31 May 2012

17 days before Greek elections change the EU

First to get the “horse race” out of the way, the “too close to call” election has a new poll today (6/1 – the Public Issue/Kathimerini poll – which had had SYRIZA – the left – leading by 4 points 5/24 now says that on 6/17 the coalition of the

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31 May 2012

A Salute to Jane Hamsher

You know, I normally consider myself to be fairly well informed and aware. Today I am forced to admit this is not the case. Today I just read a brief bio of my Firedog host, Jane Hamsher. During the 90’s, I was immersed in the study of Kung Fu, and

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31 May 2012

Late Night: Pump and Dump

By any objective measure, Republican dominance in either state or local government ends in failure. Deficits, cronyism, declining services and economic malaise are always the result, conveniently leaving in their wake increased public cynicism about the value of government at all. But that leaves out the curious paradox that it precisely when government is so thoroughly trashed, rich people are more eager than ever to buy it. Why? For the same reason they love to buy “troubled” companies and fixer-uppers; somewhere, someone has left money on the table, and they’ve got to get their paws on it.

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31 May 2012

For your captioning pleasure: WH portraits Of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Welch Bush unveiled

I received this in my inbox today from the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House…there’s so much rich material here. President George Walker Bush President George W. Bush is portrayed standing in the center of the Oval Office in the West Wing. His right hand rests on an

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31 May 2012

Generational Theft

Before I get to a recent report issued by UNICEF on childhood poverty around the globe (PDF), I’d like to provide a little perspective. On Face the Nation back in February 2009 Senator and 2008 Presidential candidate John McCain described the legislation that would become the successful American Recovery and

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31 May 2012

Health Insurance: Rebates Are a Drop In the Bucket, but Justifying Rates Means Real Savings

Thursday’s reports that some Californians will get rebates on their health insurance premiums are a little bit of good news–but not nearly as good as it could be. An L.A. Times story reports that California small businesses and their employees who are insured by United Health Group will get rebates

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31 May 2012

Tucker Carlson to Help His Readers Suicide Themselves on 11/7/12

Tucker Carlson’s helpful internet gag newspaper/repository of George Zimmerman fanfic is giving away free guns! Yay!

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31 May 2012

Occupy Buffalo Chasing Chase Out of Buffalo

Since its inception on October 1st, Occupy Buffalo has taken their part in the fight against “Too Big to Fail Banks” holding several actions in Buffalo’s financial district a couple blocks away from the Niagara Square encampment.

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