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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. [Welcome Max Blumenthal, and Host Watertiger - bev] "The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party

It is the expression of the individual self to stand alone and live. It is the desperate attempt to gain secondary strength where genuine strength is lacking. " – Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom The G.O.P. of the 21st century bears scant resemblance to the Party of Eisenhower. White America Has Lost Its Mind. About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.

White America Has Lost Its Mind

Sarah and Her Tribe - The New York Review of Books. Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin Harper, 413 pp., $28.99 Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe PublicAffairs, 301 pp., $26.95.

Sarah and Her Tribe - The New York Review of Books

Fox manipulates video to attack Obama. Media Matters has caught another Fox fabrication.

Fox manipulates video to attack Obama

This time, Fox News 'reporter' Wendell Goler repeatedly aired a video clip in which President Obama seems to declare his support for imposing a "European-style" universal health care system on the United States. Goler used the clip to support Republican attacks on the President's spending policies and his supposedly "European" priorities. The problem is, President Obama never said any such thing. The clip Goler used was from a March 26 online town hall event, and President Obama was paraphrasing a written question submitted by the audience. In his answer, the President said that while he does support universal health care, he doesn't support imposing a European or Canadian system on the United States. I actually want a universal health care system; that is our goal...whether we do it exactly the way European countries do or Canada does is a different question, because there are a variety of ways to get to universal health care coverage...

The GOP: divorced from reality. If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

The GOP: divorced from reality

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. Frank Schaeffer: Open Letter to the Republican Traitors (From a Former Republican) Dear Republican Leaders: The Republican Party has become the party dedicated to sabotaging the American future.

Frank Schaeffer: Open Letter to the Republican Traitors (From a Former Republican)

Check out the sermon I just delivered about the Republican Party on CNN when being interviewed by D.L. Hughley -- and/or read on. You Republicans are the arsonists who burned down our national home. You combined the failed ideologies of the Religious Right, so-called free market deregulation and the Neoconservative love of war to light a fire that has consumed America. Bush Proposes Budget With $400B Deficit, Education, Health, Housing And Anti-Poverty Programs Face Budget Squeeze In $3 Trillion Blueprint.

US President George W.

Bush Proposes Budget With $400B Deficit, Education, Health, Housing And Anti-Poverty Programs Face Budget Squeeze In $3 Trillion Blueprint

Bush 2007/9/20 AP The spiraling growth of Medicare and the high cost of renewing President Bush's tax cuts are squeezing popular education, health, housing and anti-poverty programs in the budget blueprint that he hands lawmakers Monday. Even with difficult-to-digest proposals to curb Medicare costs and kill programs to repair dilapidated public housing, fund community action agencies and provide food to the elderly poor, Mr. Bush's $3 trillion budget will project deficits around $400 billion this year and next. Mr. White House blocks inquiry into construction of $736m embassy in Iraq. The Bush administration is blocking an inquiry into the delay-plagued construction of the $736m US embassy in Baghdad, a senior Democrat in Congress said today.

White House blocks inquiry into construction of $736m embassy in Iraq

Dan Sweeney: There's No Arguing With Conservatives ... No, Seriously, Scientific Studies Prove It. A new study out of Yale University confirms what argumentative liberals have long-known: Offering reality-based rebuttals to conservative lies only makes conservatives cling to those lies even harder.

Dan Sweeney: There's No Arguing With Conservatives ... No, Seriously, Scientific Studies Prove It

In essence, schooling conservatives makes them more stupid. From the Washington Post article on the study, which came out yesterday: Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler provided two groups of volunteers with the Bush administration's prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. One group was given a refutation -- the comprehensive 2004 Duelfer report that concluded that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the United States invaded in 2003. Thirty-four percent of conservatives told only about the Bush administration's claims thought Iraq had hidden or destroyed its weapons before the U.S. invasion, but 64 percent of conservatives who heard both claim and refutation thought that Iraq really did have the weapons.

Eschaton. Since it's the controversy of the day, let me make my views more clear. It obviously was an attempt at satire, but it fails. It represents the basic stuff that you get from the Right about Obama, but it neither mocks nor exaggerates them. It's a sad state of affairs that conservatives are hard to satirize or parody because they're so insane, but that's where we are.