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Rand Paul Hatches A Backup Plan In Case He Runs For President And Loses

Rand Paul Hatches A Backup Plan In Case He Runs For President And Loses

If Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) decides to run for president, he doesn't want to lose his Senate seat in the process.

So Paul is reportedly asking Kentucky lawmakers to file a bill clarifying a state law that prevents candidates from holding or running for two offices at the same time, allowing him to hedge his bet if he launches a 2016 bid.

“Yes, I am working on clarifying an ambiguous state law that Rand Paul believes is unconstitutional if it is interpreted to bar running for re-election to the Senate and for president at the same time,” state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R) told The Washington Times on Monday.


The Crimean battle has started:


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"Please English speakers (journalists) leave the field." Soccer game at besieged air base in Crimea, Ukraine pic.twitter.com/uT7t02Lyd7


war is such a farce

“I am ashamed,” the Russian said, before letting out the longest and most elaborate profanity I have ever heard. We were standing in the warm Crimean sunshine on Sunday, next to a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoe, outside Simferopol, the regional capital, surrounded by soldiers, screaming protestors, and television crews. The swearing Russian was a journalist from Moscow, who had just got a tongue-lashing from his editor for calling the Russian soldiers Russian soldiers. “He said we have to refer to them as ‘a friendly volunteer self-defense force,’ ” the journalist bellowed. “Is that what they look like to you?” He crowned the question with another string of swears.


Pope Francis Lets A Vulgarity Slip During Vatican Address

It was a simple slip of the tongue, people say. But when the pope accidentally utters a vulgarity during a public speech, people notice. That's what happened during Sunday's weekly blessing by Pope Francis, sparking a flurry of comments on social media.

The pope quickly realized his misstep and corrected himself. But there are things people simply cannot un-hear, and this seems to be one of them.


"If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this **** ... in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity," he said, as he read from prepared remarks before delivering the traditional Marian prayer of the Angelus.

Francis didn't look away from his notes as he quickly corrected his momentary flub, but he left "the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square and those watching around the world asked themselves 'Did he just say f***?'" the Daily Mail says.

and More on the word: "Cazzo"

NYT has a useful editorial exposing what the Ryan blueprint really means, including this nugget

Mr. Ryan’s Small Ideas on Poverty

He provides polished intellectual cover for his party to mow down as many antipoverty programs as it can see. Most Congressional Republicans would love nothing more than to eviscerate programs like Medicaid, Head Start and food stamps. But so as not to appear cruel and uncaring, they need a high-minded excuse to do so.

Ryan’s economic worldview — the Hammock Theory of Poverty — continues to animate the GOP’s economic agenda overall, and it overwhelmingly reflects the priorities of Tea Party Republicans, not non-Tea Party ones.


Nearly 1 in 5 had mental illness before enlisting in Army, study says

Nearly 1 in 5 had mental illness before enlisting in Army, study says
The study raises questions about the military's screening of recruits. Another study looks at rising suicide rates among soldiers.

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits.

More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country.

The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said. Applicants are asked about their psychiatric histories, and those with certain disorders or past suicide attempts are generally barred from service.

"The question becomes, 'How did these guys get in the Army?'" said Ronald Kessler, a Harvard University sociologist who led one of the studies.


Palin: Obama Wears ‘Mom Jeans,’ Putin Wrestles Bears


Sarah Palin on Monday blasted President Barack Obama's "weak leadership" on the situation in Ukraine, saying the perception of Obama across the globe is of a guy in "mom jeans."

“Look, the perception of Obama, of him and his potency across the world is one of such weakness," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”

‘First Ever’ Marijuana Commercial To Air On Major Television Stations

A company called Marijuana Doctors, which connects medical marijuana patients with doctors who can prescribe the drug, claims that it is airing what it claims is the “first ever marijuana commercial on a ‘Major Network.’” The ad, which “draws a parallel between a ‘shady’ street dealer attempting to push ‘unsafe’ sushi to unsuspecting buyers, and medical marijuana patients being forced to obtain their medication in a similar fashion,” airs in New Jersey on several national networks — including A&E, Fox, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network and the History Channel.http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/03/3352921/watch-marijuana-commercial-air-major-television-stations/

KRUGMAN: Envy Versus Anger

And how does he see this sea-change in attitudes? Why, it must be about growing envy of the rich, which is a terrible thing.

But the polling data don’t say anything about envy: when people say that they have lost their belief that hard work will be rewarded, they aren’t saying that they are envious of the rich; they’re saying that they have lost their belief that hard work will be rewarded. To the extent that people have negative feelings about the one percent, the emotion involved isn’t envy — it’s anger, which isn’t at all the same thing. Envy is when you have negative feelings about rich because of what they have; anger is when you have negative feelings about the rich because of what they do.

Think about it: Did the Occupy protests focus on how the one percent lives? Does muckraking journalism obsess over lifestyles?Yes, everyone knows about Mitt Romney’s car elevator, but it was the dorkiness rather than the luxury that made it a story. Actually, considering just how much the lives of the superelite have diverged from those of ordinary Americans, it’s kind of amazing how few articles there have been salaciously describing parties in the Hamptons and all that.

No, what’s really driving most of the ire is the sense that many of the rich didn’t actually earn that position, that they grew rich at the rest of America’s expense.

And what has happened since 2007 that might justify such a belief? Um, how about all those .01 percenters who were boasting about what a great job they were doing, but turned out to be leading us into a catastrophic financial crisis? What about the much-admired leaders who assured us that Wall Street was doing great stuff, and turned out to be totally clueless?



And behind GOP Door #2

And behind Door #2
Posted by Richard Mayhew at 1:44 pm

Wall Street Cheat Sheet has a very good summary of all Republican ‘proposals’ to replace Obamacare with something:

The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act is strongly reliant on market competition, with notable differences from Obamacare; it would likely cover fewer uninsured Americans, increase premiums for many older adults, shrink Medicaid, decrease subsidies for middle class Americans, scale back protections for people with preexisting conditions, and allow private insurers to escape many of the consumer-friendly requirements imposed on them by Obamacare.


Oh boy, that sounds soooooo poopular!!!

Status quo bias now works in our favor.

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