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Late Late Night FDL: Hurricane

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Hurricane
Bob DylanHurricane featuring Scarlet Rivera on violin.

Bob DylanHurricane featuring Scarlet Rivera on violin.

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It was no ‘White-Out’ that’s for sure
The Tea Partiers…whatever.

pic via Rodney White, Des Moines Register

Behold the gathering masses on the Capitol Grounds in my home town.

More than 1,000 Tea Party supporters showed up for Thursday’s tax day rally outside the Iowa Capitol to vent their frustration at the expanding power of government.

The number was fewer than organizers hoped for, but authorities described the crowd as orderly.

Well, there’s a surprise, if there’s one thing right-wingers can do it’s orderly. Maybe they were fewer than last year because the Sky God was angry…or maybe it’s even more overrated than we’ve been overrating it.

Sadness was nationwide…poor Glenn Reynolds was stuck in Cincinnati with a sad or was it the other way around? Oh, Jonah Goldberg was there, so it was clearly both.

Meanwhile, Sean Hannity — who was supposed to do his show from here live — has had to go back to New York on some sort of personal emergency, but the folks here, though disappointed, still seem full of energy.

That personal problem was the Teapartiers thinking they were bigger than Rupert Murdoch.

And no matter where they sort of assembled they are full of awesome quotes:

Johnson expressed opposition to President Obama. “It’s not just because he’s black”

Yeah, that’s only one reason, Andrew Breitbart demands you take note!


Journalism’s Parasites

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Journalism’s Parasites
It’s time to shame by name the access traders, double agents and watchdog turncoats destroying journalism for their own personal gain. By David Sirota

It’s time to shame by name the access traders, double agents and watchdog turncoats destroying journalism for their own personal gain.


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Icelandic Volcano Grounds Flights Across Europe
A volcano under the Eyjafjallajoekull (got that?) glacier in Iceland spewed a hefty cloud of ash into the air Thursday, turning airports across Europe into no-fly zones and leaving stranded travelers little hope of taking off until midday Friday or later.  —KA BBC: Eurocontrol, which covers 38 nations across Europe, said the ash ejected by the volcano underneath the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland would continue to move in a south-easterly direction. Based on the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, normal air traffic control services could not be provided to flights in airspaces affected by volcanic ash, requiring the temporary suspension of air traffic, it added. Experts have warned that the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud could be sufficient to jam aircraft engines. Read more

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A volcano under the Eyjafjallajoekull (got that?) glacier in Iceland spewed a hefty cloud of ash into the air Thursday, turning airports across Europe into no-fly zones and leaving stranded travelers little hope of taking off until midday Friday or later.? —KA

BBC:

Eurocontrol, which covers 38 nations across Europe, said the ash ejected by the volcano underneath the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland would continue to move in a south-easterly direction.

Based on the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, normal air traffic control services could not be provided to flights in airspaces affected by volcanic ash, requiring the temporary suspension of air traffic, it added.

Experts have warned that the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud could be sufficient to jam aircraft engines.

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Tom Vander Ark: The New Learning Landscape

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

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Right-wing class warriors launch Tax Day offensive

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Right-wing class warriors launch Tax Day offensive

In recent days, right-wing media figures have stoked class warfare while discussing taxes, asserting that it’s not “fair” for the government to “steal” money from those who “succeed” and give it to — in the words of Wayne Allyn Root — “those who couldn’t care less, sit on the couch, and watch Oprah all day.” These media figures have suggested that those without federal income tax liability or those who benefit from tax credits or government assistance are “freeloaders” who don’t work hard or succeed.

Right-wing media mark Tax Day by attacking less fortunate as “freeloaders”

Stuart Varney: Is it “fair” for government to take “half” of money earned by those who “succeed” and give it to others because they make less money? On the April 15 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox Business’ Stuart Varney said: “Just think of the fairness issue. Is it fair that you go out, start a small business, you work hard, you save your money, you don’t spend lavishly. You succeed, and then the government takes half your income — and that’s what’s happening these days — the government takes half your income and gives it to other people, solely on the grounds that they make less than you do. So it’s only fair for you to share. I maintain that’s not fair.”

Wayne Allyn Root: “It’s greedy to ask government and the IRS at gunpoint … to steal [money] from others” and give it “to those who couldn’t care less, sit on the couch, and watch Oprah all day.” On the April 15 Fox & Friends, former Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root said: “It’s not greedy to want to keep more of your own money. It’s greedy to ask government and the IRS at gunpoint and the threat of prison to steal it from others who earn it and redistribute it to those who don’t. That’s the definition of greed.” He later stated: “I am diametrically opposed to my old college classmate Barack Obama, who seems to think you take it from the people that work all day to earn it, and you redistribute it to those who couldn’t care less, sit on the couch, and watch Oprah all day. That’s not my crowd.”

Wall Street Journal op-ed: “Why should I have to carry so many people on my back?” In an April 14 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Mike Donahue, “a financial adviser in La Jolla, California,” wrote: “I have more than most only because I’ve worked harder than most and because I am a saver. It was not easy.” He continued:

Why then does the government feel so entitled to take my money and give it to others? Why should I have to carry so many people on my back? Call me cruel. I don’t care. I give to whom I choose — but since so much is confiscated (and wasted in the process) I have little left I wish to give.

During the 1990 recession I could have qualified for state and federal assistance, but my wife and I managed to get by as she worked nights while we juggled our infant daughter between us. It was hard. However, it never occurred to us to take from others to subsidize our shortage. It’s not our way.

Phyllis Schlafly: Tax Day “divides Americans into two almost equal classes: those who pay for the services provided by government and the freeloaders.” In an April 13 column, Phyllis Schlafly wrote: “Income tax day, April 15, 2010, now divides Americans into two almost equal classes: those who pay for the services provided by government and the freeloaders.” She later wrote: “The bottom 40 percent not only pay no income tax, but the government sends them cash or benefits financed by the taxes dutifully paid by those who do pay income tax.”

Bernie Goldberg: “If we continue down a road where we’re giving half the country free stuff, they will continue to take it, and they will drive us and this country into bankruptcy.” On the April 12 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg said: “You can’t have a system where you give people — half the country — free stuff, because they’re going to take it. And the other half of the people are pulling the wagon while the half that gets free stuff is sitting in the wagon. They’re going to take the wagon right to the poorhouse.” Goldberg later called for a flat tax and stated, “If we continue down a road where we’re giving half the country free stuff, they will continue to take it, and they will drive us and this country into bankruptcy.”


Only Dead Fish: In Handling Finances, Palin Appears To Be Looking Out For Number One

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Only Dead Fish: In Handling Finances, Palin Appears To Be Looking Out For Number One
It looks like the guiding principle behind Sarah Palin’s handling of her finances is: Look out for number one.


Koch Industries: We Don’t Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund)
Koch Industries, a major backer of myriad right-wing causes, has never provided funding “specifically to support the tea parties,” said Koch spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia in an unsolicited message that landed in our inbox last night in advance of Tax Day.



Palin and the Pope Circling the Drain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Palin and the Pope Circling the Drain


Reid Loses Full Ballot Test

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Reid Loses Full Ballot Test
A new Mason-Dixon poll shows Sen. Harry Reid (D) losing to challenger Sue Lowden (R) even when third-party and nonpartisan candidates are included on the ballot.

Lowden leads Reid, 47% to 37%, with the other candidates getting very little support.

Said pollster Brad Coker: “The bottom line is that adding all these minor candidates won’t really bleed support away exclusively from the Republican. They’re not really bleeding much support from either candidate, Reid or Lowden, and if they do siphon off votes, it’ll probably be about half and half.”


Freedom Federation Summit: A Sleepy Awakening

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Freedom Federation Summit: A Sleepy Awakening

The Freedom Federation Summit taking place April 15-16 at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia was billed as the next Great Awakening, the inaugural gathering of “a new movement [that] is forming in America comprised of people of all races, ethnicities and generations.” With the mobilizing power of dozens of religious right organizations behind […]

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Who Are the Hutaree Militia, And Why Do They Want to Kill Cops?
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The Future of American Jobs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

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Birther Website WND Worries Its Credibility Will Be Hurt If It Doesn?t Get More Seats At Correspondents? Dinner

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Birther Website WND Worries Its Credibility Will Be Hurt If It Doesn?t Get More Seats At Correspondents? Dinner
The far-right “news” website World Net Daily (WND) announced late Tuesday night that the organization is suing the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) for “doing the bidding of the Obama administration in trying to belittle, exclude and irreparably harm” the website, which dubbed itself, “a leading Internet news outlet.” WND asserts that it sought to […]

php1BZZflAMThe far-right “news” website World Net Daily (WND) announced late Tuesday night that the organization is suing the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) for “doing the bidding of the Obama administration in trying to belittle, exclude and irreparably harm” the website, which dubbed itself, “a leading Internet news outlet.”

WND asserts that it sought to purchase three tables for the White House Correspondents’ dinner (which will take place on May 1), but the WHCA allocated the organization only three seats at one table. The complaint claims that the rejection is part of a scheme the Obama White House orchestrated to exclude WND, which is in turn damaging its credibility:

News outlets who do not get sufficient access to the event are seen as “lesser” and unimportant in the media world. […]

On information and belief, after the WHCA accepted WND’s order for one table for the event, the Obama administration and White House intervened and put pressure on the WHCA to reneg on even this commitment. As a result, and in an insulting manner, WND was then informed that it would only get three seats at the event, and not even its own table.

WND adds that the alleged snub “harmed and continues to harm WND’s ability to celebrate” the tenure of the website’s White House correspondent Les Kinsolving. It’s comical that WND thinks it has some sort of stellar journalistic record that allows it to complain of feeling “unimportant in the media world” because of its seating allocation at the dinner.

In fact, WND’s quality journalism consists of peddling conspiracies. This lawsuit is coming from a website that has been leading the charge on the “birther” movement — regularly jumping at any opportunity to “report” false claims that President Obama was not born in the U.S.

WND also “reports” all kinds of wacky far-right trash like calling for “death to the U.N.” and claiming that Obama “supports ethnic cleansing” against Jews, that he “hates white people,” and that he may secretly be a Muslim — not to mention numerous columns and stories featuring any number of homophobic slurs.

WHCA President Ed Chen said the organization “has seen countless and creative efforts to improve one’s circumstances at the dinner; all of them have been futile. This latest ploy will end with the same result.” Indeed, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington wound up getting the same treatment from the WHCA. Huffington asked for three tables for the dinner and “only got one.”