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Market failure wherever you look

This little nugget buried in a WaPo story on energy efficiency:

During the period when Maryland, the District and many other areas deregulated, energy companies cut costs to prepare for competition and pledged to let the free market take care of energy efficiency. That competition never materialized, leaving some Maryland customers with rate increases of more than 70 percent.

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From anaphora to parataxis

Professor Stanley Fish on the stylistics of Obama's inaugural speech:

It is as if the speech, rather than being a sustained performance with a cumulative power, was a framework on which a succession of verbal ornaments was hung, and we were being invited not to move forward but to stop and ponder significances only hinted at.

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Hero dog saves Caroline Kennedy from tasering by Israeli cop

There. That's all the permathreads in one. Discuss.

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Waltz with Bashir: Excerpt I

TomDispatch is lucky enough to be able to print two long excerpts from the graphic novel, "Waltz with Bashir," from the movie of the same name. Part I is available now and Part II will be available next Saturday (I'll post that as well). Please read it and try to see the movie if you can.

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A Modest Proposal on Caroline Kennedy

While its always fun to throw out allegations of some conspiracy and chastise folks I'll throw out a simple hypothesis: Caroline Kennedy was not the best fit for the job.

Shocking as it may seem, there are some legitimate gripes about her candidacy. For one, her voting record does not indicate a deep commitment to NY Democratic politics:
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Saturday Night LoFi blogging

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Supreme Court decision doomed countless unborn

Think of all the fetuses that would have come to full term if the Supreme Court had voted its conscience!

In Bush v. Gore, which led to our economic collapse. Which case did you think I meant? Read below the fold...

Phillipe Sands: 140 countries may have jurisdiction over the torturers in the criminal Bush regime

Phillipe Sands is an expert on torture and international law. John Dean interviewed him: Read below the fold...

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Let's play Welfare Mad Libs!

Give it a go:

There's still a deeply ingrained culture of entitlement preposition plural noun. It's a mindset plural noun will have to work harder at changing as they come to grips with their failures, and as they face more scrutiny after accepting government help.

If you're stuck in Reaganomics/Third Way/Compassionate Conservatism/Post-partisan thinking, you might have answered "among," "welfare recipients," and "those who prefer leisure over work." Read below the fold...

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Failures of Courage, Not Law

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The bombings of Pakistan will continue

So yeah, I'm happy about Gitmo and the lifting of the Global Gag Rule. BUT

Obama is going to continue Bush's policy of bombing Pakistan.

The Pakistan military's top spokesman called the attacks, which he said were by pilotless drones, "counterproductive," because they undercut his country's efforts to oust militants from the ungoverned tribal areas.

I mean, for anyone paying attention this shouldn't come as a shock as he told us that he would use military action against Pakistan. But he's anti-war, right? (Is this where I apologise for being prematurely correct?)

17 people were killed today, 3 of them children. Since the bombings began in August we have apparently killed 2 terrorist leaders. I guess everyone else who lives in the region is a terrorist by default since there are no numbers for how many *actual* terrorists we've killed.

Great policy. It worked so well when Clinton was bombing Iraq in the 90's, didn't it?

"We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace."

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Honoring Women Who Serve

Tennessee has become the first state in the union to honor women veterans with a license plate of their own. A one woman army, Laura Comas, made it possible.

Laura Comas is a wife, mother, and a former sergeant in the US Army.

She realized after she was honorably discharged that there were several veteran plates, but none that described her military service.

"So I went online, and when I did, I noticed that of the nearly 20 that were available at the time, none of them recognized women veterans," Comas said.

Four years ago, Comas started on a mission to pay tribute to women of the armed services.

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Obama ends the Mexico City Policy

"President Barack Obama has signed an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option...

...Obama signed it quietly, without coverage by the media, late on Friday afternoon, a contrast to the midday signings with fanfare of executive orders on other subjects earlier in the week."

His first Friday night dump as president.
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There is beauty in truth


Earlier this week the new residents of the White House were photographed greeting visitors. These visitors were not members of a delegation from a foreign country. These visitors were just regular Americans -- the kind who, before the Bush II administration, used to be able to come to the People's House and get a free tour just for standing in line.

(Reuters Photo) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle Obama, shake hands with members of the public touring the White House in Washington, January 21, 2009. From L-R are: Sosa Ezeokoli of Brooklyn, NY, Obama, Beverly Ezeokoli of Brooklyn, NY, and Michelle Obama.
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Friday night non-Hyannisport blogging

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