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Late Late Night FDL: Slumber Party Smarty

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Slumber Party Smarty
Yogi Bear and Yakky DoodleSlumber Party Smarty. This Hanna-Barbera cartoon first aired on October 9, 1958.

Yogi Bear and Yakky DoodleSlumber Party Smarty.  This Hanna-Barbera cartoon first aired on October 9, 1958.

Produced and Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Written by Charles Shows.  Dialogue and Story Sketches by Charles Shows and Dan Gordon.  Animation by Lewis Marshall with Additional Animation by Kenneth Muse, Carlo Vinci, Michael Lah, Art Davis, LaVerne Harding, George Nicholas, Don Patterson, Ed Love, George Nicholas, Dick Lundy, Gerard Baldwin, Hicks Lokey, Allen Wilzbach, Don Williams, Hugh Fraser, Ed Aardal, Ken O’Brien, Ed De Mattia, and Bob Carr.  Layouts by Dick Bickenbach.  Backgrounds by F. (Fernando) Montealegre.  Edited by Hank Gotzenberg and Greg Watson.  Titles by Lawrence Goble.  Production Supervision by Howard Hanson.  Voices by Daws Butler (Yogi) and Jimmy Weldon (Blue Yakky).  Music By John Seely.

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?


OWS, The American Dream and You

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

OWS, The American Dream and You
Taking a cue from the 99 percenters, some conservatives are hoping to make their own play on demographics by redirecting the national discourse about class struggle and revising the cherished American story of meritocracy for these, our troubled times. Here’s a take on “We Are the 53%” from across the Atlantic.  —KA BBC: But not everyone is angry at Wall Street. Conservative reaction to the movement has resulted in counter-protests and new memes, like conservative columnist Erick Erickson’s new site, We Are The 53%. The site is a reaction to We Are The 99 Percent, a website that allows citizens to upload photos of themselves holding a sign with their story – such as too much student debt, trouble getting a job, or no health insurance. Contributors claim they stand in opposition to the 1% of Americans who control the majority of the country’s wealth, as well as the big business and government systems they say allowed the economy to flounder. Character test The counter site doesn’t defend any of those institutions. It’s doesn’t defend bonuses for bankers or justify the rich’s low tax rate. The 53% refers to the percentage of Americans who currently pay federal income taxes. The unifying theme of the site is of a rejection of entitlement. Read more

Taking a cue from the 99 percenters, some conservatives are hoping to make their own play on demographics by redirecting the national discourse about class struggle and revising the cherished American story of meritocracy for these, our troubled times. Here’s a take on “We Are the 53%” from across the Atlantic.? —KA

BBC:

But not everyone is angry at Wall Street. Conservative reaction to the movement has resulted in counter-protests and new memes, like conservative columnist Erick Erickson’s new site, We Are The 53%.

The site is a reaction to We Are The 99 Percent, a website that allows citizens to upload photos of themselves holding a sign with their story – such as too much student debt, trouble getting a job, or no health insurance.

Contributors claim they stand in opposition to the 1% of Americans who control the majority of the country’s wealth, as well as the big business and government systems they say allowed the economy to flounder.

Character test

The counter site doesn’t defend any of those institutions. It’s doesn’t defend bonuses for bankers or justify the rich’s low tax rate. The 53% refers to the percentage of Americans who currently pay federal income taxes. The unifying theme of the site is of a rejection of entitlement.

Read more

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The Digital Dimension of the Wall Street Movement
The nationwide demonstrations against Wall Street are physical manifestations of broad dissatisfaction with a colossal market power that exists and functions in the abstract—that is, apart from the rest of society. And protesters have organized accordingly, with an occupation of the virtual space of social media. (more)

The nationwide demonstrations against Wall Street are physical manifestations of broad dissatisfaction with a colossal market power that exists and functions in the abstract—that is, apart from the rest of society. And protesters have organized accordingly, with an occupation of the virtual space of social media. (more)

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Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup
MADRID — While in Europe, working on upcoming HuffPost international launches, I have received a flurry of emails from readers praising two remarkable pieces of enterprise journalism produced by HuffPost reporters this week. The first is the initial installment of Beyond the Battlefield, a ten-part series exploring the extraordinary challenges — both physical and emotional — faced by soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq with horrific injuries. The series, by HuffPost military correspondent David Wood, is based on many interviews done over the course of the last five months. It’s impossible to read Beyond the Battlefield (or watch the videos) and not be moved. The other story that captivated readers is Chris Kirkham’s investigation into how Goldman Sachs, just as the subprime mortgage boom was going bust, bought into another predatory play: for-profit colleges. Chris’ relentless digging — and resulting reporting — connects all the dots and lays out a compelling and damning narrative. Don’t miss them.

Gay Troops, Included But Not Equal
LAS VEGAS — Amid the joy of meeting in public for the first time and with the novelty of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t…

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Campaign Under Vigorous Federal Scrutiny
Federal investigators digging into irregularities in the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray have interviewed several of his associates and election staff members, subpoenaed reams…

Lee Lamothe: Occupy Toronto: A Revolution in Photos

Rep. Keith Ellison: Spearing Sacred Cows
Earlier this week, I was on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes about jobs, the Occupy Wall Street movement and other issues. During the show I said that some regulations have created jobs.


Wikileaks: Japan To Obama: Don’t Apologize For Hiroshima

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Wikileaks: Japan To Obama: Don’t Apologize For Hiroshima
A Wikileaks cable reveals Japanese officials suggested it would be a “non-starter” for President Obama to apologize for Hiroshima during his 2009 effort to promote his vision of a “world free of nuclear weapons.”

Amish Mob Broke Into Homes And Cut Off Hair And Beards
Five Amish men in Ohio were arrested this week for allegedly breaking into the homes of other Amish men and cutting off their hair and beards….


Yes We Cain?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Yes We Cain?


That Iran Plot Movie

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

That Iran Plot Movie
A few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, I attended a big holiday dinner with family and friends. Naturally much of the conversation revolved around the terrorist attacks and the rage and sorrow we all felt. There was also considerable discussion…

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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…



The Kids These Days

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

The Kids These Days
Baby doesn’t understand why magazine doesn’t work as well as an iPad: I wonder what will happen when the main market for electronics starts being people who’ve grown up around them from the very beginning.

Baby doesn’t understand why magazine doesn’t work as well as an iPad:

I wonder what will happen when the main market for electronics starts being people who’ve grown up around them from the very beginning.


“Just the Way Business Works”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 16th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

“Just the Way Business Works”
Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard
Of the many lame excuses used by the Obama administration to explain why the Energy Department extended a $535 million loan guarantee to the troubled solar panel manufacturer Solyndra in 2009, then gave the firm more money in 2010 after it had technically defaulted on the initial loan, then changed the terms of the agreement (perhaps illegally) so that private investors would be remunerated before taxpayers in the event of bankruptcy, and continued to support the company right up to its collapse, one claim is especially revealing. Far from exposing the problems inherent in government…

One ObamaCare Disaster Averted, Lots More to Go
Yuval Levin, NRO
The editors have it just right on the CLASS Act. The administration’s latest Friday night bombshell was really no surprise at all. (The massive deficit announcement tonight surely couldn’t have surprised anyone either, though I certainly have to admit that getting involved in a war in Uganda is one I didn’t see coming.) Just about every conservative critic of Obamacare pointed to the irrational design of the CLASS Act before the legislation’s enactment. In fact, the administration’s own CMS actuary said it would never work. He was…

Will Conservatives Back Imperfect Romney?
Gloria Borger, CNN
After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease.That said, there's a teensy problem he just can't seem to beat: Conservatives don't like him. Or trust him. Or really want him to be the GOP nominee.