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Happy Year Of The Horse!


and, peace (as always), kp

America, You Deserve Justin Bieber

America, You Deserve Justin Bieber
By Christopher Flavelle Jan 30, 2014 7:33 AM PT

Now that 100,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website demanding Justin Bieber's deportation, forcing a review and official response, I'd like to point out a few things about my fellow Canadian.

First, America, you made him this way. Bieber was just a regular kid from Ontario until he was discovered and signed by a U.S. label. And now look at him: throwing eggs at the neighbors, abusing antidepressants and walking around with his shirt off. If this new Justin Bieber walked into any Canadian hockey arena tomorrow, he would be ripped apart and eaten. You've taken a perfectly good Canadian and turned him soft.

Second, did I get the hierarchy wrong for major offenses in the U.S.? You can't go a few days in this country without reading about a shooting, and suddenly some kid driving his Ferrari at 55 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone is an unacceptable threat to public safety? It's not like Bieber shot somebody for throwing popcorn at him.

Third, Americans, could you stop making summary deportation the default remedy for people you decide you don't like? In what universe does it make sense for somebody to be deported just because 100,000 people sign a petition? The same universe where a Democratic administration deports a record 400,000 people a year to look tough on enforcement, in the hopes of persuading Republicans to agree to immigration reform, that's where. Please stop treating us as props for whatever populist whimsy catches your flitting glance


MOYERS & CO" “There was a class war, and the poor people lost and the working people lost”


The horror show is we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed,” Simon tells Moyers. He blames a “purchased” Congress for failing America’s citizens, leading many of them to give up on politics altogether.

Video & More:

Former journalist and TV showrunner David Simon excoriated not only what he described as a broken American government in an interview with Bill Moyers on Friday, but a defeated labor movement.

“The fights gone out of labor,” Simon told Moyers. “Labor’s lost the fight. Capital’s won.”

“To the victor go the spoils,” Moyer retorted.

There was a class war, and the poor people lost and the working people lost,” Simon continued, arguing that the country did best economically when labor activists and businesses had a more level playing field, ensuring that neither of them won “all the time.”

more here too:

Star-Ledger Editorial:"Forget About WH...The ? now is whether Gov Christie can survive as governor"

Chris Christie should resign if bombshell proves true: Editorial

Forget about the White House in 2016. The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor.

When you layer on top of this the criminal investigation in Hoboken, and a separate investigation of Sandy spending by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, it becomes difficult to see how Christie can function. It should be clear even to him now that he should step down as head of the Republican Governors Association.

This is a shocking development. Christie is now damaged goods. If Wildstein's disclosures are as powerful as he claims, the governor must go.


Republicans keep coming up with flimsy Obamacare horror stories, because they created the "victims"

FRIDAY, JAN 31, 2014 01:25 PM PST
GOP’s Obamacare fiction series: Latest horror story a creation from start to finish
Republicans keep coming up with flimsy Obamacare horror stories, because they created the "victims"



What Republicans are doing instead is exclusively canvassing people who either don’t like the law or haven’t figured out how to make it work for them or, in some cases, are genuinely worse off because of it. Or some combination of the three. People who don’t know about the exchanges, or haven’t shopped around, or, like Bette, refuse to participate. By definition a huge number of these stories are going to turn out to be baseless.

And that’s where I’d take things further than Greg does. It’s not just that Republicans prefer to exploit these horror stories rather than remedy them, as Greg describes, but that Republicans have spent the last four years intentionally maximizing the number of misapprehended victims.

Take Bette: The reason she didn’t visit the Washington state health exchange was basically #OBUMMER. “I wouldn’t go on that Obama website at all,” she said. This didn’t start with her cancelation. This started years ago. Republicans told Bette, and others inclined to distrust Obamacare, that they’d face death panels and rationing boards. That their options would be unaffordable, and irredeemable. That the exchange sites would make their personal information vulnerable to hackers and that creepy Uncle Sam would sexually violate them. They said all this in the hope that people like Bette wouldn’t give the law a fair shake, then turned around and feigned outrage on their behalf when the plan worked.

Republicans aren’t sincerely distressed about the things they hear from people like Bette. People like Bette are the goal.


tick tick tick

PROUD TO BE (The Best Ad You’ll See This Super Bowl Weekend)

more about this ad:

the Christie letter:


It has also come to light that a person within the Christie administration communicated the Christie administration's order that certain lanes on the George Washington Bridge were to be closed, and evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he gave immediately before Mr. Wildstein was scheduled to appear before the Transportation Committee. Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the Governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some.

the rest HERE: http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/letter.pdf

head burial


if this NYT story accurate, that means Christie LIED FOR TWO HOURS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

if this NYT story accurate, that means Christie LIED FOR TWO HOURS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

The New York Times
Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings, Port Authority Official Says
A Port Authority official says he has evidence to prove the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge.

A refresher, January 10th, Alec MacGinnis in TNR:

… But during his two hours at the podium yesterday, Christie pushed back against this perception by telling the world that Wildstein was no chum of his:

Well, let me just clear something up, OK, about my childhood friend David Wildstein. It is true that I met David in 1977 in high school. He’s a year older than me. David and I were not friends in high school. We were not even acquaintances in high school. I mean, I had a high school in Livingston, a three-year high school that had 1,800 students in a three-year high school in the late ’70s, early 1980. I knew who David Wildstein was. I met David on the Tom Kean for governor campaign in 1977. He was a youth volunteer, and so was I. Really, after that time, I completely lost touch with David. We didn’t travel in the same circles in high school. You know, I was the class president and athlete. I don’t know what David was doing during that period of time…We went 23 years without seeing each other. And in the years we did see each other, we passed in the hallways.


In other words: David Wildstein, are you kidding me? Different lunch table, dudes….
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