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Rawstory has an interesting piece:

News item:

The growing visibility of a staunchly conservative movement in France has prompted comparisons with the Tea Party of the United States.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls has warned that France was seeing the birth of its own version of the grassroots, anti-tax Tea Party movement amid a surge of anti-government demonstrations by right-wing groups and religious conservatives across the country.

“We are witnessing the creation of the French version of the Tea Party. By exploiting the political and leadership crisis on the right, and the National Front party’s move away from the far-right, a conservative and reactionary right has been set free,” Valls, a Socialist, told the Journal du Dimanche in an interview published on Sunday.

OK, but seeing is believing ...
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Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 07:02 PM PST

When Mike Huckabee was 'Uncle Sugar'

by EZ writer

It was only on Thursday when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee uttered these words at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting:

“I think it’s time Republicans no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a 'war on women. The fact is the Republicans don’t have a war on women, they have a war for women, to empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," Huckabee said. "Let's take that discussion all across America."

Well, America, meet Mike Huckabee: 'Uncle Sugar."

Over at the Campaign for America's Future the story unfolds ...

Funny story: in 2005, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signed a law mandating Arkansas insurance plans provide contraception coverage, including church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and universities.
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Tomorrow morning, Jan. 1, 2014, retail marijuana shops will open here in Colorado.
 Voters approved the legalization of possession and sale of marijuana in November 2012 by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.
In a separate ballot measure in November 2013, voters approved a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana.
There is little doubt that the 2012 ballot measure helped President Obama win Colorado, though he may very well have done so without it.
Marijuana legalization efforts, in my view, represent a great opportunity for progressive candidates in coming years.

The maps tell the story below the fold.

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It was 25 years ago this month, while working as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Michigan, I met Elma Damrell. She was 79 years old at the time and residing in a nursing home in the western Upper Peninsula.
Me? I was just a young reporter who had not much to show except a couple of stories I had written in an obscure alternative newspaper called the Michigan Voice run by some guy named Michael Moore out of a humble abode at the intersection of Genessee and Davison roads in Flint.
But Elma, she had an amazing story to share, from when she was a young girl in Calumet, Michigan, a copper mining town on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
She told me about a Christmas Eve party she attended when she was just 4 years old, at a place called the Italian Hall. It was held to bring some cheer to the children of striking copper miners who had been out of work for months.

It's a night she remembered for the rest of her life.
But perhaps I should let Woody Guthrie help tell the story along with me …

1913 Massacre
By Woodie Guthrie

Take a trip with me in 1913,

To Calumet, Michigan, in the copper country. 

I will take you to a place called Italian Hall,

Where the miners are having their big Christmas ball.

BRIEF NOTE: Thanks. My first time on the Rec list for a few years!
I used to be a regular there. I need to stop slacking!
But this is an important event in U.S. labor history and must be remembered.
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Right now Politico has as one of its top stories "Medicaid gap leaves haves, have-nots."

It is an attempt at an analysis on how various people fare in a state that will expand Medicaid (New Mexico) and one that will not (Texas).

Unfortunately the writer made a rather horrible error that only adds to the confusion about the Affordable Care Act.

Hughes just started a new home repair business. It’s hard for him to know exactly what his family will earn, but he estimates it will be just above or below $31,590— the income requirement for a family of six to get tax subsidies next year. If he’s below it, he’ll remain uninsured. If his new business lets him cross over into a slightly higher income bracket, he may be able to get some help in the exchange.
The writer was referring to a Texas man who does not qualify for Medicaid because the state won't expand it.
But she messed it up by suggesting that he makes too LITTLE (apparently) to qualify for the health insurance exchange subsidy.
Anyway what a mess.
Thanks a lot Politico.
For the record, I am going on the health insurance exchange Jan. 1 and as a single person I will get a nice subsidy with my income of $44,000.
A family of six making $31,500 will sadly be out of luck for Medicaid expansion in Texas.
But they can probably get health insurance for very little with the exchange subsidies.

Look, I appreciate Politico pointing out the issue of the coming "Insured States" and "Uninsured States" divide the Republicans insist on.
The article does make it clear that a lot of lower income working people are going to be screwed in Red States.
But I wish they had gotten it right on the subsidy part.


When Fox News commissioned a poll Sept. 6-9 on whether people liked the Affordable Care Act -- and if they liked Obamacare, hilarity ensued.

It turns out that Republican support for the Affordable Care Act is 57 percent greater than it is for Obamacare.
These guys are on top of this issue, needless to say.

Meanwhile, Democrats barely budged on the two questions, apparently being reasonably informed. Support for the Affordable Care Act jumped only 1 percentage point.

The survey was apparently conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw &
Company Research (R). The poll was conducted by telephone with live interviewers September 6-8, 2013,
among a random national sample of 900 registered voters

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Coming up on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream Speech," what can one expect from National Review Online -- except for them to complain about "something a bit nastier" -- a quote allegedly from Martin Luther King Jr.

Yes, I happened to be reading the National Review Online this morning (I have it bookmarked next to The Onion), and caught their review of the movie "The Butler."
Naturally, writer Will Allen trashed it for its harsh portrayal of Jim Crow and slavery. Most of his criticism was on grounds of historical accuracy.
So when I came upon his alleged quote from Martin Luther King Jr. I was a bit taken aback ...

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I live in a very small town high in the Rockies, population 500 or so. Not much goes on up here for the most part. We have our tourism industry and thus we have a lot of restaurants.
It is an open secret in town that many of these ma-and-pa restaurants employ undocumented workers, primarily in their kitchens.
The town is probably 30 percent Hispanic. We are in a part of the Southwest in which names like Salazar and Gallegos go back a long way.

This town is also so small and so isolated that when two well-dressed Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents come to town, everyone knows it within about a half an hour. That happened on Monday morning.
What the mere presence of those two agents did to this small town was kind of shocking.

Please read on

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Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:33 PM PDT

WITH PHOTO! Closing in on 'Carlos'!

by EZ writer

The folks at Talking Points Memo have posted a photo apparently of the elusive "Carlos" who set up the interview with the Dominican Republic women regarding Sen. Menendez.
Anyone know this guy?

It won't be long before he is tracked down of course.
This should get interesting.

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The wreckage of Col. Monterrosa's helicopter outside the Museum of the Revolution in Perquin, El Salvador,
The wreckage of Col. Domingo Monterrosa's helicopter outside the Musem of the Revolution in Perquin, El Salvador.
Rufina Amaya talks with a reporter on the front porch of her modest home in Morazan Province, El Salvador in 1998. She lost most of her immediate family in the El Mozote massacre
Rufina Amaya outside her modest home in Morazan Province, El Salvador in 1998.
I don’t think about El Salvador as much as I used to. And the small Central American country rarely makes the news.
The horrifying civil war there in the 1980s is largely forgotten.
But to me this was still HUGE news:

The story is on the BBC website.

El Salvador has been ordered to investigate the single worst massacre committed during its civil war in a bid to bring those responsible to justice.

The Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that an amnesty law did not cover the El Mozote massacre in 1981, when soldiers killed some 1,000 people.

As usual I won’t expect much coverage in the United States, even though it was the United States that trained and equipped the “elite” unit that killed about 1,000 civilians in El Mozote, El Salvador between Dec. 11-13, 1981.
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Two-term Republican Congressman Mike Coffman (Colorado District 6) is drawing a lot of heat today with a Denver Post article about his downright crazy birther rant at a fundraiser.

At a fundraiser in Elbert County earlier this month, Coffman was recorded by a supporter as he spoke about Obama's American citizenship.

"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that," said Coffman at the May 12 fundraiser. "But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."

Call him Congressman Clueless.
He claims to be clueless on whether Obama was born in the USA and I take him at his word.
What the hell is this clown doing in Congress?
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