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Archive for December 10th, 2008

Rights Groups Launch Campaign to End Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

Rights Groups Launch Campaign to End Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act

December 8, 2008, New York – This week, the Coalition to Abolish the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act launched a campaign to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act (AETA), a law that broadens the scope of activities by animal rights, environmental, and labor groups that can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism. The Coalition also unveiled a new website with resources, actions, and ways to join at www.abolishtheaeta.org.

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Voinovich Vulnerable

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Voinovich Vulnerable
A new Quinnipiac poll finds Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) faces a tough 2010 fight for a third term, with 36% wanting to give him another term and 35% backing an unnamed Democratic candidate.


Late Late Nite FDL: Where Have All Our Powers Gone

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Where Have All Our Powers Gone
Featuring videos from The Black Lips and My Morning Jacket.

Black Lips  “Bad Kids”

My Morning Jacket “I’m Amazed”

What’s on your mind tonight?


Ivy League Dunces Have Led America Off a Cliff

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Ivy League Dunces Have Led America Off a Cliff
Don’t expect the Harvard crowd to fix it either. They can’t. They are loyal to the decaying political and financial systems that empowered them.


Embrace the Dominant Paradigm

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Embrace the Dominant Paradigm
Bill Clinton’s campaign genius, James Carville, was once a populist. He was quoted as saying “I do politics; I don’t do government.” Arcane matters of political economy he left to the best and the brightest — folks like financial…


TPMtv: It’s the Surge, Stupid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 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…


Rice: U.S. is still ?very well-regarded? in terms of ?popularity.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Rice: U.S. is still ?very well-regarded? in terms of ?popularity.?
In an interview with CBS today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked how the U.S. image has fared under President Bush. Rice acknowledged that there were “some negative perceptions” but added that the U.S. is still quite popular: But I’m always a little puzzled to find the two most populous countries in the world […]

In an interview with CBS today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked how the U.S. image has fared under President Bush. Rice acknowledged that there were “some negative perceptions” but added that the U.S. is still quite popular:

But I’m always a little puzzled to find the two most populous countries in the world — China and India – even if you want to take the test of popularity, which by the way, I don’t think is the issue, but even if you wanted to take the test of popularity, the United States is very well regarded.

“Among several of America’s traditional allies, support has fallen steeply since 2002,” Pew noted in 2006. An April 2008 BBC poll of 17 countries found that views of US influence in the world are “predominantly negative”:

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A November National Intelligence Council report predicted that U.S. influence will decline over the next two decades as China and India gain clout.


Illinois Governor Charged With Trying to Sell Obama’s Senate Seat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Illinois Governor Charged With Trying to Sell Obama’s Senate Seat
Federal prosecutors charged Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) yesterday with engaging in a series of illegal schemes intended to enrich himself, including an attempt to sell the Senate seat recently vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.


Preparing the Pentagon for a New Age

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 10th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

Preparing the Pentagon for a New Age
Note: This essay appears in the January/February 2009 edition of Foreign Affairs. The defining principle of the Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy is balance. The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs. The strategy strives for balance in three areas: between trying to prevail in current conflicts and preparing for other contingencies, between institutionalizing capabilities such as counterinsurgency and foreign military assistance and maintaining the United States’ existing conventional and strategic technological edge against other military forces, and between retaining those cultural traits that have made the U.S. armed forces successful and shedding those that hamper their ability to do what needs to be done. UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING The United States’ ability to deal with future threats will depend on its performance in current conflicts. To be blunt, to fail — or to be seen to fail — in either Iraq or Afghanistan would be a disastrous blow to U.S. credibility, both among friends and allies and among potential adversaries.

Democrats Must Break With Rangel
Company gives $100,000 to congressman’s pet cause. Congressman protects company tax loophole worth tens of millions. Bam! Company gives pet cause another $100,000 check. Sounds like old times in the Republican Congress of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. But this is happening in the Democratic Congress of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What a way to greet the new dawn of the Obama era.