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Late, Late Night FDL: Happy Kwanzaa!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Happy Kwanzaa!
The Kwanzaa Song – Billy Paul Williams

The Kwanzaa Song – Billy Paul Williams

Happy Kwanzaa to all!

Here’s Kwanzaa’s founder, Dr. Maulana Karenga…

What’s on your mind tonite…?

That’s Entertainment…or something
The Arts are going to kill us all…hopefully sooner rather than later.

pic via Andyi at flickr.com

Two vital news stories broke and I will discuss them in order of importance (least to most):

Republicans plan to lift the ban on the use of electronic gadgets like the iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry on the House floor.

John Boehner gets to make tee times from the Speakers’ chair…and now porn is not just for office chambers.

And the first member of Congress caught on C-Span looking at foot fetish porn is? I’m guessing it will be Jet’s fan Peter King.

But that’s not the big news. This is!

Earlier this month an army doctor, Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, was sentenced to six months in prison and thrown out of the military after he failed to turn up for a tour of duty in Afghanistan, arguing that because of Obama’s foreign birth his orders as commander-in-chief were illegal.

[Orly] Taitz said that she was now trying to turn the Lakin story into a musical, and is appealing for Andrew Lloyd Webber to contact her.

That’s right… ORLYHOMA!


Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now
The recent FCC decision to “protect” the free and open Internet was long awaited by activists but it turned out to be smoke and mirrors, catering largely to service providers such as Comcast and AT&T.

By Elliot D. Cohen

The recent FCC decision to “protect” the free and open Internet was long awaited by activists but it turned out to be smoke and mirrors, catering largely to service providers such as Comcast and AT&T.


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Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas
An Arizona state representative from Pinal County was beaten, knocked unconscious, tied up and left bound inside his Casa Grande business after 2:30 p.m.Christmas Day….

Mike Larsen: WTF Is an Independent Voter?
Campaigns are misguided to think they can reach these disparate types by adopting some middle of the road, wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all position. Instead, the groups need to be marketed to in different ways.

A Teen’s Third World America
In the next five years, the American Society of Civil Engineers http://www.asce.org/ estimates that the United States will have to spend more than one trillion…


The Biggest Battles In This Year’s War On Christmas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

The Biggest Battles In This Year’s War On Christmas
Every year, there is a war that rages throughout the nation. The 76 percent of Americans who call themselves Christian face a nearly existential threat from the myriad forces that come together to conspire against them. This year, the battles…

Giuliani, Tom Ridge Go To Paris To Support Iranian Marxist Terrorist Group
This Wednesday, a group of prominent Bush-era Republicans, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former White House adviser Frances Townsend and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, flew to Paris to speak in support of an Iranian exile group there — one that’s been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S.


AlterNet’s 10 Most Popular Economic Stories of 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

AlterNet’s 10 Most Popular Economic Stories of 2010
We worked hard to shed light on what’s happening in the American economy this year — here are your favorite articles of 2010.


Barbour, the Citizens’ Councils, and the GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Barbour, the Citizens’ Councils, and the GOP
Every few years it seems the public is treated to an unguarded moment by a southern Republican of a certain age expressing admiration for his political forebears. The latest is Mississippi governor Haley Barbour’s celebration of the Citizens’ Councils as…


How Jerry Brown Saved the World
I had a bad case of the blues. My woman up and left me, my daughter is a juvenile delinquent, my cat does nothing but complain. I needed to be taken to another place. Sitting under a tree in the…


It’s the Revenue, Stupid
Today The New York Times’ editorialists ratify one of the top, upcoming bogus stories for 2011 — the fiscal crisis of the states. The bogosity lies not in the fact of crisis, but in the purported remedies, remedies sought after…


Bush Intel. Chief: Obama ?Has Been As Aggressive, If Not More Aggressive In Pursuing? Terrorists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Bush Intel. Chief: Obama ?Has Been As Aggressive, If Not More Aggressive In Pursuing? Terrorists
For the past two years, conservatives have repeatedly attacked President Obama for supposedly endangering American lives by not being aggressive enough in going after terrorists. But a year after the failed bombing attempt on Christmas Day for which Obama received immense criticism from the right, a key Bush intelligence official refuted these right-wing attacks today […]

For the past two years, conservatives have repeatedly attacked President Obama for supposedly endangering American lives by not being aggressive enough in going after terrorists. But a year after the failed bombing attempt on Christmas Day for which Obama received immense criticism from the right, a key Bush intelligence official refuted these right-wing attacks today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley. Retired Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under President Bush, said the Obama “administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive in pursuing” terror threats:

MCCONNELL: Both general Hayden and I served in the previous administration and we got a lot of criticism for being aggressive, and so on. … My observation is that the new administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive in pursuing these issues, because they’re real. And so, regardless of which side of the political spectrum –

CROWLEY: And you commend them for that?

MCCONNELL: I do commend them for that.

Watch it:

Meanwhile, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as the head of the CIA under Bush and appeared along with McConnell on CNN today, warned against overreacting to the “low threshold” attacks that Al-Qaeda and their ideological allies now employ. “We cannot allow our response to that kind of event to turn a tactical success for Al-Qaeda into a strategic defeat for us,” Hayden said, by “overreacting to it by suppressing our commerce and our convenience.”

Now That Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Extended, Coburn Calls On The Rich ?To Sacrifice To A Greater Extent?
Earlier this month, after President Obama made a deal with congressional Republicans, Congress passed a bill to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two years, in exchange for a 13-month unemployment insurance extension. Obama and most Democrats begrudged giving the rich more tax breaks, but Republicans rejoiced. Before the deal, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) fiercely […]

Earlier this month, after President Obama made a deal with congressional Republicans, Congress passed a bill to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two years, in exchange for a 13-month unemployment insurance extension. Obama and most Democrats begrudged giving the rich more tax breaks, but Republicans rejoiced. Before the deal, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) fiercely advocated for extending the cuts for the rich. Despite the more than $800 billion cost to extend them, Coburn argued that tax cuts don’t have to be paid for.

Today on Fox News Sunday, the Oklahoma senator repeatedly said the federal government should reduce spending. Host Chris Wallace pressed for specifics, but Coburn couldn’t offer up much. “That remains to be seen,” he said, and, “We haven’t even done the hard work of identifying all the duplications in the federal government.” To his credit, Coburn noted that the Pentagon needs some auditing help, but he repeatedly threw out some random amounts of money that could be cut ($50 billion, $100 billion, $200 billion, and $350 billion) without saying exactly where that money would come from. But now that the tax cut deal is done and the President signed it into law, it appears that Coburn now thinks the rich are going to have to start sacrificing too:

COBURN: We could certainly cut $100 to $200 billion and help ourself. [sic] …There cannot be anything that’s not put on the table. There will not be one American that will not be called on to sacrifice. Those that are more well to do will be called on to sacrifice to a greater extent.

We could save about $50 billion a year by eliminating programs. … [W]e have a realm of about $350 billion that will not truly impact anybody in this country that we could eliminate tomorrow.

Watch it:

There is one sure way that the federal government could save hundreds of billions of dollars “tomorrow”: eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the rich, which of course Coburn would never advocate doing. The Joint Committee on Taxation said that the Obama-brokered tax cut deal — most of which go to the rich — will cost the federal government more than $400 billion over the next two years.

But if Coburn needs help with ideas on specific spending cuts, the Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo notes that the Center for American Progress has identified $100 billion in defense programs (that won’t compromise national security), $45 billion in subsidies to oil companies, $1 billion in tax expenditures for big agricultural firms, $2 billion in unnecessary stock ownership incentives for the rich, and hundreds of millions in redundant or duplicative education programs that could be cut.


Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act need title reform?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act need title reform?
Puh-pack-uh? Is that some kind of llama? In fact, it’s the ungainly acronym of the new health-care law – PPACA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Many people who support the law, or are neutral toward it, call it “puh-pack-uh” or “pee-pack-uh.” Others call it the Affordable Care Act…

Surveying the field of RNC race: Priebus out front, but it’s anyone’s guess
Uncertainty reigns in the race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee despite the election being less than a month away.

Monday Fix: A look back at both parties’ 2010 victories; a political forecast
“I think it’s fair to say that this has been the most productive post-election period we’ve had in decades.”


Who Killed the Disneyland Dream?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2010 5:31 am by HL

Who Killed the Disneyland Dream?
Frank Rich, New York Times
OF the many notable Americans we lost in 2010, three leap out as paragons of a certain optimistic American spirit that we also seemed to lose this year. Two you know: Theodore Sorensen, the speechwriter present at the creation of J.F.K.’s clarion call to “ask what you can do for your country,” and Richard Holbrooke, the diplomat who brought peace to the killing fields of Bosnia in the 1990s. Holbrooke, who was my friend, came of age in the Kennedy years and exemplified its can-do idealism. He gave his life to the proposition that there was nothing an American…

It’s Freezing Because of Global Warming
Judah Cohen, New York Times
Lexington, Mass. THE earth continues to get warmer, yet it’s feeling a lot colder outside. Over the past few weeks, subzero temperatures in Poland claimed 66 lives; snow arrived in Seattle well before the winter solstice, and fell heavily enough in Minneapolis to make the roof of the Metrodome collapse; and last week blizzards closed Europe’s busiest airports in London and Frankfurt for days, stranding holiday travelers. The snow and record cold have invaded the Eastern United States, with more bad weather predicted. All of this cold was met with perfect…

Why I Won’t Move to New York
Eric Torbenson, New York Post