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Archive for September 17th, 2011

Bloomberg Fears Riots in the Streets

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Bloomberg Fears Riots in the Streets
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn’t get serious about generating jobs. “We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”



Late Late Night FDL: I Get Around

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: I Get Around
Miss PiggyI Get Around, from episode 415 of The Muppet Show. The filming of this segment was featured in the documentary Of Muppets and Men.

Miss PiggyI Get Around, from episode 415 of The Muppet Show. The filming of this segment was featured in the documentary Of Muppets and Men.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, and try to keep the spitballs off the screen please.  This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in.  What’s on your mind?


Truthdigger of the Week: Shoshana Hebshi

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Truthdigger of the Week: Shoshana Hebshi
Shoshana Hebshi, our Truthdigger of the Week, had the courage to blog about her experience traveling on the anniversary of 9/11, bringing to light the truth about where America stands on racial profiling 10 years after the Twin Towers fell.

Shoshana Hebshi, our Truthdigger of the Week, had the courage to blog about her experience traveling on the anniversary of 9/11, bringing to light the truth about where America stands on racial profiling 10 years after the Twin Towers fell.


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Tim Geithner: Euro Leaders Must ‘Act Decisively’ To Solve Crisis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Tim Geithner: Euro Leaders Must ‘Act Decisively’ To Solve Crisis
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner “encouraged” European leaders to “act decisively,” and to speak with one voice” in order to solve Europe’s debt crisis, the…

Brandon Roberts: New Poverty Rate Only Tells Half the Story: Twice the Number of Americans Struggling to Get By
At this critical juncture, policymakers must avoid reducing the national debt on the backs of working families.

Jose Antonio Vargas & Immigration Activists Launch DREAM Act Initiative
NEW YORK â?? Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and a number of faith-based immigration activists launched an initiative to pass the DREAM Act Thursday…

John W. Whitehead: E-Verify: De Facto National ID and the End of Privacy
This proposed federal law is really little more than a Trojan horse, a backdoor attempt by the powers-that-be to inflict a de facto National ID card on the American people.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

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NJ Lawmakers Outraged Over Jersey Shore’s $420K ‘Fake Tanning’ Tax Break
A number of New Jersey lawmakers are outraged that the state has awarded a $420,000 production tax credit to the hit MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” because, as one GOPer put it, “I can’t believe we are paying for fake tanning for ‘Snooki’ and ‘The Situation’, and I am not even sure $420,000 covers that.”

Vadum: Obama’s Jobs Bill Could Give ‘Un-American’ ACORN $15 Billion To Help Poor People Vote
A non-existent organization that helped poor people “destroy the country” by voting could get up $15 billion in taxpayer money under Obama’s jobs bill, according to conservative columnist Matthew Vadum.



More work for less pay = road to recovery?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

More work for less pay = road to recovery?
SF Tourist attraction is background for stike photo, Kazoo for the cause, and bullhorns deliver the strikers’ messages. A noisy racket at 7:40 a.m., on Wednesday September 14, 2011, in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district was designed to remind guests at the hotel across from the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street that they had […]


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

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Nukes and Dictator Survival
On Wednesday night’s Last Word, Chris Hayes and Steve Clemons fretted over the effect of Qaddafi’s overthrow on other despots’ survival strategies with regard to nuclear weapons. Bear in mind that Qaddafi agreed in 2003 to hand over the entire…



The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Who Needs a Jobs Bill Anyway Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Who Needs a Jobs Bill Anyway Edition

Why are some Dems flinching from the American Jobs Act? Why it may pass, with the help of the Super Committee. Will Bachmann take Perry down with her? Why Jon Stewart is wrong about Solyndra.

You can download the podcast at these links: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3).

Or you can simply listen below.


Archie Comics Nostalgia And The Evolution Of Comic Books Movies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Archie Comics Nostalgia And The Evolution Of Comic Books Movies
I’ve long wanted to check out To Riverdale and Back Again, the live-action Archie movie NBC made in 1990, and thanks to some work by trusty reader David Crockett, I finally got to watch it. The movie is every bit as bad as I expected it would be. Veronica has her father re-route the Concorde […]

I’ve long wanted to check out To Riverdale and Back Again, the live-action Archie movie NBC made in 1990, and thanks to some work by trusty reader David Crockett, I finally got to watch it.

The movie is every bit as bad as I expected it would be. Veronica has her father re-route the Concorde to Riverdale. Lauren Holly has a delightfully awful blonde wig to play Betty, who is apparently teaching school and writing cheesy fiction. Reggie runs a delightfully awful ’80s aerobics gym. Jughead is a quivery shrink who redeems himself by public acts of deeply white hip-hop. It’s weird, rather than endearing, that the characters are mired in the same old fights and rivalries that consumed them 15 years later, and it would have been more interesting to have the movie be a thought experiment in how they’d change as they grew up. It does, however, involve a pretty heartwarming scene of civil disobedience and a terroristic white chauffer!

But it’s also just a funny little refugee from an earlier era of comic book movies that seems to assume what readers-turned-audiences wanted in their adaptations was artificiality. There’s no real attempt to make these characters seem realistic or to have proportional reactions to events. Josie and the Pussycats, which had a much better cast than this, but a scenario that was as goof-tastic and over the top as possible (and also really terrible-looking costuming). I wonder if the intervening 20 years have made folks realize that you could just treat Archie comics as a realistic, straight-forward, if sweet, story and make a really great teen movie based on them. Certainly the Sabrina television show worked because it took that approach and added just enough magic to make it clear that the rules and stakes of the world were different, but not the human anxieties.


Is West Virginia the next New York 9th?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 17th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

Is West Virginia the next New York 9th?

A culturally conservative but Democratic-leaning electorate goes to the polls in an off-year and delivers a big victory for Republicans and a big defeat for Obama.

It’s the story that just played out in New York’s 9th congressional district special election, but could it happen in the West Virginia governor’s race two and a half weeks from now?

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During Solyndra probe, Energy Dept. has to move billions in loans

The Energy Department, under fire over its management of a program that offers loan guarantees to clean-technology companies, has been finalizing additional multimillion-dollar loan guarantees in the program at a rate of more than one a week since the beginning of August. It now has just two weeks left to commit the program’s remaining $9.3 billion.

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Debt supercommittee to hold third public meeting next Thursday

The bipartisan debt-reduction “supercommittee” will hold its third public hearing next week, the panel’s co-chairs have announced.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said that the 12-member panel will meet at 10 a.m. next Thursday, September 22, in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The topic is “Revenue Options and Reforming the Tax Code,” and the featured witness will be Tom Barthold, chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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