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Late Late Night FDL: Cigarettes and Whiskey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Cigarettes and Whiskey
Peter SellersCigarettes and Whiskey, from The Muppet Show.

Peter SellersCigarettes and Whiskey, from The Muppet Show.

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Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers
California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system. State Controller John Chiang has valiantly done all that is possible to fight against the proposed wage cuts. The move toward claiming technical difficulties will halt the cuts for at least two months, allowing 200,000 state employees to receive their undocked wages for July and August.  —JCL Los Angeles Times: More than 200,000 state employees will receive their full wages in July and August after a state judge on Friday denied an injunction sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut their pay. The Schwarzenegger administration had asked the court to order that the employees’ pay immediately be reduced to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour because there is no state budget in place. The governor has maintained, and two courts have agreed, that state law requires the reductions as California enters the third week of the fiscal year without a spending plan. But state Controller John Chiang, who prints the paychecks, has insisted that he cannot implement the order because of the state’s outdated computer system. Read more

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

State Controller John Chiang has valiantly done all that is possible to fight against the proposed wage cuts. The move toward claiming technical difficulties will halt the cuts for at least two months, allowing 200,000 state employees to receive their undocked wages for July and August.? —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

More than 200,000 state employees will receive their full wages in July and August after a state judge on Friday denied an injunction sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut their pay.

The Schwarzenegger administration had asked the court to order that the employees’ pay immediately be reduced to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour because there is no state budget in place.

The governor has maintained, and two courts have agreed, that state law requires the reductions as California enters the third week of the fiscal year without a spending plan. But state Controller John Chiang, who prints the paychecks, has insisted that he cannot implement the order because of the state’s outdated computer system.

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Pollution and Occupation
We all know the violent side of occupation, but what about the environmental? It may sound ridiculous, but Israeli settlements are dumping untreated waste into a canal that runs into the West Bank while the Israeli government is banning attempts by Palestinians to divert or treat that waste.

We all know the violent side of occupation, but what about the environmental? It may sound ridiculous, but Israeli settlements are dumping untreated waste into a canal that runs into the West Bank while the Israeli government is banning attempts by Palestinians to divert or treat that waste.

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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [131] — Democratic Campaign Advice

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [131] — Democratic Campaign Advice
This week, Congress — moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed — passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit….

John McCain Campaign Carries ‘Huckster’ J.D. Hayworth Attack Into Pre-Debate Attacks
The re-election campaign for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seems more than willing to carry the J.D. “Huckster” Hayworth angle of attack — which was spawned…

Unemployment Extension 2010: What You NEED To Know About Congressional Dithering On Benefits (PHOTOS)
Congress allowed extended benefits for people who’ve been out of work for longer than six months to lapse at the beginning of June. Since then,…

Ethan Rome: Boehner’s Big “Idea”
John Boehner has a lot of bad ideas (like opposing health care, privatizing Social Security and, supporting Palin for VP). But today’s idea may top…


Varney absurdly claims public sector jobs saved by the stimulus “weren’t in jeopardy”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Varney absurdly claims public sector jobs saved by the stimulus “weren’t in jeopardy”

On Fox & Friends, Stuart Varney attempted to discredit the estimates of jobs saved or created by the stimulus by claiming that they are “all theory” and that public sector jobs saved by stimulus funds “weren’t in jeopardy.” In fact, thousands of jobs were in jeopardy due to state budget shortfalls, and the White House’s estimates of job creation are similar to independent estimates.

Varney makes absurd claim that jobs “weren’t in jeopardy” due to state budget shortfalls

Varney: “Those jobs weren’t in jeopardy.” On the July 16 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, guest Stuart Varney attempted to discredit job creation estimates by the White House by claiming that public sector jobs threatened by state budget shortfalls “weren’t in jeopardy.” From Fox & Friends 

DOOCY: We also know that when they say “saved or created,” that metric simply has never been used before and they’re making that up.

VARNEY: How do you prove it? How do you prove that we saved this job? How on earth do you prove such a thing? That’s political spin.

KILMEADE: Is the easy answer is that if you give the states this money, they are able to keep teachers employed , they are able to keep workers employed. Is that the way you save a job?

VARNEY: Assuming that those jobs were in jeopardy in the first place. Were we really going to lay off 10,000 teachers or what ever it was? Those jobs weren’t in jeopardy. 

Varney: Job creation estimates are “all theory.”  Also during the segment, co-host Alisyn Camerota told Varney that “The CBO backs up some of what the Vice President said. I think the CBO said – which is nonpartisan – Congressional Budget Office says 2 million jobs. So maybe this is just a PR problem. Maybe the jobs really have been created but the public just doesn’t know it.” Varney responded “No, no, it was a theory. They didn’t go out and count the jobs. They stuck information into a computer model…That’s all theory. What we do know for a fact is that since the stimulus plan was passed, a net 2.5 million jobs have been lost from the US economy.”

Stimulus funds credited for creating or saving numerous public sector jobs

CEA: COPS stimulus grants “will keep an additional 4,699 police officers on the streets.” In its July 14 quarterly report on the stimulus’ economic impact, the Council of Economic Advisors article about the White House’s stimulus figures stated that while “exactly how many jobs” the Recovery Act has created “is a matter of dispute,” “a growing body of independent economic analysis suggests the law has boosted jobs and kept people off the unemployment line.”


Two Utah State Employees Accused Of Compiling ‘Illegal Immigrants’ List

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Two Utah State Employees Accused Of Compiling ‘Illegal Immigrants’ List
The Utah governor’s office announced today that “at least” two state employees have been placed on administrative leave, accused of creating a list of alleged illegal immigrants that was sent to state agencies and news outlets this week.


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Minuteman Founder: Ex-Minuteman Bounty Hunter Chased Me After He Slept With My Wife
Minuteman founder Chris Simcox was being hunted by former Minuteman and bounty hunter Stacey O’Connell, and Simcox thinks he knows why: Because O’Connell is allegedly having an affair with Simcox’s wife, the same wife who accused Simcox of threatening her at gun point.


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House Judiciary Commitee Releases Testimony From Torture Memo Author
The House Judiciary Committee today released the transcript of the testimony of torture memo author Jay Bybee.



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BP caps leaking well, but industry experts say it may not be a permanent fix

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

BP caps leaking well, but industry experts say it may not be a permanent fix
Author’s note: Firstly, BP wouldn’t be taking the time and effort with this new cap just before the relief well is about to be complete if they did not know that the relief well has a very little chance of being successful. Even if the relief well manages to intersect the main well, the sandblasting […]


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“Consultants, in my opinion, are stupid.”

— Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), in an interview with the Washington Post, arguing public anger alone isn’t enough to win back the House and that Republicans need an agenda.

Conservative Dismisses Black Panther Investigation
The vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights — who was appointed by President George W. Bush — says the investigation that the commission is now conducting into the Justice Department’s handling of an alleged incident of voter intimidation involving the New Black Panther Party is nothing more than a witch hunt, according to Politico.

Said Abigail Thernstrom: “This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers; this has to do with their fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the administration. My fellow conservatives on the commission had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down and really damage the president.”


Are Our Bosses Becoming Meaner?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Are Our Bosses Becoming Meaner?
The staggering gap between CEO and worker pay has left America’s workplaces still more nasty, brutish, and short.

The staggering gap between CEO and worker pay has left America's workplaces still more nasty, brutish, and short.

Liberty University Dean Demoted After AlterNet Investigation
Ergun Caner, dean of a religious right seminary, claimed to be a former jihadist whose heart was changed by Jesus. But he never was, and now he’s no longer dean.

Ergun Caner, dean of a religious right seminary, claimed to be a former jihadist whose heart was changed by Jesus. But he never was, and now he's no longer dean.

How Giant Food Corporations Are Giving Kickbacks to Schools to Get Their Products on Kids’ Trays
The reason why kids are served sugary cereals, Pop-Tarts, Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, and flavored milk that has nearly as much sugar as Coke or Mountain Dew.

The reason why kids are served sugary cereals, Pop-Tarts, Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, and flavored milk that has nearly as much sugar as Coke or Mountain Dew.

10 of the Con Artists’ Favorite Ways to Scam the Elderly
The older we get, the more attractive we become, to fraudsters. Preying on those breakdowns that come with age, from hearing loss to loneliness, criminals tailor special scams.

The older we get, the more attractive we become, to fraudsters. Preying on those breakdowns that come with age, from hearing loss to loneliness, criminals tailor special scams.


Obama’s Map: Which States Are Hot And Which Are Not?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Obama’s Map: Which States Are Hot And Which Are Not?
The Washington Post recently posted an interesting search tool to scan President Barack Obama’s key speeches, policy statements and media interviews. What fun this can be, I (and we) thought. We wondered which countries Obama talked about the most. Would…



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Who Cares What Mitt Romney Thinks About Nuclear Weapons?
It has been over a week since Republican presidential challenger and chameleon-in-chief Mitt Romney wrote his absurd essay in the Washington Postasserting that the modest but important new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia is President Obama’s “worst foreign policy…


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LIES DIVIDE, TRUTH UNITES
The good news in America today is that many of lies from our leaders and media no longer seem to be working. Four out of five people view the current proposed financial reform as ineffectual. Many in Congress who voted…



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Bachmann files to start, lead House Tea Party caucus.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Bachmann files to start, lead House Tea Party caucus.
Yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) filed paperwork to start a House Tea Party Caucus in the current 111th Congress. Possibly taking a cue from Kentucky Senate GOP hopeful and fellow Tea Partier Rand Paul, who recently said he might start a similar caucus in the Senate if he were elected, Bachmann sent a letter […]

Yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) filed paperwork to start a House Tea Party Caucus in the current 111th Congress. Possibly taking a cue from Kentucky Senate GOP hopeful and fellow Tea Partier Rand Paul, who recently said he might start a similar caucus in the Senate if he were elected, Bachmann sent a letter to the Committee on House Administration in an effort to “formaliz[e] the [Tea Party] movement within the federal government.” The letter read:

I would like to register the House Tea Party Caucus as a Congressional Member Organization for the 111th Congress. The House Tea Party Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to promote American’s call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government. Presently, I will serve as the chair of the House Tea Party Caucus.

This may be Bachmann’s first step towards overthrowing the GOP leadership with “constitutional conservatives.”

Charlie Eisenhood