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Koch Takes on Senator Over Iran Work

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Koch Takes on Senator Over Iran Work
At a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) attacked U.S. companies that do business with Iran, singling out Koch Industries for doing business with the country using a foreign subsidiary despite U.S. sanctions. Koch Industries issued a statement that Tester has taken donations from General Electric and Honeywell, two companies with their own business relationships with Iran. “Koch Industries voluntarily decided several years ago to stop sales to Iran, which is the policy Senator Tester wants all U.S. companies to adopt,” the company claimed.



Early Morning Swim

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Early Morning Swim

 

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Late, Late Night FDL: Shake Your Money Maker
Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck – Shake Your Money Maker

Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck – Shake Your Money Maker

Occupy Everywhere…! We are the 99%…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Wall Street’s Opponents Are Not Moving

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

Wall Street’s Opponents Are Not Moving
This may be the most powerful video yet to come out of the Wall Street occupation, now heading into its fifth week.

This may be the most powerful video yet to come out of the Wall Street occupation, now heading into its fifth week.

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A Movement Too Big to Fail
There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn.

By Chris Hedges

There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn.


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OutServe Summit Ends With High Hopes And Many Challenges Ahead

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

OutServe Summit Ends With High Hopes And Many Challenges Ahead
LAS VEGAS -â?? In many ways, the centerpiece dinner of the first OutServe Armed Services Leadership Summit here was a standard military affair. There was…

Same-Sex Married Troops Ready To Sue Over Military Benefits
LAS VEGAS — The gay advocacy group that successfully lobbied to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy plans to file a lawsuit in…

Jeff Danziger: Bloomberg Rides Again

Robert Reich: The Rise of the Regressive Right and the Reawakening of America
Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and the other tribunes of today’s Republican right aren’t really conservatives. Their goal isn’t to conserve what we have. It’s to take us backwards.


How WND Birther Website Could End Up Paying Abramoff Victims

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

How WND Birther Website Could End Up Paying Abramoff Victims
A federal judge has ordered WorldNetDaily books — the publisher of both Jack Abramoff’s memoir and “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President” — to turn over any money it owes former lobbyist Abramoff.

Emails: Bush-Era Embassy, Prosecutor’s Office Approved ATF ‘Gun Walking’ Tactic
As House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) continues to try to pin the flawed “gun walking” tactic employed in Operation Fast and Furious on the Obama administration, it’s becoming increasingly clear that problems with ATF’s Phoenix division date back to the Bush era.


Bail Posted For Ex-Joe Arpaio Employees Charged With Smuggling Heroin
Two former employees in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office have posted bail after being charged with conspiring to smuggle heroin and launder money. Three in total are facing charges….



Thanks, Occupy Wall Street!

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

Thanks, Occupy Wall Street!


DeMint Likely to Back Romney

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

DeMint Likely to Back Romney
Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Roll Call reports.

“DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, made clear in an interview late last week that he has made no decisions on whom he will support in the 2012 primary. But Republican operatives familiar with the DeMint-Romney relationship and privy to the conservative Senator’s private assessment of the GOP field believe Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the backing of the tea party favorite.”

Obama Kicks Off Bus Tour in North Carolina
President Obama will kick off a three-day bus tour today in North Carolina to urge passage of individual pieces of the American Jobs Act after it failed to pass the Senate last week, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Meanwhile, Politico provides a political guide for the trip, noting that “the trip’s itinerary suggests nothing so much as his 2012 game plan plotted onto a map of the Upper South and with the American Jobs Act, which polls well among all but the most conservative voters, as a selling point.”

Said pollster Mileah Kromer, “First he needs to make sure black voters, who are the core here, are as motivated as they were last time. Second, he needs to reach out to working-class whites, who he’s totally lost. Third, he’s got to generate some kind of enthusiasm among liberals…who are his volunteer and donor base.”


As Attacks on Planned Parenthood Aim for Sex-Ed Funding, Let’s Remember How Bad Religious-Backed Abstinence Only Programs Are

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

As Attacks on Planned Parenthood Aim for Sex-Ed Funding, Let’s Remember How Bad Religious-Backed Abstinence Only Programs Are
Live Action and Lila Rose want to replace Planned Parenthood’s sex-ed funding with false information and religious fundamentalist preaching.

One Month In, Occupy Wall Street Protesters Appear Poised to Change US Politics
What a difference a month makes. Not only has OWS survived, it has captured the imagination of multitudes of embittered Americans.

Grassroots Movement for Paid Sick Days for Workers Picking Up Steam Across the Country
A broad coalition across the country is fighting–and winning–battles for workers’ right to stay home when they’re ill.

Cage Match: Is Chris Christie Worse for the Citizens of New Jersey than ‘Jersey Shore’?
A new poll shows Jerseyites despise the boozy reality show, but we’d like to make the case that their governor is worse.


Wake Me Up When “September” Ends

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 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…

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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…


Romney?s Raised More Than Five Times As Much Money From Wall St. Employees As Obama

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

Romney?s Raised More Than Five Times As Much Money From Wall St. Employees As Obama
According to a New York Times analysis of campaign donation data, 2012 GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney has raised more than five times as much money from the employees of major Wall Street firms as President Obama. The Times found that “Mr. Romney has raised $1.5 million from employees of firms like Morgan Stanley; Highbridge Capital […]

According to a New York Times analysis of campaign donation data, 2012 GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney has raised more than five times as much money from the employees of major Wall Street firms as President Obama. The Times found that “Mr. Romney has raised $1.5 million from employees of firms like Morgan Stanley; Highbridge Capital Management, a hedge fund; and Blackstone, a private equity firm. Mr. Obama has raised just over $270,000 from firms that were among his leading sources of campaign cash in 2008.” Goldman Sachs employees have given Romney $350,000, compared to $45,000 they’ve given to Obama.

Occupy Wall Street Humor: Great Cartoon Plus The Onion
This hilarious cartoon is making the rounds: “I am the 1%. Smithers, release the hounds.” And The Onion has a great short piece on Occupy Wall Street, “Nation Waiting For Protesters To Clearly Articulate Demands Before Ignoring Them”: NEW YORK—As the Occupy Wall Street protest expands and grows into a nationwide movement, Americans are eagerly […]

This hilarious cartoon is making the rounds:

“I am the 1%. Smithers, release the hounds.”

And The Onion has a great short piece on Occupy Wall Street, “Nation Waiting For Protesters To Clearly Articulate Demands Before Ignoring Them”:

NEW YORK—As the Occupy Wall Street protest expands and grows into a nationwide movement, Americans are eagerly awaiting a list of demands from the group so they can then systematically disregard them and continue going about their business, polls showed this week.

“The protesters need to unify around a shared agenda with precise policy goals so I can begin paying no attention to them whatsoever,” said Tulsa, OK poll respondent Kaye Petrachonis, echoing the thoughts of millions across the country. “If they don’t have a clear power structure organized around specific demands first, then I’ll never be able to completely tune them out due to a political conflict of interest or an inability to comprehend complex, detailed economic concepts. These people really need to get their act together.”

Once Occupy Wall Street has a concrete set of objectives in place, the majority of Americans said they would go back to waiting for the sluggish economy to recover while blindly accepting things the way they are.

D’oh!

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