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Man Cleaning Gun Shoots Mom, Son

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Man Cleaning Gun Shoots Mom, Son
A New Mexico man cleaning his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun accidentally shot two family members when the bullet passed through the 4-year-old boy and hit the man’s mother. Both are hospitalized in critical condition.


Mathematician Mandelbrot Dies
Benoit B. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician who developed an innovative theory of roughness and applied it to physics, biology, finance and many other fields, died on Thursday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 85.



Sunday Talking Heads: October 17, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: October 17, 2010
Sheila Bair is on Newsmakers talking foreclosure – iirc the Pelosi interview was taped months ago for To The Contrary – imagine my surprise that once again Tweety is going on about Hillary usurping Joe Biden — and may the FSM have mercy, Megan McCain is on Amanpour’s roundtable, sigh, that is quite the panel assembled. Ondelette posted a diary in honor of Benoît Mandelbrot who passed away. Fractals rule. Thanks to ondelette for the video.

Sheila Bair is on Newsmakers talking foreclosure –  iirc the Pelosi interview was taped months ago for To The Contrary – imagine my surprise that once again Tweety is going on about Hillary usurping Joe Biden — and may the FSM have mercy, Megan McCain is on Amanpour’s roundtable, sigh, that is quite the panel assembled.

Ondelette posted a diary in honor of Benoît Mandelbrot who passed away. Fractals rule. Thanks to ondelette for the video.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Peter Baker, New York Times, White House Correspondent. 8:30am – Eileen Norcross, George Mason University, Senior Research Fellow. 9:15am – Ray Cookliss, Cincinnati Enquirer, Editorial Page Editor & Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Associate Editor & Columnist.

ABC’s This Week: Delaware Senate Race – Christine O’Donnell (R) v Chris Coons (D).  Roundtable: Meghan McCain, George Will, Terry Moran, Matthew Dowd.  Then, ABC’s series, “Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s.”

CBS’ Face The Nation: Howard Dean, Former Chairman, Democratic National Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Liz Cheney, Republican Strategist and Chairwoman, Keep America Safe, William Galston, Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy, Clinton administration and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

Chris Matthews: Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, David Brooks, Helene CooperTopics: Is Obama’s National Security Team at War? What’s the Evidence Hillary Clinton Might Bump Joe Biden? Are Voters Set to Elect Some Extremists to the Senate?

CNN’s State of the Union: Senior Adviser to the President David Axelrod.  GOP response from former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, chair of the Campaign for Working Families PAC. Then, Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group and Michael Duffy, Assistant Managing Editor of Time.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Nobel laureate and MIT professor Peter Diamond.  North Korea.  A GPS foreign policy panel.  Ayad Allawi, the former Prime Minister of Iraq.  Al Qaeda’s new magazine.  The Chilean mine rescue.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO). Then, Carly Fiorina, US Senate Candidate (R-CA). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Elisabeth Bumiller.

NBC’s Meet The Press: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  Then, Colorado  Senate Race – Sen. Michael Bennet (D) v Ken Buck (R).

Newsmakers: FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair discussing current lending practices and issues with underwriting and robosigning. She is also expected to talk about her role concerning the Dodd-Frank Act and how to avoid future economic downturns.

Q & A: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on his newest book, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View. In the book, Justice Breyer explains the workings of the judiciary in an attempt to gather support for the court and its role in our democracy.

Religion & Ethics:
Anti-Gay Bullying.  The Muslim-Christian Divide.  David Platt on the Gospel of Wealth.  The Ethics of Sanctions.

60 Minutes:
City of David – Report from under the city of Jerusalem from a controversial archeological dig that has become a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Stand Down – Some veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan into the recession are finding themselves homeless.  Market Street – A mystery that was solved about a 100-year-old film that we now know was made on San Francisco’s Market Street just days before the 1906 earthquake.

To The Contrary: One-on-one with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Univision’s Al Punto: Sebastian Piñera, President of Chile; Luis Salinas, Chief Ophthalmologist, Copiapo Regional Hospital in Chile; Rory Reid, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Nevada; Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware; and Armando Christian Perez Also Known As “Pitbull,” Cuban-American Rapper.

Virtually Speaking: nyceve and Stuart Zechman. Developments of the week will be discussed. The Gasbag atrocities will be documented. And any news stories that arise during the Sunday shows will be discussed.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon: “Ever since 9/11 there has been an intense debate about the government’s application of torture and the pervasive use of eavesdropping and data mining in order to thwart acts of terrorism.”  Join the discussion with Mary and author Gregory Fried about his new book, Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror.  5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Join Lisa Derrick and Director/Producer/Editor Luisa Dantas to discuss Land of Opportunity.  “Land of Opportunity is a multi-platform documentary project that follows people from different walks of life through the first five years of post-Katrina New Orleans.”


Late Late Night FDL: Witch Witch Is Witch
Witch Witch Is Witch starring Winsome Witch. This Hanna-Barbera cartoon first aired on January 29, 1966.

Witch Witch Is Witch starring Winsome Witch.  This Hanna-Barbera cartoon first aired on January 29, 1966.

Produced and Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Associate Producer: Alex Lovy.  Animated by George Kreisl, Irv Spence, Ed Aardal, Don Lusk, Bob Carr, Don Patterson, C. L. Hartman, Bill Hutten, Dick Lundy, Allan Wilzbach, Carlo Vinci, Ken Southworth, Jack Parr, Rudy Cataldi, Jerry Hathcock, and Louis Kachivas.  Animation Direction by Charles Nichols.  Written by Warren Foster, Mike Maltese, Dalton Sandifer, and Tony Benedict.  Story Direction by Art Davis, Alex Lovy, Lewis Marshall, Paul Sommer, Art Scott, and Steve Clark.  Edited by Warner Leighton, Donald A. Douglas, Larry Cowan, Greg Watson, Dan Finnerty, Tony Milch, Ken Spears, Edward Warschilka, and Milton Krear.  Supervising Film Editor: Warner Leighton.  Production Supervisor: Howard Hanson.  Assistant Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek.  Story Supervision by Arthur Pierson.   Character Design by Jerry Eisenberg.  Layouts by  Willie Ito, Richard Bickenbach, Brad Case, Lin Larsen, Homer Jonas, Bruce Bushman, Alex Ignatiev, Walt Clinton, and Morris Gollub.  Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas, Ron Dias, F. (Fernando) Montealegre, Bob Gentle, and Fernando Arce.  Technical Supervisor: Frank Pakier.  Camera by Frank Paiker, Charles Flekal, Norm Stainback, Roy Wade, and Frank Parrish.  Sound Direction by Richard Olson.  Vocal Talent by Jean Vander Pyl (Winsome Witch).  Music by Ted Nichols.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’
A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year. Protesters loudly criticized the U.N. peacekeeping operation, as well as the administration of Haitian President Rene Preval, for failure to protect ordinary people. Additionally, critics have been egged on by an Associated Press investigation that determined that none of the $1.2 billion in reconstruction funding promised by the U.S. has arrived. —JCL Al-Jazeera English: Demonstrators have blocked the entrance to the UN military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-UN slogans on vehicles trying to enter. A crowd of roughly 100 protesters carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation” were forced back by UN soldiers, Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Port-au-Prince, said on Friday. “Security personnel traded blows with demonstrators, and troops started firing in the air, with helicopters hovering above.” Read more

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

Protesters loudly criticized the U.N. peacekeeping operation, as well as the administration of Haitian President Rene Preval, for failure to protect ordinary people.

Additionally, critics have been egged on by an Associated Press investigation that determined that none of the $1.2 billion in reconstruction funding promised by the U.S. has arrived. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Demonstrators have blocked the entrance to the UN military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-UN slogans on vehicles trying to enter.

A crowd of roughly 100 protesters carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation” were forced back by UN soldiers, Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Port-au-Prince, said on Friday.

“Security personnel traded blows with demonstrators, and troops started firing in the air, with helicopters hovering above.”

Read more

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‘Left, Right & Center’: More Mortgage and Midterm Messes
Mortgages take center stage yet again on “Left, Right & Center” as the gang discusses Ben Bernanke and the possibility of Fed intervention. Also the final arguments around the midterm elections: Have Democrats made the case, and are Republicans being forced into positions even they don’t want to hold?

Left, Right & Center

Mortgages take center stage yet again on “Left, Right & Center” as the gang discusses Ben Bernanke and the possibility of Fed intervention. Also the final arguments around the midterm elections: Have Democrats made the case, and are Republicans being forced into positions even they don’t want to hold?

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Paul Abrams: Closing Argument (I): Republicans Say “Yes” to Offshoring American Jobs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Paul Abrams: Closing Argument (I): Republicans Say “Yes” to Offshoring American Jobs
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Yale Political Union: YPU debates “Resolved: Wikileaks should not have published classified documents”
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Sarah Palin & Michael Steele Rally Republicans In Orange County
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GOP Lawyers Group That Gins Up Voter Fraud Claims Hosting Training Events Across Country

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

GOP Lawyers Group That Gins Up Voter Fraud Claims Hosting Training Events Across Country
Election law seminars that a Republican lawyers group was holding in Illinois — which happened to coincide with GOP senate candidate Mark Kirk being secretly recorded saying his campaign would be running voter integrity squads in predominately black neighborhoods of Chicago — are actually part of a series of seminars the group is hold for Republican lawyers in several states around the country.


FL Political Candidates Rick Scott, Pam Bondi Spoke At GOP Lawyers’ Meeting
A Republican lawyers’ group that trains attorneys in poll-watching leads educational seminars with a political bent.


Reports: Search For ‘Lake Pirates’ Victim Suspended
CNN and the Mcallen Monitor are reporting that the Mexican authorities have suspended the search for David Hartley, the American man reportedly shot by “lake pirates” on the Mexican side of Lake Falcon two weeks ago.


zombie pictures wanted

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

zombie pictures wanted
I’m building a video. If anyone would like to send me pictures of zombie republicans, ceo’s, pundits — please do.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

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Senate Ratification of New START: What’s At Stake
The only thing standing between the New Strategic Reductions Treaty (New START) and its ratification by the Senate is a purely ideological far right opposition to any form of nuclear arms control. (You can follow the legislative drama at Josh…


Jones Out, Ross In: Middle East Burns
Mitch Plitnick is a long-time expert on the Middle East. I met him when he represented B’tselem, the Israeli human rights operation’s office in Washington. Now he has joined the ranks of bloggers (go team!) and, in this piece, he…


Reps. Driehaus And Kilroy Join Call For Investigation Into Chamber Of Commerce?s Foreign Funding

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Reps. Driehaus And Kilroy Join Call For Investigation Into Chamber Of Commerce?s Foreign Funding
After a ThinkProgress investigation revealed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been using foreign money to fund its partisan attack ads this election, the reaction was swift. President Obama said that such groups who receive foreign money are “a threat to our democracy,” while Vice President Biden challenged the Chamber to come clean about […]

After a ThinkProgress investigation revealed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been using foreign money to fund its partisan attack ads this election, the reaction was swift. President Obama said that such groups who receive foreign money are “a threat to our democracy,” while Vice President Biden challenged the Chamber to come clean about the sources of funding for its attack ads.

Many politicians on both sides of the aisle are also piling on. Ron Johnson, the Republican Senate nominee in Wisconsin, told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to disclose its funding. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) was the first to call for a Federal Elections Commission investigation into the Chamber’s foreign money, and that call was echoed this week by Bob Gibbs, a Republican running in Ohio’s 18th congressional district.

Now, Reps. Steve Driehaus (D-OH) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) have added their voices to those calling for a formal investigation. Both candidates are locked in tight races in a state where the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been pumping in lots of attack ads. Last week, the Chamber spent over $250,000 in the 15th district alone attacking Kilroy.

ThinkProgress caught up with both candidates on the campaign trail this week. Driehaus called the Chamber’s refusal to disclose their funding sources “outrageous” and said we should “absolutely investigate it” because it could be “criminal behavior”:

TP: It was revealed last week that the United States Chamber of Commerce, in addition to not disclosing their donors for their attack ads, are actually receiving foreign sources of funding for those attack ads. What’re your thoughts on the situation?

DRIEHAUS: I think it’s outrageous. I think disclosure is absolutely necessary. I support the DISCLOSE Act. I actually sponsored a bill that would require CEOs to come on at the end of every ad and disclose who paid for it and so that they would be in front of the camera saying who they are, who they represent, and that they paid for the ad. Disclosure is what this is all about and we can have disclosure, and if it weren’t for Mitch McConnell and the Senate and the Republican senators, we might have it. But unfortunately, the Republicans don’t want people to know who’s behind the ads and that’s why you’re seeing millions of dollars poured in and nobody knows supporting them. […]

TP: Some are starting to call for investigations on the topic. I believe Sen. Franken called for an IRS investigation [correction: Franken actually called for an FEC investigation] and surprisingly enough Bob Gibbs, the Republican nominee over in the 18th district, just the other day said that he would want to see the FEC investigate the Chamber of Commerce to make sure that their system – they call it a “system” to segregate their funds – is actually true.

DRIEHAUS: We should absolutely investigate it. This could be criminal behavior. We should look into it, we should investigate it.

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Kilroy was equally outraged by the Chamber’s actions, calling it a “real concern for our democracy.” She backed an investigation into their finances and said Sen. Franken “is right on the money in doing that”:

TP: The Chamber of Commerce here in the 15th district has spent over $250,000 in the last week alone with ads attacking you, but it was revealed last week that some of their funding is actually coming from foreign companies. What’re your feelings on that, what’re your thoughts on the situation?

KILROY: I think people really need to ask why that is happening and who is funding these races and what they’re expecting out of a candidate like Steve Stivers. I think it’s a real concern for our democracy in particular to have foreign sources of capital come in to our campaigns. We want to make sure our candidates are here as part of the American electorate and stand up for America. I’m really concerned with money coming from Bahrain, India, other places. What do they want? Do they want foreign tech pools to stay open? Do they want our jobs to keep being outsourced? Or maybe it’s big tobacco. Do they want to put an end to the kind of regulations that we put in to the tobacco industry? It’s really important questions. […]

TP: Some in Congress are calling for an investigation into whether or not the Chamber is receiving foreign funds, including Sen. Al Franken. Is that something you would back?

KILROY: I think an investigation is very important and I think Sen. Franken is right on the money in doing that. They’ve already admitted that they are getting some foreign funds, and there are some news reports that it may be even bigger than the Chamber has admitted to. So it’s a real concern.

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Obama Still Looking for Ways to Make Message Stick

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Obama Still Looking for Ways to Make Message Stick
Michael Shear, NYT
WASHINGTON "” President Obama is preparing to wage the final weeks of the midterm campaign with a theme he has been hammering for months "” a plea that voters not embrace the Republican policies of the past. But the specifics of his closing argument remain in flux as the White House searches for a way to frame the message that connects with voters. The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join the discussion.In the face of a surge in Republican enthusiasm, the sagging economy and high…

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