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Insane Right-Wing Ebola Conspiracy Theories

Media Matters offers a four and a half minute compilation of how right-wing media have been trying to spread unfounded hysteria and conspiracy theories about Ebola. Apparently it’s just part of the GOTV operation to make sure all the wingers show up at the polls on November 4. It’s hyper-partisan politics as usual, and the good of our nation and the world is not even a consideration.

Mario Machado on HuffPo:

Sure, FOX news gets away with blatant racism and nobody bats an eye because it’s just part of their act, but they are not alone in their uncompassionate reporting on the thousands of people currently suffering from Ebola.

…We speculate endlessly over the fictionalized and sensationalized prospects of an epidemic that will never become a legitimate threat within the US, but no one finds the time to even mention the horror that must face the individuals, the families, the health care workers and the citizens of an impoverished country who are slowly watching this unspeakably devastating disease spread within their midst. For the moment, we are too busy asking ourselves, “What does this Ebola outbreak mean for me and my life?” instead of the questions we should be asking, such as “How can we as a global community best act to stop this terrible disease everywhere?”

So whether anchors are talking about travel bans for everyone and anyone coming from West Africa, or discussing the domestic “Ebola epidemic” in regards to the few cases we’ve had in the U.S., it is important to realize that it is all just well-disguised racism and Western exceptionalism being paraded around under the banner of “national security.”…

More info:
The Ebola Truthers Have Arrived and Their Conspiracy Theories Are Completely Insane
POLITICO poll: Democrats in danger over Ebola
Poll: Majority Of Americans Worried About U.S. Ebola Outbreak
Gallup: One-Fifth of Americans Worry About Getting Ebola (Those would be the regular Faux News Channel viewers)

Politicians Who Say ‘I’m Not A Scientist’ On Climate Offer Their Advice On Ebola There is a method to the madness: Tea-GOPers always reject science when it runs counter to their political interests of the moment.

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I Hate Beating a Dead Horse


You have to watch these two videos that were compiled at BradBlog concerning the “controversy” gone wild in Nevada:


The worst mea-culpa in history:

After his cotton pickin’ remarks, it seems like everybody from Glenn Beck, The Koch’s, and even governor Gary Herbert are running like hell.

If Fox “news” gives him permission, even Sean Hannity is going to stop reporting this nonsense. I have no idea where the militias are going from here.


Poor, Poor Hannity – Don’t Let The Door Hit You

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo, of New York said something that was on his mind about Republican lawmakers in his state. He actually uses the “E” word, (extreme), to describe some of the Republicans he believes are working against the interests of his state. Back in the day, that word was only used to describe young people who were trying to find another way to build our nation. We all know who that term really applies to, and I salute Cuomo for pointing it out.

From “Daily News“:

Who are they?” Cuomo said about the Republicans. “Are they these extreme conservative, right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that’s not who New Yorkers are. If they are moderate Republicans, like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate – moderate Republicans have a place in this state.

Sean Hannity of Fox “news” fame appeared to take the remark personally, as some other radical pundits did, and he said he is going to get out of New York as quickly as possible. That doesn’t appear to be the real reason he’s leaving. Looks like he’s cutting his birth ties there to get lower taxes. How noble.

The Daily Show knew exactly how to give Sean a perfect farewell:

Watch here.

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Ann Romney: ‘I don’t even consider myself wealthy’

Day wasted

Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen, a political consultant who advises the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN Wednesday night that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing,” Rosen charged.

Cue the outrage! Mrs. Romney says that she can too sympathize with working women. “My career choice was to be a mother,” Ann Romney told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

“Look, I know what it’s like to struggle,” Ann Romney insisted, possibly referring to her battle with multiple sclerosis. “And if maybe I haven’t struggled as much financially as some people have, I can tell you and promise you that I’ve had struggles in my life. And I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling and that’s why we’re running. We care about those people that are struggling.”

Ann Romney said last month that she didn’t think of herself as wealthy even though she is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” she told Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Apparently Mrs. Romney thinks average non-wealthy Americans just like her typically maintain a stable of dressage horses, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each. Dressage is very competitive horse riding in which the animal’s mane is often braided and the riders wear top hats and long coats. From a 2007 New York Times article:

Dressage is a sport of seven-figure horses and four-figure saddles. The monthly boarding costs are more than most people’s rent. Asked how many dressage horses she owns, Mrs. Romney laughed. “Mitt doesn’t even know the answer to that,” she said. “I’m not going to tell you!”

A video on Gawker shows Willard talking to Sean Hannity about the animals he owns with his wife:

“She has Austrian Warmbloods, which are – yeah, it’s a dressage horse, it’s a kind of horse for the sport that she’s in. Me, I have a Missouri Fox Trotter. So mine is like a quarter horse, but just a much better gait. It moves very fast, and doesn’t tire, and it’s easy to ride, meaning it’s not boom-boom-boom, it’s just smooth, very smooth.”

Just to clarify, this is not about the mere fact that the Romneys are incredibly wealthy. The issue is, they are totally out of touch with average Americans. This is clear enough from the policies Romney advocates, but sometimes it helps to demonstrate it on a personal level. Romney is the candidate of the 1 Percent.

UPDATE: Hilary Rosen vs. Ann Romney: why the dust-up is fake

It’s clear from the context that Rosen wasn’t criticizing Ann Romney for staying home. She was criticizing the Romney campaign for presenting Ann Romney as an expert on the economic concerns of women, when Romney’s own economic circumstances (including the fact that she was able to stay home with all five of her sons) are not those that most women have.

UPDATE: Rep. Pete Stark has introduced his bill called the Women’s Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, which would allow low-income mothers with children up to 3 years old to classify their child-rearing responsibilities as work, just the way Ann Romney did.


Utah At Forefront of National, Political Realignment: Run Rocky Run!

I think I’ve just eye-witnessed the spontaneous birth of a new political party and in the most unlikely of places – Utah.

But, hey. Why not Utah? Are we not the home of political mavericks?

Did we Utahns not replace a senior, sitting senator at convention (Bennett R-UT) with an insane, tea-party nobody?  Did we not also deliver the only sane GOP candidate for president (Jon Huntsman)?

That’s right. So no one should be surprised widely popular, 2-term, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is running for President. And its about time. Even if this time around is just a warm up, it will be fun.

Here’s why: How many progressive, red-state mayors can say they handed Bill O’Reilly his ass on O’Reilly’s own show …/anderson-spanks-bill-oreilly/, or provoked Sean Hannity into to a live debate televised on Fox News! (…that one turned into a professional wrestling match. Make some popcorn its a 2-hour brawl.)

So the news of Rocky’s intentions leaked far too soon and Rachel Maddow got the scoop and the new party’s name – Justice Party – was chosen on Facebook in the hours before the announcement on Maddow.

That was two Wednesday’s ago. The next day, folks began to gather at Rocky’s house in Salt Lake. Paul Zieitz came out from Washington and a nascent steering committee kicked into high gear. The first state committee was tele-formed and a plan to get on the ballot in all fifty states was hatched around a dining room table and a speaker phone. (If you would like to form a committee in your state, contact Paul (end of press release)

This is not at all how I expected a third party to form. I always thought it would be a well funded, meticulously-planned, institutionally sponsored effort. Instead, it just happened. And like the Occupy Movement, no one owns it and it has no platform…yet.

The founding and interim steering committee are made up of the most unlikely characters: more women than men, all busy and passionate, but otherwise ‘unremarkable.’

The first, monumental task ahead is to get on the ballot in California. That means 103,000 Justice party registrations or approx 200K signatures BY JAN 2…two weeks? If that miracle happens, the other 49 states should be a cinch. Stranger things have happened.

Hey, people are winter camping in public parks in every major city in the world and one of the major American political parties seems about to crash and burn along with its media arm (Murdoch). A political vacuum is forming.

Its crazy. Everything is crazy. The rules are changing. A Dkos recommend can change the world. But it feels right and it feels unstoppable.

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Rocky Anderson vs Sean Hannity. Live Debate at University of Utah – Entire Show – Fox News

University of Utah, May 4, 2007. Two Hours. Moderated by Ken Verdoia.

Rocky laid out a bullet-proof prima-facie case for the impeachment of George W. Bush.

Hannity retreated into his hallmark pandering strategy refusing to address the facts in the case for impeachment of Bush. Not one word about Bush, the Constitution, illegal rendition, torture, wiretapping US citizens illegally, or the suspension of Habeas Corpus. Just personal attacks on Rocky as if labeling Rocky will somehow make the fact that Bush is impeachable go away.

Some still support Bush. They need to ask themselves:

Is your patriotism strong enough to hold a president you love accountable for his crimes and impeachable offenses? Or are you making an exception? Are you a full time American Patriot, or does it “depend?”

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Full Show Broadband (137mg) / Smaller Dial-up (37mg) version here
Play or download full high quality MP4 (525MG) here.

Thanks as always to Norm at OneGoodMove for providing this video.

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Just In: Payroll Taxes Are Taxes

As we all know, right-wing Republicans are very concerned about fairness. Specifically, as Senator Orrin Hatch said last May, they think the tax system is unfair because it doesn’t tax poor people enough. More than half of taxpayers didn’t have any federal income tax liability in 2009, which means most Americans are freeloaders, right?

Actually, no. Less than a quarter of the nation’s households don’t contribute to federal revenues, and the majority are students, the elderly, or the unemployed. A increasingly large proportion of taxes are paid by low- and middle-income Americans in the form of payroll taxes, sales and excise taxes. For example, the federal government collects 18.4 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold.

Today’s Chart of the Day on TPM shows that the proportion of federal revenues from payroll taxes has more than tripled since 1950 (from 11% to 36%), while income tax revenues stayed flat and the corporate income tax shrank.

Tax chart

So when Sean Hannity goes on another rant like this, remember the facts.

“If half of Americans now don’t pay taxes, and the other half are the beneficiaries of the tax that the other half pay, at some point you say, OK, you got a full voting block and it seems like the Democratic Party … caters to that.”

The Republicans crashed the economy, putting millions of Americans out of work and leaving millions more underemployed, and now they want to complain that not enough of us pay income tax? If people earned enough money to owe income tax they would pay!


Media Matters: Fox News Relentlessly Promoted ‘Drill Baby Drill’

Media Matters reviews Faux News’ fervent advocacy for offshore drilling. Its activism has included promoting Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill” mantra and making false claims that drilling is environmentally safe.

Sean Hannity:
“We don’t need to explore, we need to drill, baby, drill.” On the April 1 edition of his show, Sean Hannity said, “We’ve got the oil reserves in Alaska. We’ve got them off the coast of Florida. We’ve got them off the coast in California. We’ve got them in the Gulf. We know where the oil is. We don’t need to explore, we need to drill, baby, drill.” Hannity later said, “Drilling would be conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner.”

Faux News hosts also touted the myth that drilling is safe because no oil spilled during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In reality, Katrina and Rita spilled nearly 17,700 barrels of petroleum products (about 3/4 of a million gallons). But this myth is so widespread that President Obama repeated it 18 days before the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Another myth is that BP will pay the billions of dollars in costs for this unprecedented oil spill disaster. Not really.

UPDATE: Fire In The Gulf: New Pictures Of The Deepwater Horizon from TPM. Must-see photos.

UPDATE: In a speech Saturday, Sarah Palin continued to promote offshore drilling.

Recent statements from top members of the Obama administration may indicate they are backing away from plans to open up new areas to offshore oil drilling.

UPDATE: Faux News commentators are now peddling sabotage conspiracy theories about the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.


What Goes Around The Market, Comes Around The Market

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I knew what would happen after a memo was sent out by ABC radio, convincing over 90 giant corporations to pull their advertising from Air America Radio, causing a bankruptcy filing by the radio station liberals hoped would be an attempt to fight back against the constant drumbeat, against realistic ideology, in favor of the naked capitalism pushed by a monopoly of dishonest right wing radio hosts heard non-stop in every city from coast to coast – for hours every day – for over a decade. It must have been awkward for the management of Air America to move in circles that knew the hosts on your station would actually say bad things about bad corporations, sitting republican presidents and congressmen.

When Air America met with this memo ‘misfortune’, all the overpaid corporate media shills were excitedly crowing that they had been right all along: nobody listens to left leaning radio because it’s boring. They said that’s why no liberal had ever been able to stay on the air or make millions like they did. The market decides who’s on the airwaves, and people can’t get enough of us, they said.

Don’t expect Limbaugh to disappear from the public airwaves anytime soon because he was never our choice for good public dialog in the first place; He was given away for free to struggling radio stations over a long period and was successfully marketed into a prominent position, much like tainted water in plastic bottles with fancy labels. They even gave him a television show where his very large ass was going to be running up and down aisles of his studio audience, asking pertinent questions concerning burning issues about guns, gays, and abortion. The atmosphere was so toxic, the audience was removed DURING the first show, (about 8 minutes into the video), and all subsequent episodes didn’t even have guests, if I remember right.

You’re no Phil Donahue, pig man!

Now, for the funny part:

It looks to me as though something called “Citadel Broadcasting” spent so much money acquiring Sean Hannity from the same organization that sneakingly killed Air Americas sponsorship, (ABC), that they – themselves – have had to declare bankruptcy.

From the Huffington Post:

Much of Citadel’s debt burden stems from its $2.7 billion purchase of ABC Radio from Walt Disney Co. in 2007.

From the Associated Press:

[emphasis mine]

Citadel owns and operates 224 radio stations, including KABC-AM in Los Angeles, WLS-AM in Chicago, WABC-AM and WPLJ-FM in New York and KGO-AM in San Francisco. Citadel’s WABC is home to several syndicated hosts, including Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Scarborough and Mark Levin.

My glee is somewhat dampened by the fact that Sean Hannity, who was also syndicated through Citadel fairly recently, quit the relationship, partly because of his belief that it’s CEO had liberal ideological leanings, (which in Sean Hannity’s world, means you don’t shine Newt Gringrich’s shoes for money.)

My advice to the CEO would be to fire most of his syndicated hosts pigs, and replace them with reputable, politically honest liberal hosts which Americans are starving for and probably don’t even know it.

Build it, and they will come!


Utah Fathers’ Climate Denial Leaves Chilling Family Legacy

As the climate denial hysterics begin to fade into history and take their place beside witch burning, Jim Crow, McCarthyism and other embarrassments in American history, I pause to ponder the emotional scars wrought upon the children of climate denier fathers.

Throughout history, children have been victims, by accident of birth to men who stood proudly and loudly on the wrong side of history. Consider the shame and humiliation of the children of white supremacists and racists, Neocons and Talibans, Nazis and Red-baiters, polygamists, homophobes and child-molesters.

Do the climate deniers ever consider the effect of their intellectual and moral short-comings on their children?

Never mind for a moment the life-long scars of the adult children of these backwater ignoramuses. What about the innocent school age children, forced in their own homes to witnesses in silent humiliation, the hysterics of a parent blogging about sun spots and global cooling and publicly airing deluded fantasies about world-wide conspiracies and global collusion between evil environmentalist, greedy scientists, media and governments and their polar bear accomplices?

What about these beautiful children who go to school each day to learn science and things like sustainability, energy conservation and correct principles of stewardship of the Earth with other children from sane homes with intellectually honest, responsible and moral parents?

What could be worse than being ashamed of your own parents, of harboring such an embarrassing secret, of growing into adulthood while shoving the family skeleton further into the closet with each passing year as global warming devastates the planet and entire populations of people and species disappear?

I cringe at the thought of older children, returning home to say Sanpete, Clinton and St. George Utah, for the holidays, year after year, to endure yet again the troubled, painful silence at the family dinner table, like a slowly metastasizing cancer, eased only by the promise of it’s abrupt end just in time for father’s quotidian intellectual nourishment and sole, sustaining validation at the hands of false prophets; Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly on the boob tube.  “Fox time is family time” becomes the unutterable truth and the family shame.

It cannot be easy to grow up resenting a father who loved you with everything he had. It cannot be fun to rue the thought of holidays at home, to invent excuses not to go and to consider using them. What is the cost of the sin of a lie that would spare you the predictably painful, surreal, albeit blessedly temporary visit to your parents and your ancestral home of shame?

What is the psychological cost to a child of not being able to share and celebrate with your parents the joy of your new life, a full happy, exciting one on your own terms, one surrounded by intellectually curious friends and the freedom to appreciate abstract art or a career in science, or the freedom to actually care about species extinction and your carbon foot print, and the freedom to love people you would never bring home for fear of embarrassment?

What must it be like to build a new life as an adult only to realize that the father who was to be your role model, whom you WANTED to be your role model, has become instead a manifestation of everything wrong in the world, an archetype that informs what you will explicitly reject as you build a new life and family without children because the earth has become a cruel place that can no longer guarantee a full life or natural death.

And what of the inescapable realization of the price your mother has paid, the suffering SHE has endured for the mistake of marrying a man whose ignorance and insecurity is exceeded only by his stubbornness?

And what, what of a life, a life condemned to be remembered with hurt, big hurt for a father, proud and loving man whose entire life was betrayed by a false righteousness, born, bought, paid for and at the ongoing mercy of a few cruel charlatans in the persons of Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Murdoch and people like them?

And what of the injustice of when happy childhood memories which in adulthood become sad and soul crushing reminders of a family poisoned by a father’s life squandered in righteous ignorance?

How does one integrate once fond memories of sitting on the front porch, perched on a father’s lap, bathing in his warmth and the security of his strong arms listening to him reminisce for the one-hundredth time, as if it were the first time, about how he and his siblings used to skate on the frozen pond at the edge of the field by the river before it stopped flooding and freezing or they would dance in the moonlight to the chorus of chirping bullfrogs on hot summer nights, before they disappeared along with the insects they used to feed on?

What of a son or daughter remembering as a child, how everyone would laugh when Dad would get so enraged by the deep-throated guy on the radio, that he would get up and shake his fist at a Volvo driving by, or how proud he was of you when you screamed “damned environmentalists” with such innocent indignation in front of all the neighbors at meeting about Scofield Reservoir? How sickening it must be to realize your childhood was a string of empty misconceived bonding moments with your Father?

I mourn for the injustice of the children and grandchildren of such selfish fathers, like the one in this video.

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FBI Arrests Hal Turner for Threats Against 7th Circuit Court Judges

Via Think Progress:

Today, FBI agents went to the New Jersey home of white supremacist blogger/radio host Hal Turner and arrested him “on a federal complaint filed in Chicago alleging that he made Internet postings threatening to assault and murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago in retaliation for their recent ruling upholding handgun bans in Chicago and a suburb,” according to a statement released by the Justice Department. A summary of Turner’s dangerous tirade against the judges:

Internet postings on June 2 and 3 proclaimed “outrage” over the June 2, 2009, handgun decision by Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer, of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, further stating, among other things: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.” The postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address and room numbers of these judges, along with a photo of the building in which they work and a map of its location.

Turner is a friend of Sean Hannity and a frequent guest on his radio show, and also ran for Congress as a Republican in 2000. In recent years, his rhetoric has become more and more violent. He was especially enraged at proposals for immigration reform. Before the 2006 election, Turner announced on his website:

We may have to ASSASSINATE some of the people you elect on Nov. 7! This could be your LAST ELECTION CHANCE, to save this Republic… Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the country is in mortal danger from our present government and our liberty is already near dead because of this government. If you are too stupid to turn things around with your vote, there are people out here like me who are willing to turn things around with guns, force and violence. We hope our method does not become necessary.

On June 3, 2009, Turner was arrested and charged with inciting injury to two politicians in Connecticut and a state ethics official. The warrant issued was for inciting his website’s readers to “take up arms” against the officials.

This case may be of interest to us all because it’s about: (1) what you can get away with saying on a blog without the FBI knocking on your door, and (2) the 7th Circuit Court ruling that Chicago’s gun ban is not prohibited by the Second Amendment.


Epic Fail: In Dick Cheney’s Own Words

On last night’s “Countdown,” David Shuster nailed the most cringe worthy moment of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s interview with Sean Hannity. In my opinion, this was even worse than Cheney’s ardent defense of the Bush administration’s illegal torture and warrantless wiretapping programs.

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As history has recorded, prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks the Bush administration was not paying much if any attention to the threat from al-Qaeda, despite the fact that the U.S. was already at war against Osama bin Laden when the Bushies took office. Here it is, at the 2:12 mark in the video:

SHUSTER: But Mister Cheney had other confusing moments last night. He admitted to staggering incompetence about al-Qaeda, saying that: even after al-Qaeda killed 17 U.S. sailors on the USS Cole; even after al-Qaeda declared war on the U.S.; even after President Clinton and his team warned the new administration about al-Qaeda; even after Bush counter-terror adviser Richard Clarke pleaded for more focus on al-Qaeda; even after the CIA warned of al-Qaeda’s intention to attack — the Bush administration knew little about them.

CHENEY: We didn’t know a lot about al-Qaeda. We didn’t have the body of knowledge we have today. But it was a relatively unknown group. We knew a little about them, but not a lot.

EPIC FAIL. Which Cheney now concedes.

UPDATE: We now know that one of the main reasons former VP Cheney and former SecDef Rumsfeld ordered the torture of detainees in 2002-2003 was because they were desperate to establish a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network and Saddam’s regime.

UPDATE: Today the Senate Armed Services Committee released its unclassified (partially redacted) investigation into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody (PDF). It’s an ugly story of how the Bush administration sought to justify torture, in clear violation of the law. Think Progress offers some highlights from the Senate torture report.


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