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Sunday Talking Heads: November 13, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: November 13, 2011
Occupy Montgomery! Fifty five years ago today the Supreme Court of the United States of America upheld the decision of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Alabama “that Alabama’s racial segregation laws for buses were unconstitutional.” It was only just the beginning of the civil rights movement. Only the beginning. So keep on keeping on Occupy, we have only just begun to fight.

Occupy Montgomery!

Fifty five years ago today the Supreme Court of the United States of America upheld the decision of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Alabama “that Alabama’s racial segregation laws for buses were unconstitutional.”  It was only just the beginning of the civil rights movement.  Only the beginning.  So keep on keeping on Occupy, we have only just begun to fight.

Now as for the talking heads, a lot of attention to the Penn State scandal, some Iran, and a whole lotta Horse Race.  They are still pretending Occupy Wall Street isn’t happening, but it is.

PS don’t forget Book Salon, Virtually Speaking and Movie Night Monday.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: The Penn State scandal – Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA). “As state attorney general, Corbett launched the sex abuse investigation that has exploded into public view. While criminal charges are brought against Penn State officials who did not report the abuse, who else should be held accountable? How will the Penn State community and the victims of abuse recover?” Horse Race Roundtable: George Will, Donna Brazile, conservative radio host Dana Loesch, Jonathan Karl, with Christine Brennan to discuss Penn State.  IAEA/Iran Roundtable: former U.N. weapons inspector David Albright and Karim Sadjadpour, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Horse Race – Jon HuntsmanHorse Race Roundtable: John Dickerson, Major Garrett, Kathleen Parker, Dee Dee Myers.

CNN’s State of the Union: “A hard look at the Super Committee, the GOP presidential field, and city economics.”  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) Co-chair of the Super Committee. Then Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).  Horse Race – RNC Chair Reince Priebus. Plus, a series on bringing jobs to cities starts with the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D).

Chris Hayes: dunno.

Chris Matthews: Can Barack Obama win without changing his television persona? How much does President Obama want to win another term?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Iran – Bret Stephens, former Editor of the Jerusalem Post, now a foreign affairs columnist at the Wall Street Journal and Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour.  Europe – Mohamed El-Erian, one of the world’s most influential bond traders.  Jobs – Jennifer Granholm. Libya – Former Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril on what’s next.

Fox News Sunday: The Penn State scandal – Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA), then Franco Harris and Student Body President T.J. Bard.  Super Committee – Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Liz Marlantes, Bill Kristol, Juan WilliamsPower Player of the Week: Sports apparel entrepreneur Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour.

NBC’s Meet the Press: The Penn State scandal – Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA)Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).   DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)Roundtable: David Brooks, E. J. Dionne.

Newsmakers: Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, joined Newsmakers to discuss the ongoing discussions taking place in the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or the “super committee,” and the pledge that many Republican have taken not to raise taxes…

Q & A: Former Marine Lieutenant Karl Marlantes talks about his newly released autobiographical narrative, “What It Is Like To Go To War.” He speaks of the profound impact being a front line soldier during war has made on his life…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Insiders – Steve Kroft reports on how America’s lawmakers can legally buy stock based on non-public information. Taser – The non-lethal device has saved many lives and prevented serious injury to suspects and police, say its law enforcement advocates, but a new study says some authorities use it too quickly, causing unnecessary pain and sometimes death. Freeman Hrabowski – University President Freeman Hrabowski has turned the University of Maryland Baltimore County into a well-known producer of outstanding scientists and engineers, many of whom are minorities.

To the Contrary: Topics: Herman Cain Charges – Interview with Gloria Allred. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) – Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women Forum’s Senior Fellow Sabrina Schaeffer; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; and Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy.

Univision’s Al Punto: Otto Perez Molina, President-Elect of Guatemala; Bill and Melinda Gates; Arnoldo Torres, Expert on Hispanic Issues; Eugenio Derbez, Mexican Actor; Mickey Rourke, Actor.

Virtually Speaking: Avedon Carol and Sam Seder discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts, drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska “is the rollicking story of politics in America’s last frontier and oil province—Alaska, the nation’s most wild and mysterious state, where politics and oil blurred on the day wildcatters struck it big in 1968.”   Chat with author Amanda Coyne and host Jeanne Devon, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: The Other F-Word “is a raucous, eye-opening, sad and unexpectedly wise look at veteran punk rockers as they adapt to the challenges of fatherhood.” Come talk with director/producer Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and producer Cristan Reilly, hosted by Lisa Derrick.


Late Late Night FDL: Gypsy Life
Mighty MouseGypsy Life. This Oscar nominated TerryToons cartoon was released on August 3, 1945.

Mighty MouseGypsy Life.  This Oscar nominated TerryToons cartoon was released on August 3, 1945.

Directed by Connie Rasinski. Produced by Paul Terry (uncredited). Story by John Foster. Original Music by Philip A. Scheib. Other crew: Paul Terry, Presenter.

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?


Herzog’s Meditation on Life and Death

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Herzog’s Meditation on Life and Death
Andrew O’Hehir of Salon recently picked up the phone for a conversation about life and death with German filmmaker Werner Herzog. The two discussed Herzog’s newest film, “Into the Abyss,” a nonjudgmental meditation on what it means to be human while awaiting the gallows in the shadow of horrific crimes.

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon recently picked up the phone for a conversation about life and death with German filmmaker Werner Herzog. The two discussed Herzog’s newest film, “Into the Abyss,” a nonjudgmental meditation on what it means to be human while awaiting the gallows in the shadow of horrific crimes.



Bachmann: Socialist China Good Example Of Which Social Programs To Cut

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Bachmann: Socialist China Good Example Of Which Social Programs To Cut
Michele Bachmann made a curious suggestion during Saturday night’s Republican debate. Fielding a question about which social programs she would cut if president, the Minnesota…

Judith Barr: Penn State, Herman Cain, and Sexuality: Let’s Not Miss the Opportunity to Heal This Time!
Since 1998, there have been many examples of people in the limelight who have been “caught” acting out sexually. Were any of the revelations of these distortions of sexuality utilized for healing? No! Not one.

Rick Perry Jokes About ‘Oops’ Moment
During Saturday night’s GOP debate, Rick Perry joked about his embarrassing Wednesday night debate moment, when he tried to list the three government agencies he…

Bill O’Reilly Book About Lincoln Assassination Banned From Ford’s Theatre
A reviewer for the official National Park Service bookstore at Fordâ??s Theatre has recommended that Bill Oâ??Reillyâ??s bestselling new book about the Lincoln assassination not…

Jon Huntsman: ‘It’s Time To Come Home’ From Afghanistan
Jon Huntsman differed from the other candidates on Afghanistan during the GOP debate in South Carolina Saturday night, saying he believes troop levels should be…


Richard Nixon Thought Watergate Tape Experts Were A Bunch Of ‘Amateurs’ And ‘Clowns’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Richard Nixon Thought Watergate Tape Experts Were A Bunch Of ‘Amateurs’ And ‘Clowns’
Richard Nixon thought the infamous 18.5 minute gap in a tape recording at the precise time he was allegedly discussing the Watergate break-ins was a simple accident by his longtime secretary Rose Woods.

Watch The Videos The CIA Made To Tell Ronald Reagan About The Soviets
The Central Intelligence Agency’s video squad made short documentary-style films to educate President Ronald Reagan about the Soviet Union. Now you can watch them for yourself.


Richard Nixon: D.C. Socialite Wasn’t Made Ambassador Just Because She Had ‘Big Bosoms’
Wealthy D.C. socialite Pearl Mesta wasn’t made ambassador to Luxembourg just “because she had big bosoms,” Richard Nixon told a grand jury in 1975.



Herman Cain’s Lie Detector Test

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Herman Cain’s Lie Detector Test


The Shalit Deal Is Not Really A Victory For Hamas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

The Shalit Deal Is Not Really A Victory For Hamas
We got back to Jerusalem last week, coincidentally, the very hour Gilad Shalit was finally reunited with his family. Our own pulled?themselves away from the?television to receive us, though greeting him vicariously was, for all the obvious reasons, more preoccupying…

Neocons: Lying Us Into Another War
Christmas did not arrive early for the “Bomb Iran” crowd. Over the past several weeks, neoconservative hawks were gleefully predicting that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s new report on Iran’s nuclear program would provide the spark needed to ignite and…


?Parks and Recreation? Open Thread: To High School and Back Again

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

?Parks and Recreation? Open Thread: To High School and Back Again
This post contains spoilers through the November 10 episode of Parks and Recreation. One thing that’s struck me about Parks and Recreation as its come into its own as one of the best comedies on network television is the way it uses its supporting characters. While 30 Rock‘s essentially abandoned its supporting cast to the […]

This post contains spoilers through the November 10 episode of Parks and Recreation.

One thing that’s struck me about Parks and Recreation as its come into its own as one of the best comedies on network television is the way it uses its supporting characters. While 30 Rock‘s essentially abandoned its supporting cast to the point of making jokes about it, and Community‘s core cast is so big that the supporting cast is mostly there for very minor moments or one-offs like the Dungeons and Dragons episode, Parks and Recreation‘s supporting characters, even if they don’t get full episodes of their own, are reasonably well-developed and used for perfect inflection points. There’s something very funny and tender about Jerry as the minor bureaucrat with the soul of an artist, the kind of guy who recommends Italian Renaissance poetry from a horse funeral and paints pictures of Leslie as a Greek goddess, who’s too nice not to help April and Andy fulfill Andy’s bucket list even though he just wants to go home to his wife’s roast, who can’t tell Chris to leave him alone even as Chris is driving him insane by pulling Jerry into Chris’s relationship with Millicent. Similarly, I love Donna as the small-town hedonist, she of the Mercedes, and the treating yourself, and in this episode, lying back, eating popcorn, and getting Chris and Anne to relive their tantric sex workshops. They reinforce the main storylines perfectly without needing to be something they’re not for the situation. It’s a very nice bit of work.

I say all this as a preface to saying that I thought this was a particularly good episode for April, one of the characters who consistently frustrates me the most on Parks and Rec but has, this season, shown real signs of promise for the future. April’s clearly very smart, but she mostly acts willfully difficult or ignorant. Because she tamps down her own capabilities and Andy’s so perpetually enthusiastic, they mostly end up averaging out and ending up in the same place, but she’s clearly smarter than he is, and I’m always curious as to what might happen to their fledgling marriage if they got out of synch. You can see flashes of that in their participation in the Model UN tournament. When Andy tells April that “I just traded Finland’s military to Kenya for 50 lions,” her momentary practicality shows through when she reminds him that “Militaries are pretty good at protecting stuff.” And she also has a really good moment with Leslie, who has regressed to high school ridiculousness with Ben. “I just wanted to say it was cool how everything fell apart in there,” April says as she and Leslie slump by the lockers, before shifting into a slightly more mature gear. “And maybe you should talk to Ben…he takes really long sadness baths and makes me late for stuff.” I think it’s a really smart move to give April and Andy a spinoff web series: I’m sort of excited to see what they’re going to grow up into.

I have to admit, I’m less compelled by the core problems in this episode than the good stuff happening at the periphery. I worry that the show’s going to spend too much time with Leslie and Ben just being stuck in romantic limbo. Leslie’s lament-disguised-as-pep-talk “Friends help you move. They drive you to the airport. Boyfriends just love you and marry you,” is a very funny line, especially signaling the high school regression of the episode. But we know she feels this way. The show is wallowing a bit. Similarly, Chris’s decision to launch a ” full-scale investigation into my relationship with your daughter, Millicent Gergich,” as he puts it to Jerry, is very funny, and in character. But it also mostly serves to resolve a position that I’ve been basically talked around to, that Chris and Anne shouldn’t actually be together and will be better off as friends. And I’m glad that Tom is back, if only for Entertainment 720 to be definitively over. But I think it’s the least interesting choice the show could have made with him: it doesn’t really expand our vision of Pawnee, something that’s going to have to happen in Leslie’s campaign anyway and could have set the stage for the very different show it’ll be if she ends up on City Council.


Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Lincoln’ book banned from Ford’s Theatre because of ‘mistakes’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Lincoln’ book banned from Ford’s Theatre because of ‘mistakes’

Of all the places you’d expect to find Bill O’Reilly’s new history “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever,” Ford’s Theatre — the site of the dreadful act — should rank right at the top. But you’d do better to search for the bestseller on Amazon because it has been banned from the theater’s store.

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Obama at APEC summit: China must ‘play by the rules’

HONOLULU — President Obama moved quickly Saturday to project the image of renewed American leadership in the Asian Pacific, announcing broad agreement on a multi-nation free-trade pact and warning China that it must “play by the rules” as its international influence increases.

On the first day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit here, Obama sketched out his administration’s vision of an expanded U.S. role, telling a ballroom of hundreds of business leaders that the newfound engagement is a “reaffirmation of how important we consider this region.”

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Can Gingrich seize an unexpected moment?

SPARTANBURG, S.C.

Newt Gingrich strolled onto the campus of Furman University in Greenville eight hours ahead of Saturday’s Republican debate looking very pleased. A campaign that once seemed to have passed him by has come full circle. Can he take advantage of an opportunity that almost no one, except the former speaker, might have expected?

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Dover mortuary’s treatment of Marine’s remains shocks his parents

It was after dusk one evening this month when the Marine casualty assistance officer knocked on the door of the home of Kathy and William Angus in Thonotosassa, Fla. The Marine was bearing bad news. Again.

The last time, a similar knock from the same Marine had signaled a death knell. Their son, Sgt. Daniel M. Angus, 28, married and daddy to a little girl, had been blown apart by a bomb in Afghanistan. But that was almost two years ago. What did this solemn Marine standing outside want now?

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Who Gets to Judge Political Truth?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 13th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Who Gets to Judge Political Truth?
George Will, Washington Post

Supreme Court Must Protect Our Privacy

Europe’s Woes Pose New Peril to U.S.
Annie Lowrey, New York Times
WASHINGTON — For the second time in two years, European debt troubles threaten to slow the momentum of the fragile recovery in the United States. Although American financial institutions have taken steps to protect themselves from Europe’s long-simmering problems, the likely slowdown in Europe could damage consumer and business confidence in America and strengthen the dollar, making United States exports less competitive. “Financial contagion can lead to the very rapid global spread of recession,” said Chris Varvares, senior managing…

Voting Law Hurts Teachers
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Miami Herald
Weather | Traffic As if Florida teachers haven’t had it hard enough under Gov. Rick Scott’s deep cuts in education, now teachers are actually facing fines for helping high school students register to vote. Republican Secretary of State Kurt Browning recently asked Attorney General Pam Bondi to assess $50 fines for each of 76 voter registration applications submitted in Santa Rosa County. There is absolutely no indication of any foul play; all the applications appear to be eligible Florida voters and will be processed normally. Yet Browning wants a public…

Obama Chooses Enviros Over American Jobs
John Hinderaker, Power Line