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Sunday Talking Heads: October 26, 2014

By: Elliott Saturday October 25, 2014 11:57 pm

14. Movie Night Monday

Wakey Wakey.

Topics today are Ebola NYC; plus Ottawa, portends? But as Peterr notes:

I guess school shootings have become a “dog bites man” story, even if they leave more folks dead in the US than Ebola.

Well played, NRA. Well played.

ABC gives George P. Bush some help with his bootstraps this morning, because a Texas land commission campaign needs to be national news beings there wasn’t much else happening this week. Ebola expert Darrell Issa is booked (CNN). CNN’s Reliable Sources sought out Donna Rice Hughes to analyze Monica Lewinski’s “comeback.” Now the question is, who gets booked to talk about the reappearance of Donna Rice?

Meet the Press meets The Today Show, Where in the world is Chuck Todd? (But he is so not the story.) Also Luke Russert makes his eagerly anticipated roundtable debut, there will be hazing.

Your listings:

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am -Darlene Superville, Margaret Talev on President Obama and Campaign 2014. 8:30am – Joe Fuld, Dan Allen Best on Worst Ads of Campaign 2014.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Ebola NYC with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Ottawa and “homegrown violent extremists” with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen. Bush Family, The Next Generation – “on the trail with Texas Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush.” Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Bill Richardson, Kristen Soltis Anderson, LZ Granderson.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ebola NYC with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; then, Dr. Jon LaPook. Ottawa and “home-grown terror plots” with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Roundtable: Mike Morell, former deputy director of the CIA and a CBS News contributor; David Ignatius; Clarissa Ward. Then Election 2014 with Anthony Salvanto, Nancy Cordes, John Dickerson, David Leonhardt, Amy Walter.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: “Is cable news overreacting to an Ebola diagnosis in New York? Jay Carney on Obama’s relationship with the press; Donna Rice Hughes on Monica Lewinsky’s comeback.”

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Ebola NYC with House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa; Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Ottawa and the”‘lone-wolf’ terror threat” with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Election 2014 with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, A.B. Stoddard, Sam Wang.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Ebola NYC with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Then, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, George Will, Evan Bayh.

KORNACKI’S UP: Ana Marie Cox, Wesley Lowery, Kasie Hunt, David Avella, John Nichols, Lynn Sweet, Eli Stokols, Blake Zeff, Kristen Welker.


MOYERS & COMPANY: The Fight — and the Right — to Vote. Sherrilyn Ifill and Ari Berman on American elections talk to Bill about the plot to keep citizens away from the ballot box.

MEET THE PRESS:Rick Sacra, an American doctor successfully treated for Ebola he contracted while working in Liberia, will appear, along with Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. The discussion will turn to terrorism, with NBC News’ national security analyst Michael Leiter.” Roundtable: Dan Balz, Carolyn Ryan, Nia-Malika Henderson, Luke Russert.


I Told You to Smile

By: Elliott Saturday October 25, 2014 7:13 pm

“I Told You to Smile”


Saturday Water Cooler: RIP Jack Bruce

By: dakine01 Saturday October 25, 2014 7:00 pm

If you are of a certain age, you listened to Jack Bruce. Oh you may not have known his name but I guarantee you’ve listened to him. Bruce was the bass player and vocals for Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker:

Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock,[1] combining psychedelia-themed lyrics, Clapton’s blues guitar playing, Bruce’s operatic voice and prominent bass playing and Baker’s jazz-influenced drumming. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album.[2][3] Cream are widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup.[4][5][6][7] In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide.[8] Cream’s music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.

Prior to Cream Bruce played with folks like Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones drummer) in Blues Incorporated and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and post-Cream with Manfred Mann and Leslie West and Corky Laing in West, Bruce, and Laing.

RIP Jack Bruce.

Keeping the Flame Alive: The FDL Book Salon

By: Phoenix Woman Saturday October 25, 2014 6:20 pm

I’ve been hanging around FDL since about two years after its inception, when Jane, ReddHedd, and Emptywheel were holding down the fort with assistance from T-Rex and a bunch of other folks.

There are many reasons to like Firedoglake, but for me the biggest reason is the FDL Book Salon. The Book Salon is, quite simply, the best online forum in existence for the discussion of progressive books and other worthy publications. There are many worthwhile books out that might not have had a chance at finding wider audiences, if not for the Book Salon.

Its quality is such that a large number of first-rate authors have graced its precincts, authors like John Dean and Charles Pierce and Richard Wolff. Furthermore, as the authors and their publishers find out for themselves how much fun it is to take part in the Book Salons and engage with intelligent and knowledgeable readers, they spread the word and bring in more books to be discussed and more authors to discuss them.

I’d very much like to see the Book Salon stick around, wouldn’t you? If you agree, might I suggest making a smallish donation – say, $50, though I’m sure more would be welcomed – at the links below?

Thank you for everything you do.

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Is a US Constitutional Convention Imminent?

By: Daniel Marks Saturday October 25, 2014 5:10 pm

The Constitution belongs to We the People, not state legislatures.

Yes, it seems so, but don’t panic. It is time for Americans to take a break from election hype and become acquainted with The Assembly of State Legislatures and how their plans will change the landscape of US politics for the next 100 years or more.

In late 2013 the Convention of States political group led by radio show host Mark Levin, Tea Party Patriots founder Mark Meckler, and Supreme Court litigator Michael Farris invited various state legislative leaders to a conference at the Mt. Vernon to discuss the Article V Convention to propose amendment to the US Constitution. Convention of States managed to get a few states to pass their application for an Article V Convention but putting all of these legislative leaders in the same room had unintended results for Convention of States. Now this group of legislators formed their own entity calling it the Assembly of State Legislatures.

“This Assembly hereby resolves that the following items should be addressed in the rules and procedures of any Article V convention for proposing amendments:

Category: Rules and Procedures

  • Process of delegate recall, including state authority
  • Deliberative authority of body after a call is made (open, subject matter, single amendment)
  • Number of votes required for passage of an amendment (simple majority, two-thirds, three-fourths)
  • Process around one state one vote precedent
  • Speaking rights of delegates
  • Convention stance on the state delegate selection process
  • Rules creation, revision and adoption process
  • Committee structure and their process for discussion, voting and communicating to the body
  • Selection, term and responsibilities of officers
  • Convening times
  • Verbiage for rules continuity clause that would be adopted and carried into the next meeting of the body
  • Process for drafting of amendment language,
  • if called under Article V
  • Process of transmission to states of any passed amendment

Category: Planning and Communication

  • Process of admittance and credentials required
  • Security necessity and staffing
  • Oath of office necessity/language for delegates
  • Will meetings be open or closed, and if open how communicated
  • Method of recording proceedings of full body and committees
  • Time and location selection process of Convention

Category: Judiciary

  • Process to ensure that the Compact Clause in Article 1 Section 10 of the Constitution is not triggered
  • Criteria for a qualified application
  • Number of live applications that have been submitted to Congress
  • Responsibility of tracking live applications
  • Process for notifying Congress that a call must be made
  • Length of time Congress has to make a call once 34 qualified applications have been submitted
  • Legal counsel selection for drafting purposes
  • Length a state application submitted to Congress is valid
  • Length of time a convention is open for and what events would “terminate” it
  • Length of time an amendment passed to the states for ratification has before it expires
  • Length of time an amendment that has been sent to the states for ratification remains valid for the required 38 ratifications
  • Role of District of Columbia and U.S. territories

Category: Finance

  • Convention financing
  • Budget creation and communication process
  • Tracking and allocation of convention costs
  • Collection process”

The Idaho Resolution

Halloween During the Great Depression

By: Crane-Station Saturday October 25, 2014 3:10 pm

Letty and Ray Owings, ages 89 and 91 recall Halloween and also describe some of the superstitions and customs of years past.

Halloween During the Great Depression

Halloween was a legitimate holiday and a big day for us in the country. Kids planned and planned, months in advance, and you would have been considered out of it, if you didn’t participate. Farm kids had to do something to lighten the load, and Halloween was an opportunity to be someone else. Everybody got dressed up, usually in an old shirt from a trunk of old clothes, and everyone got a mask. Witches were popular, and masks cost a nickel, unless you were rich, and could spend a dime.

We got our masks at Wolfcammer’s, the general store and meeting place in town. Freda, who ran the store, knew everything. Without radio, if you wanted to know anything, you went to the store- that’s what you went there for- that, and a few other things. Men most often shopped at the general store, and someone might say, “Oh, he’s been to town,” or “Oh, you’ve been to town. What’d you find out?” It was Freda who first informed me that my grandmother had died. Freda sold masks for a nickel, as well as salt pork, molasses, pickles in a barrel, dried and smoked meats, and other necessities like flour and sugar.

Lord help us, there was a lot of crap happened, and it’s a wonder nobody was killed, looking back. Pranks were more popular than any trick-or-treating, and there was all manner of soaping windows, or jumping onto porches, knocking on doors or ringing doorbells and running away. In an effort to see whoever could think of the most fantastic stuff, a bunch of us grade schoolers once sneaked into a farmer’s barn and climbed into a his hayloft, accompanied by the grade school teacher, who hadn’t gotten over the Halloween fits even as an adult. When the farmer came out with his shotgun, the kids took off and left the teacher in the hayloft, where he got caught up there somehow. They said later that he jumped out and walked somewhere, into the night.

Parents and teachers were very cooperative. Grade school kids dressed up to go to school, and the teachers were generous about letting us get away with doing next to nothing on Halloween. We also loaded hay into a wagon, hooked up the horses, and everybody got on the wagon and rode. Hay rides were popular, but not necessarily connected to Halloween.

We also had some superstitions that likely nobody took seriously, but we did know of them then:

-If you laughed very much in your home, sadness would replace it.

-Thirteen was an unlucky number.

-If a black cat ran across the road, or black cats in general around Halloween carried a connotation of ‘bad luck,’ but no one took it seriously.

-Wishbones could bring good luck (your wish would come true) if you got the longer part of the wishbone, when you pulled it apart.

-Stepping on a crack was bad luck.

We had other customs that we did take seriously. Some are related to death and others are not:

-You could not leave a dead body until it was buried. The sitting practice was done in shifts, and the query was, “Who’s settin’ tonight?”

-The windows were opened as someone was dying, even in the middle of winter.

-If you committed suicide, you could not be buried facing East, because that is the direction of the rising sun. One man who did commit suicide was buried backwards, to face the setting sun, because suicide was considered to be a form of murder.

-Pregnant women did not attend funerals.

-The eyes of a dead person were closed, never left open.

-When a person died, there were six rings on the party line, to inform everyone. Then, the church bell rang one time for each year of the person’s life. The tolling of the bells was repeated when the coffin was carried, at the funeral. This practice (also called the death knell) is mentioned in metaphysical poet John Donne’s meditation:

No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

-Although we did not do the candle tradition during the Great Depression, during WWII, a candle was placed in the window for a soldier who was missing. If the soldier did not return, the candle flame was not allowed to go out- ie, the “eternal flame.”

-When you butchered a pig, you gave the best part, usually the heart, to someone else as a gift. Not to do so was considered selfish.

During Halloween in particular, the elders told stories, the more exaggerated the better. They were not so much scary stories as they were tall tales of their own Halloween adventures, embellished to make it sound like they had way more fun than we were having.

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By: BevW Saturday October 25, 2014 9:46 am
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Because ‘riots’ must be what the PTB and most media want

By: wendydavis Saturday October 25, 2014 9:44 am
!cid_4395E41E-2206-4CE2-8767-F781A4B82C50 nice doggie

(‘Nice doggie’ by Anthony Freda)


Yes, we were given a heads-up earlier this month when the AP published the ‘leaked’ information that the Ferguson PD, state cops, and indeed the DHS (assumedly) nation-wide fusion centers were planning for ‘riots’ if the sham grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson for some degree of murder.  The police have pushed and prodded and provoked the good citizens there over a course of 77 days to no avail, but gee, that hasn’t kept the MSM speaking of the Ferguson ‘riots’, has it?

As recently as the last several nights, the Twittersphere has been noting that there were plenty of ‘strangers’ throwing water bottles and such at cops, trying to elicit even stronger police tactics that would rile legitimate peaceful protestors.

From yesterday:  ‘Missouri Police Stocking Up on Riot Gear Ahead of Grand Jury’s Decision’, (AP) October 24, 2014, (stlouis.cbslocal)

‘FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury’s decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.

The preparations are aimed at avoiding a renewed outbreak of violence during the potentially large demonstrations that could follow an announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face a criminal trial for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.  [snip]

Police are attempting to better document events and handle widespread arrests more efficiently. To ensure it’s at full strength, the state Highway Patrol is limiting trooper vacations around the time of a potential decision, and local police may be put on longer shifts.

After the initial clashes with protesters, the state Highway Patrol purchased more shields and equipment for its officers. St. Louis city police recently spent $325,000 upgrading helmets, sticks and other “civil disobedience equipment,” said Police Chief Sam Dotson.

More than 350 St. Louis officers now have been trained in civil disobedience tactics. St. Louis County police and state troopers also have undergone training, focused largely on ensuring they understand protesters’ constitutional rights.’