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  • Cowardice in the face of climate change isn't just immoral, it's bad politics, by Mark Sumner
  • Newtown? Sandy Hook? Call it 12/14, by Greg Dworkin
  • Sin, stigma, and syringes: the struggle for harm reduction, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • If it is not stopped, the Republican war on democracy will tear this nation apart, by Laurence Lewis
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  •  Sez they are (7+ / 0-)

    "Less than ardent fans of the U.S. military,"

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dismissed the military credentials of two of President Barack Obama's cabinet nominees Saturday despite the fact that both are veterans.

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

    by DRo on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:09:42 PM PST

  •  Saw the article yesterday about calling the CT (3+ / 0-)
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    PowWowPollock, Greg Dworkin, randallt

    shooting 12/14, instead of "Newtown".....glad to see Greg is going to pick up on that.

    Newtown needs to be recognized for more than a horrible crime.

    Let us all remember "12/14".....and give some peace to Newtown residents

  •  lemme get this straight (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, jamess

    the new Star Trek boss is now also the new Star Wars boss?

    Worlds collide!

  •  with all due apologies (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, enhydra lutris

    to Stephen Hawkings ...

    A Brief History of Filibusters
    by jamess --Jan 26, 2013

    They weren't always Silent Objections, you know.

    That's a modern-day invention.  An invention of convenience and excess leisure.

    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:15:43 PM PST

  •  Today's diary: (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, enhydra lutris

    Short Stories

    From last evening :the Man-Woman Case: Convicted by the press

    Participation would be appreciated.

  •  "Appeasing the base," Huh. What does Sen. Reid... (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Gooserock, DRo, Creosote

    ... think about that? I can hardly wait to see Steve's take.

    Our President is starting to come around, and may be leaving the Congressional Democrats behind.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:24:19 PM PST

  •  Ref: to sin and needles put me to mind of a (3+ / 0-)
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    PowWowPollock, viral, Creosote

    recent proposal by a NC state representative to forbid welfare recipients from participating in the state lottery.  Seems welfare recipients lack the maturity to oversee their funds but it also seems the state will enforce this rule by simply refusing to pay welfare recipients their winnings.   Yeh, I get $100/month in food stamps and win  $3M.  I will have lawyers lined up around the block.

    Then we have AZ with the bright idea of charging women who terminate pregnancies that result from rape with destroying evidence.

    Then there is the RCC defending the wrongful death suit against one of their hospitals with the defense that a fetus is not a person and therefore is not able to experience wrongful death.

    It seems teh crazy train gets longer each day.

    The most sane event today was I finally discovered that my fox terrierist hates my portable phone and buries it in the backyard whenever it rings.  I had wondered how it kept ending up outside and had accused the grandkids (after all, they did spray paint my truck last week)

  •  is this thing on? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Creosote

    lurker unlurking... testing, testing

  •  Yeah, this is some seriously (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, PowWowPollock, Creosote
    If it is not stopped, the Republican war on democracy will tear this nation apart, by Laurence Lewis
    dangerous stuff.

    I'm reading Cicero right now. He lived during the time frame where the Roman Republican was taken over first by the triumverate of Pompey, Caeser and Cassius and then Caeser himself and then by Antony attempting to replace Caeser and eventually Octavian.

    It was clear that the Republic was under duress for some time. During Cicero's own Consulship, while still a Republic, Caitiline attempted to take over and Cicero defeated him. But that was only a short time until the triumverate did it. Step by step you can see the republican methods they had created being undermined, even when unsuccessfully, until a dictatorship replaced it completely.

    Reading out of historical order I had been reading Tacitus, Annals and History, before Cicero. Tacitus came later after the Empire was locked into place and he regularly rails against the Senate as slaves and willing slaves at that to whoever was emperor at the time.

    The Republican parties methods right now are very dangerous. This latest plan the most dangerous of them all so far. It appears to have been so bad as to be defeated by their own people but the mere fact that it was proposed has done serious damage to our republic. It is the overton window type effect. The only way to counter the damage is to respond not simply by defeating it but by in turn improving the republic and the commitment to democracy. Simply holding to the status quo is not good enough.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:35:21 PM PST

    •  You'd Have to Go Back Before Reagan Before We (1+ / 0-)
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      Andrew C White

      can do net positive good for the people, in economic policy. There's no major political party for such extremism.

      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 Jan 26, 2013 at 03:55:01 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The base (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Creosote

    The fianceé was firing a Taurus Model 1911 .45 when a casing ejected and landed inside her shirt. She tried to keep the hot casing off of her by bending over and trying to swat the casing out, but when she did, she unknowingly pointed the gun down at the victim's leg and accidentally fired another round.
    Filed under "My Stupid State"

    God is infinite love. Why is that so hard to understand?

    by Sprinkles on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:36:28 PM PST

  •  reflections at the midpoint of a school year (0+ / 0-)

    my usual Saturday morning reflection on teaching and a bit more


    I welcome your attention

    "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 Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:36:53 PM PST

  •  an Obama voter as 3/5 of a person (0+ / 0-)

    is the title of this post from this morning which flows from an interesting piece of date when one considers how Virginia is considering awarding its electoral votes.

    "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 Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:46:42 PM PST

    •  Virginia (0+ / 0-)

      I have to say, this idea of electoral college votes by congressional district is so undemocratic it scares me. Can they pull it off? It would devalue the vote of anyone in an urban area, and guarantee Republican wins.

  •  Typical 'chickenhawk' on War Theater, All,Veterans (5+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, DRo, Gjetost, viral, Creosote

    And why the Veterans Administration stays under funded especially as same types, flag waving super patriots with their tiny lapel flag pins, rubber stamp war costs no questions asked, and their supporters like it that, macho, way!!

    Ted Cruz: John Kerry, Chuck Hagel 'Less Than Ardent Fans' Of Military
    WASHINGTON -- 01/26/2013 -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dismissed the military credentials of two of President Barack Obama's cabinet nominees Saturday despite the fact that both are veterans.

    "Okay, we've got two pending nominations, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel," he said in responding to a question at the National Review Institute summit in Washington. "Both of whom are very prominently -- "

    Cruz took a pregnant pause. "Anti-us?" said a moderator.

    "Less than ardent fans of the U.S. military," he continued. read more>>>

    Here's another rather infamous one with recent comments as to women serving the Country, that they don't, but at least the rush isn't on the public payroll dole like the cruz!

    Jan 26, 2013 - Sexist {chickenawk} Limbaugh Mocks Military Gender Equality, Reduces Women to their Reproductive Functions

    There's a name for this, back in the nixon era they turned it into wide spread actually happening, called 'verbal spitting' on us Vietnam vets. They spread it wide as actual spitting to further discredit the anti-war movement, many of whom were the first ones recognizing what is now long known as PTSD and giving comfort and aid as well as helping the vets go public to fight for what always has been. Kerry and Hagel know the verbal well, especially Kerry, but Hagel as well especially when second in the VA, under reagan, he approved of the design, chosen, for 'The Wall' which put the target on him by the chickenhawks and even brother vietnam vets like Kerry had on him by same, and who were doing so then as it continues into today, for those not walking in lockstep with the likes of this cruz freeloader and the butt rush!!

    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 Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:51:53 PM PST

  •  Corporations win again. (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, viral, Creosote

    Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT

    Somehow they got this through under copyright infringement.

    "You bought the phone but you don't own it. We own you!"

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:59:46 PM PST

  •  I was pondering something. (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry if this is a bit "out there", but I love speculating on crazy stuff.

     If Earth really did get invaded by extraterrestrials, it would be one crisis where I stop caring about people altogether. I was thinking about this because it would be such an overwhelming and insane situation that I don't think it would be worth the effort stopping.

     I would be cheering the aliens on or maybe even helping them. Cruel as that may sound, I wouldn't want our species to have any advantages and get a taste of its own medicine, especially the developed countries.

     It's nothing personal. I just think if aliens did invade then I would embrace it.

     I was reading up on the moon Titan and its potential for some form of life, that's why I started brooding on this.

  •  Meanwhile Joel Connolly in Seattle (0+ / 0-)

    writes about The Inauguration of Mitt Romney:

    Karl Rove was the only person to see it coming, and Republicans still couldn't quite believe it two months later as they streamed into Washington, D.C., to watch the inauguration of Willard Mitt Romney as America's 45th president.

    Reagan National Airport was forced to shut down commercial air traffic, so many were the private jets parked on the tarmac. Limousines were in gridlock outside the Willard and Ritz Carlton Hotels. Giant refrigeration trucks filled with lobster roared down Interstate 95 to feed the upscale masses.

    A mammoth Fox News Channel billboard was erected just across the Potomac, bearing the likenesses of Rupert Murdoch, trophy wife Wendi and FNC boss Roger Alies, proclaiming: "WE DID IT!"

    Complete with all the details about presidential appointments and the actions of the new Congress.

    Plus: "The moment of solemnity arrived. President Romney placed his right hand on a copy of the Book of Mormon, once used in the country's first Marriott Hotel, to take the oath of office for the 57th time that America has experienced the ritual.

    "There followed surprise wrinkles: Instead of U.S. Marines, National Rifle Association directors delivered the 21-gun salute, using military-style assault rifles . . . "

  •  See this too, on the end of legal unlocking (0+ / 0-)

    for cell phones, which ended January 25.
    Unlocking a phone to use it with another carrier will be illegal in America from midnight tonight unless the cellphone is already in your hands.

    Freeing a phone from a particular network used to be allowed, but under last October's reinterpretation of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act that right disappears from all handsets bought from Saturday. Jail-breaking devices - to allow the installation of third-party apps - will remain legal, only not on tablets. [snip]

    Operators lock phones to give them enough time to recover the subsidy they pay when the contract is signed; typically a phone is free or rather cheap and the monthly connection bill makes up for it. Operators remain eternally optimistic that customers will send each other expensive multimedia text messages or download games from the operator's portal, all of which goes into calculating the subsidy and will be missed if the customer switches networks.

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