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Archive for July 5th, 2008

Landrieu Holds Small Lead in Re-Election Bid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:42 am by HL

Landrieu Holds Small Lead in Re-Election Bid
A new Southern Media & Opinion Research poll in Louisiana shows Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) leading challenger John Kennedy (R), 46% to 41%, with 14% still undecided.


July 4, 1776 — A Triumph of Liberalism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:41 am by HL

July 4, 1776 — A Triumph of Liberalism
My favorite part of the Fourth of July isn’t the fireworks, or the hot dogs, or BBQ, or watermelon. Or the parades or patriotic movies (though HBO’s John Adams is absolutely awesome). No, my favorite part is walking around with the smug satisfaction that those bunch of authoritarians running around today — the Krauthammers and the Limbaughs and the Noonans, the Goldbergs, the Wills, the K-Los, the Steyns, the Brookses, the Dobsons, the Robertsons, the Yorks, the Malkins and the Hewitts — would all undoubtedly be Loyalists in 1776. Heh.

My favorite part of the Fourth isn’t the fireworks, or the hot dogs, or the grilling of various meats with the neighbors, or the watermelon. Or the parades or the patriotic movies (though HBO’s John Adams is absolutely awesome — go get it immediately if you haven’t seen it) or getting the day off or even the Twilight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi.

No, what I really love about the Fourth is walking around with the smug satisfaction that those bunch of authoritarians running around today — the Krauthammers and the Limbaughs and the Noonans, the Goldbergs, the Wills, the K-Los, the Steyns, the Brookses, the Dobsons, the Robertsons, the Yorks, the Malkins and the Hewitts — would all undoubtedly be Loyalists in 1776. Heh.

Enjoy your day.



Late Night: America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:40 am by HL

Late Night: America

I've come to look for America…
They've all come to look for America.

Simon and Garfunkle version here.

One more, Bon Jovi, Miss Fourth of July

This is an open thread. Song suggestions for tomorrow (4th of July) welcome.


A Lot Of Semolians

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

A Lot Of Semolians
All not well in Europe, either.

July 4 (Bloomberg) — European banks may need to raise as much as 90 billion euros ($141 billion) to restore their capital after the U.S. subprime mortgage collapse caused credit markets to seize up, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
European banks have already raised $115 billion from investors to replenish capital after reporting $134 billion in writedowns, Goldman analysts led by Christoffer Malmer said in a note to clients today

Evening Thread
Enjoy.


U.S. Journalist Photographs Grisly Aftermath of Attack in Iraq, Gets Booted by Military

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

U.S. Journalist Photographs Grisly Aftermath of Attack in Iraq, Gets Booted by Military
An embedded U.S. journalist said the military tried to censor him after he posted photos from Fallujah.


News Orgs Already Getting It Wrong On Obama’s Iraq Remarks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

News Orgs Already Getting It Wrong On Obama’s Iraq Remarks
That was quick. Today on the trail Obama suggested that he would “continue to refine” his Iraq plans in consultation with commanders on the ground, and the big news orgs are already getting this wrong. Here’s the Associated Press headline…


TPMtv: Golden Fleece Award: BMW Direct

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

TPMtv: Golden Fleece Award: BMW Direct
The late Sen. William Proxmire saved his Golden Fleece Award for federal government boondoggles but he might have made an exception for GOP direct mail firm BMW Direct — which takes obscure Republican candidates and turns them into money-making machines…


“The America We Love”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

“The America We Love”

On Independence Day, it’s always worth reflecting on what it means to be an American.

Watching Sen. Barack Obama’s Monday speech on patriotism below is not a bad way to start. You don’t have to agree with every line to appreciate and ponder its larger meaning.

Issues are more important than rhetoric of course. But a speech like this does make you think about how his presidency can connect us to our government again, and deepen our love of country.

Have a happy Fourth.


Students tortured, stabbed 246 times

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Students tortured, stabbed 246 times
Two gifted French students found stabbed to death after a fire at a London flat were bound and tortured in what detectives yesterday described as one of the most horrific attacks they had ever seen. The bodies of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, were found in a ground-floor flat in south-east London on Sunday night. They were stabbed more than 200 times in an apparently motiveless attack before the flat was set alight. The pair were promising research students who had been working on a DNA research project at Imperial College, London.

Conservative Jesse Helms passes away
Served 5 terms in US Senate, retiring in ’03 because of faltering health.


Rising costs cancel 4th of July celebrations.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Rising costs cancel 4th of July celebrations.
The rising costs of imported fireworks, local budget crunches, “high fuel and transportation costs,” and the tight economy have canceled fireworks shows across the country. What you may not see tonight:

The rising costs of imported fireworks, local budget crunches, “high fuel and transportation costs,” and the tight economy have canceled fireworks shows across the country.

What you may not see tonight:

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