Daily Archives: October 27, 2010

Alan Keyes Ordered to Pay President Obama’s Court Costs

Immediately after President Barack Obama’s election in 2008, Alan Keys and others filed a lawsuit questioning Obama’s eligibility to be president, based on questions about his birth…

Daily Kos

A state appellate court in Sacramento tossed out a lawsuit claiming President Barack Obama is not eligible to occupy the White House because he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. The court ordered the plaintiffs to pay all court costs of the defendants.

The lawsuit was filed shortly after the 2008 general election. The leading plaintiff (of three) was Alan Keyes, a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s administration from Maryland, and the 2008 American Independent Party candidate for president.

Keyes is a member of the so-called “birthers” movement. In his complaint, he claimed there is persuasive evidence Obama was born in what is now Kenya, which was then (1961) the British East African Protectorate of Zanzibar. He further claimed that President Obama would have automatically been a British citizen, based on his father’s citizenship, and ineligible for office.

Highlights of the decision can be found here and here.

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The Fox News Election?

Fox News (Republican) Pac  (as Keith Olberman calls them) has fomented the seeds of hate and racism since Barack Obama’s candidacy and subsequent election.  They have continued an incessant (and often successful) assault on those people who Fox News considers a threat to their goal of ascending Republican power…

Mario Piperni

David Neiwert makes the argument that the midterm election is less a referendum on Barack Obama than it is one on Fox News.  The money quote:

But it’s obvious that we don’t really have a Republican Party anymore. It’s now a wholly owned subsidiary of Fox News. And that’s who this election is really about.

I’m not sure I’d go that far but it is not hard to imagine how worse a shape the Republican Party would be in were it not for the ceaseless effort bullshit on the part of Fox.   If not for Fox, where would Sarah Palin get to bleat her nonsense each day?  Where would conservative candidates who refuse to speak to their local media get to voice their thoughts unchallenged?  Where would the Tea Party be if not for Fox who has been cheerleading the astroturf movement from day one?

Really.  Who would champion the causes of bigotry, homophobia, Islamophobia and overall hate if not for Fox and its cabal of delusional hatemongers?  And most important, where would the unwashed masses of fools turn to for their daily fill of head-spinning lies and misinformation if not for the yeoman’s work done by Fox News?

Maybe it’s not the Fox election but Neiwert is dead on the money with this line.

The entire narrative of this coming election has been dictated by Fox. Is it any wonder that the conventional wisdom now perfectly reflects what Fox has been dictating?

Nope. It’s no wonder at all.

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Obama to ‘Daily Show’ as Campaign Nears End

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New York Times

President Obama will make the fusion of politics and comedy official tonight by becoming the first sitting president to appear on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” just days before crucial midterm elections that could reshape his presidency.

Mr. Obama will sit down this afternoon with Jon Stewart, the comedian-turned-activist who hosts the show, in what White House officials concede is a blatant attempt to seek out young Democratic voters wherever they spend the most time.

“The President hasn’t been shy about going to the places where people are getting their information and trying to make his case,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday. “And I think that’s what he’ll do on the show.”

The unusual presidential interview will be taped at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, where Mr. Stewart has relocated his show in advance of the “Rally to Restore Sanity” he is leading on Saturday. The interview comes as literally hundreds of candidates and their allies begin the final push for votes ahead of what is widely expected to be a better day for Republicans than for Democrats next week.

But a fresh wave of polling in a few states is pointing to some improving news for some Democrats. The party’s candidates for Senate and governor in California appear to be holding onto leads over their Republican rivals and the candidates running for Senate in Pennsylvania are tied in the latest survey from that state. (UPDATE: A new survey this morning puts Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey ahead of Democrat Joe Sestak, 46-41)

The AFL-CIO on Saturday will launch a “Final Four Days” of get-out-the-vote efforts involving 90,000 volunteers in 1,200 staging locations, officials told The Caucus. A Democratic official in Washington bragged about early voting Tuesday night, telling The Caucus that more than 28 competitive House district have seen big turnouts of Democrats even before election day.    Continue reading…

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Joe Miller: ‘I Lied’ About Accessing Computers For Political Purposes

Alaska Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite, Joe Miller has finally been exposed as lying about his ethics violations two years ago…

Huffington Post

Amid a political firestorm of controversy surrounding Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller’s ethics violations while working as a government attorney in 2008, new details emerged on Tuesday night revealing that the Republican hopeful himself admitted to lying about his complicity in the matter.

“I lied about accessing all of the computers,” wrote Miller in an e-mail to Fairbanks North Star Borough attorney Rene Broker in March of 2008 in the wake of allegations he used the office technology for political purposes. “I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally I admitted what I did.”

The remarks from Miller came to light in a 60-page dispatch of records released (PDF) by the Alaska borough after a judge issued a court order for the files to be made public.

Miller detailed the incident at the core of the controversy in the same e-mail to Broker disclosed in the documents:

Over the lunch hour this past Wednesday, I got on three computers (not belonging to me) in the office. All of them were on and none of them were locked. I accessed my personal website, for political purposes (participated in a poll), and then cleared the cache on each computer. I did the same thing on my computer. Jill asked the office what happened. I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally, I admitted what I did.

The Fairbanks News Miner reports:

The records corroborate statements made earlier this month by former borough Mayor Jim Whitaker who said Miller engaged in “proxy voting” in a failed bid to oust state GOP chairman Randy Ruedrich at the 2008 Alaska Republican convention.

In a curious move made by Miller, attorneys for the conservative candidate’s campaign moved to take legal action against the former Mayor over the matter. The Anchorage Daily News reported last week:

The complaint, filed Wednesday by Anchorage attorney Thomas Van Flein, alleges that Whitaker violated Miller’s constitutional rights and committed a misdemeanor offense when he told reporters last week that Miller was nearly fired from his borough attorney job for using borough computers in a failed bid to oust state Republican party chairman Randy Ruedrich.

In recent weeks, the controversy related to the two-year old ethics violation made by Miller has proven to be a significant stumbling block for his campaign. In the face of pressure from reporters to be more transparent about issue, the Tea Party-backed hopeful made every attempt to downplay the matter by evading the press. He also has suggested the ordeal was at least in part fueled as a political attack from the campaign of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whom he ousted in Alaska’s GOP primary and is now pursuing a write-in reelection bid.

A copy of the letter sent by Miller in which he admitted to lying about his involvement of the controversy can be found on the following Click here (PDF), which include 60 pages of documents in full released on Tuesday night.

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Kentucky Stomper Identified As Paul’s (Now Former) Bourbon County Coordinator

This guy only got a summons to appear in court!  I think he should have been arrested for assault.   I find the actions of the Kentucky police to be quite troubling…

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The Rand Paul campaign has just severed ties with their Bourbon County coordinator – a man by the name of Tim Profitt — who has identified himself as the supporter who stomped on the head and neck of a MoveOn activist outside of the Senate debate in Lexington, KY last night, according to Fox News.

Profitt apologized for the scuffle to the Associated Press this afternoon, and apparently told them that the camera angle made the incident appear worse than it really was.

The Kentucky blog “barefoot and progressive” was the first to identify Profitt as the likely assailant in a series of posts today.

TPM left a message for Profitt at his residence this afternoon, but the call was not returned before publication time.

Late update: Valle spoke to reporters this afternoon, telling them that the men who attacked her were familiar with her from other protests.

Later update: More from Profitt’s statement to the AP: “”I’m sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand’s safety.”

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Roy Sekoff On Sharron Angle’s ‘Willie Horton Ad’ (VIDEO)

HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff taped an appearance on “The Joy Behar Show” Tuesday in which he and the CNN Headline News host decried a recent ad by Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

“It’s getting worse,” Sekoff told Behar. “They’ve been playing the fear card for many years. As you said, Willie Horton, they play the race card. It’s this ominous ‘the scary, the other,’ and we’ve seen a lot more of this since Obama became president.”

Roy Sekoff On Sharron Angle’s ‘Willie Horton Ad…, posted with vodpod

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