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Pilot Ejects Moments Before Crash

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 5:05 am by HL

Pilot Ejects Moments Before Crash
A Canadian Forces pilot has survived after ejecting himself from a fighter jet moments before it crashed during practice for an airshow. Capt Brian Bews was performing low-flying maneuvers in a CF-18 fighter jet when he ejected and parachuted to the ground. Read more details.



Late Late Night FDL: We’re Off To See The Wizard

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 5:03 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: We’re Off To See The Wizard
Brooke ShieldsWe’re Off To See The Wizard, on The Muppet Show.

Brooke ShieldsWe’re Off To See The Wizard, on The Muppet Show.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and no spitballs aimed at the ushers please.  This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in.  What’s on your mind?

Pull Up A Chair
I don’t know what it’s like everywhere else in the country, but we are in the middle of a HEAT WAVE here! It’s been HOT all week. And today it is supposed to reach 100 degrees…feeling like 110! I think I am going to stay in the house working today.

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Good Morning Pups!

I don’t know what it’s like everywhere else in the country, but we are in the middle of a HEAT WAVE here!  It’s been HOT all week.  And today it is supposed to reach 100 degrees…feeling like 110!  I think I am going to stay in the house working today.

I’ve gone to a few furniture stores to look at furniture, but this heat has made it hard.  In my later years, I have found that I cannot deal with the heat like I could when I was younger.  As a kid, I would hide from my parents to avoid having to come into the house.  And, those special occasions when I actually got to go to a theme park…oh boy, sunrise to sunset!

I’ve been wanting to go to a water park, but am scared to brave the sun.  Maybe I should go in the evening, but that just seems like I’ll only get part of the package.  Not sure if it is a sign of getting older or what?  Has anybody else out there had this problem?  What can we do to “get around” the heat and still enjoy the summer?

Pull Up A Chair…


Fox Fears

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 5:02 am by HL

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Venezuela Diplomatically Breaks Up With Colombia
With a “tear in the heart,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced that his government has broken all relations with Latin neighbor Colombia following a tiff in which the Colombian state accused Venezuela of harboring leftist guerrillas. The guerrillas belong to FARC, which has been at war in one way or another with the Colombian government since 1964. —JCL Al-Jazeera English: Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Colombia after Bogota charged that leftist guerrillas it is fighting are holed up in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said. “I announce with a tear in the heart: Venezuela breaks off from this moment all relations with the government of Colombia,” Chavez told journalists at the presidential palace on Thursday. “We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia,” the president said live on state television, as he hosted a visit by Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona. Read more

With a “tear in the heart,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced that his government has broken all relations with Latin neighbor Colombia following a tiff in which the Colombian state accused Venezuela of harboring leftist guerrillas.

The guerrillas belong to FARC, which has been at war in one way or another with the Colombian government since 1964. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Colombia after Bogota charged that leftist guerrillas it is fighting are holed up in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said.

“I announce with a tear in the heart: Venezuela breaks off from this moment all relations with the government of Colombia,” Chavez told journalists at the presidential palace on Thursday.

“We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia,” the president said live on state television, as he hosted a visit by Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona.

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Democrats Continue To Hammer GOP On Bush Agenda, Launch $28 Million Ad Buy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 5:01 am by HL

Democrats Continue To Hammer GOP On Bush Agenda, Launch $28 Million Ad Buy
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled a new web video this week that hammered home an issue introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) last weekend…

Alvin Greene Responds To Release Of Military Records: ‘Ridiculous…They Only Promote The Terrorists And The Communists’
Enigmatic South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene responded Thursday to an Associated Press report on the former airman’s lacluster Air Force record, which showed…

Top National Republican Calls Sharron Angle’s Campaign ‘A Work In Progress’
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, characterized Sharron Angle’s Nevada Senate campaign as “a work in progress” this week. Not…

Laura W. Murphy: On The Cusp of History
Anyone who works on reforming the criminal justice system can attest to the fact that such efforts often take years of commitment and dedication before…


Circling the wagons: Right-wing media figures rush to defend Breitbart

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 4:59 am by HL

Circling the wagons: Right-wing media figures rush to defend Breitbart

Following the revelation that Andrew Breitbart’s smear of Shirley Sherrod was based on heavily edited video footage that took her out of context, certain right-wing media figures have rushed to his defense. Some have asserted that Breitbart does not need to apologize for smearing an innocent woman, and some have absurdly continued to accuse Sherrod of racism or extremism.

Right-wing media continue to attack Sherrod, defend Breitbart even after full video is released

Huddy: Sherrod’s “incriminating” “present tense” statements still “raise questions” about whether Sherrod should be federally employed. On the July 22 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, guest co-host Juliet Huddy called the Sherrod incident a “very strange story” and claimed:

HUDDY: If you go on to listen to the tape, there are things that I think are incriminating for her that I do think raise a lot of questions about whether or not she should be in the position that she held in the first place. She refers to, you know, his people, I think, that was [inaudible] — his own kind. If a white public service — as Bill O’Reilly said yesterday — servant said, you know, we sent him to his kind, meaning we sent — we sent a white farmer to a white lawyer — that’s what she said she did, his kind. If it was flipped around — would be raising hell, trust me.

After co-host Brian Kilmeade explained that she was speaking about overcoming racial division, Huddy responded, “She still was talking in the present tense when she was saying his own kind.”

Erickson: “No, I do not think Andrew Breitbart needs to apologize.” In a July 22 tweet, RedState editor-in-chief and CNN contributor Erick Erickson wrote:

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Erickson said this despite previously stating that “I think Shirley Sherrod has been unfairly characterized as a racist.”

Hoft: Sherrod is a “[f]ar left anti-white radical.” In a July 22 Gateway Pundit post, Jim Hoft called Sherrod a “[f]ar left anti-white radical … who is linked to terrorist Bill Ayers.” Hoft claimed that Sherrod has ties to Ayers because both he and her husband were once “involved” in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Hoft provided no evidence that the two actually knew each other.

Hoft: “Obama called radical Shirley Sherrod today to … apologize for firing her for her racist remarks.” In a July 22 Gateway Pundit post, Hoft wrote, “Barack Obama called radical Shirley Sherrod today to … apologize for firing her for her racist remarks at an NAACP event in March.” Hoft posted part of a Wall Street Journal article about the phone call and again claimed, “Far left anti-white radical Shirley Sherrod is linked to terrorist Bill Ayers like Barack Obama.”

Limbaugh: “Andrew Breitbart was exactly right. … If you listen to the whole speech … she’s racist.” On the July 22 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that “Andrew Breitbart was exactly right. This woman did not have an epiphany when she was at the USDA. When she was speaking to the NAACP, she did not have an epiphany. … If you listen to the whole speech, as people have, 43 minutes, she’s racist. The NAACP is racist.”

Limbaugh says he has to cover the story because “even Fox caved on this” by saying “Breitbart is wrong.” On the July 22 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh said that despite the fact that he “hate[s] this story,” he had to cover it because “even Fox caved on this. Even Shep Smith — even poor old Shep Smith went down there and said that everybody’s wrong on this, that Breitbart is wrong, and so forth. There’s only a handful of us that have the guts to put this story straight.” Limbaugh called the conservative media “cowards” because they wouldn’t deal “with this up front and honest.”

Andy McCarthy: “Ms. Sherrod’s Speech Was Most Certainly Not About Transcending Racism.” In a July 22 National Review Online post, Andy McCarthy wrote: “I don’t understand the sudden pendulum swing in the other direction. Now, in Take Two, we are to understand that Ms. Sherrod was not exhibiting racism. Instead, ‘taken in context,’ we’re told, she is actually a heroic figure who has transcended the racist views that, given the terrible things she saw growing up in the South, were understandable.” McCarthy posted parts of her speech and wrote: “Pardon me, but I think I’ll stay off the Canonize Shirley bandwagon. To me, it seems like she’s still got plenty of racial baggage. What we’re seeing is not transcendence but transference. That’s why the NAACP crowd reacted so enthusiastically throughout her speech.”

WND columnist: Sherrod is a “black woman who has graduated from hard-core to soft bigotry.” In a July 23 WorldNetDaily column titled, “Meet Saint Shirley Sherrod,” columnist Ilana Mercer wrote: “And Sherrod is no [Capt. Alfred] Dreyfus. She was fired by an administration that mistook her for a worse racist than she actually was. The Obama posse overestimated the extent of Sherrod’s animus for whites. She turned out to be merely a mezzanine-level racist. Neither is Sherrod’s story one of ‘redemption and cross-racial friendship,’ as Newsweek put it slightly less hyperbolically than did MSNBC’s frontman. Shirley Sherrod’s is a tale of the triumph of low expectations and black racial exculpation in contemporary America.” Mercer also baselessly claimed that “[h]ad the white farmer been a brother forced to beg before a sister in a position of power, Sherrod might have characterized him as a proud man in humiliating circumstances [emphasis in original]. Given the desperate farmer’s hue, Sherrod alleged he had a superior attitude, before going on to describe her dilemma: having to help a white man save his property, when so many black people had lost theirs” and concluded that she is “a black woman who has graduated from hard-core to soft bigotry.”

Levin reportedly called Sherrod “somebody who’s stuck in the race-baiting game.” Radio host Mark Levin reportedly said in an interview with Yahoo’s The Upshot: “What the hell do I have to apologize for? I didn’t hire her. I didn’t fire her.” Levin reportedly called Sherrod “somebody who’s stuck in the race-baiting game.”

Bozell accused Sherrod of “inserting racism into the debate.” Appearing on ABC Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell claimed that “the world is upside-down on this one” and said that after watching the whole speech, “It gets worse, it doesn’t get better,” and that Sherrod is guilty of “inserting racism into the debate.” Bozell also posted a blog on his NewsBusters website in which he claimed about one of Sherrod’s appearances on CNN: “Sherrod was clearly furious that her racist remarks were exposed. … Sherrod screamed right back at [CNN analyst Roland Martin] that he was ‘clearly from a different world’ than the deeply racist world she lived in.”

Big Government bloggers defend Breitbart

Guy Benson: “Breitbart Didn’t Hide Sherrod’s Redemption and Other Things the Media’s Gotten Wrong So Far.” In a July 22 post, Big Government blogger Guy Benson wrote, “As the mainstream media trips over itself to analyze and re-analyze the Shirley Sherrod controversy, Andrew Breitbart is under fire for ostensibly unethical behavior.” Benson listed points he claimed “the media’s gotten wrong” about Breitbart: that the Obama administration “responded with warp-speed to toss Sherrod overboard”; that this indicated “a hair-trigger climate of paranoia about all issues racial within the West Wing”; and that the original video “included Sherrod’s change-of-heart conclusion.” Benson further claimed that there’s “also a largely unspoken racial double standard at play here” by asking, “Would a white federal employee ever get off the hook for making similar comments to an all-white audience?”

Mike Flynn attacks Politico article on the story, claiming, “At Politico, context and facts are negotiable.” In a July 22 post, Big Government editor-in-chief Mike Flynn falsely claimed: “We did not edit, much less misleadingly edit, any of Ms. Sherrod’s remarks. We posted two excerpts from her speech, representing the sum total of the video we had. We didn’t cut anything out of her speech.” Flynn attempted to bolster Breitbart’s claim that the story was “always about the NAACP” by saying: “We all now know that Ms. Sherrod’s anecdote was part of a larger point about the need to move beyond racial prejudices. But, the NAACP audience did not know that as they heard the speech. …This was always the story and it is clearly an uncomfortable one for the NAACP.”

Publius posts Limbaugh transcript saying, “Breitbart was exactly right.” On July 23, “Publius” — Big Government’s editorial panel — wrote: “In case you missed it yesterday, America’s Anchorman weighed in extensively on the NAACP/Obama Admin./Sherrod scandal.” Publius posted transcript of Limbaugh claiming that “it turns out that Andrew Breitbart was exactly right.”


Fox News: ‘Big Mexican Women’ Are Helping Afghan Soldiers Go AWOL In U.S.!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 4:58 am by HL

Fox News: ‘Big Mexican Women’ Are Helping Afghan Soldiers Go AWOL In U.S.!
So some Afghan soldiers studying English at an Air Force Base in Texas and a “loose network” of possibly illegal and maybe overweight Mexican women walk into a bar. Stop me if you’ve heard this one.


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Rangel, Asked If He’s Worried About Losing His Job: ‘That’s A Dumb Question’ (VIDEO)
The House ethics committee announced yesterday that it will charge Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) with unnamed ethics violations. The step to form an adjudicatory subcommittee to try Rangel is a rare step, one last used eight years ago in the case of former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH), who was then expelled from the House. But Rangel isn’t worried.



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Alvin Greene’s Military Records: A ‘Threat To Others’ Who Was ‘Unable To Express Thoughts Clearly’
Not much is known about surprise Democratic South Carolina Senate nominee Alvin Greene, but military records obtained by the Associated Press provide some insight into Greene’s honorable discharge from the Air Force in 2005. A performance review describes Greene as “unable to express thoughts clearly,” and “not able to adapt to any changes to daily routine.”


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Collateral Damage in the Fox News Culture War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Collateral Damage in the Fox News Culture War


Wamp Talks of Secession

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Wamp Talks of Secession
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) suggested Tennessee and other states “may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates,” The Hotline reports.

Said Wamp: “I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government.”

He went on to praise Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) who suggested the same remedy last year.

Blunt Holds Lead in Missouri
A new St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon poll in Missouri finds Roy Blunt (R) leading Robin Carnahan (R) in the race for U.S. Senate, 48% to 42%.

Carnahan leads in the more populated St. Louis and Kansas City areas, which tend to vote Democratic. But Blunt leads every other region of the state by a healthy margin.

Said pollster Brad Coker: “Outside of the metro areas, he’s killing her.”

Vitter Says He’s Way Ahead
Soon after Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) released an internal poll showing he was deadlocked with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in their  U.S. Senate race, Republicans released their own poll showing Vitter with a 17 point lead, 48% to 31%.


Maddow: Fox Uses ‘Flagrantly Bogus Stories’ to Provoke White Racism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Maddow: Fox Uses ‘Flagrantly Bogus Stories’ to Provoke White Racism
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called out Fox News for its role in promoting reports about Shirley Sherrod and ACORN that proved to be distorted.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called out Fox News for its role in promoting reports about Shirley Sherrod and ACORN that proved to be distorted.

Here Comes Season 4 of Mad Men — What Will Don Draper Do Without His Wedding Ring?
AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ starts this weekend. Will Don Draper finally pursue the kind of relationship that makes him happy, and what about Betty Draper’s remarriage?

AMC's 'Mad Men' starts this weekend. Will Don Draper finally pursue the kind of relationship that makes him happy, and what about Betty Draper's remarriage?

Why Does God Reveal Himself to Some People and Not to Others?
Doesn’t it seem likely that the reason all of us can’t see God is because there is no God?

Doesn't it seem likely that the reason all of us can't see God is because there is no God?


Never Mind: America Speaks Again

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 24th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Never Mind: America Speaks Again
Yes Saturday Night Live fans, Emily Litella is back! For those too young or too old to remember, Emily Litella was the frumpy commentator on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” She would invariably go into a tirade over some misunderstood…


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