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Foul Play in the Senate - by Bill Moyers

The inauguration of a president is one of those spectacles of democracy that can make us remember we're part of something big and enduring. So for a few hours this past Monday the pomp and circumstance inspired us to think that government of, by, and for the people really is just that, despite the predatory threats that stalk it.

But the mood didn't last. Every now and then, as the cameras panned upward, the Capitol dome towering over the ceremony was a reminder of something the good feeling of the moment couldn't erase. It's the journalist's curse to have a good time spoiled by the reality beyond the pageantry. Just a couple of days before the inaugural festivities, the New York Times published some superb investigative reporting by the team of Eric Lipton and Kevin Sack, and their revelations were hard to forget, even at a time of celebration.

The story told us of a pharmaceutical giant called Amgen and three senators so close to it they might be entries on its balance sheet: Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and that powerful committee's ranking Republican, Orrin Hatch. A trio of perpetrators who treat the United States treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate America.

The Times story described how Amgen got a huge hidden gift from unnamed members of Congress and their staffers. They slipped an eleventh hour loophole into the New Year's Eve deal that kept the government from going over the fiscal cliff. When the sun rose in the morning, there it was, a richly embroidered loophole for Amgen that will cost taxpayers a cool half a billion dollars.

much much much more:

"I thought you wanted our women covered"

Austerity Bites.....Pizza?

Britain's 'Triple Dip' Recession Perilously Close As Economy Shrinks

.....they're having a jolly good time knowing that they're destroying their country.

In Britain it's 100% clear that the chosen policies are destructive, that contractionary policy is contractionary, that the recovery was under way until they decided to kill the economy.



The three Conservatives and their entourage were caught on a mobile phone camera by Ben Stewart, the head of media at Greenpeace, who tweeted the image.

They were all staying overnight in the mountain town of Davos, where the world's most influential businessmen and politicians gather for a summit on economics each year.

A pizza with smoked ham, rocket salad and parmesan is £20, or 31 Swiss Francs.

He posted on Twitter: "I watched Cam, Os and BoJo's raucous Davos dinner last night, wondering if GDP figures great or if they didn't care. Guess we know now..."


Mississippi GOPers Pushing Bill To ‘Assert The Sovereignty Of The State’

Source: Talking Points Memo

The bill, known as the Mississippi Balance of Powers Act, was authored by state Rep. Gary Chism (R), chairman of the House Insurance Committee, and Rep. Jeff Smith (R), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Earlier this week, the bill was referred to the House Constitution Committee.

“The provisions of this act shall serve as a notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of its designated constitutionally enumerated powers, and that attempt to diminish the balance of powers as established,” the bill reads.

The neutralization committee called for in the bill would enforce “a constitutional balance of powers,” and would be made up of the lieutenant governor, six members of the state Senate appointed by the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the state House of Representatives or his designee and six members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker. The committee will be allowed to review “any and all existing federal statutes, mandates and executive orders for the purpose of determining their constitutionality.” Any measure that is found to be “beyond the scope and power assigned to the federal government under Article 1 of the United States Constitution or in direct violation of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890” may be recommended for neutralization by the simple majority vote of each house of the Mississippi State Legislature.

“If the Mississippi State Legislature votes by simple majority to neutralize any federal statute, mandate or executive order on the grounds of its lack of proper constitutionality, then the state and its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statute, mandate or executive order,” the bill reads.

Read more: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/mississippi_sovereignty_bill.php?ref=fpa


This is how it's done - Hillary Schools Congress and Teaches Girls

This. This is how it's done.

Secretary of State Clinton showed up to answer tough and sometimes ridiculous questions regarding the deadly September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. In the process, she offered a tutorial for today's young women.

Key points:

1) When a man asks you a question and then refuses to look at you as you answer, just keep going. Don't let his rudeness silence you.

2) When he interrupts you, return the favor.

3) When he says things you know are not true, correct him. Repeatedly.

4) When he attempts to bully you, mow him down with facts.

5) And whenever possible, smile. Nothing rattles an angry man like a woman who looks happy to annoy him.


and for more fun check this out:


Congratulations Or Condolences?

anybody else have mixed feelings?
peace (still my answer) kp

Finally, the Republicans Are Afraid - By Robert Parry

Finally, the Republicans Are Afraid
Friday, 25 January 2013 11:04
By Robert Parry, Consortium News | News Analysis


After his Inaugural Address as he stepped back into the U.S. Capitol, President Obama paused, turned around and looked back at the throngs of people waving American flags as far as the eye could see. He said wistfully, “I’m not going to see this again.”

From his seat in the Inaugural reviewing stands, Speaker Boehner saw the same impressive scene, and he may have grasped its implicit message. The large and diverse crowd personified the Obama coalition — and the mortal threat that it represents to traditional American politics, always dominated by white men of means.

Of course, the Republicans still have the Right-Wing Machine churning out propaganda to rally the party’s angry white-male base. Plus, the GOP is coming up with more new plans for minimizing the votes of black and brown people and maximizing the political clout of whites, such as a scheme in several states to apportion presidential electors based on the Republicans’ gerrymandered congressional districts.

But Boehner seems to sense that something fundamental has changed. Perhaps he was playacting a bit when he warned fellow Republicans that Obama hoped to “annihilate” the Republican Party. But – overdramatized or not – Boehner’s alarm suggests that finally it is the Republicans who are afraid.


The 11 Best Places To Go On A Redneck Vacation

The 11 Best Places To Go On A Redneck Vacation


1. The Mystery Hole (Anstead, WV)
Science has never been able to explain* the gravity defying conundrum that is West Virginia's Mystery Hole.
(*Well, if you want to get technical it's what scientists call a "hoax," but also, SHUT UP, SCIENTISTS.)

Hit the road! There's plenty to see and do across these here great states. CMT’s favorite family is back and hitting America’s highways for the road trip of a lifetime! The ALL-NEW season of My Big Redneck Vacation begins tomorrow at 9/8c, only on CMT.


Obama, Clinton To Do First Joint Interview On ‘60 Minutes’ This Sunday

Obama, Clinton To Do First Joint Interview On ‘60 Minutes’ This Sunday


President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday will participate in their first joint interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," the White House announced Friday.

The official announcement came via Twitter from White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer.


Earlier on Friday, Politico's Mike Allen tweeted that "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft will conduct the interview.


Mike Luckovich cartoon: Clinton/Biden at the Senate hearing

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