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What Jon Stewart said (and not about Kramer, er, Cramer)

Via Glenn Greenwald:

[STEWART] This thing was 10 years in the making . . . . The idea that you could have on the guys from Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch and guys that had leveraged 35-1 and then blame mortgage holders, that's insane. . . .

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Florida Pre-Paid Raid Links

Passing these along because a couple of people who are following our efforts in Alabama have mentioned the impending raid on the Florida fund. Word of caution: I haven't read these, and don't keep up with Florida politics, so read carefully and decide for yourself. Passing them along just as they were forwarded to me.

Herald: Florida’s prepaid tuition program won’t be raided, Crist says

Times: Raid on prepaid tuition fizzles

Tribune: Crist, Sink Say College Money Safe Read below the fold...

Creating our own reality

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Say Wha?! Israel's most popular racist to be next Foreign Minister

After his party placed an impressive third in the elections for Israel's 18th Knesset, last month, it appears that Israel's most popular racist, bigot, and all around bad-guy, Avigdor Lieberman, will become Israel's next Foreign Minister:

JERUSALEM — An Israeli politician who based his election campaign on baiting the country's Arab minority, drawing accusations that he is a racist demagogue, now seems likely to become the Jewish state's top diplomat.

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Who's Up for Some Torches and Pitchforks?

Countrycat has an eyewitness account and her first video from yesterday’s hearing on the Alabama college saving program. Pure dynamite. She does a beautiful job capturing the fear and loathing that the citizens who are on the receiving end of this fiasco have for their government. And the unmitigated contempt that the few board members who bothered to show up have for the unwashed masses.

The citizens of Alabama really showed their quality yesterday.

They are connecting the dots:

More than once, I heard the meeting referred to as "just for show" or, more entertainingly, "just like a meeting in North Korea."

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Brad Sherman on Citi: "We got ripped off to the tune of $78 billion, but by God we made them come before the cameras!"

Great to see our newly empowered and energized Democratic Congress exercising its oversight powers!

In which Bruce Dixon confesses to being prematurely correct

Well, to be fair, I'm doing the confessing on his behalf. Not bad, for 2003. And now, just as then, the question remains:

Obama's campaign to date leaves a question hanging, heavily. Responsible to whom?

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Bloomberg analyst: "Single payer may be the strongest solution to insure every American at a lower cost."

Who knew? John Wasik writes:

No Reason to Demonize U.S. Single-Payer Health: John F. Wasik

It’s time to stop kicking sand in the face of single-payer health care. It may be the strongest solution around to insure every American at a lower cost.

After decades of industry campaigns against this model -- dubbed by its critics as “socialized” medicine -- it’s important to stop whining and evaluate the many economic benefits. Health care is a fundamental human right.

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Truthiness takes a hit

Words, or lack thereof, matter. The US no longer holds 'enemy combatants.' Turns out our enemies are human. Who knew? It's good news that the Justice Dept. under new leadership can see that. This is a great way to end the week.

In a break from Bush administration policy, the US will no longer hold terror suspects as "enemy combatants", the Justice Department has announced. Detainees will instead be held according to legal standards set by the international laws of war.

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Bernie Sanders is God

It's a full moon...

Periodically, when the site... No, that's not what I mean. If u cn rd ths you're fine, but if you could read this, I'd be telling you to clear your cache and cookies, too. Sorry for the server issues.

Anyhow, light posting from me today, though not for that reason, just RL. Read below the fold...

You might want to think twice about working in a Beltway Starbucks

IT World:

Researchers say they've discovered new ways to read what you're typing by aiming special wireless or laser equipment at the keyboard or by simply plugging into a nearby electrical socket.

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Wells Fargo and HSBC, bailout recipients, sued for racist loan policies by NAACP

AP:

The NAACP is accusing Wells Fargo and HSBC of forcing blacks into subprime mortgages while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates.

Class-action lawsuits will be filed against the banks Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, Austin Tighe, co-lead counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told The Associated Press.

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