Daily Archives: September 5, 2009

The State of Denial Has Zero Electoral Votes — But It Seems to Be Winning

Written by Larry Gellman/Huffington Post

A protester at the Washington, D.C. tea party references a Department of Homeland Security report on 'rightwing extremism' that sparked criticism from conservatives.

A protester at the Washington, D.C. tea party references a Department of Homeland Security report on 'rightwing extremism' that sparked criticism from conservatives.

The Right Wing purveyors of hatred, fear, and anger have adopted a new strategy. Unfortunately, it seems to be working as well as their old one.

Until now, they have focused on spreading lies and distortions about President Obama. He is a socialist and a Nazi (an interesting combination) wants to kill granny. He wants to ruin our wonderful health care system — which is working well for virtually no one under the age of 65. He wants to run up trillions in debt — but Bush already did that. He wants to take away all our freedoms and liberties–but Bush already did that. He wants to take away our guns–but he let patriots bring assault weapons to a meeting where he spoke.

You know the drill and the litany. I thought it had gone about as far as it could go. But, as we’ve all learned, never underestimate the power of racism and hate.

Today we broke new ground. The haters on the Right are now basically saying that the election never happened. Obama didn’t really win and he’s not really our president. If he was really president, there would be nothing new or controversial about his desire to do a video address to school children regarding how important it is to study hard and stay in school.

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After Only One Week On Campus–Swine Flu Sickens 2,000 Students at University

Washington State University hosts Stanford at Martin Stadium this weekend. Special hand-washing stations will be set up to curb the spread of swine flu.

Washington State University hosts Stanford at Martin Stadium this weekend. Special hand-washing stations will be set up to curb the spread of swine flu.


Posted by Audiegrl

AOL News: More than 2,000 students at Washington State University have come down with swine flu symptoms in just the first week of classes, school officials said Friday.
Classes at the Pullman, Wash., campus began little over a week ago, demonstrating how quickly the H1N1 virus can spread.

The university, where 18,500 students live and study, is advising those who manifest flu-like symptoms to skip class. “We’re telling them to follow the advice of the experts: Go to bed, drink fluids, take acetaminophen and monitor your temperature,” said spokesman James Tinney.

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A presidential panel estimates that upward of half of the U.S. population could come down with the H1N1 this year.

To learn how you can protect your family, please visit www.ready.gov

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Publisher’s Are Bringing Out the Big Guns


In a tough year, publishers are betting on Dan Brown, Philip Roth and Vladimir Nabokov

Posted by TheLCster

Wall Street Journal–This season, many publishers are counting on star-studded fall catalogues to turn around a dismal year. Battered by the drop in consumer spending, most major publishing houses have cut staff and trimmed costs in recent months.

Publishers often save their splashiest works for the autumn months, but this year’s crop of fall books is unusually heavy with big names. The releases run across the literary spectrum, from Dan Brown’s sequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” which kicks of with a massive first printing of 6.5 million copies, to a final, posthumous work by Vladimir Nabokov.

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How the Obama’s Spent their Summer Vacation

Posted by Audiegrl
I’m glad that the First Family got to spend some quality time with each other this summer. Although President Obama only took two weeks of vacation time since inauguration, the Right seems to be offended that he took any time off at all. Seems like the Right is trying to rewrite history (and not just in Texas classrooms), if they get a chance they should google how much time President Bush spent away from the White House. Hey, I’ll even be glad to make it simple for them.

“President Bush spent 879 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, since the Supreme Court, in all its great wisdom, elevated him to the presidency. This according to NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me,” which noted that Bush broke former President Reagan’s record for taking vacations from the White House.”

So now that we have the facts straight, lets all enjoy the pictures and have a great Labor Day weekend!

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Appeals Court Says Ex-Detainee Can Sue Ashcroft, Rejects Legal Immunity Claims

Abdullah al Kidd

Abdullah al Kidd


Posted by betham37

It just keeps coming and coming and somehow Bush and Cheney avoid it all.  Ashcroft and Yoo have their necks on the block.

This was a 3 judge panel that issued their finding that Abdullah al-Kidd can sue Ashcroft.  And these judges were appointed by the Bush Administration.

I am a strong proponent of keeping us safe from terrorism, but this is beyond the pale what the Bush Administration did.  And worse, these people will end up hating us and then what.  Of course al-Kidd is an American but I’m sure he’s very bitter.  I hope he wins his case and Ashcroft will have to pay him big bucks.  They really need to learn that they just can’t arbitrarily seize someone just because he’s a Muslim and looks creepy.

I do believe we have our fill of domestic terrorists that are killing Abortion Doctors and anyone that disagrees with their loony ideals.

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Studies of the Arctic Suggest A Dire Situation

Icebergs that have broken away from the Jacobshavn glacier in Greenland. Ashley Cooper / Corbis

Icebergs that have broken away from the Jacobshavn glacier in Greenland. Ashley Cooper / Corbis


Posted by betham37

I think that the people of the world must take heed to this.  Our earth is slowly losing because we aren’t being good stewards of our environment.  This article gives us some alarming information.  It won’t happen in my lifetime but it might in my Grandchildren’s lifetime.

Our right wing crazies just can’t understand, or don’t want to understand because it is something that may involve their pocketbooks.

Folks, I believe we are at a crossroad and need to act quickly.  There is already a poll out showing that 60% of voters will vote in 2010 for someone who will work to better the environment.

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Obama’s back-to-school message is: “Responsibility”

posted by GeoT

The article excerpted and linked below got me thinking: after the President gives his speech to school children and the contents of that speech are shown to be

a. benign
b. common sense
c. a positive message good for all children

perhaps the hysteria around the speech BEFORE IT’S EVEN PRESENTED will be shown for what it is: another effort to discredit the President at all costs and the result of fear tactics from the right wing… these fear mongers are truly unpatriotic.

WASHINGTON – Classrooms are filling up as kids head back to school, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s two children are among them.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said students should take more responsibility for doing well in school, and he called on their parents to step up, too.
Duncan said that is the message of President Barack Obama’s address to students on Tuesday. He also thanked teachers for being “unsung heroes.”
Highlights from the interview:

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