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Archive for December 7th, 2011

Gingrich Leads 3 Iowa Polls

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:55 am by HL

Gingrich Leads 3 Iowa Polls
Newt Gingrich is widening his lead in Iowa among the GOP presidential field, according to two new public opinion polls out today. The Washington Post/ABC News survey in Iowa shows Gingrich commanding 33 percent support among likely GOP caucusgoers, ahead of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, both at 15 percent. Gingrich also led Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll and the NBC/Marist Poll.



He’ll leave that to a small clique of short-fingered vulgarians

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:54 am by HL

He’ll leave that to a small clique of short-fingered vulgarians
Someone apparently awoke Mitt Romney and told him he had “spice it up” — having watched all of his DVD collection of ‘Top Chef’ Romney decided they were right, but shied away from something too spicy (like cilantro) and apparently went with “Mrs. Dash”: Mitt Romney will not be attending the upcoming Republican presidential debate [...]

Someone apparently awoke Mitt Romney and told him he had “spice it up” — having watched all of his DVD collection of ‘Top Chef’ Romney decided they were right, but shied away from something too spicy (like cilantro) and apparently went with “Mrs. Dash”:

Mitt Romney will not be attending the upcoming Republican presidential debate moderated by Donald Trump, citing scheduling conflicts.

Oh he dared pissed off Trump, how brave. Now it looks like it is going to be Trump, Gingrich and Santorum only, sitting around and commiserating about how gay people are making pre-nuptial agreements less awesome.

And Romney devised a new media strategy:

“I’ll be on Fox a lot,” he said. “Because you guys matter when it comes to early primary voters.”

A Republican going on Fox…brave.

And he’ll be ramping up the campaign with his base…

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Man of the people!

Lakeside Diner
A variety of links to articles and interviews on current topics that may, or may not, be of interest.

(photo: jimmywayne/flickr)

The coffee’s freshly ground, there’s a wide selection of teas and the sticky buns are homemade.

  • Man, talk about a neoliberal takeover. “Bailed-out countries could also be stripped of their voting rights in the European Union, under radical proposals that have been circulating at the highest level in Brussels before this week’s crucial EU summit on the sovereign debt crisis.” Liberty, equality, brotherhood, where the hell are ya?
  • Costas Lapavitsas, a professor of economics at the University of London is on The Real News Network and says, “The Greek people face a decade of depression in the Eurozone, it’s better to leave and make major reforms.” Seeing what the EU wants to do that might not be a bad idea.
  • Well, this is a start. We need a hell of a lot more like Alice Oswald. “Award-winning poet Alice Oswald has pulled out of prestigious poetry award the TS Eliot prize in protest over its sponsorship by an investment company.”
  • “As Mexico suffers from its worst drug violence in history, a series of scandals have erupted over American agents fighting the war against Mexican cartels on the frontline.” America’s shadow war on drugs
  • “Since the first US encampment on Wall Street, hundreds of others have emerged outside of banks and city halls across the nation. The Occupy movement has called on millions of Americans to take to the streets and call for change, but what exactly is this movement about?” A panel discussion from the National Radio Project. I’ve a personal connection to NRP. On 20 Jan 2005, Shrub’s second installation as Emperor With No Clothes, St Pete for Peace held a counter inauguration parade. Andrew Stelzer, then a reporter and anchor at WMNF, Tampa, and I were at the front of the march. Scroll down to see Andrew’s profile. He’s done quite well for himself.
  • Today is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Editorial cartoon.

The truth will set you free but first it’ll piss you off.


‘Colbert Report’: An Epilogue for the Cain Campaign

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:53 am by HL

‘Colbert Report’: An Epilogue for the Cain Campaign
How much can change in a few short days during campaign season. It wasn’t long ago that an erstwhile pizza man came within range of the GOP nomination despite his alleged proclivity for exploring the family values of women other than his wife.

How much can change in a few short days during campaign season. It wasn’t long ago that an erstwhile pizza man came within range of the GOP nomination despite his alleged proclivity for exploring the family values of women other than his wife.

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The Occupy Movement’s Next Frontier
Those critics of Occupy Wall Street who claimed the movement lacked direction might look to foreclosed homes around the country, as well as housing auctions at select banks, where activists turned up Tuesday as part of the Occupy Our Homes initiative. What will they Occupy next?  —KA CNNMoney: Occupy Our Homes said it’s embarking on a “national day of action” to protest the mistreatment of homeowners by big banks, who they say made billions of dollars off of the housing bubble by offering predatory loans and indulging in practices that took advantage of consumers. In Atlanta, Occupy Our Homes activists went to the courthouses in three of the area’s largest counties, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Fulton, Tuesday morning to disrupt the foreclosure auctions happening there. “We’re using our voices, whistles and other noise. The auctioneers don’t know what to do and some of the buyers left,” said Tim Franzen, an Occupy Atlanta spokesman. The group is demanding an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures, he said. Read more

Foreclosure

Those critics of Occupy Wall Street who claimed the movement lacked direction might look to foreclosed homes around the country, as well as housing auctions at select banks, where activists turned up Tuesday as part of the Occupy Our Homes initiative. What will they Occupy next?? —KA

CNNMoney:

Occupy Our Homes said it’s embarking on a “national day of action” to protest the mistreatment of homeowners by big banks, who they say made billions of dollars off of the housing bubble by offering predatory loans and indulging in practices that took advantage of consumers.

In Atlanta, Occupy Our Homes activists went to the courthouses in three of the area’s largest counties, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Fulton, Tuesday morning to disrupt the foreclosure auctions happening there.

“We’re using our voices, whistles and other noise. The auctioneers don’t know what to do and some of the buyers left,” said Tim Franzen, an Occupy Atlanta spokesman. The group is demanding an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures, he said.

Read more

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Lincoln Mitchell: Romney and the Business Narrative

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:52 am by HL

Lincoln Mitchell: Romney and the Business Narrative
One of the themes of a recent New York Times Magazine piece on Mitt Romney is that the likely Republican nominee for president is running…

Eric Cantor Quietly Finds Success In Hollywood
Politically, Hollywood is known for glitzy fundraisers for Democrats, like Steven Spielberg and David Geffen headlining A-list events to benefit President Barack Obama. But a…

Sailors Who Survived Pearl Harbor Attack Return To Ships After Death
HONOLULU — Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90 after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, is finally back with his shipmates 70 years later….

Occupy Activsts Help Families From Evictions As Part Of National Occupy Our Homes Action
WASHINGTON — In the late evening on Tuesday, Brigitte Walker welcomed Occupy Atlanta onto her property in an effort to save her Riverdale, Ga., home…


Bolling’s Muppet-Bashing Just The Latest Right-Wing Attack On Kids’ Programs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:51 am by HL

Bolling’s Muppet-Bashing Just The Latest Right-Wing Attack On Kids’ Programs

Led by Eric Bolling, Fox recently attacked The Muppets as having a liberal agenda to “brainwash” kids against capitalism. Right-wing media have a long history of attacking kids’ movies and TV shows, including Sesame Street and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Bolling Leads Fox Freakout: “Liberal Hollywood” Is “Using Class Warfare” To “Brainwash Our Kids” Through The Muppets

Bolling: “Is Liberal Hollywood Using Class Warfare To Kind Of Brainwash Our Kids?” During the December 2 edition of Fox Business’ Follow the Money, host Eric Bolling discussed the plot to the Muppets movie with Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor. Noting that the antagonist of the film is an oil tycoon named “Tex Richman,” Bolling asked, “Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to kind of brainwash our kids?” Gainor responded by saying: “Yeah, absolutely. And they’ve been doing it for decades.”

During the segment, on-screen text asked, “Are liberals trying to brainwash your kids against capitalism?”

[Fox Business, Follow the Money, 12/2/11, via Media Matters]

Tantaros: The Muppets Movie Is “Brainwashing In The Most Obvious Form.” Later on the December 2 Follow the Money, Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros said that The Muppets is “brainwashing in the most obvious form”:

TANTAROS: It’s brainwashing in the most obvious form, right? I just wish liberals could leave little kids alone. Why does there have to be some kind of political message? I thought Sesame Street was supposed to be sharing and being nice to people, but over the years they’ve gotten more liberal. I mean, just a couple months ago, we talked about this on The Five, remember they had the hungry Muppet? The starving Muppet?

Bolling responded by saying that “the evil person [should be] the Obama administration or Obama. After all, under Obama, food stamp usage has gone up 40 percent.” [Fox Business, Follow the Money, 12/2/11, via Media Matters]

Bolling Again Criticizes Muppets Movie: “How Much More Demonizing Can You Be To Capitalism? It’s Terrible.” During the December 5 edition of Fox Business’ Follow the Money, Bolling said:

BOLLING: We called out the new Muppets for demonizing oil executive Tex Richman and for brainwashing our kids with an anti-capitalist agenda. The liberal media went — pipeline went into overdrive with Media Matters‘ blasting me and even NBC picking up on it, Huffington Post, etc., etc., etc. Guys, come on. It’s pretty obvious, is it not?

Let me go to you, Chris Plante. Tex Richman is an evil oil executive who wants to take down the studio because there might be oil underneath it. I mean, how much more demonizing can you be to capitalism and — yeah, it’s terrible. [Fox Business, Follow the Money, 12/5/11, via Media Matters]

But Bolling Is Just The Latest: Right-Wing Media Have Repeatedly Attacked Kids’ Entertainment

SESAME STREET

Fox: “Elmo [Is] Taking A Trip To Pakistan … On The Taxpayers’ Dime.” During the November 2 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade attacked a U.S. government effort to help produce a Pakistani version of Sesame Street by stating that Elmo is “taking a trip to Pakistan … on the taxpayers’ dime.” [Media Matters, 11/2/11]

For more on Elmo’s “trip to Pakistan,” SEE HERE.

Right-Wing Media Complained About Lily The Poverty-Stricken Muppet. Following the announcement that Sesame Street would introduce a new character, Lily, in a one-time special about children’s world hunger in order to educate children about the epidemic, right-wing media figures attacked the Muppet. For example, during the October 7 edition of Fox News’ The Five, co-host Andrea Tantaros called Lily the poverty-stricken Muppet “the biggest bunch of liberal bull.” The following graphic accompanied the segment:

Lily

[Media Matters, 10/6/11; Fox News, The Five, 10/7/11, via Media Matters]

Bolling: “I’m Waiting For [Sesame Street] To Come Out And Have Like This Evil Republican Or Tea Partier.” During the October 17 broadcast of Follow the Money, Bolling said: “I’m waiting for them to come out and have like this evil Republican or tea partier that they’re going to blame Lily’s poverty on.” Guest Cheri Jacobus responded by saying, “If you don’t speak out against their political agenda, that’s probably what will happen.” [Fox Business, Follow the Money, 10/7/11, via Media Matters]

Hannity Panel: Sesame Street Can Lead To Male Prom Queens. During the June 2 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, a panel that included conservative columnist Ben Shapiro and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell discussed Sesame Street’s supposed “liberal bias.” According to Shapiro, the Sesame Street website encourages parents to use “gender neutral language” and “give your boys dolls” and “give your girls fire trucks.” Blackwell stated that this kind of language was responsible for a male being elected prom queen at a school in Virginia, which Blackwell called part of “a direct assault on this country’s moral foundation.”

During the segment, the following on-screen text aired:

[Fox News, Hannity, 6/2/11, via Media Matters]

Big Hollywood’s Larry O’Connor: “I Can’t Even Sit My Kids In Front Of ‘Sesame Street’ Without Having To Worry About The Left Attempting To Undermine My Authority.” In a November 3, 2009, post to Andrew Breitbart’s website Big Hollywood, Larry O’Connor wrote:

Add one more soldier to the Left’s war on Fox News: Oscar the Grouch.

Last week, in a re-broadcast of an episode that originally aired two years ago, Oscar starts his own news network, GNN (Grouchy News Network).  An irate viewer calls in to berate him that the news is not grouchy enough:

“I am changing the channel. From now on I am watching ‘Pox’ News. Now there is a trashy news show.”

Later in the episode, Anderson Cooper from 4th place CNN, guest stars as a reporter for GNN.  He interacts with “Walter Cranky” and “Dan Rather-Not” —  Muppets representing real-life liberal news personalities — and they talk about “Meredith Beware-a” and “Diane Spoiler.” But no affectionate nicknames for Fox News personalities; no Spill O’Reilly or Brittle Hume — nope, and the only disparaging characterization of real-world news is reserved for Fox:  Fox is a POX.  It is trashy. They didn’t even attempt to try “MessyNBC.”

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The message is clear, I can’t even sit my kids in front of “Sesame Street” without having to worry about the Left attempting to undermine my authority. [Big Hollywood, 11/3/09, via Media Matters]

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

Fox’s Steve Doocy: “Clearly Nickelodeon Is Pushing A Global Warming Agenda.” On the August 3 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy said:

DOOCY: [T]he Department of Education invited a bunch of DC kids in, and they had this festivity, and they handed out these particular Nickelodeon books where clearly Nickelodeon is pushing a global warming agenda. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/3/11, via Media Matters]

Fox’s Gretchen Carlson: SpongeBob “Blamed Man For Global Warming” But “Did Not Tell Kids That That Is A Disputed Fact.” Fox & Friends aired clips from the SpongeBob video and co-host Gretchen Carlson said:

CARLSON: The Department of Education using SpongeBob SquarePants now to teach kids about global warming. The government agency showed kids this cartoon and handed out books that blamed man for global warming, but they did not tell kids that that is actually a disputed fact. Oops! [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/3/11, via Media Matters]

For the truth about Carlson’s claim that the Department of Education used a SpongeBob video and book to teach kids about global warming, SEE HERE.

Doocy Claimed Unnamed “Parents” Think SpongeBob Book Pushes “Over-The-Top Green Agenda.” On Fox & Friends, Doocy said:

DOOCY: The Department of Education giving kids free books about SpongeBob. Seems like a good idea, right? Well, some parents don’t think so. They say the books are being used to push an over-the-top green agenda regarding global warming. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/3/11, via Media Matters]

Fox: SpongeBob Showed “Bias” By Blaming Humans For Global Warming. The following on-screen text aired during the August 3 edition of Fox & Friends:

spongebob

[Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/3/11, via Media Matters]

The Blaze Claimed SpongeBob Is “Indoctrinating Children” With The “Overtly Controversial Stance” That Manmade Climate Change Exists. From an August 2 post on Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze:

Is the U.S. Department of Education indoctrinating children to accept man-made global warming as fact?

On July 20, 2011, kids in the Washington, D.C. area were treated to free books during a special U.S. Department of Education event. Two of the books that were offered featured popular Nickelodeon characters as part of the network’s “Big Green Help Series,” a campaign encouraging children to help protect the Earth.

But one of these publications takes an overtly controversial stance, as it promotes the idea that global warming is a man-made problem that requires human intervention in order to be stemmed. [The Blaze, 8/2/11, via Media Matters]

HAPPY FEET

Michael Medved: Happy Feet Contained “A Subtext That Appears To Plead For Endorsement Of Gay Identity” And A “Bizarre Anti-Religious Bias.” In a November 17, 2006, Townhall.com post titled, “Don’t Be Misled By Crappy Feet,” conservative commentator Michael Medved called the animated movie Happy Feet “the darkest, most disturbing feature length animated film ever offered by a major studio.” He further claimed that the film contains “a bizarre anti-religious bias” and “a subtext that appears to plead for endorsement of gay identity.” Medved also attacked Happy Feet in a November 29, 2006, op-ed in USA Today for its purported “pro-environmental” propaganda. [Media Matters, 12/15/06]

Beck: Happy Feet Is “An Animated Version Of An Inconvenient Truth.” On the November 20, 2006, edition of his CNN Headline News program,  Beck said that Happy Feet is “propaganda” and an “animated version of An Inconvenient Truth.” [Media Matters, 11/21/06]

Cavuto “Half-Expected To See An Animated Version Of Al Gore Pop Up” In Happy Feet. On the November 20, 2006, edition of Fox News’ Your World, host Neil Cavuto called Happy Feet an “animated version of An Inconvenient Truth,” stating that he “half-expected to see an animated version of Al Gore pop up.” [Media Matters, 11/21/06]

NICKELODEON

On Fox, Newsmax’s Hirsen Said Nickelodeon Promotes “Political Indoctrination,” Including “Homosexual Parenting.” On the March 26, 2010, edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Newsmax’s James Hirsen claimed that “Nickelodeon, time after time, throws in political indoctrination. They have an agenda. They’ve proven it — they’ve proven it in very controversial areas like global warming science — or maybe not science — like in the area of immigration, and in the area of homosexual parenting.” [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, 3/26/10, via Media Matters]

G.I. JOE

Citing G.I. Joe Movie, Beck Warned Of A Possible “One-World-Government Nightmare.” During the October 30, 2007, edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck attacked the then-upcoming G.I. Joe movie, claiming that the title character “has now been discharged from the American military, and Hollywood now has him answering to some bullcrap international force like the U.N. We all know that the U.N. is a toothless bunch of pansies. They don’t deserve somebody like Joe, even the little plastic version.” He later asserted, “I believe some are trying to indoctrinate our kids into hating their own country, turning us into some one-world-government nightmare; hating America, turning it into a dirty word.” [HLN, Glenn Beck, 10/30/07, via Media Matters]


Feds Tug On Purse Strings Of Alabama Cops Over Immigration Law Enforcement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:50 am by HL

Feds Tug On Purse Strings Of Alabama Cops Over Immigration Law Enforcement
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has taken the unusual step of warning 156 local law enforcement agencies in Alabama that they’ll lose their federal funding if they don’t comply with federal civil rights laws when enforcing the state’s harsh immigration law.


Arpaio: Grijalva Is The One Who Should Resign
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dismissed Rep. Raul Grijalva’s calls for his resignation, saying that Grijalva just doesn’t like Arpaio’s immigration policies, and he is the one who should resign.


The Curse of the Trumpster

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:47 am by HL

The Curse of the Trumpster


Limbaugh Defends Gingrich Against Establishment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Limbaugh Defends Gingrich Against Establishment
Rush Limbauh: “It’s like clockwork. It’s becoming predictable. I don’t care who it is, a Republican presidential candidate breaks out of the pack, gets close to Romney — or even surpasses Romney in polling data in certain states — and the Republican establishment goes after him. Today there is a coordinated — well, I don’t know that it’s coordinated, but it sure appears to be. Regardless, no matter where you look in the Republican establishment media today, there looks to be a coordinated attack on Mr. Newt. I’m not gonna mention any names because you know when I do, all I do is elevate these people and the names don’t matter here.”

Introducing Callista
One more sign Newt Gingrich is the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination: The campaign made his wife, Callista, available to the Christian Broadcasting Network for a rare interview with her husband.

Quote of the Day
“I think in a Republican primary, being attacked by Nancy Pelosi is a badge of honor, and I would be happy for her to attack me once a week between now and the Iowa caucuses.”

– Newt Gingrich, in an interview on Fox News.


Seven Diseases Big Pharma Hopes You Get in 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Seven Diseases Big Pharma Hopes You Get in 2012
Supply-driven marketing not only turns the nation into pill-popping hypochondriacs, it distracts from Pharma’s drought of real drugs for real medical problems.

10 Fun Facts About the Top 1 Percent
They’re highly educated, skew Republican, and look up at the top tenth of the top 1 percent with envy.

The Next Frontier for Occupy: Protesters Take Over Vacant Homes, Rally to Protect Those Facing Eviction and Foreclosure
Occupiers rallied with homeowners facing foreclosure or eviction, interrupted housing auctions, protested at banks, and took over vacant properties to move homeless families in.

Occupy Your Food Supply: Radical Farmer’s March Aims to Bridge Urban-Rural Divide, Focus in on "Food Justice"
Farmers strode through the city as the food justice and Occupy Wall Street movements teamed up for healthy, ethical food for the people.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

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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…