Daily Archives: September 2, 2009

44 special: Pics- Santa Cruz Vigil for Healthcare Reform

posted by GeoT
Wednesday Sep. 2, 2009 Santa Cruz, Cal.
A great time and lively conversations…. nice to get feedback from real people with real concerns about health care. Doctors and nurses amongst the crowd as well. (no lobbyist sighted) 🙂

(mouse over each pic for caption and click “view all images” to view individual pics)
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click image below for pics from vigils across the country

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Eleven More Companies Ditch Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck: I'm A Crybaby

Glenn Beck: I'm A Crybaby


Posted by Audiegrl
Great news today from ColorofChange.org— 11 more sponsors have distanced themselves from Glenn Beck’s television program, bringing the total to 57.

Eleven new companies whose ads were recently seen during Beck’s program—Binder & Binder, Capital One, The Dannon Company, Discover, HSBC, ICAN Benefit Group Insurance, Infiniti, Jelmar (manufacturer of CLR All-Purpose Cleaner), Jordan McKenna Debt Counseling Network, Mercedes-Benz and Simplex Healthcare (creator of the Diabetes Care Club) —have pledged to ColorOfChange.org to take steps to ensure that their ads don’t run on Beck’s show.

Fifty-seven companies have now committed not to support Beck’s show since ColorOfChange.org launched its campaign four weeks ago after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people” during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

“We applaud those companies that have recently pulled their support from Beck,” said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org. “There are at least 57 companies who will not tolerate Beck’s race-baiting comments and we will continue to reach out to those who are still supporting him.”

Over 173,000 members of ColorOfChange.org have signed a petition asking sponsors to stop advertising during Beck’s show, and their efforts are paying off.

Please take a second to read the statements from the advertisers recently distancing themselves from Beck. And if you haven’t signed the petition yet…you know what to do!

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Buchanan: Hitler Didn’t Want War — MSNBC Mum On Employing Hitler Sympathizer

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan

Posted by Audiegrl
I guess the most important question to be asked is this. Does MSNBC know that it has a ‘Pat Buchanan problem’? Just like Fox has a ‘Glenn Beck problem’ and CNN has a ‘Lou Dobbs’ problem’. How many times does Buchanan get to go off the deep end of American politics and still keep his job? I know MSNBC thinks that Buchanan is ‘Uncle Pat’, a lovable old curmudgeon who does and says crazy things at every family reunion. Everybody laughs and shakes their heads, and then he goes away with his antics until next years reunion.

This time its being a ‘Hilter Sympathiser’. Last time it was his xenophobic and racist rant on The Rachel Maddow Show talking about Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayer. Before that? Just type his name in Google and you will find an avalanche of his other diatribes. I mean, come on now, this is the same guy who helped Nixon develop the Southern Strategy. So what do you expect?

As posted at TPM:

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Buchanan, a frequent commentator on MSNBC, has written a syndicated column entitled “Did Hitler Want War?”

According to Buchanan, Hitler’s invasion of Poland — which led to Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, and the start of World War II — was motivated merely by Germany’s desire to regain the city of Danzig, which had been given to Poland in the Versailles Treaty. Had Poland simply negotiated with Hitler, war could have been averted. In fact, Hitler wasn’t bent on world, or even European, domination. He would have been happy with just Danzig, Austria, and the Sudetenland, you see. Hitler “wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps.” It was only thanks to the aggression of Britain, Russia, and the U.S. that the conflict was expanded. So, goes the implication, any deaths that occurred after 1940 — including the 6 million that comprised the Holocaust — are on the Allies’ heads.

In fact, the column is just a bite-size version of an argument Buchanan made last year in book form.

An MSNBC spokesman did not respond when asked by TPMmuckraker about the network’s decision to continue to showcase a Hitler apologist.

If past is prologue, MSNBC will keep Buchanan under wraps and off the air, until the outrage dies down in a couple of weeks, and then he will be right back on your TV.

Everyday someone on MSNBC brings up the subject of whether President Obama is losing his progressive base. What MSNBC  really should  concentrate on… is whether they are losing their progressive base by continuing to employ Pat Buchanan…

***UPDATE: You are not going to believe this one. This morning TPM tells us:
But it turns out the network actually has Buchanan’s revisionist column up on its own site, marked “commentary” — as if this were a piece about, say, health-care reform, or Sonia Sotomayor.

That’s right. Supposedly liberal MSNBC now has a column on its site that argues, essentially, that Hitler was a man of peace — a point of view usually relegated to the fringiest of neo-Nazi newsletters.

Hard to know what more to say.

****UPDATE PART II
MSNBC has since taken the piece down, after pressure from the National Jewish Democratic Council. Here’s a statement from David A. Harris, NJDC’s President: “MSNBC took the responsible action and removed Pat Buchanan’s column defending Adolf Hitler from their website, but no worthy news organization should employ and promote a commentator who engages in such vile fiction.”

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In Vanity Fair: Levi Johnson Dishes Some Serious Dirt on Sarah Palin

Ex. Gov Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston

Ex. Gov Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston


Posted by Audiegrl
From TPM: In the upcoming (and much-awaited) article in Vanity Fair, Levi Johnston dishes some serious dirt on Sarah Palin. In the excerpts that have been teased out this morning, Johnston, says that Palin didn’t like being governor, thinking that it was too hard, and immediately after the 2008 election she began to think about resigning in order to pursue something more lucrative:

Read the whole piece for the details. This is really turning into a political reality show.

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44 Alert– **Obama to address joint session of Congress next week on Health Care**

Posted by GeoT
He must be reading the 44diaries 🙂

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on September 9, Democratic sources told CNN Wednesday.

A Democratic congressional leadership aide tells CNN the president called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning about plans for the speech.

Two administration officials familiar with the president’s schedule add that he will host Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the White House next Tuesday afternoon, the day before the speech, to confer with Democratic leaders about his speech on the road ahead on health care.
more @

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Speculation Swirling Around Justice Stevens: may retire


Posted by GeoT

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has hired fewer law clerks than usual, generating speculation that the leader of the court’s liberals will retire next year.
If Stevens does step down, he would give President Barack Obama his second high court opening in two years. Obama chose Justice Sonia Sotomayor for the court when Justice David Souter announced his retirement in May.

story from

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The Joke’s on Sarah- CLSA Speech May Be Practical Joke

Posted by GeoT

“In the past, they’ve polled Asian fortune tellers for index targets, hired anime cartoonists to draw Japanese research, and generally love to push the boundaries between entertainment and analysis. They are a real research firm, it’s just that they love to sprinkle in some hilarity every now and then as a smart marketing gimmick.

Sarah Palin is this year’s big laugh for them”.

huffpost has it:

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