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Heat Win Game 1 of NBA Finals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:48 am by HL

Heat Win Game 1 of NBA Finals
The Miami Heat opened the NBA Finals with a 92-84 home victory over the Dallas Mavericks. LeBron James scored 24 points for his first win in five finals-game appearances and Dwyane Wade scored 22 with 10 rebounds and six assists. Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 for the Mavericks but injured a finger on his non-shooting hand. The Heat outrebounded the Mavs by 10 and their bench outscored them by 10.


School Adopts Virtual Frog Dissections
Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., has become the first school in the U.S. to accept an animal rights group’s challenge to stop dissections, especially frogs. Fourteen states — including California — protect a student’s choice to learn about animal anatomy without a pickled critter, knife, chemicals and churning stomach.



Heltered and Skeltered

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:47 am by HL

Heltered and Skeltered
The usual right-wingers have gotten to the “bottom of the slide” again.

Pic via andywilson at flickr.com

All of these Godwin-rules have been completely unnecessary.

…the Drudge Report, which has conveniently rounded up a slew of run-of-the-mill summer crime stories that happen to involve black people and suggestively weaved them into a nationwide race riot.

Meanwhile…

Limbaugh: inaudible Whadda ya got riots and things happening out there with poets and other people. Long hot summer schedule, and I’m not sure that’s not part of the grand plan. The more unrest and chaos there is out there the more the government will be called on to fix it.

Never-mind that the crime-rate is the lowest in forty-years, the fictional crime rate is on the rise, especially among a group that fits their stereotyping.

But who else does this sound like?

Oh, yeah:

To Manson, helter-skelter meant a war between whites and blacks that the Beatles [in the White Album] were in favor of… “The Beatles are telling it like it is! The s___ is coming down!”

Late Late Night FDL: They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Jane Monheit and John PizzarelliThey Can’t Take That Away From Me, from Legends Of Jazz.

Jane Monheit and John PizzarelliThey Can’t Take That Away From Me, from Legends Of Jazz.

What’s on your mind?


Hope and Resistance in Honduras

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Hope and Resistance in Honduras
While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century. By Amy Goodman

While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century.



Robert Scheer: Geithner and Goldman, Thick as Thieves

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Robert Scheer: Geithner and Goldman, Thick as Thieves
What was Timothy Geithner thinking back in 2008 when, as president of the New York Fed, he decided to give Goldman Sachs a $30 billion…

House Votes Against Raising Debt Ceiling
WASHINGTON — House Republicans dealt defeat to their own proposal for a $2.4 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit Tuesday, a political gambit designed…

Richard (RJ) Eskow: If You Can Write Hate-Filled, Obscenity-Laced Emails to Total Strangers, Thank a Public Employee
An email entitled “Lies of Eskov in HP AOL Ariticle” (sic) was received this morning by the Campaign For America’s Future and forwarded with the…

Late Returns: Palin, Trump To Meet, Eat
Apparently, Michele Bachmann is now confirming that she has received the long-awaited go-ahead from the Lord on her presidential run. Per Eric Kleefeld, she revealed…


Fox News?Helps “Renew Interest” In Sarah Palin’s “Brand”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Fox News?Helps “Renew Interest” In Sarah Palin’s “Brand”

Fox News hosts and analysts helped portray Sarah Palin’s bus tour, organized by her Political Action Committee, as an effort to revitalize Palin’s “brand.” Palin then sat for an interview on the bus tour with Greta Van Susteren, who devoted the first half of her Fox News show to what Fox itself is describing as an effort to renew interest in Palin’s brand.

Hume: Bus Tour Helps “Renew Interest” In Palin’s “Brand.” Fox News analyst Brit Hume discussed the SarahPAC bus tour on the O’Reilly Factor:

HUME: Well, I think, as you suggested in your Talking Points Memo, we’re in kind of the doldrums of the political year before the big year. Nothing much is happening. Nothing much is really happening this weekend. Michele Bachmann had begun to occupy the space in the Republican constellation that Sarah Palin has occupied. So — and Sarah Palin has benefited, Bill, from speculation about her prospective candidacy.

It makes her a more interesting figure if she’s a possible candidate. So she does this thing which was sort of candidate-like, which – to renew interest, I think, in her brand, and she definitely has a brand. You know, and her ability to capture center stage is a real gift.

I mean, she showed up here in Washington over the weekend, you know, where we have this annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle procession where cyclists come — motorcyclists come from all over the country and participate in it on behalf of veterans still missing. And there she is. See the picture of her. She shows up at the Pentagon, big Pentagon parking lot, which is the staging area for this thing. There were no plans for her to be a part of it at all in the planning for this thing which happens every year and is fairly carefully planned. Next thing you know the procession begins out of the parking lot, and there she on on a motorcycle, head up and banner flying at the front of the parade. That’s Sarah Palin. So, you know, this bus tour accomplishes much of the same thing. It puts her center stage and that’s good for her. 

O’REILLY: You say she wants to refresh her brand. Why? Is it a money-making thing? Does she – is she trying to jack up her lecture fees?  I mean, why refresh the brand  if you don’t want to run for president?

HUME: Because I think, Bill, there is a couple of things she wants out of this. The exposure that she has gotten since the 2008 campaign has been good for her. It has enabled her to build some wealth. And I don’t think she had much, and nobody begrudges her of that. And if she makes some more money, I don’t think many people would begrudge her of that except the Palin haters.

The second thing it does is it gives her influence within the Republican Party. I think she has more power to influence the party as someone who’s not running, perhaps, than she would if she did. I think if she did run, I think that everybody recognizes those numbers you cited. She’s toxic to independents and a great many centrist conservatives are wary of her. I think she’d have a hard time being nominated, but she can certainly be a factor, as even George Will, who’s a critic of hers, was suggesting in the sound bite that you played.

So I think she has two roles here. One of them affects her life outside of politics, and one of them affects year life inside politics. And her being a prospective, undeclared, potential candidate helps all of that. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 5/31/11]

Fox’s Tantaros: “Whether She’s Trying To Better The Brand Or Better The Balance Sheet Back At Sarah Palin Inc., The Woman Knows That This Is Helping Her.” Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros discussed the bus tour on Hannity’s Fox News show:

TANTAROS: She really does need one of those Ronald Reagan, I paid for those microphone moments. But you look at it, what’s the downside of her doing this? Whether she’s trying to better the brand, or better the balance sheet back at Sarah Palin Inc., the woman knows that this is helping her.

HANNITY: Could it be as simple as what she’s saying it is?

OBENSHAIN: Yeah.

HANNITY: Yhat she wants to raise awareness about founding principles, and, “I’m going to these founding sites?” [Fox News, Hannity, 5/31/11]

On The Record  Dedicates Half An Hour To Palin-Friendly Interview. After Fox News hosts and guests touted Palin’s efforts to renew her “brand,” Fox’s Greta Van Susteren devoted the first half of her hour-long Fox News show to an interview with Palin, conducted on her bus tour. [Fox News, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, 5/31/11]


Ted Haggard To Make Cameo In Pro-Abstinence Christian Sex Comedy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Ted Haggard To Make Cameo In Pro-Abstinence Christian Sex Comedy
See if you can count the contradictions in this sentence: Rev. Ted Haggard will make a cameo as himself in a Christian sex comedy promoting abstinence, with the tagline “abstinence never felt so good.”

Why Democrats Are Losing The Messaging War On Federal Contractor Disclosure
Campaign finance reformer advocates aren’t only facing setbacks in federal courtrooms — they’re also getting beat on the messaging war with Republicans over a proposal to make federal contractors disclose their donations to third-party groups.


Rep. Weiner Retaining Counsel In Lewd Twitter Photo ‘Hack’
Rep. Anthony Weiner’s spokesman says the New York Democrat has retained counsel to explore possible legal action after a lewd photograph was posted on his Twitter feed this weekend. According to Weiner, the photograph, which showed a close-up of a man’s crotch in tight underwear and was addressed to a 21-year-old Seattle woman, was the work of a hacker.


How to resist torture in America: “Do unto others…”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:41 am by HL

How to resist torture in America: “Do unto others…”
Today me and my daughter Ashley went up to Hilltop Mall because we wanted to get photos of my granddaughter Mena taken so we could all have wallet-sized pictures of Mena looking insanely cute. And as we were waiting for our turn at the photo shop, I started asking Ashley questions about torture. “Torture? Huh? What […]


Ralph Reed’s Revival

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Ralph Reed’s Revival
Five years after a “humiliating loss” in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor of Georgia, Ralph Reed “is escaping the political purgatory that even many Republicans had predicted and may be gaining some traction as he seeks to emerge as a player in the 2012 campaign,” the New York Times reports.

“Reed is pursuing these grand, some say grandiose, plans with a nonprofit group that he has described as ‘a 21st-century version of the Christian Coalition on steroids.’ As the name implies, the Faith and Freedom Coalition hopes to rope in a broader constituency. His ‘sweet spot,’ he says, is the millions of people who were fired up by the fiscal concerns of the Tea Party and share the cultural values of evangelicals.”

Former Secret Service Agent Runs for Senate
Daniel Bongino, a former agent of the Secret Service whose assignment once included the protective detail for President Obama, has launched a campaign as a Republican challenger to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) after leaving the agency in early May, according to National Journal.

“At an agency that stresses the silence and political neutrality of its agents, Bongino’s announcement is raising eyebrows. It’s not unusual for federal law-enforcement agents to run for office after they retire, but the Secret Service frowns upon former agents who make sudden turns to politics. The agency has fought to give presidential protective division agents legal standing to keep them from testifying about high-level conversations they overhear, lest they lose the trust of the commander in chief.”

Quote of the Day
“I think one of the reasons it’s probably time for me to leave is that sometimes too much experience can get in the way, and you can get too cautious. It may…  be making me more cautious that I ought to be.”

— Defense Secretary Robert Gates, quoted by Politico, saying that his experience running two wars and serving eight presidents had become a burden.


Pot Goes Mainstream: At Least 1 to 1.5 Million Americans are Legal Medical Marijuana Patients

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Pot Goes Mainstream: At Least 1 to 1.5 Million Americans are Legal Medical Marijuana Patients
Market for these patients in sixteen states and D.C. estimated at between $2 to $6 billion annually.

The Next Bubble Is About to Burst: College Grads Face Dwindling Jobs and Mounting Loans
Today’s graduates face miserable job prospects, and experts say the student loan crisis could be worse than the credit card or housing bubbles.


Obama Scores Big At AIPAC

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Obama Scores Big At AIPAC
I didn’t expect anything good to come out of President Barack Obama’s AIPAC speech today. I was wrong. The President strongly endorsed “two states for two peoples” and explained to a skeptical crowd that the status quo is Israel’s worst…


Bibi Caves At AIPAC
That was one real nothing of a speech Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered to a crowd of 10,000 at AIPAC who were hanging on every word. He praised President Obama. In fact, he linked himself to Obama, talking about the common…


Netanyahu’s House: Knowing Your Audience
Anyone with a shred of knowledge about the Middle East conflict knows that yesterday’s performance alienated its most critical audience. I am not speaking about Netanyahu’s performance. He played the Israeli center, American Jews, and American media like Isaac Stern…