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Archive for November 27th, 2008

Ye Olde Scribe Presents: His Thanksgiving Culinary Secret

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

Ye Olde Scribe Presents: His Thanksgiving Culinary Secret
   Still wondering how to best give your family and relatives the bird? Yes!  It REALLY IS TRUE. YOS, the family chef, tried a variation on this a few years back and… YUM! …it works well. Like Junior “worked…” for eight, long, hideous, nightmarish years.  So grab ahold of your personal giblets… WOAH! Not THAT […]


Volcker Will Head Emergency Board

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Volcker Will Head Emergency Board
President-elect Obama “will appoint former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Wednesday to be the chairman of a new White House advisory board tasked with helping to lift the nation from recession and stabilize financial markets,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“The panel, called the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, is modeled on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board established by then-President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, at the height of the Cold War, when officials worried that that the existing bureaucratic structure was inadequate to help the U.S. keep pace with the Soviet threat. The financial crisis has drawn similar worries that the government isn’t properly organized to monitor and respond to modern financial markets.”

In addition, Austan Goolsbee, one of Obama’s longest-serving policy advisers, “will serve as the board’s staff director, along with his duties as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.”


Late Late Nite FDL: No Bad News

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: No Bad News
Patty GriffinNo Bad News.

What’s on your mind tonight?

Patty GriffinNo Bad News.

What’s on your mind tonight?


How Sarah Palin Created a Whole New Generation of Vegetarians

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

How Sarah Palin Created a Whole New Generation of Vegetarians
Unlike Alaska’s governor, most Americans don’t want to see the transformations their turkey went through to get to their Thanksgiving dinner table.


You Can’t Handle the Truth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

You Can’t Handle the Truth
Charles Homans begins his article with a discussion about the excessive secrecy of the Bush administration. He is spot on. I call it the “Jack Nicholson style” of government. You remember it, from the movie A Few Good Men,…


TPMtv: It’s the Surge, Stupid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

TPMtv: It’s the Surge, Stupid
If you’re desperate to be John McCain’s vice presidential nominee, you better get on TV and start talking up the Surge as the single most important issue in this year’s presidential campaign. And if you’re serious about getting picked it…


Obama Takes Down Media?s ?Conventional Wisdom?: ?The Vision For Change Comes From Me?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Obama Takes Down Media?s ?Conventional Wisdom?: ?The Vision For Change Comes From Me?
During a press conference earlier today, CNN’s Ed Henry challenged President-elect Barack Obama on his naming of some recent appointees who have had experience serving in the government. “What do you say to your supporters looking for change?” Henry wondered. Obama noted that there is a “conventional wisdom floating around Washington that ‘well, there’s a […]

During a press conference earlier today, CNN’s Ed Henry challenged President-elect Barack Obama on his naming of some recent appointees who have had experience serving in the government. “What do you say to your supporters looking for change?” Henry wondered. Obama noted that there is a “conventional wisdom floating around Washington that ‘well, there’s a recycling of people who were in the Clinton administration.’”

Addressing the media criticism directly, Obama explained:

It would be surprising if I selected a Treasury secretary who had had no connection with the last Democratic administration because that would mean the person had no experience in Washington whatsoever. And I suspect you would be troubled and the American people would be troubled if I selected a Treasury secretary or a chairman of the National Economic Council…who had no experience whatsoever.

Obama said his personnel selections will “combine experience with fresh thinking.” But he underscored that the buck stops with him:

But understand where the vision for change comes from first and foremost. It comes from me. That’s my job — is to provide a vision in terms of where we are going and to make sure that my team is implementing it.

Watch it:

Obama concluded, “What I don’t want to do is to somehow suggest that because you served in the last Democratic administration that you’re somehow barred from serving again — because we need people are going to be able to hit the ground running.”


Joe and the Democrats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Joe and the Democrats
Here’s a heartwarming yarn of forgiving and forgetting, senatorial style.


Above the Hate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 27th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

Above the Hate
(NOTE: Maggie Gallagher is the president of the National Organization for Marriage, which is sponsoring an AbovetheHate.com campaign.) Take this column with a grain of salt. I’ve been an opinion journalist for 20 years, but when it comes to marriage I’m an activist for a cause I passionately believe in.

The Pirates of Puntland
Somalia’s pirates have a big problem on their hands — in the form of their greatest prize, the Saudi-owned oil tanker the Sirius Star. The Sirius Star has 2 million barrels of oil on board and is one of at least 15 “prize” ships now anchored off the Somali coast. According to the pirates, the ship’s crew of 25 is well-fed and well-treated. They have joined another 300 captive sailors taken from other hijacked vessels. And add $30 million to these impressive numbers. That’s an unofficial figure for the ransoms paid over the last year by shipping companies to Somali pirates to free crews, cargoes and vessels