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Late Late Night FDL: Santa Baby

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Santa Baby
ShakiraSanta Baby.

ShakiraSanta Baby.

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A Blight on Old Blighty
If nothing else the Tory-led coalition government of Great Britain has brought forth a great lesson in the fruits of austerity.

If nothing else the Tory-led coalition government of Great Britain has brought forth a great lesson on the fruits of austerity:

Britain’s manufacturing sector shrank for a second successive month in November and at its fastest pace since June 2009 as output and orders fell on weak global demand, a survey showed on Thursday, fuelling fears Britain faces another recession.

Not that you’ll ever hear that discussed in our press.

The sheer desire to punish the middle-class in Britain led to the largest strike of public employees in years after the Cameron Government moved to slash jobs, slow pay, and reduce pensions. Naturally, of course, we know who the villains are.

The strikers.

Why else would well-known car enthusiast and proud tool Jeremy Clarkson of ‘Top Gear’ fame make a statement like this:

“I would have them all shot.

The presenters grimaced as he went on: “I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.

“How dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions while the rest of us have to work for a living?”

The comic-irony of all this is that Jeremy Clarkson is an employee of the public-owned BBC and as such is paid a salary of $1.5 million plus an even larger share of merchandising.

How are the Republicans going to come up with a plan for drafting him to challenge Romney?


Sarkozy: It All Comes Down to France and Germany

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Sarkozy: It All Comes Down to France and Germany
In a speech Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confronted the economic quagmire otherwise known as the eurozone and declared that France and Germany would be the key players in Europe’s rehabilitation. Also important in Sarkozy’s scheme was the idea that stricter regulations would help ward off further catastrophe, a notion that seems anathema to many U.S. lawmakers.  —KA BBC: Mr Sarkozy said Europe’s response to the debt crisis had not been fast enough. He said Germany and France had agreed that there should be a new European treaty to govern the relations between countries. However, he rejected German suggestions that national budgets could be approved and regulated in Brussels. The BBC Paris correspondent, Christian Fraser, says the French president’s speech was a sombre assessment of the eurozone crisis and an acknowledgement that eurozone leaders had not worked quickly enough to solve the problems. Read more

In a speech Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confronted the economic quagmire otherwise known as the eurozone and declared that France and Germany would be the key players in Europe’s rehabilitation. Also important in Sarkozy’s scheme was the idea that stricter regulations would help ward off further catastrophe, a notion that seems anathema to many U.S. lawmakers.? —KA

BBC:

Mr Sarkozy said Europe’s response to the debt crisis had not been fast enough.

He said Germany and France had agreed that there should be a new European treaty to govern the relations between countries.

However, he rejected German suggestions that national budgets could be approved and regulated in Brussels.

The BBC Paris correspondent, Christian Fraser, says the French president’s speech was a sombre assessment of the eurozone crisis and an acknowledgement that eurozone leaders had not worked quickly enough to solve the problems.

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The Two Faces of China
Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.

By Eugene Robinson

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.


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‘Factually Challenged’ Attack Prompts Bachmann To Retaliate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:43 am by HL

‘Factually Challenged’ Attack Prompts Bachmann To Retaliate
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is pushing back after rival Newt Gingrich called her “factually challenged.” Campaigning Thursday in Florida, the…

Lloyd Chapman: John Boehner Is a Bag of Hot Air
If Speaker Boehner and the GOP wanted to go above and beyond supporting small businesses, they would urge House Small Business Committee Chair Sam Graves to campaign to stop federal small business contracting fraud by supporting H.R. 3184.

Senate Rejects Payroll Tax Cut Extension
WASHINGTON — The Senate failed Thursday to pass an extension of a payroll tax cut, leaving in limbo a break that saved working class households…

WATCH: National Christmas Tree Lights Up
WASHINGTON — The new National Christmas Tree is settling into its new digs just south of the White House. President Barack Obama and his family…


Fox Regular Frank Luntz Advises GOP To Use Fox-y Language

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Fox Regular Frank Luntz Advises GOP To Use Fox-y Language

Frequent Fox News guest and “word doctor” Frank Luntz has reportedly advised the Republican Governors Association on how to discuss taxes and the Occupy protests, using phrases like “government taking from the rich” and urging protesters to “occupy the White House.” This language is nothing new to Luntz’s regular Fox hosts, who adopted the Luntz-approved language weeks ago.

Luntzspeak: Don’t Say Taxes, Say Government Is “Taking” From The Rich

Luntz: Don’t Talk About The Government “Raising Taxes On The Rich.” Addressing the Republican Governors Association annual meeting, Luntz reportedly urged GOP officials to avoid saying “taxes on the rich.” Yahoo News’ Chris Moody reported:

“If you talk about raising taxes on the rich,” the public responds favorably, Luntz cautioned. But “if you talk about government taking the money from hardworking Americans, the public says no. Taxing, the public will say yes.” [Yahoo News, 12/1/11]

Fox Regularly Uses Luntz-Approved Tax Rhetoric

Sean Hannity: Liberals “Will Empower Their Government To Take It From The Greedy Rich.” While discussing Occupy Wall Street protests, Sean Hannity said the protesters wanted to empower the government to take from the rich:

HANNITY: Look at these pictures. This is the heart and soul of modern liberalism and I would argue the decline of America that people feel they have the right to other people’s money and they will empower their government to take it from the greedy rich, a narrative that the president himself started. [Fox News, Hannity, 11/15/11, via Nexis]

Hannity: Occupy Protesters “Empower The Government To Take Everybody’s Money And Redistribute It.” Claiming that the Occupy movement lacks precise demands, Hannity argued that the protesters want government to “take everybody’s money and redistribute it”:

HANNITY: If there’s one, I guess, common theme that runs through I guess the narrative that they are advancing down there is that, they hate corporations, they hate capitalism, and in the end, ultimately, they want statism over free markets. So, they really don’t like freedom. But they empower the government to take everybody’s money and redistribute it into programs they want, right? [Fox News, Hannity, 10/3/11, via Nexis]

Hannity: Occupy Protesters Are “Begging The Government To Take Other People’s Money.” Discussing the Occupy Wall Street protesters, Hannity said protesters are “begging the government to take other people’s money”:

HANNITY: If they wouldn’t stay up all night making signs and staying down there for weeks, they could actually be working instead of begging the government to take other people’s money. It’s an interesting concept. I’ll go down there and lecture them. I’ll give a speech. [Fox News, Hannity, 9/30/11, via Nexis]

Stuart Varney: Occupy Protesters “Want To Take It Off Those Who Are Successful.” Fox Business host Stuart Varney said Occupy protesters have the “entitlement mentality” and claimed:

VARNEY: These people could just as well be in London protesting their cuts there, they could be in Athens, protesting austerity, they could be in Rome. They are just like Europeans. They have the entitlement mentality. They want to take it off those who are successful and have it and spread it around in the hope that somehow it. [Fox News, Hannity, 11/15/11, via Nexis]

Bill O’Reilly: The “Income Equality Group” Wants “Governments Around The World To Take Money Away From The Affluent.” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said Occupy protesters want government to take money from the affluent:

O’REILLY: Now, the President’s use of the word justice is interesting. What’s the definition of justice? Some folks believe that it’s making sure everybody has the same amount of money. That’s the income equality group. They want governments around the world to take money away from the affluent and business and give it to the quote, unquote, “people.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 10/17/11, via Nexis]

O’Reilly: Occupy Groups “Want The Government To Take Money Away From The Affluent And Give It To Them.” O’Reilly also said:

O’REILLY: But again, what do these people want? The common thread seems to be income equality. Groups like the Working Families Party and the Strong Economy for all Coalition are basically socialistic outfits. They want the government to take money away from the affluent and give it to them. Nice deal if you can get it. And you can get it in places like Cuba and Zimbabwe. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 10/5/11, via Nexis]

Luntzspeak: Say, “You Should Occupy The White House”

Luntz: “Tell Them, ‘You Shouldn’t Be Occupying Wall Street, You Should Be Occupying Washington.’ ” During his session with RGA, Luntz reportedly stated:

Tell them, “You shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, you should be occupying Washington. You should occupy the White House because it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.” [Yahoo News, 12/1/11]

Fox: “Why Don’t They Protest In Front Of The White House?”

Hannity: “Why Don’t They Protest In Front Of The White House?” Discussing the Occupy protests, Hannity asked: “Why don’t they protest in front of the White House? [Fox News, Hannity, 10/14/11, via Nexis]

O’Reilly: Occupy Protests “Would Be In Front Of The White House” If They Were Against Crony Capitalism. O’Reilly questioned the Occupy movement’s motives, saying if it were “a spontaneous demonstration against crony capitalism,” protesters would be outside the White House:

O’REILLY: OK. Crony capitalism, that’s interesting. Then why aren’t they in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House? Just today —

CAROLINE HELDMAN: I would agree.

O’REILLY: — just today the White House issued a statement, Leslie that said they are now investigating the Solyndra crony capitalism case. And you know why? Because a congressional committee is going to issue subpoenas next week to the White House to show why they wasted half a billion of taxpayer dollars in Solyndra.

So this is far more. This isn’t a spontaneous demonstration against crony capitalism. If it were, they would be in front of the White House. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 10/28/11, via Nexis]

Eric Bolling: The “Real Place To Occupy” Is The White House. Fox News host Eric Bolling pointed to protesters disrupting a speech President Obama gave in New Hampshire and claimed that it showed that Occupy protesters “finally found the real place to occupy” — “the White House”:

BOLLING: They finally woke up and realize everything you’re against, corporate greed and all that, cronyism, is going on from the White House directly to all the Obama cronies, whether it’s the congress people who are trading illegally or all the transfers of payment of our money to green energy program that aren’t working. That’s what you need to occupy. Good job.

[…]

BOLLING: They found the real place to occupy. It’s the White House. [Fox News, The Five, 11/22/11, via Nexis]

Bolling: Protesters Should Be “Marching On The Capitol Or The White House.” Complaining that Occupy protesters were marching on the Chamber of Commerce, Bolling claimed:

BOLLING: Occupy Wall Street now occupying D.C., the anti-capitalist demonstration spreading beyond New York, but instead of marching on the Capitol or the White House, they are descending on the Chamber of Commerce. [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 10/6/11, via Nexis]

Luntz Regularly Teams Up With Fox To Promote And Test Conservative Messages

After Luntz Appearance, Fox Exec Bill Sammon Directed News Staff Not To Use Phrase “Public Option.” At the height of the health care reform debate in 2009, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon sent a memo to Fox News journalists directing them not to use the phrase “public option,” but rather “government option” and similar phrases. Sammon’s directive echoed advice from Luntz on how the GOP could turn public opinion against Democrats’ reform efforts. [Media Matters, 3/29/11]

Luntz Chided Fox News Focus Group For Saying They Would Vote Against GOP. Conducting a focus group on Hannity’s Fox News show, Luntz discussed the debate over raising the national debt limit, asking whether voters would vote against Republicans if they voted to raise the debt ceiling. After several members of Luntz’s focus group panel raised their hands to indicate that they would vote “as a protest” against Republicans who “cast a vote to raise the debt ceiling,” Luntz chided them: Oh come on. Seriously?” [Fox News, Hannity, 7/13/11, via Media Matters]

Luntz Asked GOP Focus Group If Obama Is A Socialist; Group — And Hannity — Said Yes. In May, Luntz went on Hannity to speak with a focus group about a GOP debate. He asked focus group members if they believed that Obama was a socialist. Hannity agreed with the group that Obama met “the dictionary definition of what a socialist is.” [Fox News, Hannity, 5/5/11]


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:41 am by HL

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Anti-Immigration Group May Shut Down And Rebrand Because Of Financial Issues
The anti-immigration group ALIPAC may be forced to shut down and relaunch because of fundraising issues, which the group attributes to the economic downturn, the Republican field and, of course, President Obama.


Cap’n 1 Percent in ‘Protecting the Secrets of the Elite’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Cap’n 1 Percent in ‘Protecting the Secrets of the Elite’


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“Somebody, somewhere is paying them off to try and smear my character in order to slow me down.”

— Herman Cain, in an interview with Sean Hannity, on the multiple women accusing him of sexual harassment.

Cain Fades in Iowa
The Des Moines Register teases its new Iowa Poll — which will be released Saturday night at 8 pm ET — by noting Herman Cain has plummeted to just 8% among likely Republican caucusgoers, down from 23 percent in late October.


UNESCO: Boycott For Boycott?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 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…


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%…

The Return of ‘The Right’
I surprise nobody by remarking what a difficult time this is for Israelis and Palestinians. In many ways, the sides are closer than ever to sensing what a modus vivendi?feels like, as the institutions and economy of a Palestinian state…



Massachusetts AG Files Suit Against Banks For Deceptive Practices During Foreclosure Crisis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Massachusetts AG Files Suit Against Banks For Deceptive Practices During Foreclosure Crisis
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) has filed the nation’s first lawsuit against national banks involved in the foreclosure crisis, she announced at a press conference today. Coakley filed suit against five major banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Ally Financial — alleging that the banks engaged in “unlawful and […]

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) has filed the nation’s first lawsuit against national banks involved in the foreclosure crisis, she announced at a press conference today. Coakley filed suit against five major banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Ally Financial — alleging that the banks engaged in “unlawful and deceptive” foreclosure practices, including robo-signing, unlawful foreclosures, false documentation, and deceptive practices related to loan modifications. “Every day this goes by, people are being unnecessarily foreclosed upon, and it just makes no sense,” Coakley said today. “This is the only way we think we can get relief for homeowners.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2011 5:35 am by HL

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2012 campaign ad spending tops $23 million

More than $23 million has been spent on campaign television ads so far in the 2012 election with the conservative-aligned outside group American Crossroads accounting for nearly half of that total, according to an analysis of data by the Washington Post.

American Crossroads, which is incorporated as a super PAC, and its affiliate Crossroads GPS, a not-for-profit organization, have dumped $11.2 million into television ads in states across the country as of Nov. 20. Crossroads has focused its spending, not surprisingly, in and around the Washington, D.C. media market — $1.2 million in ad disbursements — but has also spent big money in the Denver ($805,000) and Tampa ($539,000) media markets.

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Billy Graham, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama under consideration for first ‘living persons or recently deceased’ postage stamp

A tech visionary, a veteran talk show host, two presidents — current and former — a preacher and a baseball player with good attendance are among the people under consideration for the first-ever postage stamp to honor a living or recently deceased American, according to U.S. Postal Service officials not authorized to speak publicly.

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House Republicans criticize White House for denying grant to Catholic group

House Republicans on Thursday sharply criticized a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services in September to deny a federal grant to a Catholic group that refuses to refer victims of human trafficking for abortion and contraceptive services, with some lawmakers saying that reflected an anti-Catholic bias in the Obama administration.

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