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  • Craig Silverman offers up the best and worst media errors of 2012. The list includes the "Correction of the Year":
    Correction: An earlier version of this article claimed that journalists at Bloomberg Businessweek could be disciplined for sipping a spritzer at work. This is not true. Sorry. We must have been drunk on the job.
  • Selling Snake Oil to the States is a report from Good Jobs First and the Iowa Policy Project that vivisects the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Rich States Poor States studies that for five years have "urged states to cut taxes and suppress wages in order to create jobs and raise incomes. But the states ALEC rates best turn out to have actually done the worst."
  • Will this be the next attorney general of Virginia? Blue Virginia's lowkell interviews A.G. candidate Mark Herring.
  • A nonchalant widow at the polls. A West Village, N.Y. pollworker encountered a widow and her adult daughter casting ballots on Nov. 6:
    Each signed the roll book, one under the other. The mother then told me that her husband, whose name was listed just below her own, could be removed from the rolls: he had died just a week earlier.

    Stunned, I expressed how sorry I was.

    “Oh, don’t be” she instructed. “He already voted absentee.”

  • Jon Husted admits voter fraud is "very rare." (That is not a typo). Leonidas at Plunderbund writes of the Ohio secretary of state's Dec. 10 comment to the Cincinnati Inquirer that vote fraud “is a very rare occurrence”:
    On September 17, we wrote, “Secretary of State John Husted—with help from the Columbus Dispatch—continues to repeat the Big Lie in this election, that voter fraud is an issue in Ohio.” At that time, Husted, in response to lawsuits filed by a right wing group called Judicial Watch seeking to remove inactive voters on the voting lists, said, “Common sense says that the odds of voter fraud increase the longer these ineligible voters are allowed to populate our rolls.”
  • Vatican astronomer says not to worry about Mayapocalypse: The Maya didn't say the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012, as so many charlatans have made money claiming. They merely saw it as the end of a cycle. But so widespread is the belief that The Rev. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, recently wrote that doomsday isn't on the agenda and referenced the Big Bang theory of the universe's expansion that he said will go on for billions of years. The Maya would likely agree. But Bryan Fischer and Glenn Beck, who apparently think the stars are painted on a giant backdrop, now have one more reason to engage in a public conniption.
  • In other Vatican news, Pope Benedict XVI now tweets: And though the old pedophile protector has only been on Twitter less than a day, he's already collected more than 860,000 followers. Which cardinal will dare tell him half of them are spammers?
  • The fungus in your cheese is having weird sex.
  • At Eclectablog is a riff on how union busting in Michigan is another huge win for the billionaire rights movement:
    If you’re like me, you want to turn green and climb to the top of the Empire State building to swipe at planes when you hear average, non-billionaire Americans telling you what they heard on Fox News: “Right to work” is a victory for “choice.”

    These newly minted right-wing “pro-choicers” are proud to say that this attack on unions is a way to give workers “freedom to associate,” as if anyone in America is forced to take a job, as if people in Michigan wouldn’t line up for the chance to take a union job.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin with polling on Fiscal Thingy issues, and who we trust to deal with them. Armando notes some commentators are making the case that Republicans actually do best by conceding on taxes. And if modest tax hikes plus sequestration's cuts is a "fiscal cliff," then it's no better to replace them with social safety net cuts. Finally, tired of hearing that majority vote rules change is a "slippery slope?" Well, how about some historical data that says it's not really all that slippery after all?

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  •  This Justice Scalia story (10+ / 0-)

    is starting to get bigger. MSNBC had on the guy who asked him the question about his homophobic statements comparing gay rights to murder. Jonathan Turley was on as well and suggested that Scalia's comments break the rules.

    I am proud to be a Contributor at Courage Campaign Institute's Prop8TrialTracker.com
    @indiemcemopants on Twitter

    by Scottie Thomaston on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:03:52 PM PST

    •  I saw this last night.. (4+ / 0-)

      That kid is sharp!!

      I love Turley, I wish he was on MSNBC more often.  Until last Friday, I couldn't remember the last time I saw him on TV.

      It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

      by lawstudent922 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:10:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I just typed a comment (1+ / 0-)
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        lawstudent922

        in reply to this but this site moves around while I'm typing if there are graphics in the thread so the comment disappeared.

        Anyway I said yeah it was interesting and the guy is smart but I still don't like the "marriage equality is really a conservative value" argument. I don't think in order to win our rights we have to embrace conservatism or make arguments that imply conservatism is the right thing.

        I am proud to be a Contributor at Courage Campaign Institute's Prop8TrialTracker.com
        @indiemcemopants on Twitter

        by Scottie Thomaston on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:19:45 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Hi ♥Indie, Scottie♥ (1+ / 0-)
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      Scottie Thomaston

      For ♥All My Friends In New Jersey And New York♥ Or; It Ain't Over, Till It's Over. Stop spectra natural gas [transportation] pipeline in NJ and NY!

      hurricane sandy floods Hoboken

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:30:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yuk for Today (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, BlueJessamine

    SEPARATED at BIRTH - two authoritarian figures: the new Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi ... as well as Grover Norquist the GOP strategist.

       

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:03:58 PM PST

    •  Presumes that Norquist was birthed (1+ / 0-)
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      as opposed to created in some sort of evil genius's lab....

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:22:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  If you have been pissed off (4+ / 0-)

    for a couple weeks at the whispers of giving in on "entitlement reform" from the democrats, the arrogance of the republicans, and the disgusting events in Michigan, take a break and laugh!

    Here's a link to a hilarious video of Tom Hanks in Feb. 2011 taking on Toddlers and Tiaras.  If you're watching at work, wait until no one is around, it's that funny.

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:07:25 PM PST

  •  The cheese led to this - (0+ / 0-)

    Check out these amazing socks.

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

    by HugoDog on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:10:08 PM PST

  •  *Big* Elizabeth Warren announcement today (3+ / 0-)
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    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  Let's see if we can make this work: (0+ / 0-)

    How the timing?

    Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
    -- Saul Alinsky

    by Seneca Doane on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:11:59 PM PST

  •  Happy 12-12-12 12:12:12 (3+ / 0-)

    Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
    -- Saul Alinsky

    by Seneca Doane on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:12:24 PM PST

    •  Well, average them out and you're there! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:12:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, for me, 12:12:12 12/12/12 will always be (1+ / 0-)
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        12 minutes before I got a call from the progressive California State Senator Leland Yee of SF thanking me for running for office.  He's rumored to be running to be Debra Bowen's Secretary of State; she will be an incredibly tough act to follow but he'd be a worthy replacement.

        Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

        "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
        -- Saul Alinsky

        by Seneca Doane on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:34:27 PM PST

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    •  The mike check second (1+ / 0-)
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      on mike check day...nice!
      1 2.... 1 2!

      Obama Did Not Kill the Public Option http://tinyurl.com/7d48qzw Schneiderman: “Sometimes people on the left have to take yes for an answer."

      by CornSyrupAwareness on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:49:26 PM PST

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  •  Also here's an update (3+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine, deep, AllanTBG

    to the story I posted here the other day about House Republicans' attempts to appear at a DOMA hearing via telephone so they can conserve their resources (they are nearly capped out and have lost every single case they've filed so far): the judge received requests from "multiple parties" to allow a telephone hearing so the motion denying it was vacated and the request was granted after all.

    Oh well, it was fun to think they'd have to travel to California with so little (taxpayer) money to defend discrimination.

    I am proud to be a Contributor at Courage Campaign Institute's Prop8TrialTracker.com
    @indiemcemopants on Twitter

    by Scottie Thomaston on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:13:44 PM PST

  •  Pretty pictures (1+ / 0-)
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    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:14:10 PM PST

  •  Medicare has not been "sold down the river" - YET (2+ / 0-)
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    From all the articles this morning and the president's statement last night, the clear takeaway to me was that he has not as of yet agreed to raise the Medicare age, but is also refusing to foreclose the idea. Which means it is out there as a trial balloon that needs to be quashed.

    Posting on here or any other blogs about how we are being sold down the river will NOT HELP! What we need to do is write letters, post comments on the White House website, post on the @whitehouse twitter feed, and contact our members of Congress. Additionally, we need to talk to our friends and family outside of the liberal netroots and explain to them why raising the Medicare age is a bad idea. I am young and some of my liberal friends thought it was a good idea until I explained to them how hard it would hit seniors and that it wouldn't save much money.

    Talk to your coworkers who are getting close to 65 and encourage them to write/call/tweet the White House and their members of Congress. Talk to your middle-aged and young friends who might thing it's a good idea because people are living longer. Explain to them how much more efficient Medicare is than private insurance and how this merely shifts the cost. Explain to young people that it keeps older people working longer, meaning fewer open jobs for them and higher employer-paid health care premiums and co-pays. Help turn public opinion outside of this blog even further against raising the Medicare age.

    We need to show the president that it's not just "the left" who are opposed to this - it is the same middle class Americans who he is fighting for with the my2k campaign. It is small business owners who will face higher premiums if they continue to employ anyone over 65, who previously could turn to Medicare as primary coverage. It is people who are self-employed and struggling to afford health insurance. It is factory workers and office workers who are no longer up to working after 40 years. It is even young people like me who worry about my self-employed parents' ability to afford the ridiculous premiums they are paying for 2 more years.

    The president's staff are combing twitter and the comment form on the White House website looking for stories for the my2k campaign. So they are reading it. Let's use it to say, respectfully, that while we appreciate the president fighting to keep middle class taxes low, we also want him to fight for the middle class by resisting this attempt to weaken Medicare. I think this will have far more impact than letters or blog posts complaining about progressives being sold out (especially before we know if we are being sold out).

  •  OK. (0+ / 0-)

    I'll fess up that I'm a product of date rape in the pre-Roe era. It's hard for me to be a good citizen and rally behind Pro-Choice. OTOH, if one of those Fundie groups wanted me to be part of their "good things come from date rape" tours, I would turn them down in a split second.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:21:20 PM PST

    •  It's possible to be pro-choice and to choose (1+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude

      to have a child.  Your mother, I hope, did so because she thought that she could handle it.  Some women can't -- and each should decide for themselves.  I'm glad, at least, that you would not help to minimize its harm in the way you describe.

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:36:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yes, but the X-Files said ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Seneca Doane

    Dec. 21, 2012 is the 'date certain' for the alien apocalypse.

    I'll be watching the skies.

    I'll add that for some reason, as a fan of the show in its first 5-6 seasons heyday and a survivor of 7-8-9, I'm going back to re-watch the 'mythology' eps of those last few years.

    I have to say, armed with previous viewings, the knowledge of what was happening (more or less) and the X-Files Wikipedia, I'm up to Season Nine and still following along.

    Some of those eps were better than advertised at the time, I think.  But the Scully-baby riff is still annoying.  Major plot point, but still.

  •  Otherwise.... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm working on a drawing of Captain Saucer and "Bastdonkadonk!" another drawing of five husky women from the Tau Ceti system as seen from behind.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:24:44 PM PST

  •  Right to Unite (1+ / 0-)
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    Solidarity

    8 4 8 (8 hours work for 8 hours pay)

    Hey, GOP - Get In, Sit Down, Shut up, & Hang On!

    by 88kathy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:28:20 PM PST

  •  PS: (0+ / 0-)

    I love Jen Sorensen's cartoon today!

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:28:52 PM PST

  •  Speaking of fundraising drives . . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . . please allow me to humbly pimp my own.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:34:07 PM PST

  •  RIP Ravi Shankar. (1+ / 0-)
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    Here he is giving George Harrison his first lessons on the sitar.

  •  Pope's tweets are (0+ / 0-)

      red and underlined?

    ---------------------- Avaritia facit Bardus (greed makes you stupid)

    by Everbody on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:57:24 PM PST

  •  Cool Mazie Hirono picture of the day (0+ / 0-)

    With her soon-to-be colleagues Boxer, Warren, and Shaheen:

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:42:57 PM PST

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