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Late Late Night FDL: Pup On A Picnic

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Pup On A Picnic
Tom and JerryPup On A Picnic featuring Spike and Tyke. This Hanna-Barbera cartoon was released on April 30, 1955.

Tom and Jerry –  Pup On A Picnic featuring Spike and Tyke.  This Hanna-Barbera cartoon was released on April 30, 1955.

Directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna.  Produced by Fred Quimby.  Story by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Animation by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson, and Irven Spence.  Backgrounds by Robert Gentle.  Voices by Daws Butler (Spike).  Music by Scott Bradley.

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?


Strauss-Kahn Accusers Call Alarmed Prosecutors

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Strauss-Kahn Accusers Call Alarmed Prosecutors

By Jiho, Cagle Cartoons, France

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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Still Standing Tall

By Nate Beeler, Cagle Cartoons, The Washington Examiner

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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Ken Blackwell: Time’s Orwellian Story on U.S. Constitution Refuted!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Ken Blackwell: Time’s Orwellian Story on U.S. Constitution Refuted!
Time magazine’s cover story shows the U.S. Constitution and asks, “Does it still matter?” Reading this story, it is difficult to discern whether we were reading Time, or Orwells’ 1984.

GOP Congressman Announces Presidential Campaign
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) announced his candidacy for president of the United States on Saturday in his home state of Michigan. “There are a…

HuffPost TV: Arianna On Whether Obama Has Saved Or Betrayed Progressive Politics In America (VIDEO)
Has Obama saved or betrayed progressive politics in America? A conversation with Arianna Huffington and Michael Sandel in the video below. Read a recap of…

Aspen Ideas Fest: UK Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald On U.S. Foreign Policy
A mid-day question and answer session at the Aspen Ideas Festival featured UK ambassador to the United States Nigel Sheinwald in a question and answer…


Idaho Lawmaker Who Drunkenly Stole Car Gets Off With Misdemeanor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Idaho Lawmaker Who Drunkenly Stole Car Gets Off With Misdemeanor
After he stole a Ford Excursion and drove it with a .15 blood alcohol content — almost twice the legal limit — John McGee was charged with felony grand theft and faced the prospect of a hefty jail sentence. The…

With Drunk Driving Charge, Voter ID Bill Sponsor Might Not Have A License Anymore
The sponsor of an Ohio bill which restricts access to the ballot box was arrested back in April on drunk driving charges while he had a 26-year-old woman in his car and Viagra in his system, according to police reports.

Court Strikes Down Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban
A federal appeals court struck down Proposal 2 on Friday, a 2006 ballot initiative in Michigan that banned Affirmative Action in college admissions and government hiring.



Michele Bachmann in ‘Mother Knows Best’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Michele Bachmann in ‘Mother Knows Best’


Noam Chomsky Denounces Hugo Chávez for ‘Assault’ on Democracy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Noam Chomsky Denounces Hugo Chávez for ‘Assault’ on Democracy
Renowned American intellectual accuses the Venezuelan leader of concentrating too much power in his own hands


Killing One Bird With Two Stones

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Killing One Bird With Two Stones
The Republicans not only don’t want new taxes, they also want to lower taxes on business. The Democrats want to capitalize an infrastructure bank but cannot expect new spending for that. Putting these two goals together, why not lower taxes…

Charade
It’s time to end the charade that Pakistan is an ally in the battle against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in…


China?s Stimulus

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:36 am by HL

China?s Stimulus
Word from Prime Minister Wen Jiabao : The thrust of China’s response to the crisis is to expand domestic demand and stimulate the real economy, strengthen the basis for long-term development and make growth domestically driven. We have implemented a two-year, Rmb4,000bn ($618bn) investment programme covering infrastructure development, economic structural adjustment, improving people’s well-being and […]

Word from Prime Minister Wen Jiabao :

The thrust of China’s response to the crisis is to expand domestic demand and stimulate the real economy, strengthen the basis for long-term development and make growth domestically driven. We have implemented a two-year, Rmb4,000bn ($618bn) investment programme covering infrastructure development, economic structural adjustment, improving people’s well-being and protection of the environment. As a result, 10,800 km of railways and about 300,000 km of roads have been built and 210m kW of installed capacity for power generation have been added. We have boosted support for science and technology including by encouraging companies to carry out technological upgrading and innovation. More than Rmb1,000bn have been spent in rebuilding after the Wenchuan earthquake. In the affected areas, quality infrastructure and public facilities were constructed, and 4.83m rural houses and 1.75m urban apartments were rebuilt or reinforced. The quake-hit areas have taken on a new look. We are working to improve the balance between domestic and external demand, with the share of trade surplus in GDP dropping from 7.5 per cent in 2007 to 3.1 in 2010. China’s rapid growth and increase in imports are an engine driving the global recovery.

Now obviously what Wen doesn’t add to that is “and a lot of this new construction is pretty wasteful.” But the reality is that it is. People often say that China has a billion people. But it doesn’t. It has over 1.3 billion people. China is about as close to having a billion residents as the United States is to having eleven residents. Consequently, when you try to implement a very large scale government stimulus package in such a large scale country, you end up with, yes, a lot of waste. Hence the stories of ghost suburbs and so forth that you see in the press. That said, the question of waste ought to be in part a question of what is it that’s being wasted. Is China running out of concrete? Running out of steel? Running out of glass? No. It’s a waste in the sense that, in theory, that manpower and material that went into building it could have been used to build something else.

Compare that to the United States where we’ve done much less in the way of expansionary policy. The result has been much less waste. Instead, we’ve had years of mass unemployment. But that, too, is a waste. It’s millions of people sitting around feeling depressed and demoralized watching their job skills slowly but surely erode. It helps economize on concrete, but at the expense of wasting human potential. I don’t think we came away with the better deal.

DOJ: Wife Of Lesbian Employee Should Receive Benefits, DOMA Is Unconstitutional
Via Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner: Yesterday, the Department of Justice filed a brief in federal court on behalf of employee Karen Golinski’s federal court challenge, “supporting her lawsuit seeking access to equal health benefits for her wife and arguing strongly that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.” The filing “responds to the June 3 […]

Via Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner: Yesterday, the Department of Justice filed a brief in federal court on behalf of employee Karen Golinski’s federal court challenge, “supporting her lawsuit seeking access to equal health benefits for her wife and arguing strongly that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.” The filing “responds to the June 3 filing by the lawyers for the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group’s Republican members asking the federal court in San Francisco to dismiss Golinski’s lawsuit.”


Final NASA shuttle mission clouded by rancor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Final NASA shuttle mission clouded by rancor

The last shuttle, Atlantis, sits on Pad 39A, ready for its valedictory flight.

It is the nature of a shuttle to look kind of lonely out there on the pad, kept at a safe remove from the control room, the hangars, the observation platforms. The pad is not far from the beach, one of the last stretches of Florida coastline unblemished by hotels and condos. Beach houses were torn down years ago when the federal government showed up with rockets. Old-timers talk of 11 graveyards and an old schoolhouse lurking somewhere out there, the remnants of the era before the coming of the spaceport.

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In 2012 GOP race, where are the governors?

Among the many surprises in the Republican presidential race this year has been the virtual silence of the governors. GOP chief executives so far have played no significant role in shaping the nomination campaign, either as candidates or through their powers of endorsement.

There are many reasons for this. Most of the governors are dealing with major budgetary problems, entailing legislative battles and painful cuts in spending. For them, presidential politics can wait. Many have also have been reluctant to get involved at this stage, given the fluidity of the GOP presidential field. They prefer to see which candidates prove their mettle on the campaign trail and in debates before taking a stand.

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U.S. turns to other routes to supply Afghan war as relations with Pakistan fray

The U.S. military is rapidly expanding its aerial and Central Asian supply routes to the war in Afghanistan, fearing that Pakistan could cut off the main means of providing American and NATO forces with fuel, food and equipment.

Although Pakistan has not explicitly threatened to sever the supply lines, Pentagon officials said they are concerned the routes could be endangered by the deterioration of U.S.-Pakistan relations, partly fed by ill will from the cross-border raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Liberal worry over Justice Ginsburg’s tenure: Fate could hand high court seat to conservative

WASHINGTON — Democrats and liberals have a nightmare vision of the Supreme Court’s future: President Barack Obama is defeated for re-election next year and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 78 the oldest justice, soon finds her health will not allow her to continue on the bench.

The new Republican president appoints Ginsburg’s successor, cementing conservative domination of the court, and soon the justices roll back decisions in favor of abortion rights and affirmative action.

But Ginsburg could retire now and allow Obama to name a like-minded successor whose confirmation would be in the hands of a Democratic-controlled Senate. “She has in her power the ability to prevent a real shift in the balance of power on the court,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California at Irvine law school. “On the other hand, there’s the personal. How do you decide to leave the United States Supreme Court?”

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Are Neoconservatives Really Hawks?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 3rd, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Are Neoconservatives Really Hawks?
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner

Obama’s “Worse” Economy
Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune
After repeatedly saying President Obama had taken over during a recession and made it worse, Mitt Romney now denies making that statement, which makes him look silly. He'd have been better off sticking to his original claim — which by one important measure is actually true.Under Obama, the economy has stopped contracting and resumed growing. So the recession is officially over. But most people judge the economy by how many people are working. And that number is pitifully low — far lower than when Obama took office. As data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show, the jobs picture is…

WH Staff Salaries; 141 Earn $100,000 or More
Alexis Simendinger, RCP
President Obama pays his most valued senior aides $172,200 a year, while almost a third of White House staff members earned six figures or more during the last year, according to a report describing 454 White House employees and their compensation.Obama sent a fiscal 2011 salary report to Congress July 1, and released it publicly on the White House website late Friday.The president could stock a law firm with the 28 attorneys listed in the White House counsel's office and in the office of White House personnel, which helps select and vet Obama's appointees for government service…

Smells Like School Spirit
David Brooks, New York Times
Aspen, Colo. David Brooks The intellectual, cultural and scientific findings that land on the columnist's desk nearly every day.David Brooks and Gail Collins talk between columns. Diane Ravitch is the nation’s most vocal educational historian. She once was one of the leading intellects behind the education reform movement — emphasizing charter schools, testing and accountability. Over the past few years, she has become that movement’s most vehement critic. She pours out books, op-ed essays and speeches, including two…