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Working Full Time Again…

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2007 7:35 am by HL

How are you all doing. The foul financial circumstances of blogging have forced me to accept full time employment again. Just started on Monday and haven’t had time to do anything. So we have a guest blogger today. Carolyn Kay from the great Make Them Accountable
Here are Carolyns stories of the day.



OUR SIDE STILL DOESN’T
GET IT:
(by Bob
Somerby at the Daily Howler)
Why aren’t neo-cons and Republicans on the defensive? In large part, it’s
because they get puffed—and Democrats get jeered—within the sprawling public
discussion constructed by the “mainstream” press. Democrats are constant figures
of ridicule—and Republicans simply are not. This framework is being extended
today, even as liberals like Josh [Marshall] refuse to discuss it. In large
part, that’s why it’s easy for scum-bags like Giuliani to go around mocking Big
Dems. And that is why it’s much, much harder for Dems to return the favor.

Mega-donors
prepare for ’08 battle

Sources involved in the nascent effort said representatives of Democratic
powerhouses like MoveOn.org and the Service Employees International Union, along
with super-wealthy individuals like the fund manager George Soros, are hashing
out the details of a planned independent effort that could finance tens of
millions of dollars of television advertisements. But when they meet after the
two-day conference of the Democracy Alliance in Washington, D.C., this week, the
donors will aim not to repeat what they see as the mistakes of the last
presidential campaign.
Think about what they’re doing. 
They’re putting more money in the pockets of the very media moguls who pay their
minions so well to say nothing good about Democrats while puffing up Republicans
as much as possible.  These donors are paying for the destruction of the belief
system they profess to support.  How I wish I could get some of these people
interested in funding a


media infrastructure

of our own!

Don’t let them fool you:
GAO: Reduction
In Violence Due To ‘Ethnically Cleansed Neighborhoods’ In Iraq

Violence is “down significantly from last year,” declared President Bush. In
a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee [Tuesday], Joe Christoff of
the Government Accountability Office stated that this recent reduction in
violence should be taken with a grain of salt, as it coincides with increased
sectarian cleansing and a massive refugee displacement.

War
protests: Why no coverage?
(by Jerry Lanson)
Boston – Coordinated antiwar protests in at least 11 American cities this
weekend raised anew an interesting question about the nature of news coverage:
Are the media ignoring rallies against the Iraq war because of their low turnout
or is the turnout dampened by the lack of news coverage?.. That most Americans
oppose the war in Iraq is well established… Given that context, it seems
remarkable to me that in some of the 11 cities in which protests were held –
Boston and New York, for example – major news outlets treated this "National Day
of Action" as though it did not exist.

B.S. Detector:
DOJ Statement on Blackwater, just out …
(by Josh Marshall of Talking
Points Memo)
[DOJ statement:] "… any suggestion that the Blackwater employees in question
have been given immunity from federal criminal prosecution is inaccurate…” A
highly knowledgeable responds … “[A]s a practical matter if the Blackwater
folks got use immunity, there is virtually no chance they will be tried or
convicted for any crime…Bottom line: DOJ’s statement is a very careful
bamboozle. Don’t be fooled.”



Gen. Petraeus’ Spokesman Denies Sending Angry Email — Plot Thickens

A critical email allegedly sent by a top U.S. military spokesman to a
leading blogger this past weekend is starting to draw mainstream attention. But
the colonel had sent an equally hot note to E&P in May defending the general —
without reading the report in question.



Huckabee Is Lying
(by tristero at Hullabaloo)
[Republican Presidential candidate Mike] Huckabee worked hard to release a
convicted rapist from prison for one reason only: because extreme rightwing
operatives believed that Bill Clinton had unfairly persecuted an innocent man –
possibly even ordering the rapist’s castration – in order to advance his career.
Nothing could be further from the truth.



A test case for the media
(by Paul Krugman)
OK, Rudy Giuliani has just released an ad claiming that the survival rate from
prostate cancer is much higher in America than in Britain, thus proving the
failure of socialized medicine. The problem is that his claim is just plain
false. In fact, mortality rates from prostate cancer are almost the same in
America and Britain.  So, will this get as much attention as, say, the Edwards
haircut or the Hillary laugh? Will it get any coverage at all?

Stephen Colbert’s
joke is on the press
(by Eric Boehlert)
[T]he Colbert candidacy becomes a distraction only if the press allows it to.
And the sad fact is the press already has allowed it to, because the press
literally drives itself to distraction on the campaign trail. That’s not an
unfortunate side effect of the process. That’s the goal.



Right Wing Talkers Blame Congress For Not Defining Waterboarding As Torture

(by Logan Murphy at Crooks and Liars)
[On MSNBC’s Dan Abrams’ show,] Pat Buchanan actually says that Congress needs to
pass a law banning it and Michael Reagan chimes in on the same point. Hey
Buchanan and Reagan, ever hear of the Geneva Conventions? We need to pass a law
saying we’re going to honor an international treaty?
Click through to watch the video.



House Republicans: We Opposed SCHIP Program Because Dems Were Mean To Us

This is pretty amusing. House Republicans have concocted a new explanation
for why they voted against the SCHIP children’s health care expansion despite
the fact that it had bipartisan support in Congress and was backed by strong
majorities of the American people. The latest rationale: They voted against it
because Democratic leaders were nasty to them. That’s what angry House GOPers
have now told Dem leaders in a private meeting on the Hill.


Norman Podhoretz: Anyone Who Doesn’t Want To ‘Bomb Iran’ Is Appeasing ‘Hitler’

On the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer [Monday] night, Commentary Magazine
editor-at-large Norman Podhoretz, who is also a foreign policy adviser to Rudy
Giuliani, repeated his claim that there is “only one terrible choice” left with
Iran, which is to “bomb” their “facilities” and “retard” their nuclear program.
When Newsweek’s Fareed Zackaria asserted that deterrence was a viable option,
Podhoretz repeatedly accused him of “an irresponsible complacency” that “is
comparable to the denial in the early ’30s of the intentions of Hitler”.
Click through to watch the video.



George Will Wants Those Lazy Seniors Off The Dole

[George Will:] “Sixty-five days from now, the first of 78 million baby
boomers begun (sic) to retire. Most Americans who collect Social Security begin
to collect it at age 62, which is absurd. We have the public subsidizing
increasingly long and comfortable retirement of people for a third to a half of
their adult lifetime. Now. That’s why one in four voters in 2004 was over 60
years old. The elderly have the biggest stake in the welfare state, which exists
to transfer wealth to them.”
My payments to Social Security over
many years mean nothing to this man.  I’m on welfare as far as he’s concerned.



Theocracy Now!
(by Max Blumenthal)
On October 20 and 21st, I attended the Value Voters Summit… Rev. Lou Sheldon,
dubbed "Lucky Louie" by his former paymaster Jack Abramoff, told me that
homosexuality is a "pathological disorder"… Star Parker, a former welfare cheat
who had multiple abortions, claimed to me that abortion is the leading cause of
death among African American women between the ages of 25 and 34. Then she
described her wish for the forced quarantine of all "sodomites."
Click through to watch the video.



"The Largest Tax Increase in History": They’re So Cute When They Say This

(by Dean Baker)
The NYT … quoted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as saying that
[Rep. Rangel’s tax] proposal is the “largest increase in the history of
America.” It would have been worth mentioning that this is not true since some
readers may not be aware of this fact. It also would have been appropriate to
point out that charging that a particular tax increase is "the largest in
history" is a Republican ritual. There have been many proposals that they have
labeled the "largest tax increase in history" over the last two decades.

Media Matters for America headlines


Media outlets
uncritically reported White House claim that it does not "employ" fake reporting


MSNBC’s Carlson
falsely claimed he does not "touch" Bill Clinton’s "sex life"


NY Times quotes
2005 blog post claiming Obama compared himself to Christ


Matthews,
Blitzer uncritically cited Giuliani ad without noting his use of "meaningless"
stat, according to cancer expert


Buchanan: Obama
is "not what you would expect from a black guy from the South Side of Chicago"


Time’s Halperin
further distorts poll results mis-cited by Hannity, attributing to "the
Democrats" the view that U.S. better off if Iraq war is lost


Sally Bedell
Smith characterizes as "absolutely fair" Russert’s suggestion that Hillary
Clinton to blame for 40 million uninsured


Ex-Gov. du Pont
claimed "[t]ax rate reductions increase tax revenues" — several Bush
administration economists disagree


Blitzer did not
challenge Huckabee’s claim that Saddam "said that he had" WMD

Katine:
Guardian’s Unique Take on Crowdsourcing

If you have ten minutes today, check out Katine: it starts with a village.
With this project The Guardian is doing something very special indeed with
crowdsourcing, interactive storytelling, and journalism itself.



Clear Channel is attempting to silence Bruce Springsteen
(by John Amato
at Crooks and Liars)
Here we go again. The Dixie Chicks redux! Bruce has the #1 record in all the
land called ” Magic,” but… “sources tell [Roger Friedman at Fox News] that Clear
Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from
‘Magic’.”… Republican owned corporate media once again is attempting to silence
progressive positions.

What would
critics say if Couric hosted "Saturday Night Live"?

Ed Bark thinks Brian Williams is "pushing it" by appearing on "Saturday
Night Live" Nov 3. "Maybe this is finally what Katie Couric needs," he writes.
"Because seriously folks, how can anyone question her gravitas or hard news
acumen after Williams submits to ‘SNL’ and becomes the first incumbent news
anchor to host it? …Imagine the reaction if Couric instead were taking the ‘SNL’
plunge."



Web wit livens up Australian election campaign

SYDNEY (AFP) – The Internet is proving both a blessing and a curse for the
major players in Australia’s election campaign, as online satirists gleefully
mock politicians’ carefully-crafted messages to voters.

Bloggers beware:

Confirmed: Selling Links Will Hurt Your Google Page Rank

Last week we saw quite an uproar when a number of prominent blogs had their
Google Page Rank (Google’s measure of a site’s authority) dramatically lowered,
presumably for engaging in the practice of selling text links to other sites.
Today, Matt Cutts of Google has confirmed that the company does indeed penalize
web sites that engage in the buying and selling of text links.



When Brand Companies Become Media Companies: Serious Implications

Have you noticed? More and more brand and other companies are becoming
part-time media companies. This, of course, is yet another "unpleasant"
development (from the media company perspective) inspired by the Internet that
makes it harder to sell advertising. Is there a silver lining?



Online Marketers Joining Internet Privacy Efforts

People will soon be able to sign up for do-not-track lists, which will help
shield their Web surfing habits from marketers eager to deliver specific ad
pitches to them.



Is U.S. stuck in Internet’s slow lane?

NEW YORK – The United States is starting to look like a slowpoke on the
Internet. Examples abound of countries that have faster and cheaper broadband
connections, and more of their population connected to them.


Video: Condi Called War Criminal To Her Face.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on October 25th, 2007 7:56 am by HL

Here is a video of Condoleeza Rice entering a hearing and having someone come up and yell “War Criminal” right to her face. The Police proceed to drag members of Code Pink, who were quietly sitting in the audience out forcibly. (the lady who screamed at Condi was not a member, at least she was not wearing Pink, like the members who were dragged out despite saying nothing)
Once again free speech in America is stifiled while the ruling elite get away with mass Murder. Check out the video.


Los Angeles & Kucinich: On The Same Page Reguarding War

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2007 7:45 am by HL

Kucinich Praises Los Angeles City Council Vote to Bring the Troops Home’

Yuba.net
Excerpt
Ohio Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich Tuesday congratulated the Los Angeles City Council for its passage of a resolution urging President Bush and the Congress to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home.

The resolution, which passed on a 12-2 vote, was sponsored by City Councilor William Rosendahl, a member of the City Council’s International Relations Committee. It calls for a complete withdrawal from Iraq of United States military personnel, as well as contractors supporting the military effort and military bases; and also seeks “appropriate medical, psychological, financial and education assistance for veterans” returning from the conflict. And the resolution also supports “non-military financial aid to rebuild Iraq.”

LA, with a population of 3,844,000, is the largest American city to have adopted such a resolution.

HL’s Take
What I want to know, is who are the two that voted against the resolution. Those two need to be thrown out in the street. Because nowhere in the city of Los Angeles are people still (and almost all never were) in favor of the war. That means there are still two Bush licking idiots on the L.A. City Council


Who Ya Gonna Call….Terrorist Busters

Posted in H.L. News, Pictures on October 23rd, 2007 10:05 am by HL

Think Progress.com
Have you seen the CIA’s new Terrorist Busters Logo? heh heh, its a takeoff of the old Ghostbusters Logo, the ghost with a circle around him with a line going through it. As usual the Bush administration, rather then actually doing anything about terrorists. (Because they only want to LOOK like they are doing something) are resorting to BS sloganeering, and empty talk. Look how stupid the people are. We will put out a cartoon drawing logo, and they will look at it and say oooh thats cool, we are such a bunch of bad asses. That must be the way these idiots think. Anyway I have modified it a little to show the first person the Terrorist Busters should be going after.

Who ya gonna call...terrorist busters

I love some of the comments from the readers on Think Progress, here are some of the best

1. How Old are these people
2. Gates: Tell them about the twinkie
Bush: What about the twinkie
3. Looks like a Mexican Wrestler
4. I’d have more trust in ghostbusters.
5. It probably took eight months and 4.5 million dollars to get that.
6. Is this going to be stamped on all the bombs we drop? Maybe on the side of Drones? How about all the top secret documents? Did we pay for this? How silly.
7. That’d look great on a lunchbox
8. I can’t wait to see this on some uniforms.
9. Ever notice that they wait until the Daily Show is in reruns before trotting out these gems?
10. Cheney:I am the Keymaster. Bush: I am the Gatekeeper.
11. Is that Erik Prince? The little feller looks like he just got dunked in black water. Or oil…
12. ha!!! – too funny – all this says to me is “hey look!! – here is one of the 200,000 ak47’s that bush lost!!”


HL Attends Dennis Kucinich Speech in Sierra Madre

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on October 22nd, 2007 11:14 am by HL

Yesterday was the Dennis Kucinich fundraiser and speech in Sierra Madre. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and a nice sized crowd gathered to hear Dennis speak. The event started with a short speech by Dawnelle Keyes, who was in the movie Sicko. Dawnelle lost her young daughter when she took her to a hospital that was not in her network (Kaiser). They refused to treat her sick child, who got continually worse until she died. Dennis promises to bring single-payer health care without profit to insurance companies to all. Next a boy named Evan got up and sang a song. I don’t know the title but it had to do with building a bridge to Peace. Then it was time for the man, the only candidate worth voting for next November. Dennis wowed the crowd talking about war, health care, civil rights, and impeachment. See it for yourself.
(After the speech I spoke briefly with Dennis, and gave him a couple of H.L. cards, he put them in his pocket right next to The Constitution and Steven Colbert. So Dennis if you are reading this, great speech yesterday. Thank You.)

Part 1

Part 2


Good Morning

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2007 4:45 am by HL

I went to the Dennis Kucinich speech in Sierra Madre yesterday. I shot video of the whole thing and will be putting it up later this morning. Stay tuned.
HL


Which Candidate Should You Vote For? Take This Survey to Find Out

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 20th, 2007 9:00 am by HL

Not sure which candidate to vote for? this Website has a survey you can take to find out. There are 25 issues that you rate as either support or oppose, you then rate the importance of that issue to you, when you are done, the survey tallies up your answers then gives you the candidate list in order of who you should vote for. I took the survey, and it said that I should vote for the person, that I am voting for: Dennis Kucinich. So who should you vote for
Take the Survey

by the way here is graph of which candidates won of the over 175,000 who took the survey. No surprise here.

which candidate wins with voters?


Bill Maher: 9/11 Truth Won’t Be Silenced.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on October 20th, 2007 7:41 am by HL

Bill Maher has been in a feud with the 9/11 truthers. Maher who is a strong supporter of Israel claims to not believe that controlled explosions brought down The World Trade Center. He calls people who do believe (the truth) wackos. Last night on his live show Real Time, a few of the truthers infilitrated his audience, one began shouting down the guests and Maher has him thrown out, but it’s not over, there’s more…Check it out


New Comic: Bush Gets Spiritual With The Dalai Lama

Posted in H.L. News, Latest Comics on October 18th, 2007 5:38 pm by HL

News Items: Bush praises Dalai Lama as peace symbol

Bush gives medal to Dalai Lama


See a Giant List of More HL’s Comics


Dennis Kucinich Speaks with Washington Post

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2007 9:52 am by HL

Election ’08: Talk with the Candidates’

Washington Post
Excerpt
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Good morning everyone, this is Dennis Kucinich, I’m looking forward to this chat and to explain why I alone out of all Democratic candidates I alone will lead to peace, prosperity, health care and jobs for all. I thank you very much for participating.

_______________________

Fort Worth, Texas: With your rock-solid positions on the war in Iraq and healthcare — for example, your recent vote against the proposed government catastrophic health care coverage for children because as you said, it didn’t go far enough– you seem to represent, perhaps more than any other candidate, the idealistic bedrock of the Democratic Party. But given the complexity of governing the United States, if you become president, don’t you think that you will have to show more ability to compromise than that?

HL’s Take Read the whole Interview, and you will see Dennis is the only candidate worth voting for. Don’t forget about Dennis’ fundraiser and speech in Sierra Madre this Saturday. Scroll down to the big green Dennis pic for all the details