Sunday, March 2, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Mar 2, 2008

● Will MSNBC devote as much coverage to McCain's embrace of Hagee's support as it did to Obama's rejection of Farrakhan?

● McCain's statement on Hagee, his new endorser, who calls the Catholic Church the "great whore" and "anti-christ" ... "Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee's views, which I obviously do not. "I am hopeful that Catholics, Protestants and all people of faith who share my vision for the future of America will respond to our message of defending innocent life, traditional marriage, and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society." (bd: McCain should've added, "And I will accept an endorsement, in person, from any 2-bit fucking nutcake!"

● PBS Bill Moyers on Hagee's radical Zionism (99)

● …and check out secret agent 99's excellent blog!

● John McCain's staff -- campaign and Senate -- is populated with lobbyists who have worked for many of the very companies for which McCain is charged with holding accountable. His current Senate chief of staff, Mark Buse, went from directing McCain's Commerce Committee staff to being a telecom lobbyist and then back to running McCain's Senate office. In the legal business, we call this an appearance of impropriety.

● Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Mandates Requiring The Purchase Of Health Coverage. When Medicare was being created in 1964, Ronald Reagan said, “I think we are against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program.” To this day, conservatives continue to resist universal programs. In his 2008 State of the Union address, President Bush once again mentioned private health savings accounts, despite the fact that they may increase the number of uninsured Americans. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) similarly touts private plans, saying he wants people to “go out and choose their insurer anywhere in America.”

● Texas Democratic Party warns candidates not to sue


● Billionaire Speculator Warren Buffet: “Just about all Americans came to believe that house prices would forever rise,” he wrote. “That conviction made a borrower’s income and cash equity seem unimportant to lenders, who shoveled out money, confident that H.P.A. — house price appreciation — would cure all problems. Today, our country is experiencing widespread pain because of that erroneous belief. As house prices fall, a huge amount of financial folly is being exposed. You only learn who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out — and what we are witnessing at some of our largest financial institutions is an ugly sight.”



● Glen Greenwald: The "liberal" position on the Surveillance State; "But opposition to FISA -- in many civil libertarian and even conservative circles -- was fierce, not on the ground that it imposed too many restrictions on Government eavesdropping but on the opposite ground: that it gave legal sanction to sweeping, excessive, unchecked government power to spy on Americans."

● Washington Post does another "hit piece" on baby boomers; this time attacking their children...are they preparing us for huge cuts in govt programs? Then when baby boomers hit retirement, they can call them and their children "selfish" to explain the cuts when they complain!

● Jamaica Explores Legalizing Marijuana

● Iraq war 'caused slowdown in the US'

● Not charged, transient spends 3 months in jail -- forgotten

● Israeli aircraft sent missiles slamming into the office of the prime minister of Hamas-ruled Gaza before dawn on Sunday, pressing forward with an offensive that has killed nearly 70 Palestinians in two days of fighting. A 21-month-old girl was among the dead in new violence.

● 'Perceived' Problems Part of Reason for National Move to Paper Ballots Says USA TODAY. Which 'Perceived' Problems They Are Referring To Not Exactly Clear...

● The USA Today article about "perceived" voting problems...


Once again: Agustin Aguayo, A Man of Conscience

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