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Colbert’s “Ham Rove” conference room in D.C. is now official

A campaign finance group in D.C. dedicated the room, complete with a giant portrait of Stephen Colbert



The Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., has officially dedicated a conference room to “Ham Rove,” Stephen Colbert’s brutally murdered, meat-based political strategist.

Dave Weigel reports:

In his long, fruitless, strangely not-Emmy-winning battle for campaign finance transparency, Stephen Colbert has relied on the work of former FEC commissioner Trevor Potter and his Campaign Legal Center. In December, Cobert bestowed the CLC with a portrait of himself holding the FEC ruling that their work had earned him. Last night, the CLC held a small reception to show off the rest of the TV host’s gift: A donation and a plaque, renaming the organization’s conference room after Colbert’s faux, murdered adviser Ham Rove.

In December, Colbert announced that the money he raised with his super PAC would be donated to the “Ham Rove Memorial Fund,” which in turn distributed the funds to charities, as well as the campaign finance reform group. A condition of the donation was renaming the conference room.

“I just want to say that all of you at the CLC have dedicated your time and talent to ensure that our nation’s campaign finance laws are followed to the letter,” Colbert said in a taped message played at the reception. “So I could not be more proud to learn that you have named this conference room in exchange for a sizable donation of untraceable cash.”

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/22/colberts_ham_rove_conference_room_in_d_c_is_now_official/




Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 26, 2013, 03:20 PM (3 replies)

Tea Partiers boycott 'too liberal' Fox

Why Tea Partiers Are Boycotting Fox News

Why Tea Partiers Are Boycotting Fox News

Is Fox News going soft?

That is what a number of Tea Party activists are saying, and they are organizing a boycott to protest the conservative station’s coverage, especially what they view as the network’s relative silence in investigating the attacks on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.


A leader of the boycott, Kathy Amidon, of Nashville, declined an interview, instead directing The Daily Beast to a website, Benghazi-Truth. The website, a single-page, 23,000-word manifesto complete with multicolored fonts, supposedly incriminating videos of Fox News’s complicity in a cover-up, and communist propaganda photographs, is kept by someone who identifies himself online as “Proe Graphique,” and who other members of the boycott described as someone who works “in New York media.”

By way of explanation, the website reports: “People ask why not all mainstream media? Why just Boycott FOX? The answer, again, is that FOX needs the Tea Party/conservatives more than the conservatives need FOX after FOX turned left, basically selling out the people who made FOX successful in an attempt to earn an extra buck. FOX is extremely vulnerable to these boycotts while the rest of the MSM doesn’t need us at all, to speak of.”



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/23/why-tea-partiers-are-boycotting-fox-news.html


Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:23 PM (14 replies)

Tennessee health care lottery

Tennessee Race for Medicaid: Dial Fast and Try, Try Again

NASHVILLE — Two nights a year, Tennessee holds a health care lottery of sorts, giving the medically desperate a chance to get help.

State residents who have high medical bills but would not normally qualify for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, can call a state phone line and request an application. But the window is tight — the line shuts down after 2,500 calls, typically within an hour — and the demand is so high that it is difficult to get through.

There are other hurdles, too. Applicants have to be elderly, blind, disabled or the “caretaker relative” of a child who qualifies for Medicaid, known here as TennCare. Their medical debt has to be high enough that if they paid it, their income would fall below a certain threshold. Not many people end up qualifying, but that does not stop thousands from trying.

“It’s like the Oklahoma land rush for an hour,” said Russell Overby, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society in Nashville. “We encourage people to use multiple phones and to dial and dial and dial.”


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/us/tennessee-holds-health-care-lottery-for-the-poor.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130325&_r=0


Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:48 AM (3 replies)

Most unhappy states are in the bible belt

Arkansas
Tennessee
Mississippi
Kentucky
West Virgina

http://money.msn.com/investing/happiest-and-most-miserable-states
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Mar 21, 2013, 04:08 PM (4 replies)

.Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie



TOLEDO, Ohio — For those who live and play on the shores of Lake Erie, the spring rains that will begin falling here soon are less a blessing than a portent. They could threaten the very future of the lake itself.

Lake Erie is sick. A thick and growing coat of toxic algae appears each summer, so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in revenue annually.

The spring rains reliably predict how serious the summer algae bloom will be: the more frequent and heavy the downpours, the worse the outbreak. And this year the National Weather Service says there is a higher probability than elsewhere of above-normal spring rains along the lake’s west end, where the algae first appear. The private forecaster Accuweather predicts a wetter than usual March and April throughout the region.

It is perhaps the greatest peril the lake has faced since the 1960s, when relentless and unregulated dumping of sewage and industrial pollutants spawned similar algae blooms and earned it the nickname “North America’s Dead Sea.” Erie recovered then, thanks to a multibillion-dollar cleanup by the United States and Canada that became a legendary environmental success story.

But while the sewage and pollutants are vastly reduced, the blooms have returned, bigger than ever.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/science/earth/algae-blooms-threaten-lake-erie.html?_r=0

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:49 AM (1 replies)

Hilarious North Korean propaganda film depicting life in America

This is the most twisted view of America, out there...

http://msnvideo.msn.com/?videoid=85746905-0ab0-c6c7-c62f-97b5c11eac09&src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&from=sharepermalink

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:38 AM (6 replies)

FAA Approves Boeing Plan To Fix 787 Batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again.

The plan includes changes to the internal battery components to minimize the possibility of short-circuiting, which can lead to overheating and cause a fire. Among the changes are better insulation of the battery's eight cells and the addition of a new containment and venting system, the FAA said in a statement.

The FAA statement didn't provide an estimate for when the grounded planes might return to service. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., who was briefed by the agency, said that if all goes well, the FAA could give final approval by mid- to late April for the 787 to resume flight.

Boeing would still have to retrofit the 50 planes already delivered to eight airlines in seven countries, Larsen said in an interview. That could mean the plane wouldn't return to the skies until late April or early May, he said.

First, Boeing's redesigned batteries have to pass a series of 20 separate lab tests, Larsen said, then flight tests would follow.

http://www.mbtmag.com/news/2013/03/faa-approves-boeing-plan-fix-787-batteries?et_cid=3137909&et_rid=82488838&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.mbtmag.com%2fnews%2f2013%2f03%2ffaa-approves-boeing-plan-fix-787-batteries
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Mar 13, 2013, 09:45 AM (0 replies)

Is this a hole in one? Golfer sucked into sinkhole



WATERLOO, ILL. (AP) Suddenly being swallowed up by the earth on a golf course's fairway drove a wedge between Mark Mihal and a stellar round.

The 43-year-old mortgage broker was counting his blessings Tuesday and nursing a dislocated shoulder sustained four days earlier when he tumbled into an 18-foot deep sinkhole on the 14th hole of the Annbriar Golf Club near Waterloo, Ill., just southeast of St. Louis.

Friends managed to hoist Mihal to safety with a rope after about 20 minutes. But the experience gave him quite a fright, particularly following the much-publicized recent death of a man in Florida who died when his bedroom fell into a sinkhole. That man's body hasn't been found.

http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/mark-mihal-survives-mid-round-sinkhole-031213



Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 12, 2013, 10:07 PM (1 replies)

Share of Homes With Guns Shows 4-Decade Decline

The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.

The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American adults if they have guns at home, among other questions.

The rate has dropped in cities large and small, in suburbs and rural areas and in all regions of the country. It has fallen among households with children, and among those without. It has declined for households that say they are very happy, and for those that say they are not. It is down among churchgoers and those who never sit in pews.

The household gun ownership rate has fallen from an average of 50 percent in the 1970s to 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s and 35 percent in the 2000s, according to the survey data, analyzed by The New York Times.




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rate-of-gun-ownership-is-down-survey-shows.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130310&_r=0


So with all the talk of gun sales at an all time high, this must mean that someone has a whole lot of guns.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 06:48 AM (8 replies)

Question about military jet fly overs at events

I saw the start of the prelude to the NASCAR race today with them all wrapped in the flag and then the fly over. It led me to think, who is paying for those excursions by the Air Force jets?

Are we the tax payer paying for these rah-rah moments for the good ol' boys?

Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Mar 10, 2013, 07:23 PM (30 replies)
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