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Zachary Goldfarb says that what really upsets conservatives about Obama's "liberal agenda" is that it's not liberal.
Obama did not advance a liberal agenda. A consequential one, certainly, but one that reflects centrist views or center-left ones at most. The agenda seems liberal only when judged against the liberal-conservative divide we’re used to in Washington.

Over the past four years, politics in the nation’s capital has been consumed by the fight between the president and tea party Republicans. But because Obama is far closer to the center than the tea party is, what counts as middle ground in Washington is more conservative than the political center nationwide. In this setting, even centrist proposals face mighty legislative hurdles.

More punditry below the fold.

Mark Vanhoenacker says to go out and enjoy winter... while you still have one.

Dr. David Robinson, a climatologist at Rutgers, warns that year-to-year fluctuations and regional differences can deceive casual observers. In general, he says, there has been an “overall decline in snowfall.”

Other studies echo that conclusion. The United States Global Change Research Program’s recently released draft National Climate Assessment reports that “Overall snow cover has decreased in the Northern Hemisphere, due in part to higher temperatures that shorten the time snow spends on the ground.”

It may be many years before anyone in Buffalo starts have sno-stalgia, but those living in areas were snow is already noticeably less frequent might want to build ye snowmen while ye may.

Elisabeth Rosenthal warns that your biggest contribution to melting all that snow may not come from the carbon you generate in heating your house or driving your car.

For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates about 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10.

So if you take five long flights a year, they may well account for three-quarters of the emissions you create. “For many people in New York City, who don’t drive much and live in apartments, this is probably going to be by far the largest part of their carbon footprint,” says Anja Kollmuss, a Zurich-based environmental consultant.

Carter Eskew completes this Sunday's climate change triptych.
The impact of climate change has arrived ahead of schedule, and the gulf between reality and the climate deniers has widened.  Many Republican leaders have allowed themselves, of course, to be captured by the deniers.  The spectacle of Mitt Romney, who once believed in climate change, having to retract his position to win the Republican nomination may have been a tipping point. Climate change, like many other issues, is one where the views of many Republicans are no longer even especially relevant.  The country has moved on, accepting climate change as real and urgent and now taking up the important work of trying to mitigate it.
David Ignatius looks on Hagel as the second coming of Eisenhower's world view
As the Senate deliberates Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, it should consider the “Eisenhower 1956” narrative carefully. It’s a useful guide to how Hagel thinks about American power in the Middle East — and it explains ideas he has shared with the top U.S. policymakers, Obama and Biden. ...

When the Israeli invasion came on Oct. 29, a week before the U.S. election, Eisenhower was irate. He told Secretary of State John Foster Dulles: “Foster, you tell ’em, goddamn it, that we’re going to apply sanctions, we’re going to the United Nations, we’re going to do everything that there is so we can stop this thing.” The United States did, indeed, win a cease-fire resolution at the United Nations, despite opposition from Britain, France and Israel.

What was that line about Obama being the most "anti-Israel president in the history of Israel?" Tell it to Ike.

Kathleen Parker thinks that putting women into combat roles is a "terrible idea" and...

Women, because of their inferior physical capacities and greater vulnerabilities upon capture, have a diminished opportunity for survival. ...

We’re potentially talking about 18-year-old girls, notwithstanding their “adult” designation under the law. (Parents know better.) At least 18-year-old males have the advantage of being gassed up on testosterone, the hormone that fuels not just sexual libido but, more to the point, aggression. To those suffering a sudden onset of the vapors, ignore hormones at your peril.

Um... holy cow. I think instead of ignoring hormones, I'll just ignore Parker. Not easy when she uses "unbeknown" in her column.

The New York Times says there's a lot we don't know about the best way to prevent gun violence--thanks to those in the gun lobby who've made sure we don't know.

In the absence of reliable data and data-driven policy recommendations, talk about guns inevitably lurches into the unknown, allowing abstractions, propaganda and ideology to fill the void and thwart change.

The research freeze began at a time when the C.D.C. was making strides in studying gun violence as a public health problem. Before that, the issue had been regarded mainly as a law enforcement challenge or as a problem of disparate acts by deranged offenders, an approach that remains in sync with the N.R.A. worldview.

By dealing with gun related deaths with the same wide view that they use in determining the cause of auto deaths, the CDC was actually making progress. Which was exactly what the NRA and other lobbyists feared.
by the early 1990s, C.D.C. gun research had advanced to the point that it contradicted N.R.A. ideology. Some studies found, for example, that people living in a home with a gun were not safer; they faced a significantly elevated risk of homicide and suicide.

The N.R.A. denounced the research as “political opinion masquerading as medical science,” and in 1996, Congress took $2.6 million intended for gun research and redirected it to traumatic brain injury. It prohibited the use of C.D.C. money “to advocate or promote gun control.” Since then, similar prohibitions have been imposed on other agencies, including the National Institutes of Health.

So now the NRA is free to argue any nonsense they want, since their congressional stooges have made sure no one has the facts to fight them.

Go Read It All, APR Sunday Pick
Erin Hatton looks at the people in your office and finds that a lot fewer of them are actually employees.

A quarter of jobs in America pay below the federal poverty line for a family of four ($23,050). Not only are many jobs low-wage, they are also temporary and insecure. Over the last three years, the temp industry added more jobs in the United States than any other, according to the American Staffing Association, the trade group representing temp recruitment agencies, outsourcing specialists and the like.

Low-wage, temporary jobs have become so widespread that they threaten to become the norm. But for some reason this isn’t causing a scandal. At least in the business press, we are more likely to hear plaudits for “lean and mean” companies than angst about the changing nature of work for ordinary Americans.

Want to get your stock a big boost? Announce layoffs. Perversely, dropping your company's employee headcount is very often rewarded as a sign of better management.
How did we arrive at this state of affairs? Many argue that it was the inevitable result of macroeconomic forces — globalization, deindustrialization and technological change — beyond our political control. Yet employers had (and have) choices. Rather than squeezing workers, they could have invested in workers and boosted product quality, taking what economists call the high road toward more advanced manufacturing and skilled service work. But this hasn’t happened. Instead, American employers have generally taken the low road: lowering wages and cutting benefits, converting permanent employees into part-time and contingent workers, busting unions and subcontracting and outsourcing jobs. They have done so, in part, because of the extraordinary evangelizing of the temp industry, which rose from humble origins to become a global behemoth.
New Scientist provides a peek at the oldest known portrait.
Twenty-six thousand years ago in the Czech Republic, one of our ice-age ancestors selected a hunk of mammoth ivory and carved this enigmatic portrait of a woman - the oldest ever found.

Originally posted to Devil's Tower on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM PST.

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  •  Scoring the pundits (66+ / 0-)

    You might notice that this week I've marked one column as the "go read it all" choice. That blunt instrument comes from my feeling that I need to give more than a snarky aside or pithy summary... I need to do a better job of telling you which of the pundits out there have said something that's worth Your Valuable Time (tm) to go and read front to back.

    What do you think? Give them grades? If I did, this week Goldfarb and Hatton would get As for articles that are punch past conventional wisdom. Parker's lame "as I said in my 2008 book, available from..." diatribe would draw a D, and the rest would be scattered between. Or perhaps I could develop a pundit version of the tomato meter and separate the fresh takes from the ugly green splats.

    What do you think? I often feel obligated to cover some of the standard sources, and there's a certain fun in rolling my eyes of the likes of Parker (though I remain on a George Will boycott). But just because it's in the round up, doesn't mean I encourage you to go read it.

    What do you think? Is a scoring system needed? What should it look like?

  •  Reading comments on story about Tucker Carlson, (15+ / 0-)

    American Hero and his views on women in combat
    http://www.amptoons.com/...
    Read the comments below the story for the old tired excuse that women lack the upper body strength to carry a comrade off the field of battle and the refutation of this (how many 150 lb males can toss a 230 lb comrade over their shoulder a la Rambo and run 1/2 mile firing a .30 caliber?)
    Allen West inadvertently comes up with the best idea of the day
    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/...
    Since women don't play in the NBA because of their physical limitations, he says, this should clarify what the military should do.
    So it is resolved in the future, all US invasions and incursions will be by the NBA or the Harlem Globetrotters

  •  I'm pretty tired after a 10-hour shift (12+ / 0-)

    at work, so please don't ask me to figure out how you should evaluate your pundit stuff.  I mean, I LOVE this series, but don't ask me to think when I'm really exhausted.

    OK, disclaimer over.  Insofar as I can think, you might consider  Wow!, Honest!,  Pants on Fire!,  and Lying Sack of Shite!, as ways of indicating which pundits are worth reading.

    Obviously those are just off-the-cuff thoughts for categories -- I am quite certain you can do better.

    (Did I mention I was on my feet for ten hours today and am too tired to think?  yeah, thought so.)

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:16:37 AM PST

  •  I wonder (11+ / 0-)

    whether you should use a scoring system. It is unbeknownst to me.

  •  A priceless comment (11+ / 0-)

    under Maureen Dowd's column:

    Punching out push-ups and driving a fuel truck as a career opportunity in a danger zone can be considered a job, even contracted out. .....A Worrier, "Doing what the Worrier Do" isn't and never will be.

    Keeping women, particularly motherhood, out of the killing zone is a measure of civility when civilizations are undergoing crisis. Women as Worriers has never worked. Just as now and back during Homer's Amazon Army, even the very idea is a myth.

    I admit it took a couple of seconds to figure out that the writer meant Warrior, not Worrier. Because women make great Worriers!
    :D

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:36:59 AM PST

  •  From Snowmagedon to sno-stalgia in 3 years (18+ / 0-)

    Along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, we are desperate for snow.  We depend on the snow for our water through the summer, and it's getting really, really scary.

    In the winter of 2009 we had 17 feet of snow that came in 3 really big snowfalls.  It decimated a keystone species in our local area and changed the ecology.  I have a tracked vehicle that I use to get in and out of my place when we can, and I used it from Oct to May.

    This year, we have almost nothing.  I can drive in and out of my place (a non maintained road) in 2wd, which is absolutely unheard of for this time of year.  And it's been crazy warm.  This is normally one of the coldest spots in the country, and we've got some plants on southern slopes that are trying to poke out of the ground!

    Last report I saw said Colorado has about 50% of it's normal snowpack.  It's going to be another scary fire season that could start any time, and you'll read about the desperate water situation that many cities along the front range are in.

    May all the Global Warming denialists rot in hell!  

  •  I think you do a fine job just the way it is. (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks for what you do.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:51:05 AM PST

  •  Watching the sun come up here (2+ / 0-)
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    expecting 3 days of rain at the end of January in central IN.  Are we switching to lots of precipitation in the non growing season and drought in the growing season?  

  •  The diary portion quoted below reminds me (6+ / 0-)

    of something I heard once, that the mission statement of Fux News, is to move the perceived political spectrum so absolutely far to the right that anything remotely conservative looks like a centrist or leftist view.  We are not talking moving the goal posts, we're talking about moving the whole damn playing field.

    From the diary:

    what counts as middle ground in Washington is more conservative than the political center nationwide.
    •  It's that Overton Window approach (8+ / 0-)

      Yeah, that may be a tired phrase at this point, but it's a strategy that the right has used effectively for more than thirty years. Come with what seems to be a ridiculous extreme, then come up with something even more, repeat. Pretty soon, the "left side" of public argument is in territory once unthinkably right.

      Until the left counters with proposals of their own rather than just fighting on the ground the right establishes, it'll keep working.

      •  We tried, with "single payer" (5+ / 0-)

        and even "public option" proved to be too socialist for the Washington crowd to touch.

        OTH the Occupy 99% meme got some traction and did change the discourse, and as a result we actually got an increase in taxes on the top 1% or whatever. I agree that we need to keep doing this, even when it seems that noone's paying attention. It's like trying to turn a battleship by pushing with a couple of canoes.

        •  Occupy had a huge effect (9+ / 0-)

          which we know because of the oodles of stories explaining they had no effect. Were that true, no stories at all.

          But "fairness" is now part of the political lexicon.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:09:28 AM PST

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          •  Occupy won the ideological battle (2+ / 0-)
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            Sadly, Occupy was too inexperienced and unorganized to win the physical battle.

            So that stage still remains.

            •  that's why militarized police (0+ / 0-)

              were brought out to beat them into submission.

              It's also why the MSM mocked them.

              if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

              by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:18:09 AM PST

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            •  Main thing is, Occupy apparently (0+ / 0-)

              had no plan for what to do after they got driven out of the public squares. They didn't want to admit that we might "fail" in that way, that they could lose the encampments. The Spanish counterparts to Occupy, the indignados, understood that encampments were a tactic, and a temporary one at that. They didn't conceive of preserving the encampments as the goal.

              The idea that Occupy could defend the encampments indefinitely from cops and DHS was always untenable. The idea is to make your "failure" part of your long-term plan, and have a next step to scoop people up when it happens so they don't become discouraged. But by the time I got involved with Occupy, we had already gotten to the point that making any kind of a national plan was essentially impossible because people were so focused on decentralization as an ethical stance.

              if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

              by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:24:45 AM PST

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              •  I was discussing this very thing back in April '12 (1+ / 0-)
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                SouthernLiberalinMD

                http://www.dailykos.com/...

                The "occupy the park" tactic was useful in the beginning, to bring attention to the movement, give it a base to grow in, and allow it to build power. Now, though, the next task is to take that power and direct it against our enemies---and our enemies are not in the park. It is time we move out of the parks and into the streets and buildings.

                We need to learn some lessons from the strategy of the insurgent. Insurgents don't "take and hold" territory. As all the big Occupy branches learned the hard way, that only makes it easy for the enemy to surround you, cut you off, and crush you. Instead, insurgents "take, hold a little while, then move somewhere else". If, instead of trying to defend Freedom Park, the whole encampment had just picked up and moved to another base in another park, and then again, and again, and again, the cops would have faced the impossible task of either sealing off every park in the city, or chasing the occupiers ineffectually all over the place forever. Instead, Occupy tried to stand toe-to-toe with the cops in a fixed battle. The result was preordained. Fixed fights are always fatal to insurgents. We had no chance at all of winning that fight.

                By futilely defending the park instead of retreating to another base of operations to carry on the fight against the 1%, the Occupy movement also made a serious political mistake. So long as we were seen as the victims, as simple peaceful nonviolent protesters who were being attacked by the cops, the Occupy movement won public sympathy and support--but as soon as we began to be seen (rightly or wrongly) as provoking confrontations with the cops, we lost that public support, quickly. By turning the Occupy movement into a mere duel with the cops, we placed the "occupy" part ahead of the "wall street" part, turned the fight away from a battle for economic justice and into a battle with the cops over who could stay in a park, thereby losing sight of our real goals and losing our support. A fight of the 99% against the corporate 1% is a fight that will win public support and sympathy--a fight with the cops over whether we can sleep in a park, is not.

                So, as a matter of practicality as well as of strategy and tactics, we must expand out of the parks---and into the buildings where our corporate enemy is. Rather than being the total sum of the Occupy movement, the park occupations must be turned into mere base camps, mobile and flexible, where we can meet wherever is most convenient to plan actions in the surrounding community, aimed directly at the 1% and their minions wherever they are--in the banks, the corporate buildings, wherever they happen to be.

                •  absolutely, and I think I read your article (0+ / 0-)

                  when you posted it.

                  honestly, I felt like we should be in dialogue with folks in neighborhoods that had massive levels of foreclosure and lots of vacant buildings, talking to the heads of churches, community leaders, etc., and coming up with proposals to relocate into those buildings. One kind of off-the-cuff attempt at that was tried in Oakland, but it wasn't planned very well. Such as step would need mainstream allies; it involves mainstreaming the movement, to some extent; getting the folks who don't want to sleep on concrete and get beat up by the cops involved. And it requires building trust with the people who live in the neighborhoods (you can't just march into somebody's neighborhood, however beleagured the neighborhood might be, and take up residence.)

                  My experience was that Occupy didn't want to mainstream itself or find mainstream allies, except in the sense of getting allies to donate food, money, and occasional legal services. That might be too harsh a statement, I don't know.

                  if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

                  by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:41:08 AM PST

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              •  I was in Occupy in FL from the beginning, and (0+ / 0-)
                But by the time I got involved with Occupy, we had already gotten to the point that making any kind of a national plan was essentially impossible because people were so focused on decentralization as an ethical stance.
                this was a problem right from the start.  Occupy was, as a whole, naive and inexperienced.  It had very few experienced organizers, and because of the silly lengths it took the whole "no leadership !" thingie, it didn't listen to the few that it had. A bad ending was inevitable. When the ship is intentionally built rudderless, there's no way to avoid the rocks. (shrug)

                One good thing Occupy did accomplish was to produce a new crop of organizers who have now been through the ringer and gained some real-world practical experience. Of all the reasons why Occupy appeared in the first place, none of them have gone away. So the movement will be back, inevitably, sooner or later.  It may not be Occupy that leads the new charge, but whatever the next movement is, its active core will have come out of Occupy. Time now for those organizers to learn from our mistakes, and move on from there.

      •  Well, tell that to Democratic party leadership (0+ / 0-)

        they're helping the process along by excluding left-wing positions from their negotiations. Every time they do the "practical" thing that "might pass the House" (or Senate, or whatever) they help the Republicans move the conversation rightward--because what they're doing is starting from a position they think the Republicans might accept (of course the Republicans don't accept it but continue to scream their heads off). And the media helps by denying oxygen to things like the budgets the Progressive Caucus have been producing every year.

        The role of the progressive blogosphere should be giving more and more oxygen to those sorts of progressive ideas. Instead, we've decided to support Democrats no matter what, which just reinforces the process.

        If we want to change this dynamic, we have to be willing to piss off Democratic leadership. That's the politics of it, unfortunately.

        if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:17:14 AM PST

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  •  Parker and Noonan should open a finishing school (11+ / 0-)

    for the female kids of wing nut land where they would be taught the evils of contraception, physical labor and assertiveness, the power of flower arrangement, table setting protocols,  and how to iron men's jockey shorts.....there these two artifacts of a 1950's past that never existed could wander the campus much like the brain pithed characters in "The Stepford Wives" did among the supermarket isles babbling bromides and adjusting their girdles.

    What I don't get is if the right is so enamored with Israel have they paid any attention to who serves in their military?

  •  Speaking of crappy pundits, I see Fox News has (4+ / 0-)
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    rl en france, Bulldozer, DuzT, salmo

    unceremoniously dumped the grifter from Wasilla.  Wolf Blitzer may just get a new co-host.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:11:39 AM PST

  •  I rather like (9+ / 0-)

    just a "read all about it" designation. As far as I am concerned punditry has lost a heck of a lot of luster. These folks are generally old, out of touch, locked into molds that are truly moldy and not worth a lot of my time, in general. But I do like to get the drift of where they are so that I am not locked into my own bubble.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:12:23 AM PST

  •  "Inferior physical capacities and greater (7+ / 0-)

    vulnerabilities?"
    Somebody please send Kathleen a calendar with the year 2013 highlighted, because obviously she is lost in the past.

    Research Shows Poverty Creates the Biggest Achievement Gap.

    by Desert Rose on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:16:12 AM PST

  •  I'm surprised there has been no big (3+ / 0-)

    diary on the Anti-Gun march in DC yesterday.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/...

    I'm a Kennedy Catholic.

    by EquiStar on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:25:49 AM PST

  •  I like the idea of encouraging us to read (7+ / 0-)

    one column in particular that the author of the column deems important, but a rating system is neither necessary nor desirable. Judging these columns' veracity or relevancy is best left to the readers, as such judgments are always subjective.  Rating systems by any particular APR writer would be arbitrary at best; just present us a collection of columns you feel, for whatever reasons, we should know about.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:26:30 AM PST

  •  Democrats Have the Right to Expect (1+ / 0-)
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    rl en france

    A liberal platform from the Democratic president. He didn't necessarily campaign on one and I didn't necessarily vote for him.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:30:24 AM PST

  •  How did the scientists in the Czech Republic (0+ / 0-)

    determine the gender of that carving?  There are no sex identifiers on the carving at all, and the article gives no clue about how the decision was made.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:34:23 AM PST

    •  here is the image (4+ / 0-)
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      rl en france, gchaucer2, ybruti, SueDe

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:47:40 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I wondered that also (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        SueDe

        It could be just as easily a turban as it could be upswept hair.  Maybe CSI used measurements and ratios of bone structure to determine the sex? (says the person who hasn't a clue if science has established a methodology to actually do that......).

        Just give me a good patch of dirt and I'll show you growth and well-being!

        by kfred on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:24:46 AM PST

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      •  Yes Greg, I did click on the link, saw the image (0+ / 0-)

        and read the story.  I'm still wondering how they determined this is a carving of a woman.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:21:38 AM PST

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  •  The new definition of liberal. (1+ / 0-)
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    If Obama does something, it's suddenly not liberal anymore.
    Example: Ralph Nader spends years fighting for a consumer financial protection bureau. Obama gets it done and appoints a strong consumer advocate to launch it. Suddenly, it's not worth talking about anymore as the cynics tell us why financial reform was weak and meaningless.

    Obama's agenda is liberal. The four year campaign by everyone desperate to prove they were right all along about Obama being the next third-way Clintonian centrist is getting really, really tiring.

  •  Kathleen Parker, meet Title IX (11+ / 0-)

    My daughter was a rugby player in high school and college (hence my screenname). If you think teenage women don't have the hormones for aggression, go watch a rugby game. And when they're well trained -- as more and more of them are thanks to Title IX and a lifetime of playing sports -- they're tough. One of the hardest-fought games I watched was the round-of-16 nationals game in 2005 between the Navy and Air Force academy women.

    I would have no hesitation at all at seeing any of these women as the firefighter coming to rescue me or the police officer tackling the gunman in the shopping mall.
     

    •  Where did the stories about: (1+ / 0-)
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      "Mamma Tiger" or "Mama Bear" defending their offspring come from if females don't have the hormones for aggression?  It's a silly argument to use.

      Just give me a good patch of dirt and I'll show you growth and well-being!

      by kfred on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:26:55 AM PST

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  •  "Obama says... " (1+ / 0-)
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    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:52:04 AM PST

    •  heh (2+ / 0-)
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      well, at 11 am I'll make a small case for O's POV (not directly, just reflecting my own in a tangent to the idea of referring to the Newtown tragedy as 12/14).

      Guess it won't go over so well. ;-)

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:12:09 AM PST

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      •  My beef... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... is that the gun advocates have dominated the conversation for far too long.

        Proof?

        12/14.

        A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

        by justiceputnam on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:42:09 AM PST

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        •  agree, i just think we need to separate (1+ / 0-)
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          owners and advocates from whacko NRA positions, not always the same at all.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:52:02 AM PST

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          •  Agreed... (0+ / 0-)

            ... but since La Pierre and the rest of the leadership of NRA have positioned themselves as the NRA, that is who I speak of.

            The NRA of gun safety, the NRA who credentialed me for my marksmanship merit badge in Boy Scouts is not the NRA of the La Pierre's.

            That stopped to exist when the coup took place in the 80's.

            Listen to more of that?

            It's time for them to stand down.

            There's a new Sheriff in town.

            A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

            by justiceputnam on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:45:36 AM PST

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  •  I read most of the linked (3+ / 0-)
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    articles in APR every day, or at least skim them if time is short. I generally like the diarist's commentary included, and wouldn't mind a not-to-miss alert.
    Carter Eskew was the best this morning - climate change is just another thing the country is moving forward on without the Republicans. More often than not they seem to find themselves on the wrong side of history - to demonstrate how ridiculous deniers sound, Jon Stewart had the quote of the week:

    Global warming is a total hoax. And Ill tell you how I know. Because it’s cold, today, where I live. That’s jus’ science.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:13:24 AM PST

  •  Buffalo may have snow (0+ / 0-)

    But Syracuse is on its second straight way below average year. We just missed the big lake effect event last week.

    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by boriscleto on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:25:15 AM PST

    •  What snow? (0+ / 0-)

      There's been one decent snowfall in Buffalo this season, and this is a long-term trend. It's nothing like 20 years ago, that's for sure. "Sno-stalgia"? It's already here.

      "Nuttall, me lad, there's just one other little thing. Do you think you could find me a good stout piece of timber? About so thick and so long?" "Yes, I think so." "Then do so and lash it to your spine - it needs stiffening. Courage!" -Captain Blood

      by think again on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:45:43 AM PST

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  •  Paul Ryan and the 'Great Debate'........We had an (0+ / 0-)

    election last November Paulie.....the debate was settled.....it's implementation time now.

  •  nyt (10+ / 0-)
    The media campaign to scuttle Mr. Hagel’s appointment, unmatched in the annals of modern presidential cabinet appointments, reflects the continuing effects of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which loosened campaign finance restrictions and was a major reason for the record spending by outside groups in the 2012 election. All told, these independent and largely secretly financed groups spent well over $500 million in an attempt to defeat Mr. Obama and the Democrats, a failure that seemed all the greater given the huge amounts spent.
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    don't tell me businessmen have any sense when it comes to money. They are profligate idiots.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:27:33 AM PST

    •  Filibuster reform deal looks to be tested soon (0+ / 0-)

      in light of this quote from the same NYT article:

      Sheldon Adelson, is so invested in the fight over Mr. Hagel that he has reached out directly to Republican Senators to urge them to hold the line against his confirmation, which would be almost impossible to stop against six Republican “yes” votes and a unified Democratic caucus.

    •  Hagel and Eisenhower (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for that reference. Here's an important statement from Ike when he demanded Israel relinquish territory occupied in the Suez Crisis of 1956:

      Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose the conditions of its withdrawal? If we agree, then I fear we will have turned back the clock of international order.
      (quoted in "When Eisenhower Used the Big Stick: A Lonely Precedent," Middle East International, Jan. 1977.  Also, quoted in MEI, May 1975.)

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:38:26 AM PST

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  •  "Obama cautious on immigration" (3+ / 0-)
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    I read that line as Obama cautious on imagination and thought it was completely reasonable considering who he has to work with.

  •  Misleading analysis on the air travel CO2 number.. (0+ / 0-)

    Those numbers may be true on "average" but a typical American does not take seven round-trip flights each year.

    The median American doesn't even average one trip per year.  The high flight numbers are skewed by the rich who can afford to fly frequently.

    •  Probably more is business travel (0+ / 0-)

      And I can tell you as someone doing that at least 4-5 times a month, it's something I would gladly leave behind.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:39:13 AM PST

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      •  Most business travel should become a relic (1+ / 0-)
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        of the past. It's 2013. There's no need to fly half way across the country to have meetings. Some business travel is necessary, but a lot of it can be replaced with teleconferencing (including video links).

        The federal government has cut way back on work travel in the past few years, and I've not noticed any degradation of quality of meetings.

        •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

          And our company has vastly reduced travel using Cisco and Go To Meeting web conferencing services, which I also use several times a week (almost daily).

          But some of us have jobs where travel is necessary and mine is one.

          Ironically, I don't own a car and otherwise use my feet, my bike or public transportation, but objectively, this does not offset the emissions of the flights I take and for that our company is considering carbon offsets when they are available (our European subsidiaries already do this).

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:48:45 PM PST

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          •  I agree that some travel is necessary (0+ / 0-)

            Some meetings need to be done face to face, sites need to be surveyed in person, certain individuals need to be present physically at certain times etc. Cutting back where possible is a good start, and offsetting is another good way to mitigate the environmental impacts of corporate travel though.

      •  It's not Median American that flys for business (0+ / 0-)

        Waiters, delivery persons, teachers, retail clerks... they do not make business flights.

        •  It doesn't say that (0+ / 0-)

          It says:

          (a) Americans generate 19 tons verses Europeans 10 tons

          (b) IF you fly, a higher fraction my come from air travel.

          To which I would add, IF you fly, your total is probably much higher than the average.

          But when calculating per capita national emissions, the formula is total emissions divided by population.

          The chart below is a little outdated but I made it to provide some perspective on the geopolitics of CO2 emissions and how location, economics and population play a role.

          Percapita CO2 9007 chart 3a photo PercapitaCarbonEmissions2007Chart3a.png

          I should probably update it to show 2007 verses 2011 data (or 2012 when available).

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:04:43 PM PST

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  •  Can Parker just go away? (1+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, she wants to say that 18 year old women are really just big little girls but 18 year old men are big burly fighting machines because hormones? Oh ok.

    And I don't know what happens to Parker when she's under stress, but the only women who I've ever seen spontaneously faint in stressful situations are in films from the 40s.

  •  One point I'd make is that the Cons do not (0+ / 0-)

    use adjectives as modifiers or to define subordinate concepts.

    So when, for example, they spout a phrase such as "liberal agenda," what they are referring to is a liberal person (a bad thing) having an agenda (even worse, because they don't really know what that is).

    It may seem unfair, but I am increasingly convinced that the binary mind can't hold more than two things at once and no less. Moreover, there always has to be an antagonism in some sense. In this case, "liberal" is probably meant to cancel "agenda," whatever it is, out.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:02:51 AM PST

    •  It's like when they refer to the "gay agenda" (1+ / 0-)
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      What does that mean? The "gay agenda" is wanting to be treated like a whole person. What they really mean is this gay person (bad) wants...something. So whatever they want is bad by extension.

  •  I realize, that as I type this, the people of (1+ / 0-)
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    Georgia are contemplating what new looney to send to the Senate, but one of the worst people to ever serve, Saxby Chambliss will be gone, so that's a huge plus.  Everytime I look at this fabulously rich man in his 3k suits, with every hair in place and remember the unconscionable campaign he ran against Max Cleland, I can hardly believe that someone of this calibre was ever elected to the Senate of the United States.  There is nothing that he has done, nothing that he has said, no legislation that he could have ever passed or co-sponsored that could have made up for the cowardly and deceptive statements he made about a man who is ten times the human being that he could ever imagine being.  I am certain that Georgia has some other militant piece of nasty to send, but whoever it would happen to be couldn't hold a candle to this man for venal opportunism.  

  •  contracting/consulting firms (0+ / 0-)

    are the norm in IT. They're completely parasitic. They can make as much per hour (maybe even more) than the actual worker and provide lousy benefits if it provides any at all. In the company you "consult" at you're a perpetual temp regardless of the work you do and subject to arbitrary dismissal at any time. It's greed exploiting a niche opened up by other greed and workers take the hindmost.

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:24:21 PM PST

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