Only yesterday, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America began asking Target to clarify their open carry policies. They posted photos like this one, highlighting the Open Carry Texas idiots wandering through a Target:
I would laugh at the irony if it weren't so sad ... and dangerous:
Loaded gun found in toy aisle of South Carolina Target
A 9mm handgun, loaded with live ammunition, has been found in the toy aisle of a Target store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
As the media focus intensified on Virginia soon-to-be-ex-Governor Bob McDonnell's "gifts" from Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams, soon-to-be-ex-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli considered a never-before used section of the Virginia Constitution to force McDonnell to be declared unfit for office.
By now you've probably heard about (h/t/ bink) the Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr considering the fire sale of the art assets of the Detroit Institute of Art. Those items, held in the public trust, include works by Matisse, van Gogh, Bruegel, and Rivera, and they could be worth billions at auction. However, museum codes of ethics prohibit such a sale.
I'm going to explore some of the mechanisms by which museums ensure that their collections are not raided for quick monetary gain.
A couple of days ago, I was the happy and surprised recipient of a DKos subscription. To my anonymous donor, I thank you so much!!
Well knock me over with a feather!
Politico - David Koch breaks from GOP on gay marriage, taxes, defense cuts
The 1980 vice presidential nominee for the socially liberal – but fiscally conservative – Libertarian Party, Koch told POLITICO “I believe in gay marriage” when asked about the GOP’s stance on gay rights.
Ok, ok. Even Cheney came around on that. But tax increases? Defense cuts?
An unanimous guilty verdict was handed down by a five-panel tribunal in Malaysia on Friday, convicting in absentia that Former President George W. Bush, Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Bush Administration legal advisers David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo.
Foreign Policy Journal
The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.
At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisers who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.
I know that Limbaugh's shtick is to shock and use the most inflammatory language possible, but as someone who's dedicated my life to working in the nonprofit sector, it's hard to let this particular attack roll off my back.
On his August 12 show, Limbaugh called nonprofit workers
"[a] Bunch of lazy idiots. Many of them don’t want to really work. Non-profits siphon contributions, as their salaries and so forth, and think of themselves as good people, charitable people. I mean, these people are rapists, in terms of finance and economy."
Apologies this is so brief. It's a "Breaking News" blurb from NBC
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., has been hospitalized, doctors describe his condition as 'seriously ill' - NBC
William Shatner has a show called Raw Nerve. In an upcoming episode, Shatner grills Rush Limbaugh on health care reform. According to Limbaugh, health care reform is just like owning a home. If you're rich, you live in a mansion on a beach and if you're poor, you live in a bungalow. See how that works? Housing and health care is exactly the same. It all makes sense now...
This is interesting: A.P. in Deal to Deliver Nonprofits’ Journalism
Four nonprofit groups devoted to investigative journalism will have their work distributed by The Associated Press, The A.P. will announce on Saturday, greatly expanding their potential audience and helping newspapers fill the gap left by their own shrinking resources.
Starting on July 1, the A.P. will deliver work by the Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and ProPublica to the 1,500 American newspapers that are A.P. members, which will be free to publish the material.
This makes me livid. A friend of mine is unemployed, due to a workplace injury (and no, she's not getting Worker's Comp, because their lawyers are better than hers). She needs coverage due to the injury, so she can get back working. But she's in a tight spot because she's living on Unemployment (which doesn't pay very much), can't get Worker's Comp, and can't find a job (again due to aforementioned injury - a torn shoulder muscle and some back injury).
She has coverage with Kaiser, but they just upped her premiums by 10%. So she applied for a lower plan. This is what she wrote, and the rejection letter they sent her:
Senator Coburn has apparently never been in a museum, if he thinks that museums and zoos are the same thing as casinos, big screen televisions, and rotating pastel lights. He introduced an amendment to the stimulus package which is, well, mind-blowing.