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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 January - Blogs I'm Following II

Senator Bernie Sanders Connecting the Dots in ...
Senator Bernie Sanders Connecting the Dots in Waitsfield, VT with 350 Vermont & Friends (Photo credit: 350vt)
English: Protesters demonstrating at the Wisco...
English: Protesters demonstrating at the Wisconsin State Capitol against the collective bargaining restriction on unions by Governor Scott Walker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pelagic and Brandt's Cormorants at Montaña de ...
Pelagic and Brandt's Cormorants at Montaña de Oro brandts-cormorant-MdO_9 (Photo credit: mikebaird)
10:10 pm MST

People - wake up...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 25 seconds ago
*now.* Gleefully stolen from *Subvet*

WI - Iron Mining Bill Drafted by Corporations

2old2care at Because I Can - 8 minutes ago
'Prove It First' law subject of 'well-funded mining industry attack on a grassroots and tribal movement' - Beth Brogan, staff writer Wisconsin's landmark miningmoratorium, which has protected sacred tribal lands and other areas from strip mining for 15 years, is under attack by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and industry executives who hope to overturn the requirement that, before obtaining a permit, prospective mining companies prove at least one mine in the country has not polluted surface or groundwater. Rebecca Kemble at The Progressive reports: Governor Scott Walker recent... more »

Oregon youth incriminates himself on Facebook, but his isn't the only foolish behavior we encounter

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 minutes ago
*You can view the clip here. Just one thing, though: What's all this about the fellow "Bragging About Hit-and-Run on Facebook"? Here's the tweet:* *The "classsic ;" may indicate an inappropriate casualness about the incident, but "bragging"? I do see apologizing, though, which goes unmentioned in the presentation.* *by Ken* And while I'm complaining, what's the deal with the HuffPost head, "Jacob Cox-Brown, Oregon Teen, Posts Facebook Status About Drunk Driving, Gets Arrested"? When on earth does a headline writer begin a head with the full name of someone nobody has ever heard of,... more »

ACTION; Comment to the Whitehouse

2old2care at Because I Can - 32 minutes ago
*Sen. Bernie Sanders: Millions of People Must Say 'No Cuts to Social Security'* 4 ½ minutes of your time + the time to make a comment to POTUS *Bernie Sanders: "I am not confident that the President will protect Social Security."* "We need support from the American people." "The vast majority of the American people have to be there." *Sen. Bernie Sanders: We Must Say,* Mr. President, You're Not Going to Cut Social Security. You're Not Going to Cut Medicaid. You're Not Going to Cut Medicare You are Not Going to Cut Veterans Benefits. *Contact the White House* President Obama... more »

Climatologist Files Suit Against Secret and Illegal Military Weather Modification Using Chemical Aerosols

Intercept at The Intercept - 45 minutes ago
Chemtrails Planet [image: Climatologist, Karsten Brandt, PhD] Climatologist, Karsten Brandt, PhD *Karsten Brandt was born in Bonn, Germany in 1973 and currently holds a doctorate in the field of Climatology* After graduating from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium in Bonn (1992), Brandt founded *www.donnerwetter.de* and is one of the first private weather service sites in Germany. After studying business administration at the University of Hagen (Diploma in Business Administration, 2001) as well as the history, politics and economics (Master’s degree, 2004) In 2007 Brandt earn... more »

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Important Video: Nun's Warning About Fukushima Radiation Hurting Children!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
It is now 2013, and almost 2 years since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Japan that is very much, unlike what the liars in the media try to promote, out of control. The failed reactor cores are still spewing toxic radioactive material into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, and now we are seeing the effects of exposure to that deadly radiation by people getting very sick in Japan, especially children... I want to present an important video for all of my readers to view for themselves. It is called: "A Nun's Warming: Radiation Hurts Children", and as the title states, it bring... more »

So Many Lies and Secrets About the Bailouts (and Huge Bonuses) That Everyone Was Enriched From But US!

Wall Street Wives So many lies. Where to start? Keep thinking "and we reelected these guys!" Cause the other guys were soooo muuuuuch woooooorrrssssse. It was all a lie - one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people. We were told that the taxpayer was stepping in - only temporarily, mind you - to prop up the economy and save the world from financial

Obama Gives Al-Qaeda Missiles To Attack America And West!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Obama is for gun control but not terrorist control. He is arming people in Syria who look back at 9/11 with a twinkle in their eye. Zionists also share that same feeling about 9/11. Remember the news reports about the Mossad spies who were dancing on the streets of New York when they saw the destruction of the twin towers? The memory of 9/11 lightens up the hearts of terrorists worldwide. Alex Jones - Obama Gives Al-Qaeda Missiles To Attack America And West!

Al Jazeera Exploits Plight of Victims To Help Bolster International Support For FSA Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
In the video below, Al Jazeera exploits the suffering of the victims in the imperialist and Zionist war against Syria to help bolster international support for the FSA gangs and Al Qaeda terrorists that are taking on the Syrian army and people. Fuck you Al Jazeera.

Catching up with Howie in the far southwest of India (And don't forget: Goo-gle SUCKS!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Some of the rioting in New Delhi in response to the gang rape of a young woman on a bus. It's from a clip you can view here. (I couldn't embed it because the demolished the rest of this post, thanks to the software our bloghost, Blogger (now owned by Google), forces us to use, the worst software of the last 1000 years. Let's say it all together: Goo-gle SUCKS! Goo-gle SUCKS! Goo-gle SUCKS!* * * *by Ken* As many readers will have noticed, Howie has been in India these last two or three weeks -- first in Delhi, where his friend Roland eventually joined him, then in Cochin in the st... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
http://www.silverdoctors.com/truck-carrying-10-million-in-silver-bars-crashes-in-upstate-ny/#more-19588 *TRUCK CARRYING $10 MILLION IN SILVER BARS CRASHES IN UPSTATE NY* JANUARY 2, 2013 BY THE DOC A truck heading from Rochester to Queens, NY crashed on Interstate 81 Monday, along with its cargo of $10 million in silver bars. The truck and $10 million in silver slid down the Interstate embankment, with the silver strewn across the interstate. In other news, Jamie Dimon spent New Years Eve vacationing in upstate New York. We hope rescue workers were able to recover every last bar... more »

“Technology Addiction” in the Electronic Age: Worldwide Progress or Servitude?

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Global Research Joel S. Hirschhorn [image: EMR]*Everywhere I look outside my home I see people busy on their high tech devices, while driving, while walking, while shopping, while in groups of friends, while in restaurants, while waiting in doctor offices and hospitals, while sitting in toilets – everywhere. While connected electronically, they are inattentive to and disconnected from physical reality.* People have been steadily manipulated to become technology addicted. Technology is the opiate of the masses. This results is *technology servitude.* I am referring to a loss of ... more »

Washington Worships The God of War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
With or without *Hagel at the helm in the Pentagon*, Washington is going to war with Iran. *USrael is going to attack*. Bet on it. The Great Satan will not disappoint his disciples. Imposing sanctions is an act of war, *as Dr. Paul said*, so America is already waging war on Iran. Israel has murdered Iranian scientists. You think these guys want peace? They want blood. The leaders of the Islamic regime in Iran also want war with the West. The war between Israel and Islam was on when *the CIA secretly installed Khomeini in Iran in 1979*. America, Israel, and Iran are pawns in th... more »

The Black Hole of Ick

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 4 hours ago
Today was supposed to be a quiet day I had done all my running around yesterday. Other than having an installer in this morning for a quote on a bathroom floor, I had no other plans. (The installer was quick to tell me it would be up to me to get the toilet off and fix the squeaks in the floor before the new linoleum went in.) It been pretty quiet around the house lately with one tenant away and another working midnights. I bumped into one of them this morning who offered to take me downtown to pick up a new toilet for the bathroom I've been slowly puttering away at. At first I... more »

Glenn Beck Speaks Logic About Sandy Hook (Kind of)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Most of what Glenn Beck says is nonsense. But not in this case. Go to the 1:30 minute mark in the video below. Glenn Beck says: "What happened is a shooting and killing of children. How? A guy using a gun. Why? The gun. What? Your How and Why are the same? No they're not." Beck is right. This is basic detective work. Beck adds near the end, "The culture we have created is bringing up a generation of zombie killers who are practically dead inside." His last point is kind of deep and philosophical, but it would make more sense if Adam Lanza was the actual shooter. But he wasn't. The ... more »

Thanks! Really Appreciate your letter!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*A young woman contemplates the computer screens aboard the colorful metro cars on the Xinbeitou line out to the hot springs in Beitou. Hence the tub shaped computer center.* Last year I got contacted by a couple heading out to Taiwan. They had been inspired by my Huffpost piece from a couple of years ago. Yesterday they sent me a great letter that totally shows the great cycling potential of Taiwan and the silliness of the government in pushing Sun Moon Lake (bleah!) Hi Michael - I wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time biking in Taiwan, so thanks again for your artic... more »

Taichung 46

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
Gorgeous day yesterday, so I headed for the Taichung 46, a magnificent little loop south and east of Dongshih, right off the 8. Accessible, lovely, and a great workout, I highly recommend this road (map link for map above). Click on READ MORE to see more. The weather soon cleared. Under blue skies, we ran into a couple of local riders at a 7-11 on the way and they decided to come with us. We had a great time riding the loop together. The opening section is quite easy. The road runs into a river valley. Very relaxing. Up you rise through the area's numerous orchards. The govern... more »

Zbigniew Brzezinski : Iran should be key topic at hearings

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Found this an interesting read. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Very influential. I find some of the language very interesting..* * *"Stalinist Russia" *Why not Communist Russia or the USSR? Why use Stalinist Russia?** *Did he use language as a reminder?* * **" our Middle Eastern and European friends who advocate U.S. military action against Iran are usually quite reticent regarding their readiness to shed their own blood in a new Middle East conflict"* What 'friends' is ZB referring to? The Zionist lobby? The 'friends' that push the hardest for an attack on Iran are none other then the follow... more »

You have the Right to know

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*Note: Regular text = D.* *BOLD ITALIC = Heather Tucci-Jarraf, Trustee of The One People's Public Trust* *Red italic = AK* http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2013/01/you-have-right-to-know.html SATURDAY, 5 JANUARY 2013 You have the Right to know By D. I started writing this around 11pm last night (first moment I had to sit quietly) but after writing around 6 paragraphs, I realized that it was disjointed mumble jumble. The caffeine had obviously worn off. This morning I realized that writing in a timeline was going to be too confusing for most people so I've decided to sta... more »

50 doomiest images of 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 6 hours ago
In 2011, Desdemona experienced *déjà vu* while collecting doom-laden images, but not so this year. Doom has begun to have a certain characteristic look: the record flooding looks the same, whether it’s in the Philippines or Nigeria; spiderwebs coat the flooded landscape in Pakistan and Australia alike. Mega-fires in Siberia and the U.S. West produce the same rivers of smoke, so gigantic that they’re visible from space. The desolation of razed rainforest is familiar in the Amazon and in Madagascar. The decaying corpses of poached wildlife in Africa evoke the same despair as drying ... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 20:43:17 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 11:43:17 AM at epicenter Location 55.473°N, 135.318°W Depth 7.7 km (4.8 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 95 km (59 miles) SSW (206°) from Port Alexander, AK

If General Petraeus is the most fascinating person of the year, what was Norman Schwarzkopf?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. *"The contradictions in his character and career are a reminder that no one, however powerful, is free of human frailty or immune to reversals of fortune. And that for us makes Gen. David Petraeus the most fascinating person of 2012."* -- Barbara Walters, at the end of the segment *by Ken* Huh? *That's* what made General Petraeus "the most fascinating person of the year"? *Seriously?* "No one is free of human frailty or immune to reversals of fortune"? Oh, for goodness' sakes! As it happens, I was already thinking about Gen. Norma... more »

Lamenting The Loss of the Light, The Ebbing of Grand Theory and The Decline of Old Boy Networks

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt have written a piece that is critical of the supposed move to hypothesis testing and the failure of IR folks to do grand theory. I have many reactions to this development that I thought I would engage in a bit of listicle: My first reaction was: Next title: why Continue reading

When Is a Public Hearing Not a Public Hearing?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Can you call something a "public hearing" when you refuse admission to the sitting Member of Parliament for the area you're holding your meeting? Newly-minted Victoria NDP MP Murray Rankin was left wondering just that after he was denied access to the Northern Gateway hearings now underway in Victoria. Rankin wasn't elected yet by the time the deadline for submissions to the Potemkin Village environmental hearings closed. *Vic Times Colonist* columnist Les Leyne said the whole security thing was a bit much: *The federal review hearing into the Northern Gateway pipeline at the Delta... more »

A Recipe for a New, Healthy Canadian Economy for 2013

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Ann Dale, Canada research chair in community sustainability at Royal Roads has formulated a recipe for a new and healthy Canadian economy for 2013. Among other things, Dale argues we need to break our fixation with constant growth in Gross Domestic Product and replace that with more meaningful goals. As *The Guardian's *enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, wrote recently, "sustainable growth" and "sustainability" are now polar opposites. *While others are going low-carb, Canadian political leaders should go low-carbon and start measuring some other metrics as well to slim down environmen... more »

Freedomworks puts the con into conservative

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Thanks to the huge falling out between Dick Armey and his former friends at Freedomworks, we now have the Freedomworks master plan for greater grifting. The basics are always the same. Take a few multi-millionaries and billionaires. Add about half a gross of pretty damn wealthy people and layer their money into your SuperPAC pan and bake an agenda. For the grassroots frosting, stir together about 30,000 rubes willing to dig into their SS and SSDI checks for small dollar amounts. Add a large dollop of misinformation and whip into a frenzy. Of course the end product stinks so hire ... more »

Crooked Cleanup: Radioactive waste dumped into rivers during decontamination work in Fukushima

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 8 hours ago
[image: Scene of 'shoddy decontamination efforts' in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. A supervisor kicks contaminated leaves in a river. Tamiyuki Kihara / The Asahi Shimbun] 4 January 2013 (The Asahi Shimbun) – Cleanup crews in Fukushima Prefecture have dumped soil and leaves contaminated with radioactive fallout into rivers. Water sprayed on contaminated buildings has been allowed to drain back into the environment. And supervisors have instructed workers to ignore rules on proper collection and disposal of the radioactive waste. Decontamination is considered a crucial process in en... more »

What Is Your Favourite State Best, or Worst, At?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
Most Canadians have a favourite U.S. state, usually the best known to them or the one they feel most comfortable with. Yet you might be surprised to discover what your pet state is best (or worst) at: h/t BusinessPundit.com

New South Wales faces most dangerous bushfire threat in 12 years as state swelters through record-breaking heatwave – ‘It is too late to leave’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 8 hours ago
[image: A member of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service burns underbrush to prepare for the most dangerous bushfire threat in 12 years, 6 January 2013. Fifty per cent of households have a member who intends to stay and defend. Mick Tsikas / Sydney Morning Herald] By Nick Ralston and Saffron Howden 6 January 2013 (Sydney Morning Herald) – NSW is facing its most dangerous bushfire threat in 12 years as the state swelters through a record-breaking heatwave and fire officials express concern about the public's preparedness. Across the country, fire crews were battling more than 10... more »

The Al Gore - Al Qaeda Connection

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
Al Gore *sold his channel Current TV to Qatar's Al Jazeera* for half a billion dollars. Al Jazeera has been popularizing and romanticizing the Al Qaeda terrorists who are killing innocent people in Syria. These Jihadist terrorists are not just executing regime sympathizers and loyalists, they're targeting whole villages and towns that refuse to kneel to them. Al Jazeera is supporting their unjust cause, which means they're endorsing terrorism and mass murder of civilians. In other words, Al Jazeera is the media mouthpiece for Al Qaeda, just as Fox News is the media mouthpiece for R... more »

French-Moroccan family dies in plane crash near Grenoble

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A private plane has crashed near Grenoble in south-eastern France, killing all five people on board. The twin-engine aircraft went down after take-off near the airport, about 50km (30 miles) north-west of Grenoble. The cause of the crash is unclear. The victims were a French-Moroccan couple and their children, officials said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20921206

Tasmania residents counting cost as fire fighting continues

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Fire-ravaged communities in Tasmania have spent the night in evacuation centres as a cooler change today is expected to help crews still battling several major blazes. The fire service has downgraded the bushfire between Forcett and the Tasman Peninsula, in the state's south-east, near where more than 100 homes have been destroyed since Friday. Another fire at Lake Repulse, in the Upper Derwent Valley, also has a watch and act alert, with firefighters still battling an out-of-control blaze at Dawson Road, east of Ellendale. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-06/tas-residents-counti... more »

Basking Shark Found off the Western coast of Africa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As per reports, a Donegal basking shark has been found off the western coast of Africa. The shocking discovery has been putting a number of experts to wander as well as raise questions about animal's habits. The newly discovered shark named as Banda was found approximately 3,000 miles away off the coast of Senegal. It was initially thought that the basking sharks can only be located at places, which have temperate waters. But, the recent discovery seems to be challenging the previous thoughts. http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/1315299-basking-shark-found-western-coast-africa

Italian designer Missoni aboard plane missing near Venezuela

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Italian fashion designer Vittorio Missoni, head of the eponymous fashion house, was aboard a small plane that has disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, a company spokeswoman said on Saturday. "The Missoni family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing, but we don't know any more," said Maddalena Aspes. "The authorities will resume their search for the plane in the morning." http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/italian-designer-missoni-aboard-plane-missing-near-venezuela-313734

Deadly flu sweeps across America: Strain of 'particularly aggressive' winter virus leaves 18 children dead as medical experts warn epidemic will worsen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012. And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet. 'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257597/Flu-infections-sweep-America-hospitalizing-thousands-leaving-18-children-dead-complications-going-worse.html

Riot police evict squatters from exclusive central London house after they hold rooftop protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The clashes took place after police officers were called to help bailiffs attempting to evict the group from Pimlico, London. The siege began at 10.35am yesterday when a bailiff serving a warrant of notice had items thrown at him by some of those inside the house. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257490/Riot-police-evict-squatters-exclusive-central-London-house-hold-rooftop-protest.html

A sleeping giant: Image taken from space shows population crowded around Mount Vesuvius centuries after it wiped out Pompeii

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
NASA has released an incredible image, taken from the International Space Station, giving a new perspective on one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world - Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The image was taken from the observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS) on New Year's Day. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2257624/Astronauts-view-sleeping-giant-Incredible-image-International-Space-Station-shows-Mount-Vesuvius-Bay-Naples.html

Meet Zbigniew Brzezinski, Conspiracy Theorist

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
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Journey Down the Rabbit Hole

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2013/01/journey-down-rabbit-hole.html FRIDAY, 4 JANUARY 2013 Journey Down the Rabbit Hole By D. This article was written late last night by a very good friend of mine. Welcome to the New Paradigm my friends. This is a new day, a new age. I know that many didn't understand what Heather was relaying during the conversation that we posted yesterday. And many did. I will say that Heather doesn't really speak in "3D", lol! But listen carefully, listen to the words with your heart AND mind. As the article I published a while ago about Russia... more »

Alaska and Haida Gwaii 7.7 Earthquakes End Enbridge`s Faint Pipeline Approval Hopes

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
Another major earthquake on BC`s northern coastline, listen up people, the main Cascadia fault is ready to slip, if that happens we are talking a major tsunami from Alaska clear down to the Oregon coast... Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline will never be permitted, Kitimat and Alaska have had major Tsunamis in the past, they WILL happen again.. Here is what happened 2 months ago, Canada`s second largest earthquake ever, and last night another big cracking earthquake and small tsunami.. Mother Nature has just spoke at the Enbridge hearings(again).. Joint Review Panel conducting t... more »

Here's What We're Up Against

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
There are a number of differences between the grounded Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling platform ship, Kulluk, and the sort of supertankers the Chinese are planning to run into and out of Kitimat. That said the Kulluk does provide a useful glimpse into what can go wrong in northern coastal waters and how hard it is to control when something like that happens. The Kulluk was being towed to its new site when the tow cable parted. Tug boats were right there but they couldn't get it back under tow and so it drifted onto the rocks. Now it turns out the Kulluk, which still hasn't brea... more »

Nepali Army Officer Faces Torture Charges

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A Nepali army officer has been in remanded in custody charged with two counts of torture after being arrested in the UK. Colonel Kumar Lama, 46, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, is accused of inflicting severe pain or suffering when he was acting in an official capacity. The offences are said to have taken place between April 15, 2005 and May 1, 2005, and April 15, 2005 and October 31, 2005 at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks at Kapilvastu, Nepal. http://news.sky.com/story/1033836/nepali-army-officer-faces-torture-charges

Fat-Free Econ 36: Peso Appreciation, Growth and Less Government

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
* This is my article two days ago in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/51944/fat-free-economics--why-the-peso-is-appreciating ---------- There has been a number of rather positive news about the Philippine economy at the end of last year extending up to the New Year. Among the more prominent ones are the impressive growth in the stock market, the high third-quarter GDP growth, and the peso appreciation. The latter is often seen as an indicator of confidence in the local economy by investors abroad, whether institutional or individual. They bring their foreign cu... more »

When Should You Shoot a Cop

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
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Not Exactly a Confidence Builder

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
For reasons I don't understand I often read the *Times Colonist* online before I go out to the front porch and pick up the morning's print edition. This morning the online paper had this headline, "*Tsunami warning* *for B.C. coast and Vancouver Island cancelled after 7.5 magnitude quake."* Once again I'm left wondering "what tsunami, what quake? What is it this time?" The only conclusion I can draw is that if, when, we do get hit by the Big One I won't know about it until my house starts hopping around or gets swept away on some mega-wave. Deep sleepers are at some disadvantage. ... more »

An Excerpt From Meister Eckhart's Sermon "Jesus Entered"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
"Do you want to know correctly if your suffering is your own or God's? You can tell it in this way: if you suffer for the love of yourself, in whatever way it be, this suffering hurts and is hard for you to bear. But if you suffer for the love of God and for God alone, that suffering does not hurt and is not hard to bear, for it is God who carries the burden. In all truth! If there were a man who liked to suffer for God and purely for God alone, and if on this man fell in a single blow all the suffering that all men have ever suffered, and all the suffering the entire world bears,... more »

Jack Knox It Straight Out of the Park

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
*Victoria Times Colonist* scribe Jack Knox has it right. It's not eco-hippies who will stop Harper's *Northern Gateway* pipeline, it's the heart of middle-class Canada who will do that job. *The panel reviewing Enbridge’s proposal to build a 1,150-kilometre pipeline from Alberta to a terminal at Kitimat will spend until Jan. 11 hearing presentations from more than 270 Victorians, all of whom signed up for the opportunity at least 15 months ago.* *First up was [Bill] Eisenhauer, with a message echoed throughout the day: Northern Gateway represents a rush to sell off a precious reso... more »

Syrian army rockets rebellious Damascus district

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Syrian army fired rockets at a Damascus district on Saturday, trying to drive out insurgents fighting their way closer to the seat of President Bashar al-Assad's power. As fighting that has killed 60,000 persists in the 21-month uprising turned civil war, Syria's deputy foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday, seeking to maintain the support of Assad's main regional ally. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20130105

Aurora Hostage Stand-Off Leaves Four Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Four people have been killed after a gunman barricaded himself inside a house in a Denver suburb with at least three hostages, according to reports. The suspected hostage-taker was believed to be among the dead at the home in Aurora, Colorado. Local media reported that police used tear gas to try to get the gunman out before he was shot. http://news.sky.com/story/1033856/aurora-hostage-stand-off-leaves-four-dead

What Was Really Behind the Dick Armey Blow-Up On National TV (Rushed Up and BecKKKed?)

From our friends at Crooks and Liars: FreedomWorks Board Report Leaked; Rush Limbaugh Subsidy Revealed! Posted: 04 Jan 2013 As one who spends a lot of her time researching organizations like FreedomWorks, I'm incredibly grateful to Mother Jones and Andy Kroll for their latest, which includes a leaked post-Dick Armey departure board report. The report confirms what we've said here all along:


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 10 hours ago
A new piece in Mother Jones magazine by Kevin Drum persuasively argues that the most significant factor in the rise in violent crime rates from the early 1960s to about 1990 was the introduction of lead in gasoline a generation earlier; and the ubiquitous fall in violent crime after 1990 is largely the result of taking lead additives out of gas in the 1970s. The hero of his story is a researcher named Rick Nevin: IN 1994, RICK NEVIN WAS A CONSULTANT working for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on the costs and benefits of removing lead paint from old houses. Th... more »

One Fish. One Point Seven Million Dollars. Adios, Blue Fin.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
It's a record. A 222kg blue fin tuna was sold for *$1.7-million* (155m yen) at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. *High bids traditionally mark the year's first auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.* * * *Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid out the record price last year, said the cost was "a bit high".* * * *The sale came amid continued warnings from environmentalists that tuna stocks are dwindling and overfished.* * 'Encourage Japan' * *This year's record-breaking fish was caught off north-eastern Japan and weighed in at 222kg (489lbs), some 47kg lighter ... more »

Vatican Is 'Cash Only' As Bank Of Italy Blocks Electronic Payments Over Money Laundering Concerns

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
* * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/03/its-cash-only-vatican-money-laundering_n_2403006.html *Vatican Is 'Cash Only' As Bank Of Italy Blocks Electronic Payments Over Money Laundering Concerns* By FRANCES D'EMILIO 01/03/13 01:59 PM ET EST VATICAN CITY -- It's "cash only" now for tourists at the Vatican wanting to pay for museum tickets, souvenirs and other services after Italy's central bank decided to block electronic payments, including credit cards, at the tiny city-state. Deutsche Bank Italia, which for some 15 years had provided the Vatican with electronic payment serv... more »

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
I'll take the easy way out...sure, it matters that they passed the fiscal cliff bill. Plenty of stuff to talk about this week, though, considering that it was New Year's Day week. The revolt against John Boehner in the Speaker vote? I'm not sure it's a full "didn't matter," but it certainly was overrated. That's what I have. What about you? What do you think mattered this week?

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 17:42:22 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:42:22 PM at epicenter Location 19.944°S, 66.439°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION Distances 315 km (196 miles) E (95°) from Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Don't Leave Home Without This Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 10 hours ago
*You might want to leave it in your wallet. * "American Express to refund $85m to customers" by Jessica Silver-Greenberg | New York Times, October 02, 2012 American Express will *reimburse $85 million* to about 250,000 customers to resolve accusations that the company *violated federal law in its marketing, billing, and debt collection practices*, the company and the government said Monday. The settlement is the latest enforcement action that federal and state regulators have brought against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions for problems in their credit card bus... more »

Czech presidential candidates: test your English

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*Czech TV and LHC:* Tonight, the Hyde Park Civilization [click for the full video] program of the ČT24 channel was airing an unusually high-brow episode about CERN. I haven't seen any remotely comparably advanced programs about particle physics in English. In one week, Czechia will vote its new president who will replace Prof Klaus (who's been the Czech president for 10 years) in March in the first direct presidential election ever. The two candidates who are expected to pass to the second round, Mr Miloš Zeman and Mr Jan Fischer, were facing one another in a direct TV debate las... more »

Ortega the Ogre

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 11 hours ago
"Backers call Boston coach a mentor; police say he’s a predator" by Wesley Lowery | Globe Correspondent, August 31, 2012 Jose Ortega was a legend in the Dominican communities in Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain, the cofounder of a booming youth baseball organization that fielded teams for hundreds of kids from age 7 to 18. The Boston Broncos, they were called, and their alumni included such professionals as Nelfi Zapata, a catcher in the New York Mets farm system. So when the Broncos’ 41-year-old coach was arrested in July on charges that he *sent sexually suggestive Faceb... more »

A New Wave of Obama Apologists

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
Let the Great Spin Begin. Now that what's left of the left is almost universally lambasting the Great Feckless Cliff Aversion Act as a huge gift to the rich rather than the rescue of the middle class that the White House wants you to believe it is, the usual pseudo-liberal suspects of the corporate media are out in droves. Via Naked Capitalism comes a valuable tutorial cutting through the propaganda which, according to Yves Smith, is aiming to soften up the public for "entitlement reform." They're attempting to trick us into thinking we're getting a fantastic deal, and that the rich... more »

Looking ahead to the (necessary) debt-ceiling raise, Greg Sargent suggests the president treat it as Congress's problem

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*"The whole thing reminds me of the great moment in Blazing Saddles when Sheriff Bart takes himself hostage by pointing a gun at his own head. The simple townsfolk of Rock Ridge were dumb enough to fall for it. Are we?"* *-- former Clinton-administration Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, in an e-mail to Greg Sargent* *by Ken* "Plum Line" blogger Greg Sargent is in receipt of a fascinating e-mail from from former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger (who served under Bill Clinton) which he has kindly shared with us ("Washington's 'Blazing Saddles' moment). The subject was the projec... more »

Natural Gas Extraction Produces Methane Gasses

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
*Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas by Jeff Tollefson Jan 2 2013 Nature* http://www.nature.com/news/methane-leaks-erode-green-credentials-of-natural-gas-1.12123 [Excerpted] Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental impact Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about the environmental benefits of the boom in natural-gas production that is transforming the US energy system....

I Finally Caught the Boston Globe School Bus

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 11 hours ago
*I'm sorry I was running late, dear readers. * "Boston schools pushing to keep buses on time; Changes follow 2 years of woes" by James Vaznis | Globe Staff, September 03, 2012 Superintendent Carol R. Johnson is determined to make sure that the *chronically late buses* that have *defined the opening of the past two school years*are history.... The true test will come this week with the start of the school year.... * **I've only just arrived.* “It’s just so incredibly important for this year to be different,” said Mary Tamer, a School Committee member who was one of the most outspok... more »

Mohawk Nation News: 'Harper Calls in Sell-Outs'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
MNN: HARPER CALLS IN SELL-OUTS By Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com MNN. Jan. 4, 2013. Harper, take some food to Chief Theresa Spence now, she’s hungry! Canada’s Prime Minister did not call in the Haudenosaunee or the traditional people. He doesn’t want to hear the truth. Harper wants poverty in the midst of plenty. So on January 11th he is

Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million in Tokyo

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., poses with a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Saturday, 5 January 2013. The tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set in 2012. Shuji Kajiyama / AP Photo] By MALCOLM FOSTER 4 January 2013 TOKYO (Associated Press) – A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year. In the year's first auction at Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji fish market, a 2... more »

Measuring the Externalities of US Food Production

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
From the National Academies Press Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food: by Leslie Pray, Laura Pillsbury, and Maria Oria, Rapporteurs; Food and Nutrition Board; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13521&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=The%20National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=NAP+mail+new+01.02.13&utm_content=&utm_term= DESCRIPTION [Excerpted] The U.S. food system provides many benefits, not the least of which is a safe, nutritious and consistent food supply. However, the... more »

Ellison to Repubs: Want cuts? Let’s Do It!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 11 hours ago
From The Turks - Current TV - 4 minutes (Sorry about this – the audio track is off – best to listen to it rather than watch it) “ ... we work with our Republican colleagues to make cuts that really make sense.” ”My point is, if Republicans want to do cuts, we should do cuts, but we’re not going to hurt America’s working class and poor to do it,” Ellison said. It appears the tone of the conversation and the topic of the conversation may be taking a left turn. Hopefully they stick with these new talking points and refine them over the next two months.

Kind of Ironic

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago

Raping the Land, Contaminating Our Water for Natural Gas Exports

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Exports of American Natural Gas May Fall Short of High Hopes By CLIFFORD KRAUSS January 4, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/business/energy-environment/exports-of-us-gas-may-fall-short-of-high-hopes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130105&_r=0 [excerpted] — Only five years ago, several giant natural gas import terminals were built to satisfy the energy needs of a country hungry for fuels. But the billion-dollar terminals were obsolete even before the concrete was dry as an unexpected drilling boom in new shale fields from Pennsylvania to Texas produced a glut of cheap dom... more »

Saturday Afternoon Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Promotional and Disciplinary Peter Henne’s guest post — in which he asks questions about peer reviewing from the perspective of a junior scholar — has been getting a lot of traffic. But it’s a pretty big tell that no one has attempted to answer his questions. Iver Neumann’s not the first scholar to be interviewed Continue reading

Duncan-Bailey Search: Woman's Body Found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A body has been found by police officers investigating the death of a mother-of-two, Scotland Yard has said. Officers believe it is that of Janelle Duncan-Bailey, 25, who has not been seen since she went missing in south London in the early hours of Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said a 30-year-old man was last night arrested on suspicion of her murder and remains in custody at a police station in the capital. http://news.sky.com/story/1033870/duncan-bailey-search-womans-body-found

Man Arrested After Shots Fired In NI Clashes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A man has been arrested in Belfast on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were fired after clashes between loyalist and nationalist protesters. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed the arrest of the 38-year-old man. He was held after a number of shots were fired in east Belfast. Officers had earlier used water cannon amid disturbances in the Lower Newtownards Road area of the city. http://news.sky.com/story/1033841/man-arrested-after-shots-fired-in-ni-clashes

New twist in stricken Alaska rig saga: Shell was moving it to avoid tax – Salvors board to make initial assessment

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: The Shell-owned drilling unit Kulluk, which grounded off the Alaskan coast, near Sitkalidak Island on the north edge of Ocean Bay, on 31 December 2012. USCG via upstreamonline.com] By Tom Bawden 4 January 2013 (The Independent) – Shell’s ill-fated attempt to tow an offshore oil rig from Alaska to Seattle in the final days of December was motivated by a desire to avoid $7m (£4.3m) of Alaskan state taxes, it emerged today. But the oil giant will instead suffer a multi-million dollar loss on the exercise after the rig ran aground off the Alaskan coast on Monday night. Th... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 15:41:43 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:41:43 AM at epicenter Location 55.622°N, 135.154°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 75 km (47 miles) SSW (204°) from Port Alexander, AK

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 15:32:15 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:32:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 55.485°N, 134.904°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 110 km (68 miles) W of Craig, Alaska

Ex-Burglars Say Gun Owner Maps Make Their Jobs Easier, Safer

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade. The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-ma... more »

Aurora Hostage Situation: Colorado Man Allegedly Holds Multiple People In Townhouse, Police Say

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
AURORA, Colo. -- Authorities are outside a Colorado home where they believe an armed man may be holding as many as four people hostage. Officers have been negotiating with the man, sometimes using a bullhorn, and several homes in the area have been evacuated. Carlson says officers believe the man is holding three to four adults hostage. Aurora police did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine wil... more »

Bill Whittle: Rule of Lawlessness...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*is the new reality in the U.S.A.*

Adding Value to the Worthless?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
*Why Embrace 19th Century Assessments for the 21stCentury?* *Guest Commentary by Stephen Stollmack* * * Public education is part of the conceptual framework of this country. Most accept the basic format of a homeroom teacher keeping the younger children all or most of the day, phasing into different teachers, each one responsible for one of the menu of subjects laid out for every child based on his or her age. Most probably recognize that their children are facing an environment much different from the one they grew up – with ‘high-stakes testing, on-line classes, entirely new Stan... more »

On balance, Charles Blow rejects Django Unhinged!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013* *Once more, presenting a Challenge:* At best, Charles Blow seems lukewarm about Django Unchained. Here’s how today’s column starts: BLOW (1/5/13): America has slavery on the brain these days. *There were the recent releases of the movies “Lincoln” (which I found enlightening and enjoyable) and “Django Unchained” (which I found a profound love story with an orgy of excesses and muddled moralities). I guess my preferences reflect my penchant for subtlety. *Sometimes a little bit of an unsettling thing goes a long way, and a lot goes too far. Aside from its... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 14:37:18 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:37:18 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.337°N, 155.066°W Depth 9 km (5.6 miles) Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII Distances 16 km (10 miles) SSE (156°) from Fern Forest, HI


gail zawacki at Wit's End - 13 hours ago

sliver of sky: barry lopez tells his story of sexual abuse and recovery

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
In the current issue of *Harper's*, there is a long feature by author Barry Lopez about the sexual abuse he endured as a child, and his path of recovery and healing. It may be the best first-person account of such trauma you will ever see. Right now it is only available on the newstand or online by subscription. * Harper's* makes most of their features available online eventually. However, if you have a personal or professional interest in child sexual abuse, I highly recommend buying a copy of the January 2013 issue of * Harper's* as soon as you can. Barry Lopez, Sliver of Sky.

Haiti In Fantino's Crosshairs

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
Julian Fantino -- who proclaimed before Christmas that Canada's foreign aid would be linked to Canadian corporate opportunities -- announced this week that Canada was suspending aid to Haiti, that God-forsaken half of the island of Hispaniola: “If I can put it to you bluntly, we will not be signing any more blank cheques,” Fantino said. “There will be expectations and accountability associated with future aid.” The former head of the Ontario Provincial Police likes to be blunt. The problem is that, as he showed on the national defense file, he's clueless. If you want to know w... more »

The Awesome Canadian

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I'm not even going copy and paste the anonymous comments from mainstream websites about Chief Spence and "Idle No More." We all know the drill. They say that there is NO racism in Canada. The problems that the First Nations suffer (poverty, alcoholism, suicide, homelessness, high incarceration rates, prostitution, child abuse, unemployment, etc.,) are all their own fault. The need for change is entirely with them. Mainstream Canada would welcome them with open arms if they would only choose to abandon their retrograde cultures and assimilate. Oh! If only they would make that choic... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*WR Lance Moore Named New Orleans Saints 2012 Man of the Year* *The BS From The NFL League Office Is Starting To Get Deep ~Saints Tailgate* *Chris Rose: The Super Bowl is a bore* *State spruces up NO for Super Bowl* *Texas Brine sues to block state order for wells* *Property owners oppose land seizure* *Report: Levee project swells to $12.9 billion*

Sea Frozen In China As Temperatures Plummet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, freezing coastal waters and trapping 1,000 ships in ice. Since late November the country has withstood average temperatures of -3.8C, 1.3C colder than average and the chilliest for 28 years. The bitter cold has even frozen the sea in Laizhou Bay on the coast of Shandong province in the east, stranding nearly 1,000 ships, the China Daily newspaper reported. http://news.sky.com/story/1033766/china-weather-ships-stranded-as-sea-freezes

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN XIZANG - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 13:41:33 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:41:33 PM at epicenter Location 31.301°N, 86.530°E Depth 27 km (16.8 miles) Region WESTERN XIZANG Distances 388 km (241 miles) N (357°) from Namche Bazar, Nepal

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:50:02 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:20:02 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 28.415°N, 51.980°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN IRAN Distances 74 km (45 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

Boehner Needs Something For A Headache-- Something Strong

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
According to the latest Gallup poll, most Americans don't trust the Obama-Boehner deal and they blame Boehner and Republicans in Congress more than Obama and the Democrats. People are feeling surly and let down by our political elites. Sure, Boehner fares worst, but no one on either side of the aisle has reason for celebrating: Boehner, as usual, is ignoring the broad spectrum of American voters and focusing on reestablishing unity in his fractured House caucus and appealing strictly to the Fox-Hate Talk far right base of the GOP. He says he absolves everyone in the caucus who's ... more »
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