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India Protects Obama from Coconuts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

India Protects Obama from Coconuts
Officials in the Indian city of Mumbai have taken extraordinary measures to protect President Obama ahead of his visit, removing coconuts from all trees around the city’s Gandhi museum to ensure they won’t fall on him.



The results of advanced thumb twiddling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

The results of advanced thumb twiddling
The results of apathy reflected by voter turn out.

Gays and lesbians did not turn out strongly for Democrats on Tuesday. I guess half-hearted efforts just don’t rally the base when you treat them as an after-thought. They stay home, or occasionally, vote for the other Party.

You’ve got a lame-duck session to get DADT repealed oh great 11th-dimensional chess player. Hope may not spring eternal, but a feeling of yet another imminent disappointment does.

Thankfully, there appears to be one Democrat in Iowa with the fortitude our leadership in Washington does not.


Late Late Night FDL: Love Like An Automobile
Tank Half FullLove Like An Automobile. Tank Half Full is giving Late Late Night FDL readers a sneak peak at this tune off their soon to be released second CD, Driving Sideways, and will be joining us in the comments tonight.

Tank Half FullLove Like An Automobile.

Tank Half Full is giving Late Late Night FDL readers a sneak peak at this tune off their soon to be released second CD, Driving Sideways, and will be joining us in the comments tonight.

What’s on your mind?


Blogging Mom Gives Haters a Cyber-Spanking

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Blogging Mom Gives Haters a Cyber-Spanking
Here’s another salute to the mother and blogger known online as Nerdy Apple Bottom, who had absolutely zero tolerance for anything resembling homophobia directed at her 5-year-old son, whose big wish this Halloween was to dress in the guise of a cartoon girl—Daphne from “Scooby Doo,” to be precise. Mama Nerdy was just fine with this, and she had some choice words for those who weren’t. Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon: On Friday, the self-described “cop’s wife” hinted about her child’s experience at school that day on her blog by saying, “I am so proud of my brave little Daphne…. He had a few moments where he was worked up about people making fun of him, but mustered up the courage to go for it. He held his little orange wig high today,” and “for those of you that looked at my sweet boy in disdain this morning, or looked at me funny for ‘allowing’ my son to be what he wanted to for Halloween, or made those snide and unnecessary comments—your lives are small, your tact is lacking, and you can SUCK IT!” Read more

Here’s another salute to the mother and blogger known online as Nerdy Apple Bottom, who had absolutely zero tolerance for anything resembling homophobia directed at her 5-year-old son, whose big wish this Halloween was to dress in the guise of a cartoon girl—Daphne from “Scooby Doo,” to be precise. Mama Nerdy was just fine with this, and she had some choice words for those who weren’t.

Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon:

On Friday, the self-described “cop’s wife” hinted about her child’s experience at school that day on her blog by saying, “I am so proud of my brave little Daphne…. He had a few moments where he was worked up about people making fun of him, but mustered up the courage to go for it. He held his little orange wig high today,” and “for those of you that looked at my sweet boy in disdain this morning, or looked at me funny for ‘allowing’ my son to be what he wanted to for Halloween, or made those snide and unnecessary comments—your lives are small, your tact is lacking, and you can SUCK IT!”

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Steven Weber: Rock of Rages

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Steven Weber: Rock of Rages
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Beck?isn’t?sure about phony cost of Obama’s?Asia?trip?–?but promotes it anyway

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Beck?isn’t?sure about phony cost of Obama’s?Asia?trip?–?but promotes it anyway

On his radio and Fox News shows, Glenn Beck promoted the false claim that the Obama administration plans to spend $2 billion on a ten-day presidential trip to Asia, before eventually acknowledging that he doesn’t know if that figure is accurate. The White House says the reported figure is “wildly inflated” and the Secret Service says it is “significantly exaggerated.”

Beck promotes erroneous Asia trip cost, then says “Is that true? I don’t know”

Beck on the radio: Trip “costing $2 billion for 10 days.” On his November 4 radio show, Beck said Obama was taking a trip “costing $2 billion for 10 days so he can go see the festival of lights,” adding, “It’s called the phone!”

Beck at 5:02 p.m.: “[I]t could cost up to $2 billion to make sure he’s safe. From the November 4 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

BECK: In the middle of these desperate times, the president now has decided to take a trip overseas. But not just any trip; he’s going to India. Ooh, exotic India and Asia. What is being reported as possibly the largest scale presidential trip of all time.

[…]

All on the heels of his wife’s lavish trip to Spain, now our president is planning another lavish trip. And our dollar is losing value and the Chinese are warning us. The media again is missing it. The bickering today back and forth about how many hundreds or maybe — maybe billions of dollars this is going to cost to insure the president’s security but no one is asking, “Wait a minute, it could cost up to$2 billion to make sure he’s safe? Then why is he — has he seen the Grand Canyon?”

Beck at 5:25 p.m.: “Some people say that it is up to $2 billion for 10 days. Is that true? I don’t know.” From the November 4 edition of Glenn Beck:

BECK: A report came out that has made the rounds on the Internet about the high cost of this trip. Some people say that it is up to $2billion for 10 days. Is that true? I don’t know. The media is bickering back and forth about what the real cost is and how many ships will be there. Thirty-four warships, possibly. I don’t know. Two hundred million dollars a day while in India. I don’t know. president has blocked off eight hundred hotel rooms. Do we even know if he’s traveling with 3,000 people? Do we know if that’s true? No one knows any of the details of this trip, the real cost of the trip. One thing we can say for certain is it’s going to be quite expensive.

$200 million per day figure spread through conservative media, based on anonymous source in Indian paper. In a November 2 article headlined, “US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit,” the Press Trust of India reported that “The US would be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs. 900 crore approx) per day on President Barack Obama’s visit to the city,” citing an anonymous “top official of the Maharashtra Government.” The story was promoted by the Drudge Report and spread to numerous conservative websites, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News.

White House, Secret Service deny “exaggerated” and “inflated” costs of trip

Secret Service: India trip cost is “significantly exaggerated.” Asked about the $200 million per day figure, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told Media Matters that the costs of the India trip have been “significantly exaggerated” but due to security concerns the service doesn’t comment on the specific costs of presidential trips.

White House calls cost “wildly inflated.” Asked about the Press Trust of India article, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich told Media Matters, “The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality. Due to security concerns, we are unable to outline details associated with security procedures and costs, but it’s safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated.”

Pentagon reportedly calls “34 warships” claim “absolutely absurd.” Beck claimed that “The media is bickering back and forth about what the real cost is and how many ships will be there. Thirty-four warships, possibly. I don’t know.” But Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell reportedly addressed this claim during a press conference today, saying: “I will take the liberty this time of dismissing as absolutely absurd this notion that somehow we were deploying 10 percent of the Navy — some 34 ships and an aircraft carrier — in support of the president’s trip to Asia… That’s just comical. Nothing close to that is being done.”


Hans von Spakovsky Will Help Certify A Tight Race In Virginia

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Hans von Spakovsky Will Help Certify A Tight Race In Virginia
Hans van Spakovsky, a controversial Bush-era Justice Department official, will help certify what may be the closest House race in the country.

Anti-Gay Groups Defeat Iowa Supreme Court Justices
Three of Iowa’s Supreme Court justices were voted out of office last night, chalking up a victory for the national anti-gay groups that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the race.


After Shootings, Coast Guard Closed Down D.C. Area Recruiting Stations
The Coast Guard shut down several recruiting stations in the D.C. area yesterday as a precaution after shots were fired at their center in Woodbridge earlier this week. That shooting was just the latest in a string of incidents targeting military installations that have left law enforcement officials searching for answers.



The Tattlesnake – Jon Stewart WTF?!? and Other Miscellaneous Head-Slappers Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Jon Stewart WTF?!? and Other Miscellaneous Head-Slappers Edition
– What is Jon Stewart playing at? I’m a big fan of The Daily Show star and think he’s done a great job in the past, so it pains me to write this, but WTF?!? Okay, so to make his point at the Rally to Restore Sanity he tossed Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz under […]


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“Guilty of political malpractice in the first degree.”

— Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), quoted by Future of Capitalism, on President Obama allowing himself to be negotiated into a economic stimulus package that was “far too small.”

Murkowski Acts Like the Winner
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) “is acting as though she already has pulled off an improbable victory after her write-in candidacy, enthusiastically thanking supporters and telling them they’ve made history,” the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Said Murkowski: “The story of my write-in campaign will be told and retold; it will change the definition of American politics … (a)nd it re-enforces what we all knew: In Alaska, anything is possible when you have a small group of people who are determined to change the world.”

However, Murkowski’s “fate rests in the reading of more than 83,000 write-in ballots. As of Thursday, initial returns showed write-in ballots held a 13,439-vote edge over GOP nominee Joe Miller, but it’s not clear how many of those are for Murkowski — or how many of the ballots have been cast properly.”

Murray Wins in Washington
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) finally declared victory in the Washington U.S. Senate race after challenger Dino Rossi (R) called to concede the race last night, the Seattle Times reports.


The GOP Recipe for Keeping the Economy Down Until Election 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

The GOP Recipe for Keeping the Economy Down Until Election 2012
Could it be that Republicans want to keep the economy struggling through Election Day, 2012?

American Empire Produces 11 Global Winners — Hint: They Aren’t the Good Guys
Predicting the fortunes of Osama bin Laden, China, Pakistan and Israel.

How Pot Friendly Yuppie Parents Help Sink Legalization
Why did a large number of adults vote against CA’s prop 19? Because of the existing reform legalization.


The 2010 Election: Bill Clinton is the New “One”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

The 2010 Election: Bill Clinton is the New “One”
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