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Archive for November 24th, 2011

Late Late Night FDL: Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving
Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving. Story and pictures by Dav Pilkey. Video narrated and created by Stephanie Kostuck, Alissa Brink, and Danielle Rotering for a class project. Music by Billy Haden and the Country Keys Turkey in the Straw.

Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving.  Story and pictures by Dav Pilkey.  Video narrated and created by Stephanie Kostuck, Alissa Brink, and Danielle Rotering for a class project.  Music by Billy Haden and the Country Keys Turkey in the Straw.

What’s on your mind?

The Tryptophan of Liberty
And what have we to be thankful for today?

The Future of American Protesting pic via psychonautfromatlantis at flickr.com

Good morning Turkey briners.  Happy Thanksgiving.

And what have we to be thankful for today?

Well, we can ponder the fact that in the “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave” the place hosting the 2012 Republican National Convention has a police force with its own tank.

That’s right, a tank. Truly, from rolling across Poland to ending Prague’s Spring always an emblem of Liberty. What better at the Republican Convention?

Happy Demonstrating.


Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP
Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

By Joe Conason

Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.


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Super Fail Complicates Election Year Battle Lines

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Super Fail Complicates Election Year Battle Lines
WASHINGTON — The failure of Congress’ deficit-reduction supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests, drawing political battle lines around broad tax increases…

Jared Bernstein: Pesky Brother-in-Law, Thanksgiving Edition
Here’s a handy roundup of retorts to a few egregious arguments you’re likely to hear from that brother-in-law with a PhD in Fox News. Master these, and you’ll probably end up having thirds of Aunt Debbie’s pecan pie.

NYPD Orders Officers Not To Interfere With Journalists
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department’s commissioner on Wednesday sent an internal message to officers ordering them not to unreasonably interfere with media…

Robert Scheer: Thanks For What?
I love Thanksgiving for its illusion of abundance. It brings back early childhood memories of the one day each year during the Depression when the…


This Thanksgiving, Beware The Sharia Turkey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

This Thanksgiving, Beware The Sharia Turkey
You may think that when you buy a Butterball turkey this Thanksgiving you’re as American as apple pie. But, you’d be wrong. In fact, you’re the victim of a “stealth halal” conspiracy….


The American Behind India’s 9/11–And How U.S. Botched Chances to Stop Him
by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica, Nov. 22, 2011, 9:52 a.m. This story was co-published with PBS FRONTLINE, which will air a film version today. Check local listings.Prologue: Justice Denied During a meeting overseas last summer, a senior U.S. official and Gen….


The new revolutionaries: Thank goodness for FaceBook!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

The new revolutionaries: Thank goodness for FaceBook!
A new revolution is taking place in America — and it’s all happening on FaceBook. Does anyone but me find that a little bit weird? After I “friended” Leah on FB, she sent me a video of U.C. Davis police torturing non-violent college students with pepper spray just because the poor students didn’t want their tuition […]


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

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Stay Tuned: New Ad Calls for Debate on Nuclear Weapons
In the first Republican presidential debate on national security issues, held on November 12th, the closest the Republican candidates came to holding a discussion on nuclear weapons was when they got into a bidding war over who could deploy the…


Angry Over Unfair Mortgage Practices, Churches Pull Money From Wall Street Banks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

Angry Over Unfair Mortgage Practices, Churches Pull Money From Wall Street Banks
Even though their profits are rising, Wall Street banks have begun getting bad news from the 99 Percent Movement. More than 40,000 people moved their money from banks to credit unions on Bank Transfer Day earlier this month, bringing total new credit union enrollment up to more than 650,000 since the beginning of October. For […]

Religious leaders at Occupy Wall Street

Even though their profits are rising, Wall Street banks have begun getting bad news from the 99 Percent Movement. More than 40,000 people moved their money from banks to credit unions on Bank Transfer Day earlier this month, bringing total new credit union enrollment up to more than 650,000 since the beginning of October. For the 10 largest banks, that could mean about $185 billion in lost deposits next year alone.

Now, a new coalition of groups is planning to move even more money off of Wall Street. Angered by predatory and often discriminatory mortgage lending practices that continue to come to light, an inter-faith coalition of churches and religious organizations is pledging to move as much as $1 billion away from the nation’s biggest banks, the Washington Post reports:

The New Bottom Line (NBL) coalition of congregations, community organizations, labor unions and individuals is promoting a “Move Our Money” campaign with the goal of shifting $1 billion from big banks to community banks and credit unions.

In a way, the banks have divested from our communities, especially communities of color,” said the Rev. Ryan Bell, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Los Angeles. “So we’re basically telling Bank of America that we want them to invest in our communities, and until they do that we’re not going to give our money to them.”

The Move Our Money campaign is the latest sign of religious organizations joining in the 99 Percent Movement’s struggle. As of Monday, churches had already moved more than $55 million from Wall Street banks, and about 100 leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim groups have pledged to move more than $100 million more in the coming days.

The campaign, meanwhile, should draw more attention to predatory lending practices from Wall Street. Bank of America and other banks have come under fire for various types of mortgage fraud and abuse, including robo-signing foreclosure documents and repossessing homes that either weren’t in foreclosure or that the banks didn’t own. As Bell told the Post, recent reports have also shed light on the discriminatory nature of those mortgage practices, as blacks and Latinos were twice as likely to have been affected by the housing crisis as white borrowers.


Medicare administrator Donald Berwick resigns in the face of Republican opposition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:34 am by HL

Medicare administrator Donald Berwick resigns in the face of Republican opposition

President Obama’s top Medicare official has resigned in the face of Republican pledges to block his confirmation in the Senate.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald M. Berwick notified colleagues Wednesday that he will step down Dec. 2, nearly a month before the expiration of his recess appointment.

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Sherry Rehman, liberal lawmaker, is Pakistan’s new U.S. envoy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan named a liberal lawmaker as its new ambassador to the United States on Wednesday, swiftly filling a crucial diplomatic vacancy created amid a scandal that highlighted civil-military tensions.

 The appointment of Sherry Reh­man, a prominent former journalist known for her human rights work, surprised observers who had expected a choice with a more obvious stamp of approval from the country’s powerful military.

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Wonkbook: The GOP’s dual-trigger nightmare

Imagine if the Democrats offered Republicans a deficit deal that had more than $3 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts, assigned most of those spending cuts to the Pentagon, and didn’t take a dime from Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries. Republicans would laugh at them. But without quite realizing it, that’s the deal Republicans have now offered to the Democrats.

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Centrism Makes Romney More Electable

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 24th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Centrism Makes Romney More Electable
Michael Medved, Wall St. Journal
Conservative resistance to Mitt Romney's nomination increasingly emphasizes electability as much as ideology, concentrating on his perceived weaknesses as a candidate along with an inconsistent approach to the issues. In headlining a typical blog post, Erick Erickson of RedState.com laments: “Mitt Romney as the Nominee: Conservatism Dies and Barack Obama Wins.”Such projections of doom portray Mr. Romney as the dreary second coming of John McCain—a hapless moderate foisted on the disillusioned rank and file by the GOP's country-club establishment, with no real…

How We Were All Misled
John Lanchester, New York Review of Books
Most people with a special interest in the events of the credit crunch and the Great Recession that followed it have a private benchmark for the excesses that led up to the crash. These benchmarks are a rule of thumb, a rough measure of how far out of control things got; they are phenomena that at the time seemed normal but that in retrospect were a brightly flashing warning light. I came across mine in Iceland, talking to a waitress in a café in the summer of 2009, about eight months after the króna collapsed and the whole country effectively went bankrupt under the…

The Chutes & Ladders of The Chicago Way
John Kass, Chicago Tribune
The federal sentencing hearing for convicted influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko — once a friend and personal real estate fairy to President Barack Obama— had just begun in Chicago. It was just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve motioned to the marshal to bring Rezko into the courtroom. A door in the wall opened to a sparse corridor where prisoners often wait.

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