Countdown host calls out New Mexico Gov for immigration hypocrisy

I’m a big fan of Sam Seder. Nice to see him co-hosting on Countdown.

From Raw Story:

Countdown guest host Sam Seder slammed New Mexico governor Susana Martinez’s hypocritical stance on immigration Friday evening.

Martinez has labeled illegal immigrants “terror threats” in justification for her critical immigrantion comments of demanding proof of citizenship in New Mexico. Despite that stance, the governor admitted this week that her father came to America “without documents,” allowing her to be born as a legal citizen.

His point at the end of this video was rather interesting. He points out Gov. Martinez refers to her grandparents as “arriving without documents”, though when others do it “they’re here illegally”. She is  an ‘anchor-grandbaby’, yet she won her governorship because of her stance AGAINST illegal immigration.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Gov. Martinez:

Susana was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the mid 1980s. Martínez comes from a middle class background. Her father was an amateur boxer who won three straight Golden Gloves titles in the 1950s. He was a deputy sheriff for El Paso County, Texas.

Martínez’s husband, Chuck Franco, has been a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years and served as the Doña Ana County Undersheriff. Susana has one stepson, Carlo, who serves in the United States Navy.

On September 9, 2011, Martinez, who was propelled into office primarily on her stance against illegal immigration, admitted to the public her paternal grandparents immigrated to the country illegally.

Susana graduated as one of the top students in her class at Riverside High School of El Paso, Texas in 1977. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1980 and later earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1982.

Double standards. Utter hypocrisy. I’m sick of it.

Rachel Maddow: “Watch what the Republicans do, not what they say..”

If you missed this, it is totally worth watching..

In this first segment “Pin The Debt On The Donkey”:

Rachel Maddow completely debunks the myth of Republicans trying to cynically portray themselves as the “party of fiscal responsibility” by examining their irresponsible tax cuts and efforts to repeal health care legislation (aka “Obamacare”), which, together with other Republican proposals, will increase the deficit and debt by $1 trillion dollars, rather than reduce it.

Then Rachel examines the phony Republican “Earmarks” ploy to portray themselves as fiscally responsible by embracing policy that sounds like it will reduce the deficit and debt, but which will instead, INCREASE it.

The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC – aired November 16, 2010.

Sunday Roast: Do you believe in the Constitution, or don’t you?

Cenk Uygur filled in for Ed Schultz last week, and he had a few things to say about religious freedom in America.  Conservatives claim to value religious freedom and hold dear our Constitution more than anyone else in this country — while at the same time claiming that the Islamic community and prayer center a few blocks from Ground Zero should not be allowed BECAUSE THEY’RE MUSLIMS.

It’s not merely that they’re inconsistent, or that they’re hypocrites, they are simply racists and religious bigots.  In their tiny minds, Christians are more equal than everyone else because…well, they’re Christians.  Like Cenk said, Eric Rudolph and Scott Roeder are fundamentalist Christians who murdered people in the name of their religion.  We all know what that means, right?  No new Christian churches will be built in America!!  Yay!

Hardly.  Because 19 fundamental Muslims took over and crashed four airliners on that terrible day, killing almost 3000 Americans (and foreign nationals, I might add), the religious right claims that all of Islam is bad; they are all terrorists.  But when it comes to fundamentalist Christian terrorists, the fundies cry and snivel that Rudolph and Roeder don’t represent them and their views — why are we blaming THEM!?  Why, why!!?

Because, according to these conservative bible-hugging fundamentalists, these lovers of parts of the Constitution, in a land where they proudly claim everyone is equal and has equal opportunity, American Muslims just don’t rate; they are not quite as equal as the rest of us.

This is our LATE daily open thread — enjoy.

Sarah’s Twitter – Todd’s Job

From Twitter:

From Wikipedia:

For eighteen years, he worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. In 2007, in order to avoid a conflict of interest relating to his wife’s position as governor, he took a leave[10] from his job as production supervisor when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife’s administration.[3] Seven months later, because the family needed more income, Todd returned to BP. In order to avoid potential conflict of interest, this time he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.[1][10] He resigned from his job on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason of spending more time with his family.[11]

The family needed more income, that was before she got all those clothes?

Rachel Maddow blasts Republican hypocrisy on stimulus

The myth of bipartisanship:  Like toddlers, if President Obama endorses Republican ideas, then they’re against them.

Every Republican in the Senate voted against the stimulus — a stimulus that seems to be working for Americans.  However, these same Republicans have no problem whatsoever taking credit in their home districts for stimulus funds.  Time after time after time, they prove what hypocrites they are.

Then she went further with: “It’s already IN the bill!” Rachel and Ezra Klein make it pretty obvious that the Republicans have no interest whatsoever in fixing healthcare, even with their ideas included in the healthcare bill. They are interested in obstructing — first and last. They want to make sure the bill does not pass — in any form — so they might have a chance at winning the next election by pointing out what ‘failures’ the Democrats are. (The desperate needs of Americans be damned..)

Grow a pair, Democrats!  Republicans will never vote for good policy, even if they think it’s a great idea — NOT EVER.  That may be why they were sent to Washington, but that’s not why they’re there.

Script boy!

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Another insightful rant by Guest Blogger, Hoodathunk (Story Time), this time taking on political and religious hypocrisy.

‘Time for a rewrite, this scene just isn’t working.’  There’s an old

saying that the pen is mightier than the sword.  There is something even mightier — the eraser.  Or, in this age, White Out.  (It is called that because paper is white and ink comes in many colors but that’s another rant).  We are seeing a movement today aimed at rewriting history on many levels.  Modern history by portraying the actions of the previous administration as glorious and noble, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.  And early American history so that the founding fathers who, almost to a man, were pretty much secular humanists according to the existing historical records which include reams of personal writings from all of them become staunch supporters of modern day Christianists.

This practice is not a new one, particularly when politics and Christianity mix.  Back some 1,500 years ago Christianity got its big leg up into the political arena when Constantine decided it would be a great idea to have a popular religion backing his political power.  He gathered up a bunch of bishops and scholars and tasked them with coming up with a codification of teachings that the general population could get behind and hence behind him.  So they vetted the existing writings, picked the ones they thought would work and came up with the beginnings of the Bible as we know it today.  They did this under God’s watchful eye, immersing themselves in holiness while they hung out as the Emperor’s guests.  (Did I mention they then tried to destroy all the existing copies of the writings they deemed unworthy?) Continue reading

We care — unless you’re “teh gay”

CommonDreams

As her partner of 17 years slipped into a coma, Janice Langbehn pleaded with doctors and anyone who would listen to let her into the woman’s hospital room.

Eight anguishing hours passed before Langbehn would be allowed into Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. By then, she could only say her final farewell as a priest performed the last rites on 39-year-old Lisa Marie Pond.

Jackson staffers advised Langbehn that she could not see Pond earlier because the hospital’s visitation policy in cases of emergency was limited to immediate family and spouses — not partners. In Florida, same-sex marriages or partnerships are not recognized. On Friday, two years after her partner’s death, Langbehn and her attorneys were in federal court, claiming emotional distress and negligence in a suit they filed last June.

Jackson attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the hospital has no obligation to allow patients’ visitors.

Jackson Memorial Hospital took this stand, in spite of the fact that Ms Langbehn had the proper legal documents in hand, which allowed her to make medical decisions for her partner.

I looked up the Mission Statement of Jackson Memorial Hospital, and this is what I found:

Mission Statement:  To build the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the resident of Miami-Dade County.

Vision Statement:  Our strategic vision is to be a nationally and internationally recognized, world-class academic medical system and to be the provider of choice for quality care.

Values:  Service Excellence and Quality, Commitment, Compassion, Teamwork and Communication, Respect, Confidentiality, Integrity and Stewardship, Inclusion.

Wow.  That brought a tear to my eye.

But then I remembered what Jackson Memorial Hospital did to the Langbehn/Pong family, and would suggest an addendum to JMH’s “Mission & Vision” page:  UNLESS YOU’RE GAY.

McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue

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by Juan Cole of Informed Comment (re-posted with permission)

The increasingly sleazy John McCain, who once promised to run a clean campaign, has now attacked my friend Rashid Khalidi and attempted to use him against Barack Obama. Khalidi is an American scholar of Palestinian heritage, born in New York and educated at Yale and Oxford, who now teaches at Columbia University. He directed the Middle East Center at the University of Chicago for some time, and he and his family came to know the Obamas at that time. Knowing someone and agreeing with him on everything are not the same thing. 

Scott Horton has a fine, informed and intelligent discussion of the issue.

I know it may seem a novel idea to people like McCain and Palin, but it would be worthwhile actually reading Khalidi’s book on the Palestinian struggle for statehood. (I urge bloggers interested in this issue to link to his book, which the American reading public should know).

At the least, read a whole essay Khalidi has written.

Far from being a knee-jerk nationalist, Khalidi has been critical of the decisions of the Palestinian leadership at key junctures in modern history.

McCain’s and Palin’s attacks on Khalidi are frankly racist. He is a distinguished scholar, and the only objectionable thing about him from a rightwing point of view is that he is a Palestinian. There are about 9 million Palestinians in the world (a million or so are Israeli citizens; 3.7 million are stateless and without rights under Israeli control in the West Bank and Gaza; and 4 million are refugees or exiled in the diaspora; there are about 200,000 Palestinian-Americans, and several million Arab-Americans, many living in swing vote states). Khalidi was not, as the schlock rightwing press charges, a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was an adviser at the Madrid peace talks, but would that not have been, like, a good thing?

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Loan Titans Paid McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million

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John McCain, along with campaign manager Rick Davis, and Lindsey Graham.

Senator John McCain’s campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say.Mr. McCain, the Republican candidate for president, has recently begun campaigning as a critic of the two companies and the lobbying army that helped them evade greater regulation as they began buying riskier mortgages with implicit federal backing. He and his Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, have donors and advisers who are tied to the companies.

But last week the McCain campaign stepped up a running battle of guilt by association when it began broadcasting commercials trying to link Mr. Obama directly to the government bailout of the mortgage giants this month by charging that he takes advice from Fannie Mae’s former chief executive, Franklin Raines, an assertion both Mr. Raines and the Obama campaign dispute.

Incensed by the advertisements, several current and former executives of the companies came forward to discuss the role that Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s campaign manager and longtime adviser, played in helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac beat back regulatory challenges when he served as president of their advocacy group, the Homeownership Alliance, formed in the summer of 2000. Some who came forward were Democrats, but Republicans, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed their descriptions.

Read this article..

Also from Truthout: Taxpayers, Congress Push Back Against Bailout

Push back against the massive $700 billion Wall Street bailout proposal has come hard and fast from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Also, from the American Prospect: Paulson’s Folly by Robert Kuttner (just excellent):

The current Wall Street rescue plan has some serious failings. Will congressional Democrats (and Republicans) stand up to the treasury secretary?

Here is the solution he offers:

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Old News is Sometimes Fun News

Normally, I wouldn’t be so callous as to someone being robbed of a significant amount of money and valuables, but, well, I just can’t help myself.

How many of you go on a business trip carrying more than a hundred large (that would be greater than $100,000) in cash and valuables? Heck, how many of you HAVE more than $100k in cash and valuables? While I am part and parcel of the ownership society (I own more crap than I know what to do with), I doubt that everything I own in total (aside from house and car) adds up to more than $100k.

So, here’s to you, Mr. Schwartz. You get the Republicans Are Tools! Whose Family? What Values? ™ award.

And as a bonus to you, dear reader, watch this shyster’s commercial.

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Brad Pitt Comes Out Against Proposition 8

Variety reports that Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to help defeat Proposition 8, a California effort by the right-wing ProtectMarriage group, to ban same-sex marriage.  Pitt said:

Because no one has the right to deny another their life even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.

If you imagine that such libertarian thought (rights as long as no one is harmed) was not appreciated by ProtectMarriage, you’d be imagining correctly. In response,

Jennifer Kerns, a spokeswoman for ProtectMarriage, one of the groups campaigning for passage of Proposition 8, said of Pitt, “We certainly respect his right in the political process, but we don’t believe he is the most exemplary figure on the issue of marriage.”

I wonder if she holds John McCain as an exemplary figure. Mr. McCain left his first wife, Carol, for a younger, prettier and much wealthier woman. Or perhaps it is Rudy Giuliani, who told his last wife he wanted to separate at a press conference. Mr. Giuliani and his then wife, Donna Hanover, had six marriages between them. Or perhaps, they look to Newt Gingrich as a stellar icon of marriage; he who told his then wife, Marianne, that he wanted a divorce, while she was in a hospital bed undergoing treatment for cancer. (Marianne then left the less-than-esteemed Gingrich when she found him diddling one of his ex-congressional aides. Lots of ex’s in all of these wonderful Republican’s lives.)

But back to Proposition 8:

“I think Brad sees this as a human rights issue and an issue of justice,” said political consultant Trevor Neilson, who represents Pitt and Angelina Jolie on their political and philanthropic efforts.

Pitt has been on the record in support of same-sex marriage before. Asked by Esquire in 2006 about his partnership with Jolie, he said, “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.”

As to the who, what, where, why’s:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opposes Proposition 8, as does Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Republican nominee John McCain supports it.

No real surprise there.

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The Fundamentals..?

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John McCain: A Chicken in Every Pot

Well… From Raw Story this morning:

Exposed: McCain team includes 83 Wall Street lobbyists:

As Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) rails against Wall Street while concurrently benefiting from its largesse, some journalists are getting tired.

David Corn — an investigative reporter formerly with The Nation and currently reporting for Mother Joneshas printed a list of 83 Wall Street lobbyists he says are working for or have bundled contributions for McCain. The Democratic National Committee has previously accused McCain of using 177 lobbyists either as campaign aides, advisers or fundraisers.

Corn notes that former Sen. Phil Gramm, the Arizona senator’s onetime campaign chairman and economic adviser, slipped into law a provision that kept credit default swaps unregulated, dramatically kindling to the current financial fires.

“Of those 177 lobbyists, according to a Mother Jones review of Senate and House records, at least 83 have in recent years lobbied for the financial industry McCain now attacks,” Corn writes. “These are high-paid influence-peddlers who have been working the corridors of the nation’s capital to win favors and special treatment for investment banks, securities firms, hedge funds, accounting outfits, and insurance companies. Their clients have included AIG, the newest symbol of corporate excess; Lehman Brothers, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday sending the stock market into a tailspin; Merrill Lynch, which was bought out by Bank of America this week; and Washington Mutual, the banking giant that could be the next to fall.

“Among these 83 lobbyists are…”

Go here to read the list

How Did the RNC Insult Troops and Veterans? Let me count the ways…

by Jon Soltz (VoteVets.org, VetVoice)

Last week’s Republican convention sure made every superficial effort to come off as pro-Troop and pro-Veteran.   And, of course, the media ate it up, not challenging a single thing.  But to those of us who did serve, it was offense after offense after offense.  Let’s count the ways:

McCain Didn’t Mention Veterans’ Care:  Maybe it’s because he has a terrible record, but not once in John McCain’s speech did he talk about taking care of those who served their nation in the military.  With exploding rates of PTSD, suicide, homelessness among veterans.  With ridiculous wait times for veterans seeking care, and a VA that every major vets group says is woefully underfunded.  With administrators dumping vets out of the veterans care system by diagnosing them with a lesser mental injury than they have.  Not.  A.  Single.  Word.  And, with the shame of…

Walter Reed:  What a slap in the face.  The first photo that John McCain stood in front of was Walter Reed.  Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, California.  Chalk it up to someone in the campaign not knowing the difference between the two, but what I find even more offensive is this:  At some point John McCain asked his campaign what was going to be on the screen behind him.  And someone told him the first picture would be Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  John McCain didn’t object – even though he voted against closing tax loopholes to help fund military hospitals like Walter Reed.  But that wasn’t the only bit of fake imagery….

“Phony Soldiers”:  For the amount that Rush Limbaugh likes to rant on “phony soldiers,” there was a big silence and others from the mainstream media on the fact that the McCain campaign used stock footage of actors pretending to be soldiers in a video, intended to show how pro-military McCain is.  It’s actually kind of fitting – phony soldiers to promote a phony record on military and veterans’ issues.

Speaking of phony:  Remember that faux-outrage from the McCain campaign when General Wesley Clark dared to point out that being a POW isn’t a qualification for being Commander in Chief?  Boy, the McCain campaign wouldn’t let up on that.  Where were they when Fred Thompson said the same exact thing?

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A noun, a verb and…

Rudy Guiliani – a noun, a verb and 9/11

John McCain – a noun, a verb and POW

John McCain’s over use of his POW status is becoming insulting to every other person that has ever been captured or tortured or restrained against their will… this includes other POWs, victims of kidnapping and I will go as far as to include victims of rape. It’s like he is the “only” person to have suffered some horrible fate and nobody else has ever suffered as much as him. Hum…

John McCain is starting to sound like a “whiner”, someone that wants us all to vote for him because he “suffered” so much for his country. If that’s the logic that the McCain campaign wants us to follow, then Max Cleland should still be a Senator from Georgia serving in the US Congress and the House Republicans should be praising John Murtha instead of attacking him.

Wesley Clark was correct when he stated that John McCain’s military experience isn’t something that would make him qualified to be president.

You see, it’s okay for Republicans to attack and lie about Democrats that have lost arms and legs fighting for this country and continue fighting for veterans. When it comes to the Democrats, they better not attack a Republican POW who may possibly be suffering from PTSD as evidenced by his anger issues, poor memory and confusion because that would be “unpatriotic”.

As a Patriot, I know that this is just more Republican hypocrisy.

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