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The problem with the way in which lots of rich people make more money is that ther methods frequently enrich only themselves, without providing any benefit to anyone else.
The blogger makes an excellent point, that the heavy hand of the oppressive government that Ronald Reagan talked about is far more theoretical than real. For instance, if the big, bad, awful, evil deficit was really all that big a problem, why is almost no one aware that it's half the size that it was six years ago? Also, Rand Paul shares a problem with Senators Rubio and Cruz. None of them have pased bills of any significance.
As a blogger said about Rand Paul's announcement, "No one was on needles and pins" waiting for the announcement on the trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Glad to see he got an unequivocally guilty verdict. Now a trial will be held to determine the sentence. As he was found guilty of three murders, I think Life is the minimum we'll see.
Nope. Sorry. Wrong answer. Senator Cotton is completely insane if he thinks bombing Iran's nuclear facilities would be just like Clinton bombing Iraq in 1998. Iran has vastly many more retaliatory capabilities than Iraq did back then! Yes, like Rumsfeld in 2003, Cotton is full of optimism. Also, was the bombing of 1998really such a grand idea? Or did it make the 2003 war inevitable?
Wow! Senator Paul has had four YEARS to assemble his campaign and after only one day, it's already a complete trainwreck! Especially troubling is the issue of copyrights. G.W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney also all had great troubles with getting permissions from artists before using their songs. Paul's campaign video was pulled because it violated copyrights from TWO different artists! Jennifer Rubin, a conservative WaPo columnist, makes a good case that Rand will do even less well at the ballot box than his father did. I especially agree with her point #1, that although liberals like some of his positions, like legalizing pot, no one in the Democratic Party is going to cross party lines just to vote for Paul. But what's also really sad is that the media feels obliged to try and build him up anyway, even if that means presenting an essentially false picture of someone who supports diversity and inclusiveness.
The Young Turks get very heated here and I don't blame them a bit! Charter schools are the real problem.
A former Israeli Chief of Military Intelligence says nuclear deal with Iran is a reasonably good one. And no, Obama is not going to insist that Iran recognize Israel before the nuclear deal is made. Hmm, appears Netanyahu is your standard, basc, deficit scold, someone who favors poverty and misery for a category of people. The distinction between him and Amercian defici scolds is that Amerciasn want that for the non-rich, Netanyahu just wants that for Palestinians. And no, I'm not a knee-jerk pro-Arab. Unfortunately, Senator Schumer, whom Harry Reid has nominated as his Senate Minority Leader replacement is taking a very bad position on the deal.
Michael Gerson, who served in the G.W. Bush Administration, offers advice as to how Obama could have negotiated a better nuclear deal. Erm, slight problem with that, the Bush Administration was a complete failure at getting any diplomatic progress from the Iranian regime.
Judith Miller defends her reporting work during the run-up to the Iraq War. This piece takes a close look at the actual conduct of Hans Blix, whom Miller paints as an accuser of Saddam Hussein. Also, former CIA agent Valerie Plame contributes her take.
I looked into a right-winger's complaints about the nuclear deal with Iran. Really weak sauce!
Ordinary Iranians take to the streets as though they'd just won a football (soccer over here) match, honking car horns and waving flags.
So let's say you're being forced to make a gay wedding cake. During the Renaissance, Reformation and early modern eras, painters would perform what they call "commercial art," that is, they'd do a painting of a noble-person whose portrait was more dashing or prettier than the actual person really was. The artists couldn't go whining about how their free speech was being violated. Just so with cake-makers and same-sex weddings.
Updates from The Guardian on the framework for a nuclear deal with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu is very unhappy with it, but he was demanding things that simply weren't going to happen.
Let's please keep in mind that "freedom of religion" doesn't just mean that it applies to just the anti-GLBT groups. There are many very sincerely religious groups with really awful beliefs.
Good grief! Jebyn (Jeb Bush) is so against inequality that he appointed what's probably the single worst person in the country to lead the charge on this. This economist produced the '01 and '03 Bush tax cuts (very heavily weighted to benefit the wealthy, the wealthier they were, the more they benefited) and opposes the minimum wage hike that most of us want.
D'oh! Oops! A Fox News host said to not be silly, Indiana businesses would never discriminate, right after which an Indiana business did just that.
I've made this point many times, but it always bears repeating when we're talking about nuclear negotiations with Iran. A war with Iran would be enormously expensive! It isn't anywhere near as simply as just bombing them.
Horrible! 16 states have more people in prison than in college dorms. This is what http://decarceratepa.info/ is all about, the fact that the number of prisoners is even comparable to the number of college students is a scandal in and of itself.
Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks does a final report on the killing of Michael Brown, concluding that there are many things we'll simply never know.
Very, very interesting. White and black suspects get arrested for same crime, black suspects are pictured in mugshots, white suspects are pictured using their yearbook photos.
Very happy to see that, while the public is quite skeptical of the nuclear talks with Iran succeeding, they're also quite supportive of those talks. The viewpoints of Speaker Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu appear to be growing increasingly irrelevant.
The Daily Beast says: "Even the director of the CIA under Bush said that the Bush administration explored but ultimately rejected a military strike on Iran, concluding it would only 'guarantee that which we are trying to prevent—an Iran that will spare nothing to build a nuclear weapon and that would build it in secret.'”
Really sad TV interview FAIL! Indiana's Governor Pence thinks it's "deeply troubling" that people are engaged in a "gross mis-characterization" of Indiana's pro-discrimination law. Pence dances furiously around George Stephanopoulo's straightforward questions and refuses to give an honest, straightforward answer.
Being a hedge fund billionaire doesn't necessarily make you incompetent at other things, but it doesn't automatically follow that you're any good at anything else, either. Hedge fund billionaires do not have any special qualifications to run charter schools for the benefit of either the students or for the community at large.
In defense of “lesser-evil incrementalism.”
Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed an anti-LGBT bill (Mar 26) that was euphemistically termed a “religious liberty” bill. The bill resembled a bill that President Clinton signed In 1994, and Pence claimed that "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it," but this whole “religious freedom” reaction is deeply discriminatory and tramples all over the rights of both non-believers and those of the people who are of a different faith. Reaction is furious as denunciations of Indiana's actions hit number one on Twitter.
So, five years after the ACA/Obamacare was signed into law, how about the conservative predictions for it? Nah, none of them occurred.
Missouri lawmakers prohibit food stamp recipients from buying steak or seafood. Some of the prohibitions make some sense, but the word “steak” is vague and can mean a lot of things. A prohibition on seafood?!?!?! But that's healthy eating! I can understand you don't want people trading in food stamps/EBT money for booze, but c'mon! People have to have SOME enjoyable things!
Senator McCain says: “The least of your problems are what Bibi Netanyahu said in a political campaign.” No. No I don't agree at all. When people are stressed out and feel they have a lot on the line, that's exactly when they slip up and tell the truth. I think Obama and his people have it exactly right. They're taking Netanyahu's word for it that he doesn't want a two-state solution. At all. Ever.
A blog looks at a WaPo editorial that determinedly takes a "both sides do it" point of view, ignoring, of course, the fact that the Human Trafficking bill fundamentally expands Hyde Amendment language. That's not a debatable point and it's not just "what Democrats claim...". It's what The Guardian points out, that the Hyde Amendment is normally applied on a provisional, year-by-year basis. The way the Human Trafficking bill is currently written, the language applies more permanently. The picture is of Bush signing anti-choice legislation. Note the "diversity" of the people observing him do so.
Jeb Bush proves to be a complete and utter hypocrite concerning Hillary Clinton's email problem.
Voters March across Phily.
This is very good news. A Representative once supported the Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Commission" and voters remember that and he realizes that this is a strong negative that he has to work to overcome it. Once, this was a plan that was favored inside the Beltway. Now, it's a serious liability.
Loretta Lynch has waited 132 days (As of March 20th) for confirmation as the new Attorney General, other presidential nominees have waited longer, but for an Attorney General nominee, that's pretty much unprecedented. Unfortunately, Republicans report receiving "zero pressure" to confirm her expeditiously.
Heh! The return of the "magic asterisk"! Back during the Reagan Administration, the President's people promised to get the budget reduced by a certain amount, but had several billion to go, so they put in an asterisk with the reference saying "Savings to be determined." So now, Republicans are saying $1.1 trillion is to come out of "other mandatory spending," obviously "to be determined."
So is Jebyn (Jeb Bush) a wonk? Compared to his brother Dubya and the other Republicans running for President, yes. Does his wonkishness compare favorably to that of any of the Democrats or of academics like Paul Krugman or Juan Cole? No.
Well, I watched the interview and yes, Iran is a terrible country and no, we don't want them to get nukes. But Senate Majority Leader McConnell ignores that a better deal just isn't available. We simply don't have the option of forcing Iran to accept a complete dismantling of their nuclear program.
"I'm as far from being a racist as you can get." Eep! (Buzzer sound) Wrong answer! When you see a blatantly racist post and think to yourself: “I must share this with my friends! This is too good to pass up," you're a racist.
There are many issues where I'm in tight agreement with the President. TPP is one where there's LOTS of daylight between him, me and progressives generally. I stand with progressives on this. This is a piece where a pro-TPP group starts off their pitch by saying something that earns them "Four Pinocchios" from the Washington Post fact-checker.
Unfortunately, eGhazi (a -Ghazi is not a -Gate, it's far less serious) bears a serious resemblance to Whitewater. It started with serious misrepresentations and, at best, sloppy and badly-researched reporting and in both case, the NY Times is the culprit. Let's hope that eGhazi stops right here.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus has been putting out its own budget proposals for some time now. Will this be the year the media finally acknowledges that?
Good! My old hometown of Boston has finally said the heck with it and will allow gay and lesbian groups to march in their St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Not at all surprising that a voter fraud investigation turned up pretty much nothing. A Justice Department investigation from 2002 to 2005 also turned up pretty much nothing. I watched a Fox News mini-debate before the 2012 election with Megyn Kelly presiding between a liberal and a conservative. The liberal said there had been fewer than 100 cases of voter fraud in the previous decade. Both Kelly and the conservative nodded and moved on to the next topic in the debate. Voter fraud is not completely nonexistent, but it's about as common as people dying of lightning strikes.
Very cool! Strong net neutrality rules now put into place!
NY Times demonstrates its bad faith and double-dealing by the way it describes Clinton's use of a non state(dot)gov email address. They say she had "wiggle room" because there was no official rule saying she had to use one. No, that's not what "wiggle room" means. She didn't have to use one! That should be in the first paragraph of any story about this!
There are many issues where I'm in tight agreement with the President. TPP is one where there's LOTS of daylight between him and progressives generally. I stand with progressives on this. This is a piece where a pro-TPP group starts off their pitch by saying something that earns them "Four Pinocchios" from the Washington Post fact-checker.
Excellent piece and it reminds me of when I looked into the White House Travel Office firings back in the 90s. President Clinton had a travel office that was staffed by all Republicans. He decided one day to relieve them all of their duties and to replaced them all with Democrats. He had every right to do this and, under any previous president, would have provoked a one paragraph piece on page 13, if that. There were actually Congressional hearings on the matter and papers actually wrote front-page pieces on it. The press was wildly irresponsible during that period and really needs to do better now.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), offers a counter-idea to the deal that the Obama Administration has been negotiating with Iran: “complete nuclear disarmament by Iran.” Erm, considering that Iran doesn't possess any nuclear weapons right now, how exactly would that work? Cotton later clarified that to mean that Iran should completely disassemble all of its nuclear-arms-making capability. This is no longer 1945 or even 1989, when the US found itself as the lone great power standing and could simply dictate terms to everyone.
Heh! So "Jebyn" is now a thing. Lefty commenters looked at "Jebya" after "Dubya" and decided that was too clunky, so Jebyn it is!
Good! Iran takes sensible view of letter by #47Traitors. Also, as of Apr 3rd, the petition to have traitorous Senators charged with violating the Logan Act has almost 320,000 signatures (100,000 needed to demand that White House take action). NY Daily News calls it correctly, that 47 Senators are traitors.
Wow! The hashtag #47Traitors is created. Nothing incorrect about what Republicans are saying to Iran, that a future president might revoke an agreement that this president makes, but the sheer, willful destructiveness of the comment speaks volumes about the status of the old "politics stops at the water's edge" feeling that Americans used to have.
Yeah, what did ever happen to all of that enthusiasm for over the counter birth control among anti-choicers? Funny how that issue disappeared right after the election!
Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers are a bit interested in restoring the Voting Rights Act, but their interest is of a casual and mild variety. They don't feel any sense of urgency.
Pretty amazing that, out of the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House, the House Majority Leader and the House Majority Whip, the only high-ranking Republican to make it to Selma this weekend for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” was the Majority Leader and his decision to go was obviously a hurried, last-minute one. Yeah, the article's headline is right, GOP minority outreach is dead.
Very cool! A major bank smack dab in the heart of the Middle East oil industry decides oil can't economically compete with solar!
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