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Designed to fail. And did.

["Fail" depends on what your metric for success is. As a fundraising device, Jane's thread is an obvious fail, but the comment thread makes it clear that wasn't what the post was about anyhow. --lambert] Read more about Designed to fail. And did.

I was thirsty and you gave me water

(Matthew 25:35). Oh well:

A judge has threatened to sentence an Arizona man to 25 days in prison for leaving jugs of water in the desert for illegal immigrants.

It's like we're living in 18th C England, or something. I mean, what next?

He gives 'em a loaf of bread and gets his hand chopped off? Read more about I was thirsty and you gave me water

Violet needs help

National Nurses United

To get rich is glorious

Banksters at play.

I'm told that power relationships in Versailles are much the same. How nice for everyone!

NOTE Via Susie. Read more about To get rich is glorious

" I have made $75,000 in only 38 days since I joined the 'company'."

Where 'the company" is the Somali Pirate Stock Exchange:

"The shares are open to all and everybody can take part, whether personally at sea or on land by providing cash, weapons or useful materials ... we've made piracy a community activity."

Maybe we should try something similar? Read more about " I have made $75,000 in only 38 days since I joined the 'company'."

Will Jon Favreau please report to the office?

WaPo:

Of the 376 people the Obama White House announced, nominated and confirmed in those top-tier administration jobs, only 32 percent have been women. In comparison, 46 percent of Clinton's Senate-confirmed nominees in 1993 were women, as were 26 percent of Bush's first-year nominees, according to a year-end study in 2001 by the Brookings Institution.

Progressives aren't supposed to regress, are they? Read more about Will Jon Favreau please report to the office?

Baby steps

Jane Hamsher:

The problems in the current health care debate became apparent early on, when single payer advocates were excluded from participation. Part of that was certainly due to the fact that single payer challenges the logic underlying the entire health care reform effort: if we really cared about cutting costs and providing the best health care services, single payer would come out on top by every measure.

Because Versailles sucks (including both legacy parties and the press)

Krugman:

Today’s unemployment report was good news. But in a real sense good news is bad news, because this month’s not-too-bad number deflates the sense of urgency.

The fact remains that realistic projections show unemployment staying disastrously high for many years. The chart above is from the minutes of the Fed’s Open Market Committee. Unemployment above 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011; above 7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"[A]n expanded definition of a 'win'"--

More Kool-Aid, vicar?

Here's John Helleman's concluding paragraph in New York magazine: Read more about More Kool-Aid, vicar?

Church of the savvy

What Ian said

Here:

Trillions were spent bailing out the rich, and no taxes were levied on them to pay for it. Now what will happen is that in order to balance the budget, money which primarily helps the middle and working classes will be cut, while those same middle and working classes will be forced to bail out the insurance and health industries.

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