Monthly Archives: May 2009

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Bad Deeds for 5-29-2009

Republican Lawmaker With Ties to Tom DeLay Aim to Weaken Travis County DA’s Office – State Rep. Wayne Christian has proposed legislation aimed at weakening the Travis County district attorney’s office, which became the pariah of Republicans everywhere after it … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-27-2009

  Right-Wing Military Writer: We May Have to Kill War Journalists – Ralph Peters’ work regularly lands on the pages of The New York Post and has cropped up in USA Today. He’s even a special contributor to Fox News. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-26-2009

Evangelist TV Preacher Rakes in the Money – As Easter approached, the ad ran repeatedly on the Inspiration Network: David Cerullo, clutching a Bible, told viewers they, too, could receive prosperity, physical healing and other blessings God gave the ancient … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-22-2009

Cheney’s Speech Contained Misstatements – In a recent speech, Dick Cheney said that the techniques the Bush administration approved, including waterboarding — simulated drowning that’s considered a form of torture — forced nakedness and sleep deprivation, were “legal” and produced … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-21-2009

  Terrorists Plant Bombs in New York City: What Can We Learn? – Four men arrested for planting bombs at a New York synagogue and Jewish community center also wanted to use surface-to-air missiles to fire at U.S. military planes, … Continue reading

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Inside the Beltway – A Bad Barrel Produces Bad Apples

Mr. President, There was an exclusive news report on MSNBC tonight. The main point was that instead of reemphasizing what you have said in public about letting the Justice Department decide about prosecuting wrong doings of the previous administration, you … Continue reading

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Nomination of Don McLeroy as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education

Don McLeroy Nominated as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education – Earlier today at a surprise meeting, the Senate Nominations Committee voted to send the nomination of Don McLeroy, R-College Station, to the full Senate for confirmation as … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-20-2009

Republican Health Care Plan Lets Patients Choose To Spend Their Own Money – The Republican Party has a deal for you: Under the health care proposal the GOP released Wednesday, you are fully entitled to spend your own money in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-19-2009

Former Democratic Fund-Raiser Guilty of Campaign Fraud – A former Democratic fund-raiser who contributed to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been convicted in federal court on four counts of campaign fraud — one for each … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-18-2009

  Rumsfeld Sent Bush Top Secret Wartime Memos With Cover Sheets That Mixed Bible Scripture and Battle Photos – Top secret military intelligence briefings prepared by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and often hand-delivered to George W. Bush featured Crusades-like … Continue reading

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Banks Too Big to Fail, Criminals Too High-up to Prosecute – What CWCs Brought Us To and What to Do About It

The title says a lot about where we were going during the few last decades of rule by conservatives without conscience (CWC). It also suggests there is something we can do about it. What is it about the CWCs that … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-15-2009

  Cheney First Approved Torture to Tie Iraq, al Qaeda According to Powell Aide – The chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell says that the Bush Administration authorized torture of detainees before even rendering a legal … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-14-2009

  The Boy Scouts of America Have Moved On From Helping Little Old Ladies Cross the Street – The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is training thousands of young people in skills used to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-13-2009

Ousted Ex-Hospital CEO Battles Health-Care Reform Effort – Rick Scott is the millionaire Republican who is heading up Conservatives for Patients’ Rights (CPR), a new group that plans to spend around $20 million to kill President Obama’s efforts at healthcare … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-12-2009

Rep. Pete Sessions Accuses Obama of Deliberately Driving Up Unemployment and Dampening Stock Prices – U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas, a member of the House Republican leadership, is accusing President Barack Obama of intentionally driving up unemployment and dampening … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-11-2009

Property Protected by Guns; Seven-Year Old Killed by Shotgun Fire in Dark – A 7-year-old boy who loved playing outdoors and riding on the back of his daddy’s Harley died Saturday morning after a Liberty County, Texas couple opened fire … Continue reading

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Empathy – Why Is It Under Attack by the CWCs?

Here are samples of how conservatives without conscience (CWC) are responding to the word “empathy.” Be A Good Republican: Attack Empathy, Defend Torture Jeff Sessions Claims He Doesn’t Know What Empathy Is Steele: ‘Crazy nonsense empathetic!’ GOP freaks out as … Continue reading

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My Favorite Progressive Bumper Stikers

Here are some phrases worth keeping in mind, and which can minimize the effects of conservative strict-father worldview talking points. You should also try these Thinking Points.   Fearful People Do Stupid Things   Think for Yourself – Question Authority … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-6-2009

Bush Officials Try to Alter Ethics Report – Former Bush administration officials are launching a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to urge Justice Department leaders to soften an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics, according to two sources … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-5-2009

  Pete Olsen Using Taxpayer Money to Spread Lies I just received a glossy mailer from Congressman Pete Olsen marked ‘PUBLIC DOCUMENT” and “OFFICIAL BUSINESS.” Inside, it lists the following “Special Interest Spending” items (among others): $8 billion for High … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-4-2009

  CEO Perks Rise As Pay Falls – U.S. companies remain generous with the perks they give to CEOs, including some that are unfathomable to the average American worker: chauffeured cars, bodyguards, club memberships and free travel in company jets. … Continue reading

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