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Late Late Night FDL: Mutiny On The Bunny

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Mutiny On The Bunny
Mutiny On The Bunny starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. This Warner Bros Looney Tunes cartoon was released on February 11, 1950.

Mutiny On The Bunny starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam.  This Warner Bros Looney Tunes cartoon was released on February 11, 1950.

Directed by I. Freleng.  Produced by Edward Selzer.  Story by Tedd Pierce.  Film Editing and Sound Effects Editing by Treg Brown.  Animation by Ken Champin, Gerry Chiniquy, Virgil Ross and Arthur Davis.  Backgrounds by Paul Julian.  Layouts by Hawley Pratt.  Voices by Mel Blanc and others.  Original Music and Musical Direction by Carl W. Stalling.  Orchestration by Milt Franklyn.

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Sunday Talking Heads: June 13, 2010
The world is afrenzed, it’s the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Need the schedule? Want to check the standings? Or just watch Shakira? As for talking heads, there’s more on the BP Oil Disaster and a lot of chatter about this week’s elections. Oh, and for your viewing pleasure we have the reemergence of Paul Wolfowitz, on GPS.

The world is afrenzed, it’s the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  America tied the Brits yesterday, yay US!  Need the schedule?  Want to check the standings?  Or just watch Shakira?

As for talking heads, there’s more on the BP Oil Disaster and a lot of chatter about this week’s elections.  Oh, and for your viewing pleasure we have the reemergence of Paul Wolfowitz, on GPS.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Norman Solomon, Syndicated Columnist & Progressive Democrats of America, National Board Member.  8:30am Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Iran Analyst.  9:15am – Bradley Belt, PensionBenefit GuarantyCorporation, Former Executive Director, 2004-06.

ABC’s This Week: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader John Boehner. Then  Bill Gates. “As Gates and other top executives present their plan for revolutionizing energy innovation to Congress and the President, he’ll share his vision for a clean energy future and explain why he thinks government must help lead the way.”  Roundtable: George Will, Donna Brazile, Robert Reich, Tom Davis.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Alabama Governor Bob Riley (R-AL), U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.

Chris Matthews: Savannah Guthrie NBC News; John Heilemann New York Magazine; Rick Stengel TIME; Helene Cooper The New York Times.  Topics: How Obama Can Take Charge of the Gulf Oil Crisis.  Is the Rise of the New Right Making Regular Republicans Harder To Elect?

CNN’s State of the Union: Gov. Bob Riley (R-AL) gives us the latest on his struggle to keep oil off his coastline. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on Tuesday’s primaries.  Economic indicators with the Economist’s Greg Ip and former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Paul Wolfowitz, “For the first time since that war began, Wolfowitz speaks at length about what went wrong in Iraq and criticizes Obama’s foreign policy. He also weighs in on how the US is mishandling its relationship with Israel.”  Plus, the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister.  Then the story of Neda, the young woman killed a year ago by the Iranian government during the post-election uprising. Finally, a look at Shanghai.

Fox News Sunday: Carly Fiorina, US Senate Candidate (R-CA).  Amb. Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations.  Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol,Juan WilliamsPower Player of the Week: Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps.

NBC’s Meet The Press: White House Senior Adviser, David AxelrodRoundtable: Carly Fiorina, US Senate Candidate (R-CA) & Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Roger Simon, Chuck Todd.

Newsmakers: Financial Services Cmte. Ranking Member Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) gave his thoughts on how the financial regulation bill may alter business dealings. Rep. Bachus said that there “needs to be disclosure and transparency” in the financial community.

Q & A: Alex Gibney, Director, “Casino Jack.” [“Casino Jack” was an FDL Movie Night in May.]

Religion & Ethics: Catholic Charities and the Gulf Oil Disaster Personalized Genetic Testing. Pilgrimage to Chartres. Open Spaces, Scared Places.

60 Minutes: Cyber War – Could hackers get into the computer systems that run crucial elements of the world’s infrastructure, such as the power grids, water works or even a nation’s military arsenal, to create havoc? They already have.The Great Explorer – Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic, the Bismarck and the PT 109 and now 60 Minutes cameras are there for his latest discovery, 1,500 feet down in the Aegean Sea off Turkey.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Actress Ashley Judd on ending maternal and infant mortality;  2- Is 2010 the year of the Republican woman;  3- Muslim Women press for gender equality. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Genevieve Wood; Melinda Henneberger; Tara Setmayer; and Journalist and Filmmaker Jehan HarneyWeb exclusive: A New Mommy War – Are lesbian parents better at raising children than heterosexual moms and dads?

Univision’s Al-Punto: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, South African cleric and activist; Paraguay Ambassador to South Africa Jose Martinez Lezcano; Colombian Singer Juanes.

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter and Stuart Zechman, Joan is a contributing editor at Daily Kos. Stuart is a provocative member of the commentariat. They will discuss events current as of Sunday.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times.  “Soul of a Citizen has become the handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change—big or small—in the world around them.”  Chat with Paul Rogat Loeb about his new book. Hosted by Jason Rosenbaum, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: none scheduled.



The Pentagon’s Spare Parts Problem

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

The Pentagon’s Spare Parts Problem
As budget hawks continue their attack on spending cuts around the country, it might be useful to look at the Pentagon after a report released Thursday claimed that at least $7 billion in taxpayer funds is being wasted on purchases of spare parts that the military ends up not needing. The Pentagon’s 2010 budget of $663.8 billion is more than seven times the combined military budgets of the next 14 ranking nations. —JCL Reuters: A Pentagon agency buys over $7 billion worth of spare parts every year the Defense Department ends up not needing, a practice one senator decried as an “unbelievable” waste of taxpayer money. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in a new report released on Thursday that the Defense Logistics Agency had no use for parts worth $7.1 billion, more than half of the $13.7 billion in equipment stacked in Defense Department warehouses on average from 2006 to 2008. “The waste of taxpayer dollars is unbelievable,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent and Senate Budget Committee member who requested the study. Read more

Pentagon

As budget hawks continue their attack on spending cuts around the country, it might be useful to look at the Pentagon after a report released Thursday claimed that at least $7 billion in taxpayer funds is being wasted on purchases of spare parts that the military ends up not needing.

The Pentagon’s 2010 budget of $663.8 billion is more than seven times the combined military budgets of the next 14 ranking nations. —JCL

Reuters:

A Pentagon agency buys over $7 billion worth of spare parts every year the Defense Department ends up not needing, a practice one senator decried as an “unbelievable” waste of taxpayer money.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in a new report released on Thursday that the Defense Logistics Agency had no use for parts worth $7.1 billion, more than half of the $13.7 billion in equipment stacked in Defense Department warehouses on average from 2006 to 2008.

“The waste of taxpayer dollars is unbelievable,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent and Senate Budget Committee member who requested the study.

Read more

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Sarah Palin’s ‘Boob-gate’ Response: They’re Not Implants (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Sarah Palin’s ‘Boob-gate’ Response: They’re Not Implants (VIDEO)
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Blago 2008: What Could Have Been

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Blago 2008: What Could Have Been
During former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial yesterday, his former chief of staff testified that in 2003, Blago’s closest advisers had their eyes set on higher office for Blago — the highest office, in fact — thinking a presidential run for the gov might be possible in 2008.



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GOP Candidate for AZ-GOV Wants ‘Tent Cities’ For Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Other Crimes
Dean Martin, Arizona state treasurer and Republican candidate for governor, is pushing a plan that would create “tent cities” to house illegal immigrants convicted of other crimes, modeled after notorious anti-immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s set-up in his own Maricopa County. In an interview with TPM, Martin described how the state could use the tent cities to provide “inexpensive temporary housing” that would save them enough money to deploy more troops down to the border.



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Clyburn’s Dem Challenger Denies He’s A ‘Plant’ — But Hired GOP Rep.’s Aide
A Democratic primary challenger in South Carolina who has been accused of being a “plant” hired for his Congressional campaign a GOP consultant who as recently as late last year was the campaign manager for Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), according to campaign finance reports.


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The End of Oilzilla?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

The End of Oilzilla?


Why We Are Moving Toward a Recessionary Era, and Why Keynes is Being Exhumed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Why We Are Moving Toward a Recessionary Era, and Why Keynes is Being Exhumed
Double-dip watch: Retail sales in May took their biggest nose-dive in eight months, according to today’s report from the Commerce Department. Remember: Consumers account for 70 percent of the nation’s economic activity. American Corporations are sitting on huge piles of…


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Young Palestinian: “End The Siege on Israel”
The author of this piece in Ha’aretz today, a 25 year old (I think) Palestinian named Fadi Elsalameen has been my friend since he was in high school. He is founder and editor of the Palestine Note, which has become…



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Cheney, Come Clean
Since early 2008, I’ve been writing about Dick Cheney’s secret Energy Policy Task Force. But given the role of all the Task Force players (BP, Halliburton and probably TransOcean) in the Gulf Oil Disaster, I think it’s time for…


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McCain Pretends That He Now Opposes The DREAM Act For ?Humanitarian? Reasons

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

McCain Pretends That He Now Opposes The DREAM Act For ?Humanitarian? Reasons
One of the areas where Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) veer to the far right in his struggle for re-election has been the most apparent is on immigration. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, for example, McCain co-sponsored the DREAM Act, which would provide provide undocumented high school graduates a path to legal residency and the […]

One of the areas where Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) veer to the far right in his struggle for re-election has been the most apparent is on immigration. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, for example, McCain co-sponsored the DREAM Act, which would provide provide undocumented high school graduates a path to legal residency and the chance to attend college.

McCain now opposes the DREAM Act. This shift came while he was running for president. In 2007, he skipped a vote on this legislation, which he had co-sponsored earlier in the year, and said he would probably have voted “against it in its present form.” Yesterday in an interview with KTAR, McCain reiterated his opposition to the DREAM Act, trying to argue that his stance of securing the border first was more “humane” because it would fully address the “human tragedy”:

Q: I take it you’re familiar with the DREAM Act, where do you stand on that?

McCAIN: I think it’s fine, I would take a look at that issue, it’s a heartbreaking issue, to see young people who were separated from their parents and all that, but the way you solve it –

Q: They’re people that were brought here at age two or four, not their own decision necessarily –

McCAIN: Yeah, that’s a heart-rending situation, but if we could secure the border, and make sure that there isn’t going to be a repeat of this kind of human tragedy, we can address that issue, and I think we can address it in a humane, compassionate fashion. But just to pass the DREAM Act now, what’s to prevent further of these humanitarian cases?

Host: Another 10 to 15 to 20 million —

McCain: Exactly.

Listen here:

There is nothing “compassionate” about McCain’s position, and these “humanitarian cases” will get worse without the DREAM Act. Currently, the children of undocumented immigrants — who didn’t make the decision to come to the United States illegally — face a cruel fate: Each year, about 65,000 of these young people graduate from high school and are then denied opportunities to pursue higher education, barred from “in-state tuition rates, state and federal grants and loans, most private scholarships, and the ability to legally work their way through college.”

The DREAM Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), would give 360,000 undocumented high school graduates with a “legal means to work and attend college,” and provide incentives for another 715,000 children between the ages of five and 17 to finish high school and pursue postsecondary education.

Last month, five immigrants dressed in academic caps and gowns staged a sit-in at Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) Tucson, AZ office and called on him to co-sponsor the DREAM Act. Four of them — including three who were undocumented — were arrested and faced the threat of deportation. Underscoring how necessary the DREAM Act is to address “humanitarian cases,” one of those students, Mohammad Abdollahi, came from Iran with his parents when he was three years old. Now, returning could be deadly since Abdollahi is gay, and Iran is known for putting LGBT individuals to death.

Days After BP Denies Blocking The Media From Covering The Spill, Reporter Is Harrassed On A Public Beach
In response to numerous media reports that BP has been blocking journalists from covering the oil spill and speaking with clean-up workers, BP CEO Doug Suttles issued a letter on Wednesday saying that such reports were “untrue” and reporters should have full access: Recent media reports have suggested that individuals involved in the cleanup operation […]

In response to numerous media reports that BP has been blocking journalists from covering the oil spill and speaking with clean-up workers, BP CEO Doug Suttles issued a letter on Wednesday saying that such reports were “untrue” and reporters should have full access:

Recent media reports have suggested that individuals involved in the cleanup operation have been prohibited from speaking to the media, and this is simply untrue. BP fully supports and defends all individuals rights to share their personal thoughts and experiences with journalists if they so choose.

BP has not and will not prevent anyone working in the cleanup operation from sharing his or her own experiences or opinions.

However, this message isn’t being strictly enforced. Yesterday, WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, tried to speak with clean-up crews on an oil-stained portion of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Private security officials confronted reporter Scott Walker and said he couldn’t even have access to the public beach. From the exchange:

OFFICIAL 1: Every single security guard here has given the instructions to every single news crew that you can be outside of 100 yards of the workers or along the boom.

WALKER: And who’s saying that? Because no one can tell me that, unless you’re the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, you’re the Coast Guard, or you’re the military, can you tell me where to go on this public beach.

OFFICIAL 1: I can tell you where to go because I’m employed to keep this beach safe. And right now, those are my instructions. I’d like to keep the workers safe as well.

WALKER: I’m going to try to talk to the worker under the tent. Can I do that?

OFFICIAL 1: No, no.

WALKER: He’s on break.

OFFICIAL 1: You are not allowed to interview any workers.

WALKER: The workers can talk to the media, according to the BP CEO two days ago. Still hasn’t trickled down to you all?

OFFICIAL 2: We already heard that one too.

WALKER: What do you mean you’ve “heard that one”? It’s true.

OFFICIAL 1: The e-mail did not explicitly give you permission to do that.

Watch the confrontation:

Walker was eventually able to go over to the tent after an intervention from an official in the sheriff’s office, but none of the workers would talk to him, since the security official was telling them that they didn’t have to say anything.


Book review: ‘The Upper House’ by Terence Samuel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Book review: ‘The Upper House’ by Terence Samuel
Terence Samuel’s “The Upper House” explores the inner workings of the U.S. Senate through the lives of several current senators, including Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar.


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Insurance: Canceled

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 13th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Insurance: Canceled

What Are Brazil & Turkey Up To With Iran?
Fred Kaplan, Slate
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan At first glance, it may seem that Brazil and Turkey had good reasons to oppose the U.N. Security Council's sanctions against Iran and to push instead for a diplomatic solution that they'd already negotiated.At second glance, however, the reason is clearly a sham. The only question is whether the Brazilian and Turkish leaders are delusional or up to no good.Back in October 2009, the United States and Russia, still pursuing a diplomatic solution to the…

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What’s the Mama Grizzly Up To?
Pat Buchanan, Pittsburgh Trib-Review
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