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  • Laura Clawson will be on Ring of Fire radio this weekend. Check here for stations and times and here for streaming.
  • Joan McCarter discussed politics with conservative Conn Carroll:
  • Linsanity! is fun but it is worth thinking about how it reflects on our race issues.
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Rick Santorum is an unproven theory, by Hunter
    • Watching the polls in the race for the White House—hat a difference a few months makes, by Steve Singiser
    • Federalism, the Affordable Care Act ... and contraception, by DemFromCT
    • Rep. Steve King and the scary lightbulbs of scary doom, by Hunter
    • Republicans undiscover fire, by Mark Sumner
    • My ribbon is red: Planned Parenthood fights HIV/AIDS, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Breaking Faith With Progressive Values: E.J. Dionne and Bob Jones, by Armando
  • Greg Sargent writes about the birth control contratemps, arguing that "this very well may become a wedge issue—against Republicans." It could, but it will never be THIS Democratic Party's strategy to make it one. The crouch to avoid being punched is still the posture of choice for Democratic strategists. It is inconceivable to me that Democrats will go on offense on the issue of women's rights. They never have.
  • Related: Igor Volsky reports that GOP Ups The Ante, Introduces Legislation To Allow Any Employer To Deny Any Preventive Health Service.
  • A blog post I wish was must reading for some of the bank fraudsters, Jeralyn Merrit on the 12 best federal prisons in which to serve time.
  • The Great Charles Pierce (that's his legal name now) argues that, on the contraception accommodation:
    The Church has claimed — and the president has tacitly accepted — the right to deny even its employees of other faiths the health-care services of which it doesn't approve on strictly doctrinal grounds. That is not an issue of "religious liberty." That's the enshrinement of religious thuggery in the secular law.
    Scott Lemieux demurs, arguing that Actually, He Stepped Aside and Let the Bishops Jump Into the Empty Pool.

    I think for the Obama political team, this is less a "home run or double play" question, and more of a "let's not fuck this election up, we are going to win by a ton" issue. The Obama political team thinks this solved a potential political problem when all they need to do is bring home the bacon in this election. And in the short term they have defused the issue, which is what they wanted to do.

  • Finally, and the reason I'll never get to do a linky thread again, some self-promotion: me discussing politics on bloggingheads with Conn Carroll. Have a great weekend.

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  •  Mitt Rmoney's Severe Morning (5+ / 0-)

    He Awoke Severely cranky
    He Severely Stubbed his toe on his way to the shower
    He Showered Severely
    He Severely cut himself shaving
    He Bled Severely
    He Severely plastered his face with Toilet tissue
    He Dressed in Severely Blue Blue Jeans
    He ate his severely fatty bacon and eggs with severely burnt toast
    He drank his Severely black coffee
    He laughed severely at the Pogo Cartoon
    He Marched Severely to the Car with Severe displeasure.

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:01:13 PM PST

  •  What time does you-know-who (3+ / 0-)
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    give the closing speech at CPAC?

    That should be for a grin or two.

  •  Charles Blow gets it absolutely correct (2+ / 0-)
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    in  his NY Times column, about which I write in this posting from this morning to which I invite your attention

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:03:15 PM PST

  •  a teacher considers life after the classroom (3+ / 0-)

    is the subject of my Saturday morning reflection, What if this is my last year in the classroom?, to which I invite your attention.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:04:33 PM PST

  •  of Mozart and government students . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    is the title of this piece in which I describe what happened in one of my AP Government classes yesterday

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:05:39 PM PST

  •  Crouching Democratic strategists (8+ / 0-)

    may not make "Kill the Pill" a wedge issue against the Republicans, but Democratic Women and their sister/fellow travelers (gay yay here!) have no choice now, and will.

    The attack on contraceptives is an attack on privacy rights, on the right to self-determination, on our right to control our own bodies, it's an attack on all of us.  The only group that hasn't gotten the memo are the 1% rich straight white men (Democratic strategists included).

    "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:08:31 PM PST

    •  And then, to some... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...the president looks the "adult in the room" and his opponents look like fringe extremists (which they are!). This seems to be the way Barack Obama has run his presidency to date, and it has produced some notable successes.

      "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

      by alaprst on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:15:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  i just hope, strongly, (0+ / 0-)

        nay, severely, that the issue never becomes tissue.

        eh, you seh ?

        that "they" determine to determine 1st proper paper, and 2nd orthodox wiping procedure.

        just as personal, just as invasive, just as do'h-ey.
        republicans: they really are republiCANTs.
        would it surprise you? me, neether.

        Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. (But go ahead and arrest Rumsfeld, too.)

        by greenbird on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 10:43:49 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  New post on the Koch Bros' fake outrage (5+ / 0-)

    Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:10:03 PM PST

  •  "The crouch to avoid being punched" (6+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately I have to agree with you. The inveterate (invertebrate?) political cowardice of the Democratic Party, it's unwillingness to stand strong for what should be its natural positions, including defense of women's and workers' rights, undercuts its own political ambitions.

    "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

    by psnyder on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:10:24 PM PST

  •  graphic of Santorum as a gay Nazi (3+ / 0-)

    Can somebody come up with that?

    I think you guys should start thinking about how to make Santorum look coo-coo without using any butt-sop jokes.

    He's big into hunting, isn't he? Didn't he go duck hunting with all kinds of Iowa pols?

    Perry's ties to nutcase religion damaged him. People don't think Santorum has an in with the Pope or anything (which was discussed in 1960). He is an "evangelical Catholic".

    So, what is the connection between Santorum and Christian Identity? What kind of support is he getting from militia groups?

    In his CPAC speech, whenever Santorum tried to get dramatic with things, his eyes got a little big. You know, people who are poor, but getting no kind of assistance at all, are very resentful of those who do get something. "That guy is eating your food, you know." No kidding at all, Santorum, in arguing that government help is bad per se, has some kind of End Times philosophy behind that.

    And end times religion has a connection with authoritarianism, because if I know God is going to return soon, I don't think in terms of future centuries and slow but steady progress. I think in terms of enemies and WEAPONS.

    For Rick Santorum, government needs to stop helping you because suffering will make you stronger. Really. But that doesn't reduce in the least the possibility that government will need your help in a war.

    There have to be connections between Santorum and the extreme right wing. Find that, put a gun in his hands, put him in a storm trooper's uniform, paste a mustache on his lip, and you've got Springtime for Hitler.

  •  Maine exit polls (5+ / 0-)

    Not sure if anyone else has found any sources, but Ron Paul's internal exit polls are currently showing him in the lead:

    I'm rooting for another Romney setback, to keep this entertaining GOP circus going as long as possible!

  •  We Are All ze Buffalo Today (4+ / 0-)

    along the eastern S Lake Erie shore.

    Double dump of wind running the full length of Huron, then radar shows after it leaves the Ontario shore it begins snowing out over Lake Erie. I think we've had about 8 of the projected 3 inches so far.

    Authorities around Cleveland have reported zero visibility driving at times.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:20:00 PM PST

  •  Well, I'm reading around (3+ / 0-)
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    the toobs on cpac, having warmed up this morning with The Hunting of the Snark.
    Boy, are conservatives odd. Of all the ways one could express that the ReThugs are a fractured and fragmented party, here's this:

    "It's a little scary in a way," said Brandon Standish, who came down from Buffalo, N.Y. "Even being here at this event, there are many cleavages within the overall blanket group of the GOP."
    Are they having sex at this convention? Who'da thunkit?
  •  Loved the Joan video (1+ / 0-)
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    Now I've got a face along with her avatar.  Great.

    She's every bit as feisty and dedicated and adamant as I thought she was.  I'm gonna be a little less apt to put my dissenting views (that most of the FP diary posters know I put here on occasion :-) against her stuff from now on.  Watta great lady, huh?  

    Thanks for that Armando.  

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:31:53 PM PST

  •  Guess which music was played at CPAC (3+ / 0-)
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    after Mike Huckabee finished his remarks:

    These people are INSANE!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:33:54 PM PST

    •  Oh my (2+ / 0-)
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      what the hell? I wonder how Santorum felt about that!

    •  lol, how fitting (2+ / 0-)
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      btw, is it me or Huckie starting to look more and more like Nixon as he ages?

    •  What song is it? I have no idea. (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Okay I'll play (1+ / 0-)
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        Billy Squier Stroke Me.

        •  Actually, The Stroke (0+ / 0-)

          And while a lot of people assume that it's about, ahem, self-love that dares not speak its name--and while I always thought it was about sex--apparently Squire claimed that it was about the music business. Go figure.

          Any way you slice it, though, Huckabee is about the last person I'd associate with such a song. If anything, it seems more up Newt's, er, alley.

          Now everybody have you heard
          If you're in the game, then the stroke's the word
          Don't take no rhythm, don't take no style
          Got a thirst for killin', grab your vile...

          You put your right hand out give a firm hand-shake
          Talk to me about that one big break...
          Spread your ear-pollution both far and wide...
          Keep your contributions by your side and stroke me, stroke me

          Could be a winner boy, you move quite well...
          You got your number down...
          Say you're a winner but man you're just a sinner now

          You put your left foot out keep it all in place...
          Work your way right into my case
          First you try to bed me you make my backbone slide
          But when you found you bled me-- skip on by...
          keep on---stroke me, stroke me
          Give me the business all night long...
          You're so together boy...
          Say you're a winner but man you're just a sinner now

          Better listen now (said) it ain't no joke
          Let your conscience fail ya, just do the stroke
          Don'tcha take no chances keep your eye on top
          Do your fancy dances you can't stop you just stroke me, stroke me

          Actually, come to think about it, this is the PERFECT song to play at an event like CPAC--they're shilling for money and support in the most transparent, vile and disengenuous way possible without meaning a word of what they say.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:08:27 PM PST

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  •  "asshats" (0+ / 0-)

    best mind's-eye illustration of the term I've seen to date: "...bishops march into empty pool"

    great visuals, asshats

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:34:33 PM PST

  •  Denise on HIV/AIDS Sunday (1+ / 0-)
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    Hope this is about the epidemic that is mostly being ignored in the U.S. and not about the very real problems in the African continent because I think that most folks think that we here in the U.S. have all kinds of drugs now that "cures" or otherwise takes away from the real suffering our AIDS/HIV sufferers have.  

    Watching with anticipation.  Denise is SUCH a good diarist...just LOVE her work.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:36:15 PM PST

  •  TalkLeft commenters on Conn/Armando (0+ / 0-)

    "interview" concentrated on being TV critics.  Not much about the content.  But here?  Profound silence.  

  •  Daily Kos and others in the media don't care (1+ / 0-)
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    Publius Cornelius Tacitus

    about the nuns, whom actually run the Catholic hospitals.  Why all this focus on the bishops?  Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, supports Obama on contraception.

  •  supposing Santorum is the nominee (0+ / 0-)

    Too many people are acting like Romney is still the one we need to get rid of. I think we want him as the nominee.

    Newt is more dangerous in absolute terms but nowhere near as dangerous as Santorum. Santorum is the one going around getting pastors' hands laid on him in Texas.

    Consider this: during this primary season, an incredible series of candidates has been considered "leading". First there was Bachmann. Perry moved her out. Then Perry self-destructed. Cain was a real threat for a while, then he self-destructed.  Then Newt caught fire over race in South Carolina, or over Haley. Then he was sort of immolated in Florida and his national support collapsed soon after.

    Money explains a lot of this for most people. Bachmann never had much. Perry wasted his. Cain was quixotic. Newt had a little money, seemed to use it strategically, and then it didn't carry over into Florida and that was that.

    Romney is supposed to have been husbanding his resources for the general. The fact that he had to spend quite a bit in Iowa and Florida against Newt was considered a tactical defeat (money that could have been saved for the GE).

    Many have risen up but none have risen up twice. Now, we could say that Romney is the last in the series of losers. What evidence is there that he will resurrect at all? Nobody can say that Santorum's surge to the top, where he is 15 points clear, OK, say it settles, it's not going to settle at six - nobody can say that money achieved this. Santorum is really scary for that reason. If he had spent even half of what the others spent in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri - but he didn't.

    So it seems to me that there's just as much chance that Santorum is off to the races, as that Romney will prevail after a long struggle.

    There are many scenarios that lead to a brokered convention, but here's one that doesn't: Santorum unexpectedly wins Southern primaries, finishes Newt, and wins out, except in those places where he is not eligible - and how great of an anti-government event is that? Think maybe Santorum, leading in polls by double digits, will suggest to Indiana that they let people vote for him?

    Feb. 28 is not that far away. Will Romney go into Michigan today and stay there, campaigning like there's no tomorrow?

    Is it possible that Romney's campaign chiefs are incapable of handling this?

    If Santorum wins Michigan, and continues to lead in the polls, is he the presumptive nominee?

    I don't want Romney to lose anymore.

  •  I normally agree with Pierce, (1+ / 0-)
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    but he is wrong in this case.  This rule completely removes the ability of the companies people work for to decide if the women get birth control or any other kind of health care.  Remember, there are other ways to keep women from taking birth control:  Fire a few and make it known that the company knows who is taking it.  It will be harder for them to find out if the women can go through the insurance.

    Yes, the government could engage in battles with companies to make them do the right thing, and while that is happening, women will have trouble getting health care.

    Occupy the voting Booth!

    by anonevent on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:38:13 PM PST

  •  I can understand the sensitivies... (0+ / 0-)

    ...of some in the President's campaign of not offending some Catholics' sensitivities. To me, however, it's not about theology but about women's health. Nothing more. Nothing less. The President and those campaigning for him must repeat this over and over again and force Republicans and their allies to explain why voters should put their ideological concerns over the health of millions of women in the United States. The President and his party cannot lose with this strategy as it exposes their opponents as fringe figures bent on imposing their ideology and theology down the throats of those who may disagree with it.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:13:06 PM PST

  •  "Linsanity" will eventually end (1+ / 0-)
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    He's going to have a bad game, followed by a bad patch/string of games.

    But he'll recover and go on to a more than respectable 8-10 year career, then have a better-than-average-after-the-NBA life.

    Good for him. Good for the NBA.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:32:15 PM PST

  •  Liberalism vs. libertarianism (0+ / 0-)

    As I see it the biggest difference between them is that while libertarianism (in its most popular modern form) is only about personal freedom, liberalism is about personal freedom exercized responsibly, with a strong sense of community and common property and the belief that everyone is entitled to a decent life and that as members of society we all share a responsibility in assuring it.

    Basically, it's the difference between pure freedom of action divorced from any moral context, and freedom of action within a moral context.

    I.e. liberalism is libertarianism with morality.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:33:54 PM PST

  •  wow, Conn Carroll is such a (0+ / 0-)

    bad conservative!

    He seems so well-informed and considerate (both of issues and of people): he's going nowhere in his chosen field.

    The canard that there is a debate going on between "conservatives" and "liberals" is so 1952. Any reasonable person observing the descent into visceral stupidity that has marked my generation must realize they have to vote Democrat - even at the expense of, perhaps erring on the side of "too liberal" - until the Blue Dog Democrat is the far right wing. So, I have a special pity for any sane person who still calls themselves a Republican.

    Hope you're okay Joan... (the cough...I always use licorice root)

  •  Ring of Fire Program -- XM Radio? (0+ / 0-)

    Is ROF broadcast on XM Radio?

    If so, does anyone know the time/channel?

    Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Kin Hubbard

    by Mr Robert on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 02:37:44 PM PST

  •  the democrats seem to have a hard time going (0+ / 0-)

    to bat for any of the alleged demcocratic principles.

    so is better democrats going to be enough ?

    big badda boom : GRB 080913

    by squarewheel on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 04:31:00 PM PST

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