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Bobby Jindal Brings the Schadenfreude; David Brooks Mourns GOP's Future

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Bobby Jindal repeated the Reagan line word for word, and now it's nihilism? I seriously do not understand the Conservative mindset.

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Speaking of "Unfortunate Images"

As discussed below, and especially considering Lambert's comment here regarding "hooked noses".

How about this recent one from Switzerland?

From Macro-Man (Feb. 4th):
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Not Even a Close Call

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Regarding this:

Jon Keller is right:

"I don't think it's even a close call - this vile New York Post cartoon is racist and deplorable, as is the fact that the Post's alleged editors thought it was OK to print and are defending that decision instead of abjectly apologizing."

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Did I miss the memo on where the last two trillion went?

I don't know about you, but Tim Geithner's restored my confidence, like, totally. Izvestia:

Administration officials committed to flood the financial system with as much as $2.5 trillion — $350 billion of that coming from the bailout fund and the rest from private investors and the Federal Reserve, making use of its ability to print money. ...

Another centerpiece of the plan would stretch the last $350 billion that the Treasury has for the bailout by relying on the Federal Reserve’s ability to create money, in effect, out of thin air.

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Son of TARP: Tinkering with the wording is never a good sign

Because, as Yves points out, it can give the impression that you're making it up as you go along. Via Bloomberg:

The second half of the $700 billion bank rescue plan, which has been known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The administration plans to rename it the Financial Stability Plan. ....

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"Changing the tone in Washington"? Sure, I love kittens

And ponies. And oatmeal raisin cookies. And sunsets. And walks on the beach.

But can anybody give me just one single example of where "changing the tone" in Washington did anything other than make life a little more pleasant for Villagers waiting in line together for their cocktail wienies?

The New Deal? Not. Civil Rights? Not. Medicare/Medicaid? Not.

In fact, I'd argue that the reverse is true -- It's when all official Washington agrees on something that they drive the country into a ditch. Iraq? Done by consensus (thanks, Tom Daschle!) Patriot Act? Ditto. Bush tax cuts for the rich? Ditto. NCLB? Ditto. Heck, Viet Nam. And on and on and on. Read below the fold...

Why not make the banks into regulated public utilities?

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If we're going to nationalize the banks, isn't that the right way to do it? Why shouldn't paying your mortgage, or your auto loan, or your student loan, be exactly like paying your light bill? None of those businesses should be hard, and none of them demand "complex," "innovative," "financial instruments," and they certainly don't require testesterone-driven Merry Banksters sucking enormous bonuses off the company tit. So cut the parasites out of the business and get back to basics. Read below the fold...

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Mark Steyn: Objectively Pro-STD, anti-Poor People

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Ran across this tripe in my perusal of the larger Web, and want some help writing, in outrage, to the various places it's been spewed. Read below the fold...

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Why Should Slutty Bitches Get Jobs, Anyway? They'll Just Quit Later and Have Babies

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Gosh, I'm actually glad I found this. I should thank the author for being so blunt; I've read plenty much like this, however variously coded in softer, gentler misogyny:
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"One Year Gitmo" Apologists, Please Read

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Seventeen that can be released immediately.

Please read the letter attachment. Apparently, there are 17 "guests" there which all parties (even the Bush admin) agree should be released. Read below the fold...

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Transportation Stimulus You Can't Believe In

Goddess, there are so many good blogs out there and so Little Time (for me at least, today!) Check out this post, and stay a while to read some of the others there. Bottom line: all that crap we've been hearing about "billions and billions" for transportation-related stimulus and development? Not even enough to bring our transportation reality back to where it once was when almost-properly funded (live links at original):
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Women's chemo more effective when calibrated for existing body, not 'ideal' body

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Ya THINK?
I'm so mad I can't even write about this coherently. For YEARS doctors have declared that women who were "overweight" had a poorer chance of surviving breast and cervical cancer.
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Clarence Page: Rick Warren's Not So Bad

Obama apologist Clarence Page let's us know in his December 21, 2008 column that progressives need to get over Obama's pick of Rick Warren as his invocation leader. Now, a few gems, and please count the number of times he uses "pragmatic":

Although some gay activists and other left-progressives might try to dismiss Warren as a hard-line troglodyte, he actually is a pragmatic moderate compared with right-wing evangelical activists like Pat Robertson or the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

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The HCAN't Divertimento

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Spam from well-funded Villagers in my Inbox; play it, Levanna:

URGENT: Send the insurance industry a message!

Er, no. I don't see any point in sending them a message; with their business model of denying care, they must already know we hate them. And sending the insurance companies a message diverts me from sending the real message I need to send to my elected representatives: Pass HR 676, save $350 billion a year, and save 17,000 lives.

And now the main body of the peice; watch for the sudden change of key in the middle:

Today, the leading insurance industry representative, America's Health Insurance Plans, came out and said they would stop denying people coverage due to pre-existing conditions.[1]*

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