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Late Late Night FDL: The Aristo-cat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: The Aristo-cat
Hubie and BertieThe Aristo-cat. This Warner Bros Merrie Melodies cartoon was released on June 19, 1943.

Hubie and BertieThe Aristo-cat.  This Warner Bros Merrie Melodies cartoon was released on June 19, 1943.

Directed by Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones).  Produced by Leon Schlesinger.  Story by Tedd Pierce.  Animation by Rudy Larriva, Robert Cannon (uncredited), and Ken Harris (uncredited).  Layouts by John McGrew.  Film and Sound Effects Editing by Treg Brown (uncredited).  Voices by (in alphabetical order) Mel Blanc (Cat, Madam, Meadows – uncredited), Michael Maltese (Hubie – uncredited) and Tedd Pierce (Bertie – uncredited).  Original Music by Carl W. Stalling (uncredited).  Musical Direction by Carl W. Stalling.  Orchestration by Milt Franklyn (uncredited).

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?

Sunday Talking Heads: July 31, 2011
Awakened refreshed? Dreaming of Fluffies? Or perhaps pancakes? No surprise that the shows are all centered on the debt ceiling fiasco. As I write this, the Senate vote is scheduled for 1pm ET. Marcy is on Virtually Speaking this evening with Stuart Zechman. ET hosts FDL Book Salon this afternoon, and tomorrow night Lisa brings us a flick about a beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs. And here’s Teddy’s take on the day in talk teeVee: “Brilliant casting! — a man named Dr. Mohamed will speak for the bond vigilantes and market leprechauns! I hope he rides his Apocalyptic Unicorn into the studio as the Fifth Horseman of the Caliphate. … hope they have EMTs standing by for Krugman, this could be a stroke-inducer roundtable.”

Dreaming of Fluffies (photo: Tambako the Jaguar)

Awakened refreshed?  Dreaming of Fluffies?  Or perhaps pancakes?

No surprise that the shows are all centered on the debt ceiling fiasco. As I write this, the Senate vote is scheduled for 1pm ET.

This evening Marcy is on Virtually Speaking with Stuart Zechman.  ET hosts FDL Book Salon this afternoon, and tomorrow night Lisa brings us a flick about a beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs.

And here’s Teddy’s take on the day in talk teeVee:

Brilliant casting! — a man named Dr. Mohamed will speak for the bond vigilantes and market leprechauns! I hope he rides his Apocalyptic Unicorn into the studio as the Fifth Horseman of the Caliphate.

… hope they have EMTs standing by for Krugman, this could be a stroke-inducer roundtable.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Debt ceiling – David Plouffe. Then, Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC). Followed by Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of investment management firm PIMCO on the consequences of a possible default. Roundtable: George Stephanopoulos, George Will, Paul Krugman, Grover Norquist.  Also, Ameriterror – Ft. Hood arrest with NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.  Ending with the famine in the Horn of Africa, reporting by David Muir.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Debt ceiling – Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

CNN’s State of the Union: Guest host Gloria Borger. Debt ceiling – Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Then, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Also, Director of the National Economic Council,  Gene Sperling. And Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi.  Ending with the horserace and Tim Pawlenty.

Chris Matthews: Why The GOP Thinks This Debt Chaos Helps Them Beat Barack Obama in 2012. Will Rick Perry Be The GOP Nominee?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Debt ceiling – Dan Akerson, the CEO and Chairman of General Motors.  Then, Christine Lagarde, the new chief of the International Monetary Fund.  Plus, the Knight’s Templar, green blobs and more.

Fox News Sunday: Guest host Brett Baier. Debt ceiling – Director of the National Economic Council,  Gene Sperling.  Followed by Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D- IL).  Then, House Majority Whip  Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Charles Lane, Steve Hayes, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Debt ceiling – David Plouffe. Roundtable: Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Jim Cramer, Tom Brokaw.

Newsmakers: Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) joins Newsmakers to discuss the 2012 presidential election. Iowa is the first state where voters offer their preference in the presidential selection process. Many Republican presidential candidates are spending large portions of their time in the Buckeye state. …

Q & A: Juan Williams, political analyst for Fox News Channel, and author of a new book, “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.” In the book and in the interview, Williams discusses his controversial comments about Muslims in 2010, which resulted in him being fired from his job at National Public Radio. …

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The Big Gamble – The proliferation of gambling to 38 states and its main attraction, the slot machine, newer versions of which some scientists believe may addict their players. Brazil – As the U.S. and most of the world’s countries limp along after the crippling recession, Brazil is off and running with jobs, industry, and resources. The economic juggernaut is poised to become the fifth largest economy in the world. Mark Wahlberg – From street thug, to rapper to actor and now producer, Mark Wahlberg has reinvented himself to the top of the Hollywood heap.

To The Contrary: Guest Host: Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. Topics: The national debt’s potential impact on jobs and women in this economy. Some startling suicide statistics saying middle-aged women are at risk. A controversial idea to give conditional cash transfers to people in poverty. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel; Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar; and Daily Caller Contributor Tara Wall.

Univision’s Al Punto: Maria Cardona, Democratic Strategist; Helen Aguirre, Republican Analyst; Eduardo and Jayne Garcia Valseca, Kidnapping Victims; Sandro Rosell, President of FC Barcelona.

Virtually Speaking: Marcy Wheeler and Stuart Zechman.  0pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon: A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation.  “Many Americans who care about Israel’s future are questioning whether the hard-line, uncritical stances adopted by many traditional pro-Israel advocates really serve the country’s best interests over the long-term.” Chat with Jeremy Ben-Ami about his new book. Hosted by Phil Munger aka EdwardTeller.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America. With producers Molly Kasch and Meagan Keane. and host Lisa Derrick.  8pm ET.


Barf

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Barf

By Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons, The Ottawa Citizen

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Rep. John Conyers: President has authority and moral obligation to invoke the 14th Amendment to avoid economic catastrophe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Rep. John Conyers: President has authority and moral obligation to invoke the 14th Amendment to avoid economic catastrophe
Today in a letter to President Obama, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver and I called on President Obama to raise the debt ceiling under…

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup
This week, as the debt ceiling debate inched its way closer to the Aug. 2 deadline, the acrimony became internecine, with former GOP standard-bearer John McCain deriding Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and “Tea Party hobbits,” and one-time Tea Party poster boy Allen West bemoaning the faction’s debt ceiling “schizophrenia.” Cut, Cap, and Bicker. This week also saw the funerals of two very different artists: Amy Winehouse, a talented but troubled performer, who died at 27 (joining Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, and Cobain in a “forever” club you definitely don’t want to be a member of), and Michael Cacoyannis, the 90-year-old director of my all-time favorite life-affirming film, Zorba the Greek. Winehouse’s untimely passing drew worldwide attention, her legacy destined to be a cautionary tale; Cacoyannis, who died in my hometown of Athens, went quietly. But both deaths, in very different ways, remind us of Zorba’s message to live each moment fully.

Inside The ATF’s Controversial Gun Trafficking Operation
PHOENIX — Ten days before Christmas, ATF agent John Dodson awoke, got his morning coffee, switched on the TV news – and heard the words…


NC Dems Block GOP Attempt To Override Gov’s Veto Of Voter ID Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:38 am by HL

NC Dems Block GOP Attempt To Override Gov’s Veto Of Voter ID Law
Democrats fought off an attempt yesterday by Republicans in the North Carolina House to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a voter ID bill passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature last month.

Michigan AG Appeals ‘Nutty’ Ruling Against State’s Affirmative Action Ban
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appealed a federal court’s decision to overturn the state’s 2006 ballot initiative that banned affirmative action.

News Of The World Reportedly Hacked Phone Of Another Murder Victim’s Mother
News Of The World reportedly hacked the phone of another woman whose daughter had been murdered — and the phone may have been given to her by former NOTW editor Rebekah Brooks.


A White House Reverie at 5 Minutes to Midnight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:36 am by HL

A White House Reverie at 5 Minutes to Midnight
Obama tells Boehner and McConnell: “Your party set out three decades ago to deepen our deficit problems [see the post just below], and brought us the economic near-meltdown of 2008. And now that you’ve forced the crisis into the political…

Puncturing the Anti-Government Big Lie
What’s to be done about a domestic political discourse becoming unmoored from reality? The debt ceiling stand-off and early rounds of the 2012 campaign debate on the economy are disheartening markers of the sorry state of American politics. One of…

The Streets Of Tel Aviv: Bursting The Bubble?
More than a hundred thousand young Israelis, in every major city, took to the streets on Saturday night to protest the prohibitively high cost of living, especially the very high cost of housing. Last week, a tent city went up…


EXCLUSIVE: Matt Damon Supports Recall Campaign Against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:35 am by HL

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Damon Supports Recall Campaign Against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
In a brief interview with ThinkProgress at today’s Save Our Schools march in Washington, actor Matt Damon said he supported the movement in Wisconsin to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R), who earlier this year signed union-busting legislation that stripped teachers of collective bargaining rights and made draconian cuts to the state’s education system. ThinkProgress asked […]

In a brief interview with ThinkProgress at today’s Save Our Schools march in Washington, actor Matt Damon said he supported the movement in Wisconsin to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R), who earlier this year signed union-busting legislation that stripped teachers of collective bargaining rights and made draconian cuts to the state’s education system. ThinkProgress asked Damon if he supported the recall against Walker because of those education cuts. Damon, replied, “Among other things, yeah.” Watch it:

The BEA Underestimates Recessions
Here’s an interesting point from Mark Doms, chief economist at the Commerce Department. The Commerce Department’s economists seem to consistently underrate the severity of recessions: I wonder why that is? But there seems to be a lesson here for macroeconomic stabilization policy, namely that when your data is indicative of a recession the risks ought […]

Here’s an interesting point from Mark Doms, chief economist at the Commerce Department. The Commerce Department’s economists seem to consistently underrate the severity of recessions:

I wonder why that is? But there seems to be a lesson here for macroeconomic stabilization policy, namely that when your data is indicative of a recession the risks ought to be seen as weighted to the downside. You need to err on the side of “going big” with your interest rate cuts and whatever else.


In Montgomery County, disgusted taxpayers long for security, not gridlock

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 31st, 2011 4:34 am by HL

In Montgomery County, disgusted taxpayers long for security, not gridlock

This article was reported by staff writers Kafia Hosh, Michael S. Rosenwald, Robert Samuels, Annys Shin and Marc Fisher.

Melissa Gilley, a stay-at-home mother, figures she doesn’t get a single benefit from the government and she doesn’t want any, but she’s worried about whether her 11-month-old daughter will be able to count on Social Security in her old age. Anna Lostritto depends on the government for disability checks and food stamps; from what she’s been hearing on the radio, those lifelines could vanish and that threat is keeping her up at night. Russ Setareh is moving mountains to save his flooring store, the last remaining piece of what was once a four-store business, but he can’t get any bank to lend him money, which has him wondering how his country will survive if it can’t borrow either.

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Back at center of debt debate, Obama faces politically precarious task

He tried to coax lawmakers into striking a grand deficit-reducing bargain. Then he tried disappearing for a week to let Congress figure it out.

Neither approach worked.

Now, with time running out before a possible U.S. government default, President Obama is back at the center of the drama. Only this time, he’s been dragged back on terms that are anything but his own. Now he’s forced to try to come up with a solution over the next 48 hours that has not been apparent in weeks of negotiations.

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Medicare rule would decrease payments to hospitals with high re-admission rates

When hospitals discharge patients, they typically see their job as done. But soon they could be on the hook for what happens after Medicare patients leave the premises, and particularly if they are re-admitted within a month.

In an effort to save money and improve care, Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, is about to release a final rule aimed at getting hospitals to pay more attention to patients after discharge.

A key component of the new approach is to cut back payments to hospitals where high numbers of patients are re-admitted, prodding hospitals to make sure patients see their doctors and fill their prescriptions.

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House Has Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling

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

House Has Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling
John Hinderaker, Power Line

Sputter to Stall: Facing Another Recession?
James Pethokoukis, Reuters

Deal Not Close, Reid Says
John Stanton & David Drucker, Roll Call
Updated: 6:40 p.m.A grim faced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid returned to the Senate from a meeting with President Barack Obama Saturday with a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling nowhere in sight.”The question is are we closer to agreement? The answer is no,” the Nevada Democrat told reporters following his meeting with Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).The hastily called meeting lasted nearly an hour and a half, and followed a telephone conversation between Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).Ironically, McConnell had expressed…