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Man Takes 200 Fireworks on Plane

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Man Takes 200 Fireworks on Plane
A British airline passenger claims he was allowed to take more than 200 fireworks on two flights in the United States. Paul Jones, 29, flew from Kansas to Houston and back to the UK with a bag of Black Cat fireworks and a lighter. It was only at London’s Heathrow Airport that officials expressed concern, he said. “I put them in my pocket, walked through then put them on a grey tray at the customs and security. They had to go through the x-ray,” he said.



Late Late Night FDL: In The Mood

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: In The Mood
Bette MidlerIn The Mood.

Bette MidlerIn The Mood.

What’s on your mind?

A Treasury of Republican Tolerance
Thank goodness there’s so little illogical hatred going around.

First Amendment AND Second Amendment Scholarship:

For those scoring at home (and if so, why are you reading a blog?) that’s “N-word” no big deal, “retarded” crime against humanity. And using firearm comparisons again, it’s the well-conceived Byron De La Beckwith school of analogies, classy.

And about that First Amendment, for them but not for “them”:

Yes, it’s totally about slandering a few million Americans (and a billion plus globally), so I can be a flag-waving hypocrite.

But, as Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway once asked, where is the love? Not in Iowa state races it appears:

No confirmation yet over whether Jeremy (and really congrats from Jason) made these posts between large helpings of batter-dipped shrimp from Long John Silvers.  Maybe he should ask Newt what Leviticus says about adultery (I’m guessing off on a technicality)?


Jean in ‘Hiding’ While Awaiting Presidential Run

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Jean in ‘Hiding’ While Awaiting Presidential Run
Former Fugee Wyclef Jean is making the most of his professed intent to become president of his native Haiti. Since announcing his bid for Haiti’s highest office, he’s met some resistance, including from an irked Sean Penn … (continued)

Wyclef Jean

Former Fugee Wyclef Jean is making the most of his professed intent to become president of his native Haiti. Since announcing his bid for Haiti’s highest office, he’s met some resistance, including from an irked Sean Penn … (continued)

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Tina Dupuy: Dr. Laura and the First Amendment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Tina Dupuy: Dr. Laura and the First Amendment

David O. Stewart: Playing the Nazi Card
Always ready to throw kerosene on a cultural blaze, Republican quote-meister Newt Gingrich has decreed that those sponsoring a mosque in lower Manhattan are like…

James Denselow: False Dawn in Iraq
The reality of the US ‘departure’ from Iraq is worthy of closer examination As US combat units pulled back into Kuwait today a single soldiers…

Will Bunch: It’s Not About the Mosque! It’s America’s War on ‘the Other’
The political firestorm with its epicenter in lower Manhattan really has nothing to do with 9/11 and everything to do with the fear that America is becoming a non-white-dominated country.


Fox News silent on News Corp.’s huge donation to GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Fox News silent on News Corp.’s huge donation to GOP

Following reports that Fox News’ parent company News Corp. donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, Fox News has not mentioned the contribution, according to searches of the TVEyes and Nexis databases. Several other news outlets have covered the donation, which is reportedly “one of the biggest ever given by a media organization.”

Fox News, FoxNews.com silent on News Corp.’s donation

News Corp.’s contribution reportedly “one of the biggest ever given by a media organization.” On August 16, Bloomberg reported on March 6, 2009, that according to Glenn Beck, in a meeting with him, Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes “shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and Fox News was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration.” From the article:

“I wanted to meet with Roger and tell him, ‘You may not want to put me on the air. I believe we are in dire trouble, and I will never shut up,’ ” said the conservative radio host.

But before Beck could say anything, Ailes shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and Fox News was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration.

“I see this as the Alamo,” Ailes said, according to Beck. “If I just had somebody who was willing to sit on the other side of the camera until the last shot is fired, we’d be fine.”

That couldn’t have suited Beck more. In making the jump to the top-rated cable news channel from HLN, where he had a show for two years, he hoped to alert more people to one of his consuming fears: that the government’s handling of the economic crisis is ushering in an era of socialism.

Fox News executive: Fox is “voice of opposition on some issues.” A March 23, 2009, report on NPR’s Media Circus featured clips of Fox News vice president for programming Bill Shine saying of Fox News: “There were a couple of people who basically wrote about our demise come last November, December, and were, I guess, rooting for us to go away. … With this particular group of people in power right now, and the honeymoon they’ve had from other members of the media, does it make it a little bit easier for us to be the voice of opposition on some issues?”

Fox News hosts and contributors have raised millions for GOP. Fox News hosts and contributors — including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Sean Hannity and Rick Santorum — strongly criticized Fox & Friends for a “softball” interview with Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle as being “rife with inaccuracies, softball questions and poor research on the part of the producers and hosts.” Fox & Friends has routinely interviewed Republican congressional candidates and provided them with a platform to promote their campaigns, aiding them with leading questions and statements. 


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

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New Anti-Mosque Video By Liz Cheney’s Group Features 9/11 Survivors, Families (VIDEO)
Keep America Safe, the group run by Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol which brought the world the “Al-Qaeda Seven” campaign in the spring, is out with a new video today featuring the family members of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks who oppose the construction of a Muslim center in lower Manhattan.



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Scales of Justice: Blagojevich Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Scales of Justice: Blagojevich Edition


The 8 Most Absurd Excuses for Trying to Defeat Legal Pot

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

The 8 Most Absurd Excuses for Trying to Defeat Legal Pot
I’ve collected the eight craziest claims about a post-legalization state of California predicted by opponents of Prop 19.

I've collected the eight craziest claims about a post-legalization state of California predicted by opponents of Prop 19.

Does Today’s Liberated, Chaotic Family Work Better Than the 1950s Model?
Things have changed. This is the post-boomer era. And these are not your parents’ children.

Things have changed. This is the post-boomer era. And these are not your parents' children.

Is Porn Racist?
Stereotyped fantasies, inequality and exploitation are the norm in commercial pornography. But not all porn is created equal.

Stereotyped fantasies, inequality and exploitation are the norm in commercial pornography. But not all porn is created equal.

Watch: Saying the N-Word 11 Times on National Radio & Other Racist Ideas
What was Dr. Laura thinking? Well, she made it pretty clear.

What was Dr. Laura thinking? Well, she made it pretty clear.


What Politics Does to History

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

What Politics Does to History
Foreign Policy has just posted one of the more difficult and damning reviews I’ve ever written, of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order, by Charles Hill, the former executive assistant and speechwriter to Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz….



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Making the World Safer Through Better Budget Priorities
Today marks the release of a new report that advocates cutting a little over 10% of the country’s post-World War II record military budget. The report, A Unified Security Budget for the United States, proposes shifting at least half of…



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Chamber Blames Women For Pay Gap: They Should Choose The Right ?Place To Work? And ?Partner At Home?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Chamber Blames Women For Pay Gap: They Should Choose The Right ?Place To Work? And ?Partner At Home?

us_chamber_of_commerce Today is the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted the right to vote to women. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has decided to use this day of equal rights for women to argue that women are now to blame for unequal pay in the workplace. On the organization’s official blog, ChamberPost, Senior Director of Communications Brad Peck today makes the argument that the pay gap between men and women in the American workforce — women currently earn roughly 77 cents to every dollar a man earns — is “the result of individual choice rather than discrimination.” He argues that, instead of bold legislative action being taken to help correct this pay gap, women should pick the “obvious, immediate, power-of-the-individual solution: choosing the right place to work and choosing the right partner at home“:

Most of the current “pay gap” is the result of individual choice rather than discrimination. […]

It is true that culturally speaking women are more likely to have to make the tough choices about work-life balance. But as we all seek to fit our values into a dynamic 24/7 economy, let’s not overlook the obvious, immediate, power-of-the-individual solution: choosing the right place to work and choosing the right partner at home.

Peck’s argument that women could close the pay gap by simply choosing jobs in better paying fields and marrying wealthier men is based on a faulty premise — that the pay gap in the United States between genders exists because women choose to work for less and men choose to work for more.

While it’s true that women sometimes migrate into fields that have lower pay, what Peck ignores is that even within the same occupation, women are paid less. For example, data collected by the Census Bureau in 2007 shows that “female secretaries…earn just 83.4% as much as male ones” and female truck drivers “earn just 76.5% of the weekly pay of their male counterparts.” A report put out this year by the University of Minnesota finds that women in that state are “are paid $11,000 dollars less each year than men with the same jobs.” A 2007 American Association of University Women report compared men and women with similar “hours, occupation, parenthood, and other factors normally associated with pay” and found that “college-educated women still earn less than their male peers earn“; the report concludes that workplace discrimination is the culprit in the wage gap.

It is important to note that this pay inequity is so pervasive that it even affects people who undergo a sex change. In 2008, researchers Kristen Schilt and Matthew Wiswall examined the wages over their lifetimes of people before and after a sex change operation. Even “when controlling for factors like education, men who transitioned to women earned, on average, 32% less after the surgery. Women who became men, on the other hand, earned 1.5% more.”

Unfortunately, the Chamber of Commerce has a long history of overlooking women’s struggles in America and of actively opposing movements for gender equality. While opposing the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, the Chamber argued that pregnancy was a “voluntary” act and thus should not have discrimination protections in the workplace. In 1987 it ominously warned that the Family and Medical Leave Act would set a “dangerous precedent” of employer-sponsored benefits. And last year, the organization lobbied against legislation that would allow rape victims to bring lawsuits against their employers.

Deficit fraud Blunt calls for permanent taxpayer giveaways to the real estate industry.

Yesterday, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who is running for Missouri’s open Senate seat, unveiled his jobs plan at an event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Blunt spends a lot of time in the document fearmongering about the deficit, saying “we must put a stop to this reckless and embarrassing culture of running up the bill and passing it along to our children and grandchildren.” He even advocates rescinding the stimulus money that has yet to be spent, which amounts be a tax increase on the middle class. But Blunt’s concern about spending evaporates when it comes to having the federal government subsidize the real estate industry, as he calls for permanently extending the home buyers tax credit:

Recently it was announced that new home purchases had fallen off more than 30%. Clearly people respond to tax incentives and the recently-expired home owners’ tax credit is no exception. Encouraging people who can afford it to purchase homes helps employ homebuilders, real estate workers, bank employees, and keeps liquidity in the market.

As The Wonk Room explained, the home buyer’s tax credit was enacted as part of the stimulus and then extended a couple of times, and by all accounts it was a complete and total boondoggle, costing taxpayers billions to subsidize activity that was going to happen anyway. Even the credit’s staunchest supporters have said that its “sunsetting is an incentive to drive people to the marketplace” and poo-pooed the notion of extending it forever, which clearly turns it into a permanent subsidy to the real estate industry. But since Blunt has received far more money from the finance/insurance/real estate sector than any other in his career, maybe that’s precisely the point, no matter what it costs.