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Archive for May 17th, 2010

Early Morning Swim

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Early Morning Swim

Well, that’s good news I guess
We’re sort of saved — now go spend money you don’t actually have to help out the big banks.

photo: szlea via Flickr

Um, hooray?

Late credit card payments fell sharply in the first quarter, and at least part of the drop can be attributed to the law that kicked in Feb. 22 curbing interest rate hikes and various fees…Average credit card debt also fell in the first quarter, to $5,165. That’s down 10.6 percent from $5,776 at the start of last year.

Yeah, we’ve got more available on the credit line…spend America, spend! It’s just like the History Channel (er, excuse me just “History”) has been telling me every Sunday evening, that Bank of America has saved us once again! Take that Greece!

Of course, what our nation’s wealthy people have exploited us to build, evildoers threaten to split asunder.

Late Late Night FDL: Let’s Get On With The Illusion
Featuring the latest videos from The Tallest Man on Earth and Barton Carroll.

Featuring the latest videos from The Tallest Man on Earth and Barton Carroll.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Straight Women, Too, Play Softball

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Straight Women, Too, Play Softball
She’s not gay, OK? Actually, the all-too-public discussion about the ought-to-be private topic of Elena Kagan’s sexuality would be easier if the Supreme Court nominee were gay. By Ruth Marcus

She’s not gay, OK? Actually, the all-too-public discussion about the ought-to-be private topic of Elena Kagan’s sexuality would be easier if the Supreme Court nominee were gay.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

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Gingrich falsely claims “anti-military” Kagan “single[d] out the military” at Harvard

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Gingrich falsely claims “anti-military” Kagan “single[d] out the military” at Harvard

Arguing that President Obama “should withdraw” Elena Kagan’s nomination, Fox News’ Newt Gingrich falsely claimed that Kagan tried to “block the American military from Harvard Law School”; that Kagan “single[d] out the military” in applying Harvard’s nondiscrimination policy; that the military “didn’t have a policy” of discrimination against openly gay troops; and that Kagan is “anti-military.” Last year, Gingrich smeared Sonia Sotomayor as a “racist” and argued that her nomination should be withdrawn.

Gingrich uses falsehoods to claim Kagan is “anti-military” and should be withdrawn

Gingrich claims Kagan “single[d] out the military” for a policy that was Clinton’s. On the May 16 edition of Fox News Sunday, Fox contributor Newt Gingrich speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, Kagan stated: “I am in awe of your courage and your dedication, especially in these times of great uncertainty and danger. I know how much my security and freedom and indeed everything else I value depend on all of you.” Kagan further stated that she has been “grieved” by DADT because she “wish[es]” that gays and lesbians “could join this noblest of all professions and serve their country in this most important of all ways.” Kagan added:

But I would regret very much if anyone thought that the disagreement between American law schools and the US military extended beyond this single issue. It does not. And I would regret still more if that disagreement created any broader chasm between law schools and the military. It must not. It must not because of what we, like all Americans, owe to you. And it must not because of what I am going to talk with you about tonight — because of the deep, the fundamental, the necessary connection between military leadership and law. That connection makes it imperative that we — military leaders and legal educators — join hands and be partners.

Kagan has repeatedly praised the military even while opposing DADT. In an October 6, 2003, email announcing that Harvard Law School would allow military recruiters on campus, Kagan wrote that “[t]he importance of the military to our society — and the extraordinary service that members of the military provide to all the rest of us — makes this discrimination [DADT] more, not less, repugnant,” a sentiment she reiterated in a 2005 letter offering “background” on the school’s position on military recruiting on campus.

At an October 2004 rally protesting against military recruitment on campus, Kagan reportedly said: “These men and women, notwithstanding their talents, their conviction, their courage, cannot perform what I truly believe to be the greatest service a person can give for their country. And that’s just wrong, that’s just flat out wrong.” In a 2008 statement on the military recruiting issue, Kagan wrote, “The military is a noble profession, which provides extraordinary service to each of us every day.”

Veterans at Harvard Law, conservative legal blog have rejected claim that Kagan is “anti-military.”
  • Harvard Law veterans: “Kagan has great respect for the military.” Responding to a January 30, 2009, Washington Times op-ed by Flagg Youngblood labeling Kagan an “anti-military zealot,” three Iraq war veterans attending Harvard Law School wrote in a letter to the editor that Kagan has “created an environment that is highly supportive of students who have served in the military,” and that “[u]nder her leadership, Harvard Law School has also gone out of its way to highlight our military service.” The Harvard Law Record later reported on the veterans’ letter, quoting Orazem as saying, “Kagan has great respect for the military.” · 
  • Conservative legal blog: No reason to believe Kagan is hostile to the military. At Volokh Conspiracy, a group blog run by mostly conservative law professors, George Mason University Law professor Ilya Somin wrote: “I don’t see any reason to believe that [Kagan’s decision on military recruiters] reflects a general hostility towards the armed forces.”

Gingrich previously called for Sotomayor to withdraw

Gingrich previously smeared Sotomayor as a “racist” and said she should withdraw. During his Fox News Sunday appearance, Gingrich stated that Obama “should withdraw” Kagan’s nomination. In 2009, Gingrich posted a tweet stating, “White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

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Murkowski, Oil Lobby Block Effort To Make Industry Fully Pay For Spills
In the wake of last month’s catastrophic Gulf Coast oil spill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski blocked a bill, vociferously opposed by the oil industry, that would have raised the maximum liability for oil companies after a spill from a paltry $75 million to $10 billion.



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Sarah Palin’s Media Con-undrum

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Sarah Palin’s Media Con-undrum


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“You can win an election on screaming and anger but you cannot hold and govern for a significant period of time on screaming and anger.”

— Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT), in an interview with ABC News, on being defeated for the Republican Senate nomination in Utah last week.


Brace Yourself: This Is the Tip of the Iceberg for Oil-Induced Enviro Catastrophes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Brace Yourself: This Is the Tip of the Iceberg for Oil-Induced Enviro Catastrophes
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New York Justice Goes National

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

New York Justice Goes National
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NRA Members Approve Of Concealed Carry Restriction At Annual Convention

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 17th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

NRA Members Approve Of Concealed Carry Restriction At Annual Convention
ThinkProgress is reporting from the NRA Convention. This is our fourth dispatch. See our previous posts here, here, and here. The NRA is holding its annual meetings this weekend at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. Violence Policy Center executive director Josh Sugarmann noted this sign at the convention warning its members not to bring […]

ThinkProgress is reporting from the NRA Convention. This is our fourth dispatch. See our previous posts here, here, and here.

The NRA is holding its annual meetings this weekend at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. Violence Policy Center executive director Josh Sugarmann noted this sign at the convention warning its members not to bring concealed carry weapons onto its property:

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ThinkProgress spoke to a number of attendees and asked if they were bothered by the convention center’s policy. Nearly everyone agreed that there needed to be some sort of restriction, suggesting NRA members who attended the conference understand the need for sensible safety regulations. “I think that’s probably a pretty good policy,” one NRA member said. Some other reactions:

– TP: You don’t have a problem with not bringing firearms here?

NRA MEMBER1: Not really. It’s up to the individual place of business. It’s their right to do as they choose. It’s my right to choose not to come in if I choose not to do so.

– NRA MEMBER2: I understand it. I think most people carry a gun for self defense. In a place like this, I’ve seen enough police presence around here I don’t think that there would be much of a problem.

– NRA MEMBER3: Whether I truly agree with it or not, no I don’t, because again I say it’s an infringement on my rights. But I understand, like you said, they have to have a facility to hold this convention. This is a rule they have so we’re willing to abide by it.

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The NRA lobby is pushing hard to loosen concealed carry restrictions, urging states such as Tennessee and Georgia to allow gun-holders to carry their guns into bars.