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  • Malia and Sasha's parents want them to taste minimum-wage work:
    President Barack Obama and wife Michelle both worked minimum-wage jobs before they got law degrees: a character-building experience they said they also want their teenage daughters to share.

    The president scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also worked as a painter. The first lady worked at a book binding shop.

    "I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it's like to do that real hard work," Michelle Obama said in an interview with Parade magazine, slated to run on Sunday.

  • Brian Schweitzer apologizes for 'stupid and insensitive remarks'. And it wasn't a nopology, but the real thing, without qualifiers:
    Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday apologized for comments he made during an interview with National Journal, presumably ones about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

    "I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard," Schweitzer wrote in a Facebook post.

  • Joe Walsh kicked off his own radio show for racist slurs:
    Walsh, who has hosted "The Joe Walsh Show" on a conservative Chicago radio station since early 2013, took to Twitter to complain about being cut off by the station's management. Walsh, by his own account, used several epithets during a discussion on the Redskins' controversial name, including the n-word. [...]

    The ex-congressman also has a history of racially-charged remarks. In 2012, he claimed that Democrats want Hispanic Americans to "be dependent on government, just like they got African Americans dependent on government." Earlier that same year, he claimed President Barack Obama was only elected because of his race.

  • Before there was fictional Pvt. Ryan, there was real-life Pvt. Wilfred Smith. Five of the young British soldier's brothers were killed in World War I before Queen Mary intervened and got him sent home to northern England.
  • Five wrongly convicted men in Central Park jogger case settle for $40 million. That works out to about $1 million for each year the five African American and Hispanic men spent in prison after they were found guilty of gang-raping and a jogger in 1989. One served 13 years, the four others seven years apiece. The five exonerated men were 14 to 16 at the time of the crime.

    The media sensationalized the crime, committed it was said as part of alleged "wolf pack" and "wilding" behavior. It later transpired that the actual rapist was someone else, a man convicted of rape and murder who acted alone in the attack on the 28-year-old jogger. The settlement must still be approved by the city comptroller and a federal judge. The Bloomberg administration had fought any settlement on the grounds that the city had acted in good faith in the case. Mayor Bill de Blasio had said in his campaign the city had a “moral obligation to right this injustice.”

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  •  new summer interns for Crossroads GPS (4+ / 0-)
    President Barack Obama and wife Michelle both worked minimum-wage jobs before they got law degrees: a character-building experience they said they also want their teenage daughters to share.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 12:02:50 PM PDT

  •  I guess Super Mario doesn't get a royal kiss (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Utahrd

    Good luck in Euro 2016, England

    •  No standing army, 2-0, do the math (0+ / 0-)

      Has any CONCACAF team ever defeated a CONMEBOL and a UEFA tam in the same World Cup?

      Spend money on soccer and not on military spending, like Costa Rica, and you rip through your World Cup group like Rush Limbaugh through a pharmacy.

      "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

      by Utahrd on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 01:11:04 PM PDT

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  •  I wonder whether the Central Park jogger (2+ / 0-)
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    herself ever received any compensation. Although the five men accused of the crime were wrongly convicted, at least they were later freed. They didn't suffer nearly as much as the unfortunate jogger.

    She will never be free. She has lost the vision in one eye. Her body is permanently changed. I doubt whether she can "jog" now. Her life was completely changed for no reason by one unspeakably vile bastard who will be fed and housed at public expense for the rest of his life.  May he rot.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 12:14:20 PM PDT

    •  She wrote a book about her ordeal called "I Am ... (0+ / 0-)

      She wrote a book about her ordeal called "I Am the Central Park Jogger." Though physically limited, she can still jog and has since gotten married.

      •  There's someone else who suffered the ultimate (1+ / 0-)
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        loss and will never be compensated.

        It turns out that the attack on Tricia Mehle actually fit a pattern of previous rapes, all of which turned out to be committed by Mattias Reyes. The pattern was being investigated, but after the Central Park Five were framed, the investigators incorrectly decided that it wasn't a pattern at all and stopped investigating. Reyes continued to rape, and eventually escalated to murder before he was caught.

        So the wrong turn the investigation took very likely cost at least one woman her life.

        Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

        by ebohlman on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 04:39:35 AM PDT

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  •  So.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...in a $40 million dollar settlement, the defendants get $1 million apiece? Please tell me that's a typo because if not, Bill deBlasio just did bonkers good stuff for the lawyers.

  •  Stay classy there, Arizona GOP. (4+ / 0-)
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    In the wake of the migrant children's crisis, Arizona's top GOP officials have once again distinguished themselves. Rather than work toward a humanitarian solution, Gov. Jan Brewer is exploiting the story to raise funds for her PAC, Attorney General Tom Horne is threatening to sue the federal government, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says federal employees should be held accountable for dropping off immigrants at bus stations. And, of course, it's Obama's fault. Only it's not.

    Arizona meet-up, July 27 in Phoenix. Meet Navajo! Send me Kosmail.

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 12:29:42 PM PDT

  •  You gotta love Joe Walsh. He is the perfection of (1+ / 0-)
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    NM Ray

    the word - ass.

    By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution...and the kiddie pool needs to stay open 24/7!

    by HarryParatestis on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 12:38:17 PM PDT

    •  and Schweitzer can join Walsh in oblivionsville nt (0+ / 0-)

      By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution...and the kiddie pool needs to stay open 24/7!

      by HarryParatestis on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 12:41:05 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think that you can spell A$$ (1+ / 0-)
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      without the letters G_O_P!

      If Money is Speech, Speech isn't Free! I wonder what it is about that that Antonin Scalia cannot understand?

      by NM Ray on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 01:25:55 PM PDT

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      •  i beg to differ...i vote in republican primaries (0+ / 0-)

        however, it's getting very hard to vote for most of them...I like that they want abusive governmental spending to be curtailed, but the social stuff is too damn sickening to me...and now they are harping on this "job creator" bullshit.  for a job to be created, eventually someone must have a product to sell that the masses would like to buy...if the meek, or mild do not have money or credit, how do you expect them to buy it?  sorry for the half hearted simplicity, but my Crown Royal is kicking in...weeeeeeeeeeee

        By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution...and the kiddie pool needs to stay open 24/7!

        by HarryParatestis on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 05:54:58 PM PDT

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  •  I'm glad Schweitzer apologized, but I'm sorry h... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad Schweitzer apologized, but I'm sorry he said what he said. I met him at NN10 and he seemed like a decent guy.

    •  Maybe, but liability as a national (1+ / 0-)
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      politician. Think before you speak.  

      I was a liberal when liberal was cool, I was a liberal when liberal wasn't cool, but I always was and always will be a liberal.

      by LemmyCaution on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 01:51:19 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I still have hope for Schweitzer (1+ / 0-)
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      to not just disappear. He's a great evangelist for progressive ideas in red territory.

    •  I don't really buy it (0+ / 0-)

      It's not like he blurted something out because of surprise or anger or something.

      He was doing what he thought was a hilarious standup routine about how "gay" Cantor was and how Feinstein is some kind of slut - I'm not even sure where was he was going with that.

      It defies logic that he didn't understand or know these things were really bad when he was saying them.

      To me, a real apology is explaining why you said something, why you now know it's wrong, and how you're going to change things in the future.

      Not "yeah I probably shouldn't have said those things."

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:46:57 PM PDT

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  •  Walsh (1+ / 0-)
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    To be fair, it seems Walsh was using these racial slurs nominatively -- that is, speaking about them as words, rather than referring to members of a particular racial group by using them.

    It actually is a bit weird that he's allowed to use the word "redskin" on the air but not "nigger", as long as they're both being referenced qua words.

    •  Agreed. Use in mention is quite different (0+ / 0-)

      from use as epithet, especially when the use in mention is to indicate disapproval of the attitude behind the slurs. Offensive concepts should have offensive names, not euphemisms that inadvertently make the concept appear less offensive.

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 04:44:53 AM PDT

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  •  Before 'Saving Private Ryan,' Pvt. Smith was saved (0+ / 0-)

    We had a similar case during WWII. Anyone remember the movie about the "Fighting Sullivans"? Or was it O'Sullivan?
    A bunch of brothers (only 4 or 5 though) in the Navy. Can't remember who was in it, but I believe they all died and after that we made s point of not losing the last one in a family. As I remember, they were all (or most) stationed on the same ship which was sunk.

  •  I don't disagree with wanting Sasha and Malia... (4+ / 0-)
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    To taste what a minimum-wage job is like, but considering they're never going to have the "real" experience, I don't see much point in it. Barack and Michelle have worked hard enough to where those two girls can do anything they want.

    Working a minimum-wage job, it's not the work that gets you, usually, it's all the attendant fear and anxiety and panic at trying to pull yourself out of the hole, freaking out about bills you'll never be able to pay, but have to pay, etc. They won't get that by cleaning grease-traps at a neighborhood burger shop or anything. It will just annoy the regular workers who don't want their real life to be some "character-building exercise" for rich kids...

    •  Yeah Chelsea pulls in $600k n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      I was a liberal when liberal was cool, I was a liberal when liberal wasn't cool, but I always was and always will be a liberal.

      by LemmyCaution on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 01:54:15 PM PDT

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    •  but you don't have to say that aloud, right? (2+ / 0-)
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      brn2bwild, SixSixSix

      Everybody knows that and it's not Sasha and Malia's fault that their parents are the first couple of the nation and have some assets. Kids are not at fault for their parents wealth or poverty. It's still a well intentioned effort by the parents.

      Can't you all be a little bit nicer to each other?

      We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

      by mimi on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 02:44:16 PM PDT

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      •  And it's not the Koch Bros fault either right? (0+ / 0-)

        I was a liberal when liberal was cool, I was a liberal when liberal wasn't cool, but I always was and always will be a liberal.

        by LemmyCaution on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:54:49 PM PDT

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        •  wrong, depends what you do with the wealth (0+ / 0-)

          and privilege you inherited from your parents. For that you are responsible and possibly at fault.

          We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

          by mimi on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 06:56:30 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not trying to be mean. It's just reality... (0+ / 0-)

        They won't get the full experience, complete with full-on financial terror, and if the boss mistreats them, they have nothing that would prevent them from refusing certain assignments or quitting. For most people working minimum wage jobs, it's not a character-building exercise. They have to live it.

        I have no issue with the Obama family. I have my beefs with him as President, but he seems like a great father. I admire the First Lady a lot. But they've gotten to where they are through hard-work and intelligence. They have nothing to be ashamed about in terms of their wealth, and what it means for their kids.

        •  I would also add that if the girls want to work... (0+ / 0-)

          Low-paying jobs because they find the work personally satisfying, then they should absolutely do that. All work is good work. That's what their parents have done for them. Given them an immense amount of freedom to do whatever they want with their lives.

  •  Even the most impoverished can find $ for politics (1+ / 0-)
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    Even if it is just $3.60 from recycling aluminium on neighborhood walks: Cleaning up the sidewalks, greenways for new school board campaign literature is my demonstration of that strange fact.

    If you are in my area (Minneapolis, MN) and you'd like to take part in more of this sort of politics while cleaning up the physical environment for kids and the rest of us, hit me up!

  •  Joe Walsh was back on the air today... (0+ / 0-)

    ...sure sounded like a publicity stunt.

    I worked for the Nader presidential campaign in 2000. I'm so sorry!

    by NYLefty on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:40:15 PM PDT

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