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Chilean Quake Shifted Earth’s Rotational Axis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:52 am by HL

Chilean Quake Shifted Earth’s Rotational Axis
Chile’s massive earthquake has likely altered the distribution of the Earth’s overall mass, scientists from NASA say. As a result, the length of a day is now a little shorter than it was before Saturday’s magnitude 8.8 earthquake. “The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds [millionths of a second],” Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Bloomberg. “The axis about which the Earth’s mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds [about 8 centimeters or 3 inches].”


Late Late Night FDL: Little Bit Of Feel Good

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:51 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Little Bit Of Feel Good
Jamie LidellLittle Bit Of Feel Good.

Jamie LidellLittle Bit Of Feel Good.

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Party of Noh Theatre
The Village of Washington mode of performance art, as timeless as it is pathetic.

The President makes a soggy stop upon the “Broder Ride” (‘ride the Mild Broder!’*) at the Village Amusement Park engaged:

President Obama has sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining four GOP ideas from last week’s health care summit that he’s amenable to including in the reform bill.

The ideas were all rather minor and some were very petty (they were, after all Republican ideas), but there they were, a sop and grist for the mill and something for the mythical bipartisan pony to neigh about.

And how’d it go? — like you needed to ask:

…no Republicans are likely to vote for the Democratic reforms, regardless of which GOP ideas are added to the legislation. The unsurprising GOP reaction to Obama’s letter can be summed up in three words: Scrap the bills.

Ah, the thee-ate-er — a performance piece. About as entertaining as Sarah Palin doing stand up.

*I’m sorry, I know many of you were too grossed out to continue reading beyond this point.

Early Morning Swim: Kent Conrad Explains How “Extremists” on the Left are Crippling the Senate
This is literally the most nauseating episode of “Punch the Hippies” I’ve ever seen on cable news.

This is literally the most nauseating episode of “Punch the Hippies” I’ve ever seen on cable news. Someone might remind Larry and Kent that it’s the “centrists” who are screwing the pooch.

Conservative Democrats are making it very clear that they’ll switch their vote and kill the bill down the line if the public option doesn’t get stripped out of it.

“Let me be perfectly clear,” Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) said on the floor of the Senate. “I am opposed to a new government administered health care plan as a part of comprehensive health insurance reform, and I will not vote in favor of the proposal that has been introduced by Leader Reid as it is written…. I’ve already alerted the Leader and I’m promising my colleagues that I’m prepared to vote against moving to the next stage of consideration as long as a government-run public option is included.”

“Centrists” like Kent Conrad and Blanche Lincoln have been in total control of the Senate for a year. If Conrad doesn’t think they’re getting enough done, it’s on them. They own it.

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How the Other Half Hybrids

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:50 am by HL

How the Other Half Hybrids
Quick, name a supercar that has 500 horsepower and gets 78 mpg. Unfortunately there isn’t one—yet. Until Porsche puts its 918 Spyder up for sale, this environmentally friendly beast, which will take you from a standstill to a suspended license in about three seconds, is confined to auto shows. Porsche via Engadget: The 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing features and electro-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities: An emission level of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometre on fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp), truly outstanding even for an ultra-compact city car, on the one hand, combined with the performance of a super sports car and acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph) plus, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT, on the other. Read more

Quick, name a supercar that has 500 horsepower and gets 78 mpg. Unfortunately there isn’t one—yet. Until Porsche puts its 918 Spyder up for sale, this environmentally friendly beast, which will take you from a standstill to a suspended license in about three seconds, is confined to auto shows.

Porsche via Engadget:

The 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing features and electro-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities: An emission level of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometre on fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp), truly outstanding even for an ultra-compact city car, on the one hand, combined with the performance of a super sports car and acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph) plus, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT, on the other.

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Republicans Question Justice Department Appointees Who Were Former Guantanamo Defense Lawyers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Republicans Question Justice Department Appointees Who Were Former Guantanamo Defense Lawyers
Nine top political appointees at the Justice Department previously worked as lawyers or advocates for “enemy combatants” confined at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prompting new questions…

Poverty Formula Revised: New Method Doubles Number Of Elderly Poor
WASHINGTON — The government took steps Tuesday to highlight the increasing numbers of poor Americans, adopting a revised formula that is expected to double the…

New Study: Increased Food Inspection Will Save Billions
The costs associated with tainted foods are much higher than previously thought, according a new survey by Make Our Food Safe, a coalition of public…

Stimulus Money Shouldn’t Go Overseas, Say Democratic Senators
WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to suspend an economic stimulus program aimed at financing renewable energy, complaining that…


Quick Fact: Fox News’ Johnson claims Senate health bill includes “federal funding of abortion”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Quick Fact: Fox News’ Johnson claims Senate health bill includes “federal funding of abortion”

On Fox & Friends, Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jr. claimed the Senate’s health care bill allowed “federal funding of abortion,” falsely suggesting the bill exceeded what is currently allowed under the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of federal funds for abortions except in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest. Johnson also falsely conflated “reconciliation” and “the nuclear option.”

From the March 2 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

JOHNSON: The House is gonna adopt the Senate bill after all of this wrangling, and everything that a lot of people find objectionable in that Senate bill is going to be adopted by the House: Federal funding of abortion, not the Stupak approach.

DOOCY: So it’s out in the House and in in the Senate.

JOHNSON: It’s in in the Senate. The Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, those are part of the Senate proposal going forward. A watered-down public option, that’s part of the Senate proposal. And so what they plan to do is use something called reconciliation, or the nuclear option, that was designed 30 years ago purely for budgetary and deficit purposes in the Congress.

FACT: Senate bill prohibits health insurers from using federal subsidies to pay for abortion services restricted by Hyde.

The Senate health care reform bill as passed requires issuers to “collect from each enrollee” in plans that cover abortions a “separate payment” for “an amount equal to the actuarial value of the coverage of” abortion services. This value must be at least $1 per enrollee, per month. All such funds are deposited into a separate account used by the issuer to pay for abortion services; federal funds and the remaining premium payments are used to pay for all other services.

Current law allows coverage for abortions restricted by Hyde under Medicaid through similar fund segregation. According to a November 1, 2009, study by the Guttmacher Institute, 17 states provide coverage under Medicaid for “all or most medically necessary abortions,” not just abortions in cases of life endangerment, rape, and incest. Those states “us[e] their own funds” — not federal funds — “to pay” for the procedures. Therefore, in 17 states, Medicaid, a federally subsidized health care program, covers abortions in circumstances in which federal money is prohibited from being spent on abortion.

 FACT: “Nuclear option” was coined to describe the process to change Senate filibuster rules, not reconciliation  

Lott described proposal to change filibuster rules as nuclear option. The term “nuclear option” was coined by Sen. Trent Lott, one of the leading advocates of a proposal to change the Senate rule that requires a three-fifths supermajority to invoke cloture and end a filibuster. After Republican strategists deemed the term a political liability, Republican senators began to attribute it to Democrats. As Media Matters for America noted, at the time, many in the news media followed suit, repeating the Republicans’ false attribution of the term to the Democrats.

Reconciliation process is part of Congressional budget process. The budget reconciliation process is defined by the U.S. House Committee on Rules as “part of the congressional budget process … utilized when Congress issues directives to legislate policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws) to achieve the goals in spending and revenue contemplated by the budget resolution.”

Republicans have repeatedly used reconciliation to pass President Bush’s agenda. Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to pass President Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts as well as the 2005 “Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act.” The Senate also used the reconciliation procedure to pass a bill containing a provision that would permit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (The final version of that bill signed by President Bush did not contain the provision on drilling.)


Tea Partiers Call Obama A Marxist And A Dictator … Get Promoted On GOPer’s Site

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Tea Partiers Call Obama A Marxist And A Dictator … Get Promoted On GOPer’s Site
Photos on the website of a mainstream Republican candidate, taken at a recent rally, show activists holding signs declaring that Obama’s advisers are communists and that he runs a dictatorship.

The Rangel Caribbean Junket Docs: Dig In!
Help TPMmuckraker sift through the documents from the House ethics probe on Rep. Charles Rangel’s corporate-funded junkets to the Caribbean.



Sen. Jim Bunning — The Ugliest American

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Sen. Jim Bunning — The Ugliest American


Race for Pennsylvania Governor Unsettled

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Race for Pennsylvania Governor Unsettled
A new Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania finds Tom Corbett (R) leads Sam Rohrer (R), 43% to 5%, for the Republican nomination for governor “and holds double-digit leads over the top Democratic candidates, all of whom who are virtual unknowns even to their own party members.”

In the Democratic race, “Don’t know” leads the field with 59%.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “The Democratic candidates for Governor are almost invisible men as far as the voters are concerned. One of them will win the nomination, but at this point they are so closely bunched together and such mystery men to the vast majority of primary voters that any result is possible, given that the primary is little more than 10 weeks away. In a four-candidate race, the possibilities are endless.”

Rangel Still Expected to Step Aside
A senior Democratic source tells Roll Call that House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) still plans to give up his gavel Wednesday despite his public protestations to the contrary.

Said the source: “The long and short of it is he has decided to step down temporarily. I think he just wants to do it on his own terms.”

The New York Times notes that “with Republicans preparing to force a vote Wednesday seeking to oust Mr. Rangel from his chairmanship, support among his fellow Democrats appeared to be crumbling.”


The GOP Hates Jobs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:41 am by HL

The GOP Hates Jobs
With unemployment out of control, the economy is in dire need of serious financial reform and a major jobs package. But not if GOP obstructionists can help it.

With unemployment out of control, the economy is in dire need of serious financial reform and a major jobs package. But not if GOP obstructionists can help it.

‘Manufacturing Depression’: Are Doctors Over-Prescribing Antidepressants to a Tune of $10 Billion a Year for Drug Companies?
A psychotherapist says depression can be debilitating — but that it’s also been largely created by doctors and drug companies as a medical condition.

A psychotherapist says depression can be debilitating — but that it’s also been largely created by doctors and drug companies as a medical condition.

Catholic Charities Screw Over Their Employees Just to Stick It to Gays
Just to spite gay folks, and the fear that one might actually work for them, Catholic Charities is throw its straight employees under the bus.

Just to spite gay folks, and the fear that one might actually work for them, Catholic Charities is throw its straight employees under the bus.

We’re Screwing the Environment the Same Way We Screwed the Economy
The captains of industry and government admittedly blew the economic meltdown; too bad the environmental meltdown is following the same, lame script.

The captains of industry and government admittedly blew the economic meltdown; too bad the environmental meltdown is following the same, lame script.


Not A Game

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 3rd, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Not A Game
Too often, the way it’s played and the way it’s reported, Americans might think everything that happens in Washington is a game. But look, this is anything but a game. The business before the Senate is literally life and death…


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Business-Friendly Supremes
I cannot predict whether the progressive tide that swept the election of 2008 will continue in 2010, although I think the situation is not as bad as many Democrats fear. What I do know is that the conservative court…


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