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  • Today's comic is The NRA of counter-earth's extremist view of the first amendment by Ruben Bolling:
    comic - The NRA of counter-earth's extremist view of the first amendment
  • Oh, hey, look. Our very own pollster, Tom Jensen of PPP, is one of the most powerful people of 2012:
    Largely unknown prior to the 2012 campaign, Jensen's North Carolina-based firm ended up being the most reliable public pollster of the election. The firm correctly predicted the winner of the presidential race in all 50 states, and at the end of the election, PPP was rated as the most accurate polling company of the campaign.
  • And here's just one reason we love PPP:
    Ok y'all we're testing Congress' popularity against 23 other things this weekend. They include root canals, Ebola, meth labs, and Nickelback
    @ppppolls via web
  • Hillary Clinton: Badass ... coming soon to a theater near you?
    Hillary Clinton has gone Hollywood.

    One of the hottest political screenplays in Tinseltown is about the outgoing secretary of state, and it’s by a 39-year-old newcomer writer from South Korea.

    Dubbed “Rodham,” Young Il Kim’s screenplay follows a 20-something Hillary Rodham as she’s trying to decide between her career and boyfriend. [...]

    He said he got the idea after he saw a photograph of Hillary Clinton in the Situation Room with President Barack Obama and others watching the raid to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

  • Think Progress has a list of the worst moments of the 112th Congress. What are your favorite highlowlights?
  • Bwahahahahahahaha:
    It looks like we may have to stop slagging so much on WingNutDaily, guys. It turns out that they were named one of America’s “most trustworthy news sources” by an “independent news organization” that carefully ranked news organizations for their “reliability, accuracy, quality, balance and reach.” WND came in second only to the Drudge Report, and its trustworthiness was determined to be greater than other honorees such as The Blaze, Ghost Andrew Breitbart, Fox News, NewsBusters, The Weekly Standard, and, at number eight, some thing called “The Wall Street Journal.”
  • Condolences:
    Patti Page, the “Singing Rage” who became one of the most successful female singers of all time with dozens of pop hits, such as the forlorn “Tennessee Waltz” and the yappy but irresistibly likable “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window,” died Jan. 1 in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin joined to discuss the new Congress, including speculation surrounding the election of the Speaker, which almost nobody seriously thinks will yield any real surprises. Will debt ceiling discussions be a disaster? Will the current fervor for action on gun laws fade? What kind of inside baseball will determine outcomes? Then, a  run-through of the history & mechanics of the "constitutional option." And just how did they come up with this "magic window" idea in the first place?

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  •  2012, the Year in Photos (11+ / 0-)

    I really enjoy those “Year in Photos” links. Last January one of my favorite links wasThe 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011 from Buzz Feed.

    This year Buzz Feed is not as good  and National Journal made it all about politics but The Atlantic did a three part series that is a great link to go over for historical perspective.  The views are amazing and reading the text really puts it all together for me. Much of the news and views of the year but I’m more drawn to the great photography in some of the less newsworthy photos.

    In Part 1, number 7, a high key view of Roger Federer is moving. Number 15 is a chilling view of seaside lamppost. How about number 26, you think you have it bad on the job. Number 28 caught my eye but I wouldn’t stand there. Number 32 of the Holy Dog is a gas and in number 45, those cops are way to close to the mattress.

    Part 2 is filled with great photos. My favorites are numbers 7, 10, 15, 29 and 44. I would have taken this ignored McKayla Maroney shot over the meme  but Number 7 is the perfect capture of the super moon. Number 10, I’d love to walk there. Number 15, that photographer froze the mood perfectly. 29 is another shot at the moon. 44, let me out of here.

    In Part 3, Number 9, what a look but I’ve got to go with number 14, that shot of Bill Clinton and number 29, just passing through.

  •  Congrats to Tom and PPP. nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Tim Geithner to try another escape attempt (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Timothy Geithner To Step Down At The End Of January: Report

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reportedly plans to step down at the end of January even if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement on the debt ceiling debate.

    Geithner, the only original member of President Obama’s economic team still in place, has signaled to White House officials that he will leave at the end of the month, Bloomberg reports, citing “two people familiar with the matter.”

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:19:50 PM PST

    •  "..try another escape attempt..." Really?? (2+ / 0-)
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      Four years is a decent time...Good or bad...time to move on...

      •  From Bloomberg link (2+ / 0-)
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        It’s rumored that Geithner has been trying to leave his post for some time. Bloomberg reported in June 2011 that he was looking to step down after the debt ceiling debate. Obama reportedly went to great lengths to convince Geithner -- who was a key negotiator in both the debt ceiling debate and the recent "fiscal cliff" talks -- to stay on for the rest of his first term.

        As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

        by JML9999 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:28:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Geithner (2+ / 0-)
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          Geithner tried to resign once, and the President talked him into staying. They agreed at that time that he would stay through the first term. Geithner has talked about this in public. It has been expected that he will leave soon after the inauguration.

  •  Rodham (2+ / 0-)
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    I say Hillary deserves a movie. :) I'd go see it.

    •  Rodham and Rodman (2+ / 0-)
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      I'd like to see a Hillary Clinton - Dennis Rodman buddy-pic. Thinking about an Ocean's Eleven type film with the two of them bringing down the dictatorship in North Korea with intelligence and deadpan humor (Rodham) and gender-transgressive panache (Rodman).

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:38:40 PM PST

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    •  Not me (0+ / 0-)
      Dubbed “Rodham,” Young Il Kim’s screenplay follows a 20-something Hillary Rodham as she’s trying to decide between her career and boyfriend.
      What is this, 1913? Women don't have to decide between a career and a boyfriend. And obviously, Hillary didn't, either.

      What rot.

      •  Hillary, early 70s (1+ / 0-)
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        By then, Rodham was viewed as someone with a bright political future; Democratic political organizer and consultant Betsey Wright had moved from Texas to Washington the previous year to help guide her career;[53] Wright thought Rodham had the potential to become a future senator or president.[54]

        Meanwhile, Clinton had repeatedly asked her to marry him, and she continued to demur.[55] However, after failing the District of Columbia bar exam[56] and passing the Arkansas exam, Rodham came to a key decision. As she later wrote, "I chose to follow my heart instead of my head".[57]

        She thus followed Bill Clinton to Arkansas, rather than staying in Washington where career prospects were brighter.

        He was then teaching law and running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in his home state. In August 1974, Rodham moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.[58][59] She gave classes in criminal law, where she was considered a rigorous teacher and tough grader, and was the first director of the school's legal aid clinic.[60] She still harbored doubts about marriage, concerned that her separate identity would be lost and that her accomplishments would be viewed in the light of someone else's.[61]

  •   What are my favorite (5+ / 0-)

    ..highlowlights?

    A "lowlight" can last two years, can't it?

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:20:47 PM PST

  •  NH lege member can kill with a credit card (6+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Credit Cards Are Just As ‘Deadly’ As Firearms, Opponent Of Gun Control Claims

    Republicans in the New Hampshire House of Representatives are fuming after Democrats passed a bill to ban lawmakers from carrying concealed weapons into the chamber, and are arguing that items like pens and credit cards could be considered deadly as well.

    For decades state law forbid guns from entering the state house, but when Republicans took control of the house in 2010, they were quick to lift the ban. On the first say of the new legislative session, the Democratic majority that swept back into power last November quickly passed a similar ban again.

    Republicans attacked the new ban as an encroachment of their Second Amendment rights, but according to the Concord-Monitor also sought to derail the bill by warning of a slippery slope:

       “A holstered gun is not a deadly weapon. . . . But anything can be used as a deadly weapon. A credit card can be used to cut somebody’s throat,” said Rep. Dan Dumaine, an Auburn Republican.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:23:24 PM PST

    •  Only after you sharpen the edge... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...and if you can pull it out of your wallet without cutting yourself! Gotta love those late-night kitchen gadgets!

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

      by JeffW on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:53:10 PM PST

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  •  Oh my dear Lord get Ed Rendell the FUCK off the TV (5+ / 0-)
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    Did you hear him on The Cycle?

    GLEEFULLY advocating for Chained CPI and RAISING the Medicare age "with appropriate carve outs"

    Kornacki was incredulous.

    Sippy Cupp was all happy "You're making sense, and we agree".

    It was sickening to hear.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:23:53 PM PST

    •  He's an idiot, I can't believe he got this far (4+ / 0-)
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      in politics, no doubt by working the old boys network and being someone's errand boy till it was his turn. Not only is it horrifying that he should be so willing to give these up, but he's an idiot for giving them up upfront without a certain quid pro quo. He's a stupid negotiator.

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

      by kovie on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:30:29 PM PST

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      •  And he he couldn't even be shamed into saying (3+ / 0-)
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        that life expectancy for the working poor hasn't changed.  He flat out said that it has INCREASED.

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:35:39 PM PST

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  •  Wow, PPP. That's cruel. (5+ / 0-)

    You actually made me vote for Nickelback. That's just....evil.

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:24:52 PM PST

  •  We have now a more Democratic Congress (large D) (1+ / 0-)
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    ----can we give it a chance to work for a few weeks, before we deem it useless???

    •  I asked the same question at 1:05 pm. Ans. no. (0+ / 0-)

      Answer: no.  one hour into the 113th.
      Why.
      Majority insufficient
      Not enough backbone.
      I am depressed.

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:50:42 PM PST

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  •  SHOCKER!!! (12+ / 0-)

    The first bill is not a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. No, Speaker Boehner put nutcase Shelly's 34th doomed effort at Obamacare repeal to the front of the queue.

    New Congres, same old waste of time.

    "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

    by Scott Wooledge on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:25:27 PM PST

  •  Are you kidding me? (7+ / 0-)
    Ok y'all we're testing Congress' popularity against 23 other things this weekend. They include root canals, Ebola, meth labs, and Nickelback
    PPP deserves to win an award for that. Pure comic gold.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:25:34 PM PST

  •  ...Aaaaand Michele Bachmann kicks off the 113th (4+ / 0-)
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    by trying to repeal Obamacare.

    Again.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:26:37 PM PST

  •  As I posted today in a diary (2+ / 0-)
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    CSPAN showed the mock swearing in of senators with their families today, and they showed pretty much all of them except for Tammy Baldwin's, who I'm guessing brought her partner, cutting away to a taped segment showing Mark Kirk returning to the senate after recovering from a stroke. When they got back to the swearing in, they only showed the last few seconds of Baldwin.

    Am I being paranoid, or did they censor "the gay"?

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

    by kovie on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:28:20 PM PST

    •  I didn't notice it, but I don't want to call (2+ / 0-)
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      you paranoid, because I could be wrong. It did seem odd that the Baldwin part was shorter than the others, though.

      But since you brought up c-span (and I couldn't figure out where else to stick this), the difference between Biden's mock swearing-in ceremonies and Boehner's is striking.  Boehner seems so bored.  Biden, as always, was the life of the party!  Oh, and Farenthold's wife seemed to molest the orange one.

      Culbert Olson is my hero!

      by chemborg on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:39:00 PM PST

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  •  WaPo has a dignified obit for Patti Page, worth (5+ / 0-)

    reading (linked in main post).  Here's part:

    Clara Ann Fowler was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Claremore, Okla., and grew up in Tulsa. She was one of 11 children and was raised during the Great Depression by a father who worked for the railroad.

    She told the Times that her family often did not have enough money to buy shoes. To save on electricity bills, the Fowlers listened to only a few select radio programs. Among them was “Grand Ole Opry.”

    As a young woman, Ms. Page found work at an Oklahoma radio station and successfully auditioned for a program called “The Meet Patti Page Show,” sponsored by the Page Milk Co. When band leader Jack Rael heard her on the program and recruited her for a touring career, she took her character’s fictional name with her.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:29:00 PM PST

  •  Hi honeys, I'm home (10+ / 0-)

    Six weeks of almost continuous hospitalization is more than sufficient, especially since they weren't able to do anything about my increasing blindness.  So I'm back for as long as I can make out characters on a screen!

    Happy New Year everyone.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:29:00 PM PST

  •  I couldn't recommend the cartoon today (3+ / 0-)

    With this wholly unscientific lead-in

    There circles the sun another Earth, a Counter-Earth, whose diametrically opposed orbit keeps it forever beyond our detection.
    Umm, what about gravity effects on bodies like Venus or even the sun itself (BTW, that's one of the ways we detect planets hundreds and thousands of light-years away. By how much they make their star's wiggle). Probes sent to other planets would've easily been able to spot a second Earth. I demand better fantasy in my comics. Like gamma rays turning people in to spiders or raging green monsters. Aliens from other galaxies sharing human DNA. You know, believable stuff like that.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:31:21 PM PST

    •  What? You never read the Gor books? (1+ / 0-)
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      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:36:12 PM PST

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    •  Ask It In Saturday Morning Science on the FP (1+ / 0-)
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      Good question. I'd think in terms of some kind of resonance effect since whatever the earth affects, will be affected twice as often.

      I wonder if our orbit is elliptical enough that an opposite would have to peak out behind the sun periodically?

      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 Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:48:52 PM PST

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  •  Looking for... (1+ / 0-)
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    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:32:13 PM PST

  •  Dateline Tucson, AZ - (4+ / 0-)
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    Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, perhaps the last sane Republican in the state, has raised money for a gun buyback. ☛ Arizona Daily Star
    A local NRA rep. claims that AZ state law prohibits the destruction of guns and that any guns turned in for the buyback must be immediately returned to circulation.

    "The NRA maintains that the city of Tucson must not destroy any of the guns they receive during the buyback," Rathner wrote in an email. "We will take action to assure that the city follows state law and sells any guns they receive to an authorized dealer for resale to the public. If the city refuses to comply with state law, we will take it up with Attorney General (Tom) Horne to assure the city does comply."

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:34:42 PM PST

  •  NRA (2+ / 0-)
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    The NRA whines endlessly about the slippery slope erosion of the 2nd amendment. I posit that the opposite is true. The American public has allowed the NRA to push us down the slippery slope of lost personal security and allowed the NRA terrorists to intimidate us with evermore draconian security risks in the name of constitutional rights.

    Where are our rights to be in a safe environment free of gun violence?  To be free of intimidation from an angry gun carrying neighborhood thug?

    Let me posit a layman's legal thought I've had about the 2nd amendment.
    "A well REGULATED Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed"

    Note in Article 1 Section 8, it reads:
    "To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress,"

    The body of the Constitution delegates to Congress the right to organize and disciplining the Militia. So what is the constitutional problem with Congress regulating the licensing of gun owners (in the Militia), registration of all firearms (arming) and prohibition of arms that are by overwhelming evidence more destructive to society than protective?

    •  The Problem is That We Have to Use the KRATS' (0+ / 0-)

      Constitution, and they struck that part down.

      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 Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:52:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Celebrated New Years With Gun Fire, Results....... (4+ / 0-)
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    Girl, 10, shot by celebratory gunfire on New Year's has died

    3 January 2013 - A 10-year-old girl from Lancaster Co., who was shot in the head by a bullet apparently fired during a celebration to mark the New Year, has died.

    The girl, Aaliyah Boyer, died late Thursday morning, police said.

    Her mother told Action News that they donated her heart, lungs and liver. A 3-year-old child at A.I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington, where Aaliyah had been treated, received the heart.  read more>>>


    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 Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:45:08 PM PST

  •  Hey Politico: Remembe"Broad mandate, this is not" (0+ / 0-)

    Remember your insufficient  mandate?
    It took the folks you excluded from your definition of a broad mandate, women, the over educated, the city dwellers, well
    look who it tool to get the speaker to a respectable 220:

    A second roll call and

    -- two women
    --one white guy from a district bordering on New York City with two degrees from NJ state institutions of higher educations

    Ok, the women were batshit crazy and the man was is a little on the Birther side....but women they remain and over educated he is....

    and mandate, broad the Speaker does not have....

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:48:49 PM PST

  •  Kim Young(sic) Il: a tradition of Korean cinema (2+ / 0-)
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    similarities

    One of the more surprising facts about Kim Jong-il was his love of cinema. He reportedly owned more than 20,000 videos and DVDs and counted Elizabeth Taylor among his favourite actresses.
    "The cinema occupies an important place in the overall development of art and literature. As such it is a powerful ideological weapon for the revolution and construction."
    So wrote Kim Jong-il in his 1987 essay The Cinema and Directing....
    "No production of high ideological and artistic value can evolve out of a creative group whose members are not united ideologically and in which discipline and order have not been established," he decreed in 1987...
    But Kim's appetite for cinema went to bigger, and stranger, extremes. In 1978, long before he succeeded his father Kim Il Sung, he ordered the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous film director. Kim was portrayed as a speech-impaired, isolated dictator in Team America: World Police
    Shin Sang-ok was abducted during a trip to Hong Kong. Agents shoved him into a waiting car, threw a bag over his head and transported him, wrapped in plastic, to Pyongyang. He was kept in an all-male prison for several years and was forced to survive on a diet of "grass, salt and rice" as punishment for trying to escape.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:29:27 PM PST

  •  Inspiring and yet, heartbreaking. (0+ / 0-)

    I hope many will watch this. "A Slum built on a landfill -- Landfill Harmonic ..."

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:27:13 PM PST

  •  ...Really? (0+ / 0-)

    Dude is making a movie about Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the most powerful and accomplished women in the world, and it's about her choosing between her job and her boyfriend like a Julia Roberts rom-com?

    He saw her in the war room when Osama Bin Laden was being taken down and that's what he came up with?  A Ladies' Home Journal short story, complete with scenes of her putting on makeup while singing?

    Really?

    Wow.

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