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Open Thread:  Happy Banned Books Week!

The librarians at Homewood Public Library in Illinois have lots of fun with song parodies celebrating Banned Books. Check out the other two here.
Clearly, with Trump in the White House, reading just about anything is an act of Resistance. And this year’s “fist in the air” logo from the American Library Association isn’t subtle.

Open thread below…

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Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

This past weekend had me visiting Detroit to walk around to check out all the Dlectricity displays that were going on. One of the stop along the route was the Museum of Contemporary Arts which is currently running an exhibit called Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance which, of course, I had to go check out.
While there were many cool and important artifacts on display one that really caught my eye was an Ensoniq Mirage synth/sampler. I knew a few people who had one of them when they were new. Most of them didn’t like them.
The one on display […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Apparently, this week was supposed to be about tax cuts for billionaires reform.
Whoops.
Not when the Congress is trying desperately to unlock Koch money by killing us.
And the so-called President has no interest in actual policy. (The White House isn’t actually coming up with a tax plan after promising they would for months,)
But the conversation above with Bloomberg’s Marty Schenker makes a really important point: Steve Mnuchin was supposed to go on the Sunday Shows this weekend to lie about how tax cuts would yield 4% growth in the GDP. […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Trump Fell For Fake News About Iran Launching A Ballistic Missile

Donald Trump, the moron currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, fell for….ready? FAKE NEWS. Yes, this dolt fell for news that Iran had tested a missile this past Saturday.
In response, Trump fired off this tweet (without getting all the facts):

Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea.Not much of an agreement we have!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

Well, U.S. officials report that the video was actually of a launch that took place in January. Oh, and the missile exploded shortly after launch.
Interesting timing, as Trump has been doing a whole […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Here is S&P’s estimate of how the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would affect the economy:
580,000 lost jobs and $240 billion in lost economic activity by 2027, ensuring that the GDP growth remains stuck in low gear of around 2% at best in the next decade.
So here’s the nickel summary. Graham-Cassidy is—literally—opposed by every single constituency in the health care industry. That includes doctors, nurses, hospitals, patient advocates, and pharmaceutical companies. It is wildly unpopular, polling around 20 percent approval. The Republican base isn’t clamoring for it. It would leave more than 20 million people uninsured without saving very much money. […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Here’s a headline in the Wall Street Journal today:
Steven Mnuchin, a Newcomer, Tilts at Washington’s Hardest Target: The Tax Code
I’d like to suggest a small rewrite:
Steven Mnuchin, a Newcomer, Takes a Swing at Washington’s Easiest Meatball: The Tax Code
Let’s get serious. Ronald Reagan passed three big tax bills and a bunch of smaller ones. George H.W. Bush passed a big tax bill. Bill Clinton passed a big tax bill. George W. Bush passed two big tax bills. Even Barack Obama sort of passed a tax bill.
Passing a tax bill is the easiest gimme in Washington. Passing a tax bill when […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

During the third week of the National Football League season, the NFL responded to President Donald Trump’s comments slurring players, who take a knee during the national anthem to protest injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism. The owners and coaches linked arms to show Trump he would not divide them. But there were several players, who took stronger action and continued to engage in the tactic of taking a knee.
Taking a knee started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 preseason. He declared, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

These are the islands of Deenish (left) and Scariff (right). The picture was taken near the Coomakista Pass, on the Ring of Kerry between Caherdaniel and Waterville. If you judge scenic points by the size of the turnout provided for cars and tour buses, Coomakista is by far the biggest attraction in these parts.
There’s a statue of Mary at Coomakista, so I vaguely assumed that “kista” meant Christ. But vague assumptions aren’t enough for this blog, so I looked it up. This turned out to be surprisingly hard, but as near as I can tell, a coom is a hollow […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

From President Trump, explaining his goal for tax reform:
We’re going to bring the individual rate to 10 percent or 12 percent, much lower than it is right now.
Boo yah! This would be quite a cut from the current top rate of 39.6 percent. Even Grover Norquist doesn’t dream of tax rates like this. That means it’s time for another round of “WTF was he talking about?” Let’s review our options:
It was just a slip of the tongue. But this is unlikely since Trump specifically said “10 or 12.” He really meant it.
He’s talking about personal income tax as a percentage […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) walks to the U.S. Capitol before all-night voting July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) walks to the U.S. Capitol before all-night voting July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
With the latest version of Trumpcare floundering after several Republicans announced that they cannot support the legislation in its current form, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are set to release on Monday yet another draft of their Obamacare repeal plan that includes extra funding for the home states of senators who have expressed deep concerns about the bill — a move Buzzfeed reporter Paul McLeod quickly characterized as “shockingly blatant bribery.”
“There’s really no way […]

Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog