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  • Scott Horton:
    In contemplating the sad loss of Aaron Swartz, we should remember him and his valued contributions, which have enriched the lives of millions. We should also take careful measure of the fact that he was another victim of persecution by the Justice Department, which assailed him with unwarranted accusations and malicious, baseless insinuations that caused him great mental anguish. In the American legal system, courts offer no effective protection against such abuse, and prosecutors are sheltered by immunity from being held to account for their misconduct, except by their own superiors.

    The death of Aaron Swartz should provide the Justice Department with occasion for some serious introspection, just as MIT has now undertaken. An independent review of prosecutors’ conduct would no doubt find that they proceeded with an erroneous vision of the law. If they had even an ounce of decency, these prosecutors would issue Swartz’s survivors an apology and tender their resignations. But considering their conduct to this point, no one should expect decency. A petition has now been launched requesting that President Obama remove U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz over her actions in the Swartz case.

  • Good question:
    Why Do Democrats Want More Police in Schools?
  • Sociologist Theda Skocpol says environmental groups are responsible for the lack of political action on climate change. Joe Romm eviscerates her theory.
    First, if we’re going to truly learn from this epic failure, let’s frame the issue fully, something Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol fails to in her incredibly long, but oddly incomplete essay, “NAMING THE PROBLEM: What It Will Take to Counter Extremism and Engage Americans in the Fight against Global Warming.”

    As readers know, I think the opponents of action — the fossil fuel companies, the disinformers, the right wing media, and the anti-science, pro-pollution ideologuesin the Senate – deserve 60% of the blame. The lame-stream media gets 30% for its generally enabling coverage — see “How the status quo media failed on climate change” and The media’s decision to play the stenographer role helped opponents of climate action stifle progress.” Then the “Think Small” centrists and lukewarmers get 5% for helping to shrink the political space in the debate (see here and here).

    So we are divvying up the remaining 5% of blame between team Obama and environmental groups (along with Senate  Democrats, scientists, progressives, and everyone else, including me, and the American public). I’m not sure how much can be learned from the climate bill failure if your main focus is the elite environmental community. Skocpol does spend a lot of time discussing the Tea Party driven extremism of the GOP, but, I think, drawing the wrong lessons.

  • Did the Assault Weapons Ban cost the Democrats the House in 1994? It's time to revisit a Paul Waldman classic:
    One study directly examined the effect of the NRA in that election.  This research, by Christopher Kenny, Michael McBurnett, and David Bordua, examined NRA endorsements and election results in 1994 and 1996, and did find an impact of those endorsements – but determined that that impact was limited and highly conditional. Their results showed that an NRA endorsement helped Republican challengers to a small degree in 1994, but had almost no impact for Democrats who were endorsed, Republican incumbents who were endorsed, or any kind of candidate in 1996. These results, as well as the magnitude of the effect they found – about a 2-point boost for Republican challengers, but nothing for anyone else – were almost exactly what I found in my analysis of the 2004-2010 congressional elections.

    As I explained in that analysis, there were few races in the last four congressional elections where such a boost from an NRA endorsement would have made a difference – only four races, in fact, out of the 1,038 times the NRA endorsed House candidates. In 1994, however, there were an unusual number of close races, and 12 Republican challengers won by a margin of 4 points or less. Of those, nine were endorsed by the NRA. The GOP needed a net gain of 41 seats to take control of the House, and their actual net gain on election night was 54 seats. So even if we were to attribute every last one of those nine victories to the NRA and assume that without the organization each race would have gone Democratic – an extremely generous assumption – the Republicans would still have gained 45 seats and won control of the House.

  • What digby said:
    I'm impressed that American culture and human civilization in general has come so far.
  • Thomas Friedman is a buffoon. Paul Krugman won't say it, but he will politely prove it.
  • In case you didn't know it, wealthy and well-connected bankers are not subject to the same laws as everyone else.
  • Repeat after me: Being a star in athletics does not make someone a hero, or even a good person. Repeat after me: Being a star in athletics does not make someone a hero, or even a good person. Repeat after me: Being a star in athletics does not make someone a hero, or even a good person.
  • And while print and broadcast sports journalists are justifiably getting raked for having proved themselves fools— their incompetence becoming part of what is now the sports story of the last half year— credit where credit is due: for having exposed both the athlete and the media failure, Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey of the online site Deadspin should win a Pulitzer.
  • And speaking of Notre Dame football, anyone who hasn't yet read Notre Dame alum Melinda Henneberger, must. Even if you're not into football. Even if you're not into sports. Because it's about this nation's society and culture.
  • Brad DeLong says we're having the wrong conversation at the wrong time:
    Leave to one side the fact that policies to reduce the deficit in the short run--before 2016, say--are highly, highly likely to actually increase the long-run burden of the national debt. Even making the unlikely assumption that deficit reduction in the near future would reduce rather than increase the long-run burden of the debt, the fact is that the debt-to-GDP ratio is now stable until at least 2020. A lower debt-to-GDP ratio would be a good thing in the long run, but there is absolutely no urgency. And there is enormous urgency in getting the economy moving again.

    In focusing inn 2013 on further deficit-reduction deals rather than on policies to boost employment growth and infrastructure investment, President Obama is making yet another hideous economic policy mistake.

  • Stephen Lewandowsky:
    The tone of blog comments—that is whether they are civil or not—affects people’s attitudes towards something they don’t understand well. Recent work by Brossard, Scheufele, and colleagues (2013) has shown that when people read a neutral blog post about a mysterious issue such as nanotechnology, exposure to uncivil comments, such as name calling and other expressions of incivility, polarized reader’s views of the technology. That is, readers who initially favoured nanotechnology became more likely to downplay the risk whereas readers who initially opposed the technology became more likely to highlight those risks. What is remarkable here is that the post was the same in both conditions—but its content no longer mattered as much when people read the comments following the article.
  • Love you Jon, but when you try to take on Krugman you get your ass kicked.
  • But dealing with climate change would be so expensive!
    The worst drought in 50 years could leave taxpayers with a record bill of nearly $16 billion in crop insurance costs because of poor yields.

    The staggering cost of the program has drawn renewed attention, as the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans wrangle over ways to cut the deficit.

    What was it the Stern Review had to say?
  • Republican stupidity is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • Nothing to see here:

    NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

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  •  A man who just doesn’t understand capitalism (11+ / 0-)

    I just love CBS Sunday Morning. Their audience is mostly elderly Americans and ever week there is always at least one “Wake Up Shot.”

    This week it was the third richest man in the world laughing off the “national debt issue” and sounding more like Tavis Smiley on social issues. The title of the segment with catchy quotes from his NYT OP-Ed Piece “Just a regular billionaire.”  

    As for Tavis Smiley, he did the editorial comment on CBS Sunday Morning this morning. Enough to drive a conservative crazy.

    •  Buffet doesn't understand crime. (3+ / 0-)
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      How felony crime and conspiracy define the Wall Street rip-off of American society.

      January 25th will be the fifth anniversary of a brutal killing on Water Street in Manhattan at the side of the Goldman, Sachs building. The confessed and now-convicted criminal responsible was E.E.I.'s then CEO George Anderson. The victim was an office worker, Florence Cioffi.

      Big story. Front page at the Post, the New York Times, television stations. DUI vehicular manslaughter with hit-and-run fleeing the scene.

      When Anderson was let off with a 16-day sentence in Rikers, plus a $350 fine, our corporate press whimpered and fell silent. No follow up, period.

      Prosecutors apparently used this case to announce that they were open for business. Wall Street's criminal class has its way with criminal prosecution for NYC and New York State.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012 "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army/McCarthy 1954

      by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:35:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I like CBS (1+ / 0-)
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      Sunday Morning.  Loved the profile of Buffet this morning.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:46:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Go 'Niners & Ravens.... (3+ / 0-)
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    •  No. (0+ / 0-)

      A "Harbaugh Bowl" hype fest for the next two weeks ? No. Just  no.

      Besides, the SF Harbaugh seems like a first class jerk, and he's already a proven liar ("We never looked at Peyton Manning even though we flew all the way across the country to watch him throw. Y'all are a bunch of jive turkeys").

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

      by Oaktown Girl on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:27:11 PM PST

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      •  OK, well say hello to the Harbaugh Bowl. (0+ / 0-)

        That's OK. At least my #1 agenda item came through: No Patriots!

        If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

        by Oaktown Girl on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:17:13 PM PST

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  •  Has to republish this after dicks highjacked it (9+ / 0-)

    "Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. - The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:06:02 PM PST

  •  Great links Laurence (3+ / 0-)
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    Especially that Joe Romm piece about barking up the wrong tree.  

    •  I hate Laurence and Shannika "Open Threads". (4+ / 0-)

      They are way to dense a meaty. How can I feel good about posting some stupid shit (football playoff talk, cartoons, etc.) on "Open Thread" like that? But of course I love Laurence and Shannika so how can I stay mad at them? I'll just have to plow ahead and post some stupid shit anyway.

      But in the mean time, if anyone hasn't read this great tribute to Aaron Schwartz by Matt Stoller that really talks about what kind of person he was as well as what he did, you must read it. Incredibly insightful.

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

      by Oaktown Girl on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:37:26 PM PST

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  •  DK Quilt Guild Service Projects & Diary (4+ / 0-)

    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 3pm  (Pacific), 6pm (Eastern).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    American Renaissance~Stephanie Grissom

    American Renaissance~Quilt by Stephanie Grissom

    The DK Quilt Guild has several cool quilt service projects that support our Veterans, Okiciyap Food Pantry, and NFTT Community. Each project will be promoted within Daily Kos Quilt Guild Diaries.  If anyone is interested & need more info please contact either SaraR (Veteran Wheelchair Quilts), glorificus or Melanie in IA (Okiciyap Block & NFTT Community Block).

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:07:52 PM PST

  •  Blaming Environmentalists (5+ / 0-)

    is an extremely popular pasttime on all parts of the political spectrum.  Meanwhile we have a President who is desperately clinging to the 1980s by refusing even to put up solar panels on the White House when just about every mildly progressive business and homeowner in the country has already done it to such an extent that it is practically passe.  Talk about leading from behind.

    Grmpy

    Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

    by Mindful Nature on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:10:44 PM PST

  •  Raw: VP Joe Biden Sworn in for 2nd Term (5+ / 0-)


    The day began with a morning swearing-in ceremony for Vice President Joe Biden, committing him to four more years as the nation's second in command. (Jan. 20)
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:11:12 PM PST

  •  Charles Barkley, while selling shoes: (2+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:11:47 PM PST

  •  Obama sworn in for his second term (3+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:12:46 PM PST

  •  President Obama Officially Sworn In (6+ / 0-)


    Seen on C-SPAN: In accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama was officially sworn-in on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open.
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:12:47 PM PST

  •  I see that this site is about to descend (4+ / 0-)

    into yet another round of nasty pie fights, this time over the RKBN,

    Right to Keep and Bear Nanotechnology.

    What did you think I meant?

    To the nano-barricades and from my cold dead nano-hands!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:14:38 PM PST

  •  Hate Comes to Arlington (2+ / 0-)
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    our neighborhood was visited by some well-known hate-mongers this morning

    I invite you to read this post

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:16:16 PM PST

    •  I didn't know they were against women (1+ / 0-)
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      as priests/pastors etc etc, but I should have guessed, of course.

      Boy they are a lovely bunch and what an advert for any religion!

      Well done you - rise above it all and show them what a real human being is like.  A good advert for your kind of Christianity!

      They are toads.

  •  Schumer stomps on Cruz's Gun meme (11+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Schumer Rips GOP Senator’s Pro-Gun Propaganda: ‘That Just Is Dumb’

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) debunked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’s pro gun advocacy during a debate on Meet the Press this Sunday, dismissing his arguments as “just dumb.”

    Discussing his opposition to President Obama’s gun safety plan, Cruz suggested that increasing gun access among poor women in urban neighborhoods could reduce violent crime, argued that an assault weapon ban would be unconstitutional and accused the administration of exploiting the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to advance a “partisan agenda.” Schumer, a long-time gun safety advocate fired back. He pointed out that the Supreme Court decision in DC v. Heller established an individual right to bear arms, but gave the government wide latitude to regulate guns:

       

    SCHUMER: Heller also said that there should be reasonable limitations, that they’re allowed reasonable limitations. I don’t think that lady needs an assault weapon. I don’t think she needs a 100-round clip. I don’t think, for instance, that those things would help her in any way. So so to say she has a right to bear arms: yes. To say, just like on the first amendment — we say you can’t scream “fire” in a crowd falsely, we have anti-pornography laws, anti-libel laws. There are reasonable limitations. And the NRA [National Rifle Association], in many instances, doesn’t believe in any limitation at all. That’s not unconstitutional. That just is dumb.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:17:22 PM PST

    •  .410 multiload-shell 2-shot derringers (3+ / 0-)
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      are more than sufficient for self-defense.

      Arguably, because it allows for two shots, no aim, no physical separation, the derringer optimizes self-defense while enabling close to nothing for offense.

      This has always been a "woman's gun."

      A generic no-name derringer is also dirt cheap. Very simple to load and operate. You will never hear it mentioned by NRA. Or by the other industry shills.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012 "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army/McCarthy 1954

      by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:22:43 PM PST

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  •  Fantastic diary from Toubadour (2+ / 0-)
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    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:17:45 PM PST

  •  Shameless self-promotion & inaugration (4+ / 0-)
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    celebration in my Etsy shop Willie Ru Designs.  20% everything in the shop thru Monday, January 21.  Use code "obama2013" at checkout.

    Lots of pretty new scarves & cowls like this one.

    HW55

    Also, please accept my thanks for your kindness & support to me.  I don't know what I would have done without your purchases last year & your help is appreciated more than you know.  I hope you will continue to help me build my business.

  •  Jennifer Granholm stomps on Santorum's gun meme (7+ / 0-)

    Then she need to scrape her shoes off

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Jennifer Granholm Destroys Santorum’s Opposition To Gun Safety: ‘Why Do You Need An Armor Piercing Bullet?’

    Former Republican presidential candidate and likely 2016 contender Rick Santorum dismissed the need for gun safety regulations during an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday, arguing that Americans should have access to military-style weapons and magazines, including the armor piercing bullets used by criminals to kill cops.

    During a heated exchange with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Santorum argued that Obama should have focused on restricting access violent Hollywood movies and video games, rather than limiting the availability of assault weapons or high capacity magazines. Asked why American gun owners needed such powerful firearms and bullets that are often used by criminals to kill police officers, Santorum briefly hesitated, before insisting that Americans have a right to defend themselves with the most dangerous weapons:

     

     GRANHOLM: Why do you need armor-piercing bullets, why do you need that?

        SANTORUM: Because we’re talking about a particular type of bullet that is and can be available –

        GRANHOLM: Deer don’t wear armor. Why do you need an armor piercing bullet?

        SANTORUM: Criminals could and having, having…

        GRANHOLM: And police officers certainly do…

        SANTORUM: And having the ability to defend yourself is a right in our country.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:24:57 PM PST

  •  Barrasso threw a Gun Meme at the wall,didn't stick (2+ / 0-)
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    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    GOP Senator Says Gun Safety Is Not A Major Issue

    Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) dismissed President Obama’s push for new gun safety legislation during an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday. “That gets beside the major issues that face American families, which are jobs and the economy and the debt and spending,” he said:

       CROWLEY: I spoke with [White House adviser] David Plouffe in the segment before this. He said that he is confident there are enough vote he is in the House and there are the requisite 60 votes in the Senate to pass universal background checks for gun owners and limiting the clips, those high-capacity magazine clips that can fire off so many rounds to 10 and under. Do you think that’s so? Do you think Congress would pass a ban on those clips with ten or over and a universal background check. Is that going to happen?

        BARRASSO: No, I don’t think it will. Candy, that gets beside the major issues that face American families, which are jobs and the economy and the debt and spending. That’s where people are focused. That’s the big anxiety of this country.

        CROWLEY: Sure, I agree with you, but as you know, you deal with a lot of things up there and at the White House. People and their families deal with a loft things. One of the things that’s been out there is gun control of some sort. Something that addresses Newtown, whether its gun control or better access to mental health. You know the president’s going to push that.

        BARRASSO: As a doctor, I can tell you the president’s essentially ignored the major issues of mental health and violence in society in the media and video games and he has focused so much on what may be happening at gun shows or on gun shelves and gun stores that I think he is failing to really try to find a solution to the problem of the tragedy of Newtown.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:28:39 PM PST

  •  In case you missed it above (5+ / 0-)
    ...policies to reduce the deficit in the short run--before 2016, say--are highly, highly likely to actually increase the long-run burden of the national debt.

    ...there is absolutely no urgency. And there is enormous urgency in getting the economy moving again.

    ...If President Obama focuses on further deficit-reduction deals (during sequestration talks) rather than on policies to boost employment growth and infrastructure investment, he will make yet another hideous economic policy mistake.

    The sequestration cuts should be thrown out entirely. To do anything else, will severely harm the American people. Entitlement cuts are total madness at a time like this.

    Economic catastrophe is the Republican intention for Obama's second term.

    From Brad DeLong.

    He is absolutely right.



    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:30:01 PM PST

  •  Oh, goodie, I guess he needs another project: (6+ / 0-)
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    Fearing new federal laws and regulations, a state legislator wants to provide legal cover for Arizonans who do not want to obey them -- and penalties for federal officials who try to enforce them.

    The proposal by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa makes it illegal for any public servant to enforce "any act, law, statute, rule or regulation'' of the federal government relating to personal firearms or accessories as long as they remain within the boundaries of Arizona. East Valley Tribune

    Smith was the jackass who sponsored a bill last year to collect donations to build a border fence. He said he'd raise $50 million. Since then, all the knuckledraggers in America have chipped in about $500,000 -- enough to build less than 200 feet of fence.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:31:51 PM PST

  •  Condoleeza Rice joins CBS news (6+ / 0-)

    http://news.yahoo.com/...

    Because she's so.....competent?

    Because.....John Yoo had other commitments?

  •  I actually don't have a problem with cops being (3+ / 0-)
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    in schools or even near them. That is quite common in NYC and not a big deal. What I do NOT want is just some armed nutcase, or someone else who doesn't have a publicly accountable chain of command over him walking around with a gun.

  •  I don't understand why (7+ / 0-)

    anyone would think that putting armed people in schools would solve the problem of mass shootings. Even if it could be made 100% effective (and that's unlikely), shooters would simply aim their guns somewhere else:  soccer fields, recreation centers, churches, buses, etc. Thus, the armed guard solution would become a game of whack-a-mole, ultimately turning the country into an armed camp, wherein every building is a fortress--a solution that is neither desirable nor sustainable.

  •  wow (4+ / 0-)

    that's quite the reading list.

    good stuff.


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:55:54 PM PST

  •  The prohibition crowd. (0+ / 0-)

    Outlaw those eeeeevil drugs, outlaw those eeeeevil guns etc. They don’t have a bit more sense than the prohibitionists of the early 20th century. You’re just wasting your time when you try to explain to them that outlawing/prohibiting the sale of something has never done nothing but expand the black market for said merchandise, allowing organized-crime to have exclusive reign over it. You’re trying to explain something they can’t process. There’s some serious synaptic-pathway blockages at work. There’s a lot of shit that we should have learned from prohibition that they just can’t learn.
    And on the political-analysis deal, it was Dean’s 50-state strategy that laid the framework for Obama and democrats to win in “08, and a HUGE part of Dean’s 50-state strategy was Dean convincing republicans that Democrats wouldn’t take their guns (Deans 100% rating from the NRA was the ONLY thing that allowed that to happen).

  •  Look who's referring to "anti-science... (2+ / 1-)
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    ...pollution idealogues."

    Speaking of idealogues, I have noticed that people who know zero nuclear science, the science of Glenn Seaborg, have laid around on their fat asses for decades declaring, without a single shred of evidence, that the world's largest, by far, source of climate change gas free energy - that would be nuclear energy - is "dangerous."

    This particular set of "anti-science, pollution idealogues" cannot be convinced that the death of 3.3 million people per year - half of whom are under the age of 5, which translates to 9000 people per day, 377 per hour, 6 to 7 every minute, one every 9 to 10 seconds - is worse than, say, the destruction of four nuclear reactors by a 9.0 earthquake and 15 meter tidal wave, which thus far accounts for zero deaths from air pollution.

    An ideologue by definition - I'll cite the OED definition - is:

    A proponent or adherent of a political, economic, or other ideology, especially one who is uncompromising or dogmatic.
    Now, given that in the last 20 years, according to the link to the World Health Organization's website, that air pollution from fossil fuels and so called "renewable energy" (biomass) has killed more people than World War II, and that nuclear power generation in its 60 year industrial history hasn't killed as many people as will die today from air pollution, could we not agree that the squad of scientific illiterates who hate nuclear energy, the form of energy invented by Nobel Laureates like Fermi, Wigner, Chadwick, Seaborg, Bethe and others are, um, "uncompromising and or dogmatic" when they claim that nuclear energy is dangerous?"

    Apparently not.

    You can ask any one of these uncompromising idiots this question, "nuclear energy is dangerous compared to what other form of 10 exajoule per year form of energy?" and get a blank stupid stare.

    How do I know?   Because I've asked the question hundreds of times.

    What we have here is a pot and kettle situation - an advocate of impoverishing the world through endless bull about solar and wind energy, energy that would die in a New York Minute without oil, coal and gas to back it up, and without massive government subsidies on a planet where more than 2 billion people have never seen or operated a flush toilet - complaining about ideologues.

    That's rich, maybe not as rich as a dumbass subsidized millionaire or billionaire driving around in a $80,000 Tesla electric car, but close.

    2012 was the second worst year ever recorded for increases in the concentration of dangerous fossil fuel waste in the planetary atmosphere, as measured at the CO2 observatory at Mauna Loa.

    Heckuva job anti-nuke.   Congratulations.   You must be very, very, very, very, very, very, very proud.

    •  not that anyone reads your (2+ / 0-)
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      self-indulgent rambles, but thank you, as always, for so well representing what nuclear advocacy does to people.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:18:44 PM PST

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      •  And thanks for the ideologic response and... (1+ / 1-)
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        ...of course, for recognizing that irrespective of whether or not "anyone reads my self indulgent (sic) responses" that I was in fact, talking to you.

        You remind me of a fundamentalist relative of mine who likes to tell people that "science" has proved that all of the "facts" in the Bible are true, in other words, totally clueless and filled with hypocrisy.

        If you ever open a science book in your pathetic life, I'll be able to tell, but thus far, as usual, for nearly a decade, during which about 300 billion metric tons of dangerous fossil fuel waste were dumped, there's no evidence yet that you have done that simple thing.

        Now, anti-nuke, how about telling us one more time about how you admire the scientific opinion of Jim Hansen?

        Again:   More than 9000 people will die today, January 20, 2013, from air pollution.    Now, clueless one, how many people died from the radiation at Fukushima, the big disaster that your anti-nuke pals burned so much coal, and oil and gas to whine about?

        Have a nice evening.

  •  thanks for the Horton piece on Aaron (1+ / 0-)
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    impressive Memorial service in NYC yesterday, they have it online if you missed it. Inspirational.

  •  weak tea bullshit: (3+ / 0-)
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    The death of Aaron Swartz should provide the Justice Department with occasion for some serious introspection
    I have a better idea.

    How about Obama's DOJ stop acting as Hired Thugs under the control of the 1% / corporations?

    How about we see HALF the effort expended against Swartz turned against Wall Street?

    Of course I'm being silly.  The last thing Obama's Department of Injustice is going to do is go after Obama's "Savvy Businessmen" friends.

    The excuses for Obama's behavior have long since passed the point of predictability neccessary to qualify as an absurd production of Kabuki Theater.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:47:34 PM PST

  •  that's how legitimation crises operate (0+ / 0-)
    So we are divvying up the remaining 5% of blame between team Obama and environmental groups (along with Senate  Democrats, scientists, progressives, and everyone else, including me, and the American public).
    Three characteristics may be linked with a legitimation crisis.
    Policy incoherence: Government employees are so busy, they don't necessarily know what they are looking at.
    Institutional will is lost: Employees are not careful about tainting a government institution with decisions which may be seen as mistaken or unpopular.
    Loss of public confidence. The public begins to lose faith in the government to act efficiently and effectively.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ “If someone has a tool and is trying to negate your existence it would be reasonable to reciprocate in kind with your own tool.” - Dalai Lama XIV(sic)

    by annieli on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:49:46 PM PST

  •  Gun worship, false idols, and "the Prince of Peace (0+ / 0-)

    Exodus 20:2-6 - "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. "

    It may take years, decades, or generations, but Christians will NOT let the false idol gun-worshippers destroy our children...!!!!!

    Just like the followers of Christ in the Crusades, it didn't happen overnight, but the idol worshippers were defeated...!!!!

  •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Pls sign petition to fire Aaron prosecutor (2+ / 0-)
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    Petition to fire Assistant US Attorney Steve Heymann

    To sign a petition, sign up with an email address.  The White House sends a note confirming the address. Click and sign the petition. It is that easy.

    Heymann does not deserve to stay another day in public office because he hounded Aaron Swartz to his death.

    The full text is as follows:

    Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann's overzealous prosecution of an allegedly minor and non-violent electronic crime led to the suicide of Aaron Swartz. President Obama recently said, as repeated by Vice President Biden, "if our actions result in saving only one life, they're worth taking." We should not destroy the lives of human beings for crimes against computer systems that harm no one and provide no benefit to the perpetrator. Such actions should be treated as forms of protest and civil disobedience. To prosecute these actions the same as rapes and murders is a savage abuse of the criminal justice system which continues to destroy the lives of peaceful, productive members of society.

    Fire Attorney Steve Heymann before his reckless prosecutions claim any more lives.

    Of course, if you haven't yet signed the petition to fire Heymann's boss, please do. Petition to fire US Attorney Carmen Ortiz who did nothing to rein in the over-reaching Heymann and even defended him in a cowardly press release a week after Aaron died.

    The petition to fire Heymann needs more signatures to elicit a White House response. The Ortiz petition has exceeded the 25,000 signers needed and is up around 45,000. They Heymann petition is around 14,00 and needs another 11,000 before the White House will respond.

    If you look at the count on all of the petitions at petitions.whitehouse.gov, these two are the most popular.

    Help win justice for Aaron Swartz. He didn't deserve being hounded to death. He was the best and brightest his generation had to offer. He was a man "of the commons." Aaron Swartz lived and breathed to fight for open access to information.

    Sign the petitions.

    •  Please Sign Heymann Petition (1+ / 0-)
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      Heymann is the guy who was actually on the phone with Swartz's lawyers and insisting on a guilty plea to all of his trumped-up charges (felony conviction) with jail time.

      The petition to fire Stephen Heymann HAS 9,575 signatures and NEEDS 15,425 more by February 11, 2013 in order to get a White House response.

      PLEASE sign this petition and spread the word!!!

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/...

  •  Notre Dame bashing.. (1+ / 0-)
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    So is this site now an official Notre Dame hate site?  I know the institution is far from perfect. I know. I am a gay graduate from this Catholic university.

    And I know it's easy to hate a school with its own channel (NBC) and that graduates 99.5% of its college athletes and positions itself as a different and independent place.

    But I have been following fellow Alum Melinda's writings and she is completely and 100% entitled to her opinions on the alleged sexual assault by an ND football player this year. But she absolutely does not know the facts, nor do I.  Except that the delayed formal investigation found no grounds to charge the player.

    Notre Dame is far from perfect, but it Is a good and well intentioned place at its core.

    She does not need to cheer on the team and Kos does not need to be a site that jumps on the Notre Dame bashing bandwagon blindly. Its a better site than that.  I think.

  •  romm/ E groups have NO response to denialist radio (0+ / 0-)

    the 90% is successful in obstruction largely because environmentalist groups have no organized response to the denialists best weapon- 1000 + RW radio stations with coordinated PR responses and floating heritage foundation/koch bros denier flacks used to shout over any traction environmentalists get. all of those stations are denial 24/7 and reach 50 mil a week. and to top it off many of those biggest stations have university sports broadcasting - so they're endorsed by those unis. how many student environmental activists let their own unis negate their work?

    skocpol is largely correct, although she doesnt know why.

    As readers know, I think the opponents of action — the fossil fuel companies, the disinformers, the right wing media, and the anti-science, pro-pollution ideologuesin the Senate – deserve 60% of the blame. The lame-stream media gets 30% for its generally enabling coverage — see “How the status quo media failed on climate change” and The media’s decision to play the stenographer role helped opponents of climate action stifle progress.” Then the “Think Small” centrists and lukewarmers get 5% for helping to shrink the political space in the debate (see here and here).

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:46:49 AM PST

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