Candor Gap? Say It Associated Press: Mitt Romney is a Liar.

"Candor gap" is a George Will-ish, passive-aggressive cop out. Grow a pair, AP. Say it with me:


From the AP:

BOSTON (AP) -- As a presidential contender, Mitt Romney has the looks, the money and the campaign machine. He also has something of a candor gap.

When confronted with questions that might conflict with his message of the day or political record, the Republican candidate has shown a tendency to bob and weave or simply dismiss history. He has done so all year, providing an easy target for his opponents.

''If you aren't being honest in obtaining the job, can we trust you if you get the job?'' Romney rival Mike Huckabee asked on Sunday during an appearance on NBC's ''Meet the Press.''


Romney started the year with a similar example of candor deficiency.

On Jan. 8, when he staged a ''National Call Day'' to kickoff his campaign, he called a news conference to herald his unprecedented one-day take of $6.5 million. When the multimillionaire was asked whether he might spend his own money on his campaign, Romney said that scenario ''would be akin to a nightmare,'' since he was relying on popular support for his campaign. He added that he reserved the right to donate, though.

In reality, Romney had already donated to his political committee at the time of the question. A campaign finance report he released in mid-April revealed he contributed a $2.35 million check by the time of his ''nightmare'' comment, starting the prior October.


As the year has progressed, there have been more examples, not just of artsy language, but of ignorance of or embellishments about his personal and political history.

In April, Romney said, ''I've been a hunter pretty much all my life,'' only to have aides reveal he had gone hunting only twice at the bookends of his life: once, during a summer visit to an Idaho ranch as a 15-year-old, and again, in 2006, when he participated in a big-donor excursion to a Georgia game preserve on behalf of the Republican Governors Association.

A subsequent check with state officials revealed no hunting license for Romney in any of the three states where he has homes, and Romney himself later confirmed he did not own any guns. The ones in his house, which he had mentioned publicly, were owned by his son Josh.

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It goes on & on... to my absolute delight.

Iowa Polling Reliability Ratings.

Great Polling analysis from pollster.com via DemFromCT:

Yesterday, we featured some pollster.com material about Iowa polling (polling near the holidays and the "house effect" that makes some pollsters look a bit like outliers).

Well, the elves at pollster.com have been busy, so to finish up the series, here's more on the "Poll of Pollsters" aka Who Do You Trust? As always, read the story in full to get the big picture.


Video: Hutton Gibson endorses Ron Paul for President

Yes, the Holocaust denying father of Mel Gibson who taught his sonny boy all about how "Jews cause all the wars in the world." Yes liberals for Paul, you're in bed with Stormfront Neo-Nazis, Hutton Gibson and a number of prominent pro-life nuts and Minutemen xenophobes.

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Books: "Truth and Consequences" by Keith Olbermann

Recommended it to all your friends!! And buy it from B&N, not Amazon!

From the Publisher:

Short, sharp, and oftentimes shocking, Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comments” have made his nightly MSNBC program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, must-see viewing–and the fastest-growing news show on cable TV. In these segments, Olbermann calls out the perpetrators of mismanagement, brutality, cronyism, and the appalling lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Bush administration. In so doing, Olbermann goes where most of the mainstream media fear to tread–and his rapidly expanding audience eagerly follows.

In Truth and Consequences, Olbermann collects the best of his Special Comments, presented here with additional observations and other new material. Whether taking to task the likes of Vice President Dick Cheney and (the thankfully former) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who compare critics of the Iraq War to Nazi appeasers, or giving his impassioned perspective on why torture is un-American and what it really means to support our troops, or grilling timid lawmakers who fail to rein in presidential overreach and abuses of executive power, Olbermann’s devastatingly blunt (and at times wickedly funny) commentary cuts to the core of the duplicity and cynicism of a government that has lost the ability to distinguish between leading our great nation and ruling it.

Naturally, Keith Olbermann’s candor and razor-sharp polemic have earned him many detractors and enemies. His antagonists in the media, such as Bill O'Reilly, have mocked him and accused him of rank intolerance. Yes, Keith Olbermann is intolerant —of hypocrisy, demagoguery, fear-mongering, and especially the equation of dissent with treason. In Truth and Consequences, he fights to reclaim for himself and all Americans the dignity of speaking one’s mind and acting on one’s conscience.

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NH Newspaper Endorsements: McCain 25, Romney 0

Not that I like McCain, but Romney is a snake oil salesman. At this point, it really should read McCain 25, Romney -2, since there were two papers who basically gave Romney anti-endorsements!

From Swamp politics:

A week after excoriating Mitt Romney, The Concord Monitor endorsed Sen. John McCain today, praising him for his integrity, dignity and bipartisan style.


With the Monitor's endorsement, McCain has racked up 25 newspaper editorial boards choosing him as the best candidate in the GOP primary. At his first town hall meeting of the day, McCain was greeted by a standing room only crowd at the Greek Orthodox Church here. And using an overhead projector, the campaign displayed the names of the newspapers that are supporting the Arizona senator.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has not received any endorsements in New Hampshire and his campaign has dismissed the Monitor for being a liberal newspaper. He didn't find support from his home state newspapers, either. Both The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald endorsed McCain.

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Ron Paul's Time Machine Mega Money Mania

The funniest video I have seen in a long time! It's hysterical. I can already see Ron Paul's supporters' heads exploding.

From Stranahan:

Ron Supporters from across the nation combine forces for the most ambitious political fund raiser in the entire history of history! We aren't just changing the future, we're f'ing with the past! RON PAUL! RON PAUL RON PAUL! AD NAUSEUM!

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Join the 3% revolution!


Shuster teaches Scarborough a little lesson on Bush's foreign policy

This was in response to Joe's claims that Bush’s foreign policy was "successful."

From Crooks & Liars:

Shuster: Joe, I like you a lot. but I cannot let you by with what you just said about “George Bush” and his foreign policy successes. Are you really saying that the President’s foreign policy in all these places has been a success that most Republicans think—it’s been a success? Because that’s not the polling that I’m seeing and that’s not what I’m hearing from Republicans in Iowa who say: “Look, we want somebody we can trust. We want somebody who is smart, but we also want somebody who is competent this time.
Joe, I don’t even know where to begin….If the US had taken care of business in Afghanistan along the Pakistan border, had taken care of al-Qaeda, had sent 150,000 troops there instead of to Iraq which had nothing to so with the al-Qaeda attacks on 9/11, then al-Qaeda and the Taliban, they wouldn’t have the influence, the destabilizing influence they have over Pakistan today…

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Rudy will Chase "The Muslims"... 'Back Into Their Caves'

Well, it doesn't get any clearer than that I suppose. Unfortunately, there are people who will actually believe this non-sense because somehow Rudy showed a bit of leadership, accidental as it was, by walking through the carnage of 9/11 with a face mask.

Never mind the fact he was out there in the dust because his command center was destroyed. So, I guess we can call it an accidental photo op caused by Rudy's extreme and utter arrogance that he knew better than all the security agencies who after the 1993 world trade center attacks were saying "don't put the command center at the world trade center".

From Crooks & Liars:

Chairman of a New Hampshire veterans-for-Rudy group says Giuliani has a solution for the "rise of the Muslims"... "Get rid of them."

From the Guardian UK via TPM: (h/t SteveAudio):

Winning hearts and minds the world over…

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What a stupid and vapid woman Peggy Noonan is

Glenn, so how do you really ffel about Peggy Noonan? LOL.

From Glenn Greenwald:

What a stupid and vapid woman this is, but respected and admired by our media class because she fits right in with them -- endlessly impressed by her own sophistication, maturity and insight while drooling out platitudes one never hears except in seventh-grade cafeterias and on our political talk shows. As always, this isn't worth noting because the adolescent stupidity on display here is unique to Noonan, but precisely because it isn't. This is how our national elections are decided: by people like her, spewing things like this.

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Albuquerque Has Renewal of Attacks on Abortion

Right-wing terrorism is a live & well in the U.S.

From the NY Times:

A rash of attacks on abortion and family planning clinics has struck Albuquerque this month, the first such violence there in nearly a decade.

Two attacks occurred early Tuesday at two buildings belonging to Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, according to Albuquerque police and fire officials. An arson fire damaged a surgery center the organization uses for abortions, and the windows of a Planned Parenthood family planning clinic 12 blocks away were smashed, the officials said.


On Wednesday, agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with local arson investigators, arrested two suspects in the fire at Dr. Boyd’s clinic, which has provided abortions to women from throughout the region and Mexico since 1972.

The suspects, Chad Altman and Sergio Baca of Albuquerque, both 22, were arrested on arson charges after the authorities received a tip, said Jake Gonzales, the agent in charge of the firearms agency’s Albuquerque office.

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Giuliani Illness Revealed: 9/11 Tourette's

[big evil grin].

From DK's litigatormom:

The Giuliani campaign has refused to explain the exact nature of the illness that caused Giuliani to turn around a campaign airplane so that he could go to a St. Louis hospital for emergency treatement. All that has been revealed thus far is that Giuliani was suffering from a really bad headache.

But isn't it obvious? Clearly, the stress of campaigning has brought on relapse of what Jon Stewart has famously called 9/11 Tourette's.

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The Alternate Ron Paul Universe & His Tourettes Supporters

Josh Marshall is too funny. It's like these 'supporters' are gnats on the ass of a mule but think they're the ones in the saddle. LOL.

From TPM:

Now, if you've been online much lately you know that while Paul can't get above the middle-single digits in the polls, he's running with overwhelming majority support from a community of sufferers from an affliction which, from what I can tell, seems to consist of a Tourettes-like compulsion to invade various websites comments sections & spasmodic

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Kirsten Gillibrand Getting Heat For Getting Pregnant

Women must remain barefoot & pregnant... and at home of course. Ah, right-wing 101 at it's finest.

Via Crooks & Liars:

Why does it feel that even though the calendar moves forward, we’re collectively moving backwards in terms of enlightenment? I cannot believe that in the 21st century that anyone is seriously discussing any pregnancy in this manner. My goodness, Idiocracy really is our very near future.

From Group News Blog:

First term Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY20), in a highly-vulnerable district in New York’s Hudson Valley, is being attacked, not for her politics, not for her stand against the Iraq war, not for the earmarks she’s bringing home including money for rural broadband development.


She’s being attacked because she and her husband have conceived a child.

The Glenn Falls Post Star (Letters to the Editor)

“There are many occupations suitable for women and their physical attributes. Carrying a weapon while serving in the Armed Forces and firefighting are not suitable lines of work for women to prove that they are physically equal to men. How many male police officers feel comfortable with a 100 pound female backup?

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Kansas GOP Chair Sends Party Email Boasting of Voter Caging

Does anyone need any more proof that the problem isn't people who shouldn't be voting are voting (and if there are some, it's such a minuscule amount and it doesn't warrant the fervor Rethugs demand), but the rethugs themselves.

What I have noticed, the pattern that's become all too obvious is that those who scream "homos!" or "sex" or un-American" -- and now "election fraud" -- are most certainly the one who are truly guilty of the label.

From Crooks & Liars:

Kris Kobach, a former counsel to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft who is currently the chairman of the Kansas GOP, sent out an email on Thur entitled “Kansas Republican Party Year in Review” in which he brags of voter caging. Blue Tide Rising has the goods:

… Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas GOP, sent out a self-congratulatory litany of accomplishments. Among them was one particularly eye-catching item:

“To date, the Kansas GOP has identified and caged more voters in the last 11 months than the previous two years!” […]

Slate.com has the best comprehensive write-up on how the Republican Party employs caging techniques to suppress the votes of the poor, the deployed, and college students. (You know, likely Democratic voters.)

Did we mention it’s illegal? And that Kris Kobach is proud to be doing it?


Someone needs to ask Kris Kobach which voters he’s caging and how he’s doing it. Someone like a newspaper editor or perhaps a Grand Jury. … (more)

More on Kris Kobach here and here (He apparently suffers from an advanced case of Lou Dobbs disease). [snip]

Watch that video here.

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Another GOP candidate rejects modern biology

Virulent Racist? Check.
Evolution-denier? Check.
Phony constitutional savior? Check.
Homophobe? Check.
Anti-Semite? Check.

I guess because he's anti-Iraq war that means the rest is all forgiven? I think not.

From Crooks & Liars:

It’s the 21st century and McCain is an educated man, so it should have been an easy one, but he’s a Republican, and he needs to appeal to a far-right base that has little use for modern science — so he hesitated. After a pregnant pause, McCain said, “Yes.” Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, & Tom Tancredo said, "No." Now, so has Ron Paul.

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Yes. My country is now going backwards, a de-evolution of sorts. Very sad in deed.

The Malevolent Ignorance of Robert Novak

L. C. Johnson (blog/bio) is fuming at Bob Novack. Well, who isn't? He is of course the most unscrupulous person in journalism, a discredit to his chosen (hostage taken) profession:

When Forrest Gump, aspiring shrimp boat captain, was asked, "Are you stupid or something?" He replied, "Stupid is as stupid does." So what is Bob Novak's excuse? Stupidity seems too simple an explanation. I wonder how many people will be required to pull Novak's fat head out of his ass. It is obviously lodged in a deep, dark place.

His latest column, Subverting Bush at Langley, is one of the most ignorant, error-ridden diatribes I have read in quite sometime. How can he even be considered a credible journalist? Oh wait, never mind, he's commenting at Fox News. Answered my own question.

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New Reports Undercut Claims that the Surge Is Working

Will all the talk, and it is just talk, that the surge is an unmitigated success, those claiming it as such leave out the most important facts of all: not a single bit of political movement has occurred since the surge began, which was the entire point of the surge.

From McClatchy:

Despite significant security gains in much of Iraq, nothing has changed within Iraq's political leadership to guarantee sustainable peace, a Pentagon report released Tuesday found.

The congressionally mandated quarterly report suggests that the drop in violence won't hold unless Iraq's central government passes key legislation, improves the way it manages its security forces and finds a way to reconcile the country's competing sects. It said none of those steps has been taken.

"Although security gains, local accommodation and progress against the flow of foreign fighters and lethal aid into Iraq have had a substantial effect, more needs to be done to foster national, 'top-down' reconciliation to sustain the gains," the report said.


...the report also said that the Iraqi government has failed to improve basic services such as water and electricity and hasn't passed legislation outlining how it would distribute oil revenues or hold provincial elections. Most sessions, the parliament struggles to reach a quorum.

Corruption remains a major problem throughout the government. The report cited both the Ministry of Interior, which runs the police force, and the oil industry, Iraq's largest generator of revenue. "Corruption and sectarian behavior continue to be evident in the MoI," the report said. "Corruption at all levels of the oil industry remains a significant problem."

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GREAT IDEA: Calls for a 'Science Debate'

Now, this is a good idea!

From The NY Times:

A group of scientists is making an unusual foray into presidential politics, calling on the candidates, Republican and Democratic, to hold at least one debate focusing on the environment, medicine and health, technology policy and other science-related subjects.

The group, ScienceDebate2008, said in a statement that voters needed to know candidates’ views on science, given that “science and technology lie at the center of a very large number of the policy issues facing our nation and the world.”

Among its thousands of signers are more than a dozen Nobel laureates, former presidential science advisers and academic researchers. It has also won support from business leaders, university presidents, members of Congress and other politicians from both parties. (The statement and a list of the signers are at sciencedebate2008.com.)

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Eva Perón Anyone? Bush plans world-wide tour in final year.


Via Think Progress:

At his year-end press conference last week, President Bush said “I go around spreading good will” to other countries. His schedule next year will test his ability to spread good will.

n early January, Bush flies to Israel for his first visit as president. While in the region, he also will visit the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The trip is a follow-up to the Israeli-Palestinian talks that the U.S. hosted in Annapolis, Maryland, last month.

In February, Bush will tour Africa, where U.S. public health initiatives are popular. That will be followed by an April North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Romania, a June U.S.-European summit in Slovenia, a July meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Japan, the summer Olympics in China and a November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Peru. Bush is likely to visit other, nearby countries during those trips.

Jim Jeffrey, the deputy White House national security adviser, said, “We want to be well-perceived in the world.”
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'Abstinence Only' is an Unmitigated Failure

No Child Left Behind. Abstinence Only.

Everything George W. Bush touches is either a lie meant to promote religious beliefs or a scam meant to dumb down the American public -- because the uneducated are much less likely to stand up and fight for their rights (and tend to be cheaper labor for big business).

Check out the proof that Abstinence is failure compared to actual sex education. From Reuters:

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Teenagers who have had formal sex education are far more likely to put off having sex, contradicting earlier studies on the effectiveness of such programs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

They found teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71 percent less likely to have intercourse before age 15, and teen girls who had sex education were 59 percent less likely to have sex before age 15.

Sex education also increased the likelihood that teen boys would use contraceptives the first time they had sex, according to the study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

"Sex education seems to be working," Trisha Mueller, an epidemiologist with the CDC who led the study, said in a statement. "It seems to be especially effective for populations that are usually at high risk."

Mueller's team looked at a 2002 national survey of 2,019 teens aged 15 to 19.

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A License for Local Reporting. Journalists must speak out.

The New York Times Editorial Board gets it. But will their bosses and their colleagues on the nation's other boards?

JOURNALISTS are instinctively libertarian, at least when it comes to journalism. We like the conversation about journalism and the federal government to begin and end with a robust defense of the First Amendment. That’s why journalists have not been leading participants in the debate over the Federal Communications Commission’s regulation of broadcasting, even though the future of our profession and its public mission is at stake.

But our profession needs to cast its reluctance to discuss broadcast regulation aside, and to let its voice be heard, loud and clear — on behalf of local reporting. The outcome of F.C.C. policy that matters most to us is not who owns what, but how much news gathering goes on.


The F.C.C. has always been lenient about renewing broadcast licenses, but it meant something that licensees had to go through a demanding renewal process. Now license renewal is so effortless it is known as “postcard renewal.” Even the pretense that there is a connection between the grant of a broadcast license and a promise to report on one’s community is all but gone.

This week’s moves by the F.C.C. are only the beginning of a contentious period in which Congress, the courts and other interested parties will vigorously discuss a range of issues involving the regulation of newspapers, cable television and broadcast television that will affect the future of journalism. Journalists, as advocates for local reporting, must become forceful participants in the debate.

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Scathing Editotial: Romney should not be the next president

Continuing on the theme that Romney is a terrifying choice for President, the candidate receives a 'anti-endorsement' from New Hampshire's Concorde Monitor:

If you were building a Republican presidential candidate from a kit, imagine what pieces you might use: an athletic build, ramrod posture, Reaganesque hair, a charismatic speaking style and a crisp dark suit. You'd add a beautiful wife and family, a wildly successful business career and just enough executive government experience. You'd pour in some old GOP bromides - spending cuts and lower taxes - plus some new positions for 2008: anti-immigrant rhetoric and a focus on faith.

Add it all up and you get Mitt Romney, a disquieting figure who sure looks like the next president and most surely must be stopped.


When New Hampshire partisans are asked to defend the state's first-in-the-nation primary, we talk about our ability to see the candidates up close, ask tough questions and see through the baloney. If a candidate is a phony, we assure ourselves and the rest of the world, we'll know it.

Mitt Romney is such a candidate. New Hampshire Republicans and independents must vote no.

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Misinformation of the Year

Media Matters has made a slight change to their year-end award. I guess there were just too many to choose from. Take a gander:

Media Matters for America usually takes the opportunity at the end of the year to name a Misinformer of the Year, an individual or media entity who in that year has made a noteworthy "contribution" to the advancement of conservative misinformation. This year -- a year in which Don Imus was removed from his decades-long radio program following a reference to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" (Imus returned to the air in December) -- Media Matters has decided to change the focus of the year-end item. The Imus controversy resulted in intense media attention to the subject of speech concerning race and gender. At the time, Media Matters thought it necessary to remind the media that "It's not just Imus" -- that speech targeting, among other characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity permeates the airwaves, through personalities including Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Michael Savage. But offensive and degrading speech is not limited to conservative media personalities and "shock jocks," although they are, of course, well-represented on any such list. As Media Matters has documented throughout this year, speech that targets or casts in a negative light race, gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and sexual orientation can be found throughout the media, and it often bears directly on politics and policy. That speech has earned the title of Misinformation of the Year 2007.

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Hillary Clinton: A Résumé Can’t Buy You Love

Hillary is right. Experience does matter. Unfortunatley for her, hers doesn't make the case for success. Almost every decision she has made on national security has been wrong and knowing that, still can't say so. And the public is quite aware it, as the numbers prove.

From Frank Rich:

For Mrs. Clinton, the failure of “experience” as a selling point was becoming apparent even as her husband continued to push it on Charlie Rose. Last week’s ABC News-Washington Post poll in Iowa found that she clobbers Mr. Obama on the question of who has the most experience — 49 percent to 8 percent. But to little end. That same survey had Mr. Obama ahead by 4 points over all because, as this year’s pervasive polling matchup has it, the electorate values change over experience.

The rabid hunger for change, it turns out, has made the very idea of experience as toxic as every other attribute of the Bush White House. The once-heralded notion of a C.E.O. presidency, overstocked with “tested” Washington and Fortune 500 executives like Cheney and Rumsfeld, is now in the toilet with Larry Craig...[snip]

But for Mrs. Clinton, the problem isn’t just that the Bush years have tarnished the notion that experience is a positive indicator of future performance. She has further devalued that sales pitch with her own inflated claims of what her experience has been. Ted Sorensen, the J.F.K. speechwriter now in the Obama camp, saw the backlash coming in a recent conversation I had with him after Mrs. Clinton had mocked Mr. Obama for counting his elementary-school years in Indonesia as an asset.

Hillary should be careful about scoffing at other people’s experience,” Mr. Sorensen said. “It’s not as if the process of osmosis gives her presidential qualities by physical proximity.”

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Mitt Romney's pursuit of tyrannical power, literally

And all this time I was worried about a Rudy Administration. Damn.

From Glenn Greenwald:

The candidate's answers to key questions of executive power are beyond disturbing.


But by far the most extraordinary answers come from Mitt Romney. Romney's responses -- not to some of the questions but to every single one of them -- are beyond disturbing. The powers he claims the President possesses are definitively -- literally -- tyrannical, unrecognizable in the pre-2001 American system of government and, in some meaningful ways, even beyond what the Bush/Cheney cadre of authoritarian legal theorists have claimed.

After reviewing those responses, Marty Lederman concluded: "Romney? Let's put it this way: If you've liked Dick Cheney and David Addington, you're gonna love Mitt Romney." Anonymous Liberal similarly observed that his responses reveal that "Romney doesn't believe the president's power to be subject to any serious constraints." To say that the President's powers are not "subject to any serious constraints" -- which is exactly what Romney says -- is, of course, to posit the President as tyrant, not metaphorically or with hyperbole, but by definition.


Romney perfectly expresses the driving view of our GOP-dominated political culture over the last seven years, as profoundly un-American as it is Orwellian: You are in grave danger of being slaughtered by Terrorists. The only thing that matters is that your Leader protect you. In order to be safe, you must place your blind faith and trust in the Leader. There can be no limits on the Leader's power -- not even ones you try to place on him through your representatives in Congress -- otherwise you will be in severe danger and might even lose your freedoms.

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Rudy "Benito" Giuliani: Fascism Rising

It's getting ugly out there in rethug land. From American Conservative magazine:

"Giuliani’s tendency to conflate all terrorist groups—whether Islamist or not and whether they attack the United States or just allies like Israel—led Fred Kaplan of Slate to dub him the “anti-statesman.” Sending him and his team to the White House might actually ignite World War IV."
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Unionists Slam Hillary Clinton's Tactics

AFSCME endorsed Clinton and now it member are slamming them (and her). This is a big deal.

From Huffington post:

Union members in Illinois & Iowa are denouncing their national leaders as hypocrites for sending out a deceptive campaign mailer aimed this week at Barack Obama. They are livid that the political arm of their 1.4 million member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) financed a mailer to Iowa voters slamming Obama..

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Romney Once Claimed HE Marched With Martin Luther King

The guy's a pathological liar. He'll obviously say anything to get elected.

He's a liberal rethug when he wants to be gov of Mass.

He's a right-wing, anti-immigrant ideologue when he needs the zealot vote in the presidential primary.

Now he's playing the civil rights card? For what? Is this his version of compassionate conservatism? It's failing miserably. At least Georgie didn't give examples that could be proven false. At least Georgie just stuck with slogans and 30 second sound bites.


From Huffington Post:

Mitt Romney acknowledged yesterday that he never saw his father march with Martin Luther King Jr. as he asserted in a nationally televised speech this month, and historical evidence shows that Michigan's Governor George Romney and the civil rights leader never did march together....

...Mitt Romney went a step further in a 1978 interview with the Boston Herald. Talking about the Mormon Church and racial discrimination, he said: "My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit."

Continue reading.

Read a timeline of Romney's claims that his father marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

Read how Romney exaggerated this spring about his hunting record.

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Forget Lieberman, McCain's Wheeling Out Kissinger

Ah, yet another Rethug who wants to turn back the clock.

I guess we should all be grateful Johnny boy is stopping his backwards spiral in the 1970's (as opposed to the rest of the nutters who'd prefer to go back a century or two).

From The Nation:

Only the surreal strategists that manage what is left of John McCain's presidential campaign would divine to top an endorsement of their trailing candidate by Senator Joe "Nothing-But-Good-News-From-Iraq" Lieberman with one that will give thinking Americans -- and a frightened world -- greater cause for alarm.

So it is that, on the heels of the Connecticut Democrat-Independent's campaign swing on behalf of McCain, comes the news that the Arizona senator is making the circuit with an even more disturbing advocate for even more disturbing foreign policies: Henry Kissinger.

The former Secretary of State, whose name is synonymous in the civilized world with the term "war criminal" -- and whose sleazy business deals to advance the interests of the world's cruelest dictators has diminished what is left of his reputation -- has added the dubious distinction of his support to the McCain campaign.

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Giuliani Secretive As Mayor Would Be Worse As President

Giuliani... meet Mussolini. The country has no idea how lucky they are that he's crashing in the polls.

From The Huffington Post:

When a mayor of New York leaves office, little goes out the door but memories _ unless he's Rudy Giuliani. Government rules discourage the city's most powerful officeholder from departing with more than token gifts collected on the job.

Ed Koch, mayor from 1978 to 1989, recalls keeping some neckties. His successor, David Dinkins, walked away with knickknacks from his desk, including a crystal tennis ball and a collection of photographs documenting his meetings with celebrities and business icons.

When Giuliani stepped down, he needed a warehouse.

Under an unprecedented agreement that didn't become public until after he left office, Giuliani secreted out of City Hall the written, photographic and electronic record of his eight years in office _ more than 2,000 boxes.

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Bob Kerrey Apologizes To Barack Obama

Since I was the one who made such a big deal about Bob Kerrey's original compliment aimed at Barack Obama, I thought I'd acknowledge this apology... but onyl becuase I believe it's real.

From TPM:

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey has apologized to Barack Obama for any unintentional insult he committed by raising the Democratic presidential candidate's Muslim heritage while endorsing rival candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Kerrey sent a letter to Obama on Wednesday, lauding the Illinois senator's qualifications to be president and saying that he never meant to harm his candidacy. Kerrey told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he sent the letter on his own and had not spoken to Clinton or her campaign about the comments he made Sunday in Iowa.
TPM also has the letter:
Dear Barack,

I want to sincerely apologize for the remarks I made on Sunday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, after an event at which I endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton’s Presidential candidacy. I answered a question about your qualifications to be President in a way that has been interpreted as a backhanded insult of you. I assure you I meant to do just the opposite.

After you and I met during your primary campaign for the Senate, I wrote a public letter in which I said that that you were among the two or three most talented people I have ever met in politics. Nothing in your performance in the Senate or your campaign for the Presidency has altered that view.

The question I was asked in Iowa on Sunday was something like this: “Senator Kerrey, you ran for President in your first term in the Senate. If you were qualified, why isn’t Senator Obama?” With the benefit of my computer’s capacity to make certain that my words reflect my belief let me answer that question in this letter which you are free to use anyway you choose.

You are exceptionally qualified by experience and judgment to be President of the United States. I do not doubt that you would use the power of the Presidency to bring peace and prosperity to as many people as possible on our fragile planet. You inspire my highest hopes for that office’s potential: That it be used as a force for good in America and the world.

It is your capacity to inspire hope that is your greatest God given talent. Without spending a dime of tax payer’s money or changing a single law your presence in the Oval Office will send a clear and compelling message to four groups of people who will be altered for good as a consequence. That was what I was trying to say on Sunday and what I hope I said more clearly in this letter.

Again, I am sorry for the insult and wish you the best on January 3 and beyond.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Respectfully yours,

Bob Kerrey
The bolded paragraph is what make we believe in my heart that this came from Kerrey's.

This is a classy letter, a real apology. I just wish he hadn't had to write one in the first place.

On a funnier not, one of the comments I read about this letter I also thought was right on.... That bolded paragraph must be making Mark Penn's head explode.

Anyway, back to your regularly schedule candidate diary war...

Cross posted at Dailykos


"Last throes" actually delayed successful anti-IED strategy

Dick, dicked it up but good.

From Think Progress:

In early 2006, the U.S. strategy in Iraq began to shift from hunting bombs to hunting bombmakers. The focus on breaking up bombmaking networks, accompanied with “a broader counterinsurgency strategy this year,” has brought “casualties from the bombs” to “their lowest point since 2003, the first year of the war.” According to USA Today, the strategy “was ignored or rejected for years by key decision-makers,” like Vice President Dick Cheney, who “insisted the insurgency was dying”:

That plan and others mirroring the counterinsurgency blueprint that the Pentagon now hails as a success were pitched repeatedly in memos and presentations during the following two years, at meetings that included then-Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. […]

Bush administration officials, however, remained wedded to the idea that training the Iraqi army and leaving the country would suffice. Officials, including Cheney, insisted the insurgency was dying. Those pronouncements delayed the Pentagon from embracing new plans to stop IEDs and investing in better armored vehicles that allow troops to patrol more freely, documents and interviews show.

In May 2005, Cheney declared to CNN that the insurgency in Iraq was in its “last throes.”

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Edwards To Press: Wake Up, We're Running A National Campaign

This is cool. Perfect timing too. It's funny watching the media try to pretend Edwards doesn't exist. Fear of change is a mighty thing..

From TPM Election Central:

Attacks on the traditional press have become a key political weapon in the arsenal of mainstream Dem primary candidates, but this is taking things to a higher level.

We've just obtained an advance copy of a snarky, pointed memo that the Edwards camp will soon send out calling out the press for its general coverage of his campaign. While most such broadsides against the press from campaigns come in response to individual stories, this one is aggressively disputing a broader media meme: That Edwards, unlike Obama and Hillary, isn't really running a national campaign.

From the memo:

Dear Friends in the Press Corps,

We here at the Edwards Campaign urge you to not swallow the spin of our rivals. John Edwards is, in fact, running a national campaign. In addition to the well-reported strength of our operation in Iowa, we have less-well-reported, but just as strong operations in states all across the country. We have eight times the number of field staff in the state of New Hampshire than the Edwards campaign had in 2004; we recently added two dozen field staffers in Nevada; and we were the first candidate to run ads in South Carolina (the state John Edwards was born in and won by 15 points in 2004). Given our support throughout the labor community and advisors at work in all February 5th states, we will have the infrastructure in place to seize on momentum from strong early place finishes. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

Introducing, Edwards By The Numbers...

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Bob Kerrey: Obama ‘Spent...Time In A Secular Madrassa'

You see? There was nothing sinister about Bob Kerry metioning Barack' Obamas Middle name nineteen times in one artcile today. Mr. Kerrey was simply trying to compliment Mr. Obama this morning when he talked so glowingly about his Muslim heritage, over & over & over. This was absolutely NO attempt to fear-monger and it was all meant as advise from a good friend.

See? This article from Think Progress proves it:

This evening on CNN’s The Situation Room, former Sen. Bob Kerrey asserted that Barack Obama had spent time “in a secular madrassa” and argued this was a “tremendous strength” for Obama:

I’ve watched the blogs try to say that you can’t trust him because he spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa. I feel quite the opposite — I think it’s a tremendous strength. Whether he’s in the United States Senate or whether he’s in the White House, I think it’s a tremendous asset for him.

Watch it:

Note to Kerrey: Barack Obama never attended a “secular madrassa” — an inherently contradictory term because a madrassa is, by definition, a religiously-based school. The claim that Obama attended a madrassa didn’t come from blogs, but rather from right-wing outlets. Insight Magazine, a right-wing magazine tied to the Washington Times, first reported in January that Obama attended an Islamic madrassa school as a 6-year-old child. Fox News then amplified the smear.

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Clinton Ally Kerrey: "Obama. Muslim. Obama. Hussein."

Effectively, that's what Hillary Clinton supporter, former Sen. Bob Kerrey was saying today.

From ABC:

"I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim," Kerrey is quoted as saying. "There's a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal."
Well, I guess becuase he's using it in the affirmative, it allows him to place the 'fear of everything Muslim' card? I don't think so.

What a scumbag.

More from ABC's Jake Tapper:
Some Obama supporters have asked why former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., who endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., today, mentioned her opponent Sen. Barack Hussein Obama's middle name in remarks published in The Washington Post. (LINK)


Obama supporters see this in the same light that they see Clinton strategist Mark Penn's remarks on MSNBC's Hardball (LINK) -- that, as far as former Clinton campaign co-chair Billy Shaheen's remarks about Obama's youthful drug use, "the issue related to cocaine use is not something that the campaign was in any way raising."

Too clever by half, they think.

A clear attempt to raise an issue while pretending not to raise it.
Of course, this racist pig denies meaning it as a slur and then proceeds to expands his compliments further:
"What I said was an answer to a question," Kerrey said.

He'd been asked by a reporter from the Omaha World-Herald about the fact that the Clinton folks are hammering home the idea that Obama has little experience, while both Obama today and Kerrey in 1992 ran for president in their first Senate term.

"My answer was yes, but I finished third in the primary. Obama's smarter and more talented than I ever was, and he has two things which are connected to his life experience that give him special capacity," Kerrey recalled. "First, he is African American and can speak to underperforming Black youth in a way that no other candidate can. He gave a speech in Selma that was incredible (LINK), that no white person could ever give. No government program could ever do what Barack Obama can do.

"Second," Kerrey continued, "his name is Barack Hussein Obama. I know that middle name is seen as a weakness by Republicans, but I don't think it is. I think it enables him to speak to a billion Muslims around the world."

Kerrey said he's spoken to Obama and his staffers and told them to "lead with it as a strength. There's this nonsense out there about him being a Muslim Manchurian candidate. He should do a commercial, look the camera straight in the eye, and say, 'My wife Michelle and I are Christians, but my father was a Muslim and my paternal grandfather was a Muslim, and that fact and my name means I can speak to a billion people around the world" who need to hear from the United States.
These DLC bastards are really the scum of the party.

This is what you can expect from Hillary Clinton for the rest of the election and if for some reason, she wins, the rest of her tenure in office.

UPDATE I: Here's what John Aravosis over at AmericaBlog thinks about this bullshit:
Former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey should be fired from the Clinton campaign after his comments in Iowa yesterday. In a passive-aggressive performance worthy of an Oscar, Kerrey told reporters:


Get it? Kerrey isn't repeating slurs that have been used, non-stop, by GOP operatives (and Hillary's own staff) knocking Obama for having the middle name of one of the most hated men in America and for having family members who are Muslim. Oh no. Kerrey is complimenting Obama, and is simply repeating racist anti-Muslim slurs against Obama in an effort to praise him. Kerrey comes not to bury Obama, but to praise him. (After the jump: What if Obama were to repeat the current rumors about Hillary and Bill (and there are new rumors) - in order to praise them, of course?)

It would be like an Obama surrogate repeating all the slurs against Hillary, repeating the current crop of rumors about her and about her husband, and saying that those are positive things because they make Hillary more human and more empathetic to the voters. Perhaps, but were I to repeat those rumors I'd actually be hurting Hillary by in fact spreading the anti-Hillary slurs (and that's why I won't even repeat the details of the rumors themselves in my example for you today).
Let me make this perfectly clear for anyone who tries to defends the Hillary Clinton or Bob Kerrey over this:

This is RACISM through and through. Period.

After 7 years of daily plays on our fears from an administration who has no qualms about using anti-Muslim rhetoric, Bob Kerry & Hillary Clinton know exactly what they are doing.

They might has well be saying Obama is pimping his white roots over his Afro-roots in order to win an election - were this 1968.

It's despicable. As a white NY Jew, I'm enraged at this behavior from a Democrat.

UPDATE III: philgoblue said something which I was also thinking, so I'll quote them:

I mean, are they running a Huckabee campaign over there, "I hear they think Jesus and Satan are brothers."

It's exactly the same.

FINAL UPDATE: Kos summed it up best (and much more eloquently than I did in my diary)....

So back to the original question -- was Kerrey expressing honest praise for Obama, or was he engaging in insidious dogwhistle politics? I'll leave it up to you guys to decide, but do note that context might be important:

He made these comments while endorsing Hillary Clinton.

(my emphasis)


Cross posted at Dailykos


Olbermann: I Nearly Left MSNBC In 2003 Over Michael Savage

My absolute hero.

From Think Progress:

On PBS’ Bill Moyers Journal this past Friday, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann criticized right-wing radio host Michael Savage, who had a show on MSNBC in 2003. Olbermann recounted how he nearly walked off the set of his Countdown show once when MSNBC told him to run a commentary by Savage.

Describing why he was opposed to including the segment, Olbermann said Savage’s show was “basically just spattering invective on people he didn’t like“:

MSNBC hired a guy named Michael Savage. And he came on and did– not only did he do a show once a week that was basically just spattering invective on people he didn’t like and these people change from week to week, but it was terribly produced. I mean, it was an awful show.

Watch it:

Here are some of types of comments Keith is referring too:

“90 percent of the people on the Nobel Committee are into child pornography and molestation.” — Michael Savage [12/12/2007]

“Of all of the dictators in the past, you know the one Al Gore strikes me as [being] closest [to] is Mussolini.” — Michael Savage [7/9/2007]

“Notice what this double-talking slut just did, this mind-slut Barbara Walters. And I stick by those words. She’s an empty mind-slut.” — Michael Savage [3/16/2007]

Madeline Albright is “a traitor. In my opinion, she should be tried for treason, and when she’s found guilty, she should be hung.” — Michael Savage [10/9/2006]

“Liberalism is, in essence, the HIV virus, and it weakens the defense cells of a nation.” — Michael Savage [7/6/2006]

In July 2003, MSNBC fired Savage after he referred to a caller as a “sodomite” and said he should “get AIDS and die.”

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Strike may cut returning 'Lost' season short

ABC just 'lost' me as a Lost viewer. They had since July when they started filming to complete 16 episodes and all they got done was 8? The whole point of the delay until Jan 08 was to get all of them done so the complete season wouldn't be interrupted.

They had 5 full months to film before the strike so they obviously didn't use it wisely. And if they didn't start in July 'because they thought they had more time' - the person who made that decision should be fired. They defeated the entire purpose of the delayed start.

From techgeeknews.com:

"Lost" will return next month after an absence of eight months, but fans of the TV drama may still feel deprived because of the Hollywood writers strike.

The series, like other dramas and comedies, faces the possibility of a season cut short by the strike, now in its sixth week. Eight episodes of "Lost" have been completed for the series' return Jan. 31 — half the number originally planned, ABC said Friday.

The network announced this year that the series would end in 2010 after three more years of 16 episodes each.

Most series air 22 episodes a season. ABC decided that fewer episodes of "Lost," aired without reruns interrupting the serial story, would please fans of the show about air crash survivors on a dangerous island.

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Fucking idiots.

I was really looking forward to Lost since I knew the strike killed everything else.

Iowa: Going Negative - Winner Barack, Loser Hillary

The Clinton cackle during the last Des Moines Register/Iowa Public Television debate still rings in my ears as I read a press release just rushed out to the media from the Obama campaign with the subject line: Do you Know Susan Klopfer? She has just resigned as Hillary Clinton precinct captain & jumped over to Obama's camp, complete with a video on Youtube.

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Turning Toward Hope

Obama lays the SMACKDOWN on Hillary

Whoever laughs last...

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John Bolton: "If Anyone’s Isolated Here, It’s Al Gore"

This nut is THE most uniformed, unintelligent, Neanderthal America has to offer. He's even worse than Bill Kristol who at least knows the truth and just lies about it. This putz actaully believes his on rhetoric. .

From Think Progress:

Yesterday on Fox News, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton criticized Gore, claiming that he is “wrong” on the climate change issue. Bolton claimed that the U.S. was pursuing the right path by refusing to support mandatory limits on climate change, since Canada, Japan, Russia, and China also oppose them:

Well, not unusual for Vice President Gore to be wrong, either, as he is in this case. Of the G8 industralized democracies, four — the United States, Japan, Canada, and Russia — share our view. .. If you look at the developing countries, Brazil, India, and China all oppose these targets as well. So, the notion that this is the fault of the U.S. is wrong.

If anybody’s isolated here, I think it’s the Europeans and Al Gore. … This is a U.N. conference after all, and that’s principally what people like to do — blame us for all the problems.

Bolton is part of the fringe, discredited global warming denial community that claims there is still a debate on the causes of global warming. Just last month, he told the New York Times:

I don’t think the world has a correct temperature. It goes up and it goes down.

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Rep. Robert Wexler Wants Cheney Impeachment Hearings.

Thank you Congressman Wexler. I admire your courage. Maybe your actions will make a difference, but I doubt it.

Nance, Rahm & Steny don‘t care about holding these bastards accountable. You see, it’s inconvenient. They won’t allow it. It interferes with their short term thinking, err plans, of gaining more seat in 2008. I say short term, because they can’t see further than the next election. They are too power hungry, and that’s blinded them a bit.

You see, these so-called leaders think us regular folk aren’t paying attention to their constant capitulations or the fact they needlessly negotiate away the party’s core values now, with each vote, because they think they can make it work for them in 2008. That way of thinking – the DLC/Blue Dog way of thinking – is exactly why Democrats lost both house of Congress in 1994 and will again (sooner than they think). They have sold out this country and the country knows it.

Then again, what do I know? I’m just a dirty, stinking liberal blogger. They’re politicians

Thanks for trying though,

Despite Past Anti-Torture Rhetoric, Graham Places Hold On Anti-Waterboarding Bill

Since Senator Reid doesn’t mind screwing a fellow Senator, Dodd, by IGNORING the hold HE placed on the FISA Bill (with Immunity) for Telecoms, then I guess he won’t mind ignoring this hold? Then again, he'd need to grow a set first.

From Think Progress:

But he may not get the opportunity. Earlier today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) placed a hold on the Senate version of the bill, blocking it from coming to a vote. He said the bill was “ill-advised” and would “destroy” a “lawful” program:

The Senate was prevented from voting on the intelligence bill because Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., placed a hold on it while the GOP procedural challenge goes forward.

I think quite frankly applying the Army field manual to the CIA would be ill-advised and would destroy a program that I think is lawful and helps the country,” Graham said in an interview.

Graham’s effort to protect Bush’s torture policies directly contradicts his recent anti-torture rhetoric. Just this week, Graham raked Brigadier General Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser at Guantanamo Bay, over the coals for refusing to call waterboarding torture, even if done by Iranian “secret security agents” on an American pilot.

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Lawrence O'Donnell: Romney & Me

Brilliant article on Mitt, Mitt's Mormonism and Mormonism's racism, 'polygamy and sex with very young girls' & other weird shit, by Lawrence O'Donnell:

After the Today Show used video clips of me talking (ranting, to some) about the racist history of the Church of Latter Day Saints as a lead-in to Matt Lauer's interview of Mitt Romney, I feel compelled to clarify the obvious: religious affiliation is not a good reason to vote for or against a candidate for president. I mean any religious affiliation, including Scientology (if that's a religion). I know at least one Scientologist who would be a better president than many of the current candidates. I might know more, but they tend to be a bit secretive about being Scientologists, so ...


Romney felt politically forced to give the speech specifically because evangelical Christians seem to know a little too much about the faith of his fathers. Many evangelicals believe and have said publicly that Mormonism--contrary to Romney's assertions--is not a Christian religion but an abomination of Christianity. Here's a sampling of why: Mormons believe that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri; that Jews were the first people in America; that Indians descended from Jews and are a lost tribe of Israel; that Jesus came to America; that after the next coming of Christ (which will be the second or third, depending on how you count his trip to America), the world will be ruled for a thousand years from Jerusalem and Missouri; and to answer Mike Huckabee's now famous question, yes, they believe "Jesus and Lucifer were brothers, in the sense of both being spiritually begotten by the Father."

When Matt Lauer asked Romney the Huckabee question about Jesus and the devil being brothers, Romney refused to answer and handed the question off to the Church of Latter Day Saints. The Church issued a deceptively worded statement that most reporters incorrectly read as a denial of the brotherhood of Jesus and Satan. In fact, the Church could not and did not deny it. The Church did correctly point out that attackers (meaning critics) of Mormonism often use the brother bit. Critics also use the Church's 70 year delight in polygamy and sex with very young girls, which also happens to be true. Critics of Mormonism have plenty to work with without inventing anything.

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Did Rudy Lobby Illegally? Depends on Meaning Of 'Lobby '

From TPM:

Rudy Giuliani and his cohorts at Giuliani Partners have insisted he's no lobbyist. But there's mounting evidence to the contrary. Maybe he's so averse to the term because his firm lobbied illegally.

Exhibit A is today's Time story, which for the first time reveals details about just what Hank Asher, Giuliani's troubled buddy, paid him so much money to do.

As we laid out in a series of posts last week, Giuliani struck a pretty sweet deal with Asher during his first year of business. Asher's Seisint was hocking its data-mining software, code-named MATRIX, to the government. Rudy's job was to serve as a kind of front man for the company, in part so that Asher's drug-running past wouldn't be an issue. The contract, for a previously untold amount of money, was based on a $2 million yearly fee, commissions, and stock options. A stock holder in the company was so alarmed by the giveaway that he sued Seisint; the case was settled.

Today, Time puts a price tag on all that: $30 million, $24 million of that from stock options. And what did Rudy do for the money? It turns out, plenty.

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Gore Draws ‘Rapturous’ Ovation at U.N. Climate Meeting

From Think Progress:

At the 190-nation talks on global warming in Bali yesterday, former vice president Al Gore drew “rapturous applause and cheers” when he criticized the Bush administration for opposing mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions: “My own country the United States is principally responsible for obstructing progress in Bali.” Watch a portion of Gore’s speech:

Gore drew an even louder ovation when he “reminded delegates that President George W. Bush has only one year and 40 days left in the White House.”

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EU Sign First International Treaty for Gay Civil Rights

While as the ever so wise and witty Don Rumsfeld like to call,"Old Europe", evolves, Amerika wilts and withers back to the 14th century. Ironic huh?

From 365gay.com:

The European Union has become the first international body to have a treaty containing explicit language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The Charter of Fundamental Rights of signed Wednesday at a ceremony in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament.

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Democrats show Beltway "strength," avoid depiction as weak

Blithering cowards. They deserve all the scorn we can muster. -

From Glenn Greenwald:

In the Orwellian world of the Democratic establishment and Beltway pundits, Bush Dog Representative, and Democratic strategist, this is how Democrats prove how "strong" and tough they are and avoid being demonized as "weak" and "soft"; this is all just from today:

From The Hill:

From The Washington Post:

From CNN:

From The Hill:

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Kos adds his thoughts about our courageous leaders:
You'd think that for no other reason than pride, Democrats would decide to fight. I mean, they can't stop telling us how tough they are by voting for "let's bomb Iraq" and "let's bomb Iran" resolutions. But people then elect them to do such quaint things as "lead" and "fight". So what happens when they don't? Congressional ratings keep tanking, we get headlines like these, and people think, "well, Democrats sure are wimps." Actually, "wimp" would be an improvement over the word they really use, but it's not politically correct so I won't use it. But you know what it is.

If the public needs to see which party is made up of strong members, and which one is chock full of patsies, it's not too difficult to figure out. And the worst part? Republicans always knew Democrats didn't have the cojones to fight, and have sat back and laughed at all the tough talk from Reid and Pelosi.

That's what they've become. A joke.

So all that's left is to see the final "Hoyer Math". How many millions in pork is the life of each soldier worth to Democrats in DC? We know that for Republicans, our soldiers' lives have zero value. For Democrats, the Hoyer rate appears to be in the $10 million range.

One last point: The American people hate Bush -- the most unpopular president since polling began -- and consider him a weak incompetent SOB.

Then they see Democrats capitulate to him.

So tough!