March 19, 2012
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The little boy who cried wolf… It’s been my experience over the years that any time any body claims to have possession of a news story that’s “bigger than Watergate”, you’d better get the bullshit meter out and running. Such is the case with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County law enforcer who is leading a widely disdained investigation into the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate. He told the Arizona Republic last week that the media is purposefully downplaying birthers’ efforts as part of a conspiracy “bigger than Watergate.”
Then there’s the conspiracy to eliminate golf… Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz (R) wants us to understand that a vote for him is a vote against Agenda 21, a dangerous United Nations plan that takes aim at the American economy – and American freedom – in the name of environmental reform. Cruz wants us to understand that that this Agenda 21 thingie has the backing of liberal financier George Soros, who seeks to to bypass Congress and the American …
March 16, 2012
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From the War on Women Battlefront… The conspiracists of the right have been working overtime, looking for the elusive connection between Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke and the inner workings of the Obama machine. The thinking goes that, if they can find the smoking gun, all will be forgiven for Rush’s characterization of her as a slut and a prostitute. And looky, looky at what they have found: First Degree Jewishness. Her boyfriend (Adam Mutterperl) is a Jew. Here’s the original copy from teabagger extraordinaire Brookes Baine:
Adam Mutterperl is the son of one of the most well-connected leftist Jewish families on the East Coast (add the West Coast to that, apparently), with ties to neo-Marxist Brandeis University as decades old donors… and whose father, Bill Mutterperl, worked directly for Paul Volcker, one of Obama’s pals, advisors, and Keynesian “stimulus” bill architects. In addition to the Mutterperl’s extensive history within the Jewish socialist activist/political world, and their generational wealth, they’re still doing what they can to help the 99%.
Inconvenient facts trump made up memes… Although the GOP’s theology wing has tried their best to characterize this Made-for-Fox-News controversy over birth control as an attack on religious freedom in America, the public isn’t buying this batch of snake oil. The esteemed Public Religion Research Institution asked a random sample of over a thousand adults whether religious liberty was under attack in the United States, and whether government-mandated birth control coverage was part of that threat. And the American public said, “Huh?” A solid majority (56%) did not perceive that there was any threat to religious freedom in the United States; a mere 6% of those who perceived a threat cited the contraception mandate issue.