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Gingrich Called Spanish ‘Ghetto’ Language

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:47 am by HL

Gingrich Called Spanish ‘Ghetto’ Language
A rival presidential campaign is sharing video of a 2007 speech in which Newt Gingrich told the National Federation of Republican Women that Spanish is “the language of living in a ghetto.” Gingrich made the remarks in an address where he criticized bilingual education and requirements that states make ballots available in several languages. Gingrich said children should be taught “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English … so they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”



Late Late Night FDL: Down By The Water

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Down By The Water
The Decemberists with Gillian WelchDown By The Water.

The Decemberists with Gillian WelchDown By The Water.

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Early Morning Swim

First in War, First in Peace
Human Yosemite Sam/Elmer Fudd hybrid Glenn Beck still exists in the realm of literal viral videos, and in his ever stupid proclamations of history he has burped up a real doozie.

pic via nelsonrunkle at flickr.com

Second thing that comes up when you “google” Santorum.

Human Yosemite Sam/Elmer Fudd hybrid Glenn Beck still exists in the realm of literal viral videos, and in his ever stupid proclamations of history he has burped up a real doozie:

If there is one guy out there that is the next George Washington, the only guy that I could think of is Rick Santorum. I would ask that you would take a look at him.

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Yes, the parallels are obviously striking. Especially the metaphorical similarities between Washington’s Memorial and the personality of Rick Santorum, the frothy of his country.


Britain Flirts With Slavery

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Britain Flirts With Slavery
In the name of providing valuable “work experience” to young people, British supermarkets and department stores—one of which makes the equivalent of more than 5½ billion U.S. dollars annually—are holding job seekers’ unemployment benefits hostage to squeeze them of weeks of free labor without any promise of a permanent position. The program is sponsored by the British government. —ARK The Guardian: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that if jobseekers “express an interest” in an offer of work experience they must continue to work without pay, after a one-week cooling-off period or face having their benefits docked. Young people have told the Guardian that they are doing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour and have to be available from 9am to 10pm. In three such cases jobseekers also claim they were not told about the week’s cooling-off period, and that once they showed a willingness to take part in the scheme they were told by their case manager they would be stripped of their £53- a-week jobseekers allowance (JSA) if they backed out. Read more

In the name of providing valuable “work experience” to young people, British supermarkets and department stores—one of which makes the equivalent of more than 5½ billion U.S. dollars annually—are holding job seekers’ unemployment benefits hostage to squeeze them of weeks of free labor without any promise of a permanent position. The program is sponsored by the British government. —ARK

The Guardian:

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that if jobseekers “express an interest” in an offer of work experience they must continue to work without pay, after a one-week cooling-off period or face having their benefits docked.

Young people have told the Guardian that they are doing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour and have to be available from 9am to 10pm.

In three such cases jobseekers also claim they were not told about the week’s cooling-off period, and that once they showed a willingness to take part in the scheme they were told by their case manager they would be stripped of their £53- a-week jobseekers allowance (JSA) if they backed out.

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John V. Santore: Democracy in Clinton, Iowa

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

John V. Santore: Democracy in Clinton, Iowa
(The following is an excerpt from an article I recently wrote on the nature of democratic participation in Clinton, Iowa, including the strength of the…

Obama Reelection Chief Confident Of Latino Support In 2012
CHICAGO — The man tasked with running President Obama’s reelection campaign looked to be handling the pressure of such a big job rather well on…

Occupy DC Marchers Driven By Clashes Elsewhere
WASHINGTON — Demonstrators marching through the streets of Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon said the arrests and evictions at other Occupy Wall Street protests are…


George Will Disappears Years Of Economic Growth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

George Will Disappears Years Of Economic Growth

In a November 17 Washington Post column, George Will suggested “economic growth decreased” following a 1990 budget deal that included a tax increase. In fact, the United States experienced sustained economic growth soon after the debt deal, which continued for a decade.

Will: 1990 Budget Deal With Tax Increase Resulted In “Economic Growth Decreas[ing]”

Will: “Economic Growth Decreased” Following 1990 Budget Deal That Included Tax Increase. In his November 17 Washington Post column, George Will suggested that the tax increases in the 1990 budget deal resulted in a decrease in economic growth. From his column:

Although only 21 of the 242 Republicans in the House and eight of 47 Republicans in the Senate were on Capitol Hill in 1990, everyone there should remember the results of that year’s budget agreement, wherein President George H.W. Bush jettisoned his “no new taxes” pledge: Taxes increased. So did spending. And the deficit. Economic growth decreased. [The Washington Post, 11/16/11]

In Fact, Soon After the 1990 Budget Deal, U.S. Economy Experienced Sustained Growth For A Decade

U.S. Dept. Of Commerce: GDP Grew Every Full Fiscal Year After 1990 Debt Deal. According to data from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) experienced growth every full fiscal year after the 1990 debt deal. Based on the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ data, Media Matters created this chart:

Percent Change GDP

[Data from Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, accessed 11/17/11]

World Bank: U.S. Annual GDP Increased By Nearly $4 Trillion Between 1990 and 2000. The World Bank’s World Development Indicators data shows that U.S. GDP increased by nearly $4 trillion between 1990 and 2000.

Based on the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ data, Media Matters created this chart:

 Annual US GDP

[Data from The World Bank, accessed 11/17/11]

-RAS


John Liu Bundler Arrested On Fraud Charges

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

John Liu Bundler Arrested On Fraud Charges
The investigation into the prodigious fundraising of NYC comptroller John C. Liu doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. Xing Wu Pan was arrested this morning on charges of attempted wire fraud and conspiracy, The New York…

Giffords Shooting Survivors Slam Grassley’s ‘Disregard’ For Gun Violence Victims
Eleven survivors and family members of victims of the January 2011 shooting in Arizona that nearly killed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) are criticizing Sen. Chuck Grassley for what they say was a “dismissive and political response” to Tucson shooting survivor Patricia Maisch’s testimony in support of legislation which would close holes in the background check system.


Palin: Sandusky Should ‘Hang From The Highest Tree’
Promoting lynching as a form of punishment is a sure way to get attention. And Sarah Palin is certainly craving attention these days. In an interview aired Tuesday night with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, Palin weighed in the…


Take Action on the 2nd-Month Anniversary of the OWS Movement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Take Action on the 2nd-Month Anniversary of the OWS Movement
Just two months ago, Americans began assembling in Zuccotti Park in New York City to protest our lives being taken over by corrupt politicians who work for the Big Banks and Multinational Corporations instead of ‘We the People.’ Since then, the OWS Movement has spread like wildfire and has had enough influence to, among […]


Perry Fundraising Dries Up

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Perry Fundraising Dries Up
Rick Perry’s fundraising efforts have run into trouble amidst a series of debate gaffes and poor poll numbers, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Perry’s associates and supporters say his campaign has redoubled its money-­raising efforts in the past week to ensure that his campaign will have enough money to survive the first three contests of the 2012 election calendar… But Perry’s loyal backers are running into resistance from Republican donors. One Perry fundraiser, who asked not to be named, said he received 15 RSVPs for a recent event from potential donors saying they might attend. But after a gaffe-marred Perry debate performance, none showed up… Another Perry fundraiser said he expects the Texas governor to raise between $3 million and $5 million in the final three months of 2012 — less than one-third of what he generated in the first six weeks of his candidacy.”

Clinton to Visit Myanmar
Just hours before Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announced her return to politics, President Obama said he was sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a visit to Myanmar next month, the New York Times reports.

“The twin events underscored the remarkable and sudden pace of change in Myanmar, which has stunned observers inside and outside the country, analysts said.”

The Washington Post notes “the two-day trip, starting Dec. 1, would mark the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years.”

Why Is Gingrich Untouchable?
A Smart Politics analysis “of the last seven nationally televised debates since Rick Perry entered the race finds that Newt Gingrich is the only candidate yet to be on the receiving end of the more than 150 verbal attacks that have been levied by the Republican field.”


OWS Shows Fight Is Far from Over: Explosive Actions on 2 Month Anniversary of Movement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

OWS Shows Fight Is Far from Over: Explosive Actions on 2 Month Anniversary of Movement
The 99 percent showed up around the city to stand in solidarity with the evicted occupiers and express their support for a growing, expanding, living movement.

Privatization Nightmare: 5 Public Services That Should Never Be Handed Over to Greedy Corporations
Why we all pay more when essential services are privatized.


Neocons: Lying Us Into Another War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 18th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

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…

The Quartet facade
Israel and the United States have perfected, almost to a science, the management of international players who dare to intervene in trying to advance peace in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis. The most recent political configuration to serve…