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Daily Kos Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:50 GMT  

Fox News again pines for Vladimir Putin to be in charge
Hey look, more wistful admiration of Russian leader Vladimir Putin from Fox News talking heads—they just cannot get enough of this guy. This time it's not for cracking down on gay citizens or for wrasslin' with a bear or whatever it is Putin's handlers have him photographed doing this week, it's just that it would be nice if he was President of America for a little while so we could finally get someone in office who could put an end to all this "civil liberties" nonsense we hear so much of these days.
Noting British plans to address citizens who leave the U.K. to become terrorists, [Fox host Greg Gutfeld] then asked Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle about whether measures can be implemented “without so-called violating their civil liberties.” Guilfoyle responded:

“Guess what, I don’t care. And in fact, I hope we violate a lot of their civil liberties. […]

“I mean, can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu and like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States? I don’t know. I just want somebody to get in here and get it done right.”

That's right, if only Vladimir Putin were the U.S. president, he could take his shirt off and solve terrorism in two days.

Mind you, this is the same crowd that thinks President Barack Obama is destroying the republic via his heavy-handed signings of things and executive orders of things—he's so out of control that he may have to be impeached, if John Boehner's lawsuit doesn't work out. But what America really needs is someone who would, um, ignore our laws entirely, just for a little while, and just for the laws that a roundtable comprised of panicking Fox News pundits decides they don't like. (The video of this exchange, by the way, is horrifying, and is exactly what you would expect American television to look like if cocaine and fascism had their own network.)

True patriots, this lot. But I think the Fox News graphics department needs to add more flags—there's not nearly enough flags yet. Discussions about how an authoritarian strongman could really clean things up by clamping down on civil liberties need to have a lot more flags waving around.


Pensito Review Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:50 GMT  

McConnell: If GOP Wins the Senate We Will Shut Down Government

So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what's called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We're going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we're going to go after it ...

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), telling a room of conservative activists how Republicans will shut down parts of the government if they gain control of the U.S. Senate on an audio tape acquired by The Nation.

So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it …

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), telling a room of conservative activists how Republicans will shut down parts of the government if they gain control of the U.S. Senate on an audio tape acquired by The Nation.


Mike Luckovich Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:51 GMT  

01/08 Luckovich cartoon: Chilled out

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ThinkProgress Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:51 GMT  

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Bizarre Scheme To Stop His Own Education Plan By Suing The Obama Administration

When everything else fails, why not just sue Obama?

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Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White, who is not Barack Obama.

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White, who is not Barack Obama.

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Louisiana’s state school superintendent John White supports Common Core, an effort to foster interstate consistency in education standards. So does the state board of education. So does the state legislature, for that matter, which passed a law in 2012 enabling the state to opt in to Common Core standards. Indeed, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) actively pushed for this 2012 law, which he signed. Recently, however, Jindal decided that he actually opposes Common Core, although he’s not been successful in convincing White, the state education board or the state legislature to join him in opposition.

So Jindal has turned to what has become the last refuge for conservative officials and activists who can’t get what they want through a legitimate lawmaking process. He’s suing the Obama Administration in federal court.

If you are confused, you should be. Louisiana’s decision to embrace Common Core standards was not made by President Obama or any member of his administration. It was made by Louisiana state officials and Louisiana state lawmakers. One of them was Bobby Jindal. As a general rule, federal courts do not exist to resolve purely internal disputes among state-level political figures.

What the Obama Administration has done, however, is administer various federal grant programs, some of which offer money to states that join together under Common Core standards. Some of these grants are conditional, meaning that any state can receive them so long as they comply with certain conditions. Others are competitive, meaning that they are awarded to the states that perform best in a nationwide competition. In either case, however, participating in these grant programs is entirely optional. Each state, including Louisiana, is free to opt out of these programs and not take the federal money.

The crux of Jindal’s lawsuit, however, is that the grant programs that reward participation in Common Core somehow violate the Constitution and federal law because they force Louisiana to enter into an entirely voluntary program that it did, in fact, enter into voluntarily. At one point, for example, Jindal quotes a federal law providing that certain federal education programs shall not be understood “to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system.” At another point, he claims that the federal grant programs “force the States to implement a federal program.”

This claim, however, is false. The federal grant programs do not “direct” or “force” Louisiana to do anything. They gave Louisiana a choice and the state made the entirely voluntary decision to embrace Common Core and accept the benefits that come with it. If Jindal now regrets this choice, which he enthusiastically supported at the time, then he should convince the state legislature to rethink the legislation he signed.

The problem for Jindal, of course, is that he has tried and failed to bring the rest of the state government around to his latest view. It is not the job of the federal court system to bail Jindal out from his own failure to persuade.

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Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily imposing on future generations cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.

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Humanity's choice

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S.

One word in the latest draft report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sums up why climate inaction is so uniquely immoral: “Irreversible.”

The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily choosing to impose on our children and grandchildren — and countless generations after them — cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.

Yes, we can still stop the worst — with virtually no impact on growth, as an earlier IPCC report from April made clear — but future generations will not be able reverse whatever we are too greedy and shortsighted to prevent through immediate action.

The world’s top scientists have finalized their “synthesis” report (of their fifth full scientific Assessment since 1990). It integrates the analysis from their three previous Fifth Assessment reports — ones on climate science, climate impacts, and climate solutions. They have sent a draft of this report to the world’s leading governments, who must sign off on it line by line and will no doubt water it down.

This report was leaked to the AP and others. That means we can see the unvarnished language.

The scientists want to know that “currently observed impacts might already be considered dangerous” — at least if you think more extreme heat waves and more extreme droughts and more extreme deluges and more extreme storm surges are dangerous.

But it’s the future we should be worrying about the most:

Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

Translation: Continued inaction would be catastrophic and immoral.

The risk of abrupt and irreversible change increases as the magnitude of the warming increases.

Translation: The more we delay, the worse it can get.

Without additional mitigation, and even with adaptation, warming by the end of the 21st century will lead to high to very high risk of severe, widespread and irreversible impacts globally.

Translation: Future generations can’t simply adapt to the ruined climate we are in the process of handing over to them. Either we start cutting carbon pollution ASAP or we should just stop pretending we are a rational, moral species.

How bad can it get? The IPCC already explained that in the science report (see “Alarming IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For U.S., Faster Sea Rise, More Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse”). And they expanded on that in the impacts report (see “Conservative Climate Panel Warns World Faces ‘Breakdown Of Food Systems’ And More Violent Conflict”).

As an aside, while the AP has done a great job summarizing this draft, there really is no excuse for quoting climate confusionist John Christy that we will be okay: “Humans are clever. We shall adapt to whatever happens.” The point is the IPCC has explained that conclusion is just B.S. by any useful definition of the phrase “adapt to” — unless you think it means “suffer through.”

As I’ve explained recently, quoting John Christy on climate change is like quoting Dick Cheney on Iraq. Even the AP acknowledges that Christy “is in the tiny minority of scientists who are skeptical of mainstream science’s claim that global warming is a major problem.” Since when does the media have to give any space to a tiny minority?

The IPCC reports are just reviews of the scientific literature, so the focus on the irreversible nature of climate change is no surprise. Indeed, as far back as January 2009 we reported on research led by NOAA scientists titled “Irreversible climate change because of carbon dioxide emissions.” That study had some alarming conclusions.

…the climate change that is taking place because of increases in carbon dioxide concentration is largely irreversible for 1,000 years after emissions stop … Among illustrative irreversible impacts that should be expected if atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase from current levels near 385 parts per million by volume (ppmv) to a peak of 450-600 ppmv over the coming century are irreversible dry-season rainfall reductions in several regions comparable to those of the ”dust bowl” era and inexorable sea level rise.

Recent studies strongly support that finding.

It is always important to remember — as RealClimate wrote of the 2009 study — “Irreversible Does Not Mean Unstoppable.” This latest draft synthesis report makes clear we can still stop the worst from happening, at a very low cost, but we have to start slashing emissions ASAP.

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Senator Says Her Male Colleagues Called Her ‘Porky’ And ‘Chubby’

“You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat."

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Gillibrand

CREDIT: AP Images

Decades after Anita Hill proved Congress doesn’t understand sexual harassment…Congress may not understand sexual harassment.

New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) reports in her upcoming memoir that her male colleagues have made comments about her body and weight in the Capitol gym, on the campaign trail, and even on the House floor.

The choice remarks included:

“Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!”

“Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”

And the delightful backhanded compliment: “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.”

Gillibrand, a rumored future candidate for President, is speaking out as Congress takes some small steps to combat the sexism and inappropriate behavior long reported in its marble halls. This spring, the House unanimously approved a measure to fund better sexual harassment training for lawmakers and their staffers. But unless the Senate amends the language of the measure, it won’t be mandatory.

“This is the House of Representatives, not a frat house,” said bill author and California Democrat Jackie Speier. “It is time for all of us to recognize what sexual harassment is, and how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens.”

Sexist comments and body policing has long been cited as one reason women are deterred from running for office—and it comes from the media as well as politicians. The Women’s Media Center notes that certain demeaning words tend to be exclusively reserved to describe female candidates for office, such as “sassy,” “emotional” and “perky.” Gillibrand is all too familiar with such theoretically gender-neutral terms.

Studies have found that any discussion of the physical appearance of women running for office—whether it’s positive or negative—hurts their changes of winning the election.

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PoliticusUSA Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:51 GMT  

Tea Party Congressman Threatens Government Shutdown If Obama Issues Executive Orders
On Wednesday morning, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) issued a threat to the country by saying a government shutdown will occur if President Obama follows through on his plans to issue executive orders addressing immigration.

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Grimes Hits Mitch McConnell for Promising to Hurt Kentuckians to Benefit Millionaires
The Grimes' campaign hits Mitch McConnell hard after he gets caught on tape selling his soul to the Kochs.

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Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Doubles Down On His Claim That White Privilege Is A ‘Big Lie’
Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly decided he needed to whitesplain to everybody, but especially blacks, why white privilege does not exist and how too many African-Americans are using it as an excuse to not take any responsibility for their lives.

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Paul Krugman Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:51 GMT  

Stockholm Syndrome in Paris
Hollande takes a hard line against anyone questioning his subservience.
The Way We Ate (Personal)
America has changed for the better.
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Who gets to decide?

Media Matters for America - Latest Items Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:52 GMT  

Fox's Newest Benghazi Special Hopes To Answer A Question That Has Been Answered Repeatedly

Fox's Bret Baier

A central question of Fox News' latest documentary on Benghazi has already been answered by official congressional and State Department investigations into the terrorist attacks.

On August 27, Fox announced "13 Hours at Benghazi," a new documentary hosted by Special Report anchor Bret Baier that will reportedly include "exclusive" interviews with three American security personnel who were present for the September 2012 attacks. The production, scheduled to air September 5, is based on a forthcoming book written by journalist Mitchell Zuckoff and the CIA contractors.

According to Fox's announcement, the production will specifically explore "Whether or not military assistance was requested by the security team and whether orders from above hindered their response to the violence that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans."

The problem with this premise is that both of those questions have already been answered by official intelligence investigations.

As the Daily Beast's Eli Lake has explained, on the night of the attacks there was a 23-minute delay between the initial distress call from the diplomatic mission and when the CIA contractors departed the nearby Annex to respond. Despite suggestions from some in the intelligence community that this delay hindered their rescue effort, investigations found no evidence that the CIA operatives were delayed by "orders from above," as Fox's announcement suggests.

Instead, the Senate Intelligence Committee's January 2014 review of the attacks found that during that delay, the CIA's Chief of Base "attempted to secure assistance and heavy weapons" from US allies in the region, and that (emphasis added):

Although some members of the security team expressed frustration that they were unable to respond more quickly to the Mission compound, the Committee found no evidence of intentional delay or obstruction by the Chief of Base or any other party.

The State Department's independent Accountability Review Board also found the CIA team was not obstructed by officials:

The departure of the Annex team was not delayed by orders from superiors; the team leader decided on his own to depart the Annex compound once it was apparent, despite a brief delay to permit their continuing efforts, that rapid support from local security elements was not forthcoming. 

Finally, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Republicans, also found no evidence that any response effort was blocked by official orders. According to Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the "bipartisan, factual, definitive report" on the Intelligence Community's actions the night of the attacks "shows there was no 'stand down order' given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening."

Fox's Bret Baier, the host of the upcoming special, reported on the House Intelligence Committee's findings on August 5.

Baier has hosted previous Fox specials on Benghazi and has repeatedly used his Fox News program to promote myths about the attacks and their aftermath. The false claim that CIA contractors received "orders to wait" was also pushed by 60 Minutes' infamous since-retracted Benghazi report, which featured a discredited "eyewitness" account from a British security contractor.


Right Wing Watch Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:52 GMT  

Pamela Geller: Obama Says 'ISIL' To 'Deceive And Disarm' Americans

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller believes that President Obama and other administration officials use the translation “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) instead of “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) to describe the Middle Eastern extremist group because he wants to trick Americans who don’t know what or where the Levant is. After telling conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd yesterday that Obama aided Islamic extremists, Geller alleged that the president is trying to trick the American people by using the translation “ISIL.” 

“He says ‘ISIL,’ and why ‘ISIL’ over ‘ISIS’? In my opinion, because it’s to distract, dissemble, deceive and disarm the American people,” Geller said. “The Islamic State of Levant, if anyone looks it up they see Levant and they are like, ‘What’s Levant?’ He knows this.”

The last word in the name “Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham,” has been translated as both “Syria” and “the Levant,” or the eastern Mediterranean. The New York Times notes that “al-Sham takes in not just Syria but also Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, and even a part of southeastern Turkey.”

If Geller’s analysis is correct, she has also been aiding the group, as she has regularly used the terms “ISIL” and “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” on her blog Atlas Shrugs, where she repeatedly wrote that ISIL, and not ISIS, is the correct name for the group:

The media had amended the name of the Islamic army tearing through Syria and Iraq to ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq). But the correct name is ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). What is the the Levant? The geographical area they mean to rule. The Levant includes Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey.


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