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Yesterday's nor'easter developing from space, via NASA
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WaPo:
A Northeast storm that could rival the famed Blizzard of 1978 in New England is organizing.

This possibly historic blizzard is the result of interaction between packets of energy embedded within two streams of flow merging off the Mid-Atlantic coast — one from the north and the other from the south.

Related: Northeast hunkers down for major blizzard; Boston area possible snow bullseye

These “phasing streams” will lead to an explosively deepening area of low-pressure — a meteorological bomb — that will release vast quantities of snow from northern New Jersey across New England.

Winter nor'easters don't have names. They are nor'easters.
If you let Weather Channel name storms, just know this will lead to Dorito's ® Cool Ranch Blizzard of 2014 next year.
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HuffPost:
Making good on his threat promise that he's not going away, ex-Congressman Joe Walsh reared his head Friday morning to blast the first lady for traveling to her hometown of Chicago to attend slain 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton's funeral.
Because Joe Walsh wasn't enough of a jerk, he wants his legacy established. Oh, and btw, when you read about the Republican civil war between the establishment and the tea party, Walsh embodies the tea party.

Molly Ball:

How the Gun-Control Movement Got Smart

Why are advocates so optimistic now when reform has failed so many times before? Because they have a totally new strategy.

I completely respect the Second Amendment. And I'm from Newtown, where everyone does. Now pass those bills.

More punditry and politics below the fold.

Benjamin Wallace-Wells:

America’s relationship with guns has long been fixed in place by an architecture of partisan resentments, but since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been some movement. Public support for new gun-control measures tends to swell in the first few days after a highly publicized shooting and then very swiftly ebb; this time, unexpectedly, that support has lasted. At the same time, a second reaction has registered in the news: People are buying more assault rifles and handguns than they ever have. AR-15s—the main weapon that Adam Lanza used at Sandy Hook Elementary School—are particularly popular. “Right now, if you own one,” a leading firearms instructor told me a couple of weeks after Newtown, “it’s quadrupled in value.”
Letters to Newtown, via Mother Jones.

Garrett Epps:

Trust Us' Won't Do: How to Hold Obama Accountable for Drone Strikes

There's a reason the Constitution checks executive power. Here's why -- and how -- to rein in targeted killing.

Katie Hosmer:
The Young Girl Who's Best Friends with African Wildlife
Okay, this is a bit old, but it's just amazing.

Greg Sargent:

Democrats are closing in on a strategy to offer Republicans a plan to avert the sequester with a roughly 50-50 mix of new revenues and spending cuts, to put renewed pressure on Republicans to drop their reflexive opposition to new revenues. Senator Sherrod Brown described some of the details of the plan in an interview with me this afternoon.

Notably, Brown said that Senator Harry Reid had assured Democrats that there would be no cuts to entitlement benefits in the offer, which could mollify liberals worried that Dems will give away too much in some sort of “grand bargain” to avert the sequester.

WaPo:
Several Republican governors have embraced a key pillar of President Obama’s health-care law: Extending Medicaid to 17 million Americans.
Many Republicans balked at the expansion when the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional in its ruling last in the summer. Supporters of the law worried that the opposition could undermine the entire health-care overhaul by shrinking the pool of Americans who would gain coverage.

But six Republican governors have since come to back the program, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday and Ohio’s John Kasich on Monday. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced her support in mid-January.

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  •  Is Joe Walsh now in the Westboro Baptist Church? (11+ / 0-)

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:37:12 AM PST

  •  In Rubio and Paul SOTU rebuttals... (11+ / 0-)

    ...they will make the urgent case for more fossil fuel use to combat the re-glaciation of North America, which apparently began in the northeast last night.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:38:41 AM PST

  •  Walsh wont go away he has found a way to (7+ / 0-)

    scam the idiots that take him serious out of their hard earned money with that Super Pac he's starting , ya have to pay that child support some way.

    •  Rove has so much to do....and so little time. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ratcityreprobate
    •  RE: his Super PAC: it is supposed to be in (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      eeff, litho, ratcityreprobate

      direct competition with Rove's.  Karl has the inside track with the plutocratic crowd but he still needs the rubes onboard as camouflage.
      PACs like Walsh's will siphon off the rubes' dollars and support.  Astroturfed PACs are having a hard time.  While groups like Dick Armey's are flush with cash and are carrying elections in red areas, they remain unable to consistency flip elections in purple  areas because plutocrats are not lovable sorts.  Astro turfing still needs Larry the Cable Guy types to front for them and those are the very ones Walsh will appeal to (besides how can a Deadbeat Dad PAC miss?)

      •  Dick Armey (7+ / 0-)

        Has he started a new PAC since he quit Freedomworks?
        What I see is that the Tea Party itself seems to be splitting into factions.
        Some are better at grifting than others, that's for sure.

        During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, (Dick) Morris sent a series of emails to his mailing list touting softball interviews he had conducted with then-presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann. All of the emails promoting these interviews were "paid for" by the Cain and Bachmann campaigns and included direct links to the fundraising websites for the candidates.

        In November, the same day that Morris released a video on his website and column in The Hill touting the electability of Newt Gingrich, Gingrich's campaign paid Morris for the use of his email list. (Santorum and Ron Paul also rented Morris' email list over the course of the primary.)

        Morris was a regular fixture on Fox News' airwaves during the Republican primary, and often discussed (and praised) candidates that had rented his email list. Only after Associated Press writer David Bauder contacted Morris and Fox executive vice president Bill Shine with questions about the payments did Morris disclose to Fox News viewers that he had taken money from several of the campaigns.

        http://mediamatters.org/...

        “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:48:09 AM PST

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    •  That's the easiest scam of all (8+ / 0-)

      The 1/2 term governor made oodles of cash with SarahPac - and ghost written books - the art of grifting at it's finest.

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

      by hulibow on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:49:57 AM PST

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  •  So who is delivering the Occupy SOTU rebuttal? (10+ / 0-)

    Organizing two right-wing Rebuttals to SOTU is obviously an attempt to position Rubio's as the "one in the middle."

    Occupy should organize one and demand equal coverage to Paul's.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:42:45 AM PST

    •  Are they triangulating (1+ / 0-)
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      drmah

      or have we divided them and are now poised to conquer?

      And are they too dumb to know the difference?

      When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

      by litho on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:06:32 AM PST

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  •  dunno about weapons quadrupling in value (2+ / 0-)
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    Greg Dworkin, skohayes

    but they certainly are at least twice their value of a year ago.  A used Bushmaster is going for $1200-$1500 at auction currently.
     OTOH all guns seem to be higher in price, with black powder and wallhangers also commanding higher prices so part of the increase in value may be driven by a more robust economy so people have more discretionary cash to spend

  •  Really! Really? are you effing kidding me? (27+ / 0-)

    I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

    by wretchedhive on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:50:22 AM PST

  •  Next time they're going to have a big blizzard (11+ / 0-)

    Could they schedule it for a Sunday night? I'd much rather be trapped at home on a Monday instead of a Saturday.

    I STILL want to see Mitt's taxes.

    by Van Buren on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:50:50 AM PST

  •  our emphasis in discussing 2A should be: (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, high uintas

    weapons

    made/stored/controlled

    by the people.
    (as well as by organized militia and, i presume, law enforcement).

    *2A text and discussion at FindLaw.

    A well regulated Militia, [being necessary to: which we need for] the security of a free State, [does in no way alter or affect] the right of the people to keep and bear Arms [, shall not be infringed].

    *[Regulations ... discussed, with court rulings. Brief article.]

    * Join: The Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for Richest Two Percent * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:56:52 AM PST

  •  Thank you for not calling it some fictional fish. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Greg Dworkin, Munchkn

    "It's no measure of health being well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"

    by buckshot face on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:59:07 AM PST

  •  ugly (1+ / 0-)
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    ratcityreprobate

    "ex-Congressman Joe Walsh reared his head Friday morning"

    The correct cliche is "reared its ugly head". Can't Huffpo do anything right?

  •  My brother is in Boston (7+ / 0-)

    and I cannot reach him.....:o(
    Kossacks, please pray that he is okay....

    Thank you!

    May today be greater than yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both! Go Ravens!

    by secret38b on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:07:12 AM PST

    •  where are you ? (5+ / 0-)
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      justiceputnam, skohayes, MKSinSA, DRo, Miggles

      i'm hanging way out in the Atlantic Ocean, i have power.
      coz i'm HERE.
      but my email comes from Pluto ...

      i do have a dial tone, does he have a landline ?
      kosmail me: my brother's in jamaica plain... ;)

      * Join: The Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for Richest Two Percent * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:12:15 AM PST

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    •  NStar reports nearly 300k customers (5+ / 0-)

      without power in Boston. You can find updates here: http://outage.nstar.com/...

      When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

      by litho on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:14:11 AM PST

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      •  I read that chart wrong (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Greg Dworkin, skohayes, Laconic Lib

        Boston has 300k total customers, but very few of them are affected by outages.  NStar has about 250k customers without power, most of them concentrated on the South Shore and South Coast.  Scituate through Plymouth to Marion and Mattapoisset seems to be the area hardest hit, with some of those towns reporting up to 99% of customers without power.

        Outage map here, outages by community can be found at the tab on the right.

        When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

        by litho on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:12:37 AM PST

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    •  good thoughts from CT (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      skohayes, a gilas girl, stagemom

      we only got a foot and a half and didn't lose power.

      i think it can be plowed. I don't think we need a front loader.

      I was in Boston in '78. The Blizzard and Fisk's HR in '75.

      great city.

      "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:24:25 AM PST

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      •  Over 2 feet and counting (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Greg Dworkin

        up here north of Boston.

        Still got power, though :).

        "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

        by ChurchofBruce on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:32:23 AM PST

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      •  um, they lost. (0+ / 0-)

        "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

        by stagemom on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:30:48 AM PST

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        •  I'm a Yankees fan (1+ / 0-)
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          a gilas girl

          but that's not the point.

          they won THAT game, and it was a moment the city roared. All as one.

          "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:34:03 AM PST

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          •  again, who cares but red sox fans? you think (0+ / 0-)

            i am going to remember the end of the 49ers' super bowl game or the playoffs?
            get over it.
            they lost.  no one cares.  i get so tired of boston fans.  it is not the center of the universe.  
            ;)

            "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

            by stagemom on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:47:29 AM PST

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            •  LOL see title of last post (0+ / 0-)

              Y-A-N-K-E-E-S.

              But having lived there for 7 years, they are the Hub. [Of the universe, don'tcha know.]

              "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:00:47 AM PST

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      •  ???? (1+ / 0-)
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        high uintas

        38" reported in Milford.  Did this storm actually hit the coast harder than the towns in a bit from the beach?

        Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

        by Land of Enchantment on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:45:08 AM PST

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        •  because of the wind, some drifts were (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Land of Enchantment

          up to 4 feet. But the official totals at Windsor Locks (the airport)  are 22.3 inches, an inch and a half less than 2 years ago.

          For us the '11 storm was worse. We couldn't plow, we needed front loaders for our driveway.

          "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:02:57 AM PST

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          •  You got off light (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Greg Dworkin

            Here's some other official numbers:

            Fairfield County
            Bridgeport        30 inches
            Stratford           24
            Greenwich        15.5
            Newtown          15.1
            Fairfield             29
            Ridgefield          12

            New Haven County appears to have gotten it worst with quite a few places having over 2 1/2 feet accumulation:
            Hamden              36
            Madison              32
            Meriden               30
            New Haven         34.3
            Milford                38
            Oxford                36
            Southbury          36

            It would appear Milford got the worst of it, and the coast generally hit harder than usual.

            Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

            by Land of Enchantment on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:59:50 AM PST

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            •  thanks for those numbers! (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Land of Enchantment

              I had 20 in my driveway, measured, so the 15 is lowball, but still a foot and a half less than other places.

              "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:31:03 AM PST

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              •  I'm seeing reports (0+ / 0-)

                ... that there's some akin to lake effect snow going on, to explain why there's more right on the coast than inland.  Extra evaporation over the relatively warmer oceanic waters.  Perhaps so.

                Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

                by Land of Enchantment on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:36:58 AM PST

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  •  Correction to terminology: (8+ / 0-)

    "...read about the Republican civil war between the establishment and the tea party, Walsh embodies the tea party."

    -- Business, a.k.a. Establishment = 84 House seats.

    -- Tea Party Birch Society billionaire financed = 150 House seats.

    Fred Koch and Harry Bradley were among the dozen or so co-founders of the Birch Society. They used JBS as a tool to spread their paranoid schemes -- "Communists on the Supreme Court," "Eisenhower is a commie agent," etc.

    After the Tea Party tag was coined in 2009, the Birchers took it over for the 2010 election cycle. Freedom Watch became the chief money source for would-be "Tea Party" anti-Establishment candidates.

    The billionaires had started collecting up safe GOPer House seats in 1984. In 1988 they went whole hog for Lee Atwater's Angry White Males strategy and continued to use this ploy to grab off seats through 2000.

    Then in 2010 they took another huge number of formerly Establishment House seats.

    Boehner continues as Majority Leader, but when push comes to shove, he only has 84 Members he can count on. He's doing better getting votes from Democrats than from Bircher Republicans.

    "Tea Party," no. There never was such a thing. At most it was a false flag operation, leading to election of billionaire-backed Birchers. More 1959 than 2009. They're still screaming about "Communism !!"

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

    by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:09:07 AM PST

    •  Think any of these worthies are Business (7+ / 0-)

      people ??? From the last week or so:

      -- Congressman Paul Broun on Obama: "Upholds...the Soviet Constitution."....

      -- Sen. Lindsey Graham on Benghazi: "Hillary Clinton got away with murder."....

      -- Pat Buchanan on Obama: "Hijacking the American Revolution."....

      -- NRA lobbyist Chris Cox: "The main goal of the gun banners in Congress is not to make schools safer, but to ban your guns and abolish every last sacred right you have under the Second Amendment...until they reduce your freedom to ashes."....

      -- Sen. Ron Johnson on Obamacare: "The greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime."....

      If it's insane, it's Bircher.

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

      by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:35:21 AM PST

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    •  I think there are less (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bontemps2012, gffish

      Tea Party caucus members than there were in 2010, and they certainly don't outnumber the, whaddyacallem, establishment Repubs like Boehner and Cantor, but I'm thinking of the crazies like my rep, Time Huelskamp. He got thrown off the budget and the agriculture committees for being an idiot, i.e., voting against the Paul Ryan budget because "it didn't go far enough", he said.
      We're just like Greece and we're DOOMED if we don't balance the budget, and we're DOOMED if we cut a dime from defense, but we're DOOMED if we don't cut entitlements or the Dept. Of Education. That kind of tea bagger.

      “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:03:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The ghosts of Fred Koch, Robert Welch, (5+ / 0-)

        Harry Bradley, and their buddies.

        And among the living, the dedicated Bircher-billionaire paranoids: John Childs, Dean "Dino" Cortopassi, Joe Craft, Rich and Helen DeVos, Dick & Joyce Farmer, Foster & Lynn Friess, Steve & Polly Friess, Jerry and Leah Fullinwider, Richard & Leslie Gilliam, Ken and Anne Dias Griffin, Richard & Ethie Haworth, Diane Hendricks, Ethelmae & son David Humphreys, the Koch borthers, Kenneth & Frayda Levy, Elaine Marshall. Art and Kathy Pope, Corbin & Barbara Robertson, Karen Wright, Tom & Karen Rastin, Peter Smith, Ron Cameron, Harold & Sue Ann Hamm, Jerry and Marilyn Hayden, Virginia James, John Menard, John Moran, Charles Schwab, Paul Singer, and John & Josephine Templeton Jr.

        The 3-dozen largest billionaire donors put more money to politics than all the other political donors combined.

        That's more than both parties combined and the Greens and everything else related to political issues.

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

        by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:14:54 AM PST

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        •  Yes, I live in Kansas (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          gffish, bontemps2012

          The Kochs have just gotten the state legislature of their dreams, along with a stupid and complacent Brownback who is falling over himself getting every fiscal dream of the right wing passed.
          Business income taxes slashed- personal, not so much (yeah, they're going to do something about that later, they tell us).
          That "temporary" sales tax hike we passed back in 2010 to make up revenue? Well, that's going to stay in place, sorry.
          Mortgage interest deductions? Fahgeddaboutit.
          A judge recently told them that the $400 million that Brownback wants to cut from state education funds (to pay for his tax cuts to businesses) was unconstitutional.
          So now the legislature is trying to pass a bill saying they can pass anything they want, and they don't need no stinkin judges telling them what that state constitution says.
          Kansas is a right wing dream right now.

          “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:29:31 AM PST

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      •  It's not the ones in congress. (4+ / 0-)

        It's the republican primary voter. They're the ones who are nuts.

        Anybody can decide they're going to run in a primary. Often it doesn't take a whole lot of money, especially if its a house seat. And if you look and sound like the average GOP primary voter (old angry white male or just generally crazy), they might even vote for you.

        The Delaware GOP certainly didn't back Christine o'donnell. They haven't backed other candidates either, because they know they're going to lose in the general. Or if they do manage to win a house seat, they have no future outside that district.

        That's what the powers that be in the GOP are really worried about - winning offices outside those crazy districts. Which they won't do, if all they have are tea party crazies.

        •  Don't overestimate the "You Lie" loons (0+ / 0-)

          in the House.

          The Kochs & Friends finance anything warm.

          There's no filter for intelligence, other than 8th Grade literacy.

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

          by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:20:55 AM PST

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  •  You have some "photogrh" (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    skohayes, stellaluna

    of a "storm" but do you have one of GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOO he is LAIUGHIg at EASTRN COAST Socilaist LIBERALs read JOHN 3:6!!!!!!!!!  So WAKE UP americal befopre it ios TOO LATE.

  •  Christie's weight.....Get over it, you're fat..... (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, ratcityreprobate

    thank the Lord you're not Kenyan.

  •  Hundreds of cars blocking Long Island Expressway (5+ / 0-)
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    drmah, yellowdog, gffish, Miggles, stagemom

    Hundreds of people who were told for two days that this was going to happen. I think all these cars should be towed to the crusher.

    "We don't need a nanny state". You're right, Mary Poppins couldn't handle these jerks.

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

    by PowWowPollock on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:14:34 AM PST

    •  On the other hand (3+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, gffish, stagemom

      this could have been people that were stuck at work and not allowed to leave until after the roads started getting bad.
      Between that and the people you mention that simply must go out despite the police and the government telling them not to,  it's a wonder there  weren't more!

      “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:06:11 AM PST

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    •  Gov Patrick banned cars from the highways (0+ / 0-)

      and the streets, result, no one killed or marooned.  And the agencies all worked together and he's so comfortable in office and smart and in charge.  I'm calling for him for the presidency whether he wants it or not.

      WE must hang together or we will all hang separately. B.Franklin

      by ruthhmiller on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:33:34 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for the roundup, Greg! (4+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, hulibow, MKSinSA, skohayes

    Are you hunkered down under a foot or two of snow in Connecticut this morning?

    I read some of the letters to Newtown. So poignant, and I did like the paintings by the little child of a green dinosaur wearing a halo.  :)

    Have a good weekend, everyone!  No snow here in the Washington, DC, area but some very cold, nasty winds are blowing.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:17:32 AM PST

  •  Why exactly does Walsh Matter? (4+ / 0-)
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    drmah, Greg Dworkin, gffish, deanarms

    Ignore has-been conservatives. Let them preach to their paranoid, old-folks conserva-bubble choir and disappear. The faster they fade, hopefully, the faster the whole damn movement fades.

    •  movements fade when exposed (3+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, gffish, ratcityreprobate

      see sarah palin. Linking them is the best way to turn over the rock and let the bugs scurry in the light of day.

      And for those indies who sometimes have been known to lean conservative, good tonic.

      "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:39:25 AM PST

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    •  No, these people need all the exposure (3+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, gffish, ratcityreprobate

      we can give them.
      Now that they're trying to re-brand themselves using people like Marco Rubio as cover, and the racists are trying to rebut the "new moderates" with Rand Paul, the whole country should see this crazy in 3D.
      Exposure is the reason only 8% of the population supports the Tea Party these days.

      “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:10:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Walsh is auditioning for a new job (0+ / 0-)

      He's desparate.  No current job now and his only opening is to try to get a gig on talk radio or Fox.  By making outlandish statements like these, he's trying to maintain his relevance.  Best just to ignore him.  Nothing to see here, move along.

  •  We Got 3-4 Inches (4+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012, skillet, MKSinSA, skohayes

    Here in Jersey City. It snowed for a long time, but at the end of the day, there just wasn't much snow.

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

    by bink on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:41:52 AM PST

  •  Naming snow storms is dumb (5+ / 0-)
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    Subversive, skohayes, mmacdDE, gffish, Miggles

    Just watching the hyperventilating talking heads on the Weather Channel. This is a snow storm, a big one for sure, but we get them in the winter. We've got lots of plows and warm clothes too.

    gosh, the manner in which all media hypes these storms is incredible.

    Victory is sweet-November 6, 2012

    by al23 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:47:14 AM PST

  •  Nemo was an ordinary New England snow (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    It's daytime now and the storm has passed.  Deval Patrick should kindly lift the travel ban immediately before he breeds more disrespect and contempt for government and law than Republican propaganda agency Fox "News" and the War On Drugs combined.  No, 10am is not good enough.  I think he has done a fair job as Governor apart from this--and I do not want Republicans taking over--so I hope his abuse of power does not lead to impeachment.  And The Weather Channel should be ashamed of their sensationalism.

    Are you a Green who has difficulty telling Democrats and Republicans apart? Well, I have difficulty telling Greens and Maoists apart.

    by Subversive on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:49:53 AM PST

    •  actions like this save lives (9+ / 0-)

      and don't breed contempt. Chill. You're hyperventilating more than the weather channel.

      Buffalo:  

      "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:07:23 AM PST

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    •  PS you old enough to remember 1978? (6+ / 0-)

      http://video.msnbc.msn.com/...

      watch Kornacki.

      Gov did the right thing.

      "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:15:38 AM PST

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    •  The storm has NOT passed (5+ / 0-)

      for one thing, not for the whole state. Still snowing like hell in parts of Eastern MA, including the one I live in.

      Second of all, I am old enough to remember '78, where the roads were shut down for a WEEK. Is this as bad? No. But it's pretty damn close, especially if the coastal flooding ramps up (like they think it will).

      Third of all, I've lived in MA my whole life, I'm 48, and, no, this was NOT an "ordinary New England snow". 2-plus feet, insane winds, and coastal flooding? That's ordinary? Really? No, it's not. Again, this rivals '78.

      I completely applaud the Governor for keeping the idiots off the road in this mess.

      "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

      by ChurchofBruce on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:38:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  more... (1+ / 0-)
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      royce
      Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy said in a news conference on Saturday morning that his priority was clearing roads and that a travel ban, imposed Friday, would continue through Saturday.

      “Our purpose is to do our best to encourage people to stay home,” he said.

      State police had fielded 1,600 calls related to the storm, he said, and 270 members of the national guard were on duty, with hundreds more preparing to deploy. Nearly 40,000 people, primarily in the southeastern portion of the state, were without power Saturday, he said.

      One woman, in her 80s, died near Prospect, Conn., after a car hit her while she was using a snow-blower, he said. And cases of hypothermia had been reported, some from those stranded in cars.

      “One of the biggest problems we are facing is stalled automobiles,” he said.

      Ambulance dispatchers were responding to non-essential calls at their discretion, he said, and “using four-by-four vehicles to respond” to others. “This is going to go on for a number of days, this will not all be done today,” he said. Governor Malloy also asked citizens to dig out fire hydrants, to make sure vents for gas systems were cleared of snow, and that generators were vented outside, not in garages, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

      http://projects.nytimes.com/...

      "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:34:24 AM PST

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  •  Changing Times.....RedState continues to freak.... (4+ / 0-)
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    •  Widdle Ewick has wost his wespectability nt (1+ / 0-)
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      skillet

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

      by JML9999 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:04:05 AM PST

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    •  Good lord, what an idiot (4+ / 0-)
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      gffish, Ohkwai, Laconic Lib, royce

      No wonder he's moved onto Fox News.
      Someone commented in an earlier APR that the right is always screaming about "enforcing the laws we already have" and then the same people say things like this:

      This will be the first step in creating a national gun registry, granting unchecked power to the ATF – a criminal agency if we’ve ever seen one.  
      The one agency created to enforce gun laws is called criminal.

      “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:44:00 AM PST

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  •  Blizzard '13 plan (0+ / 0-)

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

    by JML9999 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:52:17 AM PST

  •  Watch it, Sharrod: Harry Reid says lots of things. (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, skillet, gffish, ratcityreprobate

    Only some of which he actually means.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:56:58 AM PST

  •  How can you tell a Repub governor isn't planning.. (6+ / 0-)

    ....to run for president?

    They support the Medicaid expansion.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:59:28 AM PST

  •  WaPo coverage of Medicaid expansion (7+ / 0-)

    misses the basic advantage to states. Every one of the states comes out ahead for revenues.

    Federal government spends $100, state matches with $7.

    That leads to two direct impacts on state tax revenues:

    -- The first cycle of spending puts 3/4 of the $100 into personal income payments. Where states have an income tax, the income tax revenue is returned immediately.

    -- Multiplier effects are kicked in as the $100 is re-spent into the state's economy. Normally an 80% ratio is appropriate for guesstimating second, third, and fourth cycle re-spending.

    Over the two years following that $100 increase to Medicaid spending, generates more than $200 of increased economic activity. State tax revenues have to exceed the initial $7 put out by the state. That is true for every state in the union.

    State revenues with the Obamacare expansion to Medicaid are enhanced for every state that does the expansion.

    Blocking implementation based on state revenue limitations ??? That's another example of the paranoid fanaticism we know as Bircher Madness.

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

    by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:03:27 AM PST

    •  Waving hand (2+ / 0-)
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      gffish, bontemps2012

      Brownback said the Medicaid expansion would cost too much. Of course this is from a report that came from his own adminstration, so take that with a huge grain of salt.
      http://www2.ljworld.com/...

      “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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:49:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Damn they lie. (1+ / 0-)
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        skohayes

        Get hold of somebody can do economics, financial economics in particular at UK Lawrence.

        Run out the multiplier effect for Kansas, using the real Medicaid numbers and Kansas's own multiplier ratios and timings.

        They don't have to publish under their own names. You can do that here at dkos.

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

        by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:18:31 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Welp, it will take me all day (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, skohayes, Laconic Lib, royce

    to dig out my truck.  Snow plow guy always comes during the time one is supposed to sleep -- this time it was at 2:30 a.m.  I moved the truck so it was facing out of the drive to the back lot -- very visible.  Snow plow guy plowed it in with the snow from the front lot.  

    I was ass deep in snow waving to him to pull some of the stuff back from the truck but no luck.  I was shoveling at 3 a.m. but the wind was blowing it back.  Just shoveled again -- wind is blowing it everywhere.  Snow is up to the door handle.

    Now on second cup of coffee and have used up my arsenal of swear words.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:19:08 AM PST

  •  The difference between the East and Chicago? (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Freakinout daily

    When a storm like this happens, we in Chicago go "meh", make some jokes if a street gets shut down like LSD did in 2011, shovel the snow, and go about our business.

    Above the Cheddar Curtain and in Minnesota, they don't even notice.

    "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:19:43 AM PST

    •  I'd say most of us in (4+ / 0-)

      the Northeast are no different.  We all aren't the teevee people.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:28:10 AM PST

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    •  it all depends on the support and number of (2+ / 0-)
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      Greg Dworkin, zenbassoon

      plows, etc.
      everyone makes fun of seattle and portland when they get a few inches, but that's b/c there are few plows and no salt allowed, just sand (that is recycled).
      you know san fran's hills?  just picture if it snowed in SF, that's what's it like in Portlandia and Seattle.  and with hardly any plowing and ice storms, it is very, very treacherous.
      so comparing one place to another is a worthless game.

      "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

      by stagemom on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:42:57 AM PST

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      •  I've lived in Arkansas. Same as Portlandia-- (1+ / 0-)
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        stagemom

        Not too much snow, ice storms, and sand and river gravel.

        "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:14:09 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  This one almost as bad as '78... (6+ / 0-)

    but what many folks forget about 1978, and why it was worse, is that in January '78 (the 20th) we had a significant snowfall - 21.4 inches that closed Boston down for at least a day or two and is rated #6 in worst storms (including the latest).
    I was working in Boston at the time. I got stuck there overnight because no trains were running. Then came the Feb snowstorm, dropping another 26" on top of the 21 already on the ground. That's what made is so bad. I didn't get back to work for 13 days!

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:29:30 AM PST

  •  This guy (10+ / 0-)
    If you let Weather Channel name storms, just know this will lead to Dorito's ® Cool Ranch Blizzard of 2014 next year.
    doesn't know what he's talking about; everyone knows that Dairy Queen would buy all Blizzard ® naming rights...

    Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

    by awesumtenor on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:39:54 AM PST

    •  And then we could finally have the YDAU (0+ / 0-)

      (the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment), with Eschaton not far behind. But then I jest.

      Men must learn now with pity to dispense; For policy sits above conscience. — William Shakespeare, 'Timon of Athens', Act III, Scene II

      by dewtx on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:56:56 AM PST

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  •  I don't completely respect the 2nd amendment (4+ / 0-)

    It's a silly amendment in the modern era IMO akin to having an amendment protecting your right to inkwells and quills. In principle I view the right to own a gun as inherent as the right to own a pen or hat, subject to restriction based on demonstrable and reasonable public interest needs and not needing its own amendment to exist, as per the 9th amendment. Considering how much we've been violating the 1st and 4th amendments (among others), I see no reason to pay the 2nd amendment any special respect, except out of fear of the powerful gun lobby. Let gun owners compete for their rights like everyone else, like the right to life (of born, living people, not embryos).

    At it stands way too much of the original constitution (which didn't have the 2nd amendment btw) catered to the unearned and unfair (to say the least) privileges of rich white racist southern slaveowners, which the 2nd amendment was clearly intended to enhance. And we're supposed to respect it, one of the few relics of that dark part of the original document that still remains?

    Like I said, let gun owners compete for their rights like everyone else. I do not respect the idea that they have special rights above any others, and I don't feel compelled to pretend to respect their rights any more than I respect any other right because it's seen as the politically correct (i.e. safe) thing to say.

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

    by kovie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:41:56 AM PST

  •  Molly Ball piece (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Greg Dworkin, tb mare

    Is spot-on perfect reading.  Thanks for posting that.  An excellent example of what we used to devote quite a bit of diary and commenting energy to around here in the old days:the ways that narrative framing really shapes politics so that writing and changing the questions will help get the answers we want.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:11:29 AM PST

    •  The old days? (0+ / 0-)

      What, you don't like our current endeavors on getting into an obsessive outrage over everything every conservative TV figure says, writing long screeds based on faulty news reporting, and fretting about 1 point swings in polls?

      "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

      by kenlac on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:17:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  For me, " the od days" = (0+ / 0-)

        Before the rec list.  That's my own personal "golden age" of the GOS.
        Prolly should be clear about that, so thx.

        ;-)

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:15:02 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Ah yes, I remember those days. (0+ / 0-)

          The rec list solved a problem at the time, but then created a different one.

          We were smaller and smarter back then. The signal to noise ratio went way down since.

          "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

          by kenlac on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:20:21 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  It's not Nemo. (0+ / 0-)

    It's SNOWZILLA!!!

    "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

    by kenlac on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:14:46 AM PST

  •  Keystone of Obama gun control plan gains steam (0+ / 0-)
    A cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s drive to check gun violence is gathering bipartisan steam as four senators, including two of the National Rifle Association’s congressional champions, privately seek compromise on requiring far more firearms purchasers to undergo background checks.

    The talks are being held even as Obama’s call to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, the two other major pillars of his plan, are hitting rough waters on Capitol Hill. An agreement among the four senators to expand background checks would add significant impetus to that high-profile proposal by getting the endorsement of a group that ranges from one of the Senate’s most liberal Democrats to one of its most conservative Republicans.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:21:48 AM PST

  •  Blizzard of 78 my...er foot. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Greg Dworkin

    The Blizzard of 77 here in Buffalo - now THAT was a blizzard.

    Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket?

    by gelfling545 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:44:12 AM PST

  •  Why is it necessary to say that you respect . . . (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541

    the 2nd Amendment?

    Is that just some autopilot pretext for the "but" that comes later?

    Seriously, why should a monstrous, racist, totally unnecessary amendment garner "respect" in 2013? No other nation on earth, besides Yemen, has such an amendment. But we should "respect" it?

    Why?

    We have no special rights for safe food, clean water, a healthy environment, a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, education or healthcare . . . but we have a special set aside for deadly pieces of metal? And this should be "respected"?

    The "original intent" of the 2nd amendment was chiefly to guarantee the continuation of murderous suppression of slave revolts. Its primary reason for being was to assuage southern fears that a standing federal army might prevent state-run militias from crushing slave rebellions -- and rebellions and insurrections more generally.

    It was horrifically racist in its day, and serves no purpose now, other than to provide cover for neo-confederates.

    Let's remove the veil on a suppressed history about the history of suppression. Stop buying into the right's frame. Stop saying you "respect" a despicable amendment that serves no valid purpose in 2013.

    •  I respect everything about the Consitiution (0+ / 0-)

      my friends and neighbors are hunters and I am not coming for their guns. Seriously.

      Now pass the legislation.

      "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 Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:25:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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