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Happy Birthday Jane Hamsher !

By: cbl Monday July 25, 2011 7:51 am

sweet jane

very short diary

Yes girls and boys, History’s Greatest Progressive Monster™ is having a birthday !

Leave your Birthday Wishes in the comments

Happy, Happy Birthday Jane Hamsher, may you enjoy a day of progress and poodle piles !

Free Range Forevah !


CBL’s Bounce House – Speech Open Thread

By: cbl Wednesday April 13, 2011 9:47 am

‘O The Inanity !!
UPDATE: I see this diary made the Rec List – Thanks Everyone ! mwah !

Sensing I am not alone in my desire to avoid today’s Big Speech,™ – thought I’d put up a diary and create a space for those Firedogs who need to express their frustrations and blow off a little steam

Come on in . . . feel free to comment, post links to your favorite unserious™ sites, throw virtual socks at the teevee, post your nomination for the most ridiculous ‘botism’s, pics of your pets, garden, whatev. You can even post your response to the speech – just remember the FDL House Rules on espousing violence, ‘k ?

Just this week, I have mastered fresh brewed Peach Tea, there are gallons of it and some snacks on the sideboard, there is a separate sideboard for vegan delights.

There’s even a pinata:
Have No Fear,Wondergirl is here :D

Here We Go . . .

Listening In: David Dayen Interview on Foreclosure Crisis

By: cbl Friday November 5, 2010 9:32 am

Virtually Speaking

Thank dog for the interwebs !

I had to work during Dayen’s radio interview last night, but through the magic that is Facebook, was able to hear him discuss Mortgage Crisis Fundamentals with Host Jay Ackroyd

You can listen here: David Dayen of FDL News on Virtually Speaking 11/4/10

Enjoy !

Fraudclosure For Dummies

By: cbl Monday November 1, 2010 12:19 pm

The Fraudclosure story encompasses an alphabet soup of material and actors unfamiliar to many of us – MBS, MERS, HAMP, HELOC’s, and GSE’s ?!!?! Getting a firm grip is further hampered by the sheer torrent of daily developments.

How in the world are you going to synopsize this massive and unwieldy beast for your friends and family ?

Enter Lisa Epstein and Bill Black, courtesy Dylan Ratigan above. Twelve plus minutes of action packed, reality based narrative anyone can understand (well, ‘cept that Geitner fella). I have beta tested this video with my most apolitical, incurious acquaintances with great success and recommend you do the same

Here is what no less than David Dayen deems ” the best explanation of the mortgage mess” from Yves Smith for those seeking more depth and shading.

On background, lots of folks point to the 6:20 mark when Bill Black takes over, but I felt it important to leave Lisa Epstein’s portion in – she is like all of us, just a frustrated citizen who decided to do some digging online and at the local courthouse. She, a lowly citizen activist has been instrumental in uncovering major developments in this story (see Cynthia Kouril’s “Holy Grail” post here). Epstein’s blog, Foreclosure Hamlet has a wealth of resources and an active chat community made up of those fighting foreclosure. And come on, would it really hurt to have granny think MBS stands for “Malicious Bankers with Syphillis” ?!?! :D

What is there left to say about Bill Black’s unearthly gift for synopsizing the complex and arcane in to digestible, consumable bits ? here, in a just a few minutes he explains not only how we got here but what must be done to get us out from under the coming disastrous wave.  . . .

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – Firebagger !

By: cbl Tuesday October 12, 2010 9:32 am


As expected, the usual scolds responded to yesterday’s direct action by GetEqual in Miami . . .

No one is asking you to clap louder. We’re asking you to stop pissing into the tent

wow. Equating calls to end discriminaiton with ‘piss’ says everything about that tent

but the scolds have always been with us:

We recognize the natural impatience of people who feel that their hopes are slow in being realized. But we are convinced that these demonstrations are unwise and untimely.

those words were written by eight white Birmingham clergymen in April 1963 in A Call For Unity

We do not believe that these days of new hope are days when extreme measures are justified…

yeah, like I was gonna leave that one out

In their letter, the clergymen urged an end to the demonstrations by Afican Americans "directed and led in part by outsiders" that were taking place in the area at the time, recommending that African Americans engage in local negotiations and use the courts if rights are being denied

We should all be eternally grateful for their clownish "outsiders" swipe – for it prompted a response from a young baptist minister sitting in the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was confined after being arrested for his part in the Birmingham campaign.

I count Letter from Birmingham Jail among my most cherished of American letters – and I wager the same is true for many of you

But it isn’t just some blessed progressive artifact – it lives, it breathes and here Dr King reaches across five decades to speak to the ‘pragmatists’

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

—Martin Luther King,

Dick Durbin Closes The Stable Door – After The Hubris Has Bolted

By: cbl Sunday September 26, 2010 2:19 pm

Senator Dick Durbin handwringing on CNN this morning

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that his party does not have the votes they need to pass a tax cut extension for families making less than $250,000 a year.

"I can count, and I know you can too," Durbin told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union. "We have 59 Democrats and not a single Republican in the Senate supports our position."

Ya don’t say . . . hmmmm, ’cause I coulda sworn some time late in the night on friday, I heard an entirely different explanation

We have a winning message now, why muddy it up with a failed vote, because, of course, Republicans are going to block everything," the aide said

According to a very plugged in Senate aide, Senators debating the issue were very aware that the polling was on their side. Yet, paradoxically, this ended up tipping the balance against holding the vote. Senate Dems felt they were alreadly winning on the issue, and in the end they thought a vote risked upsetting a dynamic that was already playing in their favor

Woo Hoo ! High Fives and Towel Snaps All Around …

Frankly, I am trying to recall an instance where they were so, um, candid, so naked in their craven it’s-all-about-the-win shit

anyone ?

no, go back and read the entire (and short) HuffPo piece

Well, now that the cortisol and BP levels are trending back down and I’m no longer tweeting my outrage on their nakedly craven shit – I am grateful for the confirmation

And hey, I am already a registered Democrat, don’t think I should muddy it up with contributions or GOTV, huh ?

Push Back on Facebook Censorship of Political Speech – It’s 4:20 Log Off Facebook !

By: cbl Tuesday August 24, 2010 1:27 pm

[Ed. note: The protest against Facebook's irrational censorship is going viral! Check out this initiative launched by one of our own community members.]

Leaf it alone!

In light of Facebook’s ridiculous censorship of the Just Say Now Campaign’s marijuana leaf logo . . .

We have formed a Facebook group – Asking all our friends to LOG OFF Facebook at 4:20 everyday for one hour.

Per analyst reports, Facebook takes in close to $136,000 per hour in ad revenue. Let’s see if we can get their attention with (hopefully) tens of thousands less clicks

Please join our group and ask your friends to join our group – bottom up People Power aint dead yet – let’s give ‘em a taste, shall we?

Puff …Puff… JOIN !

Hallowed Ground

By: cbl Friday August 20, 2010 10:44 am

hallowed ground

All right awready !

ol cbl had every intention of not feeding in to the manufactured outrage frenzy that is Cordoba House

But this being August – the month for memes that just wont die, I realized it would be irresponsible not to :D

On August 3, 1980, Ronald Reagan kicked off his campaign for President of the United States from the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi –

The site where three young american civil rights workers were disappeared and brutally murdered


Not content with the abject insensitivity of announcing from the site that is synonymous with horror to millions of americans, oh no, Reagan grabbed the mega dogwhistle and sprinkled his announcement with thinly veiled references to ‘States Rights’. And some, not so thinly veiled:

I believe in States’ Rights. I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.

So let me see . . . Wingers have gobbled up the air waves with poutrage about a ‘mosque’ that isn’t really a mosque, that isn’t even at Ground Zero (you can ask the strippers and OTB workers nearby). . . as being "insensitive and uncaring"

. . . but in what can only be characterized as a moment of KKK "Triumphalism", it was perfectly alright for Great White Father to spit in the face of the Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner families, and piss on the graves of three american martyrs

yep, it’s August