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Apr 4, 2014


Spc. Ivan Lopez possibly had a "verbal altercation" with another soldier just before he gunned down three people at the Texas post, authorities say.


An AP investigation found that the network — intended to foment dissent among young people — was built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks.


The talk show host announces during a taping of the "Late Show" that he'll step down sometime next year


With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year.


The U.N. says 1 million refugees from Syria have officially registered in Lebanon.


Brendan Eich is leaving the company — which makes the Firefox browser — following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.


The FDA approves an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of a heroin antidote.


An Ebola outbreak has killed more than 86 people in Guinea and Liberia — and it's not over.


Nigeria's film industry now pushes out more films a year than Hollywood in California or Bollywood in India, according to some estimates.


Some commentators are criticizing Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who missed his team's first two games of the season to be with his wife. She gave birth this week to the couple's first child.



#8. Another company folds like a cheap suit when threatened by the homosexual/progressive Nazis. Andrew Sullivan, for one, understands the situation:

"Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us."


"..hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us." I couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing.

By the way - a minor point, but you know, eagle eye and all, - Did you mean #6 rather than #8? Freudian slip?


Yes, No. 6 - Thanks. I must have been temporarily blinded by this latest example of the left's commitment to tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.

One wonders how hard they had to hold their nose and vote for Obama, who shared Mr. Eich's view at the time Eich donated the huge sum of $1,000 from his personal funds.


Yes - The world is going Orwellian, and you and I are the only holdouts.

An example of doublethink: There was a time when Dick Cheney was more leftist than Obama, when he spoke out in support of SSM, but Obama was, at the time, conflicted on the subject!

And then there is the more recent example of the owners of Hobby Lobby taking their dysfunction to the Supreme Court for all the world to see and scrutinize, where they are objecting to contraceptives that they say cause abortion, when they do not - they prevent conception, yet the owners of Hobby Lobby have invested millions into 9 different mutual funds, all of which invest in manufacturing companies of actual abortion drugs!

Tag! You're it!


Nope, not playing the Lanny Whack-A-Mole game, where to divert attention from one story, Lanny goes off on a tangent with stories, factoids, and allegations that are completely irrelevant to the original - in this case, the bullying by the Homosexual Nazis. When you can justify that action we can continue a discussion.


I wrote - straight out - that I agreed totally with you. I don't condone bullying, intolerance, badgering, and/or incivility from any group of people. There is nothing to justify. I agree with and share your concern. But, having said that, I do understand the anger and frustration that can fester when all your life, either directly or with subtle (or not-so-subtle) societal messages, you have been made to feel like an outcast, a freak of nature, dirty, wrong, an anomaly. I can understand how that can spill over into aggressive expression. To label them Nazis is essentially just another form of bullying, badgering, intolerance, and incivility. Let's not punish them even further for what surely the majority of the Supreme Court would declare simply an expression of their right to Free Speech.

Well, if you don't want to play, maybe this will break your bad mood. The Koch Bros, a union worker, and a Tea Partier are sitting around a table waiting for pizzas. The pizzas get there, the Kochs take all but two slices for themselves, and, before they turn to leave, they tell the Tea Partier, "You better watch out for that union guy, 'cause he's going to take your slice".


#12. More Data That Proves US Wealth Inequality Is On the Rise:

"To understand recent changes in capital gains, think of a pie made from the money received when stocks and other assets are sold for a profit. Call it a capital gains pie.

The smallest slice from both pies goes to the vast majority of Americans, roughly the bottom 90 percent, whose total income in both years was less than $100,000. In 1999 they got 13.9 percent of the pie, but in 2007 just 5.3 percent. That was such a dramatic decrease that even though the pie was much larger in 2007, that year’s pie slice contained only slightly more than half the dollars of the 1999 slice, $91 million reduced to $49 million. In other words, the bottom 90 percent took a huge capital gains hit, despite the overall increase in wealth. And what of the top group, the slightly more than 18,000 households with total income of $10 million or more in both years? Their slice doubled to more than 42 percent of the pie. And because the pie was also bigger, their cash from capital gains in 2007 was 2.6 times greater than in 1999.

Reason for this? Government policy.

* TAX CUTS. The top 400 taxpayers in 2006 enjoyed a 60% reduction in total tax burden when compared to 1966.
* WAGES. From 1999-2007, the average wages on tax returns in 2007 of the bottom 90% increased by: 5 cents/hour.

* Massive growth in business subsidies from 1999-2007, allow businesses to realize benefits via massive profits.

Some reasons for the inbalance? "In a representative democracy we choose our leaders, who in turn set policy. A major reason we are not getting laws and regulations that support the vast majority of Americans is that members of Congress and candidates for President must raise money from wealthy donors, who in return for their largesse want policies bent in their favor.

The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in McCutcheon v. FEC is probably not the last to overturn limits on campaign giving that were adopted after the Watergate scandal revealed the corrupting influence of big money. As big money’s influence grows due to the high court’s decision we can expect those slices of pie to be recut again and again with fatter slices for the political donor class and thinner slices for everyone else."


(Note to Vlad: Author - David Cay Johnston - is a Pulitzer Prize winner and teaches U of Syracuse College of Law)


Guess you missed the many stories pointing out that income inequality has grown much faster under Obama than it did under Bush - I'll just link to one: http://www.dailykos.com/story/20....

CHORUS: Bush, Cheney, worst economic state since Noah, Cruz, Koch Brothers, Koch Brothers, Koch Brothers, Koch Brothers,

Guess you have conveniently forgotten what I have demonstrated before - that the biggest donors are liberals (of the top ten, only two (2) gave more to republicans, and one was a 63-47 % split; https://www.opensecrets.org/over...

If you want to get into the weeds on McCutcheon v. FEC, I would agree with overturning the decision if you agree that television stations and newspapers can only endorse 10 candidates each, since their sway is enormous and they get to make endorsements using extraordinarily costly air and print space time to support (and/ attack) as many candidates as they choose. You might also consider that Breyer's view of the First Amendment, supported by the distaff crew, would turn your individual First Amendment right to free speech into a "Collective Right". Speech is not protected as an individual, natural right against government intrusiveness but to ensure ”public opinion could be channeled into effective governmental action." And who would do the channeling? Why, the government of course.

F.Y.I. (From Wiki) David Cay Boyle Johnston[1] (born December 24, 1948) is an American investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.

Since 2009 he has been a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer who teaches the tax, property and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law . . . . To the best of my knowledge he never attended law school or passed a bar exam, but became a "Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse after leaving the New York Times. I think I'll look elsewhere for knowledgeable opinions on Constitutional Law, thank you.


1. Wealth inequality has continued to grow under Obama because House and Senate Republicans have blocked, filibustered, attempted to repeal, stonewalled, and ignored any policies that would help the middle class, such as: jobs bills, veterans bills, minimum wage proposals, tax reform attempts, cuts to corporate welfare, infrastructure projects, technological improvements such as energy storage technologies and renewable energy integration systems. They have instead directed their efforts towards doing nothing, which is why the past two Congresses have been the least productive, passing the least number of bills, since records were kept. Meanwhile, wealth inequality continues to grow - oh yes - under Obama!

Yes, I recall your chart about donors. Do you recall my chart that showed the byzantine maze of Koch Bros-funded and founded groups where dark, soft money is funneled in a myriad of directions, including, but not limited to, donations. They aren't the sole perpetrators, just the most visible. Most of the others prefer to stay behind the curtains, and not run to the Wall Street Journal, crying about the bullies and "collectivists" that are out to get them.

As for McCutcheon v FEC, I am not qualified to debate the finer points of law (haven't we had enough of that this week, for the love of all things holy?). I've read over Breyer's dissent, as well as remarks made by Roberts, and I do know this: This 5/4 ruling, coupled with Citizen's United, is a travesty of the highest order. You're worrying about the governmental channeling of the individual right to free speech into a collective right? I'm worrying about our entire government being bought by the highest bidder.

This is what your own link says about McCutcheon v FEC back in 2013. Scroll down and take a look at the chart, and then let's talk about First Amendment rights, channeling, and, while we're at it, Oligarchical Collectivism!


Geez - you are crabby! I put that little blub about author David Johnston in to assauge your certain distaste for my al jazerra America link. Since the article was more economic in nature than Constitutional Law, I wasn't trying to impress you with his law credentials, per se.....geez....

Tri-cities realist

50 million (or whatever they claimed) uninsured, and we signed up 7 million! Woohoo, what an accomplishment! Except that only about 800,000 were previously uninsured (not counting those who had their policies cancelled). So apparently the new measure of success is reaching less than 2% of the goal. Three cheers for American exceptionalism! Please join me in congratulating the President on a job well done.


By the way, let me just say how pleased I was to read your apology in comment #151. All I ask is that you make an attempt to see my point of view. Mwaaaa.

Tri-cities realist

Glad I could help brighten your day


....and the 7 million number is quite questionable.......


You are correct. The real total for QHPs (Qualified Health Plans), with the estimated 9 million off-Exchange signups, is 16 million QHPs, and the real total total including Medicaid, sub-26ers, and the rest is probably about 26 million, of which 6.8 million unconfirmed off-exchange QHPs are omitted from the graph because brainwrap is scrupulous about using only confirmed numbers wherever possible. So the graph only shows 19 million in all. http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...


Hey! Any truth to the rumor Fox News has started calling Obamacare the ACA?


The Dailykos......no bias there.




Its hear to stay now and if you don't have insurance they tax you 10% no more free ride unless you are poor.


#4 Wont be a problem here with a 168 new units coming to Grand Flop.....errrrrr Landing

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