All Further Articles for 2010-02-16

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Glenn Beck vs. Bob the Wonder Poodle
Comic Relief Dept: A Facebook group is trying to collect more fans for Bob, the Tin-Foil-Hat-Wearing Wonder Poodle, than Glenn Beck. Bob has 149,034 fans, with the numbers climbing fast. We don't know Beck's numbers. We also don't know what this proves, except a. Alot of people have too much time on their hands. b. Alot of people don't like Beck. In fact, his 103rd sponsor just dropped him.
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No Place For That
The Nashville community has rallied in support of area Muslims after vandals defaced a local mosque in the wake of an infllammatory report by a local news station. People showed up to denounce the hate-mongering, clean up the "Muslims go home" graffiti, and attend an open house for a crash course on Islam. "Our neighbors are our neighbors." – Salaad Nur of the Al-Farooq Mosque.
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Foot in Racist Mouth
Fox News host Steve Doocy backtracked, sort of, after suggesting that all potential terrorists "look alike," presumably because they aren't pasty-faced white guys like him. He can't tell the difference between an African and a British-Jamaican, but no, we don't do racial profiling. "When you think about it, for the most part, all of the people who try to blow airliners out of the sky look alike."
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Political Prairie Fire
How cool is this: The success of the country's only socialist bank, born of the 1915 radical workers' and farmers' insurgency known as the Nonpartisan League, may serve as a model for states struggling with the economic crisis. The state-owned Bank of North Dakota, the brainchild of a failed flax farmer and Socialist organizer, offers cheap loans to farmers, students and businesses – and is doing just fine, thanks. "In my experience, you make a contact with the (Bank of North Dakota), and their question is, 'How do we get this done? They're not looking at ways to knock it down."
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Monday, February 15, 2010
The Bread of Dependence
Happy 190th Birthday to Susan B. Anthony, activist, reformer and mother of the women's suffrage movement. The event was marked by the opening of a museum in her honor, complete with controversy about her possibly anti- abortion stance - controversy that by all accounts she would have savored. "There is not the woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence, no matter whether it be from the hand of father, husband, or brother; for any one who does so eat her bread places herself in the power of the person from whom she takes it."
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Awash in Money
The Times looks at the "fundraising juggernaut" that is the Congressional Black Caucus , which is supposed to give scholarships to poor black kids but spends far more on lavish parties funded by questionable corporate interests. If true, this is really depressing; somehow, we thought they'd do better. The Foundation spent more on the caterer for its signature legislative dinner - nearly $700,000 - than it gave out in scholarships, federal tax records show.
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