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Gay Pride Parade - Vets For Peace and FUMCOG contingents
Pennsylvania's Gvernor Tom Corbett arrages to meet with students of one of the schools that he's been defunding, but cancels when students, parents and teachers make it clear that they were goingto protest his visit. We all assembled anyway.
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Also, same problems that apply to privatized schools apply to prisons as well.
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Excellent point! This campaign seems like the campaign of 2004. The public agreed to continue with the Iraq War and didn't like how John Kerry "looked French," but the Republican Party had no obvious agenda beyond that. We know that Senator Mitch McConnell talked about how he tried to "reform" (Read: destroy) Social Security, so we might see a revival of G.W. Bush's attempt to hand over our retirement money to Wall Street. Is that their agenda?
Several conservative-led states are using a database to show that voter fraud is occurring and that people (Who, amazingly enough, just happen to be of ethnic groups that just happen to vote Democratic) are voting multiple times. A data professional shows why any database is absolutely worthless for proving any such thing. At best, a database can provide what a salesperson calls “leads,” but those leads need to be investigated after the “match” is made so that it can be confirmed valid.
Second set of attorneys quit on Congress' “case” against the President.
Yeah, our "Fox News Liberal" shows that he's far more Fox News than he ever was a liberal.
Hmm, liberal vs conservative, Milbank vs Krauthammer. Who's right? I give 'em both the booby prize! They're both completely wrong!
Charter schools are such complete dogs! Report on still more waste, fraud and abuse.
DKos doesn't usually like Politico, but as it doesn't like Andrew Cuomo much either, (it considers him more a Wall Street-favoring Blue Dog than a real Democrat) it's perfectly happy to recommend this piece on his book.
Very cool! After the explosion of a US rocket meant to supply a satellite, Russia steps up to the plate and is ready to assist.
Ha ha ha! Sarah Palin may run for President “despite the haters.” No hate from here! I love the idea of Palin splitting the conservative vote!
Very saddening to read this piece on “GamerGate” and yes, I'm very distressed to see that those who lack male privilege get far more harassment than we males do.
Court refuses to intervene in case of 40,000 missing registrations in Georgia.
What do Republicans want to replace the ACA with? Um, okay. Gee, why wasn't this plan presented back in 2008 as an alternative to the ACA? Probably because it's really, REALLY cheap and terrible! Also, how is the GOP handling their opposition to “Obamacare” now that it's helping well over 10 million people? Basically, by being really vague and fuzzy.
Pretty stupid. Grimes' answer to a single question was not a good one, but Ernst is a serious right-wing extremist radical. Natcherly, the Beltway traditional press corps thinks Grimes' answer was disqualifying, but Ernst is still okay.
Hillary Clinton makes a not-very-good statement on trickle-down economics, not because it isn't accurate, but because it's incomplete. Media Matters does a good job filling in the gaps. Fox News tries to rebut Clinton, but delivers a very incomplete defense of trickle-down economics.
Very compelling comparison of US and other governments. Corruption is a real problem, but one the press corps doesn't really acknowledge. Especially interesting look at history of how Americans see their government.
Five years after the right wing made all sorts of dire, scary predictions about the results of hate crimes legislation, none of those predictions have come true
Amusing piece from Carly Fiorina, who weeps big, wet, glistening tears over poor ALEC. She bemoans the loss of "free and open debate." Erm, slight problem with that is that ALEC has never been about free and open debate. It's always been about big money people meeting behind closed doors and plotting to subvert the free will and economic interests of the people.
As a peacnik, I'm in favor of this. Wars should be expensive and inconvenient for citizens. A special war tax is precisely the right way to go and consent to more war should be informed and thoroughly, openly debated.
A wealthy person expresses her view of the non-wealthy and then wonders why the wealthy are held in contempt.
1. Governor Brownback's experiment is an absolute, unmitigated disaster.
Heh! A Congressman wants the new Ebola "czar" to testify about what he's learned on the job this Friday. The guy just took charge this Wednesday. Sure! What the heck? It's not like the job is, y'know, complex or anything! Also, he's not aware as to why there's no Surgeon General (The NRA didn't approve of him).
Extensive review of the WaPo story on Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, MO. The WaPo bases its account on selectively leaked info that's HIGHLY sympathetic to Officer Darren Wilson. Even the US Justice Department is disgusted.
Pennsylvania Legislature launches serious assault on First Amendment by attacking prisoner inmate speech.
The UN is shocked by Detroit's water cut-offs. Cut-offs have been occurring even to those consumers who are gradually paying off their bills. “[Detroit] has disconnected water from at least 27,000 households this year, with as many as 10,000 households currently without running water. Hundreds of thousands of additional households are at risk of having their tap cut.”
NJ Governor Chris Christie is very tired of hearing about the minimum wage. Bit of a problem is that he seems to think that it's mostly made by teenagers. Well yes, back in 1979, 26% of minimum-wage workers were 16 to 19 years old. Problem is, in 2011, only 12% were. Workers 20 to 24 made a slightly larger portion of minimum-wage workers in that time period. Workers 25 to 34 went from 17.5% of minimum-wage earners to 22.1%, but workers from 35 to 64 went from 30.8% to 38.1%. No, the minimum wage is not just a teenage problem. And no, no one misunderstood his point. Oh, and FL Governor Rick Scott feels that the private sector sets wages, so it's really not his problem at all.
After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, US troops found old Iraqi munitions dating back to the 1980s. Rick Santorum declared that these were the famous WMDs that we invaded for. Karl Rove, very sensibly, kept silent. Sarah Palin and radio person Mark Levin are supporting Santorum, who looked like an idiot for making the claim he did.
Scientists now think the effects of global warming have been “hugely underestimated.”
Republicans blame Obama for not nominating a Surgeon General to their liking.
Dana Milbank switches back and forth from writing like a Villager and being a really good, strong, critical read. He's very good here. And yes, I earlier read Michelle Malkin's "Twitchy" site and it's just as stupid as Milbnk suggests it is.
Hmm, no, I completely disagree with Andrew Sullivan. I think the Bush Administration people knew full well what was going on with the CIA torturing people. I think their involvement was knowing, conscious and deliberate. Had there been evidence that any of them were "out of the loop," that evidence would have been leaked by now.
WaPo - “The Supreme Court in a pre-dawn ruling Saturday said that Texas could proceed with its strict voter ID law in next month’s election, despite a lower court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional.” Good for "Notorious RBG" and the other female Justices, who dissented on this! Not at all clear why this decision was made, except for purely partisan reasons.
A piece suggests that a health care system based on private enterprise may be a luxury we can't afford.
Good! Major corporations are aware that income inequality hurts their profits.
Candidate for office tries to defend outsourcing past. Oops! Turns out the public isn't stupid and knows that outsourcing is a bad thing!
Judge Posner supported voter ID laws in the beginning, but had a change of heart and writes an awesome opinion, shredding the rationale for a voter ID law. And yes, attitude on voter ID have everything to do with race.
Being an anti-war activist has meant that the Pentagon and I are frequently on opposite sides. Not on this issue. On global warming, we're on the same page. Global warming is a first-order security threat.
Yes, Minority Leader McConnell is very bi-partisan-y. He'll work with Democrats, provided of course, that he already agrees with what they want to do. I note that he didn't work with Democrats on anything that departed even slightly from Republican priorities.
I agree with the author on why education reform is a whole heck of a lot tougher than it looks. Education seems to me like the leadership that we in the Navy spent so much time and thought and conversation on. It's a labor-intensive process that requires understanding people and how they think and what motivates them. Simply spending lots of money on it is no way to make it work.
A piece presents scientific, statistical proof that those who support voter ID laws are far more likely to be racists than are those who don't. Despite the complete lack of proof for the existence of statistically significant in-person voter fraud, CBS engages in this kind of "he-said, she-said" type of reporting in order to throw up their hands and to say that the problem is too hard to resolve. Sorry, but the situation really doesn't call for that sort of response.
NIH Director says that Republican austerity is responsible for there being no Ebola cure. Brutal ad on that. More details on the deficit scolds and the NIH and an Ebola vaccine. Funding for the NIH was frozen since 2004 (They started working on a vaccine in 2001). We might have had a vaccine for Ebola by now.
Excellent survey of the last four years of Tea Party governance in the states with Republican/Tea Party governors.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry comments on Walker's complete and utter hypocrisy concerning reproductive choice and women's health. I was troubled by Walker's statement of: "That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options." But is the information provided to pregnant women useful or meaningful to the woman or is it simply scare-propaganda? Is it simply a horror-story meant to dissuade women from exercising their legitimate choices?
Pentagon turns half a billion dollars of planes into $32,000 in scrap metal. Rachel Maddow did a story on this. Basic problem is the same as when Oprah gave people brand new cars. She neglected to give them enough money for insurance, gas, etc. Afghans couldn't maintain the planes with spare parts or trained pilots, so the planes sat around rusting.
Whatta ya know? Malala Yousafza is a communist.
Shorter Governor Walker: "It's not MY fault that the gol durned lazy citizens of Wisconsin haven't gotten anywhere near enough jobs to fulfill my 2010 promise of 250,000 jobs by this time!"
And no, when you compare the infinitesimally small number of potential voter frauds to people who stand to be disenfranchised by vote ID laws (out of a billion votes cast between 2002 ad 2012, 32 were fraudulent whereas, 300,000 voters lack the required ID cards), no, voter ID completely fails the cost-benefit test.
Long after Gary Webb and his "discredited" investigation, people showing up to say he was right.
Excellent! Good, strong statement from the Attorney General on the new poll tax, that is,Voter ID laws.
The siege of the Kurdish town of Kobani (It's been under siege by 9000 ISIS fighters for a month) is not entirely broken, but has been very severely compromised and downgraded. The secret? Yup, women fighters! ISIS fighters fear if they get killed by a woman, they won't get to paradise as they won't be considered martyrs and won't be eligible for 72 virgins, etc.
When G.W. Bush was preparing to leave office, many people brought up a comparison to Harry Truman, who was also unpopular when he left office, but whose reputation had a big rebound. After sinkinng to a 23% approval rating and a 69% disapproval, Bush's approval rating has, after six years, gotten up to 47%. Wikipedia gives Truman today an aggregate ranking of the 7th best president, Bush ranks 34th. NY Times columnist Paul Krugman considers Obama to be the third most consequential president (In order, F.D. Roosevelt, L.B. Johnson, B.H. Obama, R.W. Reagan), so Obama will probably have a comeback similar to Truman's.
Very cool! Roman Catholic Church considering ending discrimination against gays and lesbians.
More deficit scolding, this time to introduce austerity-based accounting methods to government expenditures.
NIH Director blames austerity for lack of Ebola vaccine. More details on the deficit scolds and the NIH and an Ebola vaccine. Funding for the NIH was frozen since 2004 (They started working on a vaccine in 2001). We might have had a working, tested vaccine for Ebola by now.
The SRC suggests that Philadelphia needs more concessions from teachers. But teachers are already giving far more than they should be!
Excellent survey of the last four years of Tea Party governance in the states with Republican/Tea Party governors.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry comments on Governor Walker's complete and utter hypocrisy concerning reproductive choice and women's health. I was troubled by Walker's statement of: "That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options." But is the information provided to pregnant women useful to the woman or is it simply scare-propaganda? Is it simply a horror-story meant to dissuade women from exercising their legitimate choices?
Long after Gary Webb and his "discredited" investigation, people are showing up to say he was right.
Excellent! Good, strong statement from the Attorney General on the new poll tax, that is,Voter ID laws.
David Horowitz thinks ISIS has revealed the nature of Muslims in general through a few beheadings. No, they've revealed things about their own particular group.
How are we supposed to have a functioning political system when the opposition party demonstrates such complete craziness?!?!?! Tom Cotton takes a conspiracy theory from someone who pushed crazy stuff about Saddam Hussein before the Iraq War and who was then published in WorldNetDaily.
And speaking of WND, Ted Nugent says: "We don't believe that our president is a Christian."
Diane is absolutely right to be concerned. When I was in Navy boot camp, our Base Commander explained why we had to fold socks just so "If we can't trust you to fold socks correctly, I'm not going to trust you to tweak and peak my helicopter engine." Same thing here. If we can't trust the test guys to produce good answer keys, why are we trusting them with un-reviewable high-stakes academic tests?
The FSA, the Free Syrian Army, is the whole underpinning for the US strategy against ISIS. Unfortunately, the FSA is very much not on board with the US and its strategy.
With the third accidental discharge, we have to wonder. The statistical probability that a teacher will have to deal with a school shooting is, unfortunately, quite real. The chance that the teacher will be confronted so suddenly that he or she will have to play "Quick Draw McGraw"? Nowhere NEAR the probability that the teacher will goof up and accidentally discharge their firearm!
CFPB gets it right and finds an effective way to correct the behavior of a bad lender!
Did Obama make a gaffe when he said that all of the issues he's working to support (minimum-wage increase, infrastructure investment, job creation, pay equity, and on and on) are on the ballot? Um, no. Not at all. Those issues ARE on the ballot and every vote counts!
As an anti-war activist, I've always been in favor of paying for our wars directly, not just putting them on a credit card to be paid later. By the same logic, police should pay directly for brutality and overreactions through their budgets and salaries. Strangely, they don't.
NY Times columnist Paul Krugman notes that Bitcoin is doing poorly these days. It's lost two-thirds of its value. No biggie as it's a con that only libertarians liked to begin with.
Prescription opioids lead to 16,000 deaths a year, marijuana of course, doesn't lead to any. Yet somehow the opioids are still legal and marijuana isn't. The reason? Aw, ya guessed it! Yup, money
It's always popular to bash government and bureaucracy, but building codes serve an important public safety purpose. Governor Walker (R-WI) has been seriosuly slacking off on updating those codes, which pleases wealthy building interests, but not the public.
Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, explains that the Texas anti-choice law is all about compassion for women. But when asked "But 80 percent of those clinics are gone," Todd pressed. "So they have to drive for 2 or 300 miles. Is that compassion?" Priebus' reasoning immediately becomes all about taxpayer money.
About 35,000 walruses gather on Arctic shore due to melting of too much ice.
Iowa Republican Senate nominee Joni Ernst is a really, really serious right-wing extremist. WaPo fact-checker disgraces himself by failing to admit just how extreme she is.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): "Hey guys, let's have another round of tax cuts!"
Also, Ryan wants to initiate an anti-poverty plan. Problem is, the plan is not a new one. It was tried previously and didn't work.
Not at all surprising. I thought it was an absolutely terrible idea for Christie not to start building an extra tunnel to Manhattan back in 2010, now it turns out that that decision was even worse than we thought. Both existing tunnels got flooded with salt water during Hurricane Sandy and are measurably deteriorating due to all the salt that got dumped in them. Gee, sure would be handy to have a third tunnel while the other two are closed for maintenance, huh?
Some cheerful news. Millennials are pretty gosh-darned liberal, even those who self-identify as Republicans.
Interesting stuff! Intel and counter-intel in the 1770s.
Heh! So "Notorious RBG" sounds off on the reproductive choice issue. Conservatives don't like that, of course, but one of them goes further to suggest that the Supreme Court Justice shouldn't speak on any controversial issues at all. Funny, but the same conservative was completely silent when Justice Scala spoke out on equally controversial issues. Also, Cenk Uygur explains that Justice Scalia's pose of non-partisanship is just that. A pose. There's nothing objective about Scalia's beliefs on the law and the Constitution.
Back during the war in El Salvador, we dirty hippies warned that US anti-guerilla actions may be creating more guerillas. Well, now we have the figures as to how many people joined up with ISIS in direct response to US bombing of them: 73.
Good explanatory piece on global warming. And yes, voluntary actions to reduce carbon emissions are wonderful and should be encouraged, but please let's not be under the impression that they will ever be sufficient to save humanity.
Bwah-hah-hah! Pennsylvani's Governor Corbett looked around for a quick, cheap and easy way to show that he cared about job creation. The results weren't QUITE what he expected! His people simply ginned up a job-search site that connected to Craigslist and Craigslst has some not-quite-legal job offers.
Kansas Secretary of State loses yet again in battle to prevent Democratic victory in Senate race.
Obama's domestic political critics have a bit of a problem: they don't appear to have any real alternatives to Obama's policies.
Rolling Stone writes expose of Koch brothers. The brothers freak out. And keep in mind that Rachel Maddow long ago invited them to come onto her show and to defend themselves (After they had mailed her a lengthy statement to read verbatim on-air and she quite naturally refused to do that), so these guys can't complain that they haven't had the chance to make a rebuttal. Also, they're in real hot water with misleading mailers that contain false information.
Secret Service is having problems protecting the President and yes, they directly blame budget cuts for that.
Good! Bob Beckel (A Fox News Democrat) gets a "hoo-yah" from me for having his microphone cut off. He finally ticked off his colleagues so much by speaking plain common sense that they felt obliged to shut him up. Bravo Zulu Bob!!!
Oh good grief! This is frikkin' hilarious! The Republican Party is putting out an ad saying “Republicans are people, too.” That raises questions all by itself, but the real groaner is that they used stock images! I guess they couldn't find any Republicans who looked like real people! Also, the campaign is not going well as liberals are making use of the #IAmARepublican hash tag to mock and make fun of the GOP.
President Obama concedes that the intel agencies called ISIS wrongly. A lot of reporters seem obsessed with "gaffes." They shouldn't be, because it holds politicians to standards that no human being can ever live up to. For Obama to forthrightly say that ISIS was missed is a good thing! Are intel agencies being “thrown under the bus”? No. But wow! Speaking of the intel agencies, we have 17 of them and together they spend $68 billion a year,, but we still get blindsided by unforeseen developments! Problem is, failure to foresee events simply encourages legislators to give them more money.
Wow! Horrible news! “Marissa Alexander Denied New Stand Your Ground Hearing, Still Faces Up To 60 Years In Prison.” This is truly insane because Marissa Alexander was convicted of firing a warning shot at around the same time George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman got off scot-free and Alexander is facing decades in prison.
Hong Kong experiences “Umbrella Revolution.”
Hmm. Well, the public is solidly behind bombing ISIS alongside allies (73% to 24%), but arming "moderate" rebels is opposed by a slim majority (54%) and that's a really major component of the plan. Obama's comments on ISIL emphasize "identity politics," which is actually secondary behind climate change and the resulting lack of jobs.
Yes, extreme financial inequality is such a mysterious thing! Just can't imagine what causes it! Actually, there's nothing mysterious about it at all.
Good to see Republicans abandoning lawsuit against President Obama. There was an extremely similar case that crashed and burned a very short while ago. Looks like Congress decided their case was too similar to the one that had just failed. And yes, I completely agree with the President, Congress would be far better off actually doing something useful with its time.
Excellent letter from American servicepeople responding to the "joke" ("boobs on the ground") by a Fox Newsperson. Jon Stewart said to not give him any crap about how Fox News is "pro-military." It isn't. Fox's Eric Bolling makes a desperate attempt to change the subject from his disrespect for the militaryby dishonestly comparing military to civilian pay. What he does is to compare only the cash that military E1s get to what fast-food workers make, ignoring that military people get free food, free housing, uniform allowance, etc., etc.
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