Monthly Archives: July 2008

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

Exposing the "Nobile Lie" of Right-wing Authoritarian Trickle Down Economics
Imagine a third bar for just the Koch Brothers
After WW II, we had a powerful middle class, then Reaganomics started their demise.

 

Bad Deeds for 7/31/2008

To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them – Seymour Hersh — a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker — revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in … Continue reading

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The ‘Crude’ Realities of Oil Supply

In a recent email announcing the introduction of The Domestic Drilling Act (H.R.6593) and The Consumer Energy Supply Act (H.R. 6578), Congressman Nick Lampson (D-TX) stated, “As we find ourselves competing with rapidly growing nations such as China and India … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-30-2008

Senate Republicans Block Effort to Aid Paralyzed Veterans – The Christopher and Dana Reeve Act, named for the actor who was made famous by his portrayal of superman and later became a champion of the disabled, along with his late … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-29-2008

  McCain (Who Thinks He is Best Qualified to be Commander-in-Chief) Doesn’t Know Who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U. S. Military – McCain said this to George Stephanopoulos in his interview on Sunday … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-28-2008

Fear-Mongering Conservatives Make Up Stories About American Boys Held Captive in a Pakistani Madrassa – Since early July, Republican Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas has been misleading Americans about two young Pakistani-American boys who McCaul claimed were being “held in … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Neocon Noble Lie – The Left is The Far Right

Another Neocon Noble Lie: As discussed throughout this blog, the philosophy of the neocons includes preemptive invasions to stop imaginary holocausts, manufacturing external threats (fear mongering about Iraq(?), North Korea(?), Iran(?) etc.) as needed and noble lies. All this to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-24-2008

Anbar Sheik That McCain Said Was Protected by the Surge Was Assassinated Last Year – The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-22-2008

  Conservative Michael Savage Claims That Autism is Almost Always the Result of a Brat Who Hasn’t Been Told to Cut the Act Out (Updated With Petitions)   Live Audio: what Michael Savage Said about Autism   I pointed this … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-21-2008

Right Wing Radio Host Michael Savage Says 99 Percent Of Autistic Children Are Misdiagnosed Brats – Radio talk show host Michael Savage, who described 99 percent of children with autism as brats, said Monday he was trying to “boldly awaken” … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-19-2008

Anti-Terror Money Sought for Luxury for Senior Officers and Civilian Leaders – The top Air Force leadership sought for three years to spend counter-terrorism money on “comfort capsules” for military planes to ease the travel of senior officers and civilian … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-17-2008

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Spent $200M To Buy Influence – If you want to know how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have survived scandal and crisis, consider this: Over the past decade, they have spent nearly $200 million on lobbying … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-16-2008: Republicans Lie, Lie, Lie About Offshore Drilling

Conservative confusion over oil spills and hurricanes – For a while, Republicans were defending their call for coastal drilling by claiming that the Chinese were drilling in Cuban waters. This proved to be false (though many on the right repeat … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-15-2008

Government Response to CNN Investigation on Problems in Air Marshall Program is to Investigate Whistle Blowers – Federal officers charged with keeping terrorists off planes are now searching their own ranks for staff who told CNN about problems in the … Continue reading

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Plans to End Our Democracy – And Still No Impeachment Hearings?

Are you aware of the plans to bankrupt our nation? A year ago, I wrote a long article about the goals of Karl Rove and his fellow authoritarian conspirators. The article reviewed Karl’s history, goals and underhanded planning expertise, and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-14-2008

What’s Wrong With Offshore Drilling – The Bush administration’s latest plan to drive down skyrocketing oil prices by lifting the executive ban on domestic offshore drilling has revived an old question in American politics: is such drilling ecologically responsible? The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-11-2008

Karl Rove’s Contempt for the Constitution and the Public’s Right to Know – Karl Rove defied the subpoena by the House Judiciary Committee to testify on his role in politicizing the Justice Department — and in using the Department to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-10-2008

US Department of Homeland Security Looking at Shock Bracelets for All Air Travelers – A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-9-2008

The Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy – The violent language of the Right poisons American democracy. Here are some examples: Ann Coulter calling for John Murtha’s murder, Bill O’Reilly telling San Francisco that al Qaeda could attack … Continue reading

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Three reasons to vote Democratic

This isn’t rhetoric, friends, this is hard cold fact gathered from government websites using official census data and US Department of Treasury numbers. No bumper sticker slogans, no five second sound bites, it’s the real deal and you can double-check … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-8-2008

US Exports to Iran grew tenfold under Bush presidency – The value of U.S. exports to Iran grew more than tenfold during President Bush’s years in office even as he pressed for tougher international limits on trade and accused Iran … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-7-2008

George W. Bush and Members of His Cabinet Tried to Make the Case to Invade Iraq, Even Before He Was President – CNN video takes a look back at statements made by President Bush, and members of his cabinet, making … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-5-2008

  The US Occupation of Iraq is Causing More US Deaths in Afghanistan – The nation’s top military officer said yesterday that more U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to tamp down an increasingly violent insurgency, but that the Pentagon … Continue reading

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Bad Deed for 7-4-2008: Confusing the Public About Patriotism

This Independence Day, the right-wing is manipulating public discourse in order to confuse and conflate patriotism with rabid nationalism. This is not a new phenomenon of course. We have seen such careful linguistic choreography before, when past authoritarian ideologues have … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-2-2008

Almost Like Iraq on a Texas Lawn – Last year, a Houston-area man shot and killed two burglars he saw breaking into his neighbor’s house, even after a 911 dispatcher warned him repeatedly against going outside with his shotgun. Texas … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-1-2008

McCain Truth Squad Defender Was Swift Boat Vet Member – One of the members of John McCain’s new Truth Squad — which his campaign says was launched to respond to unfair attacks on his record of military service –- was … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-30-2008

McCain’s New Web Ad Misrepresents Obama’s Positions on Energy – McCain released a Web ad that distorts Obama’s positions on clean-energy innovation and nuclear power. Here is what FactCheck.org says: The ad portrays Obama as saying “no” to energy “innovation” … Continue reading

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