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Is Aging a Disease?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Is Aging a Disease?
Reuters: Is aging a disease? It’s clear that the simple fact of growing older — chronological aging — is relentless and unstoppable. But experts studying the science of aging say it’s time for a fresh look at the biological process — one which recognizes it as a condition that can be manipulated, treated and delayed.


Sunday Talking Heads: May 23, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: May 23, 2010
Primary Election Returns, Oil Spill.

Hurricane Creekkeeper, along with SouthWings pilot Tom Hutchings and his daughter Brinkley, fly out to the source of the BP slick to give us a bird’s eye view of the disaster.  The sadness in his voice is heartbreaking, “We have to do something.  We need every scientific mind in the country working on this, and not just those at BP who are trying to protect the resource.”  (YouTube link, h/t to TalkingStick for the video.)

There’s a lot of talk scheduled about the primary elections, a little about the oil spill, and some pretty stale roundtables.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Alex Isenstadt, Politico.  8:30am – Donald Kerwin, Migration Policy Institute.  9:15am – Victor Cha, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Former Director for Asian Affairs National Security Council 2004-07.

ABC’s This Week: Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tim Kaine, and the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. RoundtableSam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, George Will.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Robert Gibbs White House Press Secretary.  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Chairman, Republican Conference, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) Democratic Senate Candidate.

Chris Matthews: Norah O’Donnell, Howard Fineman, Jonathan Alter, Kathleen ParkerTopics: How Can Barack Obama Run Against Washington This Year?  Rand Paul’s Civil Rights Problem.

CNN’s State of the Union: Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN).  BP’s Managing Director, Robert Dudley, then Admiral Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: “[O]ne man’s terrifying experience in Russia — that raises much bigger questions about that country and where it is headed.  Plus, the President of Georgia on dealing with Russia two years after the Georgian war.  And finally, two experts discuss Putin’s Russia.”

Fox News Sunday: Rand Paul Sarah Palin.  Then, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tim Kaine, and the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele.  Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Kirsten PowersPower Player of the Week: Ginni Thomas, Founder of Liberty Central /Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Rand Paul ? replacement.  Plus, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA).  Then, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) vs. the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Roundtable: Tom Friedman, Paul Gigot, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward.

Newsmakers: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) explained the source of anti-incumbent sentiment among voters and how it may affect his Party’s majority prospects in the November elections.

Q & A: Terence Samuel, author of the new book “The Upper House: A Journey Behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate.” It looks at the institution of the Senate and some of its members. Mr. Samuel was chief congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report from 2000 to 2005.

Religion & Ethics: SCOTUS Juvenile Sentencing Decision.  AZ Immigration Law.  Gossip.  Drones and the Ethics of War.

60 Minutes: Are They Safe? – Chemicals called phthalates found in soft plastic products we use everyday are so ubiquitous, that traces of them can be found in everybody. The government has banned some of them in children’s toys for fear they may be harmful, but are they?  The SEED School – There’s a unique urban public boarding school that’s giving kids from an inner-city neighborhood a shot at college they never had before.  Marty’s Big Idea – Hear the story of the invention of the cell phone from the man whose team came up with it at Motorola. The inventor, Martin Cooper, is still at it, improving the gadget he came up with 37 years ago.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Sarah Palin and Frontier Feminism; 2- Why Latina entrepreneurship is essential to Hispanic wealth and community building.  Panelists: Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women’s Forum’s Nicole Kurokawa; the Center for American Progress’ Heather Boushey; Small Business Owner Leticia Velez-Hudson.

Univison’s Al Punto: Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council; Juan Hernandez, Expert on U.S.- Mexico Relations and Former Cabinet Member During the Presidency of Vicente Fox; Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC; Barabara Palacios, Former Miss Universe, Entrepreneur and Writer.

Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol and Jay Ackroyd.  Big news this week is, yet again, what was supposed to be evidence for a repeat of a 1994 GOP sweep of the Hill turned out not to be. Avedon and I will mock the excuses,then discuss reasonably seriously the role of incumbency in this mini election cycle. Then we will discuss the fascinating question of the new petroleum enriched Gulf ecosystem.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad and Restoring America’s HonorCareer intelligence officer Malcolm Nance proposes a quantum shift in how to eliminate al-Qaeda in less than twenty-four months, while recreating America’s reputation as a force for good around the world.”  Come chat with author Malcolm Nance, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Patent Absurdity: How Software Patents Broke The SystemPatent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy.”  Watch the movie online. Join Luca Lucarini, Director, Cinematographer, Editor; Peter Brown, Producer; and host Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET.



Honduran Judges Fight Back

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Honduran Judges Fight Back
Remember that coup in Honduras last year? Well, a group of judges who were fired after making legal decisions against the widely-accepted-as-illegal coup have launched a hunger strike against their dismissal. The judges say their dismissal was a political maneuver, claiming the high court in Honduras is defending the interests of the coup government and not justice or national interest. —JCL Al Jazeera English: A group of Honduran judges and lawyers have launched a protest after being fired by the supreme court. The men say their dismissal has nothing to do with their performance and everything to do with politics. Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. Read more

Remember that coup in Honduras last year? Well, a group of judges who were fired after making legal decisions against the widely-accepted-as-illegal coup have launched a hunger strike against their dismissal.

The judges say their dismissal was a political maneuver, claiming the high court in Honduras is defending the interests of the coup government and not justice or national interest. —JCL

Al Jazeera English:

A group of Honduran judges and lawyers have launched a protest after being fired by the supreme court.

The men say their dismissal has nothing to do with their performance and everything to do with politics.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital.

Read more

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why Didn’t Rand Paul Fire His Racially Suspect Mouthpiece?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:47 am by HL

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Paul Has Been Guest Of Conspiracy Theorist Shock Jock Alex Jones (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Paul Has Been Guest Of Conspiracy Theorist Shock Jock Alex Jones (VIDEO)
Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul has been a guest on the show of wacky conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones multiple times in the past couple years.


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Arnieville pops up in Berkeley

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Arnieville pops up in Berkeley
Activissts in Berkeley have set up a tent city, called “Arnieville,” to protest recent budget cuts in California. Photos were taken on Saturday morning, May 22, 2010.


All of Us Use Drugs, But Only Some of Us Go to Jail!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:41 am by HL

All of Us Use Drugs, But Only Some of Us Go to Jail!
Despite a $40 billion a year "war on drugs," our country is swimming in them. They aren’t going anywhere.

Despite a $40 billion a year "war on drugs," our country is swimming in them. They aren't going anywhere.


Think Twice on Iran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Think Twice on Iran
The conventional wisdom in Washington seems to be that the Iran-Brazil-Turkey deal to take about half of Tehran’s enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for access to fuel for a medical isotope reactor was merely a ploy to…


Class in America
John Williams runs a site called Shadow Government Statistics, based on the premise that the Federal government has been lying to you since the mid 1990’s about some crucial statistics. His most critical calculation is on unemployment. I have regularly…

Harvard Needs To Fire Dershowitz & Ha’aretz’ Gideon Levy On The Israel Of Israelis’ Dreams
The media went into a frenzy this week over some kid who lied his way into Harvard. Big deal. Some 22 year old is incapable of doing the damage to Harvard done by a major law professor who uses his…


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Texas Board Of Education Members Largely Stay Silent When Man Says ?Islam Brings Death?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Texas Board Of Education Members Largely Stay Silent When Man Says ?Islam Brings Death?
One of the most contentious issues in the debate over what to include in Texas’ social studies textbooks surrounds the separation of church and state. The far-right members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) argue that America is a Christian nation and separation of church and state is a myth. In March, a majority […]

One of the most contentious issues in the debate over what to include in Texas’ social studies textbooks surrounds the separation of church and state. The far-right members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) argue that America is a Christian nation and separation of church and state is a myth. In March, a majority of SBOE members voted “against requiring high school American government students to learn that the nation’s Founders barred government from favoring or disfavoring one religion over all others.”

At the opening of yesterday’s session — where the board gave final approval to the social studies standards — far-right member Cynthia Dunbar gave the invocation, in which she used the prayer to pusher her anti-church-state separation agenda:

Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England or the Charter of Massachusetts Bay, or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, the same objective is present: a Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it. … I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion.

Watch it:

Additionally, during a session this past week that included debate and comment from members of the public, a man stood up and said, “I have to tell you: Islam is coming, and Islam brings death. So I say, ‘Repent America, repent.’” CNN said that Lawrence Allen, the one Muslim member of the board, called the man out for his “insulting” comments, but not one of the other 14 members complained. Watch it:

A May 4-12 poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the TFN Education Fund found that “68 percent of likely Texas voters agree that church-state separation is a key principle of the Constitution.” That number included “59 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of political independents believing it is a key principle.”

Rove Ludicrously Claims Bush White House Never Questioned Opponents? ?Motives? Or Called Them Names
Former White House advisor Karl Rove made a name for himself as President Bush’s “architect” by employing underhanded tactics to win elections and smear opponents. So it was startling that during a book signing in Oklahoma this week Rove declared that Bush “never allowed” staffers to call their opposition “disparaging labels,” or “question their […]

Rove3 Former White House advisor Karl Rove made a name for himself as President Bush’s “architect” by employing underhanded tactics to win elections and smear opponents. So it was startling that during a book signing in Oklahoma this week Rove declared that Bush “never allowed” staffers to call their opposition “disparaging labels,” or “question their motives“:

“President Bush, for example, never allowed a White House staffer or administration spokesman to go out and do what this administration and our predecessor routinely did — that is to engage in calling the leaders of the opposition party disparaging labels and question their motives,” he said.

As The Oklahoman’s Ryan Dean noted, “In fact, Rove and other members of the Bush administration were routinely critical of opponents to the Iraq war and questioned their patriotism.” In a 2007 speech, Rove directly challenged the “motives” of his political opponents when he implied that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) intentionally used rhetoric that would endanger American soldiers:

”Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.

During the 2008 campaign, Rove cast doubt on now-President Obama’s patriotism by attacking him for not wearing a flag pin — even though Rove wasn’t wearing one at the time — and criticized Michelle Obama for not showing “adequate enough” patriotism after she had given a lengthy speech professing her love of country.

And in the very same speech where Rove touted the honesty of the Bush White House, Rove falsely attributed a statement to President Obama that was actually made by Michelle.


Hawaii holds special election for House seat; Democrats expect loss in Obama’s birthplace

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Hawaii holds special election for House seat; Democrats expect loss in Obama’s birthplace
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Primaries school: What GOP can learn before midterm elections
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Months of intense negotiations led to passage of financial overhaul bill
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TALK SHOWS
Guests to be interviewed Sunday on major television talk shows:



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Results of Kandahar offensive may affect future U.S. moves
The Obama administration’s campaign to drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan’s second-largest city is a go-for-broke move that even its authors are unsure will succeed.


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