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Archive for March 10th, 2009

We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

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If Only Obama Were as Radical as They Say

While conservatives cry socialism, the president is trying to steer a moderate course. Moderation, however, may be the wrong recipe. There is something deeply disturbing about the drip, drip, drip of billions into the banking system with no apparent impact.

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Chris Weigant: Why Won’t Harry Reid Kill Budget Filibusters?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Chris Weigant: Why Won’t Harry Reid Kill Budget Filibusters?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a very powerful tool at his disposal, but (true to form) he’s not even admitting it exists, much less…

Obama’s Cabinet-Level ‘Guantanamo Task Force’ Holds First Meeting
WASHINGTON — Top officials of the Obama administration met privately Monday to discuss how to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Attorney General Eric Holder…

Party Bigwigs Start Making Cuts To Obama’s Budget
WASHINGTON — What the Democratic barons of Congress liked best about President Obama’s audacious budget was his invitation to fill in the details. They have…

Michael Likosky: Socialism is a Boo Word
When the New York Times reporter asked President Barack Obama whether he was a socialist, this certainly wasn’t a productive way to foster healthy debate…


Some Destroyed CIA Tapes Showed “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Some Destroyed CIA Tapes Showed “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”
In new court documents filed today, the Justice Department acknowledged that twelve of the destroyed CIA interrogation tapes depict “enhanced interrogation techniques” — what most people call torture — the ACLU announced in a press release. The government also said…



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Siegelman: “The Fight Will Continue”
Don Siegelman has responded to the appeals court ruling earlier today that upheld most of the charges of which he was convicted. In a blast email message to supporters, Siegelman wrote: I am disappointed, but not discouraged. The fight will…

Court: No Jury Misconduct In Siegelman Case
So what’s the significance of the court ruling upholding most of the bribery and corruption charges on which former Alabama governor Don Siegelman was convicted? Siegelman’s appeal wasn’t primarily focused on the allegations that his prosecution was politically motivated. (Bill…


Poll Shows Dodd Vulnerable in Re-election Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Poll Shows Dodd Vulnerable in Re-election Race
A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut shows former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) edging Sen. Christopher Dodd, 43% to 43%, in a possible 2010 U.S. Senate race.

However, Connecticut voters approve of the job Dodd is doing, 49% to 44%, compared to a negative 41% to 48% approval rating February 10.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: “These numbers have to worry Sen. Christopher Dodd. Former Congressman Simmons is not well known outside his district, yet he is running neck and neck with Dodd at this point. Simmons easily wins his former district. The good news for Dodd is that this is the first poll in a long time where Dodd’s job approval hasn’t dropped. It appears that Dodd’s slide may have ended.”

In other possible match ups, Dodd leads State Sen. Sam Caligiuri (R), 47% to 34%, and tops CNBC host Larry Kudlow (R), 46% to 34%.

More Bad News for Coleman
Norm Coleman (R) “had hoped an inspection of hundreds of secrecy envelopes holding rejected absentee ballots would yield enough additional votes to help him cut into Al Franken’s (D) 225-vote lead. But it turned out that only 89 of them had valid registrations,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“That means Coleman’s pool of 1,725 ballots that he has said should be counted probably has shrunk by several hundred — at least for now — making it more difficult for him to overtake Franken.”


A Call to Go (Nearly) Paperless

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

A Call to Go (Nearly) Paperless
It’s not just TP that we’re addicted to. Paper products make up the largest portion of our waste stream and cutting back has never been easier.

Is This the Worst Year to Graduate College Ever?
These days ulcers caused by downsizing aren’t just reserved for middle-aged corporate suits two decades into their careers.

Breaking the Taboo on Israel’s Spying Efforts on the United States
Israel runs one of the most aggressive and damaging espionage networks targeting the U.S., yet public discussion about it is almost nil.


AIG and the Auto Companies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

AIG and the Auto Companies
Although I generally applaud the recovery measures advanced by the Obama Administration, I think their approach to the Auto companies and AIG has been been marked by an unwillingness to face facts. Why are we bailing out AIG? Because it…

They Scream Bloody Murder on the Margin
See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly . . . Suppose you walk into the supermarket and are confronted with a sliding scale of discounts on all your purchases. If your income is below…


Addington can?t find a job.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

Addington can?t find a job.
Former officials of the Bush administration have had a notoriously hard time finding work. In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that “only 25% to 30% of ex-Bush officials seeking full-time jobs have succeeded.” The New York Times reports today that one of the down on his luck Bushies is top Cheney aide David Addington: David […]

addington.jpgFormer officials of the Bush administration have had a notoriously hard time finding work. In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that “only 25% to 30% of ex-Bush officials seeking full-time jobs have succeeded.” The New York Times reports today that one of the down on his luck Bushies is top Cheney aide David Addington:

David S. Addington, a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was a forceful voice in internal legal debates, is also said to still be looking for work. The former Pentagon general counsel William Haynes II had been nominated by Mr. Bush for an appeals court judgeship, but was blocked because of his role in detention policies.

The Times suggests that the inability of Addington and other Bush lawyers to find work is a “likely consequence” of the fact that they “blessed conduct that most mainstream legal scholars contend was, in fact, illegal.”

Beck: Stem-cell research will lead directly to the search for a new ?master race.?
On his radio show today, conservative talker Glenn Beck commented on President Obama overturning the ban on federally funded stem-cell research. Beck argued that funding stem-cell research would lead directly to a search for a new “master race,” the revival of Eugenics, and the reincarnation of the Nazi’s “final solution.” Believing that Obama’s success as […]

On his radio show today, conservative talker Glenn Beck commented on President Obama overturning the ban on federally funded stem-cell research. Beck argued that funding stem-cell research would lead directly to a search for a new “master race,” the revival of Eugenics, and the reincarnation of the Nazi’s “final solution.” Believing that Obama’s success as president would hasten the arrival of his conspiracy theory, Beck then declared, “I hope Barack Obama fails”:

BECK: So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research, and then some, fundamentally changing – remember, those great progressive doctors are the ones who brought us Eugenics. It was the progressive movement and it science. Let’s put science truly in her place. If evolution is right, why don’t we just help out evolution? That was the idea. And sane people agreed with it!

And it was from America. Progressive movement in America. Eugenics. In case you don’t know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. …. The stuff that we are facing is absolutely frightening. So I guess I have to put my name on yes, I hope Barack Obama fails. But I just want his policies to fail; I want America to wake up.

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In reality, of course, stem-cell research has nothing to do with the search for a “master race.” Rather, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) explained this morning, “Obama’s executive order is a huge win for the millions of people who suffer from spinal cord injuries, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and many other illnesses.”


U.S. to Toughen Its Stance On Trade

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 10th, 2009 4:30 am by HL

U.S. to Toughen Its Stance On Trade
The Obama administration is aggressively reworking U.S. trade policy to more strongly emphasize domestic and social issues, from the displacement of American workers to climate change.

Obama Pledges Sparing Use of Signing Statements
President Obama promised yesterday that he would rarely impose his own interpretation of legislation by attaching statements when he signs bills, pulling back significantly from the controversial use of the tactic by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Obama Addresses Decision to Lift Embryonic Stem Cell Limits
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Today, with the Executive Order I am about to sign, we will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers; doctors and innovators; patients and loved ones have hoped for, and fought for, these past eight years: we will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embr…

GOP Senators Question Intelligence Pick’s Ties
All seven Republican members of the Senate intelligence committee yesterday joined a small chorus of voices on Capitol Hill criticizing the choice of a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia for a senior intelligence position, concerned about his views on Israel and his past relationships with Saudi and…

Supreme Court Restricts Voting Rights Act’s Scope
A fractured Supreme Court yesterday narrowed the protections of the Voting Rights Act, saying it does not require governments to draw electoral districts favorable to minority candidates in places where minorities make up less than half the population.