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  • It's not often that you can describe a respondent's brief before the Supreme Court as badass, but this document by Ted Olson and David Boies regarding the Prop 8 case certainly qualifies. In part:
    The unmistakable purpose and effect of Proposition 8 is to stigmatize gay men and lesbians—and them alone—and enshrine in California’s Constitution that they are “unequal to everyone else,” Rome v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620, 635 (1996), that their committed relationships are ineligible for the designation “marriage,” and that they are unworthy of that “most important relation in life.” Neither tradition, nor fear of change, nor an “interest in democratic self-governance” (Prop. Br. 55), can absolve society, or
    this Court, of the obligation to identify and rectify discrimination in all its forms. If a history of discrimination were sufficient to justify its perpetual existence, as Proponents argue, our public schools, drinking fountains, and swimming pools would still be segregated by race, our government workplaces and military institutions would still be largely offlimits to one sex—and to gays and lesbians, and marriage would still be unattainable for interracial couples. Yet the Fourteenth Amendment could not
    tolerate those discriminatory practices, and it similarly does not tolerate the permanent exclusion of gay men and lesbians from the most important relation
    in life. “In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law.” Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 559 (1896) (Harlan, J., dissenting).
    Arguments will be heard on March 26.
  • Rush Limbaugh is ashamed of America. Fortunately, the feeling is mutual.
  • We progressives often joke about whether the right thinks that corporations should have the right to vote. Well, one Republican legislator in Montana really contest, and you could win one!
  • Oy vey? Jewish delis are in decline. Guess another trip to Langer's is in order. And yes, the pastrami is that good there, so try it.
  • Hockey news: The Chicago Blackhawks just made history by getting a point in their first 17 games to start a regular season. The lockout-shortened season is already a third of the way over...and they still haven't lost in regulation.
  • Democratic State Senator Lou Correa is sponsoring a bill that would made it illegal to drive with any detectable presence of marijuana in their system. He explains:
    “We want to send a clear message that any level of being drugged is dangerous when driving, so the level should be zero,” Correa, D-Santa Ana, said during a Capitol press conference this morning introducing the bill.
    When he says that about alcohol, I'll know he's serious. Until then, I'd prefer not to discriminate against cancer and glaucoma patients who need medicine.
  • This is how Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of Orange County (CA) treats his constituents:
    I wanted to tell Rep. Rohrabacher my story, I wanted to explain that I have no other home than Costa Mesa, I wanted to speak for all those in my community who are too afraid to talk about their status, all those who live in the shadows and who have had their families torn apart. But when I told him I was an undocumented American he stiffened visibly. He got angry and told me he “hates illegals.” He pointed his finger at me and asked — who are you, that you think you’re so important?
  • And speaking of Republicans being dicks to vulnerable people, here's geriatric asshole, Senator John McCain:
    Teves' son, Alex, was 24 years old when he was gunned down alongside 11 others inside a movie theater. On Thursday, Teves, of Phoenix, attended a town hall held by McCain with hopes of encouraging the senator to support an assault weapons ban, which would restrict the sale of weapons such as the semi-automatic rifle used by the Aurora shooter.

    McCain responded sharply to Teves' attempt to push the legislation.

    "I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons ban will not pass the Congress of the United States," McCain said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

    In an interview with Talking Points Memo, Teves expressed disappointment in the way McCain handled her question.

    Yeah, no doubt she was disappointed. Wouldn't you be?

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  •  my Saturday morning reflection (1+ / 0-)
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    dealt with encouraging risk-taking by students, which is something that should be fundamental in education, at least based on my experience and perception

    it is what I explore in this post for which I request 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 Feb 23, 2013 at 12:02:46 PM PST

  •  THC can show in the system... (9+ / 0-)

    for 30-60 days, depending upon the smoker's habits and the rate of metabolism (liver disease, kidney issues, can all impact rate of removal). Should people who use it medicinally have to be without their treatment a couple of months to drive? That is absolutely ridiculous.

  •  so, am i getting furloughed or what? (3+ / 0-)

    any other federal workers here?

    •  dunno but it seems that a significant number (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, aaraujo

      of air traffic controllers will be furloughed.  Shades of Ronald Reagan.  Wonder if they will dust off the old ad showing a cheerleader saying "I can be an air traffic controller.............guaranteed"  

  •  Delis will be back. (3+ / 0-)
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    Railfan, side pocket, JeffW

    Although there are very few traditional kosher delis left here in NYC, young foodie hipsters are reviving the cuisine. Having learned how to make their own pickles, they are curing their own pastrami to go with it in Williamsburg and elsewhere.

    I'm sure this trend will reach your coast soon.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:27:39 PM PST

    •  Pickles, OK, but a giant load of pastrami between (3+ / 0-)
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      OregonWetDog, sidnora, side pocket

      two thin slices of rye just doesn't seem that appealing nor healthy.  Just thinking about it made my cholesterol go up a few points.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:32:50 PM PST

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      •  Oh, it's not. (1+ / 0-)
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        I swore off decades ago, and only indulge about once a year (from Katz's, on the way home from a specific annual event, if you must know).

         But younger people, who tend to be less concerned about their LDL levels, are into it. Heck, it can't be any worse for them than the braised pork belly they were all swooning over five years ago.

        And when you come right down to it, pickles aren't that great for you, either - tons of sodium! Oy!

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:03:42 PM PST

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      •  Another viewpoint. (4+ / 0-)
        a giant load of pastrami between
        two thin slices of rye

        Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

        by side pocket on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:07:15 PM PST

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  •  Kentucky Kossacks... (0+ / 0-)

    We could use your help if you have a moment, to try and improve access to primary care here in the Commonwealth. And if you are not Kentuckian, we could use your help too... ;-)

    Thanks in advance!

  •  Shot ... and a goal! (2+ / 0-)
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    Chitown Kev, JeffW

  •  RW is upset over being dissed by WWE "characters" (1+ / 0-)
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    Chitown Kev

    Yep they are upset their "representative" is getting his rear end kicked by a Mexican "representative"  Evidently they have forgotten the Iron Sheik or Boris Zhukov and their battles against flag waving Americans.  RW has no sense of humor.

    However, as I noted in a thread on another diary, this morning I watched cartoons with the grandkids and we watched "Young Justice"  The character Conner Kent is the son of Lex Luthor and Clark Kent.  Given the uproar over the teletubbies and Sponge Bob, I can't wait for them to discover this outrage.  To make matters even worse, I don't think Clark and Lex are married.  (hey I had a 9 and six year old along with a 3 month old; I missed some of the details)

  •  TX: Cornyn is being challenged from the Right (0+ / 0-)

         I just read this on the Texas Tribune website.    This is a primary challenge from Erick Wyatt.   According to the minimal amount of information - Wyatt says that it is about Veterans.
           As a refresher - Cornyn says that he supports Veteran Benefits - and then turned around and voted against the legislation in 2012.

            I haven't heard squat about a Dem Candidate - but thought I'd just pass this on.

  •  Remember Speaking Out Against Bush on Iraq (0+ / 0-)

    For some of us, the some minus thirty percent!!

    And the propaganda machine created in support of the incredibly deadly and damaging policies!

    Michael Moore on speaking out against Bush on Iraq.

     Academy-Award winning filmmaker and author of "Here Comes Trouble"

    Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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

    by jimstaro on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:48:20 PM PST

  •  A 'Place At The Table' (1+ / 0-)
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    For Some Americans, Finding A 'Place At The Table' A Struggle
    23 February 2013 - Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea talks to co-directors Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson about their documentary A Place at the Table. The film looks at the problem of hunger in America.
    About The Film

    50 million people in the U.S.-one in four children-don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.   read more>>>

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

    by jimstaro on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:49:36 PM PST

  •  "Justice" Thomas (2+ / 0-)
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    might think about this a bit, if that is even in his capability.

    and marriage would still be unattainable for interracial couples.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:03:05 PM PST

  •  Get Yourself Some Smarts (0+ / 0-)

    "Until then, I'd prefer not to discriminate against cancer and glaucoma patients who need medicine."

    Who says that cancer and glaucoma patients use marijuana?  My first wife died 30 years ago due to leukemia, and she was NOT on marijuana, but a chemotherapy regimen that was in use at that time.  And I have never heard of treating glaucoma with marijuana.

    Are you so pot-happy that you want marijuana users to rule the road at the expense of people who have the ability to stay clean and sober?  If so, then you are badly in need of a life.

    Marijuana is treated as a controlled substance for some very good reasons, one of which being that there is hard evidence that it impairs a person's judgmental abilities.  And believe me, I don't want some crazed pothead tooling down the road lacking the ability to slow down for me if I am in a crosswalk.

    I think that you need to acquire some smarts before you post more total balderdash like what you posted above.

    •  Tests Reported in Scientific American in the Late (1+ / 0-)
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      side pocket

      60's found that drivers stoned enough to feel upside down did not perform any worse than sober drivers.

      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 23, 2013 at 01:28:51 PM PST

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    •  You hadn't heard about glaucoma? (3+ / 0-)
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      side pocket, BlueEyed In NC, JeffW

      It was one of the first medical uses.

      The proposed law wasn't about impaired driving, it was about having any detectable amount in the driver's system. It is as if someone pretended that a sip of wine six hours ago was drunk driving.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:43:10 PM PST

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  •  If you're not talking about Pete Peterson and (1+ / 0-)
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    his "Fix the Debt" astrotruf than you're having the wrong conversation.   Hedgefund billionaire bankster is spending $1B (Tha't billion with a B) of his own money to buy economic reforms that will destroy social security, medicare and medicaid.

    The Shock Doctrine/Disaster Capitalism has been brought into the political process in a very overt way.  

    Is President Obama really nothing more than a 1980's Reagan Democrat in the year 2013?

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 01:54:52 PM PST

  •  no I wouldn't be disappointed in McCain (0+ / 0-)

    I expect that from him.

    it's the other idiots at the meeting who were cheering that I'm disappointed in.

    AZ must be a horrible place for people who are actually sane.

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 02:44:19 PM PST

  •  Errrr, Anyone Else Notice the Entire Fleet (0+ / 0-)

    of F-35's is grounded?

    a jet/program which has cost we the sappy taxpayers over $1 TRILLION??

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 02:45:23 PM PST

  •  Serious formatting problem with this diary! (0+ / 0-)

    Dante, you've miscoded a link in the diary. Look at the paragraph right after the Limbaugh item. The second half of that item and most of the next was swallowed up into the link. Hover over the link and read URL to see what I mean.

    ... there is always an easy solution to every problem -- neat, plausible and wrong. - H. L. Mencken

    by renbear on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:17:37 PM PST

  •  Guess who's ashamed of Rush Limbaugh (0+ / 0-)

    The human race and the Fat Ugly Walruses of America. The human race hates him for his racist, bigotted and hateful ways, and the walruses hate him for giving them a bad name.

    If he is so ashamed, maybe he will finally move (as promised during the Obamacare fight).

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