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  • Friday was a day of fallen heroes. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was indicted (after he'd already plea bargained), alleged to have stolen $750,000 of public funds and spent it on everything from Michael Jackson memorabilia to a $40,000 Rolex. In the face of such outright ignorant behavior from someone who held such promise, there are no words. (And no, his depressive episode ain't an excuse.)
  • Earlier that same day, South African paralympic Olympian Oscar Pistorius was arrested and is to be charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, who has been celebrated the world over as a brilliant sprinter despite having artificial legs from the knee down, insists (as does his family—because everyone knows that the family of an accused abuser always knows exactly what's going on behind closed doors) that he's beyond innocent. Pistorius breaking down in tears in court just to prove that he fired 4 shots through a closed bathroom door because he mistook his girlfriend was an intruder when she apparently was just using the loo. In contrast, news sources reported that there had been arguing between Pistorius and Steenkamp that was significant enough to have the police called out to Pistorius' residence to intervene just a couple of hours before the shooting. They also report that a former girlfriend has been asked to testify against Pistorius as it relates to previous domestic conflict. Either way this comes out, it's another /heavy sigh moment as it relates to the too-often deadly intersection between domestic relations and guns.  May Reeva Steenkamp rest in peace.
  • Let's be clear: those of us who are addicted to Hollywood end-of-the-world "extinction level event" disaster movies and those think that meteors entering our atmosphere are the "fucking awesomest thing ever" are just kidding. We were not actually asking the cosmos to send us a real meteor on Friday to hurt real people and cause real damage (including a million panes of shattered glass in the dead of winter in Siberia where, in case you didn't know, it is currently very COLD.) Who knows if this "Oh, @#!@%#@%!" moment results from fragments of Asteroid 2012 DA14, which was scheduled for a "near miss" with Earth sometime Friday anyway unbeknownst to most of us. The physical damage from the largest meteor in 100 years may not have lined up with what we cheer in movies (for example, Paris was not blown away in a sinkhole the size of…….Paris), since it was the shockwave from the meteor and not the actual impact that put the hurt on in Chelyabinsk, Siberia. That still doesn't make it alright: emotional damage probably more than makes up for it. Earth to Universe: We really don't need life to imitate art, sometimes. Really, we don't.
  • Apologies are forthcoming from the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, the so-called man of God that lambasted a fellow Lutheran pastor's participation in a memorial service for the victims of the Newtown massacre. Harrison had previously demanded (and received) an apology from Rev. David Benke for the deep offense that Harrison's version of God apparently have felt having to hear Lutheran worship at the same time as representatives of other denominations participated, no doubt because it reinforced the message. Or something like that. Obviously, God was trying to tell (and did tell) Rev. Harrison something which is that he was being a jerk.
  • That 100+ year old rag called The Onion continues to be one of the best of the best when it comes to telling the real truth behind current events. This week's truth: Los Angeles On High Alert As LAPD Back On Regular Duty. Say what you want about the late Christopher Dorner, his "manifesto" and his death from being deliberately burned up in a cabin like he was just another piece of cordwood by those sworn to protect and defend but the Onion has it right on this issue (even though it's too impolitic for many liberals who don't live in neighborhoods terrorized by LAPD and similar police forces on a daily basis to admit). Just imagine what the headlines (and potentially deadly results will be when the LAPD gets its hands on drones.)
  • Speaking of drones, they aren't just for taking out alleged terrorists hiding in the stereotypical middle eastern desert or right wing whack jobs hiding out in bunkers anymore. Indeed, apparently more than 1,400 drones have already licensed (with 327 still apparently active and in use) in America, as the FAA tries to comply with the directive contained in 2012's FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act to open up American airspace fully to drones used for whatever purpose by 2015. This week, the FAA sent out RFP's for six "test sites" so that it can begin the process that some estimate will have 10,000 drones deployed across US skies within 5 years of full implementation. Civil liberties groups are screaming bloody murder, and lawmakers are introducing legislation to try and protect what little privacy rights we have left (since "local and state law enforcement agencies are expected to be among the largest customers".) No surprise there.
  • To the surprise of absolutely no one (other than, possibly, Harry Reid), the Senate recessed on Friday until February 26 with Republicans having successfully filibustered the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. Even if they refuse to call it a filibuster. It's like Lucy and the football, I swear 'fore God, Republican obstructionism—but this time, the nation is left with no Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta's term having ended on Thursday. The only good news in the whole debacle: President Obama made it clear, publicly, that he's pissed (in that smooth Obama way that he has, of course, unlike his Anger Translator.)
  • As the Vatican searches for a new pontiff, questions are arising about whether the Pope really just felt old and tired, or whether his departure was hastened by increasing corruption and the controversy about the Pius Brotherhood. If you go by Pope Benedict XVI's brother's word, those thousands of pages of private papers his former butler is now doing time for having stolen and the information he leaked is at the heart of the pontiff's decision to buck 600 years of tradition and quit rather than serve out his (lifelong) term as head of the Catholic church. At the author's household, money is on the another theory related to the butler: the Pope resigned not for the "exposed corruption" reason that most of the media has embraced, but because of the possibility that within the private papal papers (gotta love alliteration!), most of which are still missing, is information that puts to lie Ratzinger's official story of having been "just an innocent who had no choice but to become a Hitler youth." Just speculation, admittedly, but not unreasonable speculation.
  • Because it simply can't be said enough, this week as part of the discourse surrounding Black History Month, yet another someone has called for Americans to finally move forward to rid the nation once and for all of its original sin by embracing the easiest,  fastest, solution: White People Should Give up Racism. Like all those having made this suggestion before, he will probably be ignored, too. (Seriously. Read, and think, before your knees start jerking.)

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  •  dKos Server is Balking at Imageshack Images (7+ / 0-)

    I can't post any of my images in comments, although I see the Caturday diary it must be accepting other services.

    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 Feb 16, 2013 at 12:05:10 PM PST

  •  From last evening: (3+ / 0-)

    New diary:  Heavy Sigh

  •  CT theorists are already busy with a plethora (4+ / 0-)
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    litho, Phil S 33, shanikka, LilithGardener

    of theories to prove it was not really a meteor, from a domestic plane crash to a new type Russian military plane that crashed or my fave, a Russian rocket that was either heading to Mars to establish a colony (my fave) or was a sort of shuttle bus to enable Putin to mine the moon (too mundane for my taste) or perhaps to make regular runs to the moon with tourists (hey there were sub excursions to the Titanic wreck in 2005)

  •  After the Gulp heard round the world, Rubio (11+ / 0-)

    returns to the Party dogma for Newsmax

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    GOP ‘Savior’ Marco Rubio Falls Back On The Same Old Anti-Woman Policies

    In an interview on Thursday with conservative magazine Newsmax, Tea Party standard-bearer and so-called ‘savior’ of the Republican party Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) revealed that he will become a cosponsor of the “Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.” The bill is a concerted effort to prevent girls in dangerous family situations from going across state lines to receive abortions.

    Familiarly known as “the Grandmother Incarceration Act,” CIANA bills have come up in Congress several times in recent years. Nearly every iteration of the legislation would prevent even a victim of rape or incest from getting a ride to an abortion clinic beyond state lines from her grandmother or older sibling, if she is under the age of 18. Instead, the girl would be forced to inform her parents or legal guardian, and be required to have them present.

    While the bill has not yet been introduced, previous versions of the text would even apply the requirements to girls who require a medically necessary, potentially lifesaving abortion.

    The fact that Rubio will serve as a co-sponsor on the legislation reveals a lot about the supposed new face of the Republican party. The policy, like many of Rubio’s policy choices, is actually an old trick from the Grand Old Party, not some new approach to Republican ideals. And it falls in line with Rubio’s party’s, and the Senator’s own, recent anti-woman efforts:

       
        DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Rubio voted against the Violence Against Women Act because it allocated money to rape victims.

    MINIMUM WAGE: He won’t support a minimum wage, despite its huge benefits for women.

        BIRTH CONTROL: The senator introduced a bill that would have prevented millions of women from accessing birth control.

        PAY EQUITY: He called a bill to promote pay equity between men and women “nothing but an effort to help trial lawyers.”

    With his post-State of the Union rebuttal, Rubio signed up to be the face of a Republican party that is working hard to win over women and people of color, the groups that cost Republicans the election last time around. But with Rubio’s history of anti-woman policies, and now his renewed commitment to co-sponsor more of the same, he may just on the vanguard of a new Republican path back to the same Republican problems.

     

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:07:23 PM PST

  •  Science Channel To Air a Russian Meteor Show 8PM (4+ / 0-)
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    tonight, said an announcement this morning. Meanwhile they've been airing Meteor Men for hours, while H2 is running a periodically repeated program on Tunguska.

    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 Feb 16, 2013 at 12:07:46 PM PST

  •  Ouch, Jesse. (3+ / 0-)
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    Luckily, though, we happened to find a black pol from Chicago who was even better.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:08:27 PM PST

  •  If Republicans are insisting that it wasn't a (7+ / 0-)

    filibuster, then WHY didn't the presiding officer get them on the record as saying so and then call the voted PASSED?

    That's what I would have done.

    If they didn't say it, they didn't do it.

    "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 Feb 16, 2013 at 12:09:18 PM PST

  •  Excuse me. I'll be awe-inspired and think that (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, dinotrac, shanikka, Sharoney

    that Siberian meteor was cool if I freaking want to, and and won't be tsk-tsked out of it. Ditto the Tunguska event which is all over the place as a reminder, too.

    And yes, I think we should fund an asteroid-deflecting program posthaste, too.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:11:01 PM PST

  •  Hard to believe LAPD's lawyers will let them... (1+ / 0-)
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    shanikka

    .....start shooting hellfire missiles into neighborhoods.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:11:27 PM PST

  •  On the bright side, JJJ's wife will probably... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....get off with a tax evasion slap on the wrist.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:18:30 PM PST

  •  regarding the South African track star . . . (3+ / 0-)
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    I think only an NRA member could argue with a straight face that shooting four times through a closed door at an unarmed target you can't see (and can't see you), constitutes "self-defense".

    •  I am assuming that temporary insanity (1+ / 0-)
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      and evil alien mind control were not available as defenses.  Everyone who pleads innocence has to present some sort of defense, no matter how ridiculous, such as someone breaking into a home to use the WC

      •  see my diary this morning (1+ / 0-)
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        please feel free to add updates on his plea. (I didn't find that info this morning as yet, but I'll update the diary.)

        Oscar Pistorious Charged with Premeditated Murder

        "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

        by louisev on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:32:21 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I was in South Africa last December and stayed (1+ / 0-)
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        with a couple of friends in Pretoria and Joburg. The crime rates are indeed high there, but nobody I talked with kept a gun (well, one exception--one of my friends has an air rifle that he uses to shoot non-native birds that try to nest in his yard). But nearly EVERYONE has a razor-wire-topped fence and at least one or two large dogs living with them. (The friend with an air rifle had four very large dogs that looked like German shepards but much bigger--I don't remember the breed name now. I had a grand time playing "chase" with them, but if I were a burglar I'd sure hate to be cornered by them when they're serious.)

  •  Hagel was a surprise? SCOTUS will be a shock! (4+ / 0-)
  •  Jesse Jackson Jr. and Anthony Weiner... (2+ / 0-)
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    too disappointing for words. $40,000.00 Rolex?

    So now that Dorner has been burnt to crisp, the LAPD has been made whole, right? I saw the breathless, breaking news "expose" done by CNN's brightest - Anderson Cooper - and what a bag crock. Will any news outlet investigate Dorner's claims? Especially this one:

    Citizens/non-combatants, do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants. They would not do the same for you. They will let you bleed out just so they can brag to other officers that they had a 187 caper the other day and can’t wait to accrue the overtime in future court subpoenas. As they always say, “that’s the paramedics job…not mine”. Let the balance of loss of life take place.
    Read more: http://ktla.com/...
    That really shouldn't be too hard a task for a good journalist.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:34:04 PM PST

    •  Weiner still baffles me. (3+ / 0-)
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      How could he be that dumb?

      What the hell was he getting out of it anyway?

      JJJ was skimming, which is illegal and outrageous, but at least makes some kind of crooked sense.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:45:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Dorner was (0+ / 0-)

      a nutcase and is not typical of LAPD, most of which is sane. I think he would have been fired at some point, no matter what he wanted people to think.

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:31:54 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Exactly what is "typical" of the LAPD? (2+ / 0-)
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        And from whose perspective?
        The LAPD of Darryl Gates and Mark Furhman. Of Rodney King and Oscar Grant.
        Are you are aware that more officers are coming out to support Dorner's main complaints?
        Please do tell us of this virtuous LAPD that you know of.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:46:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  You have lots of links but no (2+ / 0-)
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    link to Obama's anger translator?  

    http://www.youtube.com/...

  •  Innocent until proven guilty (1+ / 0-)
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    shanikka

    I have no idea what happened with the Blade Runner but I don't think it's a good idea to assume that all of the reporting around a murder is accurate.  No need to be snarky about his family standing by him.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:35:12 PM PST

  •  Oscar Pistorius: (3+ / 0-)
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    Phil S 33, Gooserock, shanikka

    I've been waiting for a diary on this so I can add this comment:

    Why not break up with your pesky, demanding girlfriend who won't do as she's told, instead of shooting her four times in the head?

    ‘‘For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the differences you make in people’s lives.’’ ~ Michelle Obama, DNC, 4 Sep 2012

    by harchickgirl1 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:36:36 PM PST

  •  fun with geriatric royalty (3+ / 0-)
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    shanikka, SueDe, LilithGardener

    With Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Pope Benedict XVI, who is an elected king, both about to abdicate in the coming weeks, I thought it might be fun to present an article I found as to the  state of play in the Saudi game of thrones.

    The article isn't quite up to date, as the youngest son of King Abdulaziz ibn Saud has just been appointed deputy crown prince, and that means he'll become CP when King Abdullah, who is 91 or 94, depending on who you ask, finally croaks. If the current CP croaks before Abdullah, and two already have, then a free for all among the literally hundreds of grandsons will take place.

    This is really interesting.

  •  I say: Dorner was a coward and serial killer (5+ / 0-)

    Say what you will about the Los Angeles police, Dorner assassinated four people who weren't Los Angeles cops.

    I live in Santa Monica and we have our own police force, but still have no sympathy for a coward who murdered a young woman who was a college basketball coach, her fiancee also not a cop, and law enforcement officers nearly 3 hours drive from Los Angeles.

    If Dorner became collateral damage to his capture it strikes me as karma, when he considered civilians and police officers from far away locales as mere collateral damage to his paranoid fantasies.

    I've been unfairly fired from a job, too, and didn't feel entitled to murder the relatives of those who'd canned me.

    Dorner was a coward and serial killer, 'nuff said.

  •  Plenty to chew on as always (1+ / 0-)
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    shanikka

    Terrific work, Shanikka. Hope you're well.

  •  note to Help Desk (1+ / 0-)
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    I think the Image Library is broken.

    also the "Image Checker code" no longer recognizes files hosted on Photobucket,
    when trying to preview/save new Diaries, using with such images.  It displays an Image Error now.

    It was recognizing them about an hour ago.


    However is may be a bigger problem,
    since then link at the end of this page (about Image Lib), for User subscriptions seems to be broken too.

    User subscriptions

    •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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      there is finally a current Status Update explaining the problem.

      Thanks!

      Some services down

      The datacenter housing two of our servers has lost network connectivity.  We are told it should be back within the hour.  Until then users will have problems uploading images, adding images to stories, subscribing and donating.  We’ll post updates as we get more information.

  •  Jesse Jackson Jr. .....a fallen hero? (1+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, who wrote that? Not someone from Chicago.  He has never been a hero to anyone inside or outside his district here in Illinois.

    We have had many fallen heroes here.  He would not make the top 500.  Please choose words that more reflect reality.  

    Thanks. That is all.

  •  Dorner's death (1+ / 0-)
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    Not to say the LAPD isn't well deserving of criticism for this and other cases, but let's share the joy - the police force responsible for burning down the cabin was the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. And from what I know about SB county, they're probably even worse than LAPD.

  •  "Near miss" (2+ / 0-)
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    I keep seeing people today talk about yesterday's "near miss" by asteroid 2012 DA14. Russia's meteor was a "near miss." It came in at a very shallow angle which means it almost missed hitting the planet. DA14 was a "near hit." It came quite close to actually hitting the Earth.

    One of those little things that bug me but don't matter.

    Cheers

    I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.

    by Athenian on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:55:00 PM PST

  •  I hope so! (1+ / 0-)
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    Civil liberties groups are screaming bloody murder,
    Unfortunately this topic only stayed in the msm news cycle for 24 hours
  •  Jr. was NEVER a hero. (1+ / 0-)
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    shanikka

    Fallen or otherwise...

  •  NC Republicans are strongly anti-nipple. (In (1+ / 0-)
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    Taegan Goddard):
    =============

    Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Nipple Exposure
     North Carolina state Rep. Rayne Brown (R) is defending her proposed legislation which define women's nipples as indecent, WRAL-TV reports.

     Said Brown: "We've had the most fun with this bill for about the past week and a half, and that's OK. You need to laugh sometimes. But there are communities across this state, there's local governments across this state, and also local law enforcement for whom this issue is really not a laughing matter."

    The bill was prompted by annual topless protest and women's rally in Asheville, NC.
    ===============
    "Let's smite that devil and keep our young boys pure!"

    "Resist sin and corruption!"

    So how about if protestors use pasties. That would get Rayne's panties in a twist.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:02:07 PM PST

  •  A kind word fro Rev. Harrison. (3+ / 0-)
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    OK, so he was more than a bit of a jerk, but, in this day and age of "mistakes were made" non-apology apoligies, you have to appreciate his:

    Mr. Harrison said he took full “responsibility for this debacle.”

    “I handled it poorly, multiplying the challenges. I increased the pain of a hurting community,” he wrote. “I humbly offer my apologies to the congregation, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Newtown, Conn.; to Pastor Morris; and to the Newtown community.”

    An apology is never as good as not screwing up in the first place, but good on the Rev. for not mincing words.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:04:39 PM PST

  •  Any sentence that starts with this is leading to (1+ / 0-)
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    would appear to be an apologist fest and some cop bashing:

    Say what you want about the late Christopher Dorner...
    The Onion would be proud, because I could hardly tell if the rest of this paragraph was snark or not.

    Many hands make light work, but light hearts make heavy work the lightest of all.

    by SpamNunn on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:09:31 PM PST

  •  Didn't Marco Rubio do the same thing (0+ / 0-)

    Jesse Jackson Jr. did -- divert campaign money for not-campaign purposes? Difference seems to be that Rubio did it without consequences and is much touted to become our next president.

  •  It's hard to envision Jesse Jackson Jr. (0+ / 0-)

    as any kind of hero, fallen or otherwise. He rose to political power based on his name and his father's political machine.

    Once in office, Jesse Jr. lined his pockets with money people had donated to his campaign. His voting record was certainly progressive, he was strong on arguing the issues, but his corruption was an open secret in Illinois, especially after he was caught in what appeared to be a flagrant attempt to buy President Obama's former Senate seat.

    I do hope that Mr. Jackson will learn from this and put his talents to use for the good of humanity, instead of self advancement.

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:33:03 PM PST

  •  If Chuck is Charlie Brown... (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps we should just install Chuck Hagel in the Pentagon without the Senate approving. Hey they are in Recess are they not?

    It's time Charlie Brown just said FU to Lucy on this one.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:34:46 PM PST

  •  Fair Is Fair (0+ / 0-)

    "...another someone has called for Americans to finally move forward to rid the nation once and for all of its original sin by embracing the easiest,  fastest, solution: White People Should Give up Racism."

    OK, fair enough.  But in return, I would ask black people to embrace the easiest, fastest solution to the problems that this country has with crime:  Quit breaking the law!

    •  And One Has to Do With the Other Because? (0+ / 0-)

      (When you answer that question as it relates to 400+ years of racism in America, you'll be able to admit that what your wrote about crime is just same-old-same-old racist defensiveness.)

      Good luck with that.

  •  Jesse Jackson Jr.... (0+ / 0-)
    Among the items that Jackson is accused of purchasing with campaign funds:
    - $10,000 worth of Bruce Lee Memorabilia.
    - More than $20,000 in Michael Jackson memorabilia.
    - Martin Luther King Memorabilia.
    - Fur coats and capes and more.
    Michael Jackson memorabilia? Capes? What the hell?

    Good riddance. Part of me hates that it seems Democrats are held to a higher standard than Republicans, but part of me welcomes it. We should be better than them. I remember being really proud when Louisiana Democrats elected a Republican in a race against William Jefferson (freezer full of cash guy). Two years later, the seat went back to a Democrat, but voters had sent a message and done the right thing. It turned a real lowlight of the party into something positive.

    Seriously though, fur capes?

  •  Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Not Most Lutherans (2+ / 0-)
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    mchristi314, johanus

    I realize maybe only 3 people will care, but for my own sake, I just have to mention that the LCMS has, for some time now, disavowed participation with the much larger, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

    The LCMS has much more in common, theologically, with Southern Baptists, than with the ELCA. Among other things, they are anti homosexual, don't permit women to be ordained, and believe in a strict, literal interpretation of the Bible. All the exact opposite of the ELCA.

    I realize this is made clear in the links, but as someone proud of her ELCA Lutheran's church's stand for marriage equality and practices promoting social justice, I would hate for even 3 people to think this man is the face of Lutheranism in America.

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