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Open Thread - Hey! That's My Car!

One of the best times I’ve had as a stepdad to three kids is driving them home at a moment when Bohemian Rhapsody came on the radio. Add about 12 years to the ages and make the oldest a boy and you’ve got my car.
And knowing that it’s not just me makes the world tonight a little smaller and kinder as we face another week of resistance.
Thanks, Freddie Mercury. (And Mike Myers.)
Open thread below…

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The sun is shining and the temperature is well above the freezing mark today. My darling and I are going on the Valentine’s Day date we couldn’t go on earlier in the week due to stupid work schedules.
This is the song I’ve been humming all day. What are you listening to tonight?

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The FBI has taken a lot of criticism for failing to follow up on a warning about the teenager who killed 17 schoolchildren in Florida last Wednesday. Here’s the BBC’s report:
On 5 January a person close to the teenager contacted the FBI tipline to provide “information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting”, said an FBI press release….In 2016, the FBI received about 1,300 tips a day through its website, which is staffed around the clock by two dozen people. In […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Peter Thiel is right: Silicon Valley is a liberal echo chamber and that’s prompting a lot of people to move away. Here’s the evidence:
“I think the politics of San Francisco have gotten a little bit crazy,” said Tom McInerney, an angel investor who moved a decade ago to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. “The Trump election was super polarizing and it definitely illustrated—and Peter [Thiel] said this—how out of touch Silicon Valley was,” said Mr. McInerney, who describes himself as fiscally conservative, but socially liberal. Tim Ferriss, the tech investor and best-selling […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Why was Donald Trump so irritable this weekend? Was it because his advisors told him that playing golf would make him look insensitive after Wednesday’s school massacre in Florida? Maybe. Or maybe he had some idea beforehand of this report from the LA Times:
A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days – and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign. The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, Richard W. Gates III, who had pleaded […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Andre Bauer: Mass Shootings Happen Because Schools Stopped Beating Kids With Paddles

Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer (R) on Sunday suggested that more students are committing mass shootings because they no longer receive paddlings from teachers or watch The Andy Griffith Show.
During a panel segment on CNN, Bauer explained that he did not expect Republicans to take action against guns after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“We have a culture thing here that we’re not discussing,” Bauer insisted, shifting the topic away from gun control and the National Rifle Association (NRA). “When I grew up it was Andy Griffith. You never had school shootings and […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Howard Dean: Devin Nunes 'Belongs In Jail'

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) on Sunday asserted that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) “belongs in jail” for using his power as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to obstruct the investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.
In an interview on MSNBC, host Alex Witt asked Dean if President Barack Obama “should have done more” to prevent Russia from meddling in the election.
Dean agreed that “in retrospect” Obama could have done more.
“I told him a long time ago before he started his term that he was wasting bipartisanship on the Republicans,” Dean said. “They don’t give a damn about […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

It’s a weekend, and that means Donald Trump is bored. Here are this morning’s top stories in the Washington Post:
I wish the Post and other newspapers would take the advice of these “top U.S. officials.” I don’t mind that they report on Trump’s tweets. He is the president, after all. But after 2+ years of these ragetweets, it’s obvious they’re just a way for Trump to blow off steam and get attention. They mean next to nothing in terms of actual policy, so why keep up the pretense that they’re important? Take them off the front page and put them […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

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Daniel Ellsberg is best known as the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers, which exposed what United States government officials really knew and thought about the Vietnam War. But he also worked as a nuclear war planner when he was a RAND Corporation researcher and consultant for the Defense Department.
In a recently published book, “Doomsday Machine: Confessions Of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg recounts his journey as he discovered how close a nuclear strike by the United States government […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been relatively silent on the plight of nearly 10 million other undocumented immigrants in the country, further reinforcing the "good immigrant / bad immigrant" divide that undocumented youth have tirelessly repudiated. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been relatively silent on the plight of nearly 10 million other undocumented immigrants. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)
The immigration debate, which teeters between racist vitriol from the right-wing and pro-immigrant discourse from corporate liberals and multicultural elites, deliberately ignores the fundamental issue of exploitation under a capitalist system. Immigrant workers are, above all, a means to turn a profit […]

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog