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One step forward, two steps back

July 27, 2009

By: David Phillips

Yoda’s World

 

I watched one of my all time favorite movies this past weekend from years gone by: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" where Jimmy Stewart fights the Big Powerful Media in his State (from the Senate floor) that controlled the newspapers the radio and the politicians in his State...Seems in many ways that that which is old in politics works as well today as it did 60 years ago, the only things that have changed are the technologies in communications and the scope and reach of today’s media organizations.

 

I’ll tell ya, watching that movie helps one to remember what is truly great about our country and our democracy. It also shows how big media can control and shape the perspectives of any issue with the voting public.

 

Speaking of controlling the perspectives of the voting public, I have a very bad feeling about any quality healthcare program coming out of Congress, I can feel the lobbyists controlling the conversations and the politicians, just as if all of congress is a puppet and the lobbyists are pulling the strings, which they are. 350 health care lobbyists descended upon Washington DC a couple of weeks ago, and between them and the right wing spin machine, things are not looking good.

 

And I blame President Obama for not getting out in front of this issue from the get go, it seems that after he held his round table talks with various health care industry reps during his first few weeks in office then he just stepped aside and left it up to the Democrats in Congress who seem to have their heads up their collective asses...President Obama is now saying it's no big deal that nothing will have been passed before the August recess.

 

President Obama and the DNC are finally using their bully pulpits to call out Democrats and Republicans...The DNC has started to run ads in the districts of 10 Democrats talking about health care and where their representative stands...I just fear it may be too little to late...But I hope I’m wrong.

 

Anyhow, now President Obama says he's OK with the progress as long as we are moving the conversation forward and he says he's OK with a Bill before the end of the year, I am also fine with that, but it is President Obama who is putting his rear end on the line if nothing gets done by the end of this year...

 

 

And finally, “Birthers’ those that refuse to accept that President Obama is an American are demanding that they see President Obama’s birth certificate. Am I the only one who finds it a little off color that the right wing “Birther” fringe dwellers (the same group who think President Obama is a Muslim) have never had a problem with the previous 43 US Presidents birth certificates until a BLACK President was elected?

 

Two years ago Obama made his birth certificate available to the WORLD, he posted it on line,  made it available to numerous news organizations which  verified its authenticity, even the far right web site World Net Daily posted it on their web site saying that it was indeed real...SCOTUS even told these nut jobs that there are NO question...

 

But that’s not good enough for these whack jobs, now the BIRTHERS say that even his birth certificate is false...This "controversy" is a manufactured one...There is NO controversy, there is no question...What there is, is HATE and IGNORANCE from these whack jobs...The GOP leaders for the most part continue to fuel these whack jobs by not coming out and denouncing their lunacy which just makes the GOP look complicit in fueling their hate and ignorance.

 

This is a far right twisted controversy that has no merit...It was Obama who first made the decision to make his certificate available and do you know why, because right wingers were saying his middle name was Mohamed and Obama wanted to clear that up, that it was not Mohamed but Hussein.

 

There were 8 Democrats and 11 Republicans who were running for President and can you guess how many of them made their birth certificates available to the world?...The black guy running made his birth certificate available and not a single White candidates did.

 

One step forward, two steps back. 

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HOUSE PASSES "PAY AS YOU GO" BUDGET BILL

The House voted 265-166 for a bill that would require new tax cuts and certain spending to be offset by cost reductions or tax increases elsewhere in the budget.

Supporters said the "pay as you go" bill is key to impose discipline on Congress. It would require automatic spending cuts across the board if a year-end review shows that the cost of bills Congress has passed do not balance with revenues.

Social Security payments, Medicaid and food stamps would be exempted.

Most Republicans voted against the bill, saying it had too many loopholes that would allow Congress to disguise new spending. They said it was weaker than a similar law that was in effect during the 1990s.

Republicans offered an alternative that they said would put tighter caps on spending.

But critics said it focused too much on cutting spending and not enough on raising taxes as a way to achieving a pay-as-you-go balance.

The Republican plan was defeated, 169-259.

A Dildo Rolled in Glitter ...THE DAILY SHOW

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David Letterman's Top Ten Questions on the Surgeon General Application


10. Are you a surgeon?

9. Can you grow a crazy beard like C. Everett Koop?

8. Are you a general?

7. Any idea what a Surgeon General is supposed to do?

6. Do you have a normal looking pair of jeans the President could borrow?

5. Have you ever obtained pills for Rush Limbaugh?

4. McDreamy or McSteamy?

3. Due to the recession, do you mind working for free?

2. Can we blame the health care crisis on you?

1. Will you look the other way when the President lights up a butt?

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Christian mafia: the Family at C Street

Michael Stone - Portland Progressive Examiner

The house on C Street

Washington D.C. is home to the self-styled Christian mafia, a secretive Christian fundamentalist organization with deep ties to power elites in the US and the world. The Capitol Hill house on C Street has been making the headlines of late, and the news is not good. It seems the house on C Street is a Christian fundamentalist frat house for US congressman and senators.

The house, sometimes referred to as the "C Street Complex", is actually home base for a secretive international Christian cult. This cult is sometimes referred to as "the family" or "the fellowship". The family espouses strange and nefarious goals. Indeed, their mission is to create a universal Christian theocracy, a world where all governments are subordinate to this peculiar and secretive Christian sect.

The family at C Street preaches a secretive doctrine known as the "Seven Mountains Mandate" in which believers seek to gain world control, by gaining influence over seven key sectors of society: religion, government, media, education, arts and entertainment, family, and business. The group is racist and sexist, believing in a strong patriarchy and that God has chosen rich white elites to rule. Members take an oath and are sworn to secrecy.

The Capitol Hill house on C Street eludes property taxes by being listed as a church. According to The Associated Press, Reps. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.; Jim Demint, R-S.C.; and Sens. Ensign and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., live in private rooms upstairs in the $1.1 million house and pay $600 a month in rent. The whole thing smells of corruption spiced with Christianity. The odor is obnoxious.

The family teaches that morality is a secular concept, a concept that does not apply to their own members . Indeed, this strange cult, with ties to fascism and Nazism, appears decidedly unchristian. Rather, the organization seems dedicated to justifying, maintaining and creating power and privilege for the wealthy.

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Vote blocks concealed weapons bill
Owners could have carried guns across state lines

By STEVE TETREAULT
STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted last week to block a bill that would have expanded gun rights by allowing licensed owners of firearms to carry concealed weapons into other states.

Senators voted 58-39 to shelve an amendment by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. Although Thune won support from a majority, he needed 60 votes to prevail under a deal reached among senators.

The amendment would have required individual states to honor concealed weapons permits issued by other states even as the rules for carrying guns might vary from state to state.

All but two states, Wisconsin and Illinois, allow licensed gun owners to carry a hidden weapon. The amendment, strongly supported by the National Rifle Association, would have required the traveling gun owner to honor local laws that might bar hidden weapons in restaurants and other places.

Thune argued expanding the right to carry concealed guns would reduce crime. Thugs would think twice about committing a crime not knowing if their victim might be armed, he said.

The amendment "will allow law-abiding individuals to travel, without complication, throughout the 48 states that currently permit some form of conceal and carry," Thune said. "Law-abiding individuals have the right to self-defense."

Opponents argued the amendment would trample a state's right to determine who can legally carry guns within its borders.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said although 12 states already allow gun owners from neighboring states to carry concealed weapons, 25 make the decision selectively and 11 do not allow visitors to carry hidden guns.

"The Thune amendment is a direct assault on those states," Durbin said. "Congress should not require one state's laws to trump another's."

Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John Ensign, R-Nev., voted for the Thune amendment.

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“Live Desk” Allows Platform For Anti Abortion Catholic Priest As Part Of Lobbying Effort Against Health Care Reform?

Reported by Priscilla - July 26, 2009 - 26 comments

The anti-choice lobby is in full, fighting mode against health care reform because a public option for health care might include funding for abortions. Their argument is that they don’t want their tax dollars going to a medical procedure that they feel is murder. (Course they had no problem with the carnage of the Iraq war and support the death penalty; but details, details). As the mouthpiece for the Christian right, Fox News, does seem to provide a voice for the anti choice crowd with little or no counterpoint representing the majority of Americans who believe in a women’s right to an abortion. The proposed public health option of health care reform has galvanized the anti choice lobby and Fox News is certainly providing a non fair and balanced platform for them. Last week, *Megyn Kelly interviewed an anti abortion congressman about his view of proposals (only that nothing more) about abortion vis--vis the health care debate. On Friday, Roman Catholic priest Frank Pavone was given a softball interview in which he presented the views of the anti choice lobby. “Fair and balanced” – don’t think so.

Pavone, who endorsed Bush in 2004, is head of an order specifically created to work to make abortion illegal in the USA. Priests for Life includes the anti abortion Denver bishop Charles Chaput and is linked to the extreme right wing anti choice “Concerned Women for America.” Pavone has appeared, at anti abortion protests, with domestic terrorist Randall Terry. And it’s ironic, given the GOP’s desire for stronger protection against frivolous lawsuits against doctors, Pavone advocates putting abortion doctors out of business using malpractice litigation. So obviously this priest has a very political agenda – something that wasn’t detailed by Trace Gallagher on Fox’s “The Live Desk.”

 

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Political blogs are atwitter
By: Madeleine Begun Kane

Political blogs are atwitter
With news of Gov. Palin, the quitter.
Is it scandal or plans
To join prez also-rans?
Once aglitter, she’s GOP litter.

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The Leadership of the GOP
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Ex-Fox News Producer Gets 10 Years for Child Porn
Associated Press

A federal judge has sentenced a former Fox News Channel producer to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Aaron Bruns was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors had recommended the 10-year term, citing Bruns' prior conviction on similar charges.

Authorities arrested Bruns in February after investigators said he had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site. Bruns pleaded guilty in May to possession of child pornography.

Bruns covered Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008 and later was a general producer in Washington, covering politics.

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Jon Ralston notes C Street influence may be keeping Ensign quiet
By Jon Ralston 
July 24, 2009 

These men were the ones that said what we need to do is get Doug Hampton's home paid for, and we need to get Doug Hampton some money. We need to get his family to Colorado.” --Doug Hampton, former aide to Sen. John Ensign, “Face to Face,” 7/8/09

These men, these men of Christ, these men of C Street, these Family men who always preach morality and occasionally practice infidelity told Sen. John Ensign in February 2008 to give his cuckolded aide money and help him relocate.

So Doug Hampton has asserted. And Jeff Sharlet, who knows more about The Family than any outsider, thinks Hampton is telling the truth, and believes this conclave was grooming Ensign for greatness because of his telegenic presence and upward mobility within the Club of 100.

“I have no reason to disbelieve Doug Hampton,” Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, said Thursday on “Face to Face.” “ When you go to a place like C Street, you become a member of what The Family in their internal documents call ‘prayer cells,’ an outlandish word, but that's their term for it. That's what (Oklahoma Sen. Tom) Coburn and Ensign and (Kansas Sen. Sam) Brownback, all these guys... what it is is a small, private meeting of like-minded men who believe that their prayers are better heard by God if they pray with men of equal status and power.”
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CNN’s Howard Kurtz Criticizes CNN’s Lou Dobbs For Giving Airtime To ‘Birther’ Conspiracies

ThinkProgress.org

Last week, ThinkProgress noted that CNN’s Lou Dobbs is one of the most high-profile “birthers” in America, continuing to demand that Obama present a “long form” birth certificate to prove his citizenship. Dobbs’ focus on the story has been so bad that CNN President Jon Klein eventually sent an e-mail to staffers of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” declaring that the “birther” story is “dead,” though he later backed down a bit. Dobbs has responded to his critics by calling them “limp-minded, lily-livered lefties” who don’t like that he had “the temerity to inquire as to where the birth certificate was.”

On his Reliable Sources show today, CNN’s Howard Kurtz criticized Dobbs and others in the media who have given airtime to the “fringe of the fringe” that is the “birther” crowd. “These are ludicrous claims, there is no factual basis for them,” said Kurtz. “Why give the birthers any airtime?” He then specifically criticized Dobbs for not acting “responsible”:

KURTZ: Callie Crossley, Lou Dobbs on his radio show said, “I believe the president is a citizen of the United States.” But he keeps raising these questions, complaining about criticism from “limp-minded, lily-livered lefties.” Is it responsible for Dobbs and others to go on the air, talk about these claims, demand proof, when we have seen a copy of the birth certificate? When Hawaii officials say that Barack Obama was born there in 1961?

CROSSLEY: It absolutely is not responsible.

Watch it:

As one of the top media critics in the country, Kurtz has been criticized for not commenting on Dobbs’ birther obsession in his Washington Post column. As has been noted by many, the birther claims that President Obama wasn’t born in America are groundless.
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THIS WEEKS FEATURED MUSIC VIDEO

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SAN FRANCISCO — California lawmakers passed a deal to fix the state's multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, approving a package of wide-ranging spending cuts after a marathon legislative session.

A near 20-hour hearing on 30 bills designed to close the state's 26.3 billion dollar budget shortfall reached its climax shortly after 3:00 pm (2200 GMT) when the California Assembly approved the measure.

The deal now awaits the approval of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had clashed with legislators repeatedly this year in effort to agree a budget.

"These are difficult economic times that demand courage from elected officials, including those in the legislature," Schwarzenegger said after both chambers of the California legislature approved the deal.

"Both Republicans and Democrats stepped up to the challenge, and I want to thank the legislative leaders and the entire legislature for passing this difficult but necessary budget solution that cuts state spending, reforms government so that it runs more efficiently and does not raise taxes."

The proposed budget, agreed on Monday after arduous bi-partisan negotiations, has attracted howls of protest across California for its brutal 15-billion-dollar cuts to services such as education and health care.

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There's a one-in-two chance that the water reservoirs of the Colorado River will dry up by 2050 if water management practices remain unchanged in our warming world, a new study finds.

Roughly 30 million people — including many in Arizona and Southern California — depend on the Colorado River for drinking and irrigation water.

The Colorado River system is enduring its 10th year of drought, with the reservoir system currently at 59 percent of capacity, about the same as this time last year.

Previous studies have warned of the potential for water shortages with the drier conditions in the West brought about by climate change. The region's growing population has also put pressure on the water supplies of the desert West.

The researchers, including Balaji Rajagopalan of the University of Colorado in Boulder, examined the effects of a range of reductions to the water flowing through the Colorado River and held in local reservoirs, as well as how different water management strategies might affect those water levels.

Rajagopalan and his colleagues found that even under the harshest drying caused by climate change, the large storage capacity of reservoirs on the Colorado might help sustain water supply for a few decades, but only if new management practices are enacted.

"This study, along with others that predict future flow reductions in the Colorado River Basin, suggests that water managers should begin to re-think current water management practices during the next few years, before the more serious effects of climate change appear," Rajagopalan said.

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VARIOUS LATE NIGHT QUOTES

"According to a new poll, 42% of Americans say they would vote for Sarah Palin for president in 2012. They also said they'd support her decision to step down in 2013." --Conan O'Brien

"Gov. Sanford is still trying to recover from his sex scandal. This is the latest. This weekend, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wrote an editorial apologizing for his behavior. I'm not sure he's sincere, though, because it starts out, 'Dear Penthouse.'" --Conan O'Brien

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States will build two nuclear plants in India. And here's the weird part about those power plants. They're going to outsource all the jobs to Americans." --Jimmy Fallon

"Did you watch President Obama's press conference last night? Well, boring. Let me tell you. I know he's our president so I shouldn't say this, but if he loves this  healthcare proposal so much, why doesn't he marry it?" --Jimmy Kimmel

"President Obama tried to get a fire going under the lawmakers before the August recess, which is when they take a one-month break in order to visit their girlfriends in South America." --Jimmy Kimmel

"But the chances of getting a vote on the bill done by August doesn't look good. Right now, it's being held up in the Senate by a group of conservative-leaning Democrats called Blue Dogs. I never heard of this. They're called blue because they're from blue states and dogs because they roll over for the healthcare lobby. And also, they eat their own poop." --Jimmy Kimmel

"North Korea today launched another attack, but this one of a personal nature against our secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. You've got to love North Korea. They're a great villain. They say crazy things, their leader looks like Ethel Merman, all their missiles are named Dong; they're the best." --Jimmy Kimmel

"This is historic, this is huge in the world of politics. I don't know if you remember a couple of years ago we had that presidential election. And John McCain was running. And he needed a date for the ticket. So he got a hold of the governor of Alaska. And they ran. They didn't win but they ran. And now the governor of Alaska decided that she's quitting. So on Sunday, she's leaving office. And she will officially hand over her sash and her crown to her successor." --David Letterman

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This Week in God!!!

US Senators Tied to Religious Cult...

The powerful and secretive group known as the Fellowship Foundation or the “Family” is quickly gaining notoriety, due to its links to two scandal-plagued Republicans, Senator John Ensign of Nevada and Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

According to the Washington Post, however, the Fellowship Foundation is itself linked to an even more secretive religious organization — Youth With a Mission (YWAM), whose Washington, DC branch owns the “C Street House” where Ensign has lived and where Sanford has participated in Bible study.

A diarist at Daily Kos points out that “YWAM founder leader Loren Cunningham has publicly outlined a vision for Christian world-control,” which involves establishing domination over government, education, business, the media, and other areas.

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