All The News Fit To Share: Mid-Week Edition

by: jlms qkw

Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 00:21:14 AM EST

Warm sunny photo, Arches National Park, October 2012.  Every photo I took of my kids, okay 95%, they had the sun in their eyes.  

Welcome to your nearly-nightly news diary that we leave open throughout the weekend! JanF and I are combining forces for an open news thread we hope will please all of you.  

Please comment on any of the stories in the diary or comments, or share any news stories you like from anywhere!  

News stories may be added throughout the day and night, so please stop back if you are inclined.  

This will serve as the open news thread until Thursday or Friday overnight.    

jlms qkw :: All The News Fit To Share: Mid-Week Edition
Muslim rant goes global
New Zealand Herald; Adam Bennett
Richard Prosser's "stupid" comments that young Muslim men from "Wogistan" should be banned from air travel have created headlines overseas - and Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says they could cause New Zealand "international embarrassment".

The New Zealand First MP is facing pressure to resign after yesterday sparking outrage over comments made in his regular magazine column where he also spoke out against the "twin evils of diversity and multiculturalism".

The Minister has apologized, however, the apology may not get the same viral treatment . . .

Consensus on caretaker govt soon: Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari says consensus will be achieved on the caretaker government and date for elections.

In an interview to BBC Urdu‚ he said the interim government would comprise non-controversial people and no-one would be able to question their sincerity.

He said polls would be held on time and the caretaker government would have complete authority as envisaged in the Constitution to hold free and transparent polls.

I am not sure of there is a transcript or video of this interview available, will look after I get this posted.  

The Italian Patient: Resisting Berlusconi's Charms
Der Spiegel; Fiona Ehlers and Alexander Smoltczyk
Berlusconi upped the ante a day later, promising an amnesty for tax evaders, of which there are many in Italy. The amount of tax revenue lost to tax evasion -- some €120 billion ($160 billion) -- is the equivalent of 6 percent of Italy's sovereign debt.

Berlusconi's return to the political arena is a shock. It would be his sixth candidacy, his "last great political battle," as he calls it. He will be 77 this year and is currently defending himself in two court cases. It's been hardly a year since the rating agencies downgraded Italy's credit rating because of its unstable political situation, and Berlusconi submitted his resignation on Nov. 12, 2011.

But now the mummy has returned, and has rapidly become the most important personality in the pending general election. A remark by Berlusconi, like the one he made on Sunday, is enough to cause the markets to plunge and the risk premiums for Italian sovereign bonds to rise. It is enough to trigger the return of worry about the Italian patient, the fear of contagion, the euro crisis and political self-paralysis -- in short, the fear of the former Italy.

Manila stores to pull Chinese-made globes showing claims to islands
South China Morning Post; Raissa Robles
Bookshops selling Chinese-made globes in the Philippines have agreed to withdraw them from sale after being told by the government that they depict "misinformation" by reflecting Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea.

The globes show the so-called "nine-dash line", long used by Beijing to depict the extent of its claim to sovereignty over waters and islands that are also claimed by other Asian nations, including the Philippines.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez said yesterday: "The DFA has been able to validate that educational globes which reflect China's nine-dash lines encompassing the South China Sea are being retailed locally by establishments that are totally unaware about the maritime disputes between the Philippines and China."

Pope to say Ash Wednesday mass as resignation shockwaves ripple outward

Guardian; Lizzy Davies
Pope Benedict XVI will lead an emotional Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter's Basilica amid lingering doubts over his reasons for announcing the first papal resignation for almost six centuries.

In a scheduling change prompted by the surprise declaration, which sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic world, the Vatican said the location of the annual service, usually held in a smaller church, would be changed in order to allow more worshippers to bid farewell to the outgoing pontiff.

The Vatican was forced to deny once again that the 85-year-old's decision to step down after an eight-year reign had been prompted by a specific health problem as it emerged he underwent secret surgery to replace the batteries in his pacemaker three months ago.

I wonder, will the new Pope be in time for the Holy Week?  

21 Coolest Things Ever Made Out of Lego
Jack Shepherd, Buzzfeed Staff
And by "coolest," I mean "nerdiest."

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news tips (2.00 / 9)
sometimes i am not sure of the political motivations of my news sources.  

also, i desperately need to take and upload new photos.  


Purple divider ... (2.00 / 2)

<hr width="80%" size="5" color="6C4F9F ">

The size is the height, probably in pixels.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
Former LAPD officer Dornan... (2.00 / 10)
may his victims rest in peace.  May he rest in peace. A tragedy all around.

I'm a little less forgiving. (2.00 / 8)
Yes, it is sad, any death. But he killed innocents out of selfishness.

I have pity for his family, I have pity for the innocent child that he was born as, but he grew into a terrible person and that is on his head.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
i keep thinking... (2.00 / 7)
if this were a movie, he'd be in the hero-protagonist role, fighting back the only way he can after all appeals were exhausted, exacting revenge on the corrupt who ruined his life.

Of course, in that movie, he would not be threatening, much less killing, innocent family members of the corrupt.  I surely don't have any sympathy for that.  It is, as you say, on his head.  If Christianity is right, he'll be in a bad place forevermore.  One is not judged on the totality of one's life... merely the worst of it.

Nonetheless, it's not a clear-cut thing to me.  The "terrible person" part of his life seems to have been a very short and very terrible part.

[ Parent ]
I'm armchair quarter backing, as well all are, (2.00 / 3)
and it's not like I've even watched the whole game much less the season.

But I did read parts of his "manifesto", and it read to me of someone who has always had problems.

One point that stuck out was in a private elementary school where a bully called him a bad name (one of about two that I don't repeat, the one that begins with 'n') and his self-justified response was [sic]"to kick and punch him non-fatally". He was and continued to be into adulthood incensed that he was punished with a slap for his response (the bully got the same punishment), stating that he had done nothing wrong.

From my perspective - having been held down and beaten perhaps a few hundred times by bullies who used the other word I don't repeat (the one that starts with "f"), sometimes having my clothes stripped off, being force-fed dirt and otherwise, on average, putting up with a bit more than name-calling - I think I have some standing to say that his response was inappropriate at best.

I'm more than a little inclined to step back from the conversation about this guy for a while. I am not able to give crap #1 about his perceived suffering. Whether any of it was true or not I see him as nothing but a sick, cruel coward so self-important that he would have found a reason to behave the way he did regardless of his life experiences. Obviously he has been fortunate enough to make a cause of issues - real issues - that others care about and gotten some sympathy either direct of implicit, but he gets none from me.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
amen (2.00 / 7)
that is all.  

[ Parent ]
"Not to be offensive..." (2.00 / 6)
The Minister has apologized, however, the apology may not get the same viral treatment . . .

You wrote it in your fucking magazine column, lunkhead. It wasn't like it was a 'slip of the tongue' (bless your heart).


John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

i am not a lunkhead, right? (2.00 / 5)
link to apology:
for the record.  

[ Parent ]
I dunno, we've just met... ;~) (2.00 / 5)
But he certainly seems to be.

"tongue in cheek"?

I suppose to be fair to the lunkhead I would have to read his column, which I am not likely to. At the very best he's a bloody politician and should know better than to say anything like that in text, at the worst he is a racist.

Maybe his public shaming will lead to personal growth, but I hope his political career gets a thrashing.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
State of the Union - Video and Excerpts (2.00 / 6)

Enhanced Video from the White House

Excerpts from the Speech

Transcript from "as prepared for delivery"

Americans deserve to vote and deserve a vote. Obama to Congress - we will do this with you or without you

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

The NYT has an interactive analysis. (2.00 / 6)
Reporters and editors from The New York Times offered context and analysis on President Obama's 2013 address

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Did you read... (2.00 / 5)
...Sully's liveblog of the address? I haven't got there yet, but plan to in a bit...

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
I read it last night...... (2.00 / 6)
He had a lot of fun with Rubio as well...Meme Of The Night

SOTU: Blog Reax

Live-Blogging The State Of The Union

10.12 pm. Now we're really into Reagan territory. The 102 year-old is pretty damn amazing. And, yes, it is a national scandal that she had to wait six hours to vote. Then a heroic cop. "That's just the way we're made." I have to say that even to these jaundiced ears, that peroration moved me. The passion, the reason, the sincerity: this was an invigorated president, trying to shift the mood away from zero-sum partisanship to non-zero-sum citizenship. It's what we always hoped from him, and I think it places the Republicans in a horrible bind. Are they going to prevent a vote on guns? Are they going to refuse Bowles-Simpson Medicare reform? Are they willing to force a sequester rather than cooperate with this popular president? Does the Speaker not appreciate a 102 year-old getting to vote? Why did he stay seated? I have a feeling that moment will strike people.

Meep meep.

I like the words, "non-zero sum citizenship."

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
LOL @ "Meep meep." (2.00 / 5)
I love how Sully always repeats that every time the President pwns Republicans.

That whole quote is pretty great, isn't it?

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
President Obama explains sequester to American people (2.00 / 5)
President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night for a novel purpose - to warn Americans who don't follow the ins and outs of politics about the economically damaging federal spending cuts coming their way on March 1 - and sell them on his plan to avoid them
These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They'd devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research.They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That's why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as "the sequester," are a really bad idea.

Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.

That idea is even worse.

This needs to be explained because "sequester" is not a word that most people know or understand and using that word with no other explanation will simply make people's eyes glaze over. Putting it in stark terms like this will bring it home.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

He did a good thing with that explanation. (2.00 / 5)
Couldn't have been put more cleanly.

BTW, Rubio was just on Good Morning America making a putz of himself, blaming the President for the sequester. George S tried to offer a mild correction (too mild, but that's another story), but Rubio plowed ahead regardless in true Republican fashion.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
Plowing ahead despite the facts is what they do best. (2.00 / 5)
I was cracking up a couple days ago when the Club for Growth was pushing back against the Republicans calling it "Obama's Sequester" wanting to make sure that the Republicans who voted for the Budget Repair Bill were chastised for it as well. Ha! It is nice to see that The Pure Ones on the right are as much a thorn in the side of the establishment GOP as The Pure Ones on the left are to pragmatic progressives.

The Club for Growth has an even more narrow definition of True Conservative than the Tea Party does.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
Heh. (2.00 / 5)
Being manifestly impure myself, I tend to distrust purity of any stripe.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
The 2013 Washington minimum wage is $9.19. (2.00 / 6)
Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the minimum wage ($7.81).

It's difficult for me to understand why paying a living wage isn't just a reality in this country. $9.19 per hr barely pays the rent....

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

Our minimum wage in the City... (2.00 / 6) about $10.00/hour, which is very little given the price of rent here.

I recently calculated my Social Security income and it works out to about the national minimum wage, or considerably less than the local minimum. Oddly enough, that made me feel better about how well I get by on my limited budget. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
You have mastered the art of living well..... (2.00 / 5)
Knowing how to have a quality daily life is lasting life lesson from my grandparents, and one I've done my best to help my children understand.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Yesterday's LaPierre rant was epic. (2.00 / 4)
The Nine Most Insane Quotes From The NRA's New Apocalyptic Op-Ed
Wednesday afternoon, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre published a bizarre, paranoid screed on the Daily Caller outlining a series of wildly implausible scenarios in which (among other things) the police will cease to exist because of the deficit and al-Qaeda will provoke the government into stealing your guns.

My favorite:

"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face-not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival. It's responsible behavior, and it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that."

I am going to shoot my way out of that tornado ... because the wind will fear my gunz.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

local columnist wrote this week (2.00 / 2)
This isn't a problem with the crazies themselves, but rather the more reasonable Second Amendment advocates who allow their cause to be commandeered by nut jobs.

In that case the biggest detriment to responsible gun ownership isn't going to be the people who don't like guns. It's going to be the ones who obviously like them way too much.

apparently at the capitol building this week, autism families had a rally inside, and open carry had a rally outside.  

[ Parent ]
From Wisconsin - Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley breaks her silence (2.00 / 3)
Justice Details 'History Of Abusive Behavior' At Wisconsin Supreme Court
She's been publicly silent since the incident on June 13, 2011, in which fellow Justice David Prosser allegedly put his hands around her neck during a heated exchange in the presence of other justices in her judicial chambers. The justices were ostensibly arguing about the court's decision upholding Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation.

But in a document filed Wednesday, in which she recused herself from the judicial misconduct case brought against Prosser as a result of the altercation, Bradley offered details about what she called "a history of abusive behavior in our workplace that has escalated from tantrums and rages, to threats, and now to physical contact."

This Tuesday there is a primary to select someone to run against Republican Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack in April. The supposedly non-partisan supreme court includes 4 Republicans who do not hide their partisanship and 3 Democrats. The Republican Roggensack will advance easily and one of the remaining candidates will face her. I am surprised that this race did not pull in more candidates; in my opinion the field is not very strong. I suspect it is because the last Supreme Court race cost $5 million and brought in huge amounts of out-of-state money. That would be a real disincentive to leaping into the fray.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

TPM....."What The Hagel 'Filibuster' Is Really About" (2.00 / 4)
An interesting perspective re "tedious Senate obstruction"

In other words, we may have reached unprecedented heights of senatorial preening about a cabinet nominee. But unless and until President Obama's forced to withdraw Hagel or someone else because of a filibuster, we're not too far beyond the sort of dilatory obstruction other presidents' nominees have faced in the past.

Now I think it's completely appropriate for Reid to sweat Republicans, force them to make good on their filibuster threat, make noise about their obstruction. Because this is obstruction. The crusade against Hagel has been unusually nasty. And we are only a couple weeks out from a Senate rules reform agreement which was supposed to avoid dilatory tactics just like these. But it's too soon to say we've crossed into uncharted territory where Senate minorities will routinely deny the President the cabinet of his choosing.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

I like that Harry Reid is making a big stink out of Republican obstruction but unhappy that it came to this. (2.00 / 4)
He should have put more teeth into the filibuster reform package. Now he is left hoping that Republicans can be embarrassed. Recent history shows the answer to that to be NO.

I keep seeing things in articles that suggests that there is some way to revisit the filibuster rules. I thought it was a one-and-done to start the new Congress. In your copious readings, have you come across anything that sheds any light on that?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
I remember reading that as well..... (2.00 / 4)
But I can't find the article. Harry Reid is taking the heat for the filibuster bad the other senior Senators (the Dems) aren't being more publicly vocal in support of the deal they brokered.

IMHO Senators Reid and Hagel and President Obama should just stand firm with the nomination, announce there will not be another nominee, and make the dangers of having no confirmed Sec. of Defense and the Senators responsible for that clearly known. Hiding behind "senate decorum" has to stop.  

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Yes, Carl Levin, if I recall, was one of those distressed at the potential loss of "comity". (2.00 / 4)
Well, now his freaking "comity" means we gave no defense secretary. Way to go, Carl!! I hope your senatorial friends at least buy you a drink.

I am no fan of Hagel ... I would have preferred a Democrat ... but this Benghazi thing is a right-wing bone that they just can't let go of. Aren't they still claiming that it was what made Romney lose?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
I think Benghazi is just the current cudgel (2.00 / 4)
being used to oppose and embarrass the President...they have all the info they will ever not read.  

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Bloomberg News..... (2.00 / 4)
Senators agreed on a path toward confirmation of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, after Republicans said they will drop opposition to acting on the nomination once lawmakers return from a weeklong break.
An initial effort today to cut off debate fell short of the 60 votes needed because Republicans demanded more time. The vote on the so-called cloture motion was 58-40.
"I will vote on cloture the day we get back, and I believe enough of my colleagues will do the same," Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican who has led criticism of Hagel, said on the Senate floor. Other Republicans, including Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, also said they would support acting on the nomination after the Senate returns on Feb. 25.

Apparently the prima donnas have been placated....

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Yes, Lindsey Graham held his breath until he got his way. (2.00 / 3)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
The Cherry Point Coal Terminal (2.00 / 4)
This may be good news.....

Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who recently stepped down after two terms as Montana governor, scoffs at the idea that Northwest coal export terminals will be a boon to coal production in his state.
"I think Cherry Point is dead," Schweitzer said in one portion of a lengthy interview with SNL, an online energy news service.


His remarks at the end of the interview are certainly cynical however.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

Colorado says "Enough" (2.00 / 1)
VIDEO: After Tragedies, Coloradans Unite Around Universal Background Checks

After the Columbine massacre, Colorado residents pushed to close the gun show loophole, whereby anyone can buy a weapon from a private dealer at a gun show without having to undergo a background check first. When the legislature wouldn't even pass the bill in committee, residents took matters into their own hands, organizing a drive to put the issue up to a statewide referendum in the 2000 election. Over 70 percent of Coloradans voted to close the loophole.

Still, another glaring loophole exists: private sales outside of gun shows.

... just like after Columbine, the Aurora shooting has galvanized Colorado residents to close the private seller loophole once and for all by requiring universal background checks on all gun sales.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Kansas' "glide path to no taxes" ... glide path to the bottom? (2.00 / 1)

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has put the state on what he calls a "glide path to zero" income tax.

[Republican state Rep. Barbara ] Bollier lives in Mission Hills, Kan. She's pro-business but can't swallow the size of last year's tax cuts, which will cost the state more than $850 million annually - with the bulk of it going to higher-income earners.

She fears a race to the bottom, which could possibly limit new jobs and bring too little new money for Kansas to avoid painful consequences.

"I have a hard time looking at the schoolchildren in my neighborhood and saying, 'I'm going to do an experiment on you, and if we lose, your schools are going down the tubes,' " Bollier says.

Brownback will raise any "necessary funds" by raising the sales tax, one of most regressive taxes as it hits poor people, who spend 100% of their income, harder than the wealthy whose spending is highly discretionary.

Kansas is in a unique position to pull this off because their biggest hub of commerce is right over the state line from Kansas City Missouri. So businesses can move over the state line ... serve the same customers and have the same employees ... just pay less in income taxes. But if the only way that Kansans can avoid destroying their future by defunding education is to raise the sales tax, how long will people from the Missouri-side continue to shop there or do business there?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Democratic sequester replacement plan (2.00 / 2)
Senate, House Dems Introduce Sequester Replacement Bills
Senate Democrats are officially proposing to pay down about a year of the sequester with new legislation called the American Family Economic Protection Act.

The plan would raise $55 billion in new revenue, largely by imposing the so-called Buffett rule, which would phase in a minimum effective tax rate requirement for taxpayers who earn more than $1 million a year.

The bill would pair those revenues with $55 billion in spending cuts, divided equally between defense and farm subsidies. The defense cuts would be phased in through the beginning of next decade, corresponding to an expected troop drawdown in Afghanistan.

Senate Republicans are expected to unanimously oppose the legislation, demanding that the sequester be paid down with domestic spending cuts alone.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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