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Poor Koch brothers! They’re not used to people saying no to them:

WICHITA | A federal judge on Monday sided with environmental pranksters behind a media hoax targeting Koch Industries Inc., upholding First Amendment protections for anonymous political speech on the Internet.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball in Utah tossed out a lawsuit filed by Koch Industries stemming from a bogus website and fake news release issued in December that falsely announced that the Wichita-based company was changing its financial commitments on climate change to fund more environmentally friendly groups. Koch’s lawsuit had sought monetary damages as well as the identities of the pranksters.

Kimball also issued an order prohibiting Koch — one of the nation’s largest privately held companies — from using any identifying information it may have already obtained from an earlier subpoena on the company that had unwittingly hosted the fake website for a few hours before it was taken down.

“Before authorizing subpoenas seeking to strip speakers of their First Amendment right to anonymity, courts require plaintiffs to make a preliminary showing that their complaint has merit,” the judge wrote.

Boehner

Republicans are criminally reckless by nature, so we’ll have to see how it all turns out:

“It’s true that allowing America to default would be irresponsible,” Boehner told the Economic Club of New York on Monday evening. “But it would be more irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without simultaneously taking dramatic steps to reduce spending and reform the budget process.

“To increase the debt limit without simultaneously addressing the drivers of our debt — in defiance of the will of our people — would be monumentally arrogant and massively irresponsible,” he said.

Boehner reiterated his demand that any increase in the debt limit be accompanied by “significant cuts and reforms.”

“And the cuts should be greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority the president is given,” he said in a 22-minute speech. “We should be talking about cuts of trillions, not just billions. They should be actual cuts and program reforms, not broad deficit or debt targets that punt the tough questions to the future.”

The Speaker’s stand drew little reaction from the banquet hall of Wall Street executives, who offered polite applause at the end of Boehner’s speech but sat in silence through his demands on the debt limit.

Torn rice

Kenn Kweder:

Alan Simpson

Still an evil putz.

Fukushima

Still spewing outrageously high levels of radiation!

Bend over, unemployed

You’re about to get screwed by the Republicans again. Gee, I wonder if Senate Dems will enable them?

WASHINGTON — After some encouraging signs that Republicans might cooperate with them, the two House Democrats trying to give the long-term jobless extra weeks of unemployment benefits are dismayed the GOP has instead moved a bill that could take benefits away.

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) want to give the long-term unemployed another 14 weeks of unemployment insurance. In aremarkable April meeting, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) encouraged them to work with Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees unemployment insurance.

Instead, Camp is pursuing a bill that would give states the option to spend federal unemployment dollars on paying down debt instead of paying for extended unemployment benefits.

“Instead of acting on our bill to extend aid to unemployed workers who have exhausted their benefits, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp wants to gut unemployment benefits and deny millions of jobless workers the means to help make ends meet,” Lee and Scott said in a statement. “As we face an unemployment rate of 9 percent nationwide, an unemployment rate for teenagers three times as high as the national average, and an economy where there are 4.4 unemployed workers for every available job opening, it is simply wrong to propose a bill that would further penalize unemployed workers across the country.”

Camp’s office declined to comment. Ways and Means will vote on Camp’s bill on Wednesday.

Liz Cheney

She’s like one of those annoying little dogs, the ones that shit all over your lawn and the owners won’t pick up after them. (The owner, in this case, the Sunday shows that continue to invite her on as a guest.)

I do wish this woman could find a more productive way of working out her obvious daddy issues than singing the praises of torture.

Fracking

Okay, so what excuse will they come up with this time to justify polluting our water? Because the way things are going, a clean water supply is going to be scarcer than oil:

For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.

The peer-reviewed study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to shape the contentious debate over whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap that has made it difficult for lawmakers and the public tounderstand the risks.

An antique bed

I get sentimental about the strangest things. Today I’m giving away the antique bed that used to belong to my friend Dave’s grandmother, and then my mother, and then me. Letting go of it makes me a little verklempt.

There’s a little white spot on the headboard from a couple of years ago, when I suffered through several days of fevers that were so high, I’d hallucinate. I’d wake up dripping with sweat and my head pressed against the headboard.

It was an imposing piece and I always meant to refinish it, but the reality of living in a small second-floor apartment means it’s just not practical. So I put it on Craigslist, and someone should be here to pick it up this afternoon.

I’m starting a new chapter in my life and I’m changing my surroundings to reflect that. So this well-used and much-beloved item goes off to a new home, where I hope it will again be loved and appreciated.

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