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Bill Maher's excellent and sobering commentary on the wealth gap

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If you're rich, you should be begging the government to redistribute your wealth. 'Cause you know what happens in countries where there's a huge disparity between the rich and the poor? The rich get kidnapped. It happens 72 times a day in Mexico. Getting snatched out of your car is so common in South Africa, that they actually make cars that do this.

(shocked audience reaction)

Do you really think your trophy wife is going to empty out the Swiss bank account to save your sorry ass? I'm talking to you, Donald Trump! (audience cheering and applause)

Think about it. And remember, the difference between a mosquito and a hedge fund manager, is a mosquito will stop sucking blood before it explodes.


more:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/11/1208385/-Bill-Maher-s-excellent-and-sobering-commentary-on-the-wealth-gap

Luckovich cartoon: Combat medal


http://blogs.ajc.com/mike-luckovich/2013/05/10/512-luckovich-cartoon-combat-medal/

D’oh! Boehner's E-mail That Is Supposed To Prove Benghazi Is Worse Than Watergate-FIZZLES...

D’oh!

In a new twist in the dingbat word game at the heart of the Benghazi scandal, that email that Speaker Boehner demanded in a grandstanding stunt yesterday doesn’t actually use the phrase ‘Islamic terrorists’ as he claimed.
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/benghazi-email-demanded-by-boehner-referenced-extremists-not



* The Benghazi email Republicans want released: House Speaker John Boehner is calling for the release of an email that is supposed to prove that State Department officials knew that “Islamic terrorists” carried out the embassy attacks, without acknowledging it. But the New York Times reports:

A copy of the e-mail reviewed by The New York Times indicates that A. Elizabeth Jones, the senior State Department official who wrote it, referred to “Islamic extremists,” not terrorists. The distinction is important, administration officials said, because while the White House did not initially characterize the attack as terrorism, senior officials, including Ambassador Susan E. Rice, acknowledged the possibility that extremists had been involved in the assault.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/10/the-morning-plum-bad-1990s-hillary-is-back/

Lindsey Graham didn’t mean to suggest Mexico is a ‘hellhole’

Lindsey Graham didn’t mean to suggest Mexico is a ‘hellhole’

In trying to explain the differences between the United States’ southern and northern borders, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) found himself forced to make clear that he meant Mexico no disrespect.

“Why is one (border) a problem and the other is not? Because Canada is a place where people like to stay,” Graham said. “We love to have them visit, they want to go home because it’s a nice place. But people coming across the southern border live in hellholes. They don’t like that. They want to come here. The problem is, we can’t have everybody in the world who lives in a hellhole coming to America.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/09/lindsey-graham-didnt-mean-to-suggest-mexico-is-a-hellhole/

But can we still be friends?

Global Warming Skeptics? Take A Look At "The Hockey Stick"

The Most Controversial Chart in History, Explained
Climate deniers threw all their might at disproving the famous "hockey stick" climate change graph. Here's why they failed.


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So what does it all mean? Well, here's the millennial scale irony: Climate deniers threw everything they had at the hockey stick. They focused immense resources on what they thought was the Achilles' heel of global warming research—and even then, they couldn't hobble it. (Though they certainly sowed plenty of doubt in the mind of the public.)

What's more, even if they'd succeeded, in a scientific sense it wouldn't have even mattered.

"Climate deniers like to make it seem like the entire weight of evidence for climate change rests on the hockey stick," explains Mann. "And that's not the case. We could get rid of all these reconstructions, and we could still know that climate change is a threat, and that we're causing it." The basic case for global warming caused by humans rests on basic physics—and basic thermometer readings from around the globe. The hockey stick, in contrast, is the result of a field of research called paleoclimatology (the study of past climates) that, while fascinating, only provides one thread of evidence among many for what we're doing to the planet.



When he shows that graph to audiences, says Mann, "I often hear an audible gasp." In this sense, the hockey stick does indeed matter—for it dramatizes just how much human irresponsibility, in a relatively short period of time, can devastate the only home we have.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/05/most-controversial-hockey-stick-chart-climate-change

President Obama Murdered Ambassador Stevens Just Like He Murdered Vince Foster

President Obama Murdered Ambassador Stevens Just Like He Murdered Vince Foster
posted by GOLDY on THU, MAY 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

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Where's the crime? Where's the motive? What exactly did the administration have to gain from initially suggesting that the attack was spontaneous rather than organized? And why the fuck does our media continue to cover this show trial when the allegations raised, even if proven true, amount to little more than a charge of sloppy PR?

That said, I have learned one important thing from the Benghazi hearings, which is that Republicans are really as fecklessly partisan and unpatriotic as I've always suspected them to be.

For years now, I have contended that had Al Gore been president at the time of the 9/11 attacks, rather than rallying around the president as congressional Democrats did (thus enabling Bush's anti-tax/pro-war agenda), the Republican majority would have seized upon the greatest intelligence failure in US history as a justification for impeaching Gore. That's the way Republicans roll. And these bullshit Benghazi hearings only confirm my suspicions.

A US ambassador was murdered. But Republicans can never rally around a Democratic president at a time of national crisis because they simply are not capable of accepting a Democratic president as legitimate. They never accepted President Clinton's legitimacy (ultimately impeaching him for lying about a blow job after years of investigating more substantive imaginary scandals). They certainly wouldn't have accepted President Gore's legitimacy had the Supreme Court allowed Florida to complete its recount. And they clearly don't accept the legitimacy of the twice-elected (but Kenyan-born) President Barack Hussein Obama. Hence the endless conspiracy theories.

the rest:
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/05/09/president-obama-murdered-ambassador-stevens-just-like-he-murdered-vince-foster

Building a tragedy - by MattWuerker


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/09/1207561/-Building-a-tragedy

Cheney: I Would 'Probably Not' Testify Before Congress, Even If Subpoenaed...BUT, SUBPOENA HILLARY!

Cheney: I Would ‘Probably Not’ Testify Before Congress, Even If Subpoenaed
By Judd Legum on Nov 5, 2006 at 9:44 am

.....on ABC, George Stephanopoulos asked Vice President Cheney if he would testify before Congress if he was subpoenaed. Cheney said “probably not in the sense at that vice president and president and constitutional officers don’t appear before the Congress.”

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2006/11/05/8463/cheney-testify/




Dick Cheney Suggests Republicans Subpoena Hillary Clinton On Benghazi


"I think Hillary should be subpoenaed if necessary," Cheney said during the gathering, according to Fox News.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/dick-cheney-hillary-clinton-subpoena_n_3246502.html

God-Man Revealed

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