Archive for February, 2013

I’m Still Optimistic That We’ll Get Over Our Accute Case of National Stupidity

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Sequester is going to suck. Phony debt reduction through austerity is bullshit. Blatant lying gets rewarded locally and nationally. It is tough to stay optimistic, but the country does tend to pick smart over stupid over the long term.

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So long loser…

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The worst Pope ever? Hard to say, there were some really horrible Popes back in the old days. The worst Pope of the modern era? Certainly. Digby breaks it down…

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Uh Oh! Looks Like Bob Woodward Will Have A Few Regrets

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Okay, so this happened:

Longtime Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is taking on the White House, saying in multiple interviews that the administration essentially threatened him to try to get him not to write a story.

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“I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, ‘you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in.’” Woodward said. “And even though we don’t look at it that way, you do look at it that way. And I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy — let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re going to regret this.  And just — it’s Mickey Mouse.”

And then all hell broke loose… especially on the Right.

And then the emails came to light.

And then came the regrets

“Looks like we were played,” The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis wrote Thursday morning.

Erick Erickson tweets: Ok wow. Finally read the email to Woodward. I must now move to the “not a threat” camp.

Brit Hume tweets:  On one hand, only Woodward can say if he felt threatened by WH email. On the other, hard to imagine feeling threatened by Gene Sperling.

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Thursday Open Thread [2.28.13]

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James Carville told Morning Joe that Democrats have a big advantage in the debate over the coming automatic budget cuts because of the word used to describe them.

“The sequester has an advantage, and this is kind of cruel to Republicans, but it’s true. The sequester, not many people know what it is, but it sounds stupid and cruel. Therefore people think it’s a Republican thing.”

LOL.

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“Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement”

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Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, created quite a few headlines yesterday.

Scalia attributed the repeated renewal of Section 5 to a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” He said, “Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

That’s quite a statement, and when I heard it all I could think was that the Voting Rights Act was enacted to stop the perpetuation of racial entitlement – for whites.

It’s been a long time since a statement truly shocked me.  I’ve been a bit numb to Republican insanity, but this statement was beyond offensive.  Since when is voting an entitlement?  (Isn’t it adorable how he used the Republican dog whistle?)

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who asked many questions in defense of the law, appeared taken aback by Scalia’s insinuation. In the final moments of oral argument, she asked Bert Rein, the lawyer for the challengers, if he agrees.

“Do you think think Section 5 was voted for because it was a racial entitlement?” she asked. When he ducked the question, she asked it again. He did not endorse Scalia’s sentiment.

I bet she was taken aback.  Scalia’s comment was outrageous.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.28.13]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.28.13]

The Shannon Hotel, on Main Street in Christiana. The old tavern was built in 1766, and likely was a lodging place for George Washington during his travels.

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Climate change is real, and it’s causing Delaware to sink

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Climate change is real, and it’s causing Delaware to sink

Sen. James Imhoff (R-OK) is noted for suggesting that climate change is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. He’s also the ranking minority member on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee.

Wonder why nothing ever gets done about climate change?

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Democrats — This Is How You Treat Fox News!

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Rep. Keith Ellison called out Sean Hannity in an interview yesterday that was supposed to be about the sequester. Ellison starts after watching a lead in that plays stupid scary music over a mashup video intended to show President Obama in a bad (not objective! not both sides do it!) light:

“I mean, you know, quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen. Quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen. …What you just displayed was not journalism. It was yellow journalism. It wasn’t anything close to try to tell the American people what’s really going on. I mean it’s just shocking.

…Every journalistic ethic I have ever heard of was just violated by you.

…You are a shill for the Republican party. …You alibi them 100% of the time.”

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Miss Teen Delaware Isn’t Miss Teen Delaware Anymore

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I’ll just let the Superficial fill you in on the details.

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The Media Explained In A Tweet

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I loved this tweet. National Park Guy ‏@NatPkGuy Democrats: 1+1= 2  Republicans: 1+1= 3   Media: 1+1= 2.5 That sums it up.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.27.13]

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Former Lt. Governor Gene Bookhammer (R) has died, at the age of 94. Our sympathy to his family and friends. Lt. Governor Bookhammer served under two different Governors from 1969 until 1977. He served under Republican Gov. Russell Peterson (who, contrary to the News Journal article’s revisionist history, was not a Democrat, despite his liberal policies) during his first term and Democratic Gov. Sherman Tribbitt during his second. Bookhammer and Peterson harken back to a time in the history of our state Republican Party where it was possible to be a moderate or even a liberal. It also harkens back to a time when the Governor and Lt. Governor’s electoral fortunes were not necessarily tied together. In my memory, I think the 1992 election was the time I recall seeing joint Gov-Lt. Gov. signs (i.e. Carper-Minner). But I’m a relative young’n.

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Today is the Port of Wilmington Bond Bill Hearing

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It started at 10AM in Dover and it doesn’t look like it is being live streamed anywhere — which is a pity. I’m hoping to hear from those of you who did go in the comments below. But in the meantime, I want to repeat what I think is one of the two most compelling reasons why the port shouldn’t be privatized — having over a monopoly for the running for the ONLY port shipping terminal that Delaware has to a private entity is not a business decision that is in the best interests of taxpayers.

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Big Business Must Pay Its Fair Share in Future Budget Deals

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This “Community Voices” Op-Ed sure makes a lot of sense.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.27.13]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.27.13]

The old Sussex County Courthouse, on Bedford Street in Georgetown. The courthouse was built in 1792 when Georgetown replaced Lewes as the county seat. The courthouse served until 1837, when the current courthouse was built.

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Late Night Video — In Which a Priest Hands a Creationist His *ss

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Too awesome, really (about one minute):

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Mike Protack Hates Mental Pedestrians, and Other Troll Comments

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Mike Protack Hates Mental Pedestrians, and Other Troll Comments

If I understand Mike Protack correctly, he thinks the push for acceptance of gay rights is a liberal agenda, promoted by mental midgets who hate America and love anal and oral sex, or something:

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Tuesday Open Thread (02-26-13)

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Thought I’d take a stab at the open thread. I’m really trying to figure out the Republican position on sequester. This is what I’ve come up: Blame Obama for the cuts we love. Ezra Klein doesn’t understand the Republican position either.

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We’ve Found One Of The Causes Of Gun Violence, And It Isn’t Video Games… It’s Wayne LaPierre’s Mouth

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Wayne LaPierre knows his audience. (via Denver Post)

Denver police have arrested a Colorado Springs man for sending racially and sexually offensive e-mails to state Rep. Rhonda Fields, including one that said he hoped she would meet the same fate as a congresswoman who was shot in the head.

Franklin Glenn Sain, 42, was arrested Friday on suspicion of harassing Fields, D-Aurora, and unlawfully attempting to influence a public official.

Sain told police he was “just voicing some frustrations” about the Aurora legislator’s efforts to tighten state gun laws.

Just voicing some frustrations? Let’s look at how he allegedly did that.

Sain admitted sending Fields e-mails laced with profanity and racial and sexual epithets and leaving her similar voicemails. Denver police also believe he sent an unsigned, threatening letter to Fields that said: “I keep my 30 Round Magazines There Will Be Blood! I’m Coming For You!,” according to an affidavit supporting his arrest.

The letter also mentioned Fields’ daughter and said: “Death to Both.”

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Oklahoma Idiocy, Part 2

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Oklahoma isn’t done being stupid. Looks like they have a plan to ensure they produce more children to lie to…

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Oklahoma breaking new ground in the being idiotic department

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“Sooner” state students may soon be able to hold any old idea to be true under state law.

Because you shouldn’t be able to fail a student just for being 100% dead wrong, a proposed Oklahoma law will prevent science teachers from flunking students who argue dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Which, except for in science fiction and my fantasies, they did not.

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Late Night Video — Evolution of Mom Dancing

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Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama break it down for you:

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“Your goddam right I’m the Vice President of the United States of America”

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“Your goddam right I’m the Vice President of the United States of America”

That’s the vibe I get from this new official portrait of Biden.

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Sonia Sotomayor Doesn’t Suffer Fools

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On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor called out the racially insensitive comments of a federal prosecutor. Via TPM, here’s what Mr./Ms. “Professional” Prosecutor said:

The prosecutor–whom Sotomayor refused to name–said during cross-examination of a drug conspiracy case: “You’ve got African-Americans, you’ve got Hispanics, you’ve got a bag full of money. Does that tell you–a light bulb doesn’t go off in your head and say, This is a drug deal?”

Here’s Sotomayor’s response:

“It is deeply disappointing to see a representative of the United States resort to this basic tactic more than a decade into the 21st century,” Sotomayor said. “We expect the government to seek justice, not fan the flames of fear and prejudice.”

“I hope never to see a case like this again,” Sotomayor concluded.

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Monday Open Thread [2/25/2013]

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Monday Open Thread [2/25/2013]

The best thing about this Monday is that a business trip I had scheduled got cancelled. No traveling into the blizzard!

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QOTD — Have You Seen Your Congressional Delegation Weigh In on the Sequester?

Filed in Delaware by on February 25, 2013 9 Comments

Seriously — the past week (especially this weekend) has send lots of legislators to the airwaves to weigh in on the sequester. Most of the Democrats are out making the case for their plan to replace the sequester. The GOP either: 1) aren’t talking; 2) blaming Obama or 3) saying the sequester is no big deal. After a quick Google search and look at each of their websites, none of them has addressed the looming sequester at all.

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