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David Wasserman's 2012 Presidential vote tally

Frank Bruni has a note for President Clinton.

What a year you’ve had, the kind that really burnishes a legend. At the Democratic National Convention, on the campaign trail, in speeches aplenty and during interviews galore, you spoke eloquently about what this country should value, and you spoke unequivocally about where it should head. Such a bounty of convictions, such a harvest of words, except for one that’s long overdue: Sorry.

Where’s your apology for signing the Defense of Marriage Act?

Frank Lalli looks at Medicare issues from a very understandable personal position.
I’ve never faced a more confounding reporting challenge than the one I’m engaged in now: What will I pay next year for the pill that controls my blood cancer?


Like around 47 million other Medicare beneficiaries, I have until this Friday, Dec. 7, when open enrollment ends, to choose my 2013 Medicare coverage, either through traditional Medicare or a private insurer, as well as my drug coverage — or I will risk all sorts of complications and potential late penalties.

But if a seasoned personal-finance journalist can’t get a straight answer to a simple question, what chance do most people have of picking the right health insurance option?

Ross Douthat wants you to have a baby. Really.

Dana Milbank plays war correspondent to the Republican Party.

It seems the Republicans have run out of squishy moderates to purge. Now they’re starting to run conservatives out of town for being insufficiently doctrinaire. ...

The Republicans’ negotiating position is morally indefensible. They are holding 98 percent of Americans hostage by refusing to spare them a tax hike unless the wealthiest 2 percent are included.

“Some people seem to think this is leverage. I think that’s wrong,” [Sen. Tom Cole, R-OKlahoma]  said. “You don’t consider people’s lives as leverage....

Of his intraparty critics, Cole asks: “Where’s your political courage? It’s pretty easy to vote ‘no’ around here.

Kathleen Parker wins the laziest columnist of the week award, by using an imaginary conversation between President Obama and Mitt Romney to create a straw president who mouths her every thought.

Meanwhile George Will delivers a rant on the evils of diversity lifted straight from 1963. So... it's Sunday. And Maureen Dowd delivers a pointless extended Hollywood analogy wrapped around a few sentences of political speculation.  In other words... it's Sunday.

Leonard Pitts looks at another Florida case involving a dead African-American teenager and a shooter who claims self-defense.

We cannot yet know if black blindness was the cause of death for Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old black kid who was killed the night after Thanksgiving. But there is reason to suspect it was. Davis was shot by a 45-year-old white man, Michael David Dunn, who says he saw a rifle. At this writing, police have recovered no such weapon. ...

Consider: someone’s got a gun trained on you, about to shoot, yet you have time to reach for your glove box, open it, unholster your own weapon and bring it up? Not even Little Joe Cartwright was that fast on the draw.

Then there’s the fact that afterward, Dunn and his girlfriend went to a hotel. You’ve been threatened, you had to shoot to save your life . . . and you go to a hotel? You don’t alert authorities about this SUV full of dangerous kids roaming the streets?

Dunn, says Lemonidis, did not realize he had killed Davis until he saw the news the following morning. Yet, he still did not contact authorities, instead driving home to Satellite Beach, about 175 miles south, intending to turn himself in to a neighbor who has law enforcement ties. Police, who had gotten his license plate number from witnesses, soon arrived to arrest him.

Andres Oppenheimer says President Obama should send a thank you note to Hugo Chavez—but before you think this is another wing-nut rant about Obama's socialist pals...
Just as Florida should extend eternal gratitude to Cuba’s dictator, Fidel Castro, for the tens of thousands of middle-class professionals who fled to Miami after the 1959 Cuban revolution, Florida authorities should erect a statue to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for triggering the flight of a good chunk of Venezuela’s middle class over the past decade.

There are an estimated 244,000 Venezuelans living in the United States, up from about 91,000 in 2000, a year after Chávez took office, according to U.S. Census figures. ...

Perhaps more interestingly, a majority of Venezuelans in the United States are highly educated. Among Venezuelan-American residents aged 25 to 34, nearly 57 percent have bachelor’s or master’s degrees, much more than the U.S. national average, according to the 2010 Census figures.

Thank you, Hugo.

Mariam Maquez looks at the relationship between the Hispanic community in South Florida and the Republican Party. My apologies, this column's a couple of weeks old, but I didn't spot it until today.

Cuban-American Republicans, when you dig a little, are not as conservative as they may lead people to believe: polls show they are strong supporters of social services, of Medicare, of Social Security and educational opportunity, thanks to federal loans and grants. ...

Republicans’ most attractive message remains a promise of opportunity for all, if you work hard. That message was drowned out the past two years by rhetoric that blames the unemployed for their predicament, blames the children of undocumented immigrants for wanting the American dream, blames college students for not wanting to pay high bank interest rates to get their college loans, blames women for . . . You get the picture.

We know how to date the rocks that make up the walls of the Grand Canyon, but how long has there been a canyon? Possibly a lot longer than previously thought.
It had been thought that the canyon formed 6 million years ago. But now two geologists have evidence it is actually closer to 70 million years old.
The way in which the new age was determined is quite interesting, but maybe not as interesting as the image the revised date brings.  T. rex might once have stood at the  south rim and stared down at the proto-Colorado.

Originally posted to Devil's Tower on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks for including the Miami Herald (14+ / 0-)

    No, I'm from Los Angeles, but the first piece of academic writing I had published was on the work of Carl Hiaasen, and I think Leonard Pitts is among the best op ed columnists writing for anyone anywhere. The op-ed writing at the Herald is IMHO better than the op-ed writing at the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:30:28 PM PST

  •  Scientists studying the age of the Grand Canyon (28+ / 0-)

    have found something even more remarkable: at the 6 million year level they have found the remains of an ur-coyote smashed under what for all the world looks like an ancient version of a piano.

    If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

    by Omir the Storyteller on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:37:04 PM PST

  •  Clinton's Got More Fundamental Problems Than (10+ / 0-)

    most of us can suppose.

    Can anyone say "0.000004%?"
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    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 Dec 01, 2012 at 08:45:00 PM PST

    •  This is an incredibly depressing graph. (6+ / 0-)

      But it's a very good picture of what Republicans in power in D.C. have brought us since voters exercised the remarkably bad judgment to elect Ronald Reagan.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:34:30 AM PST

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      •  Diary on the way: Reagan in Lebanon. (3+ / 0-)
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        Laconic Lib, Chitown Kev, SueDe

        That was the sorriest military project since Gen. Custer went out to impress the Indians.

        At least Custer didn't slaughter 5,000 civilians.

        Reagan lost 392 victims to four truck bombs in 1983 then turned tail and ran, encouraging Islamist terrorism as never before.

        The PR lies are astonishing. He lied like Mitt Romney.

        •  I remember that. (0+ / 0-)

          Between Lebanon and Iran/Contra, I will never understand how he escaped impeachment since the Dem's were in charge of congress back then.  Maybe they felt sorry for him because they understood how far along his dementia actually was, but I doubt it - I think they were afraid of the Republicans.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:45:57 PM PST

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  •  Did this post accidentally? (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, Larsstephens, skohayes

    Or is my clock off by 8 hours?

  •  Actually it's Saturday (7+ / 0-)

    Better hope nothing happens tonight, or you'll be like Steve Martin in LA Story.

    See the losers in the best bars, meet the winners in the dives -Neil Young

    by danoland on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:46:47 PM PST

  •  DOMA can and will be repealed. (6+ / 0-)

    It's just a law.

    The constitutional amendment that was the other thing being pushed at the time would have been a hell of a lot more difficult to cancel. Though not impossible, as the Prohibition episode showed.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:38:47 AM PST

  •  West and Lincoln.....the vampire hunter?.... (4+ / 0-)
  •  Dear Frank Bruni (2+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012, ahumbleopinion

    Speaking at a personal level WJC, I suspect his apology for the DOMA was contained and embedded within his multiple apologies to Hilary and Chelsea for being "A hard dog to keep on the porch".

    And I don't bring that up to embarrass him, but to bring us all back to the "times" that were there.

    •  When we can't admit that our presidents (7+ / 0-)

      Make mistakes -- DOMA, Obama's first term negotiating strategies, drone warfare -- we become like Republicans . . . True believers.

      "Let's see what fresh fuckwittery these dolts can contrive to torment themselves with this time." -- Iain Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata

      by Rikon Snow on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:55:45 AM PST

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      •  Oh, fxck all: R-W-A-N-D-A !! (3+ / 0-)
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        FloraLine, Rikon Snow, askew

        Compared to the effects of DOMA, letting 800,000 people get slaughtered with machetes is a somewhat more critical error.

        "America's First Black President" wasn't.

        All Clinton needed to do to cut that toll in half would have been to take out the radio stations. His CIA also knew where the HQs were for the Hutu attackers. Taking them out would have stopped it immediately.

        Taking the Hutus' Rush Limbaughs off the air would have been pretty damn simple. Samantha Power lays out the alternatives in her book, "A Problem from Hell."

        The ghosts of 800,000 Tutsis are not impressed.

        Yet it was the voice of Sam Power that echoed their cries when Gaddafi was pushing his tanks and guns toward Benghazi, early on, and Obama needed to hear that letting civilians be slaughtered was the option that his generals were not addressing.

        Obama turned around the generals. Gave them 2 hours to tell him how to stop those tanks. Helluva difference between Obama and Clinton or Reagan in 1983/1984.

  •  THoughts on the Virginia Governor's race (1+ / 0-)
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    is what I call this post which started as a comment on a diary yesterday, and which several people asked me to crosspost as its own diary.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:01:00 AM PST

  •  FRANK LALLI is a must read. (7+ / 0-)
    Like around 47 million other Medicare beneficiaries, I have until this Friday, Dec. 7, when open enrollment ends, to choose my 2013 Medicare coverage, either through traditional Medicare or a private insurer, as well as my drug coverage — or I will risk all sorts of complications and potential late penalties.

    But if a seasoned personal-finance journalist can’t get a straight answer to a simple question, what chance do most people have of picking the right health insurance option?

    We are flooded by mail and can't turn on TV or radio without an ad. There are 'free' seminars staffed by high paid salesmen galore.  

    Wouldn't it be nice if all these resources actually went to paying actual medical costs?

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:02:27 AM PST

    •  Most of the TV ads are for (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, salmo, TomFromNJ

      Medicare Advantage programs of one brand or another.  They are as ubiquitous (and shrill) as they are because this year just may be their last hurrah.  If the ACA is fully implemented on schedule, the costs for these plans will rise in the next couple years so as to be very unattractive to Medicare consumers.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:45:07 AM PST

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  •  Clinton can apologize for DOMA (5+ / 0-)

    after Frank "Pancho" Bruni apologizes for spending the 2000 election with his lips glued to Bush's ass, while the rest of his colleagues worked to destroy Gore.  Bruni calling for someone else to apologize for anything is like a murderer demanding that someone else apologize for spitting on the sidewalk.  Bush did more damage to gays, and everyone else, than DOMA ever could, not that Bruni is capable of thinking along those lines.  No Clinton success can ever be mentioned without tarnishing it somehow; the usual method is with Lewinski, but Pancho can boohoo about gay rights, so he does.  But the purpose is the same.  

    The 1 percent doesn’t vote against their self-interest. Why should the 99 percent? -- Joan Vennochi

    by Martin Gale on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:13:44 AM PST

  •  Speaking of Medicare (8+ / 0-)

    we finally find an article at Economist's View by a rational thinker who takes on the conventional wisdom on the debt, and particularly Medicare, of hair-on-fire polemicists usually feature in the media:  Laura D'Andrea Tyson:

    ... The single most important factor behind the projected growth in federal spending is the growth in health care spending, driven primarily by the growth in Medicare spending per beneficiary.
    The outlook has already improved as a result of significant changes in the delivery and payment of health care services in the Affordable Care Act. As a result of these changes, growth in Medicare spending per enrollee is projected to slow to 3.1 percent a year during the next decade, about the same as the annual growth of nominal G.D.P. per capita and about two percentage points slower than the annual growth of private insurance premiums per beneficiary.
    and this
    A “structural reform” popular among Republican deficit hawks like Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to convert Medicare to a premium-support or voucher system would be counterproductive and would drive up both spending per beneficiary and overall costs in the health care system.
    Tyson makes the most level-headed arguments regarding other plans for deficit reduction of any economist lately heard on TV shilling for one side or the other.  Well worth the read.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:25:22 AM PST

    •  come back at 10:45 ET and we will see (4+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, SueDe, jds1978, Mark Sumner

      what Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles say about it ;-)

      They also agree with me and with Jonathan Cohn, btw:

      Patience: Just What the Doctor Ordered (For Deficit Reduction)

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:33:39 AM PST

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      •  You and Cohn and Tyson (and I) (2+ / 0-)
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        Greg Dworkin, Laconic Lib

        are coming at the same conclusion by different paths:  the ACA has already tackled the rise in health care costs paid by Medicare, and if other cost-cutting provisions of the law play out as planned, those changes will affect health care costs across the board.  Let's wait and see the extent to which these changes actually work to bring down costs before enacting more laws in panic mode to pile on top of them.

        And when was the last time you saw Alan Simpson when he wasn't lighting his hair on fire about something or other?  The deficit/debit is just his latest excuse.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:01:18 AM PST

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        •  he's corporate funded, therefore visible (1+ / 0-)
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          but (sneak preview) he and Bowles and 3 GOP senators agree with us. Here's what their report said:

          Commission members, and virtually all budget experts, agree that the rapid growth of federal health care spending is the primary driver of long-term deficits. Some Commission members believe that the reforms enacted as part of ACA will “bend the curve” of health spending and control long-term cost growth. Other Commission members believe that the coverage expansions in the bill will fuel more rapid spending growth and that the Medicare savings are not sustainable. The Commission as a whole does not take a position on which view is correct, but we agree that Congress and the President must be vigilant in keeping health care spending under control and should take further actions if the growth in spending continues at current rates.
          IOW, watch and wait. More to come.

          BTW, S_B endorses death panels, and suggests single payer and Medicaid for all if ACA doesn't do the job.

          Don't get me wrong, it sucks on a lot of other issues.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:31:54 AM PST

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        •  BTW Cohn also agrees with me that w/Medicare (1+ / 0-)
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          it's both demographics and cost per beneficiary, but Tyson is right that SS is different because it is demographics alone.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:33:24 AM PST

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    •  There's a simple way to solve that. (2+ / 0-)
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      ahumbleopinion, DogearedLiberal

      You have to go where the money is.

      $1.5-trillion a year gets spent on chronic care patients.

      The overwhelming portion of this is at Managed Care for-profit operations. They generate useless referrals, prescribe way to many drugs, do counter-advised procedures, and generally run the elderly around from one appointment to the next for year after year.

      Veterans Administration is way better.

      -- 1/3 the cost for somewhat better results overall

      -- Fewer bad responses to drugs

      -- Based on heavy investment for diagnosis, followed by treatment using the VistA (or OpenVistA) workflow software system

      Managed Care systems seek higher profits, always higher. They lie, cheat, and steal to achieve higher profits.

      Bad medical care systems drive out good medical care systems. That's what you call a Free Market. The bad ones can bribe politicians and so-called regulators. The bad ones have higher share prices, so they get to use merger-&-acquisition (M&A) financial resources to buy out the honest systems.

      Wall Street criminals are in love with the bad Managed Care systems.

      We could save $1-trillion a year by moving chronic care over to a VA-clone treatment system -- clinics plus the hospitals.

      Socialized effing medicine.

      Look at the crook who got elected Governor of Florida. Rick Scott's one of their axxhole heroes.

  •  I'd like to know more about the cases Will cites (2+ / 0-)
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    fatbeagle, Laconic Lib

    Because I would be willing to bet money that there's a lot more to them than what he claims, especially the first one.  Those seriously make no sense at all.

  •  Apparently Tom Cole R-OK has a death wish... (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, bontemps2012

    To GOP base, he sound like a far left commie ready to take their babiea, guns and money in order to redistribute in Kenya on his first day on the job!

    •  At some point, (1+ / 0-)
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      hopefully sometime in the far future, the republicans will learn to ignore the Tea Party and move on.
      Or, the Tea Party could split off from the GOP altogether and form their own party. Damn, now that would be comedy gold.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:55:01 AM PST

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      •  Today's Republicans are the Tea Party. (2+ / 0-)
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        pelagicray, skohayes

        Or haven't you listened to Whining Baby lately ????


        And yeah, the new wife filed for divorce.

        -- Four wives

        -- Can't fxck

        -- So... tell Republicans what to think

        That's the logic of it. And Ayn Rand, who was a mediocre party girl best remembered for her willingness/enthusiasm sxcking cxck, is their Head Philosopher.

        Of course.

        •  Which is why I always use "TP/GOP" in posts and (2+ / 0-)
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          skohayes, bontemps2012

          anywhere the old "GOP" label would be used. There is more difference between the TP/GOP and the GOP of decades ago than between "moderate Republicans" such as Crist and Powell and Democrats.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:43:20 AM PST

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  •  Re: Clinton apology (1+ / 0-)
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    Laconic Lib

    And also for NAFTA, triangulation and weakening banking regulations that ultimately led to the 2007-08 financial calamity.

  •  Bruni (0+ / 0-)

    Frank Bruni and Joe Nocera are great additions to the NY Times--sure wish they'd get rid of David Brooks.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:03:10 AM PST

  •  Douthat!!! (shaking fist) (6+ / 0-)
    The retreat from child rearing is, at some level, a symptom of late-modern exhaustion — a decadence that first arose in the West but now haunts rich societies around the globe. It’s a spirit that privileges the present over the future, chooses stagnation over innovation, prefers what already exists over what might be. It embraces the comforts and pleasures of modernity, while shrugging off the basic sacrifices that built our civilization in the first place.
    It's "decadence" to choose not to bring a child into this world, this economy, while at the same time it's a "sacrifice" we make to save civilization when we do have children?
    All to create "tomorrow’s taxpayers and workers and entrepreneurs"?

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:08:36 AM PST

    •  Ross, Shut Up And Go Away Until... (3+ / 0-)
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      ahumbleopinion, Belle Ame, TomFromNJ have a program for providing the 99% with the necessary economic security for family-rearing.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:35:30 AM PST

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    •  Why I consider his middle name "Don't" (2+ / 0-)
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      Belle Ame, skohayes

      Assuming his last name is pronounced like "Do That" (I have no idea and don't care).  Roughly, whatever he says, do the opposite and you'll probably be happier and on the rosier side of ethics.

      In two cases I know, couples don't have kids because neither like children in the slightest and won't put a kid through the parenting they know would be lackluster.  I can respect that easily.

      I have no kids and I've been called a selfish bastard.  In reality, I'm one of the last group.  I don't like children.  

      Lately, when asked, I simply say:

      LL:  "I can't ever have children."
      (inevitable pitying look)  "Oh, that's awful!  Why not?"
      (LL grins)  "Because I hate the little bastards."

      Or, maybe you shouldn't poke your nose in where it's not welcome...and a very graphic example of why I should never reproduce all wrapped up in one.

      Plenty of couples I know don't have children or have only one child because they're both working trying to make ends meet, realize what child rearing and college costs will be, and don't particularly care to increase the planetary population.  (Pick one, it varies among couples and there are tons of other reasons).

      (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:48:31 AM PST

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      •  Hear! Hear! (1+ / 0-)
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        I have two friends my age who are close enough that they have told me they believe their own mother should not have had children. And another friend who is of our mothers' generation has told me that if she had thought she had had a choice she's not sure she would have had kids. (She did a much better job with her kids than my friends' mothers but it was not a responsibility she embraced wholeheartedly.)

        I have just a few close friends. So what are the odds I know more than a few other people who think the same but aren't close enough to confide it to me? Why in the world should we encourage people to give birth to children who will only grow up so lacking in proper parental nurturing that they think it was better they had never been born? So having kids so as to gain societal approbation is less selfish than realizing you have little maternal desire to rear children?

        Note his concern is not about the survival of the human species, which is in no danger (except from itself). It's about the survival of a particular subset of humans.

      •  Why Does the Times Have this Joke in Their Paper? (0+ / 0-)

        Ross however you pronounce his last name is horrible.  And this editorial is one of the worst.  Yeah, just what we need in this over crowded world of ours.  More children, at a faster rate.  All using more resources, more energy.  Eventually pushing the Earth to the breaking point.  Guess what her is really interested in is more WASPs.  Don't need those ethnic types.  Which is why he is probably against immigration reform.

  •  When are MoDo and George Will becoming (0+ / 0-)

    .....banned from mention in the APR?  I would toss Friedman in there, but he occasionally makes a salient point (usually about Global Warming)

    This space for rent -- Cheap!

    by jds1978 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:20:44 AM PST

  •  Careful Kathleen, you're channeling Peggy Noonan (0+ / 0-)

    And that's not a good entity for Ms. Parker to be channeling

    Remember when Peggy wrote her column purporting to be Paul Wellstone in the afterlife where he was admonishing his supporters for what happened at his funeral? Perhaps the most groan-worthy and cringe-worthy -not to mention insulting and offensive column ever

    At least Ms. Parker is not trying to speak for the dead. But that's probably the next natural step for her

  •  Dana, Dana, Dana... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Sumner, Laconic Lib
    The Republicans’ negotiating position is morally indefensible. They are holding 98 percent of Americans hostage by refusing to spare them a tax hike unless the wealthiest 2 percent are included.
    The media keeps getting this wrong, over and over, and giving it the Republican 'framing' instead of the reality.

    Democrats want to give 100% of Americans tax breaks.  Republicans are holding the 100% hostage for additional tax cuts for the 2%.  Those 2% will actually lose even more tax cuts if nothing is done than they would if Republicans would agree to the cuts that the 98% also get.

  •  ?? (0+ / 0-)

    "Where’s your apology for signing the Defense of Marriage Act?"

    No apology needed.  At least in my book.

  •  "a more confounding reporting challenge" (0+ / 0-)

    What confounded &
    indeed angered me in my signing up 4 Medicare part D this past week was the blatant discrimination shown to the elderly and particularly to the hard of hearing.
    The speech rate of
    the technicians employed to provide information
    about the AARP health plan part D
    addition was delivered at a rate perhaps a smidgeon less than the speed of sound.
    Telephone voice
    discrimination  was often poor during what became an ordeal.
    This was the case despite use of cell or hard wired phone.
    The procedure was lengthy enough to allow for loss of phone connection on two occaissions without ability to reconnect communication with the same technician.
    Some technicians spoken with had foreign accents further complicating speech discrimination for my lost hearing.
    I will wait 2 see now whether financially the ordeal will have even been worth it 4 me given that four of my five prescription medications are already available as generic and the fifth should be going generic in about June of 2013.

  •  Clinton should (0+ / 0-)

    also apologize for Glass-Steagal and the nafta stuff.

    Actually, he should spend his last days trying to pass legislation to undo the harm that resulted from some of his crappy presidential 'achievements.'

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:52:32 AM PST

  •  Numerical Noodling (0+ / 0-)

    For the heck of it, this morning I took the data from Dave Wasserman's spreadsheet and started running some what-ifs. The total, as it stands now, is:

    Obama 50.9%, Romney 47.3%, Others 1.7%.

    What if Texas had seceded before the election, so that its nearly eight million votes weren't part of the tally?

    Obama 51.6%, Romney 46.7%, Others 1.8%.

    Put me down for a dollar for the Texas Secession movement. What if we left out all the Confederate states?

    Obama 53.5%, Romney 44.5%, Others 1.9%.

    What if we counted only the Confederate states?

    Obama 45.1%, Romney 53.6%, Others 1.3%.

  •  Wonder why Venezuelans don't act like the Cubans. (0+ / 0-)

    And vote wingnut because of their hatred of socialism/communism?

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:29:37 AM PST

  •  When Obama apologizes, Clinton might... (0+ / 0-)

    Here are the facts on DOMA: 84% of the House voted for it and 86% of the Senate voted for it. ~67% of DEMOCRATS voted for DOMA. These are veto-proof majorities. Bruni may have wanted Clinton to veto a bill that would immediately be over-ridden (and that would have been courageous), but that isn't how politics generally works. A President has limited ammunition to achieve his agenda, and being over-ridden by Congress 3 months before a re-election doesn't sound like good politics to me.

    It may seem anachronistic, evil and absurd now, but just 16 years ago DOMA was considered to be conventional wisdom.

    When Barack Obama apologizes for continuing the war on marijuana users --- after having often used the drug as a young man --- I'll recommend Bill Clinton apologize. I think it is MORE morally reprehensible to continue to put people in jail for something you know shouldn't be illegal, than what Clinton (and 85% of Congress) did.

    Oh, you say that Obama couldn't get marijuana legalization through Congress? Oh, you say that 85% of Congress would be against it?

    Well, by the logic of Frank Bruni, Obama should have done it anyway ---- 3 months before the election that we just finished. But he didn't! So Obama owes us all an apology.

    Does that put it in perspective for you? Or do you believe Obama can't be guilty of anything?

  •  8 writers diaried: 2 women-1 of those a clown (0+ / 0-)

    The other female writer's column is "a couple of weeks old." Not an impressive synthesis of important opinion pieces we should know about.

    The "Pundit Roundup" diary highlights opinion writing of recent note. There is an overrepresentation of male voices in this diary.

    True, the "Pundit Roundup" can only round up columns that were allowed to be published. So maybe the pundit wrangler cannot be blamed for reading only men. Still, this is a problem.

    How can we solve it?

    Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. Satchel Paige 1906-82

    by threesmommy on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 11:17:27 AM PST

  •  Ross Douthat: One Person Too Many (0+ / 0-)

    Finally, we're getting some traction on this overpopulation problem and along come people like Douthat encouraging childbearing. Hasn't he noticed that there are already 7 billion out there? I don't think he has any notion how large that number is. It's enough humans to require about five earths to supply their needs.

    If he wants to have a kid, fine. If he happens to have an extra $1,000 per month in disposable income (what it costs to care and feed a child if you don't have one) then he can make the sacrifice.

    But then don't come back and complain to me why everything costs so much. I don't want to hear, "The rent's too damned high!" from you, got it? I don't want to hear about budget deficits and how everyone needs to get by with less. I don't want to hear about the jobless rate or climate change out of you. Because population growth comes with costs, and I'd like to get the costs down. I'm trying to earn a living, here!

    Society should discourage population growth. Growth means splitting up the world's resources more and more ways.  Have you noticed that things are more expensive than they were? That's not a mystery; that's the result of rising population.

    And I don't want the "difference" made up with immigration, either, Ezra. We've got enough humans to get by, thank you very much. Got huddled masses, yearning to live free? Find a nice, unpopulated area, like the U.S. was in 1776 and relocate them there. Or let's trade. We send some Americans to your country and you send an equivalent number to ours. We'll both be better for it.

    I think we should celebrate our progress, rather than lamenting it. It means we can buy a little extra for the children that are here. They should feel wanted, rather than just a byproduct of government policy.

  •  Clinton has said two of his biggest (0+ / 0-)

    regrets were signing DOMA and DADT.

  •  Interesting about the Grand Canyon... (0+ / 0-)

    IF it existed when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth- then there should be some evidence of Dinosaurs there...

    Probably somewhere buried at the bottom are the remains of some poor Dino who fell into the Canyon, dies, and got their corpse scavenged- but maybe something would have been left behind.

    I think...

    I, of course; could be really wrong.

    "I'm not scared of anyone or anything, Angie. Isn't that the way life should be?" Jack Hawksmoor

    by skyounkin on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:10:30 PM PST

    •  This study is going to (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      set off a lot of controversy in Grand Canyon geology circles. Our best guess when it comes to the formation of the Colorado Plateau is that the sedimentary rock layers were laid down one after another for over 450 million years. So this study would indicate that deposition ceased in the western Grand Canyon region some time during the Mesozoic while the rest of the region continued to experience deposition up to nearly ten to twenty million years ago.  With what I know of geology this is conceptually hard to imagine being the case, so this study is interesting indeed!

      As for evidence of dinosaurs at the bottom of the canyon, that is extremely unlikely if not impossible. The rocks at the bottom of Grand Canyon range anywhere between the 1.8 billion year old Vishu Complex to the Permian-aged Redwall Limestone (long before dinosaurs). If any dinosaurs fell in and were preserved then floods and erosion would have destroyed all of that evidence in the years since.

      24 ~ AZ-01 ~ that flagstaff dude on SSP

      by Fox Ringo on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:17:43 PM PST

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