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Groping for Thee, not for me

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Groping for Thee, not for me
Yet another comparative nightmare of the TSA.

John Boehner, artist’s interpretation via maistora at flickr.com

Yet another Gate-rape horror story.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach…

…“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.

Meanwhile, for ‘America’s Apricot Everyman’:

Mr. Boehner headed across the Potomac River to Ronald Reagan National Airport, which was bustling with afternoon travelers. There was no waiting for Mr. Boehner, who was escorted around the identification-checking agents, the metal detectors and the body scanners, and whisked directly to the gate.

Humiliation for you, but nobody will touch John Boehner’s Orange Julius.

Late, Late Night FDL: Can You Tell
Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell; The Clientele – Bookshop Casanova

Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell

The Clientele – Bookshop Casanova

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Touch My Junk: Body Scans and Pat-Downs for Everyone

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Touch My Junk: Body Scans and Pat-Downs for Everyone
To paraphrase the government’s reaction to the backlash against new airport screening measures, “We hear you. Tough it up.”

To paraphrase the government’s reaction to the backlash against new airport screening measures, “We hear you. Tough it up.”

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John Ensign Could Be In Big Trouble In 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:44 am by HL

John Ensign Could Be In Big Trouble In 2012
If Sen. John Ensign began last week with a declaration of his 2012 candidacy that earned him more raised eyebrows than ravenous applause, he got…

Jim DeMint Still Fighting To Keep Lisa Murkowski From Senate
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Texas Bill Revives Debate Over 10 Commandments Displays
State Rep. Dan Flynn hopes to ensure that any Texas teacher who wants to can display the Ten Commandments in a classroom….

Robert Kuttner: Saving Progressivism From Obama
If politics continues on its present course, about the best one might expect for 2012 is that the Republicans will nominate such a nut-case that Obama will stagger to re-election. But unless he is re-elected with a mandate to carry out drastically different policies, we can anticipate continued economic pain and continuing drift of the electorate to the right. So what is the alternative? My audacious hope is that progressives can move from disillusion to action and offer the kind of political movement and counter-narrative that the president should have been leading.

Sharron Angle Camp BLASTED By GOP Official: Advisor Would Play Role In ‘Dumb And Dumber’ Sequel
“In the 20 years that I’ve been involved politically, I’ve never had the misfortune of working with such sheer, utter incompetence. Too much is at…


Conservatives Approve Interim Report Slamming DOJ On New Black Panther Case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Conservatives Approve Interim Report Slamming DOJ On New Black Panther Case
The conservative majority of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today voted to approve what they are now calling an “interim” report on the Justice Department’s handling of the voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party.

Feds Bust Alleged Sharia Ponzi Scheme In Chicago
Three men have been indicted for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme and stealing $43 million from investors who thought they were putting their money in a Sharia-compliant investment strategy.



Thank a Republican in Advance!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Thank a Republican in Advance!


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“I will not vote for a single piece of legislation that I can’t reconcile with the text and the original understanding of the U.S. Constitution… I’ll do it every single time regardless of what the precedent says.”

— Sen.-elect Mike Lee (R-UT), quoted by NBC News.

Buffett Says Rich Should Pay More
Billonaire investor Warren Buffett said the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich should be allowed to expire at the end of the year, the Financial Times reports, “adding that, if anything, the wealthiest Americans should pay even more in taxes.”

He also “scotched suggestions, promoted by Republicans, that extending tax cuts for the rich would lead to more investment and have a multiplier effect across the economy at a time when growth remains insipid.”

Said Buffett: “The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”


Presented By:

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:38 am by HL

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Economic Prison Zones
When a project mixes the feel-good words of jobs, economic development and Israeli- Palestinian cooperation, how can anyone complain? These things are some of what the international community has been promising to deliver through the construction of industrial free trade…



Mullen Rejects Bush?s Claim That NATO To Blame For Afghanistan Decline: ?We Were Heavily Focused On Iraq?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Mullen Rejects Bush?s Claim That NATO To Blame For Afghanistan Decline: ?We Were Heavily Focused On Iraq?
Last week during his book/legacy polishing tour, President Bush tried to absolve himself from responsibility for the downward spiral that became the war in Afghanistan by the end of his presidency. Host Candy Crowley challenged Bush on Afghanistan saying that Americans are “weary” that U.S. troops are still being killed there after nine years and […]

Last week during his book/legacy polishing tour, President Bush tried to absolve himself from responsibility for the downward spiral that became the war in Afghanistan by the end of his presidency. Host Candy Crowley challenged Bush on Afghanistan saying that Americans are “weary” that U.S. troops are still being killed there after nine years and that Bush “ventured off into a war that began at least on one great false premise unknown at the time.” But instead of taking responsibility, Bush blamed NATO:

BUSH: What happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies turned out — some of them turned out not to be willing to fight. And therefore, our assumption that we had ample troops, U.S. and NATO troops, turned out to be a not true assumption and so we adjusted. And I completely disagree with the take eye off the ball. I found that to be empty political rhetoric.

Today on CNN, when Crowley asked Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen — whom Bush appointed to in 2007 — about Bush’s version of history Mullen contradicted Bush entirely:

MULLEN: We really, from my perspective fought Afghanistan for years from an economy of force standpoint and I have said for a long time that we didn’t have enough forces there. We didn’t have enough U.S. forces and we didn’t have enough NATO forces that was from my perspective because we were heavily focused on Iraq and I was literally looking at the resources that were headed in both directions and so as we have changed the strategy, focused and gotten the resources right over the course of the last year. This is the first time we really are where we need to be in terms of executing a comprehensive strategy.

CROWLEY: Would you agree with the premise that some NATO forces did not perform in the way you expected them to perform in terms of combat?

MULLEN: I’d actually come at it from a different point of view. We’ve worked with a lot of our NATO forces, our NATO partners over many years now and in fact we have increased forces over the course of the last year, they have also added an additional 10,000 forces. So while it was sort of across the board I think now we have the resources and the unity in NATO that we just didn’t have before.

Watch it:

Indeed, on Dec. 11, 2007, Mullen said that he and Defense Secretary Robert Gates ignored an urgent request from U.S. commanders in Afghanistan for 50,000 more troops. “In Afghanistan, we do what we can. In Iraq, we do what we must,” he said.

But Bush may have to revisit his version of history because the U.S. Army’s official history of the war coincides with Mullen’s view. Reporting on the report, the New York Times noted that American forces were “hamstrung by inadequate resources” and thus “missed opportunities to stabilize Afghanistan during the early years of the war.” The Times added that “the invasion of Iraq was siphoning away resources. After the invasion started in March 2003, the history says, the United States clearly ‘had a very limited ability to increase its forces’ in Afghanistan.”

It’s also quite ironic that Bush would blame NATO for his incompetence seeing that members of the Atlantic Alliance wanted to be more involved in the war at the beginning but Bush rebuffed their offers:

Aside from letting a handful of NATO’s AWACS radar planes come help patrol American skies, Bush’s response was a shockingly terse: Thanks, but no thanks; we’ll handle it by ourselves. Marc Grossman, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, later admitted to the Washington Times that the United States initially “blew off” the allies. Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said that the United States, in the Times’ words, “was so busy developing its [Afghanistan] war plans that it did not have time to focus on coordinating Europe’s military role.”

The effect, of course, was to alienate the allies just as they were rediscovering their affections. As London’s conservative Financial Times later put it, “A disdainful refusal even to respond to a genuine offer of support from close allies, at the time of America’s most serious crisis in decades, spoke volumes about its attitude to the alliance.”

So it seems Bush has no problem revising history by throwing America’s closest allies under the bus in an effort to make himself look good.


Time to Stop Spending OPM

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2010 5:31 am by HL

Time to Stop Spending OPM
Jonathan Gurwitz, San Antonio Express-News

Obama Must Stand Strong on Taxes
Robert Reich, San Francisco Chronicle
Let's hope the president holds his ground on not extending the Bush tax cuts to the richest Americans – who don't need it, don't deserve it and won't help the economy if they get it.But instead of limiting his proposed extension to those with incomes of $250,000 or less (the bottom 98 percent of Americans), he should offer it to incomes under $500,000 (essentially the bottom 99 percent) for two years. The real explosion of income and wealth has occurred in the top 1 percent.Between 2002 and 2007, the bottom 99 percent of incomes grew 1.3 percent a year in real terms, while…

Will GOP Get Serious on Spending?
Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune
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