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Intelligence Committee report on torture (redacted version of summary, anyway) released. Thinkprogress does a quickie overview. Very important is point #3, within the CIA, people thought "Y'know, this really isn't doing any good. We're not discovering anything meaningful and we're destroying our identity as the good guys." My own quick overview. Heh! According to Fox News, the timing of the release of the torture report is highly suspicious, coming as it does on the same day that more Jonathan Gruber statements were to be released. Because, of course, discrediting the ACA/Obamacare is far more important than whether America tossed away it's "City on a Hill " status. And no, bin Laden was not found via CIA torture.
Will the torture report result in harm to our intelligence agencies? No, not likely at all. (Includes highly relevant and on-point 1973 Doonesbury reprint). Cheney and Bush apply “pre-buttal” to report without seeing it first.
Good! President Obama is pushing for some really awful trade deals that will do far more harm than good to America. Glad to see Democrats doing the right thing.
Just saw Stephen Colbert interview the President. Cool stuff!
Interesting that these two items were arranged one right after another on my news feed. Senator Toomy is offering a petition for Obama to stop stifling job growth, but right before that, Rachel Maddow pointed out that if we're not in the middle of a jobs "boom," we're certainly in what's "boom-like.”
Granted, comparing the morality and decency of al Qaeda to ISIS is sorta like comparing Dr. Doom to the Green Goblin, but for what it's worth, al Qaeda denounces the "barbarism" of ISIS.
What an absolutely horrible idea! The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included a provision to transfer 2,400 acres of Apache ancestral and ceremonial lands to a foreign mining company. The Apaches are, quite understandably, less than pleased about their land being sold out from under them.
Wow! I'm trying hard to think of any possible, conceivable, legitimate reason for an investment firm to not be totally transparent with investors about how their money is being invested and coming up completely blank.
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone takes a serious and critical look at the policing theory called "Broken Windows" and finds it deeply flawed. Soledad O'Brien concurs with a similar look at Stop and Frisk.
Interesting and truly terrible, but the "white-on-black crime" that the story refers to is actually "white police on black citizens" and the authorities, quite understandably, refuse to describe it as crime. Problem we're complaining about is that Grand Juries keep exonerating police killers without going through trials. So no, this is yet another case of "false equivalence." Also, RT looks at grand juries and finds them obsolete.
Senator Mary Landrieu ran as a Republican-lite, meaning neither Republicans nor Democrats could consider her as a reliable vote. She lost the last Democratic seat in the territory of the old Confederacy.
Chuck Todd agrees with an old right-wing meme, that Obama is cold and aloof. Problem is, no regular people who have personally interacted with Obama find that meme to be even remotely plausible.
Credit where it's due. Even G.W. Bush can't understand Eric Garner Grand Jury decision.
At the end of his rather short talk here, Sean Hannity expresses the idea that Congress' "only job" is to stop Obama's "radical agenda." Erm, with all the problems America is dealing with, really? Seriously? There's nothing that deserves an "all for one and one for all" approach?!?! No wonder the country is so messed up!
Boo! Hiss! Obama wants to pass TPP, a truly awful treaty that will give to the 1% at the expense of the rest of us.
Again, it seems pretty clear that Governor Christie is surrounded by smart thugs. These are people who know how to keep their mouths shut and to protect the boss. No one should take the legislative report on "Bridgegate" as an exoneration.
Do for-profit colleges and education truly mix? For-profit colleges in Florida caught using exotic dancers to recruit students.
Hedge fund managers taking over public schools?!?!? Yeah, kind of a problem with that. The fellow who runs Sears is a former hedge fund manager and he's finding that speculation has nothing to do with managing traditional stores. His skill of managing a hedge funds has not prepared him to work in other fields.
Yeah, I saw this Daily Show piece when it aired. There's nothing even slightly questionable or ambiguous about the murder of Eric Garner. Fortunately, Attorney General Eric Holder is conducting a DOJ investigation to see whether Garner's civil rights were violated. Rand Paul explains that as Garner was taking advantage of cigarette taxes to make a bit of profit and that that was the police excuse for confronting Garner, cigarette taxes were to blame for Garner's death.
The Senate Majority Leader-elect admits the Supreme Court case on the ACA/Obamacare is a deliberate plan to take apart the successful program because that will hurt the American people and thereby, the President.
Now there's an interesting role reversal! Newly legalized US marijuana is of such better quality that people are now smuggling it into Mexico!
This is a problem for Republicans. Their scorched earth, give-no-ground strategy worked to get them placed in charge of the House and Senate, but now what? The President's in no mood to compromise on any subject and they have no mandate to carry out any policy and frankly, there's a lot that Obama can do without them. Awwww! Poor Speaker Boehner doesn't want to be remembered just for shutdowns.of the government! Not to worry, he'll be remembered for being the most useless, helpless, most unproductive Speaker ever. His legacy has been written for a long time to come. 74% of Americans see the Republican electoral victory as a repudiation of Democratic policies, not as an endorsement of any Republican policies. Only 16% think that Republicans have ay sort of positive mandate.
Truly disgusting! Congress is considering not inviting the President to give his usual State of the Union address from Congress.
Geo-engineering has been proposed as an alternative solution to climate change. Fuggeddaboudit. Ain't gonna work.
Regional police groups are very, very upset at this open display of sympathy for the people protesting the failure to indict Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown. A group maintains that there are "mountains of evidence" that Wilson is in the clear, but Daily Kos shows that, no he isn't, and Popular Resistance shows that fires on the night Wilson was acquitted may have been set by police and not by protesters.
Yes, there are legitimate reasons for some people to be at work during Thanksgiving. The ones at Walmart & Radio Shack? Ehh, not so much
Very very important "mistake" that had a decisive effect on the Michael Brown/Officer Darren Wilson Grand Jury. Jurors were told about a standards of proof that hasn't been in effect for decades, the lawyer didn't correct it until weeks later and even then didn't really correct it.
I really, really hope the Iranians understand that they've got a really narrow window in which to sign a nuclear deal. A deal has to be ratified by the Senate, so the Obama Administration needs time between the signing of a treaty and the new Senate being sworn in. Once a Republican majority takes over, there goes any chance of a ratified treaty for at least two years. Time is extremely urgent here!!!
Verdict in Ferguson comes down. Black lives don't matter. Officer Darren Wilson not charged with anything. CNN examines how deeply unfair and biased the grand jury process was under St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch was. McCulloch's failure to recuse himself made the verdict inevitable. MSNBC;s Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom slams the prosecution for the lack of an indictment! Oh, and as the Ferguson Library has been acting as the backup childcare, teaching and all-around safe place-kind of institution, it's heartening to see them receive a massive spike in donations.
Marissa Alexander, who got a really raw deal on her “Stand Your Ground” case, accepts a reasonably fair plea bargain.
Apparently, one of the reasons Chuck Hagel was let go as SecDef was that he wanted to keep Guantanamo full of prisoners. Good to see that the Obama Administration disagrees with that and is trying hard to empty the place out.
Problem of the filibuster and of setting legal precedents. Republicans do not have a 67-vote majority and Democrats are in no mood to cooperate with them. If they make changes by simple majority vote, that confirms the Democratic theory that the filibuster is not a hallowed tradition, if they do nothing, then the change the Democrats made to it becomes permanent.
Republican-led House Intelligence Committee concludes that Benghai was a tragedy, not a scandal. Naturally, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doesn't accept that report, but it's interesting to see how very narrow and limited his critique is. Reaction of Sunday talk shows was largely to ignore the report.
Judging by how much sympathetic coverage our traditional education system gets in the media, I'm not optimistic about how well it's going to do over the next few decades. Charter, for-profit schools, on the other hand, should do splendidly. That, of course, means students will do poorly.
*Sigh*, ya knew the Republican Party was gonna get energized with Obama's speech on immigration last night and sure enough, they've finally filed their long-threatened lawsuit. Hilarious quote: "Success for the healthcare lawsuit is uncertain." Uh yeah, considering the President's actions were entirely legal! Oh, and when the Speaker vows decisive action against Obama's immigration policy, but has to wait until House members return from vacation, it doesn't really help his credibility. Also, the blogge from Bloomberg Review makes a excellent point. Congress inherently has the power to trump either the Executive or the Judicial branch of government by passing laws (There's a reason Congress is described in the Constitution before either of the other two branches). By running to the court to settle the dispute between Congress and the President, Congress is abdicating its power.
The Inky reprints a dark and foreboding account from Max Boot that says the situation against ISIS requires stronger US intervention, but a summary of news from Juan Cole makes it clear that ISIS is not doing well at all and is, in fact, being pushed back in both Iraq and Syria.
Walmart did this last year! They're still doing it?!?!?! Walmart puts up bins in the back of one of their stores so that employees can contribute food to other employees. Why? Well, they pay their workers so poorly their workers need to give each other charity. I thought charity was for those who weren't working? Why are people who are employed still food-insecure?
Good Lord! What a horrible, horrible ruling in Michigan!!! The “Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education“ Sounds like they just couldn't care less about the state's schoolchildren at all!
A Senator made the (rather hysterical and overheated) claim that the President's immigration action could lead to violence. The blogger wonders just what such violence would look like, how to stage it, etc. Michael Steele, former head of the RNC, says “Get a grip.
The National Organization for Marriage demonstrates, through the money it's getting through its donors that, well, what it's doing isn't all that important. Their finances are doing, really, really badly!
Major networks refuse to air President's speech on his immigration executive actions. C'mon guys! If he's going to be impeached for his policy actions, the least they can do is to allow him a pre-buttal to what Congress does.
Senator Landrieu tried to run for another term as Louisiana's Senator as a Republican-lite, thereby making herself indispensable to, well, no one.
Good piece! Lots of spoilers, so if you haven't seen the film “Rosewater” yet, save reading this piece for later. I was especially struck a few days back by Sean Hannity saying Jon Stewart was a grimly fanatical pro-Obama spokesperson. Uh, no. Stewart can be just as critical of the Democrats, see yesterday's show that took a close and critical look at Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the re-elected Minority Leader. Methinks Hannity was showing a few of the traits that were highlighted in "Rosewater."
D'oh! Oops! Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed a panel to figure out how to improve Texas' really low-quality health care. They suggested the ACA/Obamacare! Naturally, Texans want nothing to do with it, but now Perry has to explain why Texas citizens have to live with sub-standard health care, now that it's clear that they're doing so, not because they have to, but because of a clearly deliberate and conscious choice.
Shorter Fox News: "Do we support your free speech? Wel-l-l-l, it depends. Which side are you on?"
Sounds to me like Missouri Governor Nixon knows full well that the Grand Jury is going to come back with a verdict exonerating the killer of Michael Brown.
How ya like yer "small government" now, conservatives?!?!?! Childhood hunger is at an all-time high point and homeless children are now one in 30.
Cool science stuff! Water probably derives from elsewhere, not here in our own solar system, meaning it's probably more common in the cosmos than we thought.
In case any of your friends, buddies or pals are having a hard time understanding net neutrality of why Senator Cruz is an idiot for opposing it, these nekkid (Censored, of course) females will explain for y'all! Oh, and Senator Al Franken joins in on the Senator Cruz bashing.
This is what we call "worst of both worlds" -type coverage with the big Ebola panic of last month. The networks surrendered their dignity AND they didn't get a ratings boost.
In the Michael Brown case, Police Officer Darren Wilson claimed to be greatly injured during his altercation with Brown. Strangely enough [/snark] the videos of him entering and leaving the police station show a completely uninjured Wilson.
Hmm, Fox News present its news with lots of pretty, half-dressed women. Wasn't it Cecil B. DeMille who first realized that? That you can get away with showing lots of skin as long as you presented it with tones of pious condemnation?
Naomi Klein says: "If not capitalism then what?" Check out our Beautiful Solutions gallery!"
Interesting quote from Senator McConnell: "I had maybe naively hoped the president wold look at the results of the election and decide to come to the political center and do some business with us," McConnell said. "I still hope he does at some point, but the early signs are not good."
Very excellent suggestion for Fox News to try on the Gruber/ACA/transparency story. Fox has investigative resorces. Use them! Get some people on the story and see whether it's true or false.
Updates on the spacecraft that landed on a comet. Cool news is that they think coming close to the sun will spark up the solar panels and revive Philae
Guide to the big-box stores that will and won't be open on Thanksgiving. Also, are Black Friday and stores opening on Thanksgiving even good for the retailers? Evidence is good that people shopping on those days are simply shifting their shopping from other days.
This is a really good case study in propaganda. The Wall St. Journal doesn't lie, they just don't give you some highly relevant details, thereby distorting the whole story.
D'oh! Oops! Familiar with the phrase "worst of both worlds"? Turns out when you have more guns, you have more suicides and gun accidents, but also, more crime.
1.Freedomwrks, run by the Koch brothers, comes out against net neutrality. Spokesperson doesn't appear to have any idea as to what net neutrality actually means.
Yeah, this is definitely one of the less persuasive arguments I've heard on climate change.
I support Israel in a lot of cases, but keeping a medical doctor from getting to Gaza to treat patients seems pretty hard to justify.
I signed this petition to let all employees of Kmart take Thanksgiving off. Truly sad that people are being forced to work on a holiday that was never meant to be commercial.
Reporters like Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone), movements like Occupy, these are what we need to bring the financial people to heel and to make finances serve the rest of us, not just the financial elites.
Serious problem with Jonathan Gruber's comments on getting the ACA/Obamacare passed is that his criticisms aren't even true.
The blogger Digby observes to collapse of the Blue Dog Democrats in this last election. Good riddance to a useless group.
From the WaPo: Why Election Day needs to be a national holiday.
From TPM: "Mitch McConnell: 'This unrealistic plan that the president would dump on his successor would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs.'" Hmm, that's a very good point. Humanity might survive, but we might have to pay higher utility rates. Hmm, what to do? What to do? [/snark] Actually, both the job loss and higher utility rates are highly debatable.
Heh! Senator calls out Fox News people for being cruel to regular, non-wealthy folks. Naturally, they're quite offended, but he's absolutely right. Hmm, not sure I agree that people weren't aware that the ACA subsidized the less healthy people by using premiums from the more healthy people. I thought all along that that was the trade-off that the ACA was pretty explicitly making.
Decade-long task comes to fruition as European Space Agency lands craft on the comet designated Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
All right! A major objection to regulating greenhouse gases, that China isn't pulling its weight and making sacrifices just as we are, is now obsolete as China agrees to specific goals. And scientists who deal with climate change are pretty happy about the proposed deal with China. They have cautions and qualifications, of course, but they're pleased overall.
I like this solar bicycle path because anti-solar people have made the argument that solar panels cover over lots of ground. That's a reasonable objection and placing solar panels beneath roads (two layers of safety glass and it's a road for much lighter bicycles, not for heavier cars) appears to meet that objection in a satisfactory manner. For the same reason, rooftop solar panels and panels over parking lots and waterways are also good ideas because the ground is covered over anyway.
Woo hoo! Good! �On November 11th, President Barack Obama released a powerful, unambiguous statement in support of reclassifying the internet as a telecommunications service...�
Good! Obama's going to try and sign a nuclear deal with Iran before the new Congress takes over. I would very much like to see this succeed. Looks like there's enough common ground and I hope the Iranians understand that time is short. Once the new Senate takes office, the chances of getting a treaty through becomes pretty hopeless.
The Republicans really, really hate it when you point out that only about a third of eligible voters voted. Kinda hard to claim any sort of mandate with numbers like that.
Turns out climate change wasn't mentioned at all during the campaign (I don' watch much TV, so I wasn't aware of that). Kind of amazing as that determines whether the human race survives until 2100 or not.
*Groan*!!! Yeah, this is a pretty hilarious correction as the whole piece should have been replaced with a sentence or two saying essentially:"Oops!" Breitbart News confused two people who happen to have the same name, but nothing else in common.
Chuck Todd, who's obviously very overworked and clearly doesn't have the time to write a good book, tries to write one anyway. Result is kind of a mess.
1.Excellent argument for marriage equality. The dissenting judge in this case sees it as a deeply human issue, where real people are helped or hurt. The other judges just see it as an abstract issue, with bloodless theories and impersonal philosophical priorities.
Yeah, these guys want to "help" ordinary workers by changing the ACA definition of full-time work from 30 hours and above to 40 hours. Problem is, it's very easy for an employer to reduce workers from 40 hours to 39 to escape ACA requirements It's much harder for them to reduce a 40-hour workweek to 30, which was precisely why the 30-hour workweek was adopted.
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