health bill would actually reduce the deficit.

Schumer also disputed Hutchison's claim that the Republicans want to offer an alternative health reform plan of their own. The Republicans "haven't put any plan on the floor," Schumer said. "The Republican Party has just said no, no, no. We spent months negotiating with Sens. [Chuck] Grassley, [Mike] Enzi and [Olympia] Snowe. The pressure on them on from the [Republican] party leadership to back away was enormous."

Added the New York Democrat: "It will get done if we have to do it with just 60 Democratic votes. We will come together and do it, we prefer Republicans [to be involved], but we must get it done for the sake of the country."...(Remainder.)


The Pig-Man Unleashes Another Screed of Unintelligent Bullshit, Proving How Much of a Moron He Actually Is


Raving Traitorous Chickenshit Coward, Weiner, Projects His America-Hating Onto Obama


Right-Wing Ass-Monkey Tucker Carlson Laughingly Tries to Claim Caribou Barbie Has More Experience than Obama and Gore

By Heather
Crooks and Liars

From C-SPAN's Washington Journal, the Carlson twins (not really) Margaret and Tucker showed up to give us some of their Villager insight on the news of the day. When asked about how people feel about quitter Sarah-Barracuda, Tucker pulled out the tired old McCain campaign rhetoric about how President Obama is "less experienced" than Palin even though he thinks there should be "more respect for the office" than to want to elect either one of them. Tucker added that he believes Palin is smarter than Al Gore, and just thinks its "weird" that anyone would be terrified of her and afraid that she might actually have a chance of being elected President.

Margaret played nice and just followed up by saying that Sarah didn't strike her as much of a reader. She reads alright Margaret--Newsmax and The John Birch Society.

Tucker gave me an excuse to to post this exchange where Jon Stewart treated Carlson with the disdain he deserves for his hackery. No more bow tie these days, but no less idiotic.



Unhealthy Arguement

By Ed Stein
Ed Stein Ink



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