Book recommendation - The Fox Effect

Book recommendation – The Fox Effect

We mix the Kool-Aid, you swallow it

For anyone who remembers 2009 and 2010, The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America will trigger a bit of PTSD. As the nation was suffering the result of eight years of failed Republican governance, conservative forces came up with a crazy scheme. They would blame the entire crisis on the President who inherited it. And this scheme worked perfectly.

Here’s the central thesis of The Fox Effect, based on my reading: Everything the Tea Party gets credit for was actually achieved by Fox News.…

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A legitimate Democrat finally announces for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District — Ruben Marquez


As I wrote last Thursday, Republican Joe Schwarz, who was being wooed by the Democratic Party to run in Michigan's 7th Congressional District on their behalf, decided last week NOT to run. This left only Kurt Haskell as the only candidate on the Democratic side and he is "a conspiracy theorist who worries about 'government overreach', talks about cutting taxes in the middle of a recession and isn’t a proponent an essential part of the Affordable Care Act." Well, on Friday, those of us Democrats in MI-07 got some very good news...
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5 reasons we can never let Mitt Romney become President of the United States

5 reasons we can never let Mitt Romney become President of the United States

Just For Men isn’t just Mitt’s favorite hair product, it’s his campaign slogan

I have only one prediction about the rest of 2012: It will be confusing.

827,000 private sector jobs have already been created since January 1, 2012. And apparently, we’re supposed to believe this is bad—compared to the 600,000+ were we losing a month when the President took office. Mitt Romney says he’d be creating 500,000 jobs a month. And the only President to ever do that for more than one month was Mitt Romney’s new hero — Jimmy Carter.

But there is some seriously bad news we have to deal with or we’ll be hoping the Mayans were right: voter registration is down among Hispanics and blacks, core parts of any winning Democratic coalition.…

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Republican Joe Schwarz declines to run as a Dem against Walberg in MI-07, Haskell only announced candidate

Seriously? There's not a single legitimate Democrat in MI-07?

Contrary to what I was told by multiple sources last month, Republican Joe Schwarz has decided NOT to run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th Congressional District. Schwarz was being recruited by Michigan Democrats to cross over despite his career as a Republican. What we're left with is ... well ... follow me over the jump and down the rabbit hole.
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An often-forgotten fact about George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech – UPDATED

Remember this? Most people don't, at least not correctly.

Most people probably remember George W. Bush swooping down out of the sky in a fighter jet and alighting onto the deck of the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier to give a rousing war speech under a gigantic "Mission Accomplished" banner. You probably remember that the USS Lincoln was in the Persian Gulf at the time and our "Wartime President" was there to celebrate the liberation of Iraq. Right? Wrong.
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An America That Works Together

An America That Works Together

How to cure Wall Street’s sad.

Rumor has it Wall Street isn’t happy with the President.

The engineers of the financial markets that crumbled in 2008 think the President needs to give a speech similar to the “A More Perfect Union” speech he gave during his first campaign. He’ll bring the country together, ending all class resentment and restoring Wall Street to its superhero patriot status. Another bailout, so to speak.

I’ll give Wall Street this; at least they recognize they are a problem, the controversial Reverend Wright of now who needs to be explained, interpreted.

Of course, Wall Street is also opposing any reforms that would prevent another financial crisis along with any policies that could reverse the dramatic transfer of wealth to the richest Americans that has taken place since 1979.…

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Proponents of Emergency Manager law repeal use rare legal move to force certification of petitions

I can haz democracy?

The legal team for the Stand Up For Democracy coalition seeking to put the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law — are using a rare legal move to force the Board of State Canvassers to certify nearly a quarter million petition signatures and put the repeal on the November ballot.

The Stand Up For Democracy coalition issued a statement yesterday (pdf) following a press conference explaining their move:

The Stand Up For Democracy coalition filed a writ of mandamus today with the Michigan State Court of Appeals, seeking to force the Secretary of State to place the repeal of the emergency manager law on the November ballot.…
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Democracy Day in Michigan: MAY 5th! (Caucuses and Snyder recall kick-off)

Democracy: use it or lose it

In a perfect confluence of democratic goings-on, I hereby dub May 5th, 2012 Democracy Day in Michigan. Two key events are happening that day. First, from 9 a.m. until noon, Democrats across the state will caucus to choose Barack Obama as their candidate for President of the United States. Then, starting at 2 p.m., there will be a rally on the grounds of the State Capitol to kick-off the second attempt to gather enough signatures to put the recall on Governor Rick Snyder on the November ballot. If you can't make it to the rally, it will be live-streamed here at Eclectablog. [Details about both events after the jump.]
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