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Late Late Night FDL: Susie The Little Blue Coupe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Susie The Little Blue Coupe
Susie The Little Blue Coupe. This Walt Disney Studios cartoon was released theatrically on June 6, 1952.

Susie The Little Blue Coupe.  This Walt Disney Studios cartoon was released theatrically on June 6, 1952.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi. Produced by Walt Disney. Original story by Bill Peet. Story adaptation by Bill Peet and Don DaGradi (as Don Da Gradi). Animation by Bob Carlson, Ollie Johnston, Hal King, and Cliff Nordberg. Layouts by Don Griffith and Hugh Hennesy. Backgrounds by Ralph Hulett. Visual Effects Animation by George Rowley. Voices by Sterling Holloway (Narrator) and Stan Freberg (Junkyard owner who sells Susie to a Young Man; drunken Susie Hiccups; and other voices and sounds (uncredited). Original Music by Paul J. Smith (as Paul Smith).

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?


Chlamydia Climbing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Chlamydia Climbing
Here’s a bit of bad news for the sexually active: Chlamydia infections in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2010 with 1.3 million cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the largest number ever reported for any condition, the agency says. The rate of infection was higher among women than men—a fact the report said was unsurprising because women are more likely than men to be tested. The study recorded a higher increase in cases among men than women in recent years, however. Eight times as many cases were found among blacks than whites, while three times as many Hispanics tested positive for infection. —ARK MedPageToday: The count—1,307,893 cases—yielded a rate of 426 cases per 100,000 population, a 5.1% increase over 2009, the CDC said in its annual surveillance report on sexually transmitted diseases. Much of the increase, the agency said, is probably owing to a continued increase in screening, more sensitive tests, and more complete national reporting. But the CDC said it can’t rule out “a true increase in morbidity.” Read more (with a free subscription)

Here’s a bit of bad news for the sexually active: Chlamydia infections in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2010 with 1.3 million cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the largest number ever reported for any condition, the agency says.

The rate of infection was higher among women than men—a fact the report said was unsurprising because women are more likely than men to be tested. The study recorded a higher increase in cases among men than women in recent years, however.

Eight times as many cases were found among blacks than whites, while three times as many Hispanics tested positive for infection. —ARK

MedPageToday:

The count—1,307,893 cases—yielded a rate of 426 cases per 100,000 population, a 5.1% increase over 2009, the CDC said in its annual surveillance report on sexually transmitted diseases.

Much of the increase, the agency said, is probably owing to a continued increase in screening, more sensitive tests, and more complete national reporting.

But the CDC said it can’t rule out “a true increase in morbidity.”

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Marjorie Cohn: GOP Candidates Advocate Torture

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Marjorie Cohn: GOP Candidates Advocate Torture
At last week’s debate, Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann defended waterboarding. The United States has long considered waterboarding to be torture.

New Hampshire Senator Will Endorse Romney
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is set to win the endorsement of New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Sunday. Ayotte will make…

A Poet’s Beating At Occupy Berkeley
LIFE, I found myself thinking as a line of Alameda County deputy sheriffs in Darth Vader riot gear formed a cordon in front of me…

WATCH: Newt Gingrich Tells Protesters To Get A Job, Take A Bath
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich mocked the Occupy Wall Street protesters on Saturday, saying they need to “get a job” and “take a…

Bob Ostertag: Militarization of Campus Police
What we have seen in the last two weeks around the country, and now at Davis, is a radical departure from the way police have handled protest in this country for half a century.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

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Colbert Fans Email The FEC About Karl Rove’s Super PAC Request
Stephen Colbert’s “super PAC” Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow asked supporters last week to write the Federal Election Commission in “support” of American Crossroads request to, essentially, coordinate “non-coordinated” campaign advertisements with politicians.



Koch Bros. Bet On Cain?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Koch Bros. Bet On Cain?


Are Male Baby Boomers Doomed To Become Lonely Seniors?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

Are Male Baby Boomers Doomed To Become Lonely Seniors?
It’s not just the young in the Occupy Movement who fear for their futures. Many older people, who are marching with them, dread retirement, even if they hate their jobs. They fear social isolation, the loss of friends they…

Big Oil Doesn’t Need Handouts
Here’s a scary fact: Last year, the biggest five oil companies alone scored $76 billion in profits. And here’s an even scarier fact: Last year, the oil industry received more than $4 billion in tax breaks. These numbers don’t lie…

David Brooks Smackdown
I always love it when David Brooks and Paul Krugman tussle on the pages of the New York Times. On Monday, Brooks wrote a column called The Wrong Inequality, arguing that the Occupy Movement was wrong to target the 1%…


McCain Says Green Movement ?Might Be Supportive? Of An Attack On Iran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

McCain Says Green Movement ?Might Be Supportive? Of An Attack On Iran
Last year at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made headlines when he called on President Obama to support an attack on Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Today at this year’s forum in Halifax, Sen. John McCain (R-SC) noted Graham’s comments, and claimed that since then, talk […]

Last year at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made headlines when he called on President Obama to support an attack on Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Today at this year’s forum in Halifax, Sen. John McCain (R-SC) noted Graham’s comments, and claimed that since then, talk of striking Iran has become more acceptable. It’s “generally accepted opinion,” McCain said citing former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, that “the only thing worse than attack on Iran is Iran with nuclear weapons.” (Mullen has actually warned against attacking Iran).

Also during the Halifax forum discussion today, McCain criticized Obama for not speaking out more forcefully for the Green Movement in 2009, saying that it amounted to one of the greatest foreign policy missteps of the 21st century. In a press conference after the Halifax forum discussion, ThinkProgress asked McCain what he thought an attack on Iran would do to the opposition movement there. McCain paused, saying, “That’s a good question.” Then after diverting a bit by talking about general sanctions on Iran, McCain came back to the question and suggested that the Green Movement might welcome an attack:

TP: I just wanted to go back to Iran for a second. There was talk of attacking Iran in the discussion earlier over its nuclear program and I’m wondering what you think that would do to the Green Movement.

MCCAIN: That’s a good question and I’d like for Senator Udall to talk about that. First of all on the attack, the issue of an attack on Iran. I do believe that we should pursue sanctions. […]

The Green Movement in all candor is already very disillusioned with the United States of America because of our failure to suppor them in 2009 when they rose up and died in the streets of Tehran and other cities in Iran. So I think that it — I can’t speak for them but if they thought it was a way that would eventually unseat the government then they might be supportive but they are understandably in my view very skeptical about whatever the United States does now.

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While it’s unclear what information the Arizona senator is basing that assessment on, Iranian civil society, human rights activists and those close to the Green Movement have said that military action against Iran would be a huge set back for the opposition there. Last June, a spokesperson for the Green Coordinating Council said, “The regime would really like for someone to come drop two bombs” on Iran’s nuclear facilites because it “would then increase nationalism and the regime would gather everyone and all the political parties around itself.”

RAND Corp. Iran expert Alireza Nader agrees. “What a military strike could do is unite all Iran’s various factions and personalities around the supreme leader,” Nader said in June.

Police Attack Peaceful UC Davis Students With Pepper Spray
Yesterday, a group of students at the University of California Davis staged a sit-in to protect their occupation encampment and demand the release of those who had already been arrested. Police dressed in riot gear approached the peaceful group of students and began attacking them with pepper spray, forcing them to cover their faces. Many […]

Yesterday, a group of students at the University of California Davis staged a sit-in to protect their occupation encampment and demand the release of those who had already been arrested.

Police dressed in riot gear approached the peaceful group of students and began attacking them with pepper spray, forcing them to cover their faces. Many of them fell over. “What is wrong with you?” demanded one student. “You’re supposed to protect us!” yelled another. Watch it:

Professor Nathan Brown, who is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University, has written an open letter calling on Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to resign in response to the incident. “I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and throughout the UC system. In a word: I am the sort of young faculty member, like many of my colleagues, this campus needs. I am an asset to the University of California at Davis,” it reads. “You are not.”

Update

The entire UC Davis Faculty Association has now called for the Chancellor’s resignation. Separately, the Chancellor has announced the formation of a task force to investigate the incident.


Iowa activists reevaluating Newt Gingrich’s candidacy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

Iowa activists reevaluating Newt Gingrich’s candidacy

DENISON, Iowa

Nine months ago, on a frigid winter night, a small group of local Republican leaders gathered at Cronk’s Cafe in this small Iowa town to talk about the presidential campaign. They had a dim view of Newt Gingrich that night.

Arlan Ecklund was outspoken in his criticism of the former House speaker. “I think he’s polarizing,” he said then. “I don’t think he’s electable.” Today, he has changed his mind. “The problems that face our nation are greater than they’ve ever been,” he said. “I believe he’s the one candidate who doesn’t need on-the-job training. .?.?. I think he is electable, even though he has some baggage.”

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Police arrest 11 as Occupy D.C. supporters take over Franklin School building

Police arrested 11 people Saturday evening inside an abandoned historic building in downtown Washington after sympathizers of the Occupy D.C. movement took over the former homeless shelter.

The protesters, bandannas on their faces, entered the city-owned Franklin School about 3 p.m. and hung banners from the roof, reading “Public Property Under Community Control” and “Franklin for the 99 percent.”

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Clarence Thomas attends hometown museum dedication; source of funding for institution prompts questions

The Clarence Thomas Interchange on Interstate 95 leads eventually to the Clarence Thomas wing of Savannah’s Carnegie Library, which is near the Clarence Thomas Center for Historical Preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

But Saturday, the Supreme Court justice was 12 more miles down the road, past the city where he grew up and back to the sliver of a place where he was born, among the moss-draped live oaks and golden-brown marshes of Pin Point.

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GOP candidates court conservative Christians in Iowa

DES MOINES — Looking to court this state’s critical voting bloc of evangelical Christians, Republican presidential candidates sharply attacked secularism and the Supreme Court while calling for greater restrictions on abortion and gay rights at an event here on Saturday.

At a forum on moral values, which was held at First Federated, an evangelical church in Des Moines, the six candidates in attendance largely stuck to Republican orthodoxy and avoided criticizing one another. Instead, they called for dramatic changes in current law to achieve conservative aims.

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Pay to Play, Brought to You by Washington

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Pay to Play, Brought to You by Washington
Dana Milbank, Wash Post
Almost exactly a year ago, members of Congress voted overwhelmingly to censure their colleague Charlie Rangel for bringing dishonor on the House. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned the New York Democrat to the well and chastised the congressman for his 11 ethics violations, which included improper fundraising.This week, Rangel again brought the House into disrepute — but this time he had the full support of his colleagues.

Let’s Refocus on the Founders’ Vision for America
Rep. Paul Ryan, IBD
The economic hardships brought about by the financial crisis and the weak recovery have reopened our longstanding national debate over the meaning of the proposition that we are all created equal.In the Founders' vision, the self-evident truth of this belief guaranteed all Americans equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Media Cheers Depraved Protests
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal
“The Occupy Wall Street protesters had achieved a great deal,” the New York Times editorialized on Wednesday. “We worry that [Mayor MIchael Bloomberg's] decision to clear the park of tents could end up quashing the entire protest.” The paper claimed that “many of those protesters wanted to stay by obeying laws and respecting the community” and demanded that the mayor “keep his promise to support the protesters' right to speak up about income inequality, especially in the city's financial district.”Schoolchildren run the Obamaville…

Niche Voters Giving Paul Momentum in Iowa
Trip Gabriel, NY Times
Steve and Cindy Anders belong to one of Iowa’s most politically savvy movements — Christian home-schoolers, whose organizing on behalf of Mike Huckabee in 2008 was one of the secrets behind his upset victory in the state’s Republican caucuses.This year, the Anderses are behind Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who supports drastically shrinking the federal government and closing the Education Department.

The European Union Is Doomed
Niall Ferguson, Washington Post