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Late Late Night FDL: Tiger Trouble

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Tiger Trouble
Goofy starring in Tiger Trouble with Dolores the Elephant. This Walt Disney Productions cartoon was released on January 5, 1945.

Goofy starring in Tiger Trouble with Dolores the Elephant.  This Walt Disney Productions cartoon was released on January 5, 1945.

Directed by Jack Kinney.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Story by Bill Peet.  Animation by Jack Boyd, Eric Larson, Milt Kahl, and John Sibley.  Backgrounds by Claude Coats.  Layouts by Lance Nolley.  Voices by Pinto Colvig (Goofy – uncredited).  Original Music by Paul J. Smith.

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?  I’m thinking about the Portland FDL Meetup coming up on June 16th at 2pm in Portland, OR. Details in the comments.

Sunday Talking Heads: June 12, 2011
“But don’t miss David Ignatius, who’s written a novel about war crimes without knowing it, and Henry Kissinger, who’s a war criminal but doesn’t admit it, appearing with CNN’s Zakaria. If you can stand that, you get credit for two episodes of CSI.”

Scarecrow, at home (photo: EAWB)

Scarecrow sez:

“Once again, ABC comes closest to having one or two people, starting with Robert Reich, who inhabit the real world and can speak intelligently about the economic issues of concern to the public. ABC slips by asking its panel to talk about Newt’s campaign, which no one cares about, but if you have a silly panel, they might as well discuss something silly. ABC’s final issue, women in politics, is as least worth discussing. No other show comes close.

“NBC, CNN and Fox continue chasing the Tea-GOP clown cars. Does anyone care about the Tea-GOP “debate” on Monday? [No.] Is there any point is watching the two party heads exchange talking points? [No.] Do their producers honestly believe the American people care one whit about Tim Pawlenty, who proved his non-seriousness by offering a pony, a unicorn and an implausible 5% growth rate as the solution for depression-like demand and 9.1% unemployment? And they care even less for the ridiculous Rick Santorum. Turn them off.

“Once again, CBS remains completely irrelevant and two months behind, featuring flim-flam man Paul Ryan, who blew his credibility by shooting his party in the foot with a phony budget and dishonest proposal to end Medicare, which he’ll no doubt lie about again. Wake up, CBS, he’s a fraud and he’s done, so stop wasting our time. And at a time when sentient Democrats are beginning to realize that following Obama as he chases Tea-GOPs deficit hysterics around Joe Biden’s dining table is the opposite of what they should be doing, CBS invites the conservaDem most identified with the wrong strategy. Do they not realize that the debate is between the D.C. consensus and the ignored rest of the country? And can we have just one week without one of the three scolds? Just shut it down, CBS.

“But don’t miss David Ignatius, who’s written a novel about war crimes without knowing it, and Henry Kissinger, who’s a war criminal but doesn’t admit it, appearing with CNN’s Zakaria.  If you can stand that, you get credit for two episodes of CSI.”

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Economy Roundtable:  Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future;” Chairman/CEO of MF Global Inc. Jon Corzine, who is also the former governor of New Jersey and former Chairman/CEO of Goldman Sachs; ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL); and ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl. Political Roundtable: The Gingrich campaign. Donna Brazile, Peggy Noonan, Jake Tapper, George Will. Then, “women and power” with ABC News’ Claire Shipman, co-author of “Womenomics,” former Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Torie Clarke, and Cecilia Attias, former wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

CBS’ Face the Nation: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

CNN’s State of the Union: On the eve of the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Candidates debate, live from Manchester, NH. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH). Then, “New Hampshire’s father and son pair,” Fmr. Governor John H. Sununu and Fmr. Senator John E. Sununu. Plus, Philip Rucker of The Washington Post and Neil King of the Wall Street Journal.

Chris Matthews: Tough New Signs America Won’t Recover Soon: Can President Obama Still Win? Is Talking To The Taliban the Way Out of Afghanistan?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: The race to the White House in 2012. Roundtable: Eliot Spitzer; Ann Coulter; Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland; and the British historian Andrew Roberts. Then, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the author of a new book On China. Plus, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius on spies and spying. “His new novel Bloodmoney weaves a frantic story spanning the worlds of the CIA and the mysterious ISI.  Where does fact end and fiction begin?”

Fox News Sunday: Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Laisson, Bill Kristol, and Juan Williams re-do the Gingrich campaign.

NBC’s Meet the Press: “The first debate between Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus.”  Then, Republican presidential candidate Rick SantorumRoundtable: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D), GOP strategist Mike Murphy, author and MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe, and Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel.

Newsmakers: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). “The third highest ranking Republican in the Senate joined C-SPAN’s Newsmakers to discuss the budget and domestic issues.”…

Q & A: Pierre Thomas, Senior Justice Correspondent for ABC News. This program features some of the stories Mr. Thomas has worked on for ABC including the death of Osama bin Laden and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. …

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Designing Life – Famous microbiologist Craig Venter, whose scientists have already mapped the human genome and created what he calls “the first synthetic species.”  The N-Word – A Southern publisher’s sanitized edition of “Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the N-word with “slave” over 200 times is the focal point for a debate on the use of the controversial word in American society. The King’s Speech – “60 Minutes” talks to its starring actor, Colin Firth, and reports on the historic find in an attic that helped make the “The King’s Speech” an Oscar favorite.

To the Contrary: Immigration and Population Special.

Univision’s Al Punto: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA); General Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala Presidential Candidate, “Partido Patriota”; Ollanta Humala, President-elect of Peru; Franco de Vita, Venezuelan Singer and Songwriter.

Virtually Speaking: Susie Madrak, John Amato, Dave Neiwart.  9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir.  “In this long-awaited memoir, Lifton charts the adventurous and constantly surprising course of his fascinating life journey, a journey that took him from what a friend of his called a “Jewish Huck Finn childhood” in Brooklyn to friendships with many of the most influential intellectuals, writers, and artists of our time—from Erik Erikson, David Riesman, and Margaret Mead, to Howard Zinn and Kurt Vonnegut, Stanley Kunitz, Kenzaburo Oe, and Norman Mailer.”  Come join Robert Jay Lifton and host Jeff Kaye, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night: Battle For Brooklyn “is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets.” Come chat, 8pm ET.


Gov. Walker Targets Wisconsin’s Craft Breweries

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Gov. Walker Targets Wisconsin’s Craft Breweries
Gov. Scott Walker’s budget includes yet another (previously overlooked) way in which he’s willing to serve big business at the expense of the little guy: He’s taking aim at craft breweries by making it more difficult for them to distribute their products. Of course, beverage giant MillerCoors supports the provision, which would regulate smaller operations as though they too were multinational corporations. With a long legacy of brewing that descends back to its early German immigrants, Wisconsin makes craft beer that’s often spectacularly good. It’s a damned shame Walker is getting his hooks into a state treasure.  —KDG ThinkProgress: The new provision treats craft brewers — the 60 of whom make up just 5 percent of the beer market in Wisconsin — like corporate mega-brewers, forcing them to use a wholesale distributor to market their product. Under the provision, it would be illegal, for instance, for a small brewer located near a restaurant to walk next door to deliver a case of beer. They’ll have to hire a middle man to do it instead. But more noteworthy than the provision itself is how it was enacted. The provision was quietly slipped in the massive budget legislation without any consultation from independent craft brewers, who are justifiably outraged by it. One group that clearly did have input, however, is one of the world’s largest beer makers—MillerCoors. Read more

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget includes yet another (previously overlooked) way in which he’s willing to serve big business at the expense of the little guy: He’s taking aim at craft breweries by making it more difficult for them to distribute their products. Of course, beverage giant MillerCoors supports the provision, which would regulate smaller operations as though they too were multinational corporations. With a long legacy of brewing that descends back to its early German immigrants, Wisconsin makes craft beer that’s often spectacularly good. It’s a damned shame Walker is getting his hooks into a state treasure.? —KDG

ThinkProgress:

The new provision treats craft brewers — the 60 of whom make up just 5 percent of the beer market in Wisconsin — like corporate mega-brewers, forcing them to use a wholesale distributor to market their product. Under the provision, it would be illegal, for instance, for a small brewer located near a restaurant to walk next door to deliver a case of beer. They’ll have to hire a middle man to do it instead.

But more noteworthy than the provision itself is how it was enacted. The provision was quietly slipped in the massive budget legislation without any consultation from independent craft brewers, who are justifiably outraged by it. One group that clearly did have input, however, is one of the world’s largest beer makers—MillerCoors.

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Quality Lacking in Online News Boom, FCC Says
The FCC has produced a massive study on the state of local Internet news in the U.S., confirming what many of us already know: A proliferation of online news outlets has not yielded a corresponding increase in the kind of in-depth, quality reporting needed to keep private interests and government in check. For example, the study found that local television stations—which are a huge provider of online community news—are more likely to focus on inexpensively produced crime stories than resource-heavy investigations into abuses of power. “In many communities, we now face a shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting,” the study’s introduction states. “This is likely to lead to the kinds of problems that are, not surprisingly, associated with a lack of accountability—more government waste, more local corruption, less effective schools, and other serious community problems. The independent watchdog function that the Founding Fathers envisioned for journalism—going so far as to call it crucial to a healthy democracy—is in some cases at risk at the local level.” —ARK The Los Angeles Times: In a 475-page report released Thursday titled, “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” the government regulatory agency, which has oversight over television and radio as well as certain aspects of the Internet, said there is a “shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting” that could lead to “more government waste, more local corruption,” “less effective schools” and other problems. … Indeed, the FCC noted that The Times covers almost 100 municipalities and 10 million residents. David Lauter, Metro editor of The Times, is quoted as saying that his staff is “spread thinner and there are fewer people on any given area. … We’re not there every day, or even every week or every month. Unfortunately, nobody else is either.” Local TV is singled out in the report for not covering important issues enough. Although the number of hours of local news has increased over the last few years, too few stations “are investing in more reporting on critical local issues,” the report said. Furthermore, the report said that although stations may be adding newscasts, they are doing it with fewer reporters. Read more

The FCC has produced a massive study on the state of local Internet news in the U.S., confirming what many of us already know: A proliferation of online news outlets has not yielded a corresponding increase in the kind of in-depth, quality reporting needed to keep private interests and government in check. For example, the study found that local television stations—which are a huge provider of online community news—are more likely to focus on inexpensively produced crime stories than resource-heavy investigations into abuses of power.

“In many communities, we now face a shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting,” the study’s introduction states. “This is likely to lead to the kinds of problems that are, not surprisingly, associated with a lack of accountability—more government waste, more local corruption, less effective schools, and other serious community problems. The independent watchdog function that the Founding Fathers envisioned for journalism—going so far as to call it crucial to a healthy democracy—is in some cases at risk at the local level.” —ARK

The Los Angeles Times:

In a 475-page report released Thursday titled, “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” the government regulatory agency, which has oversight over television and radio as well as certain aspects of the Internet, said there is a “shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting” that could lead to “more government waste, more local corruption,” “less effective schools” and other problems.

… Indeed, the FCC noted that The Times covers almost 100 municipalities and 10 million residents. David Lauter, Metro editor of The Times, is quoted as saying that his staff is “spread thinner and there are fewer people on any given area. … We’re not there every day, or even every week or every month. Unfortunately, nobody else is either.”

Local TV is singled out in the report for not covering important issues enough. Although the number of hours of local news has increased over the last few years, too few stations “are investing in more reporting on critical local issues,” the report said. Furthermore, the report said that although stations may be adding newscasts, they are doing it with fewer reporters.

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Top Democrats Call On Weiner To Resign

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Top Democrats Call On Weiner To Resign
WASHINGTON — House Democratic leadership issued a deafening rebuke of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) midday Saturday, calling on the embattled New York Democrat to resign…

Fighting The ‘Slow Motion Train Wreck’ Of U.S. Schools
— Frustrated by what he called a “slow motion train wreck” for U.S. schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he will give schools relief…

Brennan: U.S. Embassy Bombing Suspect’s Death A Setback For Al Qaeda
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism says the death of an al-Qaida operative behind the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya…

Chris Christie Announces Plan To Privatize New Jersey Public Schools
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a pilot program on Thursday that would allow private companies to run public schools…

Daniel Ellsberg: Why Was It Kept Secret?
In the 1960s, Ellsberg was a high-level Pentagon official, a former Marine commander who believed the American government was always on the right side. But…


Distributor Funneled Money To Biden Prez Campaign, Free Booze To Delaware Democrats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Distributor Funneled Money To Biden Prez Campaign, Free Booze To Delaware Democrats
An alcohol distributor has admitted he illegally reimbursed his employees for donations made to the presidential campaign of Vice President Joe Biden at a sham fundraising event and provided free booze at parties for numerous politicians.


Koch-Backed AFP Admits To Posting Fake Eviction Notices On Detroit Homes ‘To Startle People’
The Koch-backed group Americans For Prosperity admitted to posting fake eviction notices on numerous Detroit homes Monday in order to “startle people” about a bridge project that the group opposes.



As Bart Simpson shoulda said to Rep. Weiner, “Eat my shorts!”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

As Bart Simpson shoulda said to Rep. Weiner, “Eat my shorts!”
Now that Jack Kevorkian has passed away, the world is badly in need of a new Doctor Death. I want to apply for that job! Heck, I can’t even get my garden to grow. Even the weeds here die off, so I’m a natural when it comes to assisting old people with suicide. All I […]


Netanyahu’s House: Knowing Your Audience

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

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…

Gates’s Swan Song: Rhetoric Versus Reality
Today Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave what was billed in some circles as his “last major policy speech.” He chose to do so at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a think tank whose analysts have been highly critical of…


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…



Weekend Open Thread

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Weekend Open Thread
A penny for your cyber thoughts. Comments and critiques of the new design and lame commenting system two weeks in are welcome.   Improvements — and access to the old comments — are coming, though it may take a little while.

A penny for your cyber thoughts.

Comments and critiques of the new design and lame commenting system two weeks in are welcome.   Improvements — and access to the old comments — are coming, though it may take a little while.


Duncan pledges ‘No Child’ relief for states

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

Duncan pledges ‘No Child’ relief for states

If Congress fails to act on President Obama’s call to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by the start of next school year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he will take steps to ease some of its most punitive provisions for states that are making strides in improving schools.

“We are hearing a tremendous amount of frustration across the country,” Duncan said in a conference call Friday with reporters. “We are not going to sit back here and do nothing.” He spoke on the condition that his remarks would not be made public until Sunday.

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After staff exodus, Gingrich campaign continues

The Post’s Anqoinette Crosby chats with Chris Cillizza about Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign and what the departure of several staffers means for the 2012 bid.

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D.C. is functioning, residents say, but elected officials have been embarrassing

Trash is being picked up. Streets are being swept. Building permits are being issued. Swimming pools opened on time. D.C. is paying its bills.

Despite an unprecedented spate of scandals that has threatened to undermine the credibility of the D.C. mayor’s office and the D.C. Council, the District government is, by and large, meeting the expectations of its residents, according to interviews across the city.

But those residents also agree that they are embarrassed by the behavior of their elected officials and have a nagging fear of going back to the bad old days, when Congress seized control of city agencies after its leaders amassed a $722 million budget deficit and drove its credit rating to junk. Violent crime was rampant, and the city was the butt of a national joke.

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Obama: Economic recovery will take time

President Barack Obama is using his weekly media message to ask for patience while the economy recovers. He says the recession didn’t happen overnight and won’t end that way either. (June 11)

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Weiner planning leave of absence for treatment

Top leaders in the Democratic Party called on embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign Saturday even as the scandal-tarred congressman announced he would request a leave of absence from the House to seek an unspecified form of treatment.

Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said Saturday afternoon that the congressman “departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.” She added that he would request “a short leave of absence from the House,” after which he would make a decision on his political future. Heller did not return an e-mail regarding what sort of treatment Weiner would undergo.

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Obama Is Beatable – But Which Republican Can Do It?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Obama Is Beatable – But Which Republican Can Do It?

Critics Slam Media Overkill on Palin Emails
Jeremy Peters, NY Times
News organizations mobilized teams of reporters and even recruited online volunteers to scan more than 24,000 pages of e-mails from Sarah Palin that were released on Friday, prompting some critics to accuse the news media of overkill at best and vigilantism at worst.The latest on President Obama, the new Congress and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join thediscussion.

ObamaCare Is the Nail in Medicare’s Coffin
Shikha Dalmia, The Daily
Let me say at the outset that I think both ObamaCare and RyanCare are a dog’s breakfast, a hodgepodge of unappetizing ideas that won’t cure the nation’s core health care problem — out-of-control spending — ObamaCare because it is reckless and RyanCare because it is feckless. That said, if both were implemented as written, RyanCare would be far less injurious to seniors than ObamaCare or, for that matter, doing nothing.

Semper Fly: Fishing With Wounded Warriors
Matt Labash, Weekly Std
Nearly every fly fisherman I know is a celebrator of the absurd. You have to be to spend years of your life standing in cold water, flogging it endlessly with a plastic stick, hoping to outsmart a fish with a chickpea-sized brain by duping it with feather and fur. If you’re successful and conscientious, you will punch a hole through its mouth with sharp steel, play it to hand, admire its beauty or power, then gently return it to the water to swim away freely, as if this senseless blood pageant had never occurred. It’s a pastime that rewards those who …

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