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Pussy Riot mocks Putin on Colbert: ‘We don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us’

Colbert asked Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina about their arrests and imprisonment for performing a protest song at a Russian Orthodox Church, whose leadership had supported Vladimir Putin’s presidential campaign.

“We sang a fun song in a church,” Tolokonnikova said. “Yes, and seemingly we broke many times before that because we had a lot of fun songs. One of them was called ‘Putin Piss Off.’”

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Colbert told the women they seemed nice, but he didn’t understand why they would oppose Putin, who he described as a “strong man” who was “just trying to preserve the peace and bring Russia into a brighter future.”


“We have different ideas about a bright future, and we don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us to that,” Tolokonnikova said.


MORE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/05/pussy-riot-mocks-putin-on-colbert-we-dont-want-a-shirtless-man-on-a-horse-leading-us/

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAFEB. 4, 2014

Gov. Bill Haslam, left, with legislators on Monday night in Nashville, proposed bolstering Tennessee’s work force with two years of free schooling.

Public colleges have sharply raised their prices since the 1990s in the face of declining state support, but a plan by Tennessee’s governor to make two years of community college and technical school free for all students represents a striking reversal of that trend.

Tennessee would be the only state in the country to charge no tuition or fees to incoming students under the proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, which policy analysts called a big step toward a better-educated work force.

“This is the best idea to boost participation in higher education in a generation,” said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, a major association of public and private colleges.





MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/education/tennessee-governor-urges-2-free-years-of-community-college-and-technical-school.html?hp&_r=0

Income Inequality



http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/income_inequality_20140204

Obama’s Deputy Drug Czar: Cannabis Is Less of a Public Health Threat Than Prescription Drugs/Alcohol

Obama’s Deputy Drug Czar Admits Cannabis Is Less of a Public Health Threat Than Prescription Drugs and Alcohol
By: patrick devlin Tuesday February 4, 2014 4:50 pm

“Is it not a scientific fact that there is nothing comparable to marijuana? And, I’m not saying it is good or bad, but when we look at deaths and illnesses, alcohol, other hard drugs are certainly – even prescription drugs – are a threat to public health in a way that just isolated marijuana is not…Isn’t that a scientific fact? Or do you dispute that fact?”

To which Botticelli responded sheepishly, “I don’t dispute that fact.”


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More:
http://my.firedoglake.com/patrickdevlin/2014/02/04/breaking-obamas-deputy-drug-czar-admits-that-cannabis-is-less-of-a-public-health-threat-than-prescription-drugs-and-alcohol/

'ACA IS Liberating-If I continue to work it will be because I enjoy work-NOT JUST TO GET HEALTH INS'

ACA has been liberating for me. If I continue to work now it will be because I enjoy the work, not just to get health insurance.
JOSH MARSHALL – FEBRUARY 4, 2014, 9:04 PM EST1587
TPM Reader JH has a personal story about Obamacare and distortions in the labor market. This didn't come up explicitly in our stories today in the derptastically reported CBO report but older in addition to modestly strengthening the bargaining power of workers it is a big deal if more middle aged workers who are near retirement can retire without fear of losing health care coverage since that opens up slots for younger workers.


The CBO report suggesting that hours will be reduced now that people have another option for health insurance is certainly true in my situation. When my husband and I were raising our family I had to work in order to provide the family with health insurance as my husbands job did not provide insurance. I would have preferred to be a stay at home mother, but I did not have that option.

Before my children were grown I developed cancer and all thought of giving up employer health insurance was out the door. I have always taken it for granted that I would not be able to retire until I was eligible for Medicare, but now with ACA I am seriously considering early retirement. ACA has been liberating for me. If I continue to work now it will be because I enjoy the work, not just to get health insurance.

I know other women that are working just for insurance so I know that my situation is not unusual. I just wanted to share one example of a person that is considering dropping out of the workforce now that I have an affordable option for health care.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/liberating

% of Republicans Who...

Percentage of Republicans who believe in creationism; Earth is less than 10,000 years old: 58 (Gallup)
Percentage of scientists who are Republicans; 6 (Pew)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that the Obama administration is "secretly trying to take everyone's guns away": 62 (Public Policy Polling)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that President Obama is "secretly trying to figure out a way to stay in office beyond 2017" 44 (Public Policy Polling)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that an armed rebellion "might be necessary": 48 (Public Policy Polling)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that Muslims are secretly implementing Sharia Law in the U.S. judicial system: 42 (Public Policy Polling)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that the government carries out mass shootings and other terrorist attacks and then blames those actions on others: 21 (Public Policy Polling)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that Santa Claus is "verifiably white": 42 (Public Policy Polling)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that President Obama was born in another country: 45 (CBS News)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that President Obama is a Muslim: 57 (Harris)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that President Obama is a Socialist: 67 (Harris)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that President Obama is a racist: 24 (Harris)
Percentage of Republicans who believe that President Obama is the "domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitution speaks of": 45 (Harris)

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Radical.html#O3Zx17RMyVCqqT0c.99

Responding To Ban On LGBT Groups, Bill De Blasio Won’t March In New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Responding To Ban On LGBT Groups, Bill De Blasio Won’t March In New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
For the first time in 20 years, the mayor of New York will not march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Mayor Bill de Blasio said today he will sit out the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade because of organizers’ refusal to allow participants to carry gay-pride signs.

LGBT New Yorkers are allowed to walk in the parade, but they aren’t allowed to identify themselves by their sexual orientation.

“No, I am not planning on marching in the parade,” de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city, but I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.”

His predecessors, Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, marched every year that they were in office.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/clairepires/responding-to-ban-on-lgbt-groups-bill-de-blasio-wont-march-i

Brilliant: Conservative Politicians Inserted Into Modern Art

The Drowning Governor, Roy Lichtenstein


REAGAN & THATCHER
The Defense Hawks, Edward Hopper


Cruz Diptych, Andy Warhol


MORE:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/modern-art-with-conservative-politicians-photoshopped-in-is

O’Reilly asked Obama if he was the most liberal president ever to serve “Probably not"

O’Reilly: Why don’t you talk about black families? Obama: I do, but you’re not listening


O’Reilly asked Obama if he was the most liberal president ever to serve.

“Probably not, that’s fair to say,” Obama said. “You know, the truth of the matter is, is that when you look at some of my policies, in a lot of ways, Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was. Started the EPA. You know, started a whole lot of the regulatory state that has helped make our air and water clean.”



more:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/04/oreilly-why-dont-you-talk-about-black-families-obama-i-do-but-youre-not-listening/

Reusable template for standard moral panic journalism, DEA ceritified edition


This could come in handy whenever the apogee of a deadline meets the perigee of a hangover. Quotes and statistics can easily fill this out to 750 words.

The (death, hospitalization, arrest, other misfortune) of (celebrity) is fueling renewed concern about a recent upsurge of (bad things), brought on by a new wave of (drug of the moment) users.

(Prominent drug warrior) warns that if (extremely expensive pet initiative featuring no data on potential effectiveness) is not adopted, “we could lose a whole generation” to (drug of the moment) addiction.

Indeed (various authority figures) are sounding the alarm that (drug of the moment , whose use many Americans believe is confined to (socially marginal deviants) is suddenly appearing/making a comeback among upper middle class white kids suburban youth, who are drawn to glamorous portrayals of (drug of the moment) addicts in films, music, and on the Internet.

(Credentialed expert) argues that new strains of (drug of the moment) are far more potent and dangerous than the versions of the drug which were previously available, when (readers of this story) were engaging in youthful experimentation with (drug of the moment), and that rapidly falling prices are making (drug of the moment) a tempting alternative to alcohol, prescription drugs, and even marijuana (ed. note: last three words of previous sentence not suitable for stories about marijuana).


http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/02/reusable-template-for-standard-moral-panic-journalism-dea-ceritified-edition
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