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Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann Talks BP Politics with Howard Fineman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Early Morning Swim: Keith Olbermann Talks BP Politics with Howard Fineman
Stop playing the ‘blame game’ people!

But…but…accidents happen.

Almost two-thirds of Americans agree “strongly” or “somewhat” that the federal government should pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

The poll, conducted Thursday through Sunday, found that 73 percent of the country feels that the nation’s greatest oil spill is a “disaster” with an additional 25 percent ranking it a “serious problem.”

“Public complaints against BP are twofold: Most give poor ratings to its reaction to the massive spill, and most blame the company and its drilling partners for taking unnecessary risks that could have caused the spill,” the poll reported.

Stop playing the ‘blame game’ people!

[/Rand Paul]

What constitutes Journalism…
Funny how journalism works nowadays.

That certainly isn’t a question.

I’m not going to defend Helen Thomas’ offensive remarks — any more than I spend any time defending Pat Buchanan’s offensive remarks…

that there are too many Jews on the Supreme Court
…that Hitler has been poorly served by historians.
…that Half of the survivors of the Holocaust overstate their suffering and are unreliable witnesses.
…about how a Latino woman couldn’t possibly have graduated top of her class at Princeton.
…that gays are bent on “satanism” and “suicide“.
…that the massacre of 67 black South Africans was just a bit of whites mistreating a couple of black people.
…that Martin Luther King was a “fraud” and a “demagogue”
…that women are just not endowed with the capability to compete in a capitalist economy.

But guess what? Pat is still a member of the Village in good standing — able to pontificate at will, whenever MSNBC breaks open his glass booth.

But 90 year old Helen Thomas gets the boot…because she’s just not practicing in the proper village way, whatever that is. But apparently, below this is the proper way to commit journalism!

Late Late Night FDL: Wild Thing
Jimi HendrixWild Thing, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.

Jimi HendrixWild Thing, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.

Jimi Hendrix – vocals guitar
Noel Redding – bass backing vocals
Mitch Mitchell- drums

What’s on your mind?


Israel Kills Four Palestinian Divers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Israel Kills Four Palestinian Divers
It’s been a week since the now-infamous flotilla raid, and on Monday, Israeli-Palestinian tensions flared again after the Israeli military killed four men who sources from both sides are claiming were Palestinian militants wearing diving gear and readying an attack from the waters off the Gaza coast.  —KA ABC News: The Israeli military claims the men were preparing an attack on Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources in Gaza claimed the men were members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a radical offshoot of the mainstream Fatah organization which is affiliated with Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the moderate regime that governs the West Bank. The divers were training about 150 yards off shore when they were … attacked by a Israeli patrol. Read more

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It’s been a week since the now-infamous flotilla raid, and on Monday, Israeli-Palestinian tensions flared again after the Israeli military killed four men who sources from both sides are claiming were Palestinian militants wearing diving gear and readying an attack from the waters off the Gaza coast.? —KA

ABC News:

The Israeli military claims the men were preparing an attack on Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources in Gaza claimed the men were members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a radical offshoot of the mainstream Fatah organization which is affiliated with Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the moderate regime that governs the West Bank.

The divers were training about 150 yards off shore when they were … attacked by a Israeli patrol.

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Bobby Jindal Response To Gulf Oil Spill Could Restore Status In GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Bobby Jindal Response To Gulf Oil Spill Could Restore Status In GOP
VENICE, La. — It’s a rough schedule for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – a near daily grind of military helicopter flights or roaring airboat tours…

Howard Steven Friedman: How is Wall Street Grading the BP Oil Spill News?
A friend of mine who makes a living as a day trader watches the changes in trading volume and stock price to see how the…

States Warn Of Deep Budget Cuts If More Federal Medicaid Funding Isn’t Delivered
Having counted on Washington for money that may not be delivered, at least 30 states will have to close larger-than-anticipated shortfalls in the coming fiscal…


CNN’s Erickson falsely suggested Obama ignored Tennessee flooding

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

CNN’s Erickson falsely suggested Obama ignored Tennessee flooding

On RedState.com, CNN contributor Erick Erickson falsely suggested that President Obama “never addressed [Nashville, Tennessee] after its horrific floods.” In fact, Obama acted swiftly to provide federal aid to the area and won praise from Tennessee Governor (and former Mayor of Nashville) Phil Bredesen. 

Erickson alleged that President Obama “never addressed” the floods in Tennessee 

Erickson: “Barack Obama never addressed [Nashville] after its horrific floods.” From a June 7 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show: 

RICH: Like you said, nobody’s hardly talking about it in the media. I find it ironic that our President will go on and make a special speech about everything under the sun every other minute, but hasn’t come on to talk about Tennessee.

LIMBAUGH: He hasn’t. Well he knows he doesn’t have any constituents there to speak of.


NJ Men Facing Terrorism Charge Not Linked To Any Terrorist Groups

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

NJ Men Facing Terrorism Charge Not Linked To Any Terrorist Groups
The two New Jersey men arrested at JFK airport in New York yesterday, who were allegedly bound for Somalia to attempt to join a terrorist group, had allegedly talked about killing Americans, but were not connected to any terrorist groups.


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Haley: I Will Resign If Affair Claims Are Validated (AUDIO)
During a radio interview Thursday afternoon Nikki Haley said she would resign if she is elected governor and the claims that she had extramarital affairs are proven to be true.


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Corporatists’ real target: Teabaggers, America, you, me & Marcy Winograd

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Corporatists’ real target: Teabaggers, America, you, me & Marcy Winograd
I’m down here in Los Angeles at the LAX Motel 6, getting ready to take my two-year-old granddaughter off to Disneyland. At least that’s the plan. You never can tell with two-year-olds. According to “The Happiest Toddler on the Block,” they are basically cavemen — unpredictable! But I digress. Anyway, this Motel 6 has wi-fi so […]


Support for Incumbents Hits All Time Low

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Support for Incumbents Hits All Time Low
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that just 29% of Americans “now say they are inclined to support their House representative in November, even lower than in 1994, when voters swept the Democrats out of power in the that chamber after 40 years in the majority.”

Similarly, a new Gallup poll finds that by 60% to 32%, registered voters say they would rather vote for a candidate for the U.S. House who has never served in Congress than for a candidate who has been in Congress. Additionally, a historically low 50% of voters say their member of Congress deserves re-election.

Poll Closings
Voters head to the polls in 11 states today. Here are the poll closings:

7:00 p.m. — South Carolina, Virginia and special election run off in Georgia
8:00 p.m. — Maine and New Jersey
8:30 p.m. — Arkansas run off
9:00 p.m. — North Dakota and South Dakota
10:00 p.m. — Nevada and Montana
11:00 p.m. — California

Quote of the Day
“I had a lot of hope for Obama, but it’s not panning out.”

-Artist Shepard Fairey, in an interview with Angeleno magazine. Fairey created the famous “Hope” image of Obama during the 2008 campaign.


Hedges: The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Hedges: The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger
Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, are aiming for a theocracy.

Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, are aiming for a theocracy.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

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From Beit Shemesh, a Cry to American Jews
I won’t even try to improve on the exemplary posts here by MJ Rosenberg and Jo-Ann Mort on the Flotilla mess and the Gaza blockade, but since I’m in Israel right now (for another few days), I do want to…



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Realizing There are Debates Inside Political Islam
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Director Jeffrey Gedmin has just authored a disconcerting brief on his recent observations of Pakistan’s political and social scene for the journal World Affairs that I encourage folks to read. Nations that block Twitter, Facebook, and…


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BP Faces Backlash From Everyone From Gas Consumers To A Minor League Baseball Team

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 8th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

BP Faces Backlash From Everyone From Gas Consumers To A Minor League Baseball Team
As oil keeps pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP continues to see its reputation dragged further and further through the muck. Across the Gulf Coast, anti-BP signs and calls for help are popping up. On Friday, people gathered at BP’s DC headquarters to protest the corporation and present a “prison jumpsuit” to […]

As oil keeps pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP continues to see its reputation dragged further and further through the muck. Across the Gulf Coast, anti-BP signs and calls for help are popping up. On Friday, people gathered at BP’s DC headquarters to protest the corporation and present a “prison jumpsuit” to CEO Tony Hayward. While no one came down to accept the gift, ThinkProgress was covering the event and saw several BP employees watching from the safety of their 7th floor offices.

Protests at the local level — even ones that are nothing more than symbolic in nature — are also picking up. The Brevard County Manatees, the minor league Class-A Advanced Florida State League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, has officially changed the name of “batting practice” — known as “BP” for short — to “hitting rehearsal.” “We hope to send a message to the community that we are definitely worried with the pollution that is in the waters off the Gulf Coast and its potential impact on the beaches here in Brevard County,” said the team’s general manager.

Yesterday in Pensacola, FL — which is on the Gulf Coast close to the Alabama border and now has tar balls washing up on its beaches — about 30 protesters gathered outside of a local BP gas station for a two-hour demonstration, with signs and bumper stickers reading, “Boycott BP,” “BP Lies Pensacola Dies,” and Wake Up and Smell the Oil.” Some other protests at BP stations around the country:

– On May 30, more than 200 protesters “swarmed Jackson Square” in New Orleans to vent their frustration at BP, where speakers “lashed out” at the “slow effort to keep oil from hitting Louisiana’s coastline.” Many posters had “scathing messages” including “BP = $ over people” and “refuse to be LOSEiana anymore.”

– Over Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of protesters “covered in ‘oil’ or dressed like sea creatures” flocked to a New York City BP station to rally against the oil spill and “to keep motorists from filling up.” Protesters chanted “BP your heart is black, you can have your oil back.”

– On June 3, middle-school students from Illinois valley spent the day “on a stretch of public sidewalk” outside a BP stationshouting facts about the disaster” and chanting “agree with me, don’t buy from BP.”

Fifteen students in St. Cloud, MN “circled in front” of a BP gas station on Friday holding “painted signs” to show that “young people are doing something and they have a voice.”

– Over Memorial Day weekend, more than 20 protesters demonstrated outside a local convenience store in Charlottesville, VA. One protester urged the need for clean energy sources with “a placard touting fuel from hemp.”

Protests have also gone viral. Over 330,000 members have joined the Boycott BP Facebook group. Twitter’s BP Boycott has over 2,500 followers.

Many business owners are worried that these boycotts and protests may hurt their profits while not affecting the parent company. The vast majority of the 10,000 BP stations in the country and independently owned and operated.

While the company isn’t publicly addressing the boycott efforts, they may still end up affecting how BP operates. Consumers also boycotted Exxon stations after the 1989 spill in Alaska, and while the company ignored it publicly, Exxon has now “reduced its dependence on consumer sales, and the company is much more dependent on business-to-business sales than it was 20 years ago.” Eighty-one percent of Americans disapprove of BP’s response to the spill, and 64 percent believe the government should pursue criminal charges against those involved.

Ignoring His Own Calls For Ethnic Expulsion, Huckabee Blasts Thomas For Not Following The Bible’s Map
Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has retired after being roundly criticized for comments made to a blogger last month saying that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland, Germany, and America. The video went viral Friday, and Thomas quickly apologized for the offensive tirade, saying “I deeply regret […]

Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has retired after being roundly criticized for comments made to a blogger last month saying that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland, Germany, and America. The video went viral Friday, and Thomas quickly apologized for the offensive tirade, saying “I deeply regret my comments.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) blasted Thomas on his Fox News show yesterday, calling her comments “outrageous, anti-semitic, racist, [and] indefensible.” Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, explained Jews “are home” in Israel because the Bible says so:

HUCKABEE: There was a little bit of a lame apology given by Helen Thomas, but it was pretty lame. Her comments were outrageous, anti-Semitic, racist, indefensible. She says that the Jews ought to go home. Helen, they are home. They are home. Read Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34, that’s why they are where they are. Helen, I’ve got a suggestion, maybe it’s time for you to go home.

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While Thomas’ comments are undoubtedly offensive, Huckabee should look in the mirror before he condemns anyone for calling for the removal of a certain ethnic group from the Middle East. As the Wonk Room’s Matt Duss pointed out, Huckabee “has on numerous occasions voiced his opposition to a Palestinian state in Palestine,” suggesting that Palestinians should move “elsewhere.” “[T]he Palestinians can create their homeland in many other places in the Middle East, outside Israel,” Huckabee told the far-right WorldNetDaily. “As far as I know, no conservatives have ever criticized Huckabee for these comments, let alone called on Fox News to fire him,” Duss added.

Moreover, Huckabee’s suggestion that the Bible be used to justify international boundaries and dictate foreign policy seems to be both a violation of the separation of church and state, and dangerously out of touch with reality. Would Huckabee endorse expanding Israel to cover the entire area God promised to Abraham — which would stretch from “the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates,” including much of modern-day Egypt, Jordan, and Syria — and kick out the local populations along the way?