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  • Today's comic is The climate cliff by Matt Bors:
    Comic by Matt Bors - The climate cliff
  • This is a great problem to have.
  • Good luck with that, crazy lady:
    Orly Taitz, the California dentist and attorney best known for challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship, is asking the 80,000 people who have watched her YouTube video to join her for a protest in Washington.
  • Nerd bait.
  • As digby says:
    Here's the thing, once again: all of this is unnecessary. The deficit caused by Bush's tax cuts, wars and recession will be largely mitigated by reinstatement of the upper income taxes, drawdown of the wars, growth(duh!) and, most importantly, controlling health care costs, the best method for which would have been expanding Medicare to cover everyone. We don't need to make this "clever" accounting change that will result in elderly and disabled people suffering. We can get serious about a rational national security policy, controlling health care costs, and espurring conomic growth and stop listening to the disaster capitalists who are intent upon using this window of opportunity to cut the programs they hate, whether the economy is good or bad. (Hell, we could even raise the top income tax rate above the Clinton levels, at least for those making a million dollars a year. These people have been making out like bandits and surely won't miss the money.)
  • So yeah. Amelia Earhart's prenup was all kinds of awesome:
    On our life together I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any midaevil code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly. If we can be honest I think the difficulties which arise may be best avoided should you or I become interested deeply (or in passing) in anyone else.

    Please let us not interfere with the others' work or play, not let the world see our private joys or disagreements. [...]

    I must exact a cruel promise and that is you will let me go in a year if we find no happiness together.

  • Just ... ugh:
    Inbox: Joe Lieberman received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal today
    @ZekeJMiller via TweetDeck
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a shout-out to #saveMI, Greg Dworkin on polls suggesting difficulties finding solutions to the Fiscal Thingy, besides taxes on the wealthy, where Americans agree even as the Gop in Congress might not. A fight over Boehner's Speakership? Well, not if the plotters don't pay closer attention to procedure. Then, filibuster reform and the myth of the "Gang of 14". Finally, what passes for "bold" solutions to the Fiscal Thingy and other problems, and the "bungling" of "the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign."

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  •  From who? Heritage Foundation? (10+ / 0-)
    Inbox: Joe Lieberman received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal today
    Intelligence? Serusly?

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:25:13 AM PST

  •  Consider the nerd bait taken (4+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, kkbDIA, a gilas girl, MNGlasnant

    So many interesting things abt. presidential inaugurations.

  •  Don't you hate when a new friend or new , very (9+ / 0-)

    nice neighbor or coworker posts something on Facebook that is teabauchery and anti President Obama.?

    I noticed a new and very nice neighbor who has become a friend in the past years, had a Romney sign in her window.  My heart sunk. And she is a disabled veteran in her late 40s and single parent.  But we both love dogs and we take her dogs for walks when she has to go to the VA hospital or VA clinic or visiting relatives.
    She stops over and we chat and sometimes have lunch.

    Today she posted something oin Facebook about how she cannot believe people voted for Obama and how horrid he is and how dumb people are to vote for him.

    I am tempted to post...

    What is even more amazing is we have become friends and I volunteered for the Obama campaign and made well over a hundred phone calls for GOTV.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:26:23 AM PST

  •  About that prenup: (4+ / 0-)

    I await the feministing author's answer to this question posed in that thread:

    Rejoicing because a woman is proposing an open marriage to her future husband?.....would you be shouting hurray if it had been her husband who made such an offer? If yes, again, fine. If no, then why not?
    Sign me-

    -a divorced veteran of an open marriage who knows first hand about double standards.

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:27:05 AM PST

    •  Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I used to babysit (3+ / 0-)
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      kestrel9000, lgmcp, a gilas girl

      for these neighbors who wanted open marriages and di some wife swapping. They all seemed happy until 2 of them fell in love and 2 divorces happened.  I guess it works for some people. I tend to respect the choices of people of how to live their personal and love lives.  But, that just sticks in my mind as the one guy was my professor at the time and the other couple went to our church.    They all seemed to be very happy with the spouse swapping until my professor fell in love and wanted to marry the neighbor lady who went to our church.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:00:50 PM PST

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    •  Sure, I'd hurray (3+ / 0-)
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      Forest Deva, Cali Scribe, kestrel9000

      Even huzzah.  As long as both parties agree, it's just fine.

      Setting it out before the marriage keeps everything on the table.  The other party is free to say, "Nope, no thanks," and meander off into the sunset to find Mr. or Ms. Right (or both) if that's what they want.

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

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:13:16 PM PST

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    •  I don't see it as an invitation to an open (2+ / 0-)
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      marriage as much as an invitation to end the marriage should either become interested in the other.

      But open marriages don't have to be a bad experience; have seen enough of them work out well, provided they are truly open and both parties understand what that means, truly desire it and agree to abide by the understandings (i.e. no double standards).

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:23:44 PM PST

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  •  Of those 80,000 people… (1+ / 0-)
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    …who watched Orly's YouTube video, how many were libs sent there by Kos, HuffPo, TPM, etc for the humor value? I'll be happy to RSVP to the crazy lady's event, prompting her to plan for lots of people when no one will show.

    Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

    by DemSign on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:31:43 AM PST

  •  I'll be making my radio debut in about an hour (2+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, wishingwell

    discussing climate on BlogTalkRadio's Leaning Left, should anyone wish to schedule a nap :)

    Congress can't redo the laws of physics. Do the math. @RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:32:14 AM PST

  •  Is there any chance Snyder could be persuaded (1+ / 0-)
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    to not sign the RTWFL bill? I read somewhere that Congressional Democrats who met with him thought he might be open to waiting, and I read somewhere else that someone thought he didn't fully understand the impact (seems odd, but ok). Any chance he gets scared by all the protests and decides not to sign?

  •  Protest? O RLY? (1+ / 0-)
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    The only reason I would have to attend ORLY's protest would be to protest ORLY.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:37:06 AM PST

  •  NJ GOP Congress critter bashes Sandy relief for NJ (5+ / 0-)

    New Jersey GOP Congressman: Sandy Disaster Relief Is ‘Wasteful Spending’

    As New Jersey continues to suffer from extensive damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy at the end of October, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is poised to veto $60 million in federal aid meant to help his own constituents recover and rebuild.

    Sandy’s devastation of the New Jersey shoreline was estimated to cost the state at least $29.4 billion. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said the proposed $60.4 million in federal aid would cover the state’s damages. Garrett, however, suggested to CNBC host and fellow New Jersey resident Jim Cramer that he might deny his home state these much-needed funds, claiming he is concerned about “accountability” for “wasteful spending.”

       CRAMER: Our state has been hit by a storm that may be worse than Hurricane Andrew. It requires spending. Do you veto that spending on principle?

        GARRETT: At this point in time, we just got the president’s proposal as to the 60 some odd billion dollars. The governor said they’re looking for more. [...] I think in those numbers, I think it’s appropriate for Congress to look at them, and to also look for what I was asking for, that we never got with Katrina, and that was some degree of accountability. You remember all the stories about the FEMA trailers, about the credit, debit cards, whatever they were at that time, given out to people across the country, even if they were not in those areas. I think the American public wants to make sure there is a level of accountability going into this sort of thing. But you raise a good point, we’re at $239 billion in deficit, I think in the first couple months of this year and they’re talking about adding $60 billion on top of that.

        CRAMER: I’m trying to figure out what kind of spending is good and what kind of spending is bad. [...] But if New Jersey doesn’t get that spending, even if it’s a little bit wasteful for heaven’s sakes, we’re really going to be hurt.

        GARRETT: One person’s stimulus is another person’s wasteful spending.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:37:50 AM PST

    •  I'm sure he can't figure out (4+ / 0-)

      how to steal some of it, so it's a no-go as a spending proposal.

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

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:14:59 PM PST

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    •  Scott Garrett is Louis Gohmert with a (2+ / 0-)
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      dialed-down loony factor.

      In N.J. all the incumbents won back their Congressional seats in 2012; the districts are highly gerrymandered to protect incumbents.  Among the losers, the one who came the closest was Shelley Adler, who ran in the only 'purplish' district, NJ-03.  Right behind her among the runners-up, in both percentage terms and vote total, was Adam Gussen, a councilman and Deputy Mayor of the township of Teaneck.  Gussen got 42% against Garrett in NJ-05; Adam was basically the 'Anybody but Garrett' vote.

      People are catching on to Garrett.  I smell a pickup opportunity.  A full-court press by the DNC, the DCCC, plus a top-tier candidate could take this seat in 2014 or 2016.

      This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty. -- Mitch Hedberg

      by Greasy Grant on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:27:14 PM PST

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    •  Maybe Moby Chris... (2+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Greasy Grant

      ...will have to lean on him...

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:29:28 PM PST

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  •  Bill Moyers' documentary Capitol Crimes (4+ / 0-)

    covers the Jack Abramoff scandal with emphasis on Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed.

    I watched this in its entirety last night and while long, well worth the time spent.

    The Usual Suspects, i.e., Tom Delay, are covered in depth.  This is a story of greed and contempt for government, politicians, voters and the victims of the Capitol Crimes.  

    I highly recommend watching Capitol Crimes.

    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 Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:40:50 AM PST

  •  Final Exams are over at the University of Arizona (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, wishingwell

    For me at least, the official last day is Thursday

    Then I'm out of the country for a month. Look out for another travel diary by me! Meanwhile...Catching up with these fiscal cliff talks, so is it going to happen or not? One minute we hear they have a solution then it's back to the drawing board.

    Romney = Nixon without the sweating problem

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:42:52 AM PST

  •  Michigan events are incredible travesty (0+ / 0-)

    Huge disaster - even bigger than the defeats in Wisconsin.

    These events scream out how completely ineffectual progressive messaging has been over the last 5 years.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:46:41 AM PST

  •  Poll on Michigan RTW (0+ / 0-)

    Right now support is winning 57-43.

  •  I wonder if that prenup would seem awesome (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, lgmcp

    if it were, say, Newt Gingrich's.

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:55:52 AM PST

    •  If the spouse of record agrees (0+ / 0-)

      I see nothing wrong with it -- I've known couples in "open" relationships (as well as folks who are in a more "don't ask don't tell" situation regarding extramarital activities) and they seem to be doing just fine. Sometimes you've got a partner that's perfect in every way...except the bedroom (NSFW).

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:37:20 PM PST

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  •  Amelia Earhart (0+ / 0-)

    had a pretty darned good sense of not just sight, but vision.

    That prenup almost makes marriage sound like a good idea again, something the actual practice and experience of it and other relationships had taken away.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:19:20 PM PST

    •  It's a question of getting things out (0+ / 0-)

      in the open and on the table -- a lot more honesty in relationships like that is definitely needed. Earhart was a woman ahead of her time, in many ways apparently.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:39:36 PM PST

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  •  Star Trek's Capt. Kirk, KAHNNN. Dems: LEIBERMANNN (0+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up !

    by Churchill on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:00:23 PM PST

  •  Jerry Seinfeld: NEMANNN; Dems: LIEBERMANNNN (0+ / 0-)

    I can't even spell that jerk's name.

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up !

    by Churchill on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:01:10 PM PST

  •  FDR's 4th Inaugural during WW2; no celebration (0+ / 0-)

    it was very subdued.  No laughing, no singing, it had a funereal atmosphere, thousands of our troops were dying each week in Europe and Japan.

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up !

    by Churchill on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:02:14 PM PST

  •  Marco Rubio called me today (0+ / 0-)

    OK, it was a robocall.  

    My spouse picked it up.  Apparently, Rubio is shilling from some group that needs 900,000 to continue the tea bag agenda.

    Is anyone else getting these calls?

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:15:45 PM PST

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