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Late, Late Night FDL: It’s A Wonderful Life

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:50 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: It’s A Wonderful Life
Sparklehorse – It’s a Wonderful Life and The Fugs – Kill For Peace

Sparklehorse – It’s a Wonderful Life

As TBogg had pointed out in last nite’s LLN thread, Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous took his own life earlier this year… RIP…!

Also Tuli Kupferberg of The Fugs had passed on…

The Fugs – Kill For Peace

Mahalo for all the kind comments and contributions…

Peter Christopherson (Feb. 27, 1955 – Nov. 25, 2010) Member of Throbbing Gristle

Teddy Pendergrass (Mar. 26, 1950 – Jan. 13, 2010) American R/B & Soul Singer

James Moody (Mar. 26, 1925 – Dec. 9, 2010) American jazz saxophonist

Woolly Wolstenholme (Apr. 15, 1947 – Dec. 13, 2010) Member of Barclay James Harvest

Jimmy Dean (Aug. 10, 1928 – Jun. 13, 2010) Sausage Maker and Country Singer

Herb Ellis (Aug. 4, 1921 – Mar. 28, 2010) American jazz guitarist

Walter Horn Jr. ‘Mississippi Slim’ (Aug. 13, 1943 – Apr. 14, 2010) Blues musician

Antoine “Tony” Thibodeaux (Jun. 6, 1938 – Sep. 30, 2010) Cajun fiddler

Ed Thigpen (Dec. 28, 1930 – Jan. 13, 2010) American jazz drummer

James Tyler (Aug. 3, 1940 – Nov. 23, 2010) American lutenist

Shirley Verrett (May 31, 1931 – Nov. 5, 2010) American operatic mezzo-soprano

Albertina Walker (Aug. 29, 1929 – Oct. 8, 2010) American gospel singer

My humble apologies for the omissions…! May they all R.I.P…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Dead Excuses

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Dead Excuses

By Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons, The Ottawa Citizen

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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‘Pedophile’s Guide’ Author Arrested
The author who gained national attention last month by selling his self-published “Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure” on Amazon has been arrested on obscenity charges. Authorities are concerned that the book advocates illegal behavior, a familiar challenge to free speech protections. Reuters: The book contains two graphic stories depicting an adult engaged in sex acts with children,” according to a statement from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. “The book also defends, advocates, and trains adults regarding illegal sex acts between adults and children.” Greaves was booked into the Pueblo County [Colorado] jail and is being held on a $15,000 bond while awaiting extradition to Florida, said Laurie Kilpatrick, spokeswoman for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

The author who gained national attention last month by selling his self-published “Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure” on Amazon has been arrested on obscenity charges. Authorities are concerned that the book advocates illegal behavior, a familiar challenge to free speech protections.

Reuters:

The book contains two graphic stories depicting an adult engaged in sex acts with children,” according to a statement from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. “The book also defends, advocates, and trains adults regarding illegal sex acts between adults and children.”

Greaves was booked into the Pueblo County [Colorado] jail and is being held on a $15,000 bond while awaiting extradition to Florida, said Laurie Kilpatrick, spokeswoman for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

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U.S. Military Seeks To Expand Raids In Pakistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:48 am by HL

U.S. Military Seeks To Expand Raids In Pakistan
Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a…

Chris Weigant: Thank You, Joe Lieberman
Without the work of Reid, Obama, Pelosi, and yes, even Joe Lieberman, DADT would not have been repealed this weekend — and would be in place for the foreseeable future, with a new Republican House about to take control.

Robert Greenwald: Making Your Progressive Wish List and Checking it Twice
The holiday season is a good time to take stock of where we are, what we’ve accomplished and where we hope to go. Our team would like to share our wishes for this holiday season.

2010 Census Likely To Show Slowing U.S. Population Growth, GOP Gains
WASHINGTON — The closely watched 2010 census will likely show America’s once-torrid population growth dropping to the lowest level since possibly the Great Depression. In…


Fox Attacks LGBT History Bill As “Propaganda” From “Pro-Gay Agenda”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Fox Attacks LGBT History Bill As “Propaganda” From “Pro-Gay Agenda”

Fox & Friends recently hosted Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson to bash a California bill that would require inclusion of LGBT history in textbooks. Carlson falsely suggested that the bill wouldn’t teach “what actually happened” in history, and asserted the bill would not curb bullying of gay students. In fact, research shows that including LGBT issues in curricula reduces bullying.

Fox Attacks CA Bill As “In The Way” of Educating Children, Part Of “Pro-Gay Agenda”

F&F Refers To Bill With Text Reading: “Lessons In Homosexuality?” Teasing an upcoming segment on a California bill proposing to require schools to teach students about the history of the LGBT movement, co-host Gretchen Carlson said: “Coming up next, a new lesson plan being added to our kids’ schools: gay rights? But should it be starting in kindergarten?” The text displayed during Carlson’s remarks read: “Lessons In Homosexuality?” [Fox News’ Fox & Friends 12/17/10]

Tucker Carlson: The Bill Is “Propaganda” And “Blackmail.” During the December 17 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy had Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson on to discuss the proposed bill:

STEVE DOOCY: They’ve tried this out in California before and it has failed. Why now?

TUCKER CARLSON: Look, you don’t need to be anti-gay to be against this and you can acknowledge that there is bullying in school including of gay kids. There are two problems with this. One, it’s propaganda and two, it’s blackmail. The point of history is to teach what happened. Not what you wanted to happen. Not what you hope will happen but what actually happened. In this case, a lawmaker is saying, portray a special — an interest group in a positive light or kids will be hurt. Hence the blackmail. They are basically saying if you don’t do this, kids could die. And that’s an outrageous thing to say.

DOOCY: Yeah. The people behind this say that in the history books, there’s nothing about the historical significance of gay people. So if somebody was gay, they want that out there.

CARLSON: Right. What I — what they’re saying is the point of history is to raise the self-esteem of students. It’s to find yourself in the history book and see the group to which you belong portrayed in a positive light. And again, of course, that’s not the point of history. The point of history is to teach you what happened.

DOOCY: Facts.

CARLSON: It’s the — that’s exactly right. It’s not to make people feel good about themselves. It’s not to achieve social aims. It’s to tell the truth about what went before. And that’s being subverted by a lawmaker and it’s dangerous.

DOOCY: Now, I could see, Tucker, if a person’s gayness had historical significance.

CARLSON: Oh, sure.

DOOCY: That should be in there.

CARLSON: Well, of course.

DOOCY:  But, to do it this way, it seems unusual. And to — and then to add the whole thing that if we don’t start doing this, kids are going to get beat up, down the, you know, eventually. Does that seem like a stretch to you? [Fox News’ Fox & Friends, 12/17/10]

Tucker Carlson: “There Isn’t Social Science That Demonstrates That Teaching Children About The Glories Of The Gay Rights Movement Will Reduce Bullying.” From the December 17 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

CARLSON: Well, I mean, not only is it — first of all, it’s unproven. There isn’t social science that demonstrates that teaching children about the glories of the gay rights movement will reduce bullying. That just doesn’t — we don’t know that. But more to the point, again, that’s not the purpose of school. The purpose of — it may be the purpose of church, it may something that parents should do, it may be something that civic leaders want to take on, but the purpose of school is to educate children and this not only differs from that aim, it gets in the way of it.

DOOCY: Ultimately it just looks like somebody is trying to put a pro-gay agenda in schools.

CARLSON: Well, it’s interest group politics, right. [Fox News’ Fox & Friends, 12/17/10]

But Bill Would “Teach What Happened” By Including The “Historical Contributions Of Gay People”

CA Bill To Require Schools To Start “Teaching Students Historical LGBT Figures” and “LGBT Equal Rights Movement.”  On December 13, California State Senator Mark Leno (D, SF) introduced the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, which requires public schools to include historical contributions of the LGBT community by adding “the LGBT community to the existing list of under-represented cultural and ethnic groups already listed in the state’s inclusionary education requirements.” In the accompanying press release, Leno stated of the bill:

“Most textbooks don’t include any historical information about the LGBT movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history,” said Senator Leno (D-San Francisco). “Our collective silence on this issue perpetuates negative stereotypes of LGBT people and leads to increased bullying of young people. We can’t simultaneously tell youth that it’s OK to be yourself and live an honest, open life when we aren’t even teaching students about historical LGBT figures or the LGBT equal rights movement.” [State Senator Leno’s press release, 12/13/10]

 

Sac Bee Blog: Bill “Would Require Public School Materials To Include The Historical Contributions Of Gay People.” A December 13 post on The Sacramento Bee blog CapitolAlert stated that the bill “would require public school materials to include the historical contributions of gay people as a way to fight bullying,” and later noted that “[t]he bill’s aim is to work information about historical figures and events into materials that are up for regular review and revision by state public school authorities.” [CapitolAlert, The Sacramento Bee, 12/13/10]

Research Shows Teaching LGBT History Reduces Bullying And Makes All Students Feel Safer

CA Safe Schools Coalition: “Students Feel Safer At School When LGBT Issues Are Included In The Curriculum” And Report “Less LGBT Bullying At School.” The California Safe Schools Coalition surveyed California students and school administrators in 2003, 2004 and 2005 to determine whether curriculum that includes attention to LGBT people “promote[s] safer school climates.” According to their research, “students who report learning about LGBT issues in school… report fewer mean rumors or lies spread about them, fewer reports of being made fun of because of their looks or the way they talk, and less LGBT bullying at school.”  The California Safe Schools Coalition also concluded that not only did more LGBT students feel safer at schools with LGBT issues in the curriculum, but “[m]ore straight students report feeling safe if they learned about LGBT issues.” The report concluded:

Finding 1: Individual students feel safer at school when LGBT issues are included in the curriculum; this is true for LGBT students and for their straight peers.

[…]

Finding 2: School climates are safer when LGBT issues are part of the curriculum.

[…]

Finding 3: Many California school districts already include LGBT issues in the curriculum and many more are interested in doing so. [California Safe Schools Coalition, Safe Schools “LGBT Issues in the Curriculum Promotes School Safety”, 2006]

Tucker Carlson Has History Of Dismissing Gay Rights

Tucker Carlson And His Site Have Repeatedly Mocked And Dismissed Gay Rights Issues. As Media Matters For America has previously documented, Tucker Carlson has a history of dismissing gay rights issues. On the December 8 edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson dismissed assertions that Arabic translators were discharged from the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, saying, “spare me,” and calling DADT a “stupid issue.” Additionally, Carlson’s website, The Daily Caller, has a history of posting content with anti-gay language. For example, one of the first posts to the site included writer Matt Labash wishing he could “be the sexiest man alive, like Rachel Maddow,” and a post in November referred to Rosie O’Donnell as half a man.


Tea Party Nation Founder: Let’s Get Rid Of The ‘Socialist’ Methodist Church

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Tea Party Nation Founder: Let’s Get Rid Of The ‘Socialist’ Methodist Church
Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has a dream: “No more Methodist Church.”


Climate Change Denier Shimkus To Head Environment Subcommittee (VIDEO)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) — the guy who thinks that man wouldn’t hurt the earth because the Bible says only God can destroy the planet — was passed over for chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but no worries, he’s in charge of a subcommittee now.


Billionaire Bloomberg’s Devilish ‘No Labels’ Scam

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Billionaire Bloomberg’s Devilish ‘No Labels’ Scam


How Reid Assured Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:41 am by HL

How Reid Assured Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Greg Sargent takes a step back to look at how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) shepherded the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” through the Senate.

“Recall what happened before the vote on the defense authorization bill containing DADT repeal was blocked by the GOP. Reid made a whole range of concessions to GOP moderates, bringing them to the brink of casting a Yes vote… Scheduling that first vote allowed moderates the room to register their procedural objections with a No vote. As Reid knew, he could then schedule a second, stand-alone vote, giving the moderates a bit more time and maneuvering room (and another round of meetings with military leaders) to come around to the Yes camp.”

Support for Tax Cuts, Except for the Wealthy
An overwhelming majority of Americans support the Bush tax-cut compromise that President Obama brokered with Republican congressional leaders, a new CNN/Opinion Research survey finds — though Americans have wide-ranging views on the compromise’s individual provisions.

Some 75% of respondents said they like the deal, and 23% said they oppose it. When it comes to individual provisions, respondents said they overwhelmingly favor extending the Bush tax cuts for family income up to $250,000, 89% to 11%, as well as extending unemployment benefits for a year, 76% to 22%. But only 37% said they favor extending the tax cuts for family income above $250,000, with 62% opposed, and 39% favor the estate-tax reduction, with 59% opposed.


The New Era of Cooperation Between the White House and Big Business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:40 am by HL

The New Era of Cooperation Between the White House and Big Business
Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., praises the President’s agreement with Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts. “If we’re going to strengthen our economy and grow jobs, this type of outreach — and cooperation between…


Glenn Beck v. Fareed Zakaria on Terrorist Muslims
A duel between talk show hosts on the question of how many of the world’s Muslims are terrorists. On his CNN program GPS last Sunday, Fareed Zakaria called bunk on Glenn Beck for his estimate of 10% — mainly by…


Kyl On 9/11 First Responders Bill: ?Why Would They Need $6 Billion??

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Kyl On 9/11 First Responders Bill: ?Why Would They Need $6 Billion??
Two weeks ago, Senate Republicans unanimously filibustered a bill to provide health benefits to the firefighters, police officers, and construction workers who were the first responders to the terror attacks on 9/11 and contracted illnesses as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals during their work. Republicans have been callously blocking the bill, saying it […]

Two weeks ago, Senate Republicans unanimously filibustered a bill to provide health benefits to the firefighters, police officers, and construction workers who were the first responders to the terror attacks on 9/11 and contracted illnesses as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals during their work. Republicans have been callously blocking the bill, saying it has a lower priority than extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, that they don’t want to “hurry,” and telling the responders — some of whom have already died from their illnesses — “I can’t help you.”

This weekend, New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) Chuck Schumer (D) announced they had modified the bill, reducing its overall pricetag and changing the way it is paid for, and thus gained some GOP support. But Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the number two Senate Republican, is still not pleased. Appearing on Fox News today, Kyl pretended he had “no idea” what was in the bill, and even wondered if these heroes needed the help:

HOST: Will you change your vote to a yes on the bill, knowing those changes?

KYL: This has been a moving target since day one. … This is something that they came up with to just put directly on the floor of the Senate, without any hearings, without any opportunities to figure out what it should be like. […]

I have no idea how this thing would work. So they reduced it from $7 billion to $6 billion — I have no idea whether $6 billion is a reasonable figure. … But the question is who’s responsible? Who’s at fault? Do they have the money? Is the insurance adequate to cover it? Wasn’t the previous settlement adequate? Why would they need $6 billion?

Watch it:

Kyl’s feigned ignorance on the bill is pathetic. As ThinkProgress noted when Kyl tried to pass off the same phony objections last week, the Senate and House version of the bill have been available to Kyl and anyone else to read since 2009, and there was in fact a Senate hearing on it in June, even though he insists it never happened. Meanwhile, changes to bill have been made at the GOP’s behest. So to claim that he has “no idea” what’s in the bill is negligent, at best.

As for Kyl’s list of questions, these have all been answered in the hearing and elsewhere. The bill will provide funding for eight years to monitor and treat injuries stemming from exposure to toxic dust and debris, as well as to reopen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to provide help for job and economic losses. The case of Joe Picurro, who volunteered to cut steel at Ground Zero and died in October as a result, illustrates why these heroes need $6 billion. Picurro fought with his insurance company and the government for years, before finally receiving workers’ compensation in 2006, but only after “he was down to his last nickel.” His wife, Laura has “had to scrimp, scrape and borrow to make ends meet, care for Joe – and stave off eviction.” Meanwhile, Kyl and his colleagues have spent the last year fighting tooth and nail to give the wealthiest two percent of Americans another $700 billion, and to cut estate taxes to help children of the richest 0.2 percent of households.

On Thursday, former GOP Arkansas Gov. and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said “every Republican” should support the bill.

As for Kyl’s cowardly attempt to hide behind the way the bill has moved through the Senate, is Kyl really going to jeopardize the health of thousands of American heroes like Picurro to claim the moral high ground on arcane Senate procedure, which only affects him and his 40 GOP colleagues?


Schumacher-Matos: The Dream Act joins a shameful tradition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 21st, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Schumacher-Matos: The Dream Act joins a shameful tradition
In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act. It forced most Native Americans in the Deep South to move to Oklahoma in what became known as the “trail of tears and death.”


Right Turn: Beyond ‘No Labels’
The “No Labels” crowd has taken a lot of ribbing. When Frank Rich (“childish magical thinking, and, worse, a mindless distraction from the real work before the nation”) George Will (“a political fantasyland”), Chris Beam (“Everything you need to know about the new political group No Labels is con…

Environmental community shifts focus away from Washington with ‘think local’ strategies
The American environmental movement is engaged in a round of soul searching, and looking for a new battle plan in a hostile political environment.

Public servants feel sting of budget rancor
Here are two words you don’t hear much lately: public servant.

Senate passes shark protection bill
The Senate passed a landmark shark conservation bill Monday that would close loopholes that had allowed the lucrative shark fin trade to continue operations off the West Coast.