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E.J. Dionne at the Washington Post offers some advice to the president in Obama needs to ask himself why even his supporters are growing impatient:

Well, sure. To pretend that the president can magically get an increasingly right-wing Republican House and Senate contingent to do his bidding is either naive or willfully misleading. The GOP really does hope that blocking whatever Obama wants will steadily weaken him.

But the president also needs to ask himself why even his supporters are growing impatient. His whole budget strategy, after all, is directed almost entirely toward gently coaxing Republicans his way, without any concern as to whether what he is doing is demobilizing the very people he needs on his side now.

Doyle MacManus at the Los Angeles Times writes Obama's Gitmo woes—There are steps the president can take to improve a Kafkaesque situation:
President Obama sounded genuinely outraged last week when he talked about the Kafkaesque situation at the Guantanamo prison camp, where the United States has been holding 166 men without trial for terms that are, at this point, officially endless.

"It's not sustainable," the president thundered. "I mean, the notion that we're going to continue to keep over 100 individuals in a no man's land in perpetuity?"

But at least some of Obama's anger should be directed at himself, because his own silence and passivity on Guantanamo are part of the problem.

Robert Parry at Consortium News writes about Howard Kurtz’s Belated Comeuppance: The Media Critic's Firing Comes After a Long History of Journalistic Abuses:
For nearly a quarter century, Howard Kurtz has served as hall monitor for Washington’s conventional wisdom, handing out demerits to independent-minded journalists who don’t abide by the mainstream rules. So, there is some understandable pleasure seeing Kurtz face some accountability in his ouster as bureau chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

However, the more salient point is that Kurtz, who continues to host CNN’s “Reliable Sources” show, should never have achieved the level of influence in journalism that he did. Throughout his career, he has consistently—and unfairly—punished journalists who had the courage to ask tough questions and pursue truly important stories.

You can read about what other pundits say below the fold.

Colin Gordon at Dissent writes From Bad Jobs to Good Jobs:

What happened to the good jobs? This is the question posed by fast-food workers who walked out in New York and Chicago in recent weeks. It is the question posed by activists in those corners of the economy—including restaurants and domestic work and guest work—where the light of state and federal labor standards barely penetrates. And it is the question posed (albeit from a different set of expectations) by recent college graduates for whom low wages and dim prospects are the dreary norm.

There is no shortage of suspects for this sorry state of affairs. The stark decline of organized labor, now reaching less than 7 percent of private-sector workers, has dramatically undermined the bargaining power and real wages of workers. The erosion of the minimum wage, with meager increases overmatched by inflationary losses, has left the labor market without a stable floor. And an increasingly expansive financial sector has displaced real wages and salaries with speculative rent-seeking.

Dean Baker at Beat the Press writes College Grads Have Been Hard Hit by the Recession Also:
A NYT piece headlined, "college grads fare well in job market even through recession," painted a misleading picture of the job market facing college grads in the downturn. First, the claim at the center of the piece, that college grads have gotten the bulk of the jobs in this recovery, is badly distorted by the pattern of retirements. The aging baby boomers who are leaving the labor force are much less likely to be college grads than the young people just entering, so even if there were no change in labor market conditions we would expect to see the share of college educated people increase among the employed. This effect is increased further as a result of the fact that less educated workers are likely to leave the work force at an earlier age because more of them work at physically demanding jobs.
The Miami Herald Editorial Board urges a rethink in Stop death penalty bill, Gov. Scott:
In its rush to secure “justice,” the Florida Legislature has fast-tracked death-penalty legislation at the peril of the innocent.

House Bill 7083, the “Timely Justice Act,” is an attempt to stop frivolous appeals, something everyone can agree on. Sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, the legislation requires the governor to sign a death warrant within 30 days after a state Supreme Court review, with the execution taking place within 180 days after that. It does away with certain types of defenses in death penalty cases.


Nora Caplan-Bricker at The New Republic looks at Plan B: The Political Football Obama Keeps Punting:
The administration's Plan B actions epitomize the unfair double standards that govern women's health: They face barriers to reproductive care that aren’t imposed elsewhere in medicine. This is true in the case of abortion clinics, which must work under strict regulations unheard of at other low-risk outpatient centers. And true, to a much lesser extent, of Obamacare, which has been forced to provide a workaround for birth control coverage to avoid the ire of religious groups. And it's true of the gross disparity between the laws surrounding Plan B and those that govern any other drug in the country. Sebelius' 2011 imposition is a perfect example of the procedural inconsistency that plagues women’s health, since it was the first time in history that a secretary had ever interfered with the FDA’s decision-making process.
The New York Daily News Editorial Board says in Admission fee for World Trade Center museum would be a shame of the city:
A project intended to memorialize a national tragedy is on the cusp itself of representing a national disgrace. The official museum at Ground Zero — built with private donations to tell the story of the 1993 and 2001 attacks, rescue and recovery — is so broke that, when it finally opens its doors next spring after an arduous and costly construction, it will be forced to charge admission.
Yes: Unless leaders step up, and soon, everyone from New Yorkers to tourists — anyone hungry to absorb the story and lessons of 9/11 — will have to pony up cold, hard cash.
Michael Shank and Matt Southworth at The Guardian write that For both fiscal and ethical reasons, it is time Congress cancelled AUMF and reclaimed oversight of US military engagements:
This is the new normal. Statistics provided by Special Operations Command (pdf) indicate that special forces groups were operating in 92 different countries in March 2013. The AUMF premise, no matter how it gets tweaked, is enabling a system of eternal warfare, a reality that is not only financially untenable for a nation in deep debt, but also ethically indefensible.

Second, the AUMF continues to undermine rule of law. There are clear laws that apply to wartime situations or imminent threats, and a broadened AUMF could undermine these further. That the US already broadly categorizes individuals and groups that are loosely or tacitly associated with extremists—in secret and sometimes without evidence—is already setting a dangerous precedent. [...]

Third, given the lack of campaign finance reform, too often defense policy is driven not by military strategy or legitimate threats, but by the defense contractor's bottom line. This is the case with the AUMF and the defense industry.

Steve Yoder at Salon writes It’s time for Democrats to ditch Andrew Jackson:
Today, Democrats sound open to reconsidering whether honoring Jackson still makes sense. In Jackson’s home state of Tennessee, party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese says, “I think we welcome these kinds of conversations about our history. What he did in office … these are not things we should be proud of, but they’re definitely things we must learn from.” But if so, why keep Jackson as the party’s brand? “One explanation might just be inertia — it’s been that way forever, so it’s still that way,” says Puttbrese.
Matthew Rothschild at The Progressive writes on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war in Rearview Mirror:
It has become fashionable for the corporate media and liberal politicians alike to comfort themselves with the claim that “everybody” was snookered. Sorry, not true. Everybody wasn’t snookered. We here, way out in Madison, Wisconsin, could figure things out. So could our colleagues in the leftwing media across the country. But those in the power centers somehow could not. They were blinded by their proximity to the decision makers. They were embedded with their sources. They were cowed by the fear of being called “liberal” or “anti-American” or “soft on defense” or “unpatriotic.”
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  •  Krugman writes about "The Chutzpah Caucus" (22+ / 0-)

    I explore his Monday column and offer a few additional thoughts 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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:33:45 AM PDT

    •  Krugman confirms what I've been saying. (10+ / 0-)
      [O]f the 10 presidents who preceded Barack Obama, seven left office with a debt ration lower than when they came in. Who were the three exceptions? Ronald Reagan and the two George Bushes.

      The funny thing is that right now these same hard-line conservatives declare that we must not run deficits in times of economic crisis. Why? Because, they say, oliticians won't do the right thing and pay down the debt on good times. And who are these irresponsible politicians? Themselves.

      So Obama's being pressured to cut Democratic programs to pay for Republican fiscal irresponsibility.

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:46:53 AM PDT

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  •  I am encouraged (17+ / 0-)

    by Kurtz's ouster but horrified that a hack like that ever was in a position to need ousted.  

    "Reliable Sources"?!  Ha, talk about Orwellian.

    And in my opinion, the pundits (some exceptions) are still ignoring the basic facts surrounding the economic mess in this country.  

    1. lack of sufficient living wage jobs
    2. student debt
    3. a desperate need for a cram down on underwater mortgages

    This is not rocket's frighteningly (though not surprisingly) telling that it's being covered so sparsely.  How long can the center hold???

    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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:37:41 AM PDT

    •  I can suggest a 3(a) (9+ / 0-)

      Lower the hurdles to refinancing!

      I have been "involuntarily self-employed" (my own description) for five years. I have, for the most part, managed to stay current on my mortgage; I struggled two years ago and got almost to the brink of foreclosure, but managed to get caught up and have stayed on top of it ever since.

      My house is not under water, though I think its value is only back to about what I paid for it in 2002. I would dearly love to refinance to take advantage of the incredibly low interest rate, maybe even shorten it to a 15-year note, but as long as I don't have a full-time job, the banks won't touch me - even though it would save me so much money it would be easier for me to make the payments!

      West Virginia's new motto: Ex Os, Ex Mens (go look it up)

      by blonde moment on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:44:21 AM PDT

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      •  Same problem here (7+ / 0-)

        although my local credit union said that if I bring in tax returns, bank statements, and all that they may be able to look at it with more individual underwriting.

        The banks are responding, I am told, to new Consumer Protection regulations designed to make sure they don't give loans to people who can't afford them. I don't know if the regulations are idiotic, or if the banks are deliberately mis-interpreting them to count only full-time paycheck (not contract, self-employment, rental, whatever) work. My frustration is that I have ample assets -- could completely pay off the mortgage -- but the banks say they're "not allowed" to take assets-to-debt ratio into account, only income-to-debt which I flunk badly.

      •  My husband has a full (8+ / 0-)

        time job and a part time job and I'm employed but we can't get refinancing because A) our credit is not sterling and B) the housing market crashed so hard here that we are indeed underwater.  Our loan is not a good one and we are not eligible for the govt. programs.  I don't see any alternative to cram downs other than short sale, and for those of us who can afford rent but won't get rented to because of a poor credit history (our full time business - a CPA firm - went south when most of our corporate clients, who were housing related contractors, died a horrible economic death a decade or so ago), we're pretty much screwed.  

        We would do some economy-stimulating if all our money didn't go to college bills for our still underemployed (part time job 3 years after graduating) son, health care, our overpriced mortgage, etc.  My son would buy things and create jobs if he could find one that would pay a living wage.  My daughter graduates college in three weeks....I'm trying not to let her see how bleak I feel about the future.

        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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:15:59 AM PDT

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    •  You'd think even Obama could get the country... (10+ / 0-)

      ....behind an education bill to send their kids to college without putting them in hock for life.

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

      by Bush Bites on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:44:30 AM PDT

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    •  Rec'd for "rocket surgery." (4+ / 0-)

      I liked the rest, too, though.

      The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

      by psnyder on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:47:07 AM PDT

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    •  The problem with your #1 is that it implies (5+ / 0-)

      a large segment of the country isn't making a "living wage." That implies that people aren't middle class. That implies there's significant poverty in this country. That mustn't ever be implied. Poverty & the poor are verboten for villagers to talk about. Increasing the "middle class"...yah, that topic is barely long as no one mentions poverty.

      America's greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

      by catilinus on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:21:14 AM PDT

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  •  If Tina Brown is meting out justice... (5+ / 0-)

    ....something is wrong.

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

    by Bush Bites on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:38:34 AM PDT

  •  "his supporters are growing impatient"? (3+ / 0-)

    Ah, the mild-mannered EJ.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:48:44 AM PDT

    •  You don't think that's true? (5+ / 0-)

      Have you been reading some of the comments to various diaries here at DKos?  Even though the Democrats in congress are swimming against the (Republican) tide, we don't see them doing everything they can to overcome Republican obstruction there (I'm talking about you, Harry Reid), and we don't see the president prioritizing job creation over pushing for a "grand bargain" (which will cut SS benefits) to bring down the deficit.

      I'm a member of OFA, the Democrats' 501(c)(4), created after the president's re-election.  Other than continual appeals for donations, the only thing I've been asked to do in the wake of activism is to contact my senators to urge them to vote for background checks for all gun purchasers.  My senators are John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, which would be like asking me to beat my head against a brick wall.  I wrote emails and made calls to their offices anyway, futile as I knew the effort would be.

      Yes, we're becoming impatient - and demoralized - which are very bad signs for moving into a midterm election, especially when the president is being portrayed in the media as "weak" and "damaged" and being publicly questioned in his recent press conference about his lack of "juice."

      "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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:40:30 AM PDT

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      •  My point was that impatience (0+ / 0-)

        is probably the mildest expression of the discontent on the left, which Mr. Dionne refers to. He leaves out anger, a sense of betrayal, frustration, etc., of which I have read many expressions (and felt not a few myself).

        The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

        by psnyder on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:43:48 AM PDT

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        •  Ah, I see. (1+ / 0-)
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          The only thing that keeps me working for the Democrats is the idea that if I don't, the Republicans would win control of the government.  It's a choice between living with disappointment or living with fear and loathing.

          "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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:05:56 PM PDT

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    •  Yeay, some of us think "his" personality needs a (0+ / 0-)

      bit more of one aspect of Ole Hickory, flawed by his times as he was. Obama's problem may be just background and personality that could use a bit of Jackson's.

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

      by pelagicray on Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:49:15 AM PDT

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      •  What an outstanding whitewash that... (0+ / 0-)

        ...linked mini-biography of Jackson is. He wasn't just flawed "by his times."

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:35:51 AM PDT

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        •  On racial matters, yes. On government matters he (0+ / 0-)

          was probably necessary for a very fractious period and he had little or no patience with those trying to spin out of a United States. We don't need that other baggage he carried, but we damn well do need some Democrats with some steel instead of "nice"!

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

          by pelagicray on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:32:51 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the roundup, MB! (23+ / 0-)
    Everybody wasn’t snookered. We here, way out in Madison, Wisconsin, could figure things out. So could our colleagues in the leftwing media across the country.
    Yes, I remember being one of approximately 100,000 people who marched on Washington, DC, to protest the Iraq war.

    This sizable demonstration was given a few paragraphs' worth of coverage in the Post's local news section (Metro), with no photo.  The WaPo was gung-ho for the war!

    Even I could figure out there were NO weapons of mass destruction and I'm no military expert.  This was W., a failure from boyhood, trying to be a "wore (war) prezident" whom everyone would rally around.  Hundreds of thousands have died because of his ego; and how many returned vets were maimed or later committed suicide?  And this loathsome excuse for a human being is undergoing "image rehabilitation"?

    I think he ought to be in jail.  And a not very nice one at that.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:49:46 AM PDT

  •  Obama IS Woowing the Very People He Needs on (2+ / 0-)

    his side now.

    He faces no election ever again in his life. He needs nothing related to electoral politics or democracy.

    He does however face a need for future employment.

    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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:52:00 AM PDT

    •  No he doesn't (3+ / 0-)
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      He will never "work" for anyone - though he'll rake in the dough with books, speaker's fees, probably set up his own foundation or three, a la Bill Clinton. I don't begrudge him that (though I certainly wish he'd find ways to do more to help people like me find work!).

      West Virginia's new motto: Ex Os, Ex Mens (go look it up)

      by blonde moment on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:10:46 AM PDT

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      •  This is going (6+ / 0-)

        to sound like c/t.  It's not.  It's being discussed in some pretty serious political analysis groups, academia, etc.

        Maybe you cannot rise to the level of nominee for a national party, get the nomination, and get elected - and survive - without being very very friendly to the financial industry.

        Survive politically, at first, but then if you do, survive literally, perhaps?  Look what the US and other corporate driven nations have done to places who dared threaten corporate profits.  Chile, Iran, Venezuela, etc., endless attacks, coups or attempted coups.  I'm not even talking about assassination by some group, more the stochastic risk.  Obama has got to be under phenomenal threat; if he actually did anything substantive for the working class that would surely escalate enormously.

        Apparently it's not acceptable to take political action that benefits workers in any significant way without risking it all.This isn't new, but I do think it needs to be acknowledged in analyzing why politicians do what they do.  You know - "He that fights and runs away/lives to fight another day."  Can a truly progressive politician survive in the US today?  In every sense of the word.  Maybe I'm being too cynical.  But it makes as much sense as other explanations I've seen.

        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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:22:54 AM PDT

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    •  He doesn't need work. (0+ / 0-)

      But he does need some kind of legacy, which should be a motivation for him.

      (Though he hasn't shown much signs of fighting for a legacy.)

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

      by Bush Bites on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:21:45 AM PDT

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      •  legacy (0+ / 0-)

        I agree with some folks I've read previously who argued that he established his legacy in his first term.
        I'm reluctant to expand on this because it will just encourage some to start another round of "Obamacare sux" from the usual crowd of ACA bashers.  

    •  His lucrative career talking and pointing (1+ / 0-)
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      into the air is secure.

      He's definitely got it made.

      He doesn't need a 9 to 5.

  •  Where are the jobs? (8+ / 0-)

    The US economy is rebounding and returning to a period of robust growth for everyone except the average American worker and their families. Huge gains in the stock market and record corporate profits show that far from "socialism," the current economic structure rewards the richest and those who merely trade money to make money. Jobs and the Americans that desperately need them have been left behind in our blind rush for austerity and vague promises of "deficit reduction." What happens to the markets and the corporations when there aren't enough ordinary folks working to pay their inflated salaries or prop up their stocks?  -  progressive

  •  Kurtz's 'critical eye on the media' always seemed (8+ / 0-)

    to get cloudy when it came to Fox Noise.

  •  Of all people, Mika on Morning Joe just gave (4+ / 0-)
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    me a good reminder in how to talk about about problems.  

    She and some friend were talking about obesity and eating problems, and the friend was talknig about somebody else's problems, and Mika immediately chimed in 'Mine were worse.' even though from what I heard, hers seemed less so than the other person's.

    At that moment, it flashed me back to the concept of 'oppression olympics', where people discussing the ways in which two different groups are oppressed 'worse' by society or some subset thereof, such as the government.

    At any rate, the reminder was that, to one degree or another, as individuals, we all make our own judgements on things that are 'better or worse' in terms of how explicitly we've encountered them, and things that happen to each of us are given far more weight in our own minds.

    This is 'obvious', but it's something I routinely downplay in my own mind, assuming people (and therefore by extension myself) to be far more impartial in terms of how assessments of the severity or importance of problems are made.

    So I need to remember to keep that in mind in creating objective measures to determine the real importance of things I'm discussing...

    •  Speaking from my experience with my particular (2+ / 0-)
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      issue, it seems everybody thinks that tidy and polite displays of facts sway an argument.

      I always say that is grossly untrue and terribly misleading.

      If facts mattered one whit, this country would be unrecognizable and for the better.

      Politics is inherently emotional and responds far better to trickery and deceit and emotional manipulation than it does to "critical evaluation of available facts and data".

      If facts meant ANYTHING we'd not have gone to Iraq. Americans were fed lies as fact and off we went.

      Same with my issue: built on lies and hirseshit but now a celebrtated institution despite its vast failure.

      And it is kept this way to prevent the positive changes we want by the people who have the power to keep it this way because they are happy with the vast inequality and abuses we suffer. It's important to them.

      Rational discourse in my topic changes no minds. Actual experience with the subject matter does - ie: those who actually "know" versus those who think they know but don't or, worse, do not know and believe they know better than you because they are emotionally attached to the results. (like cops and their lobbyists, republicans and their lobbyists and so forth).

      •  I wasn't talking about swaying others. (0+ / 0-)

        I was talking about safeguarding oneself against ignoring biases that can lead to not being prepared to refute lies or misinformation simply because you were 'sure' your position was the right one.  Unless you're willing to invest the time to actually understand what is bias and what is fact, you can't defend yourself successfully against charges of bias others might level.

    •  Groups Do It Also (2+ / 0-)
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      red rabbit, madcitysailor

      Blacks and Jews have gotten into comparing US Slavery to Nazi Genocide.  

      Jewish interests have appropriated Holocaust, as if it was the only worse thing.  There are several worse things in the history of modern man; Massacre of the Armenians, subjugation of Native Americans in the North and South; Stalinization in USSR and the  two mentioned above.

      Each is its own particular horror.

    •  I thought the right-wing Christians had been (0+ / 0-)

      proclaimed hands-down winners of the "oppression olympics" by unanimous consent years ago, especially since President Obama took office and the Democrats controlled congress (numerically, at least) for a couple years.  At least that's what the right-wing Christians keep claiming.  

      "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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:58:29 AM PDT

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  •  As The GOP and Obama play chicken (5+ / 0-)

    and call it "policy" they are absolutely fucking us.

    They aren't killing me, but they are just needlessly and heinously making my life difficult.

    UPDATE 1-Suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged Americans, CDC finds

    While that study is from 1999 - 2010, it DOES contain info about the impact of End Stage Reaganism and the death spiral of the Commoners Economy. And the Sequester MAGICALLY amplifies this by arbitrarily - not necessarily - damaging a large swath of people's incomes, literally ruining their live based on political whim.

    The leaders I am supposed to respect and think are smarter than me aren't impacted. Their lives are just fine. Easy street. No worries about bills or car repairs, no choices between food and shelter. Nothing. La Dolce Fucking Vita.

    The rest of us suffer because they want to play fucking games.

    We all know the GOP stonewall bullshit.

    Obama is being WAY to goddmaned timid or whatever word YOU like that doesn't give you a sad about Him.

    I have no respect for 'politicians'.

    Especially when I can't tell the difference them, a home invasion, and a natural disaster.

    They aren't doing a goddamned thing for me.

    Nothing positive, at least.

    •  what do (1+ / 0-)
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      you think we should do?  I agree with you, by the way.  I am very frustrated by the lack of organized labor and organization in general and am willing to man the barricades but not alone.  What can we, as a class, do, and what should we as individuals do?

      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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:27:37 AM PDT

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      •  My current idea is , based on what OWS (3+ / 0-)
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        has been able to do - a nationwide, daily effort by as many people interested: find politicans and yell at them.

        Call them names. Call them stupd. Complain at them.

        If this went on for a few months many politicians would start to think twice about petty trips out to stores and such.

        We have no other legal power. Citizen's United is the tombstone inscription on the so-called "Democratic process".

        So we should seek to make those fuckers as miserable as legally possible.

        Until the learn to make the right decisions.

        This will take awhile.

        Since we don't have money and we have to follow the commoners law and color within the lines this is nonviolent and should not lead to much legal nonsense.

        Just work on ruining  their public time.

        •  remember the old Tales from the Crypt (2+ / 0-)
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          about the lady that refuses to give a man thumbing a ride a ride? She accidently hit him or something and he haunts her "Thanks for the ride, lady! Thanks for the ride!"

          We should be yelling "Thanks for the hardships! Thanks for the squalor!" at these dimwits as much as humanly possible.

          Calling their office to have their help write on 3x5 cards is what has helped us get in this totally fucked position.

          We need a LOT more power than that.

        •  There are the makings of a world movement here. (3+ / 0-)
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          I recently relocated to Spain, and I am struck by how many of the same economic issues are playing out in similar ways all over the world.  It ought to be possible to create an international effort to rethink the economic order to make it fairer and more beneficial to average people.  (Incidentally, people in Spain are a lot farther along on involving citizens in protests against the government and austerity, but so far, they  don't have much to show for their efforts.)

  •  re: 10th anniversary of W's Iraq War (8+ / 0-)

    Rachel Maddow put it best: they didn't get it wrong, they didn't just get bad information, they crafted a rationale, they performed an enormous con job on the country.  They used fraudulent, manipulative and deceptive methods to convince people of something they themselves knew not to be true.  

    •  Replace "War on Iraq" (3+ / 0-)

      with "marijuana prohibition" and you have the same exact issues supported by the same exact people with both issues draining your pocket and doing nothing to help you at all.

    •  true but there's more (0+ / 0-)

      At the time all that was happening I recall raging about how transparent and easily exposed the deceptions were, and yet how readily virtually all of the media and even "liberal" politicians who were smart enough to know better accepted the blatant lies. We know why they did too: it was politically expedient, they feared being labeled traitors and worse: liberals, it was good for ratings and maintaining access, etc. They accepted the lies for personal selfish reasons, knowing full well the consequences.

      We should condemn the liars, but save the strongest scorn for those who knowingly enabled the criminals and the clusterfuck that ensued, and who are now claiming innocence. Hillary Clinton, I'm looking at you.

      History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

      by quill on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:47:40 AM PDT

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  •  might I call attention to a powerful op ed (0+ / 0-)

    in today's New York Times titled Griner Is Part of Mission to Help All Live in Truth.   It was to draw attention to this that I posted "Just as basketball doesn’t define who I am, neither does being gay.".  My title is just one of many powerful expressions in this important piece.

    "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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:46:00 AM PDT

  •  What we can learn from Andrew Jackson (1+ / 0-)
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    For all his faults, for all his many mistakes, he was FOR invading South Carolina to bring it back under the control of the United States.

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:48:34 AM PDT

  •  The Dionne piece (2+ / 0-)
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    So I read E. J. Dionne's piece, and I find his Beltway establishmentarianism (is that even the right term?) irritating.  In other words, his problem with the President's proposal of chained CPI is just the fact that the President proposed it, not with the policy itself.  In other words, it would be fine "if only there were some revenue as well," he quotes some other Democrats as saying (with his implicit approval).

    I fundamentally don't understand the logic there---and it's the logic regularly put forth by the party leaders.  Since when did Democrats want taxes FOR THE SAKE OF CUTTING BENEFITS?  It presents Democrats as people who want taxes merely for the sake of taxes themselves, which is hardly appealing to anyone.

  •  About Obama and his alienated base. (2+ / 0-)
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    I have maintained for a long time that the Republicans, by changing the voting laws in order to discriminate against black and hispanic Democratic voters, did more harm to themselves than to Obama in this last election.
    Because it made it harder for many Republican voters, especially the elderly to vote. Byron York's article confirms that:
    "Recent reports suggest as many as 5 million white voters simply stayed home on Election Day. If they had voted at the same rate they did in 2004, even with the demographic changes since then, Romney would have won."

    Our President has alienated so many of his supporters with his Gitmo policies and his chained CPI bargain ideas to name just 2 reasons, that had those 5,000,000 people actually voted the outcome in 2012 might have been very different.
    Yes, we worked extra hard to turn out our base, but I'm not sure if it would have been enough under the circumstances and whoever we nominate next is going to have an uphill battle because of it.

    •  Who are you talking to? (0+ / 0-)

      Obama still enjoys strong support among Democrats, and a loss of turnout of older white voters obviously hurt Republicans not Democrats:

      The most serious of those problems was that Romney was not able to connect with white voters who were so turned off by the campaign that they abandoned the GOP and in many cases stayed away from the polls altogether. Recent reports suggest as many as 5 million white voters simply stayed home on Election Day. If they had voted at the same rate they did in 2004, even with the demographic changes since then, Romney would have won.

      “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 Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:22:07 AM PDT

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    •  He's not running for office anymore (2+ / 0-)
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      He doesn't need a 'base' anymore.

      Sorta shows, too.

      •  Actually, he somewhat does. (0+ / 0-)

        Primarily so he can have a successor that continues what it is he's trying to build. The last thing you want is everyone in your party running away from you and then the next few years everything is spent undoing what you've accomplished.

  •  In favor of getting Andrew Jackson (0+ / 0-)

    off of our currency & off the list of Democratic political role models.  

    Barbara Jordan would be a worthy substitute, IMO.

    Agree with Parry's piece on Kurtz.

    Tasty round-up this morning.  

    •  Despite his flaws as noted in that piece Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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      could use a bit more of Jackson's attitude:

      When South Carolina undertook to nullify the tariff, Jackson ordered armed forces to Charleston and privately threatened to hang Calhoun. Violence seemed imminent until Clay negotiated a compromise: tariffs were lowered and South Carolina dropped nullification.
      Far too often "squishy Democrat" is not entirely an oxymoron. Liberal, open, democratic—but when opposed by neo Tories and neo Confederates . . . a bit of "hang the bastards" is necessary.  See the comment above for a bit of that in Barney Frank.

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

      by pelagicray on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:09:19 AM PDT

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  •  Are Obama's "supporters...growing impatient" (0+ / 0-)

    ...any more than ever? I think it's just convenient for some and tactical for others to suddenly highlight the impatience that's always been there. Who isn't impatient with Obama? Ever? Even the impatient still support him generally, certainly on military restraint in Syria.

    The warmongers are stirring...

  •  Plan B (0+ / 0-)

    The administration really needs to give up on this Plan B nonsense and just follow the recommendations of the FDA staff.  The drug has been extensively studied, and the FDA recommended it be made available on an OTC basis.  

    Contrary to the administration's claims, it wasn't the judge who interfered with the agency decisionmaking process, but rather the administration itself.  If this is indeed the first time the Secretary of HHS has overruled the FDA, that's a big red flag.  When a political appointee ignores the recommendations of the agency's staff, who base their recommendations on the science, you have to suspect that politics and not science are driving the decision.  

    As a former administrative lawyer, that's the epitome of arbitrary and capricious decisionmaking.  We expect agencies -- particularly agencies like the FDA -- to make decisions based on science and facts.  Victorian notions about sex and young women shouldn't be getting in the way of doing the right thing.  The linked article notes that an 11-year-old can walk into a drug store right now and buy a lethal dose of aceteminophen right now, no questions asked.  Yet the administration is making it harder for young women to buy a less dangerous drug, all because of concerns about girls becoming sexualized at too young an age.  

    The court did exactly the right thing here.  Sibelius should have kept her nose out of it.  Her decision to intervene was definitely arbitrary and capricious.  DOJ ought to drop the appeal and let the facts and the science carry the day.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:59:59 AM PDT

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