The Framers of our Constitution enshrined freedom of the press in the very first Amendment, up at the top of the Bill of Rights, not because they were great fans of journalists – like many politicians, then and now, they were not – but rather because they knew, as Thomas Jefferson put it, that, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free… it expects what never was and never will be.” Dan Rather 6/7/08
Now they say when he went to honor the dead soldiers only 1 family said OK to pictures…which is true. But the contention is that he only honored that one. The logic in that is shot down when you see that THAT one solider was the last one taken off of the plane. Obama basically stood somewhere else as the caskets were moved from the plane to the car transporting the casket…he knew exactly when that ONE casket would have been taken off the plane…then he runs up to the line of Color Guard standing there. This is just stupid. So add this to the pile of the lies about Obama.
At 1:15 Chuck Todd, Political Director of NBC says the groups opposing the Public Option have not had a big campaign for their side aiming to kill Public Option. Apparently Chuck forgot that they were spending $1.5 million per day in advertising over the entire summer. Couple this with the campaign by FOX News and GOP advisors for the tea parties over the summer which had a big aim of killing the Public Option plus the lies of death panels, killing grandma, killing veterans and the like. He also forgot about the tens of tens of millions of dollars handed to our elected representatives for mysterious reasons…but don’t call them BRIBES…call them…uh…mysterious reasons. The campaign to kill Public Option cannot be anything other than one of the most highly organized well funded movements Washington has ever seen.
Chuck completely misses the point the numbers show us. The best way to put this would be to say that the buried headline here would be the following -
“Public Option takes deep breath and flourishes despite lies, obfuscations, misdirection and big money corporate BRIBES to kill it. America is speaking.”
This is really a fascinating, and devastating, video from Media Matters. FOX News argues that they’re not really biased. Rather, their critics, FOX says, don’t understand that while FOX’s opinion hosts are conservative, their news is actually objective. Media Matters then compiled video showing FOX’s opinion and news hosts pushing the exact same anti-Obama stories in the exact same way, with the exact same spin – from “death panels” to the false charge that an Obama administration official ignored sexual abuse. Here’s the video, and then read David Waldman’s analysis over at Daily Kos. And the video is located here
Someone is finally saying this. It is not new and it should be stated in a louder manner that words have consequences. Especially when those words are simply damaging the nation. Jane Hall leaves FOX News and Glenn Beck was part of the reason why she left. Truthfully if Glenn Beck was a big reason she left she is not looking very closely at what was happening at FOX News which provided her an income for years as she was a media critic with quite a bit of airtime. Video is here
Al Franken is proving who he is working for with this video. He is making this a daily thing with the way he is dealing with issues that truly hurt the little people. Story and video are here
Another video where Al Franken shines has the Republicans claiming that many benefits in the health care reform bills do not start immediately. Franken clears that up in this video located here. Article on this video is located here.
President Obama wrapped up quite nicely a response to the “Party of No” to something that was as much as a slam dunk that we should be behind as The Olympics. I mean…it’s THE OLYMPICS! This really is a response to many things that Republicans have been against that would be simply there to help people and do good…like The Olympics in Chicago. But they say NO. What IS up with that?? Video is here
Michael Moore did a great job with Hannity. The videos are here. One of the things Hannity brings up is that the poor people were the reason for the economic collapse that nearly destroyed the world financial markets. I have been wondering about the fiduciary responsibility that those giving loans had in that the person taking a loan and not being able to pay is not the one to blame when something goes wrong with a loan. The banks don’t care in that they get real estate out of the deal or they make a lot of money in interest so a bad loan is not bad news for the bank. Hannity brought up the initiative during the Carter years looking to get more people into homes as the basis of the downturn. There was a great comment on the Michael Moore site dealing with that which I will post in full below.
The most disgusting part of the show was that Hannity blamed Community Reinvestment Act for the financial crisis.This is Racist lie.Hence I post an article countering it.
11 Racist Lies Conservatives Tell to Avoid Blaming Wall Street for the Financial Crisis.
11 Racist Lies Conservatives Tell to Avoid Blaming Wall Street for the Financial Crisis
By Sara Robinson, Campaign for America’s Future
Posted on October 2, 2008, Printed on October 2, 2008 http://www.alternet.org/story/101127/
Conservative pundits and politicians have piled onto the excuse like shipwreck victims clinging to a
passing log: The real blame for the current economic crisis, conservatives would have you believe, lies not
with anything they did, but rather with the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act — a successful Carter-era
program designed to get banks to stop covert discrimination, and encourage them to invest their
money in low-income neighborhoods.
It’s always easy to tell when the cons are completely lost at sea. The lies get more absurdly preposterous
– and also more transparently self-serving. But when they go so far as to openly and unapologetically latch
onto race and class as an excuse for their woes (which this is, at its heart), you know they’re taking on
water fast — and scared of going under entirely.
You can hear the conservative commentators burbling this CRA fable from the Wall Street Journal to the
National Review; from Rush to YouTube. Neil Cavuto put the essence of the argument right out there on Fox
News: “Loaning to minorities and risky folks is a disaster.” See! It’s all the liberals’ fault for
insisting on social justice!
Conservatives are twisting the facts beyond the breaking point to support their revisionist history. But don’t be fooled: the financial crisis was caused by conservative financial follies and bankers run amok and nothing more. Here are the basic myths they’re trying to push about the CRA — and the facts that will enable you to fire back.
1. The CRA was a liberal boondoggle designed to con banks into funding housing for undeserving,
False. The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 was the result of decades of disinvestment in poor and working-class neighborhoods. It was designed to put an end to “red-lining” — a widespread practice in which
banks refused to write mortgages for houses in certain neighborhoods, no matter who was applying or how
creditworthy they were.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 had made it illegal for real estate agents and banks to discriminate against
homeowners on the basis of race. Red-lining soon emerged as a not-so-subtle way to continue this
discrimination, by declaring, ahem, certain neighborhoods as unfit to invest in. By 1977, the
results of this practice were becoming all too obvious, so Congress stepped and gave lenders a
choice: if you want the FDIC to insure your deposits, you need to knock off the redlining.
The CRA didn’t force lenders to make riskier loans than they would have otherwise. It simply required
that they take each applicant on his or her own merits, and give people in poorer neighborhoods the
same fair chance at a mortgage that everybody else in town was getting. It wasn’t about preferential
treatment. It was just about basic equality.
2. The CRA forced banks to lower their standards and make loans to all low-income families and people with
poor credit — and find banks that refused to comply.
No. The CRA has encouraged banks to lend fairly and responsibly for over 30 years. It does not impose
fines. It does periodically examine FDIC-backed banks, and issues them a CRA compliance rating. A
highly-rated bank must meet the financing needs of as many community members as possible, and must not
discriminate against racial and ethnic groups or certain neighborhoods. However, a bank will not
receive a high rating unless it is also maintains “safe and sound banking practices.”
In other words, the CRA requires banks to lend to working-class families and people of color — but only when those people have been deemed as creditworthy as anyone else.
3. The housing bubble burst when too many people with home loans mandated by the Community Reinvestment Act
failed to make their mortgage payments.
False. The CRA only applies to FDIC member banks and thrifts. Back in the 1970s, these institutions were responsible for most of the country’s mortgage lending. But starting in the 80s and on up to the
present, we saw a huge boom in lending businesses– such as finance companies like Countrywide — that
weren’t banks, and didn’t take deposits that required FDIC insurance. Thus, they didn’t have any obligation
to the CRA. And they were free to set their own lending standards, which were often far less cautious
than those required of FDIC-insured banks.
4. The bulk of the “junk” loans that have been packaged into mortgage-based securities are CRA loans.
False. An analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data in the country’s 15 biggest metropolitan areas found that 84.3% of the high-cost loans made in 2006 were originated by non-CRA lenders — including
83% of high-cost loans to low- and moderate-income individuals. The Federal Reserve notes that, across the country, non-CRA lenders were twice as likely as CRA lenders to issue subprime loans to vulnerable borrowers. Furthermore, the Fed also reports that responsible mortgages made by CRA lenders have about the same low rate of foreclosure as other traditional mortgages.
5. If the government had just set the lenders free to do their thing, the market would have prevented this. It’s just another example of how government oversight always leads to market failure.
Wrong again, buckaroo. As explained just above, up to four-fifths of these loans were issued by financial institutions that operated with little or no federal regulatory oversight. In fact, in 2006, only one of the top 25 subprime lenders was a CRA institution. A few others were mortgage/finance company affiliates of CRA-covered lenders; but even these were separate businesses that didn’t operate under CRA rules (including Countrywide, CitiMortgage, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage). Likewise: the vast majority of the top 20 issuers of risky interest-only and option ARM loans were not CRA-affiliated lenders.
If anything, the CRA example proves — once again — that government oversight not only works; it’s essential to maintain safe and sane capital markets.
6. The CRA is just another failed liberal handout program.
No. The benefits of CRA have been substantial. Robert Rubin recently estimated that the law has channeled upwards of $1 trillion into distressed neighborhoods across the country — including both inner cities and
rural areas without much access to investment funds — without putting up any taxpayer money beyond what it
takes to operate the CRA itself. In these areas, home ownership is up — and with it, the local tax base, which means more parks, more cops, more street repairs, and so on. There’s more decent rental housing, too, because landlords can get loans for upgrades and improvements.
Small business ownership is also up. Low-income communities have become more attractive to outside investors, and more able to support community redevelopment efforts. And in places where people once cashed their paychecks at the convenience store and depended on payday loans, there are now full-service bank branches offering the same affordable financial services people in better neighborhoods take for granted.
The cons like to talk about the “ownership society.” There is no ownership without access to capital. For 30 years, the CRA has been making private capital available to qualified people who want to bootstrap themselves into home and business ownership, and a secure place in the middle class.
7. OK — if it works so well, why do we still need it? Haven’t the banks finally figured by now out that redlining was a stupid idea?
If only. The very fact that the conservatives are trying to blame the mess on the CRA is, in itself, ample proof that we still need anti-redlining laws on the books. Fifty years into the civil rights era, and they’re still arguing that it should be acceptable to permanently exclude people from the capital markets on the basis of race and class. Different millennium, same ugly story: “See? This is what happens when you give money to minorities and poor people. You end up wrecking the country!”
In other words: no, they haven’t learned their lesson; and yes, they still believe in red-lining as much as they ever did. Racism is alive and well, and there are still plenty of Americans who would bring back housing discrimination in a heartbeat if the law allowed them to. Which is precisely why we can’t allow them to.
8. If we can’t blame the CRA, then who can we blame? How about the federal banking agencies, which outright told banks to go ahead and adopt risky lending practices? In particular, a 1992 Boston Federal Reserve Bank publication, Closing the Credit Gap: A Guide to Equal Opportunity Lending, told the banks that it was OK to adopt unsound lending practices.
Nice try, but still wrong. According to the National Community Reinvestment Association, the document cited
above offered three new guidelines to lenders — none of which are applicable to the current subprime crisis.
The first guideline was that the lack of proper credit history shouldn’t be counted as a negative factor for potential homebuyers. Banks could use other evidence to assess the borrower’s payment habits, including the
timely payment of rent, utility bills, and other scheduled loans. Borrows still need to prove that they’re reliable; they’re just allowed to use documentation besides a credit report.
The second was to remind bankers that some households with debt ratios above the standard 28/36 criteria might still qualify for home loans. This guideline is very conservative by today’s standards. Many problematic subprime loans were granted to borrowers with debt-to-income ratios above 50 percent, which was in no way sanctioned by the 1992 guidance document.
The third was that lenders could count Social Security, second jobs, and other verifiable income streams as valid sources of income when evaluating loan applications. But most subprime loans failures aren’t related to alternative income sources. The real problem has been with “liars’ loans,” in which the reported income streams are never verified at all.
9. Well, then…it must be Bill Clinton’s fault, right? In 1995, Clinton changed the Community Reinvestment Act to allow the securitization of CRA and subprime mortgages. That’s what started all this.
Talking point regurgitation at its worst. The 1995 revisions to the CRA only changed the way in which a bank’s CRA compliance is evaluated. They made no mention of mortgage securitization at all. Under the 1995 rules, banks are rewarded only for making mortgages in their communities, not for re-selling mortgages as securities.
10. OK, then — it’s the Democratic Congress’s fault! President Bush and Senator McCain tried to stop the subprime mortgage crisis, but Democrats blocked their efforts.
It’s not lying. It’s a gift for fiction. This one’s actually made it into a TV ad. The claim is that Bush and McCain supported the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, which would have created a new government agency to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other federal housing programs.
However, there’s no pony in this manure pile. This bill would have done nothing to stop the rash of subprime lending that preceded the housing bubble. It only provided oversight for Fannie and Freddie — but it said nothing at all about the companies that issued subprime mortgages.
11. No serious conservative economist would have ever approved of the CRA.
False. In March 2007, Federal Board Chairman Bernanke — no liberal he — noted that CRA has helped
institutions discover and enter new markets that may have been previously under-served and ignored by
These myths are floating around everywhere this week — a Big Lie that’s being repeated so often that Americans may well start to believe it. The real objective of the “blame the CRA” campaign is to pre-emptively discredit any future progressive proposals that involve using government regulation to make the capital markets behave — and to get the free-market fundamentalist faithful back in the fold.
Time to fire back, and replace the Big Lie with some real truth.
The reality of the financial world in the US is nothing more than the game of Monopoly. Without regulation and redistribution of wealth the game ends with one person owning everything. This is why the Middle Class is having such a hard time and the numbers of Middle Class workers is dropping while the quantity of poor is growing. This was seen by many as our economy was going along with many red flags even back in the 90s. The Reaganomics concept of “government is the problem” was touted by many who forgot that when the concept of greed is worked into the world of economics the possibilities of out and out robbery is boundless. America was robbed by that mindset that government was the problem when in fact government offers brakes and guidelines that keep people safe. An economy cannot continue to grow endlessly without grounds for that growth. That was what we saw and this is the result…a crash back to pre-bubble levels. The fact that we had one crash does not make others an improbability but rather could actually mean more busts as the other questionable investment practices have their inevitable fallout in the months and years to come. FRONTLINE has a great documentary on what happened and who allowed it and who warned about it. It is a must see show….absolutely free and posted in total at their site.
Our national debt is currently $11 trillion dollars. Deficit spending by three, successive Republican administrations accounts for $9 trillion of the total … a whopping 82%. Tempest in a Tea Bag Day is a deception whose real agenda is to blame GOP transgressions on Democrats and obstruct plans to fix our economy. Story is here
Sean Hannity is too stupid to realize he’s in the wrong. If he’s told directly to say something he says it. He’s about the biggest corporate mouthpiece fraud on the radio.
Case in point.
At the time of the auto bailouts, Hannity remained silent for the most part about GM specifically. Sure, he chastised the Administration for wanting to get their hands in the auto industry. Many conservative loudmouths on the air were calling for an all out boycott of “Government Motors.” All, except for Hannity.
At first I wasn’t sure why. I expected him to jump on the bash GM bandwagon then I heard an interview he was having with a high end GM manager. He pretty much gave the guy a rub down on the radio. Next you hear Hannity praising GM cars on a radio add. GM was one of his sponsors.
It’s pretty obvious the guy has no principles and just does what he’s told to do.
The people at the onset of this video are not willing to even see the possibility in the power of this phrase. They could be the majority considering the direction humanity has taken with war and lasting ill-will against one another. They insist on “the other side” show their unconditional love first. Very common with those that cannot share that at all. They refuse to be placed into a position of vulnerability. That couple truly is quite sad in that they will most likely not be able to understand the concept regardless the circumstances.
The bottom line for society is that either we turn into more of a WE…than an US AND THEM. Highlighting of our differences is an easy thing to do. We are all different. However we are all the same. And the sooner we see this the better we all will be. This is the human spirit. This is the human need. It all comes down to the simple phrase-
The thing about this video is that there seems to be one way that humans open a banana. Every person I have seen open a banana has opened their bananas the same way. Every one. That way is not very effective because they often times need a knife to make a gouge into the stem of the banana and force the banana. However there is another way to open a banana. Monkeys know it. Which really goes to show that just because we think humans are superior doesn’t mean we really are. So watch this video and change your life….because a monkey taught you something.
The organizers are Republicans who are quite wealthy that are working for industries as opposed to groups working for things that are good for individuals. And those leaders of those fake grassroots organizations do not reveal who their true sponsors are. When groups do that the question of true motivation has to be asked. If it is not answered how can it be assumed to be in the truly best interest of people as opposed to a corporate group not looking for the best interest of people? Rachel Maddow just takes the leader from American’s For Prosperity to task for this in 2 videos. This interview by her is just fantastic.
FOX News can somehow send a satellite truck and reporter out to a location with absolutely no one there however the Equal Rights March on Washington drawing more protesters than the Teaparty thing does not even result in a camera crew from FOX News. Story is here
Ironic since FOX News JUST CLAIMED the other cable news channels did not devote enough time to the Teaparty protest despite the channels ACTUALLY covering the news story. Story is here
Again…it takes Jon Stewart to highlight the facts of how the supposed media does and does not cover actual news events. This shows how the true Mainstream Media is just off the mark in so many ways.
Despite trying to say their news shows are not laced with opinion a review of the content of the news segments on FOX News shows their “down the middle” news is highly slanted to the right. Story is here
Basically this SECOND Bill of Rights was implemented by the nations that we liberated after World War 2. All of these issues were worked into their own Constitutions. For instance the Iraq War we are still in the midst of has resulted in the Iraqui people writing Universal Health Care cradle to grave for ALL Iraqis into their Constitution. that is nice of you Americans to give the Iraquis Universal Health Care when you yourself do not have it. However FDR became ill and he was not able to push this through and it fell by the wayside. Story is here Audio is located here. Instead of FDR’s dream we have what Eisenhower warned in 1961.
Excerpt from President Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.
Senator Al Franken introduced this Amendment which would prohibit the government from doing business with businesses that do not protect their workers from one another…regardless of work location. Story is here
Considering the Republicans voted against the Lily Ledbetter act as well how can ANY woman vote Republican in good conscious? The issue is outlined here. The vote is located here
Not one Republican voted for this law making pay equal for men and women doing the same job.
So how on Earth can women vote for Republicans knowing they do not see the need for pay for men and women doing the same thing to be equal?
Representative Alan Grayson speaks about renaming the Democratic and Republican Parties and lays out the differences in the two parties. Video is here. The video is not so good but the audio and content of his speech is just perfect!
However…whenever I see someone bring up The Bible…I CANNOT help but say that the truth is that The Bible is not about anything other than fanciful writings of people explaining that which they did not fully understand and a way to control people…ESPECIALLY control women. The truth of The Bible rests in this video which is an outtake of the main documentary which explains many of the things which are tenets of The Bible. It is a big novel…nothing more nothing less relating to the personification of The Sun as a God. Here is the full post of American Zeitgeist Addendum which is the updated version of American Zeitgeist. This is an award winning 2 hour long professionally produced documentary. Video is linked here follow the blue zigzag image
Planetary warming continues unabated (see “It’s the oceans, stupid!“), so the deniers are shouting even louder in their efforts to stifle genuine discussion.
The latest disinformer raising his voice and making headlines on Drudge is Phelim McAleer. We’ve all been at major speaking events where some jerk tries to hog the microphone, asking a series of questions that seem pointed — but are in fact just rude and nonsensical. In this case, however, the forum Gore was speaking at was a major gathering of journalists, so the refusal to give up the microphone was the equivalent of blocking other (i.e. real) journalists from asking Gore questions. Story is here
This really is not news. This is like saying the Sun will rise in the East tomorrow morning. However the admission by the White House Communication Director is important. Video is here
One of the comments for the story was that the Republican Party was a branch of FOX News. If you lump Rush Limbaugh into that phrase you truly would see the political flow and direction of information and political motivation we have seen over the past year or so. So yes the Republican Party is an affiliate receiving their marching orders from the leading unelected pundits.
This is the first Congressional Budget Office report to put a price tag on so-called defensive medicine, procedures and tests that stave off the threat of lawsuits but may not improve patient health. The agency found that reducing those measures through malpractice reform would lower healthcare spending by three-tenths of 1%. Story is here
This mom would bring a gun to her daughter’s soccer matches. She was eventually killed….by a gun. Story is here
While more than 12,000 people are murdered with guns annually, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (using the latest available data) tells us that more than 30,000 people are killed over the course of one typical year by guns. That includes 17,000 who commit suicide, nearly 800 who are killed in accidental shootings and more than 300 killed by the police. (In many of the law enforcement shootings, the police officers are reacting to people armed with guns).
And then there are the people who are shot but don’t die. Nearly 70,000 fall into that category in a typical year, including 48,000 who are criminally attacked, 4,200 who survive a suicide attempt, more than 15,000 who are shot accidentally, and more than 1,000 many with a gun in possession who are shot by the police.
I like how Beck called his people “zombies”. That was a pretty good description of those that believe him considering he is the Weekly World News of TV. Video is here
Then again Glenn Beck has literally thousands of things he has said that are just written by Weekly World News writes and is truly a joke. Story is here When people show your videos and quote your words with a good amount of context and THAT alone is laughable you know what is being said is not to be taken seriously. One word describes Glenn Beck quite well and that word is TRUTHINESS.
The reason he received the award was that the world needs America to make a massive change from the past 8 years of destructive leadership we have had and become a power for positive change…for a change. The Nobel Committee has handed out similarly defined prizes in the past as an impetus to go forward and finish the job of the person receiving the prize as opposed to a finalized job. This is how much the world needs America to change from the path it took under Bush. Plus it was a massive sociological step ahead for America to elect a minority as most other real nations have already done as opposed to another WASP man. The world was making a statement as to our progress and what it needs from us in terms of its progress. The world hungers for positive direction from the US and it was SO missed in the previous 8 years that they nominated him 12 days into his Administration.
Instead of being happy the US has another award from the world at large pretty much the sentiment of the right has been one of sour grapes. This attitude was best described by Rep. Alan Grayson with his response prior to Obama winning the award but aimed at those opposing Obama for any reason. Video is here
The right-wing’s idiocy about Obama’s Nobel win is no longer even interesting. So Rush Limbaugh sides with the Taliban now. Good. Both Glenn Beck and Mark Halperin suggested Obama should decline the award; now we know where Halperin stands, that’s good too. The country will move on without them. I loved what French President Nicholas Sarkozy (not always an Obama fan) said about why the U.S. president really got the Nobel Peace Prize: “The award marks America’s return to the heart of the people of the world.” That deserves a prize.
Now, the players themselves are piling on. Specifically, many African-American players have explicitly stated that they would never play for a team that Rush Limbaugh owns. “All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on,’” New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka stold the New York Daily News, adding, “I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of.” Other black players expressed similar sentiments: Story is located here
There is a website that has taken a satirical look at the method of discussion that Glenn Beck uses in terms of making the recipient of his comment disprove a negative comment. Beck uses this all the time and the website has simply done what Beck has done and Beck is reacting to it by ironically using international regulatory agencies to control what others are saying about him. So he is trying to stop people….who say the things they are saying is untrue…and he is proving the market cannot regulate itself as the market should take care of this issue. He is also going to international groups seeking regulation which contradicts his feelings that the international community is not a place to go to seek retribution as he has discounted international regulators at all level for many years. So in posting this website the response by Beck is completely disproving many things he believes. The fact that Beck does not believe Beck is highlighted by Stephen Colbert who draws a direct line between what Stephen Colbert is (a satirical political comedian) to what Beck is (a satirical political comedian) however Beck is on a “news” channel and people believe what Beck says to their own peril. So for those that take Glenn Beck seriously…they are the ones that are truly looking to be misled as logic and research demands that the comments as made by Beck are of speculation…manipulation of the discussion and facts and truly are just often times as good as the Weekly World News. Then again he IS on FOX News so it kind of has a linear direction away from the truth as the WWN has. So Glenn Beck is truly the same as Stephen Colbert.
The articles that are jokes are blended with articles that are true news items and the difference is so slim it is not known which is which. Which is the mark of Conservative news these days. Story is here along with my comment on the news item.
A full hour Special Comment by Keith Olbermann on the reform of Health Care. The video ends with a solid call to action which is a great idea. Hang in there…it is riveting…and the end has a great idea. Video is posted here in full
A full hour Special Comment by Olbermann on Health Care tonight. Story is here
Keith Olbermann will deliver an hour-long “Special Comment” on health care Wednesday night, MSNBC announced Tuesday.
Wednesday’s “Countdown” will be devoted entirely to “Health Care Reform: The Fight Against Death.” According to a network release, it will focus on “the need for and meaning of health care reform in the United States” and Olbermann will “propose group action by patients, and how patients can reclaim the debate over health care reform.”
I am happy to announce that Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gross have produced a wonderful book entitled “Art for Obama” (Abrams Publishing) which features a cavalcade of art produced during the Obama Campaign and for Manifest Hope: Denver and D.C.
I am stoked to tell you that my piece “The Hopeful Hearts Club” made it into the book (pg. 176) alongside so many other wonderful artist friends and talented individuals.
Below is a video advertising the book, look for quick shot of me at :49 seconds.
Additionally, you will find a link to Amazon where you can buy the book directly.
Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court career has been topped in one day by Sonia Sotomayor in questions and activity. What does this say about Justice Clarence Thomas? Then again it sure says good things about Sotomayor. AND it says bad things about those that opposed her. Story is here
IF Medicare for 65-70 year olds is removed then how is that NOT gutting Medicare? So who wants to destroy Medicare? Ironic those using fear are the ones wanting to stop Medicare to 65-70 yr olds. She says
“I don’t want to cut costs by devastating seniors.” Which is simply wrong as Medicare for 65 to 70 yr olds will be removed.
Of course this is the meme that the Godheads try to bring across. Video is here
The claim that a religious nation of some sort brings a better society is just incorrect. Story is here
RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.
It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.
Many liberal Christians and believers of other faiths hold that religious belief is socially beneficial, believing that it helps to lower rates of violent crime, murder, suicide, sexual promiscuity and abortion. The benefits of religious belief to a society have been described as its “spiritual capital”. But the study claims that the devotion of many in the US may actually contribute to its ills.
The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: “Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.
“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.
“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”
Gregory Paul, the author of the study and a social scientist, used data from the International Social Survey Programme, Gallup and other research bodies to reach his conclusions.
He compared social indicators such as murder rates, abortion, suicide and teenage pregnancy.
The study concluded that the US was the world’s only prosperous democracy where murder rates were still high, and that the least devout nations were the least dysfunctional. Mr Paul said that rates of gonorrhoea in adolescents in the US were up to 300 times higher than in less devout democratic countries. The US also suffered from “ uniquely high” adolescent and adult syphilis infection rates, and adolescent abortion rates, the study suggested.
Mr Paul said: “The study shows that England, despite the social ills it has, is actually performing a good deal better than the USA in most indicators, even though it is now a much less religious nation than America.”
He said that the disparity was even greater when the US was compared with other countries, including France, Japan and the Scandinavian countries. These nations had been the most successful in reducing murder rates, early mortality, sexually transmitted diseases and abortion, he added.
Mr Paul delayed releasing the study until now because of Hurricane Katrina. He said that the evidence accumulated by a number of different studies suggested that religion might actually contribute to social ills. “I suspect that Europeans are increasingly repelled by the poor societal performance of the Christian states,” he added.
He said that most Western nations would become more religious only if the theory of evolution could be overturned and the existence of God scientifically proven. Likewise, the theory of evolution would not enjoy majority support in the US unless there was a marked decline in religious belief, Mr Paul said.
“The non-religious, proevolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator.
“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”
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