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Kucinich loses

By Susie

And from what I hear, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Although Marcy Kaptor is indeed very bad on abortion rights and so far, has been unwilling to bend, I think the people of this Ohio district will be well served by the famously hard-working Kaptur. In keeping with Kucinich’s reputation, he refused to congratulate Kaptur, instead attacking her campaign as “lacking in integrity.”

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night, progressives confronted the unimaginable: Congress without Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). The eight-term congressman lost his primary election for Ohio’s newly created 9th district to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).

The loss also deprives the nation of a general election contest between two national polarizing figures, as one of the candidates in the district’s GOP primary was Joe Wurzelbacher — better known as “Joe the Plumber.” The GOP race was still too close to call at the time of publishing. [Update: Joe the Plumber won the Republican nomination.)

Kaptur and Kucinich were victims of a congressional redistricting process that combined their seats. Because of the population losses recorded by the 2010 U.S. Census, Ohio lost two congressional districts and the borders of the remaining districts were redrawn. The new map combines the districts of Kaptur, who represents what is currently the 9th district, and Kucinich, who represents the 10th.

According to the count on the official Ohio secretary of state website, Kaptur had won four out of the five counties in the district, although not all of the ballots had been counted.

“I thought it was ours to win,” she said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but in her speech, she assured Kucinich’s former constituents that she would “pay attention to them, too.”

Beans in your ears

By Susie

I’ll sell you these bombs, as long as you promise not to use them!

WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the United States approve the sale of advanced refueling aircraft as well as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs to Israel during a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The American official said that U.S. President Barack Obama instructed Panetta to work directly with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the matter, indicating that the U.S. administration was inclined to look favorably upon the request as soon as possible.

During the administration of former U.S. President George Bush, the U.S. refused to sell bunker-penetrating bombs and refueling aircrafts to Israel, as a result of American estimates that Israel would then use them to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Following Obama’s entrance into the White House, however, the United States approves a string of Israeli requests to purchase advance armament.

A bipartisan affair

By Susie

From the Republic Report, a real eye-opener. Listen to these consultants (Democratic and Republican) talk about how important pro-private sector politics is as she talks to members of the for-profit education industry about how to manipulate members of Congress. Truly just as cynical as you’ll always suspected, and illustrative of what’s happening in every major industry, not just this one. But the for-profit colleges have, pardon the pun, done their homework, managing to salt members of both parties throughout their supporters, making it a truly bipartisan affair:

As we head into an election year, we’re going to increasingly hear that Democrats and Republicans fight like cats and dogs, that there is a civil war in Washington. This describes the state of play on some issues, but on others there is bipartisan agreement to do the wrong thing: Both parties do what the money tells them to do. How this works is subtle and often kept secret, done in rooms meant to shield policy-making while the public is distracted with electoral hoopla. Fortunately for Republic Report readers, I got access to one of these rooms, and I can explain how the money guides policy-making.

It starts with high level party functionaries paid by a rich industry, which uses the talents and connections of those party functionaries to extract government concessions. In this case, it’s the for-profit college industry, which perpetually leaves students with astronomical debt while providing poor quality education. The functionaries were former Bill Clinton advisor Doug Sosnik and Republican consultant Sara Fagen. Rather than fighting like cats and dogs, these two showed a keen sense of bipartisanship as they told leaders of these for-profit education companies how they can use their power to manipulate Congress into handing them more money.

The for-profit colleges, multi-billion dollar companies that rely on Federal grants, have collected themselves into the super-boring sounding association known as the Association for Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU). Today, they held a closed-to-the-public but open-to-the-media meeting in Washington, D.C. to plot how to keep Congress from approving stricter regulations on the billions of taxpayer dollars that their corporations receive through federal student loans and grants.
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By Susie

The composer of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” died.

Awaiting on you all

By Susie

George Harrison:

Game on

By Susie

Campaign song for Rick Santorum, via Brendan:

By Odd Man Out
They’re calling it a “bounty” scandal, but I must be missing something. Aren’t all NFL players — all those who play defense, that is — rewarded for “inflicting injuries on opposing players” while trying to keep the opposing team from scoring points? More here.

The right’s Karl Marx

By Susie
Ayn Rand.

Her psychopathic ideas made billionaires feel like victims and turned millions of followers into their doormats.

Pinky Masters (318 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA.) Infamous waterhole. Everyone’s welcome!


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