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  • There Will Be Paranoia: As long as there're dispossessed white people, there'll be conspiracies

    03/13/2012 7:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    In These Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | Steve Weinberg
    Lengthy screeds featuring the dangers and hypocrisy of the New Right are common fare in progressive publications. Although I tend to agree with the screeds, I find them tiresome and sometimes counterproductive. By bestowing so much attention on the haters who have formed the Tea Party movement and largely co-opted the Republican Party, the authors of the screeds flatter those who would oppress the afflicted rather than help the afflicted help themselves. But Arthur Goldwag’s The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right (Pantheon) is a welcome relief. Yes, Goldwag is worried about the men...
  • Furious Subpoena Deadline

    03/12/2012 10:52:16 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | with held | staff
    WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote that the Justice Department's request of an extension for completing its document production on Operation Fast and Furious again "demonstrates a lack of good faith" and a Department "more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress." "The Justice Department's request for additional time has, unfortunately, not been followed by efforts to bridge the significant differences between its legal obligation to Congress and the reality of its stonewalling," said Chairman Issa on...
  • What Do I Do to Shut Up My Mexican-Hating Mexican Cousin?

    03/12/2012 12:30:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 2+ views
    DEAR MEXICAN: My cousin had put a picture on Facebook that said, "I will not be forced to learn a foreign language to accommodate illegals in my country." He's Mexican-American. Our family is from La Luz, Zacatecas, and its surrounding villages. His dad (my uncle) was born in El Paso, Texas. His mom jumped into the conversation and backed him up. His parents are divorced. How do I politely tell them they are wrong with their way of thinking? Prepared to Punch a Pinche Pocho Primo DEAR WAB: Sorry, cabrón, but you're just not going to win this battle. As...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama Wants to Make White People Slaves (Most misleading headline of the decade?)

    03/09/2012 7:16:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | March 9, 2012 | Professor Anthea Butler
    Sarah Palin is back in the news again for all the wrong reasons. Last night on The Sean Hannity Show, she proclaimed that President Obama wants to take America back to the days before the Civil War. Yes, you read that correctly. The African-American president wants to make us slaves again. Sigh. Palin’s over the top proclamation was coded in one of her specialty word salads that few can translate. Since I have been called the Palin Whisperer by one of my Twitter followers, let me give you the short version: Obama wants to make white people slaves!!!! In case...
  • North Korea Nuke Test for Iran?

    03/08/2012 8:33:08 PM PST · by Rabin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The-Diplomat ^ | March 9, 2012 | Jason Miks
    North Korea may have secretly detonated two nuclear devices made with highly enriched uranium in 2010, with one or both of the test blasts possibly being undertaken on behalf of Iran, according to a report highlighted in a daily security briefing I received from Congressional Quarterly. The original source for the CQ briefing is Austrian newspaper Wiener Zietung, which appears to be elaborating on a story that appeared Sunday in German paper Die Welt that it claims was based on “Western intelligence sources.” The Die Welt piece, meanwhile, noted evidence of the alleged 2010 nuclear tests was published last month...
  • Decent News for FHA Refis: Obama’s Latest Plan

    03/06/2012 9:28:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies · 1+ views
    the basis point ^ | March 6th, 2012 | Julian Hebron
    In a couple hours, President Obama will detail for existing FHA loanholders to do streamline refinances with less mortgage insurance. A streamline refi means you (may need neither an appraisal nor an income verification), so that would enable underwater homeowners with FHA loans to refinance out of their existing (underwater), loans. This is interesting because right now there are lots of FHA loans with rates much higher than current 30yr FHA rates of 3.75% no points. Problem is that these people can’t refi because the FHA requires streamline refinances (whether underwater or not) to provide 5% savings to the borrower—sum...
  • Sign me up for Anybody But Mitt...

    03/06/2012 12:24:07 PM PST · by dt57 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    ok, I am going to Post a thread again. I know I said I would wait longer, but I had so much fun the last time, thought I would give it another shot. These are the reasons I can not make myself vote for Mitt Romney: 1. The election of Supreme Court justices. I do believe that Mitt has shown us in Mass. that he does not have a clue how important this is. He is most probably more dangerous than Mr. Obama because his nominations would be more difficult for Republicans to oppose. 2. He truely is a moderate...
  • ACTION! New Los Angeles ordinance likely to drive more porn industry producers to Las Vegas

    03/06/2012 7:46:57 AM PST · by redreno · 33 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    Angered by an ordinance requiring actors in pornographic productions to wear condoms, some in the adult industry are threatening to move their operations from the “pornucopia” of Los Angeles to Southern Nevada. The news, first reported last month by the Los Angeles Times, has caused some to speculate on the industry’s future in Las Vegas, which is already seen by many insiders as a welcoming second home.
  • What's up with tonight?

    03/05/2012 7:17:04 PM PST · by madmominct · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Is anybody else having trouble accessing this evening? I keep getting "No Service". I always get a little paranoid when these things happen, what with the Left wanting to silence any Conservative voice. Thanks for your feedback!
  • Richard Cohen: Andrew Breitbart, a bomb-thrower without ideas (Ultra Spew Alert)

    03/05/2012 6:10:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2012 | Richard Cohen
    It is not nice to speak ill of the dead, my mother once told me. But it is okay, I think, to speak ill of those who praise the dead when the deceased was best known for sliming a well-intentioned and wholly commendable public servant or for exposing a politician who had already exposed himself. I am referring to Andrew Breitbart, whose passing was noted and mourned throughout the conservative firmament. His eulogies tell us more about the movement than they do about him. Almost immediately, conservative commentators let out a wail signifying the passing of one of their own....
  • Venezuela's Chavez confirms cancer has returned

    03/04/2012 9:16:41 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Channel News Asia ^ | 05 March 2012 | Staff
    The 57-year-old underwent surgery in Havana last week for what he had called a "lesion" -- it was removed from the same area, around the pelvis, where a first tumour was extracted in June 2011. Chavez, who has been in Cuba for treatment since February 24, said Sunday that the new tumor was about two centimeters in length -- much smaller than the earlier one, which he described as being "about the size of a baseball."
  • ***Does No One See The Pattern***

    03/04/2012 8:26:53 AM PST · by The Wizard · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The powers that are behind bambi are following a plan they have to change America and make it less than it has always been.... They find a suitable sponsor, bambi, use their corrupt associations and allies to get him inside the government and then unite him with the moles they have been slipping in for years.... They identify the most dangerous person to them, Sarah Palin, and begin the crucifixion of her and her character and family and prepare a "suitable" alternative that is really not much different "than Obama" (as we are told by money man George Soros himself).......
  • Robert C. Smith On his book Conservatism and Racism and Why in America They Are the Same

    03/03/2012 11:13:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Rorotoko ^ | December 6, 2010
    In a nutshell In this book I systematically demonstrate the inescapable racism inherent in American conservatism. The argument unfolds in layers. First, I show that ideological conservatism is everywhere and always the conscious and reflective defense of established institutions and ways of life. In the United States this has meant a defense of racism and white supremacy. The first conscious conservative movement in America emerged in the South partly as a reaction to the movement to abolish slavery, and the modern conservative movement in America is rooted partly in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. Second, the substantive ideals of...
  • Newest GOP Attack on Women: Just Say No to Tampons

    03/02/2012 11:03:59 AM PST · by kanawa · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Free Wood Post ^ | February 29, 2012 | Sarah Wood
    In recent weeks, the GOP attack on contraceptives and women’s rights has been returning to the legislative tables, and causing a stir among women’s rights activists and media outlets nationwide. Now it seems that many within the Republican party who strive to ban contraceptive use also see it as a necessity to prohibit the use of tampons, and seek to ban the sales of these and similar products as soon as possible. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently put together an all male panel for discussion at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule...
  • Arpaio investigates Obama's birth certificate

    03/02/2012 12:58:39 AM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies · 418+ views
    cbs news ^ | March 1, 2012 3:47 AM | staff
    The controversy over the certificate has been widely debunked
  • Attorney General: US Set for BP Oil Spill Trial

    03/01/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 4+ views
    rigzone ^ | February 29, 2012 | Climate Spectator
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said "his team" is ready to proceed with a civil trial next week to determine responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the BP Plc well…The Obama administration's criminal probe is also making progress, Holder told a House of Representatives subcommittee. The civil trial to determine who is responsible for the blowout and related penalties was due to start this week … The Justice Department has been looking also into whether to bring criminal charges related to the disaster.
  • Joaquin Serrapio, Miami Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama, Loves Ron Paul, Racism and Journey Covers

    02/29/2012 11:11:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Feb. 28 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    Joaquin Serrapio, Miami Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama, Loves Ron Paul, Racism and Journey Covers By Kyle Munzenrieder Tue., Feb. 28 2012 at 12:56 PM Comments (25) Categories: Crime Share 81digg ​Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr., the Miami man arrested for making online threats to kill President Barack Obama while he spoke at the University of Miami last week, has a large internet footprint. Serrapio went by the stage name of "Jay Valor" online, and fronted a local bar band known as the Jay Valor Band. On his Jay Valor Twitter account he made several disturbing Tweets in which he...
  • Hard-right elements tarnishing Republicans' chance at White House (Another Laff Riot)

    02/29/2012 9:22:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | February 28, 2012 | Linda Ocasio
    The prospect of Rick Santorum winning the Republican nomination for president has made a lot of Republicans nervous. Sure, the slugfest with Mitt Romney will continue beyond today’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona. But party leaders and pundits are already assessing the damage wrought by those who have dragged the party to the far-right fringes of conservative thought. New York Times columnist David Brooks writes that this is a real problem for the party seeking to capture the White House: “All across the nation, there are mainstream Republicans lamenting how the party has grown more and more insular, more and...
  • Media Promotes False Republican Gas Price Attacks on Obama (Seriously?!)

    02/29/2012 12:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 3+ views
    California Progress Report ^ | February 28, 2012 | Randy Shaw
    With President Obama’s approval numbers rising, the traditional media has created a new issue it claims raises “political perils:” rising gas prices. Working in lockstep with Republican backers of the Keystone XL pipeline and the “drill, baby, drill” crowd, the media is inflating an issue that a close look at the facts shows has never swayed presidential voters, and will not do so next November. Even worse, the media’s framing of the issue as putting Obama “on the defensive” is reactionary. It promotes the Sarah Palin view that environmental elites are stopping the United States from drilling its way to...
  • Juan Williams: Thanks to the stimulus, our economy is better off than it was 4 years ago

    02/28/2012 11:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2012 | Juan Williams
    President Obama’s poll numbers are getting better every day. But one clear weakness remains in the public mind — his performance in handling the U.S. economy. The most unpopular element of his economic stewardship is the stimulus, officially titled "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." It turned 3 years-old last week. A new Pew poll finds 41 percent of Americans disapprove of the 2009 stimulus while 37 percent approve. In 2010, a CNN poll found three quarters of the public felt most of the stimulus was wasted and did not help the economy. Later in 2010 a Rasmussen poll found...