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Sunday Talking Heads: July 25, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: July 25, 2010
Good morning! It’s Race, FinReg, Elections, Afghanistan, Intel, and BP Oil Disaster today. Also, Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture is today’s Book Salon, hosted by dak, join the discussion at 5pm ET. And watertiger will be Virtually Speaking, tune in.

Good morning!  It’s Race, FinReg, Elections, Afghanistan, Intel, and BP Oil Disaster today.  Also, Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture is today’s Book Salon, hosted by dak, join the discussion at 5pm ET.  And watertiger will be Virtually Speaking, tune in.

And now for something completely different, The Orkney Venus ->

Washington Journal: 7:30am – Matthew Lee, Associated Press, State Department Correspondent.  8:00am – Kweisi Mfume, Former President NAACP; Sophia Nelson, Political Commentator & Author; Leonard Steinhorn, Co-Author, “By the Color of Our Skin.”   9:30am – Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation, Executive Director

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy GeithnerGov. Chris Christie (R-NJ).  Roundtable: Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, Stephen Hayes.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Abigail Thernstrom, Vice Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University. Cornel West, Princeton University. John Fund, Wall Street Journal Columnist. Michael Gerson, Washington Post Columnist.

Chris Matthews: Amy Walter The Hotline; Howard Fineman Newsweek; John Heilemann New York Magazine; Cynthia Tucker Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Topics: Will African Americans Stick With Obama This Year?  Will This Year’s Elections Be an Historic Wave Year, and Is it Better for Obama to Lose Control of Congress?

CNN’s State of the Union: Gen. Michael Hayden on national intelligence.  FinReg with Mort Zuckerman. Christopher Edley Jr., Dean of University of California, Berkeley School of Law and past member of the Commission on Civil Rights,  and contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute City Journal and conservative commentator John McWhorter on race.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Afghanistan – U.S. Special Representative Richard Holbrooke; plus Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations; George Packer, New Yorker and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal.  Then Harvard historian Niall Ferguson and Lord Robert Skidelsky: to spend or not to spend.  Plus oil drilling in the Niger Delta.

Fox News Sunday:
Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean on the 2010 Midterms.  Plus, Rev. Jesse Jackson.  Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Roundtable: The New York Times’ David Brooks, The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, Former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, National Urban League President Marc Morial, CNBC’s Rick Santelli.

Newsmakers:
Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) gives his observations that Afghanistan’s army could be successful independently after the U.S. military left the region next year.

Q & A: Clark Hoyt, former Public Editor of The New York Times. A public editor, sometimes called an ombudsman, is designed to be a representative for the newspaper’s readers and a way for newspapers to examine their own practices.

Religion & Ethics: Fishermen of the Gulf.  Christians of Iraq.  Haiti Six Months Later.  Ethical Eating.

60 Minutes: The Narrative – A former member of a Muslim extremist group tells Lesley Stahl the reason for the increase in home-grown jihadists is an ideology called “the Narrative,” which states America is at war with Islam.  Growing Body Parts – The emerging technology of growing body parts from human cells taken directly from patients, providing new hope for amputees and patients on organ-transplant lists.  Tyler Perry – When Hollywood refused to produce his films his way, Tyler Perry started his own studio in Atlanta.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- An exclusive one-on-one interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; 2- Are mortgage lenders illegally denying home loans to pregnant women?  Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Genevieve Wood, Melinda Henneberger, Tara SetmayerWeb exclusive: A Rush To Judgement – What should we take away from the Shirley Sherrod incident?

Univision’s Al Punto: From Arizona.  Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General. Hernan Hernandez, member of the Mexican band “Los Tigres del Norte” and his sons “Mexia” and Raul Antonio, singers and composers of the song “Todos  Somos Arizona.”

Virtually Speaking: Watertiger and Jay Ackroyd.  This will be a special Netroots Nation Virtually Speaking Sundays, a celebration of our third year. Virtually Speaking was founded in conjunction with YearlyKos (now Netroots Nation) in Second Life.

C-SPAN’S Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture.  “This book examines the twenty-first-century phenomenon of global sports, in which professional teams and their players have become agents of globalization while at the same time fostering deep-seated and antagonistic local allegiances and spawning new forms of cultural conflict and prejudice.”  Chat with Andrei Markovits and Lars Rensmann about their new book. Hosted by dakine, 5pm ET.


Late Late Night FDL: Remember Your Lions
SnagglepussRemember Your Lions. This Hanna-Barbera Studios cartoon was released on September 16,1961. 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?

SnagglepussRemember Your Lions. This Hanna-Barbera Studios cartoon was released on September 16,1961.

Directed and Produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Written by Michael Maltese.  Story Direction by Paul Sommer.  Animated by Gil Turner.  Layouts by Tony Rivera.  Backgrounds by  F. (Fernando) Montealegre.  Titles by  Lawrence Goble.  Production Supervision by Howard Hanson.  Edited by Hank Gotzenberg and Greg Watson.  Vocal Talent by Daws Butler (Snagglepuss) and Don Messick (Major Minor).  Music by Hoyt Curtin.

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?


Fight Over Future of Bush Tax Cuts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Fight Over Future of Bush Tax Cuts
The Bush suite of fat-cat tax cuts are set to expire on December 31st of 2010, though many in Washington, including some Democrats, are poised to fight to maintain those cuts for the wealthy, and even extend them to the rest of the population. Critics of the cuts, including the Democratic leadership and President Obama, are hoping to allow Bush’s cuts for the wealthy to expire while lowering tax rates for those described as “middle class”—individuals earning less than $200,000, or households earning less than $250,000. —JCL The New York Times: An epic fight is brewing over what Congress and President Obama should do about the expiring Bush tax cuts, with such substantial economic and political consequences that it could shape the fall elections and fiscal policy for years to come. Democratic leaders, including Mr. Obama, say they are intent on letting the tax cuts for the wealthy expire as scheduled at the end of this year. But they have pledged to continue the lower tax rates for individuals earning less than $200,000 and families earning less than $250,000 — what Democrats call the middle class. Most Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for everyone, and some Democrats agree, saying it would be unwise to raise taxes on anyone while the economy remains weak. If no action is taken, taxes on income, dividends, capital gains and estates would all rise. Read more

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The Bush suite of fat-cat tax cuts are set to expire on December 31st of 2010, though many in Washington, including some Democrats, are poised to fight to maintain those cuts for the wealthy, and even extend them to the rest of the population.

Critics of the cuts, including the Democratic leadership and President Obama, are hoping to allow Bush’s cuts for the wealthy to expire while lowering tax rates for those described as “middle class”—individuals earning less than $200,000, or households earning less than $250,000. —JCL

The New York Times:

An epic fight is brewing over what Congress and President Obama should do about the expiring Bush tax cuts, with such substantial economic and political consequences that it could shape the fall elections and fiscal policy for years to come.

Democratic leaders, including Mr. Obama, say they are intent on letting the tax cuts for the wealthy expire as scheduled at the end of this year. But they have pledged to continue the lower tax rates for individuals earning less than $200,000 and families earning less than $250,000 — what Democrats call the middle class.

Most Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for everyone, and some Democrats agree, saying it would be unwise to raise taxes on anyone while the economy remains weak. If no action is taken, taxes on income, dividends, capital gains and estates would all rise.

Read more



Howie Klein: John Bolton Needs To Be Stopped (Again)!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Howie Klein: John Bolton Needs To Be Stopped (Again)!
John Bolton, the man who makes your garden variety neo-conservative look like Dennis Kucinich, is attempting a political comeback. As you’ll recall, Bolton is…

Byron Williams: Right-Wing Still Controls the Paradigm of Public Discourse
This week reaffirms that America’s public discourse remains shrouded under a right-wing paradigm, for which many of us remain codependent enablers. I call it right…

Charles D. Ellison: Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup
Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb’s reflection: ” ……


Fox News’ media critics deflect blame from Fox News on Sherrod story

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Fox News’ media critics deflect blame from Fox News on Sherrod story

This July 24 edition of Fox News Watch — Fox News’ media watchdog program — whitewashed Fox News’ role in amplifying Andrew Breitbart’s smear of Shirley Sherrod. In fact, Fox News spent a significant amount of time promoting the false claim that Sherrod made racist remarks at an NAACP dinner earlier this year.

Fox News Watch ignores Fox’s role in Sherrod smear

Fox News Watch doesn’t mention Fox News’ role in attacking Sherrod’s character. The July 24 edition of Fox News Watch discussed media coverage of Breitbart’s saying that Sherrod should have been made a “czar” because “she fits in” with the “Maoists” in the Obama administration.

Fox News Watch has a history of ignoring criticism of Fox’s actions

Fox News Watch has repeatedly ignoring criticism of Fox News media figures. The week that Fox cancelled Sean Hannity’s plan to broadcast his show from a tea party event with an admission fee and Bill O’Reilly issued repeated false claims to defend Fox News’ coverage of the health care reform legislation, Fox News Watch quoted former Fox News Watch host Eric Burns (no relation to Media Matters President Eric Burns) saying: “The show was getting to be more and more of a struggle to do fairly. There was a progression of interference to try to make the show more right-wing. I fought very hard against it.”


Coburn Turns Over Emails To Feds Investigating Ensign Scandal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Coburn Turns Over Emails To Feds Investigating Ensign Scandal
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) — who acknowledged last year that he acted as an “intermediary” between Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Doug Hampton, the man with whose wife the Nevada senator had an affair — has turned over emails to the feds who are investigating Ensign’s affair, Politico reports.


John EnsignTom CoburnNevadaUnited StatesSenate

In 1940s, Military Surveyed Troops’ Feelings About Jews, Segregation
Decades before the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell survey, the military asked troops how they felt about two other groups of people: African-Americans and Jews.



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Believe it or not: Nancy Pelosi’s speech to Netroots Nation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Believe it or not: Nancy Pelosi’s speech to Netroots Nation
The water here in Las Vegas sucks eggs. My tea tastes like metal. And the sad thing is that the water power to the 27th floor of the Rio hotel is so weak that I have to run my bath water for 15 minutes before it becomes even warm — let alone hot. What a […]


Why Jeff Goldberg Is Losing It

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Why Jeff Goldberg Is Losing It
For several days, the Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg has been calling Stephen Walt, John Mearsheimer and other critics of Bibi Netanyahu “anti-Semites.” Nothing new about that. For Goldberg, a major AIPAC neocon, all critics of Israeli policies are anti-Semites by definition….


Stephen WaltJohn MearsheimerMiddle EastUnited StatesWarfare and Conflict

Note to Sherrod: Kick the Tires of Vilsack’s Offer of “Unique Opportunity”
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has backed up and apologized to the recently resigned/fired USDA Georgia Rural Development Director Shirley Sherrod. And he’s offered her a new job, in his words “a unique opportunity” — the outlines of which have…


Tom VilsackShirley SherrodUnited States Department of AgricultureGeorgiaUnited States Secretary of Agriculture


BP fails to put money in promised escrow account.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

BP fails to put money in promised escrow account.
In a deal negotiated last month, President Obama and BP officials agreed the company would pay $5 billion annually over the next four years into an escrow account for damage its oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused. Ken Feinberg, who was appointed to administer oil spill claims out of the escrow fund, has […]

In a deal negotiated last month, President Obama and BP officials agreed the company would pay $5 billion annually over the next four years into an escrow account for damage its oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused. Ken Feinberg, who was appointed to administer oil spill claims out of the escrow fund, has said he “hasn’t been able to start writing claims checks” because BP PLC has failed to deposit any money into the $20 billion fund it promised to create:

Feinberg, who was appointed to administer oil spill claims out of the fund, said he doesn’t have the authority to force BP to deposit the money, but his hands are tied until it does. “I don’t want the checks to bounce,” he said.

The day after the escrow account’s establishment in June, BP CEO Tony Hayward told Congress that BP is “unwavering in our commitment to fulfill all our responsibilities” and the company “won’t stop spending until the job is done.”

Nina Bhattacharya

Michigan Tea Party members want to teach Constitution in public schools.
During a taping of Michigan Public Television’s “Off the Record” today, Gene Clem — president of the Southwest Michigan Tea Party Patriots — said that the state’s Tea Party members “will look at ways to teach public school students the origins of the U.S. Constitution.” Clem noted that the Tea Party already holds sessions about […]

const.jpgDuring a taping of Michigan Public Television’s “Off the Record” today, Gene Clem — president of the Southwest Michigan Tea Party Patriots — said that the state’s Tea Party members “will look at ways to teach public school students the origins of the U.S. Constitution.” Clem noted that the Tea Party already holds sessions about the Constitution in public libraries and that the group has “plenty of retirees who could go in as Benjamin Franklin or whatever”:

“What we’re afraid of is individuals really don’t know where liberty, freedom and their rights come from, how the Constitution was written, the pain that went through in the summer of 1787 to write that and get it approved,” Clem said.

Tea Party volunteers are, of course, welcome to teach an accurate version of the Constitution to schoolchildren.  Indeed, Michigan’s current social studies standards already require students to learn about the origins of the U.S. Constitution and “Core Democratic Values” — including liberty and patriotism — by third grade.   Given the Tea Party’s close association with radical “tenther” views of the Constitution, however, it is unlikely that they wish to provide Michigan children with an accurate constitutional history.  Similar attempts have already been made to inject right-wing ideology into public school curriculum. Earlier this year, the right-wing Texas State Board of Education successfully adopted new content for the state’s social studies curriculum, which included more conservatives, more Confederate glorification, and more distortion of progressive viewpoints.

Nina Bhattacharya


Obama is Clueless When It Comes to Free Markets

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Obama is Clueless When It Comes to Free Markets
Steve Forbes, Forbes
Since the 1960s the world's left-wing parties have chased two dreams that are in conflict in free societies. One is greater economic equality. The other is value-free multiculturalism–and please do not confuse this with the 18th-century truth that all men are created equal. Postmodernism calls the shots today. It demands that all human expressions and lifestyles, foolish or not, must be treated equally. Thus Mayan science was as good as European science, and female genital mutilation is not for Westerners to judge. You dare not laugh at such nonsense, either.These two lefty…

Vilsack Makes for a Good Fall Guy
John Kass, Chicago Tribune
Can people be reported here for being boring?  Are ignorant comment board posts abuse?  Does anyone else see through the thin thinking and tired old parroted lines you now see flooded here from the likes of Farfel (who can't spell”Rahm”), Chad the Swinger and Earnestly Evanston?Having already suffered countless disparagements like “libtard”, “lamestream media”, not to mention thier obsession with “Don't tread on me”, America, love it or leave it” and on and on and endlessly on. 

Taking America Forward, Not Back
Michael Medved, AOL News
If conservatives hope to succeed in their determined efforts to take the government back, they should drop the popular but misguided slogan about “taking our country back.”This punchy little phrase — ubiquitous on signs and in speeches at tea parties and Republican rallies — could actually drive away some of the independent voters the anti-Obama forces need most for victory. Even worse, the push to “take our country back” brings with it unavoidable racial overtones that pragmatic conservatives should scrupulously avoid.