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Archive for December 5th, 2011

Late, Late Night FDL: Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do

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

Late, Late Night FDL: Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do
Captain Beefheart & Magic Band – Sure ’nuff ‘n Yes I do

Captain Beefheart & Magic Band – Sure ’nuff ‘n Yes I do

What’s on your mind tonite…?


The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

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

The GOP’s Rational Reality Show
The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.


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Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement?
The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.

By Chris Hedges

The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.


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Robert Kuttner: Why Corzine Won’t Do Time

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

Robert Kuttner: Why Corzine Won’t Do Time
Will Jon Corzine, former U.S. senator, former New Jersey governor, former chairman of Goldman Sachs, end his high-profile career in the slam? Don’t bet the farm on it. Corzine’s most recent gig was as head of MF Global Holdings, the firm that went bust when Corzine made some $6.3 billion in unfortunate wagers that European sovereign bonds were a bargain. But MF Global apparently not only bet its own wad but threw over a billion dollars in segregated customer funds into the same transactions; hundreds of millions of money from customer accounts went missing. A lot of the money is still unaccounted for. Mixing customer money with the firm’s own proprietary bets is illegal, big time. Or is it?

Russian Putin Supporter Thrown Into St Petersburg River (VIDEO)
A YouTube video has been posted online that shows a supporter of Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, being picked up and thrown into a river…

Michele Bachmann Lobbied For Campaign Donor’s Pardon
ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer reports: Long before Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., set her sights on the White House, she became embroiled in a donor’s request for…


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

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WA ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Blamed The Rothschild Family For The Iraq War
A sovereign citizen in Washington state was charged with filing false tax liens against a number of state officials, and is accused of describing his plans to petition “off-duty” Supreme Court justices to try to get his business partner released…


Sunday Sermon: Christopublican Exceptionalism, AKA ‘Hypocrisy’

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

Sunday Sermon: Christopublican Exceptionalism, AKA ‘Hypocrisy’
“So the Pharisees, Jesus said, were the rich and the powerful and righteous who ignored the most important moral values that should guide everyone: the values of justice and mercy and faith. They were fools and foolers, and those who followed them were blinded by their own piety. “This sounds achingly familiar today. The complaints that […]


Gingrich Makes Big Push in South Carolina

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

Gingrich Makes Big Push in South Carolina
Newt Gingrich “is working more aggressively than any of his competitors to organize activists and volunteers” ahead of the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, “essentially pinning his candidacy on a state filled with Christian conservatives,” the AP reports.

“His chief rival, Mitt Romney, is approaching South Carolina tentatively. He invested huge sums in the state in the 2008 presidential race only to bail just days before the vote when it became clear he would lose big to Arizona Sen. John McCain. Many voters couldn’t overlook their skepticism of Romney’s Mormon faith and his reversals on some cultural issues.”

New York Times: “If neither candidate succeeds in knocking out the other in the burst of early tests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, Mr. Gingrich could be faced with the ultimate challenge to his campaign: the need to survive a war of attrition of the sort for which he is unprepared at the moment.”

Gingrich On Air in Iowa
Newt Gingrich is set to run his first ad in Iowa, a 60-second upbeat spot talking direct to the camera.

The Des Moines Register notes it’s just the beginning of a series of ads for Gingrich.

Trump Won’t Rule Out Independent Bid
The Wall Street Journal reports that as much as Donald Trump “relishes his role as Republican kingmaker, he won’t close the door on his own independent presidential bid once the next season of his reality TV show, The Celebrity Apprentice, wraps up on NBC next spring — a prospect that could spell doom for the eventual GOP nominee.”

Said Trump: “I absolutely have another bite. If the economy continues to be bad and if the Republicans choose the wrong person, I would do it.”

Meanwhile, USA Today notes Newt Gingrich will visit with Trump in New York City today.

Expect to hear a lot from Trump this week; he’s got a new book out.


Forced Pregnancy? Right-Wing Women’s Group Thinks Women Raped in the Military Shouldn’t Get Abortions

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

Forced Pregnancy? Right-Wing Women’s Group Thinks Women Raped in the Military Shouldn’t Get Abortions
Concerned Women for America claims that allowing military women access to abortion is somehow a "cover-up" of the crime committed against them.

The Absurd Zombie Lie About the Economy Right-Wingers Desperately Cling To — And Why It’s Totally Wrong
Home loans didn’t bring on the recession; gimmicky financial instruments bloated to 100 times their value are what caused all this pain.

Hazmat Suits to Break Up Occupations? How Mayors Feign Concern for Health to Trash a Growing Movement
Mayors and police around the country have pretended public health is the reason for shutting down Occupy protests, but their actions belie their words.

David Cronenberg Discusses the "Intellectual Menage à Trois" of "A Dangerous Method"
Director David Cronenberg’s new film, starring Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen, looks at the relationship between Freud, Jung, and Sabina Spielrein.

Bullies, Liars and Impostors: How Facebook and Go Daddy Shield Scott Walker’s Online Guerillas
A spate of online disinformation, bullying and outright calls for the destruction of recall petitions raise the specter of fraud in the Wisconsin recall petition drive.


Neocons: Lying Us Into Another War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 5th, 2011 5:36 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…

Two Political Rumors Worth Following
Here are two rumors worth noting, one Israeli, one Palestinian, each with potentially big political significance. 1. The first has to to do with Netanyahu’s decision to call a snap Likud primary for late January. The superficial explanation is that…


Mitt’s Mythical Math on Health Care and Defense
All right — I wasn’t going to blog on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving until someone tweeted me Igor Volsky’s great piece at Think Progress eviscerating Mitt Romney’s assertion that he would save money by cancelling the Obama health plan…


With Gingrich Surging, Coburn Still ?Will Have Difficulty Supporting Him As President Of The United States?

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

With Gingrich Surging, Coburn Still ?Will Have Difficulty Supporting Him As President Of The United States?
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is not a fan of Newt Gingrich. Last year, Coburn said at a town hall meeting that the former Speaker is “the last person I’d vote for president of the United States.” “His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president,” […]

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is not a fan of Newt Gingrich. Last year, Coburn said at a town hall meeting that the former Speaker is “the last person I’d vote for president of the United States.” “His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president,” Coburn said. And again last March, two months before Gingrich officially declared his run for the GOP nominiation for president, Coburn reiterated his anti-Gingrich sentiment, saying, “We need somebody that’s…stable.”

Now that Gingrich is surging in the polls (he leads in the latest Iowa poll) and is emerging as the GOP’s new frontrunner, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Coburn if he may have changed his mind:

WALLACE: As Speaker Gingrich takes the lead do you still have those questions about his fitness to be president?

COBURN: Chris, there is a lot of candidates out there. I am not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich having served under him for four years and experienced personally his leadership. … because i found it lacking often times. … There are all types of leaders, leaders that instill confidence, leaders that are somewhat abrupt and brisk, leaders that have one standard for the people they are leading and a different standard for themselves. I just found his leadership lacking and I’m not going to go into greater detail on that and if you poll the group of people that came in to Congress in 1994, which he did a wonderful job in organizing that and he’s brilliant and has a lot of positives, but I still, I will have difficulty supporting him as President of the United States.

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At the bottom of the world, a controversial search for cosmic leftovers

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

At the bottom of the world, a controversial search for cosmic leftovers

The geologist who conceived it called it the poor man’s space program. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fumed that it was a waste of taxpayer dollars. Meteorite hunter Ralph Harvey simply calls it work.

For the 35th year, the United States is mounting its annual campaign to gather space rocks from the wind-hammered icefields of Antarctica.

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White House pushes for confirmation of consumer watchdog nominee

White House officials Sunday issued a new report aimed at ramping up pressure on Senate Republicans to support President Obama’s choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as key GOP lawmakers renewed their vow to block any nominee unless broad changes are made to the watchdog agency.

The new push by the Obama administration comes as the full Senate is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray to head the CFPB, which opened in July but is blocked from exercising its full authority until a director is confirmed.

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Iowa caucuses: Four weeks out, what to watch for in the GOP race

NEWS FLASH: There are only 29 shopping days left before the Iowa caucuses!

The final four weeks between Monday and Jan. 3 will be a political junkie’s dream as a somewhat sleepy Republican presidential contest bursts into full view.

With candidates hopscotching between early-voting states, new television ads appearing almost daily, and attacks coming hot and heavy, it’s hard to know what will really matter between now and when Iowans cast the first ballots of the Republican race.

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Presidential pardons: A lawmaker’s support improves criminals’ odds for mercy

Dale Critz Jr. had millions riding on his bid for a presidential pardon. Scion of a prominent family in Savannah, Ga., Critz was poised to inherit the luxury car dealerships his grandfather had built in one of America’s most historic cities.

But Critz’s past blocked his way. Years earlier, while learning the ropes at an unrelated dealership in Florida, he took part in a scheme to falsify loan documents for low-income car buyers. He pleaded guilty in 1989 to a felony — a conviction that could have prevented him from owning the family business. Many automakers do not let felons run their franchises.

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Kennedy Center Honors: D.C.’s glitziest night of all

You want eclectic? You got eclectic, and then some, at the Kennedy Center Sunday night during the annual Honors Gala, the city’s biggest, ritziest, celebrity-est party, fundraiser and made-for-TV tribute fest.

The 34th version of the three-hour show — this year honoring Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Sonny Rollins and Neil Diamond — was its usual concoction of high and low and several things in between, played out in front of the president and first lady and a tuxedo-and-ballgowned crowd. Alternately noisy and solemn, rousing and high-minded, the Honors performances were, typically, a three-ring circus of American arts and culture.

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