Mojo - October 2011

Limbaugh Thinks Obama Wants To "Kill Christians"

| Mon Oct. 17, 2011 10:27 AM EDT

Rush Limbaugh set a new low for reactionary tribalism on Friday when he reflexively defended Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army after hearing that President Barack Obama was sending a hundred U.S. troops to Uganda to assist in capturing or killing the warlord.

Following some (extremely) superficial Googling, Limbaugh surmised that the LRA were "Christians" who were "fighting the Muslims in Sudan" and therefore wonderful people. In fact Kony and the LRA are what Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth describes as a group of "roving mass murderers" that "descends on a remote village, slaughters every adult in sight, and then kidnaps the children, some shockingly young—the boys to become soldiers slinging AK-47s, the girls to serve as "bush wives."

Limbaugh then deduced from Obama's decision to send troops to help fight the LRA that the massacres of Coptic Christians in Cairo carried out by the Egyptian military were done with Obama's tacit support as well, because Obama offered rhetorical support to the protesters who brought down former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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Breaking: The GOP Primary Calendar Is Still a Total Mess

| Mon Oct. 17, 2011 9:37 AM EDT
The tentative GOP primary schedule works just fine for Mitt Romney—which is why everyone else wants to change it.

On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidates will gather in Las Vegas to debate the short- and long-term impacts of economic inequality and how to address them Mitt Romney's Mormonism. This time, Buddy Roemer and Gary Johnson won't be the only candidates watching from home: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has announced he'll be skipping the event in protest of the state GOP's decision to hold its caucus on January 14, which he believes is encroaching on the rightful domain of historically first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary. As he put it, "The New Hampshire primary is too important and the process itself is too important to be compromised."

Huntsman is saying this mostly because he's bet his entire campaign on a strong showing in the Granite State, but he isn't the only candidate to express dissatisfaction with Nevada. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has pledged not to contest the caucuses unless the date changes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum recently canceled his planned appearances in Nevada, out of respect for Iowa, New Hampshire, and Christmas. Newt Gingrich, who is reportedly still running, has also vowed not to campaign there. Pseudo-front-runner Mitt Romney, whose success depends on winning both New Hampshire and Nevada, has publicly supported the latter state's efforts, while behind the scenes his campaign lobbied for the controversial date change. Rick Perry, who has been endorsed by Nevada's GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, has stood by the state, as well. Herman Cain has said that while he's not familiar with the specifics of the situation, he stands by Israel.*

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 17, 2011

Mon Oct. 17, 2011 5:57 AM EDT

US Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Reynolds, Security Forces squad leader attached to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, fights racing water while holding onto a tow strap attached to an Afghan National Army vehicle stuck in the Lurah River in Shinkai District, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2011. The ANA asked PRT Zabul for assistance because of the PRT's vehicle recovery capabilities. US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras.

Exclusive: Video of NYPD's Arrests at Washington Square Park

| Sun Oct. 16, 2011 8:41 AM EDT

Last night, capping off a long day of protests around Manhattan and the world, Occupy Wall Street held a meeting in Washington Square Park to discuss whether to set up a permanent occupation there. Unlike the park that houses the original OWS occupation near Wall Street, Washington Square is a publicly-owned space that's subject to a 12 a.m. closing time imposed by New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation. As midnight approached, the New York City Police Department dispatched more than 100 police officers in riot gear to push out the occupiers. Some of them chose to resist, and I was there inside the police cordon to capture this exclusive video (the confrontation with police happens near the end): 

Front page image: Andrew Katz/Flickr

#OWS Hails a Cab. The Rest is Legend.

| Sun Oct. 16, 2011 3:25 AM EDT

 After a night of arrests, endless meetings, and hipster cops, the guys manning the Occupy Wall Street livestream finally decided they'd had enough of hoofing it from Washington Square Park all the way back to Wall Street. They caught a cab, camera still rolling. That's when they met Khan from Pakistan, and the rest is TAXI CAB MAGIC: 

Watch live streaming video from occupywallstnyc at livestream.com

Corn on Hardball: Can Cain Beat Romney?

Fri Oct. 14, 2011 9:30 PM EDT

David Corn and Politico's Jonathan Martin joined Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss whether Herman Cain can pull off an upset and beat Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP primary race.

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Obama Sends Soldiers to Help Hunt Down Joseph Kony

| Fri Oct. 14, 2011 7:02 PM EDT
Marie-Paul Kimakosa lost most of her family to the LRA.

Just two weeks after his administration again waived military-aid restrictions on African countries where child soldiers fight and die, Obama says he is sending 100 US troops to central Africa to help regional armies hunt down war criminal Joseph Kony and other Lord's Resistance Army leaders.

"These forces will act as advisors to partner forces that have the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA," Obama said in a letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

US soldiers will have a limited role in the operation—they are there to give "information, advice, and assistance," and are not to engage in combat unless it's necessary for self-defense.

Who's Advising Herman Cain? Sorry, That's Classified

| Fri Oct. 14, 2011 3:20 PM EDT
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is refusing to disclose the names of his top policy advisers.

According to the latest poll, if not necessarily the conventional wisdom, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain is currently the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. The natural consequence is that people now care about the actual ideas he has proposed, and the results aren't pretty: Independent analyses of Cain's signature 9-9-9 tax plan show that it would double taxes on the middle class, and hike taxes on low-income Americans by a factor of nine. That's less surprising when you consider that the plan was crafted not by a professional economist or budget wonk, but by Rich Lowrie, a financial manager at a Wells Fargo office in Pepper Pike, Ohio, with a B.S. in accounting.

So how has Cain responded to the scrutiny? By clamming up. CNN's Kevin Liptak reports that Cain is now refusing to name any of his other economic advisers, because he's concerned that they will become punching bags for his opponents:

Rupert Murdoch Compares US Education System to Third World Country's

| Fri Oct. 14, 2011 1:48 PM EDT
Rupert Murdoch

News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch has spent the last six months or so battling a rash of bad press over allegations that his UK-based News of the World tabloid engaged in phone-hacking and other unseemly journalistic practices that resulted in his closing the paper all together. His most public appearances have been before the British Parliament, defending his company from a high-level investigation. But on Friday, Murdoch made an altogether different sort of appearance in the US, headlining an education summit hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Murdoch has taken a sudden interest in the plight of poor American school children languishing in substandard schools, which he says have lower standards than "American Idol." Of course, Murdoch's interest in public schools seems mostly because of the money to be made there. He's said that he sees the American education sector as a $500 billion market that's largely been untapped by companies like his. News Corp. ventured into this world last year by purchasing the ed tech company Wireless Generation and hiring former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein.

Herman Cain, With Extra Cheese

| Fri Oct. 14, 2011 6:02 AM EDT

Way before he served up the 9-9-9 Plan, Herman Cain was best known as the CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Which means that anyone doing oppo research on the GOP presidential front-runner du jour is going to have to dig through his past as a junk-food magnate, from his start as a business analyst at Coke and his rise through the ranks at Burger King to his eventual breakthrough as the first black executive to head a leveraged buyout of a fast-food company.

A quick perusal of his old press clippings didn't turn up anything as potentially embarrassing as, say, this photo of a cash-hungry Mitt Romney, just a few morsels that are more cheesy than saucy. Enjoy!   

Herman Cain Coke: Jet, April 25, 1974

Cain bubbles up at Coke. Jet, April 25, 1974

 

Herman Cain Burger King: Ebony, April 1984

Cain as a Burger King veep. Ebony, April 1984

 

Herman Cain pizza: Black Enterprise, February 1988

"This Pizza Man Delivers." Cain, after taking over at Godfather's Pizza. Black Enterprise, February 1988

 

Herman Cain pizza: Ebony, April 1988

"In 1986, Cain…was named president of Godfather's Pizza, and by most accounts, it was an offer he could have easily refused." Ebony, April 1988

 

Herman Cain pizza: Ebony, April 1988

"Sampling a pizza is never a problem for Godfather's president. Cain is a frequent visitor to the company's test kicthens." Ebony, April 1988

 

Herman Cain pizza: Black Enterprise, August 1988

"Herman Cain pieces together a hot deal." Black Enterprise, August 1988