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I remember my first ever Easter egg hunt. I scoured the lawn and didn't find a single egg. My basket was totally empty. And as I trudged back in all my sadness, I happened upon one purple egg stuck in some deep grass. It just happened to be the egg with the "winner" note inside that earned the basket full of the best goodies. How quickly fortunes change.

  • In case you thought John Derbyshire didn't have his defenders on the right for the disgustingly racist screed that got him canned by the National Review, here's a piece from a minion of the late Breitbart. See, we should actually be thanking Derbyshire for exposing the fact that everyone's still just a little bit racist. Really.
  • Jezebel, on the Christian right's attempts to defeat anti-bullying legislation:
    I hate to break it to Christian groups, but if your kid's straightness is so flimsy that it depends on his ability to punch the kids who can't throw a spiral pass in gym class, your kid is probably going to start secretly dating an older man named Bruce or Lance once he gets to college. Rejecting anti-bullying laws is akin to codifying repression and shame. And that's a pretty crappy way to live.
  • AMERICAblog Gay would like folks to take a moment and email Landmark Theatres at to urge them to show a (gay) marriage equality documentary at their cinemas nationwide. Make sure you include where you're from. You can read more about it here.
  • The latest front in the war on spam: describes the online strategy of the re-election campaign:
    The Obama campaign is by far the most aggressive in trying to reach voters online, so far spending more on Internet advertising than on television, radio and telemarketing combined. And the president’s campaign has spent five times more on online ads — jumping from $2.3 million to $12.3 million — than at this point four years ago, when he was running against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination, federal disclosure records show.
  • This is from a few days ago, but it's no less crucial. False equivalence in the media has long driven many of us nuts. John Cole had perhaps the best take on the subject, back some three years ago:
    I really don’t understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane. Imagine trying to negotiate an agreement on dinner plans with your date, and you suggest Italian and she states her preference would be a meal of tire rims and anthrax. If you can figure out a way to split the difference there and find a meal you will both enjoy, you can probably figure out how bipartisanship is going to work the next few years.
    Cole is spot on, but the high broderists in the media have this slavish devotion to stenography and the suggestion that any failure is automatically the fault of both parties. At the AP lunch, President Obama took that idea to task in no minced words:
    I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally. [The debate over deficit reduction] is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalence. I’ve got some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress who were prepared to make significant changes to entitlements that go against their political interests, and who said they were willing to do it.  And we couldn’t get a Republican to stand up and say, we’ll raise some revenue, or even to suggest that we won’t give more tax cuts to people who don’t need them.
    This is an absolutely crucial point. For better or for worse, President Obama has made every single good-faith effort to negotiate and compromise with the Republican Party. Since 2010 especially, that favor has rarely if ever been returned. That would be more tolerable if the media were more willing to report the truth about these negotiations, instead of playing stenographer for the talking points of both sides. But as it stands now, the media figures who obsess over bipartisanship actually prevent bipartisanship from happening when they provide cover to the Republican Party's extremists while giving no plaudits the only side that is willing to make any concessions.

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  •  What happened to NPR's (2+ / 0-)
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    epiphany that they should actually report "news"? I've noticed nothing different - still he said, she said. Am I missing something?

  •  why I despair for the future of the human race, (2+ / 0-)
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    in infographic form.

    The world is on pace for 11 degrees F warming. Nothing else in politics matters. @RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:06:34 PM PDT

  •  Exactly! Final paragraph is right on. (0+ / 0-)

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:08:27 PM PDT

  •  Both of your hotlinks in the Debyshire item (1+ / 0-)
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    go to the same Riehl article.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:08:55 PM PDT

  •  Holy crap! Louis Oosthuizen just... (4+ / 0-)
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    made an albatross, a double-eagle, a 2 on a Par 5 at the Masters.  Al albatross is the rarest shot in golf, much rarer than a hole-in-one.

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:10:10 PM PDT

    •  albatross (4+ / 0-)


         See also: List of professional golfers who have hit an albatross

      The term "albatross" means scoring three under par (−3); also called a double eagle in the U.S., by analogy with eagle (the albatross being one of the largest birds) and double bogey. This is an extremely rare score, and occurs most commonly on par-fives with a strong drive and a holed approach shot. Holes in one on par-four holes (generally short ones) are also albatrosses. The first famous albatross was made by Gene Sarazen in 1935 on the 15th hole at Augusta National Golf Club during the final round of the Masters Tournament. The double eagle vaulted him into a tie for first place and forced a playoff, which he won the next day. The sportswriters of the day termed it "the shot heard round the world." Albatrosses are much rarer than holes in one; the odds are estimated at one in 1,000,000 while the odds of a hole-in-one are around one in 3,700 to one in 12,500, depending on skill.[7] [2012 US OPEN} Louis Oosthuizen.

      Between 1970 and 2003, 84 such shots (an average of fewer than three per year) were recorded on the PGA Tour.[7]

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

      by JML9999 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:15:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  "We need to improve our math and science ranking." (4+ / 0-)

      This was from an ExxonMobil commerical during the televised coverage of the Masters.........

      Ummmmm....Isn't ExxonMobil a HUGE sponser of ALEC.....the main group responsible for the "dumbing down of America" through extreme legislation...!?!?!?

      Ummmmm....We COULD fund more education if we let the GIANT subsidies for oil and gas exploration expire....

      Gotta hand it to ExxonMobil....they are UNAPOLOGETICALLY hypocritical....!!!!!


  •  Romney has an Arizona problem too. (6+ / 0-)
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    In 2008 Mitt's AZ director was Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is now facing a DOJ investigation. This year he began with Sheriff Paul Babeu at the helm, who is now buried beneath a shit load of city, state, and federal investigations for threatening to deport his Mexican boyfriend. Then he switched to AG Tom Horne, who we now learn is also the subject of a federal investigation for campaign violations. Surely there must be ONE honest Republican in AZ! Keep looking Mitt.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:11:24 PM PDT

    •  Yeah, he's got issues. (3+ / 0-)
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      Surely there must be ONE honest Republican in AZ!
      Not one with statewide prominence.  It's becoming quite the widening scandal.  He could go traditional and pick Gov. Brewer but she's very "meh" - they vote for her because she's a Governor with an (R) but I don't think anybody gets excited about her.  Babeu is definitely going down and Arpaio will stay in office until the bitter end, even if the feds get enough court orders to effectively sideline him and get a special master appointed.  So I suspect that he'll quietly shift to Brewer because unfortunately Arizona is not really in play this cycle, he can run a quiet patronage campaign with Brewer and do no harm or he can possibly create national controversy with his other potential patrons.  He'll go with a traditional quiet campaign, I bet.

      Now that I'm thinking out loud, since the Romney "campaign" in Arizona is essentially just going to be a checking account to funnel money and volunteers to national, he may well appoint Kyl or McCain.

      "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

      by auron renouille on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 01:35:01 PM PDT

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    •  ONE honest Republican in AZ! (1+ / 0-)
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      Mother Mags

      No, not since Goldwater died. Remember we are talking about Arzona.

      Rmoney, the mayonnaise of modern politics; rich white pasty goo in a transparent container.

      by Sam Sara on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 04:55:08 PM PDT

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  •  Mowing on Easter Sunday (1+ / 0-)
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    Good ?
    Bad ?

    there are people at the pond fishing so I can't finish!
    To me that is bad.

  •  Since compromise and bipartisanship are out... (0+ / 0-)

    ...(and I agree) what is left?


    What sort of confrontation?

    The right has gone radical (and insane) and they are arming themselves. (Tea Party events with gun carrying people were common 2 years ago).

    When the right is busy with memes that paint the Obama administration as a fascist dictatorship, how far are they from locking and loading?

    I don't mind being dismissed as an alarmist as long as someone explains to me how we are going to depolarize American politics in the next 4 years?

    4 more years of Obama will set these guys off IMO.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:14:28 PM PDT

  •  Easter egg hunt memory... (4+ / 0-)
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    This one is from about 1954 or 55. We had fairly recently moved from Oklahoma City to Morgan City, LA where my father had a new job working on some of the first offshore drilling operations of Kerr-McGee.

    When Easter rolled around, the company had an easter egg hunt for its local employees. From what my parents told me, the tradition was not too well known in that part of the country at that time.

    The employees were encouraged to participate in decorating eggs as well as hiding them. So they were told about how to color them, etc.

    On the big day, my mom said those from up north were surprised that most of the eggs involved had been decorated, all right, but were still raw. Nobody thought to mention that they should be boiled first, lol.

    Even though I was only about 4 at the time, I still remember seeing egg yolk all over the place.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:16:20 PM PDT

  •  "4.42 We oppose the bullying law." (1+ / 0-)
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    From the platform of the Republican Party of Iowa.

  •  DNC chair: GOP ‘callous' towards women (2+ / 0-)
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    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Sunday ripped the Republican Party for “turning back the clock for women.” During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley asked asked the congresswoman from Florida if it was unfair to call GOP policies a “war on women.”

  •  People Can Always Get Treatment At The Emergency (7+ / 0-)

    romm, right?

    Anna Brown wasn't leaving the emergency room quietly.

    She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary's Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn't stand.

    She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.

    This time, she refused to leave.

    A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.

    Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs

    Absolutely inexcusable.  Conservatives and anyone who takes their "ideas" seriously should be ashamed of themselves.
    •  Well they also believe in the Laffer Curve (2+ / 0-)
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      and other perpetual motion machines.

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

      by JML9999 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:35:09 PM PDT

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      •  Ms. Brown's Treatment Was Compared Meaningfully To (5+ / 0-)
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        Mr. Cheney and Ms. Brown received similar tests in their pursuit of medical care, but the treatment and outcome are vastly different. Are the medical personnel looking after Mr. Cheney more skilled? Do they have better equipment, better ultrasounds than the hospitals involved with Ms. Brown?

        Highly unlikely.

        What is more likely is that the "class" differences between Ms. Brown and Mr. Cheney determined the type of treatment and respect they received. Ms. Brown was homeless, black, female and undereducated regarding medical jargon and the health care system. Mr. Cheney is a white male and wealthy. Even if he can't translate the medical jargon, he can pay someone to do it for him.

        Who speaks for Ms. Brown? Ms. Brown was only 29. What if her health problems had been addressed and she had lived? Now, who will be financially responsible for the extra burden placed on Ms. Brown's family to raise her children? Who is going to explain to those children that the life of their mother was not worthy of excellent medical treatment, like Mr. Cheney received?

  •  "codifying repression and shame" (2+ / 0-)
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    Nail-on-the-head of just about any "trendy" "religiously/morality-based" legislation.

    With the side "benefit" that one can imply that one is "saving the taxpayer money" by creating additional hurdles to access or limit public assistance.

    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 Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:30:20 PM PDT

  •  Seriously Dante! (1+ / 0-)
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    Cole is spot on, but the high broderists in the media have this slavish devotion to stenography and the suggestion that any failure is automatically the fault of both parties.
    Good writing Mr. Atkins, but, seriously, wouldn't virtually all of the DC media get fired if they didn't toe the moral equivalency line? I mean, consider who the sponsors and ad-buyers are that support the Traditional Media.

    I would like to see you address this matter, and what a possible solution might be - aside from the boycotts that worked against Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, and now those corporate entities withdrawing from ALEC? Then again, maybe that's the only way that's open these days.

    "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

    by paz3 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:32:10 PM PDT

  •  You just can't deal with the mad zealot. (3+ / 0-)
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    The modern Republican is certifiably insane.  The best thing a Democrat can do is marginalize them.  You can  not be rational with an irrational being.

    "What Elephant?" - Jimmy Durante, "Jumbo"

    by FresnoBill314 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:34:07 PM PDT

  •  Mickelson just triple bogied 4, now 4 back. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:45:15 PM PDT

  •  The Homeless Vets Among Us (4+ / 0-)
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    And if, in many communities, an organization, they don't serve organizations nor the caring groups they serve the whole country, seeks to house and help the neighbors say 'not in my backyard', same people, the great majority, who have yet demanded they sacrifice as these once soldiers and sailors did for them and their brothers and sisters still do, Honorably and with purpose!

    More women vets are homeless, but housing scarce
    Apr. 08, 2012 - Misha McLamb helped keep fighter jets flying during a military career that took her halfway around the world to the Persian Gulf. But back home, the Navy aircraft specialist is barely getting by after a series of blows that undid her settled life.

    She was laid off from work last year and lost custody of her daughter. She's grappled with alcohol abuse, a carry-over from heavy-drinking Navy days. She spent nights in her car before a friend's boyfriend wrecked it, moving later to a homeless shelter where the insulin needles she needs for her diabetes were stolen.

    She now lives in transitional housing for homeless veterans — except the government recently advised occupants to leave because of unsafe building conditions.

    "I wasn't a loser," McLamb, 32, says. "Everybody who's homeless doesn't necessarily have to have something very mentally wrong with them. Some people just have bad circumstances with no resources."

    Once primarily male veteran problems, homelessness and economic struggles are escalating among female veterans, whose numbers have grown during the past decade of U.S. wars while resources for them haven't kept up. read more>>>

    Spending hike sought to help end veterans' homelessness
    Apr. 08, 2012 - Darren Spencer, a 39-year-old Army veteran from Tacoma, Wash., found himself homeless after losing his $15.45-an-hour job as a furniture mover a year ago. He takes pills for his depression and has trouble hearing. He has no car, and his unemployment benefits ran out in December.

    But Spencer considers himself lucky on one count: Last August, he got a voucher from the federal government to help pay the $725 monthly rent for his apartment in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood, where he lives with his 18-year-old son, Lamont.

    "I still have a lot of stress, but that's one thing I don't have to stress about," Spencer said. "It's still hard, but at least now I have a place to stay."

    Spencer is among thousands of beneficiaries of a federal effort to end all homelessness among veterans by 2015. It's a lofty goal as the nation gears up to accommodate another 1 million service members who are set to return home from war in the next five years. read more>>>

    While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still, from both and many have the chutz·pa to call themselves more patriotic{?} then others wrapped in those false flags, using false slogans and various cheap symbols of and then seek one day events or parades to wave all that patriotism, call it "Supporting the Troops", then go home and either ignore or forget about those that actually sacrificed for the country!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:59:42 PM PDT

  •  Bipartisan (1+ / 0-)
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    I question the media's intent. Their interest is generating revenues, which of course means fanning the flames of division. Politicians play the game to but it's for raising funds.

    The right has gone off the deep end, but everyone is winning, except of course the American people.

  •  Name-ism = Bad (0+ / 0-)

    from a not-gay "Bruce"
    Is it really any different than racism?

  •  A dose of holiday cuteness-Puppies-peeps-bunnies (1+ / 0-)
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  •  John Coles "DINNER" (1+ / 0-)
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    John Cole had perhaps the best take on the subject, back some three years ago:

    I still use that quote today. And remember, John was so precient about the anthrax main course:  

    This was even before there was a Tea Party!
  •  On a lighter note: (0+ / 0-)
    The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima
    Anti-nuclear physician Dr. Helen Caldicott says that if fuel pool 4 collapses, she will evacuate her family from Boston and move them to the Southern Hemisphere. This is an especially dramatic statement given that the West Coast is much more directly in the path of Fukushima radiation than the East Coast.

    I thought you all might gt a KicK out of this story.

    That Giant Sucking Sound Is Wall Street Billionaires Drinking Your Blood.

    by olo on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 01:42:59 PM PDT

  •  Dante, that is the truth... (0+ / 0-)

    You wrote:

    For better or for worse, President Obama has made every single good-faith effort to negotiate and compromise with the Republican Party. Since 2010 especially, that favor has rarely if ever been returned.
    That being said, one might ask why the President sought any compromise with the GOP during his first two years in office when he had solid majorities in the House and Senate; similarly, one could ask why the President's hands are tied given that he still has a majority in the Senate. Moreover, were previous presidents any less hamstrung when they had minorities in both houses?

    No doubt, mileage may vary on the latter question, still, we need to explore whether this President is fully exercising the power of the Executive Branch, especially on the domestic front.

    "All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe." ~ Thomas Paine

    by PreciousLittle on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 01:43:24 PM PDT

  •  Derbyshire defender list: add ESR (0+ / 0-)

    For the non-geeks: ESR wrote a significant article about the open source movement and did a lot of useful advocacy in the field. Caught a bad case of 9/11 Fear Fever. Now arguing that Derbyshire's article is an intelligence test.

  •  My endorsement of Mitt Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    Top Ten reasons I endorse Mitt Romney...

     10  He is probably not a Muslim or at least not a Kenyan.
       9  He is in touch with himself if not anything else.
       8  He invented the Olympics or at least saved them from
           greedy businessmen.
       7  His dad ran for president.
       6  He is favorite son in four states.
       5  He has four sons, so they could be favorite son
           in sixteen states.
       4  He is cuter than Newt and brighter than Michelle.
       3  And vice versa.
       2  If he gets carved on Mt Rushmore it will have
           two more faces.

           And the #1 reason I endorse Romney…

           Donny and Marie at the Inaugural Ball!

    Honesty is not a policy, it's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 02:47:31 PM PDT

  •  Contraceptives - The New Gateway Drug (0+ / 0-)

    Tenn. Sex Ed Bill Promotes Abstinence-Only, Warns Against 'Gateway Sexual Activity'

    The bill is a response to recent controversies over sex-ed lessons in some Tennessee school districts that mentioned alternatives to sexual intercourse, according to The Tennessean. A 2009 Youth Risk Behavior study found that 61 percent of Memphis City high school and 27 percent of middle school students have had sex -- higher than the national average, according to WMC-TV.

    "'Abstinence' means from all of these activities, and we want to promote that," Republican state Sen. Jack Johnson, the bill's sponsor, told The Tennessean. "What we do want to communicate to the kids is that the best choice is abstinence."

    The bill would require a "family life education curriculum" that prohibits the promotion of contraception and "any gateway sexual activity or health message that encourages students to experiment with non-coital sexual activity."

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 05:25:27 PM PDT

  •  I couldn't agree with you more (0+ / 0-)

    Shop Liberally this holiday season at Kos Katalog

    by JamieG from Md on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 05:57:58 PM PDT

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