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Archive for September 23rd, 2008

Late Late Nite FDL: Messin’ With The Blues

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Messin’ With The Blues
New Orleans finally shares a true gem with the rest of us, Miss Marva Wright. Followed by UK’s Johnny Flynn, with one of the most original Blues songs and video to cross my screen in a long time. Enjoy.

Marva Wright ” Heartbreakin’ Woman”

Johnny Flynn “Brown Trout Blues”

New Orleans finally shares a true gem with the rest of us, Miss Marva Wright.  Followed by UK’s Johnny Flynn, with one of the most original Blues songs and video to cross my screen in a long time. Enjoy.

What’s on your mind tonight?


10 Things You Should Know About Bush’s Trillion Dollar Fleecing Plan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:37 am by HL

10 Things You Should Know About Bush’s Trillion Dollar Fleecing Plan
Here’s a roundup of what opponents of the Bush-Paulson plan are saying.

Let’s Stop the Greatest Theft in the History of Humankind
We can’t let them get away with it.


The Silent Revolution

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:36 am by HL

The Silent Revolution
A demographer at the University of Michigan measured family formation patterns in the U.S. and noticed an interesting correlation. The states with the largest percentage of people who had cohabitated before marriage voted for John Kerry in ’04. The…

Loaded Questions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Loaded Questions
We dug into the internals on the latest Fox News poll, and some of the questions might surprise you (or might not, since it’s Fox). Example: Have you heard any of your friends and neighbors say there is something about…

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Bailout Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:34 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Bailout Edition

David Pakman, who guest hosted this week’s edition of the LiberalOasis Radio Show, has the podcast up at this link on the Midweek Politics site. Pakman covered the financial crisis, more great Sarah Palin moments and the continued drumbeat of smears on right-wing radio against Obama.


Biden: National Guard head deserves ?seat at the table? with Joint Chiefs.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Biden: National Guard head deserves ?seat at the table? with Joint Chiefs.
Today, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) spoke to the National Guard Association Conference. Noting that more than half of the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been National Guard members or reservists, Biden declared, “Your voice needs to be heard.” He said that Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, slated to be the first four-star general [...]

Today, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) spoke to the National Guard Association Conference. Noting that more than half of the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been National Guard members or reservists, Biden declared, “Your voice needs to be heard.” He said that Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, slated to be the first four-star general to head the Guard, should have a seat at the table with the Joint Chiefs:

It’s time for a change. Change begins with giving the Guard a seat at the table. That table in the Pentagon where the Joint Chiefs sit. General McKinley, I not only want to see your fourth star — I want to see you sitting there with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen. Your men and women are serving and dying. Your voice needs to be heard.

A similar proposal was made in 2006, but it was rejected by Donald Rumsfeld and Peter Pace, then-Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, respectively.


Palin’s Pluck and Pragmatism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2008 4:29 am by HL

Palin’s Pluck and Pragmatism
It is clear that the press wants their man Barack Obama to win–and as a result, they have obscured rather than illuminated our attempt to make an objective assessment of who Sarah Palin is, how she thinks, and what she stands for. And as I have pointed out, the worst consequence of this transparent bias may turn out to be that the press has destroyed the credibility it would need to make valid criticisms of Palin. But there is enough information available to begin making our own independent assessment of Palin, using the bits and pieces we can discern through this veil of press partisanship. To do this, let’s move past irrelevant details of her biography and past the debatable elements in her record. Let’s look at what we can find out about Sarah Palin’s ideas and principles. The upshot of most of the smears targeting Palin is that she is a religious zealot. But we now know that she didn’t try to ban books at Wasilla’s public library, she didn’t try to mandate the teaching of creationism in public schools, and she does not, so far as anyone knows, actually think that dinosaurs are “lizards of Satan.” The one clear indication we have as to the degree of her religious commitment is the fact that she is opposed to abortion in all cases, making an exception only to protect the life of the mother. And we know she means it because she chose to give birth to her youngest child even though she knew from genetic testing that it would have Down Syndrome, a severe form of mental retardation.

The Great Confidence Game
WASHINGTON — It’s doubtful that former Princeton University economist Ben Bernanke and ex-Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson imagined what awaited them when they took charge of the Fed and the Treasury in 2006. Since then, they have put their agencies on a wartime footing, trying to avert the financial equivalent of an army’s collapse. As in war, there have been repeated surprises. As in war, the responses have involved much improvisation — for instance, the $85 billion rescue of American International Group (AIG). But last week their hastily built defenses seemed threatened, and so Paulson proposed a radical solution of having the government buy vast amounts of distressed debt to shore up the financial system. It’s all about confidence, stupid. Every financial system depends on trust. People have to believe that the institutions they deal with will perform as expected. We are in a crisis because financial managers — the people who run banks, investment banks, hedge funds — have lost that trust. Banks recoil from lending to each other; investors retreat. The ultimate horror is a financial panic. Paulson aims to avoid that.