Posted by at 17:04  Politics, Republicans
Aug 312010

Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll are students at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. They run a website called “New Left Media.” This past Saturday they attended Glenn Beck’s rally in Washington, D.C. They mingled with the crowd and interviewed some of the participants about their deepest beliefs. The resulting video is unbelievable. You have to watch it…

This is what we are up against, folks. These people honestly believe this stuff. It’s not only crazy, it’s downright scary. Is this what our country is becoming? Are you really going to sit on your hands this November and let this happen?

Watch it again. Please.

The New Orleans interview

 Posted by at 21:46  Politics
Aug 292010

President Obama spent the day in New Orleans marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While there, he granted a lengthy interview to NBC’s Brian Williams. A number of topics were discussed (Katrina, BP, the economy, rumors about his religion and nationality, Glenn Beck, Iraq, the proposed Islamic community center in Manhattan and more). Watch the entire interview:

Transcript here.

Aug 292010

I just realized that I have yet to hand out the reading assignment for this Sunday. This one is mainly for you folks who lean to the right. I thought you might like to know for whom you are working (in case you didn’t already). Some of you real Americans may be interested in this, too…

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.

Vive la révolution!

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.

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Aug 282010

“The End of Combat Operations in Iraq”

From the White House weblog:

With the end of combat operations in Iraq days ahead, the President salutes our troops for their service and pledges to fulfill America’s commitment to them as veterans. 90,000 troops have left Iraq since the President came into office, and by the end of next year even the troops taking part in the non-combat mission will be home. The administration is upholding the sacred trust with our veterans by building a 21st century VA, making it easier for veterans with PTSD to receive the benefits they need, funding and implementing a Post-9/11 GI Bill, and devoting new resources to job training and placement to help those veterans looking for work in a tough economy.

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Aug 272010

There are a lot of imitations, but only one original.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Bonus video (may not be viewable outside of the United States):


Mehlman out

 Posted by at 21:50  Politics, Republicans
Aug 252010

It seems everyone knew except him…

Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I’m Gay

Ken Mehlman
Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.

Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter’s questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California’s ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8.

“It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.” …

Mehlman’s leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up its anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party’s platform (“Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…”). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus. He was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

I will never understand how these hypocrites live with themselves.

UPDATE (video may not be viewable outside of the United States):


Medical science blocked again

 Posted by at 17:57  Politics
Aug 232010

Medical science was once again blocked today by another activist conservative judge…

Obama stem cell regulations temporarily blocked

Royce Lamberth
Royce Lamberth

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Obama administration regulations expanding stem cell research.

The nonprofit group Nightlight Christian Adoptions contends that the government’s new guidelines will decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the plaintiffs are entitled to bring their lawsuit in the courts.

A federal appeals court had ruled that two doctors who were among those bringing the lawsuit, adult stem cell researchers James Sherley of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Theresa Deisher of AVM Biotechnlogy, had the authority to do so, prompting Lamberth to reverse a decision he made last October.

Lamberth said that the injury of increased competition that Sherley and Deisher would face because of the guidelines “is not speculative. It is actual and imminent. Indeed, the guidelines threaten the very livelihood of plaintiffs Sherley and Deisher.”

Nightlight helps individuals adopt human embryos that are being stored in fertilization clinics. It began the program in 1997, using some of more than 400,000 frozen embryos.

Judge Lamberth was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan.

Stem cell research, which has the very real potential of curing diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and many others, was set back several years during the administration of George W. Bush. Now that Bush is gone and we once again have the opportunity to advance this research, an activist conservative judge steps in to block it. I hope the Obama administration puts every resource at its disposal into fighting this travesty. It simply cannot be allowed to stand.

Question of the day

 Posted by at 20:38  Politics, Republicans
Aug 222010

Why are Republicans so divisive? It seems that rather than looking for things that will unite us and help us work together to build a nation of which we can be proud and in which we can all enjoy living, they are constantly on the lookout for things that will divide us. They seem to thrive on contention and ill feelings. I guess that’s just their nature, the way they are.

Seriously. Watch them on the television. Listen to them on the radio. Read what they write in the newspapers and the magazines and what they post on the internet. They are the kids who never learned how to get along with others. It’s kind of sad really. You want to help them but you know you can’t.

Weekly Address 08-21-10

 Posted by at 08:53  Politics
Aug 212010

“No Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy”

From the White House weblog:

The President calls out Republicans for blocking campaign finance reforms that would address the Supreme Court decision opening the floodgates of corporate money into elections.

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