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Late Late Night FDL: Tweeter and the Monkey Man

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Tweeter and the Monkey Man
The Traveling WilburysTweeter and the Monkey Man.

The Traveling WilburysTweeter and the Monkey Man.

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And then back to the living
As many of you know, Steve Jobs died as did civil rights pioneer Fred Shuttlesworth. Most all of us know the former but if you don’t know who the latter is, well let’s just say Fred Shuttlesworth was arguably the bravest American of the 1960s. There will be a lot of obituaries about Mr. Jobs […]

Fred Shuttlesworth next to his statue in Birmingham, Alabama via waynetaylor at flickr.com

As many of you know, Steve Jobs died as did civil rights pioneer Fred Shuttlesworth. Most all of us know the former but if you don’t know who the latter is, well let’s just say Fred Shuttlesworth was arguably the bravest American of the 1960s.

There will be a lot of obituaries about Mr. Jobs today.  Ms. Shuttlesworth will have some, but less prominently.  Perhaps the most important remembrance we can give Mr. Shuttlesworth is by noting how easily his life’s work is being threatened by the racist notions of the past creeping back into our discourse (emphasis on “creep”).

From laws being passed to restrict voting rights aimed at minority groups and the poor, to modern re-incarnations of Theodore Bilbo (most racist hobbit ever), like Steve King wishing we could go back to the ’50s…the 1850s.

As I roll this thing back and I think of American history, there was a time in American history when you had to be a male property owner in order to vote. The reason for that was, because they wanted the people who voted — that set the public policy, that decided on the taxes and the spending — to have some skin in the game.

Steve King looks back fondly to the days when women, the poor and especially people of only one color of “skin” had a say in their government.

It would be a fitting tribute to Fred Shuttlesworth if Steve King was no longer part of government in January 2013.


The Republican Circus

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

The Republican Circus
Who’s left? Is there a good-looking, smart state legislator out there somewhere whom the Republican parties could agree on as their candidate?

By Richard Reeves

Who’s left? Is there a good-looking, smart state legislator out there somewhere whom the Republican parties could agree on as their candidate?


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Jobs Talks About ‘How to Live Before You Die’
Steve Jobs never graduated from college, but in 2005 he gave the commencement address at Stanford University. In his speech, Jobs urged students to see the opportunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself.

Steve Jobs never graduated from college, but in 2005 he gave the commencement address at Stanford University. In his speech, Jobs urged students to see the opportunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself.

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Obama On Steve Jobs: ‘The World Has Lost A Visionary’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Obama On Steve Jobs: ‘The World Has Lost A Visionary’
President Barack Obama has released a statement paying tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away Wednesday and was remembered by Obama as “among…

Rep. Charles Rangel: People Are Mad as Hell, Let’s Help Them
I visited Liberty Plaza this past Saturday to meet the 99 percent of Americans who are bearing the brunt of the recession. I am very proud to see that they have started to mobilize and speak up.

Craig Crawford: How Revolutions Begin
Four decades and seven years ago, on May 2, 1964, a few hundred protesters in New York’s Times Square were among the first who dared…

Another State Shakes Up 2012 Primary Process
Nevada will hold its Republican presidential caucuses on January 14, instead of February 18. The move comes on the heels of Florida and South Carolina…


Kilmeade Ignores His Own Network’s Promotion To Call Tea Parties “Organic”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Kilmeade Ignores His Own Network’s Promotion To Call Tea Parties “Organic”

On Fox & Friends, Brian Kilmeade claimed, unlike the Wall Street protests, the tea party’s origins were “organic.” In fact, the protests were launched by GOP consultants and PACs and were heavily promoted and participated in by Fox News Channel.

Kilmeade: The Tea Party “Was An Organic Movement”

Kilmeade: “[The Tea Party] Was An Organic Movement That Started Across This Country Without One Definitive Leader.” On the October 5 broadcast of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade claimed the tea party protests were “an organic movement that started across this country.” From the broadcast:

KILMEADE: The big question is “Occupy Wall Street” and [the] tea party. They’re actually equating the two? One was an, was an, organic movement that started across this country without any one definitive leader, that just talked about getting spending in order.

STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Right.

KILMEADE: “Occupy Wall Street,” you can’t get a definition of what they stand for.

DOOCY: And this Van Jones is somehow tangled up in “Occupy Wall Street.” There’s a big difference between “Occupy Wall Street,” “Occupy Washington,” “Occupy Boston” than the tea party. For instance, when was the last time 700 people got arrested at a tea party rally? [Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, 10/05/11]

But The Tea Party Movement Was Launched And Funded By GOP Consultants And PACS…

AP: Tea Party Express Run By Republican PAC. In an October 2008 article, the Associated Press reported that Our Country Deserves Better PAC, which launched and still pays for the Tea Party Express “was formed in August [2008] by California political consultant Sal Russo and former California Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian.” [Associated Press, 10/17/08; Tea Party Express, accessed 10/5/11]

Huffington Post: Conservative Group  FreedomWorks Organized Many Tea Parties. An April 2009 post on The Huffington Post quoted a letter authored by former Republican House Majority Leader and FreedomWorks chairman, Dick Armey in March 2009 in which he claimed “Freedomworks has been organizing many of these ‘tea parties.’ ” In this letter he wrote:

FreedomWorks has been organizing many of these “tea parties” and we are listing the details on our website IamWithRick.com

If you visit the website, you can rsvp for an event near you, and you can download guidelines to organizing a tea party in your home town if there isn’t one being planned already. [The Huffington Post, 4/13/09]

New Yorker: Koch Brother’s funded Americans For Prosperity Helped Train Tea Party Activists. An August, 2010 New Yorker article quoted portions of an interview with Peggy Venable, “a longtime political operative who draws a salary from Americans for Prosperity, and who has worked for Koch-funded political groups since 1994.” From The New Yorker:

At the lectern in Austin, however, Venable–a longtime political operative who draws a salary from Americans for Prosperity, and who has worked for Koch-funded political groups since 1994–spoke less warily. “We love what the Tea Parties are doing, because that’s how we’re going to take back America!” she declared, as the crowd cheered. In a subsequent interview, she described herself as an early member of the movement, joking, “I was part of the Tea Party before it was cool!” She explained that the role of Americans for Prosperity was to help “educate” Tea Party activists on policy details, and to give them “next-step training” after their rallies, so that their political energy could be channelled “more effectively.” And she noted that Americans for Prosperity had provided Tea Party activists with lists of elected officials to target. She said of the Kochs, “They’re certainly our people. David’s the chairman of our board. I’ve certainly met with them, and I’m very appreciative of what they do.” [The New Yorker, 8/30/10, emphasis added]

…And Relentlessly Promoted And Endorsed By Fox News Channel

Fox News “Hop[ped]” Aboard Tea Party Express With Rampant Promotions, Live Coverage. On August 28, 2009, Fox News devoted live coverage and publicity to the kickoff of the Tea Party Express. Fox News’ coverage followed numerous promotions of the tour on Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Nation, and FoxNews.com. [Media Matters, 8/28/09]

Fox News’ Embedded Reporter Jenkins Touted Tea Party Express. Despite his claim to be “simply reporting” on 2009 Tea Party Express rallies, Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins, who traveled with the cross-country bus tour, repeatedly expressed support for the protesters, whom he referred to as “the America that Washington forgot.” [Media Matters, 9/2/09]

“Back By Popular Demand”: Fox News Promoted Tea Party Express II. During the October 25, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends Sunday, co-host Dave Briggs hosted then-Tea Party Express co-chairman Mark Williams and tea party activist Lloyd Marcus, introducing them by stating: “Well, the bus tour that took the country by storm is back by popular demand. The Tea Party Express kicks off its second national tour today in San Diego, California.” Briggs invited Williams — who was a known birther — to plug the organization’s website and closed the interview by a playing portion of Marcus’ “Tea Party Anthem.” [Media Matters, 10/25/09]

Tea Party Express Praised “Great Television News Coverage” From Fox News And CNN. In an email to supporters, the Tea Party Express praised “some of the great television news coverage this effort has received. Media coverage is an important aspect of the Tea Party Express tours — it’s all about getting our message out to millions of Americans — to inform them that there is an active political resistance against the socialist agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.” [Media Matters, 11/17/09]

For more on Fox’s promotion of the tea party protests, click here.


Wall Street To Occupy Wall Street: We’re Just As Frustrated As You! (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Wall Street To Occupy Wall Street: We’re Just As Frustrated As You! (VIDEO)
Wall Street traders have a message for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement: they get it!

Supreme Court Rejects Alan Keyes’ Birther Lawsuit
The Supreme Court will not hear a ‘birther’ lawsuit from conservative activist Alan Keyes and members of the American Independent Party, which argued Barack Obama is ineligible to be President.

Former California Democratic Campaign Treasurer Kinde Durkee’s Mugshot Released
TPM has obtained the mugshot of Kinde Durkee, the California campaign treasurer accused of pilfering money from campaigns, from the U.S. Marshals Service via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Federal investigators have said that they are continuing to…



Wall Street Protests: The Turning of the Screwed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Wall Street Protests: The Turning of the Screwed


Obama Disapproval Continues to Rise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Obama Disapproval Continues to Rise
A new Quinnipiac poll finds Americans dispprove of the job President Obama is doing by a 55% to 41% margin — and all time low.

Furthermore, they say by a 77% to 20% margin that the economy is in a recession.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “The trend isn’t good for President Obama. His disapproval has gone up 9 points since the summer, from 46% in July to 52% in September to 55% today. Especially troubling for the president is that voters say 49% to 39% that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney would do a better job on the economy. GOP contender Rick Perry would do only slightly better, voters say, and Republicans in Congress would not be much better.”

Democrats Embrace Occupy Wall Street Protests
Democrats lawmakers are beginning to lend their voices to the Occupy Wall Street protests that have continued to grow in New York City and now may spread to Washington, D.C., according to The Hill.

“Several liberal House lawmakers endorsed the protests Wednesday, and the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said they had been inspired by demonstrators who have been arrested by the hundreds in New York City… Weeks of protests in New York have drawn national attention, and some leading Democrats have seized on the demonstrations as the liberal response to the Tea Party movement.”

One point worth noting is how similar the characterization of the Occupy Wall Street movement is to early descriptions of the Tea Party. Some highlights: “But even the most left-leaning Washington Democrats might find little appreciation from activists in the street, who say they are protesting a failure by both parties, and the political system as a whole, to respond to the struggles of a vast majority of Americans… The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have drawn criticism for a lack of organization and clearly defined goals.”

Nevada Sets Caucus Date
Nevada Republicans set January 14 for the GOP presidential caucuses, clearing the way for New Hampshire and Iowa to schedule their traditional first-in-the nation voting dates, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

“The new Nevada date, which falls on a Saturday, ensures the Silver State will hold the first 2012 vote in the West, after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and before the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary.”

Politico suggests the New Hampshire primary might be scheduled for January 3, with Iowa’s caucuses coming the week before that – in December.


Wake Me Up When “September” Ends

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Wake Me Up When “September” Ends
Given the long-looming specter of “September” — by now a cliched codeword for the Palestinian push for UN recognition and its ramifications for Middle East peace — I was grateful for an invitation to join an AIPAC-organized delegation of policy…

NY Times: Foreign Aid Slashed To All But Israel
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported on page one that deficit and debt hawks in both parties are planning massive foreign aid cuts for the coming year. Although foreign aid constitutes 1% of federal spending, it has long been…


Disqualifying Women?s Marathon Records

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Disqualifying Women?s Marathon Records
If someone has a good reason why it makes sense to retroactively void the world record Paula Radcliffe set in the marathon because she ran with male pacers, I would like to hear it, because it’s making large amounts of steam come out of my ears. It’s one thing to say that in the future, […]

If someone has a good reason why it makes sense to retroactively void the world record Paula Radcliffe set in the marathon because she ran with male pacers, I would like to hear it, because it’s making large amounts of steam come out of my ears. It’s one thing to say that in the future, men and women will run separately because male pacers help make women run faster, but Radcliffe set her record in a way that was totally legal at the time she set it, and she shouldn’t have it taken away from her.

And even that doesn’t really make sense, and will cause logistical challenges for marathons that typically run men and women together. It’s not as if Radcliffe was running in circumstances that are wildly abnormal for the sport. The presence of men may make women run a little faster. I’ve never run 26.2 miles all at one go, but I imagine that weather, courses, and road conditions all make for variable performance. Are we going to limit world records to races run on days when the temperature varies between 55 and 72 degrees? The presence of men is not an artificial stimulant. Instead, maybe it’s evidence that competing together can help women reach their personal best.

Top Campaign Advisor Admits McCain Team Discussed Constitutionally Questionable Plan To Keep Palin From Being Sworn in As VP
Former George W. Bush aide and John McCain’s 2008 campaign adviser Nicole Wallace has written a novel. In It’s Classified, the vice presidential character is “mentally ill” — an inspiration Wallace says came directly from her observations of Sarah Palin. Like the character, Palin “was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most […]

Former George W. Bush aide and John McCain’s 2008 campaign adviser Nicole Wallace has written a novel. In It’s Classified, the vice presidential character is “mentally ill” — an inspiration Wallace says came directly from her observations of Sarah Palin. Like the character, Palin “was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain’s running mate.” Wallace even noted that “there certainly were discussions — not for long because of the arc the campaign took — but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in.” This certainly is a shocking admission, in no small part because the Constitution does not provide any process short of impeachment to remove a vice president. The statement also shows just how much McCain’s team distrusted, disliked, and wanted to ditch Palin as the vice presidential pick.


Brown calls for report on alleged bank fraud of veterans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 6th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Brown calls for report on alleged bank fraud of veterans

Following allegations in a lawsuit that 13 major banks defrauded veterans out of hundreds of millions of dollars with illegal fees to refinance home loans, the chairman of a Senate consumer protection panel Wednesday called on the departments of Justice and Veterans Affairs to release any internal investigations related to the suit.

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Supreme Court debates church and state boundary in fired teacher’s case

Few issues test Supreme Court justices like trying to find the proper boundary between church and state. And that difficulty was again on display Wednesday as they considered whether a former teacher at a church school could pursue her claim that she was fired after becoming ill.

Only Justice Antonin Scalia seemed completely sure of the answer, repeatedly taking the position that a church’s personnel decisions about those who serve in ministerial positions are off limits to government inquiry.

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Afternoon Fix: Cain says ‘If you’re not rich, blame yourself’

Herman Cain is not going to occupy Wall Street, a former McCain aide based a mentally ill character in her book on Sarah Palin, Gabrielle Giffords is headed back to Washington and Hoekstra raised a million.

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Michelle Obama visits Secret Service to express thanks for family’s protection

First lady Michelle Obama has been to many agencies to support federal workers, but her midday visit to one on Wednesday was special.

Obama went to the Secret Service headquarters to thank employees for protecting her family.

“And one thing that the president and I always say about our work with this agency is that it is always 100 percent on point — truly,” she told the employees. “I mean, not just in terms of how you all do your job, but how you all make us feel. And that is important when you’re trying to live a normal life and raise a couple of girls in the White House. You all have really made us feel at home and safe, and there is no amount of thanks that I could convey that would give you a sense of how important you all are to us.

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