ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
Howard Kurtz and his guests on this Sunday's Media Buzz took a walk down bizarro-lane and made believe they themselves and the network they work for are not exactly what's wrong with our corporate media these days.
Driftglass already did a very fine job going after Kurtz for this debacle, which I'll share a portion of here:
"What Is Dead May Never Die" Edition.
For sheer yardage gained in the direction opposite of reality on a single play, I've got to give it to Howard Kurtz of Fox News this week.
As you may know, Mistah Kurtz's career as a third rate purveyor of media insider gossip was in ashes, until Roger Ailes came to his rescue and added Kiurtz to his vast stable of street-corner dung-hustlers.
Usually Mistah Kurtz's soap whittlings are too trivial to mention, but this Sunday he really elevated the ambient level of completely fucking surreal at Fox by conducting a puppet show with a couple of other Fox News nobodies about what a God Damn Crying Shame it was that "the media" had lost so much credibility with Real Murricans since the Age of Cronkite.
According to Mr. Ailes' script as it was recited by these persons, the main reasons Real Murricans don't trust the media are, in no particular order...
Operation Choke Point was designed to scrutinize businesses that make it easy to launder money and helps to keep a closer eye on the financing of dangerous terrorist activities. In other words, President Obama is trying to keep us safer by following a trail of cash that could be used to fund acts of terror. This is, according to the Right, another power grab by the Black Socialist in Chief. If only President Obama was a Republican White Male, he would be lauded for his plan to keep tabs on businesses that are often fronts for real shady activities. Reverend and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee (R) is utterly outraged the government has the audacity to prevent fraud, cut down on crime and stop the flow of cash from money laundering operations. .
Remember when everyone knew this song? What happened? Sure, we all know how the politicians turned against working people. But why did unions give up on getting their message out and building public support?
How do you think they can get it back?
Wow, what a way to screw up a kid's first day of kindergarten. My heart breaks for this little boy. I remember how eager my kids were for that big milestone and what a happy day it was.
This child had a different experience.
When all other Seminole, Texas students were headed to their first day of school on Monday, one little boy was sent home because his hair was too long. The five-year-old boy, Malachi Wilson, is a part of the Navajo Nation, and according to his parents, it’s against their religion to cut his hair. CBS 7's Lauren Lanmon reports.
The district says they were only following procedure and after proper documentation was shown that he was truly Native American, he was allowed to register. But his mother says even though he is in school now, they’ll never get back their first day of Kindergarten.
“Malachi was excited to start school all summer long. After we had enrolled him he was excited, everyday it was the question, ‘mom, are we going to school?’” said Malachi’s mother, April Wilson.
Excited about his first day of school, Malachi walked into the doors of F.J. Young Elementary only to be told he couldn’t attend because his hair was too long.
“Our hair is sacred to us, it makes us part of who we are,” said April.
“I trim it, it grows back,” said Malachi.
Malachi was eventually allowed in after his parents presented proof he was a "real Navajo."
Imagine if you were sitting in your home right now when you suddenly heard on the radio that the house you were sitting in had been "appropriated" by someone else. Just like that, a knock on the door and an order to get the hell out, because your property now belonged to someone else who wanted to live there. If you actually had some possessions, you might not get to take those because it was "appropriated."
That's how I see this:
Israel appropriated a swath of 990 acres in the West Bank on Sunday and declared the Palestinian area south of Bethlehem to be Israeli "state lands," local media reported.
According to the veteran anti-settlement group Peace Now, the declaration is the largest of its kind since the 1980s and stands to change the area dramatically.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a special cabinet meeting at the Ashkelon Shore regional council in Bat-Hadar, Israel, on Sunday. (Amir Cohen / AP)
The group said the Bethlehem area lands are earmarked for a massive expansion of the small settlement of Gevaot, which could grow into a town connected to the so-called Green Line that marks the border that stood prior to the 1967 war.
The announcement of the appropriation was made by COGAT, the military unit implementing the policies of Israel’s government in the Palestinian territories it controls.
Right wing flamethrower Rep. Peter King found another issue than his choice of suit to go after President Obama for on this Sunday's Face the Nation, and joined the ranks of Erick Erickson and Ann Coulter who have been out there heaping praise on foreign leaders and wishing we had them here to lead us in the United States rather than President Obama.
Here's how King started out his interview this Sunday when Face the Nation host Major Garrett asked him about British Prime Minister David Cameron's presser this Friday.
GARRETT: Congressman King, I want to play for you something that British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday about the threat to the U.K. and possibly other Western nations. Let's take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
Remember when a song about unions was actually played on the radio? It was 1973, and the band was the Strawbs. "Part of the Union" went to No. 2 on the UK charts.
My beloved dad was a union member, and he'd come home and talk about contract negotiations at the dinner table. (Guess that's where my interest in politics began.)
What about you? Any union households out there?
Occasionally the Sunday shows yield a gem of insight. ABC's This Week had one of those moments yesterday, during a discussion of ISIS. Here's the transcript:
RADDATZ: You went to Pakistan.
How did this happen to you?
And then you recruited others.
What was it about you that was willing to go along with this?
SHAIKH: I think it's the same case for many of these individuals, identity crises. You don't know. You're trying to navigate the space in the West, how Muslim am I supposed to be and how much does -- how Western am I supposed to be and how much does that conflict and contradict with one another.
And you're going to go towards those who welcome you with open arms. That's really what it comes down to.
When you're dealing with angry, young disenfranchised -- or at least feel that they're disenfranchised. They may not even be discriminated against. Like I wasn't discriminated against. But they'll feel that my people are under attack. And you have vicarious suffering. You start to feel that their suffering is my suffering.
There's a lot of anger in this country. Setting the Islamophobic right wing aside for a minute, many young people feel disconnected and disenfranchised, as though their priorities mean nothing. They can't find decent jobs, they're buried in college debt, they have a more global outlook and don't necessarily fall into lockstep with the hawks.
George Will, the conservative pundit who is usually unintelligible, breaks from the Republican talking points that paint Obama as weak for not immediately unleashing the Kraken on ISIS and then makes some good points on Fox News about how we should deal with ISIS. George actually applauded President Obama for not rushing into a nightmare scenario, praising him for his cautious approach.
GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Well, yes, I mean, caution, which is what he's being criticized for, is a nice defect to have after the first decade of the century. On the other hand, the rhetoric has not been cautious. The president talked about rolling back ISIS, Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff talking about the need to destroy ISIS. That means liberate large cities that have been taken, which you can't do with F-16s and F-18s.
I think what the president is trying to do, and I sympathize with this, is to get the neighborhood to rally. I mean, look what's in the neighborhood. Saudi Arabia has 250 highly competent aircraft and an AWACS system to control it. You got Iran and Iraq, are enemies of ISIS, so is Syria, Jordan, and the Kurds who are, for all intents and purposes, a nation right now.
So, you got six nations in the neighborhood. If they can't do it, we shouldn't.
Remember when the Koch brothers tried to buy the economics department at FSU? Well, stand by because they're about to control the entire university.
John Thrasher — conservative state senator, former state Republican Party chairman, and current Rick Scott re-election campaign chair — is likely to be the next president of FSU. Sure, there’s an “open” search with numerous candidates, which the search committee quickly instituted after students and workers expressed outrage over Thrasher’s sudden emergence from an opaque process, run by a lot of his old friends, as an unopposed frontrunner.
In fact, this whole operation could represent a big win for the Koch Brothers. Bense heads the James Madison Institute, a conservative think-tank in Tallahassee bankrolled by Koch interests. JMI helped broker a deal a few years back to buy the Koch Brothers a couple of FSU professors — literally. The Kochs gave FSU $1.5 million to let them pick two economics professors who would sing the praises of their “free enterprise” philosophy to students. Today, Koch’s bagmen give nearly $300,000 a year to Florida State — their largest donation to all but one other university in the country.
Someone please explain to me why anyone thinks this bitter old warmonger and his opinions are worth listening to? He has absolutely no solutions for anything when it comes to our foreign policy other than to attack President Obama at every turn, and to demand we pour more arms into every volatile are of the world and hope for the best.
As Jon Stewart pointed out to us not that long ago, McCain has continually been on the wrong side of issue after issue, but sadly that never seems to stop the networks from having him on week after week to spew venom as he did again on this Sunday's Face the Nation:
GARRETT: Senator John McCain joins us now from Cottonwood in his home state of Arizona.
Senator, specifically as you can, can you describe for our audience what a full-blown strategy against ISIS would look like?
Addicting Info: Another politician unclear on the whole "First Amendment" thing.
Southern Beale: Second Amendment heroes – husband and wife edition.
Lindsay Beyerstein: How exactly did we drive off this cliff?
Lawyers, Guns & Money: The series "this day in labor history."
Finally, celebrate labor on Labor Day (video).
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The head of this tune comes from a nursery rhyme called "Put Your Little Foot," which Miles arranged into a jazz piece and entitled it "Fran Dance," as a tribute to his then-wife, a dancer. Some might think it a bit whimsical for Miles, but an artist as spontaneous as him is capable of some pretty unexpected stuff.
Got any favorite tunes that were adapted into different genres?
Since we're now a little over two months away from the midterm elections, figured I'd do a post on the Governor's race in my home state of Pennsylvania. Personally, I'm predicting that the Democrats will indeed hold onto the Senate (whether it's by the same number of seats or if Vice President Biden will be the tie breaker for the next two years) and with gerrymandering, I think the GOP will hold onto the House. What remains to be see is if the GOP will lose some seats but still have a small majority but of course anything could happen between now and November. The one area where Democrats are sure to make some serious gains are in the Governor races. Florida, Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, Georgia and even Arizona are all competitive races for Democrats and they could get lucky with Nebraska, Texas and South Carolina. We shall see. The only competitive Governor races Democrats have are in Illinois, Colorado and Connecticut. Hawaii might be competitive after Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D. HI) got the boot in his primary but we shall see. But the one race that Democrats are without a doubt going to win is Pennsylvania and the latest poll from Franklin & Marshall, PA's most reliable poll, continues to show Tea Party Governor Tom Corbett (R. PA) is one dead man walking:
Action! This week’s episode of The Walking Dead the Strain packed it in. I think we’re officially into act three, don’t you agree? The denouement is imminent, which means that soon we’ll only have the Knick for a weekly stomach-turning gross-out. (Watching these shows is keeping me so slim!)
This week, we are treated to a somewhat improbable crossing of storylines but whatever; let’s just keep this thing rolling by any means necessary, eh? Eph and the gang decide that what they need are UV lamps and a lot of them. They traipse on over to Brooklyn to break into a medical supply facility and who just happens to be there looting the same equipment but our man Vasiliy Fet. Upon their introduction Fet goes for some zombie apocalypse posturing about every man for himself, I work alone, I don’t need to join your vampire slaying posse &c., but just like Nora’s declaration that she’ll never kill anyone even if they are shooting bloodsucking face worms at her throat, of course it is Opposite Day.
The gang decides to stock up on food and supplies at an adjacent gas station. Who just happens to be in the convenience store as the gang strolls in? Why, it’s Hacker Babe! Of all the gin joints and so on. There’s much exclaiming about credit cards and ATM not working, for which Hacker Babe sheepishly-yet-proudly claims responsibility. The bread man stocks some bread, listening to Whitesnake on his headphones, blissfully ignorant of the Facesnake that’s about to be making a live, in concert appearance in his near future. (Spoiler alert, he dies!)
This Week with George Stephanopoulos marks the death of one service member in Afghanistan.
SGT Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, Eureka, CA
According to iCasualties, the total number of allied service members killed in Afghanistan is now 3468
In addition, the following notable names lost their lives this week: