BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS’ TEA PARTY: David Koch Brings “The Sugar” of Money
Aug29

BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS’ TEA PARTY: David Koch Brings “The Sugar” of Money

The Koch brothers are all the news, David and Charles… along with what some call their ‘libertarian’ based outpouring of money so much of which is ‘heavily weighted giving’ to protect their own business interests: oil, lumber, formaldehyde. Well, they earned it. They can give it to whom they wish. Within the law. But some choices seem puzzling. And I dont mean the amounts of sugar poured into tea...

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Quote of the Day: “Glenn Beck’s Hypocritical Revival”
Aug29

Quote of the Day: “Glenn Beck’s Hypocritical Revival”

The political Quote of the Day comes from independent centrist writer and CNN analyst John Avlon who has a column on The Daily Beast titled “Glenn Beck’s Hypocritical Revival.” To many of us who are not Beck fans or fans of divisive talk radio and who greatly admired and supported Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, he nails it. So this is worth quoting in detail and offering a few additional comments on Beck’s rally,...

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Jay Rosen’s List of Journalism’s Bright Spots
Aug29

Jay Rosen’s List of Journalism’s Bright Spots

This is really the least interesting of the seven questions for Jay Rosen asked by The Economist of the NYU journalism professor and media critic. But perhaps it will stir good discussion: DiA: What are some examples of newspapers, magazines or news shows that are practicing the right kind of journalism, in your opinion? Mr Rosen: Particularly good at what they do: Advertising Age. Gawker. Wired. Voice of San Diego. The New Yorker....

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Many Manufacturing Industries In Big Trouble As China Cuts Rare Earth Exports
Aug29

Many Manufacturing Industries In Big Trouble As China Cuts Rare Earth Exports

China produces 97% of the global supply of rare earth metals, elements that are used in nearly every electronics component and many other advanced technologies. There has been whispering for a couple of years that they would be cutting exports on most rare earths starting this year and all rare earths by 2012 due to their domestic manufacturing demand. This will leave Taiwan, Japan and other technology manufacturers out in the cold,...

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Nightmare Knockoffs of King’s Dream
Aug29

Nightmare Knockoffs of King’s Dream

What would he have made of these separate-but-equal travesties of his historic moment? Martin Luther King told a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial 47 years ago that “many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.” Now, an...

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Mosque Construction Site in Tennessee Damaged by Arson
Aug29

Mosque Construction Site in Tennessee Damaged by Arson

This is now the subject of a Federal investigation: Special Agent Andy Anderson of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told CBS News that the fire destroyed one piece of construction equipment and damaged three others. Gas was poured over the equipment to start the fire, Anderson said. The ATF, FBI and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the fire, Anderson...

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A Grassroots Movement Built by a Bunch of Billionaires Out to Destroy Progressivism
Aug29

A Grassroots Movement Built by a Bunch of Billionaires Out to Destroy Progressivism

The Koch (pronounced COKE) brothers, David and Charles who head up Koch Industries, are much in the news these days. Following up on a 10,000 word Jane Mayer essay in The New Yorker last week, Frank Rich calls them “the sugar daddies who are bankrolling” the Tea Party. From his column today: Koch Industries began with oil in the 1930s and now also spews an array of industrial products, from Dixie cups to Lycra, not unlike...

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The Unemployed: “On Your Own” (Guest Voice)
Aug29

The Unemployed: “On Your Own” (Guest Voice)

On Your Own by David Goodloe “You used to laugh about Everybody that was hangin’ out Now you don’t talk so loud Now you don’t seem so proud About having to be scrounging For your next meal. “How does it feel How does it feel To be without a home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone?” Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone In less than a year, Bob Dylan will be 70 years old. That’s probably...

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Bloody Mexico
Aug29

Bloody Mexico

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The Commerce Clause: Does It Mean What You “Think” It Means?
Aug29

The Commerce Clause: Does It Mean What You “Think” It Means?

Reason.tv recently produced a video concerning the oft invoked but seldom understood Commerce Clause: Reason Magazine Contributor Austin Bragg writes: The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to “regulate commerce . . . among the several States,” and for more than 100 years federal lawmakers invoked it for a very narrow purpose—to prevent states from imposing trade barriers on each other. But...

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Co-opting King’s Dream, Because They Lack One of Their Own
Aug28

Co-opting King’s Dream, Because They Lack One of Their Own

Here is the ultimate disrespect and insensitivity: standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the same day that Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago, pretending that a political movement that hates and mistrusts government, that thinks of civil rights as “special rights,” that attacks the first black President of the United States in explicitly and implicitly racist...

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Wall Street Is An Unforgiving Master
Aug28

Wall Street Is An Unforgiving Master

‘Money talks and nobody walks’ is an observation that applies to a great many situations. But it doesn’t quite catch the reality of the Wall Street, Washington Beltway relationship. Here, it’s not a matter of talking and walking. It’s more a case of bawling and crawling. For most of the last century the Republican Party was the universally recognized political mouthpiece of Wall Street. And for the half...

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Houston, We (Still) Have A (Engineering) Problem
Aug28

Houston, We (Still) Have A (Engineering) Problem

Something rotten is going on, not in Denmark, but 5,000 at to 8,000 feet under the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico. I know. I know. Most people think the BP blowout well is capped but the fact is it is not, at least permanently. The capping at the wellhead 5,000 feet below the old Deepwater Horizons platform is a fragile prayer holding on for dear life. The latest round of delays since July 15 is what engineers are calling a fishing...

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Glenn Beck And His Messianic Rally
Aug28

Glenn Beck And His Messianic Rally

Glenn Beck has found religion and don’t you forget it. On this Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, he hammered it home as a messiah from heaven. As I watch live on C-Span his rally “Restoring Honor” to our troops and our country, I honestly am conflicted with mixed emotions. Is this guy a carnival pitchman, rodeo clown, demagogue dressed in a collared polo shirt or Moses reincarnated .. I do not pretend to know. I am confident of one thing: Beck...

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The Tea Party as Inheritors of Dr. King’s Legacy?
Aug28

The Tea Party as Inheritors of Dr. King’s Legacy?

To those predisposed because of ideological animus to dismiss the notion of the tea party movement being the true inheritors of Martin Luther King’s dream, you might as well click away now. But if you want to engage on this issue in a reasonable manner, discussing the pros and cons rationally, you are invited to read on and ponder both the irony and the efficacy of these claims as they relate to history as well as current...

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Live Video: Glenn Beck’s Washington Rally
Aug28

Live Video: Glenn Beck’s Washington Rally

Since Glenn Beck’s Washington rally will be the subject of tons of posts on TMV and other weblogs and websites, here is a live video embed of the rally so you can watch it yourself and reach your own conclusions, favorable or otherwise. Feel free to leave your comments in District TMV or under other related posts here on TMV: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the...

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Quote of the Day: Glenn Beck’s Rally “I Have a Nightmare”?
Aug28

Quote of the Day: Glenn Beck’s Rally “I Have a Nightmare”?

Our Quote of the Day comes from Daily Beast and CNN centrist analyst John Avlon, from a column that ran yesterday. It sets the scene for conservative talk show host Glenn Beck’s big rally today in Washington D.C. It’s worth quoting and considering in detail here since it touches on some of the broader issues and places the rally in context. Some excerpts: But the ambition [of Beck] to turn from talk-radio rodeo clown to...

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Sign of the Future? University of Colorado Considers Closing Traditional Journalism School
Aug28

Sign of the Future? University of Colorado Considers Closing Traditional Journalism School

In what may be a sign of things to come, the University of Colorado is considering closing its traditional journalism school and adjusting media studies and journalism to a new ear– and the announcement some will consider spinspeak about how exciting future educational offerings to those interested in journalism will be under a new program with a new title. Some will consider all of this putting a brave, academic, bureaucratic...

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Our Latest Fallen Heroes in Afghanistan
Aug27

Our Latest Fallen Heroes in Afghanistan

The last time I interrupted your week (or weekend) to share with you the sad statistics on the mounting number of U.S. military casualties in Afghanistan was exactly two months ago. In “The Faces behind the Drip-Drip of U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan,” I tried to point out how: [I]n the national news media, the names and the numbers of our fallen heroes are often buried deep inside the bowels of the printed pages or relegated to...

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A Thought From Get Equal
Aug27

A Thought From Get Equal

Get Equal is a group that has a Facebook page and supports Same Sex Marriage Rights. They had an interesting post today PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE -Dick Cheney -Ted Olson -Laura Bush and Cindy McCain -Glenn Beck -Ken Mehlman PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE -President Obama

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