9.30.2009

"Indoctrination" Flashback: Kids Pray to Cardboard Cutout of George W. Bush

Great find by Jed!

From DKTV:

Here’s something for Glenn Beck to keep in mind the next time he complains about the indoctrination of America’s youth:



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NY Post: No One Wants To Book "Blithering Idiot" Sarah Palin For Lectures

Sarah Palin is having a bit of a problem book speaking engagement. Its seems no one wants to pay her to speak (keep in mind this is from Rupert Murdock's NY Post):

SARAH Palin is said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.

[snip]

Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."

Many big lecture venues are subscription series, "and they don't want to tick people off," said our source. "Palin is polarizing, and some subscribers might cancel if she's on the lineup." Other lecture buyers are universities, which have a leftist slant, and corporations, which dislike controversy.

"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."

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LOL!

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Letterman's "Top Ten Sarah Palin Tips For Writing a Book"

From last night's David Letterman, Dave's "Top Ten" Sarah Palin tips for writing a Book (Palin's ghost-written memoir "Going Rogue" is due out on November 17):



Speaking of Sarah Palin... she's having a bit of a problem book speaking engagement. Seems no one wants to pay her to speak (keep in mind this is from Rupert Murdock's NY Post):

SARAH Palin is said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.

[snip]

Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."

Many big lecture venues are subscription series, "and they don't want to tick people off," said our source. "Palin is polarizing, and some subscribers might cancel if she's on the lineup." Other lecture buyers are universities, which have a leftist slant, and corporations, which dislike controversy.

"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."

LOL!

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Jon Stewart Schools Sean Hannity About Reservoirs & Our Food Chain

Jon Stewart once again mocks Sean Hannity's ignorance, giving him a history lesson about reservoirs




and the importance of these reservoirs to our food chain



.
Where the Riled Things Are

Sean Hannity blames the drought affecting California farmers on the government and a tiny fish.

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Jon Stewart Take On Republicans & Fox "News" Over the NEA, School Children (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart goes after the the Republicans & FOX "news" over their latest faux outrages: The National Endowment for the Arts & school children singing a song about the president Obama (something they had no problem with when they sang for George W. Bush). Evidently, America is under attack from President Obama.

America: Target America

The National Endowment for the Arts pushes Obama's socialist agenda, and brainwashed school children sing a song praising the president.

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9.29.2009

Howard Dean: “Enormous backlash” If Dems Drop Public Option

That's an understatement, Dr. Dean.

From DKTV:


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GOP Rep. Trent Franks: Pres. Obama is "an enemy of humanity" (Video)

How do you negotiate with Republicans who believe insane, Christian-extremist, anti-American, such as this?

From DKTV:

Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks says conservatives need to realize President Obama is "an enemy of humanity" who has "no place in any station of government":


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9.27.2009

Privatize the Police Department

You have to watch this brilliant spoof from AngryFilmsProduction (h/t from my twitter friend @cbn2):

Episode #2 The Police Department

The police vow to protect and serve, but who are they serving? You, or the government. It has now come to light that they are arresting more than just criminals, they are arresting the American dream, or something.



Angry Films investigates is a miniseries produced by Angry Films Productions. Angry Films Investigates uncovers and tears apart some of our times biggest scams. You don't have to thank us, all we ask is that you listen and become aware of the truth.
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Nutter Michele Bachmann? Meet Nutter Ron Paul.

What happens when nutters collide. Things don't go as well as Michele Bachmann had planned.

Bachmann arranged for Ron Paul to speak at an event with her at at the University of Minnesota. Paul, as equal in the nutter department as Bachmann -- but coming at the crazy from a totally different angle -- gave a speech that left the princess of the great, un-medicated masses, speechless.

From Think Progress:
Yesterday, the Young Americans for Liberty sponsored an event at the University of Minnesota that brought together the odd pairing of Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Ron Paul (R-TX). Bachmann solicited Paul for the event, hoping that his presence would help her attract support from young conservatives and libertarians.

Writing for The Daily Beast, Maureen O’Connor notes that the event melded two “wingnut worlds“: “the fanatically religious Bush-era neocon, a flag-waving patriot who likens gay sex to bestiality and fantasizes about lobbing nukes at Iran” and the libertarian “Ron Paul Revolution.” Indeed, for Bachmann, the presence of Paul created numerous awkward moments, particularly as the Texas congressman sermonized at length about his isolationist views.

read/see what happened ...
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Former Secret Service, FBI & CIA Officers: Pelosi Is Right To Fear Political Violence

I'm surprised Politico even reported this (considering it shines such a negative light on their most avid readers):

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently invoked the grim specter of political violence, arguing that today’s angry political climate could cause people to cross the line from heated talk to dangerous actions.

Republicans sharply rejected her claim, with House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) saying Pelosi is “living in another world.” Others charged that the California Democrat herself stoked emotions by labeling some health reform protesters “un-American.”

But it’s not just Pelosi who is worried. In interviews with POLITICO, five former Secret Service, FBI and CIA officers say that they, too, are concerned that today’s climate of supercharged political vitriol could lead to violence.

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Jon Stewart is Skeptical Of World Leaders' U.N. Climate Change Pronouncements

Jon Stewart is a bit skeptical of World leaders climate change goals announced at the United Nations this week. Just a bit.

Cloudy With a Chance of Heat Balls

World leaders boldly announce future tenuous plans to hit possible abstract goals at the United Nations climate summit.

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Colbert: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Muammar Qaddafi, Tom DeLay & Dancing with the Stars

On Wednesday's show, Stephen Colbert announced his brilliant idea for how we can finally defeat Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Muammar Qaddafi:

Lunatic Dictator Accommodations

Let's put Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Muammar el-Qaddafi in New York City's finest hotels and drain their national treasuries with mini-bar charges.

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Stephen was also very excited about former Republican House Speaker Tom DeLay's appearance on Dancing with the Stars:
Tom DeLay Dances With the Stars

Tom DeLay looked so happy on the floor of "Dancing With the Stars" you'd think he'd just been arrested on charges of corruption.

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9.26.2009

DCCC Chairman Van Hollen's Fundraising Warnings: Delusions Wrapped Up In Denial

Rep. Chris Van Hollen was quoted in the Washington Post as having said:

"There was a little sense of complacency that set in despite our best efforts to warn people," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "We made it very clear: Beware."
Complacency? Are you high? Democrats, even big donor Democrats are NOT complacent. We’re enraged! We gave Democrats super-majorities and you’re still fucking it all up!

Democrats’ poll numbers are crashing, and the chances of holding the House in 2010 are dwindling, not because people are upset with all you’re trying to do and how much it will cost to do it – but because people, particularly those who don’t show their allegiance to any particular party (see Independents) – can’t stand the smell of weakness and certainly won't stand for promises being broken.

And, Democrats in Congress have shown only weakness by allowing a vocal & hateful minority in congress to dictate the terms of every debate this year. When they screamed boo, when they screamed jump, House Blue Dogs & Senate Conservdems asked how high, while leadership, particularly Harry Reid, stood idly by.

Independents smelled that weakness almost immediately, and it showed up as the first major dip in polling, but now the base of the party – your foot soldier for 2010 & 2012 – can’t pretend anymore (out of the blind loyalty Independents don’t have hardwired), that their party’s leaders are anything but blithering cowards.

We’re not donating to the DNC, DSCC or the DCCC not because we’re complacent. We’re not donating because you’re full of shit. We’re not donating because you’re a bunch of blithering cowards. We’re not donating because we're sick of your caving toe the GOP's fear-mongering and the Blue Dog's & Conservadem's party treason.

We’re not donating because we're sick of our hard earned dollars going to the likes of Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Blanche Lambert Lincoln, Mary Landrieu, Heath Shuler, Dan Boren, Stephanie Herseth, Baron Hill, Jim Cooper, & Mike Ross .

We’re not donating another dime your committees until the promises we got you super-majorities to get accomplished, are accomplished.
That means REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM with a READY ON DAY ONE, FULLY FUNCTIONING PUBLIC OPTION.

That means REAL FINANCE REFORM that not only fixes, but also holds your thieving Wall Street contributors accountable for, their GREAT RECESSION.

That means STANDING UP TO THE MINORITY (and HOSTAGE TAKERS OF OUR PARTY) rather than THROWING YOUR BASE – YOUR FOOT SOLDIERS under the bus repeatedly
This isn’t 1994. We’re not going to stand idly by and allow you & Rahm Emanuel to steamroll us. We’d rather watch you lose the majorities you’re not bothering to utilize, rather than let you beg, borrow and steal on behalf of your REPUBLICAN & CONSERVADEM ABUSERS & CORP. BACKERS.

STOP acting like BATTERED WIVES and START ACTING LIKE REAL DEMOCRATS!

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NYT/CBS Poll: Even Republican Voters Favor The Public Option

This has to send chills down the spines of Congressional and Senate Rethuglicans...

From Talking Points Memo:

The new CBS/New York Times poll not only shows overwhelming support for the public option -- it shows that a plurality of self-identified Republicans are for it, too.

The poll asked this question: "Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan -- something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?"

The top-line result is 65% in favor, 26% opposed. Among Democrats only, it's 81%-12%, and independents are at 61%-30%. And among Republican respondents, 47% are in favor, to 42% opposed.

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Of course, the centerpiece of this poll comes from question numbe 57:
57. Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a
government administered
health insurance plan -- something like
the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get
-- that would
compete with private health insurance plans?


Favor Oppose DK/NA
6/12-16/09 72 20 7
7/9-12/09 CBS 64 29 7
7/24-28/09 66 27 7
8/27-31/09 CBS 60 34 6
9/19-23/09 65 26 9
So, someone please tell Joe Lieberman, that contrary to his propaganda, and what he wouldn’t know what the people would want if what they want was tattooed on his forehead -- that people DO want the public option.

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Maddow: New Details on Hanged Census Worker (UPDATED)

Rachel Maddow started Friday night's show with the horrific details in the case of a U.S. Census worker's death and if anyone thinks they're going to be able to claim this wasn't triggered by anti-government sentiment -- possibly incited by the like the nutters such as Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck - think again. This guys was not just killed, but by the shape he was in when he was discovered, it looks like he was humiliated or worse -- he might have even been tortured. It was also obvious by what was left at the scene that whoever killed him knew who he was, and who he was representing.

New details on hanged census worker

Sept. 25: Rachel Maddow is joined by Associated Press reporter Jeffrey McMurray and NBC News’ Ron Mott to talk about the latest in the case of Bill Sparkman, a federal census worker found dead in rural Kentucky.

UPDATE:

From Think Progress:
Flashback: Bachmann Spread Fears Of Scary Stalking Census Workers

Earlier this summer, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) waged a high-profile, wildly-dishonest campaign against the Census. The Minnesota congresswoman said she was so worried about the threat of the government asking “very intricate questions” and collecting information that she would illegally refuse to fill out the form. “They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public,” she said. “This is very concerning.” She repeatedly used inflammatory and fear-mongering rhetoric against the Census:

– “I think there is a point when you say enough is enough to government intrusion.” [6/25/09]

– “If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the census bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps.” [6/25/09]

“You will receive approximately six contacts from them [Census workers], either through phone calls or they will knock on your door. If you still do not give them the information, they said they’ll contact your neighbor to the left of you, to the right of you to get information.” [6/25/09]

read more....
From The Washington Post is worried:
Slain Census Taker Was Warned of Job's Dangers
Census takers who die on the job typically succumb to strokes, heart attacks and car accidents. But violence against field workers, while rare, is an ongoing concern.

The 2000 Census was marked by a spate of violence. In Indiana, a pack of dogs mauled a census taker to death. A California census taker was grabbed and forced into her car after a homeowner ordered her to leave and she lingered, trying to explain the importance of the Census. A Denver census taker was hijacked and stabbed, and in Chicago, a census taker was thrown down a flight of stairs.

This year, a county manager in New Mexico warned that many people take their property rights seriously, and some might shoot at census takers who trespass.

read more....
UPDATE I:
Bachmann dodges question about murdered Census worker

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NYT to NY Gov. David Paterson: Don't Run For A Full Term

When you read this post, keep in mind that NY Governor David Paterson is polling at less than 20% approval and 80% disapproval...


The NY Times calls on Governor David Paterson to not run for Governor next year, saying, in part, that hell be able to get more done as a lame duck and that it would give Democrats the opportunity to run a nominee, like Andrew Cuomo, that would likely keep the Governorship in Democrats hands.

Earlier this week, Mr. Paterson suggested that he never really wanted to be governor. “I did not sign up for this,” he said. When he ran for lieutenant governor, it seems, he had a “grand plan” that involved then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming president and Gov. Eliot Spitzer appointing him to her seat.

Joking or not, Mr. Paterson put into words what has been increasingly clear in the 18 months since he became governor following Mr. Spitzer’s resignation: As well meaning as Mr. Paterson has been, he is not the right person for New York over the long haul.

Now the best thing he can do for his state is to announce that he will not seek a full term next year.

They also let it be know that they don't think the President's involvement was appropriate, but that it did start an important conversation:

That does not, by the way, make the White House’s attempt to shove him out of the election next year any less unwelcome and amateurish. But it does provide a focus for what Mr. Paterson ought to be doing in coming months.

With Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch now at his side, he should let his Democratic Party get about the business of choosing a strong gubernatorial candidate. Freed from the political distraction of a campaign, he and Mr. Ravitch could focus on two critical jobs: passing a solid, balanced budget that maintains a good credit rating for the state and trying to get the Legislature to clean up its seedy act.
The Times ends with what not running would mean in Lame Duck terms:

Dealing with the budget properly would certainly make him more unpopular with the Legislature, the interest groups and the unions, but if he’s not running for election, he wouldn’t have to worry about that. Freeing himself from the need to raise money from favor seekers would give him extra credibility in trying to make the State Legislature less of a national embarrassment.

Instead of the sub rosa political competition now going on between Mr. Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is clearly looking to run for governor next year, the two offices could work together to produce major reforms in campaign financing, ethics, budgeting and redistricting.

read the full editorial...
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Maddow: Obama's diplomatic shock and awe

Rachel Maddow was in awe, as was MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, of Obama's "diplomatic shock and awe" of rallying the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council into swift, unified and what seems to be real action against Iran.

Obama's diplomatic shock and awe

Sept. 25: Rachel Maddow is joined by NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell to talk about the revelation of Iran’s secret nuclear facility.


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Weekly Presidential Youtube-Radio Address: Progress with the G-20 in Pittsburgh

In this week's Presidential Youtube-radio address, President Obama discusses this weeks events at the United Nations and the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, PA. He also discusses what happened with Iran and the breaking news that they have been building a secret nuclear facility and they have gotten that facility to a point that it we have to now draw a bight red line in the sand.

What was really amazing about this week, was how the President, who called for a rare security council meeting with all heads of states -- only the fifth time in the U.N.'s history for such a meeting -- and got a unanimous vote on a resolution that called on nations to rid the planet of nuclear arms from Russia, China, Great Britain and France . This set up the announcement of Iran's secret nuclear facility, and the unified reaction to it -- Obama's diplomatic version of "Shock and Awe" per Rachel Maddow -- all the more masterful.

From The WhiteHouse.org:

Recorded literally on his way back from the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the President uses his Weekly Address to recap the progress made during the intensive discussions with world leaders. From an historic agreement to reform the global financial system, to groundbreaking commitments on reducing subsidies to fossil fuels worldwide, to unity in standing against threats to world peace, engagement produced tangible results in several areas. September 26, 2009.



Full Transcript:

This week, I joined leaders from around the world at the United Nations and the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh. Today, I can report on what we achieved—a new commitment to meet common challenges, and real progress in advancing America’s national security and economic prosperity.

As I said at the U.N., over the past nine months my administration has renewed American leadership, and pursued a new era of engagement in which we call upon all nations to live up to their responsibilities. This week, our engagement produced tangible results in several areas.

In Pittsburgh, the world’s major economies agreed to continue our effort to spur global demand to put our people back to work. We committed ourselves to economic growth that is balanced and sustained— so that we avoid the booms and busts of the past. We reached an historic agreement to reform the global financial system—to promote responsibility and prevent abuse so that we never face a crisis like this again. And we reformed our international economic architecture, so that we can better coordinate our effort to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

We also established American leadership in the global pursuit of the clean energy of the 21st century. I am proud that the G-20 nations agreed to phase out $300 billion worth of fossil fuel subsidies. This will increase our energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat the threat of climate change, and help create the new jobs and industries of the future.

In New York, we advanced the cause of peace and security. I joined the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in nearly a year—a meeting that even nine months ago did not seem possible. And we resolved to move forward in the journey toward a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

We also took unprecedented steps to secure loose nuclear materials; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to seek a world without them. As the first U.S. president to ever chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, I was proud that the Council passed an historic and unanimous resolution embracing the comprehensive strategy I outlined this year in Prague.

To prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, the Security Council endorsed our global effort to lock down all vulnerable material within four years. We reaffirmed the basic compact of the global nonproliferation regime: all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy; nations with nuclear weapons have the responsibility to move toward disarmament; and nations without them have the responsibility to forsake them.

The United States is meeting our responsibilities by pursuing an agreement with Russia to reduce our strategic warheads and launchers. And just as we meet our responsibilities, so must other nations, including Iran and North Korea.

Earlier this year, we imposed tough, new, sanctions on North Korea to stop their efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. And we will continue to stand with our allies and partners to press North Korea to move in a new direction.

This week, we joined with the United Kingdom and France in presenting evidence that Iran has been building a secret nuclear facility to enrich uranium. This is a serious challenge to the global nonproliferation regime, and continues a disturbing pattern of Iranian evasion. That is why international negotiations with Iran scheduled for October 1st now take on added urgency.

My offer of a serious, meaningful dialogue to resolve this issue remains open. But Iran must now cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and take action to demonstrate its peaceful intentions.

On this, the international community is more united than ever before. Yesterday, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our European allies in condemning Iran’s program. In our meetings and public statements, President Medvedev of Russia and I agreed that Iran must pursue a new course or face consequences. All of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany, have made it clear that Iran must fulfill its responsibilities.

Iran’s leaders must now choose – they can live up to their responsibilities and achieve integration with the community of nations. Or they will face increased pressure and isolation, and deny opportunity to their own people.

These are the urgent threats of our time. And the United States is committed to a new chapter of international cooperation to meet them. This new chapter will not be written in one week or even one year. But we have begun. And for the American people and the people of the world, it will mean greater security and prosperity for years to come.


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9.25.2009

Stuff I Should Have Blogged Today....

Stephen Colbert: The Word - Blackwashing (Video): Prevent your valid criticisms of Barack Obama from being unfairly associated with racism by putting on a little blackwashing.

TPM: Anti-Obama Group Rolls Out New Birther Informercial In 7 States - If you need a good belly laugh!

Think Progress: Mt. Vernon city council distances itself from mayor’s ‘Glenn Beck Day.’ - Too little, too late. It's still gonna sting your town, people.

HuffPo: SNL Mocks Glenn Beck For Conspiracy Theories, Lack Of Sanity (VIDEO): SNL's Weekend Update took on President Obama's decision to exclude Fox News from his Sunday media tour last night. Despite granting interviews to ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Univision he left Fox off his roster prompting Chris Wallace to call the White House "crybabies." During a long (and generally funny) opening sketch, SNL touched on one of the many reasons the president may have chosen to skip Fox on his media tour: Glenn Beck.

Daily Kos: Michael Moore has his way with Wolf Blitzer again - Watch Moore abuse Blitzer. He makes it look SO easy too.

HuffPO: Watch Michael Moore Also Call Out ABC's Labor Practices Live On Good Morning America!

TPM: Paul Kirk Sworn In As Interim Senator From Massachusetts! We now have 60 vote - 60 filibuster proof votes.

Countdown: Worst Person in the World: Fox News' Glenn Beck demonstrates his ignorance about the U.S. Constitution by thinking a passage about the cost of importing slaves is the price of admission to the United States.

Think Progress: Uninsured 22-Year-Old Boehner Constituent Dies From Swine Flu: A 22-year-old woman from Oxford, Ohio, died from swine flu on Wednesday. Kimberly Young graduated from Miami University in December and continued to live in Oxford, Ohio, within Minority Leader John Boehner’s congressional distrct. Reports now indicate that after initially getting sick, Young put off treatment because she was uninsured...

Media Matters: Does Glenn Beck support the slave trade or is he just an "idiot"?: In a chapter in his new book purporting to explain to "idiots" what "our Founding Fathers really intended," Glenn Beck praises an obsolete provision of the U.S. Constitution that prohibited Congress from outlawing the slave trade before 1808 and capped taxes on the slave trade at $10 per slave. In his explanation of the provision, Beck does not mention slavery, saying instead that the provision means that the Founders apparently "felt like there was a value to being able to live here" and lamenting: "Not anymore. These days we can't ask anything of immigrants -- including that they abide by our laws."

Think Progress: Insurer Denies Woman’s Claim: She Should Have Known That Her Bleeding Breast Was Not An ‘Emergency' (VIDEO): One of the worst abuses of private insurance companies is the practice of using spurious reasons to deny claims. In April, Rosalinda Miran-Ramirez awoke and found her shirt soaked in blood. Realizing that her “her left breast [was] bleeding from the nipple,” she rushed to the emergency room. Today, CBS-5 reports that this San Francisco Department of Public Health employee has had her claim denied because her insurance company, Blue Shield of California, didn’t consider her situation to be an “emergency.”

NY Times: New Poll: Is Obama Overexposed? - Yes, the media morons are actually polling this. Too bad for them, just becuase they want it too be true doesnt' mean their polls will back them up.

Defund David Vitter! Prohibiting the use of federal funds to support David Vitter: This is a whoot! Just check it out. Trust me.

TPM: Eric Cantor To Constituent With Sick Relative: Fall Back On Gov't Program: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) appeared yesterday at a health care reform discussion hosted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. As the newspaper reported, constituents "listened without booing" and "left in an orderly fashion -- without shouting, fighting or the escort of law enforcement." What a refreshing change of pace.

Nate Silver: Generic House Polling Suggests the Republicans Could Regain the House in 2010 - This is a wake up call for Democrats to DO SOMETHING THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO, AND DO IT RIGHT!

From DKTV: GOP senator loses his cool, screams during health care markup (VIDEO)

From DKTV:
GOP Senator Pat Robert demands 72 hours for lobbyists to review health care bill (VIDEO)

From DKTV: After 90 minutes of Qaddafi, Fox says “the top news” was “that he kept on calling Barack Obama ‘our son’” (VDIEO)

Think Prgoress: Sen. Inhofe on why global warming isn’t real: ‘God’s still up there. We’re going through these cycles.’ (VIDEO) - Oy, vey.

Think Progress: Kyl Asserts ‘I Don’t Need Maternity Care’ In My Health Policy; Stabenow Shoots Back ‘Your Mom Probably Did’ (VIDEO): Today, the Senate Finance Committee debated Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) amendment to prohibit the federal government from “defining the health care benefits offered through private insurance.” Kyl tried to make his case by citing the unnecessary expense of maternity care. He was quickly smacked down by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)...


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Light Blogging....

...for the next few days.


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9.23.2009

Constituents Demand GOP's Health Plan Details From House Minority Whip Eric Cantor

House Minority Whip, Eric Cantor (R), was confronted by constituents who were upset that Republicans haven’t put out any health care reform proposals of their own.

From The Hill:

Richmond resident Ben Ragsdale demanded to know how Republicans were going to expand access to healthcare if they have only a four-page list of bullet-points as their plan.

“What is your substantive proposal to meet these real everyday problems that people have? Where’s the beef?” Ragsdale asked, triggering applause from the crowd.

The telegenic GOP lawmaker said Republicans and Democrats should work together on areas were they agree, but could not show the crowd a detailed plan that has been endorsed by House Republicans.

Cantor earlier this year said House Republican leaders would release an alternative healthcare plan, but have not done so yet. House Republicans have introduced several different health bills, as opposed to one concrete alternative.

Marlise Skinner, a registered nurse who has dealt with medical insurance issues for years, also pressed Cantor.

Skinner told him that “the public option seems to be the best that’s out there so far … what is the alternative out there that would truly control costs, because I’m hearing a lot of spin but I’m not hearing what you would do to control it?”

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Even Kansans Are Wising Up (and Laughing At) Their GOP Rep's Health Care Lies

Well, this is encouraging.... even Kansans are wising up (and audibly laughing at) their GOP Rep's health care reform lies at town hall meetings. Here's Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt getting a dose of this new reality of “outbursts of moans, gasps and laughter.”

From Think Progress:

At a recent town hall meeting in Kansas, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R) claimed that Democratic health proposals would “determine what every doctor in America will make.” While he may have gotten away with that claim over the summer — when his audience would have been stacked with right-wing loyalists — this time, his audience cut him off with “outbursts of moans, gasps and laughter.”



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Rachel Maddow: Porn Make You Gay!? Get. Out.

Rachel Maddow take on the hysterical claims and far far far right-wing idiocy on display at the "Values" Voters Summit 2009 in last night's GOP in Exile segment:

Conservatives are eating Republicans

Sept. 22: GOP in Exile: Rachel Maddow updates the story of the speaker at the Values Voter Summit who claims straight pornography turns people gay and shows how this and other ridiculous positions espoused at the Summit are playing a role in the Virginia race for governor.

Here's the transcript from Sen. Tom Coburn's chief of staff claiming, "all pornography is homosexual pornography" (via DKTV):

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, SEN. COBURN’S CHIEF OF STAFF: It’s been a few years, but not that many, since I was closely associated with pre- adolescent boys, boys who are like 10 to 12 years of age. But it is my observation that boys at that age have less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any other class of people. They speak badly about homosexuality. And that’s because they don’t want to be that way. They don’t want to fall into it.

And that’s a good instinct. After all, homosexuality, we know, studies have been done by the National Institutes of Health to try to prove that it’s genetic and all those studies prove it’s not genetic. Homosexuality is inflicted on people.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MADDOW: Inflicted on people. The speaker there is chief of staff to United States senator. His name is Mike Schwartz, and he’s chief of staff to Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Mr. Schwartz is also a founding member of Operation Rescue. He also co-authored a book accusing gay people of using AIDS to advance a nefarious gay agenda.

And now, well, this weekend, he moved quickly from the gay being inflicted on people to some remarkable advice about pornography and preteens.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SCHWARTZ: All pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards. Now think about that. And if you — if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to go out and get a copy of "Playboy"? I’m pretty sure he’ll lose interest. It’s the last thing he wants.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


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Jon Stewart vs. The Media...Again (Video)

Jon Stewart also took on the media's inane attempts to label President Obama's media tour promoting his health care plans as "over exposure" and the hypocrisy -- the irony -- that if he was shutting the media out as President Bush did for 8 years, they'd also be crying foul.

Either way, it seems the media won't ever be happy, which make for funny Daily Show segments:

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UPDATED: Jon Stewart vs The "Values" Voters Summit (Video)

Jon Stewart tears into the "Values" Voters Summit on last night's Daily Show:

Moral Kombat

Mike Schwartz looks to adolescent boys for guidance on homophobia, while the unbelievably flamboyant Tom DeLay performs on "Dancing With the Stars."

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Jack Cafferty is almost as disturbed about Tom DeLay's Dancing w/ the Stars appearance as Jon Stewart is giddy (via TPMtv):

"When he goes to prison they can show that, like the dances and stuff, to the general inmate population."

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9.22.2009

Jay Leno Loses Another 2 Million Viewers; Letterman Has Best Night in 4 Years w/ Pres. Obama

Last week, Jay Leno's ratings dropped from 18.4 million total viewers on Monday (his premiere night) to 7.7 million by Friday night's show (without any *real* competition).



Well, last night, the competition arrived to what has to be, Leno's (and NBC's) dismay.



Via the Live Feed:

At 10 p.m., "The Jay Leno Show" (5.7 million, 1.8) assumed its third-place position and dipped below a 2.0 for the first time. Though expected, this means "Leno Show" went from being the highest-rated show last Monday among the major broadcast networks to the lowest rated last night.

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On a separate but related note, Dave Letterman had his best night since Oprah stopped by four years ago, courtesy President Obama, and a night on which clobbered Conan O'Brien by a shocking 195%

From Live feed:

An appearance by president Barack Obama gave David Letterman his largest overnight rating in four years.

Monday's season-opening episode of CBS' "Late Show" received a 5.6 metered-market household rating and 14 share -- a dizzying 195% higher than NBC's "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (1.9, 5).

Not that it matters (except it makes a nice talking point), Letterman also beat NBC's 10 p.m. "Jay Leno Show" by 27% among households. The last Letterman episode to post a higher rating was when Oprah was his guest in 2005.

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And, this is from the NY Times:


The appearance by the President lifted David Letterman to his best overnight ratings number in four years and his second-best season-premiere number since he started on CBS in 1993. (Audience figures will be released late Tuesday afternoon.)

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Mr. Leno also dropped sharply in the 18-49 audience NBC cares most about, to a 1.8 rating. (“Miami” had a 4.3 and “Castle” a 2.3.) NBC has maintained that any number above a 1.5 will be more than enough to produce big profits because of the lower cost of Mr. Leno’s show compared with expensive scripted dramas.

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Like I said in my previous post about Leno's ratings drop:
My guess? By the end of next week, Jay's total viewers will be down to less than 4 million, possibly even less than 3.

The only time there will be upticks in his ratings will be when there isn't original programming from the other networks at 10PM.
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President Obama: "I was actually black before the election"

Just in case you didn't see this priceless moment from when President Obama's sat down with David Letterman last night...



"I think it's important to realize I was actually black before the election," President Obama said.

"Whenever a President tries to bring about significant changes, particularly around times of economic unease, there's a certain segment of the population that gets riled up," he said. "It's not atypical. One of the things you sign up for in politics is, folks yell at you."

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