Daily Archives: January 18, 2010

The Man Behind Fox News…

Be sure to read the entire article and learn who the key players are in this vicious circle.  I’m sure we’ll be hearings these names again in the coming years. 

I wonder, how will  Fox News spin it that Rupert Murdoch is pallin’ around with  a Muslim?  I thought all ‘real’ Americans hated Muslims? 

Lilac

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/18/saudi-prince-alwaleed-bin_1_n_426891.html

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Filed under Media, World Politics

Politics Can Do Some Good

I happened to have watched the interview with David Gregory and I hate to admit it, but I  felt kinda sorry for GWB.  He sounded like a man with regrets when asked about Katrina.   But I do have to give Bush credit where it’s due – he did say that working with Bill Clinton was an honor.  He also said something about his mother calls Bill Clinton her 4th son.  Have you ever heard that before?

Lilac

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/17/bush-pushes-back-against_n_426248.html

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Filed under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, Republicans

Bye Bye…..

Interesting little bit of news I just read on Huffington Post.   I wonder if this the start of a trend?  Could we be so lucky?

Lilac

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/18/glenn-beck-producer-leave_n_426905.html

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Filed under Media, Playing Politics, Radical Rightwing groups, Republicans

U. S. military weapons inscribed with Bible passages

What would Jesus shoot?

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.  The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

At the end of the serial number on Trijicon’s ACOG gun sight, you can read “JN8:12”, a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

fnord

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Filed under Religion, WAR

Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

91 Kept So Far

While on the campaign trail, Barack Obama made hundreds of promises. And throughout the president’s first year in office, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Web site PolitiFact has tracked each one of those commitments.

Just before Obama took office, PolitiFact combed through campaign documents, speeches and debate transcripts to see what promises he had made. They found more than 500 individual promises and put each of them into a database to be monitored closely.

They found 91 promises have been fulfilled, 33 compromised on, 87 stalled and 14 broken. The remaining promises are designated as being “in the works.”

fnord

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Filed under President Barack Obama

A Few Facts to Consider on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Economic justice was on Martin Luther King, Jr’s list and that went unacomplished with his death.  A few facts to ponder on this holiday:

*The gap between the rich and poor has reached Depression-era standards.

*Corporate CEOs now make nearly 400 times the average worker.

*African Americans earn less, die earlier and are imprisoned at disproportionate rates than whites.

*Even in the Age of Obama, young black men are more likely to be locked up than graduate from college, and the leading cause of death for black men under 30 is homicide.

*Our government has spent more than $1 trillion on the Iraq war even as our inner cities crumble and 40 million [out of roughly 300 million] Americans live in poverty.

*A new report from the Center for American Progress, The State of Minorities in the New Economy, shows how African American and Latinos are falling even further behind during the economic downturn.

Read more here.

iggydonnelly

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Filed under Political Reform, Progressive Ideals

Maybe Redemption is Possible for Everyone. . .

Ted Olson, the attorney who aided George W. Bush in his selection as president of the U.S.A., is now fighting proposition 8, California’s same sex marriage ban.  Olson has teamed up with his opponent  in the Bush v. Gore battle (attorney David Boies) to undo proposition 8.  Being declared an honoray lesbian is a title Olson wears with pride.

Olson was the subject of Maureen Dowd’s Sunday editorial.  He aknowledges his emotional reaction to the case and those effected: “’I think there’s something the matter with you if you don’t care enough to feel the suffering that they’ve been through and if you’re not emotionally upset about the fact that we’re doing an immense amount of harm to people,’ he said. ‘We’re not treating them like Americans. We’re not treating them like citizens.’”

More from the editorial:  “‘The anti-gay-marriage proponents whipped up a moral frenzy in 2008, suggesting conjugal parity would harm children, summon the devil, tear down churches and melt civilization.’ But Olson argued in his opening statement that the discrimination gays experience ‘weakens our moral fiber in this country.’”

Both attorneys expressed their disappointment with President Obama’s position on this cause: “’Damned right,’ Boies snapped. ‘I hope my Democratic president will catch up to my conservative Republican co-counsel.’”

While I don’t think Olson did the nation a favor with his work to install G.B. Bush, as the title states, “maybe redemption is possible for everyone.”

iggydonnelly

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Filed under GLBT Rights, Marriage Equality