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FDA OKs 5-Day Morning-After Pill

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

FDA OKs 5-Day Morning-After Pill
Federal drug regulators on Friday approved Ella, a new emergency contraceptive pill that prevents pregnancies if taken as many as five days after unprotected intercourse. The pill would cut the pregnancy risk of unprotected sex from 1 in 20 to 1 in 50, according to regulators.



Late Late Night FDL: Super Lulu

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 15th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Super Lulu
Super Lulu starring Little Lulu. This Famous Studios cartoon was released on November 21, 1947. 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?

Super Lulu starring Little Lulu.  This Famous Studios cartoon was released on November 21, 1947.

Directed by Bill Tytla.  Produced by Seymour Kneitel, Izzy Sparber, and Sam Buchwald (Associate Producer).  Based on the Little Lulu comic strip by Marge in the Saturday Evening Post.  Story by Carl Meyer and Joe Stultz.  Scenics by Robert Connavale.  Animation by George Germanetti, Bill Hudson, and Steve Muffati.  Voices by Jackson Beck (Lulu’s Father, Giant) and Mae Questel (Little Lulu).  Original Music and Musical Arrangement by Winston Sharples with additional music composed by Sammy Timberg.

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?

Sunday Talking Heads: August 15, 2010
Jane will be on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, 11am ET. The rest of the Sunday lineups are below, tune in for the chatter on the economy, the 2010 elections, Afghanistan and more.

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Cockadoodle Doo! Would be nice if the rooster that lived next door were as handsome as this guy is, what a hunk.  Might make up for all those lost hours of sleep, although I confess when he crows in the middle of the night I imagine it’s because my cat is menacing him.

Jane will be on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, 11am ET. The rest of the Sunday lineups are below, tune in for the chatter on the economy, the 2010 elections, Afghanistan and more.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Mark Murray, NBC News, Deputy Political Director. 8:30am – Sonal Verma, American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter Chair. 9:15am – Julia Angwin, Wall Street Journal, Senior Technology Writer.

ABC’s This Week: Banking Committee member Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); former NJ Gov. and former Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Jon Corzine; member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Laura D’Andrea Tyson; and Martin Regalia of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Then Pakistan with ABC’s Jim SciuttoRoundtable: Cokie Roberts, Matthew Dowd, Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland, David Ignatius, WaPo.

CBS’ Face The Nation: DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA),  Ed Gillespie, Ed Rollins, Karen Tumulty, John Harris.

Chris Matthews: Howard Fineman, Norah O’Donnell, Kelly O’Donnell, John HeilemannTopics: Will Barack Obama’s Luck in His Weak GOP Opposition Hold for 2012?  What Investigations Would Top the GOP’s List if it Won Control of the House This Fall?

CNN’s State of the Union: DCCC Chair Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to talk 2010 politics.  Roundtable: WaPo’s Steven Pearlstein and Politico’s Jeanne Cummings.  Finally, Climatologist Heidi Cullen and NASA scientist Tom Wagner.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Jeffrey Sachs “the man the NY Times has called ‘the most important Economist in the World’.” Climate panel on weird weather.  The Cordaba Center, among other things.

Fox News Sunday:
Host Bret Baier.  Afghanistan and midterms with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).  The economy with Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman and Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark ZandiFox News AllStars: Bill Kristol, Nina Easton, Dana Perino, Ceci Connolly.

NBC’s Meet The Press: In Afghanistan with Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Newsmakers: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the state of the economy and American jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 131,000 U.S. jobs were lost in July, while the national unemployment rate held at 9.5 percent for a second month. The AFL-CIO is the country’s largest federation of labor unions.

Q & A: Senate Historian Don Ritchie.

Religion & Ethics: Cutbacks and the Poor.  Thistle Farms.  Ramadan is Here.  Pilgrimage.

60 Minutes: A Crack In The Swiss Vault – Swiss bank accounts offered people, including American tax cheats, a safe place to hide money. But Switzerland’s largest bank has given authorities formerly sacrosanct information on its American customers because of tips provided by whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld.  130 Million Tons of Waste – If coal ash is safe to spread under a golf course or be used in carpets, why are the residents of Kingston, Tenn., being told to stay out of a river where the material was spilled?  Al Pacino – In a rare sit-down interview, Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino talks about his films and how he prepares for them, including his latest movie in which he starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Wealthy, self-funded women candidates break records and spend millions on their campaigns; 2-Girls entering puberty earlier: social consequences; 3-Are Christians under attack?  Panelists: Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Darlene Kennedy, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Sabrina Schaeffer. Web exclusive: California’s Gay Marriage Debate – Same-sex couples in California may soon be able to marry.

Univison’s Al Punto: Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security; State Representative Stephen Sandstrom, Republican of Utah; Ricardo Alarcón, President of Caracol Radio.

Virtually Speaking: Stuart Zechman and Chris Kendrick.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon:Seeds of Change goes beyond the headlines of the last Presidential campaign to describe what really happened in ACORN’s massive voter registration drives, why it triggered an unrelenting attack by Fox News and the Republican Party, and how it confronted its internal divisions and scandals.”  Chat with John Atlas about his new book, 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Join John Roecker and Teddy Partridge to find out Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars But Were Afraid to Ask, Monday 8pm ET.


At Least the German Economy’s Growing

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

At Least the German Economy’s Growing
The U.S. economy is still an unholy mess, but someone is doing something right over in Germany, which reported record growth over the three-month period from April through June—the biggest such spike since the once-split nation reunified. The fiscal situation was slightly improved in France and Spain, but Greece? Down 1.5 percent.  —KA BBC: “Such quarter-on-quarter growth has never been recorded before in reunified Germany,” the national statistics office, Destatis, said. The main reason for the higher-than-expected growth was strong exports, helped by a weaker euro. The eurozone economy grew by 1% during the quarter. This compares with growth of 0.2% in the first three months of the year, the area’s official statistics agency, Eurostat, said. Read more  

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The U.S. economy is still an unholy mess, but someone is doing something right over in Germany, which reported record growth over the three-month period from April through June—the biggest such spike since the once-split nation reunified. The fiscal situation was slightly improved in France and Spain, but Greece? Down 1.5 percent.? —KA

BBC:

“Such quarter-on-quarter growth has never been recorded before in reunified Germany,” the national statistics office, Destatis, said.

The main reason for the higher-than-expected growth was strong exports, helped by a weaker euro.

The eurozone economy grew by 1% during the quarter.

This compares with growth of 0.2% in the first three months of the year, the area’s official statistics agency, Eurostat, said.

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Ralph Lopez: The Real Story Behind Time’s Afghan Woman Cover: American Complicity

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 15th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Ralph Lopez: The Real Story Behind Time’s Afghan Woman Cover: American Complicity
Self-immolation and the suicide rate among Afghan women are at an all time high. The constant state of war only strengthens the Taliban by placing them in the position, as disliked as they are, of national liberators.

Obama’s Ground Zero Mosque Comments: President Recalibrates (VIDEO)
Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New…

Sarah Palin Twitters, Asks Obama To Answer ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque Questions
Sarah Palin took to Twitter and Facebook Saturday and demanded that President Obama explain whether or not he supports the decision by a Muslim Center’s…

Peter H. Gleick: Global Weirding: Naming Climate Change Disasters After the Deniers
Henceforth, just as we give names to hurricanes, I propose we name climate disasters after those who deny the reality of climate change in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence, starting with the Inhofe Lake Mead Bathtub Ring.

Fox News Hosts Agree With Obama’s Defense Of Ground Zero Mosque: ‘He Has To Stand Up For Our Constitution’
Reacting to President Obama’s forceful defense of Muslims’ rights to build a new Islamic community center near Ground Zero, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) — who…


Right-wing media blast President Obama’s support for freedom of religion

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 15th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Right-wing media blast President Obama’s support for freedom of religion

Right-wing media are attacking President Obama’s statement that he “believe[s] that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country” and are entitled to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan.

President Obama supports Muslims’ constitutionally protected right to free exercise of religion

President Obama: “Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.” While continuing the White House tradition of hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan, President Obama said of the planned Islamic community center in Manhattan:

Now, that’s not to say that religion is without controversy. Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities — particularly New York.  Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan.  The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country.  And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable.  So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders.  And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.

But let me be clear.  As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.  (Applause.)  And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.  This is America.  And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.  The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are.  The writ of the Founders must endure.

Right-wing media outlets immediately blasted Obama

Geller: President Obama “has, in effect, sided with the Islamic jihadists.” In an August 13 post to her Atlas Shrugs blog, Pamela Geller said:

Obama came out for the Islamic supremacist mosque at the hallowed ground of 911 attack. He has, in effect, sided with the Islamic jihadists and told the ummah (at an Iftar dinner on the third night of Ramadan, of course) that he believes in and supports a triumphal mosque on the cherished site of Islamic conquest.

If you had any doubt who Obama stood with on 911, there can be no doubt in our minds now.

I believe he planned it all along. He waited until Ramadan. Symbolic. He has now turned our Ground Zero protest on 911 into a mega-event. The very idea of a 15-story mega-mosque on hallowed ground in indecent, offensive and outrageous. If Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy really wanted to “reach out” and “heal,” they would give the $120 million to the first responders suffering from exposure to the toxic environment at Ground Zero after Muslim terrorists brought down the World Trade Center and slaughtered 3,000 Americans.

Is the president incapable of common decency?

Obama knows this is not about religious liberty. No one has suggested abridging the first amendment to stop the mosque. There are hundreds of mosques in New York, thousands in America.  This is not a religious issue. This is a national security issue.

Once again, Obama puts himself directly at odds with the majority of the American people, as is his way and the hallmark of his presidency. This is all explained in detail wrote:

The most prominent American public figure to directly challenge such pap is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who, in remarks before the American Enterprise Institute last month, declared, “Stealth jihadis use political, cultural, societal, religious, intellectual tools; violent jihadis use violence.  But in fact they’re both engaged in jihad and they’re both seeking to impose the same end state which is to replace Western civilization with a radical imposition of shariah.”

In a brilliant appreciation of Mr. Gingrich’s address, Andrew McCarthy, an accomplished former federal prosecutor (he put away the ringleader of the first effort to destroy the World Trade Center, “the Blind Sheikh,” OmarAbdel-Rahman) and author of the superb New York Times bestseller, The Grand Jihad , wrote in National Review Online: “Henceforth, there should be no place to hide for any candidate, including any incumbent. The question will be: Where do you stand on shariah?” 

For Barack Obama, the answer is now pretty clear:  He stands with shariah.

New York Post headline: “Allah Right By Me.” The cover of today’s edition of the New York Post displayed the following headline:

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Drudge headline: “As-Salamu Alaykum.” On August 14, the Drudge Report displayed the following main headline on its webpage:

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Waters Stages A Defense, Weeks Before Ethics Trial

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

Waters Stages A Defense, Weeks Before Ethics Trial
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) held a long press conference in D.C. today, giving what amounted to a lengthy defense several weeks before the House ethics committee will be able to try her on three alleged violations. Waters — accused of…


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Report: Birther Army Doctor Tells Prosecutor ‘Don’t Tase Me, Bro’
The American Patriot Association, which set up a legal defense fund for birther Army doctor Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, is claiming that lead prosecutor LTC Steven Brodsky “threatened” Lakin, suggesting it would be easier to “just taser [Lakin] and throw him in the van” to avoid having him speak to the press. In response, Lakin apparently had this message for Brodsky: “Don’t tase me, bro.”


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The Demise of the Teabaggers: Nuts and Money Are Soon Parted

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

The Demise of the Teabaggers: Nuts and Money Are Soon Parted


A Foreign-Policy Confab That Yale Should Host

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 15th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

A Foreign-Policy Confab That Yale Should Host
“APPEASEMENT!” What a powerful term it has become… It is much stronger a form of opprobrium than even the loaded ‘L’ word,” writes Paul Kennedy, the distinguished assessor of empires at Yale and a Commander of the Order of the…


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The Jobs Emergency
Washington’s latest answer to the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression is $26 billion in aid to state and local governments. This still leaves the states and locales more than $62 billion in the hole this fiscal year. And…


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Greenspan, Rubin, and Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover’s disciples are making noises even as America moves closer towards a double dip recession Fed Chair Alan Greenspan tells the New York Times all the Bush tax cuts should expire as scheduled, even those that benefit the…


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CNN Contributor Erickson Compares Building of Mosque To ?Human Sacrifice?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 15th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

CNN Contributor Erickson Compares Building of Mosque To ?Human Sacrifice?

ericksonReacting angrily to President Obama’s statement yesterday in support of the Cordoba House community center in lower Manhattan on the basis of religious freedom, blogger and CNN contributor Erick Erickson compared supporting the rights of Muslims to establish mosques in America to supporting “human sacrifice” by the Church of Satan. Erickson went on to suggest that the president’s interpretation of American religious freedom could also extend to support for “jihad”.

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As the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky notes, the president’s support for the Cordoba House “is going to be demagogued to death in the next few days. The important part is going forward. Hang tough. Stand by the position. Don’t trim sails or add asterisks after Mitch McConnell or Dick Cheney or whomever says whatever hideous thing they’re going to say.”

By supporting the rights of an unpopular religious minority, President Obama is firmly within the bounds of America’s best traditions and values. The same can’t be said of those cultivating fear of Muslims for political gain.


Congress growing more wary about corruption in Afghanistan, Sen. Kerry says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 15th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Congress growing more wary about corruption in Afghanistan, Sen. Kerry says
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), one of the most stalwart backers of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, says Congress is growing increasingly concerned about corruption in that country and that he plans to raise the issue directly with President Hamid Karzai during a visit to Kabul this week.


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Obama: Backing Muslims’ right to build NYC mosque is not an endorsement
One day after President Obama defended the freedom of Muslims to build an Islamic complex near New York’s Ground Zero, he offered a less forceful version of that position on Saturday: Yes, Muslims have that right, Obama said — but that doesn’t mean he believes it is the right thing for them to do.


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Talk-show guests: Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
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