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The Bashing of Sonia


Sonia Sotomayor hasn't even been nominated to the Supreme Court yet, and already she's being bashed by a whisper campaign that started with Jeffery Rosen at TNR, and now continues with a disgustingly sexist and racist Letterman parody that paints her as an over-emotional dumb Latina Judge Judy.

It feels like the 2008 primary all over again. Read more about The Bashing of Sonia

Single-payer FREE fax blast round 2 is here

The intrepid Clark Newhall has set up another single-payer fax blast, this time to the Senate Finance Committee, plus the White House.

There is also an 800 number you can call (I haven't tried that yet) to leave a message for the President or for Baucus - 800-578-4171. Read more about Single-payer FREE fax blast round 2 is here

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Politics and Media Headlines 5/6/09

Dream (by Susie at Suburban Guerrilla)
I was talking to a friend, and he said, “You know what I dream? That one day the Democrats will control both houses of Congress and the White House, and then we’ll stop the war, get all the money out of politics and have single-payer healthcare.” Hah. Keep dreaming.

Black Agenda Report

Maine legalizes gay marriage

Good. It's reassuring to know that even a member of the genus Baldacci can end up doing the right thing.

And besides, it will help the tourism industry. Read more about Maine legalizes gay marriage

Congratulations, Democrats, on a job well done!

Dean Baker on wage deflation:

To counter this "let's spread the good news" cheerleading, let's talk about some really bad news that got almost no attention in the media.

Need cash quick? Be a guinea pig!

Sounds like fun!

Looking for a job? How about guinea pig? Doctors and scientists all over the country need volunteers to test a variety of medical products and procedures, and these volunteers don't work for free.

Well, I suppose that's better than giving blood. Or selling a kidney. Read more about Need cash quick? Be a guinea pig!

Torture the fault of the peasants, not of Versailles

Froomkin deals with the matter.

It's always the same, isn't it? No accountability for Versailes, ever. It's exactly the same with health care

If we could just "nudge" those fucking peasants into eating right, maybe spend a few hundred bucks at the gym, we could keep collecting those premiums and never pay out on them. Why won't they do the right thing? Read more about Torture the fault of the peasants, not of Versailles

Stress test haiku

Via the Seattle PI:

The stress tests are done
Surprise -- many banks are fine
Now, go buy that bridge

I thought haiku was supposed to be seasonal. So what about those green shoots? Readers?

NOTE Via alert commenter TeresaInSnow2 at TL. Read more about Stress test haiku

I'm shocked

According to Yves, Obama's chief of the SEC, Mary Schapiro, dumped $862 million worth of "auction rate securities" while head of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) -- without telling the public. So, while FINRA and the insiders got out in time, the public was left holding the bag. Quelle surprise. And the beauty part?

The agency that would investigate Mary Schapiro's conduct while head of FINRA would be the SEC. Which Mary Schapiro now heads. Cozy! Read more about I'm shocked

Max Baucus isn't the only lethal drone out there


OK, OK. I had to write the headline. Anyhow -- turns out replacing soldiers on the ground with drones piloted by modern-day gamers from remote locations has a downside -- especially if you're a dead civilian. LA Times:

avid Kilcullen is no soft-headed peacenik.

He's a beefy, 41-year-old former Australian army officer who served in Iraq as a top advisor to U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus. He's one of the counter-insurgency warrior/theorists who designed Petraeus' successful "surge" of troops into the streets of Baghdad.

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A Cinco de Mayo Pick-me-up

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Scienceblogger Ethan Siegel reminds us that an important contribution to our nation's history was made by a person of Mexican heritage and goes on to write of the importance of Unions, and the Employee Free Choice Act.

And then he knocks down the bogus argument that unionization causes unemployment. OK, that part's rather geekishly wonky. But I love it.

Unionization: ¡Sí se puede! Read more about A Cinco de Mayo Pick-me-up

Plus ça "change," plus c'est la même chose

Two stories that are really the same story. First, on torture:

Bush administration lawyers who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects should not face criminal charges, Justice Department investigators say in a draft report that recommends two of the three attorneys face possible professional sanctions.

This after Obama said in his presser that torture broke the law. So much for that leadership thing. Read more about Plus ça "change," plus c'est la même chose

PSA of the Day: NYC PBS rebroadcast of "Torturing Democracy" tonight, 9-10:30

Documentary is available for viewing on line at the Torturing Democracy web site. A transcript is available as a PDF.

I'd forgotten there was some controversy about PBS not broadcasting it prior to the election last year; the documentary maker distributed it to individual stations which wanted to show it. The PBS ombudsman Ken Bode writes about this. Read more about PSA of the Day: NYC PBS rebroadcast of "Torturing Democracy" tonight, 9-10:30


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