Friday, March 20, 2009

Today’s News And Tomorrow We March. Make It Count. Force Change! Do Not Let Them Ignore Us Again!

Today’s News And Tomorrow We March.  Make It Count. Force Change! Do Not Let Them Ignore Us Again!



Book Review: Jacob Heilbrunn on Alger Hiss


Jacoby reminds us—and it is a reminder that cannot come too often—the Hiss case offered for a vengeful postwar right a golden opportunity to tar the New Deal itself as a crypto-communist conspiracy. The stakes were never about Hiss himself, whose influence on Roosevelt was nugatory. Rather, he became a symbol for the iniquities of the New Deal, for the quislings such as Dean Acheson who had sold out America to the Reds. This exercise in historical revisionism allowed the right to efface its own history of having embraced isolationism during the 1930s and, sometimes, worse, having adulated Nazism and scorned the British Empire as trying to inveigle the U.S. into combat on the European continent, all of which is beautifully spelled out in Philip Roth’s indispensable “The Plot Against America.” As the Chicago Tribune, formerly the tribune of the isolationists and inveterate foe of FDR, proclaimed, “So we find this traitor hobnobbing through the years with the mightiest of the New Deal mighty. He advises the President. He is the favored protégé of two men who are kingmakers within the burocracy.” (The Tribune favored phonetic transliteration of some words.)


Ex-Bush Admin Official: Many At Gitmo Are Innocent

By Andrew O. Selsky


San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) — Many detainees locked up at Guantanamo were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants, a former Bush administration official said Thursday. "There are still innocent people there," Lawrence B. Wilkerson, a Republican who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, told The Associated Press. "Some have been there six or seven years."


Wilkerson, who first made the assertions in an Internet posting on Tuesday, told the AP he learned from briefings and by communicating with military commanders that the U.S. soon realized many Guantanamo detainees were innocent but nevertheless held them in hopes they could provide information for a "mosaic" of intelligence…. : Anti-AIG demonstrations draw small, animated crowds
The largest U.S. labor union, the SEIU, and leftist activists from among others called protests for more than 100 cities the day after President Barack Obama declared, "People are right to be angry -- I'm angry." ...
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Protesters Voice Anger Over Bailout Bonuses
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Yesterday's march was part of a coordinated effort by several organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, Rock the Vote,


Yesterday's march was part of a coordinated effort by several organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, Rock the Vote,, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women, to rally people across the United States. Nearly a dozen protests occurred in Massachusetts alone, including in Worcester, Lawrence, and Andover. The largest gathering, organizers said, was in Chicago, where 1,200 people turned out.


Public furor has been mounting this week, since it became known that about 400 AIG employees, in cluding some in its troubled financial products unit, got $165 million in bonuses. The insurer received $182 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money after the government determined the company's failure would devastate the nation's financial system.


NBC, ABC, Fox News Advance False GOP Accusation That Recovery Bill Created Right For AIG To Pay Bonuses


Discussing the March 19 House vote to levy a 90-percent tax on executive bonuses paid to companies owing more than $5 billion in loans to the government, NBC, ABC, and Fox News all advanced the false Republican accusation that by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Democrats created the right for AIG to pay bonuses. In fact, as Media Matters for America documented, the recovery bill did not create the right for AIG -- or any company -- to pay bonuses. Rather, AIG reportedly disclosed that it had entered into agreements to pay these bonuses more than a year ago, the Bush Treasury department approved of the AIG bailout with this agreement in place, and the relevant provision in the recovery act, which was based on an amendment by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), actually restricted the ability of companies receiving money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to award bonuses in the future.


In the absence of the recovery bill, AIG's ability to pay the bonuses would not have been limited. Indeed, if Republicans had succeeded in defeating the bill, the clause restricting the ability of troubled companies to award bonuses in the future would not have been enacted at the time.


Media reports advancing the falsehood include:


  • During the March 19 edition of NBC's Nightly News, Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O'Donnell asserted that "[l]awmakers [are] under fire because the stimulus package that the White House wanted -- and Congress passed with only three Republican votes -- actually permitted scheduled bonus payouts. But, today, both Democrats and Republicans voted for a fix." O'Donnell later claimed that there is a "clamor to identify some unnamed official who pushed forward a change in the original stimulus bill that allowed AIG bonuses."


  • During the March 19 edition of ABC's World News, senior congressional correspondent Jon Karl claimed that "on Capitol Hill today, the angriest voices were Republicans, who say blame for the bonuses lies with Democrats," and that "[a]t issue" is "a tiny provision added into last month's stimulus bill that exempts employee contracts signed last year from new limits on pay."


  • During the March 19 edition of Fox News' Special Report, chief political correspondent Carl Cameron asserted, "Six Democrats and 87 Republicans opposed the measure as too rushed, potentially unconstitutional, and a Democratic attempt to close a bonus loophole that they created in the stimulus package." He later claimed, "Republicans called the bill a diversion from Democratic Senator Chris Dodd's admission that Treasury officials pushed him to insert language into the recent stimulus package allowing bailout recipients to pay huge bonuses."


  • During the March 19 edition of Fox News' Hannity, host Sean Hannity asserted, "Now, remember all the outrage earlier this week from Democrats over AIG bonuses? Now the very same bonuses that they voted for in the massive stimulus bill -- you know, the one that they never read, and the one that they, in a panic, voted to take away earlier today. Well, it all came to a head, and the guilty parties finally now come forward," repeating a false claim he made during the March 19 broadcast of his radio show that Democrats "voted for" the bonuses.


From the March 19 edition of NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams:




Obama on 'Tonight': Hail to the Chief

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Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, with the priest. - Boston,MA,USA
I would really like to see Harry Reid and 
Nancy Pelosi before I die", whispered the priest. "I'll see what I can do, Father." replied the nurse. ...


Nancy Pelosi And Harry Reid, With The Priest…


The old priest lay dying in  the hospital.  For years he had faithfully
 served the people of the nation's capital.  He motioned for his nurse to come near. 
 "Yes, Father?" said the nurse.
" I would really like to see Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi before I die", whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father." replied the nurse.  The nurse sent the request to them and  waited for a response.  Soon the word arrived.  Harry and Nancy would  be delighted to visit the priest.
 As they went to the  hospital, Harry commented to Nancy , "I don't know why the old  priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images." 

 Nancy couldn't help but agree.  

When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Nancy 's hand in his right hand and Harry's hand in his left.  There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face. 
Finally Nancy spoke.  "Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"
The old priest slowly replied, "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 


The old priest continued... "He died between two lying’thieves. I would like to do the same."


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