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The New York Times:
The world at large heard instantly about the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., where 20 youngsters were murdered in 2012 in a terrifying spree of gunfire. Far less noticed but no less horrific is the unending toll from the more routine bursts of gunfire that each day send an average of 20 American children and adolescents to hospitals, many of them for long-term treatment.

This grim statistic is found in a new study that focuses on the lasting damage suffered by young victims who survive. Of 7,391 hospitalizations of youths ages 19 and under shot in 2009, 6 percent ended in death; the rest joined the growing casualty list of gun victims, many needing lengthy and costly treatment, according to the study published in Pediatrics magazine. An estimated 3,000 additional youngsters died before reaching emergency rooms.

Joe Nocera on tracking gun violence:
[T]he biggest surprise, especially early on, was how frequently either a child accidentally shot another child — using a loaded gun that happened to be lying around — or an adult accidentally shot a child while handling a loaded gun. I have written about this before, mainly because these incidents seem so preventable. Gun owners simply need to keep their guns locked away. Indeed, one pro-gun reader, Malcolm Smith, told me that after reading “about the death toll, especially to children” in The Gun Report, he had come to believe that some gun regulation was necessary. He now thinks gun owners should be licensed and “should have to learn how to store guns safely.” No doubt he’ll be drummed out of the National Rifle Association for expressing such thoughts.

Second, the N.R.A. shibboleth that having a gun in one’s house makes you safer is demonstrably untrue. After The Gun Report had been up and running for a while, several Second Amendment advocates complained that we rarely published items that showed how guns were used to prevent a crime. The reason was not that we were biased against crime prevention; it was that it didn’t happen very often. (When we found such examples, we put them in The Gun Report.) More to the point, there are an increasing number of gun deaths that are the result of an argument — often fueled by alcohol — among friends, neighbors and family members. Sadly, cases like the recent shooting in a Florida movie theater — when one man killed someone who was texting during the previews — is not all that uncommon.

Third, gang shootings are everywhere. You see it in the big cities, like Chicago, Detroit and Miami, and you see it in smaller cities in economic decline like Flint, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind. Drive-by shootings are prevalent in California, especially Los Angeles and Fresno. As often as gang members shoot each other, they kill innocent victims, often children who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you haven't been paying attention to David Walman's GunFAIL series, you should.

Much more below on the day's top stories below the fold.

Switching topics, Coca-Cola's multilingual Super Bowl ad is still making waves. Paul Whitefield at The Los Angeles Times adds his take:

Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing from angry America. I’m also less than fond of knee-jerk America. And when you combine the two with the Internet, you too often get stupid America, which is really annoying.

Face facts, folks: A lot of people came here not speaking English. We like to think that they all quickly learned it. Some did; many didn’t. But, their kids did. And their kids speak English; many probably couldn’t speak the grandparents’ native language if they wanted to.
So get a grip: We’re not being overrun by hordes of Spanish speakers. Just like always, we’re growing a new crop of Americans. They are enriching the country. They are working hard, paying taxes. And they will create future Nobel Prize winners and future presidents and future titans of industry.

In short, they will make America beautiful.

Peter Roff at US News & World Report:
Why is it such a big deal to have people representing different population and language groups sing "America the Beautiful" in their native tongue? There are, as a percentage of total population, a very few people who adhere to the abhorrent and unacceptable view that the United States is a country for white people and white people alone. To be blunt, they have their own web sites to talk to one another and probably aren’t logging on to the Coca-Cola site to share their extremist opinions. So what’s going on?

You need not look much farther than Washington for the answer. The media, especially conservative niche publications and web sites, have for some time now been ginning up the story that the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives is about to sign off on a broad grant of “amnesty” for anyone and perhaps everyone who is currently in the United States illegally. For most people this is an unacceptable way to deal with the issue. [...]

The smart thing would be for the Republicans in the House to take the lead on busting up the plan for comprehensive reform and to instead address the major issues one by one, with national and border security being the first thing they take up.  [...] America is not just for the Americans – it is for everybody who wants to be an American too. If anyone is at fault it’s the politicians who preach the importance of balkanization and separatism over the need for assimilation and unity.

Bloomberg's editors:
At best, the immigrant experience has been messy, unfair and sometimes manically ad hoc. It’s worth noting, however, that it has also been one of the great successes in the history of nations, the benefits of which grow more pronounced in a more global economy.

The estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. constitute sensate facts on the ground. The real-world options for dealing with them come down to three: Deport them, legalize them (with or without a path to citizenship) or do nothing about them. [...]

Poverty and meager education have been recurring features of American immigrants. Yet each successive wave has overcome its disadvantages. To bet against the rise of the newest immigrants is to bet against the fierce ambition that propelled them here, against the adaptability of American capitalism, against the endurance of the American dream. Tough times or no, such pessimism is unjustified.

Finally on the topic of young adults, Zara Kessler takes a look at the numbers and the fact that more of them are living with their parents:
According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, 36 percent of the country’s 18- to 31-year-olds were living in their parents' homes in 2012 -- the highest proportion in at least 40 years. That number is inflated because college students residing in dorms were counted as living at home (in addition to those actually living at home while going to school). Still, 16 percent of 25- to 31-year-olds were crashing with mom and pop -- up from about 14 percent in 2007 and 10 percent in 1968.1 In a Pew survey conducted in December 2011, 34 percent of adults aged 25 to 29 said that due to economic conditions they’d moved back home in recent years after having lived on their own.

Pew’s analysis of the 2012 data cites lower levels of employment, an increase in college enrollment and a decrease in young people getting married as factors in the increase of millennials living at home. Of course, tying the knot might not be the best option when you don’t have a job. Which brings us to the big unknown both for millennials and those trying to sell products and services to us: Has adulthood been delayed or wholly upended?

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    •  not uncommon in the 60s in the US (17+ / 0-)

      The basic rule among protest organizers was that the guy yelling loudest to try to get people to smash windows or jump on cars or otherwise behave violently was most likely an undercover cop/FBI provocateur, and people should ignore him and isolate him.

      The "tell" was that he would mysteriously disappear somewhere between everyone getting rounded up and arrested, and arriving at the station house.

      •  Kent State (8+ / 0-)

        comes to mind.

        Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. Theodore Roosevelt

        by Zwoof on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:56:41 AM PST

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        •  Right (3+ / 0-)
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          Not only the day of the shooting, but the ROTC building fire two days before.  Local authorities did little to prevent that fire, and it was a perfect excuse to bring in the Guard.

          "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

          by wildcat6 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:14:34 AM PST

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          •  The Kent State spin. (3+ / 0-)
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            A couple of decades after the Kent State tragedy, I argued with my father about what caused the shootings. I said it was inexperienced National Guard troops overly intimidated by massive numbers of shouting students.
            My Dad gave the story he'd heard from God knows where that students on the roofs of the school were throwing pieces of broken glass at the line of guardsmen.

            I asked him why there was broken glass on the roof. He didn't know. Probably a flaw in architectural design, I offered- windows being installed in the roof rather than the walls.

            Dad was born after most of the union riots were past, so he probably didn't put much stock in abuse by authorities like machine-gunning a camp of men on strike and their wives and children. And not one person ever getting tried for it.

            "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

            by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:23:25 AM PST

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            •  There's also the sniper theory (2+ / 0-)
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              although even Sylvester Del Corso admitted later there was no sniper.  Terry Norman is an interesting case, though.  He fired his pistol 4 times about a minute before the shootings.  Norman is still living somewhere in NC, and Jeff, Sandy, Allison and Bill are gone.

              More likely, Sgt. Myron Pryor and the rest of Troop G reached a rough agreement on the practice football field.  Something like:  "We're going to blast these mo-fos."  Pryor was the first to shoot - in one of Howard Ruffner's photographs, the rest of Troop G is still pivoting into position, while Pryor's weapon is already aimed towards the Prentice Hall parking lot.

              As for the massive amounts of students, the Guard could have easily retreated back down the hill towards their base.  Photographs show no crowd surge, and there was no imminent threat.  Just a handful of students throwing rocks at a distance.  All those killed were at least 250 feet away.

              "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

              by wildcat6 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:56:25 AM PST

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  •  Trigger Locks or Death (18+ / 0-)

    The Federal government should require every gun have a trigger lock when it's not being carried.

    Anyone against that is a lunatic.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:47:01 AM PST

    •  And Background checks on every gun sale - (4+ / 0-)
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      everyone is worth the 90 seconds it takes to complete a check.

      Displaying a picture of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and seven GOP colleagues sitting opposite empty chairs in a conference room, Maddow cracked, “Nobody learned anything from the Republican National Convention last year.”

      by sailmaker on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:32:50 AM PST

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  •  Very few knives accidently kill people. (25+ / 0-)

    Same goes for clubs, rolling pins and pick axes.  

    Roman Catholic by birth---thoroughly confused by life.

    by alasmoses on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:47:09 AM PST

  •  asdf (6+ / 0-)
    According to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.S. gun homicide rate was 3.2 per every 100,000 people in 2010. Every country in Central America, for example, had a much higher homicide rate, led by Honduras, where the homicide rate was 68.4 per every 100,000 people in 2010. http://www.factcheck.org/...

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:50:34 AM PST

  •  Jesselyn in movie. Telling truth dangerous (3+ / 0-)
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    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don't want to hear.
           George Orwell
    this opens the movie

    when you have nothing to hide, why worry about being watched?

    does this hold for Uncle Sam?

    telling the truth about what the government does, well, that is against the law

    if they have nothing to hide, and if it is really a democracy, they work for the people and the people have a right to know what they are doing

    in other words, Uncle Sam is destroying liberty according to George Orwell

    this is a short for a new movie - Silenced

    Published on Feb 10, 2013
    Telling the truth becomes a dangerous act when four federal whistleblowers reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror. First preview of the next documentary from Academy Award
    http://www.youtube.com/...
  •  Sarah Jessica Parker (21+ / 0-)

    ... schooling Mika on Morning Joe. That was amazing. She came on to talk about shoes and at the end as the music was playing asked if she could bring up Chris Christie! A bunch of stuff followed... ending with her parents are old school lefties from Bergen County.

  •  Bravo to Coke for their ad (18+ / 0-)

    more from the Whitefield piece:

    Coke found that this nation of immigrants can also be a nation of bigots, racists and the just downright dumb. How else to explain the folks who took to Twitter and social media to object?
    and when they find one another on the internet you not only get stupid America, but you find the "No hate based phobia left behind movement" card holding members.

    As long as they realize they are not alone, the become more and more emboldened.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:01:36 AM PST

    •  Here's a link (1+ / 0-)
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      Coke Superbowl Halftime Ad

      Don't fail to miss the mostly moronic comments by the people this commercial was meant to address.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 08:20:23 AM PST

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      •  BTW - The seven languages (3+ / 0-)
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        over which conservative heads exploded were:

        The 60-second spot titled “It’s Beautiful” featured the song “America The Beautiful” sung in English, Tagalog, Senegalese-French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Keres, Arabic and Spanish.
        According to this.

        Glenda Beck's team is in the parking lot picking up pieces of Herr Beck's head this morning according to reliable sources.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:01:30 AM PST

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  •  Yeah, here's what happens if we...... (31+ / 0-)

    ...break up immigration reform in chunks:

    1) Draconian military-industrial border security measures are passed by Democrats and Republicans to keep the makers of boom-booms swimming in gravy for the foreseeable future.

    2) When focus then turns to a pathway to citizenship, Republicans say no and refuse to either allow debate on the Senate floor or a vote on the House floor.

    Result: Republicans get what they want and Republicans get what they want.  Not my kind of win-win.

    -

    •  And here's the proof (6+ / 0-)

      Under the Obama administration, we have deported more people in five years than the eight years under Bush.

      GOP wants "enforcement first"?  They're already getting it!

      Face it: the GOP is in the position where:

      (a) if they allow for citizenship, millions of new Dem voters will be created; and

      (b) if they allow for citizenship, many of the anti-immigrant tea-partiers will revolt -- or bolt.  

      The only chance of change is if enough of the currently-eligible-to-vote Latinos (which is a growing segment of the population) actually register and vote them out in places like Texas (and Florida, and Ariz, NM, etc.)

    •  How much more 'border security' do we need? (6+ / 0-)
      The smart thing would be for the Republicans in the House to take the lead on busting up the plan for comprehensive reform and to instead address the major issues one by one, with national and border security being the first thing they take up.
      Peter Roff is an idiot.

      Haven't we doubled the number of border patrol agents under Obama, after doubling them under W? Didn't we add the National Guard, drones, blimps, and hundreds of miles of walls to the border?

      What would the GOP members of Congress have us do, add land mines and guard towers?

      Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

      by bear83 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:35:04 AM PST

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      •  Ground-based sensors linked to scatterguns (1+ / 0-)
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        like they used to have at the East German border.

        Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

        by milkbone on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:11:01 AM PST

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        •  re: ground-based sensors linked to scatterguns: (1+ / 0-)
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          That's why there are no more kangaroos in East Germany.

          Seriously, though.       Every.living.thing...

          "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:33:53 AM PST

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    •  What the pocket veto is for (2+ / 0-)

      So they pass part 1 in both houses and then Obama sits on the bill for up to 90 days.

      During that time, R's in both houses either pass the bill for part 2 or O vetoes part 1.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 08:24:04 AM PST

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  •  I don't own any guns because I recognize my (12+ / 0-)

    own limits in terms of emotional stability and decision-making in a crisis.  Other people don't recognize their own limits when it comes to owning guns.  They are called "shitheads."

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:05:14 AM PST

    •  Me, either. (1+ / 0-)
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      Why would I want to take another life and live to tell about it?
      If it's my time, it's my time.  

      •  I'm on the fence. (2+ / 0-)
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        First, I don't have any guns in the house because I raised two sons who fought constantly, were into everything, and showed no restraint when angry. No guns in that mix.

        But, It isn't me I'd be worried about if a dangerous situation arose. I'd want the most expedient means to protect my wife and/or my sons, were they still living at home.

        As it is, I'm rural, where many city slickers assume, probably rightly, that there is at least a shotgun and a rifle in every home. But when anyone not from my road walks by, every dog on the street will let you know. If anyone were to let themselves into my house at night, my dog would have his cajones for a snack before I laid hands on him. I don't need a gun in my way of living.

        During the not-so-big game last Sunday, someone did walk up my road and my dog went apeshit at the window. My son started hollering at him to shut-up. I told him, "No. Let him bark. The locks on the doors haven't worked for years. I want anyone wandering by to know this house wouldn't be their best choice when we're not home."
        Pitbull/boxer. A born snuggler. But he knows if you aren't right for the environment, if you know what I mean.

        "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:48:49 AM PST

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  •  see, if all those kids had their OWN guns, (6+ / 0-)

    they could all, ya know, shoot back.

    As always, the solution is "MORE guns!!!!"

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:08:53 AM PST

  •  Harvey Weinstein vows stop making films glorifying (15+ / 0-)

    gun violence.  

    Weinstein said he agreed with certain rightwing critics, who have accused him of attacking the pro-gun lobby while advocating movies which encourage the use of firearms. Speaking on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight show over the weekend, he promised to change his position on the matter.

    "Well, I think they have a point. You have to look in the mirror, too," said Weinstein. "I have to just choose movies that aren't violent or as violent as they used to be. And I know for me, personally, I can't continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already."        ~Source

    and then in a turn around that the gun lobby just has to hate:
    Weinstein announced a high-profile anti-gun lobby drama titled The Senator's Wife last week, prompting accusations of hypocrisy in some quarters. He hopes the proposed film, which will star Meryl Streep, can be a Mr Smith Goes to Washington for the gun violence issue.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:11:45 AM PST

  •  If people haven't read this, they should. (8+ / 0-)

    Peter Beinart has written an article for the National Journal entitled
    The End of American Exceptionalism.  Beinart's contention is that younger generations of Americans are moving away from the idea of "American Exceptionalism" and embracing a more European view of what U.S. society and its place in the world should be.

    But to critique this article, one must understand how Beinart defines American Exceptionalism.  To define the term and why the author posits that it is dying, he turns to the conservative definition of the term:

    As America and Europe have changed over time, so have the attributes that exceptionalists claim distinguish us from them. But for the contemporary Right, there are basically three: our belief in organized religion; our belief that America has a special mission to spread freedom in the world; and our belief that we are a classless society where, through limited government and free enterprise, anyone can get ahead. Unfortunately for conservatives, each of these beliefs is declining fast.
    Not everyone who reads this article will accept this definition of American Exceptionalism, although some of the reasoning he uses to explain his view that it is dying will strike a chord with people who don't share the conservative definition of the term.

    It's a lengthy but extremely well written, documented and linked essay.  I encourage everyone interested in the subject to read it and decide for themselves whether American Exceptionalism is an idea worth doing what we can as citizens to retain (or regain) it, or whether it is an idea better left to history.

    "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 04, 2014 at 05:19:26 AM PST

    •  Marking with a comment (6+ / 0-)

      to come back and read it later, when I have more time.
      But I have to say, that the America defined in the quoted paragraph above is long gone.
      What has organized religion gotten us? Right wing nut jobs and wars against the Islamist horde.
      That spreading freedom thing (gag), how's that working out for Iraq these days? Why is it we only want to spread freedom in countries that have oil?
      And limited government with free enterprise is a fever dream of Republicans who have been spouting that line like a bible verse for 30 years, but their record shows they like bigger government when it suits them.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:32:36 AM PST

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      •  I agree wholeheartedly. (6+ / 0-)

        If the conservative version of American Exceptionalism is going it alone to force our version of a capitalist-gone-wild  society on the world; refusal to join a majority of developed nations in solving global problems; counting on organized religiosity of the people for its moral underpinnings, and dependence on a misguided belief that we have a classless (and therefore an equal opportunity) society, count me out.  Public prayer in school, deregulating business and conducting wars for ideological reasons are, in my opinion, not what made this country great.

        "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 04, 2014 at 06:08:56 AM PST

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    •  Jeremy Scahill does not agree - exceptionalism (5+ / 0-)

      He was in Columbus OH for a preview showing of his movie Dirty Wars

      watching the movie one should have been moved to see that exceptionalism is dead, like the people we kill around the world

      this was shortly after Snowden's materials were out

      I asked the question indirectly - rather than asking in the context of the movie

      I asked "Will the release of the NSA documents end American Exceptionalism?"

      His response.

      NO the NSA issue will not end it. Exceptionalism is so deeply embedded in the American culture that he has no idea what will end it.

      •  If the definition of American Exceptionalism (0+ / 0-)

        is based on the conservative definition that Beinart recounts in his article, I don't agree with Scahill (although I usually do).  Every country's population wants to feel their country and society is special, even exceptional at some level, and if this definition is what Scahill's audience was exemplifying, that's understandable, and I agree.  

        But my idea of  American Exceptionalism is rooted in being a land of immigrants, a highly diverse society and the penchant for innovation - and up until the Bush administration, optimism.  The Bush years replaced optimism with fear, however, which we're still living with today.  Obama's election was, to me, a clear indication of the yearning of the majority of Americans for the return of that optimism.  If our political culture is capable of once again acting for the benefit of the people, what I consider American Exceptionalism will find its way 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 Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 11:01:52 AM PST

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    •  The idea's shelf life definitely expired after the (3+ / 0-)
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      Second World War. It had a brief validity in the early days of the nation when pretty much every other nation was ruled by a monarch or a mob with head lopping devices. Then it was somewhat in decline until a stable and progressive Europe crashed into absolute madness in a World War. Something like a dying star it revived when we were the only real power with an unbombed industrial base and a less devastated male population at the end of that war's second act and took steps to rebuild devastated nations rather than rule them.

      Then we fell into too much meddling, good intentions aside, with unfortunate blowback (Iran anyone?) and later some downright corrupt efforts to corner markets.

      Now we seem to be struggling with a large group of retrograde people that cannot recognize the best of those old concepts may actually exist elsewhere, in Western Europe particularly, and who resent the leveling of the world's playing field. They now cling to an exceptionalism much like old 1914 German exceptionalism, English exceptionalism, French exceptionalism and Japanese exceptionalism. The one of "God is on our side, everyone else watch out."

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

      by pelagicray on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 07:01:00 AM PST

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    •  Defining a subject you're writing on can have (2+ / 0-)
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      pitfalls as it limits the scope of discussion by setting parameters. Still, how do you write something on so nebulous a subject in a format smaller than a novel without those parameters?

      I define American Exceptionalism as the belief taught to young children in elementary school and Sunday school that anything described as American is the best by virtue of it being our trait/practice/belief/etc.
      It is a simplistic, moronic, baseless fantasy of an ideal that is meant to instill pride of country in our very young. Unfortunately, it is most often not distilled as children mature into a more realistic, honest and detailed idea. And people continue to hold the belief through adulthood.

      We/it are/is the best because we/they ARE American. Natch. No question.

      "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:59:23 AM PST

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  •  Arkansas Republicans have lost (11+ / 0-)

    their minds. They're going to refuse the Medicaid expansion in this year's legislative session, and take away health care from 85,000 Arkansas residents:

    If that came to pass, more than 85,000 Arkansans who have signed up for coverage through the Medicaid expansion would presumably have that coverage stopped in 2015. Arkansas's alternative Medicaid plan uses Medicaid dollars to pay for low-income residents to purchase private coverage through HealthCare.gov. A select few, those making between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level, would qualify for tax credits to purchase new coverage through HealthCare.gov. But the poorest of them, those below the poverty level, would be left without insurance.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:19:30 AM PST

  •  Paul Whitefield and sane America's lament (6+ / 0-)

    this has got to be my fave minirant of the month.
    A perfect expression of the fond wish of the sane 50% to see the very insane yet very noisy 20% dumped unceremoniously in the trash dumpster of history,

    Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing from angry America. I’m also less than fond of knee-jerk America. And when you combine the two with the Internet, you too often get stupid America, which is really annoying.

  •  Me too (8+ / 0-)
    Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing from angry America.
    This full time hate has been nurtured and fed by cynical opportunists, and now we're stuck with a whole group of seething idiots whose meters are set on perpetual outrage, usually over nothing more than the fact that anyone other than straight, white, "Christian" males are allowed to live freely in the world.  I wish they'd just shut up.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:26:01 AM PST

    •  The same "seething idiots" you refer to (4+ / 0-)

      are not only perpetually outraged but also are perpetually presenting themselves as victims - Christian victims of persecution, victims of business regulation,  victims of the poor and lazy and victims of government policies.  In reality, these people's insistence on individualism and believers in every person pulling himself up by his bootstraps, alone, are the victimizers of the American community.

      "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 04, 2014 at 06:51:00 AM PST

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  •  parents (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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    The number of kids living at home is rising--I'm wondering about the reverse, how many senior citizens are being housed by their children?  I'm guessing many less than 50 years ago.  A mobile society brings about drastic domestic disruptions, not good or bad, just inevitable.  I'm wondering if eventually the "me" society Republicans are going to become advocates of assisted suicide--euthanasia for the elderly is cheaper than a nursing home.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:28:52 AM PST

  •  For my household, (7+ / 0-)

    the Coke ad was probably the highlight of our (partial) viewing of the Super Bowl.  While I can't say, necessarily, that it gave my better 95+% and I smiles we both commented on how nice it was, noted that the diversity of faces / places / etc, and ... In terms of 'advertising', Coke has often provided ads that are just nice to listen to in terms of quality of sound/singing -- this time, happily, it wasn't their jingle but the multi-lingual rendition of America the Beautiful was simply, well, beautiful.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:30:53 AM PST

    •  I lost count (6+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gffish, tb mare, dbm, Miira, SoCalSal, alrdouglas

      of the number of times I tried to reply to Facebook posts about this matter, and simply quit due to an abject failure to find the words.

      Quite honestly, I am left wondering if the residents of "Dumbfuckistan" are simply, at this point, engaging in some perverse kind of performance art.

      There is so much "fail" in the over-reaction to nothing very much, that I am on irony overload.

      I did remark that if these large, successful, multi-national corporations are so un-American, then maybe we should stop them contributing quite so much to our elections.

      That was met with some blather about free-speech, and my head exploded.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:50:07 AM PST

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  •  Keystone a grass roots issue?.....Good luck with (0+ / 0-)

    that...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    It's deja vu all over again.

  •  Lessening restrictions on the 2nd Amendment.. (5+ / 0-)

    ..is a bedrock Republican platform idea.  It is a stated goal of the  Scalia/Alito/Thomas wing of the SC.  It is used to bash Democratic candidates across the country.  It is in direct contradiction to the Democratic Party platform, which encourages common-sense gun control legislation.

    This is why is has always astounded me that proponents of that idea are allowed to publish their propaganda on DKos freely and repetitively.  I'd be astonished to see a diary series on 'how the poor deserve what they get', or 'women are too stupid to make decisions about their bodies', or 'corporations should be allowed to pollute if it makes money'.. and yet I constantly see diaries that indicate 'more guns are the solution to gun violence.'

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. - George Orwell

    by Wayward Son on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:50:13 AM PST

    •  I always thought the kookers should be banned for (4+ / 0-)
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      gffish, BelgianBastard, dbm, SoCalSal

      their silly CT nonsense about "the government wants to confiscate all our guns !!!!!"

      It's tinfoil-hat Bircher nuttery, and it should have no place here.

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 06:12:48 AM PST

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    •  Worth a second look at an idiocy, so I will repeat (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      aznavy, SoCalSal

      from yesterday:

      Sticks are confiscated, firearms not in Virginia's capitol building. For pure idiocy read "Sticks and guns at the Virginia Capitol" where in summary:
      We were shocked to find that firearms were permitted inside the building. Why, then, the masquerade of going through security, being frisked and wanded and having our bags X-rayed? Even young mothers carrying babies were wanded. Ironically, during the celebration outside the Capitol, police told people holding a flag or a sign on a short stick to surrender their sticks “because they can be used as weapons.”

      Even more ironically, that morning, on the same spot, a group of gun-rights advocates gathered for their own celebration, most of them visibly carrying guns. Yet the police found that behavior perfectly acceptable. Sometimes life in Virginia is stranger than fiction.

      In the meantime I contemplated the full idiocy: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

      Ok, "arms." How did general "arms" turn into firearms?

      A flag on a traditional staff is on a replica of a pike, an "arm" for sure. A club, studded with sharp spikes, is an "arm" and so is several feet of sharpened, pointed steel—particularly within the context of the time of the founder's writing that amendment.

      So, I can see it now. Seizure of a flag or a sign on a short stick to surrender their sticks “because they can be used as weapons,” i.e., "arms," and a second amendment lawsuit as someone's sword or flag on a real pike is seized at Virginia's capitol. Let the fun begin!

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

      by pelagicray on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 07:48:46 AM PST

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  •  My only question (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aznavy

    When will Reince Priebus apologize to MSNBC?

    It didn't even take a week for his constituents to prove him wrong.

  •  insurance (0+ / 0-)

    I am required to carry insurance for my car because an accident will likely result in damage that will need to be repaired at my expense. Simple logic, gun owners should carry the same type of liability insurance. No insurance, no legal gun.

  •  Editorial balance (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, lay off all those wingnuts who are raising Cain about that America the Beautiful Superbowl ad getting so much attention!  

    It's only fair that America the Ugly should get equal time, and no one is better at representing America the Ugly than these wingnuts.  Giving all that air time to America the Beautiful was just unfair, and the wingers are just trying to restore the balance with their complaints.

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:44:32 PM PST

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