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Rubio Rising in GOP as Christie Falls

Until they ask him what he thinks of the Coke ad…


Mars and Orion over Monument Valley Be embraced, Millions! This kiss for all the world!

Mars and Orion over Monument Valley

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.


Um, “congratulations”?

Um, “congratulations”?

The Seahawks just destroyed “the greatest offense of all time.” Complete, praeternatural destruction. Of the “greatest quarterback of all time.” This isn’t “congratulations.” This is the Death Star vs. Alderaan. This is LBJ vs. Goldwater. This is Bob Beamon in the ’68 Olympics. This is Secretariat in the Belmont.

Jesus. “Congratulations.”


Letter on behalf of the 99 percent ----Dear Tom Perkins:

Letter on behalf of the 99 percent

Dear Tom Perkins:

I’m writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

I admit, I’d have thought a guy like you had little to complain about. But that was before you wrote that tear-jerking Jan. 24 letter to The Wall Street Journal revealing the pain, the oppression, the abject sense of vulnerability and fear, that go with having a net worth equal to the GNP of some developing nations.

In your letter, you decried the “rising tide of hatred” you’ve experienced at the hands of progressives waging “war” against your people. Your examples were heart-rending. You mentioned popular anger over rising real-estate prices. And “outraged” public reaction to dedicated buses ferrying tech workers to their San Francisco-area jobs. And the people who have called your ex-wife, novelist Danielle Steel, a “snob.”

Oh, the humanity.

There are, you said, parallels to Nazi Germany and its treatment of another oppressed minority, the Jews. “This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking,” you warned. “Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”

You’re right. How could we have missed it? Calling Danielle Steel a snob is exactly like that turning point on the road to Holocaust when anti-Jewish riots broke out across Germany, 7,500 Jewish homes and businesses were vandalized, 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps, 91 Jews were killed and the Nazis, blaming the Jews themselves for the carnage, fined them about $400 million in 1938 U.S. dollars.

You’ve been criticized for what you wrote, but we both know the only thing wrong with it is, you didn’t go far enough. You didn’t mention how one day the rich may be forced to stitch yellow dollar signs to their clothing or have their net worth tattooed on their forearms.

Being forced to pay taxes for the upkeep of schools your children wouldn’t be caught dead attending? That’s exactly like slavery.

Zoning laws that limit you to one measly helipad on your very own land? No difference between that and the Trail of Tears.

Where will it end? Will they make you fly commercial? Buy off the rack? Golf on a public course? Might as well hitch up the boxcars and pack you in.

I confess to having been blind to the suffering of the Affluent-American community. But you’ve opened my eyes. How awful it must be, forced to live in segregated neighborhoods like Brentwood and Star Island in constant fear of metaphorical beatings and rhetorical lynching if you dare get out of your place and whine about the travails of your life of vulgar excess.

Well, sir, thanks to great Affluent-American leaders like you, I have a dream that one day your children will not be judged by the content of their offshore accounts.

You are as human as anyone else. Your manservant puts your pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. So I apologize to you on behalf of the 40-year-old man with a college degree struggling to raise his son on a McSalary, the little girl trying to concentrate on algebra while her stomach growls with missed-meal cramps, the Walmart employees collecting food for co-workers, the homeless family praying the social worker will find them shelter for the night as temperature and snow fall steadily.

You know, until I read your letter, I thought they were the ones most deserving of my empathy and concern, these victims of wealth inequality, a tilted playing field and the sheer greed of rapacious money pigs. But you’ve set me straight, and I want you to know I’m with you all the way.

I mean, now that I know who the real victims are.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/31/3905733/letter-on-behalf-of-the-99-percent.html#storylink=cpy

Who Watches The Superbowl?


Obama Calls Out Fox News In Pre-Super Bowl Interview: ‘You And Your TV Station’ Keep Scandals Alive

O’REILLY: So you don’t recall seeing Schulman, because what some people are saying is that the IRS was used at a local level in Cincinnati, maybe other places –

OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.

O’REILLY: How do you know that, because we still don’t know what happened?

OBAMA: No, we do — that’s not what happened. Folks have again had multiple hearings on this. These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them.



Hillary Clinton@HillaryClinton Follow
It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl

8:44 PM - 2 Feb 14


YEP HE'S TOAST: Christie Email Reveals Christie "Team Way, Way Further Gone Than I Had Realized"

As I wrote below, before Wildstein's accusations, before this afternoon's email, I thought Christie was toast. I think's clear for the reasons I wrote, even if Christie is totally innocent and even if no smoking gun emerges. But I hadn't sat long enough with the Christie letter to fully digest its implications. This email is purportedly if not from Christie himself then issued in his name and from his closest advisors. On that basis it reads like it's coming from a person or a team who is way, way further gone than I had realized.

One person said we should see the release of this email as a message to funders. If so, the message seems to be "I'm desperate and losing my mind."

This email/memo/press release doesn't read like a methodological takedown. It reads more like something dashed off in a climate of frenzied but impotent rage.

Much More Here:http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/worse-than-i-realized



Long time New Jersey political reporter, who’s working with Steve Kornacki and used to work for Wildstein, at TPM:

I am trying to summon the requisite mood to seriously ponder the implications of the email that Governor Christie apparently sent to supporters/donors/ Politico/Beltway Republicans (as if there’s any… never mind). But I can’t. I just can’t.

It is hard for me to believe that the governor of an American state could author such a piece of risible juvenilia, except it is even harder for me to believe a paid communications professional could have been behind this. The “argument” Christie (or possibly one very very close longtime advisor) is making here is that David Wildstein is a bad guy


Is This How We Want Our Old Folks To Die In America? Couple Freeze To Death In Home With No Power.

MIDVALE, Utah – An elderly couple was found dead inside a Midvale home Friday night, and officials said late Saturday initial reports show a combination of natural causes and the cold caused their death.

Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said family members hadn’t heard from the couple, a man and woman ages 87 and 79, in several weeks.

Police said family members found the bodies after going to the home, located near 1000 East and 7240 South in Midvale, to check on the couple. When detectives arrived, they did not find any obvious signs of violence.

Hoyal said later Saturday night that preliminary autopsy reports indicate the couple died due to a combination of natural causes and the cold. He said the couple did not have power, but he said he did not know why they did not.


Steve Kornacki: Tomorrow on UP: a previously unreleased email from Chris Christie.

Super Bowl Sunday with a second helping of Chris Christie Super Scandal.

Steve Kornacki @SteveKornacki
Tomorrow on UP: a previously unreleased email from Chris Christie.
4:41 PM - 1 Feb 2014

Awesome letter to the Lego company by very sharp 7 year old girl points out the gender stereotypes

Lego Just Got Told Off By A 7-Year-Old Girl
She may be young, but she sure knows how to write a strongly worded letter. Via @SocImages.

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