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Late Late Night FDL: Pink Aye

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Pink Aye
The Pink PantherPink Aye. This DePatie-Freleng cartoon was released on May 16, 1974.

The Pink PantherPink Aye.  This DePatie-Freleng cartoon was released on May 16, 1974.

Directed by Gerry Chiniquy.  Produced by David H. DePatie and Isadore Freleng (as Friz Freleng).  Written by John W. Dunn. Animation by Reuben Timmins, Norm McCabe, Ken Muse, and John Freeman. Layouts by Owen Fitzgerald.  Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas.  Edited by Bob Gillis.  Camera operated by John Burton, Jr.  In Charge of Production: Lee Gunther.  Music by Walter Greene.  Pink Panther Theme Song by Henry Mancini.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Sunday Talking Heads: April 24, 2011
And now for a traditional Easter nunchaku …

You’re going to have to find the Easter eggs yourself this week.

And now for a traditional Easter nunchaku ->

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Easter Sunday religion special. “During this season of rebirth, has America lost its faith? And what is the role of God in government and politics?” Franklin Graham. Then, “is materialism the new religion in America?” with Pastor Tim Keller. Roundtable: Interfaith couple Cokie and Steve Roberts, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core. Finally, Vy Higginsen and The Gospel Teen Choir.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Freshmen senators. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chris Coons (D-E), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK), Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL).

Chris Matthews: The Special Relationship Between the U.S. and Britain. How Brits See the Monarchy of the Future.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Former Secretaries of the Treasury Paul O’Neill and Bob Rubin. Then, “[w]hat powerful Washington official is behind a pseudonymous article – signed “Mr. Y” – that calls for a re-ordering of American priorities and a de-emphasis on military power?” Plus, David Brooks tells “us how to succeed.”  And more.

Fox News Sunday: .Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC). “We’ll get the mayor’s take on President Obama, the federal budget crisis, immigration reform, and his own political future.” Then, former Sen. Rick Santorum. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Two members of the “Gang of Six” negotiations, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)Roundtable: David Brooks, Eugene Robinson, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn.

Newsmakers: The White House Office of National Drug Control Strategy recently released a new report as part of an inter-agency plan to combat prescription drug abuse. Director Gil Kerlikowske joins Newsmakers to explain the Administration’s position on the “growing epidemic.”…

Q & A: Mike Daisey, a performer who does full-length extemporaneous monologues on a variety of issues. His latest is called “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which examines Apple as well as Americans love for technology….

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Mount Athos – Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years.  (This is a double-length segment.)  The Billionaire – Eli Broad sets the standard for philanthropy. He’s given away over $2 billion and plans on leaving even more to charity before he dies.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Support for climate change laws stalls; 2- Is the Obama Administration lax on pornography? 3- Did feminism create a generation of boy-men? Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; The Progressive Magazine’s Ruth Conniff; and Conservative Commentator Dana White.

Univision’s Al Punto: Father Jose Eugenio Hoyos, Director “Apostolado Hispano,” Catholic Diocese of Arlington; Bernardo Barranco, Vice President, Mexican Center for Religious Studies; Jose Reveles, Security Expert and Author of “NarcoMexico”; Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times Reporter and Pulitzer Prize Winner; Juan Carlos Ortiz, Author of “Cortos.”

Virtually Speaking: No show today, schedule for the rest of the week.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism. “A concise blast of iconoclastic, eye-opening economic truth-telling; essential reading to understand where free market thinking falls short.” Chat with Ha-Joon Chang about his new book, hosted by Jon Jeter. 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday:Gas Hole is an eye-opening documentary about the history of oil prices and sheds light on a secret that the big oil companies don’t want you to know – that there are viable and affordable alternatives to petroleum fuel!”  Come discuss the film, the oil markets and the implications with Scott Roberts, Jeremy Wagener and host Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET.



How to Lay an Egg

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

How to Lay an Egg

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Missouri House Passes Ban On Sharia Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:33 am by HL

Missouri House Passes Ban On Sharia Law
The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would stop the courts from considering Sharia law, or any other “foreign law, legal code, or system” when ruling on cases.


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Petroleum G-Man on Big Oil

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:32 am by HL

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Paul Ryan’s $30 Trillion Burden, Where Is Peter Peterson?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

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REPORT: The 46 Year-Long Republican War On Medicare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:30 am by HL

REPORT: The 46 Year-Long Republican War On Medicare

Last week, in a dramatic vote, the House of Representatives voted to effectively end Medicare by voting for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal. Under Ryan’s plan, the public health insurance system known as Medicare would be replaced with a system of inadequate subsidies seniors would use to purchase private insurance.

All but four House Republicans voted for Ryan’s plan. Since the vote, Republicans have been engaged in a major public relations effort where they are claiming they actually are “saving Medicare” by ending its status as public health insurance program and handing seniors over to insurance companies. Yet Main Street Americans don’t appear to be buying the GOP rhetoric, as they are angrily confronting Republican Members of Congress at their town hall events, demanding to know why they want to end Medicare.

But if Americans want to know why Republicans are so eager to kill Medicare, they should look to the party’s history with the popular program. Leading Republicans actually denounced the program as it was being designed, warning that it would take us down the road to totalitarianism or worse, and other leading Republicans were caught on record plotting to eliminate it after it was created:

Ronald Reagan: Before he was president, Reagan actually lead a campaign against the creation of Medicare. He ominously warned: “[I]f you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” [1961]

Barry Goldwater: Goldwater, a conservative icon, said that establishing Medicare would lead us down the slippery slope of subsidizing alcohol for all: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.” [1964]

George H.W. Bush: Bush, who would go on to be president after Reagan, said that Medicare shouldn’t be established because it was nothing more than “socialized medicine.” [1964]

Bob Dole: In 1996, during his campaign for the Presidency, Dole openly bragged that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965. “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” [1965]

Sen. Carl Curtis (NE): During the debate over the creation of Medicare, Curtis said that the “insurance industry has a remarkable record” and that Medicare “is not public welfare. It is not charity. It is not kindness. It is socialism. Socialism is not the answer to anything.” [1965]

Dick Armey: The House GOP leader told reporters in 1995 that “we need to wean our old people away from Medicare.” [1995]

Newt Gingrich: Gingrich, who is now likely running for president, told a Blue Cross Blue Shield conference how he plans to eventually get rid of Medicare: “Now, we don’t get rid of it in round one because we don’t think that that’s politically smart, and we don’t think that’s the right way to go through a transition. But we believe it’s going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it — voluntarily.” [1996]

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX): During an appearance on MSNBC last week, Hensarling referred to Medicare along with Social Security as “cruel Ponzi schemes.” [4/15/2011]

In his 2008 film SiCKO, filmmaker Michael Moore featured Ronald Reagan’s campaign against Medicare. Watch it:

It should truly come as no surprise that the GOP has always set its sights on Medicare. After all, it is a single-payer health care system has little involvement from the private insurance industry that is both incredibly efficient and remarkably popular among the general public. It completely violates the conservative mantra that the market should be the arbiter of all things.

Polling shows that the public, including even most Republicans, are overwhelmingly opposed to cuts to the Medicare program. The public is, however, supportive of measures like drug reimportation from Canada and authorizing the Medicare program to use its purchasing power to negotiate for lower drug prices, something that should be uncontroversial but that has been barred thanks to the power of the drug industry. Both of these policy options could save Americans billions of dollars and help shore up the long-term sustainability of Medicare.

The Congressional Budget Office concluded in its study of Ryan’s plan that if it was enacted, seniors would have to pay the majority of their income on health care. In its 46 year-long war on Medicare, the GOP is not only fighting the public health insurance program, but the very idea that we are our brother’s keeper — that we should care what happens to our elderly in the last years of their life, and that no one should spend the last days of their lives fighting with insurance companies just to survive.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:29 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2011 4:28 am by HL

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