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New Cancer Drug Costs $93,000

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

New Cancer Drug Costs $93,000
A new drug therapy for cancer treatment, Provenge, costs $93,000 but only and adds an averae of four months’ survival for men with incurable prostate tumors. Bob Svensson, an 80-year-old former CFO, said the only reason he got it is because insurance paid. “I would not spend that money,” because the benefit doesn’t seem worth it, he said.



Well, I guess sometimes you do get a break

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Well, I guess sometimes you do get a break
When your in a tough campaign it helps if your opponent is videotape standing up for pedophiles against victims.

While it appears that Rahm Emanuel is leaving the White House soon so he can spend more time cursing at his family, things haven’t looked too good for Russ Feingold, who’d like to stay employed. The Wisconsin Senator who is generally a reliable progressive, if occasionally a tad sanctimonious, is having a tough reelection campaign. In a year that has been good for Republicans (for once it really is good news for them) Feingold had recently fallen double-digits behind his Republican opponent, Ron Johnson, in some polls (that aren’t Rasmussen).

But as they say the Lord works in mysterious ways…especially when you are running against an idiot.

Here’s Mr. Johnson on videotape (via Jud Loundsbury at the Great Orange Satan) protecting the right of Catholic Diocese to reassign pedophile priests and make it harder for victims to sue. A real popular position all around.

Your move Russ.

Late, Late Night FDL: Carry On My Wayward Son
Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son Them old geezers can still wail…! What’s on your mind tonite…?  


Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son

Them old geezers can still wail…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?

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American Soldiers Accused of Shooting Afghans for the Hell of It

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

American Soldiers Accused of Shooting Afghans for the Hell of It
Five U.S. soldiers are accused of getting high and murdering Afghan civilians without cause. In leaked interrogation tapes, at least two appear to confess to as much. In one tape, Specialist Jeremy N. Morlock, who, if convicted, faces a death sentence, was asked whether one victim in particular was carrying weapons or acting aggressively. Morlock replied candidly: “No, not at all. Nothing, he wasn’t a threat.” The soldiers are accused of taking souvenirs of their alleged crimes, including body parts and photos in which they are said to pose with the victims. The New York Times: The soldiers are accused of possessing dismembered body parts, including fingers and a skull, and collecting photographs of dead Afghans. Some images show soldiers posing with the dead. As many as 70 images are believed to be in evidence. Some of the soldiers have said in court documents that they were forced to participate in the killings by a supervisor, Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, who is also accused in the killings. All five defendants have said they are not guilty. Read more

Five U.S. soldiers are accused of getting high and murdering Afghan civilians without cause. In leaked interrogation tapes, at least two appear to confess to as much.

In one tape, Specialist Jeremy N. Morlock, who, if convicted, faces a death sentence, was asked whether one victim in particular was carrying weapons or acting aggressively. Morlock replied candidly: “No, not at all. Nothing, he wasn’t a threat.”

The soldiers are accused of taking souvenirs of their alleged crimes, including body parts and photos in which they are said to pose with the victims.


The New York Times:

The soldiers are accused of possessing dismembered body parts, including fingers and a skull, and collecting photographs of dead Afghans. Some images show soldiers posing with the dead. As many as 70 images are believed to be in evidence.

Some of the soldiers have said in court documents that they were forced to participate in the killings by a supervisor, Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, who is also accused in the killings. All five defendants have said they are not guilty.

Read more

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The Ironies of Bishop Long
Bishop Eddie Long tells us that he—and not the young men he is accused of coercing into sexual relationships or the gays and lesbians he has condemned—feels “like David against Goliath.” By Eugene Robinson

Bishop Eddie Long tells us that he—and not the young men he is accused of coercing into sexual relationships or the gays and lesbians he has condemned—feels “like David against Goliath.”


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Rahm Emanuel Expected To Announce Departure From White House This Week

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Rahm Emanuel Expected To Announce Departure From White House This Week
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce Friday that he is leaving the Obama administration to consider a campaign for mayor…

FBI Protests: Hundreds Rally Against Raids On Anti-War Activists
MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of protesters gathered outside FBI offices in Minneapolis and Chicago on Monday, bearing signs and shouting chants condemning the agency’s recent searches…

Ted Stevens Burial At Arlington Planned After Nearly Two Months
JUNEAU, Alaska — Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens will be buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Stevens was one of five people killed in plane…

Nicholas Marsh, Ted Stevens Prosecutor, Dead In Apparent Suicide
WASHINGTON â?? A Justice Department prosecutor killed himself while under investigation over whether he and other attorneys in the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens acted…


REPORT: Fox News’ candidates “speak through Fox News” a whopping 269 times

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

REPORT: Fox News’ candidates “speak through Fox News” a whopping 269 times

Five potential Republican presidential candidates that serve as Fox News contributors or hosts have made at least 269 appearances on the cable channel – compared to a total of six appearances on all other major news channels combined.

“In-kind contribution”: Potential 2012 GOP candidates “speak through Fox News”

Palin: “[S]peak to the American people. Speak through Fox News.” Fox News contributor Sarah Palin appeared on the September 15 edition of The O’Reilly Factor and advised Christine O’Donnell, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Delaware, to “speak to the American people. Speak through Fox News and let the Independents who are tuning in to you, let them know what it is that she stands for, the principles behind her positions.” [The O’Reilly Factor, 9/15/10]

Fox News candidates “speak through Fox News” at least 269 times in 2010. Media Matters for America searched the Nexis database through September 18 for network and cable television appearances in 2010 by five potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates who currently have relationships with Fox News. The five potential candidates — John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Rick Santorum — have appeared 269 times on Fox News and a total of six times on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS combined:

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Each Fox News candidate has appeared at least 36 times this year. Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and 2008 GOP presidential candidate who hosts his own Fox News show, appeared on Fox News 96 times through September 18. Fox News contributor Rick Santorum, a one-time Republican Senator from Pennsylvania appeared 52 times, and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich has appeared 48 times on Fox News so far this year. Sarah Palin, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, appeared 37 times, while Bush’s U.N. ambassador John Bolton appeared 36 times:

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Only Gingrich has appeared on other major news outlets – and just six times. Gingrich is the only one of the Fox News candidates to have appeared on any other major news channel in 2010 – having shown up on CNN once, on ABC News twice and on NBC News three times:

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GOP strategist reportedly calls Fox News appearances an “in-kind contribution.” A September 27 Politico article highlighted the conflict Fox News faces in its contractual relationship with so many possible GOP contenders:

While they won’t talk about it on the record — no one wants to offend a news outlet with a potentially outsize role in determining the next GOP nominee — officials with some of the other campaigns in waiting are plainly annoyed at the advantage they see the four potential GOP candidates have with Fox. 

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Jim Dyke, a veteran GOP strategist who isn’t affiliated with any 2012 candidate, predicted that the issue would gain steam after the midterms, when the so-called invisible primary begins in earnest.

“As it becomes clear somebody is looking at running, Fox gets into a bit of a box because doesn’t it become an in-kind contribution if they’re being paid?” Dyke asked. 

FoxPAC has an extensively documented history helping GOP candidates

Fox News has well documented history of raising money for and promoting GOP candidates. Media Matters for America has extensively documented Fox News’ role in opposing Democratic policies, promoting and fundraising for GOP candidates, raising millions of dollars for Republican candidates and causes in the 2010 election cycle and donating $1 million to elect Republican gubernatorial candidates. 

*Media Matters’ search was limited to transcripts available in the Nexis database, so it covers all CNN shows; most evening shows on FNC and MSNBC; and morning shows, evening news, and Sunday shows on the broadcast networks. Since Huckabee hosts his own weekly Fox News show that does not have transcripts in Nexis, Media Matters  added 37 appearances to Huckabee’s Fox News total to account for his weekly program.

Media Matters counted pre-taped interviews as appearances, but not brief statements by the potential candidates that aired as part of news packages.


Prosecutor Involved In Botched Ted Stevens Prosecution Commits Suicide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Prosecutor Involved In Botched Ted Stevens Prosecution Commits Suicide
One of the federal prosecutors who was involved with the prosecution of the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens — which the Justice Department dismissed due to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct — has taken his own life.


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DOJ Report: FBI Employees Cheated On Skills Assessment Test
A significant number of FBI employees cheated on an exam intended to assess their skills on criminal investigations, national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection, according to a Justice Department Inspector General report released Monday.



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FOXhole Tales – Jive City Ad Woman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

FOXhole Tales – Jive City Ad Woman


McMahon Closes the Gap in Connecticut

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

McMahon Closes the Gap in Connecticut
A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut finds Richard Blumenthal (D) barely edging Linda McMahon (R) in the race for U.S. Senate among likely voters, 49% to 46%.

Multiple polls have now shown McMahon nearly erasing Blumenthal’s once 25-point lead.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: “Blumenthal has to be concerned about Linda McMahon’s momentum. He can hear her footsteps as she closes in on him. Usually debates don’t make much of a difference, but in a race this close next month’s debates could be a game changer.”

One Third of Ballots Will Come Early
“At least one-third of all ballots across the country this year will be cast before Election Day, party officials said, reflecting a steady rise in early voting that is profoundly influencing how political campaigns are conducted in many parts of the country,” the New York Times reports.

“Democrats, who have been quicker to take advantage of the technique in the last two election cycles, say that a voting window of 30 days could allow them to win votes from people who might not otherwise cast a ballot and help level an enthusiasm gap that threatens their Congressional majority. Republicans concede being slower to adjust to the changes, but said they have stepped up their efforts in what they hope will be a strong year for the party.”


Hillary Clinton and State Dept. to Celebrate War Criminal Henry Kissinger, While the White House Repeats His Deadly Mistakes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Hillary Clinton and State Dept. to Celebrate War Criminal Henry Kissinger, While the White House Repeats His Deadly Mistakes
Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.


Ariel: The Time-Bomb Goes Off

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Ariel: The Time-Bomb Goes Off
This week-end, the so-called settlements moratorium runs out, and the talks face–so the argument goes–their first moment of truth. Today, at the UN, President Obama called on Israel to extend the?moratorium and, pushing on an open door, is rallying international…



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What Vulcan Ideology Does to Ancient History — and US Foreign Policy
In August, when PBS broadcast a shamefully worshipful, 3-hour “documentary” of Reagan Administration Secretary of State George Shultz’s supposedly heroic career, I posted “What Politics Does to History,” exposing the fraudulent scholarship of the man who’d written most of Shultz’s…


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