Jim DeMint Makes Odd Claims About History of Slavery

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 11:34 am

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation, has an interesting version of the history of slavery in America or least how it ended. According to DeMint the federal government played no role in ending slavery. DeMint claimed the “move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government.”

For DeMint, the ending of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation amidst the American Civil War was somehow a cultural victory for limited government and Christian conservatives.

Heritage’s Freedom to Read Program

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 6:00 pm

Don’t have time to read and dog ear the corners of books but want your friends to think you have?

Introducing the Heritage Foundation’s Freedom to Read ™ program.

Heritage Foundation Pledges to Continue Fight Against Obamacare Despite Shutdown Debacle

By: Friday October 18, 2013 8:30 am

Yes they lost an election over this issue, yes they lost a supreme court case over this issue, and yes they just lost a major showdown over this issue. But, that doesn’t mean they should not self-righteously appoint themselves America’s protectors.

Kochs Deny Role in Shutdown Plotted by Groups They Fund

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:02 pm

Sorry, Charles and David Koch. Your financial fingerprints are everywhere on this shutdown and default turkey, and no amount of letter writing will wash them away.

Heritage Foundation Faces Backlash Over Immigration Report

By: Friday May 10, 2013 8:35 am

Jim DeMint’s coming out party as head of the Heritage Foundation is not going very well. The conservative think tank’s immigration report – which labels the cost of immigration reform at $6.3 trillion and was co-authored by a white supremacist – has caused a backlash against the group from prominent Republican lawmakers and party donors. There are now even discussions of hiring a crisis management firm to deal with the negative reaction to the report.

Poverty Wanking at the Heritage Foundation

By: Saturday April 14, 2012 10:00 am

It’s fun to play with numbers, and it’s easier if you ignore those that don’t fit what your employers want you to say. Just ask the wankers at the Heritage Foundation.

FDL Movie Night: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

By: Monday April 2, 2012 5:00 pm

You know things are bad when Paul Craig Roberts, one of the founders of Reaganomics, says about deregulation and the current state of the economy:

It’s gone too far.

With Heist: Who Stole the American Dream, directors Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher trace the roots of today’s current economic crisis back to a 1971 memorandum written by Lewis F. Powell Jr.– a Virginia lawyer and representative of the tobacco industry who later became an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Powell Memo, written for the Chamber of Commerce, lays out a very solid, point by point plan for corporations to loosen regulations and gain greater and greater control of the economy for their own benefit at the expense of of the American people.

ABC’s Jake Tapper Falls for Right Wing Race Baiting on Derrick Bell

By: Friday March 9, 2012 2:25 pm

ABC’s Jake Tapper pats himself on the back for debunking another Andrew Breitbart-originated race-baiting effort. But in doing so, Tapper implies he accepts the race-baiting premise, reminding blacks once again that if you say or do something honest you get called “controversial” and become unacceptable in polite company.

What’s left of the Breitbart blog contrived with Fox News to publicize as somehow new and damning what were in fact already public videos of Harvard Law student Barack Obama defending a black professor, Derrick Bell, for taking a stand in favor of greater racial diversity at America’s most elite university. That event, which happened in early 1990s, is neither news nor controversial, let alone somehow damning.

Veal Pen Preachers and Conservative Idolatry of Teh Market is an Ugly Combination

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 9:00 am

Gosh — preachers who have no problem railing about marriage equality and racial issues suddenly fall mute when they ponder preaching about the current economic mess. Can you say “Veal Pen Preacher”? Sure you can . . .

Add in a duplicitous visiting scholar from the Heritage Foundation who thinks Jesus preached predatory capitalism as the way of salvation, and you’ve got a nasty combination.

Whatever your thoughts on religion, that combination is truly toxic.

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