Monthly Archives: March 2010

FEC Commissioner Helped RNC Conceal Role in 2004 Vote Suppression

 

This news is huge but will never really see the light of day in the mainstream media.  For some reason, the MSM and the American people have turned a deaf ear on the vote suppression accusations of 2000 and 2004.

In fact very few liberal or conservative bloggers ever made a big deal about what could possibly have been TWO STOLEN ELECTIONS during the Bush era.  Yet, in recent history, news outlets like Fox News accused ACORN or voter fraud.  The projection was simply astonishing.  It immediately took me back to Jack Clark’s mantra:

Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things. Either
(a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the rich, or
(b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring.

Raw Story:

Caroline Hunter, a Bush-appointed Federal Election Commissioner who remains in office, provided misleading statements under oath in an effort to conceal Republican National Committee involvement in vote suppression activities during the 2004 presidential election, a Raw Story investigation has found.

Legal experts say Hunter’s submission of such statements under oath is a serious ethical and professional breach which could warrant a bar review and potential disbarment. At the time, Hunter was serving as deputy counsel to the Republican National Committee.

How a young Republican lawyer became a central witness

In the final days of the 2004 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee files an injunction against the Republican National Committee in New Jersey federal court, alleging its involvement in using lists of returned mail to challenge 35,000 newly registered Ohio voters. This tactic, also known as voter caging, is historically employed to suppress votes from minority and low-income citizens who tend to vote Democratic.        More>>>

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The Origin Of Fox News’ Blatant Lies

Why does Fox News lie so much with impunity?  Why are they able to get away with the things they say?  Why does EVERYONE on Fox news tow the company talking point for the day with no guilt or shame?

In short:

People frequently refer to a court case that Fox won, which essentially gave the media the right to lie. This came from an appellate court decision that states that the FCC’s news distortion policy  does not qualify as a rule, law, or regulation.

The Rise Of Conservative Media:

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How Did It Happen? How Did So Many Republicans End Up Believing Falsehoods About Obama?

First things first. 

Please look at  this Media Matters compilation of right-wing talking points over the past year about Barack Obama:

Media Matters Research:

A Harris poll released on March 24 found that a majority of Republican respondents believe that President Obama “is a socialist,” “wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns,” “is a Muslim,” “wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government,” and “has done many things that are unconstitutional.” The findings follow a year of such smears and attacks on Obama by conservatives.

According to the Harris poll, conducted of 2,320 adults between March 1 and March 8, a majority of Republicans believe Obama is a socialist (67 percent), wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (61 percent), is Muslim (57 percent), wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one-world government (51 percent), and that he has done many things that are unconstitutional (51 percent). Large minorities also believe Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for the presidency (45 percent), is a racist (42 percent), and is doing many things Adolf Hitler did (38 percent).

In the past two years, conservatives in the media have advanced many of these false claims, including that Obama is in fact a Muslim and not a Christian, wants to take away Americans’ guns, and was not born in the United States. They have also advanced numerous smears that Obama is a socialist, a racist, and has policies and beliefs similar to Hitler’s.

 For years now, I have often wondered how Fox News and Hate Radio get away with the vile hate and vitriol it spews, especially about Barack Obama.  What’s worse, as you can see from polling data, is that huge percentages of Republicans believe the lies that are spread about the POTUS.

Here are some of my posts on the subjects,  here, here and here.

Barack Obama is highly qualified to be President of The United States.  His predecessor was not one-third as qualified, yet revered by the same right-wing attack machine that now sets out to destroy Obama with lies.

How in heaven’s name can they constantly get away with this? 

Tomorrow I will post about the media and its role as wholly owned subsidiaries of big corporations.

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So Now Palin Tells Teabaggers To Stop Cars With Obama Stickers…

 

OMG! Sarah Palin is not a very nice person.  I’m sure Palin knows about the horrific incident that happened to a man and his 10 year old daughter recently…because he had an Obama sticker on the back of his vehicle. 

Although her message about stopping the cars with Obama bumper stickers sounds benign, I’m actually not sure it is. 

Any type of mild to violent confrontation could take place and I’m sure she knows it.  Yet, playing off the event of just three days ago, she has asked her teabaggers to stop cars with Obama stickers!  Someone call the men in white with the straight jackets.  That woman needs help.

Here’s what she said specifically:  (In the link to the video, she starts at exactly 3:00.)

Her remarks focused mainly on Sen. Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama, the latter of whom was the opponent of the McCain-Palin ticket in the 2008 presidential campaign.  Palin beckoned to two familiar phrases from the Obama-Biden campaign.

“That bumper sticker that maybe you’ll see on the next Subaru driving by — an Obama bumper sticker — you should stop the driver and say, ‘So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?’” Palin said, poking at two words closely tied to Mr. Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, “hope” and “change.”

She did clarify her remark so as to not offend Subaru owners: “I shouldn’t be disrespectful; I don’t have anything against Subarus.”

Palin has in the past used that “hopey, changey” line at Tea Party events.

What happened to Mark Duren and his 10 year old daughter should not happen to ANYONE in a free society.  My problem with Palin is her duplicity.  It’s ok for her and her teabaggers to say and do what they want, but she’s calling for them to stop Obama supporters who have Obama stickers on their cars and call them out!  FREE SPEECH GOES BOTH WAYS IN OUR SOCIETY.

Update:  Fox News has a video of the event but I was hard pressed to find the reference to the bumper stickers.  We all know about Fox News’ censoring to make their people look good.

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Tea Partiers & Conservatives: Where Were You For Eight Years Of Atrocities During The Bush Administration?

 

I saw this somewhere and decided to repost it.  It’s actually a set of questions  that many progressives have been asking pundits, right-wingers, tea partiers and more,  for some time now.  The author is unknown, but should be commended for compiling this.

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate
energy policy.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in  Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orléans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.

You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion-dollar mark.

You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.  Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans…oh hell no.

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What Are The Tea Partiers REALLY Trying To Tell Us?

Sometimes I get so angry at the vitriol and anger coming from “teabaggers”.   In retrospect though, I feel I must remember that they are all Americans and have a point of view that needs to be heard. 

I think the problem I am having is the negative actions of race baiting, name calling, hatred for Obama based on right wing entertainment media talking points.  Sometimes I even wonder if the anger is REALLY about Health Care Reform or is it something else?  Apparently I’m not alone.

Frank Rich’s article in today’s N.Y. Times touches on the same issue:

But the laughs evaporated soon enough. There’s nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank. And as the week dragged on, and reports of death threats and vandalism stretched from Arizona to Kansas to upstate New York, the F.B.I. and the local police had to get into the act to protect members of Congress and their families.

How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.

No less curious is how disproportionate this red-hot anger is to its proximate cause. The historic Obama-Pelosi health care victory is a big deal, all right, so much so it doesn’t need Joe Biden’s adjective to hype it. But the bill does not erect a huge New Deal-Great Society-style government program. In lieu of a public option, it delivers 32 million newly insured Americans to private insurers. As no less a conservative authority than The Wall Street Journal editorial page observed last week, the bill’s prototype is the health care legislation Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts. It contains what used to be considered Republican ideas.  More>>>

Also in the N.Y. Times by Charles M. Blow:

The bullying, threats, and acts of violence following the passage of health care reform have been shocking, but they’re only the most recent manifestations of an increasing sense of desperation.

It’s an extension of a now-familiar theme: some version of “take our country back.” The problem is that the country romanticized by the far right hasn’t existed for some time, and its ability to deny that fact grows more dim every day. President Obama and what he represents has jolted extremists into the present and forced them to confront the future. And it scares them.

Even the optics must be irritating. A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill’s most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. It’s enough to make a good old boy go crazy.   More>>>

I hope that somewhere down the line we will be able to get some answers.  A lot of these people are going against their own best interest to demonstrate against ANYTHING that the Dems or Obama tries to offer in the way of easing the burden on the middle class.  Many of those same people are unemployed, face mortgage issues and need health care reform.

To me it’s an enigma.

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McCain Reacts To Obama’s Recess Appointments

I remember the outrage from the left  when George W. Bush “recess-appointed” John Bolton as UN Ambassador because Bush knew he wouldn’t be able to get Bolton confirmed by the Senate.  Conversely, the right had a different take on recess appointments back then.  Let’s look back at Sen. McCain’s reaction then:

July 26, 2005:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Bush administration has no choice but to name John Bolton as UN ambassador during a Congressional recess, influential opposition Senator Joseph Biden said.

“Right now, it’s the only way” to get Bolton to the United Nations, said Biden, who has been among the most vocal opponents of the controversial administration nominee who has been a harsh UN critic and favors a hardline toward Iran and North Korea.

The nomination, met with skepticism even among Bush’s own Republicans, would normally be confirmed by the Senate, but Democrats have managed to stall Bolton’s several times.

The White House hinted Monday that President George W. Bush could give Bolton a recess appointment, which would install him at the United Nations until a new Congress convenes in January 2007.

“I would support it. It’s the president’s prerogative,” Republican Senator John McCain said Tuesday of the move, which would amount to an end-run around Congressional opposition.

Now contrast that reaction from McCain to his reaction today after hearing about President Obama’s intention:

Huffington Post:

President Obama’s decision to bypass the vacationing Senate and directly appoint 15 nominees has produced some expected cries of outrage from Republicans.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pronounced himself “very disappointed” with the move, charging that it showed “once again” that the Obama administration has “little respect for the time honored constitutional roles and procedures of Congress.” The president’s team had “forced their will on the American people,” McCain fumed in a written statement.

Were these the words of a principled opponent of presidential recess appointments, or of a politician in a tough primary jumping at an opportunity to bash President Obama?

Don’t these politicians know that we are in the Information Age, and that everything you ever said or did has been recorded somewhere for reference and/or posterity?   These people are such hypocrites.  Why not be honest and say what the real issue is John McCain?  That goes for the entire GOP…BE HONEST.  It’s better than these terrible acts of hypocrisy at every turn.  Sheesh!

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Calm, Passionate Tea Partiers Speak Out In This Interview

I’m speechless…

This is from New Left Media:

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March Madness? Road Rage Over Obama Sticker

I shouldn’t be surprised about this story.  A few months after President Obama was in office, my daughter-in-law removed the Obama stickers off of her car, my car and my son’s car.  (We live in the south.)  She was fearful that the sticker might prompt an angry anti-Obama conservative to harm us in some way.  The teabagger rage had not yet started but we had two negative factors going for us that might have incited rage from someone.  We had the Obama stickers on our cars, plus we were people of color.

Folks in the south were not too pleased that Obama had been elected President, and some folks were not too pleased with the percentage of Blacks that voted for him.  We are originally  from the Northeast  and while such things like that might occur in certain neighborhoods, overall, New Yorkers are tolerant of such things.  Plus Obama carried New York State.

I have worn a couple of my Obama “Hope” tee-shirts to the supermarket or on the walking trail down here in my home town.  I got the requisite “Is that bitch crazy?” look from other Blacks.  I got the “eye roll” and look of disgust from other folks.  Overall, I felt it wise that I only wear the tees in family friendly settings. 

Although my son and I thought my daughter-in-law was a bit paranoid, it turned out she had keen insight.  Well thats not entirely true, but she works in a police setting and she overhears talk about President Obama all the time, so she got a sense of the mood of the folks in the deep south and decided we no longer needed to flaunt our pride.  We agreed. Although what does it say about our great country when one group demands First Amendment rights (free speech)…while stifling their adversaries (current events of past week.)

Today, there was a man who had just picked up his ten year-old daughter in a town in Tennessee.  He had an Obama sticker on the right side of the car…here’s what happened:

Think Progress:

After picking up his 10-year old daughter from school yesterday afternoon, Nashville resident Mark Duren was driving home when he was suddenly and intentionally rammed from behind by Harry Weisiger. Enraged at the sight of Duren’s Obama bumper sticker, Weisiger gave Duren “the bird” and then hit him from behind, leading to a violent series of events. Nashville’s WKRN first reported the story.“He pointed at the back of my car,” Duren said, “the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute.”

But it didn’t end there.

Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, “I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me.”

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.

He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk.”

Thom Hartmann interviewed the victim:

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GOP Leaders Say That Dems Are Fanning The Violent Rhetoric…Huh?

VIDEO: The Extreme, Violent Rhetoric Of GOP Lawmakers

Yesterday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) falsely charged that his office was “directly threatened” in a gun attack. Cantor used the incident to provide partisan cover to his unruly GOP colleagues, who have been pandering to tea party activists with increasingly unhinged and extreme rhetoric.

Last weekend, as the House vote on health reform legislation neared, Republican lawmakers whipped tea party crowds into an angry mob. For instance, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) spoke to the crowd with a megaphone, conjuring up debunked conspiracy theories about government spying into medical records and decrying what he called “tyranny.” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) held up a picture of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the crowd, mocking it and “slapping” it. Throughout the day, the tea party protesters accosted Democratic members of Congress with racial and homophobic slurs, and one protester even spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO).

Cantor asserted that no lawmaker “would incite threats.” However, ThinkProgress has compiled a short snapshot of Republican lawmakers speeches to angry tea party crowds throughout the year, using extremely violent rhetoric. The compilation below features Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and King:

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