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Archive for May 3rd, 2011

Late, Late Night FDL: Comfortably Numb

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

I’m left numb by recent events…

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Double Down with Paul Ryan
The Washington Post practices journalism

We interrupt this virtual non-reporting of Canada going all post-World War I Great Britain (as predicted) …

Something bizarre happened this weekend, the Washington Post published a story about the Federal Deficit that was accurate. As you can guess, Robert Samuelson was not involved.

…routine increases in defense and domestic spending account for only about 15 percent of the financial deterioration, according to a new analysis of CBO data.

The biggest culprit, by far, has been an erosion of tax revenue triggered largely by two recessions and multiple rounds of tax cuts. Together, the economy and the tax bills enacted under former president George W. Bush, and to a lesser extent by President Obama, wiped out $6.3 trillion in anticipated revenue. That’s nearly half of the $12.7 trillion swing from projected surpluses to real debt.

And God forbid we ever allow the rich to pay higher taxes again.


Al-Jazeera: ‘Return Our Journalist’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Al-Jazeera: ‘Return Our Journalist’
Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, 39, has gone missing after landing in Damascus on Friday to cover the events in Syria, the news agency says. Dozens of journalists are reported to have been detained by the Syrian government since the uprisings began in mid-March. —ARK Al-Jazeera: Dorothy Parvaz left Doha, Qatar, for Syria on Friday to help cover events currently taking place in the country. However, there has been no contact with the 39-year-old since she disembarked from a Qatar Airways flight in Damascus. … An Al Jazeera spokesman said: “We are concerned for Dorothy’s safety and wellbeing. We are requesting full cooperation from the Syrian authorities to determine how she was processed at the airport and what her current location is. We want her returned to us immediately.” … Media organisations, including Al Jazeera, have been restricted in Syria from reporting what activists describe as an increasingly violent crackdown by security forces on anti-government protesters. Read more

Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, 39, has gone missing after landing in Damascus on Friday to cover the events in Syria, the news agency says. Dozens of journalists are reported to have been detained by the Syrian government since the uprisings began in mid-March. —ARK

Al-Jazeera:

Dorothy Parvaz left Doha, Qatar, for Syria on Friday to help cover events currently taking place in the country. However, there has been no contact with the 39-year-old since she disembarked from a Qatar Airways flight in Damascus.

… An Al Jazeera spokesman said: “We are concerned for Dorothy’s safety and wellbeing. We are requesting full cooperation from the Syrian authorities to determine how she was processed at the airport and what her current location is. We want her returned to us immediately.”

… Media organisations, including Al Jazeera, have been restricted in Syria from reporting what activists describe as an increasingly violent crackdown by security forces on anti-government protesters.

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Historic Shift In Canadian Elections

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Historic Shift In Canadian Elections
TORONTO — Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper won his coveted majority government in elections Monday that also marked a shattering defeat for the opposition Liberals,…

Obama To Visit Ground Zero To Mark Osama Bin Laden’s Death
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to visit New York City on Thursday to mark the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The White…

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.: A Mindful Response To Osama Bin Laden’s Death
When I saw the crowds celebrating bin Laden’s death, something seemed off, as if we weren’t processing our emotions around this properly. It was a good moment for America, yes, but was it a moment for cheering, laughing and jubilation?


Right-Wing Media Accuse Obama Of Making Bin Laden Death All About Himself

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Right-Wing Media Accuse Obama Of Making Bin Laden Death All About Himself

Immediately following President Obama’s announcement that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, right-wing media took every opportunity to attack the president for his actions and remarks regarding the mission that led to bin Laden’s death. Conservative media outlets and personalities have declared that the death of the world’s most famous terrorist was just another opportunity for the president to “strut like [a] peacock” and make it all about himself. 

Right-Wing Media: It’s All About Obama

Geller Accused Obama Of “Shamelessly Strut[ting] Like [A] Peacock.” In a May 2 blog post, Pamela Geller wrote: “Gd bless our troops. Obama can puff himself and shamelessly strut like peacock [sic], but hats off to the US military that has been relentless, dogged and brave for ten years in their mission to kill that devout bastard.” [Atlas Shrugs, 5/2/11]

Wash. Times: Obama’s Speech About Bin Laden Was Consistent With His View That Everything Is About Him.” In a May 2 column, Washington Times editorial page editor Brett Decker wrote that Obama’s statement about bin Laden’s death “made it clear that the campaign season for his 2012 reelection bid is fully underway” and was “consistent with his view that everything is about him.” Decker later wrote that “[b]in Laden’s death is more Mr. Bush’s victory than Mr. Obama’s.” From Decker’s column:

President Obama took to the airwaves shortly before midnight to confirm the good news and take credit for it. The wording of his short statement made it clear that the campaign season for his 2012 reelection bid is fully underway. He used the words “I,” “me” and “my” so many times it was hard to count for such a quick message. Not only is this consistent with his view that everything is about him, it also reflected the reality that this president is weak and perceived by the world to be a lackluster leader who has undermined American power. He needs to grab any opportunity he can to make himself believable as a commander in chief. Crowds flocked to White House gates to celebrate bin Laden’s demise, giving this unpopular president a rare glimpse of public support that won’t last long.  

Mr. Obama called his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, to tell him the news. This was only fitting as it was Mr. Bush’s policies that took the fight to the enemy and didn’t back down despite opposition from timid politicians such as then-Sen. Barack Obama. Bin Laden’s death is more Mr. Bush’s victory than Mr. Obama’s because American forces wouldn’t even be fighting in South Asia had Democratic doves had their way. Mr. Obama may indeed have instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta to make the capture of bin Laden a top priority, as he boasted Sunday night, but he was reiterating a mandate already established as national policy. [The Washington Times, 5/2/11, emphasis added]

CNN’s Loesch Suggested Obama “Politicize[d] The Hell Out Of” Bin Laden Announcement. In a May 2 Twitter post, CNN contributor Dana Loesch wrote: “Geebus. All he had to do was walk out and fist pump. Not politicize the hell out of it.”

Loesch tweet[Twitter, 5/2/11]

Malkin: “Democrat Hacks Are Burning The Midnight Oil Making This All About Obama.” In a May 2 post to her website titled, “All About Obama: Who’s Politicizing Bin Laden Kill?” Michelle Malkin wrote:

Leftists are swarming Twitter to chastise any conservatives who dare give any credit to President Bush for his resolve and role in leading the post-9/11 counterrorism/national security response to the worst attack on American soil.

Meanwhile, Democrat hacks are burning the midnight oil making this All About Obama.

Malkin linked to her post on Twitter, stating: “U know who Obama forgot 2 thank? Bush-era interrogators&detention staff who dvlped intel re couriers.”

 

[Michelle Malkin, 5/2/11, emphasis in original, Twitter, 5/2/11]

Right-Wing Media: George W. Bush Deserves All The Credit, Not Obama

Bolling: “Thank GWB For This Not BHO!” In a May 2 Twitter post, Fox Business host Eric Bolling wrote: “Andrea Mitchell just said ‘this is a game changer for Barack Obama’..WHAT?? Thank GWB for this not BHO!” Bolling later posted a “correction” in another Twitter post, stating “correction.. thank The men and women who risked and lost their lives and GWB…not BHO.”

[Twitter, 5/2/11; 5/2/11]

Ingraham: Obama “Should Have Thanked GWB.” In two May 2 Twitter posts, Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham accused Obama of turning his remarks on bin Laden “into a campaign speech. He should have thanked GWB, not reminded us OBL escaped.” Ingraham later posted, “BHO: ” ‘America can do whatever we set our mind to’ … like keep spending according to my budget and raise the debt ceiling!”

[Twitter, 5/2/11; 5/2/11]

Right-Wing Media: Any And All Attacks Apply

Mattera: “I Bet Even Michelle Obama Is Proud Of Her Country Right Now!” In a May 2 Twitter post, Human Events editor Jason Mattera wrote, “I bet even Michelle Obama is proud of her country right now!”

[Twitter, 5/2/11]

Massie: “I Hope It Dsnt [Sic] Take 10” Years To Get Obama For “His Attacks On US Constitution.” In a May 2 Twitter post, Project 21 chairman and WorldNetDaily contributor Mychal Massie wrote, “I hope it dsnt take 10 yrs 2 get bho 4 his attacks on US constitution.”

[Twitter, 5/2/11]

Hoft: “Obama Ignores Iraq War In Clumsy Statement On Osama Bin Laden’s Death.” In a May 2 Twitter post, Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoft wrote, “Obama ignores Iraq War in clumsy statement on Osama bin Laden’s death.”

[Twitter, 5/2/11]

Geller Reaction To Obama’s Address: “Sheesh …….. The Man Is Insane.” In a May 1 blog post, Geller wrote: “I am really surprised that Obama didn’t insist he be brought to Manhattan to stand trial here in New York. Seriously.” During the president’s address, Geller updated the post, writing: “The teleprompter is speaking *yawn* The teleprompter is taking credit for the killing. Every other word is I. … Sheesh …….. the man is insane.” [Atlas Shrugs, 5/1/11]

Drudge: “Bin Laden Announcement Came In The Middle Of Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice.'” Beginning on May 1, the Drudge Report featured the headline, “BIN LADEN ANNOUNCEMENT CAME IN THE MIDDLE OF TRUMP’S ‘CELEBRITY APPRENTICE.'”

[Drudge Report, 5/1/11]


Daniels To Sign Bill Stripping Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood in Indiana

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Daniels To Sign Bill Stripping Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood in Indiana
Republican Governor Mitch Daniels released a statement Friday afternoon saying he will sign legislation stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood in Indiana, the first state to make such a move. The statement reads: “I will sign HEA 1210 when it…

WH Alumni Launch Group To Get In On Anonymous Donor Action
As had been expected, some former Obama White House aides launched twin groups, Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, on Friday, set up to accept the same kind of anonymous donations that Democrats criticized Republicans for accepting in the last…


Inside Osama Bin Laden’s Compound (VIDEO)
ABC News has aired pictures of the compound where Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind, was killed by American forces yesterday….


Palin Praises Bush but Won’t Mention Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Palin Praises Bush but Won’t Mention Obama
Less than 24 hours after the world learned Osama bin Laden was dead, Sarah Palin paid tribute to American troops but never mentioned President Obama by name, the Denver Post reports, instead saying, “We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory.”

Politico: “Palin had been circling around for a semblance of a concrete foreign policy philosophy in recent weeks, seeking out opportunities to attack President Barack Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya. But in the wake of bin Laden’s killing, Palin shied away from attacks on the president — she didn’t even mention him by name — and instead articulated her own ‘common sense’ spin on classic realist foreign policy.”

Republicans Look Good for Washington Governor
A new SurveyUSA poll in Washington offers early encouragement to Republicans who hope to take the statehouse away from Democrats.

Rob McKenna (R) leads Gov. Christine Gregoire (D), 52% to 40%, and beats Jay Inslee (D), 48% to 41%.

In another set of match ups, Dave Reichert (R) leads Gregoire, 48% to 44%, and tops Inslee, 46% to 44%.


Amid Royal Wedding Hoopla, Remembering Veterans on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Amid Royal Wedding Hoopla, Remembering Veterans on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Like infantrymen everywhere, I can’t get enough news about the Royal Wedding. What will the dress look like? How long will the train be? Who’s sitting where at Westminster? Thankfully, the media is providing non-stop coverage to fill my insatiable appetite for all things Wills…

Obama Drops Ball On Palestinian Unity
Any doubt about how the United States makes its policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be dispelled by the Obama administration’s near-instant reaction to the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation announcement: it is determined to be fully in sync with Prime Minister Netanyahu….


After Voting To Keep Them, Rep. Joe Walsh Tells Town Hall We ?Absolutely? Should Get Rid Of Oil Subsidies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:36 am by HL

After Voting To Keep Them, Rep. Joe Walsh Tells Town Hall We ?Absolutely? Should Get Rid Of Oil Subsidies

Conservative members of Congress have been feeling the heat all over the country, as a Main Street Movement of everyday Americans have been protesting their efforts to cut crucial services and public investment, including their vote to effectively end Medicare.

Last week, during a town hall in Schaumburg, Illinois, Walsh came face to face with this public anger. A video of the town hall posted on YouTube shows that a constituent asked why we aren’t reforming the laws that give tax dollars to oil companies that are making huge profits. Walsh replied by saying that he “absolutely” wants to get rid of subsidies for oil companies:

CONSTITUENT: You say you want reform, how about reforming the banking system that got us into this mess? How about reforming the laws that give away our tax dollars to giant oil companies making record-breaking profits? And gives tax breaks to multi-millionaires. Your constituency wants Social Security, Medicare, and universal health care including the right to women’s health. […]

WALSH: The tax code is a convoluted, complicated mess that members of both parties have created, and the only ones who make out like bandits are big corporations and wealthy Americans because they can pay high-priced support from Congress and high-priced lawyers to find every loophole and they end up like GE not paying any taxes. Give me a simple flat low tax. (mix of booing and cheering) Hold on, hold on, raise your hand you can go at it. Energy subsidies. Absolutely. Absolutely. Get rid of subsidies for oil companies.

Watch it:

Unfortunately, the House Republican caucus voted unanimously last month to protect these very subsidies. Joining Walsh in now condemning the subsidies is Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), who now says we should end them. The question is whether these members of Congress are really serious about ending these giveaways to the oil industry and would change their positions if they once again came up for a vote. (h/t: McGonagleProductions YouTube account)


For Obama, a likely boost but economic challenges remain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:35 am by HL

For Obama, a likely boost but economic challenges remain
When the history of the Obama presidency is finally written, the killing of Osama bin Laden will stand as one of the seminal moments and greatest accomplishments. What it may mean for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and for the Republicans challenging him is more difficult to measure.

Napolitano: Federal storm response sensitive to state budget crunch
Alabama residents search through what is left of their homes. / APBIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just hours before President Obama dramatically declared the death of Osama bin Laden, one of his top security aides toured the damage of last week’s deadly storms in Alabama and Mississippi.

9/11 victim’s parents discuss Bin Laden death
Al and Maureen Santora lost their 23-year-old son Christopher on 9/11. The Santoras talk about the announcement that Osama bin Laden is dead. (May 2)

Scott Brown going to Afghanistan
(Melina Mara/The Washington Post)Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is headed to Afghanistan.


A Safe Harbor for Terrorists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 3rd, 2011 4:31 am by HL

A Safe Harbor for Terrorists
Salman Rushdie, The Daily Beast
by Salman Rushdie Info Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels"”Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and, recently, the Booker of all Bookers), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life"”and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published three works of nonfiction"”The Jaguar…

The Fed’s Fancy Phrases
Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily

Bin Laden Death Marks Turn in U.S. History
Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg
Jonathan Alter May 2 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff offer their views on the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces yesterday in Pakistan. This report also contains comments from Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co.; Paul Rosenzweig, senior legal fellow for the Heritage Foundation and Richard Falkenrath, a principal at the Chertoff Group and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor. (Source:…