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Detroit School Exec Gives Himself a Hand

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Detroit School Exec Gives Himself a Hand
Amid allegations that he fondled himself during a meeting, Detroit school board President Otis Mathis today admitted engaging in “inappropriate actions” but tried to rescind his resignation. Mathis allegedly touched himself for 20 minutes and then unzipped his pants while meeting schools Superintendent Teresa Gueyser. “I told him that there was no reason for us to continue the meeting with that behavior,” Gueyser said.


Late Late Night FDL: This Too Shall Pass

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: This Too Shall Pass
OK GoThis Too Shall Pass. H/t BustedKnuckles for the video

OK GoThis Too Shall Pass.

What’s on your mind?

H/t BustedKnuckles for the video


Stick to the Deadline in Afghanistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Stick to the Deadline in Afghanistan
When he ordered his escalation of the war in Afghanistan, President Obama pledged that U.S. troops “will begin to come home” in the summer of 2011. Discouraging reports from the war zone should make him more determined to keep his promise—and Americans more insistent on holding him to it. By Eugene Robinson

When he ordered his escalation of the war in Afghanistan, President Obama pledged that U.S. troops “will begin to come home” in the summer of 2011. Discouraging reports from the war zone should make him more determined to keep his promise—and Americans more insistent on holding him to it.


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FCC Tries to Find a (Third) Way
The FCC has reignited the battle for net neutrality after it requested public comment on three different plans for broadband Internet regulation. The new plans were introduced after a court ruling knocked down FCC measures to oversee Internet service providers. FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski has announced his support for what he calls a “third way” that would ensure oversight by regulatory agencies but would not involve the government in matters of pricing or content, services, applications or electronic commerce. ISPs like Comcast and Verizon stand opposed to any new regulatory action. —JCL The BBC: The stage has been set for what many predict will be an ugly fight over broadband plans for US citizens. The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first formal steps towards tougher rules for broadband. It asked for public comment on three different plans, igniting an expensive lobbying campaign by all sides. The looming battle follows a court ruling questioning the FCC’s right to regulate internet service providers after one throttled traffic to users. Read more

The FCC has reignited the battle for net neutrality after it requested public comment on three different plans for broadband Internet regulation. The new plans were introduced after a court ruling knocked down FCC measures to oversee Internet service providers.

FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski has announced his support for what he calls a “third way” that would ensure oversight by regulatory agencies but would not involve the government in matters of pricing or content, services, applications or electronic commerce.

ISPs like Comcast and Verizon stand opposed to any new regulatory action. —JCL

The BBC:

The stage has been set for what many predict will be an ugly fight over broadband plans for US citizens.

The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first formal steps towards tougher rules for broadband.

It asked for public comment on three different plans, igniting an expensive lobbying campaign by all sides.

The looming battle follows a court ruling questioning the FCC’s right to regulate internet service providers after one throttled traffic to users.

Read more

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Blackwater Firm Gets $120 Million U.S. Government Contract

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Blackwater Firm Gets $120 Million U.S. Government Contract
CBS News has learned in an exclusive report that the State Department has awarded a part of what was formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide a…

HuffPost Radio: Left, Right & Center: The Gulf Oil Spill And The Role Of Government
Obama did some arm twisting this week, resulting in BP’s $20 billion escrow fund for victims of the Gulf Oil Spill disaster. Was he right to do it the way he did?

Sarah Palin Stanislaus Speech: California University Will Allow Media at Palin event
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After months of requests from reporters, a California university on Friday agreed to allow members of the media to attend a fundraiser…

Karen Dalton-Beninato: Parish President Billy Nungesser Responds to Marina Controversy
The Associated Press has picked up a Times Picayune article on Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, an outspoken critic of the BP oil leak cleanup…

James Zogby: Obama’s Two Crises
The success of a President is measured not only by how well he handles the agenda he sets for his term in office, but by…


Drudge, Ace falsely suggest Stupak floated using BP escrow account to fund health care reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Drudge, Ace falsely suggest Stupak floated using BP escrow account to fund health care reform

The Drudge Report and Ace of Spades both falsely suggested Rep. Bart Stupak said money in the BP escrow account could be used to “fund” national health care reform. In fact, Stupak said a “legitimate” use of the money would be to pay for the health care of those who lost their jobs and insurance due to the oil spill.

Drudge, Ace falsely suggest Stupak said “let’s use that BP escrow account to fund” health care reform

Drudge headline: “Stupak: ‘Legitimate’ for BP Escrow Account to Fund Health Care.” The Drudge Report linked to a video of Stupak’s June 17 appearance on CNN’s John King, USA with the following headline:

drudge hed

Ace: Stupak’s comments evidence of his “slush-fund nationalize-everything fever.” In a June 17 Ace of Spades blog post, Ace commented on Stupak’s remarks by saying, “I propose the escrow fund be renamed ‘Free Shit!!! Looters’ Fund,’ ” and added, “[w]ithout wanting to confess error (who does?), this does rescue [Rep. Joe] Barton’s statement… somewhat. But we still lost the day, and can’t take advantage of Stupak’s slush-fund nationalize-everything fever.”

In fact, Stupak was discussing paying for health care for those who lost their jobs because of the spill

Stupak discussed possible uses for the fund and mentioned paying for health care of “those who lost their job and then lost their health care” as being “legitimate under this fund.” During his June 17 appearance on John King USA, Stupak discussed BP CEO Tony Hayward’s appearance before Congress that day and the establishment of a $20 billion escrow account to pay for BP’s oil spill liabilities. Stupak mentioned paying for health care as one possible use of the money in the fund. Stupak made no mention of national health care reform. From John King, USA:

KING: Do you think, again, as the chairman of a committee in the Congress, as former police officer, should the attorney general of the United States at a time he’s leading a criminal investigation into this company, be sitting across the table, at a time when there’s no doubt the White House is pressuring BP to come up with this money and do more?

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STUPAK: Well, don’t you have the assistant attorney general? I think we had to have someone to say, look, this is where you can go without limiting your criminal liability or your civil liability. For instance, the question was brought up today, well, you’re going to pay for all of the health care of the people in the Gulf?

Well, no, but I think those who lost their job and then lost their health care, that would be legitimate under this fund. They had to put some parameters in there. I think it was worthwhile having the attorney general there to help put some parameters there.

I’m sure — and Mr. Hayward and everyone else said, look, we wanted to do this. This was to help out, to expedite it. People are saying we’re too slow in this process. There is nothing like, well, if you do this, we won’t move, push here, or that. There was nothing like that. That’s just bad politics, people who make that accusation.


Personal Financial Information Of Members Of Congress Released

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Personal Financial Information Of Members Of Congress Released
Personal financial disclosure forms from members of Congress, showing assets and other information as of the end of last year, are now available for perusal.



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Ethics Office Clears C Street House In Rent Probe
The Office of Congressional Ethics has sent letters to several residents of the C Street Christian fellowship house informing them that there is no “probable cause” to believe legislators are getting improper gifts in the form of below-market rent, Roll Call reports.



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The Tattlesnake – Hayward Ho, Joe Blows It, Michele’s Glow Dims and All That Glitters Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Hayward Ho, Joe Blows It, Michele’s Glow Dims and All That Glitters Edition
– Why Ask Me? Thanks to Tony Hayward’s appearance before Congress, we now know the qualifications for a CEO of British Petroleum apparently are to be completely uninformed about your business and the details of the greatest man-made oil disaster in US history that your company caused. For maintaining this extraordinary level of blissful ignorance, […]


Owe Money? Be Careful, or You Might End Up in Jail

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Owe Money? Be Careful, or You Might End Up in Jail
Owing money is not a criminal offense in the USA. But big business has found a way to end-run this process.

Owing money is not a criminal offense in the USA. But big business has found a way to end-run this process.

Sorry, Trillions in Unmined Mineral Wealth Is Not a Reason to Keep Occupying Afghanistan
Our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Why Fearmongering About a White Minority in America Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong
Those obsessed with Northern European "racial purity" will be in the minority, but they already are.

Those obsessed with Northern European "racial purity" will be in the minority, but they already are.

Do You Care Whether the Religious Ideas You Believe in Are True or Not?
Here’s what I’d like to say to people who are less interested in what’s really true about the universe than they are about their personal interpretation of it.

Here's what I'd like to say to people who are less interested in what's really true about the universe than they are about their personal interpretation of it.


Bigness Debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Bigness Debate
The spectacle of Rep. Joe Barton, Texas Corporate Bag Man (not just the oil companies, but AT&T as well) furiously backpedaling from his accusation that the White House pressure on BP to put $20 billion in escrow for Gulf repair…


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Obama as Frequent Flier and Language-Changer in Alter’s New book
This post is part of TPM’s book club discussion of Jonathan Alter’s new book, The Promise.Hi Jonathan,The Promise is a thorough book with many topics that are probably familiar (and interesting) to TPM readers. I want to hone in…


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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Mandanna! Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Mandanna! Edition

The latest LiberalOasis Radio Show podcast is up, with Traci Olsen and myself discussing the repeated Senate filibusters of the latest jobs bill and the impact of the Oval Office address on a possible Senate energy bill. Plus, Tom Papparlardo and Shawn Reynolds preview the hot new TV cop show: Mandanna!

You can download the podcast at these links: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).