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Archive for November 26th, 2008

The Tattlesnake — You Might Be a Neocon If… 2008 Update Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

The Tattlesnake — You Might Be a Neocon If… 2008 Update Edition
With a hat tip to Jeff Foxworthy, it’s time to play: You Might Be a Neocon If… … you believe any of the following: Barack Obama is (a) a socialist; (b) a Muslim; (c) the illegitimate son of Malcolm X; (d) the illegitimate son of Uncle Ben. … you think Obama was a domestic terrorist who helped Bill […]


Bloomberg Approval Drops From Super High to Very High

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Bloomberg Approval Drops From Super High to Very High
Despite being at ground zero of the country’s financial crisis, New York City voters approve 66% to 27% of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, down from a record high 75% to 20% in October, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

This is the first time in more than two years the Mayor’s approval has dropped below 70 percent.

In match ups for next year’s mayor race, Bloomberg tops New York City Comptroller William Thompson, 49% to 34%, and beats Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), 50% to 34%.


Late Late Nite FDL: Turkey Week Playlist Picks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Turkey Week Playlist Picks
Holiday madness begins in earnest this week. What better time could there be to have a few new songs, fit for all kinds of company, in a special playlist? James Hunter “Carina”

Horse Feathers “Curs In The Weeds”

James Hunter “Carina”

Holiday madness begins in earnest this week. What better time could there be to have a few new songs, fit for all kinds of company, in a special play list?

From Portland, Horse Feathers, Curs In The Weeds, has a soothing all American folk soundtrack to all our lives vibe to it. Followed by James Hunter, accompanied by Allen Toussaint on, Oh Carina, a perfect R&B sound for all occasions.

 What’s on your mind tonight?


10 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

10 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving
Advice for a healthier, humane, sustainable, “low carb(on)” and labor friendly Thanksgiving from some fantastic organizations.


Franken Camp Claims Race Still Narrowing, Accuses Coleman Of Recount Shenanigans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Franken Camp Claims Race Still Narrowing, Accuses Coleman Of Recount Shenanigans
Is Al Franken actually gaining on Norm Coleman from the recount? That’s what the Franken campaign just argued in a reporters’ briefing — and they accuse the Coleman campaign of gaming the system to cover it up. The public numbers…


Obama In Berlin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Obama In Berlin
The speech: Late Update: TPM Election Central analyzes the speech here….


Brennan withdraws his name from consideration for CIA.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Brennan withdraws his name from consideration for CIA.
In a letter to President-elect Obama, John Brennan has asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration as CIA director. A number of bloggers had raised concerns that Brennan, who has supported Bush’s interrogation and detention policies in the past, was being considered for the position. Glenn Greenwald wrote that Brennan “was an ardent supporter […]

In a letter to President-elect Obama, John Brennan has asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration as CIA director. A number of bloggers had raised concerns that Brennan, who has supported Bush’s interrogation and detention policies in the past, was being considered for the position. Glenn Greenwald wrote that Brennan “was an ardent supporter of torture and one of the most emphatic advocates of FISA expansions and telecom immunity.” In his letter Tuesday, Brennan informed Obama that he did not want to be a distraction.


Brennan Withdraws From Consideration for Administration Post

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Brennan Withdraws From Consideration for Administration Post
A former CIA official who was in the running for a top intelligence post in the Obama administration withdrew his candidacy today after coming under criticism from several groups who accused him of being closely tied to the agency’s interrogation policies.


The Republicans Will Rise Again

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

The Republicans Will Rise Again
CHICAGO — Reading about the Republican Party as I flew across the country last week was like walking through a graveyard. It was pretty much one journalistic headstone after another. Abandon hope ye who enter these gates. Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune made good fun of it all, writing: “Just about everyone agrees that Republicans had better make some big changes: move to the right, move to the center, emphasize social issues, de-emphasize social issues, focus on trying to cut spending, give up trying to cut spending, embrace Sarah Palin or forget Sarah Palin.”

The Reverse Wealth Effect
WASHINGTON — The stock market is nothing if not a psychological barometer. The present signal is unmistakable: fear. It’s not just that the market dropped by more than half; that decline parallels some previous post-World War II bear markets (48 percent in 1973-74 and 49 percent in 2000-2002). More revealing are the day-to-day movements. From mid-September to Nov. 21, there were 50 trading days; on 25, the market moved 4 percent or more (16 down, nine up), reports Wilshire Associates. In the previous 25 years, there were just 25 daily moves of 4 percent or more. We’ve gone from one a year to one every other day. The wild stock swings confirm the palpable fear and uncertainty. On average, households expect to spend only $418 on holiday gifts this year, down 11 percent from last year’s $471, reports the Conference Board. Unemployment remains well below the average peak of post-World War II recessions (7.6 percent). What terrifies Americans is the prospect that the slump will become much worse than average — and that government has lost control of events.