Daily Archives: October 15, 2010

Tides Foundation CEO To Fox News Advertisers: Drop Glenn Beck Or Have Blood On Your Hands

Given the amount of people who have already committed homophobic, xenophobic and racially motivated crimes, then confess that they listened or watched Glenn Beck, I think the CEO of The Tides Foundation is correct.

Huffington Post

In an extraordinary move to nip the inflammatory commentary coming from Glenn Beck, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation (a frequent Beck target) has written advertisers asking them to remove their sponsorship of the Fox News program or risk having “blood on their hands.”

Drummond Pike, who along with his organization was recently targeted by an assassin inspired by Beck’s program, penned a letter on Friday to the Chairmen of the Boards of JP Morgan Chase, GEICO, Zurich Financial, Chrysler, Direct Holdings Americas, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Lilly Corporate Center, BP, and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

In it, he detailed the alarm he felt over having a “person carrying numerous guns and body armor” attempt to start a “revolution” by murdering “my colleagues and me.”

To say we were “shocked” does not adequately describe our reaction. Imagine, for a moment, that you were us and, had it not been for a sharp eyed highway patrolman, a heavily armed man in full body armor would have made it to your office with the intent to kill you and your colleagues. His motive? Apparently, it was because the charitable, nonpartisan programs we run are deemed part of a conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system, which is hogwash.

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Tim Kaine: Anonymous Conservative Fundraising Could Be Biggest Scandal Since Watergate

I don’t think Tim Kaine’s prediction are too far-fetched.  The entire campaign finance fiasco with The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the subsequent cover-up of its political donations appear to be very suspicious.

Huffington Post

DNC Chair Tim Kaine raised the rhetorical stakes surrounding the debate over anonymous political donors, saying that the funding revenues driving conservative groups in the 2010 elections could be the biggest scandal since Watergate.

“I think this is a huge story, it might end up being — I’m not in the [journalism] business — one of the biggest political process stories since Watergate,” said Kaine. “As we see this trend toward funding campaigns through non-reportable entities, the Democrats stand squarely for requiring disclosure of who is funding campaigns…. And I don’t think it is an accident that you are seeing this happen, happening in a major way now.”

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, Kaine’s argument echoed a fear, expressed most often by good government groups, that the dismantling of 30 years of campaign finance regulations had created a Wild West-like electoral landscape, ripe for conflicts of interest and corruption. He predicted that at the end of the election, “non-reportable spending” would dwarf “the reportable spending” on the Republican side of the aisle. And he even went so far as to claim that Republicans were fostering a non-disclosure climate to lure in big donors.

Not every development since Watergate in American politics has been salutatory,” said Kaine. “But if you were to pick one with no downside and it’s all been good I think the move towards transparency in campaign financing has been an enormously positive and a concerted decision by the other side to try and end-run that and frankly, try and use secrecy as a marketing tool – ‘Hey if you are going to give, why not give to us, no limits and we can keep it secret’ – I think that poses some very significant challenges to the institutions of democracy we have.”

And yet, by raising the specter of Nixonian political tricks Kaine was offering clear bait for the political reporters in attendance. At one point, in fact, he recalled how few journalists, save Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, originally thought that the Watergate scandal was of any real significance – enticing those in attendance to dig in deeper on the funding debate currently being waged.

“There is this battered file cabinet [at the DNC] and you pass by it a million times a day and never know what it is,” said Kaine. “It is the file cabinet that was broken into at the Watergate hotel in 1974 we just keep it around as a little memento. And we think about that recently because Watergate, you know, was a scandal that had a lot of tentacles to it. It was a break-in story that most thought was unimportant, but a couple of enterprising reporters thought it was important. But by the time it expanded it had its tentacles on a whole lot of areas including the financing of campaigns.”

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Bill Clinton to Arkansas Democrats: Beware of Karl Rove Politics

If I were them, I’d listen.  Rove is still the same snake-in-the grass master-mind behind the GOP/Tea Party Races this mid-term cycle as he was during the Bush administration and to a lesser degree, the 2008 Presidential election.

Politics Daily

Former President Bill Clinton swung through Arkansas this week for a handful of campaign stops in his home state, taking a few hard-hitting swings at Republican opponents who are attacking his old friends running for office.

On Thursday morning, Clinton joined 2nd Congressional District candidate Joyce Elliott for a rally in a historic ballroom in downtown Little Rock. If elected, Elliott, who is a retired school teacher and state senator, would become Arkansas’ first black member of Congress.

Elliott needs all the help she can get. She trails her Republican opponent, Tim Griffin, a former Bush White House aide who worked with Karl Rove, in polls and fundraising. Griffin said in a press release Thursday during the Elliott event that he had raised more than $600,000 in this quarter and more than $1.57 million since the start of his campaign a year ago. Elliott has not released her latest totals.

At the rally, Clinton said that Republicans, including Rove, would blanket Arkansas over the next few weeks with attacks ads against Elliott. Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, is reportedly a founder of American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two groups that are pouring millions of dollars into midterm races on behalf of Republican candidates. “Karl Rove is a genius,” Clinton said, telling the crowd what he believes Republicans want voters to do during the midterm elections: “Stop thinking.”

Clinton added that Rove understands there is a deep “tribal” anger about the direction of the country that is fueling the midterms. Republicans like Rove are doing a good job at using talking points to tap into that anger to woo voters.

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Are We a Nation of Bullies?

This is one article I urge everyone who has school age children, to read.   Some people might say that their child would never bully anyone and choose not to read it.  However, children who are being bullied, sometimes keep it to themselves and away from their parents.  Conversely, children who bully might just be calling out for help.

Newsweek

The recent suicides of Tyler Clementi, Phoebe Prince, and others have sparked mass outrage against the kids believed to have bullied them ‘to death.’ But our response may be more harmful than the crime.

For Sharon Velasquez, it began with a Web site where anonymous vigilantes posted her photo, phone number, and address. Soon reporters were showing up at all hours, and her brother was being harassed on his way home from school. There were the kids (and parents) who would shout slurs when Sharon left her house in South Hadley, Mass.; the friends who stopped speaking to her; along with phone calls and death threats, and ultimately, a rock through her father’s window a town away.

But most shocking were the letters: dozens of them, arriving in the mailbox with no return address; calling for 17-year-old Sharon to be “raped and killed,” smeared with threats of retaliation, and racial slurs. “I hope you die a long-suffering death,” one person wrote. Another called her “ugly, stupid, fat, lazy and a pig.” “It got to the point where I’d go to the mailbox and my hands would start shaking,” says the girl’s mother, Angeles Chanon. (She spoke with NEWSWEEK on the condition that her lawyer was present.) “Eventually, I thought, ‘I can’t live like this,’ and I stopped reading.”

It’s the kind of behavior that, in the wake of high-profile teen suicides around the country, would certainly be worthy of an investigation—or more. Except that Sharon Velasquez is no simple victim. She may have suffered at the hands of neighborhood tormenters and anonymous online mobs, but she is also accused of being a bully herself: charged in connection with the suicide of another young girl, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who hung herself last January after suffering months of alleged aggression by her high-school peers.

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Reid plays defense as Angle attacks in Nevada debate

I didn’t see the debate, but someone tweeted an answer Sharron Angle gave when asked how she felt about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Her answer: “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”  Those people are like “Stepford Wives” with their robotic answers. 

MSNBC

Senator calls Tea Party-backed foe wild; she claims incumbent voted for tax hikes 300 times

In a crackling campaign debate, Republican challenger Sharron Angle attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday night as a career politician who lives in a fashionable Washington condominium and has voted to raise taxes 300 times. The four-term veteran called his tea party-backed rival extreme and accused her of distorting his record.

“I have never voted for tax breaks for people who are here illegally,” he said, rebutting one of the allegations Angle has made in their close, caustic and costly campaign for the Senate.

Angle played the aggressor from the opening moments of the hour-long debate, at one point taunting him to “man up, Harry Reid” as she urged him to concede that Social Security faces financial difficulty.

Across a stage at a local PBS station, there was little or nothing the two agreed on — not taxes, not health care, immigration, energy policy or federal spending.

Reid took aim at Angle’s statement that it’s not the job of a senator to create jobs. “What she’s talking about is extreme,” he said.

“Harry Reid, it’s not your job to create jobs,” she replied sharply. “It’s your job to create policy” that leads to the creation of jobs.

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Christine O’Donnell Tells GOPers: ‘I’ve Got Sean Hannity In My Back Pocket’

It seems “Samantha” O’Donnell is upset because the Tea Party “big boys” won’t give her the kind of campaign spending money that they’ve given other Tea party candidates…

Huffington Post

Christine O’Donnell may not be a witch, but she knows how to use scare tactics to raise money, top Republican strategists and officials here tell me.

They say the Delaware Republican is loudly complaining about how they won’t support her — and they are not — as a way to generate angry, send-them-a-message donations from her Tea Party base.

Specifically, according to two top GOP insiders, she said at a strategy meeting with DC types last week: “I’ve got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys.”

And that was precisely what she was doing on the radio today. On Hannity’s popular afternoon drive-time show, the Tea Party-inspired Senate contender acidly criticized the party, specifically the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for not funneling any serious cash (beyond a pro forma $43,000) into her race against Democrat Chris Coons.

(The O’Donnell campaign did not respond to a request for comment.)

Hannity, who earlier in the show warned GOP officials not to criticize Tea Party leader Sen. Jim DeMint, expressed sympathy with O’Donnell’s fiscal plight and gave a glowing review of her performance in last night’s televised debate with Coons. Hannity criticized party insiders for not backing her with cash or endorsements.

It’s not just the official party that is staying away. O’Donnell — who trails by 19 points in the latest polls — isn’t getting support from independent-spending groups such as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads. Hannity’s rave review notwithstanding, Rove has not changed his mind about her or her chances.   Continue reading…

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