Daily Archives: October 21, 2010

One Wisconsin Now Encourages Voters To ‘Turn Off The Hate. Get Out The Vote’ (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

Progressive group One Wisconsin Now is out with a new web ad encouraging people to counteract the voting enthusiasm coming from Tea Party groups, conservative TV and radio show devotees, Sarah Palin fans, “not-witches,” homophobes, birthers, bad spellers, and Republicans by heading to the polls.

Though early voting numbers in some states have appeared promising for Democrats, the latest polling numbers still show them suffering from a massive enthusiasm deficit, especially among the party’s youth.

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed Democrats trailing Republicans by 20 points or more in questions about their enthusiasm for casting a ballot in this year’s election.

As part of their attempt to get out the vote, One Wisconsin Now is combating what they claim to be a massive voter suppression and caging scandal in Wisconsin, allegedly being coordinated by the state’s Republican apparatus and other third-party groups.

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Political Humor 10-21-10

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Bill Maher: The Existence Of A Black President Is Driving People Crazy

I don’t always agree with Bill Maher. However, while appearing on Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Last Word”. Maher seems to have gotten it right this time.

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Juan Williams FIRED: NPR Sacks Analyst Over Fox News Muslim Comments

This is what happens when one puts his foot in his mouth!  Kudos to NPR.

Huffington Post

NPR announced late on Wednesday night that it has terminated the contract of longtime analyst Juan Williams over his comments on Fox News that, when he is on a plane with Muslims, “I get nervous.”

NPR’s media reporter David Folkenflik broke the news on Twitter.

Williams’ comments came during a discussion with Bill O’Reilly on Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor.” O’Reilly asked Williams if he had been in the wrong during his now-infamous appearance on “The View” last week. (There, O’Reilly’s statement that “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ caused Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set in anger.)

Williams replied that he thought O’Reilly had, in fact, been right. He continued:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Williams did go on to tell O’Reilly that he had to be “careful” to stress that he was not talking about all Muslims when he criticized some and that America was not at war with Islam. He also compared blaming all Muslims for the actions of extremists to blaming all Christians for the actions of Timothy McVeigh. (O’Reilly responded that he was “done” being careful.)

In a statement, NPR said that it had informed Williams of its decision on Wednesday night, and that his remarks were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

Williams had been a contributor and analyst at NPR for decades, but his dual role on Fox News — where he has also been a longtime and frequent contributor — drew so many complaints from NPR’s listeners that it asked Fox News to stop identifying Williams as an “NPR News Political Analyst” in 2009.

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Howard Fineman On The Anita Hill-Virginia Thomas Fracas (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

HuffPost Senior Politics Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Wednesday evening to discuss the recent dust-up between the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, herself a longtime conservative activist, and Anita Hill, who worked for Thomas in two jobs prior to his Supreme Court appointment and nearly derailed his confirmation hearings after accusing him of sexual harassment.

“This is a terribly painful experience and episode to this day, for the Thomases and for Anita Hill,” Fineman said. “I think she’s just as wound up and bound up in this thing as the Thomases are all these years later.”

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How Close Is Joe Miller’s Town Hall Security Chief To The Alaska Citizens Militia?

Palingates:

Joe Miller chose a security firm for his campaign event which is not only unlicensed, but also right at the heart of an extreme militia group, with the owner of the security firm being a local commander of the militia and also the main supplier. This Alaskan militia is headed by the notorious Norm Olson, who played a major role in the radical militia movement in the 1990′s in Michigan, a movement which is at least partly to blame for the Oklahoma bombing.

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William Fulton, the head of DropZone Security, denies that he’s a member of the Alaska Citizens Militia — though he inarguably has some ties to the militia, and has even been referred to as the “supply Sergeant” by the head of the group.

DropZone Security was hired as Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller’s private security team at his town hall on Sunday, during which Fulton and two of his employees handcuffed and detained Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger.

As we’ve reported, DropZone Security doubles as an army surplus store and bail bonds agency, and is made up of current and former members of the military. The two other agents with Fulton at the Miller event were active-duty military.

As some local outlets have already reported, Fulton himself is a repeated poster on the Alaska Citizens Militia Google Forum, which can be found here. All of his postings are here.

The Alaska Citizens’ Militia describes its mission statement as: “To set forth the historical and Constitutional basis for the establishment of the Alaska Citizens Militia; to explain its mission and goals; its uniqueness as the final defense against tyrannical government at all levels; and to suggest an organizational structure.”

Among the problems its website lists are “firearms restrictions or other disarmament,” “mandatory medical anything,” and “involuntary involvement in anything,” among other things, in its “ACTS OF WAR” section.

The ACM was started by Norm Olsen, who the Southern Poverty Law Center reports also started the Michigan Militia, though he was kicked out after touting this theory about the Oklahoma City bombing: “The Japanese government had bombed the federal building there as a return favor for the sarin gas subway attack that he said the U.S. government carried out in Tokyo.”

And though Fulton denies being a member of the ACM, Olsen is among those Fulton communicates with on the ACM message board. Writing under the username “bob bob” but signing his posts “DropZone Bill,” Fulton has posted 42 times since January, according to Google.

In one post in January, Fulton writes: “I should hope that the militia is not involved with establishing any form of government moral or otherwise It is the purpose of the militia to defend the people and the state. I believe our job is to be shooters, elected politicians get to deal with the government establishment portion of the pie.”

Another thread shows Fulton offering to facilitate an October 10 meeting of the militia at his DropZone store: “Lets do it noon on the 10th of October if that works for everybody sunday is our slowest day so I can close the shop.”   Continue reading…

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O’Donnell Can’t Name A Single Democratic Senator

Oh my goodness! Can anyone running for public office, especially a United States Senator, be this dense?

Talking Points Memo

In a debate today hosted by local television station WHYY, Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell seemed unable to name a single sitting Democratic senator. Asked which Democrats she would be willing to work with were she elected, O’Donnell paused for a long moment, before saying Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. O’Donnell acknowledged that Clinton is no longer a senator, but said she hopes to be on the Foreign Relations Committee and would be able to work with her in that capacity. When her opponent, Democrat Chris Coons, suggested O’Donnell couldn’t name any Democratic senators, she responded by shouting out the name of Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman:

MODERATOR: Give me a name, Christine, of someone in the U.S. Senate, across the aisle that you’re comfortable working with.

O’DONNELL: [Pause] Well, she’s not a senator any more, but I would definitely have to say Hillary Clinton. [...]

COONS: One of the real risks as we go forward, is that if we elect someone who literally cannot name a single currently serving senator in my party with whom she would work –

O’DONNELL: Senator Lieberman!

COONS: Someone who has no experience crossing the biparistan divide.

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Of course, this isn’t the first time O’Donnell has been stumped by a simple question. In a different debate on Monday, O’Donnell seemed confused about the text of the First Amendment, despite the fact that she has touted herself as a Constitutional scholar in the past.

For more on O’Donnell’s record, check out our ThinkProgress report: The Old Adventures of New Christine.

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Church and Stupid: Christine O’Donnell’s cocky ignorance of the First Amendment

Slate

Does Christine O’Donnell understand that the First Amendment prohibits federal establishment of religion?

Yesterday she challenged her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, on this question during a debate. Media reports on the exchange depicted her as ignorant. In response, conservative writers and pundits—Rush Limbaugh, Ramesh Ponnuru, and bloggers at National Review, the American Spectator, First Things, Right Wing News, and other sites—have come to her defense. They claim O’Donnell was disputing not the Constitution but liberal interpretations of it. In Limbaugh’s words:

There was a story that was written in such a way to make the reader believe that Christine O’Donnell did not know that the First Amendment prohibited the government from establishing a religion. … That’s not what she was expressing incredulity over. She was incredulous that somebody was saying that the Constitution said there must be separation between church and state. Those words are not in the Constitution.

It’s true that the phrase “separation of church and state” isn’t in the Constitution. It’s also true that this was O’Donnell’s main point. But Limbaugh and her other defenders can’t hide what she revealed along the way. O’Donnell did express incredulity that the First Amendment prohibits government establishment of religion. It’s right there on the tape.

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Beck denies evolution: “I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet”

Keep in mind that Beck’s position on “evolution” is echoed by the conservative party and most notably, the Christian Right.

I must admit, the sheer ignorance and lunacy of his statement is mind boggling…

Little Green Footballs Deliberately ignorant anti-science boneheaded throwback stupidity, from the Fox News raving freakazoid nut sandwich.

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Joe Wilson, Husband Of Valerie Plame: Dick Cheney Is A ‘Traitor’ (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

Joe Wilson, husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, kept his criticism of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney and Cheney’s former chief of staff Scooter Libby succinct and serious Wednesday, when he referred to each of them simply as “traitor.”

During a discussion on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Wilson sat beside his wife and harshly described each of the men who were at the center of a scandal that led to the leak of Plame’s identity.

“They betrayed the national security of our country,” Wilson, an outspoken critic of the Iraq War and former U.S. Ambassador said. “By betraying the identity of a covert CIA operative, whose identity is kept secret because it’s in the national interests that the identity be kept secret, in order for her to be able to acquire foreign secrets on behalf of our country.”   Continue reading…

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