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TCU Wins Rose Bowl

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:46 am by HL

TCU Wins Rose Bowl
Texas Christian University completed a perfect 13-0 season with a 21-19 victory over the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs complete their first unbeaten season since winning the national championship in 1938.



Late Late Night FDL: The Phantom of the Horse Opera

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: The Phantom of the Horse Opera
Beany and CecilThe Phantom of the Horse Opera. This Bob Clampett Productions, Snowball Studios cartoon first aired on January 20, 1962. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, 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?

Beany and CecilThe Phantom of the Horse Opera.  This Bob Clampett Productions, Snowball Studios cartoon first aired on January 20, 1962.

Directed by Robert Clampett.  Executive Producer:  A.C.R. Stone.  Produced by Robert Clampett.  Story by Dale Hale, Robert Clampett, and Jack Kinney.  Story Material/Storyboards by Bob Clampett, Eddie Maxwell, Al Bertino, Jack Bonestell, and Dale Hale.  Animation Directors: Jack Hannah and Dick Kinney.  Layouts by Terrell Stapp, Willie Ito, Tony Sgroi, and Homer Jonas.  Master Animator: Art Scott.  Animation by Lou Appet, Harry “Bud” Hester, Bill Nunes, Al Stetter, Frank Gonzales, Bill Southwood, and Carl A. Bell.  Backgrounds by Curtiss Perkins, Robert Abrams, and Marie Reed.  Production Assistants: Dick Elliott, John Soh, Jeanne Thorpe, Mike Sweeten.  Voices by Jim MacGeorge and Irv Shoemaker.  Music Underscore by Bob Clampett, Sody Clampett, Hoyt Curtin, and Jack Roberts.  Music Published by Merrifield Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP).

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, 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?

Sunday Talking Heads: January 2, 2011
Who’s hungry? Well, the New Years Talking Heads start out as more of the same old same old, with a year end wrap-up or two, and a couple reruns. Note that NBC has an Exclusive! with Lindsey Graham, as if he’s a hard get. Progressives Avedon Carol and Chris Kendricks will be Virtually Speaking at 8pm ET. Unfortunately, there is no FDL Book Salon today but tomorrow’s Movie Night features the documentary Phil Ochs, see you there.

breakfast courtesy of malias via Flickr

Who’s hungry?

Well, the New Years Talking Heads start out as more of the same old same old, with a year end wrap-up or two, and a couple reruns.  Note that NBC has an Exclusive! with Lindsey Graham, as if he’s a hard get.

Progressives Avedon Carol and Chris Kendricks will be Virtually Speaking at 8pm ET.  Unfortunately, there is no FDL Book Salon today but tomorrow’s Movie Night features the documentary Phil Ochs, see you there.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor, House Correspondent. 8:30am – Col. Randall Larsen (Ret.), Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, CEO.  9:15am – Newspaper Articles & Viewer Calls.

ABC’s This Week:
Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee. George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Rep.-elect Mike Kelly (R-PA) discuss what’s ahead for the new Congress.

Chris Matthews: Topics: What Must President Obama Do This Year to Get Competitive for 2012? New Year’s Resolutions for Palin and her GOP Rivals, for Hillary Clinton, and the Royals.

CNN’s State of the Union: Ed Henry guest hosts. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will join us exclusively to discuss President Obama’s next two years in office. Then, incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).  Plus, “three distinct voices within the House Democratic caucus chart the course forward for a wounded party looking to regain some momentum in the new year.” Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: How To Lead. This special features interviews on what makes a great leader with 5 leaders from diverse arenas (global politics, national politics, military, business and academia).  Tony Blair; Lou Gerstner; Christie Whitman; Rick Levin; Admiral Mike Mullen.

Fox News Sunday: The new Congress. Incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Incoming chair of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Plus, two Tea Party candidates who won in November, Sen.-Elect Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep.-Elect Allen West, (R-FL)Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Michael Duffy.

NBC’s Meet The Press: “Exclusive!” Lindsey Graham. Roundtable: Can President Obama and Republicans continue to compromise in 2011, or will posturing in advance of the 2012 presidential race lead to gridlock on the tough issues like job growth, the debt, and the deficit? E.J. Dionne, Yale law professor and author Stephen Carter, Katty Kay, and Senator-elect Pat Toomey (R-PA).

Newsmakers: Gentry Collins. Recently, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele announced that he will run for reelection to his post, despite his rocky first term. Former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins announced that he will challenge Steele in his reelection bid.

Q & A: Bob Samuelson, columnist for Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post. He is also syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. His columns concentrate on economics and politics as well as socio-economic issues. He was hired in 1969 as a metro reporter.

Religion & Ethics: Looking back and looking forward.

60 Minutes: Bad Medicine – Drug company whistle-blower Cheryl Eckard tells Scott Pelley about her experience trying to fix problems at a pharmaceutical factory that made her a key figure in a federal lawsuit and a multimillionaire.  Wynton – Jazz missionary Wynton Marsalis. (This is a double-length segment)

To The Contrary: Topics: Speaker Pelosi on her legacy as the first female speaker of the House.

Univision’s Al Punto:
Rep. Xavier Becerra, (D-CA); Rep. leana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Jorge Castañeda, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; Arnoldo Torres, Expert on Hispanic Issues; and Lola Gonzalez, Former Small Business Owner.

Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol and Chris Kendrick.  Developments of the week are discussed. The Gasbag atrocities are documented. And various news stories that arise during the Sunday shows are considered. There will be mockery, 8pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV: This month’s In Depth features Phyllis Bennis, the director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.  Ms. Bennis is a fellow at the Transnational Institute and an adviser to United Nation officials on the Middle East.

FDL Book Salon: No Book Salon this weekend.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Phil Ochs. Join Lisa Derrick with Director Kenneth Bowser, Producer Michael Ochs (brother), and Meegan Ochs (daughter).  8pm ET.


Help 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Help 2011

By Mr. Fish

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‘Left, Right & Center’: On American Exceptionalism
This New Year’s Eve special edition of “Left, Right & Center” finds our four show regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley—riffing on the topic of American exceptionalism and all its attendant hazards and potential positives.

Left, Right & Center

This New Year’s Eve special edition of “Left, Right & Center” finds our four show regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley—riffing on the topic of American exceptionalism and all its attendant hazards and potential positives.

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Tea Party Activists Take Issue With GOP Leaders As New Congress Begins

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Tea Party Activists Take Issue With GOP Leaders As New Congress Begins
As Tea Party politicians prepare to take their seats when the 112th Congress convenes this week, they are already taking issue with Republicans for failing…

Showdowns On Spending & Debt Will Test New Leaders In Congress
WASHINGTON — Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether the new Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions or whether…

Obama Shares His Political New Year’s Resolution
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans must work together in the new year and share responsibility for moving the country forward. In…

Navy Commander Was Behind Raunchy Videos Made On U.S. Aircraft Carrier
Owen Honors, Captain of the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, was revealed as the producer of a series of “raunchy” videos made aboard the Navy carrier several…

Jeff Danziger: Khodorkovsky Case


‘Relax’ Robocaller’s Lawyer Argues ‘Dirty Tricks’ Are Free Speech

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:42 am by HL

‘Relax’ Robocaller’s Lawyer Argues ‘Dirty Tricks’ Are Free Speech
A Maryland political operative behind misleading election day robocalls has a long and colorful history of political tricks so dirty that even in Baltimore political consultants “don’t want to even breathe the same air as him.” But a lawyer representing Julius Henson (who has admitted he was responsible for robocalls telling mostly Democratic voters not to bother going to the polls on Election Day) is arguing that his client’s right to free speech protects such tactics.

Historians Find Myriad Errors In VA History Textbooks
Surprise, surprise, historians have found glaring errors in a textbook claiming that African Americans fought in large numbers for the South during the Civil War. A number of additional errors have been found in other textbooks being used in some…


The 2011 Happy New World Odor?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:39 am by HL

The 2011 Happy New World Odor?


Arab Nazareth, Israeli Democracy–Bundist Dreams

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Arab Nazareth, Israeli Democracy–Bundist Dreams
A little over three weeks ago (around the time this blogger went quiet, in this season of reflection), Sidra and I took a little road trip to the Israeli Arab town of Nazareth, where we spent the weekend in a…


The Name of the Game Is Oligarchy
If you have been wondering why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell could be repealed, and nuclear arms control passed, by the same legislature that insisted on sustaining the Bush upper-crust tax cuts, the answer, in PoliSciese, is here. Jeffrey A. Winters…


Chief Justice Roberts Calls for End to Senate Obstruction of Judges

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Chief Justice Roberts Calls for End to Senate Obstruction of Judges
Nearly one in nine federal judgeships are currently vacant, a vacancy rate that is leaving many courts barely able to function. Indeed, the problem has become so severe that Republican Chief Justice John Roberts used his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary to call upon the Senate to end this logjam: Over many years, […]

Nearly one in nine federal judgeships are currently vacant, a vacancy rate that is leaving many courts barely able to function. Indeed, the problem has become so severe that Republican Chief Justice John Roberts used his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary to call upon the Senate to end this logjam:

Over many years, however, a persistent problem has developed in the process of filling judicial vacancies. Each political party has found it easy to turn on a dime from decrying to defending the blocking of judicial nominations, depending on their changing political fortunes. This has created acute difficulties for some judicial districts. Sitting judges in those districts have been burdened with extraordinary caseloads. I am heartened that the Senate recently filled a number of district and circuit court vacancies, including one in the Eastern District of California, one of the most severely burdened districts. There remains, however, an urgent need for the political branches to find a long-term solution to this recurring problem.

Roberts’ pox-on-both-your-houses comparison between the two political parties is unfortunate, because it obscures the very partisan explanation for the present vacancy crisis.

While Senate Democrats did unsuccessfully attempt to block a handful of President Bush’s most radical nominees — including one woman who compared liberalism to “slavery” and Social Security to a “socialist revolution,” and another who took thousands of dollars worth of campaign contributions from Enron and then wrote a key opinion reducing Enron’s taxes by $15 million when she sat on the Texas Supreme Court — neither political party has ever waged the sustained and indiscriminate campaign of obstruction the Senate GOP is presently waging against President Obama’s judges. As a result of this unprecedented campaign, Obama has the lowest judicial confirmation rate of any recent president:

Nevertheless, the Chief Justice’s call for an end to Senate obstruction of judges is welcome. In 1997, when Republican Chief Justice William Rehnquist criticized the Republican-controlled Senate for blocking President Clinton’s nominees, his rebuke shamed the Senate into nearly doubling its confirmation rate the next year. Hopefully, Roberts’ rebuke will yield a similar response.

Chris Christie Defends Florida Vacation During Blizzard: ?A Great Five Days?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has received heavy criticism from residents and lawmakers for leaving the state, along with the Lt. Governor, during the fifth-largest blizzard in New Jersey’s history. Yesterday, Christie defended his vacation as “a great five days.” “I would have been doing the same thing here as I would have been […]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has received heavy criticism from residents and lawmakers for leaving the state, along with the Lt. Governor, during the fifth-largest blizzard in New Jersey’s history. Yesterday, Christie defended his vacation as “a great five days.”

“I would have been doing the same thing here as I would have been there,” Christie said. “I would have been in a room someplace. I would not have been out, like, driving a plow.” The governor also dismissed a question about trapped residents and attacked some New Jersey mayors:

When asked about the hundreds of people trapped in their homes for days, Christie said unless they lived on state roads, it’s not something his administration would have been able to change.

“If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Christie said.

When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”

Some residents did not appreciate Christie’s vacation, however. “I think this was his first priority. I mean, I’m all for everybody going away and having a vacation. He’s entitled to that, just like any of us, but…this storm really debilitated the whole state,” one man told CBS New York.

Today, 95 percent of the roads in New Jersey are clear. Over 550 trapped vehicles had to be removed from roads, and Christie is requesting funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for what he says is a state of disaster in 13 counties.


New N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to take on ‘powerful interests’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2011 5:36 am by HL

New N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to take on ‘powerful interests’
Democrat Andrew Cuomo was sworn in Saturday as the 56th governor of New York, pledging fast action to address the state’s deep financial problems as he assumed the office once held by his father.

As control of the House turns over, young aides perform a familiar shuffle
Jessica Kershaw says the lowest point of her last days as a Capitol Hill press secretary came when she turned the key – her key – to Room 1516 in the Longworth House Office Building. “You’re not going to like it,” a custodian said as she opened the door.

President Obama and Republicans differ on political priorities for 2011
President Obama and Republicans laid out their parties’ resolutions for the New Year, pledging in weekly addresses to tackle the economy and cut spending in the new Congress, which convenes Wednesday.