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Zogby: ‘Fear’s Back with a Vengeance’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Zogby: ‘Fear’s Back with a Vengeance’
James Zogby: Something remarkable happened on November 4, 2008. Despite economic distress, uncertainty and insecurity, voters went to the polls and chose hope over fear electing Barack Obama President of the United States. I say remarkable because … the more typical response under such circumstances has been for social movements to emerge that, driven by fear, withdraw into chauvinistic xenophobia, glorifying an imagined past and striking out against threats real or imagined. … Fear is back, with a vengeance.



Late Late Night FDL: Lost and Foundling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Lost and Foundling
Lost and Foundling starring Sniffles. This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was released on September 30, 1944. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seat back 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?

Lost and Foundling starring Sniffles.  This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was released on September 30, 1944.

Directed by Charles M. Jones.  Produced by Edward Selzer.  Story by Tedd Pierce.  Animation by Ben Washam, Robert Cannon, and Ken Harris.  Film Editor and Sound Effects Editing by Treg Brown.  Voices by Mel Blanc (Orville) and Bernice Hansen (Sniffles).  Original Music and Musical Direction by Carl W. Stalling.  Orchestration by Milt Franklyn.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seat back 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?


‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq; ‘Mosque’-troversy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:45 am by HL

‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq; ‘Mosque’-troversy
This week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” offers some new twists, including producer Sarah Spitz moderating for returning regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley. This week’s menu of topics ripped from the headlines includes … (continued)

Left, Right & Center

This week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” offers some new twists, including producer Sarah Spitz moderating for returning regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley. This week’s menu of topics ripped from the headlines includes … (continued)

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Paul Krugman: Appeasing The Bond Gods

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Paul Krugman: Appeasing The Bond Gods
As I look at what passes for responsible economic policy these days, there’s an analogy that keeps passing through my mind. I know it’s over…

WaPo ‘On Faith’: Daisy Khan: ‘When Will Muslims Be Accepted?’
Daisy Khan is shocked. In a phone conversation with her minutes ago she said she couldn’t believe that what had started out as “a community…

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Judge H. Lee Sarokin: Who Is The Abuser: Congress or Roger Clemens?
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Vitter’s Office Paid For Aide’s Trips Home For Court Appearances: Report

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Vitter’s Office Paid For Aide’s Trips Home For Court Appearances: Report
Sen. David Vitter’s (R-LA) office apparently paid for a staffer’s trips from Washington, D.C., to Louisiana when the staffer was due to appear in court on drunken driving charges.


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Orly Taitz Claims That Obama Is Undermining Her Birther Case
Birther extraordinaire Orly Taitz is still trying to have the Supreme Court reverse a $20,000 fine imposed on her by a lower judge, even after the court denied her appeal earlier this week.


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Cordoba House: Too Far Away

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Cordoba House: Too Far Away
When an open and shut case stays open, there’s something wrong with the investigation–not just with arguments for and against, but the terms of debate themselves. Does anybody really know how to talk about “religions” these days? Like most who…



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Israel’s Defenders & The Anti-Muslim Blow-Up Here
I don’t know why I am at all surprised that the American Right – including the Republican Party – has decided that scapegoating Muslims is the ticket to success. After all, it’s nothing new. I remember right after 9/11 when…


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Despite His Anti-Government Rhetoric, Gov. McDonnell?s Budget Surplus Results From Government Assistance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Despite His Anti-Government Rhetoric, Gov. McDonnell?s Budget Surplus Results From Government Assistance

While most states are experiencing debilitating budget deficits, Virginia is “feeling flush” after turning a $1.8 billion deficit into a $403.2 million budget surplus at the close of the fiscal year. In a celebratory speech before the Virginia legislature Thursday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) credited higher tax revenue, state agencies’ fiscal responsibility, and serious budget cuts for the state’s ability “to balance the books.”

McDonnell’s victory tour continued with a stop on the Fox Business network to tout “fiscal prudence and conservative budgeting” as “the key” to his surplus. When enamored host Gerri Willis asked him whether Washington “could learn something from Virginia,” McDonnell replied he hoped his fiscal responsibility in Richmond “would be a model for Washington”:

WILLIS: Well you know congratulations, it’s an amazing story. You started the year with $1.8 billion deficit – you turned it around completely, even have a surplus. How’d you do it?

MCDONNELL: Well it took a lot of work and a lot of bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature but I think we took a very conservative, fiscal, practical approach to budget. You can’t spend what you don’t have. […]

WILLIS: And you mentioned some of the spending priorities in Washington, could they learn something from Virginia?

MCDONNELL: Well, as I said in my speech to the legislature today, they sure could. Everybody knows, families and businesses that are cutting in these tough economic times, this is an unsustainable level of spending. What we need to do is incentivize the free enterprise system which has been the strength of American democracy for hundreds of years to grow. And we can’t keep adding a trillion and a half dollars to the national debt every year with this deficit, you’ve got to be fiscally prudent and incentivize the free enterprise system so you don’t have more government bailouts and more dependence of people on government. It’s a very different model and I hope Richmond would be a model for Washington.

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McDonnell’s “prudence” would be a shining example for the federal government if he hadn’t relied on one important contributor: the federal government. According to a Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis report released this week, last year’s Recovery Act provided $2.5 billion in stimulus relief to “maintain crucial services for [Virginia] citizens” and “help close the state’s budget shortfall in 2010-2012.” Virginia legislators relied on $1.3 billion in enhanced Medicaid funding, $1 billion in funding for K-12 and higher education, $39 million for public safety, and $200 million in general support to reduce “what would otherwise have been a $5.4 billion budget hole.”

But McDonnell has a history of selective amnesia when it comes to Recovery funds. During his gubernatorial campaign, McDonnell continually criticized the Recovery Act as a “massive” spending bill that would “do little to help the economy.” But, while in office, McDonnell heralded $24 million in federal funding to advance health information technology while sweeping the fact that it was stimulus funding under the rug. He even requested stimulus funds to cover rising health care costs and to help build a Rolls Royce manufacturing plant in Prince George County. As one Virginia legislator put it, “we wouldn’t even be talking about the surplus if it weren’t for the stimulus.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Refuses To Join Rep. Lamar Smith In Discussing Obama Impeachment

JFortenberryLast month, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) became the first congressman in his party to hint at impeaching President Obama for purportedly violating his oath of office by not completely securing the border. Since then, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has joined Smith in declaring that Obama has violated his oath of office.

ThinkProgress caught up with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) at a town hall meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska last week to get his take on the matter. Fortenberry, who lacks no conservative credentials with an 87% lifetime conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, was unwilling to join his colleagues. Not only did he argue that Obama had not violated his oath of office, but he also recoiled at the notion that his colleagues would make such incendiary comments:

TP: I had a quick question about immigration policy in particular. There’s a lot of hot feelings out here about it. Do you think that if President Obama doesn’t address the issue, that that would be a violation of his oath of office?

FORTENBERRY: Well, I don’t think it’d be a violation of his oath of office. The problem is, like I was asked today earlier, when is the immigration reform going to happen? […]

TP: I know Congressman Lamar Smith has come out and said that Obama is permitting illegal immigration is coming really close to a violation of his oath of office.

FORTENBERRY: Lamar said that?

TP: Yeah, he did. If Republicans were to take back Congress next term and if he were to bring up a bill like that, you’re saying you don’t think you would support that?

FORTENBERRY: That the president had violated his oath of office? Well I don’t…These things get a little politically heated. I don’t like to throw things around like that, that’s pretty serious. I like Lamar Smith, he’s a friend of mine. […] I just don’t want to throw stuff around like that, frankly.

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Washington-set films may fudge facts, but good ones speak to larger truths

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Washington-set films may fudge facts, but good ones speak to larger truths
The movies about Washington that get the right stuff right — or get some stuff wrong but in the right way — become their own form of consensus history.


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Reid’s Strategy: Winning Ugly

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 22nd, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Reid’s Strategy: Winning Ugly

Is Growth Destined to Disappoint for Years?
Neil Irwin, Washington Post
CHICAGO — Corporate profits are soaring. Companies are sitting on billions of dollars of cash. And still, they've yet to amp up hiring or make major investments — the missing ingredients for a strong economic recovery. Many Democrats say the economy needs more stimulus. Business lobbyists and their Republican allies say it needs less regulation and lower taxes. But here in the heartland of America, senior executives say neither side's assessment fits. They blame their profound caution on their view that U.S. consumers are destined to disappoint for many years. As a result,…

GOP Opposes Policy to Help Workers
Robyn Blumner, St. Petersburg Times