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Ross Douthat reads a history book... Maureen Dowd downs a bogus candy bar... Ruth Marcus clues you in on the latest developments in CDS... Carl Hiaasen finds an award worse than a daytime Emmy... and the Internet builds a better boogeyman. But first...

Frank Bruni delivers the first mea culpa...

Among Americans age 40 and older, there’s a pastime more popular than football, Candy Crush or HBO.

It’s bashing millennials.

Oh, the hours of fun we have, marveling at their self-fascination and gaping at their sense of entitlement! It’s been an especially spirited romp lately, as a new batch of them graduate from college and gambol toward our cubicles, prompting us to wonder afresh about the havoc they’ll wreak on our world.

We have a hell of a lot of nerve, considering the havoc we’ve wrought on theirs...

The country’s slowness to deal with swelling seas and melting glaciers is just one manifestation of our myopia, just one metaphor for our failure to reckon with the future that we’re visiting upon today’s children, who get more lip service than legislation from us.

No, no no. The family values party assures us that even thinking about the future has to be outlawed. Clearly, the best way to help the next generation is to never plan beyond next week.

The New York Times joins in with a "so sorry" to the post-millennials

Today’s young people, ages 18 to 24, should have been the lucky ones. They were preteens or teenagers when the recession hit in late 2007, with high school and college still ahead. Unlike those who had to enter the work force in the depths of the downturn, they had time, or so it seemed, to wait out the weak economy.

But that’s not how things have worked out. While the worst is over, economic conditions are still subpar, damaging the immediate job prospects and long-term living standards of young adults starting out now.

In recent years, the economy has grown annually at 2 percent or so. That’s too slow to make up the current shortfall of nearly seven million jobs, let alone to absorb new graduates or push up wages in jobs that do exist.

To make matters worse, the economy contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent in the first quarter of 2014. A rebound is expected, but there is little in the economic data or current policy to suggest that an upsurge will be sustained; over all, economic growth is likely to settle at 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

For young people, these conditions will only deepen a long trend of increasing economic hardship. Census data that compares today’s 18-to-24-year-olds with the same age group in 1970 and in 1990 show more poverty among young adults over time, as well as lower income and less independence. But young people today are appreciably worse off than those in previous generations.

It's a trend that will never be reversed without steeply increasing the tax rate on high incomes. Pretending otherwise means all the hand wringing is pointless.

The exact and direct cause of lack of opportunity and a declining middle class is a spectacularly awful tax policy which promotes concentration of wealth. Fix it, or nothing else will matter.

Let's see what the rest of punditry is on about...

Ross Douthat proclaims that Hillary is the only path to victory.

She is the rare presidential hopeful who has nothing whatsoever to gain from making news. Leading the Democratic presidential field by a Secretariat-esque margin; leading every potential Republican candidate by around 10 points; running far ahead of President Obama’s job approval numbers ... if she had her way, all the months from here till 2016 would be consumed by devouring time without anything altering her current image.

And her desire converges almost perfectly with the interests of her party, even if not every liberal quite realizes it yet. That’s because Clinton’s iconic status is, increasingly, the only clear advantage the Democratic Party has. If her position is weakened, diminished or challenged, the entire coalition risks collapse.

Well, if Ross Douthat can't convince you, then... wait a sec. Ross Douthat has never convinced anyone of anything. I can't decide if in writing this, he's being serious, or he's writing this as some kind of double fake out, or just wants to show you that he's recently skimmed a historical novel.
... this is where Hillary Clinton comes in. If her party is Austria-Hungary, she might be its Franz Josef — the beloved emperor whose imperial persona (“coffered up,” the novelist Joseph Roth wrote, “in an icy and everlasting old age, like armour made of an awe-inspiring crystal”), as much as any specific political strategy, helped keep dissolution from the empire’s door.
So... no one finds it creepy that Douthat is making comparisons between Hillary and Franz Joseph, and then going on to say that without Hillary the Democratic Party would collapse. Anyone? Well, I suppose he didn't say Franz Ferdinand.

Ruth Marcus has a different take on destiny's candidate.

The last few days have offered vivid illustrations of why Hillary Clinton could decide not to run for president — and why, in the end, I believe she will.

Example No. 1 is the ludicrous debate over whether Clinton, in the latest People magazine cover, was leaning on a walker.

To buy this scenario would require you to believe that People is implicated in a grand conspiracy to keep Clinton’s enervated physical state from American voters. And that People’s editors and Team Clinton are dumb enough, having hatched this scheme, to have her photographed with the walker cropped out, except not entirely. Rather than simply shooting Clinton seated on, say, the patio chair that she was actually holding in the photo.

The fact that the phantom walker was even a topic of public debate says everything about the wacko media environment that uniquely surrounds Clinton.

“PHOTO: IS CLINTON HOLDING A WALKER?” the Drudge Report tweeted. Right, not saying she is. Just askin’.

I have to say, knowing that it will make Drudge readers' heads explode really makes me want this to happen.

Maureen Dowd continues the tale of her unsatisfactory personal drug experience.

After my admission that I did a foolish thing in Denver — failing to realize that consuming a single square, about a quarter, of a pot candy bar was dicey for an edibles virgin — many in the pot industry upbraided me for doing a foolish thing.

But some in Mary Jane world have contacted me to say that my dysphoria (i.e., bummer) is happening more and more in Colorado...

Justin Hartfield is the California founder of and (a sort of Yelp for pot), and an entrepreneur involved in some of the nation’s top marijuana-technology companies. As The Wall Street Journal noted in a profile last March, the 30-year-old former high school pot dealer wants to be “the Philip Morris of pot.”

What's amazing about this tale of MJ standards in the New York Times... is that it's happening in the New York Times.

Michael Semple goes myth busting.

[myth #] 1. Freeing Bergdahl involved negotiating with terrorists.

Branding opponents as terrorists may be helpful in legitimizing the fight against them. But the terrorist label is often applied arbitrarily. And it offers a poor guide to whether people are worth talking to.

“What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists we’ve gone after?” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) asked about the Bergdahl deal. The Afghan Taliban movement, however, is not a classic terrorist organization. Before 9/11, it was the de facto authority in Afghanistan, and talking to its leaders was just something you had to do if you operated there, as did the United Nations and many nongovernmental organizations....

3. Talking to terrorists encourages more terrorism.

Policymakers sometimes object that bringing terrorist organizations to the table legitimizes and incentivizes violent tactics. And talks may be accompanied by an upsurge in violence rather than a lull — either because terrorist groups think their violent campaign has been effective or because they want to avoid accusations from followers that they have sold out the cause. After the failure of Northern Ireland talks in July 1972, the IRA orchestrated what came to be known as Bloody Friday and set off about two dozen bombs in Belfast.

But a well-constructed talks process will show terrorist organizations that there is a viable alternative to violence and will reward good behavior. Indeed, the history of peacemaking and post-conflict reconstruction is full of people who have transitioned from being labeled terrorists to occupying high public office. Consider former IRA member Martin McGuinness, now deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Read all five if you want to be prepared for the next person spouting the Fox party line.

Leonard Pitts catches the NRA in a passing moment of slightly-less-crazy.

A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.

This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to openly carry firearms have taken to showing up en masse at public places — coffee shops, museums, restaurants etc. — toting shotguns and assault rifles. So say you’re snapping photos at Dealey Plaza, and up sidles some guy with an AK slung over his shoulder.

That sudden dryness of mouth and tightness of sphincter you feel is not reassurance.

“This is terrifying,” a visitor from Washington state told the Dallas Morning News. “We have guns in our house, but we don't walk around with them. . . . This is shocking.”

The NRA seemed to agree. In an unsigned online editorial, it stated the obvious, calling the practice of bringing long guns into public places “dubious,” “scary” and “downright weird.”

Days later, having come, well . . . under fire, from Texas gun groups, the NRA was in retreat, apologizing and blaming this rare lapse of lucidity on a staff member who apparently failed to drink his full allotment of Kool-Aid. The organization assured its followers that it still supports the right of all people to bring all guns into all places.

One gets the sense, when people argue for these “guns everywhere” policies that they see themselves as restoring some frontier spirit lost in the passage of centuries. A few weeks back, former Sen. Rick Santorum contended on Face The Nation that “gun crimes were not very prevalent” in the Old West because everyone was armed.

But they weren’t. In his book, Gunfight: The Battle Over The Right To Bear Arms in America, UCLA professor of constitutional law Adam Winkler reveals that gun control in the Old West was actually quite strict.

You know, we've done this experiment many times. Which has more gun violence: countries with lots of guns, or countries that don't have lots of guns?

Carl Hiaasen hands out a new award.

Lonesome Racist of the Week: Robert Copeland of Wolfeboro, N.H.

He’s not as wealthy or prominent as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but the 82-year-old Copeland is no less detestable.

Until last week he served as one of three elected police commissioners in Wolfeboro, a town of about 6,300 people in central New Hampshire. A resident had complained to the town manager that, while dining at a local restaurant, she overheard Copeland use the N-word to describe President Obama.

Copeland didn’t deny making the slur, and brilliantly sent the following email to the other commissioners: “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse [sic]. For this I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

Many people in Wolfeboro felt Copeland met and exceeded the criteria for being a bigoted gasbag, and a public meeting was convened. ... It wasn’t as if Copeland could be ignored or led away like some demented old uncle. The police commission is in charge of hiring, firing and disciplining officers, and also setting their salaries. Copeland also worked as a dispatch supervisor.

The governor of New Hampshire and several state lawmakers condemned Copeland’s remarks about Obama and said he should resign immediately. So did Mitt Romney, who owns a house in the state.

After a few days Copeland gave up and quit. He’s now free to shamble around the house in his bathrobe and boxers, spewing the N-word as much as he wants.

Timothy Evans on how an Internet Photoshop spawned an urban legend... and attempted murder.
A surprising number of knife attacks on and by teenagers have appeared in the national news in recent weeks, but in terms of sheer tragic weirdness, nothing can match the case of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who stabbed a classmate 19 times, nearly killing her — and then said they did it to appease someone called “Slenderman.”

Slenderman is not, in fact, a man, but an Internet meme, an urban legend for the digital age, a fictitious figure — tall, thin, faceless and dressed in a black suit — who appears in homemade “found” videos on YouTube, in Photoshopped pictures and on blogs describing alleged sightings around the country.

Although Slenderman has been around since 2009, the stabbing case has brought the phenomenon, most popular among teenagers, into the harsh glare of the media spotlight, with worried parents and pundits wringing their hands about the dangers of modern technology.

But they shouldn’t worry: Slenderman is a largely harmless fixation of teen pop culture who fits firmly within America’s long tradition of horror folklore.

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  •  Hmmm....:) (25+ / 0-)

    Bruni, last paragraph June 8, 2014:

    We conveniently overlook how much more they’ve had to pay for college than we did, the loans they’ve racked up and the fact that nothing explains their employment difficulties better than a generally crummy economy, which certainly isn’t their fault.

    They get our derision when they deserve our compassion and a political selflessness we’ve been unable to muster. While we’re at it, we might even want to murmur an apology.

    DailyKos:, last paragraph March 23 2014:
    If the political parties wanted to really talk to these young people, they could do worse than by acknowledging who they really are, and why we bear the responsibility for what happened to them. That they are our children and we let them down.

    And then, maybe an Apology.

  •  That's enough reason for me. (9+ / 0-)
    I have to say, knowing that it will make Drudge readers' heads explode really makes me want this to happen.
    The entertainment value alone will be worth it. Go Hillary.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:36:12 AM PDT

  •  Always enjoy Carl Hiaasen (2+ / 0-)
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    He has little in common with Sterling besides hateful prejudice and advanced age (the Clippers owner is 80). After Sterling’s embarrassing mangled apology while being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, some began to wonder if creeping senility is what causes old white guys to drop their guard and blurt whatever dumbass racist thought enters their brains.
    I dunno about the "creeping senility", in fact I think that's waaaay too kind.  "Creepy old white guy" seems more accurate.

    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 Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:41:06 AM PDT

  •  Mary Jane? (14+ / 0-)

    Nice try to be hip and with it, Maureen. Bummer is right.
    Hey, I thought APR got hacked by some rock crusher salesman and then I realized it was about the damn worthless whippersnappers again - funny thing, my 15 year old and most twenty something's I know have a better world view then the dipshits running the joint. From the environment to equality to human rights to poverty to health care.....

  •  There is absolutely no other truth: (38+ / 0-)
    It's a trend that will never be reversed without steeply increasing the tax rate on high incomes. Pretending otherwise means all the hand wringing is pointless.

    The exact and direct cause of lack of opportunity and a declining middle class is a spectacularly awful tax policy which promotes concentration of wealth. Fix it, or nothing else will matter.

    This is how the middle class prospers and how wealth inequality is stopped. It's not like it's a secret how it works in the US capitalist reality.

    My Latest: Bowe Bergdahl : The Long Road Home. Evolved Human Consciousness in Action.

    by Pluto on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:49:25 AM PDT

    •  But you can't talk about in serious company. (8+ / 0-)

      Because Freedom Liberty Opportunity!

      Don't you know that the business of America means business?

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

      by Stude Dude on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:08:08 AM PDT

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    •  Raise Taxes on the Super Rich NOW (6+ / 0-)

      Thank you for bringing up this issue.  We need to focus on it and push it unrelentingly.  

      I remember when Reagan eliminated the upper tax brackets in the early 80's, and it intuitively struck me as completely counter-productive and wrong-headed.

      30+ years late we see what a disaster it has been for fairness, justice, equality and democracy.

      Time to roll back the clock and bring back the 70% marginal rate for the super rich, and put an end to these noxious, corrupt loopholes, especially the  lower rate for UNEARNED capital gains.

    •  There's a practical reason for this (7+ / 0-)

      Concentrated wealth leads to very narrow priorities. The ultra wealthy are largely unbothered by our crumpling infrastructure because they can bypass most of it out of pocket, as needed. Often for some time long after the crumbling significantly impacts us lesser mortals.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:02:55 AM PDT

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    •  "Middle class prospers"? Hardly. (1+ / 0-)
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      While it is axiomatic that heavily taxing the wealthy reduces or eliminates inequality, why do you think the middle class would prosper?

      All you have done is equalized the classes to a lower standard.  It doesn't benefit the lower income classes one iota, except perhaps by reducing their future indebtedness.

      We are currently running $400-$500 Billion dollar deficits.  So, let's raise taxes on the wealthy $500 B.  You haven't done zip for any American.

      Even if you eliminated capital gains tax and taxed every bit of income at the top rates, you would only bring in a fraction of that.  If you double the tax rates of the highest one percent, you still wouldn't realize $500 B in new revenues.

      You clearly do not understand the scope of tax increases needed to significantly affect the lives of lower income Americans.  You would have to double the taxes on people making $100k (middle class!) before you'd see any real gains.

      •  Bizarrely illogical (3+ / 0-)
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        Essentially, you claim that there is some sort of arbitrary threshold.

        You claim that collecting revenue by taxing very wealthy people won't "be enough".

        You declare that only some very vast increase in taxation will meet your definition of "enough".

        Then you argue that since no-one has proposed a very vast increase in taxation, a moderate increase in taxation on very wealthy individuals can't be considered.

        This makes no sense at all.  Increased revenue is increased revenue.  You argument is merely a simpleton formula to object to any tax increase on wealthy people.  Simply set some imaginary number as "enough" and argue that any tax increase won't be "enough".

        •  Who said I was against tax increases? (0+ / 0-)

          I am 100% in favor of raising taxes on the wealthy.  I think all income should be taxed the same - get rid of cap gains loopholes, etc.

          All I was saying is that a huge tax increase would simply cut the deficit to zero - perhaps.  That's ok with me!  But it will not transfer one dollar to the "middle class" as the person I replied to proposed.

      •  We've done it (3+ / 0-)
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        before.  Like during the '40s, '50s, and '60s.

        That was when the middle class prospered and grew.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 08:56:28 AM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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      we have practically no one with the political will or power to address the issue.

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 08:57:37 AM PDT

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  •  Crumbling Infrastructure, Anyone? (18+ / 0-)

    What I thought was coming, when I saw those toppled pillars.  We may be handing our children crumbling roads and bridges, but thank God they won't have to pay any TAXES to maintain them!

  •  You kids want "irony"? Here's irony (9+ / 0-)
    Oh, the hours of fun we have, marveling at their self-fascination and gaping at their sense of entitlement!
    Wait, a white baby boomer accusing some other cohort of "self-fascination" and "entitlement"?

    I self-identify as early "Generation X".  I count as a Baby Boomer by birth year in some systems.  I have literally been noticing the exceptionally extreme Baby Boomer self-fascination and sense of entitlement for some time now.

    •  Who do think has been cutting their own taxes? nt (7+ / 0-)
    •  The older Boom. (2+ / 0-)
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      This is another younger Boomer that can rant about how in love with themselves the older Boom is. They even hit self-parody back with the New Age, when they invented God in their own image. Then patted themselves on the back for being the only generation so cosmic and groovy with just soooooo much insight.....

      This is nothing new. Smug older Boomers dumping on us younger Boomers in the '80s, dumping on Gen X in the '90s, and dumping on the Millennials now.

      And of course, talking out of the other side of their mouths about how slopping over they are with peace and love and understanding.

      Personally, I'd like to see an apology and amends for how badly InterStellar OverDrive, Flexia, and me were treated because of the class and generational bigotry that "retarded farmboys" aren't supposed to be that bright. But that's probably the last thing I'll see.

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

      by Stude Dude on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:18:51 AM PDT

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    •  What are some examples (4+ / 0-)
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      of this "exceptionally extreme Baby Boomer self-fascination and sense of entitlement"?  I haven't experienced this and don't know what you're talking about.

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

      by SueDe on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:47:44 AM PDT

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      •  It's more subtle now. (0+ / 0-)

        But back in the '80s and '90s. For one word: Yuppies!

        "We're born between Hiroshima and Sputnik in the suburbs with white collar parents, so the world naturally revolves around us when it's not giving it to ouselves on a golden platter, and the sun naturally revolves around us when it's not shining out of our ass! We're the mostest peace and love and understanding generation and you're a retarded and unmellow if you don't believe it! You're doubley retarded an unmellow if you're born late in the Boom and adopted by pig farmers!"

        A certain Indie Publisher that wronged me and added insult to injury but thought that he was all justified and totally in the right because he had a smug octuple dose of that sort of arrogance.

        "The Beatles flew over to Sullivan so our generation invented Rock 'n' Roll! Gates and Jobs are one of us so our generation invented the computer! The Mustang was niche marketed to us so our generation invented the automobile!" Etc....

        The New Age thing in a previous comment on this page.

        The "remember when" articles of the '80s and '90s, Cf: "Remember when we were all kids watching Howdy Doody?", "Remember when we were in college and Sgt. Pepper came out?" No other generation really counts.

        "We're all about doin' doing your thing and new ideas which is why we're pissing on Small Press Comics and Punk and Noise Rock because it's too new and unmellow and to be our thing."

        The strawmen in real-life, like a step-brother I don't see anymore and don't miss, goes from Hippie to Beckerhead because of political convenience. Hippie then because he doesn't want to be responsible enough to follow all those oppressive laws and morals. Bagger now because he doesn't want to be responsible follow all those oppressive taxes and regulations.

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

        by Stude Dude on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:26:47 AM PDT

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        •  Every generation (3+ / 0-)
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          blames the one before. Stolen from a Mike and the Mechanics song, but it's so true.
          As a younger boomer, I've watched every older generation whine: "These kids today!" (true), and every younger generation proclaim:"The world is fucked up because of old people!" (also true)
          My dad gave me the Brokaw book "The Greatest Generation" one Christmas and I rolled my eyes through half of the book.
          I do agree that being born in the middle of a economic collapse, outrageous college tuition, and lack of jobs is a huge problem for the 20 somethings right now, but I also expect things to get better.

          If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

          by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:40:26 AM PDT

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        •  You sound very jaded, Stude Dude. (2+ / 0-)
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          Most Boomers were not born into privilege and did not turn out to be Yuppies demanding that the country gentrify around them, and the the fact that your step-brother turned out to be a right wing lunatic doesn't speak for the eventual futures of everyone in that generation.

          The progressive movement in this country needs all the adherents it can find and convince to become vocal and active.  Demeaning those of a certain age will not help to reach out to these people and is not a wise move.  Think strategically.  

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

          by SueDe on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:07:45 AM PDT

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          •  The thing with adherents. (0+ / 0-)

            Is that the '80s aging and ex Hippies should have made coalitions with the Punks and the Alt Rockers for not liking Reagan, the Pentagon, the Moral Mojarity, Big Biz, and all that, instead of pissing on them for being just soooo unmellow. I'm especially looking at you, pony-tailed record and radio suits!

            And if some retarded farmboy submits an Atom Punk comic before there was Atom Punk, down to the nixie tubes and gold anodized chrome trefoils, don't piss on him because you're some aging No Nukes Hippy. Maybe you're the "retarded" one for not getting the joke. Or maybe you're being a hypocrite for hiring down against an uncool retard who has just did something too cool for you aging Hippy hipsters.....

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

            by Stude Dude on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:59:18 AM PDT

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      •  Seriously (4+ / 0-)
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        skohayes, SueDe, Dem Beans, wonmug

        All this reduction to gangthink is nauseating. There are no definable generations--it's all about more history than anyone's lifetime. Along a progression none of us control, America is a crumbling empire, no longer able to exercise undue control over foreign markets. Our economy must adjust to that. We, especially those of us who have a greater number of years left to deal with that, must join the human race at last.
        The process is inevitable: the level of humility and grace we achieve in the process is very much up in the air, and our pointing fingers, especially here, is not a good sign.

        and I wait for them to interrupt my drinking from this broken cup

        by le sequoit on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:39:11 AM PDT

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        •  partly true but oddly... (3+ / 0-)
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          "We, especially those of us who have a greater number of years left to deal with that, must join the human race at last."

          Yet in Canada, Australia and Japan -

          1) College education is many times less expensive.

          2) Health care access is universal.

          3) Minimum wage is higher.

          4) Labor protections are better.

          5) Environmental protections are often better.

          6) Social programs are stronger.

          7) Business executive pay is high, but a fraction of what it is here; the cult of paying executives millions of dollars per year has not taken hold.  Yet business performance if comparable or better.

          It seems that being unable to "exercise undue control over foreign markets" actually does not oblige a system of nouveau aristocracy for a hereditary executive aristocracy and spiraling "austerity" for everyone else.

    •  Gen X here (0+ / 0-)

      I am a part of generation X.  To me, millineals aren't nearly self-absorbed as baby boomers.  The boomers are using up the planet's fossel fuel supply and dumping the waste anywhere they can that isn't their front lawn and saying to the rest of us, "that's your problem.  Good luck solving it without our help."

  •  Thinking that people will be a bit more (0+ / 0-)

    discriminating when using the term 'Hero' from now on.

  •  Carl Hiaasen skewers Rick Scott's climate (2+ / 0-)
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  •  When your blood is 62% vodka tonic, (16+ / 0-)

    and another 14% martini, you cant just start munching on the crazy candy.

    •  LOL awesome BBB (3+ / 0-)

      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 Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:41:20 AM PDT

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    •  But she brings up a good point (1+ / 0-)
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      Edibles are a whole 'nother level of cannabis use (medicinal or recreational), that amateurs should not be exposed to without a little education. Putting it right on the package might avoid some problems, and many cannabis entrepreneurs agree.
      I read that the shop where she bought it did advise her on the amount to eat, however.

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:53:15 AM PDT

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      •  My only experience... (1+ / 0-)
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        With recreational drugs of any sort, was when I ate two brownies back in college, not knowing they were made with both hash oil and plain old grass.  My experience was both frightening and literally nauseating, but the biggest part of that was the surprise and being in an unfamiliar area when this happened.

        •  My experience was almost the same (0+ / 0-)

          Two brownies, went to a Taj Mahal concert with friends, where I sat for about 5 minutes and then had to go outside and spent the rest of concert laying in my friend's truck bed, gazing at the stars.
          That high wasn't fun.

          If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

          by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 03:35:35 PM PDT

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  •  Ross Douthat writes about Hillary to avoid (2+ / 0-)

    apologizing for his beloved Catholic church and its policies of shaming unfortunate women and children (instead of following Jesus' teachings of compassion) that contributed to mass graves of babies

  •  Intergenerational analysis seems a bit dumb. (14+ / 0-)

    The age of people in the nation is a continuum, there are not real boundaries between one cohort and another. The youngins I find in the course I teach at a local college are in their twenties and thirties, all trying to get a degree and maybe improve their lot in life in the miserable economy and world political situation they confront. They are bright and informed and tech able but our concerns about the world (me born in 1947) are pretty much the same, our take on what corporations and the Supremes have wrought are pretty much the same. I do find their acceptance of life style variations more open then those of the folks I went to college with had at that time....but those college friends of mine from the  Paleozoic Era have the same level of tolerance today as the younins. So lets not divide our rag tag army of progressives into "cohorts", stereotype each and then set them at each others throats to fight over who is to blame for what. Let's build a better world today for tomorrow together. I used to practice duck and cover on Long Island to protect myself from a thermonuclear detonation....I too know what the fuck the real situation and the real problems are...

  •  Dowd is an idiot, at least this go-round. (7+ / 0-)

    The story here is that she fucked up.

    She had been advised about the candy bar but she didn't listen. She should have only eaten a small piece - she ate the whole thing and literally overdosed.

    Thank GOD overdosing on weed isn't remotely fatal and she lived to crab about the experience.

    People who do that with alcohol wake up in their own vomit, or wake up in the hospital - or they don't wake up at all.

    Maureen the Moron.

    I can't wait to get one of those candy bars....

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

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:33:35 AM PDT

    •  This am at AlterNet (10+ / 0-)

      6 Most Hilarious Pot Freak-Outs

      A Twitter storm raged around Maureen Dowd this week following the publication of her New York Times column questioning the safety of Colorado’s legal pot market. In the column, she describes her bad experience eating an edible cannabis candy bar in Denver. She writes about experiencing eight hours of a “paranoid,” “hallucinatory” state. She worries about Colorado, "unleashing a drug as potent as marijuana on a horde of tourists of all ages and tolerance levels seeking a mellow buzz."

      In the article Dowd admits to waiting an hour after eating a first piece of the candy bar, and when she didn't feel anything, eating more. She claims she wasn’t warned properly about the potentially overwhelming effects of edibles. However, Matt Brown, founder of My 420 Tours has come out and said he took Dowd on a four-hour, behind-the-scenes tour of a cannabis factory prior to her edibles experience.

      The article does go on to give her a little 'cover' in that if it happened to her it will happen to others, which is quite true.
      "All of the problems that happened in her hotel room as she's breaking off pieces of the infused candy bar … there's something missing. When she was learning how to drink alcohol she could have seen other adults using moderation and other adults in bars puking and making an ass out of themselves, because it's enjoyed communally and legally in bars. How do we have events and hotel rooms that are more open to this?"
      80 years of vicious, lying, moronic anti-marijuana propaganda has left a large swath of America fundamentally and completely ignorant about this topic and the Plant.

      Dowd is the posterchild: complete ignorance about marijuana but she wants to write about it like some sort of authority. Yet her brain wsa completely empty of marijuana knowledge and that 4 hour lecture she got did no good.

      Marijuana is still infinitely safer than alcohol, which is thoroughly legal and well-known, so drink up.

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

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:48:40 AM PDT

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      •  Great article, doc (3+ / 0-)
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        Brought back bad memories of "Idiots on Parade" with David Brooks' freak out:

        Brooks smoked cannabis (he calls it “weed”) as a teenager, and he didn’t like it, so he stopped. For that reason he has deemed himself justified, on one of the nation’s most prominent and respected opinion pages, to advocate for throwing people in prison for marijuana possession.

        If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

        by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:03:18 AM PDT

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      •  lol (0+ / 0-)
        In the article Dowd admits to waiting an hour after eating a first piece of the candy bar, and when she didn't feel anything, eating more.
        Haha, classic. There's your problem, right there.
    •  And furthermore.... (3+ / 0-)

      Despite the standard dire chicken little, sky is gonna fall, hairbrained, dumbass, republican, panty-wadding, wingnut predictions, Denver crime falls over 10 percent in wake of pot legalization

      Despite dire predictions by anti-marijuana activists, overall crime rates in the city of Denver are down more than five months after legal marijuana sales began in the Rocky Mountain state. According to the Denver Department of Public Safety, rates of violent crime are down, as well as burglaries, leading to an overall decrease in crime of 10.6 percent.

      The city measured the number of reported crimes from January 1st to April 30th of 2014 and compared them to the same period last year, prior to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use.

      The number of murders, sexual assaults, violent robberies and other assaults fell by 5.6 percent. The most dramatic decrease was in the number of homicides. In 2013, from January to the end of April, the city lost 17 people to murder. In the same period in 2014, only 8 died, a drop of more than 50 percent.

      Suck it, prohibitionists.

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

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:00:03 AM PDT

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    •  Nibbling on a corner and clutching her pearls (6+ / 0-)

      One wonders how many columns Dowd could have made from her first encounter with alcohol.

      "At first, I thought, I'll just have a little sip. But after a few little sips I stopped worrying about how many sips I was having. And then I forgot to even count.


      I woke up in a bed next to a dozing college Freshman with a pounding migraine and my car parked on my neighbor's lawn."

      We love intoxicants because they intoxicate.

  •  Military doctors prepping Bergdahl for his (5+ / 0-)

    re-entry into Murkin society after 5 years being a captive....Good Luck.

  •  Bruni makes me think of another argument (0+ / 0-)

    against nominating Hillary Clinton for president, and it's this: Do we really want to go backward through the generations at this point?

    Bill Clinton was a Boomer. George W. Bush was a Boomer. Barack Obama is our first Generation X president, the first president from my own generation. I'd hate to see presidential politics become further evidence that the successor generations to the Boomers don't get to have nice things.

    Don't vote for anyone over 55!

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:44:47 AM PDT

    •  At war with himself, too (2+ / 0-)
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      I wonder how the GOP's new "Party Like We Just Left You Behind" campaign will work out.

    •  from yer link (3+ / 0-)
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      And now this? Now we have a soldier who was captured by the enemy and held prisoner for five years ... and the Republican party in America wants to use him as a pawn in their political game? It is deja vu all over again, and it turns my stomach.

      I'm not alone. People all across the political spectrum are rising in support of Obama and Bergdhal, rising like the seas themselves. They are looking at this situation and seeing a Republican political orgy, pure and simple.

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

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:16:25 AM PDT

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    •  Remember the good old days (1+ / 0-)
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      when the media loved John McCain? He's have barbecues and hang out with them on the bus, and always on the Sunday shows? Now, that he's made himself so accountable by being on TV so much (those damn internets!), he gets mad about being quoted:

      Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler also ruled McCain's "hell no" statement a flip-flop:
      McCain may have thought he left himself an out when he said his support was dependent on the details. But then he can’t object to the most important detail–the identity of the prisoners–that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:25:54 AM PDT

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    •  And if they get rid of McCain (0+ / 0-)

      His replacement will be saner and more liberal?

  •  Steve Kornacki discussing Michigan minimum wage (2+ / 0-)
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    increase: has republican mover of the bill to suppress as much as they can the increase, why does he think the higher increase was icky?
    1) "poorly written"
    2) Accuses "outside agitators" (California company) of being behind Michigan mw increase.
    Oh, and he knows it's good to exclude waiters/waitress from mw increase because...well, just because.

    Makes ya think, don't it? Just imagine if "outside agitators " poured money into Michigan or NC to buy legislatures!

  •  So Ruth Marcus believes a headline on (2+ / 0-)
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    the Drudge Report and other slings and arrows coming her way from the ranting right wing will completely dissuade Hillary from a presidential run?  Ruth is just indulging a little wishful thinking.

    If the accusations thrown at Hillary for the past 25 years hasn't dissuaded the woman from the public spotlight, I doubt Matt Drudge and his coterie of deranged followers will do it.  The woman has known about the vast right-wing conspiracy and endured its fantasy theories about her a lot longer than most of those detractors have been alive.  Remember, in the beginning of her foray into politics, she was a "Goldwater Girl."  She's known what these people are about for a long, long time.

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

    by SueDe on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:00:12 AM PDT

  •  Destiny's Candidate.. haha. :) (0+ / 0-)

    Well, we should just have ole Ross have an Election of One and decide it for us. :)

  •  The GOP....'Breathtaking theater backed by a laugh (1+ / 0-)
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    track and nothing more'......

    •  As a red state resident (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm not laughing:

      TOPEKA — State officials misstated the cause of unexpected drops in tax revenues in April and May, says a policy analyst whose research was cited by the state to dismiss the poor performance as a fluke.

      State tax revenues fell $217 million short of projections in May. That puts tax revenues $310 million below estimates for the fiscal year with only one month left.

      If the shortfalls are caused by federal tax changes, as the governor and officials with the Department of Revenue say, they should not continue into the next fiscal year.

      But if they are caused largely by the state’s tax cuts, as several economists and lawmakers say, the shortfalls may continue and the state may be unable to avoid budget cuts.

      Read more here:

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:30:11 AM PDT

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  •  inequality (5+ / 0-)
    It's a trend that will never be reversed without steeply increasing the tax rate on high incomes. Pretending otherwise means all the hand wringing is pointless.
    Inequality is a term used to hide the truth--selfishness.  In my lifetime, top tax rates went from 91% to the mid thirties.  Worst part of that is CEOs grab quick returns over long term growth.  Also, that untaxed money is used to buy politicians who ignore the future to curry favor, who ignore science to sound religious, who ignore the poorest yet wave the flag, who demand we're exceptional, and act criminally.  It's all about money--god and the planet are not factored into the equation.  It's as if the 1% hate their own grandchildren.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:20:40 AM PDT

  •  Clinton using a walker (7+ / 0-)

    Is a problem, because of course FDR, who was disabled by polio, was a terrible political and executive failure.

  •  George Will on Fox......'Every principle has a (1+ / 0-)
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    limiting principle.'......Except when they are conservative principles I guess.

  •  I read Ruth Marcus' column about Hillary this (4+ / 0-)

    morning and thought, "Oh, good, Ruthie! If Mrs. Clinton runs and wins you can change from being an Obamascold to a Hillaryscold."

    There are columnists who do nothing but scold. The WaPo has just hired some weird conservative person named Catherine who hates the thought of anyone's owning a house and hates the idea that $15 could become the minimum wage.

    Why does the WaPo need more conservative columnists? They've more than enough already. Makes me want to get my news from the "Internets."

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:47:53 AM PDT

  •  Daytime Emmy (1+ / 0-)
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    Hey Mark - I won a Datyime Emmy last year for a web series I wrote.  Absolutely the highlight of my career.  Plenty of people - including me - see any Emmy Award as a recognition of excellence in the entertainment industry and the culmination of plenty of hard work, not as snark fodder.

  •  Those of us who entered the work force in the 70s (3+ / 0-)
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    are well able to understand this:

    economic conditions are still subpar, damaging the immediate job prospects and long-term living standards of young adults starting out now.
    The same was true both short-term and long-term for us.

    So I have to wonder:  what's in it for "progressives" to make that a point of division rather than unity?  How does the further division of working-class into tinier and tinier sub-units advance social progress?  Shouldn't the objective be instead to seek points on which to build solidarity?  Or is social solidarity contrary to what passes for "progressivism" in the Reaganized USA?

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:55:58 AM PDT

    •  In the 1970s we were in our 20s (3+ / 0-)
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      Just out of the military or college or on some production line. Trying to start a life/family. In 1973 inflation was at 8.8%, by 1980 it was 14%.  

      Unemployment was 9%



      In the 80s we were in our 30s and Reagan was and his ilk were in charge.

      In the 90s we were in our 40s and the policies of Reagan had started the great FU that continues today.

      It was those of the "greatest generation" who were in power when all this happened, not the boomers.

      Once the geedheads and propagandists seized power we were on the road to where we are today.

      "The good Earth — we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy." Kurt Vonnegut - "A Man Without a Country", 2005.

      by BOHICA on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 08:17:03 AM PDT

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  •  What the wacko actually is unique to (4+ / 0-)

    "The fact that the phantom walker was even a topic of public debate says everything about the wacko media environment that uniquely surrounds Clinton."

    Ruth Marcus is right about the existence of the wacko, but pins it on the wrong cause.  The wacko is not just something that happens to exist in the media environment around Clinton, it's something that's carefully cultivated by right-wing wackos who control big chunks of the media.

    Don't think for an instant that we would in any way avoid any least smidgen of wacko by going with some candidate other than Clinton.  They invented all the stuff surrounding her out of whole cloth -- from her having Vince Foster murdered right up to her needing a walker -- and they will be just as inventive about whoever the Ds nominate.  There simply isn't anyone whom they wouldn't surround with the peak wacko they wheel out for every D president or candidate for the presidency.  The wacko is not about us, it's not about some objective natural "environment", it's about them, it's 100% their unnatural creation.  

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 08:13:01 AM PDT

  •  What appalled me, beyond the facts (1+ / 0-)
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    of the case itself - the awful knifing of a little girl by her two erstwhile friends - was the ridiculous decision to charge the two deluded perpetrators as adults. Adults?? These girls are 12 years old! They are not adults; they are children who did something awful, pretty much because they are children. The asinine fiction that the law can wave a magic wand to create adults out of children only compounds the tragedy. Children are by their very nature apt to believe in fairies and ghosts and magic. Our society encourages them on this path and celebrates it. When the dark side of this magic kingdom erupts, we look for witches and find them in the form of two deluded little girls. What a victory for jurisprudence.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 10:35:58 AM PDT

  •  Bruni is gen x?!?! (0+ / 0-)

    Weird! I'd have assumed anyone apologizing to the Millennials should be a Boomer. But then, it's not much of a surprise it isn't.

  •  Funny about Dowd (0+ / 0-)

    Heck, I remember back in the 70's me and my roomates pooled our pot and baked it  into a tray of brownies. Buzz came on smooth but  didn't stop.

     Went to school in DC and remember walking back to my dorm that night, down 16th Street toward The White House, really, really stoned. Not particularly paranoid, but almost too high to walk. Seemed like the 15 minute walk took hours, especally when my wise guy roomate stopped to talk to the Executive Protection cop in front of the old Soviet embassy.  

    Dose control for sure.

  •  Mark Sumner fan club member here. (0+ / 0-)

    #39, says my badge.


  •  We Owe Them an Apology (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, "apology" isn't quite enough. Under the circumstances, it seems quite lame.

  •  Giving Maureen Dowd What She Needs (0+ / 0-)

    Like millions before her, Dowd needs help from society to deal with drugs. For the last thirty years or so society has been little help because it's mostly stuck it's collective head in the sand and sent in the police.

    Obviously, she needs drug counseling. I suggest she start with this little bit in Wikipedia on set and setting to learn that it's more than just what you take that makes the trip.

    But who's going to help her out when she has a hankering to go back to Colorado? Does the NYT have a good EAP?

  •  Stop apologizing and get out of our way (0+ / 0-)

    The same people apologizing are generally still either doing nothing, or even worse, actively preventing real change.

    Apologies do nothing. They are self-indulgent navel-gazing on the part of people who know they should have been better human beings and stood for something, but they didn't.

    People who are actually changing things are too busy in the present to sit around feeling guilty and apologizing for the past.

    Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

    by bull8807 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 08:17:58 AM PDT

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