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More time to watch and/or appear on FoxNews

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

More time to watch and/or appear on FoxNews
So someone who understands stuff often comes to the opposite conclusion of the rest of the Republicans. Hmmm, go figure.

As much as I hate to cite Drudgico, there was a nugget in a Ben Smith article that reflects the way the Senate Republican caucus functions. A description of Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) who has been less obstructive and dishonest than a Republican is supposed to be on financial reform:

…he’s a guy who’s willing to get down into the weeds,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, who is No. 4 in GOP leadership. “Because he immerses himself in that and understands it so well — the positions he adopts may not always be the ones that everyone else in our conference comes to.”

Someone who makes an effort to understand stuff comes to the opposite conclusion of other Republicans. Seems like a pattern of behavior, ignored by the villagers who cannot stop loving John McCain. Just try not to notice who is in the Democratic caucus while laughing at them.

But at least modern conservatism has come to stand for something.

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Late Late Night FDL: Lily Allen Sings Fuck You
Featuring new videos from Lily Allen who takes on homophobes and war mongers, followed by Avi Buffalo with a link to a bonus zen video by Broken Antlers, Isabella Rosssellini vocals.

Featuring new videos from Lily Allen who takes on homophobes and warmongers, followed by Avi Buffalo with a link to a bonus zen video by Broken Antlers, Isabella Rosssellini vocals.

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BP Claims Progress in Capping Oil Leaks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

BP Claims Progress in Capping Oil Leaks
Slight progress has been made in trying to remedy the ecological and corporate nightmare that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become: On Wednesday, the company reported that repair workers were able to shut off one of the three leaks responsible for the catastrophic mess.  —KA The New York Times: Though by itself the move was not expected to reduce the amount of oil being released — estimated at 210,000 gallons a day — it “does enable to us to make progress, to winnow down the focus from three leaks to two,” said the spokesman, John Curry. Submersible robots, controlled remotely from a ship on the surface, were able to place a specially designed valve over the end of a leaking drill pipe lying on the sea floor in water about 5,000 feet deep, and stop oil from escaping at that point, Mr. Curry said. The company had been trying since Monday to place the specially designed valve but had been hampered by rough seas and high winds that diminished on Tuesday. With one valve shut, BP is now turning its attention to capping the worst of the leaks. Crews have loaded a 98-ton, four-story structure called a containment dome onto a barge, and are expected to tow it at midday Wednesday to the site of the spill, a 12-hour trip. Read more

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Slight progress has been made in trying to remedy the ecological and corporate nightmare that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become: On Wednesday, the company reported that repair workers were able to shut off one of the three leaks responsible for the catastrophic mess.? —KA

The New York Times:

Though by itself the move was not expected to reduce the amount of oil being released — estimated at 210,000 gallons a day — it “does enable to us to make progress, to winnow down the focus from three leaks to two,” said the spokesman, John Curry.

Submersible robots, controlled remotely from a ship on the surface, were able to place a specially designed valve over the end of a leaking drill pipe lying on the sea floor in water about 5,000 feet deep, and stop oil from escaping at that point, Mr. Curry said. The company had been trying since Monday to place the specially designed valve but had been hampered by rough seas and high winds that diminished on Tuesday.

With one valve shut, BP is now turning its attention to capping the worst of the leaks. Crews have loaded a 98-ton, four-story structure called a containment dome onto a barge, and are expected to tow it at midday Wednesday to the site of the spill, a 12-hour trip.

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Johann Hari: What Will Britain Lose If Labour Is Defeated Today?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Johann Hari: What Will Britain Lose If Labour Is Defeated Today?
The gap between Labour and the Conservatives is far too small, but a lot of people live and die in that gap. If we, the anti-Tory majority, cast our ballots smartly, we will strip Cameron of a majority.

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Post follows Fox’s footsteps with Miranda misinformation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Post follows Fox’s footsteps with Miranda misinformation

The Washington Post reported that there was controversy over whether to read the suspected Times Square bomber his Miranda rights after suspected Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “stopped cooperating with authorities after being read his rights.” In fact, intelligence and law enforcement officials stated that Abdulmutallab cooperated both before and after he was Mirandized, as the Post itself reported previously.

Post advances false Miranda issue

Washington Post: Abdulmutallab was “initially responsive” but “stopped cooperating with authorities after being read his rights.” From the May 5 stated on January 20, “The FBI interrogated Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab when they took him into custody. They received important intelligence at that time, drawing on the FBI’s expertise in interrogation that will be available in the HIG [High-value detainee Interrogation Group] once it is fully operational.” Additionally, FBI director Robert Mueller testified that interrogators interviewed Abdulmutallab “to gain … intelligence about whether there’s another bomb, whether other coconspirators, where’d he get the bomb, all of that information without the benefit of — or within the Miranda warnings.”

Since being Mirandized, Abdulmutallab has cooperated with interrogators. Responding to Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a February 2 hearing (accessed via the Nexis database), Mueller agreed that “Abdulmutallab has provided valuable information” and that “the interrogation continues despite the fact he has been Mirandized.” Blair testified in the same hearing: “There are decisions that have to be made in which you balance the requirement for intelligence with the requirement for a prosecution and the sorts of pressure that you bring onto the people that you arrest in either form. It’s got to be a decision made at the time. And I think the balance struck in the Mutallab was a very — was an understandable balance. We got good intelligence, we’re getting more.”

News reports corroborate Mueller, Blair statements. Moreover, Reuters reported in a February 2 article that “a law enforcement official” said “Abdulmutallab is talking and has been talking since last week providing useful, actionable and current intelligence that we’ve been actively following up on.” The New York Times also reported:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation, a senior administration official said Tuesday evening.

Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, began speaking to F.B.I. agents last week in Detroit and has not stopped, two government officials said. The officials declined to disclose what information was obtained from him, but said it was aiding in the investigation of the attempted terrorist attack.

“With the family, the F.B.I. approached the suspect,” the senior administration official said, speaking to reporters at the White House on the condition of anonymity because of the pending legal case. “He has been cooperating for days.”

Post also reported Abdulmutallab was “cooperating” after being Mirandized

Washington Post: “Officials say he [Abdulmutallab] has been cooperating with interrogators.” The Washington Post reported on February 15 that Abdulmutallab “was read his Miranda rights less than 10 hours after his arrest, which Republicans say hindered interrogators in gathering valuable intelligence on al-Qaeda operations in Yemen, where officials say Abdulmutallab was trained.” The article further stated, “But administration officials say he has been cooperating with interrogators since his family was brought in to encourage him to do so.” From the article:

Congressional Republicans have criticized the Obama administration for charging Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian citizen, as a civilian and extending him the same legal rights as a U.S. citizen. He was read his Miranda rights less than 10 hours after his arrest, which Republicans say hindered interrogators in gathering valuable intelligence on al-Qaeda operations in Yemen, where officials say Abdulmutallab was trained.

But administration officials say he has been cooperating with interrogators since his family was brought in to encourage him to do so.

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” national security adviser James L. Jones said the administration should have “moved much more quickly” to determine Abdulmutallab’s legal status. Jones added: “Having studied this pretty carefully, and being aware of what happened both before he was read his rights and after he was read his rights in this particular case, we are getting the information we need.”

Fox News has advanced claim that reading Abdulmutallab Miranda rights compromised the govt’s ability to get information

Fox’s Doocy also revived Christmas bomber Miranda misinformation. Discussing Shahzad on Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy said, “There is some suggestion that, you know, unlike the ‘crotch bomber’ on Christmas Day where they — they talked to him a while and then they read him rights. This time maybe they will try to extract as much information as possible before they Mirandize him.” Later in the program, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York said the government’s “actions are going to be under the microscope because of the controversy over” Abdulmutallab.

Johnson Jr: Christmas bomber “clammed up” after being Mirandized. Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr said on the May 4 edition of America Live that there “was a sense of cooperation at the beginning,” with Abdulmutallab, but “after the Miranda rights were read, that he clammed up.”

Kilmeade: Abdulmutallab “talked for about 50 minutes then shut up after his Miranda rights were read to him.” On February 3, Fox & Friends‘ Brian Kilmeade stated that Abdulmutallab “talked for about 50 minutes then shut up after his Miranda rights were read to him … [a]t the airport and in the hospital. He was quiet after that.”

Thiessen: “Dumbest thing we could possibly do” was Mirandize Abdulmutallab. Discussing Brennan’s remarks on the February 9 edition of Fox & Friends, former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen claimed that the “absolutely dumbest thing we could possibly do” was to “tell [Abdulmutallab] that he has the right to remain silent.” Thiessen further claimed that the Obama administration is “politicizing” the handling of Abdulmutallab.


‘Conservation Group’ Quoted In NYT Frontpager On Oil Spill Has Ties To Transocean

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

‘Conservation Group’ Quoted In NYT Frontpager On Oil Spill Has Ties To Transocean
A “conservation group” that struck a markedly optimistic tone in a front-page New York Times piece on the Gulf Coast oil spill is made up largely of oil industry executives, and its most recent board meeting was hosted by Transocean, the owner of the rig that exploded, ProPublica reports.

Rep. Peter King Uses Times Square Bomber To Go Back On The Attack
Another attempted terror attack, another chance for Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) to try to gain a political advantage.

New Orleans Mayor Asks Feds To Reform City’s Notorious Police Department
Just two days after taking office, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a press conference today to announce he has asked the Justice Department to intervene and force a “complete transformation” of the city’s troubled police department.



New York Times’ coverage of Gulf oil leak omits key fact

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

New York Times’ coverage of Gulf oil leak omits key fact
Authors note: This is yet another fine example of the so-called “liberal media” myth and the death of real journalism in the U.S. Apparently the culture that brought us Steno Jude is still actively at work. Excerpt: The New York Times, also known as the “paper of record,” omits a key fact in a recent article about […]


Britain Heads to the Polls

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Britain Heads to the Polls
Polls in Britain opened “after a volatile and closely contested four-week campaign, with signs pointing to an outcome that could produce the most fragile government in a generation,” the Washington Post reports.

“Observers fear that the emergence of a divided Parliament in Britain could undermine attempts to slash the country’s huge budget deficit and perhaps spark a Greece-like debt crisis. Overdrawn Spain and Portugal already face similar crises of confidence.”

Reuters notes “the six latest newspaper polls put the Conservatives between six and nine percentage points ahead of Labor, making them the largest party, but denying them outright control.”

Hanabusa Will Not Drop Out
Colleen Hanabusa (D) said that she would not drop out of the special election for Congress, the Honolulu Advertiser reports.

Said Hanabusa: “I’m in this race until the end, and I’m in this race to win.”

National Democrats are concerned that Hanabusa and Ed Case (D) will split the Democratic vote and hand Charles Djou (R) the victory in President Obama’s hometown district.

Counting the Open Seats
Rep. David Obey’s (D-WI) surprise retirement means the Democrats will now have to defend 17 open seats in this year’s midterm elections. And, as Charlie Cook notes, 13 of these seats are very competitive.

By contrast, the Republicans have 20 open seats to defend but the vast majority are solidly Republican districts.


How Glenn Beck Re-Invented Himself as a Crying Conservative

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

How Glenn Beck Re-Invented Himself as a Crying Conservative
Glenn Beck’s strange TV: Mormon masterpiece theater.

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How the Pentagon Is Cheating Wounded Vets — Soldiers Aren’t Disposable
The military’s sad legacy of denying the care troops need after combat.

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Don’t Fix Wall Street, Create a New Economy
Congress shouldn’t tweak the greed-driven Wall Street machine, it should create a new financial system that answers to communities.

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Audit the Fed: What Did They Do With Our Money?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

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Slain Cop?s Widow Accuses Arizona Law Proponents Of Invoking Her Husband?s Memory For Political Gain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 6th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Slain Cop?s Widow Accuses Arizona Law Proponents Of Invoking Her Husband?s Memory For Political Gain
Julie Erfle, the widow of a police officer who was killed by an undocumented immigrant and whose name has often been invoked by supporters of Arizona’s new immigration law, is accusing the bill’s supporters of “using her husband’s name to benefit politically and financially.” Erfle is asking lawmakers to cut through the “rhetoric” and “fear-mongering.” […]

Julie Erfle, the widow of a police officer who was killed by an undocumented immigrant and whose name has often been invoked by supporters of Arizona’s new immigration law, is accusing the bill’s supporters of “using her husband’s name to benefit politically and financially.” Erfle is asking lawmakers to cut through the “rhetoric” and “fear-mongering.” The Arizona Republic reports:

The new law established by Senate Bill 1070 would have done nothing, she [Erfle] said, to prevent 22-year-old Erik Jovani Martinez – a Mexican national and gang member with a history of drug abuse, who had been deported from the U.S. before the incident – from shooting her husband in the face during an altercation on 24th Street near Pinchot Drive.

“I really don’t think it would have,” Erfle said. “I don’t think it presents a solution to the problem. I think it’s a Band-Aid approach.

“My concern with this bill, though, is what it does to law enforcement,” she said. “This bill puts them under a microscope. I feel it’s a no-win situation for an officer. I don’t think it keeps officers safe.” […] “My opinion on it is that this isn’t the solution, that we need something on the federal level,” she said.

Several Arizona police officers themselves appear to agree with Erfle. Last week, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who has been a cop for 52 years, told local TV station KGUN9 that the law is “racist,” “digusting,” and “unnecessary,” and he won’t enforce it. The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and the president of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police have come out strongly against the law. The first lawsuit against SB-1070 was filed last week by a 15-year veteran of the Tucson police force, Martin Escobar.

Erfle has repeatedly stated that her husband would be “infuriated” to hear his name being used by politicians promoting Arizona’s immigration law if he were still alive. Erfle began speaking out against the Arizona bill as early as March of this year when she told the Arizona Republic that it “would be nice to bring the rhetoric down. It would be nice to see a solution.” Watch it: