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Friday
Jul262013

Bircher Daughter Claire Conner Exposes Right-Wing Danger To America In 'Wrapped In The Flag'

Author Claire Conner pictured in the May 12, 1961 issue of LIFE magazine in which her photo appears as part of a feature story on The John Birch Society. Claire was 14 years old, the youngest person in the photo. In the two page spread, she is the 3rd person from the right. Her parents, Laurene and Jay Conner, and her brother, Jay R., are on the first page of the photo 4th, 5th and 6th from the left.

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Gov. George WallaceMy parents were right-wing extremists @ Salon

Excerpted from “Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right”

Related: Repeal the 17th Amendment. Until 1913, Americans didn’t elect senators, state legislators did.

John Birch Society Founders

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Founding members of the John Birch Society Council included author’s father S.J. Conner, president of the Conroth Company and Fred C. Koch, a founder of Koch Industries and father of today’s well-known Koch brothers.

Anne Reflects On McCarthyism

The Republican War on Women Gives Me Nightmares April 6, 2011

Ten years later I sat on the Chelsea stoop of my New York apartment with my landlord, who was a playwright. He asked me about my background and I explained that I grew up in Minnesota but I so loved Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

 

I volunteered that I knew Senator Wiley from Wisconsin, that he was such a great man. He insisted that we be very patriotic with our flag raising ceremony each day, but I was all for it.

My playwright landlord just looked at me, his young tenant and laughed. ‘Do you not know that Senator Wiley was Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man?’ he asked me.

‘No way,’ I exclaimed.

‘Believe it,’ he said. And of course it is true.

The same man that I respected and honored, the man whose grandson was my first boyfriend, whose granddaughters were great friends to me, the town that recognized my talent and ran me for student council president when I was the new girl in school, also produced the co-leader of the McCarthy hearings.

Saturday
Jul212012

Jim Graves On Why Michelle Bachmann Must Leave Washington | Gun Control? No Way  

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Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has more than 100 co-sponsors for her House bill that seeks to limit the number of rounds in a single magazine to 10 shots, writes The Daily Beast.A shooter would have to stop and reload after 10 fires.

Colin Ferguson, the Long Island Railroad shooter who killed her hustand in 1991 had 15 rounds and was only stopped by passengers when he stopped to reload for the third time. The shooter of former Rep. Gabby Giffords used an oversize magazine with 33 rounds in the Tuscon massacre.

McCarthy works tirelessly in Washington, but collides headon with the National Rifle Association that is prepared to spend more than $50 million to see that no gun laws are changed in America to protect innocent citizens from madmen.

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There is no direct cosmic or karmic line between the Columbine shootings, which left 13 dead and 21 wounded, and Friday’s mass shooting at a premiere of a Batman movie, which left 12 dead and 58 wounded or injured. This is because the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 forever changed the way our generation copes with mass murder. There is the before. And there is the after. Many people noticed Friday how well the local emergency responders and hospital spokespeople handled their grim duties. That’s because they’ve all been through it before. Over and over again. And so have the rest of us. We are un-drafted veterans of the rituals of sudden death. It’s an American thing.

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Bio-engineering Breakthrough

Scientists at Stanford University and the J Craig Venter Institute, founders of the Human Genome project, have simulated an entire organism for the first time in history. All 525 genes of the parasite Mycoplasma genitalium have been simulated to perform every molecular interaction. via VentureBeat

Thinking Americans As Traitors

In a Word: McCarthyism

Michele Bachmann, John Sununu and a New McCarthyism StarTribune.com

Romney supporter John Sununu apologized for his recent comment “I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” But we all understand his message. A new McCarthyism is sweeping America as a trend Anne of Carversville has written about since 2007.

Even for those who accept that President Obama was born in Hawaii, that state is, don’t you know, unlike any other — multiracial, multicultural and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Sununu, who was born in Havana, Cuba, has looked at the president’s background and decided it doesn’t fit, all irony apparently lost amid the bluster. Sununu’s guy Romney, whose father was born in Mexico, mostly stood back looking sheepish. “Plausible deniability” is what it’s usually called.

In the case of President Barack Obama, the intended message is: “He’s not one of use”. Obama is not alone.

Progressive women “aren’t one of us” either. For Catholic bishops, who launch their natural contraception only campaign tomorrow July 22, women who take birth control are not good Americans. In fact, all but the 2 percent of Catholic women who practice natural birth control are living in a state of mortal sin. They are going to hell.

Those of us who advocate for women’s health care rights are “slut girls” and unpatriotic, self-absorbed “me me me” women, because we have the audacity to think that we are not equal to a fertilized egg.

Supporting Planned Parenthood is a form of treason to right wingers. So is being inspired by the Statue of Liberty. She is a false idol say the right-wingers. Oprah is the forerunner to the AntiChrist. Progressive women represent Harlot Babylon.

The hypocrisy is nauseating!

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Michele Bachmann alleges fellow congressman has Muslim Brotherhood Ties Boston Herald

Michele Bachmann Now Questions Securty Clearances for Catholics, Proving She Doesn’t Discriminate The Bennington Vale Evening Transcript

A year after winning Ames straw poll, Bachmann’s political stock takes a hit The Hill

It’s Time for Ms. Bachmann to Leave Washington Huff Po

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Thursday
Jul192012

Sen John McCain & Ex Campaign Manager Ed Rollins Condemn Michelle Bachmann's Attack on Huma Abedin

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Secy of State Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma AbedinRepublican Representative from Minnesota Michelle Bachmann may have played one right-wing theocratic card too many in her unsubstantiated attack against Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin. Republican Ed Rollins, short-lived manager of Bachmann’s presidential campaign wrote in FOX News today:

I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and  false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.

Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary  Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest. 

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy  level. (Joe McCarthy falsely made claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies inside the State Department in the early 1950’s. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to “condemn” McCarthy on  two counts.) 

Bachmann’s Grotesque Attack

Rep. Michele Bachmann tears a page from the national health care bill during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Photogaph by Win McNamee/Getty Images.Rep. MIchelle Bachmann supports the view of Frank Gaffney and other “anti-Islamofascists” that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the United States government. Specifically, Bachmann challenged the allegiance of Huma Abedin, who is married to former New York state rep Anthony Weiner, a strong supporter of Israel. In her 16-page letter written to fellow Mn Rep and Muslim Keith Ellison, Bachmann wrote:

Given the reasonable assumption that Ms. Abedin has a high-level security clearance, as a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence I am particularly interested in exactly how, given what we know from the international media about Ms. Abedin’s documented family connections with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, she was able to avoid being disqualified for a security clearance.

John McCain Defends Huma Abedin

In a rare move against a Congressional colleague, Senator John McCain took to the Senate floor today, to speak directly about Michelle Bachmann’s charges. Slate quotes McCain

These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.