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  • Today's comic is Gun safety with Harry Hollow Point by Matt Bors:
    Comic - Gun safety with Harry Hollow Point
  • It may be easier to count the people who weren't on Twitter during the inauguration:
    A sign that Twitter’s influence has swollen in the past four years, Twitter volume during Monday’s presidential Inauguration dwarfed the amount of activity during president’s first Inauguration. [...]

    The peak moment on Monday came at 12:08 p.m. when President Barack Obama said “we cannot mistake absolutism for principle” and denounced “name calling as a substitute for debate.” That generated 27,795 tweets per minute.

  • Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah:
    The head of the Mon Valley Republican Committee in Pennsylvania is facing backlash from his local community after displaying an American flag upside down — a statement usually meant as a distress signal by soldiers in times of war — during President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony.
  • Okay, 2016 presidential speculators, start your engines:
    Amid all the pomp and circumstance of inauguration weekend, Vice President Joe Biden showed a few of his 2016 cards as he mingled with some constituencies that would be key if he decides to run for president.
  • Also, please note, per Wonkette, that the official title for Joe Biden is now Old Handsome Joe Biden, God Love Him.
  • Sounds more like a nightmare:
    Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of cats. But the environmental advocate triggered a claws-out backlash Tuesday with his new anti-feline campaign.

    Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation's unique native birds. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil's horns. The opening line: "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer."

  • These are the 10 worst cars sold in America.
  • Here's a post written as I suffered what turned out to be a massive widow-maker heart attack, the kind where you can be deader than fried chicken before you hit the ground. After exhaustive testing, here's our best working theory as to how I survived it virtually unscathed with zero damage.—DarkSyde
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin on the major themes of the President's speech,  40th anniversary of Roe, and the arc of history. "Gun Appreciation Day" was marked by Americans shooting themselves & others at gun shows, and 90+ elsewhere appreciated guns in ways that killed, injured or just plain scared their fellow Americans. At least 34 died & 65 were wounded in 34 states & DC. Armando called to discuss reports that Reid may be backing away from some filibuster reform proposals. Might others just as powerful  be under consideration?

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  •  And we have another school shooting… (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lyvwyr101, a2nite, PSzymeczek, drmah, rebel ga

    …this time in Texas.

    Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com. Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

    by DemSign on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:01:49 PM PST

  •  Eugene Robinson had a powerful column today (6+ / 0-)

    about which I wrote in But here we are, talking about legacy, not race. Which is simply amazing.  My title is the last line of his column.

    I invite you to reqd.

    Peace.

    "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 Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:01:55 PM PST

  •  Leading Educators Support Teacher Test Boycott (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    There is now strong national support for the refusal of teachers at Garfield HS in Seattle to give a state test..  I I offer the press release, statement, and signatories (which includes me) that were released yesterday in this post which I hope you will read and pass on

    thanks

    "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 Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:02:52 PM PST

  •  Gareth Morgan is my hero! (4+ / 0-)
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    If he succeeds in New Zealand maybe he could move on to the interwebs, esp. Facebook.

    Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com. Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

    by DemSign on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:05:01 PM PST

  •  holy shit, ds! (2+ / 0-)
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    obviously glad you're okay! and quit smoking!

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

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:07:11 PM PST

    •  YMCA has an awesome (4+ / 0-)

      cardiac rehab program -- my mom went through it after her first heart attack in 1987 and it did wonders for her. (She had triple-bypass surgery, and the doctor kept her at Stanford Hospital between the heart attack and the surgery so she could quit smoking, cold turkey.)

      Funny story: when she had the heart attack, my siblings and I gathered outside the ICU while the doctor asked us for a general medical history, mainly any previous surgeries. We started ticking them off: hysterectomy, appendectomy, gall bladder, thyroid, varicose veins...finally my brother said, "Hell, the only thing left is the box she came in!" Okay, that may sound crude but it totally broke the mood. (That night also convinced me that the guy I was dating was the guy I was going to marry -- when I called him after I got home to tell him about my mom, he came over and just held me all night long. We've been married for almost 22 years now. :-) )

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:20:48 PM PST

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  •  And New Zealand falls off the face of the internet (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:11:03 PM PST

  •  I would love to see (2+ / 0-)
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    President Joe in 2017!

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

    by HugoDog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:15:24 PM PST

  •  Sure, mock the Edsel, but- (3+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, PSzymeczek, Dogs are fuzzy

    It was one of the first cars with those newfangled seat belts, along with child safety locks and adjustable brakes.

    From Wikipedia:

    The Edsel offered several innovative features, among which were its "rolling dome" speedometer, warning lights for such conditions as low oil level, parking brake engaged, and engine overheating,[4] as well as its Push-button Teletouch transmission shifting system in the center of the steering wheel (a conventional column-shift automatic was also available at a reduced price). Other Edsel design innovations included ergonomically designed controls for the driver and self-adjusting brakes (which Edsel claimed as a first for the industry, even though Studebaker had pioneered them earlier in the decade). The Edsel also offered such advanced safety features as seat belts (which were available at extra cost as optional equipment on many other makes) and child-proof rear door locks that could only be opened with the key.[5]

    We get what we want - or what we fail to refuse. - Muhammad Yunus

    by nightsweat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:16:17 PM PST

    •  And my Saturn Ion (0+ / 0-)

      is 10 years old and runs like a Swiss Watch!  

      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 Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:04:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Good lord DarkSyde! (2+ / 0-)
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    I am so thankful that you survived that heart attack. Now be a good boy and stay well.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:16:48 PM PST

  •  Clean Energy Global Market at Risk for U.S. (1+ / 0-)
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    drmah

    The 'deniers', the mouth pieces for the special interests, are greatly damaging growth in the economy as the rest of the World takes off in Green Economic Growth, that which we had started long ago only to be blocked by same!

    US clean energy economy needs comprehensive policies, warns report
    21 January 2013 - America’s competitive position in the global clean energy market is at risk because of increased competition abroad and uncertain policies at home, warns a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

    The study, Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: A Clean Energy Action Plan, said that revenue in the clean energy sector worldwide could total $1.9 trillion from 2012 to 2018. Yet round-table discussions with over 100 US industry leaders reveal that the country is at a crossroads: private investment, manufacturing, and deployment of renewable power have been constrained because of the lack of a long-term, consistent energy policy.  read more>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:18:05 PM PST

  •  Pontiac Aztek: (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, aggieric

    Only car that looks like it was put through a car crusher BEFORE it was driven off the lot.

    And the Ford Pinto. God help me, I not only owned one, I owned a Ford Pinto station wagon. What was I thinking...

    When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

    by wheeldog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:18:28 PM PST

    •  You wanted a small, reliable car that could carry (2+ / 0-)
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      a few things. Thing was, most of the cars available back then were much less reliable and safe as the ones today. You didn't make a mistake buying that Pinto. It wasn't much more crappy as what else was around at that time.

      •  Really??? (0+ / 0-)

        Seems back then, as you say, we only had a few call backs on what were considered 'lemons' that came off the lines, not tens of thousands being recalled for fixes after they all came out from the computer manufacturing and with no hands or eyes of experienced trades people catching the glitches and correcting quickly!!

        No programmer, no matter how good, can make a 'trades person' with hands, eyes, more and adding in experience and on the ready innovative thinking!!

        Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

        by jimstaro on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:46:42 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh and (1+ / 0-)
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          PSzymeczek

          They were one hell of allot cheaper to not only fix but even many who drove them could, which added to the multiple skills found at them times, where outside of the skills of work many learn and did others!!  

          Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

          by jimstaro on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:53:06 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Actually, Sparky, you are correct. (0+ / 0-)

        I'd just graduated from college and was moving cross country to my first job.

        Found it difficult to carry everything I wanted on my only transportation at the time--a motorcycle--and shopped for an inexpensive car that would carry a fair amount of stuff.

        At least it wasn't a Chevy Vega, which was the main competitor in that price/size class.

        When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

        by wheeldog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:52:12 PM PST

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        •  I once rode (0+ / 0-)

          from Dayton to Indianapolis in a Vega (front passenger seat), and by the time we got there, my legs had both fallen asleep.

          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 Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:06:11 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  I learned to drive on one of those PInto wagons (0+ / 0-)

      And subsequently, my first car was one of the 74 mustangs.....

      A homo in a bi-national relationship - at 49, I had to give up my career, leave behind my dying father, my family & friends and move to Europe. And I'm one of the *lucky* ones: Immigration Equality

      by aggieric on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:29:36 AM PST

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  •  Out local police are on twitter (0+ / 0-)

    https://twitter.com/...

    They are following a lot of people.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:21:54 PM PST

    •  I follow the @PaloAltoPolice (1+ / 0-)
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      Agathena

      Twitter account -- I used to live there and still spend time up there occasionally. They actually have done "virtual ride-alongs" where the guy who runs the Twitter account rides with an officer and Tweets about the goings-on. So far nothing major has happened but it's pretty interesting. I learned that if a driver at night is driving without headlights, there's a 30% chance they're DUI.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:33:31 PM PST

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  •  Extremists like Gareth Morgan are a PR nightmare (0+ / 0-)

    for rational environmentalists. Just like the extremist animal rights people like PETA,

    If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

    by MikePhoenix on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:25:31 PM PST

    •  I can see his point, (1+ / 0-)
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      MikePhoenix

      it's what happens whenever you introduce non-native species into an ecosystem (same thing happens with horticulture), but the time to control those species is before they get entrenched in the human consciousness.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:36:47 PM PST

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    •  Sometimes it takes pressure from extremists to (1+ / 0-)
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      MikePhoenix

      advance the discussion of a problem. We don't have to do away with cats but they really need to be controlled. They are directly responsible for the decline of many species of songbird here in the US. A kitty leash law forces owners of cats to take the same responsibility as dog owners.

  •  That Edsel looks kinda sweet... (3+ / 0-)
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    SparkyGump, PSzymeczek, drmah

    We used to call my buddy's Vega 'The Vegamatic.'

    "FK the deficit. People got no jobs. People got no money." Charlie Pierce

    by RubDMC on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:27:25 PM PST

    •  My cousin had a Vega that bured like three quarts (1+ / 0-)
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      RubDMC

      of oil a day. We'd go around to local garages, collecting their used oil to burn it in our pos Vega. We didn't car back then. It provided two teenage boys the ability to meet girls.

  •  Actually, that guy in New Zealand is right. (3+ / 0-)
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    orange dog, wheeldog, DrTerwilliker

    I'm not advocating the eradication of cats but they are directly responsible for the decline and extinction of many species of songbirds here in the US. Cats are not native to the US and the local wildlife hasn't adapted to them yet. Irresponsible pet parents let their cats out to cut down on the amount of cat litter they have to change and to "kill mice". Doing so exposes their beloved little felines to dangers such as cars, coyotes and abusive humans.

    While my Beagles are covered by columns of rules in regulations, the word cat doesn't even appear in many local ordinances. My Beagles must be kept under control at all times while local cats can wander around killing birds at my feeder and defecating in my mulch with impunity. Cats should never be allowed to roam free. Treating them as a sort of semi-wild creature is doing them and the wildlife they prey upon a disservice.

    •  Cats kill millions of songbirds in the US annually (1+ / 0-)
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      SparkyGump

      Google 'cats killing birds' and you get estimates from pretty reliable organizations that cats, both feral and domestics allowed to roam, kill between 100 and 300 million birds a year.

      When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

      by wheeldog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:38:26 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It is called NATURE (0+ / 0-)

        every species has a predator to keep the numbers from swelling beyond that which the environment can support.

        Some of those predators have been sadly wiped out by man. As such we now need hunting to keep the deer population in line.

        So while you may see one less bird at your brid-feeder, it is worth it to keep the population in check.

        My cats do a service to the community killing voles, mice, chipmunks, squirrels, and YES BIRDS TOO!

        Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

        by Mannie on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:43:01 PM PST

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        •  Many songbirds, especially migratory (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          SparkyGump

          birds, are endangered. I don't think your cats are performing a 'community service' by killing them, do you?

          And your cat is not a natural predator. Housecats are not native to North America; no more native than kudzu or Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

          And how is it a 'community service' when your cats poop in my vegetable garden?

          When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

          by wheeldog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 02:11:15 PM PST

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    •  I once toyed with the idea (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Dogs are fuzzy

      of designing/building custom outdoor "cat condos" for the well-to-do cat owner; it would be an enclosed area with trees, plants and such, but open to the air (think of enclosures used for primates in many zoos, but on a smaller scale). So those cat owners who do want to let their cats outside could place them in that environment -- there'd be bugs and such for the cats to stalk and pounce on, and plenty of fresh air and places to climb, but it would be enclosed so both the cats and the local wildlife would be safe. Maybe smaller versions for the budget-minded pootie aficionado or those with smaller yards.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:42:29 PM PST

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      •  You can buy outdoor enclosures for cats (1+ / 0-)
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        Dogs are fuzzy

        in a number of styles, from simple mesh tents and tubes to modular, habitrail-ish sprawling domains.

        And if you don't want to keep your cat inside for the sake of local wildlife, consider doing it for the sake of your cat.  Outdoor cats tend to have much, much shorter lives than indoor cats.  A cat raised indoors will not pine away for the outdoor life, and can have as much fun killing toys as killing tiny game.

    •  I can't believe all the support for this NZ guy (0+ / 0-)

      especially on DK that has awesome cat diaries.

      I know I don't hit rec enough on them, I get captivated by the cute pictures :)

      I couldn't imagine telling my 11yr old cats that they needed a leash and couldn't have their freedom anymore.

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:40:45 PM PST

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  •  I've been swamped at work and home but I saw (1+ / 0-)
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    something yesterday that pegged my irony meter. You know how the NRA blames "media" and in particular "violent video games" for gun violence? Well, guess what they did? Yup -- that's right! The NRA has created an iOS target practice game. Oh, and it's free (unless you want to pay $0.99 for the in-game purchase of that AK47). So to review the NRA "thought process":
    Killing trolls with a sword -- bad!
    Shooting human shaped targets with AK47 -- good!

    Reality makes the Onion seem unnecessary these days.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:29:40 PM PST

  •  You can have my kitties (4+ / 0-)
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    When you pry them from my cold dead paws.  

    Seriously, I recently became a responsible cat owner and fenced in my back patio.  They no longer roam the neighborhood, pooping in other peoples yards.  If a lizard or bug wanders into their enclosure, however, it's going to have to take it's chances.

    •  Thanks for this. (0+ / 0-)

      If you looked at our vegetable planting boxes right now (you'd have to dig the snow off them first) you'd find them covered with wire field fence. We've had to do that to keep the neighborhood cats from pooping in them all the time.

      It's annoying. We always clean up after our dogs when we walk them but most cat owners think it's perfectly fine for Fifi to go and poop in wherever they want, including in the neighbors' vegetable gardens.

      When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

      by wheeldog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:41:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  That's great! (0+ / 0-)

      Good for you! They'll be around longer for you too.

    •  The whole cat problem in NZ could be solved if (0+ / 0-)

      only they had more cats.  The "good" cats could control the "bad" cats.  

      This announcement is bought to you by the NRA committee on gun and cat control!

  •  So the heart attack thing scares the shit (0+ / 0-)

    Out of me.

    What do you do? Go for an angioplasty every 5 years or something?

    I'm serious. This wouldn't have been picked up in a physical, would it?

  •  in the last part of your post, DarkSyde (0+ / 0-)

    You said you didn't know what your gym-time could be like when you finished rehab.

    My experience: 5 (count 'em, five) stents in coronary arteries, each with more than 95% blockage--my pre-attack prognosis sounds a lot like yours.  Widow-maker avoided as well by numerous capillaries shouldering the load (until they couldn't anymore). Although it was touch and go.

    Afterward, I went through what a lot of people experience: a kind of post-MI depression, where I resigned myself to just waiting to drop dead, since that was what was plainly in my cards.
    Then, after almost a year, I thought: I should at least go out fighting.  Why not be in the best shape I can be?  That way, if I do go out, at least I will not have failed to give myself the best shot at longer life I could have.

    So I went out and got P90x.  (Yeah, I know.  Goddamn Paul Ryan.  But I wanted the hardest thing I could find.) For someone in his late fifties, it was not anywehre close to easy.  But I kept pushing play.

    Two years on, I'm in the best shape ever, even going back to when I was a high-school 200 IM swim record-holder.  My cholesterol is in the green area, I weigh 25 lbs less than I did, and I can do 20 chinups without struggle.

    Doc said I'm gonna live forever again.

    So I say go as hard as you can, when you get off rehab.  Give yourself the best chance you can.  We kind of need you around here, in case you hadn't noticed.

  •  OK on Biden, but how about we acronymize the (0+ / 0-)

    title? As long as we all know what it means, it should be sufficient to write OHJBGLH. As opposed to future candidate YHBBGLH, despite the Lovecraftian appearance of the acronym.

  •  Perhaps good Israeli election news (for a faint (0+ / 0-)

    hope of peace). from The Huffington Post:
    ===============
    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party emerged as the largest faction in a hotly contested parliamentary election on Tuesday, positioning the hard-liner to serve a new term as prime minister, according to exit polls. But a lackluster performance by Likud, along with surprising gains by a centrist newcomer, raised the strong possibility that he will be forced to form a broad coalition.

    The exit polls aired on Israel's three major TV stations all forecast Likud along with its traditional hardline and religious allies, capturing a shaky majority of just 61 or 62 seats in the 120-member parliament. With official results trickling in throughout the night, it was possible that the two sides could end in deadlock.
    ================

    Seems there's the teeniest possibility of Bebe being reined in.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:14:52 PM PST

  •  hey! My first car was one of those (0+ / 0-)

    1974 Ford Mustang IIs and I LOVED that car!

    A homo in a bi-national relationship - at 49, I had to give up my career, leave behind my dying father, my family & friends and move to Europe. And I'm one of the *lucky* ones: Immigration Equality

    by aggieric on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:26:11 AM PST

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