Friday, August 01, 2014

The Daily Flashback: Bill vs, Bin

When Sean Hannity Attacked Bill Clinton For Trying To Kill Osama Bin Laden | Blog | Media Matters for America:

Sean Hannity is lashing out at President Bill Clinton for not moving forward with a 1998 missile strike aimed at Osama Bin Laden that the military thought was likely to fail. But that same year, Hannity actually attacked Clinton for approving a different mission to kill bin Laden, claiming he was trying to distract from Monica Lewinsky.

SkyNews Australia recently aired audio of President Clinton stating in a speech shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks that he "nearly got" bin Laden with a proposed December 1998 cruise missile strike in Kandahar, Afghanistan, but decided not to approve the attack because it would have killed hundreds of innocent Afghans...

Racism In CA

No Joke: California Parents and Religious Leaders Fight to Make Skin Color Criteria for Teaching:

...Rev. Karen Crozier, local pastor and activist, is leading an effort to protest the district’s decision. She explained:

We’re just saying what the community wants. We didn’t fight for a white male or female teacher to educate our babies.

We still are at these racial fault lines, and we want someone who will be able to think critically about those racial fault lines and how do we help heal, to restore the problems that have existed.

In other words, Rev. Crozier supports discrimination of skin color for the position of teaching about the evils of discrimination of skin color...

Headin' To The Wingnut Trough Early

Cantor, Ex-Majority Leader, to Leave Congress Early -

Representative Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican whose last day as House majority leader was Thursday, said on Friday that he would resign his seat effective Aug. 18 in hopes that his successor will be able to participate in the lame-duck session after the November elections...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CIA Spying Summary

The Snowden Effect: Who Ever Could Have Predicted? Cont'd - Esquire:

...Let's translate from the original weaselspeak, shall we? The CIA hacked Senate computers. They spied on the legislative committee that (theoretically, at least) is responsible for overseeing its operation. (Tell me again that Snowden is a schmendrick because oversight works so very well.) The spying concerned a still-secret report regarding the CIA's complicity in the war crimes committed by the previous administration. if it isn't clear by now, keeping this damn report secret is not only an offense against self-government, it has become a vehicle for corruption within all the institutions of government. This seems serious. I think somebody should probably get fired behind this...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wingnut Welfare Recycles Morris

Catastrophically Wrong Forecaster Dick Morris Is Reinventing Himself As A Financial Expert | Blog | Media Matters for America:

Conservative pundit Dick Morris, who wrote 2005's Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race and predicted Mitt Romney would win the 2012 election in a "landslide," now wants you to trust him with your retirement savings...

GOPer Israeli Agent?

Everything you need to know about Israel's view of the U.S. My [ ].

Familiar Bedfellows - Esquire:

The Israeli ambassador to the United States used to work for Frank Luntz [GOPer Operative]. Wonderful. Just what this whole mess needed -- some good old-fashioned propaganda and ratfking...

Report On Palin TV

Sarah Palin TV: America's 'Mom-in-Chief' made me reach for the remote - Telegraph:

Got a spare �6 a month? What better way to spend it watching Sarah Palin (and her sizeable family) opine on everything from impeaching President Obama to trimming the welfare state, with cheery scenes of family meals and hunting trips thrown in – gratis...

Turks Might Find It Hard To Rebottle Genie

Turkish deputy prime minister says women should not laugh out loud | World news | The Guardian:

One of the most senior members of the Turkish government sparked an outcry on Tuesday, after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crazy In NC: Killing Voters Edition

Dana Milbank: North Carolina Republicans put ideology above lives - The Washington Post:

On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.

Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time...

Boner Lawsuit Backfire

Proposed GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Backfires, Helps Democrats Raise Millions:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1 million in a single day on Monday, chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said. The fundraising juggernaut was driven by Democratic opposition to a lawsuit House Republicans intend to file against President Barack Obama related to the enforcement of certain Obamacare provisions...

Climate Change Producing Morlocks

The Town of Coober Pedy, Australia, Has Moved Underground to Escape Extreme Heat -

Faced with seasonal dust storms and temperatures that regularly reach above 110 degrees, citizens of a remote Australian town have made a drastic move — underground.

The desert town is called Coober Pedy, which was founded in 1915 when opal was first discovered in the region and miners began settling in. As they mined the earth to discover one of the world's richest gem deposits, they also found why people hadn't settled in this barren region of Australia before: the extreme heat. The settlers dug underground dwellings to escape the temperatures, and the practice still continues today...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dealing With The Open Carry Nuts

PQED: [Follow-up] Should people run away from open-carry activists? A response to a thousand comments.:

Last week I argued that people encountering a gun activist who is openly carrying a weapon should leave restaurants immediately and make the activist pay for their meal. This struck a chord. As of right now, that post has been shared by over 70,000 people and there are almost 1,000 comments. By the time you read this, there will be more. First and foremost, THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who read it, shared it, and commented on it. Even if we disagree, I am deeply honored that you all took the time to consider what I wrote and I look forward to continuing the discussion. Here is my response to all those who took the time to post their thoughts. It is long, but 1,000 comments are a lot to consider...

Let The Weed Grow!

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization -

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Great Essay On Higher Ed

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. | New Republic:

...High-quality public education, financed with public money, for the benefit of all: the exact commitment that drove the growth of public higher education in the postwar years. Everybody gets an equal chance to go as far as their hard work and talent will take them—you know, the American dream. Everyone who wants it gets to have the kind of mind-expanding, soul-enriching experience that a liberal arts education provides. We recognize that free, quality K–12 education is a right of citizenship. We also need to recognize—as we once did and as many countries still do—that the same is true of higher education. We have tried aristocracy. We have tried meritocracy. Now it’s time to try democracy.

More Media Should Correct Distortions

Conservative Media's Favorite Economist Caught Distorting Facts About Taxes And Job Creation | Blog | Media Matters for America:

...On July 24, The Kansas City Star published a correction to Moore's op-ed, specifically stating that the author had "misstated job growth rates for four states and the time period covered." The editorial board of the Star inserted this annotation to Moore's inaccurate claims:...

Friday, July 25, 2014

On Fox "Polling"

Adventures in Fox News polling, Part VII | MSNBC:

...Fox News’ habit of playing political games with its polling has been ongoing for a while. I first noted it back in March 2007, when the network’s poll asked, in all seriousness, “Do you think the Democratic Party should allow a grassroots organization like to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?” Soon after, another Fox poll asked, “Do you think illegal immigrants from Mexico should be given special treatment and allowed to jump in front of immigrants from other countries that want to come to the United States legally, or not?”...

Where Things Work (Or Not)

Left Coast Rising -

The states, Justice Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience...