-Deborah, News Hounds
The Republican National Convention should consider changing its name to the Religious National Convention. They have sold out to evangelical holy rollers and neocons.
Barry Goldwater warned us when he said,
"If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.'"
That kind of Conservatives no longer exists, the Republicans have pandered to the evangelical right and sold their soul in the process. McCain has chosen his running mate to appease the religious right and sold his legacy. Of course Fox News thinks it's great. Anybody who claims to be for God, guns, anti-abortion, against gay right is alright with them, no matter how incompetent, evil or just plain stupid. In fact the Republicans are doing it again, making the issues God, guns, abortion and gays. They are anti-intellectual, anti-humanism and about not asking the hard questions while appealing to emotions. They dumb down the issues, they don't want to talk real issues such as the 10 billion dollars a month going to Iraq while school districts around the country are cutting back on school days and laying off teachers, or that there was 592,000 jobs lost in August, and 2.2 million jobs lost in the past twelve months or about unemployment at a five year high at 6.1 percent. These issues are not to be brought up by Republicans because they created them. They push the lie that the Democrats will raise taxes on the working class. They will if that working class has a job and makes $250,000 a year. The country is in a recession and the Republicans want you to think everything is great. It's not great if you are laid off and can’t pay your mortgage, or your kid can't go to school all week because of cutbacks. Where is the money? Pouring out of the country. Four more years of a Republican administration and this country will be broke. -J. Mullin
Palin and Republicans praise and stretch truth at GOP convention
PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."
THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."" more
Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar
ST. PAUL--"Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.
All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, “I’m Press! Press!,” resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.
On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: http://www.democracynow.org/
Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a “peace officer.”
Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.
Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities’ law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.""
Police Seize Journalists' Notes About RNC Protest Plans
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"From Publishers WeeklyInspired by Richard Hofstadter's trenchant 1963 cultural analysis Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Jacoby (Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism) has produced an engaging, updated and meticulously thought-out continuation of her academic idol's research. Dismayed by the average U.S. citizen's political and social apathy and the overall crisis of memory and knowledge involving everything about the way we learn and think, Jacoby passionately argues that the nation's current cult of unreason has deadly and destructive consequences (the war in Iraq, for one) and traces the seeds of current anti-intellectualism (and its partner in crime, antirationalism) back to post-WWII society. Unafraid of pointing fingers, she singles out mass media and the resurgence of fundamentalist religion as the primary vectors of anti-intellectualism, while also having harsh words for pseudoscientists. Through historical research, Jacoby breaks down popular beliefs that the 1950s were a cultural wasteland and the 1960s were solely a breeding ground for liberals. Though sometimes partial to inflated prose (America's endemic anti-intellectual tendencies have been grievously exacerbated by a new species of semiconscious anti-rationalism), Jacoby has assembled an erudite mix of personal anecdotes, cultural history and social commentary to decry America's retreat into junk thought."
The addition of that single word "very" did more than reflect mounting scientific evidence that the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from smokestacks, tailpipes and burning forests has played a central role in raising the average surface temperature of the earth by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900. It also added new momentum to a debate that now seems centered less over whether humans are warming the planet, but instead over what to do about it. In recent months, business groups have banded together to make unprecedented calls for federal regulation of greenhouse gases. The subject had a red-carpet moment when former Vice President Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," was awarded an Oscar; and the Supreme Court made its first global warming-related decision, ruling 5 to 4 that the Environmental Protection Agency had not justified its position that it was not authorized to regulate carbon dioxide.
The greenhouse effect has been part of the earth's workings since its earliest days. Gases like carbon dioxide and methane allow sunlight to reach the earth, but prevent some of the resulting heat from radiating back out into space. Without the greenhouse effect, the planet would never have warmed enough to allow life to form. But as ever larger amounts of carbon dioxide have been released along with the development of industrial economies, the atmosphere has grown warmer at an accelerating rate: Since 1970, temperatures have gone up at nearly three times the average for the 20th century.
The latest report from the climate panel predicted that the global climate is likely to rise between 3.5 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit if the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere reaches twice the level of 1750. By 2100, sea levels are likely to rise between 7 to 23 inches, it said, and the changes now underway will continue for centuries to come. "
Aug. 20 in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using
Army Staff Sgt. David L. Paquet, Died: August 20, 2008 26, of Rising Sun, Md.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st
Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Aug. 20 at Combat Outpost Vegas, Afghanistan, of undetermined causes
while conducting a patrol.
Army Pvt. Tan Q. Ngo, Died: August 27, 2008 20, of Beaverton, Ore.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany; died Aug. 27 in
Kandahar, Afghanistan, when his mounted patrol received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.
Army Spc. Michael L. Gonzalez, Died: August 28, 2008 20, of Spotswood, N.J.; assigned to the 340th Military Police Company, Fort Totten, N.Y.; died Aug. 28 in Baghdad
of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. No Photo
Army Sgt. David K. Cooper, Died: August 27, 2008 25, of Williamsburg, Ky.; assigned to Forward Support Company, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Aug. 27 in Baghdad of wounds sustained in Qadasiyah,
Iraq, when his dismounted patrol came under small arms fire. No Photo