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Hoyer: Jurors Might Enjoy Trip to Gitmo

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:50 am by HL

Hoyer: Jurors Might Enjoy Trip to Gitmo
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday the U.S. should consider holding military trials for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay and that American jurors might enjoy the taxpayer-funded trip to Cuba. “Other juries are sequestered and it’s a Caribbean island,” Mr. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said on CBS’ Face the Nation when asked by host Bob Schieffer about how to get jurors to the island. “It’s not like it’s the Archipelago or Siberia.”



The Dolt and the Volt

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:49 am by HL

The Dolt and the Volt
If only non-prescription Oxy had a tax deduction.

Chevy Volt via citizenofthedeep at flickr.com

I have no earthly idea what cars like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf (99 mpg) will mean in the real world. But when evaluating them, I’ll leave it to people who know about things like cars, in detail.

But when has the knowledge of a subject ever stopped Rush Limbaugh? Never. No, it doesn’t matter if things started under a Republican, if it involves a Democrat in some fashion (a $7,500 tax credit?! — uh, Socialism?) it must be the same as Hitler and/or Stalin’s Death Car:

“Folks, of all the cars, no offense, General Motors, please, but of all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year? Motor Trend magazine, that’s the end of them.”

Yeah, because folks like Motor Trend NEVER get to test drive cars early. But mostly, I enjoyed this pithy and quite accurate response:

You’ve made two king’s ransoms by convincing legions of dittoheads to tune into you every day. I wonder, do you ever ride in anything that’s not German or Anglo-Saxon? Do you have any idea how powerful IG Metal is, and of the size of Germany’s social safety net?

Of course he hasn’t. That sort of thinking is for Kenyan Socialists or any sentient being with a particle of a conscience.

(h/t Charles Pierce)

Update: Related to nothing in the above post in particular, the U.S. and the rest of NATO seem to have engaged in the most tragic version of a Sitcom plot since Lucy went postal at the Copacabana one night.

Early Morning Swim


What’s the Confusion?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:48 am by HL

What’s the Confusion?

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Charles D. Ellison: Is Black Political Power Under Siege?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Charles D. Ellison: Is Black Political Power Under Siege?
Black political power and influence appears somehow strafed and in serious condition since the midterm elections. Even President Barack Obama is not immune as he fends off assaults from both left and right.

The Price Of Privacy
The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the past five years and…

R.W. Sanders: What’s in It for Me?
Have there ever been more vile words spoken? Yet, this is our credo these days. Greed is good. And good is whatever I get. Bad is what comes your way. In a world defined by winners and losers, does humanity have a chance?


Beck still doesn’t understand net neutrality

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Beck still doesn’t understand net neutrality

Glenn Beck again claimed that proposed net neutrality rules are “basically a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet” and would allow the government to “control what you see on the Internet.” In fact, net neutrality prohibits Internet service providers from controlling access to Internet content, and — contrary to Beck’s suggestion — would not require Fox to change its content.

Beck falsely claims net neutrality is “basically a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet”

Beck: “They want to make sure that you can get the Huffington Post on Fox News.” On the November 22 edition of his Fox News program, Beck Brent Bozell, who frequently appears on Fox News.

Internet pioneers and leaders credit net neutrality as guiding principle in growth and competition

“Father of the internet” and pioneering scientists support net neutrality rules. In an October 15, 2009, notes, Cerf is “often called ‘the father of the Internet.’ ”

Internet pioneering companies support net neutrality for growth and creativity. In an October 19, 2009, post on his blog, Tim Berners-Lee — who FoxNews.com noted “created a computer-based system for sharing information with colleagues around the world [World Wide Web]” — wrote: “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA. … I hope that Congress can protect net neutrality, so I can continue to innovate in the internet space. I want to see the explosion of innovations happening out there on the Web, so diverse and so exciting, continue unabated.”

Investors who “brought us the Mac, Tweets and Internet search” support net neutrality. WashingtonPost.com telecommunications reporter Cecilia Kang noted on October 20, 2009, that the “people who invested the money that eventually brought us the Mac, Tweets and Internet search … threw their support behind a push for proposed net neutrality rules, saying clear regulations that prevent Internet services providers from blocking the applications they help fund would spur growth in one of the brightest sectors of the economy.” The investors stated in a letter that the “promise of permanently securing an open Internet will deliver consumers and innovators a perfect free market that drives investment, job creation, and consumer welfare.” Kang reported that the letter’s signers included investors who helped start Amazon, Sun Microsystems, Google, Skype, Hotmail, Twitter, and Yelp.

Google: “Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days,” allowing innovation. In its explanation of net neutrality, Google wrote that the “Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. Indeed, it is this neutrality that has allowed many companies, including Google, to launch, grow, and innovate. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content. Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online.”

Beck wrongly suggests Sunstein wants to require websites to present opposing views

Beck: “Cass Sunstein said it was bad for people that they could seek out information that only fits their point of view.” During the segment, Beck said: “Cass Sunstein said it was bad for people that they could seek out information that only fits their point of view. They want to make sure that you can get the Huffington Post on Fox News. No, thank you. They’re about to control what you see on the Internet.”

Sunstein said it was a “bad idea” for government to require websites to provide opposing viewpoints. PolitiFact.com reported that in his 2002 book, Republic.com, “Sunstein talks about the idea of the government requiring sites to link to opposing views.” However, PolitiFact further reported:

In a later edition of the book released in 2007, Republic.com 2.0 , Sunstein tempers that position, advocating instead for the creation of public spaces on the Internet where people with differing viewpoints could share their ideas with one another.

But in a video interview on the Web site Bloggerheads.tv on Feb. 29, 2008, Sunstein actually goes a little bit farther than that, calling it a “bad idea” he should never have ventured.

Asked to explain some of the differences between the first book, what Sunstein called “the initial inadequate edition,” and its successor, Sunstein said, “To me, the most important (difference) is that the first Republic.com was full of some bad policy recommendations and I was able to get rid of those. So I feel the book has been corrected.”

“The initial book was interested in at least considering some government mandates that would require people to link to opposing views, that would require some attention to arguments that maybe had been neglected,” Sunstein said. “And while the book Republic.com was pretty tentative about that, to be tentative about a bad idea, it’s probably better not to even venture a bad idea. Some of the bad ideas I ventured tentatively as worth considering in Republic.com , in 2.0 I say they’d be bad ideas and they’d be unconstitutional.”

Contrary to Beck’s suggestion, Sunstein’s discussion of this topic is entirely unrelated to net neutrality.

Beck has a history of misinforming about net neutrality

Beck claimed net neutrality is “a way to control voices.” On the January 19 edition of his Fox News show [accessed via Nexis], Beck claimed, “FCC, they want net neutrality with Obama. That’s the big push. Net neutrality, it’s a way to control voices.”

Beck: “So we have Marxists that are designing and working on net neutrality — are believers in net neutrality” to “control content.” During the October 20, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, Beck claimed that “we have Marxists that are designing and working on net neutrality — are big believers in net neutrality, right? Gosh, it does seem that these would be the wrong people to help, you know, innovate business for it. And so what they want to do is, if I can do the third one, control content.”


DOJ Official: Defending DADT, DOMA ‘Difficult’ For Administration

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:44 am by HL

DOJ Official: Defending DADT, DOMA ‘Difficult’ For Administration
Assistant Attorney General Tony West of the Justice Department told reporters Monday that defending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act were “difficult” for the Obama administration.

Yoo: I Said Torture Was Legal, But It Doesn’t Mean They Should’ve Done It (VIDEO)
Former Justice Department lawyer and “torture memo” author John Yoo used a speeding metaphor to explain that just because he gave George W. Bush the legal justification for the “unpopular” decision to waterboard Khalid Sheikh Muhammed didn’t mean Bush had to go through with it.Muhammed didn’t mean Bush had to go through with it.


Thank a Republican in Advance!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Thank a Republican in Advance!


The Palin-Huckabee Dilemma

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:40 am by HL

The Palin-Huckabee Dilemma
With Republican presidential prospects considering whether to enter the fray, The Fix notes that “one thing is clear: that Huckabee and Palin…would perform well without the other, but they might undercut each other if they are in the same race.”

“The base of support for Huckabee and Palin is readily apparent, and for both of them, it starts with born-again evangelicals. The two of them combine for 46 percent of that vote, compared to just 26 percent for Gingrich and Romney. Palin and Huckabee are also the top two vote-getters among women and people without college degrees… It’s hard to see Palin having a path to victory that doesn’t include Iowa or South Carolina, and both of those early states happened to be Huckabee’s strongest in 2008.”


A Thanksgiving Miracle for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:39 am by HL

A Thanksgiving Miracle for Children of Incarcerated Parents
Terrance Stevens’ dream was to help the many children of NY State prisoners that live in his Harlem community and had been left with a great void in their lives.

Terrance Stevens' dream was to help the many children of NY State prisoners that live in his Harlem community and had been left with a great void in their lives.


Hedging Democracy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 23rd, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Hedging Democracy
Like my friend Larry Lessig, I admit to mixed feelings about the Tea Party Movement. On the one hand I can admire the passionate reform spirit that forces old bulls like Mitch McConnell to give up their beloved earmarks. As…

More Calls for Pentagon Cuts
The new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Domenici-Rivlin commission adds another voice to the growing chorus of calls for cuts in Pentagon spending as part of any deficit reduction plan. Among the most important elements of the report with…