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Trooper Arrests Cop for Speeding

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Trooper Arrests Cop for Speeding
A Florida state highway patrol trooper pulled over, drew her weapon and handcuffed a Miami police officer after seeing him drive over 120 mph and weave through traffic Oct. 11. Trooper Donna Jane Watts did not arrest Officer Fausto Lopez, but he was ticketed for misdemeanor reckless driving. “Oh my God, I can not believe this,” Lopez was heard saying on her car’s video.



Late Late Night FDL: Will Do Mousework

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Will Do Mousework
Herman and KatnipWill Do Mousework. This Harveytoon Famous Studios cartoon was released on June 29, 1956.

Herman and KatnipWill Do Mousework.  This Harveytoon Famous Studios cartoon was released on June 29, 1956.

Directed by Seymour Kneitel. Produced by Seymour Kneitel (uncredited) and Izzy Sparber (uncredited). Animation Directed by Tom Golden (uncredited). Story by Larz Bourne. Animation by Tom Golden and Bill Hudson. Scenic Art by Joseph Dommerque (as Joe Dommerque). Voices by Sid Raymond (Katnip – uncredited) and Arnold Stang (Herman – uncredited). Original Music by Winston Sharples.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Murdoch’s Post Declares War on OWS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Murdoch’s Post Declares War on OWS
This week, the media magnate’s notorious New York tabloid ran three consecutive covers that together branded Wall Street protesters as lazy, vicious beasts. Salon suggests the insults probably mean the occupiers are doing something right. Wednesday’s cover featured a now discredited story about a Wall Street cafe letting workers go after occupiers hindered business. On Thursday, an indignant editorial demanded that Mayor Michael Bloomberg throw the protesters out. Friday’s issue spotlighted an angry, brawling homeless man. Soon, perhaps, the Post will send a reporter out to talk to the people who are working to practice democracy, feed the homeless and build sustainable electricity, waste disposal and water-collection systems inside the park. But don’t count on it. —ARK Salon: But the Post has now kicked its attacks on Occupy into high gear. Today the cover of the tabloid labeled the protesters “animals” (see image above). The story, complete with video, is about a “mentally ill” homeless man picking fights with those sleeping in the park. The homeless man is punched by a protester after his tent is kicked. And he’s not an anti-Wall Street protester; his cryptic signs say, “USA-Turk Army Ended My Diplomatic Career 6 Times” and “AC Tropicana Casino Robbed My $30K Pay For My Driving Job.” Read more

This week, the media magnate’s notorious New York tabloid ran three consecutive covers that together branded Wall Street protesters as lazy, vicious beasts. Salon suggests the insults probably mean the occupiers are doing something right.

Wednesday’s cover featured a now discredited story about a Wall Street cafe letting workers go after occupiers hindered business. On Thursday, an indignant editorial demanded that Mayor Michael Bloomberg throw the protesters out. Friday’s issue spotlighted an angry, brawling homeless man.

Soon, perhaps, the Post will send a reporter out to talk to the people who are working to practice democracy, feed the homeless and build sustainable electricity, waste disposal and water-collection systems inside the park. But don’t count on it. —ARK

Salon:

But the Post has now kicked its attacks on Occupy into high gear. Today the cover of the tabloid labeled the protesters “animals” (see image above). The story, complete with video, is about a “mentally ill” homeless man picking fights with those sleeping in the park. The homeless man is punched by a protester after his tent is kicked. And he’s not an anti-Wall Street protester; his cryptic signs say, “USA-Turk Army Ended My Diplomatic Career 6 Times” and “AC Tropicana Casino Robbed My $30K Pay For My Driving Job.”

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Palestine Becomes a Full Member of UNESCO

By Patrick Chappatte, Cagle Cartoons, The International Herald Tribune

Mr. Fish's Cartoon



Official Walker Recall Effort Gets Off To A Surprising Start

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Official Walker Recall Effort Gets Off To A Surprising Start
The first official recall petition against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was filed Friday, kicking off a period of unlimited campaign fundraising that was originally expected…

Edward Flattau: Infrastructure Blues
Republicans maintain that the states and private companies could more effectively rehabilitate infrastructure than could Obama’s proposed Federal Infrastructure Bank. But the GOP argument is a red herring.

Battle In Ohio Reaches Its Peak
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A ballot battle in Ohio that pits the union rights of public workers against Republican efforts to shrink government and limit organized…


Conservative Group Investigates Top Cain Aide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Conservative Group Investigates Top Cain Aide
The conservative Americans for Prosperity group is investigating their financial dealings with an entity run by Cain’s chief of staff that’s been accused of illegally helping get the Cain campaign off the ground.

Texas GOPer Apologizes For Saying ‘Don’t Try to Jew Them Down’
Republican State Rep. Larry Taylor of Texas has apologized for saying “don’t try to Jew them down.”


The Koch Bros. Blarney & Bailout Circus

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

The Koch Bros. Blarney & Bailout Circus


UNESCO: Boycott For Boycott?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

UNESCO: Boycott For Boycott?
The admission of the Palestinian Authority into UNESCO has occasioned a fuss about the American response, the automatic cutting of $70 million in funding to the organization, triggered by existing, AIPAC-inspired Congressional legislation. (M.J. Rosenberg’s good column on the subject…


What Can the G-20 Do in Cannes?
Tomorrow I’m heading to Cannes in the French Riviera. Not for a film festival, but the foreign policy wonk’s equivalent: a global world leaders’ summit. The same G-20 club of key economic powers that bolstered the global financial system against…



Islamophobic Texas Gun Instructor: All Muslims Have ?Sworn The Annihilation Of The United States?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Islamophobic Texas Gun Instructor: All Muslims Have ?Sworn The Annihilation Of The United States?
In an interview with the New York Times, a state-certified gun instructor in Texas doubled down on Islamophobic comments he made in a radio ad to attract new customers. As ThinkProgress reported, Crockett Keller of Mason, Texas, said in the ad that he refused to teach Muslims, telling local news outlets and advocacy groups, “I […]

Islamophobic gun instructor Crockett Keller

In an interview with the New York Times, a state-certified gun instructor in Texas doubled down on Islamophobic comments he made in a radio ad to attract new customers. As ThinkProgress reported, Crockett Keller of Mason, Texas, said in the ad that he refused to teach Muslims, telling local news outlets and advocacy groups, “I would give up my license to teach before I will teach them,” because he considered all Muslims “enemies.”

Keller, who, as the Times reporter approached him, put his hand on his holstered sidearm because, he said, of death threats, told the newspaper:

Why would I teach people who have sworn the annihilation of the United States and who can lie, cheat, steal and murder Americans in order to further Islam? Why would I arm someone like that? Why would I enable them to carry a weapon legally? I don’t want to be a part of that. […]

I don’t care what your religion, what your creed is. That makes no bearing. But when people consider themselves a particular religion that has proven itself to be anti-American, well, then, I’m anti-them.

The Texas Public Safety Board, which regulates gun instructors, launched an investigation and said in a statement that an instructor who “denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor’s certification by the department at risk of suspension or revocation.”

Throughout all his interviews with the media, Keller has made no distinction between the tiny minority of radical, militant Muslims and the faith at large. Of more than a billion Muslims worldwide, up to about seven million live in the United States. “[I]f you are a devout Muslim, how can you pledge allegiance to the United States of America? You can’t,” Keller said. “The ideologies are diametrically opposed.”


For Gingrich and Cain, it’s a friendship and a contest

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

For Gingrich and Cain, it’s a friendship and a contest

 THE WOODLANDS, Tex. – Finally, they had the debate stage to themselves: The philosopher-politician vs. the businessman-preacher.

And for 90 minutes on Saturday night, there were no rehearsed attacks. Gone were the shiny podiums and 30-second rebuttals. In were the armchairs and three-minute monologues.

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Republicans work to take control of Virginia’s Senate

RICHMOND — His name does not appear on the ballot, but Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s final two years in office — and his political legacy — hinge on the outcome of Tuesday’s elections in Virginia.

The popular Republican governor has spent months calibrating an aggressive GOP strategy to take control of the state Senate, recruiting candidates to run, raising more than $5 million and appearing in dozens of campaign ads that have run in every region of the state.

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Keystone Pipeline debate heats up

Canadian ambassador Gary Doer has a straightforward analysis of whether TransCanada will win the Obama administration’s approval to build and operate an enormous pipeline to transport oil from Alberta to the Texas coast.

“If it’s made on merit, we’re confident,” Doer said in an interview. “If it’s made on noise, it’s unpredictable.”

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Clinton Book Has Criticism, Advice for Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Clinton Book Has Criticism, Advice for Obama
Anne Kornblut, Wash Post
President Obama and his Democratic allies made two key political missteps in recent years, according to former president Bill Clinton in a new book to be released Tuesday.First was not raising the federal debt ceiling in the first two years of the president’s term, when Democrats still had a majority in Congress, and then failing to devise an effective national campaign message during the midterm elections of 2010.

Yes, Unemployment Is Still a Crisis
Brad Plumer, Washington Post
Another month, another dreary jobs report from the Labor Department. The U.S. economy added just 80,000 jobs in October, which isn't enough to keep up with population growth, let alone get us back to full employment. Indeed, this marks the seventh straight month that the jobless rate hasn't nudged below 9 percent (it was at 9.1 percent last month). While there are a few bright spots in the report "” the numbers for August and September were revised upward by 200,000 jobs "” that still leaves vast battalions of unemployed workers sitting out…

God and Man at Yale Turns 60
Peter Berkowitz, RealClearPolitics
Yesterday the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, a fledgling student run organization at Yale University, held a one-day conference and gala dinner featuring distinguished conservatives"”including a keynote address by William Kristol and remarks by Henry Kissinger, James Buckley, Priscilla Buckley, and Christopher Buckley"”to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of God and Man at Yale. This unusual happening suggests that much has changed at Yale since 1951 when the brash and brilliant twenty-five year old Buckley burst upon the national scene…