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  •  And three to six months later (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, KayCeSF

    we go through this again.

    Just like the last time, and the time before that.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:02:25 PM PST

  •  I confess. I was just a friend of (1+ / 0-)
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    Hummus. Again. Sssshhhhhhhhh.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:05:36 PM PST

  •  Lets hear it for GOP Gerrymandering!!! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Evidence that contradicts the ruling belief system is held to extraordinary standards, while evidence that entrenches it is uncritically accepted. -Carl Sagan

    by RF on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:07:10 PM PST

  •  It may be the best "deal" possible. (4+ / 0-)

    At least there are real defence cuts.  There will be much damage, and to the economy, but any Republican altternative would be worse, i.e., protect defense spending and throw grandma on the street with no medical care, and while they're at it, gut medficaid for poor folks.

    How I learned to stop worrying and live the sequenster.  

    If we are going to harm the recovery, and cause people to lose jobs, this is probably the best of thew worst.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:07:58 PM PST

  •  We've been telling the Rethugs (4+ / 0-)

    that over and over. There's a long list of things that  should be "more important than protecting tax cuts for the wealthy".
    The GOP has severe tunnel vision.
    I don't believe they give a damn that the sequester will have real consequences for real people.
    If it's a chance, no matter how slim, no matter what the polls say, to stick it to Obama and placate their rabid right wing, they're all for it.

    "The past is never dead. It's not even past". Faulkner.

    by mchestnutjr on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:12:28 PM PST

  •  Open Thread: Check this out. (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, KayCeSF, atdnext, annominous

    This is a Hubble image of a nebula that, based on educated guesswork about the relative distances to objects in the image, has been turned into a 3D parallax animation - so the objects are all real images, although their spatial relationships are theoretical (it's worthwhile to go max res and full screen):

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:17:52 PM PST

  •  The sequester will shut a lot of things down fast, (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, itzik shpitzik

    e.g. small airports because of FAA layoffs, and it will be up to Obama to be prepared to play an aggressive blame-game against the GOP when it happens.

  •  I haven't looked at it in detail (0+ / 0-)

    but I am of the impression that the "painful" military cuts were already pretty much locked in because of the pullback from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the military portion will still leave military spending far and above that of pre 9/11 levels.

    and the other side of the cuts are those that affect necessary safety net functions that have become so necessary in staving off total ecomomic and societal hardship after the bankers destroyed the u.s. economy (with congress' help no doubt).

    and at the same time, the entirety of earnings from the big banks since 2008 can be directly attributed to u.s. subsidy, in fact, as soon as the economy starts to look better, the stock market crashes because they are afraid the free lunch from the federal reserve (also called quantitative easing) is going to dry up.

    we are so fucked. . .

    or am I just being cynical????

  •  Lessig's speech on Aaron's law (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, hester, KayCeSF, a gilas girl

    Recently Prof Lessig used his speech on his appointment to the R. L. Firman chair at Harvard Law to give a memorial to Aaron Swatrz   It's now up on YouTube, and is well worth watching.  Yes, its long (over an hour), but watch it you should.  I had the good fortune to hear it in person.

    Link to YouTube

    Skip to 8:50 to skip over the intro.

    This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

    by rjnerd on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:24:28 PM PST

  •  GOP, didn't you see the scoreboard last November? (1+ / 0-)
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    You lost!
    Quit punishing America!
    Quit protecting corporate welfare for oil companies, Wall Street, and NASCAR!
    That's not your money to give away. Let's pay our bills.

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:26:12 PM PST

  •  Ahhh.. the smell of desperation in the morning! (0+ / 0-)

    This is pure silliness.

    Most government agencies have already adjusted their spending habits in anticipation that the sequestration would be law.  We have felt nothing.

    Defense can absorb $45 Billion without blinking.

    The rest of the federal government can do so as well.

    Please stop these hourly scare diaries.. they are, themselves, getting a bit scary.. Does OFA send out hourly texts to post! post! post! ????

    Do bloggers that do not comply get sent to the Gulags?

  •  Very well done video about Bullying, (1+ / 0-)
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    not a lamb

    by someone who was bullied.  Just thought someone else besides me might be interested.

    Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This.

    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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:36:49 PM PST

  •  Krugman said the same thing today. (3+ / 0-)
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    KayCeSF, TAH from SLC, annominous

    Just stop the damn thing. He called it "one of the worst policy ideas in our Nation's history."
       But why listen to him? He's only a Nobel-prize winning economist who has been right about almost everything since the meltdown 4+ years ago.

       Hey, Simpson and Bowles said the sky would fall by now if we didn't solve the "deficit crisis," didn't they?

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:37:56 PM PST

  •  americans don't want to cut anything, not even (0+ / 0-)

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:38:32 PM PST

  •  I can live with the sequester! (0+ / 0-)

    It now seems apparent that the GOP/Tea party will not agree to any revenue increases. The cuts in the sequester are far better than any of the spending cuts the GOP/Tea would agree to if the sequester was to be replaced. Look, 50% of the sequester cuts are defense. That alone may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  •  Probably me, couldn't hear the vid (1+ / 0-)
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    so, if this has been covered, please excuse me.  Talking with a friend of mine this morning who is up for a job.  She was worried about the potential effects of the sequester.

    I said I don't think the Republicans realize how angry the American people will happen if this happens.  Not that that helps her.

    I also wanted to suggest, which may already be being done, that maybe groups like OFA, Move-on, etc. could target moderate red and blue dog districts.  Ask for support from groups that work with the military, airport personnel, others that will be impacted.  Ask them to rally their friends and family.  Get them to call their rep to insist on a good deal to stop the sequester.  A good deal.

    And of course, the business community, which has many Republican donors and supporters, must be horrified by this.

    John, we are all quite clear on who will get blamed here.  It may not be possible for the Republican party to get even less popular, but for the sake of the country, please do not do this.



    •  I clicked on "hear it on YouTube" (1+ / 0-)
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      and finally got the video.  

      I guess I'm sitting on the edge of my seat to see what happens.  I do know a few in my circle of friends who are very concerned.  

      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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:50:43 PM PST

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  •  Let It Happen!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe then, doubt it, those that love their cheered on wars others are sent to fight, along with evrything they use daily or is done for them daily and that that's there when needed, Doesn't Come For FREE, or expecting small groups to pay for!!!!!

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:43:03 PM PST

  •  thoughts on writing and political participation (0+ / 0-)

    in part, why I write, why I write as I do, and how writing is increasingly my primary way of political participation

     in this post to which I invite 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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:47:25 PM PST

  •  Whatever happened to that Sybil lady (0+ / 0-)

    they were trying to keep quiet? Sybil Edmunds, wasn't it?

    My life is defined not by religion and ritual, but by attitude and action.

    by World Citizen on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:57:37 PM PST

  •  The sequester will be bad. (0+ / 0-)

    It will be bad for workers in the discretionary spending part of the federal budget.  EPA, Commerce (that's the NWS, btw), DOI, Justice, Ag, Treasury, Energy, HUD, Labor, State ... . The MSM is going on and on about travel delays and park closures because the heads seem to think that Transportation and the Park Service are where most people interface with feds, but, there is a much larger federal role that people here seem to be taking for granted.

    Glad to see everyone is so sanguine about 20% furloughs for over 1,000,000 workers.  (That's a best-case scenario, hopefully there will be no rifs). 500,000 civil servants on the discretionary budget represent a lot of households that have already started belt tightening, and that 'household austerity' is going to propagate throughout the economy. On the other side of the budget, hundreds of thousands of DOD contractors will be doing the same. In combination the sequester cuts have the potential of contracting the national economy to the point of causing a second dip to the GOP's Great Recession. Don't any of you read Krugman?

    This is really bad. Why are so many here celebrating? It's like I've woken up in Freepistan.

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