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Late Late Night FDL: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Joan BaezWill The Circle Be Unbroken, from episode 503 of The Muppet Show.

Joan BaezWill The Circle Be Unbroken, from episode 503 of The Muppet Show.

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?


Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Wolf

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Wolf
Author and feminist Naomi Wolf, whose dedication to helping protesters understand and exercise their rights got her arrested outside a private, black-tie event, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Author and feminist Naomi Wolf, whose dedication to helping protesters understand and exercise their rights got her arrested outside a private, black-tie event, is our Truthdigger of the Week.


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Herman Cain Clarifies Stance On Controversial Issue

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:42 am by HL

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After Smearing Obama For Years, Fox Decries Supposed “Insults,” “Scare Tactics” From Obama, Biden

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:41 am by HL

After Smearing Obama For Years, Fox Decries Supposed “Insults,” “Scare Tactics” From Obama, Biden

Fox News has recently expressed outrage over alleged “insults” and “scare tactics” that President Obama and Vice President Biden have used during speeches around the country, with Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy asking if such strategies are “turning off the independent voters.” But Fox News has spent years relentlessly insulting and smearing both Obama and Biden, and have used scare tactics to attack Obama.

Fox Decries Supposed “Insults” And “Scare Tactics” From Obama And Biden

Doocy: “You’ve Got To Wonder Whether The Use Of The Insult[s] And The Scare Tactics Is Turning Off The Independent Voters.” On the October 20 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy discussed President Obama and Vice President Biden’s remarks on the American Jobs Act. Doocy claimed that “it sounds like [Biden has] been using some scare tactics” and that Obama “has been insulting Republicans” and asked “whether the use of the insult and the scare tactics is turning off the independent voters.” From the broadcast:

DOOCY: Let’s talk a little bit about this. The president of the United States and the vice president have been all over the country pushing their $35 billion jobs bill. And if you’ve been watching, the vice president in particular, it sounds like he’s been using some scare tactics. Either pass the bill or rape is going to go up across the country, who knows? And the president of the United States himself has been insulting Republicans. And you’ve got to wonder whether the use of the insult and the scare tactics is turning off the independent voters who wind up putting people into the White House. Are they? Here are the president and vice president.

[start video]

OBAMA: Maybe they just couldn’t understand the whole thing all at once. So we’re going to break it up into bite-sized pieces. So they can take a thoughtful approach to this legislation.

[cut]

BIDEN: This is an emergency. Three-hundred thousand teachers have been laid off.

[cut]

BIDEN: In many cities, the result has been, and it’s not unique, murder rates are up. Robberies are up. Rapes are up. [cut] Ladies and gentlemen, response times have gone from five minutes to over an hour in some of your cities.

[cut]

OBAMA: And then you got their plan, which is let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water. [cut] They want to gut regulations. They want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants. They want to drill more.

[end video]

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Now, I mean, you know the counterargument to that, because this is not the picture dictionary section of life. You know that the Republicans aren’t going on the dirt — running on the dirty water, dirty air platform. You just know that regulation seems to be stifling the economy. And you also know that it’s not a matter of people not wanting to hire cops and retain teachers. It’s wondering if we’re running in a deficit, is it worth putting $35 billion into the black hole after you did that three years ago? But in the big picture, do independents look at that and hear the counterargument? Do they understand that that necessarily isn’t the fact?

DOOCY: That’s the question.

GRETCHEN CARLSON (co-host): I don’t know. It’s obviously a strategy that this administration has come up with, and maybe they have some internal polling that shows them that this works, to vilify other Republicans, and maybe it works with independents when they just hear those quick little pieces of sound, that they think, “Oh, Republicans do want to make water dirtier.” I don’t know. They must have some research — or, this is the only campaign strategy left with 9.1 percent unemployment. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/20/11, emphasis added]

During the segment, on-screen text read, “A Campaign Of Insults?”:

Campaign of Insults

Hannity: Biden “Upping The Ante When It Comes To Absurd And Irresponsible Scare Tactics.” On the October 20 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity claimed that “the vice president is now upping the ante when it comes to absurd and irresponsible scare tactics.” Fox News contributor Ann Coulter called it “part of the theme with the Democrats” to try to “produce mobs when they don’t get their way politically.” From Hannity:

HANNITY: And the president has trumpeted the fact that the GOP jobs bill will bring you dirtier air, dirtier water. But his vice president is now upping the ante when it comes to absurd and irresponsible scare tactics. Now, without stimulus two, according to the vice president, rapes and murders will skyrocket. Take a look.

[…]

HANNITY: Hey, don’t screw around with me on this. Rape and murder is going to go up unless you pass the president’s bill. Your reaction?

COULTER: I’m so glad you played that for me. Because I’d heard about it, I had no idea how completely crazy it was.

[…]

COULTER: This is part of the theme with the Democrats. I mean, for 30 years they have been trying to get, you know, be able to miraculously produce mobs when they don’t get their way politically. Back in 2004, Elizabeth Edwards warned that there would be riots if John Kerry didn’t win. Al Gore specifically speaking to a black audience warned them not to react with violent acts if Kerry/Edwards ticket didn’t win.

HANNITY: Wait, I can one-up you. He also said to predominantly black audience “Republicans don’t even want to count you in the census.”

COULTER: No, but what I’m talking about – yes, he said a lot of stupid things. What I’m talking about is specifically trying to get blacks to riot. You know, how about you riot, white boy?

HANNITY: Oh, boy.

COULTER: I mean, they aren’t rioting. It’s always Democrats trying to gin up this mob by threatening. [Fox News, Hannity, 10/20/11]

Yet Fox Has Spent Years Insulting And Smearing Obama And Biden …

OBAMA WAS NOT BORN IN THE U.S.

Hannity On Obama’s Birth Certificate: “Can’t They Just Produce It, And We Move On?” On the March 23 edition of his Fox News show, Hannity asked, “What do you think about this birth certificate issue? I mean, it has not been my main issue, but it kind of does get a little odd here after a while. Can’t they just produce it and we move on?” [Fox News, Hannity, 1/7/10, via Media Matters]

Dobbs: Obama To Start Ruling “By Fiat” Because “This Has Been Too Complicated, This Democracy Thing.” On the February 16, 2010, edition of Fox & Friends, guest Lou Dobbs responded to a story about Obama’s ability to communicate his message by falsely claiming, “What I find interesting, Steve, is now they’re announcing that they’re going to do things by executive order, by fiat” because “this has been too complicated, this democracy thing.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 2/16/10, via Media Matters]

OBAMA IS A “RACIST”

Beck: Obama Is A “Racist” With A “Deep-Seated Hatred For White People Or The White Culture.” On the July 28, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Beck called Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” From the show:

BECK: This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture. I don’t know what it is, but you can’t sit in a pew with Jeremiah Wright for twenty years and not hear some of that stuff, and not have it wash over.

[…]

BECK: I’m not saying that he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. He has a — this guy is, I believe, a racist. Look at the things that he has been surrounded by. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/30/10]

Hume Claimed Jerusalem Post Story Quoted Obama’s Half-Brother About “Muslim Background.” On the June 16, 2008, edition of Special Report, then-host Brit Hume stated that Malik Obama, Obama’s half-brother, “tells The Jerusalem Post that ‘if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background.’ ” [Fox News, Special Report, 7/27/09, via Media Matters]

Johnson: Provision “Is Kind Of Our 2009 Brave New World, Soylent Green, 1984, Aldous Huxley Kind Of World.” Johnson said on the July 28, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends:

JOHNSON: Advanced care planning consultation is kind of our 2009 Brave New World, Soylent Green, 1984, Aldous Huxley kind of world where you come in and see a doctor at age 65, and if you’re chronically ill you come in every year, and your doctor who will be trained — and they will spend billions of dollars on training doctors to be counselors — that you have options. You don’t have to go into a hospital. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/28/09, via Media Matters]

Kilmeade Wonders If “Seniors [Are] Going To Be In Front Of The Death Panel.” On the August 10, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said:

KILMEADE: [E]veryone’s talking about seniors, and they’re talking about the middle class and affordable health care. If the upper class is paying for the next two classes, and are seniors going to be in front of the death panel? And then just as you think, OK, that’s ridiculous, then you realize there’s provisions in there that seniors in the last lap of their life will be sitting there going to a panel possibly discussing what the best thing for them is. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/10/09, via Media Matters]

Morris: Medicare Advisory Board “Is Really The Death Panel That Sarah Palin Was Talking About.” From the December 23, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends:

MORRIS: The Medicare Advisory Board you speak about is a particularly dangerous thing, because it’s going to set up for Medicare only, for the elderly only, protocols and standards of care where they are going to be saying no, you can’t give this person a hip replacement, they are too old, and no, you can’t treat this person with colon cancer with the best drug available. I know it increases the chance of his dying, but it’s beyond the cost parameters that we are prepared to allow. And this will be done by this federal board, which is really the death panel that Sarah Palin was talking about. That’s an oversimplification, but the basic concept isn’t far wrong. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 12/23/09, via Media Matters]

For the full timeline of the “death panels” smear and the real facts on the health care law, SEE HERE.


Jan Brewer: Public Response To AZ Immigration Law Was Like ‘Waterboarding’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Jan Brewer: Public Response To AZ Immigration Law Was Like ‘Waterboarding’
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is spitting up venom after eating scorpions for breakfast. Brewer’s arthropodically-titled new book, which hits stores Nov. 1, lashes out at the Obama administration over its opposition to her push for SB 1070, the state’s…

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Right-Wing Blogger: OWS Hashtag Sign Looks A Lot Like A Swastika
Accusations about anti-Semitism at Occupy Wall Street took a turn for the ridiculous this week when a blogger for the right-wing site Pajamas Media wrote that the hashtag symbol worn by many protesters has “an echo of the swastika.”


Spike Lee Admits Cain Candidacy a Hoax for New ‘Mockumentary’ Film

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Spike Lee Admits Cain Candidacy a Hoax for New ‘Mockumentary’ Film
Spike Lee Admits Cain Candidacy a Hoax for New ‘Mockumentary’ Film Alan Smithee Film Reviewer Toronto Post and Mail Oct. 21, 2011 EXCLUSIVE “I can’t believe it,” a grinning Spike Lee told this reporter yesterday, relaxing in the lounge of the Nikko Hotel’s Star Bar in downtown Toronto. “We thought we might get some media coverage, but not that Herman would […]


Beyond Occupy Wall Street: 11 American Uprisings You’ve Never Heard of That Changed the World

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Beyond Occupy Wall Street: 11 American Uprisings You’ve Never Heard of That Changed the World
Each of these movements won lasting social change. Their limitations provide lessons about what not to do, while their successes offer a guide to future action.


NY Times: Foreign Aid Slashed To All But Israel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:36 am by HL

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…

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Who Cares If Eric Cantor?s Grandmother Was Poor?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Who Cares If Eric Cantor?s Grandmother Was Poor?
“Son of a millworker / son of a tenant farmer” stuff about your hardscrabble upbringing is a staple of modern campaign rhetoric. But suppose you’re Eric Cantor, son of a real estate developer and proud alumnus of a fancy prep school. Well, apparently you say you’re going to give a speech on income inequality, then […]

“Son of a millworker / son of a tenant farmer” stuff about your hardscrabble upbringing is a staple of modern campaign rhetoric. But suppose you’re Eric Cantor, son of a real estate developer and proud alumnus of a fancy prep school. Well, apparently you say you’re going to give a speech on income inequality, then you cancel the speech, then you release the text of the speech to a student newspaper and talk about your grandmother:

My grandmother eventually made her home in a working class section of my hometown of Richmond. As you can imagine, in the early 20th century, the South wasn’t often the most accepting place for a young Jewish woman. Widowed by age 30, she raised my father and uncle in a tight apartment above a tiny grocery store that she and my grandfather had opened. She worked day and night and sacrificed tremendously to secure a better future for her sons. And sure enough, this young woman – who had the courage to journey to a distant land with hope as her only possession – lifted herself into the ranks of the middle class. Through hard work, her faith and thrift, she was even able to send her two sons to college. All she wanted was a chance – a fair shot at making a better life for her two sons. And if she were still alive today, I know she would be blown away to know that her grandson is not only a Member of the U.S. Congress, but now the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Who cares? I mean, good for his grandmother but what does this have to do with anything? Is a modern-day working mother hoping to put her kids through college supposed to hope that the relative price of tuition suddenly falls to 1950s levels? What insights has this second-hand experience of poverty given Cantor that others lack? It’s easy to understand why first-hand experience might give you a different perspective. But what Cantor seems to have learned from his grandmothers’ efforts is that high end marginal income tax rates need to be made much lower than they were at the time she was pulling herself up by her bootstraps.

VIDEO: Students At Elite Wharton Business School Mock 99 Percent Movement: ?Get A Job! Get A Job!?
Today, numerous Philadelphia protesters from groups including Occupy Philly, Americans United for Change, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, Fight for Philly, SEIU PA State Council, Protect Your Care, Keystone Progress, Moveon.org, NCPSSM, Progress Now, and AFSCME demonstrated at the Wharton School for Business at the University of Pennsylvania after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) canceled his speech there, apparently […]

Today, numerous Philadelphia protesters from groups including Occupy Philly, Americans United for Change, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, Fight for Philly, SEIU PA State Council, Protect Your Care, Keystone Progress, Moveon.org, NCPSSM, Progress Now, and AFSCME demonstrated at the Wharton School for Business at the University of Pennsylvania after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) canceled his speech there, apparently afraid of dissident audiences.

As the hundreds of protesters entered the Wharton School and chanted about economic justice, a number of students appeared on the balcony above. These students began chanting in unison, “Get a job! Get a job!” Watch it:

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While the students who jeered the protesters certainly do not necessarily represent all Wharton students, it’s important to understand the context of the elite status they likely either come from or graduate into. Wharton graduates much of the nation’s corporate elite, with the median starting salary for an MBA graduate being $145,000 — six times the poverty level for a family of four.

The school’s Board of Overseers is staffed with with multiple Goldman Sachs executives and high-ranking employees of a wide variety of financial firms. Meanwhile, it’s Graduate Executive Board is staffed with senior employees of Bank of America, Blackstone Financial Management, and PMC Bank. Wharton’s endowment is $888 million, greater than that of many large public universities. Essentially, the students jeering the protesters represented the future financial elite.

Update

Later in the protest, another Wharton student taunted the protesters with a sign that read “Get in our bracket.”  The protesters responded with chants of “We are the 99 Percent! So are you!” and “Join us!”  The Daily Pennsylvanian grabbed a photo of the sign:


Fisker, electric carmaker backed by $529 million U.S. loan, balks at Solyndra comparison

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 22nd, 2011 4:34 am by HL

Fisker, electric carmaker backed by $529 million U.S. loan, balks at Solyndra comparison

An electric car company backed by more than a half-billion dollars in Department of Energy loan guarantees has missed early manufacturing goals and has gradually pushed back plans for U.S. production and the creation of thousands of jobs.

This week, Fisker delayed until 2013 the production of the moderately priced family car it plans to build in Delaware. It also learned that its Finnish-produced luxury model, the $96,000 Karma, which is two years late in reaching U.S. markets, failed to meet a promised energy-efficiency standard.

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White House defends its record on poverty

Top officials in the Obama administration are defending the president from criticism that he has not done enough to help the poor.

In a wide-ranging conversation hosted Thursday by TheRoot.com, Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president, and Melody Barnes, the president’s domestic policy adviser, said the administration’s policies have helped to keep millions of Americans from sliding into poverty.

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Biden’s absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates

“Let’s look at the facts: in 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes–just to pick two categories–climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields.”

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A new battlefront for GOP presidential contenders: Tax policy

The clash between the establishment and the insurgency in the fight for the 2012 Republican nomination is shifting to a new arena: tax policy.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain, two of the candidates pursuing the votes of the most conservative bloc of Republicans, are both touting radical overhauls of the federal tax code. But former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the candidate most closely associated with the party establishment, has opted against such an approach and has offered a proposal that would largely keep the current tax structure in place.

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2012 Redistricting: Top 10 races between House incumbents

Every 10 years, incumbents are forced to face off with one another thanks to the reshuffling of congressional districts known as redistricting.

And with a little more than half of states now done drawing their new maps, we’ve got a pretty good idea about where those incumbents will be dueling.

Below, we look at the top ten districts where it looks like incumbents will fight one another, review their just-filed third quarter fundraising numbers, and try to give you a sense of where their races are going.

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