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Archive for May 23rd, 2011

Late, Late Night FDL: Sad Song

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Sad Song
The Cars – Sad Song

The Cars – Sad Song

This is a track off of The Cars recently released album “Move Like This”

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Citizen Lame
Roger Ailes — that’s some good schadenfreude.

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When I last read anything of interest about Roger Ailes it concerned his small-town homage to Lionel Barrymore’s greatest role.

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But that is not enough for the President of a self-proclaimed news organization — fair and balanced and all that b.s.:

…for all his programming genius, he was more interested in a real narrative than a television narrative—he wanted to elect a president.

And it appears that thanks to his machinations for driving the GOP even further right, he will once again elect one — just the opposite of who he wants.

As much as I’d like to just cut to the chase and have him whisper “Rosebud”, Ailes actions get more disturbing, yet lamer.  Ailes who once “loved” Sarah Palin only to be the last person on Earth to discover she’s a moron, has a new crush object — apparently discovered at something that must have been sponsored by Lap-Band:

A few months ago, Ailes called Chris Christie and encouraged him to jump into the race. Last summer, he’d invited Christie to dinner at his upstate compound along with Rush Limbaugh, and like much of the GOP Establishment, he fell hard for Christie

I’m pretty sure that in all things, when Ailes falls, it’s a hard one.

Meanwhile, as Ailes’ organization continues to deny climate change — another disturbingly powerful round of storms strike the Midwest.


Syrian Revolt: 900 Dead and Counting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Syrian Revolt: 900 Dead and Counting
The number of people killed in the current Syrian uprising soared above 900 on Saturday when security officers fired on a crowd marching in memory of others lost to state violence during the two-month struggle. With Syria banning most foreign journalists from covering the violence, death toll tallies are available only through human rights activists and others opposing the Assad regime. Unless international pressure is increased beyond the financial sanctions recently imposed by the U.S., it is feared the bloodshed will continue unabated. —ARK The Huffington Post: Syrian security forces opened fire on a funeral procession for slain anti-government protesters Saturday, pushing the number of people reported killed in a two-month uprising to more than 900 and making it one of the deadliest of the Arab Spring. The latest bloodshed suggests that crackdowns by President Bashar Assad’s regime show no signs of easing despite international sanctions and condemnations from the U.S. and its allies. … “International pressure is still weak,” said Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut. “Despite Obama’s speech, the regime knows that staying in power is more important and in order to stay in power the regime is ready to do anything.” Read more

The number of people killed in the current Syrian uprising soared above 900 on Saturday when security officers fired on a crowd marching in memory of others lost to state violence during the two-month struggle.

With Syria banning most foreign journalists from covering the violence, death toll tallies are available only through human rights activists and others opposing the Assad regime. Unless international pressure is increased beyond the financial sanctions recently imposed by the U.S., it is feared the bloodshed will continue unabated. —ARK

The Huffington Post:

Syrian security forces opened fire on a funeral procession for slain anti-government protesters Saturday, pushing the number of people reported killed in a two-month uprising to more than 900 and making it one of the deadliest of the Arab Spring.

The latest bloodshed suggests that crackdowns by President Bashar Assad’s regime show no signs of easing despite international sanctions and condemnations from the U.S. and its allies.

… “International pressure is still weak,” said Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut. “Despite Obama’s speech, the regime knows that staying in power is more important and in order to stay in power the regime is ready to do anything.”

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why West’s Slur of President Obama Got a Headline

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why West’s Slur of President Obama Got a Headline
Princeton University professor Cornell West’s silly, shoot-from the lip slur of President Obama as a black puppet predictably got the headline that he knew it would for two reasons.

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Bidding Underway As Feds Auction Off The Unabomber’s Stuff

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Bidding Underway As Feds Auction Off The Unabomber’s Stuff
The biggest happening on the U.S. General Services Administration’s auctions website right now has to be the sale of numerous items that once belonged to Theodore J. Kaczynski, better known as “The Unabomber.” Per a court order, the government is selling off Kaczynski’s stuff as part of the effort to pay off $15 million in restitution owed to his victims and their families.

Dem PACs To FEC: If ‘Republican Super PAC’ Can Coordinate With Candidates, We Will Too
Two Democratic political action committees are asking the Federal Election Commission if the Republican Super PAC’s plan for politicians to solicit donations on their behalf is legal. And if it is, you can count them in.


Wisconsin GOP Sends Voter ID Bill To Walker’s Desk
A bill requiring Wisconsin voters to show photo ID in order to vote has passed the state Senate and is on its way to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk, WisPolitics reports.


Hundreds Knew of Bin Laden Raid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Hundreds Knew of Bin Laden Raid
The Wall Street Journal reports that “several hundred people in the U.S. government” knew about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound before it happened but it didn’t leak.

“U.S. officials took extraordinary measures to keep it quiet, often speaking in code to each other. One decided to refer to the operation as ‘the trip to Atlantic City’ to avoid accidentally tipping off colleagues.”

Former Palin Aide Releases Scathing Book
“A former member of Sarah Palin’s inner circle has written a scathing tell-all, saying Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she actually resigned and was eager to leave office when more lucrative opportunities came around,” the AP reports.

Said Frank Bailey: “In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself.”

Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years “is due out Tuesday and based on tens of thousands of emails that Bailey said he kept during his time with Palin. It began with working on her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and continued through her failed run for vice president in 2008 and her brief stint as governor.”

Obama Campaign Digging Up Dirt on Christie
Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s repeated pronouncements that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination, the New York Post reports Democratic operatives “are compiling a dossier of what they call ‘opposition research’ — material that could be used to damage Christie if he changes his mind.”

“The Obama campaign is trying to keep its efforts from public view, concerned they would only elevate Christie’s already impressive standing within the Republican Party, sources said.”

“Republican leaders from Henry Kissinger to House Speaker John Boehner have encouraged him to run. And well-heeled GOP donors in New York have been spreading word that Christie has privately shown a willingness to consider it.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:36 am by HL

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Afghanistan War: What Richard Holbrooke Really Thought
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Jewish Americans and the Fate of Israel: Between Two Worlds
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Guinta Suggests Trading One Big Oil Giveaway for Another, Faces Backlash from Granite Staters

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Guinta Suggests Trading One Big Oil Giveaway for Another, Faces Backlash from Granite Staters

During last week’s recess, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) felt the heat once again at a town hall back in New Hampshire, and this time had an odd recommendation. When a constituent asked  a question about ending Big Oil subsidies – which received a round of applause from the audience – Guinta pointed his finger at the recent failed Senate vote to roll back some subsidies for the richest oil companies. He said that if oil companies lost their subsidies, they shouldn’t have to pay for leases. His suggestion prompted shouts of “ridiculous” and “that’s a giveaway to Big Oil” from angry Granite Staters:

Guinta: Here’s what I would suggest. You’re going to eliminate that, also eliminate the lease payments they have to make. Offset it. And be fair.

Audience: Fair? [cross talk] …

Guinta: So the specific issue is, if you’re going to get rid of that tax benefit to those five companies, let’s also eliminate lease payments, make it fair.

[crosstalk]

Constituent: That’s ridiculous. That’s a giveaway to Big Oil.

Watch it:

Guinta failed to mention the votes he’s taken against ending Big Oil handouts. Less than two weeks ago, he voted against ending a tax credit for oil companies. And earlier in the year, he voted against recovering $53 billion in foregone royalty payments from oil companies, and against ending $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil. In the last campaign cycle, Guinta received $14,000 from the oil and gas industry.

It’s not the first time Guinta faced a fiery crowd over Big Oil subsidies. Back home during the April recess, Guinta was forced to defend his votes to an often contentious crowd:

Republican Representative Frank Guinta spent much of the evening defending the tough decisions Congress has proposed to get the nation’s debt under control. He received occasional boos and shouts from audience members upset over changes to Medicare, subsidies to oil companies, and extended tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

CBS?s Face The Nation Dismantles Gingrich?s Lie That He ?Wasn?t Referring To Ryan?

Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Newt Gingrich offered a carefully-conceived, triangulating strategy of attacking Obama’s health reform plan as well as the Republican plan proposed by Paul Ryan that privatizes Medicare. “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” he said.

When the right-wing base predictably flipped out at Gingrich’s criticism of Ryan, Gingrich quickly folded, calling Ryan to personally apologize while stating on Fox News on Tuesday night that his comments were an “unfortunate…mistake.” But by Thursday, Gingrich offered a new formulation to Rush Limbaugh, arguing that his original comments about “right-wing social engineering” were not a reference to Paul Ryan.

This morning on CBS’s Face the Nation, Gingrich trotted out the same excuse. “I wasn’t referring to Ryan,” Gingrich pleaded. Host Bob Schieffer then played a clip of Gingrich on Meet the Press last week, in which Gingrich explicitly said Ryan’s plan was “too big a jump.” Caught in a trap of his own making, Gingrich could only say that Ryan’s plan is a “big plan that needs to be worked through.” Watch it:

David Gregory said this morning on Meet the Press that Gingrich’s claim that he wasn’t referring to Ryan is “on its face absurd.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:34 am by HL

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President Obama arrives in Ireland

President Barack Obama opens a European tour with a quick dash through Ireland on Monday. The president and first lady were scheduled to start their trip meeting with Ireland’s political leaders. (May 23)

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Sunday Open Thread

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With Daniels out, GOP presidential field takes clearer shape

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’s decision not to run for president in 2012, while deflating the hopes of many in the Republican establishment, has helped solidify what has been a fluid GOP field and brings more clarity to the challenges ahead for each of the leading contenders.

Daniels, who had been deliberating for more than a year, made his announcement around midnight Saturday. He joined a growing list of potential candidates who looked at the race and decided to take a pass.

GOP strategists say that the removal of Daniels as a factor has made it even more obvious that the contest is becoming one between presumed front-runner Mitt Romney and a pack of underdogs hoping to emerge as the alternative to the former Massachusetts governor.

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Mitch Daniels’ Decision a Loss for State, Nation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 23rd, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Mitch Daniels’ Decision a Loss for State, Nation

The President Breaks With Another Staunch U.S. Ally

Rand Paul Slams Obama, Defends Israel
James Antle, American Spectator
During his Senate campaign, Rand Paul walked a careful line on foreign policy: he shared his father's basic skepticism of interventionism but tried to be much more respectful of the majority viewpoint within the Republican Party. Sometimes that led him to state his positions differently from his father; sometimes it led him to take different positions than his father.So it was interesting to read the Kentucky senator's statement on President Obama's Middle East speech. As expected, Paul slammed Obama's liberal interventionism: “Our mistakes in foreign policy have…