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Sunday Talking Heads: August 29, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: August 29, 2010
Snarkassandra hosts FDL’s Book Salon today with Nona Willis Aronowitz, so please stop in for that. The talking heads cover the economy, going back to school, the 2010 elections, and more.

Snarkassandra hosts FDL’s Book Salon today with Nona Willis Aronowitz, so please stop in for that. The talking heads cover the economy, going back to school, the 2010 elections, and more.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Allison, Plyer, Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, Co-Deputy Director. 8:30am – Shannon Jones, Tulane University Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, Executive Director. 9:15am – Steven Striffler, University of New Orleans, Professor.

ABC’s This Week: Back to School – Education Secretary Arne Duncan, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.  Then, Jamie Oliver talks  about fighting the obesity epidemic.  Roundtable: George Will, Donna Brazile, Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, Susie Gharib of PBS’ Nightly Business Report

CBS’ Face The Nation: Joe Miller, Candidate for Senate in Alaska; Rep. Kendrick Meek, Florida Democratic Senate Nominee;  Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour, Chairman, Republican Governors Association; Fla. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Vice Chair.

Chris Matthews: Joe Klein, Kelly O’Donnell, Katty Kay, The Atlantic’s Reihan SalamTopics: Who Gains from the Divisions in the Country?  Will The Right Stuff For The GOP This Year Actually Help Obama in 2012?

CNN”s State of the Union:
Guest host Ed Henry. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan. Then, two Florida Senate candidates Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) on local economic conditions. Finally, Ali Velshi.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:
China v USA – Geo-strategist Robert Kaplan.  America’s nuclear arsenal.  Is the Internet really dead – Internet guru Clay Shirky.  The economy – Richard Florida on “the change that always comes with economic crisis…and the good things that he thinks will come out of this one.”  Military fashion.

Fox News Sunday: Glenn BeckFox News AllStars: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Kevin Madden, Juan Williams Power Player of the Week:  Carnell Cooper M.D., Chief of Traumatology at Prince George’s Hospital Center.

NBC’s Meet The Press:
Live from New Orleans – Guest host Brian Williams with Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  Then, Brad Pitt, Founder of the Make It Right Foundation.  Roundtable: New Orleans native, a star of HBO’s hit show “Treme,” set in a post-Katrina New Orleans, and President of the Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corporation, Wendell Pierce; Long-time New Orleans journalist and Host of WWL-Radio New Orleans’ “Think Tank”, Garland Robinette;  Historian Douglas Brinkley.

Newsmakers: Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN), the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, gives his thoughts on recent news from the Middle East, especially the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq. Next week, President Obama is scheduled to give a major foreign policy speech about achieving his campaign promise to pullout of Iraq, and the agreement to restart the Middle East peace talks in September.

Q & A: Michael Kaiser, president of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Earlier this year, Mr. Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute which trains people to become managers in the arts field. He has just completed a 69 city tour in connection with the Arts in Crisis initiative where he spoke with local arts communities on how to handle the impact of reduced funding due to the recession.

Religion & Ethics: Katrina’s 5th Anniversary.  Interfaith Divorce.  Ethics and Iraq.  Terrance Blanchard – Requiem for Katrina.

60 Minutes: Stealing America’s Secrets – “60 Minutes” has obtained an FBI videotape showing a Defense Department employee selling secrets to a Chinese spy that offers a rare glimpse into the secretive world of espionage and illustrates how China’s spying may pose the biggest espionage threat to the U.S.  The Bloom Box – Large corporations in California have been secretly testing a new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid. They’re saying it’s efficient, clean, and saves them money. Will we have one in every home someday? Birdmen – In the latest craze that has killed several extreme sports enthusiasts, men don wing-suits, jump off mountaintops and glide down at speeds approaching 140 miles per hour.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Tenure vanishes, tuition skyrockets; Childfree women earn the same as men; 3-Birth control sabotage: new trend in domestic violence.  Panelists: Christina Hoff Sommers; Kim Gandy; Avis Jones-DeWeever; Karen CzarneckiOnline exclusive: ‘Republicanizing’ Gay Rights – As more high-profile Republicans come out, will the gay rights discussion change?

Univision’s Al Punto: Mauricio Farah, Former Director of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission; Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona; Patricia Duarte, Jose Francisco Garcia, Maria Josefina Carretas, and Daniel Gershensen, Parents and Attorney of Two of the Victims of the ABC Daycare Center Fire in Mexico.

Virtually Speaking: Cliff Schecter
and CultureOfTruth.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon:
“What do young women care about? What are their hopes, worries, and ambitions? Have they heard of feminism, and do they relate to it?”  Chat with Nona Willis Aronowitz about her new book, Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, hosted by our friend Snarkassandra, 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Lime Salted Love is “an in-depth exploration into the sorted lives of a group of hip LA denizens attempting to cope with the demons that haunt their dreams.”  Come talk with Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Danielle Agnello and Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET, Monday.?



L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology
Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.” The plan has caught the attention of the ACLU of Southern California, which sees it as “tantamount to torture.” —JCL Salon: A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is “tantamount to torture.” The mechanism, known as an “Assault Intervention Device,” is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department plans to install the device by Labor Day, making it the first time in the world the technology has been deployed in such a capacity. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California criticized Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision in a letter sent Thursday, saying that the technology amounts to a ray gun at a county jail. The 4-feet-tall weapon, which looks like a cross between a robot and a satellite radar, will be mounted on the ceiling and can swivel. Read more

Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.”

The plan has caught the attention of the ACLU of Southern California, which sees it as “tantamount to torture.” —JCL

Salon:

A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is “tantamount to torture.”

The mechanism, known as an “Assault Intervention Device,” is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department plans to install the device by Labor Day, making it the first time in the world the technology has been deployed in such a capacity.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California criticized Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision in a letter sent Thursday, saying that the technology amounts to a ray gun at a county jail. The 4-feet-tall weapon, which looks like a cross between a robot and a satellite radar, will be mounted on the ceiling and can swivel.

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Violence Rules in Mexico
An investigator probing the deaths of 72 migrants in violence-racked Tamaulipas state in northern Mexico has turned up missing. The massacre victims, apparently people trying to reach the U.S. border, were reportedly slain by members of the notorious Zetas drug gang. —JCL Los Angeles Times: … Authorities in Tamaulipas state said they had so far identified the remains of 31 of the massacre victims and determined that they were from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Brazil. Tamaulipas officials said Roberto Suarez, an agent for the state prosecutor’s office involved in the investigation, went missing Wednesday. That was a day after Mexican marines found the slain migrants on a ranch outside the town of San Fernando. A San Fernando police officer was also reported missing Friday. The case is now run by the federal attorney general’s office. The disappearances and car blasts appeared to be further signs of the lawlessness that prevails in Tamaulipas, a stronghold of drug traffickers across the border from Texas. Read more

An investigator probing the deaths of 72 migrants in violence-racked Tamaulipas state in northern Mexico has turned up missing. The massacre victims, apparently people trying to reach the U.S. border, were reportedly slain by members of the notorious Zetas drug gang. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

… Authorities in Tamaulipas state said they had so far identified the remains of 31 of the massacre victims and determined that they were from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Brazil.

Tamaulipas officials said Roberto Suarez, an agent for the state prosecutor’s office involved in the investigation, went missing Wednesday. That was a day after Mexican marines found the slain migrants on a ranch outside the town of San Fernando.

A San Fernando police officer was also reported missing Friday. The case is now run by the federal attorney general’s office.

The disappearances and car blasts appeared to be further signs of the lawlessness that prevails in Tamaulipas, a stronghold of drug traffickers across the border from Texas.

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Taylor Marsh: Glenn Beck’s King for A Day Rally

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Taylor Marsh: Glenn Beck’s King for A Day Rally
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“Restoring Honor”: Glenn Beck honors Glenn Beck

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

“Restoring Honor”: Glenn Beck honors Glenn Beck

Much of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” weekend — and the run-up to it — focused on one thing: Glenn Beck. Beck introduced a Beck-sanctioned clergy group that he claimed represented “180 million people,” repeatedly associated himself with Martin Luther King Jr., made outlandish claims about the impact of the events, and was praised as “one of America’s most trusted and honored citizens.”

“As Martin Luther King said … “: Beck’s litany of self-aggrandizing claims

Beck announces the creation of his own organization of clergy members, the “Black Robe Regiment.” During his August 27 “Divine Destiny” event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Beck said, “Tonight, you are going to witness something historic,” and later added that “some of the best and bravest pastors, priests, rabbis, clerics in the country” were present at the event. He continued, “Tomorrow, we will announce the beginning of the Black Robe Regiment.”

Introducing Black Robe Regiment, Beck claims that clergy in his crowd “represent 180 million people.” During his August 28 “Restoring Honor” event on the National Mall, Beck said, “The Black Robe Regiment is back again today. These 240 men and women of all faiths are standing here today. … These 240 men and women from all faiths represent thousands of clergy that we couldn’t fit into this area that are amongst you now — thousands that have come here to the Mall to stand with America and God. And those thousands that are here represent 180 million people.”

Beck: “As Martin Luther King said, I don’t know if I’ll be there when we reach the promised land.” Beck said on his August 27 radio show that “we are at the beginning of the awakening.” He continued: “As Martin Luther King said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be there when we reach the promised land, I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but we are going to reach the promised land, or at least the edges of the Promised Land.’ “

Beck: “I can relate to Martin Luther King probably the most.” During “Restoring Honor,” after reciting the names of Moses, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, Beck said that “out of all these giants, I can relate to Martin Luther King probably the most because we haven’t carved him in marble yet.”

Beck: “I have been looking for the next George Washington. … I know he is in this crowd.” During “Restoring Honor,” Beck said, “Somewhere in this crowd — I know it. I have been looking for the next George Washington. I can’t find him. I know he is in this crowd. He may be 8 years old, but this is the moment. This is the moment that he dedicates his life, that he sees giants around him. And 25 years from now, he will come not to this stair, but to those stairs. And he can proclaim, ‘I have a new dream.’ That must be our goal: to raise the next great monument.”

Beck compares himself to “the man who saw the iceberg” on the Titanic. During “Restoring Honor” Beck said, “I know that many in this country think that I’m a fearmonger. It is not a label that I think applies. I do talk about frightening things. But I don’t think the man who saw the iceberg as the Titanic was about to hit it and said, ‘It’s an iceberg,’ was a fearmonger. He was warning people on the ship.”

Beck at Kennedy Center: “We are 12 hours away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” During “Divine Destiny,” Beck declared: “We are 12 hours away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. And it has nothing to do with this city or politics. It has everything to do with God Almighty.”

Beck: “America today begins to turn back to God.” During “Restoring Honor,” Beck said, “Something beyond imagination is happening. Something that is beyond man is happening. America today begins to turn back to God.”

Beck says “there won’t be a dry eye in the house” during his speech “because it is so stirring.” On his August 27 radio show, Beck told listeners that they “will regret not being” at the event, adding that “there won’t be a dry eye in the house at the beginning of” his speech “because it is so stirring.”

Beck: “God’s just like given me like hints on stuff, you know, like, come on, can’t you be a little more plain?” During “Divine Destiny,” Beck said to conservative activist David Barton: “Maybe he does it to everybody else, but God’s just like given me like hints on stuff, you know, like, come on, can’t you be a little more plain? And, he just gives you hints.”

“Servant of God”: Beck’s honorees and associates heap praise on him

Jackson: “God sent his son to this earth so that we could all gather. And I think that’s the dream and the vision of Glenn Beck.” During “Restoring Honor,” Rev. C.L. Jackson, the recipient of the Beck-awarded “faith” medal, said, “God brought us here through this bright young — I call him — servant of God, son of God, Glenn Beck. … God sent his son to this Earth so that we could all gather. And I think that’s the dream and the vision of Glenn Beck.

Huntsman: Beck is “one of America’s most trusted and honored citizens.” During “Restoring Honor,” a medal honoring charity was awarded to businessman Jon Huntsman Sr. Emma Houston, a woman who was treated for cancer at Huntsman’s namesake cancer institute, accepted it on his behalf. After saying, “May I quote him exactly,” she said, “Glenn Beck is one of America’s most trusted and honored citizens. I am grateful to him for presenting to me, through Emma Houston, this award for charity.”

Gray: Beck is “America’s history professor.” At “Divine Destiny,” Pat Gray, co-host of Beck’s radio show, said about Beck, “You know him as, as someone described to me in line at the National Archive today, ‘America’s history professor,’ someone who tells the truth about what’s going on in America today,” adding, “I know him as someone who cares so deeply about America that he loses sleep nightly. … He is a man who now loves people with all his heart and loves the Lord with all his heart, might, mind, and spirit. I know him as a man — and so do you — as a man who works tirelessly fighting for this country.”

Alveda King thanks Beck for using “his popularity and influence to bring us together.” During “Restoring Honor,” Alveda King, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, said, “It’s absolutely wonderful for Glenn to use his popularity and influence to bring us together to focus not on an election or political cause, but to focus on honor and on the content of our character, and not the color of our skin. God bless you, Glenn.”

Beck associates himself with the divine

Beck: 9-11 was a “wake-up call” from God. During “Restoring Honor,” Beck said, “The Lord will always send a people wake-up calls. And he has been sending us wake-up call, after wake-up call, after a wake-up call. … [Y]ou can send two kinds of wake-up calls. One through fear, like 9-11. 9-11 woke us up, and we stood shoulder-to-shoulder for a very short period of time.”

Beck’s “message to you” at Kennedy Center: “Trust in the Lord. If he tells you to do it, do it.” During “Divine Destiny,” Beck said: “My message to you tonight is: Stand where He wants you stand, and trust in the Lord. If He tells you to do it, do it. If you can’t figure it out, He will. Just do it.”

Beck embraces statement that “this is the beginning of the end of darkness.” During “Divine Destiny,” Beck said that earlier, he asked Alveda King, “Can you feel it?” Beck added, “And she said, ‘Yes, I can. This is the beginning of the end of darkness. We have been in darkness for a long time.’ “

Beck promoted event with weeks of self-aggrandizement

Promotional video compares 8-28 to moon landing, Iwo Jima, signing of Declaration. In a video posted on a “Producers’ Blog” at his website, Beck placed “Restoring Honor” in the context of the moon landing, the Montgomery bus boycott, Iwo Jima, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and other landmark historical events. It also suggested that Beck is following in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, most of the Founding Fathers, Martha Washington, the Wright Brothers, and other notable historical figures. The video was also shown at “Restoring Honor” itself.

The “spirit of God unleashed”: Beck claims divine influence over his event. In the days and weeks leading up to the weekend of 8-28, Beck repeatedly promoted the idea that God was directly involved in the weekend’s events. He predicted “a miracle” would occur at the event, said that attendees would “see the spirit of God unleashed,” and claimed the rally will produce an “awakening.”

“American miracle”: Beck’s outrageous predictions for his “historic” 8-28 rally. Beck promoted his rally with outrageous hyperbole, calling it everything from “an American miracle” to a “defibrillator to the heart of America.” Beck also claimed that with the rally, he and his audience would be able to “reclaim” the “distorted” civil rights movement.


Rent-This-Missile Ad Agency Donates Two ‘Missiles’ To Protest Against Manhattan Mosque

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Rent-This-Missile Ad Agency Donates Two ‘Missiles’ To Protest Against Manhattan Mosque
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Most Americans Believe Gay Men And Lesbians Should Be Able To Serve In The Military
A new CBS News poll shows that 75% of Americans believe gay men and lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military.



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The August 28 Beck Rally and the Way Things Ought to Be

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

The August 28 Beck Rally and the Way Things Ought to Be


Open Thread Sunday: Do Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Crowd Want a Fascist Coup in America?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Open Thread Sunday: Do Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Crowd Want a Fascist Coup in America?

I have much to say about Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally. But in re-watching some of the footage, I kept thinking about the rhetorical notes struck there. Am I alone in speculating that Saturday was Beck’s dreamy, messianic Reichstag speech moment? Moreover, in watching Beck’s event I kept thinking about how some have argued that fascism […]


The Bloated Pentagon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

The Bloated Pentagon
Here are four slides that are part of a much larger presentation prepared by the Defense Business Board, an advisory council to the Secretary of Defense that was created in 2001. It is not classified and was sent to me…


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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Not So Fresh Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Not So Fresh Edition

The latest LiberalOasis Radio Show podcast is up, as Traci Olsen and I discuss the pointless Glenn Beck rally, the looming tax cut battle, Alan “Milk Cow” Simpson has a milk cow, Traci’s not feeling so fresh feeling about Summer’s Eve.

You can download the podcast at these links: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).

Or you can simply listen below.


Beck Rephrases His Claim President Is ?Racist?: Meant To Say Obama Believes ?America Is An Oppressor?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Beck Rephrases His Claim President Is ?Racist?: Meant To Say Obama Believes ?America Is An Oppressor?

glenn-becksterYesterday, “rodeo clown” Glenn Beck appeared on XM radio with African-American host Joe Madison. Beck seemed to be visiting the studio when Madison spotted him and asked him to come into the radio booth for an impromptu interview.

Immediately, Madison told Beck “I am so angry with you.” “Oh boy,” Beck responded, “Did I just walk into something I shouldn’t have walked into?” “Yes,” Madison said, pressing him on why he called Obama a racist:

MADISON: He’s not a racist?

BECK: What is he? […] I’ve talked about this at length, and so I’m going to rehash it all. I’ve already said stupid comment, off the top of head. And I said just the other day, an ignorant comment. Now that I really understand how he grew up, where he grew up, what his influences were — it’s more of a liberation theology, a kind of attitude he has. That I immediately interpreted — because I didn’t understand him. His attitude is more of, like Bill Ayers — that America is an oppressor. And I just disagree with that.

[…]

MADISON: You do not believe President Obama is a racist?

BECK: I’ve said this before.

MADISON: A mistake? Was that a mistake?

BECK: Absolutely it was. And I’ve said that before. I misunderstood — this I just said the other day — I misunderstood his philosophy and his theology, which is liberation theology.

MADISON: Which was King’s philosophy. Big time.

BECK: Didn’t know that. I’ll talk to Alveda today about it.

MADISON: Oh, talk to his father. You know who you should talk to? Talk to Walter Fontroy. Rev. Walter Fontroy, who grew up with King. That was his philosophy — it was the theological philosophy of social justice.

BECK: Right. I am not a fan of social justice.

MADISON: That’s where we really part. I’m a big fan of social justice.

Listen here:

On July 28, 2009, Beck called Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred of white people.” The following day, Beck stood by the remarks: “I think the president is a racist.” In an interview with Katie Couric in September 2009, he said he was “sorry” for the way he “phrased” the claim, but he said it was a still a “tough question” that needed answering. Again in June 2010, Beck accused Obama of being racist, claiming Obama had not yet spoken directly to BP CEO Tony Hayward because he’s a “white CEO.”

In his address on race in March 2008 in Philadelphia, Obama said, “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together. … This belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story. … I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”