Friday, August 20, 2010

Gingrich Channels Mussolini

"There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia." -- Newt Gingrich ...

... "There will be a mosque in Rome, only when a Roman Catholic church is permitted in Mecca". -- Benito Mussolini

Conservative history teacher Gingrich gets his taking points from fascist Dictator. History repeating.

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Ted Nugent Pleads No Contest In Deer Baiting and Poaching Case

MARYSVILLE (AP) — Ted Nugent says he should have been better informed about California game laws after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting.

Nugent, who lives near Waco, Texas, said on his website Wednesday that he takes full responsibility for the hunting incident televised on a February episode of his Outdoor Channel hunting show.

California game wardens watching the show saw Nugent kill an immature buck during the hunt in Northern California. Investigators found that the deer had been eating bait before being killed.

Baiting wildlife is illegal in California.

Nugent pleaded no contest last week to baiting the deer and not having a properly signed hunting tag. A Yuba County Superior Court judge ordered Nugent to pay a $1,750 fine.

What a low-life, shithead. Classic Viet Nam draft dodger turned macho, me-first, Right Wing nob.

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The GOP: Wedge Issues R' Us

"They (Republicans) do this every two years. They try to find a wedge issue, and they try to work it."

— Democrat Sen. Al Franken nailing the motivation behind the Park51 Muslim community center media circus.

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You Want Lies With That?

Pro-Life Is Not A Real Political Philosophy

Pro-Life is a Right Wing canard used to frame anyone who disagrees with as Pro-Death. Which is just what they are in most cases: pro-death penalty, pro-gun, against health care for kids under 18, no abortions when the mother is at risk.

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Race and Racism

Whenever people of color bring up the issue of racism in their lives we seem to want to say, “Oh, you’re hypersensitive, you’re seeing things, you have a chip on your shoulder,” and I really think, and I hope that we can see this kind of dismissiveness for the racism that it is because what that amounts to is saying, “You black people are so irrational, so illogical, so unintelligent that you can’t even be trusted to interpret your own lives so let me, in my whiteness, interpret it for you.”


Well said.

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Stewart Uses Fox' Guilt by Association On Them

The mental midgets at Fox think a "Hamburg cell" of radicalism could happen near Ground Zero if the community center goes on as planned. I guess the Hamburg cell being in Germany does not shed light on the fact that cells can occur anywhere in the world, not just across the street from a previous act of terror.

Stewart uses Fox’ guilt by association to show how Saudis are massive shareholders in News Corp/Fox News, and that Giuliani returned $10 million donated from a Saudi because of ties to Islam extremist who turns out to be the #2 investor in Fox.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Faith the Dog: Inspires With Two Legs

Pretty unbelievable. What an inspiration. Walks upright on two hind legs!!

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Sarah Palin's Retart[sp]

Retarded v n-word. Palin wanted Rahm Emanuel to step down for using "retarded".

[Louis CK has a bit on the n-word and how it forces you to say the actual word in your head instead of me just saying it.]

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Tea Tards Tee

19 of the 22 States Suing Government Over Health Care Take Grant Money

ThinkProgress wins:

19 of the 22 states suing government over ObamaCare accept grant money from health care law.

So what can we learn from this? The Republican position on the president's agenda is to demonize it publicly, and accept its importance and efficacy privately.

They did the same thing with the Stimulus Bill.

Demonize it nationally, then dish out the cash from it locally with a big shit-eating grin on their face.

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Jon Stewart PWNS Glenn Beck And Fox

Follow the money. Ummmm, no chart needed.

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Isaac Asimov: Quote Of The Day

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Muslims Pray Daily at Pentagon's 9/11 Crash Site

As Americans bitterly debate the proposed building of a mosque near New York's ground zero, few know that Muslims have been praying quietly for years at the Pentagon only 80 feet from where another hijacked jetliner struck.

Pentagon officials say that no one in the military or families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have ever protested.

I guess the New York Post missed this one.

Chapel hosts a weekly worship service for Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Mormons, Protestants, Catholics and Episcopalians.

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Banksy: An Apology

The GOP In One Word: "NOPE"

Dems take on Health Care Insurance, Wall St disasters, Credit Cards' evil practices, the Banks all while giving the biggest tax breaks EVER, thus having the lowest public tax burden since the 1950s.

The GOP wants insurance to rise, thinks Wall St is just fine, Credit Cards can charge whatever, Bank fees are supposed to grow, and reflexively complain about being taxed enough even though 98% of the country got a tax break.

"NOPE" sums up their whole attitude toward the middle class, too. You get nothing. The top 1% deserves it all. Corporations get the rest.

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"I'm Pat Fucking Tillman"

An appeal to the MPAA by the makers of The Tillman Story to get the film's R rating changed to PG-13 was rejected. Why? Too many F-bombs:

“It comes as a very big disappointment,” said [producer John] Battsek. “We set out three years ago to make a very truthful film working in tandem with the family. This is almost another mini-blow to the family. It’s like they are being censored for their honesty in the film because the fact is Tillman used the F-word."

In fact, the words "I'm Pat Fucking Tillman" were his last - words he kept yelling as he was mowed down by friendly fire.

MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words.

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Dick Armey On Jon Stewart

Catch all three parts. Dick Armey is a "lower taxes, smaller Government" robot. The Tea Baggers idea of tyranny is a Democrat got elected.

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News Corporation [Fox News] Donates $1 Million To Republican Governors Association

News Corporation, the Rupert Murdoch-owned media giant and parent company to the Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and the Fox television network, has given $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA).

The disclosure was made in the RGA's most recent IRS filing.

"Fair And Balanced" sure looks one-sided.

Side note: I wonder if Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the nephew of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, and News Corp.'s second-largest shareholder after the Murdoch family, is enjoying all the balanced "mosque" coverage?

Getting all your anti-Government, Pro-Corporation infomercials via an Aussie and a Muslim must feel real special.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

This post is directed at Republican voters, especially if you're antagonistic toward the established order in Washington DC, and sympathetic to the Tea Party movement. You've long been upset about the size of government, the national debt, and the budget deficit. In the 2010 midterms and the 2012 general election, you're hoping to elect representatives who'll resist further expansion of federal power, or even shrink government.

What I'd like you to do is to reflect upon the sudden controversy over the construction of a mosque and community center near Ground Zero. Forget about the merits of the issue. Is it good for your agenda that this is suddenly the most controversial matter in America? Doesn't it worry you when the public conversation shifts into culture war territory, where right-of-center politicians can garner votes and support without having to address the issues you ostensibly care about most? A campaign about the bank bailouts, health care reform, and deficit reduction might be more difficult to win, but victory would give the GOP a mandate to reverse the worst excesses of the Obama domestic agenda.

If a new Congressman knows that he owes his election to populist wedge issues like the so-called Ground Zero mosque, is he going to propose tough spending cuts when he gets to Washington DC? Or is he going to become addicted to wedge issues, and never do the hard work of persuading voters that our current fiscal course is unsustainable? Too often we're electing precisely the politicians who are most adept at exploiting wedge issues.

The Republicans want Muslim Community Centers and NAACP/Shirley Sherrod videos to be in the forefront. They only have Karl Rove style wedge issue to run on. They began, stoke, and love Culture Wars.

Republicans will never reduce spending, will never shrink Government, will never reduce the deficit. They never have, they never will.

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Why The Park 51 Controversy Matters

"I think the Republicans completely repudiating Bush's efforts to differentiate Islam from Islamism is significant. I think Palin's success in bringing another poisonous meme to the eruption point is significant. I think that waves of hysterical demagoguery that hit fever pitch are significant. And I think that, as with torture, when it comes to defense of civil liberties leaders have to be better than the rest of us, because majorities will sell those liberties without a twitch for a modicum of relief from rage or fear. When one of our two major parties goes all out demonizing an entire religion and works assiduously to interfere with a local government's approval of a religious institution to be built on private property, that's dangerous.

We may never yet have witnessed a mature democracy essentially vote away its core civil liberties by rewarding politicians who trample them.

You may respond that McCarthyism did not ultimately erode our core liberties, that these fevers burn themselves out. Perhaps they do - -until they don't."

Leaders pandering to voters' rage against or fear of Islam could do serious damage to our civil liberties, regardless of what they do or don't do to election results.

FYI: There's a Megachurch in FL planning to celebrate the 9th anniversary of 9/11 by holding a Koran burning in the parking lot. This isn't new for them.

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"Limited Government" Is Not A Coherent Political Philosophy

We all want to “limit government.” We just want to limit the parts of government we don’t like. “I believe in limited government” is sort of like saying “I’m against things I don’t think are important.”

Of course, this sort of tautology is a lot more palatable than the alternative where you need to make actual statements about what you value. “I prefer military spending to education.” “I prefer subsidizing business to food assistance.” “I prefer more airport security to environmental enforcement.” “I like roads more than I like medicaid.” It’s a lot safer to stick with code phrases like “limited government.”

Just like "illegal immigration" and "pro-abortion", these are coded term from the Right. No one is for unlimited Government or for illegal immigration or wants more abortions.

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On the "Ground Zero Mosque"

On the “Ground Zero Mosque”

We’ve already lost the argument when we hem and haw and equivocate, saying it’s not next to but rather two blocks from Ground Zero, or when we say it’s not really a mosque but a community center. Those statements may be factually true, but the crux of the argument is: If we truly are a society that respects freedom of religion, if we truly believe it when we say, “Islam did not attack us on 9/11. Terrorists attacked us on 9/11,” then people should be able to build a mosque wherever they damn well please, even right on top of Ground Zero. 

The Muslim faith is not an affront to America or New York or 9/11 victims and their families. Terrorism is.


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Warren Buffett's Beef

The Stunning Logic Of Sarah Palin

"If the purpose of this mosque, as we are led to believe, is to create this tolerant environment, to avoid anything like a 9/11 ever repeating, you have to ask why didn’t one of those 100 [existing] mosques already accomplish such a thing."

Sarah Palin - politico

Her logic is stunning. Anything used to prevent a future 9/11 must be stopped because 9/11 happened.

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Krugman: Conservatives Hate Social Security

Conservatives hate Social Security for ideological reasons: its success undermines their claim that government is always the problem, never the solution. But they receive crucial support from Washington insiders, for whom a declared willingness to cut Social Security has long served as a badge of fiscal seriousness, never mind the arithmetic.
Paul Krugman on Social Security’s detractors-

Social Security is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this week. For 75 years the Government has been the solution for millions and works well. Go figure the Republicans want to end it.

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The Original "Anchor Babies"

American Tolerance v Republican Suspicions

It is painfully obvious that opposition to the Cordoba House, as this structure would be called, is motivated less by a desire to protect the memory of 9/11 victims and more by a knee-jerk suspicion of Muslims. If it were not, mosque-bashers wouldn’t have so much difficulty processing some basic but crucial facts about the structure. The “mosque,” for instance, is not really a mosque but an Islamic community center—complete with a swimming pool, auditorium, bookstores and restaurants—along the lines of the many YMCAs or Jewish community centers around the country.

It will house a place of worship, but it won’t blare muezzin calls summoning Muslims to pray five times a day, suggesting that it has a fairly relaxed attitude toward Quranic strictures. Nor will it be a Muslim-only place where members of other faiths are unwelcome; rather it will be open to anyone willing to pay its dues. Best (or worst) of all, it won’t be “on” Ground Zero, but two blocks and a bend away at a spot not visible to World Trade Center visitors.

Once this community center opens you won't hear another word about it. It's all election hype to foment the racists out there. This is a NYC issue. We can handle our own business.

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Mike Barnicle’s Newt Gingrich Takedown

“It is no longer about freedom of religion. It’s no longer about that. It’s about the lowest common denominator of politics. Taken there by people just like Newt Gringrich, former Speaker of the House. Who apparently, because he’s had two badly failed marriages, quite publicly failed marriages, has now married his ambition to his ignorance on this issue in a craven attempt to get votes as he thinks he’s gonna run for president of the United States.” - Mike Barnicle

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Tweet Of The Day

Monday, August 16, 2010

We Have A Stong Federal Government For A Reason

"Boehner and McConnell hammer away at big government, not admitting the bald truth that the opposite of government is free market gambling, recession, underfunded schools, fewer police and firemen, less money for science and China buying up American debt. Democrats have yet to find those voices who will sing with pride that the opposite of bonuses and corporate tax breaks is the undeniable reality that Americans will succeed all together or not at all, build bridges and schools together or not at all, curb our appetites for carbon fuels together or not at all, do science and research as our common endeavor, heal the sick as our common need, and sing our common future or not survive at all." - Craig Barnes

We live in a Federated Republic under democratic rule. Free markets left alone will tear each other limb from limb. We have seen this on Wall St and the Banking Industry. Greed wins out and America loses

Politicians who want to dismantle the Government in the face of the recent financial disasters, as the country is growing and is in need of regulation and oversight, are just plain ignorant and want failure to be the norm.

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Allocation Of 2009 Taxes

More than half of every dollar goes to the Military, 2 Wars and the interest on all the money Bush borrowed as he cut taxes for the top 2%.

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Brave New Techno World

For all you Alpha-Plus techies.

A Ridiculous Day In The Life Of Barack Obama

How broken is Washington? Beyond repair? A day in the life of the president reveals that Barack Obama’s job would be almost unrecognizable to most of his predecessors—thanks to the enormous bureaucracy, congressional paralysis, systemic corruption (with lobbyists spending $3.5 billion last year), and disintegrating media. Inside the West Wing, the author talks to Obama’s top advisers about the challenge of playing the Washington game, ugly as it has become, even while their boss insists they find a way to transcend it.

New article in Vanity Fair.

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The Gates Of Heaven

In Florida of all places.

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98% Sacrificing For The Top 2%

Scarborough: ‘Screw’ GOP if I’m Booted for Defending Mosque

Monday morning, conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough found himself agreeing with former Bush advisor Mark McKinnon that Muslims have a right to build the controversial mosque.

"When I was in Congress in 1994, when I got elected in '94, I was considered to be one of the more conservative guys up there," Scarborough said. "I am feeling further and further distant from the people who are running my party."

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," [Newt] Gingrich said on Fox News. "We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There is no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center," he said.

Reflecting on Gingrich's comments, Scarborough didn't know where to begin. "To suggest that someone trying to build a -- a tolerant center for moderate Muslims in New York is the equivalent of killing six million Jews is stunning to me," he said.

The Republican Party has used divide and conquer for far too long. Wake up, America. We are better than that. And Joe Scarborough, you know you are a weak pundit, but thanks for making the attempt at living up to your rhetoric. Your Party will disown you.

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Birther Queen Orly Taitz Smacked Down By Supreme Court On 'Frivolous' Litigation Fine

The Supreme Court has upheld a $20,000 fine against a leader of the movement challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship.

The high court on Monday refused to block a federal judge's October 2009 ruling that required California lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz to pay the $20,000 fine for filing a "frivolous" litigation. The judge said Taitz attempted to misuse the federal courts to push a political agenda.

Sit down and pay the $20,000, you're an embarrassment. Birthers are officially over. Frivolous is just a nice way of saying "complete bullshit".

Justice Alito rejected her second request. Justice Thomas rejected the earlier one. Two uber-Right Wing judges have ruled so no conspiracies from the wackos.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

How a 16-yo Kid Made His First Million Dollars Following His Hero, Steve Jobs

How a 16-yo Kid Made His First Million Dollars Following His Hero, Steve JobsHis name: Christian Owens. His age: 16. He made his first million dollars in two years, "inspired by Apple's CEO Steve Jobs". This is how he did it.

The British teen—who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire—got his first computer age seven. Three years later he got a Mac and taught himself web design. Four years later—at age 14, in 2008—he started his first company. It was a simple site that some of you may know: Mac Bundle Box. The site was pretty, rooted into Apple's own design guidelines and style, but actually was even closer to MacHeist, which has done the same package-bundling price plan for a while now.

How a 16-yo Kid Made His First Million Dollars Following His Hero, Steve JobsThe page sold a package of very neat Mac OS X applications for a discounted price and for a limited time. He would negotiate with the developers to get a discount deal on their apps. The resulting bundle had a combined retail value of around $400, but he would sell it for a tenth of that price. (You know, like MacHeist, which we've featured before.)

Not only that: If enough people bought the package, a new application would get unlocked for all buyers, which guaranteed very good word-of-mouth promotion. And to top it all, Owens dedicated a percentage of all sales to charity.

The idea did well. Very well, in fact: In its first two years, Mac Bundle Box made $1,000,000 (700,000 British Pounds).

Not happy with that success, Owens jumped into a new venture called Branchr, a pay-per-click advertising company that distributes 300 million ads per month on over 17,500 websites, iPhone, and Android applications. The company, which claims to deliver "contextual, behavioral, publisher-defined, and geographically" targeted ads in those platforms, has already made $800,000 in its first year and employs eight adults including his 43-year-old mother, Alison.

He doesn't know where he would be in 10 years, but the next thing he wants to do is to make one hundred million British pounds with Branchr. He seems to be on his way to success. He claims his business is growing strong—Branchr has already bought another company—and he reinvests all the money back into the company.

His secret to success? There's no secret, he says:

There is no magical formula to business, it takes hard work, determination and the drive to do something great.

And also copying MacHeist.

In an age of idiotized kids who can't focus on anything, we salute you, Christian. [SWNS]

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"Ultimately The Right Thing To Do"

"An enormously complex and emotional issue -- but ultimately the right thing to do. A president is president for every citizen, including every Muslim citizen. Obama is correct that the way to marginalize radicalism is to respect the best traditions of Islam and protect the religious liberty of Muslim Americans. It is radicals who imagine an American war on Islam. But our conflict is with the radicals alone,” - Michael Gerson, former speech-writer for George W. Bush.

The Right Wing attack on the Cordoba mosque really represents a lack of seriousness in the war on terror. They are playing right into the Jihadists' hands.

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