Archive for July, 2011

July 31, 2011

GOP Motivational Film

by Ben Hoffman
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July 29, 2011

Was Jesus Behind the 9/11 Attack?

by Ben Hoffman

Often, murderers leave clues at the scene of their crimes, and this is especially true of mass murderers. On September 11, 2001, terrorists, believing they were following Gods will, hijacked four airplanes and flew two of them into the N.Y. Twin World Trade Centers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attack.

While clearing the debris, construction workers uncovered what appears to be a giant steel cross, which may be a clue to who was really behind the attacks. About a year after the attack, Jesus told George W. Bush to invade Iraq and go after the terrorists, who were from Saudi Arabia and planned the attack from Germany. Could it be part of Jesus’s grand plan to destroy America?

It’s very plausible that Jesus, with the help of his father, God, convinced the Muslims to carry out the attacks in the name of Allah (another name for God) so that we would attack Afghanistan and Iraq, which would bankrupt the U.S. It also spread fear and hatred throughout our land and resulted in the destruction of our economy by convincing the addle-minded to vote for Republicans, who are as insane as the people who flew the airliners into the World Trade Centers.

So the “cross,” known now as the World Trade Center Cross, could very well be a clue intentionally left by Jesus and God to let us know who was really behind the attack.

July 29, 2011

Republican Policies Are Working (If Your Goal Is To Destroy America)

by Ben Hoffman

Economic Terrorists

WASHINGTON — The United States economy has slowed considerably this year from a year ago, according to a report from the Commerce Department released on Friday.

The country’s gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods and services produced across the economy, grew at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter, after having grown at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the first quarter — a number that itself was revised sharply down from earlier estimates of 1.9 percent . Both figures were well below economists’ expectations.

Data revisions going back to 2003 also showed that the 2007-2009 recession was deeper, and the recovery to date weaker, than originally estimated. Indeed, the latest figures show that the nation’s economy is actually smaller than it was in 2007, when the Great Recession officially began.

“The word for this report is ‘shocking,’ ” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics. “With slow growth, higher inflation and almost no consumer spending growth, it is very tough to find good news.”

“There’s nothing that you can look at here that is signaling some revival in growth in the second half of the year, and in fact we may see another catastrophically weak quarter next quarter if things go wrong next week,” said Nigel Gault, chief United States economist at IHS Global Insight. By “things going wrong,” he said he means “if Congress actually starts implementing a massive contraction by suddenly cutting government spending immediately,” as many Republican representatives hope to do.

Prolonging the continuing talks in Washington to raise the amount of money the United States can borrow could also damage prospects for growth in the third quarter, he said, because the resulting uncertainty and threat of federal default are “surely paralyzing businesses and consumers,” making them reluctant to make the big purchases that keep the economy humming.
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July 28, 2011

Paul Krugmann: Right-Wing Extremism Is The Problem

by Ben Hoffman

The facts of the crisis over the debt ceiling aren’t complicated. Republicans have, in effect, taken America hostage, threatening to undermine the economy and disrupt the essential business of government unless they get policy concessions they would never have been able to enact through legislation. And Democrats — who would have been justified in rejecting this extortion altogether — have, in fact, gone a long way toward meeting those Republican demands.

Some of us have long complained about the cult of “balance,” the insistence on portraying both parties as equally wrong and equally at fault on any issue, never mind the facts. I joked long ago that if one party declared that the earth was flat, the headlines would read “Views Differ on Shape of Planet.” But would that cult still rule in a situation as stark as the one we now face, in which one party is clearly engaged in blackmail and the other is dickering over the size of the ransom?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. And this is no laughing matter: The cult of balance has played an important role in bringing us to the edge of disaster. For when reporting on political disputes always implies that both sides are to blame, there is no penalty for extremism. Voters won’t punish you for outrageous behavior if all they ever hear is that both sides are at fault.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. As you may know, President Obama initially tried to strike a “Grand Bargain” with Republicans over taxes and spending. To do so, he not only chose not to make an issue of G.O.P. extortion, he offered extraordinary concessions on Democratic priorities: an increase in the age of Medicare eligibility, sharp spending cuts and only small revenue increases. As The Times’s Nate Silver pointed out, Mr. Obama effectively staked out a position that was not only far to the right of the average voter’s preferences, it was if anything a bit to the right of the average Republican voter’s preferences.

But Republicans rejected the deal. So what was the headline on an Associated Press analysis of that breakdown in negotiations? “Obama, Republicans Trapped by Inflexible Rhetoric.” A Democratic president who bends over backward to accommodate the other side — or, if you prefer, who leans so far to the right that he’s in danger of falling over — is treated as being just the same as his utterly intransigent opponents. Balance!

The problem with American politics right now is Republican extremism, and if you’re not willing to say that, you’re helping make that problem worse.
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July 28, 2011

Bruce Bartlett: “the dirty secret is that Obama is a moderate conservative.”

by Ben Hoffman

Bruce Bartlett, former Reagan and H.W. Bush adviser, was on Hardball today. This is what he had to say:

When Bush took office, we had a debt of about $6 trillion. The projections from the CBO were that we were going to run a $6 trillion surplus. By this point, if we had done nothing, we would have paid off the debt, but we added about $3 trillion of tax cuts. We lost about $3 trillion of revenue because of the slower economy and added about $6 trillion of spending, largely due to two unfinished wars and a Medicare drug benefits and a lot of other things. So, instead of paying off the debt, we ended up with about a $14 trillion debt.

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The dirty secret is that Obama is a moderate conservative. If I were a liberal democrat, I probably would be upset.

The Republicans keep saying the tax cuts are the key to prosperity. The 2000s are evidence that that is not true. We had booming economies in the 1980s and ’90s. If we went back to those taxes, we would be better off. I don’t see think any question we would have positive economic effects if we went back to the tax rates.

I think at this point, there’s nothing that can pass the House of Representatives. I think a good chunk of the Republican caucus is either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards, who are desperately afraid of the tea party people, and rightly so.

Watch the video

Reagan would be considered a liberal socialist by today’s GOP standards.

July 28, 2011

Fox News Parent Company Hacked Into Murdered Girl’s Mother’s Messages

by Ben Hoffman

Sarah Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard that they have found evidence to suggest she was targeted by the News of the World’s investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who specialised in hacking voicemail.

Police had earlier told her correctly that her name was not among those recorded in Mulcaire’s notes, but on Tuesday officers from Operation Weeting told her they had found her personal details among the investigator’s notes. These had previously been thought to refer to a different target.

Friends of Payne have told the Guardian that she is “absolutely devastated and deeply disappointed” at the disclosure. Her cause had been championed by the News of the World, and in particular by its former editor, Rebekah Brooks. Believing that she had not been a target for hacking, Payne wrote a farewell column for the paper’s final edition on 10 July, referring to its staff as “my good and trusted friends”.

The evidence that police have found in Mulcaire’s notes is believed to relate to a phone given to Payne by Brooks to help her stay in touch with her supporters.

On Thursday night Brooks insisted the phone had not been a personal gift but had been provided to Payne by the News of the World “for the benefit of the campaign for Sarah’s law”.

In a statement, Brooks said the latest allegations were “abhorrent” and “particularly upsetting” because Sara Payne was a “dear friend”.

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Can you imagine the uproar if this had been MSNBC instead of Fox “news?”

July 27, 2011

Christian Jihad – The Right-Wing Christian Threat To America

by Ben Hoffman

There is a growing movement in America that equates godliness with hatred of our government in fact hatred of our country as fallen and evil because we allow women choice, gays to marry, have a social safety net, and allow immigration from other cultures and non-white races.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the right-wing Christian terrorist who killed nearly 100 innocent children wrote:

“Today’s Protestant church is a joke,” he wrote in an online post in 2009. “Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centres. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic.”

It seems Anders Behring Breivik longed for a “pure” and ultra conservative religion. He was a man of religious conviction, no liberals with their jeans need apply! Liberals beware.

Norway is just a first taste of what will happen here on a larger scale.

A HISTORY of VIOLENT ACTION

There is a history to the far right, religious right extremism on the rise today, extremism so extreme that in its congressional manifestation it is risking the good faith and credit of the US in the debt calling fiasco. The Tea Party activists also want purity of doctrine.

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July 27, 2011

Republicans Seek Large Scale Destruction of Our Country’s Environment

by Ben Hoffman

With the nation’s attention diverted by the drama over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House of Representatives are loading up an appropriations bill with 39 ways — and counting — to significantly curtail environmental regulation.

One would prevent the Bureau of Land Management from designating new wilderness areas for preservation. Another would severely restrict the Department of Interior’s ability to police mountaintop-removal mining. And then there is the call to allow new uranium prospecting near Grand Canyon National Park.

There is little chance that all the 39 proposals identified by Democrats will be approved by the Senate, which they control, or that a substantial number could elude a presidential veto. In fact, one measure — to forbid the Fish and Wildlife Service to list any new plants or animals as endangered — was so extreme that 37 Republicans broke ranks Wednesday and voted to strip it from the bill.

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Republicans have destroyed our economy, destroyed our standing in world affairs, started two unwinnable wars, so why stop there? Let’s just totally destroy everything good about our country for some simple-minded ideology.

July 27, 2011

Science Scores a Minor Victory Over Religion – Stem Cell Research Gets Funding

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit that had threatened to end the Obama administration’s funding of embryonic stem cell research was dismissed Wednesday, allowing the U.S. to continue supporting a search for cures to deadly diseases over protests that the work relies on destroyed human embryos.

The lawsuit claimed that research funded by the National Institutes of Health violated the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law that prohibits taxpayer financing for work that harms an embryo. But the administration policy allows research on embryos that were culled long ago through private funding.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, chief of the federal court in Washington, last year said the lawsuit was likely to succeed and ordered a stop to the research while the case continued. But under swift protest from the Obama administration, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here quickly overturned Lamberth’s injunction and said the case was likely to fail.

Lamberth said in his opinion Wednesday that he is bound by the higher court’s analysis and ruled in favor of the administration’s motion to dismiss the case.

“This Court, following the D.C. Circuit’s reasoning and conclusions, must find that defendants reasonably interpreted the Dickey-Wicker Amendment to permit funding for human embryonic stem cell research because such research is not `research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed,’ ” Lamberth wrote.

Researchers hope one day to use embryonic stem cells in ways that cure spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. Opponents of the research object because the cells were obtained from destroyed human embryos. Though current research is using cells culled long ago, opponents also fear research success would spur destruction of new embryos. Proponents say the research cells come mostly from extra embryos discarded anyway by fertility clinics.

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July 26, 2011

Republican Leaders Voted for Debt Drivers They Blame on Obama

by Ben Hoffman

House Speaker John Boehner often attacks the spendthrift ways of Washington.

“In Washington, more spending and more debt is business as usual,” the Republican leader from Ohio said in a televised address yesterday amid debate over the U.S. debt. “I’ve got news for Washington – those days are over.”

Yet the speaker, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all voted for major drivers of the nation’s debt during the past decade: Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and Medicare prescription drug benefits. They also voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, that rescued financial institutions and the auto industry.

Together, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News, these initiatives added $3.4 trillion to the nation’s accumulated debt and to its current annual budget deficit of $1.5 trillion.

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July 26, 2011

Another Inconvenient Truth: The Democrats Only Had A Super-Majority For About Three Months

by Ben Hoffman

A lot of people think the Democrats had a super-majority for the first two years of the Obama administration, but instead of two years, it was more like three months.

  1. Democrats achieved a super-majority on July 7, 2009 when Al Franken assumed office
  2. Congress was on recess from Aug 8-Sep 5
  3. Robert Byrd was extremely sick during fall and winter of 2009 and was unable to cast his vote during much of that time.
  4. Scott Brown (R) assumed Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate on February 4, 2010, thus eliminating the Democrat’s super-majority.
July 24, 2011

Norwegian Terrorist Was Just Your Typical Right-Winger

by Ben Hoffman

Norwegian news reports confirm that Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman detained in connection to the terrorist attack yesterday in Oslo and Utoya Island, has confessed and called his actions “necessary.” This afternoon, reports emerged that Breivik had recently posted a political YouTube video outlining why “Christian soldiers” and “cultural conservatives” should rise up against “multiculturalism,” Muslims, and what he viewed as Marxist influence in society. The video, which was taken down and subsequently posted on other YouTube accounts, also features President Obama as part of a threat Breivik referred to as “Cultural Marxist Deconstruction.” Source

Watch the video below:

July 24, 2011

Sunday Cartoon

by Ben Hoffman

July 24, 2011

France Has The Right Idea: Ban Religion

by Ben Hoffman

France, a fiercely secularist state where all religion is banned from the public sphere, was long isolated and berated for its staunch opposition to the laissez-faire of multiculturalism. Girls who show up in public schools there with the Muslim headscarf are suspended, as are teachers or any other employees in the public sector.

If Mr. Sarkozy appeared to soften his understanding of official secularism, or “laïcité” earlier in his political career, even toying with the idea of affirmative action, he has recently scrambled to backtrack. He held a nationwide debate on “national identity” last year and earlier this year banned Muslim full-face veils like niqab, as well as the burqa.

Source

Without religion, the Norway terrorist attack wouldn’t have happened. Without religion, George W. Bush (with the help of other religious fanatics) would never have become president, destroyed our economy, put us deep in debt, started two unwinnable wars, and deeply polarized our nation. Religion and right-wing radicalism are the root of almost all evil in our world. It’s hard to believe that in this day-and-age, with all the advances in science, that people still believe in the children’s fairy tails that are religion.

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
~ Steven Weinberg

July 23, 2011

Norway Terrorist Attack Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Americans To Crack Down On Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalists

by Ben Hoffman

We had the Oklahoma City Bombing in the 1990s, numerous attacks on abortion clinics, and untold number of threats against Democrats in government by right-wing Christians, yet nothing has been done to get these people under control. We had one manage to become president in 2001 with the help of another on the Supreme Court. The result was our invasion of a country that was of no threat to us, the complete mismanagement of another war that was unwinnable in the first place, the near total destruction of our economy, and rampant cronyism and corruption throughout his administration. There’s a whole slew of these fanatics running on the Republican ticket for our next election.

We need to do something now. The next terrorist attack by a right-wing Christian is just around the corner. If you see a Christian involved in suspicious activities, don’t take any chances. Report that person to the authorities.