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Obama to netroots: "I don't know what that says about the online audience" [snicker]

Er, that they're well-informed, passionate, and have a better grasp of public policy than you? In addition to being computer savvy and veteran online activists?

Full transcript of Obama playing smart and not being clever:

THE PRESIDENT: Three point five million people voted. I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy -- (laughter) -- and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience -- (laughter) -- but I just want -- I don't want people to think that -- this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy -- (laughter) -- to grow our economy. (Applause.)

Now, I'm betting that the drive for marijuana, er, reform skews young -- and it certainly doesn't skew Conservative (though possibly libertarian).

In other words, Obama just dissed his own base, all for the sake of a few laughs from his new found buddies in the East Room's gilt chairs. Hilarity ensues at The Obama 527 Formerly Known as Daily Kos, where the number one diary as of 11:00PM tonight is a terrific defense of marijuana legalization, which somehow fails to mention The One's views on the subject, expressed that very day. Read below the fold...

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US Senate: AmeriCorps Needs Growth

Remember when Bill Clinton was in his first term and the First Lady hadn't yet run afoul of the health insurance industry lobby? All those years ago, 1993, Americorps was born. Today the Senate, following the lead of its ailing but uncowed lion, Senator Ted Kennedy. Please write your Congressmember and ask them to support this increase in Americorps. Read below the fold...

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Pt. 1

I'm only able to write part one tonight, more later.
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Gosh, Obama pissed me off today ["clean" internet users: skim down to the end for the non-DFH related point to this post].Yes, that's not new, and no news to this blog. Ironically, he did so on one of those verboten issues that "stains" bloggers like me just by their very mention: he giggled at the idea, put forth by lots of 'reglar' folks at one of his outreach websites/media tools, that marijuana normalization is Serious. Worse, he slurred the online political community in the process, furthering the meme that all of us who write, speak, read and think about policy with online tools are Dirty Fucking Hippies and Hopheads. You know, not like Real Americans, such as the Two Wetsuits Good guy, or Senator Diapers 'n' Hookers.

I guess I don't write about pot policy more because to me, it's beyond obvious. Everything that our government does with respect to pot is ass-backwards. It's racist, expensive, wasteful, hypocritical, stupid, anti-environmental, supportive of terrorism, and a lost cause. I assume that all thinking people more or less agree with me, or at least admit that research, science, the history of policy, and the example of other nations, pro and con, back that up. It annoys me how many "progressives" and liberals remain silent, in this period in which we make all the mistakes of alcohol prohibition, but more seriously and at greater cost. But such is the price of being a Loyalist- no Serious Democrat speaks about legalization, ever, nor of any kind. We've spent a lot of time talking about Big Problems like why the "bailout" plans are a horror; I'm going to spend a little time talking about why Obama's remarks today are a smaller scale version, but big example of the same problem.

How many reasons can you come up with, which suggest and prove that marijuana normalization is the right and proper course for a civilized society? Never mind me, Glennzilla will be speaking on this topic at CATO on the 16th of April; I'll let him throw down hard data and numbers for me. But just tossing off, let's see what I can come up with: Read below the fold...

Woo Hoo! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Bernie Sanders IS God!

A c&p from PNHP...

Challenging head-on the powerful private insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a single-payer health reform bill, the American Health Security Act of 2009, in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The bill is the first to directly take on the powerful lobbies blocking universal health reform in the Senate since Sen. Paul Wellstone’s tragic death.

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If we had single payer...

... Susie wouldn't need help on her COBRA.

And do read the comments for what two Canadians have to say about their health care system, which is not the profit-driven lethal clusterfuck that ours is. Read below the fold...

Andrew Cuomo sues AIG to find out which banksters ended up with their bailout billions

Counterparties! Hurrah! Bloomberg:

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoened American International Group Inc.’s credit- default swap data to see whether its customers including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Societe Generale SA and Deutsche Bank AG were improperly compensated with taxpayer dollars.

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So, has Treasury policy-making been outsourced to the banksters at Goldman-Sachs?

You'd certainly think so, and not just because the top two slots on domestic policy are vacant, economic policy slots are vacant, vacant, vacant, and vacant, public affairs slots are vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant, and vacant, and the two top slots on tax policy are vacant. I count 19 vacancies, and that's just at the top levels.

So who's minding the store?

How can policy be made at Treasury if there's nobody there to make it? Read below the fold...

We can sentence a shortstop for lying to Congress, but Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, and Yoo are still on the street

Shortstop Miguel Tejada gets a year's probation for misleading Congress in a steroids investigation. Fucking pitiful. Just pitiful. Read below the fold...

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The Case For The FDIC Over Tim Geithner

No Associated Press content was harmed in the writing of this post Read below the fold...

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/26/09

@BarackObama Updates His Twitter! (by Adam Ostrow at Mashable)
Barack Obama, Twitter’s second most popular user (CNN has passed him), updated his Twitter account [Wednesday] for the first time since taking office. The update is to promote the President’s online town hall, which encourages citizens to submit questions via The White House website. Obama will be responding to some of the most popular questions – determined by users voting them up ala Digg – via video on Thursday.

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Bankster of the Day

Arthur Levitt:

"This is an issue of 'we' and 'they,'" Mr. Levitt said. "Compensation is a part of it, but a symbolic part of it. We are a centrist nation ... We're now shifting to the left pretty far in terms of business-bashing and it has reached extremes of incivility that are intolerable."

Got your 401(k), Arthur? How's your house? Got a job? Health care when you need it? Good. I'm happy for you. Read below the fold...

Why, oh why can't we have a better press corps?

[UPDATE What dday said, of Obama and Versailles snickering at the marijuana question: "For a real community interaction to work there has to be a certain level of respect, and that was apparently sorely lacking." Of course, some of us never expected respect. So there you are. -- lambert] Read below the fold...

Corporate exortion right out in the open (and use UPS, not FedEx)

AP:

FedEx Corp is threatening to cancel the purchase of billions of dollars worth of new Boeing Co cargo planes if Congress passes a law that would make it easier for unions to organize at the package-delivery company, the Wall Street Journal said.

Can you blame them? Read below the fold...

Great news! Soon, Pentagon's lethal robots will be "fully autonomous"!

McClatchy:

The unmanned bombers that frequently cause unintended civilian casualties in Pakistan are a step toward an even more lethal generation of robotic hunters-killers that operate with limited, if any, human control.

The Defense Department is financing studies of autonomous, or self-governing, armed robots that could find and destroy targets on their own. On-board computer programs, not flesh-and-blood people, would decide whether to fire their weapons.

Autonomous armed robotic systems probably will be operating by 2020, according to John Pike, an expert on defense and intelligence matters and the director of the security Web site GlobalSecurity.org in Washington.

What could go wrong? Read below the fold...

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