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An open letter to Congressman Mike Quigley

April 10, 2014
posted by

Come Home America Come Home America
by Joe Scarry  

"Dear Congressman Quigley, We have met and communicated frequently in recent years, particularly with respect to U.S. military actions, and I am grateful for your attention to my concerns as a constituent. As you know, I have worked with others around the country over the past several years to raise awareness about U.S. drone killings and to build support for bringing those killings to an end." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m7jqdt8  

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Can Al Jazeera America save Cable News?

April 10, 2014
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The Nation
by Reed Richardson  

"After a recent Friday taping, the staff of the Al Jazeera America news discussion show The Stream gathered for a brief postmortem. Standing around the orange L-shaped couch that functions as the newsroom’s public square, co-hosts Wajahat Ali and Lisa Fletcher, executive producer Jennifer Salan and a few others began to run through an obviously familiar agenda. In a matter of minutes, they deconstructed that night’s show (featuring a debate about regulating e-cigarettes) and tallied up the good and the bad of the cable news they’d just produced." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mqj8k6n  

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The Koch head

April 10, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by John Cole  

Cartoon. (04/10/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/04/the-koch-head/  

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Elizabeth Warren has lesson for Democrats

April 10, 2014
posted by

The Nation
by John Nichols  

"There is no question that the senator from Massachusetts shamed the congressman from Wisconsin. One report was headlined: 'Elizabeth Warren schools Paul Ryan on poverty in 80 seconds.' Another announced: 'Elizabeth Warren Picks A Fight With Paul Ryan.' Still another reported: 'Elizabeth Warren Slams Paul Ryan On Inner City Culture Comment.' All true. All accurate." [editor's note: I'm still trying to figure out how much to fear this one's prospects; so far, I'd say she's at least marginally less horrid than Hillary (but then I thought that about Obombya, back in 2008) - SAT] (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nqjp2ys  

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The end of the “ick factor?”

April 10, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Let it not be said that conservatives have failed to evolve on the question of gay rights. These days, even if you are adamantly opposed to marriage equality, you're required to express a kind of [civil] libertarian attitude toward homosexuality itself. Love the sinner, hate the sin? Not anymore. Now it's love the sinner, and as for the sin, well that's none of my business, you do what you like. ... I give you Mike Huckabee, speaking yesterday at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition: 'I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic,' he said. 'I honestly don't care what people do personally in their individual lives.'" (04/09/14)

http://prospect.org/article/end-ick-factor  

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Let’s repudiate Reaganomics

April 10, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Thom Hartmann  

"I want to tell you a tale of two countries, Country A and Country B. Country A has extraordinary wealth. In fact, according to the World Bank, national income per person in Country A is behind just Singapore, Norway, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Switzerland. In the past six years, total wealth in Country A is up over $34 trillion. That $34 trillion equals out to roughly $100,000 per person in Country A. And if you’re a business executive in Country A, you’re doing even better, because the ratio of CEO to average worker pay in Country A is a whopping 273-1. But things aren’t so great over in Country B." [editor's note: Yes ... along with Obombyanomics ... and Krugmanomics ... and ... - SAT] (04/09/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140409/lets-repudiate-reaganomics  

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What does PTSD in veterans say?

April 10, 2014
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Violence is rare in America, and contrary to the media and their panics, shootings like this are particularly rare (in spite of the creepy familiarity of the location). On the other hand, the staggeringly high rate of PTSD in returning veterans does suggest something good about humanity. It’s a tragic, costly, and endless lesson -- but war is bad for humans, even those who make it happen. If 22 veterans a day by last year’s count kill themselves -- more die that way than they do in combat since at least 2008 -- doesn’t that suggest that there is something fundamentally harmful about war, and something sadly good about humans who react so badly to having participated in it?" (04/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nx77tk6  

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Fox News map

April 10, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (04/09/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/04/fox-news-map/  

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Should soldiers be allowed to bear arms on base?

April 9, 2014
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Fox News Forum
by John Lott  

"In debates on gun control, gun opponents usually speculate about what might go wrong. Unfortunately, the current debate over arming soldiers on military bases is no different. Except for the military police, soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. ... After the attack at Fort Hood this past week, many soldiers no doubt wished they had been carrying a gun. The six minutes before military police arrived at the scene proved much too long for the three people killed and 16 wounded." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nowyg3p  

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An election Democrats can win?

April 9, 2014
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Reuters
by Bill Schneider  

"Obamacare versus Ryanomics. That’s the battle line for 2014. It’s also a battle Democrats can win. Why? Because most Americans are pragmatists. Pragmatists believe that whatever works is right. Ideologues believe that if something is wrong, it can’t possibly work -- even if it does work. That’s the Republican view of Obamacare: It’s wrong, so it can’t possibly work. But it now looks like Obamacare may work." [editor's note: I hope when "the truth is found to be lies" ... these statements come back to haunt him, as they will every other advocate of this sham (I don't argue that "Ryanomics" isn't at least as bogus) - SAT] (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nuedrzv  

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How to curb gentrification

April 9, 2014
posted by

In These Times
by Julia Wong  

"In 2011, Mustafa Solomon, a 57-year old African-American photographer, was served eviction papers. He’d lived in the same apartment in North Oakland for more than 15 years. Now, following what Solomon calls a 'small, accidental fire in the kitchen,' his landlord wanted him out. Solomon believes his landlord had another motive: The unit he shared with his adult daughter and pet dog cost $530 a month, but rents in his neighborhood had been rising quickly due to gentrification. 'If I was moving in now, this apartment would probably be $950-1,200 per month,' Solomon says." (04/09/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16531/how_to_prevent_gentrification  

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Campaign finance reform is small change

April 9, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Question #1: How much did federal elected officials spend on their 2014 campaigns last year? Answer: At least $3.45 trillion -- a little over $6.4 billion for each US Senator and US Representative and for the two elected executive branch officials, the president and vice-president. Yes, I’m talking about the federal government’s entire budget. Every dollar the US government spends serves one or both of two functions: Buying future support or rewarding past support for the politicians who spend it." (04/08/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/26218  

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Mozilla & Eich cave over Prop 8 donation

April 9, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.' That moment of fantasy came courtesy of Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker as she announced last week that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, had caved in to calls that he resign for the Silicon Valley sin of having donated $1,000 to Proposition 8, the ballot measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman -- six years ago. The forces of intolerance won. With Eich caving in, there is no conversation, and the world is not a better place for the free exchange of ideas." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/occok4s  

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What’s behind the “Poor Door?”

April 9, 2014
posted by

The Nation
by Michael Sorkin  

"Three and a half years ago, after living for more than a quarter-century in a rent-stabilized apartment in a ratty Greenwich Village tenement, my wife and I moved to a condo in downtown Manhattan. Conscientious ’60s veterans, we felt some anxiety about landing in the climes of privilege ... but we got over it fast. ... The rentals had been fairly quickly made into condos, and the question to be decided was whether the two residential lobbies should be combined into one, with potential savings on staff and electricity, and the possible production of new commercial space." (04/08/14)

http://www.thenation.com/article/179138/whats-behind-poor-door  

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Paid sick days: A no-brainer

April 9, 2014
posted by

In These Times
by Terry J. Allen  

"If you go to Disneyland, you might want to stop Mickey and Minnie from hugging your kid. The Walt Disney Company, like many businesses, opposes paid sick leave. The result, nationwide, is that millions of people show up for work every day sick as a dog (Pluto?), because staying home means losing essential pay or even their jobs. One sick person can infect hundreds, even thousands, with air or food-borne infectious diseases such as flu, colds, Hepatitis A and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as norovirus." (04/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p69fgc9  

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Thomas Friedman is right, sort of

April 9, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp Come Home America
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"From a domestic US politics standpoint, though, I’d say that the takeaway here is: Adelson is the Republican Party’s worst enemy. He pours so much money into Republican politics that most Republican presidential aspirants don’t think they can afford to ignore him ... and that paints them into the Stupid Corner vis a vis foreign policy in general and Israel and Iran in particular." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/py68jyx  

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Plagiarising foreign policy

April 9, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"It has proven to be a sad situation. Ukraine, moving towards partition, even dismemberment, caught in the geopolitical vice of various powers. Half-narratives, half-truths, some sincerity and much disingenuousness, followed by a referendum in Crimea, and swift annexation by the Putin regime. Then, with a primate’s conviction, the Australian government has joined the sanctions regime against Russia over a country most of its officials would struggle locating on a map." (04/08/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/08/plagiarising-foreign-policy/  

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When shareholder capitalism came to town

April 8, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect
by Steven Pearlstein  

"In the current, cramped model of American capitalism, with its focus on maximizing output growth and shareholder value, there is ample recognition of the importance of financial capital, human capital, and physical capital but no consideration of social capital. Social capital is the trust we have in one another, and the sense of mutual responsibility for one another, that gives us the comfort to take risks, make long-term investments, and accept the inevitable dislocations caused by the economic gales of creative destruction." [editor's note: Give this one a read; there's a lot of truth in his approach - SAT] (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmuz4m3  

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Revising Obama’s “deporter in chief” policy

April 8, 2014
posted by

Reuters
by Herman Schwartz  

"In response to angry complaints from the Latino community about the administration’s deportation policies, President Barack Obama ordered a review in March 'to see how to conduct enforcement more humanely.' At the same time, however, White House officials said the administration would neither suspend deportations nor expand the opportunities to stay for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. That will not mollify his critics. Nor should it." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ph4zllz  

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Hounding of Eich: New cover for dark money defenders

April 8, 2014
posted by

The New Republic
by Alec MacGillis  

"As if there weren’t enough reasons for liberals to have misgivings about the hounding of a Silicon Valley executive over his $1,000 check to an anti-same sex marriage campaign, there’s also this: the episode is giving cover to those fighting to keep secret the vast sums of dark money flowing into American politics. When the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission last week eliminated overall limits on how much wealthy donors could contribute to candidates, parties and political action committees in a given campaign cycle, supporters of the decision rationalized that it would be better for democratic accountability because these contributions would be public." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oloaq5e  

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Six rules for liberty

April 8, 2014
posted by

Fox News Forum
by Matt Kibbe  

"Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff. That’s it, in a nutshell. Everyone should be free to live their lives as they think best, so long as they don’t hurt other people and don’t take other people’s stuff. I am not a moral philosopher, and I don’t particularly aspire to be one. But the rules for liberty are simple and straightforward. They’re blindly applied across the board, not doled out discriminately by meddling politicians and government bureaucrats. They define our actions at every level of society, from federal government to local communities, towards friends and enemies both foreign and domestic" [editor's note: very well summarized; I might have to go buy the book - SAT] (04/07/14)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/07/rules-for-liberty  

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Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and the politics of exhaustion

April 8, 2014
posted by

Nick Gillespie The Daily Beast
by Nick Gillespie  

"As if we need it, here’s extra proof that contemporary politics is more thoroughly exhausted than adult actress Lisa Sparkxxx must have been at the end of her record-setting roll in the hay at the 2004 'Eroticon' in Warsaw, Poland. ... At least Lisa Sparkxxx participated voluntarily in her own screwing. For the large and growing plurality of Americans who identify as independent, there’s seemingly no way to opt out of the compulsive-repetitive disorder among legacy media types and partisan string-pullers. What is it that Faulkner said in Requiem for a Nun (1950)? 'The past is never dead. It’s not even past.' Who knew that he was talking about politics in the goddamned 21st century, not Yoknapatawpha County after the Civil War?" (04/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtn5m4j  

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Time is running out

April 8, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Thom Hartmann  

"This week, government officials and climate scientists from all over the world are meeting in Berlin, Germany, to finalize a U.N. study on climate change and its solutions. While the study hasn’t been released yet, a draft of it has, and it’s pretty stunning. The draft report from the International Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, says that time is quickly running out for world powers to slash their use of fossil fuels and stay below the 2 degree Celsius limit on global warming that 200 nations agreed upon in 2010." [editor's note: And the co-author of that report RESIGNED last week because the report was such slanted bullshit! - SAT] (04/07/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140407/time-is-running-out  

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Opening the political money chutes

April 8, 2014
posted by

Reuters
by Richard L. Hasen  

"The headline about a new Supreme Court opinion rarely tells the whole story. Rather, the detailed reasoning of the ruling often reveals whether a decision is a blockbuster or a dud. When the court writes broadly, it can eventually remake entire industries, government practices or areas of the law. Lawyers and lower courts scrutinize an opinion’s every line and footnote, pouring over the legal reasoning and noting subtle changes from the court’s earlier decisions in the same area. This is why it is fair to call last week’s Supreme Court ruling in the campaign finance case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission a blockbuster case." [editor's note: Not really, but you may keep your delusions - SAT] (04/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfjrmns  

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Beyond corruption

April 8, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"There was a time in our history, thankfully long past now, when bribery was common and money's slithery movement through the passages of American government was all but invisible, save for the occasional scandal that would burst forth into public consciousness. Today, we know much more about who's getting what from whom. Members of Congress have to declare their assets, lobbyists have to register and disclose their activities, and contributions are reported and tracked. Whatever you think about the current campaign finance system, it's much more transparent than it once was." [editor's note: Which SHOULD have been the media message last week; clarity on who's funding whom, not artificial barriers making it stay underground? - SAT] (04/07/14)

http://prospect.org/article/beyond-corruption  

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