All The News Fit To Share: End of the Week

by: jlms qkw

Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 18:09:14 PM EST



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Welcome to your Open News Thread!  This diary will remain open and monitored through Sunday night, when I post my big fat diary.  Jan F will add stories in the comments, and you are invited to add stories too.  

Today my stories all came from twitter links.  

jlms qkw :: All The News Fit To Share: End of the Week
New Dimension: Nebulas Are Even More Amazing in 3-D
Wired.com; Nadia Drake
As unbelievable as it may seem, space photos just got a bit more amazing.

Normally, the celestial sights we gaze at -- such as ribbons of colorful gas and dust, wound around monstrous, dark caverns or splashed in front of star-studded skies -- are flat. Two dimensional.

Now, Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio has rendered some spacescapes in three dimensions, using his own photographs as a starting point. "Objects in the images are not like paintings on the canvas, but really three-dimensional objects floating in the three-dimensional space," he said in an e-mail.


Just right-click, open in a new window, and watch.  Utterly amazing.  


Bigots and Their Enablers: Reflections on Racism, Both Individual and Systemic
Tim Wise

It's one of those stories that can leave even the most jaded and cynical critic of racist thinking scratching their head; the kind that manages to shock even those of us for whom acts of bigotry and intolerance seem all-too-typical, and who have, sadly, come to expect them in a culture such as this.

And so it was that in Flint, Michigan recently, a new father - and this is a term he has earned in only the most narrow, biological sense - demanded that when his recently arrived child was sent to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital where she had been born, no African American nurses were to attend to her needs, to care for her, to do what neonatal ICU nurses do, which is to say keep sick babies alive. White hands only for this white, fresh as snow child, whose father, sporting a shiny new swastika tattoo (a Christmas present no doubt from his pathetic skinhead bride) prioritized his own hatreds above and beyond the needs of his precious little girl. That the future does not bode well for her seems hardly worth saying. To be delivered from an ICU into the arms of one as unhinged as this can only, by reasonable people, be seen as a turn for the worse. Incubators and breathing machines might be preferable to having parents such as she has, through no fault of her own, inherited.



7 Eye-Popping Details From The TIME Cover Story On Health Care Costs That's Way Too Long To Read

Business Insider; Paul Szoldra


7 Eye-Popping Details From The TIME Cover Story On Health Care Costs That's Way Too Long To Read

The piece, titled "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," goes in-depth on the big problems facing hospitals, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry - with patients often bearing the burden.


There is a link to the very long Time article too.

IRS Should Bar Dark Money Groups From Funding Political Ads, Lawsuit Says
Pro Publica; Kim Barker

A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday by David Gill, his campaign committee and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, is the first to challenge how the IRS regulates political spending by social welfare nonprofits, campaign-finance experts say.



Indentured Servitude? GOP Lawmaker Wants To Tether Immigrants To 'The Dirtiest Jobs'
ThinkProgress; Igor Volsky

A top conservative in the House of Representatives told NPR Thursday morning that he opposes bipartisan proposals to allow undocumented immigrants to earn a path to citizenship, but would support expanding "a guest-worker program for immigrant-labor-dependent U.S. agriculture" to ensure that farms have a steady stream of foreign labor to fulfill the "dirtiest jobs."

The Senate's bipartisan framework for immigration reform includes a separate track for agricultural workers, allowing them to "earn a path to citizenship through a different process under our new agricultural worker program" and lawmakers had previously considered proposals "that would provide agricultural employers with a stable, legal labor force while protecting farmworkers from exploitative working conditions."

In light of current proposals for earned citizenship, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is concerned that legalized agricultural workers will take opportunity of their legal status to abandon back-breaking agricultural work and find jobs elsewhere, leaving farmers without a stable stream of labor.


For on-going discussion from earlier news diary.  I heard this story on NPR during school-dropoff and my skin crawled.  It sounded anti-American.  

Your Perfect Meditation Style
Jennifer Kass

Is this you: You really want to meditate and be less reactive in stressful situations, but you can't sit still and empty your mind? Us, too!

It could be that you (we) just haven't found the right meditation style, says davidji, apprentice to Deepak Chopra, and the author of The Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation.

In his new book, the corporate executive-turned-meditation teacher covers the most frequently practiced forms of meditation. "Many types of meditation can help you manage the constant swirl of the city and our reactions to it," he says.



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Absolutely (2.00 / 6)
one of the most wonderful pix ever! I'm a total Trekker and he looks like the bald-headed men I've loved in real life as well.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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I'll wait to look at the nebula pics unti tomorrow (2.00 / 13)
My daughter is on a space kick.  Now that my nightly Internet check is done, I am off to knit and watch project runway (one of my guilty pleasures).

It's time for our trip to Mood. ;-) (2.00 / 11)


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

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well, i have to admit that (2.00 / 9)
Project Runway really caught my attention the first few seasons as did Top Chef. it was SO New York, i know very well where Mood is located having lived  and worked in Manhattan for years. Tin Gunn was always a favorite but somehow the show just lost it's luster for me.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Agreed that it has slipped a bit lately (2.00 / 9)
This season is definitely better than the last few but I miss Michael Kors.  He was funny.  Now it is all up to Nina who is beautiful but a sourpuss.  I love it though.  I'm stickin it out!

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Nina IS a sourpuss. (2.00 / 7)
I would wonder if she's really like that IRL, but frankly I wouldn't care to find out.

Still enjoy the show, however, even though I also count it as a (very) guilty pleasure. :-)

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


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I am very jealous (2.00 / 7)
Of the skill these people possess though.  I can knit but sewing is HARD. I  have even gotten my husband hooked and he looks forward to it as I do on Thursdays. But he made me promise not to tell anyone ; )

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my favorite designer was Jay? (2.00 / 7)
He lived with his mom and sister in a small house in Penn. His runway show featured all those incredible pieces he knitted and all the models wore spray painted headphones. I loved that collection.

He beat out the cheater Karasan?.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Jay is still my favorite! (2.00 / 5)
The colors were beautiful and the quilted coat was awesome.  I also liked Christian Siriano.  He is one talented little dude.  Both also had incredibly watchable personalities.

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yeah, i liked Christian too. (2.00 / 6)
Unwatchable, Wendy the architect/mom. They tried hard to revive her personality by introducing her little girl but it was way too late.

Oh man, now i want to watch it again, see what you've done now.  

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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how funny to be hitting fierce (2.00 / 6)
for a comment about Christian.  

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haha (2.00 / 5)
i think that's why it's called guilty pleasures JK. ;-}

no one else can see this comment thread, right?

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Heh. (2.00 / 5)
no one else can see this comment thread, right?

Nope. ;-p

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


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yeah, especially NOW that this diary is FRONT PAGED! (2.00 / 5)
well..there goes our reputation as
VERY SERIOUS PEOPLE. :-/

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time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Good grief, look at all I'm missing by not living in the US! (2.00 / 2)
I have no clue what you guys are talking about in this thread, I feel soooo left out! :(

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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Those space pictures are too cool!!! (2.00 / 12)


my son saw them at school (2.00 / 4)
then he drew a "french nebula" - colored it to look like the french flag, with a baguette asteroid . . . ;-)  i need to ask him for that picture and scan it.  

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From The Seattle Times..... (2.00 / 10)
Furloughs loom for civilian Defense Dept. workers in Northwest

Defense Department workers in Washington state would see their paychecks whacked by about
20 percent from late April through the end of September under a furlough plan announced Wednesday to help the Pentagon cope with budget cuts to take effect March 1.

The furloughs could affect some 16,200 civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a combined Army and Air Force installation. It would also hit some 16,000 Northwest civilian Navy employees, the majority of whom work in Washington.

I hope people in communities across this country are reading and thinking about how this needles "crisis" will impact their  daily lives.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


this scenario will play out all across the country. (2.00 / 9)
there isn't any doubt this will cause disruptions and  have a negative impact on the overall economy, hell, a 20% reduction in pay will be catastrophic for families. the Republicans might finally get their wish
to poke another hole in the recovery.  

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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some unbelievable fine print (2.00 / 11)
on Indiana's proposed 2 vaginal probe legislation.

'Set aside all of that. Because none of it makes the wrenching debate over the lines we draw as a state over abortion any more clear or easy to deal with.

Instead, focus for now on Senate Bill 489, which also cleared the same Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday. Among its provisions: Clinics would need to provide consent forms - ones that are already required - in color. "Why color?" Sen. Mike Young, the bill's sponsor, was asked. According to an account from Indianapolis Star reporter Mary Beth Schneider, Young said that color would be more realistic.

The fine for using plain, black and white - less realistic, apparently - documents: $10,000.

All of this from legislators who campaigned on less red tape.

Now that you've set all of that aside, ask this: Is this legislature really up for this debate? Or is it just more chipping away at women's health care while dancing around the bigger issues?

Paperwork in color. Wow.'

MORANS.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


We were having a discussion about whether the Republicans could get any crazier. (2.00 / 9)
I thought it was possible that they had reached their nadir.

Then I saw this: Congressman Says Americans Need Guns To Protect The Nation From Sharia Law

Future historians are going to wonder if there was something in the drinking water that made people zombie voters, willing to vote on a rigid party line without looking at the people they were putting in power.  

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


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the Flint Father story has editorial problems (2.00 / 7)
The summary assumes facts not given and draws unsupportable conclusions.
How do we readers know there's a skinhead bride?
Is there confirmation that she paid for her husband's nazi tattoo?
Who said it was a Xmas present?
It is an outrageous story. But this version has needless flaws that weaken the credibility of the report.
I am not defending the bigotry.
I'm uncomfortable with the reportage.
And, how did the hospital respond to this father? Do we know?

Your purple separators look great!! (2.00 / 7)


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


i think i had them (2.00 / 6)
on my last diary too ;-) thanks for teaching me!  

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Eeek!! (2.00 / 7)
Entire swaths of days have disappeared for me lately. I would like to blame old age but I think it is a failure to completely engage my brain when reading/scanning.

These lines seem thicker ... maybe it is my new glasses making them appear different.

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


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Have you ever noticed that there is a "look" to Republican presidential candidates? (2.00 / 7)
Thune Tells Second Graders He Has No White House Ambitions
[Republican Senator John] Thune, who is often pegged as a dark horse 2016 presidential contender, was answering questions from second grade students at an elementary school in Sioux Falls, S.D. when the topic turned to a potential White House bid.

The chiseled jaw ... the steely (blue, usually) eyes ... unmovable hair. It is like they are from an "I Look Like a President Should Look" mold.

The link to the story has unintentional humor. Links are usually a shortened version of the headline (and is often a clue to headline changes, btw). That one is "thune-tells-second-graders-he-has-no-white". Ha!! His problem, and the problem of the entire Republican party, that "white" is all he has.


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


I have long noticed... (2.00 / 6)
...that every time a TV show plot requires a senator or president, Central Casting always comes up with someone matching the description you provide. And often they sport a mane of ice-white hair as well. Lends gravitas, I suppose.

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

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Offensive and wrong ... another day in Grassley World (2.00 / 5)
Top GOP Senator: Native American Juries Are Incapable Of Trying White People Fairly
Last week, Grassley was one of just 22 senators-all Republican men-who voted against reauthorizing VAWA. During a town hall meeting in Indianola on Wednesday, a woman asked him to explain his vote. Grassley responded that the legislation is unconstitutional, a belief shared by at least five of his colleagues.

Since the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to a trial among a jury of peers, Grassley reasoned that white men would be deprived of their rights if those who were accused of violence against Native American women had to appear in a tribal court. "On an Indian reservation, it's going to be made up of Indians, right?" Grassley said. "So the non-Indian doesn't get a fair trial."

First, according to Grassley, black people can't get fair trials if there are white people on the jury. Second, he is misreading the constitution:

There is actually no requirement that juries reflect "society as a whole." The Sixth Amendment requires juries to be drawn from the "State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,"

And thirdly, it is patently offensive for him to assume that an all-Indian jury would render justice less blindly than an all-white jury.

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


I can't decide whether Grassley (2.00 / 6)
offensively stupid or stupidly offensive.

There are a lot of moran politicians in the senate but I can't for the live of me see how any voter could cuddle up to such a brazenly offensive idiot like Grassley.


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He seems to be worse than most which in this age of stoopid Republicans says a lot. (2.00 / 6)
He has been doing it for years, even before the Tea Party brand of Republicans lowered the bar.

Who can forget his nonsensical tweet about health care back in 2009?

Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a "hammer" u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL


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


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Chuckie should not be allowed near the Twitter machine (2.00 / 6)
I turn to History channel frequently bc I like history. There is nevr any history unless u r an antique dealer. Change name!

Pres O in radio adres complaind of Congress obstuction. Has he evr spoken to his leader Sen Reid abt hv Senate actually work&work

I now h v an iphone

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Yikes. (2.00 / 5)
I thought you were making those up!

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

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no (2.00 / 5)
it would be hard to make up tweets weirder than what he does.

he's been a senator since i was born, i think.  met him when i was 15, went to college with his youngest son.  

he isn't aging well.  rumor is he's holding the seat until a grandchild is ready to run for it . . .  


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oh joy (2.00 / 4)
another legacy, it would be a joy to see him get teabagged out in the primaries.

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More on VAWA: House Bill will be passed next week (2.00 / 6)
VAWA 2013: House GOP Unveils Bill With No LGBT Protections, Modified Tribal Provision
House Republican leaders quietly unveiled their Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill on Friday, a proposal that differs from what the Senate passed last week in a handful of ways, namely in its omission of LGBT protections and its modified language targeting Native American victims of domestic abuse.



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


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From my Twitter newsfeed: Don't get old in Wisconsin (2.00 / 6)
"Don't Get Old in Wisconsin": nursing home story getting national attention
A story published Sunday on captimes.com by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism revealed the effects of a 2011 tort reform law. A provision in the law prevents state health inspection records from being used by families in civil lawsuits against nursing homes and other long-term health care providers, or in criminal cases against providers charged with abuse or neglect.

... the laws are part of a package pushed by the nursing home industry to "make it virtually impossible for grossly negligent facilities to ever be liable for punitive damages."

The investigative report is here: Wisconsin Watch and Charles Pierce at Esquire weighs in on The Walker Way.

The election (twice!) of Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to run their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, has caused a radical redefinition of the political culture unlike that taking place almost anywhere else. The Wisconsin Idea - from which came many of the progressive notions that made the 20th century superior to the 19th, and the political manifestation of what became known as the Social Gospel - was the animating force behind Wisconsin politics for so many years that watching Walker recklessly destroy it is like watching the political equivalent of paving paradise and putting up the parking lot.


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


Heh. (2.00 / 6)
I guess Old Age Ain't No Place For Cheeseheads.

I especially like your second blockquote, and not just for "goggle-eyed homunculus," though that certainly adds flavor. :-)

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


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I like Charles Pierce. He doesn't hold back. ;) (2.00 / 6)

I will admit to chortling at "goggle-eyed homunculus".

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


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I always start at mention of his name. (2.00 / 5)
Because it reminds me of the late Charles Pierce, the legendary female illusionist who I had the privilege of sharing a late supper with once at the Fairmont Hotel after his show.



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


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Lips like "pet rocks"? Ha! (2.00 / 5)
Is the term "female illusionist" a more politically correct version of "female impersonator"? As you are aware, I am quite culturally illiterate having been out of the culture loop for many years. But at one time I actually knew some things and on a trip to San Francisco many many years ago, I went to a show like that. It was quite eye-opening for a simple gal from the Midwest.

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


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IIRC, (2.00 / 6)
..."illusionist" MAY have been the term that he personally favored - I know some impersonators do, while others don't seem to care. And I don't know that there was/is any political correctitude involved. I believe it's a matter of personal taste (or lack of taste!).

We really need to get you out of the cheese fields and back to the ultra-sophisticated coast for a visit. I would make it my personal mission to assure that you were shocked again, but not appalled. ;-)

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


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Such a visit will happen! (2.00 / 6)
San Francisco is on my short list of trips I will take in the next three years (Washington DC is the other one). I have a daughter who is quickly reaching the age where she will be no longer be interested in taking vacations with parents so the window of opportunity is shrinking.

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


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I will be here, as will the Red Carpet of Welcome. :-) (2.00 / 3)


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

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tort reform (2.00 / 4)
so-called orwellian-speak - hurts regular people, not lawyers.  

stoopid idea, probably from alec.  


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Also, trial lawyers donate heavily to Democrats. (2.00 / 5)
Republicans are doing their best to cut off the money flowing to Democratic candidates (see Unions, Public). They have been going after trial lawyers for years but it turns out that when they make one type of lawsuit no longer possible to win, the lawyers just move on. The only people hurt are those who can no longer sue for damages because they can't find anyone to take their case on a contingency basis.

 

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


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Hey, Jenn!! Utah Lt. Governor in hot water (2.00 / 6)
FBI Investigating Utah Lieutenant Governor For Abuse Of Power, Taxpayer Money
A county attorney in Utah and the FBI are looking into allegations that the state's Lt. Gov. Greg Bell (R) abused both his power and taxpayer dollars in a child welfare case, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

I am shocked shocked to see Republicans abusing power!!

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


yes (2.00 / 4)
and so is the attorney general of our state . . .  

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Huckabee and Gingrich "sad" that President Obama is not more like George Washington (2.00 / 5)
NOT The Onion

Huckabee, Gingrich: Obama Is 'Very Different' Than George Washington

"This is a very different president than our first one," Huckabee said. "George Washington was so adamant that we would not have a king and I thought, 'Well, gosh, we've done pretty well until 2008 and now I thnk we may have ended up with one.' Am I too far off in saying that there's probably never been a greater contrast than George Washington than Barack Obama?"

Gingrich concurred, arguing that Obama's "shenanigans" run counter to Washington's "reticence" and "desire to be a good citizen."

Gingrich went on to say that George Washington "would think that it was disgraceful, that it was everything that he stood against because he really believe that you should put the country first, not partisan advantage and not factional skirmishing."

Exactly! Republicans would never do anything so unseemly as to seek partisan advantage when the country's welfare is at stake!!  

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


They really are off their rockers, aren't they? (2.00 / 4)
Sheesh. The one area in which President Obama is at all "dictatorial" or king-like is in perpetuating the security-state apparatus of his predecessor, which is something they all LOVED about W, or at least managed to keep their pie-holes shut about.

And while I am always very loath to cry "racist" without good evidence, I cannot help but think that another major difference (for them and their ilk) between Washington and Obama is that the former was white, from his powdered wig to his knee-length hose.

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


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jeebus that is one scholarly discussion, eh? (2.00 / 4)
my 12 year old has more intelligent conversations with her classmates.  

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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I'm not sure whether this is "fit to share," but... (2.00 / 5)
...it does tie in with our current guns-n-ammo nonsense.

An 18-year-old Florida woman was only slightly injured this week when she was shot by her friend's oven, police said. Aalaya Walker was visiting a friend in St. Petersburg Monday when they decided they wanted some late-night waffles, The Tampa Bay Times reported. So Walker began preheating the oven -- unaware that her friend, JJ Sandy, 25, was storing a magazine from his .45-caliber Glock 21 in the oven.


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

Of course he was. (2.00 / 5)
face
palm

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

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You know what is at the very tip of the Washington Monument, right? (2.00 / 5)
In four years, it was completed, with the 100 ounce (2.85 kg) aluminum apex/lightning-rod being put in place on December 6, 1884.[25] The apex was the largest single piece of aluminum cast at the time, when aluminum commanded a price comparable to silver. Two years later, the Hall-Heroult process made aluminum easier to produce and the price of aluminum plummeted, making the once-valuable apex nearly worthless, though it still provided a lustrous, non-rusting apex that served as the original lightning rod.


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

but is the monument (2.00 / 5)
open again?  my kids had the best time on the tour when they were 5 & 7.  they especially liked the tile floor at the bottom of the elevator.  okay, daughter did.  son liked the stuff at the top.  

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I think it is. (2.00 / 4)
Aha, it isn't:

On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., damaging the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Monument and is assessing the damage to it.

Repairs started in Sept of last year, expected to go on until probably Spring 2014:

Repairs have already been completed on the monument's elevator, which was severely damaged by the earthquake. Work yet to be finished includes removal of loose stone fragments, repair of stone and mortar joint damage, and replacement of the lightning protection system.

The western side of the National Mall is built on former marshland, which has caused the 555-foot-tall structure to gradually sink -- albeit at an extremely slow rate.

So much to know...

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


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Does that mean.. (2.00 / 5)
...we'll eventually end up with a Leaning Tower of ... Washington? Wow.

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

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Ezra Klein, Wonkblog..... (2.00 / 6)
These 21 animals have strong feelings on the sequester

Under the terms of the sequester, the Smithsonian will take a $40 million budget cut in 2013. Among the programs run by the Smithsonian? The National Zoo.
~snip~
But staff are also resolute. "We will never compromise on human safety, and we'll never compromise animal welfare," promises Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo, which has a $50 million budget and employs 450 people. "These people are incredibly devoted to these animals." The story is a great read, although it did miss one key question: How do the animals feel about this mess? Let's take a look!


Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

That reminds me of the story of the school teachers working without pay. (2.00 / 4)
When the teaparty governments took over in 2010 (NJ) and 2011 (WI, OH, FL, PA, MI), their first step was to try to defund public education because it was ripe for privatization and would deal a blow to the teachers unions who vote Democratic.

Stories of teachers working without pay were all over the Internets. Here is one: Teachers in Pennsylvania.

People who take their jobs seriously and who care about those they are responsible for will sacrifice as long as they can.

Remember when the Do-Nothing 112th Congress shut down the FAA? Workers were told they had to stay because their jobs were essential but they had to pay for expenses out of their own pockets and hope that they would be reimbursed.

It should not have to come to that.

This is what happens when you elect people who hate the government to run the government. The government stops running.

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


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Floating Islands, Recycled Bottles and Clean Water (2.00 / 6)
Built from recycled soda bottles and seeded with native plants, the islands could mimic the role that wetlands once played in assimilating sediment from local agriculture, said Charles Theiling, a hydrological specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers in Davenport, Iowa.

Crafty humans.

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


this week in "how could anyone NOT love michelle obama": (2.00 / 7)

i mean, srsly.  swoon.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


The BEST FLOTUS evah!! I can't believe how great she is. (2.00 / 5)
The Prez once said Michelle was a good dancer, I think on Ellen a few years ago.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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Article with neat photos of the National Mall 150 years ago. (2.00 / 5)
What the National Mall Looked Like 150 Years Ago (And Now)

This is interesting:

One of the biggest differences between today's National Mall and the Mall of the 1860s is the size of it. This map of the city from 1850 shows that the current site of the Lincoln Memorial was underwater while he was alive. In the decades to follow, agricultural sediment from upstream would deposit on the banks, strechting the Mall out into the river. The site of the Washington Monument is now about a mile farther from the water than it was when the city was planned.


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


Obama Administration v DOMA (2.00 / 4)
Obama Administration Moves To Strike Down Defense Of Marriage Act
The Obama administration filed the first in a series of legal briefs on Friday calling for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying the 1996 law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Previously having only committed to not defending DOMA, the administration has now actively decided to seek its repeal.

"Moral opposition to homosexuality, though it may reflect deeply held personal views, is not a legitimate policy objective that can justify unequal treatment of gay and lesbian people," said Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in the Justice Department's brief. "The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples. Because this discrimination cannot be justified as substantially furthering any important governmental interest, Section 3 [which prohibits the marriage of same-sex couples] is unconstitutional."



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


President Obama: Voting Rights Act is "only one tool" (2.00 / 5)
Obama: Supreme Court Won't Take Away Your Right To Vote
President Obama told "The Black Eagle" radio show on Thursday that even if the Voting Rights Act loses in the Supreme Court, people won't lose their right to vote.

"I know in the past some folks have worried that if the Supreme Court strikes down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, they're going to lose their right to vote," he said, according to The Hill. "That's not the case. ... People will still have the same rights not to be discriminated against when it comes to voting, you just won't have this mechanism, this tool, that allows you to kind of stay ahead of certain practices."

Put me down as one of those who is particularly fond of "staying ahead" of certain practices. Challenges to voter suppression tactics after they have already suppressed the vote generally end up in wrist slaps, small fines or jail sentences that are often waived. The remedy of "re-run the election" is never part of it so the damage is done, the cheater is sworn in and we have no chance to get them out of office until their term expires.

The Roberts' court will go down in history as one of the most destructive in its attacks on fair elections.  

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


File this under "don't give Congress any ideas": (2.00 / 5)
Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote
A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections:

   Provision for vote by corporate property owner. (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election as provided in [section 1].

   


In fairness to Lavin's fellow lawmakers, this bill was tabled shortly after it came before a legislative committee, so it is unlikely to become law.



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[ Parent ]
that has the stench of ALEC all over it JanF. (2.00 / 5)


time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


[ Parent ]
the Justice Dept. BARELY stayed current with (2.00 / 5)
all the attempts at voter suppression this election.

'you just won't have this mechanism'

excuse my naivete but what other timely and enforceable mechanism will there be left when confronted with voter suppression and discrimination, if Section 5 is voted down?

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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There won't be. You need laws to prosecute under. (2.00 / 4)
If a state is engaging in a blatant voter suppression tactic, the Dept. of Justice can't just make up some reason to sue in federal court to halt the practice. And after the fact is too late.

What we really need is a law that standardizes federal elections. The crazy quilt of state, county and municipality election laws in our country allows for too much control by local (partisan) governmental units.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the LINE (Lines Interfere with National Elections) Act to set national standards for how long a voter has to stand in line. It does not go far enough, though. I still have PTSD from the 2000 election where confusion over the never-before-used butterfly ballot may have cost Al Gore the election. Presidential elections are hugely important and to have the leadership of our entire country for the next 4 years decided on an error in judgment by a local clerk is insane.  

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


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Some news from Germany (2.00 / 4)
Scientology Still Raises Red Flags in Germany

Critics in Germany accuse the Scientology sect of denying fundamental human rights. The organization insists that it's a religion. While it is not banned, Germany's domestic intelligence monitors the group.
...
But this is only what you see from the outside, says Manfred Napieralla of Hamburg's domestic intelligence service. Scientology is seeking money, power and influence. Critics, and people who have left the organization, talk about massive psychological pressure on members to fully conform to the sect's ideology. The organization seeks "to influence, use and control key people in politics, the economy, media and other areas of society," warns Napieralla.

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German Bishops Accept Morning-After Pill
In mid-January, the church in Germany was blasted after two Catholic hospitals in Cologne refused treatment to a rape victim due to concerns about the provision of emergency contraception in the form of the "morning-after" pill.
On Thursday, the German Bishops' Conference completed an about-face on its approach to the treatment, saying that Catholic facilities in Germany were now free to prescribe such pills in rape cases, provided that the medication was used to prevent a pregnancy and not to abort an already fertilized egg.

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He's Baaaaaack! Election Day in Italy Today
Fears Rise of a Berlusconi Resurrection
European Parliamentary President Martin Schulz has warned Italians against voting for Silvio Berlusconi in upcoming elections. He joins a growing list of leaders who are wary of the return of "Il Cavaliere." The worry is particularly pronounced in the financial world....
It is, of course, hardly news that Schulz is no great fan of Berlusconi. In 2003, when Schulz was a rank-and-file European parliamentarian and Berlusconi occupied the position of European Council president, the Italian prime minister took umbrage at critical comments made by Schulz. In response, Berlusconi said: "I know that in Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps. I shall put you forward for the part of guard." The comment unleashed a brief but intense diplomatic tiff between Rome and Berlin.

A side note:

In the summer of 2011, Berlusconi reportedly said in a telephone conversation with a journalist that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a "culona inscopabile," which was widely translated as "unfuckable fatass."

Photo gallery of Berlusconi's most memorable quotes

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


thanks for the germany news (2.00 / 3)
i did not have my normal OND at the gos last week.  i feel less informed.  

[ Parent ]
Il Cavaliere doesn't mince words, does he? (2.00 / 5)
"I know that in Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps. I shall put you forward for the part of guard." The comment unleashed a brief but intense diplomatic tiff between Rome and Berlin.

ya think?

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


He still has a lot of diehard fans, unfortunately. (2.00 / 4)
In light of Italy's still rather precarious economy, which Monti has stabilized quite a bit, it would be a disaster if Berlusconi was put back in power. He's always looked out for his own interests first!  

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


[ Parent ]
our favorite new Senator has a Super Pac. (2.00 / 5)
Elizabeth Warren - PAC for a Level Playing Field

Elizabeth Warren has started a new Leadership PAC to support candidates who believe in consistent accountability, investing in opportunity, and fighting for families and small businesses.



time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


Sobering editorial by Leonard Pitts (2.00 / 4)
Leonard Pitts: A baby, the N word and a slap for Jonah Bennett
So now, Jonah has received a lesson in How Things Are. He is 19 months old.

Sitting on his mother's lap on a recent Delta Airlines flight on approach to Atlanta, he was doing what babies tend to do on airplanes, particularly airplanes that are changing altitude. He was crying his little head off.

Shut that "nigger baby" up.

Those were the alleged words of the alleged man in the next seat just before he allegedly slapped the baby with an open palm, leaving a scratch below his right eye. [...]

[60 year old Idaho man Joe Rickey] Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, promises her client is no racist. In so doing, she embraces the cognitive dissonance which so often afflicts Americans when they are confronted with the ponderous idiocy of tribal hatred. Michael Richards, you will recall, said the same thing after a "comedy" routine in which he hurled the N-word at a heckler and suggested the man should be lynched. Mel Gibson swore he wasn't an anti-Semite shortly after he cursed the Jews and accused them of starting all the world's wars.

As Pitts points out, this is only the first of many slaps this baby will receive in our not-post-racial society.

Recommended reading.  

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


Electoral college vote rigging in Michigan (2.00 / 4)
Michigan GOP Backs Electoral Vote Scheme
The Michigan Republican Party on Saturday endorsed a plan to shift the way Michigan allots electoral votes from a winner-take-all system to one based on the winner of the state's Congressional districts, a plan that would benefit Republican candidates.

I am not sure what, if anything, can be done but Republicans might want to be careful about this. It reeks of desperation and while it may give them short-term electoral gains, if people see it as cheating they may not be so keen to re-elect the guys who are doing it.  

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


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