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But it’s NOT Republican McCarthyism – ‘A filibuster fit for McCarthy’

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THIS is what then Senator Chuck Hagel actually said in 2006 :

‘As Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) pointed out, what the nominee had in fact said, during a Senate speech on the 2006 Lebanon war, was this: “The sickening slaughter on both sides must end.”

THIS is what 2 REPUBLICAN Senators re wrote history and claimed he said :

“Senator Hagel has accused Israel of quote ‘playing games’ and committing, quote, ‘sickening slaughter,’” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said before Tuesday’s confirmation vote, which had been delayed 12 days by a Republican filibuster’.

‘Minutes later, Jim Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, repeated the allegation that Hagel had claimed “Israel committed ‘sickening slaughter.’”

‘Inhofe had a different view. Filibusters of presidents’ Cabinet nominees happen “all the time,” he argued. As for the insinuations, he said, “Nobody is impugning the integrity of former senator Hagel.”

From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-hagels-confirmation-hearing-was-one-fit-for-mccarthy/2013/02/26/1e7cd752-8068-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html

 

 

Blog Running – ‘Bob Woodward demands law-ignoring, mind-controlling presidential leadership’

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This is what happens when a reporter starts believing his own press.

‘Washington’s most respected reporter is embarrassing himself in his sequester showdown comments’

‘By Alex Pareene’

‘Bob Woodward rocked Washington this weekend with an editorial that hammered President Obama for inventing “the sequester” and then being rude enough to ask that Congress not make us have the sequester’.

‘Woodward went on “Morning Joe” this morning, and he continued his brutal assault’:

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document?”

‘Woodward added’.

“Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

‘Speaking of kinds of madness, Woodward’s actual position here is insane’.

‘As Dave Weigel points out, “some budget document” is a law, passed by Congress and signed by the president’.

‘Woodward is saying, why won’t the president just ignore the law, because he is the commander in chief, and laws should not apply to him’.

‘That is a really interesting perspective, from a man who is famous for his reporting on the extralegal activities of a guy who is considered a very bad president’!

‘Also, that George W. Bush analogy is amazing’.

‘It would have been a good thing for him to invade and occupy Iraq without congressional approval’?

‘Say what you will about George W. Bush, at least he was really, really devoted to invading Iraq. (And yes the Reagan line, lol.)’

‘There is nothing less important about “the sequester” than the question of whose idea it originally was’.

‘So, naturally, that is the question that much of the political press is obsessed with, to the exclusion of almost everything else’.

‘Republicans have been making the slightly incoherent argument that a) the sequester, which is a bad thing, is entirely Obama’s fault, b) Obama is exaggerating how bad the sequester will be, and c) the sequester, which is Obama’s fault, is preferable to not having the sequester’.

‘Woodward has lately been fixated on Obama’s responsibility for the idea of the sequester, but at this point, the important question is who will be responsible if it actually happens’.

‘On that question, Woodward, and others, have taken the position that it will be Obama’s fault because he has failed to “show leadership.”

‘But laws come from Congress’.

‘The president signs or vetoes them’.

‘Republicans in the House are unwilling and unable to repeal the law Congress passed creating the sequester’.

‘All Obama can do is ask them to pass such a law, and to make the case to the public that they should pass such a law. And Obama has been doing those things, a lot’.

‘Woodward’s most recent Obama book also took the position that presidents “should work their will … on important matters of national business,” though how one’s will should be worked on a congressional opposition party led by a weak leader and unwilling even to negotiate with the president is never really explained’.

‘Bob Woodward’s name is synonymous with Quality Journalism, mostly because of one really good movie’.

‘The movie, based on a book that is riddled with exaggeration and misdirection, permanently established Woodward as the best shoe-leather reporter in politics, though his modern reporting style does not put too much of a strain on his Ferragamo loafers’:

‘He simply talks to powerful people in his kitchen and then “re-creates” events based on what they tell him’.

‘Powerful people talk to Woodward because of his reputation, and because talking to Woodward is the best way to ensure that they come across well in his best-selling books’.

‘They talk because they figure if they don’t give him a self-serving account of events, someone else will give him a version that makes them look bad’.

‘My dream is a Washington where no one talks to Woodward, but until that happens people will continue to pay attention to his biennial book-promoting cable news blitzes and occasional appearances in the pages of the newspaper that continued to pay him a salary — despite his withholding most of his original reporting from that newspaper — until quite recently’.

‘In 2010 he said a Hillary Clinton-Joe Biden switch was “on the table,” although it was not. He suffered no professional consequences for saying made-up nonsense. Bob Woodward has lost it, let’s all stop indulging him’.
From : http://www.salon.com/2013/02/27/bob_woodward_demands_law_ignoring_mind_controlling_presidential_leadership/

‘Debunking Right Wing Bulls**t: The Aircraft Carrier Meme’

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‘Dec 20, 2012’
‘Home for Christmas: 9 Flattops at Norfolk’
@ : http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2012/12/home-for-christmas-9-flattops-at-norfolk-dec-20-2012/

**Go to the 9th picture down and it’s the same one as in the ‘Republican’ lie.
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‘Not one word of this meme is true’.

‘Well, okay, the names of the ships and the location are correct, but that’s all. Everything else is propaganda’.

‘ This picture was taken in December for one thing, not “the other day.”

‘It shows the USS Enterprise, the USS Eisenhower, the USS Harry Truman, the USS Bush and the USS Lincoln docked at Norfolk, VA’.

‘None of them are there for “routine maintenance.”

‘The Enterprise has been decommissioned and is being dismantled (sadly)’.

‘The Eisenhower headed off for its deployment in the Middle East last Thursday; it had been in port to get its landing deck resurfaced’.

‘The Harry Truman was going to deploy but has been held up due to a request by Navy officials’.

‘The Bush is not an aircraft carrier; it was in port for a study to see if it could be fitted as one and its deployment has been cancelled’.

‘Finally, the Lincoln is in port for a refueling mission, something that has now been cancelled due to looming budget cuts’.

‘The Navy also says that this is not the first time since Pearl Harbor that so many carriers were moored together.

‘Oh, and what is really going on with that picture’?

‘The active ships – aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships – were there so that their crews could be home for Christmas:

‘Dec 20, 2012’
‘Home for Christmas: 9 Flattops at Norfolk’
@ : http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2012/12/home-for-christmas-9-flattops-at-norfolk-dec-20-2012/

**Go to the 9th picture down and it’s the same one as in the ‘Republican’ lie.

– – – – – – – –
‘Here is what the meme says about that picture up at the top of this story’:

“What is wrong with this picture”?

“The picture is of the five nuclear carriers. Just like Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941″.

” This picture was taken the other day in Norfolk”.

“The Obama Administration ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for “routine” (?) inspections”.

“Heads of the Navy were flabbergasted by the directive”.

“NORFOLK, VA. (February 8, 2013). The first time since WWII that five (*) aircraft carriers were docked together. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are all in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station”.

“Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid massive enemy strike on major US forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released)”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/02/27/debunking-right-wing-bullst-the-aircraft-carrier-meme/

 

Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘New Hampshire Republican – Don’t Punish Domestic Violence Because ‘People Are Always Free To Leave’

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‘On Tuesday, State Rep. Mark Warden (R-U Surprised?) reminded the country that, yes, the Republican War on Women is very really and has dire consequences when left unchecked’.

‘During a committee meeting to discuss whether to advance a bill to the floor that would reduce the penalty for “simple assault”, Warden said the following about how the bill is applicable to domestic violence’:

“Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her. Right? We all know that it’s not uncommon. So, is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I’d tend to say no. People are always free to leave.”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/02/27/new-hampshire-republican-dont-punish-domestic-violence-because-people-are-always-free-to-leave-video/

‘The “most trusted name in news” fires the most trusted name in news’

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Hint to MSNBC. Go after Soledad O’Brien.

You could dump Joe Scarborough. He’s become the Sarah Palin of MSNBC.

Andrea Mitchell has lost the interview touch.

The ‘Cycle’ is a waste of a good hour.

‘Right To Work’ – ‘Mississippi Republicans Would Prohibit Towns From Establishing A Minimum Wage’

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Republicans….taking Government from protecting the people to protecting the ‘job creators’.

‘The bill claims that such a law is “necessary to ensure an economic climate conducive to new business development and job growth in the State of Mississippi.”

“Everyone has the ‘right to work’ but we can’t prevent a ‘job creator’ from making more money. Their the important ones”.

‘A bill working its way through the Republican-controlled Mississippi legislature aims to ensure that no local government enacts a mandatory minimum wage or other worker protections’.

‘Mississippi has no statewide minimum wage whatsoever (so it follows the national minimum wage)’.

“No county, board of supervisors of a county, municipality or governing authority of a municipality is authorized to establish a mandatory, minimum living wage rate, minimum number of vacation or sick days, whether paid or unpaid, that would regulate how a private employer pays its employees”.

‘The bill claims that such a law is “necessary to ensure an economic climate conducive to new business development and job growth in the State of Mississippi.”

‘The bill passed the House earlier this month and now awaits action in the Senate’s Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Committee’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/27/1644821/mississippi-republicans-would-prohibit-towns-from-establishing-a-minimum-wage/?mobile=nc

SMACKDOWN! – ‘Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison Slams Sean Hannity During Fox News Appearance’

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‘Fox News host Sean Hannity was slammed by the brutal truth on his own show by Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison in an appearance that Hannity is unlikely to forget any time soon’.

‘During the show, Hannity attempted to blame President Obama for the consequences of the upcoming sequester cuts and accused Obama of trying to scare the American people’.

‘Ellison took issue with Hannity’s claims, and called him “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen.”

‘Things only got worse for Hannity from there as Ellison went on the offensive and accused him of practicing “yellow journalism” and violating journalistic ethics’.

‘Ellison then called Hannity nothing more than a “shill for the Republican Party,” and said Hannity is “immoral” for saying things “that aren’t true.”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/02/27/democratic-rep-keith-ellison-slams-sean-hannity-during-fox-news-appearance-video/

 

Gun Nuts Out Of Control – ‘A tax-holiday to sell even more guns and ammo’?

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I actually thought that this was a fake story……but it’s not.

A ‘tax holiday’……..to buy guns.

‘Because guns are so in danger of disappearing in Texas, state representative Jeff Leach (a Republican, of course) introduced the Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act, which will create a tax-free holiday’.

“Texas must take the lead in the fight against the federal government’s attempts to infringe on our Second Amendment Rights. The Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act encourages and incentivizes lawful gun ownership by allowing law abiding citizens, hunters, and sportsmen the opportunity to save money on firearm and hunting equipment, benefitting Texas taxpayers and small business owners and spurring economic growth. As we fight against the federal government’s overreach, there is no more appropriate day to instate this tax-free holiday than on Texas Independence Day.”
From : http://americablog.com/2013/02/texas-republican-proposes-tax-free-day-to-buy-guns.html

 

‘GOP Senator Launches The Most Dishonest Attack Against Obamacare You’ve Ever Heard’

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‘During a Budget Committee Hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) announced that the Affordable Care Act — which had been projected to reduce the deficit by billions over 10 years — would actually increase long-term debt by $6.2 trillion’.

‘How is it possible that one report — requested by Sessions — conflicts so starkly with almost all other government assessments to confirm Republican talking points about the law’?

‘It’s simple: Sessions designed it that way’.

‘The CBO said this about the health care law back in 2010: It lowers the deficit, by about $124 billion over 10 years’.
@ : http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jun/28/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-obamacare-adds-trillions-deficit/
‘The Alabama senator asked the office (GAO) to estimate what would happen if the cost containment provisions in the law — the Independent Payment Advisory Board, excise tax on high-cost plans, and reductions in Medicare payments to providers — are “phased out over time” while the coverage provisions remain’.

‘Unsurprisingly, the GAO concluded that if the portions of the law that were specifically designed to keep costs under control don’t go into effect, then the law won’t be effective in lowering health care costs’.

‘Sessions is touting the government expenditures included in the law — the affordability credits and Medicaid expansion — while ignoring its cost savings’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/26/1641021/gop-senator-launches-the-most-dishonest-attack-against-obamacare-youve-ever-heard/

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