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LA Clippers take down web site and post 'we are one' yesterday after owner banned for life
What the LA Clippers web site looked like yesterday.
I wish I was in LA, I would be at the Clipper game tonight!
@MagicJohnson
NY Times:
The National Basketball Association on Tuesday handed a lifetime ban to the longtime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, an extraordinary step in professional sports and one intended to rid the league of Mr. Sterling after he was recorded making racist comments.

N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would try to force Mr. Sterling to sell the Clippers, fully expecting to get the necessary three-quarters approval from other team owners. It would be a rare, if not unprecedented, move for a North American professional sports league — made even more unusual by the fact that the N.B.A. is punishing Mr. Sterling for comments he made in a private conversation.

NY Times:
In a major environmental victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate the smog-causing pollution from coal-fired power plants that wafts across state lines from 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast.

The 6-to-2 ruling upholds a centerpiece of what has become a signature of President Obama’s environmental agenda: a series of new Clean Air Act regulations aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants. Republicans and the coal industry have criticized the effort as a “war on coal.”

More politics and policy below the fold.

NY Times:
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin’s law requiring voters to produce state-approved photo identification cards at polling places, advancing a new legal basis — the Voting Rights Act — for similar challenges playing out around the nation.

Judge Lynn Adelman, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, found that the state’s 2011 law violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution as well as the Voting Rights Act, which bars states from imposing rules that abridge a citizen’s right to vote based on race or color.

Keep in mind that WI Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to be President.

SB nation:

Prior to NBA commissioner Adam Silver banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for recorded racial comments asking his female friend V. Stiviano to stop publicly associating with black people, the Golden State Warriors had planned a complete walkout that they hoped would have included the Clippers players had the punishment not been strong enough, Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News reports.
The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.

Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.

Silver decision of a lifetime ban, $2.5 million fine and a plan to force Sterling to sell the team was enough to satisfy the Warriors and the walkout was avoided, which hearkens back to the 1964 NBA All-Star Game in which the players threatened to strike if NBA owners did not recognize the players' union.
AP:
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called Donald Sterling's purported comments about minorities "abhorrent" while saying he didn't think the NBA could force him out as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Speaking in Dallas' locker room before Game 4 of a first-round series against San Antonio on Monday night, Cuban said he trusted Commissioner Adam Silver to "operate under the best interest of the NBA."

The outspoken billionaire said it was a "slippery slope" to suggest that Sterling should be forced out as owner over comments made in the privacy of his home.

"What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent," Cuban said. "There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with. But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope."

Avik Roy (conservative):
Most pundits are focused on the likelihood of Republican gains in 2014, fueled by an older, whiter electorate and the unpopularity of Obamacare. But the real prize is 2016. If Republicans can’t retake the White House in 2016, conservatives will have little to no opportunity to shape the future of the health-care entitlement leviathan.

And there’s good reason to believe that Republicans will lose in 2016. Here’s my thinking. In the Republican presidential primary leading up to that election, no aspiring GOP nominee will stray from the “repeal and replace” incantation that has become de rigueur among conservatives. To do otherwise will risk being called a RINO: a Republican In Name Only.

So, a repealer-and-replacer gets nominated by the GOP, much to the satisfaction of conservatives. That nominee runs against Hillary Clinton, whose only campaign ad of the year points out that for the 35 million people on Obamacare-sponsored health coverage, you won’t be able to keep your plan under the Republicans. If 70 percent of those 35 million people vote for Hillary, Republicans lose in a landslide.

Republican politicians won’t admit this out loud, but they are well aware of this problem. And they’re trying, with baby steps, to explain that to the voting public.

WSJ:
A Doctor's Declaration of Independence

It's time to defy health-care mandates issued by bureaucrats not in the healing profession.

Two reasons the above article, written by an orthopedist, is annoying. Reason #1: Serious Surgical Mistakes: At Least 4000 Annually in US and Reason #2:
By the way, compensation for orthopedic surgeons up 27% from 2011 to 2013. I'm just saying... http://t.co/... http://t.co/...
@aaronecarroll
It's hard to argue that things set up to improve quality are unnecessary, given the number of annual surgical errors, and having that argument made by a well compensated specialist whose salary has gone up and not down in the era under complaint is just galling. Quality is hugely important, and not just a minor annoyance that gets in the way of making money. So he hates electronic records. Anyone want to bet on whether you can read this guy's handwriting?

The Upshot:

The American response to Thomas Piketty’s new book on inequality has been rapturous, with reviews comparing the author, a French economist, to Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx.

Oddly, the French’s response to their native son’s book has been considerably more aloof. While French journalists and pundits enjoyed the book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” there was no Beatlemania and, unlike Esquire magazine, no one declared it “the most important book of the century.”

Doug Henwood, a journalist for Left Business Observer, who is writing about the book’s reception in America for a French audience, says in an email that the book’s success in the United States “has the French scratching their heads,” although French sales are starting to pick up. Some found the book interesting when it was published in French last year, others found it lacking, but most French reviewers and intellectuals reacted as they would to any other recent economics book of interest.

We have several hypotheses to explain the more muted French response.

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  •  Obama environmental victory (31+ / 0-)

    Except for the environmental impact of Scalia's head exploding.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:34:35 AM PDT

  •  Hellofagoodjob, Commish Silver. (17+ / 0-)

    Now the phrase "Sterling reputation" will take on a whole new meaning.  

    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 Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:35:48 AM PDT

    •  Hi Ho Silver Away? nt (6+ / 0-)

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

      by JML9999 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:38:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  A thought occured in connection to Sterling and (10+ / 0-)

      the windfall to him in a forced sale. Kind of like the value of the Titanic pre and post iceberg. Market forces should apply. This, from an article on the legal aspects indicates why:

      “He may be a belligerent S.O.B., but he’s not insane,” said Gary R. Roberts, a professor of sports law at Indiana University. “I don’t think that the other league owners are going to be able legally to kick him out. But they’re not going to have to. This guy doesn’t want to own a business that will be bankrupt in short order.”
      The brand is bad. Sponsors are bailing. Fans and players are watching. The franchise's "value" today cannot be what it was two weeks or a month ago. The offer should economically now be far less that before the brand was so damaged and, if there is no change in ownership, will continue to be damaged.

      Half a billion and sinking with every day the Sterling name continues to be associated with the brand.

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

      by pelagicray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:07:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What is still being ignored about Sterling... (6+ / 0-)

      The press is all over what Sterling said to his mistress, but not a peep from our stenographers, er, pressitutes about Sterling's treatment of people who rent in his buildings.

      Not a peep about how Sterling pulls every dirty trick in the book to force people of color out of the buildings he owns and how Sterling doesn't want people of color, gays or the poor in his buildings.

      Not a peep about how he buys up apartments in Koreatown, evicts everyone, tears the building down and builds "luxury" apartments that do not fall under Los Angeles's Rent Stabilization ordinance.

      Not a peep about why Sterling promised to build affordable housing in Skid Row, yet he never did that.

      Nope, not a peep about that, but when it comes to what he told his mistress, all hell breaks loose...

      •  It's just bidness (0+ / 0-)

        For heaven's sakes, the rest is just about profit, and all those other plutocrat owners know it.

      •  In addition, Mr Bacon (1+ / 0-)
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        Joe Bacon

        Sterling says he "gives his players everything...houses, cars, food" just the words a plantation owner uses regarding his ungrateful slaves. Whoever would want to play on that team? Playoff teams, any team, EARNS their pay.

        Not mentioned in the MSM is Sterling's wife sitting watching games while Sterling sits with a girlfriend. He not only is a racist, he's a sexist. He denigrates everyone who isn't as rich as he. What a prize!

    •  I was thinking of a demotivational poster (3+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, MaikeH, JaxDem

      Based on the cognitive dissonance of a photo of Mr. Sterling versus text from that smug Thomas Sowell quote: "A Racist is a Conservative that just won an argument with a Liberal".

      Gee, maybe sometimes a bigot is just a fscking bigot.

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

      by Stude Dude on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:57:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Avik Roy (conservative) (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Aunt Pat, TerryDarc

    Floyd R Turbo (American)

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:37:39 AM PDT

  •  In addition, there was a botched state sponsored (10+ / 0-)

    killing in OK & another mass murdering shooter in GA.

    I'm glad the NBA players showed unity. Labor beat management, yeah!

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:42:02 AM PDT

    •  Surprised nothing about the botched execution (0+ / 0-)

      Although that seems to be a subject where even a lot of people on this site feel that a part of the Constitution can be optional.

    •  Executions are "botched" more often than many (9+ / 0-)

      know. The big surprise to me in MSNBC coverage last night was lack of focus on what appears an even bigger issue going far beyond executions.

      The report was that the Oklahoma Supreme Court had ruled for the plaintiff on the technical matter of the "secret" drugs, stayed the execution and the Governor had said she'd go ahead despite that ruling. That would make her an "outlaw" but apparently the court caved!

      If we are in a situation where governors can defy the judicial system without consequence we are indeed past any form of democracy except the mob. The system is flat out broken if that is the actual situation in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

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

      by pelagicray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:25:17 AM PDT

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      •  Andrew Jackson did it to the SCOTUS; republicons (2+ / 0-)
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        pelagicray, TerryDarc

        are dictators by nature. They don't respect the "rule of law".  They only respect money &/or power.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:25:25 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  What democracy? (0+ / 0-)

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:25:59 AM PDT

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        •  Actually this demonstrates mob democracy. Enough (3+ / 0-)
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          a2nite, FogCityJohn, RiveroftheWest

          people vote for people unwilling to follow a constitution, a document intended to place limits on raw democracy and, in our system, protect the rights of those not in a temporary majority, and you have pure, raw, mob democracy without legal limits. Call it a lord of the flies system.

          This is a case where we should have something in the national constitution strictly enforcing the rule of law in the states. Then ideologues and "states rights" agitators are much more interested in enforcing their will than our system. Also, if pigs had wings . . .

          I hear lots of—as late as last night in a discussion of how the U.S. now matches an oligarchy—of "should" haves. The reality is that we have the wealthy 1% combined with the hard core nutter 20% we seem to have against every step of progress gridlocking our politics now. Combine that with an apathetic general citizenry that cannot be bothered to actually vote when it really counts in local, state and midterm elections to clean those bastards out so progress can be made on things hard science supports any national enforcement of constitutional systems is hopeless.

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

          by pelagicray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:16:46 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  The Legislature also threatened to (4+ / 0-)

        impeach the Justices for daring to stay the execution.
        But as you said, Fallin was going to ignore them anyway (that would have made an interesting court case), and it all went bad, and now they look like idiots (not that that is anything new down there).

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

        by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:42:34 AM PDT

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      •  I haven't seen this anywhere: (1+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest
        The report was that the Oklahoma Supreme Court had ruled for the plaintiff on the technical matter of the "secret" drugs, stayed the execution and the Governor had said she'd go ahead despite that ruling. That would make her an "outlaw" but apparently the court caved!
        Do you have a link?  I find it absolutely extraordinary.

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

        by FogCityJohn on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:11:17 AM PDT

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      •  Nevermind (1+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest

        I found the same information in an NYT article.  The governor defying the state's supreme court.  Incredible.

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

        by FogCityJohn on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:24:17 AM PDT

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  •  it would be nice (5+ / 0-)

    if all the outraged pro players of all sports would stop supporting the gop just because they are concerned with paying their fair shore of taxes needed to run a compassionate and responsible govt, just saying.

  •  Boomer joints are wearing out. (7+ / 0-)

    and are being replaced in record numbers. I think this is the main reason orthopedic surgery is doing so well. They're gaining confidence and people are less reticent to get the surgery.
    Obesity, of course, amplifies the joint problems.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:47:05 AM PDT

    •  IIRC protocol mandates Blood Thinners (3+ / 0-)
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      xxdr zombiexx, David54, skohayes

      for joint replacement

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

      by JML9999 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:50:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I replace my joints weekly (7+ / 0-)

      after I have smoked 'em all up.

      :D

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

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:45:07 AM PDT

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    •  I probably know at least (2+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694, tb mare

      a dozen people who have had arthroscopic surgeries on their knees, and get little relief. So their orthopedic suggests maybe they should do it again...

      About 700,000 people may be getting a knee surgery each year that doesn’t work as well as they had hoped, new research suggests. In fact, it may be no better than a "sham" procedure.

      The surgery is an arthroscopic procedure called a partial meniscectomy, and doctors perform it to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with a tear in the knee’s meniscus -- the cartilage that helps cushion the knee. But a new study that randomized people to receive either the surgery or a “sham” procedure that simulated it found no difference between pain symptoms or other measures of quality of life between the two groups.

      “These results argue against the current practice of performing arthroscopic partial meniscectomy in patients with a degenerative meniscal tear,” concluded the study’s authors in the new research, published Dec. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/...

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

      by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:46:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Avik Roy....let's say you're a whackadoodle safely (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, GoodGod, skohayes

    ensconced in a gerrymandered district....Your turn.

    •  Avik Roy worries about 2016 (5+ / 0-)

      and he'd be right. Except that the results of the 2014 election, with the Dems holding the Senate, will have exposed the Don Quixote windmill that Obamacare is for the GOP.
      The right's anti-Obamacare fetish will be replaced by some other by 2016.

      "Inequality is the root of social evil." ― Pope Francis

      by GoodGod on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:56:39 AM PDT

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      •  PS They'll still lose in 2016 (4+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, bear83, Stude Dude, Calamity Jean

        Obviously BENGHAZI won't help them against Hillary either.

        "Inequality is the root of social evil." ― Pope Francis

        by GoodGod on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:58:29 AM PDT

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        •  But they WILL try (1+ / 0-)
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          Calamity Jean

          Not that they'll convince anyone who is already convinced to vote against HRC, but they WILL say it. Be ready. Ready to laugh in their faces.

          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 Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:54:20 AM PDT

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      •  I predict the right's anti-Obamacare fetish (1+ / 0-)
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        offgrid

        will be replaced before the 2014 election, around late summer I think.  After what happened to Rick Scott yesterday and the truth about the law being thrown in other Republican politicians' faces lately, their claims will collapse long before 2016.

        "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

        by SueDe on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:34:56 AM PDT

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  •  Obama the drone master - popular culture NY Times (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, xxdr zombiexx
    “We were trying to find a bridge to the same sort of questions that Barack Obama has to address,” said Joe Russo, who with his brother, Anthony, directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “If you’re saying with a drone strike, we can eradicate an enemy of the state, what if you say with 100 drone strikes, we can eradicate 100? With 1,000, we can eradicate 1,000? At what point do you stop?”
    ...
    The public relations machinery of the White House assiduously tries to control Mr. Obama’s image and legacy, but there is nothing it can do to stop artistic interpretation of his policies. After inheriting a post-Sept. 11 surveillance state and security apparatus from President George W. Bush, Mr. Obama pulled back in some areas and expanded others. Artists have focused particularly on the N.S.A. spying revelations disclosed by Edward J. Snowden and the president’s “kill list” of terrorists targeted by drones.

    “The drone wars are really one of Obama’s signature foreign policies,” said Trevor Paglen, a photographer whose fuzzy images of flying drones are exhibited in galleries around the world. “We are living in a moment that’s characterized by this mass surveillance. I think art can help us call attention to certain things. It can help contribute to the cultural vocabulary that we use.”

    The Rise of the Drone Master: Pop Culture Recasts Obama

    the article above is from the NY times and also posted today from the top literary publication in the country, the NY Review of Books and article on drones and the Senate vote that the "citizens" cannot know how many have been killed. The italics are in the original of this quote

    Obama has overseen the killing of several thousand people in drone strikes since taking office.
    How Many Have We Killed?

    There is a REC article today about a cop killing in my home town Long Beach CA. Another consequence of militarized police and increasing violence in our already violent society. What kind of image does a president who orders murder set for the rest of society?

  •  Monday's Numbers....on Wednesday... (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999
  •  War on coal? (9+ / 0-)

    That is what cons call the market decision to opt for somewhat cleaner natural gas rather than it's dirtier relative.  They all love the market until it doesn't love them.  BTW, since the same emission standards will apply to a plant burning natural gas, isn't this also a war on gas?

    •  True that...It's the natural gas commercials (3+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, skohayes, Egalitare

      I see all the the time saying 'COAL SUCKS.'

    •  And when the market doesn't love them they rig the (8+ / 0-)

      game. Look at the Koch and others trying to drive a spike into solar. Haven't followed the story, but heard a bit about Florida TP/GOP legislators getting on the big boy's bandwagon to gut micro brewers.

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

      by pelagicray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:56:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I didn't read the links in that comment (3+ / 0-)

        but did you hear that Oklahoma is now taxing privately owned solar panels? Of course, Republicans didn't call it a tax, they call it a "fee", but it means little difference to the homeowner or business owner taking advantage of renewable energy.

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

        by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:55:25 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  One wonders! First, a "fee" for just what? Second, (2+ / 0-)
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          skohayes, Calamity Jean

          the sheer hypocrisy among people that jump up and down for "independence" and "less gobbimint"—fucking pithed frog hypocrites! One indeed wonders how such blatant behavior can not result in them being thrown out of office if not in jail. Too much petroleum spirits in the water there?

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

          by pelagicray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:22:11 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Think OK Lege said (2+ / 0-)
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            skohayes, pelagicray

            these (miserable) Solar fanatics were hooked up to THEIR grid, fergodsakes. Can't let them do THAT for free!

            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 Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:57:15 AM PDT

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          •  I love this justification (2+ / 0-)
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            offgrid, pelagicray

            from the power company spokesperson:

            The practice of utility customers providing home-generated power to the grid and receiving credits for the power they produce is called "net metering," and is legal in most states. But, it is something the electric power industry considers a threat to traditional utilities, which use centralized power sources that distribute electricity to customers via the power grid.

            "Right now, a distributed generation customer is really paying less for the maintenance of the infrastructure than our other customers," despite the up-front costs of installing solar panels on a roof, said Kathleen O'Shea, spokeswoman for Oklahoma Gas and Electric, or OGE, one of the state's largest utilities.

            Of OGE's 800,000 customers, between 200 and 400 of them use rooftop solar or wind, she said.

            "As solar prices come down and this becomes more popular, we want to make sure everybody who's using the grid is paying their fair share," she said, adding that it’s unfair for the utility's traditional customers -- roughly 799,600 of them -- to foot the bill for grid maintenance when several hundred people end up saving money by using their own solar panels to provide power to the utility while not paying the grid maintenance surcharge.

            "It's kind of like, let's get this done now before we are suddenly having 20,000 customers," O'Shea said.

            While OGE and other utilities say it's unfair that wind and solar owners aren't being charged for grid maintenance, those owners aren't getting compensated for the excess clean power they put into the grid for everyone else to use. And it doesn't take into account the upfront costs of installing solar panels or wind turbines themselves.

            http://www.weather.com/...

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

            by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:05:28 AM PDT

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    •  Except that natural gas burns cleaner (except for (2+ / 0-)
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      offgrid, Calamity Jean

      the carbon dioxide released, and that is less per kilowatt hour).



      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:16:17 AM PDT

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    •  Gas doesn't create particle emissions (9+ / 0-)

      a/k/a soot. It burns cleaner (extracting it is a different issue, and of course there's the CO2 emissions). So no, natural gas plants will not be as affected by this as coal plants.

      It is a war on coal, and I'm happy to enlist. The dirtiest and biggest plant in New England, Brayton Point (MA), is now slated for closing, after hundreds of us protested there and maybe 50 got arrested.

      Next up: Keep the coal in the ground, instead of slicing tops off mountains to ship it to China where they burn huge amounts of it. Then convince Australia to do the same.

      •  Conservation? (0+ / 0-)

        Still better.

        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 Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:58:04 AM PDT

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  •  Avik Roy? (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    I like his conclusion about 2016 but doubt much of what he says.  He is one of the conservative camp's greatest reverse engineers, in other words a consummate liar.  Love it when Krugman gets hold of this grinning BSer on a talking-heads panel.  He has real  problems covering his tracks.

  •  President Obama has done more for the environment (14+ / 0-)

    via his increases in fuel efficiency for vehicles and tighter regulations on coal, than anyone gives him credit for. Certainly he's done a lot more than all his critics.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:56:19 AM PDT

  •  Republicans have screwed the pooch on health (4+ / 0-)
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    care, and screwed us in the process, leaving us with the nasty dog that is Obamacare.

    Unless somebody in the party has the smarts and the courage to ignore the party's loudest and dumbest mouths, Democrats will have an undeserved cakewalk in 2016 and might see gains   in 2014.

    You cannot tell lies about something people experience first hand and expect to win elections.

    People who could not get insurance before can get some now.
    That's a big deal.

    A whole parade of horribles can not undo that fact.  

    Failure to face reality could lead to an HRC victory in 2016, an event that is almost unimaginable given the country's post WWII electoral history.

    For lack of a better example, will Jeb Bush or some similarly sensible candidate show up to tell the crazies that he's  running for President of the US, not the debate team?  Real-world politics is a messy business, full of deals and compromise.

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    by dinotrac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 04:56:50 AM PDT

    •  Jeb Bush will not be nominated (1+ / 0-)
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      The Republicans, in their attempt to rein in the crazy train, have shortened the primary season, which actually gives the crazies running a better chance of winning.
      And let's not forget that Sheldon Adelson, Koch brothers and Foster Freiss have yet to choose their nominee.
      Hillary will win because the GOP primary voters have been lied to for 4 years about repealing the ACA. They think it's a done deal. If Republicans start to talk about not repealing, but fixing (because they have nothing to replace it with), their voters will lose enthusiasm, and 2014 turns into a win for Democrats.

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

      by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 07:02:37 AM PDT

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      •  Voters choose the nominee. (1+ / 0-)
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        The question is whether somebody decent will choose to run.

        What I see is that only about 20% or so of the electorate chooses to call itself Republican.  I also see a lot of open primaries.  I wonder how many weary voters who would call themselves Republicans in sensible times would vote in Republican primaries just for the chance to cast a vote for somebody who is not 3 servings short of a Tea Party?

        History is against HRC and, so far, so is the economy.

        Neither is an absolute bar, however, and Republicans are certainly capable of handing her the White House.

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        by dinotrac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:08:04 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

          You think Republican primary voters chose Mitt Romney? Or was it  the $77 million he spent, more than Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum combined?

          When super PAC money is factored in, overall spending on Romney's behalf jumps to $122 million, bringing his cost-per-vote to just under $30. By this measure, each delegate cost more than $200,000.
          http://money.cnn.com/...

          And I seem to remember you citing the economy as the reason Obama would never get reelected in 2012.

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

          by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:58:32 AM PDT

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          •  No votes, no wins. (1+ / 0-)
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            That's the way it works.

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            by dinotrac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:15:18 AM PDT

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          •  No, you don't remember me ever saying Obama (1+ / 0-)
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            would never get reelected in 2012.  I cited the economy as the reason why shouldn't get reelected.

            What you'll remember me saying is that I couldn't believe that Mitt Romney won the nomination.  In a year when the President was vulnerable, no decent candidate stepped up on the Republican side.

            I never believed that Romney could be elected President, so, much as I didn't and don't believe that the President deserved reelection, I expected that he would be.

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            by dinotrac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00:20 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I surrender! (0+ / 0-)

              But you have to admit that if Mitt had not had the money he did, he never would have won the nomination. ;)
              I thought Huntsman could have been dangerous to Obama, but he never had a chance.

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

              by skohayes on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 01:21:00 PM PDT

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              •  That may be true. Money matters a lot more when (1+ / 0-)
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                the candidates are crap.

                With all that money, you'd think he could have hired a strategist capable of keeping him from being so damned stupid.

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                by dinotrac on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 01:36:31 PM PDT

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  •  Re the orthopedic surgeons op ed, 2 things worth (3+ / 0-)

    knowing -

    1. His attitudes are not rare or outliers. Just the opposite. And I dont mean only among specialists or ordinary physicians. I mean nurses and administrators at health care orgs large and small. Those dissatisfactions and resentments were festering pre-ObamaCare, and theyre only getting worse. Most physicians would not rec their profession to students.

    2. Average time spent with a patient in an office visit now = 12 min.

    •  True, but independent of Obamacare (4+ / 0-)

      Those trends have been coming over the past decade or two or three. The electronic records requirement was, I believe, put in by  the Bush Administration, although everyone is happy to blame it on Obama. And it happened in part in reaction to some horrible malpractice accidents, not because of some inherent fascism among government bureaucrats.

    •  Why don't they fix (4+ / 0-)
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      what they don't like?  Doctors have power to unite and fix a lot of the problems they face.  They could make demands to the insurance companies and carry out actions that would force those changes.  I have always wondered why they don't.

      Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

      by tobendaro on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:40:43 AM PDT

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      •  because this sentence isnt accurate (1+ / 0-)
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        "They could make demands to the insurance companies  and carry out actions that would force those changes."

        Really. Like what? Whats their leverage? A lot of health providers' gripes are about regs related to Medicare. What are they supposed to do to hold the govt's feet to the fire? Set up a tent city in Central Park? Go on strike?

  •  That Daniel Craviotto cat (8+ / 0-)

    is kind of an asshole. The red tape insurance paperwork has been a grumbling point since long before the ACA - my dad was bitching about filling out forms way back in the 1970's -  frankly, as a patient this electronic records thing is pretty damn cool and convenient. And seriously? Your knee replacement rates haven't kept up with inflation? Funny thing, I haven't seen an orthopedic surgeon in the bread lines lately - I think Dr Craviotto has I don't Like Obama-itis.

  •  no other profession? (21+ / 0-)
    I don't know about other physicians but I am tired—tired of the mandates, tired of outside interference, tired of anything that unnecessarily interferes with the way I practice medicine. No other profession would put up with this kind of scrutiny and coercion from outside forces. The legal profession would not. The labor unions would not. We as physicians continue to plod along and take care of our patients while those on the outside continue to intrude and interfere with the practice of medicine.
    What about education? From teacher training to licensure,  to state testing,  to the daily operation of the classroom,  teachers are hemmed in on every side, then castgated as lazy and incompetent.

    “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need.” Frederick Buechner (born 1926);

    by vickijean on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:00:49 AM PDT

  •  Senate schedule today.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Following morning business, the time until noon will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At noon, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.

    Should be fun.

  •  I think there were quite a few NBA teams that (1+ / 0-)
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    went with that identical message / logo motif yesterday. Pretty cool.

    And good on the league for cutting out that tumor before it spread any further.

    You wouldn't let a child near your porn stash; don't let 'em near your gun stash.

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:11:08 AM PDT

  •  Lesson number X in the almost infinite lessons on (6+ / 0-)

    why getting yourself to the poll every election and voting full ticket matters. Remember the guy who trailed the pack of Democrats in Virginia and squeaked in by a hair? Mark Herring has made another sensible (at least to most of us) decision. From "Virginia attorney general declares ‘dreamers’ eligible for in-state tuition" we see:

    Herring made the announcement at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus just a few months after the legislature declined to enact the idea and on the heels of another brazen legal move in January, when he declared that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

    “We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy and society rather than putting a stop sign at the end of 12th grade,” Herring (D) said Tuesday to sustained applause and cheers from a room full of Latino students, immigration activists and education officials.

    After noting the students who are lawfully present in the United States because of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals effort the effect is noted.
    Herring’s decision was far more than symbolic, instantly making college more affordable for more than 8,000 young illegal immigrants. The attorney general said state universities will immediately implement the policy, which comes just in time for high school seniors trying to make college plans for the fall.
    Yeah, how sensible. Kids without personal "guilt" that likely will be in our society for life as good citizens won't be cut off at the pass by a bunch perfectly willing to punish the kids for the parent's actions.

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

    by pelagicray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:17:32 AM PDT

  •  Sorry, orthopedic surgeons are hardly (1+ / 0-)
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    salmo

    real doctors. By that I mean they are more grandly compensated specialized technicians than doctors. They just care about your bones and getting the procedure done - they ALWAYS rely other REAL physicians to manage the patient's medical issues pre and post surgery.

    So yeah, computerized records might slow them down a bit but they help the MD's doing the actual caring.

    I ask him if he was warm enough? "Warm," he growled, "I haven't been warm since Bastogne."

    by Unrepentant Liberal on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:18:31 AM PDT

  •  Yesterday the bagger-controlled Georgia (13+ / 0-)

    congress passed SB 65:

    Governor Nathan Deal quietly signed Senate Bill 65 into law, authorizing Licensed Professional Counselors, LPCs, to perform certain acts (sign the form 1013 MH / 2013 Addictions) which physicians, psychologists, and others are authorized to perform regarding emergency examinations of persons who are mentally ill or alcoholic or drug dependent.
    Quietly because the baggers had opposed having people with my license - the LPC - be able to sign orders for involuntary psychiatric observation.

    I can assess somebody now and if they truly need to go to the hospital, I don't have to go find some person who is able to to this. (Psychiatrist, LCSW, PhD licensed psychologist) I can do it.

    The bagger were concerned last year that more people able to sign orders for emergency psychiatric evaluation would translate into more people NOT GETTING TO HAVE GUNS, leaving the distinct impression that BAGGERS WANT UNSTABLE PEOPLE TO HAVE GUNS.

    Georgia: Guns, not treatment. (That's what caused the FEDEX shooting yesterday: Georgia ultra-shitty mental health 'system'.)

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

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:19:28 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for today's excellent roundup, Greg! (9+ / 0-)

    The pundits seem very, very sure that Rethugs will keep the House and retake the Senate in 2014. I wonder.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:29:15 AM PDT

  •  Being a doctor is a specialized skill... (4+ / 0-)

    http://lazyactivismrules.wordpress.com/

    by LazyActivism on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:38:56 AM PDT

  •  Does Thomas just do whatever Scalia (6+ / 0-)

    tells him to do? Thomas never asks question, usually looks bored during testimony, and then votes the same way as Scalia, every time. How is Thomas going to know how to vote when Scalia retires?

    Maybe it will reach the point where he not only does not take part in the proceeding, he abstain from voting too. :) That would be a good thing mind you, but gees, what a great gig. A life time job that requires you to do absolutely nothing but wear a black robe.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:53:48 AM PDT

  •  Not only his company (0+ / 0-)

    But his freedom too, he should be in jail.  This GOP loon deserves to lose it all.  Funny how all racists are from the GOP. Never met a democratic racist.  Least I can't find one

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