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Shale Drillers Torch Natural Gas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2011 4:48 am by HL

Shale Drillers Torch Natural Gas
Across western North Dakota, hundreds of fires rise above fields of wheat and sunflowers, illuminating the prairie like giant fireflies. They are not wildfires caused by lightning strikes or other acts of nature, but the deliberate burning of natural gas by oil companies rushing to extract oil from the Bakken shale field. The gas bubbles up alongside the far more valuable oil and drillers treat the gas as waste and burn it. Every day, more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas is flared this way — enough energy to heat half a million homes for a day, reports the New York Times.



Late Late Night FDL: Let Me Entertain You

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2011 4:47 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Let Me Entertain You
Ann Reinking, Donna McKechnie, and Chita RiveraLet Me Entertain You (Gypsy), from the Emmy award winning PBS special Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne (1987).

Ann Reinking, Donna McKechnie, and Chita RiveraLet Me Entertain You (Gypsy), from the Emmy award winning PBS special Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne (1987).

What’s on your mind?

On to the Next Contestant
Well it appears that the latest attempt to draft a prospective Republican candidate has run aground. Chris Christie and his hip-waders are staying in New Jersey.

pic via Cronbach at flickr.com

Well it appears that the latest attempt to draft a prospective Republican candidate has run aground. Chris Christie and his hip-waders are staying in New Jersey.

So the desperate search for a tool of the bankers who knows little about economics and is just crazy enough goes on.

Who are the prospective non-running candidates now?

Well, there’s this crazy person.

Speaking to a Cary rotary club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

Oh suspending elections, that’s how it should work in a Democracy.

Sign this person up Karl Rove.

Oh, wait, she’s a Democrat?

What a country! What a blessed variety of choices we are given.


Israel Refuses to Halt Settlement Construction

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Israel Refuses to Halt Settlement Construction
Israel decided to move ahead with settlement construction Tuesday, giving the go-ahead for the building of 1,100 housing units in east Jerusalem, even after Palestinians claimed the area as their future capital in their application for U.N. membership last week. The Interior Ministry announced that construction of the homes would begin in Gilo after a mandatory 60-day period for public comment passes. The United Nations, European Union and the United States all condemned Israel’s decision, which ignores Palestinian demands that Israel halt settlement construction as a condition for resuming peace talks. —BF The Christian Science Monitor: Since capturing east Jerusalem, Israel has annexed the area and ringed it with about 10 Jewish enclaves that are meant to solidify its control. Gilo, which is close to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, is among the largest, with about 50,000 residents. Israel’s annexation of east Jerusalem has not been internationally recognized. Meir Margalit, a Jerusalem city council member who is critical of east Jerusalem construction, said city officials had given initial approval to the Gilo project more than a year ago. Margalit said he didn’t expect the project to be “an obstacle of peace” since it is in an existing Jewish area that is widely expected to remain part of Israel in any peace deal. But he said Interior Minister Eli Yishai, leader of the hawkish Shas Party, appeared to have timed the approval as a response to the Palestinian statehood gambit. Yishai declined an interview request. Read more

Israel decided to move ahead with settlement construction Tuesday, giving the go-ahead for the building of 1,100 housing units in east Jerusalem, even after Palestinians claimed the area as their future capital in their application for U.N. membership last week.

The Interior Ministry announced that construction of the homes would begin in Gilo after a mandatory 60-day period for public comment passes.

The United Nations, European Union and the United States all condemned Israel’s decision, which ignores Palestinian demands that Israel halt settlement construction as a condition for resuming peace talks. —BF

The Christian Science Monitor:

Since capturing east Jerusalem, Israel has annexed the area and ringed it with about 10 Jewish enclaves that are meant to solidify its control. Gilo, which is close to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, is among the largest, with about 50,000 residents. Israel’s annexation of east Jerusalem has not been internationally recognized.

Meir Margalit, a Jerusalem city council member who is critical of east Jerusalem construction, said city officials had given initial approval to the Gilo project more than a year ago.

Margalit said he didn’t expect the project to be “an obstacle of peace” since it is in an existing Jewish area that is widely expected to remain part of Israel in any peace deal. But he said Interior Minister Eli Yishai, leader of the hawkish Shas Party, appeared to have timed the approval as a response to the Palestinian statehood gambit. Yishai declined an interview request.

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Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef
Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

By Christopher Ketcham

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.


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Chuck Wolfe: Why Tammy Baldwin Will Win

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Chuck Wolfe: Why Tammy Baldwin Will Win
Can Tammy Baldwin, a proud progressive, become the next U.S. senator from Wisconsin and make history as America’s first openly LGBT senator? Not only can she, but I expect she will.

Eric Ethington: LGBT Military Discrimination Is Gone!… Kind Of
On Sept. 20th, 2011, the discriminatory military policy known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, enacted by Congress in 1993, was officially reversed. But that shouldn’t imply that discrimination against these service members has actually ended.

Democracy Now!: Shock Doctrine at U.S. Postal Service: Is a Manufactured Crisis Behind Push Toward Privatization?
For months, Americans have heard dire warnings about the impending collapse of the United States Postal Service. But many postal workers say the much-touted crisis is not what it seems.

Obama Grapples With 2008 Memories
DENVER — Remember when Barack Obama first ran for president and people were really into him? Obama remembers it, too, but not the same way…


Fox Continues To Fabricate Obama Administration Bullying

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Fox Continues To Fabricate Obama Administration Bullying

On its Fox Nation website, Fox accused the Obama administration of “pressur[ing]” the Ford Motor Co. to pull a television ad promoting the fact that the company didn’t take advantage of the auto bailout. However, Ford and the White House have both denied the allegation, with Ford saying it pulled the ad because the ad’s campaign had ended.

Fox Nation Claimed White House “Pressure” Responsible For Pulling Of Ford Ad

Fox Nation: “WH Pressures Ford To Pull Bailout Ad.” Fox Nation linked to a Detroit News column that alleged that the ad was “pulled in response to White House questions,” but also reported that “[t]here was not any pressure to take down the ad.” Nevertheless, Fox Nation linked to the column using the headline, “WH Pressures Ford to Pull Bailout”:

[Fox Nation, 9/27/11]

Detroit News Column Denied Any “Pressure” From White House

Detroit News Column: “There Was Not Any Pressure To Take Down The Ad.” In his Detroit News column about the Ford ad, Daniel Howes wrote that “Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House questioned whether the copy was publicly denigrating the controversial bailout policy CEO Alan Mulally repeatedly supported in the dark days of late 2008, in early ’09 and again when the ad flap arose.” He later repeated his unsourced claim, writing that the ad was “pulled in response to White House questions.” However, Howes also included this quote:

“This thing is highly charged,” says an industry source familiar with the situation. Ford “never meant it to be an attack on the policy. There was not any pressure to take down the ad.” [The Detroit News, 9/27/11]

Ford, White House Disputed Allegations Of “Pressure” As Well

Ford: “We Did Not Pull The Ad Due To Pressure.” In a post on its Twitter feed, Ford called the claim that the ad “had to be pulled” “completely misinformed,” adding, “we did not pull the ad due to pressure. the ad ran 4 weeks which is what the campaign called for”:

[Twitter, 9/27/11]

Ford: “This Is Ford’s Decision, And Part Of Our Usual Practice.” In his Washington Post piece about the “pressure” allegations, Greg Sargent quoted Ford spokeswoman Meghan Keck saying, “The ad was replaced with another ad, which is our usual practice when an ad runs its course. There was no pressure from the White House or the administration. This is Ford’s decision, and part of our usual practice. This is one ad in a series that features real Ford customers talking in their own words.” [The Washington Post, 9/27/11]

White House: “The Detroit News Story Is Not True.” In his story, Sargent also quoted from a statement by White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer: “The Detroit News story is not true.” [The Washington Post, 9/27/11]

Indeed, Ford Ad Has Been Publicly Available Since At Least May

Townhall’s Guy Benson: “YouTube Video Was Uploaded In May.” In a September 16 blog post titled, “Awesome: New Ford Ad Slams Auto Bailouts,” Townhall blogger Guy Benson wrote, “I say ‘new’ because US News and World Report picked up on it today, but I see the youtube video was uploaded in May — so there’s a chance this spot has been airing for months.” [Townhall, 9/16/11]

One YouTube Video Of Ad Shows Upload Date As September 6. A video of the Ford ad uploaded to YouTube by user “yossariantv” shows the upload date as September 6, exactly four weeks ago. “Yossariantv” wrote on the upload day, “Saw this ad from Ford running during PTI today.” [YouTube, 9/6/11]

Ford Has Repeatedly Promoted The Fact That It Didn’t Rely On Auto Bailout

Ford CEO Mulally: “I Think We’re Very Much Respected For … Not Asking For Taxpayer Money.” In a January 2010 article, The Hill reported:

Ford is reaping the benefits that go with being the only U.S. automaker not to take a bailout.

A little more than a year after the Big Three CEOs came to Washington for help, Ford has increased its share of the U.S. market, seen its stock increase six-fold over the last year and is hiring workers in a recession.

While General Motors was stigmatized as “government motors,” Ford’s data shows its brand reputation at a high level. 

The company thinks this will also benefit it in Washington.

“I think we’re very much respected for … running a healthy business and not asking for taxpayer money,” Ford CEO Alan Mulally told reporters in Washington on Tuesday. [The Hill, 1/27/10]

Mulally: “Advantages Of … Not Taking Taxpayer Money” “Outweigh” Disadvantages. In a November 2009 Detroit News article, Ford CEO Alan Mulally was reported as saying, “Clearly, we are paying a little more interest because of our higher debt. … But the advantages of being an independent business and not taking taxpayer money so much outweigh the little bit of disadvantage from higher payments.” [The Detroit News, 11/3/09, via Nexis]

Ford Executive: “We’ve Also Gotten The Benefit Of Customers Saying … ‘We Feel Good About Ford Because You Are Doing This On Your Own.’ “ A November 2009 Detroit News article reported:

A year ago, Ford’s share of the U.S. light vehicle market was 12.4 percent. Now, it stands at 14.6 percent. More importantly, Ford made those gains without resorting to big incentives. As GM and Chrysler slashed sticker prices and increased rebates, Ford cut back on incentives and raised the price of some of its most popular vehicles. As a result, the company increased its net pricing — what consumers pay for vehicles, minus any incentives — by $3.8 billion at the end of September.

“The momentum that we’ve gained is primarily around the products that we’ve introduced into the marketplace because, at the end of the day, customers are coming in to buy a product. They’re not coming in because a company either did or did not take (taxpayer) money,” said Ford Americas President Mark Fields. “At the same time, we’ve also gotten the benefit of customers saying, ‘You know what, we feel good about Ford because you are doing this on your own.'” [The Detroit News, 11/25/09, via Nexis]

Fox Hosts, Guests Regularly Accuse Obama Administration Of Bullying And Intimidation

Fox Business Host Stuart Varney Suggested S&P President’s Departure Was Result Of Obama Administration “Bullying.” Fox Business host Varney claimed that S&P president Deven Sharma had been pushed out by the Obama administration:

DOOCY: Is it payback? Stuart Varney joins us right now. Stuart, I’ve heard two stories. One is that they had initiated the investigation before the downgrade and that one suggests after.

VARNEY: Yes, look, is this a case of bullying? Is this a case of pushing the guy out the door? Is this a case of revenge because you don’t like what he did to America’s triple A credit rating? 

[…]

VARNEY: Look, if you want to get private enterprise moving — if you want to get private, the private sector to hire people and expand the economy, how do you do that if you’re the administration? Do you bully them? Do you go after them? Do you seek revenge? Do you call them names? Do you tax them? Do you regulate them? Do you go after them like this? No, you don’t. This is not a very good way for the administration to set about rejuvenating the economy. I think it is a case of revenge. I think it is a case of bullying the guys who downgraded you. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/23/11]

For the truth about Varney’s claims, please click here

Monica Crowley: Obama Administration Intimidates Political Opponents. In response to an online campaign to fight smears from the White House, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley claimed the Obama administration “has done the Chicago way all along,” which involves “intimidating political opponents”:

CROWLEY: The point is that this White House has done the Chicago way all along. I mean, from the 2008 elections straight through the White House years, and now as they gear up for 2012. And the Chicago way basically involves intimidating — browbeating and intimidating political opponents until they withdraw weakened and destroyed. [Fox News, America Live, 5/21/11]

Rove Accused Obama Of Engaging in “Intimidation” Tactics Like “A Third World Dictator.” In a Wall Street Journal column titled, “It’s Only Called the Bully Pulpit,” Fox News contributor Karl Rove wrote:

Before his health-care bill passed, Mr. Obama sent a tough letter to health-insurance CEOs and then castigated them 22 times in a follow-up prime-time televised speech. This is behavior worthy of a Third World dictator-not the head of a vibrant democracy.

[…]

But it is the president’s intimidation that is most troubling. Mr. Obama has the disturbing tendency to question the motives of those who disagree with him, often making them the objects of ad hominem attacks. His motives, on the other hand, are pure.

Mr. Obama often makes it seem illegitimate to challenge his views, and he isn’t content to argue issues on the merits. Instead, he wants to make opponents into pariahs. And it’s not just business executives who are on the receiving end. We’ve also seen this pattern with the administration’s attacks on the tea party movement and those who attended town-hall meetings last summer on health care.

This is a bad habit-and a dangerous one. The presidency is a very powerful office, and presidents need to be careful not to use it to silence dissenting voices. [The Wall Street Journal, 4/29/10]

Michelle Malkin: “Thug In Chief” Had “Its Government Boots On The Necks Of American Small Business Owners.” Fox contributor Michelle Malkin called Obama the “thug in chief” and accused the administration of having “government boots on the necks of American small business owners”:

MALKIN: [Obama] told the Republicans, wagging his finger, stop holding workers hostage to politics. Look in the mirror, thug in chief, because that’s exactly what you’re doing with schemes like this. I mean, it’s the Obama administration that has its government boots on the necks of American small business owners. [Fox News, Hannity, 7/21/10]

Napolitano Accused Obama Administration Of “A Classic Shakedown.” Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano claimed that the BP escrow account fund designed to aid Gulf residents affected by the oil spill resulted from a White House “shakedown,” stating:

NAPOLITANO: The government doesn’t have the right — we don’t know what happened in the Oval Office, but you guys reported, and the vice president did not deny, that he walked in and basically said give us the $20 billion or we will take it from you. That is a classic shakedown. The threat to do something that you don’t have the right to do. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 6/18/10]


DOJ Says They’ve Debunked The ‘$16 Muffin’ Myth

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

DOJ Says They’ve Debunked The ‘$16 Muffin’ Myth
The Justice Department says their Inspector General’s conclusion that they paid $16 per muffin at a legal conference in 2009 is, pardon the pun, half baked.

FBI Paid $2.1 Million Reward For ‘Whitey’ Tipsters
The FBI paid a $2.1 million reward for information that led them to fugitive gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, the Boston Globe reported. $2 million of the reward was for Bulger, while $100,000 was for Greig.


Tea Party Christian Patriot Gazette Ads for Sept. 2011

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

Tea Party Christian Patriot Gazette Ads for Sept. 2011


Perdue Suggests Suspending Elections

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

Perdue Suggests Suspending Elections
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) said the country should suspend congressional elections for two years “so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election,” the Raleigh News and Observer reports.

Said Perdue: “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

Wisconsin Lawmakers May Change Recall Rules
Wisconsin Republican lawmakers signaled that they “will likely give Gov. Scott Walker authority over how recall petitions can be gathered, just as Democrats gear up to recall him next year,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“The move would allow Walker to halt a policy developed by nonpartisan election officials that, at least in theory, could make it easier for groups to gather signatures to recall the governor, as well as legislators from either party.”

Trust in Government at All Time Low
A new CNN/ORC International Poll finds that only 15% of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what’s right just about always or most of the time.

Said pollster Keating Holland: “The previous all-time low was 17 percent, set in the summer of 1994. Before the Watergate scandal, a majority of Americans said they trusted the government always or most of the time, but since 1974 that has happened only during a brief period in 2001 immediately after the 9/11 terrorism attacks.”


5 Signs That America Is Moving Away from Religion

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

5 Signs That America Is Moving Away from Religion
If you look closely there are promising signs that American attitudes are changing in a way that may blunt the impact of religion on politics and culture.


Rick Perry Kills an Innocent Man & Covers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 28th, 2011 4:38 am by HL


Rick Perry Kills an Innocent Man & Covers it up! And Save Troy Davis!Rick Perry’s record number of executions drew applause at last week’s GOP debate. Among the 234- whoops, make that?235?as of today, it’s hard to keep up- killed…


Great Orations vs. Great Obfuscations
I often enjoy and benefit from Maureen Dowd’s columns, but today she’s fallen off the wagon of arch and noble punditry into the smallish world-view, or Beltanschauung, of the Washington Beltway’s sophisticated chattering classes. These worthy purveyors of Capitol-corridor realism…