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Recent decisions amount to a dressing down for 9th Circuit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 31st, 2011 5:32 am by HL

Recent decisions amount to a dressing down for 9th Circuit
Sometimes the Supreme Court simply decides cases and sometimes it seems to have something bigger in mind. In the past two weeks, it has been in scold mode, and its target has been the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The Monday Fix: Last week’s political highlights
– Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), bringing an abrupt end to the bipartisan peace treaty surrounding President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

2012 Republican presidential candidates all have flaws
Mitt Romney can’t win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.


Successful Innovation Requires Failure Too

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 31st, 2011 5:30 am by HL

Successful Innovation Requires Failure Too
Bill Frezza, RealClearMarkets
President Obama, in his state of the Union Address, called on the nation's taxpayers to fund new investments aimed at making the U.S. more competitive. Joining a long line of Presidents from both parties, his call goes beyond funding scientific research and sets specific industrial policy goals, particularly in the energy and transportation sectors.Obama's tax reform plan may be based on eliminating loopholes and subsidies for favored industries, but he apparently wants to make exceptions for his own favorites. The technologies Obama has selected on our behalf include wind, solar,…

WH Searches for Right Response to Uprising
Trudy Rubin, Philly Inquirer
If you want to understand the Egyptian uprising and how U.S. officials should respond, let me take you back to the pro-democracy demonstrations I witnessed in Cairo in 2005.Middle-class protesters went to the streets then, too, demanding free elections. But the government of President Hosni Mubarak – tarring all opposition as radical Islamists – surrounded them with police in Darth Vader helmets and shields.

‘A Rosa Parks Moment for Education’
Kevin Huffman, Washington Post

John Thune Considers a Presidential Bid
Jill Lawrence, Politics Daily


Late Late Night FDL: Dragon Around

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 30th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Dragon Around
‘Dragon Around’, released July 16, 1954 via Walt Disney Studios’ Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1 series. Synopsis: Construction worker Donald tries to oust Chip ‘n’ Dale out of their home to build a highway, so the chipmunks become knights in shining armor to fight back. Directed by Jack Hannah. Animation by […]

‘Dragon Around’, released July 16, 1954 via Walt Disney Studios’ Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1 series.

Synopsis: Construction worker Donald tries to oust Chip ‘n’ Dale out of their home to build a highway, so the chipmunks become knights in shining armor to fight back.

Directed by Jack Hannah. Animation by Bill Justice and Volus Jones. Effects Animation by Dan MacManus. Story by Nick George and Roy Williams. Layout by Yale Gracey. Background by Ray Huffine. Music by Oliver Wallace. Voices by Dessie Flynn (Dale), James MacDonald (Chip) and Clarence Nash (Donald Duck).

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?


Walk Like an Egyptian

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 30th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Walk Like an Egyptian

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 30th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 30th, 2011 5:34 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 30th, 2011 5:33 am by HL

GOP Conference Chair Thaddeus McCotter Says ?America Must Stand? With Mubarak Dictatorship

As ThinkProgress reported today, former Bush administration official and U.N. Ambassador John Bolton abandoned his supposed belief in “democracy promotion” and told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that the Egyptian pro-democracy protests are a “big opportunity” for jihadists, siding with the Mubarak dictatorship.

Now, yet another high-profile Republican is disparaging the protest movement and openly siding with Egypt’s dictator. In a statement posted on his website last night, GOP Conference Chair Rep. Thaddeus McCotter wrote that “the Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution” and that “America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform.” He even went as far as to say that “freedom’s radicalized enemies are subverting Egypt” with the demonstrations:

The Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution. The Egyptian demonstrations are the reprise of Iran’s 1979 radical revolution.

“Thus, America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm. […]

“This is not a nostalgic “anti-colonial uprising” from within, of all places, the land of Nassar. Right now, freedom’s radicalized enemies are subverting Egypt and other our allies.

McCotter’s remarks are as offensive as they are ignorant. To start with, the congressman is right that the demonstrations in Egypt are different than those in Iran. The protest movement in Iran was organized around its candidate in the election, who actually was literally an Islamist. Meanwhile, the demonstrations in Egypt were mostly spontaneous and led by younger progressive Egyptians; it was days before the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood even began taking part in the protests, and even now, they are far from the dominating force.

And while there are many legitimate concerns about the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian politics, it is important to note that the Egyptian Brotherhood has long denounced violence, even taking part in the movement to end violence against Coptic Christians.

Furthermore, it is almost comical to claim that Mubarak’s government is “capable of reform” and to say that the current government is opposed to a future “tyrannical government.” After all, in a desperate attempt to appease the democracy movement, Mubarak appointed vice president and prime minister who are essentially loyal to him; the appointed vice president was actually the head of the country’s notoriously brutal intelligence service.

Needless to say, it is insulting to the thousands who are demonstrating and many who have given their lives battling the Mubarak dictatorship for McCotter to baselessly suggest that they are actually the tools of violent jihadists and that we should continue our bankrupt policy of backing the dictatorship in Egypt.


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