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Gingrich?s ?Drill Here, Drill Now? campaign continues as oil rig disaster grows.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 30th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Gingrich?s ?Drill Here, Drill Now? campaign continues as oil rig disaster grows.
The Earth Day oil rig disaster that began with an explosion that claimed 11 lives is becoming an ecological catastrophe. The Coast Guard has set some of the West-Virginia-sized oil slick ablaze, even as it grows by thousands of barrels a day. Although this deadly catastrophe calls into question the pro-drilling campaigns by the oil […]

The Earth Day oil rig disaster that began with an explosion that claimed 11 lives is becoming an ecological catastrophe. The Coast Guard has set some of the West-Virginia-sized oil slick ablaze, even as it grows by thousands of barrels a day. Although this deadly catastrophe calls into question the pro-drilling campaigns by the oil industry and its conservative allies, the propaganda continues. In 2008, Newt Gingrich began American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF), the casino-funded 527 that used the slogan “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” to promote the false idea that new offshore drilling could lower gas prices. On its website, Gingrich’s ASWF is continuing its petition while reporting on the inevitable consequences of dependence on dirty oil:

Drill Here, Oil Spill

Similarly, other oil-industry front groups — American Petroleum Institute, Energy Tomorrow, Institute for Energy Research, Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Foundation, and the Institute for 21st Century Energy — are still promoting increased drilling and attacking green economy legislation that would reduce our dependence on oil. (HT Wonkette)


Obama: ‘There may not be an appetite’ to tackle immigration this year

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 30th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Obama: ‘There may not be an appetite’ to tackle immigration this year
President Obama said late Wednesday that “there may not be an appetite” to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws this year, even though he believes there is a pressing need to do so.

Goldman Sachs adds to its ranks of lobbyists
Until a few years ago, Goldman Sachs operated a sleepy lobby shop in the nation’s capital.


Hunter says she didn’t wreck John Edwards’ home
John Edwards’ mistress said on Thursday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that she doesn’t believe she destroyed the former presidential candidate’s marriage.

Independence Day for Charlie Crist
Independence Day for Charlie Crist 1. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will announce his future political plans today, a decision widely reported — by the Fix among many others — to be a stepping-away from the Republican party to run for the Senate this fall as an independent. Crist, perhaps see…


Beck, Palin Adopt Tactics of Jackson, Sharpton

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 30th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Beck, Palin Adopt Tactics of Jackson, Sharpton
Jason Whitlock, KC Star

Washington Can’t Keep Ignoring Illegal Immigration

Hope, Change and Limousine Liberals
Michael Graham, Boston Herald
Call them “NIMBLYs” – Not In My Back (Liberal) Yard.For nine years, the Halliburton-hating, Bush-bashing, Earth-loving, green-going Kennedys of Cape Cod have been fighting tooth, nail and polo mallet against the Cape Wind project. The same liberals who support “smart grid” laws that would let the government literally control the thermostat in your home have spent nearly a decade lawyering up against windmills 15 miles from their Hyannis playground.Now that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued his ruling, I suppose dejected Kennedys can get together…

Teachers vs. Charters: Look for the Union Libel

Greece and the Euro: Going, Going…
Megan McArdle, The Atlantic
The most terrifying words I've seen written so far about the growing crisis in Greece were penned by Yves Smith yesterday:  “So the whole idea that the financial crisis was over is being called into doubt. Recall that the Great Depression nadir was the sovereign debt default phase. And the EU's erratic responses (obvious hesitancy followed by finesses rather than decisive responses) is going to prove even more detrimental as the Club Med crisis grinds on.”The Great Depression was composed of two separate panics.  As you can see from contemporary…


Obama Urges Bipartisan Effort on Soaring Deficits

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Obama Urges Bipartisan Effort on Soaring Deficits
President Barack Obama said Tuesday Washington must urgently confront unpleasant truths about deficits. “There are few issues on which there is more vigorous bipartisan agreement than fiscal responsibility,” he said, flanked by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., the two men he asked to lead efforts to reach a consensus plan for the deficit. “But in practice, this responsibility for the future is often overwhelmed by the politics of the moment.”


Late Late Night FDL: Vietnamistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Vietnamistan
Featuring new videos by Alabama 3 and Populous.

Featuring new videos by Alabama 3 and Populous.

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You want to see a demonstration? They’ll show you a demonstration
Thanks to Arizona, there may be some real protests this weekend, not the tightly-shot over inflated tea party variety.

Over the last year or so we’ve been treated/subjected to Tea Party rally coverage. Those ‘tight-camera shots’ have allowed their organizers to claim hundreds of thousands were in attendance, nay MILLIONS! when reality showed a few thousand.

But that doesn’t stop the media from treating them like a huge social movement.

Coverage bias was most pronounced during the Health Care Reform votes when several hundred teabaggers on the Capitol grounds got a great deal of coverage, while a pro-immigration reform march at the same time drew a much bigger crowd, well into the tens of thousands, received virtually none.

So let the teabags steep in their inflated numbers, thanks to Arizona, on very short notice, now you’ll see what a real political protest looks like.

Protest organizers said on Wednesday outrage over the Arizona law — which seeks to drive illegal immigrants out of the state bordering Mexico — has galvanized Latinos and would translate into a higher turnout for May Day rallies in more than 70 U.S. cities.

Some of these rallies, like Los Angeles alone in 2006 may (just may, remember short notice) draw half-a-million. Suck.on.that. Arizona.

Not that you’ll see much coverage. After all, some mid-50ish white woman from Knoxville is screaming and carrying a sign telling the federal government to stay out of her “soshal securitee” and demanding those socialists let her drink liquor when she’s carrying her handgun. And that’s damn-fine television.



Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question
Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his perspective employer. Bryant was taken 24th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Ireland asked him the question several weeks ago in a pre-draft interview. Bryant’s mother, Angela, is gay and her personal life has already generated more attention than is warranted for merely being the mother of someone who’s looking for a job. AP via Google: “My mom is not a prostitute,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. As for his reaction to Ireland’s question: “I got mad — really mad — but I didn’t show it.” NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Ireland’s question raised worrisome issues. “We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen,” Smith said in a statement. “During interviews, our players and prospective players should never be subjected to discrimination or degradation stemming from the biases or misconceptions held by team personnel.” Read more

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his perspective employer.

Bryant was taken 24th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Ireland asked him the question several weeks ago in a pre-draft interview.

Bryant’s mother, Angela, is gay and her personal life has already generated more attention than is warranted for merely being the mother of someone who’s looking for a job.

AP via Google:

“My mom is not a prostitute,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. As for his reaction to Ireland’s question: “I got mad — really mad — but I didn’t show it.”

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Ireland’s question raised worrisome issues.

“We need to make sure the men of this league are treated as businessmen,” Smith said in a statement. “During interviews, our players and prospective players should never be subjected to discrimination or degradation stemming from the biases or misconceptions held by team personnel.”

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Mary Kay Henry ‘Almost Certain’ To Be Next SEIU President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

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Conservatives’ bogus attacks on Obama’s appeal to minorities: “Race card,” “Southern Strategy,” “racist”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Conservatives’ bogus attacks on Obama’s appeal to minorities: “Race card,” “Southern Strategy,” “racist”

After President Obama released a video message highlighting 2010 efforts to turn out the vote among minorities, right-wing media responded with inflammatory rhetoric, including claims that Obama is playing the “race card.” Those media figures have ignored that Republicans have issued similar appeals to minority voters.

Obama’s 2010 election strategy includes getting young people, women, minorities out to vote

Obama: “[M]ake sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women” vote. From President Obama’s April 23 videotaped appeal to his supporters outlining Democratic Party strategy for the 2010 elections:

In 2010, it will be up to each of you to ask folks like Claudia to stay involved, and to explain why this year the stakes are higher than ever. It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again.

Conservative media’s inflamed reaction: Strategy “disses white guys,” shows Obama “regime at its racist best”

Drudge: “Obama plays race card.” The Drudge Report linked to an article about the video with the headline, “Obama plays race card: Rallies blacks, Latinos for ’10 upset.” Drudge’s headline was echoed by conservative blogs such as Gateway Pundit and The Daily Caller.

Ingraham: Obama “goes to the race card.” On the April 26 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, guest host Laura Ingraham asked of the video, “What’s with the racially charged rallying cry?” adding that it shows Obama “doesn’t have any other cards to throw down so he goes to the race card.” Guest Mary Katharine Ham similarly claimed that Obama is making a “race-based pitch to his voters.”

Limbaugh: “The regime at its racist best.” Rush Limbaugh said of the video on his April 26 radio show: “This is the regime at its racist best. What’s the regime doing? Asking blacks and Latinos to join him in a fight. What is a campaign if not a fight? He’s asking young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women to reconnect. To fight who? Who’s this fight against? … We’ve never had a president like this, who has purposely come to divide people. But he has, and he is. With that video, seeking to reconnect young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and other women for 2010. Against who?”

FoxNews.com: Obama “left white, middle-age male voters in his rear-view mirror.” In an April 26 article, FoxNews.com stated that “President Obama left white, middle-age male voters in his rear-view mirror Monday in launching his first midterm election pitch, calling on “young people, African Americans, Latinos and women” to deliver for Democrats in November.”

Wash. Times‘ Pruden: “Obama wants to join the sordid ranks of the race hustlers.” Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden wrote in his April 27 column that “Race-baiting never goes out of style,” adding: “Barack Obama wants to join the sordid ranks of the race hustlers, like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, if not necessarily the race baiters. Maybe there’s only a small distinction between hustling and baiting, but once the toxic stuff is let loose, it doesn’t matter what you call it.”

Wash. Examiner: “Obama disses white guys.” The front page of the April 27 edition of the Washington Examiner carried the headline “Obama disses white guys: Rallies blacks, Latinos, women.”

Fox’s Gutfield: “Not since third grade basketball have I ever felt so left out.” Fox News host Greg Gutfield wrote in an April 27 Big Hollywood post:

He knows he has the black vote, for political and sentimental reasons. Young people are green enough dismiss the debate between big and small government, so Obama can get ’em too. Women – primarily those shielded from conservativism through an intense combo of psychotherapy, grad school deployment, self help books and dating wusses -could end up in O’s pocket too.

That leaves Latinos — who the President believes he’ll win, once he drops the “A” bomb. I.e. Amnesty.

And who’s left? White dopes like me.

See, in the post-racial world, it’s Obama who sees race. He looks at me, and sees someone he can’t win over.

[…]

But still, I feel Obama looks at me, and just sees an AWG, or “angry white guy.” Which is why I’m not on his list.

Not since third grade basketball have I ever felt so left out.

Actually, this is worse. Back then, I was picked last. Now I’m not even on the team.

Carlson compares video to “Nixon’s Southern Strategy.” On the April 27 edition of Fox News’ Special Report, contributor Tucker Carlson said: “So how is this different substantially from Nixon’s Southern Strategy? What he’s doing is, saying, ‘You have reason to fear on racial grounds, therefore vote for me.’ I think he is using racial anxiety for political gain.”

Contrary to conservative media outrage, Republicans have also appealed to minorities

Steele, Gingrich have called for GOP outreach to minority voters. As Media Matters for America has detailed, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told The Washington Times in February 2009 that he planned to specifically target Hispanic and black voters as part of a new “urban-suburban hip hop” outreach program, saying, “We need messengers to really capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross section … We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.” Similarly, at the June 2009 Senate House GOP Fundraising Dinner, Gingrich urged Republicans to “reach out to African Americans, to Koreans, to Vietnamese, to Chinese, to Indians, to Latinos.”

Sargent: RNC adopts “Rush Limbaugh/Matt Drudge line” over Steele’s minority outreach. In an April 28 blog post, The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent noted that the Republican Party’s description of Obama’s remark as “an appeal based on class warfare and race” comes in the wake of Steele’s April 19 statement that Republicans “haven’t done a very good job” of giving African-Americans a reason to vote for them and “have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans.” Sargent added: “Now the RNC is attacking Obama for minority outreach. In so doing, the RNC is essentially adopting the Rush Limbaugh/Matt Drudge line over Steele’s previous call for more racial sensitivity.”

Republican strategist, Fox host also counter line of attack

Republican Blakeman: Obama “not being divisive at all.” On the April 26 edition of Fox News’ America Live, former Bush administration official Brad Blakeman responded to host Megyn Kelly’s asking if Obama was “playing the race card” by saying, “I say Republicans should do exactly the same thing. The president was not being divisive at all; he was stating the obvious. … So I don’t think the president was being racist at all.”

Fox’s Smith: Conservatives “getting all weird” about Obama “appealing to his base.” On the April 27 edition of Fox News’ Studio B, host Shepard Smith pointed out that Obama is “appealing to his base, like politicians always do,” adding, “It’s hilarious to me that people are all kind of weirded out by the fact that a politician is appealing to his base in an election. I mean, what’s wrong with them?” Smith also said, “The right’s getting all weird about this, though, isn’t it?”


Scott Rothstein’s COO Charged In Connection With Ponzi Scheme

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Scott Rothstein’s COO Charged In Connection With Ponzi Scheme
The chief operating officer of Scott Rothstein’s former law firm has been charged with consipring to launder money from with his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, according to the a report in The Miami Herald.

Civilian Pleads Guilty For Lying To FBI About Post-Katrina Shootings
A man who was on the scene of the deadly police shootings of unarmed civilians on Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina pleaded guilty today to lying to an FBI agent about what happened that day, and for illegally possessing a firearm.


Heavily-Regulated Las Vegas Turns a Profit from Gambling; Why Can’t Wall Street?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Heavily-Regulated Las Vegas Turns a Profit from Gambling; Why Can’t Wall Street?