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Woman Killed by Car — in Her Kitchen

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Woman Killed by Car — in Her Kitchen
A woman has died after a speeding truck crashed into her San Bernardino, Calif., home, pinning her in the kitchen, authorities said Friday. The truck smashed about 10 feet into the house shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday, pinning the woman between the front bumper and the kitchen stove and sending chunks of a dividing wall into the windshields of parked cars.


Sunday Talking Heads: March 14, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: March 14, 2010
Math geeks of the world unite, it’s Pi Day. Special thanks to artist Nathan Mazur (and Neatorama) for the tasty illustration. Make sure you set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time, you don’t want to miss your favorite bobbleheads.

Mmm... pi  by Nathan Mazur

Math geeks of the world unite, it’s Pi Day.  Special thanks to artist Nathan Mazur (and Neatorama) for the tasty illustration.

Make sure you set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time, you don’t want to miss your favorite bobbleheads.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner, Editorial Page Editor & David Waldman, DailyKos, Contributing Editor.   8:45am – Joan Claybrook, NHTSA, Fmr. Administrator (1977-81) & Public Citizen, President Emeritus.  9:15am – Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Environment & Public Works Cmte., Ranking Member.

ABC’s This Week: David Axelrod.  Then, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Roundtable: Anita Dunn, most recently the Obama Administration’s communications director, Ed Gillespie, George Will, Cokie Roberts.

Amanpour.

CBS’ Face The Nation: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Karen Ignagni, President, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Chris Matthews: Dan Rather HDNet; Katty Kay BBC; Andrea Mitchell NBC News; Joe Klein TIME.  Topics: Critical Care: Can President Obama Pass Health Care Reform By Easter?  Rove’s Rewrite: The Architect’s Plans To Rehab George W. Bush’s Reputation.

CNN’s State of the Union: Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  “Plus, is health care reform actually springing back to life? If Obama finally does get it through the U.S. Congress, is that good news? Our panel of economists debates this, the dollar, the deficit and a variety of other issues.”

Fox News Sunday: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Karl Rove on his new book “Courage & Consequence.”   Fox News AllStarsBill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Dana Perino, John Podesta.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Tom Brokaw hosts.  David Axelrod.  House Democratic Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Senate Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).  Karl Rove on his new book “Courage & Consequence.”  Roundtable: David Brooks, Tom Friedman.

Newsmakers: Karen Ignagni, Pres. & CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), gives the insurance industry’s perspective on health care reform and how it may be affected by legislation in Congress.

Q & A: Michelle Easton, Founder and President of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. Easton founded the institute in 1993 to advance conservative women in leadership roles.

Religion & Ethics: End of Life Decisions.  The Monastic Life.  Obama Faith Council.  Parents Circle.

60 Minutes: Inside The Collapse – Former trader-turned author Michael Lewis writes about a handful of Wall Street outsiders who realized the subprime mortgage business was a house of cards and found a way to make millions betting against it. He also talks about the current situation on Wall Street, the large bonuses still being paid and his predictions for the future of the industry.  Derek – British musical savant Derek Paravicini, whose computer-like memory for music is matched by his creative abilities to play it in any style.

To The Contrary: Topics:  Population Stabilization special.  TTC online extra: Surprise! You’re a Dad – Are sperm donors really anonymous anymore?

Univision’s Al Punto: Clarissa MartinezDe Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns, NCLR; Juan Hernandez, Professor, Politician and Author; Lol Kin Castañeda and Judith Vazquez, first lesbian couple to wed in Mexico City; Andy Garcia, Actor and Musician.

Virtually Speaking: Adam Lambert and Jay Ackroyd.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Amy Goodman. Breaking the Sound Barrier.  “Written with all of the fierce intelligence and passion for truth that millions have come to expect from Amy Goodman’s reportage, Breaking the Sound Barrier proves the power that independent journalism can play in the struggle for a better world, one in which ordinary citizens are the true experts of their own lives and communities.”  5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday:
MANIFEST HOPE DC is a chronicle of the grassroots art movement started by Shepard Fairey (Obama “Hope” Artist) and Yosi Sergant, that helped lead Obama to victory.”  Meet with Alfred Gragg III [scroll, near bottom], the director and producer and Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET Monday.

Tags: bobbleheads, Talking Heads

Late Late Night FDL: Barney Bear’s Victory Garden
Barney Bear’s Victory Garden. This Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon was originally released on December 26, 1942.

Barney Bear’s Victory Garden.  This Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon was originally released on December 26, 1942.

Directed by Rudolf Ising.  Produced by Fred Quimby.  Vocal Talent by Billy Bletcher (Barney Bear).  Music by Scott Bradley.

What’s on your mind?

Tags: Barney Bear’s Victory Garden, cartoon, late late nite firedoglake, YouTube


Google May Close Virtual Doors in China

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Google May Close Virtual Doors in China
Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will shut down its search engine operation in China after the government in Beijing warned the company that it was flouting the country’s censorship laws, which require limited access to content like “Tiananmen Square” and “democracy.” Google’s decision would close a chapter in a long battle between China and the U.S. regarding censorship and the Internet. Google is the world’s leading search engine, but holds only about a 40 percent market share in China, behind leader Baidu. —JCL Reuters: Talks with China over censorship have reached an apparent impasse and Google, the world’s largest search engine, is now “99.9 percent” certain to shut its Chinese search engine, the Financial Times said on Saturday. It said in a report on its website Google had drawn up detailed plans for closing its Chinese search engine. The newspaper cited a person familiar with the company’s thinking as saying that, while a decision could be made very soon, Google was likely to take some time to follow through with its plans. That would be in order to bring about an orderly closure as the company takes steps to protect local employees from retaliation by authorities, it said. China warned Google on Friday against flouting the country’s laws, as expectations grow for a resolution to a public battle over censorship and cyber-security. Read more

Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.

Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will shut down its search engine operation in China after the government in Beijing warned the company that it was flouting the country’s censorship laws, which require limited access to content like “Tiananmen Square” and “democracy.”

Google’s decision would close a chapter in a long battle between China and the U.S. regarding censorship and the Internet. Google is the world’s leading search engine, but holds only about a 40 percent market share in China, behind leader Baidu. —JCL

Reuters:

Talks with China over censorship have reached an apparent impasse and Google, the world’s largest search engine, is now “99.9 percent” certain to shut its Chinese search engine, the Financial Times said on Saturday.

It said in a report on its website Google had drawn up detailed plans for closing its Chinese search engine.

The newspaper cited a person familiar with the company’s thinking as saying that, while a decision could be made very soon, Google was likely to take some time to follow through with its plans.

That would be in order to bring about an orderly closure as the company takes steps to protect local employees from retaliation by authorities, it said.

China warned Google on Friday against flouting the country’s laws, as expectations grow for a resolution to a public battle over censorship and cyber-security.

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Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup
Like Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th, the public option rose from the grave this week (instead of slashing teenage victims, it would slash health care costs). With zero input from the White House, 41 Senators have agreed to support a public option via reconciliation. Ryan Grim lays out how that can easily become 50 — and Dick Durbin has promised to “aggressively whip” a health care bill that includes a public option. But Nancy Pelosi won’t include it in the reconciliation package. Why? She claims it’s because the Senate doesn’t “have the votes” — which could also be said about the House passing the Senate bill (Stupak, anyone?). So the Senate blames the House, the House blames the Senate, the White House acts as if it doesn’t have a say in the matter, and the insurance companies — lacking real competition — keep laughing all the way to the bank.

Al Franken Mines ‘SNL’ Past In Bid For Google Fiber (VIDEO)
Drawing on footage from his decades in comedy, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has joined the politicians bidding for their constituencies to test Google’s high-speed broadband…

Scott Brown Bashes Obama’s ‘Bitter’ Push For Health Care Reform (VIDEO)
WASHINGTON (AP)– Newly arrived Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts accused President Barack Obama and Democrats on Saturday of a “bitter, destructive and endless” drive…

Taylor Marsh: Poll: Democrats Slipping on National Security
Here we go again. Democrats are once again losing the narrative to Republicans on national security, according to a poll released by the Democracy Corps….

Kate Clinton: In The Stuppak Pits
The Oscars pay homage to violence against women, big Pharma knocks the legs out from under women, and legislators make abortion funding an annoying deal-breaker.


The LiberalOasis Radio Show: A Pleasant Conversation With A Conservative Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:35 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: A Pleasant Conversation With A Conservative Edition

The LiberalOasis Radio Show was broadcast Saturday at 12 noon on WHMP in Western MA. We analyze the healthcare endgame. Plus, we debut a new monthly feature, “A Pleasant Conversation With A Conservative” featuring my bloggingheads.tv partner Matt Lewis.

You can download the podcast at these links: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).

Also, you can click here to check out my appearance on The Matt Lewis Show, and as mentioned today, here is Matt’s interview earlier this week with Karl Rove.


Christian leaders urge Congress to ignore misinformation on abortion provisions and pass health reform.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:34 am by HL

Christian leaders urge Congress to ignore misinformation on abortion provisions and pass health reform.
In recent weeks, the number of Democratic lawmakers willing to join Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) crusade to bring down health care reform unless Congress amends the Senate bill’s abortion language keeps shrinking. Stupak began the debate with that 15 to 20 supporters; that number is down to fewer than a dozen now. As Igor Volsky […]

In recent weeks, the number of Democratic lawmakers willing to join Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) crusade to bring down health care reform unless Congress amends the Senate bill’s abortion language keeps shrinking. Stupak began the debate with that 15 to 20 supporters; that number is down to fewer than a dozen now. As Igor Volsky notes, “it’s become difficult for Stupak and his gang of four (or five) to perpetuate the fundamentally dishonest claim that the Senate bill spends federal dollars to fund abortions.” Underscoring this point, this week, a group of 25 “pro-life Catholic theologians and Evangelical leaders” sent a letter to Congress urging them to look past the misinformation on abortion and pass health care reform. From their letter:

As Christians committed to a consistent ethic of life, and deeply concerned with the health and well-being of all people, we want to see health care reform enacted. […]

We are writing because of our concern about the lack of clear and accurate information regarding abortion provisions in the health care reform bill passed by the Senate on December 24, 2009.

Reforming our health care system is necessarily complex, and the provisions related to abortion, or any other issue, require careful examination of the facts as they exist in the legislative language. We believe that the provisions below provide extensive evidence that longstanding restrictions on federal funding of abortion have been maintained. Furthermore, this bill provides new and important supports for vulnerable pregnant women.

Sen. Tom Udall Calls Reid?s Promise To ?Take A Look At The Filibuster? A ?Warning Shot? To Republicans
Motivated by unprecedented GOP obstruction this year in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) recently announced a proposal to revamp the Senate’s filibuster rules at the start of the next Congress. Citing Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, Udall would like to revamp the 60-vote requirement for cloture and other procedural issues, where […]

Motivated by unprecedented GOP obstruction this year in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) recently announced a proposal to revamp the Senate’s filibuster rules at the start of the next Congress. Citing Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, Udall would like to revamp the 60-vote requirement for cloture and other procedural issues, where the Senate could “legally draft new rules for action,” which could then “only be overturned by a simple majority vote, rather than the 67-vote threshold that accompanies rule change proposals during an ongoing congressional session.”

Yesterday, Udall spoke at the Center for American Progress in a discussion on “Deliberation, Obstruction or Dysfunction? Evaluating the Modern U.S. Senate and its Contribution to American Governance.” Afterward, he spoke to ThinkProgress and described what he thinks drives the GOP to obstruct the majority’s agenda:

UDALL: It would appear to me that this is an attempt to deny the President and the party that has the majority any accomplishments. … It looks to me like a strategy to just say, “if they don’t accomplish anything” meaning the majority don’t accomplish anything “then they can’t go to the next election talking about specific things that they’ve done.”

“If they insist to utilize the rules to block all progress,” Udall said, “then at the beginning of the year, we’re going to have to deal with that and try and make the rules a little more compatible with the majority being able to rule.”

When ThinkProgress asked if he currently has the 51 votes needed to change the Senate rules, Udall said, “I have no idea.” But Udall did say that he was pleased with Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) recent comment that he will move in the next Congress “to take a look at the filibuster” because it has been “abused.” The New Mexico senator called Reid’s comments a “warning shot” to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

UDALL: Harry Reid came out and said — in just the last couple of days, and I think fired a warning shot over the head of Sen. McConnell — that we may need filibuster reform at the beginning of the next Congress. If you have one of the leaders supporting reform, that’s a significant step forward. … But I was very heartened by his comment that we may very well have to change the filibuster at the beginning of the next Congress. That to me is a very significant thing for him to say.

Watch the interview:


Insurers report on use of abortion riders

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:33 am by HL

Insurers report on use of abortion riders
CHICAGO — In North Dakota, where insurers can cover abortions if customers pay a separate premium, the state’s largest provider says it sells no abortion policies because no one has asked to buy one.

GOP wants Dodd to slow down on financial reform legislation
Republicans on the Senate banking committee said they remain open to finding a bipartisan agreement on legislation to overhaul financial regulation, but they warned the chairman, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), against trying to push a bill through too quickly.

Critics: Military trial of terror suspects could open cases to legal uncertainty
Using a military commission to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants for their alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks could open the case to significant legal uncertainty and expose fresh details of detainee abuse in a proceeding that might not get underway for two years or longer, national security experts and plan critics say.


Most Americans Want Health Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 14th, 2010 4:30 am by HL

Most Americans Want Health Reform
Joel Benenson, Washington Post
It is ironic that Democratic pollsters Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen felt "compelled" to "challenge the myths" about public attitudes on health care by simply restating one of the most commonly stated — and patently wrong — Republican myths [Washington Forum, March 12]. No pollster, including me, could look at the recent data and responsibly say anything other than that the American public is closely divided when it comes to supporting or opposing various health-care plans. The most recent Washington Post poll (from Feb. 10) shows a narrow gap…

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Yellen Is Spellin’ Future Inflation
Larry Kudlow, RealClearMarkets
The new Obama Fed is going to be very dovish when it comes to fighting future inflation and defending the value of the dollar.The president has nominated Janet Yellen to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve. Ms. Yellen is a distinguished economist who unfortunately subscribes to the Phillips-curve model that trades off unemployment and inflation. In other words, rather than excess money creation as the cause of rising prices, she focuses on the unemployment rate, the volume of new jobs being created, and the growth of the overall economy. For Ms. Yellen, inflation is caused by too many people…

EPA Must Act on Climate Change If Congress Won’t

Scenes From the Massachusetts Revolution
Michael Moynihan, Reason
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