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Yes Men’s fake BofA site is back

The activist satirists wrote that “…We at Bank of America are launching a forum in which you, the American taxpayer, can prepare for the time that you own us.” At first, Google blacklisted the site as a “phishing scam.” More here.

R.I.P.

Dick Clark.

Tonight

Thursday, April 12 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Jay visits with Glenn Carle, 23 year veteran of the Clandestine Services of the Central Intelligence Agency and author of The Interrogator, in which Glenn tells the story of one of the most secret and sensitive CIA interrogations during the US War on Terror. (Click through to a truly chilling video.) Follow @JayAckroyd. Listen live and later on BTR.

Propaganda

So one three-minute copter ride (something Gov. Christie seems to love) is all it takes to untangle the complicated situation in the Middle East, and it coincidentally lines up with what the right-wingers have said all along!

PRINCETON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (JTA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cautioned against Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday following his first trip to Israel earlier this month, Christie, who has been mentioned by Republicans as a possible vice presidential pick, said the most “eye-opening” part of his trip was a helicopter tour over part of the West Bank with Israeli military officials. Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush expressed a similar sentiment after taking a similar helicopter tour in 1998 with then-Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon.

“Everyone who thinks they have an opinion that’s worth something on the Palestinian issue should take that tour,” Christie said. The helicopter ride took “three minutes from West Bank settlements to the Mediterranean. A missle goes much faster than a helicopter.”

Parental guidance

For years, whenever I’ve been forced to sit through a children’s dance recital, I’ve been appalled at how blatantly they sexualize little girls. (I can assure you if I’d had girls, if they wanted to take dance lessons, I’d be sure to find a place that didn’t make them wiggle like miniature hookers.) Like this video, for instance: Why is it necessary to make nine-year-olds look like pole dancers? “Oh, because all the competition is wearing the same thing!” See how that works? (via Riverdaughter.)

Koch fortune

It all started with marrying a rich man’s daughter! And thus began the chain of lucky DNA…

Julian Assange

Glenn nails it. The Times should be ashamed.

The cheese stands alone

Sheriff Joe.

SuperPAC

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are freaking geniuses.

Of course

ALEC sent out an SOS to Breitbart bloggers:

Shortly after issuing a press release announcing that it was disbanding its “Public Safety and Elections Task Force” after 30 years, the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) held a training for the right-wing blogosphere.

ALEC Director of External Relations Caitlyn Korb spoke yesterday at a Heritage Foundation “Bloggers Briefing,” begging conservative bloggers for help while prepping “a very aggressive campaign to really spread the word about what we actually do.” Korb appears to be a new ALEC employee who recently worked for the Cato Institute. Both ALEC and Cato have received funding fromKoch family foundations. The Heritage Foundation is anALEC member.

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ALEC’s new FAQ is riddled with errors, including:

  • “The potential solutions discussed at ALEC focus on free markets, limited government and constitutional division of powers between the federal and state governments.” It is hard to discern what voter suppression bills, tax breaks for big tobacco, bans on unionization, protections for companies whose products injure or kill, and “Stand Your Ground/Kill at Will” laws have to do with free markets.
  • “The organization respects diversity of thought; it is a non-partisan resource for its members, which include more than 2,000 Republican and Democratic state legislators.” Diversity of thought apparently refers to Republicans talking to Republicans. Although touted as “nonpartisan,” when CMD launched ALEC Exposed, out of 104 legislators in leadership positions in ALEC, only one was a Democrat. It’s hard to believe that ALEC phone briefs on redistricting are totally nonpartisan.
  • “Unlike in many private sector groups that offer model legislation, elected state legislators fully control ALEC’s model legislation process.” As ALEC’s public “Task Force Operating Procedures” (PDF, p. 8) and other documents reveal, corporate members vote alongside legislators in ALEC task forces.
  • “Each state legislator and their constituents then decide which solutions are best for them and their states.” For the most part, constituents have no way of knowing that corporations wrote or approved ALEC legislation behind closed doors.

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