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Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo

I stand by every word of it. And it’s even worse today.

Of the thousands of Clinton presidential records released to the public last week, one among them has received of the bulk of attention: a 332-page memo from 1995. The memo, which offers an in-depth analysis of the right-wing media, describes how conservative conspiracy theories about the Clintons passed from the fringes to the mainstream.

The excitement over the report, it seems to me, comes for two reasons: one, the supposed mystery of its author and two, its very premise, which has been vigorously criticized by—you guessed it—the right-wing media.

To the first question, I would respectfully suggest folks acquaint themselves with a function available on all computers, tablets and mobile devices that support the Internet—a function known as “search,” by which you will easily discover that I was the proud author—a fact that was reported the first time this memo made a splash, back in 1997, and that has been publicly documented numerous times since, not to mention in the book I co-wrote in 2013. As for the premise of the memo, I absolutely stand by it. Not only was it right about the right wing then, it is more accurate than ever today.

Let’s go all the way back to the summer of 1995.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/chris-lehane-right-wing-conspiracy-memo-106059.html#ixzz30Ba83H1w

Monday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest








Monday Toon Roundup 1- Nevada Rancher and other racists



The Unvarnished Truth

Canonization of predecessors provides another boost for Pope Francis

Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter’s Square and nearby to witness the unprecedented double canonization.

It marked the first time in the church’s more than 2,000-year history that two former popes had been canonized on the same day.

And, though the focus was on the two late pontiffs, the extravagant ceremony and Mass will probably provide another boost for the soaring popularity of Francis, the Argentine pope who has only held office for slightly more than a year.

"These were two men of courage," Francis said in his homily of the two late popes.



Neo-Nazi rally in Tennessee draws far more protesters than supporters

A Neo-Nazi rally in Tennessee was outnumbered by hundreds of counter-protesters Saturday afternoon.

A few dozen members of the National Socialist Movement held an anti-immigration rally at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Chattanooga, but the Times Free Press reported a few hundred people came out to counter-protest.

The members heckled the neo-Nazi supporters from across the street as authorities separated the protesters with an orange barricade.

Chants included "Hey, hey, ho, white supremacy has got to go" and "Nazis go home," the newspaper reported.

Another man heckled the Swastika flag-waving members over their lack of participants.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/neo-nazi-rally-tenn-draws-protesters-supporters-article-1.1770260

The Desperate Hustle as a Way of Life


Here is the future: nobody gets any job security. Nobody gets a fair wage while they have a job. Nobody gets a retirement fund or even any guarantee they’ll be able to eat tomorrow. And almost everyone is doing everything they can just to get by—and paying some substantial portion of their earnings to a pimp or “platform” which controls the business they are in. And ain’t life a grand adventure? Isn’t it all so fun?

Welcome to the Sharing Economy.

This is the model of the new economy, where anyone with a car ought to be a Lyft contractor (your fare pays what he or she thinks is right but the company is tweeting out “we’ve slashed prices 20 percent”) and anyone with a house or apartment is renting it out on Air BnB and crashing at their boyfriend’s parents’ place.

All of this came about by design. The world is arranged according to the people who arrange things—the people who make money by this arrangement. We’re in our fourth decade of this. The Times reported this week that the American middle class has been surpassed by Canada’s.

And it’s much worse than the New York Times imagines. As Dean Baker points out, the middle classes in most other countries have increased their incomes while getting longer vacations. In the U.S.A.? Not so much.



Hillary Clinton, the unrepentant hawk

Steve Chapman
April 27, 2014

When he ran for president in 2000, George W. Bush promised to "stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions." When he ran in 2008, Barack Obama trumpeted his opposition to the Iraq invasion while asserting that our "strength abroad is measured not just by armies but rather by the power of our ideals."

They didn't quite practice what they preached. But Hillary Rodham Clinton is different. She won't disappoint anyone hoping for greater restraint, because she has no use for it. The former secretary of state is a long-standing and unblushing advocate of frequent military intervention abroad.

Unlike Obama, Clinton supported the Iraq invasion. In the months before the war, she defended Bush's handling of Saddam Hussein in a way calculated to make her look presidential. "I know a little bit about what it's like on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, making these difficult decisions," she confided.

Her Iraq vote dogged her during the 2008 primaries. But as secretary of state, she proved that it had not affected her thinking. Over and over, Clinton has opted for getting into wars rather than staying out.



The Snow Grifter is making the rounds again

Sarah Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists’ in her administration

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fired up a crowd of thousands inside Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night to kick off the National Rifle Association’s “Stand and Fight Rally,” saying Americans’ constitutional rights as envisioned by the founding fathers are under attack and policies like gun-free zones constitute “stupid on steroids.”

“They knew that if the Second Amendment goes, the rest of the constitution is not far behind,” she said of the country’s founders.

In her approximately 12-minute address, Mrs. Palin also derided what she argued is akin to a ‘blame the messenger’ attitude on gun violence many Americans take today.

“Gun stores are an accomplice to crime,” she said, “and that fork made me fat.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/26/palin-waterboarding-how-wed-baptize-terrorists-her/

In speech to Alabama Republicans, Sarah Palin blasts Obama and 'RINOs' alike

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered plenty of red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama during an appearance at the Baldwin County Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner Friday, but she did not spare her own party.

Palin, who rocketed to political stardom after presidential candidate John McCain tapped her as his running mate in 2008, expressed nearly as much exasperation with the GOP establishment as she did with Democrats.

She referenced her own upbringing in an Alaskan hunting family in declaring that she would fight politicians that conservatives deride as “Republicans in Name Only” during intra-party squabbles.

“I’m not afraid at all to go on a little RINO hunt,” she said.


Sunday's Doonesbury- Tired of Waiting

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