11.30.2009

....Except 9/11 & Those Pesky Little Anthrax Attacks, Dana Perino (UPDATED)

This was Dana Perino on the November 24 edition of Fox News' Hannity (h/t Media Matters but video now from DKTV):

"We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term"


...except 9/11 & those pesky little Anthrax Attacks, dear.

Why the fuck President Obama nominated her to Broadcasting Board of Governors? is beyond me! As I've said once, I'll say it again, Dana Perino isn't fit to be anything other than a Fox "news" stenographer.

UPDATE I:

Dana, sweet pea. You're Countdown's Worst Person in the World (from November 30, 2009):


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UPDATED: Obama Bars What Could Be Thousands of Lobbyists From Federal Advisory Boards

In one of the biggest stories you're not hearing trumpeted in the news this week, President Obama (through his White House ethics counsel) barred thousands of lobbyists (yes, thousands) from lobbying the federal government.

From The WaPo's "Lobbyists Barred from Lobbying Federal Agencies" (h/t DKos' calchala):

Hundreds, if not thousands, of lobbyists are likely to be ejected from federal advisory panels as part of a little-noticed initiative by the Obama administration to curb K Street's influence in Washington, according to White House officials and lobbying experts.

The new policy -- issued with little fanfare this fall by the White House ethics counsel -- may turn out to be the most far-reaching lobbying rule change so far from President Obama, who also has sought to restrict the ability of lobbyists to get jobs in his administration and to negotiate over stimulus contracts.

The initiative is aimed at a system of advisory committees so vast that federal officials don't have exact numbers for its size; the most recent estimates tally nearly 1,000 panels with total membership exceeding 60,000 people.

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As calchala said, "Obama appears to be setting a very bright line for his administration and the difference between the administration (which he has power over) and Congress could not be more stark."

This is pretty huge. On this one, I have to say President Obama came through, and then some.

UPDATE I:

Jake Tapper wrote a good piece on the lobbyist's reaction, and the subsequent response from special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform Norm Eisen to their reaction:
Sixteen lobbyists who chair ITACs -- including executives from Boeing, Harley-Davidson, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, Fanwood Chemical Inc., IBM and others -- wrote to the president to protest the decision.

In another letter to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the lobbyists said that a "quick review of the impact of this new policy suggests that dozens of the most active -- and most knowledgeable -- Committee members who generate many of the documents needed by the Committee and our trade negotiators will be dismissed once the new charter term begins. This occurs because individuals who specialize in trade policy matters in their particular sectors often find that such specialization and expertise pushes them above the 20 percent lobbying activity threshold that triggers registration under the Lobbying Disclosure Act" or LDA.

[snip]

Eisen wrote back on October 21.

"I assure you that our action was not provoked, as you suggest, by the 'criminal and unethical behavior of a few individuals,'" he wrote. "Indeed there have been some egregious abuses, but this decision was not meant to besmirch everyone who is a registered federal lobbyist. It's the system as a whole that concerns us. It's an indisputable fact that in recent years, lobbyists for major special interests have wielded extraordinary power in this town. The result has been a national agenda too often skewed in favor of the interests that can afford their services."

Eisen suggested that powerful industries are well represented in Washington, DC -- with banking lobbyists paid to "gut meaningful financial reforms," an "army" of health insurance industry lobbyists unleashed to "frustrate" health care reform efforts, oil and gas company lobbyists sent to undermine energy reform all present and accounted for. "But industry representatives shouldn't be given government positions from which to make their case," he wrote.

"While we recognize the contributions some of those who will be affected have made to these committees, it is an indisputable fact that in recent years, lobbyists for major special interests have wielded extraordinary power in Washington DC, resulting in a national agenda too often skewed in favor of the interests that can afford their services," Eisen said again in an October 21 blog post. "It is that problem that the President has promised to change, and this is a major step in implementing that change."

The back & forth continues and I recommend clicking over to read Jake's full piece...

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100 Out of Top 100 Counties Dependent Upon Food Stamps Are in Red States.

The NY Times has a story about the huge increase in food stamps dependence and along with their story, a map and statistics of where those increases are and what counties are in the worst shapes is also provided.


As DKos' davidkc points out, "all 100 of the top 100 counties for food stamp usage are in red states. That's 100% folks. Still, you find wingnuts in the article decrying food stamps."

davidkc later amended that statement after it was pointed out that some of the counties in those red states did actually go for Obama, but that still doesn't take away from the fact that all these counties are in States that went for McCain.

davidkc continues:

Despite all these stark facts, in the article you still have conservative wingnuts decrying the food stamp program:

"Some people like to camouflage this by calling it a nutrition program, but it’s really not different from cash welfare," said Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, whose views have a following among conservatives on Capitol Hill. "Food stamps is quasi money."

Arguing that aid discourages work and marriage, Mr. Rector said food stamps should contain work requirements as strict as those placed on cash assistance. "The food stamp program is a fossil that repeats all the errors of the war on poverty," he said.

The article offers a few glimpses of how red-state, anti-government types can somehow rationalize their use of food stamps: they're different from most food stamp users. Unlike all those lazy folks that abuse food stamps, they use them the right way. That's the view of food-stamp recipient Greg Dawson, a third-generation electrician in rural Martinsville in Clinton County, Ohio, which went for John McCain in 2008 64%-34%.

(Dawson) works the night shift for a contracting firm, installing freezer lights in a chain of grocery stores. But when his overtime income vanished and his expenses went up, Mr. Dawson started skimping on meals to feed his wife and five children.

He tried to fill up on cereal and eggs. He ate a lot of Spam. Then he went to work with a grumbling stomach to shine lights on food he could not afford. When an outreach worker appeared at his son’s Head Start program, Mr. Dawson gave in.

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Huckabee's Presidential Aspirations Are Dead



Four Police Officers were gunned-down inside a coffeehouse in Spokane Washington yesterday. The man who allegedly did it, Maurice Clemmons, was serving a life sentence in Arkansas. That is, until his sentence was commuted by a then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.

This isn't isn't the first time an commuted person has committed a violent crime: How the Huckabee administration worked to free rapist Wayne Dumond.

While news of Wayne Dumond damaged his 2008 campaign, this latest blood-letting has ensured that whatever Mike Huckabbee thought his political career was, it is dead now.

Via TPM:

The man local police are seeking for questioning is Maurice Clemmons, 37, a man with a lifetime history of violence, burglary, aggravated robbery, theft and rape. Clemmons was serving what was essentially a life sentence in Arkansas before having his sentence commuted by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"This is the day I've been dreading for a long time," Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley told the Seattle Times when told Clemmons was a suspect in the quadruple murder.

[snip]

Clemmons moved to Washington state in 2005. But in recent years more glaring evidence of mental illness began to grow. Clemmons was released from county jail less than a week ago with charges of second degree child rape still pending. (Why he was released when he was still wanted as a fugitive in Arkansas is a question someone will likely soon be called upon to answer.) Evidence collected during the child rape investigation paint a picture of a delusional person claiming he was the messiah, sexually assaulting young relatives, predicting the imminent end of the world and telling his wife and said young relatives that President Obama would soon visit to confirm that he was in fact the Messiah.

In the midst of all of this Clemmons somehow also found time to get into a couple confrontations with the police this year -- one of which led to another charge of assault after he punched a sherif's deputy in the face.

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Biden: Who Do You Trust? Protectors of Staus Quo or People Who Actually Know What's Going On In Our Health Care System?

Vice President Biden goes after reform opponents in a new video posted on the White House website (h/t Nulwee & via TPM):

Amidst all the noise over health insurance reform, Vice President Joe Biden asks the important question, Who Do You Trust? Lori Heim, M.D., (President, American Academy of Family Physicians) and Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR (President, American Nurses Association) explain why doctors and nurses are calling for reform.



"When it comes to explaining what health care reform means to you, who do you trust? Do you trust the people who defend the status quo, who say you'd be better off leaving things just the way they are? Or, would you rather hear from the people who actually know something about what's going on in our health care system?"

"The status quo is simply unsustainable. But we're going to pass health care insurance reform. Doctors and nurses know that what they see every day is wrong. And they know that we're going to change it. When it comes to something as important as your health, listen to the people you trust."

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11.29.2009

Howard Dean Compares "Sanctimonious" David Broder to a "Inside the Beltway" Gossip Columnist

LOL. The biggest beltway bloviator the chattering class has to offer, David Broder, wrote a one of his tedious denunciations (of the healthcare bill & Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).

Reid's responded to Border's attack (via TPM):

"To focus on a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while is not where we should be."


Enter Gov. Howard Dean.

While appearing on Morning Doucheborough, Joe asked Dean what he thought of Broder's latest pontification. Dean, jumping on the Harry Reid "Border who?" bandwagon, didn't disappoint (h/t

Here's Suzie describing Dean's commentary on Borders and the hysterical reaction to it:
Dean launched into a spirited defense of Reid and dismissed Broder, calling him "sanctimonious." He compared the classic "inside the Beltway columnist" to a gossip columnist.

PBS's Martin Savidge, clearly a Very Serious Person, was so upset, he was practically sputtering, and retorted that Broder "a very serious writer." Dean said the Beltway was incestuous and talking to the same so-called "experts" all the time was like writing a gossip column.

Savidge responded indignantly, "We call it good journalism." Yep, just like it was good journalism when Broder was riding Obama for not taking a running leap into the Afghan war.

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Christian Extremist Leaders: We Can Break Any Law We Dont Agree With

The LA Times has an editorial on christian extremist leaders who recently declared that are above the law and that they (and their followers) don't have to follow laws that go against their religious beliefs. (photo h/t Reuters)

Needless to say, the editorial board completely disagrees:

Last week, a group of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox leaders released a “declaration” reminding fellow believers that "Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required." Then, after a specious invocation of King, the 152 signers hurl this anathema at those who would enact laws protecting abortion or extending the rights of civil (not religious) marriage to same-sex couples:

"Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality. . . . We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar's. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God's."

[snip]

This apocalyptic argument for lawbreaking is disingenuous, but it is also dangerous. Did the Roman Catholic bishops who signed the manifesto consider how their endorsement of lawbreaking in a higher cause might embolden the antiabortion terrorists they claim to condemn? Did they stop to think that, by reserving the right to resist laws they don't like, they forfeit the authority to intervene in the enactment of those laws, as they have done in the congressional debate over healthcare reform? They need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men -- even holy men.

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It doesn't get an more UN-American than this. Our country was founded upon a constitution, not any one particular set of religious beliefs. Our bible is that constitution. We are a secular nation. Most of our founding fathers were not religious men. In fact, they most sought to minimize the old religious ways of Europe by writing the very constitution that we hold sold dear.

Of course the nutters woudl have you believe this is a "Christian Nation," but not a single one can point to the phrase "Christian Nation" anywhere in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. In fact, religion was deliberately left out.

The actions of these "religious leaders" should have their tax exempt status stripped immediately. The IRS should be on them like flies on shit.

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11.27.2009

Not-Right-Nativity -- A Creationist Christmas

Not-Right-Nativity -- A Creationist Christmas 5X7 Photo Print (h/t @argylestyle):



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Not sure how I feel about this...

New Report: Triggered Public Option Is Better Than The Existing Public Option Provisions

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Zombie Reagan Fails The Ronald Reagan Republican Purity Test

Ronald Reagan would fail the RNC's new Ronald Reagan purity test. From Headzup

Michael Steele is confronted by the reanimated corpse of Ronald Reagan over the RNC's Ronald Reagan Republican purity test.



More at: http://headzup.tv
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11.26.2009

The History of Thanksgiving (per JibJab)

JibJab explains the history behind Thanksgiving:


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Headzup Threefer: Lieberman v Maddow, Stewart v Palin & Blackwater's Thanksgiving in Pakistan

A Thanksgiving threefer from Headzup:

Blackwater's Thanksgiving War In Pakistan

Erik Prince, the founder of mercenary army Blackwater, XE, and Total Intelligence Solutions, discusses the report by the Nation's Jeremy Scahill that Blackwater is running a secret war and assassination ring in Pakistan.


Joe Lieberman Runs From Rachel Maddow's "Point Of View"
Joe Lieberman is asked about why he is avoiding going on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show to discuss health care reform and the public option. Lieberman states that he won't appear because Maddow has a "point of view", while he regularly appears on Sean Hannity & Fox News... which also have a point of view.


Martha Stewart Calls Sarah Palin "Dangerous" & "Confused"
Martha Stewart talks about her interview where she called Sarah Palin "confused", "dangerous", and that she "wouldn't watch her if you paid me."



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Dan Savage on the Origin of 'Santorum' (NSFW)

Dan Savage , who writes the column "Savage Love", discusses how he came to coin the sexual term 'Santorum' after former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Man-on-Dog Santorum (warning: it get's a bit graphic towards the end of the video):



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The "Party of No" is also the "Party of Wrong"

Via the DNC (DemRapidResponse):

Republicans: Wrong on Recovery



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Call 'Em Out: Mitch McConnell

Also from their "Call 'Em Out" series, the DNC calls out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (via DemRapidResponse):

Call 'Em Out: Mitch McConnell



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Call 'Em Out: House GOP

Continuing their "Call 'Em Out" series, the DNC calls out the House GOP (via DemRapidResponse):

Call 'Em Out: House GOP



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Remember This?

Rudy Guiliani, then and now on terror trials being held in federal court (via the DNC at DemRapidResponse):



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Brave New Films is Five Years Old!



Brave New Films is five years old! To celebrate, we've compiled pretty much everything we've done over the last five years into one massive collection available at:

http://bravenewfilms.org/boxset
Brave New Films 5th Anniversary Activist Collection is 10 DVDs featuring every documentary film and all of our video campaigns, from "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the War in Iraq" to "The Real McCain" and "Sick for Profit" ...and much more, including all new behind the scenes footage showing how the videos were made and distributed, as well as interviews with Robert Greenwald and the Brave New Films production team. There's even a limited edition version with original cover art designed by artist Shepard Fairey and signed by both Shepard Fairey and Robert Greenwald. Get yours today!

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There is also a Limited Edition Box Set:


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Weekly Youtube-Radio Address: President Obama Delivers Thanksgiving Greeting

From the White House website:

President Obama calls to our attention the men and women in uniform who are away from home sacrificing time with family to protect our safety and freedom. He also talks about the progress of health care reform, the Recovery Act, and job creation to ensure that next Thanksgiving will be a brighter day.



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Time Magazine Has a Mark Halperin Problem

Have you seen this Mark Halperin masterpiece yet? No? Time's resident putz thought is was oh so cleaver to jump into the Sen. Mary Landrieu is a "prostitute" act for voting to start debate on health care reform:



After a week in which Glenn Beck called Landrieu "a high-class prostitute" who's engaged in "hookin," and Rush Limbaugh joining in the fun by declaring that Sen. Landrieu "may be the most expensive prostitute in the history of prostitution," the fact that Time allowed Halperin to publish this shouldn't be all that shocking.

You see, when Rethugs act this way toward Democratic women, it's boy being boys. When a Democrat says or does anything that can in any way be somehow twisted into looking like it was meant to be sexist -- particularly when it wasn't -- the right calls for sanctions and heads to roll.

Can you imagine if people actaully said this about Ms. lipstick on a pig herself , Sarah Plain -- the first to scream sexism (an make a mockery of real instance of it) -- simply because people point out what a know-nothing, ignorant yodel she is?

This is what real sexism looks like.

So is this...

Glenn Beck Rules Out Palin/Beck 2012: “What I’m Gonna Take Backseat To A Chick?”

Recently, the bizarre prospect of a Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck 2012 ticket has received a bit of attention. Sure, it’s obviously not serious. But, it did make the rounds in the news cycle.

But, what didn’t get any attention was Glenn Beck ruling out the ticket with a sexist rant. I know…a sexist rant against Sarah Palin. Shocking, right? You’d think it would have gotten some coverage. But, nope. On Palin/Beck 2012, Beck had this to say:

“First of all, let me rule that out. Palin/Beck? Ridiculous…I was just thinking, what I’m gonna take backseat to a chick? While you’re at it, go shoot a bear! Make some stew! I’m hungry in here.”

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He then expanded the next day:
Beck’s Sexist Reason For Ruling Out Palin-Beck Ticket: She’d Always Be ‘Yapping’ Like We’re ‘In The Kitchen’

But just a few hours later on his radio show, Beck shot down the idea, saying he was “absolutely” ruling out a Palin-Beck ticket. He explained that if he had the number two job, Palin would always be “yapping” like they were in “the kitchen”:

BECK: I don’t think things are hoots. I don’t. I don’t think it’s a hoot. I would never use the word hoot, and I respectfully ask that every time my name is brought up she would stop using the word “hoot.” [...]

No, no I’m just saying — Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck — can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.”

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Remember the uproar MSNBC's David Shuster caused (and rightly so) while frustrated that Hillary Clinton wouldn't allow Chelsea to be interviewed, but had her out there campaigning on her mother's behalf (and having media to cover it), saying Hillary had "pimped out" Chelsea?

There were consequences for David. Taylor Marsh became unhinged (also see here). Hillary Clinton ripped Shuster in a letter to NBC news President Steve Capus, and Keith Olbermann apologized to the Clinton's on Countdown's behalf (David is a regular fill-in). After apologizing, David was suspended for several few weeks.

No such luck with Mark Halperin.

It's one thing for Limbaugh & Beck to act liek this -- we expect exactly this sort of thing from them -- but Time magazine? No.

From Media Matters' Morgan Weiland:

Maybe Halperin thought it was really clever to echo a scene from a late-90s romantic comedy, but it isn't. The image and all that it suggests -- yes, her hair is supposed to be held up by semen -- isn't supported by any facts provided by Halperin in his post. The page to which he links doesn't have anything to do with semen, romantic comedies, or hair gel. In fact, it's a statement from Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) Communications Director "on motion to proceed timing" on the Senate's health care reform bill.

[snip]

These types of backwards, sexist remarks are what we have come to expect from Beck or Limbaugh, but this is truly a new low for Halperin, and, by association, for Time. As my colleague Julie Millican pointed out last week, the other weekly news magazine -- Newsweek -- has a sexism problem that it needs to address concerning another female politician.

So let this serve as a word of warning to those media figures like Halperin who like to think of themselves as separate and apart from -- perhaps I should say above? -- right-wing bloviators and pot-stirrers like Beck and Limbaugh: When you engage in baseless, sexist smears of women politicians, you are no different than the side-show commentators. Maybe you're worse -- at least they don't purport to be journalists.

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What's most galling about this isn't that Sarah Palin isn't out there championing Landrieu's cause on behalf of the sisterhood of traveling pant suits, but that Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe & Susan Collins have remained silent, as has Time.

The Louisiana Democratic Party has called on U.S. Senator David Diaper Vitter -- who knows a thing or two about prostitutes (and diaper fetishes) - to publicly denounce conservative commentators referring to Louisiana's Sen. Mary Landrieu as a "prostitute."

Here's the full press release (h/t Jed Lewison):
Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party called on U.S. Senator David Vitter to publicly denounce comments from some conservative commentators referring to Louisiana's senior Senator as a "prostitute" for securing crucial federal funding needed to fill a gap in Louisiana's budget.

"David Vitter should immediately and publicly denounce the offensive accusations conservative commentators are making about our state's senior Senator," said Louisiana Democratic Party Communications Director Natalie Naquin Harvey.

As a looming budget crisis threatens to bankrupt Louisiana's state government, Senator Mary Landrieu announced Saturday from the Senate floor that she had secured $300 million in federal funding to help make up for shortfalls in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), a formula used to determine the federal government's share in providing medical care to the poor and uninsured. A temporary spike in per capita income following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could lead to a loss of $500 million in federal funding, according the Jindal Administration.

"David Vitter supported the FMAP fix, but it was Senator Landrieu who secured the much needed funds to help solve a looming budget crisis that threatens to bankrupt our state," Harvey said. "The least David Vitter can do is stand up for her when members of his own party call her a prostitute."

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck referred to Senator Landrieu as a "high-class prostitute." "She may be easy, but she ain't cheap," Beck said.

Rush Limbaugh later echoed Beck's charge on his widely syndicated show, calling Louisiana's senior Senator "the most expensive prostitute in the history of prostitutes."

To date, Senator David Vitter has been silent on Beck and Limbaugh's outlandish and offensive insults of Senator Landrieu.

Perhaps they should demand Vitter add Time's Halperin to the denouncement while he's at it?

FYI: I really dislike Mary Landrieu.

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11.25.2009

Oh, the Purity of it All!

On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, guest host Dr. Howard Dean & Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis discuss the RNC's new “purity test,” and the Incredible Shrinking GOP.

RNC seeks to further shrink membership


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Palin, Isreal & the Apocalypse

On last night's Countdown, Keith Olbermann examined Sarah Palin’s apocalyptic religious beliefs and how her affinity for the Jewish people (and Israel) -- like George W. Bush's -- is really about rapture and Armageddon.

Palin talks about her faith


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11.24.2009

Happy Anniversary, Sarah!

David Shuster reminded his twitter followers about today being the anniversary of this:


Oops, almost forgot Keith Olbermann's reaction to this:
Olbermann reacts to Wattlegate


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Darwins "Other" Book

Photo lifted from JekyllnHyde's comment thread in his DKos piece: "The Day Religion Clashed With Science":


(R.J. Matson, New York Observer)
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Heroin Addicts Pressure President to Stay Course in Afghanistan

From The Onion:

LOS ANGELES—As the White House considers sweeping strategic shifts in the war in Afghanistan, heroin addicts across the nation called on President Obama Monday to stick with the current U.S. policy, which has flooded the world market with low-price narcotics. "There's no need to change nothing, Joe Biden," said addict Reginald "Bones" Dillow, who, when conscious, is an outspoken proponent of the U.S. military strategy that has resulted in a nearly 40-fold increase in Afghan opium production since the end of Taliban rule in 2001. "Everything is so cheap—it's all totally fine like it is, right? Over there, I mean. Why would you want to…do the…[garbled]." Obama is reportedly looking into economic incentives that would both persuade poor Afghans to cease opium cultivation and benefit chemically dependent Americans, the most promising of which involves constructing facilities in the war-torn country for the manufacture of methadone.

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America's Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, Takes on Mormons

America's Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, calls out Mormons (h/t AmericaBlogGAY):



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Moment of Zen: Steven is Gay

A Dynasty Moment of Zen:

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11.23.2009

Matthews Let's Loose on Sanctimonious Bishop Refusing to Give Kennedy Communion Over Abortion Stance

Rev. Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, was given the Hardball treatment by Chris Matthews for barring Patrick Kennedy from Holy Communion for his abortion views. Now, I'm not a fan of Chris Matthews -- and it wouldn't surprise me if his own Bishop bars communion for him -- but damn, that was some fantastic beat-down of this sanctimonious religious extremist.(h/t Poltical Carnival):

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Unfriending Lou Dobbs

“You guys hear this? ‘The Oxford Dictionary’ declared that the 2009 word of the year is ‘unfriend.’ To unfriend means to completely delete somebody you don’t like from your life…or as CNN calls it, ‘Lou Dobbs them.’”
-Jimmy Fallon
(via mgeffner @ Spar & Bernstein's Law Link)

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Glenn Beck's White Nationalist Fans



Salon.com's Alexander Zaitchik looks at the White Supremacists Glenn Beck is speaking too:

After an ADL report says Beck may foment violence, I visit racist Web sites to see if their denizens are listening

It's been a busy week for Glenn Beck watchers. On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League released a report warning of the paranoia and stridency that increasingly define the conservative grass roots. It echoed an April report issued by the Department of Homeland Security, but unlike the DHS report, the ADL named names, and fingered Beck as the figure most responsible for the unhinging of the right.

"Beck has acted as a 'fearmonger-in-chief,' raising anxiety about and distrust towards the government [which] if it continues to grow in intensity and scope, may result in an increase in anti-government extremists and the potential for a rise of violent anti-government acts," the ADL wrote.

[snip]

But Beck insists his critics are imagining things, that he does not engage in racial fear-mongering, that a string of guests with ties to hate groups do not form a meaningful pattern, and that he's not a racist. It occurred to me the other day that if you really want to know whether Beck and his guests are blowing racial dog-whistles, it's best to ask a dog.

I decided to reach out to Don Black, the avowed white nationalist who runs the Web site Stormfront.org, the country's leading "Discussion board for pro-White activists and anyone else interested in White survival." But Black hung up on me. I next tried to get in touch with David Duke, the former gubernatorial candidate and current head of the European American Unity and Rights Organization. Duke, too, had little interest in talking to me, likely because of my past association with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the activities of white supremacist groups.

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Joe Lieberman's Afraid to Debate Rachel Maddow

Sad but so: No Joe

Rachel Maddow shows what happened when Mike Stark, from StarkReports.com, asked Sen. Joe Lieberman if he would join Rachel in a debate about health reform.


Mike Stark originally reported this video encounter on his site, StarkReports.com:
Rachel has a “point of view”

That’s what Joe Lieberman says when asked if he’ll go on Rachel Maddow’s show to have an honest debate on health care. Evidently that’s a disqualifying attribute so far as Senator for Connecticut is concerned.

No word on why he feels comfortable appearing as a frequent guest on Sean Hannity’s programs.

Also see, And in the Sixth Month, Joe Lieberman Created a Sixth Excuse (for Not Supporting a "Public option"):
In it, the Washington Monthly's Steve Benen itemizes Joe Lieberman's excuse/lies about why he won't support health care reform if it includes the dreaded "Public option."

read the various excuses...
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Teabaggers Provoke Protest Fist Fight. Guess They Didn't Like the "Amnesty, yes! Racists, no!" Chant

Two teabaggers crossed a counter-protest line & provoked a fist fight. It's all caught on video, unfortunately it was recorded by the teabagger, but as you can see if you watch the video, it's clear that a man with a handled camera walks right into the counter-protesters rally from the right. Even with video proof, the teabagger who posted the video lies about what happened (via ABC News):

Tea Partiers took to the streets that Saturday to protest President Obama's promised immigration reforms, which would offer some illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., however, counterprotesters from ANSWER -- an antiwar, pro-immigration reform group -- also took to the streets, with one blaring, "Amnesty, yes. Racists, no," from a bullhorn. When two Tea Party activists entered their protest zone, a fight erupted as Tea Party and ANSWER protesters kicked and punched one another and spilled into the middle of a busy intersection.

[Note: The link is a YouTube video of the altercation provided by a Tea Party supporter. The fight includes profanity.]

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Best "Going Rogue" Review Ever

From GinAndTacos.com:

Now we are faced with the daunting task of wrapping our minds around the Palin memoir Going Rogue, appearing atop a bestseller list near you. Millions of copies will be sold of a book written by someone who can't write, intended for an audience that doesn't read, about the thoughts of a person who doesn't think. God is dead.

If you are in a hurry, here is the succinct version of this review: Going Rogue is shit. It is groundbreaking in its banality and disregard for facts. If you are sentient, it will pain you to read it. Imagine watching your parents 69 one another while John Madden sits behind you and bellows out color commentary and you will have some idea of how excruciating and profoundly scarring it is to plow through each page of this wholly fictional monument to self-aggrandized mediocrity [...]

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In short, the book provides ample proof that Sarah Palin's version of her own life is like the Turkish government's version of the Armenian Genocide – and approximately as trustworthy. Going Rogue is an irritatingly vernacular, fantastical, and cloying autobiography of a malignant narcissist, every bit as thunderingly stupid throughout as the person behind it. In what world is it either necessary or desirable to spend $9 and four hours to figure that much out about Sarah Palin?

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You're better off buying "Going Rouge: An American Nightmare":
The Nation is putting out it's own version of "Going Rogue" to compete along side of the ghost-written one of Sarah Palin's: Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. I wonder how many of Sarah's troglodytes are going to make the mistake of buying this version?
From Entertainment Weekly by way of Animal New York (with a h/t @ emokidsloveme):

We know that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can hunt, and even field-dress a moose, but how will she take to poachers on her book sales? Start-up publisher OR Books has announced plans to publish Going Rouge: Sarah Palin An American Nightmare, a collection of essays about the maverick Republican with a title — and cover design — remarkably similar to Palin’s upcoming memoir. What’s more, OR’s paperback tome will be released on Nov. 17, the same day that Palin’s own Going Rogue: An American Life hits shelves — and one day after Palin’s just-announced, first-ever appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show. (A shout-out to Ron Hogan at GalleyCat for the tip.)

Going Rouge is compiled by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, two top editors of the left-leaning weekly The Nation, and includes essays by Nation regulars like Katrina vanden Heuvel, Naomi Klein, and Katha Pollitt. It’s the first release from OR Books, a fledgling outfit founded earlier this year by publishing veterans John Oakes and Colin Robinson that “embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business,” according to its website.
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