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Late Late Night FDL: Mother Goose’s Birthday Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Mother Goose’s Birthday Party
Mighty Mouse — Mother Goose’s Birthday Party.  This TerryToons cartoon was released on October 13, 1950. Directed by Connie Rasinski.  Produced by Paul Terry (uncredited).  Animation by James Tyer (uncredited) and Carlo Vinci (uncredited).  Original Music by Philip A. Scheib. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, and try to keep […]

Mighty MouseMother Goose’s Birthday Party.  This TerryToons cartoon was released on October 13, 1950.

Directed by Connie Rasinski.  Produced by Paul Terry (uncredited).  Animation by James Tyer (uncredited) and Carlo Vinci (uncredited).  Original Music by Philip A. Scheib.

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?


Tough Enough

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Tough Enough
The performance of the president and those around him should permanently dispel the perennial right-wing slur against Democratic leaders as deficient in the strength and courage to defend our security. By Joe Conason

The performance of the president and those around him should permanently dispel the perennial right-wing slur against Democratic leaders as deficient in the strength and courage to defend our security.


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Bin Laden Holed Up in Pakistan Since 2003?
Pakistani security officials said Saturday that Osama bin Laden may have resided in the country’s northern urban areas for almost eight years before U.S. forces killed him. That information creates new pressure for President Asif Ali Zardari to explain what Pakistan’s leaders knew and when they knew it. One of bin Laden’s wives said he lived in a village called Chak Shah Mohammad Khan for more than two years before moving to Abbottabad in 2005. The Obama administration has demanded the names of top agents in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, trying to determine whether some of them were in contact with bin Laden in the last several years. Pakistan receives billions of dollars in annual aid from the U.S., and was named a key ally in the war on terror. However, the ISI is said to operate as a “state within a state” and maintains a complicated relationship with the country’s executive branch. —KDG The New York Times: Obama administration officials have stopped short of accusing the Pakistani government—either privately or publicly—of complicity in the hiding of Bin Laden in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. One senior administration official privately acknowledged that the administration sees its relationship with Pakistan as too crucial to risk a wholesale break, even if it turned out that past or present Pakistani intelligence officials did know about Bin Laden’s whereabouts. Still, this official and others expressed deep frustration with Pakistani military and intelligence officials for their refusal over the years to identify members of the agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, who were believed to have close ties to Bin Laden. In particular, American officials have demanded information on what is known as the ISI’s S directorate, which has worked closely with militants since the days of the fight against the Soviet army in Afghanistan. Read more  

Pakistani security officials said Saturday that Osama bin Laden may have resided in the country’s northern urban areas for almost eight years before U.S. forces killed him. That information creates new pressure for President Asif Ali Zardari to explain what Pakistan’s leaders knew and when they knew it.

One of bin Laden’s wives said he lived in a village called Chak Shah Mohammad Khan for more than two years before moving to Abbottabad in 2005.

The Obama administration has demanded the names of top agents in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, trying to determine whether some of them were in contact with bin Laden in the last several years.

Pakistan receives billions of dollars in annual aid from the U.S., and was named a key ally in the war on terror. However, the ISI is said to operate as a “state within a state” and maintains a complicated relationship with the country’s executive branch. —KDG

The New York Times:

Obama administration officials have stopped short of accusing the Pakistani government—either privately or publicly—of complicity in the hiding of Bin Laden in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. One senior administration official privately acknowledged that the administration sees its relationship with Pakistan as too crucial to risk a wholesale break, even if it turned out that past or present Pakistani intelligence officials did know about Bin Laden’s whereabouts.

Still, this official and others expressed deep frustration with Pakistani military and intelligence officials for their refusal over the years to identify members of the agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, who were believed to have close ties to Bin Laden. In particular, American officials have demanded information on what is known as the ISI’s S directorate, which has worked closely with militants since the days of the fight against the Soviet army in Afghanistan.

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Katherine Franke: DOMA’s New Lawyers: “Some Good Americans”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Katherine Franke: DOMA’s New Lawyers: “Some Good Americans”
The basic purpose of this representation is to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation — so isn’t it quaint that the new retainer agreement insists that the firm not discriminate on any other grounds while doing so?

Nancy Northup: The Abortion Battle: Is the Pro-Choice Movement Gun-Shy?
While the number of anti-choice bills we are tracking this year is similar in number to past years, they are some of the most extreme that we’ve seen in decades and are passing at a faster rate than in the past.

Rishi Manchanda: Florida Voter Suppression Bill Toxic for Democracy
The Florida legislature just passed House Bill 1355, which many civic participation advocates view as part of a worrisome national trend to suppress voting. Florida…


Fox Business Fails To Disclose Industry Ties Of Drilling Proponent

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Fox Business Fails To Disclose Industry Ties Of Drilling Proponent

On Fox Business’ Follow the Money, Penny Lee claimed that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a “frozen wasteland” and that “we should be drilling there.” But neither Lee nor host Eric Bolling disclosed the fact that one of Lee’s lobbying clients is a corporation that holds millions of acres of potential oil lands in Alaska including land located near ANWR.

Lee Claims ANWR Is A “Frozen Wasteland … And We Should Be Drilling There”

Lee: “There Is No Better Place Than The Tundra” Of ANWR To Drill For Oil. On the May 6 edition of Fox Business’ Follow the Money, Bolling introduced Lee as “a Democratic strategist and former senior adviser to Sen. Harry Reid.” During the segment, Lee agreed with Bolling and guest Andrew Breitbart that “there is no better place” to drill for oil “than the tundra that is up there. It literally is a frozen wasteland where ANWR is, and we should be drilling there.” [Fox Business, Follow the Money, 5/6/11]

But Fox Didn’t Disclose Lee’s Connections To Alaskan Oil Industry

Lee Failed To Disclose Her Lobbying Firm’s Ties To Major Alaskan Oil Land Holder. During the segment, neither Lee, nor Bolling disclosed the fact that one of the 2010 clients of Venn Strategies, the lobbying firm of which Lee is president, is the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC). From the Venn Strategies website:

Venn Strategies Client List

[Venn Strategies LLC, accessed 5/7/11]

ASRC Controls More Than 5 Million Acres Of Oil-Rich Land In Alaska’s North Slope. According to the ASRC website, the corporation “hold[s] title to nearly 5 million acres of Alaska’s North Slope. Most of these lands are highly prospective for oil and gas, coal and base metal sulfides. Some of the lands contain known resource reserves such as the Alpine Oil Field and the Western Arctic Coalfields.” According to a map provided by the corporation, some of that land is located near ANWR. From the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation:

ARSC holdings map

[Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, accessed 5/7/11]

ASRC Specifically Hired Lee To Lobby Congress On “Issues Relating To Fuel Procurement.” According to Venn Strategies’ lobbying report, ARSC gave Venn $60,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 alone. The report makes clear that Penny Lee specifically lobbied for the group to the House of Representatives and the Senate on “issues relating to endangered species,” “issues relating to global warming,” and “issues relating to fuel procurement” among other issues. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 5/7/11]

ASRC Paid Venn Strategies $180,000 In 2010 To Lobby Congress. According to figures from OpenSecrets.org, ARSC retained Venn Strategies for $180,000 in 2010. Lee was one of two Venn employees who lobbied on behalf of ARSC. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 5/7/11]

ASRC Reportedly Suing To Prevent Habitat Designation For Polar Bears. A January 18 Anchorage Daily News article reported that the ARSC, along with “10 other Native organizations,” “are threatening to sue the federal government over its decision to designate more than 187,000 square miles of land and ocean as critical habitat for polar bears.” According to the article:

Some of the Arctic’s largest Alaska Native organizations are threatening to sue the federal government over its decision to designate more than 187,000 square miles of land and ocean as critical habitat for polar bears.

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and 10 other Native organizations, along with the North Slope Borough, contend that the Interior Department’s decision two months ago to establish polar bear critical habitat was illegal because it didn’t address Alaska Native concerns.

The polar bear issue is intertwined with the debate over climate change and the push to develop new oil and gas projects on the North Slope and in federal waters off Alaska’s coast. While a few Native organizations have sued to block oil and gas drilling, some of those involved in the potential lawsuit have been working for years with the oil and gas industry, including Arctic Slope and the North Slope Borough. [Anchorage Daily News, 1/18/11]

Fox Has Previously Hidden Oil Ties Of A Guest

Cavuto Didn’t Disclose Industry Ties Of Guest Who Downplayed BP Spill’s Impact. On the April 23 edition of Fox News’ Your World, host Neil Cavuto had as a guest Quenton Dokken, identified as a “Marine Biologist and President of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation,” to downplay the impact of the 2010 BP oil spill. Cavuto did not disclose that the Gulf of Mexico Foundation has direct ties to the offshore drilling industry, including Transocean, owner of the drilling rig at the center of the massive spill. A Transocean executive has sat on the foundation’s board, and Transocean hosted a board meeting and sponsored a dinner for the board of directors. [Media Matters, 4/20/11; ProPublica, 5/4/10]


Naqeeb Memon Doesn’t Want You To Panic

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Naqeeb Memon Doesn’t Want You To Panic
After President Obama announced Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in spontaneous celebration at Ground Zero. Among them was Naqeeb Memon, who wore a shirt that said “I’m A Muslim — Don’t…

Holder Calls Out Gohmert For ‘Grossly Unfair’ Statements On CAIR Prosecution
Attorney General Eric Holder accused Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) of making statements that were “grossly unfair,” after Gohmert implied that a U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute the Council On American-Islamic Relations for political gain.



D.C. Establishment Does the Usual Obama-Jama on Osama Drama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

D.C. Establishment Does the Usual Obama-Jama on Osama Drama


More on the Bin Laden Story: Pakistan Delivered

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

More on the Bin Laden Story: Pakistan Delivered
According to sources in the US intelligence community, bin Laden was near/in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was with family in a compound. Leads from Pakistan ISI — that’s right — ISI, led US forces and intel to the site. The US…

Photo the Muslim World Needs to See
Over the last couple of days, I have talked to many senior level correspondents and executives at major Arabic news networks including but not limited to Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. I asked them what they thought their viewing audience…


Obama Now Has The Juice To Push Bibi Hard
On September 12, 2001, the New York Times reported on Binyamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the news of the attacks in New York and Washington: Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu…


Rep. Allen West Refers To ?Japanese Professor? In Xenophobic Ad About China

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Rep. Allen West Refers To ?Japanese Professor? In Xenophobic Ad About China

In the lead-up to the 2010 election, Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-spending front group based in Washington D.C., released an ad designed to provoke xenophobic fears about Chinese holding of a portion of our national debt. The ad, titled “Chinese Professor,” depicts a fictional Chinese classroom in the year 2030 where a Chinese professor recounts the economic downfall of the United States and notes, “Of course, we owned most of their debt, so now they work for us”:

Last week, during a Fort Lauderdale town hall, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) cited the Chinese Professor ad in his warning about “serious” threats facing the United States. West referenced the ad as the one “about the Japanese professor”:

WEST: This is historically what our debt looks like. You can see from 1970, foreign holdings, 5 percent, to where we are today, foreign holdings of our debt is at 47 percent. Next slide. And that is who holds our debt. 29 percent to China, Japan, and you can see the rest. I don’t know if you all have seen that commercial that’s been running on TV about the Japanese professor in the future that’s making fun of the United States of America. This is really serious stuff.

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Freedom Riders, 50 years on, see today’s youths as disconnected from racism fight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Freedom Riders, 50 years on, see today’s youths as disconnected from racism fight

JACKSON, MISS. — A half-dozen blacks and whites sat with boxed sandwiches and sweet tea in a community center on a recent afternoon, wrestling with what’s changed — and what hasn’t — since the Freedom Riders came to town 50 years ago.

“We’re still trying to see each other as human,” said Albert Sykes, a 28-year-old black man. “We’re still struggling with this.”

On Mother’s Day, 1961, a bus full of young people was firebombed in Anniston, Ala. The passengers were black and white, one of several groups that rode from Washington, D.C., to force the integration of interstate transportation on a reluctant South.

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Bin Laden raid fits into Obama’s ‘big things’ message

Advisers to President Obama are tiptoeing carefully around the political bounce he received after the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, wary of appearing unseemly, convinced the boost will be temporary and confident that the event will ultimately speak for itself.

But Obama is already stitching the victory into the broader tapestry of his 2012 reelection campaign. It fits neatly into one of his core messages, that Americans are capable of tackling in­trac­table, long-term problems. “Doing big things,” as he put it in his State of the Union address.

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Why Pakistan Knew It Could Hide Osama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Why Pakistan Knew It Could Hide Osama
Mark Steyn, OC Register

China and US Economies Are Sliding Into Stagflation
Andy Xie, Caixin

Offing Osama No Silver Bullet for 2012
Jonah Goldberg, New York Post
Last Updated: 3:35 AM, May 7, 2011 Posted: 11:01 PM, May 6, 2011 Killing Osama bin Laden is a strange way to start a presidential campaign season, but that's where we are. Now, bin Laden wasn't taken out for partisan political reasons. Nor was his death ultimately a partisan policy. With only the most cartoonish exceptions imaginable (a President Kucinich, perhaps), it's inconceivable that any Republican or Democratic president would have passed up the opportunity to kill the world's most wanted man. Killing murderers like bin Laden is simply…

Dog of War: Elite Canine Part of Historic Mission
Rebecca Frankel, FP
Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years,seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But theirservice was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today,they're a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed(the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continueto grow as these dogs become anever-more-vital military asset.So it should come as no surprise that among the 79 commandos involvedin Operation Neptune Spear that…