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Late Late Night FDL: The Lonely Goatherd

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 5:23 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: The Lonely Goatherd
Julie Andrews on The Muppet Show singing The Lonely Goatherd.

Julie Andrews on The Muppet Show singing The Lonely Goatherd.

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Joyful Noises and Joyless Measures in New Orleans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 5:22 am by HL

Joyful Noises and Joyless Measures in New Orleans
David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” picks up on a theme that courses through the show: the longstanding tension between the city’s culture bearers and its powers that be. That tension has ratcheted up, or at least has grown more pointed, since 2005.

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David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” picks up on a theme that courses through the show: the longstanding tension between the city’s culture bearers and its powers that be. That tension has ratcheted up, or at least has grown more pointed, since 2005.

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Rioters Hit Puerto Rico’s Capital Over Budget Cuts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 5:21 am by HL

Rioters Hit Puerto Rico’s Capital Over Budget Cuts
A police riot over budget cuts broke out in Puerto Rico’s capital Wednesday, with cops wielding batons and firing pepper spray on demonstrators. The demonstrators,…

Kevin Zeese: Declare Your Independence!
Independent Media, Independent Political Movements and Independent Electoral Activity is the Path to the Paradigm Shifting Change America Needs If I had to pick one…

Christine Pelosi: On July 4th, Avoid the Steele Trap: Separate the War from the Warriors
Imagine the impact we could create this 4th of July if we invested the same amount of energy spent snarking at Steele into fighting for the troops, veterans, and military families he slighted.

Hans Johnson: Life, Liberty, and Ending Inequality
Four years ago, Seattle designer Charlene Strong lost her wife of 10 years, Kate Fleming. A world-renowned narrator of audio books, Kate drowned in her…


Van Susteren falsely suggests Obama “cherry-pick[ed]” a “couple of” law enforcement officers who oppose AZ law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 5:20 am by HL

Van Susteren falsely suggests Obama “cherry-pick[ed]” a “couple of” law enforcement officers who oppose AZ law

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren falsely suggested that President Obama is “cherry-picking” law enforcement officers who oppose Arizona’s immigration law “in an effort to be less than candid about the seriousness of the problem.” In fact, major national and state-wide police chiefs associations representing the police departments of a large number of cities have spoken against the law.

Van Susteren: Is Obama “cherry-picking” law enforcement officers who oppose AZ law?

Obama: “Police chiefs and others for law enforcement” say AZ law puts huge pressure on law enforcement, hurts relationship with communities. During his July 1 speech on immigration, Obama stated that the Arizona law is “ill conceived” and that law enforcement officers “will tell you” that it could hurt their efforts to keep communities safe:

Laws like Arizona’s put huge pressures on local law enforcement to enforce rules that ultimately are unenforceable.  It puts pressure on already hard-strapped state and local budgets.  It makes it difficult for people here illegally to report crimes — driving a wedge between communities and law enforcement, making our streets more dangerous and the jobs of our police officers more difficult. 

And you don’t have to take my word for this.  You can speak to the police chiefs and others from law enforcement here today who will tell you the same thing. 

Van Susteren asks if Obama was “cherry-picking” a “couple” of officers who agree with his position on the Arizona law. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer stated of Obama’s remarks: “[E]verybody that I come across in law enforcement, other than a couple of sheriffs in a couple of areas — other than that, you know, the majority of law enforcement support the bill.” Fox News host Greta Van Susteren then asked, “Is he cherry-picking a couple issues or a couple supporters in an effort to be less than candid about the seriousness of the problem, or am I overstating it?”

 From the July 1 edition of Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, he mentioned in his speech today — because we actually — we actually went to the speech because it’s so much different, at least I think, when you actually sit in the room. So we actually went and sat in the room at American University. But he talked about — he said that he had — he had spoken to law enforcement and he has said that SB1070, according to law enforcement he has spoken to or his staff has spoken to — that they are opposed to it, that it’s going to make it more difficult for them to do their jobs. You’re shaking your head no.

BREWER: Law enforcement in the state of Arizona supports Senate bill 1070. We have many organizations and groups of the officers on the ground that understand the problem, need another tool in order to address the problem and support it wholeheartedly. And everybody that I come across in law enforcement, other than a couple of sheriffs in a couple of areas — other than that, you know, the majority of law enforcement support the bill! So that’s just misrepresentation again on behalf of the federal government!

VAN SUSTEREN: Is he cherry-picking a couple issues or a couple supporters in an effort to be less than candid about the seriousness of the problem, or am I overstating it?

BREWER: No, I don’t you’re overstating it. I think he’s picking out a couple of people that maybe might disagree with the issue and how we’re looking at it. But the bottom line is, is that he’s wrong, he’s absolutely wrong, Greta. 

In fact, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association oppose the immigration law

AACOP: Law “will negatively affect the ability of law enforcement agencies … to fulfill their many responsibilities in a timely manner.” From AACOP’s statement on the bill:

The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) remains in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 1070. The provisions of the bill remain problematic and will negatively affect the ability of law enforcement agencies across the state to fulfill their many responsibilities in a timely manner.

While AACOP recognizes immigration as a significant issue in Arizona, we remain strong in our belief that it is an issue most appropriately addressed at the federal level. AACOP strongly urges the U. S. Congress to immediately initiate the necessary steps to begin the process of comprehensively addressing the immigration issue to provide solutions that are fair, logical, and equitable. 

According to New America Media, AACOP “represents police departments in more than 80 cities.”

AACOP president reportedly said the law “makes it very difficult for us to police our communities.” ABC News reported on May 26:

“It’s very divisive,” said John W. Harris, president of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and police chief of Sahuarita, Arizona. “It puts Arizona law enforcement right in the middle. You have one side saying that we’re going to do racial profiling. You have another side saying we’re not doing enough… It makes it very difficult for us to police our communities.” 

Major Cities Chiefs Association reportedly reaffirmed policy that “immigration enforcement by local police” likely undermines trust.  USA today reported on April 26, 2010: “San Jose Police Chief Robert Davis, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, said the group stands by its 2006 policy that ‘immigration enforcement by local police would likely negatively effect and undermine the level of trust and cooperation between local police and immigrant communities.'” The Major Cities Chiefs Association says it “is the association of the Chiefs of the 56 largest municipal police departments in the United States.


Brewer Falsely Claimed Immigrants Beheaded People In Arizona (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 5:19 am by HL

Brewer Falsely Claimed Immigrants Beheaded People In Arizona (VIDEO)
There’s no better way to defend your anti-immigration law than to claim illegal immigrants are out in the desert decapitating American citizens.


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Portland Police Chief: ‘Procedural Issues’ With Original Gore Investigation
Portland Police Chief Michael Reese just released a statement on the Al Gore sexual assault allegations saying there were “procedural issues” with the original investigation that merit re-opening the case.


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Arnieville: Cutting CA home care will cost us six times as much

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 5:14 am by HL

Arnieville: Cutting CA home care will cost us six times as much
If you walk or drive down Adeline Street in south Berkeley right now, you will see dozens of disabled people camping out on the median strip in the middle of the street. “We call this place Arnieville,” I was told. That, however, is not breaking news. That story has already been covered on TV. People on […]


Has the American Dream Become Our Nightmare?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Has the American Dream Become Our Nightmare?
The time is ripe for us to rethink some of our deepest beliefs about the way this country should work, and how we should live our lives.

The time is ripe for us to rethink some of our deepest beliefs about the way this country should work, and how we should live our lives.

Study: Women More Interested in Sex as They Get Older
A new study suggests that 27 to 45-year-old women think more about sex and have more sex than women in other age groups.

A new study suggests that 27 to 45-year-old women think more about sex and have more sex than women in other age groups.

Dangerous Brew: Dismiss Extreme Right-Wing Tea Party Ideas at Your Peril
The Tea Party is organized, well-funded and dangerous. Read what you can do about it.

The Tea Party is organized, well-funded and dangerous. Read what you can do about it.

7 Outrageous Examples of Police Spying and Harrassment Toward Peaceful Activists
Law enforcement is using dubious justifications to spy on Americans based on nothing more than people’s political beliefs.

Law enforcement is using dubious justifications to spy on Americans based on nothing more than people's political beliefs.


Deflation, Kleptocracy & Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Deflation, Kleptocracy & Reform
The United States has three DEFCON 5 level crises happening at once. The first is an ecological disaster in the American Gulf region. The second is a foreign policy disaster in the Arabian Gulf region. And the third is an…


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Weigelgate: Jeff Goldberg’s Jealousy
I understand that the Dave Weigel story is pretty much only relevant here in the “village.” I doubt interest in the story even crosses the district line. Nonetheless, it is significant because of what it says about the establishment media….


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Silwan: Raising The Stakes
Friday afternoon, about 500 organizers and supporters of the Sheikh Jarrah movement brought the weekly protest to Silwan, where the Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat recently announced a plan to raze a wide swath of buildings, 22 in all, to build…



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In another effort to repair its image, BP picks up tab for fireworks show in Colorado.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 4:37 am by HL

In another effort to repair its image, BP picks up tab for fireworks show in Colorado.
In struggling to save its brand name from drowning in backlash from the Gulf oil disaster, BP has launched multiple efforts to revamp its image as “part of the community.” Now, the “embattled oil giant” has “stepped forward to pay” for the annual July Fourth fireworks display in Durango, CO. Agreeing to pay for…Read more In struggling to save its brand name from drowning in backlash from the Gulf oil disaster, BP has launched multiple efforts to revamp its image as “part of the community.” Now, the “embattled oil giant” has “stepped forward to pay” for the annual July Fourth fireworks display in Durango, CO. Agreeing to pay for…
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RNC Chair Michael Steele Converts Into Anti-War Protester: Never ‘Engage In A Land War In Afghanistan’
At a fundraiser in Connecticut on yesterday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made some startling declarations about the war in Afghanistan that put him on wrong side of the facts and in opposition with his own party’s position. While chiding Obama for not being a good enough “student of history,” Steele…Read more At a fundraiser in Connecticut on yesterday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made some startling declarations about the war in Afghanistan that put him on wrong side of the facts and in opposition with his own party’s position. While chiding Obama for not being a good enough “student of history,” Steele…
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Tea Party Movement a Growing State of Mind

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Tea Party Movement a Growing State of Mind
Page & Jagoda, USA Today
The “Tea Party” is less a classic political movement than a frustrated state of mind. A year and a half after the idea of a Tea Party burst into view, three of 10 Americans describe themselves in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll as Tea Party supporters — equal to the number who call themselves Republicans — though many of them acknowledge they aren't exactly sure what that allegiance means.”I don't really understand it, but I like what they stand for,” says Terry Rushing, 63, of Greensburg, La., who was among those surveyed. “They just…

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It’s Amateur Hour in the Nation’s Capital
Marty Robins, AOL News
Last week's flap involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal was notable for many things, but what stands out most in my opinion was how it reflects the declining respect that so many Americans have for those in leadership positions.While decorum can be imposed by fiat, it is genuine respect that prompts teams to achieve in all fields, and which must be earned. I'm not going to defend the general, who clearly overstepped his bounds and had to be dismissed to maintain civilian control over the military. But he was (and I am) clearly frustrated with micromanagement of the Afghan…

Obama Needs to Sock It To the GOP
Eric Alterman, The Daily Beast
The market is tanking. Consumer confidence is collapsing, car sales are falling, and now the pumped-up housing market is also losing steam despite mortgage rates hitting their lowest point in five years. Meanwhile, jobless claims are also rising but Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, he of the big pain in the ass on health care, won’t allow his party to extend benefits about to expire. Is it any wonder that, finally, Barack Obama can (finally) be found out on the hustings handing out a little red meat?  Obama complained that his opponents “think that our economy will…