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Sunday Talking Heads: August 28, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: August 28, 2011
Hope everyone is safe and powered this morning. Instead of winds and rain, I bring you flowers and birdies via twolf1’s hummingbird video. A whole lot of Irene on the talk shows. Teddy wonders: “Doesn’t Craig Fugate have, um WORK to do other than being on all the Sunday snoozefests?” The Newsmaker interview with Emmanuel Cleaver could be newsmaking. The FDL Book Salon is The Moment I Knew, and Monday Dr. Kirk Murphy sits in for Lisa with Bhopali, a powerful movie none of us should miss.

Hope everyone is safe and powered this morning. Instead of winds and rain, I bring you flowers and birdies via twolf1′s hummingbird video.

A whole lot of Irene on the talk shows. Teddy wonders: “Doesn’t Craig Fugate have, um WORK to do other than being on all the Sunday snoozefests?”

The Newsmaker interview with Emmanuel Cleaver could be newsmaking.

The FDL Book Salon is The Moment I Knew, and Monday Dr. Kirk Murphy sits in for Lisa with Bhopali, a powerful movie none of us should miss.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Jake Tapper hosts. Irene – FEMA director Craig Fugate. Political Roundtable: George Will, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, Ron Brownstein.Libya – Foreign Policy Roundtable: George Will, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, Robin Wright, author of “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World,” and Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Irene. Colin Powell on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CNN State of the Union: Irene. FEMA director Craig Fugate. Hurricane Center Director Bill Read. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ).

Chris Matthews: Is Perry Like Reagan, The Westerner Who Can Defeat The Establishment Romney? In Bad Economic Times, Would Perry’s Far Right Rhetoric Get Overlooked?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Pre-empted by Irene.

Fox News Sunday: Irene – FEMA director Craig Fugate. Then, Rep. Ron PaulRoundtable: Steve Hayes, Mara Liasson, Dana Perino, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Irene – FEMA director Craig Fugate.Then, Gov Chris Christie (NJ-R). Roundtable: David Brooks; Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson; Katty Kay; and National Correspondent for NBC’s TODAY, Jamie Gangel, who interviewed VP Cheney exclusively.

Newsmakers: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Congressional Black Caucus chair, will take questions from Jonathan Allen of Politico and Peter Wallsten of the Washington Post – about  the Caucus’s view of the U.S. jobs situation, especially how African Americans have been affected by it and how to address it.  Also the CBC view on federal spending and the debt, and their relationship with President Obama…

Q & A: Clarence Lusane, author of “The Black History of the White House.” This historical narrative details the contributions of black men and women in the White House, from the early days of its construction to the present…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Reruns. Greg Mortenson – He has written inspiring best sellers, including “Three Cups of Tea,” but are the stories all true? Gospel for Teens – A gospel music program for teenagers in Harlem. Students learn to sing the original American art form and gain the confidence and character it inspires.

To The Contrary: Guest host is Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad. Topics: How far women have really come since gaining the right to vote. What the United States can learn from Switzerland when it comes to women in politics, in an exclusive interview with former Swiss President Doris Leuthard. Why women gain weight when they marry. Panelists: Sabrina Schaeffer, Patricia Sosa, Dana White, Danielle Belton.

Univision’s Al Punto: Irene. Special Coverage on Hurricane Irene. Jorge Ramos Hosting from Monterrey, Mexico Covering the Terror Attacks.

Virtually Speaking: idk.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments. “There are moments in our lives that are so significant they become etched in our memories. They may be decisions, crises or challenges, or simply situations we stumbled upon. Yet, these moments change us in ways we never expected.” Chat with Terri Spahr Nelson about her new book, hosted by Noelle Stern.  5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: BHOPALI: The Bhopal Disaster Did Not Happen. IT IS HAPPENING. “BHOPALI documents the experience of second generation children affected by the Union Carbide gas disaster of 1984, the worst industrial disaster in history, and subsequent contamination of groundwater by Union Carbide Corporation (an American company now owned by Dow Chemical, the second largest chemical company in the world).”  Meet with Max Carlson, Kirk Palayan and host Dr. Kirk Murphy, 8pm ET.


Late Late Night FDL: Merbabies
Merbabies. This Walt Disney Silly Symphony cartoon was released on December 9, 1938.

Merbabies.  This Walt Disney Silly Symphony cartoon was released on December 9, 1938.

Directed by Rudolph Ising and Vernon Stallings (uncredited). Produced by Walt Disney.  Story by Pinto Colvig, Jonathan Caldwell, and Maurice Day.  Animation by Lee Blair, Tom McKimson, Carl Urbano, James Pabian, Pete Burness, Mike Lah, Melvin Schwartzmann, Rollin “Ham” Hamilton, and Francis Smith. Backgrounds by Art Riley and Don Schaffer.  Layouts by Maurice Day, John Niendorff, and Don Smith. 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?


DC Disasters

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

DC Disasters

By Nate Beeler, Cagle Cartoons, The Washington Examiner

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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Mourning in Mexico
Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday declared three days of mourning for his country after 52 people were killed in a Monterrey casino fire set by gunmen thought to be members of a drug cartel. At least eight men were said to have carried out the attack, dousing the Casino Royale with gasoline before setting it ablaze. Many of the victims died in restrooms,  trapped there by the fire apparently after fleeing from the gunmen. Calderon said it was the worst attack on civilians in Mexico in a long while. President Barack Obama denounced the violence as “barbaric.” On Saturday, in a possible but curious response to the attack, the Mexican army raided five Monterrey casinos, confiscating hundreds of slot machines. —BF The Associated Press: The victims this time weren’t cartel foot soldiers or even migrants resisting forced recruitment by gangs, as were the cases in other attacks. Instead, they were working or gambling at the Casino Royale in an affluent part of this industrial city Thursday when at least eight assailants burst into the building and set it on fire, trapping dozens inside. As the country took in the shocking details Friday, some said a new, macabre milestone had been reached in a conflict that’s claimed nearly 40,000 people since 2006. Read more

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday declared three days of mourning for his country after 52 people were killed in a Monterrey casino fire set by gunmen thought to be members of a drug cartel.

At least eight men were said to have carried out the attack, dousing the Casino Royale with gasoline before setting it ablaze. Many of the victims died in restrooms,? trapped there by the fire apparently after fleeing from the gunmen.

Calderon said it was the worst attack on civilians in Mexico in a long while. President Barack Obama denounced the violence as “barbaric.”

On Saturday, in a possible but curious response to the attack, the Mexican army raided five Monterrey casinos, confiscating hundreds of slot machines. —BF

The Associated Press:

The victims this time weren’t cartel foot soldiers or even migrants resisting forced recruitment by gangs, as were the cases in other attacks. Instead, they were working or gambling at the Casino Royale in an affluent part of this industrial city Thursday when at least eight assailants burst into the building and set it on fire, trapping dozens inside.

As the country took in the shocking details Friday, some said a new, macabre milestone had been reached in a conflict that’s claimed nearly 40,000 people since 2006.

Read more

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Why Did the Administration Waive U.S. Law 46 Times to Help Foreign-Owned Shippers at the Expense of U.S. Maritime Workers?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Why Did the Administration Waive U.S. Law 46 Times to Help Foreign-Owned Shippers at the Expense of U.S. Maritime Workers?
The Administration’s short-sightedness has meant that oil companies — that do not employ American workers, do not pay U.S. taxes, and do not follow U.S. environmental rules — benefited, while American mariners try to weather this economic storm.

Ron Paul: Federal Response To Hurricane Unnecessary
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told NBC News on Friday that “there’s no magic about” the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He said that he…

Perry To Feds: You Owe Texas Big Time
By APRIL CASTRO, ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million…

Obama Urges Americans To Rekindle 9/11 Unity
WASHINGTON â?? President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to rekindle the spirit of unity that characterized the response to the Sept. 11 attacks. “It…


Hannity Distorts Economic Data To Conceal Employment Growth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Hannity Distorts Economic Data To Conceal Employment Growth

During an interview with former White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, Sean Hannity distorted economic data and claimed that overall employment is declining by 400,000 jobs per month. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment has been increasing for months, and the private sector has added 2.4 million jobs since March 2010.

Hannity: Employment Is Declining By 400,000 Jobs Per Month

Hannity: “We’re Losing 400,000 Jobs Per Month.” From the August 26 edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

AUSTAN GOOLSBEE, FORMER OBAMA ADVISOR: Over the 17 months, wait take the 17 months where we’re actually growing fairly robustly –

HANNITY: Growing? We’re losing 400,000 jobs a month!

GOOLSBEE: Before the events at the beginning of this year –

HANNITY: We’re losing –

GOOLSBEE: We added 2.5 million, we added 2.5 million jobs. When the president takes office, we’re losing almost 800,000 a month. When we slow that down and turn it around, we add 2.5 million. It has taken longer than we anticipated, there’s no question about that, you’re correct.

HANNITY: We didn’t add, I can’t let you get away, we’ve lost 2.5 million jobs.

GOOLSBEE: That’s not true. [Fox News, Hannity, 8/26/11]

But Hannity Is Wrong: Employment Has Been Increasing For Almost A Year

BLS Data Show That The Economy Has Been Adding Jobs Since October 2010. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, employment has increased during each of the last 10 months. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 8/27/11]

Moreover, Goolsbee Is Right – The Private Sector Has Added Nearly 2.5 Million Jobs In The Past 17 Months. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the economy has added 2.4 million private sector jobs since March 2007. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 8/27/11]


Prosser: Bradley ‘Made The Decision To Sensationalize’ Wis. Supreme Court Chokehold Accusation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Prosser: Bradley ‘Made The Decision To Sensationalize’ Wis. Supreme Court Chokehold Accusation
The special prosecutor in Wisconsin determined Thursday that there will be no charges brought in the alleged physical altercation at the Wisconsin Supreme Court — in which liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accused conservative Justice David Prosser of grabbing her neck in a chokehold during an argument. But that isn’t stopping Prosser and Bradley from continuing to fight in the court of public opinion.


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Pat Robertson On Washington Monument Crack: ‘Is That A Sign From The Lord?’ (VIDEO)
Were you wondering how long it would be before Pat Robertson claimed Tuesday’s East Coast Earthquake was a sign from God? Well, your question has been answered.


Fareed Zakaria’s Problem — and Ours

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Fareed Zakaria’s Problem — and Ours
Many people defer to Fareed Zakaria’s virtuosity and sheer ubiquity as the neo-liberal consciousness-shaper of the moment. An immigrant from India and a Muslim by background whose parents have been prominent in Indian politics and news media, he owes a…


Joe Walsh’s Ex-Wife: Quit Lying
Congressman Joe Walsh told Obama to “quit lying.” Here, Walsh’s ex-wife tells Joe to “quit lying” about the child support he owes?her. Walsh accused Obama of spending money like a drunken sailor, but Walsh is the one who spent…


Slouching Toward a Double Dip, For No Good Reason
Imagine your house is burning. You call the fire department but your call isn’t answered because every fire fighter in town is debating whether there will be enough water to fight fires over the next ten years, even though water…


Arguing With Nobel Prize Winners: Can A Great Nation Fail To Debase Its Own Currency?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Arguing With Nobel Prize Winners: Can A Great Nation Fail To Debase Its Own Currency?
The idea, which Dylan Matthews found a variety of credible people to endorse, that the Federal Reserve might try and fail in an effort to raise the price level strikes me as totally bizarre. Imagine a situation in which you are the only person in the world who’s capable of producing diamonds. But you also […]

The idea, which Dylan Matthews found a variety of credible people to endorse, that the Federal Reserve might try and fail in an effort to raise the price level strikes me as totally bizarre.

Imagine a situation in which you are the only person in the world who’s capable of producing diamonds. But you also have the ability to produce arbitrary quantities of diamonds, at any time, instantly, and at zero cost. Now why on earth would anyone worry that you might be unable to reduce the price of diamonds? I think that if someone in that position said, “I want to make diamonds 25 percent cheaper and intend to do whatever it takes to make that happen” that the price of diamonds would fall more or less immediately by roughly 25 percent. After all, the magical diamond man has promised he’s going to make this happen. You probably wouldn’t need to do anything at all. To be sure, just to show the world that you’re not a jerk and to maintain your credibility for the future it would probably be wise to follow-up the crash in the diamond futures market with the production of some actual new diamonds. So instead of diamonds, say you had the ability to produce arbitrary quantities of dollars….

Pat Michaels: ?It is doubtful Hurricane Irene will cough up even eight bodies?
Yesterday, the Koch-funded climate denier Pat Michaels attacked the “hype” around Hurricane Irene in a Forbes.com post. “It is doubtful that Irene will even cough up eight bodies,” Michaels ghoulishly predicted. That text was silently edited on Forbes to “hopefully kill fewer than the eight people who died in Gloria,” but the syndicated version on […]

Yesterday, the Koch-funded climate denier Pat Michaels attacked the “hype” around Hurricane Irene in a Forbes.com post. “It is doubtful that Irene will even cough up eight bodies,” Michaels ghoulishly predicted. That text was silently edited on Forbes to “hopefully kill fewer than the eight people who died in Gloria,” but the syndicated version on Yahoo.com remains the same.

Update

Unfortunately, Michaels’ optimism that the threat of Hurricane Irene was just “hype” was wrong. The American death toll is already 9 lives, as the massive storm tears its way up the Eastern seaboard. Irene had already killed two people in the Caribbean.

Update

Michaels is also the author of “A Blizzard of Global-Warming Hype” and “More Gas About Global Warming,” for the Koch-founded Cato Institute.


Judge allows prison to drug Arizona shooting suspect as details emerge on fragile mental state

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Judge allows prison to drug Arizona shooting suspect as details emerge on fragile mental state

SAN DIEGO — The man accused in the Arizona shooting rampage kept himself awake for 50 hours straight after an appeals court stopped forced medication. He walked in circles until he developed sores and then declined antibiotics to treat an infected foot. Already thin, he stopped eating and shed nine pounds.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns described Jared Lee Loughner’s behavior to explain his refusal to overrule prison doctors who decided to resume forced medication July 18. The drugging, he said, “seems entirely appropriate and reasonable to me.”

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IMF’s Lagarde: View is growing that policymakers can’t make tough choices

JACKSON, Wyo. — The world economic recovery is in new peril of derailing, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Saturday as she called on leaders in the United States and Europe to take aggressive and immediate action to address new cracks appearing in the global economy.

The global economy is in a “dangerous new phase,” said Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director, speaking at a conference of top central bankers and economists. The world is endangered by “a growing sense that policymakers do not have the conviction, or simply are not willing, to take the decisions that are needed.”

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Hurricane Irene: FEMA, federal agencies ramp up

Updated 9:57 p.m. ET

With Hurricane Irene pummeling the East Coast on Saturday, at least nine states are seeking federal disaster assistance in anticipation of major flooding and wind damage.

President Obama has signed emergency declarations for New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire after declaring similar emergencies in North Carolina and Puerto Rico earlier in the week.

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Don’t Panic, Mitt Romney!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Don’t Panic, Mitt Romney!
Ross Douthat, New York Times
“Right now,” David Brooks writes today, in the wake of Rick Perry’s surge to the front of the G.O.P. field, “the Romney camp is passively hoping [Perry] implodes. That seems unlikely … Sooner or later, Romney is going to have to prove his own toughness by taking Perry on directly.”Ed Kilgore agrees: “At some point, and some time soon, Mitt Romney is going to have to begin making not only a more positive case for his candidacy but a comparative case by way of attacking his rivals … Mitt cannot safely continue to…

New Election Laws Limit Minority Voting Rights
Rep. John Lewis, NYT
AS we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, we reflect on the life and legacy of this great man. But recent legislation on voting reminds us that there is still work to do. Since January, a majority of state legislatures have passed or considered election-law changes that, taken together, constitute the most concerted effort to restrict the right to vote since before the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Growing up as the son of an Alabama sharecropper, I experienced Jim Crow firsthand. It was enforced by the slander of “separate but equal,” willful blindness to acts of…

Our Oil-Constrained Future
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
I've talked a few times about the possibility that world growth is now constrained by oil production. The basic story is simple: As long as there's spare oil-production capacity, increasing demand caused by economic growth produces only a steady, manageable increase in oil prices. But oil production is now close to its maximum and can't be easily or quickly expanded. When the global economy grows enough that demand starts to bump up against this ceiling, oil prices don't rise slowly and steadily; rather, they spike suddenly, causing a recession, which in turn reduces oil…

Keep Your Health Plan? Don’t Count On It
Byron York, DC Examiner
In June 2009, as he fought to pass the Democrats' national health care bill, President Obama made a clear, unequivocal pledge. “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people,” Obama said. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”Spoken with great confidence, Obama's words were meant to reassure, and it's possible many Americans believed them. But at the…