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Gulf Spill Altering Food Web

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Gulf Spill Altering Food Web
Scientists report early signs that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is altering the marine food web by killing or tainting some creatures and spurring the growth of others more suited to a fouled environment. Near the spill site, researchers have documented a massive die-off of pyrosomes — cucumber-shaped, gelatinous organisms fed on by endangered sea turtles. Along the coast, droplets of oil are being found inside the shells of young crabs that are a mainstay in the diet of fish, turtles and shorebirds. At the base of the food web, tiny organisms that consume oil and gas are proliferating.


Damn the facts, false analogies are what makes us strong!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Damn the facts, false analogies are what makes us strong!
Crime is down in the border areas of Arizona, except of course, where the right-wing is able to execute their policy ideas.

So far from God so slandered on FoxNews, Porfirio Diaz via Psicoloco at Flickr

If there’s one thing the right-wing can do well it’s create a bunch of statements and continually loudly repeat them no matter how false.

Oh, and it always involves people of color. Meet exhibit infinity:

…by and large, crime is down across the board. In Arizona as a whole, it has dropped 12 percent in the past seven years. But in major Maricopa County cities with their own police forces — Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe — the rate has dropped even faster…

But all those illegal immigrants are coming into America like Yosemite Sam and shooting things up to undo what James K. Polk hath wrought making our borders so dangerous and unsecure, Lou Dobbs and various and sundry people have said so…very loudly. And we all know they who yell loudest win all arguments on the merits.

Oh, and hey look an exception that proves the principles being screamed so loudly:

…the more telling number may be the crime statistics for the portion of Maricopa County that is under the purview of controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. According to data compiled by America’s Voice, crime in that area has actually increased 58 percent since 2002.

Those would be the man who has provided much of the policy embodied in Arizona’s draconian immigration law. Clearly we know who will win this one in the court of FoxNews. Whoever is loudest.

Late Late Night FDL: Reason To Try
Danny Flowers, accompanied by Kevin McKendree on piano — Reason To Try.

Danny Flowers, accompanied by Kevin McKendree on piano — Reason To Try.

What’s on your mind?

h/t ThatGuy


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

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Alvin McEwen: National Organization for Marriage: Gays were never hunted down and murdered like ‘Jews, Christians, and Blacks’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Alvin McEwen: National Organization for Marriage: Gays were never hunted down and murdered like ‘Jews, Christians, and Blacks’
What’s up with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)? Not too many people are noticing this, but that organization, started to supposedly “protect marriage” from…

Obama Promises To Help House Dems: AP
WASHINGTON — Facing criticism from House Democrats, President Barack Obama promised their leaders Wednesday night that he’ll actively support their agenda and Democratic lawmakers as…

Congressional Ethics Inquiry Examines Fundraisers Before House Vote On Financial Reform
Lawmakers take contributions every day from corporate executives and lobbyists hoping for their votes. The question of whether that represents business as usual in Washington…


Doocy misrepresents report on voucher program to attack teachers’ union

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Doocy misrepresents report on voucher program to attack teachers’ union

On Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy falsely claimed that a government report found students enrolled in Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which awards vouchers to students to attend private schools, “performed better academically than students in the public schools” and claimed that Congress’ defunding of the program is evidence that “the teachers union has a stranglehold on the Democratic Party.” In fact, the report to which Doocy is presumably referring “found no conclusive evidence that the OSP affected student achievement overall.”

Doocy claims report found students in voucher program “performed better academically,” attacks teachers union

Doocy: Students in D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program “performed better academically than students in the public schools.” On the July 14 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Doocy claimed that “[a] new government education report shows that students enrolled in the five-year Opportunity Scholarship Program down in Washington, D.C., had a higher graduation rate and performed better academically than students in the public schools. But despite the success, Congress has defunded — killed — that voucher program.” Doocy later claimed during a discussion with Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson that Congress’ defunding of the program “shows that the teachers’ union has a stranglehold on the Democratic Party.”

In fact, DOE’s “Final Report” on program found “no conclusive evidence that the OSP affected student achievement overall”

Department of Education report: “[N]o conclusive evidence that the OSP affected student achievement overall.” Doocy is presumably referring to a “Final Report” on the OSP — released by the Department of Education in June — that compared the academic achievements of students who received scholarships through the OSP and students who applied for the program but were not awarded scholarships. Doocy is correct that the report stated that, according to parental reports, students enrolled in OSP graduated at higher rates than the students who applied for but where not awarded scholarships. However, contrary to Doocy’s claim that the OSP students “performed better academically,” the report actually “found no conclusive evidence that the OSP affected student achievement overall.” The report also stated: “On average, after at least 4 years, students who were offered scholarships had reading and math test scores that were statistically similar to those who were not offered scholarships.” Further, the report found that “[a]lthough some other subgroups of students (female and higher achieving students) appeared to have higher levels of reading achievement if they were offered a scholarship, those findings could be due to chance.” The report also included a chart noting, “Average test scores show no significant difference for OSP students after at least 4 years”:

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Study: “[S]tudents themselves rated school satisfaction and safety the same whether they received a voucher or not.” From the report’s summary:

Overall, low-income students who were awarded vouchers to attend private schools through the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) were performing at similar levels in reading and math 4 to 5 years later as students who also applied to the OSP, but were not awarded scholarships. However, students awarded vouchers (and old enough to have graduated from high school) graduated at significantly higher rates than did their counterparts, according to parent reports. The OSP also had a positive impact on parents’ satisfaction with their child’s school and their perceptions of the school’s safety, but students themselves rated school satisfaction and safety the same whether they received a voucher or not.


DOJ Charges Six NOPD Officers Involved In Danziger Bridge Shooting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

DOJ Charges Six NOPD Officers Involved In Danziger Bridge Shooting
The Justice Department has charged four New Orleans police officers with opening fire on unarmed civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina, killing two and wounding four. The DOJ has also charged two other officers with conspiracy, relating to the resulting cover-up.


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Is Another CT Candidate Stretching Truth About His Time In War Zone?
The Connecticut Post reports that another Connecticut political candidate — this time Tom Foley, a Republican candidate for governor — may be stretching the truth about his time in a war zone.



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Gov’t Sends $99.7 Million Bill To BP, Partners
The White House announced today that it’s sent a fourth bill to BP for costs related to its still-leaking oil well, this one for $99.7 million.



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Romney Reports Big Fundraising Tally

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Romney Reports Big Fundraising Tally
Mitt Romney (R) has raised nearly $3.5 million for his PAC this year, the Boston Globe reports, “a sum that dwarfs that of other possible 2012 Republican presidential candidates and establishes the former Massachusetts governor as a potent political force.”

Lamont Leads Malloy in Connecticut
A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut finds Ned Lamont (D) leading Dan Malloy (D) for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination by nine points, 46% to 37%.

Either Democrat beats Tom Foley (R) — the runaway favorite in the race for the GOP nomination — in general election matchups. Lamont leads Foley, 45% to 33%, while Malloy is ahead, 44% to 33%.

Democrats have not won the Connecticut governor’s race in 24 years.

Georgia Republicans Likely Headed to Runoff
A new Mason-Dixon poll in Georgia finds John Oxendine (R) leading the GOP field for governor with 31%, followed by Karen Handel (R) at 23%, Nathan Deal (R) at 18% and Eric Johnson (R) at 6%.

The top two finishers will face a runoff if no one reaches 50% in Tuesday’s primary.

On the Democratic side, former Gov. Roy Barnes (D) has 54% — suggesting enough support to win the primary outright.


How the Sneaky Hands of the Big Banks Are Working Overtime to Rip You off

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

How the Sneaky Hands of the Big Banks Are Working Overtime to Rip You off
The economy is crumbling and consumers are in trouble. So banks are hitting them with $38 billion a year in deceptive fees.

The economy is crumbling and consumers are in trouble. So banks are hitting them with $38 billion a year in deceptive fees.

Video Captures What the Violence-Hyping Media Ignored: Nearly 1000 Gathered for Peace in Oakland After Verdict from Oscar Grant Trial
The media preferred to train their cameras on violence, not the hundreds who gathered in Oakland to voice opposition to the verdict peacefully and constructively.

The media preferred to train their cameras on violence, not the hundreds who gathered in Oakland to voice opposition to the verdict peacefully and constructively.

Hightower: Jobless People Suffer, While the GOP Helps the Rich Stay Rich
As personal economies keep shriveling, politicians are more interested in comforting the comfortable.

As personal economies keep shriveling, politicians are more interested in comforting the comfortable.

‘And During the Wet Years They Lost All Memory of the Dry Years’: Time For a New Water Ethic
We’ve acted as though there was no drought until it was too late and we failed to take steps to reduce our water use by serious efforts to improve efficiency and cut waste.

We've acted as though there was no drought until it was too late and we failed to take steps to reduce our water use by serious efforts to improve efficiency and cut waste.


The Vanishing American Consumer And The Coming Trade War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

The Vanishing American Consumer And The Coming Trade War
President Obama has vowed to double U.S. exports within the next five years. That’s because exports are critical for rebooting the American economy. It’s clear American consumers can’t get the economy going on their own. They can’t restart the jobs…


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In the midst of efforts to repeal DADT, military retention and recruitment are thriving.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 15th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

In the midst of efforts to repeal DADT, military retention and recruitment are thriving.
LezGetReal points out that despite clear congressional intent to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, military retention and recruiting continues to thrive: The Army National Guard met 94% of its recruiting goal and the Air National Guard met 99% of its recruiting goal. The eight other branches or components of the Defense Department met or exceeded their […]

soldier_honor_silhouette13LezGetReal points out that despite clear congressional intent to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, military retention and recruiting continues to thrive:

The Army National Guard met 94% of its recruiting goal and the Air National Guard met 99% of its recruiting goal. The eight other branches or components of the Defense Department met or exceeded their recruiting goals for the month of June 2010….According to the Defense Department, “The services also are at or above their fiscal year-to-date retention goals for the first nine months of fiscal 2010.” That means the DoD is keeping in service the numbers of personnel it needs and with the exception of the two National Guard components mentioned, they are bringing in new personnel at or above the required numbers for overall force strength.

The “retention” question is also the focus of the Pentagon’s DADT questionnaire, which asks soldiers, “If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed, how, if at all, will it affect your willingness to recommend to a family member or close friend that he or she join the military?” During Wonk Room’s interview on Monday, Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell described this as a “hugely important question.” “If the attitude of the force is such that they will be less likely to encourage others to join the military after repeal, we need to know that, so we can take measures to deal with that situation,” he said.