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Late Late Night FDL: The Little House

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: The Little House
The Little House. This Walt Disney Productions cartoon was released on August 8, 1952.

The Little House.  This Walt Disney Productions cartoon was released on August 8, 1952.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Story Adaptation by Bill Peet, William Cottrell and Virginia Lee Burton.  Based on the book The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.  Animation by Les Clark, Marc Davis, and Clair Weeks.  Visual Effects by George Rowley.  Backgrounds by Claude Coats and Ray Huffine.  Layouts by Thor Putnam and McLaren Stewart.  Narration by Sterling Holloway.  Original Music by Paul J. Smith.

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BP Accused of Hiring Temps for Obama Visit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

BP Accused of Hiring Temps for Obama Visit
A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama’s visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said he never saw more than about 20 workers at the beach in question until Friday, when 300 to 400 were on hand as the president toured the cleanup site. Roberts says that when the president left the area, so did the workers. Despite BP’s denials, the local sheriff’s office reported that one of the workers told them he was hired the day before and told to arrive at a “staging area” in the morning. —JCL CNN: A Gulf Coast official accused BP of shipping workers into Grand Isle, Louisiana, for President Barack Obama’s visit to the oil-stricken area Friday and sending them away once the president left the region. Early Friday morning, “a number of buses brought in approximately 300 to 400 workers that had been recruited all week,” Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told CNN’s “Situation Room.” Roberts said the workers were offered $12 an hour to come out to the scene at Grand Isle and work in what he called a “dog and pony show.” But, when Obama departed, so did the workers, he said, adding that he’s never seen more than 20 workers at the Grand Isle cleanup site since the effort started. Read more

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A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama’s visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said he never saw more than about 20 workers at the beach in question until Friday, when 300 to 400 were on hand as the president toured the cleanup site. Roberts says that when the president left the area, so did the workers.

Despite BP’s denials, the local sheriff’s office reported that one of the workers told them he was hired the day before and told to arrive at a “staging area” in the morning. —JCL

CNN:

A Gulf Coast official accused BP of shipping workers into Grand Isle, Louisiana, for President Barack Obama’s visit to the oil-stricken area Friday and sending them away once the president left the region.

Early Friday morning, “a number of buses brought in approximately 300 to 400 workers that had been recruited all week,” Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told CNN’s “Situation Room.”

Roberts said the workers were offered $12 an hour to come out to the scene at Grand Isle and work in what he called a “dog and pony show.”

But, when Obama departed, so did the workers, he said, adding that he’s never seen more than 20 workers at the Grand Isle cleanup site since the effort started.

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Obama: Ongoing Oil Spill ‘Enraging,’ ‘Heartbreaking’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

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Mulling Re-Election Bid Despite Scandal, Ensign Gears Up Fundraising

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Mulling Re-Election Bid Despite Scandal, Ensign Gears Up Fundraising
Despite his sex-and-lobbying scandal, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) has been planning fundraisers and making calls to donors, with a view to a possible re-election bid in 2012.



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AlterNet Reader Utterly Destroys Rand Paul?s ?Consistent Philosophy?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

AlterNet Reader Utterly Destroys Rand Paul?s ?Consistent Philosophy?

We’re a big website, so naturally we get our share of unhinged wannabe demagogues and barking, semi-literate lunatics in the comments. But, thankfully, we also have a lot of very sharp and insightful readers who contribute so much to our little community here at AlterNet. Darklady is one such commenter. And, by the power vested in […]


Why Deficit Hawks Are Killing The Recovery

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Why Deficit Hawks Are Killing The Recovery
Consumer spending is 70 percent of the American economy, so if consumers can’t or won’t spend we’re back in the soup. Yet the government just reported that consumer spending stalled in April – the first month consumers didn’t up their…



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Doing It for Our Children: Cutting Social Security and the BP Oil Spill
It seems more than a little bizarre that the folks who are so out front yelling about budget deficits because of the burden they will place on our children rarely seem to express much concern about the environment, such as…


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Gingrich Plays Defense On His Nazi Comparison: ?I?m Not Saying Obama Is The Bad Guy?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Gingrich Plays Defense On His Nazi Comparison: ?I?m Not Saying Obama Is The Bad Guy?
Newt Gingrich sat down with the Des Moines Register editorial board this week to discuss his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular Socialist Machine. Right at the start of the interview, a Register editor asked if Gingrich thinks “voters are stupid since they elected President Obama in 2008.” The former Speaker walked back […]

Newt Gingrich sat down with the Des Moines Register editorial board this week to discuss his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular Socialist Machine. Right at the start of the interview, a Register editor asked if Gingrich thinks “voters are stupid since they elected President Obama in 2008.” The former Speaker walked back the entire premise of his book. “The whole question of the scale of change has nothing to do with Obama,” he said.

Later in the hour-long interview, Gingrich backtracked even further. “I’m not here saying Obama is the bad guy and if he wasn’t there things would be good.” Soon after, the Register editor called Gingrich out:

DMR EDITOR: I was really taken aback by something you just said, in that “I”m not here saying Obama is the bad guy.” In your book you say, “The President’s secular socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.” That sure sounds like you think he’s a bad guy with bad ideas.

Gingrich again tried to distance himself from the fiery rhetoric in his book, simply saying that the “secular socialist machine” is taking over “traditional America” without linking Obama to it.

At the end of the interview, the Register editor told Gingrich that the conversation with him had been quite reasonable, which she noted didn’t seem to square with the rhetoric in his book, calling it, in parts, “offensive” and “really over the top”:

DMR EDITOR: Do you see part of your role in writing this book and touring the country and speaking is helping Americans find a consensus on some of these crucial issues we have to address…or do you see it as to rabble-rouse because this conversation has been very reasonable and interesting, [but] this book is really over the top in places. …Some of the rhetoric is really offensive and it’s just it doesn’t quite fit with the conversation in this room so what is your role?

Again, Gingrich dodged the question. “I’m trying to say is that we’re at a genuine crossroads and it involves choices,” he said, later adding, “My real job is not to figure out how to find a common ground with the left.” Watch it:

Aside from the title of his book and the contents within, less than two weeks ago, Gingrich was indeed saying Obama is the bad guy. “’The secular socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.’ Mr. Speaker, respectfully, isn’t that wildly over the top?” Fox host Chris Wallace asked. Gingrich replied, “No. … Just listen to President Obama’s language. He gets to decide who earns how much. He gets to decide when it’s too much.”


Bill Clinton has not shrunk from the political spotlight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Bill Clinton has not shrunk from the political spotlight
Bill Clinton was all over the news Friday. He was identified as the go-between in a (failed) White House effort last year to get Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania to drop his (ultimately successful) Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter. And he was live, on stage, in Arkansas in a…


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Illinois Senate candidate admits claim about military award was inaccurate
The Republican candidate for President Obama’s old Senate seat has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO’s conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.


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The Thin-Skinned President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 30th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

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Late Late Night FDL: Club Poodle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 29th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Club Poodle
Early Show: John Sinclair featuring Wayne Kramer “Shake ‘Em On Down” Late Show: Kinetix “People Start Hoppin’” What’s on your mind tonight?  

Early Show: John Sinclair featuring Wayne Kramer “Shake ‘Em On Down”
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What’s on your mind tonight?