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Late Late Night FDL: Patriotic Popeye

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

Late Late Night FDL: Patriotic Popeye
Patriotic Popeye starring Popeye The Sailor. This Paramount Pictures cartoon was released on May 10, 1957.

Patriotic Popeye starring Popeye The Sailor.  This Paramount Pictures cartoon was released on May 10, 1957.

Directed by Izzy Sparber.  Story by Carl Meyer.  Scenics by Robert Owen.  Animation by Frank Endres and Thomas Johnson.  Voices by Jack Mercer (Popeye).  Original Music by Winston Sharples.

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Sunday Talking Heads: July 4, 2010
The three amigos!  Lieberman, Graham and McCain from Afghanistan.  One interesting addition This Week is Univision’s Jorge Ramos, of course that means the ABC roundtable’s discussing Obama’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform speech.  I hope in the future Ramos isn’t limited to that particular topic.  Always a treat to see new a face on the circuit. A huge […]

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The three amigos!  Lieberman, Graham and McCain from Afghanistan.  One interesting addition This Week is Univision’s Jorge Ramos, of course that means the ABC roundtable’s discussing Obama’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform speech.  I hope in the future Ramos isn’t limited to that particular topic.  Always a treat to see new a face on the circuit.

A huge thanks to everyone for supporting the FDL fund drive, we couldn’t do all this without you.  Fireworks for all tonight!

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy Magazine, Managing Editor. 8:30am – Paul Harrison, Environmental Defense Fund, Senior Director. 9:15am – Peter Decoursey, Capitolwire.com, Bureau Chief & Columnist.

ABC’s This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in Afghanistan. Roundtable: Paul Krugman, Dan Senor, Al Hunt, Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Cynthia Tucker.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Peter Baker, New York Times; Jan Crawford; Anne Kornblut.

Chris Matthews:Dan Rather HDNet, Gloria Borger CNN, Katty Kay BBC,John Harris Politico. Topics: How New Media Have Radically Changed Politics. Why Washington Politicians Hate the New Media.

CNN’s State of the Union: Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Said Tayeb Jawad. Followed by Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Niall Ferguson v Paul Krugman.  Then, the billion dollar price tag for each Al-Qaeda member.  Closes with new American heroes.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in Afghanistan.  Followed by Kenneth Feinberg, Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility with Major Garrett.  Then Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on energy policy, immigration and financial reform.  Fox News AllStars; Bill Kristol, Nina Easton, Stephen Hayes, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Preempted by Wimbledon.

Newsmakers: Energy Committee Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) said “the Senate has got to pass something…before the August break.” Appearing on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, he also stressed the ways the bill would respond to the oil spill in the Gulf and increase efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Q & A: Pulitzer Prize winner R. Jeffrey Smith of The Washington Post. In his current position on the Post’s investigative team, he has written articles about personal and leadership political action committees and their influence on Congress.  Prior to working at the Post, he wrote for Science Magazine.

Religion & Ethics: Supreme Court Update –  A closely divided court rules against a campus Christian group.  Post Apartheid South Africa – Desmond Tutu ponders present troubles and future possibilities. A Poet on the Psalms – Pamela Greenberg has newly translated the ancient psalms. Anecdotes of the Spirit – Some see the divine in Mark Rothko’s art.  Others see the absence.

60 Minutes: The Great Migration – Scott Pelley visits Kenya, the site of the great wildebeest migration, and looks at the threats to this natural spectacle comprised of over a million animals.  The Secret Language of Elephants – Researchers listening to elephant sounds and observing their behavior are compiling an elephant dictionary.  B-Rex – The inspiration for the lead character in the classic film Jurassic Park and reports on how famed dinosaur hunter Jack Horner is shaking up the paleontology world.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Will Elena Kagan be a gender-blind Justice? 2- Women entertainers now more powerful than men; 3-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on unemployment and illegal immigration. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women’s Voice’s Sabrina Schaeffer; Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock; and Former Labor Department Official Karen Czarnecki. Web exclusive: Armed for Abuse. Should convicted domestic violence offenders have the right to own guns?

Univison’s Al Punto: Angelica Salas, Executive Director C.H.I.R.L.A; José Reveles, Mexican Journalist and Author of “El Cartel Incomodo”; and Luis Enrique, Nicaraguan Singer and Composer.

Virtually Speaking: No show today, but RIki Ott and Fishgrease are slated for Thursday.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: “What kind of patriot would con his listeners into donating $450,000 to finance a series of Rally for America events that turned out to be nothing but a personal promotional tour?”  Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance.  Chat with author Alexander Zaitchik, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: The Jesus Guy.  “The Jesus Guy covers the mystical journey of America’s ‘Barefoot Evangelist.’  In a nation that worships money, he’s penniless. In a culture that idolizes celebrities, he’s forsaken his identity. Now, on a spiritual quest even he doesn’t fully understand, his faith  -and your own- will be tested every step of the way.”  Watch the movie online at hulu. Then join in the discussion with director Sean Tracey and host Lisa Derrick, Monday 8pm ET.


Tanker Truck Blast Kills 230 in the Congo

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

Tanker Truck Blast Kills 230 in the Congo
At least 230 people were killed and 190 injured when an oil tanker truck flipped over and blew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The blast was reportedly sparked by a cigarette as local residents attempted to collect oil spilling from the wreck. —JCL CNN: The tanker flipped over Friday afternoon, said [Mende] Omalanga, the country’s minister of communications. It was attempting to overtake a bus in Sange, in South Kivu province, on the country’s eastern border, When oil began to spill from the overturned tanker, local residents attempted to collect the oil. One was smoking a cigarette, causing the tanker to explode, Omalanga said. The largest group of victims had been sitting in a bar near the accident site watching the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Brazil, he said. Read more

At least 230 people were killed and 190 injured when an oil tanker truck flipped over and blew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The blast was reportedly sparked by a cigarette as local residents attempted to collect oil spilling from the wreck. —JCL

CNN:

The tanker flipped over Friday afternoon, said [Mende] Omalanga, the country’s minister of communications. It was attempting to overtake a bus in Sange, in South Kivu province, on the country’s eastern border,

When oil began to spill from the overturned tanker, local residents attempted to collect the oil. One was smoking a cigarette, causing the tanker to explode, Omalanga said.

The largest group of victims had been sitting in a bar near the accident site watching the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Brazil, he said.

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Michael Brenner: The Fourth Estate Indeed!

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

Michael Brenner: The Fourth Estate Indeed!
War is the enemy of democracy. A protracted war is its nemesis. That means not only undermining civil liberties but an erosion of the honest discourse that is the essence of democracy.

Katherine Brown: Afghanistan’s Other Time Warp
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Research 2000 President Has Two Degrees In Recreation

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

Research 2000 President Has Two Degrees In Recreation
As the allegations that polling firm Research 2000 produced bogus or flawed data continue to rock the political world, it’s worth taking a moment to look at the somewhat unorthodox background of the man behind R2K, Del Ali.


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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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FL GOP Sexism Allegations: Party Chair Talked ‘Orgasms’ To Female Fundraiser
Police documents released this week in the Jim Greer alleged fraud case make the Republican Party of Florida out to be a fairly ugly, sexist place to work.



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What If the Right-Wing Media Had Been Around on July 4, 1776?

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

What If the Right-Wing Media Had Been Around on July 4, 1776?


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

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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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Episcopal Bishop slams GOP attacks on Saint Thurgood Marshall.

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

Episcopal Bishop slams GOP attacks on Saint Thurgood Marshall.
This week, Republican senators spent Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings attacking Justice Thurgood Marshall, the legendary advocate behind Brown v. Board of Education who was recently sainted by the Episcopal Church.  Yesterday, the Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Bishop of Washington, responded to these attacks on one of his church’s saints: Not often is […]

thurgood marshallThis week, Republican senators spent Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings attacking Justice Thurgood Marshall, the legendary advocate behind Brown v. Board of Education who was recently sainted by the Episcopal Church.  Yesterday, the Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Bishop of Washington, responded to these attacks on one of his church’s saints:

Not often is a saint of the Episcopal Church attacked in the chambers of the United States Senate, but incredibly, it has happened this week. As we prepare to celebrate our cherished American values of equality and justice on Independence Day, we must also rise to defend Justice Thurgood Marshall, an Episcopalian who embodied those ideals.

Marshall is an Episcopal saint. He was the first African American to become a justice of the United States Supreme Court and was the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case that struck down the institutional racism of segregated public schools. He was also a man of deep religious principles. Last summer, the Episcopal Church voted to include him in our book of saints, called Holy Women, Holy Men. May 17, the day of the Brown vs. Board decision, is his feast.

During his years in Washington, Justice Marshall and his family belonged to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, where his widow, Sissy, is still an active member. On behalf of all Episcopalians in the Diocese of Washington, I extend to her my sympathy for the hurtful remarks made this week about her late husband. Let me assure Mrs. Marshall and all Episcopalians that our church is resolute in our gratitude for and admiration of Justice Marshall’s legacy, and we pray that we may all receive his exceptional grace and courage to speak the truth.

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane D.D.

Bishop of Washington

Of course, General Kagan has not yet been confirmed, so if her opponents act quickly, they “may still have time to make cases against Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Gandhi.”


RNC’s Steele backtracks after Afghan war remarks

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

RNC’s Steele backtracks after Afghan war remarks
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele is trying to quell controversy over his comments that the war in Afghanistan was of “Obama’s choosing” and his suggestion that it may not be winnable, remarks that put him at odds with much of his party.


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President Obama’s nighthawks: Top officials charged with guarding the nation’s safety
Headlights approach on an empty road. A government agent steps out of an armored SUV, carrying a locked, black satchel.



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America’s heartland sees little need for a political insurrection
QUEEN CITY, MO. — It would seem like the wrong kind of year for Roy Blunt to go looking for a promotion.


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For now, government and BP working together to assess oil spill damage
In recent weeks, the Obama administration has sought to distance itself from BP in handling the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — with one notable exception: When it comes to assessing how badly the spill has harmed the gulf, the two sides are working hand in hand.


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America Must Stand for Freedom

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 4th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

America Must Stand for Freedom
Claudia Rosett, Forbes
This weekend, on July 4, Americans celebrate the 234th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Over the burgers and sweet corn, that's always a good day to think about what, exactly, it means to be American. One of the best summaries I've heard lately came during a press teleconference Wednesday with someone who is not yet an American citizen. His native tongue is Arabic, thus the slip of syntax: "I think I became an American when I start to fight for liberty and freedom."The speaker was a Palestinian émigré, Mosab Hassan Yousef, who grew up as the…

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