Daily Archives: July 15, 2010

Glenn Beck: Jews Killed Jesus

Glenn Beck, knuckle head and owner of an online learning center called Beck University, has made a major faux pas!

Huffington Post

Glenn Beck suggested that the Jews killed Jesus on his Fox News show Tuesday.

Beck’s claim occurred in the midst of a long monologue about religion. In it, Beck attacked, among other things, social justice, liberation theology, Jeremiah Wright and Rev. Jim Wallis. He singled out liberation theology as a “perversion” that is connected to Marxism and presents the poor as victims of injustice.

Beck went on to say:

“This is kind of complex, because Jesus did identify with the victims. But Jesus was not a victim. He was a conqueror…Jesus conquered death. He wasn’t victimized. He chose to give his life….If he was a victim, and this theology was true, then Jesus would’ve come back from the dead and made the Jews pay for what they did. That’s an abomination.”

See video:   http://video.foxnews.com/v/4281358/beck-liberation-theology-and-social-justice/

As Time‘s Elizabeth Dias pointed out, it was the Romans, not the Jews, that killed Jesus.

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Senate Democrats Double Down: ‘Republicans Are Killing Jobs To Save Their Own’

Well its about damn time…the Dems figured it out!

Huffington Post

Senate Democrats are doubling down on the argument that Republicans refuse to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits because they want a better November through a worse economy.

“There’s only one kind of job Republicans care about saving or creating: their own,” said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a statement. “To advance their political prospects, Republicans are pushing a job-killing agenda that America can’t afford: protecting tax breaks for CEOs who ship jobs overseas, while blocking tax cuts for small businesses and middle-class families. “

Jobless aid for the long-term unemployed lapsed at the beginning of June as Republicans and some Democrats, citing deficit concerns, have blocked votes on domestic aid bills for the past month. More than 2.1 million people and counting have prematurely stopped receiving benefits.

“Democrats have run into nothing but a solid wall of Republican opposition at every turn,” Manley said, “even for common-sense measures like providing a safety net for Americans while they look for work, cutting taxes for small businesses and closing loopholes for CEOs that ship jobs overseas.”

One of the bricks in that GOP wall is Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, who has steadfastly refused to support any spending that adds a dime to the deficit. After three attempts to move a bill that included aid to states and tax breaks for businesses (and tax increases for rich investment fund managers), Democrats eventually brought a standalone unemployment reauthorization — it failed by one vote. Reid has said that Democrats will have the 60 votes they need on Tuesday, after a replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been sworn in. If the benefits are approved, people who prematurely missed checks will be paid retroactively (people who already exhausted all weeks of benefits available before the lapse will get nothing).

“Curious as to what our ‘job-killing agenda’ is,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Is it the tax hikes on small businesses, or the mandates on job creators, or the trillions in new debt? Or maybe it’s the economic policies that 86 percent of Americans say has HURT them or had no effect. Oh wait, that’s what we’ve been working against.”

Economist Mark Zandi, a former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has said failing to reauthorize unemployment benefits would in fact endanger the economic recovery, and that Congress should not offset the cost of the benefits because doing so would diminish their stimulative effect. “The odds that the economy will slip back into the recession are still well below even,” Zandi said. “But if Congress is unable to provide this help, those odds will rise and become uncomfortably high.”

“It’s a strategy meant more to increase their size in the Senate than it is to create the number of jobs necessary for our families,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday.

“If they can stop the recovery from occurring, if they can create as much pain as possible, the cynical view is people will be angry and either drop out and not vote at all or vote against those in the majority,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in June.

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Is Bill Stealing Obama’s Mojo?

Mark McKinnonThe Daily Beast

Former President Clinton bucked the White House in endorsing the challenger in Colorado’s Senate race. Mark McKinnon on why 42’s popularity is surging—while Obama may be the kiss of death this fall.

Barack Obama may have bested Hillary Clinton for the presidency, and he may have kept her from causing him political trouble by appointing her secretary of State. But nothing in the contract said her husband Bill was going to stay down on the farm. And he’s not.

Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton endorsed state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s Democratic primary for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Michael Bennet, who has President Obama’s support.

In a poll recently released by Public Policy Polling, 48 percent of likely voters say support from President Barack Obama would make them less likely to vote for a candidate.

Bill Clinton, the “Comeback Kid,” is back again—and stirring things up as only he can. Straying from the playbook is bad enough, but it has to be a source of some frustration and teeth-gnashing for Obama’s inner circle that Bill Clinton has become a more popular campaign surrogate and endorser than their boss.

The former president’s favorables are now at 51 percent, higher than Obama’s. And it was Clinton, with his strong appeal among working-class voters, who helped both Rep. Mark Critz (Pennsylvania) and the embattled Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas) slug it out in their races.

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The Rocky Balboa of politics, Bill Clinton is always ready to step back in the ring. Training hard, he has focused on rebuilding his legacy. He joined former President George H.W. Bush in a public campaign to raise money for survivors of the 2004 tsunami. He’s established a foundation focused on fixing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and more recently with former President George W. Bush, coordinated U.N. relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake.

Love him or loathe him, Bubba inspires “The Real Thing”—brand loyalty.

Ironically, in a poll recently released by Public Policy Polling, 48 percent of likely voters say support from President Barack Obama would make them less likely to vote for a candidate. A sea change, indeed. Obama rewrote the rules for political campaigning and brand marketing in 2008, winning millions of new voters, young voters, and independents. But after a bruising year and a half in office, some of the luster of transparency and transcendency is gone.

Reeling from both “man-caused” and natural disasters, the Obama brand is under siege and not just from Republicans.

Über-liberal Janeane Garofalo delivers a body blow: “I have to say I was surprised how disappointing the Obama administration has turned out to be.” And for the knockout: “I am more used to it now.” She’s not alone. Jon Stewart jabs David Axelrod: “Has government during this time proved itself competent?” And from Bob Herbert in The New York Times: Barack Obama and the Democrats “have wasted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity handed to them in the 2008 election.”

And it’s even tougher in the crowd out there. Sixty-four percent of likely voters say the nation is on the wrong track. Now just 20 percent of registered voters identify themselves as liberals, while 42 percent call themselves conservatives. And not only are conservatives trending up (with liberals trending down), they are also significantly more enthusiastic about voting in the 2010 congressional elections.

Even independents are ready to throw in the towel. By more than a 2-1 margin, independents agree more Republicans are needed in Congress as “a check and balance on runaway Washington government.”

The New York Times reports Obama’s standing among independents has dropped from a high of 63 percent early in his presidency to about 47 percent now. And Rasmussen shows 57 percent of voters now feel Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president while only 51 percent say Obama is fit for the job.

So will an endorsement by Obama hurt Dems’ chances in November?

Despite a lot of footwork, Obama couldn’t help Sen. Arlen Specter (PA), the fourth Democrat in seven months to lose a high-profile race. His endorsement didn’t help Gov. Jon Corzine (NJ), state Sen. Creigh Deeds (VA) or Attorney General Martha Coakley (MA). And though Obama backed Rep. Critz in the elimination bout for the late Sen. John Murtha’s seat, Critz opposed Obama’s health -are plan and even skipped the president’s visit to Pennsylvania a few weeks back.

President Obama’s approval rating is just 40 percent in the 60 most vulnerable Democratic House districts, and at 46.6 percent nationally. History tells us when a president is below 50 percent nationally, his party loses more than 40 seats. Republicans only need to pick up 40 seats in the House and 10 in the Senate to take control. And it can be done. In 1994, Republicans gained a net total of 54 House seats, eight Senate seats and a majority of governorships.

So it won’t be a big surprise if Democrats, particularly in swing districts, prefer for Obama to stay in DC come fall.

But Bill Clinton will likely be in huge demand, as will Sarah Palin, his Republican counterpart, who has become a heavyweight endorser as well.

For someone who no longer holds elective office and has been summarily dismissed by the press, Palin has an impressive endorsement record this primary season; she’s 9-3 so far. Among her best picks: state Rep. Nikki Haley (SC) and Carly Fiorina (CA).

An interesting title match in the fall elections: Who will have more impact as the party surrogate? Sarah Palin or Bill Clinton? Texas may be one of the races to watch with the Clinton-endorsed former Houston Mayor Bill White (D) challenging Palin’s pick, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (R).

In the words of Rocky Balboa: “There ain’t nothin’ over till it’s over.”

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Tea Party Leader Condemns NAACP For Making ‘More Money Off Of Race Than Any Slave Trader Ever’

The really sad news here is that there is a cross-section of Americans who believe this crazy person’s rhetoric, along with so many other right-wing nut cases on Fox News and right-wing hate radio.

Think Progress

Yesterday, the NAACP approved a resolution condemning “racist elements” within the tea party movement, with its president Benjamin Jealous challenging activists to “expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take full responsibility for all of their actions.” In spite of the indisputable evidence that racist signs and slogans have been allowed to be displayed at tea party rallies, conservatives have feigned outrage at the resolution, and attacked the country’s leading civil rights organization for daring to speak out.

Mark Williams, the spokesperson for Tea Party Express — a leading tea party group, which has been instrumental in Sharron Angle’s Senate campaign in Nevada, among many others — launched into a particularly hateful attack on the NAACP, accusing the group of being “professional race baiters” who deserve to be sent to “the trash heap” with “all the other vile racist groups”:

WILLIAMS: You’re dealing with people who are professional race baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It’s time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.

Listen to the interview here.

Williams should know about professional racial baiting. Last year, he called called President Obama an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief.” And in February, he called Obama “our half white, racist president.”

In May, while serving as chairman of Tea Party Express, he called the Muslim god Allah a “terrorists’ monkey-god” while fighting the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. Despite universal condemnation for his comments, Williams refused to apologized to Muslims. “In the course of the article I described the ‘god’ worshiped by terrorists as ‘a monkey god.’ I was wrong and that was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God,” Williams wrote in a follow-up blog post. He also called a Jewish developer involved in the project a “Jewish Uncle Tom who would have turned rat on Anne Frank.” In a blog post from last year that has since been deleted, Williams further explained his theory on Islam:

[R]epeat after me: Islam is a 7th Century Death Cult coughed up by a psychotic pedophile and embraced by defective, tail sprouting, tree swinging, semi-human, bipedal primates with no claim to be treated like human beings or even desirable mammals for that matter.

But none of this seemed to concern Tea Party Express, which allowed him to stay on as chairman, and then spokesperson. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the Tea Party Express and the issues addressed by the tea party movement,” the group’s Joe Wierzbicki told TPM of the “monkey god” comments. Williams was the leader of one one of the most powerful tea party groups in the country, which has been instrumental in Angle’s election, along with dozens of others, and attracted top conservatives like Fox News contributor Sarah Palin as repeat guests to their rallies. The fact that the group hasn’t condemned his bigotry, or even asked him to step down, shows why the NAACP’s action against the tea parties is justified.

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Grim News

No matter how much I disdain former Vice President Dick Cheney for his dastardly deeds while in and out of office, he is still a human being.  In all honesty I never thought I’d be saying that, but the news about Dick Cheney is grim.   I wish him the best and a speedy recovery. 

TPM details Cheney’s condition:

TPMDC

On a serious note, I wanted to draw your attention to the news today about Dick Cheney’s latest heart setback. The reports have, on their face, been fairly upbeat, with Cheney himself issuing a statement about the surgery he had last week to implant a pump to help his heart overcome his congestive heart failure. The surgery was a success, Cheney is resting comfortably, etc.

But reading between the lines, you’re left with the distinct impression that Cheney, 69, is entering the late stages of congestive heart failure, that his prognosis is not very good, and that the available treatment options are very limited. That’s my lay person rendering after a close read of this afternoon’s reports. Here’s a more informed read from TPM Reader JK:

I’m a surgeon and just read your wire story about Dick Cheney getting a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) placed. The story downplays the seriousness of that procedures…once you’ve got an LVAD in place, it means your heart is essentially incapable of working on its own and has no potential to improve. While LVAD outcomes have been improving, and some patients live months or even years with one of these devices in place, this is a HUGE operation with MAJOR associated morbidity and mortality. If he’s not listed for a heart transplant, his days are seriously numbered. Life on an LVAD isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy…an axiom that this situation really tests. He’s in for a rough time.

We’ve known for a long time that Cheney is suffering from serious heart disease. He has known his fate and been upfront about it. But it does appear that things have entered a new and more serious stage, even if he and everyone else knew it would come eventually.

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Sharron Angle: I Go On Fox News So Much Because The Mainstream Media Won’t Let Me Raise Money On Air

Is Fox News Channel still denying that they are the propaganda network for the GOP?

Think Progress

During an all-day interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Sharron Angle admitted that she likes to appear on Fox News to directly raise money for her race against Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Politico’s Ben Smith highlighted a portion of the interview, released today, that reveals how Angle avoids mainstream media outlets because she thinks they won’t let her raise funds on air:

BRODY: When you’re on Fox News or talking to more conservative outlets but maybe not going on “Meet the Press” or a “This Week”, those type of news shows, then the perception and the narrative starts to be like you are avoiding those mainstream media outlets.

ANGLE: Well, in that audience will they let me say I need $25 dollars from a million people go to Sharron Angle.com send money? Will they let me say that? Will I get a bump on my website and you can watch whenever I go on to a show like that we get an immediate bump. You can see the little spinners. People say ‘Oh, I heard that. I am going and I’m going to help Sharron out because they realize this is a national effort and that I need people from all around the nation. They may not be able to vote for me but they can certainly help.”    Continue reading…

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The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It

Crooks & Liars

Thom Hartmann talked to author Frederick Kaufman about his cover story in this month’s edition of Harper’s Magazine The food bubble: How Wall Street starved millions and got away with it.

It’s subscription only but you can read more about Kaufman and his work at his blog AmericanStomach.com.

Thom shared a little of the article during his interview with Kaufman.

Hartmann: “The history of food took an ominous turn in 1991, at a time when no one was paying much attention. That was the year Goldman Sachs decided our daily bread might make an excellent investment.”

And then towards the end of the story, just a couple of sentences here. “Bankers had taken control of the world’s food, money chased money and a billion people went hungry.” Remember the food riots of a couple of years ago around the world?

“The world wide price of food had risen by 80% between 2005 and 2008 and unlike other food catastrophes in the last half century or so, the United States was not insulated from this one.” Could it be because it was our banksters that were doing it?

“As 49 million Americans found themselves unable to put a full meal on the table, one in five kids came to be dependent on food kitchens. In Los Angeles nearly a million people went hungry. In Detroit, armed guards had to watch over grocery stores.” And then the question, “Could this happen again?”

Really great interview. Too bad our “mainstream media” isn’t touching this one. As they noted during the interview, it looks like there’s nothing that these bankers won’t exploit to make a buck. Really disgusting. And all we’ve got going on in the United States is some half-baked sorry excuse for “reform”.

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