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Hell Freezes Over

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No, I'm not talking about The Eagles. But seriously, hell must have frozen over yesterday! Glenn Beck, the hate talker who was too extreme for Faux News, yesterday admitted that not only was he wrong about the US invasion of Iraq but, "Liberals, you were right!"

Seriously! If you need to hear it right from the horses mouth, I  don't blame you. Just hit play:

There was more. Of course, Beck was wrong about more than he got right in this clip... But there was more to enjoy:

From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t. At the time I believed that the United States was under threat from Saddam Hussein. I really truly believed that Saddam Hussein was funding terrorists. We knew that. He was funding the terrorists in Hamas. We knew that he was giving money. We could track that. We knew he hated us. We knew that without a shadow of a doubt. It wasn’t much or a stretch to believe that he would fund a terror strike against us, especially since he would say that. So I took him at his word.

[...] Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.

[...] Not one more life. Not one more life. Not one more dollar, not one more airplane, not one more bullet, not one more Marine, not one more arm or leg or eye. Not one more," he said. "This must end now. Now can't we come together on that?

Of course, the right's reaction to the capture and arrest of the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi attack was both predictable and nothing I could have ever imagined, at the same time!

“You have the former Secretary of State who is in the middle of a really high-profile book tour,”Independents host Kennedy said. “I think this is convenient for her to shift the talking points from some of the things she’s been discussing.”

Concerned Vets CEO and Fox contributor Pete Hegseth noted that Clinton was set to give an interview with Fox, that will almost certainly focus on her role in Benghazi, in just a few hours.

“What a great thing to announce tonight at Fox News that the perpetrators have been brought to justice,” he continued. “It’s all too neat and it’s too cute. I always want to give the benefit of the doubt to our authorities, but in this case it feels too neat on the timeline.”

These people really have nothing better to do?

Perhaps I shouldn't ask, as they spend the rest of their time trying to make a fortune on the backs of our nation's schoolchildren and health care.

Speaking of the deadbeats who are making huge profits by trying to kill off public education, this morning I spoke with someone who is working hard on behalf of our public education system. Sabrina Joy Stevens is a former teacher, now working at executive director of Integrity in Education.

Today, she told us about two issues. First, the fact that former FL Governor, Bush family member, and  possible 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush today keynoted a convention of  predatory for-profit college industry leaders.  #Jebucation.

Secondly, she gave us the facts about the attack on teachers tenure in California in the wrongly-decided case of Vergara vs California. Sabrina wrote about it - and the big money behind the suit for the American Prospect magazine, "Billionaires Behind the Attack on Public Education in California Tenure Suit."

Finally, during the show today, a ruling was handed down by the US Patent Office cancelling the trademark for the Washington (offensive name) football team! I learned about it from a tweet from Dave Zirin of The Nation, who is in Brazil for the World Cup. He'll join me on the show tomorrow to talk about both stories! Plus The No More Bullshit Minute with Stephen Goldstein, and She's History's Amy Simon too.

See you then, radio or not!

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Overnight: Commie Camp

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Commie Camp

Here's a short synopsis of the film from the 'Commie Camp' website.

The embed below is, unfortunately, just a trailer. I would love to see the full film. Although Netflix has 'Jesus Camp' - an excellent documentary of Christian indoctrination, by the way - it does not have 'Commie Camp'. When I searched for it I got as far as 'c o m m i' only to find it was not available. One of the choices, however, was 'Itty Bitty Titty Committee' Seriously, though, you should watch 'Jesus Camp'

From the short synopsis on the website:

In summer 2012, Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing talk-radio host and Republican Party unofficial head, publicized an expose by the libertarian organization Americans for Limited Government: President Obama’s nominee to head the Bureau of Labor Statistics had sent her kids to a Jewish summer camp “’with Communist roots,” which “indoctrinates” its campers with “extremist” ideology. Comedian and filmmaker Katie Halper went to that very camp, Camp Kinderland, as did her mother and grandmother. Have she and her family been brainwashed? Are the children attending camp today in danger? If so, can they be saved? There’s only one-way to find out–by going back to camp.

For a longer synopsis please to www.commiecamp.com.

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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John McCain On History Channel: 'Bad Economies Give Rise To Extremist Organizations'

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

Glenn Beck Mocks All Rape Victims With Humorless 'Rape' Skits

Rising sea levels will be too much, too fast for Florida

Omaha gun activists lash out at ‘anti-gunners’ after Texas Roadhouse bans open-carry ‘circus’

Richard Martinez to politicians: I don't want your calls, I want action

The Bidding For The 2022 Olympics Is A Disaster Because Everyone Figured Out That Hosting Is A Total Waste

36 Actors Hanging Out With Their Body Doubles

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Sovereign citizens claim IRS can’t tax them as residents of ‘Kingdom of Heaven’

Obama Rips Senate Republicans For Blocking Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage

Bob Hoskins, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' star, dies at 71

Thousands of Christians organize against Sarah Palin after waterboarding joke mocks baptism

Louie Gohmert: Obamacare will never go broke because it ‘puts people on lists’ to die

Glenn Beck: Hillary will have lesbian sex on White House desk to support gay marriage

Rachel Maddow guest: Botched Oklahoma execution was like watching medieval torture

She said it: Councilwoman’s alleged racist tirade authenticated by forensics lab (audio)

Another Right Wing Sheriff Threatens America With Armed Rebellion

Montana Supreme Court overturns 30-day sentence for teacher who raped 14-year-old student

Class Warfare GOP Style: Millionaire Republican Senators Block Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Back Story on the Anti-Gay Alliance Attacking Mississippi's "If You're Buying" Campaign

Rep. Paul Ryan to hold a hearing on poverty, no poor people invited

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Stick it to Rush, Glenn, Sean... and Clear Channel for giving Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes the boot in L.A.

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PLEASE donate here. I did. Here's why:

I was fuming yesterday, and I continue to fume today. However, I am turning that fume-itude into constructive revenge, if you will, by writing this post.

Yesterday I discovered that my local Los Angeles Progressive radio station, KTLK-- the only one that exists to serve the area, including "Liberal Hollywood"-- is dumping all Progressive programming and handing the air waves over to the far right. In other words, what was left (no pun) of the left will be gone: No more Stephanie Miller Show to wake up to and point and laugh with, no more Randi Rhodes to inform us and rant with, no more liberal voices on L.A. AM radio. At all. Anywhere on the dial.

Instead, we get Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and who knows who else spewing lies and slinging mud. And by "we" I don't mean me. Hellz to the NO.

Au contraire, I had a lovely chat with Steph's producer extraordinaire, Chris Lavoie, yesterday who filled my weary, outraged little noggin with options and information that I am now sharing with you, below.

Meanwhile, there was an article about all of this ins-hannity in my morning Los Angeles Times, which has now been inexplicably edited for the online version.

You can read what's left of the article to see what's going on in California's "liberal media" here, but one very important excerpt that was cut is the following:

Tom Taylor, an independent reporter who has covered the radio industry for two decades, noted that the creation of "The Patriot" [the new lineup for KTLK] comes as the United States enters a midterm election year, meaning there will be ample money spent on political advertising. "The calendar's important here," he said.

Got that? Timing is everything. So is money, apparently.

Just FYI, I've listened to KTLK since Day One, back when Air America was barely alive and kicking, and there was absolutely no promotion of that station whatsoever, anywhere. How could they attract listeners without advertising? Uh huh.

The then-station manager and I were in contact often; he relied on me in KTLK's early days "to be his ears" because I would email him when there were audio glitches, and there were many. We'd email back and forth about how the infant station was doing, but still, there were no ads letting Progressive listeners know that there was a radio outlet especially for them.

But as time passed, the general manager lost his job, Air America went away, Thom Hartmann was replaced, and gradually "Your Progressive Talk Station" morphed into something less-than. Steph and Randi are the only remaining nationally known hosts, and now their voices-- and ours-- have been stifled by the usual corporate conservatives. They already monopolize the news media, but that's not enough for these greedy, war-on-everything that's not old, male, and white bottom-feeders.

Should you be searching for a way to stick it to KTLK, to the right wing extremist schlock jocks, and to Clear Channel, Stephanie and Co. have provided different ways to access her show:

The Stephanie Miller Show can be heard on Broadcast radio, SiriusXM, Streaming via Progressive Voices on TuneIn and Premium On-Demand Subscription Podcasts.

You can listen to The Stephanie Miller Show at any of our affiliates that stream live. Here is a partial list of those affiliates with the local times.

  • KPHX-AM Phoenix, AZ :   M – F 6-9AM
  • KTLK-AM Los Angeles,CA:   M – F  6-9a
  • KPTR-AM Palm Springs, CA: M – F 6-9a
  • WCPT-AM Willow Spng/Chicago ,IL: M – F 8-11a
  • KTNF-AM St Louis Pk/Minnpls,MN: M – F 8-11a

A full list of stations  can be found here.

I went to the KPHX website, downloaded their free app, and will be streaming it on my iDevices through my nice, clear Bluetooth mini-speaker.

And to listen to a live feed of the Randi Rhodes Show, just go to RandiRhodes.com and click on Listen Live at the top of the page. Again, PLEASE donate to get Steph and the Mooks back on the Tee Vee machine here.

bias liberal media my ass smaller

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George W. Bush Joins Republicans in Publicly Dissing Jews

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Christians only

Why do Republicans really care about Israel? Is it their compassion for the Jewish state or is it their right-wing religious Christian zealotry? Do they truly care what happens there or does it have to do with belief in the rapture, the destruction of the world?

It's a pretty complex issue. This week former President G.W. Bush is going to be speaking at a fundraiser. That's not uncommon for an ex-president. But what might be is to whom he's speaking. The group is rather controversial, John Hagge's Cornerstone Church.

CORRECTION: THE GROUP GEORGE W. BUSH WILL BE SPEAKING TO IS THE MESSIANIC JEWISH BIBLE INSTITUTE, NOT John Hagge's Cornerstone Church. My apologies for mixing up the two groups. DG

Yet those who have been featured and feted guests of honor at their annual fundraising event read like a who's who of extremist right wing Republican policy. Oliver North, Glenn Beck and Rick Santorum. Now GW. In my post yesterday, entitled, If Only This Was A Book. Watch The Trailer I pointed out some insane plans Bush had for dividing up Israel to bring it in line with the boundaries required for "The Apocalypse" and "The Rapture." It seems with this speaking engagement, he hasn't given up on interference with the Jewish state or the religious beliefs of millions of Jews.

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Glenn Beck sees dead people... literally.

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Yes, Glenn, dead people often lose a lot of weight.

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It's one of the perks of dying ... six years ago:

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There he is, ladies and gents, Glenn Beck-- living down to his usual misrepresentations and lack of credibility.

(Added: Yes, I knew he was referring to Jr. In that case, he should have added the Jr. Entirely mockworthy.)

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