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http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/head_burial_20140131

if this NYT story accurate, that means Christie LIED FOR TWO HOURS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

if this NYT story accurate, that means Christie LIED FOR TWO HOURS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE
https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/statuses/429356493578588160

The New York Times
Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings, Port Authority Official Says
A Port Authority official says he has evidence to prove the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/nyregion/christie-bridge.html




A refresher, January 10th, Alec MacGinnis in TNR:

… But during his two hours at the podium yesterday, Christie pushed back against this perception by telling the world that Wildstein was no chum of his:

Well, let me just clear something up, OK, about my childhood friend David Wildstein. It is true that I met David in 1977 in high school. He’s a year older than me. David and I were not friends in high school. We were not even acquaintances in high school. I mean, I had a high school in Livingston, a three-year high school that had 1,800 students in a three-year high school in the late ’70s, early 1980. I knew who David Wildstein was. I met David on the Tom Kean for governor campaign in 1977. He was a youth volunteer, and so was I. Really, after that time, I completely lost touch with David. We didn’t travel in the same circles in high school. You know, I was the class president and athlete. I don’t know what David was doing during that period of time…We went 23 years without seeing each other. And in the years we did see each other, we passed in the hallways.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116177/chris-christie-did-know-david-wildstein-high-school-coach

In other words: David Wildstein, are you kidding me? Different lunch table, dudes….
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/01/31/looks-like-christie-shouldnt-have-dissed-the-nerd/

Koch-Tied Groups Funded GOP Effort to Mess With Electoral College Rules

Koch-Tied Groups Funded GOP Effort to Mess With Electoral College Rules

Last election season, a shadowy nonprofit pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign to change how electoral votes are counted. The group didn’t disclose who was funding its efforts—a fact that Mother Jones highlighted in a story titled “Who’s Paying for the GOP’s Plan to Hijack the 2012 Election?” But now, thanks to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan government watchdog, it’s clear that organizations with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch footed at least some of the bill.

Each state and the District of Columbia has a certain number of electoral votes, based on their population, and they get to decide for themselves how those votes should be allotted. Currently, every state except Maine and Nebraska gives all of their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote. But in 2011, GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin introduced bills that would divide electoral votes among candidates based on how many congressional districts they won. Because Republicans drew the boundaries of the districts in those states, this scheme would be almost certain to hand Republican presidential candidates the majority of their electoral votes—even if more voters cast ballots for Democrats. (Read more about how the plan would work here.) Presuming the race is close enough, this could decide the nationwide outcome.

In the case of Pennsylvania, a mysterious nonprofit called All Votes Matter spent large sums lobbying for these changes. Local officials wondered about its funding sources. “They raised an awful lot of money very quickly—$300,000 in just a few days,” Democratic Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach told Mother Jones at the time. “We’re all curious where that level of funding comes from.” But All Votes Matter didn’t disclose its donors, nor did it have to. The group is organized as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” nonprofit, which means that it can spend money on politics while keeping its donors secret. (Such groups are not supposed to spend more than half of their budget on political causes, but IRS enforcement is slack.) Thus the public knew little about the agendas behind this effort to upend the mechanics of presidential elections.


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http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/koch-brothers-change-electoral-college-rules

Thanks to the Republican Party, Corporate America got it all (by none other than Pat Buchanan)

The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad – where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America.

Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American workforce, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.

While manufacturing sought to move production abroad, hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, farms and construction companies that could not move abroad also wanted to replace their expensive American workers.

Thanks to the Republican Party, Corporate America got it all


the rest:
http://www.creators.com/conservative/pat-buchanan/how-the-gop-lost-middle-america.html

Pope Francis Gladly Blesses Parrot Belonging to Male Stripper

http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/dj26csYuIN_MBB1uatDljg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Y2g9NTU4O2NyPTE7Y3c9OTkyO2R4PTA7ZHk9MDtmaT11bGNyb3A7aD0zNTU7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/

Pope Francishas dined with homeless people, made the cover of Time and Rolling Stone and now has blessed a parrot belonging to a male stripper.

The parrot, named Amore, was initially passed up by Pope Francis as he rode around in the popemobile during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday. Eventually, Francis went back to bless the bird and hold it on his finger.

The bird's owner was identified as Francesco Lombardi, and according to ANSA, he's a former male stripper turned erotic film actor.

"It was fun," Lombardi told ANSA after meeting the pope. "A sort of mixing of the holy and the profane."

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http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/pope-francis-gladly-blesses-parrot-belonging-male-stripper-030154181--abc-news-topstories.html

caption anyone?

George Zimmerman Moves On From Painting To Charitable Celebrity Boxing

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“It was my idea,” the man acquitted in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin told Radar Online in an interview published Thursday. “Prior to the incident I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss and a mutual friend put me in contact with Damon (Feldman, a celebrity boxing promoter) and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”

Zimmerman didn't confirm or deny to Radar whether he would be taking a cut of the proceeds from the match. He also declined to say exactly where the proceeds would be donated, beyond that is was an animal rescue.

“I’d love to tell you but unfortunately there’s so much animosity still from people out there, that if I name the charity now they would get bombarded with negativity, so I’d rather not," he said.

The match will air on March 1 online and on Pay Per View, according to Feldman, the boxing promoter. He told Radar he has yet to find a challenger for Zimmerman, although Zimmerman suggested he'd prefer to fight "Papa Smurf, the Easter Bunny and maybe the Michelin Man."



http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/george_zimmerman_celebrity_boxing

Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries

Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries: Study
Nearly a third of these shootings are accidental, study finds

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gunshot wounds send about 20 children to the hospital every single day in the United States, a new study says.

A review of hospital records found that firearms caused 7,391 hospitalizations among children younger than 20 during 2009, the most recent year for which records are available, said Dr. John Leventhal, lead study author.

Of those shooting victims, 453 died while in the hospital.

More than half of the gun injuries involved an attack on the child, but nearly one-third were unintentional, the investigators found. (Others were of undetermined causes or from suicide attempts.) Three of four hospitalizations of children younger than 10 resulted from accidental injuries.



http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_144250.html

Jamie Dimon's Raise Proves U.S. Regulatory Strategy is a Joke - By MATT TAIBBI

If you make a big show of punishing someone, and when you're done they still don't think they have a behavior problem, you probably picked the wrong punishment. Every parent on earth knows this implicitly – but does the Obama White House finally get it, too, now, after Jamie Dimon's raise?

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Chase's responses to Holder's record penalties have been hilarious. Their first move was to make sure people outside the penthouse boardroom took on all the pain, laying off 7,500 employees and freezing salaries for the non-CEO class of line employees.

Next, Chase's board members sat down, put their misshapen heads together, considered the impact of this disastrous year of settlements, and decided to respond by more than doubling the take-home pay of the executive in charge, giving Dimon about $20 million in salary and equity.

In the end, the fines left the decision-making class of the company not just uninjured but triumphant. Dimon's raise was symbolic of a company-wide boost in compensation following the mass layoffs, as average per-employee expenses rose four percent overall, to $122,653, despite the $20 billion burden imposed upon the firm by the state.



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Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/jamie-dimons-raise-proves-u-s-regulatory-strategy-is-a-joke-20140130#ixzz2rz1eXpUd
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Members of Congress are tired of allowing us to know just how much they receive in farm subsidies


Lawmakers won’t have to disclose the farm subsidies they receive:

A provision requiring members of Congress and the administration to disclose what crop insurance subsidies they receive was quietly dropped from the farm bill that the House passed on Wednesday.

Section 11001 of the House-passed farm bill had a provision that “requires disclosure (by name) of the amount of crop insurance assistance received by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, and members of their immediate families.”

That provision was taken out in closed-door conference negotiations before the bill was released on Monday. The bill cleared the House in less than 72 hours, before many lawmakers had a chance to review it, and now heads to the Senate.


http://crooksandliars.com/2014/01/provision-requiring-lawmakers-disclose

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