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Saturday, April 16, 2011

National Right to Work Act

National Right to Work Act, designed to end forced unionism in our nation.

And in just a short couple months over 700,000 petitions have been collected!

Big Labor is taking notice, they won’t hesitate to use the $8 BILLION they collect every year in forced dues to protect their stronghold.

Now is not the time to let up.

It’s time to put everything at our disposal into this fight!

And it means nationwide emails, internet advertisements and letters aimed uniting more and more Americans like you to fight for worker freedom

It means floods of phone calls, emails, letters, postcards, and faxes directed at stubborn Senators, asking for them to cosponsor the NRTWA bill.

It even means hard hitting TV and radio advertisements in those Senators states as well.

And it starts today!



  








The National Right to Work Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens' organization dedicated to combating compulsory unionism through an aggressive program designed to mobilize public opposition to compulsory unionism and, at the same time, enlist public support for Right to Work legislation.  The Committee's mailing address is 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, Virginia 22160.  The Committee can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-325-7892.  Its web address is http://nrtwc.org/

Right-to-work law

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-to-work_law


Right-to-work laws are statutes enforced in twenty-two U.S. states, mostly in the southern or western U.S., allowed under provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act, which prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers making membership or payment of union dues or fees a condition of employment, either before or after hiring.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

2011 Libyan civil war

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Libyan_civil_war

*Excerpt

Level of corruption

Much of the state's income from oil, which soared in the 1970s, was spent on arms purchases and on sponsoring militancy and terror around the world.[46][47] According to The Economist, the eastern parts of the state, once a breadbasket of the ancient world, have fared badly under Gaddafi's economic theories.[48][49] Libya's corruption perception index in 2010 was 2.2, which was worse than that of Egypt and Tunisia, two neighbouring states that had uprisings preceding Libya's.[50] Gaddafi amassed a vast personal fortune during his 42-year rule.[51]

Human rights

The regime has executed opposition activists publicly and have rebroadcasted the executions on state television channels.[52][53] Engaging in political conversations with foreigners is a crime punishable by three years of prison.[citation needed] During late 1980s and early 1990s western languages were removed from the school curriculum.[54][55] The government has reportedly paid for assassination of its critics around the world.[52][56] As of 2004, Libya still provided bounties for critics, including US$1 million for Ashur Shamis, a Libyan-British journalist.[57]
According to the U.S. State Department, 10 to 20 per cent of Libyans are involved in domestic surveillance committees, a proportion of informants on par with Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Kim Jong-il's North Korea.[52] Dissent is illegal under Law 75 of 1973 and Gaddafi has asserted that anyone guilty of founding a political party would be executed.[52] According to the 2009 Freedom of the Press Index, Libya is the most-censored state in the Middle East and North Africa.[58]

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CNSNews

White House Says Obama ‘Regrets Vote Against Raising Debt Ceiling in 2006, Calls It ‘Mistake’
Washington (CNSNews.com) – Barack Obama made a mistake when, as a U.S. senator in 2006, he voted against raising the debt ceiling, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday, two days ahead of the president’s major address on fiscal policy. At the time, Obama stated, “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.”
China Cites 16-Year-Old Domestic Violence Survey to Criticize U.S. Human Rights
(CNSNews.com) – In its annual rejoinder to the State Department’s report on human rights in China, Beijing’s communist government states that “one in four women [in the U.S.] is a victim of domestic violence.” The Chinese report listed violence against women in the U.S. along with other issues – ranging from homelessness and violent crime to the amount of money spent in political campaigns – to back its assertion that the U.S. has a “dismal record” and should stop criticizing the human rights records of others.
State Dept.: China Detained ‘One-Month-Old’ Girl--Before Obama Toasted Chinese Leader for China's 'Desire to Give Our Children a Better Life'
(CNSNews.com) - When President Barack Obama hosted a state dinner in January for Chinese President Hu Jintao, he toasted Hu for China’s “reverence of the family” and its “desire to give our children a better life.” But in the months leading up to that state dinner, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a U.S-based group, repeatedly reported on a 2010 incident in which Chinese officials separated a mother and her infant to intimidate the mother into undergoing a sterilization procedure.
Government’s Border Security Approach Is ‘Ineffective and Expensive,’ Texas Judge Tells Senators
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Judge Veronica Escobar of El Paso, a Texas Democrat, told CNSNews.com that the federal government’s border security approach is “ineffective” because it involves building fences that are “pushing border crossers” to “more dangerous, treacherous crossings” or inspiring them to build tunnels. “While federal law enforcement has gone on the record to praise the border wall, it is to me and others an example of considerable federal dollars being spent on a rusting monument that makes my community look like a junkyard,” Escobar told a recent Senate hearing.
HUD Launches ‘Live Free’ Campaign to Combat Housing Discrimination Against Immigrants
(CNSNews.com) - April is National Fair Housing Month, and to mark the occasion, the Obama administration is addressing discrimination in housing based on national origin. The emphasis is on immigrants, legal or illegal. HUD's "Live Free" national media campaign includes a print advertisement featuring a Latino worker looking into the horizon, with a caption in Spanish reading: "You have the right to live where you choose. Report housing discrimination."
Not ‘A Mile’ of Border Secure, Texas Sheriff Says
(CNSNews.com) – Texas Sheriff Tomas Herrera said he does not agree with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s assessment that security at the U.S.-Mexico border is “better than it has ever been.” Herrera told CNSNews.com that not “a mile” of the 85-mile stretch of border in Maverick County, Texas is secure and that the violence of the Mexican drug cartels is spilling over into the United States as cartels come into Texas to kidnap teenagers for their smuggling operations.

Global Inflation a Growing Concern for Struggling Businesses, Survey Says
(CNSNews.com) - Escalating global inflation is the biggest challenge for businesses struggling to recover from the economic downturn, according to a survey of 2,300 accountants conducted in March by the London-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. For the first time, more than half (51 percent) of accountants reported problems with rising operating costs, making that the most commonly cited business challenge.
Alec Baldwin on Campaign Finance Reform: Congressional Candidates Want to Be ‘Relieved of the Burden’ of Fundraising
(CNSNews.com) – Actor Alec Baldwin says it is time to reduce the influence of “corporate lobbyists and special interest money” in political campaigns. “In poll after poll Americans agree that our political system is broken. Unfortunately, they believe that elections are sold to the highest bidder.” Baldwin said it is time to reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest money.
Deaths Blamed on Chavez’ Security Forces Rose by 15 Percent Last Year, Says State Dep’t Report
(CNSNew.com) – Deaths attributed to leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ security forces rose by 15 percent in the year ending September 2010, climbing to a total of 237, according to the U.S. State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world. Most of the 237 deaths – 199 – were “executions,” the report said.
Pennsylvania Health Department Denies FOIA Request about Abortionist Charged with Capital Murder (CNSNews.com) – The Pennsylvania Health Department has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by CNSNews.com regarding conversations between the department and abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell regarding his practice at the Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia. Dr. Gosnell is charged with capital murder for the deaths of a 41-year-old woman and seven babies.

OTHER HEADLINES:

Obama Is the First to Put Tax Increases on Budget Table
Obama Prevents Cuts to Favorite Programs Such As Pell Grants, Head Start
Police Have a Suspect in Belarus Subway Bombing That Killed at Least 12
France Says NATO Not Doing Enough in Libya
Libyan Rebels Reject African Cease-Fire Proposal
Japan Ranks the Severity of Its Nuclear Crisis With That of Chernobyl
California to Set Ambitious Renewable Power Standards
Judge Orders NFL, Players to Try Fresh Talks
Amazon to Sell Cheaper Kindle With On-Screen Ads
Obama Sizes Up Options for Health Care Cuts
Ivory Coast Standoff Ends With Capture of Former President; ‘New Era of Hope’
Syria Denies Protesters Medical Treatment, Says Human Rights Group
Movement For Happiness Launches in Britain
Brazilian President Visiting China to Drum Up Trade


NEWSPAPER ROUNDUP:

Donations to Planned Parenthood surging in the wake of budget showdown
Expired food, not to be used in schools, given to prisons by Mass. Education Dept.
PG&E wants Diablo Canyon nuclear plant's relicensing to be delayed for seismic testing
New kind of restraining order leads to surge in filings, many frivolous
New health exchanges giving states migraines
J. Crew ad showing boy with pink nail polish sparks debate on gender identity
Peter Orszag, citing infighting, says he never wanted OMB job
Illinois House approves bill keeping names of gun owners private
Gov. Christie signs law to create voluntary next-of-kin registry for serious accidents
Obama to draw sharp contrast with GOP over deficit
Disgruntled voters launch rash of recall drives against mayors in cities across the USA
Wis. Gov. Scott Walker heads to Capitol Hill for hearing on state and municipal debt
City of Providence used debt money to pay operating costs


COMMENTARY:

Eat the Rich
By Walter E. Williams
I've often said that I wish there were some humane way to get rid of the rich. If you asked why, I'd answer that getting rid of the rich would save us from distraction by leftist hustlers promoting the politics of envy. Not having the rich to fret over might enable us to better focus our energies on what's in the best interest of the 99.99 percent of the rest of us.

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Right to Work reforms in Wisconsin and Ohio

The good news is, the fight for worker freedom is spreading.

On Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and I will testify on "State and Municipal Debt: Tough Choices Ahead" before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to concerned citizens like you, Wisconsin and Ohio have already passed government-sector Right to Work laws and other pro-taxpayer reforms to take back control of state government from the union hierarchy.

Not only that, forced-unionism states like New Hampshire and Missouri are considering Right to Work laws to guarantee the freedom of both private-sector and government workers.

The bad news is, the fight isn't over in either Wisconsin or Ohio.

In Wisconsin, union lawyers and their allies launched a legal assault against Governor Walker's bill, but they were dealt a crucial blow last week.

Wisconsin voters rejected Big Labor-backed State Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg, who appeared to prejudge the legal merits and hinted that she would overturn the law.

But worker freedom advocates must remain vigilant as the union bosses plot recall campaigns against Wisconsin Senate Republicans who supported Governor Walker's bill.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, Big Labor has initiated a referendum campaign to repeal the recently-passed Senate Bill 5, which like the Wisconsin bill, limits government-sector union monopoly bargaining power.

As other states debate the role of monopoly bargaining in state and local government, it's worth remembering that just five short months ago, the dedicated action of Right to Work supporters killed Harry Reid's "lame duck" attempt to impose a monopoly bargaining mandate by federal fiat.

Now, the union bosses are scrambling to protect their government-granted special privileges.

And as we saw in Wisconsin, they'll do anything -- even shut down the schools -- to protect their power.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A drug that could reset your sleep schedule, and send you to bed earlier

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A drug that could reset your sleep schedule, and send you to bed earlier

As people get older, their sleep cycle start to shift, which means older people tend to go to sleep at much earlier times. Here's the crazy part: a little blood-related trickery can make young people sleep just like the elderly.
Our sleep cycles are governed by the circadian genes in our cells. These genes are expressed at different strengths during the day, with the peak periods corresponding to when we're awake. These circadian genes work in a 24-hour cycle, but the precise times at which the genes peak and dip shifts earlier as people grow older. That's why older people tend to get up and go to bed much earlier than their younger peers.
But these things aren't absolutes, and researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered how surprisingly easy it is to manipulate people's circadian clocks. If you take a young person's skin cells and grow them in the blood serum of an older person, the circadian genes themselves will essentially age. It appears there's a hormone or some other unknown agent in the blood that can have remarkable influence over people's circadian clocks.
Researcher Steven A. Brown explains:
"A gene that had a peak expression at a particular time in cells from younger individuals might have this peak two hours earlier in the presence of serum from older individuals. Human behavior shifts because activities normally done at one time of day are now done earlier or late. Cellular 'behavior' shifts in the same way: Something that the cell normally does at one time of day is done instead at another."
Once we isolate this serum, it's possible it could become a drug for resetting people's sleep schedules - a boon for people suffering insomnia or sleep cycles that are out-of-whack.
While the blood serum clearly can have a powerful effect on when people sleep, Brown says it's not the only factor for why older people go to sleep earlier than younger people. Other factors might include the fact that older people tend to spend less time outside and thus are exposed to less direct sunlight. Indeed, these environmental factors might be somehow tied to what's going on in our blood, but Brown admits that we simply don't understand enough yet about how this all works.
PNAS via LiveScience. Image via.

Monday, April 11, 2011

M (1931)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022100/


M (1931)

117 min  -  Crime | Thriller   -  31 August 1931 (Sweden)
    8.6/10  
Users: (44,227 votes) 216 reviews | Critics: 125 reviews

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Thea von Harbou (script), Fritz Lang (script), and 1 more credit »

Journalists Denounce Ryan for Not Raising Taxes: 'Rich Get Off Like Scoundrels,' Slam Tea Party as 'Far Right' Impediment

http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2011/20110411093004.aspx



Journalists Denounce Ryan for Not Raising Taxes: 'Rich Get Off Like Scoundrels,' Slam Tea Party as 'Far Right' Impediment
By: Brent Baker
Monday, April 11, 2011 9:23 AM EDT


A round-up from over the weekend of journalists denouncing Republican Congressman Paul Ryan for not including a big tax hike in his deficit-reduction plan and discrediting the Tea Party’s pressure on House Speaker John Boehner as a “far right” impediment to good government.

“He doesn't deal with the revenue side at all,” despaired Newsweek veteran Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, arguing: “We cannot survive on 18, his goal is to do 18 percent of GDP as revenue. That's not enough. We're going to have to raise some taxes...”

On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, Katty Kay, anchor of BBC’s World News America, echoed, “He does nothing on the revenue side,” fretting: “There is this allergy, amongst Republicans, about saying ‘you know what, we actually do have to deal with taxes too.’”

Juan Williams charged “the rich get off like scoundrels,” complaining on Fox News Sunday that Ryan is “not doing anything in terms of raising taxes.” Williams also worried: “John Boehner now has the Tea Party wrapped around his neck like an albatross.”

Interviewing Ryan on Meet the Press, NBC’s David Gregory challenged him: “Do taxes at some point have to be raised if you're really going to get into the realm of asking something of the American people, shared sacrifice, not just helping upper earners?”

In a front page article on the Tea Party’s role in pressuring Boehner, Washington, DC-based Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser asserted in Saturday’s newspaper: “For those outside the movement, it put on full display the uncompromising principles of the far right, showing that Tea Party-aligned lawmakers are so ideologically rigid they will throw sand into the gears of government to prove their point.”

Hours later, ABC anchor David Muir, who used to work at Boston’s ABC affiliate, picked up on the “far right” characterization, asking on World News about how “Michelle Bachman, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have said this still doesn't get us down the path of fixing the debt, so Boehner will still hear this from the far right.”

Evan Thomas, on Inside Washington:

It was a brave, bold thing he did and he deserves huge hero points, I think, for actually saying, “okay, we’ve got to deal with entitlements.” Nobody else was saying it. He said it. He deserves credit for it. On the other hand, he’s got some problems. He doesn’t deal with the revenue side at all. We cannot survive on 18, his goal is to do 18 percent of GDP as revenue. That’s not enough. We're going to have to raise some taxes and we're going to have to face up to that, but he doesn't.

Katty Kay, anchor of BBC’s World News America, on HBO’s April 8 Real Time with Bill Maher:

He does nothing on the revenue side. There is this allergy, amongst Republicans, about saying “you know what, we actually do have to deal with taxes too.” And you may have to, God forbid, raise taxes and that it is not a hideously un-patriotic or un-American thing to do to suggest we need more revenue. And what does Paul Ryan do? He actually cuts taxes for the wealthiest, he raises taxes for the very poorest in America.

From the April 10 Fox News Sunday:

JUAN WILLIAMS: When you look at what Paul Ryan did, the first thing you have to do is give him credit. You have to say “hats off to Paul Ryan for actually saying what he plans to do and here's how we would cut entitlements.” That’s the big challenge the whole country faces and it needs to be done. But then you get into the details of what Paul Ryan offers, you have to say, wait a second, this is like a three to four percent difference in terms of what President Obama offered versus what he is offering over the next ten years. Paul Ryan's budget doesn't balance the budget-

CHRIS WALLCE: Wait a minute, he is cutting $4 trillion over ten years and Obama’s cutting $1 trillion.

JUAN WIILIAMS: No, but you’ve got to look at the entire budget, Chris.

WALLACE: That is the entire budget.

JUAN WILLIAMS: You look and you look at the percentage, and it’s not that big of a difference and, guess what, Paul Ryan is doing it on the backs of poor people and seniors, and, says to the seniors oh no you are grandfathered in, if you’re over 55. But you know what, he wants to make proposals that are going to put more pressure on domestic discretionary spending. He’s not doing much about defense spending in this country. He’s not doing anything in terms of raising taxes to compensate and say, “you know what, the sacrifice is going to be shared across all areas of our economy.” The rich get off like scoundrels. They’re happy, they’re like the executives on Wall Street this week who are getting all these big bonuses, despite all the talk-

WALLACE: Because it’s shameful to make money?

WILLIAMS: Oh, get out of town.

WALLACE : You said the rich are making out like scoundrels.

WILLIAMS: You know what, you should be ashamed to use that language as host of this show.

WALLACE: What are you talking about?

WILLIAMS: Because you should be more impartial. You know what, leave that to Brit Hume. Brit Hume can make these outrageous....

[Laughter]

If you don't think that those Wall Street guys are scoundrels, then you must be-

WALLACE: You didn’t say Wall Street guys, you said the rich are making out like scoundrels.

WILLIAMS: The Wall Street guys that got those big breaks this week and now are going to get more breaks from Paul Ryan – I know everyone says we got to have tax cuts, we got to have sacrifice for this country – oh it’s just for the middle class and especially those despicable poor people.

— Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

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Manufactured Madison Moments: SEIU Storms WA Capitol And Invades The Governor’s Office & Protests Chase Implementing Steve Lerner’s Economic Terrorism Plan Exactly

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Manufactured Madison Moments: SEIU Storms WA Capitol And Invades The Governor’s Office & Protests Chase Implementing Steve Lerner’s Economic Terrorism Plan Exactly

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Over 500-Year-Old Gutenberg Bible ‘Companion’ Book Turns up in Utah

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/600-year-old-gutenberg-bible-companion-book-turns-up-in-utah/

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MSNBC's UnCivil War on the Right

http://www.mrc.org/cmi/eyeonculture/2011/_MSNBCs_UnCivil_War_on_the_Right.html

MSNBC's UnCivil War on the Right
On 150th anniversary of start of Civil War, to MSNBC, conservatives are secessionists, slavery sympathizers and unreconstructed rebels.
  • By Matt Philbin
  • Monday, April 11, 2011 7:51 AM EDT


MSNBC's new slogan may be "Lean Forward," but the brazenly left-wing cable network does a lot of looking back - to the 1860s.

April 12, 2011, will mark the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter in South Carolina - the beginning of the American Civil War. As Americans observe this milestone, they'll hear a lot of words they only vaguely remember from U.S. History class - terms like "secession," "states rights," "nullification," "contraband," or "Dred Scott."

Not MSNBC viewers. To them the language of the Civil War is remarkably familiar, since the network's liberal hosts and guests never miss an opportunity to associate today's conservative movement with the Confederacy, secession, slavery and racism.

Led by Chris Matthews, MSNBC's prime time hosts - Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and Keith Olbermann (and Cenk Uygur, Olbermann's replacement) - are obsessed with drawing modern parallels to the politics that tore the nation apart a century and a half ago. The election of the nation's first black president, their theme goes, has awakened - especially in the South - the latent Confederate sympathies and secessionist tendencies of conservative America.


So MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry said conservatives romanticize the Confederacy as a time "where black people knew their place." Olbermann accused conservatives of "sanitizing secession" to ignore slavery. Matthews suggested that opposition to ObamaCare had "Republicans on the right talking like antebellum southerners," and called appeals to federalism as "code" for racism. Lawrence O'Donnell characterized Arizona legislation as a "new sort of secession bill." Maddow stressed that it was "important that Republican governors keep" commemorating Virginia's role in the Civil War, and guest Julian Bond wondered at Virginia's "canine-like affection for the Confederacy."

Those are just a few examples. MSNBC commentators:
  • Saw threats of secession in states' lawsuits against ObamaCare, and
  • Turned casual or even joking references to secession into weapons against the right.
  • Compared laws cracking down on illegal immigration in Arizona and Texas to Reconstruction and Jim Crow.
  • Repeatedly suggested that official commemorations of the sacrifices of Confederate soldiers, and any mention of the Civil War that didn't emphasize slavery was conservative and Republican politicians "playing to the base."
  • Characterized expressions of dissent from Washington, which MSNBC found so patriotic during the Bush administration, as "treasonous" under Obama.

Who Fired First



In 1861, it was the secessionists who fired on Sumter, but this time the first shot came from New York, just a few months after President Obama was sworn in.

The Culture and Media Institute studied two years of MSNBC transcripts, from Jan. 2009 to Feb. 2011 and found the first accusation in that period on April 15, 2009. On that evening's 'Countdown,' Keith Olbermann played video from a speech Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) gave at a Tea Party rally. Olbermann told guest James Moore, "Governor Perry obviously stopped just short of endorsing secession and told reporters today that Texans might at some point get so fed up that they would want to secede."

He went on to cite a much maligned Department of Homeland Security report that "concluded that lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent right-wing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat to the United States." Governor Perry, Moore concluded was, "fomenting the kind of unrest, this civil unrest."

Perry was a favorite target for Olbermann and his colleagues. On April 8, 2010, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews wondered, "Why are Republicans in the south like Rick Perry talking secession?" On June 21, 2010, Olbermann described Perry's 'almost secessionist fiscal guidance' of his state and carped that, despite an $11 billion budget deficit, Texas spent $888 million to rewrite history textbooks "to glorify more Confederate figures in the Civil War."

Perry wasn't the only southern conservative governor MSNBC caricatured as a neo-Confederate. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had failed to mention slavery in a statement proclaiming Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion. He later issued an apology and condemned the institution of slavery. But that didn't stop Olbermann and guest Julian Bond of the NAACP from raking him over the coals on April 7, 2010.

Bonds observed to Olbermann that "they seem to have a canine-like affection for the Confederacy [in Virginia]. The fourth Republican governor in a row has issued a proclamation honoring treasonous insurrection against the government of the United States, actions which all over the world would be called treason."

The next evening, Matthews noted McDonnell's apology but said it came "only after sending out the dog whistle to those [Confederate President] Jefferson Davis fans out there." He also mentioned that "many people believe" McDonnell left out slavery on purpose in order to "solidify his base and perhaps win himself a place on the ticket next time around as a conservative counterpoint to Mitt Romney." (One of those who believed was Zachary Roth from the left wing blog Talking Points Memo. Roth told Matthews' colleague Rachel Maddow that same week that McDonnell was playing to a "shrinking base.")

Southern Republicans, Matthews said, were "talking like real Confederates." And, as if there weren't enough proof that he equates conservatism with slavery and secession, he cited a GOP congressman from North Carolina who wanted Ulysses S. Grant removed from the $50 bill and replaced with, in Matthews' words, "someone closer to the Confederate heart: Ronald Reagan."

Ed Schultz made it plain while talking about a Charleston, S.C., "secession ball" marking the 150th anniversary of the state's vote to leave the Union. On Dec. 13, 2010, Schultz said, "Conservatives in South Carolina are celebrating the destruction of the United States." In case viewers weren't sure who deserved scorn, he repeated a few moments later: "So next Monday, sipping that mint julep in the uniforms of an army that fought against the United States, southern conservatives will honor people who shed blood to protect slavery." (italics added)


Meaningless Skirmishes

The MSNBC crowd likes the "Confederate" weapon so much that they appear to look for any excuse to use it.

On Jan. 17, 2011, Olbermann took issue with Fox News host Glenn Beck's account of the building of the Washington Monument and launched an attack complete with name-calling. "It wasn't until 1879, 14 years after they defeat the side 'Father Cough-Beck' would have supported in the Civil War, that construction was resumed …" ("Father Cough-Beck" is a reference to Father Coughlin, a populist of the 1930s known for angry rhetoric and opposition to President Roosevelt.)

Simple political analysis hasn't been immune. When, in discussing the Florida Republican primary on March 3, 2010, "Hardball" guest Wayne Slater suggested candidate Charlie Crist look to Texas' primary for inspiration, Matthews pounced: "He might ask for Florida to secede from the union, too." That was followed by this odd thought:

"By the way, guys, I don`t think you can pull - let me try Alex on this. I don`t think you can pull the secession number above the Mason/Dixon line. I think that has a peculiar geographic appeal. I don`t think Ohio can secede from the Union. These guys fought for the Union. I don`t think it is really credible."

On April 12, 2010, Matthews and his guest, liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, were discussing the next presidential election. The GOP, said Matthews, were "going to begin their campaign for 2012 by locking up the Solid South again on the right."

"First thing," Robinson said, referencing Virginia's McDonnell, "declare Confederate Heritage Month."

Damn the Facts! Full Speed Ahead!



The gang at MSNBC is skilled at finding racism where none exists. And they like to deck it out in Confederate gray.

In a March 29, 2010 discussion of the Tea Party's fervent rejection of President Obama's big government policies, Matthews goaded guest Melissa Harris-Perry into calling racism (not that Harris-Perry needed much goading. A professor of African-American studies, and a columnist at the far-left magazine The Nation, she's an MSNBC contributor.)

"If a southern white guy had been president and had pushed the same agenda," Matthews asked, "would they be as angry?" Harris-Perry prevaricated, and never did give a straight answer. Later however, she rejected the Tea Party's self-drawn parallels to the War of Independence. "It`s not a situation of the Revolutionary War," she said. "This is much, much closer to the Civil War."

On the Feb. 23, 2010, "Countdown," Harris-Perry didn't need to be goaded. Rush Limbaugh had called ObamaCare "a civil rights bill" and "reparations," and suggested it was about "income redistribution and class envy." Olbermann, of course, cried racism. But to Harris-Perry it reflected not one but multiple kinds of racism, some of which "feel very old, very sort of Confederate versions."

On March 29, 2010, Olbermann was incensed that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour had dismissed memories of Jim Crow in the south as no longer meaning "diddley."

"Holy cow, really? Diddley? … Barbour`s only playing dumb, of course. He knows exactly what he`s doing. The Tea Partiers throughout the country and the Republicans in the south are playing to several despicable groups who, at best, aren`t comfortable with black people, period. And he knows it.

"So let`s follow his logic for a moment and McDonnell`s original logic. When talking about the confederacy, table slavery issue for a moment. How about we just focus on secession, and the threat and use of violence, and the refusal to acknowledge a lawful and uncontested democratic election because you didn`t like who won? In 1860 and 1861, that put you in the confederacy. In 2010, that puts you in the Tea Party."

Barbour got in trouble again in late 2010 for his association with a group historically linked to segregation in the South. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow brought on Harris-Perry to further explore Barbour's supposed racism.

"The reality is that in former Confederate states, where there was a secession from the United States, we allow a revisionist history to enter in as quickly as a decade after the Civil War. What we are seeing now you know is simply a reaping of the continual whirlwind of this kind of misguided history," she mused. "I mean, I grew up in a school system that called the Civil War 'The War of Northern Aggression' or 'The War Between the States.' So, it's not necessarily some sort of deliberate process. It is, in many ways, just the southern way."

"Existential anxiety" is also currently the southern way, according to Harris-Perry. "It is a fear that the country is going to be so fundamentally different because of the realities of census changes, because of the realities of power changes, because women and people of color and now gays in the military, all have these sort of growing equal rights."

On Dec. 21, 2010, Matthews again asked Harris-Perry if opposition to Washington was "really a reaction to Barack Obama being president?" This time she was ready with the answer Matthews wanted.

"There are some people right now with this kind of anti-federal government perspective who are doing nothing more than a kind of Confederate - Confederacy rising again narrative. And it really is about racism and anti-immigrationism and white supremacy."

Illegal immigration is another issue where liberals on MSNBC saw racism and traced it back to its supposedly southern roots. On "The Ed Show" Jan. 6, 2011, Rep. Luis Gutierres, (D), Ill., a pro-illegal immigration radical, equated supporters of a bill limiting birth right citizenship with the rebel holdouts in the Reconstruction South. "Look, the Confederates that were left over after the Civil War, they put special laws on African-American and black slaves."

Federalism? Them's Fightin' Words!


Just as any opposition to Obama's massive spending is "racist," any evocation of principled federalism gets MSNBC's liberals hand-wringing over a renewed Civil War. On "The Last Word" for Feb. 4, 2011, Lawrence O'Donnell called an Arizona bill to create a state committee to review federal laws for constitutionality a "new sort of secession bill."

Chris Matthews in particular has tried to de-legitimize opposition from the state level, obsessing over "secession talk" more times than can be mentioned in this article.

The suits filed by numerous states declaring ObamaCare's individual mandate a violation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution has had Matthews hearing "Dixie." When, on December 12, 2010, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli explained that if the federal government can command that an individual purchase a product, there's nothing "left that the federal government can't reach."

Matthews responded, "Well, this is going to appeal to the Civil War buffs from the south who love this stuff. You're really playing to the nullification crowd, it seems to me."

Nine days later, Matthews decided federalism was a cover for racism. "So is all this talk about states' rights we're hearing now," he asked Rep. Bennie Thompson, D - Miss., "nullification, secession, all this babble - is it just another code for "We don't like civil rights?"

That night, Matthew's "Let Me Finish" segment ending the show was dedicated to musing over conservatives' alleged desire to pick "this incredible anachronistic fight that sounds like the Civil War all over again." To Matthews, there was "something malicious" in the mere use of the words "secession" and "nullification."

He wondered "why all this talk is creeping in now. Why are we hearing voices raised against the federal government, as if this were 1860 instead of a century and a half after the horror of those words?"

His answer, of course is racism. "This states' rights thing' was all about 'the same thing it was about last time, about substituting states' rights for individual rights."

And that wasn't the first time Matthews his "Let me Finish" editorial segment to charge conservatives with pining for slavery and rebellion. On April 8, 2010, he mourned that "The Party of Lincoln" had become a refuge for racist Dixie-crats "talking about states' rights and honoring the Confederacy." Lincoln, assumedly, would have been an Obama Democrat today.

Never Call Retreat


MSNBC continues to attack conservatives as secessionists, slavery-sympathizers and devotees of The Lost Cause. Their campaign will only intensify as milestone anniversaries of Civil War events occur over the next few years, and as opposition to the Obama administration's big-government agenda continues to stiffen. They'll use any excuse to de-legitimize conservative opinion as racist, divisive and even treasonous. Even as they "Lean Forward," at MSNBC, it will always be 1861.

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