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Actor Tony Curtis Dies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:54 am by HL

Actor Tony Curtis Dies
Tony Curtis, who starred in the ’50s films Operation Petticoat and Some Like It Hot and went on working in movies for four decades, has died of cardiac arrest, his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis told Entertainment Tonight. He was 85.


Woman, 68, Shoots Teen Who Bullied Her
After a 68-year-old Chicago woman shot a 12-year-old boy, he’s been charged with a crime while she has not. Neighbors said Margaret Matthews was fed up with constant harassment from the boy, so she took a gun and shot the child after he and friends threw bricks into her home.



In the not too distant future

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

In the not too distant future
Did the James O’Keefe thing really happen? Or was it commented on by a guy and his two puppets?

via some idiot named Attaturk at flickr.com

When I was a law student I remember getting up on Saturday morning to tune in Comedy Central in it’s earlier days before it was all Stewart, Colbert, Cartman and some hack being roasted with the same crap they roasted the last hack with. In particular in that era, I watched Mystery Science Theater 3000 religiously. My middle-aged nerd cred allows me to say I’ve got about 150 episodes on tape.

Hard to believe I’m single.

But enough about me, let’s talk about what I think. One of the memorable episodes was ‘Cave Dwellers‘ a riotously bad swords & sandals flick (episode 301 — “NERD!”) that starred Miles O’Keefe, his loin cloth and a hang-glider. During the opening credits one of the commenting puppets asks, “How much O’Keefe is in this movie?” for which it is replied, “Miles O’Keefe”.

Which brings me to James O’Keefe, how much of him was going to be in his woman-hating little porn movie?

I best leave it up to the experts:

illustration from bencossette at flickr.com

Late Late Night FDL: Trading Taps
Trading Taps — from Riverdance, New York City.

Trading Taps — from Riverdance, New York City.

What’s on your mind?


Lies of the Tea Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Lies of the Tea Party
The disaffection and demoralization of Democrats have created a dangerous political vacuum that is being filled with misleading data, urban legends and outright lies. By Joe Conason

The disaffection and demoralization of Democrats have created a dangerous political vacuum that is being filled with misleading data, urban legends and outright lies.


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Temporary Spending Bill Passed: Congress Punts On Budget, Controversial Issues

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Temporary Spending Bill Passed: Congress Punts On Budget, Controversial Issues
WASHINGTON — A deeply unpopular Congress is bolting for the campaign trail without finishing its most basic job – approving a budget for the government…

HuffPost TV: Arianna To Progressives, Middle Class: Obama’s Not That Into You
Arianna appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday night to discuss Democrats running from their own party and platform in their reelection campaigns. President…

EEOC Charges Auto Store With Harassing Sikh Employee
By Whitney Jones Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) AutoZone harassed a Sikh employee for wearing a turban and eventually fired him, according to a lawsuit…


He “deserve[s] a Pulitzer”: Right-wing media previously showered O’Keefe with praise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

He “deserve[s] a Pulitzer”: Right-wing media previously showered O’Keefe with praise

James O’Keefe made a name for himself in 2009 with his deceptively edited, secretly recorded, and now discredited ACORN videos. Since then, he has pleaded guilty to entering Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Louisiana office under false pretenses. Now reports say that O’Keefe attempted to “punk” a CNN reporter by luring her onto a boat “filled with sexually explicit props” and recording the encounter. Media Matters looks back at the praise conservatives have previously heaped on O’Keefe.

Media conservatives declared O’Keefe “deserve[s] a Pulitzer” for deceptively edited ACORN videos

Breitbart: O’Keefe “is already well on his way to being one of the great journalists” and deserves a Pulitzer. On the September 10, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Hannity, BigGovernment.com founder Andrew Breitbart said of the ACORN videos, “It was two intrepid — a 25-year-old by the name of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. She wants to be a journalist and I think James is already well on his way to being one of the great journalists.” Breitbart added that “I’m just here to tell you that James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles are heroes for doing this because we all knew that this is what happens at ACORN, to a degree.” Breitbart further stated of O’Keefe and Giles on the September 14 edition of Hannity, “[L]et me tell you. I’ve never been more proud of two people in my entire life.” In a September 21 Washington Times column, Breitbart further wrote, “At the very least, filmmaker James O’Keefe and actress Hannah Giles deserve a Pulitzer Prize for their expose of deep corruption and unspeakable immorality at the ACORN housing division. But more important, I won’t rest until they receive a grant to continue their partisan artistry from the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Beck: Giles’ “partner in crime” O’Keefe is “courageous.” Glenn Beck hosted Hannah Giles, who helped produce the videos, during the September 10, 2009, edition of his Fox News program and stated, “I talked to you on the radio program earlier today. I encouraged you not to expose yourself anymore. I think that you are a very courageous person. I think your partner in crime here, or exposing crime is also courageous.” (All television transcripts were accessed via the Nexis database.)

Hannity: O’Keefe is a “pioneer in journalism.” Sean Hannity stated during the September 14, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, while hosting Breitbart and Giles, “Hannah, you are — you have taught the media a lesson. You should be very proud. Andrew, you’ve always been a brave, you know, pioneer in journalism and same with James O’Keefe.”

O’Reilly: “Frank and Conyers should be giving Ms. Giles and Mr. O’Keefe congressional medals.” Bill O’Reilly stated on the September 23, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, “Congressman Frank of Massachusetts and Congressman Conyers of Michigan want Congressional investigators to see if the undercover duo broke any federal laws. In addition, they want to find out exactly what ACORN is guilty of and they want to examine the group’s housing opportunities agenda.” O’Reilly added, “In my opinion, Frank and Conyers should be giving Ms. Giles and Mr. O’Keefe congressional medals for exposing corruption that apparently the Feds were not able to expose.”

Michael Flynn agrees O’Keefe is a hero, says O’Keefe is owed “an apology and also a thank you for rooting out these employees.” BigGovernment.com editor in chief Michael Flynn stated during the September 10, 2009, edition of Hannity, “You know, it really — and I really think, I mean, to bill [sic] on what Andrew said about them being heroes, I mean, I really think ACORN owes a big apology to the Mr. O’Keefe. This morning they put out a statement, you know, charging him with gotcha journalism and said he was committing defamation.” Flynn added, “And then a few hours later, apparently, doing their own investigation, realizing there was truth to what Mr. O’Keefe reported they fired these employees. So they definitely owe Mr. O’Keefe an apology and also a thank you for rooting out these employees.”

Coulter: O’Keefe and Giles are “so magnificent.” Appearing on the September 11, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Ann Coulter said of O’Keefe and Giles, “Those were the two most unbelievable pimps and prostitutes I’ve ever seen. She has perfect skin, gorgeous hair. Oh, and I really liked the fur coat. I love that.” She added, “These young right-winners [sic], they are so magnificent. Why can’t they — they be the Republicans in Washington?”

Lowry: O’Keefe deserves “award for impactful guerilla journalism.” In a September 15, 2009, post titled “ACORN” on the blog The Corner, National Review editor Rich Lowry wrote: “If there’s an award for impactful guerilla journalism, O’Keefe, Giles, and Breitbart should win it.”

Examiner.com’s Dupray: “Looks like a Pulitzer might be in order.” In a September 15, 2009, Examiner.com post, “DC Republican Examiner” Bill Dupray stated, “The big takeaway here is not even that ACORN is a bunch of criminals, it is that it took two conservative investigative journalists to do the job of the entire main stream media. Looks like a Pulitzer might be in order.”

Wallace featured “fascinating character” O’Keefe as “Power Player of the Week.” During the September 27, 2009, edition of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace named O’Keefe the “Power Player of the Week,” and stated, “Rarely does a piece of investigative reporting get such a big and quick response, and rarely is the undercover reporter such a fascinating character.”

Steven Clark: O’Keefe should be “immunize[d]” for his “heroic efforts” in producing ACORN videos. Attorney and frequent TV legal analyst Steven Clark stated on the October 2, 2009, edition of The O’Reilly Factor, “What I hope the attorney general will do is immunize these two filmmakers for their heroic efforts and put them on the witness stand so at least they can testify as to what’s going on out there. I doubt you will see them prosecuted. I hope they look carefully at what they were doing before they did it. They put themselves in harm’s way here because of the bigger problem that they saw with ACORN.”

Bolling on ACORN videos: “I’m all for this, you know, dressing up and catching them.” Fox Business Network Happy Hour co-host Eric Bolling said to O’Keefe on November 20, 2009, “I’m all for this, you know dressing up and catching them doing things that are frankly illegal, immoral and unethical.” Bolling went on to characterize O’Keefe as an “investigative journalist, just like, remember, ‘To Catch a Predator.’ “

Fox Business’ Willard: “[E]verybody applauds” O’Keefe. Also on the November 20, 2009, edition of Happy Hour, co-host Cody Willard said to O’Keefe, “[O]ne of the things — I think everybody applauds you in going after people that are, I don’t know, helping prostitutes and pimps and child trafficking happen on the planet instead of, I don’t know reporting that type of stuff. But I got to ask you, you know the money that goes into ACORN, we’re talking about $100 million here and there, what not, why did you choose ACORN as the target when there are, I don’t know, much bigger targets, for example, say Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bailouts, all kinds of other corruption out there?” Willard later added, “James, I tell you what, man, little brother is watching big brother. Orwell had it wrong. That’s the man right there” and told O’Keefe to “[r]ock on, man.”


House Ethics Republicans Demand Hearings For Rangel And Waters Before Election

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

House Ethics Republicans Demand Hearings For Rangel And Waters Before Election
In a statement that may be a violation of committee rules, the five Republican members of the House ethics committee are calling for the ethics chairwoman to schedule hearings for two Democratic members before the election.


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Ted Stevens Prosecutor Felt ‘Scapegoated’ During Misconduct Investigation
Nicholas A. Marsh, the federal prosecutor who had been involved in the botched prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens and took his own life over the weekend, felt abandoned by some at the Justice Department because of its handling of a probe into allegations of misconduct, friends tell TPMMuckraker.


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YouTube – Still a Lie (Portal, Still Alive parody)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

YouTube – Still a Lie (Portal, Still Alive parody)
YouTube – Still a Lie (Portal, Still Alive parody).


Rubio Holds Big Lead in Florida

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Rubio Holds Big Lead in Florida
A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida shows Marco Rubio (R) with a commanding lead over Gov. Charlie Crist (I) in the U.S. Senate race among likely, 46% to 33%, with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) trailing at 18%.

Key findings: When respondents were asked to evaluate their feelings toward the federal government, 48% say they are angry, 29% say dissatisfied while just 19% say they’re satisfied.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “It is no coincidence that Rubio is getting 46 percent of the vote and 48 percent of the electorate is angry at Washington.”

Surveys yesterday from Rasmussen and CNN/Time essentially mirror these results.

Castle Will Not Try Write-in Campaign
Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) “has decided not to run a write-in campaign for the Senate, ending a week’s worth of speculation and effectively capping 40 years in politics,” the Wilmington News Journal reports.


Fake Pimp James O’Keefe’s Idiot Sex Stunt Reveals the Misogynism in Right-Wing Media

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Fake Pimp James O’Keefe’s Idiot Sex Stunt Reveals the Misogynism in Right-Wing Media
Unsurprisingly, many in the right-wing media seem to have some issues with women.

Unsurprisingly, many in the right-wing media seem to have some issues with women.

One Nation Progressive Coalition Organizes Huge Rally to Push for ‘Jobs, Justice and Education’ This Saturday in Washington
Unions are leading the way, mobilizing progressives for big DC rally, in order to mobilize for Nov. election, and press corporate corruption agenda.

Unions are leading the way, mobilizing progressives for big DC rally, in order to mobilize for Nov. election, and press corporate corruption agenda.

‘Waiting for Superman’ Film Champions Charter Schools, But Hides That 80% of Them Are No Better Than Public Education
The much-talked about documentary on school reform tells a familiar story about unions and schools — but misses the whole story.

The much-talked about documentary on school reform tells a familiar story about unions and schools — but misses the whole story.


What Vulcan Ideology Does to Ancient History — and US Foreign Policy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

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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Supreme Court Democracy
The Times reports this morning on the way that one of the Karl Rove network of supposedly Non-Profit groups are gaming the election courtesy of the Roberts Supreme Court. Americans for Job Security, investigators found, had helped create the illusion…



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