Friday, November 28, 2014

THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR


Thanks for the good economic news

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/upshot/five-economic-trends-to-be-thankful-for.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&abt=0002&abg=1

Thanks for these encouraging global trends

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/26/wonkbook-seven-global-trends-to-be-really-really-thankful-for/

More positive US and global trends: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7272929/charts-thankful

Lots more Thanks from around the country

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/27/7297735/state-thankful-map
  
Thanks that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be around a while longer

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/ruth-bader-ginsburg-had-heart-surgery.html
 
Thanks for Obama's two oh-so-of-an-age daughters

http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/obama-dad-jokes  

Thanks for that ridiculous gift who keeps on giving, Sarah!

http://americablog.com/2014/11/sarah-palin-thanksgiving-turkey-massacre-video.html 

Reflections on gratitude (it's good for you!)

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/27/7295851/gratitude-health-benefits  

Now some not-so-good news

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/%3Fp%3D112225
Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better [in school] than rich kids who do everything wrong

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/27/three-quarters-of-whites-dont-have-any-non-white-friends-2/
Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/27/7298711/ferguson-grand-jury-mistake
Report: Prosecutors may have misled the Ferguson grand jury about the law for two months

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/ohio-lethal-injection-execution-secrecy
Ohio Could Pass the Country's Most Extreme "Secret Executions" Bill

Theocracy watch: is religion bad for you?

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/27/the_crazy_making_in_christianity_religions_cycle_of_self_doubt_and_self_punishment/

Bonus item: A very moving Thanks from one of my favorite bloggers, Kevin Drum

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/im-pretty-thankful-year-heres-why

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

FOR THE PEOPLE

How the Ferguson prosecutor screwed up

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/26/7295641/darren-wilson-prosecute
Prosecutors grossly mishandled the Darren Wilson investigation

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/25/7285265/darren-wilson-grand-jury
A prominent legal expert eviscerates the Darren Wilson prosecution, in 8 tweets

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/25/1347403/-Bob-McCulloch-Prosecutor-or-defense-attorney-for-Darren-Wilson
Bob McCulloch: Prosecutor or defense attorney for Darren Wilson?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/how-robert-mcculloch-hoodwinked-ferguson
How Robert McCulloch Hoodwinked The Ferguson Grand Jury

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/26/everything_the_darren_wilson_grand_jury_got_wrong_the_lies_and_mistruths_that_let_michael_browns_killer_off_the_hook/
Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong: The lies, errors and mistruths that let Michael Brown’s killer off the hook 

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7281037/ferguson-eyewitness-testimony
One thing the prosecutor in Ferguson is right about: Eyewitness testimony can’t be trusted

His press conference

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/25/the-empty-logic-of-the-ferguson-prosecutors-meandering-press-conference/
The empty logic of the Ferguson prosecutor’s meandering press conference

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/25/1347320/-The-questions-no-one-asked-St-Louis-prosecutor-Bob-McCulloch
The questions no one asked St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/st-louis-prosecutors-organization-raised
St. Louis Prosecutor's Organization Raised Money For Darren Wilson 

Obama gets in the head of the GOPers

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/obama-has-really-gotten-inside-gops-head
Jeremy Peters writes in the New York Times today that the tea party has morphed from an enraged bunch of economic populists to an enraged bunch of anti-immigration zealots. And by cracky, they want Republicans to crush the tyrant Obama for his immigration insolence and they want them to do it now . . .

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_11/obama_pardons_turkey_mocks_rep053084.php
Obama Pardons Turkey, Mocks Republicans

Here's the Far Right's Thanksgiving gift to you

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/26/this-thanksgiving-ad-attacks-obama-for-two-minutes-straight-video/

Bonus item: Well, now we know we can't believe ANYTHING he says

http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/26/quote-of-the-day-819/
“I don’t think I’m all that conservative.”  — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SPENDING MONEY THEY DON'T HAVE

Yeah, right, the Republicans hate the deficit

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/business/congress-nears-deal-on-major-business-tax-breaks.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
With negotiators nearing an accord on permanent tax breaks for businesses worth $440 billion over 10 years, President Obama rallied Democratic opposition and promised a veto.  . . . 

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/tax-breaks-corporations-draft-113169.html?hp=r1_4
The plan would make a number of so-called tax extenders permanent, including ones allowing companies to write off investments and costs associated with research and development programs . . . The tentative pact would also make permanent several provisions for individual taxpayers, including breaks for college tuition, public transit and allowing write-offs for state and local sales taxes . . .

The plan, whose cost was to be added to the deficit, is also sure to alarm budget watchdogs, who fear lawmakers’ commitment to belt-tightening has begun to wane as the government’s deficit has declined over the past year or so . . . The plan would mark a sharp reversal from recent years in which lawmakers strained to avoid adding to the deficit . . .

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7277935/tax-extenders-deal 

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/gop-takes-immigration-revenge-tax-bill-obama-tells-them-pound-sand 

As predicted, the GOPers are not ready to given up on the Benghazi non-scandal

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/26/congress-debunks-congress-s-nuttiest-benghazi-theories.html
Congress Debunks Congress’s Nuttiest Benghazi Theories

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-other-benghazi-investigations-completed-final-probe-ramping-up/2014/11/24/a617cfa2-7416-11e4-a5b2-e1217af6b33d_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
Republicans who remain convinced that there was an Obama administration coverup surrounding the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, are pinning their hopes on one last congressional probe to produce proof of a scandal. . . .

Tantrums

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/11/25/why-congressional-republicans-are-losing-the-battle-against-themselves/
This is a complex and in some ways contradictory moment for congressional Republicans. They just won a significant victory by gaining control of the Senate and holding on to the House. The president they’ve opposed with such vigor is in the autumn of his term and has weak approval ratings. And yet much as this should be a moment of triumph for them, it must feel like they face nothing but frustration everywhere they turn. . . .

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/25/wingnuts_plot_pathetic_new_ways_to_pester_obama_dont_let_him_give_a_state_of_the_union/
GOP plots pathetic new ways to pester Obama: Don’t let him give a State of the Union!

Economic growth heats up

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/economic-growth-starting-show-real-signs-life

Pay attention to OPEC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/25/this-weeks-opec-meeting-is-the-most-important-in-years/

Another Obama outrage

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/how-dare-obama-force-republicans-confirm
Speaking about the prospects for Hagel's replacement, Marcus says "We have a very important pending nomination before the Senate in the form of an Attorney General nominee . . . So now you have the President with two big asks of the Senate. Two critical positions, having just royally annoyed them...with his immigration move. How does that all go together?"  

Does Rand Paul REALLY want us to take him seriously?

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/25/rand_paul_declares_war_whats_behind_the_tea_party_senators_latest_stunt/

In Ferguson, let's remember who the REAL victim is

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/peter-kings-most-over-the-top-suggestion-ever

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/25/1347419/-Fox-Friends-What-s-been-the-toughest-part-of-this-for-the-guy-who-killed-Michael-Brown

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/25/wilsons_career_has_been_stolen_from_him_todays_most_horrifying_fox_news_soundbites/

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

JUSTICE DENIED

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7087825/darren-wilson-not-indicted-michael-brown-ferguson
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson won't face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/24/ferguson-s-grand-jury-bought-darren-wilson-s-story.html

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7175967/darren-wilson-charges-michael-brown-ferguson
 
Here's the evidence: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7279483/michael-brown-evidence

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/darren-wilson-explains-why-he-shot-michael-brown.html

More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/darren-wilson-wasn-t-indicted-the-system-was.html
Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ferguson-decision-reflects-juries-tendency-to-give-police-benefit-of-doubt-experts-say/2014/11/24/268c7b62-7311-11e4-a589-1b102c2f81d0_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
Ferguson decision reflects juries’ tendency to give police benefit of doubt, experts say

Consider this: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/utah-police-killings-higher
Police Killings Are Utah's Top Form Of Homicide

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7276877/utah-police-shootings

It's not over

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7279327/ferguson-holder-investigation
Justice Department says it will keep investigating Michael Brown's death

The kind of people they are

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/25/right_wings_sick_twitter_celebration_ann_coulter_ted_nugent_brit_hume_battle_for_grossest_darren_wilson_tweet/ 
Race-baiters on the right celebrate the grand jury's decision on Twitter, horrify everyone 

Chuck Hagel out as Sect'y of Defense. Here's the whole story

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/chuck-hagel-stepping-down-secretary

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/wow--36

Inside scoop: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/24/inside-the-hagel-meltdown.html

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/steve-clemons-chuck-hagel-resignation

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7275349/obama-hagel-foreign-policy/in/7041238

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/11/24/hagel-latest-defense-secretary-to-clash-with-white-house/

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7275349/obama-hagel-foreign-policy/in/7041238

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2014/11/chuck_hagel_resigns_as_secretary_of_defense_the_former_senator_wasn_t_as.html

Obama's foreign policy definitely needs a fix

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/nuclear-deal-with-iran-by-todays-deadline.html
That Sound You Hear Is a Nuclear Deal With Iran Receding

http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/11/24/obama-reverses-pledge-on-us-combat-role-in-afghanistan/
Obama Reverses Pledge On US Combat Role In Afghanistan

In Fox World

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/24/7278747/fox-news-ferguson-race
Fox News discussed race in America with a panel of 5 white people 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

NOT LISTENING!


The GOPs' own report on Benghazi doesn't tell them what they wanted to hear - so of course it must be ignored

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/lindsey-graham-calls-house-gop-benghazi

Shocking

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/23/1346270/-GOP-says-Obama-pushes-popular-immigration-policies-to-win-votes-Er-that-s-called-democracy

GOP says Obama pushes popular immigration policies to win votes.

Be careful what you ask for

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/the-anxieties-of-the-gop-majority-113113.html#ixzz3Jtt656uM
The anxieties of the GOP majority

The ISIS network

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/isis-now-has-military-allies-in-11-countries.html
 
I doubt it, but sure, let's hope

http://prospect.org/article/fair-work-schedules-next-new-human-right
Though it would be hard to see it in the midterm election results, we live in the opening phase of a great countermovement against neoliberalism. The evidence is everywhere you look . . .

America's infrastructure is crumbling

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/reminder-americas-infrastructure-is-crumbling.html

The politics of ballot measures

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/23/1346449/-When-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-go-to-the-initiative-process

Key stats from the 2014 exit polls

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-9-most-fascinating-numbers-from-national-exit-polls/2014/11/23/7fceb424-7320-11e4-a5b2-e1217af6b33d_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

"Liberals" who trust Fox World for news - really?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/who-are-liberals-who-trust-fox-news.html

In Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/foxs-eric-bolling-accuses-president-obama
Fox's Eric Bolling Accuses 'President Obama And His Minions' Of Ripping America Apart

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

FEAR FACTOR

Crazy paranoid ranting about immigration

http://tinyurl.com/kzaeo97
Wingnuts sound the alarm: Obama’s immigration action could result in “ethnic cleansing” of whites 

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/wingnut-cartoonist-indy-star-gets-his

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-passion-of-st-reagan.html
 
Some good news!

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/22/7261317/violent-crime-surveys
Violent crime has plummeted in the US. But most Americans have no idea.

Is we learning?

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/23/thomas_frank_phony_spin_even_fox_news_wont_buy/
For decades, the idiot pundit class has pushed Democrats to the right after every loss. It's not working this time 

Your (almost) daily Christie

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/did-christie-ditch-his-crackpot-ebola-policy-while-no-one-was-watching

Fox World is worried about "low information voters." And whose fault is that?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-low-information-voter-syndrome.html

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/blog/2014/11/23/sunday-talking-heads-november-23-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: Immigration with President Barack Obama. Roundtable: Dr. Ben Carson, James Carville, Matthew Dowd, Katrina vanden Heuvel.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Immigration. “Will Republicans find a way to stop President Obama’s actions?” House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Then, Ferguson MO with NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. “What is his message to the people of Ferguson and the broader African American community? What lessons can Americans learn from Michael Brown’s shooting this summer and subsequent unrest? And what more can be done to prevent violence in the wake of the grand jury’s decision? Roundtable: Susan Page, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson, Mark Leibovich, Clarence Page. 

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Benghazi with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Immigration: Rick Santorum and Graham. Ferguson Roundtable: Princeton University Professor and activist Cornel West, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, Sojourners President Jim Wallis, LZ Granderson.

MOYERS & COMPANY: How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats. Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics, and their push to change the system.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Immigration with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Ferguson Roundtable: Rudy Giuliani; Anthony Gray, Lawyer for family of Michael Brown; Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University. U. S. Energy with John Hofmeister, Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Shell Oil and Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, “The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power.” Roundtable: Joe Scarborough, Jose Diaz-Balart, Amy Walter, Bill Richardson.

Bonus item: Hilarious!

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/22/7260161/the-cheek-reducer-and-other-insane-moves-from-a-1960s-exercise-book


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

EMPTY GESTURES

Remember when the Republicans were synonymous with tort reform -- preventing frivolous lawsuits and using the courts to settle political disputes? Now they are ground zero for meaningless threats to "sue" (somebody, for something, whatever).

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/21/1346480/-Four-months-later-House-Republicans-finally-file-suit-against-nbsp-Obama

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-finally-file-anti-obama-lawsuit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/11/21/republicans-finally-file-lawsuit-against-obama-and-stand-to-gain-almost-nothing/


Lots more: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/21/7259559/boehner-lawsuit-obama-filed

More empty gestures

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/21/1346559/-House-Republicans-introduce-bill-to-defund-immigration-reform-even-though-there-s-nothing-to-defund
House Republicans introduce bill to defund immigration reform even though there's nothing to defund

John Boehner promises - again - that Congress "will act" (don't hold your breaths)

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-house-will-fact-act

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/21/1346442/-John-Boehner-vows-that-Congress-will-stop-Obama-as-soon-as-they-get-back-from-vacation
John Boehner vows that Congress will stop Obama ... as soon as they get back from vacation

Can we move on now? (No)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/us/new-benghazi-investigation-finds-no-fault-in-response.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
New Benghazi Investigation Finds No Fault in Response

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/republican-benghazi-investigation-debunks-conspiracy-theories-clears-obama-hillary

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/republicans-finally-admit-there-no-benghazi-scandal

In the crowded world of fevered anti-Obama rhetoric, it must be a challenge to find new analogies that distinguish you from all the other whack-jobs out there

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-barack-obama-executive-order-immigration-japanese-american-internment-camp
Rand Paul Likens Obama Exec Action To Japanese Internment Camp Order

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/power-and-process.html

Paul Ryan, supposedly the thoughtful GOP alternative, isn't

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/22/paul_ryans_stunning_hypocrisy_the_little_noticed_way_the_gop_proved_its_full_of_it/

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/paul-ryans-poor-memory-fails-him-again

On the importance of framing

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/22/this_is_why_conservatives_win_george_lakoff_explains_the_importance_of_framing_and_what_democrats_need_to_learn/

Theocracy watch

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/texas-approves-textbook-teaching-moses-one
Texas Approves Textbook Teaching Moses As One Of The Founding Fathers 

In Fox World, a moment of candor

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/11/megyn-kelly-admits-fox-news-uses-amnesty
Megyn Kelly Admits Fox News Uses 'Amnesty' To Fire Up Haters

Bonus item: Why does Sarah! hate America?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/palin-identifies-the-key-threat-americas-future-americans

More: http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/21/palin-weighs-in-on-immigration/

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