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Humans Hooked Up with Neanderthals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Humans Hooked Up with Neanderthals
Humans today could be part Neanderthal, according to a new study that found our ancestors interbred with an extinct hominid species some millennia ago. Neanderthals walked the Earth between about 130,000 and 30,000 years ago. While they co-existed with modern humans for a while, eventually they went extinct and we didn’t. There has been intense scientific debate over how similar the two species were, and whether they might have mated with each other. A new study found evidence for interbreeding between modern humans and some other extinct ancient human species — either Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) or another group such as Homo heidelbergensis. One period of interbreeding probably occurred shortly after Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa around 60,000 years ago.


Late Late Night FDL: Club Poodle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Club Poodle
Featuring new videos from Young Love and the controversial (nsfw, strong violence) new video from M.I.A.

Featuring new videos from Young Love and the controversial (nsfw, strong violence) new video from M.I.A.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Arizona Moves to Curb Ethnic Studies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Arizona Moves to Curb Ethnic Studies
A bill has been approved by the Arizona Legislature that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state, a move that comes on the heels of passage of an extraordinarily controversial anti-immigrant law. The bill, sent to Gov. Jan Brewer to sign (or possibly veto, but let’s not delude ourselves here), makes it illegal for a school district to teach courses that “promote resentment of a particular race or class of people”—like racist white folks?  —JCL Fox News: The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” The bill stipulates that courses can continue to be taught for Native American pupils in compliance with federal law and does not prohibit English as a second language classes. It also does not prohibit the teaching of the Holocaust or other cases of genocide. Schools that fail to abide by the law would have state funds withheld. Read more

A bill has been approved by the Arizona Legislature that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state, a move that comes on the heels of passage of an extraordinarily controversial anti-immigrant law.

The bill, sent to Gov. Jan Brewer to sign (or possibly veto, but let’s not delude ourselves here), makes it illegal for a school district to teach courses that “promote resentment of a particular race or class of people”—like racist white folks?? —JCL

Fox News:

The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

The bill stipulates that courses can continue to be taught for Native American pupils in compliance with federal law and does not prohibit English as a second language classes. It also does not prohibit the teaching of the Holocaust or other cases of genocide.

Schools that fail to abide by the law would have state funds withheld.

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Martin Nolan: Arizona for Arizonans, Now!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:50 am by HL

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Fox & Friends distorted Obama’s words to claim he’s against the “American dream”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Fox & Friends distorted Obama’s words to claim he’s against the “American dream”

Reporting on President Obama’s financial reform speech, Fox & Friends repeatedly distorted his remarks to suggest that he is opposed to capitalism and “the American dream.” In fact, Obama repeatedly stressed that he “believe[d] in the power of the free market.”

Fox News distorts Obama’s words to suggest he’s anti-capitalist and “squashing your dreams”

Doocy: Obama “apparently has a problem with the great American dream” and “with money.” In two teases, co-host Steve Doocy aired a clip of Obama saying at an April 28 rally in Quincy, Illinois: “We’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” Doocy commented that Obama “apparently has a problem with the great American dream” and “with money.” He added: “What’s that point? Perhaps we should just spread the wealth around a little bit?”

Fox & Friends: Obama is “squashing your dreams.” During the teases, an on-screen graphic appeared that said Obama is “squashing your dreams”:

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Carlson hosted Ayn Rand biographer to claim that unlike Obama, Rand believed “money was productivity and creativity and honorable enterprise.” During the segment, co-host Gretchen Carlson played the clip of Obama’s comments and said: “Made enough money? Well, in 1957, author Ayn Rand, she wrote this: ‘Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters. The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.’ ” The biographer, Anne C. Heller, said that Rand believed “money was productivity and creativity and honorable enterprise” and that it “creat[es] a vast energy circuit that makes us all wealthier and doing all that without violence or dishonorability.” Heller added that Rand would have been against Wall Street reform because she “was against government regulation from beginning to end.” From the segment:

CARLSON: So is this the world that Rand was trying to warn us about, Anne?

HELLER: Absolutely, it is. For her, enough money was a contradiction in terms, because money was productivity and creativity and honorable enterprise.

CARLSON: So she said money is not the root of all evil. Money is the root of all good.

HELLER: The root of all good, because it’s our way of trading with each other, creating a vast energy circuit that makes us all wealthier and doing all that without violence or dishonorability.

CARLSON: You became interested in writing this book about her — by the way it’s the first full-length biography not written by one of her followers.

HELLER: True.

CARLSON: What was it that made you want to focus, because so much has been focused now in the last six months on Atlas Shrugged?

HELLER: It’s true. When I first started writing this book, nobody was talking about Atlas Shrugged. But in times of big government and government expansion, Rand rises to the surface, and she’s doing that again now.

CARLSON: What would her view have been about the way in which Wall Street has transformed?

HELLER: When she was writing, banks and stock exchanges were — their purpose was to feed money into the most — the smartest, most innovative enterprises in America in the ’40s and ’50s. Now, she certainly wouldn’t have approved of gambling with money. She saw it as a productive tool.

CARLSON: Would she have been in favor of what’s being proposed now on Capitol Hill as far as financial overhaul?

HELLER: Absolutely not. She was against government regulation from beginning to end. She was for a purely laissez-faire government.

CARLSON: In fact, you say if the government tells you you’ve made enough money, chances are it’s because they want excess for themselves.

HELLER: Yes, that’s right.

CARLSON: What do you mean by that?

HELLER: Well, I mean, she said whenever somebody asks you to sacrifice for the state or for some other cause, you can be sure that that person wants to be the state or the other cause himself. In other words, nobody tells you to give something up unless he’s going to benefit from it. So I think she would think that the government probably wants that excess money.

Fox chyron asks if Obama’s comments are an “attack on capitalism.” Later in the show, the following on-screen text aired:

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The full context of Obama’s comments made clear Obama supported the “free market” and was criticizing “institutions that operated irresponsibly”

Obama: [P]art of the American way is you can just keep on making” money “if you’re providing a good product” or service. In the portion of Obama’s speech Fox & Friends did not air, immediately after he said: “I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” Obama added: “But part of the American way is you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or you’re providing a good service. We don’t want people to stop fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow the economy.”

Obama: “I believe in the power of the free market,” and financial “institutions that operated irresponsibly … threaten the whole economy.” Obama went on to say: “I believe in the power of the free market.  And I believe in a strong financial system. … So there’s nothing wrong with a financial system that helps the economy expand. And there are a lot of good people in the financial industry who are doing things the right way. … But some of these institutions that operated irresponsibly, they’re not just threatening themselves — they threaten the whole economy. And they threaten your dreams, your prospects, everything that you worked so hard to build.” From a White House transcript of Obama’s remarks:

OBAMA: And in case you’re wondering, let me just take a minute to explain why it’s important to you. The crisis we went through, it wasn’t part of the normal economic cycle.  What happened was you had some people — not all people — there’s some very decent people here who are in the financial sector — but you had some people on Wall Street who took these unbelievable risks with other people’s money.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Damn. (Laughter.)

OBAMA: They made bets. They were making bets on what was going to happen in the housing market, and they would create these derivatives and all these instruments that nobody understood. But it was basically operating like a big casino. And it was producing big profits and big bonuses for them, but it was all built on shaky economics and some of these subprime loans that had been given out. And because we did not have common-sense rules in place, those irresponsible practices came awfully close to bringing down our entire economy and millions of dreams along with it.

We had a system where some on Wall Street could take these risks without fear of failure, because they keep the profits when it was working, and as soon as it went south, they expected you to cover their losses. So it was one of those heads, they tail — tails, you lose.

So they failed to consider that behind every dollar that they traded, all that leverage they were generating, acting like it was Monopoly money, there were real families out who were trying to finance a home, or pay for their child’s college, or open a business, or save for retirement. So what’s working fine for them wasn’t working for ordinary Americans.  And we’ve learned that clearly. It doesn’t work out fine for the country. It’s got to change.  (Applause.)

Now, what we’re doing — I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.  (Laughter.) But part of the American way is you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or you’re providing a good service. We don’t want people to stop fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow the economy.

I’ve said this before. I’ve said this on Wall Street just last week. I believe in the power of the free market. And I believe in a strong financial system. And when it’s working right, financial institutions, they help make possible families buying homes, and businesses growing, and new ideas taking flight. An entrepreneur may have a great idea, but he may need to borrow some money to make it happen. It would be hard for a lot of us to buy a house — our first house, at least, if we weren’t able to take out a mortgage.

So there’s nothing wrong with a financial system that helps the economy expand. And there are a lot of good people in the financial industry who are doing things the right way. And it’s in our interest when those firms are strong and when they’re healthy.

But some of these institutions that operated irresponsibly, they’re not just threatening themselves — they threaten the whole economy. And they threaten your dreams, your prospects, everything that you worked so hard to build.

So we just want them to operate in a way that’s fair and honest and in the open, so that we don’t have to go through what we’ve already gone through. (Applause.)  We want to make sure the financial system doesn’t just work for Wall Street, but it works for Main Street, too. It works for Quincy. It works for Mount Pleasant. It works for Macon and Fort Madison. (Applause.)


Judge Questions Holding All Nine Defendants In Hutaree Trial

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Judge Questions Holding All Nine Defendants In Hutaree Trial
At a bond appeal hearing for the members of the Hutaree militia, a federal judge questioned prosecutors about the evidence being used to justify holding all nine defendants until trial, according to a report in The Detroit News.


Steele On RNC ‘Census’ Mailer: We Followed The Rules — Dems Just Wrote A Lousy Bill
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Cap and trade scandal facts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Cap and trade scandal facts
The right wing blogosphere is alight like a burning oil rig in the gulf with the Beckian cap and trade scandal, soon to be tied in with the Limbot’s theory that the oil spill in the gulf was a result of a terrorist attack, staged or allowed to happen. The alleged motive is a socialist redistribution […]


After Arizona, 100,000 Expected for LA’s May Day March

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:43 am by HL

After Arizona, 100,000 Expected for LA’s May Day March
Huge numbers are expected to descend upon LA’s Downtown for the annual May Day march, an event that’s expected to serve as a rallying point for immigration reform.

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Want to Prevent Oil Spill Disasters? Stop Driving
A submerged oil well is spewing a river of oil toward Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Birds and fish will die, wetlands and beaches will be ruined — all because we drive cars.

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Why Moving Immigration Reform Would Be a Disaster in the Making

Arizona’s anti-brown-folks law has pushed comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) to the front burner (or at least a discussion about whether to go for it in this Congress). You’re not going to get 57 Dems, Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders to come together in the Senate ? forget Jon Tester and Jim Webb ?  so in order […]


Challenging the Roberts Court

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Challenging the Roberts Court
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The “Treating Our Enemies Better Than Our Friends” Meme
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President Obama vs. The Roberts Court
Jeff and Barry differ over whether the sparks that have flared up this year between President Obama and the Roberts Court signals the start of a reprise of 1937, or a one-off episode of political theatre that will amount…


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LiberalOasis Radio Show Leaves WHMP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

LiberalOasis Radio Show Leaves WHMP

In protest of WHMP’s cancellation of The Bill Dwight Show, I have pulled The LiberalOasis Radio Show from the WHMP lineup, in hopes management will reverse its ill-considered decision.

The LiberalOasis Radio Show will continue as a podcast.

We were already planning to take this week off, so no show today. But we’ll be back next week!