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No, This Is Why We've Been Beating Up on the Church

  • The Church has been "beaten up" over the last 10 or 12 years because, at its highest possible echelons, it functioned as an international conspiracy to obstruct justice regarding the crime of sexual assault.
  • The Catholic Church Is Still Lying to Itself

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Yesterday (Feb 7) on the blog, we discussed the appearence on my man Chuck Todd's Daily Rundown program of a certain George Weigel, alleged Catholic public intellectual and full-time fluffer of the Clan of The Red Beanie. (Weigel is a man born five centuries too late. He'd have been the guy in the corner of the Spanish dungeon taking down in impeccable penmanship the confessions of the people being tortured for the greater glory of The Church.) It wasn't until I read last night the full account of his appearence transcript that I realized that Weigel had pole-vaulted over the International Chutzpah Line. In arguing for the existence of some mythical "Catholic backlash" to the Obama administration's decision to require that contraception be included in any health plans sanctioned under the Affordable Care Act, Weigel said the following:

"This has struck a tribal nerve in Catholicism," Catholic scholar George Weigel said to Chuck Todd on the Daily Rundown. "The Catholic Church has been beaten up over the last 10 or 11 years and I think Catholics are tired of the government and others beating up on the church."

Holy mother of god, to coin a phrase.


New State Bank Bills Address Credit and Housing Crises

  • Seventeen states have now introduced bills for state-owned banks, and others are in the works.  Hawaii’s innovative state bank bill addresses the foreclosure mess.  County-owned banks are being proposed that would tackle the housing crisis by exercising the right of eminent domain on abandoned and foreclosed properties.  Arizona has a bill that would do this for homeowners who are current in their payments but underwater, allowing them to refinance at fair market value.
  • How the Bailout Killed Local Lending -- And How Some States Hope to Bring It Back
  • Wall St likes your amnesia

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt / Truthout

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The long-awaited settlement between 49 state Attorneys General and the big five robo-signing banks is proving to be a major disappointment before it has even been signed, sealed and court approved. Critics maintain that the bankers responsible for the housing crisis and the jobs crisis will again be buying their way out of jail, and the curtain will again drop on the scene of the crime.

We may not be able to beat the banks, but we don’t have to play their game. We can take our marbles and go home.  The Move Your Money campaign has already prompted more than 600,000 consumers to move their funds out of Wall Street banks into local banks, and there are much larger pools that could be pulled out in the form of state revenues.



How the Bailout Killed Local Lending -- And How Some States Hope to Bring It Back, Ellen Brown,

  • "Wall Street banks have cut back on small business lending... [by] more than double the cutback in overall lending.... [Small business] options just keep disappearing." -Elizabeth Warren, Chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel
  • The Bailout that Missed Main Street

Wall St likes your amnesia, Ellen Brown, Asia Times

  • During all the time that the Fed was stuffing money into the pockets of failed banks, many Americans couldn't borrow a dime for a home, a car, or anything else. If the Fed had extended $26 trillion in credit to the American people instead of Wall Street, would there be 24 million Americans today who can't find a full-time job?
  • Taxpayers paid a price beyond dollars as the secret funding helped preserve a broken status quo and enabled the biggest banks to grow even bigger."
  • Obama Nominates Carlyle Group Partner to The Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Nader slams Vikings stadium financing plan

  • The stadium debate is "backwards," since taxpayers should be "demanding that the Vikings share some of their profits with taxpayers since taxpayers are in essence business partners with Vikings’ ownership due to the fact the public built the Metrodome for the Vikings to play their games in."
  • Would-be stadium spenders build their house upon sand

Eric Roper, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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In a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and the City Council, Nader said a public subsidy would be an unwise investment and urged lawmakers to hold a citywide referendum on the plan.

A consumer advocate who received nearly 3 percent of the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election, Nader sent the letter on behalf of his organization League of Fans. League of Fans, based in Washington, opposes public subsidies for sports teams.



Would-be stadium spenders build their house upon sand, Art Rolnick and Mike Meyers, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • For the latest display of shaky foundations supporting the case to spend public money for private gain, witness the feeble arguments for a new Vikings stadium made by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Council President Barbara Johnson
  • A Stadium's Costly Legacy Throws Taxpayers for a Loss

Taxpayers aren't only funding source for stadiums


What War on Religion?

  • If Obama is hell-bent on waging battle with religious institutions—as his critics allege—he sure has a funny way of showing it.
  • Far from waging war on religious organizations, Obama has largely left in place the federal faith-based infrastructure created by President George W. Bush. He has also increased the amount of federal dollars flowing to religious groups...Under Obama, Catholic religious charities alone have received more than $650 million...US Conf,Of Catholic Bishops got $81.2 million (a raise from Bush's $71.8m)
  • Special Project | President Obama, Change we can believe in?

Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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For months, Catholic religious leaders have waged a PR campaign criticizing the Obama administration for allegedly infringing on their religious liberties. They've blasted, among other things, an administration requirement (since rescinded) that institutions affiliated with religious organizations offer contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans. Religious conservatives are also fuming that the administration declined to renew a contract with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to provide services for human trafficking victims because the group refused to provide referrals for contraception and abortion to sexual assault victims.

Gary Marx, the executive director of Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition, sent out a fundraising letter this month urging people to sign a petition fighting Obama's "war on religion," writing: "The Obama Administration's actions are evidence of a pattern of hostility towards religious institutions and an antipathy to uphold and protect the nation's most fundamental founding principles."



Special Project | President Obama, Change we can believe in? Week of February 19, Jeanette Eastman, Associate Editor, Evergreene Digest
The key point is that Obama is a president who hasn’t merely tried but failed to achieve what he promised to achieve. He has deliberately and publicly worked to do the opposite of what he promised on key issues.
8 New Items including:

  • Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping Law
  • Obama’s Human Rights Insouciance
  • Populism and Pain in Obama's 2013 Budget Proposal
  • Obama’s Plan to Save the Military From Cuts-at the Expense of Domestic Programs
  • Despite Domestic Cuts, U.S. Aid To Israel Up By $25 Million In Proposed Budget
  • Obama's Proposed 2013 Budget Cuts Produce Safety Testing by the USDA
  • Why Obama should have vetoed FAA Reauthorization Act
  • Why white liberals are (really) ditching Obama

Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?

And a Military-First Policy on a Destabilizing Planet 


Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

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President Obama speaks to US troops at Fort Bragg, NC, 12/14/11. (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)

Here’s the ad for this moment in Washington (as I imagine it): Militarized superpower adrift and anxious in alien world.  Needs advice.  Will pay.  Pls respond qkly.  PO Box 1776-2012, Washington, DC.

Here’s the way it actually went down in Washington last week: a triumphant performance by a commander-in-chief who wants you to know that he’s at the top of his game.