s skippy the bush kangaroo: March 2013

skippy the bush kangaroo

Sunday, March 31, 2013

10 things i hate about commandments

as is our tradition, happy easter...

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yep. conservatives have no qualms about mass murdering millions in the middle east...but when google doodle celebrates the birthday of cesar chavez on march 31...they freak out.
conservatives reacted with outrage on easter sunday after seeing that the search engine google had honored labor activist and civil rights leader cesar chavez, who died 20 years ago.

"i thought the chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early april fool’s day prank…are they just going to leave that up there all day?” fox news host dana perino wrote on twitter. - raw story
twitchy highlights some of the twitter outrage over this "celebration" of the "union socialist california cult figure."

and then of course...where was the "outrage" last year

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tweet of the day

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peeps in space!


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happy cesar chavez' birthday...oh, i mean...

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sunday drive

the 15 most pointless foods in your supermarket

15-year-old girl understands rape culture better than cnn

the weak link in the world's economy

republicans struggle to recover from teapartyitis
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

good news for modern geeks

for you doctor fans out there, the news is good: david tennant confirms he will reprise his role of the 10th doctor in the 50th anniversary special this fall, along side matt smith as the 11th.

even better: billie piper is coming back as rose.

we're still hoping the bbc convinces the other 6 past surviving doctors to join in. tho rumor has it tom baker (4th doctor, and our personal favorite, till we saw tennant, who became our personal favorite, till we saw smith) is all set to participate.
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saturday night on saturn

tea party group boycotting fox news for being too liberal

our bud joe gandleman's take on why the gop's rebranding effort will fail

how the nra secretly protects people who commit crimes with guns

and rip harry potter's uncle vernon, great character actor richard griffiths
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Friday, March 29, 2013

friday morning

nyc cop sez he was told to target hispanics and blacks on 'stop and frisk'

iraqi bith defects worse than hiroshima

inside the heads of the 1%

and get aell wishes to our blog buddy paddy, over @ the political carnival, who broke her arm (awwwwwwwwww)

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

a modest proposal about corporate personhood

if slavery and involuntary servitude are crimes under the thirteenth amendment, and if slavery is defined as a person who is the property of another, then can corporations be legal persons under the law?
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lazy thursday

drought will likely get worse in 2013

private sector parasites that suck the system dry

glenn beck is making a lot of money

meanwhile, the founding director of pew research sez fox news is the problem with the gop
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

skippy's wednesday night music club

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great signage

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newest black market item

maple syrup.

Maple Syrup Heist Leaves Quebec in a Sticky Mess
as maple’s value soars, tracing its provenance has become surprisingly problematic. a gallon now sells for about $40, nearly double the price three decades ago, and with that mark-up has come a world of trouble. in 2012, a handful of vermont producers had barrels of syrup snatched from their farms; last summer, $20 million worth of syrup was stolen from québec’s strategic syrup reserve. that event was to maple producers what the 1990 isabella stewart gardner museum theft was to the art world.

so far, 23 people have been arrested and more than a dozen have landed in jail for what has been dubbed the great canadian maple syrup heist. officials in canada and the u.s. are still tracking syrup and untangling the details. why is the department of homeland security involved? because at least 12 tankers of the stolen syrup were driven over the border and delivered to st. johnsbury’s maple grove farms, which is now embroiled in the investigation. - seven days

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sasha and malia are fodder for the gop slime

the hatred of the president and the first lady has trickled down to the first daughters. these guys know no shame...or class.
this week, breitbart news broke a long-standing security protocol and published a story detailing the precise location where president obama’s daughters are vacationing this week. on wednesday, rep. steve king (r-ia) used the report to attack the first daughters for taking a vacation. - think progress
really....when will these guys stop? when the girls are kidnapped? when there is a death? 

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wellington's wednesday

why it's so hard to keep guns out of abusive homes

a progressive manifesto

megan mcain thinks being a republican who supports gay marriage is a bitch

1,200-year-old egyptian text describes a shape-shifting jesus
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

skippy's tuesday night music club

let them listen to cake.

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are we the real terrorists?

one of the saddest statements on our current fear based society that i have heard in quite a while.
if you don't listen to "best of the left," i highly suggest you put it on your podcast list.

heard on best of the left, - are we the people the real terrorists? - thom hartmann

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love you til tuesday

military justice is broken say sexual assault victims

the gop's bachmann problem

because michele could face a house ethics probe over her presidential campaign

how arctic ice loss amplified superstorm sandy
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health care costs

i got annoyed again and wrote to my representative about health care.  here is part of his response:

You may also be interested to know that I am an original co-sponsor of the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act (HR 261), which instructs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a low-cost public health insurance option without compromising quality or access to care. A public option will maintain consumer choice, while providing affordable, high-quality coverage. It will also increase competition and help drive down insurance costs. I am also a co-sponsor of the Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act (HR 676), which would establish a privately-delivered, publicly-financed universal health care system, significantly improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our health care system. Both of these bills have been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. While I do not serve on this committee, I will continue to advocate for these bills as they make its way through Congress.
 i was definitely interested to know that.   that's from keith ellison, a decent man who actually wants to help his constituents.  my former representative, before they redrew the district, was erik paulsen, a worthless jerk who never met a businessman he wouldn't blow.  his lead staff guy on health care reform in 2009 was andy christianson, a worthless slug whose main duty was to lie to constituents.  he lied to my face at a townhall meeting and then slithered away, leaving a trail on which i was careful not to step.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Where the Story Begins

We generally start this evening with the birth of Moses (Exodus 2:2-3; "And the woman conceived , and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.") or at the earliest the declaration of Pharaoh (1:22; "And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.") But understanding only comes if you start a bit earlier, and realize the demographic dilemma, highlighted by Exodus 1:5-10:

And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already. 6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. 8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply , and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies , and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
which does not work out as planned (Exodus 1:11-14):

Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew . And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
And is only compounded by the actions of Shiphrah and Puah, in the first documented example of traison de clercsExodus 1:15-21:

And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives , of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16 And he said , When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live . 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive . 18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives , and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive ? 19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives : and the people multiplied , and waxed very mighty . 21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
Given the choice between democracy and rule, Pharaoh opted for the latter. And so the story begins at the table--though not of the Exodus.

Happy Pesach!

(cross-posted from Angry Bear)
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this monday morning feeling

kids aren't getting drivers' licenses as much as before

income inequality and democratic militarism

fox adds no new viewers for the second year in a row

nyc cops spent a million hours over 11 years on marijuana arrests
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monsanto teams up with congress

to shred the constitution.
our founding fathers, white-maleness aside, did get a few things right. one of them was the concept of “separation of powers,” to ensure a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. but a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in congress upends that system. without any hearings on the matter, the senate included language that would require the u.s. department of agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically-engineered crops. - appetite for profit

...“these provisions are giveaways, pure and simple, and will be a boon worth millions of dollars to a handful of the biggest corporations in this country,” [sen. jon] tester said. “they deserve no place in this bill. we simply have got to do better on both policy and process.” - politico

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i benghazi, how are you?

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

sunday down south

the dark side of the personal finance industry

republicans can't hide their racist obama hate

why dems shouldn't put social security and medicare on the table

why medical bills are killing us
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

earth hour - tonight - 8:30 p.m.

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saturday night is the lonliest night of the week

anti-weed politician busted for weed

texas tea party leader sez fascism is constitutional

no. carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry

the danfgrous myth that climate change is reversible

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Friday, March 22, 2013

happy birthday william shatner

you foodie, you!  live long and deep fry! (just don't try the tribbles)

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backer of open internet

steps down as fcc chairman.
the resignation on friday of julius genachowski after four years as chairman of the federal communications commission again raises a thorny issue for president obama: whether it will be possible to get the fcc. or congress to help him fulfill a campaign promise to guarantee that the internet remains free and open to businesses and users. - nytimes

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friday night on a dollar bill

the iraq war: who got it right

iowa and south dakota got 25% of their electricity from wind power in 2012

handicapped workers often face abuse

a dictionary for deciphering the news
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

the tweet

heard round the world.

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This is for Tim Duy

who, besides being a first-class Fed watcher,  first told me about Kellie Pickler.*

I'm thinking right now that Pickler is thinking to herself, "Dangitall, I wrote a song with Taylor Swift. Now she's on the cover of Vanity Fair, and I'm doing Dancing with the Stars."

Harkening back to better days, at least so far as my pop culture consumption is concerned, the song they wrote together. (Consider the Spanish subtitles to be lagniappe.)

*The only time I ever saw American Idol was when Fantasia made her first appearance. This probably ruins my image as a pop culture maven. Selah.

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jersey thursday

how to finish off the nra

make-believe numbers in pursuit of misguided goals

this is what farms will look like in the future

father hacks donkey kong for daughter, makes pauline the hero

and rip porn star harry reems
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Apologies Due and Rendered

It's been a little over ten years, and I have now (thanks to Sarah Wendell) had to face the truth.  And it is an ugly truth:

The exact length, if Langdon recalled correctly, was around fifteen hundred feet, the length of three Washington Monuments laid end to end.*
All of you (and especially Teresa) who told me years ago that Dan Brown cannot write: I believed you on an intellectual level, but I didn't realize it would—nay, could—be this much of a train wreck.

I am very sorry for having had a scintilla of doubt.  I'm also coming to the conclusion that Ron Howard is an underrated director, since the screenwriter's other credits are begging for a Scott Lemieux evaluation.

In other apologies today, I didn't think anyone could do Worse than Ezra. Fortunately, some people (hi, Brad) are paying $20 a year so that Andrew Sullivan can continue to promote himself and embarrass his supporters at the same time.  Fortunately, Blue Girl in a Red Redesigned State** does the intellectual garbage pick-up:

How is he...trying to wash off that blood? By writing blog posts? How courageous of them. How meaningful for that little dead boy in the photo he included in his post. (Warning, the photo is graphic.)

Rumsfeld and Cheney were were great at projecting competence and management skills?

Is he on glue?

The good news of the day:  Dave Neiwert is back to blogging. And has a book coming out soon.

*Brown, Dan (2003-03-18). The Da Vinci Code: A Novel: 1 (Robert Langdon) (p. 36). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. And note for the record that The Washington Monument is 555' 5 1/2" high. Three of those would be more than 1,650 feet.

**It is cruel of me to note that Ohio is the only not-necessary-Red State on the Most Unhappy States list. (h/t Instaputz)
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10 years later...more thoughts

why is the rapist panda loving scooter libby allowed to vote again?

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10 years later....

why isn't big dick cheney in jail?

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dylan ratigan had a show, eh eye eh eye oh

and then he gave it the heave ho....eh eye eh eye oh...
dylan then financed a farm...eh eye eye eye..wow!

...it was a three-tour iraq combat marine and his war-protestor wife who pointed me in a new direction. they were guests on my show last june discussing how they were bootstrapping their way to operate a high-yield hydroponic organic farm that uses 90% less water and produces three times as much food. it was a business that promised to cure food deserts – areas where access to fresh and healthy food is limited – while having the potential to create jobs for thousands of combat veterans, each of whom was the beneficiary of $1 million in military training while on active duty.
...last fall, i moved from nyc to north san diego county, just outside of the camp pendleton marine base, to work full-time with colin and karen archipley at their hydroponic organic farm, “archi’s acres.” after realizing how impressive their ideas and effectiveness are, i decided to invest the money that i earned for writing greedy bastards (which when combined with a loan from whole foods) to build a 30,000 square foot “farm incubator” that can serve as the prototype for job-creating, water-saving, food-producing, veteran-led hydroponic organic greenhouses nationwide. we’ve even enlisted major general melvin spiese and his wife filomena to join us in support of our mission to make this program more diverse and robust enough to build it into a nationwide network - dylanratigan.com

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tweet of the day

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wednesday's song

majority of americans say iraq war wasn't worth it

uh, is this good news? unmanned drone industry will add 70,000 new jobs in the u.s.

americans are being punished because republicans refuse to pay their debts

world health organization confirms 15th death from new virus in saudi arabia

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

rape is rape...and it's a crime

would the media and people be concerned about the future of the crime purpetrators of an armed robbery? of a drug running operation? of a kidnapping? why then do the futures of rapists concern the media more than the future of the victim?
the victim in the steubenville rape case, known in most (but not all) of the media coverage of the case as "jane doe", was taught by her rapists, her then-friends and much of her hometown that she doesn't matter. she didn't matter to the boys who made use of her unconscious body to satisfy their own sexual urges and desire for power; she didn't matter to her friends who sided with those boys; and she didn't matter to the football boosters in her hometown, who were unwilling to see their pride in the team tarnished by the actions of two of its players. - the guardian
rape is rape. it's not a "legitimate" or "illegitimate." it's rape. it's a violent crime.
a woman's body doesn't shut down during a rape...pregnancy can occur.
why do human beings see someone passed out and think that it is their right to mount them?

we are a sick, sick society. we need to change our thinking from "don't get raped" to don't rape.

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losing on a tuesday

wisconsin's gov. walker's anti-union bill gutted for now

why the rich prosper while we get screwed

what bob woodward's book about john belushi tells about how bad a reporter woodward is

sh*t ceo's say
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Monday, March 18, 2013

thank god it's monday

10 companies profiting most from war

10 companies with the worst reputations

va ability to provide benefits quickly plummets under obama

and wednesday is national repeal the sequester day - find an event near you!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

sunday down in tennessee

liberal homes use less electricity

scientists say america too dumb for democracy

2 years later, japan tsunami debris still washing ashore

a dictionary for deciphering the news
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

saturday night's alright for fighting

america isn't nearly as conservative as conservative politicians think

gun show host killed; tin foil hats donned

did you know that chained cpi is a middle class tax hike?

photos of animals and their mini-me's
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you know you want to

please sign my petition : kick obama out of the democratic party for continually offering to cut social security as part of a deficit deal even though it doesn't add one penny to the deficit.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

frankenfoods are hitchin' a ride

on a bill....
...the so-called “monsanto rider” is back, this time thanks to an anonymous senator, or group of senators, who have attached it to the must-pass “continuing resolution” that will keep the government operating as of march 27. let me just say that when it comes to congress — which is chockablock with men and women desperate for media attention — whenever you hear the word “anonymous” attached to anything, you know you there’s something sketchy going on.

tom philpott at mother jones did the yeoman’s service of digging out the exact language from the bill. right after the section where congress defunds the mohair subsidy program (you do know we have a mohair subsidy program, don’t you?), the draft legislation states that in the event that a court declares a genetically modified seed illegal, the u.d. department of agriculture can override the judge and allow farmers to keep planting, harvesting, and distributing it. - grist
one senator is fighting mad...and fighting against this "shady dealing" of monsanto and their minions.

senator jon tester of montana.
you..yes you...can help him. call or write your senator or sign the petition.

let's try to take back our country...one bite at at time. 

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war on women

the new york police apparently are joining in on it. they have to run criminal check on the victims of domestic violence...even if the only thing they have is an unpaid traffic ticket, off to jail the domestic violence victim goes. yeah...this is really going to encourage women to report being victimized.
women who report domestic violence are exposing themselves to arrest under a new nypd directive that orders cops to run criminal checks on the accused and the accuser, the post has learned. - nypost

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g.o.p member defends slavery

at their crazy conclave known as cpac.
a panel at the conservative political action committee on republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for african-americans. - think progress

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friday night lights

the koch brothers are spending millions to deny poor americans healthcare

j.c. penny to cut 2,200 jobs

godwin on godwin's law

missing iditarod dog backtracks hundreds of miles of the race route to get back home
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

skippy's thursday night music club

gotta love the smoking while singing....

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1/3 of a second to examine a chicken

can you tell if there is salmonella or e.coli on a carcass in that amount of time?
are you feeling safe about eating chicken?
a new food inspection rule proposed by the us department of agriculture would let poultry plants conduct their own inspections, removing federal food inspectors from the assembly line. at a house appropriations oversight hearing on wednesday, food safety and inspection service administrators argued the move would save taxpayers money and allow the department to focus on testing for pathogens like e. coli and salmonella. - think progress


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scott prouty receiving death threats

because he was courageous enough to show what the gop presidential candidate was really thinking.
"...after going public, i've received a flood of physical and legal threats in emails and tweets. people have found my address and have shown up at my door. it's possible I may have to move. and i've had to contact several lawyers and have incurred legal expenses. i might incur more going forward. i always knew that if i talked about this, i could become a target, and i don't want to be melodramatic, but some of the threats i've received do cause me to be concerned for my safety and that of my loved ones. i appreciate all the support i've received from the beginning—and especially now. many people have asked how they could help. this is one way. i've also said in interviews that if they would like to show their support they can send donations to the aspca and the Institute for global labour and human rights. these are both groups that i care about.- mother jones
he helped us. we need to help him.

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matt taibbi - live blogging

senate hearing tomorrow...where, hopefully they'll get their a****s handed to them on a silver plate.
beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, i'm going to be live-blogging a hearing held by senator carl levin's permanent subcommittee on investigations – the best crew of high-end detectives this side of the wire, in my opinion – who will be grilling j.p. morgan chase executives and high-ranking federal regulators in a get-together entitled, "j.p. morgan chase "whale" trades: a case history of derivatives risks and abuses." this follows this afternoon's release of a brutal 301-page report commissioned by levin and republican john mccain by the same name. - rolling stone

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holy thursday

states with most gun laws have fewer gun deaths

where all 50 states stand on abortion in two handy charts

canadian arctic glaciers headed for irreversable thaw

customer pulls out gun after employee refuses her coupon
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

wednesday's child

senate dems drill obama over his willingness to cut social security

more and more workers are demanding paid sick days

drunk man w/concealed carry permit accidentally shoots wife

very, very privileged people want to cut spending on everybody else

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

skippy's tuesday night music club

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have questions on healthcare in california

under obamacare?  coveredca.com
you can even estimate the cost for coverage.

go get the real answers. don't let the gop scare you.

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the right wing whackos hate the president

but they also hate the first lady. really, really hate.
flotus was having a q&a on twitter regarding her "let's move" campaign for kids, and the racism poured in.

click here to see the daily kos diary that "highlights" the ugliness. i am too appalled to post here.

mrs. obama is a woman of class and grace. i am sorry that members of our society can't emulate that.

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we've seen kangaroos on the run

now we have dolphins on the loose. soviet "attack dolphins" no less. modern day "day of the dolphin" or are they just seeking slippery assylum? somethings fishy here.
uh oh - it seems the ukrainian navy has a small problem on their hands. after rebooting the soviet union's marine mammal program just last year with the goal of teaching dolphins to find underwater mines and kill enemy divers, three of the ukrainian military's new recruits have gone awol. apparently they swam away from their trainers this morning ostensibly in search of a "mate" out in open waters. it might not be such a big deal except that these dolphins have been trained to "attack enemy combat swimmers using special knives or pistols fixed to their heads." - the atlantic


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hungover on a tuesday

guess what? paul ryan still wants to kill medicare

silicon valley full of stoners

ex-model sues for unauthorized mad men appearance in title sequence

if people talked about 'seinfeld' the way they talk about 'girls'

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Monday, March 11, 2013

skippy's monday music club

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universal healthcare is a right for iraqis

but not for americans...said the republicans in 2004.
fresh from a two-day weekend visit to iraq, the bush administration's top health-care official defended the $950 million that will be spent to help iraq establish universal health care. congressional democrats have criticized the administration for helping Iraq to establish universal health care without doing the same for u.s. citizens - seattle times

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joe lie-berman

joins the uber-conservative think tank american enterprise institute.
senator joseph lieberman to join senator jon kyl as co-chair of the american internationalism project at the american enterprise institute - aei website
wonder how (president) gore feels about his running mate joining forces with one of the major climate change deniers. remember this story from a few years back?
scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today. letters sent by the american enterprise institute (aei), an exxonmobil-funded thinktank with close links to the bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the un's Intergovernmental panel on climate change (ipcc). - the guardian (2007)

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supersize new york says the judge

mayor bloomberg plans for super sized ban on super sized soda...have been popped.
mayor michael bloomberg’s  public health initiative to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces was set to begin on tuesday — but after a state judge struck down the initiative on monday, new yorkers won’t have to relinquish their supersize sodas anytime soon. - think progress
the mayor’s plan, which he pitched as a novel effort to combat obesity, aroused worldwide curiosity and debate — and the ire of the american soft-drink industry, which undertook a multimillion-dollar campaign to block it, flying banners from airplanes over coney island, plastering subway stations with advertisements and filing the lawsuit that led to the ruling. mr. bloomberg said he would immediately appeal, and at a quickly arranged news conference, he fiercely defended the rationale for the rules, which would have limited the size of sugary drinks to 16 ounces at restaurants, theaters and food carts. “i’ve got to defend my children, and yours, and do what’s right to save lives,” the mayor said. “obesity kills. There’s no question it kills.” - nytimes


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thank god it's monday

10 celebs you didn't know were atheists

fear: the cycle that drives assault weapon sales

goper decries yacht clubs as elitist, while being on the board of a yacht club

kids love the facebook, right? maybe not so much...
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

skippy's sunday night music club

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hey californians...got obamacare questions?

get real answers on how california is setting up the health exchanges at coveredca.com.

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sunday date

most mass shootings target women and families

10 secrets you online broker didn't tell you

lawmakers get violent emails over gun control

why internet addiction is a controversial diagnosis
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Saturday, March 09, 2013

saturday night twist

nypd lied under oath to prosecute occupy activist

cleveland city lawyers want to join the teamster, citing low pay

art gallery project creates a record store that only stocks the white album

florida in considering springing forward and never falling back

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Friday, March 08, 2013

friday night in dixie

thin snowpack in west signals drought-stricken summer

did u.s. special forces commit atrocities in afghanistan?

wealth gap between white and african-american households tripled in the last 25 years

the new, improved civil war that's infecting the gop
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how sad is that?

harvard educated constitutional lawyer schooled by right-wing nutjob.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

gray thursday

big box stores are experiencing scale implosion

36 u.s. cities ranked by their bikeability

billionaires losing hope for lower taxes

2 new species of mini-salamander discovered in columbia
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

wednesday week

mayor bloomberg bans food donations to homeless because the salt content can't be determined

why does the right wing hate science so much?

dc comics will kill off robin

this is your brain on cookies
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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

photo bomb

we love this.

Todd Akin at rally, sign says "You can't fix stupid, but you can vote them out."

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house of cardinals

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gop war on women

house republicans propose rolling back access to birth control to avert government shutdown - think progress


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jon stewart takes a holiday

ok..ok...our patron saint is taking a "working" holiday...but holiday nonetheless. quite deserved in our humble opinion.
mr. stewart, the stand-up satirist and “daily show” host, said on tuesday that he would direct his first movie, a drama called “rosewater,” from a screenplay that he wrote. the movie — which will require a 12-week absence from his duties on “the daily show” — is an adaptation of the 2011 book “then they came for me: a family’s story of love, captivity and survival,” by maziar bahari and aimee molloy. - nytimes blog
he quietly optioned the book through his busboy productions banner, and had a personal stake in the story: after bahari was accused of spying, one of the items used against him was an appearance he made on the daily show. i can’t remember when a well established daily talk show host has taken a hiatus like this to pursue a passion project. - deadline ny
here's an interview (in two parts) that patron saint stewart had with the author of the book.

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hooray for tuesday

one million moms claims new geico commercial promotes beastiality

swiss citizens vote in strict controls over executive pay

u.s. luge team lost their sleds

2013 is comet-mania
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the story of the century

when kate windsor nee' middleton went into hospital, the official announcement was originally that she was suffering from "gastroenteritis".  it was announced shortly thereafter that ms windsor was pregnant.  now queen elizabeth is in hospital with a bout of what is officially described as "gastroenteritis".

pope benedict nee' ratzinger resigned from his office as pope, the first pope to resign from the job in 600 years, amid rumors of a variety of scandals, including a special double super secret report about sexual misconduct in the vatican.

coincidence?  maybe, but maybe the truth is just so bizarre, so extraordinary, that it would completely blow your mind!!!

i am here to tell you the truth.  that's my job.  it's what i do; it's who i am.

queen elizabeth ii is pregnant and ratzinger is the baby daddy.  you heard it here first, so don't say you weren't informed.  now the big question is what to get for the baby shower.
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of the the four american authors i would like to meet: samuel clemens, will rogers, kurt vonnegut and michael moore i am actually old enough and had the great fortune to meet two of them.

i made kurt vonnegut chuckle and michael moore mentioned meeting me on his blog. how great is that? menlo park. kurt vonnegut was having one of two book signings for what turned out to be his last book. i had to go. i got there four hours early but didn't meet the cutoff for signings by the great author. the line was so long i was able to read kurt's book in its entirety before learning that he wouldn't be signing my book.

the great author didn't want to disappoint his fans so he allowed signings above his contractual obligations. we wouldn't get to converse with him or get a personalized inscription. the hundred or so of us stayed in line anyway. vonnegut's book was about failure. i made kurt smile on his last book tour ever. i thanked him for allowing me to not be a failure in getting his autograph. i consider it a great accomplishment that i could make this tired and accomplished author grin.

my meeting in redmond washington with another great american author, michael moore, was longer. he was at a book signing and i introduced myself as the originator of the miserable failure google bomb. he was immediately engaged and treated me like a long lost friend. he even mentioned meeting me on his blog. we talked for a bit and his handlers were quite annoyed by how long he spent with me but what they could do.
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Monday, March 04, 2013

skippy's monday night music club

another fun oscar winning song...this one from slumdog millionaire.

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charlie pierce puts it bluntly

the truth that is...
"...simply put, the job creators are now not creating jobs. they have no intention of creating jobs now or in the future. they don't have to create jobs and there's nobody out there to make them do it. they simply will reduce the number of jobs they have now and grind the remaining employees, most of whom have no recourse any more, either to the government or to organized labor. the job creators thereupon will get rich not creating jobs, and they will continue to get rich not creating jobs, because creating jobs costs them money. any politician who says anything else is lying to you. - esquire

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stormy monday blues

three students wore kkk costumes at a school hockey game

yellowstone delays opening due to budget cuts

the affordable care act saved my life

dolphins can call one another by name
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Sunday, March 03, 2013

skippy's sunday night music

another oscar winning song "the weary kind" from "crazy heart"

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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories you that weren't bandied about on the talking head shows earlier today...

australia may have always been a land of drought and flooding rains but scientists say the nation is now experiencing a "climate on steroids". - radio australia
17,000 stranded as nsw floods continue. there have been nearly 1000 calls for help and 11 rescues in the past 24 hours as the nsw mid-north coast has been hit by heavy rain and flash flooding. more than 17,000 people in forster and tuncurry are currently stranded on the north coast due to the flood waters. - sydney morning herald

the big wet is far from over, with central queensland bracing for more flooding and the state’s north on cyclone watch. - brisbane times

droughts and floods 'will be common events in britain.' britain faces increasingly extreme weather conditions and urgently needs to improve its anti-flood defences and preparations for severe drought, says the environment agency. - london obeserver 
droughts and floods now the norm for britain with worst to come - metro

flooding in wales fuels worries over impact of climate change - wales online

drought revives texas' interest in reservoirs. texas’ interest in reservoirs is reviving as the drought persists and growing cities scramble for new water supplies. the state’s water planners envision 26 large new reservoirs over the next half-century, at a cost of $13.6 billion. - texas tribune

a confluence of myriad environmental threats facing minnesota and those charged with protecting its natural resources. the barrage threatens fish, wildlife and a way of life for many residents - minneapolis star tribune

pressure mounting to ban bee-killing pesticides. a powerful coalition of environmental groups is urging the scottish environment secretary, richard lochhead, to support a move by the european commission to restrict the use of nicotine-based nerve agents designed to kill insects that prevent crops from growing. - glasgow herald

van jones: keystone xl would be ‘the obama pipeline’ - grist

meet bill mckibben, the man behind the climate movement - treehugger

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sunday blue

5 reasons the keystone xl pipeline is bad for the economy

louisiana may have the highest rising seas in the world

top ten second-generation political screw-ups - including jesse jackson, jr.

is this the world's first pronography?
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obama and republicans: accessories to murder

obama's brilliant sequester plan backed by republicans has now cut medicaid. thousands of americans will die due to these cuts. this makes obama and republicans accessories to murder or at the very least guilty of negligent homicide.


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Saturday, March 02, 2013

saturday night (so i married an axe murderer)

raising the minimum wage is a step towards economic freedom

the neo-confederate supreme court

under gov. scott walker, wisconsin private sector job growth has slowed markedly

and rip "one day at a time" mom bonnie franklin

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Friday, March 01, 2013

skippy's friday night music club

this oscar winning song of 1967 from the movie dr. doolittle, gets "hippstered up" by the indomitable mr. davis, jr.

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friday night fish fry

ceo convicted of money laundering sentenced to 7 days in jail, but a higher court rejected the sentence and sent it back for reconsideration

why taxes have to go up

univision beat nbc in february sweeps

congrats to tom tomorrow for winning the prestigeous herblock award

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