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  • You just know that this Nebraska Republican was a "family values" guy:
    Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy was a road warrior in his job, driving thousands of miles across the state to deliver speeches and cut ribbons.

    But a monthlong investigation by The World-Herald uncovered a secret life during that travel, involving 2,300 phone calls to four women, other than his wife, during the past four years.

    Sheehy, who served eight years in his post, resigned abruptly Saturday after the newspaper contacted him Friday about the calls, made on a state-issued cellphone.

  • Here's the tease ... I'll bet you click on it to learn more:
    Kevin Swanson is Wonket’s favoritest person in the whole wide world! First he splained us that college makes your daughters into ugly, angrier-angry feminist whores. Then he informed us that The Pill leaves your womb crusted with zombie babies eating your innards. Now the Christian-dick-radio talker has moved his sights, as seemed long overdue, to the science fact that in 2022, the government is going to take all the homeschooled children and turn them over to gays, for NAMBLAing. Seems legit!
  • Somewhere, Mitt Romney is shaking his fist at the heavens:
    The inventor of the beloved Etch A Sketch toy, Andre Cassagnes, has died at age 86, the toy’s manufacturer confirms to NBC News. Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in France.
  • What a shock—not to mention really, really, really stupid:
    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said emphatically Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America should not soften its strict policy barring gay members, and dismissed the idea of bending the organization to the whims of “popular culture.” [...]

    Mr. Perry told the youngsters that the Scouts were a key reason that he had joined the Air Force and later sought public office, and that society’s failure to adhere to the organization’s core values was a cause for high rates of teenage pregnancy and wayward youths who grow up to be “men joining their fathers in prison.”

  • Offered without comment:
    Gov. Scott Walker has transferred $40,000 of campaign donations into his legal defense fund, bringing the total deposited into the account to $200,000. [...]

    Walker spokeswoman Nicole Tieman says the money was needed to cooperate with authorities over the past year.

  • For the baby who has everything—except perhaps parents with common sense.
  • Talk about a cold case:

    Archaeologists confirm human remains found underneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, are those of King Richard III - via broadcast
    @BreakingNews via breakingnews.com
  • In case you were wondering:
    Nothing highlights the thrill of victory like tugging on a T-shirt proclaiming your status as Super Bowl champion—or the agony of defeat, if you’re the losing team now holding pre-printed championship merchandise. While the San Francisco 49ers wound up on the wrong end of Sunday’s game, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, the winner will be World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization that will receive more than 100,000 articles of clothing from the National Football League to donate to underdeveloped countries. [...]

    Back at World Vision’s international distribution center in Pittsburgh, it’s sorted by size, gender, and destination. Sweatshirts go to cold places like Mongolia, T-shirts to warmer areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin in his regular spot, then UK fan GideonAB. The latest incidents of gun violence in the news, the state of play for legislation on gun policy, filibuster reform, etc. And having finally seen Lincoln, lots of talk about how times may change, but political dynamics sometimes stay very much the same. What might we expect to pass? And what should we continue to push for though we may not win right now?

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  •  If the Boy Scouts of America decide to go gay... (8+ / 0-)

    can the Boy Scouts of Texas secede?

  •  I wonder if Mongolia ended up with all the surplus (4+ / 0-)
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    fayea, justiceputnam, milkbone, JeffW

    Rick Santorum sweater vests too?

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:12:28 PM PST

  •  Richard the III. Whadaya know. (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, justiceputnam, JeffW

    Who knows if he was the demonic force painted by Shakespeare? Bill was no different than lots of current sorts who try to curry favor with the moneybags who hold the reins and Elizabeth was no fan of Richard's.
    Maybe his biggest crime was being afflicted with scoliosis.  
    No matter how you look at it, it's cool that they found his bones.

  •  Srsly, NRA? Baby bibs, baby T-shirts?! (2+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, Miggles

    "You know kids are a vital part of our future..."

    Brilliant there, who figured that out? Now, maybe if you'd stop blocking policies that actually let kids be "part of our future."

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:16:14 PM PST

  •  My proposal... (5+ / 0-)

    Yards after Blackout must now be part of the game stats.

    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 Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:20:08 PM PST

  •  just saw Silver Linings Playbook (2+ / 0-)
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    SottoVoce, jj32

    great movie about mental illness without exploiting it

  •  Negligent or Fraudulent? (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW
    For the baby who has everything—except perhaps parents with common sense.
    The dang thing doesn't appear to be bullet-proof or have a pocket to holster a tot-sized firearm—both are essential for the NRA's brave new world for kids!


    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
    "Shared sacrifice!" said the spider to the fly.—Me

    by KingBolete on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:26:58 PM PST

  •  Hey, Sheehy, get a burner (1+ / 0-)
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    Anne Elk

    Not only is Nebraska's (former) lt. gov. a horndog, but a dumb one at that.  He made all of those calls on his official government mobile phone!  Doh!  It didn't occur to him at any point in time over four years that his phone records are public records?

    If he'd been smart enough to buy a no-contract prepaid mobile phone (aka "burner"), those records of his calls with his honeys would not have been a matter of public record.

    Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

    by MJB on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:27:13 PM PST

    •  Dumb AND cheap. What is it about phones and (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      illicit naughtiness with these guys anyway?
      Tomorrow, 100000 emails will turn up on one of the Neb State Govts servers between THE LOAD WARRIOR and his 'friends'. Hopefully none with nude shots of the Lt Gov posing for his bathroom mirror.

  •  NFL clothes (1+ / 0-)
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    eeff

    Pretty cool. The charity approached the NFL when they learned clothes were being destroyed. From the diary link:

    For the first 30 Super Bowls, it had to be destroyed after the final whistle. In the 1990s, however, the NFL was approached by World Vision, an evangelical organization with a presence in more than 100 countries, which wanted to take the apparel to places where the outcome of an American football game was less important than keeping warm. So for the past 17 years, the loser’s championship gear has been shipped off to areas World Vision deems to be in greatest need. After Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti donned shirts celebrating the defeated Indianapolis Colts; in 2007, items celebrating the (not) champion Chicago Bears went to Romania and Chad.
  •  Get your Popcorn while its hot! (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:44:40 PM PST

  •  so, those Perry rumors...was there ever (0+ / 0-)

    any confirmation of them?

  •  World's greatest etch-a-sketch artist (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.puremusic.com/...

    Also a very, very fine singer and songwriter.  Michael McNevin.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:01:47 PM PST

  •  This is what I have to accept... (0+ / 0-)

    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 Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:07:32 PM PST

  •  Rick Sheehy is unqualified to be Lt. Gov. (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    because he is too stupid to know that you can buy an extra cell phone that could be used to make all those calls. If he couldn't work out something that every drug dealer knows, how competent could he possibly be? Da-da-dumb!

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:23:23 PM PST

  •  my pastor preached about Paul Krugman yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    OLinda

    the sermon was about how Jesus angered a congregation in Nazaeth and they threatened to throw him off a cliff as written in the Gospel of Luke.  He was attempting to tie the fiscal cliff to a real cliff.  I don't know that he made the connection that well though other than they both use the word cliff.    But I did find the political overtones to be interesting.

    The pastor talked about the different economic schools view the fiscal cliff and how Krugman thought of it as more of a slope than a cliff.  He then went into great detail discussing Krugman's Keynsian views that additional investment would have benefitted the economy and the country.  He explained how government action would have lead to full employment sooner which would have offset the costs incurred by a stimulus program by increasing tax revenue and reducing ongoing costs of unemployment compensation and other government aid programs.  He laid out a very logical argument.

    He then contrasted it with what he called the Chicago school of economics.  He provided very little detail and provided about a one sentence summary about this-  do nothing and the market will take care of fixing what needs fixing.

    I found it interesting the level of detail and understanding he provided about progressive policy ideas.  The lack of substance in discussing conservative economic policy to me indicated he didn't think much of it.  This congregation is in a wealthy red suburb and I am sure most were bristling at hearing their pastor lecture them on the benefits of Keynesian economics.  This is a mainstream, non-fundamental, protestant church, by the way.  Not all churches are wack.  In the past he has also preached about how churches being anti-science is bad and things like global warming are real.

  •  And there are kids somewhere.. (0+ / 0-)

    ...who think the Buffalo Bills are the greatest team ever.

    Nothing highlights the thrill of victory like tugging on a T-shirt proclaiming your status as Super Bowl champion—or the agony of defeat, if you’re the losing team now holding pre-printed championship merchandise. While the San Francisco 49ers wound up on the wrong end of Sunday’s game, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, the winner will be World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization that will receive more than 100,000 articles of clothing from the National Football League to donate to underdeveloped countries. [...]
    Back at World Vision’s international distribution center in Pittsburgh, it’s sorted by size, gender, and destination. Sweatshirts go to cold places like Mongolia, T-shirts to warmer areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Isn't it discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit? (Noel Coward)

    by Mid10Dem on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:42:05 PM PST

  •  Well that's a relief (0+ / 0-)
    Sweatshirts go to cold places like Mongolia, T-shirts to warmer areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Somewhere in Mongolia and sub-Saharan Africa the 49ers are champions.
    Go Niners!

    "When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two." - Nisargadatta Maharaj.

    by mkor7 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:44:27 PM PST

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