Glenn Beck: ‘Obama Behind Calls For His Own Impeachment’

by  Kerry-Anne – Paid contrarian Glenn Beck has moved on from his important work on UFOs and building his own little right-wing city called Independence to wade into the Right’s obsessive impeachment debate. Beck’s take? The impeachment debate has nothing to do with the GOP! Obama is manufacturing the whole debacle himself…as a distraction. Speaking on his radio show, Beck gave his usual tear-stained, desk-thumping performance as he denied any person on America’s Right had eve mentioned Obama’s impeachment in earnest.  No, this was all another Obama miasma. Beck clearly neglected to check out Sarah Palin’s July 8th Breitbart column with its unambiguous title: “It’s Time to Impeach Obama”, which concluded: “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is. “ Oh, and Texan Republican Ted Cruz who not only called for the President’s impeachment but...

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‘Only Stones Remain’: Gaza Lies in Ruins

Palestinians in Gaza have been shocked by the scale of Israeli destruction, as long-term truce efforts continue By Mohammed Omer, Al Jazeera – BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip — Umm Ahmed Abu Sahwish holds stones in her hands. They are now all that’s left of her demolished home. “My home is gone and only stones remain,” the 65-year-old says. Hundreds of homes here have been destroyed, and unexploded Israeli missiles litter the ground at the entrance to the town, at Gaza’s northern tip near the border with Israel. The local hospital, emergency rescue equipment, and infrastructure have also incurred heavy damage from Israeli shelling. Another woman, from a family of 20 people, cries as she tries to dig through the rubble of her house. “Lifetimes of personal and household belongings are gone, with one Israeli missile. Where can we go? We have no food, water, bedding or extra clothes,” she says....

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Songbirds Dying From DDT in Michigan Yards

by Brian Bienkowski – ST. LOUIS, Mich. – Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years. Two dead birds may not seem like much. But for this town, it’s a worrisome legacy left behind by a chemical plant-turned-Superfund site. After residents complained for years about dead birds in their yards, 22 American robins, six European starlings and one bluebird were collected for testing. The results, revealed last week: The neighborhood’s songbirds are being poisoned by DDT, a pesticide that was banned in the United States more than 40 years ago. Lethal concentrations were found in the birds’ brains, as well as in the worms they eat....

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Pushing Release of CIA Torture Report, Senators Threaten Use of Special Rule

Rarely-used resolution may allow Senate to declassify documents without presidential approval by Nadia Prupis, staff writer, Common Dreams – U.S. Senators are considering using a special rule to compel the White House to reveal the information from their investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture to interrogate detainees. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) have both warned the Obama administration this week that they are willing to use Senate Resolution 400, which gives the Senate Intelligence Committee the power to disclose information it considered to be in the public interest without presidential approval, to publish the report if the White House continues to stall its release. It reads: The Senate Select Committee on Ethics is authorized to investigate unauthorized disclosures of intelligence information by a Member, officer, or employee of the Senate and to report to the Senate on any substantiated allegation. The rule was established...

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Harlem Pastor: ‘Homo’ Supporters Will Be Cursed With ‘Cancer HIV Syphilis’ And Sent To Hell

by Vera – New York pastor Rev. James David Manning has been warning members of his church that God will curse those who support the LGBT community with “cancer HIV syphilis stroke madness itch then hell.” This claim was made on a sign in front of his Atlah World Missionary Church in Harlem. The full sign reads: “All churches & members that support homos cursed by thou with cancer HIV syphilis stroke madness itch then hell.”   Manning backs up this statement with a biblical reference to 1 Corinthians 6:9,  which says that men who engage in homosexual acts will not “inherit the kingdom of God.” The sign has infuriated many people, such as Twitter user @HIVstories, who posted a photo of the sign, and the blog Joe My God. Manning published an equally ridiculous YouTube video just days before @HIVStories shared the photo of Atlah World Missionary Church’s sign. In the short clip, Manning advised his church members to...

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On This Day, July 30, 1965 – LBJ Signs Medicare into Law

1965 – President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year. In 1965, the passage of the Social Security Act Amendments, popularly known as Medicare, resulted in a basic program of hospital insurance for persons aged 65 and older, and a supplementary medical insurance program to aid the elderly in paying doctor bills and other health care bills. It was funded by a tax on the earnings of employees, matched by contributions by employers, and was well received. In the first three years of the program, nearly 20 million beneficiaries enrolled in it. Debate over the program actually began two decades earlier when President Harry S. Truman sent a message to Congress asking for legislation establishing a national health insurance plan. At that time, vocal opponents warned of the dangers of “socialized medicine.” By the end of...

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That FL CEO Who Said He’d FIRE Everyone if Obama Elected? Guess What Happened…

By SemDem, Daily Kos – “The Queen of Versailles” was a film documentary based on the sleazy time-share mogul, David Siegel, and his wife, Jackie.  David had major financial troubles following Bush’s 2008 economic crises.  He even had to stop work on his private home, dubbed “Versailles”, which was to be the largest home in the U.S.  Poor guy. Naturally, Obama was to blame for this.  As you may recall during the peak of the presidential campaign, Mr. Siegel penned a letter threatening to fire all his employees and close down his Orlando-based company, Westgate, if Obama was elected.  A snippet from the full letter: So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced...

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Conservatives’ Hidden Poll Revealed and Canada Wants Pot Reform

By Anthony Johnson, The Weed Blog– Canada’s Department of Justice conducted a poll to gauge how much support there is in Canada for marijuana reform. The poll was kept secret for months until the media outlet The Toronto Star was able to obtain a copy of the results. What did the poll find? Per The Star:  The poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months, found 70 per cent of respondents believe pot laws should be loosened. Of the 3,000 respondents, 37.3 per cent said the government should legalize marijuana, while 33.4 per cent said the possession of small amounts should be decriminalized. Only 13.7 per cent of respondents supported the status quo, while 12 per cent said they believe Ottawa should impose harsher penalties. The Conservatives in Canada have been pushing attack ads against Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, highlighting his pro-marijuana stance, as if it’s a bad thing. The...

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Michele Bachmann Suggests Labor Camps for Immigrant Children

Calls them ‘Americanization Facilities’ By HarpboyAK, Daily Kos– First Newt Gangrene suggested that poor kids be made indentured servants in order to get school lunches, now Michele Bachmann wants immigrant children to put into indentured servitude. KCTV reports Bachmann’s plan? Send those children to labor camps, which she warmly refers to as “Americanization Facilities,” with the goal of having them pay off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture. And in exchange for that labor, the children would be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship. During an interview with Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk, Bachmann revealed her plan while addressing the border crisis. The report continues:: Conservative radio host Jason Lewis asked Bachmann about the camps, and what life might be like for the children sent to them. “Well, we’d of course want these facilities to be ideal, you know, for the children to work...

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Federal Judge Strikes Down DC Ban on Carrying Guns in Public

Latest ruling against city’s gun laws comes after 2008 Supreme Court decision A federal judge on Saturday overturned Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The ruling could pave the way for new laws that would make handguns available to residents of a city that two decades ago had the nation’s highest murder rate. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin represents the latest battle in a long fight over gun laws in Washington, once known for having some of the strictest controls on firearms laws in the country. A city official said Sunday that officials would ask for a stay and were weighing an appeal. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 by the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation and three District of Columbia residents and a New Hampshire resident who said they wanted to carry guns for protection. “There is no longer...

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On arrogance and war

How and why is Israel weakening Abbas, strengthening Hamas, and destroying Gaza? by Marwan Bishara – Only a few weeks ago, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to get away with it all. He rebuffed the Obama administration’s peace overtures, expanded illegal settlements in the West Bank, and reneged on his agreement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by refusing to release the last batch of prisoners, the 26 longest serving political prisoners in Israeli jails. Even the dramatic turn of events in the Middle East seemed to work in Israel’s favour, as its nemeses grew ever more preoccupied, if not paralysed by their internal problems. As for Hamas, it was on a downturn and growing increasingly unpopular. It was financially bankrupt and unable to pay salaries to its own rather big bureaucracy running the Gaza Strip. It was under siege, and under pressure to do something, anything to ease...

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Win! U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Ban Use of Bee, Bird and Butterfly-Killing Neonicotinoids

by Christina Sarich, Natural Society – Due in part to a petition submitted by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), one government agency has come to its senses, agreeing to eliminate bee and butterfly-toxic neonicotinoids in the Pacific Region of the NW Wildlife Refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) very quietly announced that it will phase out neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) in wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Within the new policy, all refuge managers will be asked to exhaust all alternatives before allowing the use of neonics within the lands of the National Wildlife Refuge System. This will be the first US government agency to actually move toward a complete ban that is needed to protect our pollinating insects and birds from possible extinction due to pesticide use. This monumental step has happened due to a February, 2014 petition filed by...

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Congressman Slips Up, Admits To Congressional Bribes; Watchdog Asks DOJ To Investigate

by Justin Acuff – It’s well-known that congressional agendas are at least partially written by those paying for campaigns — that’s one of the major reasons there is so much pressure for campaign finance reform. However, it’s still illegal to directly trade money for votes, and that might be just what some congresspeople are doing. According to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) has stated that another congressman directly told him that they voted “no” on a bill in exchange for a donation of $1,200 to his campaign war chest. There are specific rules against such actions. The Ethics Reform Act of 1989 prevents Congress from accepting money contributions based directly on action in office, and taking money in exchange for votes violates federal law as well as House conduct and ethics rules. From a statement by CREW: CREW Executive Director...

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The Practical Limitations of Government or Dance Like It Is 1975

 by Mary, Plum Street Chili –  Because I am a women’s issues gadfly, I troll the Internet message boards for a chance to argue women’s issues. One argument I hear pretty often goes sort of like this: “No, you are not in control of your body because The Gummint makes laws about what you can do with it. You can’t just take drugs, for example. Or prostitute.”  Actually, I can take drugs if I so choose. And I have. I am astounded that anyone thinks The Rules keep people good. It is plainly evident that it is humanity’s goodness and longing for peace that keeps The Peace of the Rule of Law. I can choose whatever I want and pay for it. The government has only two responses to behavior it wishes I would not do: prohibition and punishment. These are weak responses in the face of psychoses and/or...

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Pro Sports Teams Go Solar

‘Supporting clean energy will help achieve long-term benefits for our business, such as price stability’ By Rhone Resch – When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Last week, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it’s important to invest in clean, renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and hydro in North America. Supporting clean energy will help achieve long-term benefits for our business, such as price stability.” The report went on to add: “In addition to pursuing reduction measures, five NHL arenas now supply a portion of their power needs for the facility by using on-site solar power or lower-emission energy sources, such as biogas-fueled fuel cell technology.” One good example of...

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New Ad Campaign Blasts U.S. Chamber’s ‘Desperate’ Attempts to Kill Clean Power Plan

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch – A new ad campaign from the League of Conservation Voters characterizes the recent behavior of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other fossil fuel supporters and donors with three D’s—dirty, desperate and dangerous. The $250,000 “Desperate” campaign blasts the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its allies’ attempts to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions proposal in advance of next week’s public hearings in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver and Washington D.C. The ad is in response to the analysis from Chamber and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stating that the power plan would cost the country more than 224,000 jobs and $17 billion in electricity bill costs. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s phony analysis of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan should be shelved under ‘Fiction,’ LCV President Gene Karpinski said in a statement announcing the campaign. “Politicians like Speaker Boehner should be ashamed for doing the bidding of polluters and...

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Florida Plaintiffs in Marriage Equality Case Request The Case Go Directly To Florida Supreme Court

  by librarisingnsf – Florida’s AG Pam Bondi has already appealed the Monroe County (the Keys) marriage equality case to the State Appeals Court for the Third District. And, now the plaintiffs in the case are requesting that appeals court to allow the case to pass through and be heard next at the Florida Supreme Court. On June 17, Judge Garcia ruled that Florida’s ban on marriages of same-sex couples was unconstitutional (in this case) From the Miami Herald: Lawyers for two Monroe County men who won the right to marry asked an appeals court Monday to move the case directly to Florida’s Supreme Court.“The constitutionality of Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage is an issue of great public importance that has a great effect on the proper administration of justice throughout the state,” lawyers Bernadette Restivo and Elena Vigil-Fariñas, who represent Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William...

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Another Brutal NYPD Arrest Caught on Tape, This Time for Petty Marijuana Possession

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is the star of yet another cellphone video of an arrest that may have involved excessive force. You can watch the chaotic scene, with officers meeting resistance not just from their target but residents in the area too, below: What did the man on the ground do to attract all those cops toward him to effect an arrest? This is your drug war. He was allegedly seen with a little bit of marijuana (something New York’s progressive apologists insist has been decriminalized in the city). PIX 11 provides details: Police say officers in Bedford Stuyvesant saw 32-year-old Jahmiel Cuffee in possession of a small amount of marijuana on Tuesday night in front of 223 Malcolm X Blvd. The video picks up after an officer asks Cuffee for ID. He hands over the ID, but resists arrest.  One officer pulls his gun, but once they get Cuffee...

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GOP Has Midterm Engagement Advantage

But ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Narrower than in 2010 The Republican Party holds a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. Yet GOP voters are not as enthused and engaged as they were at this point in the midterm campaign four years ago, prior to the Republican Party winning control of the House of Representatives, or as Democratic voters were in 2006, before Democrats gained control of Congress. The latest survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted July 8-14 among 1,805 adults, including 1,420 registered voters, finds neither party has an advantage in voter preferences. Currently, 45% say if the election were held today they would support the Republican in their district or lean toward the Republican, while 47% favor the Democrat or lean Democratic. The two parties also ran even on the so-called “generic ballot” throughout...

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Five Misconceptions About the Israel-Palestine Conflict

By Hessam Akhlaghpour, Truthout | Op-Ed – The stories and images coming from Gaza are truly heart-breaking. Over the past three weeks over 800 Palestinians have been brutally killed by Israeli forces, most of them civilians, among them at least 200 children. Hospitals have been bombed, neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble, and over 100,000 of an already refugee population have been displaced within a tiny strip of land. All this is even more unbearable when one witnesses the efforts to try to justify Israel’s actions in the media. When most Americans say they consider Israel’s Gaza offensive to be justified that simply reflects the amount of misinformation and propaganda that exists in the media. I agree with the majority of Palestinians that the best way to end the occupation and the ongoing conflict is through peaceful negotiations and nonviolent resistance. The fact that Hamas won the elections in...

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