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Terrorists Caught by Behavior Police: 0

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Terrorists Caught by Behavior Police: 0
Though the U.S. government has paid nearly $200 million in 2009 for 3,000 “behavior detection” agents to work at 161 airports, they’ve never caught a single terrorist. The GAO uncovered 16 individuals later accused of involvement in terrorist plots who flew 23 times through U.S. airports since 2004. None were stopped by behavior officers working at those airports. “It’s a disgrace,” said aviation security analyst Charles Slepian.


Matlock!!!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Matlock!!!
The Dean of the Village has spoken, and it is about what you would expect.

(photo: me via Flickr)

It’s going to be a tough year for Broder, who for some reason loves writing political obituaries, by pretending he hates writing them.

Especially when they are Republicans who pay lip service to Pete Petersons austerity concern trolls. For example, Bob Bennett of Utah. Why did he fall?

“I’ll tell you what is new,” he said. “There is this thing called the federal government. It’s big and intimidating, and it’s out of control.”

Slow down there Bob…what is this Federal Government of which you speak? This big and intimidating government?

And what’s more, look at the abuse of power!

…they watched on television as Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced an unusual Sunday session of the House of Representatives to push through an amended version of the Obama administration’s health-care bill. “It was a Sunday, which is a very special day for me and my fellow Mormons,” Bennett said. “And it was really a display of partisan political muscle.”

But Sunday is just another day ending in “y” to the rest of us. Poor Bob Bennett, he was just like Allende to Nancy Pelosi’s vicious Argentinian Chilean military. Anybody see what Kissinger was up to that day?

Late Late Night FDL: One Short Night
Featuring new videos from Nigel Hall and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. What’s on your mind tonight?  

Featuring new videos from Nigel Hall and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals.

What’s on your mind tonight?


How Baseball Became America vs. the Damn Yankees

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

How Baseball Became America vs. the Damn Yankees
Baseball has always proceeded according to the law of the jungle with the Yankees as King Kong, but in the past even they never dominated financially as they do now.

By Mark Heisler

Baseball has always proceeded according to the law of the jungle with the Yankees as King Kong, but in the past even they never dominated financially as they do now.


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Mark Souder Affair May Not Break Congressional Rules

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Mark Souder Affair May Not Break Congressional Rules
The good news for soon-to-be ex-Rep. Mark Souder: There are no rules that expressly prohibit Members of Congress from sleeping with their staff. The Indiana…

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Gary Rivlin: The Payday Industry’s Powerful Friend
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‘Modifying’ Miranda Rights Modifies The Political Debate
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Wash. Times op-ed falsely claims Kagan wouldn’t let “willing Harvard law students” meet with military recruiters

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Wash. Times op-ed falsely claims Kagan wouldn’t let “willing Harvard law students” meet with military recruiters

A Washington Times op-ed baselessly claimed that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan promoted an “anti-military campaign” while dean of Harvard Law, citing the false claim that Kagan “den[ied] JAG officers and willing Harvard law students the opportunity to meet and talk about opportunities to serve in the military.” In fact, students had access to military recruiters throughout Kagan’s tenure as dean, and Kagan’s respect for the military is well established.

Wash. Times op-ed falsely claims Kagan “ban[ned]” military recruiters from Harvard Law

From a May 19 Washington Times contradicted by data Media Matters for America obtained from Harvard Law School’s public information officer. The prohibition on Harvard Law’s OCS working with military recruiters existed during the spring 2005 semester, meaning that it could have affected only the classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007. However, the number of graduates from each of those classes who entered the military was equal to or greater than the number who entered the military from any of Harvard’s previous five classes.

Kagan did not “discriminat[e]” against the military

Kagan: Anti-discrimination policy applied to “any employer that uses the services of OCS.” Kagan did not, as Rotunda claimed, “discriminat[e]” against the military, but rather briefly ended the military recruiter exception (created in 2002) to Harvard Law School’s broad 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 veterans also stated that their support for military recruiting at the school “has not diminished our appreciation for Miss Kagan’s embrace of veterans on campus.” The Harvard Law Record later reported on the veterans’ letter, quoting Iraq veteran Geoff 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.”

Republican Sen. Brown: Kagan is “very supportive of the military as a whole.” The Hill 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 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” 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: It’s “just wrong” that gays and lesbians “cannot perform what I truly believe to be the greatest service a person can give for their country.” 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 [against gay troops] more, not less, repugnant,” a sentiment she reiterated in a 2005 letter offering “background” on the school’s position on military recruiting on campus. In October 2004, Kagan reportedly said in protest of the ban on openly gay troops: “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.”


Staffer Who Had Affair With Souder Resigns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Staffer Who Had Affair With Souder Resigns
Tracy Jackson, the part-time staffer who had an affair with Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), on Tuesday resigned her position, which at least partly consisted of interviewing Souder for a Web video series, the AP reports….


Stanford ‘A Wreck Of A Man’ As Defense Team Turns To Dershowitz
Allen Stanford has been reduced to “a wreck of a man” and fears he is “losing his mind” as he awaits trial in a Texas prison, according to his attorneys. They’ve brought in celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz to argue that the conditions in which Stanford is being held are hindering his ability to prepare a defense, and to request his immediate release.


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At Same ’08 Speech, Blumenthal More Correctly Describes Military Record (VIDEO)
In the same speech where Richard Blumenthal claimed he had “served in Vietnam,” he also described his service more accurately, saying he served “during the Vietnam era.”


The Tattlesnake – Even Kids Know Bristol’s Bunkum Isn’t Worth 30K Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Even Kids Know Bristol’s Bunkum Isn’t Worth 30K Edition
“Bristol Palin will earn $30,000 per speech to talk about getting knocked up!” – The Zeitgeisty Report, May 18, 2010. Mom picked up her precocious 8-year-old daughter from school and, on the drive home, as was their custom, she told Mom how her day went. About once a month, daughter’s teacher presented her class with the question, ‘If […]


Poizner Closes In on Whitman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Poizner Closes In on Whitman
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll shows a “dramatic reshaping” in the Republican race for governor as the 50-point lead Meg Whitman held over Steve Poizner two months ago has now closed to single digits.

Whitman now leads Poizner, 38% to 29%, among likely voters with 30% undecided.

The Next Majority Leader
The Washington Post looks beyond the fall election to the possible race for Senate majority leader — assuming Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) loses his re-election bid.

The main contenders are Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). “Each can boast a strength: Durbin has the pleasant demeanor of a consensus builder; Schumer is the diehard fighter who has never lost an election. The prospect of a Chicago vs. New York majority leader race with echoes of Obama vs. Clinton is tantalizing, but also distracting.”

Interesting fact: Schumer and Durbin have shared a Washington townhouse for years.

Fiorina Grabs Lead in California Primary
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds that Carly Fiorina (R) has a narrow lead over Tom Campbell (R) in the Republican Senate race, 25% to 23%, with Chuck DeVore (R) gaining ground at 16%. There are 36% still undecided.

“Although Fiorina’s lead is within the 5-percentage-point margin of error, the poll highlights Campbell’s vulnerabilities as Election Day approaches: He is underfunded compared with Fiorina and under attack by conservatives unhappy with his moderate record on taxes and social issues.”


Six Myths About Immigration That Just Won’t Die

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Six Myths About Immigration That Just Won’t Die
We need to straighten out our thinking about some of the basic issues in order to have a useful and serious policy argument.

We need to straighten out our thinking about some of the basic issues in order to have a useful and serious policy argument.

Root Cause of Voters? Revolt: Congress, Obama, GOP Ignore 11 Million Jobless

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Rethinking Stripping: So Why Are So Many Men Paying Women to Take off Their Clothes?
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GOP Victory Mirage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

GOP Victory Mirage
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