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Lou Dobbs Just Loves To Spread A Little Hate

By: Saturday September 13, 2008 7:30 pm

Lou Dobbs pays us a nightly visit from up-is-down Planet Bizarro in his weekday show. But this week, his special Bizarro launching pad is the “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” anti-immigrant lobbying push — you know, the one sponsored by a hate group.

Sure enough …

Sarah Palin And The AIP: Not So Fast With The Exonerations, Please

By: Wednesday September 10, 2008 1:32 pm

It’s now become conventional wisdom that Sarah Palin had nothing to do with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and is therefore clear of any associations with them. As usual the CW is crap.

Calling Out FAIR: Lobbyists Descend At A Hate Group’s Bidding

By: Tuesday September 9, 2008 1:31 pm

One of the main events involved in FAIR’s charade as a “mainstream” immigration-reform group has been its annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” gathering of lobbyists, who then descend up on congressmen and legislators and their staffers to push their decidedly xenophobic brand of immigration “reform.” Well, turnabout is only, er, fair play. So this year, organizations seeking progressive immigration reform are holding FAIR’s feet to the fire – along with all the lobbyists and talk-show hosts participating. They’re running an ad campaign pointing out FAIR’s long history of indulging and promoting a frankly xenophobic and frequently outright racist campaign against immigrants.

McChange: GOP Wants To Pretend The Past Seven Years Didn’t Happen

By: Friday September 5, 2008 6:45 pm

That stampeding sound you heard last night at the Republican National Convention? That was the sound of conservatives running away from their own record.

FBI Wanted Obama Plotters Charged, But A Rove Appointee Said No

By: Wednesday September 3, 2008 5:45 pm

We noticed last week that it was awfully peculiar that Colorado’s U.S. Attorney, Troy Eid, had so airily dismissed conspiracy charges against the three white-supremacist tweakers who were caught planning to assassinate Barack Obama at last week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. Now it turns out that those suspicions were fully warranted.

Former FBI Agent and ACLU Counsel: St. Paul Police Behavior Is ‘Frightening’

By: Wednesday September 3, 2008 2:25 pm

It lists 65 behaviors that they say are behaviors related to terrorism, and the one that pertains here is “takes pictures or video footage.” [The entry on p. 40 reads: “Takes pictures or video footage (with no apparent esthetic value, i.e., camera angles, security equipment, security personnel, traffic lights, building entrances, etc.).”] “No apparent esthetic values?” So apparently they’re going to be sending police officers to art school to understand esthetic values.

But it actually mentions taking video footage of taking video footage of security personnel. So the mere taking of photographs or video footage of law enforcement – even law enforcement doing something improperly – they’ve identified that as a precursor to terrorism. So now you might understand why these police officers are focusing on people with cameras. It’s because it’s actual policy to do so.

The AP’s Lame-Ass Excuses For Ron Fournier

By: Tuesday September 2, 2008 8:28 am

Michael Calderone at the Politico blog managed to get ahold of the talking points that the Associated Press is circulating to managers trying to deal with readers and service subscribers angry over Ron Fournier’s ongoing battle with his journalistic bias. Here they are.

The Obama Plotters: The Republican Double Standard In Law Enforcement Made Manifest

By: Thursday August 28, 2008 9:01 am

It seems there may be a reason federal law-enforcement officials are not interested in pursuing serious charges against the white-supremacist tweakers who were caught this week in Denver: The man making the decision is a Republican operative. And when it came to a threat against John McCain, he had a completely different approach.

The AP story describing the official pooh-poohing of the threat

Obama Rocks The Hall With Biden

By: Wednesday August 27, 2008 7:56 pm

Obama shows p to share the stage with Biden.

Hillary Makes The Decisive Call

By: Wednesday August 27, 2008 3:51 pm

Now that was a moment for the books: Hillary calling for Obama’s nomination by acclimation, ending the roll-call vote at the convention, and confirming his nomination.

Truly an amazing moment. Here in the Big Tent, it elicited the only serious round of applause we’ve seen yet.

Christy will have the report from inside the hall shortly.

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