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MSNBC’s unending hate speech – another day at the office

MSNBC’s Schultz Derides NewsBusters, Urges: ‘We Ought to Rip Out’ Cheney’s Heart
February 25, 2010 by Brent Baker

A Tuesday night NewsBusters post, “Ed Schultz Uses Cheney’s Heart Attack to Push Healthcare Reform,” riled Ed Schultz, the Radio Equalizer noticed. On his Wednesday radio show, a laughing Schultz mocked NewsBusters (“I just want all of you to know that I get my entertainment through NewsBusters”) and derided “some little weasel” at NewsBusters before he graphically reaffirmed using Cheney’s heart attack to score a political point:

You’re damn right, Dick Cheney’s heart’s a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him. I’m glad he didn’t tip over. He is the new poster child for health care in this country.

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NY, NJ To Pay 25% Of New Obama Health Tax

Study: NY, NJ To Pay 25% Of New Obama Health Tax
February 24, 2010 by Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK (CBS) ― President Barack Obama’s new health care plan really socks it to New York taxpayers and its bad news for residents of New Jersey and Connecticut, too.

The numbers are eye-popping. President Obama’s plan to tax investment income to pay for his health care package would force New Yorkers to fork over an additional $4.8 billion in taxes on money they get from interest, dividends and other investments.

But here’s the rub: a study by the Manhattan Institute finds that New Yorkers will pay 12 to 15 percent of all the funds raised by the new investment tax. New Jersey residents will pay 7 to 9 percent. That’s nearly 25 percent of the entire tax.

The hit to area taxpayers is so staggering that experts wonder how our congressmen and senators can support it.

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Horror stories from government-run health care

Hospital condemned for “horrific” care
February 24, 2010 by Tim Castle

LONDON (Reuters) – An independent inquiry said on Tuesday it had found “shocking” standards of care at a National Health Service hospital trust in the midlands, including patients being left unwashed for up to a month.

The inquiry’s chairman Robert Francis said many patients treated by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust had “suffered horrific experiences that will haunt them and their loved ones for the rest of their lives.”

“I heard so many stories of shocking care … The deficiencies at the trust were systemic, deep-rooted and too fundamental to brush off as isolated incidents,” he said.

Last year a damning report from the Healthcare Commission, an NHS watchdog, said it had found appalling standards of emergency care at the trust and said patients would have died as a consequence of the deficiencies it found.

The chairman and chief executive of the trust, which runs an accident and emergency department at Stafford Hospital, stood down in March last year.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said the government and the trust’s new board would accept all 18 of the inquiry’s recommendations contained in a 900-page report.

“(The) report lays bare a dysfunctional organisation at every level and appalling failures of basic care over the period between 2005 and March 2009,” he said.

“The care provided was totally unacceptable, and a fundamental breach of the values of the NHS.”

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Another school shooting

Alleged Colorado School Shooter Has History of Violence
February 24, 2010 by Fox News

LITTLETON, Colo. — A 32-year-old convicted felon opened fire outside Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado Tuesday afternoon, wounding two students before he was tackled by a math teacher as he reloaded, authorities said, according to KDVR.com.

Court records show the suspect, identified by Jefferson County authorities as Colorado resident Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, has a rap sheet that includes arrests for domestic violence, assault, menacing, driving under the influence and motor vehicle theft.

He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning to face multiple charges, including 2 counts of attempted first degree murder.

Investigators say he is not a stranger to Deer Creek Middle school. He has been to the school before, and on Tuesday actually went inside briefly before the shooting. No mug shot was released because photo line-ups are pending with multiple witnesses.

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White MSNBC attacks tea parties again

Dallas Tea Party Takes On Keith Olbermann and ‘White’ MSNBC
February 22, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

The Dallas Tea Party has taken on Keith Olbermann’s claim last week that members of the movement are all white.

As NewsBusters reported last Monday, the “Countdown” host did a Special Comment that evening concluding with the question to Tea Party activists, “Why are you surrounded by the largest crowd you will ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you?”

With this in mind, the Dallas Tea Party published a video Monday not only responding to Olbermann’s absurd accusation, but also inviting him to attend the one year anniversary of the Tea Party movement in Dallas this coming Saturday

Olbermann Responds To Dallas Tea Party’s Invitation: No Thanks
February 24, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

Keith Olbermann has turned down the Dallas Tea Party’s invitation to come to its one year anniversary gathering this Saturday to see just how diverse its members are.

As NewsBusters reported Monday, in response to Olbermann’s claim that Tea Partiers are all white, the Dallas group produced a video demonstrating how wrong the “Countdown” host was while asking him to attend Saturday’s festivities so that he could see for himself.

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Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels

Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels
February 21, 2010 by David Adam

Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

The study, published in 2009 in Nature Geoscience, one of the top journals in its field, confirmed the conclusions of the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It used data over the last 22,000 years to predict that sea level would rise by between 7cm and 82cm by the end of the century.

At the time, Mark Siddall, from the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Bristol, said the study “strengthens the confidence with which one may interpret the IPCC results”. The IPCC said that sea level would probably rise by 18cm-59cm by 2100, though stressed this was based on incomplete information about ice sheet melting and that the true rise could be higher.

Ummm, where did we get climate data for the past 22,000 years, how do they know what caused changes in sea levels in the past, and how do they know human activity is responsible for the latest?

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The politics of two killers

In case you haven’t heard, Joe Stack, the man who crashed his plane into an IRS building in a suicide attack, had some right-leaning political tendencies. What you don’t typically see in any news reports is Stack’s praise of Communism and his disdain for capitalism. Joe Stack’s suicide note/rant can be found here.

NY Mag Jumps on Liberal Bandwagon, Ties Joe Stack to Tea Parties
February 18, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

Media Link Joseph Stack To ‘Tea Party’
February 18, 2010 by Sweetness & Light

Yet, contrast the news coverage of Joe Stack with the coverage of Professor Amy Bishop, the lunatic who murdered three at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

‘Oddball’ portrait of Amy Bishop emerges
February 15, 2010 by Laurel J. Sweet, Jessica Van Sack, Jessica Fargen and Ira Kantor

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children – the youngest a third-grade boy – was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

How many news stories have you seen tying Stack to the Tea Party movement and right wing politics, and how many have you seen tying Bishop to left wing politics?

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IAEA fears Iran working now on nuclear warhead

IAEA fears Iran working now on nuclear warhead
February 18, 2010 by Mark Heinrich and Steve Holland

In unusually blunt language, an International Atomic Energy Agency report for the first time suggested Iran was actively pursuing nuclear weapons capability, throwing independent weight behind similar Western suspicions.

The IAEA seemed to be cautiously going public with concerns arising from a classified agency analysis leaked in part last year which concluded that Iran has already honed explosives expertise relevant to a workable nuclear weapon.

The report also confirmed Iran had produced its first small batch of uranium enriched to a higher purity — 20 percent.

Both developments will intensify pressure on Iran to prove it is not covertly bent on “weaponizing” enrichment by allowing unfettered access for IAEA inspectors and investigators, something it rejects in protest at U.N. sanctions.

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Pure contempt for the American people

Maher Strikes Again: Americans ‘Not Bright Enough to Really Understand the Issues’
February 17, 2010 by Jeff Poor

Either Bill Maher was doing his best effort to impersonate Mel Brooks as King Louis XVI in “History in the World, Part I” or he has a complete and utter disregard for the intellectual competency of the American people.

Maher, a perennial bomb thrower with a hard left ideology appeared on CNN’s Feb. 16 “Larry King Live,” facing the king of softball interviews, Larry King, and let it be known he thought alleged terrorism plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in New York City and that health care should be forced through by the Obama administration, despite the wishes of the American people.

And why should the American people’s wishes be ignored? They’re “not bright enough.”

“But what the Democrats never understand is that Americans don’t really care what position you take, just stick with one,” Maher said. “Just be strong. They’re not bright enough to really understand the issues. But like an animal, they can sort of sense strength or weakness. They can smell it on you.”

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With Bush Gone, NYT More Concerned With National Security Than Freedom of the Press

With Bush Gone, NYT More Concerned With National Security Than Freedom of the Press
February 16, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

The New York Times has apparently discovered its inner patriot. The paper decided after a request from the White House to hold off publishing key information about the war effort in Afghanistan for fear of alerting the enemy to key U.S. intelligence.

Keller told WNYC radio today that two Times reporters had a story ready to go on Thursday about the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s top military commander in Pakistan. The paper decided to hold off on running the story until today, the date the White House requested.

The paper’s decision not to compromise such vital information is admirable, and has surely aided in the fight against the Taliban in the Af-Pak region. But where was this patriotic desire to cooperate with the nation’s war effort when the Times made public the SWIFT terrorist finance tracking program (TFTP), or a host of other highly sensitive programs designed to rout the nation’s enemies?

“The Swift story bears no resemblance to security breaches, like disclosure of troop locations, that would clearly compromise the immediate safety of specific individuals,” the Times claimed in its defense in 2006 after it came under fire for exposing the TFTP.

But making the Taliban aware of last week’s key capture would not jeopardize lives any more than the disclosure of the TFTP would have. Awareness of either would allow enemies to adjust their strategies accordingly; the Taliban would go further underground in the latter case, while al Qaeda and other terrorist groups would better mind their finances in the former.

Yet the Times agreed to hold off on last week’s story having brushed off Bush administration requests not to disclose details of the TFTP.

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