Jon Stewart was incredulous that Florida pastor Terry Jones decided not to burn copies of the Koran because God supposedly told him not to. “Oh really,” Stewart said last night. “God’s telling you to stop? When God told you to do it originally, he hadn’t anticipated the backlash?
“I think you might be confusing ‘God’ with ‘everybody else in the world,'” he said.
Stewart continued: “Let me ask you this. When God told you not to burn the Koran, did it sound something like this: ‘Don’t be a fucking idiot, dude!’ Cause that’s not God. That’s everybody.”
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to inform 6 million soldiers and their families of an agreement enabling Prudential Financial Inc. to withhold lump-sum payments of life insurance benefits for survivors of fallen service members, according to records made public through a Freedom of Information request.
The amendment to Prudential’s contract is the first document to show how VA officials sanctioned a payment practice that has spurred investigations by lawmakers and regulators. Since 1999, Prudential has used so-called retained-asset accounts, which allow the company to withhold lump sum payments due to survivors and earn investment income on the money for itself.
The Sept. 1, 2009, amendment to Prudential’s contract with the VA ratified another unpublicized deal that had been struck between the insurer and the government 10 years earlier — one that was never put into writing, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue. This verbal agreement in 1999 provoked concern among top insurance officials of the agency, the documents released in the FOIA request show. Continue reading…
Most conservatives see Ed Schultz as the liberal version of Rush Limbaugh. The only similarity might be their physical appearance. Ed Schultz is not a corporate shill. He is first and foremost a populist. Also, he is not a willful liar, nor does he pander to “low-information” type audiences.
There’s been so much crap from the right in regards to President Obama but nothing grates me more than stuff like this posting on a Colorado high school website.
President Obama will deliver his second annual Back-to-School Speech on Tuesday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m.
As we did last year, it will be an individual choice of every teacher as to whether or not to show the speech, and students may opt out of seeing and listening to the speech while others may opt in.
Teachers deciding to view the speech may have additional students or parents joining their class during this time. Parents attending the viewing must check-in at the Main Office before proceeding to the classroom.
If you do not want your child(ren) to view the President’s speech on Tuesday, September 14, please notify your child(ren)’s school(s) before Tuesday morning.
Pure garbage and typical of what is taking place at many schools across the country. Did they give parents the same sort of warning when President Bush or Reagan gave their Back-to-School speeches? No they didn’t because there was no concerted effort to delegitimize their presidencies in the manner that is being done with President Obama’s. Continue reading…
If there is one primary result you should be looking at on Tuesday, it’s the GOP Senate primary in Delaware. It spells big trouble for Republicans.
Ahead of tomorrow’s highly-anticipated GOP Senate primary in Delaware, a new poll suggests another “seismic upset” may be coming, with tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell up three points over the GOP establishment pick, Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE). Castle’s loss would come on the heels of other major tea party upsets in Utah, Nevada, and Alaska, and amidst a major civil war within the Republican party.One of the key groups driving this war is Tea Party Express, which played a critical role in helping unknown attorney Joe Miller take down Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, and helped propel Sharron Angle to victory in the Nevada Senate primary. They’ve already spent $300,000 in Delaware and have raised O’Donnell’s profile nationally, with the help of recent endorsements from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
O’Donnell is a confirmed far-right nutcase and the GOP establishment is scrambling to get her defeated in the primary.
Last week, the Republican Party of Delaware released a statement calling O’Donnell “reckless,” “hypocritical,” and “dishonest.” A few days before that, Delaware GOP Chairman Tom Ross derided O’Donnell as a “troubled perennial candidate” who is “not electable in Delaware or anywhere else for that matter.” Continue reading…
Well, it looks like Christine O’Donnell, the right wing “darling” of the Tea Party movement who faces opponent Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican primary today, may have a fighting chance of upsetting the 17 year House Veteran’s chances of winning the primary this time around. According to reports, O’Donnell, who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and conservative groups stands a good chance of upsetting the status quo…
Long time Rep. Mike Castle faces strong challenge from underfunded conservative Christine O’Donnell
Predictions are flying about the likelihood of the House and Senatechanging hands in November’s midterm elections. But before parties can plan their agendas for the next congressional session, their candidates first have to make it through their primaries. After Tuesday, the last big day of the 2010 primary season, nearly all of the nominees for the general election will be chosen. Altogether, voters in seven states plus the District of Columbia will on Tuesday finalize their November ballots for 61 House seats, six Senate seats, and six gubernatorial races. Only the Hawaii primary and a House runoff primary in Louisiana will remain after this.
The Republican Senate primary in Delaware is perhaps Tuesday’s most-anticipated contest. In what is becoming a common trend this election season, Rep. Mike Castle, a 17-year House veteran, will face a challenge from the right in Tea Party-backed political commentator Christine O’Donnell. The Tea Party’s surprise victory in Alaska, where Joe Miller upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the August Republican Senate primary, spurred the movement to focus on O’Donnell’s bid, which was until very recently viewed as a longshot. Supporters of the fledgling conservative movement are hoping that, with O’Donnell, they can yet again defeat an establishment Republican. Continue reading…
For months starting in May, conservatives, right-wing media, and Republican lawmakersengaged in a campaign of misinformation, paranoia, fear, and anger toward Muslims, sparked by (old) news that the Cordoba Initiative led by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf would begin an effort to build an Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York. The hysteria culminated in a protest rally near Ground Zero on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Saturday. Led by the group, Stop the Islamization of America, rally attendees regularly chanted, “No mosque here!”
ThinkProgress attended the anti-Park 51 rally near Ground Zero on Saturday and witnessed placards and interviewed dozens of attendees. Not surprisingly, many of them echoed the right-wing noise machine’s anti-Islam rhetoric of the past few months:
– PARK 51 A VICTORY MONUMENT: “History shows us that they do build where they have conquered,” said one woman. “We came, we conquered and now we’re putting our mosque on this sacred spot. That’s what we believe,” said another.
– ATTACKS ON ISLAM: One attendee said, “They kill in the name of their god, it is not a peaceful religion,” while another claimed, “I don’t think Islam is religious at all.” “They’re not peaceful people,” one woman said. “Islam is a political system parading as religion,” said a gentleman we talked to.
– ATTACKS ON IMAM RAUF: “I think he’s a liar,” a rally-goer said, adding, “It’s gonna be a Sharia law mosque which, they believe in the Jihad.” “His intentions are not what he says,” said another attendee. “Hamas’s financier is financing this,” said another.
ThinkProgress also spoke with one New York resident observing the day’s events. “I’m so emotional here. It’s really crazy. It’s so aggressive…it’s all fear and it’s all anger, and it just makes me cry. … What is wrong with a mosque? It’s just the same, it’s a great religion just as all the others.” Watch a compilation of the interviews:
During his speech at FreedomWorks’ September 12 rally on the National Mall, Andrew Breitbart berated the media for portraying tea party ralliers as “racist, sexist, homophobe,” and “Islamophobe,” but the crowd he addressed was full of inflammatory signs: