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Late Late Night FDL: Chocolate Cake

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Chocolate Cake
Bill CosbyChocolate Cake, from Bill Cosby, Himself.

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GOP Jumps on Dismal Jobs Report

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

GOP Jumps on Dismal Jobs Report
A president’s employment problem is the opposition’s cannon fodder during election season, and Friday’s bad news on employment is giving the GOP some opportunities to lob a few more hits at the Democrats during the lead-in to this fall’s midterm elections.  —KA Reuters via Google News: The report was a disappointment for Obama and fellow Democrats, who are anxious for glimmers of economic hope before Congress faces voters in five months, but they argued it showed a continued recovery even if more ups and downs lie ahead. The May report found hiring by private employers slowed sharply and came in lower than analysts expected, although temporary census hiring pushed payrolls higher and dropped the unemployment rate to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent. “The underlying fact is that 9.7 percent unemployment is unacceptable by any standard. No amount of spin will resolve the fact that the president’s policies have been a colossal failure when it comes to creating jobs,” said Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Read more

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A president’s employment problem is the opposition’s cannon fodder during election season, and Friday’s bad news on employment is giving the GOP some opportunities to lob a few more hits at the Democrats during the lead-in to this fall’s midterm elections.? —KA

Reuters via Google News:

The report was a disappointment for Obama and fellow Democrats, who are anxious for glimmers of economic hope before Congress faces voters in five months, but they argued it showed a continued recovery even if more ups and downs lie ahead.

The May report found hiring by private employers slowed sharply and came in lower than analysts expected, although temporary census hiring pushed payrolls higher and dropped the unemployment rate to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent.

“The underlying fact is that 9.7 percent unemployment is unacceptable by any standard. No amount of spin will resolve the fact that the president’s policies have been a colossal failure when it comes to creating jobs,” said Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: BP and BHO; Israel-Gaza; the Gores
It was the Week of the Flotilla, and the controversy over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound convoy was ongoing as “Left, Right & Center” commentators Robert Scheer, David Frum and Matt Miller took to the airwaves in the latest show.

Left, Right & Center

It was the Week of the Flotilla, and the controversy over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound convoy was ongoing as “Left, Right & Center” commentators Robert Scheer, David Frum and Matt Miller took to the airwaves in the latest show.

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Artur Davis ‘Arrogant As Hell’ For Ducking Black Media: Roland Martin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Artur Davis ‘Arrogant As Hell’ For Ducking Black Media: Roland Martin
Rep. Artur Davis’ stunningly lopsided loss in the Alabama gubernatorial primary has been attributed, in large part, to his unwillingness to court the Democratic base…

Elena Kagan: A Firsthand Account Of What Makes The Supreme Court Nominee Tick
People who complain about Max Baucus seem to forget that not so long ago the likes of James Inhofe chaired Senate committees. And if you…

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [126] — We’d Like Our Gulf Back
The mainstream media, led by the intrepid White House press corps, closely followed by the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy, has declared what must happen for the oil…

Arizona Elementary School Will Whiten The Faces Of Its Own Students On A Mural Because Some Racists Yelled At It
Via Ken Layne at Wonkette, this is just the worst story in the world: An Arizona elementary school mural featuring the faces of kids who…


Fox falsely claims government is not forecasting future movement of oil spill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Fox falsely claims government is not forecasting future movement of oil spill

Fox & Friends aired a computer simulation by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) illustrating one possible scenario of the oil spill’s future movement and criticized the Obama administration because the simulation “was not done by the federal government,” which Steve Doocy claimed doesn’t “even know where the oil’s going to go in the future.” In fact, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is producing daily forecasts of oil movement, and NCAR is a federally sponsored research institution.

Doocy falsely claims federal government is not modeling future movement of oil spill

Doocy faults government for not producing NCAR’s oil projection and suggests NOAA is not tracking “where the oil’s going to go in the future.” From the June 4 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

DOOCY: Is the government prepared for where the oil’s going to go next? Well does it seem like it? I mean that’s a really cool animation but that was not done by the federal government. You know they’ve got that wing, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. They generally do stuff like that but that thing that we just saw was done by some folks out in Boulder, the computer models were from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The president has been accused of being flat-footed, and here they don’t even know where the oil’s going to go in the future. If it’s going to go, as Gretch said earlier to the Carolinas, shouldn’t they be dispatching stuff to the Carolinas? That seems like a no-brainer doesn’t it?

In fact, federal agencies are tracking oil, producing daily forecasts

NOAA produces daily trajectory forecasts of oil movement. NOAA states that it “is predicting the oil spill’s trajectory and the path of the layers of oil floating on the surface. OR&R experts are conducting aerial surveys to update trajectory maps and visually track the movement of the spill.” NOAA releases daily trajectory maps, which “predict where the oil is most likely to go and how soon it may arrive there”:

Using currents and winds predictions from a variety of sources, as well as available observations, the NOAA oceanographers run several leading computer models to forecast the movement and spreading of the oil. They also use satellite imagery analysis and observations reported by trained observers who have made helicopter overflights back and forth across the potentially affected area, recording locations where oil is seen.

According to the Department of Energy, NOAA scientists believe that “projections of specific impacts more than three days in advance tend to be unreliable because of the many uncertainties involved.”

NASA satellites producing images of oil spill. According to NASA, “Two NASA satellites are capturing images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” The data from NASA is reportedly being used by NOAA.

NCAR is sponsored by the federal government

NCAR is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is listed as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) on the website of the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation. According to the Congressional Research Service, a FFRDC “is a hybrid organization designed to meet a federal need through the use of private organizations.”

NCAR research “was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, NCAR’s sponsor.” NCAR’s June 3 press release on their research states: “The research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, NCAR’s sponsor. The results were reviewed by scientists at NCAR and elsewhere, although not yet submitted for peer-review publication.”

NCAR: The animation is “not a forecast”

NCAR: “[T]he simulations are not a forecast because it is impossible to accurately predict the precise location of the oil weeks or months from now.” During the segment, co-host Gretchen Carlson referred to NCAR’s research as “predictions.” However, a disclaimer included in NCAR’s animation states: “The results presented here are intended for research guidance only. They are not a forecast of where the oil will go, but a scenario of what might happen if the loop current is in a typical configuration.” Also, from NCAR’s June 3 press release:

[NCAR scientist Synte] Peacock and her colleagues stress that the simulations are not a forecast because it is impossible to accurately predict the precise location of the oil weeks or months from now. Instead, the simulations provide an envelope of possible scenarios for the oil dispersal. The timing and course of the oil slick will be affected by regional weather conditions and the ever-changing state of the Gulf’s Loop Current–neither of which can be predicted more than a few days in advance. The dilution of the oil relative to the source will also be impacted by details such as bacterial degradation, which are not included in the simulations.

What is possible, however, is to estimate a range of possible trajectories, based on the best understanding of how ocean currents transport material. The oil trajectory that actually occurs will depend critically both on the short-term evolution of the Loop Current, which feeds into the Gulf Stream, and on the state of the overlying atmosphere. The flow in the model represents the best estimate of how ocean currents are likely to respond under typical wind conditions.


Reporter: ‘There Wasn’t Outrage’ After Knotts Called Haley A ‘Raghead’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Reporter: ‘There Wasn’t Outrage’ After Knotts Called Haley A ‘Raghead’
Last night, South Carolina State Sen. Jake Knotts (R) called Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley a “f—— raghead,” and bizarrely suggested that she’s some kind of Sikh Manchurian candidate. Corey Hutchins, a reporter for Free Times, the alt weekly in…


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Marchant On Haley: ‘I Know In My Heart What Happened’ (VIDEO)
Here’s some video you don’t see every day: Larry Marchant, a respectable, well-coiffed South Carolina Republican lobbyist whose clients have included major players like the state Chamber of Commerce, describing in uncomfortable detail his alleged affair with a leading female gubernatorial hopeful.


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Gypsy cabbie: My windshield tour of Queens, New York

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Gypsy cabbie: My windshield tour of Queens, New York
Author’s note: The editors of Subversify Magazine (http://subversify.com/) are holding a writing competition for the best story written on the topic of either gypsies or carnies or cowboys. The winner gets chocolate. I’m there! So here’s the story I sent them: After attending the closing authors’ breakfast at the 2010 Book Expo last week and listening to […]


Sandoval Looks Likely to Beat Gibbons

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Sandoval Looks Likely to Beat Gibbons
A new Mason-Dixon poll in Nevada shows Brian Sandoval (R) remains the odds-on favorite to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination away from Gov. Jim Gibbons (R).

Sandoval leads Gibbons, 47% to 33%, with Gibbons faring especially poorly among women voters.

Said pollster Brad Coker: “When you are an incumbent with a high negative rating, that is almost impossible to overcome.”

Fiorina Holds Double-Digit Lead Over Campbell
Confirming the results of every other recent survey, a new Field Poll in California shows Carly Fiorina (R) leading Tom Campbell (R) in the GOP race for Senate, 37% to 22%, with Chuck DeVore in third at 19%.


Why Did God Create Atheists?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Why Did God Create Atheists?
If God is real, and religious believers can perceive him… why is anyone an atheist?

If God is real, and religious believers can perceive him… why is anyone an atheist?

The Gaza Blockade Is Illegal and the Flotilla Attack Was an Illegal Act of War
Because the blockade of Gaza itself violates international law, Israel committed an illegal act of war attacking the convoy, regardless of who attacked whom first.

Because the blockade of Gaza itself violates international law, Israel committed an illegal act of war attacking the convoy, regardless of who attacked whom first.

Liberals and Progressives Never Miss an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity… Are We Ready to Change Directions?
Are we ready to change directions on the economy, the environment, democratizing politics, corporate social responsibility and Middle East peace?

Are we ready to change directions on the economy, the environment, democratizing politics, corporate social responsibility and Middle East peace?

Why Banks Try to Make Borrowers Feel Like Sinners When They Can’t Pay off Their Mortgages
Crazy views about homeownership are helping the very bankers who screwed us in the first place.

Crazy views about homeownership are helping the very bankers who screwed us in the first place.


Defining the Foreign Policy Divide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Defining the Foreign Policy Divide
Some interesting post-National Security Strategy ideas on the differences in worldview between liberals and conservatives. Hat tip to Greg Scoblete of RealClearWorld Compass Blog for highlighting Tom Donnelly’s theory of what differentiates the Obama and Bush strategic approaches. Put this…



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Closing the Hole in the Gulf: A Petroleum Engineer Responds
A petroleum engineer who’s worked in the oil industry tells me BP is doing the minimum to clean up the oil and everything it can to protect its bottom line. According to the engineer, here’s what BP should be doing…


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Right-wing ?media watchdog? is outraged that ?Glee? doesn?t have friendly homophobic characters.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Right-wing ?media watchdog? is outraged that ?Glee? doesn?t have friendly homophobic characters.
L. Brent Bozell III, right-wing scion and president of the conservative “media watchdog” group the Media Research Center, wrote a column today in TownHall to express his absolute outrage at the television show “Glee” for promoting a “homosexual lifestyle.” Bozell, whose “think-tank” is funded by foundation money from David and Julie Koch of the […]

L. Brent Bozell III, right-wing scion and president of the conservative “media watchdog” group the Media Research Center, wrote a column today in TownHall to express his absolute outrage at the television show “Glee” for promoting a “homosexual lifestyle.” Bozell, whose “think-tank” is funded by foundation money from David and Julie Koch of the oil conglomerate Koch Industries and ExxonMobil, among other corporate sources, denounced the show for portraying opponents of homosexuality as “vicious school bullies.” Bozell lamented the fact that that Glee’s homophobes were “two brutish football players” who “threatened to pummel the openly gay and riotously effeminate character Kurt for dressing up like a girl”:

“Bill O’Reilly recently hosted a “culture warriors” segment at Fox News where both “warriors” agreed that homosexuality is morally acceptable. That same no-debate mentality has been a regular drumbeat on the Fox television series “Glee,” a musical drama/comedy about a high school glee club in Lima, Ohio. […] The only characters on the show disapproving of homosexuality are vicious school bullies. In the May 25 episode, two brutish football players threatened to pummel the openly gay and riotously effeminate character Kurt for dressing up like a girl. Everyone else in this series approves, endorses or participates in the homosexual lifestyle.

While it may seem astounding that Bozell found the urge to whine that “this show has presented gay as the ‘new normal,’” and that “Glee” lacks enough friendly gay-bashers, his complaints are par for the course for his organization, which is considered a mainstream conservative establishment. Yesterday, Bozell’s bloggers tried to drum up an absurd conspiracy theory, accusing Time magazine of printing a picture of the World Cup logo that looks “strikingly like that of the Obama logo.”

ThinkFast: June 4, 2010
A new employment report released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics announces that the economy created 431,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent. However, total private employment increased by a less-than-forecast 41,000 jobs. Defense Secretary Robert Gates “ordered the military and the Pentagon’s civilian bureaucracy to find tens of […]

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A new employment report released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics announces that the economy created 431,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent. However, total private employment increased by a less-than-forecast 41,000 jobs.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates “ordered the military and the Pentagon’s civilian bureaucracy to find tens of billions of dollars in annual savings to pay for war-fighting operations.” “His goal is $7 billion in spending cuts and efficiencies for 2012, growing to $37 billion annually by 2016,” making it one of the most ambitious and “sweeping” cost cutting plans proposed by any modern defense secretary.

The Obama administration “has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups” outside of Afghanistan and Iraq. Special Operations forces have grown in number and budget since the Bush administration and are deployed in 75 countries, compared to 60 last year. Obama has allowed “things that the previous administration did not,” one official said.

Former First Lady Laura Bush said today that she doesn’t think President Obama should be blamed for the continuing oil disaster in the Gulf region. “I think they’re doing everything they can,” she said, adding that it cannot be one person’s responsibility to solve the problem. “There’s always a lot of finger-pointing in something like this,” she said.

The Obama administration has sent a $69 million bill to BP for the U.S. government’s efforts to help deal with the energy company’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,” CNNMoney reports. The bill “accounts for 75 percent of what BP owes to date, and the company has until July 1 to pay the full amount.”

Though Republicans are seizing on the Gulf oil crisis to attack President Obama, their “embrace of offshore oil drilling and their skepticism of ‘big’ government may hamper the party’s efforts to gain politically” from Obama’s handling of the disaster. “They’re kind of stuck because they’re the party of ’Drill, Baby, Drill,’” David Lanoue, head of the political science department of the University of Alabama, told Bloomberg.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “alerted Senate committee chairmen” yesterday that he plans to act on comprehensive energy legislation in July. He asked them to include ideas that would deal with the Gulf oil spill, writing in a letter, “Among the actions I think we need to explore are ensuring that the oil companies are held accountable for their actions and the damages.”

Myanmar has reportedly acquired components for a nuclear weapons program, including technology for uranium enrichment and long-range missiles, according to a defector from the nation’s Army. “The purpose is they really want a bomb. That is their main objective,” said defector Sai Thein Win.

And finally: Bill Clinton is a namesake. Journalist Laura Ling, who was imprisoned in North Korea for five months before being freed by Clinton, has paid homage to the former President by giving “her new daughter his name. Sort of. Ling and hubby, Iain Clayton, welcomed Li Jefferson Clayton into the world Wednesday evening.” Jefferson is Clinton’s middle name.

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