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We begin with The New York Times and its call for the block of the Time Warner - Comcast merger:
There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

The combined company would provide cable-TV service to nearly 30 percent of American homes and high-speed Internet service to nearly 40 percent. Even without this merger and the proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal, the telecommunications industry has limited competition, especially in the critical market for high-speed Internet service, or broadband, where consumer choice usually means picking between the local cable or phone company.

Dan Gorenstein:
Comcast is going to war in its pursuit to merge with Time Warner Cable. The telecom giant has reportedly bought up lobbyists at 40 different firms around Washington.

There's a simple way you could describe Comcast's strategy: have an unlimited budget and then exceed it. The Sunlight Foundation’s Bill Allison says the nation’s capital eats it up.

“You know Washington is the kind of girl that always falls for the dozen of flowers sent three or four times a day,” he says.

By the looks of it, Comcast’s got all the florists on speed-dial. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the company spent nearly $20 million dollars lobbying the federal government last year, putting it in the top 10, and it is on track to be there again this year.

More on the day's top stories below the fold.

Next up, the topic of gun violence. Joe Nocera looks at Michael Waldman's new book on the Second Amendment:

Three days after the publication of Michael Waldman’s new book, “The Second Amendment: A Biography,” Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree, stabbing three people and then shooting another eight, killing four of them, including himself. This was only the latest mass shooting in recent memory, going back to Columbine.

In his rigorous, scholarly, but accessible book, Waldman notes such horrific events but doesn’t dwell on them. He is after something else. He wants to understand how it came to be that the Second Amendment, long assumed to mean one thing, has come to mean something else entirely. To put it another way: Why are we, as a society, willing to put up with mass shootings as the price we must pay for the right to carry a gun? [...] Virtually every reference to “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” — the second part of the Second Amendment — was in reference to military defense. Waldman notes the House debate over the Second Amendment in the summer of 1789: “Twelve congressmen joined the debate. None mentioned a private right to bear arms for self-defense, hunting or for any purpose other than joining the militia.”

Meanwhile, over at The Los Angeles Times, Renee Binder urges the state to adopt a violence restraining order:
[M]ore can be done at the state level to ensure that individuals who are temporarily dangerous do not have immediate access to firearms. Specifically, California can create a Gun Violence Restraining Order, a mechanism that would allow those closest to a troubled individual to act when there are warning signs or indications that that person is at risk for violence.

During the last year, I have worked as part of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, which is made up of mental health and public health researchers, practitioners and advocates.  [...]

Instituting a Gun Violence Restraining Order in California would allow for specific interventions during critical times. In the case of the Isla Vista tragedy, the gunman's mother had voiced concerns that brought sheriff's deputies to her son's apartment in late April. As that shows far too well, family members often know best when a loved one is in crisis, and in most cases want to help them. But that takes time, and having easy access to a gun — or multiple guns, in the Isla Vista case — during a potentially dangerous period increases an individual's ability to do harm.

Karen Klein:
One of the many disturbing elements of the Isla Vista killings is the mirror it holds up -- a distorted mirror, but a mirror nonetheless -- to the less admirable aspects of Southern California society. For all his demented way of viewing societal interaction, Elliot Rodger’s twisted values reflected many of the priorities that too many people find important in a region where the presence of the entertainment and celebrity industry has brought materialism and physical beauty into the daily limelight. [...]

But we are fooling ourselves if we look no further than the simplest (and yes, true) terms: Sick guy + too many guns = mass deaths. The thoughts and obsessions that drove Rodger to horrific deeds reflect twisted values that too many people share. These values don’t usually result in horrifying deaths, but they do demean people and glorify shallow goals. Those who aren’t part of the cool group feel left out and less than. This is not to remotely excuse Rodger, but we learn more about ourselves and our society if we acknowledge the similarities in our thoughts and his, as well as the differences.

Finally, on the topic of VA reform, Suzanne Gordon writes that privatization would absolutely be the wrong move:
FIRST IT was Social Security, then Medicare and Medicaid, and then the public health care option under Obamacare. Now, in the wake of recent allegations that veterans hospitals put patients on secret wait lists, Republicans are calling for the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration, the nation’s largest public health care system which provides cost-effective and high quality care to 6.2 million veterans.

It is of course unacceptable if patients suffered as a result of any delays. But regardless of what went wrong at any VA facility, turning veterans over to private sector insurers and for-profit hospitals is not the solution. [...]

Because the VA is a public entity, its facilities actually display greater accountability — and more transparency to patients and their families — than private health care systems. When veterans have a VA-related beef — or in-house whistle-blowers a tale to tell — they are quick to notify their elected representatives. Such complaints regularly trigger individual constituent service queries from members of Congress or, as is the case today, oversight hearings by House and Senate committees. (Good luck triggering a similar rapid response to patient or staff complaints in the private sector.)


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  •  Greater accountability and lower overhead... (33+ / 0-)

    ....are why I prefer government entities to private corporations for most functions.

    It's a myth that private corporations are more customer-focused.

    •  Rewarding the guilty (15+ / 0-)

      Privatization is the spoils system of our times.  It is telling that Cheney was one of its early advocates.  We can see how that turned out.  It is odd that Cheney's self serving role is widely recognized but ignored, and like so much else, the myth persists amid the wreckage it has caused.  Like so much of our governance, privatization rewards the guilty and punishes the innocent, which are necessary components of public policies where the goal is contributions to our elites' power and wealth, not public service.  This is not to argue that private contractors have no role to play in the provision of government services, but to note that when a government needs a routine job done, it is generally better to do that itself.

    •  VA vs GM (13+ / 0-)

      In one instance we have a breakdown in service, an outcry, calls for accountability and reform.  

      In another instance people died for well over a decade before something was done.

      Anyone who calls for the privatization of ANY public service is nothing more than a shill for private corporations and should be raked over the coals for it.  There is no accountability in private corporations for misdeeds, bad service or so on UNTIL it begins to affect their bottom line.  They even do cost benefit analyses to determine whether it would be cheaper to sweep it under the rug.  

      Whenever we have a breakdown in service in the public sector there is a 'scandal' , people are held accountable and in some instances heads roll.  That's the beauty of the public sector.  'We the people' have the power to hold our leaders accountable and everything is in the open (or it should be).  If one does a shitty job, we vote a new guy in.  Also we NEVER hear about the leaders who quietly and efficiently do their jobs.  We ALL know "Heck of a job Brownie" but how many of us even know who the head of FEMA is today?  If the roads are paved and parks are open we all live happy in our ignorance.  But the day the parks shut down, even the vilest of libertarian anti government assholes start railing about it.      

      Conversely, 'we the people' do not have that power with private corporations who are in the business to make money.  Often that stated goal runs contrary to the public interests and seldom do they disclose this.  Bad service is status quo with these private corporations.  All we need is for Vets to be pushed into that system.  If you don't think it's bad, try calling Comcast to resolve an issue.  Press 1 to go fuck yourself.  Press 2 to have someone do it for you at a small fee.      

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:55:15 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly., and (4+ / 0-)

        the same principles apply to public education, which is actually a keystone to any hopes we have for our democracy.  I've come to believe that the word "reform" has been stolen and gang raped by the right, in the same way "common good", "public service", "general welfare, " social", "entitlement", and a host of others (which were once described the gems of our society) have been.

    •  Yerright, BB... (1+ / 0-)
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      Need another reason to opt for services provided by government agencies vs. private-sector providers?  The private sector requires profit.  Government does not.  Objectively speaking, government, at any level, is just a big non-profit organization.

      Nuff said....

      Well, it sure is a mess, ain’t it, Sheriff….
      Yep, and if it ain’t it’ll do ‘til the mess gets here.

      Liberal = We're all in this together
      Conservative = Every man for himself
      Who you gonna call?

  •  Georgia, so good to "see" you! (6+ / 0-)
    But we are fooling ourselves if we look no further than the simplest (and yes, true) terms: Sick guy + too many guns = mass deaths. The thoughts and obsessions that drove Rodger to horrific deeds reflect twisted values that too many people share.
    just so sad and senseless. hard to wrap my head around the fact that there really are people who share these horrifying values.

    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ~ Thoreau

    by newpioneer on Tue May 27, 2014 at 04:54:35 AM PDT

  •  Guys, I know you wanna be the last megacorporation (7+ / 0-)

    but c'mon this is too fast, too soon.

    I want to see Comcast ultimately prevail against Wal-Mart and Google-Sachs in the Great Corporation War of 2782, thus ushering in Pax Comcastica, a new golden age where all roads lead to Philadelphia, the greatest and most important of the World Cities, with whom the kings of the earth will have committed fornication. (the ancient ruins of Manhattan will be where we dump our trash)

    So it distress them to see them overextend their evil megacorp reach so early. Focus on buying some military contractors first, guys! Slow and steady wins the race.

    "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

    by TheHalfrican on Tue May 27, 2014 at 04:56:24 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Georgia (4+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue May 27, 2014 at 04:56:49 AM PDT

  •  The Gun Violence Restraining Order (2+ / 0-)
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    sounds like a good idea, but by the time a family member or friend is likely aware of a problem, the individual will already have a gun. Further our laws should be based on rational thought and data where available.

    We can look at statistics of gun violence per state and cross reference those with restrictive laws in each state. What you find is that more restrictive states don't always have a lower incidence of firearm violence; sometimes even less restrictive states have less gun violence.

    There is obviously something more to preventing violence than restricting access to guns. While it is perhaps a noble goal to restrict access to guns in some cases, in my opinion it's really a distraction from focussing on the root problem - "why".

    I believe that finding the root problem is of the utmost importance because a disturbed individual can attack with an array of other weaponry if a gun isn't handy.

    •  jamesia, didn't Michael Moore touch on this (3+ / 0-)

      in his film, "Bowling for Columbine"? He found to his amazement that Canadians own as many guns as Americans, but they have a much lower incidence of gun violence.

      Perhaps they're just more law-abiding than Americans, or perhaps they haven't watched quite as many movies that glorified the individual over society as a whole.

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

      by Diana in NoVa on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:16:28 AM PDT

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    •  "Restrictive" is a misnomer. (0+ / 0-)

      People keep talking about how "restrictive" California's gun regulations are and about how this mass killing "shows" that restrictive gun laws don't actually prevent firearm violence.

      Of course, "restrictive" is a relative term, and in this instance, it just means that California has some modest controls on the purchase of deadly weapons, controls that do not exist in most other states.  But to call these controls "restrictive" is to deprive the word of all real meaning.  There's nothing truly "restrictive" about state laws that allow a young man to buy three weapons in rapid succession, thus providing him with the armament necessary to carry out a killing spree.

      All this shows is that even those states with the most "restrictive" gun legislation have not been restrictive enough.

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

      by FogCityJohn on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:30:06 AM PDT

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  •  If the Bundy Ranch bunch (11+ / 0-)

    of cowboy wannabe, rednecks are what can be called "A well-regulated Militia", then the Second Amendment framers must be rolling in their graves.

    Michael Waldman's book looks to be a good read.

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

    by JaxDem on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:06:01 AM PDT

  •  . (21+ / 0-)

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:07:34 AM PDT

  •  This is off topic, but we can use the laugh... (14+ / 0-)

    Rick rolled by a gelato sign...

    gelato photo 10262133_709696869093303_6829599289594770593_n.jpg

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

    by JaxDem on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:08:55 AM PDT

  •  Interesting that Michael Waldman is a (18+ / 0-)

    guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal discussion this morning.  He has explained the history of why the 2nd Amendment was originally included in the Bill of Rights and particularly how the amendment was never meant to guarantee an individual's right to carry a firearm for any purpose other than membership in a militia.  His explanation of how the amendment has been re-interpreted over the years to protect the right of individual gun ownership, and the history of the NRA's involvement in that re-interpretation, is fascinating.  The SCOTUS's acceptance of that re-interpretation as the basis for the Heller decision just shows that justices who insist they're strict constitutionalists are willing to contort the framers' original intent to whatever extent is necessary to effect the court opinion they desire.

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

    by SueDe on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:17:05 AM PDT

    •  I heard him on something (0+ / 0-)

      over the weekend and he even mentioned that in the NRA headquarters building they took out part of the wording -

      Actual Amendment

      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
      Not sure what was missing - I don't remember - Might be this part - not sure.
      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,

      Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

      by Caniac41 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 07:09:00 AM PDT

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    •  This was a political campaign, pure and simple. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm a lawyer, and I'm old enough to remember how this was carried out.  Gun groups distributed legal monographs free of charge to court and law school libraries.  The books argued the Second Amendment codified an individual right to own guns.  IIRC, one of the books was entitled, That Every Man Be Armed.

      Former Chief Justice Burger talked about this after he retired from the Supreme Court when he made his famous "fraud" comment about how bogus the argument was.  Burger was a pretty conservative Republican, but even he wasn't willing to embrace this kind of foolishness.  It took the appointment of much more cravenly political Republicans to bring about the achievement of the NRA's project.  And they've now succeeded.

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

      by FogCityJohn on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:38:53 AM PDT

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  •  "Washington is the kind of girl (12+ / 0-)

    that always falls for the dozen of flowers sent three or four times a day."


    The richest, most powerful high school in the world.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:20:58 AM PDT

  •  Veterans Groups attack Richard Burr (14+ / 0-)

    for being a typical Republican:

    Several veterans groups tore into the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee over the weekend, after the senator chided the groups for not taking a stronger stand against Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) wrote an open letter Friday that accused veterans service organizations of "defending the status quo within the VA" rather than addressing the scandal embroiling the agency. He praised one exception, the American Legion, which called for Shinseki's resignation over allegations that dozens of veterans died awaiting treatment at VA facilities...

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars ripped Burr's letter as a "monumental cheap shot" and said the senator "should be ashamed."

    “For years, the V.F.W. has come to Congress with hat in hand, and for years we’ve heard the same old story,” the group said Monday in a statement. “You can be assured, Senator, that you’ve done a superb job in showing us the error in our ways. You can also be assured that in the future, we will spend a substantial percentage of our time seeking to inform our members and our constituents of the repeated failure to act by our elected officials.”

    The Paralyzed Veterans of American and Disabled American Veterans also returned Burr's fire over the weekend. The president and executive director of Paralyzed Veterans of America wrote that Burr represents "the worst of politics in this country," while the Disabled American Veterans said in a statement that Burr would rather "launch cheap political attacks" than pursue serious policy solutions.
    Senate Republicans stopped the veterans jobs bill Wednesday by forcing a budget point of order vote
    This past February, in their typical approach to “governing” while President Obama is in the White House, GOP Senators first voted unanimously to consider a bill that would have significantly expanded the Veterans Administration’s ability to do its job…then filibustered the bill when highly controversial amendments they insisted must be attached to it were not allowed. GOP Senators then killed the bill citing “budget concerns.”
    Republicans don’t really care about veterans or the VA, they just care about using this controversy to discredit the President and his Democratic Party - there is an election coming up, after all - and as a twofer, discredit the idea of government-run healthcare programs like the VA. John McCain has even called for the VA to be privatized. The hypocrisy here is astounding.

    Remember, it was just a little under three months ago that Senate Republicans under the leadership of Mitch McConnell filibustered a bill that would have boosted VA funding by $21 billion, expanded benefits, and repealed a provision of the Murray-Ryan budget deal that slashed military pensions.

    - See more at:

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

    by skohayes on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:37:59 AM PDT

  •  Privatize the VA health care system? (8+ / 0-)

    What there VA needs is electronic recordkeeping, asap, and the money to implement such a change, as well as the money to hire the personnel - and if necessary build the infrastructure - to handle the numbers of veterans who need immediate and ongoing health care as a result of result of recent wars.

    Of course approving the funding for the VA health care system is a congressional responsibility, and congress doesn't seem capable of fulfilling any of its basic responsibilities these days.  I can't imagine how privatizing the system would result in any better outcomes for the veterans who need and deserve the help they have earned.

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

    by SueDe on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:39:52 AM PDT

  •  RE: temporary restraining order to prevent (1+ / 0-)
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    "troubled people" from acquiring guns.  It appears to be a good idea on the surface but there appears to be so much opportunity for mischief as well.

    I note that there are numerous allegations that charges of domestic abuse or child abuse are used during acrimonious divorces along with abusive use of restraining orders to try to give one side or the other an advantage in the proceedings.

    Restraining orders are a good idea but as the judge reminded me when he issued one against my daughter's ex fiance for threatening to blow my head off, that the order was not bullet proof.  Add to this the possibility of abuse of process in requesting such orders and we can see that while such orders may deter someone who is still relatively sane, it does nothing to deal with the truly criminally violent.

    I am really curious as to how  Gun Violence Restraining Orders work out in reality  

    •  I think it should be a gun confiscation order. (3+ / 0-)
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      Anyone who threatens to kill should have their weapons removed and they should automatically go on a do not sell to list.

      People who behave irresponsibly with guns should be forced to give them up.  Think Bundy and ilk.

      •  I am not going to argue the good intentions (0+ / 0-)

        behind your suggestions but the question is then if we remove the guns that belong to family and room mates as well?  Do we remove guns from the neighbors and if so, for how far, a block, two blocks?

        Also, I would note that most people threaten to kill someone at least once every year or so.  After all, you have never gotten mad and said, "I should kill that SOB" or "That SOB needs killing" or "that SOB should die"?  Many normal people say outrageous things in moments of extreme passion.  How do we parse between simple ordinary exclamations and actual threats?  I also note many familial killers do not issue threats but simply act.

        The other question is rehab.  If a person threatens to kill, does he lose his right to own a weapon for his entire life or is there a path to restore that right?

        •  Since we're talking hypotheticals... (0+ / 0-)

          1) We remove guns in a 100 block radius. Confiscate and melt them all.

          2) We don't have to parse anything. You utter the word "kill" or "harm", and poof, there go guns in a 100-block radius.

          3) And then they lose the right to own any more for the rest of their life. And the 100-block no-gun bubble follows them wherever they move.

          Let's go with that.

          •  that is fine with me; my nearest neighbor is (0+ / 0-)

            a couple of miles away and I live alone.  However, you will find yourself hard pressed to confiscate all the guns in a 100 block area since that is larger than a town of 50K or so in many cases.

            BTW if I am a stand-up comedian and I mention the movie "Kill Bill" does your confiscation police move in on me to protect all people named Bill?

            Such laws would be possible in, say, Stalin's USSR but even in Stalin's USSR, at least some of the people retained their guns regardless of what they said  

            •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

              We need to add the word "Bill" to that list. After all, you might be thinking of harming somebody named Bill.

              I will modify a part of my proposal. Instead of confiscation, the government will borrow your weapons, and return them transformed into beautiful looking metal vases. Wine bottle chillers? Water bottles for your bike? A new set of silverware? A bike rack?

              Really, you could pick from a catalog.

      •  In an attempt to head off (1+ / 0-)
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        those 2nd Amendment devotees who will counter your suggestion with the "Even if someone's guns are confiscated he will use other weapons to kill" argument, I would reply that a deranged person would not be able to kill or injure nearly as many people before he could be stopped if he has no access to guns.

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

        by SueDe on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:34:49 AM PDT

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  •  CT High School crown first male prom queen (4+ / 0-)

    Yeah for CT and double yeah for my hometown high school.  

    Danbury students used this year’s senior prom to make a statement by electing a homosexual student to prom court. Nasir Fleming took that statement a step further when he opted for the tiara over the crown, taking the title of Prom Queen.

    Fleming’s fellow students voted for the 17-year-old senior to reign as both king and queen, though he was forced to choose between the two at Saturday night’s prom. He said he chose to be crowned Prom Queen to shed light on another ostracized group within the LGBT community: transgender teens.

    This is why the GOP is doomed.  The younger generations are light years ahead of us on many progressive issues.  Not only is Nasir gay but he's also a minority and it's A OK.

    The GOP race baiting and gay bashing has a short shelf life.  These people will all be voting in the next election.  If they were ok with voting a gay minority as their prom queen and king what does that tell us about how they'll react to politicians who are advocating taking away rights from gays and minorities?  Some places are further ahead in this struggle than others and I'm sure as shit proud to be living in one of the most progressive places in the US but this attitude will not be confined to blue states.  Eventually even the most backwards backwater places in south bumblefuck will change as well.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:20:02 AM PDT

  •  A Winger meme to debunk. (0+ / 0-)

    Somebody posted a jpeg on Facebook of Fox&Stossel origin about how the nine states with the highest income taxes lost 100+ billion dollars, while the nine states with no income tax gained 100+ billion dollars. My best guesses are undefined middle, lie by omission, or just plain old baked numbers. Can any experts know whats really up?

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

    by Stude Dude on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:25:17 AM PDT

    •  There is much, much more to a state's (3+ / 0-)
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      economic condition than personal income taxes.  As a citizen of Texas (no personal income tax; sky-high property taxes and fees on every conceivable activity) I can tell you our state's income is highly dependent on energy industry taxes and federal spending (military, NASA, medical research, etc.).  Property taxes, in particular hospital district levies, will increase even more since the state has rejected the ACA's Medicaid expansion.

      Confusion over correlation/causation in the minds of Fox viewers is a serious problem - they really like simple comparisons even when they make no sense.  Pithy soundbites are "truth" to them.

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

      by SueDe on Tue May 27, 2014 at 07:33:31 AM PDT

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  •  Eight day old article on Wal-Mart: (0+ / 0-)

    Wal-Mart's biggest problem: It's customers. Is it a reflection is US economy?

    First of all, if Wal-Mart and McDonald's do well in a poor economy, and they're stagnate now, doesn't that mean that the overall economy is doing better?

    CNBC contributor Jan Kniffen said Wal-Mart's business mirrors America's economy, and its e-commerce business is outpacing Amazon's.
    Their online sales are growing faster than Amazon, which itself increased 23% year over year last quarter.
    In the company's earnings call, Wal-Mart U.S. President Bill Simon said 10 percent of its domestic stores are underperforming.
    Does that mean that a full 90% of stores are meeting or exceeding expectations? It sounds like Wal-Mart is cannibalizing sales from itself, but they want to blame "the economy" instead.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:30:35 AM PDT

  •  Blaming So. CA society? How disgusting!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    I spent the first 41 years of my life in So. CA, more than half of that in the western part of L.A. county.  I know all too well the local culture of the perfect pretty people (of which I'm not one) pushed by the entertainment industry and others.  Hell, I lived near the beach in the era of Baywatch, and seen plenty of people vainly trying to live that in RL.
      But to blame So. CA culture for this shooting  is beyond myopic and petty.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:16:22 AM PDT

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