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William Saunderson-Meyer at the Johannesburg Mail & Guardian writes—Nelson Mandela: A giant leaves the world to pygmies:

There have been many well-wishers who in the past weeks have articulated that Mandela should be allowed “to now let go”. But this is a man who by every instinct honed over a lifetime of resistance, has followed poet Dylan Thomas’ advice, “do not go gentle into that good night”. And so, he hasn’t.

With the National Party indeed history, it is unsettling with Madiba’s impending passing to be reminded of a time when, though very much physically alive, he was to all official intents dead: coffined for 27 years in a eight-foot by eight-foot prison cell, not only his words banned in his land but even his visage. [...]

A giant is about to depart, leaving political pygmies to divide his cloak and squabble about who is rightful heir. The media will be wall to wall with plaudits, the world will groan with grief.

Yitzhak Laor at Haaretz asks Israeli readers—Would you have freed Mandela?:
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for membership in a terror organization that sowed destruction and was responsible for widespread killing in a struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa. At the same time Mandela was also one of the leaders of the African National Congress. His period of imprisonment ended suddenly, as we recall, when the leaders of apartheid pleaded with him in 1990 to leave prison.

Our media would have called Mandela a “terrorist.” In Israel he would have been included in the category of “security prisoners,” in other words political prisoners, who were arrested with the help of draconian laws and were tried for criminal offenses in military prisons that had about as much to do with the legal system as the Pardes Hanna firefighters’ orchestra has to do with the music of Beethoven. The evidentiary laws in those courts are absurd. For 47 years Israel imprisoned tens of thousands in the same way. [...]

Every time we loudly demonstrate our anger at the release of prisoners, we should ask: “And would you have released Mandela?”

Rosemary Joyce at the Los Angeles Times  writes—DOMA, Prop. 8 and marriage: An anthropologist's view:
[S]tudies of human social life show that marriage is not solely important for children. As Borneman and Kain Hart wrote, "In most societies known to us, everyone marries; it is an expected rite of passage and part of the normal life course of all adults."

This is what people intuitively understand, and what the court, in calling marriage "a dignity and status of great import," recognized. There is no reason that some adults should be denied the opportunity for that dignity, and no history that should prevent us from opening opportunity to all who want that status.

Below the fold, more pundits.

Shannon Price Minter at The Advocate urges the LGBT movement and its allies to—Keep the Momentum Going:

for most LGBT people in this country, everyday life is still rife with discrimination, economic and social inequality, violence, and the threat of violence. The reality is, nearly 30 states still do not recognize same-sex relationships in any way and treat even longtime partners as legal strangers to one another.

Many states still provide no way for both partners in a same-sex couple to be legal parents, which can mean that one of the parents has no ability to provide health insurance or make medical decisions for a child, and that the child may end up in foster care if the legal parent dies. Twenty-nine states still have no statewide protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, and even more — 34 — have no statewide protections against discrimination based on gender identity. [...]

But if past performance is any indication of future trends, we can change this. We came to this moment because countless LGBT people and our friends, families, and allies stood up time and again and pushed for a better world. We have come so far, but we are not done and we are not leaving anyone behind.

Paul Krugman at The New York Times barely controls his fury in—War On the Unemployed:
[North Carolina's] government has just sharply cut aid to the unemployed. In fact, the Republicans controlling that government were so eager to cut off aid that they didn’t just reduce the duration of benefits; they also reduced the average weekly benefit, making the state ineligible for about $700 million in federal aid to the long-term unemployed.[...]

The average unemployment benefit in North Carolina is $299 a week, pretax; some hammock. So anyone who imagines that unemployed workers are deliberately choosing to live a life of leisure has no idea what the experience of unemployment, and especially long-term unemployment, is really like.

Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post says—Paula Deen’s slurs are a bitter pill to swallow:
The woman is 66, not 96. She was all of 7 when the Supreme Court issued its Brown v. Board of Education decision, which means she’s had plenty of time to get used to it. She has spent her adult life in an America where black people are not compelled to be subservient to whites. She has made her fortune in an America where most people, white as well as black, consider warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia for the days of slavery and Jim Crow to be highly offensive.

I’ll put it in terms that someone who missed the last 50 years might understand: All black people are uppity now. Every one of us, I’m afraid.

Robert Kuttner at the Los Angeles Times urges—Seize the mortgages, save the neighborhood:
The Obama administration's mortgage relief program has helped only about 10% of the more than 13 million households still at risk of foreclosure because of "underwater" mortgages — those worth more than the value of the homes. The program did not target those most in need, and it can't reach mortgages turned into securities by private Wall Street firms. [...]

Now, however, a more drastic approach is gaining support. Local governments could use eminent domain to take mortgage-backed securities (instead of land), pay their owners fair market value and turn the securities back into whole mortgages. For example, if a security backed by mortgages likely to default is trading at 40% of its face value, eminent domain could reduce the mortgage debt by 60%.

The New York Daily News Editorial Board praises President Obama for the wrong thing in More gas, less hot air:
President Obama’s big speech on climate change held an important message for those who would stand in the way of natural gas drilling in upstate New York:

They are blocking a source of clean, cheap fuel that would enormously benefit both the economy and the planet.

Fred Grimm at the Miami Herald wonders how Florida will roll in his column, Crippled Voting Rights Act should inspire a new level of clever election ‘reforms’:
Just two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act last week, Texas celebrated by reinstating a discredited voter ID law, designed to tamp down those damn nuisance minority voters. Mississippi was not far behind.

Florida, I expect, will be more subtle. The politics hereabouts, in an evenly divided state, are a bit more delicate. [...]

But you’ve got to worry, with the Voting Rights Acts crippled, with the good ol’ boys in Texas and elsewhere in the Confederacy raring to push another round of election “reforms,” that the gang in Tallahassee might get inspired to come up with new and novel ways to limit the turnout of certain demographics.

Dave Johnson at Blog for Our Future warns—Republicans Are Sabotaging Obamacare by Keeping the Public in the Dark About Benefits:
During the first years of the Obama administration the Republican strategy was to obstruct efforts to improve the economy and bring more jobs. Then, at election time they went to the public saying, “Obama hasn’t made things better.” But now they are moving into outright sabotaging things that government does for people, like the new health care plan, with election plans to campaign on the failure of government to do things for people.
Ronald Brownstein at the National Journal writes—Time Is Ticking for Obama’s Climate Agenda
As President Obama reboots his campaign against climate change, his most formidable obstacle is no longer the coal industry or congressional Republicans. It’s the calendar.

In his first term, Obama sought legislative limits on the carbon emissions associated with global climate change but failed when the Senate shelved the “cap-and-trade” legislation the House passed in 2009. Obama this week announced he would pursue the same goals, primarily through the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants. [...]

Obama’s announcement is already generating political storms. But for institutional, economic, and political reasons, he has more leverage now than during his first-term legislative failure. The flip side is that because he’s relying on regulatory, not legislative, authority, his decisions will be easier to reverse if he cannot armor-plate them before January 2017, when a Republican could regain the White House. That’s why associates say the president already feels the clock ticking.

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  •  Badass Teachers Association - the website (9+ / 0-)

    now you can explore this group and join up without belonging to Facebook

    take a look here

    "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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 04:38:12 AM PDT

  •  Well, why can't other organizations, like OFA (10+ / 0-)

    get PSAs on TV to announce the benefits of Obamacare to the populace?  I don't understand this:

    Republicans Are Sabotaging Obamacare by Keeping the Public in the Dark About Benefits:
    So far, the Rethugs don't completely control the airwaves--not YouTube, anyway--or the Intertubes.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 04:41:41 AM PDT

  •  The downside of ironclad gerrymandering.... (3+ / 0-)
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  •  WAR in TEXAS (16+ / 0-)

    Repubs are going to "make sure" their plan to eliminate abortion is Texas gets rammed throguh despite the will of the people.

    Texas lawmakers resume debate Monday on abortion bill derailed by Wendy Davis filibuster

    Less than a week after a Democratic filibuster killed a far-reaching abortion bill on the Senate floor, the Legislature will answer Gov. Rick Perry’s call to try again to pass the GOP-backed measure over vigorous objections from Democrats and abortion rights groups.

    The House and Senate will begin work Monday afternoon, just after a Capitol rally sponsored by the Texas Democratic Party to oppose the abortion bill.
    The betting this time is that the proposal will pass. Republicans intend to take up the legislation early in the special session — which can last up to 30 days — so it won’t fall prey to the deadlines and rules that doomed similar measures in the regular session and the June special session.

    “We’re not going to get it back from the House within filibuster range,” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Saturday after speaking to an anti-abortion group that held its national meeting in Grapevine. “We’re going to make sure that we’ve got plenty of time, and no human being can talk for two weeks.”

    The GOP is waging a war on you.

    Please: Fight dirty.

  •  DOMA is dead dead dead (9+ / 0-)

    The first green card for a same sex spouse was approved in Florida for an American man married to a Bulgarian. Writing from my phone so I dont have the link handy, but the article says the administration has kept track of all the same sex couples denied green cards and they will be allowed to reopen their cases without going through the whole application process again

    •  Section THREE is dead (2+ / 0-)
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      Section 2 is still there and causing discrimination.  

      Section 2. Powers reserved to the states
      No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.
      I almost wish some states with marriage equality would refuse to acknowledge marriages from states that don't have reciprocal acknowledgement.   Ie, Alabama if you won't recognize all of our marriages, we won't recognize any of yours.
      •  Two wrongs make a right? (0+ / 0-)

        I think I'd just as soon let Alabama and the other confederacy states wallow in their wrongness a bit longer (I think we should start referring to them as such).

        Something about

        For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
        I believe the Bible is referring to the next generation as strangers.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

        by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:37:20 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Opposition to the Prop. 8 decision is also dead (2+ / 0-)
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      Think Progress reports that the Prop. 8 supporters filed an "emergency motion" to stop the Ninth Circuit's order allowing same-sex marriage from going into effect immediately in California:

      Then on Saturday, the Alliance Defending Freedom helped Protect Marriage file an emergency motion (read the original filing) to block same-sex marriages from resuming in California. The Circuit Justice responsible for the Ninth Circuit who would thus handle this motion is none other than Justice Anthony Kennedy. In a swift action with no additional comment, Kennedy denied the motion on Sunday, allowing the marriages to continue.
      These groups had to know that if the original SCOTUS ruling denied them standing to bring the original case that they wouldn't have the required standing to file anything further in this matter, which leads me to believe the only reason they did so was to keep their fund-raising efforts viable.

      "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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:51:28 AM PDT

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      •  Isn't that what all anti-equality groups are for? (3+ / 0-)
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        Anything thinking person with have a brain stem sees where the country is headed on gay marriage. It's not a question of if it will be legal in all 50 states, its a question of when. These groups can raise  as much money as they can now, but in 50 years, it will be just as abhorrent to oppose gay marriage as it is to oppose interracial marriage. They can keep throwing money away on temporary ballot initiatives that are going to be struck down one after another. And the day is coming very soon when the Supreme Court will find a constitutional right to marriage, regardless of sex.

  •  Oh, any climate change action is dead... (5+ / 0-)

    ....if a Repub gets into the white house.

    Obama shouldn't worry about "armor-plating" anything.

    If a Dem's not elected, it's drill, baby, drill.

    That's all there is to it.

  •  Is Fred Grimm kidding me? (12+ / 0-)

    When he says this:

    Florida, I expect, will be more subtle. The politics hereabouts, in an evenly divided state, are a bit more delicate.
    Is there another Florida?  A bit more delicate.  The GOP controlled legislature here is about as delicate as a three day growth of beard.

    Justice Roberts had barely wiped the smirk off his face when our Sec of State, Ken Detzner gleefully proclaimed:

    "The court made a very good decision for Florida and that we can move forward with administering the elections ... without the Justice Department looking over our shoulder every time the Florida Legislature thinks that we need some changes in the law," Detzner said.
    ~Source

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:04:09 AM PDT

    •  They've unleashed the teabag brigade... (0+ / 0-)

      on black American voters.

      I hope John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy are proud of themselves. They've turned the judiciary into a weapon against equality rather than a bulwark against those who would prevent it.

      Shameful stuff.

  •  An interesting comment to Suanderson-Meyer (5+ / 0-)

    One of the comments to the Saunderson-Meyer piece contained this Scott Cooper quote which would seem very apropos to the dominant political parties in this country:

    Within radicalized party politics, the political party becomes a god to which even one’s religious beliefs can be sacrificed at the altar of political power and patronage.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:04:21 AM PDT

    •  None of that around here (2+ / 0-)
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      Kossacks stick with reasoned and logical arguments.

      (guffaw)

    •  I am frankly sick of this (5+ / 0-)

      "both sides do it" shit from supposed "independents"
      The problem with the GOP is that their religious beliefs have taken over the party. I see nothing close to that happening to the Democrats.

      “I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law,” Metcalfe said.
      http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/...

      Please provide similar quotes from any Democrat whose religious beliefs have overtaken their belief in a Constitutional government?

      “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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:08:05 AM PDT

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      •  Of course you are. And you what? We could stop (0+ / 0-)

        that if it weren't for the fact that both sides do it.

        Come on -- you're on a blog site where you can look incredibly open-minded simply by not using the term "rethugs".

        Not to mention one where "old white men" explains everything evil in the world.  Kind of tough on those of us who are old white men.

        Gosh -- amazing, now that I think about it, that I forgot to mention all that silly old unemployment I endured when have drinks at the club with the Senator and all those CEOs.

        Yeah, plenty of sick and tired to go around.  The most salient  difference is often the identity of the ox being gored.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:04:56 AM PDT

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        •  Oh, now we're moving the goalposts (0+ / 0-)

          from "political parties" to "a blog site"?
          Whole 'nother conversation there, DT. And doesn't address my question, but you knew that.

          Please provide similar quotes from any Democrat whose religious beliefs have overtaken their belief in a Constitutional government?
          Which party is it that is restricting women's rights?
          Which party is it that is restricting access to voting?
          Which party is it that is protecting the rights of corporations over the rights of children to not go to bed hungry?

          “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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 12:09:03 PM PDT

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          •  Last I looked, this was a democratic blog site, (0+ / 0-)

            dedicated to electing Democrats.

            I see DK raising money for Democratic candidates and Democratic politicians showing up here and at Netroots.

            Sooo...Yeah, I think it's fair to take DK as being indicative of what Democrats, or, at least, some groups of influential Democrats, are thinking.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 12:27:02 PM PDT

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    •  That Scott Cooper quote obviously (5+ / 0-)

      applies to any political party that becomes radicalized in any country at any time .  I don't think the Democratic party in this country at this time has become radicalized, but it must guard against being forced into that position by radicalized Republicans.  

      Republicans began approaching the radical line when Reagan was elected, hugged it under Newt Gingrich's tenure as House Speaker, and finally leapt over it as a party during W.'s presidency.

      "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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:06:31 AM PDT

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      •  A lot of it depends on your view of the word (1+ / 0-)
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        radicalized.

        If one is speaking strictly of the political spectrum, Republicans probably qualify, Democrats probably do not.

        However, lots of hatred for the other side from either side.
        Lots of spewing against those who are different.

        Although -- for all of the spewing against old white men around here, I could swear that more than a few old white men actually are Democrats.  Good guys, even.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:08:34 AM PDT

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        •  Radicalized = A savage lurch to one side (0+ / 0-)

          Like 100 years ago, marriage equality would have been radical. When the Tea Piss party starts going on about Obamacare, gay marriage, socialism and bringing down the federal government, that's radical today.

          SueDe?

          I don't think the Democratic party in this country at this time has become radicalized...
          !!! Radicalized? The Black  Panthers were radical. Todays pale blue dems are far, far from radical.

          What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

          by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:43:51 AM PDT

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          •  And the word applies if the side is a party rather (1+ / 0-)
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            than a political philosophy, especially in the US where neither major party seems to embody any special principles or passions beyond "we want to be in power" and "we want to please the particular group of lobbyists and contributors throwing money our way".

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:51:11 AM PDT

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            •  Amen - nt (0+ / 0-)

              What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

              by TerryDarc on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 07:42:35 AM PDT

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  •  the US, of course, labelled Mandela a terrorist (6+ / 0-)

    and a communist, as it did all known ANC members, who were refused legal entry into the United States.

  •  I can appreciate (12+ / 0-)

    the right to life folks & their view, but these laws being passed in the states don't feel like they stem from deeply held beliefs. They feel like control. The war against women deniers are blind - closing clinics and defunding Planned Parenthood and forced ultrasounds and trouble passing equal pay and violence against women laws. It's overwhelming.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:07:15 AM PDT

    •  Keep that Base (religious right) happy. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Florida will be tough. (2+ / 0-)
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      Most of the states are so deep red and gerimandered that it doesn't matter too much in the great scheme of things if they keep rigging things -- though it matters to voters in those states very much.

      But Florida could really change things, not to mention Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, etc.

      •  Short lived (1+ / 0-)
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        Every single one of those states will have a re-election in 2014 for governor.  Most will elect a Democrat.  Some will even elect more Democrats to the State Senate and State House.  The GOP in those states are on borrowed time and they know it.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:48:13 AM PDT

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    •  It is all about control at a very (3+ / 0-)
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      primitive and visceral level.

      At the next level up, it is about them feeling they are RIGHTEOUS, stemming from the purulent religious delusions they nurture about being the Most Correct People in the Whole WIde Wolrd and their ;sacred' task to convert the world to braindead goobers for Jeeeeezus.

      So people - you HAVE to understand push is quickly coming to shove. You will have to fight or you will get crushed under the assault that is quite underway.

      Understand the enemy cheats: it is ok for you to cheat too.

      They will lie: YOu can tell lies too.

      WHen they try to bumrush legislation through a la the Michigan Gavel Breaker, create a HUGE scene in the courthouse.

      The GOP banks of Americans following the rules while they cheat every way possible.

      This isn't a movie where remaining really nice and sweet is going to magically cause bad people to lose.

      It's a fight.

      All's fair.

  •  Krugman misses the truly criminal act, and the (7+ / 0-)

    action that states should take, even if they really can not:

    Outlaw the refusal to interview and hire unemployed people.

    Unbelievable as it may be in this economy, too many employers still operate with a "the unemployed need not apply" philosophy.

    They should be tarred, feathered, and placed on a slow boat to hell.

    That would open up a few jobs.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:08:39 AM PDT

    •  I have been accused of being at a job interview (5+ / 0-)

      "Just to get a job!"

      I honestly didn't know what to say....

      It was for a "walk in" mental health center that was - I kid you not - in the middle of nowhere. (Cherokee County Ga).

      The lady who interviewed me was a gold-plated country bumpkin and raving idiot.

      •  Oh my. (3+ / 0-)

        That's what you get for not being one of those enterprising people who goes to an interview for an oil change, quick workout and stack of tasty flapjacks.

        Hope you have had better luck since then.
        If not, then soon.

        Speaking as somebody who's been there and done that.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:33:38 AM PDT

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        •  How dared you?! (1+ / 0-)
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          You were there to re-up your UE bennies. I know you...

          Then you could go lie in your hammock until next weeks.

          What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

          by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:48:33 AM PDT

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          •  That's it! How did you know? (1+ / 0-)
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            It's so hard to keep from screwing up, though.

            If you're beyond a certain age, or if you've been out of work too long, or both (common in an economy where the most experienced and best paid workers get the axe first), so many employers won't even take your calls or respond to your letters.  

            If you somehow manage to get a job interview, you might accidentally actually interview.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:54:35 AM PDT

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            •  My employment history was 1967-90 and again (2+ / 0-)
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              92-2000 as an independent contractor (much preferred to wage-slave bs). We had a few downturns in the economy - really sharp ones, actually.

              But NOTHING like this! I am so glad I'm semi-retired, insectile landlord feeding off the proletariat workers. ;-)

              Seriously, I wouldn't want to be 50+ and looking for a job. We are such a suck society, just abandoning everyone who's not corporate class or mind-bot republican. The latter don't get jobs but they do get props.

              What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

              by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 01:20:20 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  You really, really wouldn't. (1+ / 0-)
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                TerryDarc

                This is unlike anything I've seen in my life time.  I am very luck to have picked up a couple of skills that let me work again, but...man!

                My last "job job" ended in 1999. Up until the current bust, I kept employed as a contractor as much as I wanted to be, and never had to go out and sell -- work came to me.

                Not any more.

                Bright side: I've changed my skill mix and learned a thing or two about selling.

                So many folks suffering so much -- good folks, folks with something to offer.

                Criminal.

                LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                by dinotrac on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 01:42:16 PM PDT

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                •  Don't know what I'd do but I do know what I would (1+ / 0-)
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                  not be doing - sitting on my current skills, not going to school, picking up new certs, or moving to a new area where things are brighter.

                  Otherwise, you're like the coal miners or loggers in my part of the country of the latter part of the 20th century. Time and technology passed them by and it was terrible to see. More terrible to be.

                  It was incredibly frustrating to go to the docks in the 1990's and see huge freighters with whole logs bundled up and shipped off with a whole bunch of jobs to the orient. Just what being in the third world felt like, I thought then. Meanwhile the mills sat idle.

                  If I'd been a logger or mill worker then, I'd have gotten to the local community college and gotten trained in SOMETHING.

                  I'm sure you're doing all you can and I wish you and the other out of work Kossacks the very best luck possible. America needs you. Needs all of us.

                  What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

                  by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 04:13:51 PM PDT

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  •  I don't believe I've ever rec'd this feature, (6+ / 0-)

    but that line from Gene Robinson is giant.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:10:18 AM PDT

  •  It's obvious that North Carolina's punitive (8+ / 0-)

    unemployment benefit reduction is designed to get the unemployed to leave North Carolina, which wouldn't be a bad idea if folks are in a position to do it.  The immediate stimulus of unemployment benefits will be lost to NC--and there will be other unforeseen consequences.

     A reduction in the number of weeks of eligibility from 26 to 20 here in MI has helped stimulate a migration elsewhere, especially among the young and educated.  GOP knuckleheaded legislature here too.  Even our GOP governor has somewhat acknowledged that as a state we're shortsighted in paying to educate our young only to have them leave to seek their fortunes elsewhere.  Unemployment benefits helped them survive from the loss of one low paying job to acquisition of another low paying job.

    Bottom line: Bible Belt believes they--not their God--can punish folks into some kind of virtue because, of course, only the lazy sinners are unemployed.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:12:55 AM PDT

  •  Can I get a C&J in here? (5+ / 0-)

    Boy is this place serious this morning.  Isn't anybody hung over from the weekend?

    Cheers to rain!  Keeps the lawn green and the gardens growing.  (We'll just ignore that mud that the dogs track in.)

    Cheers to unanswered prayers.  
    "we lost our Shawn Cassidy LPs"
    Yes, Jesus loves you.

    Cheers to dogs.   Dog sitting right now, so my household population has doubled to four.

    Cheers to electricity.  My clothes would not be drying right now with rain outside.

    Cheers to running water.  What we take for granted is a luxury for billions in this world.

    Cheers to starting the week out positive!

    Jee   (must..stay..positive)

  •  Obama visit to South Africa flops in that country (0+ / 0-)

    On the topic of President Obama’s visit to Africa, I blogger twice over the weekend about how the most powerful man in the world was being overshadowed in the South African press Nelson Mandela.
    See it here
    Ironically the New York Times on Saturday had the exact same topic as the lead story on its front page.
    Even while Obama was in the country the South African press focused on Mandela.
    South Africans are legitimately concerned about the founder of the rainbow nation, rather than some foreigner arriving for a photo op.
    http://warrenswil.com/...

    •  "Some foreigner"? (3+ / 0-)
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      Obama is the first black president ever elected in the US, hardly "some foreigner".
      Geezus.

      “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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:49:24 AM PDT

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    •  Of course the South African press is focused on (5+ / 0-)

      Mandela.  But Obama was in that country for far more than a photo-op.  Most of the actual work he went there to do is not being done in public, and there is no reason the press should "focus" on it.  He's there to encourage trade with the U.S., which is not by definition a public concern until the government of the country either gets on board with the idea of increased trade with the U.S. or rejects it.

      "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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:32:22 AM PDT

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      •  I also suspect that POTUS will (1+ / 0-)
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        make another 3-5 visits to the continent during the remainder of his term.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 08:03:54 AM PDT

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        •  I hope so. (0+ / 0-)

          The Chinese premier or a representative of his government has already traveled to African countries 23 times to talk with various governments to encourage trade with China.

          "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 Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:23:07 PM PDT

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  •  excellent (2+ / 0-)
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    H'aaretz article.  I have been so upset at the political discourse in Israel and the rightward movement.  Netanyahu's government does not reflect Jewish values.  Or those of decent human beings generally.  But in the context of our history, it's a particular disgrace.

    Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

    by KibbutzAmiad on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:50:57 AM PDT

  •  Pardon my English. (2+ / 0-)
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    mikejay611, Laconic Lib

    I don't give a rat's ass about the economic boost drilling for gas would bring. Amend that. Let's be specific what we're talking about here. Fracking.

    Pollute the water table within the Marcellus Shale and you render large areas of upstate NY uninhabitable. Sure, you can buy your drinking water fairly cheaply (unless and until the demand for it rises), but try bathing or showering or swimming in water contaminated with the toxic substances used to frack.

    No. We're just fine the way things are. When every proponent of fracking agrees to take a dip, a half hour swim, in the toxic waters pumped underground in the fracking process, maybe, only maybe, then I will reconsider.

    Jobs are no good if there is no water to sustain life.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:30:28 AM PDT

  •  Yitzhak Laor at Haaretz asked Israeli readers (1+ / 0-)
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    A very fundamental and basic question.

    Are Palestinians human beings?

    Its a question bibi and his fellow apartheid loving war monger crowd will be very uncomfortable to adress

  •  You know, it's kind of nice to have... (0+ / 0-)

    the opportunity to say good bye to Nelson Mandela, and to put his considerable legacy into perspective.

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