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Krugman sizes up Palin: Just one thing missing: “facts”

Let’s not mistake what’s going on; Palin is a willing pawn, having words written for her and put in her mouth that she doesn’t even grasp in exchange for money. Plain and simple. She’s not smart, she’s cunning in a crude way. She has no depth but she denigrates those with a good education. What she is is a pretty face that can be controlled… that’s not a good roll model for women. Or at least most women.

posted by GeoT

The Quitter on Twitter

The Quitter on Twitter

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman was a guest on “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night to discuss Sarah Palin’s speech to a global group of investors in Hong Kong. When Maddow informed him that the speech lasted an hour and half, not including the Q & A period, Krugman’s horror was written on his face as he quipped, “That’s half a Castro.”
Palin’s speech blamed too much regulation as one of the origins of the financial crisis — a theory that Krugman ably picked apart, noting the “absence of any facts” to back up Palin’s claims.

Here’s the clip from MSNBC:

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SNL Mocks Glenn Beck (VIDEO)

via Huff-post
posted by GeoT

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.
Not only did Beck call Obama a racist, but since then has been on a tour of insanity, upping his already nutty game.

Read more at: HuffPost

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Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Crowd

Fox News Circus Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Crowd
posted by GeoT

A Fox News Channel producer has been caught in a behind-the-scenes video rallying the crowd during last weekend’s 9/12 protest in Washington.
The Huffington Post has confirmed that the woman in the below video — seen raising her arms to rally the crowd behind Griff Jenkins, who was reporting from the scene for Fox News — is Fox News producer Heidi Noonan.

Fox says: “The employee is a young, relatively inexperienced associate producer who realizes she made a mistake and has been disciplined,” Yeah Riiiiigggghhhhhttttt… I’ll bet she gets a little something extra in her paycheck…
Video:

More@ Huffpost


related story: Cal Thomas Referring to Fox News Channel: “There’s only so much of that trailer trash pie to go around”

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It isn’t the liberals who are fomenting a ‘culture war’

posted by betsam37

With everything that has been transpiring in the United States these days, I thought this was an excellent article to post. A friend of mine who lives in SLC emailed it to me today:.

By Leonard Pitts Jr.
The Miami Herald


I don’t know about anyone else, but I believe that there needs to be a bill written that it will be against the law to carry any sort of firearm anywhere near where the President will be speaking, or even anywhere near where he’s going to be. I don’t care if the state law there says they can carry an unconcealed weapon. Good grief, we’ve had one President assassinated, his brother a Senator, MLK the great civil rights leader, and even President Reagan was shot. My thought is “what is this world coming to.”

I don’t know who coined the term “culture war” to describe our political divisions, but I’m reasonably sure he or she intended it only as a figure of speech.
It feels like something else in light of a new report from the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups. “Terror From the Right” is a listing of bombers, killers, would-be assassins and insurrectionists motivated by anger over abortion, gays, taxes, blacks, Muslims and illegal immigrants.
Which raises an obvious question: What about terror from the left? The SPLC’s Mark Potok says left-wing terror essentially means eco-terrorists, e.g., animal rights extremists. The death toll from their work, he says, is zero.
By contrast, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people because he was angry at the government, brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams shot two men to death for being gay, James Kopp killed Dr. Barnett Slepian for being an abortion provider, and dozens of other men have been indicted for dozens of other plots to kill thousands of other people with whom they had political disagreements.

read article: Here

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“These Nuts are giving good Republicans a bad name”

from

Extremist Conservative Ideology – How it Harms American Democracy and the GOP

By Janna Seliger
Published: 4/10/2009 “… I have deep respect for the opinions of those who might not agree with me. Just because I have a certain idea about how government should work or what should be legal or not does not mean I don’t think others should instantly agree with me. It is our ability to disagree and debate that makes us stronger, because we don’t stifle opinions and ideas that might be of great value. Still, there are some who are so absorbed in their own ideology that they continue to split people into categories of “us” and “them”.
These people are giving the GOP a bad name, making the Republican party’s image even worse than it was under former President Bush.

I’ll be honest: there are some reasonable Republicans out there. I don’t agree with everything they say, but some are reasonable and are essential for maintaining a good balance in our government. What happens if these people become the face of the Republican party? Their power will shrink even further so that the voices of those who don’t agree with the Democrats will be drowned out…”

con’t here

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CARTER: RACE PLAYS ROLE IN OBAMA DISLIKE

posted by GeoT


Pres. Jimmy Carter

Pres. Jimmy Carter


From NBC’s Mark Murray
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter attributed much of the conservative opposition that President Obama is receiving to the issue of race.

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.”

Seen at the DC 9/12 Rally

Seen at the DC 9/12 Rally

Carter continued, “And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

Jimmy, you’re stating the very obvious…
MSNBC.com

**44-update**
Elephant in the room: Race also present in rebuke of Wilson

“It feels very O.J-ish,” said Kathryn Russell-Brown, the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida, referring to the racial divide in public opinion over the guilt or innocence of former football star O.J. Simpson for the 1994 murder of his white wife. Surveys found that white majorities thought Simpson guilty was and blacks didn’t. Simpson was acquitted in 1995. “It’s deja vu all over again. People have staked out their ground: ‘It’s about race; no it’s not about race.'”

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., also black, said that the racial undercurrent against Obama has been the least discussed aspect of his presidency.

Scott said he experienced some of the racial vitriol aimed at Obama when someone painted a swastika on his Smyrna, Ga., office following a contentious town hall meeting on health care last month.

One letter sent to his office addressed him as “Nigga David Scott.”

“The folks are not going to stand for socialized medicine even though negro’s (sic) refuse to stand on their own two feet,” another letter read.

Con’t at: McClatchy

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Democrats Behaving Badly

(44diaries welcomes Ogenec to our family of contributors!)
posted by Ogenic

Is the Right, well, right?  If you, dear reader, are a Democrat, then you probably just shouted “hell no!!!”  or words of similar effect.  And yet, there are disturbing portents that Democrats wish to ape Republicans in a number of ways.   First, you hear many Democrats mumble under their breath that they wish Obama were more like Bush when it comes to forcing his agenda through Congress, damn the consequences. The problem, they complain, is that nobody “fears” Obama.  Dear God.  Haven’t we learned the consequences of a government that uses fear as its primary motivational tool???


Second, Democrats are proving to be just as vengeful as Republicans.  Remember how Democrats — correctly — rose up in arms when Republicans refused to be requited by Obama’s apology in the
Gates incident?
  We denounced their antics for what they were — less about actual contrition and forgiveness, and more about keeping an explosive and divisive issue festering.  Well, Democrats are pulling the same trick with Joe Wilson.  I’ll stipulate that the man is a disgrace.   But he apologized and Obama accepted his apology.   Why, then, the push to censure him on the House floor, or exact some other form of retribution?


The reason, of course, is that it is not about punishing him for some breach of decorum.  It is about partisanship: firing up the base, and fundraising.   Which is great.  Except it is a double-edged sword.  Sure, Joe Wilson’s opponent has raked in a million dollars since The Outburst.  But umm, newsflash — so has Joe Wilson.  In this perpetual game of partisanship, neither side wins.  Meanwhile, lost in all of this petty bickering are the people, whose real concerns go unattended to.  As the African proverb so eloquently puts it, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”  (The quick-witted among you should resist the urge to point out that, technically speaking, I’m complaining about a fight between an elephant and a donkey.  The point still holds.)


I didn’t just vote for Obama because I thought he had the right ideas.  I voted for him because he promised to try to bring an end to the increasing bitterness and rancor in today’s politics.  Sure, six months in, Republicans have shown little interest in joining Obama to forge a bipartisan path.  So now what?  If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?  I would argue that Obama’s task is made harder, not easier, when we resort to these kinds of tactics.  Because if Obama cannot get his team to play nice(r), then there is absolutely no reason for the other side to give an inch.

And the weird thing is, I’m starting to think that many Democrats like it that way.  Enough with this rapprochement, they seem to be saying.  This is a war, and you shoot ’em dead between the eyes.  You don’t make nice with the enemy.  And you make sure they fear you, literally quake with terror when your name is mentioned.  That, they say with a stern visage, is how you win in Washington.


I have two pieces of advice for such folks.   Go read Animal Farm, because you strike me as Democrats of the “Four legs good, two legs better” variety.  Also read this from Michael Kinsley:
“Free Joe Wilson Enough With the Phony Umbrage”

Moral: the way Democrats advance their agenda is just as important as the substance of their agenda, if not more so.

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Socialism Threat Has Long History for Health-Care Overhaul Foes

posted by GeoT

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) — The debate is about health care. The threat is of a march toward “socialism.” The words come from a famous voice:


“From here, it’s a short step to all the rest of socialism,”


No, not Sarah Palin in 2009. It was Ronald Reagan in 1961.


Many of the arguments against President Barack Obama’s overhaul effort are refrains from previous debates over health- care policy and Social Security dating to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

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One Brave Soul Carries the Public Option Message in D.C. (video)

posted by GeoT

“A brave man walks through the teabagger protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, with a large sign that reads “Public Option Now”. If not for the cops that escorted him through the crowd, they probably would have eaten him alive.”


courtesy: teabaggertools

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FACT CHECK: Health coverage for illegal immigrants

’nuff said, posted by GeoT

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer – Thu Sep 10, 6:00 pm ET
WASHINGTON –

“Rep. Joe Wilson is wrong.”

full story @:

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