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Late Late Night FDL: Ball and Chain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Ball and Chain
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Good thing this wasn’t Maricopa County
A terrorists incompetence is only saved and helped by general ignorance. Exhibit A, the Times Square would-be Bomber.

New information about the Times Square bomber is being revealed including, as usual, his rank incompetence; even after all that “special training” in Pakistan.  The incompetence of most terrorists is the most under reported aspect of their existence. But if that was reported on we might not be so easily frightened into ceding the Bill of Rights away. It also can be combined with rank bigotry to win a primary, right John McCain?

Meanwhile, if the guy who thought he could blow up propane tanks had tried something in Phoenix, the Nissan Pathfinder of Death Moderate Inconvenience would still be double-parked. Why? Because Joe Arpaio and crew would still be busy hassling the immigrant who reported suspicious activity:

…the man who first noticed the smoking Nissan Pathfinder and sought help is also Muslim, a Senegalese immigrant

That man is Aliou Niasse. The classic American story right?

Of course it is, but this being America, there is already a dispute about who was first between Mr. Niasse and two other street vendors. Somewhere Mark Burnett is ready to cast all three and Sully Sullenberger in next year’s ‘Apprentice‘ where Donald Trump will tell them how much more heroic he is.


Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Slams Joe Lieberman — “This is America”
More on this, here.

More on this, here.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is planning to introduce a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship from Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations.

The proposal would amend current law that bars American citizens from fighting for foreign armies at the price of losing their citizenship.

“I think it’s time for us to look at whether we want to amend that law to apply it to American citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, whether they should not also be deprived automatically of their citizenship and therefore be deprived of rights that come with that citizenship when they are apprehended and charged with a terrorist act,” Lieberman, who helms the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on Fox News.

Note the word, “foreign.” So under Lieberputz’s law, Tim McVeigh keeps his citizenship — but Jose Padilla doesn’t. Great.


Proceed With Caution

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Proceed With Caution

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Dan Coats: Indiana Senate 2010 Election BREAKING News

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Dan Coats: Indiana Senate 2010 Election BREAKING News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)- Voters in North Carolina and Ohio kept their incumbents and those in Indiana turned to an old Capitol Hill hand — Republican Dan…

Military Transportation Used By Members Of Congress, Even For Local Travel
Members of Congress routinely travel on Defense Department airplanes to far-flung corners of the world, but it turns out they sometimes request military transport to…

Al Eisele: A Gun-Toting, Pistol-Packing, Rifle Looney From Manhattan Takes on the NRA
One of the most interesting responses to my post on Timothy McVeigh came in a letter from Jim Coyne, an old classmate with an intimate knowledge of firearms. His response is thoughtful and thought-provoking, to say the least.


“Drill more”: Fox News figures respond to environmental catastrophe by calling for more drilling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

“Drill more”: Fox News figures respond to environmental catastrophe by calling for more drilling

In the wake of the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, several Fox News hosts and contributors have responded by calling for a continuation — and in some instances, an expansion — of offshore drilling.

Fox hosts and contributors respond to drilling catastrophe by calling for drilling

Kristol suggests drilling “closer in, which is probably less dangerous.” On the May 3 broadcast of Fox News Sunday Fox News contributor Bill Kristol said: “Look, it was a bad accident. But the fact is, I think we get something like one third of our domestic oil from the Gulf – from offshore drilling in the Gulf. We need it. We can’t cut back on it. Incidentally, if we hadn’t stopped closer in drilling after the Santa Barbara accident forty years ago and we’ve had these congressional restrictions until 2008 for forty years, we’d have a lot more drilling closer in which is probably less dangerous, less treacherous than trying to drill fifty miles from the coast.” Kristol also suggested “on-shore drilling” in ANWR, and added, “I’m a drill, baby, drill, person.”

Bolling: “Drill here, drill now …drill, baby, drill” On the April 30 broadcast of Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Fox Business host and Fox News contributor Eric Bolling suggested that the “six dollar, seven dollar diesel fuel” is “more harmful” for fishermen than the oil spill and said: “We need to drill here, drill now, and hey, drill, baby, drill.”

Asman says “the answer” is we need to “drill more,” tells environmental “hypocrites” to “shut up.” On the April 30 edition of Fox Business’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard, host David Asman announced he was “sick” of “environmentalists living the good life while lecturing the rest of us about how we’re all a bunch of selfish oil little piggies.” He added: “The bottom line is we need oil. And we will for some time, and the only way to prevent us from getting stuck on foreign oil is to drill more domestically. It’s a messy business, but it beats most of the alternatives for now. And until someone comes up with something better, the answer is now as it was before the awful spill in Louisiana: drill more.”

Perino suggests continuing “very safe” offshore drilling. On the May 3 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Dana Perino said that we have “very safe offshore oil drilling,” adding, “look how much is down there, if it was safe and we were able to harness it.”

Palin posts Facebook note titled “Domestic Drilling: Why We Can Still Believe.” In a note posted to her Facebook page on April 30th, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin wrote: “I repeat the slogan ‘drill here, drill now’ not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills — my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.”

Fox News has long history of aggressively advocating for offshore drilling

As Media Matters has noted, Fox News has fervently advocated for offshore drilling. Its activism has includled promoting Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill” mantra and pushing myths suggesting that drilling is environmentally safe. Notably, Glenn Beck has repeatedly touted offshore drilling, including claiming that “if you really cared about the environment, you would let us drill for our own oil,” and Newt Gingrich is the author of Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A handbook for slashing gas prices and solving our energy crisis (Regnery Press, 2008).


Paying For The Oil Spill: A Guide To Who’s On The Hook

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Paying For The Oil Spill: A Guide To Who’s On The Hook
TPMmuckraker’s guide to who has to pay for the cleanup of the Gulf oil spill — and for damage to the economies of the coastal states.


Cuccinelli Probe Of Climate Scientist Blasted As ‘Witch Hunt’
An investigation by Ken Cuccinelli of a climate scientist who was caught up in last year’s “Climate-Gate” flap is being likened to a “witch hunt” — even by global warming skeptics.


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Did Times Square Bomb Suspect Almost Get Away?
Did the suspect in Saturday night’s failed Times Square bombing attempt come close to getting out of the country before he could be apprehended?


Oil slick triples in size in three days, landfall in FL imminent

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Oil slick triples in size in three days, landfall in FL imminent
A preface here, to any readers on my mailing list who find this article on the bartblog before my Examiner page: I apologize for the email exchange yesterday with that right-wing douche bag, Ashford Schwall. He will no longer be a part of the mailing list, since his mama apparently failed to teach him manners […]


Obama Urges Vote for “a Democrat” in Hawaii

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Obama Urges Vote for “a Democrat” in Hawaii
President Obama recorded a robocall urging Hawaii voters to choose a Democrat in the upcoming special House election, as Democrats grow increasingly alarmed that Charles Djou (R) could win the seat, the Honolulu Advertiser reports.

The only problem? There are two Democrats splitting the vote in the three way race — Ed Case (D) and Colleen Hanabusa (D) — and Obama doesn’t specify which one he prefers.

Ben Smith: “The call is also a mark of how handcuffed Democrats are in a race that features two Democratic candidates and one Republican. Obama hasn’t officially endorsed either — though the White House considers former Rep. Ed Case the stronger of the two — and the robocall merely encourages a ‘crucial’ vote for ‘a Democrat’ for help with ‘our agenda for change.'”

The special election is on May 22.

Internal Poll Shows Critz Leading Burns in Special Election
Mark Critz (D) “has captured a burst of momentum” in special election to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), according to his own internal polling, Politico reports.

Critz now leads Tim Burns (R) by eight points, 44% to 36%.

However, Critz’s poll “runs counter to the results from several other recent public polls” which show Burns leading.

The special election is on May 18.


Break up the Big Banks and End the Oligarchy on Wall Street

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Break up the Big Banks and End the Oligarchy on Wall Street
We are living in a Wall Street oligarchy if Congress won’t allow a vote on breaking up the banks.

We are living in a Wall Street oligarchy if Congress won't allow a vote on breaking up the banks.

Frank Rich on Being the ‘Poster Boy’ for Attacks from Right-Wing Media
The New York Times columnist explains why he he thinks Arizona’s racial profiling law is the latest example of the rage of 2010.

The New York Times columnist explains why he he thinks Arizona's racial profiling law is the latest example of the rage of 2010.

"Hey Dad, Why Does This Country Protect Billionaires, and Not Teachers?"
Something is really screwed up when we award billions to Wall Street elites for doing things we don’t comprehend, even as we lay off teachers by the thousands.

Something is really screwed up when we award billions to Wall Street elites for doing things we don’t comprehend, even as we lay off teachers by the thousands.

School for Disabled Forces Students to Wear Backpacks That Deliver Massive Electric Shocks
A rights group has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture about outrageous school rules.

A rights group has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture about outrageous school rules.

Why Arizona Isn’t Crazy, Just Wrong
Spend some time in Arizona, and you may come to see why so many of its residents support a law that has outraged the nation.

Spend some time in Arizona, and you may come to see why so many of its residents support a law that has outraged the nation.


Why Public Education is More Important Than Wall Street, and What We Must Do

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Why Public Education is More Important Than Wall Street, and What We Must Do
All over America right now, public education is in crisis. Teachers are being fired as next year’s school budgets shrink. Next fall’s classrooms will be far more crowded. Some districts are going to four-day weeks. And the nation’s public…


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The Rebirth of Regulation
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Pawlenty Becomes Latest Republican Afraid To Take A Clear Position On AZ Anti-Immigration Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Pawlenty Becomes Latest Republican Afraid To Take A Clear Position On AZ Anti-Immigration Law
Caught between their anti-immigrant right-wing base and Latino voters, many Republicans have been reluctant to praise or directly criticize Arizona’s controversial immigration bill. In his effort to address this quandary, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) recently dodged the question of whether he supports or opposes the bill, calling it “a false choice.” Gov. Tim Pawlenty […]

Caught between their anti-immigrant right-wing base and Latino voters, many Republicans have been reluctant to praise or directly criticize Arizona’s controversial immigration bill. In his effort to address this quandary, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) recently dodged the question of whether he supports or opposes the bill, calling it “a false choice.”

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) is the latest top GOP figure to punt. Today on ABC’s Top Line, the Minnesota governor refused to say whether he’d sign a similar bill in his state:

KLEIN: In its current form, if the legislature in Minnesota presented that to you, is that something you’d be comfortable with signing?

PAWLENTY: Well we need to be a nation that values legal immigration. It needs to be legal and reasonable and orderly. Our current system is none of that. It is chaotic. It is disorderly and much of it is illegal and so our country has to do a much better job at enforcing –

When host Rick Klein asked again if he supports the bill, Pawlenty just repeated his desire for “stronger enforcement.” Watch it:

Some Republicans have stepped up and criticized the overreaching law and many media conservatives appear more free to lash out, with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, for example, calling it “un-American.”

But Pawlenty — a potential candidate for president in 2012 — appears to be sticking to his dodge-and-ignore strategy. In a separate interview with the Daily Caller, he defended the law, but at the same time, wouldn’t say whether it is constitutional. “I think what you’re seeing here is a frustration by Arizona, an understandable frustration, that their concerns haven’t been addressed by the federal government,” he said, adding, “As to the constitutionality of it, that will be decided by the courts shortly.”

ThinkFast: May 4, 2010
Federal agents and police detectives arrested Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, shortly before midnight Monday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing. Shahzad is believed to have recently bought the truck that was found laden with explosives. He was taken off a plane that had already boarded at Kennedy Airport […]

Federal agents and police detectives arrested Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, shortly before midnight Monday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing. Shahzad is believed to have recently bought the truck that was found laden with explosives. He was taken off a plane that had already boarded at Kennedy Airport in New York.

Today, the Senate will begin casting votes on the Wall Street reform bill. “Democratic leaders had not yet determined as of late Monday whether amendments will need 50 or 60 votes to pass.” Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) amendment stating that no taxpayer funds could be used again to bail out large financial institutions is likely to be the first to be voted on.

Ahead of the vote, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer writes a blog post laying out “the Top Ten Most Wanted Lobbyist Loopholes.”

Progressive activists are urging the White House and Congress to “abandon language that allows for an expansion of offshore drilling and revenue-sharing incentives for states.” “If I was the bill’s sponsor, I’d take out offshore drilling provisions and put in new safeguards for oil rigs, and get the oil companies to appear at that press conference,” said Dan Weiss, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) has flipped on his support for expanded drilling off the California coast, saying, “You turn on the television and see this enormous disaster, you say to yourself, ‘Why would we want to take on that kind of risk?’” Schwarzenegger had originally proposed the drilling to fill a $20 billion budget deficit but said he will now look for alternatives.

Leading scientist Nick Shay, an oceanographer at the University of Miami, has told the Associated Press that “he cannot think of any scenario” where the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill doesn’t reach the Florida Keys. Shay “says the oil could affect Florida’s beaches, coral reefs, fisheries and ecosystem within a week.”

In an “unprecedented accounting of a secretive arsenal born in the Cold War,” the Pentagon revealed yesterday that the U.S. has 5,113 active nuclear warheads and many more in its “junk pile.” The disclosure comes as the Obama administration leads efforts to reduce the country’s nuclear stockpiles while leading disarmament efforts worldwide.

The Justice Department is concluding its three-year investigation of Alphonso Jackson without charges. Jackson, secretary of housing and urban development under President Bush, resigned as HUD secretary amid multiple controversies, “including allegations that he steered business to friends.” “My belief in the justice system remains whole and complete,” Jackson said in a statement.

On a visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Rep. Michael McMahon (D-NY) said Obama’s 2011 target date for withdrawal seems “optimistic.” He added there has been “real progress” made by U.S. and NATO forces in routing former Afghan Taliban strongholds in Kandahar and Kabal, but “a lot of work remains to be done.”

And finally: With Florida Gov. Charlie Crist now an Independent, the state GOP is selling his painting on eBay. According to Party officials, “the painting was paid for by party donors, and now they want the money back.” Bidding is now up to $5,100.

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