Archive for December 28, 2010

“WLCentral” Issues an Open Letter To “Those Inciting Murder Upon Julian Assage”




We, among many law abiding citizens of the world deplore and condemn, as applicable, your utterances and writings calling for the extra judicial ie unlawful: kidnapping/assassination/murder/physical harm of Julian Assange, his supporters, Wikileaks workers or members of Assange’s family.

MORE at the link above.

Those inciting murder can be found here.

And those inciting murder have a thing or ten to learn about journalism and the law.

December 28, 2010 at 10:46 PM Leave a comment

Why Isn’t the Liberal Media Hammering Gov. Chris Christie?

Why isn’t the liberal media — the most prominent of which is MSNBC — hammering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for  vacationing in Florida while New Jersey is buried under tons of snow?

Republican Governor Chris Christie Slammed for Disney Vacation as State is Buried in Showstorm.

Huh?  Huh?

This is a guy who humiliated teachers, claiming they got raises “just for staying alive.”  So does Christie get to be governor “just for staying alive” or does he have to DO HIS JOB?

Jesus H. Christ.

December 28, 2010 at 9:02 PM Leave a comment

The Conservative Brain Shows They’re Anxious Scaredy Cats

Over the years — particularly since the era of W. —  I have tried and tried to converse and reason with conservatives, almost always to no avail.  A few years ago I began to wonder why and it occurred to me that we might be two different animals —  I couldn’t understand how the conservative brain functioned or why conservatives believed what they believed.

It’s starting to come together for me now:

Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.

On the otherhand, they have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.


Prof Geraint Rees, who led the research, said: “We were very surprised to find that there was an area of the brain that we could predict political attitude.

“It is very surprising because it does suggest there is something about political attitude that is encoded in our brain structure through our experience or that there is something in our brain structure that determines or results in political attitude.”

Looks like the theory that conservatives need a “daddy figure” to hold their hand while they travel through life might literally be true.  You know.  It’s like a birth defect.

December 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM Leave a comment

The Tax Cuts Worked: Companies Are Hiring Again!

Yeah, they’re hiring alright.  Overseas:

Good news! Companies are hiring again.  Bad new – they’re hiring overseas.  A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute revealed that Americans businesses created more than 1.4 million jobs overseas in 2010 – that’s compared to fewer than one million created here in the United States.  Had those 1.4 million jobs been created here – the unemployment rate could have dropped by nearly a full percentage point.  But as long as profits are up for CEOs and other millionaires and billionaires in the country – no worries right?  According to Reaganomics – we just need to wait for that money to trickle down.  It’s been more than 30 years though – still no trickle.

The fact that Republicans are still able to pull off the 30-year-old bulls*it about “trickle down” is a testament to how thoroughly dumbed down the majority of the American people are.  It’s both sad and terrifying.


December 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM Leave a comment

Glenn Greenwald Schools CNN Anchor About What it Means to be a Journalist

Glenn Greenwald, lawyer extraordinaire, was on CNN yesterday “debating” Fran Townsend (George W. Bush’s former Homeland Security Advisor turned CNN “contributor”) as to whether (per the chyron) Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is “the Robin Hood of hacking.”  Here’s the video which is more than worth watching.

It is truly amazing how clueless the CNN anchor (apologies to her as I do not know her name) and Townsend are about (1) what it means to be a journalist, and (2) how laws in the United States are applied and administered.


This is the part that struck me:

Greenwald:  Well, see, you’re a journalist so you should understand better than anybody that publishing classified information about what governments do is not actually a crime.  Every day, media outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN publish government secrets.  They publish top secrets in fact.  The New York Times exposed the Bush administration’s top-secret eavesdropping program; the CIA black site program.  WikiLeaks has never exposed top secrets.  This is all secret, marked secret, which is a lower level designation.  And in the United States and again, journalists should know this better than anybody, and should hope that it’s true, it is not a crime to publish top, classified information about the government.  It just isn’t.

CNN Anchor:  Right.  We would draw a distinction between publishing information that comes to you by, and, and then publishing information that’s stolen by somebody, ostensibly stolen.  Um, but…

Greenwald:  No.  No. You’re absolutely wrong because the New York Times uses sources all the time that obtain classified information that they’re not authorized to disseminate and gives it to the New York Times which then publishes it.  Good investigative journalists, maybe CNN doesn’t do this, but good investigative journalists work their sources all the time to convince them to give them classified information to inform the citizens of the United States about what the government is doing.  That’s what journalists do.


December 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM Leave a comment

Maine’s Incoming Teabagger Governor Gives Daughter $41K State Job

Ah yes, the Tea Party.  It’s all about the Constitution, integrity and thrift:  Maine’s teabagger governor-elect,

Paul LePage has appointed his daughter, Lauren, to a staff position within the upper echelon of his administration, members of the LePage transition team said Wednesday.

Lauren LePage, 22, will serve as assistant to the governor’s chief of staff, John McGough — a position that administration officials describe as entry-level and is commensurate with her experience, work history and education.

LePage, a recent college graduate, will be a salaried political appointee earning approximately $41,000 a year, according to Dan Demeritt, incoming director of communications in the LePage administration.

Watch LePage get in trouble for this and be forced to undo his decision, and then blame it on the “liberal media.”

(H/t L.H.)

December 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM 2 comments

The Country Has Had Enough of Sarah Palin

The country has had enough of Sarah Palin — including Alaskans.  Now, if only the “liberal media” would follow suit:

It’s a well known fact that Sarah Palin is the most unpopular major political figure in the country…one thing that may be less well known is that one of the states where voters have the dimmest view of her is her own home state of Alaska.

We’ve polled Palin’s favorability in ten states over the last couple months. In Alaska just 33% of voters have a favorable opinion of her to 58% with a negative one. The only place where fewer voters see her positively than her own home state is dark blue Massachusetts.

Democrats hate Palin in Alaska but they hate her everywhere so there’s nothing newsworthy about that. What makes her home state numbers unusually bad is that Republicans see her favorably by only a 60/30 margin. In most places she’s closer to 80% favorability within her own party. Also while independents don’t like her anywhere their level of animosity in Alaska is unusually large- 65% unfavorable to only 25% with a favorable opinion.

December 28, 2010 at 2:24 PM Leave a comment

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