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RIP Harry Kalas


Harry Kalas, the Phillies' Hall of Fame announcer, died at 1:20 p.m. today, the Phillies announced.

Mr. Kalas was 73.

He collapsed in the press box at Nationals Stadium in Washington at about 12:30 p.m. and was rushed to George Washington University Medial Center.

How I'd want to go -- doing what I loved. Read more about RIP Harry Kalas

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Maine State Legislature Endorses HR 676

Single Payer Central

Both Houses of the Maine state legislature, on roll call votes, have endorsed a single payer healthcare system and HR 676.

The Maine senators need to take heed. Read more about Maine State Legislature Endorses HR 676

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The #Money Thing


[Welcome to Digby's readers. -- lambert]

Lambert asked me to write on "the money thing" and "straighten it out" for people. Let me turn that around, what we are getting wrong is "the reality thing." The "money thing" is a consequence of getting reality wrong. Read more about The #Money Thing

A merry-go-round called denial

Bailout bonds

One more post -- I heard this one when I briefly turned on "All Things Considered" a few days ago. Put down your coffee:

As part of its sweeping plan to purge banks of troublesome assets, the Obama administration is encouraging several large investment companies to create the financial-crisis equivalent of war bonds: bailout funds.

Light posting from me today!

RL doesn't merely call, it screams! Read more about Light posting from me today!

Shame about the New Yorker


George Packer plays 11 dimensional chess:

Obama’s signature projects defy grouping under a single heading, and, as a result, he has been criticized for inconsistency. To take one example, he forced the chief executive of General Motors, Rick Wagoner, into early retirement, and yet he has not called for the removal of any of the failed leaders of America’s financial institutions, like Bank of America’s Kenneth Lewis.

Krugman: Republicans no more crazy than they always have been

You can trust the Republicans -- to be Republicans:

Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats.

But here’s the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didn’t stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. ....

One way to get a good sense of the current state of the G.O.P., and also to see how little has really changed, is to look at the “tea parties” that have been held in a number of places already, and will be held across the country on Wednesday. ....

Tax policy lobbying: 22,000 percent return on investment for big corporations

McClatchy's Kansas City Star:

A 22,000 percent return on investment?

Three professors at the University of Kansas say dozens of America’s largest companies got that sweet deal four years ago — not by hiring workers or purchasing new equipment, but by investing in Washington lobbyists.

Those lobbyists, the three said, helped write a federal tax break that eventually put roughly $100 billion in tax savings in the pockets of the firms and their shareholders, at a cost to the companies of just pennies on the dollar.

Can anyone get word from on the ground in #Thailand?


[If any reader wishes to become our Bangkok Correspondent, please get in touch! --lambert]

Our famously free press is happily demonizing the Thai red shirts using almost identically formulaic language, so I distrust the coverage. And if there's an international blog covering this, I'm missing it. I poked around the Google blog search, and found one roundup from a travel blogger, which includes this vignette:

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Current TV: The US-Fueled Drug War in Mexico

Below is an hour-long segment on the US-fueled narco wars cannibalizing Mexico. Although nothing new is said, it is important for people, particularly Americans, to see the total devastation we are causing with our gun supply, drug demand and, most critically, heinous drug policies.

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Why do we have diplomatic relations with a religion?

Vatican rejects Kennedy diplomat role

ITALIAN MEDIA sources last weekend reported that the Holy See has rejected the possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy as US Ambassador to the Vatican.

Why do we have diplomatic relations with a religion????

You know who Obama should pick? One of the plaintiff's attorneys in the predator priests cases. That would teach the Vatican to not to put on airs.

Sheesh. Read more about Why do we have diplomatic relations with a religion?

Amazon censors gay-friendly books

By deranking them. In today's world, that's the same as putting them on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

All these giant monopolies suck, not just the banks, and the health insurance companies and the telcos and the giant defense contractors ... We should break them all up. Or turn them into regulated public utilities. Too big to #FAIL is too big to exist. Read more about Amazon censors gay-friendly books

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Non-fables for our time


Much of what we do as bloggers is fact-checking and logic-checking of prevailing political narratives, many of which are absurdly and dangerously wrong... and sussing out the morals of the stories.

It's not for nothing that one of the finest bloggers runs a site variously known as "Power of Narrative" and "Once upon a time...." Read more about Non-fables for our time


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