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Rep. David Scott (D-GA) just appeared on CNN, discussing the swastika that was recently painted on his district office. And he also shared some very disturbing hate mail that he said he'd received lately -- before the swastika incident.

Scott showed a letter similar to one received by Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), showing the President Obam-as-Joker picture with the message, "Death to all Marxists! Foreign and Domestic!" The letter contained a message for Scott, who is black: "To: NIGGA DAVID SCOTT / You were / You are / And / You shall forever be a nigga!" It added, "The Ethiopian cannot make himself white."

Another letter said that Scott will go down in defeat at the next election, "and any of your colored constituents ain't gonna stop it. The folks are not going to stand for socialized medicine, even though most negroes refuse to stand on their own two feet."

"But we have to understand is," Scott said, "we can't let these kinds of racist things, or that swastika, win this debate. And that is not gonna happen."

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) is soldiering on with the right wing claims that health care reform legislation would include provisions for "death counselors."

Mica told a local radio station, "There are death counselors. There is authorization for reimbursement for those counselors for Medicare. You have a whole new cottage industry."

Mica is presumably referring to a provision in the House bill which would allow Medicare to reimburse doctors for counseling sessions in which they discuss end of life care, living wills and the like with patients.

Some more details have emerged from the arrest of 62-year old Richard Terry Young, who was found with a gun concealed in his pickup truck near the site of President Obama's visit yesterday to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Young, who was arrested several hours before Obama arrived, was initially detained for sneaking past the security perimeter. A search of his car found a .380 Kel Tec semi-automatic, hidden in a bag and with a round in the chamber. He was arrested on a charge of having a concealed weapon without a license.

That particular model of gun can be easily concealed, said arresting Officer Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald. "It can fit in the palm of my hand," said MacDonald, who added that the situation of the arrest "would have been very different if it was on his person."

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Today, President Obama awarded the late Harvey Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He said Milk's "message of hope, hope unashamed, hope unafraid, could not ever be silenced."

Here are his full remarks:

His name was Harvey Milk. And he was here to recruit us, all of us, to join a movement and change a nation. For much of his early life he had silenced himself. In the prime of his life he was silenced by the act of another. But in the brief time in which he spoke and ran and led, his voice stirred the aspirations of millions of people. He would become, after several attempts, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office. And his message of hope, hope unashamed, hope unafraid, could not ever be silenced. It was Harvey who said it best: You gotta give 'em hope.

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was puzzled to learn that members of Congress and other officials had received phone calls, listed as originating from his office, blaming Democrats for the country's fiscal woes. In one instance--a call to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)--the caller said there's "too much spending going on in D.C. but that Republicans weren't to blame."

Well, now Reid has determined that an unidentified group is to blame, and he'll be helping the Sergeant at Arms investigate the issue.

"An unidentified organization is dishonestly using Senator Reid's office number to mislead people and to create yet another distraction from the important issues our country needs to address," said Reid spokesman, Rodell Mollineau. "American families are suffering and every day that defenders of the status quo spend on misleading and disruptive tactics like this is a wasted opportunity to be working on finding real solutions."

Yesterday, Mollineau blamed the same calls on Republicans. "Whether it's disrupting town halls, spreading outrageous lies about health reform or even denying President Obama's American citizenship, these Republicans have shown that their only goal is to stop America from moving forward."

Rush Limbaugh today briefly discussed the swastika that was spray-painted at Rep. David Scott's (D-GA) district office -- tying it back to his own predictions that liberals would stage hoaxes to paint conservatives as bigots:

"I go to the Drudge page, and I said, whoa, Congressman David Scott, sign outside the office, swastika painted on it," said Limbaugh. "Ha ha ha, how convenient! How absolutely convenient!"

He did immediately add a disclaimer, however, that we don't know all the facts in this particular case.

Here are the leaked emails that suggest CNBC approaching tea partiers looking for protests with "energy" and "anger." Read the full story at TPMmuckraker.

On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Jenny Beth Martin wrote:

We have a media request for an event this week that will have lots of energy and lots of anger. This is for CNBC.

So, where are the big events this week and where can TPP best be represented on the news?

Let me know right away. Thanks!

-- Sent from my mobile device

Have a great day! Jenny Beth Martin XXX-XXX-XXXX Tea Party Patriots, National Coordinator ( Atlanta Tea Party, Co-Chairman ( Smart Girl Politics, Director of Congressional Outreach ( 912 March on DC, National Co-Coordinator (

From: pat wayman
Date: August 11, 2009 11:21:38 PM EDT
Subject: {Tea Party Patriots} Re: Media Request

This one should be a riot! literally....

Rep. David Scott DEM GA 13 District Health Fair

This is the Congressman who got a swastika painted on his office sign last night. I would make sure the event is not canceled though.

The web site where it was listed is:

In a White House reception with President Obama, her family, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens and dozens of friends, legislators and other well-wishers, newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave brief remarks thanking the nation for her confirmation.

"I am struck again today by the wonder of my own life, and the life we in America are so privileged to lead," she said.

Here are the full remarks by Sotomayor and Obama, released by the White House:

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody, and welcome to the White House. I am glad all of you could be with us today as we honor the newest member of our highest Court who I'm proud to address, for the very first time, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.)

We are also honored to be joined by Justice Sotomayor's new colleagues. We have Justice Ginsburg who is here -- (applause) -- as well as Justice Stevens. So I just want to thank both Justice Stevens and Justice Ginsburg not only for being here today, but for your extraordinary service on the Court. And I know you'll be giving Justice Sotomayor some good tips. (Laughter.)

I also want to thank everyone who's worked so hard to bring us to this day. I want to thank especially our Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy -- (applause) -- as well as our Senate Majority Leader, Senator Reid -- (applause) -- for their outstanding work to complete this process before the August recess.

I want to thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, both of whom are Justice Sotomayor's home-state senators, for their extraordinary work on her behalf. I want to thank all the members of Congress who've taken the time to join us here at the White House event. And I want to acknowledge all the advocates and groups who organized and mobilized and supported these efforts from the very beginning. Your work was absolutely critical to our success, and I appreciate all that you've done. So pat yourselves on the back. Congratulations. (Applause.)

Two members of Congress that I just especially want to acknowledge -- Senator Bob Menendez, who worked so hard on the Senate side. (Applause.) And Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who is our chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Applause.)

And I think we all want to take a moment to recognize the woman who, in so many ways, truly made this day possible -- Justice Sotomayor's mother, Celina Sotomayor. (Applause.) Mrs. Sotomayor is here with her husband, Omar; and Justice Sotomayor's brother, Juan; and other members of their family. And we're thrilled that they could join us here today.

And by the way -- I don't normally do this, but let me also just thank my extraordinary White House staff who helped to usher this stuff through. We're very proud of them. (Applause.) Thank you very much.

Of course, we're here not just to celebrate our extraordinary new Supreme Court justice and all those who've been a part of her journey to this day. We're here, as well, to celebrate an extraordinary moment for our nation. We celebrate the impact Justice Sotomayor has already had on people across America who have been inspired by her exceptional life story. We celebrate the greatness of a country in which such a story is possible. And we celebrate how, with their overwhelming vote to confirm Justice Sotomayor, the United States Senate -- Republicans and Democrats -- tore down yet one more barrier and affirmed our belief that in America, the doors of opportunity must be open to all.

With that vote, the Senate looked beyond the old divisions and they embraced excellence. They recognized Justice Sotomayor's intellect, her integrity, and her independence of mind; her respect for the proper role of each branch of government; her fidelity to the law in each case that she hears; and her devotion to protecting our core constitutional rights and liberties.

Justice William Brennan once said that in order for government to ensure those rights for all its citizens, government officials must be attentive to the concrete human realities at stake in the decisions they make. They must understand, as Justice Brennan put it, "the pulse of life beneath the official version of events." The pulse of life beneath the official version of events.

Justice Sotomayor understands those realities because she's witnessed them firsthand as a prosecutor, a litigator, and a judge, working to uphold our laws, keep our communities safe, and give people the chance to live out their dreams -- work that she has done with devotion, with distinction, and with an unyielding commitment to give back to this country that has given her so much.

And she understands these things because she's lived these things -- because her life is one of those "only in America" stories: raised by a single mom in the South Bronx determined to give her every opportunity to succeed; propelled by the talent and hard work that would earn her scholarships and honors at the best schools in the country; driven always by the belief that it doesn't matter where you come from, or what you look like, or what challenges life throws your way -- no dream is beyond reach in the United States of America.

And with her extraordinary breadth and depth of experience, Justice Sotomayor brings to the Court both a mastery of the letter of the law and an understanding of how the law actually unfolds in our daily lives -- its impact on how we work and worship and raise our families; on whether we have the opportunities we need to live the lives we imagine.

That understanding is vital for the work of a Supreme Court justice, as Justice Stevens and Justice Ginsburg will testify -- the work of applying principles set forth at our founding to the cases and controversies of our time.

For as visionary as our founders were, they did not presume to know exactly how the times would change, what new questions fate and history would set before us. Instead, they sought to articulate ideals that would be timeless -- ideals that would accommodate the ever-changing circumstances of our lives and preserve for each new generation our most sacred rights and freedoms.

When Justice Sotomayor put her hand on that Bible and took that oath, we took yet another step towards realizing those ideals. We came yet another step closer to the more perfect union that we all seek.

Because while this is Justice Sotomayor's achievement -- the result of her ability and determination -- this moment is not just about her. It's about every child who will grow up thinking to him or herself, if Sonia Sotomayor can make it, then maybe I can, too. (Applause.) It's about every mother or father who looks at the sacrifices Justice Sotomayor's mother made, and the successes she and her brother have had, and thinks, I may not have much in my own life, but if I work hard enough, maybe my kids can have more. It's about everyone in this nation facing challenges and struggles in their lives, who hear Justice Sotomayor's story and thinks to themselves, if she could overcome so much and go so far, then why can't I?

Nearly 80 years ago, as the cornerstone was laid for the building that became our Supreme Court, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes declared, "The Republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith."

Justice Sotomayor's rise from humble beginnings to the height of achievement is yet another symbol of that faith -- faith that the American Dream still endures; faith that "equal justice under the law" is not just an inscription in marble, but an animating ideal of our democracy; faith that in this great nation, all things are still possible for all people.

This is a great day for America, and I know that all of us here are proud and honored to have been a part of it.

And so, with that, I would like to introduce the newest member of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.)

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: No words can adequately express what I am feeling. No speech can fully capture my joy in this moment. Nothing can convey the depth of gratitude I feel to the countless family members, starting with Mom and my brother, and the many friends and colleagues -- so many of you who are here with me today, and the others who aren't -- who have helped me to reach this moment. None of this would have happened without all of you.

Mr. President, I have the most heartfelt appreciation for the trust that you've placed in me by nominating me. And I want to convey my thanks to the Judiciary Committee, led by Chairperson Leahy, for conducting a respectful and timely hearing, and to all members of the Senate for approving the President's selection. I am so grateful to all of you for this extraordinary opportunity.

I am most grateful to this country. I stand here today knowing that my confirmation as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court would never have been possible without the opportunities presented to me by this nation. More than two centuries ago, in a Constitution that contains fewer than 5,000 words, our founders set forth their vision for this new land. Their self-proclaimed task was to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, and to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity. Over the years, the ideals at the heart of that document have endured, as subsequent generations have expanded those blessings, these rights and freedoms to more and more Americans.

Our Constitution has survived domestic and international tumult, including a civil war, two world wars, and the catastrophe of September 11th. It draws together people of all races, faiths, and backgrounds from all across this country who carry its words and values in our heart. It is this nation's faith in a more perfect union that allows a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx to stand here now. (Applause.)

I am struck again today by the wonder of my own life, and the life we in America are so privileged to lead. In reflecting on my life experiences, I am thinking also today of the judicial oath of office that I first took almost two decades ago, and that I reiterated this past weekend -- to judge without respect to what a person looks like, where they come from, or whether they are rich or poor, and to treat all persons as equal under the law. That is what our system of justice requires, and it is the foundation of the American people's faith in the rule of law, and it is why I am so passionate about the law.

I am deeply humbled by the sacred responsibility of upholding our laws and safeguarding the rights and freedoms set forth in our Constitution. I ask not just my family and friends, but I ask all Americans, to wish me divine guidance and wisdom in administering my new office.

I thank you all again for the love and support you have shown me. And I thank President Obama and the United States Senate for the tremendous honor and privilege they have granted me. Thank you. (Applause.)

At the White House press briefing just now, Robert Gibbs specifically named Sarah Palin as a person who has been spreading false information about the administration's health care plan -- clearly a reference to the "death panel" smear, though he did not bring up that specific allegation.

Gibbs was asked for an example of people who have been spreading the disinformation he's complained about. "I think you've seen certain elected officials give out information that was wrong," said Gibbs.

When pressed further for an example, Gibbs replied: "Well, Sarah Palin gave out information that I think many of you all pointed out was wrong, just on Friday. So that's one."

It was then pointed out to Gibbs that Palin isn't an elected official anymore.

"Well fair enough," Gibbs replied, with a bit of a smile. "I promoted her, I guess, to current Alaska Governor rather than former."


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