Day: August 13, 2010

PRESIDENT DEFENDS ‘GROUND ZERO’ MOSQUE

As a constitutional lawyer and scholar, what else is the President of The United States supposed to do?  Pander to his detractors so that they will feel better about him?  They’ll continue to hate his guts either way.  They will always hate him, so detractors be damned. 

This man is standing by his convictions.  For those who will resurrect the “Obama is a Muslim” meme, please, just go away and find something constructive to do with your lives.

As for Fox News Channel’s response, it will be an incessant week-end of castigating the POTUS and demands for him to be impeached.  I’m glad he waited to drop this bombshell on a Friday.  That way, by Monday it will be a three day old story and Robert Gibbs will hold his daily press briefing and clarify all the misconceptions, innuendos and lies that will have popped up from the right wing media between now and then. 

Good for you Mr. President, for standing by yourt convictions and your knowledge of what the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause means.

UPDATE: For those persons who will ask why was President Obama at a Muslim Dinner celebrating Ramadan, just look at this…then hush! 

Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing a mosque near ground zero, saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and the nation.

“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which would be part of a $100 million Islamic center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Press secretary Robert Gibbs had insisted it was a local matter.

It was already much more than that, sparking debate around the country as top Republicans including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich announced their opposition. So did the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group.

Obama elevated it to a presidential issue Friday without equivocation.

While insisting that the place where the twin towers once stood was indeed “hallowed ground,” Obama said that the proper way to honor it was to apply American values.

“Our capacity to show not merely tolerance, but respect towards those who are different from us – and that way of life, that quintessentially American creed, stands in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us on that September morning, and who continue to plot against us today,” he said.  Continue reading…

Not In My America!

 Not In My America

Asking citizens “Where are your papers?” We are better than that

Republican Congressman Connie Mack (FL) wrote, “I do not want to live in a nation where American citizens are asked, ‘Where are your papers?’ We are better than that.”  Arizona’s new immigration law strikes deep at the heart of American values of freedom and fairness. Watch this video and then share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Go to Not In My America to read about their campaign.

ACORN Smear Artist James O’Keefe Unwittingly Admits He’s A Hack: What I Do Is ‘The Nadir Of Morality’

This guy is as creepy as they get…even when he tries to be humorous.

Think Progress

After a brief hiatus due to his brush with felony charges, right-wing smear artist James O’Keefe has returned with a new campaign targeting Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). With the backing of right-wing media mogul Andrew Breitbart, O’Keefe has made a name for himself as a capable hoaxer, creating misleadingly-edited videos of his undercover investigations into ACORN, which led to the group’s demise. ACORN was eventually vindicated on all charges, after officials discovered that O’Keefe and his compatriots edited the videos “to meet their agenda,” as the Brooklyn DA said.

Despite his dubious ethics — he pled guilty in May to entering federal property under false pretenses — O’Keefe maintains that he is a legitimate journalist. And in a recent speech at Mount St. Mary’s University, O’Keefe tried to vouch for the morality of his work, but unwittingly undermined his point:

O’KEEFE: I can’t get to the point where they finally admit to me that I’ve gone too far. And then they say that this is immoral. How is this immoral? Beloch has said that salaried — shouldn’t public servants should be perpetually watched, be kept under control, be suspicious? I think this is the nadir of morality. I think this is the most moral thing you could possibly do.

Watch it:

Nadir, of course, means “the lowest point.” What O’Keefe probably meant to say is “zenith,” which means “highest.”

O’Keefe also recently launched Project Veritas, which will provide “research, filming and production” for his smear campaigns. Apparently, O’Keefe is expecting to have his ethics challenged in court once again as, “Another important aspect of Project Veritas is the free, legal assistance for when and if Veritas journalists’ hard-hitting stories land them in court.”

Longshot US Senate candidate from SC indicted

I’ll put on my tin foil hat for a moment and speculate that this is all part of the GOP’s plan to ensure a solid win for South Carolina GOP senator Jim DeMint(ed)’s re-election to the senate.  There’s more to this story than meets the eye, but those naysayers who have spoken out have been dismissed and relegated to “conspiracy theorists” on this issue.

The Washington Post

Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted Friday on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a South Carolina college student.

A Richland County grand jury indicted Green for disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity – a felony – as well as a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.

Greene, who surprised the Democratic party establishment with his primary victory, was arrested in November after authorities said he approached a student in a University of South Carolina computer lab, showed her obscene photos online, then talked about going to her dorm room.

Greene declined comment at his home. He has also refused to talk about the charge in interviews.

Greene, 32, won a shocking victory in the June 8 Democratic primary. The unemployed military veteran handily defeated Vic Rawl, a former lawmaker and judge who had been considered an easy win by the party establishment.

Up to that point, Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no website, fundraising or staff.

In the months since, Greene has given a series of awkward interviews to reporters clamoring for more information on the unemployed man who lives in Manning with his ailing father. In one interview, he suggested that the state’s economy could be improved by making and selling action figures depicting him in his uniform.

Last month, Greene gave his first public speech, a 6 1/2-minute recitation of his previous comments and commitment to jobs and education. He now has a website and says he has raised less than $1,000.

He faces Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in the fall. The popular incumbent has raised more than $3 million.

Think Progress » Contradicting FBI Information, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Insists ‘Terror Babies’ Exist

This is a classic study of right-wing obfuscation, lies and their smoke and mirrors tactics. Not to mention their constant attempts at fear mongering.  A must see!

 

Rachel Maddow: Private prisons set to gain from AZ immigration bill

Rachel talks about private prisons in Arizona and the ties that Gov. Jan Brewer has with the private prison lobbyists.  This is a very important expose on why Brewer and her gang of immigration henchmen want the AZ “papers please” bill to be set into law, asap! 

 

Increases In The National Debt Over Decades and By Party Affiliation

I wonder why this chart isn’t pasted on every left-wing blog in America?  It plainly shows how during Democratic administrations, the national debt had a downward trend while during every GOP administration, there was an upward trend.

If we show this to all of our right-wing friends, do you think they’ll believe the chart or will they claim the chart is “fixed” to reflect the GOP in a bad light?  They’d also say, “well it wasn’t on Fox News or Rush, so it’s not true.  :::head desk:::

h/t Bartcop for this graphic.