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Sunday Talking Heads: October 9, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: October 9, 2011
Surf’s up kids! Gidget goes to FDL. So here’s a little TV nostalgia. And your usual serving of talking head soup. H/T to Kevin Gosztola for the inspiring video from #OccupySLC.

Surf’s up kids! Gidget goes to FDL. So here’s a little TV nostalgia.

And your usual serving of talking head soup.

H/T to Kevin Gosztola for the inspiring video from #OccupySLC.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (for which there is a preview at Politico). Roundtable: George Will, Matthew Dowd, Peggy Noonan, Donna Brazile, Haley Barbour.

CBS’ Face the Nation: A mini debate with Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

CNN’s State of the Union: Herman Cain. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Economic roundtable: Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics; Peter Baker, White House Correspondent for the New York Times; Ron Brownstein, CNN Senior Political Analyst. to discuss the politics of a recovering economy.

Chris Hayes:

Chris Matthews:

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Martin Wolf, the Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz. Moneyball author Michael Lewis. “And, how to fix our problems: with Tom Friedman.”

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chair, Oversight Committee. “We’ll talk with one contender, who some think could make a play for the Tea Party contingent, who’ve yet to find “their” candidate” – Rick Santorum, Presidential Candidate (R). Roundtable: Brit Hume, A. B. Stoddard, Bill Kristol, Juan WilliamsPower Player of the Week: Reed Doughty, Washington Redskin.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – What advice would he give to President Obama ahead of the 2012 election? House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – The battle over taxes and spending continues in Congress as both parties spar over the president’s jobs plan and how to get the country back to work. What is the GOP’s plan to create jobs? Roundtable: Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Co-author of “All the Devils are Here,” Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean, Mark Halperin.

Newsmakers: House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) “discussed his efforts to prevent additional Pentagon budget cuts beyond the $450 billion already cut in the latest efforts to pare back the deficit. The Deficit Reduction Committee is meeting to come up with $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over the next ten years and defense spending is on the table.[¶] McKeon said he would oppose the Defense Authorization bill, the bill that sets the roadmap for Defense spending, if it does not contain prohibitions against same sex marriage and detainees from being tried in a civilian court.”

Q & A: Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens “discusses his new book, ‘Five Chiefs.’ It is a memoir which details the workings of the Supreme Court from Stevens’ personal experiences with the five most recent chief justices. As the third longest serving Supreme Court Justice in American history, John Paul Stevens recounts his dealings with each individual chief justice, beginning with the 1947 term and culminating in his resignation at the end of the 2010 term.”

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The jobs czar – Can General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, whose company has been racking up big profits overseas, help create jobs in America? Lesley Stahl interviews the man President Obama chose to lead the crucial quest for more American jobs. The revolution – Despite ousting the dictator whose regime repressed and tortured citizens for decades, Egyptians are now facing the same treatment from the country’s military that they endured under President Hosni Mubarak. Bob Simon reports. The player – He doesn’t put on the pads or walk the sidelines, but Drew Rosenhaus, the agent who represents the most NFL players, is a force to be reckoned with – even if he has to say so himself.

To the Contrary: Guest Host: is The Daily Beast’s Patricia Murphy. Topics: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ comments that women’s healthcare is under attack by the Republican Party; how Alabama’s new immigration law is having unintended consequences on Hispanic students’ education; and former White House insider Nicolle Wallace’s new book which features a female president and a mentally-unstable vice-president, who is loosely based on Sarah Palin. Panelists: National Council of Negro Women’s Executive Director Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; and The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall.

Univision’s Al Punto: Porfirio Lobo, President of Honduras; Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus and Member of the Deficit Reduction Commission; Laurence Golborne, Chilean Minister of Public Works and Former Mining and Energy Minister; Maria Hinojosa, Host of NPR’s “Latino USA” and Correspondent for PBS’ “Frontline.”

Virtually Speaking:Marcy Wheeler discuss developments of the week with Julian Sanchez, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts,  drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations Informative, thoughtful and passionate.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. “In this timely and urgent book, Jeremi Suri explains where America has erred and where it succeeded—in the Philippines, in post WWII Europe, in Vietnam—and offers a bullet-pointed plan for how to move forward. America has something unique to offer the world; we must learn from our past how to do it right.” Chat with Jeremi Suri about his new book, hosted by Brian Balogh. 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story. “Los Angeles teenager Kathy Kohner discovered Malibu, boys and surfing. She had so much fun with Malibu surfing locals who sported handles likes Kahuna, Moondoggie and Tubesteak that she wrote it all down in her diary and showed it to her father, screenwriter Frederick Kohner. The rest is history,” Come meet with director Brian Gillogly and host Lisa Derrick, Surfs up at 8pm ET.


Late Late Night FDL: Three Little Woodpeckers
Woody WoodpeckerThree Little Woodpeckers. This Walter Lantz Productions cartoon was released on January 1, 1965.

Woody WoodpeckerThree Little Woodpeckers.  This Walter Lantz Productions cartoon was released on January 1, 1965.

Directed by Sid Marcus.  Produced by Walter Lantz.  Story by Cal Howard.  Animation by Ray Abrams and Arthur Davis (as Art Davis).  Art Department and Set Design by Ray Huffine and Art Landy.  Voices by Grace Stafford (Woody Woodpecker), Daws Butler (Wolf and Narrator) and June Foray (Splinter and Knothead).  Original Music by Walter Greene.

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?


There’s a New Newspaper on Wall Street

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

There’s a New Newspaper on Wall Street
Some say the media has done a less-than-stellar job of reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, but the 99 percent found a way to circumvent that: They published and distributed their own newspaper Saturday, aptly named The Occupied Wall Street Journal. The paper, dedicated to coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests, was paid for by pledges from the “crowdfunding” website Kickstarter.com. With more than $54,000 pledged from worldwide supporters of the movement, the project was able to print 50,000 copies of its first issue, with enough left over for at least one more. —BF Mashable: “PLEASE KEEP CONTRIBUTING! We don’t have billions like FOX News nor are we bankrolled by the Koch brothers,” reads an update to the paper’s Kickstarter page. “We only have YOU! You have our tremendous gratitude, but this money will only pay for two issues.” Resulting pledges have put The Occupied Wall Street Journal in ranks with Kickstarter’s most funded projects in the writing and publishing category. It’s just $2,000 behind the periodical in the section with the most funding, a website for smart sports writing. Read more

Some say the media has done a less-than-stellar job of reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, but the 99 percent found a way to circumvent that: They published and distributed their own newspaper Saturday, aptly named The Occupied Wall Street Journal.

The paper, dedicated to coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests, was paid for by pledges from the “crowdfunding” website Kickstarter.com. With more than $54,000 pledged from worldwide supporters of the movement, the project was able to print 50,000 copies of its first issue, with enough left over for at least one more. —BF

Mashable:

“PLEASE KEEP CONTRIBUTING! We don’t have billions like FOX News nor are we bankrolled by the Koch brothers,” reads an update to the paper’s Kickstarter page. “We only have YOU! You have our tremendous gratitude, but this money will only pay for two issues.”

Resulting pledges have put The Occupied Wall Street Journal in ranks with Kickstarter’s most funded projects in the writing and publishing category. It’s just $2,000 behind the periodical in the section with the most funding, a website for smart sports writing.

Read more

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Inside The Secret Memo On Killing al-Awlaki

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

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‘Birther’ Website WND To Publish Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s Memoir

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

‘Birther’ Website WND To Publish Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s Memoir
Just like the millions of Americans stuck with an illegal Kenyan-born president in the White House, World Net Daily thinks disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is the victim of a massive media conspiracy.


U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s Office Probed Late Rep. John Adler, Case Later Closed
A federal prosecutor in the office of then-U.S. Attorney and current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) approved an investigation of the late Rep. John Adler (D-NJ) for public corruption in 2007 when Adler was still a state senator.


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Too Big to Fail vs. Too Big to Ignore

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Too Big to Fail vs. Too Big to Ignore


Scapegoating Baby Boomers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Scapegoating Baby Boomers
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Interregnum II
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Missouri Wine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Missouri Wine
It used to be a thing, apparently. Erik Loomis has the 1898 wholesale price list to prove it: The past is a foreign country, I guess? The whole structure of the American wine industry, IIRC, was totally different pre-prohibition.

It used to be a thing, apparently. Erik Loomis has the 1898 wholesale price list to prove it:

The past is a foreign country, I guess? The whole structure of the American wine industry, IIRC, was totally different pre-prohibition.

99 Percenter Rebukes Corporate Fronts Like FreedomWorks, But Welcomes Regular Tea Party People
This week, the 99 Percent Movement arrived in Sacramento as crowds gathered in Cesar Chavez Park. Dubbed OccupySacramento, the rally swelled to several hundred in a scene reminiscent of recent events from as far as Orlando, Boston, and Wichita. ThinkProgress spoke to several participants at the OccupySacramento rally. Mark Bradley, a local resident holding a […]

Occupy Sacramento demonstrator

This week, the 99 Percent Movement arrived in Sacramento as crowds gathered in Cesar Chavez Park. Dubbed OccupySacramento, the rally swelled to several hundred in a scene reminiscent of recent events from as far as Orlando, Boston, and Wichita.

ThinkProgress spoke to several participants at the OccupySacramento rally. Mark Bradley, a local resident holding a sign condemning the Koch brothers and former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey, explained that he joined the movement because of his concern about the influence of corporate money over government. He also invited rank-in-file Tea Party members to the OccupySacramento event, claiming that he’s already been in conversations with a few. Bradley, however, said “corporate shills” like Armey’s FreedomWorks are unwelcome:

BRADLEY: With the Citizens United case that the Supreme Court approved, there’s now no limit on the amount of money that can be used for lobbying purposes and influencing elections. And we want, we the 99 Percent, are looking for our voice to be heard. Not just the voice of the one percent, but the ninety-nine percent. It’s people over money. […] Charles and David Koch are representing their own interests. Dick Armey represents the interests of plenty of other large corporations. […]

BRADLEY: What I have advised my fellow protesters out here is to not shut the door on Tea Party members if they want to become involved in this. They can make common cause with us; we can make common cause with them. We’re talking about the actual grassroots Tea Party people, I’ve talked to several of them and I’ve blogged with some of them. They’re perfectly welcome. We don’t intend to be co-opted by any outside group, especially FreedomWorks or some corporate shill organization.

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Bradley is right about FreedomWorks being a front group that shills for corporate interests. The organization, run by longtime corporate lobbyist Dick Armey, generates quasi-grassroots events to promote big business priorities. For instance, a lobbying consortium that represents companies like Chevron, Shell Oil, BP and Consol Energy, organized “EnergyCitizen” rallies to kill clean energy reforms last year. According to reports, Armey’s group mobilized Tea Parties participation for the EnergyCitizen rallies. The astroturfing for the polluter has continued, with FreedomWorks recently generating Tea Party support for a bill that allows polluters to release more mercury, carcinogenic dioxins, and soot into the air. The same fossil fuel lobbying association involved in the EnergyCitizen rallies and the push to deregulate air pollutants has given FreedomWorks at least $130,000 in donations.

The same dynamic happened with Bush’s push for privatizing Social Security. While Wall Street firms paid Armey’s corporate lobbying salary, Armey’s FreedomWorks group planted questions in town halls to support of the Bush plan. Even though polls show roughly half of Tea Partiers want the government to do more to crack down on outrageous banker bonuses, FreedomWorks expressed support for bailed out banks to use taxpayer money to for six and seven figure rewards atop their regular salary. Whether its whipping up Tea Party support for repealing the few financial reforms that made it passed the corporate-filibuster or allowing bankers to gamble with America’s retirement savings, FreedomWorks promotes the corporate interest over the public interest.

Although FreedomWorks is now urging demonstrators to ignore the big banks, the group’s influence may be waning.


Federal prosecutors launch coordinated crackdown on Calif. medical pot dispensaries

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Federal prosecutors launch coordinated crackdown on Calif. medical pot dispensaries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal prosecutors announced an aggressive crackdown on California pot dispensaries Friday, vowing to shut down dozens of growing and sales operations and saying that the worst offenders are using the cover of medical marijuana to act as storefront drug dealers.

Officials described it as the first coordinated statewide offensive against marijuana dealers and suppliers who use California’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law as legal cover for running sophisticated drug trafficking ventures in plain sight.

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Romney, his Mormonism a campaign issue again, condemns religious bigotry

The first time he ran for president, Mitt Romney chose again and again to confront the suspicions and prejudices held by many in the Republican Party’s evangelical base about his Mormon faith.

This time, Romney is focusing relentlessly on the economy and is conspicuous in how rarely he talks about God. He no longer tries to convince evangelical voters that he is as Christian as they are, that Jesus Christ is his personal savior and that he, too, reads the Gideon Bible before bed.

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Government adviser defends Solyndra despite ethics agreement

The day after a senior Energy Department adviser was told to avoid discussing Solyndra’s application for a $535 million federal loan, he defended the solar company’s reputation in an exchange with a White House aide.

Steven J. Spinner, a major fundraiser for President Obama and a Silicon Valley investor tasked with helping the government invest in clean-technology companies, had an ethical conflict: His wife worked for Wilson Sonsini, a California law firm that represented Solyndra, the solar-panel maker, in its applications for the government loan.

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Obama’s Jobs Plan Deserves Support

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 9th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Obama’s Jobs Plan Deserves Support

Andrew Jackson: Tea Party President
Robert Merry, American Spectator
For starters, he was principled, fearless, and astute. And Washington, D.C., never trusted him, because he knew the real source of America's greatness.BACK in the late 1990s, William Kristol and David Brooks, then colleagues at the Weekly Standard, fostered a boomlet of a movement called “national greatness conservatism,” the central tenet of which seemed to be that the country didn't rise to sufficient grandeur to satisfy their national aspirations. That was the Clinton era, remember, when the Gross Domestic Product was expanding at an average 3.5 percent a year, and…

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Gingrich Doesn’t Want to Beat Just Obama
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So Long, Sarah Palin
Richard Cohen, Washington Post
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