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Late Late Night FDL: Birdland

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Birdland
Weather ReportBirdland, from the Stadthalle Offenbach Concert, 1978.

Weather ReportBirdland, from the Stadthalle Offenbach Concert, 1978.

What’s on your mind?

h/t mary mcc for the video

Les Cage aux for cryin’ out loud!
More of what passes for wit & wisdom from Mike Huckabee

The other day I wrote about the awesome wisdom of one Mike Huckabee – especially in regard to whether gay couples should adopt — for which his answer was “No” because children are not puppies.

Don’t say Mike Huckabee never taught you anything.

Well, okay, go ahead.

But still, the right-reverend Yo-Yo Diet was not finished with us yet — he had more special knowledge to distribute.

Gay sex, is, icky sex.

As opposed to completely non-icky sex like between these two:

Mike Huckabee and Wife Janet via Dr. Akmodi at Flickr

But you see, we “misunderstand” the man, for he is familiar with “gay lingo” and proclaims:

“My use of the phrase ‘ick factor’ was as the established notion from within the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (GLBT) community. It was not an indication of personal aversion, but rather a reference to an established phrase used mostly from same-sex marriage advocates and militants – not one I created,” he wrote.

Except, of course, it is no such thing. But notable about the modern Republican Party, there’s always someone worse:

Texas GOP Official Platform Calls for Imprisonment of Homosexuals and Supportive Heterosexuals


McChrystal Meets with the Boss

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

McChrystal Meets with the Boss

By Mike Luckovich

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Geoffrey Dunn: Will Palin Be Hit with Another Abuse of Power Finding in Alaska?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Geoffrey Dunn: Will Palin Be Hit with Another Abuse of Power Finding in Alaska?
Sarah Palin’s erstwhile attorney Thomas Van Flein issued another of his bizarre missives on Palin’s Facebook page yesterday in what appeared to be a strange…

BP Based Spill Plans On Outdated Government Models
BP PLC and other big oil companies based their plans for responding to a big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on U.S. government…

James Love: US tries to block progress on treaty for blind and other disabilities
Today a UN body is trying to reach an agreement on work on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The…

William Bradley: McChrystal: Right Man, Wrong Mission
When President Barack Obama picked Stanley McChrystal to be his general in Afghanistan, I thought he might have picked the right man for the right…


Hannity deceptively edited Obama to falsely accuse him of “attacking General Petraeus”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Hannity deceptively edited Obama to falsely accuse him of “attacking General Petraeus”

Sean Hannity deceptively edited comments President Obama made during a 2007 Senate hearing to falsely accuse Obama of “attacking General [David] Petraeus.” In fact, in comments cropped out of the video, Obama made clear his criticism was directed at President Bush and was “not a criticism” of Petraeus.

Hannity deceptively crops Obama’s comments to portray them as “attacking General Petraeus”

Hannity: “Here is Barack Obama attacking General Petraeus.” On his Fox News show, Hannity discussed Obama’s decision to nominate Petraeus to be commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and said, “Here is Barack Obama attacking General Petraeus.” Hannity then played deceptively edited video of Obama’s questioning of Petraeus during 2007 Senate testimony. From the June 23 edition of Hannity:

HANNITY: We have a tape, Coulter, you have not seen this tape. I was telling you about it before the interview. General Petraeus is going to take over. General Petraeus was successful in Iraq. Barack Obama opposed it. Joe Biden attacked it. OK? Here is Barack Obama attacking General Petraeus.

OBAMA : We have now set the bar so low that modest improvement in what was a completely chaotic situation, to the point where now we just have the levels of intolerable violence that existed in June of 2006, is considered success. And it’s not. … We are now confronted with the question: How do we clean up the mess and make the best out of a situation in which there are no good options? There are bad options and worse options. … I think the surge has had some impact, as I suggested. I would hope it would, given the sacrifices and loss that have been made. I would argue that the impact has been relatively modest, given the investment. … How long will this take? And at what point do we say enough?

HANNITY: He actually used the term at one point in this, “disastrous.” He said “no good option” — this is after the surge has been successful. Bad or worse in terms of the options available. And at best, moderate impact. [Hannity, 6/23/10]

Obama made clear the very comments Hannity aired were directed at President Bush and were “not a criticism” of Petraeus

Obama to Petraeus and Crocker: “And this is not a criticism of either of you gentlemen. This is a criticism of this president [Bush].” During the Senate hearing Hannity deceptively edited, Obama explicitly said that the very comments Hannity characterized as “attacking General Petraeus” were “not a criticism of either” Petraeus or Adm. Ryan Crocker, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Obama made clear that his criticism was directed at the Bush administration.

From the September 11, 2007, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing [accessed via Nexis]:

OBAMA: And so I think that some of the frustration you hear from some of the questioners is that we have now set the bar so low that modest improvement in what was a completely chaotic situation, to the point where now we just have the levels of intolerable violence that existed in June of 2006, is considered success. And it’s not. This continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake.

And we are now confronted with the question, how do we clean up the mess and make the best out of a situation in which there are no good options? There are bad options and worse options. And this is not a criticism of either of you gentlemen. This is a criticism of this president and the administration, which has set a mission for the military and for our diplomatic forces that is extraordinarily difficult now to achieve.

And there has been no acknowledgement of that on the part of this administration, so that we have the president in Australia suggesting somehow that we are, as was stated before, kicking A-S-S. How can that — how can we have a president making that assessment? And it makes it very difficult then for those of us who would like to join with you in a bipartisan way to figure out how to best move forward to extricate this from the day-to-day politics that infects Washington. So I just wanted to get that on the record.

Final stipulation: I think the surge has had some impact, as I’ve suggested. I would hope it would, given the sacrifices and loss that have been made. I would argue that the impact has been relatively modest, given the investment. And I have to say that based on my (sic) testimony, it is not clear to me that the primary success that you’ve shown, in Anbar, has anything to do with the surge. You said in this testimony that it’s political, the reason for the success in Anbar, not because of an increase in troop strength. We have maybe seen some modest decline in sectarian violence inside Baghdad as a consequence of our troop patrols. That’s been purchased at the cost of increased U.S. casualties and is unsustainable.

What we haven’t seen is a significant disarming of the Shi’a militias. I’ve — again, during your testimony, you’ve told us that, essentially, the Shi’as decided even before we got there to stand — to get on one knee and to wait it out.

We haven’t seen, most importantly, any significant improvement in terms of the central government’s performance. It continues to be ineffectual, and we have not seen national reconciliation of the sort that was promised prior to the surge.


Fundraising Group Led By GOP All-Stars Falling Short Of Goals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Fundraising Group Led By GOP All-Stars Falling Short Of Goals
American Crossroads, formed by some of the GOP’s biggest names with the aim of helping the party win the 2010 midterms, launched a few months ago with an ambitious $52 million fundraising goal. So how much did the group pull in in May? A whopping $200.



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Colbert Tackles Rand Paul’s Rogue Ophthalmology Outfit (VIDEO)
Stephen Colbert has established his own “USA Board of Ophthalmologist Freedom” to compete with the major existing certifying board, the American Board of Ophthalmology, and the one based at Rand Paul’s Kentucky home, the National Board of Ophthalmology.


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Cap’n Wells Introduces BP’s New Careers in the Gulf

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Cap’n Wells Introduces BP’s New Careers in the Gulf


Corbett Ahead in Pennsylvania

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Corbett Ahead in Pennsylvania
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Pennsylvania finds Tom Corbett (R) leading Dan Onorato (D) in the race for governor, 45% to 35%.

“One thing that can’t be doing Onorato’s prospects any favors is the high level of unpopularity of outgoing Governor Ed Rendell. He has just a 35% approval rating with 53% of voters disapproving of him. It’s no surprise that voters are reluctant to elect another Democratic Governor when they feel so negatively toward the one already in office.”

Confidence Waning in Obama
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Americans “are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Obama’s leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House.”

Key finding: “62% feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election. Just one-third think the economy will get better over the next year, a 7-point drop from a month ago and the low point of Mr. Obama’s tenure.”


Why Sarah Palin Will Never Lead the Religious Right

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Why Sarah Palin Will Never Lead the Religious Right
Despite her claim to a conservative form of feminism, Sarah Palin will never lead the religious right for one simple reason: She’s a woman.

Despite her claim to a conservative form of feminism, Sarah Palin will never lead the religious right for one simple reason: She's a woman.

Hello America: It Matters Which Women We Elect to Office
As we push to get more women elected, we need to make sure they care about the right issues.

As we push to get more women elected, we need to make sure they care about the right issues.

Why the BP Disaster Threatens to Expose Fox News’ Insanity to Its Right-Wing Audience
"I’m wondering if Fox News isn’t pressing up very closely to its tipping point; to the moment where Fox News reveals how certifiably insane it is by rushing to BP’s defense."

"I'm wondering if Fox News isn't pressing up very closely to its tipping point; to the moment where Fox News reveals how certifiably insane it is by rushing to BP's defense."

After the McChrystal Affair, Let’s Talk About the 5 Basic Reasons the US Doesn’t Need to Be in Afghanistan
The tabloid drama between the White House and McChrystal should give way to some sober assessments about Afghanistan.

The tabloid drama between the White House and McChrystal should give way to some sober assessments about Afghanistan.


Conservatives Saw McChrystal’s Folly; Some Neo-cons Didn’t

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Conservatives Saw McChrystal’s Folly; Some Neo-cons Didn’t
My father learned about Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s kind of contempt for the suits in Washington on the night of April 12, 1945, when he awakened his commanding officer with the news that Franklin D. Roosevelt was dead. As the bulletin…



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Farmer who put up sign claiming Democrats are ?party of parasites? has taken $1 million in farm subsidies.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 24th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Farmer who put up sign claiming Democrats are ?party of parasites? has taken $1 million in farm subsidies.
Missouri farmer David Jungerman has raised the hackles of local residents with a politically-charged sign he’s placed on his “45-foot-long, semi-truck box trailer” on his farm. The trailer reads: “Are you a Producer or Parasite Democrats – Party of the Parasites.” Now, the Kansas City Star reveals that Jungerman has been the recipient of […]

jungerman Missouri farmer David Jungerman has raised the hackles of local residents with a politically-charged sign he’s placed on his “45-foot-long, semi-truck box trailer” on his farm. The trailer reads: “Are you a Producer or Parasite Democrats – Party of the Parasites.” Now, the Kansas City Star reveals that Jungerman has been the recipient of over a million dollars of federal farm subsidies since 1995:

The Raytown farmer who posted a sign on a semi-truck trailer accusing Democrats of being the “Party of Parasites” received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995. […]

After a story about Jungerman’s trailer ran in Sunday’s Star, however, some readers called him a hypocrite for criticizing others for getting government help while taking government subsidies paid for by taxpayers.

Jungerman said he put up the sign to protest people who pay no taxes, but, “Always have their hand out for whatever the government will give them” in social programs.

Trying to defend himself, Jungerman told the press, “That’s just my money coming back to me. I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.” He also said that the sign is aimed at national Democrats, not local Democrats, many of whom are “are old-fashioned Harry Truman Democrats,” who Jungerman says are “more conservative than many Republicans.” For the record, Harry Truman campaigned on establishing a single-payer health care system and famously vetoed tax cuts, making him much more progressive than many of today’s Democrats.

Flashback: Rand Paul said that if he were a governor hit with an ethics scandal, he’d just pardon himself.
In 2006, Ernie Fletcher was the Republican, scandal-plagued governor of Kentucky, fighting off charges that he concocted a “a scheme to illegally award state jobs to political supporters.” After a two-year probe by the state attorney general into his hiring practices, Flether was indicted by a “special state grand jury on three counts of criminal […]

In 2006, Ernie Fletcher was the Republican, scandal-plagued governor of Kentucky, fighting off charges that he concocted a “a scheme to illegally award state jobs to political supporters.” After a two-year probe by the state attorney general into his hiring practices, Flether was indicted by a “special state grand jury on three counts of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.” Fletcher later signed an agreement with the attorney general conceding that there was “wrongdoing by his administration” in exchange for dropping all charges. But in August 2006, Rand Paul — now the GOP Senate candidate — penned an op-ed in the Kentucky Post offering a different solution. Paul said that if he were Fletcher, he’d simply pardon himself:

rand_paulNow to give Fletcher a break, we have to acknowledge that having a bulldog attorney general who is a wannabe Democrat contender for the governorship has driven this nightmare. If you had a Republican attorney general, there would be no indictments and no case. Food for thought for Republicans: Apparently you can’t govern peacefully unless you win the governorship and the attorney general’s office.

Which gets me back to my daydream. What would I do if I were governor?

First, I’d have pardoned myself and everyone included nearly a year ago. Without a pardon the case goes on and on. Fletcher has gotten no kudos whatsoever for not pardoning himself.

Richard Beliles, chairman of the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause of Kentucky, said Wednesday that Paul’s pro-pardon stance would have been “good for an emperor, but it’s hardly good for a public servant. … If that’s what he really thinks, he doesn’t understand the concept of a public servant.”