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Scientist Claims Proof of Alien Life

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Scientist Claims Proof of Alien Life
Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, offers evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life in an article in the Journal of Cosmology. Hoover’s analysis of rare meteorites called deep CI1 carbonaceous chondrites finds some fossil bacterial life like nothing on Earth. “Life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet Earth,” Hoover said. “This field of study has just barely been touched — because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible.”

A weekend with the Swells

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

A weekend with the Swells
The wealthy are up in arms about your refusal to bear all the sacrifice…yet again.

image via pt at flickr.com

A quick survey of events over the last few days shows just where the hoi pilloi stand with the elites.

In Wisconsin this weekend yet another mass rally took place with a predictable result from our self-declared betters:

Fox Yappers Go Crazy Over Michael Moore Saying We’re Not Broke and the Rich Need to Pay More in Taxes

How dare he, does he not remember his place…or that he’s fat?

And Atrios summed up the concern of the MSNBC newsroom:

I wonder what Andrea Mitchell is sacrificing for the new austerity.

It certainly won’t be listening to her husband’s stories about Ayn Rand:

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said a surge in U.S. government “activism,” including fiscal stimulus, housing subsidies and new regulations, is holding back the economic recovery.

Because goodness knows, old Alan’s hands are completely clean of any responsibility for the problems to begin with. And now he shall go on the “I’m totally blameless and awesome tour” with Donald Rumsfeld.

Late, Late Night FDL: Waiting For The End
Linkin Park – Waiting For The End

Linkin Park – Waiting For The End

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Wael Ghonim on ‘Revolution 2.0’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Wael Ghonim on ‘Revolution 2.0’
The Google executive who helped organize the Egyptian uprising compares the movement to Wikipedia, with many individuals contributing in their own ways.

The Google executive who helped organize the Egyptian uprising compares the movement to Wikipedia, with many individuals contributing in their own ways.

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White House Praises Muslims Ahead Of House Hearing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

White House Praises Muslims Ahead Of House Hearing
STERLING, Va. — Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the U.S. – they are part of the solution, a top White…

Maria Cuomo Cole: Protecting Those Who Served
Support of armed services personnel, during and after their active duty, is a commitment more important than all others. We turned our backs on American service men and women who deserve much better.

Washington’s Budget Battle: Where Is Obama?
In the struggle over government spending for the current fiscal year, the Republicans have forced the White House and the Senate Democrats into a series…

Poll Reveals Who Fox Viewers Want To Be GOP Presidential Nominee
So, with so many possible Republican prospects in the Fox ranks, Gallup asked this question: Who runs best among Fox News listeners given that the…

Newt Gingrich Helped Jump-Start Campaign To Oust Iowa Judges

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Newt Gingrich Helped Jump-Start Campaign To Oust Iowa Judges
Newt Gingrich secured $200 thousand for a successful campaign by anti-gay groups last fall to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted to allow gay marriage in Iowa, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Arizona Senate Passes Bill To Let State Nullify Federal Laws
After being shot down earlier this week, the Arizona State Senate revived and successfully passed a bill that would create a mechanism for the state to nullify federal laws.

Gingrich To Rumsfeld: Plant Army Spies Throughout Government
Newt Gingrich recommended in a 2003 memo to then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that he “both maximize DoD’s influence on debates and to maximize the flow of information to DoD” by establishing “a system of DoD detailees throughout the federal government and where possible as overseas detached personnel for foreign governments.”

Citizen Huffington

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Citizen Huffington
The Wrap is reporting that Arianna Huffington dared writers to go ahead with a planned strike because no one would notice. Does she honestly think that if they did the folks who just paid $315 million won’t notice that the backbone of the online publication has been removed? The Huffington Post writers are […]

Could Glenn Beck’s Days Be Numbered?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Could Glenn Beck’s Days Be Numbered?
The New York Times reports that while Fox News host Glenn Beck continues to post “numbers that just about any cable news host would envy,” a recent erosion in his viewership has some Fox News officials “looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.”

“What had been a fast and loose assault on all things liberal has grown darker and less entertaining, especially with the growing revolution in the Middle East, a phenomenon Mr. Beck sees as something of a beginning to some kind of end… Mr. Beck remains firm in his belief that something is going terribly wrong and it may be time to stock up on canned goods and head to the basement. The problem with predicting doomsday is that if you’re wrong, you have to figure out what to say the next day. And if you’re right … well, the ratings will be terrific, for what that’s worth.”

Kindness as a Strategy
If Jon Huntsman (R) decides to run against President Obama, the Salt Lake Tribune notes “it’s becoming increasingly clear how Team Obama will respond: Kill his campaign with kindness.”

Huntsman “has yet to say whether he will make a presidential bid, but when he leaves April 30, it appears the ambassador will be welcomed home with praise from the Obama administration — something that likely won’t play terribly well in a Republican primary.”

Said White House chief of staff Bill Daley: “His support of the Obama administration, his support of the president, the things he did on behalf of this administration and the closeness in which he worked with the president is most appreciated. And I’m sure he’ll talk about that in the primaries.”

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

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Anthony Weiner: There Is No Such Thing As The Occupation
Amazing. Anthony Weiner said on Thursday (in a debate moderated by the New York Times columnist, Roger Cohen), that the West Bank is not occupied. Here is “Think Progress” on the story. Weiner is a Likud man, through and…

Libya On My Mind
In early 2007, on two separate trips, I taught entrepreneurial business planning to an executive training program in Libya. The course was organized by Monitor Group, which I had worked for in the early 1990s, and was now consulting to…

iTuned Out: John McCain Falsely Claims That iPad And iPhone Are ‘Built In The United States’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

iTuned Out: John McCain Falsely Claims That iPad And iPhone Are ‘Built In The United States’

This morning on ABC’s This Week, host Christiane Amanpour devoted a portion of her show to discussing the declining trend of manufacturing in America, showcasing the problem by emptying a house of all the goods that were not made in America. “In 1960, foreign goods made up just 8 percent of Americans’ purchases. Today, nearly 60 percent of everything we buy is made overseas.”

Amanpour invited Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to discuss the topic, who exhibited his own faulty understanding of the problem:

McCAIN: I would also point out that if you’d emptied that house there, if you’d left a computer there or an iPad or an iPhone, those are built in the United States of America.

Later in the show, Leo Gerard, the president of the United Steelworkers Union, corrected McCain. “The reality is that when you talk about the high-end stuff — the iPad and the iPhone are made in China, they’re not made in America,” he noted. Watch it:

In fact, the Taiwanese-based electronic manufacturing company Foxconn makes the iPad and the iPhone. Foxconn gained notoriety last year when its overworked employees began committing a rash of the Apple supply chain.

McCain is hardly the expert that political shows should turn to when discussing technology. As former FCC chairman Reed Hundt told Amanda Terkel in 2008, “Basically, John is a technological troglodyte and proud of it.” McCain said during the campaign that he “never felt the particular need to e-mail.” McCain has admitted to being a computer “illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all the assistance I can get.”

Fox Hosts Hate-Church Lawyer Who Claims Obama Is ?The Beast Spoken Of In The Revelation?

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court held that even the most repulsive hate speech — Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay rallies at military funerals — is entitled to First Amendment protection. At the top of its show this morning, Fox invited one of the leading purveyors of such repulsive speech, Westboro’s attorney Margie Phelps, as its sole commentator on this Court decision. Phelps, who is the daughter of hate church leader Fred Phelps, provided exactly the same kind of thoughtful legal analysis that Americans expect from Fox News:

QUESTION: Are the nine justices going to Hell?

PHELPS: I have no objective indicator otherwise. The default for mankind is Hell. […]

QUESTION: So the justices are going to Hell? The President is going to Hell?

PHELPS: Absolutely on the President. That’s a big ten-four. I already answered on the justices. The President is going to be king of the world before this is all said and done and he is most likely the Beast spoken of in the Revelation.

Watch it:

It’s telling that in a week which featured deeply manipulative anti-worker tactics by the Ohio GOP, growing unrest in the Middle East, a court decision allowing implementation of the Affordable Care Act to move forward, and the Main Street Movement’s first steps to recall eight anti-worker lawmakers in Wisconsin, Fox decided to ignore these stories in order to focus on the important question of whether President Obama is the Antichrist.

Congressional leaders show few signs of compromise as budget showdown looms

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2011 5:34 am by HL

Congressional leaders show few signs of compromise as budget showdown looms
Republican and Democrats accuse each other Sunday of not being serious about crafting a federal budget deal

Navy readies training for end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
Four documents — a 24-slide PowerPoint presentation, a two-page pamphlet, an eight-page “Frequently Asked Questions” form and 14 written vignettes — are being used by naval commanders and senior enlisted officers to train “deck hand sailors,” or the rank and file, on what will happen once Presi…

Will the South stay solidly Republican?
The 2010 election was devastating for Democrats across the country, but the South was at the epicenter of the destruction.

Congressman King defends himself against criticism over hearings on radical Islam
This week’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “radical Islam” is needed to highlight and investigate the threat posed by homegrown Muslim terrorists, Chairman Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday.

In states, parties clash over voting laws that would affect college students, others
New Hampshire’s new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They’re “foolish,” Speaker William O’Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group.