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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is The path to citizenship:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - The path to citizenship
  • New Yorker: Obama's budget "represents a major dodge on climate change."
  • Does this mean we will finally see some prosecutions? hahahahahahahahahahaha:
    The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group [...] released on Tuesday morning. [...]

    The use of torture, the report concludes, has “no justification” and “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.” The task force found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that these interrogation methods produced valuable information that could not have been obtained by other means. While “a person subjected to torture might well divulge useful information,” much of the information obtained by force was not reliable, the report says.

  • Shocker! Bad information, not bad brain function, seen as source of bad decisions.
  • Portugal runs on 70% renewable energy January-March 2013:
    Wind turbines broke a record: Wind energy represented 27 percent of the total share, which is 60 percent higher than last year. This is 37 percent above average and good for the highest amount generated by wind in Portugal, ever.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birmingham Jail letter written 50 years ago today:
    My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
    While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." [...]

    You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.

  • Mississippi abortion clinic gets temporary reprieve: A federal judge has blocked an effort to revoke the license of Mississippi's only remaining abortion clinic.  
    U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended an injunction he issued several months ago, which blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law.
    The injunction requires that Mississippi wait to take further action until the outcome of federal lawsuit is determined. The state law requires physicians at abortion clinics in Mississippi to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
  • 32 photos from Boston: NOTE: Some of these show blood and are otherwise extremely graphic.
  • Dumbass:
    Justin Bieber wrote an entry into a guestbook at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp "would have been a Belieber" — or fan of his — if history were different.
  • Kossacks, if you're lucky enough to be attending Netroots Nation 2013, don't miss the welcome party.
  • Big-time "Swiftboat" donor dead at 80:
    Bob Perry, a wealthy homebuilder and philanthropist who was among the nation's largest political givers, has died at his home in Nassau Bay, near Houston. He was 80. [...]

    Perry was a major source of campaign cash for conservative candidates — a mega-donor over time to Texas Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry (no relation) and, of late, a $45,000 contributor to nascent Land Commissioner hopeful George P. Bush ... He was also a leading backer of Republican political action committees, causes and organizations like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which questioned Vietnam veteran John Kerry’s military service when he was the Democratic candidate for president against Bush in 2004.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin, Armando & Meteor Blades join us for reactions to Boston. The cautionary reaction, urging people not to jump to conclusions. The many-layered question of terrorism as distinct from crime, and whether that's a real distinction. And the continuing issue some have with admitting there even is such a thing as domestic terrorism. Also: Senate procedure on the gun bill, amendment strategy, and what might go into Harry Reid's decision-making in handling it all. And of course, there was a little additional talk about the subject underlying that debate: the guns, and gun policy.

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  •  But, but (14+ / 0-)

    all those wind turbines are what bankrupted Portugal. Or so my RW friends tell me.

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:02:19 PM PDT

  •  Obama wanted to act on climate change (5+ / 0-)

    when it would draw votes for him in 2012. Now, not so much.

  •  Why Reid won't get rid of the filibuster (4+ / 0-)

    Obama wants to cut Social Security.

    The House wants to cut Social Security.

    Every Republican in the Senate and more than a few Democrats want to cut Social Security.

    What's to stop them--besides the filibuster? Sure, a few things, like Reid refusing to allow a vote among them...but if there's only one Senator left to object to cutting Social Security, they'll need a filibuster to do it.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:04:48 PM PDT

  •  Teachers Sue to Block Florida Evaluation System (4+ / 0-)
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    an important case  in pushing back on misuse of tests

    in this post for which I request your attention

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

    by teacherken on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:05:25 PM PDT

  •  The internet makes Bieber's dream come true... (7+ / 0-)

    Many more lulz at BuzzFeed.

    :-)

  •  Justin Bieber was not being a Dumbass... (7+ / 0-)

    and his comment is being taken out of context.

    I rarely come to the defense of celebrities, but in this he is being unfairly maligned.

    His meaning was clear.  Bieber meant that he would like to think and would have been honoured to have Ann Frank as a fan of his ie: someone who Anne would have liked.

    This dog-pile on a kid for some badly chosen words to express his feelings is what is dumbass.

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:07:42 PM PDT

    •  You're only saying that cause you're both Canucks (2+ / 0-)

      j/k.  I haven't spent much time trying to parse out what he was attempting to say, however, I do think the backlash was ridiculous.  Bieber is 17 or 18 years old and from what I can tell has been educated by tutors and tour managers since he was 12.  He has been given everything and anything for  years.  

      Why would someone 1) pay attention to what he says about a historical figure and 2) be upset about it?  

      Headline: "18 year old chooses words poorly - self-centered."  In other news, dog bites man.    

    •  I Agree (6+ / 0-)

      From all I read about Anne Frank is that she was a typical teenage girl.

      She liked to keep up on Princesses Elizabeth & Margaret. She was a big movie fan. So it makes sense that she would be interested in the teen idol of the day.

      •  Had She Survived ... (0+ / 0-)

        Anne Frank would be 83. I doubt she would be part of Bieber's fan base. Bieber was maybe trying to say something nice, but it came out as being all about him, and shows no understanding of Anne Frank or of the times. Psst! Beeb! Just sit down and shut up!

        "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

        by midnight lurker on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:54:43 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  He's 19, an adult, and old enough (3+ / 0-)
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      to know how idiotic that statement was.

      ....no longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

      by TFinSF on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:17:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We all choose words badly at times. Difference is (1+ / 0-)
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        we don't have a world media to amplify our poor choice or an immediate jury of millions of strangers to pronounce judgement on us for doing so.

        It is a disgusting example of pious no-nothings deciding to bully and beat someone they are jealous of and are eager to see hurt.

        And in response to the commentator above, I say this not not because he is Canadian; I felt the same disgust at the treatment given Britney Spears.

        Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

        by LiberalCanuck on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:21:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Please spare me the drama. (3+ / 0-)
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          It is a disgusting example of pious no-nothings deciding to bully and beat someone they are jealous of and are eager to see hurt.
          No one is bullying or beating anyone. A dumbass celebrity said something dumb.  Some people mocked him for it. Hopefully he learns something -- perhaps that the world doesn't revolve around him. However, I doubt the sycophants with which he has undoubtedly surrounded himself will allow him to learn that lesson.

          ....no longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

          by TFinSF on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:28:57 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  At the same time, he's 19 and young enough (1+ / 0-)
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        to make unfortunate comments.

      •  As much as I hate defending Bieber (0+ / 0-)

        who I have no use for at all, it appears that the Anne Frank Museum itself took his statement as a compliment.

        Had it not been for the Nazis there's every indication that Anne Frank would have been a typical teenager, which would include (apparently it was the case until the war intervened) being infatuated with--or at least fascinated by--celebrities.

        I really don't see the controversy Bieber's remark. In fact it was (as much as we can know about these things) an entirely accurate observation.

    •  Operative word here is "kid." (1+ / 0-)
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      They are not usually articulate.

      "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 Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:18:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Bieber is a member of the 1% (3+ / 0-)
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      He's damn near a billionaire, at least on paper. He's pretty intensely 'pro-life' and anti-abortion. He's 18. He's had a manager running his life for nearly half of it. He worked hard and was pushed hard by his mother to pursue this success, this money, this fame.

      ON THE OTHER HAND...my personal Theory of Celebrity reminds us all to never judge famous people very harshly.

      1) You don't know them. You think you do; the media tries its best to help you THINK you know them; but you don't.

      2) Whenever a celebrity is recognized by someone they don't know because of their celebrity, instantly something happens to them that can never happen to you or I: They are on the clock. They are at work. They will be judged by how they behave in that exact moment, whether or not they even realize they've been recognized. They will be judged like you get judged at work, if you make an offhand comment or do something jack-assed or use the wrong word or say something that is completely misinterpreted. How'd YOU like to have that situation...?

      Give him a break. He's a jerk--SOME of the time. He's not perfect, and he's no angel, just like the rest of us.

      "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

      by DaddyO on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:25:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Kind of self centered, though, don't you think? (5+ / 0-)
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      Talk about a lack of perspective.

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

      by Bush Bites on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:27:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  How many pop-celebrities touring through NED (2+ / 0-)
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      would stop to visit the Anne Frank Museum in the first place?

      Bieber is right... she should have been allowed to be a kid, not prey.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:37:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      Chances are, Anne Frank would have been a fan of his, had she been alive (and still 16) today.  The Anne Frank Museum has explicitly defended Bieber.  I'm stunned by the people coming out of the woodwork to deride him over this trivial fluff.

    •  I agree. Do not care about Bieber either way ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... but I do not see anything wrong with what he said.  Aside from the fact that he is probably correct, he is making the point that she is not some sainted figure from some noble realm - she was just a kid, like any of the thousands of young girls that show up at his concerts and hang posters of him in their rooms.  Not only was she just like any contemporary teenager - but any one of the young girls who show up at his concerts could just as easily be her if the politics of their nation should take a terrible rightward turn.

      But, you know, if people want to hate on Justin Bieber for being young, talented, wealthy and not like them then who am I to stand in the way.  Haters gotta hate.

      Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage... the nozzle.

      by Terrapin on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:34:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Carbon's Not the Problem With Climate Change (2+ / 0-)
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    So they evidently think at Townhall.com. I think I'll skip it.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:08:51 PM PDT

  •  None of the GOP $heavy hitters are spring chickens (1+ / 0-)
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    IIRC somebody like Santorum said this was the last election to save country....

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:09:14 PM PDT

  •  Why not? (3+ / 0-)
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    You have through this Friday to sign a petition to the White House to keep Social Security intact:

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

    It needs 100,000 signatures before it expires Saturday, April 20.
    It is not just a matter of impressing the President, but ALSO your members of Congress. We need more signatures. It has gotten about 2200.

    Why not sign? What do you have to lose?

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:11:58 PM PDT

  •  I saw the REALLY graphic photos last night (2+ / 0-)
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    unreal... shockingly unreal...

    So much worse then what's been posted publicly.

    I am amazed that there are only 3 casualties.  Due respect and credit to the first responders, emergency transport and hospital teams.  No doubt people lost a lot of limbs, but there clearly a lot of lives saved yesterday.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:13:57 PM PDT

  •  Bieber (2+ / 0-)
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    Leave the poor child alone. He's about to lose his illegal pet monkey. Hasn't he suffered enough?

  •  My response to reading Perry's Obituary (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, Freakinout daily

    was similar to that of Frederick the Great when he heard of the death of his singularly untalented brother-in-law, "No great loss." Fred later apologized to his neglected spouse for making such a crass remark.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:17:40 PM PDT

  •  Portugal - one of the most, if not the most, (5+ / 0-)

    progressive countries in the world. From  a long and fairly recent history of fascism. Now marriage equality, ending the war on drugs, renewable energy. Oh yeah - and really great cheap wine. How are we gonna make a buck off them if this socialism continues? Better start funding another right-wing coup.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:17:53 PM PDT

  •  Tx AG:Democrats Pose Greater Threat than N Korea (6+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    {Got Hyperbole}

    Texas Attorney General: Democrats Pose Greater Threat To Texas Than North Korea

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Monday warned an audience of a threat to the Lone Star state far greater than those from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: Democrats.

    Abbott made his comments at a McLennan County Republican Club lunchtime event in Waco, TX, using the venue to repeatedly slam the Obama administration’s policies. In doing so, Abbott took the time to warn his fellow Republicans of the encroaching threat that Democrats pose to their very way of life. Pointing to the group Battleground Texas, composed of veterans of the Obama presidential campaigns, the Abbott argued that the Democratic Party is a far greater concern to the state than North Korea:

       “One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new 
assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons,” Abbott said. “The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.”

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:19:00 PM PDT

  •  Lots and Lots of Mackerels and Pompano!! in the (3+ / 0-)
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    gulf these days!!!

    easy catching throw a spoon or Doc's goofy jig and reel in!

    MMMMMMMMM

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    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:20:36 PM PDT

  •  Justin Bieber wasn't wrong (6+ / 0-)

    Anne Frank should have had the chance to live like a normal teenage girl, with crushes on movie stars and musicians.  In fact, that's part of what she was before the holocaust.  She was a 13-year-old kid.  She had movie-star posters pinned to her wall.

    But then she was locked up in an attic,  betrayed and murdered by the Nazis.

    I don't think it's inappropriate to wish she could have had a normal adolesence with a crush on the teen heartthrob of her day, instead of hiding in the dark and dying in the hell of Bergen-Belsen

  •  A bad man died. (4+ / 0-)
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    Sorry, can't mourn.

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

    by Bush Bites on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:24:38 PM PDT

  •  You don't need a weatherman (or Malcom X) to (0+ / 0-)

    see the connection of  the Iraq invasion & torture with the Boston bombing:  "virtuous"  ends justify any means.

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:26:47 PM PDT

  •  emptywheel has some opinions (2+ / 0-)
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    on that NYT article. She spotted errors: missing data and some other stuff, and some sources they apparently overlooked.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:29:22 PM PDT

  •  577 pages can be boiled down to... (2+ / 0-)
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    Duh.

    'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

    by RichM on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:34:11 PM PDT

  •  When Pat Buchanan... (3+ / 0-)
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    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Listen to The After Show and The Justice Department on Netroots Radio

    by justiceputnam on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:34:28 PM PDT

  •  Prosecutions (5+ / 0-)
    “This has not been an easy inquiry for me, because I know many of the players,” Mr. Hutchinson said in an interview. He said he thought everyone involved in decisions, from Mr. Bush down, had acted in good faith, in a desperate effort to try to prevent more attacks.

    “But I just think we learn from history,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “It’s incredibly important to have an accurate account not just of what happened but of how decisions were made.”

    He added, “The United States has a historic and unique character, and part of that character is that we do not torture.”

    Well, we did torture. And, were we to "learn from history," we would've prosecuted the tortures and those who ordered it. But no, we're number one, and let's look forward, not backward. Unless you blew the whistle on the lawbreaking, in which case we'll smash you as a spy and a traitor.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:34:45 PM PDT

  •  Why hasn't Futs said North Korean Terrorists? (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought North Korea's leader threatened us with a nuclear launch.

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!.....The Climate Change Denial Era........IS OVER.........Welcome to......CLIMATE HELL!

    by Churchill on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:39:32 PM PDT

  •  High Debt Doesn't Necessarily Kill Growth (4+ / 0-)

    I'd like to highlight Mike Konczal's post earlier, which hasn't gotten nearly enough love.

    Harvard economists Reinhart & Rogoff produced a study that has been cited by right-wing austerity nuts from the UK to Europe and all the way at home in the US, with Paul Ryan's budget citing their claim that above a debt/gdp ratio of 90% growth sinks drastically and even negative.

    Well guess what? it's all bullshit.

    And Ryan and others who say we have to cut the debt to stay under 90% becasue it's some magic level? WRong, utterly wrong.

    this is huge.

    because Republicans and conservatives in Europe have used this study as intellectual cover for their disastrous austerity policies.

    now it's debunked, now those of us who have spoken out against austerity don't have to cower at the mention of R&R...

    Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

    by aguadito on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:41:24 PM PDT

  •  I wonder whether Perry lived long enough to be (3+ / 0-)
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    ashamed of funding the Swift Boat clowns.

    •  Probably not According to NY Times (4+ / 0-)
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      In the last presidential election cycle, 2011-2, he gave $23.5 million to the lightly regulated groups known as “super PACs.” Of that money, $10 million went to Restore Our Future, a group that supported the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and $8.5 million went to American Crossroads, the principal operation of Karl Rove, the former top aide to President George W. Bush, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Mr. Perry gave generously to the presidential campaigns of Mr. Bush and the statehouse bids of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (who is no relation). He was also on Mr. Romney’s Texas Leadership Team beginning in 2007
      .

      I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

      by OHdog on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:26:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He was not a bit ashamed. (0+ / 0-)

      He's one of those people who, when they die, make me feel guily because I can't help feeling the world is a better place.  He made things a lot worse here in TX.  I'm sorry for his family, but otherwise.......

    •  Is Perry (0+ / 0-)

      the guy who was trying to build a virtually unregulated  nuclear waste dump in Texas?

  •  I have to take issue with the Bieber slam... (0+ / 0-)

    I have to take issue with the Bieber slam. Anne Frank was a young girl who was very interested in movie stars of the day. She had her wall covered with pictures of them to lighten the room. Speculating that she might like a young singer is not at all inappropriate... she was just a young girl.

    •  I think the issues (0+ / 0-)

      arises from him saying it about himself. It comes across as very self-serving and pompous. If an Anne Frank historian had said it, they probably would have gotten a few sideways glances, but it would have been far more accepted than him saying it himself.

  •  Justin who™? (1+ / 0-)
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    Dumbass, indeed!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:20:08 PM PDT

  •  NN13 Scholarship Contest (1+ / 0-)
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    Please vote for Sara R ~ Netroots Nation Scholarship

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter
    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

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

    by Pam from Calif on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:20:34 PM PDT

  •  Ryan's numbers were very wrong (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW
    Reinhardt and Rogoff made a coding error in an Excel spreadsheet. Kevin Drum called it the "Excel Error Heard Round the World." (I think Kevin means that literally, since the Reinhardt/Rogoff study has helped bolster the austerity agenda in a wide variety of countries.)
    according the Reinhardt/Rogoff research, once a nation's debt-to-GDP ratio tops 90%, the result is economic contraction. The revised research based on the same data points to 2.2% growth. It is, in other words, an enormously consequential error.
    Reinhardt and Rogoff were two economists that fit the austerity freaks vision of doom and gloom. Most others disagree as I understand.

    Who could have guessed that the brilliant mind of Ryan forgot to double check Excel formulas?

    Maddow Blog

    We all stand submissively before the global ATM machine network like trained chickens pecking the correct colored buttons to release our grains of corn. Joe Bageant

    by Zwoof on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:22:03 PM PDT

  •  ABC News online is referring to Sen. Bill Frist as (0+ / 0-)

    the "Senate Majority Leader"--they are reporting that ricin was found in his mail room.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:38:24 PM PDT

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