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CEOs Lay Off Thousands, Make Millions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:53 am by HL

CEOs Lay Off Thousands, Make Millions
A new report concludes that chief executives of the 50 firms that have laid off the most workers since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008 took home 42 percent more pay in 2009 than their peers at other large U.S. companies. “Our findings illustrate the great unfairness of the Great Recession,” said Sarah Anderson, lead author of the study, “CEO Pay and the Great Recession,” the latest in a series of annual “Executive Excess” reports published by the institute, a progressive think tank. “CEOs are squeezing workers to boost short-term profits and fatten their own paychecks.”



Preview of the doings our our forthcoming lords and masters (non-Birther Hearings related)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Preview of the doings our our forthcoming lords and masters (non-Birther Hearings related)
A preview of the legislative agenda of our forthcoming Republican Congress

via professor evil at flickr.com

Ladies and gentlemen, Focus on the Family sets the remaining moral agenda for the next Congress:

Being anti-bully is being pro-gay. How this affects John Stossel is unknown, but he is undoubtedly confused.

Meanwhile, good child-rearing — i.e. making a bully — demands attentive parenting.

For example, letting your son get a good long look at your “manly” full-grown penis is completely AWESOME!!!

And when the two are combined, you get to beat your “Wiener-Dog”.


Alaska Senate Upset: Murkowski’s Out, Miller’s In

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Alaska Senate Upset: Murkowski’s Out, Miller’s In
Score one, and a big one at that, for the tea party. On Tuesday, Alaska’s incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski conceded to underdog Joe Miller in the state’s race for the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm election.  —KA AP via Google News: In arguably the biggest political upset of the year, Joe Miller claimed the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate when incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded Tuesday evening. Murkowski gave up after failing to gain much ground in an count of outstanding absentee ballots. Miller will be the favorite in November in strongly Republican Alaska against Democrat Scott McAdams, the mayor of Sitka. But Senate Democrats moved quickly to see whether Miller’s victory could give them an opening in an otherwise difficult campaign season, conducting a poll to gauge the potential competitiveness of the race. Even before Murkowski conceded, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democrats’ campaign committee, said in an interview his organization might come into the state behind McAdams. Read more

Score one, and a big one at that, for the tea party. On Tuesday, Alaska’s incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski conceded to underdog Joe Miller in the state’s race for the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm election.? —KA

AP via Google News:

In arguably the biggest political upset of the year, Joe Miller claimed the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate when incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded Tuesday evening. Murkowski gave up after failing to gain much ground in an count of outstanding absentee ballots.

Miller will be the favorite in November in strongly Republican Alaska against Democrat Scott McAdams, the mayor of Sitka.

But Senate Democrats moved quickly to see whether Miller’s victory could give them an opening in an otherwise difficult campaign season, conducting a poll to gauge the potential competitiveness of the race. Even before Murkowski conceded, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democrats’ campaign committee, said in an interview his organization might come into the state behind McAdams.

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Penelope Green On Oval Office Redesign: ‘The Audacity Of Taupe’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Penelope Green On Oval Office Redesign: ‘The Audacity Of Taupe’
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Media turn to discredited Bush officials to respond to Obama’s Iraq speech

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Media turn to discredited Bush officials to respond to Obama’s Iraq speech

Following President Obama’s speech on the end of combat operations in Iraq, media outlets hosted discredited Bush administration officials Karl Rove, Stephen Hadley, and Ari Fleischer to respond, despite the fact that the three were at the forefront of the campaign of misinformation used to sell the war.

Rove led WH group that “promoted” view that Saddam had WMDs “and was seeking more”

White House Iraq Group was formed to “set [messaging] strategy” for going to war with Iraq. The Washington Post reported in 2003 (accessed via Nexis), that the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) was formed in August 2002 “to set strategy for each stage of the confrontation with Baghdad. A senior official who participated in its work called it ‘an internal working group, like many formed for priority issues, to make sure each part of the White House was fulfilling its responsibilities.’ ” Part of WHIG’s mission, according to the Post, was to decide “what to demand of the United Nations in the president’s Sept. 12 [2002] address to the General Assembly, when to take the issue to Congress, and how to frame the conflict with Iraq in the midterm election campaign that began in earnest after Labor Day.” Rove was a regular participant in this group.

WHIG promoted view that Saddam “had weapons of mass destruction and was seeking more.” The Los Angeles Times reported on August 25, 2005, (accessed via Nexis) that WHIG “promoted the view that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was seeking more”:

The group consisted of Rove, Libby, White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr., then-national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen Hadley, and Mary Matalin, Cheney’s media advisor. All are believed to have been questioned in the leak case; papers and e-mails about the group were subpoenaed.

Before the war, this Iraq group promoted the view that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was seeking more. In September 2002, the White House embraced a British report asserting that “Iraq has sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

The Washington Post further reported that WHIG “assigned Communications Director James R. Wilkinson to prepare a white paper for public release, describing the ‘grave and gathering danger’ of Iraq’s allegedly ‘reconstituted’ nuclear program.” From the October 30, 2005, article (accessed via Nexis):

By summer 2002, the White House Iraq Group assigned Communications Director James R. Wilkinson to prepare a white paper for public release, describing the “grave and gathering danger” of Iraq’s allegedly “reconstituted” nuclear weapons program. Wilkinson gave prominent place to the claim that Iraq “sought uranium oxide, an essential ingredient in the enrichment process, from Africa.” That claim, along with repeated use of the “mushroom cloud” image by top officials beginning in September, became the emotional heart of the case against Iraq.

Rove repeatedly politicized national security issues, including the war in Iraq, and actively encouraged GOP to campaign on the issue. Think Progress has documented Rove’s address, President Bush made the now-infamous claim that “[t]he British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,” a claim that was highly disputed and which turned out to be false. In 2003, then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley reportedly accepted responsibility for the line appearing in Bush’s address, despite having received two memos and a phone call from CIA Director George Tenet three months earlier raising objections to its inclusion in prior speeches. From a July 2003 FoxNews.com article

Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley in a rare on-the-record session with reporters, said that he had received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from agency Director George Tenet last October raising objections to an allegation that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium ore from Africa to use in building nuclear weapons.

As a result, Hadley said the offending passage was excised from a speech on Iraq the president gave in Cincinnati last Oct. 7. But Hadley suggested that details from the memos and phone call had slipped from his attention as the State of the Union was being put together. 

The false claim was credited as one of the bases for shifting public support for the war. As a July 2003 New York Times analysis noted:

The speeches worked. Public opposition to the war, never fierce, began to melt, polls show, and by mid-March, when hostilities began, more than 60 percent agreed that ousting Mr. Hussein was worth spilling American blood.

Today, those 16 words haunt the administration. They are the best-remembered flourish in a portrait of Iraq that today seems unrecognizable. They are a leading rationale for a war that has resulted in the death of 224 Americans. And they are either unsubstantiated or based on a lie.

Hadley was also a part of the White House Iraq Group. According to a 2003 Washington Post 4/10/03]

  • “Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly … all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.” [3/21/03]
  • “We know for a fact that there are weapons there.” [1/9/03]
  • “Saddam Hussein does not exactly have a track record of telling the world the truth. So he, on December 8th, has to indicate whether or not he has weapons. Let’s see what he says. If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world.” [12/2/02]
  • “[G]iven the chance to throw off a brutal dictator like Saddam Hussein, people will rejoice.” [3/21/03]
  • “[W]hen you take a look at the level of violence inside of Iraq, it is impossible to argue anything other than violence has, indeed, come down as a result of America’s military operations.” [6/25/03]
  • “There is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly. … And all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.” [3/21/03]

Despite their history, media turns to Hadley, Fleischer and Rove to respond to Obama’s speech

Kilmeade hosts Hadley to discuss whether “the president is finally acknowledging the previous administration was…on the right track in the middle east overall.” On the September 1 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Brian Kilmeade hosted two Bush administration officials, Margaret O’Sullivan and Hadley, to discuss whether “the president is finally acknowledging the previous administration was right – was on the right track in the Middle East overall.” 

MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Fleischer to defend Bush and compare invading Iraq to invading Nazi Germany.  On September 1, MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosted Fleischer to defend Bush for invading Iraq, and Fleischer compared Iraq to the invasion of Nazi Germany:

FLEISCHER: Probably the most profound meeting I ever sat on at the White House was a meeting with Elie Weisel. Just President Bush, Elie Wiesel, Condi Rice was there and myself. And the president asked Elie Wiesel – Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor – should he remove Saddam [Hussein]. Wiesel said yes, and then he added, “If only the world had listened to Winston Churchill in 1938 or 1939, World War II and the Holocaust could have been avoided. And I thought to myself, if the world had listened to Churchill in ’38, people probably would’ve said “you exaggerated the threat of Hitler. You know, who says there was a World War coming?” We’ll never know what we averted by getting rid of Saddam and how many lives were saved as a result of removing the threat of Saddam Hussein.

Rove: “This was not a well-delivered speech.” On September 1, Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Sustern hosted Rove to attack Obama’s Iraq speech, saying: “[T]his was not a well-delivered speech.”  Rove called Obama’s mention of Bush “an attempt at graciousness” that “didn’t succeed,” and he criticized Obama for not taking a “confident” tone that showed “a celebration of what has happened” in Iraq “to this point.”


Tea Party Backed Senate Candidate Says Underage Sex Charge ‘Politically Motivated’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Tea Party Backed Senate Candidate Says Underage Sex Charge ‘Politically Motivated’
The Ohio Constitution Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate Eric W. Deaton was indicted on Tuesday for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, The Dayton Daily News reported.



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Man Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Punching Turban-Wearing Store Clerk
A 35-year-old Seattle man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching a 7-11 clerk in the head.


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FOXhole Tales – Beck’s Wholly Unholy Demise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:44 am by HL

FOXhole Tales – Beck’s Wholly Unholy Demise


Blair on Clinton

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Blair on Clinton
In his new memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair tries to explain Bill Clinton’s scandalous relationship with Monica Lewinsky as behavior that “arose in part from his inordinate interest in and curiosity about people.”

He adds: “In respect of men, it was expressed in friendship; in respect of women, there was potentially a sexual element. And in that, I doubt he is much different from most of the male population.”

Blair goes on to describe Clinton as a “political soulmate” and “the most formidable politician I had ever encountered.”

New Forecast Sees Big Republican Wave
The new midterm election forecast from Larry Sabato shows an electoral tidal wave forming as “conditions have deteriorated badly for Democrats over the summer.”

“Given what we can see at this moment, Republicans have a good chance to win the House by picking up as many as 47 seats, net… This estimate, which may be raised or lowered by Election Day, is based on a careful district-by-district analysis, plus electoral modeling based on trends in President Obama’s Gallup job approval rating and the Democratic-versus-Republican congressional generic ballot… If anything, we have been conservative in estimating the probable GOP House gains, if the election were being held today.”

“In the Senate, we now believe the GOP will do a bit better than our long-time prediction of +7 seats. Republicans have an outside shot at winning full control (+10), but are more likely to end up with +8 (or maybe +9, at which point it will be interesting to see how senators such as Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and others react). GOP leaders themselves did not believe such a result was truly possible just a few months ago. If the Republican wave on November 2 is as large as some polls are suggesting it may be, then the surprise on election night could be a full GOP takeover.”

“The statehouses will provide the third leg of the Republicans’ 2010 victory. We have long suggested the GOP would gain a net +6 governorships. We now believe they will win +8. This boon to the GOP for redistricting will be enhanced by a gain of perhaps 300 to 500 seats in the state legislatures, and the addition of Republican control in 8 to 12 legislative chambers around the country.”

In summary: Republicans are projected to pick up 47 seats in the House, 8-9 seats in the Senate and 8 governorships.


Higher Ed. Racket: How Kids Are Paying a Fortune for Rip-off ‘Prestige’ Educations

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Higher Ed. Racket: How Kids Are Paying a Fortune for Rip-off ‘Prestige’ Educations
How some colleges realized they could offer Timex educations at Rolex prices.

How some colleges realized they could offer Timex educations at Rolex prices.

Are We a Kleptocracy and What Does That Mean Anyway?
Two articles consider what the real economic patterns we face are, and whether the big process we’re undergoing is basically just a massive transfer of wealth.

Two articles consider what the real economic patterns we face are, and whether the big process we're undergoing is basically just a massive transfer of wealth.

Will Glenn Beck’s Creepy "Black Robe Regiment" Use Churches to Sway Voters?
Though Beck keeps insisting that his "Black Robe Regiment" won’t be about endorsements, two members say their mission is to return to their churches and boost voter involvement.

Though Beck keeps insisting that his "Black Robe Regiment" won't be about endorsements, two members say their mission is to return to their churches and boost voter involvement.


Israeli Universities Under Attack

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 2nd, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Israeli Universities Under Attack
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US Strategic Opportunity in Pakistan Flooding Relief
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