I think this is basically a good report about Willard Mitt?s bumbling on the world stage and the fact that he would be ?George W. Romney? on foreign policy and other matters, but I think it?s dangerous for anyone to assume that Romney would be a pacifist ? I can definitely see him doing something stupid overseas, if for no other reason than to try and prove that he?s tougher than he ever will be?
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And it?s that time again?
#17, David Schweikert
#18, Virginia Foxx
#19, Pete Sessions
#20, Charlie Dent
#21, Cathy McMorris Rodgers
#22, Chris Smith
#23, Todd Akin
#24, Buck McKeon
#25, Kristi Noem
#26, Hal Rogers
#27, Lou Barletta (Two bonus selections: Boren and Ross)
#28, Paul Broun
#29, Mary Bono Mack
#30, David Dreier
#31, Marsha Blackburn (including backgrounder)
Happy Saturday night, folks! It's Blue Gal from The Professional Left Podcast, bringing you this week's podcast round up. Be aware that these podcasts are also available on i-Tunes, and may not be safe for work.
Podcasts are a great way to deal with the dearth of political TV during the Olympics.
New Yorker Out Loud: How does Bruce Springsteen reconcile his songs about working-class struggles with his own success?
The Bugle: Comedians Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver (of The Daily Show) expanding their podcast by covering the London Olympics in mini episodes for the next two weeks. BTW John Oliver is now on twitter at @iamjohnoliver.
Bruno and the Professor: Laboring over LIBOR.
Open thread below...
Republic Report has story up about Washington lobbyist and movers and shakers being treated to red carpet cocktail party, film discussion and pro energy film trailers of movies made, by filmmakers I?ve never heard of, that are meant to serve as a counter[...]
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I noticed this song wasn't used at the Olympic opening ceremony, I guess because McCartney sang it at the Queen's Jubilee celebration. To me Desmond and Molly Jo are pure England. Life goes on. Whatcha listening to this Saturday night?
Quite a moving story. From CBS New York (they have a video of the news broadcast they did on this): Sandy, a 13-week-old Golden Retriever, was rushed to the East End Veterinary Emergency Center after eating mushrooms from her backyard, CBS 2?s Carolyn Gusoff reported.?We spent four days not sure she would make it,? said Sandy?s owner, Richard D?Alsace, of Manorville.D?Alsace...
European markets have surged over the last 24 hours, basically entirely due to a speech by Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank. He said that his organization would do "whatever it takes" to save the euro, and that was apparently all it[...]
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If you missed the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday evening, here's a glimpse. This was seriously mind blowing, a country where the people pay higher taxes for nationalized health care, and they celebrate it. The mere mention of it in the U.S. makes the right-wing recoil in horror and hiss all at once.
"It?s something that is very dear to people's hearts. If you live here, you will end up there, it does not matter how rich or powerful you are. ... We got hundreds of volunteers from the National Health Service. All the
volunteers made a special sacrifice to be with us and to be rehearsed, but these guys are extraordinary.?
? Danny Boyle on celebration of the U.K.'s NHS during London Olympics
More on Danny Boyle and the UK's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony here.
H/T Michael Moore
I know I promised last night to explain how the doctrinal zealot named to be the new archbishop of San Francisco, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, could actually lift the Catholic Church out of its swamp of lies. I came home this afternoon with the express intention of finishing that post. Unfortunately I've been sitting here listening to the rain, waiting for news, thumbs up or down, about tonight's scheduled special tour of one of the city's more spectacular scenic-historic sites, Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery (where, by the way, I've never been!), which occupies 500 acres on the harbor-facing slope of the Terminal Moraine that forms the backbone of Long Island, including the NYC boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.
The rain has tapered off since I got out of the subway an hour or so ago, when it was raining as hard as I ever recall seeing it rain here in New York City. It was raining so hard that sheets of water were gathering on flat sidewalks waiting to cascade into raging street gutters.
If I had planned better, I probably wouldn't even have come home. This morning I had to travel pretty much the full length of Manhattan Island to get to the Staten Island Ferry to get to the meeting place for my Working Harbor Committee walking tour of the north shore of Staten Island with Mitch Waxman, from the ferry to Snug Harbor on the Kill Van Kull. The weather was ominous, and the forecast all weekend is the same, but we got through the walk, and I faced only light raindrops when I took the bus from one of my favorite NYC locations, the Noble Maritime Collection (at Snug Harbor) back to the Ferry Terminal.
Now that I've come back home, though, to get to Brooklyn I'll have to travel back down the whole length of Manhattan! And my head was too jumbled to finish the planned post. With luck, after tonight I'll have lots to report on . . . uh . . . whenever . . . .
Well, it appears we're a go, so I really have to go now. . . .
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On last night's #OccupySupply Skill Share we where joined by Anthony Newby, an organizer with Occupy Our Homes in Minnesota. The group has taken direct action to handle this issue through eviction defense. In Minnesota they have recently been able to[...]
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The Senate is going to be taking up the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, S. 3414, next week. The bill has been revised to allay the concerns of both privacy advocates and industry, but now faces a slew of amendments that could strip away many of the improvements.
The challenge for the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 after a key procedural vote Thursday is whether a growing number of amendments can resolve enough differences to attract GOP support in the Senate?and, ultimately, the House, too?while not completely removing the teeth that Democrats and the Obama administration think is essential to protect the nation from cyber threats. [...]The House is the problem, because the bill they passed, CISPA, is long on stripping away privacy rights, and short on actually do anything to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
The coming debate over those changes and others is going to be critical for the bill?s backers as they canvass the chamber for votes and seek passage before the August break. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid already has made clear he will permit a broad swath of amendments?so long as they're germane?as sponsors try to cobble together a compromise that can clear the Senate and yet still prove appealing to the House.
The House bill, and what the House will demand in conference with the Senate, should they manage to pass a bill, is a serious threat. For that reason, the Senate should not pass a cybersecurity bill until they have a more responsible counterpart in the House to work with.