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Storm Opens Giant Sinkhole in Guatemala

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Storm Opens Giant Sinkhole in Guatemala
At least 115 people have died after a tropical storm battered Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the weekend. In Guatemala City, a giant sinkhole swallowed up a three-story building and a house.


Yeah, he’s flippin’ awesome

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Yeah, he’s flippin’ awesome
Mastery for detail only counts when it no longer matters — a workable model for Republicans.

Photo from DSB Nola via Flickr

Look who is getting feted for Rudy Giuliani’s patent leathers?

Constantly jumping in and out of National Guard helicopters and drawing up plans for additional “burrito levees” and “boudin bags” needed to stop the oil slick from flowing further into his state’s marshes, [Bobby] Jindal has quickly mastered the details of the issue.

Yeah, like “mastery” of this detail from December 2006:

Hours before adjourning for the year, the U.S. Congress on Saturday sent President George W. Bush legislation that would open 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling and redistribute billions of dollars in royalties to four Gulf states…

Rep. Bobby Jindal, a Louisiana Republican and one of the drilling measure’s main supporters, said Bush will sign the bill into law.

Wow, was he on top of that issue.

Because, when it comes to our awesome village residents, what matters isn’t what you have done, or what you are doing, it’s what you look like you are doing now that you managed to help effectuate the disaster.

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You Need a Raise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:49 am by HL

You Need a Raise
The theories on which we base wages are highly flawed—and so is your paycheck.

By Moshe Adler

The theories on which we base wages are highly flawed—and so is your paycheck.


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Iranian Ambassador: No Deal On Captured U.S. Hikers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Iranian Ambassador: No Deal On Captured U.S. Hikers
BAGHDAD — The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad said the recent release of two Iranians from Iraqi custody is not an indication of any impending deal…

Health Care Repeal Losing Steam
WASHINGTON — Toss it or fix it? Anxious backers of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law are starting to see a flicker of hope….

Robert Kuttner: BP and the Bankers
What do the oil catastrophe and the Wall Street collapse have in common? In both cases, a powerful, politically protected industry invented something that could not easily be repaired when it broke. We seem to be entering an age when complex technologies, whether financial or physical, sometimes literally have no solutions when they go haywire in unanticipated ways. But the worst common element is this: both crises are teachable moments that our president could be using to transform public opinion. Yet despite these gifts from the progressive gods, President Obama seems congenitally unable to rise to the occasion.

Chris Weigant: Memorializing Second-Class Soldiers
Memorial Day is the time to memorialize all the brave individuals who served our country throughout its history, and sometimes paid the ultimate price for…

Gulf Oil Spill: Massive Underwater Plumes Spell Disaster, Scientists Say
NEW ORLEANS — Independent scientists and government officials say there’s a disaster we can’t see in the Gulf of Mexico’s mysterious depths, the ruin of…


Memo to media: Do not trust Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Memo to media: Do not trust Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe

Andrew Breitbart and convicted criminal James O’Keefe are promising to unveil another video. In assessing Breitbart and O’Keefe’s claims, media should keep in mind their record of dishonest and illegal practices and their failed attempt to show that ACORN was engaging in criminal behavior.

Specifically:

Breitbart’s “strategy”: Withhold evidence and “deprive” people of “information”

O’Keefe is an admitted criminal

Breitbart and O’Keefe’s ACORN scam exposed no criminality

Breitbart and O’Keefe criticized for selective editing and manipulating video

O’Keefe’s video methods slammed by former employer

Breitbart and O’Keefe repeatedly misrepresented ACORN tapes

Breitbart threatened to release more tapes during election unless DOJ investigates ACORN

O’Keefe has received significant backing from right-wing funders

Breitbart’s “strategy”: Withhold evidence and “deprive” people of “information”

Breitbart’s “strategy” is to “deprive” people of the “information” needed to evaluate his allegations. A September 24 Washington Independent article about Breitbart’s release of the ACORN tapes wrote, “While some of the advice and counsel given by ACORN employees and volunteers was clearly inappropriate and unprofessional, we did not find a pattern of intentional, illegal conduct by ACORN staff; in fact, there is no evidence that action, illegal or otherwise, was taken by any ACORN employee on behalf of the videographers.”

Breitbart backtracks on ACORN “criminality.” After Brooklyn prosecutors cleared ACORN, Breitbart stated, “They played that heavily edited tape but did not show the ACORN worker’s audio for legal reasons.” O’Keefe later wrote: “We muted the audio of the ACORN employees on the video released today due to ACORN’s legal attack upon us. We call upon ACORN to state publicly now that it has no objection to the public release of any its employees oral statements to us. If they are interested in the truth, why wouldn’t they do so?”

O’Keefe falsely claims he sought advice from DC ACORN on establishing brothel for “prostitution of a dozen underage girls.” In a voiceover at the beginning of his Washington, D.C., ACORN video — which was article reported that Liz Farkas, a college friend of O’Keefe’s while at Rutgers University, said she “grew disillusioned” after O’Keefe asked Farkas to help deceptively “edit the script” of a video involving a nurse at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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O’Keefe’s video methods slammed by former employer

Leadership Institute’s Sutton says O’Keefe’s tactics are “not something that we teach here.” According to a January 28 Politico appeared on Fox & Friends dressed as a pimp. Host Steve Doocy said that O’Keefe was “dressed exactly in the same outfit that he wore to these ACORN offices up and down the Eastern Seaboard” — a statement O’Keefe made no effort to correct. In fact, while the “title sequences” of the videos Breitbart promoted post, O’Keefe claimed that “Mr. Felix D. Harris of Los Angeles ACORN” was “the only employee in our nationwide ACORN child prostitution investigation who would not assist us.” edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace said: “O’Keefe wants to set the record straight. He denies reports on left-wing blogs he got any money from conservative backers.” However, the Village Voice reported on September 22, 2009, that the spokesperson for conservative investor Peter Thiel acknowledged that Thiel had contributed “about $10,000” to an earlier video that O’Keefe released in February 2009. Thiel’s spokesperson denied that Thiel had “any involvement with the ACORN videos.”

Right-wing media fundraise for O’Keefe’s and Giles’ legal defense. Conservative media figures, including Breitbart, Sean Hannity, and HotAir have all solicited donations for O’Keefe’s and Giles’ legal defense.

Breitbart pays O’Keefe “a fair salary.” Breitbart has acknowledged that he pays O’Keefe “a fair salary.”

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Former ‘Family Values’ CA Legislator Ashburn Comes Out In Favor Of Gay Rights (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Former ‘Family Values’ CA Legislator Ashburn Comes Out In Favor Of Gay Rights (VIDEO)
Roy Ashburn, the California legislator who came out in March after years of operating as a “family values” Republican, is now speaking out in favor of gay rights.



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“Pirates of the Mediterranean” alert: One more ship is still sailing to Gaza

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

“Pirates of the Mediterranean” alert: One more ship is still sailing to Gaza
Question: “When the Israel’s navy forcibly boarded an international fleet carrying humanitarian goods to Gaza last week, was this a justifiable military action or was it simply a case of hijacking on the high seas?” Answer: “I don’t know. I’m not Captain Jack Sparrow. If you want to know about the finer points of piracy, you […]


Blagojevich Trial Starts This Week

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Blagojevich Trial Starts This Week
Jury selection in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial is set to begin Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“The sprawling case covers years of investigation of Blagojevich and his closest associates, with whom he allegedly conspired to run Illinois government as a criminal racket from his earliest days in office. Also on trial with Blagojevich will be his brother, Robert, who once ran the governor’s campaign fund.”

“The prosecution’s case, which grew out of a federal investigation dubbed ‘Operation Board Games,’ will feature scores of secret recordings made in late 2008 of Blagojevich on the phone and in his political office. It also may include testimony from as many as four key Blagojevich insiders, all but one of whom have already been found guilty of charges connected to the investigation.”


Chomsky: We Don’t Want to End up Like Joe Stack, Do We?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Chomsky: We Don’t Want to End up Like Joe Stack, Do We?
"What is needed is people who will work to sweep away the mists of carefully contrived illusion, and be directly engaged in popular struggles that they sometimes help galvanize."

"What is needed is people who will work to sweep away the mists of carefully contrived illusion, and be directly engaged in popular struggles that they sometimes help galvanize."


George W. Bush, One-Term President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:38 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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Memorial Day: One Holiday, Two Countries
For most Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the triumphant return of summer: a trip to the beach and a day off of work – barbecues, beers and bargains. Yet, as most Americans head to the beach or the mall, many…



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