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Good morning. It's Thursday, March 6, and Chris Christie is still toast (for President; he still gets to be Governor).  

From NJ.com:

A new poll shows that while Gov. Chris Christie's overall job rating among New Jersey voters has stabilized, his marks on a defining issue of his governorship — the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort — have fallen.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll, released this morning, shows that 54 percent of voters approve of how the Republican governor has handled the state's rebuilding after the 2012 storm. That's a 15-point drop from a January survey and a 26-point slide from November.

NY Times:
When scientists made the stunning announcement last year that a baby born with H.I.V. had apparently been cured through aggressive drug treatment just 30 hours after birth, there was immediate skepticism that the child had been infected in the first place.

But on Wednesday, the existence of a second such baby was revealed at an AIDS conference here, leaving little doubt that the treatment works. A leading researcher said there might be five more such cases in Canada and three in South Africa.

More politics and policy below the fold.

David Ignatius:

Seeking the kind of perspective that [Scoop] Jackson offered back in 1980, I spoke Tuesday with one of America’s longest-serving national security veterans, former defense secretary Bob Gates. In addition to having run the Pentagon under Republican and Democratic administrations, Gates worked at the CIA for 26 years and was one of its leading Soviet analysts. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Kremlin decision-making.

What does Gates think about the Ukraine crisis? Distilled to its essence, his message would be the same as Jackson’s: Cool it, especially when it comes to public comments.

The foreign policy establishment  is not happy with these Republicans. Then again, who is?

Jonathan Capehart:

Not only that, Gates told Ignatius that Putin “holds most of the high cards” and that “considerable care needs to be taken in terms of what is said, so that the rhetoric doesn’t threaten what policy can’t deliver.” Ah, such reasonableness from the GOP. Pity Gates, now the chancellor of the College of William and Mary, isn’t in the Senate.
In the end, even he shared my lament. “It seems to me that trying to speak with one voice — one American voice — seems to have become a quaint thing of the past,” Gates told Ignatius. “I regret that enormously.” At least I’m in good company.
Via Greg Sargent, this is Larry Levitt from Kaiser Family Foundation on the delay in getting rid of junk plans under ACA:
This affects a small and dwindling number of people who still have old insurance policies that they bought on their own, but it give those people the option of keeping those old policies or switching to new coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It’s the best of all possible worlds for a small but vocal group of consumers, avoids a potential political landmine, and probably has only a minimal effect on the insurance market.

We’re talking about a small number of people to begin with, and it’s likely to get even smaller as people transition out of these old insurance plans. So, even though these people are probably healthier than average and in a separate insurance pool, it probably doesn’t affect the stability of the Affordable Care Act plans much at all.

On average, these folks turn their insurance over every 28 months or so. That's the baseline, and this move helps politically and does no harm policy wise. So why not?

Jonathan Cohn on Obama's budget:

The stakes in the fall may not be nearly as big as they were in 2008, when Obama was promising to reform health care and stop climate change—or in 2010, when Republicans were vowing to roll back Obama’s accomplishments and, then, roll back parts of the Great Society and New Deal. But those were unusually grandiose times. The difference between Democratic and Republican visions of government are still large—and in 2015, when the current spending agreement runs out, lawmakers will have to reconcile them. Obama’s budget is one vision for how to do that, which makes it worth taking seriously.
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  •  Wow. Christie holding up pretty well (8+ / 0-)

    Considering the shit storm he's been through, those numbers are surprisingly good.

    Now -- all of those investigators need to find something substantial and clearly wrong to hang incontrovertably around his neck.

    Otherwise, he'll be incredibly grateful for the timing of the kerfluffle.

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

    by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:39:40 AM PST

    •  But his prez daze are over. (5+ / 0-)
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      Which is good for our country

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:42:28 AM PST

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      •  His Prez daze can't be over because they never (3+ / 0-)
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        started.  Having been completely wrong about Mitt Romney in 2012,  I'm not ruling anybody out until I see the ballot.

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

        by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:47:14 AM PST

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        •  I hope he does run (2+ / 0-)
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          Maybe with Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Rick Scott thrown in for fun- a quartet of crooks for the GOP to parade in front of the nation.

          This is the BEST of the BEST!

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

          by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:40:03 AM PST

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          •  Be careful what you wish for. (1+ / 0-)
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            Democrats were ecstatic to face Ronald Reagan.
            Al Gore's guys were also pretty happy to see George Bush on the other side.

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

            by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:46:33 AM PST

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            •  Ronnie, evil though he was, looks like a bargain (2+ / 0-)
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              today.

              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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:22:33 AM PST

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              •  Might be a different world if self-proclaimed (0+ / 0-)

                "Tea Party" types walked the Ronnie walk instead of merely mangling the Ronnie talk.

                Ronnie did know how to compromise to get a deal (don't forget that Democratic House) and he was smart enough to recognize an opportunity with Gorbachev and jump on it to get the Start talks going.

                He also stood up for gay school teachers at a time when it wasn't exactly popular.

                He's a guy Kossacks love to hate, but, honestly, it's almost a mystery why the Palins and Cruzes and Limbaughs don't tar and feather the man in effigy.

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

                by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:56:02 AM PST

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                •  impossible. walking and simultaneously talking (1+ / 0-)
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                  requires a degree of coordination, balance, and functioning mental abilities that are sorely missing in today's TeaBuggered Morans.

                  What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

                  by agnostic on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:03:10 AM PST

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            •  The only way that a Republican (1+ / 0-)
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              could win the WH now is by cheating.
              Now, granted, passing laws restricting early voting or ridiculous ID requirements (or in the case of Kansas, creating a whole new class of voters that can't vote in state elections but can vote in federal elections) could possibly allow one of these crooks to win the White House, but the sheer numbers are against them.
              As an old friend in Florida told me, when Republicans do their best to make sure that minorities and the poor can't vote, it only makes minorities and the poor more determined to do so.

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

              by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:28:06 AM PST

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              •  Part of me wants to HR that comment. (1+ / 0-)
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                It is, to me, the first inkling of a slide into totalitarianism.

                But I know you from around here, and that makes a difference.

                Personally, I expect Republicans to win the White House in 2016.  Might not happen, but, if I were betting -- and my track record isn't such that I should bet -- it's what I would bet on.

                I'd be sorely tempted to place that bet if HRC is the Democratic candidate.  

                I base that only on history, and history's a good guide, but no more than that.

                There has been exactly one time since FDR that the same party has held the White House for three successive terms:

                The Reagan Administration followed by the first Bush administration.

                A big economic upturn could change everthing -- I'm sure it was part of the Reagan-Bush period.  

                After years of inflation, unemployment and generally scary economics, the economy went all boom-y with jacking prices.  Same thing could happen again.

                It was also a scary world back then, and -- goodness gracious you progressive folks are going to burn up over this -- Reagan to Bush looked good from that standpoint.

                Not sure how Democrats will play on the scary world front in 2016. Not a lot of home runs on that front.  No "tear down that wall" moments, or START treaties a'borning.  

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                by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:05:19 AM PST

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                •  Not sure about the HR part but the Scary2016 ... (0+ / 0-)

                  ... angle is an interesting topic. The GOP needs a bogeyman to scare people to the polls and Putin is stepping into the role with unusual gusto. Expect the next three years to be a media maelstrom designed to turn him into a villain of antichrist proportions. I think that HRCs recent Nazi comments are best viewed in this light. She recognizes that as President she needs to be not only competent enough to receive that 3am phone call and deal with it but also be perceived as vigilant enough to have planned for it. She needs to burnish her Bad Kirk credentials.

                  Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage... the nozzle.

                  by Terrapin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:30:06 AM PST

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                  •  HRC's Hitler comparisons are actually pretty good. (0+ / 0-)

                    Or, at least as good as you can get without actually knowing the man.  The parallels are striking.  The times are very different, though, even if Putin were Hitler.  Would Hitler have been so aggressive if he were risking nuclear obliteration?

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                    by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:52:43 AM PST

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    •  26 point slide (5+ / 0-)
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      since November. 350 pounds of burnt toast.

      •  This is early 2014. (3+ / 0-)
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        I'd be more impressed if it were early 2015.

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        by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:48:00 AM PST

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        •  Primary season will begin in less than a year (2+ / 0-)
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          (campaigning has already begun, for all intents and purposes), and it will take at least that long for the current investigations into "bridgegate" to reach their conclusions.  I think the timing is just about right.  There should be answers to questions by then that have as yet not yielded answers, giving Christie the cover of claimed ignorance.  If and when we get answers, either he won't be able to claim ignorance of the entire affair and his lies will be exposed, or he'll be shown to be far less the effective administrator he's claimed to be.

          A year is a lifetime in politics, and Christie's situation could change dramatically, but I don't see how it could get better.  Even if these investigations completely exonerate him of any criminality, his ways of conducting business and how he chooses his closest staff members will remain controversial and distasteful.

          "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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:59:28 AM PST

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          •  The key is what they find. (0+ / 0-)

            It helps Christie greatly that it is a Democratic Jihad against a Republican governor.

            That raises the bar on what must be found to do real damage. There might be some ugly nasty stuff out there, but if it doesn't come out, Christie has a nice sales pitch as the fightin' gov who  stood up to the corrupt New Jersey Democratic machine.

            New Jersey politics are dirty -- maybe not as dirty as my old home state of Illinois, but dirty enough to make the sales pitch work.

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

            by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:21:48 AM PST

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            •  The problem is, as Stephen Colbert notes, (1+ / 0-)
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              This isn't something arcane and difficult to understand, like campaign finance laws.

              This is about traffic and (apparently) revenge. It's really hard to miss the fact that what happened here was a bunch of staffers dicking over thousands of people in their own state for no good reason (it's a form of Fermi's paradox—if there were a valid, easily-accepted reason for it, we would have heard it by now).

              The best outcome Christie can hope for from the scandal is that it is proven he is merely incompetent at a fundamental aspect of his job (choosing public servants to fill top-level positions).

              We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

              by Samer on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:21:32 AM PST

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              •  Incompetent? (0+ / 0-)

                The best case is that he comes across as a mean and nasty politician.

                That could be beneficial in the right environment -- as opposed, say, to somebody who is constantly backpedaling and giving in.

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

                by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:28:28 AM PST

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    •  Unsurprising, really (4+ / 0-)
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      Does anyone really believe that GOP voters in Ia. and NH give a tinker's damn about bridge shenanigans in NJ/NYC?

      Unless Christie is indicted for something related to this (or another) scandal, there are 48 other states in the Union that aren't going to care terribly much about Bridgegate, and will chalk all the noise up to hardball East Coast politics.

      Don't pronounce Christie's political career dead until he takes up lodging in Graybar Hotel.  These GOP creeps are worse than zombies.

      •  you don't understand the dynamics (10+ / 0-)

        Rs don't like christie. he hugged Obama, and besides, he's a northesterner.

        They'd hold their nose for hi because he could win in a bipartisan way and attract Democrats.

        Except he can't. Gone forever, along with his WH ambition.

        Pretending Christie has a shot is pretending Susan G Koman is what it was.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

        by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:02:36 AM PST

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        •  Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, the real (3+ / 0-)
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          father of Obamacare and a slippery fork-tongued weasel besides.

          I never believed that would happen.
          I won't rule Christie out this early, if only because that leaves Rand Paul the  front runner.

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          by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:13:19 AM PST

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          •  in pundit world (4+ / 0-)

            "anything can happen" means "cover my butt by not having an opinion because I can't afford to be wrong".

            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

            by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:24:15 AM PST

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            •  I'm not in pundit world. I can afford to be wrong. (4+ / 0-)
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              The truth is that I think you are all wrong to rule out Christie this early.  A lot depends on what happens with all of those investigations.

              Again, I will be more impressed if he's looking bad a year from now.  

              And, just as I was in 2012, albeit in vain, I have trouble believing that Christie is the best the GOP can do.  I would rate Jeb Bush higher than Christie.  Who knows? If the economy continues without wind in its sails, or international tensions flare up the right way, maybe the country will forgive the last name.  Jeb is less like W and more like dad without being so out of  touch.  Toss in Mexican wife and up-and-coming handsome Spanish-speaking half-latino son, and you've got a unique proposition on the GOP side.

              Still -- Bush.  It's a hard sell.

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

              by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:47:04 AM PST

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              •  Bush is too moderate (1+ / 0-)
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                But we said that about Romney too. I think it will be between Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum.

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

                by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:43:32 AM PST

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                •  They will pick a moderate (2+ / 0-)
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                  There are too many conservatives to split that part of the ticket in the primaries. If Christie is basically a non-factor then Bush is the only moderate left with any name recognition.

                  •  There's still time for somebody to jump up, (0+ / 0-)

                    but -- hard to think of somebody charismatic enough to overcome current anonymity.  Events happen, though. Who'd ever heard of Wendy Davis before she staged her campaign filibuster?

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                    by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:12:20 AM PST

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                    •  I had, at least (1+ / 0-)
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                      In 2011 she filibustered a bill that cut $4 billion from the education budget.
                      It may be because I live about 50 miles from Texas, so I follow their politics more closely, but there were diaries here about it.

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

                      by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:50:18 AM PST

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              •  Another Bush? *blech* (1+ / 0-)
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                This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

                by Ellid on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:42:07 AM PST

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              •  well spelled out in new ABC WaPo poll (1+ / 0-)
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                Poll finds Republicans resistant to Chris Christie presidential candidacy echoing what I wrote before.

                three in 10 of all Republicans say they would not vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he ran for the White House.
                You can't win with that.

                "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:25:30 AM PST

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                •  Hmmm. Let's see...Republicans are about (0+ / 0-)

                  20% of the electorate. 30% of 20% would be about 6% of the electorate.

                  Yeah. That's fatal.

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                  by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:31:01 AM PST

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                  •  your math is off (0+ / 0-)

                    Romney got 93% of Rs who were 32% of the electorate in 2012.  He lost.  

                    Obama got 92% of Ds but they were 38% of the electorate. He won.

                    Christie can't win with 70% of Rs unless he gets Ds. That was his schtick, but it's gone now, forever.

                    http://www.cnn.com/...

                    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:38:26 AM PST

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                    •  Number of Republicans has continued downward. (0+ / 0-)

                      Might have rebounded some, but last number I saw was about 20%.

                      You, however, are making my argument: Unpopularity among Republicans is not a problem. In fact, popularity among Republicans might be a huge problem as it probably accompanies unpopularity with everybody else.

                      Unpopularity among independent voters IS a problem.

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                      by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:59:23 AM PST

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                      •  to an extent (0+ / 0-)

                        O lost them but won the election. However, a Dor R needs 85-90% of their tribe to win.  A third of Rs rejecting Christie dooms him. no way he can win. Can't happen. Toast.

                        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                        by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 01:22:10 PM PST

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                        •  Even if that were the case, a third today is (0+ / 0-)

                          not a problem.

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                          by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 01:38:58 PM PST

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                          •  I won't have a chance to show you the error (1+ / 0-)
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                            of your ways for a while ;-)

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:06:07 PM PST

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                          •  Convenient, ain't it? ;0) (1+ / 0-)
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                            To tell you the truth, I don't really feel Chris Christie as the candidate anyway. But, you remember how much I absolutely and completely refused to believe that Mitt Romney would get the nom last time.

                            I'm still waiting to wake up and discover that it's still 2011 and the whole thing is just getting underway.

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                            by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:21:09 PM PST

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                          •  more data (0+ / 0-)
                            According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 31 percent of Republicans want Mr. Christie to run for president, compared with 41 percent who do not.
                            if he's electable, he's hiding it pretty well.

                            http://www.nytimes.com/...

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:30:17 PM PST

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                          •  I wonder what Romney's numbers were at this point (0+ / 0-)

                            in 2010.

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

                            by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:58:08 PM PST

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                          •  sep 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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                            While former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin commands the national spotlight, turning out tea party activists and headlining rallies, for now it's Romney who claims the lead at 25 percent, months before an official field takes shape. Palin, GOP nominee John McCain's 2008 running mate, took second with 18 percent.

                            Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for third place with 16 percent. Finishing out the pack were Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 6 percent, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels with 4 percent and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour with 2 percent.

                            http://www.mcclatchydc.com/...

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:16:03 PM PST

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                          •  there's really no comparable numbers (0+ / 0-)

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:20:23 PM PST

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                          •  I seem to recall Romney being an acquired taste, (0+ / 0-)

                            hanging in, hanging tough, and letting others be the flavor of the day.

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                            by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:54:46 PM PST

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                          •  definitely last man standing (1+ / 0-)
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                            but he didn't do as much to offend the GOP base as Christie has.

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:08:57 AM PST

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                          •  Obamacare. (0+ / 0-)

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                            by dinotrac on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:33:45 AM PST

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                          •  obviously Rs didn't hold it against him (1+ / 0-)
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                            you'd think they would have.

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:28:48 PM PST

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                          •  It's one reason why I ignore all this "base will (0+ / 0-)

                            never but it" crap WRT Christie.  Romney was more liberal than Christie by a country mile.  Hell, he was governor of Massachusetts!

                            I know he said a few appeasing things, but did anybody anywhere believe him?

                            If somebody looks able to win in 2016, Republicans will find a way to get behind him or her. If HRC really does run (another chance for me to be wrong -- I don't think she'll be the Dem candidate), that will be even more true.

                            That last would be ironic, btw, because HRC, history aside, should be more acceptable to conservatives than just about any other Democrat I can think of.

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

                            by dinotrac on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 03:16:51 PM PST

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                          •  don't misunderstand (0+ / 0-)

                            voting is tribal. Most rally around nominee, some don't. But see McCain v Obama

                            http://www.cnn.com/...

                            McCain got 90% of Rs, O got 89. That year O won with indies.

                            In 2012, O won despite losing indies 50-45.

                            http://www.cnn.com/...

                            What's left of the R base is very conservative, esp. in primaries. And remember, there are more indies but they don't vote as heavily. Last 2 elections were D-R-I 39-32-29

                            However when a third of your base reject you, some of them declare themselves indies or don't vote.

                            The only way Rs win (they are a smaller tribe) is to rally their base and win indies as well.  Very difficult to do both.

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 04:16:26 AM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  2008 was like 2016 is likely to be: no incumbent (1+ / 0-)
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                            and an administration finishing out a weary 8 years.

                            We were damned well good and tired of both Bush and Republicans by 2008.  If things don't change in some fundamental and visible way, we will be damned well good and tired of Democrats in 2016, especially if you guys front a "same old-same old" candidate.

                            A big economic bounce could work wonders -- probably the reason George H.W. Bush was able to win election in 1988 to mark the one and only time since FDR that the same party has held the White House for three straight terms.

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

                            by dinotrac on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:54:16 AM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  indeed (1+ / 0-)
                            Recommended by:
                            dinotrac

                            it is, was, and has been the economy, stupid.

                            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                            by Greg Dworkin on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:58:48 AM PST

                            [ Parent ]

          •  Romney won (2+ / 0-)
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            because he had more money than anyone.
            I predict Ted Cruz will win Iowa, Rand will win NH, and then Santorum will take the southern states.
            Should be a fun (if very short) GOP primary.

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

            by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:42:24 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Who takes Florida (3+ / 0-)
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              Thats the key. Florida is the first big population state. Its also relatively moderate, with a diverse population. The winner of Florida has become the nominee in all 7 of the competitive primaries in the post-1968 primary era).

            •  He won because he had enough money to keep (2+ / 0-)
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              going while everybody else went poof.

              You don't need the most. You need enough.

              Well....let me moderate that.

              If you're a Mitt Romney or equally uninspiring candidate, you probably need the most.

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

              by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:15:13 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  LOL, how true. (2+ / 0-)
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                I'm trying to think who could inspire the moderates to come out and vote in the primaries.
                Jeb Bush is probably The One. He's the only one who hasn't pandered to the far right, but its very early...

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

                by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:32:02 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

            •  I want more Michele Bachman's, The Donald's... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...the Herman Caines of the R-world to run. They were ever so much fun, though Rand Paul promises to liven things up a bit.

              Cruz is just plain evil, the re-incarnation of Joe McCarthy. I would not care to test the American people's fine discernment with him against HRC. If they fucked it up, we'd be likewise effed in extremis.

              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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:29:24 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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                in  an effort to control the Clown Car aspect of the primary, they've reduced the number of debates and will pick their nominee in late June or early July, instead of late summer like they did in 2012 (primaries will end in May).
                That also means it's more likely that the one with the most money will win again, since they can blanket several states at once with millions.
                I was really looking forward to the debates, too. :(

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

                by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:40:49 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  True dat...And not permanently wound one of their (1+ / 0-)
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                  chosen fewer clowns. I only saw the R debates b/c of Rachel, but still pretty big-time fun.

                  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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:56:09 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

      •  to get a sense of this, watch him at CPAC (6+ / 0-)

        "I'm more conservative than Ronald Reagan" (not a direct quote)  and other nonsensical positioning. He can no longer run as the great uniter of parties.

        Actually the current (but vulnerable) front runner is Rand Paul.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

        by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:05:51 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  he's a bully- Bridgegate proved that (1+ / 0-)
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        That will resonate in other states.

        No one likes a bully.

        Particularly mothers who have or have had kids in school who have been bullied.

      •  No, folks in IA may not care about (2+ / 0-)
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        shenanigans in NJ, but I think they'll find his bully bravado offensive. That's just my take on midwest nice.

      •  Its dead (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        skohayes

        Not because of Bridgegate in particular, but because the Brdige thing will put enough doubt into donors minds that he won't have the funds to run an effective campaign. And without that money, voters won't ever hear about him.

        And nationally, he probably has lost independents - if you are conservative Republican voting for him in the primaries, it would be because you thought he could win the national election - THAT is almost surely gone - outside groups on the left would be running non-stop on all of the mini-scandals and tirades - just loops of him berating some poor school teacher.

        The real question is - who jumps into the "moderate" Republican void - Jeb? Walker?

  •  Local radio wingnut....'If Obamacare is so great (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JaxDem, MartyM, skohayes, TerryDarc

    then why is he extending the junk plans?...huh?...huh?'

  •  #XLdissent (15+ / 0-)

    Good morning! And thanks for the APR, Greg.

    I hope that our wonderful roster of “Public Comments” diaries yesterday will have prompted anyone reading this diary and its comment thread to send comment(s) to the State Department between now and TOMORROW night (Friday 3/7 @ 11:59 PM EST)  to express your opposition to the KXL pipeline.

    I honestly cannot pick a favorite from Wednesday's diaries; they were all strong and impressive. If you want to check them out, please go to the Climate Change SOS diary list and look for those posts made on 3/5/14 with the word Keystone in the title.

    Today’s diary roster (all times Pacific):
    8:00 am: FishOutofWater.
    11:00 am: Van Jones, President & Co-founder of Rebuild the Dream.
    1:00 pm: catilinus.
    3:00 pm: James Wells.
    Remember, one can submit more than one comment. I plan to work up at least two dozen today and tomorrow. Maybe we should have a separate diary to keep track? ;) I am really enjoying reading the ones that people share; they provide inspiration as well as information.

    Please don’t wait. Take the time to do it TODAY. And tomorrow, the last day! Thank you very much!



    XL Pipeline "Public Comments" Blogathon: March 3-7, 2014




    Let your voice be heard by opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline.  
    The deadline for submission of comments is March 7, 2014.

    Writing public comments in opposition to the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is as easy as posting comments at Daily Kos. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard directly to the White House without interference by the media, lobbyists or the GOP.  We have until March 7 to express our views on whether or not building the big tar sands pipeline is in the vital national interest of the United States.

    In the past, public comments have absolutely made a difference.  Please don't delay as it is the last opportunity to affect this public debate.  Submit your comments today.


    For more helpful tips, please consult "Tips for Submitting Effective Comments" at regulations.gov, the website where you will be posting your comments.  Additional details about some of the guest diarists are in this diary by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.  

    Support Small Business: Shop Kos Katalogue If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:50:48 AM PST

    •  Coal company fined! (5+ / 0-)
      3/6/14.....AP -- One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into waterways across five Appalachian states.

      The proposed settlement is the largest ever of its kind. Alpha Natural Resources released a statement Wednesday.....

      In total, EPA documented at least 6,289 violations of permit limits for pollutants that include iron, pH, total suspended solids, aluminum, manganese, selenium, and salinity. These violations occurred at 794 different discharge points, or outfalls.

      ...The government says they discharged heavy metals harmful to fish and other wildlife directly into rivers and streams.

      http://www.wsaz.com/...

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:59:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  $27.5 million is a pittance. That's (2+ / 0-)
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        a medical malpractice settlement.

      •  $27.5 million dollar fine won't come close (1+ / 0-)
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        to the cost of cleaning up the damage done across five states.  And it's questionable whether $200 million will be sufficient to curtail the toxic discharges since the leaking chemical tanks and ash and slurry pools responsible for the contamination will have to be moved and replaced or drained and repaired.

        "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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:14:56 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Easy to comment, everyone should! (5+ / 0-)

      You don't need to write a tome or even an essay, just write a sentence that notes your opposition to the proposed Keystone Pipeline.  

      "I opposed the Keystone Pipeline; the threat to our environment is not in America's best interests."

      Thanks for the reminder!

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:27:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Gooper on the House floor yesterday: We believe in (5+ / 0-)

    climate change...we are not convinced that man is contributing to it.'

    The glacier is melting.

    •  ITs a sequence (1+ / 0-)
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      skillet

      First deny the problem
      Once thats untenable (if its not already, it will be once the oceans start pumping all of their stored heat back into the atsmophere) then deny that we are causing it
      Once that becomes untenable then deny that its a problem that we should worry about (whats a couple feet of sea level here or there)
      Once that is prove wrong, say oh well - its too late - we should just adjust.

      Various entities within the denier community are at various stages in this continuum.

      •  The easy three step process as follows (0+ / 0-)

        1. Deny the problem
        2. Confuse the issue
        3. Shift the blame

        This works for everything.

        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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:41:48 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  The sheer amount of blatant criminality republican (11+ / 0-)

    voters will accept is amazing and - in a way - hysterical.

    It is likely rooted in their abject delusional worldview, which discounts reality whenever it interferes with those bizarre but feel-good delusional ideas circulate in their tiny minds, like gasses in a septic tank.

    It's not funny, though, because their dumbshit acceptance of this friggin crimewave called "the republican agenda" is shitting on MY edge of the world, impacting ME needlessly with shit I can do without, see no need for, and really wonder why other simply tolerate it - as if these fuckers have a legitimate right to systematically fuck up the one life I/we have.

    I keep a lookout for more people figuring this out.

    We should be paralyzing Washington DC with occupation. Shut it down, screw up the life there as they know it -  we need something similar to arm-twisting.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:52:28 AM PST

  •  The Docs treating the HIV infants (7+ / 0-)

    must feel they're walking a tightrope.  Bravo that they've had the courage to take these first steps.

    How fortuitous this event:

    Then, 18 months later, the mother stopped taking the baby to appointments and stopped giving the drugs. Five months later, when she came to an appointment, doctors feared the baby would be teeming with virus.

    Instead, to their astonishment, they found none. And Dr. Persaud’s testing has found none, despite using tests normally able to detect dormant virus in adult patients on successful treatment.

    that undoubtedly provides info that otherwise would not have been available.  

    Thanks for including this today, Greg and I hope you'll give us updates.

    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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:54:23 AM PST

    •  In that case, bravo for Mom! (0+ / 0-)

      Even though she was an idiot toward her child, it's worked out well for everyone else. Science is made in strange, unexpected ways sometimes.

      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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:44:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  More good HIV news: (1+ / 0-)
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        In a small, 12-person study, researchers were able to modify some of the participants' immune cells to make them immune to HIV infection.  The article describes this as "HIV shielding", although it'd be more accurate to say they removed receptors on the modified cells to make it impossible for HIV to latch onto them.

        Millions of T-cells were taken from the blood and grown in the laboratory until the doctors had billions of cells to play with.

        The team then edited the DNA inside the T-cells to give them the shielding mutation - known as CCR5-delta-32.

        About 10 billion cells were then infused back in, although only around 20% were successfully modified.

        When patients were taken off their medication for four weeks, the number of unprotected T-cells still in the body fell dramatically, whereas the modified T-cells seemed to be protected and could still be found in the blood several months later.

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

        by FogCityJohn on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:45:45 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  What was a death sentence 25 years ago (0+ / 0-)

          and is still a very serious illness and terribly expensive now may be treatable in the near future. We are living in an age of miracles and wonder.

          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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:55:09 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Junk Insurance policies are the essence (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    skohayes

    of capitalism.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:54:54 AM PST

  •  So many thoughts on AIDS baby (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    greenbird

    First, that is good news.
    Is there ever a point at which they can call the child cured?  I understand that the AIDS virus is exceptionally good at hiding out.

    But then --

    Wow!

    So many drugs to give somebody so young -- and to keep giving them.  I know there's not a whole lot of choice in the matter, but if drugs are going to have serious negative impacts, it's going to be on young developing bodies.   That part is a shame.

    And, finally --

    The baby in foster care, ward of the state, made Tuskegee Syphilis Study alarm bells go off in my head.  Not that there's any hanky panky going on.

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

    by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:55:44 AM PST

  •  Morning Greg! Great news: (10+ / 0-)

    Spread it around to our colleagues on the FP and everyone else here:

    Getty Images, the world's largest photo agency, has removed copyright restrictions on vast swathes of its library in an effort to combat piracy.

    Millions of images - including famous shots of Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama - will now be available to blogs and social media sites free of charge.

    The photos will be "framed" with a code that links back to Getty's website.

    BBC News
  •  Happy CPAC Day! (14+ / 0-)

    Our annual opportunity to fill up on distilled essence of conservative crazy, and Ann Coulter's latest pronouncement on the next presidential race.  Last time we got this from her:

    "If we don’t run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we’ll lose."
    Go ahead and fill in the blanks for this year:

    "If we don't run _, _ will be the nominee and we'll lose."

    My guess: "Rand Paul, Jeb Bush."

    -

  •  Alan Grayson (7+ / 0-)
    3/5/14....The behind-the-scenes turbulence of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's family life continued to spill into public view Wednesday as his attorneys worked to combat his wife's recently revealed domestic-violence allegations.

    The congressman's lawyers revealed video of the domestic incident that played out at the Grayson home Saturday, which they said proved that Lolita Grayson committed an attack, not her husband.

    "He was hoping that this matter would stay in the courts and outside of the press, but since horrendous accusations have been made against him ... he believes that the truth must come out," Grayson's attorney Mark NeJame told reporters during a news conference in downtown Orlando.

    The dispute could cloud Grayson's re-election campaign this year, though political observers said Wednesday that several factors — from the video to the heavily Democratic composition of his district — could lessen the damage.

    The recording does not show Alan Grayson committing any violence, though there are about four seconds in which the couple are off-camera in the vicinity of the front door.

    When they are back in frame, Lolita Grayson is seen pushing or striking Alan Grayson twice. He retreats.

    In her petition for the injunction, Lolita Grayson said her husband shoved her against a door, causing her to fall down. She acknowledged pushing her husband in the face but said it was an act of self-defense.

    ....After playing the video several times, the congressman's attorneys distributed the statement from the couple's adult daughter.

    "At no time did my father hit or push my mother," Skye Grayson, 18, said in her statement. "In fact, my father backed away from my mother when she became physically aggressive."

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/...

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:03:17 AM PST

  •  Funny seeing Bill Kristol (7+ / 0-)

    at the Morning Joe table this morning. They must have missed Rachel on Jon Stewart last night mocking the pundits (Joe) for even inviting Kristol & his ilk to beat more war drums after selling us Iraq. As she said, shame on us (Joe) for even asking their opinions. And there he sits.

    •  Morning Joke, that is. (5+ / 0-)

      Indeed, they followed up Kristol with Scarborough (supported by Willy Geist and Harold Ford) singing the praises of the Koch brothers, who "donate millions to hospitals" and who, when spending on anti-Obamacare ads "are only promoting an idea that a majority of Americans agree with them on" (Joe hasn't been reading the polls lately).

      They were defending the Koch brothers from the "below-his-office" attacks by Harry Reid (and comparing Harry Reid to Darrel Issa).

       That show is becoming Faux News Lite.

      "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

      by GoodGod on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:33:57 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Talk about a security threat (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, skohayes, wintergreen8694

    These Neocon hawks with their media hyped posturing only add to the potential for escalation. No major CIA effort is necessary to fix this neocon problem, just a little duct tape over their word holes.

    "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

    by GoodGod on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:09:50 AM PST

  •  I'm surprised that in today's APR there is no (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Stude Dude, wintergreen8694

    mention of the changes in the SAT test coming in the next couple years.  Hopefully these changes will make the questions and requirements of the test more accessible for minority and rural students.  It's always seemed strange to me that questions on the test and writing requirements could be standardized - and carry so much weight in college admissions - when there has been no standardized curriculum required to be taught in all high schools.

    I welcome the day when SAT and ACT scores are used by fewer and fewer colleges to determine admission eligibility. It will make the job of determining eligibility by admission administrators more complicated, but it will be much fairer for students of diverse backgrounds.

    "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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:49:00 AM PST

    •  SAT was forced to make these changes (0+ / 0-)

      because the rival ACT is becoming more popular.

      It seemed to me that the SAT just shows who has the money to pay for prep classes.

      (Parent to senior in college and senior in high school, so we've been in SAT mode for a few years now.)

      "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 wintergreen8694 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:27:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yay! APR is back! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    freerad

    Something is missing in my mornings without it.

    I had to cheer myself up by sketching a steam-powered spaceship that looks like a Combine.

    Not to mention a Punk orchestrion.... =:o

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:20:20 AM PST

  •  #CPACPanels on Twitter: (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TerryDarc, alrdouglas
    Who Do Liberals Think They're Fooling With This 'Science' Hooey?
    How to camouflage your discrimination by making it look like your trying to protect your religious freedoms
    Shooting Black People For Dummies
    Huckabee's Top Ten Tips to Control Women's Libido
    Defending 'Religious Liberty' While Refusing to Allow Churches to Perform Legal Gay Marriages If They Want To
    Why did we give women the vote? WHY?

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

    by skohayes on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:16:21 AM PST

    •  Bravo...except (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      skohayes
      Why did we give ___ the vote? WHY?
      Fill in the blank. ;-)

      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 Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:52:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

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