Saturday, November 6, 2010

Two from truthout:

Our Big, Fat, Invisible Wars
Jon Letman, Truthout: "One can only assume that the White House offered [Jon] Stewart a one-on-one with Obama on the condition that there was to be absolutely no mention of the wars, the troops, terror threats, predator drones, Guantanamo, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Iran, North Korea or anything with even the slightest whiff of war."
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Rick Perry Proposes Letting States Opt Out of Social Security
Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress: "Appearing on CNN's Parker/Spitzer this past week, occasionally secessionist Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) proposed allowing states to opt out of Social Security."
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Three from truthout::

William Rivers Pitt | Another Hard November
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "I am beginning to loathe November. Every second year, we as a nation endure the paroxysm of election, and every second year seems to be more demented than the last. Do not get me wrong: I am a devotee of the church of democracy, and I get a deep visceral thrill every time I get to cast a vote. But man oh man, it is a trying time every time, and never more so than over the last ten years."

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Here's How the GOP Plans to Kill Health Care Overhaul
Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: "In a symbolic show of opposition, resurgent House Republicans are eyeing an early up-or-down vote to repeal the Obama administration's health care overhaul, though a successful overturn of the controversial measure is well beyond their reach. Even if a proposal passes the soon-to-be GOP-controlled House of Representatives, it's unlikely to go any further, considering the Democrats' control of the Senate and President Barack Obama's power to veto legislation."
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Midterms a Mixed Bag for LGBT Equality
James Russell, Truthout: "On Tuesday, voters ousted numerous LGBT allies in the US House and Senate, such as Pennsylvania Democrat Patrick Murphy, who led the effort in the House of Representatives to overturn the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. However, they also elected a record-number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender candidates to public office."
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Via JMG: Rep. Alan Grayson: The Center Cannot Hold

Rep. Alan Grayson: I Lost Because Young Democrats Just Didn't Come Out To Vote

According to Grayson, only one House Democrat who won in 2008 with a less than ten point margin was reelected on Tuesday. Grayson and 22 others were not. Grayson closes the interview with "we'll see" when asked if he'll run for office again.

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Via JMG: TEXAS: Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum Calls For Banning Muslims, Well, Everywhere

The above text provided by Right Wing Watch lays out how the Texas chapter of the Phyllis Schlafly-founded Eagle Forum wants Muslims banned from the military, banned from political office, and banned from having government jobs.

For those blissfully unaware, the Eagle Forum is the once powerful (but recently resurgent) Christianist group that seeks to install a theocratic U.S. government. They were founded in 1972 as Stop ERA (the Equal Rights Amendment), which they did. Last year their Texas chairwoman was also the chairwoman of the Texas GOP.

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David Letterman - Chilean Miner, Edison Peña

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Via JMG: Photo Of The Day - The Nile From The ISS

David Letterman - Tina Fey Does Sarah Palin

Via Truthout: Paul Krugman | When China Exports, Everyone Pays

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "What the Fed is trying to do through quantitative easing, or releasing more money into the economy, is to foster an expansionary monetary policy and increase productivity in the face of a depressed economy and threats of deflation. What else can the United States do? Now, it is true that one effect of that policy, if it isn't matched abroad, is a weaker American dollar - but that is not the ultimate goal."
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Via Truthout: A Progressive Primary to Push for Jobs and End the Wars

Robert Naiman, Truthout: "It's bad enough that we lost progressive champions like Russ Feingold, and that the leadership and committees of the House will be taken over by advocates of domestic austerity and endless war. In addition, the airwaves and print media will now be filled with pundits saying that the lesson of the election is that Obama must move to the right and cut the budget, except the military. But the worst thing we must now face is that the 2010 election is likely a preview of 2012, unless at least one of two things happen: decisive federal action to boost economic growth and employment, now much more difficult to achieve than before, and some dramatic new element is introduced into our national politics that changes the character of national debate."

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Via JMG: Spring Forward, Fall BACK

Via Truthout: Bill Moyers: "Welcome to the Plutocracy!"

Bill Moyers, Truthout: "Howard [Zinn] championed grassroots social change and famously chronicled its story as played out over the course of our nation's history. More, those stirring sagas have inspired and continue to inspire countless people to go out and make a difference. The last time we met, I told him that the stories in A People's History of the United States remind me of the fellow who turned the corner just as a big fight broke out down the block. Rushing up to an onlooker he shouted, 'Is this a private fight, or can anyone get in it?' For Howard, democracy was one big public fight and everyone should plunge into it. That's the only way, he said, for everyday folks to get justice - by fighting for it."

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Hi, I'm a Tea-Partier

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trip to Columbus, Ohio

Azita's House

OSU Football Stadium
Bia and Jane

Azita's House
Mono Lake and Sierra's from plane


Let's Rally to Restore Peace
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: "In their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert effectively demonstrated how the media hypes fear. They brought out Kareem Abdul Jabbar to show that not all Muslims are terrorists. A couple of musical numbers dealt with the wars we are fighting. But neither Stewart nor Colbert mentioned Iraq or Afghanistan and how they are allowed to continue by the hyping of fear. Like his predecessor, President Obama also hypes fear - by connecting his war in Afghanistan to keeping us safe, even though CIA Director Leon Panetta recently admitted that only 50 to 100 al-Qaeda fighters are there."

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Chris Hedges | The Phantom Left
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: "The American left is a phantom. It is conjured up by the right wing to tag Barack Obama as a socialist and used by the liberal class to justify its complacency and lethargy. It diverts attention from corporate power. It perpetuates the myth of a democratic system that is influenced by the votes of citizens, political platforms and the work of legislators. It keeps the world neatly divided into a left and a right. The phantom left functions as a convenient scapegoat. The right wing blames it for moral degeneration and fiscal chaos. The liberal class uses it to call for 'moderation.' And while we waste our time talking nonsense, the engines of corporate power - masked, ruthless and unexamined - happily devour the state."

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Paul Rogat Loeb | The Republican War on Reality
Paul Rogat Loeb, Truthout: "Everett Dirksen is one of my heroes. The Senate Republican leader from 1959 to 1969, he pushed strongly for Vietnam escalation and took conservative stands that I'd have strongly disagreed with on economic issues. But he joined Lyndon Johnson in going to the mat to pass the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills, and for that I admire him immensely. Today's Republicans are far from Dirksen and that's a shame. Beyond political differences with Obama and the Democrats, they've been making war on reality itself, which should be a major issue of the campaign's final days."

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Gallup Gave the GOP a 55 Percent to 40 Percent Lead Over Democrats Among Likely Voters
Read the Article at Politico

Paul Krugman: Mugged by the Debt Moralizers
Read the Article at The New York Times
Mightier Than the "Tea Party": The American Nonvoter
Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Joe Miller and Palin Blame Press for Fabricating a Nonexistent Story
Read the Article at New York Magazine

Pot Politics in California
See the Video at The Washington Post

Where'd the Tea Party's Secret Money Go?
Read the Article at Mother Jones

GOP Plans Attacks on EPA and Climate Scientists
Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

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Via JMG: Nate Silver's Final Senate Forecast

Larger interactive version here. Silver gives the GOP a 9% chance of winning the Senate majority. Keep your eyes on West Virginia, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, and Illinois. Alaska is really a mystery, what with Murkowski's write-in campaign and the GOP backing away from its own nominee Joe Miller. Democrat Scott McAdams is only polling at 27%, but in a three-way race with the two GOP candidates splitting votes, there's a slight chance we'll see a nice surprise.

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Via JMG: Nate Silver's Final House Forecast

Larger interactive version here. Silver gives the Democrats an 18% chance of holding the House majority. Blue Dog Democrats have downplayed their support of health care reform and distanced themselves from the president, a mistake in my opinion, since many consider it the crowning achievement of the Obama administration so far.

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Via JMG: Nate Silver's Final Governorships Forecast

Larger interactive version here. We're certainly enjoying that dark blue in California, aren't we? Florida remains troublesome, with teabagger and Medicare fraudster Rick Scott maintaining a slight lead over Democrat Alex Sink. In Illinois state Sen. Bill Brady is in a toss-up with Gov. Pat Quinn, who had the unenviable job of taking over for Rod Blogojevich. In Minnesota former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton is holding onto a five-point lead over teabagger asshat (and Target BFF) Tom Emmer.

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Rally to Restore Sanity - Interviews with Participants

Via JMG: RECAP: Rally For Sanity

Today's Rally For Sanity in DC was an astounding success by most measures, except, ahem, for those of us who only arrived two hours early and still couldn't get within miles of the stage or Jumbotrons. In fact, most of the time we were too far away to even hear the public address system. On top of that, the Metro was insanely overloaded, prompting DC police to close the entrance to some stations for safety reasons. Hello, walking for miles. I'll recap the day further in a later post, meanwhile below is a slideshow, a brief clip from Stephen Colbert's entrance, and Jon Stewart's main speech. Full-screen versions of the below photos can be found here.

[Top Photo: New York Times]

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Via JMG: Sign Of The Sanity Rally

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