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  •  The Birther Bill would have been Brewer's Waterloo (3+ / 0-)

    He's a sitting President - she would be forced to accept Obama in Arizona and put him on the ballot.  Apart from alienating the middle-ground undecided independents, she would be lowering her horns against another state (Hawai'i) as well as against the entire Federal security cadré (FBI, NSA, Secret Service, etc.).

    And if she did put the President on the ballot under the Birther Bill, she would make hella enemies.  She would have basically just proved that Barack's birth credentials were legitimate.

    And that might be all it takes to keep her from getting re-elected in red-hot Arizona.

    Fuck with the truth at your own peril. -Anonymous

    by thenekkidtruth on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:04:06 AM PDT

  •  Our sorry MSM. can't get out of it's own way. (11+ / 0-)

    The networks are all down in the Gulf trying to out-do each other in telling us how things have not improved much since the capping of the well; and also how poorly the Gulf residents are doing.

    My question is: where have they been for several months as this has been ongoing since last year??   The MSM never should have left there----it still is a major story.  Clean-up is woefully incomplete; tourism is way down; claims haven’t been paid---and on and on.

    Our media----more concerned about Charlie Sheen, and the wedding, than the challenges in  the Gulf.

  •  A fraud or a tempest in a teacup? (2+ / 0-)
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    kfred, panicbean

    This is really Sad if the 60min. report is accurate, but one can say not surprising, we americans seem to flock to the false no matter who it hurts in the long run and while he has brought the plight of the girls and women in that region into the public meme's he's also damaged that same message as he reaps the personal wealth!!

    Local schools inspired by St. Cloud native Greg Mortenson's work hope to use flap as a teachable moment
    April 18, 2011 - For years now, the youth edition of Minnesota-born author Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea" has been a popular part of fifth-grade teacher Nancy Glades' class at Eisenhower School in Hopkins.

    This year, her kids raised $862.02 for Mortenson's school-building charity because they were so inspired by his tale of a failed mountain climb leaving him dehydrated in a Pakistani village, where he was nursed back to health and vowed to repay the kindness by building a school.

    Now, a "60 Minutes" report accuses Mortenson of fabricating part of that memoir, citing sources who say he actually first visited the village of Korphe nearly a year after trying to climb K2.

    The CBS News show said it went to nearly 30 of the 54 schools Mortenson's charity has built in Afghanistan and roughly half were empty, built by someone else or not receiving support.

    It also reported that financial records appear to show that the charity uses contributions to pay for Mortenson to travel on speaking and book promotion tours, but doesn't share in his speaking fees or book profits. {continued}


    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:09:06 AM PDT

  •  Cut Veterans Affairs' IT budget{?} (6+ / 0-)

    Ahhh yes, after a decade plus, as well as the decades before, lets Continue the Not 'Sacrifice' of the country as they wave their flags, wear their flag lapel pins and laugh at their 'purple heart bandages', while sending others into two more occupations of choice, and Cut Any Funds From The VA while defenses bloated corrupt budget grows. One reason there continues to be backups in the needs for the VA are the IT not exceeding and leading the 21st century technology. At least Gen. Shinseki has accomplished plenty in that and other directions now lets once again roll it all back, the tepublicans are running the obstruction for their lords!!

    It's so much easier laying blame on the agency, underfunded for decades, then 'Sacrificing' on the front end and making sure it's the best to care for those of us who serve thus saving monies in the long term and not trying to play catchup constantly. Even some Vets find that easier!

    Veterans Affairs' IT budget to receive modest cuts
    04/13/2011 - The 2011 Veterans Affairs Department budget making its way through the House is 6 percent higher than VA's 2010 budget, but includes modest cuts in requested funding for the Veterans Benefits Administration and claims processing, as well as a previously anticipated reductions in the department's information technology account.

    The final 2011 House appropriations bill provides $2.137 billion for VBA, down $12 million from the requested $2.149 billion. {continued}


    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:09:30 AM PDT

  •  If I had to chose one thing that I hate about DK4, (2+ / 0-)
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    Phil S 33, sherlyle

    it's waiting for that first recommend.

    Diary could use a jump start

    Psychological Toll on Military Kids

    I would appreciate any help I could get :)

  •  Prez's tax return shows he earned $1.8m in 2010 (9+ / 0-)
    US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made $1.8m (£1.11m) last year, mostly through sales of the president's books, tax returns show.

    The couple's income dropped from $5.5m in 2009 and from $2.6m in 2008, a decline the tax documents attribute to slower book sales.

    Mr Obama's salary as US president was $395,000.

    They paid more than $500,000 in federal and state taxes and donated a total of $245,000 to three dozen charities.

    /

    The couple donated to three dozen charities. The largest gift, $131,075, went to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance to families of wounded US military personnel.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    Birther donald dumb's tax returns must be interesting.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:13:42 AM PDT

  •  Filming begins on The Hobbit (1+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle
  •  For those who enjoy this sort of thing (2+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, msmacgyver

    My partner and I just wrote a song explaining some of what's going on in NH these days. Please check it out if you are so inclined. Warning: contains accordion and banjo.

    A quick musical guide to recent NH politics

  •  A Question in the comments of my NFTT diary (1+ / 0-)
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    on my recent trip across country and back (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:Hedwig, aravir
    i collected and saved all those small bottles of nice soap, shampoo, bars of individual face soaps - along with the two cuppers of instant coffee (both caff and decaff).

    i'd like to know how to get them to the troops - these are perfect personal size and easy to carry.

    any suggestions?  who collects or coordinates?  or do you have individual names and addresses i can send some to?

    thanks.

    Suggestions?

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:28:28 AM PDT

  •  Worst Roads Report: (5+ / 0-)

    and with me in early retirement, forced, and the construction industry still in the tank, the infrastructure, long ignored, is only getting worse!!

    N.C. ranked 2nd in nation

    Only Louisiana is ranked higher than North Carolina when it comes to worst roads in the nation. That's according to a study that looked at conditions of the roads, conditions of bridges in the state, fatalities and congestion. To look at other rankings, go here.

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:28:47 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning! (2+ / 0-)
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    Daily Kos ShelterBox account.

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  •  Soo, It Was ALL About the OIL... (3+ / 0-)
    Former UK government under Tony Blair had discussed with leading oil firms plans to exploit Iraqi oil reserves, long before the US-led invasion, newly disclosed documents show.

    The documents, revealed for the first time, show that how British Petroleum (BP)'s concerns over losing lucrative contracts in Iraq were addressed by then Trade Minister, Baroness Symons, the daily Independent reported.

    According to the papers, Baroness Symons had assured BP, five months before the 2003 invasion, that British energy firms would be given their shares of Iraq's enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Tony Blair's commitment to US plans for regime change in the country.

    British oil giant, BP, had voiced concerns that then US government under George W. Bush was quietly striking deals with US, French, and Russian energy firms, the papers say.

    Accordingly, Lady Symons agreed to lobby the Bush government on BP's behalf, as registered by the minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives.

    "Baroness Symons agreed that it would be difficult to justify British companies losing out in Iraq in that way if the UK had itself been a conspicuous supporter of the US government throughout the crisis", read minutes of a meeting with BP, Shell and BG (formerly British Gas) on 31 October 2002.

    WTF!?? Baroness Symons???

    and of course, there's BP's grubby, pathetic fingerprints all over this mess....

    http://www.presstv.ir/...

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:31:28 AM PDT

    •  Another big surprise, huh (1+ / 0-)
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      The Guardian has a breaking story about suspected, but officially denied, discussions held between British government ministers and oil industry executives about how to carve up Iraq’s oil fields after the 2003 Iraq War.

      More than 1,000 documents were released after a five-year battle under the UK’s Freedom of Information Act.  They provide evidence that British and US governments held talks with major oil companies in October and November 2002 about allocating contracts to develop Iraq’s oil after the war.

      Here's another link - from FDL

      A few folks were brave enough to tell the truth, Greenspan comes to mind, and they were ridiculed. It should have been obvious to anyone with a token amount of knowledge of the history of Anglo-American actions in the region since the end of WWI.

      “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

      by truong son traveler on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 09:27:26 AM PDT

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      •  Correct, and this is why the U.S. (1+ / 0-)
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        truong son traveler

        is headed for major FAIL; we keep right on making the same stupid mistakes over and over and over again.

        at some point, your luck runs out-- that's it.

        "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

        by Superpole on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 10:14:48 AM PDT

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        •  To the political ruling class (1+ / 0-)
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          Superpole

          the biggest "mistake" was having the obvious truth made public. They don't have much to worry about because most folks don't pay attention anyway.

          This was the third anglo-american engineered regime change in Iraq since the early 1960's. Every one of them was because of the fact that access to Iraq's oil was in jeopardy.

          “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

          by truong son traveler on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:08:16 PM PDT

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  •  I would like to draw attention (2+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, msmacgyver

    to this progressive website and the awesome foodie columns by Diana Farr Louis.

    Here are a couple of samples:

    We took the escalator into the depths of the station, three stories down, to a restaurant fitted out like a Victorian pub: beamed ceilings, booths with wooden benches and thick tables, blue-and-white porcelain decorating the shelves. But there were no pork pies and sausage rolls. There was, in fact, no menu. Instead, the waiter brought one tiny dish at a time. Each one more beautiful and exquisite than the next. Of about perhaps 15, a single asparagus spear joined to a morsel of crabmeat stands out. The combinations were held together by some alchemy, not a batter like tempura, but something divine and crunchy. And when we had had enough, the waiter simply stopped serving; he didn’t have to ask. Was it experience or telepathy?

    About Tokyo in 1970.

    B, who’s a fabulous cook, has make a vegetarian lunch for R and me: vegetable soup with large pieces of broccoli, potato, zucchini in a rich broth; delicate, lemony hummus; chunks of avocado; and a white goat cheese she’s made, herself. I’d love to taste it, but I don’t. I provide a mixed green salad with more avocado, pomegranate seeds, and sunflower seeds for crunch. Dessert is stewed apples and pears with cranberries and walnuts: yummy. (B tries to persuade me that goat’s cheese isn’t dairy, but it is still an animal product, so I remain steadfast.)

    About Fasting for Lent in Greece (nothing like the Catholic experience)

    There the rosiness transmogrified into a simple but more-ish red lentil soup, flavored with chili pepper flakes and cumin. Even though the orangey pulses turn yellow with cooking, they still warm the cockles of your heart. Never mind chicken soup for the soul; try Turkish red lentils.

    Red Glows in Grey Istanbul

    Check out the rest of the site. (Full disclosure: Diana Farr Louis is my mother but I think you'll agree she's great.)

    We spend money we don't have on things we don't need to create impressions that won't last on people we don't care about. Tim Jackson

    by Athenian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:39:40 AM PDT

    •  Ah, Foodie Buzz (1+ / 0-)
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      Athenian

      You might also enjoy...

      Pasta Porn: 101 of America's Most Delicious Noodle Dishes

      http://newyork.grubstreet.com/...

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:56:24 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, beautiful pictures (1+ / 0-)
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        msmacgyver

        Making me hungry :  )

        Cheers.

        We spend money we don't have on things we don't need to create impressions that won't last on people we don't care about. Tim Jackson

        by Athenian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:39:26 AM PDT

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        •  Me, too... (1+ / 0-)
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          Athenian

          I'm a vegetarian foodie so this is just about perfect.  It's 11ish where I am but never too early for a plate of pasta :)

          Cheers.

          May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:53:51 AM PDT

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          •  Then you should definitely look up (1+ / 0-)
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            msmacgyver

            the column on Greek Lenten cooking. I am an avowed carnivore but the food in Greece during Lent can make me forget all about meat :  )

            Shameless plug: Diana Farr Louis has also written a couple of cookbooks and her Feasting and Fasting in Crete has a lot of delicious vegetarian recipes. It can be hard to find though. Idiot publishers :  )

            Cheers.

            We spend money we don't have on things we don't need to create impressions that won't last on people we don't care about. Tim Jackson

            by Athenian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:19:54 AM PDT

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            •  Beautiful cookbook, thanks...a little pricey (1+ / 0-)
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              Athenian

              for me though :( Shameless plugs always welcome.

              I'm 60ish and have spent a lot of time both cooking (for a living and for pleasure) and studying healthy food choices.

              Greek food is one of my all time favorites with most recipes so easy to convert to meatless.

              Link to:

              Mediterranean Diet - Ingredients and Recipes

              http://www.webmd.com/...

              Peace...

              May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

              by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:42:40 AM PDT

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              •  It is cheaper at the following link. (1+ / 0-)
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                msmacgyver

                I have no idea why Amazon has it at such an exorbitant price.

                Here it is closer to $36  :  )

                We spend money we don't have on things we don't need to create impressions that won't last on people we don't care about. Tim Jackson

                by Athenian on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:55:42 AM PDT

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                •  Thanks, I'm an Amazon shopper so (1+ / 0-)
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                  Athenian

                  will keep checking for bargain sellers to come out with it.  BetterWorldBooks is my favorite and they always list the good stuff.

                  May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

                  by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:58:17 AM PDT

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  •  more polls (0+ / 0-)

    What this poll says to me is that the White House's plan to demonstrate the deficit hawking bonafides has had the unintended consequence of amplifying the negative aspects of the economy instead of the positives.

    Instead of a laser focus on helping people survive the present, they are more interested in winning the future in the medium term and long term.  As usual, the wrong strategy.  And the sad part is they have helped Republicans define the debate, and have literally folded all of their cards that can help with the jobs picture.  They are literally just relying on the market and the bully pulpit while pulling gas out of the system

    And with this strategy, progressives celebrate and approve, continuing the trend of doing a disservice to the President and progressive causes.  Only when it is too late will progressive decide to step up (See Medicare and/or SS cuts).

    "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

    by justmy2 on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:44:04 AM PDT

    •  This has all to do with GAS PRICES (0+ / 0-)

      then anything else.  This has nothing to do with deficit talk.

      If gas prices were falling then people would feel better about the economy and Obama's approval ratings would be up.

      Many polls have shown that Presidents' approval ratings go up and down based upon gas prices.

      What Obama is going to do about it I don't know.  Perhaps in 2012 he will open up the oil reserves.

      Markos Moulitsas: "Said it before, I'll say it again: Scott Walker is the best thing to happen to Dem activism since George W. Bush."

      by Drdemocrat on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:55:07 AM PDT

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      •  Yes...people answered a jobs in your (1+ / 0-)
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        Friend of the court

        are question based on gas prices..

        that is a head in the sand village excuse...

        gas prices address part of the economy question...

        but it is far from the whole story...and the deficit woe is me storyline doesn't help

        "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

        by justmy2 on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:19:42 AM PDT

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  •  Mayor Rahmbo Starts out Anti-Union (1+ / 0-)
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    well, this is NO surprise:

    Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel pushed ahead with his pledge to reshape Chicago Public Schools on Monday, introducing an executive team led by a reformer from Rochester, N.Y., who has been unafraid to mix it up with teachers unions and parents.

    Jean-Claude Brizard's appointment as the new CEO of CPS sets up a potentially explosive showdown with the Chicago Teachers Union, which openly opposes many of the measures Brizard has endorsed, such as expanding charter schools and linking teacher pay with performance. In February, the Rochester Teachers Association gave Brizard a vote of no-confidence.

    Brizard "is not afraid of tough choices, and that is what Chicago's students need today," said Emanuel, who has pledged longer school days and more accountability from teachers.

    But the Chicago Teachers Union, whose contract expires next year, is poised for battle.

    Clue for Rahm and Mr. Buzzard: THIS is Chicago. after what just went down in WI, good luck getting anywhere with your schoolyard bully strategy.

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:46:16 AM PDT

  •  donald, the dummy vs the real dummy (1+ / 0-)
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    msmacgyver

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:49:25 AM PDT

  •  Will what do you know? (2+ / 0-)
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