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Fox News parent company, the 'Enemies list' and an Ethics free zone

  • Posted on: 12 October 2010
  • By: Unenergy

Rove says Obama has 'enemies list'
President George W. Bush's former senior adviser went as far as to suggest that Obama was using President Richard Nixon's tactics and having an "enemies list."

You know, I looked at this story, and couldn't for the life of me figure out, after all the terrible things which the Fox News network, especially Karl Rove, say about Democrats, the Obama administration and the man himself, why a line as lame as 'he has a secret enemies list' would even be considered a worthy, creative talking point.
I mean after all isn't the Obama administration going to create death panels, bring in Sharia law, turn the country to communofascisocialism or something like that. Whilst also only having a birth certificate for some foreign country called Hawaii?

You want to know why? I think it has something to do with his employer... Rupert Murdoch being accused of exactly that...

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James O'Keefe: Conservative Porn Star, "Journalist" and "Activist"

  • Posted on: 29 September 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

The video says it all:

This is the kind of tawdy trickery and confabulation that includes 'malice aforethought' in high doses -- it's how "conservative activists" role. They manufacture their scoops -- like the ACORN trickery -- and lie, cheat, misrepresent the matters to their adoring (and sadly deceived) public. When caught with their pants down, however, they deny deny deny.

James O'Keefe, conservative "activist" and pseudo-journalist, now almost porn star.

It looks like that pimp getup he wore for creating the doctored ACORN video must've agreed with him more than he'd like to admit.

Hat-tip to Barbara Morrill of DailyKos for the lead.

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Sometimes just thinking hurts ...

  • Posted on: 28 September 2010
  • By: Roxy

What are we afraid of?

Matt Taibbi (IMHO one of the best political writers of our time) has an excellent piece (Tea and Crackers) coming out in the Oct. 15th issue of Rolling Stone. It is long, but well worth the read.  It got me thinking about all this Tea Party hullabaloo.

Taibbi points out the hypocrisy of the party platform and the fact that its leaders are selling out to the Republican establishment (Rand Paul)  ... but I will get back to the Taibbi piece and its conclusions later.

As human beings we all have basic needs, physical, psychological and spiritual.  Based on Maslow's hierarchy of need our most basic needs for survival are:

Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements.

What happens when these basic needs are threatened, or if there is the perception that these needs are being threatened? People start to become afraid. When this fear is perpetuated and magnified by politicians and the media, a voting block is created that is not only highly motivated, but malleable as well. Politics made personal.

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From A "Contract On" To A "Plague Upon"

  • Posted on: 25 September 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

First they took out a Contract on America. Then they weakened it, undermining democracy and freedom, crippling national security and taking away liberties, then they crippled the economy, the environment and our educational system.

Now, they're trying to call down a Plague upon America.

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Looming Election Brings Back Same Old GOP SOP: Voter Caging, Voter Suppression and Undermining Democracy

  • Posted on: 21 September 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

A huge story is breaking about a massively coordinated attempt by the Wisconsin GOP, the group Americans for Prosperity and a coalition of Tea Party teabaggers to suppress the vote in that state among minorities and students. Major elements of the story so far can be found on DailyKos in a diary by xofferson and a follow-up by One Wisconsin Now.

Voter suppression, particularly through means of voter caging, has been a major weapon in the GOP's arsenal and is brought to bear against citizens particularly likely to vote Democratic -- or at least almost guaranteed to not vote Republican.

ePluribus Media has covered this topic extensively in the past, and below the fold you'll find a list of many of our past pieces, showing elements that tie together voter suppression strategies such as voter caging along with manipulation of the DoJ (particularly the Voting Rights division) and US Attorneys, who'd be the ones who'd have to investigate any claims of irregularities -- real, imagined or fabricated on the backs of tea-stained elephantine fat cats.

If the Wisconsin voter caging story intrigues, interests, offends and angers you, then take a deep breath and venture forth for a more in-depth range of topics that really illustrate just how far the GOP will go in order to compromise democracy and to promote their party, partisan politics and political power over the interests of the nation and her people. The list begins immediately...

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Reichwing Rug Rant Fail

  • Posted on: 5 September 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Reichwing -- er, I mean "right-wing" -- crazies are up in arms again, this time making a stink about the recent renovation of the Oval Office. They've keyed in on one particular element, and apparently think it's as damning as any GOP hypocrisy. Nay, worse, in their minds.

The charge? That the a quote on the rug, attributed to Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, isn't correctly attributed, and thus a subject for controversy. The hate-mongers on the right claim that the quote originates with nineteenth-century Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker.1 That claim isn't wholly without merit -- anyone who reads Parker's words can see that the quote draws upon the words and meaning of Parker's work.

But it is not a quotation from Parker's piece. It's a paraphrasing of his words, and a summation of the point made in a paragraph.

For those who can read and make actual judgements on their own, here are the words of King and the words of Parker for comparison, in the context in which they appeared.

King's use of the words, in context:

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"I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth crushed to earth will rise again.

"How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.

"How long? Not long, because you shall reap what you sow....

"How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

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Parker's use of the words, in context:

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"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."

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King paraphrased Parker's words, making it his own within the context of his speech and creating the actual quote "The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." That's King. It's what Parker was driving at, but compare the words -- King's quote is a summation, a paraphrasing and contraction of the point Parker was making. King made the words short and memorable, creating a quote in the process that can be attributed to his words, his context, and yet providing a hat-tip toward Parker's thoughts.

Parker made the point, but did not provide the quote.

Hat-tip Pilkington on DailyKos for providing and linking to both original quotes, thinkexist for the Parker quote and Arthur Howe on Salon for the King quote.

1 phrase identifying Parker's name and position taken from here.

 

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Will They Keep the Promise? The Social Contract that is Social Security

  • Posted on: 17 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

There is no doubt that many in the right wing - most in the GOP, for certain, and many conservative Democrats, as well. The same core group of corrupt politicians and the entrenched interests that own them and that always try to sell out citizens to corporations, no doubt - are desperate to take Social Security down and hand your retirement fate over to the same parasitic kind of corrupting corporate interests that robbed the entire nation to keep their elitist Wall Street and banking schemes alive:

Remember that these financial institutions are still living off the fat of their corporate welfare from the bailouts.

It is going to be harder for them to justify keeping their many sources of Bankers' welfare checks rolling as long as they continue to not lend anything out to help save main street...

So they are still desperately in need of new streams of money to keep their mega-bonuses flowing.

They need a long term and massive gravy train source, as well and to put it bluntly.

Currently, Campaign for America's Future is working to help the majority Americans that do not want to see Social Security cut or privatized get politicians on the record concerning protecting Social Security.

TAKE ACTION  Help us get candidates on the record to promise to oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits or any privatization schemes. Ask them to sign the promise, then email promise@ourfuture.org with their answer.
Learn more | See the promise and the candidate roll call | Sign the petititon

The right wing, as it always does after a crisis that their free market ideology caused, is always looking to distort and distract from reality of what is happening. As evidenced in the very first link in this piece - Heck! There could be an illegal invasion about to start on near zero grounds (make no mistake, "regime change" and "pre-emptive war" are weasel words that the right and the media use that mean "ILLEGAL") and the GOP would try to distract with "issues" like "FreeDumb Fries".

Distraction and distortion is the only way the right wing (and the media that repeats the stupid) can keep you from talking about truth and reality. (More below the fold)

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The campaign script that has written itself...

  • Posted on: 11 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

But will will those Dems notice? From Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly's Political Animal:

THE KIND OF VOTE TO BUILD AN ELECTION AROUND

Note that House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) was asked on ABC yesterday how his party would have saved these thousands of jobs, including 3,600 in his home state of Indiana. Pence didn't answer, because he couldn't -- the Republican plan was to let those jobs disappear, and then blame President Obama when the economy got worse. (It's the same with the rescue of the American auto industry -- the GOP plan wasn't to save it in some other way; the GOP plan was to let it die.)

The campaign ads seem to write themselves in a situation like this. Indeed, this is a debate to build an election around -- with a struggling economy, Democrats proposed a fiscally-responsible plan to save hundreds of thousands of jobs, specifically helping our local schools. Republicans said we can afford tax cuts for billionaires, but not teachers' jobs.

It's not every day the two parties' approaches to government get spelled out so clearly, giving the public a stark choice between two very different ideologies.

Emphasis mine and Digby has a lot to say, excerpted below the fold, on this as well.

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Playing The Race Card - "The "How To" Guide on Scaring White People."

  • Posted on: 11 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

h/t the Maddow Blog and via GiantMag.com we get a pretty funny (and slightly profanity laced) look at how the right wing and GOP is dealing race from the bottom of the deck:

"The "How To" Guide on Scaring White People."

Video below the fold...

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A BS Nontroversy - Mosque at Ground Zero

  • Posted on: 5 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

From Sam Seder we get a not so safe for work commentary about the right wing creating controversy for political campaign fodder and, even worse, the Anti Defamation League's contortions on this issue:

"That's Bullshit" with Sam Seder: Pointing out Bullshit so you don't step in it. This week, Sam calls Bullshit on the right wing anti American whines about a Muslim community center slated to be built 2 blocks from Ground Zero and especially the hypocrisy on the part of the Jewish Anti Defamation League.

Video below the fold.

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Republicans Love Pork More Than Sarah Palin

  • Posted on: 3 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

And, yes, no doubt that Pork has more political pull across the spectrum than Sarah Palin does. But none of this should come as a surprise given that we already knew that Socialism is as popular as the Tea Party.

Just a quick picture from a Pew Research poll conducted from July 29 to August 1, of where the Republican party, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin have failed even more than Barack Obama in their messaging:


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New Facts Call Into Question DOJ Investigations Past and Present

  • Posted on: 29 July 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

By Andrew Kreig posted by Michael Collins

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Four days before Connecticut's Nora Dannehy was appointed to investigate the Bush administration's U.S. attorney firing scandal, a team of lawyers she led was found to have illegally suppressed evidence in a major political corruption case.

This previously unreported fact from Dannehy's past calls into question her entire national investigation. The revelation similarly compromises the pending investigation by her Connecticut colleague, John Durham, who since 2008 has been the nation's special prosecutor for DOJ and CIA decision-making involving torture.

Here's the story, which the Justice Integrity Project I lead just broke in Nieman Watchdog:

In September 2008, the Bush Justice Department appointed Connecticut career federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy to investigate allegations that Bush officials in 2006 illegally fired nine U.S. attorneys who wouldn't politicize official corruption investigations.

But just four days before her appointment, a federal appeals court had ruled that a team of prosecutors led by Dannehy illegally suppressed evidence in a major political corruption case in Connecticut. The prosecutors' misconduct was so serious that the court vacated seven of the eight convictions in the case.

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The Need For And Role of Journalistic Integrity: Thwarting Breitbart Bias And Propaganda

  • Posted on: 22 July 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

More manipulation, propaganda and incitement stir the airwaves and reverberate through the internet as the Shirley Sherrod controversy unfolds before us. This marks yet another time that a heavily edited, doctored and flagrantly erroneous video was successfully used to smear and tear down a target of the right-wing. And yet again, the source was found to be lacking integrity; the story told by the video a complete fabrication. But the public and officials still choose to react to such trash without question, even after repeatedly finding that the source has intentionally deceived and mislead in order to affect negative change.

How can we stop this mad dash toward insanity and push for a greater degree of accountabilty, if not from the sources of such misdirection then at least in some form or capacity that prevents a knee-jerk reactionary response to such trash without a pre-requisite pause to question and verify?

Perhaps we can't. Then again, perhaps by driving home the growing facts regarding the importance of personal due-diligence, it may be possible to at least provide some underlying guidelines to protect against further future misdirections. In the spirit of optimism that such efforts would prove useful, here's a list of documented distortions made by Breitbart, taken from Big Falsehoods: An updated guide to Andrew Breitbart's lies, smears, and distortions over on Media Matters. Each link goes to the appropriate entry on that site, where there's more information about each event:

Updated July 21, 2010 3:24 pm ET

Following the dissolution of Andrew Breitbart's smear of former Obama administration official Shirley Sherrod, Media Matters provides an updated look at how his sensationalist stories have been based on speculation, gross distortions, and outright falsehoods.

Over the jump, I'm concluding this piece by quoting selected excerpts from Holding America To Her Principles from the USPatriotsUnited blog, with permission. The excerpts focus on the importance of a free and independent media, and provide some hints to the role that such a media should play in our society today. I selected them in particular because they provide some insight about the "how" and "why" the rise of the blogosphere and citizen journalism in prominence is a result of the failure of the traditional media to faithfully discharge its role.

If you find this post useful, please talk it up and send links to it far and wide. We must, as a nation of concerned citizens seeking a better & brighter future, start encouraging others like us to do our part to quell the fires of incitement.

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Quick notes on some epic fail

  • Posted on: 21 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Concerning running over Shirley Sherrod in craptacular display of idiocy, incompetence and lies, who's to blame?

Face it, they all kind of deserve it equally here:

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