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Ozzy Osborne Has Neanderthal Lineage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Ozzy Osborne Has Neanderthal Lineage
For a long time we thought that Neandertals didn’t have any descendents today, but it turns out that Asians and Europeans have some evidence of Neandertal lineage — like a drop in the bucket. We found a little segment on Ozzy’s chromosome 10 that very likely traces back to a Neandertal forebearer. Ozzy, of course, was tickled to hear this. But Knome founder George Church’s genome has about three times as much Neandertal, which we thought was funny.



Sunday Talking Heads: October 31, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: October 31, 2010
Here’s Misery Bear in “Dawn of the Ted” — dedicated to our Eli. Happy Hallowe’en! The political tricks of the day are listed below, with special treats emptywheel appearing on Virtually Speaking and Phoenix Woman hosting Book Salon.

Here’s Misery Bear in “Dawn of the Ted” — dedicated to our Eli. Happy Hallowe’en!

The political tricks of the day are listed below, with special treats emptywheel appearing on Virtually Speaking and Phoenix Woman hosting FDL Book Salon.

And VOTE!

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist & Connie Schultz, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columnist. 8:35am – Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, Chief Congressional Correspondent.   9:25am – Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune. 9:30am – Curtis Hubbard, Denver Post. 9:40am – Laura Myers, Las Vegas Review-Journal.

ABC’s This Week: The midterms.  Republican campaign chair Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) v Democratic campaign chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Can Republicans take the Senate? Will the Democrats’ firewall hold? And with a massive influx of secret money impacting races, exactly who is paying for these campaigns? Then, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert bring their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” to Washington, and Christiane Amanpour is there. Roundtable: Dick Armey, George Will, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl. CBS’ Face The Nation: Rep. Pete King (R-NY), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA).

Chris Matthews: Norah O’Donnell, John Heilmann, Howard Fineman, Helene Cooper. Topics: How Many Senate Seats Will Republicans Pick Up Tuesday? Will Barack Obama Do The “Clintonian Backflip” That Republican Leaders In Congress Are Demanding?

CNN’s State of the Union: Live from CNN’s Election center in New York. Republicans seem set to make great gains, but will it be enough to shift the balance of power in Congress? Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele.  Then, Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on the Democratic strategy headed into Tuesday’s election. Finally, what are the most important issues as voters head to the polls? Bob Kerrey and Bill Bennett.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: The American Dream: the idea that anybody can get ahead, can succeed, can enrich themselves with hard work and smarts. Is that idea dead? Eric Schmidt, Chair and CEO Google; Muhtar Kent, Chair and CEO of Coca-Cola; Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa; Lou Gerstner, who ran three American giants, RJ Reynolds, American Express & IBM. Sunday at 10a ET/PT.

Fox News Sunday: 2010 Midterm elections. Sarah Palin. Then, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) / Chair, DCCC. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: The final arguments for what’s at stake in this midterm election.  Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine (VA) and Republican Governors Association Chair Gov. Haley Barbour (MS). Roundtable: NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, Mark Halperin, Michele Norris, Charlie Cook, Chuck Todd.

Newsmakers: unknown.

Q & A:
Historians Richard Norton Smith and Douglas Brinkley. They will discuss the upcoming midterm elections, the Obama presidency, and politics in America. They will also look at how this election compares with others in history.

Religion & Ethics: Democrats and Faith Voters.  Minnesota Bishops on Gay Marriage.  Three Faiths Exhibition.  The Ethics of Sanctions.

60 Minutes: Anger In The Land – Scott Pelley reports from Newton, Iowa, where the closing of an appliance factory is causing a negative effect on the community’s economy.  Tax The Rich –  David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director who once preached tax cuts, is now in favor of putting a one-time surtax on the rich. Lesley Stahl reports and finds just such a proposal on the ballot in the state of Washington.  Zenyatta – If Zenyatta wins the Breeder’s Cup Classic next week to cap an undefeated career of 20 straight victories, some say the 6-yr.-old mare might just be the greatest thoroughbred race horse in history.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Women candidates speak out against sexism; 2- Does Justice Thomas owe Anita Hill an apology; 3- Are women to blame for their lack of power?  Panelists: The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel; Independent Women’s Forum’s Sabrina Schaeffer; National Council of Negro Women Executive Director Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever;and former Republican Congressional Candidate Angela McGlowanOnline exclusive: Too Fat For TV? Did a blogger go too far with her criticism of overweight people?

Univison’s Al Punto: Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader (D-NV); Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL); Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); Bill White, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Texas; Maria Cardona, Democratic Analyst; Adolfo Franco, Republican Analyst; and Arnoldo Torres, Expert on Hispanic Issues.

Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol and Marcy Wheeler. On the eve of the election, Marcy and Avedon will talk about what they expect, and what we can do about it.

C-SPAN’s BOOK TV.

FDL’s Book Salon: This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount.  “Based on daily reporting as well as interviews with more than forty campaign staffers and other participants in the recount, This Is Not Florida dives into the motivations of key players in the drama, including the exploits of Franken’s lead attorney Marc Elias, some of the mistakes made by Coleman advisers, and how the Franken team’s devotion to data collection helped Franken win the recount by a mere 312 votes.” Chat with Jay Weiner about his new book. Hosted by Phoenix Woman.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Old Radicals.  “A story of a radical grandfather who risked his life working for peace, and the deeply personal consequences of his courage.”  Come chat with Producer Phil Storer and Lisa Derrick.


Late Late Night FDL: Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat starring Donald Duck, Witch Hazel, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie. This Walt Disney cartoon was released on October 10, 1952.

Trick or Treat starring Donald Duck, Witch Hazel, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie.  This Walt Disney cartoon was released on October 10, 1952.

Directed by Jack Hannah.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Story by Ralph Wright.  Visual Effects Animation by Dan MacManus.  Backgrounds and Layouts by Yale Gracey.  Animation by Volus Jones, Bill Justice, George Kreisl, and Don Lusk.  Voices by June Foray (Hazel), Clarence Nash (Donald Duck) and Thurl Ravenscroft and The Mellomen (singing).  Original Music by Paul J. Smith.

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?


Cristina Kirchner and Late Husband Nestor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Cristina Kirchner and Late Husband Nestor

By Taylor Jones, Cagle Cartoons, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico

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My Day At The Rally To Restore Sanity

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:43 am by HL

My Day At The Rally To Restore Sanity
Scroll down to read the transcript of Jon Stewart’s closing remarks at The Rally To Restore Sanity. I’m about to break a major rule of…

NH-Sen: 56% Ayotte (R), 41% Hodes (D) (Rasmussen 10/27)
Rasmussen 10/27/10; 500 likely voters, 4.5% margin of error Mode: Automated phone Rasmussen release New Hampshire 2010 Senate 56% Ayotte (D), 41% Hodes (R) (chart)…

OH-Sen: 57% Portman (R), 33% Fisher (D) (Rasmussen 10/26)
Rasmussen 10/27/10; 750 likely voters, 4.0% margin of error Mode: Automated phone Rasmussen release Ohio 2010 Senate 57% Portman (R), 33% Fisher (D) (chart) Jump…

Taylor Marsh: What Jon Stewart Missed
Can a sanity rally inspire people to get out against the Sharron Angles of 2010? We’ll soon find out. Let’s just hope all this energy…

US-Generic Ballot: 49% Republican, 45% Democrat (ABC/Post 10/25-28)
ABC News / Washington Post 10/25-28/10; 786 likely voters, 4% margin of error Mode: Live telephone interviews Post release National 2010 House: Generic Ballot 49%…


White House: Two Suspicious Packages From Yemen Caused Checks In Newark And Philly

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

White House: Two Suspicious Packages From Yemen Caused Checks In Newark And Philly
President Obama was notified last night that two suspicious packages from Yemen — one near London and one in Dubai, both on flights bound for the U.S. — were examined, triggering heightened security measures that lead to UPS planes being isolated in Newark, N.J. and Philadelphia.

One Of Kris Kobach’s Zombie Voters Actually Still Alive, Thanks
Kris Kobach, a Republican candidate for Secretary of State in Kansas, says Alfred K. Brewer is a zombie voter. But instead of pushing up daisies, the Wichita Eagle found Brewer in his front yard, raking up leaves.


AZ House Candidate: Dems Are Busing Mexicans In To Vote Illegally (AUDIO)
A Republican candidate for the U.S. House from Arizona this week claimed that his opponents are busing Mexicans over the border to vote illegally in Arizona.


Re(publicans): Your Brains

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Re(publicans): Your Brains
Embedded video never seems to work here. Feel free to share this widely.  I made it, it will probably come down shortly after Tuesday. YouTube – Re(publicans): Your Brains.


November for New START?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:38 am by HL

November for New START?
When Congress returns to work after the November 2nd elections, it is imperative that it consider and ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). To do otherwise would jeopardize the possibility of progress on a wide range of…

Only $4.2 Billion To Buy This Election?
This, from the Washington Post’s conservative pundit George Will: Total spending by parties, campaigns and issue-advocacy groups concerning every office from county clerks to U.S. senators may reach a record $4.2 billion in this two-year cycle. That is about what…


Vitter: ‘I Disagree With The Premise’ That Tax Cuts Should Be Paid For

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Vitter: ‘I Disagree With The Premise’ That Tax Cuts Should Be Paid For
During a debate on Thursday, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was asked what he would cut from the budget in order to offset the expense of extending the Bush tax cuts. Remember, a full extension would cost more than $4 trillion over ten years, while extending the cuts for just the richest two percent of Americans […]

During a debate on Thursday, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was asked what he would cut from the budget in order to offset the expense of extending the Bush tax cuts. Remember, a full extension would cost more than $4 trillion over ten years, while extending the cuts for just the richest two percent of Americans costs $830 billion. Rather than lay out where he would make cuts, Vitter rejected the premise of the question, scoffing at the very notion that tax cuts should be paid for:

VITTER: Well, first of all, I disagree with the premise that in order to keep tax rates where they are and not increase taxes, somehow we need to pay for that. I think that’s Washington-speak, not Louisiana-speak. […]

Q: It’s a misnomer to say this continuing, for the top rates, wouldn’t have to be paid for. You would have to pay that $750 billion because it was supposed to sunset. It’s not an increase, it’s a sunset.

VITTER: Just to be clear, the premise that I disagree with is that to avoid a tax increase, we somehow have to pay for it. It’s not the government’s money, it’s our money. That’s the point.

Watch it:

Vitter did eventually endorse some spending cuts — including rescinding unspent stimulus money, which would have the practical effect of raising taxes on the middle class — but they wouldn’t come close to covering the cost of just extending the tax cuts for the richest two percent. And it’s his complete dismissal of the very notion that tax cuts should be paid for that merits attention.

As The Wonk Room explained, under current law, which stipulates that the Bush tax cuts expire, the government will collect 21 percent of GDP in revenue in 2020. Extending the cuts means less revenue for the government and bigger deficits. But Vitter is hardly alone in failing to grasp this concept.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in August, “you’re talking about current tax policy. Why did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, pay for?” “Listen, what you’re trying to do is get into this Washington game and their funny accounting over there,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), when asked if Republicans planned to pay for extending tax cuts for the rich. “It’s not a cost. That’s where we are today. That’s the baseline. It doesn’t score anything to continue them,” insisted Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).


Obama may follow Clinton’s model

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:36 am by HL

Obama may follow Clinton’s model
In the fall of 1994, Bill Clinton suffered a bruising defeat in his first midterm elections. He held a desultory news conference, then left the country for a whirlwind trip to Indonesia. Back home, the new Republican Congress set about changing the course of his presidency.

Romney gets ready for 2012
DAYTON, OHIO – Mitt Romney ambled through the exhibits at the InfoTech 2010 conference here the other day, shaking hands, posing for photos, sneaking an occasional chocolate turtle and, ever the salesman, promoting the candidacy of yet another Republican candidate.


Poll: Dems split over handing Obama ’12 nomination
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic voters are closely divided over whether President Barack Obama should be challenged within the party for a second term in 2012, an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks Poll finds.

The Fix: An October Surprise?
Media reports that several suspicious packages were plucked from cargo planes today puts terrorism — or at least potential terrorism — on the front burner but is likely to have only a marginal effect on the political landscape with four days remaining before the Nov. 2 election.


Boehner endorses Ohio GOP House candidate criticized for Nazi reenactment
The House Minority Leader met privately with Republicans in a northern Ohio county and endorsed Rich Iott, the GOP House candidate who has drawn criticism for having participated in a Nazi reenactment group devoted to a Waffen SS division.


The Divider in Chief

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2010 4:31 am by HL

The Divider in Chief
Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen, Washington Post

Reshaping British Politics from Within
Catherine Mayer, Time

Americans Are Ignoring Growing Inequality
David Sirota, In These Times
Redistributionist—as epithets go, the moniker is so mild, so…2008. Today, we’re hammered by screeds against Democrats’ alleged socialism and President Obama’s supposed Marxism. The class war is clearly on—the paranoids and royalists of the world have united, seizing the means of propaganda production in these waning days of this year’s election campaign.The onslaught, of course, is predictable. After all, this is an election season—which inevitably evokes redbaiting crusades by the plutocrats. Less predictable is…

Nitty Gritty Numbers Suggest a Downward Spiral
Robert Lenzner, Forbes