Monthly Archives: July 2010

Anti-racist ADL ‘joins bigots’ in opposing Ground Zero mosque

This is an absolutely amazing development.  The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that has been a stalwart against bigotry of all kind, especially antisemitic behavior, has joined forces with those who oppose the Ground Zero Mosque.   This decision is surely not consistent with their policy over the years.

Their statement: (The link is no longer working.)

The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found.

Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.

Plum Line article: ADL: Some opponents of Ground Zero mosque are bigots, but we should let them win anyway

This is basically a concession that some of the opposition to the mosque is grounded in bigotry, and that those arguing that the mosque builders harbor ill intent are misguided. Yet ADL is opposing the construction of the mosque anyway, on the grounds that it will cause 9/11 victims unnecessary ‘pain.’”

Sargent concludes: “On this one, you’re either with the bigots or you’re against them. And ADL has in effect sided with them.”

Alternet: Anti-Defamation League Continues its Journey to Irrelevance by Embracing Ridiculous, Racist Mosque Protests

Founded in 1913 by the B’nai Brith, the ADL was created in response to the conviction of Jewish businessman Leo Frank, who was found guilty in the murder of a 13-year-old girl in a case many said was a racially-motivated miscarriage of justice. Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched by a mob in 1915.

The group today describes itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.” The group “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the Muslim center in lower Manhattan, there has been a growing tide of opposition among some groups to the construction of mosques across the United States. In one case, residents of Mufreesboro, Tennessee, came together to oppose the construction of a mosque there.

In another incident, an anonymous protest organizer urged followers to bring dogs to a protest outside a mosque in Riverside County, California, during Friday prayers because Muslims “hate dogs.”

 Talking Points Memo:  Anti-Defamation League Joins The Bigots..Opposing Ground Zero Mosque

The ADL has joined some of the worst bigots in America and is opposing construction of the Islamic community center at the site of the World Trade Center.

I have nothing to add to this story from The Tablet. (The Tablet, a Jewish publication, clearly is disgusted by ADL’s action. Bravo).

For those who will say “what else is new,” the answer is “a lot.” Although the ADL has switched from being a civil rights organization to a subsidiary of LIKUD USA, this is a new low.

ADL has been around since 1913 (it was created following the lynching of Leo Frank). I guess it has decided that a century of opposing bigotry is enough.

Leo Frank must be spinning in his grave. (As for Abe Foxman, the anti-Muslim ADL chieftain, he should be ashamed. Rest assured, he’s not).

RIP ADL.

h/t Raw Story 

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Arizona sheriff not relenting after court ruling

Another psycho in the wing-nut asylum is acting up!

Raw Story

Arizona sheriff forges ahead with aggressive immigration sweeps even after court ruling.

Lost in the hoopla over Arizona’s immigration law is the fact that state and local authorities for years have been doing their own aggressive crackdowns in the busiest illegal gateway into the country.

Nowhere in the U.S. is local enforcement more present than in metropolitan Phoenix, where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely carries out sweeps, some in Hispanic neighborhoods, to arrest illegal immigrants. The tactics have made him the undisputed poster boy for local immigration enforcement and the anger that so many authorities feel about the issue.

“It’s my job,” said Arpaio, standing beside a sheriff’s truck that has a number for an immigration hot line written on its side. “I have two state (immigration) laws that I am enforcing. It’s not federal, it’s state.”

A ruling Wednesday by a federal judge put on hold parts of the new law that would have required officers to dig deeper into the fight against illegal immigration. Arizona says it was forced to act because the federal government isn’t doing its job to fight immigration.

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Stewart to Fox: ‘Nothing Obama does will ever make you f*cking happy’ | Raw Story

Once again, Jon Stewart tells us what the mainstream media refuses to say.

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Ben Nelson Becomes 1st Dem Senator To Oppose Elena Kagan

Ok, it’s time Sen. Ben Nelson shed his Democrat in name only sheepskin and show the real snake underneath the sheep’s clothing.

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WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson says he’ll vote against confirming Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice.

The Nebraskan’s announcement in a statement posted Friday evening makes him the first Democrat to say he’ll break with his party to oppose President Barack Obama’s nominee.

Nelson says he’s heard concerns from his constituents about Kagan, the 50-year-old solicitor general and former Harvard Law School dean. And he says her lack of judicial record makes it impossible to know whether their worries are unfounded.

The Senate is expected to vote next week on Kagan’s nomination, and Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm her. Five Republicans have said they’ll also vote “yes.”

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Al Gore Sexual Harassment Charges DROPPED: Portland Authorities Won’t Pursue Case

I hope this nightmare is over for the former Vice President.

Huffington Post

Portland authorities signaled on Friday that they will no longer continue to investigate charges made against former Vice President Al Gore stemming from allegations he groped a licensed massage therapist in 2006.

Local television station KOIN reports:

The complaining witness, Molly Hagerty, stated that she was sexually abused during a massage session at the Hotel Lucia when Gore was in Portland.Hagerty failed a polygraph test during the course of the investigation, and there was no DNA evidence on the pants she claimed she wore during the alleged incident, according to investigators.

Gore has vehemently denied the charges of sexual misconduct that recently came to light when the Portland Police Bureau signaled it was opening an investigation into the case.

After news broke that the probe would be dropped, Gore spokesman Kalee Kreider said in a statement:

“Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He respects and appreciates the thorough and professional work of the Portland authorities and is pleased that this matter has now been put to rest.”

The National Enquirer first broke news of controversy last month.

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk issued a statement summarizing the deficiencies in the case:

1. Ms. Hagerty, who has red hair, states she called Mr. Gore immediately following the alleged incident and told him to “dream of redheaded women” seemingly in contradiction to her assertions that she was terrified of Mr. Gore. Two days after the alleged incident Ms. Hagerty also sent an email to the Hotel Lucia stating that she appreciated the business referrals she received from the hotel. She did not mention any problem with Mr. Gore;

2. Witnesses at the hotel where the alleged incident occurred state they do not remember seeing or hearing anything unusual—directly contradicting Ms. Hagerty’s published claim in the July 12, 2010 of the National Enquirer that she was “shaking and in shock” and “rushed down the hall and to the lobby where the front desk clerk noticed she was upset was asked if she was OK”;

3. Forensic testing of pants retained by Ms. Hagerty as possible evidence are negative for the presence of seminal fluid;

4. Ms. Hagerty has not provided as repeatedly requested medical records she claims are related to the case;

5. Ms. Hagerty has also failed to provide other records related to the case;

6. Ms. Hagerty failed a polygraph examination;

7. It appears Ms. Hagerty was paid by the National Enquirer for her story; and

8. Mr. Gore voluntarily met with detectives and denied all of the allegations.

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Right-wing media respond to AZ ruling with unhinged rhetoric

To paraphrase an online friend:

Right-Wing Talk Radio and Fox News: The crazy is strong in those folks!

Media Matters

Right wing’s rhetoric on immigration ruling includes talk of “invasion” and secession

Limbaugh suggests judge’s decision prevents Arizona from “defend[ing] itself from an invasion.” Responding to Judge Susan Bolton’s July 28 decision to block parts of the Arizona immigration law from taking effect, Limbaugh said: “I guess the judge is saying it’s not in the public interest for Arizona to try to defend itself from an invasion. I don’t know how you look at this with any sort of common sense and come to the ruling this woman came to.” [Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/28/10]

Wash. Times’ Kuhner asks, “Should Arizona secede?” In a July 29 column headlined “Should Arizona secede?” The Washington Times‘ Jeffrey Kuhner stated that the ruling “is unilaterally disarming the people of Arizona in the face of a dangerous enemy” and that “leftist judges — elitist activists in black robes — override democratic legitimacy.” Kuhner warned that the United States is in danger of becoming a “socialist superstate” and claimed, “The choice is becoming starkly apparent: devolution or dissolution.” Kuhner’s column was promoted by the Fox Nation.

Hannity, Doocy suggest federal government “won’t protect” Arizona residents. In an interview with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Sean Hannity stated on the July 28 edition of his Fox News show, “Is it a fair interpretation in your mind — today’s court ruling — to say that it appears that the federal government won’t protect American citizens, won’t enforce the law, and also, on the other hand, now the state of Arizona, that you can’t do it either?” Similarly, on the July 29 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy asked, “If the feds won’t protect the people and Governor Brewer can’t protect her citizens, what are the people of Arizona supposed to do?”

Beck suggests that ruling is suicidal. In a discussion with Kris Kobach, a law professor and Republican candidate for Kansas Secretary of State who helped write Arizona’s immigration law, Glenn Beck stated that with the judge’s ruling, “you have a suicide pact with the Constitution now for states”:

KOBACH: But the Supreme Court has held for centuries, and it’s clear that our Constitution requires, that if Congress is going to push the states off the field, it has to be an act of Congress and it has to be an unmistakable statement by Congress that the states are no longer welcome. But what the Obama adm –

BECK: But wait, they’re not no longer welcome in this. I think the Congress has been clear. They’re not welcome in this. However, they’re not doing the job. And so you have a self — you have a suicide pact with the Constitution now for states. [Fox News' Glenn Beck, 7/29/10]

Savage: “The judge is a criminal who should be put in jail.” Radio host Michael Savage responded to the ruling by calling Bolton a “criminal,” adding that “[i]n a sane country, she’d be arrested.”

SAVAGE: She’s a criminal, in essence. In essence, the judge is a criminal. I mean, you want to add it up? Men died for the sanctity of the ballot box. So, if someone interferes with the ballot box and says you can’t vote or your vote is nullified, that’s tampering. She’s a criminal. In a sane country, she’d be arrested. What do you want me to say here? The judge is a criminal who should be put in jail. In a sane country, any judge who said, “You know what? You may have voted, but drop dead. I’m bigger than you. Your vote doesn’t count” — that’s a criminal. [Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation, 7/28/10]

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Pastor Hosting ‘International Burn A Quran Day’: ‘We Have Nothing Against Muslims’

The insanity that has gripped the right wing in the form of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, anti-poor/anti-unemployed campaigns and anti-Islam rhetoric,  are simply un–American and unacceptable in American society. 

The principles that this country was founded on ( including the 13th and 14th amendments) have been trampled on and totally ignored by the GOP/Tea Party. 

One has to wonder just how far they will go with this anti-muslim fervor, which is just one of their targets of hate and disdain.

Think Progress

On September 11, 2010, the extremist evangelical Dove World Church — whose pastor, Terry Jones, has written a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil” — plans to host “International Burn A Quran Day,” when it will burn Muslims’ sacred text and encourage others across the world to do so as well. Churchmember Wayne Sapp has even posted an instructional video that explains how and why to burn the Islamic text.

CNN host Rick Sanchez invited Jones on his show yesterday to ask him about the inflammatory action. When Sanchez pressed Jones about why he would try to anger the world’s Muslims by burning their sacred text, the evangelical pastor replied, “Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred,” provoking laughter from the CNN host.

Jones later went on to explain, “What we are also doing by the burning of the Quran, we’re saying stop, stop to Islam, stop to Islamic law, stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims, they are welcome in our country.” When Sanchez asked him how he would feel if Muslims burned the Bible, Jones admitted he wouldn’t like it but emphasized that it was his “right” to burn the Islamic text because “we live in America”:

SANCHEZ: Do you know how many Muslims there are in the world?

JONES: I think there are 1.5 billion.

SANCHEZ: Yeah. I ask you that because that’s a very big number. Why would you want to do this to 1.5 billion people by burning their most sacred book? That’s crazy.

JONES: Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred.

SANCHEZ: But it is to them, it’s sacred to them. [...]

JONES: What we’re also doing by the burning of the Quran on 9/11 is we’re saying stop. Stop to Islam. Stop to Islamic law. Stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims, they are welcome in our country. [...]

SANCHEZ: How would you feel if a Muslim said to you, what you just said to them? I have no problem with you Mr. Christian, you’re welcome in my country, but I’m burning your Bible.

JONES: I would not like it. But it’s our right. We live in America!

Watch it:

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Right-Wing Pundit Phyllis Schlafly Decries Government Assistance For ‘Unmarried Moms’

Where are the hearts and soul of the right-wingnuts? 

Think Progress

Over the past two months, many Republican pundits and members of Congress have been calling for the end of unemployment benefit extensions for the millions of Americans who can’t find work. Meanwhile, GOP Senators held the unemployment insurance (UI) extension bill hostage for weeks as 2.5 million Americans were left without the “desperately needed lifeline” of UI benefits. Even as five workers fight for every one job opening, Republicans are still calling the unemployed “spoiled” and suggesting that blocking benefits is fine because it only affects a “small amount of people.”

Last week at a fundraiser for Michigan GOP congressional candidate Rocky Raczowski, conservative pundit Phyllis Schlafly added her voice to the chorus crying out against government assistance for the poor or unemployed:

One of the things Obama’s been doing is deliberately trying to increase the percentage of our population that is dependent on government for your living. For example, do you know what was the second biggest demographic group that voted for Obama? Obviously the blacks were the biggest demographic, y’all know what was the second biggest? Unmarried women. 70% of unmarried women voted for Obama. And this is because when you kick your husband out, you’ve got to have Big Brother Government to be your provider. And they know that. They’ve admitted it. And they have all kinds of bills to continue to subsidize illegitimacy…

The Obama administration wants to continue to subsidize this group because they know they are Democratic votes.   Continue reading…

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9/11 Responder Aid Package Fails In House

It boggles the mind to see how the GOP and “Blue Dog” Dems discuss continuing the the “Bush Tax Cuts” which they now admit, will cause a huge increase to the deficit, but would rather see middle class workers and unemployed citizens suffer by failing to pass the necessary bills to help them.

Yes, the jobs bill was passed but will be revisited in November.   The 9/11 first responders who have been injured from the toxic environment (after being told the air quality in the area was safe to work in) are gravely ill and/or dying from their heroic work nine years ago.   What makes the right-wing so damned incapable of compassion and common decency?

Huffington Post 

WASHINGTON — A bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust fell short in the House on Thursday, raising the possibility that the bulk of compensation for the ill will come from a legal settlement hammered out in the federal courts.

The bill would have provided free health care and compensation payments to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the trade center ruins.

It failed to win the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159. The vote was largely along party lines, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats supporting the measure.

For weeks, a judge and teams of lawyers have been urging 10,000 former ground zero workers to sign on to a court-supervised settlement that would split $713 million among people who developed respiratory problems and other illnesses after inhaling trade center ash.

The court deal shares some similarities with the aid program that the federal legislation would have created, but it involves far less money. Only the most seriously ill of the thousands of police officers, firefighters and construction workers suing New York City over their exposure to the dust would be eligible for a hefty payout.

But supporters of the deal have been saying the court settlement is the only realistic option for the sick, because Congress will never act.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you can wait and wait and wait for that legislation … it’s not passing,” Kenneth Feinberg, the former special master of the federal 9/11 victim compensation fund, told an audience of ground zero responders Monday in a meeting on Staten Island.

Democratic leaders opted to consider the House bill under a procedure that requires a two-thirds vote for approval rather than a simple majority. Such a move blocked potential GOP amendments to the measure.

A key backer of the bill, U.S. Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, accused Democrats of staging a “charade.”    Continue reading…

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Chris Matthews Slams Arizona State Rep: ‘BS Artist’ (VIDEO)

Chris “Tweety” Matthews can be a pain at times. Like the time he referred to Obama as President O’Carter.  

However, there are times when  he has his lucid moments and sees things clearly. 

  

 

  

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