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WaPo:
The NRA’s congressional operation is so effective that one of the gun lobby’s most outspoken critics, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), initially signed on as a sponsor of the NRA-supported background check bill. Blumenthal said he had no direct contact with the NRA when he signed on to the measure but had been drawn by the idea of a bipartisan initiative to improve background checks.

On Friday, Blumenthal withdrew his support, saying in an interview that he was no longer comfortable with the bill because of “serious unintended consequences” related to provisions governing the mentally ill.

Don't confuse this with what the public wants. That the NRA may win some of this battle doesn't mean they win everything everywhere. They fought and lost in CT, NY, MD and CO. But there are plenty of places where they will win, for now.

David Ignatius:

“I can’t adequately describe how unwilling the American people are to get involved in another war in the Middle East,” said one representative. “We’re almost unable to respond,” given what the United States has spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, said another. He described intervention proposals as “half-baked” and argued that “the last thing we need is something ineffective.” A third member summed up the public mood this way: “We are not just war-weary, we are war-wary.”
And that's a bad thing?

NY Times:

China, which has been deeply suspicious of the American desire to reassert itself in Asia, has not protested publicly or privately as the United States has deployed ships and warplanes to the Korean Peninsula. That silence, American officials say, attests to both Beijing’s mounting frustration with the North and the recognition that its reflexive support for Pyongyang could strain its ties with Washington.
read in tandem with above. While there's no appetite for war in Syria, Asia is saber-rattling country.

Join us for more pundits and punditry below the fold.

Charles Blow:

The surge of generational change continues in this country, altering the cultural landscape with a speed and intensity that has rarely — if ever — been seen before.
David Rothkopf:
North Korea is dangerously close to crossing a line. Not the line that leads to a missile attack on the United States, but the one that separates being a rogue state from being a parody of a rogue state. Pyongyang's bluster is as comical as its nuclear threats are implausible.
Richard Knox:
Sixteen cases of a new flu around Shanghai have touched off a major effort to determine what kind of threat this new bug might be.

The victims range in age from 4 to 87 years old. Six have died. It is a tragedy for them and their families, but is it a global crisis?

To understand why so few cases are generating so much concern, the first thing to know is that no flu virus like this one — called H7N9 — has ever been known to infect humans before.

That immediately grabs the attention of flu pros. "Since it doesn't affect people, people haven't developed immunity to it," says Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  •  I write about the Blow column (14+ / 0-)

    in a piece just posted titled Millennials ared driving social - and political - change

    I invite you to read it

    peace

    "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 Apr 06, 2013 at 04:31:56 AM PDT

    •  oh, and I would love to read your reactions (4+ / 0-)

      when I post a diary that should be the start of the process

      what I really value about this place is the dialogue than ensues

      it expands my understanding and makes me sharpen my own thinking

      "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 Apr 06, 2013 at 04:57:46 AM PDT

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  •  North Korea is an embarrassment. n/t (9+ / 0-)

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:42:49 AM PDT

  •  Just the other day, someone posted a photo on dKos (15+ / 0-)

    with a caption saying "Bring Back the Sixties". Not since the 60s have we seen a cauldron so close to boiling over with social change.
    I've been saying since a few years into the NeoCon Revolution that the backlash from this propaganda-propelled, rabble-roused artificially inseminated conservative turn of our nation could make the 60s look like a dress rehearsal.
    The Right is only now near to admitting that their way has failed (if they'll ever admit it). And we can see their desperation in gerrymandering, voter suppression attempts and general conniving and cheating to hold on to power. Their time is soon to pass. I wonder what they're capable of in their attempts to retain power in the face of a majority shift back leftward.
    I hope they don't get too foolish, like implying "exercising their second amendment rights" is a viable option.

    Oops. Too late.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:44:04 AM PDT

    •  Charlie blows. (7+ / 0-)
      The surge of generational change continues in this country, altering the cultural landscape with a speed and intensity that has rarely — if ever — been seen before.
      Actually Charlie, oh that's right; you weren't even born then.

      Says grouchy old man.

      We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

      by PowWowPollock on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:54:42 AM PDT

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      •  My first thoughts, PowWow. (8+ / 0-)

        Someone hasn't been around long. Well, not as long as me. Whippersnapper.

        Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:58:59 AM PDT

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      •  People who weren't even born yet (3+ / 0-)

        during the Great Depression are constantly making the statement, "The depth of the economic collapse we are experiencing today is second only to that of the Great Depression."  So what's the diff?

        Reading and studying about history, and drawing comparisons to today, are wonderful exercises in understanding.  It's the only way we could ever prove George Santayana wrong.

        "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 Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:05:03 AM PDT

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        •  I guess the main difference is (0+ / 0-)

          the state of the economies are quantified. We have crunched numbers to tell us the truth of making such a statement.

          But the statement "The surge of generational change continues in this country, altering the cultural landscape with a speed and intensity that has rarely — if ever — been seen before." is not so easily shown with something as unforgiving as mathematics.
          It just comes off as a statement made from ignorance, from not having an understanding of the rate and styles of change that took place in the "young generation" of the mid-60s to early 70s. The shock that older generations expressed at the social upheaval barely exists in today's social climate.
          That's not to say it never will be. It could very well be that the person making the above statement is only premature with his/her assessment and may be exhibiting some prescience. Or it may be the author is taking creative license with hyperbole.
          Either way, NBD.

          Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by Gentle Giant on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:09:03 AM PDT

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  •  Congresscritters return next week after confabbing (10+ / 0-)

    with their major donors...er uh...constituents. Should be fun.

  •  Don't confuse this with what the public wants. (12+ / 0-)

    Oh don't worry, they won't.    The politicians from Obama on down clearly understand who butters their bread.   They will throw starving babies into the streets before they will bite the hand that feeds them.    

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:47:52 AM PDT

    •  yes, and we have known that (15+ / 0-)

      for a long time.  There used to be a counter balance to the hand that feeds them in the form of organized labor.  It's not there anymore.  We either come up with a counterbalance - or face the fact that change that benefits us is no longer going to come through the political process.  And even though the elite assholes can't see it, this is not good for anyone - even them.

      Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

      by KibbutzAmiad on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:54:16 AM PDT

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      •  Masses of people beyond activists... (13+ / 0-)

        ...have to accept that the Financial Elites are organized, and the grotesque income, asset and wealth inequality didn't happen by accident, blind luck, or because of the natural order of things.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:11:59 AM PDT

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        •  AND they have been plotting and planning (4+ / 0-)

          for decades unlike the left which did something good and then got clobbered for decades.

          American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

          by glitterscale on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:34:26 AM PDT

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        •  Since the New Deal was being sketched out a (4+ / 0-)

          dedicated and organized counter movement has been in place. While people celebrated that "change" and happily enjoyed a new life style they invested in think tanks and infiltrating even the higher educational system.

          From my perspective the failure of those that experienced the guts of Great Depression and world war to pass on gut level fact of life knowledge to their children and grandchildren brought about the generation that fell for Reagan's playing the singing siren for that bunch. That, combined with the GOP's courting of Southern racists (and like minded people in every region) gives us the TP/GOP we see entrenched in the House this morning.

          The brutal fact for me is that as I noted here "our side" seems fragmented and organized on narrow issues without being able to do much more than occasionally come together in a few national elections when "energized" by some personality, and too often one with a lot of personality and not a lot of cold eyed determination to fight for what we think they should.

          I have my doubts—and, though old, I'm part of the problem with personal contacts literally dying off and blinking out of consciousness—that we digital people can shape politics effectively and substantially. We really are too much like a herd of cats and flash mobs during certain elections and not others that really count.

          A real question is how a fragmented and increasingly isolated bunch without union halls and such can in fact counter a dedicated minority largely centered on that old moneyed gang supported largely by churchgoers (their "union hall"). Is a generation seemingly characterized by on-line and in the cloud "gathering" able to mobilize from the local level to bring about change?

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:12:40 AM PDT

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  •  North Korea may be blustering (7+ / 0-)

    but Kim Wrong Un could easily start believing his own hyperbole and order a launch. I'm nervous about this.

    In the meantime, I suppose we can console ourselves with the idea that if we get blown away by a North Korean nuke, so will the NRA.

    Thanks for the roundup, Greg!  And thanks for keeping on top of the 'flu story.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:48:37 AM PDT

    •  If North Korea even has anything close to a nuke (6+ / 0-)

      We know they dont have missiles capable of hitting North America. The best they could probably do is launch something at South Korea, which they won't do. Kim Jong Un may be an annoying child-man with delusions of grandeur, but even he has to know that the first missile that lands anywhere outside of a North Korean test field is going to be greeted with sustained bombing of Pyongyang if not an full on invasion. North Korea has zero resources. No food, nothing. Everything they have is given to them by the Chinese. China isn't going to allow N. Korea to start World War III because it would fuck up the Chinese economy.

      •  They have been known to take (1+ / 0-)
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        military action against South Korea so that isn't out. What may be the problem is anything we can do (other than a drone that takes the N. K. leadership out (and gets China all up in our faces!)) is not really effective.

        American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

        by glitterscale on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:36:47 AM PDT

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      •  North America isn't the issue (1+ / 0-)
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        The real targets are South Korea and Japan.

        If they wanted to hit Seoul with missiles, they could.

      •  Guam. (0+ / 0-)

        I have family living in Guam; two weeks in the mainland, two weeks in Guam, and I am very glad that said family member's mainland two weeks began yesterday morning.  DPRK could easily hit Guam and they may miscalculate that, by not hitting the mainland or Hawai'i, they could extract concessions without starting a war.  After all, it worked for when the DPRK struck the South - they've sunken an ROK naval vessel and shelled an island off the ROK's west coast with substantially no negative consequences.

        Anyhow, we know they have nuclear weapons, they blow one up as a test every few years; that part is basically undisputed. What is less clear is whether or not they have been miniaturized to fit on an ICBM.

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:06:45 AM PDT

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      •  Kim Jong Un (0+ / 0-)

        may not even be the one calling the shots.  He doesn't have the power base that his father and grandfather did, and the military may be feeling its oats now that it possibly has a nuclear payload that can be put on a warhead.
        As that NYT article says, the Chinese are doing and saying nothing about the military build up the US is starting up.
        China is definitely not in charge now.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:29:56 AM PDT

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    •  With North Korea ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... I have concerns that Kim may not think rationally.  He is already apparently marginal in his thought processes.

      Irrational people often make irrational decisions, and they can't assimilate the consequences.

      I hope NK's blustering is a huge propaganda campaign; yet, sometimes people come to believe their own propaganda.  Confabulation.

  •  so slower hiring (14+ / 0-)

    is putting the recovery at risk.  Well, how about a jobs program.  And a living wage.  So people could buy stuff.  And then more jobs are created.

    Yeah, I'm a freaking genius @@.  It's only what has worked every single time it's been tried in the past.  Why bother with that again?

    "My car is careening down the road and won't stop!  My God, we need to cut food stamps!"  

    "No, just push that pedal on the right there...."

    Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

    by KibbutzAmiad on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:52:59 AM PDT

  •  Gail Collins is a delightful read this morning (10+ / 0-)

    In A New Era in Political Corruption she really takes apart the NY bribery scandal. I really could not figure out how to do it justice in a post.  For example, look at the opening paragraph:

    Have you ever noticed how high the bar is when it comes to getting arrested for political corruption? Really, you practically have to go around with a sign that says “Will Trade Influence for Cash.”
    And that is just the first of many witty and cutting observations.

    Do yourself a favor and go read it.

    "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 Apr 06, 2013 at 05:15:08 AM PDT

    •  Basically the whole political system in the U.S. (6+ / 0-)

      is just a bribery machine from what I can tell. But when it's big money/corporate donors who buy politicians, it's just thought of as the way things work. When it's at a more vulgar level, with more articulated tit for tat, it's bribery.

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:38:36 AM PDT

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  •  I hear a story on NPR yesterday that noted (8+ / 0-)

    that famine condition are so bad in North Korea that people are turning to cannibalism. I hope Washington does the right thing and sends Kim Jong Un a fruit basket and some of those summer sausages from Hickory Farms. It's the least we could do.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:15:11 AM PDT

  •  There are already rumblings of trying to (5+ / 0-)

    put the MD gun law on the ballot in 2014. I'm sure some group with NRA backing could easily get the 56K signatures needed. I'm almost positive that the law would stand in a referendum, the urban counties in the DC suburbs and Baltimore City are where all the votes are, and there is overwhelming support for the bill here. To me, the biggest problem will be that if they get the signatures, the law won't be able to be implemented until after November 2014. How many people will die between now and then that could be prevented by enacting the law right now?

  •  Debtor's prison alive and well in Ohio and Georgia (16+ / 0-)

    People in Ohio and Georgia who owe fees associated with collecting fines  but who can't afford to pay them  are being arrested and sent to jail for failure to pay.  Individuals judged guilty of even the least legal infraction, such as speeding or public drunkenness, have been jailed for failure to pay fees to private companies contracted by the state to collect the adjudicated fines.  Think Progress has two articles detailing such unconstitutional practices, one on Ohio's system and one on Georgia's even more egregious system.

    The Americans Civil Liberties Union on Friday revealed that courts in Ohio are illegally throwing poor people in jail for being unable to pay off a debt.
    In a report titled, “The Outskirts of Hope,” (PDF) the ACLU shines a light on a harrowing “debtors’ prison” system in Ohio — one that violates both the United States’ and the Ohio constitution. Ohioans are being jailed for “as small as a few hundred dollars,” despite the constitutional violation, and the economic evidence that it costs the state more to pay for their jail sentence than the amount of the debt.
    Here is the original ACLU article on Ohio's debtor prison practices.
    On Thursday, an Augusta, Ga., judge issued the latest rebuke against a private probation firm that is holding poor individuals criminally responsible for their failure to pay fees. This time, Sentinel Offender Services had held open an arrest warrant on an individual whose probation term for reckless driving had expired two years earlier.
    ...
    The case is one of many challenging this perverse jailing of the poor after they fail to keep up with mounting fees on offenses like rolling through stop signs and public drunkenness.  In Georgia, a law passed in part through bribes and corruption that later landed a public official in jail authorizes every county to hire its own private probationers. Georgia is also the only state in which traffic violations are criminal infractions. The result is a dangerous system in which private probation firms are using every means they have to extract funds from low-level offenders, including jail time.
    Just in case you think we have moved beyond the Charles Dickens world of locking up poor people just because they're poor, think again.

    "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 Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:17:16 AM PDT

  •  No compromise with terrorists (2+ / 0-)
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    I thought there were no negotiations with (political) terrorists? McConnell, Boehner and the GOP caucus continue to stunt our economy and promise more and more tax cuts for the rich, all while saddling the middle class and working people with higher bills and an end to the American Dream. How any of this is supposed to fix the deficit and reduce our national debt is impossible to decipher. but maybe that's the point? We had an election, and elections have consequences. This is something conservatives in the GOP have yet to grasp since the President won a second term. Republicans remain quagmired in the status quo of the Tea Party and kitchen-sink campaigning   progressive

  •  A very cogent question was asked this week (6+ / 0-)

    by Juan Cole on his blog Informed Comment regarding the U.S. saber-ratting toward Iran compared with North Korea's saber-ratting toward the U.S.  The article begins:

    All the talk in Washington is about war on Iran, which poses no threat to the United States. But one never hears belligerence toward North Korea, which routinely menaces the US (most recently threatening to nuke the US territory of Guam). In contrast, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said his country cannot have nuclear weapons because they are incompatible with Islamic law (which forbids killing innocent noncombatants).
    He also includes a little chart noting the differences between the capabilities of the two countres, e.g.,

    Nuclear warheads:  North Korea, 8; Iran, 0
    Times has threatened to nuke US: North Korea, 1; Iran, 0
    Air Force Personnel: North Korea, 85,000; Iran, 30,000
    Tanks: North Korea, 3,500; Iran, 1,613
    Active Troops:  North Korea, 1,106,000; Iran, 585,000
    Artillery Field Pieces:  North Korea, 8500; Iran, 3000

    The least the warmongers in congress could do, it seems to me, is pay more attention to the serious threats coming from the madman in North Korea who actually has the capability of launching war using nuclear weapons than wringing their hands over perceived threats from Iran which has repeatedly stated that they are not building nuclear weapons and don't have any intention of doing so.

    "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 Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:46:43 AM PDT

    •  While I agree with you somewhat, to me (1+ / 0-)
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      Iran is a different kind of threat not because of these things but because what happens afterward should there be military engagement.

      (BTW, the idea that they can't build nukes because "islam forbids" killing innocent non-comabtant - or whatever -  is ridiculous on its face. islam, like every other religion, will always conveniently find a way to discover that "god" happens to agree with them and that their holy book allows (or even commands) whatever the fuck it is that they've decided they need/want to do).

      NK can be easily dispensed. I think this is partially why we don't spend a bunch of time on it. China is not getting into a war over this so I think the thought is: if NK is stupid enough to do anything serious, well, that would be really stupid. The country has no resources. Iran OTOH has oil. As does the rest of the middle east. I'm not sure we can count on whoever are out "allies" over there should it come down to Iran vs US. Sure, most countries say they're not crazy about Ahmadenijad (sp) but who knows what happens if the actual rubber meets the actual road? Because let's face it: we wouldn't engage militarily there unless Iran tries something with Israel. So I don't think we can count on anything. Our country is woefully addicted to oil and well, and look what happened with speculation and gas prices when there was all that unrest before. Pure bullshit but it is what it is. For that reason, the threat is just bigger because of it.

      •  I wouldn't give the North Koreans (2+ / 0-)
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        too much credit. They're extremely isolated, and it only takes one stupid move to escalate things.
        I'm not saying they're going to launch a nuke, but remember when they bombed that S. Korean island and killed all those soldiers?
        In today's tense environment, that wouldn't be treated the same as it was.
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:51:04 AM PDT

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  •  IMO David Ignatius is full of crap (5+ / 0-)

    Syria has been a country that even though we may sympathize with the rebels and fear for them has rebels that we are not really understanding. It behooves us, imo, to understand the kind of rebels that are there and I don't think we do.

    Iran is Israelis idea of a bogeyman. I don't see why they let us invade Iraq. Iraq was the counter to Iran before Dumbya decided to invade. Now Iraq isn't.

    But quite frankly, I am amazed that any of our reps pay any attention to what the "average person" thinks. We are not the people who put the clink into their coffers with the zeal the CoC or Kochs do.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:49:15 AM PDT

    •  Our reps actually DON'T pay any attention (0+ / 0-)

      to what the average person thinks unless that opinion comports with what the reps already want to do.  That's the only time the reps cite polls of public opinion to bolster their political arguments.

      "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 Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:25:58 AM PDT

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    •  I think the Israelis "let us invade Iraq..." (0+ / 0-)

      ...because Iraq, which we were assured would "greet us with flowers and sweets," was to become the jumping-off point for the ultimate target, Teheran.

  •  I see Harrt reid is doing his Boy Who Cried Wolf (5+ / 0-)

    routine again:
    ===============
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that "unless nominations start moving swiftly through the Senate, another round of dramatic rules changes may be in the offing," Roll Call reports.

     Said Reid: "All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary."
    =
    ==============

    I'm sure Mitch McConnell is properly chastised.

    "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 Apr 06, 2013 at 06:02:46 AM PDT

  •  Another scary thing about that flu, I read, was (2+ / 0-)
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    that one of the people being observed apparently got it from contact with the corpse of another victim.   A flu bug that remains infectious even after it kills its host?  That opens a whole new level of Hollywood plague-fantasy film.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:20:37 AM PDT

  •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:24:16 AM PDT

  •  Korea (0+ / 0-)

    Did you spend the last two decades since the Wall came down in Berlin demanding we get out of NATO and all our cold war alliances, worldwide, most definitely including the alliances with Japan and Korea?

    Were you whispering in the dark under a pillow?

    Because I DID NOT HEAR YOU!!!!

  •  I thought Blumenthal was one of the really good (0+ / 0-)

    guys. WTF is this about?

    "There's no ideology [t]here [on the right]. It's just about being a dick." Bill Maher, June 22, 2012.

    by caseynm on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:25:23 AM PDT

  •  Watching Congress continue to cower to the NRA (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, DSPS owl

    Is truly a disgusting spectacle to watch.

    •  After spending these few months arguing with (1+ / 0-)
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      zozie

      the RkBAers here, I can understand it though. It's exhausting and there is no similar push from those who want people to pay attention to the responsibilities of gun ownership. The you just want my gun group are frothing, and the gun safety crew are still staggering under the horror of 26 unrecognizable bodies.

      I had no idea how little attention is paid to gun safety before December 14. It's no big deal if you shoot your gun accidentally. If your gun goes missing, you pop into the store and get another. Oopsie in gun ownership is used as often as re-start in video games.

      guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

      by 88kathy on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:44:15 AM PDT

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  •  The Democratic Party need to be blown up (0+ / 0-)

    and restarted. ASAP.

    I didn't abandon the fight, I abandoned the Party that abandoned the fight...

    by Jazzenterprises on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:04:22 AM PDT

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