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Kevin Costner, Oil Clean-Up Magnate

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

Kevin Costner, Oil Clean-Up Magnate
The Atlantic: Among the terrible things we learned when BP’s blown Macondo well began spewing those 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico was that the oil giant did not have a magical petroleum-cleanup machine. Little did we know that one farsighted wealthy man had spent more than $20 million building just such a contraption, scaling it up from laboratory size to be Gulf of Mexico-ready. And who could possibly have guessed that that man was Kevin Costner?



Late Late Night FDL: Vincent Price On The Muppet Show

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

Late Late Night FDL: Vincent Price On The Muppet Show
Vincent PriceYou’ve Got A Friend ; and The Delicious Monster; and Kermit Bites Vincent, from The Muppet Show, Season 1, Episode 19.

Vincent PriceYou’ve Got A Friend ; and

The Delicious Monster; and

Kermit Bites Vincent, from The Muppet Show, Season 1, Episode 19.

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?


Testing Turkey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Testing Turkey

By Paresh Nath, Cagle Cartoons, The Khaleej Times, UAE

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By Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons, The Denver Post

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Stanley Kutler: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT. . . .

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Stanley Kutler: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT. . . .
By Stanley Kutler President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report last week, admittedly accepts large cash payments from the Iranian…

Jeanne Allen: 37 Chances to Reform U.S. Education
More importantly, though less often realized, the winners of 37 races for governor this year will determine the educational future of millions of students in their states.

SEC Whistleblower Fund Totals $450 Million
WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has set aside about $450 million for payments to outside whistleblowers whose information results in successful…

Cynthia Lummis: Estate Tax Rise Has Some In State Planning Death
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says some of her Wyoming constituents are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they…


How Glenn Beck led his tea party followers into the GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

How Glenn Beck led his tea party followers into the GOP

Glenn Beck’s political activism — from the 9/12 Project to his 8/28 rally — has made him a leader in the tea party movement. Beck has used that status to drive his followers into the Republican Party and bolster its get-out-the-vote efforts for the 2010 elections.

Analysis: Tea party supporters overwhelmingly support Beck

Analysis: Tea Party activists “deeply identify” with Beck. A July frequently promoted the Tea Party protests and hosted the organizers of several tea party events. On his April 8, 2009, radio show, Beck said he was “going to do a fundraiser for” the organizers of the April 15, 2009, San Antonio tea party. Beck said that he “heard it’s like $500 a plate or something like that” and that he would speak at the luncheon. Beck later announced he would not serve as the keynote speaker for the San Antonio tea party rally, as he had originally intended, but Beck reportedly still headlined a fundraising luncheon for the tea party organizers on April 15. Beck hosted his April 15, 2009, show live from the Alamo.

Beck aligns himself, his 9/12 Project with tea party movement

Beck started 9/12 Project, whose members helped to organize 9-12 protests. On March 13, 2009, Beck announced the launch of his 9-12 Project, whose members helped organize and turn out participants to the 9-12 protest. Beck reported that “[o]rganizers say the 9/12 movement began with Fox News television personality Glenn Beck ‘to help remind us of where we were after the attacks on 9/11/2001,’ said Michael Gallops of the Rowlett Tea Party.”

Beck: “You’ve got to unite” through 9/12 Project. On August 27, 2009, Beck said of the 9-12 Project: “A few months ago, I told you, you got to know you’re not alone. You’ve got to know. You got to unite. Talk to people. Make sure you know you’re not alone, through the 9-12 Project. We started that. Millions all involved across the country and the 9-12 Project and other organizations like it. I knew we needed to connect with one another.”

Tea Party Express tour led to Beck-promoted 9/12 gathering. Beck reads a FreedomWorks ad on-air. In one such ad, Beck said that “I don’t want you to do anything that brings you into line with progressives, but I want you to look for people that have some structure and some framework that can move and motivate a lot of people and can keep you connected. FreedomWorks has that infrastructure.”

FreedomWorks, tea party group align with Beck’s 8/28 rally

Beck planned to tell 8/28 rally attendees to get involved with FreedomWorks. In an article on Beck’s August 28 “Restoring Honor” rally, Politico asked, “What kind of help do you need?” DeMint promptly directed Beck’s viewers to a GOP fundraising website. Beck also allowed Bachmann to plug her Facebook page, where viewers could donate to her campaign, as well as her political action committee

Beck: “Vote however you want,” but “it’s usually the Republican.” On the October 27 edition of his Fox News show, Beck said that “Your first priority as an American should not be for the R or the D. … You vote for the candidate with honor and integrity, the one who stands for the Constitution, one that is for smaller government and cutting spending. ” Beck added, “You vote however you want. That’s what I look for. And if it’s — well, it’s usually the Republican.”

Beck is not “telling you who to vote for,” except when he does. Despite repeatedly saying he does not endorse candidates and isn’t “telling you who to vote for,” Beck has made clear to his audience which candidates he thinks they should support or oppose in the upcoming midterm elections, often praising Republican candidates or attacking their Democratic opponents.

Beck’s get-out-the-vote effort mirrors that of his employer. Media Matters has detailed how, during the 2009-2010 election cycle, more than 30 Fox News personalities — including Beck — have endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or organizations in a total of more than 600 instances. Fox News’ Republican get-out-the-vote operation has intensified as the election has drawn nearer as GOP candidates have flocked to the network for softball interviews.


AZ House Candidate: Dems Are Busing Mexicans In To Vote Illegally (AUDIO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

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.

New Black Panthers Will Be Watching Polls In Houston (VIDEO)
So it turns out there actually are New Black Panthers in Houston. While they’ll be at the polls this year, the leader of the New Black Panther Party in Harris County said they wouldn’t be tolerating any of the type of behavior that took place in Philadelphia back in 2008.


Justice Department To Monitor Polls In Harris County, Sheriff Joe’s Turf
Harris County, Texas and Maricopa County, Arizona are among the 30 jurisdictions in which federal observers will monitor polling place activities or Justice Department personnel will monitor the election, DOJ announced late Friday.



The Teabaggers: Rock ‘Em, Stomp ‘Em Robots of the Right

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

The Teabaggers: Rock ‘Em, Stomp ‘Em Robots of the Right


A Ground’s Eye View of How Millions of Shady Corporate Political Dollars Are Hijacking This Election

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

A Ground’s Eye View of How Millions of Shady Corporate Political Dollars Are Hijacking This Election
‘It’s pretty clear that corporations now have the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to take on people like my boss.’

8 Big Reasons Why Carly Fiorina Would Be a Disaster in the Senate
Fiorina ranks as the 19th worst CEO in American history. Where did she get the gall to run in the first place?

How Tea Party Candidates Like Joe Miller and Rand Paul Benefit From Armed, Right-Wing Militia Groups
Conservative candidates walk a fine line between getting the political support of militias, while avoiding charges of extremism unpalatable to the mainstream.

The 12 Most Outrageous Statements Politicos Have Made About Immigration During the 2010 Campaign
From threats of violence against immigrants to calls for mass deportation, candidates across the country are unleashing a torrent of hate speech.


A Show of Palestinian Business Resilience 

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

A Show of Palestinian Business Resilience 
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will most likely cut a ribbon; a handful of government officials will be jockeying for camera time to claim economic leadership; major multinationals will compete to get their logo in the limelight; international donors,…


Economic Disaster, Krugman and Avishai, and Redefining “Small”
The economy is a goddamn disaster and President Obama deserves much of the blame. Sorry, I am not on the Dems’ payroll so I couldn’t contain myself when I read Bernard Avishai’s trashing of Paul Krugman. Avishai’s basic narrative is…

Obama and the Story of the Great Recession: Rejoinder to Avishai
I’m glad to see that Bernard Avishai decided to respond to my criticism of his attack on Paul Krugman. For my rejoinder, I will stick to defending points that I made, since Krugman is a smart guy who can defend…


The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Cookies Or Stab In The Face Edition

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

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Cookies Or Stab In The Face Edition

On this week’s podcast: How Democrats can win Tuesday. Why you need to vote to make it happen, and how it can get you a cookie from Traci Olsen. How Jon Stewart got it wrong in his interview with President Obama. Which Democrats are succeeding by standing their ground. And the weekly Stabby Five.

You can download the podcast at these links: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).

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