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Late Late Night FDL: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol was the first animated holiday special created specifically for television and originally aired on December 18, 1962. Grab your razzleberry dressing and woffle jelly cake, put your feet up on the coffeetable, and try to keep the spitballs off the screen please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Part One,

Part Two,

Part Three, and

Part Four.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol was the first animated holiday special created specifically for television and originally aired on December 18, 1962.

Directed by Abe Levitow.  Henry G. Saperstein, Executive Producer, UPA Pictures.  Produced by Lee Orgel.  Story by Charles Dickens.  Adaptation by Barbara Chain.  Sequence direction by Gerard Baldwin, Steve Clark, and Duane Crowther.  Animation by Casey Onaitis, Hank Smith, Ed Solomon, John Walker, Tom McDonald, and Xenia.  Color styling by Jack Heiter, Bob Inman, Phill Norman (as Phil Norman), Dave Weidman, and Gloria Wood.  Film Editing by Earl Bennett, Sam Horta, Wayne Hughes, and George Probert.  Production Management by Earl Jonas.  Production Design by Corny Cole (as ‘Corny’ Cole), Lee Mishkin, Marty Murphy, Tony Rivera, Shirley Silvey, Bob Singer, Dick Ung (as Richard Ung), and Sam Weiss.

Voices by (in credits order) Jim Backus (Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr. Magoo); Morey Amsterdam (Brady, James); Jack Cassidy (Bob Cratchit); Royal Dano (Marley’s Ghost); Paul Frees (Stage Director, Charity Man, Fezziwig, Eyepatch Man, and Tall Tophat Man); Joan Gardner (Tiny Tim, Ghost of Christmas Past); John Hart (Billings, Stage Manager, and Milkman); Jane Kean (Belle); Marie Matthews (Young Scrooge); Laura Olsher (Mrs. Cratchit); and Les Tremayne (Ghost of Christmas Present).

Original Music by Jule Styne.  Lyrics by Bob Merrill. Incidental music composed by Walter Scharf.  Music Scored and Conducted by Walter Scharf.

Grab your razzleberry dressing and woffle jelly cake, put your feet up on the coffeetable, and try to keep the spitballs off the screen please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Christmas at the Forgotten Front

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Christmas at the Forgotten Front
Almost 10 years ago, with the invasion of Afghanistan, President Bush announced the global war on terror. But over that same period, the lot has only worsened for some of the most terrorized people on the planet, millions of people across a huge swath of Central Africa, living in constant fear of a horde of bloody Ugandan marauders known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.

By Barry Lando

Almost 10 years ago, with the invasion of Afghanistan, President Bush announced the global war on terror. But over that same period, the lot has only worsened for some of the most terrorized people on the planet, millions of people across a huge swath of Central Africa, living in constant fear of a horde of bloody Ugandan marauders known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.


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Daniel Costa: Still Much Work to be Done on the 10th Anniversary of International Migrants Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

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Report: House Ethics Committee Director Blake Chisam Leaving

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Report: House Ethics Committee Director Blake Chisam Leaving
Big shakeup underway at House Ethics Committee.

Unmanned Mexican Drone Crashes Near El Paso, Texas
A remote-control drone operated by the Mexican government crashed in the United States near El Paso, Texas, this week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency confirms to TPM.


Advice To Obama On The Rope-A-Dope

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

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In Defense of Lobbying

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

In Defense of Lobbying
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) tells the Weekly Standard why he doesn’t think his background as a highly-paid Washington, D.C. lobbyist should disqualify him from running for president.

Said Barbour: “The first thing a president’s going to have to do when he takes his hand off the Bible is start lobbying. He’s going to need to lobby Congress. He’s going to need to lobby the bureaucracy. He’s going to need to lobby the governors. He’s going to need to lobby our allies and our international competitors. And I’m a pretty good lobbyist.”

Newly-elected Congressman Under Investigation
The Miami Herald reports investigators are looking into more than $500,000 in secret payments from the owners of a dog track to a company tied to Rep-elect David Rivera (R-FL).

“Most of the money was paid in early 2008, weeks after Rivera — then a member of the Florida House of Representatives — helped run a political campaign backed by the dog track to win voter approval for Las Vegas-style slot machines at parimutuel venues in Miami-Dade County.”


Holbrooke Not a Bulldozer and Had Six Relationships with Karzai

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Holbrooke Not a Bulldozer and Had Six Relationships with Karzai
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Fox News VP Attacks Maryland Study Finding The Network?s Viewers Are The Most Misinformed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Fox News VP Attacks Maryland Study Finding The Network?s Viewers Are The Most Misinformed
ThinkProgress reported yesterday on a study conducted by World Public Opinion — a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland — which found that that “greater exposure” to Fox News during the run-up to the mid-term elections this year “increased” daily viewers’ misinformation about specific issues. When asked […]

ThinkProgress reported yesterday on a study conducted by World Public Opinion — a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland — which found that that “greater exposure” to Fox News during the run-up to the mid-term elections this year “increased” daily viewers’ misinformation about specific issues. When asked by New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to comment on the study’s finding, Fox News’ senior vice president for news editorial attacked the university, claiming it’s merely a “party school”:

Asked for comment on the study, Fox News seemingly dismissed the findings. In a statement, Michael Clemente, who is the senior vice president of news editorial for the network, said: “The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.

Mr. Clemente oversees every hour of objective news programming on Fox News, which is by far the nation’s most popular cable news channel.

“For the record,” Stelter noted, “the Princeton Review says the University of Maryland ranks among the ‘Best Northeastern Colleges.’ It was No. 19 on the Review’s list of ‘Best Party Schools.’”

As DREAM Act Fails, Graham Tells Undocumented Youth They Wasted Their Time
Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Fourty-one mostly Republican senators voted against a bill which would have provided young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents a path to legalization by pursuing a college education or serving in the […]

Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Fourty-one mostly Republican senators voted against a bill which would have provided young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents a path to legalization by pursuing a college education or serving in the military. 55 voted in the affirmative.

Immediately before the vote failed, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took the Senate floor to tell the young DREAMers who have come to his office that they were “wasting their time” because the border hasn’t been secured:

To the DREAM Act, I have been involved in comprehensive immigration reform for many years. Senator Durbin and I have talked about how to make the DREAM Act part of comprehensive immigration reform. To Those who have come to my office — you’re always welcome to come, but you’re wasting your time.

We’re not going to pass the DREAM Act or any other legalization program until we secure our borders. It will never be done as a stand-alone. It has to be part of comprehensive immigration reform.

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What Graham didn’t mention is that though he has supported immigration reform in the past, he and his party are largely responsible for blocking it in 2010. First he held it hostage to health care reform, pitted it against climate change legislation, and then turned his back on it altogether. This summer, he declared his support for changing the 14th amendment to deny the U.S.-born children of immigrants citizenship.

Besides Graham, the Republican senators voting against the DREAM Act today included Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), and George Lemieux (R-FL) — all of whom come from Latino-heavy states and most of whom supported either the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform in the past.

So-called “moderate” Republicans, including Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and George Voinovich (R-OH) also voted against the bill. They were joined by a handful of Democrats: Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Mark Pryor (D-AK), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Only three Republicans voted in favor of the bill. After the vote, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos openly wondered how Republicans will be able to ask Latinos to vote for them after killing the DREAM Act.


‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is repealed by Senate; bill awaits Obama’s signing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

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Sorry, Atheism Can’t Replace Religion

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 19th, 2010 5:31 am by HL

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