Daily Archives: July 30, 2010

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!

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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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Fox News Obsesses About Obama On The View

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I don’t know what Fox News’ obsession with The View is. Ever since the days of Rosie O’Donnell on the show, they’ve kept their eyes peeled on The View like it was some kind of oracle. And now, OH. MY. GOD. President Barack Obama went on the show. And didn’t visit the Boy Scouts! I lost count of the number of segments I’ve seen about this ALL IMPORTANT event. It took up the first half of The O’Reilly Factor. Bill O’Reilly even phoned in from his vacation to discuss this BIG NEWS. And The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck appeared on Hannity to offer her REACTION to Obama’s appearance on The View.

Here are just some of the segments on Fox News about Obama’s appearance, via Foxnews.com. Believe me, there were plenty more. But you probably get the picture.

O’Reilly’s ‘View’ of Obama’s Daytime TV Appearance:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/4297636/oreillys-view-of-obamas-daytime-tv-appearance/

Obama yuks it up on the view:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/4297312/obama-yuks-it-up-on-the-view/

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Reacts to Obama’s ‘View:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/4297663/elisabeth-hasselbeck-reacts-to-obamas-view/

Obama’s Debut On The View:   http://video.foxnews.com/v/4297025/obamas-debut-on-the-view/

Neil Cavuto’s editorial about Obama’s on The View:     http://video.foxnews.com/v/4297232/cavuto-and-the-president-says-he-doesnt-watch-cable-news/

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Anthony Weiner Goes Ballistic At GOP For Killing 9/11 Responders Health Care Bill (VIDEO)

Rep. Anthony Weiner rarely holds back when there is an opportunity to “chastise” the GOP for their usual egregious insults to the middle class.  He had that opportunity last night.

Huffington Post

House Republicans late Thursday were able to corral enough votes to defeat a bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks.

In the process, they set off a host of fiery speeches and denunciations from their Democratic colleagues and produced a veritable YouTube moment from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y), whose district includes many of the affected.

At the heart of the debate was a procedural maneuver made by Democrats to suspend the rules before consideration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The move allowed leadership to block potential GOP amendments to the measure (there was worry that Republicans would attach something overtly partisan in hopes that it could pass on the otherwise widely-popular measure). It also meant that the party needed a two-thirds majority vote.

When the final tally was announced, there were 255 representatives for the measure, 159 against. The defeat of the bill, which would have provided free health care to those affected during the 9/11 rescue and recovery, likely means that the court system will have to settle compensation issues.

Weiner spoke right before the vote when it was clear that Republican lawmakers would stake their opposition on grounds of procedural concerns. But for the grace of the C-SPAN cameras, he managed to stay physically behind his lectern.

“The gentleman will sit!” he declared at one point, addressing, it is believed, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). “The gentleman is correct in sitting!”

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How Tea Party Candidate Sharron Angle Lost An 11-Point Lead In 7 Weeks

It really isn’t hard to explain.  Here’s my brief theory why Sharron Angle has lost her 11 point lead over Harry Reid in just seven weeks:

The woman is one fry short of a “Happy Meal”!

Huffington Post

Following Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle’s come-from-nowhere win in Nevada’s Republican primary, the conservative hopeful has found herself trekking along a rocky road in her quest to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on the state of the race as it stood just seven weeks ago:

Nevadans were down on their senior senator, according to the polls. The “tea party” movement was zeroing in on him as representative of all that’s wrong with big-government politics back in Washington. And it looked like any of his likely GOP opponents could beat the four-term incumbent in November.Shortly after Nevada Republicans chose former state assemblywoman Sharron Angle to run against Reid, the beleaguered Democrat was trailing his opponent by 11 percentage points in a Rasmussen Reports poll of likely Nevada voters.

 But the latest numbers to come out on the contentious Senate match-up paint a dramatically different picture.

A survey from Rasmussen released this week shows Reid maintaining a 2-point lead over Angle. A recent Mason-Dixon poll revealed the ranking Democrat to be ahead of the GOP hopeful by an even wider 7-point margin.

Angle herself has acknowledged that since the primary, her campaign hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.

“We’re going to have to roller coaster for a while,” the Senate hopeful reportedly told her staff as the general election match-up got underway. “You saw it during the primary. We were up, we were down. But we always knew that it would all come together at the right time. And it did. And that’s what we’re looking forward to. . . . Don’t lose your nerve in the beginning here, because we’ve got a pretty long road.”

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn predicted it would “take a few weeks” to work out the kinks in Angle’s political operation after she secured the GOP nomination. But when asked to reevaluate the conservative candidate’s campaign over a month later, the Texas Senator said, “We continue to work with them, but it’s a work in progress.”

So, how did Angle manage to lose an 11-point lead in just seven weeks?

Below, a slideshow highlighting some of the controversies and gaffes that may shed light on the factors behind the downward spiral of the conservative contender’s campaign:    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/29/sharron-angle-senate-camp_n_663798.html#s120557

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Rangel Accused Of 13 Ethics Violations

I don’t care how long Charlie Rangel has been in office.  Greed corrupts. 

Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — House investigators accused veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards on Thursday, throwing a cloud over his four-decade political career and raising worries for fellow Democrats about the fall elections.

The allegations include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income and assets on his financial disclosure statements.

Other charges focused on Rangel’s use of congressional staff and stationery to raise money for a college center in New York named after him; accepting favors and benefits from the donors that may have influenced his congressional actions; use of a subsidized New York apartment as a campaign office instead of a residence; and misuse of the congressional free mail privilege.

“Even though they are serious charges, I’m prepared to prove that the only thing I’ve ever had in my 50 years of public service is service,” Rangel told reporters Thursday night. “That’s what I’ve done and if I’ve been overzealous providing that service, I can’t make an excuse for the serious violations.”

The charges came as lawyers for Rangel and the House ethics committee worked out a plea deal, according to people familiar with the talks. But Republicans on the ethics committee indicated it was too late.      Continue reading…

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Beck denies being “responsible” for planned massacre at office of group he demonized

Fox News and it’s “news” personalities always deny any culpability when some right-wing nut goes off the deep-end.  The fact is, they have no choice.  Taking responsibility for such actions of their deranged audiences makes them liable in so many ways.  

I just hope that Shirley Sherrod sues the pants off of them.  Perhaps that’s why they shifted their stories on how and why the Breitbart tape was shown on their network and on their blog…but I digress…back to loathsome Glenn Beck:

Media Matters

Glenn Beck has denied being “responsible” for a planned attack on the leaders of the Tides Foundation, a nonprofit organization Beck has repeatedly demonized. Beck has said that he “stand[s] by each one” of his attacks on the group and lauded his coverage of the organization.

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Beck tipped the scale of Tides coverage before Williams’ attempted attack

In virtually the only cable or network TV coverage of Tides, Beck mentioned the group 29 times on his Fox News show. As Media Matters has detailed, a LexisNexis search reveals that the Tides Foundation has been mentioned 29 times on Fox News’ Glenn Beck in the time between the show’s premiere and Williams’ attempted rampage. In contrast, the Tides Foundation has not been mentioned once on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or PBS in the same timeframe.

Beck called Tides a “shady organization” and accused it of “indoctrination,” “warp[ing] your children’s brains.” In his coverage of Tides, Beck has repeatedly implicated the organization in his conspiracy theories, linking it to George Soros, the Apollo Alliance, the Joyce Foundation, and the Weather Underground. Beck has referred to the group as a “shady organization” [May 11] and claimed it is “a major source of revenue for some of the most extreme groups on the left” [May 21, 2009]. Beck frequently airs a video produced by Tides, which he refers to as an “indoctrination video…shown in schools all across America to warp you children’s brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is” [June 21].   Continue reading…

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Dems pour cold water on GOP request for new Black Panther hearings

Well at least the Dems grew a spine for this episode of GOP whining.

Plum Line - Greg Sargent

Senator Patrick Leahy is pouring cold water on a request by GOP Senators for public hearings into the Black Panther voter intimidation case, a move that will anger conservatives who were hoping for a public airing of the issue to prove the Obama administration is riddled with anti-white discrimination.

In a sharply-worded letter responding to the request for hearings from Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking GOPer on the Judiciary Committee, Leahy told Sessions that the accusations are fueled by partisanship and conservative media and appear to have no merit, and that further hearings would interfere with the multiple inquiries that are already underway. Leahy chairs the committee.

A source sends over a copy of the letter. Conservatives have argued that the Obama Justice Department improperly narrowed the case against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in 2008, even though the evidence allegedly would have supported a broader prosecution.

But the letter runs through a series of reasons why this is bogus:

What makes allegations of politicization especially hard to credit is that the Department’s decision to seek civil penalties rather than criminal sanctions in this case pre-dates the Obama administration. As made clear by the January 7, 2009, civil complaint filed by Attorney General Mukasey and others at the Department, that decision was made during the Bush administration. Another decision by experienced career attorneys evaluating the case was to pursue those civil penalties and obtain an injunction against King Shamir Shabazz, the only party alleged to have a stick outside the polling place.

I have no reason to second guess the initial decision made under Attorney General Mukasey and the Bush administration not to seek criminal prosecution stemming from the incident. and, instead, to bring a civil proceeding. Likewise, I have seen no credible basis to second guess the decision by career attorneys later in the case about how to proceed and resolve it with an injunction against Mr. Shabazz. Just as I trust that the law and the facts informed the exercise of prosecutorial discretion and the decision not to prosecute former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former Acting Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman — despite findings of serious wrongdoing by the Department’s own Inspector General — the Justice Department exercised its authority in the case arising from the 2008 incident. Prosecutorial discretion is a hallmark of the Justice Department, and, as a former prosecutor, it is a principle I respect….

In addition to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission consideration that is ongoing, I understand that in response to a request from members of Congress, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is reviewing the matter. I would not want to do anything to interfere with that inquiry.

The current partisan focus on this issue seems to be a product of the election year calendar more than credible evidence of wrongdoing. The insinuation that there may be “widespread politicization and possible corruption” seems to echo the ongoing drumbeat on partisan advocacy cable and radio shows. Questions about this incident
have been asked and answered numerous times. Reviews are ongoing.

 This, of course, will only further embolden conservative critics to argue that Dems are complicit in some kind of coverup of anti-white discrimination within the Obama administration. Of course, there’s nothing that could conceivably silence this criticism, and agreeing to hearings certainly wouldn’t have done it.

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