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  • Your lamestream media at work: Korean international sensation "Gangham Style" outpaces American news media mentions of the Ugandan "Kill the gays" bill. Meanwhile, American Christian evangelical leader Scott Lively's trial on human rights violations in Uganda begins in Federal court in Massachusetts.
  • It's past time for the Obama administration to get serious about the languishing vacancies in the Federal court system, says The Nation's Herman Scwartz:
    To avoid further damage to his legacy, President Obama should immediately form a task force to put together a pool of qualified liberal candidates from which he can choose twenty to thirty circuit and district court judges; Democratic senators involved in the process must also move quickly. The circuit court nominees should be sent to the Senate by this spring, and in groups to prevent the Republicans from concentrating their fire on just one or two. The president and the Democratic senators must then fight for the nominees in the Senate and before the general public.
    It's tough yes, but the right wing has always exceled in stacking the courts and they got Citizen's United to show for their efforts.
  • New food safety law goes into effect:
    The act “shifts the food safety focus from reactive to preventive,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “We are establishing a science- based, flexible system to better prevent foodborne illness.”
  • Microsoft slams the Federal Trade Commission settlement with Google as "weak."
  • Venezuela´s National Assembly considers if Hugo Chavez is fit to be inaugurated as president, over health concerns.
  • Hey, you can kill someone with a credit card, says New Hampshire State Rep. Dan Dumaine so guns in the state house are A-ok with him.
  • Labor groups not impressed with Walmart's plans to create oversight on their working conditions at their American stores.
    “Walmart’s global labor rights monitoring program is a public relations scam put in place to address public relations problems arising from their use of sweatshop labor,” Workers Rights Consortium Executive Director Scott Nova told The Nation. “In that sense, it makes perfect sense that now that they’re facing public relations problems anew around treatment of workers in their domestic distribution system, that they would choose to apply the same public relations scam to that problem that they’ve applied internationally.”
  • Put on some holiday pounds? New York Times says don't sweat it. Turns out "normal" weight is heavier and healthier than American's too thin ideal.
  • Oh, Florida: Man leaves baby behind in liquor store, returns drunk four hours later to get her back, lays down in traffic with her. (Baby is fine, father of the year in custody.)
  • Gov. Bill Richardson to visit North Korean with a Google executive, State Department calls his timing unhelpful.
  • Philippines presidential spokeswoman promises to crack down on guns in wake of shooting rampage that leaves 8 dead.
  • We built that: American auto industry had a good year in 2012.
    All automakers combined sold 14.5 million new cars and trucks in the U.S. during 2012, up 13.4% from 2011. Detroit's slice of that total was 44.5%, according to sales tracker Autodata. In 2011, the Detroit 3 had 46.9% of a smaller market, Autodata figures show, and sold half-a-million fewer vehicles.
  • It's Facebook's world, we just live in it.
  • The deep thoughts of Bill O'Reilly: Asian people can't be liberals because they aren't lazy.
  • Disney's Wreck-it Ralph will be available on streaming and download weeks before DVD, signaling a major change in distribution model, engadget asks?

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  •  That top chart says a lot (7+ / 0-)

    And I'm somewhat shocked that CNN wasn't matching FOX. I guess I should give them a little credit for not sucking the bad wind. But ZERO mention on FOX? Just when you thought they've hit rock bottom they find another pickaxe and keep swinging.

    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 Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:02:40 PM PST

    •  Fox totally ignoring it (1+ / 0-)
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      really didn't surprise me a bit. Right?

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

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:49:29 PM PST

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      •  Not really surprising (1+ / 0-)
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        Scott Wooledge

        I was more lamenting my ignorance on assuming they'd hit some nadir. I have to keep telling myself, "It's only a localized effect, they WILL get worse."

        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 Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:51:15 PM PST

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    •  Devil's advocate here (0+ / 0-)

      In Fox and CNN's defense, there are many completely sane people who watched the Gangnam Style video, whereas only people who are crazier than owl shit support the "Kill the Gays" bill.

      "O mulier, magna est fides tua. Fiat tibi sicut vis."

      by rujoking on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:31:14 AM PST

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  •  FOX News analysis of Gangnam Style was a riot (8+ / 0-)

    Bill O'Reilly is apparently under the impression that its Korean lyrics have no meaning because he can't understand them.

    "Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." -Ralph Waldo Emerson "YEAAAAAAARGH!" -Howard Dean

    by AtomikNY on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:04:59 PM PST

  •  More pain for AURORA, Colo (6+ / 0-)

    UPDATE 11:34 -- Four people including a gunman were killed inside an Aurora, Colo., townhouse Saturday morning following what police say was a hostage situation, 9News reports.

    Aurora SWAT team forces shot the gunman, who police have not yet identified, according to the Denver Post.

    More from the Associated Press:

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Four people, including an armed suspect, died during an hours-long police standoff Saturday at a Colorado townhome, authorities said.

    An Aurora police department SWAT team responded after shots were heard at the townhome at 3 a.m., said Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson. Investigators said three people, all adults, appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

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

    by JML9999 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:06:11 PM PST

  •  MasterCard or VISA? (6+ / 0-)

    Enquiring minds want to know, New Hampshire Representative McNut Job.

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:06:49 PM PST

  •  Next time i get a tuna sub at the deli counter... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... at the general store near my office, I doubt I will be dining on this.


    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:13:20 PM PST

  •  Remember the show Celebrity Death Match? (9+ / 0-)

    In this corner we have Dan "Killer Credit Cards" Dumaine, and in this corner we have Louis "Assault Hammer" Gohmert

    "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 Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:15:35 PM PST

  •  DK Search function question. (2+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, Rolfyboy6

    I've been around here long enough you'd think I know but apparently not.                                                            

    Is the DK search function for tags case sensitive?
    That is, for maximum "findability" should a tag be entered with both an initial capital letter and again in all lower case as in "Democrats," "democrats."


    Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

    by DaNang65 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:17:04 PM PST

  •  Oh, dear. Patrick Kennedy leading a new charge (3+ / 0-)
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    against decriminalization of pot.

    "Yes, the drug war has been a failure, but let's look at the science and let's look at what works. And let's not just throw out the baby with the bathwater,"...
    He should indeed look at the science instead of projecting his own proclivities onto the population at large.
  •  pork breakdown in Sandy bill? (1+ / 0-)
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    Anyone have any links to a detailed analysis of the rejected Sandy relief bill. Some sane Republicans I know were pushed over the line (finally!) by the Sandy relief fiascos but the talking point pushback seems to be that the original 60 b bill was all pork.

    Any info appreciated. I'm time starved for job reasons and can't do my own researching / surfing on this.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:19:10 PM PST

  •  Tomorrow will be the 40th anniversary of (4+ / 0-)

    School House Rock. But since today is Saturday I posted a short trip down nostalgia lane today. The first video in the series that was shown?

    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 Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:21:07 PM PST

    •  I'll have to unpack my adjectives (2+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast, Scott Wooledge

      to describe the tunes running through my head.

      I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

      by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:43:59 PM PST

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      •  Oy! Tell me about it (2+ / 0-)

        Just hearing the word "school" can get one or two of those tunes to fire off in my noggin. There are few songs I know of in the last half century with such powerful memetic triggers and they did it with dozens of them.

        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 Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:49:20 PM PST

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    •  Lolly Lolly Lolly! (0+ / 0-)

      "Lolly" taught me - as several years of English teaching didn't - exactly what adverbs were.

      Then there was the time I was in a hotel room with 2 other s.f. fans, all lying on the same bed. 3 in the morning. We were dead-tired punch-drunk. And we did a kick-line in the air while we sang the Preamble of the Constitution. Made sense at the time.

      Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here!

  •  Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) NOT amused by Billo. (10+ / 0-)

    She has called for an apology over O'Reilly's ignorant smearing of Hawaii's ethnic & political culture. See Honolulu Star-Advertiser's write up over the controvery; it's worth the read. From the story:

    “You know what’s shocking?” O’Reilly said. “Thirty-five percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian, and Asian people are not liberal by nature, they’re usually more industrious and hard-working.”

    “Leave it to Bill O’Reilly to thoughtlessly insult 1.3 million people with one sweeping misstatement,” Hanabusa said in a statement...

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:23:51 PM PST

    •  that's right comrade BillO (0+ / 0-)
      Asian people are not liberal by nature, they’re usually more industrious and hard-working.

      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 Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:55:05 PM PST

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    •  Hey Bill-O (2+ / 0-)
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      Scott Wooledge, earicicle

      In part it's because of people like you that Asian -Americans are liberal:  They don't like the stupid.

      Living here in Hawaii I can say that Asian-Americans are all kind of people, not just Bill's prejudices and ignorant stereotypes.

      "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

      by Rolfyboy6 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:25:02 PM PST

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  •  Question on the Florida guy (7+ / 0-)

    The linked story says that he left the baby in the store saying he was just going out for a smoke, and when he didn't come back, they called the police. But then he showed up four hours later, drunk as a skunk, and they let him take the baby.

    Huh??? Why???? Why didn't the police take the baby into custody long before that, and return it to Mom, or something? OK, maybe they didn't know who the guy was. But the employees giving him the baby back when he was obviously drunk? Instead of holding him in a back room, and calling the police back to say, "Hey, the dad showed up and he's way too drunk to take care of a kid but maybe he can tell us where Mom is"????

    Sounds like something has gotten lost in this story, or else the police in that town don't know the first thing about protecting children. Everyone is lucky that the baby apparently was not harmed and is back with Mom.

  •  SEX IN VERMONT!!! Mostly indoors this time of year (2+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, beltane

    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:27:53 PM PST

  •  The Obama Admin should take court nominations (5+ / 0-)

    seriously. I mean, who could have imagined that Republicans would stymie any and all nominations from a Democratic president? Who could have foreseen that dealing with federal court nominations should have been front and center from the very beginning of Obama's first term? Who would have thought that we'd be sitting with judicial emergencies through a large part of the federal court system?

    Well, anyone paying attention. So, I don't know why the fuck we're sitting here in 2013 and we need journamalists writing in The Nation to lay out strategies on getting it all done. The whole thing pisses me off to no end.

    Truth is, the Senate nomination process is completely fucked up and Democratic mandarins---which include the President---really haven't proven themselves capable of fixing it or even making Republicans pay for their blowing up the place. It's political malpractice.

  •  Bill O'Reilly thinks? (4+ / 0-)

    You mean the same man who thought the Meiji Restoration was about secularism vs. traditionalism?

     The same moron who claims he's served in the military and seen combat, nevermind he was merely a reporter on the sidelines?

     He needs to follow his own advice and shut up already.

  •  Actually you can't kill with a credit card. (0+ / 0-)

    A Kung-Fu master can, maybe.  But you're not a Kung-Fu master.

    Now how many years of training in a remote dojo does it take to learn to pull a trigger?

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 02:01:34 PM PST

  •  Microsoft Ongoing Blatant Hypocrisy (0+ / 0-)

    Here is how Business Insider summarized Heiner's points in his blog post criticizing the FTC findings.

       It doesn't think the settlement does enough to address Google's ability to abuse its Motorola patents.

        It doesn't think it does enough to address advertisers ability to manage Google campaigns as well as Bing campaigns simultaneously.

        Microsoft is also frustrated because, "Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering a high-quality YouTube app for the Windows Phone."

        Google is shoving Google+ down users throats when Facebook is more relevant.

        Google is also pumping up its shopping results to only include listings that are paid for by advertisers/retails, thus affecting how truly relevant they are.

    Rarely have I seen a post by someone that is such a total fail of whine fest on behalf of the company. In this case Microsoft. Basically, this post boils down to whining because Microsoft has failed to innovate and create product, be it video, be it social network, that works, and to which people flock.

    Google does not force its service down peoples throats. People flock to products such as Google+ because they work, they are not intrusive and a threat to privacy (like Facebook). As a developer I have become dependent on good Internet search capabilities to support some of the highly technical development and operating system work and support I do. The first thing I learned about Microsoft's search engines was, don't waste your time. Just go straight to Google. Consistently, for years, Google finds the technical info on Microsoft's own tech support pages better than the Microsoft search does. Simple fact, Microsoft, sorry if it hurts your fee fees, but it remains true to this day.

    And since the article mentioned the Bling, oh, sorry, Bing search service, let me say for the zillionth time as I have for years: Microsoft has proven itself incapable of writing a search engine that works. That is why people continue to use Google. That is why they laugh when the try Bing, after seeing how useless it is, and go back to Google.

    And the hypocrisy? Where should I begin? Microsoft has done everything in its power to bundle in everything from Internet browser to video and music apps, to search engine as defaults, so average users are sucked in, not realizing they have choices. A decade ago, when Microsoft was threatened with serious anti-trust and monopolistic practices litigation, Microsoft reps roamed the halls of Congress, handing out largess, and buying off Congress. That did not work out so well in Europe, where they were not able buy France off.

    Microsoft is not coming to this game with clean hands. As one comment responding to the post on the Microsoft blog points out.

    Fri, Jan 4 2013 6:55 PM

    The Shadow War

    For years Microsoft has devoted massive resources and energy to waging a sneaky shadow war against Google, fielding an army of lobbyists and front groups that exist almost completely to spread anti-Google propaganda, including, the Association for Competitive Technology, FairSearch and SafeGov.

    They call themselves “industry groups,” and they have lots of members, but they’re basically Microsoft fronts devoted to hating on Google. Take a glance through ICOMP’s “newsroom” and “Voices” section and white papers and “ICOMP in the News” section. It’s pretty much all Google, all the time — and all negative. It’s a whole website devoted to bashing Google, and frankly it’s kind of incredible, in a twisted way.

    FairSearch does much the same. Its site is loaded with Google bashing. FairSearch's spokesman is Ben Hammer, who works for the Glover Park Group, a lobbying and PR firm in Washington, D.C., that used to lobby for Microsoft. Before taking on his role at FairSearch, Hammer worked on the Microsoft account for Glover Park.

    For Microsoft to be blathering on about monopolistic practices provides the very definition of irony, hubris, and I am sure I could dig up a dozen other classical terms to describe it. Microsoft has been the very definition of a monopoly in its efforts to push its OS and apps on customers.

    Note that I speak from 30 years experience in the industry, including skill sets developing apps with Microsoft tools. I have an MSDN subscription, even though retired I still do consulting, and my choice of database tools include MS SQL Server, Visual Studio, C#, ASP.NET.

    But lets be honest here. This blog post is the most vapidly hypocritical thing to come out of Microsoft in some time.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 02:07:47 PM PST

  •  ...damage to his legacy... What legacy, ROF_LMFAO (0+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up !

    by Churchill on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 03:05:45 PM PST

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