Friday Open Thread |O Brother Where Art Thou Movie Clips

Oh Brother Where Art Thou-5They come across a radio station run by a blind man (Stephen Root) and record the song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” calling themselves the Soggy Bottom Boys. Unknown to them, the song becomes famous “as far away as Mobile.” The trio parts ways with Tommy after their car is discovered by police, and they continue on their own. Among their many encounters, the most notable are a famous bank robber George “Baby Face” Nelson (Michael Badalucco), a run-in with three sirens who seduce and drug them. When Everett and Delmar awake, they find that Pete has vanished and only his clothes remain with a toad inside. Delmar believes the sirens turned Pete into a toad and carries the toad in a box. Later, one-eyed Bible salesman Daniel “Big Dan” Teague (John Goodman) mugs them and kills the toad.

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38 Responses to Friday Open Thread |O Brother Where Art Thou Movie Clips

  1. Yahtc says:

    Lowry: Profiles in courage x 3″

    These days, I am in the midst of Twitter indoctrination, though to be honest I still struggle mightily with its rhythm, as my measly number of followers will attest. Yet now and then I find myself moved by words and images on the Twitter feed, including one sent my way earlier this week.

    The image was tweeted by presidential historian and long-time PBS contributor Michael Beschloss. The photo, in black and white, showed two ordinary young people living — and acting — in extraordinary times.

    It showed Vivian Malone and James Hood, both African-American, as they broke the color barrier by entering the hallowed grounds of the then all-white University of Alabama, despite the objections of the era’s biggest demagogue, Gov. George C. Wallace, who opposed integration on any level.

    The photo was taken 51 years ago this week, on June 11, 1963. Beschloss’s instincts were right — it is a photo that speaks volumes about a time and place in history, and about the courage of two individuals at its center. And yet, it is ever timely.

    To continue reading:

    http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/profiles-in-courage-times-three-1.1034921

  2. Yahtc says:

    “Guest viewpoint: As the gap between the rich and poor widens, paying workers a living wage grows critical”

    http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/guest_viewpoint.html

  3. Yahtc says:

    “Rockefeller billionaire’s son dead after single-engine plane crashes minutes after takeoff in Westchester”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/single-engine-plane-crashes-suny-purchase-campus-westchester-report-article-1.1828480

    Richard Rockefeller was a physician with a distinguished career that included a stint chairing the U.S. advisory board of Doctors Without Borders from 1989 to 2010.

    The doctor and his wife, Nancy, were the parents of two grown children, and he served on the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He was recently working on PTSD issues for wounded veterans, Seitel said.

    Rockefeller practiced and taught medicine in Portland, Maine, from 1982 to 2000.

    So sad. I send prayers and condolences to his family.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Small Business Owners Conspired To Cheat Food Stamp System, Steal Millions from The Poor

    Author: Wes Williams
    June 11, 2014 4:39 pm

    Everybody on Facebook has seen the memes, or has heard their friends grumbling about “food stamp fraud.” Those posts usually have something to do with somebody who has an iPhone, tattoos, a nice car, who is paying for their grocery order with food stamps. No doubt there are some people who receive food stamps, or SNAP benefits, as they are more properly known, who don’t deserve them. There is waste, abuse, and fraud in almost every human endeavor, especially where money is involved. But would it surprise you to learn that the bulk of food stamp fraud comes from some retailers who accept food stamps? That is exactly the scenario that is playing out in Georgia right now.

    The Augusta Chronicle reports that 54 defendants are charged with participating in what the paper calls “a massive, statewide scheme to defraud the WIC and Food Stamp programs.” The paper says that the fraud involves the purchase of WIC (women, infants, and children) and SNAP vouchers from poor recipients, at a reduced price. The defendants would then turn the vouchers in to the government to collect their full value. Schemes such as this are what constitute the vast majority of food stamp fraud.

    The indictment says that the defendants conspired to open grocery stores in order to buy WIC and SNAP benefits for cash. The network covered most of the major cities in Georgia, including Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Marietta, and other areas. Once the stores had been approved as WIC and SNAP program vendors, many of the defendants visited low income neighborhoods, where they would solicit recipients to sell their benefits, according to the indictment. More than $18 million of benefits were alleged to have been purchased between December 2009 and December 2012.

    The Georgia case may be one of the biggest, but it is not the only example of this type of food stamp fraud.

    Despite the claims of those such as Newt Gingrich, who said in 2011 that you can use your food stamp benefits to pay for a vacation, recipients are limited as to what they can buy with their benefits. For example, you cannot buy tobacco products, alcohol, pet food, or some “junk food” items with SNAP benefits. It is very enticing for some to trade some or all of their benefits for cash, so that they can purchase things that are not allowed by the program. Earlier this year, five were arrested in Baltimore in a scheme similar to what took place in Georgia, although not so nearly wide reaching. In the Baltimore case, a grocer was charged with faking grocery purchases, and then splitting the money between the SNAP recipient and himself.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/06/11/small-business-owners-conspired-to-cheat-food-stamp-system-steal-millions-from-the-poor/

  5. rikyrah says:

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate
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    TY President Obama – Iraqis must take responsibility for THEIR stability & prosperity. Only then should we assist. cc @VP @PressSec @vj44
    11:12 AM – 13 Jun 2014

  6. rikyrah says:

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary
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    President Obama: “We will NOT be sending US troops back in to combat in Iraq.”

    Thank you, Sir.

  7. rikyrah says:

    How not to explain why Eric Cantor lost

    06/13/14 09:48 AM

    By Steve Benen

    After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) stunning loss this week, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) shared a theory that explained why the powerful incumbent lost: this is all President Obama’s fault.

    “[Voters] see the country starting to fray at the seams and they want someone to blame, and unfortunately there’s some fratricide in a situation like that,” Franks said.

    He didn’t seem to be kidding. In Franks’ mind, Republican voters rejected a Republican congressman in a Republican primary because they’re upset about President Obama – the leader the Republican congress fought at every turn.

    When I first saw Franks’ argument, I laughed it off, but Jed Lewison noted that the far-right Arizonan isn’t the only one pushing this talking point. Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tried the same line.

    “[Y]ou have to understand, the American people are being squeezed by Obama’s policies. The economy is not growing. Incomes aren’t growing, we are not creating enough jobs. And two-thirds of America see no increase in our wages, but their food prices are going up. Their gas prices are going up. And their health insurance costs are going up.

    “And so there is a lot of frustration that’s out there. And they look to Washington and wonder why we can’t resolve these issues. They are hard to resolve when you’ve got a president who won’t engage.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-not-explain-why-eric-cantor-lost

  8. rikyrah says:

    McCain left classified briefing ‘after only a matter of minutes’

    06/12/14 03:12 PM—Updated 06/13/14 12:25 AM

    By Steve Benen

    With security conditions deteriorating quickly in Iraq, Sen. John McCain is in high dudgeon. Despite having been wrong about nearly every national security crisis in recent years, the Arizona Republican is doing what one might expect him to do: he’s blaming President Obama, condemning the White House, and urging everyone to pretend he still has credibility.

    Rachel will have more on tonight’s show about the substance of this, but The Hill had a report with one key tidbit that struck me as noteworthy.

    Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which McCain is the ranking member, were given a classified briefing this afternoon from military and intelligence officials, keeping lawmakers apprised of the latest developments in the Iraqi crisis.

    McCain left the closed-door briefing after only a matter of minutes, telling reporters the security situation in Iraq “is the greatest threat since the Cold War.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mccain-left-classified-briefing-after-only-matter-minutes

  9. Descendants of Comanche Indian soldiers pray on Utah Beach on June 9, in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France. Fourteen Comanche code talkers landed on June 6, 1944 in Utah Beach with the 4th U.S. infantry division. The Comanche language was used to transmit messages that could not be understood by the German occupiers.

    Descendants of Comanche Indian soldiers pray on Utah Beach on June 9, in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Cancer patient: ‘If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months’

    By Amy Lynn Smith on June 9, 2014in Affordable Care Act, Obamacare

    A cancer diagnosis is terrifying enough. The only thing that’s worse? Knowing you don’t have insurance and can’t possibly afford to pay for treatment.

    Marion N. Seidel has been uninsured since she changed jobs seven years ago. She’s worked the same job ever since, but could never afford her share of the coverage her employer offered: $600/month for herself and her daughter. On the rare occasions they got sick, the 52-year-old single mother would just pay cash for doctor’s appointments.

    But over the last year, Seidel started having some health issues that kept sending her to the doctor. Every time she missed a day of work, she lost a day’s pay.

    She started shopping for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare), but ran into some glitches with enrollment. Frustrated, she gave up and instead launched a crowdfunding website where friends could chip in to help her pay for doctor’s appointments and tests.

    In April 2014, Seidel was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her tonsils that was already affecting her lymph glands. She needed to start treatment right away. Without it, the doctors told her, she had only 12 months to live.

    I went everywhere to try to find help, but I kept being told, ‘If you can’t pay we can’t help you.’ I went to hospitals pleading for help. Because Florida did not expand Medicaid, I could not get any help from the state where I live. I could feel the tumor growing and I felt more lumps in my neck. I was really scared the cancer was growing fast because it was detected too late.

    By this point, Seidel was too sick to go to work at all. But then she learned she could enroll for coverage through Healthcare.gov outside the open enrollment period, because her income had changed and she’d had problems signing up before. She reached a customer service rep who was able to sort out her previous issues — and two hours later, she was enrolled.

    Seidel now has comprehensive coverage with low deductibles and co-payments. With the help of tax subsidies, she’s paying just $95/month for her insurance — coverage she might not have been able to get at all, at any price, before the ACA because of her pre-existing condition.

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/06/cancer-patient-if-it-wasnt-for-obamacare-id-be-dead-in-12-months.html

  11. rikyrah says:

    Barbara Boxer: ‘GOP Cheerleaders’ Of Iraq Invasion Are Now Joining ‘Blame-America-First Crowd’
    Sahil Kapur – June 12, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, torched Republican “cheerleaders” who started the Iraq war and are now criticizing President Barack Obama over the escalating violent insurgency in the country.

    “Some of the biggest GOP cheerleaders for the disastrous war in Iraq are now joining the blame-America-first crowd rather than working with our Commander-in-Chief to confront this crisis,” Boxer said in a statement Thursday.

    She said the current crisis in Iraq “has its roots in an ill-conceived war,” arguing that while the U.S. should “go after” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni jihadi organization taking over parts of the country, “any U.S. action must be well-considered and well-executed in coordination with our allies and the Iraqi government and military, which we helped train and arm.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/barbara-boxer-gop-cheerleaders-iraq-blame-america-first?utm_content=bufferfe3ff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  12. rikyrah says:

    GOP Rep: We’re Not Going To Play Games With The Debt Ceiling

    Sahil Kapur – June 13, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

    A Republican congressman is trying to allay fears on Wall Street that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s departure may raise the chances of U.S. debt default.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was asked Thursday if Cantor’s defeat at a hands of a conservative primary challenger may cause a return to dangerous brinkmanship over the debt limit that led to a near-breach in 2011.

    “We’re going to do everything to avoid that,” the congressman told reporters.

    The United States’ borrowing authority won’t need to be raised again until after the November congressional elections — it is scheduled to expire in March 2015.

    “The Speaker has made it very clear that we are not going to become the issue in this election [or next election],” Nunes said.

    Nunes also warned that “the more exotic” House Republicans “aren’t going to vote for anything, no matter what it is.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/devin-nunes-debt-ceiling

  13. rikyrah says:

    Virginia GOP Blocks Medicaid Expansion After Democrat Resigns

    Dylan Scott – June 13, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Virginia legislature passed a state budget that did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare Thursday night, just days after the resignation of a Democratic lawmaker that cleared the way for its passage.

    The Washington Post reported that the budget did not include Medicaid expansion — and would make it more difficult for the program to be expanded through other means. It would prevent Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe or an independent panel from expanding Medicaid unilaterally under the health reform law.

    Medicaid expansion would cover up to 400,000 low-income Virginians.

    Republicans now control both chambers of the Virginia legislature after Democratic state Sen. Phillip Puckett resigned this week. Reports had suggested that he stepped down in exchange for a seat on the state tobacco commission and a judgeship for his daughter.

    Puckett withdrew his name for consideration for the commission’s job after criticism of the alleged deal, but still resigned — giving Republicans the votes they needed in the Senate to pass a budget without Medicaid expansion. The Senate and House had previously been at a standoff over that key piece of Obamacare, with the former pushing an alternative expansion plan and the latter refusing to consider it.

    The budget will now head to McAuliffe’s desk, with a government shutdown looming on July 1 if a new spending plan has not been fully approved.

    “When this budget reaches my desk I will evaluate it carefully and take the actions that I deem necessary, but this fight is far from over,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for Virginia, and I will not rest until we get it done.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/virginia-general-assembly-budget-no-medicaid-expansion?utm_content=buffer2571f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  14. rikyrah says:

    Michael Barbaro @mikiebarb

    Nice work if you can get it: Chelsea Clinton paid $600,000 for what amounted to part-time media gig at NBC: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/chelsea-clinton-nbc-600-k-salary-107827.html

  15. rikyrah says:

    Talking Points Memo ✔ @TPM

    Virginia GOP blocks Medicaid expansion after Democrat resigns http://bit.ly/ST3Co6

  16. Chubby Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or ‘drop dead’

    http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=872883

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into their exclusive club before it’s too late.

    “I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85 years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling,” Checker said on Thursday.

    Checker’s recording of “The Twist,” and subsequent, “Let’s Twist Again” are considered among the most popular songs in the history of Rock and Roll.

    “Let’s Twist Again’ was the first rock and roll song that received a Grammy (in 1962),” Checker pointed out.

    The 72-year old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.

    “If you put me in when I’m too old to make a living, then it’s no good for me to be in there.”

    He added: “The Rolling Stones, they’re in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they’re young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they’re still making money.”

    He made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where Checker performed “Let’s Twist Again” for the ASCAP Centennial celebration.

    At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, Daryl Hall mentioned that Hall and Oates was the first Philadelphia-based band to be inducted. And after mentioning Chubby Checker, he responded: “Why isn’t he in?”

    And he’s not alone. Before going into the ceremony, legendary songwriter Kenny Gamble  of the songwriting team Gamble and Huff — said he feels Checker is long overdue.

    “I think Chubby Checker should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s the only person I know to have the same song go to No. 1 twice.”
    *************************

    Ametia & Rikyrah,

    Remember what I told you about Chubby Checker?

  17. Ametia says:

    What the Hell Is Happening in Iraq Right Now?
    By Molly Redden and Asawin Suebsaeng

    Iraq is rapidly slipping out of government control as an army of Al Qaeda-inspired militants storms toward Baghdad. Here’s what we know about who these fighters are and what drives them.

    [READ MORE] http://convio.motherjones.com/site/R?i=WX1Nkq6ssogbDSxwjLHisA

  18. rikyrah says:

    Why Tea Party Catholicism Is a No Go

    Christopher J. Hale@@chrisjollyhale
    June 5, 2014
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    Pope Francis and the Catholic Church increasingly have little patience with libertarian economic thought: this will clearly pose a problem to some lawmakers in Washington.

    Is Tea Party Catholicism dead as a legitimate political stance within the Catholic Church? That’s what Pope Francis’s close Honduran cardinal-advisor Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga is arguing

    During his keynote address at a June 3rd forum hosted by The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Rodriguez—defending Pope Francis’s economic teachings—derided the current economic system for being built on what he called the “new idol of libertarianism.” “The libertarianism de-regulation of the markets and financial market is much to the disadvantage of the poor,” he said. “This economy kills.”

    http://time.com/#2827866/why-tea-party-catholicism-is-a-no-go/

  19. Ametia says:

    Fareed Zakaria:
    Who lost Iraq? The Iraqis did, with an assist from George W. Bush
    June 12 at 8:27 PM

    It is becoming increasingly likely that Iraq has reached a turning point. The forces hostile to the government have grown stronger, better equipped and more organized. And having now secured arms, ammunition and hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from their takeover of Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city — they will build on these strengths. Inevitably, in Washington, the question has surfaced: Who lost Iraq?

    Whenever the United States has asked this question — as it did with China in the 1950s or Vietnam in the 1970s — the most important point to remember is: The local rulers did. The Chinese nationalists and the South Vietnamese government were corrupt, inefficient and weak, unable to be inclusive and unwilling to fight with the dedication of their opponents. The same story is true of Iraq, only much more so. The first answer to the question is: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lost Iraq.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fareed-zakaria-who-lost-iraq-the-iraqis-did-with-an-assist-from-george-w-bush/2014/06/12/35c5a418-f25c-11e3-914c-1fbd0614e2d4_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

  20. rikyrah says:

    John McCain do you think we are dumb?

    by @zizii2

    I am very angry! Just what do you take us for, John McCain? Fools? You think we are the rubes in your base whom you’ve whipped up over the decades into backing all your sponsors’, the Military Industrial Complex’s, greedy siphoning of taxpayer $$$ in the name of “keeping America safe”? Or you think we are the fawning media that laps up every turd you have dropped in your public life, even if every prescription you have ever uttered has been deadly and wrong? No you cannot hoodwink the rest of us. Ah ah!!! Naw!

    ****

    Barely a few months ago you and your comrade in wingnuttery, Lindsay Graham, pranced in front of every damn camera in the land to deride President Obama for not jumping in to arm the anti-Assad factions in Syria. Those factions happen to heavily comprise the SAME damn al Qaeda insurgents (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/ Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant — ISIS/ISIL) whom you now want us to go fight in Iraq!!! Before that you had called for airstrikes, and before that you called for the US to enter the Syrian war. Never a dustup anywhere in the world where you didn’t get your bomb bomb bomb war-gasm on. Just what is it that feeds this bloodlust and gunpowder-lust in you so much?

    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/06/12/john-mccain-do-you-think-we-are-dumb/

    • Ametia says:

      NAILED IT. McShame is on Murdering Joe this morning spewing this fuckery.

      Is Joey Scar offering up his 2 sons to join the military and head off to Iraq? HELL NAW

  21. rikyrah says:

    Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief
    To CNN, Murders Like My Son’s Don’t Count: An Open Letter From a Parent

    Posted: 06/12/2014 5:49 pm EDT

    Our country suffers from an epidemic that’s uniquely horrible in the developed world. Gun violence is twenty times worse in the United States than in any other developed country. Worst of all, it inflicts damage on our children in the place where they should feel safest — at school.

    Shootings take place at schools almost every week in this country. In fact, Everytown for Gun Safety has documented every time a gun was shot on school grounds since the Sandy Hook tragedy. They’ve found that in the 77 weeks since that day, there have been 74 school shootings. These 74 shootings reflect an even more disturbing statistic — eight children and teens die from gun violence every day.

    But it’s more than just a statistic. It’s eight families who will never see their most precious gift ever again.

    My son Blair was an honors student. He was the most important thing in my life. And in 2007 a gang member killed him — and injured four others — on his way home from school on a public bus with many of his classmates. Blair died trying to save another girl’s life. He was just another innocent bystander whose life was cut short because a gun was in the wrong hands.

    But to CNN and other media outlets, murders like my son’s don’t count. You see, they looked at the list of 74 school shootings and picked and chose the 15 they thought were worthy of mentioning. Their reasoning? Because our innocent sons and daughters are killed by gang members, they don’t deserve a spot on the list.

    According to their own count of school shootings, the ones with “personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals” don’t merit mention.

    Whenever a gun is fired at school, parents are rightfully terrified. Students are rightfully terrified. Try explaining to a shocked and devastated community that the school shooting it’s mourning is disqualified because the gun was fired as the result of a “personal argument.”

    I suppose if your innocent son is shot by a gang member, it doesn’t make the cut. Or if he was shot in an “accidental” shooting (how it’s an accident that a gun wound up on school grounds to begin with is beyond me). Or if he pulled a gun out in a classroom and shot himself. Or if he got into a “personal argument” and was shot down in the type of mild playground fight that happens every day in schools, but turned deadly in that instance because a gun was present.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/annette-holt/cnn-school-shooting-stats_b_5489805.html

  22. rikyrah says:

    CNN Decides Not To Count 80 Percent Of School Shootings

    By Nicole Flatow
    June 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm
    Updated: June 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    When students are killed, injured, or put in harm’s way on school grounds, when does it “count” as a school shooting? Not all of the time, according to a number of right-wing commentators — and CNN.

    In a news report published Thursday, CNN amends its prior reporting that there were 74 school shootings since the Newtown Massacre — a number calculated by gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety — and concludes that there have instead been just 15.

    “CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon — a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school,” the article explains. Except for the times when those criteria don’t apply: “Some of the other incidents on Everytown’s list included personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals,” the article explains, apparently nixing Everytown’s bright line criteria that encompassed all incidents “when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in publicly reported news accounts” in exchange for its own subjective assessment.

    Among those incidents not included was a brawl that escalated outside a college basketball game at Chicago State University, a shooting at a Mississippi town’s football game that left a 15-year-old dead, and a Georgia college that saw two shootings in two days. As Everytown points out in response to CNN, these discounted shootings led to 25 deaths and 45 injuries. They included familiar scenes of students hiding under desks and running for cover. And many of them were characterized by CNN as “school shootings” at the time of the incidents.

    CNN’s coverage does not mention it, but its change of heart followed a series of criticisms from right-wing commentators and outlets. Those 74 school shootings amounted to almost one shooting per week over the past year and a half, a rate that left some gun activists concerned about gun regulations. As Media Matters tells it, the criticism started with tweets from Charles C. Johnson, a self-described journalist who called several of the shootings listed as “fake,” including one in which an honors student shot himself in front of his class. A number of conservative outlets including NewsBusters, Hot Air, and Gun Rights Radio piled on, purporting to “expose” the “lie.” In the Independent Journal Review, Kyle Becker calls school shootings are an exaggerated problem, suggesting that we should all buy bullet-proof blankets to deal with it.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/12/3448604/how-cnn-slashed-the-number-of-school-shootings-from-74-to-15/

  23. rikyrah says:

    Cantor shock stalls offshore corporate tax break in Congress

    The years-long deadlock on tax policy was on display again on Thursday. The Republican-controlled House voted largely along party lines to make permanent three expired, temporary tax laws, including two business tax breaks.

    But the Democratic-controlled Senate was expected to reject the proposals because they were not accompanied by offsetting revenue-raising measures and would increase the federal deficit.

    Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, said Cantor’s exit made bridging this divide less likely. “Chances of a compromise have diminished,” he said.

    The offshore profits tax repatriation holiday addressed an unusual situation. U.S. corporations have piled up about $2 trillion in earnings offshore. As long as those profits stay abroad, the multinationals do not have to pay U.S. income tax on them. But many would like to repatriate that money, or bring it home.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/12/us-usa-congress-cantor-tax-analysis-idUSKBN0EN2L220140612

  24. rikyrah says:

    Brat Attack

    The more we find out about David Brat, the man who dethroned House GOP majority leader Eric Cantor, the more it becomes clear the Tea Party inmates have taken over the GOP asylum.

    A quick review of his public statements reveals a fellow who is about as tea party as can be. He appears to endorse slashing Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He wants to dissolve the IRS. And he has called for drastic cuts to education funding, explaining, “My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost? So the greatest minds in history became the greatest minds in history without spending a lot of money.”

    An economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in central Virginia, Brat frequently has repeated the conservative canard that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae brought down the housing market by handling the vast majority of subprime mortgages. That is, he absolves Big Finance and the banks of responsibility for the financial crisis that triggered the recession, which hammered middle-class and low-income families across the country. (In fact, as the housing bubble grew, Freddie and Fannie shed their subprime holdings, while banks grabbed more.)

    In his campaign speeches, Brat has pointed out that he isn’t worried about climate change because “rich countries solve their problems”.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/06/brat-attack.html

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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