We are the Liberal Blog From Hollywood
L.A.'s Premier Post Facility

L.A.'s Premier Post Facility

Photographer in L.A.

Hot Pics & Gossip.

Archive for June, 2010

The Fix: Six senators to watch in the Kagan hearings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

The Fix: Six senators to watch in the Kagan hearings
1. With a sedate day one of Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation behind us, today is expected to be a bit more lively as the question and answer phase begins.


Elena KaganUnited StatesGovernmentLegislative BranchSenate

Ex-employees raise concerns in film about air safety agencies
A half-dozen former and current federal employees have turned to the big screen to raise concerns with the nation’s airport security.


Air safetyBusinessTechnologyUnited StatesAerospace

Featured Advertiser

As Obama steps up border enforcement, advocates rethink their strategy
When President Obama announced last month that he would ask Congress for $500 million and deploy the National Guard to beef up security on the border with Mexico, several advocacy groups in the region that had campaigned for a different approach were forced to confront a disappointing reality:…


Barack ObamaUnited StatesPresidentLawGovernment

Kagan makes bipartisan appeal in Supreme Court confirmation hearings
Elena Kagan told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that her political outlook is “generally progressive,” but the glimpses she offered into her legal views defied Republican efforts to pigeonhole the type of Supreme Court justice she would be.



Supreme CourtUnited StatesElena KaganGovernmentJudicial Branch


Democrats Quietly Cheer Supreme Court Gun Ruling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Democrats Quietly Cheer Supreme Court Gun Ruling

Politics, Power and Sen. Byrd
William Murchison, Dallas Morning News

Why Liberals Think U.S. Health Care is Inferior
Dennis Prager, Townhall
If you believe that Americans have lousy health care, it is probably not because you have experienced inferior heath care. It is probably because you were told America has lousy health care.Last week, major news media featured these headlines: Receive news alertsReuters: “U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study”Los Angeles Times: “U.S. is No. 1 in a key area of healthcare. Guess which one …”NPR: “US Spends The Most On Health Care, Yet Gets Least”The Week: “US health care system: Worst in the world?”Now let's delve into this widely…


Straight Cash (or Credit)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Straight Cash (or Credit)
Why does FDL deserve your support?

Fundraising thermometer
There is very little time before FDL’s fundraising deadline, let’s count the ways Firedoglake makes your life better — and you are liberals, so I’m sure you can count past ten.

1. It has a roster full of quality writers and policy experts, though I also write here.

2. We provide you more updates than Java, without having to download them three-times a day, every day.

3. The people associated with this blog actually get things done, it’s more than just good writing, it’s good works, have I mentioned I also write here? It’s all about balance people.

4. We’ve generally opposed every American military intervention and/or occupation – and have been right every time. I’ll single-handedly protect Ghana, if need be.

5. We wish we could spend a billion dollars on each and every one of you if we could (remember that when you donate it’s the thought that counts – in our case at least).

6. We make all karmic wishes for Internet Race-baiters and War-mongerers public.

7. We’ve never been hired by Fred Hiatt.

8. We’ve made Glenn Beck cry, but then again who hasn’t?

9. We don’t believe in the “Internet Kill-Switch”, but defend your right to the “Internet Junk Shot”.

10. All of those times you cheated on your saving-throw in college – you and your 8th level bard’s secrets are safe with us – (although see No. 5 – we saw what you did Jonah Goldberg and that mind-flayer got your druid).

11. We’ve never asked you to go cruising, unlike Fred Barnes and Bill Kristol.

12. We are aware of all 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, not just the last part of the Second one. Not to paint too dark a picture, but if we fall short on donations, it might be just Third Amendment posts.

13. This pledge drive involves no Gallic singing, or dancing – and we only promise a coffee mug or tote bag in your own mind.

Please help us meet our goal of $50,000 by Wednesday night to support Firedoglake and the people who make it all happen. Donate $20, $35, or whatever you can afford. Thanks

Early Morning Swim: Chris Hayes and Dean Baker Discuss Paul Krugman’s Depression Warning
But…but…Greece!

The Shrill One, yesterday.

We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense.

And this third depression will be primarily a failure of policy. Around the world — most recently at last weekend’s deeply discouraging G-20 meeting — governments are obsessing about inflation when the real threat is deflation, preaching the need for belt-tightening when the real problem is inadequate spending.

But…but…Greece!

Don’t forget to donate to Firedoglake today.


Truthdig Wins Big at L.A. Press Club Awards

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Truthdig Wins Big at L.A. Press Club Awards
We’re pleased to announce that Truthdig won four first-place honors, more than any other website, in the Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. The honors follow on the heels of our Webby award for the world’s Best Political Blog of 2009, which we picked up in New York two weeks ago, and we’re deeply grateful for the recognition. The glittery event at the Biltmore Hotel featured comments by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and special honors to CNN’s Anderson Cooper (presented by Sean Penn) and NPR’s Anne Garrels. Print, online and broadcast journalists were honored for excellence in work produced in 2009.  Truthdig’s awards went to political reporter Bill Boyarsky, a former metro editor and longtime political writer for the Los Angeles Times, who was named Online Journalist of the Year; columnist Chris Hedges, a former Mideast bureau chief for The New York Times, for best Online Column/Commentary/Criticism (click here to read his winning column, “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”), and Mark Heisler, Los Angeles Times sports writer and Truthdig contributor, for best Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary, for his Truthdig commentary about the media’s coverage of the Tiger Woods scandal. Truthdig also won an award for Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet (Budget Over $10,000). Los Angeles Press Club President Will Lewis after the program told Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and Publisher Zuade Kaufman that, in a sign of the times, the online categories were the most heavily contested of all. This was the 52nd awards program for the club, which was started shortly after 1900, long before the Internet would become a figment of Al Gore’s imagination. Following are the Truthdig awards and some comments made by presenters in announcing them: ONLINE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Bill Boyarsky (Bill won the Journalist of the Year award for print as an L.A. Times staff member in the mid-’90s, when there was no online category.) Michael Linder (KABC Talk Radio journalist): “Next up, Online Journalist of the Year. You’re probably thinking somebody under 30? A real hip techno-baby, right? You’d be way wrong.” Pat Harvey (KCAL TV anchor): “You know him well. A seasoned journalist, an admired man, former city editor of the L.A. Times. The award goes to Bill Boyarsky of Truthdig. Score one for the way-cool dinosaurs! ONLINE COLUMN/COMMENTARY/CRITICISM: Chris Hedges: “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists” Harvey: “Turning to a big name in Online commentary, the judges went beyond the local, to an expert on the Middle East.” Linder: “The winner is Christopher Hedges from Truthdig.com, whom they called ‘a brilliant and insightful intellectual.’ ” ONLINE SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY: Mark Heisler: “It’s Not About Tiger Woods, It’s About Us.” Ana Garcia (NBC4 reporter/anchor): “The judges loved the way Mark Heisler of Truthdig—a big winner here tonight—delved into ‘society’s role as a whole’ during the dramatic crashing and burning of Tiger Woods.” (Mark’s commentary was a journalistic introspection about the coverage of the celebrity golfer.) WEBSITE, EXCLUSIVE TO THE INTERNET (Budget Over 10K): Truthdig Stana Katic (star of ABC TV’s “Castle”): “We’ve seen four or five shining stars emerge here tonight, including this scrappy website that’s been chosen by the judges as the best site operating on a budget of more than $10,000.” George Pennacchio (ABC7 entertainment reporter): “Congratulations to Truthdig! The judges loved your strong and decisive viewpoints.”

Truthdig and LA Press Club

We’re pleased to announce that Truthdig won four first-place honors, more than any other website, in the Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. The honors follow on the heels of our Webby award for the world’s Best Political Blog of 2009, which we picked up in New York two weeks ago, and we’re deeply grateful for the recognition.

The glittery event at the Biltmore Hotel featured comments by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and special honors to CNN’s Anderson Cooper (presented by Sean Penn) and NPR’s Anne Garrels. Print, online and broadcast journalists were honored for excellence in work produced in 2009.?

Truthdig’s awards went to political reporter Bill Boyarsky, a former metro editor and longtime political writer for the Los Angeles Times, who was named Online Journalist of the Year; columnist Chris Hedges, a former Mideast bureau chief for The New York Times, for best Online Column/Commentary/Criticism (click here to read his winning column, “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”), and Mark Heisler, Los Angeles Times sports writer and Truthdig contributor, for best Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary, for his Truthdig commentary about the media’s coverage of the Tiger Woods scandal. Truthdig also won an award for Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet (Budget Over $10,000).

Los Angeles Press Club President Will Lewis after the program told Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and Publisher Zuade Kaufman that, in a sign of the times, the online categories were the most heavily contested of all. This was the 52nd awards program for the club, which was started shortly after 1900, long before the Internet would become a figment of Al Gore’s imagination.

Following are the Truthdig awards and some comments made by presenters in announcing them:

ONLINE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Bill Boyarsky
(Bill won the Journalist of the Year award for print as an L.A. Times staff member in the mid-’90s, when there was no online category.)

Michael Linder (KABC Talk Radio journalist):
“Next up, Online Journalist of the Year. You’re probably thinking somebody under 30? A real hip techno-baby, right? You’d be way wrong.”

Pat Harvey (KCAL TV anchor):
“You know him well. A seasoned journalist, an admired man, former city editor of the L.A. Times. The award goes to Bill Boyarsky of Truthdig. Score one for the way-cool dinosaurs!

ONLINE COLUMN/COMMENTARY/CRITICISM: Chris Hedges: “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”

Harvey:
“Turning to a big name in Online commentary, the judges went beyond the local, to an expert on the Middle East.”

Linder:
“The winner is Christopher Hedges from Truthdig.com, whom they called ‘a brilliant and insightful intellectual.’?”

ONLINE SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY: Mark Heisler: “It’s Not About Tiger Woods, It’s About Us.”

Ana Garcia (NBC4 reporter/anchor):
“The judges loved the way Mark Heisler of Truthdig—a big winner here tonight—delved into ‘society’s role as a whole’ during the dramatic crashing and burning of Tiger Woods.” (Mark’s commentary was a journalistic introspection about the coverage of the celebrity golfer.)

WEBSITE, EXCLUSIVE TO THE INTERNET (Budget Over 10K): Truthdig

Stana Katic (star of ABC TV’s “Castle”):
“We’ve seen four or five shining stars emerge here tonight, including this scrappy website that’s been chosen by the judges as the best site operating on a budget of more than $10,000.”

George Pennacchio (ABC7 entertainment reporter):
“Congratulations to Truthdig! The judges loved your strong and decisive viewpoints.”

Related Entries


Toy Story 4

By Mike Luckovich

Related Entries



Chris Weigant: Supreme Court Helps Out Kagan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Chris Weigant: Supreme Court Helps Out Kagan
The Supreme Court has yanked the rug out from under the argument that Kagan shouldn’t have had the option to bar military recruiters from campus while dean of Harvard law school. Today’s ruling affirms that right for universities.

Thurgood Marshall On Trial: Republican Senators Use Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court Hearing To Trash Her Mentor (VIDEO)
Republican senators sound increasingly unlikely to try and block Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, owing perhaps in part to public apathy, but in…

Without Byrd, Senate Financial Reform Vote In Doubt
WASHINGTON — A sweeping overhaul of financial regulations faced new obstacles in the Senate on Monday – the loss of one and potentially more crucial…


On first day of hearing, ?Special Report? pushes Kagan myths

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

On first day of hearing, ?Special Report? pushes Kagan myths

Fox News’ Special Report used the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing to push several myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan.

MYTH: Kagan supported a “ban on campus military recruitment” at Harvard Law

CLAIM: Kagan supported a “controversial wartime ban on campus military recruitment.” During a recap of the first day of Kagan’s confirmation hearings, Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron claimed that “as dean of the Harvard Law School, she made headlines” for “supporting a controversial wartime ban on campus military recruitment.”

FACT: Harvard students had access to military recruiters during Kagan’s entire tenure as dean. Throughout Kagan’s tenure as dean, Harvard law students had access to military recruiters — either through Harvard’s Office of Career Services or through the Harvard Law School Veterans Association. Kagan became dean of Harvard Law in June 2003. In accordance with Harvard’s pre-existing nondiscrimination policy, she barred the school’s Office of Career Services (OCS) from working with military recruiters for the spring 2005 semester after the U.S Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that law schools could legally do so. During that one semester, students still had access to military recruiters via the Harvard Law School Veterans Association. During the fall 2005 semester, after the Bush administration threatened to revoke Harvard’s federal funding, Kagan once again granted military recruiters access to OCS.

FACT: Military recruitment continued throughout Kagan’s tenure at Harvard. The notion that military recruitment was banned during Kagan’s tenure is contradicted by data Media Matters obtained from Harvard Law School’s public information officer, which indicated that graduates entered the military during each year Kagan served as dean. Moreover, the prohibition on Harvard Law’s OCS working with military recruiters existed only during the spring 2005 semester, meaning that it could only have affected the classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007. However, the number of graduates from each of those classes who entered the military was equal to or greater than the number who entered the military from any of Harvard’s previous five classes.

FACT: Former Harvard Law School Dean said “[T]he practical effect on recruiting logistics was minimal.” In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Harvard Law School Dean Robert Clark wrote (emphasis added):

As dean, Ms. Kagan basically followed a strategy toward military recruiting that was already in place. Here, some background may be helpful: Since 1979, the law school has had a policy requiring all employers who wish to use the assistance of the School’s Office of Career Services (OCS) to schedule interviews and recruit students to sign a statement that they do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, and so on.

For years, the U.S. military, because of its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, was not able to sign such a statement and so did not use OCS. It did, however, regularly recruit on campus because it was invited to do so by an official student organization, the Harvard Law School Veterans Association.

The symbolic effect of this special treatment of military recruiters was important, but the practical effect on recruiting logistics was minimal.

[…]

In November 2004, however, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Solomon Amendment infringed improperly on law schools’ First Amendment freedoms. So Ms. Kagan returned the school to its pre-2002 practice of not allowing the military to use OCS, but allowing them to recruit via the student group.

Yet this reversion only lasted a semester because the Department of Defense again threatened to cut off federal funding to all of Harvard, and because the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit’s decision. Once again, military recruiters were allowed to use OCS, even as the dean and most of the faculty and student body voiced opposition to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

MYTH: Kagan lacks “courtroom experience”

CLAIM: “We don’t have a lot of specifics about Kagan because of her lack of courtroom experience.” Host Bret Baier advanced the false claim that Kagan does not have courtroom experience by introducing a segment on Kagan by stating, “While we don’t have a lot of specifics about Kagan because of her lack of courtroom experience, there are some signals of what kind of justice she might be.”

FACT: Kagan worked for two years in private practice as an associate at Williams & Connolly. Kagan worked in private practice as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Williams & Connolly from 1989 to 1991. Kagan litigated cases during her time at Williams & Connolly. 

FACT: Kagan has had six oral arguments before the Supreme Court as solicitor general. As she wrote in her Judiciary Committee questionnaire, Kagan has argued before the Supreme Court six times as solicitor general.

FACT: Kagan has signed over 170 briefs as solicitor general. Kagan has also filed more than 170 briefs as solicitor general.

FACT: Kagan’s legal experience is comparable to that of Rehnquist, Thomas, and Roberts at the time of their nominations. Kagan has 23 years of legal experience (after law school). Rehnquist had 20 years of legal experience at the time of his nomination. Thomas had 17 years of legal experience at the time of his nomination. Roberts had 26 years of legal experience at the time of his nomination. None had served more than two years as a judge.

(See here for the biographical information used to compile this chart.)

MYTH: Kagan’s praise of Israeli Supreme Court Justice Barak is troubling

CLAIM: Kagan’s “judicial hero” Justice Barak is “way out of the American mainstream,” calling her own beliefs into question. Baier introduced a segment profiling retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak by stating, “not that much is known about Kagan, but we might gain some insight by looking at someone she admires.” The segment went on to forward the claims of Robert Bork and other conservatives that they are “concerned” that Kagan called Barak her “judicial hero” because some of Barak’s views are supposedly “way out of the American mainstream.” Additionally, on Special Report‘s All-Star Panel, Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes claimed that Kagan is “a liberal activist who likes that type of judge — you know, her favorite judge is that Israeli judge who thinks that judges should rule not on the rule of law but on whatever is their concept of justice.”

REALITY: Kagan is not alone in praising Barak — prominent conservatives have praised him as well. Kagan’s praise for Barak is hardly evidence that she is outside the mainstream. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reportedly sang Barak’s praises while presenting him an award. And former Reagan administration Solicitor General Charles Fried called Barak “superhuman.”


Blago Trial Update: Rahm’s ‘B.S.’ List Of Potential Senate Appointees

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Blago Trial Update: Rahm’s ‘B.S.’ List Of Potential Senate Appointees
The corruption trial against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has been chugging along, with the highlight this week being testimony from Blago’s former chief of staff about Rahm Emanuel and President Obama’s Senate seat.



Rahm EmanuelBarack ObamaRod BlagojevichIllinoisUnited States Senate

The Gore Allegations: What You Need To Know
You’ve no doubt heard by now about the sexual assault allegations made against Al Gore by a Portland, Oregon massage therapist stemming from a 2006 incident. It’s a complicated case, and we’ve now read the 73-page police report so you don’t have to.


algoreMassageVice President of the United StatesUnited StatesPortland Oregon


Americans Love Corpo-Cola to Death

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Americans Love Corpo-Cola to Death
Listed in the fake ad are the 20 largest corporations by revenue in 2010, according to Fortune magazine and CNN Money. The real Coca-Cola ranks at 72, Wall Street bad boys Goldman Sachs Group peg in at 39, and BP has dropped off the top 100 list entirely; it was consistently in the top 20 […]


Strickland Holds Lead in Ohio

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Strickland Holds Lead in Ohio
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds Gov. Ted Strickland (D) leading challenger John Kasich (R) by five points, 43% to 38%, essentially unchanged from similar polls in March and April.

Siad pollster Peter Brown: “Kasich still has four months until Election Day and Strickland’s other numbers show his potential vulnerability, but at this point the Governor remains ahead despite the anti-incumbency wave sweeping the country. The good news for Strickland is that he is ahead. Nevertheless, when an incumbent governor is getting less than 45 percent of the vote four months out, it should make him concerned/”

What Job Hunters Can Learn from the Campaign Trail
Political Job Hunt: “Politicians are the ultimate job hunters. They are continually seeking a job — often, their same job, unless they’re tossed out of that one by the voters and then they’re looking for another one… What can ordinary job hunters, who don’t need to be re-elected but must campaign for a position, nonetheless, learn from the campaign trail?”


50 Members of Congress Warn State Department Against Rubberstamping 2,000-Mile Oil Sands Pipeline

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

50 Members of Congress Warn State Department Against Rubberstamping 2,000-Mile Oil Sands Pipeline
A proposed massive pipeline that would carry Canadian tar sands oil 2,000 miles, from northern Alberta to refineries in Texas, may be our next major catastrophe.

A proposed massive pipeline that would carry Canadian tar sands oil 2,000 miles, from northern Alberta to refineries in Texas, may be our next major catastrophe.