We are the Liberal Blog From Hollywood
L.A.'s Premier Post Facility

L.A.'s Premier Post Facility

Photographer in L.A.

Hot Pics & Gossip.

Archive for March 28th, 2009

Art Dealer Nabbed in $88 Million Swindle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Art Dealer Nabbed in $88 Million Swindle

De Niro Sr.

It appears to be game over for Manhattan art dealer and gallery owner Lawrence Salander, who was arrested Thursday morning and accused of stealing $88 million from various art world players, institutions and investors, including tennis champ John McEnroe. Actor Robert De Niro, pictured above next to an image of his artist-father, is accusing Salander of stealing 12 of the senior De Niro’s paintings.

READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Related Entries

Hillary’s Replacement Is Smokin’

Clinton and Co.

Forgive that pun, but it is clear that Kirsten Gillibrand, junior senator from New York, played an important role in fending off the Justice Department as it sought internal research conducted by Philip Morris that proved a connection between cigarettes and cancer—a causation rebuked by tobacco executives in testimony before Congress in 1994.

The New York Times:

The Philip Morris Company did not like to talk about what went on inside its lab in Cologne, Germany, where researchers secretly conducted experiments exploring the effects of cigarette smoking.

So when the Justice Department tried to get its hands on that research in 1996 to prove that tobacco industry executives had lied about the dangers of smoking, the company moved to fend off the effort with the help of a highly regarded young lawyer named Kirsten Rutnik.

Ms. Rutnik, who now goes by her married name, Gillibrand, threw herself into the work. She traveled to Germany at least twice, interviewing the lab’s top scientists, whose research showed a connection between smoking and cancer but was kept far from public view.

Read more

READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Related Entries


John Terzano: New Report Analyzes Texas Wrongful Convictions Exposed by DNA

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

John Terzano: New Report Analyzes Texas Wrongful Convictions Exposed by DNA
An analysis of all wrongful convictions in Texas reveals distinct patterns in the types of mistakes that lead to convicting the innocent.

Cantor Claims Raising Hedge-Fund Tax Rate Would Hurt Small Businesses (VIDEO)
In its proposed budget, the White House recommends effectively raising the tax rate on hedge fund managers from 15% to almost 40%. Many Hill Democrats…

Peter Henne: Ali al-Marri and the Entropy of the War on Terror
Entropy is one of the several laws ruling the universe. Disorder increases, and energy dissipates; certainty disappears under the inevitable pressure of time. So it is in the United States’ “war on terror.”

Huff TV: Arianna Discusses Obama’s Afghanistan Policy, Bank Bailout On “Larry King”
Arianna appeared on “Larry King Live” Friday night, which was being guest hosted by Tavis Smiley, where she discussed Obama’s Afghanistan policy, the issues surrounding…

Lance Simmens: Get on Board or Get Outta the Way
Is the faux-fiscal responsibility conviction merely a convenient excuse to say no when difficult political decisions require foresight and sacrifice?


Media use announcement of new Afghanistan strategy to revive “Obama’s war” label

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Media use announcement of new Afghanistan strategy to revive “Obama’s war” label

While reporting on President Obama’s announcement of a new strategy for American involvement in Afghanistan, several media outlets have revived the label “Obama’s war,” despite the fact that the conflict began more than seven years ago under President Bush, who was criticized for alleged mismanagement of the conflict and diversion of resources to Iraq.

The label is not new. Numerous media outlets have previously referred to the conflict in Afghanistan as “Obama’s war” including USA Today and The New York Times, which used the label in their headlines. But in the last 24 hours, several media outlets have reacted to Obama’s new strategy by referring to the conflict in that way. As Politico senior political writer Ben Smith noted, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) forwarded the phrase in a March 27 post on his Twitter page: “Listning Prez on FOX anounce his Afhgan stategy Now it bcomes Obama War Not Bush war any longer.”

The media have also again adopted this label. For example:

  • In a March 26 article headlined ” ‘Obama’s war’ — New troops, new plan,” chief political correspondent Mike Allen and reporter Alexander Burns attributed the phrase to an unnamed “official”: ” ‘He’s gone all in,’ said an official briefed on the plan. ‘This is Obama’s war. He’s pushed all the chips to the center of the table.’ ”

However, a later version of the article removed the quote but retained the original headline, with “Obama’s war” in quotations.

  • On the March 27 edition of MSNBC Live, Hardball host Chris Matthews led off his report on Obama’s new strategy by stating, “Obama’s war: In less than half an hour, President Barack Obama unveils his new strategy for Afghanistan.” The on-screen text that aired echoed Matthews’ phrase:

During NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd’s response, the following graphic appeared, again titled “Afghanistan: Obama’s War”:

  • Similarly, later in the day, MSNBC Live aired a caption that included the phrase “Afghanistan: Obama’s War”:

  • During the March 27 edition of Fox & Friends, while reporting on Obama’s new strategy announcement, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace stated, “I think it’s fair to say that this afternoon, Afghanistan becomes Barack Obama’s war.”

From the March 27 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

WALLACE: Good morning. We will be talking about the war in Afghanistan, as a matter of fact — the perfect segue. And the president is going to, after all this focus on the economy — is going to announce major plans for Afghanistan. He’s going to send more troops there. He’s going to spend a lot more money, tens of billions of dollars more, and I think it’s fair to say that this afternoon, Afghanistan becomes Barack Obama’s war. Well, we will be talking this weekend to the secretary of defense, Robert Gates. Also, an exclusive interview with the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper. Canada, of course, has sent a lot of troops over there, suffered some terrible losses. They’re planning to pull all of their troops out of there by 2011, and we’ll ask the prime minister about that.

From the March 27 edition of MSNBC Live:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI (Morning Joe co-host): And now Chris Matthews continues our coverage. Thank you, Willie.

MATTHEWS: Obama’s war: In less than half an hour, President Barack Obama unveils his new strategy for Afghanistan. More troops, more diplomats, more aid workers, and billions more dollars. Good morning, I’m Chris Matthews.

Mr. Obama taking ownership of the war in Afghanistan in what may turn out to be the biggest foreign policy gamble of his young presidency. Can he stabilize that country and take out the Taliban? And what about the crisis next door in nuclear-armed Pakistan? And what about the hunt for Osama bin Laden? Also, the implications for the president’s domestic agenda. Just how much are the American people willing to sacrifice overseas while the economy’s hurting here at home? Full team coverage during in this hour. That plus breaking news — we’ll go live to the banks of the Red River, where homes are being evacuated this morning as the waters rise to record levels and start to overwhelm those flood protection walls.

Let’s begin with more on the president’s plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Chuck Todd is NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent. Chuck, a note of great concern this morning as we begin this new policy. Those of us who grew up in the ’60s and remember it wonder whether — when John Kennedy became president and saying we weren’t going to fight for Laos but we were going to fight for Vietnam, thereby beginning our long involvement in that war. Barack Obama is taking ownership of the war in Afghanistan, having said very little about the war in Iraq. Is he now becoming the war president in Afghanistan?


Carpe Crisis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Carpe Crisis
WASHINGTON — On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, Rahm Emanuel, now the White House chief of staff, famously described the future Obama administration’s philosophy for governing: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” “O-Team” sycophants in the so-called mainstream media chuckled. Conservatives were alarmed. We now know we had reason to be. At the time Emanuel made his comment — five days after the election — we thought he was referring to the ongoing economic crisis to justify life-altering legislation on new government spending, social entitlements, higher taxes and massive debt. A quick glance at the Obama budget proves we were right. However, it turns out we grossly underestimated the willingness of the O-Team to apply its carpe crisis maxim to every situation — foreign or domestic.

Big Bedfellows: Big Government, Big Business
Maybe we have it all backwards. Here’s the basic story President Obama wants to tell. The last eight years were an economic disaster because President Bush and the Republicans ignored necessary government regulations and “investments.” The economic crisis has discredited “market fundamentalism,” as some liberals call it. Now, thanks to Bush’s hands-off approach to the economy, Obama has no choice but to get government much more involved. “To kick these problems down the road for another four years or eight years,” Obama sighs, “would be to continue the same irresponsibility that led us to this point.”


Spakovsky Finds More DOJ Politicization: Brazile Speech On …. Women’s Achievements!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Spakovsky Finds More DOJ Politicization: Brazile Speech On …. Women’s Achievements!
One the one hand: Firing US attorneys because they won’t bring politically motivated prosecutions. On the other: inviting Donna Brazile to speak at a “Women’s History Month” event. Pretty much the same thing, right? That’s what voter suppression guru and…

What Obama Can Learn From JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon
Whatever the 25 bank CEOs descending upon the White House this morning told the president and his economic team, we hope JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon repeated one line from the speech he gave at the Chamber of Commerce earlier…






They thought so too

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

They thought so too


Obama Outpacing Bush on Nominations

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Obama Outpacing Bush on Nominations
Despite the need to backtrack on some nominations and some key vacancies, President Obama is still sending the Senate more names and winning confirmations faster than his predecessor, CQ Politics reports.

Of the 385 posts at Cabinet-level agencies that a president must appoint, Obama had sent 100 names to the Senate as of March 24, of which 38 were confirmed. In contrast, Bush had sent 40 and gotten 30 confirmed by the same point in 2001. Obama has also announced more than two dozen other nominations that haven’t yet been submitted to the Senate.

Barred Libertarian Candidate Backs Murphy
Libertarian congressional candidate Eric Sundwall, who was pushed off the NY-20 ballot after being challenged by Jim Tedisco (R), endorsed Scott Murphy (D) in Tuesday’s special election, the Albany Times Union reports.

Said Sundwall: “Mr. Tedisco denies any involvement with the concerted effort by his supporters to knock me off the ballot. I don’t believe him. The ruthless effort by his supporters to knock me off the ballot without a word of protest by him proves his unfitness for any office let alone Congress in these critical times.”

In the last Siena poll, Sundwall was supported by just two percent of the district’s likely voters. However, it’s believed that Sundwall draws equally from both Republicans and Democrats, so it’s unclear how his absence from the ballot will change the race.

Eye on 2010 has more on the race.


The Weight Loss Hype: Why Counting Calories Never Works

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

The Weight Loss Hype: Why Counting Calories Never Works
Diets that require rigorous participant logs and calorie counting are destined to fail. There is a better way.

The Population Debate Is Screwed Up
Debaters on population usually take two sides: either they see it as a huge problem facing humanity, or that it’s a non-issue. They’re both wrong.

Did Iran Really Reject Obama’s Overture?
The real story behind the U.S. media’s ‘told-you-so’ response to President Obama’s New Years message to Iran.


Budget Deficits and Blow Up Dolls: It’s the Economy Stupid!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Budget Deficits and Blow Up Dolls: It’s the Economy Stupid!
In the movie Lars and the Real Girl, the main character imagines that a female blow-up doll is his fiancé. To humor Lars, his brother and sister-in-law go along with the charade. Over the course of the movie, more people…

A Pro-Unity Government Palestinian Minister from Fatah Speaks Out
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of hosting Advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestine Minister for Economic Development Mohammad Shtayyeh in my office to discuss the status of Palestinian Government unity government talks between Fatah and Hamas….


The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Media Still Lame Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 28th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Media Still Lame Edition

Today at 10 AM ET, The LiberalOasis Radio Show was broadcast on WHMP-AM in Western MA. My special guest was Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America, who analyzed the sad state of the traditional media in the Obama Era.

The audio podcast for the show is here: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).

Video of the opening monologue is below, on the status of the budget and what it means for our efforts to secure health care for all and solve the climate crisis.