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Just Keep Diggin’ That Hole, Mitt

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 17, 2009

Just when you thought you were safe from Willard, he’s tanned, rested, and spewing gibberish in his battle with Tim Pawlenty for the 2012 votes of the Cleon Skousen-Glenn Beck fan base as he attacks President Obama’s eminently sensible decision to scrap the useless and costly Reagan-Bush Star Wars missile shield concept once and for all.

Y’know, it might not be good for the Mittster to draw attention to himself right now, not when the news of the utter health care reform failure of RomneyCare (aka the MaxTax Co-Ops Beta) in his former home state is starting to make it onto the national media’s radar screens.

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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 56

Posted by Charles II on September 17, 2009

Out of pocket most of today.

Very good news! La Tribuna and El Heraldo both report that the UN is sending may send a special envoy to monitor human rights! [Added: My error. This is still in the planning stages and has not been voted on. Also, special envoys are one possibility. However, since I wrote to High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay about just this approach, I am feeling pretty good.]

RAJ has more worrisome news about grain reserves.

Magbana has a statement from Zelaya accusing the oligarchy of making a secret pact with presidential candidates to boycott the Arias plan. Specifically, that Elvin Ernesto Santos, Pepe Lobo, Bernard Martínez and Felicito Ávila met with Carlos Flores Facussé, Camilo Atala, Luis Alberto Rubí, el Cardenal Oscar Rodríguez, Arturo Corrales and Ricardo Alvarez. Note that the English statement below the Spanish is NOT a translation but a new document.

According to El Libertador, the Supreme Court has given the Congress 24 hours to show cause why Zelaya should not be allowed to return. If they don’t answer, Zelaya must be returned to power (fat chance). Now Tiempo is offline.

Update2: More diplospeak from State.

QUESTION: On Honduras, do you have any update? Because next week we have the United Nations Assembly. I don’t know if it’s going to be Micheletti or Zelaya or who’s going to come, if there’s going to be any (inaudible).

MR. CROWLEY: I do not expect any participation by the de facto regime. As for the current situation, we welcome the statement that four of the six candidates for president of Honduras made – with President Arias – confirming their support of the San Jose process. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Craig Kelly has returned from the region. He had a number of meetings over several days on the situation in Honduras and other developments in the region. I would expect next week we’ll continue to look for ways to support the San Jose process. I think the Secretary will meet with President Arias during the course of the – on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

Update: Adrienne has a brilliant, 3:54 film showing the nature of dictatorship. You don’t need Spanish to understand it. A city councilman speaks up at the official El Progreso celebration of Independence Day to protest the nerve of holding a celebration of liberty while the country is under effective martial law. Magbana at Honduras Oye has stuff here and here.
Day 81 of resistance was celebrated with a mega-march. Tiempo only credits it with “hundreds” of marchers, but it looked two orders of magnitude larger to me and, as mentioned in yesterday’s diary, one observer claimed hundreds of thousands; in spirit, surely. Hillary has elevated the importance of Honduras to Adjunct Subsecretary level. Bisa Williams of State will meet with Salvadoran chancellor Hugo Martinez to seek solutions. At least Martinez is clearly anti-coup. One major question is whether the presidential candidates have signed on to the ::cough:: “San Jose Accords.” Tiempo, cagily avoiding a mention of Carlos Reyes, says that all except Cesar Ham have commended it, but made no commitment to actually carrying out its provision to reinstate Zelaya (as RAJ points out). Ham said that the accords do not suffice to make peace and refused to sign. Radio Globo, on the other hand, was discussing that there has been a secret pact among the candidates that they will not support the, eh, “Accords”

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FOX “News” Caught In Anti-ACORN Smear

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 17, 2009

Media Matters has the details (and a video):

On September 15, Fox News’ Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity both broadcast Tresa Kaelke’s assertion, recorded on a hidden camera, that she had killed a former husband.

Both made a point of highlighting the statement. On
the September 15 edition of his show, Beck played the clip and then said, “She never spanked her kids, but she did shoot her husband dead.” Later that night, Hannity played the same clip before adding, “Specifically, now, she goes into this scenario about her husband and the killing of him.”

The following morning, on September 16, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson repeated the allegation, saying, “She killed somebody? Despite this, some lawmakers want to keep funding the group.” She later claimed that the husband was still alive, “according to ACORN.”

However, the San Bernardino Police Department itself
has now confirmed that Kaelke’s claim was untrue. A department statement released on September 15 reads:

“The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the claims made regarding the homicide. From the initial investigation conducted, the claims do not appear to be factual. Investigators have been in contact with the involved party’s known former husbands, who are alive and well.”

Furthermore, Kaelke has said that when she made the claim, she was seeking to deliberately mislead the undercover videographers, Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe, of whom she was suspicious.

“They were not believable,” Kaelke is quoted as saying in an
ACORN press release
. “Somewhat entertaining, but they weren’t even good actors. I didn’t know what to make of
them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me.”

Kaelke’s remarks have thus far been largely ignored by Fox News.

Kinda makes you wonder about their other videos.

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