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Noontime News Roundup – September 29, 2010

September 29, 2010

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Noontime News Roundup – September 29, 2010

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Another School Says Christine O’Donnell Did Not Attend

“Claremont Graduate University tells TPM that Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell did not attend the Southern California school despite listing it under education on her LinkedIn profile.

Rod Leveque, a spokesman for the school, told TPM tonight:

Claremont Graduate University has no student or education record for an individual named Christine O’Donnell.”

TN Mosque Opponents Bring In National Sharia ‘Expert’ Frank Gaffney

“The opponents of a proposed mosque near Murfreesboro, Tenn., have brought in prominent Sharia law fearmonger Frank Gaffney to help them stop the project in court.

Gaffney, who has been warning about the supposed threat to the Constitution from Sharia for years, was the only witness in the first day of hearings in a lawsuit filed by a handful of opponents to the mosque. They’re trying to convince a judge to file an injunction against the mosque’s construction, on the grounds the public officials violated open meeting law when approving the project.

Gaffney argued that Sharia — that is, a system of laws defined by the Koran — is a threat to the Constitution, and most mosque leaders preach Sharia. It’s a common argument among necons and mosque opponents. [...] Gaffney admitted, however, that he is no expert.

“I don’t hold myself out as an expert on Sharia Law,” he said. “But I have talked a lot about that as a threat.””

Generic Ballot Convergence?

‘Destructive’ Fox News And The ‘Darker’ Parts Of The Tea Party: Obama’s Rolling Stone Interview

“Progressives itching to hear President Obama call out the tea party, take on Fox News and call on his liberal base to step up to the plate in November should head to newsstands and pick up the Oct. 15 issue of Rolling Stone (or just click here). Progressives who want to quibble with Obama and listen to him explain why LGBT rights haven’t found their way into the U.S. military yet, why Gitmo’s still open and why they have no public health insurance option should pick up a copy, too. Excerpt from Obama: “One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.
The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible…It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.””

TenMillionVoters.Com: Newt Launches Tea Party Campaign To Stop ‘Radical, Secular Socialist Machine’

“With the incendiary claim that the Obama presidency is the greatest threat the American people have ever faced, Newt Gingrich has launched a massively funded effort to mobilize ten million conservative voters this November. In an online video promoting the “Power of 10” campaign by his American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) 527 group, Gingrich rails against the “genuinely radical, secular socialist machine” of the “Obama-Pelosi-Reid team” who “simply run over the beliefs and values of the American people.” Images of Tea Party rallies and the right-wing enemies list — Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Katie Couric — scroll by as Gingrich pleads for “we the American people” to “go all out”:

You know, I don’t remember any time in American history where we had such a threat to our basic way of life: A genuinely radical, secular socialist machine ramming things through with no regard for American values or the beliefs of the American people.”

Ohio Business Drops State Chamber Of Commerce For Unprecedented Endorsement Of GOP Candidates

“Last Thursday, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce deserted its 117-year tradition of neutrality in statewide campaigns by endorsing former Lehman Brothers executive and Republican candidate John Kasich in Ohio’s gubernatorial race. Despite standing behind current Gov. Ted Strickland (D) on certain issues during his first term, the Chamber decided to overturn its policy because “it detected an anti-business message” in Strickland’s campaign commercials “attacking Kasich and his ties to Wall Street.”

But not all businesses see the unprecedented step as a pro-business move. A day after the endorsement, one of Ohio’s largest electric utilities American Electric Power (AEP) decided to drop its membership because the Chamber’s break with its long-held tradition “creates division” among member businesses and “pits candidates potentially against businesses”:

American Electric Power isn’t taking the action because the chamber endorsed Kasich over Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, but because it broke a 117-year tradition of not endorsing anyone in the race, spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said.

“We think it creates division within the chamber among different businesses,” McHenry said.

The company will no longer pay its chamber dues to remain a member, and Joe Hamrock, president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio, is resigning from the chamber board, McHenry said.”

EXCLUSIVE: Corporate Execs, GOP Firm Launch Stealth Ballot Campaign Against Georgia Workers’ Rights

“When Georgia voters go to the polls this November, they will not only be voting for candidates for local, state, and federal office, but they will also be faced with five ballot amendments. The first amendment on the ballot is phrased innocuously enough:

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements?”

Who wouldn’t want to make the state more “economically competitive” by simply upholding “reasonable” competitive agreements? Yet, what voters may not know when they read their ballot is that it was put there by a campaign being backed by some of the state’s biggest corporate entities and strikes at the heart of the ability for workers to freely choose where, when, and how they work.”

Sanders: Chamber Would Rather Have Companies Pay Vietnamese 20 Cents An Hour Than Hire Americans

“Today, Senate Democrats tried to bring the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act, which would give “companies…that shift overseas jobs to the U.S.” a special payroll tax holiday, to the floor for a full vote. Yet thanks to a united Republican filibuster and the defection of a handful of Democratic caucus senators — Max Baucus (MT), Ben Nelson (NE), Jon Tester (MT), Mark Warner (VA), and Joe Lieberman (CT) — the Democrats failed to achieve cloture and were unable to bring the bill up for a vote.

Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce declared its opposition to the bill, claiming that “replacing a job that is based in another country with a domestic job does not stimulate economic growth.” The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) also came out against the bill, arguing it would “jeapordize” American job creation.

Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) answered questions from reporters about the legislation’s demise. He told them that, “of course,” NAM and the Chamber opposed the offshoring bill because they “much prefer paying people in Vietnam 20 cents an hour than American workers a living wage“.”

Obama Rallies Supporters to Vote and Vote Early

“President Obama is speaking in Madison, Wisconsin, this evening in an attempt to reenergize young voters — a group which voted for him over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election by more than 30 percentage points. In addition to getting them excited to go to the polls, notes the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, the idea is to get Democrats to vote early. And why’s that? The more supporters the DNC can convince to vote early, Ambinder explains, the more it can focus its resources into cajoling those who haven’t done so yet to go to the polls on election day:

On election day itself, the DNC can spend time and money on the “knock and drag” — it will have a pretty good idea, down to the individual voter, who it needs to turn out in order to be competitive in House districts. Republicans have access to the same technology, but there are doubts within the party about whether the RNC has the metabolism and structures to build votes like the Democrats. Republicans in places like Ohio are just this cycle beginning to focus hard on the early vote. Democrats have been doing this for several cycles.”

Advocacy Groups Buy Spanish-Language Ads Attacking GOP on Immigration

“Immigrants rights groups promised to mobilize against Republicans who helped block reform efforts, and they threw their first punch today with a $300,000 ad buy on Spanish-language radio stations across the country. The ads will tie the GOP to anti-immigrant rhetoric and fear-mongering and will criticize the party for obstructing Democrat efforts on immigration reform.

The ads will be played in cities with heavy Latino populations and competitive House or Senate races. The idea is to encourage Latino voters, who broadly support immigration reform, to turn up at the polls in November and vote for Democrats. The Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America’s Voice teamed up to fund the ads.”

Ancient Italian Town Now Has Wind at Its Back

“Faced with high electricity rates, small communities across Italy, a country not known for environmental citizenship, are making renewable energy.”

Workers in Europe Protest Austerity

“Labor unions in several parts of Europe urged followers on Wednesday to protest, launching a general strike in Spain and calling for a major march in Brussels.”

Satire: Quarterback Playing Well Enough For Commentator To Mention His Favorite Sandwich

“CLEVELAND—Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s commanding performance against the porous Browns defense Sunday provided commentators with an opportunity during the game’s third quarter to discuss the signal caller’s love for his favorite sandwich. “The Quiznos toasted Prime Rib and Peppercorn sub is absolutely his favorite sandwich, all right.[...]Flacco finished the game with 22 completions on 31 attempts for 262 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, three comparisons of his musical tastes with his style of play, and two mentions of how a young Flacco led his high school baseball team to the New Jersey state title.”

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6 Responses to “Noontime News Roundup – September 29, 2010”

  1. JanF Says:

    Our early voting in Wisconsin “starts” Oct. 2nd. The quotes are because technically it starts that day but the City Clerk’s office, where the early voting takes place is closed on Saturdays. We go to City Hall, pick up a ballot, vote, hand the ballot back. It is “stored” (hopefully not in a mayonaise jar on Funk & Wagnalls porch) until the election. The stored ballots are then taken to one of the voting locations and run through one of the voting machines….we use Optical Scanners here in Wisconsin. I personally would prefer having my vote registered immediately and not “stored” but that is a problem for another day. I will probably early vote so that I can help on election day.

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    I find it interesting that Spanish language ads are coming out. This story yesterday really cracked me up:

    Florida’s GOP Senate nominee Marco Rubio, “looking to solidify his robust support among Hispanic voters,” is out with his first Spanish-language ad, despite the fact that he has repeatedly advocated English-only policies.

    In the new ad, called “Padres,” Rubio “talks about his parents’ sacrifices and the importance of protecting the American dream by changing the direction Washington is taking our country.” Politico reports that the ad will run in Florida markets that have heavy Hispanic populations.

    He conveniently forgets to mention that his party, the Tea Party GOP is against immigration reform and is demonizing Latinos. I hope the immigrant rights groups drown out his hypocritical “outreach”.

  2. J Brunner fan Says:

    Frank Gaffney knows nothing about nothing. He is articulate and clean, though.
    IDIOT!

  3. JanF Says:

    In case this was missed, the Georgia law has some very serious ramifications for knowledge workers:

    Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements?

    For anyone who has ever worked for a company and entertained ideas of striking out on their own and starting a new business, this is a chilling change being contemplated.

    From the article:

    …giving judges much greater leeway to rule overbroad non-compete clauses constitutional, making it easier for judges to side with employers during litigation. Judges will also be “authorized to ‘blue pencil’ an unreasonable restrictive covenant to make it ‘reasonable’, making it much more likely” that employers win their lawsuits.

    You might wonder who would benefit from this change. If you guessed large corporations, you would be correct. The end result would be more likely to stifle new business formation than anything else.

    The really sad part of this is that it turns centuries of business law on its head and replaces it with a judge’s discretion. Most states recognize that any kind of non-complete agreement has to be reasonable (with time and/or geography limits) because the other alternative is a new form of indentured servitude.

    Obviously what businesses in Georgia could not get done legislatively they have decided to do in an end-around to the constitution.

  4. JanF Says:

    And pardon me while I promote Madison WI (I have been looking for this video):

    Using the Fox Noise method of crowd estimation, I would say at least 100,000,000 on hand.

    ” You can’t lose heart ”

    This is a great video. If you only have a few minutes, start it at 30:00.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      100 million looks like an underestimate to me, Jan. Using my very best, updated Beckapalooza Crowd Counter, it looks like 11-12 billion. Oh wait … you meant people, not air molecules? The Beckapalooza Crowd Counter is not calibrated to count people…. ;-)

  5. NCrissieB Says:

    Shorter Frank Gaffney: “I don’t know anything about this except that it’s VERY SCARY and you should BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID.”

    And why am I not surprised the Chamber of Commerce said replacing jobs overseas with jobs here in the U.S. will not grow our economy. They’re the same people who said government jobs here in the U.S. are not real jobs. They also complain that immigrants drive down wages, while simultaneously complaining that unions and minimum wage laws keep wages too high. The intersection between all of those positions is: the only way to grow the economy is for Americans to work for Vietnamese-level wages. Dear Chamber of Commerce: no thanks.