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We decided not to invite CNN to our Easter egg hunt.

from a few days ago:

‏@AlbertBrooks
We decided not to invite CNN to our Easter egg hunt.
https://twitter.com/AlbertBrooks/statuses/455719351891787776





GOP Self-Portrait

The Tina Conservatives

SAT APR 19, 2014 AT 08:13 PM PDT
The Tina Conservatives
by vickijean

My mom and I have a running joke when we go out to eat: are you going to leave a Tina tip or a Bob tip. My late father, Bob, overtipped. He had been a country club manager and knew how overworked and underpaid waiters were. Tina is my mom's neighbor. She not only looks for a reason not to tip, she looks for a reason not to pay: the food is overcooked, undercooked, inedible. After she has eaten most of it, of course.

Tina is the new conservative: always aggrieved, always inconvenienced, always annoyed. When we first met her, she was a Democrat, and her husband was a Foxfan Dittohead. But by the time Obama was elected, she was a rabid conservative. Was it racism? Partially. But it was more. She was angry about a school bond vote, because she doesn't have children. Selfish? Sure. She was enraged about the government shutdown because her husband, retired military, works as a civilian at Ft. Rucker. Hypocritical? Uh huh. She hates Nancy Pelosi. Why? Because.

But the incident that to me most exemplifies the Tina conservative mindset involved a patio set. She had a patio set she wanted to get rid of. She called my mom to see if she wanted it. She was offering to give it to her. Mom didn't need it, she has patio furniture. She suggested Tina give it to Goodwill, they would even pick it up. Tina said no, she would put it on the street for trash pickup. But first, she said, she would smash it. When mom asked her why she said that she paid for it and she didn't want anyone to have it for free. Tina Conservatives are selfish, racist, hypocritical, but most of all, vindictive. They will destroy it, even if they don't need it, before they will let THEM have it.

New ending: Tina Conservatives are not the majority. They are just a loud aggressive new voice calling themselves conservatives. Most conservatives want what is best for their communities. But this new group is given power by their aggression and their volume. Traditional conservatives, at least up to now, have been slow to correct them.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/19/1293280/-The-Tina-Conservatives

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class
This country's fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980
THOM HARTMANN, ALTERNET


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If you compare a chart showing the historical top income tax rate over the course of the twentieth century with a chart of income inequality in the United States over roughly the same time period, you’ll see that the period with the highest taxes on the rich – the period between the Roosevelt and Reagan administrations – was also the period with the lowest levels of economic inequality.

You’ll also notice that since marginal tax rates started to plummet during the Reagan years, income inequality has skyrocketed.

Even more striking, during those same 33 years since Reagan took office and started cutting taxes on the rich, income levels for the top 1 percent have ballooned while income levels for everyone else have stayed pretty much flat.






http://www.relandothompkins.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Wealth+Distribution.jpg

Coincidence? I think not.



MORE:
http://lategreatmiddleclass.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-end-result-of-unfettered-free.html
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/19/reaganomics_killed_americas_middle_class_partner/
http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf

Bush Administration labeled Bundy Ranch-style outlaws domestic terrorists

The Bundy Ranch controversy has now divided Nevada's two United States Senators. While Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) referred to Bundy's armed supporters as "domestic terrorists," his Republican colleague Dean Heller praised them as "patriots."

Their disagreement begs the question: What do you call someone who owes the United States government a million dollars and threatens violence against federal officials seeking to collect it? Whatever you may believe, for the Bush administration there was no doubt about the answer. The likes of Cliven Bundy and his gun-toting militia allies would indeed be considered domestic terrorists.

That's the inescapable conclusion from the FBI's report, "Terrorism 2002-2005." The document didn't merely define "domestic terrorism" as "the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives." The Bureau also provided some helpful histories of domestic terrorism the FBI successfully prevented.

For example, consider the 2003 arrest of David Hinkson, a tax evader who owed the IRS over a million dollars. As the FBI's terrorism report summed it up:

On April 4, 2003, the FBI arrested David Roland Hinkson, a constitutionalist and tax protestor, for attempting to arrange the murders of a federal judge, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and an IRS Agent whom he blamed for his legal problems regarding a tax evasion case against him. Between December 2002 and March 2003, Hinkson offered two individuals $10,000 for committing all three murders. On January 27, 2005, Hinkson was found guilty on three counts of solicitation to commit murder after a three week jury trial in Boise, Idaho. On June 3, 2005, Hinkson was sentenced to 43 years in federal prison.


Now, Cliven Bundy, backed by his well-armed well-wishers, claims he "a citizen of Nevada and not a citizen of the territory of the United States." Of course, he is a United States citizen, one who owes the government of his 317 million fellow citizens a million dollars for the privilege of receiving what it is, after all, "food stamps for cows." At best, that makes Bundy a deadbeat. And by threatening federal officials just trying to collect the long overdue payment on the money he owes, Bundy and his Bundy Ranch gunmen make themselves domestic terrorists.

At least according to President Bush's FBI.

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More to support this here:
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/19/1293258/-Bush-Administration-labeled-Bundy-Ranch-style-outlaws-domestic-terrorists

"We knew when one went, the other was going to go."

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Helen Felumlee (FEHL'-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died April 13.

The couple's children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then.

Their daughter, Linda Cody, says the two were deeply in love to the end.

Cody says her father began to fade about 12 hours after her mother died and told them that he didn't want to leave her by herself.

She says, "We knew when one went, the other was going to go."



Read more: Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_25599416/ohio-couple-married-70-years-die-15-hours#ixzz2zLhADafx

Charlie Crist to a STUNNED Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera: "Give me Scott.''

After Charlie's speech, reporters were hovering around the LG to ask about it. Carlos was talking much smack until Crist came up from behind to greet him. As he walked away, reporters were shouting questions on all the garbage Carlos was spewing and asked him to respond.

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/19/1293173/-NICE-Charlie-Crist-Drops-the-Mike-On-Rick-Scott-Lackey-video

"Love Thy Neighbor" That's It.

87 Years Of Solitude

87 Years Of Solitude
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ WON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN ‘MAGICAL REALISM’ ANYMORE

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87; he was one of the giants of modern literature, with a 1982 Nobel Prize and one undisputed classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude, the book that most people think of when they think of “magical realism” — and even if that term maybe gets over-used with other Latin American writers, it’s a fair cop for García Márquez. Weird stuff happens, and it’s just part of the everyday strangeness of life in his fiction — and besides, how weird is a levitating priest compared to the reality of South American politics and history? Also, he wrote one of the best first paragraphs of any novel:

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Col. Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of 20 adobe houses built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”


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And of course there’s the idiotic U.S. ban on García Márquez, so that he wouldn’t be able to taint our innocent country with his dangerous leftist ideas and support for Cuba (except, of course, through his writing, but you if can’t punish books, at least you can beat up on the writer). There’s one more thing to thank Bill Clinton for: that travel ban was lifted in 1995 and Clinton invited García Márquez to visit him in Martha’s Vineyard.


MORE:
http://happynicetimepeople.com/gabriel-garcia-marquez-wont-explain-magical-realism-anymore/

OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT, projected vs. actual (by month)

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nuff said, now bring on Single Payer!

more:
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/obama-declares-obamacare-victory.html
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