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  • Today's comic is Drone medals of valor by Matt Bors:
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  • Have you been craving the thrill of an election night? You're in luck! We'll be liveblogging the results from the special primary election in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., starting at 5 PM PT.
  • Well, isn't this so not shocking at all?
    Cardinal Keith O’Brien had sparked more than his fair share of controversy before stepping down as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh on Monday and announcing he wouldn’t take part in the conclave to elect the next pope.

    Known for his outspoken stances on abortion, same-sex marriage and flip-flopping on priestly celibacy, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic leader raised eyebrows even before he was named cardinal in 2003.

    In recent years he has been noted for his blunt attacks on gay unions and abortion, which are very much in line with the Vatican position but which critics at home have said were unnecessary interventions into political life.

    On Monday, O’Brien recused himself from the conclave to elect the next pope after allegations that he approached three priests and a former priest in an “inappropriate” manner were published in The Observer newspaper. The Vatican is investigating the allegations.

  • Want to watch Fred Phelps and his noxious "God Hates Fags" group get out-protested by some awesome high school kids? Of course you do!
  • Just a reminder that Mitt Romney's campaign failed at everything:
    Republicans thought Joe Biden would be the weakest link in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign last year, but the gregarious Vice President proved Teflon then, and is now emerging as the Administration's unlikely, indispensable man.

    Mitt Romney's campaign and allies made a target of "Uncle Joe" — casting him as a bumbling hapless counterpoint to the cool president, a man who couldn't remember which state he was in or the name of the president.

    But by the time fiscal cliff talks rolled around late last year, a new Biden had emerged: One of the few people remaining in Washington who remembered how to do a bipartisan deal. [...]

    And two former Romney aides acknowledged Biden's role as one of the Democrats' most effective communicators to swing voters.

    Conceded one of the former Romney aides: "No matter how hard we tried, they always were laughing with him."

  • Nixon continues to be an awful president from beyond the grave:
    Robert Bork says President Richard Nixon promised him the next Supreme Court vacancy after Bork complied with Nixon’s order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973.

    Bork’s recollection of his role in the Saturday Night Massacre that culminated in Cox’s firing is at the center of his slim memoir, “Saving Justice,” that is being published posthumously by Encounter Books. Bork died in December at age 85.

    Bork writes that he didn’t know if Nixon actually, though mistakenly, believed he still had the political clout to get someone confirmed to the Supreme Court or was just trying to secure Bork’s continued loyalty as his administration crumbled in the Watergate scandal.

  • Condolences:
    Dr. C. Everett Koop, who was widely regarded as the most influential surgeon general in American history and played a crucial role in changing public attitudes about smoking, died on Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H. He was 96.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin set up the day's discussion of the looming sequester. Apparently, though people were aware of the Fiscal Thingy, hardly anyone is aware of the sequester, and they don't think it will affect them. Why? Maybe it's inherent to the differences between liberals and conservatives. We dig into why that might be & what it means.

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  •  62% say GOP out of touch (9+ / 0-)

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:17:05 PM PST

  •  Release the Biden! nt (7+ / 0-)

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:17:47 PM PST

    •  People are comfortable with Joe Biden (0+ / 0-)

      Joe is "looking the part" of the white, senior, "daddy figure" that a good portion of americans unconsciously want as a president. So without even opening his mouth, he has an advantage with a good portion of seniors, and of independent voters.

      On top of that, Joe has this gift of talking in a very down-to-earth way, he's passionate and has a good sense of humor. And he's fantastic at retail politics.

      It's absolutely no surprise to me that he was effective in the campaign. Did you WATCH his speeches ??

      President Obama's main strength as a campaigner has been the unprecedented mobilization of minorities, young people, women, and other traditional democratic constituencies.

      When it comes to governing, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the perfect complements to each other. They have different strengths. And on top of that, they have developed an effective partnership and a deep friendship. Finally, their respective wives love and respect each other and have also developed a working partnership.

      Barack Obama and Joe Biden are in my opinion, one of the strongest and one of the more harmonious POTUS/VPOTUS team in history.  

      Last Note: now that the media is falling in love with Joe, at least we can be happy that they are finally letting go of their habit of caricaturing him. Joe Biden has been under-evaluated FOR YEARS. In fact since his first presidential campaign in 1988, where a minor mistake was blown out of proportion by the media, so he was forced to withdraw. (I've always wondered if George Herbert Waker Bush was afraid of Joe... just sayin'... )

      •  And let's not forget the VP Debates ! (0+ / 0-)

        He delicately yet firmly handled Sarah Who? in 2008 when she was a media darling.  He also spanked Paul Ryan soundly when the Dems needed a comeback from the first Presidential debate, thereby turning the narrative.

        as Charlie Pierce said
        http://www.esquire.com/...

        Joseph Biden is a very lucky man. The Great Political Matchmaker in the Sky keeps handing him people who are trying — and failing — to fight above their weight class, and he keeps blowing through what can now legitimately be called the Bum of the Quadrennium Club.

        There is a deeply held Beltway myth of Paul Ryan, Man of Big Ideas, and it dies hard. But, if there is a just god in the universe, on Thursday night, it died a bloody death, was hurled into a pit, doused with quicklime, buried without ceremony, and the ground above it salted and strewn with garlic so that it never rises again.

        "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

        by New Rule on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:42:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Boehner's salty sailor talk (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    John Boehner: Sequester Requires Senate To Get 'Off Their Ass' (VIDEO) (UPDATE)

    ---------snip-------

    "We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something," Boehner added.

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:21:58 PM PST

  •  Biden is a perfect VP (1+ / 0-)
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    And he should never run for president.

  •  George Zimmerman shot & killed Trayvon Martin (8+ / 0-)

    One year ago today.

  •  Drone Medals (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, TomFromNJ

    I hear Denzel Washington is making a movie about those. It's going to be called "Courage Under Fluorescents."

    "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

    by JR on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:30:24 PM PST

  •  Graduate of Santa Monica High School here. (6+ / 0-)

    Damned proud to be one today even if it was too long ago to mention.

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:30:42 PM PST

    •  That video was thrilling! (4+ / 0-)

      I'll probably have that song, especially the drum beat, going through my head the rest of today - and that's good!
      I'll also be mentally re-playing the image of the Phelps gang turning tail and leaving.

      Thank you, Kaili!

      To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

      by Eyesbright on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:50:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Heh. (1+ / 0-)
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      My kid goes there now. So we all got an email requesting a "non-violent, non-confrontational response," which apparently is exactly what happened. The email also informed us that the purpose of Westboro's protests "is to gain notoriety and hopefully incite some sort of response, which would allow them to sue for damages. They have done this a number of times, won, and used that money for their operations." Well, they're not getting anything out of OUR school district. I'm very proud of our kids and community.

    •  Those folks (0+ / 0-)

      were awesome!
      Great to hear John Lennon  again too.

      End the tyranny of the 1%!

      by MasterfullyInept on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 02:58:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I would like to be there on Phelps's judgment day. (1+ / 0-)
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    Maker: Uh, Fred. You have not been a good boy.

    Fred: But your Lordship, sir, ma'am, whatever --- I did you proud.  I held up the good book where everybody could see it and I even learned how to spell Leviticus.

    Maker:  Did you ever try reading the book cover to cover?

    Fred: Nah.  Too many words.  I got the gist, though.

    Maker:  Didn't make it to that second section, did you?

    Fred:  I skimmed it.

    Maker looks skeptical.

    Fred: Well, I skimmed part of it anyway.

    Maker: Did you catch the only begotten son to bear all sins, forgiveness, that which you do  for the least of my children you do for me?

    Fred: You were serious about that stuff?

    Maker: Yeah.

    Fred: Oh, Hell.

    Maker: Yeah.

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

    by dinotrac on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:31:32 PM PST

  •  Dog hates (2+ / 0-)
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    Westboro Hill Baptist Church.

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

    by HugoDog on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:38:16 PM PST

  •  Koop isn't remember so much for smoking (8+ / 0-)

    as for HIV. Surgeons General had already come out against tobacco, but Koop astonished his critics (he was appointed by Reagan as a social conservative), by acting as a leader in non-judgmental, fact based education on HIV. He also refused to go along with demands that he label abortion a health risk for women. He was against it on moral grounds, but would not allow himself to be used to generate false facts. He came in for some criticism over precisely how he addressed these matters, but in the final analysis, he did good, especially against the background of the Reagan Administration.

  •  smallish rant ahead (3+ / 0-)
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    The Republicans need to quit blaming Obama. They are making a calculated decision to oppose "additional tax increases" as a dodge to not say which domestic programs they are willing to cut and they also need to placate the TP conservatives that have no clue how our economy works, and what it will take to grow it, and create more jobs. If the private sector and the wealthy were going to "save" America, we would be swimming in jobs.

    You know what would also be helpful? Democrats not being on the take as well (I'm looking at you Harry), and a President who's 2nd term is not going to be defined by whatever the American people can do on their own because he has stopped trying to negotiate, refuses to call out democrats on the take, and will not lead instead of trying to negotiate.

    Leading is not standing up in front of a friendly audience and telling them what they came to hear now. It would have been going to gerrymandered districts in Red America,  and attempting to convince the voters there to pressure their leaders into different positions, based on telling ALL of the truth then. Maybe he never was the messenger to be able to do that (for very tragic reasons), but that is the way out of the gridlock that leads to government by crisis.

    Basically only the US government is spending money (which is in turn how many people still are employed, including those who work for Defense contractors, GM, Big Banks, etc), and SPENDING money is what makes our economy grow, not saving it.

    Much of the money the US government could be taking in stays in the pocket of large corporations and many wealthy people in the form of tax breaks/tax avoidance schemes. The corporations further benefit by getting access to public lands to extract valuable resources at low cost. They also get huge dollars when the government contracts out the need to provide a service to the private sector, in fact many new organizations are started by the same powerful people/corporations with the sole expectation that the US government will provide the start up money, the operational money AND the profit money for the organization.

    The US economy is not a family budget, its an engine with a Federal (prints money) gas tank. That engine provides the opportunities and self reliance we all used to know. Some of us put gas(taxes) in the tank, and some of us only siphon (the 1 percent, banks and corporations).

  •  Morality Scolds, I have become Thee... (2+ / 0-)
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    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 Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:42:51 PM PST

  •  Submitted for your approval........... (2+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, PSzymeczek

    Bryan Fischer, a sterling example of a not uncommon subtype of the American male animal, who mistakes the buzzing in his head for the voice of God, and after reading all the bits about sex in his Bible carefully (very carefully) has decided all you queerz had just better cut it out, no matter what the law says. Because Bryan's interpretation of God's will trumps your silly little man made laws. And as luck would have it, all the sexual practices that make Bryan feel funny and lose sleep at night are exactly the ones God really really hates. A lot. So there.

    http://www.rawstory.com/...

  •  Ted Cruz reminds me... (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 Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:45:45 PM PST

  •  Some yahoo wasn't satisfied with the forecast of (0+ / 0-)

    1-2 inches of snow and is making the snow storm heading east backtrack to my corner of the world to dump 5-8 inches by noon tomorrow.  I want that punk to come shovel my driveway!!!  It just started snowing here.  Haven't heard anything from HR yet.

    Governor Braindead wants to cut commercial property tax by 20% in the state.  Someone that frequents this site has stated that small business property tax is a little out of whack.... but you know good and well, that places like ADM and Quaker will expect their property taxes cut by 20% as well.  Then there's been talk of 'refunding' the current revenue surplus to each household.  I've heard $750 and an estimated 1.25 million households.  The surplus is said to be just under 1 Billion.  I say screw that idea... for the last 4 years drastic cuts have been made everywhere - fewer highway patrol cars, less money to the schools, less for health care, hiring freezes, no expansion of funding for anything.... I say put the 'surplus' into the rainy day fund we used to have (that saved us from having a worse recession), more to the schools (all levels), health care, general assistance - housing, food, education, transportation, energy, etc.... But, no Braindead wants to claim he's saved us so much money for the governor's race next year.

  •  sociology (1+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam

    A long time ago--the 1960s--I took a sociology course with a very interesting professor.  The most memorable tidbit was that 2000 years ago, single men were not welcome travelers--and he wondered how Jesus was received during his wanderings.  He surmised, that He was either traveling with his wife, Mary Magdalen, or that he was a homosexual.  Made for an interesting class.  With today's enlightened approach to gays, and with so many priests having trouble with both celibacy and sexual orientation, maybe the professor's theory should be discussed.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:51:36 PM PST

  •  Bork quote is priceless (4+ / 0-)

    Shows that his interest was never "justice" or "constitutional law", but his own advancement.

    And to top it off, he must have been stupid to think that Nixon was going to have any political clout remaining after such a desparation move as firing the special prosecutor, especially with his 2 superiors in Justice resigning rather than comply with the President's illegal request.  You'd think that should have been a major clue that this was going to precipitate a firestorm.

    Perhaps if Bork had shown some gonads there he might have eventually been confirmed to the SC...as it is, reading about that incident makes me wonder how he ever was nominated in the first place.

    •  Wingnut Welfare (0+ / 0-)
      Perhaps if Bork had shown some gonads there he might have eventually been confirmed to the SC...as it is, reading about that incident makes me wonder how he ever was nominated in the first place.

      This is probably overly cynical, but I can think of no better explanation:

      He was nominated as a reward for following orders.

      Nixon's order was clearly out of bounds, and the fact that Bork's two superiors resigned rather than follow it should have given him a big fat hairy clue as to what the correct course of action was.  But no, Bork did as instructed.

      The really depressing part is that Nixon's public ouster, humiliation, and disgrace was insufficient to dislodge the mechanisms that enabled Nixon and his supporters -- mechanisms so embedded that not only did it give us Bonzo barely six years later, but allowed Bork to resurface and come within a hair's breadth of a seat on the SCOTUS.

      It's this last part that should be of greatest concern to historians and civil libertarians.

  •  I always thought, but never had any concurrence (1+ / 0-)
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    TomFromNJ

    from knowledgeable sources, that Bork had sold his soul to the devil for a seat on the SCOTUS.  I don't care how brilliant a legal mind he possessed, I was thrilled when his heart's desire was thwarted.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 01:25:38 PM PST

  •  Bork proved how important elections are. (1+ / 0-)
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    TomFromNJ

    Imagine if his nomination to the Supreme Court had been confirmed and that there had never been a Justice Kennedy. This country would be a vastly different place.

    "Don't bring that horse in here!" -- Cassandra

    by tc59 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 01:42:31 PM PST

  •  I suspect any promises made to Bork (0+ / 0-)

    by Nixon weren't binding in Nixon's mind. He'd have probably said anything to anyone to fire Cox at that point. Nixon believed honesty was for saps.

    "Because Romney's a clown . . ."--Henry Francis

    by LeftCoastTimm on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 02:18:45 PM PST

  •  Drone Medal (0+ / 0-)

    Honestly, when one has such an overpowering advantage, where is the bravery in any of this.  It is not like the the people we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq are particularly well armed.  In Afganistan the kill ratio is 1 coalition force for every 5 Afghanistan soldier and 4 Afganistan civilian.  It is unclear if it is more dangerous, than say, a child walking to school in Chicago or hanging out in Louisiana.

    Which is not to say that our soldiers are not brave and doing a hard job, but just that war does not seem like it used to be when 50,000 died in a twenty year period in Vietnam, as opposed to 3,000 in 10 year period in Afganistan, or 300,000 in a 4 year period in WWII.

  •  Drones (0+ / 0-)

    So, those who are operating drones are mindless idiots who think nothing of what they're doing and treat it like a big game. In other words, a liberal stereotype.

    The fact is, if you join the military but are appalled that you may you have to kill someone, you don't belong in the military. By the same token, just because you may have to kill someone doesn't make you a bloodthirsty fool.

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