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MLB Takes Control of LA Dodgers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:41 am by HL

MLB Takes Control of LA Dodgers
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig stripped Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt of financial control of the club Wednesday, saying he would appoint a trustee to oversee the team’s business affairs while investigating the team’s finances and operations. Selig intervened after McCourt required a $30-million loan from Fox last week in order to meet the team’s first payroll of the season.



Late Late Night FDL: Empty Rooms

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Empty Rooms
Gary MooreEmpty Rooms, live in Stockholm, 1987.

Gary MooreEmpty Rooms, live in Stockholm, 1987. What’s on your mind?

A trio of self-proclaimed GOP heroes
Heroes, one and all, if they do not say so themselves.

pic from heath_bar at flickr.com

Let’s have a good solid Bronx Cheer for these three survivors of the burger wars:

Cliff Stearns (R-Florida) who added a provision to the 9/11 Responders health care bill last May that requires the tens of thousands of police, firefighters, emergency personnel, and construction workers etc. who sacrificed themselves for others that day to first be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list. If they have a similar name to a suspected terrorist they will be barred from getting medical treatment. Because clearly Cliff Stearns anti-terror bona fides are beyond question, while some guy who ran through fiery debris to save others might be a terrorist enabler…or voted for Cuomo.

And then there’s Senator James “Global Warming = Nazi” Inhofe (R-OK), who fresh off buzzing the tower and trying to land on people upon a closed runway, had his latest bit of saying whatever he pleases. Inhofe proclaimed natural gas fracking never poisoned anything — the day after a gigantic poisonous spill in Pennsylvania.

And then finally, there is — arguably — the greatest Republican exemplar of them all. Senator John Ensign (R-Nev) who proved that there’s no greater power in a Republican household than mom and dad’s money. This true Republican hero reportedly will resign his Senate seat as soon as this morning.

Someday they’ll be on stamps…in a random well-bribed Caribbean nation.


The Trouble With Trump

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:39 am by HL

The Trouble With Trump
Everything we really need to know about the character of Donald Trump was revealed when the wannabe president frivolously accused Barack Obama’s late grandparents of committing fraud with his birth announcement. By Joe Conason

Everything we really need to know about the character of Donald Trump was revealed when the wannabe president frivolously accused Barack Obama’s late grandparents of committing fraud with his birth announcement.


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Fareed Zakaria: Short-Term Good News Is Bad News For U.S. Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:38 am by HL

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Another Day, Another Obama Speech Fox Takes Out Of Context

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Another Day, Another Obama Speech Fox Takes Out Of Context

Following President Obama’s April 20 Facebook town hall meeting, Fox News jumped on his remarks, accusing Obama of “class warfare” while again deceptively editing portions of Obama’s speech to accuse him of calling Republicans “selfish.”

Obama Cited His Past Personal “Benefit” From Social Programs To Contrast His Budget To GOP Plan

Obama: “I’ve Benefited From All These Investments,” But Republicans Believe I “Have No Real Obligation To People Who Are Less Fortunate.” During the April 20 Facebook town hall, Obama held a question-and-answer session with audience members. From the town hall:

THE PRESIDENT: Hey, Leo.

Q: Hi, hey.  I’m from — originally from San Jose, California.  My question is:  The 2012 budget plan proposed by Paul Ryan has been praised by many in the media as bold or brave. Do you see this as a time that calls for boldness, and do you think that the plan you outlined last week demonstrated sufficient boldness, or is this just a media creation?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, it’s a great question.  Look, here is what I’d say.  The Republican budget that was put forward I would say is fairly radical.  I wouldn’t call it particularly courageous.  I do think Mr. Ryan is sincere.  I think he’s a patriot.  I think he wants to solve a real problem, which is our long-term deficit.  But I think that what he and the other Republicans in the House of Representatives also want to do is change our social compact in a pretty fundamental way. 

Their basic view is that no matter how successful I am, no matter how much I’ve taken from this country I wasn’t born wealthy; I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents.  I went to college on scholarships.  There was a time when my mom was trying to get her PhD, where for a short time she had to take food stamps.  My grandparents relied on Medicare and Social Security to help supplement their income when they got old.

So their notion is, despite the fact that I’ve benefited from all these investments — my grandfather benefited from the GI Bill after he fought in World War IIthat somehow I now have no obligation to people who are less fortunate than me and I have no real obligation to future generations to make investments so that they have a better [future]. [WhiteHouse.gov, 4/20/11]

Fox Edits Obama’s Remarks, Accuses Obama Of “Calling The Rich Selfish”

Fox & Friends Repeatedly Airs Edited Video Of Obama’s Remarks, Omitting His Discussion Of How He “Benefited” From Social Services. On April 21, Fox & Friends repeatedly aired an edited version of Obama’s comments, which was truncated to remove his comments about his personal experience with social programs. Instead, Fox & Friends aired Obama only as saying: “Their basic view is that no matter how successful I am, no matter how much I’ve taken from this country … that somehow, I now have no obligation to people who are less fortunate than me, and I have no real obligation to future generations to make investments so they have a better future.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/21/11]

Carlson: Is Obama “Using Class Warfare … Calling The Rich Selfish Instead Of Successful.” During the April 21 Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson began the broadcast by asking: “Is the president using class warfare to sell his latest agenda? Well, check out his latest speech. Calling the rich selfish instead of successful, and it doesn’t stop there.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/21/11]

Doocy: “Is He Drawing Up This Class Warfare? … Absolutely.” Also during the April 21 Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy stated, “So, is he drawing up this class warfare, where he’s talking about changing — they’re trying to change — absolutely.” Doocy went on to reference Obama’s plan to roll back the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals making more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000 and said: “They’re trying to change … the social compact with, you know, millionaires and billionaires, they can pay more. But it’s not millionaires and billionaires. It’s people making as little as $200,000, which is still a lot of money, but they’re not millionaires and billionaires.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/21/11]

Johnson: Obama Is Saying Of The Rich, “If They’re Successful, They’re Taking From The United States.” Later in the same segment, co-host Peter Johnson Jr. stated: “We have this lower third, Obama on defensive. I think it’s very offensive to a lot of Americans who say that they’re disturbed by a president who says that if they’re successful, they’re taking from the United States. And he’s painting this hard-hearted picture of half the American public that somehow that they’ve taken — the GOP members — and they don’t want to give back. And, is that class warfare? Pretty close.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/21/11]

Carlson: “Looks Like [Obama’s] Going To Be Talking A Lot About Class Warfare.” Carlson later stated: “Just in case you didn’t know what President Obama’s campaign slogan and message is going to be in the coming months as he tries to become re-elected, we have it for you today. It looks like he’s going to be talking a lot about class warfare. And here’s just a snippet of how he plans on attacking the GOP’s point of view.” Carlson then aired a truncated portion of Obama’s Facebook town hall appearance, which omits that he was directly talking about his own personal experiences. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/21/11]

Johnson: Obama’s “Message Is That Republicans Are Irresponsible, Uncaring, Unethical.” Johnson continued: “Well, the message is that Republicans are irresponsible, uncaring, unethical, lack a Judeo-Christian ethic, have taken from this country and will not return, that they believe that God helps only those whom God has helped, and it’s really a return to a lot of the Democratic criticisms, going back to the ’80s, of the Reagan administration. It’s come to the same kind of class-splitting rhetoric, and it’s kind of surprising at this point to come so early. I guess the presidential campaign has, in fact, begun.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/21/11]

Fox Nation: “Obama Launches Sickening Class War Assault Against Republicans.” On April 21, Fox Nation posted an item on Obama’s speech titled, “Obama Launches Sickening Class War Assault Against Republicans.” Although the video clip of the president’s remarks appeared in its entirety, the body of the post included a transcript which truncated Obama’s statement to read: “Their basic view is that no matter how successful I am, no matter how much I’ve taken from this country… I now have no obligation to people who are less fortunate than me, and I have no real obligation to future generations to make investments so they have a better future.” [Fox Nation, 4/21/11]


Three Charged In Connection To U.S. Marshal’s Death

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Three Charged In Connection To U.S. Marshal’s Death
Two family members and an associate of fugitive Charles Smith, whose attempted apprehension in February ended in a shootout in which Deputy Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller was killed, have been charged in connection with helping him hide out from the feds.


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The Truth About Ayn Rand

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:34 am by HL

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Wisconsin Voters Split on Recalling Walker

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:33 am by HL

Wisconsin Voters Split on Recalling Walker
A St. Norbert College poll shows Wisconsin voters are roughly split on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R), 47% to 48%.

Voters are also generally opposed to recalling their state senators with 57% saying they want to keep Democratic senators in office and 53% saying they want to keep Republican senators in office.

Ensign Resignation Sets Off Scramble in Nevada
With Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) set to resign effective May 3, The Hotline notes that Nevada is set to become “a battleground state n steroids” as the decision ripples through the political system.

Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV), already a candidate for the seat, “is likely to be appointed to serve the rest of Ensign’s term, which would give him the advantage of incumbency in a race. While the Senate race looked like a battle between two members of Congress who held equal standing, now Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley will have to make the case that Heller should be unseated after serving time as a senator… If Heller gets appointed to the Senate, his House seat suddenly becomes the scene of the first major election of 2011–one that could give us a lot of clues about the trajectory of 2012.”

Interestingly, a high-ranking Nevada GOP source tells Roll Call there is “no way” failed U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) would be tapped for Heller’s house seat.

Maybe Trump is Serious
Much of the media coverage of Donald Trump’s dance around a presidential bid has focused on whether he is serious or trying to get publicity for himself and his television series The Apprentice. The Hill has one clue that says Trump may be more serious than many think: “If Donald Trump’s flirtation with running for president is a bid to boost ratings for his reality TV show, it doesn’t appear to be working.”

“Trump, the real estate mogul who hosts The Apprentice, has been surging in polls measuring support for the GOP presidential hopefuls. But the ratings for the 11th season of NBC’s The Apprentice, which is featuring celebrity contestants, hit their lowest point for the season last Sunday… Indeed, Trump’s talk of running preceded the current season of his show. He said on Oct. 5 he was thinking of running. The following weekend’s episode, which aired on Oct. 7, showed little change in the ratings.”

Meanwhile, Fox News reports that regular contributor Charles Krauthammer is now convinced that Trump is “absolutely” running after a recent phone conversation in which Trump calmly “made his case.”

Pawlenty Will Release Budget Plan
The Hill reports that likely Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty plans to release a budget proposal of his own amidst the national debate over debt, spending and entitlement reform.

Third rail politics: Pawlenty’s budget will differ from the one offered by House Republicans and “offer a specific plan on Social Security and reform Medicare differently.”


Rachel Maddow, the Nation, Daily Kos: Winners in AlterNet’s Poll of Most Influential Progressives

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:32 am by HL

Rachel Maddow, the Nation, Daily Kos: Winners in AlterNet’s Poll of Most Influential Progressives
Here are the media personalities and publications that progressives love most.


Beware the “Middle Ground” of the Great Budget Debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 22nd, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Beware the “Middle Ground” of the Great Budget Debate
How debates are framed is critical because the “center” or “middle ground” is supposedly halfway between the two extremes. We continue to hear that the Great Budget Debate has two sides: The President and the Democrats want to cut the…

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As the government approaches its borrowing limit of $14.3 trillion, Republicans are seeking political advantage over what conditions should be attached to raising that limit. This is a scandal — or should be. Raising the debt limit shouldn’t be subject…