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Late Late Night FDL: The Invisible Partner

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: The Invisible Partner
Inga Savitskaya — The Invisible Partner. What’s on your mind?  

Inga SavitskayaThe Invisible Partner.

What’s on your mind?

Modernity’s Black Death
It’s fitting, if not at all pleasant, that an oil-driven disaster stain Memorial Day.

(pic via KB35 at Flickr)

As yet another effort to stop the worst oil disaster in history failed, one couldn’t help but notice how tragically fitting it continued over the weekend of Memorial Day.

For what are the symbols of our Memorial Day Weekend but two large auto races where hundreds of thousands travel great distances in gas-guzzlers to watch other vast quantities of oil propel a series of never ending left-turns (the only left-turns tolerated in America, apparently)?

Before each race, we are told to pause to remember those American kids who are sent abroad to “protect our way of life” (via James Dobson at one, who personally thanked Jesus for NASCAR) meaning we stay out of car pools, buses, and other forms of mass transit.

Memorial Day is purportedly about remembering the sacrifice of others — what have we often sacrificed those others for? The history of the last 100 years could accurately be described as too often meaning red blood being spent for black oil. Two world wars; the exploitation of and resulting resentment by a culture leading to global terrorism; innumerable environmental catastrophes all have oil being a major cause.

Oil may have helped make modern America, but it didn’t exactly make America “free”.


Al Jazeera: On Board Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla (Update: Israel Opens Fire)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Al Jazeera: On Board Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla (Update: Israel Opens Fire)
A Gaza-bound flotilla carrying 10,000 tons of aid has run into the Israeli navy, which reportedly has no intention of letting the ships sail through. Al Jazeera is on board one of the vessels, and earlier it broadcast this look at life at sea in the “freedom flotilla.”

A Gaza-bound flotilla carrying 10,000 tons of aid has run into the Israeli navy, which reportedly has no intention of letting the ships sail through. Al Jazeera is on board one of the vessels, and earlier it broadcast this look at life at sea in the “freedom flotilla.”

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Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak With BP Executives
Fake news by Andy Borowitz “We’ve tried containment domes, rubber tires and even golf balls,” said William Cathermeyer of the National Oil Leakage Institute, a leading consultancy in the field of oil leaks. “Now it’s time to shove some BP executives down there and hope for the best.” Fake news by Andy Borowitz By Andy Borowitz

“We’ve tried containment domes, rubber tires and even golf balls,” said William Cathermeyer of the National Oil Leakage Institute, a leading consultancy in the field of oil leaks. “Now it’s time to shove some BP executives down there and hope for the best.”


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Byron Williams: Strict Ideology Wilts Under the Weight of Reality

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Byron Williams: Strict Ideology Wilts Under the Weight of Reality
Kentucky’s Republican nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat, Rand Paul, in his best Ayn Rand objectivist viewpoint, concluded private businesses should have had the…

Jessica Valenti: Sarah Palin’s Fake Feminism
Palin’s sisterly speechifying is part of a larger conservative move to woo women by appropriating feminist language. Just as consumer culture tries to sell “Girls…

Ed Markey: BP ‘Lying Or Incompetent’ About Scope Of Gulf Oil Spill
Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of a House energy committee investigating the oil spill, slammed BP’s response to the disaster in an appearance on “Face The…

Saul Friedman: Take the Offensive Against Social Security Killers: Here’s How
It’s past time that Social Security’s advocates, friends and beneficiaries quit playing defense for the single most popular American program, and take the offensive…

Colin Powell: Oil Spill Is ‘Beyond The Capacity’ Of BP To Solve, Military Might Have Role
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested on Sunday that the United States military has a role to play in helping contain the massive oil…


Rand Paul’s Upstart Ophthalmology Group Leaves Little Mark

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Rand Paul’s Upstart Ophthalmology Group Leaves Little Mark
Rand Paul’s reputation for marching to his own drummer may extend to his medical career. The GOP Senate candidate is the founder and president of a certifying board for eye doctors, which he appears to have set up as a rival to the existing certification board. But the legitimacy with which group is viewed remains unclear at best.


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Haley Meets The Press: ‘My Husband Is Doing Great’ (VIDEO)
South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley, leading in the latest poll on the GOP primary, met a scrum of reporters after her radio appearance today and fielded question after question about an alleged affair with blogger Will Folks. It makes…


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CNN: BP’s ‘Top Kill’ Has Failed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

CNN: BP’s ‘Top Kill’ Has Failed
CNN reported Sunday morning (5/30) that BP’s ‘Top Kill’ scheme to staunch the flow of oil gushing from the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico has failed. (Read the CNN story and see the video here.) Next up, BP plans yet another ‘cap’ that won’t work any better than the first one. Carol Browner, former head of […]


Why Self-Help Books That Promise Happiness Are a Scam

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Why Self-Help Books That Promise Happiness Are a Scam
Bestseller lists brim with books promising simple solutions for what used to be called the human condition. It’s not that easy.

Bestseller lists brim with books promising simple solutions for what used to be called the human condition. It's not that easy.


George W. Bush, One-Term President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:39 am by HL

George W. Bush, One-Term President
When people try to argue that Obama’s grand strategy is the same as his predecessor’s, there’s serious selective memory at work. I’m happy to stipulate that Bush 43 tacked back toward foreign policy reasonableness in his second term. So sure,…


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The Lobby’s Push For Bombing Iran
Memorial Day: Don’t miss reading Josh Marshall piece on the death of his great uncle, Larry Rosenberg, in WW2. Josh points out something we sometimes forget — that the death of one young man or woman in war can reverberate…


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After Criticizing McCain For Changing Positions, J.D. Hayworth Is Called Out On His Own Immigration Flip-Flop

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:38 am by HL

After Criticizing McCain For Changing Positions, J.D. Hayworth Is Called Out On His Own Immigration Flip-Flop
This morning, Meet the Press host David Gregory noted that guest and Arizona senatorial candidate J.D. Hayworth was once a supporter of a path to citizenship and guest worker program. Given that Hayworth has framed his campaign around attacking opponent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for flip-flopping from a pro-immigration reform stance to a restrictionist […]

This morning, Meet the Press host David Gregory noted that guest and Arizona senatorial candidate J.D. Hayworth was once a supporter of a path to citizenship and guest worker program. Given that Hayworth has framed his campaign around attacking opponent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for flip-flopping from a pro-immigration reform stance to a restrictionist border hawk, Gregory asked Hayworth to define what really makes him any different. Hayworth attributed his change of heart to 9/11:

GREGORY: Going back to 2001, you actually believed in a guest worker program. You believed in a path towards citizenship which you now call amnesty. Sen. McCain was a champion of comprehensive reform with Sen. Kennedy. Back during the Bush administration. […] How does your position really differ from him?

HAYWORTH: Well it differs profoundly because what happened on 9/11 helped the scales fall from my eyes. I understand that national security is border security. And I understand that we must enforce the laws.

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However, the anti-immigrant group, NumbersUSA tracks Hayworth’s pro-immigration votes during his term in the House of Representatives as going back to as late as 2005, when he voted against H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act — which ultimately passed. In fact, many of Hayworth’s efforts and ire have focused more on immigration from Latin American countries than in stopping terrorists from entering the country. In 2006, Hayworth proposed a three-year ban on legal immigration from Mexico. In an op-ed published the same year, Hayworth conflated the two, stating, “How different are these radical Islamists from the Mexican politicians who push for a Mexico without borders and undermine our efforts at assimilation?”

Hayworth claims 9/11 was an eye-opener for him on immigration, but conservative guru Linda Chavez has a different take. “Hayworth, a six-term congressman, once favored a guest worker program but flip-flopped when he sensed bashing immigrants was a surer ticket to re-election,” wrote Chavez. According to Chavez, the strategy failed miserably for Hayworth, who “lost handily” to a more moderate candidate in 2006.


High Court: Justices to consider ‘funeral protests’ in free-speech case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:38 am by HL

High Court: Justices to consider ‘funeral protests’ in free-speech case
Albert Snyder, an industrial equipment salesman from York, Pa., says he was once a quiet guy who had no taste for the limelight. Now he has a Web site and interviews scheduled back to back. The most important person in the Senate is rallying support for him, and 48 states and the District of…


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Tea party could add to Republicans’ numbers in Congress but shake up their unity
News flash (not): All over the country, tea-party-backed candidates are winning.


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Sharp swings mark Republican governor’s race in California
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — At a time when California’s economy ranks among the worst in the nation, there is still at least one bull market in the state. The battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination is recession-proof.


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Oil could spew until August, officials say
As BP readied its latest fallback plan to stop oil gushing from one of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration and the company warned that the crude could continue flowing until August, compounding threats to coastal wetlands, fisheries and beaches.


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At nuclear conference, U.S. expects little, gains little
It didn’t end in failure. That was perhaps the best the U.S. government could boast about a month-long conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which ended Friday in New York.



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NY Dem Cuomo Sounding a Lot Like Gov. Christie

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 31st, 2010 4:31 am by HL

NY Dem Cuomo Sounding a Lot Like Gov. Christie

No Magic Bullet for Education

Obama’s Fascinating Job Description
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal
What exactly is the job of the president of the United States? Let's ask the man who currently holds that position, Barack Obama:Obama's job description is fascinating. He has been depicted as a proponent of “activist government,” but this may be a bum rap. Now he tells us he thinks that if he somehow gets people to think about him and how much he's thinking about what he thinks they think he should be thinking about, his job is done. 

2010 Likely to Bring a Crop of 1-Term Senators
Eleanor Clift, Newsweek
This year, the voters are restlessCalculating the impact of the BP spill on the midterm elections is almost as hard as measuring the flow of oil from the hole in the ocean floor. Everybody's got their own assessment. As President Obama scrambled to prevent the burgeoning ecological crisis from turning into a political nightmare, late-night talk-show host Jay Leno observed that among the species facing extinction as a result of the spill, “the odds-on favorite is Democrats.” 

Tough on Oil: Obama Tries to Assure Public