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Chris Dodd’s paid SOPA crusading

Glenn Greenwald on how Chris “No Lobbying” Dodd is pushing SOPA behind the scenes.

God’s will

Just to show you how the wingnuts who are trying to get in power think about these things:

In an article about the reasons Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign fizzled, the Des Moines Register points to “sexism among conservatives,” singling out an offensive email written by a staffer to Rick Santorum:

Rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s Iowa coalitions director, Jamie Johnson, sent out an email saying that children’s lives would be harmed if the nation had a female president. […]

The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ” Johnson’s email said.

Johnson, who remains on Santorum’s staff, complained that the email was “blown out of proportion” and should not be held against him because it was sent from a personal email account.

But he refused to back away from the substance of the email, saying “I was sharing my personal reflections with a friend…[T]hey were reflections on over 25 years of formal, theological study [based in] classical Christian doctrine.”

From Bryan Ferry’s ‘Dylanesque’

The line it is drawn/The curse it is cast/The slow one now/Will later be fast/As the present now/Will later be past/The order is rapidly fadin’/And the first one now will later be last/For the times they are a-changin…

Bob Dylan wrote this one soon before he “went electric” and pushed his songwriting skills into a new dimension where oddball sophisticates such as Bryan Ferry would someday thrive.

Class war

So the campaign will come down to “He’s a much bigger millionaire than I am.”

FLORENCE, S.C. — Mitt Romney bowed to political pressure on Tuesday by promising to release his federal income tax returns, while estimating the rate he pays at about 15 percent and placing himself among the wealthiest Americans who earn most of their money from past investments.

Romney’s disclosure underscored the Republican presidential front-runner’s discomfort with talking about a key aspect of his biography — his money — and reignited the debate over whether his multimillionaire status makes it hard for him to relate to middle-class Americans.

Romney’s Democratic and Republican opponents alike pounced on his revelation by saying he has benefited from a basic unfairness in the tax structure. And as President Obama looked to Romney as his likely general-election opponent, the White House and its allies tried to stoke populist anger over income inequality by casting Romney as an out-of-touch multimillionaire.

Romney seemed to strike another clumsy note when he described his income from speakers’ fees — about $370,000 in a single year — as “not very much.”

Most Americans earn their income from wages and salaries, and the more they bring in, the higher their taxes are — up to 35 percent. Obama paid a rate of 26 percent on adjusted gross income of about $1.73 million in 2010, according to his tax return.

Most of Romney’s income, however, has come from capital gains, which include profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate, and are taxed at a rate of 15 percent. Over the past 20 years, the wealthiest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans have realized about half of all capital gains income — and received tax advantages criticized by billionaire Warren Buffett and Occupy Wall Street protesters alike.

Not very likely

Dday on why it’s improbable that the U.S. economy will pick up no matter who wins the White House, since both parties are pushing cuts in federal spending.

Without you

Dedicated to my gall bladder, which served me well for most of my 57 years. Harry Nilsson:

I’m home

And I really, really hurt. It kind of feels like a gang of assholes wearing steel-toed work boots kicked me in the ribs. Thank God for Percocet!

And from the Dept. of Irony, my insurance card was finally here when I got home tonight.

Fairport does Dylan

From Unhalfbricking, 1969:

From ThinkProgress:

Activists working to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) filed petitions today with more than 1 million signatures to the state, close to double the almost they needed to begin the recall process and force Walker to stand for reelection in November. If successful, it would be the first gubernatorial recall in Wisconsin history, and only the third in U.S. history. The number of signatures comes close to the 1,128,941 votes Walker received, and was far more than the 540,000 needed.

Vote for a genuine outsider

This one goes out to South Carolina Republicans who are still on the fence concerning the upcoming primary. More here.

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