House Select Committee on Intelligence – If there’s a place Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann should not be allowed to run loose, it would be anywhere that a closed mouth and some sense are a requirement. I have to wonder what Boehner’s real goal was in placing her there, unless it was just to put a bomb (figurative, not literal) in the room – someone that would go off at any moment and blurt out some secret that she believed would serve the right wing, no matter the damage it did to the country. And we all know that the right wing is not averse to damaging a country as long as its own ends are met, right?
I’m wondering if there isn’t some sort of quiet murmur amongst even the right wing about how smart it was to put Bachmann there.
I’m still sort of amazed that this story about Mitt Romney’s creepy and weird cop impersonation hasn’t gotten more traction. Conservatives whip up a frenzy to the point of Hannity running a series on “The Vetting of Barack Obama” over stupid things like a speech in college, or those nefarious missing transcripts or the insane and ongoing birther controversy, but if a Republican candidate impersonates a cop, and goes so far as to use that phony authority to frighten and abandon a couple of girls on the side of the road, then…crickets.
[crooksandliars/karoli/10 june 2012]
• Despite the fact that President Obama has spoken of compromise throughout his presidency, CNN attacked the president for not compromising with Republicans.
A senior economic adviser to Mitt Romney criticized President Obama and his policy toward crisis-torn Europe, and Germany in particular, in an op-ed article in a leading German newspaper on Saturday, raising the question of the propriety of taking America’s political fights into international affairs. The article — written by R. Glenn Hubbard, the dean of the Columbia Business School and a former adviser in the Bush administration, and published in the business journal Handelsblatt — drew a rebuke from the Obama campaign. “In a foreign news outlet, Governor Romney’s top economic adviser both discouraged essential steps that need to be taken to promote economic recovery and attempted to undermine America’s foreign policy abroad,” said Ben LaBolt, press secretary for the president’s re-election campaign.
[nytimes/JACKIE CALMES/9 Jun 2012]
In wide-ranging interview, Former ambassador Richard Williamson says U.S. Republican candidate will make military threats against Tehran credible, arm Syria’s rebels, and visit Israel before going anywhere else.
[haaretz/Chemi Shalev/9 Jun 2012]
• Scott Walker pulled a Palin today on CBS’s Face the Nation, correcting former Governor Mitt Romney on the message of the Wisconsin win and then dissing the Republican Presidential nominee on his plan of making 2012 a referendum on Obama.
Virginia’s legislature commissioned a $50,000 study to determine the impacts of climate change on the state’s shores. To greenlight the project, they omitted words like “climate change” and “sea level rise” from the study’s description itself. According to the House of Delegates sponsor of the study, these are “liberal code words,” even though they are noncontroversial in the climate science community. Instead of using climate change, sea level rise, and global warming, the study uses terms like “coastal resiliency” and “recurrent flooding.” Republican State Delegate Chris Stolle, who steered the legislation, cut “sea level rise” from the draft.
[thinkprogress/Rebecca Leber/10 Jun 2012]
Recently, I noticed a troublesome consequence of the Ron Paul candidacy for president. An entire generation of men (and potentially women) who worship at the altar of Paul, and who consider themselves to be the highest arbiters of what constitutes freedom, may have been sucked into his backward views on a woman’s right to choose. They’ve demonstrated that while they claim they are the most independent-minded voters in the nation, they actually follow their unquestioned leader down every path he chooses. In other words, many of them have become completely comfortable with the idea that women do not have the same rights to liberty that men do. Given that his views on abortion, and even birth control, are some of the most regressive in this country, it is difficult to see how this damage can be undone.
[politicususa/Deborah Foster/10 Jun 2012]
Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged Israel to repeal or amend a law that allows migrants to be detained without charge for up to three years, calling it a violation of “basic rights.” The New York-based group said the new law “punishes asylum seekers for irregularly crossing into Israel, in violation of their basic rights.” “Subjecting irregular border-crossers to potential indefinite detention without charge or access to legal representation would violate the prohibition against arbitrary detention under international human rights law,” it said. Israel announced on June 3 that officials would be able to detain migrants who crossed into the Jewish state illegally for up to three years, as part of a bid to stem the flow of African migrants into the country.
[AFP/10 Jun 2012]