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Former Clinton Chief Of Staff Joins Facebook Board
Post Date: 2011-09-07 19:06:33 by Brian S
WASHINGTON Facebook announced Wednesday that Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to US president Bill Clinton, has joined the board of directors of the social network. Bowles, 66, was named by Clinton in 1993 to head the Small Business Administration and served as White House chief of staff from 1996 to 1998. A former president of the University of North Carolina, Bowles recently served as the co-chair of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. "Erskine has held important roles in government, academia and business which have given him insight into how to build organizations and navigate complex issues," Facebook ...
Hoffa Doubles Down, Will ‘Never Apologize,’ Blasts Fox News As ‘Anti-Worker’
Post Date: 2011-09-07 17:17:53 by Brian S
Some have called Teamsters President James Hoffas Monday remarks ill-advised, but he isnt backing away and, instead, is claiming to have gotten a positive response from his members. The controversy erupted when Hoffa told a cheering crowd at a Labor Day celebration attended by President Obama, We are at war! .41;.41;.41;President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march41;.41;.41;. Lets take these sons of bitches out, and give America back to an America where we belong. In a cable TV appearance on MSNBCs The Ed Show on Tuesday, Hoffa told host Ed Schultz about the response and how his tough-sounding tack has resonated. The ...
Top House Republican Cantor Vows No Disaster Aid Hold-Up
Post Date: 2011-09-07 15:32:18 by Brian S
(09-07) 11:49 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) -- A top House Republican is promising that there will be no holdup in replenishing disaster aid accounts. Majority Leader Eric Cantor says that new disaster aid money doesn't have to be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. The Virginia Republican told reporters that he supports a provision in last month's budget pact with President Barack Obama that permits lawmakers to add money for disaster aid to the budget as long as it doesn't exceed historical averages. In previous comments Cantor had said there would be a need to "offset" disaster aid. He's clarified his stand and says that disaster aid would only have ...
How Rick Perry Has Been on the Public Dole His Whole Life
Post Date: 2011-09-07 15:08:08 by Brian S
When this taxpayer-supported lifer flits into your town to declare that he will slash public benefits, he means in your life, not his. / By Jim Hightower Presidential wannabe Rick Perry is flitting all around the country -- hither, thither and yon -- spreading little "Perry Tales" about himself and the many wonders he has worked as governor of Texas. His top Perry Tale is a creationist story about what he has modestly branded "The Texas Miracle." While the rest of the country is mired in joblessness, says the miracle worker, his state has added 1.2 million jobs during his 10-year tenure. I've built "a job-creating machine," the governor gushed ...
GOP Freshmen To Cantor: Forget Spending Cuts, Give Us Our Storm Aid
Post Date: 2011-09-07 11:45:18 by Brian S
Majority Leader Eric Cantor is having a hard time finding support within his caucus for his no storm aid until there are budget cuts ultimatum. House Republicans from flood-damaged areas are rejecting that position, saying that helping people whose lives have been upended by the storm should take precedent over managing the budget deficit. The reaction is particularly noteworthy because it is coming from members of the House Republican freshman class, a group that swept into office last year on a platform of reducing the federal debt and the size of government. The debate is a sensitive one for rank-and-file lawmakers, because it forces them to choose between the agenda of a party leader ...
Michael Savage's Book 'Abuse Of Power' Review: It 'Held Me Spell-Bound'
Post Date: 2011-09-06 19:59:15 by Brian S
I seldom read a book cover to cover these days especially an action novel in the James Bond genre. Abuse of Power by Michael Savage held me spell-bound. I read it in two sittings. It would have been one sitting, but it was too late at night. I finished it the next day. There is never a dull moment in the story. Its like the series 2483; on steroids. Just as one cliff hanger happens and you think you can take a breath and relax another one happens. Its almost too much excitement adrenaline pumping. When I got to the last chapters I did not want it to end. The book is well-crafted, with multi-dimensional characters and a very ...
Bachmann's Campaign Starts To Fall Apart As Guru Quits
Post Date: 2011-09-06 19:32:47 by Brian S
Wednesday, 7 September 2011 It could just be Rick Perry blocking some of her sunlight. Or perhaps it was what she said about God, Hurricane Irene and government spending. Whatever the causes, there are signs that the rocket that shot Michele Bachmann to near the front of the Republican nomination race is starting to sputter. Signalling trouble is news that Ed Rollins, the veteran Republican consultant who over his long career has advised Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, is leaving his day-to-day post as top strategist in Ms Bachmann's campaign, citing his health. While he has said he will still be available in a less hands-on capacity, his deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving her team ...
Teamsters' Hoffa Won't Back Down From His Tea Party Comments; “We didn’t start this war – the right wing did..."
Post Date: 2011-09-06 17:31:16 by Brian S
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today refused to back down following criticism about comments he made about Tea Party Republicans during a Labor Day speech in Detroit suggesting that voters take these sons-of-bitches out.His controversial words Monday came after he told the crowd they needed to help President Barack Obama in 2012. Everybody here has got a vote, he said. In his statement today, Hoffa said: We didnt start this war the right wing did. My comments on Labor Day in Detroit echo the anger and frustration of American workers who are under attack by corporate-funded politicians who want to destroy the middle class. ...
Fox's Trumped Up Attack On Hoffa Just Latest Example Of Their Selective Outrage [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-09-06 14:39:13 by Brian S
Fox has repeatedly attacked Teamsters president James Hoffa's statement that union members should "take these son of a bitches out" at a Labor Day rally, suggesting his comments constituted "a call for violence [toward] peaceful tea party members." But Hoffa was not endorsing violence -- he was urging his audience to remove elected officials by voting; furthermore, Fox has a history downplaying explicit threats or violent rhetoric when they are directed at Democrats and progressives. Please upgrade your flash player. The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player. If you are unable to install flash you can download a QuickTime version of the ...
Random Girl in The Street Identify Yourself
Post Date: 2011-09-05 22:17:37 by A K A Stone
Random girl in the street identify yourself.
Exactly How Tight Were Libya and the CIA? New Documents Reveal Secret "War on Terror" Relationship
Post Date: 2011-09-05 20:03:59 by Brian S
The US is taking the ousting of Gadhafi as a giant win, but new documents show that during the "War on Terror," the CIA and its Libyan counterpart in Gadhafi's government were two peas in a pod. Ironically, their working relationship was revealed by papers discovered at the office of the former dictator's spy chief. BBC: The papers suggest the CIA abducted several suspected militants from 2002 to 2004 and handed them to Tripoli. The UK's MI6 also apparently gave the Gaddafi regime details of dissidents.[...] Thousands of pieces of correspondence from US and UK officials were uncovered by reporters and activists in an office apparently used by Moussa Koussa, who served ...
Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: "Take These Son Of Bitches Out"
Post Date: 2011-09-05 14:42:36 by Brian S
Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday. "We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We're going to win that war," Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd. "President Obama, this is your ...
Right-Wing Commentator: Poor People Voting Is ‘Un-American’
Post Date: 2011-09-04 19:16:24 by Brian S
Many conservatives appear to think badly of poor people, but Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center takes it a step further. According to the title of his latest article for American Thinker, he believes that "registering the poor to vote is un-American." "Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?" Vadum asks. "Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery." "Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals," he continues. "It is profoundly ...
Romney Nabs Tea Party Endorsement In South Carolina
Post Date: 2011-09-04 18:45:04 by Brian S
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) On the day before he takes part in a South Carolina presidential forum being organized by Sen. Jim DeMint, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney secured a high-profile tea party endorsement in the first-in-the-south primary state. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, one of the most tea party-friendly elected officials in the Palmetto State, told CNN Sunday that he will chair Romneys presidential campaign in state. He is the guy who reflects my values and has the greatest chance of taking back the White House in 2012, Loftis said in a phone interview. Loftis praised Romney's private sector experience and said he is more electable than ...
The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)
Post Date: 2011-09-04 17:53:32 by Brian S
There is a reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in our nations capital. Stretched out between the memories of two presidents, the water reminds us that politics are merely a reflection of American society, for better or worse. The best of our society was on display 48 years ago when hundreds of thousands of Americans stood in scenic unity along the reflecting pool in support of civil rights. Today, the 2012 presidential elections reflect a nation still plagued by bias and inequality. Troubled and ugly waters indeed. The following is a guide to use when you consider casting a vote for one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates. You may be ...
Lieberman: Obama's Concern With Offending Muslims Is Hurting The War Effort
Post Date: 2011-09-04 13:44:45 by Brian S
The Obama administrations fear of offending Muslims will hurt the U.S. war against terrorism, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Thursday in a speech blasting the presidents new counterterrorism strategy. Lieberman said that Obamas strategy, which was released in June, was ultimately a big disappointment, and while it successfully identified the core of the domestic radicalization problem, it did not establish a clear plan of attack to deal with the growing issue. The four-term senator and one-time presidential candidate said one of the key problems with the Obama administrations strategy was that it continues to call terrorism that aims to harm the ...
Is American TV Finally Facing Reality? 6 New TV Shows Bring Real Economic Struggle Into Your Living Room
Post Date: 2011-09-02 20:14:10 by Brian S
While the US economy drowns in a sinkhole of its own making, sometimes it seems like pop culture has forgotten the people. On TVs "Gossip Girl," the glorification of torpid, trust-funded teens rages on; chart-topping film The Helps underlying narrative (after the racism) is that rich people have housekeepers; and the latest collaborative album by Kanye West and Jay-Z is a great reminder that you probably do not own one Beamer, let alone multiples. With many states having a 15 percent unemployment rate, its enough to make you wonder exactly how gated the entertainment community can get. And while theres an argument to be made for cultural escapism during ...
Full Unredacted Wikileaks ‘Cablegate’ Archive Available Online
Post Date: 2011-09-02 14:25:28 by Brian S
The complete archive of 251,000 unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks by a military whistleblower is now available for anyone to download and view, thanks to a forthcoming reporter and a breach in security protocol by someone at WikiLeaks. Thinking there was nothing to it, David Leigh, investigations editor for The Guardian, published a password in his book about WikiLeaks. The password was for the cable archive, which the paper had been given early on, and it was supposed to be temporary. The book did not specify where the files were located. Seven months later, that password was still able to unlock an encrypted file inadvertantly put online by a ...
Civil War: Tea Party Group Invites Romney To Speak, Sparking Protests By Tea Party Group; Tea Party Group FreedomWorks Plans Anti-Romney Rally
Post Date: 2011-08-31 19:40:15 by Brian S
The tea party has split over Mitt Romney. FreedomWorks, a Washington, D.C.-based tea party organization led by former House majority leader Dick Armey, will protest during a New Hampshire rally this weekend sponsored by the California-based Tea Party Express. The reason for the protest: the Tea Party Express invited Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, to the event. The president of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, pointed to what he referred to as Romney's support for "government-run health care, Wall Street bailouts and spending hikes," in a statement explaining the reasons for the counter-rally in Concord. "One of the great successes of the decentralized tea party ...
Boehner Fires Back at Obama Over Scheduling of Jobs Speech
Post Date: 2011-08-31 17:27:17 by Brian S
A month after they went toe-to-toe over the nations debt, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, slugged it out on Wednesday over the calendar and the presidents desire to give a speech to Congress. The prize is next Wednesday night, Sept. 7. That night was supposed to belong to the Republicans. It was to be a showcase for the eight GOP contenders for president, a chance to use two hours of national television coverage of their debate in California to bash Obama. A chance to look presidential. But with only 198 words in a letter to the leaders of Congress, Obama reminded them who is president right now. But it took Boehner only another 268 words in his own ...
Lawrence O’Donnell: Nothing More Fraudulent Than Giuliani As 'Hero Of 9/11'
Post Date: 2011-08-31 15:50:00 by Brian S
MSNBC host Lawrence ODonnell ripped former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for choosing to put the citys Emergency Command and Control Center in the World Trade Center despite being advised by professionals in his administration not to place it in an obvious terrorism target. Rudy Giuliani learned absolutely nothing from the first deadly attack on the World Trade Center, he said. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, most of the media will continue to portray him as one of the heroes of 9/11. Know this. There is no more fraudulent public image in our politics than Rudy Giuliani, hero Of 9/11. Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: V
Meet the Shady Dallas Mega-Billionaire Industrialist Pouring Money into Rick Perry's Coffers
Post Date: 2011-08-30 19:42:59 by Brian S
Like so many Republican officials of the tea party persuasion, Rick Perry despises the Environmental Protection Agencya feeling he has expressed repeatedly in speeches, lawsuits, legislation and even a book titled Fed Up! Perhaps that is only natural for the governor of Texas, a dirty energy state where the protection of air, water and human health rank well below the defense of oil company profits for most politicians. But Perry has at least one other reason for smacking down those bureaucrats so eagerly. When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Perrys largest political donors. The outstanding example is ...
'Jewish' Bachmann Is Costing Romney
Post Date: 2011-08-30 19:39:09 by Brian S
Funny, she doesn't look Jewish. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He's having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish. Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they'd rather open their wallets for the "Jewish candidate," who they don't realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned. "It's a real problem," one Romney fund-raiser said. "We're working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama's Israel problem. This was surprising." Like other ...
Despite Warnings, Bush Surprised By 9/11
Post Date: 2011-08-30 19:03:42 by Brian S
In an interview that aired Sunday night, President Bush told National Geographic Channels Peter Schnall that after 9/11, he didnt want to blame intelligence agencies for failing to predict the attacks. At some point in time in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, I thought about why didnt we know this? Bush recalled. I knew we needed to figure out what went wrong to prevent other attacks but I didnt want start the finger pointing and say to our intelligence communities, You fouled up. You should have caught this. Why didnt you know? On Aug. 6, 2001 more than a month before the attacks Bush received a ...
Former Bush Official Promises To Testify If Someone Will ‘Pinochet’ Cheney
Post Date: 2011-08-30 19:02:38 by Brian S
The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Nows Amy Goodman that he would participate in a trial even if it meant personal repercussions. I, unfortunately and Ive admitted to this a number of times, publicly and privately was the person who put together Colin Powells presentation at the United Nations Security Council on 5 February, 2003, Wilkerson said. It was probably the biggest mistake of my life. I regret it to this day. I regret not having resigned over it. In an ...
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