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Obama Has 300,000 Small Donors

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:48 am by HL

Obama Has 300,000 Small Donors
President Obama’s next major fundraising filing will show a dramatic increase in the number of small donors this year compared to 2008, his campaign said Saturday. “We had 180,000 contributors at this point in the last campaign; now it’s well over 300,000,” said spokesman Ben LaBolt.



Early Morning Swim

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:47 am by HL

Early Morning Swim

Late, Late Night FDL: Shine
Collective Soul – Shine

Collective Soul – Shine

As you’re reading this I should be situated atop of Mauna Kea…! I’ll try and wave aloha at one of the Keck webcams for ya! Rest assured that Heaven’s light is ‘shining down on me’ right now…!

Be gentle with the Hostess with the Mostest, and, I thank her for graciously volunteering to keep ya’ll company tonite…! I do hope to pop in during the thread, if not… Aloha Ya’ll, and I hope to see ya Monday nite…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Outrage begins at home
Bad weekend for opponents of human rights…in various forms.

Over the last few years I’ve grown interested in sports other than the ones I grew up not being good at — switching my interest to those in which I never had a chance to be bad at. Like soccer.

Yesterday the 2011 Women’s World Cup opened in Germany and the first match was between France and Nigeria, and I had a good reason to cheer for France.

For the past two years the Nigerian Football Federation has conducted a witch-hunt to kick women off the national team who were suspected of being gay. And the team’s coach just bragged to the New York Times that she has dealt with “the big problem” of lesbianism.

Of course that is outrageous, but the condemnation of Nigeria is tempered by the fact among the largest benefactors of American soccer is Phillip Anschutz who has literally spent millions fighting to restrict the rights of gays and lesbians in this country.

Nigeria lost by the way…and happily it was a bad weekend for Anschutz and his millions too.



War and Peace

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

War and Peace

By Daryl Cagle, Cagle Cartoons, MSNBC.com

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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TSA Officers Force Elderly Woman To Remove Her Adult Diaper

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

TSA Officers Force Elderly Woman To Remove Her Adult Diaper
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Bachmann Presidential Campaign Tests Tea Party Power Limits
(Reuters) – Conservative firebrand Michele Bachmann will test the limits of how far a favorite of the Tea Party movement can go when she…

Former Chicago First Lady Has Spent Week In Hospital, Reports Doctor
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Michele Bachmann: Nothing ‘Personal’ Against Obama, ‘But He’s Just Wrong’
WATERLOO, Iowa — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn’t be viewed as “anything personal” against the Democrat…


Full 1984 Grand Jury Report Undermines Threat Of Voter Impersonation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Full 1984 Grand Jury Report Undermines Threat Of Voter Impersonation
An election law expert who is writing a book on the wars over voting rights has gotten a copy of a report on a 1984 court case involving the only known case of voter impersonation in the past several decades and says it undermines the arguments of voter ID supporters.


Anti-Islam Dutch Politician Cleared Of Hate Speech Charges
Former Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders was cleared of all five charges in the Netherlands on Thursday, where he had faced up to a year in prison for allegedly inciting violence through his anti-Islam rhetoric.



A hard-boiled choice for a school kid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

A hard-boiled choice for a school kid
The new special collectors edition cigarette packs with photos on them came out recently, but since the World’s Laziest Journalist doesn’t smoke, we are not going to be buying them. Their debut did remind us of how a long ago opportunity to get started on the cigarette addiction boiled down to an odd choice: […]


Three Ways to Run for President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Three Ways to Run for President
John Avlon: “There are three ways to run for president these days. The first is to run to promote yourself. The second is to run to promote ideas. The third is to actually run for president of the United States. The Republican presidential hopefuls running on this old-fashioned third notion are a distinct minority. And that says a lot about the state of our politics: bread and circuses meets reality TV.”

Christie Opposes Gay Marriage
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Meet the Press that he would not follow New York and pass a law to allow same sex marriage.

Said Christie: “In our state, we’re going to continue to pursue civil unions. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. It’s not something that I support.”

Bachmann Launches Campaign Today
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) “is set to formally kick off her presidential campaign Monday at 9:00 a.m. from her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa,” Minnesota Public Radio reports.

“After Bachmann makes her announcement, she heads to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

Mark Halperin: “Bachmann is for real. The Des Moines Register poll and her very polished Sunday show appearances tee up her announcement tour in a special way. The left will say she is whitewashing her record, but it won’t matter for most of her supporters. She is clearly taking the advice of her advisers to heart, and building on her strong New Hampshire debate and RLC performances by stressing the economy and those parts of her record that are mainstream. She is counting on her base being with her, even as she pulls her punches on past controversial statements; her almost sole focus now is on reaching out to the middle. Pending the entry of Rick Perry and/or Sarah Palin, the case can be made that Bachmann has a better chance than anyone else to knock off Mitt Romney. It is a slam-dunk that the Waterloo native will get a rousing reception on Monday. Watch more closely how she does on her New Hampshire and (especially) her South Carolina stops. If she lights up the board in those places, watch out.”


Right Too Soon, Again

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Right Too Soon, Again
In the fall of 1970, a newly-minted graduate student at the University of Toronto, I was hired by the Canadian Zionist Federation to be its representative on campus. My first (actually, pretty much my only)?achievement in that position was to…


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Riding White Water Economics Without Paddles and Rudder
This morning I’m sitting in the Coffee Cat in Easton, Maryland. Frederick Douglass was born nine miles from here. The great former US Senator Birch Bayh — who led on Title IX education for women and got 18 year olds…


CBS? ?Face The Nation? Forgets Herman Cain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

CBS? ?Face The Nation? Forgets Herman Cain
Former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain did surprisingly well in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowa Caucus goers, coming in third in the widely-watched poll. But when CBS’ “Face the Nation” discussed the poll today, their graphic completely ignored Cain, yet made room for candidates who did much worse, including Tim Pawlenty. Why […]

Former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain did surprisingly well in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowa Caucus goers, coming in third in the widely-watched poll. But when CBS’ “Face the Nation” discussed the poll today, their graphic completely ignored Cain, yet made room for candidates who did much worse, including Tim Pawlenty. Why did they leave out Cain?

Tomorrow?s Radiation Heaters Today
Via James Fallows, a great exhibit from the French National Library of prints from 1910 depicting the utopian lifestyle of 2000. A lot of them involve weird air travel, but my favorite is this idea of using dangerous nuclear isotopes to replace your fireplace (“chauffage au radium”): It’s particularly interesting when you consider that France […]

Via James Fallows, a great exhibit from the French National Library of prints from 1910 depicting the utopian lifestyle of 2000. A lot of them involve weird air travel, but my favorite is this idea of using dangerous nuclear isotopes to replace your fireplace (“chauffage au radium”):

It’s particularly interesting when you consider that France is, in fact, the world leader in the use of nuclear energy.


DeMint: Balanced budget pledge is litmus test for his support of 2012 contenders

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 27th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

DeMint: Balanced budget pledge is litmus test for his support of 2012 contenders

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), one of the most prized endorsements in the 2012 presidential race, said Sunday that a new balanced budget pledge is now a litmus test for his support and that he had ruled out backing former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr.

DeMint, a leader of the tea party movement in Washington and a popular voice among grassroots activists across the country, said he is urging allies in the early voting states to abstain from committing to presidential candidates to see how they handle upcoming fiscal issues.

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Obama’s Afghanistan plan gets mixed reviews from grunts at Fort Campbell

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Pfc. Rob Nunez was gulping Miller Lite from a plastic cup when the subject of President Obama’s plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan came up: 10,000 troops were being pulled out this year, said a friend at a roadside bar on the fringes of the Fort Campbell Army base. The rest of the 33,000 “surge” troops would leave in 2012.

Nunez swallowed his beer, let out a stream of profanity before landing on a sentence that he repeats a lot these days. “It’s worthless, and it’s never going to end.”

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With Michele Bachmann’s surge comes fresh scrutiny

In the race for the White House, Michele Bachmann is surging. A new Iowa poll, the first snapshot in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, found Bachmann statistically tied with front-runner Mitt Romney among likely Republican caucus-goers there.

Yet on Sunday, a day before Bachmann was to formally launch her campaign in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa, the Minnesota congresswoman faced the kind of scrutiny that comes to any leading presidential contender.

On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace quizzed Bachmann on a series of apparent inconsistencies in her legislative record and personal background — from Medicare to government subsidies and earmarks to her opposition to same-sex marriage.

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GOP compromise on debt: Cut military spending?

As President Obama prepares to meet Monday with Senate leaders to try to restart talks about the swollen national debt, some Republicans see a potential path to compromise: significant cuts in military spending.

Senior GOP lawmakers and leadership aides said it would be far easier to build support for a debt-reduction package that cuts the Pentagon budget — a key Democratic demand — than one that raises revenue by tinkering with the tax code. Last week, Republicans walked out of talks led by Vice President Biden, insisting that the White House take tax increases off the table.

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Wisconsin justices in altercation

MADISON, Wis. — A member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s liberal faction has accused a conservative justice of choking her during an argument in her office earlier this month — a charge he denied.

Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold during the dispute. She contacted the newspaper late Saturday after Prosser denied rumors about the altercation.

“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,” Bradley told the newspaper.

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