The BRAD BLOG Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! 2015-07-04T04:40:10Z Copyright 2015 WordPress Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Into the Holiday With a Bang: 'BradCast' 7/2/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11255 2015-07-02T22:47:16Z 2015-07-02T22:47:16Z Iowa BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Wisconsin Mainstream Media Failure Environment Hillary Clinton Kentucky Democrats Republicans Michigan BP Oil Disaster KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Rand Paul Scott Walker Climate change Election 2016 BradCast Jim Webb It's our last BradCast before the long holiday weekend, so, after an amazingly encouraging week or two of news, we head into the July 4th weekend today with a whole bunch of stories that we've been trying to clear off our desk for the past week or two, along with a bunch of breaking news as well today.

From Trump and Bernie-mentum to Jim Webb entering the 2016 race to the dead-enders in Kentucky still fighting the Supreme Court ruling on marriage to more green news than we can even fit into a single Green News Report with Desi Doyen.

Oh, and real-life killer robots on the rise --- no, it's not product placement for the new Terminator movie, but it sure sounds like it --- before we finally end today's show with an encouraging bang (courtesy of our friend D.R. Tucker at Washington Monthly)!

Please enjoy and have a happy (and safe) 4th of July!...

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]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - July 2, 2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11253 2015-07-02T18:12:39Z 2015-07-02T18:12:39Z Fox 'News' North Carolina Alaska New York United Nations Mainstream Media Failure Environment Washington State Republicans U.S. Supreme Court Green News EPA Fracking Natural gas Coal Climate change Extreme weather Oklahoma

 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are on fire; Warming oceans linked to more shark attacks in North Carolina; China and Brazil formally commit to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions; PLUS: Fracking companies can now be sued for causing earthquakes... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): BP Agrees To Pay ‘The Largest Environmental Settlement In History’ Over Its 2010 Oil Spill; California Oil Train Risks Worse in Minority Areas; The Heat Is On: Climate change will make deadly heat waves like Pakistan’s and Europe’s worse than ever; Calif. May Allow Expanded Production as Oil Spill Cleanup Continues; 5 Things to Know About 2,4-D, the 'Possibly' Cancer-Causing Herbicide; Midwest flood risks could be underestimated by five feet... PLUS: Judge: Maui Ban On GMO Crops Is Invalid... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

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FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[The Long-Overdue Irrelevance of Ann Coulter]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11252 2015-07-02T14:35:19Z 2015-07-02T14:35:19Z Ann Coulter Fox 'News' Florida Election Fraud Connecticut Republicans We've spent no small amount of time over the years here at The BRAD BLOG calling out the duplicity, hypocrisy, cruelty and even felony crimes of Ann Coulter.

    We've personally run her off the radio waves, helped discourage otherwise legitimate news outlets from giving her airtime, lest they damage their own credibility, helped her become persona non-grata at CPAC (where she was previously queen), and helped to document, in no uncertain terms, her own, personal, multiple cases of voter fraud in at least two different states.

    People used to ask why we even bothered with her. She was and is, after all, clearly a horrible person with grotesquely ugly, hateful and violent views, and a years-long proclivity for propping herself and her career up at the unapologetically cruel expense of others.

    But Ann Coulter mattered. As a GOP Superstar, she helped set the agenda for a huge segment of the nation (whether the chumps, rubes and suckers she helped to influence even knew it, much less were willing to admit it.) And few were able to respond to her bullshit effectively to set the record straight.

    The good news, as Heather Digby Parton explains in a detailed column at Salon this week, Coulter, officially, no longer matters. Her books no longer sell, she is no longer the darling of the news networks and, as even she admits, she now has a very difficult time getting booked anywhere, much less being able to sell her once-popular, book-shaped screeds.

    "They're ignoring me now!," Coulter whined last month to New York's Annie Lowrey in an article headlined "Ann Coulter Wants to Know Why She Doesn't Make You Mad Anymore".

    "Coulter has found herself struggling to annoy, enrage, and otherwise provoke the mainstream media or the left," Lowrey reports. "Bloggers have left her alone. Twitter has left her alone. The networks have left her alone. 'Nobody will debate me!' she said. 'There's been no ABC, NBC, CBS for me on this book!'"

    Parton's brief, if detailed history of the once-very relevant rightwing polemicist is actually quite fair (far more than we would have been), as is her conclusion in Salon analysis, explaining why it is --- particular at the dawn of this new Progressive Age --- that Ann Coulter, simply, no longer matters...

    Lowrey thinks Coulter is pretty much an act that's gone sour in the age of polarization and she may be right. She compares her to Donald Trump (who Coulter extols for his "immigrants are rapists" comments, which she believes he got from her) and there is a certain kind of scary-clown aspect to both of them. But I think it's something else - she just isn't all that shocking anymore. And the reason is that, after all these years --- through which she and her fellow right-wing bomb throwers have been poisoning the discourse and polluting our politics with the most egregious dehumanization of just about everyone on the planet who doesn't look and sound like them --- nobody is listening anymore.

    Today, Ann Coulter is just political white noise. Sure, she'll sell her books to the small group of people who can't get enough of her bilious humor and hatred but her days of being a mainstream pop culture phenomenon are over. Everybody's heard it all before. There's almost a whiff of noxious nostalgia about it now.

    The question is whether or not there's anyone left in the Republican Party who can crawl out from under the pile of offal that people like Coulter have buried them under and say something new to America. For the first time in nearly two decades they are ignoring her provocations. Whatever else happens that's very good news.


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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA['Vultures' Descend on Greece; KS SoS Suppressing Thousands of Voters; Trump 'Fired' But Surging: 'BradCast' 7/1/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11251 2015-07-01T22:39:41Z 2015-07-01T22:39:41Z Election Irregularities Election Reform Iowa BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud Mexico Rights And Freedoms Kansas Accountability Voter Registration Republicans U.S. Supreme Court Economy KPFK Donald Trump Election 2016 TPP Kris Kobach BradCast Puerto Rico Greece Greece is the word! On today's BradCast, financial journalist David Dayen joins us to explain the latest news in the Greek fiscal crisis and how austerity measures being forced on them continue to harm the nation even as the Eurozone and IMF move to make things worse, citizens head to the polls to help decide what to do about it and the "vultures" continue to make out like bandits.

    "The problem is that these European institutions want Syriza [Greek's currently ruling leftist party] to suffer because they want to snuff this out," Dayen explains. "If an anti-austerity party is successful in one country in the Eurozone, that's going to tell the rest of the Eurozone that they don't have to live under these conditions anymore."

    Dayen also tips us off to a similar fiscal mess now unfolding in Puerto Rico and how, even though "FastTrack" authority for the TPP (and other trade agreements for the next six years) has now been passed by Congress and signed by Obama, the controversial secret trade agreement could still be blocked in the U.S. House.

    Then, I explain the Supreme Court decision you probably didn't hear about this week, which --- though good in that it tells Republican "voter fraud" fraudster and KS Sec. of State Kris Kobach to go to hell --- still leaves more than 30,000 otherwise perfectly legal voters in Kansas (and many in Arizona as well) unable to cast a vote in their own state.

    Finally, Trump-mania continues as The Donald is fired by one group after another yet still manages to vault into 2nd place in Iowa polling. Donald Trump is the modern Republican Party id, whether they'll admit it or not, and they've got a real problem on their hands. On the other hand, I couldn't be enjoying it more!

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[The Kochs' Chris Christie; The Wingnut Marriage Meltdown; The World's 'Most Important Climate Change Law Decision': 'BradCast' 6/30/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11250 2015-07-01T00:38:38Z 2015-07-01T00:38:38Z Fox 'News' BRAD BLOG New Jersey Bill O'Reilly BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Alabama Rights And Freedoms U.S. Constitution Environment Mike Huckabee Republicans Marriage Equality U.S. Supreme Court EPA Chris Christie KPFK Koch Industries Climate change Election 2016 Ted Cruz BradCast Today on The BradCast...NJ Gov. Chris Christie is officially in! He's running for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination with the slogan: "Telling Like It Is".

    But was he telling it like it was when he secretly snuck out of New Jersey in 2011 to secretly give the keynote address at the Koch Brothers secret billionaire summit in Vail, Colorado, as we reported exclusively here at BRAD BLOG and at Mother Jones that year?

    We'll tell you the real truth that Christie didn't and won't. And we'll play a bit of the secret audio tapes of Christie and David Koch (calling him "my kind of guy"), that we'd obtained and published at the time. (Read/listen to all the Koch Tapes stories, with audio and transcript, right here: BradBlog.com/KochTapes)

    Also, wingnuts - from Cruz to O'Reilly to Huckabee and beyond --- melt down following last week's Supreme Court rulings on marriage and "Obamacare". After picking such stupid fights in the first place, what would you expect? We enjoy laughing at them.

    Then, we're joined by attorney Michael B. Gerrard, director of Columbia University's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, to discuss yesterday's Supreme Court ruling striking down the EPA's rule limiting mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants (he explains a silver lining there), and the arguably even bigger news out of the Netherlands last week, where a court responded to a citizen lawsuit by ordering the Dutch government to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    "I would say this is the most important decision on climate change law outside of the United States ever issued," Gerrard explains about the first-of-its-kind, landmark ruling. "Assuming that it stands, it is an extremely important decision."

    Finally today, a bit of breaking news out of Cuba and then Desi Doyen with the latest Green News Report on all of the above and more...

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    ]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - June 30, 2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11248 2015-06-30T18:15:09Z 2015-06-30T18:15:09Z Environment Republicans U.S. Supreme Court Green News EPA Chris Christie Koch Industries Coal Antonin Scalia Solar Climate change Election 2016 Transportation

     

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down first-ever mercury pollution rules; NJ Gov. Chris Christie jumps into the 2016 GOP race - we'll tell you his position on climate change; Coal plant forced to clean up toxic air pollution in the Navajo Nation; PLUS: Solar-powered plane finally takes off on dangerous Pacific Ocean crossing... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China works for 'Win-Win' climate plan, Poised for U.N. Pledge; BP, Anadarko Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court on Gulf Spill fines; Lung-damaging silica a slow-motion tragedy for American workers; Dark region of ocean may shed light on climate change and other issues; 16 states file lawsuits against EPA over Clean Water rule; Farm waste and animal fats to power a United jet... PLUS: Aid Package for Coal Country Goes Ignored by Congress... and much, MUCH more! ...

    STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

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    FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[The Good, the Bad and the SCOTUS Ruling on Arizona Redistricting: 'BradCast' 6/29/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11247 2015-06-29T23:19:01Z 2015-06-29T23:19:01Z Election Reform Arizona BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Rights And Freedoms U.S. Constitution New Hampshire Death Penalty U.S. House Environment U.S. Supreme Court EPA KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Election 2016 BradCast It was another big day of decisions out the U.S. Supreme Court today, their last one of the session.

    So, on today's BradCast, we cover the new SCOTUS rulings knocking down the EPA's rule limiting mercury and arsenic emissions by coal-fired power plants (the health of the citizenry be damned); allowing the beastly use of a certain type of drug in executions (while opening the door to a Constitutional challenge to the Death Penalty); and upholding [PDF] the Arizona voter referendum requiring an "independent" commission carry out Congressional and state redistricting, rather than the state Legislature, as perfectly Constitutional.

    On that last ruling, a very important one in a number of ways, we speak today with Ted Downing, former AZ state legislator and the first head of its state Electoral Integrity Commission. While he agrees with me the decision was very good for the nation, for several key reasons, Downing, formerly a Democrat, now an independent, has quite a few concerns about the "so-called independent" redistricting commission created by the state's 2000 voter referendum. Downing explains the "huge conflict of interest" in the structure of that commission which, he says, is completely "rigged" in favor of the Republican and Democratic parties.

    Plus: More Trump-mentum, and even more Bernie-mentum, as both of those 2016 candidates continue to surge in New Hampshire polling! All of that and more on today's BradCast...

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    ]]> PDiddie <![CDATA[Sunday Toons: Of Flags and Fits]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11246 2015-06-28T12:41:03Z 2015-06-28T12:41:03Z Toons

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA['A More Perfect Union': 'BradCast' 6/26/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11245 2015-06-26T23:13:06Z 2015-06-26T23:13:06Z Election 2004 Texas Karl Rove Dennis Hastert BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Missouri U.S. Constitution Environment Barack Obama Marriage Equality U.S. Supreme Court LGBT Bush Legacy KPFK BradCast Bobby Jindal Today's landmark SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality was an extraordinary end to an extraordinary week. So, that what I was more than happy to cover on today's BradCast.

    Rights win again, as the U.S. Supreme Court finally declares marriage equality to be a fundamental right to Americans in all 50 states in the union. We discuss the 5-4 opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, its Constitutional basis, its fallout, its dead enders, and how we predicted it years ago --- even as the GOP was using "gay marriage" as a politicized weapon back in the 2004 elections.

    Our guest is Raw Story's Mike Rogers, who, as a journalist, has been helping to lead the way in this fight for years and served as the inspiration behind Kirby Dick's 2009 documentary film, Outrage, "a searing expose of the secret lives of closeted gay politicians".

    Rogers credits the Internet and the first-hand coverage of cases that it allowed, for shifting American opinion so quickly on the issue. It "gave us the opportunity to do the most important thing, which is to tell the stories in our own voices," he explains. "America hearing from those folks, and being able to more creatively use the media and the web --- to be able to move those stories of people with kids, people with spouses, people who were widowed like Jim Obergefell in his case, and what it will mean for him and his family now that his marriage is recognized in Ohio --- that happened because of a shifting change in the media. Change doesn't happen without that."

    Mike has also been a long-time friend of the blog and the show, having joined us for our "Big Gay Hour" episodes years before such things were done in polite company over our nation's public airwaves. Plus: Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report, to take us into the weekend. Enjoy the show!

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[BRAD BLOG 2004: 'Gay Marriage. Done Deal.'; SCOTUS 2015: MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11244 2015-06-26T18:29:11Z 2015-06-26T18:29:11Z BRAD BLOG Rights And Freedoms U.S. Constitution Marriage Equality U.S. Supreme Court Bush Legacy

    Not to say "we told ya so," but...well...

    In February of 2004, in the 15th article we ever posted to The BRAD BLOG, in a short piece headlined "Gay Marriage. Done Deal." we wrote rather presciently (even if we say so ourselves) and seemingly against all odds at the time: "The wall seems to be finally coming down, and the GOP and DNC are as powerless to stop it as East German Chancellor Erich Honecker was to stop the Berlin Wall from toppling in '89."

    While the institutional barriers erected against marriage equality didn't fall quite as quickly as the Berlin Wall was finally toppled, today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling [PDF] in Obergefell v. Hodges, determining that marriage is a fundamental Constitutional right in all fifty states in the union, came faster than almost everyone had could have predicted, certainly 11 years ago.

    In September of 2010, in the midst of some seemingly dark days for the nation, but even as the first of many federal court cases began to reveal the utter moral bankruptcy of the case against equal rights for all, we reminded readers once again that rights always win and haters always lose...eventually.

    Here's what we wrote at the time...

    As horrible as things seem right now --- with sociopathic loons on one side of the aisle, cowardly failures on the other, a mainstream corporate media completely out of touch with virtually everything that matters, an economy in which everyone but the rich are gasping for air --- there is one very bright spot on which we can all take great comfort.

    Rights win.

    It rarely happens immediately, and almost never without a far-too-long struggle, but rights for we, the people, almost always eventually win in this nation --- usually against all odds, avarice, greed and ignorance --- but our Constitution is brilliant enough that rights eventually win out.

    If you have any doubt, look no further than the latest news heralding the last dying gasps of institutionalized homophobia in our laws and in our military.

    The good news is: the haters have lost. The question which played such an enormous --- if entirely trumped up --- role in our Presidential elections just 6 years ago has been all but finally settled.

    Well before the end of this decade (and likely far sooner than that, perhaps even before the end of Obama's first term in office), marriage equality for gays and lesbians will be recognized in every state in the union, and homosexuals will be as welcome in our nation's military as African-Americans.

    It's over. The good guys have won. In these quiet victories of rights over wrongs, we can all take some quiet comfort, even in these maddening, ugly days...

    The bad guys may not have come to terms with it yet, they may not have even noticed yet, but they have lost. The Constitutional right to "equal protection" under the law eventually wins. And there is nothing that all of the hateful politicians, brain-dead media and disinformed citizenry can do to change that.

    In 2004, in one of our earliest postings, amidst all the phony sturm und drang about it, we told you that "gay marriage" was a "done deal". And so it is, or will soon very much be.

    As bad as everything seems right now --- actually is right now --- take heart. Rights will always win. Eventually. We shall overcome.

    (And there's nothing Fox "News", evil Republicans, cowardly Democrats, deviously disinformed Americans or anybody else who hates the Constitution and American Values can do about it. So have a nice weekend.)

    It didn't happen "before the end of Obama's first term in office," as we had predicted might "perhaps" be the case. But, other than that. I think we were pretty close.

    We've noted for many years how marriage equality was a conservative value, at least for real conservatives who actually say they believe in the U.S. Constitution.

    Ronald Reagan-appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion, written on behalf of the Court's 5-4 majority today, based his decision on the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, which follows:

    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    With that in mind, our prediction was always an easy one for real conservatives --- like us --- who believe in the Constitution.

    Moral: Always trust The BRAD BLOG. Oh, and yes, have another nice weekend...

    (More on all of this later today on The BradCast.)


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