Newspaper That Printed Letter Calling For Obama’s Execution: Oops!


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That “oops” is so transparent…(ks)


The Daily Item, a newspaper based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, ran a letter on Memorial Daytitled “What is a Ramadi?” in which a local man criticized Obama’s approach to the Islamic State terror group.

“To the families of those fallen heros whose blood lies on the sands of Iraq; don’t you think it might be time to rise up against an administration who has adequately demonstrated their gross incompetence?,” Lewisburg, Pennsylvania resident W. Richard Stover wrote. “I think the appropriate, and politically correct, term is regime change. Forgive me for being blunt, but throughout history this has previously been accompanied by execution by guillotine, firing squad, public hanging.”

The Daily Item’s editorial board wrote Thursday that while “no bells went off” when the editor who placed Stover’s letter in the opinion pages first read it, the reference to execution should have been removed.

“Nearly a decade of provocative and divisive rhetoric may have inured us to language that calls the president of the United States ‘the coward-in-chief’ and the disrespectful use of the president’s first name…But we should have recognized that the final two metaphorical paragraphs of the Ramadi letter were inescapably an incitement to have the chief executive of our government executed. They should have been deleted,” the editorial read.

The editorial board added that publishing the letter as is wrongly implied the newspaper found Stover’s call for the President’s execution to be acceptable.

“The Daily Item apologizes for our failure to catch and remove the inappropriate paragraphs in the letter directed at President Obama,” the editorial read. “We will strive to do better in the future.”

h/t Politico


Fox Nation Readers React To Death Of Nelson Mandela With Racism, Death Wishes For Obama

Some might ask why bother to publish this stuff.  To that, I reply, why not?  Why protect the SOBs by not publicizing their inanity?


Fox Nation posted a respectful article about Nelson Mandela’s death – and many of their readers responded in kind. But many erupted in such shocking racism and/or death-wishing hatred for President Obama that words fail us. You really need to see them for yourself. (H/T Andrew S.) UPDATED

This is what passes for “tolerance” and “civil discourse” on Fox Nation:






















UPDATE: Apparently, Fox is embarrassed enough by their own readers that they have now removed the comments section along with the previously existing comments.

H/t: DB

Fox News Sunday Interviews Former Republican Activist as Everyday Obamacare ‘Victim’

No surprise here.  This is par for the course with Fox News.  Propaganda is their entire game.


If news consumers had a nickel for every bogus Obamacare horror story on TV, they wouldn’t need Obamacare. Add to the list the story of 34 year-old Georgia native Cade Joiner, who was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this week. Introduced simply as a “businessman” who is “Losing Health Plan,” Mr. Joiner’s story, getting a letter in the mail cancelling his old health insurance, and “calling around” only to find the new plan cost much more, sounded familiar. Some of the language Joiner used about Obamacare being “not ready for prime time” sounded even more familiar.

In fact, Mr. Joiner might even look familiar to you, if you’re into Georgia Republican politics. Here is the same Cade Joiner introducing Ralph Reed at the 2001 College Republican National Convention:

At that time, Joiner had just finished a stint as President of the Georgia Association of College Republicans, but more recently, he was a campaign fundraising organizer, and then a campaign finance committee co-chair, for the successful reelection bid of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R-GA).

None of this necessarily means Joiner is a bad person, or even that he’s not a credible guest, but these are things that Fox News Sunday, and host Chris Wallace, should have disclosed to viewers. Wallace also should have asked Joyner where he “called around” to find an individual health insurance policy for over $500, when the most expensive policy available in his county of residence costs about $350.00, and there are several plans available for less than he was paying before. It might be tough to get viewers to sympathize with a Republican fundraising heavyweight whose insurance premiums went up, but nearly impossible if they went down.

Cade Joiner may have an honest gripe with President Obama’s assurance that he could keep his plan, and there may well be some tradeoffs for some people when it comes to individual insurance, but even though consumers like Cade Joiner are still having trouble using the Obamacare website, there’s little excuse for news outlets to fail to do such basic research. There’s also no good reason to conceal Mr. Joiner’s political activism, unless the point is to make him seem dishonest upon its revelation.


Juan Williams Accuses Republicans Of ‘Empty Rhetoric’ On Obamacare (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post

Fox News analyst Juan Williams hit out at Republicans on Sunday over their opposition to Obamacare.

Williams appeared on a “Fox News Sunday” panel. He responded to Chris Wallace’s charge that some Americans are losing their health insurance plans under Obamacare.

“I get the sense that people on the Republican side are enjoying this moment, but this is empty rhetoric,” Williams said. He added that some plans are being cancelled because they do not meet Obamacare standards, but that those affected have received offers “for better packages at lower costs with more benefits.”

“This is not the apocalypse,” Williams added.

Brit Hume disagreed, saying, “The president promised explicitly — we heard it on this program—if you like the coverage you have now you can keep it, period… They’re now being told they can’t have those polices anymore. They must have policies that involve coverage for things they may feel they don’t need.”

The two continued to clash in the clip above.

(h/t Mediaite)

Fox’s O’Reilly Says Obama Will ‘Seize-White-Assets’ To Implement Obamacare!

O’Reilly, et al insist that they are not the “race-baiters”.  Yeah, right!

H/t: TheObamaCRAT™

Friday Blog Roundup – 10-18-2013

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks to reporters after a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 15, 2013.

The GOP’s Alamo

Anatomy of a shutdown

The Tea Party’s International Counterparts

Cruz again huddles with his House GOP flock

One chart shows how badly the GOP hurt itself

Eye Opener: Convicts forge their way to freedom

Fake crises are distracting us from really serious ones

House Committee Calls Hearing Over Obamacare Rollout

Obama To Announce Homeland Security Nominee Today

Oregon Cuts Its Unsinsured Population By 10 Percent Over The Past Two Weeks


Thursday Blog Roundup – 10/10/2013

Meet the 10 most dangerous terrorists

Announcing Fed Nomination, Obama Praises Yellen

T-Mobile getting rid of international data, texting fees 

Oliver Willis: Inevitable: Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson

Paul Ryan adds Medicare and Medicaid to the ransom note

Obama chats up prominent figures from conservative media

John Boehner’s Claims On The Medical Device Tax Explored

Ted Cruz Conducts Own Poll To Show Things Aren’t So Bad For GOP

For Boehner, surrender may be only way out of shutdown and debt-ceiling mess

Obama invites all House Republicans to White House meeting, nearly all decline

The Big Lie Behind Rand Paul’s Pack of GOP Shutdown Lies

Rand Paul


The GOP, driven by tea party extremism, has shut down the U.S. government, costing taxpayers on the order of $40-$80 million per day at a conservative estimate. Some estimates go as high as $300 million per day. According, as I write this, the shutdown has cost in excess of $1,593,276,000 and it is literally climbing by the second.

Yet Rand Paul (R-KY) writes an op-ed on on Fridaywith the disingenuous claim that he doesn’t understand why the WWII memorial isn’t open:

This week, we saw the outrageous spectacle of World War II veterans being told by our government that they couldn’t visit their own memorial. These former service members, who stared down the Japanese and the Nazis, were told that they couldn’t step through barricades arbitrarily placed in front of their memorial because the government has shut down. Some have speculated that it might have cost more to place the barricades there than to have done nothing at all.

This is a tear-jerker, and it is meant to be. But Paul is being as dishonest here as the day is long.

He says putting barricades up cost more than to have done nothing. But Rand Paul doesn’t mention that, the shutdown his party is responsible for is costing Americans more than if the Republicans had done nothing. And the shutdown is costing Americans more than a few barricades.

Let me put it this way: Not only do the spending cuts the GOP demands not reduce the federal debt, but the shutdown Republicans initiated claiming Obamacare is costing Americans too much money, costs more money than Obamacare.

If this makes sense to you, you are probably a tea partier.

Yet Rand Paul says Obamacare makes no sense, because, apparently, giving millions of Americans access to insurance for the first time, and forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, makes no sense.

He accuses President Obama of being “tone deaf” to Americans, completely ignoring the fact – and it is a fact – thatthe majority of Americans want Obamacare and that the majority of Americans do not want a government shutdown.

I think we know who is tone deaf, and it isn’t President Obama.

Then Rand Paul pulls out the Big Lie, the same one every Republican who began planning for this shutdown in 2010 are all using, that none of them wanted a shutdown. Keep in mind that they shut down the government using Obamacare as an excuse. Keep in mind that Obamacare is the law of the land, and more, a law upheld by the Supreme Court.

No one wanted a government shutdown. Republicans have continued to offer multiple compromises that would keep the government open. I offered an amendment to keep the government open an additional week while negotiations continued. My proposal was rejected. In fact, all of our proposals were rejected.

Paul tells another lie when he claims, “Every attempt to bargain, negotiate or compromise has been rejected by the Democrats.”

Let us be clear: The Republicans have offered no compromises. They refused from the start to negotiate. Their demands – and they can be construed no other way – have been predicated on 44 unsuccessful votes to defund Obamacare, and when that failed, to delay it for a year, when, they hope, a new majority in the Senate will kill it for good. In other words, delaying Obamacare is, from their point of view, no different than killing it. Some compromise. Either way, it’s “kill Obamacare.”

Apparently, Rand Paul yearns to be known as the biggest liar in Washington, D.C., to judge by this next whopper:

Pundits like to talk about dysfunctional government in Washington. This week demonstrated how right they are. Our government is too big, inefficient and incompetent to possibly handle American health care effectively. Why can’t this administration get its act together?

A Republican-dominated House of Representatives rushing down a road to nowhere with no clear end-game in mind save unconditional surrender by the administration, and Paul says the administration doesn’t have IT’S act together?

Paul pulls out one lie after another, each worse than the last, arriving at the tried and untrue Republican claim that Obama is building the deficit at a record pace:

And what do we have to show for this largely dysfunctional government? Annual trillion dollar deficits and a $17 trillion debt than keeps climbing.

The truth is exactly the opposite. In fact, Obama is reducing the deficit at a record pace. It is a fact, as Sarah Jones reported here in May, that the Obama administration has presided over the most rapid deficit reduction since World War II.

In fact, government spending under President Obama has grown at a slower rate than it did under any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to Bloomberg(that’s over 50 years ago, if you’re counting).

Where does that leave Paul’s op-ed? Lie, lie, another lie, followed by more lies. So does Rand Paul have anything to say that is not a lie?

No, sadly he does not. All Rand Paul has is lies.

And so the liar from Kentucky concludes, dishonestly, that because his party has shutdown the government over a law that has been upheld by the Supreme Court, that, “What Americans were reminded of this week — more than anything else — is that big government doesn’t work.”

What doesn’t work is the House of Representatives, which has spent 15+ percent of its time this year trying to get rid of a law that has been upheld by the Supreme Court. A law, moreover, that most Americans want.

The GOP, to nobody’s surprise, is a party these days of liars and shills. But Rand Paul, apparently – and this is saying something when you consider the company he keeps – wants to be the liar of the century.

Right now, he has that award hands down.

Colbert Hammers Koch Brothers, Right-Wing Pundits Over Obamacare Alarm

The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert took aim at the Republicans as they continue to lose the media narrative on the government shutdown over Obamacare. Check out the clip above as he offers some tongue-in-cheek mockery of right-wing panic over the Obama administration’s attempts to sell the program to young people, and the Koch Brothers’ attempts to convince them they don’t need insurance.

10 things you need to know today: September 28, 2013

President Obama outlined his phone conversation with Iranian President Rouhani on Friday.

The Week

Obama talks to Iran, the Senate kicks the government shutdown ball back to the House, and more

1. Senate passes budget bill, sends government shutdown fight back to House
By a 54-44 party-line vote, the Senate on Friday approved a continuing resolution to fund the government that did not include a provision defunding ObamaCare. The bill now returns to the House, where Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has indicated his party would not agree to a clean budget bill. If the House fails to pass the Senate’s version, the government will likely shut down at midnight Monday. [New York Times]

2. Obama holds historic talk with Iranian president
In a Friday news conference, President Obama announced he had spoken directly by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the two nations have spoken to each other since 1979. The news came on the same day that Iran and the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency held “constructive” talks about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. [New York Times]

3. New Jersey court rules state must permit gay marriages
A New Jersey judge on Friday ruled the state must allow same-sex couples to wed. Citing the recent Supreme Court ruling that barred the federal government from discriminating against gay couples, Judge Mary Jacobson said it would be unconstitutional for New Jersey to deny same-sex couples rights now guaranteed by the federal government. [Washington Post]

4. Health groups sue to block parts of Texas’ restrictive abortion law
A coalition of national women’s rights groups and Texas health clinics sued the state on Friday to block implementation of key pieces of a new abortion law set to take effect October 29. The law, which drew significant national attention following Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) 13-hour filibuster attempt, would require doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and ban abortions beyond 20 weeks. [USA Today]

5. U.N. probes more allegations of Syrian chemical weapons use
Inspectors from the United Nations are looking into seven more alleged cases of chemical weapons being used in Syria, three of which may have happened after the August 21 attack that left hundreds dead and triggered an international outcry. They are expected to wrap up the investigation next week and deliver their findings by the end of October, though the U.N. did not offer many other details. The U.N. Security Council, meanwhile, has tentatively agreed on a resolution calling on Syria to give up its chemical weapons cache. [Reuters]

6. EA Sports settles lawsuit with college athletes
Video game company E.A. Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company agreed to pay out $40 million to settle a lawsuit brought by former athletes who objected to their names and likenesses being used without their consent. Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon brought the lawsuit, which will benefit some 200,000 to 300,000 players, and which could have broad implications for the future of college sports. If a judge approves the terms of the settlement, the NCAA would be left as the lone defendant in the case. [ESPN]

7. Obama offers bankrupt Detroit $320 million in aid
The Obama administration on Friday extended $320 million in federal and private aid to the struggling city, which in July became the largest municipality ever to file for bankruptcy. The funds will be used to do everything from clearing blighted buildings and beefing up law enforcement, to improving transit infrastructure and repairing streetlights — 40 percent of which are broken. [Bloomberg]

8. Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee indicted in murder investigation
Prosecutors indicted Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, accusing her of perjury in the murder case of Odin Lloyd. They also filed charges against Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton. Hernandez is charged with orchestrating Lloyd’s murder, and has pleaded not guilty. [Boston Globe]

9. Scientists create new form of matter likened to Star Wars‘ lightsaber
To the delight of nerds everywhere, a team of Harvard and MIT scientists said they had stumbled across a way to bind photons together, thus creating what they said was something “similar to what we see in the movies.” Scientists previously believed photons had no mass, but when placed under the right conditions, the researchers discovered they could clump photons together to form molecules. “It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers,” Harvard physicist Mikhail Lukin said. [The Independent]

10. NSA staff accused of spying on spouses, former lovers
Some dozen staffers with the National Security Agency — the body tasked with monitoring foreign correspondence for signs of terrorism — allegedly used their power to snoop on their current and former partners, according to a government watchdog group. The NSA Office of the Inspector General said the practice, known in the business as “LOVEINT,” took place over the past decade and included inappropriate monitoring of personal email and phone records. [Reuters]