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Personal Bankruptcies Jump in March

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Personal Bankruptcies Jump in March
More Americans filed for bankruptcy protection in March than during any month since the federal personal bankruptcy law was tightened in October 2005, a new report says, a result of high unemployment and the housing crash. Federal courts reported over 158,000 bankruptcy filings in March, or 6,900 a day, a rise of 35 percent from February, according to a report to be released on Friday by Automated Access to Court Electronic Records, a data collection company known as Aacer. Filings were up 19 percent over March 2009. The previous record over the last five years was 133,000 in October.


Late Late Night FDL: Badyear Blimp Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Badyear Blimp Race
Tom Slick in The Badyear Blimp Race. This 1967 Jay Ward Productions cartoon aired as a segment on the George of The Jungle Show.

Tom Slick in The Badyear Blimp Race.  This 1967 Jay Ward Productions cartoon aired as a segment on the George of The Jungle Show.

Directed by Bill Hurtz.  Produced by Betty Brenon, Jan Gusdavison, and Doris Nelson.  Executive Producers:  Ponsonby Britt, O.B.E., Jay Ward, and Bill Scott.  Created by Allan Burns.  Animation by Bob Bachman, Howard Baldwin, Herman Cohen, Phil Duncan, Bob Goe, Fred Madison, Bob Maxfield, Gary Mooney, Barrie Nelson, Jack Schnerk, Rod Scribner, Rudy Zamora, and Alan Zaslove.  Backgrounds by Sam Clayberger, Bob McIntosh, and Gloria Wood.  Written by Chris Jenkyns, Jim MacGeorge, John Marshall, Jack Mendelsohn, and Lloyd Turner.  Edited by Skip Craig and Roger Donley.  Supervising Production by Helen Hansen.  Design by Sam Cornell, Don Ferguson, Don Jurwich, Bob Kurtz, Roy Morita, Rosemary O’Connor, and Shirley Silvey.  Vocal Talent by Bill Scott (Tom Slick, Gertie Growler, Danny Druff, Man with No Guests, Man), June Foray (Marigold), Paul Frees (Race Caller, Baron Otto Matic), and Daws Butler (Stretch Snapback, Clutcher, Fledge Sparrow).  Music by Stan Worth and Sheldon Allman.

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Sunday Talking Heads: April 4, 2010
Season’s Greetings!  I hope the Easter Bunny was as good to you as he was to me, one can never have too much chocolate imo. Washington Journal: 7:45am – Alexander Heffner, ScoopDaily, Editor in Chief & Jonathan Strong, Daily Caller, Reporter.  8:30am – StudentCam Winner Interview.  8:30am – Stuart Pratt, Consumer Data Industry […]

Season’s Greetings!  I hope the Easter Bunny was as good to you as he was to me, one can never have too much chocolate imo.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Alexander Heffner, ScoopDaily, Editor in Chief & Jonathan Strong, Daily Caller, Reporter.  8:30am – StudentCam Winner Interview.  8:30am – Stuart Pratt, Consumer Data Industry Association, President & CEO.  9:15am – Stephen Wayne, Georgetown University, Government Professor.

ABC’s This Week: Jake Tapper hosts.  Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council, then Alan Greenspan. Roundtable: George Will, Matthew Dowd, Karen Finney, Robert Reich.

Amanpour.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Nancy Cordes, CBS News Congressional Correspondent; Jan Crawford, CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent; Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University; Bob Orr, CBS News Justice Correspondent; David Sanger, New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent.

Chris Matthews: Chuck Todd, Norah O’Donnell, Helene Cooper, David IgnatiusTopics: Will Obama’s Centrist Moves Blunt 2012 GOP Attacks That He’s Too Liberal?  Why Hasn’t Obama Held a Primetime Press Conference Since Last July?

CNN’s State of the Union: Larry Summers. Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. John Thompson III, Georgetown men’s basketball coach.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Thomas FriedmanAndrew Sullivan.  India’s movie sensation, Shah Rukh Khan.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Arlen Specter, (D-PA). Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) NRCC Recruitment Chairman. Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Dr. Christina Romer.  Then, Michael Chertoff; a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA); and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).  Roundtable: Rick Stengel and David Remnick.

Newsmakers: Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) explains how changes in health care will impact his state. He also responds to questions regarding a potential run for the White House in 2012.

Q & A: Michael Lewis, whose new book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” is number one on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list. In it, he tells the story of several key players in the subprime mortgage crisis who understood what was happening to the market and were able to make huge amounts of money in the transactions.

Religion & Ethics: Easter Hope in Haiti.   Easter East and West.  Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy.  Trimming the Nuclear Arsenals.

60 Minutes: Patented Genes – Should companies be able to own human genes? Morley Safer examines the idea of biotech firms patenting genes for profit, a controversy now being played out in courts of law.  America’s Gift – Many Ugandans have been saved by an American program that provides affordable anti-retroviral medicines to fight HIV and AIDS. But as a result, people are now becoming less fearful of the virus and continue to spread it by practicing unsafe sex.   Going Smokeless – As cigarette sales plunge, tobacco companies are marketing new, smokeless products to skirt smoking bans and keep customers.

To The Contrary: Topics:  1- The Pope, Holy Week & the priest pedophilia scandal; 2- Finding cures for rare pediatric diseases: Third part in three-part series.  Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; The Progressive Magazine’s Ruth Conniff; PoliticsDaily.com Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger; and Children’s National Hospital’s Dr. Chiatogu Onyewu.

Univision’s Al Punto: Juan Manuel Santos, Former Colombian Defense Minister and Presidential Candidate; Maritza Michaud, Spokesperson, Internal Revenue Service; Gaby Pacheco and Juan Rodriguez, Trail of Dreams Students; Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, first Hispanic Astronaut.

Virtually Speaking: Culture of Truth and Marcy Wheeler.  “We discuss the atrocities documented earlier in the day by the Sabbath Gasbags. See CoT’s Bobblespeak Translations beforehand. And read emptywheel every day. She’s the hardest working woman in journalism.”

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown “As the authors insist, the choice that America faces is stark: whether Washington will accede to the vested interests of an unbridled financial sector that runs up profits in good years and dumps its losses on taxpayers in lean years, or reform through stringent regulation the banking system as first and foremost an engine of economic growth.”  Come chat with Simon Johnson and host William Black, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Thurston Clarke – Special Salon To Discuss – The Kennedys (film).  Chat with Thurston Clarke about his views on the upcoming film, The Kennedys, by the History Channel. Hosted by Teddy Partridge.



Colbert to Frum: ‘When Has the Head Helped the Conservative Movement?’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Colbert to Frum: ‘When Has the Head Helped the Conservative Movement?’
Although he denies it in this clip from Thursday’s “Colbert Report,” David Frum is indeed a “conservative apostate.” What else can being fired from the American Enterprise Institute possibly mean? And what does all of this have to do with Scientology?

Colbert and Frum

Although he denies it in this clip from Thursday’s “Colbert Report,” David Frum is indeed a “conservative apostate.” What else can being fired from the American Enterprise Institute possibly mean? And what does all of this have to do with Scientology?

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Michael Sigman: 9/11, Financial Crisis, Church Sex Scandal? Imagine That!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Michael Sigman: 9/11, Financial Crisis, Church Sex Scandal? Imagine That!
I’m sure there are plenty of unimaginable things in the Universe, though it’s impossible to imagine what they are. But flying a plane into a building, the crash of a financial system and sex abuse by priests, we can safely say, aren’t among them.

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup
Happy Easter, HuffPosters! This week delivered a courageous ruling on the illegality of Bush’s domestic wiretapping program; a cowardly example of attacking the messenger by those defending the Pope; and the bizarre revelations of bondage club expenditures by the RNC. The environmental scorecard showed both a victory and a head-scratching setback. The victory: the biggest-ever jump in fuel economy standards (fleets must average 35.5 mpg by 2016, up 30 percent from current standards). This is a smart and long overdue way of reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. The setback: the Obama administration’s decision to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas in selected areas. This is a risky and shortsighted way of reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Better to send fossil fuels the way of the dinosaurs that created them and focus on the alternative energy future. Innovate, baby, innovate!

Gordon Whitman: One Extraordinary Sunday
The fight to make health care a right in the U.S. spans generations. National health reform rests on the foundation of years of local and state organizing and advocacy.

Anya Morgan: A Blunt Reform Redux?
Is Obama furthering his reputation as the new New Dealer with his tentative support of the legalization of marijuana?


FBI Deems Risk Of Militia Violence ‘Low’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

FBI Deems Risk Of Militia Violence ‘Low’
In a bulletin distributed to police departments and obtained by the AP, the FBI concludes that in the wake of the arrests of members of the Hutaree militia “the likelihood of violent conflict from the remaining group members or other militia extremists” is “low.”

Push Poll Group Returns: Says Senator Supports ‘Health Care For Homosexuals’
A notorious conservative non-profit is putting out push-poll calls charging, among other things, that Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) supports health-care for homosexuals.

Extremist Group Presses Govs To Step Down — Seeking ‘Final Remedy To Enslavement’
In the latest flareup of extremist anti-government activity, the FBI is investigating a fringe group that says it wants to “restore America” by peacefully dismantling the government.



Young Rush: Talent On Loan From Space?

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

Young Rush: Talent On Loan From Space?


White House Walks Back Criticism of Israel & Paging Doctor Krauthammer

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

White House Walks Back Criticism of Israel & Paging Doctor Krauthammer
Could the Obama administration be getting cold feet about taking on Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is from Ha’aretz. Following weeks of tension between Israel and the United States surrounding Middle East peace efforts, on Friday a senior White House official…



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Michael Steele Problem
The recent RNC paid trip to the Hollywood Club Voyeur, which seeks to mimic Kubrik’s Eyes Wide Shut at $2000 per table cover charge, has put the Republican’s in a bit of a pickle. Michael Steele, the highrolling Chairman…


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Price expands GOP repeal campaign: We should repeal all of TARP, the stimulus, and ‘the bailout philosophy.’

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

Price expands GOP repeal campaign: We should repeal all of TARP, the stimulus, and ‘the bailout philosophy.’
Since health care reform became law, there has been a split amongst conservatives and Republicans over whether to campaign for a full or partial repeal of the bill. Some Republicans who initially called for full repeal, like Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), are now walking away from such a radical position. On Fred Thompson’s radio show […]

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)Since health care reform became law, there has been a split amongst conservatives and Republicans over whether to campaign for a full or partial repeal of the bill. Some Republicans who initially called for full repeal, like Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), are now walking away from such a radical position. On Fred Thompson’s radio show Thursday, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) tried to walk a fine line when guest host Dom Giordano questioned him about “the backsliding among some Republicans.” After calling for the repeal of only “the egregious aspects of the health care bill,” Price said he wanted to push for full repeal of the stimulus and the TARP program:

GIORDANO: And then I look at Republicans saying that they may not nationwide, this is the leadership now, Mitch McConnell and others, use the repeal the bill thing, which I think all conservatives that I know of, that’s the mantra, that’s the battle cry, going into this. That’s what worries some of us about the backsliding among some Republicans.

PRICE: Well, listen, let me give you some optimism and hope. The conservative Republican majority that will be in the House of Representatives, I believe, after the November 2010 election will be a different kind of Republican. The majority of the Republican conference will be, have served three terms or fewer. It’s a different kind of Republican, it will be a new style of leadership that will demand a decrease in spending. Demand truly smaller government. Demand individual responsibility. Demand that we get within our means and also harken back to those wonderful American fundamental principles that have made us the greatest nation in the history of the world. Look, we’re not only interested in repealing the egregious aspects of the health care bill, we’re interested in repealing the money from TARP. We’re interested in repealing the non-stimulus bill. We’re interested in repealing the bailout philosophy that continues to move us in a direction that makes us all subjects of the federal government as opposed to that wonderful American liberty and freedom that we all cherish.

Listen here:

Price, who first said that the GOP would run on a policy of repeal in Sept. 2009, did not explain how he would repeal the stimulus and TARP money that has already been doled out, including the $134,148,933 that has been sent to Price’s district as of Dec. 31, 2009.


U.S. delays decision on branding China’s currency policy, skirts confrontation

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

U.S. delays decision on branding China’s currency policy, skirts confrontation
The Obama administration postponed a decision Saturday on whether to brand China a currency manipulator, skirting a public confrontation by announcing plans to instead pursue broader discussions about how best to secure a global economic recovery.


FBI warns letters to governors could stir violence
WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group’s call to remove governors from office could provoke violence.

GOP chairman Michael Steele is out front, attracting detractors
The camera pans across a bucolic river and a sunny cornfield, an American flag flapping in the breeze, as narrator Michael S. Steele waxes about the freedom to dream and achieve. Then, with the Statue of Liberty sweeping into the shot, comes a dire warning that freedom is fragile: Democrats, he says, are “experimenting with America.”

Democrats pull in more cash for campaigns than GOP
The Republican Party’s strategy since early last year of lock-step opposition to the Obama administration’s major legislative initiatives has proved to be less bankable than some party leaders may have anticipated.


Courting Judges: Obama Shows Signs of Spunk

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Courting Judges: Obama Shows Signs of Spunk

MLK’s Economic Dream Unrealized
Bill Moyers & Michael Winship, Salon
Forty-two years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated, gunned down in Memphis, Tenn. To those of us who were alive then, the images are etched in painful memory: One day, King is standing with colleagues, including Ralph Abernathy and Jesse Jackson, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel; the next, he's lying there mortally wounded, his aides pointing in the direction of the rifle shot.Then we remember the crowds of mourners slowly moving through the streets of Atlanta on a hot sunny day, surrounding King's casket as it was carried on a mule-drawn farm wagon;…

GOP Must Fight Against “Too Big to Fail”
Michael Barone, DC Examiner
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, after spending some time negotiating with committee Republicans Bob Corker and Richard Shelby, has decided to advance major financial regulation legislation without bipartisan support. Democratic spin doctors will try to portray the fight over this legislation as a battle between Republicans favoring lax regulation of Wall Street and Democrats favoring tough regulation.But is the Dodd bill really tough legislation, particularly in its treatment of the major financial entities? My American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison…

Hillary’s 3 Whacks at Canada in One Visit
Lawrence Martin, Globe & Mail
Three whacks in one visit. Was Hillary Clinton trying to set a bilateral record for hostal abuse? Her Ottawa visit has left many wondering: Why the rancour? Had she wanted to be diplomatic, all of her criticisms could have been delivered in private. She clearly did not want to be diplomatic.What appeared to be a smooth-running bilateral relationship suddenly veered offside. But no one should be terribly surprised. What it comes down to is the basics. One government is conservative, the other liberal. It was never in the cards that they would see eye to eye for very long.