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ESPN writer destroys Hannity: “First of all, they were losing! Okay? So, that tactic wasn’t working.

ESPN writer destroys Hannity for defending ‘homophobic slurs’ at Rutgers


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In an interview with CNN’s Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Katz noted that “nobody is defending this at all.”

“But there are some exceptions in the media,” Kurtz said, pointing to Bolling and Hannity.

“It’s ridiculous!” Katz replied.
“First of all, they were losing! Okay? So, that tactic wasn’t working. You can clearly motivate without physical contact, without slurs. I mean, it’s been proven time and time again at all levels of sports. You do not have to go to that level.”

“You cannot physically hit someone, you can’t throw things at someone and you cannot — I mean, we’re in a different era. You can’t have those homophobic slurs. You can’t!”


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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/07/espn-writer-destroys-hannity-for-defending-homophobic-slurs-at-rutgers/

Here’s All You Need to Bust the NRA

Here’s All You Need to Bust the NRA
By: TuffsNotEnuff Sunday April 7, 2013 5:13 pm

To bust them as blood-gargling psychopaths.

In recent years 38% of the 16,000,000 annual civilian gun purchases were reported as being bought for “home defense.” At a conservative estimate of $500 each, that makes for $8-billion in “home defense” purchases.

But what are these guns used for ?

Not home defense.



This FBI summary of nationwide police reports records a grand total of 232 civilian justifiable homicides. The deceased were engaged in felonies such as threatening or beating the shooters. You are not allowed to shoot trepassers or garage band drummers, no matter their size, shape or smell.

In the details, only 80 of these incidents occurred at the residences of the shooters.

NRA has sold Americans on a claim that there are 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 annual gun defenses.

NRA lies.

THE BLOODY REST:
http://my.firedoglake.com/tuffsnotenuff/2013/04/07/heres-all-you-need-to-bust-the-nra/

“Something’s Got To Give.”

“Something’s Got To Give.”
(Written by Old Guy w/The Dog. (OGwD))



Undercover Cop (UC): “My girlfriend says she likes what your doing, so I decided to check it out myself. I am on the fence, myself.”

He was wearing a V-necked sweater and a crisp, blue shirt and tie. His hair had a slight frontal wave as if he had to wax his crew cut to appear to have more hair. Brill Cream? He stood next to OGwD, side to side, signaling a conversation was intended.

OGwD: “Are you asking me why I am here? ….. I can only speak for myself and my family.”

UC: “Yeah. (Nods.)”

Old Guy with the Dog takes a deep breath and looks up at the tall buildings, then up at the sky, and says, “Something’s got to give.”

UC: (Smiling.) Old Guy with the Dog takes this to mean, “Go ahead.” They are about the same age, the age of all-used-up with grey hair.

“They aren’t leaving us anywhere to go. I am like a cornered animal. I have been unemployed longer than just this economic crash. I did two training programs. I paid for those myself. But the jobs aren’t there.”

“My kids have 160,000 dollars in school loans. They did everything we asked them to. Studied hard. Got into good colleges. Borrowed the money so they could finish when we ran out of help to give them. But the jobs are not there for them. You think those banks up there in those buildings are going to forgive those loans?”

“I could sit up in my house and feed the woodstove. Or I could come down here and try to do something about all this. What would you do?”

UC: (Shrugs evasively.)

OGwD: “Well, something’s got to give.”

the rest:
http://my.firedoglake.com/tomthumb/2013/04/07/somethings-got-to-give/

Unfortunate background graphic on Swedish morning TV.....

ExxonMobil Receives National Safety Council Award (not a joke)

With Mayflower, Arkansas struggling to deal with the 84,000 gallons of crude that began running through its streets last week, ExxonMobil has been made the recipient of the National Safety Council's Green Cross for Safety medal.

The group praised Exxon and its corporate bosses for "comprehensive commitment to safety excellence." No mention was made of the developing Arkansas disaster.

"It is evident that ExxonMobil is committed to excellence in safety, security, health and environmental performance," council president Janet Froetscher said while presenting the award to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. "This organization is a wonderful example of the role corporations can play in preventing injuries and saving lives," she added.


An ExxonMobil press-release described the cleanup operations and the effect on the wildlife of the area.

“Fourteen dead ducks, one dead nutria and two dead turtles have been recovered,” said ExxonMobil, adding that a beaver and a muskrat had also been affected.


more, plus video:
http://rt.com/usa/mayflower-spill-cleanup-video-410/
http://news.yahoo.com/exxonmobil-receives-national-safety-council-award-215800494.html

"I live on $710.00 a month, what exactly am I supposed to cut?"

FRI APR 05, 2013 AT 04:54 PM PDT
I live on $710.00 a month, what exactly am I supposed to cut?
by Horace Boothroyd III




My rent is a reasonable $209.00 because I have a HUD Cube. For how long?, who knows?

That leaves me with $501.00

Phone $35.00 a month.

That leaves me with $466.00

Internet is $45.00 dollars a month.

That leaves me with $421.00

My medication is $50.00 a month, counting bare bones OTC care too.

That leaves me with $371.00

Pootie care is another $50.00 a month-not including vet and tag costs.

That leaves me with $321.00

I had to borrow $140.00 last month because the vet bill the previous month left me behind.

That leaves me with $181.00


With that I'm expected to feed myself for a month. But also maintain grooming standards with products for me because of my skin sensitivities and allergies are extremely expensive. I make what I can to avoid allergens and to reduce costs but there are many things I can't make. Toothbrushes, toilet paper, trash bags, many cleaning products. I try to get clothes from the discount store, or thrift stores. Shoes too, I should be getting special ones but I lack the fortitude to break the HMO bureaucratic maze to get them. But shoes are a large recurring expense for me because I do walk so much.

I also have learned to cook everything I eat from scratch. Again because of finances and allergies. But food is not inexpensive. I can drink the generic coffee at $12.00 a can and I can buy bulk size foods at the restaurant supply. But by the end of the first week it is usually doubtful I will have more than one hundred dollars left.

Today after getting all things covered, with the exception of some food stuffs I'm just going to have to go without.

I have a grand total of $18.00.

No worries. I get to start all over again on the first.

But what exactly am I being wasteful with?

And more importantly after thirty years of 'compassionate' conservatism don't you think it is time for some Humanism instead?


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/05/1199539/-I-live-on-710-00-a-month-what-exactly-am-I-supposed-to-cut

Woodward Describes Dinner With Gore As Unpleasant-Cuz-Gore Asked Him WHY He Didn't Go After Bush?

Bob Woodward Describes Dinner With Al Gore As Unpleasant

He also told an unflattering, but amusing story about sitting next to former Vice President Al Gore at a dinner, saying being with him was “taxing,” and added, “To be really honest, it’s unpleasant.”

Woodward said Gore pressed him on why the journalist didn’t go after Bush, who beat Gore in the 2000 presidential election, over the war in Iraq.

Gore was a former reporter before becoming a politician, and “he thinks he invented (reporting) also,” Woodward joked in reference to an often misquoted statement that the ex-vice president claimed he invented the Internet.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/bob-woodward-describes-dinner-with-al-gore-as?ref=fpblg

Here’s how you “fix” Social Security: Make rich folks pay more Social Security tax. The end.

Five Long Years I Thought You Were My Man
By mistermix April 5th, 2013

Is there some reverse-backflip-flying-fuck-ten-dimensional-super-secret-decoder-ring-holder-only-negotiating-ninja reason that it’s smart to put chained CPI, which normal people will call “a cut in Social Security”, in Obama’s budget? Or is it as stupid as it looks? Because Democrats cutting Social Security is, in my narrow mind, always fucking stupid, not just because it makes old people eat generic instead of Alpo, but also because, come election time, Republicans will be yelling “you cut Social Security” while Democrats will be making wonky mouth noises in the style of an hour-long Powerpoint presentation demonstrating the effect of chained CPI on the fourth and fifth deciles of future recipients in inflation-adjusted outlier years.

Here’s how you “fix” Social Security: Make rich folks pay more Social Security tax. The end.

Is that so goddam hard?



Update: Just to be perfectly clear, it is, given the current state of Congress, not just hard, but probably impossible to enact tax hike into law. If you are really the “Party of Social Security” and you want to show it, it should not be hard at all to put a proposed tax hike into your budget, especially if it’s structured to kick in at $300K or $400K or some other big number, leaving a gap between the current limit ($113K or so) and the new “Social Security tax on the rich”.

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/04/05/five-long-years-i-thought-you-were-my-man/

Clay Bennet Takes LaPierre's To The Cleaners

Hannity Nailed.





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